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Healthy Habits and Innocent Indulgences

Relieve the pain of arthritis with osteopathy

11
May
2011
Relieve the pain of arthritis with osteopathy

It’s easy to think of arthritis as the slightly hilarious problem that keeps your Gran complaining about her gammy leg because, obviously, it’s not something that you need to worry about, right? Unfortunately though, arthritis can affect any age group and your daily routine could be damaging your joints without you even realising (she says, straightening up in front of the computer screen).

Luckily though, the 9th – 13th May is National Arthritis Care Awareness Week and the British Osteopathic Association (BOA) have released a new mobile app to help you take better care of your body, simply by changing a few of your bad habits. You’ll learn how osteopathy can keep your spine healthy and improve your posture with a series of video exercises - plus you can use the ‘find an osteopath’...

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Support The Special Yoga Centre at Charity Art Auction

11
May
2011
Support The Special Yoga Centre at Charity Art Auction

Love yoga? Love art? Love that auction-inspired adrenaline rush? Keep reading, because you can combine all three – and carry out your good deed for the day – at The Special Yoga Centre’s 5th Annual Charity Art Auction on Monday 16th May.

The Special Yoga Centre is a registered charity and a Centre of Excellence for providing yoga therapy for children with special needs, as well as being a regular yoga centre for hundreds of adult members. Their fundraising events and more than 70 open classes a week help to raise money for children with conditions including cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), epilepsy and other physical and developmental difficulties.

The art auction is their main event of the year and is set to be a fantastic evening, with Samantha...

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Spend the last May Bank Holiday in style

11
May
2011
Spend the last May Bank Holiday in style

If there’s one thing that this country is bound to agree on, it’s that every month should be like April and May. The sunshine, royal wedding happiness and Bank Holiday overload have been brought together in an undoubtedly winning combination. We’ll even put up with constantly not knowing what day it is if it means we get this many days off in such a short amount of time.

Unfortunately though, it’s coming to an end. May 30th is our last bank holiday until August, so it’s worth making the most out of this one. And, guess what? Just because we thought you deserved a treat before delving straight into three months of Monday mornings, we’ve got nationwide spa breaks available from the 27th May so you can have an extra special long weekend.

You can spend two nights relaxing off the west...

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Use the Treatwell community to aid your weight loss

10
May
2011
Use the Treatwell community to aid your weight loss

Getting a perfect body isn’t easy. If it was, we’d all look like Megan Fox, ice cream sales would increase tenfold – and we wouldn’t have to freak out every time bikini season comes around again. But, unfortunately, the world is not that kind. Even if it’s just the few pounds of extra warmth you put on over the winter, losing weight requires a lot of effort and willpower, which is where we come in.

Studies have proven that getting support during the weight loss process relieves stress, encourages people to make wiser food choices and boosts physical activity – a winning combination for shifting unwanted wobble. Luckily for you, the Wahanda community is a great place to find your fitness back-up.

Our Q&A system makes it easy for you to get advice on any weight loss worries you may have...

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Free Matt Roberts Two Week Body Blitz with The Telegraph

10
May
2011
Free Matt Roberts Two Week Body Blitz with The Telegraph

If you’ve spent any time flicking through the pages of celebrity magazines lately, chances are you will have seen – and probably been incredibly envious of – one of the bodies that Matt Roberts has toned to perfection. He’s worked with the likes of Tom Ford, Naomi Campbell, Amanda Holden and The Saturdays and regularly pops up on TV to advise us (at home, in our pyjamas) of the best ways to get in shape.

Matt is the UK’s leading personal trainer and has written a range of bestselling books, with the latest being released this month. If like Wahanda you’re keen to get your body prepped for summer, you can find Matt’s Two Week Body Blitz free inside The Telegraph this weekend – so there’s no excuses not to start.

Saturday’s paper gives you a 52-page glossy booklet, featuring all of the...

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The Treatwell team join the Beach Body Challenge

09
May
2011
The Treatwell team join the Beach Body Challenge

If you’ve taken a peek around our website lately, you will have noticed that we’re doing our best to get you in shape for summer. We’ve got a fantastic competition to win a two night stay at Slimmeria’s boutique detox retreat; weight loss and fitness deals to get you trim and toned; and beauty offers that are sure to leave you feeling super confident about stepping out in that bikini.

But we couldn’t leave all the hard work up to you - never ones to miss out on a challenge, the Wahanda team are joining you in the fight against flab. We’ve roped in nine of our finest picks from the sales crew, marketing experts and techie know-alls to pick a weight loss programme of their choice to follow for four gruelling weeks.

