Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Onions Olives Garlic Cayenne Pepper in the juicer for hair growth

Friday, September 24, 2010

Buy the right scissors for your haircutting

The most important tool

If you are a professional hairdresser you would know why it is so important to buy right kind of hairdressing scissors. Your comfort with the most significant tool in your business is essential. It is vital to select the right set of scissors for your hair salon. Never compromise on the quality of the hairdresser’s inseparable tool. For different hair type you would require special kind of scissors.  One pair is required for each hair type. Professional hairdressing scissors are not inexpensive and a professional hairstylist would never use anything low than the right scissors. 

Variety of scissors

For creating different hairstyles you would require a different kind of scissors. As you are going to be using the scissors all day you must make sure that each and every aspect of the hairdressers scissors are considered before purchasing them. The scissors should have sharp blades. You can go for bevel edge blade from Germany as they are long-lasting but you need to be an expert to handle them well to your advantage. You can even go for the Japanese convex blade scissors which are quite light weight and are superb for meticulousness in cutting. Another significant aspect of the hairdresser scissors is that it should have a handle which you would be comfortable holding all day long. The handles should be simple and light weight and easy for you to slide your fingers into them.  They are available in different type of grips; Offset grip is for those haircutters who like to use their thumb and ring finger. The opposite grip is most common one which is used by hairdressers who like to use their thumb and middle finger. Apart from these two there is the crane grip, which is favored by most of the professional hairdressers.  You should also decide well in advance the length of the blades which are most suitable to you.

Be selective

Professional hairdressing scissors are priced well. Don’t go for something if you are getting for discount but it doesn’t meet your requirements. It would not be of any use to you if you do not purchase the right pair of scissors. Go for a branded one only if it meets your requirements not because it claims to be good. Hot scissors this season are the Joewell hairdressing scissors. These are incredibly classy and stylish and you can even go for pink hairdressing scissors too as they are chic and quite sought after. The quality of this is superb. The blades have extra long life and are durable.  The reason they are so distinct is that they are hand-crafted from utmost stainless steel alloy.  These are perfect for everyday use because they have a standard polish which is long lasting. Most importantly the pink inserts and pink thumb rest and centre screw make in an exciting tool to work with. Unless and until the hairdresser is in love with his or her work and tools the job is not complete.

Different hair type requires different scissors

Many a times you would find that the quality of hair you cut is different; the same scissors are not able to help you do the job properly without fuss. Ideally you must have different type of scissors for different hair texture as well. Since each haircut requires a different kind of haircutting scissor, it is also crucial to have a different hairdressing scissor for each hair type. It is also quite vital to keep sharpening your hairdressing scissors from time to time. As per the experts hairdressing scissors sharpening is a multiple step process. You need to establish the edge and then gradually make it finer and finer until it is done and the polish of the outer edge is refined even more. Sharpening the inner edge is the hardest part and it is quite possible that while trying to sharpen the same we may break it. It is a slow and gradual process; you can not do and get away with it at once. It is wise to get the sharpening of scissors is done by professional scissor sharpening machines as you do not want your most important and vital tools to be ruined in any way. It is interesting how you never thought about these minute details about the haircutting scissors until you actually decided to open your own haircutting salon. So while you are buying more expensive and important tools and machinery for your haircutting salon you need not forget the importance of a good haircutting tool. With the boom in technology, research and developments are on and there is also some measureable development in the field of hairdressing and styling. With this boom we are coming across latest fashion tools for our haircutting jobs and these are incredibly helpful in changing the persona of the client in your hairdressing salon.

You Cause Split Ends When You

Split Ends
Split Ends occur when the cuticle is damaged and the fibres of the cortex unravel. The hair is dry, brittle and prone to tangling and can split at the end or anywhere along the shaft. Split ends can be a major hair problem. Although there are many hair products out there which claim that they can repair your split ends, the only way to effectively get rid of them is to cut your hair. Luckily, however, there are a number of things that you can do to control a problem with split ends once it has occurred.

Causes of Split Ends

  • Over perming or coloring
  • insufficient conditioning
  • too much brushing or back combing especially with poor quality brushes
  • careless use of spiky rollers and hair pins
  • excessive heat styling and not having the hair trimmed regularly, can also cause Split Ends.
  • Cut or trim your hair with a dull instrument scissors

Split Ends Treatment and solutions

Split Ends cannot be mended, the only lon-term cure is to have them snipped off. What is lost in the length will be gained in quality. It may help if you reduce the frequency with which you shampoo, as this in itself is stressful to hair and causes split ends to extend up the hair shaft.
Never use a dryer too near the hair, or set it on too high a temperature. Minimize the use of heated appliances. Try conditioners and serums that are designed to seal split ends temporarily and give resistance to further splitting.
Split ends cannot be mended, just temporarily sealed. The only permanent cure is to have your hair trimmed regularly.

