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Dec
13

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.

Dec
13

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.

Jun
23

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!

Jun
23

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

May
30

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.

May
23

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.

May
16

Haircuts for Fine Hair

Haircuts for Fine Hair

Fine hair can get a bad rap but is actually quite manageable and malleable with plenty of style possibilities.  Fine hair is often confused with thin hair but the term fine refers to the thickness of the hair strand not the amount of hair, it can be sparse or surprisingly abundant!  It is often delicate in texture and therefore prone to breakage and can have a tendency to fall flat.  But with the proper care, the right haircut, products and style, even fine hair can be enviously gorgeous!

So, what are the ‘right’ haircuts for fine hair?

Short

The shorter fine hair is the thicker it will appear.

A pixie cut is a great option for short hair and can be worn in a number of ways:  A low maintenance, feminine style; a stylish textured pixie or something more edgy and worn forward over the forehead.

Other shorter styles that work are the bias cut worn without a definite part, or something clean cut with soft waves, or for a contemporary look try a bixie, a cross between a bob and a pixie.

For a slightly longer look there are a number of different bob styles which work very well for fine hair:  The A-line bob or simply a bob with a longer front and shorter in the back, with or without transition; a textured or layered bob or even the classic chin length bob.

Medium

Medium length hair can be curled to give the hair texture and thickness.  Try soft waves to beachy curls; or frame the face with layers and a fringe.  The right colour can also give hair dimension and thickness. If you have fine hair and curls, don’t straighten it!  Try some products that suit your curls and take advantage of that built in volume.

Long

Fine hair with few layers when worn longer holds more volume and adding curls creates even more.

Matt Fugate, a hairstylist at Sally Hershberger Salon in NYC says that “The key to styling fine hair is making sure you always have a strong focal point. It adds dimension and the appearance of thickness, tricking one’s eye into thinking you have more hair.”  There is a great deal that can be done with fine hair and with the right care and attention there is no reason that fine can’t be fabulous!

May
09

5 Beauty Rules Meant To Be Broken

5 Beauty Rules Meant To Be Broken

As the saying goes, ‘Rules are meant to be broken’,  but as far as beauty goes there are many rules to be broken, these days we call it getting creative, and the fun comes in deciding which ones and how creative you want to be!  If you like to stay up to date with the latest trends and stick to a few ‘guidelines’ then here are five (only five?) of the latest beauty rules that are okay to break:

  1. Smoky eyes are only for a night out: The daytime smoky eye is fashionable right now, especially paired with pale lips.  Opt for lighter colours during the day, bronzes, lighter browns and mid-tone grey eye shadows and smudge eyeliner on the lash line and layer with a matching shadow for staying power.
  1. Get your hair trimmed every six to eight weeks to keep split ends away: If you are trying to grow your hair out longer, or you have untreated hair, it is possible to go 10 – 12 weeks without a trim.  Just watch out for split ends and keep taking good care of your hair.
  1. Matching lip liner for longer colour:  Unless you want to end up with an unattractive dark outline around your lips when your lipstick wears off, don’t do this one!  Instead colour your lips fully with the liner first, then layer your lipstick on top for staying power.  You can create some great new shades too! (Or don’t wear lip liner at all!)
  1. Don’t let your roots show:  The new trend is a life saver for some people who are sick of colouring their roots:  “Ombre”!  The roots are dark but the hair gets lighter and lighter towards the ends.  And there are some beautiful colours to choose!
  1. Only pluck from below your eyebrows:  Well-defined eyebrows are not only fashionable they help to frame your face and they can either make or break your look.  To achieve that defined, well-groomed look removing hair from both below and above the brow line is a must and don’t forget to fill in any gaps with a light feathering of eye shadow the same shade as your eyebrows.

Rules really were made to be broken, especially when it comes to beauty and what’s fashionable.  And the most refreshing thing of all is there are no limits on our imaginations, creativity and sense of style.  So, what beauty rules are you looking to break this winter season?

