Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Avoiding Heat Damage to Your Hair

Using heat properly can help your hair take the shape and style you desire. Unfortunately, if not done properly, blow-drying and using a flat iron and/or curling iron can damage your hair with high temperatures and repeated friction. This results in hair that quickly becomes rough, limp, dull, dry and brittle. It loses its shine, strength and vitality - everything that gives it that gorgeous, healthy look you love.[1] By heat styling your hair correctly and taking some additional steps to keep your hair healthy and protected, you can achieve the style you want with minimal damage to your hair. [2] We’ve compiled the best tips and tricks for protecting your hair from the heat without sacrificing style.

Thermal Protection Products Are a Must

Apply a thermal protection product prior to using heat tools to shield your hair from the damaging effects of heat styling and friction.

The higher and/or longer the heat that’s required, the more you need to consider using a cream heat protection product instead of a spray. The same goes for the density and thickness of hair. This is addressed below, under flat irons.

When it comes to thermal protection products, our faves include keratin, the protein that naturally makes up your hair, skin, and nails. Because keratin is the structural building block of your hair, keratin products and treatments can help strengthen your hair and make it look and feel healthier. Keratin-infused products revitalize the hair's natural protective layer, adds strength, restores elasticity and reduces breakage. Our choice for ultimate heat protection is GKhair ThermalStyleHer Cream. This heat-activated styling cream creates a smooth finish while conditioning and delivering moisture to the hair. This heat protectant for hair is the ideal product to use before and after styling with heat tools. It is fortified with JUVEXIN® keratin and made with natural silicones and natural seed oils to leave hair silky, beautiful and protected. 
What if you can dramatically reduce your blow-dry time and still get the hair-smoothing styling you desire? Less heat = less potential damage, right? Well, you can! That’s another reason we recommend keratin-infused products and regular (every 3-5 months) keratin treatments, because it they can shorten your blow-dry time by up to 60 percent. Therefore, after using your heat protectant product (per above), we also recommend using KERATHERAPY Keratin Infused Color Protect Perfect Blowout, a weightless styling spray that significantly reduces blow dry time and eliminates frizz. It seals the cuticle and creates an invisible barrier against humidity. It also provides better manageability, shine and smoothness. It’s important to shake well to activate the product before each use and to apply to clean, damp hair.

All Flat Irons Are Not Created Equally.

Flat irons or straighteners are the key to getting glossy, smooth hair. Hair straighteners are multi-purpose; they not only straighten your hair but also can be used to curl your hair. Choose a high-quality straightening or curling iron. The material your iron is made of can have a major effect on your hair. Inexpensive tools are often made with metals that fail to heat evenly. These irons can actually burn your hair. It’s important to get an iron that is the right size, and of a metal that is suitable for your type of hair.

Thin and fine hair can damage easily, especially by heat, so avoid straighteners that have just one heat setting. Choose a straightener with multiple heat settings to allow you to control the heat. Also, you don’t need much heat, because it’s relatively easy to straighten fine hair. With thick or coarse hair, use a straightener that has higher heat settings so you don’t have to keep ironing the same section over and over at a lower temperature.

We use only titanium professional flat irons and curling irons in our salon. Titanium is superior especially for hair that is coarse, thick or curly, because of how effectively it conducts heat. Titanium straighteners tend to get hotter than ceramic ones, but unlike cheaper metal plates, titanium conducts heat evenly for a consistent temperature. Because these plates heat up quickly and evenly maintain a high temperature, straightening thick hair becomes easier. You don’t have to go over and over the same section of hair, thus minimizing damage. Do you get keratin treatments? Then it’s very important to use only flat Irons with titanium plates, NOT ceramic, as ceramic plates can actually strip the keratin treatment. Titanium has the ability to retain high heat and will distribute heat evenly and it will retain the heat once you start straightening, resulting in that beautiful hair shine.[3]

Ceramic plates are good for fine or thin hair (unless you get keratin treatments, per above, and these irons can reduce static electricity. They hold heat for a long period of time. Tourmaline offers even heat distribution along the hair shaft and protects your hair from future damage but many tourmaline plates are coated with ceramic.

Healthy Hair Helps Beat the Heat

Keeping your hair healthy and protected makes it less likely to be damaged by heat. Check out Factors That Affect the Health of Your Hair, and this Step-by-Step Guide for Properly Washing Your Hair. And now that we’re heading into the cold season, here are 14 Tips for Protecting Against, and Repairing Winter Damage to Your Hair.


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[2] How to Protect Hair from Heat, wikiHow. March 29, 2019.


