How to Find the Right Hair Color For You

How to Find the Right Hair Color For You

Coloring your hair is very popular these days, no longer is it just to cover grey, people use it as a statement of their own individuality.. And it’s no longer just natural browns and black’s people are going for they are experimenting with all sorts of colors, pink blues and purples.

There are many ways in which your can color your hair, some permanent and some temporary. One of the most common ways especially for young people is peroxide which bleaches or removes all the color from your hair. There are also permanent hair coloring products that dye your hair another colour (not blond). These work by using an oxidising agent (hydrogen peroxide) and an alkalizing ingredient (ammonia) to lift the cuticle of the hair shaft and allow the color to penetrate beneath the surface. This is why hair can often feel dry after using a permanent dyes.

Temporary hair colouring solutions last around 6 weeks depending on how many times you wash your hair. They are a lot gentler on your hair as they do not lift the hair cuticle, and penetrate the shaft; instead they sit on the top layer of the hair.

There are a number of different hair coloring products available on the market, so shop around. It is also pertinent to conduct a small patch test on your skin to make sure you are not allergic to any of the chemicals in the dye. How do you choose the best color for you?

Right Hair Color

Choosing the Right Hair color

When you go into a drugstore you often see little sample colors next to each box of dye, unfortunately buying that color doesn’t mean that your hair will come out that exact same color as the sample. The dyes interact with your unique color and shades to produce a color unique to you. Therefore before colouring your whole head it is important to do a small strand test.

Regardless of which brand you buy the packaging will urge you to test a small sample of your hair first. Here is how it works:

• Mix a small amount of color together in a bowl.

• Select a small amount of hair to color, and apply the dye to the hair.. You can clip the test strand or wrap it to ensure it does not dye the other hair around it. I usually snip a piece of hair off and dye it,

• Follow the directions on the packet in terms of timing, then rinse.

• Make sure you look at the hair in various different lights both inside and outside to ensure that you like it.

Caring for Color Treated Hair

Because of the potential damage dyes can do to your hair you need to take extra care of it. Here are some tips to ensure your hair remains healthy and vibrant,

• Find a shampoo especially designed for color treated hair (Revlon, L’oreal, and Clairol are all good brands)

• Protect your hair from sun exposure as much as you can to protect it from fading and drying.

• Condition your hair regularly with a specially formulated conditioner.

• Use a wide tooth comb on your hair when it is wet.

If you are worried about coloring your hair permanently start with a semi-permanent color first.

Alternatively there are a number of the temporary, wash-out highlights you can spray on or paint on with mascara-like wands. If you are not happy with a permanent color you can add another dye over the top. Remember your natural hair color doesn’t change so it is only until your hair grows out.


How To Grow Black Hair

Grow Black Hair

Growing beautiful black hair is actually fairly simple and easy. It only takes a little common sense and time to achieve that long beautiful length that you’ve always wanted. After reading this article you will no longer look towards the so-called “guaranteed” hair growth products nor will you rely on wigs, and hair extensions to add length to your hair because you will know how to actually add length to your hair naturally. So lets look at some hair facts about our hair so we can begin to learn how the hair grows and what we need to know to keep and add length!

Grow Black Hair

Black Hair Facts

1. All hair including black hair grows an average of 1/2 inch per month.

2. African American hair is the driest hair type in all the races on the planet

3. Hair is dead. Not alive!!

Now we will take a look at some of the myths and mistakes that black women believe to be true. These myths will be revealed so you will now be able to take a common sense approach to growing your hair long, strong and beautiful.

Black Hair Myths

1. Clipping the ends makes your hair grow – FALSE

2. Hair food and vitamins make your hair grow – FALSE

3. Washing your hair too much will dry out your hair – FALSE

4. Braids make your hair grow. – FALSE

The first myth: “Clipping your ends will make your hair grow”. This myth is ABSOLUTELY false! Clipping the ends does nothing, but makes the hair look neat. It does not prevent breakage nor does it promote hair growth. I mean use common sense! How can cutting the hair make the hair longer? In reality this only makes the hair shorter and prevents women from adding length.

