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24 Jun '15

Is Co-Washing aka The No-Shampoo Method Right For You?

Is No Shampoo for You ?

While co-washing is not a new concept, it has recently become more mainstream among many hair beauty seekers.

What exactly is co-washing? It's an abbreviated term for conditioner only washing, by completely ditching shampoo altogether. While some refuse to put down the shampoo, the no-poo movement has many benefits for your hair; it just depends on your hair type. If you are a firm believer of shampooing your hair every day (or many days a week), this process may seem insane to you. I'm here to help you understand just what co-washing does for your hair and whether or not your hair type is suitable for this technique.

What is co-washing and does it benefit your hair type?

Co-washing is ideal for those with dry, damaged, curly, wavy or thick, textured hair. This is because shampoos have harsh chemicals that work to clean all the environmental buildup in your hair, which then causes it to be weighed down and feel frizzy. By skipping the shampoo, you are allowing your hair's natural oils to accumulate, giving your hair a nice, manageable feel. Co-washing is also ideal for those with color treated hair, because the less you wash your hair with shampoo, the less your color will fade away. Less visits to the salon and skipping the shampoo while shopping will save you a lot of money in the long run, too! Who should skip co-washing? Anyone with an oily scalp or those with fine, very straight hair. This is because the natural oils will make your hair look even flatter and feel heavy; co-washing doesn't help treat an oily scalp either.

Conditioner Tips

Now that we got the basics out of the way, let's talk conditioner. You have to remember that co-washing means using a LOT more conditioner than you're used to. There are a good range of conditioners out there that are silicone free that won't break the bank. Do your research, depending on your hair type and scent preferences. Another option is to use a cleansing conditioner; these are especially useful because you skip the part where your hair has to get accustomed to not getting any more shampoo, which leaves you with very oily hair in the beginning of the process.

Cleansing conditioners have a slight amount of product that cleans your hair without stripping it, leaving you with hydrated, non oily hair. Make sure to use a wide tooth comb to distribute it evenly in the shower. If you have very dry, thick or curly hair, leave on for 10 minutes and then rinse; if you have wavy or fine hair, leave on for 5 minutes and then rinse.

But Wait...

While some women swear by never letting their hair touch shampoo, I feel my hair still needs a bit of shampoo every once in a while, due to the hair products I use. I suggest you wash your hair with shampoo once every two weeks; this will help get rid of any mousse , serum or product buildup you might still have in your hair. I like to use my trusty Victorya flat iron by ISA Professional to leave my hair sleek and I've noticed how much time I've saved in styling it since I started co-washing! No tangles or frizz to be seen, and my hair looks much healthier and shinier. I am now a firm believer of co-washing, my hair and hair color have never looked better! Let me know how co-washing has helped you in the comments! SaveSaveSave
22 Jun '15

Protect Your Health And Hair From UVA/UVB Rays

Hair and Sun Damage


By now, everyone knows that the sun can cause serious damage to our skin and health. Without proper protection, sun damage can lead to many undesirable outcomes such as wrinkles, sun spots, extreme dryness and the most serious of all, skin cancer. If you take good care of your skin, you make sure to stay away from being in direct sunlight for too long, wear a good amount of sunscreen when you go to the beach or outdoors, and stay away from tanning beds (I prefer a spray tan, myself). Did you also know that sun exposure can cause damage to your hair?


Sunlight harms your hair by oxidizing it, which leaves your hair brittle and damaged. It also acts as a natural highlight on your hair, which means quicker color fading. This is bad news for those of us who dye our hair, making trips to the salon more frequent. Your hair also has an aging process, just like the rest of your body. Constant exposure to the sun will allow the aging process to quicken, leaving you will thinner and less hair! So how can you protect your hair from the sun's strong rays?


Apply a UVA/UVB Protecting Hair Spray:


There are plenty of products that protect our locks from sun damage. These handy sprays are easily applied, leave no residue and acts as a shield against harmful rays. Most of them also smell great, which is a great bonus! A good tip to remember when choosing is to make sure it lists the amount of SPF it contains. Some products like to claim it protects your hair, when they don't. Stay on the safe side and stick to the ones who clearly have their SPF listed. The higher the SPF number, the greater the sun protection.



Avoid Going Outside During The Sun's Peak Hours:


The sun's harmful rays are strongest from 10am – 4pm. This step may be harder to follow due to your hectic life schedule but when you can, go out early or later in the day.


