Do You Know Where Your Hair Extensions Come From?

Hair extensions come in different lengths, textures and colours making them an a great way for ladies to change their appearance overnight. Some come pre-packed with colourful labels while others are available as bundles. They are available in weft form to use as weaves and in bulk form for other attachment methods such as fusion bonding or Brazilian knots and braids. Hair and beauty stores have shelves piled high with different options the consumer can choose from.

Have you ever wondered where your extensions come from?

With the large amount of stock retailers hold one has to wonder where all this hair comes from? While synthetic hair is pretty easy to source since it is factory made hair, human hair extensions which are the better quality of the two aren’t as straight forward. Who are all these people supposedly cutting their hair for us to use as hair extensions?

Well human hair extensions used to mainly come from China and India. Nowadays there are other sources from South American countries like Peru and Brazil.

Indian hair extensions

Indian hair extensions used to be sourced from temples where people would cut off their long ponytail and remit it to the temple so that their prayers will be answered. In the Hindu culture the length of a woman’s hair is a sign of her beauty. By donating their hair, these women are giving a sacrifice to the temple.

Men, women and children have their heads shaved so that they might practice the ritual of “washing away” their past and Hindu-templebeginning brand new. The temples do hold private auctions to fund many things in India such as education and health care. The ladies in India do not cut their hair to make money. They only cut their hair as part of religious routine and it is sold for their community benefit.

This act of remitting their hair gave these types of extensions the Remy name now commonly used to describe good quality human hair extensions. The people who remitted their hair usually came from local villages and communities where colouring and perming was rarely done to their hair. The hair was Virgin hair and the best quality you could buy as the cuticles were intact and undamaged. Indian hair is similar in texture to Caucasian hair.

Chinese hair extensions

Hair sourced from China is of a completely different texture to Indian hair. The Chinese have thicker and coarser strands of hair than Indians and Caucasians. Chinese wholesalers tend to source their hair from locals who are willing to sell their hair. So although the hair is paid for, the person selling the hair wouldn’t get paid a great deal of money. The emphasis on virgin untreated hair isn’t as high and as a result Chinese manufacturers tend to coat the hair in silicone to coat the hair strands that may or may not be virgin in order to seal the cuticle and reduce tangling. The coarser texture of Chinese hair made it an ideal choice for hair extensions targeted at Black people due to its close resemblance to relaxed Black hair. Because there isn’t enough demand for coarse hair, believe it or not even with the amount of weave Black women run through, the Chinese also import hair from other countries.

Peruvian and Brazilian hair extensions

Peruvian hair and “Brazilian” hair is really hair that has been sourced from countries in South America. Brazilian women don’t cut their hair to sell to anybody. The love long hair and hair extensions so much that they even have their own attachment method called Brazilian knots. Brazil is a big hub for processing hair from other South American countries and that’s where the term “Brazilian hair” comes from. Peruvian hair is also sold in Brazil and around the world after it has been processed in Brazil as Peruvian hair. Peru is also a big processing hub. They get their hair from indigenous Indians – like most South Americans from villages and women willing to sell their hair. Like Indian Remy hair this is usually good quality Virgin hair.

Malaysian Hair Extensions

Malaysian hair extensions are often sold from Chinese vendors and they are not from Malaysia. The truth is that Malaysians do not even have a venue for selling hair and the hair is usually from Chinese vendors who mislabel the hair so that it is sold quickly. The hair industry is not regulated so this is what happens when people buy hair from unscrupulous vendors in China.

Cambodian Hair Extensions

Cambodia is a very poor country and many women sell their hair to feed their families. There are small villages where ladies will have their heads shaved and sell it for food for their families. This is a way to feed their families and the hair is Virgin hair. Hair extensions are a way that the Cambodian people can earn money at least every six to eight months. The collectors for the hair will travel through the villages during these time periods to collect freshly shaved hair from the residents of the villages.

