Archive for the ‘Hair and Scalp Treatments’ Category

Healthy hair requires a healthy scalp

       
Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Healthy hair requires a healthy scalp

Many common hair problems can be traced back to the scalp. Even if you think your hair has been damaged by the sun or is the victim of damage from outside chemicals, the source of the issue may actually lie at the roots.

Hair and scalp treatment products can help fight hair loss or replenish locks that have been damaged by coloring, heat and other procedures. A common ingredient in these serums is collagen, which promotes the regeneration of hair while soothing the scalp. Although these products may not be a miracle cure, they can help you enhance the appearance of the hair you have while also encouraging the growth of more healthy strands.

If scalp dryness and flaking are your main problems, consider trying hair masques for a soothing treatment. These creams can lock moisture into your scalp, relieving annoying itching while also benefiting your tresses. Use a mild shampoo that hydrates the scalp and follow up with a leave-in conditioner to maximize effectiveness.

On the flip side, those with oily scalps will want to use conditioners sparingly, turning instead to a deep cleansing shampoo. After washing your hair, you should bypass a lot of heavy brushing, as overworking your hair can lead to more oil production.

Five ways to wear a headband this fall

       
Friday, September 7th, 2012

Fall is the perfect time to start wearing headbands again!If it's been years since you've ventured into headband territory, the onset of September (a.k.a. back-to-school season) is the perfect excuse to get back on the bandwagon. From glamorous updos to preppy blowouts to disheveled gym hair, there's nothing like a pretty headband to take your look to the next level. Here are a few ways to rock 'em this fall.

1. Down and wavy. Make your hair look super luxurious with a replenishing hair mask like Fekkai – Advanced PrX Reparatives Intensive Fortifying Mask, then blowdry and curl as usual. Slip on a headband with a large bow on the side.

2. Up and sleek. Twist your hair back into a bun, using a bit of light hold hairspray to smooth down any flyaways. Slide on a thin headband that matches your haircolor.

3. Low and to the side. After adding curls to your hair, part it on the side and gather it behind the opposite ear, leaving a few face-framing tendrils out in the front. Then add a sparkly headband.

4. Chic and boho. Part your hair in the center, then make waves with a curling iron. Slide on a thick, bejeweled headband at your hairline.

5. Tousled and glamorous. Curl your hair, then pin up sections randomly, twisting here and there for a tousled effect. Then add a couple sparkly headband chains toward the front.

Encourage your hair to grow faster

       
Monday, January 9th, 2012

Want your hair to grow faster?Before you get too excited about the prospect of making your hair grow faster, you should know that there's no surefire way to make your locks longer in a short amount of time. However, there are ways you can encourage faster and stronger hair growth.

According to Marie Claire magazine, at-home scalp massages can stimulate blood flow to your scalp, helping nutrients get to your hair follicles quicker. Before you shampoo, massage Leonor Greyl – Regenerescence Naturelle into your scalp, then wait 15 minutes before rinsing. While you shampoo, it's always helpful to use your fingernails to gently scrub your scalp.

Ensuring that your hair is always healthy and moisturized is another way to keep your hair growing strong and luscious. Use a mask like Hamadi – Shea Hair Mask on a weekly basis to give your strands the nourishment they need.

Finally, Marie Claire recommends taking a vitamin supplement with plenty of B vitamins and antioxidants to increase the strength and resiliency of your hair. Look for one at your local drug store.

Are you ready for bangs?

       
Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Tons of celebrities are showing up on the red carpet with bangs!If you've been paying attention to the red carpet lately, you may have noticed that tons of celebrities are showing up with new haircuts featuring bangs. Glamour magazine's beauty blog spotted them on Taylor Swift, Natalie Portman and Alexa Chung, just to name a few, and they all look pretty fabulous.

If you're thinking about taking the leap into a bang 'do, you might want to think about how you're going to style them. It can be tricky to pull them off if you have hair that tends to get greasy, especially since they might pick up extra oil from your forehead.

