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Brushing your hair daily has big advantages for the look and health of your hair. It will eliminate knots and distribute the natural oil (sebum) from the roots right to the ends. This means the roots won't look too oily and the ends won't look too dry.
The Right Hair Brush
Using the right brush for your hair type and texture or for the hairstyle you’re trying to create will go a long way to making styling easier. Range and variety of hair brushes can be hard to find in stores, though, so shop online or ask your hair stylist to place a special order for you.
Hunt for the Right Hair Brush
There is a lot of variety when it comes to brushes and the right one for you might not be available in your local stores. Use the internet or ask your hairstylist to special order any hair brush that you can't find instead of settling for what you can. The difference it could make to your hair will be worth it.
Don't Brush-Off Brushes
Using the right hairbrush is important. To straighten your hair use a large round brush, to add body and curl use a small round brush, and for a super sleek look use a flat paddle brush.
Tied-Up in Knots
Combing out knots in your hair is always easier if you start from the ends and work your way up to the scalp.
Avoid tangles by using a detangler or leave-in hair conditioner after washing, and gently take the knots out with a wide-toothed comb, working in small sections from the ends up.
Untangle Your Hair
To avoid tangles and strand damage caused by elastic hair bands, twist your hair up and secure it with pins instead.
Do not over condition. Using conditioners that over-moisturize the hair can leave it feeling dull and weighed down and too much protein can cause the hair to be brittle.
Elastic + Wet hair = Bad Idea. Using rubber bands or elastic hair ties on your wet hair can cause serious stress and unnecessary breakage. If you need to keep the hair away from your face, opt for a cotton and Lycra head band or a loose bun.
Soak it up. Wet the hair down prior to jumping into the swimming pool so that your hair won’t absorb the chlorine or other chemicals.
Clarify carefully. Do not use clarifying shampoos too often. This can strip the hair leaving it dry and frizzy.
Sunburn for your hair? Don’t forget that too much sun can be just as damaging to your hair as it is to your skin. A good trick to improve your hair while enjoying warm weather is to work in a deep conditioner and let soak in while you soak in the rays (with SPF of course!).
Pool Rules. Chlorine can be extremely drying and damaging to hair. It helps to soak your hair in fresh water before getting into the pool or avoid submerging your hair at all.
Rub awareness. Finally, do not rub your hair in between your hands and towel because it will rough up the cuticle layer and cause damage that will eventually create moisture loss and dryness.
When it comes down to it, you can implement any new beauty add-on into your regular routine for an instant fix me up. Unfortunately, however, few fix me ups offer gratification beyond the moment, but there is one thing that you can do to add instant glam to your overall look, and offers an effect that lasts much longer than that of a new eye shadow or nail color. It’s all in the hair girls, and if you really want a quick fix that isn’t too dramatic, all you need to do is change your hair color and an all new you is right around the corner. And this spring, the choices are hot, rich, and sizzling, depending on what trend you follow. You’ll also be happy to hear that no matter what color you want, it will be right on point with this season’s colors. Blondes are blonder and brunettes are getting even more chocolaty. And, if you really want to stand out in a crowd, the reds this season are HOT. Here are a few tips and tricks to mastering the perfect summer or spring color. No matter what you choose, it won’t be out of style.
The key with choosing a color this season is to choose a color that is one extreme of the shade that you want. This season’s colors are standing out against natural counterparts and are rich, bright, and contain hues that capture the sun in ways you would never dream of. So, you want to go either super dark, super light, or super hot if you are in the red palette.
When it comes to dark choices, if you haven’t gone dark before, you want to start with a color that is semi-permanent. If you have even a smidge of dyer’s remorse, a semi permanent will last only 6 weeks and will not damage your hair. These colors will stain only your hair’s surface, and if you decide to go lighter later, it will be a snap with a semi. With darks, you also want to do this gradually. For blonde girls, going chocolate or even black in one swoop will have a startling effect. It may look great on the latest celebrity, but it can be a little too harsh if your skin is on the fair side. Take gradual steps and you yourself will also ease into the transition. Once you have found a shade that complements your skin tone, stay with it.
If you are dark haired and want to go light, start with highlights. This will ease the transition as well, and will introduce you to the idea of lighter hair. Dark to light is a drastic step, and many people do experience dyer’s remorse here, so begin with highlights as your first baby step. You want to avoid all over highlights as it is somewhat outdated and it doesn’t look natural. Stagger your highlights so that it looks like you were born with those sun-kissed streaks. Your hair will also need some strengthening if you are going light, because lighter colors contain bleach that is damaging. Use protein treatments every month, or even every week if you can swing it. To go extremely blonde, this is not a do it yourselfer, you WILL want the hands-on help from a stylist and professional salon.
And, when it comes to redheads, there are no rules here. If you have the confidence, go for a look that screams sirens and will make heads turn. Going red doesn’t require any pre-development or treatment, and is the easiest shade to then change to a next level – darker or light. In fact, if you are looking for an extreme change, red may be the perfect starting point as you can then take your shade wherever you want with ease. And who knows, many a color change that has begun with red has stayed that way. You might love it enough to stay as bold and brazen as your hair color.
The following are some basic hair care tips that you can use to improve the health and look of your hair.
