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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!

Joann, Brooklyn NYC, "I colored my hair the other day, and after a couple of shampoos, my granddaughter told me that my hair was purple. At first, I thought she was playing around with me, but after looking in the mirror I realized MY HAIR IS PURPLE. What factors could have affected this? What can I do to avoid this problem? Please help!"

Dear Joann,

There are a few different reasons why your hair might look closer to an eggplant than you may like. Purplish hues tells me it’s a form of discoloration. This generally happens when one’s hair is over porous or due to resistant gray, not taking the color fully but only taking the base fully.  People tend to find this more often when they are over 50% gray and using a semi permanent hair color.


In order to lift the purple out you can:

                a) Increase how often you shampoo
                b) Use a hot oil treatment to lift out the color

If you use the hot oil treatment, you should let your scalp rest for 24-48 hours before trying any new colors.  

How you can avoid this problem going forward:
Best way to negate purple in hair color is to use another color with a golden base.

If you take a look at the color wheel, purple and gold are opposite colors so they will negate each other and save you from having your granddaughter pointing and laughing at you! (for your purple hair at least :)) I hope this information was helpful.

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Defeating Heat Damage
Can’t live without your precious flat iron straightener? If you are unsatisfied with your frizzy, split-end central, rough, damaged hair, it may be time to take a long vacation from all the heat! Let’s get down to business on heat damage.

Cause
Heat tools dry out the ends of your hair and exposes the hair’s cuticles, causing your hair to become brittle, dry, and split end prone. According to Women’s Health, to make up for this dryness, your hair is forced to soak up moisture from the air to compensate, which gives you the infamous, frizzy hair. 
                1. Hair dryers
                2. Flat irons
                3. Curling irons
                4. Hot rollers

Repair

1. Hot oil treatment twice a week. Essortment says hot oil treatments will condition your dry scalp and add moisture, bounce, and shine to your hair. Not only will it soften your hair, but it can prevent frizz and breakage.

2. Leave-in deep conditioner. While conditioner does wonder for your hair, Hairscapades states that we should limit the time the conditioner stays in our hair to a maximum of 30 minutes because any more than that causes more harm than benefits.

At the end of the day, these are temporary treatments and once your hair is damaged and essentially dead, there is no repairing the hair back to its original, healthy state besides cutting it off. 

Prevent
1. NEVER use heat above 300-350.
2. Trim your split ends every 6-8 weeks. Dale H. Johnson, author in “Hair and Hair Care” states that leaving split ends untreated will cause even more damage to your hair.
3. Do NOT heat style your hair until it is 100% dry, unless you are using a specific wet hair straightener, because it will cause further irreversible damage to your hair.
4. Women’s Health advises that if you must blow-dry your hair, when towel-drying, pat your hair and invest in heat protection spray. This will protect your weak or already damaged hair and will distribute the heat evenly. Once you start blow-drying, put the heat on high to limit the amount of heat exposure. A nozzle attachment is important to use because it creates a safer distance between your hair and the damaging hot metal coil.
5. Try to wash your hair only twice a week. If you must wash your hair more than twice a week, dilute your regular shampoo or purchase a gentle formula. Washing your hair too often causes more damage than benefits! Start using healthier hair products that are sulfate-free.
6. Invest in professional heat styling tools such as a professional blow dryer and/or flat iron.

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No more Fading Hair Dye! 
Sick and tired of watching your hair dye go down the drain? Here are 4 friendly reminders on how to prevent your hair dye from fading. 

1. Deep condition: Cosmetic chemist, Ni’Kita Wilson suggests, “Deep condition your hair after you dye it to offset the damage from the process. It works every time."

2. Environment: The sun’s UV’s rays play a large role in fading hair dye, therefore whenever you go outside remember to protect your hair with a sun hat or umbrella. Even during the winter or cloudy days, sun-exposure is still present and still affects your hair color. The environment also includes where you live and how clean the air around you is. If you live in a big city, chances are the air is filled with pollutants;  pollutants and chemicals in the air can cause hair dye to fade. There are some spray products that will aid in protection against sun-exposure. 

3. Chlorine: It’s summer time which means people are diving into pools, but before you subconsciously dive into a refreshing pool, wet your hair with cold water. Also, work a smudge of deep conditioner into your hair and for extra protection, use a swim cap. Chlorine quickly strips the color from hair dye.

4. Washing Hair: According to WebMD, water is a major cause for fading hair dye because plain water dilutes the pigment. Washing your hair is the obvious, inevitable cause for fading hair dye. One suggestion is to invest in products that were designed for color treated hair. This will help prevent your color from fading too quickly. If you must wash your hair, lukewarm or cold water is a lot better than warm or hot water. 

Image: http://www.sheknows.com/how-to/articles/963942/summer-hair-prep-tips

Women love to dye their hair, but what happens when they become pregnant? This controversial topic has left pregnant women puzzled and filled with questions. We wanted to explore this topic and do some research of our own to give you some insight on the facts and risks of dyeing your hair while you are pregnant.

