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How to Choose the Right Hair Dresser

Choosing the right hairdresser is just as important as choosing the right doctor.  Listen to your friends and others you trust their word.  If they speak highly of a certain hair dresser, then you should make sure you at least check them out. Make sure to read any and all reviews you can find on the hair dresser you are considering.  Social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. are also great ways to really investigate to find the best hair dresser for you. If you do your research, you will find the perfect hair dresser that will leave you looking like a movie star.


Bad Hair Days – Making Life Easier Products

You will experience a bad hair day from time to time, especially on those humid days we all dread.  Don’t worry!  There is hope to overpower any bad hair day with the proper products.  Always keep these products on hand just in case your hair decides to rebel against you.

  • Hairspray – make sure to have a very strong hold hairspray.  This is the main product you will always need for bad hair days.  Choose one that will not leave flakes.
  • Oil Hair Fix – use a light weight styling cream or spray to help boost volume and take away the oily look.
  • Fizzy Fix – use a silicone based product to give your hair a smoother look and shine.


Hot Hair Style Trends and Hair Fashion in 2015

So let those bob and lob hair styles grow out because long lengths are back!  Whether you long hair is styled with those waved curls as your hair blows in the breeze or pin up for a super-hot trend that will turn heads.


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Bald Can Be Beautiful Too

Bald Can Be Beautiful Too

Balding does not have to be a source of discouragement, a sign of premature aging, or an indication that men are not attractive to women or their wife or partner any more. Bald can be beautiful if you approach balding with the right attitude and the proper care of the hair you have left.

What you can do for you

Certainly, if you want you can get hair restoration. Most of the nationally and internationally known hair restoration companies like Bosley will give you back natural hair. It costs a bit and takes time and can be slightly painful but hair restoration does work and can take years off your looks if you are balding.

If you are just starting to lose your hair then you might consider a toupee or even one of the hair sprays that cover small bald spots.

If you have inherited baldness then you will eventually have to deal with it and being bald is not as bad as some ads make you think.

One of the better options is the Telly Savalas. For those who do not remember this actor the idea is a totally bald head. The look is distinctive and is considered by most women to be more virile and sexy than a partially haired head. If you are skeptical about the appeal of a shaved head then look at all of the sports stars that have a total bald look.

Doing the totally bald look does take some work. You either have to shave the part of your head that still has hair regularly or use a depilatory. If shaving your head is not something you want to do there are other options.

One of the more time saving options is to get a wax job for your head. A wax treatment can last for as long as six months. You should consider having your ears and the back of your neck done so you have the complete look.

One of the advantages of a total bald head is no washing, conditioning, or other hair care. Just wash and go.

Going totally bald works for a lot of men in convenience, looks, and attractiveness.

What you should not do

Do not try and take attention away from your balding pate by growing facial hair. The look just does not work for the majority of men. You end up looking like a cue ball with a beard.

Things get worse if you are getting gray and grow a white beard to hide from your balding head.

Get rid of the facial hair if you do not go for the totally bald look.

Do not get uber-dramatic about getting bald. You have several options and pick the one that makes you feel the best about yourself. Consulting your significant other is also a good idea before you make a decision. Happy mate, happy hair, happy you.


Bad Habits That Make Your Hair Thin

Bad Habits That Make Your Hair Thin

Hair is a woman’s most important feature therefore signs of thinning hair can take a toll on any woman’s self-esteem.

Thinning hair is a signal that your health is declining as a result of conditions such as hormonal imbalance, excessive stress, vitamin deficiency or poor nutrition. These conditions can be prevented or minimized by use of supplements, learning how to relax and eating a diet that has the required vitamins and minerals.

But, the following bad habits that you do daily can cause further thinning of your hair:

1. Use of hot styling tools

Frequent use of hot styling tools damages the proteins that make up your hair and its protective cuticle. When this cuticle is damaged, the moisture balance is disrupted and your hair starts breaking and thinning. Limit the amount of times you use the hot tools and if possible start with the coolest setting available. Always apply a spray that gives you heat-protection and creates a thermal barrier to reduce friction.

2. Mishandling your wet hair

When the hair strands are saturated with water, they become fragile and break easily. To decrease this effect, comb your hair before it gets wet and avoid rubbing it after a shower but instead, blot it dry with a towel.

3.Taking hot showers

Hot water makes the hair strands dehydrated, leading to dry, brittle hair that is prone to falling out. Hot water also washes the protective oils of your hair. To protect your hair, use warm water in the shower, and rinse hair with the coolest temperature possible.

4. Going on a crash diet

During a crash diet, you end up starving yourself and this forces the body to direct its energy to essential functions instead of making hair. The remedy for this is to eat a healthy diet with plenty of lean protein.

