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.

pexels-photo-241558Lowlights

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.

Highlights

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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Ultimate Guide to Caring for Fine Hair

If you have fine, thin hair, you know the struggle is real. More often than not, you deal with limp, flat hair. While most people would resort to using a flat iron to keep their hair frizz-free and manageable, women with fine hair would end up looking like the girl who crawls out of the well in The Ring. Worse, fine hair is more prone to breakage, so it needs to be treated with care.

Here are some tips for caring for fine hair.

Go for volumizing shampoo

No one wants to have limp, droopy hair halfway through the day. Adding natural-looking volume to your hair starts in the shower. Volumizing shampoo is ideal for individuals with fine hair because it has a lightweight formula that won’t weigh your hair down. Plus, it coats each shaft of thin hair, making it look thicker.

Go light on conditioner

Just because your hair tends to go flat, that doesn’t mean that you should skip the conditioner entirely. Conditioners are designed to keep your hair hydrated and moisturized. Skipping conditioner will leave your hair dry.

To keep your hair from falling flat, we recommend that you apply the conditioner from mid-lengths to end. Avoid conditioning your scalp as it will weigh your hair down and make your roots look greasy.

Get the right cut

Getting the right haircut is the key to adding volume to your hair. This is especially beneficial for those with thin, fine hair. For maximum volume and movement, we recommend lightly layering the hair. Long, one-length hair will make your hair look flatter and thinner. Mid-length or short cuts and layers will make your hair bouncier and voluminous.

Avoid towel drying

Most people tend to reach for the towel after getting out of the shower to get rid of excess moisture. But if you have thin, fine hair, we advise that you skip the vigorous rub-a-dub. Use a microfiber towel and gently blot your hair with it. This is a gentler solution. Plus, it will help diminish frizz and make blowouts easier.

 

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Cute and Easy Hairstyles for Medium-Length Hair

Now that summer is upon us, many of you are probably considering cutting off your hair. Some women are hesitant to chop off their hair, thinking it would be difficult to style it. But guess what, medium length hair is short enough to be low maintenance, yet long enough to style. It is the perfect balance between short and long hair.

Here are some cute and easy hairstyles for medium-length hair. You are certain to make a statement with any of these hairstyles.

demonstration-425278_960_720Sleek and polished

When elegance is a must, consider the sleek and polished look. This may be a simple look, but that smooth and silky straight hair is enough to instantly upgrade your hair to start status. It’s a perfect day-to-night hairstyle. It is chic, looks totally neat, and easy to style.

Start by blow drying your hair and make sure it’s completely dry. Then, apply a heat protectant and straighten your hair with a straightening iron.

Loose waves

Adding some waves into your hair is a great way to perk up your style. Whether you have long or medium length hair, soft waves look great on just about anyone. This look is the perfect combination of messy and sophisticated. It can be chic enough for date nights or evening outs, and relaxed enough for casual settings.

Virtually every celeb has graced the red carpet with perfectly tousled wavy hair. To achieve this look, simply curl your hair using a one-inch curling iron. Use your fingers to gently loosen your curls. Finish off by spritzing your hair with hair spray.

Braids

Braids are a great way to style your hair, especially this summer. Just because you have mid-length, hair, doesn’t mean that you can’t rock some braids.

Fishtail braids and French braids are the go-to look of most women during the summer. They are easy to create and they’re a great way to spruce up your hair. But if you are looking to get your braids up a notch, opt for a ponytail style. Braid your hair on the side, and then pull it up into a pony tail.

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