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Healthy Hair and Scalp Tips

Give Yourself a Hair/Scalp Massage

Massaging the scalp helps keep your hair healthy and can also promote hair growth. Nourishment is sent to the capillary vessels in hair papillae to activate the hair cells. Many hair stylists while shampooing hair, will give scalp massages.

Massage your scalp in this way:

1. Start from the forehead hairline along the arteries in the front, side, and back of the head, making small circles with your fingertips.

2. Work your way toward the top of the head as if drawing a circle.

3. Massage your hair/scalp for just ten minutes a day: once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Do not give up after a few days. Make it a habit! You can also massage your scalp when shampooing your hair.

Additional Massage Help From Your Brush

Many hair stylists say that the only role that brushing plays is to arrange and style your hair.Excessive brushing can damage your hair because it can scrape away your hair cuticles.

Forget the old saying about brushing 100 strokes a day! Brushing too much or too roughly can strip away your hair’s cuticle, or even cause it to hair breakage.

Additionally, It can also make oily hair more oily and dry hair more brittle.

The type of bristles on your brush can make a difference in your overall hair health. Choose a brush that works best for your type of hair.

Generally speaking, wooden brushes with natural or Boar’s Head bristles are a lot easier on the hair. The natural bristles can also provide gentle massage for the scalp and give the hair shaft a smooth finish.

Soft plastic brushes are usually best for medium to fine hair. The ones with knobs at the bristle ends are generally easier on the scalp but may NOT be good for your hair.

Karen Marie Shelton & Her Hair Brushes

HairBoutique.com’s Karen Shelton is extremely picky about what type of brushes she will use on her hair.

As she explains it, it took her over 10 years to grow her gorgeous hair to her waist.  The last thing she wants to do is to use an “unfriendly hair brush” that will harm her silken tresses.

She takes a small magnifying glass to beauty supply stores and looks at the ends of each brush.  She will not buy a brush that is rough to the touch or has little knobs on the ends of each bristle.

Karen currently has over 100 hair brushes but her favorites are ConairMason Pearson and Kent brushes. She has a small purse sized version of the Mason Pearson.  Karen is also picky about the picks and combs she uses.

Note: The Mason Pearson brushes shown above are from The HairBoutique.com Marketplace.

Other Brushes To Consider

Rubber base brushes with durable and dense bristles give all the hair types a strong workout. The rubber base flexes so there is much less pulling at the roots.

Round brushes are the best for hair styling. However, be careful using them as they can snag hair very easily. Try the largest size appropriate for your particular style.

Try not to push down too hard or use excessive force when brushing your hair. If your hair is longer, don’t comb straight from the root to the tip.

If there are tangles in your hair, you will force them on top of each other. Comb the bottom third of your hair first using a “hair friendly” large toothed pick.

When this part is free of tangles, comb the hair from root to tip. Use this method whether the hair is wet, dry or during conditioner application. Remember, NEVER brush your hair when it is wet.

Hair is very fragile in that condition and will be more prone to breaking.

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Tips for healthy hair

Being able to obtain tips for healthy hair is an excellent way to ensure you know about the latest products, best available tools, and more current techniques for taking care of hair. Some people appear never to have bad hair days. They look as though they have just stepped out of a salon, no matter what day of the week. However, if you are like most people, you probably have the typical morning hair and do not look “put together” 24 hours a day, even though you may want to.

The good news is that you can have great hair, simply by knowing the following secrets, which we have provided as tips for healthy hair. Best of all, these are things that every person can do without excessive fussing. Instead of putting on the old ball cap to hide and unsightly head of hair, try the following and enjoy great looking hair all the time. Keep in mind that the first step is changing your mindset. Get rid of your scarves, hats, turbans, and other things used to hide your hair and embrace change.

  1. Haircut – One of the best tips for healthy hair is to ensure your hair looks great by getting regular haircuts. Now keep in mind when choosing a hairstyle, if you find that the stylist needs 30 to 45 minutes in the salon to make your hair look perfect, then when you get home, you will never be able to recreate the same look. Instead, you want a haircut that looks natural and requires little fuzz.Make sure the stylist understands the four important aspects of a haircut to include density, texture, type, and facial shape. For instance, if you have thick, coarse hair, then you would not want a full perm or if you have a full, round face, you want your hair to be pulled away from the face to make it look thinner. Finally, a good haircut should last six weeks, looking great every day.
  2. Work with Nature – Everyone has different hair. It might be that your hair is fine, thick, wavy, straight, and so on. To look its best, you need to work with your natural hair. Otherwise, you will find that you become enslaved to your hair, going through constant coloring, relaxing, cutting, chemical applications, etc.
  3. Use Products Wisely – Go easy on the products. If you apply gel to your hair, rather than fill the palms of your hands with the product, use a small, dime-size portion. The same would be true with hairspray. You do not want your hair to appear stiff but flowing and natural. Therefore, use a small amount of spray, allowing your hair to have movement.Another tip for healthy hair is that using too much products will cause your hair to appear greasy and weighted down. You also want to be careful when mixing and matching products. Instead of applying a leave-in conditioner, styling mousse, gel, and then hairspray, simply shampoo and condition your hair and then use one product. Additionally, it would be best to use the same brands in that they are designed to work together for the best results.
  4. Hair Rollers – Many people today use rollers to achieve soft curls. If you plan using rollers on your hair, you want to use them right. For example, unheated rollers should be used on damp hair while heated rollers would be used on dry hair.After you shampoo your hair, do not use products until the hair is no longer wet, but just damp. For one, if you apply the product sooner, the hair will take longer to dry, thus taking longer to curl. Two, you will not get a consistent curls. When you put rollers in your hair, place the largest rollers at the top near the roots to produce the most volume. Just make sure you do not position the rollers right up to the roots or it can pull and stretch the hair, causing damage.

