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Your Hair is What You Eat

Your Hair is What You Eat
We’ve all heard the expression you are what you eat. If you are what you eat and your hair is an extension of you, your hair is what you eat too, right? This thought came about as I was thinking about how to make a homemade hair treatment. I thought about mashing some avocado with extra virgin olive oil, and then I quickly thought about how I would love to eat some guacamole, lol. So what’s more effective eating good food to promote healthy hair or applying it on the surface of the hair?
I’m not proposing that we start cooking with jojoba oil; using oils to protect our hair from the environment stress is very necessary. Seriously, though as women we spend a whole lot of money and time researching the latest product that is promised to grow our hair and is loaded with vitamins and essentials oils. And hey, there is nothing wrong with those products, I use them myself. All I’m asking is, do we invest as much time and energy in selecting what we ingest, read, watch and listen to?When we feed our body, we feed our soul, which then affects our inner spirit. Yes, your spirit is you, all of you.

Healthy hair starts with a healthy you! Physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. Be mindful of what you eat, read, watch and listen to…. be like a tree that is planted by the rivers of water that flourishes and bears good fruit!

From Curlynikki

http://googlehair.com/Blog/330_Your-Hair-is-What-You-Eat.html

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Dangers of Relaxing Your Hair

Dangers of Relaxing Your Hair
For many women, choosing to embrace your natural hair is a journey of self-acceptance long overdue. For those still using relaxers from time to time, this information may make you rethink that decision.

According to a study published in American Journal of Epidemiology, there are several reasons to consider skipping the relaxer. The report states, “Hair relaxers can cause burns and lesions in the scalp, facilitating entry of hair relaxer constituents into the body. The main ingredient of “lye” relaxers is sodium hydroxide; no-lye relaxers contain calcium hydroxide and guanidine carbonate, and “thio” relaxers contain thioglycolic acid salts. No-lye relaxers are advertised to cause fewer scalp lesions and burns than lye relaxers, but there is little evidence to support this claim. Products may also contain hormonally active compounds, such as phthalates, which are not required to be listed separately as ingredients and are often reported under the term “fragrances” or “perfume”. Not only do these products damage the scalp, the harmful chemicals in the relaxers can actually make their way into your blood stream and affect your health. Anything you put on your skin has the potential to be absorbed much deeper than that the layer of epidermis. The Center for Disease Control has already published a list of chemicals to avoid because they increase the risk of certain cancers. Many hair products, including relaxers, are not as closely regulated by the FDA, so manufacturers could still be using several potential harmful ingredients in their products. A study published in Carcinogenesis, a leading cancer research publication, reported a higher increase of breast cancer in for women using hair dyes and relaxers. While studies are still being performed to examine how these products affect a woman’s health, many have chosen to avoid the risk altogether and embrace their natural hair.

Aside from the dangers of the chemicals found in relaxers, they also have a tendency to dry out hair which can result in damage such as breakage. It can also have an effect on your natural curl pattern leading to a loss of definition after it wears off. From the medical concerns to the hair health issues, there are plenty of reasons to consider skipping your next relaxer treatment.

From Curlynikki

http://googlehair.com/Blog/328_Dangers-of-Relaxing-Your-Hair.html

Detangling Natural Hair- Frequency and Length Retention

Detangling Natural Hair- Frequency and Length Retention
Detangling
For many of us, it might as well be a four letter word. Some of us avoid it until our hair is on the brink of disaster, while others may do some form of it a few times a week or even daily. We all know the dangers of pushing detangling sessions too far back — from breakage and matting to cutting out clumps of knots. But what about detangling too frequently? Is there a such thing as doing too much detangling?

There’s an old adage that says, too much of anything is bad for you. By and large, that tends to be true. Detangling is great for releasing shed hairs, making the removal of buildup easier, and not to mention, it is the cornerstone of every fabulous natural hair style. But when done too often, detangling can lead to the following:

HYGRAL FATIGUE
Every time we douse our hair in water, the shaft expands to accommodate the uptake in water. As it dries, the shaft contracts and returns to normal. This is a regular thing for all hair, and does not typically cause damage–except for when done in excess. Constant expansion and contraction (from doing daily wash and go’s or daily soaking wet detangling) can cause damage to the cuticles and cortex of the hair, weakening them to the point of premature breakage. This does not mean that you should avoid moisture at all costs — just pull back to spritzes of water or a refresher, or light moisturizers and creams instead of dunking your hair in water. The best way to tell if you have hygral fatigue is to take a few strands of hair the next time you wet it, and pull them gently. If your hair springs right back to its kinky, coily, or curly self, then you’re good to go. If the hair takes a while to retract back (like an overstretched scrunchie), or just breaks in your hand, you’ve got hygral fatigue.