· A healthy lifestyle will mean healthier hair for you. Excessive stress, smoking, not exercising and not eating nutritiously are not healthy for your hair.
· Get enough sleep.
HAIR PRODUCTS (Gel, mouse, hair spray...)
· Avoid using hair styling products with alcohol which dries out hair.
· Avoid putting hair styling products directly on your scalp; if you put it on your scalp you'll clog the pores on your head.
· Before entering a pool, wet your hair so your hair will soak up the initial water instead of the chlorinated or salt water.
· When swimming where a cap to protect your hair from chlorinated water, if you choose not to wear a cap make sure you shampoo and condition your hair right after you are done swimming.
· Hot air can be damaging to your hair so when using a hair dryer use the cool setting.
· Don't leave the blow dryer in one spot for more than a few seconds, keep it moving and at a good distance away from your hair.
· To speed up the drying process, pat your hair dry with a towel and let the remaining moisture in your hair dry naturally.
· Gently use your fingers or a pick to untangle any knots while your hair is drying.
· Use a brush, whose bristles are made from natural animal hairs, it is softer and more flexible which means less damage will be done to your hair.
· Hair is most fragile when it is wet so avoid brushing or combing when it's wet, or else it will cause breakage, wait until your hair is almost completely dry before brushing it.
· Use brushes/combs with widely spaced bristles/teeth and smooth tips. Sharp tooth combs can damage your hair, cause split ends, and scratch your scalp.
· To keep your brushes and combs clean, wash them weekly using soap or shampoo.
· Comb your hair to remove any tangles before brushing it.
· Begin by combing your hair gently at the ends to get any tangles out and work your way up to the base of your hair.
· Always brush/comb with a downwards stroke.
· Avoid using plastic brushes/combs which create static electricity
SHAMPOOING & CONDITIONING
· Buy shampoos & conditioners that match your hair type, trial and error is the best way to find out what specific hair product is best for your hair.
· Shower with warm water, hot water can dry and/or irritate the scalp.
· It is important to wash your hair, shampooing removes dirt, dead skin cells, hair oils, any hair products you may put into your hair.
· When shampooing, rinse your hair out before applying any shampoo to remove any dust, dirt, and any other foreign items, then apply the shampoo onto your scalp and massage it gently with your finger tips and work your way outwards. After you are done make sure that you thoroughly rinse out your hair to remove any shampoo residue that may be left. Shampoo residue may dry your scalp/hair and or attract dirt. It is recommended that you only lather once to avoid drying your hair out, if you have oily hair, lathering again may stimulate your oil glands to create even more oil than normal.
· You should wash your hair as often as you feel necessary to keep it clean, but a general rule is for oily hair you should wash it every day or every other day and for dry hair only wash it 2-3 times a week.
· Try rotating the shampoo and conditioner periodically, your hair responds differently to different products.
· Use a conditioner after shampooing, it'll moisturize your hair, give it extra protection, add shine, reduce static, and makes it easier to untangle.
· Use a leave in conditioner, it'll hydrate and protect your hair. A leave in conditioner on your hair is the equivalent of moisturizer on your face.
· When conditioning your hair, try to spread conditioner evenly throughout your hair and leave it in for a couple of minutes before rinsing out your hair.
· Put the conditioner in at about an inch away from the scalp, the roots of your hair contain the most oils and usually don't need the extra conditioning.
· Be gentle when shampooing and conditioning, don't use excessive force rubbing your hair, remember hair is most vulnerable when wet.
Olaplex is free of silicone, sulfates, phthalates, DEA, aldehydes, and is never tested on animals. Olaplex reconnects broken disulfide sulfur bonds in the hair. Hair bonds are broken during thermal, mechanical and chemical services.
· I can use Olaplex as a miracle too. The benefits are for both the client and the stylist. With this knowledge comes the ability to push hair farther than ever before.
· OlAPLEX NO.1 BOND MULTIPLIER
· Olaplex No. 2
o Is it a conditioner? NO.
o Is it an activator? NO.
o Is it a neutralizer? NO.
· Olaplex No.2 is a continuation of the active Olaplex chemistry. No.1 is used to mitigate damage during the color, lightening, perming and relaxing process however it cannot stop all of it. No.2 simply contains the same active ingredient as No.1 in a cream form for ease of distribution. This works the exact same way by finding more broken disulfide bonds and repairing them without any other chemicals working against it.
· Olaplex No.2 is NOT optional. If you want to achieve the best results possible, No.2 must be used after each service with No.1. Again, Olaplex No.2 is NOT a conditioner.
· Olaplex itself does not take the place of any other product on your shelf.
Misconceptions about Olaplex:
· With hundreds of thousands of users around the world at this point, there is still information that gets distorted or misunderstood. YouTube and all other tools available to educate both clients and stylists alike.
· 1. Olaplex No.2 / No.3 are not conditioners. They are not meant to provide slip to the hair or give the cosmetic effect. No.2 and No.3 are both continuations of the Olaplex service with the same active ingredient as No.1. This is in different forms and concentrations for different uses. No.2 and No.3 both work to repair broken disulfide bonds within the hair without chemical services working against them. You will still shampoo and condition immediately after.
· 2. Leave on No.2 for 10-20 minutes or use as a cutting lotion then rinse, shampoo and condition.
