Our hair can go through a variety of different changes when we decide to have a chemical treatment. The different treatments can include;
When we choose to have these treatments it changes the structure of the hair. And how it changes will vary from head to head, and treatment to treatment. Today we want to talk about the changes that cause us grief on a day to day basis.
Some common symptoms of chemically treated hair;
Now don’t get me wrong there are many positives with these treatments and we’ll discuss these another day.
Most commonly, all of the mentioned symptoms are a result of the hair being over processed. Now this doesn’t necessarily mean in one visit to the salon or the supermarket (whichever floats your boat), although it can be in severe cases. Over processed simply means that you have applied strong or too many chemical treatments than your hair shaft or scalp can handle, and again the capacity in which the hair and scalp will handle will vary between individuals. However, keep in mind chemical treatments may not be the sole cause of those symptoms.
Hormones and medications can cause our hair and scalp to change, in addition to different types of water like bore water and chlorine, as well the use of copper piping in your house, all of these can cause a buildup of excess minerals on your hair.
Some of these issues are unavoidable but it can help if you are aware of these things, chat to your hairdresser about them so that they can recommend different suitable treatments and ways to help manage your hair.
It is important to remember before applying any chemical treatments what you have had done to your hair previously, because depending on the length of your hair you may have some old underlying chemical treatments still in your hair which ultimately results in the over processing of your hair. In the coming weeks we’ll discuss hair lengths and what to consider.
Are you struggling with dry, frizzy, knotted hair?
It could be due to wind… so let's discuss the how this happens and how you can fix and prevent damage from the wind.
Wind can cause a variety of issues to your hair, you can’t completely stop the effects of this happening but you can try different tips to help manage these issues.
Friction is the main issue with the wind causing the hair to become tangled which will then cause breakage, this breakage in your hair is a result of split ends from the hair strands rubbing against one another.
Unfortunately it's annoying but there are a few things that you could try to help you with these issues though.
The first step is to prevent the friction in the first place by protecting your hair from the wind by one or all of the following;
You could also carry a brush with you if possible to brush your hair after you have been in the wind, remember to start at the bottom and work your way up in small strokes, you don't want to be ripping the knots out causing more damage.
Furthermore, if you are experiencing dryness and split ends, it is important to keep the hair moisturiser with a daily moisturiser and regular treatments, then find a good hairdresser. A good hairdresser will be able to progressively remove your split ends without you having to loose your precious length.
Hopefully these tips and tricks will help you in the future when you're battling the wind .
Whilst red hair can be super fun, it can be just as costly in maintenance as being blonde, but here we're going to cover all the ways to get the most out of your red hair adventures!
The number one rule with red hair colour or any colour for that matter....
HEAT REMOVES COLOUR!!
Yes hot water, hair dryer, straightener or other heated appliances, and the sun, will all be responsible for your colour fading, some more than others.
For longevity in your colour avoid heat at all costs, so wash with cool water, let it air dry and wear a hat in the sun.
Secondly, if you've ever had a fashion colour and understand that the colours can run, be mindful to use a dark towel for your hair, and a dark pillow case if you must go to bed with wet/damp hair (should be avoided for scalp health), and depending on the colour product you have use, avoid getting caught in the rain.
The next problem with colour fade is the products you use. If you are truly committed to your colour adventure the ditch the shampoo!
Yes throw out your shampoo!
The main ingredients in shampoo's are usually water, salt, detergent and silicone. Salt is drying your hair out, reducing the hair's ability to retain colour and moisture.
Detergents being the cleaning agent is stripping the colour from your hair and also reducing the hair's ability to retain colour and moisture.
And silicones are responsible for making your hair feel amazing with every wash, but it is not easily removed and then builds up on the hair shaft coating it and preventing future colour from attaching to your hair as it should (not going to get super scientific for you, just going to keep it basic).
There are a huge range of cleansing conditioners commonly referred to as co-wash, that are ideal substitutes for shampoos, or if you really can't break away from a shampoo as a part of your routine, the you could look at some baby shampoos as they are incredibly gentle for both hair and scalp.
If you can follow everything mentioned above you should see a significant change in your colour longevity, however, if you hair is not in the best condition it is likely you will still be experiencing some fade. If this is the case for you there are two more suggestions for you;
• Pigmented Conditioners (warning, can be messy), and
• In salon colour refresher.
Your sleeping habits could be destroying your hair and scalp health!!
We all hear about the damage that chemicals and heat can do to your hair, but did you know that the next contributor to hair and scalp damage happens while you sleep.
I know you're thinking there is no way! But if you're suffering from any of the following, then chances are it's from sleeping:
• Frizzy hair
• Knotty hair
• Dry hair
• Split ends
• Itchy scalp
• Flakey scalp
• Smelly scalp
• Clumps of dandruff
So how could this be you ask?
Lets start from the beginning... Your pillow.
