1. No More Wet Hair
In winter, dry your hair before you leave the house! It really pays to get up half an hour earlier to blow dry your hair, or a couple hours to let your hair air dry. Of course, the time will depend on the length and thickness of your hair. And it’ll definitely be worth it to avoid the sneeze and snot fits you’ll have for days after. (I realize that the whole world isn’t an icebox during winter. If you can take a dip in the pool at this very moment, you can safely disregard this information.)
2. Protective Styles
Try wearing styles that don’t need much maintenance. You might be tempted to run your fingers through your hair and comb your hair throughout the day. Leave your hair alone! The extra manipulation can cause an increase in shedding as well as those annoying split ends. Styles like the top knot and fishtail braid will keep you from being tempted to finger-comb.
3. Hot Oil Treatments
Grab a single-use bottle at the beauty supply store, or grab some Extra Virgin Olive Oil from the cupboard. It will help heal your hair from daily wear and tear. Apply directly to damp hair, and put on a plastic cap and/or a hot towel. Hello, hair repair!
4. Deep Condition
Add some oils to your favorite conditioner, or purchase a dedicated hair treatment. Restore your hair of the nutrients that it loses in brisk temperatures. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes, and let your hair be pampered.
Please share your best winter hair care tips. I would love to hear your ideas, in the event that a friend wants some advice, or if I’m on assignment again!
– Resilience –
Perfectly patterned particles
emerging: emancipated, elated,
up through layers upon layers of denial.
Past denaturing chemicals
and excessive heat;
curls emerge: triumphant.
to be ignored.
Blatant defiance of standards.
Despite countless chemicals
and incessant heat curls return:
a complexly simple statement
of identity and culture.
Our hair is
as our land is
as we are:
“Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks. Not in what they say. Just in what they are.”
WHAT TO EAT FOR HEALTHY HAIR:
– PROTEIN –
As hair is made of protein, ensuring you have enough protein in your diet is crucial for making hair strong and healthy. If you are not consuming enough protein in your diet, your hair is likely to become dry, brittle and weak. Extremely low protein diets may result in hair loss. Choose chicken, turkey, fish, dairy products and eggs as excellent sources of protein along with vegetarian sources such as legumes and nuts.
– IRON –
Iron is an especially important mineral for hair and too little iron (anaemia) is a major cause of hair loss. The hair follicle and root are fed by a nutrient rich blood supply. When iron levels (serum ferritin) fall below a certain point, you may experience anaemia. This disrupts the nutrient supply to the follicle, affecting the hair growth cycle and may result in shedding. Animal products such as red meat, chicken and fish provide iron with a high bioavailability, meaning the iron is readily available to the body. Vegetarians can raise their iron stores by including lentils, spinach and other leafy green vegetables such as broccoli, kale and salad greens.
– VITAMIN C –
Vitamin C aids the absorption of iron so foods high in vitamin C are good to eat in conjunction with iron-rich foods. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant so is used readily by the body. The best sources are blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, guava, kiwi fruits, oranges, papaya, strawberries and sweet potatoes. Vitamin C helps in the production of collagen that strengthens the capillaries that supply the hair shafts.
– OMEGA 3 –
Omega-3 fatty acids are important fats our body cannot make itself, and therefore must be obtained through our diet. Omega-3s are found in the cells that line the scalp and also provide the oils that keep your scalp and hair hydrated. Look out for oily fish such as salmon, herring, sardines, trout and mackerel and plant sources including avocado, pumpkin seeds and walnuts.
– VITAMIN A –
Vitamin A is needed by the body to make sebum. Sebum is an oily substance created by our hairs sebaceous glands and provides a natural conditioner for a healthy scalp. Without sebum we may experience an itchy scalp and dry hair. Include animal products and orange/yellow coloured vegetables which are high in beta-carotene (which makes vitamin A) such as carrots, pumpkins and sweet potatoes.
– ZINC 7 SELENIUM –
Scalp protection involves other important minerals, notably zinc and selenium. A lack of zinc can lead to hair loss and a dry, flaky scalp. Fortified cereals and wholegrains are a good source of zinc along with oysters, beef and eggs.
– VITAMIN E –
The sun can damage our hair just like it can damage our skin so ensure you eat foods rich in vitamin E to provide protection for your hair. Nuts are nutritional powerhouses, providing zinc and selenium as well as vitamin E so try to include them as part of a balanced diet.
– BIOTIN –
Biotin is a water-soluble B vitamin. Too little biotin can cause brittle hair and may lead to hair loss. Include biotin rich foods such as wholegrains, liver, egg yolk, soy flour and yeast.
– NATURAL TREATMENTS –
Make your own hair mask for a deep, nourishing treatment every two weeks. Whisk an egg yolk and mix with half a mashed avocado and a spoonful of honey. Massage onto damp, clean hair and leave for 30 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.
