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How to Curl Your Hair Without Heat

How to Curl Your Hair Without Heat

How to Curl Your Hair Without Heat

The desire for curly hair is common, but the more well-known methods of curling your hair often involve the use of heat. Whether it is from curling irons or hair dryers, which then lead to dry hair, split ends and other types of damage, the damage can be obvious. Fortunately, there are other methods that can easily give you the curly hair you want without compromising the healthy hair you deserve.

How to Curl Your Hair Without Heat

Use an Old T-shirt for Safe Curlers

First, choose an old t-shirt and cut it into long strips. If you have very thick or long hair, you may need to use more than one shirt. If you’re unsure, see how much of your hair can be contained by the remains of one shirt.

Then, shampoo and condition your hair as normal, leaving your hair damp and free and any mousse, gel, spray, leave-in conditioner, etc. Comb till it’s smooth, after towel drying. It is essential that your hair is damp, but not sopping wet, at this point.

Next, use each strip of fabric to roll your hair. The fabric ends can be used to tie it off, which secures the curls. As with other curling methods, tighter curls are achieved through tighter strips and looser curls are possible with looser ties.

For best results, sleep with your low-tech curlers in or leave them in for several hours, (until dry) during the day. Finally, use combs or picks to tame them when your hair dries.

Braid Wet Hair for Easy Curls

Whether you prefer tight curls, big curls or just a general wave, a braid is undoubtedly one of the best options. Start with damp, clean hair with no additives and consider what curls you want now.

A single French braid, regardless of how long your hair is, will give any hair new curls. A tighter braid or multiple, small braids is useful for fine, thin or shorter hair and long hair can benefit from one, long braid that uses all of the hair.

If you want an all-over curl, get all of the hair into a braid. Don’t forget the strays around the hairline and depending on your existing haircut, may even include your bangs.

In conclusion, there are significant risks of excessive heat use on your hair. Moisture loss and brittle or thinning hair are known problems. Unless it’s a special occasion, it’s best to be safe.

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How To Use Garlic For Hair Growth

How To Use Garlic For Hair Growth

How To Use Garlic For Hair Growth

Are you stressed about hair loss that’s out of control? Expensive salon treatments can do more harm than good to your hair. Have you considered natural treatment? With practical experience and trial and error people find ways to grow their hair and keep it strong.

How To Use Garlic For Hair Growth

Here are some of those results:

The Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology published a study which shows that garlic can help fight hair loss, promote hair growth, and help prevent gray hair.

Garlic contains essential elements including sulfur, copper, vitamin C, selenium, and minerals that are highly beneficial for hair growth. The copper in garlic promotes hair growth, thickens your hair, and intensifies hair color. To treat a deficiency of any of the above mentioned elements you can rely absolutely on wonderful, versatile garlic.

You may be wondering how one uses garlic for hair, there are several ways you can use garlic for hair growth and nourishment:

• Add it to your shampoo/conditioner
The easiest thing that we usually change for hair growth is shampoo. Add garlic to your shampoo then use it on your hair. Honey is a great conditioner, you can add garlic juice to honey. The honey will nourish your hair and the garlic promotes hair growth. To reduce the odor you can add ginger, which also possesses some great minerals to nourish your hair.
PS: Don’t use garlic shampoo more than twice a month, overuse will dry your hair and scalp.

• With coconut oil
The next time you massage your hair with coconut oil, add some garlic juice to it. Simply crush a few garlic cloves and mix with one teaspoon coconut oil, heat the mixture for a few minutes and stir well. Let it cool then apply to your scalp and massage. Repeat 2-3 times a week for best results.

• Rub it in
About an hour before bed tear a garlic clove and rub it on the areas of hair loss. Wait an hour then massage your scalp using olive oil. Cover your hair using a cap or hood and sleep, wash your hair upon waking. The repeated process is likely to regrow your hair.

• With olive oil
Keep garlic pods in a bottle of olive oil for a week or so to prevent hair loss and promote hair growth. Apply the oil to your hair and scalp at night before you go to sleep. Wash your hair the next morning.

• Direct application
You can crush garlic and apply the juices directly to your scalp and hair. Leave it on for a few minutes before washing with shampoo and conditioner.

• Garlic oil
You can purchase a garlic infusion oil in the market. Natural oil of garlic is better if you can find it. If not, here is how to make it yourself:
Chop the garlic finely and soak in olive oil for at least two weeks. You can use almond oil instead if you prefer. Refrigerate between uses to prevent spoilage.

