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Hair and There: New Zealand

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Explore the world and learn secrets for beautiful hair! This week, Madison Reed visits New Zealand to bring you beauty secrets, fashion-forward trends, and fascinating facts.

Known as the land of "kiwis," this small country is broken up into two islands resting in the Southwestern Pacific ocean. Home of the clearest lake in the world, and housing stunning landscapes worthy of the setting for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, New Zealand is often considered the home of the world's most beautiful landscapes. No wonder it's a must-see destination.

Beauty Tip: Manuka Honey

This special type of honey has incredible topical beauty benefits. It comes from the bees who pollinate from the manuka bush (found only in New Zealand). This honey has antibiotic and antibacterial properties, and is said to be able to heal anything from acne scars and topical wounds to preventing gingivitis and cancer. Use it as a face mask for a pick-me-up, or keep it in the medicine cupboard to help with burns and itches. To make a face mask, simply apply 2-3 teaspoons of Manuka Honey all over for a balancing treatment, or to specific areas of your face that may need some anti-inflammatory love and care. Rinse off after 20 minutes, and pat dry with a towel.

Hairstyle: The Effortless Top Knot

Kiwis are known for their effortless, flawless style—who really has time to spend hours on hair anyway? A top knot is one popular go-to hairstyle for women in New Zealand, who are perpetually on-the-go with an outdoorsy lifestyle, but still want to look put together. This classic hairstyle only takes about 5 minutes to create, and is perfect for those in-between days where there isn’t enough time for a wash, and dry shampoo can’t save it. For extra volume, some kiwis use a sock or a scrunchie bun on the inside of the knot for that extra elegant and work-ready look. Try this style with a styling cream or spray that provides lightweight hold and nourishes your hair.

Fun Facts:

  • The longest place name in the world is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu, a hill in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.
  • Organized commercial bungee jumping first began in New Zealand.
  • New Zealand is the least corrupt nation in the world (tied with Denmark), according to the Corruptions Perception Index.

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