Tips

  • Hair Care Tips

    1. A healthier lifestyle will result in healthier hair. Massaging your scalp on a regular basis will stimulate oil production, which will help reduce the dryness of your hair.
    2. Daily shampooing is not recommended, ethnic hair is dryer than other types of hair, shampooing strips away the oils from your hair so try shampooing once every 3 to 7 days instead.
    3. If you engage in daily activities that cause you to sweat, it is recommended that you rinse your hair out with water and only use shampoo on occasion, but if you feel the need to use a mild shampoo, go ahead and do so.
    4. Use a mild moisturizing shampoo with a low PH level when washing your hair. Don't use a 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner, use a separate shampoo and conditioner, 2 in 1's aren't suited as well for dry hair
    5. When washing your hair rub only in one direction to avoid tangling.
    6. Shower with warm water, hot water can dry and/or irritate the scalp.
    7. Oil your scalp after shampooing, with your hair still moist, massage the oil into your scalp and brush out to the ends of your hair.
    8. Use a conditioner when you shower, it'll moisturize your hair, give it extra protection, add shine, reduce static, and makes it easier to untangle.
    9. Use a leave in conditioner, it'll hydrate and protect your hair. A leave in conditioner on your hair is the equivalent of moisturizer on your face.
    10. Don't rub your hair dry with a towel, instead blot the water out of your hair, when you rub, it'll cause your hair to tangle and you'll also risk breakage.
    11. Limit your use of "hot" items on your hair such as blow dryers.
    12. Use a wide toothed comb or pick to comb your hair. It makes it easier to comb if your hair is slightly moist so the comb can slide easier across your hair.
    13. Using a leave in conditioner will also make your hair easier to comb. If your hair is very wet, wait until it dries more, hair is most fragile when it is wet.
    14. If you encounter a tough knot or tangle use your fingers to loosen it and then continue combing.
    15. Comb your hair to remove any tangles before brushing it, using a brush to detangle your hair will stretch your hair and may cause your hair to break off.
    16. Use a soft boar hairbrush on your hair daily which will distribute the oil at the root of your hair and scalp to the rest of your hair. Dampen the brush slightly before brushing.
    17. Get a hot oil treatment once a month which will re moisturize your scalp and hair.
    18. Hair can get caught on cotton pillow cases and break when you are sleeping especially if you toss and turn a lot when you sleep. Using a satin or silk pillowcase where your hair will make it so that hair will slide across the pillowcase without getting caught.
    19. An alternative to the silk pillowcase is to wear a silk or satin scarf over your hair before your sleep to prevent breakage.
    20. Avoid hair products that contain alcohol which dry out your hair.
    21. Moisture is the most important thing for healthy hair. Its what keeps your hair flexible and builds elasticity into your strands.
    22. A cold rinse is said to be beneficial for your hair smoothing down the cuticles and making your hair easier to comb.
    23. Protect your hair this winter. A weave can reduce the everyday stress your hair undergoes from heat, chemical and weather damage.
    24. Cold Weather Tip: Sew satin scarf into wool hats and caps to protect your hair from the friction.
    25. Stress will cause hair breakage and hair loss. Look upwards and see that you are blessed and there is no reason to be stressed.
    26. Thinning Edges, hair breakage, bad skin, brittle nails? Try Vitamin E. It Helps to increase and improve circulation of your scalp, nails, and skin, promoting the growth of healthy hair, beautiful skin and nails.
    27. Tip for thin hair : Hair always looks thicker when its curly because the curls add volume. It will give you the illusion of thickness
    28. If you have hard water and even if you don't, distilled water can be a nice treat for your hair. If you try a final rinse with it or perhaps just misting occasionally, you will find your hair to be softer and more moisturized.
    29. If you experience tangles...you can mix the distilled water with Apple Cider Vinegar 1:1 ratio, put it in a spray bottle and mist your hair with it
    30. If you use any kind of styling product regularly then a weekly or biweekly clarifying will be helpful. (a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with a regular shampoo is a great gentle clarifier.)
  • The Recipe for Healthy Hair

    Healthy hair is a reflection of a healthy body, so it's like two for the price of one. Just like your body, your hair needs a balanced, nutritious diet to stay healthy. So follow this recipe for healthier hair, and be amazed at the difference it makes!

