Whether you have a few wayward grey strands or you are learning to embrace your silver locks, you’ll inevitably have to face up to getting grey hair at some stage in your life. The main thing you have to decide is, do you keep it or conceal it?
Hair Dye Novice:
Unfortunately, it’s a topic people have to deal with even more so now as it seems all hairdressers and barbers will remain closed for the foreseeable future. With our regular hair salon visits and professional hair dye on hold, it leads us to the tricky situation of Grey Hair – Cover Up At Home!
If you’re a hair dye novice, taking the home colour plunge can sound positively frightening! Getting the exact shade you want is not easy, and it requires a lot of upkeep. By following a few hair-dye tips, you can transform your hair and appearance and make yourself look appreciably younger.
We know that dyeing your hair can be a daunting challenge, so let’s eliminate some of that anxiety surrounding your home colouring experience.
Read on for the best tips and advice for dyeing your hair the right way.
Let’s begin by shedding some light on what causes grey hair, why some people get grey hair, and how best to deal with it.
Grey Hair – All You Need To Know:
What Is Grey Hair?
Grey hair is hair that lacks pigment (melanin). There is no such thing as ‘grey’ hair – the hair is white, but it merely looks grey when interspersed with pigmented hairs.
What Are The Causes Of Grey Hair?
When you go grey, it is mainly down to genes. If one of your parents started getting white hair at a young age, it’s entirely feasible that you get grey hair. On average, by the time they have turned 50yrs, most people’s hair is approximately 50% white.
Another reason for grey hair is down to certain medications and health conditions. For example, Vitamin B12 deficiency, Autoimmune disease, Thyroid disorders, and even smoking can cause untimely greying.
If you have suffered from Alopecia Areata, as hair begins to grow back, it often returns white, usually reverting to its natural pigmented colour. Long periods ofStress has also been linked to premature greying.
Can Pigmentation Return?
No, unless your hair has temporarily lost its pigment due to a health condition or medication.
What Causes Grey Hair?
White hair is caused when a protein at the base of the hair follicle prompts a stop in melanin production. Our hair goes through different cycles: Grows – Sheds – Re-Grows. The grey will then begin to grow through with a new hair cycle starts.
Why Don’t Some People Go Grey?
It is primarily down to genes. Your Genetics play a significant role in when, or if you grow white hair.
Grey Appears Greater In Some Hair Colours. Why?
The proportion of white hairs to coloured hairs on the head gives the overall tone of grey. That is the reason why blondesand redheads do not appear to go grey, just gradually whiter. They fortunately also turn white the slowest!
Grey hair tends to feel less fluid and free. When you touch grey hair, it feels frizzier and more coarse and generally weaker at the ends. The consequence of this is that it puts more energy at the roots and a smaller amount at the ends, making it difficult for the hair to flow or move freely.
Hair smoothing and texturising products, along with specific care measures can help loosen and boost the roots plus thicken and smooth the ends. Using a thickening blow dry spray at the roots and volumising mousse at the mid-lengths and ends helps to give a dense, smooth appearance, providing control and shine.
Smart Advice And Facts On Dyeing Your Hair:
Colouring Your Hair Can Damage It.
Significant changes can be harsh and cause damage to your hair.
Hair dye can certainly dry out your hair, and even cause hair to become brittle, break and cause split ends if you overuse chemicals. To keep your hair from becoming too dry and breaking off, you should condition regularly, and use a deep conditioning mask before and after coloring.
Will My New Hair Colour Fade?
Even when you have a ‘permanent’ hair colour on your hair, fading is unavoidable with time, although there are some tips you can follow to help your hair color last longer.
After coloring, it is thought best to you wait for approx’ 72 hrs before shampooing.
The reason being, when you get your hair coloured, the cuticle layer opens to enable the colour to penetrate the hair shaft. If you wash your hair too soon after your treatment, the cuticle layer may still be open, leading to your colour getting washed away. So, the longer you can wait to shampoo your hair, the more time the colour pigment will have to soak into the cuticle, allowing it to last longer.
Whether you’re dyeing your hair yourself or heading to a hair salon, it’s recommended you wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo beforehand. Clarifying shampoo helps to remove all the build-up on the hair shaft. It should be used before dyeing your hair, as this will help the colour to attach itself and last longer. Avoid clarifying shampoos post-color as they can cause your hair colour to fade.
Aftercare Products Made For Colour-Treated Hair.
To make hair colour last, do not use products that aren’t specially formulated for colour-treated hair as this will affect the longevity of your colour.
A good example is the use of ‘Purple’ shampoos. These are excellent for blondes and brunettes who have highlights.
The use of these shampoos allows you to use as frequently as you feel ‘the need.’ You can alternate the ‘Purple’ shampoos with a daily shampoo for colour-treated hair, so as not to get an ‘over-toned’ or a ‘smoky’ appearance.
View this as an at-home toner that helps to keep your blonde colour bright without having to run to your stylist for a professional touch-up. Purple shampoo and conditioner can save you from bad hair days.
Avoid ‘Over Washing’ Your Hair.
The majority of people like to shower every day, and if you are one of those, you’ll probably have to rework your method to avoid your hair getting wet! Washing your hair too often can cause the colour to fade. Washing dyed hair two to three times a week is the unwritten rule you should follow, the fewer washes, the better for maintaining your shade.
Protect Dyed Hair From The Sun.
The sun can cause your hair colour to fade faster, giving it a ‘brassy’ look, and leave your hair feeling dehydrated. Protect your hair color with the many products available that have UV protection to safeguard your hair from the sun. Also, don’t forget hats or headscarves are other necessities for preserving hair colour.
Pool Water Can Taint Your Colour.
Chlorine in swimming pools is harmful to your hair colour. Due to copper found in water, the metal can mix with the chlorine and oxidize your hair, causing it to turn green.
To protect your coloured strands, consider applying a hair mask before you get into the pool. Wet your hair first and then use a hair treatment mask for colour-treated hair, that will help fill the cuticle with the conditioner to water getting into the cuticle and strip the colour.
If you don’t have the ‘hair mask’ available, wet your hair in the shower before you get into the pool, as dry hair is more absorbent.
Home Colouring – Be Sure To Do A ‘Skin Test’ First.
When you’re choosing an at-home hair colouring kit, look for one with the least amount of harmful ingredients, like ammonia, peroxide, and alcohol. These ingredients can cause breakage and brittle strands. You may have to pay a little extra for less harmful products, but it is worthwhile for the sake of your scalp and hair!
Once you have your home kit, make sure to do a ‘patch’ test to avoid an allergic reaction. Allergic reactions to dye aren’t common, but you never know what your skin can react to, so you always want to be safe. Dab a little colour on a small area of skin on the nape of your neck and then carefully read through the directions on the box before dyeing your hair.
A Salon Can Help If It Doesn’t Go Right!
If you were brave and ventured into the world of home hair-dye, and you end up with a shade you’re not happy with, don’t panic. You can fix it! If your colour doesn’t end up exactly what you were hoping for, there’s no need to worry. Usually, your hair salon can fix your hair with a simple glaze or toner that can subtly change the tone and tweak the colour.
But to prevent any hair colour disasters, you should always be cautious, to begin with, choose a ‘soft’ colour/tone. Next time you can explore something more daring and bold, add a little charisma through your hair colour. 🙂
Professional Aftercare – It’s Worth It:
Coloured hair needs highly specialised aftercare for a simple reason. It has been chemically modified. As previously mentioned, when you apply colour to your hair, the cuticles have been opened to disperse the natural pigments.
When this happens, the cuticles remain open; This means you have to regularly nourish your hair to close the cuticles and seal it in the colour.
Doing this is a delicate operation that, when poorly handled, can damage the hair and lead to ‘breakage.’ Another consequence is it can result in the colour not lasting as long as you hoped. You should be looking to use hair care products specifically developed to protect coloured hair.
‘Prestige’ Treatments Recommended For Dyed Hair:
These two essential Christophe Robin treatments replace traditional methods containing silicone and polymers; products with these additives do not protect your hair in the long term. The two great products that I suggest will become central in your dyed hair maintenance program.
The Christophe Robin ‘Cleansing Mask with Lemon‘ is one of the best alternative solutions for washing your hair. This cleansing mask is detergent-free and has an acid pH for the ultimate hair care. It maintains your colour’s radiance and deeply nourishes the hair fibres.
The benefits are that it is a genuine 3-in-1 product that deeply nourishes and cleanses, doing so without damaging detergents meaning minimal lather; it seals in hair colour and leaves your hair unbelievably shiny.
You get incredible care that is Paraben and silicone-free and contains lemon peel that works like blotting paper.
Christophe Robin ‘Moisturising Hair Oil with Lavender‘ will restore the lipid layer, prevent breakage, and deeply nourish hair. The moisturising hair oil with lavender, composed of 97.5% natural oils. This oil has a balm texture that liquefies when heated, meaning that you can target specific areas when you apply it. With SPF6, this protects hair colour and preserves its shine from lasting sun damage.
After you use these two products, you’ll notice your hair is incredibly soft, and light and your hair colour will give a bright, radiant appearance.
You can use ‘Colour Fixator Wheat Germ Shampoo’ daily.
Christophe Robin‘Colour Fixator Wheat Germ Shampoo‘ has a delicate formula that consists of an ‘acid pH’ that is perfect for coloured hair. By sealing the hair’s cuticles, it encloses colour pigments inside the hair fibers to lessen the loss of artificial pigment and guards the intensity of your hair colour.
This shampoo can safely be used daily as it gently cleanses, fortifies, protects, and preserves coloured hair.
It should be used regularly with the Christophe Robin‘Colour Fixator Wheat Germ Mask.’ This intensely nourishing mask is rich in pro-vitamin B5, which also helps to preserve the colour.
Use this fortifying mask after applying the shampoo. It offers excellent protection of your hair colour thanks to its acid pH, which prevents pigment loss. Providing exceptional treatment as it repairs, detangles, and strengthens coloured hair.
Face masks have become part of the ‘new’ everyday uniform around the world following the recommendation from health authorities that people wear them in public. But merely wearing one doesn’t necessarily mean you’re protected ― or protecting anyone else.
Simple Mistakes People Make When Using Face Masks:
The purpose of wearing face masks is to help prevent you from accidentally spreading or catching an infectious disease that, like COVID-19, it is spread through respiratory droplets primarily.
It is estimated that 25% of people infected with the novel coronavirus may not be experiencing any symptoms. And it is for this reason people are now encouraged to wear masks to protect others when they are out in the community.
Knowing that some asymptomatic people could spread the virus before they have symptoms. We now need to live our lives with the view that anyone you meet could potentially infect you. That is the awful reality of this pandemic.
To stop the spread of COVID-19, and avoid infecting yourself, you need to follow essential guidelines when putting on your mask and avoid making these consequential yet straightforward mistakes.
When worn correctly, N95 respirators, the type that doctors use, they are fitted closely to the face. Whether you are using a surgical mask or a homemade mask, you may have the sides away from the cheeks, which are open and fitting too loosely. You do not want the mask to ‘bulge’ out in this way.
