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Warm up Fall!

Is your hair style getting you down?  Using the right heating tools and using them correctly can make the difference between hair that dazzles and hair that disappoints.  Even with proper hair care, locks might lack pizzazz without a boost of body and bounce.  So time to bring on the heat!  

It’s important to remember to select a heating tool that will minimize damage while also imparting body or sleekness,  movement and shine.  Make sure your heating tools don’t leave you scorched!  Opt for high-quality heating tools that do their magic with tress-protecting qualities or features such as ceramic heating surfaces, tourmaline, or ions.

When picking straighteners and curling irons, choose ones with controllable temperatures that precisely target the best heat for your hair type.  Pick wider straighteners for thick, curly hair and narrower ones if you would like the option of adding movement with a hint of curl.  And FYI, if you desire wavy perfection, try the TIGI Bed head Curlipops styling iron.  It combines tourmaline, an hourglass shape, and a special glove for a totally modern take on tousled sexiness.  

 

Who needs a hair dryer that fizzles!  Try the Drybar Buttercup blow dryer for nanoionic-infused voluminous glory, or the Sedu Pro Tourmaline Ionic 4000i for taming your curly mane.  On a budget?  Remington T-Studio Silk Ceramic Dryer infuses strands with silk while being gentle on the wallet.  Or try out our current fav for soft, luxurious locks, the T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i.  Although a splurge, it dries hair with lightening speed and is touted as better for your hair than air drying. And speaking of air drying, we just read a study that says that air drying can lead to deeper damage within the hair shaft, so feel free to gently dry those strands!

Whatever your hairstyling needs, using innovative products that target specific hair types helps create your best look yet.

Hair Rescue 911

Want a quick boost to summer strands?  Turns out, MSM just might be the answer you’ve been looking for!  According to the Food Matters website, MSM is a fast way to turn around the health of your hair.  MSM (Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane), which is a good source of sulfur, helps to grow hair longer by elongating the growth phase and also assisting with pesky scalp conditions.  

Tell your scalp to quit being so flaky!   Incorporate foods such as grass-fed beef and poultry, garlic, kale, asparagus, green leafy vegetables, and eggs into your diet (any of these looking familiar?) to get a natural boost of sulfur.  Another good option for hair, nails, and skin is to consume bone broth, which is highly rich in sulfur and other important nutrients.  Well + Good has a great recipe to try at home for yourself.

And if your hair is in serious need of a 911-worthy rescue, an MSM supplement might be a good option.  (Just remember that with any supplement, it is important to discuss it with your doctor first!)  But no matter your MSM source, including this vital nutrient into your diet today can get you well on your way to long, gorgeous strands.

nourishing your hair, part 2—the ABC's of hair health

Did we mention last time that hair is made up of about 97% protein?  Because proteins are the building blocks for strong, healthy strands, it’s important to include high quality sources in your diet, such as salmon, eggs, Greek yogurt, and grass-fed meats.  Try to find wild fish and organic, grass-fed meat whenever possible as they pack a greater nutritional punch with less of what you don’t want. Vegetarian or vegan?  Fret not! Many of the foods that are high in other hair-friendly nutrients happen to be high in protein, such as pumpkin seeds, quinoa, spinach, and asparagus.  In addition to protein, consider these vitamins as well—

Vitamin A 

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Dry, flaky scalp?  Low vitamin A just might be the culprit!  This important nutrient is critical for producing the oils that help keep your scalp healthy.  Not sure what to pick at the store?  Think of bright orange foods such as sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, apricots, and pumpkin.  Mangoes are also a delicious way to get vitamin A as well as silica, which is important for strengthening hair and preventing loss.  Other sources of silica include asparagus, rice, and green leafy vegetables.

Vitamin B Complex

There are many B vitamins, each with specific roles in maintaining hair health, including color, shine, and thickness. If your tresses are in serious need of TLC, a good B-complex supplement might be just the thing for you.  But even if you supplement, it’s important to focus on including nutrient-rich foods into your diet.  Luckily, there are many sources of B vitamins, including eggs, avocados, whole grains, and legumes, as well as a variety of fruits and veggies, particularly dark, green leafy vegetables.  Animal protein sources such as lean meats are the best for B-12.  If you’re vegetarian or vegan, talk with your doctor about B-12 supplementation. 