EXCESSIVE CUTICLE WEAR/THINNING ENDS
Another pitfall of excessive manipulation via detangling is wear on the cuticles — especially the ends. Every time we touch our hair, we take a little cuticle with us. So even if you’re doing the most gentle, coconut oil-only, 3 hour painstakingly slow detangling session, you’re still causing your hair damage. When done on a regular basis (not excessive), the results should not significantly impact your hair health and length retention. But if your hands are in your hair detangling constantly, expect every move of a comb, fingers, or denman to chip away at the cuticle of your hair. You may not notice it at first, but gradually the ends will begin to thin out and look wiry.

You may even find that your hair is having difficulty retaining moisture, because excessive detangling/combing has led to chipped cuticles along the shaft, causing moisture to be lost. If it’s not too late, cut back on detangling and combing sessions now. To prevent further damage, begin incorporating protein treatments (like Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask, Hydratherma Naturals Amino Plus Protein Deep Conditioner, or ApHogee Curlific Texture Treatment) into your deep conditioning regimen, and use leave-ins with protein (like It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin, and ApHogee Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer Spray) to help patch up the cuticle.

From Curlynikki

http://googlehair.com/Blog/329_Detangling-Natural-Hair-Frequency-and-Length-.html

Huh? Air Drying is Bad for Hair?

Huh? Air Drying is Bad for Hair?
Don’t panic, air-drying is not going on your list of things you need to feel guilty about. Won’t you join me in getting all “critical thinking-y” about this subject?

This post is in response to a blog reader’s question about a recent study which reported that air-dried hair acquires some internal damage during drying whereas blow-dried hair accumulates more external damage. The study was published in the Annals of Dermatology, November, 2011: Hair Shaft Damage from Heat and Drying Time of Hair Dryer, Lee et. al.

If you thought air-drying was best for hair – this catches you off guard, to be sure. But while I did a double-take when I saw that eye-grabbing factoid in what I think of as “hair social media” – after reading the article I think this information was taken out of proper context. In other words, it makes a great headline, but there is not enough information provided to support the idea that air drying is bad. Please, read on.

Some things to consider before digging in:
A) I don’t think the authors made a solid case against air-drying, nor did they set out to do that. They are simply reporting an unexpected result, not condemning air-drying of hair. Human hair is made to air-dry. Maybe not to be washed frequently – but air-drying is part of our natural history.
B) Blow-drying does a fair amount of surface damage; cracking the cuticles of the hair thanks to the rapid change in temperature and moisture. Cracked cuticles are rough and stick up. When cuticles stick up, they break off easily. The result of too much blow drying is dull, dry, rough, porous hair.
C) Air-drying causes a lot less surface damage so your hair is not so rough or dull. That’s why it is better for hair’s feel and appearance, long-term.
D) The internal damage recorded in this study of the air-dried hair is of unknown consequence. Human hair has been air-dried for generations upon generations. Are we going to condemn it based on one study that found an interesting result but drew no conclusions based on that result?
E) Researchers were not able to control how the hair was dried before it was used as a sample. This is an uncontrolled variable. We don’t how the history of this hair sample/these hair samples may have influenced the outcome. Picky, picky!
F) What is unclear to me is – did they use just one hair sample? How many heads of hair were represented here? The same hair sample for all 5 treatments? It looks like each treatment was a 2 gram sample of hair. This is not enough information for me. I would call a test based on one sample a “case study,” not an experimental result.