Here’s what they’ll be doing:

Isabelle has chosen to follow Tim...

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Win a two night detox spa retreat at Slimmeria

09
May
2011
Win a two night detox spa retreat at Slimmeria

The sun is shining, the holiday is booked and the pre-getaway shopping trip is marked firmly in the diary. Fabulous. There’s only one thing left to do: get that body ready to be bared on the beach.

Sound like a daunting prospect? There’s no need to panic. As part of our efforts to get you in the best shape possible for summer, we’ve teamed up with Slimmeria to give you the chance of winning a two night stay at their boutique detox retreat in Battle.

Slimmeria pride themselves on providing the best possible environment for you to kick-start a weight loss regime, or lose those last few stubborn pounds. Their luxurious Grade 2 listed Georgian country house will be your base for two nights, while you’re put into the capable hands of their team of fitness and yoga instructors, nutritionists,...

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Last week's top Treatwell questions

09
May
2011
Last week's top Treatwell questions

Remember that saying that you learn something new every day? There’s no need to look any further than our advice pages to get your daily dose of health, beauty and wellness infomation. We recently gave you a rundown of what our friendly Wahanda community has to offer you and here is an update on the top things you’ve been talking about recently:

5) I have thread veins and larger blueish veins. Will this treatment work and make them disappear?

Summer is approaching, which means more skin is being exposed all over the place, but what if unsightly veins are making you self-conscious about getting your legs out? Let our practitioners tell you about treatments that could help.

4) Where can I get Invisaligns at an affordable price?

Cosmetic dental treatments can be expensive, so find out...

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ELLE launches its own luxury spa

03
May
2011
ELLE launches its own luxury spa

We hold our hands up and admit it – there are several magazine addicts in the Wahanda office. If you’re anything like us, it’s an absolute necessity to dip into ELLE for your monthly fashion, beauty and lifestyle fix, but now you’ll be able to take it a step further – by popping into the ELLE spa for a facial.

The premier spa is set to open at Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach Hotel in June later this year, and forms part of a major redevelopment of the property. You’ll get to experience six new treatment rooms, wet spa areas with hot whirlpools, cold plunges, a steam sauna, hydro-experience showers and a relaxation area. On top of all of that, there’s also a hair and nail salon, a 24-hour fitness centre and an exercise studio.

If you so desire, you can book a treatment with celebrity...

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Sun Awareness Week

03
May
2011
Sun Awareness Week

Uncharacteristically fitting for our current weather conditions, 2 – 8 May just happens to be Sun Awareness Week. While it may have cooled down slightly now, there’s probably a fair few of you who were feeling the effects of the recent tropical temperatures that graced the UK. Peeling shoulders and tan lines aside, the sun can do a lot more damage than you realise – even if you are just spending the afternoon in a pub garden.

The British Association of Dermatologists’ Skin Awareness campaign, which runs annually from April to September, has two primary aims:


to educate people about the dangers of sunburn, excessive tanning and sunbeds



to encourage people to regularly examine themselves for any early signs of skin cancer


Sounds simple enough, but there are still more than 70,000...

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Got a question? We've got the answer

27
April
2011
Got a question? We've got the answer

We know that you love all the fantastic offers you can find here on Wahanda, and we do our best to make sure that you’re topped up with money-saving deals from across the country to meet all your pampering needs. So we’ll forgive you if you’ve been too busy spending your Wahanda vouchers to take advantage of our community pages as well, but one of its best features is that anyone can ask a question and quickly receive advice back from any of the experts and fellow beauty enthusiasts on site. For anyone who’s been missing out on this particular treat, we’ve provided a round-up of what you can expect, plus some of the best Q&As we’ve had so far...

Get honest advice from those who know best.

Whether you want to find out a way to relieve stess, tone up before a big event or get all the info...

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Snap up a Royal getaway with Champneys

26
April
2011
Snap up a Royal getaway with Champneys

Weather reports are constantly debating the will there/won’t there be rain this Friday and Will’s and Kate’s faces are popping up all over our toilet paper amongst other things. It’s official - Royal Wedding fever has swept the nation. Whether you’re looking to escape the crowds that will inevitably surge upon London this weekend or you simply want to celebrate in style, Champneys have a special Royal spa break package that’s sure to get you a front row seat where you can feel as much like a Princess as the bride herself.

