How To Determine Your Curl Type

Decoding your curl type can be confusing. Several different textures can exist on one head alone, which all have to somehow look cohesive when you rock a style. Plus, there’s been some debate as to whether the typing system, originally started by hairstylist Andre Walker and modified by folks in the curly community, is divisive or even too narrow. But controversy aside, many people have found that even if it isn’t perfect, it can be super useful in at least being able to identify your curl pattern (or patterns) so you know where to start when it comes to hair care. Follow the easy tip sheet below (complete with recommendations for your hair-care stash) to help you better ID your curl type.

 

WHERE TO START

Your curl type is determined by the shape of the follicle that your hair grows out of from your scalp. The flatter or more oval shaped the follicle, the curlier your hair; while the more circular the cross-section, the straighter your hair. Your curl pattern is also identified by the shape that the strands of hair make, whether they kink, curve, or wind around themselves into spirals.

Most textured gals have more than one type of pattern on their head, so you may have a combination of, say, kinky, coily, wavy, and curly. To identify your curl shape and pattern (or patterns), it’s best determined while your hair is sopping wet. 1s are straight, 2s are wavy, 3s are curly, and 4s are coily.

The sub-classifications of A to C are based on the width or diameter of your wave, curl, or coil pattern. A’s have a wider pattern size, B’s medium, and C’s the smallest of the three. The real beauty of identifying your hair type is that you’re better at understanding how to care for your texture so you can have more versatility.

 

Type 2 (Wavy)

Type 2 waves are bendable, can be fine to coarse, and have a definitive S pattern that lays closer to the head.

2A

2As have a fine, barely-there tousled texture that’s very easy to straighten. People with this texture have to be wary of using heavy styling products that can easily weigh their strands down, rendering them limp and lifeless. 2A waves lack volume at the root. We recommend using an airy, water-based mousse to add a bit of oomph at the base and to make hair look fluffier and fuller.

 

2B

2Bs are flatter at the crown with defined S-shaped waves starting from the mid-length. Strands are thicker in diameter than a 2A, and you’ll have to put in a bit of elbow grease into getting it straight. To enhance your natural surfer-babe waves, a Sea Spray for sexy texture that’s never crunchy or stiff.

 

2C

2C waves are thick, coarse, and more susceptible to frizzing. The S-bends are well-defined and begin at the roots. Use a non-lathering, sulfate-free shampoo so as not to strip essential moisture from strands. We also recommend layering a leave-in conditioner under a mousse to lock in your hair’s natural wave pattern while adding hydration.

 

Type 3 (Curly)

Type 3 curly hair can range from loose, buoyant loops to tight, springy corkscrews which have some sheen but are prone to frizz.

3A

3A strands tend to be shiny with large, loose curls that are about the size of a piece of sidewalk chalk. Scrunch some Defrizzing Curl Cream into your dry hair to help emphasize the curl texture. But keep your hands (or brush or comb, for that matter) from touching your curls afterward, or you run the risk of having a halo full of frizz. To maintain those juicy springs, simply spritz your hair with a curl refresher when it needs a boost.

 

3B

3Bs have coarse, springy ringlets with a circumference similar to a Sharpie marker. This hair texture can get dry, so look for styling gels that have humectants in them to attract moisture to strands. Try applying a styling gel when your hair is wet so you’ll get definition without frizz.

 

3C

3C curls are tight corkscrews that range in circumference from a straw to a pencil. Strands are densely packed together, giving way to lots of natural volume. Frizziness can be an issue with this type, so use a sulfate-free, creamy cleanser so as not to dry out your hair.

Also, try layering a mousse over a styling cream when the hair is sopping wet to allow curls to clump together and dry faster. Your co-wash reveals your curl pattern, while your styling product captures it.

 

Type 4 (Coily)

Coily hair, commonly referred to as Afro-textured or kinky hair, is naturally very dry and spongy in texture and can be soft and fine or coarse and wiry. Strands form very tight, small curls of zig-zags right from the scalp and are prone to major shrinkage.

4A

4As have dense springy, S-patterned coils that are the circumference of a crochet needle. If you’re a fan of wash and go’s, styling should be done more frequently to keep this coily texture popping with soft, pliable strands. A curling cream with a leave-in moisturizer is a must for adding more moisture to daily wash-and-go styling.

 

4B

4B strands are densely packed and can bend in sharp angles like the letter Z. A good Moisture Spray is all that you need to keep coils and kinks refreshed and hydrated between shampooing, or as a style quick-pick-me-up during the day. Styling creams are also great for this hair type because they are thicker and are great for palm-rolling or shingling, two types of product distribution methods that stretch out coils and clump them for greater texture definition and elongation.

 

4C

4C hair is similar to 4B textures, but the tightly coiled strands are more fragile and have a very tight zig-zag pattern that is sometimes indiscernible to the eye. This hair type experiences the greatest amount of shrinkage, about 75 % or more than the other textures.

Since shrinkage and dryness are major concerns for these tightly-coiled folks, use a liberal amount of leave-in moisturizer to max the length of those strands. Castor oil is also a great hydrator and sealant for this very dry texture.

 

Ref: https://www.allure.com/gallery/curl-hair-type-guide

10 Easy Ways To Get Wavy Hair

What comes to mind when we say ‘beach bum’? A beautiful sun kissed girl with gorgeous wavy hair as a result of the sea salt laden air. Who hasn’t dreamt of having relaxed looking hair like that? We sure have! So, we scoured the internet to look for ways to get those gorgeous waves in your hair in the most effortless ways possible.

 

  1. Princess Leia Buns Technique

The force will surely be with you when you embark on this journey to get wavy hair. All you need to do is roll up your hair into 2 buns (a la Princess Leia) and you will end up with the hair of your dreams the next morning!

What You Need:

  • Hair brush
  • Anti-frizz serum
  • Bobby pins

How To Style:

  1. Brush out all the knots and tangles from your hair while it is still damp.
  2. Apply anti-frizz serum to your hair to prevent it from frizzing up as it dries.
  3. Part your hair down the middle.
  4. Pick up a 2-inch section of hair from right near the left side of your parting.
  5. Start twisting it while adding more and more hair to it from both sides.
  6. Once this twisted section of hair has gone past your ear, twist the hair the rest of the way down until the very end.
  7. Roll this twisted hair into a bun and pin it down behind your ear. You could also use some hair elastics to further secure it in place.
  8. Repeat the same process on the right side.
  9. Sleep with these twisted buns in your hair overnight.
  10. Next morning, open up your buns and shake your hair out.
  11. Rub a little bit of Argan oil all over your wavy hair to give it some shine.

 

  1. The Hair Knotting Technique

What You Need:

  • Hair brush
  • Claw clips or double prong clips
  • Hairspray

How To Style:

  1. Brush out all knots and tangles from your damp hair.
  2. Grab a 3 inch section of hair from the front and create a loop with it near the roots.
  3. Pull the tail end of the hair through the loop, but not all the way through.
  4. Clip this knotted section of hair to your head.
  5. Create such knots with all your hair.
  6. Leave the knots in for a few hours until your hair dries.
  7. Spritz on some hairspray before opening the knots.
  8. Brush out your hair to give your waves a softer look.

 

  1. Twisted Crown Technique

What You Need:

  • Bobby pins
  • U-pins
  • Light hold hairspray

How To Style:

  1. Part your damp hair down the middle and divide it into 2 sections, one on each side.
  2. Simply twist the hair on your left, right until the very ends.
  3. Place this twisted hair across the crown of your head and pin it behind your right ear.
  4. Insert more bobby pins and U-pins to further secure it in place.
  5. Repeat steps 2 to 4 on the right side.
  6. Keep these crown twist in your hair overnight.
  7. Spritz on some light hold hairspray over your hair before unraveling it and shaking out the waves.

