50 Best Hair Tips From Around the World

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Colombia: Avocado Hair Mask

Some Colombian grandmothers pass on their recipe for chicken soup, but stylist Lutz Karpf learned this instead: Combine two egg whites with half of a mashed-up avocado; leave it in hair for 15 minutes, then wash and condition. It’s a fast and inexpensive natural remedy that leaves hair super-smooth.

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Brazil: Coconut Hair Cocktail

Forget caipirinhas. Girls from Ipanema get a buzz from this shine-enhancing mixture. “Once a week, apply a cocoa butter treatment mask, let it sit for a half hour, then rinse it out with coconut water,” says pro Marco Antonio De Biaggi of São Paulo. “The combination leaves hair incredibly soft and moisturized-it’s a trick of many Brazilian women.”

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Argentina: Hydrate with Aloe Vera

It’s all about length, says hair stylist Leonardo Rocco, who was born northwest of Buenos Aires. “Women in Argentina associate long hair with sensuality and glamour.” To help keep long strands in shape, he recommends applying aloe vera directly to your scalp or adding it to your usual shampoo.

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Guyana: Sardines for Shiny Hair

You may want to learn to love sardines. “They are one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids,” says Guyanese hairstylist Angie Hookumchand. “Eating them will make your hair grow faster and enhance its radiance.” Singer Leona Lewis, who is of Guyanese descent, seems to follow the tip with her shiny, mile-long tresses.

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Mexico: Towel-Dry Tresses

Instead of using a blow-dryer, Mexican-born stylist Oliver Ifergan suggests reaching for a terrycloth towel. “Many Mexican women will wrap a towel very tightly around their hair after showering and wear it until hair is dry. It’s a simple way to make strands smooth and straight,” he says.

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Mexico: Gelatin Hair Mask

South of the border, they fight frizz with a blend of 1 tbsp. unflavored gelatin, 1 cup water, and 1 tsp. cider vinegar. Massage the gel-like mixture through shampooed hair, leave it in for 5 minutes, then rinse. “It’s a practice passed down for generations,” says Ifergan.

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Jamaica: Ditch the Blow-Dryer

In the dog days of summer, when your blow-dryer suddenly feels like a blowtorch, you’ll thank Jamaican hair expert Denine Smith for this heat-free drying trick. After shampooing and conditioning, set hair in Velcro rollers to air-dry. “You end up with lush, bouncy, free-flowing curls,” he says.

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Jamaica: Cactus Benefits

The same nutrients that allow the prickly pear cactus to thrive in the scorching Jamaican sun can help rejuvenate heat-damaged hair. “We peel the cactus and wash our hair with the oil to make it feel lush and hydrated,” says Denine Smith.

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Puerto Rico: Work with Your Texture

“The island is humid and windy, and women here spend a lot of time at the beach,” says Guaynabo stylist Elizabeth Rosado. “Instead of fighting their natural texture, we help them embrace it with soft layers.” Opt for long, face-flattering layers similar to Jennifer Lopez’s, who is of Puerto Rican descent.

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Canada: Cold Rinse

“The dry, harsh weather in Canada makes for thirsty, unruly hair,” says Toronto stylist Leland Olson. To combat this, she suggests trying a so-called arctic rinse: At the end of your shower turn off the hot water. “I know it sounds unpleasant, but this instantly seals each cuticle, closing up the shaft so it reflects natural light more easily and provides optimal shine and radiance.”

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Canada: Effortless Waves

Get gorgeous hair in your sleep! “Wash hair at night, let it air-dry about 80 percent, then make two braids on either side,” advises Olson. “In the morning, take out the braids, and comb through with your fingers to break up the waves.” The result? Soft, natural-looking waves like Canada native Rachel McAdams.

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Spain: Lived-in Highlights

In Spain, women have a less-is-more attitude when it comes to their hair color. Instead of drastic changes that require constant touch-ups, they’ll go for sunny highlights with an uneven starting point so that the regrowth isn’t noticeable, says Madrid stylist Pablo Iglesias, who works with Penélope Cruz.

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Ireland: Shiny Strands

“An old trick in Ireland was to wash hair with rainwater for shine,” says Dublin stylist Shay Dempsey. “Now women rely on styling treatments like Sebastian Professional Potion 9. Apply it from mid shaft to ends before blow-drying to help smooth the cuticle so that hair reflects more light.”

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Ireland: Side-Cutting

“Irish women are prone to pouffy hair, due to its naturally coarse and kinky texture,” says Dempsey, who uses a “slide cutting” technique to help battle the bulk: Hold scissors at an angle and finely cut the hair an inch from the root down to the middle of the hair shaft to create softness and movement. Actress Saoirse Ronan, who calls the Emerald Isle home, creates shiny, touchable curls by working with her hair’s native texture.

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Scotland: Chamomile Rinse

“A chamomile tea rinse keeps blond hair from fading. Simply boil the flower for a few minutes, cool, and strain. Then spritz the mixture on dry hair,” says Miami-based stylist Sean Donaldson.

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England: Fight the Frizz

“Thanks to the wet and foggy climate, British girls have a real challenge on their hands when it comes to their hair,” says London pro Nick Malenko. “I tell my clients never to leave home without an anti-humidity hairspray in their bag because you never know when the weather will turn foul.”

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England: Blond(ette) Ambition

Not quite blond but certainly lighter than brown, “blondette” is the hair color du jour in London, according to Nicola Clarke, U.K. Color Director for John Frieda. Think Kate Moss. “To achieve the look, we back-comb from the mid-shaft to the ends, then lighten only the tips with bleach, allowing them to look very naturally lightened and sun-kissed. Then we subtly highlight the rest of the head with a medium-shade blond to add tone.”

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France: Hydrate While You Sleep

Parisian women know a thing or two about beauty sleep. “Overnight treatment masks are very popular here,” says Paris salon owner David Mallett. “To add moisture, many women will rub L’Occitane’s shea butter cream on their scalp the evening before a shampoo.” Another nighttime ritual: vitamins. “Women take herbal supplements to nourish their hair from the inside.

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France: Air-Dried Style

In France, women seem to have perfected the art of looking chic without trying too hard. Instead of using flatirons and getting blowouts, “French women work with their natural texture, letting their hair air-dry and using their fingers to style it,” says Provence-born hair mogul Frédéric Fekkai. Think of Marion Cotillard’s easy elegance.

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Belgium: Prep Strands for Heat

“To confront the windy outdoors, women rely on thermal styling products like Sebastian Professional Volupt Spray,” says Antwerp-based pro Ed Moelands. “It fixes the style in place when hot tools or heat are applied but still keeps hair shiny and soft.”

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Germany: The Oktoberfest Rinse

“We’re known as a beer-loving country, so it’s no surprise that we find many uses for the brew,” says Munich salon owner Thomas Kemper. “I like to mix a half liter of beer with lukewarm water.” Pour it into a spray bottle and spritz dry hair. Leave it on for 20 minutes, then rinse. Do this weekly to keep strands strong and glossy.