Your Right Royal Escape Two Night Spa Break will include:

Accommodation for two nights from Friday 29th April – Sunday 1st May
A champagne brunch as you watch the Royal Wedding, while therapists offer hand and mini shoulder massages
A Royal Feast on Friday evening,...

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Enhance your hair with Hair Solved

26
April
2011
Enhance your hair with Hair Solved

From our desire to change its colour every few months, to the absolute necessity to blast it with over 200 degrees of heat every morning - us girls have a habit of putting our hair through some fairly torturous activities. Apparently they’re starting to take their toll on the likes of Lady Gaga, who recently revealed that her hair is beginning to fall out due to the amount of times she’s reached for the bleach bottle to keep up her platinum blonde look. While she’s no stranger to sporting the odd wig when performing, her harsh treatment of her hair could leave her needing a little help off-stage as well.

Hair loss can occur for any number of reasons, including stress, chemotherapy, major surgery or pulling your hair with excessive force – like with cornrows or tight ponytails. Whether...

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Tell your wedding tale for a chance to win a £250 spa voucher

26
April
2011
Tell your wedding tale for a chance to win a £250 spa voucher

All the sunshine, holidays and Royal Wedding excitement have made us come over all giddy this week, and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than by offering you the chance to win a £250 spa voucher (we’re generous like that).

Family gatherings are a breeding ground for hilarity at the best of times, let alone when you introduce a multitude of big hats and drunken speeches, so it’s no surprise that weddings are often the setting for a few ridiculous stories. Whether you were the bride who can now appreciate the funny side of a dress malfunction, or a guest with memories of an unfortunate trip mid-aisle, we want to hear all about it. Simply head over to our bridal page to share your funny wedding tale and the story with the most ‘Likes’ wins – the more embarrassing the better!...

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Newly refurbished day spa opens in Lancashire

13
April
2011
Newly refurbished day spa opens in Lancashire

If you live in Lancashire and are looking for a new spa to try out, we’ve got a little nugget of information for you. Inside Spa, part of Pendle Wavelengths in Nelson, has undergone a £220,000 upgrade, bringing you a new manicure and pedicure bay, four new treatment rooms and a large relaxation area.

This public sector spa aims to make the stress-free spa experience available to a wider variety of people and has been very popular since its initial opening in 2007. The expansion means that its customers will enjoy all new pedicure thrones and soft lighting, relaxing music and herbal teas in a blissful relaxation zone – as well as a wider range of treatments and packages.

Inside Spa has also now been shortlisted for the Lancashire Business View Red Rose Awards 2011, which recognises...

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Upcoming health and beauty shows

13
April
2011
Upcoming health and beauty shows

Whether you’re in the business already, or you simply love nothing more than learning about the latest health and beauty trends, chatting to professionals and picking up a bag of free samples, you should definitely head down to your nearest beauty and wellness show this summer.

Wahanda are here to take all the hard work out of keeping you looking gorgeous (and of getting your professional name out there), so we’ve put together a list of the top shows that are popping up around the country over the next few months. All you need to do is book your tickets, grab the girlfriends and enjoy a fun-filled day of health and beauty – who knows, you might even see us on your travels...


For the experts:


Beauty UK | When: May 8th-9th Where: Birmingham


Get yourself down (or up) to the NEC...

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Depression Awareness Week 2011

12
April
2011
Depression Awareness Week 2011

Even though one in five of us will suffer from depression at some point in our lives, the illness still comes with a certain stigma attached to it, leaving many suffering in silence. To combat this, Depression Alliance started Depression Awareness Week – a time devoted to highlighting how we’re all affected by depression, what we can do to help and what services are available to sufferers.

Depression Alliance is the leading UK charity for people affected by depression. They want people to realise that it’s not just ‘feeling sad’ – it’s a debilitating illness that requires serious attention. Below are a few of the main symptoms of depression:

Tiredness and loss of energy
Persistent sadness
Loss of self-confidence
Difficulty concentrating
Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
Sleeping...

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World Homeopathic Awareness Week

12
April
2011
World Homeopathic Awareness Week

If you’ve ever emerged from the doctors’ surgery feeling more stressed than you did when you went in, Homeopathy could be for you. If you’ve never even heard of it, no need to worry, because this week is World Homeopathy Awareness Week – so what better time to learn?

It’s a system of medicine that works on triggering the body’s own natural healing systems with highly diluted substances, which are specifically tailored to you as an individual. The system works on a treat ‘like with like’ basis, so if you’re suffering from sleeplessness and agitation, the substance Coffea may be used to treat you. Science hasn’t yet been able to explain how homeopathy works its magic, but many patients have success with complementary treatment where traditional Western medicine has failed them.

