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What Makes a Moisturizer Moist?

Hair-Care-WHAT-MAKES-MOISTURIZER-MOIST-1Healthy hair normally has a moisture content of approximately 10%. If your hair’s moisture content drops below this level the key is to increase the hair’s ability of attract and retain moisture. This is accomplished by using moisturizers. But with so many products to choose from, how do you know what to look for? Well, the first essential ingredient is water – that’s right, good old H20. When shopping for your perfect moisturizer look for those that contain water within the top three ingredients. Also, moisturizers with natural oils, and herbal extracts, these are very effective, as they provide a wide range of nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins vital for healthy hair and scalp. Next, good moisturizers have “humectants,” such as vegetable glycerin, honey, or glycosaminoglycans, which not only replace lost moisture but actually attract moisture and retain it in the cortex of the hair. Moisturizing should be done on a daily basis, as the exposure to the elements, and daily heat styling could lead to a dry, brittle hair and unwanted breakage.

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To Brush or Not to Brush

Hair-Care-BRUSH-OR-NOT-TO-BRUSH-1 A hairbrush is no longer an essential component of hair care! Many people with curly or frizzy hair find hairbrushes add unwanted volume to their hair, destroy the definition of their curls and result in ‘poufy’ unmanageable hair. Using a wide-toothed comb, fingers or a pic to comb hair is a preferable option in this case. Even straight-haired people often prefer to avoid using a hairbrush. However, knowing how to properly use a brush can preserve your hair strands and keep your hair strong and healthy. Only once your hair is detangled should you pick up a brush! Then work from the scalp in long, even strokes to catch the sebum (natural scalp oils) and distribute it down the length of the hair, where it will condition the hair shafts. However, cheaply-made bobble-tipped brushes should be avoided. The bobbles serve no purpose and in poorly-made brushes tend to split and crack away from the bristles, leaving cracks which catch and tear hair.

Of course, the best hair brushes need to be very gentle on hair. For this, choose boar bristle tufts in your hair brushes because of the shine it leaves and its natural gentleness on the cuticle of the hair. Great for all hair types; and perfect for distributing the natural oils in the hair and scalp.

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Seamless Combs for Healthier Hair

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Take your comb and inspect the teeth. Is there a line down the middle? If you can’t see it, can you feel a raised edge in the middle? That’s the seam. With every pass of that comb through your hair the seams can catch and snag on the hair causing splits and breakage. If you’re having a problem with split ends that seem to appear from nowhere you might benefit from investing in a seamless comb. Not only does it help detangle hair, but it prevents damage to the cuticles that cause mid shaft splits as well. Regular combs have seams that wreak havoc on your hair strands causing both mid-shaft splits and split ends. So don’t put in all the hard work to grow long, healthy hair only to have it compromised with the wrong equipment! Sure! They are more expensive than regular combs as they are often handmade. But isn’t your hair worth this small investment for a lifetime of reward?

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Go Grey Gracefully – Keeping Yellow at Bay

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Grey hair is fast losing its negative image. The tide is turning and many women are embracing their grey, white and silver hair with pride. With care and confidence grey hair really can be an older woman’s crowning glory. Still, silver or grey hair can sometimes develop a yellowish tinge because of pollution in the air or water. Aging hair needs special attention and there are now many products on the market that reflect this. But remember to use these sparingly, or alternate weekly with your usual shampoo. Look for blue- or violet-based shampoo that will help to neutralize the yellow. Lastly, keep your grey hair in good shape by using conditioner regularly, as grey hair often becomes dry and brittle due to lack of natural oils in the hair.

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Caring for Relaxer Burns

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Every woman dreads relaxer chemical burns, and most of us have battled with a relaxer burn in our lives. Though they tend to happen frequently, relaxer chemical burns are not a normal part of chemical relaxing. In fact, a properly applied chemical relaxer should never cause a burn. Chemical burns can only occur when protective petroleum layers on the scalp are breached. When relaxer chemicals are left on the hair beyond the suggested processing times, or the scalp is not based well prior to relaxer application, scalp burns and hair breakage from over-processing will occur. When the scalp is burned, it often becomes tender. Scabs soon form, and hair can become caught within the scab and become “glued” to the scalp. So what can you do to treat chemical relaxer burns? Because the scalp skin is like other skin on the body, typical burn ointments like Neosporin will help heal and condition it. Additionally, you may apply Vitamin E oil or Aloe vera gel to the burn to calm redness and irritation. If your hair is stuck within the scab, apply petroleum jelly to help soften the scabbed skin and gently attempt to free a few strands at a time. Lastly, deep conditioning the hair will also help soften your scab so that it gently falls away.