You pillow can be causing your hair to be dry and frizzy, being fabric it absorbs the natural oils from your hair as well as any moisturisers you put in, so it is important to replenish the moisture daily, and dry hair usually presents itself as frizzy.
Frizz, knots and split ends, amongst other things are a result of friction, ie, your hair rubbing on your pillow. The constant friction between your hair and your pillow creates a rough surface on your hair shaft (cuticle layer), this rough surface get caught on another resulting in knots, and with enough friction the hair shaft then begins to split. This is more commonly seen in finer hair but absolutely possible in all hair types.
Plaiting or putting your hair up and using a silk pillow case will go a long way to minimising friction.
Now for the easiest fix to the most embarrassing problems, itchy, flakey, smelly scalp and clumps of dandruff...
The most common cause of these scalp issues is a fungus overgrowth, (you can read more about it here) and yeast grows in dark, damp, warm spaces, to prevent this from happening is to stop going to bed with wet hair.
Yes there may be other underlying causes, but this is the most common that we encounter.
Think about it for a moment... you go to bed with wet or damp hair for 8ish hours (depends on how long you sleep), this is an ideal space and time for bacteria to start growing and before you know it you wake up itchy or worse your hair is still damp near the scalp, the itching continues, the flakiness starts and the best you can do is tie your hair up hoping no one notices, but your hair is still damp, you scalp has no fresh air to breathe and so it continues!
For help in resolving these scalp issues when they arise check out this article, but more importantly, don't go to bed with wet/damp hair.
So for best hair and scalp results try the following;
• Moisturise daily,
• Do you hair up and use a silk pillow case, and
• Make sure your hair is completely dry before going to bed.
This article is only for informative purposes. This article is not intended to be a medical advise and it is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor for your medical concerns. Please follow any tip given in this article only after consulting your doctor. The author is not liable for any outcome or damage resulting from information obtained from this article.
The onset of menopause can often lead to hair loss and has long been a part of aging that many women fear the most. These days many more women are also experiencing thinning and bald spots as they mature, and both men and women are reaching out for new solutions. Even though there is no real ‘cure', there are many things that can be done to help. Some products claim to help revive weakened hair roots and promote healthy hair growth.
Both hormones and genes are to blame for menopause causing acute hair loss, as is the aging process. Confirming the causes of your loss with a competent and experienced dermatologist is the first step in determining your best treatment options.
It’s possible to have temporary loss of hair caused by physical stress, emotional stress, thyroid abnormalities, medications and hormonal changes (such as androgens and estrogens during menopause) normally associated with females. Tension on the hair by prolonged use of hair weaving or corn rows can also cause permanent loss.
There are autoimmune disorders such as Alopecia Areata that cause patchy loss of hair often in small circular areas in different areas of the scalp. Alopecia Totalis is a total loss of hair on the scalp and is considered an advanced form of Areata. Alopecia Universalis is total hair loss of the entire body. People with diseases such as diabetes and lupus have also reported losing hair as a result.
It’s normal to shed some hair each day as about 90 percent of the hair on your scalp is growing at any one time during a normal phase that lasts for 2 to 6 years at one time. Some women notice they are losing hair about 3 months after delivering a child. This is related to a hormone loss and is usually temporary.
Several medicines have been known to cause hair loss such as blood thinners (anticoagulants), medicines used for gout and in chemotherapy to treat cancer. Also, the use of vitamin A, birth control pills and antidepressants has been known to cause hair loss.
For women, missed periods and hair loss can be connected. Lack of ovulation in a skipped period causes the adrenal cortex to secrete androstenedione (a steroid hormone). This hormone is associated with some male characteristics such as male pattern baldness. However, if you raise your progesterone level with natural progesterone cream, your androstenedione level gradually declines and your hair will grow back normally. This could take months before you see a difference, so be patient.
Male pattern baldness is usually inherited from your genes. An over abundance of the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is an active form of testosterone, within the hair follicle can create this type of hair loss. Current medications are aimed at slowing this common type of baldness including Minoxidil which is commonly called Rogaine and is available without a prescription.
Another medicine, Finasteride, and called Propecia, is available in pill form without prescription but is meant only for men. It can take up to 6 months in order to tell if these medications are helping.
Remember, the onset of menopause can often lead to hair loss and has long been a part of aging that many women and men fear the most. Even though there is no real cute, there are many things that can be done to help. Select the Hair Loss Doc Shop to locate a doctor near you.
The information in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice.
Hair loss after pregnancy is quite common, but can be very disconcerting, especially to a first time mother. This ranks high on the “what they don’t tell you about pregnancy and childbirth” list that all mothers find out about after the fact! The condition is medically named telogen effluvium and occurs because of hormone fluctuation following childbirth. During pregnancy some hair is pushed from its resting phase into a growing phase, and after childbirth this hair then falls out causing extreme hair loss after pregnancy in some cases.