    ... Water

    Water makes up one-fourth of the weight of a strand of hair. Moisture makes the hair supple, so make sure you get plenty of fluids. A key point is NOT to wait until you're thirsty. If you're thirsty, it means your body has already lost more water than it should have, and it's urging you to fill up the tank. Water not only hydrates your body, but helps keep your hair silky and shiny. Ideally, you should drink between eight and ten glasses of water a day.

    ...Protein

    Protein is the building block of hair, so a diet for healthy hair contains an awful lot of protein! Protein will give the shaft of your hair more strength, and will reduce the likelihood of dame through snapping and splitting. You can get protein from foods like fish, meat, milk, cheese and cereals.

    ...Minerals

    Iron helps to carry oxygen to the hair. Without
    enough iron, hair and its follicles get starved of oxygen. This means that the "goodness" in the root of your hair is much less effective along the length of the strand. You can increase your iron intake by eating red meat and dark green vegetables, or by iron supplements. Zinc builds hair protein which helps to prevent hair loss. Meat and seafood are the foods highest in zinc.

    ...Copper is involved in the pigmentation of hair.

    You can optimize your natural color with a diet with plenty of copper. Who needs hair dye and fake color! Shellfish, liver, fresh vegetables, nuts, seeds and meat are all high in copper.

    ...Vitamins

    Vitamin A will give you a healthy scalp, because it's great for the skin! You can get vitamin A from foods like vegetables - in particular, in carrots. (So it's good for the waistline too!)

    Vitamin B and C are important for good circulation, hair growth and hair color. If you ensure that you have enough vitamin B and C, you'll have strong, supple strands of hair that do not split. You can get these vitamins from eating foods like fruit, vegetables,cereals, eggs, milk and bread.

    So follow this healthy guide and be sure to add in a hefty dose of daily exercise to keep that blood pumping, then add proper hair care on the surface! Go ahead! Try it! Soon enough you'll be turning down offers to do shampoo commercials!

    Remember Good Hair is Healthy Hair!!!

  • Flat Iron Tips

    Still can't live without your straightening iron? Once you know how to achieve that sleek, smooth look it's hard to go back. It really doesn't matter which flat iron you use:
    ceramic, thermal, metal or ionic - they all damage your hair with over-use and inappropriate use. They heat keeps your hair dry and... over time will damage the ends of your hair. Here are 10 tips to help you and your flat iron work side-by-side without damaging your hair.

    1. Keep your flat iron clean. It will last longer and do less damage to your hair.
    2. Use a styling aid to prevent frizz before you blow dry. Sealed Ends by BC Bonicure seal the ends of your hair locking out frizziness by 79 percent. Use it after your blow dry to get rid of frizz.
    3. Practice before you head out to any major event. It's very easy to use once you get the knack of it.
    4. When using the iron on your hair comb, on the section you are using first, before running the iron through it.
    5. Try avoiding using any products until you finish straightening out your hair.
    6. Use small sections. The smaller the section the flatter and more weightless your hair will be.
    7. Use even pressure while stroking your flat iron from the root to the end without stopping on any part of the sectioned hair.
    8. Use a wide bristle brush on your hair while brushing your desired shape into place.
    9. Use a lightweight serum to smooth any frizz left over. You'll only need a little.
    10. Let your iron cool; clean its surface with a cloth so you'll be ready to use it again.

    Curly Hair Tip Since your hair is prone to dryness, use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. After washing, gently blot hair dry with an absorbent towel and apply 4 to 6 drops of silicone-based shine serum (the thicker your hair, the more you can use). Detangle hair with fingers, and allow it to air dry.

    Water makes up one-fourth of the weight of a strand of hair. Moisture makes the hair supple, so make sure you get plenty of fluids. A key point is NOT to wait until you're thirsty. If you're thirsty, it means your body has already lost more water than it should have, and it's urging you ...to fill up the tank. Water not only hydrates your body, but helps keep your hair silky and shiny. Ideally, you should drink between eight and ten glasses of water a day.

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