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Benefits of Jojoba Oil

September 16th, 2014

iStock_000021664198SmallYou may have seen jojoba oil listed as an ingredient on many cosmetic products. One of the main reasons why many hair care and beauty products contain jojoba oil is for its moisturizing qualities. This week’s post will focus on jojoba oil and what it is, along with its beneficial properties and contribution to overall hair health.

What is jojoba oil?

Jojoba oil comes from the seed of the jojoba plant also known as the Simmondsia Chinensis plant, which can be found in Arizona, California and Mexico.  Although jojoba oil has the word “oil” in its name, it is actually a form of liquid wax.  This substance serves as a great addition for cosmetic products such as lotions, moisturizers, shampoos and conditioners, as it replenishes the hair and skin with the ample moisture they need and deserve.

How does jojoba oil work?

While jojoba oil can be found in hair care products such as shampoos, conditioners and serums, it can also be applied to the hair directly as a hair and scalp treatment because of it’s ability to easily penetrate the skin. According to acne.org, jojoba oil is very similar to the oil/sebum naturally produced in our scalp, which may help to create an even moisture balance.

Jojoba Oil Benefits

Adds Moisture: As previously mentioned, jojoba oil contains moisturizing properties.  Therefore, when applied to the hair, jojoba oil can reduce the feeling and appearance of a dry and flaky scalp while simultaneously replenishing the hair.  When jojoba is used as a means to improve hair health it actually develops a protective barrier on the hair shaft and scalp to seal moisture in.  This seal then protects them from damaging external factors.

Strengthens Hair: Jojoba improves hair elasticity by deeply penetrating the hair follicle from the outside in.  This increase in elasticity then reduces the chance of future damage and breakage.

Noncomedogenic: Jojoba oil is considered to be noncomedogenic which means that it does not clog pores. This is very important not only for avoiding pimples, but you also won’t have to worry about jojoba oil blocking your hair follicles which can affect healthy hair growth.

Encourages Hair Growth: According to Livestrong.com, jojoba oil is considered to be one of the best natural oils to encourage hair growth.   With its ability to easily absorb within the skin, jojoba oil can remove crusty build up on the scalp, which has been shown to block hair growth.

Whether you purchased a conditioner with jojoba oil or you choose to massage your scalp with a jojoba oil treatment, you are sure to notice a difference in your hair and scalp health over time.  By adding jojoba oil to your haircare routine you will be able to say “goodbye” to damage and dandruff, and say “hello” to healthy, strong, shiny and voluminous hair.

5 Hair Mistakes to Avoid

September 12th, 2014

hair mistakes 300x300Hair is a sensitive subject. Whether you’ve had your share of bad salon experiences or tried an at-home treatment that went awry, we have all been in a place of distress with our locks. However, after trial and tribulation, there are still some simple mistakes we make when it comes to maintaining hair health and beauty.

1) Using hot irons to damp hair- Yes, heat makes wetness disappear, but in this case, you will completely demolish your hair’s ends and break it in the process. Just wait until your hair dries fully or blow dry it to speed up the process, but whatever you do, do not iron wet hair. For more tips on hair styling visit our post on Three Ways to Your Style Hair Without Heat.

2) Intensely towel drying your hair – Doing this immediately causes split ends and damages your hair. Opt for a more simple routine, such as gently drying your hair with a cotton towel. By simply squeezing your hair with the towel as opposed to aggressively mangling it, you will minimize frizz and prevent breakage and hair damage.

3) Cutting your own bangs – Edward Scissorhands is your favorite movie. Scissors are not your favorite friend. Just don’t do it.

4) Over washing your hair – Clean hair is important, but sometimes, we tend to over wash our hair without knowing it. Doing so will strip the moisture from the scalp, leaving us with dry, frizzy hair. Load up on the moisturizing conditioner and products afterward to ensure that you don’t deal with this problem.

5) Using hairspray before styling- Think of hairspray as the finishing touch of your hair care. Never use it before using heating tools and always use it after applying gels or other holding sprays. Instead apply a heat protector before deciding to use any styling tools.

Following these simple hair care routine rules will rid you of split ends and keep your hair in the best condition possible. Simple changes, such as how you dry your hair, can make a world of difference.

Keratin and Hair Health

September 9th, 2014

keratinMaintaining hair health and providing your locks with the nutrients they need can sometimes be challenging.  However, there are many beneficial ingredients for your hair and scalp that you can look for when scanning product labels.  Some of these ingredients include jojoba oil, tea tree oil, silk proteins, and this article will delve more specifically into the importance of keratin and how sources that contain keratin can benefit your hair.

What is Keratin?

Keratin is made up of multiple structural proteins and is found in our hair, skin and nails. The word “keratin” comes from the Greek word “Keras” which translates to horn.  Keratin is a strong and resilient component in both humans and animals that serves as a protective barrier against external factors.  Hair is made up of about 88% Keratin so when someone is keratin deficient, they will more than likely experience a decrease in hair, skin and nail health.

Where is Keratin found?