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Germany: Au Naturel Volume

Auf Wiedersehen, flat hair. Manfred Kraft, who owns salons in Ottobrunn and Munich, says wheat protein is the new secret ingredient for German women who want to add body to limp locks. “At the moment,” he says, “there is a trend toward using organic products that contain natural volumizers.” We like the Ojon Volume Advance spray.

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Italy: Frequent the Salon

Don’t call them high-maintenance; Italian women, like the ultra-glam Sophia Loren, do go to the salon once a week to keep their favorite look fresh. “It’s not considered vain, just good grooming,” says Sicilian-born stylist Fabio Scalia. “They also don’t wash their hair that often to maintain a youthful texture and luster.”

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Italy: The Olive Oil (Hair) Diet

“A tradition that my family has passed down from generation to generation is to use olive oil in hair,” says Italian pro Giovanni Mele. A tablespoon raked through the strands once a week helps to nourish, condition, and improve elasticity, while also eliminating frizz.

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Sweden: Static-Free Strands

To cut down on static, Stockholm stylist Sacha Mitic recommends local brand Sachajuan’s algae-rich Over Night Hair Repair, a water-based gel. “It contains minerals that add a moist shine to hair but won’t leave it greasy.”

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Czech Republic: Pump Up the Volume

“Czech women have very fine hair so everything is about volume,” says Prague stylist Libor Sula. A popular national cure: Kérastase’s Volumactive line. “From the shampoo to the styling products, they all give fool proof body.”

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Czech Republic: Onion Rinse

To achieve ideal neutral blond highlights Sula suggests this trick, which originated in the pre-hair-product era: “Boil some yellow onion skins, let the water cool, and use it as a rinse.” Boil the skin of 6 onions in 4 cups water for a blond color rinse, the secret of Czech women. We tried it; the rinse doesn’t smell.

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Hungary: Combat the Elements

“Our air is dry and the water is hard, so a lot of women suffer from limp hair,” says Hungarian stylist Tamas Tuzes. Bumble and Bumble Thickening serum plus a blow-dry gives hair a nice lift and bounce.”

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Croatia: Keep Your Color

Five months of frigid cold can keep Croatian women from the salon for extended periods. To preserve color during the winter, Zagreb-based stylist Ivana Spicer tells her clients to use gentle, sulfate-free products by Label.m’s organic hair-care line.

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Romania: Sweeten Your Conditioner

Camelia Negrea, a Bucharest stylist, reveals how to boost highlights like a Romanian: “Add 1 tbsp. of honey to your favorite conditioner-it will make highlights shimmer.”

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Greece: Keep Hair Color Rich

Greek women who are blessed with really thick, dark hair know how to keep it like that. “A shampoo that contains walnut leaf extract creates a deeper, richer hair tone,” says Athens colorist Vassilis Stratigos.

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Africa: Whirl Your Hair Straight

Before the days of chemical relaxers and flatirons, South African women used a process known as whirling to straighten their strands. Port Elizabeth stylist Sandy Bishop explains the technique: “Wrap wet hair tightly around the scalp and place a stocking over the head to hold it in place. Use a blow-dryer to remove 80 percent of the moisture, then remove the stocking and wrap the hair in the other direction. Dry completely, take the stocking off, and brush the hair. It will be dead straight.”

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Egypt: Castor Oil Cocktail

“In Cairo, where my family is from, a popular conditioning treatment is castor oil mixed with crushed garlic,” says N.Y.C. colorist Rita Hazan. “Add a drop of lavender essential oil to the combination and apply to dry hair overnight; rinse in the morning and you have lush, hydrated hair.”

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India: Neem Oil to Nourish Hair

In a country with more than 1 billion heads of hair, there are many tricks for keeping strands healthy. Mumbai stylist Natasha Naegamvala recommends following your regular shampoo with neem oil. “Massage a few drops into the scalp, then rinse,” she says. “The oil acts as a lubricant to prevent friction and breakage.”

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India: Give Hair an Espresso Shot

To get a rich espresso hue, women in India combine mehndi, a vegetable dye, with coffee grounds or tea leaves. “Mix it all into a paste, then apply to hair,” advises Naegamvala. “The longer it’s left on, the more the color deposits.”

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Greece: Sun and Sand Defense

Before hitting the beach, Greek women use olive oil to slick their hair into a tight ponytail. “This protects strands against dehydration from the sun and salt water,” says Athens hair pro Ilias Zarbalis. Take a cue from Greek actress Maria Menounos, who wears her ponytail sleek with a mini-pompadour.

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United Arab Emirates: Secret Glamour

“Women who spend a lot of time socializing come into the salon two or three times a week for blowouts and styling,” says Dubai stylist Natalie O’Sullivan. “Although they wear the traditional abayas, they still want their hair looking very glamorous underneath.” The Sex and the City crew demonstrated their flair for undercover glamour during last year’s big screen adventure to Abu Dhabi.

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Australia: Real Surfer Style

Call it the original surf spray: “Rather than racing to wash their hair after a swim in the ocean, Aussie girls use the piecey texture that salt water provides to create tousled waves,” says New York–based stylist Sam Leonardi. “What do you expect from such a beach-loving nation?”

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Thailand: Humid Hair Relief

“The climate here is so hot and humid, women need to shampoo their hair often,” says Bangkok pro Saisuda Chuawiwat. “To help restore moisture, I recommend Kérastase Chronologiste.”

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Russia: Pamper Your Ponytail

Vodka, caviar and…horse shampoo? “Believe it or not, the latest craze here is surprisingly unfancy and inexpensive,” says Moscow stylist Andre Drykin, who says many Russian women use the equine-formulated Mane ‘n Tail shampoo. “It makes their hair thicker and healthier.”

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China: Switch Up Your Style

To prevent thick black hair from looking too harsh, Beijing stylist Elaine Wong suggests a little cut and color to break it up. “Layers, waves or subtle highlights are very popular in China.” Soft waves, like Lucy Liu’s, are an easy way to accent long hair.

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China: Take-Out Tresses

How’s this for too good to be true? You can boost your hair health by eating Chinese food. “It contains a lot of the natural herbs-such as sesame, ginger, and fleece flower root, a common Chinese herb-that are good for hair health,” says Wong. “It is the ‘healing cuisine’ for Chinese women.” To get your fix, ask for the sesame chicken next time you order take-out.

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Thailand: Coconut Milk Shampoo

“There’s a local recipe that has passed among friends in Thailand,” says pro Saisuda Chuawiwat. “You grate and squeeze a coconut to get the milk, which you heat on the stove until the oil separates. Spoon out the oil and let it cool before applying it to the hair as a shampoo to provide moisture, softness, and shine.”

