7 Quick Fixes For Hair Disasters

May 4th, 2013

7 Quick Fixes for Hair Disasters

Bad hair days are a part of life, but they don’t’ have to be disastrous. Here are 7 hair disasters and quick fixes to get you out the door (disaster free!) without hassle.

Green, but not with envy – Has your blonde hair turned an unsightly shade of emerald after a dip in the pool or a day out in the sun?  Unfortunately, blonde hair is susceptible to a color change due to minerals that cause a color reaction after certain activities. It may sound strange, but washing your hair with ketchup can help you turn your hair back to its normal color. The red color of the tomatoes in ketchup cancel out green tones, and the acid contained in this bright condiment help remove minerals that cause the change. Simply massage a few tablespoons of ketchup on your hair with your fingers, let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes and rinse with cool running water.

Dull hair – If your hair has lost its youthful sheen and body, it could be due to a buildup of product, the overuse of a product, and environmental factors, like pollen.  There are many clarifying shampoos and products on the market, but for the DIY ladies out there, a homemade clarifying cleanser can do the trick. You’ll need apple cider vinegar, water and a spray bottle. Mix one part apple cider vinegar and give parts water in a spray bottle, then spray liberally on your scalp. Rub it until it starts to fizz, then rinse with cold water (the colder the water, the shinier your hair will be). Finish with a light spray-on conditioner and dry and style like usual for shinier, softer and bouncier hair.

Greasy hair, no time to shower! – We’ve all been there. Whether you pushed the snooze too many times or missed the alarm completely, sometimes there is just no time to wash and dry your locks. It’s easy to still look presentable at work without rocking the grunge look. The answer? Dry shampoo. This powder-in-a-can is sprayed on your roots and will soak up excess oil and leave your hair with a fresh scent. Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo is a great choice, but you can also use a mixture of cornstarch, essential oil and rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle for a DIY version of dry shampoo.

Big Box Mistake – The box dye job might have seemed like a good idea at first….if you find yourself with a funky hair color at home, the best thing to do is wash it with clarifying shampoo or dish soap ASAP. Permanent hair color sets very quickly, and washing it right away (before you dry it, if possible) can help the color fade or appear less harsh.

Staticy Charge – “That picture would be perfect if my hair wasn’t sticking straight up!” Sound familiar? Static electricity can wreak havoc on your do, especially if you’re a fan of hats or pullovers. One of the quickest ways to combat static electricity on your hair is to carry dryer sheets with you in your purse. Dryer sheets will smooth your hair without messing with the volume. Another option (that can also leave you smelling great) is to apply lotion to your hands and then rub them over your locks. The lotion will add enough weight to keep your strands from standing up.

Frizz fighter – There aren’t many hair types that aren’t occasionally perplexed by the summer frizzies and often times this can only be fixed by a trip to the hair salon. Brought on my humidity, frizzies can leave your hair unmanageable and limp. Instead of relying on a ponytail all summer, use a curling iron to add body and shape to your hair and smooth your strands. Spray your hair with a heat-protectant first. Another great tip is to wash your hair less, letting natural oils keep your hair smoother and fight frizz naturally.

Bad hair day – We all have days when the universe is working against us and our hair, and no matter what we do, our hair looks awful. It’s the classic bad hair day, but it doesn’t have to ruin your disposition. Use a sock with the toes cut out to create a perfectly formed top-knot. Use a few bobby pins to pull your hair into a half up-do. When all else fails, a sexy ponytail (wrap a few strands of hair around the elastic) or a side braid can do the trick!

Timothy Jenkins is a writer specializing in hair styles and hair fixes for women. Timothy also writes about Hair extensions at Philip James.

Natural Ways To Hold Your Losing Crown

April 30th, 2013

The problem of hair loss is common these days affecting millions, particularly men. We would have certainly heard people pacifying you saying that, “Oh it’s just your hair that is lost, not your life”.

Everyone knows that having a head full of healthy, sleek, beautiful hair is your ticket to making heads turn. The most common causes are stress, nutritional deficiencies, dandruff, illness, thyroid imbalance, excessive oiliness of the scalp, as well as procedures like hair coloring/dyeing, bleaching, straightening etc. A healthy and luxurious hair adds charm to men. There are different ways to control hair loss both by using drugs as well as natural ways. There are a number of natural methods to prevent hair loss also the advantage is they have fewer or no side effects.