How to Get Rid of Split Ends

Moisturize When You Wash Hair
The dryness that split ends are known to cause can be a major problem. In order to ensure that your hair is not affected by this, the best thing that you can do is use a moisturizing conditioner when you wash your hair. Get out any tangles with a comb after you have finished showering to make managing hair with split ends easier for yourself.
Comb With a Leave-in Conditioner
One of the main problems with split ends is that they can make getting a comb through your hair seem impossible. When you use a leave-in conditioner in combination with a wide toothed comb, you will have the easiest time managing your hair. It will help ensure that you get the tangles out, which may be more common when you have split ends.
Avoid Using Hot Styling Tools
Blow dryers, curling irons and flat ironers should all be avoided until you can get a haircut. The main reason is because they are actually known to cause or worsen split ends, especially when they are not used properly. Make sure that you use curling irons and flat irons when the hair is dry and, ideally, in combination with a hair serum. Also, be sure to not overuse these tools. Only using them several times a week is the best.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Results of Shampoo & Hard Water on Natural 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.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Check out Blastoff Network

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Products For Hard Water

LUSH's Hard Shampoo Bar
Anyone who has ever tried to wash their hair in hard water knows what a beauty nightmare that can be. The heavy build-up of mineral deposits can turn even the healthiest, most lustrous hair into a certified mess--and
fast. Why? The hard water's excess calcium and magnesium content interferes with the ability of your shampoo to form much lather. Not only that, but the small amount of lather that does beat the odds and actually bubble up combines with those pesky minerals to create a film of mineral salts on your hair. That film is so dense it winds up being very hard to rinse out, which leaves your locks rough, dull, dry, brittle, and tangled to the extreme. Now granted, you could invest in a water softener for your home to avoid this problem. But I've recently discovered a product that gets the job done just as well--and is wonderfully nourishing for all types of hair to boot. That product is LUSH's Hard Shampoo.

LUSH's Hard Shampoo comes in a 1.9 ounce round pink bar and features an amazing list of moisture-packed natural ingredients. Inside you'll find a blend of cocoa butter, hibiscus extract, shea butter, camella oil, jojoba oil, macadamia nut oil, coconut butter, geranium bourbon oil, lavender oil, fresh free range eggs, cornflower petals, red rose petals, blue mallow flowers, and gardenia extract. The shea and cocoa butters hydrate each strand of hair, making it as soft as it can be. The eggs are filled with protein, which means they give your locks strength and resilience. All those essential oils smooth fly-aways and add a much-needed dose of healthy shine. And last but not least, the flower petals and extracts infuse the entire formula with a long-lasting summer garden scent. Your locks will smell like freshly-picked blossoms all day long!

Close Published by Suzanne Donahue

Hard Water And Your Hair

In any cleaning process involving water, the surface tension of water must be reduced so the water can spread out, wet, and soak into a surface. Surface tension is what causes water to bead up. You can see surface tension at work by doing a little experiment. Place a drop of water onto a piece of waxed paper and notice how the drop will hold its shape and will not spread. You can even play a game and push the little drops together--they will join to make bigger drops. Now add a bit of soap to your water and place a drop of the soapy water on the waxed paper—it will no longer hold its shape. When teaching about surface tension, I had a contest with my students to see if any of them could put more drops of water on the head of a penny than I could. I put a few drops of soap in their water—and guess who always won? It was a great teaching tool because it demonstrated how soap reduces surface tension. Many of them went home and challenged their parents!

Substances that decrease surface tension are called surface-active agents or surfactants. Soap is a natural surfactant. Basically, any surfactant that is not a soap is a detergent. You hair and scalp get clean because surfactants decrease the surface tension of water and allow the water to mix with the dirt and grease (sebum) so it can be washed away.
For years people used soap to wash their hair, dishes, clothes, etc. Around the beginning of the twentieth century, household detergents became available. It is believed that the first synthetic detergents were developed by the Germans in the First World War period, due to a shortage of fat needed in the soapmaking process.

But why did people switch from natural soap to synthetic detergent? Soaps and detergents behave differently in hard water. Soaps can form a scum in hard water that will not rinse away easily. Detergents react less to the minerals in hard water. Plus synthetic detergents were much cheaper than soap.


Many incorrectly believe that only “well water” is hard water. However, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, it is estimated that more than 85% of the water used by consumers in the US can be classified at some level of “hard” water.

