March is one of our favorite times of the year. The flowers start to come out, blossom appears on the trees, and the weather starts getting a little bit warmer. It means one thing: spring has well and truly sprung and summer is a little bit closer. Changing up your wardrobe at this time of the year seems completely normal. But what about the rest of your beauty routine? Does the change in season affect your hair? Changes in your hair texture can really throw your routine off balance. Here are some tips on how to handle troublesome locks when the season is changing and you’re not sure why your hair is too.
Everything from temperature to pollution can contribute to changes in your skin and body. Your hair is included in that. Humidity has a huge impact on the appearance and manageability of your hair. The more humid it is, the more likely it is your hair will frizz.
Many of us have to deal with our hair going frizzy and it can be super annoying. However, it isn’t completely simple. In fact, there is science behind your frizz. Your hair contains bonds called ‘hydrogen bonds’. These are weak bonds that are easily broken by water and then reset upon drying. This is, on the one hand, very handy as you can set your hair into almost any style when you dry it from wet with heated styling tools.
However, hydrogen bonds are not always broken and reset when you want them to be; they are also broken by water in the atmosphere, and subsequently reset themselves into undesirable configurations upon drying. Therefore, in particularly humid seasons like the summer, you are very likely to find your strands kink and frizz progressively throughout the day.
So, why is it that hair tends to get frizzier in the winter? Your hair can also frizz if you wear warm hats. This is down to the water content in sweat! Static hair is also a common winter hair woe.
The changes in season have a pretty fundamental effect on your hair. Shaking up your hair care routine is one way to combat dry, frizzy, or greasy hair. However, there is not a one size fits all cure. uring the summer, when UV rays are at their strongest and you are exposing your hair to more sun, hair tends to become dry and brittle. This is because UV rays act on strands much like bleach. The most obvious symptom of sun exposure is a fading of hair color; UV rays (like bleach) oxidize hair pigment cells (melanin). UV rays can also degrade the protein of your hair, making it more fragile and prone to breakage. Chlorinated and salt water are equally drying and can add to problems.
While summer can wreak havoc on your hair winter brings its own set of problems too. Winter often spells trouble for the scalp. We see many more cases of flaky/itchy scalps in winter than any other season. A flaky scalp can cause extra hair fall, so it is important to address any scalp irritation ASAP.
Dealing with hair and scalp problems can be super annoying when you are at a loss as to how to treat it. However, getting your hair back to its normal, luscious state doesn’t have to be too complicated. In fact, incorporating a new hair regime into your beauty routine really makes you feel like you are getting the self-love you deserve.
We recommend using UV protective products in the summer to shield your hair from sun damage. Your hair can burn just like your skin – you simply cannot feel it. To counteract frizzy hair, we recommend you use lightweight creams or serums that create a barrier between your hair shaft and water in the atmosphere.
Good hair days can leave you feeling (and looking) like the boss that you really are. But by the same token, when your hair just isn’t work for you, looking damaged or getting greasy way too quickly it is really irritating. If you are having some common seasonal problems with your hair here are some tips:
For greasy hair: Wash it. Apply the same thinking to hair/scalp as you do to your face. i.e. If your face were to become greasy, you would cleanse it! You can also use a daily scalp toner containing an astringent ingredient, such as Witch Hazel, to help manage oiliness.
For dry hair: First, find out why your hair is dry in the first place so you can prevent it from happening again. Perhaps you have been heat-styling on too high a heat setting, or you have been coloring your hair too often. Or perhaps you have had time in the sun and have not protected your hair from UV rays. Whatever the cause (or causes), you can take steps to minimize dryness in the future.
To immediately add moisture back-into your hair, use a pre-shampoo conditioning treatment twice a week. Once your hair is in better condition, you can reduce your application to one time weekly.
We always go the extra mile for our hair- we splurge on products, we book our color appointments weeks in advance and we pour over our favorite hair stylists’ Instagrams. But did you know that the city you live in could be the culprit behind your less-than-stellar mane? High-stress environments and hair pollution can lead to bad manes or even worse, irreversible hair loss. Read on for how to battle your city and achieve healthy hair.
How does stress affect our hair health?
