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Frizz Fighters

Is your hair starting to look like first thing in the morning before your first cup of coffee you have stuck your fingers in a power socket? yes you know what I am talking about, the most horrible, most dreaded, most deplorable frizzy hair!

The causes of frizzy hair are:

Lack of essential oils in the hair
Lack of moisture in the hair
Lack of protein in the hair
Long hair, namely any hair that has been around for a long time passing the neck line.

Lack of moisture, essential oils and protein in the hair can cause frizz

Great Products to Combat Frizzy Hair
Following is a review of some lesser known hair products that can help combat frizzy hair. It is important to not add heavier products to frizzy hair like gel or mouse, instead stick to serums and mists. Always look for products specifically designed for anti-frizz or dry brittle hair.

Kerastase Oleo Relax Serum
This is part of the Kerastase Oleo Relax range. The Oleo relax range is designed to help fix the problem of dry, frizzy, thick hair and the serum is their number one fighter of frizz. After using this product your hair will feel silky and soft and you will be able to pass a comb or brush through it easily. These products do not come cheap at all, but they are totally worth it. The bottle goes a long way as you only need to use a couple of drops in your hair after every wash. This product is great for any type of hair, especially good for those girls out there with long thick curly hair.

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Tips on Treating Dry Hair

To start dry hair is generally due to a lack of moisture and more importantly a lack of humectants and lipids which are (essential fatty acids). There are many signs of dry hair which you can look out for. Signs of dried-out hair are dullness, dry or rough feeling, split ends, fuzziness, and is often difficult to comb or brush. If this sounds familiar then you may suffer from dry hair.

Some Cause of Dry hair;

Environmental damage – From the sun, heat,and other outside chemicals.

• From blow drying, curling irons, and even hot rollers.

• perms, color, bleach result in chemical damage.

• Some people have hair that is naturally dry; there is no natural wet. So investing in good salon products can moisturize and keep hair hair healthy and shine. The key noted by major salons is to increase the hair’s ability to attract and retain moisture.

Professional Products to Treat Dry Hair.

Kerastase Nutritive Masque Masquintense Epais, 500ml/16.9oz

GHD Thermal Protector Dry & Coarse Hair
Kerastase Bain Bio-Recharge Dry Hair, 250 ml
Kerastase Specifique Bain Gommage (Dry Hair), 1000ml/34oz
American Crew Moisturizing Shampoo
Phyto 9 Daily Ultra Nourishing Cream (Ultra-Dry Hair), 50ml/1.7oz
Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Shampoo | Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Conditioner

Tips For Oily Hair

oilhairOily hair is a problem of our scalp and is most time affiliated with overactive oil gland which is to the higher levels of hormones. Often gives of a Oily and greasy look.

Washing hair to remove excess oil, dust and dirt which can make hair look dull, limp and lifeless. People who have fine, straight hair tend to have oilier hair.

Oily Hair Tips

• Wash it as often as necessary to keep it clean , in good shape and oil free.

• Use a gentle shampoo. Leave shampoo on the scalp for five minutes before rinsing!

• Tip: the best shampoos for oily hair contain a detergent, such as ammonium or sodium lauryl sulfate. (These detergents are quite drying to hair.)

• Instead of daily try shampooing every second day.

• Rinse on the off day. Rinse with cool water to close the pores of the scalp.

• Between washes use hair fresheners to avoid bad smelling hair.

• Try to avoid conditioner at the roots and scalp, apply in the middle or on the ends. Apply it gently with your fingertips.

• Towel dry before you blow drying to remove most of the dampness.

• Direct the blow-dryer to the hair strands and roots.

• Try to avoid oil in your daily food intake. Eat more vegetables.

• Avoid using styling products containing silicone. Do not use two-in-one shampoos and conditioners.

• Avoid brushing your hair too often or too vigorously, since brushing can help spreading oil from your roots to the ends of your hair. We recommend the Mason Pearson Brushes to stimulate the scalp instead.

• Have the hair colored or permanently waved. Color treated hair has enlarged strands and this can help reduce the oil from spreading through your hair.

• Avoid frequently touching your hair.