Food: Keratin can be obtained from outside sources such as food.  When searching for keratin rich foods look for items that are high in vitamin C as well as foods that contain biotin.  Foods with biotin aid in protein metabolism which provides a foundation for keratin. Additionally, whole grains and lean protein are other good food sources for improving the keratin in your hair skin and nails.

Topical Products: Similarly to Biotin, keratin is naturally produced within the body, can be found in food, as well as in topical products.  Hydrolyzed keratin is very popular among over the counter topical treatments such as shampoos and conditioners, nail treatments, as well as lotions.

Benefits of Hydrolyzed Keratin

When keratin is hydrolyzed (broken down into smaller components) and placed in hair treatments, it actually creates a protective barrier on the hair while simultaneously imparting shine.  Hydrolyzed keratin has also been shown to replenish the hair and skin with moisture while also improving the skin’s elasticity. As a result of its moisturizing properties, shampoos and conditioners containing hydrolyzed keratin are a favorable option for those with limp, dry and brittle hair.  Shampoos and conditioners with hydrolyzed keratin are also great for making unruly hair more manageable.

Three Ways to Style Your Hair without Heat

September 5th, 2014

hair dryerExcessive blow-drying, ironing or curling may look nice, but it’s ultra-damaging to your hair. There are ways to achieve chic hair styles that will leave you confident and beautiful without the heat. Learn to create beach waves, a braided bun up-do and Farrah Fawcett’s signature voluminous hair in a few simple steps. See below!

No Heat Beach Waves

Want to look like you just stepped off of St. Tropez without the cost of the plane ticket? Now you can get beach waves with only three things- water, your hands, and small clips.

1) Start by separating your hair down the middle for a perfect part.

2) Take each part of hair, wet it, and twist it super tight.

3) Then, take the twisted piece of hair and bring it horizontally across the part, securing it to the opposite side of hair with your small clip.

4) Repeat this for the opposite side and leave on for about an hour.

5) After the time is up, unravel the twists and voila- beach waves without the mess of actually going to the beach.

The Farrah Fawcett

Everyone knows Farah Fawcett for her luxurious blonde curls. Most of the time, people use blow driers to gain the voluminous look that Farah made so iconic. Now, you can get the same beautiful curls without the heat.

1) First, wet your hair completely.

2) Then, towel dry your locks so they are still a little damp.

3) Next, section off your damp hair into twisted curls while pinning them all across your head.

4) Sleep the night away and release your tight curls the next morning.

5) Your hair will have dried into luscious curls that have body, shine, and luster.

Upside Down Bun Braid

Who says buns have to be boring? Now, you can add a fun braid into the mix in a few simple steps.

1) First, separate the lower layer of your hair from the top layer. This will help separate the bun from the braid.

2) Second, bend your head over and grab the lower layer of hair.

3) Begin to braid the hair upwards toward the top of your head. Secure the braid with a hair tie.

4) Then, take the upper layer of hair that was previously tied and join it with the braid.

5) Secure the bun with another hair tie and you’re good to go!

Hydrolyzed Silk Protein and Hair Health

September 2nd, 2014

High quality image. Woman with smooth hairThere are multiple ingredients and many ways that have been shown to improve overall hair health.  One of these ingredients is known as hydrolyzed silk protein. Silk is typically known for being soft and lustrous and when hydrolyzed silk protein is applied to brittle hair, the results are no different.  Hydrolyzed silk protein does indeed come from silk which is deemed to be one of the strongest fibers on the planet.

What does “hydrolyzed” mean?

In layman’s terms the word “hydrolysis” simply signifies when a chemical compound is divided into smaller components with the addition of water.  The reason why some products contain hydrolyzed proteins is so that they are easier to incorporate into formulas and so that the proteins are better able to be dissolved in water.

Protein and Hair

Hair is mostly made up of a protein known as keratin.  Protein provides the hair strands with strength, protection and structure.  While some may actually weaken the hair, when applying shampoos and conditioners enriched with proteins such as silk protein, they actually reinforce the strength and structure of weakened hair strands.

Everyone’s hair is different but typically those with color treated hair or those who have undergone similar hair treatments are at a greater need for added protein. Chemical treatments performed on the hair have been known to cause damage as they break up the protein bonds.  However, there are also other reasons for a needed boost of protein including, genetics, hormones and diet.  Whatever the case may be, it is very important to try and maintain a balance between protein and moisture within the hair because too much of one can also result in breakage.

Benefits of Hydrolyzed Silk Protein

Hydrolyzed silk protein has the ability to replenish the hair with cysteine which is one of the 4 amino acids needed to produce keratin. Additionally, as a result of hydrolysis, hydrolyzed silk protein has a low molecular weight which means it has a greater ability to infiltrate the hair strands.  As it penetrates the hair, it improves its elasticity against breakage while also forming a protective barrier on the hair.  This barrier or shield serves as a means to improve shine while also preventing the hair against moisture loss.

Tip: When searching for a shampoo or conditioner with hydrolyzed silk protein, also look for beneficial moisturizing ingredients like jojoba oil to help keep the protein and moisture levels balanced.

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