Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Oil vs Soap vs Water

Soap vs. oil vs. water:

Water alone is not able to penetrate grease or oil because they are of opposite polarity.

When grease or oil (non-polar hydrocarbons) are mixed with a soap- water solution, the soap molecules work as a "bridge" between polar water molecules and non-polar oil molecules. Soap molecules have both properties of non-polar and polar at opposite ends of the molecule.

The oil is a pure hydrocarbon so it is non-polar. The non-polar hydrocarbon tail of the soap dissolves into the oil. That leaves the polar carboxylate ion of the soap molecules are sticking out of the oil droplets, the surface of each oil droplet is negatively charged. As a result, the oil droplets repel each other and remain suspended in solution (this is called an emulsion) to be washed away by a stream of water. The outside of the droplet is also coated with a layer of water molecules.

Is Coconut Oil water Soluble or Not?

I am a layman, and took Chemistry course over 40 years ago, so this answer will be temporary until a Chemist can improve it.

I suspect that in the first test tube [oil and water only] that there probably will be a partial break-up of the oil and some mixing into the water, but this will be temporary until the oil seperates, floats to the surface, and partially recombines.

In the case of the second test tube [oil, water, and soap] that the soap will reduce the surface tension of the oil, allowing it to break up into smaller particles, and possibly form a stable, or at least simi-stable emulsion in the water.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Why Shampoo Is Clear and Conditioner Is Not??

by Right Brain on February 28, 2009 · 3 comments

Stephanie Seeks Clarification: Is there a scientific reason why shampoos are usually clear or close to clear and conditioners usually are not?

The Right Brain Clears Things Up:

Great question! Shampoos are composed mainly of water and surfactants. (If surfactants sounds to technical, you can call them detergents. If detergents reminds you too much of laundry, you can call them foaming thingies. Whatever.)

Anyway the foaming thingies, uh I mean the surfactants, are soluble in water so the shampoo is clear. It’s like putting salt into water – all the salt dissolves and you can still see through the water.

Clarifying conditioner

Conditioners on the other hand are composed mainly of water and conditioning agents. Most conditioning agents are not compatible with water (they won’t dissolve in it). So, to make a conditioner you have to create a special type of mixture called an emulsion. Emulsions are just small particles of oils suspended in water. (Think about the kind of 2-layer oil and vinegar salad dressing that you have to shake before using. That’s a simple emulsion.) In an emulsion, the light passing through the product is scattered when it hits all those tiny suspended oil particles. That light scattering makes the conditioner look opaque.

By the way, you can make a clear conditioner by using water soluble conditioners or a special type of emulsion known as a microemulsion. But there’s never been a successful one on the market because people don’t believe they work! (Does anyone remember the original Clean and Clear from the late 80s? They had a clear hair conditioner. Ahh, sweet memories.)

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Sulphate, Protein and Silicone-Free Products for Hair

Healthy Curls

Sulfate, Protein, and Silicone-Free Products

This list started with this post on the naturallycurly.com message boards and has developed through the assistance of many helpful curlies, although anicetta on naturallycurly.com deserves special mention (and perhaps a bronze plaque) for her contributions.

I have not verified the ingredients lists and have also not tried most of these products, so this list should be considered a starting point only. You should still read the ingredients and look at reviews before considering buying any of these.

On that note, if you read the ingredients for any of these and notice any sulfates, proteins or silicones, please MUA mail me and let me know so I can remove it from the list! (And, conversely, please mail me and let me know if there's any products I should add!!)

Last Updated 11/7/06


I. Shampoos:



•Sally's Beauty Supply

•Health Food Store/Trader Joe's


II. Conditioners:



•Sally's Beauty Supply

•Health Food Store/Trader Joe's


III. Styling Products:



•Sally's Beauty Supply

•Health Food Store/Trader Joe's


I. Shampoos:


•Blended Beauty Volcanic Clean Mask (not really a shampoo, but it cleans so I’m putting it here)

•Curl Junkie Chamomile & Jasmine Conditioning Shampoo (silk amino acids)

•Curl Junkie Hibiscus Bliss Moisturizing Shampoo (silk amino acids)

•DevaCurl No-Poo (wheat, soy, and oat amino acids) (no surfactants)

•DevaCurl Low-Poo (1 water-soluble silicone)

•DevaBlonde Low-Poo (1 water-soluble silicone)

•DevaBlonde No-Poo (wheat, soy, and oat amino acids) (no surfactants)

•DevaBrown Low-Poo (1 water-soluble 'cone)

•DevaBrown No-Poo (wheat, soy, and oat amino acids) (no surfactants)

•DevaCurl Low-Poo (1 water-soluble silicone)

•Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream

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•Aveda Sap Moss Shampoo

•Kiehl’s Castille

•Little Shop of Beauty Aloe Hair and Body Wash

•MOP C-System Clean

•MOP C-System Hydrating

•Phyto Phytojoba Gentle Regulating Milk Shampoo - Dry Hair Formula

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Sally's Beauty Supply:

Health Food Store/Trader Joe's:

•Avalon Organics Tea Tree Mint Treatment

•Avalon Organics Chamomile Citrus Highlighting

•Avalon Organics Awapuhi Mango Moisturizing

•Avalon Organics Aloe Vera Jojoba Fragrance Free

•Avalon Organics Lemon Clarifying (arginine--amino acid)

•Avalon Organics Ylang Ylang Glistening (arginine--amino acid)

•Avalon Organics Lavender Nourishing (arginine--amino acid)

•Avalon Organics Peppermint Revitalizing (arginine--amino acid)

•Avalon Organics Tea Tree Scalp Treatment (arginine--amino acid)

•Alba Botanica Volumizing

•Alba Botanica Replenishing

•Alba Botanica Balancing

•(Burt’s Bees) Doctor Burt's Herbal Treatment Shampoo with Cedar Leaf & Juniper Oil

•California Baby

•Kiss My Face Aromatherapeutic

•Kiss My Face SaHaira (wheat amino acids)

•Magick Botanicals Oil Free / Fragrance Free Shampoo

•Trader Joe’s Refresh


•ISOPLUS Conditioning

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II. Conditioners:


•Arbre de Vie Shea Hair & Scalp Pomade

•Arbre de Vie Shea Hot Oil Treatment

•Blended Beauty All Natural Scalp and Hair Oil

•Blended Beauty Herbal Reconditioning Treatment

•Blended Beauty Kick for Curls Aloe Juice Spritz

•Blended Beauty Straightening Glaze Conditioning Setting Spritz

•Curl Junkie Give 'em The Slip! Instant Conditioner (one water-soluble silicone)

•Curl Junkie Healthy Condition Daily Conditioner (all) (one water-soluble silicone, silk amino acids)

•Curl Junkie Hibiscus & Banana Deep Fix Moisturizing Conditioner

•Curl Junkie Hibiscus & Banana Honey Butta Leave In Conditioner (all) (one water-soluble silicone, silk amino acids)

•Curly Hair Solutions SLIP Detangler (silk amino acids)

•Jessicurl (any)

•Oyin Honey-Hemp

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•Auntie Rhubarb Moisture Bomb 2 in 1 Leave In

•Aveda Elixir Leave-on Conditioner (wheat amino acids)

•Bumble and Bumble Seaweed Conditioner

•Bumble and Bumble Leave In Conditioner

•Kiehl's Leave-In

•MOP c-system moisture complex

•MOP Lemongrass Conditioner for fine hair (wheat germ? don't know if this is a protein or not)

•MOP Burdock Nourishing Rinse (wheat germ?)

