The Secret to Good Hair Days

    • The Root of Great Hair

      It’s easy to forget that under all your hair is skin that needs care and attention — just like the rest of your skin. Taking care of your scalp pays off in the form of healthy, beautiful hair. “The hair follicles are influenced by the health and blood supply of the surrounding tissue,” explains Elizabeth Cunnane Phillips, a trichologist (someone who specializes in hair and scalp care) with Philip Kingsley. Find out how to keep your scalp healthy and happy with this expert advice.

    • Avoid Irritating Ingredients

      Any ingredient that dries out your skin will make an itchy scalp worse. ”Fatty alcohols are moisturizing, and can be identified by terms like ‘stearyl,’ ‘cetyl,’ and ‘myristyl’. The other alcohols are drying — for example, alcohol denat (denatured), ethanol, propanol, and isopropyl alcohol. You should check ingredients lists and avoid hair products that contain the drying alcohols.

      Also, be mindful of menthol, an alcohol that has the cooling properties of peppermint — while it may invigorate normal scalps, it can provoke itching in sensitive scalps.

      Salicylic acid is often included in products to treat flaking scalps, but it should not be used more than once a week, says Cunnane Phillips, because it can cause irritation instead of gentle exfoliation.

    • Don’t Skip Shampooing

      The growing trend of skipping washes to keep hair naturally hydrated is not only misguided but can do more damage than good. Thorough cleansing is critical for a healthy scalp; imagine how your face would look if you only washed it once a week. You should wash your scalp at least every two to three days for optimal health.

      As for the claim that regular washing strips the scalp of essential oils, Cunnane Phillips explains that proper cleansing removes dirt, grime, and pollutants from hair — not moisture. Shampoos that are sulfate-free offer a gentler cleansing than harsh, detergent-containing ones. Also, look for silk and wheat proteins in ingredients lists — they’re among the best additives to help your hair retain moisture and stay manageable.

    • Make Massage a Habit

      Scalp massage promotes blood circulation, which stimulates hair follicles to produce thicker, more lustrous hair growth. Make it part of your shampoo routine. After applying shampoo, gently massage your fingertips over your scalp in a gentle kneading motion for about 30 seconds, advises Cunnane Phillips.

      If your scalp is dry, consider a prewash massage with nurturing oils. Choose antioxidant-rich argan oil, grapeseed oil, or naturally antibacterial and soothing lavender oil. Before shampooing, work a few drops of oil into your scalp by slowly massaging with the pads of your fingers for a few minutes.

    • Feed Your Scalp

      Like any other part of the body, your hair and scalp thrive when fed rich nutrients. Olive oil, which is rich in fatty acids, beta-carotene, and antioxidants, is one of the most hydrating ingredients to look for in hair care products. Olive oil softens scaling and moisturizes the scalp, creating conditions for optimum hair growth.

      Vitamin E, which has been shown to improve scalp circulation, resulting in the stimulation of hair growth, is another effective ingredient.

    • Find the Best Brush

      A brush can do more damage than a hair dryer if used incorrectly and too vigorously. Choose a brush made of soft, pliable plastic because plastic is far smoother and is kinder to hair than abrasive boar bristles and natural bristles. And look for a brush whose bristles are ball-tipped. Natural bristles are typically barbed at the ends and tightly packed ,which can cause unnecessary trauma to hair.

      Vented brushes allow for smoother brushing and more even heat dispersion during blow-drying, allowing hair to dry faster and without “hot spots” that can burn the scalp and hair. Brush your hair lightly, and if possible, use a wide-toothed comb — the gentlest option of all. You can also look for the new generation of plastic combs at the drugstore; infused with hydrators like macadamia nut oil, they’re particularly useful if your hair and scalp are dry and you’re prone to static and flyaways.

