Hair Mistakes That Age Your Face

OldHairThe right hairstyle will keep you looking youthful. It will accentuate your best features and complement your face shape. It also gives you a boost in confidence. Unfortunately, a bad hairstyle or hair color will make you look older and cut through all that confidence.

Here are 4 hair mistakes that can age your face.

Out-of-date do

This is one of the biggest mistakes women make with their hair. We’ve seen a lot of women who would cling to their childhood hairstyle. Many of them have been sporting the same hairstyle for decades. Although trends usually come back around, your hairstyle needs to evolve.

Sporting a hair color that washes you out

When choosing hair color, make sure that it complements your skin tone. If you prefer a lighter shade, it is important to maintain a contrast between your complexion and your hair shade. Otherwise, you will appear washed out.

We’ve seen a lot of women aging themselves by using very light hair color. Consult with your hairstylist before dyeing your hair. They’ll help you choose the right color that will suit your skin tone.

You’re afraid to lighten up

We all know that gray hair can age you. But what most people fail to realize is that dark hair colors, when used for an older client, can actually make the person look older.

As we age, we undergo many changes that show signs of aging – wrinkles, fine lines, translucency to the skin. The dark color can make these signs more visible. Stay away from dark colors as you age. For a more youthful look, we advise that you use a lighter shade of color than you’re used to. Or better yet, ask your stylist for suggestions.

Letting your hair grow out too long

For centuries, long hair was regarded as the standard of beauty for women. In addition, men also find women with long, luscious hair sexy. There is no denying that long hair looks beautiful. But if your hair is too long, it can drag your hair down and leave you looking older than you are. Once your hair has passed your ribs, it can add years to your look.

We understand that you are trying to grow your hair, but you also need to visit the salon regularly to keep your hair in shape and prevent split ends as well.

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Essential Hair Care Tips for Spring

SpringHairWinter is fading and the weather is getting a little warmer. But after braving the freezing temps and staying in an overheated office for a few months, it is likely that your strands are now dry, brittle and lackluster.

Now that the sun is starting to come out and everything is growing in fresh and new, it’s also the perfect time to nurse your hair back to optimum health.

Put some spring in your strands with these essential hair care tips.

Switch up hair products

Because of the dry winter weather, a lot of people use a moisturizing shampoo and condition during this time of the year. But with the temperature rising, we recommend that you switch your shampoo and conditioner. This is especially important if you live somewhere with dramatic temperature changes.

The warmer weather warrants less heavy products. If you used a heavy conditioner in winter, switch to a lighter or balancing conditioner. If you deep condition once a week, do it every other week in spring and summer.

Treat your scalp with TLC

Your hair says a lot about you. It can provide insight into your overall health and well-being. As such, it is important to take good care of your scalp and strands.

Taking good care of your scalp is essential to having gorgeous and healthy hair. You can actually benefit from a good scalp massage. Next time you lather up, massage your scalp using the pads of your fingers. Not only will it bestow a sense of calm and peacefulness, it can also increase the blood flow to your scalp; thereby, stimulating hair growth.

Get a haircut

Since you’ve already switched out your wardrobe, don’t you think it’s the perfect time to reinvent your looks? The right haircut will have a huge effect on your appearance. It can make you look younger, thinner and better. Welcome spring with a new ‘do.

If you’re not ready to make the chop, opt for a trim instead. It’s no secret that the winter weather can lead to breakage and split ends. Cutting an inch off of your strands is enough to get rid of split ends. This will leave your hair looking fresh and healthy.

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Key Benefits of Deep Conditioning Treatment

girl-767202_1280Chemical treatments, regular use of heat styling tools, environmental toxins, as well as the weather changes can wreak havoc on our hair. If your hair is dry, frizzy, unmanageable or damage, this is an indication that your hair needs extra love and care. Deep conditioning treatment can help you achieve healthy hair.

Here are 4 great reasons why you should deep condition your hair.

Hair repair

Styling, dying and cold winter weather can lead to dry and damaged hair. Maintaining healthy hair isn’t easy, but incorporating deep conditioning treatments into your hair care routine can help keep your strands in top shape. You need to add nutrition back into your hair after torturing it.

All types of hair can benefit from deep conditioning. But for damaged hair, it is an absolute must. Certain types of conditioners are packed with protein and other ingredients that increase strength and elasticity. What’s great about this treatment is that it doesn’t only help repair damage; it also makes your hair less susceptible to damage.