•MOP Mixed Greens

•Paul Mitchell The Detangler (2 water-soluble silicones)

•Smells So Sweet Mango & Papaya (Sandra will make it without Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein upon request)

•Tigi Bed Head Moisture Maniac (silk amino acids)

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Sally's Beauty Supply:

◦Generic Value Products Paul Mitchell The Detangler (2 water-soluble silicones)

◦Jamaican Mango & Lime Cactus Leave In

Health Food Store/Trader Joe's:

•Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose

•Aubrey Organics White Camellia

•Aubrey Organics Rosa Mosqueta (amino acids)

•Burt's Bees Super Shiny Grapefruit & Sugar Beet

•Magick Botanicals Oil Free / Fragrance Free

•Trader Joe’s Refresh

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•Aussie Real Volume for fine hair (old formula only; new formulation has 'cones)

•Garnier Fructis Fortifying (Fine Hair Formula)

•Suave Naturals Waterfall Mist

•Suave Naturals Lavender

•Suave Naturals Ocean Breeze

•Suave Naturals Mango Peach

•Suave Naturals Juicy Green Apple

•Suave Naturals Fresh Mountain Strawberry

•Suave Naturals Aloe

•Suave Vanilla Floral Cond.(silk protein, but very low on ingreds list)

•White Rain Extra Body

•White Rain Lavender Vanilla

•White Rain Energizing Citrus

•White Rain Tropical Coconut

•White Rain Ocean Mist

•White Rain Apple Blossom

•VO5 Sun Kissed Raspberry

•VO5 Tangerine Tickle

•VO5 Tea Therapy Nourishing

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III. Styling Products:


•Akiva Naturals Healthy Hair Honey

•Akiva Naturals Healthy Hair Jam

•Blended Beauty Curly Frizz Pudding

•Circle of Friends Einar's Arctic Freeze Hyper Hold Gel (one water-soluble silicone)

•Circle of Friends Erik's Shaping Hair Gel (one water-soluble silicone)

•Circle of Friends Luc's Lemon Lime Shine Hair Slicker

•Circle of Friends Valerie's Vanilla Freeze Hair Spray (one water-soluble silicone, hydrolyzed silk)

•Curl Junkie Curl Fuel Curl Enhancing Spray

•Curl Junkie Curl Rehab Hair Oil (all)

•Curl Junkie Guava Curl Crème (silk amino acids)

•Curl Junkie Pomade (all)

•Curls Pure Essentials Moisturizer (silk amino acids)

•Curly Hair Solutions Curlkeeper

•Curly Hair Solutions Gel

•The Jane Carter Solution condition and sculpt

•Greenridge Herbals Jojoba Shea Hair Butter

•Hamadi Shea Pomade

•Jessicurl (any)

•Long Lovely Locks (any)

•Mop Top Anti-Frizz Gel (silk amino acids)

•Mop Top Pomade

•Oyin Greg Juice

•Oyin Shine and Define Styling Serum

•Qhemet Biologics Honeybush Hair Tea

•Qhemet Biologics Herbal Henna Botanical Softening Oil

•Qhemet Biologics Olive & Honey Hydrating Balm

•Qhemet Biologics Karite Nut Curl Milk

•Qhemet Biologics Amla/Olive Heavy Cream

•Qhemet Biologics Olive Cream Conditioning Instant Detangler

•Shea Terra Organics Certified Organic Shea Butter

•Tai Texture Lavender Mist

•Tai Texture Whip Creme

•The Jane Carter Solution Hair Nourishing Cream

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•Aveda Brilliant Humectant Pomade

•Biolage Gelee (old formula)

•Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee (hydrolized silk

•Boots Essentials Curl Creme (pink version)

•Boots Botanic Frizz Free Curl Cream (white, UK Formula)

•Fresh Sugar Shea Butter

•Jack Black Body-Building Hair Gel

•Kinky Curly Curling Custard

•Little Shop of Beauty cocktail hair & body mist

•Miss Jessie's Curly Meringue

•MyHoneyChild (any, except perhaps the type 4, type 3/4, and type 4/3 hair cremes, which contain soy butter)

•Oyin Whipped Pudding

•Tigi Control Freak Serum (2 water-soluble silicones)

•Wella Liquid Hair Brilliant Spray Gel Volume & Texture (Strong Hold)

•Wella Liquid Hair Power Shift Shaping Gel (Strong)

•Wella Liquid Hair Kryptonite Acrylic Gel (Ultra Hold)

•Wella Bonk Raw Hair Jam Strong Hold Gel

•Wella Liquid Hair Crystal Styler Styling Gel (Extra Strong)

•Wella Bonk Crystal Dynamite Iridescent Shine Gel

•Wella Bonk Mega Spiker Extreme Hold Styler

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Sally's Beauty Supply:

•Aura Radiant Humectant Pomade

•Aura Hypoallergenic Gel

•Jamaican Mango & Lime Shine-A-Loc

•Jamaican Mango & Lime Cactus Oil

•Organic Root Stimulator Lock & Twist Gel

•Salon Care Professional Firm Hold Styling Gel w/ Aloe Vera

•Volumax Styling Gel

Health Food Store/Trader Joe's:

◦Aubrey Organics Pure Aloe Vera Gel

◦Aubrey Organics Mandarin Magic Ginkgo Leaf & Ginseng Root Hair Moisturizing Jelly

◦Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Gel

◦Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Gelly

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•African Pride Brain Sheen Spray Extra Shine (1 water-soluble silicone, silk amino acids)

•Aussie Tizz No Frizz

•Aussie Dual Personality Water + Gel

•Cococare Cocoa Butter Stick

•Dax Relax Shine & Hold Gel

•Dax Relax Texturizing Foaming Mousse

•Dove Defined Texture Molding Cream (silk amino acids)

•Dove Gel, Define & Shine Control

•Dove Gel, Shape & Life Volumizing

•F/X Curl Booster Fixative Gel

•F/X Curls Up Curl-Reviving Mousse (spray/pump bottle)

•F/X Root Lifter Volume Booster (1 water-soluble silicone)

•Ginseng Miracle Wonder 8 Oil

•Got2Be Defiant Define + Shine Pomade

•Got2B Spiked Up Gel

•Head Wear Strung Out Styling Goo

•Head Wear Thickening Gel

•Head Wear Pliable Putty

•Herbal Essences Body Envy Weightless Volumizing Gel

•Herbal Essences Set Me Up Spray Gel

•Herbal Essences Set Me Up Gel

•Herbal Essences Texturizing Pomade (1 water-soluble silicone)

•Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Curl Scrunching Gel (1 water-soluble silicone)

•Hollywood Beauty Olive Creme Hairdress

•Hollywood Beauty Olive Oil

•ISOPLUS Wrap Lotion

•John Frieda Frizz-Ease Relax Moisture Remedy Rehydrating Balm (discontinued?)

•La Bella Icy Cool Styling Gel

•La Bella Styling Gel Super Hold 9 (keratin amino acids)

•La Bella Super Spikes Styling Gel

•L'oreal Out of Bed Instant Texture (cream gel) (1 water-soluble silicone)

•L'oreal Studio Line Anti-Frizz Gel (1 water-soluble silicone) (discontinued)

•L'oreal Studio Line Texture Grab Gel

•Luster's Pink Short Looks Gel

•Luster's S-Curl Texturizer Stylin' Gel

•Organic Root Stimulator Lock & Twist Gel

•Salon Selectives Control Substance Molding Putty

•Soft Sheen Gold Care Free Curl Hair & Scalp Spray for Dry Curls & Body Waves (wheat amino acids)

•Suave Anti-Frizz Smoothing Gel with Aloe - Extra Hold

•Suave Firm Control Gel

•Woltra Cocoa Butter Stick

•White Rain Classics Styling Gel

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Design by Andreas Viklund.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Zinc For Acne

Here is the research finding of 7 years on the zinc and acne connection. Can the zinc acne treatment really give the results you want? Find out here.

