4 Things You Need to Know Before Getting a Keratin Treatment

Keratin treatments have generated a lot of buzz over the last few years. This treatment is designed to eliminate frizz, eradicate curly hair, and give your hair its original shine. Despite these benefits, a lot of people are still hesitant to undergo this procedure because of the circulating news that it is made with formaldehyde.

pexels-photo-432605Here are 4 things you need to know before getting a keratin treatment. It is always a good idea to know all of the facts before strapping on in and getting your hair done.

Always do your research

It is important to do your research before opting for a keratin treatment. Different salons use different products. If you are planning to get a keratin treatment, we recommend that you book a consultation with your stylist first. Determine the product they’ll be using on your hair.  While you’re at it, you may also want to read up on the pros and cons of keratin treatment. This way, it will be easier for you to decide whether or not to push through with the procedure.

Different formulas for different goals

Ask yourself, why do you want to get a keratin treatment? The answer to this question will help you and your stylist determine what type of formula should be used on your hair. If you want to maintain more curl and body on your hair, you can get a formaldehyde-free keratin treatment. If you are someone with wavy locks and you want to have polished, straight strands, a formaldehyde-free version may not do the trick. You need a powerful chemical to change your hair’s texture.

The results of formaldehyde-free treatments may only last for a shorter period of time. Those that promise long-lasting result will no doubt have formaldehyde.

Who are the best candidates for a keratin treatment?

Whether you have stick-straight or curly hair, you are welcome to give this treatment a try. There are no limitations when it comes to hair textures. In fact, you can have excellent results even if you have curly, frizzy, or wavy hair. The key to enjoying all the benefits of a keratin treatment is to use the services of a skilled and experienced stylist.

Pregnant women, as well as individuals with chemically damaged hair should avoid getting a keratin treatment.

Caring for your hair after the treatment

Let’s face it. Keratin treatments can be expensive. Depending on the salon and the length of your hair, it can set you back between $250 and $450. As such, you want to give the effects of your treatment longevity.

You aren’t advised to wash your hair for at least 48 hours after the treatment. You also need to steer clear of bumps and crimps in your hair as it is likely to stay there.

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The Art of Cutting Curly Hair

Most people with curly hair have experienced a haircut disaster at some point. You visited the salon with high hopes that you’ll have a great haircut that will give you a boost in confidence. Instead, your trip to the salon ended up in pain and unhappiness.

To prevent a haircut disaster, we’d like to share with you some golden rules for cutting curly hair. Yes, there is a right way to cut curly hair.

pexels-photo-289923Work with dry hair

When you get a haircut, the process usually starts with washing your hair. But curly hair should not be cut the same way as straight hair. It is best to cut curly hair while it is dry. Why? It’s because the length changes between dry and wet. Curly hair becomes longer when it is wet. So if they shampoo your hair prior to cutting, then may be a recipe for a haircut disaster. You may end up with extremely short hair. Or worse, you may end up looking like a poodle. Don’t get me wrong. Poodles are cute, but you don’t want one living on your head.

Work in layers

You want to make sure that your cut doesn’t flatten your crown. Most types of curls should be cut at an angle. Long layers are ideal for curly hair as they can pump up the volume of your hair and add structure and definition to your curls.

For a more effective cut, it is best to work in layers. It is important to cut smaller, shorter layers to vary the length of the curls. Plus, it will help even out volume and density.

Never use razors

The use of razors is a no-no for curly hairs. Using a razor can weaken the strength of the ends of the curl. The curl tends to lose its shape and may appear frizzy, frayed and sparse.

Schedule regular trims

To keep damage at bay, we highly recommend that you schedule a trim every 6 to 8 weeks. This is important to prevent strand from splitting and knotting. You know it’s time for trim when your curls begin to knot easily.

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Easy Ways to Moisturize Dry Hair

Your hair is your best accessory. To give it a sleek and lustrous look, you must take good care of it and moisturize your tresses a few times a week. Otherwise, it may end up dry, dull and damaged.

pexels-photo-542257If you noticed that your hair became dry and frizzy, you need to add moisture into your locks. Luckily, dry hair isn’t permanent. A little care and patience is all you need to turn your hair from dry to dazzling.

Here are 4 easy ways to moisturize dry hair. Try to incorporate these tips into your hair care routine and you’ll be rewarded with softer, healthier, and more manageable tresses.

Step up your conditioning routine

The cold weather is wrecking your perfect hair game. The dry air saps moisture right out of your hair. As a result, it tends to become dry, brittle, and even feel like a straw. That said, it is a great idea to switch to a rich conditioner and treat your hair to a deep conditioning treatment once a month. This will help replenish the moisture, which tends to get depleted in the cold, winter air.

