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.

10 Shocking Ways Your Hair Can Fall Out

You know it, but you choose to remain in denial. You see the hair thinning but you’re convinced it’s because its straight. You lie to yourself and say “It’s always been like this”. Some of you might even try to shrug it off saying “It’ll grow back”. GIRL! You need to face the facts that your hair is probably falling out.

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The horror of finding your hair fallen in your shower, on the bed, on the dresser, and everywhere on the floor is a nightmare that many of us can relate to. Admittedly, there may have been times when this hair loss problem has gotten out of hand, to the extent that you actually wonder whether the hair on your head will even last a month. Some of you might even wonder what could be causing the problem. Is it unavoidable or does your hair fall due to lack of care? To answer these most frequently asked questions we have come up with a list of the top 10 reasons why hair falls!

Bodily sufferings:

You may find it surprising, but injuries inflicted on your body like car accidents, surgery or diseases like the common flu, may become the reason of your hair thinning. Each hair has its own life cycle and when physical stress disrupts this continuity, more hair is forced into the ending phase of the cycle. Hence, the increased rate of hair loss. The hair loss that can result from these conditions may become the cause of worry for you, but this hair shed is temporary and will probably end soon to allow your hair to grow back as healthy as before!

Insufficient diet:

You are what you eat. There is much significance behind this saying as the food you eat plays an important role in making up every part of your body, as well as your hair. Eating less than the required amount of proteins can really upset your growth systems and affect your hair. The hair strands can start to get thin and brittle, and will eventually fall off. This type of hair loss can last a long time if you don’t take note of your diet, however, if you correct your food intake, the hair loss can stop, and even new hair can start growing.

Male patterned hair fall:

75% of men suffer from baldness. What is the cause? The genes of your family combined with the male hormones. This hair loss follows a characteristic pattern, with the hairline receding at the temples. You may have started to worry, but, there is still hope. Certain medications and ointments are available that especially target this type of baldness to help relieve the male population of this condition. Our founder also has gadgets to help with hair loss.

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Daily stresses:

Emotional problems have long been associated with an unhealthy body. Along with the other systems affected, your hair also suffers as part of the damage. However, recent evidence suggests that emotional stress is not the actual culprit responsible. It does not create a hair loss condition, on the contrary, it exacerbates a previous problem to make chunks of your hair fall out. The best way out of this situation is to give yourself a rest and try various ways to eliminate the stress from your life.

Anemic body:

A major part of our population is anemic. Most women suffer, and due to their blood containing extremely low levels of iron, their hair begins to fall out. This is a rapidly reversible condition and can be easily treated with supplements. Contact your doctor to find out whether you really have the problem or not. If you do, the doctor will certainly prescribe you the appropriate treatment.

Vitamin imbalances:

The B vitamins are necessary for the health of your hair. This is another easily correctable reason for hair loss. The hair loss can be reversed by adding foods in your diet that are high in B vitamins, such as fish, meat, and non-citrus fruits. You can also consult your doctor to include supplements for fast reversal of this hair condition.

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Major weight loss:

Many of us dream of losing large amounts of weight in a short period of time. Many diets are available on the internet that help you reach your goals. However, what you don’t realize is that such dramatic weight loss can affect the hair on your head drastically. It will lose its shine, strength and will ultimately fall off. So, before trying out those super-fast ways for early weight loss, give that ‘mop’ on your head a quick thought.

Extensive hair styling:

You may never expect this as a cause of your hair loss, but over-styling your hair and frequent treatments can and will damage your hair. Those hair strands that come away every time you make intricate braids in your head are lost forever and if done often can lead to massive hair loss. Obviously, the treatment is simple. Avoid tearing off the hair from your scalp too often, make styles that don’t pull on the strands too hard and opt for hair treatments only when you really need them.

Bearing a child:

Pregnancy is one of the major phases in which women suffer hair loss. Many factors contribute. The havoc of maternal hormones flying about, the emotional stress of the time and the physical stress that your body is in, all contribute in making your hair fall out. Of course, there is no immediate fix, but we can assure you that this hair fall is temporary and once your pregnancy is over, your hair condition is most likely to go back to normal.