It has been reported that zinc has the ability to reduce the symptoms of acne. The zinc mineral has some properties which seem to be extremely useful in acne treatments. However this is not the universal view as there are many who believe that this is not the case. They do not believe that there is any connection between zinc and acne.

However, recent research data do not seem to agree with this point of view. This research points to the fact that zinc has the ability to fight bacteria much like an antibiotic (such as tetracycline), and it can also strengthen the immune system. But the best news is, zinc does not have any of the negative effects of antibiotics.

So there are clearly 2 schools of thoughts on the zinc acne connection. I have tried to find out which group is correct and to do this, I have experimented, researched and gone through trial and errors for 7 long years. And the good news is, today I know the truth about the zinc acne connection.

The report you find here is the culmination of my years of work. Here I have discussed what zinc is, the connection between the two, why and how the zinc acne treatment can really work, and how you should be using zinc so that you can get the most effective results? So is the zinc acne treatment the final answer for someone who is suffering from acne – I will discuss the answer to this question also here.

Some facts on zinc for acne

Zinc is present in a whole lot of things. This essential trace mineral can be found in insulin and in the tissues. You will also find zinc in egg yolks, sunflower seeds, mushrooms, soybeans, legumes, whole grains, fish, soy lecithin and in the herbs such as eyebright, milk thistle, chamomile, dandelion, cayenne, mullein, burdock root, alfalfa and nettle.

There are many ways zinc can help us stay healthy. Here are some of them – providing the enzymes that help in digestion and the energy to keep the body going, strengthening the natural immunity, helping prevent blindness, regulating levels of vitamin E in the blood, supporting more than 300 enzymatic reactions, in fighting bacteria, it speeds up the process of healing, helps the body absorb Vitamin A and B, and zinc is also important for growth hormone, testosterone, and estrogen.

Yes, the advantages of zinc are many, but how is it related to acne? Can it benefit those people suffering from acne, and if yes, how?

What is the connection between acne and zinc?

Zinc can regulate the production of oil by the glands which go up when there is a hormonal imbalance – this is one major reason of acne, the other being the build up of toxic materials in the body. This is done when the right quantity, quality and ratio of essential fatty acids is taken. When you are able to regulate the hormone levels, the symptoms of acne are controlled.

The other useful properties that aid the zinc acne treatment include its ability to make the body absorb vitamin A, in the promotion of wound healing, the fighting of bacteria and also in strengthening the immune system. Are anti oxidant properties are particularly worth a mention here. All these useful properties can aid a person fight the secondary causes of acne and help in the prevention and reduction of the acne growths.

When it comes to the best results, it’s the ability of the zinc to regulate the levels of the hormones – the results are so good here because this is a major cause of acne. But do remember to take zinc of the right quality and combination with essential fatty acids, and when the zinc is better absorbed by the body, the results are that much better. Add some vital nutrients to it, and the combination of the zinc and the nutrients will give you great results in balancing the hormones.

But the zinc’s impact may be lost if you are taking it in some conditions and also with a few food items, supplements and chemical substances. So this needs to be remembered and these items avoided to achieve the results you want.

Now let us take a look at all the inhibiting factors that can make the zinc ineffective.

Factors that make the zinc acne treatment less effective

Some food items, conditions and supplements can interfere with the treatment and bring down its effectiveness. This happens because they do not let the body absorb the zinc correctly and hence, the zinc acne treatment cannot deliver the results that ought to.

Among the inhibitors, Phytic acid deserves a special mention because it has been seen to reduce the absorption of zinc by about 15%. You will come across Phytic acid in the whole grains and thus, to make the zinc more effective, it is best to reduce the intake of grains to just about 1 to 2 servings daily. Limiting grains makes sense also because they can lead to the formation of acid and mucus within the body. And having restricted its intake, you will see that the effectiveness of the zinc acne treatment will improve quite a bit.

One more thing that makes the zinc less effective is soy protein. Soy can bind to minerals and lessen the absorption of zinc and so its consumption also needs to be restricted.

Minerals like copper and inorganic iron are also bad news because they also end up interfering with zinc for acne bio-availability. However this solution can be easily solved by limiting copper to just 2-3 mg a day and by not taking inorganic iron supplements. The only exception is when you have copper toxicity.

Too much of sweating from physical labor is also another inhibiting factor as this enhances the need of the body to have more zinc. Thus, for best acne zinc treatment results, you need to take more zinc, particularly if you are exercising rigorously.

Follow these rules and you are sure to make your zinc acne treatment a grand success:

1. Essential fatty acids, coconut oil and cod liver oil are the 3 nutrients that need to be taken with the zinc to have a control over the balance of the hormones. Get supplements that have these nutrients because the food that you eat may not have them always.

2. Avoid a few zinc inhibitors such as too much of copper and inorganic iron. Remember, your zinc will not be properly absorbed by the body when you are not following this. Also, when you are in the habit of exercising, you need to have more zinc.

3. Limit the level of zinc to 100 mg because too much of it may lead to toxicity. Foods are the best source for getting zinc.

4. The soil from which your food arrived contained zinc (since it is a mineral) and this is one reason why you have it in the food. So when the soil itself is poor, how can the food be good? If the vegetable has been organically grown then this problem can be overcome.

5. Supplementation often becomes a necessity because in many cases the food that you eat cannot supply all the zinc for acne treatment that you need. Of the 2 types of zinc supplements, Zinc Monomethionine (Opti-Zinc) is the better option because it can be better absorbed by the body and it is also more effective in the removal of the acne. Zinc gluconate is not as effective and so it is best avoided.

6. Kinesiology (muscle testing) and blood testing is required to check whether you have copper toxicity or not because it can stop the absorption of zinc. Caucasian people with copper toxicity will have brown nipples.

Finally, the permanent cure with the zinc acne treatment – how to make this a reality

However you need to know that the zinc by itself is not enough to cure acne. This is because acne is caused by quite a few primary and secondary causes and zinc deficiency is not one of them.

But the symptoms of acne can be vastly reduced and the hormonal imbalance rectified with your zinc acne treatment if you are taking zinc of the right quality, quantity, nutrients and are not letting the zinc inhibitors cause too much damage.

The best acne cure that gives you permanent result is the holistic remedy. Holistic cures take care of all the root causes of acne (both primary and secondary) such as the accumulation of toxins in the body and the hormonal imbalance effectively and permanently. So for best results, always go for a combination of the zinc acne treatment and the holistic approach.

Mike Walden is a medical researcher, certified nutritionist, health consultant and author of the #1 best-selling e-book, "Acne No More - Open The Door To an Acne Free Life". Mike has written dozens of holistic health articles and has been featured in ezines and print magazines, as well as on hundreds of websites worldwide.

For further information visit: Zinc Acne Treatment.

By Mike Walden

Shampoo Information from KMS


Hair Products in your Kitchen

Right now, you may be limiting yourself to shampoo and conditioner, or maybe the occasional hot oil treatment, but there are actually several kitchen products that you can use to get beautiful, lustrous hair. If you have a daughter who likes slumber parties, kitchen hair product parties are a lot of fun and all of the little ladies will leave with a lifelong knowledge about creative hair products. It is also fun to relax on a Saturday with several hair beauty treatments that you can whip up right at home. Actually, there are a few kitchen hair supplies that work even better than some store-bought treatments. These ideas are not old wives’ tales; they really work and they are definitely worth trying out.

