Submitted by cosamo_prime on Friday, April 4, 2014 - 11:23.
If your hair is thin from coloring it, heat styling or you were just born with it, here are 5 tips and tricks for making your thin hair look thicker.
Upside-Down Blow Out
When blow drying your hair, in order to make it look thicker and to add volume, blow dry your hair upside down. Flip your head upside down and blow dry at the roots to add lots of volume. Tip: Let your hair air dry for 20-30 minutes; don’t blow dry dripping wet hair.
Use Volumizing Mousse
When your hair is wet or damp, use a volumizing mousse to add volume and to give the appearance of thicker hair. Birchbox.com says to focus on the roots by, “Before blow-dying hair, prep with a lightweight mousse (it's come a long way since the 80s). Next, use a large rounded brush to pull sections of your hair up from the root, aiming your blow-dryer at your scalp for maximum lift.”
Wash out Conditioner
It is important that you wash out all over the conditioner you put on your ends. Womenshealthmag.com says, “Conditioner is an essential step towards healthy, full hair, but if you’re not rinsing out all of the product before you’re out of the shower, it can weigh your hair down, making it look flat and a little bit greasy. If your hair still feels slippery when you rinse out conditioner, you haven’t rinsed it all out.” So make sure you are using a conditioner for thin hair. Tip: After you condition your hair rinse your hair with cold water, not only will this help remove the conditioner but it will also add tons of shine.
Layer your hair
An easy way to have the allusion of thick hair is to add layers to your hair. Getting layers will frame your face as well as add volume to your hair. Stylelist.com says, “The next time you head to your salon to get your hair cut, give layers a try. By layering sections of hair, a texturized look is created which gives off the sense of thicker hair.”
Curl your ends
When you straighten your hair and it’s thin or the ends are damaged it might not look so good. So switch it up by curling your hair or just straightening the top and curling the ends. Womenshealthmag.com says, “In general, flat ironing makes hair look a bit thinner because it flattens out any body in your hair, but if you’re flat ironing the ends and making them absolutely stick straight, it makes the rest of your hair look super thin (especially if your ends are dead). Instead, curl the ends inward just a bit to give your hair more volume, making hair look fuller and thicker.”
Submitted by cosamo_prime on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 11:12.
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Submitted by cosamo_prime on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 12:16.
Epsom Salt can be used for a variety of different things, such as beauty, household and garden-related problems. Saltworks.us says, “Epsom salt has beneficial properties that can soothe the body, mind and soul. Some of the countless health benefits include relaxing the nervous system, curing skin problems, soothing back pain and aching limbs, easing muscle strain, healing cuts, treating cold and congestion, and drawing toxins from the body.” Here are 7 beauty-related ways to use Epsom Salt!
Create Beachy Waves
Epsom Salt can be used to create a DIY Sea-Salt spray, when applied to hair will leave you with beautiful beach waves. Dearchrissy.com says to, “Combine 1 cup of hot water, 2 tablespoons Epsom salt, 1 teaspoon Aloe Vera gel and 1/2 tsp conditioner in a spray bottle. Spray salt mixture into hair and scrunch hair with your hand for pretty beachy-waves.”
Epsom salt can be used to rid your hair of product build up. Mnn.com suggests to, “Mix one cup lemon juice, one cup Epsom salt, and one gallon water, leaving them to stand for 24 hours, and using the mix as a clarifying rinse. If you have product buildup that's making your hair lank, dry, greasy, and hard to style, clarifying rinses can really help breathe back life into your hair!”
Volumizing Hair Mask
There are properties in Epsom Salt that can give your hair that extra oomph you were looking for. Dearchrissy.com suggests, “Combine equal parts conditioner and Epsom salt. Work the mixture through your hair and leave for 20 minutes.” You hair will be full of volume and will feel nice and soft!
Epsom Salt can be very exfoliating when applied to the skin. Saltworks.us suggests, “To clean your face and exfoliate skin at the same time, mix a half-teaspoon of Epsom salt with your regular cleansing cream. Gently massage into skin and rinse with cold water.” Mixing these two products together will leave your face clean and exfoliated!
