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November 1, 2010

FAQs on shampooing your hair

Q. Which is the right way to shampoo the hair?

Shampooing

A. The right way to shampoo your hair is as important as choosing the right shampoo for your hair. Follow this step by step guide for the best results:

  1. Bend forward so your hair fall over your face and brush your hair gently from base to tips to remove dead hair, dirt & grime.
  2. Before shampooing, massage your scalp gently, rotating your fingers to remove any dead particles.
  3. Wet the hair thoroughly with warm water. A shower attachment is most convenient for this.
  4. Work a small quantity of shampoo into your hair and massage the scalp gently with gentle kneading motions. Then rinse thoroughly with warm water. Your hair should not need another application of shampoo unless it is particularly greasy or dirty. If so repeat the lathering and rinsing process.
  5. Rinse the hair thoroughly two or three times until it feels clean and squeaky. It is important that all traces of shampoo are removed; otherwise you will leave the hair feeling dull and sticky.
  6. Finish with a rinse of cool or cold water to close the pores.
  7. Squeeze your hair gently to remove excess water and dry lightly with a towel.
  8. Do try to let your hair dry naturally for as long as possible before using a hair drier. Hair is at its weakest when wet and is more easily damaged by heat.

Q. I am always out in the sun. Though I use a sunscreen on my face, I am worried about my hair. Is a sunscreen available for hair as well?

A. Yes there is a cure to protect your hair and that too using a home remedy. Cocoa butter protector protects your hair while you are in the sun and is also used as a conditioner for chemically treated hair.

Melt one tablespoon of cocoa butter, one tablespoon of lanolin and four tablespoons of olive oil in a double boiler and beat together when melted. Add one tablespoon water to three tablespoon mixture before putting on your hair. Shampoo after some time.

Q. I am growing out a perm and its left me with straight roots and curly ends. How can I perk it up?

A. Backcomb the roots to give them some body. But beware of backcombing permed dry ends because they have a tendency to knot easily.


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June 19, 2010

Tips to choose Hair Styling Tools and Equipment

Your hair needs the best care, and require you to buy the best hair styling tools and items for your hair. Here are some tips to help you choose good hair styling tools and equipment.

Hair Styling

Hairdryer

Hairdryers are available from 500 to 1000 watts; the more powerful the hair-dryer, the bigger the heat output. Professional blow drying requires power from a 1000-watt hairdryer. It is easier to style with a powerful hairdryer but one must take care to handle the techniques of blow drying correctly. To choose a good hairdryer, ensure that there is an optional heat choice with a powerful but controllable air flow.

Choosing a Hair Brush

To control hair correctly, use a suitable type of brush. Use a brush with nylon bristles with rounded ends set into a flexible rubber pad. This will prevent damage to the hair, providing, a gentle curve to encourage natural movement when blow drying. The standard common size brush is the 9 Row size, which is suitable for turn-under or brush- back movements for a style shape.

The 5 and 7 Rows sizes are used for drying shorter layered hair. The large diameter radial is used to flick the hair in turn-under movements. The medium round brush is for dressing crown hair to create volume or height, and over-lapping flicks for soft brush-backs. The small round brush can be used to create curls for long and short layered hair.

Hair Accessories

The choice has never been wider. Take advantage of the many different effects you can achieve with combs, flower ornaments, beads, hair- bands, braids and slides. Do not be afraid to experiment. Even short hair can be made to look extra special with an additional pretty slide. Long hair can be knotted, plaited, pinned or tied. Buns or chignons look elegant too.

Hair Styling Methods

Once you have the right tools and equipment to style your hair, you can use different methods to do that. Some of the common hair styling methods include:

Blow-Drying

Blow drying is a method of temporary waving produced by a brush using heated air from a hairdryer. This method creates softer, natural free movements for the hair.

Before you start to blow dry your hair, a shampoo on the hair is a must. Conditioning after shampoo is very important to avoid tangles. It also gives extra shine and bounce to the finished style. Using a blow dry lotion is even better to protect hair against excessive dryer heat. This way the hair style tends to stay in shape for a longer period.

Section hair and blow according to the style of hair. There are many blow dry techniques: Turn-under, brush-back, curl-up, flick back and roll back curls. To style hair, first you must invest in some sectioning clips.

Using a selected hair brush and a good hairdryer, dry sectioned hair ensuring that the heat is not concentrated directly on the hair for too long. Keep the dryer moving over the brush. A small radial styling brush can be used for a tight curl and a larger one for a wavy or straight style.

Finger Drying

Comb your hair into the desired style. Use the hairdryer about six inches from the hair. Blow sections of the hair roots first, using the fingers to shake off excess water. Follow through to the ends of the hair for extra volume.