Pantothenic acid and inositol are also particularly important for scalp and follicle health.  Both of these B vitamins have been found to reduce hair loss and pantothenic acid can even help prevent age-related graying.  In addition to other foods high in B vitamins, citrus fruits and cantaloupe are good sources of inositol.

Vitamin D

Do you love to spend time in the sun?  Your hair’s in luck!  The vitamin D that is produced by the body when skin is exposed to sunlight is believed to play a vital role in hair follicle cycling.  Translation: Vitamin D stimulates hair growth.  However, using sunscreen, staying indoors, or being in a part of the country with limited sunlight can lead to suboptimal levels of this vitamin, resulting in sluggish hair growth.   Luckily, eating a diet that includes fatty fish (like salmon), Portobello mushrooms, Greek yogurt, and eggs can help increase vitamin D.  If you are particularly deficient, a supplement might be needed.  If so, make sure you avoid D2 and instead choose D3, which is easier for your body to absorb.  Just as a reminder, before beginning any supplement, it is recommended that you check with your doctor first. 

No matter your food philosophy, your best bet to grow the head of hair you’ve always wanted is to incorporate quality and variety into everything you eat.  Hair needs a combination of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals to grow strong, beautiful, and resilient.  Choosing  nutrient-dense foods like wild-caught salmon, color-rich fruits and veggies, and whole grains are the best way to get healthy hair from the inside out.  Make simple changes to your diet now and you’ll be on your way to those luscious locks in no time!

nourishing your hair part 1—what’s on the inside really does count

Craving thick, beautiful, lustrous hair?   It all starts in the kitchen!  Although quality hair care products can do a lot to counteract the effects of the environment and styling tools, the best way to get the locks you’ve always wanted is to nourish your hair from the inside out.  Nothing compares to eating a colorful diet filled with a variety of nutrients from quality fruit, vegetable, and protein sources.  Unfortunately, a modern, fast-paced lifestyle often leads to less than ideal eating habits, disrupting the growth of delicate strands leaving them dry, thin, limp, or brittle.  In addition, age, health conditions, and stress can impact the health of your hair, leading to flakes, breakage, and hair loss. Whether you just want to maintain the head of hair you have, or you're looking for a full mane overhaul, integrating the following nutrients into your diet can have significant cumulative effects over time.  

 

ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS

Just as their name implies, essential fatty acids are essential for healthy hair and scalp.  Omega-3s are fatty acid superstars, providing critical nutrients for growing hair, maintaining a healthy scalp, and keeping everything hydrated from root to tip.  Our bodies cannot make essential fatty acids, so we must get them from food sources.  Wild-caught salmon, trout, avocado, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds are all good ways to get the omega-3s you need for silky, shiny hair.  Supplements are also a great option, but make sure you consult your doctor first and choose top quality fish oils with good distillation practices to make sure they are free of toxins that can negatively impact your health.  

 

IRON

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Diets rich in iron can feed your scalp and help stimulate hair growth at the follicle.  But unless you’re treating an iron deficiency under the guidance of your doctor, aim to get your iron from food sources such as spirulina, pumpkin seeds, quinoa, and spinach instead of supplements.  You can also consume lean meats, preferably grass-fed or wild game, as animals fed diets close to their native diets have lower saturated fat and higher nutritional content, including important vitamins such as B-12 and omega-3 fatty acids.  

Blackstrap molasses is another great source of iron as well as other minerals important for hair health. In fact, you just might find that this simple addition to your diet could reverse hair graying if taken daily.  But don’t take our word for it!  Search the web for success stories or go ahead and try it for yourself.  Banish those pesky grays!

No matter what source of iron you choose, make sure to also eat foods rich in vitamin C.  Vitamin C not only stimulates collagen, but it also aids the body’s ability to absorb iron.  Citrus fruits, strawberries, papaya, guava, and kiwi are all great sources, as are yellow peppers and kale.

 

ZINC

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It’s important not to forget minerals such as zinc, which can be found in other hair-friendly foods such as beef and salmon. We also love pumpkin seeds, pomegranates, blackberries, soybeans, and avocados for their high zinc content.  Oysters happen to also be an excellent source for this vital nutrient, and as far as we are concerned, what more could you want from a famous aphrodisiac than incredibly sexy hair?