Wear Hats:


One of the more obvious ways is wearing a hat when going outdoors or to the beach. Although not everyone likes hats, it will protect your hair and give you some shade on your face as well. You can also protect your hair ends which are prone to easy breakage by styling your hair in a low bun.


Soak Hair In Oil Once a Week For Extra Care:


I like to give my hair a 100% argan oil soak after going to the beach or pool to give it the moisture it needs. After letting the oil soak for 10-30 minutes and rinsing it out, I use my trusty Victorya by ISA Professional flat iron . This leaves my hair looking shiny, straight and hydrated. I can definitely see the difference since I started paying attention to avoiding sun damage, always remember to do a deep oil soak once a week to keep your hair looking its best.

20 Jun '15

How To Protect Your Hair From Chlorine Damage:

Avoid Pool Hair


With the high temperatures we've been feeling lately, it makes anyone want to take a dip in the pool to cool off. Some may choose to go to a public pool and some may choose to enjoy their pool at home, but if you aren't careful, there can be some serious damage to your hair. While pools have chlorine to help disinfect the water and help you not get sick, those very chemicals can also harm your hair. If you are a regular pool swimmer, there are steps to take to ensure your hair doesn't suffer. Swimming is a great workout with almost no joint impact, making it an ideal sport. Swimming will make you feel better about your health. With these tips, you won't have to worry about your hair getting damaged in the process.



Always Wet Your Hair And Apply Oil Before A Dip In The Pool


If you just get into the pool with dry hair, you are allowing the chemicals from the pool get absorbed quicker into your hair. This is especially bad if you have color treated or highlights since they run a risk of being turned green because of the presence of copper in pool chemicals. By wetting your hair with tap water beforehand, you allow the oxidation to happen at a slower rate, since the water is already absorbed in your hair follicles. You should also apply an oil or serum product before getting in; this will help protect your hair and color even further. I like to use 100% argan oil, which is my #1 go-to oil in both my hair and body routines. Another option is to use a swimming cap after you soak your hair in product, this is highly recommended if you are a daily pool user.


Immediately Rinse Chlorine From Hair After A Dip In The Pool


The faster you rinse the chlorine water out of your hair and body, the better. If there are no designated rinsing areas where you swim, bring a bottle of water with you. By rinsing out as much chlorine as you can with clean water, you aren't allowing the chlorine to do any further damage. If you plan to get into the pool again the same day, just keep rinsing your hair every time you get out. This keeps your hair almost chlorine free while out of the pool.


Avoid Chlorine Smells and Buildup With Specialized Shampoos


There are plenty of specialized shampoos and body washes to choose from to help you get rid of the chlorine deposits and smell in your hair. Try to use it as soon as you can. The longer you wait, the more damage can occur. These shampoos are a priority for those who plan to swim daily, since the smell of chlorine is very difficult to get rid of with just soap and water.


Deep Condition To Keep Hair Hydrated


This is true even if you aren't a daily pool swimmer. I like to deep condition once a week (twice if I went swimming), to keep my hair healthy. Afterwards, I keep it shiny and straight using my Victorya by ISA Professional flat iron, then apply argan oil to help keep the moisture at bay. Hydration is key in having healthy, shiny hair.

18 Jun '15

Comb Your Hair The Proper Way - 4 Tips To Help You

Proper Hair Combing Tips

You may think that brushing your hair is easy and doesn't require much knowledge. Think again. In order to give your hair the care it deserves, you should be aware of how you may be sabotaging it when it comes to brushing, and not even know it. Combing your hair regularly can be beneficial because it helps spread your hair's natural oils from root to tip. It also helps aid in faster hair growth by simply massaging your scalp with your brush, after you're done combing it through. Even the brush's materials have a big impact on your end results. Below are 3 tips to help you brush your hair with ease and confidence.



1. Invest In The Right Hair Brush:


You begin by choosing the right brush for your hair type. This ensures you are treating your hair with the natural or synthetic material that works best with it. For fine hair, try to go with 100% natural boar bristles as your brush material. While this may be a bit pricey, it's a well made investment. That's because the boar hair helps make your hair naturally shinier and is gentle on your fine hair, which is so prone to breaking. If you can't get boar bristles, choose a mixed material brush instead; by having some natural boar hair mixed in with a synthetic material, you get easier de-tangling with the benefits of natural shine.