 

  1. The Scarf Technique

What You Need:

How To Style:

  1. Spritz on texturizing spray all over your damp hair.
  2. Tie a hair elastic just a couple of inches above the ends of your hair.
  3. Tie a knot at the center point of your scarf.
  4. Hold your scarf behind your head and flip the end of your ponytail over it.
  5. Start rolling the scarf towards your head while wrapping your hair around it.
  6. When you have reached the roots of your hair, tie the end of the scarf at the top of your head.
  7. Sleep with this wrapped up hair overnight and remove it in the morning to get gorgeous wavy hair.

 

  1. The Straightened Braids Technique

What You Need:

How To Style:

  1. Starting out with dry hair, tie all your hair into several braids, depending on how thick and long your hair is.
  2. Loosen your braids to make them as flat as possible.
  3. Clamp down your straightening iron at the very top of your first braids and hold it there for a few seconds.
  4. Then move down your braid a little, clamp your iron down again, and hold it there for a few seconds.
  5. Keep repeating this until you’ve reached the end of your braid.
  6. Repeat this procedure with all your braids.
  7. Spray on some light hold hairspray before opening your braids.
  8. Shake out your hair to create more volume in your waves.

 

  1. The Hair Scrunching Technique

What You Need:

  • Volumizing mousse
  • Towel

How To Style:

  1. Apply a dollop of volumizing mousse to your hair right after you step out of the shower.
  2. Towel dry your hair as much as possible.
  3. Bend your head forward so that your hair falls in front of you.
  4. Now start scrunching your hair from the ends by balling it up in your hands and squeezing it for a few seconds.
  5. Keep doing this every 10 minutes until your hair completely dries.

 

  1. The Snake Braiding Technique

What You Need:

How To Style

  1. Brush out your damp hair to remove all knots and tangles.
  2. Flip all your hair forward, in front of your head.
  3. From near your left ear, at the nape of your neck, start Dutch braiding your hair in a horizontal manner.
  4. To do so, pick up a 2-inch section of hair and divide it into 3 strands.
  5. Braid this hair by flipping the side strands under the middle strand and adding more hair to the braid with each subsequent strand.
  6. Once your Dutch braid has reached near your right ear, change your pattern and continue braiding in the opposite direction.
  7. Keep braiding this way so that all your hair is braided in a ‘snake’ pattern.
  8. Once you’ve run out of hair to add to the braid, simple braid the rest of the hair down. Pin this tail of your braid to your head.
  9. Leave this ‘snake’ braid in until your hair is dry.
  10. Spritz on some hairspray before opening your braid.
  11. Brush out your hair to reveal gorgeous, wavy hair.

 

  1. The Fishtail Braid Technique

What You Need:

How To Style:

  1. Spray texturizing spray all over your almost-dry hair.
  2. Split your hair into 2 sections.
  3. Take a thin section of hair from the outer side of your left section and add it to the inner side of your right section.
  4. Take a thin section of hair from the outer side of your right section and add it to the inner side of your left section.
  5. Keep repeating steps 3 and 4 alternately until you reach the end of your braid, then secure it with a hair elastic.
  6. Sleep in with this braid overnight.
  7. Next morning, open your braid and shake out your hair to unravel your waves.

 

  1. The Friar Tuck Technique

What You Need:

  • Hair brush
  • Sea salt spray
  • Elasticated headband
  • Silk scarf
  • Dry shampoo

How To Style:

  1. Brush out all the knots and tangles from your dry hair.
  2. Part your hair down the middle.
  3. Dampen your hair by spritzing on sea salt spray over it.
  4. Put on your headband in such a way that it lies across your forehead, and all your hair lies under it.
  5. Pick up a 2-inch section of hair from your left side, flip it up and tuck it under the headband.
  6. Now add more hair to that section and flip and tuck it the same way.
  7. Keep repeating steps 5 and 6 until your reach the back of your head.
  8. Then repeat the whole tucking procedure on the right side.
  9. Tie a silk scarf around your hair to prevent it from frizzing and leave it on overnight.
  10. Next morning, remove all your hair from the headband and brush out your tangles.
  11. Finish off by spritzing on some dry shampoo to give your waves more hold.

 

  1. The Flat Iron Technique

What You Need:

  • Dry shampoo
  • Flat Iron
  • Sea salt spray
  • Light hold hairspray

How To Style:

  1. Start off by spraying dry shampoo at the roots of your hair.
  2. Section off the top half of your hair.
  3. With a flat iron, curl the lower half of the loose hair at the bottom.
  4. Unclip the hair on top and repeat the previous step.
  5. Spritz on some sea salt spray and scrunch your hair with your hands to give your waves some more texture.
  6. Finish off with some hairspray to prevent your waves from unraveling through the day.

 

Ref: www.stylecraze.com

Surprising Uses For Your Beard Oil

A quality beard oil can be an amazing, versatile product that does much more than enhance your beard. Below are some of our favorite unconventional uses for your premium beard oil.

 

  1. Overnight Beard Mask

A beard mask is an intensive treatment for dry and damaged beards and using your beard oil as a beard mask is super easy.

Shower before bedtime and pat your beard dry. Then, apply at least double the amount of beard oil you’d typically use. Finally, rinse out with cool water upon waking in the morning

 

  1. Pre-Shave Oil

As the name implies, pre-shave oil is used before applying shaving cream/shaving. They provide protection against razor burn; soften your stubble resulting in a smoother, more comfortable shave; help “lift” the whiskers thereby promoting a closer shave; and moisturize your skin. Your face will feel soft and smooth after shaving

Remember, not all oils are created equal. Cheaper beard oils tend to clog your pores (and razor) when applied directly to the skin.

Shower or rinse your face with warm water to open up your pores and towel dry. Then, dispense a few pumps of beard oil into your hand, rub together and massage into the area to be shaved. Apply shaving cream on top and shave as usual.

 

  1. Cuticle Oil

Say what now? We know, this might be a new one to you. A cuticle oil is applied to your nails/skin resulting in softer, healthier and less brittle nails. If you work with your hands/wash them frequently, give this a try. You’ll find your nails catching on fabric far less and your cuticles will no longer be a flakey, white mess at the base of your nails.

Wash and dry your hands. Then apply a few drops of beard oil and massage into your nails and skin. You’ll notice a difference the next morning, but for maximum benefit, consistency is key.

 

  1. Hair Conditioner

A little goes a long way – warm a drop or two in your palms, then work it through your hair, massaging it into your scalp. You’ll notice that your hair is not only softer and shinier, but also more manageable. Argan oil also stimulates circulation, so your hair growth will get a boost, too. (This same circulation-stimulating property applies when you use argan oil in your beard).

It’s also great for taming hair on the fly: if you’ve got frizz or flyaways, rub half a drop of beard oil over your trouble spots.

 

  1. Hair Mask

A hair mask is a deep conditioning treatment that helps heal dry and damaged hair.

Wash and towel dry your hair. Dispense desired amount of beard oil into your hands and rub together. Then, massage the oil into your hair, working it in root to tip. For added effectiveness, wrap (or place) a warm towel over your hair to speed absorption. Leave in for at least 20 minutes or sleep with it overnight. When done, rinse out excess oil with cool water and towel dry

 

  1. Moisturize Dry Skin

Rub a few drops wherever you feel chapped: on your face, elbows, cuticles, and nails. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, start with a tiny amount and only add more as needed, since applying too much oil can overwhelm your skin’s natural balance.

