Most people consider hair combing a routine activity. There are people who keep a particular hair style throughout their life. On the other hand, younger generations adopt new hair styles according to new trends.
To have a healthy hair, proper nutrition is required. General health has direct relation with the quality and quantity of hair. In order to make your hair beautiful, you need regular washing, use of hair oil, proper combing, etc.
Tips for combing hair:
1. To choose the best comb, you must take into account the nature of your hair (soft or hard, short or long), convenience and style.
2. Combing hair should be done with greatest care and concentration. If you comb without any care, you can cause damage to your hair.
3. Combing hair should be done gently. A vigorous combing can encourage hair falling.
4. Do not comb wet hair. First dry your hair with a towel and then put some oil and gently massage it. After this is done, the combing will be easy and undamaging.
5. Combing hair in the opposite direction of hairs must be avoided. This will cause hair falling.
6. Vigorous combing in backward direction can cause traction baldness.
7. Frequent combing can damage the hair follicles and the scalp. Combing hair 2 or 3 times in a day is sufficient.
8. The tooth of the comb must not be sharp. The comb should not be pressed too tightly on the scalp.
9. Clean the comb before and after use in order to prevent hair and dirt from depositing in the gap. Combing hair with dirty comb can be difficult and painful.
10. Do not use other people’s combs. This will prevent fungal and bacterial infections.]]>
If the amount of money consumers spend on hair care products annually is any indication, most people are concerned about the appearance of their hair and strive to attain beautiful, healthy and stylish locks. In fact, most will go to any lengths to achieve their desired look. From professional salon treatments to over-the-counter serums, hair care is a big business.
The only problem is that while many people are buying the right hair care products for their hair, they forget to follow basic hair care regimens that will guarantee the health and beauty of their tresses. Additionally, many are also causing needless damage to their hair by participating in unhealthy hair care behavior.
So, what should you do to make sure that your hair stays healthy, shiny and strong?
To avoid all hair care disasters, follow these 10 absolute don’ts of great hair care.
Hair care don’ts
1. Avoid unprofessional and over-the-counter hair care products whenever you can. Many of these only offer false hopes and promises.
2. Do not cut your own bangs. Leave all of your cutting needs, even bangs, to your hair care professional.
3. Avoid excessive sun, chlorine and salt water during the summer months. Excessive exposure can cause severe damage that is irreversible even if you use the best hair care products.
4. Do not use clarifying hair care products on your tresses more than one time per week. They can strip hair of moisture and essential oils.
5. Do not visit a hair care salon without first getting a referral from someone you can trust. Choosing a salon based on an advertisement or sale alone is very risky.
6. Do not purchase hair color that comes in a box.
7. Never stick with an outdated look because you are afraid of looking different. Styles change for a reason. Ask your hair care professional to bring you into this decade with a new style.
8. Do not straighten your hair with a clothes iron. C’mon, this was so over in the 70s. We have straightening irons that won’t damage your hair for this now. Look in the hair care isle.
9. Don’t brush your hair or put too much tension on it while it is still wet. This will cause breakage. Also, do not wear tight styles such as corn rows for extended periods of time unless you have ethnic hair.
10. Never use sun-lightening products such as lemon juice or over-the-counter hair care products designed to lighten hair with the sun unless you want a very short hair cut in the future.
In the end, hair care is a very individualized and personal thing. Feel free to add your own flair and style to your hair care routine, but remember to include hair care principles that will benefit your hair and avoid those that damage it.]]>
Hair care expert Tim Rogers, who has among his clients Yoko Ono, Missy Rayder, Diane Sawyer, Kelly Gray, Samantha Boardman and Amanda Peet, combed through some of the secrets he gives celebrities when they have a bad hair day and came up with a few you may use:
Q. Any advice on how I can take better care of my hair?
A. Wash hair no more often than every other day. Water can be very drying to hair, exacerbating frizz and static flyaways. Wash with lukewarm water and always follow with a conditioner. Protect color-treated hair. New Results Colour Bright shampoo and conditioner are created specifically for treating and protecting multitonal hair shades. Don’t forget sunscreen. The sun’s rays can strip away natural oils as well as the pigment that gives hair its color. The sun can weaken hair cuticles, causing peeling, breaking and split ends. Defend hair with a hat and products with UV filters and keratin, for strength and elasticity.
