Women mark their territory by leaving their hair everywhere, This is a well-known fact. The shower, hair. The bed, hair. Open a packet of chips and a clump of hair jumps out. Hair loss is all fun and memes until it becomes a problem. A little bit of hair loss is natural and nothing to worry about. But when it becomes chronic and starts to affect the thickness and condition of your hair? Well, that's no laughing matter.
Scrolling through Instagram, you may notice that style-sphere is returning to more minimalist and natural trends. Among these is an array of natural wavy hairstyles that just scream cool-girl chic. From touselled manes to vintage waves, bright colours and yes, even mermaid waves, I have rounded up my fav ten natural wavy hairstyles trending on Instagram.
Coconut oil is great for just about everything. Seriously. Fizzy hair? Coconut oil. Bad skin? Coconut oil. Dry lips? Coconut oil. Boyfriend acting up? Coconut oil. But, did you know, eyelash growth coconut oil is now a thing too?
Frizzy hair got you feeling more Mia Thermopolis than Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo, Princess of Genovia?
Dandruff is the frustrating, yet super common condition you're all too familiar with; a flakey scalp. Dandruff affects half the population, so it's pretty normal to have dandruff. Normal or not, it's a pain in the butt and if you've got it, you're likely on a mission to crack the scalp code and get rid of it, asap. So what causes dandruff?Well before we get into it, first you need to identify whether you've got dandruff or a dry scalp. I know, you might read this and think they're exactly the same. While the symptoms are the same, dandruff is a condition, whereas a dry scalp can be caused by dry skin or a dirty scalp. How do you know the difference? Dandruff appears as big flakes and usually also comes with oily, red scaly skin. A dry scalp on the other hand appears as much smaller flakes and you’re likely to experience dry skin in other areas of your body too. With that said, if you're confident it's dandruff that your scalp is suffering from, here's everything you need to know... What causes dandruff? Unlike a dry scalp which is caused by not enough moisture in the scalp, dandruff is actually caused by too much oil build up. This is why people with oily hair tend to be more susceptible to dandruff. It's also why leaving your hair unwashed for too long can trigger dandruff. As discussed on everydayhealth.com '“It’s a common misconception that dandruff is caused by dryness; in reality, it’s usually due to an overgrowth of a harmless yeast,” explains Jessica Wu, M.D., a Los Angeles dermatologist and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Southern California Medical School. “In some people, the yeast starts to feed on the excess oil and dead skin cells on the scalp, causing the skin cells to shed more frequently and clump into flakes.”' How to get rid of dandruff Anti-dandruff shampoo. In most cases of dandruff, you can treat your scalp by consistently using an over the counter shampoo. Once you've used to a shampoo to get the dandruff under control, you can gradually go back to using a regular shampoo and only substitute your anti-dandruff shampoo every now and then. Cleanse your hair frequently. Don't leave your hair to get super dirty. The moment your hair starts appearing oil, it's time for a good wash. Having a cleansed scalp will help treat dandruff, so you don't want to let your scalp's natural oils build up and cause a dirty scalp. Stop scratching! Dandruff can be itchy, but please DO NOT itch and scratch. Your scalp is already sensitive and scratching will irritate your scalp even further. If you scratch, it becomes a vicious cycle. Avoid using too many hair products. While your scalp is sensitive and itchy, it's best to avoid hair products as much as possible. Too many products can irritate sensitive skin and make your symptoms worse. Avoid stress. Did you know that feeling stressed for extended periods of time can make dandruff worse? While stress doesn't cause dandruff, experiencing stress causes our immune system to be weaker, allowing dandruff to prosper. Tried all this and still can't kick dandruff? Then it's best to consult with a doctor! If anti-dandruff shampoo as well as other lifestyle changes aren't improving your symptoms, the dandruff could be caused by psoriasis or eczema, so it's best to get a diagnosis from a professional. Does dandruff go away? The condition itself doesn't disappear, meaning if you've got dandruff you're most likely always going to be susceptible to it. However, of course as we covered, if you learn how to manage your dandruff correctly you can treat the symptoms and keep them at bay. Should I wash my hair every day if I have dandruff? It's normally preached that the less you wash your hair, the better. However if you have dandruff, you should be washing your hair every day with a medicated anti-dandruff shampoo. These anti-dandruff shampoos should contain ingredients such as ketoconazole, selenium sulfide, or zinc. If you have textured hair or dry ends and are concerned about drying out your hair too much by washing daily, there are anti-dandruff conditioners you can also use to keep your ends hydrated.