    • Use Sun Shields

      The sun’s dangerous UV rays are no friend to your skin — and that includes your scalp. Prolonged sun exposure can burn your scalp and cause itching from dehydration. Repeated exposure can dry out your hair and making it feel and look brittle, aging it the way sun exposure ages skin — giving it a coarser, dryer texture. Most importantly, you also need to guard against skin cancer — dangerous scalp moles often escape notice until it’s too late. If you part your hair while in the sun,  apply a waxy sunscreen stick or SPF lip balm to your part for protection.

      Ask your dermatologist to check your scalp during your annual skin examinations, and always ask your hairstylist to alert you to any unusual-looking spots on your scalp when you visit salon.

Olive Oil Face Care Tips

Since green and natural products have grown in popularity, many new face care brands are on the market. Although companies are hopping on the bandwagon and producing all-natural products, sometimes there are hidden ingredients. Try using a natural ingredient like olive oil. You likely have a great olive oil face product in your home already.

Take a trip to the pantry and you’ll find many different items useful in maintaining healthy skin. For starters, olive oil is a natural moisturizer with no chemicals. Additionally, olive oil face care is simple and it works. Below are a few ways to use olive oil for face care:

Makeup Remover

Remove your makeup with a dab of olive oil on a cotton ball or cotton swab. Olive oil is gentle, perfect for using around sensitive areas like the eyes.

Wrinkle Reducer

Dab a bit wherever fine lines appear. Olive oil has intense moisturizing qualities and can help make lines less noticeable.

Night Moisturizer

After bathing or washing your face, gently massage olive oil into skin. The oil replaces the nutrients lost during the day while you sleep.

Exfoliatation

Mixing olive oil with sea salt creates a great homemade scrub. Use the mixture to gently brush away dead cells and reveal glowing skin.

Bath Oil

Put a few drops of olive oil into a bath with some aromatic oils like lavender or eucalyptus, and enjoy an at-home spa. Good for both the skin and the senses, this technique allows for moisturizing the whole body.

These are just a few ways to incorporate olive oil face care into your beauty routine. While it may seem strange at first, try it out and experience the benefits.

Wedding Hairstyles for Long Hair

The wedding day is a chance for every bride to look her best and the hairdo is an important part of making that happen. Brides with long hair can pull off a variety of styles, from formal updos to simply letting their hair down. Have your stylist do a test run before the wedding to ensure it comes out as you envision it.

There are so many choices when it comes to wedding hairstyles and the process can seem overwhelming — after all, your wedding hair will be highly photographed! Fortunately, we’ve got all the tips and tricks to gorgeous bridal hairstyles you need.

Wedding Hairstyles For Long Hair With Veil

The bridal veil dates back to ancient Rome. Brides wore veils to fend off evil spirits as the bride and groom joined together in matrimony. Veils also symbolized purity, as did the white dress. Brides continue to wear veils today. There are many great hairstyles that work well with long, flowing veils.

You’ll need a large barrel curling iron (get a good one so you don’t burn your hair or end up with limp curls).  Invest in salon quality products: volumizing mousse, thermal protecting spray, styling hairspray, shine spray and finishing hairspray.  Before blow drying your hair, use the volumizing mousse and thermal protecting spray to lock in your moisture and give your hair all that body.  After hair is dry, section it and spray with styling spray.  Curl in large sections vertically around your curling iron.  After hair has cooled, use your fingers to break up curls and a smoothing brush to keep the fly-aways down and the look polished.  Set with finishing spray and mist with a little shine spray.

Wedding Hairstyles For Long Hair Half Up

Some girls just have to have all their hair out of their face, but always wanted the length to be admired.  You can have the best of both worlds if you just pull the top half up.  Use a simple clip, twist into a bun, secure in a loose ponytail and pull through…  You have a lot of options with what you do with the hair you pull back.  Make sure you consider your hair accessories before deciding on the final look.

Wedding Hairstyles For Long Hair Down

“Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair, so that I may climb the golden stair.”