Rainwater is soft and mineral free. But, when it falls to the ground it seeps through the soil and rocks and dissolves minerals which give it its character. If the rainwater water passes through hard rock, it remains soft. However, if the ground water seeps through softer rocks, like the limestone very common in the Great Lakes Basin, it dissolves lots of minerals, principally calcium and magnesium, along the way. The degree of hardness becomes greater as the calcium and magnesium content increases. The term “hard water” was originally coined to refer to water that was difficult or hard to work with. Hard water requires much more soap, shampoo, or detergent than soft water; and the minerals in hard water can decrease soap’s lathering capabilities.

What does this have to do with hair?

You need water to shampoo your hair and hard water makes it harder to wash your hair. Each hair shaft is made up of little scales, like shingles on a roof. Hard water tends to make the scales stand up, which makes your hair feel rough and tangly. Since your hair is tangled and rough, it is more difficult to rinse out all of the soap. Soap is less effective in very hard water because its reacts with the excess minerals to form calcium or magnesium salts. These are not easily soluble in water and can result in soap film. Washing hair in soft water will have a different result because it leaves fewer insoluble deposits on the hair.

In commercial shampoos, natural soap has been replaced by synthetic surfactants.
What's the difference between a synthetic surfactant and natural soap?

Soaps are biodegradable products produced from natural, renewable resources like olive, palm, or coconut oils.
Synthetic surfactants, like Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES), Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate (ALS), and others, are made from petrochemicals and created in a chemical factory. Although these synthetic surfactants do not react with hard water minerals as much, they do not produce the lather that consumers like. The lather comes from the addition of synthetic lather or foam boosters--like cocamide monoethanolamine. So, these detergent shampoos lather well in all types of water and rinse off easily and completely.
That's their only good point. Sadly detergent is very harsh, and damages your hair. It cleans out dirt and strips out the oil, including the natural oil that makes your hair shiny and strong. Conditioner was introduced as people noticed that detergent shampoo took all of the oils out of their hair and left it feeling dry and brittle. The oils your hair needs to be healthy come naturally from your scalp. Conditioner simply puts artificial oils in your hair so that you do not notice the damage done by your detergent shampoo. Natural soap is better for washing hair, because it does not strip the oils that are naturally in hair. Commercial shampoo is detergent. Detergents are really excellent cleaners (for dishes, laundry, and garage floors)!


Shampoo manufacturers love to spread misinformation claiming that soap is "harsh." But, the problem with using a natural soap shampoo is often in the water, not the soap.
The first step is determining the hardness of your water. The map below provides some general information for those living in the US. If you are served by a municipal water company, call the city offices or the Superintendent of Water and ask for the test results. Another way is to call for a free hard water test kit from the makers of Diamond Crystal water softening products. Consumers can call (800) 428-4244 for the free kit, which includes an easy-to-use test strip, a coupon for a free bag of water softening salt, and other helpful information.

If your water is not too hard, just use your all natural soap shampoo and a bit of conditioner. The conditioner will help the scales on your hair lie flat, and allow the last of the soap to rinse out. You might have to experiment with different soaps and conditioners.

If your water is very hard you can use a weak acid rinse, like vinegar or lemon juice. The acid makes the scales lie down flat, and again allows the soap to be rinsed more easily. Please read our information on Natural Vinegar Rinses.

I believe I found another way for those of your customers with hard water that cannot afford a water softener and is something better than the vinegar rinse. I had bought some samples of your shampoo bars. I was very sad to realize that my water is hard as hard can be here. I was looking for water softeners but they are too rich for my blood and tried your vinegar rinse solution but it just didn't work for me. I was starting to get really depressed about it, so I decided to think just what was the problem. I decided to try regular filtered water instead, since filtered water takes away all that stuff that makes it unsafe for drinking. So, I filled up some bottles with filtered water and took a shower with that. It WORKED! It rinsed all of the soap from my hair and my hair was left feeling very soft. I got online right away and found shower head filters that cost much much less than a water softener. Jessica

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Find The Perfect Shampoo & Conditioner For Your Hair Type

Shampoo is meant to remove dirt, sebum (a.k.a. oils), and product buildup from your hair. But there are dozens of different brands to choose from, and even more types within those brands.
The same goes for conditioners. Conditioners are meant to add shine, protect hair from drying out and allow for easier combing. Here, we run down the best shampoos and conditioners for four different hair types.

1.Coarse, curly hair
See a list of the best shampoos and conditioners for dry hair

Curly hair is almost always dry hair and here's why: Oils produced in the scalp don't travel as easily down the hair shaft as they do with straight hair.
We've found creamy, moisturizing shampoos work best for this hair texture. Look for wheat germ oil, shea butter and nut oils (macadamia, for example) in your shampoos. These tend to coat the hair shaft, trapping water inside.

