Explore the world and learn secrets for beautiful hair! This week, Madison Reed visits Portugal to bring you hair care secrets, fashion-forward trends, and fascinating facts.
A small country with a huge impact, Portugal was home to the longest-lived European colonial empire, with a legacy of exploration that created more than 250 million Portuguese speakers worldwide. Portugal’s hundreds of stunning castles, rich culture, and beautiful beaches are just some of many reasons why tourists love to visit (and stay). Its focus on aesthetics—from architecture to shoemaking—is just a part of its overall culture of beauty.
Beauty Tip: Olive Oil
The Portuguese are privy to an age-old beauty secret—olive oil. Applied to the skin, hair and nails, it is an excellent moisturizer. Olive oil contains the antioxidant vitamin E, which combats free radicals in the environment that can cause saggy skin and wrinkles. For hair, it’s a great mask or deep-conditioning treatment. Apply warm olive oil to the ends of your hair and let it sit for 45 minutes to soften damaged ends. Or, for an extra-deep treatment for shine and softness, create a mask with two tablespoons of olive oil, one egg yolk, and one teaspoon of lemon juice. Mix well and apply to your whole head of hair for 30 minutes. After either of these applications, rinse well and wash as normal—Madison Reed’s color-enhancing shampoo and conditioner are a nourishing choice for a regular routine.
In this country of gorgeous beaches, bright sun, and time spent outdoors, one of the most common hairstyles for Portuguese women is to wear their hair long and free, in a natural color with a touch of highlights—either from the sun or from the bottle. For a styling routine that approximates the wavy, sun-kissed look so prevalent here, use a hair color that creates multidimensional tones—like Madison Reed Radiant Color, which creates the appearance of highlights and lowlights. Spritz some sea salt spray all over your slightly damp, combed hair. For more volume, make sure to spray your roots well. Then twist and scrunch up each section of your hair, and you’ll look like you just spent the day in Lagos.
“Port” wine was originally created in Portugal, though it’s been imitated in countries like Australia, South Africa, India and the United States.
Portugal is one of the oldest countries in Europe.
It’s had the same defined borders for almost 900 years, since 1139.
Contrary to popular belief, Portugal introduced the habit of drinking tea to the UK. The Portuguese Catherine of Braganza, who married King Charles II and brought her traditions to court.
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