· 3. Use of Olaplex No.3 does not require the use of No.1 and No.2. No.1, No.2 and No.3 all share the same active ingredient, Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate, in different forms and concentrations for different uses. If a client has compromised hair and is unable to get a treatment due to time constraints, go home with No.3 to start the repair process.
Do you have a hair or scalp problem that's making it difficult to maintain your hair style and keep it looking good? When your hair and scalp are in good condition, you'll find your hair looks better and is much easier to style.
Common Hair Problems and Solutions
Oily or greasy hair: This is probably due to an over-production of natural scalp oil (Sebum). Look for a shampoo that is gentle enough for daily use but strong enough to create a cleansing lather. Choose easy hair styles, so your hair can be washed daily. Here some advice and solutions on what cause and how to Get Rid of Oily Hair
Looking at damaged hair Dry and unmanageable hair needs extra conditioning in a gentle formula. Your hair fibers loses its shine, because too little scalp oil or sebum is produced. For easy styling, choose short hair cuts that retains a good shape without styling.
Do you suffer from a dry scalp and hair? Learn how can a dry scalp and hair benefit from a shampoo or conditioner made from hemp seed oil.
Do you have hair breakage or split ends? Frizzy or tangled hair problems? Dull, lifeless hair? Read about advice And Treatment For Damaged Hair. It explain symptoms, cause, treatments, repairing products and alternative solutions for damaged hair. Including split ends and frizzies.
Fine, thin hair is delicate - it needs a protein shampoo and a light conditioner that won't weigh it down. These proteins are designed to penetrate into the hair shaft to moisturize, strengthen and make them appear fuller and thicker.
Common Scalp Problems and Solutions
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Natural Remedies For Itchy Skin - A self-help guide with tips to find the most likely reasons for scalp problem or irritated skin and how to solve it with simple remedies.
How to Solve Hair and Scalp Problems With Cranberry Oil - Cranberry seed oil is the latest natural hair product on the market. It provides a nutrient-rich formula that contributes to a healthy and strong head of hair.
A more serious case of thinning hair is female pattern hair loss. Learn in detail the latest discussion by dermatologists on how to determine and combat hair loss. You can read about the symptoms, treatments, and stigma surrounding three of the most common hair disorders:
1. pattern hair loss in woman
2. alopecia areata
Natural hair loss treatment - The safest and most cost efficient form of hair loss therapy is natural hair loss treatment, which includes healthy dieting, herbal remedies, exercise and proper hair care techniques.
Finding a solution to hair loss is not always an easy task. Surviving-Hairloss.com is a friendly website from a real hair loss survivor that take you through a step-by-step guide to find the real root to your hair problems and an extensive product review to find the right solution.
Alternative Solutions for Sensitive, Itchy Scalp
· African shea butter - A natural conditioner for dry and sensitive scalp.
· Is your scalp sensitive to hair care products? If you have scalp problem and your scalp gets itchy and uncomfortable after washing your hair and you've tried all the commercial hair care and style products with no success, try the wonderful benefits of shea butter.
· Hair and Scalp Massage - The Ayurvedic Secret for Gorgeous Hair.
· A warm oil massage, done at least once a week will help preventing dry scalp without the use of harsh chemical shampoos.
Shopping for Shampoo?
Get to Know Your Hair First: Take a stroll down the hair care aisle of your favorite store. Then try to choose from all those hundreds of shampoos, conditioners and special treatments. It's enough to make your hair fall out. How do you know which is the right shampoo and conditioner for you? Here are a few guidelines that will help you face that long, lonely walk down the hair care aisle:
· Know your hair and scalp type. Is it normal, dry, oily, color-treated, permed, fine/thinning, curly, gray or silver? There's a shampoo and conditioner for each type. If you're not sure, ask your hair stylist for help.
· Curly hair usually benefits from shampoos and conditioners that give added moisture to combat dryness and frizz. Visit our section for Curly Hair Styles for tons of advice and tips by both stylists and people with curly hair.
· If your hair has been colored or highlighted, always use a color-safe shampoo to prevent premature fading.
· If you need a dandruff shampoo for your scalp problem, you may have to try several before you find one that works for you. Anti-dandruff contains active agents like Selenium Sulfide or Ketoconazole can fade your hair color, so try to select the mildest anti-dandruff formulation that still controls your dandruff. Read more about dandruff causes and cures.
· There are many medicated shampoos and scalp conditioners on the market for scalp problem and conditions like psoriasis, allergic scalp, itchy scalp etc. Ask for a recommendation from your doctor or your hair care professional. And of course, read our articles!
· Try selecting two different brands of product, then alternate them for best results (example: a dandruff shampoo and a normal shampoo.)
· Go with a brand name you trust. Professional salon products are made by companies that value their reputation for quality products so their claims are usually reliable.
· Always read the label before trying a new product.
· A pretty bottle and a lovely smell are nice little extras. But the best way to find a shampoo or conditioner for your hair and scalp problem that can deliver real, noticeable benefits is to carefully match it to the unique needs of your hair. Once you know your hair, shopping for hair care products and solving your hair and scalp problem gets a lot easier.
If you like to always be up to date with the latest fashion, then short hair is perfect. Many of the classical styles that were in style years ago, to include the shag, bob, and pixie have come back into style today. For this reason, you can never go wrong choosing one of these traditional styles.
