Blog: 2013

Making it to the hair salon every month can be impossible, especially when juggling a busy schedule. Here are some easy ways to cover up your stubborn roots until you find time to schedule an appointment!

 

Dry Shampoo:

One of the quickest ways to cover up roots on the go is to apply a volumizing dry shampoo to your hair. This does not change the color of the roots but allows for the roots to be covered by the rest of your hair to disguise the undesired pieces. Make-up Valley  provides a list of different volumizing dry shampoos on the market! (Best for highlights or coloring)

 

Root touch up Pen:

Apply a few temporary streaks with a touch-up pen. Pick a pen color that matches your highlights. Then, after drying your hair, apply the pen to your roots. This usually lasts until the next time you wash your hair! (Best for highlights)

 

Non-Permanent color:

Applying a non-permanent dye to the roots will help cover those unwanted hair pieces. Pick a color that is close in shade to the rest of your hair and use a coloring brush to apply the dye to the roots. You can also apply a small amount to already colored hair to blend in the shade so your roots do not stand out as much. Remember to always test a small amount on a strand of hair to make sure it is the color you are looking for and also to prevent any reactions! Consumer Search gives a full report on the benefits of using non-permanent colors! (Best for colored)

 

Cover with Make-up

Make up can come in handy for stubborn roots that you need to quickly cover up! Wikihow teaches you how to make and apply your own hair coverage! (Best for colored hair)

 

The Color Wand

The color wand is an easy application and temporally covers unwanted roots. It can be purchased at the store and is found in a tube-like bottle (like mascara). When picking out your color always go a shade lighter since you are applying to your roots! You do not want your roots to be darker than the rest of your hair color! (Best for highlights or colored hair)

 

Do it yourself!

Whether you need to touch up highlights or add some new color to your roots, doing it at home can actually be inexpensive, quick and easy! All beauty supply stores sell the same kind of dye/bleach hair salons use! For a temporary cover-up (until your roots get out of control) purchase a color identical to the one your hair stylist uses. For highlights apply the bleach/color to a few strands, fold it in tin-foil and apply heat to it for a quicker process! (Best for highlights)

 

Using these simple solutions will help you save money and time by going to the hair salon!

There are many way to get volume in your without spending tons of money on store bought products. The following at home remedies will guarantee stronger and thicker hair:

  • Eggs

To enjoy stronger and thicker hair it is important to incorporate protein into your diet on a daily basis. There are many different types of proteins you can consume to aid in strong hair growth but to get more noticeable results the best ingredient to use is eggs. Take one or two eggs according to the length of your hair and beat it. Apply the egg on to your wet hair and allow it for sit for five to ten minutes. You can use a shower cap to keep the smell and moisture locked in! Finally wash your hair with lukewarm water and your favorite shampoo. Follow this once a week to enjoy thicker hair! Visit hair growth remedies now for more benefits on the egg hair treatment!

  • Aloe Vera

Another popular ingredient that can be used to strengthen your hair is aloe vera. The inside of the aloe leaf is full of a gel that can be removed and applied to the scalp. Once it is applied let sit for an hour and rinse out with luke-warm water. You can also consume one tablespoon of aloe vera juice daily on an empty stomach to assist in better hair growth.

  • Avocado

Avocado can be used to get thicker hair. Make a mixture of mashed avocado and banana and apply it to your scalp. Leave the mixture on your hair for about a half an hour so that the nutrients in the mixture get absorbed by the scalp. Once you see that it has been absorbed immediately was your hair thoroughly with shampoo and apply a conditioner. Once your hair is dried it will look healthy and thicker! New Health Guide offers a list of avocado recipes that focus on all different hair types!

  • Orange Juice

Orange can be used to get rid of dry and oily scalps and also creates thicker hair. Mix equal amount of orange juice and apple puree together and then apply this mixture on your hair. After 30 minutes is up wash your hair with water. Follow this recipe once a week for more hair volume!