The actual test was to repeat these treatments once per day, 30 times total in hair which is probably straight or wavy hair (from De Meo Brothers, Inc.), so there might be slight kinking but probably not much. The hair was washed in a shampoo containing 10% sodium lauryl sulfate (the absolute concentration of detergent as a raw ingredient is not stated, but this is actually on the low side for a shampoo), then excess water was “shaken” off and the hair was dried using the following treatments:

1) Hair with no treatment – no washing or drying (control)
2) Air-dry hair at room temperature of 20°C (68°F)
3) Hair dryer, “low” temperature for 60 seconds, 47°C (116° F) at 15 cm (6 inches) away from hair
4) Hair dryer ” medium-high” temperature for 30 seconds, 61°C (142°F) at 10 cm (4 inches) away from hair
5) Hair dryer “high” temperature for 15 seconds, 90°C (203°F) at 5 cm (2 inches) away from hair.

Note: No conditioner, no oils, no heat protectant, no styling products. This is only meant to test the “naked” hairs.

So what did they find?
-With increasing heat, there is more surface/cuticle damage, despite shorter exposure to heat as they turned the heat up.
-With air drying (which took 2 hours) there was bulging in the portion of the hair beneath the cuticles as a result of the time the hair spent wet. This is the piece of information that has been seized upon by women’s magazines and hair social media. I remind you – this may have occurred in a single hair sample. This does not necessarily mean everybody’s hair acts like this. We simply do not know. The authors did not provide adequate information about their hair samples and the editors apparently missed that omission.

Why did they get this result in air-dried hair?
When normal porosity and porous hair is wetted, it absorbs water. As it absorbs water, it swells – but it is the inner portion which includes the cell membrane complex which does the swelling. Shampoos increase swelling unless they contain very mild detergents or very dilute detergents. The cuticle layer cannot swell or increase in girth. So we have a problem – a swelling interior and a non-swelling exterior! That’s stress – kind of like frozen water inside a pipe. More about that in this blog post.

Is this a problem for hair? We don’t know for certain. Too much swelling in hair probably makes hair a little weaker in structure. If you spend a day in the rain with your hair wet, it becomes more troublesome – tangly, behaving differently. If you spend a lot of time swimming – even in fresh water – your hair will weaken. That swelling of hair pushes cuticles up so they are easily broken off and water has access to the cuticle layer and beneath and can leach away anything water-soluble and probably even some oils. These actions increase porosity.

What would be a convincing result? I think a similar test would need to be done on hair from multiple donors, including a variety of hair widths (fine/medium, coarse, very coarse), including curly and kinking and coily (type 4) hair. A more convincing sample size (to me) would be about 3-5 of each of these. A result you can replicate in a variety of specimens is a result you can really get behind! If most hairs showed the same effect from air drying but not from blow-drying, then we can make some real conclusions. But we still wouldn’t know the actual implications of the so-called damage. Maybe that’s not structural damage at all. Maybe it’s normal. It’s not as though hair is meant to last forever.

What’s good about air drying?
Air drying causes less cuticle damage (porosity) and cosmetic damage than heat-drying, that’s a good thing. It makes some people’s hair frizz less and that’s a good thing too. Air drying doesn’t use electricity – so it keeps your carbon footprint smaller and that’s a good thing. You can do lots of activities while your hair air-dries – you’re not tied to a hair dryer and that’s a good thing. Some hair that isn’t naturally straight (most of us) looks better when air-dried.

How to Air Dry Without feeling Like We’re Slowly Destroying Our Hair? (I enjoy a little hyperbole). One of these may fit your lifestyle and hair styling requirements.

1) Use hair-penetrating oil treatments for 6-12 hours, especially on the length of your hair. Use coconut oil or sunflower oil, or olive or castor oil. These will help normal porosity and porous hair behave as though it is less-porous. It will swell less in water and you can avoid this problem. This really works. You don’t have to soak your hair with oil either. See this post for details. You may even find you have a faster drying time with these treatments over time.
2) Squeeze water out of your hair (styled or not) before air-drying. It will dry more quickly. Use an old t-shirt, a pillowcase or a cotton dish towel (tea towel/flour sack towel) to avoid creating frizz.
3) Limit your time under the water. I.e. wash your hair last. The less time your hair spends under water, the less saturated it will be. Yes, sometimes we need to get our hair all wet and juicy to be hydrated. But too wet for too long = waterlogged.
4) Wash or wet your hair less often. Works for some hair and lifestyles, not others.
5) Go as light on the styling products as possible. Lots of leave-in conditioner and lots of hair gel causes longer drying times.
6) All styling products make your hair take forever to dry? Try a styling foam or mousse – something that doesn’t increase drying time, move around while your hair dries, step out in the breeze.
7) If your haircut is all-one-length, thick hair that takes forever to dry, getting some well-placed layers will shorten your drying time.
Best of both worlds?
You can slice your drying time in third or half by using a hair drier with a diffuser (to disperse the heat) either at the beginning of the drying time or at the end – whichever gives you a better result – for a short while. Maybe 3 minutes, maybe 8 minutes. Just to get the air moving and evaporate some water from your hair.