    When you unwind the rollers, take your time. Too often, hair will become entangled, causing frustration and pulling. This breaks and tears the hair, making it look frizzy. Then to get a natural curl, instead of using a brush to form tight curls, flip your head over and with your fingers, comb through your hair. Then you flip your hair back, it will be soft and natural.

  5. Roots – The roots of your hair can be damaged in a number of ways. Therefore, before you start blow-drying or curling, make sure you take care of the roots. For starters, a tip for healthy hair is that when you blow dry, your hair, start by drying the root area first. The same would be true when applying hair products. You will get more volume by applying to the roots first and then working your way down.
  6. Preparation – One problem that many people face is that as the day progresses, the hair becomes dull and tired looking. If you are faced with this challenge, then you reactivate your morning’s gel or mousse with a simply spritz of water.Another great tool is to purchase a miniature curling iron that can be kept in your purse or desk. Then at lunch, you can take five minutes to refresh the curls, looking just as good, as you did in the morning. If you wear your hair long, then use scrunchies to wrap it up several times a day. When you take the hair down, you will have instant fluff and volume.
  7. Body – Dealing with limp, lifeless hair is another common problem. To get the thickness and body you want, you need to make sure your hair is washed with a quality shampoo and conditioner. Then when you dry your hair, bend over at the waist and blow your hair upside down. Once the hair is approximately 50% dry, apply mousse or gel and with a vent brush, work it through. Now, flip your head over again, drying until completely dry.
  8. Go Easy – Purchase some of the up do tools sold at stores to help put your hair up so it looks neat rather than just thrown together. To make this work, you need to gather all your hair as neatly as possible and then wind or roll it in one direction. With the updo tool, put the hair up and then secure it with bobby pins.
  9. Darn Those Cowlicks – Many men and women struggle with cowlicks but instead of fighting these areas of the hair, use them to your advantage. For example, you can start a part or sweep the hair over at the location of the cowlick and have a nice lift. Another option is to brush your hair over toward the cowlick with a little bit of gel. The result will be a nice fullness that makes the hair look great and hides the cowlick.
  10. Regular Trims – In addition to having a great cut, our last tip for healthy hair is to keep up with regular trims. Unfortunately, women will try to stretch the time out as long as possible but even waiting one week can make a big difference.

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Hair Tangles

Hair Tangles

Hair tangles are basically when your hair is not lying neatly against each other but instead mixed up all over the place. Tangles can appear as hair that’s knotted around each other or hair that’s matted due to lack of combing.

Causes of Hair Tangles

Learning tangled hair solutions requires that you understand the causes of hair tangles in the first place.

Hair tangles are causes by not combing your hair regularly, washing with your hair piled on your head, letting the wind blow your hair all over, sleeping without hair protection and not using moisturizing, detangling hair products.

Fortunately, there are many things you can to do remove tangles should this happen to you occasionally or regularly.

Remove Tangles

If you want to remove tangles with the least amount of hair loss, you must have patience and the right tools.

  • If your hair is tangly while wet, you should take a wide-tooth comb and detangle your hair under the shower head.
  • For additional detangling, apply hair conditioner and detangle under the shower head. Detangling under the shower head is probably the most effective of all tangled hair solutions.
  • If your hair is already dry and you endure some tangles from wind or sleeping, take some hair serum and apply it to your hair. Then gently detangle with a wide-tooth comb section by section. Always remove tangles section by section.
  • If you tangle your hair while combing or brushing, don’t yank the comb or brush from your hair. Instead, carefully remove each individual hair strand by strand from the tool. Don’t try to reverse the direction of the comb or brush. This typically just causes more tangles.
  • If your hair is tangly due to using hair spray or other styling products, wet your hair first and detangle under the shower head. Detangling under the shower-head works for almost any type of hair tangles!

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Maintaining long healthy hair

Taking care of your hair is a daily task that must be done in order for your hair to remain healthy and attractive. However, the amount of time, effort and money you are willing to spend to achieve this depends on you and your personal hair demands and desires.

Do you want a simple style that is easy to manage and maintain? Do you want spend 2 hours each day styling your hair so, that you just look like you have stepped out of a salon? Do you want a completely new look or do you just simply want to add a bit of shine to your hair?

The following offer tips and secrets about how you can give your hair extra shine, how you can control frizzy hair and little tricks you can use to make your hair do what you want it to do.