Many of the people who sell their hair to these Hair Extension manufacturers come from poor areas and actually use the money they get paid for their hair to feed themselves and their families. Some factories will even go as far as to feed these women so that they have a healthy head of hair that grows long and thick. These women line up and get ready to give the only natural resource they have which is their hair. In many cases these ladies will have their heads shaved and not just have their ponytails cut.

Some East Indian ladies do not even consent to having their hair cut off and sold as hair extensions. These unsuspecting women are usually conned out of their gorgeous locks of hair not even getting a profit for losing their beautiful natural locks of hair.

It is worth noting that contrary to what the packaging might say, there is no such thing as Chinese or Brazilian or even Peruvian Remy hair. The hair they sell wasn’t remitted at temples. They might sell Virgin hair that is unprocessed with intact cuticles, but it wasn’t remitted at a temple. The term Remy symbolised excellent quality virgin hair and is now being misused on product labels!

Some unscrupulous factories collect dead hair from salons and hair brushes for hair extensions, sort it, brush it, add silicone and then sell it on as Remy hair. China also now imports hair from other regions such as India re-label the hair as Brazilian hair to unsuspecting clients. Chinese hair extensions can be labelled anything from Russian to Brazilian and even Indian. The truth is that this hair is collected from salons and is sold as virgin Remy hair extensions.

To tell the difference between Virgin hair and non virgin hair, put the hair in a ponytail and run your hands from the roots to the tip, then the other way. When running your hair from the roots to the tip, the hair should feel smooth, which means the cuticles are intact, and lying flat against the hair shaft. When you run your hand in the opposite direction you should feel some roughness as you are running your hand against the direction the cuticle lies in. If it feels smooth in both directions then the hair has most likely been coated in silicone to seal the cuticles and reduce tangling. The hair will have an acid like smell or a silicone type smell and will not last long. This is because frequent shampooing eventually washes the layer of silicone off. The hair will start to tangle making it unusable and the unsuspecting client then has to go out and buy some more hair.

Packaged hair is labelled and regularly sold here in the UK. Many hair extensions are labelled falsely so do be aware of the vendor you use and the hair quality that these extensions promise. Things are not as they seem in the hair extension business so make sure you get what you are paying for when you buy hair extensions. Shops who have a large stock of hair on display in packets definitely don’t sell the best quality hair. Most of this hair is derived from brushes and salons. It is definitely not Virgin hair. To buy Virgin hair look for a small retailer or hairdresser that sells hair in unpackaged bundles.

Top Five Shampoos for Women over 40 with thinning hair

When women reach their 40s the likelihood of them experiencing thinning hair increases greatly. This is because their bodies begin to produce less oestrogen as the body gradually prepares itself for the menopause. Oestrogen is responsible for extending the amount of time hair remains in its growth phase. As women enter their 40s the oestrogen produced by the body drops and this results in hair becoming finer.

You can certain shampoos to increase the thickness of your hair. These shampoos are great shampoos to boost scalp circulation and encourage hair growth, using them regularly will make a huge difference to your tresses. When selecting a shampoo for your thinning hair aim to look for ones with plant based active ingredients. Leverage the natural benefits of herbs and plants to achieve the results you want as plants and herbs are safer than medicated products, natural and have been used for centuries to heal our various ailments. Here’s our list of top 5 shampoos women in their 40s can incorporate into their hair care regimen to thicken up their hair.

1.     Top of the list is Crece Pelo Shampoo. Crece Pelo is a Dominican hair growth product and is a phytotherapeutic treatment. This means it uses the power of plants to nourish the hair follicles and scalp for thicker healthy hair. Crece Pelo contains the extracts of 15 different plants and actives and includes rosemary, nettle, arnica, burdock root extract and ginseng. Crece Pelo shampoo is our favourite because it includes a range of plant extracts and proteins to build up the hair strands making them stronger while healing scalp conditions and increasing scalp circulation.

