Noticing Hair Loss or Breakage? Hemp to the Rescue

http://detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080415/LIFESTYLE03/804150401Many women are plagued with premature hair loss due to pregnancy, hormonal changes, chemical treatments, and stress.  There are many products such as Nioxin and Murad that are known to reduce excessive daily hair loss but what if you want to use something natural?

We have found the answer!  If you have noticed a slight decrease in hair density or have experienced hair breakage due to a poorly executed color, perm, or relaxer this homegrown remedy will surely bring those locks back to optimum health.

Step 1: Mix 1 tbsp of each of the following teas:

       Indian Hemp: Promotes hair growth

       Nettle: Prevents hair breakage

       Rosemary: Prevents hair breakage and loss

(StyleBell Tip: You can find these teas in your local natural market)

Step 2: Add to 2-3 cups of water and bring to a boil. Boil the tea mixture until water is a deep color (usually about 10 to 15 mintues).

Step 3: Strain the tea and add 1 tsp Boric Acid.  (Boric Acid is a natural preservative.)  Store the mixture in the refrigerator to keep.

Step 4: When ready to use soak a cotton ball in the mixture and apply directly on your scalp daily.  Keep the mixture on your scalp for about 5 – 15 minutes.  Rinse the hair with the mixture and then rinse out with warm water.

Step 5:  Continue with this rinse daily.  You will start noticing the difference after day 4 or 5!

PETA’s 5th Annual Proggy Award Winner: Max Green Alchemy

Max Green Alchemy ShampooAnd the winner is…. Max Green Alchemy’s shampoo. Formulated with an amazing blend of vitamins, essential oils and botanical extracts – mmmm, lavender, tee tree, and geranium – this gentle yet effective shampoo is perfect for treating that dry, dehydrated, itchy scalp. If you have dandruff flakes, or an oily or sensitive scalp, this shampoo will transform your scalp into a healthy environment in no time. Think about it, if your scalp is already dry or irritated, it’s probably not the best time to use an aggressive, chemically loaded cleanser. Nope, we think not.

PETA loving perks: 100% vegan, no synthetic chemicals, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate free, paraben-free, cruelty free.

PETA says: Why feed your hair junk food when there are Max Green 100 percent vegetable-based shampoos? All Max Green products sport the PETA cruelty-free rabbit logo and are available at Whole Foods Markets, independent health-food stores, salons, and spas as well as from naturopaths and online.

Yep, we like that.

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Quick Tips for Frizz Free Curls

Curl divas can tame those coils in a frizz-free flash with these top tips from Christo for Jane TV. This video highlights when to use mousse vs. gel (I’m a mousse fan myself) and when not to touch those tendrils! Did you know that curls like to be left alone to do their own corkscrewing when wet? Yep, stay away.

Hair Color Inspiration from TIGI

Feel like changing your hair color? Sometimes we all want something a little different! If you’re looking for inspiration, look no further than this video. The new hair color launch from TIGI features the latest hair color trends for the season. Warning, these aren’t your grandma’s colors, they are new, vibrant hues for when you really want to make a statement with your hair! Bye, bye flat color, hello brilliance. Thanks TIGI.

Dry, Dull Hair is NOT a Good Look

ABBA Pure Shine DropsBe honest, is your hair dull and dry? Are those ends brittle (translation – scary!) and parched? Dry hair is not only lackluster and lifeless, it’s usually unhealthy too. We all know dull, frizzy hair is not a good look, so why not fix it?
 
If you are experiencing dull, lifeless hair, smooth things over with ABBA Pure Shine Drops. This super smoothing, shine enhancing elixir seals in moisture and adds a high gloss shine to every hair type with only few tiny drops. And in this case, less really is more – a drop or two does just fine! ABBA Pure Shine is loaded with Rice Bran Oil that restores natural luster to those dull strands and, my favorite feature of all – it fights frizz.

These drops are dedicated to improving manageability, and can be used on wet or dry hair. I like to use a tiny bit on the ends on wet hair to seal in the moisture, then I usually follow with an entire “once over’ with another two or three drops on my hair when it’s dry. This helps seal my strands and locks out the frizz factor.

It’s also extremely lightweight, safe for color-treated hair, and of course it’s from ABBA so rest assured it is 100% Vegan, Sulfate Free, DEA Free, Cruelty Free and Eco-Sensitive. All good stuff. Why wait? Go ahead and banish the brittle, dump the dullness, and fight the frizz for good with ABBA. You’ll notice the difference after just one drop.

Does Your Hair Care Fight the Signs of Aging?

PureOlogy NanoWorks LuxuryHairMasqueMeet Pureology NanoWorks LuxuryHairMasque. This rich, indulgent hair masque combines powerful ingredients to strengthen, repair, condition you hair while boosting color radiance and shine. I suppose we’re all getting older (except me of course!) but that means so is our hair. Have you ever thought of your hair as aging?!? It’s a good thing Pureology is here.

I already love the Pureology brand for working its colored-hair magic, keeping my strands vibrant and glossy, so of course I’m thrilled with this newest addition to the PureOlogy’s NanoWorks System. I’m also a huge fan of hair masks and treatments so anything called “luxury hair mask” is right up my alley.

This thick, luxurious masque is a decadent treatment chock full of good-for-your-hair ingredients that sound like a trip to the farmer’s market, instead of hair care. I’m talking about the Antioxidant Fruit Synthesis – acai berry, pomegranate and blueberry – to deliver oxidizing agents that deliver a youthful sheen and boost color vibrancy. Plus, Certified Organic Botanicals including three types of antioxidant rich Mushrooms – Mucor Miehei, Shiitake, and Mannentak – that deeply moisturize and smooth your hair and help reclaim those youthful, shiny strands. Sounds yummy, and it works!