Keep hair soft and shiny

Deep conditioning treatment provides adequate moisture to your strands. It helps keep your tresses long, luxurious and beautiful. With regular use, your hair will be softer, smoother and more manageable.

Prevent dryness and breakage

Your hair becomes dry and brittle without moisture, making it more prone to damage. Deep conditioning is an essential part of healthy hair care. Do it once a week to keep your hair at its healthiest and luminous state. Your hair is at its strongest when it is well nourished.

Nourishment for your hair

Just like your body, your hair needs nourishment to stay healthy. Deep conditioning products contain a high concentration of hydrating ingredients that penetrates the hair strands to promote moisture retention. These restorative treatments add whatever moisture is lost back into your hair.

Whether you have healthy or damaged hair, using a deep conditioner is vital to your hair’s health. To stay on top of your hair health, you should deep condition your strands 1 to 2 times a week.

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Tips for Taking Care of Permed Hair

permIf you love the look of long, curly hair tumbling down freely over your back, but you don’t have time to curl your hair every morning, consider getting a digital perm. Opting for a perm will save you tons of time. Plus, it protects you from heat damage since you don’t need to use heat styling tools every single day.

Now that your straight hair has been transformed into the sexy curls you’ve been dreaming of, you need to take good care of your hair. Use these tips to help maintain your permed hair for a longer period of time.

Don’t wash your hair after perming

It may take anywhere between 24 and 48 hours for the perming chemicals to settle in and give the curls in your hair a chance to develop. Do not wash your hair during the first 48-hour period after receiving a perm. Shampooing too soon affects the hair’s pH balance, which can affect the perm.

Once the waiting period is over, wash your hair with warm water, plus shampoo and conditioner that is specifically designed for permed hair.

Condition regularly

Most perming lotions contain strong chemicals, which can dry out your hair. The last thing you want is to dry your hair out even more. Condition your hair regularly to keep it moisturized. Also, consider giving your hair a deep conditioning treatment every month to keep your hair healthier for longer.

Keep it loose

It can be tempting to try different styles or put your hair in a ponytail, but please resist the urge to do so. A few days after your perm, it is best to just let your locks flow loosely. Your hair is still setting from the perm. Tight clips or hair elastics can reshape your hair with dents.

Use heat sparingly

Heat can ruin your curls. Direct and strong heat can loosen the perm and damage your hair. In addition, it may also dry out your locks. Lay off the heat to maintain your curls. If you must really use a blow dryer, a flat iron or a curling iron, then apply a thermal protectant first.

Air drying may take too much time, but it is the healthiest way to dry your hair. If you’re in a hurry, we recommend that you blow dry with a diffuser. It is less damaging than the direct heat from a blow dryer.

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Reasons You Should Try a Dry Haircut

hairdressing-1516352_1280A lot of people assume that there is a universal rule that hair should be wet when getting a haircut. After all, a typical visit to the salon usually starts with a consultation, shampoo, haircut and then styling. But the truth is that the process can be interchangeable. The stylist can start by cutting your hair, followed by a shampoo and then finish off by styling your locks.

This may sound as a surprise, but dry cutting can make the difference between a good haircut and a great haircut. Here are 3 reasons you should try a dry haircut.

It’s more precise

Dry cutting allows for a more precise cut. When your hair is dry, the stylist can easily see how your hair sits, flows and moves in its natural state.

What you see is what you get when cutting dry hair. This can eliminate the shock factor that comes with a haircut. Dry cutting is recommended for clients who have a very specific hairstyle in mind or those who are too worried about the end result. This ensures that you and your stylist are on the same page about your expectations.

It requires less time

Most stylists will cut your hair wet and then do some finishing touches after blow drying your hair. Cutting dry hair eliminates most of this second-round work; hence, getting you in and out of the salon faster. In fact, it shaves a solid 15 minutes off of your salon time. If you are a busy mom or someone who is always on the go, this is a great option for you.

It’s perfect for clients with curly hair

Curly hair looks entirely different when wet. It looks flat and much longer. It can be impossible to tell where the curls will fall once your hair is dry. As a result, women with curly hair usually end up with an uneven, imprecise cut.