The number one visual sign of healthy hair is shine. Everyone wants their hair to glisten in the sunlight just like those gorgeous shampoo models on television. You go out and buy the shampoo, but for some reason your hair isn’t even close to being as shiny as the cover girls. Luckily, there’s a simple solution to your dull ‘do – and it’s right in your kitchen! Beer, mayonnaise, and lemon juice are all great shine-producing products. To use beer in your hair, pour two bottles or cans of beer (any brand will do) into a bowl that is wide enough to fit your head into. In the shower or over a sink (this can get messy, and you don’t want your home to smell like a fraternity house on a Sunday morning), soak you hair in the beer for about five minutes. Rinse your hair, and then shampoo, condition, and style as usual. The result should be smooth and shiny hair.

To use mayonnaise and lemon juice, combine ¾ cup mayonnaise with 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Wet your hair slightly with a spray bottle, and then apply the mayo mixture to your hair, massaging it in as you would with shampoo. The smell leaves something to be desired, but that’s just the price of beauty. Leave the mixture on your hair for fifteen minutes and then rinse, shampoo, condition, and style hair as usual. This will be the most effective deep-conditioning, shine-boosting treatment you have ever had.

If your hair problem is that you either have dandruff or lots of residue from excessive styling product usage, you don’t need to look any further than your kitchen cabinets. Baking soda and oatmeal work very well at getting flakes and debris out of your hair and off of your scalp. If you have severe dandruff, you should use an anti-dandruff shampoo with Pyrithione Zinc on a daily basis. These treatments can be used in conjunction with your anti-dandruff shampoo to accelerate your results. To make your baking soda or oatmeal hair treatment, simply combine ¼ cup of baking soda or 1/3 cup dry oatmeal (one or the other, not both) with water until the mixture is of a pasty consistency. Coat your hair and scalp with the mixture. Next, use a fine-toothed comb to slowly comb through your hair, from root to tip. Leave the mixture on for about ten minutes, then rinse, shampoo, condition, and style as usual.

Colored hair is all the rage, whether it’s subtle highlights or bright blue streaks. Save yourself some cash; color-treat your hair with kitchen products. Black tea and dark coffees can deepen your hair color. Simply make three cups of hot tea, using about ten tea bags, or make a pot of coffee, using very finely ground espresso beans. Let the tea or coffee cool down before you use it on your hair. Pour it in a bowl that is wide enough to stick your head in. Soak your hair in the tea or coffee for forty minutes, then rinse. Do not shampoo for a full twenty-four hours (so make this a project for a dull weekend). Red wine can be used in the same way, and it will give your hair a red highlighted effect. Obviously, the lighter your hair color, the more dramatic the results of coloring will be. If you want to give yourself some temporary bright streaks, you can use cool-aid or any brightly-colored fruit drink. Use a sponge to apply the color in streaks. If you have a hair-coloring mistake, and you feel that your color has come out too dark, you can soften the intensity by washing your hair with dish soap, letting it sit on your hair for about twenty minutes before rinsing.

Hot Oil Treatments

hot oil hair treatment, homemade or store-bought, can be an inexpensive luxury with a variety of benefits.

Hot oil treatments come in two varieties, oil that is heated in either the microwave or stovetop, or a package that is immersed in hot water. Either variety will grant the same end results – conditioned hair.

Everyday environmental issues, including temperature changes, pollution and humidity, as well as regular brushing, and the use of hair products such as curlers, steamers, straighteners and dryers, can result in damaged hair. Brittle or dry hair can result from environmental issues, over cleansing or product use; breakage or split ends can result from the use of hair products to achieve the desired style. No one is immune – dry or damaged hair simply is a part of life.

To temporarily repair the damage, a hot oil treatment can help. Most store bought varieties require heating, massaging the oil into the scalp and hair, followed by a gentle rinse. A complete shampoo or over-rinse will defeat the hot oil’s purpose. Be certain to follow the directions on the package to achieve the full benefit of a store-bought oil treatment.

Homemade oil treatments can be made with a mixture of common household oils, such as soybean oil or olive oil, and even the use of mayonnaise. Heat the mixture in the microwave or stovetop, apply and massage into hair and scalp, leave on for ten to fifteen minutes for full penetration and rinse.

All oil treatments need to be used with caution as any hot mixture can result in surface or first degree burns. It is always a good idea to test the temperature of the oil on the inside of your wrist before applying to your scalp. Too hot for your wrist? Let it cool.

Hot oil treatments can help with dry scalp conditions including dandruff. Since oil and moisturizers are the key ingredient, they can condition the scalp and skin in addition to the hair. However, hot oil treatments are a temporary fix and must be repeated during on a regular basis to maintain their effectiveness.

Anyone who has enjoyed a day at the spa or even just a few treatments, knows the benefits of such a luxury. A hot oil treatment, even in a home environment, can bring the same results. Take time out from a busy schedule, relax and enjoy the heat of hot oil, the time alone and the warmth. Steal a few moments to catch up on catalog shopping or progress another chapter into that favorite book while the hot oil penetrates hair and scalp. Your few moments alone without a care, will benefit your mental health and that can only rub off on those around you.

If serious damage or dryness has occurred to hair, an extensive hot oil therapy including micro-silicone conditioners may assist. These products contain a self-warming conditioner that is massaged into the hair and, with time and a heating cap (such as a shower cap), will be absorbed into the cortex or core of the hair. This method does require slightly more time and effort, as well as expense, but will last longer and result in a higher degree of repair.

So take a few moments and treat yourself, those around you and especially your locks, to a luxurious hot oil treatment.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

How To Add Herbs To Y our Shampoo To Make Your hair Grow faster

By Carole Vansickle, eHow Contributor

Long hair like this has to be strong from root to tip.

It is not all in your head. If it seems like your hair takes forever to grow, you may be right! Even if your shampoo is good for moisturizing and adding volume, it may not be filling in the "cracks" in individual strands of hair. This can cause hair to break off at the ends, making it appear that your hair is not getting any longer. Fortunately, there are a number of herbs and other natural ingredients that you can add to your current shampoo to make your hair keep length and healthy ends. In this article, we will discuss how to add herbs to your shampoo to make your hair grow faster.

Difficulty: Easy


Things You'll Need:

1/4 teaspoon dried St. John's wort

1/4 teaspoon dried nettle

1/4 teaspoon dried sage

1/4 teaspoon dried basil

1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary

1/2 teaspoon onion juice

Essential oils

Large mixing bowl

Electric mixer

Full bottle of your favorite shampoo

Large plastic shampoo bottle

Glass measuring cup


How to Add Herbs to Your Shampoo to Make Your Hair Grow Faster


Boil 1/2 a cup of water in the glass measuring cup.The easiest way to do this is to microwave the water on high for two minutes. If it reaches a rolling boil before two minutes are up, stop the microwave and move on.


This is dried rosemary. You will be able to find most of the herbs needed to promote hair growth in your spice rack.

Steep the St. John's wort, nettle, sage, basil and rosemary for 20 minutes. This will create an infusion that you can mix into your shampoo.


Strain out the herbs. You can catch the "tea" in the large mixing bowl.


It is often easier to find onion juice in powdered form than it is to buy it as a liquid or juice the onion yourself.

Add the onion juice. This can make your shampoo a little smelly, so you may decide to leave this ingredient out.


Mix in the entire bottle of shampoo. The resulting mixture will be a little runnier than your original shampoo, but it should have a smooth and even color and consistency.


Add 5 drops of essential oils. This will help mask the onion smell.


Store your new, improved shampoo in a large plastic shampoo bottle. You can use your new shampoo every day just as you did before, and you should see results in about a month as your hair becomes more durable and begins to gain length.

Garlic & Onions for Hair Loss

Can you really make your hair grow back faster by using garlic and onions? You have to be kidding me is the thought that crossed my mind when I personally heard about these two foods and hair loss. They can smell really bad and actually end a conversation and a friendship due to their smells.

However rather than focusing on how these two foods smell, what they can do for your hair is nothing to be ashamed about. Garlic and onions are powerful hair growth stimulating foods because of the amount of sulphur that they contain.