Q. I need a new hairstyle. Can you help?
A. Take advantage of the multitude of virtual stylists on the Internet. Web sites like www.smartfixx.com offer comprehensive advice from salon professionals. Online, you can access info on trends 24/7. There’s step-by-step styling advice in video you can play, pause, rewind and download to see how to get the look you like.
Q. I’m thinking of changing my hair color from blond to red. What’s the best way?
A. Redheads aren’t defined by “light or dark” but by tone. Consider which works with your skin. Glossing treatments deposit tone without lightening hair for maximum reflection and minimum damage. They’re a great way to deliver customized shades of red.
Q. I’m a guy and I really like my new short hairstyle but it requires multiple styling products mostly created for women. Are there multipurpose products men can use?
A. Some really great unisex styling lines-like the new one from Charles Worthington London-have what you need. For short hair, wax sticks or gel strips are fantastic multipurpose options for keeping hair in place, taming flyaways or giving it a textured, spiky look. My favorite products from this Smart Fixx line are the H2O Styling Strips, which you can get at drugstores. Simply add the gel to wet hair with your fingertips. The strips come in a convenient pocket pack for on-the-go styling.
Condition for your hair type, says celebrity stylist Tim Rogers.]]>
Every season, women take a page from fashion magazines and update their clothes, shoes and makeup while overlooking their greatest accessory: hair color. Some women don’t realize that hair color, like perfectly shaped eyebrows, can actually define a woman’s look. While a change of season becomes an opportunity to experiment, it’s important to not only know the basics behind color-treating tresses, but also the process of maintaining it.
“My clients are always asking how they can sustain color and keep it from fading,” says Pantene Celebrity Colorist Rita Hazan. “I always emphasize that there is no use spending a lot of money to color your hair if you aren’t going to follow the right steps and use products to actually make the challenge of retaining deep, radiant color effortless.”
Here, Hazan shares some simple tips on how to ensure your hair color is rich, vibrant and healthy looking:
Lifestyle Lesson: Before making any color changes, realistically think about your lifestyle and how much time you can commit to maintenance and care. Adventurous types who are up for the challenge can consider making a more drastic change, while low-maintenance girls should probably aim for an easier-to-manage color process such as highlights.
Maintenance Must: To keep color from fading or looking dull between salon visits, proper maintenance is a must. Always use products designed specially for color-treated hair. For the 33 percent of women who complain that their blonde highlights turn brassy, try the new Pantene Pro-V Blonde Expressions Highlight Enhancing Shampoo and Conditioner, designed to enhance blonde tones and protect against damaging elements such as mineral deposits and dulling residues.
Extra TLC: Color-treated strands require a little extra care during daily hair care routines. Instead of rubbing hair vigorously after washing, gently pat it dry to prevent color from looking faded. Always use a rinse-out conditioner on color-treated manes and let hair air-dry for a few minutes whenever possible before blow-drying so that you use less heat and keep more moisture intact for vivid, healthy-looking color.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate: Hair loses moisture during the color-treating process and as a result women are left with thirsty, straw-like tresses. Try using a deep-conditioning treatment once a week to keep hair hydrated, shiny and healthy. Massage treatment through strands from root to tip and make sure to leave in for 30 minutes so that it deeply penetrates hair.]]>
Women from all walks of life are always battling their hair. Those who have straight hair always want it to be curly. Those blessed with curls want theirs to be straight. With the many innovations in the beauty field that are emerging daily, there is certainly something to meet the needs of everyone. And for those men and women who do long for super sleek and shiny hair, then they are truly lucky to find the line of Sedu flat irons and the Sedu hair straighteners.
Sedu flat irons are some of the most highly regarded tools in the hair straightening line by numerous leaders in the beauty and cosmetic industry. The Sedu Company has been an innovator for leading the way in hair care products and professional items for many years and their experience shows. Their flat irons and hair straighteners are some of the most sought after in the industry. Those who have found Sedu swear that they will never use any other company’s hair implements again!
The Sedu flat irons, which are specially coated with either ceramic or tourmaline, are famous for causing absolutely no damage to any hair type, No matter if your hair is coarse or fine, long or short, thick or thin, you will certainly benefit from using a Sedu flat iron. They are made from the very best quality materials and will transform your unruly mop into your crowning glory in a matter of minutes.