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Vietnam: Lush Lotus Treatment

Prevent breakage with a boket, or lotus tree, treatment. “Growing up in a French-Vietnamese household, I learned that the boket, which grows in Southeast Asia is the secret to strong, shiny hair,” says Los Angeles stylist Kim Vo. For a homemade remedy, steep the leaves and use the liquid as a cleanser. Then grind the pods to a thick, buttery consistency and use as a conditioner.

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Japan: Start with the Scalp

“Japanese women believe that beautiful hair begins at the roots,” says Japan-born stylist Takamichi Saeki, who runs a salon in New York. “They will often use treatments to exfoliate and deeply cleanse their scalps several times a week or before every blow-dry. The Nigelle LX products are very popular because they are gentle yet effective.”

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Japan: Boxwood Combs

For centuries it was traditional for every bride in Japan to receive a set of boxwood combs as part of her trousseau. “They could be carved and decorated with blossoms,” Saeki says. “They are used to create hairstyles ranging from simple to elaborate.” Many women still use a boxwood comb daily to get silky and shiny hair.

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Australia: Eucalyptus Treatment

Envy supermodel Elle Macpherson’s long, ultrashiny hair? So do many Aussie women, says Sydney hairstylist Joh Bailey. “To keep it in good shape, they massage a few drops of eucalyptus oil into their scalp as an overnight treatment. It provides moisture and shine, and promotes growth.”

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Australia: Sun Shield

The intense sun Down Under can zap the moisture out of even the plumpest hair, says Brad Ngata who owns a salon in Sydney. “Anti-frizz products that also offer UV protection, like Kérastase Soleil-Mirco-Voile Protecteur, are always top sellers.”

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New Zealand: Use Local Ingredients

“It’s part of our culture to embrace natural products made from native ingredients, such as manuka honey,” says Auckland stylist Mana Dave. “It moisturizes, conditions, and has hair-protective qualities.” Case in point, the Wild Ferns by Parrs line.

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New Zealand: Carefree Cuts

Kiwi women prefer an outdoorsy lifestyle and a simple beauty routine. That explains the popularity of short hair, like New Zealand native Lucy Lawless. “Most cuts women get are cropped styles and variations of the bob,” says Dave. “They spend a lot of active time outside and don’t get hung up on having long hair.”

 

Benefits Of Strawberries For Hair Care

Strawberries are not only good for the skin, but they also work wonders for the hair. The antioxidant property of strawberry keeps the hair moisturised and protects the cell membranes. The vitamin C present in it helps in nourishing the hair and it can also help in getting rid of the excessive oil build-up on the scalp. Strawberries contain a good amount of ellagic acid, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids and copper that are essential for good health of the hair. Strawberries are beneficial for hair in many ways. Using a strawberry hair pack once in a week is a key to get shiny and silky tresses. The vitamins present in it prevent hair fall, stop thinning of the hair, prevent dandruff and make the hair appear silky and smooth. Likewise, there are many more benefits of including strawberries for hair care. Thus, in this article, we at Boldsky will be listing out some of the ways in which strawberries benefit the hair. Read on to know more about it.

Why This New Haircare Brand Is the Coolest on the Block

Hairstory Studio is anything but average — so why should its employees be? Led by Michael Gordon, the founder of Bumble and Bumble, the New York–based beauty brand has enlisted a crew of nouveau grunge creatives as skilled at multitasking as the cleansers and sprays it creates. “Everyone here wears many hats,” notes photo assistant, photo editor, and content manager Lucy Nystrom.

Cat Meyer—who started out as a house model and is now a producer, content director, and staff yoga instructor—explains, “We’re a hair product and production studio with hairdressers, videographers, photographers, illustrators, and writers. It’s a collective of multitalented and diverse people.” As different as they may be, all have grown close. “It’s a very open space. We have meals together. We talk freely,” declares Andrew Rosenberg, a coach who scouts and introduces hairdressers to the brand. “We want to see one another succeed.”

 

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Workers sound like official ambassadors, but they’re genuinely obsessed with Hairstory’s eco-aware line. “It’s a good feeling to know that what you’re putting on your hair and skin isn’t full of damaging chemicals, and what you’re rinsing down the drain isn’t harmful,” asserts filmmaker, social media team member, and stylist Meaghan Houck. Andrew adds: “I love what Hair Balm stands for: easy, modern, no-fuss hair.”

 

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Distinct paths led each pro to the studio, but they all join forces in the innovational hub. Clara Rae was street scouted as a model, then
became a makeup artist and coach;
hairstylist apprentice and studio manager Beth Shanefelter spotted her job on Instagram; and Lucy met Michael at a barbecue. “I think what makes it so strong is that everyone is using their considerable talents to execute the same vision,” Andrew states. “We all feel we are part of something larger than ourselves.”

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Toxins in Black hair care and beauty products put Black women’s, girls’ and haircare professionals’ health at risk

natural-curly-hairstyles-black-women Black Women for Wellness calls for federal oversight and regulation of Black hair and beauty products

, Black Women for Wellness released “Natural Evolutions: One Hair Story,” a report outlining the health risks faced by Black women and girls due to a lack of federal oversight and regulation of hair care and beauty product manufacturers. As a result of the sustained use of and exposure to toxic chemicals found in many hair care and beauty products over their lifetimes, both consumers and professionals face potentially devastating health consequences.

“The hair care and beauty products marketed to women are grossly unregulated — lacking proper testing or labeling,” explains Nourbese Flint, program manager at Black Women for Wellness. “Failing to prohibit the use of toxins in these products — or at least requiring that these toxins be disclosed to consumers via product labels — is dangerous and detrimental to women’s health.”

“Natural Evolutions” reveals the health ramifications of prolonged exposure and use of beauty products, including aggressive cancers, pulmonary risks and reproductive health challenges such as infertility and increased risk of miscarriage. These risks are especially true for individuals with prolonged exposure to these toxins through work as a beauty industry professional. For example, during a focus group of Black hair care professionals, a participant said that “after 20 years in the beauty industry, my friends have no fingerprints. They literally cannot go to the DMV, put their hands down and have a scan.”

The report calls for federal regulation of Black hair care product manufacturers, underscoring the need for transparency and education about the health risks for consumers and hair care professionals.

“We are seeing beauty professionals burdened with long-term, severe health impacts from exposure to toxic chemicals at work,” said Teni Adewumi, program coordinator with Black Women for Wellness. “Professionals should be equipped with the information and education they need to make informed decisions about hair care products. If not, how can they protect themselves and their clients?”

NEW REPORT LINKS FIBROIDS, RESPIRATORY ILLNESSES TO TOXIC CHEMICALS IN MANY BLACK HAIR PRODUCTS

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Not feeling well?

Well, according to a recently released report, it might be some of the chemicals in your hair care products that are making you sick.