How long is too long to spend with wet hair? Nobody knows for sure. If your hair dries in 1 to 3 hours, you’re probably okay. If your hair takes all day to dry, it may be getting stressed from all that time spent in a wet state. For example, if I am caught in the rain and my hair is wet all day, it becomes more tangly than usual and feels mushy or spongy when I wet it again – a sign that it needs a protein treatment for strength. And it will also need an oil treatment before it starts to feel it’s normal self. To me, this is an indication that my hair was weakened by having been wet for 6 to 8 hours. I don’t experience that result from my short showers and usual 1.5 to 2 hour drying time.
Your experience may be different from mine – watch your hair’s behavior under different conditions and let that be your guide. If you use deep conditioning treatments in which your hair is wet all night, or you let your hair be wet overnight – that’s probably too long to have wet hair and you may be weakening it.

Bottom line: Air drying is better for the surface of your hair (porosity) than heat-drying with a blow dryer. There isn’t any clear evidence that air drying is bad for your hair at all. But spending too long with your hair in a wet state is stressful, including very long dry-times.
From scienceyhairblogblogspot.com

http://googlehair.com/Blog/327_Air-Drying-is-Bad-for-Hair.html

Hair Extension Damage What you Need to Know

Hair Extension Damage What you Need to Know

One of the top questions stylists receive during an extension consultation is, “Will extensions damage my hair?” Depending on the hair extension method you choose, the answer could be yes. Before investing in any type of hair extensions, the key is to do your research.
If you are experiencing extreme hair loss or thinning, stay away from any semi-permanent method of hair extensions. Since your hair is already in a fragile state, adding any pulling or pressure will damage the hair follicle further and lead to more hair loss. Not sure why your hair is falling out? Check out these eight common causes of female hair loss.
Never attempt to put in your own extensions, always go to a licensed cosmetologist. Make sure that they have received education or are specially trained in the method of extensions you are looking for, or you may be putting yourself at risk of damaging your hair.
After your first application, your stylist should always educate you on the proper at home maintenance for your extensions. Your daily routine is just as important for preventing hair extension damage, such as using a heat protectant before styling and using the proper hair care products. Depending on the method, schedule a reapplication or check up to ensure the extensions are applied correctly and not pulling at the hair.
With some methods, natural shedding will occur. However, if you feel there has been more hair loss than normal, consult with your stylist. Once the hair follicle has been damaged, that hair will not grow back, so it is important to address the situation right away.
Sew in and braid-in are the two methods most suitable for coarse or thick hair. However, they can cause the most stress to the hairline. Over time, tight braids can damage the hair and even cause the hair to break.
If you have thin or fragile hair, try a tape in method, which is the least damaging method of extensions, as they require no braiding, clips, or messy bonding agents.
Lastly, always buy your hair through a licensed cosmetologist or reputable source. Stay away from hair shops or beauty supply stores, as the hair is low quality, and the source of the hair is unknown.