How to get shiny hair

When you have shiny hair it means that you have healthy hair. If your hair is not looking as shiny as you would like it to, there are some tricks you apply to assist you in getting the shine you would like. For example, there are spray-on shine products available in beauty salons that can add an effective, temporary shine to your hair.

Regularly rinsing your hair in cold water at the end of your bath or shower helps create a long lasting shine.

Deep conditioning your hair can help keep it shiny and healthy. Olive oil is a great product for deep conditioning your hair. To do so warm up some olive oil in the microwave for a few seconds and apply it to dry hair, paying special attention to split ends. Leave it on for roughly 20 minutes and then wash it out. You can also dab a little on the ends of your hair as a leave in conditioner.

Here is an easy and cheap honey recipe that produces shiny hair:

Mix 1 teaspoon of honey with 4 cups of warm water (blonde haired people may wish to add a squeeze of lemon juice). After shampooing, pour the mixture through hair. Do not rinse. Dry as normal.

How to control frizzy hair

There are various products available in your local supermarkets and hair salons that can help tame and calm frizzy hair. The following are some little tips and tricks you can use to manage your hair and allow it to look its best.

•Before styling your hair apply a no-frizz product.

•When you blow dry your hair, direct the heat downwards so it smoothes the hair shaft.

•Make sure you get your hair trimmed regularly i.e. every 6-8 weeks this will help prevent and manage split ends. Split ends causes hair to frizz.

•Let your hair dry naturally whenever possible and avoid running your fingers through your hair until it is dried all the way.

•Try not to wash your hair everyday. Washing your hair everyday removes your hair’s natural oils.

•Use a hydrating shampoo and cream conditioner every other day.

•Deep condition your hair once a week with a deep hair conditioning mask.

•Keep a frizz control serum handy like in your hand bag or work desk and rub a few drops over your hair for a middle of the day shine.

How often do you need a haircut

No matter what type of hair you have you should get you hair cut or trimmed at least several times per year. However, how often depends on the style of your hair and the amount of money you can spend on hair cuts. Short hair will stay in its style for about 4 weeks. If you have medium length hair you should visit your hair dresser every 5 weeks and if you have long hair or are trying to grow it out you should get your hair trimmed or cut about every 6 weeks. Getting your hair trimmed will get rid of, or help avoid split ends.

Other than managing split ends’ getting a haircut does not have much to do with your hair’s health. Your hair’s health is based on your hair care routine and diet. Nevertheless, getting your hair cut from time to time is good for you, if not only for your hair. A new haircut or even a trim can make you and your head feel a lot better!

Brushing your hair

You may have heard the old saying “brush your hair with 100 strokes before bed for healthy hair”. In our present day and age the opposite is actually true. In fact, the less you brush your hair the better. People followed this beauty advice years and years ago when woman only washed their hair with soap once a month. If they did not brush their hair daily their hair would accumulate dead skin and oils, making their hair dirty and unattractive.

Now days when bathing and shampooing hair is a regular and daily routine, we do not need to spend so much time brushing our hair. Too much brushing can wear down the cuticle (the outer layer of the hair, causing damage). People with shoulder length or long hair should use a brush only when it is necessary. Instead of using a brush everyday, a wide tooth pick or comb helps gently break through tangles and helps prevent split ends.

Brushing your hair is important in terms of stimulating circulation on your scalp, which encourages healthy blood flow and hair growth. However, there is an alternative to stimulating your scalp in this way. A more effective option is a scalp massage. If done correctly, it does not affect the hair shaft, which is the downside of brushing. While massaging your scalp use essential oils such as thyme, rosemary or lavender.

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Is Hair Rebonding Good or Bad?

Beautiful hair is always a thing of beauty. That’s why every one runs behind attainment of perfect silky, shiny and healthy hair. The latest fashion is of hair rebonding which helps in providing you with sleek straight hair. It is greatly useful for people with curly and wavy hair which return back to their original nature despite straightening techniques. Rebonding is a process which helps in turning your dream into reality. However, rebounded hair need proper care for sustenance.

Every person has his own structure and texture of hair. Some are naturally blessed with beautiful straight hair and there are others who possess curly and wavy ones. Not that curly hair is bad- they too have a charm and beauty element of their own. However, if you want to permanently convert your wavy hair into straight ones, then the process of hair rebonding can prove helpful. Rebonding is a chemical hair treatment in which the cream softener or relaxant used breaks the hair structure. Then a neutralizer bonds the structure again and makes hair straight. In simpler terms, the rebonding treatment changes your natural hair structure and restructures it.

There’s a lot of debate on whether hair rebonding is harmful for the hair or not. You can’t deny the fact that any sort of chemical affects the hair. Excessive use of it can lead to drying and weakening of hair ultimately leading to hair fall. Hair rebonding requires post treatment care otherwise it may turn harmful. You need to be extra careful about taking care of your rebounded hair. Primary tips include using shampoo for straight hair, using conditioners, oiling hair regularly, oiling and steaming hair every 15 days, consuming a balanced diet, and other basic preventive measures.

Hair rebounding is a process which can help you attain perfect straight and silky hair. However, you need to take extra care of your hair so as to avoid any damage.

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