There seems to be no better way to get your hair growing back than with minerals and sulphur is one you don't want to skip.

But just how do you use garlic and onions to fight hair loss? Natural remedies involving the two are the most common techniques that very few actually put to use. For instance you could cut a garlic into a few chopped pieces, add it to a cup of coconut milk, let sit and then massage this mixture into your scalp.

Just let that garlic sit for 45 minutes in the milk or else you're going to lose a lot of friends and may be the talk of your peers. Then there's the more practical way to use garlic and onions to increase hair growth. By rubbing the pulps of these into your scalp you are directly sending sulphur to your follicles.

Really the choice is yours about how you choose to use these to fight baldness. The important thing though is to actually take action and give them a try as well as discover tons of other natural ways to regrow hair.

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Sleep Apnea and Hair Loss

So What’s Apnea Got to Do With Hair Loss?

Besides the relentless pounding headaches, daytime fatigue and dry throat, my blood pressure began to soar. Not surprisingly the rate at which my hair was shedding mirrored this surge in blood pressure. Dement paints a more detailed picture:

The high blood pressure that damages blood vessels in the heart, kidneys, brain, and other organs can lead to a long, slow decline in their physical well-being … it is not difficult to imagine the damage to blood vessels that can build up under this hypertension pounding all night, every night, year after year.

Apnea batters blood capillaries that supply nutrients and oxygen to hair follicles. If scalp capillaries become damaged, then so do you chances of healthy hair growth. If you are living with apnea then your scalp isn’t only suffering indirect oxygen starvation through damaged capillaries but also directly – apnea breathlessness can last anywhere from a few seconds to over a minute, and remember this can happen hundreds of times through course of a nights sleep. The climb in blood pressure also has a knock on effect which can be equally as damaging to hair and health.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Split Ends And Breakage!!

The hair structure consists three layers – the medula, the innermost layer; the cortex, the center layer that determines the texture and color of the hair; and the cuticle, the thin and colorless outermost layer that protects the cortex. When the cuticles of the hair become damaged, the inner hair fibers are exposed to destructive elements that cause trichoptilosis or split ends. Split ends are longitudinal breakage and fraying of the inner hair fibers, giving the hair a feathered look. A split end can be between 0.79 to 1.18 inches (2 to 3 cm) in length and can be found at any part of the hair strand, particularly at the end. Difficult to treat and impossible to cure unless you trim off the split ends, the best way to avoid this problem is to take preventive haircare measures such as the follow.

1. Do not overdo hairstyling. A good start to prevent the formation of split ends is to minimize or eliminate the application of direct heat to the hair. Frequent hairstyling with blow dryers, hot curlers, hair straighteners, and curling irons depletes the hair of its natural oils, making it more susceptible to split ends. If you absolutely must blow dry your hair, use the lowest temperature possible and keep the blow dryer at least four inches (10.2 cm) away from your hair.

2. Cut down on chemicals. Avoid using too many chemical products, such as gel, mousse, and hair spray. Hairstyling with these products damages and weakens the hair, leading to split ends. Do not use any haircare products containing alcohol, including alcohol-based shampoos. Alcohol causes the hair to lose moisture and become brittle. Dry hair is susceptible to splitting.

3. Be gentle with your hair. Remember that wet hair is more vulnerable to damage, so do not brush your hair when it is wet. Avoid overbrushing, as brushing in itself causes stress to the hair, leading to split ends. When you do brush your hair, use a hairbrush with soft, even bristles or a wide-toothed comb. Avoid nylon bristles at all costs.

Do not comb through tangled hair. Doing so rips the hair strands roughly, destroying the cuticles and exposing the inner hair fibers to the danger of split ends. Instead, separate tangled hair into sections. Working on each section, slowly untangle your hair from end to root using your fingers or a wide-toothed comb.

4. Use the right accessories. When using hair accessories such as colorful hairpins and bands, make sure they are not too harsh for your hair. Use hairpins with smooth ends. Sharp hairpin ends can tear at the hair strands when you unpin them. Additionally, avoid using rubber bands to tie your hair. Instead, do up your ponytail with a soft scrunchie or other fabric elastic band.

5. Moisturize. Split ends are caused by a lack of moisture in the hair. Hence, it is important to keep hair moisturized through the use of hair conditioners after each shampoo. Use a deep conditioner once a week as an additional measure to prevent split ends. Furthermore, drink a lot of water to keep your body and hair constantly hydrated.

6. Schedule an appointment. Make an appointment with your trusted hairdresser every four to six weeks to trim off dry and brittle ends. Trimming your hair regularly can prevent the formation of split ends or get rid of those that are already there

Hair and Vitamins

By: Dr. George Obikoya

Healthy hair is not only a pleasure to behold, it is pleasing to the person that has it. A single follicle on the human scalp produces approximately .35 millimeters of hair shaft per day. The cycles of growth of each follicle consist of the building up and tearing down of the structure. After a period of rest the follicle is built anew from raw materials and each hair follicle goes through this identical processes as it grows longer and stronger. A high-quality liquid multivitamin supplies the body with the proper amino acids, vitamins and minerals that you may not be receiving in your diet to help create beautiful hair.

It is important to point out at this point that many of the metabolic requirements of the cells of the hair follicle must be met at this time or adequate and optimal hair growth will not occur. This means that certain vitamins and minerals must be present in adequate proportions or there will be faulty or nonexistent hair growth. Research has shown that in our hurry up world of fast food, and extreme work schedules we have developed extraordinarily poor eating habits. This extremely poor diet affecting our general health and energy levels and makes our fingernails weaker and our hair thinner and far less healthier.

Along with stress, toxins in the environment, exposure to the sun, cigarette smoke (actively or passively inhaled), excess alcohol consumption and lack of sleep sometimes makes our bodies work overtime to maintain a standard of marginal health - not optimal.

These factors may lead to a decline in our cosmetic appearance, including our hair, being compromised and weakened. Because we consider our hair to be expendable and not needed to maintain your health, at least our physical health, it tends to be the last part of us to receive attention.

The result of this is dull, lifeless hair, or even retarded (slowed) hair growth. What should enhance our best features has become a deterrent to our beauty as individuals and the way others possibly perceive our health and how attractive we appear to them. This does not have to be so. Remember, people subconsciously use triggers like how healthy your face or hair is to make a subconscious judgment about your overall health.

Taking proper, daily vitamins and minerals plays a huge role in keeping your hair healthy. Any nutritional deficiencies can lead to thinning hair or even total baldness. It is a well-known fact that an under-active thyroid can result in frizzy or brittle hair while an overactive thyroid turns hair greasy and limp. The goal is proper supplementation and proper nutritional balance.

In an older person the total number of the capillary loops (blood source) supplying the hair follicles is considerably diminished. This diminution (reduction) of blood supplied to the hair follicle would require either greater blood flow through these follicles or an increased amount of nutrients of various types such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids in order to supple the hair follicle with the same amount of these materials. Since the former is unlikely, as blood vessels are decreasing instead of increasing, it appears that the latter course, mainly supplying more nutrients, would be the most logical way to keep the hair follicle in its “younger” state.

Your hair ultimately reflects the overall condition of your body. If your body is healthy and well-nourished, your hair will be your shining glory. If you are having any health problems or suffering from any nutritional deficiencies, your hair may stop growing or show damage or become brittle. If your body is in good health, you can maximize your genetic growth cycle through taking the proper blend of amino acids and B-vitamins.

It is also important to include B-6, biotin, inositol and folic acid in the supplemental program. It has been found that certain minerals including magnesium, sulfur, silica and zinc are also very important toward maintaining healthy hair.

