To make your hair shinier in just one day, look no further than your kitchen. Just mix 4 parts of honey and 2 parts of freshly squeezed lemon juice and apply it to your hair right after washing it. DO NOT RINSE. Simply squeeze extra liquid from your hair and...
The same way that you steer away from shampoos that contain chlorine (yes, there are several leading brands that add chlorine to their formulas, to strip your hair of dirt and grime easily), you should avoid leaving chlorinated water on your hair after washing it. This may seem easier said than done, since nowadays all city water contains chlorine to kill bacteria. What’s good for your health is not always good for your hair, and this is a prime example. While chlorine will keep you amoeba free, it will also keep your hair free of its natural oils, removing that necessary fatty layer that protects against breakage. What to do, then? Use bottle water! Although the ideal would be not to let chlorinated water touch your hair ever, washing your entire hair with bottled water is not only impractical but can be quite expensive, depending on where you live. But if after you’re done washing your hair (yes, with regular oil-stripping chlorine-ridden H2O), you use one single bottle of water to rinse off the chlorinated water, your hair will be much less prone to breakage and split ends, let alone more manageable and quite softer. Even though tap water will [...]
Full hair is synonymous with hair that has plenty of volume, is bouncy and does not look flat or “just there”. If your hair is naturally flat or scarce, this is how to get a fuller mane: Use Volumizing Products Start out by washing your hair with a shampoo specifically formulated for fine thin hair. Rinse thoroughly and apply a good quality conditioner to help your hair be healthier and in good condition, since healthy hair has more bounce and body. After thoroughly conditioning your hair rinse off all product, as leaving conditioner on your hair will weight it down. It is also a good idea to use a clarifying shampoo once a week to remove all leftover styling products which may be weighting your hair down. Towel dry your hair and apply a root lifter to your roots, which is a product that helps increase volume where it counts the most: the first inch of hair attached to your scalp. Blow Dry Your Hair Upside Down Apply volumizing moosse to the full extension of your hair. Then tilt your hair down and blow dry from the roots down towards the ends. Scrunch a section of your hair in your [...]
Brushing your hair is actually terrible for it. Tell you what: lean over your sink, and brush your hair right over it. When you’re done, you’ll notice lots of pieces of hair and even full length strands laying in the sink. The reason? Brushing your hair breaks the weaker strands, and is the main cause for split ends. I have heard lots of beauticians advise their clients to brush their hair with a round brush to bring down the oil that is close to the scalp all the way to the ends. By the time your brush reaches the ends of your hair, there’s no oil left on it, so if you want to add oil or moisturize the tips of your hair, simply apply an oil treatment, but do not brush it! If you still feel the urge to use a brush, then so be it, but keep in mind that the only time to brush your hair is right after you wash your hair and put plenty of conditioner in it, and you should only do so with a flat brush with bristles that are at least 1/3 of a inch apart. In other words: never brush your [...]
Cutting your hair continuously will NOT make it longer. Au contraire! The more you cut your hair, the shorter it will be. So lay down those scissors and visit your hair salon ONLY once every two months so they can trim the very tips of your hair, a process that gets rid of the split ends and allows your hair to grow healthier and longer. Hair grows an average of 1/2 inch per month, so on your visits to your hair dresser, have her cut less than 1/2 inch, leaving more than one full month’s intact. In a year that will give you a whopping 3 inches plus, after accounting for the hair trimmed by your hair dresser.
Long hair is very feminine, sexy and by far the most flattening aspect of a woman’s physique, so it’s no wonder most of us want to have long flowing locks. But, how to get longer hair? First off, you need to accept that it takes time, unless you’re opting for hair extensions. But here are a few tips that will make your hair get longer faster. Eat Oily Foods Oil is good for your hair and not only makes it shinier, but stronger as well. And strong hair grows faster and lasts longer (yes, hair has an expiration date!) Even though applying an olive oil mask to your hair will improve its quality, there is no substitute for the oil you consume orally. Hair that is oil-nurtured also gets less split ends, the main enemy of long hair. Trim Your Hair Yes, you read it right. Hair that is not regularly trimmed at least once every 2 months, tends to split at the ends, therefore breaking and getting shorter. Just have your hair stylist take half an inch off the end to get rid of the older hair and take off any split ends you may have. Load up on [...]