This...

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National Allergy Week 2011

12
April
2011
National Allergy Week 2011

If the first signs of spring are more likely to send you running for the tissue box than frolicking through open fields, you’ll be pleased to hear that it’s National Allergy Week right now. Allergy UK want to educate people about new allergy management programmes, illustrate how sufferers are affected by allergies and raise awareness of the limited services available to them.

Being the lovely, cuddly people we are, we’ve created a roundup of all the allergy-friendly options you’ve got at your fingertips on Wahanda.

1) First things first, set yourself up with an allergy test to make sure you know exactly what you’re dealing with. Whether it’s tree pollen getting up your nose or dairy giving you a dodgy tummy, getting the right diagnosis and advice will make your allergies much easier to...

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Feel fabulous all over on your wedding day

11
April
2011
Feel fabulous all over on your wedding day

Every woman wants to feel like a princess on her wedding day. But it’s not just a designer dress that can make a bride-to-be feel like a million dollars. As all women know, it’s about looking and feeling fabulous all over – from top to toe!

So as well as the usual appointments for manicures and make-up, why not think about adding some extra special treatments to your pre-wedding beauty countdown?

Sk:n, the UK’s number one skin clinic, has a wealth of pampering treatments available that can help a blushing bride make the most of her assets and more importantly feel amazing on her big day.

Helping the day go smoothly

As every woman knows, you can only feel at your most fabulous when you are fuzz-free. Sk:n suggests that brides-to-be take the hassle out of hair-removal with a course of...

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Feel bee-utiful with Melvita

11
April
2011
Feel bee-utiful with Melvita

April, as well as bringing us daffodils, lambs and an excess of chocolate, is also World Earth Month. These few weeks are solely dedicated to promoting environmental awareness and encouraging people to find ways they can help to reduce and reverse the negative effects us humans have had on our fragile planet.

French organic beauty brand, Melvita, are doing their bit by bringing a touch of nature to our buzzing capital, and installing an apiary (otherwise known as bee yard) above their London flagship store in Covent Garden.

Melvita’s founder, Bernard Chevilliat, was a beekeeper himself and used the honey from his own hives to create natural and organic beauty products. 30 years on, the brand has over 300 products in its range and is still committed to protecting the environment and bee...

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Skincare begins with Elemis

06
April
2011
Skincare begins with Elemis

Skincare is a difficult thing when you’re in your teens to mid-twenties. You’re old enough that you want to start looking after your skin (after all, there are more photos being snapped of you at this age than any other) but you’re too busy (or lazy) to spend huge amounts of time tending to your pores.

Most skincare ranges miss out this limbo phase, preferring to skip straight to preventing the first signs of ageing once you hit late-twenties. Elemis, however, have been kind enough to release their new freshskin range – tailored for young skin and capable of keeping up with your packed schedule.

Noella Gabriel, Elemis’ Director of Product & Treatment Development and creator of freshskin describes her motivation behind the range:

“We really want freshskin to become a girl’s first...

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Feed your skin its 5-a-day at Raw Skin Food Spa

05
April
2011
Feed your skin its 5-a-day at Raw Skin Food Spa

There’s not a lot you can do these days to escape the crazy amount of chemicals that we’re exposed to on a daily basis. Our food is full of it, the air we breathe is full of it – my coughing fit while styling my hair this morning proves my hairspray is full of it – and the products we apply to our skin every day are one of the big culprits.

We’re all chasing after that elusive victory over age and environment: perfect, flawless skin. But unfortunately most of the saving-graces on the market boast an endless list of unpronounceable ingredients.

For some, this is even more of a problem than for others. Teacher, professional make-up artist and entrepreneur (with a degree in Biochemistry to boot) Clare Eluka has suffered from Candida Albicans for years, which means she has allergies to...

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The Destination Health Show

30
March
2011
The Destination Health Show

If you’re obsessed with the spa world, planning on expanding your family or thinking of going under the knife, make sure you book out the 15-16 April in your diary.

For these two days, London Olympia brings you Destination Health – a health and medical show incorporating The Spa and Wellness Show, Fertility World and The Cosmetic Surgery Show. It’s the ultimate show for leading resorts, practitioners and treatments from around the globe – giving you the opportunity to seek the best advice out there.