A huge benefit of short hair styles involves convenient and ease of care. For people in the business world, they want something that looks professional but also easy to manage. Although it will vary from one style to another, in most cases, with short hair you can simply wash, add a little gel, towel dry or blow dry for a minute, and head out the door. Shampooing and conditioning takes just minutes and styling is a breeze. Again, the right haircut is crucial in that it will fall into place automatically without any fuss.
Short hair styles are definitely stylish and chic. You could choose a cut that allows you to wear it trendy when out dancing at night and then polished for daytime wear. Face it, short hair is sensual and sexy! You can take an out-of-date look and completely change your appearance by cutting your hair short. In fact, most women that go from long to short hair are amazed at how much younger, and thinner they look. Short hair not only makes you look better but feel better. You will have more energy and vibrancy, sort of stepping light.
If you are tired of the same old thing with your hair day after day, and ready to make a chance, then this might be the right time to have your hair shortened. Just remind yourself that if for some reason, you are not happy with the cut, your hair will grow back but chance are, you will be more than thrilled with the result!
Remember that wearing a short hair style does not mean looking like a boy, which is a huge concern for many women. Again, remember the following things to make your short hair look chic and stylish, not boyish:
· Perm your hair to add volume, height, and curl.
· Choose a new angle to create a trendy look.
· Try different things with your haircut. For example, you might wear it spiked, slicked back with a strand to the side, or simply tousled.
· Have layers added to your hair.
· Use hair jewelry or pins to pin it or pull it back.
· Consider having your hair softened with a razor edge cut.
Getting more organized and losing weight tend to be at the top of most people’s New Year’s Resolutions. But starting great habits shouldn’t exclude your beauty routine! If you’ve long lusted after luscious locks yet never seem to take the steps to get there, we’ve got your ultimate guide on the 6 great hair styling habits to start right now.
1. Schedule Frequent Trims - You’ve heard it 100 times and you’re going to keep hearing it again and again: one of the very first secrets to sultry tresses is keeping them in tip top shape with frequent trims. That means every 6 to 8 week’s ladies, regardless of whether or not you’re growing your hair out. Keeping those ends maintained will make for healthier hair that’s easier to style, too. If you aren’t great at remembering to schedule those trims, book them far ahead of time! So next time you go in for your haircut, go ahead and book the next one right there. Better yet, schedule all of 2013 if you can! How does every 8 weeks at 5pm sound? Like your hair is healthier already.
2. Remember to Deep Condition - You don’t need to condition your hair every day, in fact it’s listed as one of the six bad hairstyling habits you should stop now. But you should make an effort to deep condition your locks at least once a month. It’s one of the great ways to revitalize your hair, especially if it is color treated or you use hot tools often. An overnight conditioner, hair masque or salon treatment will add some much-needed moisture to your locks, soften the hair and restore shine, too.
3. Be Patient - For a lot of us, the words “patience” and “hairstyling” just don’t mix. We don’t have the patience to wait for curls to set, don’t have the patience to dry it right or don’t have the patience to grow it out and pass through that “in between” phase. A little more patience when it comes to your hair can really go a long way. You only have fabulous hair to gain so why not give it a try this year?! Be a little more patient in all things hair care.
4. Relax with the Hot Tools - If you are addicted to your curling or flat iron, it’s time to relax, just a little bit! There are plenty of alternative hairstyles that don’t require hot tools. Try some fun braids, a pretty bouffant or the famous top knot.
5. Swap Out Your Brushes - Be honest: how long have you really had that hair brush? Just like our makeup brushes, tress tools should be swapped out regularly. Brushes full of hair cause frizz and worn bristles can mess with your hair’s cuticle. Just for good measure, make it a habit of changing out your hair brushes every six months.
6. Change Your Shampoo - Did you know that you should be changing your shampoo every few months? Your hair actually benefits from a bit of change every now and then so if you’ve noticed it’s been a bit less manageable than normal; it may be time for a quick shampoo swap.
Checking out reviews before trying a new product or service have become a necessity thanks to sites like Yelp and Amazon. But what about hair extensions? There hasn’t been a single source where you could read hair extension reviews before committing to a service with your trusted stylist; until now.
Hair Extension Magazine features the Top 10 Best Hair Extension Brands on the market, with honest and real reviews (#) from clients and stylists around the world.
1. Babe Hair Extensions (3.1)
2. Balmain Hair Extensions (4.3)
3. Cinderella Hair (4.0)
4. Donna Bella (4.1)
5. EasiHair Pro (4.8)
6. Great Lengths (3.5)
7. Hair Dreams (3.5)
8. Hot Heads (3.5)
9. Klix Hair Extensions (4.7)
10. So.Cap.USA (4.3)
Why You Need to Read Hair Extension Reviews!
Here are four reasons you need to read hair extension reviews before committing to any brand:
Discover Credible Brands
We only feature the top 10 best hair extension brands for a reason. We have filtered out all of the junk for you to make the selection process even more straightforward.
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of hair extension brands who claim to offer the best product. The hair extension brands on our site have proved themselves in the industry among stylists, clients, and industry professionals.
Although we have ranked the best hair extension brands, each brand has something to offer.
Compare Hair Quality
If you have taken the time to research hair extensions, you have most likely come across the term “Remy human hair.” A common misconception is that if a company has the term Remy on their packaging that the hair is high-quality. However, Remy just describes the way that hair is collected during manufacturing.