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How to Make Thin Hair Look Thicker

How to Make Thin Hair Look Thicker

How to Make Thin Hair Look Thicker

The first thing one should do if their hair is thinning or falling out is to find out what’s going on. There are many reasons for people to lose their hair, quite a few of which are fixable.

One of the most common reasons for thinning hair is a thyroid malfunction, so have the thyroid checked and find out if it’s overly active, or not active enough. Be sure the doctor doesn’t downplay these concerns when they think you are “within the range of normal.” That’s just a statistical average, and a lot of people have hypothyroidism symptoms even though there are supposedly “within normal range.”

how to make thin hair look thicker

Do some research, ask around, and make the effort to find a doctor who is not just doing the cookie cutter diagnosis but is willing to experiment and help remedy any deficiency.

There are other health issues that can lead to hair loss, so be on the lookout for any other symptoms that may help the doctor diagnose properly.

On to some tips to make hair look thicker:

If hair is thin at the crown but still thick in front, try bangs to create a fuller look. To go a step further, take a slice of hair underneath the bangs and color it two shades darker than the rest of the hair color, says hairstylist Sam Villa, education artistic director for Redken. When bringing the top layer of fringe down over it, the bangs will look thicker because of the deeper color underneath.

Ask your stylist to cut the underlayer of the hair half an inch shorter than the top layer. This will add fullness. Never let anyone use a razor, though, because that can create frayed ends that make the hair look wispier. To give heft to fine or thin hair, keep ends blunt.
“Peroxide doubles the thickness of each strand,” says colorist Michael Canale of Canale Salon in Beverly Hills. “It swells the hair shaft, which makes your hair look and feel fuller.” Another reason for highlights: When hair color has dimension (a mix of shades), it creates the illusion of density. Also, keep in mind that hair color should match the color near the scalp as closely as possible if camouflaging a wide part.

Keep hair above shoulder length. “Once it hits the tops of your shoulders, your hair breaks up and looks thinner,” says hairstylist Nick Stenson, artistic director of Matrix. If it’s shorter, it will appear thicker. In the same note, try for some luscious curls for instant volume.

Try a protein hair treatment, the best ingredient to use is egg. Take one or two eggs, depending on length of hair, and beat them well. Apply to wet hair and leave in for five to ten minutes. Wash hair in lukewarm water with shampoo – this treatment can be done three to four times a week. Add the gel from one or two leaves of aloe vera once a week for an extra boost.

Mousse gives roots a boost and creates volume without stickiness. Avoid creams and heavy gels, which weigh hair down. (Spray gels can effectively add some height, when used in moderation.) Work the mousse in to damp hair and comb through so all of the strands are coated
Don’t subject the hair to more wear and tear than necessary—let it air-dry 80 percent, then use a round brush to lift the roots and smooth the ends. Don’t part the hair like you normally would do before blow-drying, says hairstylist Stacy Ho of Cutler Salon in New York City. “It will wind up flat along the part, which is exactly where you want some height.” Instead, part the hair on the opposite side. When done blow-drying, flip it back and there’ll be some gorgeous volume.

If the hair is full at the crown, but wispy from the mid-length to ends, clip-in hair extensions can boost into a lush style in minutes. Today’s synthetic versions look completely natural (and cost under $100)

As with any beauty illusion, knowing what to do with the tools available and the confidence to pull it off are the major components. You’re gorgeous, and there’s only one you, so get out there and work it.

Bonus: How to Make Fine and Low Density Natural Hair Look Thicker

How to Make Thin Hair Look Thicker
By Khrystyana Kirton
Edited by Stephanie Dawson
Reviewed by Nima Shei MD

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Top Fixes for Frizzy Hair

Top Fixes for Frizzy Hair

Top Fixes for Frizzy Hair

Naturally curly hair is prone to dryness because of the structure of the hair. The natural oils produced by the scalp of those with curly/kinky hair are not able to travel all the way down the hair shaft due to the twists and turns of the curls. Dry hair is a set-up for breakage. Luckily, there are a great many homemade solutions that don’t involve a lot of chemicals or treatment. These recipes and suggestions work great on all types of hair.

Increase water intake and switch to alcohol-free hair products. If there’s NO interest in losing a current routine, simply switch to alcohol-free options, drink more water, and use cold water when washing hair. Cold or tepid water is brilliant for showering as it reduces energy and water use, makes hair and skin softer, and has been shown to increase metabolism!