Stress can affect hair health in major ways including hair thinning and outright hair loss. Alopecia Areata occurs when large chunks of hair start falling out for no apparent reason, leaving behind bald spots. Telogen Effluvium is the second most common type of hair loss and it occurs when there is a change in the number of hair follicles producing hair. This results in more dormant than productive hair follicles and as a consequence, the person experiencing Telogen Efflulvium will face gradual hair loss. Both conditions are serious examples of what can go wrong if you live in a high-stress city and don’t take precautions to curb your emotional tension. Another consequence of living in fast-paced, high-strain cities is pollution. Environmental irritants can wreak havoc on your scalp and overall hair health.
How does your city fare?
If you are reading this from Scottsdale, we have good news for you: your city clocked in at number 177 and ranked least stressed in the study. If you are in Detroit, you may want to give your tresses extra TLC. Detroit ranks as the most stressed city in the entire US. Chicago comes in at number 17, Las Vegas is number 20 most stressed. Not surprisingly, Miami ranks in at number 30. We always knew Angelenos were more relaxed than New Yorkers and this proves true. New York city is number 47 and LA is number 56.
Wallethub.com just released a study about the most stressed cities in America. They report that about 100 million people currently consider themselves stressed. What is causing our woes? According to the study dinero is the number one stressor. After money worries, work, family and relationships are creating the tension in the US.
What to do?
If you find yourself in a tough city, worry not. There are a few steps you can take to mitigate burnout and consequently improve hair quality. At the risk of sounding like your mother, don’t forget to take your vitamins. High-quality supplements with biotin can help with your hair health. You can also consider using products that protect against pollutants. Exercise and meditation are also amazing ways to get your stress in check.
Infrared is a light wavelength that penetrates deeper into the hair shaft, heating the hair evenly and safely from the inside out. It’s designed to steam the hair instead of applying a direct heat. This allows you to use less heat, and by minimizing the exposure to heat, you alleviate styling stress on the cuticle. Hair’s overall appearance is improved, and it looks shinier.
This is helpful because hot tools can be harsh on the outer layer of hair, lifting up the cuticle, which dries out strands, and can leave hair looking damaged. Once that happens, it’s harder to maintain your given style because water from the air in the form of humidity will enter the hair shaft and puff it up, making it look frizzy.
BENEFITS FOR THE HAIR
Conventional styling tools provide infrared waves in the Near and Middle segments. These infrared rays have wavelengths that are not sufficient to penetrate hair or the scalp for healthy styling. Because of non-penetration, these shorter infrared rays heat the air surrounding the hair and conduct the hot air to the surface of the hair. The hair is heated by means of conduction from the surface which causes frizzy, dry and damaged hair.
SA’s styling tools use the longer wavelength from Far Infrared technology to generate deep penetrating heat. This penetrates directly into the cortex of hair cuticles, heating from the inside out. It creates an effect that relaxes and softens hair. The hair is heated evenly, giving a gentle drying process in half the time thereby reducing heat exposure. Water molecules on the surface of the hair break apart into smaller droplets and get absorbed into the hair. Moisture is then locked within the cuticles to give a protective barrier to reduce chemical and bacteria build-up.
Conventional irons leave the cuticles dry and frizzy. Small blood vessels in the scalp supply cells with essential nutrients and oxygen and carry away waste products. When the scalp lacks a supply of nutrients and oxygen, toxins build up that can lead to unhealthy hair, dry scalp and reduced follicles. Some of these toxins include carcinogenic heavy metals and poisons from food processing, lactic acid, free fatty acids, uric acids and subcutaneous fat associated with aging and fatigue.
Toxins are encapsulated by water and blood that are trapped throughout the body, including the scalp. Where the toxins have accumulated, blood circulation is blocked and cellular energy is impaired. However, when Far Infrared penetrates the scalp, they stimulate micro vibrations that cause a thermal reaction that elevates tissue temperatures. The energy from Far Infrared vibrates the water molecules and reduces the ionic bond between water/blood and toxins. As water breaks down, the encapsulated toxins are released. Because of the thermal energy, the scalp reacts by dilating all the blood vessels providing improved circulation to carry the toxins away. Improved circulation delivers nutrients and oxygen rich blood cells to revitalize tissues therefore leading to rejuvenated scalp to reduce dandruff, maintain healthy follicles to prevent hair loss, and healthy hair.