The princess who let her hair down so she could be rescued. I am sure everyone remembers this tale. What are your views on long hair? Yay or Nay?

You can also ride the waves of your curly hair and let them hang a little loose rather than pulling your hair into a sleek bun. Just pull your hair into an updo which is not too high or too low on your head. If your find that your curls look a little frizzy, you can smoothen them into shape or touch them up with a curling iron.

Wedding Hairstyles For Long Curly Hair

Curly or wavy hair is able to have beautiful look on your wedding day. There are many pretty and elegant bridal hairstyles working well with curly hair. They include both updos and leaving your hair down. Here, have a look at some of the best curly wedding hairstyles ideas

For messy curls you don’t have to stress about, use magnetic or hot rollers or a curling iron, and then pull the curls out with your fingers after the hair has set.  This is a great look for a destination or beach wedding.  Long loose curls are the best blowing in the wind!  Don’t expect this style to last the longest – you won’t want to use a lot of hairspray to set it, so the curls may start to collapse and go limp after not very long.  Keep a mini iron on hand if you’re worried about it.  The curls should be fairly easy to touch up in an emergency.

 

 

 

Get Wavy Hair Fast

Follow these easy step-by-step tips for creating gorgeous waves, no curling iron required. The style comes courtesy of Redken Session Stylist, Noah Hatton who invented this trick when he was on a photoshoot at the beach when the power ran out.

You’ll need:

  • Texturizing spray gel, like Redken Curl Force 17 Texturizing Spray-Gel
  • 4 hair clips
  • Flexible hairspray, I used Bumble and Bumble Spray de Mode

Spritz dry hair lightly with spray gel. Be careful not to overdo it: Because your hair is dry, you’ll need a lot less product than usual. Hatton recommends the Redken Curl Force 17 Texturizing Spray-Gel, because, “this product allows the hair to keep the curl easier and helps it coil naturally.”

Divide hair into four sections, one on each side of your head, on the top and in the back. Start twisting one piece until it coils in on itself and secure with a large hair clip.

I place my finger next to my head and coil my hair around it. This helps keep it in place.

Continue coiling with the other three sections, making sure to twist hair in the same direction each time to create a consistent, natural-looking smooth wave, says Hutton.

Once all the hair is coiled, spritz with a flexible hold hairspray. I like Bumble and Bumble’s Spray de Monde because it has great hold, but is never sticky.

Let your hair set for 15-20 minutes while you put on your makeup and get dressed. Before heading out the door, shake out the waves.

How to Create Soft, Loose Waves

  1. Prep hair with a styling spray (I love Bumble and Bumble’s Thickening Spray, which works wonders on fine hair). Spritz on roots and comb through hair.
  2. Part hair down the center.
  3. Blow dry hair, scrunching hair as you go. If you have curly hair, don’t scrunch, instead dry straight with a paddle brush.
  4. When hair is about 90 percent dry, separate hair as you would to create two pigtails. Secure pigtails with pony tail holders.
  5. Take one side and twist hair in one direction. Hair will naturally twist itself into a bun. Secure at ear level with a ponytail holder. You can keep hair in place with bobby pins.
  6. Repeat on the other side, so you have two buns at ear level.
  7. Blast the buns and your whole head with the dryer for about 5-10 minutes or until hair seems dry.
  8. Leave hair in buns for 10-20 minutes to set. Just before you leave, take hair out of buns and finger comb curls. (Do not brush out). You can apply a texturizing spray to separate the waves and keep them from looking “too perfect.”
  9. Spritz hairspray and you’re done!

What You Need

  • Styling spray for regular hair or volumizing spray for fine hair to prep hair
  • Blow dryer
  • Ponytail holders
  • Texturizing spray
  • Hairspray

Masterclass in How to Get Shiny Hair!

No one likes dull, drab hair so, check out these quick and easy steps to ensure you have shiny, smooth hair everyday of the week!