Blackheads are a pain, getting rid of them just became even easier. Use Epsom Salt to create a blackhead removing mixture. Stylecraze.com says to, “Mix a teaspoon of Epsom salt with 3 drops iodine in half a cup of boiling water. Apply on the blackheads with cotton to remove blackhead.” Livingthenourishedlife.com suggests another way to get rid of blackheads, is to, “Use a fork to beat together Epsom salts with an egg white. Apply to face and leave for 10-15 minutes. Rinse away with warm water and a washcloth to remove blackheads and tighten pores.”
When your feet are dry and crack it can be extremely uncomfortable. Soaking your feet in Epsom Salt can be very beneficial and leave your feet soft and your dry skin gone. Livingthnourishedlife.com says, “Soak your feet in hot water with Epsom salts (about 1/2 cup per gallon of water) for 20-30 minutes. Then scrub with a loofah or pumice stone to remove dry skin and reveal soft feet!”
Click here for an Epsom Salt Peppermint foot scrub recipe!
Itchy Skin or Bug Bite
During the spring/summer getting bug bites can be a major pain and lead to very itchy skin. You can use Epsom salt to remove the itch from your bug bite. Wellnessmama.com says to, “Dissolve a tablespoon of Epsom salt in to 1/2 cup of water and cool. Spritz on itchy skin or apply a wet compress to help relieve itching.”
Submitted by cosamo_prime on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 11:19.
Who knew that there were so many household products that we use on a daily basis that can be used on your hair. Here are 8 strange hair tips that totally work!
A toothbrush can be used on the hair in two different ways. The first way is fake fuller hair on thin hair. More.com suggests, “Tousle the hair from root to crown with your fingertips as you blow-dry. Then, when your strands are dry, give the roots extra lift by back-combing their undersides with a clean, dry toothbrush. Rather than tearing at hair like a comb, the soft bristles will grip and rough up strands just enough to maintain lift.” The second way to use a toothbrush on your hair is to spray it with hairspray to tame flyaways.
2. Paper towels:
When your hair is wet, instead of drying it with a towel, use paper towels to avoid frizz. More.com says, “The paper won’t create as much friction as a towel, so your hair ends up less frizzy. It also absorbs more water than a cloth towel, really speeding up your drying time.”
3. Dryer Sheets:
Don’t you hate those days where your hair just won’t cooperate and you can tame the static. Dryer sheets are the solution to that problem, they help tame hair static. Alllwomenstalk.com says, “Dryer sheets take static out quickly and leave your hair smelling great. It's only a temporary fix though, so if it's a particularly dry winter day, be sure to stash a few in your purse! Open the dryer sheet completely, grab a fairly large section of hair and run the sheet from the scalp to the bottom of the strand.”
4. Paper Bag:
If you want to curl your hair but don’t want to use heat or don’t have a curling iron handy, a paper bag can do the trick. Bellasugar.com says, “"Paper bag" curls work on the same principle as rag curls. You just tear a big paper grocery bag into strips, and then roll your towel-dried or slightly dampened hair up in them. You can sleep on them or, for faster results, blow-dry and then spritz with hair spray.”
5. Tomato Ketchup:
Using Ketchup on Blonde hair can fix problems with chlorine related issues or a bad hair dye experience. Huffingtonpost.com says, “Blonde ladies can counteract green shades and rejuvenate their colour with the help of tomato ketchup. While it may not be the most appealing hair treatment, the red condiment can neutralize the green in your hair, leading to shiny, golden locks once more. Apply the tomato ketchup to hair and leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse off and shampoo as normal.”
Vodka can be used to tame frizzy hair and add shine to your hair. Health.com says, “Because it has a low pH, vodka can help de-frizz your strands. Add one shot to a 12-ounce conditioner (avoid those for color-treated hair). Shake well and apply a few times a month.”Click here for 5 different ways to use vodka on your hair!