Beta-carotene is also important to hair growth. This is so because beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A as the body needs it, helps maintain normal growth and bone development, protective sheathing around nerve fibers, as well as promoting healthy skin, hair and nails.

Besides making lifestyle changes, taking the following supplements every day is recommended to boost your hair growth:

Vitamin B-complex - 50 mg. of the major B-vitamins (including folate, biotin and inositol)

Vitamin B-6 - 50 mg. of vitamin B-6

Vitamin C with bioflavonoids - one to two grams daily Vitamin E - 400 to 800 IU daily

Beta-Carotene - 10,000 to 15,000 IU of beta-carotene daily

One recommended daily dose of magnesium, sulfur, zinc

Flaxseed oil - one tbsp daily or one tablet

Beta-Carotene - 10,000 to 15,000 IU of beta-carotene daily

Certain vitamins, minerals and amino-acids are crucial to the metabolic pathways involved in keratin protein (hair) metabolism. Without the nutrients cited, it is well known that the hair growth process will slow or cease, leading to a potential loss of hair and substantial degradation of hair health. There is a rather adequate research basis to justify product effectiveness claims for a vitamin, mineral and amino-acid complex designed to supply the nutrients needed by healthy growing hair. Think about it. How many sick people do you know with a full head of healthy hair?

A good multivitamin is the foundation of health and nutrition. Take a look at our scientific reviews of many of the popular brands for factors such as ingredients, areas of improvement, quality level, and overall value. If you are looking for a high quality liquid multivitamin, we suggest that you take a look at the Multivitamin Product Comparisons.

The Truth About Sulphates

Shampoos that are sulfate free really better for your hair?

If you’re like everyone else, I want to wash your hair at least every two days and not every day. As foam you can help, but love the feeling of all these bubbles, but did you know that the ingredients that are very surprising that the foam may also be more damaging to the hair?

Most shampoos contain sulfates in course that is great for making a lot of foam, but not so great for health, hair health and environments of health itself. So why do companies continue to use consumer brands sulfates in the shampoo? For the most part, because sulfates are cheap to make and create a lot of foam. Since we’ve all become accustomed to the idea that a lot of bubbles, both really clean hair to continue to make inexpensive shampoo.

Just what are sulfates and why are they a problem? You will find the ingredients in the shampoo is listed as sodium laureth sulphate (SLES) and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) which are in fact really a hard surface chemical found in many other products, including toothpaste. They are known to cause irritation to eyes and skin, especially when you use a shampoo that contains these ingredients can be absorbed through the skin.

Did you know that sulfates are really far from being delicate and could cause damage to the very thing that tries to spoil? If your hair! Sulfates are very drying and can damage hair follicles that could lead to hair loss. All this because we love our incredible foam when washing our hair. You can also remove the hair and scalp with essential oils that cause drying effect. Worse, if they spend lots of money to the color of your hair, makes the color fade faster if you get your hair color more often.

If you want to change the brand of shampoo and begin to look more natural shampoos and / or organic, but do not know what to look for?

Here are some tips on what to look for when reading the label on the bottle of shampoo. Look for ingredients such as gylcerine and part glycosides from corn and sugar. Usually found on the label as decyl glucoside and coco glucodisde. These ingredients will give you a lot of foam you get used to the best, but try it for a few weeks and your hair healthier, shinier, smoother and softer. Not that he was a great trade?

One last thought, sulfate-free shampoos cost a little more of your current shampoo do because of its ingredients. So do not be surprised, but I miss that you use to clean your hair and your hair will be better over all. Is not it worth a few dollars more on the counter? Your hair will thank you!

The information contained in this section shall be used for information purposes. The information contained in this document is not intended to be used in place of or in conjunction with advice stylist.

Product Build Up

Most people have heard the old wives tale "that you should change your shampoo from time to time as it "builds up". This is not entirely untrue as some products (those with cheaper ingredients) do often leave a film on the surface of the hair and scalp that can build up over time. Then there is also the obvious over use of styling products!

The first signs of product build up are your hair looking or feeling lifeless, or when you comb or brush it you get a flaky powder along the hair shaft, this is not dandruff, its more likely to be a buildup problem.

Buildup occurs when:

Certain products like non-water soluble waxes are used to style the hair.

2 in 1 shampoos are used continuously.

Certain shampoos cause buildup due to the type of cheaper ingredients they use to give instant combability. These can form a film on the hair or you may have to use a large amount to make your hair feel clean also resulting in buildup.

Hair sprays applied too close and in too strong a concentration to one area e.g. the fringe, leave a flaking powder on the hair after brushing.

If gel is applied in a blob it cannot spread through the rest of the hair causing build-up on that spot. We sometimes find that wetting your hands before getting the gel out of the pot and mixing it can solve this problem.

To cure a build-up problem:

Use a special purifying shampoo to remove previous products.

Change your habits; apply spray further away from the hair approx. 15cm or 6", work gel around your wet hands before putting it through your hair.

Try a water-soluble wax.

Separate your 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner by getting a good old fashioned 2-step process.

Use professional products, as the ingredient quality is where the money is spent not on expensive TV ad campaigns.

As a general rule, use less than you think, resulting only in a shape that won't last as long. Too much will leave the hair sticky or heavy and hard to work with.

When applying any product to hair always pop it onto your hands first then work it around them. This will spread the product so that as you put it into the hair you won't get patches of too much.

A good tip from a hairdressing friend, is to use a dilution of bicarbonate of soda to rinse your hair and remove hair spray build up.

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Tips To Avoid Product Build Up

 One of the primary causes of hair product build-up is hair which has not been adequately rinsed during the shampoo and conditioning rinse-out cycles. Washing hair in the shower will help prevent build-up versus washing hair in a sink or tub where sections of the hair may accidentally retain product.

1. Before purchasing products have a clear understanding of your hair type, texture, condition and historical styling needs.

2. Utilize only basic styling product necessities to create the desired hairdo.

3. Look for products which perform double duty in one formula.

4. Read labels very carefully. What you don’t know may hurt your tresses.

5. Avoid products with ingredients known to weigh hair down or cause clogging and blockage.

6. Pay close attention to your hair to check for any dehydration, scalp flaking, itching or related build-up issues.

7. Be careful to apply products in such a manner that scalp does not become coated.

8. Use the lightest product possible to create the best style. If your hair requires hold, try mousse before gels and creams.

9. Use wax or paste sparingly, especially on hair prone to build-up issues.

10. Spray products from the proper distances. Avoid using cheap products known to overcoat strands.

11. Follow a less is more principle.

12. Distribute products appropriately. Always mix well in palms of hands before applying and utilize picks or combs to distribute well.

13. Search for hair styling products which offer both conditioning and hold. Many are compressed to offer a combo of benefits. This saves you from using more products than necessary and is also economical.

14. Consider using products which control or block humidity. This will help you resist the temptation to reapply hairspray throughout the day to “fix” your hair.

Protein Over Load!!

Moisturizers keep the hair from becoming too dry and breaking. Protein keeps the hair strong and regular use of certain proteins can actually thicken the hair. There are many different types of proteins. Some are extremely potent and should be used sparingly and cautiously. These are the ones for extremely damaged and dry hair; hair that has been chemically processed, double processed or that is experiencing excessive breakage and shedding.

These proteins are so strong that they stop the shedding immediately and results are typically noticed after the first use. Generally these kinds of protein treatments are so strong; they should only be used every 6-8 weeks or less. There are also proteins that aid in thickening and strengthening the hair, but can be applied more often because they are not as strong; these are the proteins known as reconstructors. These proteins do not have a dramatic immediate effect, but overall hair improvement will gradually be noticed with regular use. These can be applied more often; every 4-6 weeks.

