5 AMAZING Hair Treatments To Give You A Better Hair Flip

Dry and damaged hair can send you running for the hills screaming for a cure. But before you fall into the depths of misery over strands of damaged hair, there is a solution. Hair treatments, which are becoming the go-to option for all these worries, are rising in popularity.

Hair treatments are saving lives not as much as Coconut Oil of course!

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But one can not deny the benefits hair treatments have and how they can help with hair damage. Some of the treatments promote hair growth, others help thicken the hair, and some even help with dry scalp!

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However, with the many options now available, it has become increasingly difficult to select the best option for you. To help you out with this choice, we have searched the markets high and low to come up with the 5 most nutritious and helping treatments (both artificial and natural) that will make your hair shine and prosper once again.

Hair Treatments in the Market:

-CHI silk Infusion:

This bottle of deliciously scented goodies aims to correct the damaged parts of your hair. The treatment is best for those who suffer from thinning strands of hair as well those with over-processed and dry hair complaints.

Its nutrient formula helps to replenish hair proteins and water-content to give you back the shiny strong hair that you once had. Furthermore, CHI silk infusion has been used to relieve the dreadful hair tangles as well, so using this treatment can act as a one-stop solution to all your hair problems.

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-Lush Jasmine and Henna Fluff Eaze

This thick nutritious mask for your hair has been credited as one of the best relievers of frizz and unruly strands.

Giving marked effect with only a single use, this hair treatment aims to give your hair the health and strength they had lacked for so long. Its heavenly jasmine aroma is only an added plus to the great benefits of the hair treatment itself.

Natural hair treatments:

-Raw egg:

This hair treatment, although a contradictory option at first sight, is nevertheless extremely beneficial to all hair types.

The egg contains numerous nutrients in its yolk as well as its whites that aim to improve different aspects of your hair health. The egg whites are effective in treating oily hair, whereas the yolks focus on the moisturizing part. This helps to replenish the water content of dry, brittle hair.

In addition, both have a conditioning effect that smooths out tangles and gives your hair a silky gleam naturally.

-Yogurt:

This natural hair treatment aims at rejuvenating the dull hair to bring back its lost shine and luster.

The lactic acid present in it helps to gently remove the dirt from the hair bed while the fat in the milk aims to moisturize the hair strands to give a smoother healthier appearance.

This damage reversal by yogurt has been around for centuries and is surely effective to be present even to this day.

-Beer:

A straight tip of the scales right? Well, this beer is not for drinking. Instead, it is here to serve its purpose as a natural hair treatment for limp and lusterless hair.

It may seem odd, but it is effective. Many celebrities have admitted to using it regularly to get flawless, buoyant hair. Why is it so beneficial? Well, the drink contains abundant quantities of yeast that once applied to those limp locks can plump them up in a jiffy. Come to think of it, this might be the secret behind that gorgeous hair of your favorite actress!

Artificial or natural, we have displayed the top picks that we considered best in the world of hair treatments. Of course, each of them serves to enhance a specific feature of your hair, for a more focused approach.

Whether it’s dry hair that bothers you or limp locks that worry, there is a treatment for every problem. The guide given above will certainly help you on the way to getting your hair treated best. Choosing the one that suits you the most lies on you. So which treatment will you be using? Comment your picks below!

 

About the Blogger:

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A medical student with a passion for writing, Aiman Ibrash has written for many sites focusing on career and health. Combining her knowledge with her unique writing skills, Aiman Ibrash has started her climb to fame, for which she devotes much of her free time. Besides juggling medicine with her passion, she still finds time to enjoy reading and cooking in her free time. You can also see more of her work here.

Henna or Chemical Dye, Which Is The Best Choice For Your Hair?

The battle between henna and hair dye rages on. With henna being the natural contestant armed with its own set of advantages, its popularity has been on a definite rise. However, the chemical dye is not going down easy. Employing and advocating its own unique list of pros, the chemical dye is back in the fight stronger than ever.