Apr
23

4 Foods that promote Healthy Hair

The old saying ‘you are what you eat’, has never been truer!  In fact, the health of your hair says a lot of things about you, not just your diet, but stress levels and more.   “Just like every other part of your body, the cells and processes that support strong, vibrant hair depend on a balanced diet,” says New York nutritionist Lisa Drayer, MA, RD, author of The Beauty Diet.

In fact, if you want healthy hair for the future, it’s important to eat right now.  The nutrients you eat today help fortify the hair follicle — from which each strand is born — and the scalp that surrounds it. “Healthier follicles? Healthier hair. Healthier scalp? Healthier hair!” Drayer says.

So, what are the foods that promote healthy hair?  There are many but below are 4 we think are super important…

Walnuts–Walnuts are rich in Omega 3 Fatty Acids, and have a good portion of Biotin and Vitamin E which help protects cells from damage.  Walnuts also include a portion of copper that helps keep your natural color rich.  Walnuts are great for so many things.  Nuts are also good to help boost energy levels.

Eggs – Eggs are a great source of protein and have four key minerals: zinc, selenium, sulfer and iron.  Iron is important as it helps carry oxygen to your hair follicles.  If you don’t have enough iron in your body, one of the problems you will face is major loss of hair.  We all know iron is important particularly for women in so many ways.

Blueberries – Blueberries are a super fruit full of Vitamin C and Anti-oxidants.  Vitamin C is important for overall wellbeing but also helps circulation to your scalp.  Vitamin C naturally boosts Collagen which surrounds the hair strands making them strong, producing healthier hair.Vitamin C helps boost your immune system too, so make sure it’s part of your diet.

Fish–Oily fish are a must when thinking of growing beautiful hair.  They contain nutrients great for boosting brainpower, but also contain Omega 3 and a number of fatty acids that help you grow thick, healthy hair.  They have a natural way of hydrating the scalp and strengthening follicles.   All in all, fish products are great for you!

There are a number of foods you can eat to give your body and your hair the best chance of a healthy, radiant existence.  Why not add some of these to your regular diet from today, and in a few month’s time you will start to see some amazing results.

Apr
23

3 Top Tips to Looking after Kids Hair

Kids, gotta love them.  Some come into this world with bucketloads of hair, others enter the world with none (and some leave with none too!), but before long regardless of what they start with, their hair grows and it’s important that their hair is looked after just like it’s important we look after ours.

Here are 3 top tips to taking the best care of your little ones hair.

1)     Teach them about haircare from a young age.  Kids from the age of 3 onwards can learn personal hygiene and learn that it’s important to take good care of their hair, and even that they need to brush their hair as part of their morning routines.  Many things can be used as lessons in life, and this is just one of them.   Take the opportunity to teach them while it’s a novelty!

2)     Create habits that will last.  When I was a kid, I really HATED having my hair washed.  I remember having meltdowns, and then when it was left to me to get my hair washed, refused to do it regularly for a long time.  Once I realised WHY I needed to wash my hair, I understood its importance.  Once it became a regular habit, it wasn’t such an issue, and as I’ve grown into an adult, I’ve only improved on those habits even more.

Before long kids begin to attend kindy and school, so why not start those habits of really taking the time to care for and look after their hair every morning, as young as possible.  Once the school years hit, it won’t be one of the battles you’ll need to face every morning.  The ground work would have already been done.  The routine will be in place and the habits will automatically kick in.

3)     Regular cuts are super important for the health of a child’s hair.  Many mums choose to simply cut their own child’s hair for a variety of reasons, but cutting it the wrong way with the wrong equipment can result in damaged hair that can take a few years to fix.  Make the hairdresser appointment something to look forward to.  I always used to promise my little ones a chocolate biscuit at the end.  EVERY time we went to the salon, they knew that a chocolate biscuit was coming at the end, and so a new routine, and a happy memory was formed.

Got other tips on how to look after your child’s hair or get them into good habits?  We’d love you to come over to our Facebook page and let us know!

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