  • Coconut Oil

Massaging your scalp regularly with pure coconut oil is one of the easiest ways to get thicker hair naturally! By heating the oil and massaging it into your scalp will allow for the follicles to open up and improve blood circulation (which is essential for hair growth). Once the oil is massaged in you can then wrap a warm towel over your hair and leave in for 45 minutes! Trend Statement offers the benefits of using coconut oil as a hair treatment!

  • Flax Seed

The fatty acids in flaxseed can assist in getting thicker hair in a much healthier way! Take three tablespoon of flaxseed, mix them in a bowl, and let sit for about five days. After the five days are up, apply the mixture directly onto the scalp. After ten minutes rinse it off with warm water and after a few days this treatment will give you thicker hair. Even eating freshly ground flaxseeds can result in healthier and thicker hair!

  • Olive Oil

Olive oil can also hydrate and strengthen your hair. Massaging the scalp for about 20 minutes with warm olive oil before washing will result in thicker hair. You can apply olive oil into your hair before going to bed and wash your hair next morning! Visit New Health Guide for the different uses of olive oil in order to benefit your hair!

By consuming a well- balanced and varied diet that concentrates on the following 10 foods, you'll be sure to give your hair the care it needs and deserves.

 

1. Eggs

Eggs are a great source of protein and are loaded with four key minerals: selenium, zinc sulfur, and iron. Iron is especially important, because it helps cells carry oxygen to the hair follicles, and too little iron (anemia) can potentially cause hair loss. Woman’s Day offers an at home hair recipe (using eggs) that is safe for all hair types!

2. Fish

The omega-3 fatty acids found in this fish are rich in protein and vitamin D which are key elements to maintaining and developing strong hair. Salmon also carries fatty acids (which your body cannot make on its own) which are other key elements for hair growth. Omega-3s are also found in cell membranes in the skin of your scalp, and in the natural oils that keep your scalp and hair hydrated

3. Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are filled with beta-carotene (your body converts to vitamin A) which assists in nourishing your hair and skin. Vitamin A protects against dull hair and dry skin!! Shape.com provides a sweet potato hair mask guaranteed to hydrate your scalp for healthier looking hair.

4. Walnuts

An excellent source of Vitamin E, walnuts provide a convenient way to give your hair the oils it needs to stay full of shine.

  • Walnuts can also be used to replace expensive hair color treatments. Grind the nuts and boil in hot water, strain, cool and apply to your hair for 20 minutes. The walnut mixture will naturally keep the pigmentation in your hair, keeping those irritating grays away. Follow this link for some yummy dishes that incorporate walnuts into their recipe!

5. Avocados

Avocados are rich in vitamins A, D and E, lecithin (a natural antioxidant and moisturizer), beta-carotene (which convert to Vitamin A). They also carry more than 20% essential fatty acids. Avocado oil is derived from the pulp of fresh avocados. The oil helps by softening and conditioning the scalp to leave it dry and flake free! New Health Guide offers a variety of avocado hair recipes!

6. Beans

 Legumes are an excellent source of iron protein and are packed with beneficial nutrients (, zinc, and biotin) to nourish and prevent breakage. Lentils are high in iron that create strong, healthy hair and reduce hair loss!!

7.  Oysters

Oysters are rich in zinc and not enough can cause hair loss as well as a dry, flaky scalp. Oysters also carry

8. Spinach

Spinach is full of nutrients and antioxidants. It’s a good source of vitamins B, C, and E, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids.

TIP: Instead of using lettuce, substitute spinach in your salads or as a side dish!

9. Blueberries 

Blueberries carry Vitamin C which is crucial for the scalp and assist in carrying nutrients to the hair follicles. By not having enough Vitamin C in your diet it can cause brittle and dry hair resulting in hair breakage! YES TO offers a blueberry shampoo and conditioner rich in anti-oxidants!