Let’s not forget about the breakthrough technology we’ve already come to expect from Pureology: The Anti-Age Complex with silicones, green tea, citrus and wine extracts to help rejuvenate, smooth, and strengthen the hair to its optimum, youthful condition. Youthful, I love it. And, as with all Pureology products, it’s 100% vegan and never tested on animals.

Bonus Points: It also provides a thermal protection barrier to protect our tresses from our beloved heat appliances, and it smells delish. Don’t worry, the scent is an EU Complaint, allergen-free fragrance, so you won’t overwhelm any subway squeezing friends with an “omg, who’s wearing that perfume?” scent. Nope, this has subtle scents of jasmine, vanilla, amber and rose, which is pure heaven.

-CurlyBelle

An Expert Asks: How Realistic Are You About Your Hair?

The reason why salon customers become dissatisfied with their stylist usually falls into two categories:

1) The client has unrealistic expectations about what their hair will and won’t do.

2) the stylist has limited ability or training or doesn’t educate the client about their hair.

It never ceases to amaze me how clients will chose a style that does not reflect what their hair will actually do. The first step in making sure that expectations do not lead to disappointment is to take a close look in the mirror. Here are some steps to take when doing so:

A) Look in your eyes. Don’t look at the skin texture or any slight disappointing facial features or shapes. Look deep into the eye and note the color. That color is a spectrum of what balances your skin tones. Gold’s, reds, yellows, blues … whatever the spectrum, variations of those colors need to be in your hair either naturally or applied. The choices of those colors will brighten your skin and facial features to work together.

B) Now pull your visual back a bit and note the reality of your hair texture. Is it coarse, fine, thick, thin, curly, frizzy, and straight or a combination? Does it work with your personality? Is it over stressed by your trying to make it what it isn’t or is it compatible with your attitude and the way that you carry yourself?

Being honest with the way that you look is essential for avoiding frustration. If your color or texture is not working for you then you have probably chosen someone else’s hairstyle that does not fit your personality or lifestyle.

There are many stylists to chose from that can either help you to see the reality of your hair and how it enhances your lifestyle or how it has created a monster that has to be controlled everyday or you won’t walk outside your door.

A stylist’s ability is either forced or natural. A forced ability in a stylist is someone who has not learned the structure or basics with hair, hence may not have the confidence to guide you. This means that they may not have a full comprehension of one or all of the following, which is balance, growth patterns, texture, density and color. Note, I did not mention facial shape. That is an antiquated approach of determining the shape of a style. I always try to bring attention to the eyes because they are the windows of one’s true beauty. Missing any of these important components can take a hair style from expectation to disappointment.

Maybe you found a stylist that you heard is great. You decide to set up a consultation. This is the time for the stylist to shine, to win you over with their personality and expertise. Put them to the test by asking them to explain how they see all five aspects of your hair. This is to say that you have a realistic summation of your attributes and challenges. If any of those components do not calculate into reality then most likely neither will the hairstyle.

Now that you see the reality of your hair, you can choose the best style and stylist. Whether your new look requires 10 or 15 minutes in the morning or is a blow ‘n go, make sure that the balance, growth pattern, texture or density and color will all work together to make your style complete. And remember, ultimately your outer beauty is a reflection of who you are inside.

-Victor Sabino, Sabino Hair

Ten Smooth Hair Tips from Aveda

Aveda1. Start clean. Always begin with freshly washed hair. This is especially important if you want your sleek/smooth blow-out to last for several days. Start with the right shampoo and conditioner. Aveda Smooth Infusion Shampoo and Conditioner cleanses and conditions to create a perfect foundation for smooth sleek hairstyles.

2. Protect hair from heat. Always blot wet hair with a towel to remove excess moisture. Don’t rub! It creates frizz. Spray Brilliant Damage Control on damp hair to detangle, reduce breakage and protect from thermal damage.

3. Apply before you dry. Always use a styling product before blow-drying your hair. Apply small amount of Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother evenly from roots to ends to protect from heat styling and defend against humidity for up to 12 hours.

4. Quick dry. To shorten the time it takes to dry your hair, �rough-dry� it using only your hands. Use this technique until hair is about 80% dry.

5. Divide and conquer. Use clips to section hair off into small, manageable sections. Each section of hair should be no larger than the width of the brush you are using. By blow-drying hair section-by-section you ensure a nice, smooth and consistent blow-dry.

6. Give frizz the brush-off. Using an Aveda Wooden Styling Brush and a blow-dryer with a nozzle attachment on high-heat, direct the nozzle downward starting at the top of the section all the way to the ends. This helps smooth the cuticle down, while eliminating frizz. Continue this technique section by section.

7. Cool it. When hair is 100% dry, use cool air to set. This closes the hair’s cuticle and ensures your smooth blow-dry will last longer.

8. Finish what you start. Always apply a finishing product on hair before flat ironing for added slip, shine and heat protection. Run small amount of Light Elements Smoothing Fluid through hair and follow section by section with flat-iron heat.

9. Keep it dry. If you want to finish your hair with hair spray, make sure you use a very dry spray so that the hair does not get wet and revert to unwanted curl/wave. Aveda’s Air Control Hair Spray features a water-free formula that sprays on dry, provides light/flexible hold and helps protect hair from humidity.

10. Sleep on it. In order to help extend the life of your blow dry, it helps to sleep on a silk pillow case or wrap your hair in a silk scarf before bed. This keeps the hair from rubbing up on the pillowcase and causing frizz. For thick/coarse hair, apply Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother before bed. This helps maximize smoothness and helps prevent excess volume in the morning.

-StraightBelle