An important term to look out for is “cuticle intact” which means that the cuticle has not been removed during processing. The cuticle ensures that the hair remains smooth and shiny.
However, some companies throw around these terms as a way to market their products to look better than they are. Reviews will help you figure out which companies are offering top-notch products and which ones are a bust!
Hair extensions are a quick to achieve long, luscious hair. However, thicker, long hair means more maintenance. If you are a low-maintenance type of girl that likes to roll out of bed and throw your hair into a top knot, then hair extensions may not be for you.
Although hair extensions do require some extra TLC, the benefits far outweigh the cons. However, check out what clients just like you are saying about hair extensions to see if one fits your lifestyle better than another.
Not all hair extensions are perfect. Just like any beauty product out on the market, you may encounter defective hair that tangles or sheds.
If you are a client, it’s important to find out from your stylist before your appointment how these types of situations are handled. Stylists always ask the return policy before placing any orders with your distributor.
Have you used any of the top 10 brands? Leave a hair extension review and share your opinion with the rest of the HEM community.
1. ADD SOME EDGE TO YOUR PONY – Amy up your everyday ponytail by teasing hair at the crown and keep the sides slicked tight. Even if you have fine hair, the secret weapon to teasing is a Teasing Brush, not a comb.
2. GO GLITTER – For this look, coat part with gel and mix with glitter. Paint onto the part.
3. BRAID IN SOME COLOR – Add a bright twist, by finding two pieces of ribbon the length of your hair, then divide hair in half. Separate each pigtail into three equal parts, knot ribbon around the top of one of the sections, weave it in as you braid, and secure the braid over the top of your with pins. Repeat on the other side.
4. TRY ROCKER-CHIC HAIR – Punky streaks are everywhere these days. Pick up pre-colored extensions and clip in for fun. When you see these vibrant fashion colors in the magazines and on the runway, they are EXTENSIONS, they are not bleached hair with vibrant colors. When this technique is done, it dries the hair and color fades within days.
5. TRY A TINY FISHTAIL – From the red carpet to the runway, sweet baby braids were everywhere. Add one into your ponytail; or hanging down in front, seventies-style; or loose and back to one side. For windswept wavers, scrunch in a light mousse with your fingers while you blow-dry.
6. MAKE A SWEET ROLL – Any pretty chignon will do, so try a side part, pull the top half of your back into a low pony and secure. Gently tug the elastic down to loosen, and poke your fingers in above it to create a hole. Now gather all your hair (the half pony and what’s loose), and tuck everything through the hole. Pin and hairspray.
7. PULL IT ALL UP – Mist roots with texturizer and tease the top into a high bump, make a half pony and secure with pins to push it all up.
8. MERMAID WAVES – Use a triple-barrel curling iron, start at your roots and clamp your way down to your ends. Now pull the top back tight.
9. RECYCLE YOUR RIPPED TIGHTS – Take a pair of scissors, cut the legs into thin, horizontal strips and wrap one around your ponytail holder. This is so much chicer than a scrunchy.
10. EXTRA BOUNCE – Apply volumizer to damp hair and blow-dry, one small section at a time. While each piece is still warm, wind it up and clip. Or try large Velcro rollers, let cool and unwind and go!
BY SHANNON FARRELL
If you've ever freaked out about how much hair you've been shedding recently, your fears aren't unfounded. According to the American Hair Loss Association, women actually make up 40 percent of those experiencing hair loss. But before you jump to any conclusions, know this: Everything from your diet to your hairstyling habits could be affecting how many strands you lose. Try these simple expert-approved tips to keep your head of hair full and healthy.
"Scalp massage helps to stimulate the scalp and remove dead skin cells—both of which encourage healthy hair growth," says Philip Kingsley, a trichologist (someone who studies scalp and hair health) and founder of Philip Kingsley Haircare. Use the balls of your fingers to massage the shampoo into your scalp, moving from the hairline to the back of the head. This move boosts blood flow and stimulates the hair follicles for growth.
"Brushes that cause a lot of traction call pull hair out from the follicle," says Kingsley. "If done repeatedly, this can lead to permanent hair loss." Always start towards your ends (not your roots), moving gently from section to section.
"Hair is at its most fragile [and prone to breakage] when it is wet, being that the protective cuticle is slightly raised," says Robert Dorin, a hair-restoration surgeon at True & Dorin Medical Group in New York City. Always wait until your hair has fully dried before putting it in a ponytail or brushing it through.
Another simple fix: "Instead of wrapping hair in a towel turban, which can cause breakage, gently pat wet hair with a towel to soak up excess moisture," says Jill Crosby, a celebrity hairstylist in Los Angeles.
"Too much UV exposure from the sun can damage your hair, weakening it and causing it to appear dull," says Dorin. "This is because the keratin proteins in the hair break down when exposed to UV rays." Not only does he recommend seeking shade (year-round, ladies!), he suggests spritzing strands with a hairspray that has UV protection prior to sun exposure.
"Hair is made of protein, and the cells that make each strand are the second fastest growing cells your body produces," says Kingsley. "However, as hair is a non-vital tissue, it is the last to benefit from what you eat. Any nutritional deficiency will often first show up as excessive hair shedding." Opt for at least two to three servings of protein (find it in lean chicken, fish, eggs, and low-fat Greek yogurt) a day.