According to Roger W. Harms, M.D., obstetrician and medical editor-in-chief of Mayo Clinic, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), small amounts of hair dye CAN penetrate your skin, but it is too small to cause any harm to the developing baby. Even though there have been numerous studies over the past few years and evidence suggests it is safe, doctors advocate that women wait until after their first trimester to dye their hair because the first trimester is when the baby’s major organs are forming. Justmommies says, so far, there has been no evidence proving birth defects from hair dyes, but we are still not 110% sure of its safety.

American Pregnancy Association says that one concern they have is not the absorption of the dye through the skin, but the strong chemical fumes that mothers will be inhaling while dyeing their hair. They recommend avoiding hair dyes with any ammonia because it is a dangerous chemical fume. Also, NHS Choices reminds us that pregnancy can affect your normal hair condition. For instance, your hair could have a different reaction to coloring than before you were pregnant and/or your hair could have become more or less absorbent, frizzy, or unpredictable.

If you do decide to dye your hair while pregnant, here are some guidelines and precautions to consider from the FDA and the American Pregnancy Association:

  1. Follow package directions explicitly and carefully.
  2. Always wear gloves when applying chemicals.
  3. Leave the dye on your hair no longer than directed.
  4. Rinse your scalp and hair thoroughly with water after the treatment.
  5. Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area.
  6. Test the hair dye for allergic reactions before applying it to your entire scalp and hair.

Some safety tips and alternative solutions Justmommies suggests is to pick a hair dye that will stay on your scalp for the least amount of time as possible, try highlighting or frosting your hair instead because the chemicals are not applied directly to your scalp which means less hair dye will be absorbed through your scalp/skin, and use natural hair dyes such as henna. Because henna is a vegetable dye, it is considered to be safer to use during pregnancy.

The bottom line is, we have limited data and there have not been enough studies regarding pregnant women and hair dyes to be completely convinced on its safety. So far, there have been no signs of dangers related to hair dyes and baby development, but just because there have been no errors, does not mean they can’t show up in future studies.

If you are still concerned and uncertain about the use of hair dye during pregnancy, please discuss this with your health care provider for a medical opinion. At the end of the day, dyeing your hair while you are pregnant is a personal choice; just make sure you know the facts and risks! 

Sources: eSalon, Alphamom, Pregnancy.org, Babble, Pregnancy Birth & Beyond
Image: Personal Press

 

You probably know that hair products and minimal heat exposure can help you keep your hair in shape. But, did you know that certain foods actually keep your hair staying healthy, shiny, and strong? It’s true! Essential oils, vitamins, and minerals found in food are necessary to prevent hair loss and keep your strands healthy and strong.

1. Walnuts –With omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E and biotin, these nuts can help protect your hair from damage.

 2. Salmon – Contains omega-3, which has lots of protein for hair strength. About 3% of the hair strand is made up of the fatty acid, so it is important to replenish your body with it through food.

 3. Oysters –A great source of zinc, which is a necessity because a lack of this mineral can cause hair loss. Zinc can also be found in beef and eggs if oysters don’t seem too appetizing.

 4. Eggs – Filled with protein, there are many different ways you can use eggs. Whether scrambled or sunny side up, the protein will be essential to hair replacement as well as strength.

 5. Chicken, beef, and pork - Packed with protein, these meats are an important part to a healthy hair diet. Protein makes up 97% of hair, so it’s important that you have a sufficient amount in your diet.

 6. Carrots, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins – All of them contain beta-carotene which is an antioxidant that is converted into vitamin A within the body. This vitamin is essential for healthy skin and hair, which further prevents dryness and dandruff. 

 7. Spinach – It is filled with vitamins and minerals, such as iron and vitamin C that keep hair healthy. Lack of iron is a large factor in hair loss.

 8. Blueberries – They are full of vitamin C that is critical in preventing breakage.

Food is an essential part of life, and we all need the stuff to survive. However, the right foods can be key for healthy, beautiful hair. The saying “you are what you eat” rings true when it comes to eating and hair. If you consume items that are full of vitamins, minerals, and protein, you are sure to have the strong, shiny strands you crave.

Source: http://www.webmd.com/beauty/hair-styling/top-10-foods-for-healthy-hair
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Anyone who's colored their own hair has heard about this. It’s one of the most common problems we come across. It’s that annoying line of residue that gets left around your hairline. Here are our 5 tips to avoid getting this line in the first place...

1. Wear plastic gloves: This will keep your fingers and hands stain free.

2. Wrap a towel around your neck. Use a clip so it stays nice and tight: This prevents the dye  from running down your neck, causing unpleasant stains.

3. Apply a thick cream or petroleum jelly and coat the hairline. Imagine it as a wall of protection or barrier. Don’t forget to go around your ears too!

4. Wear a long sleeve shirt. You are better off covering as much skin as possible: This will protect your shoulders and arms.

5. If dye does drip onto your skin wipe it off IMMEDIATELY with hydrogen peroxide to prevent staining.

Source: Hairfinder
Image: Healthy Hair Stylist

 

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