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Instead of putting honey in your tea, why not try putting it on your hair. Honey has properties in it that are great for rejuvenating hair and bringing it back to life. Stylecraze.com says, “Honey with all it goodness does wonders for your hair! It cures dry, damaged and dull-looking hair. It helps retain moisture and get rid of dry, itchy flakes on your scalp. It also helps keep your hair clean, lustrous, healthy and shiny.”Honey can be used to treat a number of different beauty related problems.  Here are several different ways you can use honey on your hair!

1.Add Shine

Applying honey to your hair will create a beautiful shine and everyone will be complementing you on your hair! Treehugger.com suggests, “There are two options. 1) Combine a spoonful of honey with a quart of warm water. Rinse through hair after shampooing. Let it condition for an hour, then rinse. 2) Mix 1-1/2 tsp honey with 5 cups warm water. Rinse through hair and leave on. Dry and style as usual.”

2.Moisturize Dry Scalp & Hair

Typef.com says, “On your scalp, this means you can say bye-bye to dry, itchy flakes. On your hair, a bit of moisture retention helps create hair so luscious and healthy it shines. “To moisturize dry locks, heat together three tablespoons of olive oil with two tablespoons of honey. Then add a tablespoon of lemon juice and mix well. It is best to apply the mixture to the scalp and hair when still warm. Leave it for a minimum of 30 minutes and then rinse and wash off.

Click here for 4 DIY Hair treatments for dry or damaged hair!

3.Stimulate Hair Growth

Nothing will make your hair grow long overnight, but there are things you can do to increase the slow process of healthy hair growth. Stylecraze.com says, “As honey is an emollient, it also improves the health of the hair follicles which are responsible for hair growth. Researchers say that proper use of honey of treatment of hair can waken up the sleeping hair follicles which boost the growth of hair.” Livestrong.com suggests to, “Add 2 tablespoons of cinnamon, 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 egg. Stir well with a fork to combine the ingredients. Beware if your olive oil is too warm; it may start to cook the egg. While the cinnamon and honey both promote hair growth, the protein and lecithin in the egg strengthen your strands.”

4.Cleanse Hair

Honey can be used with your shampoo to make your hair extra clean and give rid of any buildup. Youqueen.com says, “The antiseptic and anti-bacterial qualities of honey keep the scalp clean. It also prevents fungal infection or psoriasis on the scalp. This further reduces the risk of developing dandruff and itchy scalp.” Stylecraze.com suggests, “To give your hair a regular boost of honey benefits, mix a teaspoon of honey with your shampoo and apply to your scalp and hair. Work it to lather and let it sit for two minutes or so and then, rinse it off.

Other facts about using honey on your hair!

  • Honey can be used in many DIY Hair masks!
  • Honey can help prevent hair loss!
  • It is great for repairing dry hair!
  • Honey can help prevent split ends and get rid of frizz!
  • Ehow.com suggests when buying honey, “It is best to use a good quality of honey. The best time to stock up on honey is during the spring and summer. The honey with the least quality is that which is gathered in the winter. Purchasing honey from a bee keeper is another way to make sure the honey is fresh.”

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No matter how long or short your hair is or what type of hair you have, everyone at one point or another has had problems detangling their hair.  Here are 5 easy ways to detangle your hair!