Don’t towel-dry! Surprisingly enough, it roughs up the hair’s cuticle so that it won’t lie flat, which makes it look frizzy. Instead, gently press the water out of the hair – don’t twist or vigorously scrub at the hair, this will lead to breakage. One thing that can help with this process is a super absorbent towel, but it’s not required. They also say not to brush hair once it’s dry as it can stretch out the cuticle and cause breakage which leads to frizziness.

Don’t wash your hair every day. The natural oils from the scalp are the best for hair and are great frizz fighters. If your hair feels oily after a day of not washing, try a dry shampoo. Also try having the water tested to see if it’s hard or soft and needs treatment.

Heat damage can cause hair to look frizzy and frayed, protect the follicles with shea butter or cocoa butter mixed with coconut or olive oil before blow drying or using a straightener, also, try to only use a straightener on “dirty” hair – using straighteners on clean hair that’s stripped of its natural oils will lead to more heat damage.

How to Get Rid of Frizzy Hair

Allowing hair to air dry eliminates the possibility of heat damage from a blow dryer, but it can still become frizzy from humidity. A great solution for this is rinsing the hair with carbonated or sparkling water, as it has a low pH level.

Will we ever tire of singing the praises of apple cider vinegar? Probably not. Once again, apple cider vinegar saves the day by preventing frizzy curls. The process is much the same as in number 5: wash hair as usual, give it a final rinse with equal parts water and apple cider vinegar. Another great benefit to this rinse is a fantastic shine! Shiny AND frizz-free hair without harsh chemicals and smells? Sign me up!

Beer is another great rinse option, it replenishes moisture and dark beers often add nutrients as well. When doing this rinse, coat the hair with beer and let it sit for five to ten minutes then rinse hair with cold water until the smell is gone.

Oil is by far the best friend of those who wish to be frizz-free. Oils are a great sealer or conditioner. A hot oil treatment at home once a week can work wonders. Even a simple one such as: take one cup of olive or coconut oil heated until it’s pretty warm but not scalding hot, then rub it on the hair and cover it with a plastic cap or wrap in plastic wrap. Wrap a hot towel around it, leave on for 30 minutes, reheating the towel as needed (I suggest using a blow dryer to re-heat and then re-cover with a towel), coconut oil especially needs to be kept warm as it will otherwise return to being a solid. Then wash as usual, remembering to rinse with cold water. This can be done as often as one would like, though it is suggested about three times a week. Coconut oil always gets a vote because it actually penetrates the hair and if it’s bought in the food section it’s much cheaper than buying it in a hair care shop or pharmacy.

Cleanse with moisturizing shampoos or ones that contain milder surfactants and always follow up with a conditioner that moisturizes well and has protein. Use a water-based leave-in conditioner after your washing and conditioning routine, and seal it in with a shea butter or oil while damp or wet.

A good recipe for a natural conditioner is 1 cup mayonnaise and half an avocado mixed into a paste, rub into hair and cover with plastic, wrap a hot towel around it. Leave on for twenty minutes, then wash and rinse with cold water.

Be patient and gentle when “dealing with” hair. It can be a great asset and a happy, healthy scalp is a beautiful one.

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How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

Reviewed by Nima Shei, MD
May 15th, 2014

You may be washing your hair more often than you need to! Even though it depends a lot on your hair type, washing your hair on a daily basis is a big mistake. Washing your hair may seem like a simple task, but there are many of us doing it wrong, and this could lead to the elimination of natural oils from the scalp, causing scalp irritation, dandruff and other scalp issues.

Let’s begin with what makes your hair oily. The sebaceous glands are microscopic glands in the skin and scalp that secrete an oily/waxy matter, called sebum, to lubricate our skin and hair. When these glands work correctly, they prevent our skin from dryness. On the other hand, if these glands can’t secret sebum properly, it may cause acne and other skin conditions.

A basic rule of thumb for those with thick hair or tight curls and kinks is to shampoo twice a week with moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Sometimes you might want to even shampoo less because your hair doesn’t feel dirty easily, so you don’t need to cleanse it until it feels dirty.

For Medium curls, kinks, and waves hair type, you can afford to shampoo every few days.

If you have a fine hair texture, fine curls, and waves, your curly locks will look their best if you shampoo every two days. It’s not your style to have an oily texture, so it’s best to keep it clean and make sure to moisturize with a good conditioner.

Anyone with normal hair is recommended to wash between three to four times per week, but you might find your need to wash hair more often in the summer when you’re more active. Meanwhile as for those of us with oily hair you can wash your hair almost daily, but remember to give you hair a break at least once or twice per week.

According to most professional stylists, washing your hair less is something you need to work up to. Start by leaving off one wash at a time, just a refreshing cold shower those days, or sponge bathe.