The 60-page report entitled Natural Evolutions: One Hair Story was released on Tuesday by Black Women for Wellness, which is an L.A.-based advocacy and research group dedicated to the health and well-being of Black women. You can read the report in its entirety here.

But to summarize, it is the result of five years of research, which included “literature reviews, focus groups, data collection and interviews with African American beauty professionals to determine chemical exposure and correlating health status, of hair care products directed at Black women.”

And as noted in the report’s introduction, “Each year, Black women spend about 9 billion dollars on beauty products alone, twice as much as any other ethnic group. By 2017, the Black hair care industry is estimated to reach $500 billion, taking into the account the changing nature of the market and the increase in online sales. However, many of the products marketed to and used by Black women are rarely researched for toxic health consequences; in the rare cases that they are, Black hair products are found to be some of the most toxic beauty products on the market.”

While the report did not focus on any specific products, researchers did provide a list of ingredients including fragrance, DMDM hydantoin, linalool methylparaben and propylparaben, which were found in over 50 products used or recommended by hair care stylists. Moreover, “Several of these compounds have been found to disrupt the endocrine system, among other health effects. DMDM hydantoin has been found to be a skin toxicant and allergen, as well as a formaldehyde-releasing agent.”

Chief among the health concerns associated with the chemicals used in many of our hair care products is uterine fibroids. And, according to the report, a recent study published in the American Journal of Epidemiologyhas found a link between the use of hair relaxers and the condition that is estimated to affect 80 percent of Black women over their lifetime.

The report also highlights other reproductive developmental issues associated with chemicals in our hair care products, including infertility and spontaneous miscarriages.

And as the report notes, “Girls who reported using chemical hair oils and hair perms were 1.4 times more likely to experience early puberty after adjusting for race, ethnicity, and year of birth. In addition, other studies have linked early puberty to hair detangler use by Black girls. In one of the studies African American girls as young as two years old started showing signs of puberty after using products containing animal placenta found in many detanglers and conditioners.”

In addition to reproductive concerns, the report also links formaldehyde, ammonia, and bleaching agents – all chemicals that are commonly found in our hair care products – to respiratory disorders.

More specifically, “A study conducted in 2007 with 344 women in Nigeria found that respiratory symptoms were more common among hairdressers as compared to the community at large. Frequent sneezing, coughing, and chest tightness were found in the hair stylists. In addition, the mean pulmonary function test (FEV1, FVC, and FEV1/FVC) was lower in hairdressers, with no relation to duration of employment in the industry. In short, a beauty professional’s ability to breathe deeply is compromised once entering the profession.”

According to the report, Black hair care professionals who are exposed to higher levels of chemicals than the general public are most at risk of developing health problems. As part of its research, BWW interviewed L.A.-based hair professionals between 2011 and 2014 and found that 65 percent of them use permanent straighteners or lye/no-lye relaxers; sixty-three percent used permanent waves and texturizers; and 60 percent used hair dyes, all of which contain chemicals that have been linked to carcinogenic materials, respiratory problems and allergies and reproductive issues.

In fact, as the study notes, “Of the stylists we talked to, over 100 health issues were reported. The most common health issues were headaches, dizziness, and chemical burns. About 9% of the women stylists surveyed had health issues directly related to reproductive health.”

As far as solutions, the report said that more education and awareness, as well as easy-to-read labels, would help to “mitigate risk factors.”

The report also called for more federal oversight.

More specifically:

“Creating and enforcing policies and regulations that use the precautionary principle when evaluating chemical safety is an important step in mitigating the risk of toxic exposure to the public as well as with workers. In addition, a system is needed that can regulate and remove chemicals from personal care, hair and cleaning products that have a proven health risk in a timely and effective manner.

Having policies looking at labeling products of concern as well as maintaining an awareness of the need for stronger regulations on labeling and testing of products would allow consumers to make more informed choices about the products they wish to buy.”

20 Of The Best Hair Tips You’ll Ever Read

Our hair is one of our most valuable accessories! It can completely change your appearance. It goes with us everywhere, and let’s be honest, it can be quite the hassle sometimes, but with a few hair tips and tricks up your sleeve, you can make your hair routine faster and easier while still getting the look you’re going for.

I think for the most part, we all want what we don’t have. I have the thickest hair on the planet (my ponytail looks like a horsetail), and I’ve always wished I could just have flat hair that behaved itself. But, as I’m getting older, I’m starting to appreciate my mess of a mane. I actually kind of like my huge hair now! It’s really all about making the best out of what you have. Here are a few of my favorite tips that make my hair routine just a little bit easier.

1. Concentrate On The Ends

Unless you have really dry scalp, most of use don’t need the extra moisture conditioner provides on our roots. Our scalp naturally produces oil every day, so adding any extra can give your hair a greasy look, especially if you don’t shampoo every day. For the best results, try to apply your conditioner on the bottom 3/4 of your hair, really concentrating on the ends.

2. Spray Your Bobby Pins

Do your bobby pins tend to slide out? Mine do! In fact, I never use my bobby pins without a quick spray of hairspray or dry shampoo first. It gives them a little extra grip so you don’t have to worry about your hair style falling out.

Place your bobby pins on a paper towel or tissue, give them a light spray, and then allow them to dry for a minute or two before inserting them into your hair. This is especially helpful on fine, straight and thin hair.

3. Switch To Silk

I think that most of us sleep on a cotton pillow case, but there are so many benefits to switching to silk or satin. Not only is it better for your skin, but it does wonders for your hair! Cotton robs your hair of moisture, is more likely to cause bed head (especially if you have bangs), and is much harsher on your hair, causing damage and split ends. It doesn’t seem like it would make much of a difference, but we sleep on it every night, so it adds up. Silk and satin pillow cases also feel luxurious — definitely worth the extra expense!

4. Massage Your Scalp

Giving yourself a scalp massage in the shower every morning may seem like a waste of time, but it really does stimulate your hair growth and enhance the strength of your roots. So, if you’re growing your hair out, try to do this every day! Why not? It feels great! Did you know that the increased blood flow to your scalp from a massage can also put you in a better mood, reduce stress, and relieve pain by improving circulation? Sounds like it’s worth every minute.

5. Use a Wide-Tooth Comb

Oops! I’ve been making this mistake for years — combing the tangles out of my wet hair with a paddle brush. After washing your hair, use a wide-tooth comb to get those tangles out instead. The comb doesn’t tug and pull at your hair like a regular brush, so it safely and easily removes tangles with less damage. If you are really prone to tangles, consider leaving a comb in the shower, and use it while you still have conditioner in your hair to remove any stubborn tangles.

6. Fake a Super Long Ponytail

I wear a ponytail just about every day. How have I lived so long without knowing this secret?! There’s nothing sexier than a super long and full ponytail. And, I have so much hair I think this little trick would work great on me. Just hop on over to the Free People Blog to get the instructions! Some pretty amazing stuff over there.