Mousse

Mousse can be used on any type of hair. Mousse is used to create height and volume texture. Mousse is most effective when applied to almost dry hair. Equal amounts of mousse should be applied evenly throughout the hair and then massaged thoroughly into the hair. Maximum volume will be achieved if the root section of the hair is lifted upwards while blow drying.

Wet Gels

Hair gels are mostly used for slicked styles. They can also be used for fast drying without losing the ‘wet’ look. Wet gels hold hair in place. Hair gels are non-greasy and hair can be easily brushed out and washed off.

Hair Spray

Hair spray holds the style place. It is indispensable for a long lasting look of hair in place – a neat style. Spray for a good distribution. Look for a hairspray that is easy drying, non-sticky and humidity resistant. A good hair- spray enables easy brushing out and restyling.

Hair Treatments and Massage

Use a hair tonic and massage into hair with the balls of the fingers using the cushions of the palms. Use rotating sliding movements. This treatment improves blood circulation, maintains hair health and encourages hair growth.


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June 18, 2010

Tips for Choosing a Hair Style

Choosing the perfect hairstyle is one of the most difficult things to do for most women. Your hair cut can make a drastic difference in the way you look. Some women may choose to go for a hair style because it looked good on someone else. However, you have to decide what suits you the best when choosing a hair style. It is important to know your facial features before you decide on a particular hair style.

Hair Styles

Long Faces – Choose a style with plenty of width and not much height. A fringe can give the effect of ‘shortening’ the face and softening the features. Try to avoid a short hairstyle.

Round Faces – A hairstyle with height and volume on the top will be suitable. This creates less emphasis at the sides. A middle or side parting is best, to decrease the size of the cheeks and hide the chubby face.

Square Face – For a short hairstyle, have more height above the temples. Wear your hair flat and close to the cheeks if you decide on a long hairdo. Basically, wear styles that “break” the line of the forehead, cheeks and jaw line.

Heartshape Faces – Wear your style with volume at the fullest part of the cheeks. A short style is recommended. Try to avoid long hair.

A good hairstyle depends mostly on a good cut. The texture of your hair determines the suitability of a particular hair style. Texture refers to the diameter of each individual hair, the degree of opening or closeness, harsh or soft, wiry or silky, coarse or fine. To make an analysis, one must check several strands of hair from different areas of the head. In almost every case, at the nape area, hair will likely be fine, and hair above the nape will be coarse.

There may be more than one texture of hair on one head. Texture of the hair is not thickness of the hair. Texture along with elasticity helps to determine the cut, or perm technique of a hairstyle.

Hair Cut and Trimming Techniques

Weave-cutting – For speed and accuracy, hair is trimmed with weave-cutting scissors. Spikes and shorter strands of hair created by this method of cutting will support the longer strands for a fuller and ruffled look. A section of hair is cut with weave-design cutting scissors to remove short effect.

Triangular Perm – Hair is sectioned at half inch intervals and wound with triangular rods to achieve zig zag movement throughout the length of the hair. This method of perming creates a unique volume and prominent strong wave like style, quite different from the traditional curly perm.

Fashion Hair Colour

There are various ways to colour your hair. Tint and highlight using bleach. Hair is tinted and bleach is combed over hair with coloured tint.

Colour bending – Sections of hair are tinted different tones or depths to give either a strong contrast in colour or soft blending of colour tones.

Tiger stripes – Bands of hair colour are used on the surface of the hair. Tape is used to cover the hair that is not to be coloured.

Foil highlights – Hair is parted into sections. Tiny strands of hair to be highlighted are carefully woven out and the foil placed underneath. Colour is applied evenly, leaving only a tiny area near the root free to allow for colour expansion. The flap of the foil is then folded over the hair and colour to prevent slipping. The foil is then folded again along a predetermined line and folded again. The sides of the foil are turned inwards to form a sealed ‘packet’.

To use direct colour – Shampoo hair and towel dry thoroughly. Apply colour evenly to hair, starting at the crown and finishing at the front of the hairline. Add warm water and massage well. Use a mild shampoo and rinse hair thoroughly after shampoo. Take care to use a shampoo and conditioner for coloured hair. This will enhance the colour and strength of the hair.


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June 17, 2010

Hair Problems and Treatments

If you are facing a hair problem, you need to find a cure for the problem. This blog post discusses some of the most common hair problems faced by women and their treatments.

Hair Problems

Dry Hair

If your hair tangles easily, flies out of control or is rough to touch, then it is likely to be too dry. Exposure to the sun or water and excessive drying with the hairdryer can dry hair. Washing hair with harsh shampoos, too much tinting, bleaching or perm also contributes to the problem.