Dry cutting lets stylists see how each curl falls, making it easier for them to know where to remove density or length and where to leave strands as they are.

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Tips to Ensure You Get the Haircut You Want

girl-1179173_1280Wouldn’t it be nice to walk into a salon, tell the hairstylist what you truly want and walk out of the salon rocking a new hairdo that you absolutely love? Unfortunately, not every appointment is a happy ending. In fact, some people feel disappointed that they end up in tears after leaving the salon.

Whether you’re shelling out $200 or $20, you should walk out of the salon with the hairstyle you had in mind. Next time you schedule an appointment with your hairstylist, use these tips to avoid any OMG salon moments and ensure you get the results you’re looking for.

Book a consultation

Before you commit to a haircut, you might want to set aside time for a consultation. This will give your stylist will have the opportunity to check your hair, ask you about your grooming habits and lifestyle. Plus, it gives you time to discuss your options and find the best hairstyle that will give you the most flattering look.

Bring photos of the style you want

Stylist’s and client’s perspective of a haircut can be different. As such, it is best to tear out a photo out of a magazine or save the photo in your phone and bring them to your appointment. I will be a lot easier for your hairstylist to understand what you have in mind by showing a picture, rather than just describing it.

Don’t get your heart set on a very specific style

While showing pictures to your stylist may help, please don’t get too hung up on a magazine photo. You can use them for inspiration, but you need to understand that it would be difficult, if not impossible, to get the exact same result. If your hair’s texture isn’t the same as that of the celebrity’s, the haircut will end up looking completely different. Ask your stylist for suggestions about the hairstyle that would best suit you, and the ones that would be more flattering to your face shape.

Speak up about your concerns

Don’t be afraid to let the stylist know if you are unhappy with your new hairstyle. This gives them a chance to fix it. Tell the stylist what it is that you don’t want about the hairstyle, so he/she knows what he/she can do to fix the situation.

 

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Everyday Habits That Are Making You Lose Hair

hairlossDuring the start of the year, the majority of people have resolved to lose weight. Now, many of you are probably eating healthier, avoiding sweets and processed foods and going to the gym a few times a week, all in the hopes of losing weight. While everyone is doing their best to get thinner, no one wants to hear the word thin associated with their hair.

Having thick, bouncy and beautiful hair is a dream most women share. Unfortunately, a lot of people, women, in particular, tend to lose more than 100 strands per day. This results to thinning hair and naturally leads to a loss of confidence.

Prevent hair loss by ditching these bad habits.

Frequent use of heat styling tools

While blow dryer, flat iron, and curling iron can help make your hair look great, frequent use of these tools can lead to heat damage. It’s only a matter of time until your hair becomes dry, frizzy and starts to break off.

Limit the use of heat styling tools to 2-3 times a week. Remember, too much of anything can be bad – that includes the use of heat styling tools.

Tight ponytail

There are days when you look in the mirror and realize that you have a bad hair day. Frustrated, you end up pulling your hair up in a tight bun or ponytail. While this is one of the easiest ways to turn a bad hair day into a stylishly acceptable day, this hairstyle is going to harm your hair and may even lead to traction alopecia. To prevent hair loss, we recommend wearing your hair down a few times a week. If you really need to tie your hair, then alternate between a high ponytail and a low ponytail.

Brushing wet hair

Post shower, you might be tempted to rid your hair off those nasty knots with a brush. However, you should resist the urge to brush your hair when it’s wet. Tugging too hard on your strands can cause breakage. Since your hair is at its weakest when wet, that’s where a lot of damage and hair loss occur.

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How to Care for Curly Hair

beautiful-women-1806280_1280Curly hair can be your best asset or your biggest nightmare. Curly hair looks great. Oftentimes, people think that you’ve put in a lot of effort when in fact, it’s just your natural hair. Meanwhile, curly hair is prone to damage, affected more by humidity, drier and can lead to an explosion of frizz.

How do you achieve healthy, gorgeous, frizz-free curls? Here are some tips.

Throw out your brush

Curly hair tends to tangle easily. While a brush or a comb can help detangle your hair, it can also lead to a frizzy mess. Plus, combs and brushes can disturb curl formation and fray the hair. The beauty of the curls lie in those perfectly defined group of spirals. Don’t brush or comb curly hair after it is dry.