The objective is to create a barrier, to keep out as much air/virus as possible. You are not going to achieve a flawless seal when wearing a surgical mask or with a homemade mask. You aim to make it fit as tight as possible and secure enough to not slide down the face.
It also needs to be comfortable on your face. You may have to wear it for many hours, depending on your workplace.
Surgical masks tend to have a bit of gap on the sides, and around the nose, people need to do their best to tighten and close these spaces with the straps or metal strips across the nose where fitted.
A problem for men is if they have facial hair/beards. It can be a hinder to masks from fitting close to the skin. A recommendation for people with beards is to trim them close to their faces or consider shaving them off while the pandemic is spreading. The ‘fuller’ and ‘fluffier’ the beard is, the mask will lose its optimal functionality.
If you cover just the tip of your nose, it’s going to leave air gaps on the top of your mask where contaminated air can go in and out. That’s why its recommended that the mask sits high up on your nose and not the tip.
Your Face Mask Covers Your Mouth Only:
If you are wearing your mask too low, so it only covers your mouth, I’m afraid that’s incorrect. You risk becoming infected yourself or making someone else unwell. Some people breathe partially or entirely through the nose; this is one way you can become infected by breathing in viral particles.
Similarly, if you are infected and sneeze with the mask covering the mouth only, you generate respiratory droplets that spread and can contaminate people who are nearby.
If the mask does not cover your nose, you also risk contamination from the mask itself, which is, in effect, collecting germs and droplets on its exterior throughout the day. Cross-contamination could occur from the mask through the nose and into the body as it rubs against the nostrils.
The Mask Comes In Contact With Your Body Or Other Items:
Imagine if the coronavirus is on your hair, forehead, chin, neck, hands, body, or clothes. You then touch these areas with the inside of the mask before fitting it, this now creates a real danger of self-contamination.
If any of these areas are contaminated and then place the mask against the nose and mouth area, the nose has vulnerable mucous membranes – infection can occur. Self-awareness is essential at all times.
Another mistake is to leave it resting on your neck when not on your face.
The mask shouldn’t be around your neck if you’ve already been wearing it. If there was any contamination attached to the mask, you don’t want it coming into contact with the neck area. You may then touch that area with your hand and put it near your eyes, nose, or mouth and risk infecting yourself.
The whole purpose of wearing the face mask is to protect your nose and mouth and to protect others from any coughs or sneezes from droplets.
When you put on and take off a mask, you also need to be careful not to touch the front of the mask. Please do not touch the mask itself, remove the mask by holding the ear loops, ties or elastic that is attached too it.
When you remove the mask, you should place it in a secure bag (mark name on bag) or separate containment area. By doing this, you prevent contamination too or from other sites, and do NOT leave the mask hanging around your neck.
Always Remember to wash your hands or use a hand sanitiser before you put a face mask on, and after you take it off.
Clean Your Mask Properly If You Need To Re-use It:
If you are planning to reuse your mask (as many will need to as they are not easy to purchase), you need to make sure it does not become another contamination zone.
To be extra safe, I would recommend you wash them every day. Homemade fabric masks can go in the washing machine to ensure they are safe to wear in your daily activities.
Medical experts have said that N95/FFP3 masks can be steam cleaned. You can do this by placing the mask over a pot of boiling water for about 10 minutes, do not let the mask become saturated. It needs to be ‘air-dried’ thoroughly afterward. Once a mask is visibly damaged or badly soiled, safely dispose of it.
A research team in China published a study in the ‘Journal of Medical Virology’ on using steam effectively to sanitize surgical masks and N95 respirators.
The sanitization process, which used avian coronavirus of infectious bronchitis virus to mimic the new coronavirus, was simple. Contaminated masks were placed in plastic bags and steamed over boiling tap water in a kitchen pot.
“The avian coronavirus was completely inactivated after being steamed for 5 minutes,” wrote the Chinese researchers, who conducted the study at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Qingdao Agricultural University, Qingdao, China.
The effectiveness of the masks was unaffected by exposure to steam as long as two hours, the Chinese researchers wrote. “In this study, mask decontamination with steam on boiling water is without abrasive physical or chemical action. This can account for its excellent performance in maintaining the masks’ blocking efficacy.”
In addition to not damaging the masks, the steam treatment has other benefits, they wrote. “This measure has other advantages including safety, not requiring special agents or devices, and rapid inactivation of most microbes potentially attached to the surface of masks.”
Have you had problems with buying face masks? Have you had to resort to making your face mask, do you feel as safe going out using a homemade face mask? Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.
How Our Light Will Expose Your Beauty – About Tria
Influenced by the way professional treatments offer superior results, Tria products give you the same technology used by dermatologists in your home. We are allowing you to enjoy for the first time the benefits of ‘light-based’ skincare. Tria understand the importance of being able to better yourself in the quiet privacy of your home – it’s convenient, affordable, immediate, and superior to other alternatives.
Tria light-based skincare is an advanced, revolutionary approach for delivering clinically proven effectiveness. It will unburden you from harsh tropical treatments and ineffective skincare regimens. Light gently interacts below the skin’s surface, with results that offer the potential for glowing, healthy, beautiful, smooth skin.
Liberate With Light – Trusted by Dermatologists
Working carefully with renowned dermatologists and surgeons to transform at-home skincare remedies. Tria engineering team conduct extensive clinical research and are committed to continually testing and improving our products. Also, all of our innovative devices are FDA-approved.
Tria has moved ahead by taking innovative ideas and push forward technological advances delivering ‘light science’ discoveries to bring revolutionary skincare of the highest quality and standards home to you.
Powered by the same in-house Diode Laser Technology used by dermatologists. Tria Hair Removal Lasers are the first and only FDA-cleared at-home lasers to remove unwanted hair but at a fraction of the cost of a salon treatment.
The Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X is the only clinically-proven laser available for home use. It uses the same diode laser technology favored by dermatologists to target and permanently disable the hair follicle to prevent hair from regrowing, for good.
Farewell To Undesirable Hair
You’re only a few sessions away from having smooth skin – permanently. And as the only FDA-cleared laser technology available for home use, Tria reduces up to 70% of unwanted hair after just two treatments in as little as three months.
The Power of Tria
Tria Hair Removal Lasers have up to three times more hair eliminating energy than any other at-home hair removal device. Safe and effective, you’ll get the permanent results of a professional treatment.
Understanding Hair Removal
Are you searching for a permanent, safe solution to remove unwanted body and facial hair?
There are now an array of home and salon treatments on the market. It can be time-consuming trying to understand the countless number of options and confusing to know which solution is the most effective.
Tria Beauty is here to help! When researching hair removal options, one of the critical elements to understand is the difference between Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology. Understanding the processes involved and the results you can expect from each.
Recommended Skin Tone
The Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X is created to perform on naturally light brown to black body hair. The Hair Removal Laser 4X works on the dark pigment in the hair. For that reason, lighter hair colors such as blond, white, red, or gray will not absorb enough of the laser’s energy to debilitate the hair follicle.
How It Works
Tria hair removal lasers house the same core ‘diode‘ technology used by professional Dermatologists. This technology is shown to be more efficient for permanent hair removal results in comparison to Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology.
Because our lasers disable the hair follicles by targeting the color pigment at the root, You could be enjoying smooth, permanently hair-free skin.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to use the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X on facial hair?
Yes, the Tria Laser 4X can be used on women’s facial hair (cheek line downward). Although it is not advised for Men to use it on their face, this is due to the density of facial hair.
How long does a battery charge last?
Each charge on the Tria Laser 4X lasts approx’ 30 minutes. The battery life allows users to stay focused on the area they are treating, and aware of ‘overlapping’ during treatment. As a rule, a single battery charge should be enough to treat a larger area, such as the lower leg. Or, various small areas, such as the upper lip and underarms.
Why do I have to shave before using the laser 4X?
We advise that you prepare your skin before each Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X treatment to obtain the best results.
Cleanse the treatment area thoroughly by removing all cosmetics, lotions, and creams from the area you wish to treat. (This will allow the laser treatment to penetrate the skin easily.)
Thoroughly Shave the treatment area using a new razor. By doing this, it will enable the laser treatment to be most effective as the laser works on the hair inside the follicle beneath the surface of the skin.
Remove any shaving cream or soap on the skin with a cool, damp cloth and dry the area thoroughly.
Please note: It is not advisable to wax or pluck hair any time between treatments as both methods remove the hair from the follicle. The hair needs to be present inside the follicle for the ‘Hair Removal Laser’ precision treatments to be fully effective.
Can I use my Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X more than every two weeks?
It is recommended using the Laser 4X every two weeks for best results. This treatment protocol is ideal for targeting the hair follicle at the correct stage of its growth cycle. To obtain permanent results, treat the area once every two weeks until you reach the desired result – (Dr. Ronald Wheeland Head of UA Section of Dermatology, MD, FACP – Lasers in Surgery and Medicine-2007)
Can The Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X Be Used With My Hair Color?
The Hair Removal Laser 4X is intended to use on naturally light brown to black body hair. The Hair Removal Laser 4X penetrates the dark pigment in the hair. Lighter colors such as blonde, white, red, or gray will not take in enough of the laser’s energy to disable the hair follicle.
Note: Hair color may vary from one area to another. It can be darker or lighter on different parts of the body, so check the color in the area you wish to treat is suitable to use the laser on it.
How Long Does It Take Before I See Results?
After Your First Treatment:
Occasionally, some users can experience mild redness after using the laser, but this quickly dissipates within 24 hours.
After The First Month:
Clinical studies have shown up to 70% growth reduction after just two treatments.
After 2-3 Months Of Treatment:
Hair re-growth will begin to be less and the hairs’ finer’.
You will start to see a noticeable reduction in the amount of hair re-growth, notably so in areas where the hair is dense.
After Three Months Of Treatment:
The hair follicles deactivated by the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X will stop growing hair. You should continue to use the Tria Laser 4X as and when required for ‘touch-ups’ until your skin is smooth and you are free of the endless hassle of shaving and waxing – (Dr. Ronald Wheeland Named Head of UA Section of Dermatology, MD, FACP – Lasers in Surgery and Medicine-2007)
How Do I Unlock The Tria Laser 4X?
Use the following procedure to unlock the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X:
1. Remove the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X from the battery charger.
2. Holding the device press the power button to turn on. The display window will now show that the device is locked.
3. The red light you see at the bottom of the device is the Skin Sensor. Hold the bottom of the device on the area you are going to treat; this will check your skin tone to see if it is compatible to use the laser on it.
If it shows that the device IS suitable to be used in the area that you wish to remove hair from the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X emits a buzzing sound. On the display screen, the ‘lock’ indicator will disappear, and it is ready to be used.
If the ‘lock’ sign remains on the display screen and you do not hear a series of ‘beeps,’ this indicates that the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X is not suitable for use with the skin tone in that area.
In the ‘Instructions for Use’ check that the skin tone in the area you wish to treat corresponds with the tone on the ‘Skin Tone + Hair Color Chart.’ You may not be using the skin sensor correctly and should try the skin test again. To do this, lift the sensor from your skin and follow steps 1 to 3 once more.
Note: When the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X is idle for approximately 3 minutes, to save the battery, the device will automatically turn off.
