Keeping my hair healthy

23 Nov

All the styling and chemicals can really wear down on your hair and you are now starting to see it! What are some ways to replenish your hair without adding more chemicals? There are many natural treatments out there, you just need to find the one that fits your need and helps the most for your hair type. Thankfully there are ways to treat your hair with things your can find at your local grocery store. Even if you are a regular at the salon and they know healthy hair, your hair still gets bogged down with all the chemicals. So it is good to do some home treatments with natural supplements every once or twice a month to replenish the hair.

If your hair is lacking in shine you would want to make either some natural conditioner or some kind of mask. Conditioners would be something you would want to use if that store bought stuff is not helping and you simply need something to bring more life to your hair and something you can use daily. A mask, though, would be something that you only do every or every other month. Just a once-a-time thing to add life and shine to your hair. Two good masks are a Banana mask or a Yogurt mask.

BANANA MASK

1 mashed banana

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3 tbsp of honey

3 tbsp of milk

5 tbsp of olive oil

1 egg

YOGURT MASK

7 tbsp of plain yogurt

1 egg

For both masks, you would apply ingredients to damp hair and massage through. Leave it in for about 30mins. then rinse it out then shampoo and condition hair as normal.

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Different natural, grocery store items, can be used to do many different things to your hair. They all affect the hair in different ways. You do have to be careful though of things that might alter your dyed color. Some acids in food can affect the chemicals in your hair. Home remedies, though are a great way to fix your hair at home and maintain your healthy hair in between salon appointments. Just always know how the ingredient will affect hair first.

SOUTHERN WOOD -fights oiliness

NETTLE- stimulates hair growth

ROSEMARY- keeps static down

LAVENDER- soothes tight scalp

TEA TREE- keeps off infestations.

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Which styling tool?

23 Nov

Round brush, straight brush, bushy or soft, twist curlers or self gripping? What tools do I use for what hair styles?

It can sometimes become overwhelming staring at all the different brushes and not knowing which one is best for you. It all depends on what action you plan to accomplish with the brush though. Once you know what hair style you want to create with the brush, picking it out is the easy part.

 

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When looking for a brush to simply smooth out hair after a shower you want to pick a brush where the bristles are placed far apart from each other. This allows hair to move more freely through the brush. This brush is also good for smoothing damp hair while blow-drying it.

 

 

 

 

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A paddle brush is useful when styling your hair. It is good while trying to style your hair straight and smooth. It would not be used while trying to dry your hair.

 

 

 

 

When wanting to style your hair to be smooth, but curly, you want to get a large barrel brush. This brush has bristles that are closer together to help create the wanted style.

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If you want to add volume and curl to your hair as your blow dry it, it would be good to get a barrel brush that the bristles are farther apart. This allows the hair to more freely flow through the bristles. It also helps dry while adding curl and volume.

 

 

 

These are just some of the main ways each brush is used while styling hair. Picking what design and size of brush all has to do with the  texture and your desired look. Different bristles are made of different materials, so that they work better with different types of hair. So make sure you have one kind of each of the four different brushes to style your hair exactly how you want it.

What is your best look?

16 Nov

Choosing the perfect cut for you can be a hard decision, but there are really just a few simple things that you need to keep in mind when deciding what cut best fits you. And when you find that great look wear it proud!

Hairstyles are a lot like fashion. They have most defiantly changed over the years and continues to change.

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So we know that “perfect” hairstyles will change. This is, because an important part in choosing a hairstyle for you is your style or your personality. What you like and how you dress all aid in finding the perfect fit for a hairstyle. So during your life time your “perfect” style may change, but always make sure it fits you.

Keeping in mind that your personal preference has a lot to do with what hair style will look best on you, your body type and face shape  also are important roles in picking a great hair cut. The shape of your face can show you things like, which way to part your hair, how long your hair should be, or even whether or not to have layers. A good way to figure out your face shape is by holding back your hair from your face while looking in a mirror. Then outline (with something that can wash off) on to the mirror, the shape of your face. So here are some tips on general face shapes and what hair cuts usually look good on each of them.

Square Face

 

 

 

 

 

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A square face will have a broader forehead and squared off jaw line. Good hair cuts for this shape of face would be things with long layers, no chopped off layered looks. Also parting your hair off to the side would add to the hair cut. The best cuts would be soft, even cuts. Soft curls would also look really well on this shape face.

Round Face


 

 

 

 

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With a round face, the distance between the forehead and the chin is almost equal with the cheeks. Cuts that are layered towards the face are best for this face shape. Shorter in length may be more flattering and bangs can make the face look longer and slimmer.

Oval Face


 

 

 

 

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An Oval shaped face will have a wide cheek bone with a pointed type chin. This shape is considered to be the perfect shaped face and that almost any hair style will look good on it.

Heart Face

 

 

 

 

 

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A Heart shaped face’s widest point is at eye level. Good hair cuts for this face would be bobs. Something that rounds around the eyes and tappers down to the chin. Maybe even some curls near the chin.

Oblong Face


 

 

 

 

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The Oblong Face shape usually has a slightly wider fore head. It is good to have a hair cut that gives an illusion of width. This is to balance the face and “shrink” the fore head. Shorter layers and/or bangs fit well with this face type. Scrunched curls are also a good look for this face type.

 

Other information found in Hair Care and Hairstyles by Nicky Pope.

Here comes Santa

15 Nov

Winter is here and the cold weather can be just as harmful on our hair as the summer, beach, winds. The cold winds and the snow make hair less manageable. The sun is even brighter on our hair in the winter. The reflection of the sun on the snow is so harmful to hair.

So what are some ways we can maintain our hair during the winter?