For coarser and thicker hair types, go with full synthetic( like nylon) or also go with mixed materials; they make it easier to comb your hair because of their strong, sturdy bristles. For heavy de-tangling, use a wide tooth comb to help avoid breakage. Another handy tip to remember is to allow your hair to air dry before using any heat styling tools. When using a flat iron, it's best to use a paddle brush (after brushing your hair of any tangles), since it helps with getting your hair straighter, faster. I love to use my Victorya flat iron by ISA Professional in combination with my 100% boar bristle paddle brush to get the job done right.


2. DO NOT Brush Your Hair When Wet:


Brushing your hair when it's still wet is something I admit to have done in the past, but no longer. That's because brushing your wet hair will lead to serious hair damage and breakage. Your hair loses elasticity after you wash it. Brushing it while still wet will leave you with brittle, frizzy hair. If you insist on de-tangling it after washing it, use a brush made specifically to be used on wet hair.


3. Go From The Bottom, Up:


Do not make the mistake of starting at the roots when brushing your hair, this will only cause more knots and damaged locks. The trick is to be patient. Divide and conquer. Divide you hair into three even parts, and start from the tips, slowly working your way up. This helps avoid any painful tugging or breaking. If your hair is prone to knots, use a leave in conditioner or serum to help your hair be more manageable. If you rush the process, your hair will show the consequences.


4. Clean Your Brush Bi-weekly:


You should take good care of your brush so it can continue to take good care of your hair. Wash it once every two weeks (even weekly, if you want) by swirling the bristles in a bowl of warm water mixed with a couple of drops of shampoo for a couple of minutes; DO NOT soak the whole brush, just the bristles. Afterwards, run it under clean warm water, pass your fingers through to make sure it doesn't have any excess dirt, shake off excess water and lay the bristles face down on a towel to dry.

11 Jun '15

Hair Masks To Revitalize Your Hair

Hair Masks

While you may always be concentrating on constantly moisturizing with face and body creams to make sure your skin is looking as healthy as possible, you are missing out on the amazing benefits of applying a hair mask. Although it is very important to follow a skin regimen that will make your skin and face feel great, there are also many hair masks that can help your hair look and feel healthier.

The best part of hair masks is that while you can buy premade ones at the store, you can save serious money by making them yourself! This may sound like a lot of work but it really isn't; in fact, most of these ingredients may already be in your home as you read this. Using hair masks will help your hair become more manageable, softer, shinier and most importantly, healthier! They are also all natural, so you avoid any harsh chemicals from the pre made treatments.

I like to apply hair masks when I'm ready to wash my straightened out hair. Since I use the Victorya hair straightener from ISA Professional often, I like to give my hair some extra love and apply a hair mask once a week. Not only does my hair look great, it helps me spend less time styling, which is a huge plus. Below are a couple of my favorite hair masks for you to try out; once you see the results, you will never forget to treat your hair ever again.

For Hair Growth:


For this mask, you will need an egg yolk and green tea. Green tea helps prevent hair loss due to its high amounts of antioxidants. Eggs are high in protein which helps strengthen hair follicles, making this mask great for anyone wanting quicker hair growth or to prevent hair loss. Mix one egg yolk with two tablespoons of already brewed, warm green tea. The mixture will become frothy thanks to the egg, apply from roots to tips of your hair, cover with shower cap and let sit for 45 minutes. Rinse off with cold water, shampoo and condition afterwards. Since the idea is to strengthen your hair follicles as much as possible, I suggest you apply this mask twice a week for best results.


For Damaged Hair:



For this hair mask, you will need a very ripe banana and some pure honey. This mask helps make your hair easier to manage when combing or brushing afterwards, which means less breakage. Due to the banana's high potassium content, this mask also helps restore your damaged locks, works for all hair types and doesn't weigh your hair down. It smells delicious and works best when you use a very ripe banana. Blend the ripe banana to a very smooth consistency and mix in a tablespoon of pure honey. Apply hair mask from roots to tips, cover with shower cap and let sit for 30 minutes. Rinse off with cold water, shampoo and condition afterwards. Apply this mask once a week to have soft and easier to style hair.


For Shiny Hair:



For this hair mask, you will need a ripe avocado and some regular mayonnaise. Mash up the peeled avocado until smooth and mix in a cup of regular mayo (NOT low fat). Apply hair mask from roots to tips, cover with shower cap and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse off with cold water, shampoo and condition afterwards. This hair mask is great to hydrate dry hair, leaving it super shiny and soft to the touch. It's great for color treated hair because it helps add shine to your chemically altered locks. Apply this mask once a week to always have shiny, healthier hair in between salon visits.


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