  1. Brush Before Washing: One of the easiest ways to detangle your hair is to brush it before you wash it. Use a soft bristle brush so you don’t rip your hair out. Howtodothings.com suggests, “Brush your hair thoroughly before washing to get any loose hairs or dirt out. Hair tends to tangle on its own when it's dry, and wetting your can make any tangling worse.”
  2. Always use Conditioner: If you skip using conditioner your hair could create more tangles and unwanted knots. Always condition your hair in the shower. A tip would be to leave the conditioner in your hair for 2-3 minutes and use a wide toothcomb in the shower to spread out the conditioner and get rid of any tangles! About.com says, “Always, always conditioner after you shampoo. If you have oily hair, apply conditioner to the bottom two-thirds of your hair and apply conditioner before you shampoo, the shampoo will rinse off the reside the conditioner will leave but you will still be left with untangled hair.”
  3. Use Leave in Conditioner: If using conditioner every time you wash your hair isn’t doing the trick, try using a leave in conditioner. Allwomenstalk.com says to, “Apply leave in conditioner and use your fingers to slowly tease out the worst remaining tangles. This is a great time to pinpoint trouble areas.”
  4. Comb from the Bottom: After you get out of the shower and you apply leave in conditioner use a wide-tooth comb to brush out any tangles. The best way to do that is to start combing from the ends of your hair and work your way up. Allwomensstalk.com says, “Sometimes detangling is about the technique, not what you use. Tackling knots at the top just moves them further down. Instead, you need to focus on those at the bottom.” Tip: if you have a lot of hair put it into sections could help the detangling process.
  5. Use oil on your hair: Using a small amount of oil on your hair can get rid of tangles and knots. You can use oils such as olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil. Howtodothings.com suggests, “If your hair is already tangled, apply a dime-sized amount of oil or conditioner to the knot to loosen it with a wide-toothed comb, carefully combing out the knot. Do not pull sharply or your will break your hair; you may even tear it from your scalp.” Check out yesterday’s blog post for how grapefruit oil can help detangle hair!

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Styling long hair can be really easy, but what people don’t realize is that styling short hair can be even easier. For those of you who are scared to cut off your long locks or just recently took a trip to the hair salon and got a shorter do, this is the post for you! Here are 5 different ways to style short hair. They are fun and easy to achieve!

     1. Smooth and Straight

To achieve this look, apply a small amount of smoothing serum to your wet or damp hair and brush it through with a wide tooth comb. Then blow dry your hair as straight as possible. Then to protect your hair from damage, spray heat protectant. Then section off your hair into smaller sections. Finally use a flat iron to straighten each section and smooth as necessary. 

Flat Iron Tip: If your hair is thin use the medium setting on your flat iron.  Your hair is at a higher risk of damage if the flat iron is on the high temperature setting.

YouTube Tutorial: Click here for a video tutorial to achieve this look!

2. Texture and Waves

Start out with dry hair; it can either be freshly washed or second day hair. Spray your hair with heat protecting spray and use a brush to spread it evenly throughout your hair. Then separate your hair into two sections. Using either a clip or clip less 1 inch curling iron (any size will do, the bigger the barrel the looser the curl) take a small section of hair and wrap it around the barrel and hold for 5 to 10 seconds (or until the hair feels hot). Then release and repeat this step until all of your hair is curled. For added texture, spray a sea salt spray in your hair after it cools from the iron. Then lightly run your fingers through the curls so they loosen and become waves.

Curling Iron Tip: You should hold the curling iron at a downward angle, so the barrel is facing down. This will make it easier for you to wrap the hair around the barrel and release it effortlessly.

For a tutorial with step-by-step pictures, click here!

3. The Quick Twist Bun

To achieve this look all you will need is hairspray and a few bobby pins.  You will want your hair to have some texture in it so this is perfect for second or third day hair. Separate you hair into two even sections. Take the section on the left side of your head and start twisting it. The tighter the twist the better, once you pin it you can loosen it. After you twist that section use a bobby pin to secure it to the back of your head. Then take the right side and create the twist. Take the right twist and bring it up and over the left twist and then use bobby pins to secure the twist in place. Then you can loosen the twists or pull some pieces out to make it messy. Finally spray hairspray to make it all hold. 

For a tutorial with step-by-step pictures, click here!

4. The Side Braid

A side braid can look amazing on any hair length and can compliment and hairstyle. All you will need to achieve this look is bobby pins and hair spray. Make a deep side part on the side that you prefer.  Starting from the deep side part, take an inch-wide section of hair and start French-braiding. You can make the braid as long as you prefer or stop it when you reach your ear. Secure the braid with two or three bobby-pins and spray the braid with hairspray for added hold.

