Maintaing Your Hair Extensions for Longer Lasting Hair

15Many believe that although they have hair extensions they don’t have to take care of their hair. This is not true.

Without proper care of your hair extensions you can cause your extensions to tangle and shed. When you purchase your hair you want them to look flawless and last. So the people at the hair nation came up with some simple tips to keep your hair extensions looking fabulous.

One of the first tips is keeping your hair moisturized. Although the hair that you have attached to your head is not growing for your scalp it still needs to be taken care of. Hair that is cut from the root tends to be very dry. You definitely want to keep your hair moisturized if its human hair. Products that are good for keeping your weave moisturized are Shea Moisture and Bio-silk Silk Therapy. Both of these products can be purchased at your local Target. These products will lock in moisture so your hair extensions may have shine and last.

Step two to keeping your weave looking flawless is, keeping oily products out of your extensions. You may think hair gloss, shine, grease, oil sheen and hair spray are your friends, but when wearing a weave they are your worst enemies. The products that were listed above can cause you weave to look heavy and limp. These products also cause your hair extensions to attract dirt. Dirt build up causes your hair to itch and sometimes can become tangled or matted. Try not use any of these products, trust me you don’t need them.

Another step to keeping your hair looking great is, the less heat the better. You may think that applying heat on your human hair is not damaging to your extensions, but it is. Applying heat to your extensions can cause your hair extensions to become thin, brittle and dry. Heat can also shorten the longevity of your hair extensions. If you can I suggest you try to stay away from heat. Use curlers or rollers as an alternative.
One of the last steps to having beautiful hair is having a nightly routine. Having a nightly routine can make you hair last longer and look healthy. My nightly routine consist of me brushing my hair and loosely platting my hair. After this I make sure that I wrap my hair with a silk scarf. If you don’t want a silk scarf, I would suggest you get a silk pillowslip.

Easy Tips To Help You Stop Hair Loss

14There are many contributing factors that result in hair loss.

A bad diet, a vitamin deficiency, stress or even genetics can cause you to lose your hair. Hair loss can affect both men and women. Included in this article are a variety of tips to help you prevent thinning hair and baldness.

Believe it or not, one of the best things you can do to prevent hair loss is to avoid areas high in pollution. Studies show that men who live in polluted environments have a greater chance of developing hair loss. The pollutants invade their bloodstreams, causing damage that leads to hair loss.

You can help prevent hair loss by using fenugreek seeds which have been soaked and made into a paste. Rub some coconut oil into your scalp. The next step is to apply the fenugreek paste. Allow the paste to remain on your hair for an hour, then wash it out of your hair. You should see a decrease in the amount of hair loss within a month. This will strengthen your hair and help to prevent future hair loss.

Before beginning chemotherapy, cut your hair or shave it. This also puts you in control of your hair, which can allow you to retain your self-esteem during an already difficult time.

Adequate amounts of vitamin C are pivotal in reducing the risk. Collagen plays a vital role in keeping hair alive and healthy. Vitamin C can aid in proper production of collagen. If you’re not getting enough vitamin C, eating more citrus fruit or taking supplements can help you make up the shortfall.

Losing hair can be a difficult emotional experience, but know the physical problems it causes too. Hair helped to keep your head warm, and protected it from the sun and other elements. Now, you must get accustomed to wearing sunscreen or some type of hat whenever you’re going to be spending some time in the sun.

If you are on anti-depressants you, should be on the lookout for hair loss. It is very common for people to experience alopecia when starting an anti-depressant, due to the ingredients that it contains. Talk to your doctor and see if you can switch to a medication.

Find a special shampoo and conditioner for thinning hair. Many conditioners and shampoos, while good if you have normal hair, provide no benefit for someone who is going bald. Find specialty hair care products for thinning hair. Hair products that are specifically made for thinning hair are a great way to keep your hair healthy and strong.

Use scalp massage frequently to stimulate your nerves and generate better circulation. Scalp massages also help relieve stress, which is a major contributor to hair loss. You can massage your scalp every day, as often as you want.

Meditation can be an effective means of reducing hair loss! When your mind and body are stressed, scalp blood vessels constrict, which eventually can lead to hair loss. You may be less likely to lose your hair if you meditate, it helps the blood get to your scalp.

