Thursday, March 26, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I want to yell "STOP DOING THAT" every time not buy their shampoo. Makes my nether regions cringe in fright .
SO I thought I would write a step by step article for all those advertisers who are apparently more concerned with marketing what looks good instead of healthy hair.
- Brush your hair with a soft natural bristle brush.Get in there and get juices flowing in your scalp to release oils and detangle the hair before you get it wet.Wet hair is more elastic when wet so get as many tangles as you can out before you wash.
- Get your hair thoroughly wet with warm water.This opens the cuticle of the hair shaft allowing oils to come out and softens styling products.It also opens up the pores on your scalp similar to using a warm rag prior to shaving to open the follicles allowing dirt and debris to loosen.
- Apply your shampoo to your scalp area ONLY.Massage your scalp and work the dirt and oils loose.
- Rinse with warm water
- Apply a second shampoo starting again at your scalp and again use your finger tips in a gentle circular motion along your scalp to release any underlying oils in the skin.Work the shampoo down the shaft gently.NEVER EVER bring the ends of your hair up to the scalp.You want to keep your hair as tangle free as possible during the process.Don't matt your hair into a ball and scrub it into a tangled mess.Allow your hair to fall naturally and wash it in a downward motion to keep from roughing up the cuticle(outer layer)
- Rinse again in warm water.This allows the cuticle to remain opened up to allow for penetration of your conditioner.
- Apply conditioner from your nape line down to the ends.Avoid putting heavy conditioners directly to the scalp area because this can leave you looking greasy.Wait a minute or two and let the conditioner do its job.Shave your legs and whatnots while you wait.Run your fingers gently through your conditioned hair to make sure youve gotten the conditioner through all of your hair and remove any major knots gently with your fingers.
- Now a final rinse with cool water to seal the shaft and close down your scalp pores.
- Rough (not roughly) detangle your hair with a wide tooth comb.Just get any major knots out.
- Use a large paddle brush with cushioned base to detangle your hair the rest of the way, working in sections.Get any tangles out toward the bottom of the hair first then work towards the scalp.
Advertisers make showering seem so glamorous and everyone seems so happy to clean and lather while grinning orgasmically in the process.Maybe other people shower like that but when im in there im on a mission to get my peices and parts clean, exfoliated and shaved.So dont be fooled by the gimmick of the pretty wad of foam!
I'm all about the why.SO before I get into solutions you need to be educated on why you may ave excessive oils in your hair.
The sebaceous gland that rests along each of your hair shafts just under the skin is the culprit.It is the oil producing gland.
In general the finer or thinner each hair shaft is the more oil escapes to the surface of your scalp.If each of your stands of hair and fine but you have a large amount of hairs per square inch then your oil problems are increased because you have more sebaceous glands.The thicker the hair shaft is the more oils are blocked from squeezing out to the surface.
The hair shaft wicks the oil up out of your scalp.Your hair doesn't actually product oils at all.So battling oily hair is really battling oily scalp.
Sebum (oil) is regulated by the male hormones called androgen's.The more of these androgen's you have the more active your sebaceous gland becomes.
On that note I must say a visit to the Doc to have your hormone levels checked could be a good idea if your have chronic problems with oily hair.
Now here are some simple solutions to help you win the battle.
- Use a shampoo that is clarifying.An easy way to tell if a shampoo will clarify is buy a see through shampoo.The more milky a shampoo is the conditioners and other things have been added to it.
- Shampoo twice.If the first shampoo isn't lathering up well it is because the shampoo is binding with the oils in your hair preventing it from foaming.So your second shampoo should get things moving.You can even apply your first shampoo to your hair dry for ultra deep cleansing!
- Squeeze your melon when your shampoo!Give yourself a good scalp massage to squeeze out any leftover oils trapped under the skin.Only do this during your shampoo so you can cleanse it.Over massaging your head at the wrong times actually stimulate the sebaceous glands to product more oils.
- Use an astringent on your scalp.You can use witch hazel or your facial astringent applied with a cotton ball to your scalp.This helps dry and slow the oil production.
- Don't over brush your hair. This just stimulates those glands and causes more oils to be wicked down your hair shaft.
