Hair Care


How To Get Rid Of Dandruff

Vinegar is poured into the hair, massaged into the scalp, and left to dry for a few minutes.
Then the hair is washed.
The process is repeated daily until the dandruff disappears, usually within a few days


Remedy for Hair split ends

The problem of split ends occurs when the cuticle is damaged and the fibres of the cortex unravel.
This happens because of chemicals, neglect and harsh treatment.

Conditioner will not fix this problem. You will need to have the split ends cut off.It is best to go to the hair dresser but you may do it yourself. Just take some small sections of hair strands, twist them, very carefully run some scissors up and down the hair shaft cutting off any stray ends that poke out.


Homemade Hair Spray

Chop one lemon (or an orange for dry hair). Place in a pot with 2 cups water. Boil until half of the initial amount remains. Cool, strain, and place in a spray bottle. Store in the refrigerator.If it is too sticky, add more water. Add one ounce rubbing alcohol as a preservative and then the spray can be stored for up to two weeks unrefrigerated.


How To Reverse Hair Loss

  1. These are helpful tips to help regenerate hair follicles, but they do not cure any underlying conditions, or stress-related hair loss.
  2. Try drinking this - blend bananas with honey, yoghurt & low-fat milk. A drink rich in biotin can help keep your crowning glory firmly rooted.
  3. Take dietary supplements such as Vitamin B6, zinc & saw palmetto. Supplements are useful when you can't get enough from natural food sources.
  4. Invert your head while you shampoo & massage your scalp. This helps promote blood circulation to the head.
  5. Eliminate stress or else it can be disastrous to your precious hair! Get enough sleep.


How To Straighten Your Hair

Do you want to strighten your curls? Here's how you can;

  • Wash and condition hair. Blot dry. Hair should be almost dry when you begin.
  • Gather up hair into several sections and secure or clip hair on top of your head. You will be drying the bottom layers first.
  • Follow the brush (with your dryer) down the sections of hair as you straighten each section and be sure to keep the dryer moving.
  • Take down a new section of hair and procede as directed above.
  • Work your way up the layers until all sections are dried and straightened.
  • To curl the ends for a polished look, take your brush and pull the ends under. Finish your styling with a blast of cool air if your hairdryer has this capability.

Be sure to condition your hair often. Sun, cold temperatures plus the use of your hair dryer can be hard on your hair. For best results, use products formulated for your hair type. It does make a difference. Give your hair a break and allow it to dry naturally as often as possible. Have split ends snipped every six weeks to two months to ensure that they don't travel up the hair shaft.

If Your Hair Is Curly:

Since your hair is prone to dryness, use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.
After washing, gently blot hair dry with an absorbent towel and apply 4 to 6 drops of silicone-based shine serum (the thicker your hair, the more you can use).
Detangle hair with fingers, and allow it to air dry.

If Your Hair Is Wavy:

Lather up with a shine-enhancing shampoo and conditioner. Rinse well.
Smooth and separate wet strands with wide-tooth comb, then spritz a silicone-based shine-enhancing spray from ends to roots.
Dry hair using a blowdryer with a tapered nozzle to direct air down the hair shaft and seal the cuticle.

If Your Hair Is Straight:

Your hair tends to lie flat against your scalp, where it can accumulate shine-dulling grease.
To avoid this, use a deep-cleaning shampoo daily and apply a clarifying gel treatment to roots once a week to prevent oil buildup.
After blowing hair dry, use a flatiron to enhance sheen.


How To Give Yourself A Trim

Peeking out from a bit of fringe is sexy. Bang-induced blindness is not.
If you are not quite ready for a full haircut, take things into your own hands: "trimming your own bangs will keep your cut looking fresh between salon visits", says stylist Garren of the Garren New York salon.
He tells clients to trim about an eight of an inch every month.

Here's how to do it at home:

First, grab a pair of straightedge cuticle or mustache scissors. Style bangs as usual and clip back the rest of your hair. Start at the center of your bangs and work your way to the outside.

Using your fingers, gently hold a small section of dry hair - only about 10 to 12 hairs at a time - straight down against your forehead. (Don't pull too tight - you'll stretch the hair and end up cutting a lot more)
Trim and cut below your fingers to keep from cutting it shorter than you'd like.
When you are done trimming each section, comb it back into the rest of your bangs to check length (and that they are even) before moving on.
When you reach the end, return to the center and trim in the opposite direction until you are done.