For men and women who are losing their hair, the method of how the head should be cleaned can be confusing. Always wash any remaining hair with shampoo instead of soap.

If you are a man who was big on styling his hair, it was probably very annoying to find out you were losing your hair. Since you are unable to express yourself through your hairstyle, use your clothing as a means to get out how you feel.

The way you style your hair can be the reason that you’re losing it. Don’t pull your hair up too tight, or wear rubber bands for too long. Hair products today are improved, but that doesn’t mean they can’t cause damage. A ponytail that pulls the hair back too tightly can harm the hair shaft, which will weaken the hair follicles over time.

Soy and iodine intake need to be carefully monitored, especially if you are a vegan or vegetarian. Eating large amount of soy throws the thyroid gland out of balance, which can cause hair loss.

Seek professional help to get treatment as soon as possible and to discover your options to prevent further loss. Your baldness should always be discussed with a professional before you begin any type of treatment. Perhaps you are losing your hair because of a medical condition or other issue. It’s important to get the advice of a professional before you start treatment.

6 Amazing Ways Your Hair Dryer Is Good for You

13Remarkable technologies have influenced the making of the hair dryer in recent years. Caring for our appearance is more beneficial for us than ever before.

Advanced hair beauty products are available that allow us to pursue our dreams of elegance and beauty while also rewarding us with additional comforts as we use them. Hair dryers containing tourmaline ions and far-infrared radiation qualities can fundamentally improve our health.

Warming to Relieve Muscular Fatigue

Sometimes we wake up having slept in an odd position and experience muscular pain. The strong wind from our hair dryer can help to relieve this type of pain experienced in the neck, back, shoulders or other parts of the body like the legs. Aiming the air from a lightweight dryer directly at the pain area for 10-15 minutes will warm the body sufficiently for this to temporarily resolve the issue.

Promoting Growth in the Epithelium

Using a hair dryer encourages interaction between hair follicles and epithelial cells, and this in turn promotes growth in the thin tissue that covers the outer layer of the surface of our body. Keratin, the protein that gives hair its flexibility and strength, is produced within these epithelial cells. Gentle tourmaline ions assist in healthy maintenance of the skin and aid healing after lacerations and burns.

Smoothing your Blood Circulation

The therapeutic effects of far-infrared radiation from a hair dryer extends to helping our blood to flow more freely throughout the body, smoothing blood circulation and generally improving the balance of nutrients. Releasing pressure in areas of agitation and preventing stagnation in this way improves our body’s blood flow and our ability to support overall good health. Natural flow is restored.

Keeping up Moisture Levels

Tourmaline, a metal occurring as crystals in granite and other rock types, is ground into dust and then used to coat the inside of a hair dryer. This activates the production of negative ions, helping our hair to dry faster while miraculously retaining moisture in our hair. The combination of reduced heat and keeping the moisture in produces a shine to our hair that in turn adds beauty and elegance.

Neutralizing Odors

Most odors originate from minute solids floating in the air we breathe. When negative ions from our hair dryer combine with these particles that have positive electrical charge, odors from the air or our human body are softened or neutralized. The wind from our dryer is highly charged with negative ions. This can remove odors, chemicals, smoke and even gases from the air around us.

Keeping your Nutrients in Balance

Hair dryers with specialized features like an anion adjustable switch and cool shot button can help us in maintaining both beauty and elegance in our grooming as well as benefitting our general health. We can efficiently keep our body nutrients in balance by allowing the far-infrared radiation and tourmaline ions to resolve various nutrients and harmonize our wellbeing.

Why Plugged Hair Follicles Thin Your Hair and What You Can Do

12Losing your hair to where it thins or you become bald does not have to happen. Just by understanding why your hair falls out and thins allows you to take counter measures. Discover what counter measures you need to take to keep your hair full, thick, or from thinning.

There are various ways to keep your hair clean, shiny, and thick. If you still have hair and want to keep it or if your hair is starting to thin out, here are some hair remedies that you can use.

When your hair starts to thin down, three of the reasons are:

* Your hair follicles are slowly becoming plug and preventing hair from growing out

* Your hair is not receiving the nutrients it needs to grow and stay strong

* Your hair is not getting enough blood circulating in your scalp

I will cover only the first of the two items.