It’s all in the cuticle

Imagine each strand of hair is covered in lots of little fishscales. When the fishscales lie flat the light can bounce off each strand of hair to make it look extra shiny. If the fish scales sit up to create an uneven surface hair then hair looks dull and lifeless. Oh and we should add that these fishscales are actually called cuticles!

Damage limitations

Heated appliances, UV rays and chemical treatments, such as colouring your hair, all cause damage which can result in the cuticles misbehaving. So, ensure you use protective products that limit the damage and keep the cuticles nice and flat.

Product SOS!

Nourished hair is generally smoother than dry hair and therefore shinier. You probably use a daily moisturiser on your skin but what about your hair? A leave-in conditioner is the perfect way to nourish your hair daily. And, once a week, we’d suggest using an indulgent treatment which contains Hydrolyzed Corn Protein to moisturise, soften and add shine to your hair.

Brush up on your blowdrying

Firstly, don’t rub hair with a towel as it will make the cuticles sit up. Instead, smooth the towel down the length of your hair to help them lie flat. Apply a heat protective styling product  to help smooth the hair and add shine.

Then blow-dry medium to long hair with a paddle brush. It lets hair glide over a large surface area to create a sleek finish – think the brush as an ironing board and your hairdryer as the iron. Talking of which, look for a hairdryer with ionic technology which helps prevent static, reduces frizz and creates smooth, glossy hair.

Straightening success

If possible, use flat irons with nano ionic plates. They contain a semi-precious silicate crystal known as Tourmaline which is renowned for eliminating static electricity and sealing-in natural oils & moisture within the hair shaft. They’re perfect for smoothing brittle hair without causing additional breakages and will help enhance shine too.

 Finishing touches

A shine spray is the perfect way to add instant gloss to your hair and is ideal for topping up your shine levels during the day. Or, to keep hair really smooth, spray a little hairspray to your brush and run it through your hair to control static and keep the style really smooth & shiny.

Does Your Hair Deserve Some Tender Loving Care?

We put our hair through a lot of stress yet we expect it to always look its very best! Blow-drying, colouring and styling your hair with flat-irons can take its toll and leave your hair tired, dry and frizzy. So, show your hair some love and it will soon be looking beautiful again!

Treat yourself with a massage!

When you’ve applied your conditioner, it’s best to wait a few minutes before rinsing it off. So, make the most of this time by massaging your scalp. Start from the back of your neck and move your fingers around the hairline and over the entire surface of your head. This helps increase blood circulation that not only enriches the scalp with essential nutrients and oxygen but also helps awaken the hair follicles to encourage new hair growth!

Less is more!

One of the easiest ways to damage your hair is to over brush it. So, gone are the days of brushing your hair 100 times before bed.

It’s worth investing in a good quality brush without sharp plastic or metal bristles as these can cause split ends and even break your hair or pull it from your scalp.

Time for a trim!
Even if you are trying to grow your hair, it’s worth getting your haircut every 6-8 weeks. Hair grows incredibly slowly so the ends of your hair have probably been through years of colouring, blow-drying etc. A quick trim helps prevent breakages and removes any split ends. It also makes your hairstyle look neater and sharper!

Healthy diet = healthy hair!

A diet rich in oats and brown rice will ensure you’re consuming a Vitamin H otherwise know as Biotin. It improves hair elasticity, growth and thickness whilst protecting it from becoming dry. Other foods rich in biotin include strawberries, nuts and egg yolks.

Keep your hair moisturised.

Dry hair tends to be weaker and more prone to breakage than hair that’s nourished and moisturised. If possible, avoid cheap hair products as they tend to contain harsh ingredients such as ‘ammonium laurel sulfate’ that can dry and break your hair.Instead, invest in a good hair mask and use it at least once a week to nourish, strengthen and restore elasticity to dry hair.

