Blog: July 2013

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
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! 

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.

Image: Pinterest, BarbieMutations

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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.

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


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. 

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.


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. 


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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