Dorin warns against mega-hold products because they are high in alcohol content, which can cause dryness. When they're brushed out, the residue left behind causes breakage. "Try using softer-hold products like styling creams that maintain the moisture of the hair cuticle without creating that friction when being brushed," he says.
Since it's normal to lose 50 to 150 strands a day, you can expect to lose hair in the shower. However, hot showers can cause unnecessary loss. "Hot water strips the hair of its natural oils and throws your scalp's pores into overdrive in order to keep up with the oil production—damaging the root and leading to additional shedding," says Dorin.
If your hair loss seems to be caused by more than bad daily habits, first see your dermatologist and then look for the appropriate treatment. Kingsley's new three-step regimen, Trichotherapy ($215, philipkingsley.com), for example, "addresses hair loss from all angles—externally via drops and a protein spray and then internally through supplements that were formulated with the hair's specific needs in mind," he says. Women's Rogaine ($27.99, womensrogaine.com, although the generic at Wal-Mart works just as well, just purchase the one for men) is another recent addition to the market. The foam, which contains five percent minoxidil (a drug to treat hair loss), stimulates hair growth by penetrating into the scalp.
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- ADD SOME EDGE TO YOUR PONY – Amy up your everyday ponytail by teasing hair at the crown and keep the sides slicked tight. Even if you have fine hair, the secret weapon to teasing is a Teasing Brush, not a comb.
- GO GLITTER – For this look, coat part with gel and mix with glitter. Paint onto the part.
- BRAID IN SOME COLOR – Add a bright twist, by finding two pieces of ribbon the length of your hair, then divide hair in half. Separate each pigtail into three equal parts, knot ribbon around the top of one of the sections, weave it in as you braid, and secure the braid over the top of your with pins. Repeat on the other side.
- TRY ROCKER-CHIC HAIR – Punky streaks are everywhere these days. Pick up pre-colored extensions and clip in for fun. When you see these vibrant fashion colors in the magazines and on the runway, they are EXTENSIONS, they are not bleached hair with vibrant colors. When this technique is done, it dries the hair and color fades within days.
- TRY A TINY FISHTAIL – From the red carpet to the runway, sweet baby braids were everywhere. Add one into your ponytail; or hanging down in front, seventies-style; or loose and back to one side. For windswept wavers, scrunch in a light mousse with your fingers while you blow-dry.
- MAKE A SWEET ROLL – Any pretty chignon will do, so try a side part, pull the top half of your back into a low pony and secure. Gently tug the elastic down to loosen, and poke your fingers in above it to create a hole. Now gather all your hair (the half pony and what’s loose), and tuck everything through the hole. Pin and hairspray.
- PULL IT ALL UP – Mist roots with texturizer and tease the top into a high bump, make a half pony and secure with pins to push it all up.
- MERMAID WAVES – Use a triple-barrel curling iron, start at your roots and clamp your way down to your ends. Now pull the top back tight.
- RECYCLE YOUR RIPPED TIGHTS – Take a pair of scissors, cut the legs into thin, horizontal strips and wrap one around your ponytail holder. This is so much chicer than a scrunchy.
- EXTRA BOUNCE – Apply volumizer to damp hair and blow-dry, one small section at a time. While each piece is still warm, wind it up and clip. Or try large Velcro rollers, let cool and unwind and go!
The curly hair dilemma. You either LOVE it or you hate it!!! Curly hair is both a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because it’s quite lovely and a curse because it is generally accompanied by frizz.
The major culprits that contribute to the dreaded frizz are dehydration and friction. Unfortunately, curly hair is naturally dry. The first line of defense is to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Using the wrong products can cause potentially luscious locks to become parched. Dry, thirsty hair will reach upward and outward to try and quench its thirst from moisture in the air which causes it to become big and frizzy.
Friction is another no-no for curly locks. If you have lived with curls your whole life, you know that the more you touch your hair, the more frizz you create. There are other sources of friction that you probably don’t realize you are creating, however. Eliminating some of these sources will result in smoother curls. So without further ado, here are five major habits to adopt that will fully transform your curls.
FROM FRIZZY TO FABULOUS
1. USE ONLY SULFATE FREE SHAMPOOS
What are sulfates? Sulfates create suds. They are found in detergents, oven cleaners, engine de-greasers and sadly, in most shampoos. Sulfates are very effective for cutting grease but are too harsh for curly hair because they strip it of lubrication. Invest in a moisturizing, sulfate-free shampoo and cleanse your scalp in circular motions. Do not scrub your hair, concentrate only on your scalp. As the shampoo runs through your curls during your rinse, that will be enough to cleanse your mid-shaft and ends.
2. DETANGLE CURLS WITH CONDITIONER IN THE SHOWER
After cleansing your hair, apply conditioner. Leave it in while you take the rest of your shower, shave your legs, exfoliate, etc. Before you rinse, comb through your hair with with your fingers or a wide tooth comb. This way, you will not tug roughly on the hair and break it. After you have conditioned and detangled, stand upright under the shower head and allow the stream of water to flow through your hair and rinse out the conditioner.