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So, which of these options is actually the better one? Well, what with both methods refusing to budge it seems difficult to select a clear winner. On the contrary, it is each individual’s preference that decides between these two, which is why we have chosen to lay before you, the pros and cons of each so that you can decide who to support.

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-The pros:

For the most important part, henna is 100% natural, which means that the hair damaging effects of chemicals can be excluded to almost non-existent. It also contains tannin’s, which are substances that cling to your hair, leaving it stronger than ever before, a sort of reverse action in comparison to the chemical dyes.

In addition, applying henna is convenient for those who don’t have a lot of time to spend on their hair. This is due to its property of staining, which gives a strong color that is likely to stay on and fade very little if at all, so the problem of repeated applications can be thrown out of the window.

Furthermore, despite the strong ability to cling to hair, it seems to not stain your scalp at all, allowing a free hand for the application. Speaking of the scalp, all that dandruff in your head and even lice can be treated with henna, where it’s antiseptic and moisturizing function gets rid of these pesky problems for a better environment, and greeter relief.

Last but definitely not the least, it’s very cost effective which makes it accessible to almost everyone, so that the entire community can benefit from its advantages, at a very cheap price.

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-The cons:

A MAJOR con is the color availability; yes, certain modifications have been made that allows henna to stain your hair in a few hues other than the customary red, but the choices are still limited.

Another problem, which is also the most important issue for users who prefer to skip colors is the fact that henna may or may not allow you to change colors later. Usually, a chemical dye over henna seems to give an unpredictable result which is why many people are cautious before committing to the product.

Chemical Dye:

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-The pros:

Let’s just say, these dyes are more practical. Requiring short times to give you the color you want and an ease of accessibility, with every other salon offering a professional do, getting your hair colored with this option is very easy and straight forward.

Plus, the dye is available in the whole rainbow of colors, giving you the option to choose from the entire spectrum, any color that you would like. So it’s safe to say that when it comes to variety and convenience, the chemical dye comes through.

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-The cons:

The major problem with hair dyes is their damaging effects on the hair. Applying those harsh chemicals to your strands strips them of their water content and makes them susceptible to breaking, which is also why chemical dyes causes split ends.

Another factor is allergies. Not everyone is adapted to having their scalp exposed to so many strong chemicals. Many end up getting severe reactions with an itch that can be very painful. What’s more, repeated irritations to these chemicals have the potential to damage the skin of your head to the extent that it may cause cancer. A pretty heavy price to pay for changing your hair color, don’t you think?

All in all, we have tried to address every issue and use of each contestant so as to lay down the whole profile of henna and the chemical dye in front of you. The decision now lies with you. Would you prefer quality or would you rather go for the rainbow?

Choose wisely, after all, it’s your hair, to begin with.

 

About the Blogger:

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A medical student with a passion for writing, Aiman Ibrash has written for many sites focusing on career and health. Combining her knowledge with the unique pen ship skills, Aiman Ibrash has started her climb to fame, for which she devotes much of her free time. Besides juggling medicine with her passion, she still finds time to enjoy reading and cooking in her free time.

How To Not Be a Product Junkie & Commit To A Hair Routine

Being a part of the natural hair community is a wonderful thing. Having support from others whom share struggles, goals, and experiences similar to yours can be really great. However, there are a few habits one may pick up when wanting to perfect hair health or trying to find the perfect product. In the natural hair community, we call that a “product junky”.

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 A product junky is someone who shops endlessly, searching for a product to spark some type of magic and create those magnificent, non- frizzy curls.  With so many brands to choose from today, the search can literally never end.

Ladies, it’s not just about the product, it’s your hair routine that really does the job. You can spend hundreds of dollars on products and still lack the results you seek. When you create a hair routine that’s suitable for you, it’s a match made in heaven.

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It is important that you have a relationship with your hair. You want to be able to know what your hair likes and dislikes, then put in the time to bond with it for added growth. With that being said, how do you know what works for your hair?

Know your hair type/pattern

Wavy, curly, extremely curly or kinky – This means the shape of your hair strand. You can determine the type with the help of this photo.

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Determine your hair texture

Coarse, medium, or fine – This means how thick the individual hair strand is.