 

  1. Protect From Heat Styling

If you blow dry your hair into an undercut or quiff, this one’s for you. Instead of using a hairstyling product loaded with chemicals, try beard oil. Distribute 2 – 3 drops of beard oil through your hair. The oil will coat your hair shaft, protecting your strands from heat damage.

 

  1. Use In An Essential Oil Diffuser

You can literally turn your Beard Oil into a subtle room fragrance. Place a few drops into an essential oil diffuser to spread your favorite scent all around your house.

 

  1. As A Household Lubricant

In a pinch, beard oil can fix a squeaky hinge, wheel, or door that refuses to slide. Just try not to use it all up on household fixes.

Hair Braiding For Beginners

Some of us are more gifted in the hair department than others, and while your best friend can create an upside-down French-braid bun in the time it takes you to google “how to braid,” you may need a little bit of extra help. And that’s where we come in.

From a waterfall braid to a chain braid to a good ol’ French braid we are here to show you exactly how to master braiding. Don’t worry, you’ve got this.

FRENCH BRAIDS

  1. Brush your hair with a boar-bristle paddle brush until it’s smooth (or if you have curly hair, try gently finger-detangling to avoid destroying your curl pattern).
  2. Then, using a rat-tail comb or your fingers, section off the triangle of hair from your forehead to the crown of your head.
  3. Split the section into three pieces and three-strand braid them, making sure to incorporate more hair from each side of your head each time you cross the hair over.
  4. Continue braiding and feeding in sections until you reach the ends, then tie off with an elastic.

 

DUTCH BRAIDS

  1. To create this inverted, inside-out French braid, follow steps 1 and 2 from above (brush or detangle, then section off a triangle of hair).
  2. Here’s where the difference comes in: Instead of crossing sections of hair over one another and into the middle while braiding (mime it with your hands right now; you’ll see what I mean), you’re going to reverse the direction and cross your sections underneath each other, pulling from the inside out. This will create that popped-out finish that makes Dutch braids so noticeable.

 

ROPE BRAIDS

  1. Brush your hair back into a ponytail, tying off with an elastic.
  2. Rub a dab of pomade between your fingertips (it’ll help keep stray hairs in place while you work), then split the ponytail in two sections, then twist each section inward in the same direction.
  3. Then, cross and twist the two sections together, securing the ends with an elastic band. Mist the rope braid with hairspray to keep it locked in place.

 

FISHTAIL BRAIDS

  1. After detangling or combing your hair, divide it into pigtails. Clip one section out of the way while you work to make it easier.
  2. Split your hair in half, gripping both sections in each hand. Then, with your pointed finger, pull a small piece of hair from the outside of the left section and cross it over, joining it on the inside of the right section.
  3. Repeat on the other side, pulling a piece of hair from the outside of the right section and crossing it over to the inside of the left section.
  4. Keep braiding to the ends, then secure your fishtail braid with an elastic. Unclip the other half of your hair and repeat until you have two fishtail braids.
  5. Then, fatten up the braids by tugging on the edges of the fishtails for an intentionally undone look.

 

FRENCH FISHTAIL BRAIDS

  1. Unless you were #blessed with curly hair, curl your hair first to give your hair some added texture and grip. Pro tip: Mist on some hair spray before and after you curl for even more hold.
  2. Next, create a deep part over the arch of one eyebrow, then divide your hair in half down the middle.
  3. French-braid each side of your hair, clipping the braids in place when you reach the nape of your neck.
  4. Undo the clips and three-strand braid the two sections together twice—just two passes to join them together, before switching to a fishtail braid.
  5. Fishtail braid the rest of your hair together, tying off the ends with an elastic.

 

HALO CROWN BRAIDS

  1. Part your hair down the center with your fingers or a comb.
  2. Starting at the nape of your neck on your left side, Dutch-braid your hair (like you did earlier) up and around the side of your head. Yes, you’ll have to really tilt your head to the side for this, so we highly recommend clipping one side of your hair up and out of the way while you work.
  3. Once you reach your temple, continue Dutch-braiding across your hairline and back down the other side of your head. Tie off the ends with an elastic.
  4. Tuck the secured ends under the braid, pinning it in place. Boom—halo braid.

 

WATERFALL BRAIDS

  1. After center-parting your hair (or you can do a little off to the side, if you’re not a middle-part person), begin French-braiding your hair from your hairline to your temple.
  2. Next, while still holding your three sections, continue French-braiding, but instead of crossing the outer piece (the one nearest your face, rather than the ceiling), drop it. Yup, literally just drop it down with the rest of your hair, so you’re only holding two sections now.
  3. Then continue the French-braid part: Grab another section of hair from your hairline, add it to your braid like normal, and braid it. But when it comes time to cross that outer section over, just drop it. Basically, you’re only French-braiding one half of the section.
  4. Continue braiding until you reach the back of your head, then repeat on the other side. Join the two sections in back, pinning in place.

 

CHAINLINK BRAIDS

  1. Secure your hair into a low ponytail, then wrap and pin a piece of hair around your elastic so it looks polished.
  2. Then split your ponytail into four sections (to make this easy, label them in your head as one, two, three, four from left to right).
  3. Take the third section and cross it over the second section, then take the fourth section and cross it under the second and third sections, and then over the third section. Next, drop the second piece and bring the first section under the third and fourth pieces.
  4. Continue this sequence until you’ve reached the ends, then secure with a hair tie.

 

BRAIDED BUNS

  1. Create two Dutch braids on each side of your part, braiding all the way to the ends before tying them off with an elastic.
  2. Crisscross them at the back of your head, then clip them up and out of the way while you work on the bun portion.
  3. Braid the rest of your loose hair into a regular three-strand braid and wrap it in a bun, bobby-pinning it in place. Finally, wrap the two crisscrossed braids around the first bun and pin it into place.

 

SPIRAL BRAIDS

  1. Scoop up half your hair (like you’re creating a half-up ponytail), and starting on the side of your crown, begin French-braiding counterclockwise across the front of your hairline.
  2. Continue braiding down the left side of your head and around the nape of your neck, guiding the braid up and into the space on the crown of your head to create a spiral.
  3. Finish by tucking the ends of your hair into the braid along your hairline to conceal it.

 

FRENCH SIDE BRAIDS

  1. As you can tell, this braid is all about major volume. So, unless you’ve already got thick, voluminous texture, start by curling your hair and teasing it at the hairline and crown to create major volume.
  2. Then, pull your hair over your shoulder and French-braid it, leaving out the layers and flyaways around your face to soften the look.
  3. Continue braiding to the ends, securing it with an elastic band and a coat of hair spray.

 

FISHTAIL FLOWER BRAIDS

  1. Center-part your hair, then, on each side of your part, create two thin fishtail braids, braiding to the middle of each section.
  2. Wrap your tiny fishtail braids into a bun and bobby-pin them in place.
  3. Then, take a new, loose piece of hair from underneath the bun and fishtail-braid it all the way to the ends, securing it with an elastic band.

 

BOHO BRAIDS

  1. Pick up a small section of hair a few inches back from your hairline and three-strand braid it, securing the ends with a hair tie.
  2. Next, an inch back from the first braid, French braid a larger section of hair and secure with an elastic band, letting it hang loosely.
  3. Finally, take all your hair (including the braids), split it in half, and rope braid everything together, tying off the ends with an elastic.

 

LOBSTER TAIL BRAIDS

  1. Grab a section of hair from the nape of your neck and braid it (secure the ends with an elastic), leaving the rest of your hair hanging loosely over your opposite shoulder.
  2. Then, take the remaining hair and wrap it under and over your braid, creating a coiled, piecey effect, until you’ve reached the hair tie.
  3. Tuck the wrapped hair into the elastic and voilà! Lobster tail braid.