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Cold Weather Hair Care

Hair-Care-COLD-WEATHER-HAIR-CARE-1As the fall season fades away, and winter brings its icy chill your way, you want to make sure that your hair care regimen addresses the changing environmental conditions. Harsh winter weather can wreak havoc on your hair. Cold weather can pull natural moisture from your locks, creating frizzy, flyaway hair and split ends. So how do you keep your hair safe from the cold? First, look for a moisturizing, sulfate-free shampoo to restore some of that lost moisture. Essentious Exonerate shampoo is loaded with moisturizing ingredients such as aloe vera, vegetable glycerin, and vitamin E. Next, an intensive conditioner application with heat is recommended. Some ingredients to look for are panthenol/ pro-vitamin B5, and wheat or keratin proteins that will help add strength and shine to your hair; many of which can be easily found in Essentious Hydrate Conditioning Treatment. During the winter, your hair may require an increased number of deep conditioning sessions, 1-3 times per week is usually sufficient. Lastly, never leave out your leave-in conditioner! Leave-in conditioner packs your hair with moisture and protects against split ends. Get the products you need to protect your hair from the cold from Essentious Hair Care.

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Why You Should Avoid Alcohol in Hair Products

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If you’re steering clear of all hair care products containing alcohol, don’t be too hasty. Some alcohols are definitely drying, but others are beneficial. Alcohols to avoid include SD alcohol, isopropyl alcohol and denatured. All of those, especially in high concentrations, can cause dryness. They’re often found in hair gels and sprays.

Fatty alcohols, however, are fine to use. If you see cetearyl, stearyl or behenyl alcohol, these ingredients are typically used as thickeners. They don’t evaporate quickly like the alcohols you should avoid, and you’ll often find them in shampoos and conditioners. Knowing the nature of different alcohols will help you select the best products for your hair.

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Winter Hairstyles: 8 Styles For The Holiday Season

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Looking for the perfect collection of winter hairstyles? The holiday party season is officially in full swing! You’ve already got the outfit, the shoes, and the accessories and now all you need is the perfect hairstyle to make your holiday look complete. Whether you’re heading to an office party or going to a laid back dinner with friends, there’s a hairstyle on our list that’s just right for you.

Remember to let your outfit decide your hairstyle. If you are wearing sequins, or an embellished neckline, keep your hair effortless and style your hair up, out of your face. If your outfit is fairly simple, go for a more intricate style with your hair or leave it down. And, as with any look, make sure you are choosing a style that complements, not competes with- your outfit.

Natural hair care expert reveals 8 quick and easy winter hairstyles to help you navigate the holiday season:

Winter Hairstyles #1) Braided Party Bun: Add interest to a plain bun by integrating a braid into the look. This style is both elegant and sophisticated and is ideal for an outfit with a high neck or lots of detail. Begin by pulling hair into a high ponytail, smoothing strands with a paddle brush. Braid the ponytail to the end, leaving ends unsecured. Twist the braid around the hair elastic, trying not to loosen the braid too much. Secure the braided bun with bobby pins. Finish by spraying hair with hairspray.

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Trend Alert: The Best Long Hairstyles 2015

Hair-Care-Tips-LONG-HAIRSTYLES-2015-1While the bob and lob may have had their moment in 2014, long hair is making a serious comeback and will be the “it” length this coming year. Long hair was all over the runways for the Spring 2015 fashion shows, worn in loose waves, tight ponytails or slicked back on the top of the head. The trend is totally natural, simple, yet stylish hair that’s anything but boring.

We reveal 10 of the best long hairstyles 2015:

1. Boho Waves: Boho waves are simple, carefree and barely there waves that flow past the shoulders. The question is how do you achieve that soft, yet sophisticated tousled look that’s just right for everyday hair? With a few simple steps, you too can achieve this look. Begin by prepping hair with something that will protect it from heat and will provide a bit of shape and body – either a volumizing primer or heat-protecting mousse. Section the hair from behind the ears straight across and fasten with a clip. With a waving wand curling iron, take 1.5-inch sections of your hair and wind the hair around the wand, pointing it vertically to the floor leaving the ends free. Hold for 15-20 seconds then release. Repeat around the head alternating the direction you wind so that it’s not identical and spray with hairspray. Release the top section and repeat step 3. Try and curl the front sections away from the face so it’s more flattering. Using your fingers, drag them through the curls to completely soften and dishevel them. Spritz again with hair spray and the look is complete!

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Party Hairstyles: 4 Party Perfect Hair Ideas

Hair-Care-Tips-PARTY-HAIRSTYLES-1Party Hairstyles #1: Loose Waves

The perfect anytime hair style with its ‘I woke up like this’ air of perfection is a favorite of women everywhere. Great for parties, days off, or drinks with the girls this style looks like it would be easier to achieve than it actually is. Before starting this style you need to decide on 2 things: first, where you want your part to be and second, whether you want curls through the ends of your hair or throughout the middle and into the ends. The first is done with a classic curling iron and the second is with a straightening iron or curling wand.

What you will need:

Texturizing Spray, 1-1.5 inch curling iron or curling wand (depending on the style of waves desired) or straightening iron, and shine oil or glossing cream. Also a comb or small-medium sized brush.

Part your hair wherever you like, scoop up your hair horizontally from ear to ear and secure the top section with a clip. Working in 1-2 inch sections, depending on the thickness of your hair (the thicker your hair the smaller the section) curl each section away from your face working your way from one side to the other. Once finished, spray with a light mist of texturizing spray, then section off another chunk of hair from left temple to right temple. Repeat previous steps until

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