I love hair care. My weakness? Consistency. It's not unusual for me to get caught up in the hype of a new hydration mask or miracle serum. My hair care routine has no shortage of products. The struggle for me, is committing to using the products long enough to see results. My approach to my hair care routine is similar to an excited puppy that doesn't know who to give it's attention to first. There's just too many cool hair care things and I want to use them all NOW. I'm serious about getting my hair as healthy as possible, so I decided it's time to make myself some rules to restructure my hair care routine for the better. My problem was too many options for hair care. So I did some research on what's most important in a hair care routine. Below you'll find the things everyone should be doing in their hair care routine, as well as some things to consider when reassessing the products you need. You're welcome ;) The nonnegotiable: No matter your hair type or needs, these are the products that everyone should have on their hair care top shelf. Shampoo & conditioner with natural ingredients. If you haven't already, boycott any drugstore shampoo and conditioner. These products are generally doing more damage than good. Due to an excessive amount of detergents and other chemicals, these drugstore products can strips your hair of natural oils, leaving your hair dry and vulnerable to dandruff or an itchy scalp. To maintain a healthy scalp, opt for more natural shampoo and conditioners. A good tip is: The less ingredients in the ingredients list, the better it will be for your hair. Thermal spray to protect your hair from damage when heat styling. A light-weight serum that you can apply to dry hair. This is key for helping you de-frizz and style your hair without the need for any heat styling tools. The more you can avoid heat, the better. Although if you already have fine or thin hair, you'll get more benefit out of having a go-to texturising product than a serum. A deep conditioning mask for extra hydration. Our hair is super susceptible to being dried out by our environment (more on this later) so it's key to do a conditioning mask, ideally once a week! The considerations: Adapt your hair care routine to your environment. Ever noticed when travelling that your skin gets more dry or you experience unusual breakouts? Switching climates can effect the state of your hair too. I always knew that humid places would dramatically change the texture of my hair. But more recently I noticed how my hair had more subtly changed even from city to city. The level of pollution may mean you need to switch up your routine for hair care to incorporate for detoxifying treatments. While too much heat or too much wind can dry out your hair, meaning you'll need extra hydration. As a guideline... For your winter hair care routine: Make sure your deep conditioning mask is full of hydrating ingredients and even add in a leave in conditioner to prevent your ends from drying out. For your summer hair care routine: Apply leave in conditioner or an oil like coconut oil or olive oil to coat your hair before swimming. This will protect your hair from drying out in the ocean or chlorinated water. Keep a trusty styling product for your hair type on hand to handle the humidity. Also wear a hat where possible to protect your hair and scalp from too much sun exposure. Tie your hair up before bed or sleep on a silk pillow case! The friction of your hair against the pillow can actually damage your hair in your sleep. More on this here. Make sure your washing your hair according to your hair type. When it comes to washing your hair, there's no one-size-fits-all rule. Depending on your hair type, it's better to wash your hair less/more! Click here to find out how you should be washing your hair for better hair health. You might also love: 3 Key Steps To Naturally Thicker, Fuller Hair.
