Blog: November 2013

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!

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