 

UPSIDE-DOWN FRENCH BRAID BUNS

  1. Flip your head over and French-braid from the nape of your neck to just below the crown of your head.
  2. Secure the braid with a hair tie, then wrap the hair around the base of the elastic and pin it into place. Boom: a gorgeous, unconventional bun.

 

DUTCH BRAID PIG TAILS

  1. Part your hair down the center of your head, then clip one section up and out of the way.
  2. With your loose hair, create a Dutch braid from your hairline down to the nape of your neck, securing with an elastic. Repeat on the other side.
  3. Cover the elastics by wrapping a piece of hair around each hair tie, sliding a bobby pin through the elastic to keep it in place.

 

SKELETON BRAIDS

  1. Section off a three-inch strip of hair down the center of your head (use clips to hold the side of your hair down and out of the way).
  2. Dutch-braid the strip until you reach just below the crown of your head, tying off the braid with an elastic.
  3. Unclip the sides of your hair and braid them on top of your already braided strip, partially covering the braid so it peeks through.
  4. Incorporate the rest of your hair and three-strand braid it until you reach the ends. Secure with an elastic.

 

 

Ref: www.cosmopolitan.com

 

How To Tell If Your Scalp Is Healthy

Healthy hair starts at the root, and that includes giving VIP treatment to our largest organ: skin. A nourished scalp means happy skin and healthier, faster growing strands. So how can you tell if your scalp is healthy?

The Ideal Scalp pH Level

Our skin’s pH level is between the range of 4.2 to 6.5 . Most women show greater variation in pH to men. A pH level of 2 is very acidic and a level of 12 is very alkaline. A good shampoo will be balanced at 5.5 pH, the ideal level for the scalp. A healthy scalp means healthy hair, and that is a barometer to your overall health. If your hair is limp, dry, not growing, or falling out there is something going on with your health.

Symptoms of an Unhealthy Scalp

When you’re feeling like your hair is falling out, your scalp is itchy, your hair texture has changed, your scalp is always oily, or you cannot control the flakiness, it’s time to see a trichologist. A huge misconception is that a dry scalp is the cause of flakes or itching but in fact this common condition is often seen in people with oily skin and scalp. You’ll know when it’s time to see a trichologist if you can’t go without washing your hair every day, and by the end of the day your hair looks lanky and is stuck to the head. This is caused by over-active sebaceous glands, known as Seborroeic Dermatitis. Seborroeic Dermatitis can be corrected by the use of a scalp balancing mask, although it may be the cause of a hormonal imbalance. So, your first stop is a trichologist then an OBGYN. Seborroeic Dermatitis as well as scalp psoriasis, an uncomfortable itching or burning sensation, are conditions that often need medication to treat, but a change in diet can be helpful in combating the effects.

Causes

Wearing the same hat too often, stress, diet, hormones and not shampooing your scalp enough are all causes of an itchy, flaky, or irritated scalp. Shower water temperature does not affect the pH of your scalp. If the temperature is too hot, however, it can be harmful and if too cold, might not clean the hair well.

If you’re using lots of hair and scalp products, like dry shampoo, colored powder, heavy oil, and leaving them to build up for a week or more then you’re running the risk of your follicles getting so clogged up that a nasty skin reaction on the scalp will form. In extreme cases, the hair will start to fall out. This is why it’s very important to keep your scalp healthy. Avoid any harsh soaps that leave hair feeling dry and formulas that contain silicones as they coat the hair shaft and over time lead to product build up.

When the scalp feels tight and sore, the style you’re wearing—a tight pony tail, tight extra-long braids, extra-long hair extensions—can be to blame. To make the problem go away stop doing all of above, and see how your scalp feeling in a few days’ time. If your scalp reaction isn’t the cause of color/bleach or a shampoo then it’s time to see a trichologist to determine what the underlining problem is.

Solutions to a Healthy Scalp

While it’s very rare that a flaky scalp will cause hair loss, if there is excessive itchiness and flakiness that is left untreated, it can lead to hair loss in extreme conditions. When you notice that your head is itchy for a few days, change your shampoo right away. Shampoo your scalp very well with a medicated shampoo. If this does not correct the problem then book an appointment with a trichologist to get a professional opinion.

As for shampooing correctly, it’s important to thoroughly wet your hair as it will allow you to use less shampoo. Using warm water, run your fingers through your hair as the water is flowing over it, then pour a quarter-size shampoo into the palm of your hand, rub hands together to get product all over hands then place both hands onto your wet scalp and hair. Massage the shampoo well into the scalp then rinse and repeat if necessary. I know many like the feeling, but it’s not a good idea to scratch the scalp with your fingernails as it can cause irritation. Instead, massage the scalp with your fingertips. Small circler movements will do the trick.

The brushes you use can also affect the health of your scalp. The round brushes are very light to handle and made with natural boar bristles. These are by far the very best to blow your hair out with as they do not rip the hair, and add a wonderful shine.

 

 

 

Ref: www.theouai.com

How To Get Silky Smooth Hair At Home

It’s hard not to feel envious when you see someone with long and luscious locks. More so, when you find out that they were born with hair that gorgeous while you are stuck with hair that is dull and rough. Frizzy, unmanageable hair that lacks shine is not uncommon among Indian women. However, a lot of women don’t realize that this is an issue with a fix. With the right hair care routine in place, your hair, too, can make heads turn. Here is a list of some simple treatments that will help boost your hair’s health, making it long, silky, and soft.

Aloe Vera

You Will Need

  • Aloe Vera Leaf
  • 2 tbsp Water
  • Spray Bottle
  1. Slice an aloe vera leaf and extract two tablespoons of gel using a spoon. Ensure that you’re only extracting the clear gel and not the yellow.
  2. Blend this gel until it gets to a smooth consistency.
  3. Add two tablespoons of water to the gel and mix well.
  4. Pour this liquid into a spray bottle and shake well.
  5. Spray your hair with the aloe vera solution after it has been washed and dried.
  6. Leave it on like you would hair spray.

Use 3-4 Times a week. Aloe vera is an abundant source of proteolytic enzymes which repair the damaged cells present in your scalp. This allows it to improve follicle health and boost hair growth. The moisture content of this ingredient helps hydrate your hair and keep it conditioned throughout the day. This will ensure a smooth texture with minimized frizz.

Hot Oil Massage with Coconut Oil / Olive Oil

You Will Need

  • 2-3 tbsp Coconut Oil/Olive Oil
  • Hot Towel
  • Prep Time
  1. Take 2-3 tablespoons (depending on the length of your hair) of your chosen oil and heat it for a couple of seconds until it is slightly warm.
  2. Massage the warm oil into your scalp and work it through the length of your hair.
  3. Massage your scalp for about 15 minutes and then leave the oil on for an additional 30 minutes.
  4. Cover your hair with a hot towel while you wait.
  5. Wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo and finish with conditioner.

Use twice a week. A hot oil massage can help stimulate your hair follicles, boosting hair growth. It is an efficient deep conditioning treatment for your hair which also fights issues such as dandruff and itching. Coconut oil helps nourish your strands with its rich triglyceride content. It also has the ability to penetrate deep into your hair shafts, allowing for optimum nourishment. Olive oil is packed with antioxidants, fatty acids, and vitamin E, which help condition your hair while preventing and repairing hair damage

Curd

You Will Need

  • 1 cup Curd
  • 2 tbsp Amla Powder
  • Prep Time
  • 2 minutes
  1. Combine the two ingredients until you get a smooth mixture.
  2. Apply these ingredients onto your scalp and hair.
  3. Once your hair is completely covered, leave the mask on for about 30 minutes.
  4. Wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo.
  5. Finish with conditioner.