Hot oil treatment

If you have dry hair, it is always best to add oil into your hair care regimen. Natural oils like coconut oil, jojoba oil and olive oil can go a long way to giving your dry hair the moisture that it desperately needs.

Heat oil in the microwave for about 30 seconds and then apply it to your hair. Make sure, though, that the oil is not too hot so as to avoid potential burning disaster. For best results, massage the oil to your scalp. This will not only help moisturize dry tresses, it will also improve the circulation in your scalp; thus, promoting hair growth.

Limit the use of heat styling tools

Heat damage is one of the major causes of dry and brittle hair. Limit the use of heat styling tools like blow dryers, flat iron, and curling iron as it can dry out and damage your strands. If you are going to use any of these tools, we recommend that you apply a heat protectant, preferably containing silicon, to protect your hair from heat damage.

Drink lots of water

Water is an essential element to remain healthy. It helps flush out toxins from your body and also does wonders to your skin. Plus, it helps keep our skin and hair hydrated. Not only will your body feel better, you’ll also have smoother, healthier hair. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Your hair, skin, and body will thank you for it.

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Why You Need to Add Deep Conditioner to Your Weekly Routine

We have all seen those TV commercials that feature models shaking their shiny, luxurious hair. A few minutes after the commercial ended, you just sat there, thinking if it’s possible to have that kind of hair. Yes, it’s possible. In fact, you can achieve that healthy, gorgeous hair with the help of a deep conditioner.

Deep conditioning treatments feature several benefits. Here are 4 reasons why you need to add deep conditioner to your weekly routine.

Add shine and luster

If you’re often hard on your hair with coloring or styling, you probably have dry and dull and hair. Dull, dry and unmanageable hair is one of the most frustrating things a woman can deal with. Weekly deep conditioning treatments can make your hair look and feel better.  It can help gain back the natural shine in your hair and make it easier to style and manage.

Promotes elasticity

Dry and brittle hair can snap and break easily. Deep conditioners help improve the elasticity of your hair, so it is less likely to break.

Most of these products are made with keratin, the protein that protects epithelial cells from stress or damage. They are designed to improve hair appearance, equalize porosity, improve elasticity, and strengthen the hair. By incorporating it to your weekly routine, you’ll be rewarded with hair that is smoother, silkier and stronger too.

Imparts moisture

With all the manipulation you do to your hair, there’s a good chance your hair has lost its shine and luster. You need to put moisture back into your strands to achieve a healthy, gorgeous looking hair. Deep conditioners can do just that. They can penetrate deep into your stands to impart moisture to your hair.

Due to the prolonged amount of time that you leave the product in your hair, it nourishes your hair longer than a typical conditioner. Plus, it provides dry and damaged hair with much needed moisture.

Prevents damage

You can benefit from a weekly deep conditioning treatment even if your hair isn’t damaged. It serves as a preventive measure for your hair, so that there is less damage even if you put your hair through so much washing and styling. It contributes to less split ends and breakage and will help you maintain healthy hair.

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5 Ways to Deal with Static Hair

Static hair happens when our hair becomes charged with electricity. This is common when the air becomes dry. In fact, most people’s hair turns into a static mess as soon as the cold weather hits. If your hair is plagued with static, then this blog post is for you.

haircut-2664088__340Use an ionic blow dryer

If you usually dry your hair using a blow dryer, your hair may have static when you brush it. As such, we recommend that you use an ionic blow dryer. It emits negatively-charged ions that break down water molecules without stripping your hair off its moisture.

Avoid using plastic combs

When it comes to preventing static problems, combs are better than brushes. However, plastic combs create more friction; thus, causing static hair. To prevent this problem, use metal combs instead. They cause the electrical charges in your hair to discharge; thus, reducing the amount of static.

Use moisturizing conditioner

Dry, damaged hair can result in static electricity, which causes flyaway hair. Use conditioner every time you shampoo to moisturize and hydrate your hair. If you have greasy hair, apply conditioner on the mid-lengths and ends of your hair. This will help hydrate the driest parts of your locks and prevent it from inviting excess static.

Conditioners that contain silicone are the best for preventing static since they are supposed to neutralize electrical charges in your hair.

Apply leave-in conditioner

Leave-in conditioner is recommended for those who use hot styling tools regularly. This will not only limit the damage caused by constant styling, it will also help boost the moisture in your hair. To prevent static hair, douse an even coat of leave-in conditioner on your hair after towel drying.