Use a mild shampoo every three to five days. Condition with a cream conditioner and be sure to comb through to the ends of the hair. Always comb hair gently when wet, never brush hard at it. When drying your hair, be sure to keep the hairdryer least 10 inches away. Protect the hair from the dryer’s heat, and never keep the hairdryer at one section of hair for too long.

Oily Hair

Oily hair is a common problem amongst teenagers when the body’s hormones are in the process of settling down. It can also be caused by over active sebaceous glands which produce oil beneath the surface of the scalp. This condition can also be aggravated by too much brushing or combing, or failing to rinse hair properly after shampooing.

Wash your hair with a shampoo for oily hair as often as possible. Shampoo lightly and do not massage, scalp as this will stimulate the oil glands. Remember not to brush or comb your hair too often.

Dandruff

Dandruff can be caused by a number of reasons. The flaky deposits that you sometimes find on collars or shoulders are just probably dry scalp. Over-shampooing and washing with a harsh shampoo can result in dry flaky scalp. Dandruff is more difficult. Symptoms may be greasy, yellow or greyish flakes that appear on the scalp making the scalp itchy and irritated.

Poor health or a diet of excessive carbohydrates and insufficient intake of protein and vitamins can also aggravate the problem.

Anti-dandruff treatments include using a medicated shampoo with a penetrated action to cleanse the scalp of infection. Keep hair as clean as possible and do not use lotions or shampoos containing alcohol or lacquer.

Damaged Over-Permed Hair

Damaged and over-permed hair appears ruffled, dry and is difficult to manage. Hair loses its elasticity and it takes a great deal of effort to encourage hair into style. Split ends which sometimes appear with this problem, are caused by chemical treatments and the over-use of heated rollers. Damaged, out of control hair can also be a result of excessive perming, colouring, straightening or over-blowing hair.

Over-damaged hair cannot be repaired. Perhaps you should contemplate trimming off the dry split ends. Transform dry and damaged hair to a healthy condition with a treatment prescribed by your hairdresser. Shampoo with the treatment shampoo and condition your hair, leaving at least a good five minutes for the conditioner to set in. Rinse well. A treatment conditioner that contains valuable vitamin complexes penetrates into the hair structure to give more body and plenty of bounce.

If you have to blow dry your hair, be sure to use a blow-dry lotion. This will help curb further damage to the hair.

In tomorrows post, we’ll give you tips on choosing a hair style which suits your face, and the techniques used in hair cutting.


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June 16, 2010

Get healthy, pretty hair!

It’s time you had a serious ‘hair to hair’ talk. Nothing is more important than a well-maintained, healthy looking crop of hair. After all, it is your crowning glory. And looking good is not a matter of just dressing well and putting on the latest colour on your face. Good looks have gone to the hair as well. Before you visit your hairdresser for the new look, let’s take a closer look at some very important points. After all, you must consider the decision of a change in hairdo very carefully. So take a few hints from the experts.

Hair Structure

Understanding Hair Structure

The basic condition of human hair is continuous proof of the physical well-being of a person. Analyze the biological aspect of a single strand of hair and you will understand its complexity and strength, and what makes it more, or less, beautiful.

The bulk of a hair fibre is made up of 95 per cent Keratin, a natural protein substance contained in the cortex or the inner ‘tubing’ of the hair. The cortex section determines the colour, elasticity, flexibility and overall ‘stamina’ of the hair. The cortex is protected by the cuticle, which is made up of hard, translucent Keratin scales. Coupled with natural scalp oils, this contributes to the shine of healthy hair. The medulla or inner core of the hair is an irregular sponge-like ‘marrow’ of the hair. Together with the cuticle and cortex they form a direct link with the living root that lies embedded in the hair follicle within the scalp.

As hair grows, its strength and structure is determined by the root level, absorbing the necessary nutrients from the bloodstream. Beautiful hair depends on the rate of growth and fundamental condition on the upkeep of necessary nutrients received by the root.

On the average, hair grows between ½ to ¾ inches a month. Each hair has its own inbuilt lifespan, ceasing to grow after it has reached certain length. It is natural to lose up to 100 hairs a day, but you are not likely to notice this as new growth is continually under way. Hair growth may vary from time to time.

Stress, emotional shock illness, hormonal changes and eating an unbalanced diet can impair the circulation, slow down cell metabolism and starve both the hair the scalp of essential nutrients.

Stay tuned for Hair Problems and their Treatments in tomorrow’s blog post! Also be sure to check out our post for Hair Care and Styling Tools and Equipment.


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