Can Other People Use My Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X?
No. The Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X has been designed for personal use only. For personal/hygiene reasons allowing other people to use the device is not recommended.
Is It Safe To Use The Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X On My Genitals?
No. It is not safe to use the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X on genitals. The skin around these areas may be far more sensitive, have a darker skin tone, and greater hair density. Use of the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X in these areas may cause severe skin injury. It is safe to use the Hair Removal Laser 4X around the bikini line, the pubic hair which is visible beyond the borderline of a swimsuit.
Can A Teenager Use The Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X?
The Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X is not to be used by or on anyone under the age of 18yrs. Using the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X on or by children has not been studied and could result in serious injury.
Can I Use The Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X On Tattoos?
No. Do not use the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X on parts of your skin that are darker than your usual skin tone. That includes tattoos, dark brown or black spots (such as large freckles, moles or birthmarks). Dark skin or tattoos may absorb too much laser light, which can lead to injury of that area.
Anyone looking to break away from the constant, never-ending cycle of hair removal this is the answer to your prayers!
The most impressive feature about the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X is that it does the same to your hair as if you went to a professional salon, permanent hair removal. Only they will charge you ten times more to do it, and you get to do it out of the doctor’s clinic and in the comfort of your home.
I have used this on my legs and underarms and am now ‘permanently’ free of the dreaded hair removal creams, waxing, and shaving. Tria Home Laser Treatment does work, and my only regret is not buying one sooner!
I do hope you have found this review on ‘Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X (Permanent Hair Removal)’ to be helpful and informative.
If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment box below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.
When we see the sun shining, and feel the warm weather on our skin, it does wonders for our bodies. We like nothing more than stripping down to our bathing costume and getting color to our pale winter complexion. But with it comes the extra burden of having to shave, wax, and laser exposed, unwanted hair on our bared bodies. So, allow us to share with you The 7 Best Hair Removal Techniques – The Ultimate Guide For You And Your Body.
The Smooth Silky Feel Of Hair Free Skin
Some of the options available to us are – shaving, waxing, laser, or epilators. But which method is best when it comes to expense, comfort, and convenience? Learn the pros and cons of the most popular techniques and the best devices available for people who prefer the ‘smooth, silky’ feel of hair-free skin.
For some people, the preference is to leave the hair to grow as nature designed. After all, we do grow hair on our body for a reason – warmth, hygiene, and to protect against uncomfortable friction.
For others, no reason justifies the sight of a hairy body, and they search for a hair removal process to remove every last strand growing from the eyebrows down! It’s a personal decision, and ultimately your choice, but once you find your solution, it’s a blissful ‘hair-free’ result.
Before you decide on the method to display a smooth ‘beach-babe’ body this summer, make sure your preferred hair-removal technique is kind to your skin. Read on to find your preferred weapon!
The razor is the cheapest, and one of the simplest methods we rely on to remove hair. The big drawback with this is that it can leave your skin bumpy, stubbly, and even bloody if you are not careful with the razor!
Another unwelcome problem is ‘ingrown’ hairs. Due to the razor cutting the hair at an angle, it tends to regrow inward, especially if the hair is curly. The result is bumpy and inflamed, and often infected skin which will not resolve until you remove the ingrown hair.
Other possible complications as a result of shaving include scarring, breaking fine capillaries when removing the hair and hyperpigmentation – permanent dark marks after healing.
One possible benefit of using the razor is that it does have a moderate exfoliating effect. The blade removes dead skin cells from the surface as you shave, which leaves skin feeling smoother.
How can you prep beforehand?
Hair becomes 60 percent easier to cut when it’s softened in a warm bath for two to three minutes beforehand. Certain products are available to make shaving more straightforward, like Venus’s Satin Care. Applied before shaving it will aid the process and ensure that skin is well-nourished and hydrated. In contrast to other hair-removal methods, hair length is not such a relevant factor so that you can do it as and when required!
How long will it last?
Don’t go with the shaving method if you are looking for the ‘remove and forget’ system! Shaven skin doesn’t last long, and the length of time can depend on individual skin pattern. If you go with the wet shave procedure, you can expect results to last somewhere between one and three days. But dry shaving will get you less, only 24 hours of smooth skin.
How It Works:
To remove hair first apply moisturized shaving lotion/gel, this allows for blades to glide over moistened skin. Using long clean strokes go against the direction of the hair growth, pulling the skin taut.
Underarms, bikini area, and legs.
Shaving is a convenient option; it’s painless and effective, also gently exfoliates dry, flaky skin on legs to keep them looking extra-smooth. Wet shaving gives a very ‘close’ smooth shave.
While shaving does reveal beautifully smooth skin, you have to keep on doing it frequently, almost on a daily basis to maintain the smooth results!
An excellent choice for busy women
How It Works:
Passing a small electrical machine with a fine mesh screen covering the blades across the skin’s surface, catching hairs. Blades move laterally, cutting the hairs against the edge of the screen.
Legs, bikini area, underarms
Quick, safe, and convenient, and because you do it ‘dry,’ it’s easy to do on the go. Suitable for most people and a good option for those with sensitive skin.
The smooth feel doesn’t last quite as long as wet shaving. A little more maintenance required, the shaver needs looking after properly, with regular cleaning and replacing the blade annually.
Excellent as a gentle and quick hair removal method.
Hair removal creams like Veet and other specific creams work by dissolving hair at the skin level. Once applied and left for the set time, you then use a ‘spatula’ type tool provided or use a cloth or sponge to wash away the cream with the ‘broken’ hairs. The remainder of the hair stays in the follicle and is ‘detached’ evenly, this means there is less chance of getting ingrown hairs when the hair starts to grow back.
All of this sounds perfect for you; well hold on for a moment before making a decision.
No Pain – But Is That The Full Story?
Of all the hair removal options available to you, depilatory creams are, without a doubt the least painful. So, if your pain threshold is low, and the thoughts of putting a razor near your delicate parts brings you out in a cold sweat, but you still feel the need to remove hair, creams are as gentle an option as they come.
It is an excellent choice for those hard-to-reach and more sensitive areas of the body. Hair removal creams are also a great starting option for those wanting to remove hair for the first time.
However, don’t think these creams come with a risk attached to them. These products can give you chemical burns because they are strongly alkaline. A burn wound is more likely to occur if you leave the product on for longer than instructed on the packaging.
Certain types of hair are not removed effectively within the time frame stated; therefore, patients will leave them on longer. By the time the hair gets dissolved, the skin gets burnt.
Before you decide to use hair removal creams, consider what your skin type is. If you have sensitive skin that generally reacts to chemicals in cosmetics, it may be best to stay away from this type of hair removal. If you decide to use them, be sure to do a ‘skin patch’ test to ensure your skin can tolerate the chemicals in them. You must read the instructions thoroughly before using.
How long will it last?
As the hair breaks off just below the skin’s surface, you can expect regrowth in around two to three days. All the surface hair will be removed, with smooth skin is achieved quickly, but the results are not as long-lasting as other methods.
How It Works:
Apply the cream to the area you want to remove the hair. Ensure that every strand is covered so the cream will chemically start dissolving the hair at the surface of the skin. Look at the recommended timings on the packet for the correct time needed for it to work. Set your alarm do not second guess how long to leave it on. When time is up, take the plastic spatula and scrape away the cream or step into the shower and wash the unwanted hair away. Make sure you remove the cream thoroughly, or you risk developing a ‘slow burn’ or allergic reaction.
Upper lip, bikini area, and underarms. Probably not suitable for larger areas.
Pain-free, simple to do and inexpensive. If you’re prone to shaving rash, then hair removal cream could be an excellent option to consider. Unlike when you use razors, it doesn’t cut the hair at an angle. You are less likely to get that irritated, itchy feeling when the hairs grow back or the dreaded ingrown hairs!
Can be messy and difficult to apply, and not that suitable for doing large areas. Skin irritation can be a problem from chemical ingredients, so it’s best to do a skin patch test the day before you apply to a large area.
Best for doing smaller areas like face and underarms. It does leave the treated area hair-free and smooth.
Epilation Root Hair Removal
With this method, you remove your body hair by the root, no ‘slicing’ off from the top here! It takes a few weeks for the hair to grow back, and when it does, it is usually softer and thinner than before. The real benefit of using these hair removal methods is that it lets you enjoy smooth skin for up to 4 weeks, happy days!
Epilators are small mechanical hand-held devices that simultaneously pluck multiple hairs from the root. Yes, this may sound like a torture device. Pain tolerance varies in people, and for those with sensitive skin, the thoughts of using an epilator for the first time can be daunting and painful. It may surprise you just how pleasant they are to use, once you get used to them.
Many of the devices that you can buy today are designed to use on wet or dry skin, so they are just as easy to use in the shower as a razor. Some of the better brands remove hair as short as a grain of sand, impressive stuff! That’s four times shorter than waxing – and lasts for up to four weeks.
Personal preference is to use the epilator in the bath or shower. The wet skin gives a smoother surface for the epilator to glide across. The hydrated hairs are also more comfortable to ‘pluck’ from the root. With each use of the epilator, you experience less discomfort making it well worth the effort.
How To Make Using The Epilator Less Painful
Warm baths or showers makes the hair softer and open the pores in your skin. Epilating is more comfortable while you shower or just after a warm shower for this reason.
Try exfoliating your skin a few days before epilating to help remove dead skin. Also, exfoliate a few days after using the epilator to minimize the risk of ingrown hairs.
Shave the area you want to use the epilator on 2-3 days before your first session. By shaving, this will reduce the number of hairs available for epilating, and your first time will be less painful. Also, it is an excellent way to begin to condition your skin to tolerate minor pain. Continue to epilate every few days, removing more hairs as they grow out.
Make sure to place the epilator on as flat a surface as possible on tight skin to make it easier to skim along. In areas where the skin is not firm, such as your armpits or upper thighs pull the skin taut so that the device can capture as many hairs in every pass. Fewer passes over the same spot mean less pain.
If your skin is extra sensitive, use a numbing cream to numb your skin temporarily for epilation. You won’t feel the pain as much and is an excellent option for more sensitive areas such as the underarms.
How It Works:
By using a hand-held electric device. The device has a head of rotating that uses’ tweezers.’ As you move it along the skin’s surface, it removes hairs as it goes. Because it removes the hair strand from the root, as opposed to shaving that only removes the hair from the skin surface, it is a smoother, longer lasting hair removal technique.
Can be used on all body parts – legs, arms, underarms, bikini area, and face.
Ultra-smooth results, lasting up to four weeks. It is mess-free, and new models come with an extra attachment for removing unwanted hair from specific areas such as the face. Most epilators available today can be used on wet or dry skin.
It is painful to use, at least until you become accustomed to it, especially in more sensitive areas.
Epilators can remove extremely short hairs, as short as 0.5mm. Unlike waxing which needs hair lengths of 2-3mm for optimal results, so there’s no need to wait for unsightly hair regrowth.
The epilator removes the hair at the root, when it does grow back at around the four-week stage, the tip tends to be tapered, which results in it having a more delicate appearance. Also, regular use of the epilator can reduce the number of ingrown hairs.