How To Treat Dry Hair

Hair normally has a moisture content of approximately 10%. If your hair's moisture content drops below this level the key is to increase the hair's ability of attract and retain moisture. This is accomplished by using moisturizers.

Good ones have "humectants" that not only replace lost moisture but actually attract moisture and retain it in the cortex of the hair. Essential fatty aids (EFA's) are great moisturizers. One of the best and most cost effective essential fatty acids is safflower oil. It is the kind you can buy to cook with. It is rich in EFA's.

The scalp produces the best EFA's called sebum. The problems is once the hair grows past the neck line or does not have direct contact with the scalp the scalps natural oils can not be utilized throughout the hair shaft.

  • You can manually replace the lost EFA's by:
  • Placing 1 or 2 drops of safflower oil in your palms and rub them together.
  • There should only be enough to make your hands "shine" in the light.
  • Carefully take your hair (while dry) and "scrunch" the small amount of oil to the ENDS first and work toward the scalp.
  • Leave this in your hair.
  • 1-2 drops of safflower oil on dry hair is so small, you won't notice it is there.

Doing the above as often as necessary will ensure your dry hair will have the proper amount of humectants to attract and reatin moisture. The key is that a small amount will go a long way.


How To Deal With Dandruff

Some are of the opinion that at the early stages of hair loss, dandruff begins to increase. However, an increase in the amount of dandruff does not necessarily mean that there is a "cause-effect" relationship resulting in the thinning of hair.
You should think of excessive dandruff as a warning sign as far as the health of the hair is concerned.

Dandruff is made up of bits of dead skin that peel away from the scalp as a result of the effects of metabolism. Normally, dandruff, in its early stages of growth, is not visible to the naked eye. It becomes visible only after enlarging into pieces of dead skin (what we normally call "dandruff") as a result of the propagation of bacteria and/or problems with seborrhoeic scalp conditions.

Persons suffering from prolonged dandruff are said to have a dandruff ailment. This type of ailment, accompanied by itchiness, can lead to eczema if it worsens. Suppressing the propagation of bacteria is one means of dealing with fatty dandruff. This is because bacteria is one of the causes of this condition.

If possible, try to shampoo on a daily basis to prevent bacterial propagation. One effective means of dealing with dandruff is to disinfect the scalp area with commercially available medicated shampoos specifically designed for dandruff removal. However, daily shampooing can lead to eczema for persons who suffer from dry scalps. Shampooing once every three days may be ideal for such persons.

Persons who suffer from persistent, hard-to-cure dandruff are urged to consult a skin specialist.


Boost the shine of your hair

Once your hair is completely dry, finish it off with a cool blast of air to seal the cuticle. The reason? If the cuticles are ragged, there is no shine...

Foods that seem to be harmful to your hair

There are some foods that you should avoid and replace them with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Why? To ensure that the hair that is forming beneath the surface of your scalp is healthy.

So, the foods to avoid include too many sweets, chocolate, cakes and cookies. Unfortunately, these favorites simply don't help your hair.


Hair drying and the brush

The worst thing you can do if you color your own hair is to apply the permanent color throughout your hair every time you color. You know how vulnerable your hair is while it is wet. Using the brush can really do some damage.

So, after you shampoo your hair, blot it dry with a towel and then try to detangle it with your fingers. Don't use the brush! This is the time when you can stretch the strands and weaken them to the point where they snap.

When you brush your wet hair you can also cause frizzing to occur. Don't pick up the brush until your hair is somewhere between damp and dry and then use the blow dryer and a round brush until it is styled and completely dry.


Instant bigger volume of hair

Do you have long hair and you'd like more volume?

Towel your hair dry and then pull it up on the top of your head. Secure with a fat "elastic" (that won't damage or crease your hair ) and then blow dry the scalp hair until it is dry.

This will give you plenty of volume with little effort.


How to have your hair style last longer

You probably noticed that when you go to the salon to have your hair done, it seems to last for days at a time. The reason for this is that the stylist has taken a great deal of time and care to style it right on day one. So the next time you wash your hair, schedule the time to carefully blow dry it, set it etc. A quick wash and go just isn't the same thing.


Shiny Hair

Did you know that your hair needs Vitamin E for shine?
You can get this much needed vitamin by incorporating brown rice, nuts, wheat germ and leafy green vegetables into your diet.