From Hairextensionmagazine

http://googlehair.com/Blog/325_Hair-Extension-Damage-What-you-Need-to-Know.html

A Guide to Hair Extensions First Time Wearer

A Guide to Hair Extensions First Time Wearer

Diving into the world of hair extensions may seem intimidating, but we promise after your first try you will be hooked! The satisfaction of being able to add length and volume to your hair that you have been dreaming of for years is a feeling unlike anything that we can describe in words.
Sure, that seems a little dramatic, but don’t knock it until you try it! If you are a first-time hair extension wearer, then this guide is a must read. We will break down how to choose the best hair extension method and brand for you, as well as recommended maintenance.
Choosing A Hair Extension Method
Every hair extension method has its’ pros and cons, but it comes down to finding a method that is suitable for your hair type, lifestyle, and budget. There are four attachment methods to choose from, including strand-by-strand, weft, clip-in, and micro-link skin weft. Whichever method you decide to choose, always turn to a salon professional for an application, otherwise you might put yourself at risk for damaging your hair.
Strand by Strand
Strand by strand method of hair extensions is applied to the hair with heat (Hot Fusion) or a bead (Cold Fusion). Hot Fusion is attached by melting individual U-Tip bonds, whereas Cold Fusion uses micro-links or beads to attach each strand. Hot Fusion is most suitable for coarse, thick hair and one application can last up to 6 months. Cold Fusion is not suitable for thin, fine hair as the bead attachments may become visible.
Weft
Rather than applying individual strands, weft hair extensions can be applied in rows. Tape in hair extensions uses a polyurethane tape to apply to the hair, making this method most suitable for thin, fine hair. The base of the panel is thin, so the attachment will not be visible. Glue in is a method where the weft is applied to the hair using, you guessed, it glue! Glue in is more of a temporary method, as it only lasts a few days or until your next shower. Sew in or braided extensions is a method that is commonly used for coarse, thick or curly hair. The stylist will create a braid with your natural hair then sew in the base of the panel.
Clip in
Clip in extensions is one of the most common forms of hair extensions. Applied using clips, this method of hair extensions is temporary and can be taken out at the end of the day. This method may not be suitable for thin, fine hair if everyday use is desired, as the weight of the panels may cause damage over time.
Micro-Link Skin Weft
Micro-Link Skin Weft is a unique method as there is only one brand of extensions that has patented this method; Klix! A weft of hair is applied to the head using silicone beads. This method is most suitable for medium-density to thick hair, as the panels may be too bulky for thin, fine hair.
Finding the Best Brand
Once you have chosen a method that works best for you, it’s time to choose a brand! Hair Extension Magazine has done most research for you, as we have listed the Top 10 Brands in the industry! Based on the hair extension reviews, you can decide which brand would best fit your lifestyle and budget. We recommend taking a look at each brand page to check out the company background as well as their website. You can also call the company to get more information as well as find a certified stylist in your area.
Hair Extension Maintenance
With longer, thicker hair comes the responsibility of adjusting your hair care routine. For semi-permanent methods (strand-by-strand, weft, and micro-link skin wefts) it’s important to use the recommended shampoo, as well as never condition or apply oils/serums near the root. With tape in extensions, do not wet the hair or even excessively sweat for 24-48 hours after application to avoid compromising the bond. You must brush your hair at least three times a day to keep the extensions shiny and tangle free. If you prefer to sleep with wet hair, always style your hair with a loose braid and fasten with a scrunchie to avoid breakage. If you frequently use hot tools, apply a heat protectant before styling to protect your extensions and natural hair.
Although hair extensions will require you to make some lifestyle adjustments, we promise that it will all be worth it. It might sound crazy, but you will be excited to wake up in the morning and style your new hair. Finally, you will be the girl with the hair that everyone in your classroom or office will envy.

From Hairextensionmagazine

http://googlehair.com/Blog/326_A-Guide-to-Hair-Extensions-First-Time-Wearer.html

How To: DIY Dry Shampoo

How To: DIY Dry Shampoo
We all know how life changing dry shampoo can be, especially for those busy days when you don’t have time to wash your hair. Although drugstore dry shampoo does solve your hair problems, the aerosol is not the healthiest solution and it leaves an unpleasant chemical smell.

What’s the solution you might ask? DIY Dry Shampoo!

Today on the blog post, we have a special guest Jessie Anderson from Live Beauty Health to share with us a super easy 2 ingredient DIY dry shampoo that you can make at home!

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Why Should You Use Dry Shampoo?

Everybody wants their hair to look fresh and smell wonderful all the time. But washing it every day can strip the natural and essential oils it needs to stay healthy. So instead of jumping in the shower every day and using shampoo, you can use a DIY dry shampoo solution to remove dirt, grease, and build up without leaving your hair dry or weak.

How Does It Work?

All dry shampoos, whether bought in a store or homemade, serve the same purpose. The ingredients within them are designed to soak up oil quickly and effectively. In homemade solutions, the starch absorbs grease and any excess oils. Within store bought solutions, alcohol is used to soak up the excess oil. They also contain drying agents to cancel out the chemicals being sprayed into your hair.

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Why Go With A Natural Solution?

While it’s easier to just go out and purchase over the counter products, you have to understand that they come with a long list of harmful ingredients.

