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Basic Hair Care Routine for Healthy Hair

Having a beautiful and healthy mane is not a difficult goal. You just need to be consistent and positive in your intention.

Your hair needs your attention and specific care, no matter its type. Even the normal hair type needs to be treasured up in order to maintain healthy and gorgeous. Of course the problem hair will need more specific care, so you should first determine what your hair type. Then apply these hair care tips and you will manage to keep your locks precious.

Be gentle with your hair, it is your treasure.

Wash gently, with attention. While washing, treat your scalp with care and massage it all over gently with the fingertips to remove grease, sweat and pollutions.

Use mild shampoo, free of sulfates, parabens and other aggressive chemicals. The locks need a weekly special treatment – choose it according to your hair type and apply it carefully, using your fingers instead of a comb. Rinsing well is the key to the shiny mane. Rinse thoroughly and finish with cold water. Wrap your head in a towel to absorb the excess moisture.

Dry and style your hair with care. While drying and styling do not pool or yank, be as delicate as possible.
Maintain a good haircut: visit your hairdresser at least every two months to cut the ends. This will prevent your hair tips from splitting and the hair will grow stronger and faster.

Give more shine to your locks. Apply on regular basis homemade hair masks. After washing your hair, rinse at the end with water with added cider vinegar or lemon juice.

Get rid of the excess grease. Watch your diet, do not eat too much fat, do not scratch your scalp, use good quality shampoo, do not apply hair conditioner to the roots, and use water with lemon juice for the final rinsing.

Be more careful with the treated hair. If your hair is permed, dyed, or have suffered some other permanent treatment, it should be dry in most cases. A good homemade natural remedy is able to bring back the precious moisture to your locks.

Use herbal infusions to define your natural hair shade and for shine, of course. The chamomile gives lighter hues to blond hair; rosemary adds darker hues to brown hair. For red hues, use red tea infusion.

Get rid of dandruff. The battle with the dandruff is not an easy task. To succeed, you need to combine different methods. Use anti-dandruff shampoos and treatments, as well as natural homemade dandruff remedies. The infusion of fresh parsley leaves as a final scalp rinse after washing is a good homemade anti dandruff treatment.

What if you just don’t know how to care for or to style your hair?

I know how hard is to find what best works for you among the plethora of hair products and advice, but if you really want to have an outstanding mane you’ll need to learn the best tips, tricks and techniques.

They are simple to pick up and it doesn’t take much practice, you can read how to here: Long hair care.

Be consistent and your hair will become healthier and shinier. Learn more about Hair care by clicking the link.

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Trendy 2012 Hairstyles for Women

A woman’s hairstyle can speak volumes about her personality. Long hairstyles are a great way for women to express their individuality, while feeling attractive and trendy. Celebrities with gorgeous long locks are the envy of many women. These hot hairstyles are not exclusive to celebrities and can be worn by everyday women with the appropriate cut and some easy styling tips.

Many women wish to achieve super straight hair. For some women, getting this look is as easy as wash, dry, and go. For others, who were not born with poker-straight hair, additional work is needed to achieve this popular look. A flat iron can be used to straighten locks with the use of heat. It is advisable to first spritz the hair with a protective spray in order to reduce damage the heat can cause. If a flat iron is not available, an anti-frizz serum or laminating spray can be used to fend off flyaways and give unruly hair a sleeker look.

Complimenting a super straight look, blunt haircuts are the latest style. The blunt haircut gives long hair a very clean cut, sharp look. Among the latest in trends is cutting edgy bangs to complete the straight hair look. Bangs can be cut short or long, thick or thin. Women with a smaller forehead may prefer fuller, short bangs. Long, straight bangs that meet the eyebrows can transform an outdated look into the newest fad.

Geometric cuts are becoming more popular and offer straight styles an off kilter look. Geometric cuts can be as simple as cutting one side of the hair a bit shorter than the other. These styles are an opportunity for stylists to create a hairstyle that uniquely frames a person’s individual facial features. If a geometric cut seems a bit risky, razored angles around the face can offer a trendy addition to a long, straight style.

Wavy and tousled styles are as popular as straight styles. Sun, sand, and saltwater may not be the ideal hair treatment, yet women seem to walk the beaches with perfect, tousled locks. Beach hair, which has become popular throughout the year, can be easily achieved at home. Texturizer sprays are a great way to separate strands of hair and create beachy waves. After applying the texturizer to the hair, it is important to scrunch the hair in order to achieve the desired look.

While some women are rushing out to buy a flat iron to create straight locks, others are buying the same irons to create long, loose curls. Women have been ditching their barrel irons for straighteners that create luxurious curls. After some practice, creating curls with a flat iron is very fast and easy. Begin by dividing the hair into two sections. Starting with the back of the hair, clamp a one inch section of hair a few inches from the scalp. Next, turn the flat iron a complete 360 degrees. Lastly, loosen your grip on the iron and pull the iron straight through to the ends. Creating perfect curls is not necessary since the messy, undone look is among the latest trends.

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Healthy Hair Tips – Top Tips For Shiny, Healthy Hair

The tips below are simple… you may already practice some of them. But it all adds up. Everything from your comb to your shampoo can make a difference in the appearance of your hair. Just a small amount of daily attention will pay off in healthy, shiny locks.


* The scalp contains approximately 100,000 strands of hair, on average.

* We lose about 100 hairs a day. So don’t panic when you see strands in your brush.

* Hair grows at the rate of 1/2 per month.

* Each strand lasts about 4 1/2 years… all the more reason to take care of your hair!

