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Healthy Color for Your Hair

This is a fact: Just because a person does not seem to have a reaction after using or smelling an ammonia-based hair color product several times, does not guarantee that cross-sensitization might not occur after the next usage. In fact, it might not occur until the 25th time the product is used. The average customer is in contact with hair color ammonia about every 4-6 weeks; however, hair stylists have daily contact–leading to accumulative bouts of headaches, loss of appetite, and fatigue due to the ammoniated smells

According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, ammonia is listed as a hazardous substance that has related negative health effects. Nearly all professional and “box” hair color contain ammonia. If a color line claims to be a “non-ammonia base,” the product most likely contains its “silent scented,” even more toxic friend ethanolamine.

Your hair color and your investment, fully fading

Both the hair professionals and consumers are led to believe ammonia is a “must” for color to work, however it is actually an inexpensive hair color additive used to allow color molecules to penetrate the hair’s cuticle. Because of its properties, these ingredients leave the hair in a compromised and weakened condition. The money you have spent hoping that it lasts a long time is also compromised as fading and discoloration will occur.

For longer lasting, beautiful hair color-avoid these two major ingredients


Recent research has found that 50%-60% of clients suffer from negative effects of ammonia-based colors. Over time, the shaft of hair starts to resemble string cheese. Ammonia not only negatively affects the cuticle of the hair, it also damages the amino acid or protein called tyrosine, which is found inside the hair shaft. When the tyrosine is damaged, the hair’s ability to hold onto color is greatly reduced or eliminated altogether.


Ethanolamine is a “silent substitute” if ammonia is not used in a hair color. This ingredient has always been used in semi-permanent color at about 3% concentration. If ethanolamine is to be used in permanent color, the concentration has to be increased to 9%, compared to 1.8-3% of ammonia!

In the amount and how much it is compounded with its “adhesive” property, it can never be totally washed out of the hair and scalp! As a result, every time the hair is washed, the water acts as a mild oxidizer and “process” the color a little bit all over again. This is what contributes to pre-matured fading and the dryness that develops gradually.

So, whether you begin by damaging the hair or re-oxidizing it, the cuticle is damaged and becomes susceptible, and you do not get an end result that you ideally want or could have.

Is a Less Toxic Approach Really Possibly with Hair Color?

Most people have an internal battle that as a consumer they wonder 1) What do we have a right to know? 2) What we are willing to learn? and 3) How then do we discern the wisdom?

Have you wondered why fumed hair dyes sting our scalp, make our eyes water, and make some people sneeze? Then have you asked yourself, “Can this be safe for me?”

About 400 (86%) out of the 456 hair colors ranked in the Skin Deep cosmetics database of the Environmental Working Group are considered high hazard. It is a controversial issue in “quoting” hair dyes to be linked to health Hazards. Many believe the conventional carcinogenic dyes are part of the issue, when used in conjunction with other toxic personal care products.

The early studies showed an association between hair dye use and increased risks for multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and leukemia, plus ovarian cancer in women. Almost all the early studies indicated that increased risk might be restricted to long-term or frequent hair dye users, particularly users of dark hair dyes.

Is There a Healthy Alternative in Hair Coloring?

Many over-the-counter and professional hair color products claim to be gentle and contain botanical extracts. The few included botanical ingredients don’t necessarily make a safe or “non-toxic” product. Many of these colors contain ammonia, ethanolamine, and/or resorcinol. Several very popular hair color lines contain both ammonia and ethanolamine. This is a good reason to carefully read the labels on even the most “trusted brands.”

Problem Solved. Have your beautiful color, and health too!

It is possible to find safe and healthy hair color products! Here is what a safer color line can offer!

o No ammonia or ammonia substitutes, therefore no damage to the hair.
o Rich, vibrant colors including reds and coppers that do not fade.
o Lighten up to 6 levels without having to bleach or damage the hair.
o No more itchy scalps, stinging or staining.
o No toxic odors in the salon-smells like grapes.
o No ammonia gas to be inhaled.
o Ability to color the hair more often.

For both the customer and the hair professional it is important that professional salons soon offer a coloring service with a more integrative, healthier, and longer-lasting investment for the client.

It is also important that professionals and consumers learn to recognize what chemicals are in your hair color brands by reading the labels (or by asking your colorist to tell you).
We can have our beauty, and our health too. Everyone must do what they can to remove hazardous chemicals from their lives.

BIO: Kassie Kuehl is a health coach and consultant, in addition to being a professional stylist and specialist in natural hair color. Kassie opened Kasia Organic Salon, a chemical-free, natural and euphoric experience, located in South Minneapolis. Kasia believes that beautiful hair and skin is directly linked to beautiful health. Our hair and skin reflects the state of the body’s health and looks its best when all cells in the skin’s layers are properly nourished and hydrated, naturally. “Be in the know” and learn more about Kasia Beautiful Health Skin Care and Kasia Organic Salon at the Author’s Site:

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Easy Updo’s For Everyday Style

An updo is simply arranging the hair in a bun or a pony tail instead of letting it hang freely around the face.  These days updos are no longer the formal stiff looking buns and knots that women used to fashion during proms, weddings or other formal occasion.  Instead modern updos are more soft, sexy and feminine.  Modern updos can now be done quickly and can be worn during any occasion, making an easy DIY updo accessible to any woman.