3. NEVER USE A TERRY CLOTH TOWEL ON YOUR HAIR
Use a microfiber towel (or even a t-shirt) to dry your precious curls. Terry cloth towels act like velcro and really rough up the cuticle. Instead of vigorously rubbing to remove moisture from your hair, gently scrunch sections of hair with the microfiber towel in an upward motion, blotting the water into the towel. This way, you are drying and helping to coax your curls at the same time.
4. SLEEP ON A SATIN PILLOW CASE
Tossing and turning at night in your sleep in unavoidable. The smoother your pillowcase is, the less friction you are creating and the prettier your curls will be.
· For long lasting bangs, Don’t touch them! When women consistently touch and style their bangs during the day, they accelerate the process of oil buildup. Additionally, your fingers have residue/oil/dirt on them. Never use the fingers to touch or style the bangs. If you do, wash them first!
· If you need a quick refresher but don’t have time for a full wash, blow dry and style, just wash your bangs or the face-framing layers around your face before heading out the door.
· If you color or heat style hair regularly, then you know the hair encompasses variations of dryness and texture. Everyone wants flawless hair, but you must fix your porosity first to give tresses this healthy appearance.
· To save money and time, opt for subtle highlights. That means few highlights and in a color only slightly different from your base color. This will make your color last longer because this will not show re-growth.
· You want a tone of highlights from the flex of your eyes, which will help bring them out no matter what clothes or makeup you’re wearing.
· It may be tempting, but don’t ever cut your bangs yourself. If you need just a quick trim, I do them free for my clients or make an appointment at the salon explaining that you just want your bangs trimmed. They’ll pencil you in for a short appointment and won’t charge you the full price. I also teach my clients how to cut their own bangs, because WE ALL DO IT!
· Not ready for a big haircut, but notice you have a lot of breakage, wispy ends or just need a quick trim? Opt for the newest trend in haircutting: dusting! If you aren’t a fan of big bi-monthly snips, ask your stylist for a dusting. It is a light sweep of trimming the ends and will carry you through for at least 2 to 4 weeks between styling. However, it costs the same as a big haircut, it’s just an 1/8” versus ½”+. A dry dusting is less expensive but you must come with clean, dry, product free hair. I charge ½ so $25.
· For those of you that aren’t interested in embracing your natural curl, consider a keratin smoothing service to reduce curl and frizz. You will still have the option to wear your hair curly and it will dissipate over time alleviating the un-natural looking grows out time associated with chemical straightening services. Check out http://www.andreashair4u.com/GKSmoothing.html.
· The more unmanageable your hair is, the more moisturizer or conditioner you need.
· Always check the ingredients on your products. Some ingredients may contribute to excess frizz, especially alcohol or water-based products.
· Rub a protein-rich hair product on the ends of your hairs to help nix split ends caused by heating tools, hair dyes and standard wear and tear.
· If you want to take on frizz, opt for a really rich conditioner and then style with a setting spray or hair oil. This will keep fly-aways at bay.
· For bouncier or more voluminous hair, don’t use really thick or heavy conditioners or styling products. Instead, opt for lighter styling products and slightly tease your roots.
· Use oil-based setting or shine spray if your hair is prone to frizz or if you live in a really humid environment. This will nourish the shaft and keep hair from swelling with the moisture in the air.
· Have problems making bobby pins or barrettes stay in place? First lightly spray dry shampoo on the bobby pin/barrette before inserting into hair. The dry shampoo will keep the bobby pin from slipping or sliding and your style will be secure all day long!
· Try washing your hair and night before bed and then sleeping on slightly damp locks, so no matter what hair texture you have, the air-dried, slightly slept in look is a winner.
· Stuck in a hair plateau? It may be your products’ fault. The hair is alive – a creature of habit. Once you find a cleansing and conditioning agent that works miracles on your strands, guess what — that feeling won’t last for long. Shock the strands by switching up cleansing and conditioning agents at least every 4 to 6 weeks or every other bottle.
· Washing your hair every day can take away nutrients that help keep it manageable. Instead, a few times a week, just wet your hair in the shower without shampooing. Apply a conditioner, rinse out and follow with a leave-in.
· Determine your washing regimen by checking the oil level of your hair. To do this, run an open napkin through your hair after a day or two of not washing it and with hardly any product in your hair. If the napkin looks oily, consider washing your hair four to five times a week and not using a leave-in conditioner. If there’s hardly any oil, then wash hair every three days and use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.
· Avoid extra hot — and extra long — showers. The hotter your shower is, and the longer it lasts, the more your hair is stripped of natural oils that keep frizz at bay and locks shiny and lush. Lukewarm water is your friend.
· Did you know you can help shampoo away split ends? Look for cleansing duos containing orchid extract, which restore the ‘cement’ between the cuticle cells to strengthen and protect hair.
· Another hair-washing tip: Make sure to use a wide tooth bone comb, detangling your hair from the bottom and slowly working your way up since hair is in its most delicate state wet. This will prevent unnecessary breakage from occurring.
· Always shampoo your hair twice for a ‘hair facial.’ That’s right — twice! First shampoo to remove grease and dirt, then shampoo again to cleanse the hair. Follow by conditioning to moisturize your hair.
· When hair is fully dirty and you don’t have a place to wash it, use a diffuser on a blow-dryer around all your hair for about 10 minutes while rubbing your fingers through the lumps of hair strands. You’ll find your hair looking clean and fresh like its right out of the show.