Even though it is common, hair loss after pregnancy is very frustrating. Generally occurring between 6-12 weeks following birth, hair can come out in clumps. Following a shower was the worst time for me. Having extremely thick hair did not help my battle with hair loss after pregnancy, and I was pulling my hair out in handfuls all day every day for about 2 months. In some cases the hair loss can last up to a six month period, so don’t despair if yours is lasting longer than a few weeks!
Unfortunately, there is no cure for hair loss after pregnancy. Unlike normal hair loss, none of the supposed helpful products will work on your hair, either. Like pregnancy, you will just have to tough it out for a few months and then it will be over! Luckily, the hair loss after pregnancy is usually not permanent and it will grow back. However, in some cases bald spots are left behind that never fully recover. This is generally not the case and your hair will return to its usual state within a few months, if not sooner. In the meantime, you can continue to colour and cut your hair as you normally would. These processes will not affect the hair loss in any way.
If your hair loss after pregnancy is severe, you may want to check with your doctor. Hypothyroidism can be commonly diagnosed post partum and hair loss is a symptom that runs rampant among women. In addition to hair loss, other symptoms may include fatigue, inability to lose weight, hoarseness, depression and weight gain. Again, these symptoms are quite common among women that are within months of just having a child, so the hair loss after pregnancy is most likely caused simply by the pregnancy itself. However, if you are concerned contact your doctor to express your questions and possibly have some tests run to ease your mind.
Let me know in the comments how long your hair loss lasted..
Hormones play a crucial role in the hair growth process. There are a number of hormones governing hair growth in men and women. This is where the significance of high hormone supplements originates.
Testosterone and Estrogen are two examples of hormones governing human hair growth. Testosterone governs beard, body hair and armpit among men. Estrogen prevents hair growth on the chin among women. It also preserves frontal hair. Disturbance in estrogen level causes hair loss and balding among women.
Warning - we’re about to get a bit technical but stay with us until the end, it’ll be worth it.
Some other examples of hormones regulating hair growth are as follows –
Human Growth Hormone (HGH) –
It is secreted by the pituitary gland. It reaches its peak level during adolescence. And then it starts decreasing. Humans produce 500 mg of growth hormone at the age of 20. It comes down to 200 mg at the age of 40. And it is a paltry 25 mg at 80. Post-adolescence, one can use HGH supplement for various purposes including healthy hair. You may take natural hormone replacement pills or synthroids. But you must be careful about general health and nutrient intake.
Di Hydro Epi Androsterone (DHEA) –
This steroid is found abundantly in the body. Improper intake of this highly potent hormone can cause male pattern baldness beside increasing facial hair growth. Over the counter hormonal supplements like androstenedione, pregnenolone and DHEA can cause hair thinning. Rather one should use FDA approved treatments like Rogaine and Propecia. Avodart and Nizoral also come in the list of high hormone supplements.
It increases anagen hair rate in women with pattern baldness. It plays a key role in hair growth. Some hormones secreted from pituitary and thyroid glands have a significant impact on hair growth.
Dietary and Vitamin supplements
Various dietary and vitamin supplements also play determinative roles in hair growth. And they form core parts of the overall modern hair care mechanism.
One should also be careful about diet for healthy hair. The present day busy lifestyle demands more dietary supplements on a daily basis. A proper diet intake will go a long way in supporting healthy hair growth.
The elements that an ideal diet for healthy hair should contain include –
Nutrition ingredients generally contained by dietary supplements are as follows
Hair loss vitamin supplement may also helpful in getting a healthy hair but shouldn’t be a replacement for a balanced diet. These supplements are no less effective than hair growth shampoos or conditioners. Vitamins supplementing hair growth include –
Dietary changes and vitamins do not replace getting a medical opinion as there may be underlaying causes for the hormonal imbalance.
This article is only for informative purposes. This article is not intended to be medical advice and it is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor for your medical concerns. Please follow any tip given in this article only after consulting your doctor. The author is not liable for any outcome or damage resulting from information obtained from this article.
“ My hair is falling, doctor, there’s hair on the bed, there’s hair on the comb, there’s hair everywhere, except on my head”- This may sound humorous. But it is true. The main cause for hair loss is stress.
Stress and hair loss are interrelated. This is commonly noticed among people who gulp down coffee for breakfast, swallow the burgers for lunch and puff the ciggies to kill the stress.
Most people are under severe stress because of an overdose of work. Stress and hair loss are the important factors that cause premature greying. Your hair is the first part, which shows that you are in severe stress. Medication, imbalances in nutrition, and illness are the factors which cause stress and hair loss.
The desire to earn and work pressure are the two main troubles causing stress and hair loss.
Lack of exercise, hectic work schedules and most people are running from one place to another. Working women are facing more stress from both home and job. Stress at home and at the work place have a drastic effect on food habits. Very often a lack of vitamins and thus hair loss is a result of wrong food habits.
