Wednesday, 24 September 2008

The damage caused by straightening hair

First of all I would like to apologies for not updating my blog as often as I used to - I'm back at school and I am very busy with all the work :( Now that I am back at school I am more self conscious about the style of my hair so I have been straightening it quite often. To try to prevent me from straightening my hair excessively and to prevent you guys too, I decided to remind myself how damaging straightening is.

Excessive straightening has been scientifically proven to damage the natural protein bonds in hair, which results in split ends, dryness and breakage. The breaking of ends will make hair appear as if it hasn't grown. Once the cuticle has been significantly damaged it cannot be repaired, but you can keep damage to a minimum by taking brilliant care of your hair, especially by regular conditioning. This can help to keep the cuticle intacted, lower friction and reduce static charge, but these problems can still continue to occur if straightening becomes a regular habit.

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Edible things that benefit your hair!

Quite a lot of the stuff that I put on my hair I would be able to consume, my Dad laughs when I put Cayenne pepper or mayonnaise in my hair. Here is a list of things that are edible but also benefit your hair!

Apple Cider Vinegar - Removes buildup, leaves hair shiny & smooth, makes hair easier to manage and is said to promote hair growth. For an ACV rinse mix 2 cups of water with 1/4 ACV.

Egg - Our hair is made up mainly or protein and so are eggs, therefor the egg strengthens hair. You can also get the same effect from putting mayonnaise in your hair.

Cayenne Pepper -Stimulates circulation in the scalp which results in faster hair growth. Mix the pepper with an oil, be careful though because it can become very hot!

Onions - Are used as an 'old herbal folk medicine' for baldness. Grate an onion and massage the juice and onion into your scalp.

Glycerin - Is used for sore throats and is also well known for its moisturising properties, so is brilliant for dry hair! Mix roughly 30% Glycerin with 70% water and apply to hair.

Oils - Oils such as Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil and Grapeseed Oil are all great for your hair. Use them before you shower and wrap your head with a hot towel to encourage the oils to penetrate the hair and scalp. You can also use them after a shower to seal moisture into the hair.

Well that's all i can think of at the moment but if you have any more edible things that benefit hair then feel free to leave a comment :D

Sunday, 14 September 2008

My two favorite hair products at the moment : D

Thicker Fuller Hair, Advanced Thickening Solutions, Weightless Conditioner :

What it claims : Replenish moisturise levels in fine, thin hair with weightless conditioner. This essential formula hydrates the texture and softness of hair, without excess weight or build-up and restores conditioner to hair. Hair will be visibly thicker and fuller with improved manageability. This formula containing plant extracts will improve elasticity and help protect against breakage while providing hair with maximum hydration and moisture.
After using this conditioner I always get great results! My hair always feels stronger, thicker and just generally more healthy.

Dabur, Vatika, Enriched Coconut Hair Oil :

What it claims : Vatika is a Premium Coconut Hair Oil enriched with Henna, Amla, Lemon and six other trusted herbs. Vatika's unique natural formulation ensures deeper oil penetration to give your hair and scalp completed nourishment for problem free, healthy hair.

I only bought this oil about a week ago and absolutely love it, it makes my hair feel soft, smooth and moisturised. It contains Lemon Oil which controls sebum flow and I have noticed since I have been applying it to my scalp my hair becomes greasy less quickly.

Monday, 8 September 2008

Follow me on Twitter!

I have noticed many of the people with hair blogs like mine have a Twitter account and I thought why not make one myself! It will also help me to build a regimen as I will be noting down everything that I am doing to my hair.
You can find me on Twitter by clicking on the tab in the left column of my blog :D
I have also added a guestbook that you can find in the same column as the Twitter tab :)

Moisturise your hair with Glycerin : D

Glycerin can be found in chemists and cosmetic stores, it is well known for its moisturising properties and is found in many hair products. I would recommend combining roughly 30% Glycerin and 70% water in a spray bottle and using it on the hair and scalp to benefit from it's moisturing properties.