You’ll be able to meet with experts on a wide range of subjects, including:

Cosmetic surgery
General surgery
Dental treatments
Medical Spa and Wellness
Orthopedic
Heart surgery
Weight Loss
Fertility treatments
Cancer treatments
Eye surgery


As well as speaking to professionals,...

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Rewind time with new Decléor products at Spa Illuminata

28
March
2011
Rewind time with new Decléor products at Spa Illuminata

They’re thought of as the professional’s brand of choice, been voted In Style Beauty Award winners four consecutive years running, are loved in over 90 countries and provided relaxing treatments to the likes of Tinie Tempah backstage at this year’s Brit Awards – it should be illegal not to have sampled Decléor products.

I’ll put my hands up – I am one such criminal. Or I was, until I took myself along to Spa Illuminata in the heart of Mayfair to hear all about the launch of three fabulous new anti-ageing products.

There’s one for each age bracket, so whether you’re in your twenties, thirties or late forties and fifties, there’s a product for you. The first is the Expression de l’Age Smoothing Roll On – an innovative new serum that works to target those first signs of ageing. It...

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British women are going grey younger than ever

21
March
2011
British women are going grey younger than ever

It happens to us all at some point. One day, you’ll be idly looking at yourself in the mirror – carrying out the usual prods and pokes – when suddenly a strand of hair will catch the light in a brighter-than-normal kind of way. Yes, the day has arrived. You have your first grey hair.

“But I’m only 25!” you cry. Hairdressers around the country will reassure you that you’re not alone. A new study carried out by hair experts John Frieda has revealed that 32% of British women are now turning grey under the age of 30, and two thirds of them blame it on stress.

The answer? Wahanda!

We’ve got it all at the tips of your fingers (or roots, if you’d prefer). While the argument continues about whether it’s all in the genes, or whether our taste for a life in the fast lane is leaving our hair...

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Boost your birthing experience

21
March
2011
Boost your birthing experience

If you’ve got a baby-shaped due date arriving and you’re feeling a bit nervous about the birth itself, we’ve got some news that could be (whale) music to your ears. The NHS is funding research into the use of hypnotherapy as birth preparation, and a detailed survey of more than 1250 women has revealed that a staggering 95% felt that the techniques led to a more positive birthing experience.

The women surveyed listened to the multi-award winning Natal Hypnotherapy CDs throughout their pregnancy and the results indicate that they then experienced a less painful, more positive and less interventionist birth, with only a 15% caesarean rate – 10% lower than the national average. 89% also reported that the CDs helped them overcome any fears related to the birth and 61% were able to manage the...

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The rising cost of cosmetic surgery

21
March
2011
The rising cost of cosmetic surgery

Thinking of getting a boob job? Start saving now, as cosmetic surgery is about to get a whole lot more painful - if only for your pocket. Industry experts are expecting the prices to go sky high within 12 months, with breast enlargement surgery rocketing from £5,000 to £10,000 - and you could even fork out a massive £12,000 for a facelift.

The expected rise is thanks to the number of patients turning to compensation after claiming they received botched cosmetic surgery operations. One example is businesswoman Penny Johnson, who is suing her facelift surgeon for £54 million after he allegedly left her with a ‘monster eye’ that prevented her from working and ruined her family life.

One of Britain’s leading cosmetic surgeons, Mrs CC Kat, is warning that this ‘compensation culture’ could...

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Wahanda's had a makeover!

16
March
2011
Wahanda's had a makeover!

You’ll know by now that here at Wahanda we’re dedicated to making sure that you look and feel the best you can at all times. With our daily spotlight offers, beauty offers and fitness fixes, we’ve got you covered from head to toe.

So with all of this beautifying going around, we thought we’d better step up to the mark and indulge in a little makeover ourselves. Can’t go letting the side down by looking shabby, can we?
We’ve got six big changes for you:




A brand spanking new homepage, tailored to where in the world you are
A shiny new bestsellers page
A beautiful new spa breaks page
A sparkling new spa days page
A gorgeous new hair and beauty page
And a delightful new detox and fitness page
It’s all designed to make things much easier for you to get what you want, where you...

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Davinia Taylor launches new Taylor Made salon

16
March
2011
Davinia Taylor launches new Taylor Made salon

Things haven’t been easy for former Hollyoaks actress Davinia Taylor, but the launch of her new salon, Taylor Made, proves that she’s back on track. Five months pregnant and hosting a fabulous baby bump, she made a great impression on the Wahanda crew when we made our way down to the salon yesterday afternoon.