Hair Care and Style Tips for Brides

All brides-to-be want their hair — and everything else — to look gorgeous on the big day. But great hair on your wedding day isn’t a one-day affair — you’ve got to plan ahead. There are many steps you can take before your wedding to care for your hair and get it in camera-ready shape! Here are some terrific tips on hair care and styles for brides.

  • Know your type — and we’re not talking about Mr. Right! Make sure you know what type of hair you have — oily, dry, or normal — and care for it accordingly: Begin by using the proper shampoos and conditioners for your particular type of hair. Keep hair clean and healthy for a good six to eight weeks before your wedding day.
  • Avoid using blow-dryers or straightening irons on your hair. Spare yourself the damaging effects of continually straightening and curling your hair and your locks will be at their healthiest!
  • Always use a wide-toothed comb to remove the tangles from your hair. Avoid using a brush when it’s wet. Also, try not to comb your hair when it is dripping wet. This might lead to excessive breakage since wet hair is quite fragile and brittle.
  • Deep-condition your hair. About six weeks before your wedding, indulge in a deep-conditioning treatment. If you can afford it, splurge on a salon treatment. Then be sure to get one more treatment from the stylist a few days before your wedding.
  • Wash your hair at least two to three times a week, and make sure to use a good conditioner every time.
  • Get a hot-oil massage sometime before the week of your wedding. Not only will this rejuvenate your hair, it will also give it a healthy and glossy sheen.
  • Avoid going for any drastic hair change right before the wedding. This is not the time to sport a brand-new color, try your first perm, or suddenly straighten or cut off all your hair. If you want to experiment, make sure that it is three to four months before your wedding day so you have time to learn how to work with your new look — or change it!
  • Choose a stylist you like and discuss options for wedding-day hairstyles. You can bring in photographs of hairstyles you like, or describe the tone and look you want to have on your wedding day. Bring in a photograph of your wedding dress as well, as this may help inform your hairstyle choice. Long hair, short hair, curly hair, straight hair — all types provide numerous opportunities and alternatives for a seasoned stylist. He or she can demonstrate a few options so you can see what works for you, choose the style you want, and care for your hair in advance to specifically support that style.
  • With just a few months of healthy hair care and a great wedding-day style, you’ll turn more than a few heads on your big day!

Four Tips for Caring for Dry Hair

Just like oily hair, dry hair is something that some women have to just deal with. The problem is that it is a little harder to handle at times. The good news is that there are some tips that you can follow to help with  caring for the hair type.

Don’t Shampoo All the Time

Just like oily hair, the worst thing that you can do for this hair type is wash it regularly. The shampoos are designed to remove oils–even natural ones–which will just mean your hair loses the natural oils. Try to limit your shampooing to twice a week to help the oils break through. You only need to use warm water on the other days.

Look out for shampoos that are designed for dry hair. Doing this will help to prevent too many oils from being stripped while helping to add some moisture.

Condition Regularly

The best thing you can do for your hair is condition it. Look for a deep conditioner that is designed to get to the roots and look out for leave-in conditioners. These will give the ingredients a chance to work.

Avoid Heat

One of the worst things that you can use on your hair is heat. While you will have to handle frizz, using your straightening irons on your hair every day will lead to damage. To care for dry hair, you need to avoid heat as much as possible. Pat your hair dry instead of blow-drying it and let it have some natural curls to it once in a while.

Talk to a Professional

If you still have problems with looking after your hair, talk to a professional hair stylist. She will know more about caring for your type of hair and will know about natural treatments that will work. This is often something a professional will talk about while styling your hair, anyway.

Debunking Teeth Whitening Myths

Teeth whitening procedures have gotten a bad rap over the years — think sore gums, uncomfortable treatment, and a high price tag. But new technology and better at-home whitening products are making the treatment more accessible. “Whitening is safe and effective, and there are ways to make it affordable for most people,” explains Jeff Golub-Evans, DDS, the founder of the New York Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, who says his smiles have adorned over 300 magazine covers. “And when you compare the price and required maintenance to other antiaging beauty regimens, like Botox or dyeing your grays, teeth whitening is hands down the easiest way to take ten years off your face.”

