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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Reasons You Should Start Using Coconut Oil on Your Hair

Coconut oil is growing in popularity due to its endless list of benefits. People use it for all sorts of things – from removing makeup to moisturizing skin, cooking and cleaning. But one of the best uses of coconut oil is for your hair.

Here are 4 reasons why you should start using coconut oil on your hair.

pexels-photo-322483Protect your hair from sun damage

Most people put sunscreen to protect their skin from the sun’s harmful rays. However, most people fail to realize that our hair is also prone to sun damage. If you are planning to stay out in the sun all day, apply coconut oil onto your hair. Coconut oil is a natural sunscreen that helps protect your hair from the harmful UV rays.

To defeat dandruff

Coconut can be used to combat dandruff. It has a strong antifungal, antimicrobial, and antiviral properties that help fight fungus, as well as bacteria and viruses that may be lurking on your scalp.

Yeast-like fungal infections, sensitivity to harsh chemicals and dry skin conditions are the most common causes of dandruff. Often, people would resort to using dandruff shampoo the get rid of dandruff. However, over-the-counter dandruff shampoos don’t always work. Coconut oil works by treating the cause of the problem. It kills fungus and bacteria and moisturizes your scalp.

Mix 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and 5 drops of tea tree oil and apply it to your scalp. Leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes. Do this 2 to 3 times a week for a week or two and your dandruff will go away.

For faster hair growth

Coconut oil contains essential nutrients like lauric acid that can actually help grow longer, thicker hair. It is loaded with natural antioxidants and nutrients like iron, vitamin K and vitamin E that can help stimulate hair growth.

Coconut oil is a safe and effective solution for thinning hair. Massage your scalp with warm coconut oil once or twice a week. This will boost blood circulation and deliver more oxygen and nutrients to your hair follicles; hence, promoting hair growth.

For deep conditioning

Frequent washing, use of heat styling tools and environmental factors can take a toll on your hair. These things can leave your hair dry, dull and damaged. To keep your hair healthy, silky and beautiful, deep conditioning is a must. Luckily, you can use coconut oil for deep conditioning.

Apply coconut oil onto your hair, focusing on areas that are dry. Make sure that your hair is completely saturated. Pull your hair up into a bun and cover with a towel or a shower cap. Leave it for about 30 minutes before rinsing.

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Highlights vs. Lowlights: Which One is Right for You?

Lowlights and highlights involve the process of adding different shades to certain strands. Through this process, you may end up having 5 shades of chocolate running through your hair like Kristen Stewart or multiple honied shades ala Jennifer Lopez. Ask your stylist for lowlights or highlights if you want to restore radiance to dull hair or if you just fancy a change of color.

If you are not familiar with these coloring processes, then we urge you to read on. In this blog post, we’ll point out the difference between highlights and lowlights. This will help you understand the difference between the two and determine which one is right for you.


Lowlights are usually applied to certain sections of your hair to give it a deep and rich color. It is applied to darken your hair’s natural color.

If you want to do something with your hair, but you just want subtle a change, go for lowlights. Lowlights are also recommended if your hair has been repeatedly highlighted. This will help neutralize your hair color, making it look more natural. Lowlight colors should blend with your natural hair and should accentuate your skin tone and eye color. Tones of red and turquoise work best for lowlights. When placed strategically, lowlights can create the illusion of having thicker and fuller hair.


Most people often assume that highlights are blonde. But the truth is that it’s a general term used to describe hair strands that are lighter than the base color. Keep in mind, though, that highlights are not one-size-fits-all. The placement of highlights, the tone, the level of lightness, and the size of highlights are all up to you. Before you proceed with coloring your hair, be sure to communicate the look you want with your stylist. If you want something more dramatic like chunkier highlights with more contrast, consider balayage.

Highlights would be a great choice for those with lank, thin and dull hair as it helps make your hair thicker and more textured. It also gives the appearance of shine. Good highlights will make your hair look sun-kissed, as if you just came back from a vacation.


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Protect Your Hair From Sun Damage With These Tricks

Summer is the perfect time to explore the great outdoors. The sun is shining brightly and the weather is warm.  People would go on a roadtrip, go to the beach, ride the bike or just hang out with their family and friends in the backyard for a BBQ party. For many, it is one of the best seasons, and we couldn’t agree more. But most people fail to realize that the summer heat could leave their skin burnt and their hair dry and damaged.

pexels-photoDon’t let the sun stop you from enjoying all these activities. Go ahead and have some fun. You deserve it. Just make sure that you take the necessary steps to protect your hair from the sun’s harmful rays.

Protect your hair from sun damage with these tricks.

Shampoo with care

The summer heat leaves us sweaty and sticky. When you come home, there is nothing you want to do more than to take a shower and wash your hair.