Forgetful as ever, the invitation had slipped our minds when choosing what to wear in the morning, so we rocked up to a celebrity salon launch in our cosy casuals. Oops. Thankfully though, Davinia was incredibly welcoming and down-to-earth, and not one person in the salon made us feel out of place.

That’s one of the first things to note about Taylor Made – it’s the type of place that you really feel comfortable in. The salon is all about creating a relaxed, personalised...

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BEAT ovarian cancer

14
March
2011
BEAT ovarian cancer

Unless you’re completely oblivious, you’re probably aware that we’re almost halfway through March (already?!), but you’re less likely to know that it’s also Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Ovarian cancer charity, Ovacome, are determined to rectify this fact and have kicked their BEAT campaign up a notch.

Ovarian cancer is the second most common gynaecological cancer in the UK – affecting over 6,800 women a year. Despite this, the average GP will typically only see one case of ovarian cancer every five years, even though the outcome for the disease is positive if diagnosed early enough.

Ovacome was founded in 1996 by ovarian cancer survivor Sarah Dickinson. Inspired by her own experience and the realisation that this was a ‘silent’ disease – she wanted to do her bit to raise awareness. ...

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Don't panic...

09
March
2011
Don't panic...

Jemma Kidd - makeup artist, columnist and sister to supermodel Jodie Kidd – spoke out this week about her extended battle with anxiety and panic attacks. Her attacks were seemingly random and uncontrollable, and she suffered in silence before finally gaining control over her disorder by learning how to reprogramme the ways her mind responded to certain situations. Anxiety disorder affects 1 in 20 adults in Britain, so if you’re feeling the pressure, we’ve got a few tips to lend a helping hand.

Talking about it is key, so check out our counselling pages to find an ear near you



Overall health can do wonders improving your state of mind, so look into developing a fitness routine or speaking to a nutritionist about how to get the most out of your diet



Alternative therapies are...

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What are you giving up?

09
March
2011
What are you giving up?

It’s Ash Wednesday today, meaning that if you participated in the obligatory gorging of pancakes yesterday it’s now time to take the next step and give something up for Lent. Traditionally, Lent is a period of Christian fasting to commemorate the time that Jesus spent in the desert overcoming Satan’s temptations. Even for those who may not follow religion, it’s become a time filled with good intentions, where discarded New Year’s resolutions (“I won’t drink/smoke/eat chocolate/miss a workout EVER again!”) can be revived for forty days and nights.

Whether you’re doing it for religious reasons or just for fun, Wahanda know that forty days is a long time - so we’ve got a few ideas to help you out along the way.

Giving up chocolate? Distract yourself with another sweet treat and book...

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Want to know what's really under your skin?

08
March
2011
Want to know what's really under your skin?

Holidays... sun beds... one-bottle-of-wine-too-many... We’re often guilty of being a little harsh on our skin. If you’re ready to start being a little kinder to yours, Scin are offering you a free Dr Murad Skin Scan at their London spas.

Founded by sisters Anna and Nicky Noble, Scin Spas are all about providing high quality beauty treatments in a warm, friendly environment. Their spas are modern and fresh, while remaining focused on expert training and happy customers.

Plump for this treatment and you’ll receive advice based on an expert skin analysis. You’ll get to see images of your skin beneath the surface (including all those fun-related imperfections that the mirror can’t show you) and leave knowing exactly how to improve the condition, tone, texture and health of your skin. And...

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Ditch the razor and embrace the laser!

07
March
2011
Ditch the razor and embrace the laser!

If you’re sick of shaving cuts, stubbly legs and that oh-so-enjoyable razor burn – laser hair removal experts Sk:n have the answer. They’ve hijacked March and labelled it Sk:n Razor Amnesty Month – giving you the opportunity to get a free laser hair removal test patch and an in-depth consultation with a Sk:n expert, an offer usually worth £25.

Presenter and beauty expert Nicky Hambleton-Jones is encouraging us all to bin the blades:

“Come on ladies and gents! It’s time to throw out those razors and think about an alternative solution to unwanted hair. I’m a great believer in laser hair removal, especially as it’s not always easy to find time to keep your body hair free. Laser hair removal is becoming more and more popular – especially with high street clinics like Sk:n providing such...

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Fancy a snooze?

07
March
2011
Fancy a snooze?

We’ve got some good news for you - research shows that there’s no need to feel guilty about taking time out to nap during the day. Apparently catching up on some Zs with a 45 minute power nap can help lower your blood pressure after a stressful event.