Shampoo and a Massage

The first tip is to treat your hair gently. Excessive washing and blow drying are harsh. Shampoo often enough to keep clean, but no more. This may be daily for oily hair… less often for dry. For shiny, healthy hair, treat your scalp to a mini-massage before you shampoo. My hairdresser does this and it feels so good!

A scalp massage will:

* Stimulate blood flow

* Nourish hair follicles

* Encourage skin cell renewal

Using your fingertips and thumbs on dry hair, begin the massage at your forehead. Work in a circular motion, pressing the scalp beneath your fingers. Continue massaging, moving on to the crown. Finish at the back of your head.

(Side note: Stressed? Don’t wait for shampoo time. A scalp massage is a great stress reliever anytime.)

Next, rinse with plain water to remove dirt and residual product. Then apply shampoo to the scalp. Work through to ends. Rinse thoroughly. Finish by applying conditioner as needed… again, rinse thoroughly.

To avoid potentially toxic ingredients, choose natural shampoo. The best shampoo is free of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES). SLS and SLES are harsh detergents found in most shampoos, shower gels, and liquid soaps. Their job is to make suds. Unfortunately, they may irritate your scalp in the process and may contribute to hair loss.

Be gentle!

Wet hair is especially delicate. Use a wide toothed comb, not a brush, to gently untangle hair. Work from the ends up. Combs and brushes should have round, smooth tips and widely spaced teeth or bristles.

Fun in the Sun and Swimming Pools

Sun, wind, chlorine, and salt water can be harsh. Dry, chemically treated hair is particularly vulnerable. The sun harms hair protein while salt water and chlorine rob moisture from the cuticle.

Minimize exposure when in the sun for extended periods. The best protection is a hat. Alternatively, wear hair up or in a ponytail. And replenish moisture with conditioner after swimming.

Aromatherapy for Hair

Here’s a tip you’ll love. It’s a simple pleasure with dual benefits. It will enhance your hair and your well-being. Rub 2-3 drops of pure essential oil onto your hair brush and gently work through.

Yes… it’s that easy!

Choose an essential oil for your hair type:

* Dry – Rosemary or Sandalwood oil.

* Oily – Eucalyptus, Lemon, Cedarwood, or Sage oil.

* All types – Geranium, Rose, or Lavender oil.

Experiment by mixing two or three of your favorite oils together.

Now that’s a tip you and your hair will both love!

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

Product buildup can dull hair. A simple solution is a homemade hair rinse. Apple cider vinegar is ideal as it encourages blood circulation as it corrects the PH balance of your hair.

Healthy Hair Rinse

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 cup water

2-4 drops essential oil (optional)

Mix ingredients in a glass or plastic bottle. Shampoo and rinse hair thoroughly. Use the apple cider mixture as a final rinse. Allow to soak into hair for a few seconds. Rinse with cool water.

Voila… soft, shiny hair!

Treat your hair to this rinse once a week.

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News From Diane Kingsbeck

Here are my predictions for 2012 and a few tips on dying your hair when you are pregnant



2012 Hairstyles

Top stylists have spoken and are predicting certain trends in 2012 hairstyles. They have their eyes on the catwalks, where models hair is styled by leading hair stylists who have their fingers on the pulse of the latest hairstyle trends. Many hairstyles this year are evolved from last years trends, styles such as the pixie cut remain ever popular, but in 2012 longer top sections are incorporated, to make the pixie cut more versatile. With a bit of length at the top, the pixie cut can be worn various ways, from slicking it back, using wet look gel, to spiking for added texture.

The catwalks have been trodden by many models wearing an androgynous look. Androgynous hairstyles are quite simple and plain, a little boyish, but worn with ultra feminine clothes. They can be short, slicked back or ruffled, they can also be long, tied back and again slicked back with wet look gel. The ruffled hairstyle is another look that is very on trend for 2012. Also known as the bedhead look, understated, with a look of little effort, that moves away from the ultra chic and perfectly styled glam looks of last year. Bedhead looks are still chic, but they give the impression of having taken less effort.

Another big look for 2012 hairstyles, is the Glamazon look. A fierce, strong look, characterised by bold hairstyles. Hair can be scraped back from the face quite severely and held in a high ponytail or top knot, several female celebrity singers wear their hair this way and it is a powerful look. Teamed with very fancy hair accessories such as feathers and jewelled bands, glamazon hairstyles look best worn with fancy, intricate and glamorous clothing styles.

Classic retro hairstyles continue to be popular, with finger waves and pin curls making a big comeback. This type of hair styling is much quicker and easier than it used to be, with the use of heated tongs and better holding products, a 40s wave can be created in minutes. For long hair, birds nest buns, as worn by Hollywood legends in bygone days, are fashionable. Backcombed hair is piled and fastened at the top of the head and the remaining strands waved and held firmly with hairspray.

From the 1970s, but brought up to date with the use of shine products and hair accessories, Charlies Angel hairstyles are big. These 2012 hairstyles are characterised by curls through the end lengths of the hair, leaving the top part straight and smooth. Many leading celebrities wear their hair this way, all it requires is an excellent blow dry and for the hair to be in excellent condition, as a shiny, sleek gloss to the curls is essential.

A few more styling tips for 2012 hairstyles, include the incorporation of shattered layers and kicks. Shattered layers, with uneven edges, soften and add volume to otherwise dull hair. Kicks can be added anywhere in any hairstyle by flicking up the ends using a hot tong, to add a fun edge to a look. Finally the peekaboo fringe is popular, eye skimming, blunt cut, bangs, that can be swept aside when needed, are the look of 2012.

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