The second myth: “Hair food and vitamins make your hair grow”. Another false myth. Hair is dead so why does it need food or vitamins? Nothing will make your hair grow faster. Hair grows an average of 1/2 inch a month. Greases, hair food greases, or pills will not add length to your hair.

Myth 3: “Washing your hair too much will dry out your hair”. FALSE! Black hair is the driest hair on the planet and we need moisture to prevent breakage so how can washing it dry it out when water is moisture? The only way you will dry your hair out through washings is by using harsh shampoos. Use a pH balanced shampoo that is geared for your hair type instead and wash your hair weekly.

Myth 4: “Braids make your hair grow”. Once again another lie. Braids will NOT make your hair grow. It can promote damage if braided too tightly or give hair a rest, but it will not make your hair grow.

So now you know some facts and how to approach growing your hair in a sensible manner. Growing black hair is not about what products you use or how often you visit the salon. It’s just common sense! Maintaining the proper moisture balance and keeping your hair well conditioned is the key to long beautiful black hair!

How to Grow Long Black Hair

Growing your hair is very simple. The following steps are what you need to take to grow you hair and give it the best possible chance of gaining length that has never before been attained by you. These steps are: Shampooing, Conditioning, Moisturizing and Maintaining.

First you should shampoo your hair every 3-7 days. Never go beyond a week without washing your hair Since our has is already dry and using relaxers and heated appliances aids in drying out our already dry hair your hair needs to be exposed to water more frequently.

Weekly conditioning is necessary for strong beautiful hair Conditioning will repair your hair and help seal in vital moisture.You should use a protein conditioner that contains oil to seal in the moisture and a scalp stimulate.

Your hair needs to have a moisturizer applied daily and this doesn’t mean a hair oil, but a hair lotion. The moisturizer should be free of mineral oil, protein and petroluem and the first ingredient should be water along with humercants and oils. This will help keep the hair moisturized to prevent breakage due to dryness.


Men’s Hair Tips-What You Didn’t Know

Men’s Hair Tips

Isn’t it amazing how many ads on television you see for men’s hair products that claim to promote healthy hair! I mean c’mon, let’s get real! There is no such thing as “healthy hair.” Hair is made up of protein and keratin, it’s that simple. The hair itself has no blood supply or any nervous system. Hair is not alive, so it can’t be “healthy.” Because hair is not a living structure, it cannot repair itself and must be maintained properly to preserve strength, elasticity, and shine. Shampoos that claim to “repair the damage” are simply lying, the hair can not be repaired. Once hair is damaged, the only way to “repair” it is to cut off. Just like your car, your hair needs proper maintenance. The following are a few tips to keep your hair looking great and looking healthy!

Men's Hair Tips

Dry Carefully

Towel drying is one of the leading causes of damage. Let’s admit it, we love to take the towel and rub our hair like crazy until it’s dried. The problem is that when hair is wet, it is also very easily damaged. When we rub our hair with a towel, some of the hairs become tangled in the threads of the towel and are stretched to the breaking point, causing damage to the cuticle and split ends. To minimize the damage from towel drying, shake out the excess water and then dry your hair by moving the towel over your hair in the direction it grows. Remember, the damage that is already done cannot be fixed, but after a few haircuts, you’ll see the difference.

Blow drying is also another cause of hair damage. It dries out both the hair and scalp. I’m just not a big fan of the blow dryer, but if you must use it, follow these tips. First, to prevent damage from blow drying, apply a thermal styling spray to the hair. This will protect the hair from a comb and protect against heat damage. Next, make sure to hold the dryer 6-10 inches away from the hair and move it quickly from side to side. This will keep the hair from becoming damaged by heat. Finally, avoid drying the hair completely; leaving the hair slightly damp will prevent drying out the hair.

Easy On That Comb, Pal

When the hair is wet, stay away from damage by using a wide-tooth comb or brush. This will limit the damage caused by a comb or brush pulling on the hair.