Participants in the experiment were split into two groups - one of which was allocated a 60 minute period during the day to get some sleep – and both were asked to complete a complex mathematical sum designed to raise blood pressure. It was found that those who’d managed to take advantage of a little shut-eye had significantly lower blood pressure rates during the test than those who’d stayed awake.

While this is all well and good in theory, most of us are severely frowned upon if we try and nod off at our desks (even we are not supposed...

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Vain or veiny?

01
March
2011
Vain or veiny?

We’ve all got our little body issues – whether it’s that bit that sticks out no matter which way you twist around in the mirror, or that niggling comment from a friend that you just can’t shift from your mind. Whatever it is, chances are you poke and prod at it, but eventually just learn to accept it as part of who you are – it’s our differences that make us unique, after all.

But with more and more advancements in cosmetic surgery, it seems that some celebrities and beauty fans are going to extreme lengths to get rid of the tiniest of flaws. A new anti-ageing laser treatment promises to make any unsightly veins in the hands simply disappear – at a price of £2,000 to £4,000.

These bulging veins are usually found on those who have a lower body fat percentage, with Angelina Jolie or...

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How much is your beauty worth?

01
March
2011
How much is your beauty worth?

An article released last week stated that we girls spend £133,575 during our lifetime in an effort to look perfect from head to toe. This works out at an average of £2,055 a year, with over £700 of that going on body maintenance and over £400 devoted to our hair.

Sound like a lot? Wahanda believe that feeling great is worth spending your hard-earned pennies on, but we’re all about getting the best possible deals to you. You could save up to 80% by checking out our daily MobDeals and that £400 could be cut right down to size by taking advantage of our hairdressing deals. Plus, we even give you some money if you sign up to our newsletter – a whole £5 credit for you to spend on the site deals.

The boys don’t get away blame-free either - apparently you all spend £543 a year, just on making...

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Give your glasses the Gok treatment

01
March
2011
Give your glasses the Gok treatment

There’s a few of us here at Wahanda who understand how irritating wearing glasses can be. They’re annoying on holiday when you want to go swimming or wear sunglasses; they squish into your face when you try and watch TV in bed and they’re never, ever where you think you left them. If you’re feeling particularly peeved with your lenses but can’t bring yourself to go through laser eye surgery, then the new glasses range from Gok Wan could be perfect for you.

Despite all their annoyances, getting new glasses can be exciting and it allows you to change your entire look in seconds while of course giving you better vision – strained eyes are so last season. If you love fashion, but the likes of Chanel or Dior are a little out of your price range, Gok’s got the answer. His new range of retro...

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Superdrug brings cosmetic surgery to the high street

01
March
2011
Superdrug brings cosmetic surgery to the high street

Picture the scene: It’s Saturday, so you pop into town for a spot of shopping with a friend - maybe she needs an outfit for an important date and wants your opinion, or maybe you’ve just got an extra few pennies floating around. You spend a couple of hours mooching up and down the high street, enjoy a well-deserved coffee and a cake and then... head over to Superdrug for your afternoon cosmetic surgery appointment?

Yes, you read right. Superdrug are now offering cosmetic surgery treatments in special ‘clinics’, the first of which opens this week in Kensington, with plans to open more around the country. You’ll be able to get anything from eyebrow threading to skin peels - even a fish pedicure. The anti-wrinkle treatments are said to take 10-15 minutes and cost about £145, which is a third...

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Discover the best beauty buys at the CEW Awards

28
February
2011
Discover the best beauty buys at the CEW Awards

If you’re anything like me, being faced with a beauty department can be a very confusing experience. When you’ve got Chanel and Estee Lauder on your left; and Clinique and Elizabeth Arden on your right, how are you supposed to choose between it all? All of the sales girls look equally perfect and each product seems to make a more exciting claim than the next – but how do you decide which ones are actually worth spending your hard-earned money on?

No need to worry: the CEW (UK) Beauty Awards do a little bit of the hard work for you. Launched in 2006, the awards hunt down the best and most innovative products on the market, chosen by a panel of beauty industry experts. They all met last week to receive their package of free samples that they are all to judge (lucky devils) and the winners...

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Treat Yourself to a Mandara Spa Experience at Sainsbury's

23
February
2011
Treat Yourself to a Mandara Spa Experience at Sainsbury's

Mandara Spas are all about pleasure. Steeped in the traditional healing spirit of the Balinese and with a name straight from an ancient Sanskrit myth about the quest for eternal youth (never a bad thing) – they are the ultimate in luxury pampering.

