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The Importance of Healthy Roots

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So often when we think of taking care of our hair, we’re focused on the hair itself.  It’s a natural thought, but what you may not realize is that in order to have overall healthy hair we also need to make sure that we’re focusing on taking care of our scalp, and the roots of our hair.  Since this isn’t something that we often hear about, and not many people are talking about it, we thought it was time that we share the importance of healthy roots – so you can understand how to truly get overall healthy hair for yourself from this point on.

Ok, so here’s the truth, our hair starts at the roots (also known as the follicle, and is in the scalp area).  Think of your hair like a plant, if the seeds and roots don’t grow healthy and functionally the plant you get at the top isn’t going to be as robust and full as you wanted.  The same principle applies to your hair.  When our roots aren’t healthy, our hair is greatly impacted and this is where you may begin to experience some struggles in your hair’s health and appearance.  There are many different reasons why you may be experiencing roots that aren’t as healthy as they need to be, but in order to have that overall healthy and gorgeous hair you so badly want you’re going to need to spend more time focusing on getting the roots of your hair healthy.

Since our roots are where our hair grows from, spending more time getting that part of your hair healthy is going to help ensure that the growth of your hair is healthier.  So you may be wondering how exactly you can begin to focus on the importance of healthy roots and getting your roots in a healthier place, right?  Well, great question!  The first step is to begin to focus on your scalp and roots, by making sure that you’re giving them the nutrients they need to function properly.  Many experts suggest making sure that your diet is consisting of healthy nutrients and vitamins by eating a lot of fresh fruits, vegetables and lean proteins as well as incorporating supplements like biotin and other vitamins to give your hair and scalp that extra boost.

In addition to helping your roots from the INSIDE, there are some things you can do externally to make sure you’re maintaining a healthy scalp and root.  Ensure that when you’re washing your hair, you’re massaging your scalp thoroughly and really cleaning it (don’t forget to ensure that you’re REALLY getting all the hair care product out of your scalp and roots).  In addition, utilizing hydrating and vitamin-enriched scalp masks can be really beneficial in this area.  Finally, make sure that you’re not doing anything that can put additional stress on your scalp and roots.  This means, cutting back on using a lot of harsh chemicals like hair dyes, and other chemical treatments to the hair.

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Solutions To Every Day Hair Problems

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Regardless of how you take care of your hair, there are certain hair problems that are pretty common among many of us.  If we’re really honest, it’s something that many of us chalk up to being a part of life.  But we’re not really ok with just dealing with hair struggles – are you with us here?  We knew that there had to be some solutions for everyday hair problems using items that we have at home already.  We’re all about versatility and making the most of what we have, and since there’s been such a rise in home remedies – we did a bit of digging and found some great solutions for your hair problems.

Frizzy Hair
Ahhh, frizzy hair, regardless of your hair type it’s a common every day hair problem for so many.  You’ve probably tried every specialty product you can find, but what you may not realize is there are some ingredients you may have in your pantry that can help!  Coconut oil has been found to work wonders on frizzy hair.  Most suggest to create a deep conditioning type of mask with coconut oil to get the best benefits from it.  All you need to do is mix coconut oil with a bit of warm water and begin massaging the combination into your scalp and hair.  Leave the combination on your hair for 20-30 minutes and rinse out with shampoo and conditioner.  The key is to make sure you evenly distribute the coconut oil throughout all of your hair, using a comb and your fingers will do the trick.

Dandruff and Dry Hair
Since we’re in the midst of the winter season, we know you’re like us and finding that your skin and hair are struggling to stay moisturized and hydrated.  Dandruff and extreme dryness are a constant struggle for many, especially this time of year.  One of the solutions we’ve discovered that can help tremendously with this every day hair problem is using apple cider vinegar.  All you need to do for this solution is combine apple cider vinegar with equal parts water, and spray the combination onto your hair.  Allow the combination to sit on your hair (it’s best if you wrap your hair up in a towel) for around 30-45 minutes and rinse.  It’s been found to help give your hair and scalp a great dose of moisture and hydration, and prevent dandruff from being a constant struggle.

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Hair Growth
We’ve all had times where we want our hair to grow, but it seems to be at a standstill.  It’s a constant struggle, and even if you’re taking your biotin supplements, it doesn’t seem to move quickly enough, right?  Well, you’re in luck, because we’ve found a great solution using items you probably already have at home that have been found to help with hair growth.  Creating an egg mask has been found to work wonders for hair growth.  All you need to do is create the egg mask by combining an egg with olive oil and honey, to create a paste like substance.  Once the paste is created apply to your hair all over and allow to sit for around 20-30 minutes, then just rinse out!