7. Use Spin Pins

If you like to put your hair up in a bun, you should give these pins a spin! It only takes two to hold up even the thickest of hair. This is a great alternative to using 3 dozen bobby pins to keep that perfect bun in place. I’ve purchased them from both Target and Walmart. I’m certain they are also sold online or at beauty supply stores.

8. Say Yes To Lazy Days

We all have those lazy days, where the idea of standing in front of the mirror messing with our mane is just not going to happen. Or, those morning when you wake up late and just don’t have the time. Quick tip: keep a spray bottle handy on your bathroom counter, and use it to quickly fix bed head. This is especially helpful if you have bangs like me! Sometimes I wake up and my bangs are sticking straight up. Instead of washing, drying and styling my hair, I just give my bangs a quick spray and then use a hair dryer and round brush to make them as good as new!

9. Fake A Fuller Ponytail

Hey, not all of you were blessed with horse hair, and that’s ok. Just fake it! Add that bump and fullness to an otherwise flat ponytail with this simple trick. Go check out the instructions over at Artzy Creations!

10. Brush Before You Wash

Most of us have never even considered the idea of brushing our hair before we jump in the shower, but it makes sense. We lose a lot of hair during the washing process, and guess where all of that hair goes? Down the drain! To reduce clogs, brush before you wash, especially if you are prone to tangles.

11. Wavy Side Down

But wait, isn’t that putting it in upside down? You would think so, but that’s what the wavy part of the bobby pin was designed for — the wavy part of a bobby pin grabs the hair, while the straight part holds it down. This way also looks better if your bobby pins are exposed!

12. No-Heat Curls Do Exist

We all know that our heating tools cause damage to our hair. If only there was a way to get a natural looking curl without them. Hmmm… Well, there is! If you like to wash your hair in the morning, this one won’t work for you, but you’d be surprised at the natural curls you get from just sleeping with your hair tucked in and around a head band. Go check out the instructions including a video tutorial over at The Paper Mama!

13. Camouflage Your Roots

Listen up, blondies! If its been a while since your last salon visit, there are a few ways to camouflage those dark roots. Whether your hair is freshly clean or not, spray them with dry shampoo, and then style your hair with a messy side part. Just zig zag your part a bit with a fine-tooth comb to help conceal those roots until your next hair appointment.

14. Tame Fly-Aways

You don’t always necessarily want to spray your entire head of hair to tame a couple of fly-aways! To combat those little hairs that won’t stay put, keep an old toothbrush handy and spray it with hairspray to easily target your fly-aways without stiffening your entire style.

15. Know Your Curls

Did you know there are a number of wrapping techniques to achieve a different type of curl? Yeah, me neither! I always just do it the same way. You’ll need a curling wand for best results, but this visual certainly helps you achieve your desired results. Go check out The Beauty Snoop for more information!

16. Let Them Absorb

The average woman spends about $300 a year or more on styling products, but most of us are not reaping the full benefits! Just like you let your conditioner sit in your hair a little longer to give it time to work its magic, the same is true for your styling products. After combing your hair out of the shower, apply your products right away and let them absorb into your strands for about 10 minutes before you break out your hair dryer and other various styling tools.

17. Easy Beach Waves

Dry your hair and get those pretty waves all in just one step! I LOVE this idea because it gives you a more natural wave. I don’t like to look like I’ve spent hours in front of the mirror curling and perfecting my waves. Go check out the full instructions with a lot more photos over at Oh So Pretty!

18. Dry Before You Style

When you place a heating tool on wet or damp hair, it creates very hot steam, and causes slow but inevitable damage. Before you break out your curling iron or flat iron, play it safe and make sure your hair is completely dry.

19. Put An End To Split Ends

Split ends have never been considered attractive because they are a sign of over processed, damaged and unhealthy hair. Yeah, you can snip those ends off, but that sure does make it hard to grow out your hair!

The good news: there are a few DIY hair masks made from simple ingredients (you probably already have these in your kitchen) that you can apply regularly without spending the big bucks on salon products. Hair is made up of a protein called keratin, so be sure to include plenty of protein in your diet to prevent the ends from splitting in the first place.

Here is my favorite all-natural “split ender”. Mix together one egg yolk, 3 tbsp of olive oil, and 1 tbsp of honey. Let this mixture sit on your ends for at least an hour before washing, and repeat every couple of weeks.

20. Know Your Brushing Basics

 

All of these brushes! What are they for?

1. Paddle — A paddle brush is the most versatile brush, but it is especially helpful if you have long and/or thick hair. It can manage a lot of hair all at once and smooths it down for a sleeker look. If you lack volume, you may want to consider a different type of brush.

2. Wide-Tooth Comb — Because the teeth have such large gaps, these combs are ideal for combing tangles out of wet hair without causing any damage. You might also want to use one in place of a brush if you have frizzy hair.

3. Fine-Tooth Comb — these combs are great for teasing, creating a nice straight part, and for detailed grooming.

4. Thermal — these brushes work with your dryer, locking in heat. They create a faster drying time and allow you to easily curl and smooth your hair under.

5. Boar Bristled — These bristles are gentle and redistribute oils throughout your hair, bringing out its natural shine. They are ideal for fine to normal hair because they also give you a little extra oomph!

6. Skinny Round — This brush is great for bangs or short hair. It smooths your hair while drying and helps manage shorter pieces of hair.

7. Large Round — This brush can straighten or curl your hair while drying, depending on how you use it. A larger round brush is ideal for creating volume to otherwise flat hair.

8. Half Radial — This brush is perfect for shorter styles such as a bob when you like to have your hair curved up or under on the ends.

9. Vented — These brushes are ideal when blow drying your hair because they provide an apple amount of air flow and help create volume.

8 ESSENTIAL RULES OF MEN’S HAIR CARE

A modern gentleman isn’t worthy of the G-word until he’s turned the mop on his head into something stylish. A handful of rockstars can roll out of bed and look like hotshots, but for the rest of us civilians, effort is required.

With so many products on offer, and so much conflicting advice available at your finger tips, it’s hard to know where a healthy men’s hair care routine begins. Below we’ve gathered 8 of the best tips to optimize the look of your precious locks. The Magic 8 Ball predicts more good hair days in your immediate future.

Thou shalt learn your hair type.

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You can’t start this journey by Googling “David Beckham hairstyles” and choosing your favourite. What looks suave on Becks may leave you looking like Leo in The Revenant. Before making any big decisions for your strands, take your hair type into account. Is it thick? Is it thin? Is it fine? Is it course? Is it straight? Is it wavy? Is it tightly curled? How about balding? Choosing a hair product or style without understanding your type is like buying a suit without knowing your measurements. You might get lucky, but why take the risk? Evaluate your hair type then choose a cut and styling products that work best for your individual needs.

Thou shalt find your optimal washing frequency.