Put it up

This may not be the ideal way to deal with static hair, but it is by far the easiest. If you’re about to walk into an appointment and your hair is sticking straight up, just pull your hair into a bun. Problems solved.

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Do You Need to Worry About Sulfates in Your Shampoo?

When buying hair care products, most people are intrigued by their fragrance. Often, they base their buying decision on the smell and the price of the product. Very rarely do they check the ingredients listed at the back of the bottle.

mujirushi-ryohin-1737644__340Sulfate is one of the most common ingredients in shampoo. It is responsible for the foaming action that we often associate with being clean. It turns shampoo into thick lather in the shower. Sulfates help get rid of excess oil, dispersing it into the water so that it can be washed away. These chemicals are usually found in a wide variety of hygiene and cleaning products such as soap, toothpaste, body wash, and face wash. But as with everything, there are pros and cons.

There are many negative effects sulfates can cause to your hair and scalp. Since it leaves your hair squeaky clean, it washes off the natural oils on your hair and scalp; hence, leaving you with dull and dry hair. Due to its aggressive cleaning, regular use of traditional shampoos will fade your hair color. If you want to vivid and vibrant hair color, you may want to switch to sulfate-free shampoo. Itchy and irritated scalp is also a common complaint among users of regular shampoos. Because your hair and scalp is too dry, it can cause itching and dandruff. This is especially true if you don’t rinse your hair properly.

If you are looking to steer clear of products that contain sulfate, you may want to switch to sulfate-free shampoos.

Sulfate-free shampoos aren’t entirely new. In fact, people have been using it since the mid 1800s. But it was only in 2007 that sulfate-free shampoo began to rise. With more and more people learning about the dangers of this particular substance, people are now obsessing over what goes into their shampoo bottle.

Sulfate-free shampoos don’t foam and lather like the regular shampoos do. But they are gentle enough to clean your hair without stripping it off of its natural oils. Using sulfate-free shampoo will keep your hair moisturized, making it less prone to breakage and split ends.

 

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Best Ways to Fight Frizzy Hair

Frizzy hair can instantly ruin your hair do. When frizz shows up, there is no way to ignore it. Women with curly hair know this problem all too well. Frizzy can be a tough problem to solve since it can be caused by a variety of reasons. Sometimes, it is caused by a lack of moisture. Sometimes, heat and humidity levels are to blame.

No matter what the reason is, there are plenty of ways to fight frizzy hair. Here are some of them.

pexels-photo-567952Use sulfate-free shampoo

Sulfate is the most commonly used compound in shampoos. Sulfates are responsible for the foaming lather that we often associate with being clean. But if your hair is dry, you may want to exclude sulphates from your routine. Why? Because it can dry out your hair.

When buying shampoo, look for products that are sulfate-free and high in glycerine. This will not only add moisture to your hair, it will also block outside moisture from getting in; thus, preventing frizz.

Don’t skip conditioner

Chemical treatments, daily styling and the use of hair care products can dry out your hair. It is important to condition your hair regularly to keep it moisturized. However, some people are hesitant to apply conditioner as they are worried that it will lead to oily and greasy hair.

Lack of moisture is one of the most common causes of frizz. Unless you have extremely fine hair, we suggest that you load up conditioner every time you wash your hair. This will not only keep your hair soft and manageable, it will also fight frizzy hair.

Blot hair with a microfiber towel or an old shirt

Fighting frizz starts as soon as you get out of the shower. If you’re air-drying your hair, avoid rubbing your hair with a regular towel. This will not only damage your locks, it can also cause frizz. To avoid this problem, we recommend that you use a microfiber towel or an old shirt when drying your hair. Gently squeeze your hair with any of these materials to get rid of excess moisture. Do not rub.

Sleep on silk

Some people choose to wash their hair at night to cut down the morning styling session in half. But the problem is that they usually wake up with messy hair.

If you want to wake up with better hair, we highly recommend that you sleep on a silk pillow. If you don’t have a silk pillow case, then get a silk scarf and wrap it around your hair. Unlike cotton, silk will run smoothly against your hair while you toss in your sleep.

 

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Is it Safe to Have Beauty Treatments While Breastfeeding?

mother-2605133__340Are you feeling like you’ve been in a mommy rut since the baby was born? You’re not alone. Most moms do to. Because of this many of them want to feel beautiful after giving birth. Their hair is usually the first thing they want to fix. We can’t blame them. Often, their hair looks dull and dry due to the breastfeeding hormones. You deserve to look and feel beautiful.