Plugged Hair Follicles

Just like acne, your hair follicles can become plugged. In acne a plug follicle results in sebum and bacteria becoming trapped in the follicle, which leads to an infection known as a pimple.

When a hair follicle becomes plugged on your scalp, the hair in that follicle becomes trapped and is prevented from coming to the surface. Over time, your scalp becomes smooth and you become bald or lose most of your hair.

So the secret to preventing hair loss, thinning and balding is to prevent your hair follicles from becoming plugged. Once you know what causes your follicle to plug, you can avoid or counteract those conditions.

Here is what causes your follicles to become plugged.

* Excessive build up of testosterone in blood converting over to DHT and plugging up your hair follicles

* Use of shampoos, conditioners, and gels that contain excessive un-natural chemical that stay on your scalp and get trapped in your follicles

* Excessive release of sebum and scalp flaking mixing together to form a hard material that plugs up your follicles.

DHT Build Up in Your Follicle

It is well known now that excessive conversion of testosterone into DHT accumulates in the hair follicles and plugs. Knowing this you can use a variety of shampoos on your hair to dissolve this DHT. This keeps your pores open and your hair growing normally. You can also take capsules that prevent the conversion of testosterone into DHT.

Un-natural Shampoo and Conditioners

Most shampoos, conditioners, and hair gels are created using petrochemicals, unnatural additives, dyes, preservatives that are harmful to your hair and scalp.

In addition, these un-natural hair product chemicals get into your pores and can plug. Once in the follicle, they also get into your blood and are harmful to your liver and the rest of your body.

Search for more natural shampoo products which contain fewer petrochemicals and have more herbs with natural cleansing chemicals

Excessive Sebum and Scalp Flaking

Some people have oily hair and some dry. When the hair follicle releases excess sebum it accumulates on the scalp. Here it will combine with dirt, dead scalp cells, and shampoo chemical residues.

Using natural remedies reduces the amount of chemical available to combine with excess sebum and dead scalp cells. If you use any type of gel to style your hair these gels combine with sebum to plug up your follicles.

To keep your hair and scalp clean and follicles open, use aloe vera gel mixed with a few drops of jojoba oil. Buy aloe vera gel, 99% pure and pure jojoba oil. Put some aloe vera gel in your hand and add 4-5 drops of jojoba oil. Rub your hands together then rub this mixture into your hair. This mixture will keep your hair shiny and thick and your hair follicles open.

Unhappy With Your Hair? Silicones Could Be The Culprit!

11It’s no secret we’re not big fans of silicones and we have multiple reasons why.

We believe silicones provide a false sense of hair health, they’re controversial in regards to their impact on the environment, and we personally don’t care for the way they feel in our hair. According to a recent publication by Dow Corning, 82% of new hair care products introduced in the USA contain silicones.

MOST OF THE TIME WE DON’T EVEN KNOW WE ARE USING THEM.

The most common types of silicones are: Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Amodimethicone, Cyclomethicone, and Cyclopentasiloxane. Go and grab your favorite hair potions and turn the bottle around. You might get a little surprise when you find out the main ingredient is a silicone.

Now, if you have a head of ridiculously gorgeous curls, than you may be all too happy to slather those silicones on. But for the rest of us with fine to normal, straight, and wavy hair, there has to be an alternative!

REASON #1 – WE BELIEVE SILICONES PROVIDE A FALSE SENSE OF HAIR HEALTH.

Have you noticed you’re heading to the salon a little more frequently to snip off those dry, brittle, split ends? Does your hair seem “dry” all the time? It could be the silicones! A silicone’s job is to “coat” the hair and create smoothness, silkiness and shine-to fill in the potholes so-to-speak. And they do! At least for awhile.

BUT OUR HAIR HAS A PROBLEM. IT’S BECOME ADDICTED TO SILICONES.

For a visual effect, let’s picture silicones as a soft, bendable, plastic film that attaches to and surrounds each hair strand.

We want healthy, smooth, soft, silky hair with a beautiful shimmer, just like those sexy models have in the TV commercials and magazine ads.

We use a (silicone based) product claiming to give us what we desire and see/feel immediate results.

