April 26, 2017

Why does this woman think she is ugly?

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Alanah thinks she is ugly, which could not be further from the truth. She suffers from Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), a condition that causes people to become obsessed with perceived defects in their appearance. It’s thought about one in 50 people suffer from BDD, but many of us – and even some doctors – are unaware of its existence. “I thought it was cruel for other people to have to see my face, that it really is disgusting,” says 20-year-old Alanah. “I see marks all over my face, which my mum has told me that she does not see. I…

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Untangling where your hair extensions really come from

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From wigs to weaves and hair extensions, the market for human hair is enormous. But few know where these lustrous locks come from and the journey they take across the globe. Go online in search of a wig or hair extensions and you’ll be presented with a dizzying spectrum of choices. “Luxury” virgin hair from Brazil or Peru. “Pure” Mongolian hair. “Finest remy” hair from India. Sleek European weaves. But very rarely will you see hair from China advertised – even though that’s where most of it is from. China is the biggest exporter and importer of human hair and…

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Armoured corps aim to serve

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As the military unit of the SA National Defence Force celebrates seventy years of existence… The two-day SA armoured corps symposium that started in Bloemfontein on Thursday saw top ranking military officers descend on the Free State army base in Tempe to celebrate the 70th birthday of the founding of the armoured corps in the country. Among them was the deputy SA army chief, Major General Lourie Smith who represented army chief Lieutenant General Lindele Yam, who was absent. Smith told the army chiefs present during that the symposium is the fourth to be held since the advent of a…

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