Use 1-2 times a week. Curd contains vitamins B5 and D which are essential for hair health. It helps strengthen your hair shafts from within while also fighting off issues such as dandruff. The amla in this mask helps give your scalp a vitamin C boost, aiding hair growth.

Eggs

You Will Need

  • 1 whole Egg
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • Shower Cap
  1. Whisk the ingredients together to get a well-combined mixture.
  2. Apply this mask onto your scalp and your hair.
  3. Once your scalp and hair are completely covered, wait for 30 minutes.
  4. Cover your hair with a shower cap while you wait to avoid a mess.
  5. Wash your hair with cool water and a mild sulfate-free shampoo.
  6. Finish with conditioner.

Use 1-2 times a week. Eggs are one of the most abundant protein sources. It helps provide your hair with nourishment and shine while also improving its texture. It helps repair hair damage and adds life to dull hair. Regularly using this hair mask will help strengthen and condition your hair while making it more manageable.

Fenugreek Seeds

You Will Need

  • ¼ cup Fenugreek Seeds
  • 1 cup Water
  1. Soak fenugreek seeds in water and leave it overnight.
  2. In the morning, blend the seeds adding a little bit of the water that it was soaked in to get a smooth and consistent texture.
  3. Apply this paste onto your scalp and hair.
  4. Leave the fenugreek paste in your hair for about 30 minutes.
  5. Wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo.
  6. Finish with conditioner.

Use once a week. Fenugreek seeds are rich in protein, iron, vitamin C, potassium, and lecithin. These essential hair nutrients work together to prevent hair loss, dandruff, damage, and graying while promoting hair thickening and strength.

Onion Juice

You Will Need

  • Juice from a Large Onion
  • 3-4 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • Prep Time
  • 2 minutes

Mix the ingredients until you get a well-combined solution. Apply this solution onto your scalp while massaging it gently with your fingertips. Leave the onion juice on for about 10-15 minutes. Wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo. Finish with conditioner.

Use twice a week. Onion juice helps curb hair fall, boost hair growth, and also re-grow hair. This is probably owed to its high sulfur content which helps boost blood circulation, allowing for better nutrition. It is also a rich source of nutrients such as biotin, manganese, flavonoids, vitamin C, phosphorus, folic acid, and copper, all of which help restore health and shine to your hair.

Apple Cider Vinegar

You Will Need

  • 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 cup Water
  1. Dilute the apple cider vinegar with a cup of water and set it aside in a jug.
  2. Wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo.
  3. Proceed to condition your hair.
  4. After you’ve conditioned your hair, pour the diluted apple cider vinegar through it.
  5. Do not rinse your hair any further.

Use once a week. This treatment helps get rid of dirt, oil, grime, and buildup from your hair. It clarifies your hair without the use of harsh chemicals, leaving it feeling soft and looking silky.

 

Ref: www.stylecraze.com

Best Foods For Hair Growth

Many people want strong and healthy hair, especially as they grow older. Interestingly, your hair grows around 0.5 inches (1.25 cm) per month, and 6 inches (15 cm) per year. How fast it grows depends on factors like age, health, genetics and diet.

Although you can’t change factors like age and genetics, diet is one thing you have control over. In fact, consuming a diet lacking the right nutrients can lead to hair loss. On the other hand, eating a balanced diet with the right nutrients can help promote hair growth, especially if you’re experiencing hair loss due to poor nutrition.

Here are the best foods you can eat to promote hair growth.

EGGS

Eggs are a great source of protein and biotin, which are important for hair health and growth. A deficiency in either of these nutrients has been linked to hair loss.

BERRIES

Berries are loaded with compounds like antioxidants and vitamins that may promote hair growth. For example, strawberries are rich in vitamin C, which aids collagen production and iron absorption, two factors that may promote hair growth.

SPINACH

Spinach is loaded with folate, iron, and vitamins A and C, which may promote hair growth. A deficiency in these nutrients may result in hair loss.

FATTY FISH

Fatty fish like salmon, herring and mackerel are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been linked to improved hair growth and density. However, there are only a few studies in this area, so more are needed.

HALIBUT

Halibut is high in magnesium, which helps the body maintain healthy insulin levels. And diabetes has been linked to hair loss, so keeping your insulin levels regulated is important for a number of reasons. Yes, halibut is one of the best foods for hair growth, but it has plenty of other health benefits, too.

SWEET POTATOES
Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamin A, which helps aid sebum production. Additionally, it has other factors that may help speed up the rate of hair growth.

CARROTS

When converted to vitamin A, beta-carotene protects against dry, dull hair and stimulates the glands in your scalp to make an oily fluid called sebum. So where do you find this elixir of the locks? Orange-colored fruits and vegetables are your best bet: Sweet potatoes, pumpkin, cantaloupe, and mangoes.

AVOCADOS

Avocados are rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant that may promote hair growth. Additionally, they are a great source of essential fatty acids, which appear to be crucial for hair growth.

NUTS

Nuts are packed with nutrients like vitamin E, B vitamins, zinc and essential fatty acids, all of which may promote hair growth and are linked to many other health benefits.

SEEDS

Like nuts, seeds like sunflower, flax and chia are rich in vitamin E and other nutrients that may promote hair growth. Some seeds also contain omega-3s, which have been linked to hair growth.

SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS

Copper is essential for keratin fiber strength, according to a Dermatologic Clinics report. The trace mineral may also help hair maintain its natural color and prevent graying, according to a 2012 Biological Trace Element Research study. A cup of cooked shiitake mushrooms contains 1,299 micrograms of the mineral, which is 145 percent of your RDA.

SWEET PEPPERS
Sweet peppers are a rich source of vitamins A and C, two nutrients that help ensure hair stays healthy and that may aid hair growth.

OYSTERS

Oysters are one of the best sources of zinc in the diet. This mineral helps support the hair growth and repair cycle.

SHRIMP

Shrimp are a great source of protein, B vitamins, zinc, iron and vitamin D, which may aid hair growth. They also provide a small amount of healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

BEANS

Beans are a great source of protein, iron, zinc and biotin, which are all essential for optimal hair health. Together, they may aid hair growth.

SOYBEANS

Soybeans are one of the best sources of spermidine, a compound that may prolong the active phase of hair growth.

MEAT

Meat is a great source of protein, which is essential for healthy, strong hair. Red meat, in particular, is rich in iron, which may aid hair growth

ALMOND BUTTER

Almond butter contains a wide variety of nutrients—including protein, healthy fats, and certain vitamins—that have all been linked to hair health. It’s the vitamin E content in the nuts that researchers say is particularly good for keeping your locks thick and lustrous. One small eight-month trial published in the journal Tropical Life Sciences Research found participants who supplemented daily with 100 milligrams of vitamin E saw an increase in hair growth by as much as 34 percent.

Just a tablespoon of almond butter provides nearly 3.87 milligrams of Vitamin E. The recommended daily Vitamin E allowance is 15 milligrams, so almond butter will put you well on your way, especially if you eat more than one tablespoon.

Don’t like almond butter? Regular almonds will help, too. According to the NIH, almonds are one of the best dietary sources of vitamin E. An ounce of dry roasted almonds provides one-third of your DV for fat-soluble vitamin E.

PEANUT BUTTER

Like almond butter, peanut butter is rich in vitamin E. If you love adding nut butters to your diet, it could help your hair, too.