Many other flat irons and hair straighteners have the tendency to dull and dry your hair, but not those in the Sedu line. Sedu flat irons will turn frizzy hair into a smooth mane in a snap! These flat irons have temperature settings which are easily set and moderated so that anyone can find the perfect heat setting to best benefit each individual’s hair type. Even those who have tried other Sedu brand products in the past will find the addition of a Sedu hair straightener to their daily hair regimen of great value. They will be amazed at the results and will wonder why they did not happen upon these great products any sooner than they did!
Another great thing that you will find with the Sedu hair straighteners that you will not find with many other companies is that Sedu offers their flat irons in a variety of sizes. Many people with longer hair have never experienced the unique problems of using tools that are too large to try to smooth shorter hairstyles. Sedu has an answer for this issue. The flat irons come in several different widths and sizes so that you, too, can successfully straighten your hair no matter the length. The same goes for longhaired ladies as well! The larger irons are dynamic for covering a lot of hair in a short amount of time, while the smaller ones work well for shorter hair or for areas where you need a bit more precision and accuracy.
Some may balk at the price tag that comes along with such a high quality product as the Sedu hair straightener. However, once you have the opportunity to use the product and experience for yourself just what a good job it can do, you are sure to find any way possible to keep the Sedu flat iron on your bathroom vanity. They do run a little higher than some of the other flat irons that you will find in discount stores and other chains, but you will never get the user satisfaction from these other flat irons the way that you will with the Sedu. In this case, you are truly paying for the quality of the product, not just the name on the box. Sedu equals quality and satisfaction, and you will hear this from the numerous customers and professionals who swear by the Sedu flat iron each and every day.
Now it’s time to find out what all of the buzz is about. If your unruly hair is driving you crazy and you are looking for a hair straightener, which will smooth and create shine without inflicting damaging heat and breakage, then you need look no further than the Sedu flat irons and hair straightening implements. The Sedu brand is known and trusted by professionals in the beauty industry and customers all over the world, and once you try it, your name will be added to the list of those who wonder what they ever did before finding this perfect hair styling tool.]]>
The number one thing that you can do to guarantee that you always receive the best hair cuts, latest professional techniques and stellar service is to choose the right hair salon. Granted, that is easier said than done. With hair salons on practically every street corner, narrowing down your options to find the right hair salon can be confusing.
Getting a referral to a hair salon by family and friends could be a good way to begin your search. But do not stop there. As you may already know, no two hair stylists take the same artistic approach to their work. That means that a particular stylist or hair salon may do a fantastic job on your Cousin Suzie’s long layers and still not be quite able to pull off your short textured crop. That does not mean that your cousin’s hair salon is inferior in any way. It just means that you need to find a hair salon that is more suited to your particular style and needs.
The easiest way to find a hair salon suited to your needs is to ask people with hair styles similar to what you want for a referral to their hair salon. These may be people you know or complete strangers that you see while you are out shopping. Do not be shy. If you see a cute style that you have been unsuccessfully trying to achieve, ask the person which hair salon they go to. You may never get a chance to do so again.
Another thing that you can do to make sure that you choose the right hair salon is to schedule a consultation. A consultation allows you to “feel out” a hair salon before making a commitment to a stylist that you may regret. During a consultation, you can observe the different techniques that the staff at the hair salon is using and how they interact with their customers. A consultation also gives you the chance to vocalize what you want and receive feedback from a professional, all before the first snip is made. Most hair salons also have a portfolio that you can look through of before and after pictures, which can give you a sense of what kind of work do.
During your search for the right hair salon, there are some red flags that can be easily detected that can warn you of impending disaster if you choose a particular hair salon. Here are just a few:
“ Dirt and grime. A clean hair salon is mandated by the state, but some salons still tend to push the envelope where cleanliness is concerned. Look for sanitary procedures such as the use of clean combs and brushes, sanitary neck strips and a clean work station. If a hair salon feels dirty, do not frequent it. Look at it this way, if the stylists of a particular salon do not take enough pride in their hair salon to keep it clean, why would they take pride in the work they put out the door?
“ Professionalism. The hair salon is a professional place, and you should feel like you have stepped into a den of luxury not one more suited to the Saturday nightlife. Again, it’s all about pride. Professionals who take pride in their work will strive to create the right atmosphere for their customers.
“ Communication. Communication is vital in a hair salon. Observe how the stylists interact with their customers. That is how they will interact with you.
In the end, it may take a little trial and error to find the right hair salon, but you can make your search easier by following the above advice. Always keep in mind, though, that choosing the wrong hair salon is not a death sentence. Simply brush yourself off and keep looking.]]>
In the 80s, the hair accessory was invaluable. Almost every style involved some sort of hair accessory or embellishment to really set it off. Today, the hair accessory is not a part of everyday style and care should be taken as to when and how to use the hair accessory so that you will not look dated.