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Ingredients To Look For In a Hair Mask

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Taking care of our hair is a must if you really want to keep your hair healthy and happy.  We realize that there are so many different hair care products and techniques all around the world, in the stores, and online.  Hopefully, you’re in the habit of doing some weekly hair care treatments like hair masks.  Hair masks tend to be a pretty forgotten area of the hair care routine for many – but hair masks really can work wonders for the hair.  If you’re new to hair masks, or if you have just been feeling like you’re not getting the results you’re looking for in your hair masks you’re going to want to keep reading because we’re sharing the ingredients for hair mask you need to watch out for.

Honey
While honey can be great on some of your favorite foods and in some of your favorite recipes, it’s also an ingredient you may want to look for in a hair mask.  As great as honey tastes, it’s also loaded with great benefits for your hair.  As it turns out, honey is a really powerful antioxidant AND is really great at adding conditioning benefits to the hair when used in a hair mask treatment.  It’s a natural ingredient, and because of its natural abilities, it’s even better when used as a hair mask to really get the benefits in your hair.  If you tend to experience a lot of dryness in your hair and scalp, looking for hair masks that list honey as an ingredient could be beneficial for you.

Shea Butter
You may have seen shea butter as an ingredient in certain hand and body lotions, but it’s not just great for the skin.  When shea butter is used in a hair mask, it’s really powerful at helping to add major moisture, hydration and essential nutrients into our hair.  Our hair is in need of a lot of nutrients and vitamins, and one of the best things about doing a hair mask is we’re able to give our hair a strong dosage of those things.  Shea butter is loaded with vitamins and minerals, as well as fatty acids that our hair needs.  If you’re finding that your hair is feeling a bit off and you can’t seem to get it looking and feeling healthy, you may want to consider a hair mask that has shea butter as an ingredient.

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Coconut Oil
You’ve probably heard about coconut oil, because it’s really having quite a moment in the health and beauty worlds for it’s incredible benefits.  Coconut oil is great added to your favorite dishes, but can also work wonders on your hair in a hair mask.  Coconut oil has been found to help aid in strengthening the hair when used in a mask.  Since we tend to put our hair through quite a lot on a day to day basis, having an ingredient in a hair mask that is known to help strengthen our hair is something we can all benefit from.  Much like honey, it’s a natural ingredient and our hair tends to react really well to these types of things.

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Using Tea Tree Oil to Help Your Hair and Skin

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Tea tree oil has been gaining some popularity and recognition in the beauty world, and with good reason.  You’ve probably noticed that in the past couple of years using natural products for hair and skin treatment uses have grown to become more and more popular.  We love seeing people incorporating items like tea tree oil into their beauty routines, because the benefits really speak for themselves.  Using tea tree oil to help your hair and skin can do wonderful things for you.  You know we’re all about giving you all the details so we’re sharing some great benefits of tea tree oil to see if it’s the right fit for you and your beauty routine.

It’s Great for Breakouts and Skin Irritations
No one likes dealing with blemishes or breakouts in their skin, and razor burns tend to leave your skin feeling pretty irritated.  What do all of these things have in common?  Well, it turns out that using tea tree oil on breakouts and skin irritations like razor burns can help tremendously.  Tea tree oil has been found to be incredibly soothing on areas of the skin that are irritated and help your skin to begin the healing process.  Applying just a few drops of the essential oil to the areas that have blemishes or burns is all you need to begin reaping the benefits for your skin.  However, you don’t just need to use it while you have a breakout – it’s also been found to help reduce acne in general in your skin.  Using tea tree oil daily has been found to help reduce the amount of bacteria and oil on the face that tend to cause acne.

It’s Great for Hair Growth
There are so many different products and hair care items that claim to help with hair growth, but recently tea tree oil has been getting a lot of praise because of its unique ability to really help increase hair growth for those that use it.  It’s said to help give your roots more nourishment and open up the hair follicles to encourage the hair growth to occur.  All you need to do is massage a couple of drops of the tea tree oil into your scalp on a fairly regular basis to begin getting the benefits of hair growth yourself from the oil.

It’s Great for Dryness
This is a double duty one, because tea tree oil has been found to help fight dryness in your skin, hair and scalp.  Since they all intertwine pretty significantly, it makes sense!  Tea tree oil is incredible at adding moisture and hydration to the skin, scalp and hair.  Since we can begin to experience discomfort and frustration when we’re dry in these areas including tea tree oil into your beauty routine can do wonders.  If you’ve been noticing you’re dry in any of these areas with your hair and skin it may be time to try adding tea tree oil into your regimen.