Finally, there are the mild proteins that are found in the majority of all deep conditioner, slippage conditioners and some hair creams and oils. These proteins are safe enough for regular use, but may cause the hair to become dry and brittle with overuse; or protein overload. When using them, or any proteins, it is extremely important to follow up with a good moisturizing regimen. If your hair creams or lotions have protein in them, you may want to add some jojoba oil, olive oil, or coconut oil to them to increase moisture avoid potential over drying. If at all possible, stay away from hair creams that contain any kind of protein for this reason. Just remember, a good deep conditioner contains some sort of protein.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Transitioning Without The Big Chop

Is it possible to transitions one’s hair from a relaxed state to natural without doing the big chop?

What's Your Hair Type?

Type 1

Type 1 is straight hair.

Type 2

A relatively unusual type, wavy hair tends to be coarse, with a definite S pattern to it. There are three Type 2 subtypes: A- Fine /thin, B -medium-textured, and C – thick and coarse. Type 2A is very easy to handle, blowing out into a straighter style or taking on curlier looks with relative ease. Types 2B and 2C are a little more resistant to styling and have a tendency to frizz

Type 3

When this type of hair is wet, it appears to be pretty straight. As it dries, the hair goes back to its curly state. When curly hair is wet it usually straightens out. As it dries, it absorbs the water and contracts to its curliest state. Humidity tends to make this type of curly hair even curlier, or even frizzier. Type 3 hair has a lot of body and is easily styled in its natural state, or it can be easily straightened with a blow-dryer into a smoother style. Healthy Type 3 hair is shiny, with soft, smooth curls and strong elasticity. The curls are well-defined and springy.

Andre defines two subtypes of curly hair. First, there is type 3A hair which is very loosely curled and usually very shiny with big curls. The shorter the hair is, the straighter it gets. The longer the hair is the more defined the curl. Then, there is type 3B hair which has a medium amount of curl to tight corkscrews. It’s not unusual to see a mixture of these types existing on the same head. Curly hair usually consists of a combination of textures, with the crown being the curliest part. Lastly there is a type 3C, is hair type that is not in Andre Walker’s book, but many people suggest that it should be. This type of hair can be described as tight curls in corkscrews. The curls can be either kinky, or very tightly curled, with lots and lots of strands densely packed together.

Type 4

According to Andre Walker, if your hair falls into the Type 4 category, then it is kinky, or very tightly curled. Generally, Type 4 hair is very wiry, very tightly coiled and very fragile. Similar to Type 3 hair, Type 4 hair appears to be coarse, but it is actually quite fine, with lots and lots of these strands densely packed together. Type 4 hair that is healthy won’t shine, but it will have sheen. It will be soft to the touch and will pass the strand test with ease. It will feel silkier than it will look shiny.

Type 4 hairs looks tough and durable, but looks can be deceiving. If you have Type 4 hair, you already know that it is the most fragile hair around. There are two subtypes of Type 4 hair: Type 4A, tightly coiled hair that, when stretched, has an S pattern, much like curly hair; and Type 4B, which has a Z pattern, less of a defined curl pattern (instead of curling or coiling, the hair bends in sharp angles like the letter Z). Type 4A tends to have more moisture than Type 4B, which will have a wiry texture

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Hair Typing System L.O.I.S.

L - If the hair has all bends, right angles and folds with little to no curve then you are daughter L.

O – If the strand is rolled up into the shape of one or several zeros like a spiral, then you are daughter O.

I – If the hair lies mostly flat with no distinctive curve or bend you are daughter I.

S – If the strand looks like a wavy line with hills and valleys then you are daughter S

Strand Size:

One half of a piece of inexpensive sewing thread (such as the kind that is contained in those palm sized personal sewing kits) split in two is about the thickness of a medium strand size of human hair. If you hair is larger than this, then your strand size is thick. If you hair is smaller than the split thread, then your hair strand is thin, or fine.

If you want to compare your hair strand to a split piece of thread, it can be done by moving the thread back and forth between your thumb and forefinger holding the free end taunt.


Thready texture of hair usually has a low sheen, with high shine if the hair is held taunt (as in a braid), with low frizz. Wets easily but water dries out quickly.

Wiry hair textures have sparkle sheen, with low shine and low frizz. Water beads up or bounces off the hair strands. Hair never seems to get fully wet.

Cottony hair texture will have a low sheen, a high shine if the hair is held taunt and has high frizz. Absorbs water quickly but does not get thoroughly wet very fast.

Spongy hair has a high sheen with low shine with a compacted looking frizz. Absorbs water before it gets thoroughly wet.

Silky hair has low sheen, a very high shine, with a lot or low frizz. Easily wets in water.

You may have a combination of the LOIS letters, possibly with one dominant. If you cannot see one letter over the others, then combine the letters. Example: LO or IL or OS

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Controlling Frizzy Hair

Controlling Frizzy Hair

May 19, 2010 by utubehaircare

Frizzy hair can be a big problem especially for those with curly hair and is among the biggest style spoilers. Frizzy hair is often a result of a dehydrated cortex (the inner layer of the hair shaft). Frizzy hair can be caused by many things: from lack of moisture to applying too much styling products. Fortunately there are a few simple things you can do to tame your frizzy hair and too keep it under control. Taking a proper care of your hair, using de-frizz products and following these simple steps will keep your hair healthy-looking and will ensure your hair always looks its best.


» abuse of heat appliances – curling irons, flat irons, blow-dryers

» applying too much styling products

» improper hair care

» frequent perming, bleaching, coloring your hair

» using harsh chemicals on your hair

» lack of moisture

» stress, illness, some medications

» poor diet

» brushing wet hair

» touching your hair too often during the day

» high humidity in the weather

» excessive exposure to the sun, tanning beds

» towel rubbing your hair after shampooing

» imbalance of the pH level of your hair

» washing your hair too often with improper shampoo

» pulling your hair back tightly

» constant blow-drying and straightening your hair

» static elasticity

The most common cause of frizzy hair is moisture deficiency. If you don’t take a proper care of your hair it can become porous and can lose its ability to retain its natural moisture. Just like your skin, your hair needs moisture too, in order to look and feel healthy and beautiful. That’s why using a moisturizing and nourishing shampoo and conditioner is essential.

Chemically treated hair often looks frizzy. If you color, bleach and perm your hair frequently you may seriously damage it, causing dryness, split ends and frizziness. Chemical treatments deplete the hair of its natural moisture which usually leads to damaged and dry hair.

Frequent usage of heat appliances can also lead to frizzy hair. Constant straightening or curling your hair with a curling iron or with a flat iron damage the hair shaft and contribute to the problem of frizz, especially if you don’t use a heat protecting product. Blow-drying your hair every day is more likely to cause frizziness and split ends even if you use a protective product.

Another cause of frizzy hair is using improper hair care products for your hair type and for your hair needs. For example if your shampoo is too harsh it can cause dry hair, split ends, frizzy hair and even dandruff. If your hair is prone to frizziness you should use a moisturizing shampoo that is appropriate for your hair type. Your conditioner should also be moisturizing, containing more natural ingredients – honey, chamomile. Frequent washing of your hair can also lead to frizzy hair because you will strip your hair of its natural oils.

Frizzy hair may also be a result of stress, illness, lack of essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids and poor diet. Recent studies show that some medicines and hair care products can also contribute to frizzy hair, such as oil-based conditioners, relaxers, gels, mousses, foams. Frizziness may also be hereditary – if your mother is prone to frizzing you are more likely to have a frizzy hair too.

High humidity also causes frizzy hair, making your hair look frizzy even after a few minutes being outdoors. Exposure to humidity in the climate can cause coarseness and damage to the hair, because your hair absorbs water through the cuticles, causing it to revert back and become kinky looking. Using an anti-frizz product before going out may help you, since these products provide excellent protection from humidity.