Some include butane, isobutane, propane, or other gases that some panels and studies have deemed safe. These are not ingredients you really want to be freely applying to your hair or scalp.

Pretty much all oil-absorbing products have “fragrance”, which in reality is a blanket term for hundreds of different ingredients. This can cause a problem because without knowing what is included, you are leaving yourself exposed to possible side effects while using these products.

Going natural is the safest and best solution because you’ll know exactly what’s going on your body and you can control the ratios.

Here’s a way you can achieve those beautiful loose everyday waves, without any heat!

How to Apply

Once you have created your homemade dry hair cleanser (be sure to try our two-ingredient recipe), applying the hair powder is easy. Here’s how:

Make sure you mix your dry hair powder thoroughly.
Either use a clean makeup brush or your fingertips to apply. Try to focus on getting the mixture on the roots and areas of your hair where grease tends to accumulate.
Using your fingertips or makeup brush, gently spread the powder throughout your hair. Massage your roots to ensure full absorption.
Gently use a brush to get the excess powder out if necessary.
Style to the desired look.
This can be repeated on daily bases. If your hair is excessively greasy, you can even keep your DIY dry hair cleanser in an easy-to-carry container for quick touch-ups while on the go.
How Often Should I Use Homemade Dry Shampoo?

You only need to use the homemade dry shampoo when you feel like your hair is getting a little greasy. For example, if it takes 3 or 4 days after the last wash before your hair starts to look greasy then that’s when you start applying it.

It is important to remember that the dry shampoo powder will absorb oil, so if your hair isn’t oily, you could be removing the natural oil that your hair needs to remain moisturised and healthy.

When applying your DIY dry shampoo, remember that a little bit goes a long way. Whether you use your dry shampoo daily, several times a day, or once a week, please do not overdo the application. Keep a careful eye on the situation to make sure you are not at risk of over usage.

If you do find that your hair is starting to dry out or look unhealthy, think about using other treatments like coconut oil to bring your hair back to a healthier state.

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Can Using DIY Dry Shampoo Be Bad for Your Hair?

If you use it to replace shampooing altogether or use it way too much, then yes, DIY dry shampoo can cause damage to your hair. Even though it absorbs excess grease, it can remove too much of the good and healthy oil your hair needs too.

Also if used excessively, you are in danger of clogging hair follicles because it sits right on your scalp. It’s been well documented that clogged hair follicles can lead to thinner hair and an overall reduction in shine, volume, and health.

If you’re already a fan of over the counter oil absorbing products or have been curious about the DIY solutions, I urge you to try our two-ingredient DIY dry shampoo. It’s a great substitute for the ingredients found in mainstream products, yet still soaks up oil and helps extend the time between washes. When used properly, homemade dry shampoo can improve the appearance and health of your hair while saving you time and money.

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Give it a go – you’ll love shampooing without water! If you guys end up trying this recipe out, let us know in the comments below!