Sometimes if you have undergone surgery for any ailment, your mind and body both are under severe stress and finally you may suffer from hair loss. This condition can be corrected automatically. So don’t panic because stress and hair loss are inter-oven elements.
When the human body experiences stress there are a number of hormones that are produced and the number one that we are covering her is Cortisol. Whilst excessive amounts of Cortisol are being produced by the adrenal glands, the glands are incapable of producing other hormones that are responsible for hair growth, resulting in hair follicles being malnourished and becoming defective.
In general, a great population of the world, are not consuming green leafy vegetables, will head towards an iron deficiency, which in turn leads to anaemia and finally severe stress and hair loss.
Apart from stress and hair loss, there are other reasons for hair loss such as cosmetics. Repeated colouring, perming, shampooing with harsh chemical shampoos and straightening will damage the hair shaft and may lead to severe hair stress and hair loss, but we'll cover this in detail another time.
Methodical treatment, including de-stressing, meditation, yoga, hair care advice, and correct nutrition will alleviate stress and hair loss problems. Relax, quit smoking, and manage your day better to feel lighter and fitter to impede stress and hair loss.
Dandruff is one of the most common scalp problems. But it is surprising that no precise cause of dandruff is known. There is therefore no cure for dandruff, but you can treat it whenever it shows. There are many factors that trigger dandruff and some speculation about the possible causes. Let us talk about them so that we can keep our scalp squeaky clean from dandruff.
Dandruff and fungus-
Dandruff is a kind of Seborrheic Dermatitis and it is believed that dandruff is caused by a fungus that normally lives on the human skin and feeds on skin oils. During dandruff this fungus known as Malassezia multiplies manifold and creates problems in the scalp. Why a fungus, which otherwise lies dormant, suddenly flares up and multiplies is not precisely known.
Dandruff and other causes-
Other causes that are held responsible for dandruff are:
This article is only for informative purposes. This article is not intended to be a medical advise and it is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor for your medical concerns. Please follow any tip given in this article only after consulting your doctor. The author is not liable for any outcome or damage resulting from information obtained from this article.
Everybody hates dandruff. Nobody likes the falling white flakes and the itching scalp. We've all tried many shampoos and treatments, both natural and chemical to get rid of dandruff.
I want to ask you - are you sure that you have dandruff?
Unless a doctor diagnosed it as dandruff, how can you be sure that you're suffering dandruff if it is not clearing after many washes? Maybe you are suffering from something else?
Let us look at the other problems that may cause you the same symptoms.
Dandruff and other scalp problems-
There are many scalp problems that itch and produce scales and white flakes.
So what is dandruff?
In dandruff what we see as white flakes are skin cells. Our skin regenerates itself every month. The new cells travel from the bottom of the skin layer to the top in a month and the dead cells are shed. These are so microscopic and small in quantity that we don't notice this shedding of cells. In dandruff this shedding increases. That is how these dead cells with skin oils form white flakes and we can see them.
Other things to try-
Dandruff and diagnosis-
If you are not able to get rid of dandruff after trying many formulas, it is time that you visit a doctor and get the proper diagnosis. Once you are sure that it is dandruff, you can take proper measures and get scalp relief.
Let me know in the comments if any of these other solutions helped you.
*** This article is only for informative purposes. This article is not intended to be medical advice and it is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor for your medical concerns. Please follow any tip given in this article only after consulting your doctor. The author is not liable for any outcome or damage resulting from information obtained from this article. ***
When it comes to curly hair products you really should not use just any old product. Do not go to the store and grab the first product you see off the hair shelf. Curly hair has unique needs that make it different from straight hair.
In order to keep your curly hair looking fantastic you need to buy curly hair products that will serve to keep humidity out of the hair while at the same time seal in water and as much moisture as possible. Humidity can be a downer for curly and wavy hair as it can flatten hair and give way to the dreaded frizz.
Curly hair products must start with the most appropriate shampoo and conditioner. You need to understand that the right combination of ingredients will allow your hair to have bounce and volume and will help it to remain as resilient as it can be. This all equals healthy beautiful curly hair.
When you have curly hair what you need to do is search out curly hair products that provide a balance between control, frizz and manageability. This is a tall order as all curly haired gals know but it is doable.
To maintain the look of lovely curls, purchase a shampoo and conditioner geared towards curly hair and one that is capable of improving the structure of your curls. You need to find products that do their best to lock out humidity without weighing down your hair and making it look flat.
If your hair is very, very curly then choose curly hair products that have the ability to enhance the strength of hair follicles and give your hair the necessary hold it requires. The most appropriate curly hair products are ones that make use of active ingredients that are capable of locking in your style.
Look for products that contain ingredients such as corn, wheat proteins and rice. These ingredients contain an abundance of amino acids that are able to strengthen the protein bonds in the shaft of hair. Also look for products that include in them Jojoba Oil and Panthenol. These two ingredients are beneficial fro the cell structure of hair and help with pliability and shape. They are also excellent in terms of body and volume.