We should focus on keeping our hair from being damaged from the winter sunlight and to hold it down during the harsh winds. One great way to accomplish this is by wearing hats! There are many different winter hats out there so when you go Christmas shopping stock up son hats for yourself. Grab a few Trapper hats to match your favorite ug boots. Don’t forget some crochet hats to create a softer look to some of your favorite winter outfits.


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And for some of you craftier people out there crochet hats are a great craft. So get your favorite yarn and crochet up some pretty hats. Start making some for great Christmas gifts and keep some for yourself.


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After wearing all those fuzzy hats, our hair tends to get frizzy and staticy. One way to keep hair closer to our heads is spraying hairspray on your hair brush before brushing your hair. The hairspray gives weight to your hair so you won’t have as many flyaways. Another way to keep off static hair, is applying holding wax or styling gels before styling your hair. A good way to keep those frizzy hairs smooth is a leave in conditioner. Simply apply a little all over hair, mainly on the ends, after washing hair. Leave it in and the style.

Want longer hair sooner?

8 Nov

Do you need some, temporarily, long hair for a fun night out? OR Want longer hair now! EXTENSIONS!

I have experimented some before with clip in hair extensions. Never really seemed to like them, but only because I find it weird to instantly have REALLY long hair. Recently, though, I have found that there are extensions that are much shorter than 16inches. So for those of you out there like me, who want longer hair, but not an arm length of difference. There is hope!

There are two main kinds of extensions: real hair or fake hair.

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Fake hair extensions are best for temporary times. When you want a certain look or length. They come in different colors and lengths. They can NOT be washed, dyed, or styled. They come in different styles so that you can find the one right for you, but you can’t style them in different ways, because you will mess up the hair.

Real hair (or human hair) extensions are best for those who want to be able to play with the hair and style it different on different days. They also come in different lengths, colors, and styles. They even come in different textures.With Real hair extensions you are able to color and style, even while using heat tools. So if you can’t find that perfect color, you can dye the extension to match your hair.

Real Hair extensions

After you decide if real or fake hair extensions would fit your style better, you can decide between clip-in extensions or a weave. If you want permanent length to your hair, and just don’t have time to wait for your hair to grow you probably would want to get a weave. There are many salons that do hair extensions. Prices are based on length, and strands of hair. Some salons that do hair extensions are JYL Craven , Salon v9 , Three-13.
If you decided that you do not always want long hair, but just on specials days or at special events, then you should go for clip in hair extensions. They are easy and quick!

What color fits me best

13 Oct

I always say it is best to stay closest to your natural color. The color you were born with is obviously going to look the most natural, because it is your natural. I won’t deny though sometimes our hair might look best another color, because it matches our style.

I ways reading in Nicky Pope’s book “Haircare and Hairstyles”, trying to find how to find the best choice of hair color for someone. I was reading about hair types and how they are different. Specifically the text was focused on texture of hair. Pope writes “The natural color of hair also affects its texture, which is determined by the diameter of each hair. Natural blondes have finer hair than brunettes, while redheads have the thickest hair.” Taking in note that Pope is speaking in a general sence, I found this information could be helpful in choosing a good hair color. For example, Normally blondes have more thin hair and usually less body. If you find that your hair is less thicker than most brunettes, usually flat and less oily, then blonde may fit your hair type.

From personal experience I have found that, if your hair tends to get oily quickly than darker colors are better to go with. Light brown and blonde colors tend to show when your hair is getting oily. If you cannot go a whole, second day without washing your hair and it still look presentable, than light colors are probably not best for your hair type. Also remember your skin tone is a great indicator to what color your hair should be. Look around at pictures and people around you, and decide from that which hair colors you like with which skin tones. Here are some pictures you can look at of some good hair colors. 15 Great Color Choices for Hair.

So while figuring out your perfect hair type remember there are three main things to look at, your hair texture, your personality and your skin tone. All of these can lead you to your perfect hair color. Just remember to do what you like and have fun with it.

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Should I pay that much for a trim?

30 Sep

Does it bother you to pay for a regular hair cut, when all you want is those nasty dead ends cut off? Well know that you are not alone. Obviously it is not a good idea to just start chopping away at your hair, but little trims can be done. I find that after getting my hair cut to the style I want it is really easy to trim off the dead ends on my own. Always remember, though, to have a GOOD pare of hair cutting scissors before cutting!

Usually when doing my own trim I leave my hair dry. This way I know what the dead ends look like after styling my hair. I only do this, though because I have straight hair. I would recommend, with curly hair, leaving it wet, so that it is easier to see the actual length of what you are cutting. It is much easier to trim your own hair, obviously, if it is longer and does not have many layers. I have found though, that is is possible to trim hair with layers, and still keep the style I have. In doing this it looks like I have not actually gotten my hair cut, but simply that my dead ends are gone.
I found it is good to do top layers, if they are short, by pulling some hair from the top layers up and finding pieces that are all the same length and cutting off a little there. I do this until I feel that I have gotten all the major dead ends off. After that I go to the sides. In every layer though, you need to make sure you are cutting pieces, together, that are ALL READY the same length. You don’t want to start making your own style up. It is also good to make sure you can see the hair you are cutting. If your hair is so short in the back, that you cannot pull it around to see it in a mirror, than I would suggest getting help trimming your hair.

So after getting the style of hair cut I want, I have found I can trim my own hair. If while you try this, you do not fell confident enough to get it right, or that your hands are shaky, you may want to stick with letting others cut your hair. The worst thing you could do is mess it up and then have to pay to get it fixed. After looking around, I found a website that teaches you how to cut hair. If you are interested in having more knowledge before cutting your own hair, or somone else’s, I would suggest checking out this website, How to cut hair for begginers. There is a book on there, that you can buy, to teach you the tricks on how to cut hair.