Conditioners: More than any other hair type, women with coarse, curly hair must condition every time they shampoo. Look for an ultra-moisturizing conditioner made especially for coarse hair. Once a month use a hot oil treatment. For extra-dry hair, use an intense moisturizing treatment every 2 weeks.

Extra tip: Curly hair should not be washed every day. You'll only dehydrate hair and make it more frizzy and unmanageable. Another alternative to shampoo washings is to rinse the hair with water and then follow with a conditioner. Also, lay off the blow dryer (they tend to dry out hair even more) and let curls dry naturally.

2.Fine, oily, or limp hair See a list of the best shampoos and conditioners for fine hair
Fine hair is most susceptible to looking 'oily' and can get this way after only one day. Opt for clear shampoos and stay away from the creamy ones that were made for your curlier sisters. You want a gentle shampoo marked for daily or frequent washing. The secret fine hair shampoo lies in a body-building ingredient called panthenol. Hair experts swear that panthenol penetrates the hair cuticle making each strand thicker. Another tip: Use a dry shampoo or talcum powder between washings. Not only will the powder soak up oils, but it adds body as well.

Conditioners: Not all limp-haired ladies need conditioners. If you find you can easily comb out hair after washings without a conditioner you can skip it. Conditioners are good for combing out fine hair. Just don't let the product touch your scalp. Massage a light-weight conditioner from mid-shaft down and no need to leave it on for long. If you have extremely greasy hair, look for the oil-absorbing tea-tree oil in your conditioner.

Extra tip: Consider using a spray conditioner. They tend to be more light-weight and therefore don't weigh the hair down. Also, unless your hair is extra-oily, there's no need to 'rinse and repeat.' One shampoo will do you. You don't have to lather twice.

3.Processed hair Adding moisture is key for colored, permed and relaxed hair. Unfortunately, overly processed hair can suffer from oily roots but dry shaft and ends. Therefore, washing processed hair can be tricky business. You want to cleanse the roots while moisturizing the ends. We suggest washing hair every other day with a shampoo made for normal hair. Concentrate on cleaning the scalp. Then use a strong conditioner only on the mid-shaft to ends of hair. Here are other shampoo tips for the following processed hair types:
•Colored. Hair experts swear color-protection shampoos contain gentle cleansers and ingredients that preserve color. Other experts suggest shampoos for color-treated hair are just another way for companies to make money off you. They suggest using a gentle cleanser such as baby shampoo instead of the pricey specialized shampoos. We say: Whatever works for you. Don't mind paying for the fancy stuff? Then do it. If you like it, then stick with it. Dozens of products on shelves must mean they work for somebody.

•Permed or relaxed. Any moisturizing shampoo will work for your hair type but apply it only to roots and rub it in well. Then apply a quick burst of water. While the water is running down the hair shaft, massage hair to remove any dirt and grime. Rinse well. You don't want to skip the conditioner. Make sure to keep conditioner from the roots.
Conditioners: Look for a rich conditioner to be used primarily on the ends of your hair. Avoid conditioners that contain silicone, since they tend to strip color.

Extra tip for processed hair: Wash your hair only every few days to prevent drying out. You can use a dry shampoo; or if you're blond, a talcum powder, in between washings.

4.Dry, damaged hair

Avoid clear shampoos and go straight for the creamy ones. These smooth, detangle and diffuse static.

Conditioners: Again, moisturizing is key. You'll want to look for an ultra-moisturizing conditioner.

Julyne Derrick

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Types of Shampoo

All shampoos fall into one of two categories:

1. cleansers (Prell, Herbal Essence, Breck) that need a follow-up conditioner

2. combo of cleanser and conditioner that don’t clean as well as a straight cleanser and don’t

condition as well as a conditioner but will do a good job of both tasks. Most shampoos are in

this category but differ as to which kind of conditioning ingredient they contain.

All conditioners (whether as a separate product or combined in a shampoo) accumulate on the

shaft and can’t be removed by using the same product all the time. It’s good to use a simple

cleansing shampoo after every two or three uses of a conditioner or a conditioning shampoo.

Other special shampoos types:

1. Dry shampoos: powders brushed onto hair and are then brushed out. They don’t really clean,

but it’s a good stopgap if you can’t shampoo.

2. Baby shampoos: these are meant for babies, who have fine hair and not much of it. It’s not

strong enough for an adult, even if you use it everyday.

3. Shampoos for color-treated hair: these need to be rich in moisturizers and protein to return

water to the shaft. They should be low in alkalinity, and should not have sulphated castor oils

that will strip color.

4. Shampoos for processed hair: these need to be rich in moisturizers and protein to return

water to the shaft. They should be low in alkalinity.

5. Daily use shampoos: these are very gentle and have low amounts of cleansers and usually

contain conditioners. They’re not strong enough to remove the normal buildup of styling