Glycerin is a
humectant which means it uses moisture from the air. When it is sprayed onto hair it gets absorbed by your strands which moisturises, softens and slows down loss of moisture which is highly beneficial for your hair. You can also use Glycerin on a dry scalp.

Sunday, 7 September 2008

Vatika, Enriched Coconut Hair Oil

I came across this oil at Tesco for £2.29 and I didn't hesitate to buy it as I am running out of Coconut oil and also nearly all of the ingredients are natural:

Coconut Oil (Coco
Nucifera Oil), Neem (Azadirachta india Leaf Extract), Brahmi (Centella asiatica Plant Extract), Fruit Extracts of Amla, Bahera and Harar (Extracts of Emblica officinalis, Terminalia belirica and Terminalia chebula), Kapur kachri (Hedychium spicatum rhizome Extract), Henna (Lawsonia inermis leaf Extract), Milk (Lac) Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis Oil), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum Oil), TBHQ (t-Butyl Hydroquinone), Fragrance.

Only two of those ingredients aren't natural, and I'm really attracted to using natural products.

So how do those ingredients benefit the hair?

Coconut Oil - Protects, nourishes and penetrates hair.
Neem - Strengthens hair and encourages growth.
Brahmi - Used for hair loss, nourishes hair roots and promotes growth.
Amla - Stimulates hair follicles and helps maintain thickness.
Bahera - Maintains hair colour.
Harar - Has rejuvenating and cleansing properties.
Kapur Kachari - An anti-septic.

Henna - Conditions hair and protects it from oxidation.

Milk - Nourishes the scalp.

Rosemary Oil - Stimulates hair growth and is beneficial for dry flaky scalps.

Lemon Oil - Controls sebum flow and adds a shine to hair.

I have used this product quite a lot recently and I have noticed it has made my hair get greasy less quickly, probably because of the lemon oil. This is really a great product!

Friday, 5 September 2008

The benefits of Aloe Vera for hair

If you don't own an Aloe Vera plant already I highly recommend you buy one, they come at a small price and have so many benefits! You can buy Aloe Vera gel but its never 100% pure. To extract Aloe Vera from the plant cut a leaf and remove the skin with a knife to reveal the Aloe Vera. Once you have your Aloe Vera apply to the scalp and hair for these benefits -
  • Aloe Vera is used as a treatment for hair loss because it stimulates new hair production and can even fight against Alopecia.
  • It works very well as an anti-frizz product.
  • Makes your hair feel very smooth if you apply it after a shower.
  • You don't really need to rinse it out once its applied to your hair as it doesn't leave hair greasy.
  • Aloe Vera is an amazing natural hair conditioner, it is found in lots of hair products. In the ingredients its most likely to be written as Aloe Barbadensis.
I tried an Aloe Vera rinse the other day and it worked very well! I simply mixed about a tablespoon of Aloe Vera in a pint of water and used it as a final rinse, my hair felt very silky when it had dried :D

I love your blog award!

Well I have been nominated for the "I Love Your Blog" award by Sunshyne at Hairlicious Inc. and was very happy seeing as I have only had this blog for a couple of months! :D

Now The Rules:

1. The nominated is allowed to put this picture on their blogs.
2. Link to the person who hearted you.
3. Nominate at least 7 other people and link to them.
4. Leave a message on those people's blog to make them aware that they're nominated.

I nominate:
Hairlicious Inc.
The Coarse Hair Diary
Songbird's Hair
Southern Diva Natural
Product Junkie Diva

Monday, 1 September 2008

The importance of sealing!

Recently I have been trying to build a good hair regimen that I can follow, I came across this article that helps you build a hair regimen -

Its a really useful article and once I have formed my hair regimen I will be posting it on here! While I was reading the article I read about sealing and how important it is for maintaing the health of your hair.

Sealing is when you use oils such as coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, almond oil, carrot oil or castor oil to seal in moisture after conditioning. Use a minute amount and distribute throughout the hair, focusing mainly on the ends. Sealing should be essential in a good hair regimen because our hair is porous and moisture can leave the hair as quickly as you put it in!