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Split End Tips and Preventions

January 23, 2012 on 11:42 am | In Hair Care, Natural Beauty | No Comments

Split End Causes

Split ends are less likely to occur in well conditioned healthy hair, but any hair type can become damaged and develop split ends. The key is identifying the causes of split ends and minimizing or avoiding causing the damage where you can.

Genetics – hair that is naturally dry or brittle is very prone to split ends.
Over handling your hair – excessive touching of your hair or over brushing your locks should be avoided.
Heat styling abuse – cut down on the time spent using your hair straightener, blow-dryer, curling iron or hot hair rollers.
Hair chemical processes – hair color, perms or chemically straightening your hair can all lead to split ends.
Outside elements – too much fun in the sun, wind or water (swimming at the beach or in chlorinated pools) can be a factor.
Washing your hair too much – using harsh shampoos or roughly handing your hair when it’s wet and when you wash it can contribute to split ends.
Brushing your hair with the wrong brush – swap sharp plastic hair brush bristles for natural bristles.

Split End Treatments

The only treatment for split ends is to cut them off. Any advertisement that you see for a product that claims to repair split ends only masks the problem. Those type of products will coat your hair shaft and smooth the splits temporarily back together but they don’t repair them. The split is still there and will continue to move up your hair shaft, causing more issues. Make sure your visit your hairstylist as soon as you see any split ends to have them taken care of ASAP.

Split End Prevention
To prevent split ends from occurring, or reoccurring, you’ll need to work out what hair care habits you have that could cause split ends and change your behavior. This could mean…

Protecting your hair with heat protection products when heat styling.
Starting a regular hair care routine which involves deep conditioning weekly or monthly.
Using a hair brush that has natural bristles. Detangling your hair before getting it wet to minimize any damage caused when your hair is at its most vulnerable.
Always handling your hair delicately and as gently as possible when brushing, styling, washing and drying.
We hope these tips will help you to take care of any existing split ends and avoid further splits in the future.

To find a hairstyle to show off your split end-free locks, take a look at our virtual hairstyles today!

Are You Starving Your Hair? Tips For Balanced Tresses

December 1, 2011 on 10:39 am | In Hair Care, Hair Style | No Comments

Did you know the human body requires fat in order to be able to properly process and absorb vitamins and nutrients? Yes, it’s true.

Whether you get your vitamins from supplements or eat carefully to get nutrients from your daily food supply, if you live on only fat free or very low fat meals, your hair will definitely start to suffer.

The lack of fat can also have a negative impact on skin and nails.

Eat Healthy Fat For Lush Hair

Hair utilizes fat stored in the body to thicken and develop luster or shine. Does this mean you should go out and do fat laden meals to get a blinding shine for your tresses?

No, the key according to nutritional experts is to eat a well balanced meal with some healthy fats. Healthy fats which are also known as unsaturated fats include avocadoes, black and green olives and nut butters such as almond, cashew, peanut butter, sesame and sunflower seed.

Other great shine and hair healthy foods include macadamias, hazelnuts, pecan, almond, cashews, pistachios, brazil nuts, peanuts, pine nuts and walnuts. Seeds are also great for thick lush tresses, especially sesame, pumpkin, ground flaxseed and sunflower seeds.

Nutritional experts say the best foods of the unsaturated fat family are albacore tuna, salmon and extra virgin olive oil.

Fats which won’t help grow lush healthy tresses include saturated and trans fats.

Saturated fats include those found in meat and other animal products. Trans fats are found in foods with labels such as “hydrogenated” or partially hydrogenated”.

Lean Protein Helps Hair Grow

Nutritionists and trichologists preach the hair growing gospel of lean protein. Since human hair is almost 100% protein, it needs a constant supply every day to keep it growing.

When protein isn’t provided in adequate supply, hair growth will stall and possibly falter. In fact, without the proper supply of protein, hair may start to thin and may even start to shed.

Protein can alo be found in some of our favorite shampoo’s conditioners and hair masques. We recommend:

1. Davines Defining Protein Sculpting Lotion pH 4.0, 250ml/8.5oz
2. Biosilk Fruit Cocktail Reconstructing Treatment
3.  Davines Momo Moisturizing Shampoo pH 5.5, 250ml/8.5oz
L’Oreal Professionnel Serie Expert Intense Repair Shampoo

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