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Hair Styling Techniques That Lead to Shiny, Voluminous Hair

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We know that having shiny, voluminous hair is something that so many of us aspire to achieve with our own locks.  You’ve probably tried using a number of different hair care products in hopes that they would help you achieve those results.  But the truth is, it’s really about utilizing some hair styling techniques in your daily life that can make the biggest impact on helping you to get shiny, voluminous hair.  Since we know you’re eager to start your way to shiny, voluminous hair we’re sharing some of our favorite hair styling techniques that lead to shiny, voluminous hair to help you get started.

Not Using Too Much Heat
Look, we get it….heated hair styling tools are great for getting gorgeous hair and really helping you to style your hair.  However, when we use too much heat on our hair it can cause our hair to become dull and flat because of the damage it can cause.  Naturally, it’s all about utilizing these tools properly and making sure that you use the correct hair care products.  But even so, experts suggest that you don’t overuse the heated hair styling tools.  Most suggest using heat one time after every hair wash you’ve done to keep your hair look great but also healthy.

Don’t Wash Daily
You may have heard before, that washing your hair daily isn’t actually all that great for your hair.  In fact, washing your hair daily can strip your hair of its natural oils causing your hair to become dull and lifeless.  So to help you get that shiny, voluminous hair you want so badly skip washing your hair daily.  Most hair care experts suggest the most you should wash your hair is every other day – but you’re going to want to make sure that you’re washing your hair according to your hair type for the best results.

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Don’t Style Your Hair Too Tight
Most of us don’t realize the stress we put our hair under when we’re styling our hair.  If you’re styling your hair back in an updo of any kind, it’s essential that you make sure not to do so too tightly.  When we pull our hair too tightly, it can cause our hair to begin to thin when being put under constant stress so often.  Many experts suggest using things like bobby pins and clips more often than rubber bands to help your hair be able to maintain its health and get you the styles you love.

Use the Right Products
Just like with skin care, using the right hair care products are necessary for you to really get that shiny, voluminous hair you want.  Choosing hair care products that are of high quality and designed to work with your hair type are crucial if you really want to get these hair results.  Of course, we also can’t stress the importance of incorporating special hair treatment products to help your hair become even more healthy, shiny and voluminous.

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Science, Hair & Scars

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Science, hair and scars…what do they all have in common?  Well, quite a bit, actually! We’ve all had cuts and scrapes in our skin at some point or another.  But what you may have noticed when you did get a cut is that when it began to heal it developed a scar and in general, when we have scars on our skin somewhere the skin isn’t quite the same as it was originally.  You may have noticed that hair doesn’t grow in the same way and the skin in general looks and feels different.  Although that’s been the common theme anytime you get a cut of some kind in your skin that develops a scar, thanks to science it looks like there’s some new development happening that they’re looking to help the healing process of the skin and scarring.

Our bodies have grown to be able to heal themselves in a pretty quick manner, hence why scarring tends to happen over cuts and scrapes rather quickly when they happen.  While our bodies are wonderful machines themselves that are able to heal themselves in a way that is quick, they’re not able to heal themselves in a way that brings back the skin the way it was before it was wounded.  This is why scarring develops the way it does, because our bodies have been taught to heal quickly – it’s developed a quick healing method, not necessarily a healing method that’s about restoring what once was.

According to an interview on the Scientific American, scientists have found that hair follicles are actually really great for the skin and scarring.  Essentially, they’ve found that hair follicles help your skin cells to be able to heal in a way that brings about the skin’s more original state than when skin doesn’t have a hair follicle.  So, hair follicles are pretty great in helping your skin to develop skin/repairing cuts and scrapes in a way that they’re more effective.  So really what they’re saying is that if they can find a way to use this information, there could *potentially* be a way for them to use this to create products to help create a more scar-free skin surface for people and users.

So what does this tell us?  Well, it turns out that scientists are doing more research on this topic, but the fact that they have discovered that hair follicles do play such a major role in the repairing of skin during the healing process, it’s opening up quite a bit of other information for them in the way the skin works, especially to heal itself.  While they stated that we shouldn’t necessarily expect a miracle cream to hit the market in the next couple of months, it’s something that’s on their radar.  Since scarring is such a major part of so many of our lives in some form or another, we’re looking forward to seeing what scientists are going to do and create with the new found knowledge they have.

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How Often Does Your Hair Type Need Washing?

