Trim…It’s Important!

Everyone wants thick, beautiful and well performing hair. The best way to achieve this goal is to have routine trims. This concept of trimming does scare many people, that is understandable.

Many people usually ask ” Why would I cut my hair if I want it to grow?” You will stop asking that question once you learn the importance and benefits of trimming.

Trichotillomania Explanation:

To gain and maintain length of your hair, you must pay attention to the hair ends.Your hair strands are very similar to a plant, there are 3 majors parts to the hair which is the root, stem and end. The root or hair bulb is the start of life for any hair follicle. Next is the stem of the hair follicle which is part of the hair that is seen petruding out from the scalp. Lastly, the end, where the hair follicle ends and is  the most fragile part of the hair follicle.

Hair ends are constantly being attacked by the environment ( hot, moist or cold ,dry air), combs and other hair utensils ( blow dryers, curling irons, and flat irons etc.). Like most fragile things, it will crack or break under the pressure. This is known as split ends. The only remedy to cure split ends are to trim them. The splitting of hair ends is what stops the lengthening process of hair follicles.

The hair follicle never stops growing. As new growth occurs, the split end will continue to split up the stem of the hair follicle causing the end to break. If the end of the hair keeps breaking off that the hair follicle will not be able to maintain its length and or become longer.

There are preventative actions that can prolong or control the splitting process. Moisturizing your hair twice daily will help keep hair flexible and supple to combat against any attack. You can also try not to use too many hair apparatuses on your hair daily.

As stated above, trimming is the only cure for split ends. Having atleast one trim per season would be great. The best regimen is to have trim every 6 to 8 weeks depending on how fast your hair grows. Keeping the ends of your hair maintained will ensure healthier , thicker and longer hair growth. This also helps with a speedier growth cycle.

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Published in: on 11/14/2011 at 11:01 PM  Leave a Comment  

Wearing Hats in the Winter

The winter season has arrived and protecting your body  is imperative. Wearing a warm hat will not only keep you warm but can also provide powerful protection against the cold environment. How you ask? Well let me explain.

The most sensitive parts of your body is where heat can escape. Usually heat escapes your body from the soles of your feet and the mole of your head. The mole of the head is the center most spot in the top crown area of your head. By Covering the mole of your head, you will automatically prohibit any heat from leaving your  body. Thus , using your own body temperature to keep you warm.

During winter months, the air is usually  very dry which is good because bacteria can not live to long  in  cold temperature.  That is why bacteria loves to enter our bodies because we are a  warm, moist  vessel for them to hibernate in until the weather is warmer.

Another benefit to covering your head with a hat is protecting your hair and scalp. Since the  cold , crisp air transmitted into the environment during this season is very dry. When exposed to it , our hair and scalp can become very dry also. Wearing a hat will lock in all moisture secreted or added to hair while a you are out in the environment. Be careful to wear a silk, satin or nylon scarf under your winter hats. Most winter hats are made out of fabrics such as wool or cotton that ,with friction from placement and removal of the hat, could lead to hair breakage and sometimes thinness.

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Published in: on 11/30/2008 at 10:49 AM  Leave a Comment  

Stress Management While You Shampoo

Unbearable stress is common for most women with hair loss. Hair loss is a difficult situation to handle especially for women. The best way to handle it is to create a stress management routine. Having a routine allows you to create an outlet for your stress and anxiety. Creating a a simple routine by including daily activities such as shampooing your hair can relieve much or your stress and anxiety.

The way to transform your shampooing experience into a powerful stress manager is by adding essential oils to you hair cleansing products. Adding essential oils such as eucalyptus, almond or cinnamon to your hair cleansing products will make shampooing you hair feel like an aromatherapy spa treatment. Using essential oils are both soothing and beneficial for scalp and hair. By the end of your shampooing experience , you will feel revive and stress free.

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Published in: on 11/23/2008 at 1:04 PM  Comments (1)  

Zinc: The Beauty Superhero

Zinc is to the rescue!!!!!!!! Usually found in most lean meats, kiwi, avocado and even caviar has scientifically been proven to be beneficial for hair, nails and skin. It is the hottest new mineral that has been recently added as a key ingredient to most beauty products. Here’s a list of the incredible things that Zinc can do:

1) Helps to eliminate and fights symptoms that causes Dandruff.

2) Keeps hair growing stronger and longer.

3) Reduces acne.

4) Fights cold sores.

5) Combats Eczema

6) Helps to clarify and repair skin tone.

7) Prevents cuticle damage due to scratching and itching.

To make sure your hair, nails and skin gets their healthy dose of Zinc everyday, Look for beauty products that contain pyrithione zinc (ZPT).

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Published in: on 01/04/2008 at 1:45 PM  Leave a Comment  

Warning:Summer Hair needs Summer Care!

Recent summer temperatures have prompted many women to apply hair enhancements onto their own hair. Whether braids, weaves or wigs, this can be considered an avoidance of basic hair care during the summer. If worn for a long period of time without proper maintenance to your own hair, all of these methods can cause hair and/or scalp damage.

Today, this post is to remind those women that wear any type of hair enhancement, especially during the summer, to see their hair stylist for routine maintenance. Most women that are not hair stylist themselves can not maintain their own strands without enhancements. So it would be that much harder for you to to take care of your hair enhancements.

Here are some starter tips to help you care for your Summer hair:

1) Wash hair atleast once every week.

2) Use leave in conditioner to protect hair strands from heat and UV rays from the sun.