Wash In Lukewarm Water

Water that is too hot can dry out the hair and scalp. Take it easy on the heat.

Avoid Chemical Abuse

Repeatedly coloring hair or using any types of chemicals can wreak havoc on the head. Chemicals used to process hair can be harsh to your hair and scalp. I do not endorse use of at-home chemical products. A good barber or stylist will know how to properly prepare your hair and scalp and help chose the best product to protect hair from damage.

Don’t Over Wash

Feel free to shampoo daily. Shampoos are designed to deposit softening agents, moisturizers and protecting agents into the hair shaft. Remember when you shampoo, concentrate on cleansing the scalp, the hair will be sufficiently cleansed just by rinsing the shampoo out of the hair.

Make Hair Grow Faster and Stronger

Drinking plenty of water, taking your daily vitamins, living in stress free mode, getting plenty of sleep, and eating well will help promote faster growth of the hair. The hair is often a reflection of the entire body, meaning, body that is healthy and well maintained will likely have hair that is strong, shiny, and healthy looking.

Ditch the Ponytail and Ball Cap

Try to avoid wearing tight ponytails or baseball caps as much because it can cause “traction alopecia.” This pretty much means you have a tight style which leads to breakage and pulled hair out of the scalp. If you do this too much, the damage will become permanent. If you have to wear a baseball hat or a ponytail to keep the hair out of your face, then maybe it’s time for a haircut that fits your lifestyle.

Control Frizz

Frizzy hair is caused by a low amount of moisture and protein. To control frizz, use a good moisturizing conditioner. You can also apply a “smoothing” serum such to add shine and manageability.

Brighten Dull Hair

Hair becomes dull when the cuticle (the outer layers of the hair shaft) is damaged. Well maintained cuticle layers lay flat (like fish scales) and reflect light. When the cuticle is damaged or raised hair tends to become caught on other hair shafts and reflects light poorly, leading to a dull look. Following the steps discussed above will help protect the cuticle and brighten dull hair.

Watch the Pool Water

Pool water contains chemicals that can dry, damage, and discolor hair. To minimize damage from chlorine and other chemicals, always wet the hair with tap water before entering the pool. This will help prevent your hair from absorbing water from the pool. I recommend taking a spray bottle filled with tap water and a tablespoon of conditioner to the pool. Before getting in the pool (and frequently during swimming), wet your hair completely with your water/conditioner mixture. This will help prevent damage, dryness, and discoloration caused by pool water. If you notice discoloration, use of a Clarifying Shampoo (discussed under “Styling Advice”) can help.

Use the Proper Styling Product

Using the proper Styling product is essential to keep your hair in great shape. Many over the counter products contain harsh chemicals and Alcohol that can damage and contribute to many common hair problems.

Caring for Straight Hair

Wash every other day with a gentle shampoo and follow with a light conditioner. If you’re maintaining a longer style, have it trimmed every six weeks to remove split ends. Pomade will help keep hair relaxed and natural while adding shine and separation.

Caring for Thinning Hair

Choose water-based products that won’t leave a heavy residue and weigh hair down and provide volume and lift. A thickening shampoo and conditioner will help. Keep the cut short and choppy and it will appear fuller. Longer hair will make hair appear thin and stringy.

Caring for Wavy Hair

To minimize excessive volume, use a hydrating product and dense conditioner to add weight. A medium-lenth cut will work well for a versatile look. For styling, an oil-based or pomade(such as Baxter of California’s Water Pomade) will add shine and weight.

Caring for Curly Hair

Curly hair’s structure can stop natural oils from reaching the hair’s ends leaving you with a frizzy look. Use a strong moisturizer to keep hair soft. Keeping hair cut short will help maintain a neat look. Longer styles should be layered to reduce volume. Wash hair no more often than every other day and follow with a good conditioner. A good leave-in conditioner will help add extra moisture. Style your hair with an anti-frizz serum.