The popularity of waxing as a hair removal choice is mainly due to its long-lasting effects as waxing removes the hair from the root. The hair needs to be relatively long, around 3-4mm in length for the wax to be able to grip and remove the whole strand.
Waxing, like epilating, comes with a severe ‘Ouch’ reputation, you should brace yourself for the most sensitive areas such as the bikini line. The pain is temporary and eases after a few minutes. Long-lasting effects are one of the reasons why this hair removal method has become a firm favorite. The silver lining at the end of your wax treatment is that you won’t have to go through the agony for around four to six weeks.
What Parts Of My Body Can I Wax?
Most people say you can wax from the eyebrows down, but I would advise against using the wax hair removal method on the face.
Waxing, especially when it comes to the sensitive eyebrow and upper lip area can cause significant skin damage as it removes a top layer of delicate skin when you use it. The sensitive, thin skin around the eyes has no oil glands, and you should use as gentle a method as possible to remove hair from this area. It’s fine to use wax on the body, but it’s too rough on the skin around the eyes. Maybe stick to ‘threading’ or ‘tweezers’ when dealing with the eyebrows, and laser as a permanent solution for the upper lip.
If you are thinking of having your first bikini wax, I would recommend having your legs waxed a couple of times beforehand. By doing this, you will get an idea of how it works, and be ready for when your more sensitive areas are to be waxed.
Waxing – How It Works:
Apply hot or cold wax to the skin in the direction of hair growth. Leave it to solidify, and fabric strips are smoothed on and quickly stripped off going against the direction the hair grows, pulling the hair out with it. An alternative option is pre-made wax strips; these are also a little easier to deal with for the do-it-yourself beautician.
Hot wax is spread thickly onto the area to be waxed, and allowed to semi-dry before it is peeled from the surface of the skin. It can also be reapplied a few times without causing discomfort. The benefits include fewer in-grown hairs, less ‘breakage’ and therefore extended regrowth periods.
Strip wax, on the other hand, is ideal for use over larger areas with thicker, less sensitive skin. We would recommend this for the legs, back, chest, and arms.
When you use any hair-removal methods that pull the hair from the root, exfoliating the skin is always a good idea. You should prepare from the evening before by using gentle exfoliation to help the hairs leave the root. It’s also essential to remain hydrated, as the more hydrated the skin, the easier the hair strand comes out, so up your water intake beforehand.
Is it best to have waxing done by an expert?
A lot of people avoid waxing the more sensitive areas themselves due to bad experiences. If left to be done by a professional therapist it will give you the best and long-lasting hair-free finish.
Legs, bikini, underarms, and upper lip.
Wax can keep skin hair-free for weeks, so you don’t have to think about hair removal for between four to six weeks.
The finer the hair, the longer the smooth look lasts. If the area has been shaved, the smoothness lasts for a shorter period as the hairs tend to grow back thicker after being shaved, and at different lengths. However, with continuous waxing, the number of hair strands decreases, and hair-free time gets longer.
The obvious drawback is that waxing is painful. Also, you have to wait until hairs are long enough before you can wax them again. A problem particularly in the summer if you want to bare your legs or hate the feeling of regrowing hairs. After you wax, the skin can be left dry.
If you decide to do-it-yourself, it can be tricky and a little messy. If you go to a professional salon, it can get expensive. Finally, wax can miss very short hairs.
Great if you find having to do hair removal frequently and a ‘hassle,’ and you are seeking long term hair-free skin.
Professional therapists advised that you do not exercise directly after waxing, expose skin to the sun, or apply ‘strong’ cosmetic products for 24 hours.
A lot of women now prefer to have their eyebrows and the little annoying hairs on their face removed using threading instead of waxing or shaving. ‘Threading’ is not that traumatic for the skin, making it an excellent option to use on sensitive areas like the eyebrow or upper lip.
The threading method is unlikely to damage skin, as it is gentler than using tweezers, but it has a significant downside. Due to the small areas that are treated with each ‘threading,’ it’s only feasible for use on small areas of the skin.
Threading – How It Works:
Taking a fine length of cotton thread and twining it around each hair, you then pull the thread quickly apart, in doing so you remove the hair along with it.
Small, delicate areas – upper lip and eyebrows.
The hairs are removed from the root, so regrowth is slow, and the hairs do not grow back ‘prickly.’
A relatively slow process, since the hairs need to be pulled out one by one. It’s quite a specialized procedure, so you should go to a well-trained professional.
Great for eyebrows – once women have tried it, most will stay with this type of eyebrow hair removal method.
‘Tweezing’ is a perfect way to maintain eyebrows and any unruly stray hairs. The problem is that because it tackles one hair at a time, it’s an arduous method if you want to remove a significant amount of hair. So, when it comes to legs or underarms, it’s best to employ other techniques. If you’re a perfectionist when it comes to having smooth skin, having tweezers on hand after a wax or shave can be helpful to remove the remaining stubborn strands.
Using tweezers works best when the pores are open to free the hair from the follicles grip. Dab a cold flannel over the skin once you’ve finished, this helps to reduce redness and close the pores, keeping out unwanted infections.
Depending on the type of hair you’re hoping to remove. Use a slant tip tweezers for coarse and longer length hair. For fine strands and stubble-like hairs, the point tweezers would be easier to ‘grab’ using their more delicate tips.
Whether it’s to tidy up your eyebrows or tackling pesky flyaways, tweezers should be a mainstay in your beauty bag.
How It Works:
Take the tweezers between the forefinger and thumb, grasp the hair and quick tug. Always pull the hair in the direction the hair grows to avoid breakage, never yank or tug on eyebrow hairs. Use tweezers with a neat precision tip to isolate, lift, and then pluck the hair from the root.
Small, delicate areas – upper lip and eyebrows.
A very effective way to get your eyebrows shaped precisely how you want them, and lasts for around 3-4 weeks.
Only suitable for plucking small dealing with small areas. Excessive plucking or applying aggressive skin care treatments can cause eyebrows to fall out
Tweezing allows you to shape and get more defined eyebrows. Once you have mastered the technique, you can keep your eyebrows in perfect shape.
Intense Pulse Light
IPL – Intense Pulse Light is a relatively new hair removal method whose popularity has grown over the last few years. It works by sending flashes of light that affect the regrowth of body hair. It is derived from the professional methods used by dermatologists.
IPL is a long-term solution, so should not be your go-to method if you’re after immediate hair removal. It uses a broad-spectrum pulse of light to attack melanin in the hair. The technique can slow regrowth by as much as 92 percent.
How It Works:
Place the machine onto the target area and let the pulse of lights do their thing.
A narrow beam of concentrated light focuses on a small section of skin. The pigment absorbs the light in the hair follicle below the skin surface, heating the hair follicle, and impairing hair growth depending on the stage of the growth cycle. The paler your skin is, and the darker your hair, the more successful the hair removal treatment is going to be.
For IPL to work successfully, there are specific criteria that need to be met.
Dr. Stefanie Williams, a cosmetic dermatologist at Philips Lumea, explains:
“IPL works by targeting the melanin in the hair in contrast to the melanin in the skin. Due to the low levels of melanin in light-blonde, white, grey, and red hair, all light-based hair removal treatments are not effective.
IPL treatment is also not suitable for women with naturally dark skin tones. There is a risk the light may react with the melanin in the skin and not the hair. There are products on the market which claim to be able to treat red and very light blonde hair. However, I would approach these products with caution and ensure that you do plenty of research before purchasing to ensure that it will work for you.” – Dr. Stefanie Williams, a cosmetic dermatologist at Philips Lumea
The area you are treating needs to be hair-free before using the IPL. It is recommended to shave the area as opposed to other methods before using the IPL. For IPL to work, there has to be a hair ‘bulb’ in the follicle. The ‘bulb’ absorbs the light from the device, and the hair root will die and eventually shed the hair.
Wikipedia Advice On IPL
“Contrary to what is often claimed, photo epilation is not a permanent hair removal method but a permanent hair reduction method. Although IPL treatments will permanently reduce the total number of body hairs, they will not result in permanent removal of all hair.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intense_pulsed_light
IPL works anywhere on the body that grows hair below the eyes. Many of the home devices come with attachments for different body areas. Before purchasing, it’s important to note your skin tone and hair color.
They are quicker to use now and less painful than it used to be as broader sections of the skin can now be treated in one go. The hair is discouraged from growing back, existing hair sheds naturally, and regrowth is considerably slowed down.
The skin requires shaving before each treatment. Results are not permanent. So you need multiple procedures. You should not go in the sun for up to six weeks, either side of your treatment. Changes to the pigment in your skin can increase the risk of sunburn. The closer your hair color to your skin color, the higher the risk of burning and potential scarring.
Intense Pulsed Light (Ipl) Technology
IPL devices provide a broad spectrum of colors and wavelengths, similar to a light bulb. It is not possible to focus the light energy into a precise, concentrated light beam.
The light energy of IPL diffuses on the skin that surrounds the hair follicle. In doing so, it loses some of its power on the surface of the skin, and it is not so precise on the actual hair follicle. For this reason, it works more on hair ‘reduction’ treatment as opposed to ‘permanent’ hair-free solution.
An excellent option for areas that cause distress, like the upper lip and underarms. Existing hair sheds naturally, and regrowth is slowed down. Application is incredibly straightforward; you treat the desired area of the body every two weeks for eight weeks, to reduce hair growth by up to 92 percent. After the initial phase, you treat the area every six to eight weeks to maintain the results.
Diode Laser Treatment
If you’re considering using a laser device for hair removal, it pays to do your research first. It’s all too easy to be lured into the promise of a life free from the stress of hair removal. But it’s mightily important to read up on the facts (and side effects) first, and to make sure this procedure is right for you and your skin!
We have seen that when it comes to hair removal, there are a variety of options available to you, from waxing, threading, shaving to tweezing. But laser hair removal is one of the few choices that offer a more permanent approach to getting rid of body hair. The perfect combination to get the best results are – Dark Hair and Fair Skin.
What Is The Difference Between A Diode Laser and IPL Technology?
Both methods will leave your skin smooth and hair-free, yet how do you decide between ‘Laser’ and ‘IPL’ – (Intense Pulsed Light) hair removal methods
A Diode Laser device offers a ‘safe to use at home’ permanent hair Removal solution, whereas IPL offers permanent hair Reduction.
Note the difference – ‘Permanent Removal‘ as opposed to ‘Permanent Reduction.’ The variation may seem irrelevant, but it makes a world of difference to having unwanted hair, and having to go through the process of hair removal every few weeks!
Diode Laser Or IPL – Which Is More Effective?
‘Diode Laser Technology’ is recommended for hair removal with permanent results, while IPL is recommended for hair reduction.
Diode Laser Technology
Diode Lasers work by producing a single spectrum of intensely concentrated pure light in one single red color and wavelength.
The laser is exact and targets the dark pigment (melanin) in your hair follicle. It heats the follicle and removes its ability to regrow hair, without touching or heating the surrounding skin.
Diode Lasers create more heat and light energy aimed directly to the hair follicle and only target melanin (the pigment that gives hair its color).
Because the laser is so accurate and ‘hits’ only the hair follicle it can offer a more permanent solution to hair removal.