TANGERINES

The benefits of tangerines affect your hair in a big way. Their vitamin C content makes it easier for your body to absorb iron, which is found in foods like red meat and spinach. Iron deficiency has been linked to hair loss, according to a study published in the Journal of Korean Medical Science, so it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough of it. And vitamin C foods will only help your body absorb that iron even more.

GUAVA

Guavas, like tangerines, are high in vitamin C. In a study published in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, a vitamin C supplement was found to promote “significant hair growth in women with temporary hair thinning.” Although we often think of oranges as the best source of vitamin C, one guava packs four to five times as much.

GREEK YOGURT

Ever notice what sits atop nearly every ancient Greek statue? A mop of thick, full, wavy hair. An artistic choice? Perhaps. But maybe it’s due to the thick, protein-rich yogurt that Greeks and other cultures have been eating for hundreds of years. Greek yogurt contains vitamin B5 (known as pantothenic acid), and B vitamins can help you maintain healthy skin and hair.

OATMEAL

Oats are rich in iron, fiber, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), which stimulate hair growth, making it thick and healthy.

LIVER

As we mentioned, iron deficiency can lead to hair loss, most notably in women. Iron is plentiful in our ol’ friend spinach (and other dark leafy greens), soybeans, lentils, fortified grains, and pasta. Liver may sound much less appetizing, but if you like pâté, your hair will benefit. Organ meats like liver have iron in abundance.

BARLEY

Like almond butter, barley is rich in vitamin E. It can help with hair growth, so eating foods high in this nutrient is always a good idea if you’re looking to add more foods for hair growth to your diet.

MARMITE

Marmite is a spread made from yeast extract, and it’s high in folic acid. The Australian condiment contains 100 micrograms of folic acid per serving, a quarter of the 400 micrograms of folic acid the CDC recommends women get each day.

FOODS FORTIFIED WITH VITAMIN D

In most diets, fortified foods provide the bulk of the vitamin D. Some foods that tend to be fortified include:

  • breakfast cereals
  • orange juice
  • yogurt
  • margarine
  • soy drinks

Other foods that contain vitamin D include:

  • fatty fish
  • beef liver
  • cheese
  • mushrooms

L-lysine Sources

Certain amino acids in protein-rich foods may help promote hair growth, and L-lysine is one example. L-lysine is also present in the hair’s root, and it is responsible for the shape and volume of the hair. An L-lysine deficiency can cause hair loss, but getting enough of this amino acid can prevent this issue and promote regular hair growth.

People can take L-lysine supplements. It also exists, as dietary protein, in the following foods:

  • meat
  • eggs
  • beans
  • lentils
  • nuts
  • spirulina

A lack of the right nutrients including vitamins A, C, D and E, zinc, B vitamins, iron, biotin, protein and essential fatty acids may slow down hair growth or even cause hair loss. Fortunately, correcting a deficiency in any of these nutrients may help treat hair loss and promote the rate of hair growth.

If you think you’re lacking any of these nutrients, try adding some of the above foods to your diet.

Home Remedies For Dry Hair

When your hair feels dry to the touch, it may also be brittle and hard to style. But having dry hair doesn’t mean that you have a larger health problem, or that there’s anything wrong with the hair that you have. Sun exposure, heat styling, humidity, smoking, and more can all contribute to hair that’s damaged and dry.

The good news is that there are a few things you can do if you feel like reducing the dryness of your hair.

Get a trim

If your hair is too dry, it might need a reset in the form of a fresh cut. Even if your hair isn’t very long, split ends can make hair hard to style and contribute to it feeling dry or coarse.

Visit your stylist and trim off hair that’s unhealthy and weighing down fresh hair growth. While you’re there, ask the stylist if they have any tips for your particular hair type and length. They may recommend a new styling routine that can keep your hair from being damaged.

Take vitamins

You know that you need certain vitamins to nourish your body, but certain vitamins directly impact the health of your hair and nails, too. Vitamin A, vitamin C, biotin (sometimes called vitamin H), and the mineral iron will all contribute to hair that looks healthier.

Because prenatal vitamins contain all of the above vitamins, some people take them just for the way they affect their hair. It’s also popular at the moment to take supplements that contain only biotin to make your hair look better.

Add omega-3s and antioxidants to your diet

Omega 3’s keep your hair from thinning out and can make hair look shinier. To get similar results without taking a supplement, increase the amount of marine proteins in your diet. This includes:

  • salmon
  • oysters
  • mackerel
  • tuna
  • sardines

These are all rich in peptides and omega-3s, which can make your hair shinier.

You might also consider eating more antioxidants to combat oxidative stress, which makes hair look older. Some foods that are rich in antioxidants include:

  • walnuts
  • kidney beans
  • blueberries
  • broccoli
  • tomatoes

The Mayo Clinic emphasizes healthy fats, like those found in canola oil, for better hair health.

Avoid washing your hair every day

Shampoo removes dirt and sweat from your hair, but it also strips your hair of. Sebum is the natural oil that makes your hair easier to maintain and, when you have the right amount, shiny. Too much sebum leads to a greasy hair appearance.

But you probably don’t need to be stripping your hair of sebum every day — you can most likely wash your hair every other day and see your hair appear healthier as a result. If you can’t go a day in between washing, at least use a shampoo specifically for dry hair or even try a baby shampoo. Both are mildly cleansing without stripping hair completely of its natural oil.

Wrap your hair instead of air drying

If your hair is brittle and difficult to style after you wash it, it could be losing too much moisture during the drying process. Try wrapping your hair with a cloth or towel after you wash it instead of letting it air dry.

If you sleep with your hair wet, use a silk pillowcase to keep your hair’s moisture from getting absorbed into your pillows.

Cut down on heat styling

Heat styling to curl, straighten, or add volume to your hair might have been a part of your daily routine for years. It may also be the reason that your hair is drying out.

Try colder showers

The hot water that you use to rinse your body in the shower might also be scalding your hair. Cold showers have some health benefits, and making hair grow faster could be among them. After you shampoo and condition your hair in the shower, rinse your hair under a cooler temperature of water for a minute or two to revitalize strands and refresh your scalp.

Use essential oils

Moroccan argan oil has become a popular home remedy for dry hair. Using a few drops of argan oil on the ends of your hair may give it a more finished and supple appearance. Other essential oils, like peppermint oil and lavender oil, may help stop hair loss and prevent breakage.

Mixing argan oil, peppermint oil, lavender oil, and a carrier oil like coconut oil together to make a quick spritz hair perfume may make your hair feel less dry over time.

Wear a hat

Ultraviolet rays can damage your hair shaft the same way they can damage your skin. If you have dry hair, limit your hair’s exposure to these rays. Wear a hat during your daily activities, and avoid prolonged sun exposure. If your hair has already been exposed to UV rays, smoothing some pure aloe vera gel on your hair might help repair the damage.

Use hot oils

Olive oil is one of the most popular home remedies for dry hair. Besides olive oil, the following can also be used with good results:

  • coconut oil
  • almond oil
  • castor oil
  • jojoba oil
  • corn oil

All of these oils are rich in vitamin E and antioxidants and help to seal the outer hair layer or cuticle with moisture, thus repairing the damage.

To prepare this home remedy:

  1. Warm but do not boil around half a cup of oil.
  2. Gently massage it into the hair for some minutes.
  3. Cover the hair with a warm towel.
  4. Leave for 30−45 minutes or overnight.
  5. After this time, shampoo and rinse the hair.

This treatment will strengthen and add shine to dry hair.

Apply a gelatin preparation

Plain gelatin is a good protein source for the hair. It coats the hair strands and moisturizes them, making the hair smooth and shiny.