That's why you may want to try a shampoo like Leonor Greyl – Huile de germe de ble (For devitalized or oily scalp). It can be used as a treatment or a shampoo, and it will help balance your scalp while leaving your hair shiny and full of life. If you're still finding your bangs a bit greasy, Leonor Greyl – Tonique Vegetal (Spray for oily scalp) will help solve the problem.

How to look fabulous at your high school reunion

       
Friday, November 4th, 2011

You should look amazing for your high school reunion!High school reunions are a great way to get in touch with your former classmates and see what’s going on in everyone’s lives. You can get reacquainted with your old friends and maybe even make a few new ones that you never would’ve expected. If you’re nervous about what you should wear or what people will think of the older you, there’s no need to worry. There are plenty of ways to ensure that you’ll look fabulous and younger for the big event. Here are a few from Allure magazine.

Amp up your eyes
Eyes are usually the feature that people notice first, so it’s important to make sure yours are giving off the right first impression. You want bright, wide-awake eyes that look young and vibrant. The key to pulling this off is by de-puffing them and eliminating dark circles on the day of the event. Use a cold compress or even a frozen bag of peas to cool down your lids for ten minutes, then use a product like Sothys – Active-Contour Age-Defying Cream (Eyes). It will reduce the depth of wrinkles and fine lines, and if you keep it in the fridge, it’ll have extra de-puffing powers. Afterwards, use Jane Iredale – Active Light Under-eye Concealer to hide dark circles and signs of fatigue without any creasing.

Steer clear of acne
Even if your high school days are over, that doesn’t mean that your acne has completely gone away. If you’re still prone to the occasional breakout, it’s important to take preventative measures before the event. Wash your face twice daily with a cleanser meant for acne-prone skin, and consider using a product with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid afterwards. If you already have a breakout close to the event, do some damage control by warming up your skin with a warm compress, like a damp washcloth, for several minutes. Once your pores have opened, use two clean Q-tips to press on either side of a pimple to get rid of it, then use a zit-sapping product on top before concealer.

Get a dewy glow
You don’t want to look drab and burned out or oily on the day of your reunion, so use a product like BABOR – Advanced Biogen Intensive Repair in the days leading up to the event. Your face will have a smoother texture immediately and the formula will help with any scarring, abrasions and excess oil. Make sure to use plenty of moisturizer, and a facial spritzer like GloMinerals – gloMoist Hydration Mist can give you a quick pick-me-up, even in the bathroom of the venue!

Whiten your smile
There’s nothing like yellowing teeth to make you look older, so turn up the brightness of your smile with a kit like Supersmile – Professional Whitening System (Large). You’ll have much more confidence without even having to step foot in the dentist’s office. To get rid of any stains, you may want to try using hydrogen peroxide. Just dip a washcloth in it, then use it to scrub stains from the surface of your teeth. GoSMILE – TOUCH UP Mini (pear-licious) can also help you get rid of stains from coffee or wine on the day of the reunion.

Shine up your hair
Dull, dry hair can make you look much older, so it’s important to pamper your locks before the big day so your tresses will be glowing along with your face. Use a luxurious masque like BORGHESE – Fango Active Mud for Hair and Scalp, which will give you plenty of body and moisture. When you’re styling, use a shine spray like Hamadi – Shea Spray to get soft, luscious hair that your girlfriends will be jealous of.

Longer, stronger hair – from a pill

       
Monday, October 24th, 2011

Stronger hair from a pill?If you're a fan of long hair, you may be interested to know that there is actually a pill that exists which promises to promote growth and make hair thick, strong and healthy.

Accoring to Allure magazine, Viviscal is a blend of vitamin C silica compounds, horsetail extract and a marine protein complex which forces hair to grow quickly. Models and actresses use it a lot, as their hair takes many beatings on the job. While it's not a quick fix, those who use the pill can expect to have more hair growth within a few months and see stronger, healthier hair.