The curly hair products you choose should contain botanical extracts which help to stimulate the circulation of blood to the scalp as well as supporting better hair and scalp health in general. These ingredients include Burdock, Fenugreek and Ivy.
Other ingredients to avoid are silicones that coat the hair and prevent moisture from entering the hair shaft and alcohols that dry the hair out.
For more Curly Hair recommendations and advice check our our other articles HERE
Hey there curly friends...
The first step to managing your curly, wavy, bouncy, frizzy (whatever you want to call it...) locks is to understand why you experience frizziness and unmanageability.
One of the biggest challenges with curly hair is the frizz factor.
Curly hair is the type of hair that is most prone to frizziness and simply getting out of control. There are always things you can do to help cut down on your curly hair being frizzy.
Frizz hair responds well to a little spritz of hair spray or a handful of mousse. Just make sure that you use a light hand. Once the hair spray or mousse dries on your hair, run your fingers through it gently. The waves and zigzag parts of curly hair respond well to these products by locking in moisture and keeping unwanted moisture out..
Choose a shampoo and conditioner that are moisturising and preferably ones that are designed for curly hair, they generally have a higher moisture content. Make sure to rinse your hair thoroughly. Follow with leave-in-conditioner. Be sure to avoid frequent shampooing, condition and rinse well on alternate washes to avoid drying your hair out.
Leave-in conditioner is a must for curly hair. Due to the fact that this type of conditioner stays in the hair, it is excellent when it comes to managing the frizzies that often walk hand in hand with curly hair.
It is recommended for curly hair that you apply a deep conditioning treatment once a month. This helps to manage curly hair that has a mind of its own. Ends are better controlled with a deep conditioning treatment and the necessary moisture that the hair needs is replenished.
It is smart to use a big toothed or wide toothed comb after washing your hair. You can use a wide toothed pick if you prefer when your hair is wet. A brush is not recommended for curly hair. Hair should never be brushed when it is wet any way. However, it is recommended that the scalp gets brushed regularly for good health, so best suited for before washing. One option is to use a sealer on your hair in order to repair damage when it is wet. Apply the sealer before you blow dry your hair, and afterwards too if you feel it needs it. The sealer is excellent for those prone to frizz and also to help decrease the incidence of split ends. And if your not sure, oils, mousses, and gels are sealers.
In order to nurture your hair and take the best care of it as possible you should get your curly hair cut every eight to 12 weeks. Find a stylist who understands all about curly hair and can help you to the best of his or her ability. A stylist who knows his or her stuff will cut your hair according to your own curl formation.
If you decide that you want your hair to be bleached blonde or you want to go platinum blonde, this will serve to strip you of your natural colour and it will make your hair drier. This means your curly hair will become drier and limper. Take heed!
There are as many types of hair as there are people on the planet. For those of us with curly hair, however, caring for our hair can sometimes be quite challenging. There are a million hair products that promise the moon to those of us who are blessed – or cursed – with curly hair, but all too often they don’t deliver. Here, then, are five tips to turn troubled tresses into comely coifs.
1. Moisturise: The key to keeping curly hair healthy and manageable is moisture – and lots of it. When shampooing, make sure that you use a moisturising shampoo. It will add much-needed hydration to naturally curly hair. Next, use a deep conditioner that will reconstruct damaged hair, and follow with a leave in conditioner and styling cream. The right combination of moisturising products tames frizzy hair and kinky hair, and makes hair soft to the touch.
2. Shampooing: One of the biggest mistakes people with curly hair make is shampooing too often. Curly hair care is as much an art as a science, but the rule of thumb is to shampoo about once a week. To keep hair fresh between shampoos, rinse it with warm water and apply a leave-in conditioner.
3. Styling Products: If you have frizzy hair or kinky hair, chances are that you’re using styling products that are dehydrating. Most mousses, hair sprays, and gels strip away moisture, which is essential to maintaining manageable tresses and keeping hair healthy. If your curly hair is too wild, tame it with moisturizers and styling products that contain high quality ingredients and natural oils.
4. Hair Dryers: Stay away from blow dryers unless you want your naturally curly hair to turn into frizzy hair or kinky hair. Blow dryers can damage your hair and strip it of its natural oils and the oils you apply through the conditioning process. To keep your natural curls beautiful, always allow your hair to air dry.
5. Combing and Brushing: Tangles and curls seem to go hand in hand. To bring out the best in your curls, a wide tooth comb or pick is a must-have. If you’re working with curly kids hair, separate it into sections. One section at a time, start at the bottom of the hair shaft and work your way up. Once you’ve completed a section, secure it a covered elastic hair band (not a rubber band!), and then move on to the next section. Remember that curly hair is very fragile, so take extra care when combing it. Avoid brushes, unless you use special detangling comb-brushes.