2.     A close second is Plantur shampoo. Plantur is available in health stores like Boots and also available to buy via online retailers like Amazon. Plantur uses caffeine from plant sources to increase scalp circulation. An increase in scalp circulation means an increase in the amount of nutrients your hair follicles receive which in turn allows them to produce stronger and thicker hair.

3.     Bhringaraj shampoo. Bhringaraj is the Ayurvedic name for a plant called Eclipta Alba or False daisy. Like caffeine Eclipta alba aids scalp circulation. Eclipta alba is a very potent herb that has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine for hair growth. In fact Bhringaraj means “King of Hair” in Tamil. Bhringaraj can have a darkening effect on hair so if you have light coloured hair then an alternative shampoo would probably be best.

4.     Aveda Invanti Exfoliating shampoo – this exfoliating shampoo uses salicylic derived from wintergreen. Wintergreen is a shrub from the genus of plants called Gaultheria. This plant has been used for centuries too for it’s therapeutic effects. Salicylic acid is a great product for exfoliation and this shampoo is particularly great if you suffer from dandruff. Clearing the build up on your scalp will clear the way for your follicles to grow thicker hair.

5.     Termae Ginseng shampoo – ginseng is a great ingredient for increasing scalp circulation. If this is your main priority and you don’t suffer from any other scalp or hair issues then this Ginseng shampoo is exactly what you need to encourage your hair to grow faster.

It is always advisable to thoroughly check the list of ingredients before using a new shampoo to make sure you aren’t allergic to any of the ingredients listed.

Why coconut oil is an effective anti aging and acne remedy

You may have read of the many internal benefits coconut oil has. You probably have heard how coconut oil can help you condition your hair and help you grow healthy hair. But did you know coconut oil could also enhance your hair and skin? It has anti aging properties, hair care benefits and could also clear up acne? How you may ask, well read on.

Coconut oil can be used to clear acne and reduce wrinkles. It has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, which help alleviate damage as a result of over exposure of the skin to the sun. It is packed with anti oxidants and vitamins, which also contribute to helping the skin heal effectively.

One of the least known benefits of coconut oil is its ability to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It does this by moisturising the skin. However it doesn’t stop there. It also has a softening effect on the skin and these two properties combined reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The antioxidants in coconut oil prevent damage caused to the skin by free radicals over time. Antioxidants slow down our natural aging process by not allowing free radicals to undergo a chemical reaction with oxygen – which means it doesn’t allow them to combine with oxygen. If allowed to oxidise, they create damage to our skin cells – this applies to all biological organs and cells in the body, but for the purpose of this article we’ll concentrate on the skin. So free radicals when combined with oxygen damage our skin. Coconut oil also prevents the free radicals from forming all together.

Acne occurs when sebum glands on the face become blocked with bacteria. Sebum glands are responsible for secreting sebum, which is oil naturally produced by our skin. The role of sebum is to stop the skin from drying up and is nature’s way of moisturising our skin naturally. Acne sufferers have blocked glands that result in inflammation of the area and this can be a painful experience.

Coconut oil has anti ageing properties and is great for acne

Coconut oil, contrary to what you may think does not exacerbate the problem. It contains capric acid and lauric acid, two powerful anti bacterial agents. When they are applied to the skin the are converted into monocaprin and monolaurin, both of which have antiviral, anti bacterial and antifungal properties. So these two natural acids found in coconut oil are able to kill the bacteria that is causing the acne. Another benefit of coconut oil for acne sufferers is its ability to restore the skin’s natural pH balance, making the skin an unconducive environment for the bacteria that cause acne to thrive in.

2 Home Made Hair Pre-shampoo Mask Recipes Your Damaged Or Over-processed Hair Will Love

If your hair is damaged or over processed you’ll need to give it a lot of tender loving care to nurse it back to health. Here are a few great hair mask recipes you can make yourself at home to give your hair a nice boost.