To prepare this home remedy:

  1. Mix 1 tablespoon of gelatin with 1 cup of warm water.
  2. Leave it aside for 5 minutes to partially set the gelatin.
  3. Add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and 6 drops of an essential oil, such as jasmine, lavender, clary sage, or rosemary to the preparation and stir.
  4. Apply the mixture to clean hair.
  5. Finally, leave the preparation on the hair for 10 minutes and rinse with tepid water.

Using egg and mayonnaise-based mixtures

Eggs and mayonnaise contain lots of protein, which helps to fortify and strengthen the hair and restore moisture to brittle or very dry hair.

People can prepare one of these protein-based mixtures at home in the following ways:

  1. Whip an egg white with 2 tablespoons of tepid water.
  2. Apply the mixture to the hair and scalp.
  3. Massage with the fingertips in circular movements for a few minutes.
  4. Rinse the hair with cool water and then shampoo.

Or:

  1. Mix three eggs in a bowl.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of honey.
  3. Apply the mixture to hair and scalp.
  4. Cover the head with a plastic covering or shower cap for about 30 minutes.
  5. Rinse the hair with cool water and shampoo.

Or:

  1. Wet the hair with warm water and gently apply to it a thick layer of mayonnaise.
  2. Gently massage the hair and scalp, working it through the hair strands to the ends.
  3. Cover the head with a plastic cap for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  4. Rinse the hair with cool water and shampoo.

Applying a yogurt and oil mask

Yogurt and oil together can make an effective home treatment for dry hair.

To prepare this home remedy:

  1. Add half-a-cup of plain yogurt to 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 6 drops of an essential oil.
  2. Mix together thoroughly.
  3. Apply the mixture to shampooed hair.
  4. Cover with plastic or a shower cap and leave for 1520 minutes.
  5. Rinse the hair thoroughly with warm water.

Applying an avocado paste

The avocado fruit is rich in vitamins A and E, saturated fats, and minerals, which all nourish damaged and dry hair, helping to moisturize and strengthen it.

To prepare an avocado paste, mash a ripe, peeled avocado with one egg and apply the mixture to wet hair for 20 minutes. Then rinse the hair several times.

Using a banana mask

Bananas are high in potassium and have high moisture content, which makes them suitable for treating dry hair. Because of their beneficial properties, bananas may prevent split ends, soften the hair, and improve elasticity.

To take advantage of these benefits, mash one banana and thoroughly spread it on the hair, from roots to ends. Leave it on for 1 hour and rinse with lukewarm water.

Take preventive measures

Making some lifestyle changes and taking preventive measures can help alleviate dry hair. Tips include:

  • Avoid overuse of hair styling products, including hair dye and heated styling tools, such as a blow dryer, curling iron, and flat iron.
  • Avoid excessive sun exposure.
  • Avoid excessive contact with chlorinated water in swimming pools.
  • Wear loose hairstyles instead of tight ponytails.
  • Do not sleep with accessories in the hair.
  • Apply a weekly moisturizing hair mask.
  • Use soft and padded hair accessories and avoid metal clips and other metal accessories.
  • Avoid washing hair too often, only washing it every few days instead.
  • Use mild shampoos, such as herbal or sulfate-free shampoos.
  • Use cold or tepid water instead, of hot water when washing hair. Cold water helps to seal the cuticles and reduces moisture loss.
  • Use moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, such as those with softening oils that can include sweet almond, Argan, sunflower, and soybean.
  • Protect the hair from harsh elements and chemicals at the beach or swimming pool by rinsing hair with 1/4 cup of apple cider mixed with 3/4 cup of water before going to the beach or after a swim.
  • Trim the hair frequently to prevent split ends showing.
  • Wear hats and scarves to protect the hair from the sun.
  • Drink plenty of water and follow a healthful, balanced diet, as what a person consumes will directly impact their hair’s health

Trying home remedies for your dry hair is easy enough, with no risk to you. But long-term hair loss and breakage can be a sign of other health issues. Speak to a dermatologist if you have any of these symptoms:

  • hair that comes out in clumps
  • bald spots or patterns of baldness
  • hair that breaks when you brush it

Blow Drying Mistakes

It may seem like an easy task: grab a blow-dryer, point, and blast with heat. But there is a mastery behind it. And you may be making simple mistakes that are actually hurting your hair even more than your look. Here, are some tips to getting a gorgeous at-home blowout every single time.

The Tool Makes All The Difference

Let’s start at the very beginning: Investing in a high-quality tool is important, especially if you have a lot of hair or you’re blow-drying your hair often. If you have thick hair, you’re probably damaging your hair more with a cheap blow-dryer as opposed to investing in a great one that will protect your hair and blow-dry it quicker.

Expensive dryers tend to come with hair-saving smart features like high power, multiple heat settings, a cool shot, and ionic air technology. The last one helps with frizz, creates shine, and minimizes blow-dry time. The technology in ionic hair dryers helps break down water molecules faster, which makes the hair dry faster. The less time your hair is under heat and the more control you have over the temperature, the healthier it will be.

You Hair Is Wrapped Up Too Long

A cotton-based towel causes friction on the hair, and it’s more prone to damaging the strands to the point where the hair breaks off. If you want to get rid of excess water, try using a microfiber towel or an old, clean t-shirt. And still, only spend about 10 minutes with your head wrapped up post-shampoo.The best thing for your hair’s health is actually letting it air-dry before blow-drying.

Make sure to dry your hair according to your texture. Fine-to-medium hair can air-dry a bit longer, to about 80 percent dryness, whereas thicker hair should only be about 50 percent dry before blow-drying. That’s because you have a better chance of getting curly or full hair straight while it’s still a little damp.

If you have curly or wavy hair and want to enhance your natural texture, add product when it’s very wet, squeeze out the excess with your hands, and wrap it up gently in a microfiber towel or t-shirt. Once your curls stop dripping, you can start blow-drying.

Starting With The Brush Too Soon

On the opposite side of the 30-minute towel turban faux paus is taking a round brush to sopping wet hair. It’s bad form to immediately walk out of the shower and pick up your blow-dryer and round brush for a blowout. Try using a dryer to rough dry hair first. Set it to medium heat and low speed. If hair is very wet and put on high speed, then it gets whipped around a lot. This can cause split ends, tangles, and frizz. Once hair is about 80 percent dry from the rough dry, then you can start sectioning it, molding it, and styling it with a round brush.

Forgetting To Use Heat protectant

Using the right product pre-blowout is going to save your ends from breakage and make your blowout last longer. But make sure you’re applying it correctly. When some people use a serum for frizzy hair or a thickening spray for volume, they just spray the top of their hair, instead of all around. Sometimes you just forget the back of your hair.

Try parting the hair, creating sections, and working the product from mid-shaft to ends. You can also comb it through.

Ignoring The Concentrator Nozzle

You know that flat, nozzle thing that attaches to the end of your hair dryer? Don’t lose it! That little nozzle helps concentrate the air in a more precise way and protect hair from excess heat, which is better for hair health and styling.

The nozzle provides distance between the hair and the lip of the dryer, which is the hottest point. Additionally, the nozzle keeps the air flow concentrated, and without it, the hot air disperses, causing undesirable frizz.

Even if you’re not going for a sleek style, it is important to attach the nozzle—no matter how lazy you feel. If you’re just a ‘rough dry and go’ girl, you should still utilize the smoothing capabilities of the concentrator. It helps streamline the airflow leading to less tangles and split ends. That means fewer haircuts.

Not all nozzles are created equal. Look for thinner nozzles—that way, it’s more direct. The thinner nozzle will help blast hot air directly to the roots and get more volume in your styles.