Our hair tends to get sweaty and oily during the summer, but you’re not supposed to wash your hair every day. If you do, you are likely to end up with greasy hair. Why? It’s because washing your hair regularly will strip your scalp off of its natural oil. As a result, it will compensate for the lack of oil; thus, leaving your scalp and hair oilier than it is. Cut back on shampoo sessions.

Love your conditioner  

Spending too much time outdoors can dry out your hair. That said, we highly recommend that you condition your hair regularly to keep your hair hydrated. If you have greasy hair, then apply the conditioner on the mid-shaft up to the tips. Don’t skip the conditioner entirely.

Wear a hat

We all know that the sun’s rays can take a toll on your skin, but did you know that prolonged exposure to the sun can also damage your hair? If you intent to stay outdoors for an extended period of time, we suggest that you wear a hat, a cup or just bring an umbrella. This way, your hair, as well as your face, is protected from the sun.

Shower before hitting the pool

During the summer, most people spend most of their days in the beach or the pool. Salt water, chlorine, and the sun can cause significant damage to your hair.

Our hair is porous. It absorbs as much water when it is dry. So before you hit the pool, we suggest that you take a shower. Now that your hair is sopping wet, very little chlorinated water will enter the shaft.

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Cute Hairstyle Ideas for Summer

The sweltering summer heat proves to be an obstacle in achieving great-looking hair during this time of the year. Most women choose to pull their hair up into a pony tail or bun just to get their hair off of their face. Other than the boring ponytails, there are a lot of things you can do to your hair.

Here are some cute hairstyle ideas for summer.

pexels-photo-58592Headband braid

On days when you want to wear your down but want to keep your locks from falling on your face, consider a headband braid. This hairstyle is very popular, especially during the summer months. Plus, it’s a great way to hide those side-swept bangs. Braid your hair and wrap it around the edge of your hairline. Don’t forget to secure your hair with a bobby pin at the back of your neck.

Side pony

If you’re in a hurry and you only have a few minutes to fix your hair, opt for a side pony. Sure, it’s still a pony tail, but it’s sure to give you the classy, sultry look. It’s casual enough that you can wear it to the beach or a bbq party. It’s also chic-looking that you can even wear it on a date night or a formal event. Celebrities like Ashley Tisdale and Taylor Swift even wore it to the red carpet.

If you have thin hair, you may want to curl the ends of your hair. This will not only give off a sexier look, it will also add volume to your hair.

Beach waves

Nothing says summer like flowing beachy waves. Most women like the idea of having an effortless hairstyle that looks like they’ve been hanging by the beach all day. The natural look is youthful and sexy.

When curling your hair, start by sectioning your hair. For the first few sections, curl away from your face and then start alternating the curl. Finish off with a salt or texturizing spray.

If you are planning to wear beach waves throughout the summer, we highly recommend that you get a haircut. Ask your stylist to add layers to your hair to make it easier to curl and to add lightness to your locks.

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Worst Mistakes You Can Do for Your Hair

How you treat your hair can seriously affect the appearance and health of your hair. If you want gorgeous, shiny and healthy hair, then you need to pay close attention to your locks.

Here are 4 of the worst mistakes you can do for your hair.

pexels-photo-112782Poor diet

The foods you put into your body reflects on your hair. If you eat processed foods, sweets and junk foods regularly, odds are you have dull, dry and brittle hair.

Your hair is a reflection of your overall health. If you hair is in bad shape, this is an indication of vitamin or nutrient deficiency. Eat healthy and nutritious foods to keep your hair strong, healthy and shiny. Be mindful of your eating habits.

Intense towel drying

Many of you are probably guilty of this. You grab your towel after getting out of the shower. You vigorously rub your hair with a towel to get rid of excess moisture. Sure, this can help speed up the drying process, but it can really damage your locks. It can also leave you with frizzy hair.

To prevent damage, we recommend drying your hair with an old shirt or a microfiber towel. Squeeze your hair gently to get rid of excess moisture and allow it to dry naturally.

Being a clean freak

People with oily hair tend to wash their hair every single day. They are worried that they may end up with oily hair and scalp in the middle of the day. However, frequent washing can strip your scalp off of its natural oils. Because of this, it compensates for the lack of oil, so your hair ends even more oily.

If you have oily hair and it ends up greasy the next day, consider using dry shampoo. It will soak up the excess oil and will leave your hair looking and smelling fresh.

Tight ponytails

Ponytails are one of the go-to hairstyles of women. It’s one of the easiest ways to deal with bad hair day. It’s easy to do and can get your hair off of your face. While there is nothing wrong with pulling your hair up into a ponytail or a top bun, excessively tight ponytails are a bad idea.

If you tie your hair up too tightly, you’re putting added pressure onto your scalp. Eventually, this may cause traction alopecia. Your hair may fall out as a result.

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