Try the following natural methods to control hair and see how effective they are!

Nutritious Food

  • It’s a well-known fact that intake of nutritious food is healthy for our overall health, it’s also important for a healthy hair. Intake of protein rich food, foods containing iron, Vitamin B, iodine, zinc helps in growth of luxurious hair.
  1. Carrots are not only good for eyes they are also good for hair.
  2. Green leafy vegetables like spinach, amaranthus leaves etc are rich sources of iron hence the intake of these vegetables not only controls the hair fall but also avoids the premature graying of hair.
  3. The intake of protein rich foods like milk, buttermilk, yogurt, soya bean, eggs, cheese, meat and fish helps a healthy growth of hair.
  4. Seafood such as fatty fish, shrimps etc and walnuts are rich in Vitamin B, iron and zinc hence its intake can overcome nutritional deficiency. Fiber rich oats contain a high concentration of zinc, iron and omega-6 fatty acids which promotes hair growth and development.
  5. Supplementary diet such as vegetable oil, honey, wheat yeast and liver is also must in our daily diet to prevent hair loss.
  • A daily balanced diet of all these nutritious food is essential for a healthy and luxurious hair.

Massage of the Scalp

  • Massaging of the scalp or root hair with oils like coconut, sesame oil, canola oil, safflower oil and olive oil is effective in stopping hair loss.
  • Oil massage improves blood circulation in the scalp area and thus gets enough blood which helps in healthy growth hair and controls hair fall.
  • The ancient Indian science of Ayurveda recommends common ingredients such as rubbing the root hair with the juices of onion, garlic, ginger etc.

Yoga and Meditation

  • Practicing yogasanas daily for an hour with the head bent down positions helps in rich supply of blood to the head which helps in the growth of hair.
  • Along with yoga, meditation for 15 minutes daily releases tension and stress which in turn helps in a healthy growth of hair. Yoga and meditation restores hormonal balance in our bodies and has many more advantages in other aspects of our lives.

Natural Herbs

  • Natural ingredients such as Saw Palmetto and Nettle root are very popular in staving baldness and hair re-growth. Saw Palmetto was first used by Native American for maintaining healthy hair and skin.

Usage of natural methods and products is always better than opting for drugs and chemicals as it has fewer or no side effects. So it was not about quantum physics, let’s do it all at home and save our crowns.

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Cecile Daoust is a content writer who hails from the US. She enjoys writing on health, home décor, creativity, entertainment, lifestyle and etc.

Remedies For Dry Hair

April 27th, 2013

Remedies for Dry Hair

Today, so many of us find ourselves bored with the hair we were given by nature. We wind up dying it over and over again, or even perming it to get the curls we wish we were born with. We also straighten our hair; and let’s just be honest, sometimes, we do not care for it the way we should. Hair can get dry and brittle and look like a wasteland when it isn’t taken care of. If you are now faced with dry, damaged and over-processed hair, you may think they only thing you can do about it is to cut it off. That’s not the case. There are many ways that you can remedy your situation.

Call a Halt

The first thing you will want to do for your hair if you should find that it is extremely dry is to stop dying it and putting chemicals in it. Your hair literally cannot take anymore and may all break off or fall out if you do one more thing to it. You will want to get some good conditioner into your hair and let it sit for a while to soak it up. Bed Head’s Dumb Blonde Reconstructor is a great conditioner to use for fried hair. It is a bit pricey but it works well and can really salvage you over-processed hair.

Using a Mayo Mask

Another thing you can do if you have dried out hair is to use a mayonnaise mask in your hair. You will want to take some mayonnaise in a cup along with an egg and mix it up. Apply the mixture to your hair and wrap a hot towel around your head. Let the mayonnaise mixture sit for an hour or so. This will allow the protein from both the egg and the mayo to soak into your hair and repair it. It may not smell the best, but it certainly will help.

Aside from using conditioner or a mayonnaise treatment, you will simply want to leave your hair alone. Using a straightener or any heat on your hair won’t help the situation so you will have to learn to love your natural hair for a while. Dry hair is no fun and can really look awful. Follow these simple tips to get your hair back to its previous state. You will be so glad that you did when your hair looks shiny and healthy again.

About the Author: Maggie Wilson is a full time mother, blogger and cosmetologist. She writes about kids, family, health and beauty. She loves the Mandalyn Academy of Utah for their expert advice and training.