Good Oily Hair Products

Matrix Biolage Normalizing Shampoo
Kerastase Specifique Bain Clarifiant, 1000ml/34oz
Kerastase Specifique Bain Gommage (Oily Hair), 1000ml/34oz
Phyto Phytocedrat Sebo-Regulating Shampoo Oily Scalp, 200ml/6.7oz
Kerastase Specifique Bain Divalent, 1000ml/34oz

Split Ends Begone

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For many women, split ends ha been the reason behind hair hair loss, ect. Having split simply means your hair is not healthy. There are simple ways in which you can strengthen your hair. Like so many of us, we visit the salon monthly for a trim. To prevent split ends from becoming worse, you can do other things, including trimming them yourself. Now before you panic, keep in mind that women do trim their own hair all the time and no one is the wiser.

To ensure you avoid the dreaded split end, make sure you shampoo and condition your hair with a quality product and use one that has Phytojoba or some other type of moisturizing formula. After conditioning your hair, make sure it is completely rinsed out of the ends. Additionally, after your hair has been rinsed with warm water, you want to do a final rinse of cool to cold water. This will help seal the protective cuticles while giving your hair a sleek shine.

How to Flat Iron Hair

Many woman struggle with ways in using their flat irons at home without damaging their hair. Here are 10 collective tips to help you and your flat iron work side-by-side without damaging your hair respectively.

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1. Its important to Keep your flat iron clean. It will last longer and do less damage to your hair over time.
2. Its safe to Use a styling aid to prevent frizz before you blow your dry. Sealed Ends by BC Bonicure seal the ends of your hair locking out frizziness by 79 percent.
3. Experts recommend you practice before you head out to any major event. It’s very easy to use once you get the knack of it.
4. It is wise 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. Adding messy chemicals can promote hair damages.
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. When your finish Let your iron cool; then clean its surface with a cloth so you’ll be ready to use it again tomorrow.

Recommended Flat Irons:

CHI Ceramic Turbo Flat Iron, 1.5″

GHD Professional Ceramic Hair Straightener

Treating Color Damaged Hair

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It is easy for many women to access and find their hair color in a variety of forms: whether its creams, tubes, gels, and in shampoos.

After time most hair coloring does fade. The color will not be permanently changed if it is not the part of an oxidation chemical reaction.

Fine textured hair can be damaged easily from coloring of the hair. The fine hair has less cuticle layers so the penetration of chemicals occurs faster. Coarse textured hair has more cuticle layers. This type of hair is more resistant to coloring. Coloring on any type of hair can damage it if the wrong level of peroxide is used or you are over-processing your hair.

If you constantly change your color you must regularly use deep conditioning treatments. Over-processing is the main reason if your colored hair looks dull.

One of the most important elements of hair coloring is determining your hairs’ underlying pigment. When you combine underlying color and artificial color in the right way you get the desired result.

How to Test Hair Color
You should always test for allergic reaction on your skin. Here is how:

• Place a small amount of the color on your skin.

• Wait 20 minutes.

• If there is allergic reaction, do not use the color.

Test the product on a few strands

Suggested Treatments for Color damaged hair.

Kerastase Reflection – The line specifically designed for sensitized, color-treated hair. Reflection lengthens the life and brilliance of color treatments while repairing the damage to your hair.

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Mason Pearson luxury hair brushes

It has been a long time saying that brushing your hair can prove to have several benefits for your hair beauty! It actually massages the scalp, removes the loose scales accumulated on the scalp and distributes the sebum (oily substance) evenly through the hair.

As a habit regular brushing with a ball-tipped bristle brush through to the scalp will stimulate the blood supply and promote healthy growth. On the other hand, over-brushing can make your hair greasy and may damage the hair and scalp.

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The type of the hair brush that we use is important in getting the right style and preventing damage.

There are five types of brushes, each designed for a specific purpose. Brushing if done right can promote hair growth as well.

Types Of Hair Brushes We recommend Mason Pearson luxury hair brushes

The Mason Pearson hair brush

It is the simplest brush to use but gives only the simplest of effects.

It cleans the hair, stimulate the scalp increasing blood flow to the roots.

The Styler Hair Brush

No vents and easy to use. But it cannot provide enough tension so you will not be able to get the smoothness you want.

The bristles are on one side only and form a slight half circle bend. They are best used on bob shape cuts and mid length hair.

With this type of brush you will straighten the lengths and ends of your hair quick and easily.

The Cushion Hair Brush

Very simple to use and popular with men.
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