Avocado protein mask recipe Pre-poo conditioner recipe for damaged hair

For this recipe you’ll need

½ a ripe avocado

1 Tablespoon of Virgin Olive Oil

1 Egg

Mash the ripe avocado and mix it with the virgin olive oil and egg in a bowl. Be sure to mash the avocado really well to avoid big lumps in the mixture. Apply to your hair concentrating on the ends of your hair. Cover with a plastic cap or wrap your hair in cling film and allow your hair to absorb the mixture for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water then shampoo and condition your hair before styling your hair as usual.

 

Prepoo conditioner recipe Honey hair repair mask

You’ll need

2 Tablespoons of honey

1 Tablespoon of Virgin Olive or Virgin Coconut Oil

1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar

If using coconut oil make sure it is warmed very gently over a cup of hot water to melt it from solid form to liquid form. Place all your ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Apply it to unwashed hair in sections. Comb the mixture very gently through your hair section by section to ensure all your hair is evenly covered. Cover your hair with a processing cap or cling film and allow your hair to absorb the mixture for 30 minutes to an hour. Rinse out before shampooing your hair. Follow your shampoo with a conditioner and style your hair.

5 Crucial Tactics for Soft Smooth Bleached hair

It’s common knowledge that naturally blonde people are actually not that common. It’s said that natural blondes are only around 2 per cent of the population. But just because everyone already knows that your blonde hair is probably not natural doesn’t mean you necessarily want to advertise that fact either, and nothing gives the game away like fried and frizzy hair. So keeping is as soft and healthy as possible is your best defence from the dreaded “fake blonde” look. So here are a few pointers to help with keeping it real.

From The Beginning

Healthy bleached hair is a process that takes work from start to finish, meaning your bleaching (whether it be the first time or just touching up the roots) should always be done by a professional and never by yourself. Just because you read the directions that came with a bleaching kit, doesn’t make you an expert. And if you’re the fickle type, you may want rethink bleaching. Dying your hair multiple times is the worst thing you can do to your hair. So if you don’t think you’ll be able to stick with it for the long hall, then just don’t do it at all.

The Damage

Just assume that after bleaching your hair (even if it doesn’t look it right away) is damaged and you need to start with maintenance ASAP. Arm yourself with repairing and hydrating products before you bleach so your ready. The sooner you start pampering your hair, the easier it’ll be to keep the damage at bay.

Hair Products hair bleaching

You obviously are going to want products that provide moisture and minerals. Invest in getting leave in conditioners with Moroccan Argan oil. It’s really good for damaged hair. Make sure you get shampoos without sulphates like Organix. Conditioners should be heavily concentrated with moisturizing ingredients.

Be Gentle

Preserve your body’s natural moisturizing oils that come from your scalp. They work better than any product you can buy. This means showering and shampooing less often. Try to shampoo no more than twice a week. If your hair is prone to looking greasy dry shampoo will fix that no problem. Brush your hair less often to avoid putting physical strain on your hair so it doesn’t get ripped out. A detangler will help you with that problem. Steer clear of heat from curling and blow drying. Cover your hair if you are going to swim in a chlorinated pool. Avoid hurting your hair.

Conditioner Battle

Use deep conditioning treatments at least every other week. Salons provide that service but making your own out of eggs, olive oil and bananas is far cheaper and works just as well.

7 Essential Tips for Healthy Relaxed Hair

Relaxed, or chemically-treated hair simply means that it undergoes controlled damage to straighten it. It is recommended that you should relax no sooner than every eight weeks. The chemicals can be damaging but you are able to maintain healthy hair through it all. Having relaxed hair provides versatility and ease with styling. You can keep your relaxed hair healthy by following some tips. Right now, your relaxed hair may not be as healthy as it could be. Relaxed hair requires more thoughtful care because of its processed nature. Follow these seven essential tips for healthy relaxed hair:

Seek A Professional

A reason why many women do not seek a professional is because of the cost. Regular visits to the salon can get expensive. However, it is worth the investment to find a professional stylist for maintaining your relaxer. You many have to try several stylists, before finding one that you really trust. A professional will know which relaxer is best for your hair, how often you’ll need touch-ups, as well as how you should care for your hair daily.