There are several methods to highlight your hair using natural products instead of using harsh chemicals that will damage it. Our favorites are: Chamomile Boil a pot of strong chamomile tea (without sugar, of course) and rinse your hair with it every day for a week. Leave it in, and style as usual. Taking sun while having chamomile on your hair will increase its bleaching action, and give you nice golden-colored highlights. Olive Oil A little known remedy for bleaching your hair, olive oil will also keep it soft and shiny. Apply a generous amount of olive oil to your hair, comb thru and head for the beach. Just applying olive oil to your hair won’t bleach it, but sunning with it on your mane will do the trick. Try it for a few days in a row, and you will love the results: sun kissed hair that is in top condition! Lemon Juice Make a mixture of 1/3 freshly squeezed lemon juice and 2/3 water and apply to the whole length of your hair, avoiding the scalp (unless you have dandruff, in which case DO apply it to your scalp since lemon is a good dandruff-fighting product). Catch a [...]
Highlighting your hair can be disastrous for its integrity, shine and strength. Still lots of us choose to highlight since the result is quite striking. Damaging, but striking. But before you decide to bleach strands of your hair, you should consider other possibilities. My favorite is getting hair extensions instead. Why damage your hair when you can just achieve the same results while at the same time increasing your hair volume. Other alternative to highlights is darkening big chunks of your hair by just two or three tones, and then slightly bleaching the actual highlights with an oil based dye instead of the customary power-based dye that is normally used for highlights, and which is the most damaging chemical you could put on your hair. This method achieves the same impact as regular highlights while keeping you from frying your hair. Finally a less dramatic look-wise alternative to highlights if you have virgin, never bleached hair, is the daily application of a very concentrated chamomile tea to your hair, and the use of a sun-kissed natural product to the bangs that frame your face. Among these products are lemon juice and olive oil (please see our article on Naturally Lightening [...]
The best hair extensions come from Russia, and are made of raw, virgin hair that has never been chemically treated. It comes in all lengths and natural colors and it lasts for years. The only problem is that Russian hair extensions are really hard to come by and a high percentage of what is sold out there as Russian hair is not what it claims to be. Russian hair extensions are very expensive and worth every penny, but before you spend 2 or 3,000 dollars in your new hair make sure you’re getting the real deal. Another good option is European hair extensions. The quality is good, it comes in a variety of colors and the price is not as steep as Russian hair extensions. They last a few months less but are still well worth it. Asian hair extensions are only recommended for customer of Asian ethnicity. If you do not have Asian blood and therefore Asian hair, steer away from hair extensions that come from Asian countries. This hair is very sleek and shiny but is hard to style and there is always a noticeable difference between your real hair and the extensions, which is a big no-no [...]
Hair Extensions are absolutely safe and will not damage your own hair or scalp if you are willing to spend the money on buying a good high quality product, meaning real human hair that is NOT previously colored or dyed. The other factor to take into account is HOW the hair extensions are attached to your hair. No matter how many salons may tell you that gluing or otherwise chemically bonding the hair extensions to your hair is safe, do not believe them! There is no faster way to ruin your existing hair than by applying glue or other harsh chemicals to it, which are nearly impossible to remove later on, and that in numerous cases “melt” your hair making it fall off. The only safe way to attach hair extensions to your hair is by using the loop technique, where each individual extension is looped around a few of your hair strands. Some salons then secure them in place using a small metal clamp, but this is not mandatory; most times the loop itself is enough to secure the extensions in place. In a nutshell: Do not buy man made hair and stick only to human hair. Do not [...]
Getting better hair is as simple as heading for your kitchen and mixing equal parts of virgin olive oil and honey and rubbing it on your scalp. Don’t go cheap on yourself, and use a generous amount of both ingredients. After you’ve covered your entire scalp in this mixture, wrap your head in a warm towel (you can warm it in your microwave) and keep it on your hair for at least 15 minutes. Repeat this simple treatment at least once a week and you will notice a rapid improvement in the quality of your hair, making all new growth much stronger. This will also contribute to stop hair loss. If you have leftover mixture and have long hair, go ahead and spread it on the rest of your hair, since both olive oil and honey are excellent natural hair conditioners highly recommended for long strands. For more information on how to condition your hair, please refer to our “Get Stronger Hair” article, which directly addresses how to improve your long hair.