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The ripe old age:

We all know that hair falls as more numbers are added to our age. One day, all of us will lose part of our hair to this natural phenomenon, however, for some people, this aging process begins sooner than usual. This may cause you stress, but the best way to go around this condition is to simply accept it. Some people have opted for cosmetic surgery’s such as hair transplants, but the risks of such a procedure need to be properly evaluated.

All in all, there is no end to the reasons that could make hair fall. As explained, we cannot put enough stress on the need to correct your diet and living habits as these are the major factors that could be causing hair loss in the average person. Needless to say, your hair won’t improve the very day you change your routine. Even miracles take time. If you are consistent, however, there is no reason why you won’t get the luxurious hair that you once had, back!

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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A medical student with a passion for writing. Professionally pursuing this hobby, she has written for many career blogs and health and fitness websites. 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. Juggling medicine with her passion, she still finds time to enjoy reading and cooking in her free time.

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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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.

3 Differences Between a Hair Stylist & a Trichologist

You wake up one morning crawling out of bed tired, but ready to start your day. You check your social pages and browse through your texts hoping for a good morning text. Boom! that cutie you went on a date with sent you one early in the morning and you gained a few followers over night. Today is going to be a good day! After showering and throwing on your best dress, you are ready to slay your day. All you have to do is style your hair and…wayment, is that chunk of hair mine? You reach up to touch your hair and easily pull another clump of strands out. What is going on?! Panicking you reach for your phone and dial…well who would you dial?

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While this scenario may be just an awful nightmare for you there are plenty of women who wake up to this every day. Some choose to ignore it and others shed a few tears. When it comes to hair loss, people aren’t sure who to go to. Believe it or not, there are a group of people who would know how to handle this situation and it isn’t your hair stylist, it’s a Trichologist. A Trichologist is also known as a hair loss specialist. While a Trichologist could be a hair stylist as well, there are differences between the two like:

  1. Education – Just like a doctor can specialize in cardiology or oncology, a hair stylist can choose to specialize in hair loss. A hair stylist only learns cosmetology and does their hours, a Trichologist has to participate in extensive training and earn certifications.
  2. Knowledge – I could not tell you what I know today 15 years ago before I started my hair loss journey. As a stylist, I knew how to style hair but trichology has allowed me to go more in depth with the study.
  3. Equipment – In order to target the source of the hair loss on each client there are a lot of tools required. I currently have a hair scope to view my clients scalp during a consultation to determine the cause of hair loss. I also have laser hair therapy equipment to treat that hair loss.

Trichology (from the Greek word “Trikhos” meaning hair) is the branch of science that deals with diseases, disorders, and functions of the hair and scalp

While your first step may be to call your stylist, you really want to be referred to a Trichologist. Many of my clients have been referred to me from their hair stylist, some found me on Google. When you do reach out to a Trichologist, make sure you schedule a consultation and ask for their certifications. You want to make sure they are credible and have knowledge on the topic. I should also warn you that a consultation typically takes up to two hours and will require a lot of background information so be prepared to sit for a few.

Death to DIY: Cowashing Hair is a HORRIBLE Idea!

I’m sorry to break it to you, I didn’t want to be the bearer of bad news. I know you’re probably sitting in your chair ready to go off in our comment section, but before you do hear me out. I dedicated my time to this blog to provide credible tips from licensed stylist & hair care specialists from all over to prevent you from making the same mistakes many of my hair loss clients made. I have a license in cosmetology and a slew of certifications in hair loss. Now that I have shown you my receipts, I can continue on and possibly save you damage.

Cowashing is the practice of washing hair using nothing but conditioner. When the concept first appeared on the hair scene, I could not help but to cringe at how many naturalistas were ditching shampoos for conditioners. As a professional let me tell you this.

Conditioners do NOT cleanse the scalp!

