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We all take preventative measures to protect our hair against damage during the day, but what about when we’re sleeping at night? Sometimes the way we sleep can damage our hair and we don’t even realize it! Here are a few tips to avoid hair damage while you’re sleeping:

 

  • Make sure your hair is conditioned! You don’t need to condition your hair right before bed, but it’s important to keep in mind that conditioned hair is much less likely to break!1

  • Brush your hair before bed! It’s normal to wake up with tangles in your hair but if you brush your hair before you go to sleep, you’ll wake up with less! This will make brushing your hair in the morning a lot easier, as well as lead to less breakage!

  • Braid your hair! This will restrict how much your hair will move throughout the night, thus leading to less damage!2
  • Sleep on silk or satin! These fabrics are smooth and therefore, create a lot less friction against your hair!

 

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For as long as I can remember I was always told to shampoo before condition, but more recently I heard that you should actually condition your ends before you shampoo you hair.  This whole concept of reverse washing is pretty interesting. Most shampoos strip your hair of its natural oils, and then once you condition you hair feels soft and just like new.

What should you use first shampoo or conditioner?

Since shampoo rids your scalp of build up you should only use it on your scalp. Hellogigles.com says, “Basically, the idea is that your scalp produces oil that naturally cleanses and moisturizes your scalp and hair. The only reason to shampoo is to rinse those oils out when they have built up too much and give your scalp a reset.” If you put shampoo on your ends it could strip your hair leaving it dry and dull.

Reverse Washing

Reverse Washing is when you condition your hair first and then only shampoo the roots. Dailymail.co.uk says to, “Wet your hair then work in your favorite conditioner, concentrating almost solely on the ends of the hair, with just a tiny bit at the roots. Leave the conditioner in for five minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Only now should you shampoo, rinse, and repeat, making sure you don’t use more product than you need.” Conditioning your ends first will coat them and protect them from the stripping properties in your shampoo.
Here are 3 reasons why it’s important to condition your hair before you shampoo.

1. Makes Detangling Easier

If your hair is really knotty and you always have a problem detangling it, you should definitely try reverse washing your hair. The conditioner will coat your ends leaving them moisturized and tangle free. Gadailynews.com says, “Reversing the order in which you wash your hair is meant to give you all the detangling and glossing benefits of conditioner - along with extra volume - but without any residual side-effects.”

2. Adds Moisture

If you condition your hair first it would feel dull and weighed down. Womenshealthmag.co.uk says, “The idea behind leaving a conditioner on for 2 - 3 minutes is so that the goodness can penetrate into the hair, so that when you rinse your hair properly, the work is done. However, when you don't wash out the conditioner properly, this will leave a film over the hair which attracts dirt and more, leaving it feeling lackluster.”You hair ends won’t be stripped from the harsh chemicals in shampoo, so they won’t feel dry and dull or weighed down.

3. Prevents Damage

If your ends are really damaged reverse washing is perfect because it will protect your ends from further damage. Refinery29.com says, “Washing the conditioner out with shampoo can prevent it from weighing your hair down — and if your hair is prone being flat and greasy, this is a great thing, indeed.”

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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!

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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!
  7. 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.”
  8. 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.

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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.”

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Everyone wants healthy shiny hair whether it’s long or short; here are some hair secrets that can make a huge difference in the way your hair feels and looks!

  1. Prevent split ends and breakage in your sleep: There is a very simple way to eliminate your hair tangling as you toss and turn throughout the night. Change your pillow case from cotton to a silk pillowcase. Michelle Phan says, “silk pillowcases are much smoother than cotton pillowcases, which means less tugging and tangling, and therefore less breakage and damage. Sleeping on silk also reduces frizz.”
  2. Water Filter: ABC News suggests to, “Install a water filter on your shower nozzle. Minerals in water cause brassiness in blondes and redheads. Purifying water makes a beautiful difference in your hair and your skin.” Click here to read about the benefits of using a water filter.
  3. Protect from the sun: Your skin needs protection from the sun, but so does your hair. The quick fix to this problem is to cover your hair with a hat, scarf or towel when you are in the sun. Whenwomentalks.com suggests, “Before you are going to be out in the sun for an extended amount of time such as a day at the beach or lounging by the pool, spray a SPF protectant spray into your hair. There actually are sun products made specifically for your hair.”
  4. Rinse with Rain Water: Rain Water can be a lot less harsh on your hair then shower water. It can also do wonders for your hair. Allwomenstalk.com suggests, “Rain water will soften your hair. Here is the best way to use it. Wash your hair normally with regular tap water. But use a pan of fresh, clean rain water as your rinse; it will soften it tremendously.”
  5. Bobby Pins stay in place: If you have that problem where your bobby pins don’t stay in place and your hair is starting to look crazy, here is the solution. First is you should know how to correctly use bobby pins, Allwomenstalk.com says, “Bobby pins should be placed in your hair with the zig-zag side down, against your scalp and the flat part showing. This helps the pin to grasp and hold.” Then lightly spray your bobby pins with dry shampoo and then place them in your hair.

