Explore the world and learn secrets for beautiful hair! This week, Madison Reed visits Iceland to bring you hair care secrets, fashion-forward trends, and fascinating facts.
Geologically speaking, Iceland is the youngest country in the world, having only risen from its seabed 25 million years ago as a product of volcanic eruptions. Glaciers, volcanoes, aurora borealis, and a full spectrum of unique natural wonders—like puffins, arctic foxes, and Bjork—make Iceland a naturally beautiful country. It is also truly forward-thinking, with the world’s first democratically-elected female president, and a gender-neutral Marriage Act that passed in June 2010 with unanimous Parliamentary approval. There’s much to love about gorgeous Iceland.
Beauty Tip: Thermal Baths
An abundance of geothermal pools gives Icelandic women plenty of opportunities to take a dip. The contrast of frigid cold air and steaming water not only improves the complexion, it also does wonders for circulation. The contraction of dilated capillaries boosts the metabolism and reduces the effects of aging, and the mineral-rich water leaves skin soft and smooth.
Hairstyle: The Edgy Pixie
This fashion-forward Nordic country empowers the personal styles of men and women alike. A popular cut with women in Reykjavik is the edgy pixie cut. It’s short and sweet on the sides, and a bit longer on top—this allows you to change the placement of your part for a whole new look. Use a no-fuss treatment like Madison Reed's Tame to add smoothness to the top, push it forward with your fingers, and tuck it to the side for a gamine look that goes with any occasion.
- Iceland has over 150 public swimming pools, most heated by all-natural geothermal volcanic heat.
- According to the Economist Intelligence Index of 2011, Iceland has the 2nd highest quality of life in the world.
- Surveys show that even with the proliferation of modern technology, many Icelanders believe in the existence of elves. Even today, building plans and road construction are planned to avoid disturbing rocks where elves are said to live.
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