Brushing wet hair with a plastic hair brush combined with touching your hair too often may also cause frizzi.


» The most important thing in treating frizzy hair is to use appropriate hair care products for your hair. Your best choice will be a moisturizing shampoo and a moisturizing conditioner. A good shampoo will cleanse your hair well and will keep your hair well-moisturized and healthy-looking. These shampoos contain more moisturizing and nourishing ingredients that intensely hydrate and restore the hair as they seal in moisture, restore shine and manageability. If your hair is prone to frizzing you shouldn’t wash your hair every day as doing so can damage and dry it even more. Washing your hair twice a week should be enough to keep it clean and healthy-looking. Rinse your hair with cold water after the conditioner to lock down the cuticles and prevent frizzing.

» Cream conditioners work best in controlling frizzy hair – they help repair damaged cuticles, improve elasticity and the general appearance of your hair. Apply the conditioner every time you wash your hair and leave it on for a few minutes to penetrate deeply into the hair. Leave in conditioners are also good in controlling frizziness as they rehydrate the hair during the day. Don’t use oil-based conditioners because they can contribute to frizz.

» Apply a hair mask once or twice a week to condition and nourish your hair. Look for a moisturizing and nourishing hair mask containing natural ingredients and apply the mask generously to the hair, concentrating on the ends. Leave the mask on for approximately 10/ 15 minutes and rinse it thoroughly.

» Doing a deep conditioning treatment once or twice a month is the best way to tame frizzing. A deep-conditioning treatment will restore and repair your hair, making it smooth, soft and well-hydrated.

» Limit blow-drying your hair to once or twice a week because frequent blow-drying, curling or straightening your hair can seriously damage your hair and cause frizzing, especially if you don’t use a heat protecting product. Never run the dryer over the hair up and down as doing so may cause split ends and frizzing. Choice a ionic blow-dryer as it’s less damaging.

» Style your hair with silicone-based products but never apply too much as it can make your hair look greasy, dirty and can make it frizz even more. There are some great de-frizz (anti-frizz) creams, serums, gels on the market that reduce frizzing. Apply the product only over the problem areas of your hair and distribute it evenly. The de-frizzing products remove frizz permanently and restore the shine of the hair, providing protection against humidity. They can be applied on wet or dry hair.

» Never brush your hair if it’s prone to frizzing even if your hair is straight. Instead use a wide-toothed comb to style your hair. Using hair brush may cause split ends and can make your hair frizz even more.

» Use pomade, designed for curly hair to tame frizzing and apply only a small amount, spreading it evenly throughout the hair. Apply the pomade on slightly damp hair and allow it to dry before styling your hair.

» Get your hair trimmed regularly to prevent split ends and frizz. A good hair cut can tone-down frizz.

» It’s better to let your hair dry naturally – don’t use blow-dryer and don’t run your hair with a towel.

» Use products especially designed for your hair type.

» Look for products containing moisturizing agents, vitamin E, Aloe Vera, honey, chamomile, olive oil, panthenol and glycerin.

» Always apply de-frizz products before styling your hair.

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The Phases of Hair Growth

Hair on our scalps grows about.3-.4 mm/day or about 6 inches per year. This hair growth and loss is completely random – and is not seasonal or cyclic. At any given time, a random number of hairs will be in various stages of growth and shedding.

There are three stages of hair growth which is important to know about. These are called: anagen (growth phase), catagen (transtional phase), telogen (resting phase).

Anagen – Anagen is the active phase of the hair (hair which is living and growing). The cells in the root of the hair are dividing rapidly. A new hair is formed and pushes the club hair up the follicle and eventually out. During this phase the hair grows about 1 cm every 28 days. Scalp hair stays in this active phase of growth for 2-6 years. Some people have difficulty growing their hair beyond a certain length because they have a short active phase of growth. On the other hand, people with very long hair have a long active phase of growth. The hair on the arms, legs, eyelashes, and eyebrows have a very short active growth phase of about 30-45 days explaining why they are so much shorter than scalp hair. Hair loss occurs when anagen is interrupted by certain medications (e.g. anti-cancer drugs), or by the ‘autoimmune’ disease, alopecia areata. Anagen hair is tapered or broken-off.

Catagen – The catagen phase is a transitional stage and 3% of all hairs are in this phase at any time. This phase lasts for about 2-3 weeks. During this time growth stops and the outer root sheath shrinks and attaches to the root of the hair. This is the formation of what is known as a club hair.

Telogen – Telogen is the resting phase and accounts for 10-15% of all hairs. This phase lasts for about 100 days for hairs on the scalp and much longer for hairs on the eyebrow, eyelash, arm and leg. During this phase the hair follicle is completely at rest and the club hair is completely formed. Pulling out a hair in this phase will reveal a solid, hard, dry, white material at the root. About 25-100 telogen hairs are shed normally each day, generally more in autumn or winter. Excessive shedding results in telogen effluvium, often a couple of months after an event such as child-bearing, fever, an operation, weight loss or certain medications. Sometimes there appears to be no recognisable cause, and the shortened hair cycle can continue for years (chronic telogen effluvium).

After the Telogen phase the cycle is complete and the hair goes back into the Anagen phase. New hair shafts form and older hair is pushed out and lost. The hair growth cycle then repeats.

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How to grow longer hair?

A healthy body is the ideal environment for healthy hair to thrive. This means that a good metabolism, and immune system are also key factors for growing healthy hair fast. So, your hair vitamin should contain specific nutrients that are essential for faster hair growth. For example, MSM lengthens the natural hair growth phase allowing greater lengths to be achieved. Biotin, another key ingredient, promotes cell growth, the production of fatty acids, metabolism of fats, and amino acids. These two ingredients in addition to the others (Folic Acid, Niacin, Silica, etc) are all essential for for maximizing hair growth.

The anagen phase is the hair's growth phase. It is genetically determined. This is why some people can grow very long hair, while others cannot grow hair past their shoulders. A person who has an angen phase lasting six years will achieve much greater lengths than a person with only a two year anagen. Why is this? Because the hair grows in three phases: the anagen is the growth phase, the catagen is the growth phase and the telogen is the shedding phase.

Have you ever noticed that many women's hair will grow much longer than normal when they are pregnant. This is because the high levels of estrogen that are present during pregnancy lock the hair follicles into the growth phase for nine months. Shortly after giving birth, however, these hormone levels return to normal and many hairs immediately go into the catagen then telogen phase, making it seem like they are losing their hair.

So what can you do to make your anagen as long as possible? Until recently, it was something only genetics and pregnancy could do. Now, however, there is another option - MSM. Methylsolfonylmethane, or MSM, is a natural form of organic sulfonyl sulfur. This compound is present in many foods, especially most raw fruits and green vegetables. MSM provides sulfur that is required for healthy collagen and keratin. These are very important for healthy hair. MSM repairs and creates healthy cells thus allowing hair to grow more rapidly and achieve greater lengths.

Your hair vitamins do not need to contain amino acids. This is because the use of an amino acid supplement is not necessary for growing longer hair. Amino Acids are the building blocks of protein. Thy are found in foods of animal origin, such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products. Most Americans eat more than enough protein to supply these amino acids. Any excess protein will be excreted in urine. This excess protein also causes excess nitrogen to be excreted in the urine which has been been linked to reduced kidney function in old age as well as osteoperosis (due to excretion of calcium). Only STRICT vegetarians should be concerned about their protein intake.

Hair vitamins can increase your hair growth rate by up to 200%. However, to get the longest hair possible, you also need to eliminate all sources of breakage. If your hair is breaking at the same rate it is growing, it may seem as if your hair is not growing at all. Eliminating breakage involves the consistent use of gentle, but effective products.

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