10. Meat

Many people are unaware that lack of iron in a diet can potentially cause loss of hair. This is why the consumption of red meat is so important for not only your body but your hair as well. By incorporating more iron into your diet it will allow for hair growth and strength. Mail Online offers an in depth article discussing the benefits of incorporating meat into your diet to benefit your hair.

 

The things we consume on a daily basis play an important role in the way our hair looks and feels. By sticking with these delicious foods you hair is guaranteed to not only look better but feel healthier as well!

Having brassy hair is not fun, especially after you spent hundreds of dollars getting it colored. Luckily there are many ways to prevent hair from turning that orange color!

But first it’s important to know why your hair turns brassy to begin with! Chemicals in hair dye open up the outer layer of each of your hair strands and then deposit color molecules inside. These molecules are a combination of yellow, red and blue. The blue ones are the smallest and fade first, leaving the yellow and red molecules behind in each strand. And too much red and yellow makes orange!
 

Stay out of the sun

The sun has a powerful affect of the color and texture of your hair if it is not properly covered. Staying out of the sun can help reduce fading and keep brassiness to a minimum. If you are someone who needs to be in the sun use UV protection (shampoo/spf) or a hat to keep your hair healthy and glowing! Schwarzkopf offers some tips to prevent UV rays from harming your gorgeous locks!  

 

Shampoo less often

The more times you shampoo the quicker your color fades! Washing your hair too much can also strip away the natural oils your hair needs to maintain hydration and color. By shampooing less it will limit the brassiness in hair color from appearing!

Use a toner

Applying a toner several weeks after you have applied color to your hair can reduce the amount of orange in your strands. Almost all salons offer a toner and color seal that will lock your color in! It might cost a little extra, but it’s worth it if you want to maintain a beautiful color! TypeF gives more detail on how toners work!

 

Color Safe Shampoos

Choosing a shampoo made especially for colored hair can help reduce the amount of brassiness you see. These shampoos are gentler than regular cleansers and can help prevent quick fading. Color shampoos also tend to have greater moisture in them which locks in hydration and color. Esalon offers more insight on the advantages of using color safe products!

Have you ever dyed your hair and felt that itchy or scratchy sensation? .. There are a few reasons why this happens. Phenylenediamine (PPD) is popular in most hair dyes because it leaves a look that doesn’t fade fast. Unfortunately it’s also a sensitizer and people can gradually become more sensitive to it every time they are exposed. Most people do not develop a hair dye allergy until, on average, the 60th time they use it. Some develop an allergy early on where others don’t notice any burning or itching until several years after using the product. E Magazine provides the different reactions people could have if allergic. So how do you know if you’re allergic before it’s too late? The following pre-cautions can help you catch your allergy early on: 

  1. Before using a dye, test a small section of your hair EVEN if you have used the product before. Every time you dye your hair your scalp gets more sensitive and is more likely to burn or itch. By testing a strand of hair, it will allow you to see how your scalp reacts without affecting your whole head!
  2. If you don’t feel comfortable testing a strand of hair you can also test a section of your skin. Again even if you have used the product before it is possible to develop an allergy over time, so testing the skin/scalp will catch any sensitivity before it affects your whole head. You can test dye on your skin by using a cotton swop or ball and applying a small amount of dye to a selected area (your arm is the best spot). Allow the dye to sit on the skin for about 24 hours. If you noticed any swelling, redness, itching, burning or irritations DO NOT USE THE PRODUCT.
  3. If you are extremely nervous of having an allergic reaction to hair dye your best bet is to switch over to a ppd free hair color. There are several products out on the market that offer no ammonia, peroxide, or ppd , that is much healthier for your hair and more gentle on your scalp.

Taking the proper steps, such as testing and using a product with less harsh chemicals, will reduce the chances of having a reaction.

 

Semi permanent color is perfect for first time colors, leaving uses with no visible roots and no long term commitments. Often times we love the color so much we want to make it last longer so here are 5 ways to make your color last longer.