5. Tight hairstyles

Tight hairstyles puts excessive tension on your hair follicles. This damages them and creates scars that destroy the follicles permanently, making it impossible for hair to grow. Wear your hair down whenever possible and when you tie your strands back, do it softly to avoid pulling the hair.

6. Certain medications

Medications like anti-depressants, anti-hypertensives, statins and thyroid replacement hormones can cause changes in the hair. The changes can interfere with normal hair growth. If you are on any of these medications, ask your doctor about alternative medications that do not have hair-thinning repercussions.

7. Using styling products that have long-lasting hold

Products that have all-day mega hold are usually high in alcohol, this makes hair dry and brittle. During combing this product residue causes the hair to break and fall out. Avoid any products that will make your hair stiff and instead opt for the solutions with a softer-hold so that the hair’s moisture is kept intact.

Finally, to avoid thin looking hair will require a lot of care on your part regarding the type of nutrition and right dietary supplements to take. You will also have to change your bad lifestyle habits and embrace healthy habits.


10 Things You May Not Have Known About Fashion

10 Things You May Not Have Known About Fashion

There are so many trends and styles in fashion today sometimes it can be hard to keep up!  It has been like this for centuries.  Ever since the earliest times, people have been conjuring up interesting and creative ideas for individuals to express themselves.  Some ideas have caught on and endured, some (thankfully in some cases!) have not.  Here are ten things about fashion you may not have known, and if you are into quirky and fun facts, this list is for you!

1. For all the hoopla made about Fashion Week, the average fashion show is only about 10 minutes long.

2. The skirt is the second oldest piece of clothing, after the loin cloth.

3. In the 18th century, both men and women held their hair in place with pomade made from beef fat.

4. Early last century if a woman wore her hair short, she was considered to be an unfaithful wife.

5. Women in the 18th century used to shave off their natural eyebrows and wear mouse fur eyebrows instead.

6. In the 1940’s women would wear turbans to hide their greasy hair.

7. Vintage clothing refers to clothing made between 20 and 100 years ago, and retro refers to recently made clothing that is designed to resemble the style of another period.

8. Women’s nominal clothing sizes have increased in physical size over the years in a phenomenon known as ‘vanity sizing’.  A size 8 (about a size 14 in Australia) dress with a 32 inch bust in 1967 is now considered a size 0 (about a size 4) today.  And standard women’s clothes are designed to fit women between 5’4 and 5’8 tall.  This explains so much!

9.  A person’s social rank and profession in the Medieval Ages was represented by the colour of their clothing.  The nobility wore red, peasants wore brown and grey, and merchants, bankers, and gentry wore green. In Rome, purple clothing was exclusively reserved for emperors and magistrates. It was once taboo to wear black unless one was in mourning.  Victorian widows were expected to wear black mourning clothes for two years after their husband’s deaths.

And the best is left to last….

10. Men’s shirts now have buttons on the sleeves because Napoleon ordered his troops to have buttons on their sleeves so they wouldn’t wipe their noses on their uniforms!


Hair Extensions: The Lo-Down

Hair Extensions: The Lo-Down

Hair extensions are a great way to thicken hair; add colour if you don’t wish to colour your own; and obviously lengthen your hair, either for a new and different look or while you are growing your hair out from a shorter or tricky cut.  But if you are new to the world of hair extensions you may be wondering how they work and are they right for you.  There is a plethora of information ‘out there’ about different types of hair extensions and applications so make sure you do your research.  In the meantime here is some information to get you started:

Hair extensions are available in both human hair and synthetic hair.  Both come in a variety of colours, textures, styles, and lengths. Each type has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Natural or human hair extensions are usually significantly more expensive than their synthetic counterparts, though they are typically considered to be of higher quality. Synthetic hair is made from chemically processed fibres; although more affordable, it may not look as real and can be more difficult to style.

There are six popular application techniques:

Skin Weft: Your natural hair is sandwiched between the extensions and sealed together with a flat iron.  It lasts about 4 – 6 weeks before it will need to be removed or reapplied.  It is easy to apply, lies flat and feels natural and is best for thin, fine or short hair.

Micro-Link, I-Tip or Cold Fusion:  The hair extensions are applied strand by strand and attached to your natural hair via micro-cylinders (they look like tiny beads).  It lasts about 8 – 10 weeks before it needs to be tightened to prevent breakage.  It is easy to add highlighted extensions (without colouring your real hair), very flexible, and doesn’t require heat, glue or chemicals so it’s easier on natural hair.

Keratin, U-Tip or Hot Fusion:  The hair extensions are applied strand by strand and a heating tool is used to melt your natural hair to the extension.  It last up to 6 months, but should be removed in 8 – 10 weeks to prevent breakage, matting or stress on your new hair.  It is very flexible and blends easily with your natural hair.

