Can Vitamins Help Hair Growth?

For the last few months I have been doing research on Vitamin D and recently even purchased a bottle of the Vitamin D supplement at the local Trader Joe’s.  Dr. Oz has claimed that receiving the right amount of Vitamin D is impertative to our overall health.   Did you all know that Vitamin D also helps in hair growth.  Who knew?  This is definitely a miracle vitamin.

Banging Back the Years

As we age, there’s a whole lot going downhill: Our skin sags, our face wrinkles, and our hair grays and loses its vibrancy.

But what we may not realize is it’s far easier than we think to reverse the process. In fact, the right cut and color can take years off our perceived age!

It’s a timeless truth that the right cut will help to draw attention to your face and highlight your best features—whether that’s your eyes, skin, lips, or anything else. —And it can also mask or even hide entirely any flaws you may be insecure about. You know how our favorite Hollywood ingénue, Reese Witherspoon, has a strong jaw? Her long layers and side swept bags are a brilliant maneuver to soften her look!

But if your “flaw” is aging – and honestly, my friends, imagine the alternative – as we start to see those gray hairs peek out, we should counteract by choosing bold, dramatic colors that can actually accentuate aging not mask it. Yvonne Neihule, owner of Neihule salon says, “Dark colors work against the skin to highlight lines and wrinkles, in many cases taking the hair lighter, or adding highlights versus low lights can soften the face and diminish the look of pronounced lines around the eyes.”

Just as cut is important, as is color. A short cut opens up the face, and brightens the skin – which can help to hide wrinkles and lines.  It’s almost like getting a facelift! Feathering also is a great softening style that can hide lines…softer is often better in these cases. Going softer compliments the face and does not focus or highlight harsh lines or shades in the face.

Remember, the ideal style is one that makes you still look like YOU, but younger. Don’t go mid-life crisis and dye your hair purple or get wild extensions…this may make you feel childish, but you’ll probably still look your age!

By Aly Walansky

Argan Oil, The Truth Behind the Hype

SB-00663-2TArgan oil. It’s the latest buzzword in the realm of gorgeous hair, but a lot of us are coveting it without even knowing what it is, or why exactly we want it.

In short, this is an oil for ages for everything from skincare to hair care. It’s loaded with omega-6, antioxidants and vitamin E, all which are super-hydrating. That’s the secret: These ingredients get to work by providing this moisture our damage hair craves, we then achieve a healthy natural shine as well as protective properties from the elements.

“Natural color and artificial color live in the cortex so argan oil will keep it moisturized and healthy.  Artificial hair color can shrink without the right amount of moisture.  If it is dehydrated it will slip out of your hair and cause fadage.   Argan oil creates amazing shine therefore it reflects sunlight making for a very natural SPF,” says John Flemel, owner of the Urban Lift Salon.

“I live in the Las Vegas desert and after a year of living here, my hair hated me,” says Liz in Las Vegas. “I have dark brown long straight hair down to the middle of my back. Split ends were getting to be an issue but I wanted to keep my hair long. I’ve been using the oil for about a month now and not only is my hair softer and less “crispy” and fragile, but I am noticing less breakage and fewer splits between haircuts. I was introduced to Moroccanoil by a salon in Vegas called D’Hair to be Different. Moroccan Oil is more than I wanted to spend so I researched the key ingredient. I think the Argan Oil brand can be bought for $7 compared to about $40 for Moroccanoil.”

At a time that we are all trying to save our pennies, a product that can do the same as the high-priced ones for money saved is something we’re all excited to hear about.
 
In my own trials, I attempted to use the oil by rubbing a dime-sized blot between my palms, turning my head upside down, and applying to towel dried hair, focusing on the dry ends. Some days I use a lot more than others depending on how dry my hair feels – you get a feel for how much to use.

I have fine, blonde curly hair and I have a hard time finding a product that controls frizz without weighing my hair down or making it all gross/crunchy. I mix just a few drops of argan oil in with my leave-in crème and it’s wonderful. It helps my curls hold better and less frizz.

 “Due to Argan oil’s rich fatty acid content, it is great for dry, brittle, under-nourished, damaged hair.  Any hair that needs repair (hair that is over-processed or color-treated).  It is also good for skin that is very dry and showing the signs of aging (not for oily or acne-prone facial skin types), says Ron Robinson, cosmetic chemist and founder of BeautyStat.com. Ron says the Argan oil has been used in European beauty products for a couple of years now, but here in the US, you can find it as star ingredient in Josie Maran’s Argan Oil line as well as the MoroccanOil line of hair repair shampoos and conditioners.

Written By Our Style Expert, Aly Walansky

Add Shine to Your Curly Locks!

devacurl mirrorcurlsThis is for all you curly girls out there.   DevaCurl launches MirrorCurls!  Curly girls will finally be able to add shine without drying their curls. MirrorCurls is a lightweight conditioning serum that enhances shine, eliminates frizz, and dissolves instantly in water.  This means no build-up! MirrorCurls can be used on wet hair prior to setting or as a finishing product on dehydrated dull hair. The long-lasting shine formula protects, hydrates, and conditions hair with a blend of sunflower oil, balm mint, lemongrass, chamomile, and rosemary.  It is also silicone-free, water-soluble, botanically infused, and 99% naturally derived!

Pre-Natal Vitamins Thicken Hair?

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Have you heard how prenatal vitamins can thicken your hair?  Urban myth or the truth?  When I was pregnant my hair had a healthy glow and seemed thicker to me.  Celebrities swear that prenatal vitamins help to thicken your hair.  Unfortunately there is no medical evidence that prenatal vitamins thickens your hair.  Too bad.

Moisture Wicking Headbands

fit2bmomHow many times have you played tennis or gone to the gym and you feel like a water fountain is sitting on the top of your head.  The worst is when the sunscreen starts to run straight into your eyes.  FIT2BMOM, the makers of maternity workout wear, has the answer.  FIT2BMOM’s headbands, made with silky smooth, moisture wicking Supplex fabric, are designed to wick moisture away from your skin to keep your hairline cool and dry all throughout your workout, daily activities and beyond!  It comes in all different colors Read more about FIT2BMOM at their website www.fit2bmom.com.

Dreadlocks the Easy Way

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Are you looking for an easy way to create dreadlocks?  Nicholas Penna Jr, of Salon Capri in Hyde Park, MA, uncovers the secret to simplifying dreadlock making.   

  1. Section off hair into half-inch sized sections 
  2. Apply a wax to the section of hair 
  3. Using a comb, tease the root area of the hair 
  4. Begin to twist the hair 
  5. Spray with a light hairspray 
  6. Use a flat iron to hold the hair in place and move it up and down to create a “dreadlock” look 

Let us know how it works for you!

Homemade Hair Refresher To Go

conditionersNeed a hair refresher on the go?  I have discovered a great new hair tip that I had to share with you all.  If you have curly or wavy hair and you have noticed throughout the day it loses its pizazz try this hair refresher.  Take your everyday conditioner, about 2 tbsp, and mix with about 6 ounces of water. Put in a spray bottle and shake up.  Whenever you feel that your hair is frizzing out or needs extra bounce spray on your hair and leave in.  You can use this on your kids as well. A low cost way of keeping your hair beautiful.  I love it!