I’ve tried so many different products just for my edges, I stumbled upon this slick product conveniently named “Edge-Tamer”. Believe me, it does JUST that! By far my favorite product to lay down my edges.
Gives a lasting hold. Non-greasy. Flake-free. Available in 4 oz. size.
Creates a silky-smooth touchable texture.
Helps prevent ends from reverting.
Apply a small amount along hairline. Using slight pressure, repetitively smooth down hair onto scalp using fingertips and/or a comb until hair is silky straight. For a stronger hold, apply more product as needed. NOTE: The next morning, hair can be safely combed or brushed back down into place without breaking off.
Have you ever been in a hurry, running towards your door … but before you reach the door you see your reflection in the mirror and say “I cant go out with my hair looking like this”. Try this easy 5 minute quick hair-do :
Wrap a head scarf around a bun. The best part about this accessory is that you already have it. Any silk or cotton scarf with a pretty floral pattern will do for the warmer seasons, but go for a softer hue and subtle pattern for fall.
Tie your hair into a ponytail and tease one-inch sections until all your hair is teased. Then, wrap your hair around the elastic, pinning it into a large bun.
For the final step, wrap the headscarf around the bun and tie it into a large side knot, which Dizon says will make the look more finished and polished.
How to be a client that hair stylists LOVE ❤
1. Communicate effectively
Have you ever told your stylist that you "didn't care" what he did to your hair? And are ultimately upset with the result? In that situation, everyone loses. Detailed descriptions are great, but you and your stylist may have different definitions of "somber" or "blunt bangs." Your best bet? Bring photos. Look on Pinterest and in magazines for colors and cuts that you crave. Take those photos to your stylist (or pull them up on your phone or tablet) and discuss right as you sit down for your appointment.
What not to do
Never tell your stylist that she can do whatever she wants to your hair or that you "don't care." Of course you care! Avoid giving general requests. Saying "I want blond highlights" can mean 100 different things. The best way to ensure a good salon visit and fabulous hair is to be as detailed as possible with your stylist during the consultation and making sure you're on the same page before proceeding.
2. Be realistic
Say you have naturally black hair, but insist that your stylist take you to a Gwen Stefani blond. That could happen, but definitely not in one visit (and you'd need to start seeing your stylist a lot more often than every six weeks!). Also consider the time it will take you each morning to achieve your desired style at home. If you want your hair to look celeb-worthy each day but don't have a lot of time to style it and hate using a lot of products, that particular style just isn't in the cards for you. If you're a wash-n-go kind of gal, fess up. Your stylist will give you a cut that works without a lot of styling. The key is being open to discussion and managing your expectations.
What not to do
Don't argue with your stylist. They'll work with you until you have a style that you love and that works with your hair type and texture. But it's important to trust their expertise as well as be mindful of what is realistic and what isn't.
3. Treat your stylist the way you'd want to be treated
Just like yours, your stylist's time is valuable. Keep this in mind by arriving to your appointments on time and giving as much notice as possible if you need to reschedule.
What not to do
Never, ever give your stylist a "no call, no show." Not only is it disrespectful, but it hurts their business. Stylists are human and they understand that life happens. Traffic, caught in a meeting, not feeling well… you name it, they get it. But always give the courtesy of a phone call, even at the last minute.
4. Take your stylist's advice seriously
You'd use an accountant for tax advice and a lawyer for legal help. Think of your stylist as that same level of expert. Licensed cosmetologists have received extensive education and are required to continue their education throughout their careers. Your stylist understands your hair type and texture and will base your needs on what's best for you. If your stylist explains that a particular style of bangs won't work with your hair texture and face shape, trust him. He'll help you find the right style that is super flattering.
What not to do
Don't completely ignore your stylist's suggestions, especially when it comes to care and products. Using the wrong products can damage your hair. If you've just had your hair colored, listen up as your stylist suggests a shampoo and conditioner specifically for colored hair. Stylists are often trained on specific product lines and can give you in-depth info that you won't find by reading the back of a bottle at the drugstore.
5. Money talks, but so do referrals
Love the service you received? Show your stylist by adding a little extra in the tip column. Telling your stylist how fabulous she is and how great you feel is wonderful, but it won't pay her bills. However, referring your friends and family to your stylist can help her bring in more business (especially if your stylist is new to the area or young in her career). Shout your stylist love from the rooftops! Leave reviews online and on the salon's Facebook page. Your stylist may even have a deal for clients who refer new guests her way!
What not to do
Never skip the tip. Did you hair turn out differently than you expected? Think about what you and your stylist discussed in the consultation. Were you on the same page? If you think so, something is off. Talk through it with your stylist right then and there. No stylist wants a client to leave her chair unhappy. Think twice before showing your dissatisfaction with no tip.