Sunday, 29 March 2009

Stupid stupid hairdresser!

So I got my hair cut yesterday, I mostly wanted the layers quite choppy so I could get rid of some of my bleached hair and a choppy fringe. I asked for one cm off the hairdresser asked if she could do an inch as it would blend in more with my chosen style, or whatever, maybe she just wanted to chop lots of my hair off which she did! My hair is now about an inch past my shoulders. I'm so angry but when I think about it in a different light, I feel this is a fresh hair start as my most damaged hair is gone. I'm planning out a new regimen with some of my new products which I will post on here when I sort it out. Im not going to post a photo of my hair length yet as Im still quite upset :(
Sophie xx

Saturday, 21 March 2009

Ingredients to avoid!

  • Diethanolamine (DEA), Triethanolamine (TEA) - Used as an emulsifier and foaming agent. They can cause allergic reactions and dryness of hair and skin. Toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period of time.

  • Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate - A cheap, harsh detergent used for it's cleansing and foaming properties. It often comes from petroleum and can cause dandruff, skin rashes and allergic reactions.

  • Petrolatum - Also known as petroleum jelly, this mineral oil derivative is used for it's emollient properties in cosmetics. It has no nutrient value for the hair or skin, manufactures use it because it is very cheap.

  • Stearalkonium Chloride - Developed by the fabric industry as a fabric softener and is used in hair conditioners and creams. It is cheaper to use than beneficial proteins or herbs. Can cause allergic reactions.

Get to know your hair better

Recently I have been confused about what my hair actually needs, not what I think it needs. Having a balance between protein and moisture can help us all to get to know our hair a bit better.

Protein and moisture have a unique relationship, you can't have one without the other. Too much of one and your hair will become brittle, too much of the other and hair will become very dry. They work together to keep your hair healthy. Hair with the right amount of protein absorbs moisture well because water molecules (a moisturiser) bind easily to the protein structure in the hair.


So how do you know weather your hair needs protein or moisture? - Take a good look at your wet hair, especially when touching or combing.


If your hair...


-Stretches slightly and returns to it's original length without breaking, you are balanced. Stick to maintaining the balance.
-Stretches a little more than normal then breaks, you need more protein in your regimen.
-Keeps stretching with no significant breakage, add a bit more protein to your regimen.
-Feels weak, gummy, mushy or limp, you need to add more protein to your regimen.
-Experiences very little or no stretching, and simply snaps or breaks, you need to add more moisture to your regimen.


If your still not sure, add a little more moisture as too much protein in hair causes it to lack elasticity and will break very easily. Too much moisture in the hair will cause it to feel very elastic or overly soft, when combing it will always stretch lots until it breaks.

By scanning through the ingredients of a hair product you will easily be able to spot whether it contains protein or moisture. A moisturising product shouldn't contain any protein (e.g. hydrolyzed wheat protein or hydrolyzed soy protein) therefor a protein product will contain proteins. To help keep the hair moisturised you need to seal with a small amount of oil afterwards, make sure it is afterwards or you may end up sealing out moisture.

I hope this has been helpful, my information source was this article - ( http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/278612/the_fine_art_of_protein_and_moisture.html?cat=69 )
Take a look for some more information about balancing protein and moisture.


















Mayonnaise can applied to hair for protein, Glycerin can be diluted and applied to hair for moisture.

Monday, 16 March 2009

Just a quick update!

My roots are extremely bad, although this is a sign of my hair growing so i guess that is good :D FAST shampoo & conditioner seems to be working well, I only just realised how bad my roots were today. I decided I am going to dramatically cut down on the amount of heat I am using - I will only straighten my fringe and any wild bits of hair. Also I will pre-poo with coconut oil nearly every time I wash my hair, I really want to make sure my new hair growth stays and doesn't just break off! Just in case any of you need reminding how great coconut oil is, take a look at an older post -


http://thelonghairdiaries.blogspot.com/2008/08/benefits-of-coconut-oil.html


Sophie x x

Sunday, 15 March 2009

The products I want and need :D

Im becoming a product junkie, I have lots of hair products already and I want more! Here are some products that I would love to own. I will also tell you a little bit about them. Let me know if you have used any of before :)

Aubrey Organics - White Camellia & Jasmine Shine Conditioner, 2 fl oz spray - Contains Aloe Vera, Camellia Oil & Vitamins A, C & E.

