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Keeping Hair Fresh Makes Your Look Fresh

May 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

When I was younger, I could go two or three months between each haircut. It always seemed easier when I was a young girl because my hair hadn’t been exposed to heat or damaging chemicals yet. Getting a haircut in April meant my next appointment would be in June or July. However, as I grew up, I started getting into trends from my favorite TV shows and wanted to constantly look like my favorite celebrities. When I was little, fresh haircuts made me look older because of the styles I was admired by. Now that I’m older I realize haircuts should make me look younger. As I get older I don’t want to look older, I want to keep my youthful, fun look that keeps me in touch with my youthful personality.

Older women today sometimes have trouble with this concept of staying younger. There are a few common mistakes that they make, thinking these things will make them look older. For example, they tan their skin, grow their hair out, get their nails done and more just to make themselves look younger. Truth is, those things only make them look older. When they tan their skin becomes wrinkly and tight when what they want is to look dark and flawless. Maybe this is what they see but the rest of the world notices an orange shriveled up body. Growing hair out doesn’t look great on older women because of the texture of their hair. As we age, our hair gets drier and begins to loose its natural oils and the longer it gets, the more noticeable those dried ends become. Getting nails done aren’t that bad of an asset to the aging process. It just looks bad when you combine it with the above trends that don’t look good.

Going back to growing out hair, we want to avoid looking old with our hair especially. To do this, we should think of new ways to keep a fresh look and a perfect example would be a haircut! Getting regular haircuts is an essential if you want to look young and fresh. Doing this can also bring out highlights in your other features too. For example, when you get bring out those  hair shears and chop off all dead ends in your hair, you can add a little needed volume. Create some layers too if you want a little oomph in the top of your head. Body in the hair definitely cuts a few years off your look and when you build up the hair, you also build up your cheekbones. Shorter cuts are very appropriate for women over fifty and when you use your hair scissors for certain tasks it helps a lot. Another idea is to cut a section from your bangs to swoop to the side. This will cover some of the aging spots on the forehead but it will also draw attention to your eyes when the hair falls right next the eye.

To play up your look, think about ways to make yourself younger. Next time you want a new style, don’t think about dying your roots or going tanning to make yourself look younger. Instead try getting it all cut off and making it more of a polished look. Making yourself look younger definitely isn’t a hard thing to do when you think about it.

Something Every Parent Should Know about Allergic Reactions and Hair!

June 24, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Although I have a son and hopefully he will not be asking anytime soon whether or not he can “borrow mom’s hair straightener” I am sure that there are many moms who hear that from their young daughter. Now this is personally my opinion and I am not here to tell you what to do but I will prove my point with some actual events in this post later. I think a child’s hair is the most virgin type hair you can get. I see young girls getting their hair permed and colored even hair extensions, this is too much for a young girl…I think!

Now, why wreck such “virgin” hair? I do understand some people’s hair you can take through the ringer and still see no damage, but I think that children require an age limit where it is okay to do what they please with their hair. Colouring, perms and hair extensions not being among them…for me. Now, on the other hand, considering the Karmin hair straightener has temperatures that allow the user control of the heat to distribute, I do not see any harm, I do recommend the adult be there to either assist or do the work. I would use the lowest temperature to start with and see if this work’s for your daughter’s hair.

Now here is what I found “Googling”. There was a young girl of 14 who wanted to color her hair, she had never before done so and didn’t “think” she needed her parents supervision. Well, what incurred was a severe allergic reaction to the color and this poor girl ended up in agony with major weeping sores all over her head and a swollen face for over 10 days. hair-dye-swollen.jpg

Another girl of 13, was rushed to hospital after using a L’oreal cream hair color, she too had an allergic reaction. Her face was swollen for days also, given no photo judging by the one above I am sure it wasn’t any prettier.

And still another girl writes: After dyeing my hair I had an allergic reaction. I hadn’t done a patch test cause I figured I would be safe, I wasn’t. I ended up with second degree burns all over my scalp, neck, and ears. That was several months ago and the color has now grown out quite a bit, but my scalp has not felt the same since.

Something that should always be done is a patch test, whether or not you are coloring or getting some kind of permanent wave. Always do this at the back bottom of your head so you will not see this section if a reaction occurs and you cannot finish the rest of your hair.

Surprisingly enough still yet another girl wrote that she was “surprised” to have a reaction. “I looked like the elephant man all the way down to my chin,” “burns on the scalp as well.” I used nothing on my hair for almost 2 years after this happened.

I really could have gone on for quite some time in regards to this topic but I don’t think anyone after seeing the above photo would want to see another child in such agonizing pain. Do I need to mention patch testing again? Parents, you are required to be there, not only to inform your child of the possibility of a horrendous outcome but to let them know that yes, this can happen, even to them. I feel for these poor girls, that had to be painful, and yes, I do realize that we cannot be there all of the time but if given the chance I would show these photos to my young daughter to deter this from ever happening. Till next time, Good Luck,

niki

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