  1. Apply Heat to your Hair

After the dye is applied to your hair it is best to apply heat to it to insure that the color sinks in more. You can do this by blow drying your hair a section at a time, making sure the heat is directly applied to every section of your head. This will allow the color to stick more to the hair shaft and evidentially last much longer after x amount of shampoos. Of course heat is wonderful when used to sink in the color but it can also damage hair. Allure provides the different ways to minimize hair damage when applying heat to your hair!

2. Using Color Friendly Shampoos and Conditioners

Most regular shampoos/conditioners use sulfate and other harsh chemicals to remove the dirt from your hair. What people don’t realize is that it also strips away natural oils from your hair essentially causing dryness and damage. As the hair cuticle is continuously damaged it allows for color molecules to escape the strands, resulting in fading of hair color. Color safe shampoos/conditioners are free of sulfate and harsh chemicals which allow less damage and fading to result. Total Beauty provides a list of some the favorite hair color safe products out on the market!

3. Stay Out of the Sun

Not only is the sun harmful to your skin but it is just as bad for your hair! Constant exposure can dry out your hair and also cause the fading of color to occur much quicker. Using a hat, scarf or umbrella to cover your hair will allow the color to last longer and not fade out so quickly! All Women Stalk provide a list of hair SPFs easy enough to apply right before going out doors!

4.  Add Hair Color to your Shampoo

There are many products that are out on the market that are now made to help with enhancing and fading of your hair color. Sometimes you need something a little more powerful to touchup your unwanted spots. So for that occasional color touch up, you can mix your everyday conditioner with some of your left over dye. Put it in a little plastic bottle and use it occasionally to deepen the color. Type F gives you all the tips and tricks to successfully freshen up your hair color!

5. Don’t Wash Your Hair Everyday!

Your hair does not have to be washed every day, in fact the more times you wash it the drier it gets! When you wash your hair everyday you are washing out natural oils which help keep your hair healthy. Waiting a few days to wash your hair allows for these oils to sink into your hair cuticles leaving it free of dryness. The same thing goes for color, the fewer amounts of times you wash your hair the longer the color will last! Washing your hair in warm water washes away unwanted dirt but it essentially opens up the hair shaft which allows for the color to seep out. With color treated hair, it’s important to wash your hair in cold water. Cold water allows the cuticles of the hair strand to remain close so color molecules do not seep out! Allure provides some tips to avoid fading from washing your hair!

 

Using these simple tactics will allow for the color to last longer and also allows for the hair remain strong and healthy!

Nobody likes to have dry, brittle, or damaged hair. We created a list to help you narrow down your hunt for the cause of unhealthy hair.

  1. Iron deficiency - If you'r body is low in iron, one physical change is that your hair will become dry, brittle, and dull. Also, you may notice some hair loss or shedding. We suggest you get a physical exam and speak with your physician for further details.

  2. Over-washing your hair – When you constantly shampoo your hair, you are sucking its natural moisture out. Lack of moisture in your hair will lead to dry and brittle hair. The best solution for this is to cut back on the shampooing and invest in a sulfate free or mild shampoo.

  3. Heat Styling Tools – It may be time to take a break from our beloved hair straightener, blow dryer, and curling iron. All of these tools strip the moisture from our hair and constantly using these tools will lead to dry hair and split ends. Try to cut back on the usage of these tools.

  4. Lack of Vitamins – Healthy hair begins with a healthy diet. Without the right nutrients, your hair is prone to dryness and breakage. The top foods for healthy hair, according to WedMD are, salmon, walnuts, oysters, sweet potatoes, eggs, spinach, lentils, greek yogurt, blueberries, and poultry. Try to incorporate these foods into your diet for healthier hair.

  5. Environment – Living in a dry, hot environment will cause damage to your hair. If your environment is dry, it will suck the moisture out of your hair. You can try to add moisture to your living space by getting a humidifier, letting your clothes air dry, or simply putting a large dish of water and letting it evaporate.

Overall, there are many different possibilities as to why your hair is dry and brittle. Every person lives a different lifestyle, but at the end of the day lack of hydration is the number one factor. Whether your hair is lacking moisture from your health habits or environment depends on you.