When you want to skip a day of shampooing but don't think you can cope, use baby powder or talc.Apply it directly to your scalp/problem oily areas.Shake it around so it bonds to the oils then brush it out with a natural bristle hair brush.This works best on lighter colored hair.Darker hair can do this but powder sparingly or try using a dry hair shampoo.
- Don't apply your conditioner to your scalp.Many people will tell your to just skip the conditioner but clarifying shampoos can be very damaging to the hair shaft.Since the hair shaft cannot repair itself you really need to condition it to keep it from damaging.Just apply it to your ends only.Get the places where the natural oils do not reach.If you have trouble keeping the conditioner off your scalp in the shower then use a spray leave in conditioner on the last few inches of your hair to help detangle and maintain the integrity of the hair.
Eat well.Eating foods high in proteins and healthy oils like nuts and lean meats and dairy can help strengthen your hair.Since hair is made of protein, a diet low in protein will produce scraggly hairs which in turn allows more oils to escape from your scalp.Also look for foods that are high in vitamin A, Beta carotene , and essential fatty oils such as flax seed oil which have shown in various case studies to regulate glandular activity.(I am no Dr. so I recommend you research these studies yourself and make your own decisions)
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Here you can see in the image cross sections of hair
If you are Caucasian with extremely curly hair don't be afraid to look into African-American hair care products.African- American haircare lines like Mizani or Keracare which are very readily available.These brands carry more of a variety for curly hair than say Matrix or Redken will.Most of the lines like Matrix etc. do make lines for curly hair but with the intentions of making the hair even more curly.But when your looking to tame excessive curls look to brands that specialize in this.Generally the more curly your hair is the more moisture you need.Look for oils like coconut and jojoba oils.Stay away from petroleum based products.
Monday, March 16, 2009
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Sunday, March 15, 2009
Well here is one option...
But in leiu of sticking a fork in your outlet every morning here are some tips and tricks.
Use a blow dryer with a cool shot button.Flip your air over and get it nice and toasty near your scalp, then push the cool shot button and cool it down before you flip your head back over.This acts much like a roller set or curling iron setting the body into your roots.
Avoid too much product!A lightweight styling product like Joico Bodyluxe Root Lift Foam is great, but only put it at your roots.Added product adds added weight.Keep your ends as light as possible to keep them from weighing your style down.
Use an aerosol hair spray that goes on almost dry.Spritz hairsprays take time to dry weighing you down.The dryer the hairspray on contact the better.Wetter hairsprays are basically a mist hair glue and can gunk your hair up.Dryer sprays will leave little beads on your hairshaft which work like a zipper adhering to each other.I love the new TIGI Rockaholic Fun Times Flexible Hair Spray . It smells a little like fresh oranges ( im a smell junkie).
Use a clarifying shampoo from time to time.Build up can add weight to your do, but dont use a clarifyer every day because it can dry your hair out.I add a few tablespoons of lemon juice to a few cups of warm water and rinse it through my hair every once in a while to avoid buildup.
Use a light daily shampoo and conditioner.Avoid bottles that say "hydrating" or "smoothing" as they are probably too heavy for your hair.
Avoid long hairstyles that make your hair look straggly.Long hair isnt pretty if it isnt pretty hair girls.
Dont overtease your hair! Teasing can be hard to hide with fine hair. When the day wears on your hair you can look like a ratty mess.Try using velcro rollers to add volume and find a style that will look great even if it falls limp.Bigger isnt always better when it comes to hair.
Lighten your hair color!Sounds simple enough but this works for a few reasons. The process can add texture to your hair and lighten the load on each individual strand.Also if you have problems with your scalp showing, lightening your hair can buffer the contrast between your hair color and your scalp color making your hair appear thicker and fuller.
Share your tips and tricks for fuller hair with us aand our readers!Post a comment:>
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Our new warehouse will be 10X larger than our current facilities.
We will be having a huge sale on items in our current warehouse to get ready for the move!
The sale will begin on Saturday April 21st. And run all week.
We will be having a private Pre-Sale the week before for customers who are subscribed to our mailing list the week prior to our public sale.You can join our mailing list at http://www.errynshealthandbeauty.com/ .Just fill out the box that says Join Our Mailing List.