Take down the heat

It’s no secret that exposing our hair to heat causes major damage. But studies suggest that curly hair is more prone to damage than straight hair. If you have naturally tight curls and you constantly use a blow dryer or a flat iron, be sure to use a heat protectant to prevent damage. Also, make sure that the temperature is right for your hair. Never set the flat iron higher than 400 degrees.

Condition your hair

Curly hair tends to be much drier than straight hair. This is because the natural oils take longer to travel from the scalp to ends. That said, you need to condition your hair every time you wash it. Also, perform routine deep conditioning and oil treatments.

Always get a dry hair cut

In most salons, every visit usually starts with a consultation with the stylist, washing of your hair and then the haircut. But if you have curly or wavy hair, a dry haircut is more beneficial.

Your hair looks much longer when it’s wet, but the curls retract when they’re dry. Dry cutting makes it easier for the stylist to see where the curls are going to lie. This allows them to trim just the right amount, so there are fewer surprises.

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3 Ways to Make Your Gray Hair Look Gorgeous

GrayHairGray hair is a sign of encroaching maturity. Most people moan and groan upon seeing the silver strands because they feel like gray strands make them look older than they really are. In an effort to preserve a youthful look, most people, women especially, would get the tweezers and pluck the silver strands out. Others would reach for a hair coloring kit and try their best to conceal gray hair.

If gray hairs are sprouting long before you’re ready for them, don’t panic. As of late, gray hair is on trend. In fact, a host of celebrities have been spotted sporting gorgeous gray locks. Some of them are even rushing to salons to get the most coveted shade in town.

Your natural shade of silver can be chic, beautiful and flattering at any age. Here are 3 ways to make your gray hair look gorgeous.

Get regular trims

During the in-between period, we recommend that you cut your hair short to slowly ease into gray hair without a lot of drama.

It is also a good idea to have your hair trimmed every 4 to 6 weeks.  Regular trims will not only help keep your hair healthy, you’ll also be cutting the old color away; thus, speeding up the process of growing out gray hair.

Get a wardrobe makeover

When you see an attractive gray-haired woman, you will notice that she’s wearing dark-colored clothing. This includes black, dark purple, sapphire blue, ruby red and shades of gray. This is because these colors make gray hair even more striking. Accent your hair with the right clothing and watch the compliments roll in.

Go glossy

Gray strands are usually coarser, drier and wiry than the hair you once had. If you are not vigilant about upkeep, can easily look dull and have a tendency to frizz. Gloss treatment is great for those who wish to rock gray hair. It gives dull, lifeless tresses a boost of shine and will make your hair look healthy.

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Smart Habits You Should Adopt for Healthier Hair

hairPerfection – this is what many of us wish to strive for in various aspects of our lives, including our hair. Although not all of us are born with long, bouncy and shiny hair, that doesn’t stop us from wanting to achieve that perfect, healthy hair.

Here are 4 smart habits you should adopt for healthier hair.

Eat healthy

Your hair is a reflection of your overall health. If you want gorgeous, shiny hair, then you need to feed your body with healthy, nutritious foods.

For optimum hair health, experts recommend maintaining a diet that is rich in protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, iron, and zinc. Of course, change doesn’t happen overnight. But if you stick to a healthy diet, you’ll have stronger, shinier and fuller hair in just a few months.

Condition

Just like the skin on your face, the skin that makes up your scalp needs moisture. Although the scalp produces its own natural oils to keep your scalp and hair moisturized, this isn’t enough to achieve, healthy, shiny hair.

If you’re constantly coveting perfect hair, condition your hair regularly. Also, incorporate deep conditioning into your weekly hair care routine.

Get regular haircuts

Most people don’t get a haircut because they’re trying to grow their hair. This may sound counterintuitive, but it would be beneficial to visit the salon and have your hair trimmed every 8 to 12 weeks.

Regular haircuts will help keep your hair strong and healthy. If properly cared for, your hair shouldn’t split, break or tangle too easily.

Protect your hair from heat damage

Hot tools like blow dryer, straightening and curling iron have become an invaluable resource for taming hair, but they can burn and damage your hair. Our advice: only use hot tools when necessary.

If you plan on curling or straightening your hair, be sure to use a protective spray beforehand. This is the equivalent of sunscreen for the skin. It is important to hydrate and protect your strands before using hot tools. Otherwise, your strands may end up fried, dry and brittle.

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