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Washing your hair is likely something that you spend quite a bit of time doing.  We all need to wash our hair, but you’ve also probably heard all the hair experts talking about how we shouldn’t be washing our hair every day.  We’ve heard so many people talking about this and feeling a bit confused as they feel as though their hair type needs washing on a more regular basis.  To eliminate some of the confusion and overwhelm we thought we would answer the question, how often does your hair type need washing?

Fine Hair
Do you have fine hair?  Often times those with fine hair tend to feel as though their hair looks and feels oilier than other hair types.  It’s typically because fine hair isn’t as voluminous as other hair types.  Although you may feel as though you need to wash your hair daily as a fine haired individual, you still want to resist doing that.  Experts suggest sticking to a hair washing routine of 3-4 times per week at the most when you have fine hair.  This will allow your hair to not be stripped of too many of its natural oils, as it tends to when we wash our hair too often, but also help so that you don’t feel as though your hair gets or feels too oily at the same time.  With fine hair, it’s really crucial to ensure that you’re not using too much product, as that’s what tends to have a big effect on lack of volume and keeping your hair from looking too oily.

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Curly Hair
Do you have curly hair?  For those with curly hair, it’s really about making sure that you’re not damaging your natural curls in your hair.  Washing your hair too often can begin to affect the appearance and health of your naturally curly hair.  Experts suggest sticking to washing your hair around 2 times per week to ensure that you’re getting your hair washed, but also allowing your hair’s natural oils to protect and instill the curl’s natural shape.  It’s suggested that you ensure to use quality hair care products, specifically adding in moisture with your hair care products and avoiding sulfate infused products as they tend to have a negative effect on your curls.

Thick Hair
Do you have thick hair?  Thick hair is pretty different than the fine hair individuals.  Your hair has pretty drastically different needs and in general, those with thick hair can get away with washing their hair less than those with thin hair.  Since you have more hair, that’s also more dense the oils aren’t as noticeable when you don’t wash every day.  Experts suggest that those with thick hair stick with washing their hair 2-3 times per week, and never washing more than every other day.  Similar to the other hair types, make sure that you’re using quality hair care products as you do wash your hair to keep your hair healthy between washes.

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Causes and Treatments of Excess Facial Hair

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As a whole, many of us tend to spend a great deal of time removing as much facial hair as possible.  Women and men tend to spend time and energy on this.  But as a woman, having excess facial hair can feel really frustrating.  Naturally, as human beings we do have hair on our bodies all over, but if you’ve noticed excess facial hair that’s pretty dark or coarse in texture and color it could be the result of something else that’s going on in your body.  This isn’t a super uncommon thing, so we thought we would chat a bit about the causes and treatments of excess facial hair.

The technical term for women who have excess facial hair is hirsutism.  Essentially, it’s considered or referred to as excess hair growth that appears in areas that are typically more common for men like in the face and abdomen.  In general, experts suggest that excess hair growth is genetics.  More often than not, it’s something that tends to run in the family and tends to be more common in certain nationalities than others.  Regardless of your genetics and ethnic background, the ultimate cause of excess facial hair is hormone related.  The real internal reason behind why you may be developing facial hair is because your body could be producing more androgens (testosterone is included in androgens).  While ALL women produce a certain level of androgens in their bodies, they tend to be quite low so if your body is developing a higher level of androgens in the body that tends to result in the excess hair growth occurring.

While the androgen levels are one of the leading causes of excess facial hair, it’s not the only potential cause.  Polycystic ovarian syndrome tends to be another cause of excess facial hair developing in the body.  Essentially, this type of ovarian syndrome tends to have an effect on hormones in the female body – again resulting in the excess hair growth because of a hormonal imbalance.  Adrenal gland disorders can be another cause of excess hair growth – similar to other causes, this is often due to a hormonal imbalance in the body.  It can be a wide variety of adrenal gland disorders here, because they have such an effect on the hormone levels.  Of course, we can’t forget to mention that certain medications can also have a side effect of excess facial hair developing in the body.

Now that we’ve covered some of the most common causes of excess facial hair, we wanted to make sure to include some of the treatment options.  Since often the excess facial hair growth is hormone related, many experts suggest looking to different hormonal treatments to help balance out the levels.  Birth control pills and antiandrogen medication are often used to help with balancing hormonal struggles in the female body.  In addition, if you’re eager to get rid of the excess facial hair more quickly looking to certain creams and more temporary hair removal services like waxing or threading can be a quick fix until you get to the root of the problem.