3) Apply sunscreen to the scalp on any parted section. ( Side or Center part).

4) Let your hair air dry ( if possible) or use a lower heat setting on your blow dryer.

5) If you can’t wash your hair weekly, use an astringent ( Sea breeze ) every three days to rinse away dead skin cells, sweat, oil build up and salt from the scalp surface.

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Published in: on 05/29/2007 at 1:17 PM  Leave a Comment  

Summer Solution for Summer Hair!

The Summer months are hot and  can cause skin, scalp and hair to be sticky. I know that no one enjoys that feeling. Most of my clients have told me that they usually remedy this problem by washing their hair more frequently. Unfortunately, that remedy can make the problem worse.

There is a better solution which is Astrigent. Astringent has a gentle cleansing quality that rinses away all impurities from the skin and scalp. It does not strip away vital oils that the skin and scalp needs to stay soft and pliable. You can use this as a great alternative to reduce the frequency of shampooing.

Trichology Explanation

During the summer, the skin and scalp produces more sweat for biological air conditioning and oil for sun protection. Environmental pollutants and bacteria attach to your hair causing it to smell and feel “Dirty”. If you shampoo your hair more frequently, it will completely strip the impurities and beneficial oils from your hair. Your body will respond by working furiously to produce even more oil and sweat. To combat dirt and keep hair and scalp balanced ( free from “Dirt”,sustaining a significant oil level for sun protection and the release of sweat for body cooling ), using astringent is essential.

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Published in: on 05/09/2007 at 12:41 PM  Leave a Comment  

Short Cut To A Successful Short Style!

Pixie, Fringe,Shag or flips are all cute short styles for the summer season . If  you are thinking about taking  more than couple inches off of your hair do but are not sure it will work for you.  There is a trick of the trade that will help you determine if you are ready to look like a classic Halle Berry or Jada Pinkett-Smith.

The Trick:

Comb your hair straight back ( put into a pony tail, if long enough) off of your face. If you are comfortable with the way your ears and neck look when hair is pulled back then you would be comortable with a style that is above ear length. Most short styles are ear length and expose both the ears and neck.

If you are not comfortable, do not cut hair shorter than nape or shoulder length. This will give minimanl exposure of neck and your ears are completely hidden.

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Published in: on 04/25/2007 at 3:57 PM  Leave a Comment  

Healthy Snacks For Healthy Strands!

We have all heard this statment before: “Eating the correct foods can result in endless health benefits”. We all know that the correct foods consist mainly of fruits and vegetables because they are rich in compounds called phytonutrients….But Which fruit and vegetables gives us the greatest health benefit for our hair?

I have recently found the answer: Yellow fruits and vegetables. Any food that is saturated with this natural color is known to help boost the immune system. Consequently, If your immune system is healthy then your hair will be in top notch shape.

Most hair loss conditions found in women are side effects of autoimmune problems or stress. If you incorporate more yellow fruits and vegetables in your diet, it will help strengthen your immune system so you can fight off many of those autoimmune problems such as Hyper thyroidism, Hypo thyroidism, alopecia areata and etc.

So help your hair strands become healthier by eating peaches, bananas, squash,corn, sweet potato or etc.

Published in: on 04/13/2007 at 10:21 AM  Leave a Comment  

Wash Your Weave!

If you are wearing false hair ( wigs, hairpieces, hair weft, tracks or braided extensions), you must remember to keep your own natural hair clean. So many women put on extensions and automataically think that they do not have to touch their hair ( for months at a time). WRONG! You must still care for your own hair during this time. In some instances, you might have to care for your own hair even more.

Common Sense:

You wash the skin on your body Everyday! The scalp is skin on the top of your head that must be cleansed on a regular basis also. I do not advise washing your hair everyday because you will strip it of its natural oils but atleast once a week is sufficient.

Trichology Explanation:

You must keep your scalp more so while wearing false hair because environment pollutants, dead skills and perspiration can stay trapped in the extensions. This cause hair to smell, itch and could lead to more severe hair/scalp conditions ( dandruff, dermatitia,psoriasis etc.). Shampooing regularly scrubs and rinses away all of the impurities on the scalp and hair that was left from the previous day.

Note:

Don’t think, I don’t see you females patting your head to stop the itching. Well, I would think all that patting would knock some sense into you.

Published in: on 04/04/2007 at 12:26 PM  Comments (1)  

Moisturize Your Mane!

Being a cosmetologist, I have met so many women that do not moisturize their hair daily. No matter the ethnic background, hair texture type or age, some women are neglecting their hair. The top reason I receive from some women who don’t moisturize their strands is “Lazy-Nessssssssssssssss”.

Common Sense:

Your hair follicles are an extension of you skin. If you moisturize your skin daily then why not do the same to your hair. You apply lotion or cream to your skin to keep it soft, pliable, shiny and smooth.Why not apply the same concept to your hair?

Trichology Explanation:

Applying a daily moisturizer to your hair strands will help to keep the cuticle layer closed. The cuticle layer is the most important part of the hair strand. It is the outer most layer which provides the hair and body with protection against the environment (hot or cold), pollution and even vigorous brushing or combing. When the cuticle layer is closed, the hair strand is softer, shinier, smoother and more pliable because there are no breaks or porous openings in the hair stand.

Give Your Hair Proctection, NOT Pain! Moisturize Your Mane!

Published in: on 04/01/2007 at 11:56 AM  Comments (1)