Braided Sew-In or Hair Weave:  Your natural hair is woven into tiny braids against your scalp and the extensions are then sewn into the braids with a needle and thread. It lasts about 8 weeks and will need to be taken care of differently for a partial or full sew-in.

Beaded or Braidless Sew-In: Each strand of natural hair is looped through microcylinder beads (which are lined with silicone designed to cushion the lock of hair) in order to create a base against the scalp. The extensions are then sewn into the beads. It lasts
about 4–6 weeks before it needs to be tightened and it lays very flat, looks natural, allows for more flexibility in movement, and can be done in an hour. It is best for
those with medium to long hair who want to add volume or length; or those whose natural hair does not require relaxers, or excessive heat to straighten.

Clip-In Extensions: These can be done yourself.  You clip in the hairpiece to add volume or length to your natural hair and remove whenever you like. With proper care, human hair clip-in extensions can last up to a year.  They are easy to install and take out, adds volume and length to flat, thin, or short hair, and human hair clip-ins can be coloured and curled.  They are good for first-timers and those who are unsure of the length or colour they want.

Unless you’re using clip-in hair extensions, leave the installation and removal process to a professional specifically experienced in hair extensions. Otherwise, you might damage your extension—or worse, you


3 Ways to teach kids how to look after their hair

Self-care for a child is just as important as learning words, how to walk, and how to eat.  Their ability to be able to present themselves to the world aka. turn up to school looking presentable, is something that will take pride in.  We all went to school with people who did not learn self-care until later in their life, and for many this impacted on their self-esteem and child to child esteem.  Teaching your children self-care is important on a number of levels, but how do you do it?  Well we’ve got 3 workable ideas for you, and we’d love your thoughts in the comment area below.

1)     Allow them to watch and learn by example.  My kids are always heading into the bathroom when I’m trying to get ready for my day, and until recently it used to annoy me!  Now I realise that while they watch me take good care of my hair, and ask for a brush to brush theirs, they are learning.  They want to be like mum or dad, use mum or dad’s brushes and product.  Allow this to become an educational tool.  If they see mum and dad looking neat on purpose, they will learn.  If you have time you can also talk about things while you do them

2)     Practice on Barbies or Teddy Bears, talking kids through the why of what we do.   Give Barbie a hair wash (she doesn’t ever cry), dress her and explain why we do what we do.  It’s important for kids to know ‘the why of the what’ as this is what gives meaning to something.   Turn it into a game, into something they will remember.

3)     Kids learn the fastest by having good routines.  So making sure that their hair gets washed a few times a week, and ensuring that hair gets brushed everyday.   They may kick and scream for the first few weeks but in the end, the routines we begin now will form the foundation of their self-care in the future.

Self-care is something that every child needs to learn about.   Do you have any tips for our parents on how to teach your kids to look after their hair?  Why not drop over to our Facebook page and leave a comment.


Is Hairspray bad or good

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Hairspray: good or bad for your hair?

Hairspray has a very important purpose: to keep styled hair in place.  It does come at a cost though, and the verdict is still out on whether Hairspray is actually good or bad for your hair.  We thought we’d lay out the Dis-advantages and Advantages of using hairspray and let you decide!

As with any form of hair product, most things are ok when used in moderation.   There are now a wide range of other products available that can be used as substitutes, with the style and type of hair playing a big role in what product is best.

The Disadvantages of using Hairspray

-          If not used correctly, it can slowly damage the hair cuticle and make the hair dry.
-          Some hairsprays have nasty chemicals in them.
-          If you use the spray repeatedly without washing, some types of hairspray can cause a build-up of product, which appears as a stiff layer of white, flaky particles.
-          Excessive use can also result in your hair looking dull instead of shiny because of the excess polymers coating each follicle
-          If you travel a lot you may find it hard taking your normal hairspray.  As you know certain countries won’t allow you to take in such prized possessions.
-          Can cause Allergic reactions on some scalps.

The Advantages of using Hairspray

-          It can help hold your hair style in place.
-          It’s quick and easy and quite often can just be washed out (as opposed to Hair Gels etc that are heavier and need to be washed out daily).
-          Using Natural type Hairsprays’ can give your hair an extra bit of shine.
-          Using a small amount of hairspray can result in a hairstyle that took a long time, stay in place for a good period of time.

Some Tips on using Hairspray

-          Hairspray should be used as a Mist rather than sprayed close to the scalp.
-          Use in a well ventilated room
-          If you do use a lot of Hairspray, make sure you use a good quality shampoo and conditioner, and wash regularly.
-          Speak with your local Hairdresser about what the best product might be for your hair.  There is a wide range of products available now, and there is most likely one perfect for your hairstyle and desired effect.

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