 

Making these simple changes can lead to healthy, gorgeous hair.  It’s never too late to get the head of hair you’ve always wanted!  And stay tuned for part 2 of our hair nourishing tips.  

fresh tones—color trends of 2014

              Brown Sugar

            Brown Sugar

                 Rose Gold

               Rose Gold

Does the sight of your hair make you feel frumpy or dull?  Are you in need of a breath of fresh air to enliven your look?  Or are you just ready for a change?  Then you’re in luck because this year’s range  of hair colors is anything but forgettable.  From the pages of fashion to the style of the runways to the looks on the red carpet, 2014 is all about tonal changes that range from subtle to sublime.  

Interested in an understated hair lift? Cooler tones, from blonde to brunette, add an updated, sophisticated edge to last year’s hues. Icy blondes (think Julianne Hough) and chestnut browns (hello, Mila Kunis!) are in this year, as are monochromatic locks with incredible shine (we love Katy Perry’s return  to her roots).  

Blonde and want to go to the darker side or brunette and want to try a lighter hue?  Ask your stylist for Brown Sugar! This is the perfect shade to try out if you are looking for a new look without a full commitment.  And of course multi-dimensional hair color with face-framing highlights that brighten is perennially in style, so if you are looking for that well-rested vacation look, just ask your stylist to weave in a complementary tone or two to freshen up your current look.

Looking for a major hair-color over haul?  Think red!  This year’s most inspiring trend is an updated version of rosy blonde.  Soft.  Bold.  Flattering.  Beautiful.  Re-invent your look with Rose Gold Blonde. Ask your stylist to mix in honey, apricot, and golden hues to create a shimmering dimensional  effect.  Celebrities like Blake Lively finish off their look with delicate ivory highlights around the face to soften and brighten. 

Whatever your inspiration, this year’s playful palette is sure to excite and delight! 

Spring into Healthier Hair

Tired, stressed-out tresses? Wintertime can wreak havoc on your strands, making them dry, frizzy, static-prone, and more likely to break. Unfortunately, many styling products and heat tools only make the problem worse, leaving hair extra thirsty for moisture. Now that spring is just around the corner, it’s time to give your hair the TLC that it has been craving and get a head start on looking fresh and ready for summer.

Benefits of Argan Oil

Products with argan oil can rescue your hair from winter’s effects.  Argan oil is high in nourishing nutrients and fatty acids and is an excellent choice for taming frizz and treating split ends.  One of our favorites is the MoroccanOil hair and skin care line.  We’ve used the restorative mask to rescue even the most dry and damaged hair.  And it smells divine!  We also love the U Luxury Argan Oil in the Unite hair care line. Hair becomes shiny, soft, and manageable.

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Benefits of Coconut Oil

Another great option is coconut oil. The oil’s small molecular structure makes it good for penetrating each strand deeply and counteracting the effects of styling and heat products. We recommend Nohona Organic Products, which have been created specifically for hair and skin care. We absolutely love how shiny and healthy our hair looks afterward!

Tips and Tricks for Making your own Masks at Home

You also probably already have other items in your kitchen that will do the trick. Any coconut oil that is unrefined, cold pressed, and preferably organic will work. Just gently melt a couple of spoonfuls and begin by applying to the ends and working mid-way up the length of your hair. Let sit for 2 hours (or longer!) and afterward, shampoo as usual.

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Olive oil can condition and create incredible shine. Use it alone or combine it with other items in your kitchen for even better repairing effects.  Honey is a natural humectant, so it attracts moisture, making it an excellent choice for dry hair.  Combine four tablespoons of a quality cold-pressed olive oil with two tablespoons of honey. Heat the olive oil slightly on the stove (avoid heating it too hot or in the microwave to make sure you retain the oil’s beneficial properties). Then add the honey and mix well.  Focus on your ends, working half-way up the length of your hair.  Use a shower cap to cover your hair and allow to sit for at least 20 minutes but up to 2 hours.  Shampoo afterward. 

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You can also combine half an avocado, half a banana, and an egg (or any combination of the three) with two tablespoons of room temperature olive oil to provide your hair with healthy fats and protein to strengthen hair and help make it more manageable. Just make sure to puree the avocado and banana completely and beat the egg well before combining with the olive oil.  Apply to dry hair and let sit for 15-30 minutes. Rinse well with cool water only (especially if you include egg!!) and then wash as usual.

 

With any of these homemade masks, you may need to wash your hair twice.  But with regular use of self-made or salon hair masks and quality hair care products that moisturize and strengthen your hair, wintertime’s harmful effects will be tamed. It’s time to get ready for looking your summer best!