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Accessory to Awesome Hair

Are you sick of the same old hair tie?  Well, welcome to the future of unique and chic hair accessories, my friend!  Let this serve as a guide to a few accoutrements that are sure to compliment your crown.

Headbands are an essential in any girl’s glam pack. You can go big, or you can go understated, it’s up to you.  If simple is your staple, try a skinny black headband for a minimal but very fashionable look. Or if you want to channel your inner earth child, try a floral headband that winds together delicate flowers to highlight your hairdo.

Clips come in many forms from big to small, to bedazzled to basic.  They’re another great tool to have at your disposal.  You can go with the classic black clip to sweep your bangs away from your face, or the classy circle clip to help bring out your Grecian Goddess.

Rosie the riveter still has it going on and the proof is that the head wrap really never went out of style.  Velvet head wraps can add sophistication to a bad hair day, or some whimsy to a night out.

So, get creative with those hair accessories and get out of your hair tie rut.  You may be at the forefront of the next fashion trend!

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Bad Habits That Thin Hair

Have you ever heard the saying “You can never be too rich or too thin”?  While those facts are debatable  it is most likely guaranteed that you never want the word “thin” to be used in combination with your hair.  However, thinning hair for some women is a reality, and there are actually bad habits that people practice that can lead to thinning hair.  Here are the mane mistakes that women make that may, unknowingly, be making hair thinner.

Do you often enjoy a hot, steamy shower?  If the answer is yes, then proceed with caution.  Hot water dehydrates your skin and your hair, and that can lead to brittle locks that are more prone to breakage.  And that leads to thinning hair.  The hot water also washes away your scalps natural oils, which throws the pores into overdrive to try and produce more.  Those poor, overworked pores may then damage your roots, which in turn lead to additional hair loss.  All you have to do to remedy this is to take a warm shower, and when it comes to rinsing those ringlets, take the temp down even further.

There are a lot of harsh realities in this life, and one of them is that the more hot styling tools you use on your hair, the more prone you make it to breakage.  The high temps damage the proteins in your hair’s protective cuticle and once the cuticle is damaged, the moisture balance is thrown out of whack and then it’s sayonara strands! Don’t worry, you don’t have to cut out hot styling tools all together, but limit their usage to two or three times a week and use the coolest setting possible.  And don’t forget the heat-protection spray.  That will help to protect those treasured tresses.

Turns out, what you put in your mouth is nearly as important as what you put on your head.  When you crash diet and don’t consume enough calories it forces your body to but it’s energy towards more essential functions, and maintaining healthy hair is not essential.  This one is easy to combat, just eat a healthy and well balanced diet with plenty of lean protein and good fats.

Make sure you treat those tresses right when they are at their most vulnerable – when they’re wet right after you shower.  Forceful towel drying or brushing when wet can snap that hair right off.  The good news is that combing or brushing your hair before it’s wet and then blotting your hair dry can help to keep those strands firmly connected to your head.

It’s awards show season, and no doubt you may be tempted to try some of those fabulous sweeping up-dos you see on your favorite celebrity, but try to reign that urge is.  Tight hairstyles, even too-tight ponytails- can put too much tension on the hair follicle, damaging them perhaps even permanently.  Once the follicle is damaged, it may not be able to grow hair again.  Wear your hair down whenever possible, and if you wear it up go for a loose and soft up do.  If your skin is pulling, then it’s way too tight.

The words “All Day Mega Hold” may be tempting when choosing hair products, but it’s best to avoid any product that makes long lasting promises.  They make your hair harder mostly through high alcohol content and that can cause your hair to become brittle and dry.  Thus, when you go to brush your hair out it can cause the hair to break and fall out.  No Bueno.  The answer is simple, if the product makes your hair stiff and/or sticky, just say no! Styling creams that keep your hair moisturized are the best way to go.

This one may be tough to hear, so brace yourselves.  Hormonal changes can cause shedding or thinning of hair in some women, which means the wrong oral birth control pill can weaken your hair.  Pills that contain androgens can cause hair loss to someone who is sensitive, so if you notice your hair thinning after starting a new pill, consult with your doctor and see if there’s a better option. It’s also important to note that other medications, like certain anti-depressants, statins, and some thyroid medications can cause hair loss.  Just like with the birth control pill, if you start something new and notice changes in your hair, as your doctor about alternatives.

If you suffer from a dry, itchy scalp this can also contribute to hair loss.  Regular and constant scratching can damage the cuticle and once that’s damaged, the hair is susceptible to breakage.  There’s no shame in saving that mane by switching to a shampoo especially formulated for scalp itch such as Head & Shoulders.  And if over-the-counter products don’t help to tame the tickle, then consult your doc for a prescription shampoo.

We’ve said that washing hair too much and with water that is too hot can cause hair breakage, but it turns out that washing hair too little can also be a problem.  Product or dandruff can build up on the scalp clogging hair follicles and making it problematic for hair to grow. The general rule of thumb here is to wash your hair every other day.  This is the “just right” Goldilocks zone that can help to keep those locks firmly on your head.

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5 Things to Consider Before a Haircut

Haircuts are a usually something to look forward to. You get in the chair, the stylist makes a few snips and voila! A new you. Though you may have had some traumatic trimmings in your past, there are ways to ensure that your next style encounter goes off without a hitch.
The first thing to do is to know your hair type. Do you have curly ringlets? Thick tresses? Fine hair? What may look great on one person may not be right for your hair type, so definitely make sure to consult with a stylist about what kind of cut will bring out your mane’s best.

Lifestyle is also very important to consider. Are you a high-maintenance gal? Or would you rather wash-n-go? This is something to consider when deciding what kind of style you want, because let’s face it, some styles take longer to perfect than others. Like dating, you have to decide what level of commitment you’re looking to get in to. Casual or long-term, it’s up to you. Just know what you’re getting yourself into before you go there.
Do you have those hairs highlighted? If so, you will need to take that into consideration before you get a new style. Highlights that may have looked fab in one style may look a bit drab in another. So, if you’re considering a change you may need to get a touch up or new color all together. But really, if you’re going for a new cut, may as well throw in a new color too!

As is the case with most things in life, it’s best to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground and your head out of the clouds when it comes to transforming your ‘do. Bringing in a picture of your favorite superstar’s style is a good place to start, but remember that we’re all special snowflakes and since no two people are alike, our hair won’t be either. The picture is merely inspiration for what you will certainly turn into your own signature look.

And finally, if you’re looking to make a big change, make sure that you’re really ready to accept it. Hair does, fortunately, grow back, but you will have to live with this choice for a time. Do some soul-searching before you take the plunge. Or make the cut, as the case may be.

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