Godiva Solid Shampoo by LUSH (solid shampoo) - It's second ingredient is cocoa butter, contains a wide variety of essential oils and is described as being a shampoo and conditioner.

Lush, Hard (solid shampoo) - Contains Camellia Oil and is designed for people living in hard water areas.

Mane 'n Tail Conditioner 32 oz. - To be used as a protein treatment.

Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Conditioner 16oz - Claims that it's deep-moisture complex penetrates hair to deliver lasting, intense moisture, powered by buriti oil, pomegranite and palm-derived conditioners.

Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Hair Lotion 8.5 oz. (Case of 6) - I have used a deep conditioner from this line before and it was great! Im hoping this will work just as good.

Dabur Vatika Enriched Coconut Hair Oil 300ml - I have used this before but unfortunatly I ran out, I absolutly loved it.

Thicker Fuller Hair Weightless Conditioner - 12 fl oz - I have also used this product before and I thought it worked well with my hair. It contains lots of natural extracts, Im definatly going to try to get hold of some more.

Saturday, 14 March 2009

Camellia Oil

I would absolutely love to purchase this oil, I have searched all over the Internet to find a brand that will ship to the UK but so far I haven't been successful :( Camellia Oil is extracted from the Camellia Japonica plant. You can identify Camellia Oil in the ingredients of a product as it is written as Camellia Japonica. This rich oil is most traditionally used as a hair smoothing and conditioning oil and also encourages a healthy scalp, encourages hair growth and gives outstanding conditioning. Camellia Oil is most suitable for very dry or coarse hair and is very good at looking after chemically treated hair. The oil is extremely high in vitamin E and Oleic acid. Camellia Oil also helps to counteract the affects of hard water (which is good for me as I live in a hard water area!)

Camellia Oil is famous for helping to grow and look after the hair of the women of Oshima island, there are photographs of these women standing on chairs with their hair reaching the floor. The women reported to have the most beautiful hair live in the Japanese island of Oshima.
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Although I have been trying to get hold of 100% Camellia Oil I have found a few products that have it as an ingredient -
Aubrey Organics, White Camellia and Jasmine Shine Conditioner Spray ( http://www.aubreyorganicsuk.co.uk/product-46-white-camellia-and-jasmine-shine-conditioner-spray.html )
Lush, Godiva (solid shampoo)
Lush, Hard (solid shampoo)
And for you lucky people living in the US, here are some 100% pure Camellia Oil products -
Atopico Skin Care Oil, 100% Camellia Japonica Seed Extract
Oshima Tsubaki Camellia Hair Care Oil
So I finally found some Camellia Oil that ships to the UK -

Saturday, 7 March 2009

Information about hair disorders

Alopecia - a condition in which hair is lost from parts of the body, most commonly from the scalp.
  • The condition affects 0.1% - 0.2% of males & females.
  • It is thought that the body attacks it's own hair follicles resulting in suppressed hair growth or hair growth stopping altogether, although there are many other causes of the condition.
  • The first symptoms are usually small bald patches.
  • For about 50% of sufferers the hair will grow back within a year without any treatment.
  • For 90% of sufferers hair will eventually grow back and for the remaining 10% there will be some or no hair growth.
  • Some think Alopecia is hereditary however the most common cause is usually a physiological issue such as stress.

Telogen Effluvium - a condition in which there is an abnormal loss of hair due to an alteration of the normal hair growth cycle.