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These two things can help you figure out which products to choose. H2O is one of the most important and easiest products to get a hold of. Some people prefer rose water because it is less harsh on the hair, you can test your water pressure levels at home, to determine whether your area produces hard water pressure or not. If not warm water is okay.

Find a cleanser that best suits your needs, if you are worried about harsh chemicals make sure you read the ingredients and lean towards natural cleansers like; black soap, apple cider vinegar and castile soaps.

Side note: for those with locs who want to maintain healthy hair. I suggest you keep things to a minimum, like choosing a cleanser and oil for your scalp as well as using water or Aloe Vera plant juice. You don’t want to put too much product in your locs because it will get trapped into your hair and can cause build up which can lead to mold.

Next, find which essential oil/s work for you. Do you prefer something light and moisturizing like coconut oil? (Which I believe works well for all hair types). Or would you rather thicker oil that helps promote thicker hair? Remember when using a thicker oil such as castor or vitamin e oil, you want to focus primarily on the scalp. A good amount is in between a dime and quarter size, try not to overdo it.

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Conditioner is another important part of the hair treatment. This will provide moisture to your hair and also serve as a treatment.

Side note: those with locs, conditioner is not necessary to put into your hair. This again can cause build up leading to mold and can possibly loosen you hair, oil will do the trick.

A tip when conditioning hair is washing 80-85% of the conditioner out and leave the rest in for moisture and to act as a leave in. You save money this way by only having to use one product. However, if that is something you feel uncomfortable with, listen to your intuition instead.

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Finally for those with extremely curly and kinky hair types, you want to think about using a cream to finish sealing in that moisture; wavy and curly patterns are not excluded but using less product is recommended. Personally, I like to make my own little concoctions of Shea butter and essential oils of choice. This option is more convenient because I own the products already and I am aware of exactly what is in it.

Lastly, we come to developing a scheduled routine. I recommend moisturizing your hair 2-3 times a week. Maybe before you go to bed you can oil your scalp then a day or two after you will repeat the same steps.

I hope to have given insight and knowledgeable tips to help aid in your hair care. Consistency is important; when your hair can trust you it will work with you, if you work with it!

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For more tips, inspiration or just fun pics to look at follow me on Instagram and tag me in your hair photos!

 

 

nicole.jpgNicole attended Cosmetology school in the year 2014 and ever since then has been developing knowledge and skills in all aspects of the Cosmetology field; most importantly Natural hair care. She enjoys learning healthy ways to take care of her hair and sharing that knowledge with others who struggle with not knowing what to do with their hair. Nicole has attended workshops and programs specifically catered towards Natural hair care, as well as held an assistant position since graduating cosmetology school, at salons in the Philadelphia area. She hopes to continue to educate and grow a following of curious, courageous and health inspired individuals.

How To Protect Your Hair From Chlorine

Pool parties and beach trips might be everyone’s favorite summer time fun activity. Who wouldn’t want to throw on a bikini with a sassy cover up and strut around with a margarita in hand?

Most of us spend hours online searching for the perfect swimsuit and researching the perfect hairstyle, but did you ever stop to think of researching how to protect your hair from the chlorine?

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No matter how ratchet or fancy a pool is, you can guarantee that there is a ton of chlorine in it. The chlorine helps keep the pool clean and eliminates any bacteria that can form inside of the pool. This is great for keeping your health safe but can be detrimental to your hair.

Chlorine can cause your hair pH balance to shoot up and dry your hair out. It only takes one pool dive to cause damage to your hair and yet it takes months to repair it. This is why it’s important to take the proper precautions to your hair by doing the following:

WEARING A SWIM CAP – You might be thinking “well, DUH!” in your head but I bet you probably don’t even wear one when you’re swimming and who could blame you? Think back to summer of 97 when everyone was sent off to sleep away camps with swim caps packed away (thanks to mom). It wasn’t exactly the most stylish accessory and it was very uncomfortable. Thankfully, you have innovative brands like Sporti who make cute swimming caps in different styles and colors.