A Diode Laser device is a little more expensive to buy than an IPL device. However, in this case, you are getting a ‘game-changer’ in hair removal, and the answer to finding permanent hair-free skin.
Using A Diode Laser Device Will Give You:
–Precision: Targets dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.
–Speed: Treats many hairs at the same time in an area approximately the size of a quarter, every second.
–Efficacy: For all skin types.
–FDA Cleared: Proven through dermatologist-led clinical studies, the Hair Removal Laser is FDA-cleared for safe and effective use.
The inference seems to be that Diode Laser outperforms IPL for hair removal when comparing satisfaction level, safety, and effectiveness.
Nowadays, you’ll find a wide range of home-based treatments and Salon Services for hair removal.
Which do you prefer, dealing with your hair removal at home or going to a salon?
Doing it yourself at home will save you time and money, yet, to begin with, you’ll have to do it more regularly. Having hair removal treatment in a salon will give you expert advice from a professional and can lead to faster results. In either case, the outcome is going to be similar – a considerable reduction in body hair.
Summing-up – The 7 Best Hair Removal Techniques
My preference is to deal with hair removal at home. I find it easier to fit it into my schedule and less intrusive. Also, I have found the perfect device for personal use in the Diode Laser. Tria Hair Removal Lasers have three times more hair eliminating energy than any other at-home hair removal device.
Safe and effective, you’ll get the permanent results of a professional treatment. As it is a permanent hair removal device, I believe that it will ultimately significantly reduce the time I have to spend dealing with hair removal.
I do hope you have found this post on ‘The 7 Best Hair Removal Techniques – Ultimate Guide For You and Your Body‘ to be helpful and informative.
If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment box below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.
Christophe Robin fully understands the significance of treating the hair and scalp with care and respect, a core value that would lead him to establish his own hair care brand in 1999. All of his products are free of parabens, alcohol, silicon, and ammonium, and his range covers all hair care needs.
Hairdresser To Celebrities And Models
Christophe Robins is the French-born, Paris-based colorist, a name known all over the world for exceptional hair care qualities. His name will eternally be linked to Catherine Deuneuve’s famous blond locks, and many other famous celebrities and models. He has created his own line of premium haircare products for anyone who can’t visit his world-renowned salon in Paris.
Many hair care products claim to be ‘one of a kind,’ that they simply are the best product for you! After hearing and reading this so often through advertising, it’s easy for all of those fantastic superlative exclamations to fade into the distance. But, fear not, I have found a hair product that bucks the trend! Christophe Robin’s Cleansing Purifying Scrub has transformed the life of my hair and scalp, redefining how I approach caring for my cherished locks.
With the help of Christophe Robin Hair Care products, you can give your hair and scalp a deep cleanse, and see how more vibrant they appear.
One of my particular favorites is his Cleansing Purifying Scrub. The formula is made from sea salt, sweet almond oil, and tree moss extract, makes your scalp feel thoroughly exfoliated. The scrub removes unwelcome build-up, purifies your scalp, and leaves your hair feeling light and moisturized.
The cleansing, purifying scrub is ideal as a detox treatment as it cleanses and restores balance to sensitive or oily scalps. It is also great to use as a post-color treatment to soothe those tingling and itching sensations you sometimes experience after your hair is colored.
Whether you have fine wispy hair that needs a little lift, colored hair that needs protecting, or thick hair that need nourishment, there is a Christophe Robin haircare routine for you, and once you’ve tried it, you’ll never look back.
Christophe Robin – Cleansing Purifying Scalp Scrub
BENEFITS – Cleanses; Purifies; Detoxifies; Hydrates and soothes scalps
TEXTURE – Compact texture
How To Use – Detox Treatment
Apply approximately one tablespoon on damp hair. Gently massaging the scalp, add a little water then lather, taking care to reach the nape of the neck. Rinse thoroughly, you can then apply a nourishing treatment on the length and ends of the hair to repair any damaged areas, rinse thoroughly.
Use it at home as part of an effective detox routine. Start with the scrub, which is applied just like a shampoo. You only need a small amount of this highly concentrated formula to get results. Take a small amount of scrub and emulsify in your hands, then apply on damp hair. Add a little water and lather, gently rubbing your head in circular motions to stimulate the blood circulation and lift the hair away. Concentrate on the nape of the neck, which is prone to irritation, then rinse. The product can be used as an occasional treatment for itchy scalps, or as a purifying treatment twice a week.
Post-color soothing treatment:
This is Ideal for eliminating any chemical residues, which may have become embedded on the scalp. Instantly soothes itching and calms irritation. An added bonus is that this pot should last for ages.
“I am fascinated by women’s natural beauty and the techniques used to enhance it. Showing off their skin tone, eyes, and complexion without letting color dominate, ever… I want people to say a woman is beautiful and not that she has a beautiful hair color. Every woman must be welcomed in the same way: I analyze their faces and the nature of their hair so I can work with pigments, light, and contrasts to find them the most natural-looking color. Over the years, I have tried to develop my product range for colored hair, based on the properties of rare or ancestral natural resources (prickly pear oil, lavender, chamomile, and lemon) to offer deep nourishing treatments for hair that also maintain vibrant color. Some of my products can now be used for skin as well as for the hair, for both men and women.”
“I often noticed that women suffered from itching and feelings of discomfort during and after coloring at my salon. Until now, the only effective solution to avoid these troublesome effects was using coarse salt dissolved in water and applied during rinsing. Inspired by this observation and the remedy used, I worked with my formulators to create a specific product designed for sensitive and oily scalps. My cleansing purifying scrub contains sea salt, a natural exfoliant, combined with hydrating active ingredients to help absorb all the polluting particles that suffocate the hair base while calming irritation. It has become the ideal accompaniment for hair detox treatments.”
Extract from – christophe-robin.com/my-story
My Final Thoughts
A truly great product for clean scalp and shiny hair. You need just a teaspoonful of the product for washing even long hair, it leaves your hair with a beautiful scent. I recommend you use the prickly pear oil regenerating mask afterward to nourish your hair. I followed the recommendation and used this after having my hair colored – it leaves your scalp clean, soothed, and removes any stain patches, and the color appears in its more natural shade, I assume the scrub removes some of the excessive pigments. An excellent product I would thoroughly recommend.
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Most of us have become accustomed to using face and body scrubs, exfoliating our face has become a regular event in our daily/weekly skincare routine. Despite this, very few people give little or no thought to using a ‘scalp scrub’ and seem to forget that the scalp is living skin too that requires some TLC from time to time.
What Is Scalp Exfoliation?
Even though the body naturally replaces dead skin cells with new, every so often you can give a helping hand in the form of exfoliation.
Scalp exfoliation involves using physical or chemical exfoliants to remove the build-up of excess skin cells, oil, and hair products. Many hair experts maintain that regular scalp exfoliation is the answer to having healthier, shinier hair from the roots to the tips.
The perfect way to ensure your hair grows healthy is once a week to go beyond just shampooing your hair by using a scalp detox treatment. With our scalp covered with hair, it is all too easy to keep in mind that the scalp is alive, and the hair strands are in fact going through their cycle and will eventually be shed.
We are all guilty for spending all of our time, and energy applying numerous products to achieve glamorous hairstyles, and overlook the reason we have hair in the first place; it’s all down to the scalp. Then we wonder why this leads to our scalp becoming dry, itchy, and flaky.
Well, it is the scalps way of telling us that something is wrong; in other words, you are suffocating me with products, ‘I can’t breathe!’
How To Exfoliate The Scalp For Healthier Hair
To have Healthy looking hair, it begins with a healthy scalp. But this frequently overlooked area is a choice spot for unwanted build-up – from styling products, natural oils, and sweat, all of which can ‘stifle’ the hair follicle, and lead to dull, flat hair with damaged and split ends. A viable solution embraced by many experts is the ‘scalp detox.’
As with the skin on our face, our scalp also contains sebaceous glands that make oil (sebum). In the right amount, sebum is beneficial for our hair and will make hair soft and shiny. The problems occur when there is an overproduction of sebum or build-up of oil on the scalp; this can then lead to dandruff.
Other issues to arise from an oily scalp are flare-ups of seborrheic dermatitis, a painful, chronic skin condition marked by red, greasy patches, burning, itching, and dandruff. Exfoliating by using a brush followed by a scalp scrub can help get rid of the dry flakes.
A lot of women try to wash their hair only once or twice a week because excessive washing leads to the hair thinning and can irritate the scalp. Detoxing your scalp at least once a week with a Purifying Cleansing Scrub is an excellent habit to get into, this will prevent your hair from getting too oily.
More importantly, though, having a healthy scalp is crucial to great-looking hair – and scrubs are great at creating balance and clarity. The primary role from using a ‘scrub’ is to stimulate circulation, get rid of dead skin cells, and eliminate product build-up at scalp level to encourage flourishing hair and a healthy wholesome shine.
To begin your scalp exfoliating treatment, it is best to start by ‘buffing’ the scalp with a’ teasing brush’ this helps to loosen any dry patches of skin on the scalp. Make sure you use gentle strokes because brushing too hard can irritate the scalp. After brushing, massage your scalp treatment into a dry scalp and hair for about 10 minutes.
You should look for a treatment that is lightweight so that it will rinse away quickly, and efficiently. Once you have thoroughly worked it into the scalp, you go through your regular wash, condition, and styling process.
Massage Your Head Regularly
Although it’s safe to massage the scalp daily, you should not exfoliate the scalp more than once a week. Massage by ‘kneading’ the roots, this stimulates circulation and promotes a healthier, balanced scalp.
Physical Exfoliant Scrubs
Physical exfoliants consist of ingredients that create friction when rubbed against the scalp, for them to work best they require massaging into the scalp; this helps to remove dead skin cells. When shopping for a ‘physical’ scalp exfoliant, look for words like ‘scrub’ to identify the
Chemical Exfoliant Peels
Chemical exfoliants contain active ingredients, these work to exfoliate the scalp without the need to create any friction when in contact with the scalp. Always read the label to ascertain how long you should leave the product on, and to see if it’s safe to style as you usually would straight after using it.
How To Maintain The Results
What a lot of people don’t realize is that there is a significant distinction between shampooing the hair and exfoliating the scalp. The current craze for dry shampoos and only shampooing the hair once a week is also not great for the scalp.
It compares to a lady wearing her makeup to bed and waking up and applying more makeup, without removing the previous days. It is the same if you re-apply styling products and not shampooing the hair for 3 or 4 days or once a week.
And, even if you do shampoo your hair many times a week, it doesn’t mean you’re getting everything removed from the scalp.
One way to help is to try and avoid using smoothing silicone, often found in hair styling products, these tend to attach to the hair, and this leads to extreme build-up on the scalp. Also, go easy on the amount of shampoo you use, you don’t need that much, and the same can be said for conditioner, an excess of these can lead to clogged follicles.
Instead of using traditional shampoo all the time, you can use non-foaming cream cleansers to gently loosen any dirt or oil and rotate these with your regular shampoo to try and eliminate any unwelcome ‘build-up.’ The same should be done with your conditioner, instead of the traditional rub in type, use the spray mist-on formulas that do not ‘sit’ on the scalp so much but on the hair strands instead.