With that said, there are some occasions that scream for hair accessories: Work, social occasions and formal events may all have you searching for the perfect hair accessory to set off your look. While different occasions will call for different hair accessories, a good rule of thumb to follow is to choose the sedate hair accessory over one that could not go unnoticed in a crowd of a few hundred or a few thousand.
While choosing the right one can be tricky, there are a few pointers that you can follow to help you pick the perfect hair accessories to complete your look. Here are just a few:
“ Work. In many work situations, you will likely have to wear your hair up. No matter if your type of employment requires it or you simply like to change your look now and then, wearing your hair up calls for the right hair accessory to do the job. The number one rule to finding the right hair accessory for work is to avoid banana clips at all costs. I mean, who still makes these things? Apparently they’re making money at it or they wouldn’t still be producing these torture devices of the 80s. Don’t further their cause: stop buying this hair accessory. The second rule is to choose hair accessories that closely match your hair color or that blend nicely with it. Matching a hair accessory to your clothes is only cute when you are 5-years-old. What you choose will depend largely on your length of hair and how you like to wear your hair up. For French twists, choose hair accessories that resemble over-sized hair clips. Simply twist and clip.
“ Social and formal occasions. In social and formal occasions you have a greater opportunity to express your artsy side through hair accessories. Again choose sedate pieces over garish hair accessories. Classy pieces can be perfect for social occasions, whereas a little sprig of flowers or garnishment may be needed for formal occasions. Formal occasions are the only time that is okay to match your hair accessory to your clothing. But still, do not go overboard. What attracts the eye should be the beauty of your hair, not too-busy hair accessories. If in doubt about what hair accessory or how much of it to include, opt for the simple solution: use as little as possible.
The bottom line with hair accessories is that too much of a good thing can confuse the eye and make your do look garish. Simple hair accessories, on the other hand, can make a bold beauty statement that makes your hair the talk of the office or party.]]>
CAUSES OF DANDRUFF
Although the cause of dandruff is not completely understood, it is currently theorized that one of the main causes is a breakdown of the scalps natural lipid barrier, leaving it more exposed to infection by the microscopic yeast that is commonly found in the scalp. When the yeast overgrows, it leads to an inflammatory response that kills off scalp cells at a high rate, which in turn slough off in sticky patches and flakes.
The condition is identified by:
- White or clear flakes on the scalp, through the hair, and on clothing.
- Itchy scalp which may be red and inflamed.
Some young teens find they develop dandruff when they hit puberty because their hygiene habits haven’t changed to meet the challenges of newly accelerated sebum production.
Stress, poor hygiene and poor diet can make the scalp more susceptible to dandruff. High sugar foods in particular are known to exacerbate yeast infections.
The hair should be brushed regularly to loosen flakes and stimulate blood supply to the scalp, which will accelerate the natural immune response to infection.
There are few habits you can develop and natural treatments you can use to treat dandruff.
Nutrition: An excess of sugar in the diet can exacerbate any yeast infection. Try reducing your intake of all sugars and refined starches while treating for dandruff.
Cleansing: Massage your scalp thoroughly with your fingertips when shampooing. This will help loosen and remove any dead skin flakes and help prevent the infection from continuing. Wash your hair daily until the infection is cleared up.
Conditioning: Use a protective hair condition on the ends of hair only. Avoid getting conditioner on your scalp where it can clog pores and interfere with healing of the skin.
- Massage: Massaging your scalp several times a day with the pads of the fingers only will stimulate blood supply to the hair follicles and help loosen the dead skin flakes.
- Brushing: Brushing your hair thoroughly on a daily basis will help loosen and remove dead skin flakes, increase the smooth flow of sebum along the hair shaft, and increase blood supply to the hair follicles.
- Wash Hands After Brushing and Grooming Hair: Fungal infections of the skin are highly contagious, and it is easy to reinfect and spread to other areas of the body. This is why it’s important to wash your hair daily and to brush out any loose dandruff flakes – so that healthy areas of the scalp will not be infected. Washing your hands after brushing, massaging and grooming your hair will also help prevent reinfection or cross infection.