Avoid Over Processing

A common mistake made when applying relaxers is overlapping – applying relaxer to previously relaxed hair. You should not apply relaxer every time you see new growth. This eventually leads to damage, breakage, and even permanent hair loss. If you have to apply your own relaxer, ask a friend to help with the back sections.

Use Low or No-Heat Styling

Flat irons, curling irons, and blow dryers help achieve beautiful styles and are very convenient. But with daily use, this can lead Trim your relaxed hair when neededto dryness and brittle damage. Instead of apply heating daily, only use every couple of days. Allow the hair to air dry partially and then use a blow dryer on a low setting. Look for products that have heat protection as well. Alternative options are wet sets, wrapping, or curlers. Also, wearing certain hairstyles – buns, braids, or an updo – don’t require any heat.

Wrap Your Hair At Night

Wrapping your hair at night provides extra protection against breakage and can also save you time styling in the morning. You can also use a silk cover for your pillow to help prevent your hair from pulling and breaking through the night.

Don’t Over-Shampoo and Condition

Hair relaxers can strip hair of natural oils. Using extremely hot water on your hair can cause dryness and breakage. Washing your relaxed hair once a week is recommended, to avoid stripping the hair of vital oils. For at least one week after relaxing, use a reconstructing conditioner after washing your hair. This will help to strengthen it and repair any over processing. Leave-in conditioners are also recommended for relaxed hair.Turn to quality conditioners that are designed for chemically treated hair – ones that will actually moisturize and not just coat the hair.

Trim

Hair grows about one half inch per month. You may be able to make your hair grow faster and longer by getting regular trimmings. It’s good to get rid of split and dry ends regularly. Using less heat on your hair and deep conditioning will also prolong the time you’ll need to trim.

Try Protective Styles

Certain hairdos help retain your hair’s moisture and develop a healthy scalp – braids, updos, and chignons. Just make sure they are not tight! Healthy hair is important and these styles, worn occasionally, can help reduce breakage and split ends.

With all the things in your busy life, your hair deserves attention too. How you care for your relaxed tresses and the products you use can go a long way towards achieving healthy hair. By following these 7 essential tips, you can successfully achieve healthy, shiny, and manageable hair.

The 5 Best Natural Hair Blogs to Follow for Hair Styles

Black Women all over are beginning to embrace their natural hair, choosing curls and waves over weaves and hair extensions. While this is a fantastic movement for those who were once self-conscious of their natural hair style, there is also a need to maintain our wild manes. These are the 5 best natural hair blogs to follow for hair styles, where you will gain a wide range of styling tips, hair maintenance care and more!

1. Gracie Mercedes: This chic girl provides a ton of helpful hair styling tips for naturally curly hair. She includes photos in her look book that highlight her styling techniques as well. As if that weren’t useful enough, browse her blog for information on style, travel and life tips. You will become enthralled with her sense of ease.

2. Chic Naturalistas: Written by a best friend duo, these two stylistas have learned to embrace life at its curliest. Their blog is a means to provide a positive space for accepting yourself and your hair for who you are. Their tagline, “Where Fashion Meets Fro”, combines the best of both worlds as they provide natural hair tips and fashion advice for a complete look from head to toe.

3. Un-ruly: First, what a great name for a blog about natural hair! If you’re looking for essential natural hair tips and hair care routines, this is the place to go. In fact, even if you aren’t looking for natural hair tips, she offers how-to articles for just about any hairstyle! She lists the steps easily and includes videos in her tutorials that are visually appealing. From her blog, you can also visit her store, which includes various natural hair styling products that she recommends.

4. Urban Bush Babes: Another best friend duo at work here, these two lovely ladies all over the hair, music, fashion and culture scene. They include a variety of useful information on their blog, from the “natural dictionary” to hair styles to regimens, and then some. They also feature a lot of interviews from every day women’s experiences, which makes them so much more relatable to a reader. As if that didn’t make this one a worthy choice of our top 5 list, UBB has an Etsy shop called Folie Apothecary, which sells natural beauty products hand-crafted from scratch in their studio.