Comparable to doing a facial skin exfoliation, a scalp detox involves applying cleansing ingredients – such as a Purifying Cleansing Scrub – to draw out impurities and restore shine and vibrancy to hair. While this purification routine should be performed at various stages all year-round, it is especially vital and necessary during the warmer summer months when sebum production is at its peak, and your scalp is often coated in residue from your summer activities – sweat, sunscreen, salt water, and chlorine.
After exfoliating, you should avoid exposing your scalp to direct sunlight. If you go outdoors, make sure you wear a hat or apply a sunscreen with a high SPF formulated for your scalp and hair.
Certain people should not, however, try scalp exfoliation or only use a very mild formula. It includes people with psoriasis, cuts, sores, infections, or eczema. People with these issues should stick to shampooing gently, with no rubbing or scrubbing. If you have a psoriasis issue, then scrubbing the scalp to will increase the risk of scalp flake formation. If you experience any discomfort, swelling, or irritation while exfoliating, rinse off immediately, and discontinue using it. Talk to your doctor if the pain/discomfort continues.
All in all, having a healthy scalp means healthy hair. Exfoliating regularly can help hair grow naturally thicker, shinier, and less oily. To experience the cleanest, healthiest scalp, and the stunning hair benefits that come with it, you should never underestimate the power of scalp treatment.
How often do you exfoliate your scalp? Do you find it improves the condition of your scalp and hair? I hope that you found this article on How To Exfoliate The Scalp For Healthier Hair to be helpful. Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.
When addressing hair loss, it is essential that the chosen treatment does not interfere with any other ongoing procedures or medication, which is why a drug-free Proteoglycan Replacement Therapy, which is natural and side effect free, is recommended. Nourkrin® with Marilex is a Proteoglycan Replacement Therapy that has been shown to be an effective treatment for hair loss associated with a number of health conditions.
30 YEARS OF KNOWLEDGE AND RESEARCH INTO HAIR LOSS AND PROTEOGLYCANS
A primary clinical treatment that is based on marine proteins is recommended as a remedy for hair growth disruptions caused by lifestyle disorders, including diabetes and metabolic syndrome, to help normalize the Hair Growth Cycle, and alleviate any stress associated with hair loss.
Hair loss can be an indicator of underlying health issues, these should always be diagnosed and treated correctly. All hair loss should likewise be addressed, and maintained to avoid any further stress that is associated with hair loss, and which in turn can influence the overall health profile of the patient.
A Normal Hair Growth Cycle – 3 Phases:
The Hair Growth Cycle is a significant period that regulates hair growth in the body. Usually, each hair strand follows its hair cycle schedule, entirely independent of the other hairs on your scalp.
At any given time between 10-15% of your hair will be shedding. This is entirely natural and part of a normal Hair Growth Cycle.
During a typical Hair Growth Cycle, specialized components called proteoglycans play an essential role in the normal procedure of the hair follicle.
1: The growing phase – Anagen:
Approximately 85-90% of hair is in the active growth phase at any given time. This is when the root of the hair is dividing rapidly, and adding to the hair shaft. Average duration is 3yrs but can last longer.
2: Transition Phase – Catagen:
Approximately 1% of your hair is in this phase at any given time, its a regressive stage called Catagen that lasts about two weeks. The hair’s nutrient vessel, known as the dermal papilla, disconnects from the follicle and so ends the growth stage – afterwards the hair is shed.
Average duration is 1-2 weeks only.
3: Resting phase – Telogen:
Approximately 10-15% of hair is in this state at any given time. Once the hair reaches full growth, it goes into a resting period, this is when your hair is released and falls out, the follicle then remains inactive for about 3 months. The follicle eventually produces new hair, thereby beginning a new growth phase and completing the cycle.
Average duration is 3-4 months.
The Disrupted Hair Growth Cycle:
Regardless of what causes your hair loss or hair growth issue, most peoples Hair Growth Cycle is nearly always affected. Any disruption to the normal Hair Growth Cycle will lead to increased shedding and weaker hair regrowth, this will lead to weak, thin wispy hair.
So, what are the consequences of a disrupted Hair Growth Cycle?
1: Shortened Hair Growth Phase:
The duration of the hair growth phase is shortened and leads to the entire Hair Growth Cycle being affected.
2: Hair Goes Into Early Transition Phase:
When the growth phase is affected and shortened, this leads to the hair follicle entering the transition phase earlier than it usually would.
3: Prolonged Resting Phase:
As more hairs enter the resting phase early, the normal resting phase is extended, causing increased shedding. An extended resting phase means that fewer hair follicles re-enter the growth phase, which results in weaker or no hair regrowth, this is very often referred to as dormant hair follicles.
You Are Not Alone!
Up to 60% of women will at some time experience hair growth disruption.
Whatever the circumstances that lead to female hair loss, this ultimately affects the Hair Growth Cycle.
Nourkrin® Woman with the unique Marilex® has been scientifically formulated to help maintain a normal Hair Growth Cycle, which helps to promote strong healthy hair.
Nourkrin® Woman is entirely safe and 100% drug-free.
Nourkrin® contains only naturally based ingredients that have been scientifically documented to be safe and effective.
In a survey of 3,000 Nourkrin® users, 83% noticed an improvement in their hair after taking Nourkrin® for 12 months.
NOURKRIN – A Leader Within The Field Of Hair Research:
Nourkrin® is committed to securing its recognition as a benchmark for excellence – not only by customers but also by leading experts worldwide.
Nourkrin® success is based on more than 56 scientific studies and continues to partner the world’s leading specialists on hair loss and hair thinning, based on its clinically documented efficiency and safety standards.
Nourkrin® has taken part in placebo, double-blind studies and shown to be free of side effects.*
This is in contrast to other pharmaceuticals, that may have quite severe side effects, such as – scalp itching, dryness, scaling, flaking, irritation, burning and in extreme cases weight gain, swelling of the face, ankles, hands or stomach, difficulty breathing (especially when lying down), rapid heartbeat, chest pain, and lightheadedness.
* Important: Anyone who is allergic to fish or shellfish should NOT take Nourkrin tablets. Always consult a health adviser before taking food supplements.
Values Per 2 Tablets (daily serving)
Acerola Cherry Extract 200mg
Horsetail Extract 50mg
Ingredient List (in full)
Marilex® (fractionated fish extract with specific lectican proteoglycans), acerola cherry extract (malpighia punicifolia), silicon dioxide, horsetail extract (equisetum arvense), D-biotin, bulking agents (microcrystalline cellulose; dicalcium phosphate), stabilisers (hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose; magnesium salts of fatty acids), glazing agents (fatty acids; glycerol).
How To Use:
2 tablets daily for a minimum of 6 months or until satisfied with results
(1 tablet in the morning and 1 tablet in the evening taken with water after food).
* Important: Anyone who is allergic to fish or shellfish should NOT take Nourkrin tablets. Always consult a health adviser before taking food supplements.
NOURKRIN For Woman Hair Supplement Made A Difference To My Hair:
Well, I’m not going lie, I have to admit I was somewhat skeptical about whether these supplements were going to do ‘exactly what it says on the tin,’ after all it is somewhat of a cliché, hair-growth ‘remedies’ and all that.
I have what I call fine, not to mention quite thin hair. I began to accept that I would always ‘molt’ and forever be removing my hair from the shower plughole.
At some stage it was making me feel less than confident and I imagined sooner or later I would see a bald spot on my crown. Nourkrin® hair supplement tablets have made a difference to my hair, most definitely; I would go as far as to say “a vast improvement.” My hair loss has slowed down to what I would now call ‘normal rate,’ therefore my hair feels and appears thicker and even seems to have had a growth spurt. I now hardly ever see any of my locks in the plughole, so that’s how I know it is actually working. Before trying Nourkrin, I thought the price seemed a little steep, but I now think they are worth every penny. My hair now feels stronger and is no longer falling out, so I see that as a good result!
Have you used any of the Nourkrin Hair Products, how did they work for your hair? Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.
Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo has been specially formulated for hair that is colored, over-processed or damaged due to heat styling.
What It Does:
Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo is a vibrant formula which gently cleanses, protects and improves hair’s condition and revives hair to leave it nourished, manageable and healthy. It repairs color-treated, highlighted or damaged hair leaving it soft, smooth, full of body and luminous shine. The highly concentrated formula contains 30 percent active ingredients compared to the industry standard 10 percent.
When applied it infuses hair with Moroccanoil’s original, proprietary Argan oil blend. The shampoo contains avocado oil and antioxidant plant extracts, such as rosemary, lavender, chamomile, and jojoba. It also has silk amino acids, keratin, proteins, and other nutrients.
Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo also cares for the environment, it is also free from sulfates, phosphates, and parabens, this product is not tested on animals.
Massage Moroccanoil® Moisture Repair Shampoo through wet hair and scalp, continue to add water to activate a rich lather from the highly concentrated formula. Rinse hair thoroughly and repeat if needed, then follow with Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Conditioner.
I have a whole collection of Moroccan hair treatments, none of which I can fault. The Moroccanoil® Moisture Repair Shampoo is a gentle shampoo, it lathers well and has a beautiful scent. I have fine, dry hair and I find that this shampoo cleans my hair thoroughly, it is hydrating, and does not strip my hair of any moisture. My hair does not get tangled when I use it.
It always leaves my hair feeling amazing, and as it is sulfate free, so I am confident it is not doing any damage to my hair or scalp. I regularly get comments on how healthy my hair looks and feels, soft and luxurious when paired with Moroccanoil® Treatment Original, my hair now feels thicker, shinier, and more manageable, using this combination has helped my hair in so many ways.
Moroccanoil® Color Continue Shampoo
For Color-Treated Hair
What It Does:
The NEW! COLOR CONTINUE SHAMPOO helps extend the vibrant longevity of your hair color between salon appointments; a revolutionary 360° approach to color care that starts in the salon and is maintained at home. Designed to extend results of the in-salon ChromaTech Service, Color Continue Shampoo helps improve color retention by restoring hair health. Enriched with COLORLINK™, Moroccanoil’s ground-breaking technology that repairs and nourishes each individual strand from root to tip, the color-restorative cleanser leaves locks shinier, glossier and more vibrant, depth, and dimension.
Massage Moroccanoil® Color Continue Shampoo through wet hair and scalp. Because Moroccanoil®Color Continue Shampoo is a specialty low-pH cleanser, foaming will be minimal. To get a more luxurious lather merely add more water. Rinse your hair and repeat if needed. For optimal results, use with Moroccanoil® Continue Conditioner.
After coloring my hair, I was very concerned with the products I used. My stylist recommended this product, and I am so pleased she did! Moroccanoil® Color Continue Shampoo has helped my color to keep perfectly weeks after having it done, it is just like the day I left the salon. This shampoo minimizes color loss when washing, and leaves my hair feeling silky soft and smooth. Usually coloring your hair over the years causes my hair to become dry, but this prevents that! The cost is a little expensive, but it is worth paying the extra for the results that you get.
After washing my hair, I use this shampoo in conjunction with Moroccanoil®COLOR CONTINUE CONDITIONER, using this both seals and repairs the hair and infuses Argan oil into the cortex.