From Luxyhair

http://googlehair.com/Blog/323_How-To-DIY-Dry-Shampoo.html

8 Big Hairstyle Mistakes You’re Making Right Now

8 Big Hairstyle Mistakes You’re Making Right Now

We all know and love that feeling when we are having a perfect hair day; no frizz, pumped-up volume, and endless shine. However, perfect hair doesn’t just start in the salon. Your daily habits could be affecting your hair, resulting in limp locks and discouragement.
Below we’ve listed eight simple ways you can fix the big hairstyle mistakes you could be making right now!
1. Mismatched hair and skin tone:
When choosing your next hair color, it’s important to take into consideration your skin tone (deep, warm, or cool), as well as your skin complexion (fair, medium, olive, or dark). For example, if you have a fair complexion with a warm skin tone, then you would look best with a strawberry blonde or honey shade.
2. Product buildup:
From oils to mousses, we are constantly piling on products to style and maintain our hair. Over time, these products will eventually create buildup. To bring your limp locks back to life, use a clarifying shampoo once a week to rid your hair of this buildup. Your hair will feel refreshed and even have added volume that you may have been lacking. Clarifying shampoo can strip color from your hair, so be sure to use a color-safe clarifying shampoo if you regularly color your hair.
3. Refusing regular trims:
It’s no secret that regular trims will keep your hair healthy as well has help it grow to the length that you desire. We just wanted to mention it in case you forgot!
4. Big sections:
When your stylist blow dries your hair after a fresh cut, you may have noticed that they dry your hair in small sections. Although this may seem like a waste of time, it will make your end result more manageable as well as prevent frizziness. This is also a cardinal rule when it comes to curling. Bigger sections mean loose curls, however if you take too big of a section means the heat will not be distributed evenly, and your style will not last.
5. Skipping thermal protectant:
Applying a thermal protectant before using any hot tools is one of the most important ways to keep your hair healthy. The protectant creates a barrier and will prevent the tools from damaging your hair.
6. Over washing:
When it comes to personal hygiene, it may seem like a good idea to wash your hair every day. However, when you shampoo your roots, you are stripping your hair of the natural oils that keep your hair healthy and shiny. Instead, skip the shower and use a dry shampoo instead to freshen your locks.
7. Applying oils & serums at the root:
You never want to use oils and serums at the roots, especially if you have hair extensions. These type of products will compromise the bond and cause your extensions to slip. Apply these products only at the mid-ends of your hair, as applying oils and serums to your roots will result in greasy hair.
8. Shampooing incorrectly:
When you shampoo your hair, it’s important to focus on the roots first. Massage your scalp for 1-2 minutes to stimulate follicle growth, and not to mention it’s relaxing! Once your roots are cleansed, you can move in a downwards motion towards the ends of your hair. Working from the top to the bottom of your hair will help prevent pulling and breakage.

From Hairextensionmagazine

http://googlehair.com/Blog/324_8-Big-Hairstyle-Mistakes-You-are-Making-Right.html

9 Habits of Women With Really Healthy Hair

9 Habits of Women With Really Healthy Hair

We all have that one friend who seems just to roll out of bed with effortlessly perfect hair. Although women may credit their stylist, healthy hair is a reflection of your habits at home. Just like your skin, it’s important to take the extra steps to protect and treat your hair. We’ve compiled simple ways you can achieve beautiful, healthy hair that you can add to your daily routine.
1. Get regular haircuts:
Most people have heard the universal rule that you should get regular haircuts, but the frequency really depends on the health of your hair. The time can range from 4-8 weeks depending on how often you color your hair or use hot tools. Getting a regular trim and cutting off the split ends will allow the hair to continue to grow.
2. Sleep with a silk pillowcase:
Tossing and turning throughout the night can cause your hair to tangle. A silk pillowcase will prevent the hair from matting as well as protect your hair from frizz. Not only is a silk pillowcase beneficial for your hair, it is also better for your skin and preventing wrinkles.
3. Deep condition once a week:
With the use of hot tools and frequent coloring, your hair is consistently stripped of moisture. Deep conditioning once a week will rehydrate the hair as well as protect from breakage.
4. Skip hot tools:
If you find yourself blow drying your hair and reaching for the curling or flat iron on a daily basis, then I’m talking to you. If at all possible, try and skip the hot tools at least once a week to give your hair a break. Plan for enough time to air dry your hair rather than blow dry, and you will slowly see improvement in the health of your hair.
5. Use a hair oil:
Hair oil has become a phenomenon in the hair care industry over the past few years. The reasons you should add hair oil to your routine, include they strengthen the hair, prevent damage, and increase shine.
6. Brush hair properly:
Brushing your hair properly, especially if you have hair extensions is extremely crucial. You should always brush up from the ends upwards, to avoid pulling on the hair and causing damage or split ends.
7. Use a leave-in conditioner:
If you’re looking to add even more moisture to your hair, apply a leave-in conditioner after you wash your hair. Add in a hair oil into the mix to create a “cocktail” of hair products that will leave your hair with incredible shine.
8. Skip shampoo:
Washing your hair every day will leave your hair damaged and brittle. Depending on the texture of your hair, you can get away with washing your hair every other day or even every second day. That doesn’t mean you need to skip your daily showers all together. You can always wet your hair and massage the scalp as normal, just without the shampoo!
9. Splurge on quality hair products:
When it comes to our skin care, we seem to shell out any amount of money to achieve glowing, acne-free skin. However, this may be the reason we become frugal when it comes to hair care products. You don’t need to purchase all high-end products but just pay attention to the ingredients and purchase products that are beneficial for your hair type.

From Hairextensionmagazine

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