We have also added many of Essie and CND polishes to our inventory already.Cost per polish is only $5.99 with free shipping in the USA.We are planning on having hundreds of colors in stock by mid April.
Many sizes of CHI spring loaded curling irons are in stock again.They sell out fast so if your looking for one, grab it while you can!
We will also be increasing our inventory of Sebastian Trucco Cosmetics.We will have alot of new makeup in the catalog by the end of March 2009.
Most shades of Artec Colorist Collection Shampoo and Moisturizers are also in stock.These have been repackaged and reformulated as Loreal brand so the original Artec packaging and sizes will be increasingly hard to find.Loreal will no longer make the 32 Oz bottles of color shampoos and I have yet to find an 16 oz. bottles either shampoo or moisturizer.The new Loreal line will probably run about $20 per 8 Oz. bottle in salons.Artec Textureline products are also being changed due to the Loreal buyout.Many textureline products will simply not be manufactured anymore.We will try to keep as many of the Textureline products in stock for as long as we possibly can.
We get new shipments at least once a month sometimes twice a month so check back often.
- Short Pixie
- Ear skimming
- Earlobe length
- Chin Length
- Collar Bone Length
- Shoulder Length
Thursday, March 12, 2009
- If you have a round face stick with a bob that hits well below the chin line with stronger lines to balance the roundness.
- If you have a larger chin and angled features, you may want to stick with a softer wispier bob with layers .
- A shoulder skimming bob is great for the less adventurous souls who want a sleek cutting edge haircut but still want to be able to pull their hair back.
Although a bob looks like the simplest haircut, It is actually the hardest haircut to master.Make sure your stylist is well experienced so you don't end up with a choppy triangle instead of a sleek bob.
- Victoria Beckham/sling bob/inverted bob/stacked/textured
- Jenny McCarthy/shoulder skimming sling bob/soft long layers/bulk out of bottom
- Gwenneth Paltrow/Blunt shoulder length bob/uniform length in the front /sling back.
- Paris Hilton/Just below chin /rounded/alot of inverted layers/piecey/whispy/soft bangs
- Katie Holmes/Chin length/round/extremely layered/textured/whispy
- Nicole Ritchie/Uniform Length/Soft side swept bang/beveled weighted bottom
Remember to take your photos with you to the salon!
Monday, March 9, 2009
If you have calloused heels I highly recommend buying a ped egg.You use it on dry feet and it grates away the callouses.Be careful though it is easy to get carried away!(Ive left sores being over zealous with mine)Ive found light strokes are better than hard deeper strokes.You don't want to rub too hard because that can actually be counter productive.The friction can cause your feet to build even more callouses which is your body's natural defense to build a pad of skin to protect the delicate underlying skin.So don't go too deep, a little callous is OK!
Another thing you can do to soften callouses is lather a thick lotion on right before bed or when your running around the house and wear socks to keep the lotion in place and soaking into your feet.
If you have extremely calloused feet and no matter how much filing or lotion you do it just comes back or gets worse,it may not be callouses!It could be a fungus infection caused by the same fungus that causes athletes feet.Check with your doctor if this is the case.They can do a quick, painless skin culture to see if that is what is going on.You may want to try an athletes foot cream or your doctor may even suggest a medication because this kind of infection can get into your blood stream and spread to your nails and other areas.
Don't ignore your toe cuticles!You may not get hangnails on your feet but your cuticles still grow,crack and dry out on your feet.Push back your cuticles on your toes and use an orangewood stick to remove the flap of adhering skin that binds your cuticle to your nail.
I love the orangewood sticks that are coated in sand grit at the ends.They really get into the little spots for a clean professional looking finish.
Trim your nails straight across not angled down at the corners to avoid ingrown nails.If you file your nails,file from the outer edge inward in long sweeping strokes.This helps keep your nails from breaking and chipping.
Polish or Au Naturale?
If you are an all natural girl and don't like to polish your toes use a non yellowing clear coat on your nails to keep your nails looking healthy and shiny.If your like me I feel naked without toenail polish in a bright color.It is a good idea to let your nails go natural from time to time though to keep your nails from yellowing.
When it is time for polish here are a few tips to keep your polish on and keep it from chipping.