Naturally curly hair is gorgeous, and the trend in hairstyles is to let your natural curls shine through. Simply keep in mind that curly hair is as individual as its owner, and that the hair products you use can mean the difference between luxurious curls and kinky hair or frizzy hair. Once you find the hair products that are right for you, love and embrace your natural tresses.
People say your hair is beautiful. Mostly you agree. But there are times when your hair feels hard to manage. It rains, your hair frizzes. You form the perfect hairstyle, but by noon your hair is doing what it wants. From choosing the best products to knowing what to purchase at the store, you could definitely use some advice that will help you develop a successful hair care routine.
Choose the best haircut. The key to successful LONG CURLY HAIR CARE lies in the cut. Make sure your stylist knows how to cut curly hair because it requires different cutting techniques than straight hair. Getting the wrong cut can result in an excess amount of frizz and can damage your hair. Also, go for regular trims to cut off any damaged ends. Flip through magazines to help you find cuts that you like.
Choose the best hair products. Choosing the right products can help simplify your LONG CURLY HAIR CARE routine. In general, curly hair requires products with a lot of moisture, especially in the summer. The sun, heat, salt water, and chlorine can strip your hair of its natural moisture and cause frizz and split-ends. I know it looks like there are a lot of options, but with the help of your stylist, you can narrow it down to a few products that are right for you.
Your product needs vary according to your situation. You definitely need a moisturising shampoo and conditioner. Some people also like to use a leave-in conditioner for extra moisture. Other products for LONG CURLY HAIR CARE include frizz-control treatments, mousses, and gels, all designed to replace lost moisture and enhance the curls.
Choose the best tools. Tools such as brushes, hair dryers, strengtheners, and wide-toothed combs are other essential items. If your hair is especially thick, find a brush or comb that has wider bristles and teeth. This will allow you to brush more gently. Also, if you choose to blow-dry your hair, use a diffuser. It helps prevent frizz.
Straightening your hair. If you like to straighten your hair, your personal tool supply should include items that will help. If you like to do so using a dryer, round brushes are your best options. You can also use a straightening iron or a large curling iron. Just remember to use moisturizing products that will help protect your hair from the extra heat and prevent frizz.
Natural Hair Care. There are many LONG CURLY HAIR CARE options that use natural ingredients. Some options are even organic and guaranteed to not be tested on animals. Natural ingredients that work well with curly hair include jojaba oil, aloe vera, and coconut oil.
To help you find the best products ask either your stylist or someone at the beauty supply store. They can help you choose the best cut, products, and tools to help you care for your hair. Remember that hair textures and types differ from person to person. Even with professional advice, it may take trial and error to find the routine that is right for you.
We spend our hard earned cash on getting our hair coloured, whether it be to cover the pigment challenges strands, to be different, or to simply have a change, but....
Are you washing your cash down the drain!?
Start preserving your cash and your colour now.
Colour fades for a number of reasons...
We've covered in previous blogs the effects of chlorine and sun on the hair, you can read these here Chlorine & Sun
Like the sun, heat damages colour molecules whether they be natural or organic. Avoiding sun and heated appliances are crucial to preserving your colour, but just as important is washing with cool water, I have seen colours wash straight out with even warm water, and for different reasons. Fashion colours are notorious for it as is damaged or porous hair.
So I bet you've already wondered, what is considered damaged or porous hair!?
Your hairs outer layer is called a cuticle, it best described as fish scales, and these cuticles in healthy hair close down along the hair shaft protecting the inner core of the hair as well as locking in protein, moisture and colour. When the cuticle becomes damaged it cannot close and retain protein, moisture or colour, but it also allows other chemicals, heat and pollutants in. Damaged or porous hair looks dull and lifeless, tangles easily, soaks up water easily but can dry very quickly.
Washing hair too often shortens the life of your colour, you're using hot water and shampoo, as I mentioned earlier you hair has a cuticle layer and shampoo is designed to open the cuticle slightly to allow the removal of dirt, oil and pollutants, and with this then removes colour. It is recommended that you wash every 3 days as a minimum, and don't forget to use cool water.
In recent years there has been a lot of hype around paraben and sulphate free products and I'm sure at some stage you've learnt that silicone's are bad too, and as a result most professional products have eliminated the use of these ingredients but another thing to be aware of is the alcohol content of the products you use, including styling products. Alcohol is a drying agent and when used frequently on the hair it has the same impact.
May your colour last the distance!
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With Summer upon us here are some critical points to protecting your hair against sun damage, and avoiding the big chop in a few months time.
First of all let's consider just how fine a single strand of hair is, and how it varies from person to person. Now let's consider how quickly your skin burns, or the grass dries out in this heat, and how quickly water evaporates. With a strand of hair as fine as it is, it is incredibly easy to burn and destroy it.
So what is the sun really doing to your hair!?