2011 has brought the first Mandara Spa to the UK – a treat usually reserved for those with a little more than a 30% annual sunshine rate. Head to the Park Plaza Westminster Hotel in London’s South Bank and you could find yourself treated to a Balinese massage, an Asian Head Massage or even an Elemis Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Facial. It offers an indulgent Asian escape from the grey clouds of the city and it’s the first time that a spa has had Mandara, Elemis and Bliss products under one roof.

All three beauty product giants are owned by...

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Tried and Tested: Omorovicza's Deep Cleansing Facial

22
February
2011
Tried and Tested: Omorovicza's Deep Cleansing Facial

I’ll admit it – at age 22, I was a facial virgin. Acne and sensitive skin had plagued me throughout my teen years and since then a less-than-ideal bank balance had left beauty treats decidedly in the “things I cannot afford” pile. So when I got the chance to try out one of Omorovicza’s Deep Cleansing and Pore Refining Facials, I couldn’t wait.

The Venue

I arrived in a typical bad morning mood – I’d slept badly, my hair was ignoring my orders on all counts and my train had been one of those awful, old, four carriage ones. I was hoping a facial might restore some sort of positivity in me and I wasn’t disappointed.

I arrived a little early so took a few minutes to wander around Liberty’s – one of my favourite department stores – which definitely put me in the right frame of mind for...

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Feel London Fashion Week Fabulous with Treatwell's offers...

21
February
2011
Feel London Fashion Week Fabulous with Treatwell's offers...

If you live anywhere near our fine capital city - or even if you just keep your Twitter account glued to the flash and fashionable of our world - chances are you’ve noticed that London Fashion Week is once again in its full high-heeled swing.

As one of fashion’s most exciting hotspots, London has its upsides with people-watching reaching new heights of fun every day. During this week in particular, our streets are positively saturated with celebrities and fashionistas sporting their most original looks.

A little daunted by the prospect of stepping outside when there’s so many perfectly decorated people wandering about? No need to panic – we here at Wahanda have the beauty deals to keep you looking as front-row glamorous as the best of them.

We’ve carefully selected our spotlight...

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Climb a Mountain - or three - for Help for Heroes

16
February
2011
Climb a Mountain - or three - for Help for Heroes

We here at Wahanda are always happy to support a good cause – especially if it involves a healthy dose of sweat along the way. Former Royal Marine Commando, Greg Pye, has launched a truly inspirational fundraising event to test even the fittest exercise junkies out there. He’s looking for companies and individuals to form eleven teams of eleven people who will each complete the Three Peaks Challenge – an ascent and descent of the three highest peaks in the UK in 24 hours: Scotland’s Ben Nevis, England’s Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon in Wales.

Greg decided to launch this fundraiser after losing so many of his friends in Afghanistan and then seeing the great work that Help for Heroes does in building Personnel Recovery Centres, which provide rehabilitation for soldiers following active...

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Happy Birthday Wahanda!

14
February
2011
Happy Birthday Wahanda!

Drum roll please... It’s our birthday! Oh yes, we’ve reached the grand old age of 3 and we’re celebrating in true Wahanda style. Our first few years have been filled with exciting exploits, but one of the things that we’ve been known for is bringing the fintastic fish pedicure into the limelight.

We’ve never been ones to miss out an an oppor-tuna-ty to treat ourselves, so we’ve pushed the boat out and perch-ased some of our very own fishy friends for Wahanda HQ! We’ve been floundering about making a fuss of them all morning, but if you fancy musselling in on the action and keeping up with all of their adventures, you can follow them on Twitter at @wahandafish.

You know we’re a sucker for a good d-eel, and Mr and Mrs WahandaFish are no different. They’ll be offering you some amazing...

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Win a Spa Break for Two at Clumber Park Hotel

08
February
2011
Win a Spa Break for Two at Clumber Park Hotel

You can’t move in the shops without ploughing headfirst into something heart-shaped at the moment, but if the thought of Valentine’s Day is pulling at your purse strings a little too much then we’ve got the perfect thing to put the romance back into your February.

As well as being the official day of love, February 14th just so happens to be our third birthday, so we’re hijacking the celebrations and sharing them with you - aren’t we lovely? We’ve come a long way in just three small years, and as you all know we’ve just launched our fantastic dated booking system for all you spa break lovers. So we thought, why not give one away?

We’d feel far too guilty hogging all the presents for ourselves, so we’re offering you the chance to win a one night spa break for two at the Clumber Park...

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