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Wearing a swimming cap is your number one defense against Chlorine. It’s the most protection you can get for your hair while taking a dip in the pool. By creating a barrier against the chemicals and your hair, you are saving yourself a ton of damage. A good alternative could be a plastic cap or shower cap also. If you have a lot of hair, just throw it back into a scrunchie on the top of your hear or in the back and then place the cap over it.

RINSE OR CONDITION BEFORE SWIMMING – If you’re not sold on the idea of wearing a cap, then I suggest rinsing or conditioning your hair before you go into the pool. By doing this, your hair will absorb the water which means less absorption of chemicals when you go swimming. By putting in conditioner it also creates a barrier between your hair and the chlorine. You can also use shea butter or coconut oil to create a barrier to protect your hair.

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WASH YOUR HAIR IMMEDIATELY AFTER SWIMMING – I don’t care if you have braids, twists, extensions, or even faux locs, YOU MUST WASH YOUR HAIR AFTER SWIMMING! A lot of people think since they have “protective styles” in that they can skip out on shampooing their hair after swimming. You’re doing more damage than you think.

The chlorine that your hair absorbed while you swam can be trapped inside the hair if you don’t wash your hair. This could mean weeks of chlorine sitting in your hair causing your hair to dry. You can still shampoo your braids and use a squeeze bottle to get into those strands that are braided. I personally prefer crochet braids because they are easier to get into.

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Now that you are armed with knowledge use that power to give your hair the treatment it deserves. I know August is a big time for people to travel and hit up pool parties so if you plan on going under, I suggest taking these tips so that your hair remains healthy.

4 Supplements Guaranteed to Help Your Hair Grow

Having long beautiful hair is a desire of many, but managing them is not always easy. Our hair is the victim of much damage and more often than not, we are on the lookout for products to help improve it’s health.

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Limp hair, split ends and the worst nightmare of all, hair fall, are just some of the many hurdles faced by almost every individual. There are many products on the market that claim to help your hair grow, but do they really work?

More often than not the results seem questionable. So, what are you to do? We open the door to a new option for you, Nutritious supplements. The great potential these magic pills possess is only believable when you use them, so, without further ado here is the list.

Viviscal:

Worrying about the growing bald patches on your temple? This infusion of silica with horsetail plant extracts can be your savior. Dermatologist Doris Day, MD, says these pills promote hair thickness and make your hair regrow in all those lacking areas. Many patients have ascertained its abilities and report visible improvement within only a month.

Biotin:

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@Ebsweetz added Biotin to her hair diet and saw some amazing results!

Another option for you is this vitamin extract which helps with the all too common stress of thinning hair. Biotin helps to strengthen your hair structure and prevents breakage. Also, as it’s a water soluble vitamin, the excess amounts are excreted by the body, making it a relatively safe option for you.

Saw Palmetto Extract:

This is an herbal extract of the fruit of the American dwarf pine tree. This remedy is said to have huge amounts of benefit for your hair. Research has proved Palmetto extract to increase hair growth at a rapid rate. It contains chemicals that block the formation of harmful products that cause hair loss. Up to 60% of treated patients report a notable improvement in their condition.

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Vitamin D and Vitamin A:

Vitamin D helps your head grow strong and healthy strands of hair that are resistant to breakage, extending the life of each hair. It does this by regulating the hair’s life cycle. Vitamin A, on the other hand, makes your hair more lustrous and shiny. It helps by regenerating hair, skin, and nails and hence besides providing you with more beautiful hair, also makes your skin glow and your nails shine.

Along with all the benefits of these formulations, it is important to know their potential side effects. Taken in appropriate amounts they can do you a world of good, however, inappropriately consumed, they can cause serious derangement’s in your body system.

It is advisable for you to consult an experienced dermatologist or family physician to ensure safe intake. Follow all the instructions given carefully and be regular. Of course, miracles don’t happen overnight, but taken consistently, the voluminous and luxurious hair you always dreamed of may just be around the corner.