5. Naturally Curly: This is a great space to explore various products, articles and video tutorials. Naturally Curly has a dedicated spot where they post questions from their readers with their suggested advice. The one thing that sets this blog apart from the others in this list is that it includes some pretty unique functions, like the Frizzy Forecast. If you’re a reader from the United States, you can enter your hair type and location in the Frizzy Forecast search bar, and a prediction of how the weather will affect your hair will pop up. Not only that, you are provided with the style most suitable for the weather conditions and tips to achieve that style successfully. There is the option of a 1 day, 5 day and 7 day forecast, complete with product recommendations. How creative!

The Top 5 Must Follow Haircare Experts on Twitter

If you’re looking for updates on the latest and greatest hairstyles, tips for hair care and product recommendations, check out these are the top 5 must follow haircare experts on Twitter.

@sunniebrook 1.@sunniebrook: This LA-based stylist expert is known for her simply and easy hair and makeup tutorials and her trusted product recommendations. She can also be found on Pinterest and Instagram.

 

2.@grettamonahan: For the busy moms on the go, Gretta Monahan is a smart choice to follow. As a@grettamonahan haircare expert on twitter mom herself, she understands how crazy your day can get. She provides beauty shopping tips and general information on haircare and fashion for moms with little time.

 

@tedgibson haircare guru on twitter3.@tedgibson: So you may not be able to afford his ultra pricy stylist fees, but you can get expert information for free from one ofWhat Not To Wear’sstylists if you are a follower. His advice is valuable and not something to be missed.

 

4.@fekkai: For the girl who wants it all, follow Fekkai’s HQ, to receive updates on the latest products. Plus, he posts tips not only from himself, but from other celebrity hair stylists. The more, the merrier!

 

5.@JenniferJBeauty: If you’re addicted to colouring your hair, this is your go-to girl for expert advice on how to get it done @JenniferJBeauty haircare expert on twitterright. Have a hair colour emergency? Tweet Jennifer your personal questions and she will take action. She loves to solve a colour crisis.

 

Follow these twitter experts and you will be looking #fabulous in no time!

Our Top 9 Effective Treatments to Banish Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are linear streaks on the skin medically known as striae diestensae. They are more or less overstretched skin that usually start as red lines, depending on your skin tone, and progress into white streaks over time. Stretch marks can present themselves on any part of the skin, but the most common places they occur are on the buttocks, upper arms, stomach, breasts and upper arms.

Anyone can get stretch marks, however certain people are more prone to getting them than others. Caucasian women on steroid medications are most susceptible to getting them. Pregnant women, overweight people and people who come from a family where stretch marks occur regularly are also have a higher chance of getting them. If you’ve also gained or lost a huge amount of weight you could also get them.

Steroid medications in the form of pills, lotions and creams could result in stretch marks because cause the skin to get thinner, decreasing the skin’s capability of stretching.

Diseases like Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Cushing’s syndrome, and Marfan syndrome, and other disorders of the adrenal gland also increase your risk of getting stretch marks because they increase the levels of cortisone present the body.

Having stretch marks do not require medical treatment, however if you are concerned about the sudden onset of stretch marks then you should speak to your GP about them as they could be an indication of an onset of one of the diseases related to the adrenal gland mentioned above.

When addressing a treatment for your stretch marks, you should consider how long you’ve had your stretch marks, the costs involved and the convenience of your chosen treatment. The treatment of stretch marks can differ in the amount of time and frequency a treatment is required to see results.

So what are the treatment methods for stretch marks?