When it comes to choosing a brush, the type you use should depend on the results you’re looking for and your hair type. Typically, a round brush is the stylist favorite for a voluminous, bouncy look. But you have choices when it comes to the material of the bristles. For women with straight hair who want movement, ceramics are fantastic. For women who want smoothness but have coarse, frizzy hair, boar bristle is key to provide the right amount of tension needed to achieve that smoothness.

You Start Drying From The Back Of The Head

Many women make the mistake of starting their blowout from the back of the hair. It’s better to start at the temples, hairline, and crown then move backwards to the nape. That way you tackle the most visible parts first.

And if you have bangs, we’re definitely talking to you. The front of hair tends to be the most challenging to smooth—think cowlicks and short wisps—and is also the most visible part of your style. By starting from the back, your hairline is bound to get frizzy, so get the tough part done first.

Not Giving Enough Attention To The Roots

Lifting from the roots is key if you want more volume. If you don’t have a lot of time or you’re not a professional and you want volume, a great tip is to flip the hair upside down and brush it so that your roots are going the opposite direction. Do this while adding a final blast of heat with the blow-dryer. You can also use a wide-tooth comb or your hands.

If you want extra volume at the crown, you can set the top of the head with larger rollers. Put in the rollers while the hair is still warm from the blow-dryer. Pin it up with a bobby pin, and let it cool so you get the most full volume and a nice wave.

 

 

 

 

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DIY Oils For Gray Hair

Discovering your first gray hair can be almost as intense as dealing with heartbreak. Your life seems to slow down around you as you stare at that first white strand of hair that sprouted out where a beautiful colored one used to sit.

Dealing with grays is something all of us will have to do eventually. If you want to slow down the graying process and treat your hair to some homemade TLC, We’ve compiled a list of some excellent DIY hair oils that can help you eliminate gray hair naturally.

 

Amla Powder & Coconut Oil

You Will Need:

  • 2 teaspoons Amla Powder
  • 3 tablespoons Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil

Method:

  1. Mix the ingredients in a small saucepan and heat until the powder starts to char.
  2. Let the oil cool until it is warm enough to touch.
  3. Apply the oil on your scalp and hair. Massage your scalp for a few minutes.
  4. Leave the oil in for at least an hour. You can also leave it in overnight.
  5. Wash off with shampoo and then condition.
  6. Repeat this 2-3 times a week.

Precautions:

  • Handle the hot oil with care as it will be extremely hot.
  • Do not heat the oil past 350 degrees Fahrenheit as this will cause it to lose its nutritional value.

Benefits:

Amla contains high amounts of vitamin C which is essential for healthy hair growth, owing to its collagen-boosting abilities. It also contains antioxidants that keep the hair follicles healthy by fighting away damage causing factors. A healthy follicle is better equipped at producing healthy and pigmented hair.

 

Curry Leaves & Coconut Oil

You Will Need:

  • A handful of Curry Leaves
  • 3 tablespoons Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil

Method:

  1. Heat the curry leaves and coconut oil in a small saucepan until you see a black residue forming.
  2. Turn off the flame and let the oil cool.
  3. Apply the oil to your scalp and hair.
  4. Massage your scalp well and leave the oil in for at least an hour.
  5. Wash with shampoo and then condition.
  6. Repeat this 2-3 times a week.

Precautions:

  • Stand away from the oil while you heat it as the moisture from the curry leaves may cause it to splutter.
  • Let the oil cool before you touch it to avoid burns.
  • Do not heat the oil past 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Benefits:

Curry leaves help restore melanin, the pigment that gives your hair its natural color, in the hair follicles. It is also rich in vitamin B which is vital for hair growth. The mixture of curry leaves and coconut oil for grey hair makes your hair strong and restores elasticity.

 

Coconut Oil & lemon

You Will Need:

  • 2 teaspoons Lemon Juice
  • 2 tablespoons Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil

Method:

  1. Heat the coconut oil for about a minute until it is warm.
  2. To the oil add the lemon juice and start applying it to your scalp and hair.
  3. Leave it in for 30 minutes.
  4. Shampoo and condition.
  5. Repeat this twice a week.

Precautions:

  • Do not overheat the coconut oil.

Benefits:

Lemons are rich in vitamins B, C, and phosphorus. These vitamins and mineral are vital for maintaining the health of the pigment cells that are present in your hair follicles. While lemon juice keeps your follicles healthy, coconut oil provides them with nourishment to produce healthy, pigmented hair.

 

Mustard Oil & Castor oil

You Will Need:

  • 1 tablespoon Castor Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Mustard Oil

Method:

  1. Combine the oils and heat them for a few seconds until they’re warm.
  2. Apply the warm oil to your scalp and hair.
  3. Massage your scalp for 10 minutes and let the oil sit for an additional 45 minutes.
  4. Wash your hair thoroughly with shampoo and then condition.
  5. Repeat this 2-3 times a week.

Precautions:

  • Do not overheat the oils you need it be slightly above room temperature.

Benefits:

Mustard oil contains zinc, calcium, iron, magnesium, and selenium. It is a rich source of minerals that keeps your scalp nourished while the high protein content of castor oil repairs and prevents damage. Proper nourishment is key is preventing grays. This oil blend will also speed up the rate at which your hair grows and improves hair health in terms of shine, smoothness, and strength.

 

Sesame Oil Blend

You Will Need:

  • 100mL Sesame Oil
  • 100mL Carrot Juice
  • 50g Fenugreek Seed Powder

Method:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bottle and shake to mix them.
  2. Leave the bottle out in the sun for 21 days.
  3. Shake the bottle and pour 2-3 tablespoons of the oil blend into a bowl for use.
  4. Apply the oil blend all over your scalp and hair and massage for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Shampoo and condition your hair.
  6. Repeat this before every wash for at least 3 months to see results.

Precautions:

  • Prepare batches well in advance so that you don’t run out of the oil blend before the next batch is ready.
  • Store in a cool, dry place

Benefits:

This sesame oil and carrot juice remedy is gaining a lot of popularity as a miracle cure for grays. Sesame oil has been known for a long time as an effective treatment for premature graying. It also helps darken the color of your hair.

 

Black Seed & Olive Oil

You Will Need:

  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Black Seed Oil

Method:

  1. Mix the two oils in a bowl.
  2. Massage it into your scalp and apply the rest of the oil all through your hair.
  3. Leave it in for an hour and then wash the oil blend out with warm water.
  4. Repeat this every day.
  5. Precautions
  6. After the first week only use the oil blend thrice in a week as washing your hair every day will strip away its natural oils.

Precautions:

  • After the first week only use the oil blend thrice in a week as washing your hair every day will strip away its natural oils.

Benefits:

This black seed and olive oil combination has been in use for thousands of years to treat gray hair. Not only does this oil blend slow down the graying process, but it also effectively conditions and nourishes your hair, making it smooth and shiny.

 

Henna & Coconut Oil

You Will Need:

  • A bunch of Henna Leaves
  • 3-4 tablespoons Coconut oil

Method:

  1. Heat the coconut oil until it starts to boil. To this add your henna leaves.
  2. Let the oil heat until it starts to turn brown.
  3. Allow the oil to cool and then apply it to your hair and scalp.
  4. Leave it on for 45 minutes and then wash it off.
  5. Your grays will have turned to a dark shade of brown. Repeat this when the color starts to fade.

Precautions:

  • Stand at a safe distance from the oil while you heat it as it is likely to splutter.

Benefits:

If you have way too many grays, this is the best possible oil blend you could use to color them while giving your hair and follicles the nourishment they need. The penetrative properties of coconut oil will lock the color from henna into the shafts of your hair so that it won’t fade out easily.

 

 

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