Archive for January, 2010

5 Easy Ways to Undo Hair Damage

Posted in General on January 27th, 2010 by Nancy – Be the first to comment

Most people tend to overlook the fundamentals of caring for their hair.  Its true, wigs and extensions can remedy and conceal the problems with hair damage or loss, but having healthy hair shouldn’t be forgotten! Here, I’ve listed 5 simple tips applicable to your daily routine to help minimize as well as undo damage done.

1. Turn Down the Heat

Try towel-drying your hair completely before you set a dryer to it.  Make sure you are patting your hair dry and not rubbing it.  Before blowdrying, use a heat-protectie spray or leave-in conditioner.  Use a diffuser to prevent friz and make sure the dryer is on a medium heat setting.  It may take longer to dry at a lower heat, but your hair will thank you.

photo courtesy of allure.com

photo courtesy of allure.com

2. Shampoo Smartly

You dont necessarily have to skip shampooing everyday if your hair is on the oilier side, but you can shampoo more efficiently.  Make sure your hair is drenched thoroughly before you lather up.  Be sure to concentrate on the hair two inches from the scalp since that’s where the most  oil buildup is.  Don’t rinse with hot water.  Rather, use lukewarm water or the coldest water you can stand.  This will help smooth the cuticle and prevent split ends.  Anti-breakage and hair strengthening products will also work well with this routine.

photo courtesy of allure.com

photo courtesy of allure.com

3.  Gentle Blow-Dry

Aside from using lower heat when drying your hair, gentle blow drying can also help reduce damage.   Many are guilty of stretching their hair with a brush while using their blow dryer are a high heat.  The best thing to do is avoid overheating the hair and to keep the nozzle as far away from the hair as possible.  Two inches is usually the norm.  Be sure when brushing through while blow drying to use a brush with smooth synthetic bristles.  Move the brush gently and slowly down instead of yanking.  Think, gentle!

photo courtesy of allure.com

photo courtesy of allure.com

4. Straighten Gently

It’s a constant battle to fight frizz and get beautiful sleek hair.  However, the straightening iron can do more harm than good in the long-run.  Overexposure to the flat iron will destroy your hair.  Don’t keep the flat iron in direct contact with the hair for more than 5 seconds.  Try to not use the flatiron more than once a week.  Irons with ceramic plates are helpful, however this does not mean they don’t damage the hair at all.  If you plan to get your hair chemically straightened, opt for a Keratin treatment and avoid anything called “Brazilian straightening”.  Brazilian straightening tends to contains high levels of formaldehyde–extremely dangerous for the body.

photo courtesey of allure.com

photo courtesey of allure.com

5.  Mend your ends

This is critical to fend off split ends and seal your cuticles.  Aside from using a decent leave-in conditioner, be sure to use a deep conditioning  hair mask or deep conditioner once a week.  This is different than a regular condition since the ingredients are more concentrated.  If your hair has been color-treated, this extra conditioning is even more crucial.  It’s even recommended by some stylists to use a deep conditioner overnight.  Just be sure to place a towel over your pillow, your try wearing a shower cap over the conditioned hair in addition to the towel.

Hopefully these basic tips will help revive your hair over the next few weeks and prevent further damage and/or breakage.  Remember to love your hair!

Kate Gosselin Steps Out w/ Extensions!

Posted in General on January 12th, 2010 by Nancy – Be the first to comment

OMG! Kate Gosselin transformed over the weekend!  She’s famed not just for her large brood of children, but also for her hideous reverse mullet.

photo courtesy of Getty Images

photo courtesy of Getty Images

After getting signed onto the morning show The View, Kate revamped her look with a short wavy bob.  That was already considered a big improvement.  I really liked the natural waves here and subtle movement of the cut.

photo courtesy of ABC/DONNA SVENNEVIK

photo courtesy of ABC/DONNA SVENNEVIK

Worked on by the wonders of Ted Gibson (celebrity hair stylist to the likes of Anne Hathaway and Angelina Jolie), Kate’s makeover took a reported 20 hrs!  Gibson joked that 15 hrs were spent convincing her to cut her bangs.  The hefty price tag on this makeover is said to cost $7,000n at Gibson’s salon in New York and Washington.

Kate was spotted while out running errands over the weekend in her hometown Wernersville, Pa.  The new look is definitely shocking!  Jon (Kate’s ex-husband) has yet to comment publicly about her new locks.

photo courtesy of INF photo.com

photo courtesy of INF photo.com

We’re definitely loving it here! Great new look, Kate!