If you're not into the whole pill-taking thing, you may want to turn to different treatments instead. AminoGenesis – Therapeutic Hair Repair can give your hair everything you need to stay healthy, nourished and strong, while Leonor Greyl – Regenerescence Naturelle (Purifies scalp & fortifies bulb) can stimulate and regenerate your scalp, allowing your hair to grow in healthier. Just apply it to a dry scalp strip by strip, then massage lightly and leave it in for 15 minutes. Rinse it out in the shower with your regular shampoo and you should notice an immediate difference!

The benefits of hair serums

       
Friday, October 14th, 2011

Serums are good for a lot of reasons!Some hair serums have gotten a bad reputation – mostly because women with fine hair are frustrated by oily products that weigh their hair down for days. But there are tons of different products out there which help your hair look and feel luxurious without the grease. The key is to use them correctly. Here are a few tips for using hair serum, according to Allure magazine.

1. Use before you blow dry. Just use a pea-sized amount of something like Leonor Greyl – Huile de Palme (For Dry Hair, protects from sun & water) just on the dry ends of your hair. Don't get close to your roots at all.
2. Grab a serum like Hamadi – Healing Serum and put a dime-sized amount on your hair at night. Stay away from your roots, then put your hair up before bed and you'll have soft, wavy tresses in the morning.
3. Use a tiny drop of serum as a spot treatment on your frizzy areas. It won't weigh your hair down like an all-over product.
4. For any hairstyle, a drop of oil can add tons of shine. Try slicking your hair back into a ponytail and rubbing a bit over the crown and the tail. You'll be instantly sleek without looking greasy.

This just in: There is a use for warm beer

       
Monday, May 16th, 2011

This just in: There is a use for warm beerNext time you go to dump that can of beer you've deemed too warm for drinking, consider saving it for a hangover beauty fix. According to celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson, beer is an excellent ingredient to use in a home-made hair conditioning treatment.

Gibson's easy-peasy home-made recipe consists of mayonnaise, avocado and beer, BellaSugar.com reports. All you need to do is apply it to wet hair, leave it on for half an hour and then rinse it out (but don't shampoo).

Still others will flinch at the thought of lathering their tresses with condiments, and that's okay. There are plenty of top-shelf hair treatments on the market specially designed to target certain problem areas and restore your hair to its natural, shiny, full-bodied bounce. It's generally best to use a hair masque or treatment about once a week – for the other six days, make sure you're using a quality hydrating conditioner to help you maintain that luster from day to day.

Backing up that color change

       
Friday, April 29th, 2011

Backing up that color changeIn light of Blake Lively's recent turn to strawberry fields (specifically, we're referring to her recent redhead conversion), we thought we'd address all of you out there who are probably in the mood for a spring renewal of your own.

Dying your hair isn't just exciting, it's a way of reinventing yourself. Whether you're saying goodbye to your blonde hair for the first time in your life or increasingly lightening up with more highlights, you should be able to change your appearance as often as you see fit without bearing the brunt of all that chemical damage.

Since this isn't usually the case, however, women should take care to use haircare products that are specifically designed to replenish the health of color-treated hair.

Shampoos and conditioners are often specially formulated for tresses that has sustained chemical damage, but you can go one step further by using a once-a-week hair masque, a nourishing serum or even taking supplements that promote healthy hair.

On pampering your locks

       
Friday, April 29th, 2011

On pampering your locksYou treat your body to some relaxing time out, sink into fragrant bubble baths and lather your skin with luxurious masks and essential oils – so why not do the same for your hair?

It’s always essential to use a moisturizing conditioner to help restore your hair back to a smooth, manageable state, but sometimes a daily treatment isn’t quite enough. According to Glamour.com, treating your tresses to a special hair mask is one of the top ways to get you the sleek shine you crave.

“Love the feeling of your baby-smooth, perfectly soft skin after using a face mask? Well you can bet that your hair benefits from the same TLC!” the news source writes. “Using a moisturizing hair mask…once a week will help glossify your hair.”

Many beauty experts agree that common pantry items such as olive oil, avocado, egg whites, honey and even mayonnaise are great to leave on your hair as a conditioning mask, so look for specialized products that use similar natural ingredients to get your hair whipped up into sleek, shiny perfection.