I would highly recommend these products to everyone who colors their hair.
For All Hair Types
What It Does:
Get the silky, shiny and healthy hair you’ve always wanted. Moroccanoil® Treatment is the product that originated oil-infused hair care and brought the worldwide buzz on argan oil. They lay the foundation for hair styling, Moroccanoil Treatment can be used in many ways; as a conditioning, styling or finishing tool. It comes with antioxidant-rich argan oil and shine-boosting vitamins. The vitamins and UV protection will guard your hair against sun damage, and promote strength and elasticity. This hair treatment helps to detangle hair, speeds up drying time and increase shine, leaving you with manageable, nourished and smooth hair with each use.
How To Use:
Apply 1–2 pumps of Moroccanoil® Treatment to washed towel-dried hair, from mid-length to ends. You can either blow-dry or let dry naturally. Apply to dry hair to tame flyaways, to condition those nasty split ends, and to help smooth hair. It can also be applied before dying or bleaching your hair to promote color absorption.
Helpful Tip – Mix 3 – 4 drops of Moroccanoil Treatment with Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask, Weightless Hydrating Mask or Restorative Hair Mask to give some added nourishment.
Just incredible stuff! I use this every day on my dry and damaged hair, and it makes my hair incredibly smooth, soft, no frizz, and adds an insane amount of hydration, so if you suffer from dry, damaged hair then this is the product for you! It smells absolutely divine, and it lasts ages! It’s has a thick consistency so rub it in between palms to warm it a little and start with the ends of your hair.
Also, its perfect to use in the summer when everyone’s hair tends to get dry with the sun and heat, the way this hydrates hair has to be seen to be believed. The other good thing about this product, it doesn’t require a lot to work its magic, only 2 or 3 drops is enough so a bottle does last a long time.
People seem to think that because its called ‘oil’ it will make your hair greasy, I use it and I can safely say it doesn’t make my hair look greasy at all, so you don’t need to have any concerns regarding that issue.
As with most of the Moroccanoil products, this is a little on the expensive side, but definitely worth it as the quality and what this product can do for your hair, it’s truly amazing! I recommend all the Moroccanoil products, and you won’t regret buying them.
Have you used any of the Moroccanoil Hair Products, how did they work for your hair? Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.
Using the correct products for your hair is essential not only to enhance the hair’s natural state but also to give it nourishment.
When it comes to looking and feeling good, women’s hair care is a number one priority!
No matter the color, feel or style, we would all like to have hair that looks like it has been groomed, nurtured and perfected by a salon professional on a daily basis, right?
However, today’s crazy lifestyle and a full schedule can wreak havoc with how elegant our hair looks; mornings are a frantic rush against the clock, a lack of time doesn’t allow us to apply conditioner in the shower.
We blow dry our hair, apply straighteners or tongs, we pull, drag and twist without any thought for the damage we are inflicting to our precious locks.
Then we wonder why our hair is looking flat, dull and lifeless, or even worse starting to fall out!
So ladies isn’t it time to give your hair some much-needed TLC and give a lot more consideration to the products we buy, and the chemicals they contain before we apply them to our bedraggled hair!
We spend a staggering amount of money on shampoo, conditioner, bath and shower products each year. So, what is the actual cost of using these products to our body? With eczema and dermatitis problems rising, should we be concerned about the products that we use to clean our hair and skin?
So, before we move on to how we like our hair styled, let us take a look at what products we are using on a daily basis, and if in fact, they are not creating some of the problems we face when trying to get our hair looking elegant, you may be surprised at what we find!
Many of us, at least two or three times a day will strip oils, grease, and dirt from our skin, using potentially harmful shampoos soaps and shower gels.
Sulfates and Hair Care:
People are now more aware of the damaging effect hair shampoo and conditioners that contain Sulfates (SLS) can have not only to hair but their skin as well. SLS is believed to irritate the skin by upsetting the natural oils that maintain the skin’s balance. This not only leads to damage but also reduces the skin’s ability to keep out allergens – such as SLS – that may trigger reactions such as eczema and sensitivity.
The three types of Sulfate that can cause damage:
Sodium Laureth Sulfate – (SLES)
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – (SLS)
Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate – (ALS)
Chances are most people will have shampoo that contains one or all three of these Sulfates right now.
Most of these chemicals can be found not only in shampoo but cleaning and hygiene products also, such as toothpaste, soaps, and detergents.
The reason you see them in shampoo is that they act as the foaming agent, it is true that we all think if the shampoo we use doesn’t create an abundance of bubbles, it’s not cleaning our hair thoroughly.
These Sulfates appeal to manufacturers because they are cheap to add to products, and they are very good at removing the unpleasant oily build-up some people get on their hair and scalp, but at what cost?
While its true that there has been a lot of testing on the safety of using products that contain these chemicals, an increasing number of reports points to it not being good for your hair or skin.
So, If you continue to use shampoo that contains Sulfates, you risk causing damage to your hair, in both appearance and condition, unless these Sulfates are listed way down on the ingredients label, it is best to avoid buying shampoo with them in it.
If you have a sensitive scalp and facial skin you need to be aware that prolonged use of products that contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate can lead to skin irritation. While most peoples reactions are minor, others can have severe allergic reactions, such as red rash, very itchy skin and the possibility of hives, even your eyes can become red and irritated.
As most shampoos now contain Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, the quantities may vary for different shampoos, the latter is highly comedogenic and known to cause breakouts for some people.
Shampoo’s that are meant to help with hair loss also have these Sulfates. Studies show that Sodium Lauryl Sulfate damages the hair follicle, if that happens there is a good chance it will contribute to hair loss, not aid it!
What is more surprising is how high up you will find this in the ingredients of these shampoos (top six) which point’s to a high percentage of Sulfate.
A bottle of shampoo that contains only 0.5% of concentrated chemical that has sulfates in it can irritate your skin. You can find some shampoos that have alarmingly high concentrations of compounds with sulfates, between 10 and 30% so you can see the potential that has to irritate your skin.
Sulfates are great for cleaning oily, greasy buildup; however when used on a long-term basis they also remove essential oils from your hair, these naturally producing oils are what nourish your body and hair, without these your hair becomes dry and brittle with nasty split ends.
Also, for people who suffer from oily hair and scalp, it can exacerbate the problem as the dryness may promote more secretion of oil.
Alternatives to Sulfates:
So, isn’t it time to start looking for Sulfate-free shampoos? Yes, its true they still contain surfactants, but they are usually milder and have minimal irritation to skin, such as decyl glucose, coco glucoside, and lauryl glucoside. However, Sulfosuccinates are suitable for body washes and shampoos with high oil content (up to 50%) they are effective cleansers that produce high foam but are considered a gentler sulfate. Most people are happy with these ingredients, although these may still cause minor irritation to people who have overly sensitive skin.
What you need to look for are shampoos that contain 100% natural and organic ingredients. As with most organic products there are many benefits from them, along with fewer chemicals on your body, your hair is going to feel softer and cleaner with this type of shampoo, and your skin is certainly going to appreciate it.
Yes, sulfate free shampoo is going to cost a little more but isn’t it a price worth paying for the relief you are going to give to your hair and scalp?
A very good example of this is Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo, it is Sulfate-free, phosphate-free and paraben-free.
Hair growth supplements come in the form of vitamins or herbal supplements that are used to improve hair density and healthy hair growth and regrowth.
In both men and women, hair loss is the result of a mixture of genetic and hormonal circumstances. It can also be due to side effects from medication-steroids, illness or medical treatment such as chemotherapy, long periods of stress that not only affects your hair but can have damaging consequences to your overall health, also auto-immune disorders and thyroid problems can all lead to your hair suffering.
If you believe your hair loss is a result of health-related issues, you should consult your doctor, treat the medical condition and see if this resolves your hair problems.
Hair loss can be due to a poor diet or a nutritional deficiency, and in these circumstances, hair growth supplements may help. A good, well-balanced diet will also help with your overall health.
Although there are many vitamins, plant extracts, and herbal supplements to help healthy hair growth, these can only promote hair growth if you lack in vitamins or nutrients.
Supplements or vitamins to help hair growth:
Vitamin A, B, D, and E
Omega Acids – especially omega-3 fatty acids.
Iron – This is essential for hair growth. If your iron levels are low (anaemia), less iron is supplied to hair follicles, this disrupts your hair growth cycle and result in hair loss for some people. You can increase your iron count by taking supplements or by adding these foods to your diet – red meat, fish, lentils, spinach, green vegetables.
Vitamin A – This is needed by the body to produce an oil known as sebum; this helps to keep the scalp conditioned and healthy. If we don’t provide enough sebum, the scalp can become irritated or itchy, and lead to your hair becoming dry and brittle. A pre-stage of ‘Vitamin A’ can be found in orange or yellow vegetables such as carrots or pumpkins.
Vitamin C – An antioxidant that assists the body to absorb iron and helps with the production of collagen. Good sources of Vitamin C can be found in blueberries, kiwis, oranges, and sweet potato.
Vitamin D – This is a vitamin that can help to reduce stress and depression and will be found in healthy hair follicles. Vitamin D is vital to healthy cell reproduction, which is why it is so important for hair growth. It can be found in oily fish, eggs, and mushrooms.
Vitamin E – This is an important supplement that will protect hair and skin from sun damage. Nuts, broccoli, avocados are a great source of vitamin E.
Zinc – This helps to regulate the level of DHT (dihydrotestosterone) in the body, this hormone is known to cause hair loss. If your zinc levels are low, your body will produce more DHT, so leading to hair loss. You can find zinc in sesame seeds, fish, eggs, and nuts.
Amino acids – Are thought to be necessary for hair growth because they help the body to produce keratin and grow hair. Amino acids can be found in protein-rich foods like dairy products, meat, and eggs.
Omega acids – such as omega-3, are essential fats that your body does not produce. Omega-3 acids provide essential oils that help to keep your scalp both healthy and hydrated. These oils can be found in oily fish, avocado, and pumpkin seeds.
It important that you only take the recommended daily dose of these vitamins or nutrients, if you take too much of something it can be as detrimental to your hair and skin as taking too little of something.
Nourkrin is a supplement that nourishes the hair and helps to aid the normal hair growth cycle. It contains nutritional supplement marilex which is fish extract and Biotin. Nourkrin should be taken regularly for a minimum period of at least six months.
As Nourkrin contains fish extract, it is not suitable for anyone allergic to fish or shellfish. You should avoid taking Nourkrin if you are breastfeeding or pregnant.
What is Biotin, does it help your hair to grow?
Biotin is a water-soluble B-vitamin and is also known as vitamin H, and it is recommended for strengthening hair and nails.
Biotin is a vitamin found typically in fish and works to break down certain fats and carbohydrates in the body. Biotin is often used in supplements for hair loss and brittle nails, particularly by pregnant women.
If you do not get sufficient Biotin in your diet, your hair may become weak and brittle, and this can lead to hair loss. You can prevent this by taking biotin supplements or by eating plenty of biotin-rich foods such as whole grains, liver, yeast, nuts and seeds, and salmon. Egg yolks are another biotin-rich food with one whole cooked egg providing up to 10mcg.