Why Far Infrared Has These Benefits
All molecules vibrate at a certain frequency. Cells in our body absorb the most energy when the heat source has the same intrinsic vibration frequency as the cells themselves. Only Far Infrared has a specific frequency with 8-14 microns wavelength that allows it to penetrate the skin and energize the cells. This range, sometimes called “Vital Rays”, has special regenerative effects on the body.
Is Far Infrared Safe?
Far Infrared is safe and healthy for the human body. Any excessive exposure passes through the cell without any adverse effects. One can be exposed to Far Infrared heat for hours and it will not cause burns to the skin. In fact, hospitals use it to warm newborn infants.
In summary, Sa’s Far Infrared hair dryers and flat irons can not only dry the hair faster, but also activate vital functions to maintain healthy hair and scalp. The use of Far Infrared’s penetrating rays reduce frizz, make the hair soft, shiny and retain moisture.
By now, you’re probably at least a little familiar with CBD — you know, the other three-letter compound derived from the cannabis plant. Whereas the most ubiquitous cannabinoid, THC, is responsible for cannabis’ well-known psychoactive effects, CBD (aka, cannabidiol) delivers all of the health benefits — like decreasing pain, inflammation, and anxiety — with none of the high. Unless, of course, you get high on good hair days.
There’s a lot of confusion out there about what CBD oil actually is, though. CBD oil is oil that contains a concentration of CBD, which is derived from seeds of plants in the Cannabaceae family — including hemp and marijuana. Many CBD oils on the market are derived from hemp, since this plant has lower levels of THC (the “high”-inducing substance).
Researchers have discovered a wealth of benefits associated with CBD, including better sleep, mood regulation, and a boosted immune system… not to mention every millennial’s favorite: reduced anxiety. But as it turns out, the ingredient can also help stressed-out strands in the form of CBD-spiked shampoos, conditioners, and stylers.
CBD oil contains all 21 known amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. Because of that, it helps to build up collagen and elastin, which are essential to hair strength. by helping hair to build protein, CBD oil prevents breakage and even makes locks look thicker and fuller.
On top of that, CBD oil is high in antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and E. These three are the best studied of all the antioxidants – they protect us from pollution-induced free radicals. In other words, the vitamin content of CBD shields hair from environmental damage like dryness and frizz.
It’s also high in essential fatty acids such as Omegas 3, 6 and 9, so it helps to prevent moisture loss and keep hair well hydrated. Additionally, one of the amino acids in CBD Oil, tyrosine, helps to maintain hair color.
But where CBD oil really shines is scalp health. CBD made waves in the beauty industry for its amazing benefits to the skin, and your scalp is no different. It’s regenerative for the skin, so it helps the scalp maintain necessary things to keep it healthy, like good blood circulation and quelling dandruff and sore or irritated hair follicles. It’s even been shown to stimulate hair growth, according to doctors. People with receding or thinning hair may benefit from CBD use. Also, people with dry scalps show improvement from CBD oil.
There is a bit of a gray area when it comes to selling CBD products, though. The initials are still controversial in some places due to their proximity to marijuana, and marijuana-derived CBD — even though it’s completely non-psychoactive — is still illegal in a handful of U.S. states (Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota) and in Canada, as well. But hemp-derived CBD is totally cleared for sale, which is why many CBD oil-boasting brands use the word “hemp” in their marketing. “A new trend that is emerging is that CBD companies are relabeling their products as ‘hemp’ only so that they don’t run into any issues selling them on the mass market via places like Amazon and Walmart. In these cases, the products are the same.
The key is to look for the words “hemp seed oil” on the ingredients list, which connotes CBD oil. If the product says “hemp extract” or just plain “hemp,” then it’s likely using ingredients from the entire hemp plant, which will dilute the concentration of CBD. Regarding how they would affect hair, both will be beneficial in many ways, but if you’re on the hunt for the full effects of CBD, you should “get the real deal”.