Breastfeeding mothers often wonder if it is safe to have hair treatments while breastfeeding.  Many of them are hesitant to book an appointment with their stylists because they are worried that the chemicals used in those treatments would have a negative effect on their milk.

Being a new mom, you want to know what’s safe. This way, you can create the safest environment possible for your child. We are all aware about the risks of having hair treatments while pregnant. However, there is limited information about having hair treatments while breastfeeding. In fact, there are no known negative effects for the baby among breastfeeding moms who received hair treatments.

Even though the skin absorbs some of the substances applied to it, the chemicals used in hair dyes aren’t highly toxic. Plus, only a small amount of chemicals will enter the blood stream. Whatever they put on your hair will not reach your baby. That means it’s probably okay to color or straighten your hair while breastfeeding.

If you’re still concerned that hair treatments like hair dye could harm your baby, consider highlighting your hair to reduce chemical exposure. We also recommend that you use organic products for your hair treatment. Use henna or other plant-based products. Also, choose a color that is low-maintenance. You’ll become busier as the child grows older and may not have a lot of time to spare at the salon.

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4 Ways to Get Your Bangs Out of Your Face

Bangs look cute. However, they can constantly fall in your face. Side-swept bangs can whip into your eyes. The blunt ends can stick to your forehead. The extra fringe can be a burden sometimes. There are days when you regret your decision to get bangs. Yes, we’ve been there too. But there are different ways to hide your bangs temporarily and get it out of your face. You just need to get creative with your hair styling.

Here are 4 ways to get your bangs out of your face.

Embellished side sweep

If you usually part your hair on the side, this would be the perfect hairstyle for you. You can choose to part your hair on the right or left. Gather the fringe, along with a small section of your longer hair. Use a fine-toothed comb to smoothen your hair and sweep it to the side. Secure with a bobby pin or a jewelled clip. This is a simple look that will temporarily get your bangs off of your face.

Center Part Twist

If you’re in a hurry and you’re looking for easy way to deal with your bangs, then this one’s for you. Just part your hair in the center. Twist your bangs and pull it to the side. Then, secure with a bobby pin. You may also use some embellished clips to add pizzazz to your style.

Crown French Braid

If you have longer bangs and you want to get your fringe up and away from your forehead, try braids. Braids look complicated and make it look like you put some effort into fixing your hair. But the truth is that it’s really easy to do.

Start at the very front section of your hair. Braid that section until you reach the top of your head. Secure with bobby pins. Easy, right? Five minutes and you’re feeling cute.

Mini or big pompadour

Wear a pompadour to keep your bangs out of your eyes. This will also add height and volume to your bangs. This will work on short or long tresses.

Separate your bangs from the rest of your hair. Your bangs should be on the longer side in order to accommodate this style. Use a fine-toothed comb and tease your bangs gently. The more you tease, the more volume you create. Then, pin it in place. Finish off with a hairspray.

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3 Reasons Your Hair is Dry and Brittle

Both men and women are susceptible to dry hair. Dry hair happens when your hair doesn’t retain moisture or doesn’t get enough of it. You may not realize it, but your daily routine may be what’s keeping moisture at bay.

stubble-harvest-straw-agriculture-158198Understanding the root causes of dry hair, as well as the things you do that contributes to this condition, is important so you can take action to avoid them. Over time, you’ll be able to achieve your dreams of having the luxurious, silky hair of a shampoo model.

Here are 3 reasons your hair is dry and brittle.

Daily shampooing

Most experts agree that you can wash your hair up to 5 times a week. However, daily washing will leave your hair dry and brittle.

Regular shampoos contain ingredients that can be too harsh on your hair. Daily washing will strip your hair off its natural oils; thus, ruining your locks in the long run. If you have oily hair, try shampooing every other day and see what happens. For those with dry to normal hair, shampoo 2 to 3 times a week with a moisturizing shampoo.

Overexposure to the sun

Most people spend a lot of time outdoors during the summer. They’d go to the beach, lounge by pool or have barbecue parties with family and friends. However, overexposure to the sun will not only dry out your hair, it can also lead to damage.

If you know you’re going to spend several hours outdoors, we recommend that you wear a hat or a cap to protect your hair and scalp from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Also, use products with UV protection built in to prevent sun damage.

Frequent use of hot tools

If your morning routine involves blow drying and then straightening your hair, there’s a good chance that you have dull, brittle and lifeless hair. Give your hair a rest and create a style that doesn’t involve the use of heat styling tools.

On days when you need to use these tools, apply a heat protectant first. Also, never set your heat styling tools on high. If you do, you will only create more damage or burn your hair. You can create the same look on a low to medium heat.

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