Do Supplements work?
Unless you are diagnosed with a severe deficiency in a specific vitamin, mineral or nutrient, you are unlikely to see overwhelming hair growth or regrowth, but the appearance of your hair should look stronger and healthier.
However, it is imperative to maintain a healthy and balanced diet. You should still make sure you are eating well and getting your recommended daily vitamin and nutrient intake.
How to care for your hair:
Women who have changed their hair washing routines, say it is because they are worried about damage to their hair as the main reason for change, so how often should you be shampooing?
Hair experts argue that less is more.
Over-washing can be hurting your hair, especially if you have bleached, colored, or chemically treated hair or it is naturally very dry or porous. Washing your hair every day strips away the natural oils and proteins that you require to keep your hair and scalp healthy, so do try to limit hair washing to three or four times a week. However, this can depend on your hair type.
Does hair get used to the same shampoo?
No, hair doesn’t get used to shampoo, it’s more a case that your hair requirements might have changed over time. If your hair has been colored or treated, you might now need a different formula, and if your hair becomes oily, try swapping to a lighter shampoo and also look for lifestyle reasons as to why it has changed.
I think it’s probably true that we need to rotate our shampoo to get the best performance from it, but the real reason is more likely to be because the products are building up on our hair and affecting it, alternating your shampoo on a regular basis can prevent this from happening.
How often should I wash my hair?
The finer and straighter your hair is, you will probably notice the faster your hair becomes oily. If you have this delicate type of hair, you will find that you can’t go more than two days without washing it.
The curlier your hair, the longer it allows you to go between washes, If you have thick, coarse, curly hair, this type of hair tends to be less oily, so you don’t need to wash it so often.
If you like to color your hair regularly, then it’s probably best to avoid washing your hair every day, this will stop your color from fading and your strands from becoming dry.
It is advised to leave your hair for at least 72 hours after a color has been applied before washing it, as it takes up to three days for the hair cuticle to close and trapping in the color molecules. So, If you wash your hair too soon, you risk disrupting the freshly applied color and your gorgeous new tone is likely to fade.
To help maintain your hair color, shampoo your hair with a color-protecting formula and wash using warm water, followed by a suitable conditioner, rinse out your conditioner with cold water. The warm water helps expand the hair cuticle, which allows the color-protecting agents to get in, and when you rinse with cool water, it snaps the cuticle shut and keeps the color inside.
When you do wash your hair, as we have stated, avoid shampoos that contain sulfates and silicons. Sulfates can strip the color, while silicons leave behind a residue that can have your new color looking dull.
If you are prone to getting greasy hair, then use a little dry shampoo in between washes to soak up excess oil. However, try to avoid becoming too reliant on dry shampoo, as overusing it can lead to build-up on the scalp, this in turn will lead to clogged hair follicles, which can hinder hair growth.
Protect your hair:
Hair can be damaged by both UV light and heated tools, like straighteners, tongs, and the ever-reliable hairdryer! So, it’s vital to protect your hair when styling it.
When you blow dry your hair at home, always use a heat protector to condition your hair from the inside out to shield against damage from any heated accessories.
Also, when drying your hair, be careful not to hold the hairdryer too close to your precious locks, this will help prevent nasty split ends. Never leave your hair dryer on your hair any longer than you could keep it on your skin.
Always think of your hair like you would your skin – what you put on it is going to affect it. Investing in good quality products and accessories will keep hair looking and feeling healthy and robust.
Is blow-drying bad for your hair?
Toweling your hair dry is akin to scratching your skin with your nails as it roughens up your hair fibers and air-drying can lead to frizziness.
Pat wet hair with a towel before blow-drying, if done correctly, it is better than toweling dry or just letting your hair dry naturally.
When blow-drying, the consistent heat applied in the same direction smoothens hair cuticles and gives your hair a nice shiny appearance. It also sets hair in place and helps seal in moisture.
To combat damage from hair styling accessories try using Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection. This creates a thermal protective shield that allows hair withstand extreme heat, and provides a soft glossy finish to extend the life of every style.
Condition the right way:
A good conditioner is crucial when it comes to any hair type, at least once a month you should consider Deep Conditioning; this involves using a good quality conditioner that will put moisture and strength (protein) back into your hair.
To enable your hair to absorb the conditioner, towel-dry your hair after shampooing. Excess water will mean the conditioner will run off the hair and won’t penetrate the hair, delivering the necessary moisture to keep hair looking healthy and shiny. If you are short on time, at least squeeze out excess water before applying conditioner.
You apply the deep conditioner that is suitable for your hair type, beginning about halfway down your hair, moving towards the tips, always pay particular attention to the tips as these always seem to be drier than the rest of your hair. You can use a wide-toothed comb to ensure you spread the conditioner evenly.
Deep conditioning treatments usually require between 10 and 30 minutes on your hair, but they do vary in time so check with the product you have bought. You may now want to cover your head with a plastic shower cap; this is for two reasons.
One it helps to keep the conditioner in place, and the second being that some deep conditioners recommend applying heat to your hair; the cap helps to keep the heat on your hair allowing the conditioner to do its job. You do this by using your hair dryer on a LOW setting to thoroughly heat the product, taking extra care not to have the temperature too hot as you do not want to melt the plastic cap!
Rinse your hair with cool water; this will tighten the hair shaft and help your hair look shiny and well conditioned. Leave a couple of days before washing to allow the treatment to properly nourish your hair.
Brushes Combs and Styling:
No-one wants a matted and unruly head of hair, so brushing is a necessity, but don’t tear through your locks mindlessly, being too aggressive will only cause damage to your delicate strands.
Brushing from the roots pulls your hair out and inflict damage – always brush from the bottom and work up gradually, especially suitable if you have long hair.
For shiny, healthy and untangled hair, you should be brushing your hair twice a day, in the morning and just before going to bed, for about a minute each time.
So what’s the best technique?
It would be best if you had a round brush for blow-drying, a brush for styling and a tail comb to divide and move hair around.
Good brushes can be more expensive but they are worth investing in, and if you look after them they will last a lifetime.
For your own personal hygiene and to keep your brushes clean and free of dead hair, oil, and product build-up wash them at least once a month in a mixture of baking soda and warm water.
Also, the brushes and combs you use should change when your hair is wet to avoid breaking and static build-up.
Detangling Comb: Wide teeth are perfect for combing through wet.
When your hair is very wet, it can be harder to comb through, but it is weaker, fragile and more susceptible to breakage. It is best to put your brush aside and use a wide-tooth comb. The teeth are designed to slide through wet hair – especially if coarse, wavy or curly – much more comfortable than a brush can, and there’ll be much less damage to contend with when it’s dry.
Women’s Hair Care:
If you have fine hair:
People with fine hair should be careful when putting anything on it containing oils like coconut, or olive oil, these are great for hydrating but can be too much if you have fine hair as the added weight will make it heavy, flat and limp. Aloe oil is an excellent alternative as it is lighter and will nourish without leaving hair looking or feeling greasy.
If you have thick hair:
Thicker hair requires more hydration than fine textured hair due to wider strands. You need to be buying products that are moisture balancing to help hydrate drier ends and newer roots. If your hair is prone to frizzing, choose lightweight smoothing products that will control and not weigh your style down. If you do have very wavy or curly hair, a heavier cream or serum may be what you need.
African or Caribbean hair:
Afro and Caribbean hair can get dry because of its unique texture, which also makes it very fragile. It has distinct processing, styling and grooming needs and requires products that are specifically suited to it.
Most hairdressers comment that African-Caribbean hair is the most prone to damage of all hair textures. Issues they find with this type of hair are from product build-up on the scalp, and breakage caused by untangling the tightly-knit hair strands.
If you have coarse or curly hair:
Coarse, curly hair will often get dehydrated as it’s harder for natural oils to travel down and coat the entire strand. Jojoba oil and Shea butter are perfect for coarse hair as they are similar to our natural hair oils. This type of hair can be challenging to style if over-washed and become frizzy, don’t be tempted to apply anything too silicone-heavy as it will dull your color and end up causing even more frizz.
If you have colored hair:
Those with colored hair should avoid shampoos containing sulfates and silicons as these will strip color and leave behind a residue that is going to make your new color look dull and flat.
Exfoliate your scalp:
People today are more than happy to exfoliate their face and fully appreciate the benefits gained from doing it, so why are they not giving any thoughts to scrubbing their scalp?
Dirt, oil, and product buildup form on your scalp just as it does on any other part of your skin, and to keep your scalp and your hair healthy, periodic exfoliation is necessary to unclog your pores.
Just like the pores on your face can get blocked, your hair follicles can become clogged due to sebum buildup. If you have ever felt tiny pimples when you touch your scalp, this could indicate that your hair follicles are clogged and may have become infected by bacteria.
Also, keeping your scalp clean of sebum buildup not only ensures healthy hair follicles and in turn a healthier head of hair but it will also promote hair growth.
You may be applying hair growth tonic to your scalp, but clogged hair follicles will mean that very little of the stimulant is penetrating that buildup of sebum to reach the intended hair roots. You’ll end up wasting your hair tonic, and money!
So, you may think using clarifying shampoos that are formulated to cleanse excess buildup will cleanse the scalp also, unfortunately, these shampoos are used to remove buildup on the hair, and these are not so good at deep cleaning the scalp. To remove prolonged sebum buildup on the scalp, you’ll need to use a scalp scrub or exfoliate.
DIY scalp exfoliate:
An excellent DIY scalp exfoliate that I make and use includes Sea salt and Coconut Oil – this is both detoxifying and purifying. Also, due to the sea salt, its drying properties help if you have oily hair.
How to prepare sea salt scalp scrub:
This DIY scalp scrub recipe is straightforward to follow. Put 3 to 4 tablespoons of sea salt (not table salt and certainly not rock salt) into a bowl and add coconut oil to it to make the mix slightly runny. Mix the oil and the sea salt for a few minutes, and there you have it, it’s ready!
To use, you first wet your hair, doing this will help to rub the solution into the scalp and also prevent any hair breakage.
Once you have wet your hair, gently rub the sea salt scrub onto your scalp in sections. Massage into your scalp without being too aggressive; you can add more water if the scrub becomes too dry. Massaging your scalp in this way also helps to promote better blood circulation and encourage hair growth.
Leave the solution on your scalp for a few minutes, rinse it off and shampoo. After exfoliating your scalp, this is a good time to apply your hair growth tonic. Your hair follicles are now clean and clear of any buildup and better able to absorb the nutrients.
Do this once a month will keep hair follicles clear, and your scalp will look and feel better, you may also see some new hairs appearing.
I do hope this has brought to your attention just how important it is to be extra cautious when buying women’s hair care products. Buying chemical free products will make caring for your hair and skin so much easier, and a lot more rewarding.
Also, be aware that your overall health can have a telling effect on the appearance of your hair. Maintain a good healthy diet and add the correct vitamins and supplements will have a dramatic impact on the condition of your hair.
Allow for a little ‘hair time’ once in a while, having hair that looks shiny, full and healthy does wonders for your self-confidence.
What are your concerns regarding hair products and chemicals, do you use only organic products? Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.