For a video tutorial on how to create the side braid, click here!

5. Headband Crown

To achieve this look all you need is a thin no-slip headband that matches your hair color, a wide-tooth comb and hairspray.  This step is optional: Curl your hair with a one inch iron and make sure the curls are directed away from your face. Then take the headband and place it over the crown of your head (pin it in place for extra support). Starting from the front section of hair, begin twisting and tucking section of hair up and over the headband. Continue this process and make sure to fill in any gaps that appear. The finished result should resemble a crown, and then spray hairspray to hold the style all day long.

For a tutorial with step-by-step pictures, click here!

Let us know if you try any of these styles! 

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! 

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Sources: Audacitytobeyou, BGLH
 

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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Jackie, NYC, "Can you put hair color on wet hair? Or does your hair always have to be dry when you color it?"

Dear Jackie,

          In general, hair dye should be applied to DRY hair. Dyeing wet hair will only dilute the hair color mixture although there are some exceptions because some brands explicitly say wet hair. You should always read the directions thoroughly before dyeing your hair. Each brand and each box of hair dye is different. 
 

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. 

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Helpful Suggestions for Hair Color at Home
Looking to stretch your budget for hair coloring or root touchup in-between salon appointments? If dyeing your own hair at home seems scary to you, do not fret. Here are some do-it-yourself tips for home hair coloring.

According to Women’s Health Magazine, the first step to coloring your hair at home starts before you even enter the drugstore to purchase your dye. You must first decide which formula you would like to use in your hair.  There are three different levels of hair dye: semi-permanent (or non-permanent), demi-permanent, and permanent.

Non-permanent is the least harsh for your hair, and usually does not contain some of the harsh chemicals that demi-permanent and permanent hair dyes possess. Also, a semi-permanent hair dye will  last approximately six to twelve shampoos. If you are looking for a no-strings attached relationship with your hair color or you just simply like change frequently, then this is the type you would want to choose.  Non-permanent deposits color and cannot lighten hair, but will gently cover grays.  

If you are looking for a longer lasting color, but do not want it to last forever, then go with a demi-permanent hair dye. These usually last approximately 25 shampoos. These are more commitment than the semi-permanent, but not as much as the permanent hair colors.

Finally, if you are looking to go the whole nine-yards and are fully committed to the color or wish to lighten your natural color, then choose a permanent hair dye. This will last until you cut your hair or it grows out completely. Permanent hair dye is also the best bet when trying to cover grays; however, keep in mind that with permanent hair dye, you will want to ensure that you don’t miss any spots and that the dye is completely even. The thicker your hair, the more difficult this will be. If you want to be sure to have full and even coverage, maybe ask a friend to assist you when dying.

Now that you have picked your formula, you need to pick a color. Marie Claire Magazine suggests that you stay within a range of three shades either lighter or darker.  According to Rita Hazan of Rita Hazan Salon in NYC, “When in doubt, stay lighter.” It is always easier to darken your hair if it comes out light than vice versa.   

When picking your color, if you are unsure of your natural hair color hues, then refer back to older pictures of yourself from before you ever dyed your hair in the first place. See if you have either a warm, honey color versus a cool, ash color and go from there.

Now you’ve finally made it to the final step of the process—it’s time to dye your hair. When coloring your hair at home—after you read the directions, of course—divide your hair into sections before applying the color. This will help make sure that you don’t miss any spots. Also, rather than using the applicator provided for you in the box, run to a local beauty supply store and purchase a mixing bowl and brush for the application. This will also help you maximize coverage.

Always be sure to Care For Your Hair! After dying your hair, make sure you keep up with deep conditioning in order to optimize your results and keep your hair healthy!
Written By Deena H. 
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