For the modern woman an updo is not just a fashion statement, it is a must.  Mothers and career women feel that they can move around more freely when not constricted by long hair.  The updo is not just for straight haired women, they are also for the curly haired.  Doing your hair does not have to necessarily mean an expensive trip to the hair salon or the stylists’.  It can be done cheaply and in a short time right in your own home. 

For the most basic updo, you can just tie your hair in a pony tail and be done with it.  Another way to do a basic updo is to gather your hair in one hand and raise it behind your neck.  Pull your hair into a twist and secure the twisted hair with hair pins or those specially designed hair-claws.  Let the ends hang freely.  To add more style, pull some hair out from the side of your face and let them frame your face.  By allowing some wisps of your hair to fall freely, your updo is softer and more feminine.  You don’t have to worry about your hair being messy despite the clips and hair pins.  Most celebrities wear their updos in this messy style.  This casual hairstyle can be worn not only at home or at work but can be worn during any event. 

For my personal updo, which I wear everyday at home and when I go out.  I wash my hair and apply conditioner.  I towel dry my hair and if I don’t need to go out I don’t use blow dryers instead opting to have my hair dry naturally.  When my hair is finally dry I put on some leave on conditioner or hair gloss.  Since I have black hair these products will make my hair shinier.  I put on a head band to keep the hair out of my eyes.  I usually choose those elastic kinds with colorful patterns.  After I secure my head band, I gather the rest of my hair at the back of my neck and depending on my mood I usually secure my hair low, just at my nape, or when I am going out for a night in town with my friends or have to go to a business meeting I secure it in a pony tail high on my head.  My hair is shoulder length so instead of finishing the pony tail, and pulling the hair out all the way out the scrunchie, I let a small bun form and arrange the hair I have pulled out to cover the bun and scrunchie.  This style is casual and messy but it can be worn to formal occasions too. 

The updo is a very versatile hairstyle, so you can personalize it to suit your needs, mood or the event you have to attend.  You can try accessorizing your updo with barrettes, hair clips or bobby pins.  You can also try curling those loose tendrils with a curling iron if you have straight hair to add variety and style to your updo.  A casual messy updo is the best look for any occasion. It is easy and fun to do.  This look is easy on the budget too.

There are many other ways of doing updos. So do not be afraid to experiment and try out new styles. An updo style is out there waiting for you to try out. Get more great Hair Updo Ideas at

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Quick and Easy UpDo

Hairstyles for Round Face Shapes – What Hair Styles Will Suit Your Round Face Best

If you are like many women out there and have been gifted a round face, there are specific hairstyles for round face shapes that will make you look more beautiful.

But before we proceed to give you hairstyle ideas, here’s an important question…

Are you sure you have a round face?

To make sure that you are going to get your best look with these hairstyle tips, it’s important that you first make sure you have a round face.

One simple way is to put your hair into a ponytail and go in front of the mirror. Then draw the outline of your face on the mirror with a lip stick around your face. Then step back and see what shape it is more similar to.

Here is a list of face shapes to help you see which one your face drawing is more similar to…

  • Oval
  • Round
  • Long
  • Heart
  • Square
  • Diamond

Another great technique to see if your face is really round is to ask other people like your friends or family members to guess your face shape. Since they will have an outsider’s look, they can say more accurately. 

OK, so now that you are sure you have a round face, let’s see what kind of hair style will look best on you…

The best hairstyles that will look good on you are those that add length to your face.

A long straight hair is a good idea because long hair will make your face look longer, and since it’s straight it will make your head width show less.

So what if your hair is not straight and it’s curly?

Then a long hairstyle will still look good on you. You may want to use a hair straightener like the popular Sedu flat iron to make your hair straight sometimes.

Here you can see some beautiful Sedu hairstyles for straight hair.

Another good hairstyle idea that will look perfect on round faces is a long hairstyle with curly ends because it will add width to the bottom of your face and make the width disappear.

Also an easy way to find beautiful hairstyles for round face is to see which celebrity has a round face and then search for that celebrity’s hairstyles pictures.

Since celebrities frequently try different hairstyles, you can easily find a collection of good round face hairstyles this way. You can see which hair styles fits her face most and then try it on yourself.

But at the end, remember it’s YOU and only you who decides which hairstyle you feel most comfortable in, and that it the hairstyle that will also look most beautiful on you.

If you like a hairstyle that doesn’t fit the rules outlined here, it doesn’t matter. Because when you like your hairstyle and feel good in it, all the rest goes away because this confidence and inner beauty will shine through your face and you will look more beautiful than ever.

Wish you the best of luck in choosing your hair style!

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