How to Avoid Split Ends

Posted by on Sep 1, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on How to Avoid Split Ends

How to Avoid Split Ends

Ahhh the agony of split ends! Your hair’s worst enemy. Split ends are caused by over brushing, exaggerated backcombing, brushing wet hair, coloring and perming, vigorous towel drying, elastic bands, hair accessories and your health. PHEW! Is there anything that doesn’t cause split ends!!?? Unfortunately there isn’t much you can do to repair your damaged hair once you have split ends. The only effective way to rid your hair of split ends is to cut them off. Once you get your hair cut and all the split ends removed, do not ignore your hair! You should trim your hair about every six weeks to prevent split ends returning. A lot of women think the length of their hair is more important than their split ends… “I’m trying to grow my hair… If I skip my next trim my hair will grow longer, faster!” WRONG! Do not ignore your split ends; because once they are there, they will only get worse. The longer you leave them, the further they will climb up the hair shaft. When you finally go for a trim, you will have no choice by to chop off even MORE of your hair! It is better to have regular trims and keep those split ends at bay! There are a few products that can temporarily cure your split ends by sealing and coating the split ends and smoothing them down. However, as soon as your hair is washed or brushed, they will re-appear. Intensive conditioning treatments offer a temporary solution by reconstructing the hair shaft. But the only real solution for split ends is simply to avoid them. How to avoid split ends: Do not brush your hair when it’s wet. Wet hair stretches up to 25% and is most vulnerable. Use a wide tooth comb to gently de-tangle your hair. Give your colored or permed hair the extra care it deserves. Use appropriate hair treatments. Heated appliances such as hair dryers and straightening irons can dry out your hair and make it brittle. Avoid these appliances as much as possible. If you have to use them, use a protective product. Let your hair dry naturally whenever you can; have a day, perhaps Friday, where you don’t blow dry your hair, use product or straighten your hair. Rather than towel drying your hair, try to blot it gently instead. Avoid using rubber bands to tie up your hair. Use covered elastic bands, preferably the ones without the metal, as these can pull and tear your hair. Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Your health and diet can affect your hair condition – a low fat diet can cause dull, dry hair which will split faster because there is not enough lubrication on the hair...

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Choosing Your Hair Style

Posted by on Sep 15, 2010 in Blog | Comments Off on Choosing Your Hair Style

Choosing Your Hair Style

Face shape, curl (straight, wavy, curly, and kinky), texture (fine, medium, and thick) and the volume of your hair are the deciding elements in choosing your best hair style. However, with today’s hair styling techniques you can change almost any aspect of your hair, so the most important consideration is your face shape. Determining Your Face Shape Put long hair into a pony tail; wet and slick back short hair. Using a bar of soap, a water soluble marker, or a crayon, look into a mirror and trace the outline of your face. Follow your hairline and trace starting with the center of your forehead to temple, jawbone, chin, jawbone, temple, and back to forehead. Stand to one side and look at your outline. It should resemble one of seven shapes. Oval, Triangle. Square, Round, Heart, Oblong, Diamond. Oval: Sometimes called the “perfect” face shape, the balance of the oval allows you to wear almost any hair style you choose. However, don’t cramp your style with heavy bangs or forward directed hair styling that masks your lovely cheekbones or features. Triangular: If you have a cleft in your chin, your face shape is the exact opposite of the heart shaped face. Short cuts will help balance your dominant jaw line and you are a great candidate for today’s wedges, shags, and other styles that feature fullness at the temples. Square: Soften the angles with short, wispy bangs and soft tendrils along the sides of your face. Naturally curly hair is an ideal accent for a square face. If you don’t have it, consider a perm or body wave. Add extra dimension to your style by layering in extra height at your crown and wearing an off-set part. Round: Lengthen you face to get the appearance of an oval by adding some height at your crown. Keep hair swept back to show your features to their best advantage. Wear off centered parts to draw attention away from the symmetry of your face. Wear either short or long hair styles, but stay away from the medium. Keep hair either above or below your chin line. Heart: Chin length (or longer) hair styling looks great on the heart-shaped face, adding fullness and volume where you need it. You’re also a candidate for styles that feature wispy bangs, layered at the sides to sweep forward, accenting your eyes and stunning cheekbones. Rectangular or oblong: Try short to medium length hair styles with extra fullness at the sides. Use wispy bangs and romantic tendrils to soften the angles. Layers also add softness and roundness to straight lines. Too long hair, high hair, and center parts will serve to lengthen your face. Keep your hair above shoulder length and work to add volume at the sides of your hair style. Diamond: Your face is almost an oval, but a bit more angular, which gives you a dramatic look that allows you to try many different hair styles. Leave weight at the nape of your neck to add weight to a narrow chin and do keep the hair out of your face to keep from hiding your great bone structure! Article from...

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Want Beautiful Curly Hair?

Posted by on Sep 15, 2010 in Blog | Comments Off on Want Beautiful Curly Hair?

Want Beautiful Curly Hair?

Naturally curly hair needs moisture to keep it healthy and looking beautiful, rather than dried out and frizzy. We’re not talking about grease, but you should definitely be avoiding products with drying alcohol. Some curly haired girls will skip every other shampoo and just use a conditioning rinse.  You should shampoo at least once a week if your scalp is oily or if you have a building up of products. However, curly hair will become too dry and frizzy if you shampoo too often. Use a moisturizing shampoo to help hydrate your scalp. Another tip is to comb some conditioner throughout your hair before shampooing. On the non-shampooing days just rinse your hair with warm water, apply conditioner and rinse well. This will give you clean hair without stripping away the protective oils. If mousse is not enough to stop your hair from going frizzy, then you should use some leave-in conditioning products, or anti-frizz hair serums. Affirm has a huge range of Anti-Frizz products specifically made to control frizzy, puffy, flyaway hair. Until next time, work those...

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