They are non life threatening and can fade away on their own over time. However if you would like to speed up the process you have certain alternatives. These include:

  • The use of Tretinoin cream – this causes a reduction in the appearance of stretch marks by restoring collagen a protein that maintains the elasticity of your skin. Creams such as Retin-A, Renova and Avita can help improve the appearance of stretch marks. However they may only be effective on newly formed stretch marks, that is ones that are still red and only several months old. Pregnant women or women who are breastfeeding shouldn’t use any of these creams and may have to put off treatment until the pregnancy if over or until they have stopped breastfeeding.
  • Laser therapies – intense wavelengths of light are used to help stimulate collagen, melanin or elastin production. A medical consultant can help you choose which type of laser treatment is most suitable for you. Factors like your age, skin colour and area you’d like to treat should be taken into consideration before selecting a laser therapy.
  • Excimer laser therapy – like laser therapies, this works by stimulating the production of melanin or skin colour to make the stretch marks merge with the colour of the surrounding skin.
  • Pulsed dye laser therapy – this treatment works by encouraging the production of elastin and collagen in the body and is best used on recent stretch marks. People with dark skin tones may get discolouration of their skin.
  • Microdermabrasion – this involves the use of a hand held device to polish the skin using tiny crystals. The crystals exfoliate the surface of the skin to reveal newer skin and more elastic skin beneath the stretch marks. A vacuum is then used to remove the crystals and exfoliated skin. Microdermabrasion is best used on stretch marks that are no longer fresh and have been on the skin for a while.
  • Fractional Photothermolysis – this treatment is quite similar to pulsed dye laser therapy However it concentrates on small portions of the skin to reduce the amount of damage that the laser causes.
  • Blue light therapy – this is a treatment also used to treat acne but is also effective in the reducing the appearance of stretch marks. A photosensitive gel is exposed to light energy and is best used on stretch marks that have appeared recently.
  • Abdominoplasty – commonly called a tummy tuck works by tightening the muscles of the abdomen and taking off excessive skin in the middle to lower abdomen. So stretch marks that occur below the belly button are removed. It is important to note that only non smokers have enough excess skin on the stomach and therefore are the only people who can use this treatment effectively.
  • Chemical peels – are a cosmetic procedure usually done on the face, however they can effectively be used on other parts of the body. Chemical peels involve the use of a chemical solution that vary in strength and type to remove the topmost layers of the skin. It produces a burning sensation and recovery from this procedure will depend on the strength of the solution use and your skin type. Several treatments may also be required to get the best possible results.

The Best DIY Conditioner Recipe For Dry Hair

In this post, we will share a recipe for homemade conditioner for dry hair. The main ingredient here is rum, which is primarily Blackstrap molasses are packed with nutrientsmade out of molasses. Molasses are great for dry hair and produce great results. I also share an alternative conditioner using blackstrap molasses if you have any reservations about using rum or eggs in your hair.

Rum conditioner for dry hair recipe

List of ingredients

3 tablespoons of rum

1 egg yolk

Directions:

Mix the egg yolk, and rum in a blow and mix thoroughly. And that’s it.

After you have washed your hair with shampoo, apply the rum conditioner to your hair. Part your hair into sections and apply a bit of conditioner to each section to ensure even coverage. Leave the conditioner in your hair for 10 minutes for maximum absorption. Rinse thoroughly with cold water or water as cool as you can bear. Using hot or warm water will cook the egg, or more like poach the egg, causing it to coagulate leaving yellow blobs of egg yolk in your hair which is really not easy to rinse out. If this happens you may have to wash your hair all over again, so stick to cold water.

You can modify this recipe by applying half a cup of blackstrap molasses to your hair and allowing it to sit in your hair for 20 minutes post shampooing your hair. After the 20 minutes, rinse your hair thoroughly with cool or tepid water. Blackstrap molasses are rich in Potassium, Iron, B vitamins (riboflavin, and niacin), calcium, phosphorus, and sodium, all great vitamins and minerals for promoting a healthy scalp.