You can use deodorant on your hairline for those days where you are really hot and you need your hair to stay nice. Xojane.com says, “A thin layer of clear deodorant around my hairline and down my neck while I’m dry has saved many a hairstyle. See also: It can help keep your hair from sticking to your neck in bed.”Who would have thought something you put on your armpit is good for your hair also.
if your hair is extra dry and needs to be brought back to life, use cool whip to condition dry locks. Tootsiez.com suggests to, “Apply Cool Whip to dry hair, let sit for thirty minutes, then rinse well and shampoo. The coconut and palm kernel oils in Cool Whip condition hair for a luxurious shine.” This tasty topping will not only make a sundae taste good but it will make your hair moisturized and shiny.
Do you know of any other strange hair tips that totally work?
Submitted by cosamo_prime on Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 15:24.
Are you sick of wearing a plain old ponytail to the gym? Is your hair constantly getting in your face at the gym? If either of these questions describes you, then this is the post for you. Here are 5 fun and easy ways to style your hair for the gym.
One of the easiest ways to get your hair out of your face is to put your hair in a top knot. A top knot is really just another word for a high bun. Latest-hairstyles.com says, “A topknot is perfect for all sorts of workouts, not limited to yoga, pilates and strength training.” What makes this bun different is the way you twist your hair into the bun.
A French Braid, like the top knot is an easy way to get your hair out of your face, as well as a fun way to switch it up from a boring ponytail. You can style a French braid in several ways. You can do a single French braid or you can do two French braids. To really switch it up you can do a triple French braid into a ponytail. You can find the tutorial at shape.com.
Click here for a video tutorial for a single French braid.
Click here for a video tutorial for two French braids.
Headband Side Bun
Using a headband at the gym can really help get your hair out of your face as well as keep it away. Huffingtonpost.com says, “To protect your hair from breakage caused by tight elastics and hairpins, try holding the hair back from the face and shoulders with a handkerchief or cloth headband. This will limit breakage and will eliminate dents.” You can use a headband with any hairstyle you choose, it is a good gym accessory to have. After you put the headband on, scoop the rest of your hair up and put it in a side bun for an easy gym hairstyle.
A fishtail braid will secure your hair in place so it doesn’t fall out as you’re working out. It is really easy to achieve, click here for a video tutorial! A fishtail differs from a normal braid because you are only using two sections of hair to create the braid instead of three. Dailymakeover.com says, “Loose side braids can fall out while working out. Instead, opt for a tight fishtail that’s funkier and will last throughout your training session.”
High Bubble Braid
A high bubble braid will really spruce up any boring high pony. It is really easy to create. All you have to do it create a high pony tail and then halfway down the pony use another elastic to tie off that section and then a few inches down repeat the same step. Thechalkboardmag.com says, “This style is fool-proof, and is sure to put some pep in your step and bounce on your head.”
Submitted by cosamo_prime on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 12:28.
Love Your Color semi-permanent hair dye is enriched with Macadamia Nut Oil. This oil is what leaves your hair looking shiny, healthy and not over processed if you use the dye. But the real question is what is Macadamia Nut Oil and how does it benefit my hair?
What is Macadamia Nut Oil?
Macadamia Nut Oil is an essential oil extracted from the nuts of a macadamia tree. It is used in many skin and hair care products as well as for cooking. This oil differs from others because it doesn’t leave the scalp greasy and is easily absorbed into the scalp and hair shaft. According to wiseGEEK.com, “This product is made by extracting oil from the macadamia nut which grows on a macadamia tree. Although this tree originated in various parts of Australia, many locations throughout the world have become home to the macadamia tree. The chemical make-up of this product is similar to oils that the human body produces which makes macadamia oil for hair easy for the body to absorb.”
Benefits of Macadamia Nut Oil on Hair
Increase Strength: The stronger your hair is the less damage and breakage you will have. When Macadamia Nut Oil is applied to your hair, (including the roots) it can increase the strength of your hair and make it strong and smooth.
Repairs Dry Hair: Macadamia nut oil is very light compared to other oils such as olive oil. It is easily washed out can contains important vitamins and minerals that are essential in treating dry and damaged hair. Examiner.com says, “The high absorption and deep penetration of the hair and scalp means both obtain the proper moisture they need to stay healthy. The vitamin E contained in the macadamia oil helps hair to soften and rejuvenate. Even thick, coarse hair is able to soften up. The proteins help to strengthen and promote healthy hair.”
