Monday, 16 May 2011

Washing your hair can make you feel so much better....

Last weekend I had a night out with friends, which isn’t unusual for a 24 year old on a Saturday night. However I was staying with them, again not unusual for myself, unfamiliar to these surroundings I felt I had to make more of an effort to “fit in” with the locals; this could be to do with the fact that the town was a student town which wasn't “my” student town, extra effort had to be made!

So the night started off great,

all dressed up and great to go, hair had been curled, time taken to apply makeup, and outfit carefully selected days before, I was good to go and par-tay!

However something wasn’t right, I couldn't put my finger on it, and it wasn’t due to the people making me feel unwelcome, nor was it that I felt out of place, it was because I HAD NOT WASHED MY HAIR!

I felt conscious and not quite 100% ready! However the night went on and I had a fab time, especially dancing to old student tunes like, Nina Sky and Wayne Wonder!

The next day after a healthy breakfast and all packed up to go, I took a shower and, yep you guessed it...washed my hair! It seemed that I instantly felt GREAT! And also commented on my facebook how “washing your hair after a night out makes you feel so much better!” which got me thinking of the South Pacific Film- where Nellie Sings – “ I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair,” where her problem seemed to get better.

As soon as her hair was washed, she caught the eye of an admirer! This is not to say that once you’ve washed your hair it’s a guaranteed tool for meeting a man, but it got me thinking to the benefits of how you feel once you’ve washed your hair.

Also when I’m having a bad hair day, I’ll always say to friends “hello, ignore the hair!” as if they were analysing me in the first place!

But be it job interview, a night out, a break up or even to cheer myself up, give washing you’re hair a go! It’s out greatest asset!

Willow Smith did not bring the song out for nothing! Not does Cheryl Cole promote – “ 5 Star care for Great British Hair” for nothing either.

So next time you’re having a bad day, or have broken up with some one, or just want to make yourself feel better- it’s simple- Wash Your Hair!

Dame Anne Owers - Female Chief Inspector Of Prisons

On Wednesday 11th May 2011, I was invited by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to attaned a talk with Dame Anne Elizabeth Owers. DBE (born 23 June 1947),

For those who don’t know who she is, Dame Anna Owers was the first female Chief Inspector of Prisons for nine years, where her post ended back in 2010.

Before becoming Chief Inspector, she was the Director of JUSTICE, which is a UK- based human rights and law reform organisation.

When speaking about the justice system, which is something I have very limited if any at all knowledge on, she was highlighting the “rights” prisoners should have and for them not be locked up for 23 hours a day. These rights include things like, having a door handle on the prison doors, so prisoners feel they are in a room, rather than in a box. Also the fact that people should not have one place to, eat, sleep and urinate in the same room. Humans should be given their “right” to have privacy.

She mentioned that for a lot of people in prisons at the moment, many mental health problems and maybe it’s those issues we need to address, rather than “punishing” them by keeping them in a cell for 23 hours a day. Also that some of the disabled prisoners, were unable to seek assistance with washing due to health and safety reasons, I mean where is the line? Should a human being who is in prison not be entitled to seek assistance to wash?

The talk for me was insightful and intriguing as we don’t really think about the conditions prisoners have to face, Yes that have committed a crime, and Yes they deserve to do their time, however for me it’s the fact that they have a “right” to have privacy and treatment to help conquer under lying issues going on within their psyche, which can help “prevent” causing crimes in the future.

But due to lack of resources or government funding will these issues ever go away?, Or is it that people will not give ex offenders a chance and argue that they've done wrong and deserve to be treated with the consequences with no true understanding as to why, where, when and how they got there in the first place?