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Having a bad hair day can really ruin your mood especially if you have a special event to go to. Here are some helpful tips for surviving a bad hair day.

  • Don’t Freak Out: If you realize your hair isn’t cooperating, don’t freak out. For a quick fix, you can put your hair in a braid, bun or ponytail. Click here for 6 easy and fun braid tutorials!
  • Wash and style the night before: If you know you have somewhere special to be in the morning you should wash and style you hair the night before. That way when you wake up the next morning you will only have minimal touch-ups.
  • Oily Roots: If your roots look really oily but you don’t have time to wash your hair, use some dry shampoo or baby power to get rid of/ mask the oil. Cosmopolitan.com suggests, “Spray a dry shampoo onto your roots and brush it through, so that it coats your hair at the roots and soaks up the oil on your scalp.”  Click here for 5 reasons why dry shampoo should be your new best friend!
  • Switch up your part: If you usually wear your part in the middle, changing it to a side part could instantly add some volume to your hair.
  • Don’t fry your hair: Always Always Always use a heat protectant on your hair before any heat styling. Using one will really protect your ends from getting fried as well as from breakage.
  • Never be without bobby pins: Put some extra bobby pins in your bag for emergency situations. Beautyhigh.com says, “Some mornings when you leave your house your hair can look amazing, and then a rainstorm hits. To make sure you’re never without bobby pins, stash 10 or so in the coin purse of your wallet.” It is always good to carry them with you just in case you have hair that won’t stay put.
  • Create quick waves: separate you hair into three or four sections, braid each section and secure with hair tie.  Then go over each braid with a flat iron, let them cool for a few minutes and then unravel the braids. Click here for a picture tutorial!  
  • Find the right hair accessories: If you are having a bad hair day, having a headband or beanies could make a huge difference. Try and find hair accessories that can go with any outfit and look good with any hair style.
  • Easy way to tame flyaway’s: Spray a tooth brush with hairspray and brush those flyaway’s into place. Using the toothbrush won’t be as harsh on your hair and won’t make your hair feel stiff.
  • Texture Spray: Try using a sea salt spray to add texture to your hair. Beautyhigh.com says, “Textured hair (or dirty hair) is much easier to work with because it holds style better. On days when your hair needs to be put in a braid, bun or ponytail, the style will hold all day long if you use a spray first.”
  • Learn different ways to style your hair: There are so many videos on YouTube that can teach you different ways to style your hair so you can avoid a bad hair day all together. Click here for 9 easy and fun hair tutorials!

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Imagine opening your suitcase after a long flight and see that several of your favorite beauty products opened and spilled all over your suitcase. There are several easy ways to avoid this happening to you. Here are 6 tips for making sure your products stay travel-safe!

  1. Purchase travel-size refillable bottles: If you are going on a vacation or traveling somewhere for work, you don’t need full size bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body lotion. That way you can pour your favorite products into smaller containers. Sheknows.com suggests, “You can buy color coordinated bottles for your shampoo and conditioner and then color coordinated bottles for your skin care and body items. I went a step further and purchased stickers and Sharpie pens to label my bottles.”
  2. Cling Wrap Method: If you don’t want to buy refillable bottles and want to use what you already have. A great way to ensure that your favorite products won’t spill is to use some sort of plastic as a barrier. You can use whatever you have in the house cling wrap, plastic grocery bag, and shower cap. Then cut the plastic into 3-inch squares. Take the cap of the product you love off, put the plastic square on and then secure the cap back on! Click here for a step-by-step picture tutorial!
  3. It’s all about the way you pack your suitcase: If you put your toiletries bag at the bottom of your suitcase, you are just asking for it.  Totalbeauty.com says, “make sure to pack your toiletries bag in between clothes and not near shoes or anything that can puncture it. If you are bringing a rain jacket, wrap your jacket around your toiletries bag.” So make sure you put your toiletries bag in a safe area of suitcase.
  4. Let excess air out: Plastic bottles or containers can leak if there is air trapped inside when the air pressure changes. Realsimple.com suggests to “burp your bottles” which means to, “Open the cap, give a little squeeze to let the excess air out, then quickly recap."
  5. Make sure to only pack essentials: You don’t need to pack all of your makeup, hair and beauty products. Only pack the stuff necessary for the amount of time you are traveling for! Totalbeauty.com suggest, “When it comes to items like perfume and nail polish, you're better off keeping glass out of your suitcase.”
  6. Separate your toiletries accordingly: It is important to have a toiletries bag with many compartments, that way you can put products that are similar in the same compartment. Totalbeauty.com says, “When packing, skin care, hair products, oral care products and makeup should be stored by category and separate from each other. If you're short on compartments, just make sure to keep dry items like powders and makeup separate from liquid.”

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