Friday, September 13, 2019

Factors That Affect the Health of Your Hair

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In our eblast newsletters to Salon 1580 clients and friends, we feature a monthly “Q&A” column with hair professional Pat Alessi. This month’s question is:
“Dear Pat, I seem to have more bad hair days lately than good hair days. I try to take care of my hair. But it’s becoming lackluster and not growing as fast as it always has. Any suggestions? Your Client & Friend, Judi S.”

Thanks, Judi, for asking, and I am pleased to share with our regular readers and those who have checked out this blog post. (Additional information to our article below can be found in our blog post “18 New Year's Resolutions for Healthy Hair.” )

Factors That Affect the Health of Your Hair, Including Hair Growth and Loss

The Environment, Climate, and Seasonal Changes:
Your hair, as well as your skin, needs to be protected from the sun. If you’re going have outside activities for hours, remember to wear a hat. Free radicals formed in the hair fibers due to UV rays induces keratin impairment, protein degradation, tryptophan degradation and lipids peroxidation, which makes hair dry, fragile, dull.
Cigarette smoke and other pollutants are other negative factors that affect your hair. In this case, vitamins E and C can be helpful as they are antioxidants which can provide some protection against free radicals. Cigarette smoke not only deprives your hair of the ability to generate new pigment cells but also make you turn gray faster.[1]
For seasonal changes affecting the health of your hair, be sure to read our Feb. 4, 2019 blogpost: 14 Tips for Protecting Against, and Repairing Winter Damage to Your Hair and our June 12, 2019 blogpost: Summer Hair Care Tips .

Hair Products:
Using the right products for your hair type is important to manage and nurture your hair, but if you get keratin treatments, you must regularly use authentic
keratin-infused hair products, especially shampoo free of sodium chloride and harsh sulfates that can strip the keratin from your hair. Be sure they are purchased from a hair salon not purchased online – see why, here! (Original post HERE.)

Frequency of Haircuts:
Regular haircuts help keep your hair strong and healthy. Hair grows on an average of a 1/2-inch every four weeks. Of course, some people's hair grows a little faster than others.  Chemical processes can cause hair to break, split or become dry. More frequent haircuts can help prevent over-drying and breakage. To maintain shorter hairstyles, every six weeks is a good rule of thumb. Long hair should be trimmed at least every 8-12 weeks; if you notice more breakage or split ends, it could be cut as frequently as every six to eight weeks.[2] 

Protect Hair During Chemical Treatments:
The Olaplex system is fantastic and affordable “insurance” against breakage/damage during chemical processing (especially from bleach and perming solution, but from all chemical processes, too). In addition to application with chemical processing, Olaplex can be used as a stand-alone treatment to restore compromised hair, giving you the softest, shiniest, and healthiest hair imaginable. Read more about this bond multiplier service on our web page
“OLAPLEX. One Ingredient Changes Everything.”

Getting Enough Sleep
Sleep deprivation can contribute to hair loss by affecting the levels of hormones in the body. For example, human growth hormone (HGH) is produced when we progress through normal sleep cycles. In people who get irregular, interrupted, or limited sleep, they may have lower levels of HGH. Lower levels of HGH can contribute to numerous health issues including thinning hair. As a result, getting quality sleep may be able to help reduce thinning and loss of hair. In addition, sleep deprivation can cause both physical and emotional stress, which can increase the risk of telogen effluvium in which a person loses a significant amount of hair. A consistent sleep routine that helps to avoid major fluctuations in sleep quality and quantity may therefore be one way to help manage stress and decrease the likelihood of this condition.[3]
Johan Larson,

Eating the Right Foods.
Your hair is like a garden. Knowing clearly the soil type, fertilizers, weather, water, temperature, light, etc. is the best way to grow your garden every day. Make sure that you are providing your hair with all of the vitamins and nutrients it needs, especially vitamin A, B-vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, Iron, Protein and Zinc. Are your consuming enough carbohydrates, proteins such as eggs, milk, fish, green leafy vegetables and fruits? Above all, protein is what your hair needs the most because hair is made up almost entirely of protein. Take a daily supplement of vitamin B, as well as vitamins C, E and A or multivitamins is also a good idea if you are not sure about your diet. Do not forget to have adequate amounts of iron, zinc and magnesium in your diet (or via a supplement). Besides, it is notable that the other B vitamins that are critical for hair health and growth are vitamin B9 (folic acid), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid). Last but not least, Biotin (vitamin H) is considered to be “the king of vitamins for hair health”.[4]

And don't forget about drinking plenty of water! Read here about four ways that drinking water can promote hair growth.

