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No Need to Damage Your Hair While Excercising

January 13, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Does exercise affect the quality of your hair? This may seem like a strange question, but it can be true, and a very real concern for people who are affected by this particular problem.

I recently had a friend of mine tell me that she had to quit swimming laps in the pool, an exercise that she really enjoys because it was affecting her hair. My friend was experiencing dryness, breakage and discoloration of her hair because of the chemicals in the pool and she didn’t want to use her usual hair tools to style her hair for fear of further damage.  Her solution to the problem was simply to quit swimming, however there are other options, and your solution does not need to be quite so dramatic.

If your favorite exercise option is swimming, there are defiantly things that you can do to protect your hair so you can continue to enjoy your favorite sport. The first thing you should do is wear a swim cap. These latex or rubber caps won’t keep out all the water from reaching your hair; however they dramatically reduce the exposure that your hair has to harmful chemicals in the pool. Plus, the swim cap also has the added benefit of keeping the strap of your goggles away from your hair which can cause tearing and ripping.

When you get out of the pool the very first thing you should do is to rinse your hair. Be sure that you get as much of the pool water off your body and out of your hair. Always follow this with a deep leave in conditioner that can sit on your hair, saturating it with the conditioning. And remember, never brush wet hair. Always use a wide toothed comb to release tangles when your hair is wet. Use an ionic hair dryer to dry your hair with the least amount of damage. By following these few simple tips, you shouldn’t have to worry about excessive damage to your hair from swimming.

Other people experience damage to their hair from exercising because they tend to pull hair up in a pony tail for most activities. If you use the wrong type of pony tail holder, there could be tearing and ripping of your hair, and often you will see damage at the crown of the head, right where a pony tail would be.

As an alternative to a pony tail, try braiding your hair for exercise. This can be much gentler on your hair, reducing the pressure from the elastic bands. Or, if your hair is short enough, pull it back with a head band to keep it out of your face? If a pony tail is your only option, be sure to choose the right type of elastic. No-tear elastic that is completely rubberized is a good choice. These bands do not have metal pieces that can cause snapping. Also, look for cloth covered elastics, these will be soft on your hair. When you are done exercising, be sure to gently remove the elastic and comb out your hair.

If you are exercising in the hot summer sun, it is a good idea to wear a hat to protect your tresses from sun damage. The sun can fade out your hair and make it dry and brittle, so cover up.

There is no reason that you cannot enjoy your favorite sport or activity without causing damage to your hair, you simply need to think ahead and perhaps take a few extra precautions. When you’re done working out, you can grab your hair straightener and style your hair as you normally would, confidant that you’re looking your best every day.

What the Pros Use

December 5, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

When you walk into the hair salon, all of the hair stylists have their stations set up with the various tools of the trade, and cords running everywhere. But what hair tools do they have on those stations. No one usually gives it much thought, you simply sit in the chair, let your stylist get down to business and leave with a beautiful head of hair. But there are many things at work to get your hair looking that beautiful; not least of all are the tools that your stylist uses to create those stunning hair styles.

Taking a closer look at what is on those hair stations you will find a wide range of products, but there is one thing that every single hair stylist’s station has in common. They all use high quality hair tools. And you should expect nothing less from a hair stylist. If you walk into a salon and see a low quality metal plate hair straightener, run out of there fast!

So what does a hair stylist look for in a quality hair tool? That’s an excellent question, because obviously you want what the professionals use so you too can have stunning hair at home. Let’s start with the hair dryer. Hair stylists are usually in a hurry, they have a lot of clients to see and they need each one looking their best – quickly.

An ionic hair dryer is usually the dryer of choice because of the use of negative ions. Negative ions penetrate the hair shaft and dry the hair from the inside out, instead of the outside – in, like other hair dryers. The result is that hair dries quicker which means that stylists can move on to the next phase of styling faster and as an added bonus, your hair is exposed to the heat for a much shorter period, which means you won’t experience damage.

When it comes to hair straighteners, this is probably one of the most popular tools for most stylists right now so they need a high quality tool that will stand up to repetitive use and provide the best shine and finish to each clients hair.

The number one thing that stylists look for in a hair straightener is ceramic plates. Because many stylists leave their irons on for long periods, the ceramic plates will hold the heat, keeping the temperature consistent for the entire period. You don’t have to worry about the plates cooling off, or getting hot spots.

Another popular feature in hair straighteners right now is the use of silver or Nanosilver technology in the plates. This fairly new technology utilizes the power of natural antibacterial elements which actually fight the bacteria and germs that can collect on your hair straightener and your hair. This is perfect for a salon environment where tools are being used on multiple people.

Tourmaline is also a very popular feature for hair straighteners because the tourmaline infuses each hair, closing the cuticle and making the hair look shiny, healthy and beautiful. Which is ultimately what the hair stylist wants for each client.

So now that you know what the pros are using, what’s stopping you from enjoying the same benefits for your hair at home?

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