Eliminates Frizz: The essential fatty acids and vitamins found in macadamia nut oil are what eliminate frizz. Buzzle.com says, “It is capable of moisturizing and strengthening rough, dry, frizzy and limp hair. This is because unlike coconut oil which penetrates the scalp, this oil coats the hair follicles and scalp, thereby preventing loss of moisture.
Say bye bye breakage: Macadamia Nut Oil is easily absorbed into hair, as I said before; it coats the hair and makes it stronger. When your hair is stronger you won’t have to deal with breakage. Livestrong.com says, “macadamia nut oil helps to prevent against hair breakage by penetrating the scalp and hair follicles to improve hair strength and elasticity.”
Application of Macadamia Nut Oil
According to wiseGEEK.com, “One of the most common applications of macadamia oil for hair is to warm the mixture in the microwave or on the stove and distribute it equally throughout the hair including the scalp. Most product directions suggest that the client leave the oil on the hair for up to two hours before rinsing and styling as usual.”
DIY Hair Mask
For this mask you will need 2 avocados that are peeled and pitted and 1 tbsp of Macadamia Nut oil. You can either mix them in a bowl together or put them in a blender. You should apply this mask after you shampoo your hair in the shower. Rub and massage the mixture all over your hair. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and then wash out. Your hair should feel soft so you don’t need to use conditioner as well.
Submitted by cosamo_prime on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 16:32.
When your hair is over processed, dry, brittle and looks fried, you have a problem. The problem is your hair is damaged and needs to be brought back to life. I can tell you from personal experience that trying to repair damaged hair can take a while; there is no overnight cure for damaged hair. Making your hair healthy is a gradual process and is one you need to commit to. Here are 8 helpful tips for healing damaged hair!
Use healthy hair products: Stop using the cheap stuff and buy shampoo and conditioner that will moisturize dry and damaged hair. If you get sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner that’s a plus. Wikihow.com says, “Avoid shampoo and conditioner made with sodium laurel or laureth sulfates. These are industrial cleaning agents added to many soaps and shampoos; they clean your hair, but they also strip it of its natural protective oils in the process.” Also use oil to bring your hair back to life. Check out our previous blog posts on coconut oil and olive oil!
Use Semi-permanent dye: If you can’t stop yourself from dying your hair, switch to a semi-permanent hair dye. It not as harsh or damaging to your hair. Try Love Your Color, it is enriched with Macadamia nut oil and will leave your hair shiny, healthy-looking and not over-processed. It also doesn’t contain Ammonia, Peroxide or PDD so compared to other dyes it won’t damage your hair.
Diet and Exercise are important: If you only eat junk food, your hair will reflect that. If your hair is dry and brittle it could be caused by what you are eating on daily basis. Eat foods that are enriched with Omega-3 and drink lots of water. Click here for key foods for beautiful hair! Also make sure you are exercising several times a week. If you start eating healthy and exercising you will notice a HUGE change in the way your hair looks and feels.
Protect your hair from Chlorine: Chlorine will damage your hair so you need to be careful when you are swimming that you don’t expose your hair to it too often. You can protect your hair from any chlorine contact by wearing a swim cap in the pool. But for those of you, who don’t want to wear one, buy a clarifying shampoo that is known for removing chlorine or avoid putting your hair under in the pool at all costs. Tip: If you went swimming and got your hair wet, don’t sit in the sun without covering your hair with a hat or a towel. The sun mixed with the chlorine can cause even more damage to your hair.
Hair Treatments: You can either buy a hair mask/treatment or make your own. Depending on how damaged your hair is will determine how many times you should use it. If your hair is really dry and damaged you should use it once or twice a week. Once your hair gets healthier you can switch it to once a month. Stylecraze.com says, “Periodically you can opt for either protein treatments or deep treatments for the hair. Proteins will rebuild the keratin in your hair, and deep treatments will help to retain moisture.” Click here for 10 DIY home remedies for dry hair!