Then, one of two things happen…

SCENARIO 1:

Because the most common silicones are NOT water soluble, they require a harsh surfactant* to be effectively removed from the hair-which means-we need to use a sulfate-based shampoo every time we wash. Harsh sulfates strip the natural oils from the hair, requiring you to use more products to achieve moisture balance. Now, we’re all aware by now that sulfates produce formaldehyde and have been linked to cancer so limiting our exposure is a really good idea. Because of this, many of us have opted for a “co-wash”or “no-poo” option, sometimes going several days (weeks!) without shampooing to reduce our toxin exposure. But the crazy thing about this method is that we think we are eliminating the use of surfactants, but in reality, these formulas also contain a surfactant-but creatively combine it with a silicone that is somewhat water soluble-which actually just brings you to Scenario 2 below.

SCENARIO 2:

If we aren’t using a sulfate-free shampoo, the silicones will never be effectively removed form the hair and will produce unwanted build-up over time. Our hair will begin to feel dirty and dull and will start to dehydrate because the “coating” and build-up of silicones is not allowing moisture and hydration into the hair shaft. This results in dry, brittle ends, lackluster hair and a desperate the need for moisture! Hair won’t style properly and the use of hot-tools only creates more damage-which then brings us right back to why we chose to use the product in the first place.

SILICONES ARE CREATING THE PROBLEM WE ARE TRYING TO FIND A SOLUTION FOR.

It’s was a genius marketing campaign by Neutrogena more than a decade ago that led us believe that we need to switch our products every few months-because our hair has gotten used to it. But that’s a false belief. The needs of our hair changes depending on the weather, the styling tools we use/don’t use, hormones, diet, exercise, and the ingredients that make up the formulas. What’s happening more and more often is that our hair is responding to the overuse of silicones and it can’t get back to its healthy, natural state. We’re told that by switching to a new product it will give us a solution to our problem but we are only recreating the problem over and over because the ingredients are technically the same!

REASON #2 – WE BELIEVE SILICONES ARE CONTROVERSIAL IN REGARDS TO THEIR IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT.

Even though silicones are extracted from silica (sand), it is still a man-made product and its impact on the environment, specifically aquatic life, is still being studied. From the chemical companies that create them to the environmental watchdogs that oppose them, the internet is full of arguments and conclusions from both sides. We came across this recent article that gives a more scientific approach to how silicones are affecting aquatic life.

REASON #3 – WE REALLY DON’T CARE FOR THE WAY THEY FEEL IN OUR HAIR.

Slip and slide and Oh! the static! OK curly girls, you may be exempt from this paragraph because you want and need the weight they offer, but for the rest of us, silicones can make our hair downright impossible to style without using more styling products and hairspray-which can be a problem if we are trying to eliminate toxins from our lives! It’s a styling nightmare. Can you keep your hair tucked behind your ear? Have you ever had your hair attach to your head so fiercely when you removed a scarf or jacket; like a third-grade science experiment featuring a balloon and a sweater? Do you try different styling products, blow-dry upside down, tease, spray, anything to try and get some volume because your hair has never been so flat up against your head? Tired of scrunching till your hands ache? Need to use hairspray? Does the word “stringy” come to mind when you try to describe your hair?

O.K. rant over… but you get the picture don’t you?

OUR HAIR NEEDS AN INTERVENTION!

The good news is we can finally break the addiction. With new “green” chemistry jumping in the spotlight, we finally have a plant-based alternative that actually acts better than a silicone! And do you want to know where it’s derived from? The humble cabbage family.

Specifically Brassicyl Isoleucinate Esylate (and) Brassica Alcohol. This cruciferous concoction is the anecdote for the healthy hair we are searching for! It works like a silicone to produce silky, smooth, detangled locks, creates intense shine, and doesn’t weigh down the hair. No static, no flatness, no build-up-just soft, manageable, voluminous hair and no sulphates required for removal. And no, it doesn’t smell like cabbage.

This powerhouse ingredient is changing the future of hair health. We can finally get our hair to be beautiful and healthy, not just for a few days or weeks, but to STAY beautiful and healthy indefinitely! We don’t need to use 6 different products to counter-effect the symptoms of dehydration and dryness brought on by the repeated use of silicones.