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Let’s go back to that suit. If money were no object, you would never buy off the rack. Why? Because no two bodies are exactly alike, and going bespoke allows you to get a perfect, one-of-a-kind fit. The same is true of your scalp. Some men find that washing their hair daily is best, while others prefer to leave a day or two in between. There is no right or wrong, just personal taste and trial and error. Experiment until you find a harmonious balance between your natural oils (which are healthy for your hair, as long as they’re not built up) and removing them.

Thou shalt use the right products.

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Once you’ve determined your hair type, you can purchase styling products accordingly. The sheer number of options available may seem like scam, and occasionally companies play fast and loose with proper terminology, but for the most part, there are so many products because they actually do different things.Learn the differences between spray, wax, pomade, cream, mousse, and gel. Each one serves a unique purpose and is better suited to address the needs of a specific type of hair.

Thou shalt perform regular maintenance.

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Men’s hair care 101: how often does it need to be cut? A visit to your barber once a month is easy to remember and should keep your locks looking suitably fresh. But again, the exact frequency depends on your hair type and style. Shorter looks need more regular maintenance, while longer looks can last 5-6 weeks between cuts. Don’t make the rookie mistake of thinking that growing your hair out means it never needs to see scissors. Regular trims are essential to avoiding split ends, which are unhealthy for hair growth.

Thou shalt seek balance.

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Balance is essential in all areas of your life and your hairstyle is no exception. If you have features that are prominent, you most likely want to attract away from that feature in order to create equilibrium on your face. For instance, if your ears are large and pronounced, opt for a hairstyle that’s longer on the sides. If your forehead is especially large, you may want to skip slicked-back hair or the ever-so-trendy man bun.

Thou shalt sculpt your sideburns carefully.

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Your sideburns are an important, though oft ignored, part of your facial anatomy. They’re also frustratingly temperamental. Sideburns can easily suffer from egregious growth or be crudely curtailed by overzealous clippers. Do you best Goldilocks impression and aim for just right. Let your hairstyle lead the way – a shorter cut requires ‘burns that are close to the face, while a longer cut can tolerate longer, thicker sides. Consider your hair type, your face shape, and the density of your facial hair – work with, not against, what your DNA gave you.

Thou shalt look beyond the barber.

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World class hair care is about more than regular trims and using the right products. Although those things are important, there’s a deeper level to keeping your strands in A1 shape. Your overall health has an impact on the health of your hair, so exercise regularly, stay hydrated, and eat well. A body that doesn’t get enough protein, vitamins, and minerals cannot sustain hair growth.

Thou shalt embrace balding gracefully.

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The time may come when your hair goes into retirement. Don’t fight destiny if you find yourself on your way to Willis status. While there are treatments and transplants available, the simplest and coolest way to deal with hair loss is to embrace it. Opt for a razor-short style or go full-on bald. Jason Statham, Vin Diesel, and Sir Patrick Stewart are just a few of the famous guys who prove bald is definitely beautiful.

Best hair care products for $11 or less

Favorite new hair-care finds from drugstore shelves that even the pros swear by.

Ogling pretty, pricey hair products at high-end beauty and department stores can be fun, but there’s something incredibly satisfying about filling up a drugstore shopping basket with a whole bunch of loot for a fraction of the cost.

Especially since there are so many drugstore and mass-retailer gems that even the pros swear by. Here are some of our favorite new finds from the drugstore shelves.

Hask Charcoal Clarifying Shampoo ($6 at Ulta). We love dry shampoo, but we hate the buildup it leaves on our scalp. To combat this, turn to a weekly clarifying shampoo to remove residual product. This new purifying shampoo from Hask is safe enough to use daily, even on color-treated hair.

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Lightening Conditioner ($10 at Target). Even in winter, we still want our blond locks to have a sun-kissed glimmer. Can’t finagle a beachy getaway? Suds up with this lightening conditioner for brighter, more vibrant color.

Batiste Dry Shampoo Neon Lights ($8 at Ulta). Batiste dry shampoo has been around for ages, but this new, limited-edition spray has a lovely pomegranate and jasmine scent to it, for a hair mist and dry shampoo in one.

Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray ($6 at drugstores). Beachy hair looks good no matter the season. This spray’s wave-making sea salt and kelp will instantly transport you to the shore.

OGX Coconut Curls Moisture Mousse ($8 at Target). No one has time for frizzy, unruly curls. Give them definition and bounce with this sweetly scented mousse.

Pantene Air Spray ($6 at drugstores). What’s the difference between your typical hair spray and “air spray”? The latter is a lightweight styling product that gives hair incredible hold without leaving that awful crunchy, crispy feeling behind.

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen Grow & Restore Styling Lotion ($11 at Target). Shea Moisture has so many incredible scents, but this new line of Jamaican black castor oil is something to behold. Protect your mane from heat styling with this creamy lotion so your hair can grow long and strong.

TRESemmé Botanique Nourish and Replenish Hydrating Mist ($5 at drugstores). This mist gives strands an instant boost of hydration, and is also great for using before styling to decrease the risk of heat damage.

50 hair tips

Get beautiful hair…

From top blow-drying and styling tips to the hair care products you need to revive dry and damaged tresses, we’ve asked the hair experts to reveal their best hair tips and tricks of the trade.

Whether you’ve got short hair, long hair, fine or thick hair, we’ve got 50 great hair care tips to turn your lackluster tresses into luscious locks. We’re not talking expensive products, pricey treatments or fancy gadgets, each of these 50 ideas are quick and simple to fit into your existing routine.

Regular trims

Regular trims keep your hair healthy and allow it to grow quicker. Depending on the thickness of your hair you should try and fit in a visit to the hairdressers every 6-to-8 weeks.

Ketchup for blondes

If you have blonde hair or highlights, wash your color with tomato ketchup after getting out the swimming pool. The red tones and vinegar help to neutralize the green that can appear when your peroxided locks mix with chlorine.

Condition before the beach

Dampen you hair with water and coat it with conditioner before going in the sea or the swimming pool. This will not only keep knots at bay and make it easier to style afterwards, but it’ll protect your tresses and stop the salt from drying hair out. The fresh water minimizes the amount of salt water or chlorine your hair can absorb, creating an invisible protective layer.

Home dye tricks

Wiping Vaseline or moisturizer around your hairline and ears before using an at home dye kit will prevent the dye from staining your skin.

Comb don’t brush

Comb your hair when it’s wet rather than using a hairbrush to prevent split ends. Check out the Body Shop’s detangling comb (£4), it’s soft and gentle on hair and great for kids!

Use your hands

Always run your fingers through your hair after styling with tongs or straighteners, especially if you’re curling your hair, it will give it more texture and make the finishing piece look less uniform.

Blast of cold water

Seal your hair cuticles by blasting them with cold water once you’ve rinsed the conditioner out – this will give your hair more of a shine. It sounds horrible, but it works!