Make sure scalp is healthy: You hair needs to be nourished from root to tip. A scalp treatment can also do wonders on your hair. It will cleanse your scalp of any build up as well as stimulate hair growth and condition your hair. Click here for 5 ways to get rid of a dry scalp!
Rinse your hair with cool water: Not only will this add shine to your hair, but rinsing with cool water will close your hair cuticle and prevent further damaged especially if you use really hot water to take a shower. Wikihow.com says, “Using hot water on your hair causes damage, but cool or even cold water causes the hair shafts to lie flat, giving your hair a shiny, glossy appearance.”
Let your hair breathe: Give your hair a break from all the products and hot tools. Try to make a weekly routine of how and what you are going to do to your hair. Being prepared for the day will make your morning routine shorter. If you are daring enough challenge yourself to use no heat or products for two weeks or even a month. I’m telling you, you will see a major change in your hair. Tip: if you are going to put your hair in a ponytail or braid the looser the better. If your hair is too tightly wound in a braid or pony it could cause breakage.
Click here for 17 extremely effective tips for healthy hair!
Submitted by cosamo_prime on Monday, March 24, 2014 - 11:19.
Split ends are a pain; everyone deals with them at one point or another no matter what type of hair they have. Let’s be realistic the only way to truly rid your hair of split ends is to cut them off. But there are several things you can do to prevent getting them as well as repair them for a period of time.
How do you get split ends?
Wikihow.com says, “Split ends occur when hair becomes weak and begins to break near the end of the hair shaft. Environmental stressors such as the sun, heat and the use of harsh styling products contribute to the number of split ends. Other factors such as poor diet and brushing hair when it is wet also contribute.”
Here are several tips for preventing split ends:
Get regular trims:
You can either do this yourself or go to a salon. If you do this yourself, I suggest you buy a good pair of hair scissors and not use scissors you use on paper. Stylelist.com says, “The longer you wait to trim, the greater chance you have of split ends worsening and traveling up the shaft. It may sound counter-intuitive, but this is why it's actually best to get frequent trims if you're trying to grow longer, healthier hair.” Depending on how split your ends are, you should trim your hair every 6-8 weeks.
Use alcohol-free products:
Alcohol-free products are less harsh on your hair and won’t cause your ends to dry out. Livestrong.com says, “When products containing alcohol are applied to your hair, the alcohol evaporates very quickly. The problem is that it takes a bit of your hair's natural moisture with it, leading to dry, lifeless locks that create the need for using more products on them and, of course, even drier hair.” So next time you are shopping for new hair products look for ones that say alcohol-free, your hair will look and feel a thousand times better!
Use less heat:
Let’s be realistic; saying use no heat on your hair is almost impossible for some people. I’ve tried and failed many times. So the simple solution to that is use less heat. Instead of blow drying your hair, let it dry naturally and then use a heat protectant and whatever hot tool you want. 7beautytips.com says, “Heat is the worst enemy for your hair but it’s hard to completely avoid hair dryers and flat iron. It is best to apply a heat resistant serum to your hair before using heat. Towel dry your hair before drying, this way you minimize the damage of heat on wet hair. Also, use flat irons and curlers occasionally instead of everyday.”
Always condition your ends:
If your hair is dry you can skip the shampoo but never skip conditioner. You should only condition your hair from the beginning of your pony to the ends of your hair. Sparkpeople.com says to, “Condition your hair every time you wash it, and use a deep conditioner at least once a month. Use a leave-in conditioner on the ends of your hair for added moisture and protection.”
Don’t brush wet hair:
You should avoid at all costs brushing wet hair with the same brush you use on dry hair. It won’t only cause more split ends but it will cause breakage. Totalbeauty.com suggests avoiding brushing your hair at all when it wet. But if you can’t help it, replace your hair brush with a wide tooth comb. Stylelist.com suggests, “After you apply conditioner in the shower, slowly run a wide-tooth comb through hair until all the tangles are out. This prevents the snaps and breakage you can incur when you try to brush out hair that is roughed up from a towel-dry.”