The goal of washing your hair, is to clean your scalp remove any build up from your hair. Cowashing does not do this. Many seem to favor it because it gives the hair a slippery feel causing them believe that their hair is not only clean, but moisturized. Not true, your hair is supposed to feel “dry” because that means it’s clean. If it’s not clean you get a little slide. You need to cleanse your hair with shampoo to remove the dirt and debris. Technically you’re supposed to shampoo your hair every two or three days to keep your scalp at it’s optimum condition but a week or two will suffice. Any longer and your hair will start to get oils which are a big problem with DHT and hair loss. The oils mix with DHT on your scalp and that causes a reaction to your hair follicle leading to hair loss.With conditioner, your strand just keeps getting coated with more oil and conditioner causing build up which will lead to breakage.

It’s a regimen that concerns me and I see too many women promoting it to ignore. It could be with this whole DIY thing that is causing them to do it. In my field we don’t encourage this, not just because it’s  our way of making money but because it’s our expertise. We’ve been doing natural hair since the beginning of time. When I was a kid we got shampoo, press, and curls by someone else managing our hair. Once in a while we would get it done at home, but we always went to a salon. I have a few clients who come only once a month, some even every two months. No one is saying you should be in the salon every week, but it’s time to start trusting the experts if you want to see improvement.

 

What You Need To Know About Traction Alopecia

Have you noticed your edges thinning? Do you see your scalp when you pull your hair up? You could have Traction Alopecia and it is NOT something you want to sleep on. Recently a woman found this out the hard way after removing an install at the hair salon exposing her receding hair line. Unfortunately, this has been a common for many millennial women and it’s time to stop ignoring it and address the problem.

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Traction Alopecia is a form of Alopecia also known as gradual hair loss. It’s caused primarily by pulling of the hair. This can occur with styles that pull the hair like ponytails, braids that are too tight, anything that gives excess pulling like barrettes. We’ve seen this occur on a few celebrities such as Naomi Campbell, Tamar Braxton, Jessie J, and now I’m seeing it on a daily basis with my own clients.

Don’t be mistaken, Traction Alopecia isn’t just affecting women of color. Traction Alopecia has been around long even before weaves. I would say it’s probably more prevalent among African Americans because of the current trendy styles in urban culture, but it can also come from barettes which were around before weaves. I’ve come across many ballerinas that deal with the hair loss as well due to the tight buns that are worn frequently. Any type of hair pulling is detrimental to the hair follicles but I admit when it comes to Black women, the hair loss is very common. They are getting braids and extenstions and getting it done tightly because they think it will last longer that way but it is actually doing the opposite.

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You should take immediate precautions for your hair and take the steps to prevent Traction Alopecia. You can prevent Traction Alopecia by:

  1. Wearing hairstyles without the tension on your hair. Some people worry about their edges in their hairstyles looking puffy, but you don’t need to have your hair pulled so tightly that it raises your eyebrows.
  2. Switching up the hairstyle so that there isn’t constant pulling to your hair. If you’re always about that bun life, make sure you are wearing your hair down in between to give it a break.

 

If you do see it don’t let it go untreated, if you do the follicle will begin to miniaturize it and the hair that once grew there will not be able to grow because there is no room for the strand to grow. If you begin to see it go see a hair loss specialist immediately for treatment. As long as the follicle is living, it’s repairable so the sooner the better. Have you noticed thinning in your edges?

Hair Crush: Our Favorite Styles From Odunde

Yesterday, the Odunde Festival kicked off in Philadelphia. For one day, all of South street was filled with small business owners selling clothing, accessories, and hair wraps for Philly locals. The fesitival is know to celebrate African & Diaspora cultures so attendees tend to channel these cultures when arriving to the festival. From crochet braids to blow outs, we saw plenty of hairstyles to crush on and it’s only right that we share them with you!

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When you have bold tips like @notapsychic, you can rest your arm anywhere!

 

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This pixie cut paired with a head band from @whatyousee_isme is simply everything.

 

Can we just take a moment to admire @atiya.zaahira giving life with her afro and prints?

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