Protein and Growth

Sometimes, hair being very dry on the ends can make the roots look a lot worse than they really are so make sure to condition them with a protein-rich product. If you’re prone to an oily scalp, clarifying shampoos will help to strip the oil from the hair for a longer lasting, oil-free feel.

A proper wash

You’d be surprised at how many people don’t know how to give their hair a thorough wash! When shampooing your hair make sure you massage your scalp using the tips of your fingers in circular motions at least five times to give it a full cleanse – and make sure your rinse your hair through. Take time on it and you’ll notice the difference!

Bristle brushes are best

For smooth, sleek hair always use a real bristle brush. It will also help reduce split ends as bristle brushes are softer on hair. Only brush your hair twice a day though, as over brushing can leave it feeling greasy and lank.

Mason & Pearson are famous for their high quality bristle brushes, but they do come at a price.

Lighter shades

It’s important to remember that the more ‘grey’ coverage you have the lighter your overall shade will appear, so be careful when choosing a color to keep this in mind. Start off with a tone one to two shades darker than how you would like your overall finish to look like and you’ll be amazed at how light it comes up.

Protect your hair

SPF protection for your hair is almost as important as it is for your skin, but often we forget to protect our hair. Invest in a good SPF spray or wear a hat when sitting out in the sun.

From the horses mouth

Renowned hair stylist, Anthony Mascolo says: ‘A hairstyle is a journey. Your hairdresser should tweak it regularly so you don’t get tired of it – or him.’ Sounds like it’s time to grab the bull by its horns and go for that chop you’ve been considering for months!

Use dry shampoo – but sparingly!

We’re big lovers of dry shampoo in the office. It’s great for absorbing grease and adding volume to lackluster roots – as long as you don’t overdo it!

Recent reports have revealed that a heavy dependence on Batiste et al can give you a scary array of scalp issues, including dandruff and blocked pores. According to celebrity stylist Benjamin Mohapi, who discussed the subject recently with Marie Claire, over-spraying can even end up causing scalp pimples or, in the worst case scenario, cysts – eek!

Don’t panic – we’re not saying you should give up your instant refresh habit altogether – but you should be aware of how often you’re spritzing, and opt for a ‘less is more’ approach to keep potentially damaging build-up to a minimum (you probably don’t need as much as you think!)

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Use a build-up removal shampoo on a regular basis to keep your scalp clean and healthy.

Fringe trim

Trimming your fringe doesn’t need to be tricky. Pull the section of hair down across your face, twist it and trim. Start by cutting a very small amount off each time (1/2mm), this might take longer, but it will prevent any scary accidents of cutting too much off.

Repeat the twist process until you get the right length for you.

Overnight moisture

To give hair a boost of moisture keep a hair mask on over night and sleep in a shower cap or wrap a warm towel around your head. We love fun polka dot shower caps like this one, available from Bombay Duck.

Conditioning oily tresses

If you suffer with oily hair, shampoo your hair daily and don’t forget to use a weekly treatment mask or deep conditioner, as despite popular assumption, it won’t make your tresses greasier! In fact, it will help strengthen and nourish your hair, allowing it to grow faster.

Finding the balance

Keep the back of your parting centered at the crown whether your have a side or center parting. This balances your hair and prevents one side from looking flatter!

Pre-shampoo treatment

Hair oil can be used as a pre-shampoo conditioning treatment to give your scalp and hair extra nourishment. Simply massage it into hair from root to tip and leave on for at least 20-minutes before shampooing hair as normal.

This is a great hair tip for the colder months when windy weather and central heating can dry hair out.

Volumise your blow dry

To create more volume while you blow dry your hair lift sections of hair towards the ceiling and direct the heat to your roots. This dries the roots in an upright, lifted position. Don’t forget to finish with a spritz of hairspray.

Teenage tresses

A common problem with younger hair is greasy roots, and in some cases spots around the hairline. If you suffer from either spot prone skin or overly greasy roots, avoid any hair on your face such as a fringe. Use a volumising shampoo like John Frieda’s Luxurious Volume Thickening Shampoo (£5.99) to clear the scalp and give lank hair some body.

The tights trick

To get your hair super straight and silky take an old pair of tights and cut a piece out that will pull over your head. Knot the top. Before bed, brush your hair with a paddle brush and pull the tights cap over, gently tucking in the ends. Take out the next day and enjoy your new smooth sleek hair.

High gloss finish

Use a glossing spray and increasing how thoroughly and often you brush your hair will give you a high-shine finish. Brushing improves how much your hair reflects the light making your colour seem more intense.

Walnut Oil Dye

You can stain your hair brown with walnut oil. To keep this colour for a prolonged period, use color protection products to bring out brown hair. TRESemme’s Colour Thrive Brunette Shampoo and Conditioner will protect and boost your color for longer.

Focus on the roots

Always remember when washing hair to concentrate more on shampooing the roots, and conditioner mainly on the ends. Only put conditioner on the roots if really needed as it can cause your hair to look flat and lank!

Cradle cap cure

For those with problematic scalps or kids suffering with a bout of cradle cap, try massaging almond oil onto the scalp and leaving for 20 minutes, and then wash hair as usual. Use each time you wash your hair for two weeks.

Sleeping beauty

Ensure your hair is 100% dry before you go to bed. Whilst asleep, your head is in direct contact with the pillow for 6-8 hours and so if it’s wet, water can’t evaporate, the result is that your scalp over-compensates by creating extra sebum. So, in essence, hair gets oilier quicker if you go to bed with it wet.

Spoon full of protein

Damaged hair lacks protein, generally through over processing the hair with color or styling. This requires protein rich shampoos and conditioners, try the Resistance range by Kerastase. When the hair is better, stop using the protein shampoo as it’s no longer required and can start to damage the hair with over use.

Dry tresses

While damaged hair requires a dose of protein, dry hair simply requires moisture and lots of it! Dry hair is generally caused by over drying and styling the hair. Use moisture retaining styling products to reduce the drying out effect. Kerastase and Aveda have some great options. They’re pricey – but you won’t need to use a lot.

Disguising greys

Rather than trying to cover the grey try weaving in highlights, this works like a camouflage effect making the grey look more like blonde highlights.

Friendly shampoo

Our scalps age just like the rest of our skin. Your scalp provides a base for hair to grow and provides the nutrition it needs. It is the soil from which the hair grows. Frequent shampooing with harsh cleaners really ages the scalp. Try to find a mild shampoo that is sodium and sulphate free to slow down this process as much as possible.

Inch by inch

Only blow-dry small sections of your hair at one time. Trying to blow-dry hair sections more than an inch thick will not work as the heat won’t pass through.

Silver Shampoo

Remove any dull blonde or brassy tones with a silver shampoo. It contains color pigments to neutralize any yellow tones and leave the color much brighter. Don’t be scared of the purple color – it is a wonder product!