Click here for 3 homemade remedies for split ends!
Click here for 15 homemade remedies for split ends!
Submitted by cosamo_prime on Friday, March 21, 2014 - 14:29.
It is always interesting to learn about different household products that can be used as beauty products as well. Baking Soda has ingredients that work great with your hair as well as improving damaged locks. Here are some of the benefits of using baking soda on your hair!
Leaves your hair fresh & clean:
Baking soda doesn’t strip your hair of its natural oils like drug-store or commercial shampoos do. Using baking Soda as shampoo will decrease the amount of times you have to wash your hair per week! According to HowStuffWorks.com, “Add a teaspoon of baking soda to your usual shampoo bottle to help remove buildup from conditioners, mousses, and sprays, and to improve manageability.”
Click here for a DIY Natural shampoo with Baking Soda!
Removes Chlorine from Hair:
This is perfect for those days when you go swimming and your hair feels like straw after because of the high levels of chlorine in the pool. HowStuffWorks.com suggests to, “Rinse hair with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda in 1 pint water to remove the dullness or discoloration caused by chlorinated pools.”
Hair Brush Cleaner:
Baking Soda has properties that are great for cleaning brushes and combs without doing any damage to your hair. The Huffingtonpost.com suggests to, “Place one cup of lukewarm water and one tablespoon of baking soda in a bowl. Then gently use your fingers to wash your hair brushes and combs in the sudsy mixture. Rinse with water and lay brushes and combs flat to dry.”
DIY Dry Shampoo:
Baking soda can be used as a dry shampoo, so you don’t have to wash your hair in the shower every day. You can either put some baking soda into a container with wholes at the opening or you can pour 1/8 of a cup into your hand. Then distribute the baking soda throughout your hair. Then brush or comb your hair until the baking soda is no longer visible. Then style your hair normally!
Submitted by cosamo_prime on Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 14:02.
When styling your hair with a flat iron, there are several things you should know! Here are some helpful tips for using a flat iron.
Right size: It is important that you use a flat iron that fits your hair length and type perfectly. If your iron isn’t the right size for your hair length and type it could cause more damage to your hair. Allwomenstalk.com suggests, “Your hair length and type should determine the size of your flat iron. Narrow plates that run ½”-1” are good for short hair that is fine or thick. 1 ½ -2” plates work well for long hair that’s fine or thick.”
Make sure your hair is DRY: This is extremely important! You should never run your flat iron over wet or damp hair. You will fry your hair if your iron it when it is wet. If you want to damage your hair that’s the easiest way to do it. After you blow dry your hair, turn your blow dryer from hot to cold and blast your hair with cool air. Then use the flat iron to style hair.
Use a heat protectant: This tip is mentioned in many blog posts because it is so important. Protecting your hair with a heat protectant can make a HUGE change in the way you hair looks and feels. Allwomentstalk.com says, “Regularly using a heat protectant on your hair before you use your straightening iron or other heat tools is a must. Skipping this step can result in dry, fried hair and no one has time for that!”
Right Temperature: Just as it is important to have the right size iron for your hair, you need to use the right temperature on your hair. The temperature depends on your hair type and how healthy or damaged your hair is. Huffingtonpost.com says, “My hair should only be ironed at a low setting, below 300 degrees, as it is fine and damaged (the same goes for chemically treated hair). Normal hair can be ironed at 300-380 and thick, coarse or extra curly hair at 350-400. Start at a lower level and increase as needed.”
Buy the right iron: A good flat iron will have a temperature setting, if there is only one setting you should stay away from that kind of iron. A good temperature range should be from 175-400 degrees, but I highly recommend that you NEVER set your iron to 400 degrees. You don’t want to burn your hair off.
Separate into sections: When flat ironing your hair weather your straightening it or curling it, it is a good idea you separate you hair into smaller sections with a clip. There is no exact way to do it, just separate you hair as you like and then style each section.
Click here for a video tutorial on straightening short hair!
Click here for a video tutorial on straightening long hair!
Click here for a video tutorial on curling hair with iron!