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A medical student with a passion for writing, Aiman Ibrash has written for many sites focusing on career and health. Combining her knowledge with the unique pen ship skills, Aiman Ibrash has started her climb to fame, for which she devotes much of her free time. Besides juggling medicine with her passion, she still finds time to enjoy reading and cooking in her free time.

Death to DIY: You Should NEVER Clip Your Own Ends

Death to DIY! Don’t get me wrong, I love a good Pinterest recipe showing me how to make my own stuffed avocados and creating fun art for my home decor. I’m always stalking Buzzfeed video to find out new crafts to make but one thing I’ve never done myself nor intend to do, is clip my own ends. You may see me styling my hair but hand me a pair of scissors and i’m like…

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I’ve been styling hair for over 25 years and I’m licensed in cosmetology along with certifications for hair loss, still you will never see me grab a pair of scissors and place them to my hair to clip my ends. It’s something I have always preferred another stylist to do.

So you had to imagine the look on my face when I was on Youtube University and I saw hair bloggers, who had never studied cosmetology, teaching their viewers how to clip their own ends.

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First off, cutting hair is a skill! If it wasn’t, there wouldn’t be thousands of students spending thousands of dollars to learn how. You need to leave the tools in the experts hands. When you attempt to cut your own hair with little to no knowledge, you risk doing more damage to your hair and I guarantee that you will pay the price.

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Think about all of the DIY videos you watch on Home Depot on how to build objects for your home. Would you build your own home based off of one video? Of course not. You would hire contractors to do the job. Invest the money now to save in the long haul. 

Second, How can you expect to get the right angle if you’re cutting your own hair? How can you be sure that you are cutting at the proper angle if your head is naturally leaning to the side so that you get a good view? If you’re going for a perpendicular triangle look then by all means clip away but if you want a straight line, go to the expert.

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Lastly, Your hair may not even be in the right state to properly clip off the dead ends. I clip all of my clients hair after a proper wash, blow dry, and press (if not relaxed). I’ve seen plenty of DIY enthusiasts try to take short cuts and ruin their hair. You can not clip it while in a fro and you can not clip it while wet. If you really want to be lazy, just go to a stylist.

If you’re avoiding the salon to save money, I suggest going every other month. You’re supposed to get your ends clipped  every 6 to 8 weeks, that’s plenty of time to scramble a few coins for a press and curl with a trim ($40). Some salons have deals where you can get that style cheaper on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so call around and ask. If you think it’s a waste of time because you’re getting a protective style, it’s not! You want to treat your hair before adding extensions anyway to protect it and your stylist will do that for you.

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5 Chic Updos That Will Have You Slaying Your Night

TGIF Ladies!

The weekend has finally arrived and that means a night out of fun with the girls or romance with “bae”. One thing for sure, wherever you decide to go you’re sure to look your best. You may even planned your outfit for the night and already envisioned the poses you’re going to do for your Snapchat selfies, but have you decided what you’re going to do with your hair? For some reason we always forget about that until it’s moments before leaving out. Instead of having a mini break down with your hair, take a look at our fav simple updos that will help you slay your night!

1. Double French Braid into a Bun – very simple updo that can be completed within minutes. All you have to do is part your hair down the middle, do two loose french braids, and pin the hair up in the back. It’s a style that will have you looking like a Goddess with your gladiator sandals.

 

2. Classy Pompadour– A great style for thick curly hair. Just roll, tuck, and pin the hair from the back leading to the front. When you get to the top take the rest of your hair and roll it into a pompadour. You can pin this down with however many bobby pins as you want. Just be sure not to make it too tight.

 

3. Cornrow Braid Pinned Style– If you’re looking for something a little more secure, then braid your hair in two cornrows and pin it up in the back. You can even loop it through like the picture below.

 

4. Pinned Curls – If you wore your curls out all day, push it up for the night! All you have to do is roll, tuck, and pin the hair from the back leading to the front and leave out a nice amount of your curls. It’s a great updo that works for all types of adventures.

 

5. Braided Bun– If you’re in a rush, this is a great style for you. Part a section in the front of your hair and braid it all the way down. Put all of your hair into a bun and pull out a few pieces of your edges for a simple yet chic updo.