Read on to find out the truth about teeth whitening, and finding a method that will work for you.

Myth: Dark Teeth Won’t Benefit from Whitening

Truth: The darker your teeth are, the more dramatic your whitening results will be.

“The patients whose teeth start out the worst can end up 11 or 12 shades lighter, while someone with lighter teeth will see more subtle results,” says Dr. Golub-Evans. But if your teeth are deeply stained, skip the over-the-counter products and go straight to professional, in-office whitening treatments. “Our equipment can penetrate your tooth’s surface more deeply and access stains that drugstore products aren’t strong enough to reach,” he says.

Myth: Your Type of Stain Can’t be Lightened

Truth: If your teeth are a shade of yellow, brown, or tan, you’re in business.

Not sure what color your teeth are? Head to a mirror and hold a sheet of pure white paper next to your smile to see whether your teeth seem more yellow, brown, gray, or blue in comparison. Yellow-based stains are just extrinsic — meaning the stains are caused by debris lodged into the pores on the outside of your tooth enamel — making them the easiest kinds of stains to lighten with bleaching. Brown-based stains are a mix of extrinsic and intrinsic, so you can still expect to go five or six shades lighter.

Myth: Teeth Whitening is Too Expensive

Truth: Affordable over-the-counter whitening strips will give you plenty of bang for your buck.

“All whitening treatments use the same [carbamide or hydrogen] peroxide, no matter what you pay,” Dr. Golub-Evans explains. “The more expensive procedures you can have done in a dentist’s office just offer a more concentrated dose, which means the results will last longer — usually three to five years.” But at $20 to $50 a box, whitening strips offer a more affordable option. Plus, the strips work in just two hours and deliver up to three months of a whiter smile. Daily Glow editors like the no-slip strips that allow you to drink water while whitening.

Myth: Teeth Whitening Requires a Major Time Commitment

Truth: An in-office whitening treatment just takes an hour.

“Professional whitening is the most expensive option, but it works quickly, and the results last for years,” says Dr. Golub-Evans. Of course, you always have at-home options that take anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour for a treatment. But brightening your smile can be as easy as adding a whitening toothpaste to your routine. A little daily maintenance can make a big difference without requiring you to set aside special whitening time.

Myth: Pain is an Unavoidable Side Effect of Teeth Whitening

Truth: Your tooth enamel doesn’t feel pain, so you’ll only experience sensitivity if whitening agents come into contact with your gums or other soft tissue.

“Strips are the best over-the-counter option for this reason because they keep the peroxide localized on your teeth,” Dr. Golub-Evans explains, noting that you can use the strips every other day instead of daily to reduce sensitivity and get the same quality results.

Another way to reduce your sensitivity is to carefully target the treatment. You can even focus on specific teeth rather than treating your entire mouth.

Myth: You Have to Give up Coffee and Red Wine

Truth: Nope — just chase the staining food and drink with a glass of water.

“The quicker you can get those substances off your teeth, the less staining you’ll see,” Dr. Golub-Evans explains. “Studies show that most people who get their teeth professionally whitened don’t have to redo it for three to five years, even without making major lifestyle modifications.”

Myth: Teeth Whitening Can be Dangerous

Truth: Current research doesn’t show any serious or long-term health effects due to teeth whitening.

“Since the inception of take-home whitening in the 1980s, there have been no serious documented side effects,” notes Dr. Kramer. But keep in mind that most studies are done by the product manufacturers; a June 2009 evidence review concluded that independent, long-term clinical trials are needed to fill in data gaps. We do know that overuse or misuse of whitening treatments (both over-the-counter and in-office) can cause benign sensitivity (meaning you feel pain, but teeth won’t be damaged), irritation, and blistering of the gums, and in rare instances, photosensitivity to light.