Stress and Exercise
Stress can make your hair dull, unhealthy, and contribute to dandruff, lack of hair growth and even balding. Exercise not only makes your entire body (including your hair) healthier from the inside out, it can also work the stress right out of your system, replacing it with endorphins - chemicals that help to relieve pain or stress, and boost happiness.
Jessamine |

Practice Good Hair Hygiene
Beautiful hair starts with a healthy foundation achieved by using the right cleansing techniques. As tempting as it can be to quickly shampoo, condition, and rinse, the truth is that taking the extra time to properly cleanse your hair can be worth it in the long run. To keep your hair looking its best, and your scalp healthy to promote hair growth, consider rethinking how you wash and condition your hair with the helpful tips found here in our May 2019 blog post.

Medical Treatments, Medicines, Illness, and Hormones
If you are having problems with your hair growth you should know that medications may prevent your hair from growing and may also cause hair loss. Are you using birth control pills, anti-inflammatory drugs, anti-depressants, gout medicine, anti-seizure medications, chemotherapy drugs or illicit street drugs? If your answer is “yes” for one of those above medications, maybe that’s why your hair seems not to grow. If you have iron-poor blood or are anemic, this is a big barrier for your hair growing. Underlying illness, such as thyroid malfunction, also keeps you from having an abundant head of hair.[5]
While the most common side effect of prescriptions drugs and even some vitamins and herbal remedies is hair loss, some medications may affect hair’s receptivity to hair chemical processing. Because medications are excreted through the hair, they can affect the outcome of chemical hair treatments, including keratin treatments, perms and body waves, and hair color. Over the years, hair stylists have come to learn that antidepressants can cause hair to dry out (needing deep conditioning and also requiring more product). Chemotherapy can cause hair to fall out and even grow back a different color. When a color doesn't "take" in a person's hair, or creates a different color than it should, it is likely because of some medication he or she is taking.  Medications for acne, thyroid conditions, heart failure, high blood pressure, cholesterol, pulmonary conditions, psoriasis, arthritis, and even antibiotics can change hair color. Medications for hormones and high blood pressure, as well as iron supplements can affect the outcome of a perm. Retin-A can cause the scalp to be more sensitive to chemicals resulting in a burning sensation during chemical treatments. Some drugs used for epilepsy, migraines, and psoriasis can make straight hair curly. Hair tends to yellow with hormonal changes (pregnancy, menopause, or hormone therapy medications).  Anesthesia can affect the health of your hair, too, for even several months after your surgical procedure. Before any chemical treatment, ALWAYS alert your stylist of any medications you may be taking, changes in health issues, recent surgeries, etc. All of this, and more, can be gleaned from our blog post “Is Your Hair On Drugs?!”

The Factors That Affect Hair Growth & Hair Loss ... 
and the ONE THING That Can Help Most
Pratima Raichur, a chemist and internationally recognized expert on Ayurvedic skin care, explains how outer beauty is a physical reflection of everything that happens within the body: the way we eat and breathe, as well as the thoughts and emotions that fill our mind and color our spirit. From her book Absolute Beauty, she states: "The factors that affect hair growth and hair loss include age, health, diet, hormones, seasonal changes, and climate. Trauma, stress, and anxiety also affect growth, because they reduce the blood and oxygen supply to the scalp, which is essential to healthy hair."[6]
"Weekly scalp massage is, therefore, one of the most beneficial treatments for maintaining beautiful hair and alleviating or reducing the symptoms of common hair problems, such as male pattern baldness, alopecia (hair loss), alopecia arebets (bald patches), dandruff, psoriasis, and premature greying. Scalp massage not only increases oxygen supply to the brain, it also improves circulation of the life-giving sap, cerebrospinal fluid, which stimulates brain development, relaxes the nerves and muscles, reduces fatigue, and loosens the scalp." 
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[1] Hair secrets: What are the most important factors influencing hair growth. Shinier Hair, 17 OCTOBER, 2018.

[3] Can Sleep Deprivation Cause Hair Loss?

[4] Hair secrets: What are the most important factors influencing hair growth. Shinier Hair, 17 OCTOBER, 2018.

[5] Hair secrets: What are the most important factors influencing hair growth. Shinier Hair, 17 OCTOBER, 2018.

[6] Raichur, Pratima, and Marian Cohn. Absolute Beauty: Radiant Skin and Inner Harmony through the Ancient Secrets of Ayurveda. William Morrow, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 1999.

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