Obviously if you apply the blackstrap molasses directly to your hair there is no need to follow it up with the rum conditioner. Blackstrap molasses can be drunk as a mineral supplement so it is safe to apply directly on your hair. If you have coloured hair and are worried using either of these recipes might change your hair colour, then do what the pros do and perform a strand test, preferably 24 hours before you intend to use it. Perform your strand test by using the conditioner on a tiny section of your hair, no more than a square centimeter in area. The strand test should be performed on an area of your hair that can easily be hidden or isn’t visible, depending on how you wear your hair on a day to day basis.

You could also try making your own deep conditioner

Hair meals for healthy hair

‎We’ve already mentioned how consuming the right nutrients in your diet will go a long way to helping your grow healthy hair. Hair care products on their own only have a cosmetic effect on your hair. If you want to grow healthy hair then you have to eat right. Taking supplements will help if you aren’t eating enough of the vitamins, minerals and protein needs to grow. However it is worth bearing in mind that supplements are not food. Your digestive system is designed to break down food and absorb nutrients directly from food. Supplements are definitely not what your body understands to be food and sometimes the supplements do not dissolve completely in your stomach. So if you want to make sure your body receives the right nutrients in a form your body recognises and can use then make sure you incorporate a good amount of the following foods in your diet.

Dairy foods are important for healthy hair growthDairy foods – these include milk, yoghurt, eggs and cheese.

Fruits and berries – frozen and fresh fruit are great ways to get a range of Vitamins including Vitamins C and A, E all excellent vitamins for your hair, skin and nails

Protein – lean meats, chicken, fish, sea food. Your hair is made up of protein and needs the essential amino acids in these foods to be able to produce the keratin your hair is made up of. Oily fish like Salmon and Mackerel have high amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids to keep your scalp and skin moisturised.

Vegetables – green leafy vegetables and salads contain Vitamin A, iron, and Selenium needed by your hair.

5 Natural alternatives to Botox You Never Knew About

Lately the number of people taking the dive into Botox – which is Botulinum Toxin has increased dramatically. What is even more shocking is that most of them are under 30 years old and surely do not need it. These days, there is such a strong desire to look as perfect as the air brushed images that grace magazine covers that people will go to any length to achieve perfection.

Only five years ago, the word ‘Botox’ was only heard among rich and famous circles. Not anymore! Nowadays Botox is accessible to almost everyone and can be administered by anyone with a medical background who has undergone training. Only last week I was shocked to find out my hygienist is qualified to give Botox injections. Botox is now so popular that people no longer worry about the negative effects it can have on one’s body.

People even go as far as hosting Botox parties. 20 something year olds are lining up for injections. Can you believe that?

If you would rather not use Botox and are looking for a natural alternative then read on. Here are five alternatives to Botox to help you look fantastic.

1.     Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) – these include citric acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid and a few others. They are a natural alternative to Botox and can be applied to the skin to remove dead skin cells, improve the appearance of the skin and also moisturise it. They more or less peel the top layer of your skin off to reveal younger, newer skin underneath.

2.     Coconut oil – yes you read that right. Coconut oil is an excellent oil that can rebuild your skin tissue both internally and on the outside too. Damaged tissues are the cause of wrinkles and coconut oil helps combat them by hydrating and rebuilding connective tissues.

3.     Omnilux Light Therapy – in 1996 a British cancer researcher called Dr. Colin Whitehurst discovered that the skin around skin cancer legions was becoming rejuvenated while he was using photodynamic light to activate photo-sensitive drugs on skin cancers.  Unlike other similar treatments Omnilux does not cause any injury or residual skin damage. Treatments like Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy more or less cause micro trauma which destroys the skin tissue so that the skin issues a healing response. Omnilux also does not use any harmful UVA or UVB rays, another bonus to this treatment.

4.     Aloe Gel:  Aloe gel is the most potent natural source of alpha-hydroxy acids. It contains between one and three percent of AHAs.

5.     Coenzyme Q10 – When taken orally, a daily dose of 100 to 300 milligrams can act as an antioxidant and energizer that may prevent many of the bad effects of sunlight exposure.

Using these natural alternatives, you can definitely restore your skin without the need for poison filled injections.