It feels like straw.
It lacks shine.
The ends are splitting.
Your colour is fading or getting lighter.
Why is it dry?
Your hair is mostly made up of water and protein, and like any water, when it reaches a certain heat it evaporates into a gas.
Why is it frizzy?
The number one reason for frizz is lack of moisture.
Why does it feel like straw?
In addition to lacking moisture, sunlight damages certain bonds in the hair shaft which is the protein that creates elasticity and hold the hair shaft together.
Why does it lack shine?
The moisture content of hair is made up of oil and water
Melanin in hair is what gives it it's colour, and the UV in sunlight oxidises the melanin into a colourless compound.
How to Protect your Hair?
By protecting your hair now, you'll avoid the big chop, the dreaded hair cut, when your hair is so damaged that you need a few inches cut off.
Again, prevention is key, not only will your hair thank you, but you'll be thanking your self too.
Leave your comments below, how much is the most you've ever had to have cut off?
Its something that everyone with blonde has has experienced at some point in their life particularly if living in Queensland...
Chlorine Green Hair!
We have 5 simple steps for you to prevent and resolve green hair so you never have to hide it again.
Lets start with a bit about hair in general.
Hair is porous just like a sponge or paper towel, and when your hair experiences extreme conditions like colour, heat, sun etc your hairs outer layer (cuticle) becomes damaged and therefore becomes more porous. Porous hair absorbs quickly.
Now lets talk about swimming.
Despite my references about chlorine green, its not necessarily the chlorine itself that causes your hair to go green, it is in fact a chemical reaction from the metals in the water, in particular copper, iron and manganese, which are then oxidized by the chlorine, and your hair being porous soaks up this water.
Something else to keep in mind too, if you have a lot of silicone build up in your hair from the products you use, you use bore water or have copper pipes in your house, these things can make your hair more susceptible to green.
Prevention is key here, and your hair will thank you. Slip, slop, slap for your hair next time you swim.
Leave your comments below, how have your resolved this in the past?
As a salon owner is amazes me just how often new clients complain that their last hairdresser/salon didn't have time for them!!
I am not just talking about couldn't fit them in I'm talking about rude individuals, and salon owners that are either blind or ignorant to what is happening!
Too often clients walk in the salon and amazingly, the staff don't even acknowledge that they have walked in let alone the fact that they have probably been standing there quite a while, so what do you do as a client?? Wait and wait and wait some more?? WALK OUT!! I know what I would do and that would be to walk out, you wouldn't be the first or the last! How is it that you can walk into a business with multiple staff and there is only one other customer there but for some reason the other staff cannot pull themselves away from what they are doing for a moment to help someone... a potential client?? People tell me this exact story all the time!
Ok so lets say you managed to get reasonable service the first time you made contact, you are now in the chair having your hair done... there are 2 bad scenarios here...
1- At the moment she sits down to talk to you about your hair and you think YESSSS this is the one, she actually is going to sit here and listen to what I want! BUT... then over and over again she keeps looking out the window, and you ignore it a few times, and she looks out the window again, so you look too, what could be so important that she cannot look at me and listen, but there is nothing there... ooohhhh, she is looking for her friends? Or thinking about the weekend? Of what a beautiful day it is to be at the beach!? So you know the outcome... another hairdresser that didn't listen, and as a result you didn't get what you wanted AGAIN!!
2- SHE DOESN'T EVEN CARE ENOUGH TO TALK TO YOU!!!! You know what I am talking about, you know the one where she talks to all the other people in the salon except for you! Other staff, other clients! Just having a good old chat leaving you feeling invisible and sitting in silence... then you start thinking... Is she paying attention to what she is doing? Is she going to do it right? OMG what if she cuts it too short!?
Let me tell you something from personal experience... no hairdresser can deliver exactly what you want without firstly doing a proper consultation to establish your wants and needs, you know, one where the hairdresser actually listens, and secondly without paying attention, without attention mistakes are made.
If you do not have your hairdressers full attention, it is time to find a new one!!
One thing that still amazes new clients every day , is how much SIMPLE info their hairdresser has been hiding from them! And I mean really SIMPLE!
Did you know that you should start brushing from the bottom up so that you aren't compacting the knots at the bottom (makes sense right?)? Did you also know that you should towel dry your hair after shampooing to remove excess water so that you don't dilute your conditioner? Think about this one for a moment.... your hairdresser towel dries before conditioning (well most do) and you leave the salon with amazing feeling hair, you go home and wash your hair and use half a bottle of conditioner to try and get the same feeling! Think a little more... how much money could you save on conditioner just by towel drying your hair so that the conditioner isn't just being washed down the drain!?
Lets do the math on that for a moment... Ok so you spend anywhere between $5 & $30 for a bottle of conditioner so lets say an average of $17 and you are buying a new bottle every 2-3 weeks, so you've probably brought 4 bottles in three months, that's $70 just on conditioner!