Thinking of getting a chop or in need of a hair transformation? Cutting your hair to a medium length is a great way to revive your hair. A medium length haircut will give you more volume, instantly making your hair look healthier. OR if you're already rocking medium length hair and are ready to try something new, there are plenty of styles you can do with medium length hair. Get inspired below with these hairstyle ideas for medium length hair. Ombré. If your medium length hair is feeling a little flat, create dimension with an ombré effect on the ends of your hair. Colouring your hair like this doesn't require many trips to the salon, which makes it a low maintenance and healthier way to colour your hair. Here, @kristinamendonca wears the FINE halo in col. Beige Blonde + Dark Blonde 613/10 to add extra volume to her medium length 'do. Go thicker. You love your length, but just crave more hair to run your hands through. Adding extensions like our FINE halo is the perfect way to give your medium length hair more volume. Here, @chontelleberryman wears the FINE halo in col. Platinum Blonde 60 for extra thickness. Curtain bangs. Curtain bangs like this can be a super fun way to change up your hair game. It's a much more versatile alternative to blunt bangs as it's softer on the face, and works well with medium to thick hair. If you're craving a dramatic hair change, curtain bangs might be just what you need. As long as you're mentally prepared that one day you might want to abandon the bangs and have to patiently grow them out - then this hairstyle is worth a shot. Accessorise. Sometimes it's not even a matter cutting or colouring your locks. A safe way to revamp your medium length hair is to take advantage of all the ways you can accessorise. Statement headbands and bold hair clips look great with medium length hair and is a temporary way to experiment with different hair looks. Swap your part. It's amazing how much simply changing your part can make you feel like you've got a new hairdo. If you always wear your part off-centre, play with a straight down the middle part. Or if you always stick to a middle part, step out of your comfort zone and try a side part for a mini hair makeover. Thinking of cutting your hair even shorter? Check out our hair inspiration for short hair here.
Toying with the idea of hair extensions? We got together to answer all your burning hair extensions FAQs. Read below to discover why the halo is the best hair extensions for fine and damaged hair, as well as how to match your hair colour with your halo. What are the best extensions for fine hair? So anything that's not going to damage their hair. If you have fine hair like myself, I've always experienced that if something's attached to my actual hair then it ends up stressing the follicle out and I lose more hair. It also causes breakage. Something like the halo is really great in that sense because it's not attached to the hair at all, so it can't damage the hair. Sometimes clip ins work well for people with fine hair, but again you're attaching something to the hair. So if you do want to wear something like that often, you do run the risk of the clip ins also stressing out your hair. So another great thing about using the halo with fine hair is that you can actually hide the halo a lot better with fine hair than you can with permanent hair extensions or clip ins. That's purely because the nature of the halo is that sits quite low underneath your hair. So you can actually afford to have more of your hair over the top to hide the halo band. Whereas if you have permanents or clip ins you sort of generally need to have them positioned a little bit higher up. That's just how they work because they need to be spread out all over your head and then you end up seeing them a little bit more if you don't have as much hair to cover those clips. What are the best extensions for damaged hair? Halo extensions are really great for damaged hair because they're the only extensions that aren't invasive. The fine halo is great for damaged hair because it just gives you that bit of extra volume so that it still looks like your hair, but the healthiest version of your hair. It's a great alternative to have hair that looks healthier without it looking like your hair has just grown dramatically overnight. It's the best compliment you can get when it's not obvious that you have extensions in! Can you colour or tone halo hair extensions? You can totally do it, you just need to wet your hair first and only ever tone it or colour it a couple of shades darker than the color that you've got. Never lighter. You would never bleach hair extensions just because they've already been through so many processes, it's not like actual hair anymore that's attached to the scalp and is getting nutrients. You would just dry the halo out if you bleach it. Another thing to keep in mind with our halo hair extensions is that each halo is going to react differently because it's come from a different person. You just have to be cautious because it is human hair and every human's hair is different to the other. It depends on the products that you're using as well. Different salons use different brands of colouring and toners, so some work better than others. Your best bet is to go with a salon that has coloured a lot of Remy hair extensions before, successfully, so you can trust that their products generally do work on Remy hair. Another option if your hair is a shade or two off matching the halo, is to colour or tone your hair to match your halo. So you would have your hair toned or have foils or highlights put in to match the halo. Extensions are fun because you can just experiment with having different lengths of hair, but when it comes to everyday use you really do just want extensions to make your hair look natural and healthy without people being able to tell that you're wearing anything. More of a visual person? Grab the popcorn and watch the Q&A here: Subscribe to our YouTube channel here to get notified when our next Q&A is posted!