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Help Your Hair Snap Back From Winter Damage

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Now that winter is in full swing, and the weather has been changing pretty consistently you may have noticed your hair isn’t loving it so much.  So many of us tend to have some hair struggles in the winter due to the weather changes and different elements that we’re exposed to this time of year.  We want to help your hair snap back from winter damage, so we’re sharing some of our must know tips for helping to keep your hair healthy, happy and looking gorgeous during and after the winter months if you’re experiencing some damage.

Ease Up on The Heat
Since our hair tends to get drier during the winter months, many notice that the hair looks and feels pretty dry and brittle.  To really help you hair snap back from too my dryness, you’re going to want to try to ease up on how often you’re using heat on your hair.  Since heated hair styling tools can add to even more dryness on the hair, it can cause more damage.  Try to minimize how often you’re using heat on your hair for a bit to give it a break and a chance to really snap back.  We’re not saying you have to completely cut it off, but try to cut back as much as you can for a few weeks to give your hair a chance to recuperate.  In addition, when you do use heat on your hair make sure that you don’t do so unless you apply a heat protectant product to your hair to make sure that your hair is well protected.

Add More Moisture
As we said above, we tend to have a lot of dryness in our hair from so many different elements.  Cutting back on how often you’re using heat to style your hair is one great step, but you’re also going to want to add more moisture to your hair as well.  Adapting shampoo and conditioning products that are formulated to help add moisture and hydration is going to be crucial here.  In addition to that, many experts suggest adding in a deep conditioning and/or hair mask that helps to add nourishment and moisture to your hair in a really powerful way.  Most suggest doing these types of hair treatments on a weekly basis to really get the most benefit from your efforts.  They really help to heal your hair and lock in moisture.

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Protect Your Hair
You’re eager to help your hair snap back from winter damage, so you’re going to need to make sure it’s a priority to protect your hair while you give it an opportunity to snap back.  This means avoiding being too harsh when brushing and styling your hair, not styling your hair in styles that are too tight, and being extra gentle when your hair is wet.  All of these things can cause your hair to either snap back, or become worse if you don’t make them a priority.  Be gentle on your hair and do what you can to protect it to ensure it has an opportunity to heal itself.

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Embracing The Fringe Again

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Hair trends are constantly changing and evolving, isn’t it an exciting industry?  This past year we’ve had quite a few flashback trends in beauty, hair and fashion coming about.  There’s definitely been a major 90’s revolution happening, among other comebacks.  Fringe hairstyles have definitely made a splash on the beauty world again, and while some of us may be a bit hesitant at first there’s something really refreshing and exciting about it.  Embracing the fringe again is something we’re  all about, and we thought we would share some of our must know tips for embracing the fringe again so you can make the most of a fringe hairstyle yourself.

Keep Up With The Maintenance
One of the things about really embracing the fringe again, is you’re going to want to keep up with the maintenance.  The frustrating thing about fringe can be when it begins to grow out and you don’t have a trim appointment scheduled.  Many hair experts suggest heading into the salon every couple of weeks if just for a quick fringe trim to keep up with the look and avoid frustration you may feel when they begin to grow out.  You won’t need a full haircut, just talk to your hair stylist about how often he/she suggests to get them trimmed.  And please, don’t just trim them yourselves!  You want to embrace the fringe again, so see your hairstylist to make sure you can maintain the hair style in the best way possible.

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Find a Fringe Look That Works For You
The great part about the fringe hair style is it really looks great regardless of your hair’s length, so you don’t have to feel like you need to chop all your hair off into a bob to rock the fringe and embrace it.  There are so many different ways to get your hair cut into the fringe look, it’s really about figuring out a fringe style that works for you, your hair and your personal style.  If you’re not quite sure, ask your hair stylist!  We’re seeing fringe in everything from a full blunt bang to bangs that are longer and piece-y in texture to shorter bang options.  The options are limitless – so you have plenty to choose from and embrace in a way that feels more like you.

Avoid Overusing Product
Something you may notice when embracing the fringe again is that using hair care products is a bit different.  Fringed hair tends to look greasy or oily much more quickly when you use too much product.  So while you may be used to using a certain amount of product, scale back and adjust to make sure that you’re not adding too much.  You’ll notice that the fringe looks greasy if you are (since there’s less hair there), but once you get into the habit of it, you’ll be golden!

Of course, we can’t forget to mention the importance of taking care of your skin on your forehead.  Since there’s more of a chance for hair care product to get to that part of your skin, make sure you’re cleansing your forehead thoroughly before heading to bed every night.

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