I'll let you in on another secret... if you towel dry your hair prior to putting your conditioner on, you only apply conditioner on your mid lengths and ends, use the recommended amount for your length hair, and only wash every 3 days (also recommended, but that is for another day) 1 bottle of conditioner will last you close to 3 MONTHS! That's right...
1 BOTTLE OF CONDITIONER = 3 MONTHS
Think of the money you could save!
1) Towel Dry after Shampooing
2) Condition Mid Lengths & Ends (see recommended amounts below)
3) Wash every 3 days
Now this isn't just about saving money, I was serious when I said this is how the hairdresser gets your hair feeling amazing! The reason for conditioner is that is helps to close the outer layer of your hair and lock in the moisture from itself keeping your hair hydrated and frizz free. So if you go ant put conditioner on to soaking wet hair and most of it washes down the drain, what benefit is that going to have on your hair? That's right! NO BENIFIT!!
Now is the time to make the change, it will help to hydrate your hair and protect it from the summer sun and your new routine will be well established heading into winter to minimise frizz.
Recommended amount of Conditioner
Short Hair - 10c piece
Medium Hair (shoulder length) - 20c piece
Long/Thick Hair - 50c piece
We all struggle at some point with your hair drying out or going a shade of green from swimming.
Prevention is always better than cure.
The best way to protect your hair from the sun, wind and water is to apply conditioner and then braid, plait or put in a bun/top knot.
The conditioner acts as a barrier. It coats your hair and slows the penetration of harmful chemicals.
The bonus is, it kinda acts like a treatment.
If you want to use this time to do a treatment then by all means please do so, simply wash hair first, towel dry, apply your fave treatment and tie it up. Just remember not to get it wet, then rinse and light condition when finished :-)
Despite having the salon for nearly 7 years now, I have never stood proud of the business that my team and I built, too embarrassed by what others may think of me, selfish I know, so here goes....
My name is Shauna, I never really wanted to own a salon but others saw in me what I couldn't, strength, determination, and passion. I love my clients, always have and always would but it wasn't enough for me to actually own a salon. Over the years we have certainly had our ups and downs, and my staff, clients and a few other significant people in my life stood by me, guided me and pushed me. And every so often I have a moment like today when I am reminded of why I began hairdressing 14 years ago.
When I first starting studying I really struggled to land a job in hairdressing, apparently at 19 I was too old, that was the day I found my need to be in the industry, my need to give everyone a fair go, everyone had to start somewhere, to gain experience, the opportunity so many refused me. I decided that I was going to own a chain of salons and employ primarily apprentices to give them a start in their career. But then I got a job in what I thought was the perfect salon, I had a job, we had a great team, I finished my training, I was finally a hairdresser and slowly my dream faded.
A few years past, and over those years I met some fantastic clients, lets call them friends, I looked forward to their visits every 6-8 weeks, I'd skip lunch and work overtime just to accommodate all of the wonderful people in my life (my clients) until I was reprimanded by my boss for not following protocol, they were clients not friends, I was not allowed to talk personally only about hair. Who wants to talk about hair for the whole time they are in the salon!? And on top of this, I was to force people to buy retail! I hated my job, hated the industry, but still loved my clients.
I then moved on to rent a chair in a small salon to care for my clients, there was no way I could walk away and see them treated so poorly at that salon, and our friendships continued to grow. You wouldn't believe it but over the years my clients have asked me to their family parties and gatherings, to the birth of their children, to their weddings and more, as a friend!
Then with a big push from some amazing people in my life I went on to buy Roots Hair Company, small confession I hated the name for a while because everyone had their mind in the gutter, I had my moments too haha. It grew on me, I figured no one would ever forget it. It was great that I could talk to my clients/friends about life, personal stuff without someone listening ready to pounce when I crossed the line from only talking about hair. As the business continued to grow I realised how our salon was different to others and that I now had a new need to be a hairdresser!
I realised firstly that my team and I didn't fit the stereotype of a hairdresser, we weren't better than anyone else, we weren't over the top trendy people, we weren't fashionistas that spent hours getting ready everyday, we were just regular Joe's, well actually Jane's, we were friendly, approachable people. No one ever felt like they had to spend an hour styling their hair just to go to the hairdresser to get their hair done. We were our clients friends, not like in a "hairdresser is a therapist" kinda way, like a true friend, we had the same hobbies, interests, sense of humour (usually sarcastic) and we could truly relate to our clients. And this then became the foundation of my business! CLIENTS ARE FRIENDS!
Everyone I employee shares the same hobbies and interests, is encouraged to sit and simply chat with their clients, and lets be honest if your hairdresser doesn't have enough time or sense to sit and get to know you how could they possibly listen and understand you and your needs and then deliver on them (more on that later). The girls are not forced to sell retail or more services, just simply to build a friendship!
Do you have a friendship with your hairdresser?