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Avoiding Harsh Chemicals In Your Hair Products

November 11, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Many hair styling products available on the market are loaded with chemicals that the average consumer does not even know what they are. Many of these chemicals are harsh on the hair and will leave it looking less than its absolute best. Often these chemicals are part of the fragrance that is used to make the shampoo smell good. Alcohol is one of these additives that are associated with the smell of the product and it is notorious for drying out hair leaving it dry and frizzy. If possible try and get organic hair products that clean the hair gently without the harsh chemicals that other products contain.

Avoiding Hair Damage In Your Hair Products

October 28, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Many women blame their styling and hair care tools for damaged and even thinning hair when actually they may be blaming the wrong source. Many styling shampoos and styling products contain chemicals, which can not only dry out your hair but also interfere with the overall health of your tresses. If you think your hair styling tools are causing the damage to your hair you should also consider those shampoos and products you are using. Be on the look out for those that contain alcohol as well as any other chemicals, which will ultimately dry that hair out.

Choosing The Best Shampoo

September 18, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Many women choose their shampoo based primarily on smell, and for your hair this may not always be the best option for you. Many shampoos tend to have alcohol, which dries hair out, and when this is coupled with too much styling heat and too many washings it will augment the condition more. When buying your shampoo or other hair care products always read the label and avoid products that contain alcohol in the ingredients. Once you confirm the shampoo is alcohol free than decide if you like the scent or not and want to buy that particular brand.

Cleaning Ceramic Hair Tools

September 4, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

When you are using ceramic hair straighteners and curling irons it is important that the ceramic plates or barrel are clean to get the best results and avoid getting things on your hair. If you do a search on the internet for how to clean the styling iron you will get all kinds of answers including over cleaner and alcohol. Some of the ideas sound logical and some you just have to wonder what they were thinking using that on a expensive hair styling tool. The best recommendation is to conduct the manufacturer on your particular model and ask what they recommend to clean the iron and use that method.

How to Roller Set

July 31, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

First you want to make sure your hair is clean so shampoo and condition then towel dry. Use a setting gel or mousse to hold curl. If you have thin fine hair, I recommend not using a conditioner. Try just a small amount of spray in conditioner (I always emphasize on using products that do not contain alcohol) . Using conditioner on this specific hair type will cause the curl to not hold as long as it should. Also, try to use a thickening type gel or mousse. Your local Drugstore or Hairdresser will be able to help you chose a setting lotion that will work for you.

  1. Using a fine toothed comb with a pick like handle (these are called rat tail combs)
  2. Take a section on the top front of your head no bigger than the roller itself.
  3. Pull this forward as shown is diagram 1 and roll back, keeping tight, loose rolling will result in a loose curl and you will notice this once you are done. Note: Try not to use the velcro type rollers as they don’t stay in place tight enough, and will leave you with loose curls.
  4. Pin either side of the roller with a secure type clip.
  5. Do this process all over always rolling back. As shown in diagram 2. Always make sure you are stretching the hair and not pulling it. Pulling too hard will result in a line showing once the rollers are removed. It is harder to not get this line on fine thin hair so be sure to never pull, stretch just as far as the hair will go naturally.
  6. When you are finished place a hair net (you can even use a plastic bag or nothing at all) over your hair and sit under a dryer until completely dry. Note: if you do not have a dryer and you have a little bit of time on your hands just do your daily duties with the roller set intact and once dry remove rollers.
  7. Once rollers are removed brush with a good bristle brush, it is not ideal to use the plastic type bristles.

Once you have brushed your hair out you will notice that you can almost make your hair do anything you want. This is a true benefit of roller setting. Usually your hair will hold this look for as many as 3 days before you will have to wash it again. I have known ladies to be able to leave it as long as a week. They would just come in every Monday or whenever their week was up and get their blow-dry roller set. This, of course depends on hair type, like I have said before, some people are just lucky with the hair they were born with. The average hair type can go 2-3 days without a noticeable shampoo.

Roller setting is quite easy and once you get the hang of it can be done in minutes flat.

How to reduce damage from Hair Straighteners

June 12, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Yes, there is such a thing as using heating products too much, that is if your not using anything to protect your hair before you start styling. Do you have a matted type ball at the back of your head and the middle doesn’t seem to be as long as the sides? This is because of too much heat products and other misc. things, ie: elastic bands too tight, not the right pillow case etc. If you are going to be using your hair straightener everyday you need to start protecting your hair in the process, if you don’t you will not be able to even straighten that matted hair on the back of your head, it will always have a certain frizz look to it.

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figure 1: Karmin Envy Titanium Hair Straightener.

Make sure that you take a break every once in a while where you don’t blow dry or use any kind of heating products. Try doing this once or twice a week. Use a good spray in conditioner, avoiding anything that has alcohol in it (this dries out your hair) spray each section as you are straightening it. Use a good conditioning pack at least once every two weeks (the kind you keep in and wash out after approx. 15 min.) Comb deep conditioner through hair and rinse out after time noted above.

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Do not brush your hair too harshly, using a natural bristled brush, or a comb, just brush from the bottom up. Use a lower heat setting on your hair straightener once in awhile. As you can see from the photos below after time heating products and just not caring about your hair does sufficient damage. So to ensure the best healthiest hair take care of yourself, eat right, do conditioning treatments and treat your hair like it’s your best friend.

normal hair

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blowdry damage

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weak hair

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chemically damaged hair

Till next time Good Luck!

Niki

How to Find a Hair Stylist

June 5, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

When I was about 19, I went to this hairdresser in “a small town” I hadn’t noticed the smell of alcohol on her breath till my hair was half done. When she was finally finished, I cried, and cried and cried. I was so upset that when I got home, my mom only had to look at me to know that I had been scalped by a drunken hairstylist. She was more upset than me, she dialed the salon asked for the “drunken hairstylist” and told her how awful my hair looked and that she was sending me back to get it fixed. What? sending me back? Oh, please mom, noooo. Well needless to say I always get up close and personal now when choosing a new hairstylist.

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A good stylist is in fact easy to find. I mean all you have to do is go into a salon and watch them work. Look at how many different types of hair they can work on, leaving a satisfied customer in the works. Can they do short hair, long hair, thick hair, thin hair, can they color?

If you see a hairstyle you like on someone, don’t be afraid to ask them where they got their hair done. When scouting out a salon, stay long enough to see the outcome of a clients hair. Is she happy? Did she get what she asked for? Don’t forget that not all hairtypes can do the same thing, you may want a hairstyle that just wont work with your type of hair. Tell the stylist what type of hair you have and if they are good they will be able to tell you if your hair can do that or not. See if they have a portfolio, check out the styles and cuts inside, are they good? Do the clients look happy?

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Chances are if they are smiling they are happy and this could be a possible hair stylist for you, if they don’t look so happy, move on to the next salon and do your detective work once again!

Till next time Good Luck,

Niki

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