  • For the sufferers, more hair enters the resting phase of the hair cycle than normal which results in an increased amount of hair shedding.
  • It is thought that Telogen Effluvium is a major cause of Alopecia.
  • Often a shock to the system such as physical trauma, vaccinations, crash diets or having surgery can cause this hair disorder or hormonal imbalances can also be a cause.
  • Shock can cause Telogen Effluvium as it results in a proportion of the hair follicles going into hibernation.
  • The disorder is fully reversible because the hair follicles are not permanently affected.
  • Treatments for the condition often depend on the factors that caused it in the first place.

Trichotillomania - a condition in which suffers obsessively pull out hair.

  • Suffers get repeated urges to pull hair, most commonly from the scalp.
  • The condition often leads to bald patches and broken hair.
  • The most common causes of the condition is stress, anxiety or mood disorders.
  • For many sufferers, they have symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
  • Two affective treatments for Trichotillmania are behavioural therapy or medications.
  • The disorder isn't just in humans but is common in animals: Mice under stress will pull out each others fur and unhappy birds may pluck out their own feathers.

Traction Alopecia - a condition in which hair sheds because of the hair constantly being pulled on.

  • When tight hair styles are used, the roots of the hair are being pulled on (traction).
  • The causes are often things like tight braids, pony tails or cornrows.
  • When traction continues for a long time, the hair eventually sheds.
  • The follicles can become damaged from Traction Alopecia which can eventually lead to hair not growing altogether.
  • This condition is simple if treated in the early stages.
  • It may take several months for the hair to recover from the excessive strain on the hair follicles.

Thursday, 5 March 2009

How heat can benefit your hair

This is a very simple technique to use! Every time you condition and I would defiantly recommend doing it while deep conditioning, place a shower cap or a plastic bag over your hair which traps in heat and helps the beneficial ingredients intensely penetrate your strands.

You can also step out of your bath or shower and use a hair dryer on your hair with the shower cap or bag remaining for a maximum of about 5 mins to get even more benefits from your conditioner.

Often when I put oil in my hair, right before I have a shower I will heat a towel in the microwave for about a minute & a half then wrap around my head to help the oils penetrate my hair and scalp more deeply.

I will just take the time to recommend a deep conditioner I used the other day, Organic, Root Stimulator, Olive Oil, Replenishing Pak. It worked a treat, the list of beneficial ingredients are endless! I used heat with this treatment, my hair felt like silk afterwards - funny that, it does contain amino silk acids ;)

This is a simple thing you can do everyday which will improve the health of your hair and also you will be getting the most from your conditioners :D

Amazing avocado oil !

I recently purchased avocado oil after hearing about the fab benefits it has on our hair. If you don't already own avocado oil, I urge you to purchase some and this is why -

  • Like most oils, avocado oil contains healthy fats which benefit us inside and out. The healthy fats in avocado oil help keep the hair moisturised and shiny.
  • Summer isn't far off and it isn't just our skin that needs protecting from the sun. Avocado oil has natural sunscreen properties. Tests confirmed that avocado oil is a more effective sunscreen than other oils such as coconut, olive & almond.
  • By massaging the oil into your scalp, it can help prevent it from becoming dry and flaky.
  • Avocados have the highest protein content of any fruit so the oil can be used as a moisturising and a protein treatment.
  • It is high in healthy vitamins such as A, D and E.
  • On top of all that, you will be happy to hear that avocado oil has a very high penetration rate which means all the goodness will defiantly be delivered to your lovely locks!

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

I'm back, again :D

Well it's been a long time since I have written on my blog, my hair has changed a lot - I now have bleached hair which is possibly one of the most damaging things I can do to my hair but according to my family and friends, it looks better than my brown hair. Bleached hair means lots of split ends but it had made me very committed to keeping my hair healthy!


I slacked with looking after my hair for a while which lead to breakage and that meant my hair didn't appear to grow at all, I decided to kick-start my new regimen and purchased FAST Shampoo & Conditioner. I researched it to see if it actually works and I came across good reviews! I have only been using it for a short while and so far, I haven't yet noticed my hair growing like weeds but hopefully the shampoo will live up to it's claims and my hair should grow noticeably faster than it normally should.
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God bless, Sophie x x