Greasy roots

Greasy hair can be caused by conditioner being applied to the roots, touching the hair frequently or just by the over production of oil from the scalp. Try shampooing the hair with cooler water and massage your scalp softly to reduce the amount of oil being produced.

Tackling the bob

It is essential that you get the right length bob for your face, as a bob can be any length from the jaw to the shoulder. If you have a round face ensure your bob is longer than jaw length otherwise it will just accentuate the roundness of your face. If you have a slightly longer face, don’t have the bob too long or it will make your face look longer.

Jennifer Aniston’s long bob and soft blonde color compliment each other and her face shape perfectly and provide a relaxed, effortless look.

Radishes

Use boiled radish juice to help get rid of dandruff. Simply massage into scalp and then rinse. Yep, seriously!

Beach hair

If you don’t fancy a swim, then spritz on lots of leave-in conditioner and then braid your hair into a plait while you’re out and about in the sun. In doing so, you will not only keep it off your face for maximum tanning exposure, but you will also be minimizing the amount of hair on show to the sun. In the evening you can take the braid out and voilà you have a wavy, tousled look for your evening cocktails and dinner.

Bungee vs hair band

If you have thick hair or want to keep it up and in place all day, use a bungee band rather than a hair band when putting it up in a pony tail. You simply hook one end of the bungee into your hair with your other hand keeping the ponytail in place, wrap the bungee band round as many times as you can and then hook the other end.

Celebrities swear by these bands as they don’t damage your tresses like some hair bands.

Half up, half down style

When putting your hair into a half up, half down style use your eyebrows as a guide to make sure you get the proportions right.

Angelina Jolie has added a fringe and a pair of sparkly earrings to give her evening look the glam-factor.

Men’s styling

If you’re struggling to find a styling product that keeps your hair in place, try using your other half’s. Mens’ hair products tend to be much stronger than women’s!

Volumised ponytail

To give your ponytail some volume, use your hairbrush to scoop up and smooth your hair into position and fasten. Backcomb the ponytail, focusing on the top section and spray with hairspray.

Homemade hair mask

Revive your hair with a homemade hair mask using 1 banana, 1 egg, 1 avocado, 2 tbsp honey, 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil mixed together. Apply from root to tip and leave on for 30 minutes and you will feel the benefits!

Rollered curls

For natural looking waves and curls, put hair in rollers straight after lightly towel-drying freshly washed hair. Leave your hair to air dry in the rollers and then take out and use your fingers to smooth out hair, and voilà!

Powers of olive oil

Using olive oil on frizz-prone hair not only improves its appearance, but it also improves the elasticity and strengthens it too. Use it sparingly though, especially on fine hair, as it’s very strong and can leave hair feeling greasy if used too liberally!

Salon perfection

When blow-drying your hair use the cold setting for the last few blasts.This cold shot of air will smooth the hair and help lock it in place. Secure your style with a spritz of hair spray.

Opt for a hairdryer that offers a high wattage when you’re buying your next one. John Frieda’s Salon Shine Ionic Hairdryer (£59.99) has a 2200W, which is the same power as salon hairdryers. We’ve tried it out and can testify that this hairdryer provides great results!

Beer rinse

Rinsing your tresses in flat beer helps improve the shine. Shampoo your hair, then coat from root to tip with beer, rinse and then condition has normal.

While there is no scientific evidence to prove beer works, women across the world have been using it for years and if it is good enough for them, it’s good enough for us!

Less is more

Best tip for moisturising your hair: don’t overdo it with the product, a little goes a long way and your hair will only take on what it needs, the rest is surplus and therefore a waste of money.

Fight the frizz

Frizzy hair is the bane of many people’s lives. Try stronger holding products such as mousses to control the hair. Creams will add moisture and weight, while serums with give the shine and finish that the hair naturally lacks.

Improve your diet

To strengthen your hair, you need to eat a high protein diet, particularly at breakfast and lunch, so jam-pack your diet full of omega-3 fatty acids such as oily fish and walnuts to keep your hair feeling stronger and looking glossier! Although this will only make hair grow at a rate of 1/2 inch a month.

Blow-drying technique

When blow-drying, start at one side, then do the back, the other side and lastly front. The back is hardest so never leave until last!

The $200 Million Black Company Behind New Madam C.J. Walker Haircare Line

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First self-made millionaire businesswoman continues to inspire generations of entrepreneurs.

Building on the life, legacy, and impact of the ground-breaking Madam C.J. Walker—the visionary entrepreneur, philanthropist, and America’s first female self-made millionaire—a new haircare line that bears her name was launched by Sundial Brands, a manufacturer and distributor of organic skincare and haircare products for people of color. The Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture line is a four-collection, 25-product haircare line that hit shelves exclusively at Sephora and on Sephora.com this month.

[Related: Madam C.J. Walker’s Hair Legacy Continues With New Product Line Set to Launch at Sephora]

“Madam C.J. Walker was the first person to devise and scale a business model that addressed the haircare and beauty needs of women of color, while also challenging the myopic ideals of the beauty industry at that time,” says Sundial Brands CEO Richelieu Dennis, who will lead a session at the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit along with Miss Jessie’s CEO Miko Branch on how to grow a multimillion-dollar business in a niche market. Sundial Brands flagship products are Shea Moisture and Nubian Heritage.

A beauty pioneer, a business woman, and American icon, Walker has been a source of inspiration and empowerment for men and women over the last 100 years.

Dennis understands this all too well. He teamed with fellow college graduate Nyema Tubman in 1992 to launch Sundial Brands. “We became street vendors (in New York) with very expensive college degrees,” he recalls. By conserving cash and living with 10 others in a cramped apartment, the duo managed to open as many as eight outlets over the years. By 2008, Sundial became so successful it received the BLACK ENTERPRISE Small Business Award for Emerging Company of the Year. Today, the company reportedly earns $200 million annually and its products can be found on the shelves of major retailers such as Macy’s, Whole Foods, Duane Reade, and Walmart.

In partnering with Sephora, Dennis notes, “this launch represents another step forward in our rich history and continues Madam C.J. Walkers’ legacy to help every woman feel confident to embark on the life she desires.”

Dennis adds that his company has spent a tremendous amount of time, energy, thought, and care working to ensure that this introduction of Walker’s brand to a new generation was done in a manner truly worthy of its namesake. “We’ve focused on a reimagination of the brand as Madam Walker may have done in the 21st century, with products created to focus on all hair textures/needs – whether coily, curly, wavy or straight – and a brand that still represents both community and women’s empowerment. This launch is also Sundial’s first foray into prestige retail.”

What has allowed Sundial to grow over the past 25 years is partnering with its retailers around a consumer that is valuable to them and by providing the natural products those consumers need. “Investment in our community is important to our bottom line,” Dennis says.