· Carry a new, travel-sized toothbrush in your purse as a mini fly away buster. You can also carry a mini bottle of hairspray to spray the toothbrush first, which will easily tame stubborn hairs.
· Stayed the night at a certain someone’s house and have no hair products? It’s OK to use his products, too. In fact, a lot of men’s hair products are formulated for superior hold.
· Be a believer in “the t-shirt turban,” a makeshift shower cap that you can use anytime you need to shower, but don’t have a cap (like when you’re traveling). Remove your t-shirt so the neck is around your hair line. Roll it all into a twist and then tuck under the front to secure. Then hit the shower and no moisture or water will destroy your hair style!
· Try to stash a small brush and dry shampoo in your purse. Spray the brush with dry shampoo and brush the bangs from under (oil/residue from the face and forehead) and then on top to refresh the strands.
· If you have really limp or fine hair, use a hair crimper at the roots. This will add subtle body. Try a mini crimper for two inches at the roots.
· To get stubborn hair to hold a blow dry, apply a light mousse to your hair first and then use a smaller round brush instead of a big one. This will give you longer lasting curls and body.
· If you want a uniform curl pattern, you also need a uniform application of styling product.
· When blow-drying, dry your hair halfway and then use any styling products. When you add styling agents to wet hair, you may over saturate the strands, which will leave a heavy residue on the hair and decrease the length of a healthy, bouncy blowout.
· Want that messy, grungy, scratchy hair texture. Apply a salt spray dry, day two hair. Then, tuck it all up under a cap. Blast with a blow dry and leave to cool for five minutes, then take it out, shake it out and hit the party!
· When blow drying or flat ironing, make sure you control the ends with a brush or try using your hands to press the dried hair smooth.
· For limp, “day two” hair, apply a roof lifting spray directly onto dry hair at the root and then “over direct” hair with a blow dryer. Over directing essentially means sectioning hair further over the head and not following your natural part. Then go back to your natural part and you will have instant volume.
· To create a great base for styling, the best way to avoid frizz is to blow dry your hair from the top down. Direct the dryer towards the ends and remember to use the nosel on your hairdryer.
· Another blow drying tip: Always dry the roots about 70% first and then focus on the ends.
· Not everyone should use their blow dryer or flat iron on the highest setting. The highest settings are reserved for those with the thickest and coarsest hair. The thinnest/finest hair should use the lowest setting. Chances are, you are somewhere in the middle of that spectrum, so set your tools accordingly. Too hot can severely damage your locks and the quickest way to cause split ends.
· When blow drying or setting hair with a hot tool, make sure before you brush out the curls to let the hair become cold. It is more important how the hair cools down as to how it is heated up.
· Make sure to have a humidifier in your home to help avoid the drier air from pulling moisture from your tresses and skin.
· Just as your skin is susceptible to the sun’s rays, so is your hair. Excess sun exposure can damage your hair. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, use a light hair spray with SPF protection. Alternatively, carry a sun umbrella, wear a hat or hang out in the shade when you can.
· Chances are, you’re using bobby pins incorrectly. The longest part should be on top (not next to your scalp). Also, it’s best to use two pins and cross them. Thick or thin, this will hold the hair all day long.
· If you’re a frequent pool swimmer, rinse your hair before you dive in the deep end. This keeps hair from absorbing the chlorine and other chemicals, which damage hair (and can even turn it green). Another tip: wear a cap!
· Don’t be afraid to get creative! My new favorite is using cable ties to secure pony tails, it keeps them locked in really tight all day long.
· Got dandruff? Contrarily to popular belief, dandruff is not caused by a dry scalp. Instead, it’s a minor skin disease that can be made worse when oily products are rubbed onto the scalp. Your best bet is medicinal shampoos that treat the skin disease.
· What you eat matters. For example, consuming more salmon and nuts (or foods with essential fatty acids) will create a healthier scalp. Leafy greens and carrots also promote healthier hair. Contrarily, a poor diet can leave your hair limp and dull.
Hairstyles for older women don't fall very far from the styles that younger women wear. In today's world older women are younger and younger. So too are the hairstyles they wear. If you are an older woman, looking for a new hairstyle, don't worry. You aren't limited by age, to the type of hairstyle you're able to wear.
The most important step when looking for hairstyles for mature women is deciding what it is that you like! Choosing a style is very important, in the process of tailoring it to fit older women. Not only should a hairstyle be tailored to fit your facial shape, but it should also fit your taste. Merge the style you want with what's popular. You don't have to get rid of your long hair in order to stay current.
Long hairstyles for older women will always have some appeal. There are so many current hairstyles today that incorporate long hair well. The side swept, hairstyle is one of the year's most popular styles. It has a trendy fashion, but really dates back, to the 50's.
The side swept hairstyle can be worn over whichever shoulder you want. Some women choose to alternate. This hairstyle for older mature women can be achieved, by incorporating a smooth bang. Many older women are using curls at the end of the hair to complete the side swept style. Others are also making this style a ponytail design, too.
It does not matter which hairstyle you choose, hairstyles for older women are very versatile. Some women will even choose to add a splash of color to their new look. Highlights can also be a great way to incorporate color and low lights help give the illusion of thickness to thinning hair.