The following herbs and nutrients have been shown to reduce dandruff infections:
Natural Internal Treatments for Dandruff
Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Vanadyl Sulfate, Gynema Sylvestre and Chromium are all natural regulators of blood sugar levels. The can help prevent feeding the infection by keeping blood sugar levels normalized.
Olive Leaf and Oregano Leaf are both natural systemic antifungal agents.
Natural External Treatments for Dandruff
The following herbs can be used as a tonic for reducing fungal infections on a topical basis. Extracts of these herbs or a several drops of their essential oils dissolved in aloe vera gel or witch hazel can greatly relieve the symptoms of itching and flaking in dandruff. Tea tree oil is particularly effective against fungal and bacterial infections.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Grapefruit Essential Oil
Juniper Berry Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil
Tea Tree Oil
Whether you want to look great for a party and have all afternoon to get ready, or just want to smarten up before a meeting, there are things to do to get your hair looking great and give your confidence a real boost.
Super Hair Tip Number 1:
Shampoo properly. By this, I mean that you should invest in a top quality salon shampoo that matches your hair type, if you have coloured hair, make sure that the formulation of your shampoo is suitable, likewise if your hair is thin, greasy, blonde, or brunette, talk to your stylist, and get them to advise you on what they think is best. Too many people simply pick something off the supermarket shelf and home for the best, when what they really need is a shampoo that suits them.
Super Hair Tip Number 2:
Condition deeply. Hair conditioners have a formulation that will add body and shine to your hair. You know how uncomfortable and scratchy clothes are if you don’t use a fabric conditioner, well hair is the same. Also, a good conditioner will help to keep your hair static free, which will reduce frizziness even more. Massage the conditioner from root to tip and leave it to work its magic and make your hair look really healthy and shiny before rinsing it thoroughly.
Super Hair Tip Number 3:
Dry your hair well. Modern hair dryers will not harm your hair as much as they used to, but if you are going to use a blow dryer to get your hair dry quickly, make sure you keep it moving over your hair and dry it evenly to avoid overheating. If you have the time, use the dryer on a cool setting to avoid damage.
Super Hair Tip Number 4:
Use a good Serum. There are a huge variety of great products around that are designed to smooth your hair. Most salons will be able to point you in the direction of a serum such as Frizz-ease that will help to keep your hair looking great. Generally hair serums work in three ways, by relaxing the hair, smoothing it, and reducing the potential for it to attract the static electricity that will cause it to frizz up.
Super Hair Tip Number 5:
Use good quality hair straighteners. Most people find that the cheaper hair straighteners do not do a very good job. You might find that they do not get hot enough to iron out the kinks properly on a single pass, and are not slippery enough to allow your hair to pass through smoothly. Opt for ceramic or glass heating plates, and make sure that there is an adjustable temperature. GHD straighteners are the one of the most popular brands around and ae commonly used in salons all around the world. Their plates get hot fast, and are extra smooth to make styling your hair easy, all of which makes them a real favourite in salons around the world. Ceramic plates will help discharge the static electricity from your hair too, and leave it looking straight for longer.
Super Hair Tip Number 6:
Eat well. Your hair is nourished by what you eat and drink, and will never look good if you don’t eat a balanced diet with lots of vitamins and minerals. Hair is mostly made of protein, so make sure your diet includes plenty. Drink water too, as this will flush impurities out of your body and keep you healthy.]]>
In today’s society it is important to put your best look forward. There are so many of us
that are looking for the perfect look, product, care, and price. It’s rare we find a style
that fits into all these categories, but we try our best. Women of different ethnic
backgrounds have a certain needs that need to be addressed, but often times we are neglected
by the mainstream.
Its important to for manufacturers to keep in mind the different textures that we have to work
with, and what products are going to work best for us. A lot of styles that we are trying to
achieve are often techniques that tend to dry our hair out. Whether it’s complete coverage
dye, highlights, relaxers, perms, or any styling tool.
Keep in mind that its not only the style that makes us look good, but the health and vitality
of the hair itself. Having shine in our hair is a sign of good health. Even psychologist
think that men go after the younger woman not because of age, but the aesthetic that come with
the woman. Shinny hair, a creamy completion, and other various attributes contribute to this
theory. Now a days though woman are not judged by age, but the attention getter is the look.
Now in order to keep the man that comes from within, which would take another article.
There are many shampoos and conditioners that contain shea butter which is rich in vitamins.
If you’re looking for products that don’t contain or have little chemicals to damage your hair
I recommend going for organic products. These products are with a high content of natural