- Use a low grit buffer on the surface on your nail beds.Don't buff until your have grooves, you just want to take the natural seen off of the top of the nail.This gives your polish something to grip to.CND makes a great base coat called Stickey that is an anchoring basecoat to keep your polish on even longer.
- After filing and buffing make sure you wash your feet well to prevent particles from making your polish less than perfect.
- Wipe your nails down with polish remover BEFORE you polish.This will help remove any left over natural oils and any transferred oils from your hands.
- Always use a bascoat to keep your nails from staining!
- Make sure you let your polish dry completely between coats so your polish will cure all the way through.
- After you apply your 2 coats of polish, use a heat cure topcoat.I use a coat of CND Shiney and a coat of CND Air Dry .
- Brush a drop or two of cuticle oil like CND Solar Oil on top of your wet polish.This helps light bumps to your nails from denting your polish.It also helps keep lint and particles from adhering to your polish while it is tacky and ensures a glass like finish while conditioning your cuticles.
If you follow these simple rules your polish can stay unscathed up to a month or until your nails grow out and it is time to do it again if you aren't scuffing them up in the pool or washing floors on your hands and knees barefoot.
I love a good french pedicure on toes as well.Ive tried the forms and paints but the best french pedi I can do on myself is using a thick white nail polish or even an acrylic craft paint in white with a long fine haired artist brush.Make sure you use enough paint on the brush to sweep all the way across the tip on one sweep for the best results.After it dries use an opaque topcoat.Stay away shades that are too yellow in tone if you are paler because you just look like you have a nail fungus.Look for a slightly pink shade.Darker skin tones can go for the more yellow tones.Make sure you still do your base/topcoat routine on french peid's!
Be festive with your feet and go for a color you would never wear on your nails!
Now go show your piggy's off!
Friday, March 6, 2009
- Make your appointment way ahead of time so your sure you can get in and out when you need to.
- Bring your tiara,veil or clips in with you on your trial run so you can decide on placement.
- Take pictures of your hair at different angles to remind your stylist exactly what they did on the run through and you can critique the photos and decide if there is anything you want tweaked on your day.Wear the style around and see how it will hold up to changing clothes and weather.Jump around and dance a little ,see if anything flops or comes loose.
- Take the pins out and see how difficult it will be for you to take down and how it will look after all is said and done.You dont want to get to the hotel and fight with your hair.Im sure youll have better things to do then:>
Before you visit your stylist on trial run day figure out what theme your looking for.Long gone are the days of fussy wedding hair that competes with your dress for attention.In is hair that compliments your overall look and enhances your natural beauty.Bring in several of your favorite photos so you can see what will work best for your hair.
- Classic elegance? A simple pulled back classic chignon is always timeless and elegant.
- Soft Romantic?A soft wave adds a delicate romantic touch to an up do without looking over the top.Try a simple loose braid to dress up the look a bit.
- Easy Natural Beauty?Alot of brides are wearing their hair down or half down now.Soft tangled locks with a beautiful simple accessory or a gentle natural wave will make your look like you don't even have to try to be drop dead gorgeous.The soft romantic looks are easily transitioned into the easy natural beauty looks for a hair change at your reception too!Then you can dance the night away without worrying about your hair flopping or pins poking.
- Short hair?You can still do something special with your hair for your special day.Try a retro wave or a simple accessory to spice it up a little.
Keep in mind the weather! Spring can bring the unexpected rain and humidity so plan for the worst and hope for the best.Don't try to fight your natural hair texture on your wedding day.If you have naturally curly hair, opt for a curly or wavy style so you don't end up with a head of fuzz.If it takes a gallon of spray to make your hair curl, stay away from the overly curled looks so if it gets damp outside your not left with a sticky mess.
Buy an old lady rain bonnet to keep nearby just in case you have to dash to the limo in the rain.
Talk to your stylist and see if she or someone she knows would be available to do touch ups!Ideally it would be perfect to have a touch up person to check you over right before you go down the aisle after your get dressed,before and during photos and before you go to your reception if you want to change dresses and possibly let your hair down to PARTY!
Remember most importantly of all,no matter how much you plan something will always go wrong.Don't stress it! Its all about you day so look beautiful, be in love, let everything else work itself out and enjoy.