We've all heard that early prevention for anything is more important than trying to repair damage later in life. Teeth, skin, nails and hair (those really visible features) really need extra care if we want to maintain good looks through the ages. And don't start thinking " it won't happen to me". Chances are, if you don't take care of your teeth now, they'll fall out later. Same with your hair. Get smart!
According to Dr. Zoe Draelos, MD FAAD, of American Academy of Dermatology,"It's important to understand that hair is nonliving and cannot be repaired once it is injured." As we get older, hair growth slows down and the cosmetic beauty of our hair decreases. Hair loss that occurs from continual hair breakage over the years is a serious cosmetic concern for many women, so the key is to prevent this damage by stopping the cycle of over-processing and over-grooming our hair and selecting hair care products with proven hair-health benefits."
What to avoid in your 20's:
Be aware. Be smart. Be beautiful.
Uugghh! It's that summer hair thing again. Whether it's the sweltering, sizzling sun rays or the thicker-than-butter humidity, my hair goes through an unrestful, unruly identity crisis during the summer months. So, how do you look chic and protect your strands from excessive heat damage at the same time
Washing, drying and 95+ pounding hot, "Color Purple" heat just don't make for a healthy combination. Alas....here are a couple of quick and easy tips for protecting and promoting healthier summer hair.
Top 5 Tips for Healthy Summer Hair
Here's an eye opener for you: The cotton production industry,(you know that fluffy stuff that''s supposed to be the all-natural, attractively preferred substance), has some es-plaining to do. Oh, Lucy!?!
According to The Organic Trade Association (OTA), a nonprofit trade group representing America’s cotton commerce, the furry little balls happen to be one of the dirtiest crops in the world, due to the use of heavy insecticides and poisonous chemicals.
They use a chemical known as: Aldicarb, which “can kill a man with just one drop absorbed through the skin". It's a very toxic insecticide widely used on POTATOES, SOYBEANS, PEANUTS, and citrus crops for the control of chewing and sucking insects.
Mmmm.... Wonder if it has any effect on the absorbency level of cotton pillowcases - you know the bedding extras that tend to suck every drop of possible repairing moisture from hair and skin while you're catching up on a few zzz's.
Gosh, I used to think there was something wrong with the oils and conditioners I was buying. Then it hit me! The products do work. I never gave them a chance because I allowed my cotton pillowcase to sponge them out.
No thank you - cotton pillowcase...I'll stick to my satin pillowcase. ! I'd like to hang on to whatever "hey good looking" compliments I can get theses days.
Pondering whether to ditch the cotton undies now. Nah!
Let' me clarify things first....(pun intended). I'm clearly a creature of habit and am overwhelmed by the thousands of choices on the beauty shelves today for hair care. Why can't I just use the same ole hydrating shampoo for the rest of my life?
I'm never really sure which potion to pick for my relaxed hair, colored hair, short hair, prone-to-humidity hair.....well, you get the picture. Now that summer has smacked me in the face, I'll be complicating the whole "hair" dilemma by trying to figure out how to care for my locks after a chlorinated or salt water dip.
I'll admit, I didn't know a lot about clarifying shampoos and I certainly didn't know anything about chelating shampoos. My first though was...."What the #!@ is a chelating shampoo?" Well, here's what I found:
CHELATING SHAMPOOS - Made to get rid of minerals, salts, copper, magnesium & other chemical deposits left on hair . You get this build up from hard water sources, chlorine pools and even chemical hair relaxer products. It's a step above clarifying shampoos as it doesn't just remover build up, but harsh minerals as well. Recommendation: Use during the summer months (after swimming) at least once a week. During the rest of the year - perhaps every other month.
CLARIFYING SHAMPOOS- Think about all the products you use to attract Mr. Right or just turn a few heads on the street -(shampoos, conditioners, gels, sprays, gloss & serums, etc.). Regular shampooing isn't going to come close to removing all those products that have saturated your strands, girlfriend. At least once a month, you should be using a gentle clarifying shampoo that removes all that styling build-up. It deeply cleanses hair and you're likely to finally get that "squeaky clean" feel. And you don't have to spend a lot to get good results.
Ever try to read the ingredients on the back of skin creams, shampoos or basic medicine cabinet occupants? Fugget-about-it! It's almost impossible to know which ingredients heal and which may harm. I have to admit, I've never really given much thought to the healing benefits of coconut. It's great on a cake, but I don't think eating a huge, iced coconut cake is going to make me healthier. To my surprise, there are a host of beauty benefits that coconut and coconut oils give. Here are our Top 6:
There's nothing worse than getting ready for a hot date or primping for an exciting event and everything's looking good, except your hair. When your ends are busted, your hair looks dry & dull or just doesn't cooperate, you're in trouble. It doesn't matter how much those Jimmy Choos cost at the other end of your body. Regardless of how fly (can I still use that term?) your outfit is, if your hair is out of whack, you'll never turn anyone's head.
Here are the top culprits that cause hair breakage and contribute to stressed out strands:
REINVENT YOURSELF at ANY AGE
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