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Everyone loves luscious, beautiful curly locks, but we all know it isn’t always easy taming the mane. Are you sick of knots and frizz and uncooperative hair?

We put together 7 easy tips to help you love your curls again.   

  1. Don’t shampoo as frequently because this will dry out your hair. You should condition every time you wash your hair, but cut back on the shampoo. Your curly locks will thank you!

  2. You should comb the conditioner through your hair with a wide comb when you’re in the shower. Leave the conditioner in your hair for 3-5 minutes as you continue with your showering routine.

  3. Wash and lather your hair in warm water, but rinse your hair with lukewarm to cold water. The warm water eliminates grease and dirt while the cold water locks in moisture and increases shine. You don’t want to wash your hair entirely with cold water because this can flatten your curls, but you also don’t want to wash your hair entirely with warm water because it can cause your hair to become overly porous and frizzy.

  4. Do NOT towel dry your wet hair. This will cause your curls to frizz so instead, try using an old t-shirt or birdseye fabric.

  5. Invest in shampoos that were designed specifically for curly and/or frizzy hair. Do not buy shampoos that have sulfates in them because this will only cause further harm to your curls.

  6. Blow dry your hair using a diffuser after you apply your mousse or gel. When applying product to your hair, make sure to avoid your roots/scalp. Putting product directly on your scalp will cause grease and build up. Leave in deep conditioner is also an option to maintaining your curls.

  7. Replace your current pillowcase for a silk satin pillowcase. This pillowcase is a wise investment because it prevents breakage, split ends, and tangling. It also maintains the moisture in your hair and prevents frizz. Perfect for curly, frizzy prone hair.

  8. Do NOT brush your hair when it is dry because this will cause frizz. It is wise to stay away from brushes in general. Try using a hair pick or wide comb instead.

Sources: Lovelyish, Circleofmoms, About, Curlynikki

Idan Chen Beauty Group of NYC gives viewers a firsthand look of the wonders and benefits of CoSaMo Professional Love Your Color Blonde. This semi-permanent color gently blends away gray by coating the hair which adds shine and volume. See the extraordinary difference as Idan Chen uses the Blonde on his client. Say goodbye to gray hair and hello to shiny, healthy, blonde hair!


Benefits of Hair Oils

We hear the world oil and run for the hills, but don’t let the word “oil” scare you away because it isn’t always bad news. There are many different types of hair oils that can greatly benefit your overall hair health. Here is a list of some healthy hair oils you should invest in:

Almond: stronger roots, locks in moisture, adds shine, smooths hair follicles, add softness
Avocado: locks in moisture, strengthens hair, promotes hair growth, adds shine, deep conditioning 
Burdock:  promotes hair growth, promotes healthy scalp
Castor: locks in moisture, prevents dry scalp, thickens hair, adds shine, prevents split ends, adds softness, prevents frizz 
Chamomile: most beneficial for itchy scalps 
Coconut: promotes hair growth, locks in mositure, strengthens hair, prevents dandruff 
Jojoba:  prevents hair loss, adds softness, locks in mositure, adds shine, beneficial for all hair types
Lavender: calms irritated scalps, promotes hair growth 
Lemon: prevents dry scalp, prevents dandruff, beneficial for dry hair or curly hair
Olive:
deep conditioning, strengthens hair, nourishes scalps, prevents hair loss
Peppermint: promotes hair growth                        
Rosemary: promotes hair growth, prevents graying hair and hair loss, strengthens hair, adds shine, benefiical for dry hair and itchy scalps
Safflower: locks in mositure, strengthens hair, thickens hair, beneficial for chemically treated hair or even virgin hair 
Tea Tree: prevents dandruff or psoriasis

Which benificial hair oil works best for you? Let CoSaMo know in the comments below! 

Image: http://www.youbeauty.com/hair/galleries/hair-oils
Sources: Audacitytobeyou, BGLH
 

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