Do you sleep with your hair down? Or wear your hair in a hairstyle for bed? While it may not be on your radar - sleeping with your hair out can actually cause damage to your hair. Don't stress - your favourite pillow isn't the culprit here. Hair damage can simply be caused by the friction of your cotton pillow case against your hair, when you toss and turn in your sleep. There's a couple of ways to remedy this. Some prefer to sleep on a silk pillow case to protect your hair from damage while you slumber. You can learn more about that here. OR if the silky pillow case isn't your thing. There are hairstyles you can do to protect your hair from sleep-induced damage. Wearing your hair in protective hairstyles to bed is really important to avoid breakage and split ends - especially if you're trying to grow your hair long or have long hair. If you find your hair is matted and tangled when you wake up in the mornings, then you should definitely consider protecting your hair for bed. The bonus? Wearing your hair in hairstyles before bed doubles as a great way to heatless style your hair. So you can wake up with smooth, detangled, frizz-free hair. Continue reading to learn these handy tips for protecting your hair during sleep. But first, the prep. After a day of exposing your hair to outside toxins and the climate, the first thing you want to do is detangle your hair. Using a detangling brush, comb through your hair until you can run your fingers through it. Additional option: If you have a wooden boar bristle brush, you can use this to massage your scalp and then brush through the ends of your hair. This will distribute your scalp's natural oils down the hair cuticles for a natural condition, and helps cleanse your scalp at the same time. If you've read our hacks for healthier hair, you'll know it's crucial to keep a healthy scalp for hair growth. Hairstyle 1: A loose plait. A really easy way to manage your hair overnight is with a loose plait. If you sleep on your back, you can do a side plait or even two plaits so that your not lying on top of the plait in your sleep. Make sure to use a scrunchie or coil hair tie that is gentle on your hair when tying your plait. If you like to wear your hair wavy, then this sleep-style is perfect for you. You'll wake up with kinky, wavy hair that you can put some styling product in and head out the door. However if you like to wear your hair straight, there are other hairstyles you can do to protect your hair without any plait-induced waves. Hairstyle 2: Twisted top bun. To keep your hair on the straighter side while you sleep, a top bun is a great option. Twist all your hair on top of your head and secure it with a claw clip. Make sure the clip is positioned at the front of your bun so you're head isn't resting on the clip when you sleep. If you're goal is to get more volume in your hair, this style is for you. Sleeping with your hair above your head all night will result in a volume boost when you take your hair out in the morning! Hairstyle 3: Twisted rope braid. For soft, textured waves, try a twisted rope braid before bed. To do this, separate your hair in two sections. Grab one section of hair and twist, then repeat with the other section. Once your two sections are twisted, twist the two sections together so that your hair looks like a rope. Secure with a hair gentle hair tie once again. Bonus pre-sleep hair care tips: Massage your head before bed. It helps stimulate blood flow to your scalp for healthy hair growth. Oil your hair twice a week for extra hydration. If your hair is on the dry side, you'll want to keep your hair moisturised to protect from breakage and split ends. You can do this by using a hair oil or natural oil like coconut oil on your hair once or twice a week. Massage the oil through your scalp to the ends of your hair, then wear your hair in a loose braid. Hack: Sleep on an old pillow case so you don't stain your good linen with hair oil. Avoid sleeping with wet hair! Our hair is much more fragile when it's wet, especially after a hot shower. The hot water opens up our hair follicles, making them more sensitive to damage. If you wash your hair at night, it's best to time it so that your hair has time to dry naturally before bed. That way you can avoid any heat damage from blow drying too. Loved these hair tips? You might also love these 3 tips to naturally fuller, thicker hair.
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