Tea Tree Oil the Itchy Away

Seasonal changes make me itch. Especially the change from Autumn to winter. As the crisp air chills outside, and the heated air dries out inside, my skin dries, too. I get itchy eczema patches on my arms and legs. My scalp tightens and begins to itch. My hair gets extra dry. I used to run for the dandruff shampoo. But those shampoos only solved my problem in the short term. They stripped essential oils from my scalp, and created a cycle of flaking and itching that was uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing. Plus, because I have sensitive skin, the dandruff shampoo that would get on my skin when I’d wash and rinse my hair in the shower made my skin raw, bumpy, and irritable.

Three years ago, I learned about the antibacterial, antifungal cleansing power of tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is an essential oil that comes from the Melaleuca altemfolia, a plant native to Australia. Australian aboriginals used the oil to heal cuts and burns, much like we use aloe vera. You can find tea tree oil in Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree Special Shampoo. I love this product! This shampoo does what it promises: it cleanses my scalp, leaves it feeling refreshed, and makes my hair feel soft as well. When I shampoo, I let the lather sit on my hair for a few minutes to give the suds extra time to cleanse my scalp and dissolve flakes. Not only does Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree Special Shampoo contain tea tree oil, but it also has wonderfully moisturizing oils and soothing botanicals like henna, aloe vera, and awapuhi. And, unlike most products I’ve used, it doesn’t irritate my skin.

Looking for tea tree without the parabens? Then check out Jason’s Tea Tree Scalp Normalizing Shampoo and Conditioner. In my trials, I found that, like Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree Special Shampoo, Jason’s Scalp Normalizing Shampoo also cleans my scalp well and softens my hair. Plus it contains no lauryl or laureth sulfates that can irritate your skin. Both product lines are safe for relaxed, color treated, and otherwise processed hair.

By Nicole Furlonge

Grey Hair: Genetic or Environment?

A recent study suggests that a woman’s genes are much more likely to cause grey hair than stress or eating habits.   Scientists by Unilver studied groups of twins both identical and fraternal to see if there were any differences in their greying pattern.   The study found little differences in greying patterns with identical twins, however, there were significant differences in greying patterns with fraternal twins.  Lead researcher Dr. David Gunn said “The research indicates that irrespective of how stressful a woman’s life is, there are greater forces at play which are more likely to cause her hair to grey.” 

I was definitely worried that my crazy lifestyle would put shiny silver in my beautiful brown locks.  Now whatever happens happens.  I can simply blame it on my parents!

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

MoroccanOil Gold Shimmer Spray

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MoroccanOil has just added the MoroccanOil Gold Shimmer Spray to their incredible line of products. The Gold Shimmer Spray provides an incredible veil of pure luminous shine and also protects your hair and hair color with UV filters! Just in time for the summer rays. What I love about the MoroccanOil Gold Shimmer Spray is that it provides an incredible sheen and shine on your hair but it does not weigh it down like other shine serums. This is a must have product for the summer Don’t we all love MoroccanOil!

Restore Hair’s Strength and Shine with Moroccan Oil

MorocanOilA Trip to Morocco…
Touted as a revolutionary styling and finishing product, Moroccan Oil is one of the latest in innovative, healthy hair treatments. Just apply a few tiny drops to clean damp hair from roots to tips and you’ll immediately notice a natural, silky softness in your hair’s texture without that greasy, heavy feeling you might find with other hair serums.

With just a few drops, Moroccan Oil instantly goes to work seeping deep into your roots, repairing all of your split ends, while nourishing your scalp with beneficial antioxidants and Vitamins E and F. This super serum works well on all hair types and is especially good at making tangles and those tiny knots disappear with ease – no more tugging and breakage! And the smell is yummy! A a fabulously subtle, incense-y scent that leans more towards a spicy-Caribbean coconut than a sugary tropical aroma. Very nice!

Moroccan Oil promises no build up (and it didn’t!), protects against UV damage and other environmental pollutants, and provides unbelievable shine. I really like the shine without oil factor, even though it’s an oil base, it isn’t greasy. 

 It also claims to speed up your drying time by 40%… I didn’t notice a significant decrease in styling time, but I definitely noticed more manageable, healthier strands after one use. If you’re looking to reverse your daily hair damage, go for Moroccan Oil, the healthy shine alone will make you a believer. Click here to buy it now at StyleBell!

Frizzy Dry Hair! Help!

Hi StyleBell,
I am in need of some hair help.  I have long, fine hair and lots of it.  It’s not particularly curly but it does have some wave to it when I let it air dry.  The only problem I find with doing that is that it gets very frizzy.  Is there anything I can use to control the friz?  I have found that most gels make my hair greasy and I must be using mousse wrong because my hair stays wet looking most of the day.  Please help.  I really like the “toussled wavy” look without all the friz!

Hi StyleBell reader,
Although air drying your hair is very healthy for your hair I definitely agree that it can sometimes become one big frizz ball.  Many times my ionic hair dryer works wonders in smoothing down my hair every now and again.  I would also suggest that you first use a natural deep conditioner on your hair.  A deep conditioner can really decrease the frizz in your hair and keep it healthy without weighing down your hair.  My deep conditioner of choice is the Aveda Dry Remedy deep conditioner.  I love it and have been using it weekly.  I can now keep my hair natural but have rid my hair of the nasty frizz.  Also a Beach spray can give you a nice tousled look as well.  I would look at the David Babaii Bohemian Beach spray.

Dry Hair? Your Answer to Lustrous Hair

Oil, Answer to Dry Hair

Oil, Answer to Dry Hair

Are you plagued by dry hair during the summer months. This is a homegrown remedy that has been passed down in my family for generations. It is simple, proven, and effective way of keeping your hair and scalp healthy and beautiful.

1) Warm up a ¼ cup of olive, almond, jojoba, or coconut oil; whatever you have around the house. I would not use vegetable or canola oil.

2) Take a cotton ball and dab in the warm oil.

3) Part your hair in the middle and start dabbing the warm oil into your scalp

4) Change the part one inch over to the right and continue. Do this for your entire scalp

5) Once completed give your scalp an intense massage

6) Then place left over oil in your hair. Keep on your hair for a min 30 min and max as long as you can handle it.

7) Rinse with your favorite shampoo and conditioner,

I assure you the results are amazing. Continue doing this every month. Your hair and scalp with thank you for it!

Essential Summertime Beauty Care

The summer months are on the way and skin and hair care will change as the seasons become warmer. With the added struggles of keeping your hair and skin oil free and sweat less, you need to carefully follow some skin care regimes aimed at refreshing and cleaning these beautiful areas of the body.

Summer Skin Care

In the summer months, the skin is faced with added oils, sweat and chemicals from days spent lounging in the pool. In order to minimize the effects, using a mild form of skin cleanser can remove the dirt and oils without reacting with the chemicals from the pool. Adding a high quality facial lotion with an SPF of at least 15 will keep that facial skin looking young and vibrant.

Summer Hair Care

The chemicals used to keep the pool clean, will wreak havoc on your hair. This summer, cleansing the hair thoroughly after swimming in a chlorinated pool is important for overall hair health. Make sure to wash the hair several times after taking that dip and condition with a MEGA condition to beat the effects of the heat. Leaving condition in the hair for a couple of minutes before rinsing with cool water will add to the conditioning effects.

This summer offer your skin and hair a bit more care. The fun times of summer are not so fun when they result in dry and damaged skin and hair. Wash skin often, wash hair more than once and moisturize all 2000 moving parts liberally and the summer will only give you pleasure this year.

 

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