Dry shampoo, its like hand sanitiser for your hair

Lets face it oily hair is inevitable. For so long it’s been associated with unhealthy or unhygienic hair. Little did we know it’s actually the opposite? It’s a natural part of the hair repairing process that our hair follicles and scalp go through. I hate it when my hair has dried nicely and when I attempt to wear it out and style it there is an unattractive gloss. Ahh! Why? I used to get extremely frustrated at this, until I did some research and realised that it’s completely normal.

I’ve mentioned this before but the recommended routine for washing your hair is 2-3 days a week, so basically let the oils out, it will restore natural hair chemicals and maintain shine and strength. But it doesn’t look good and it sure doesn’t feel good, you might say. This is why I am proud to introduce you to my new friend. Dry Shampoo.

About a year ago after my hairdresser got sick of my complaints; he recommended I try dry shampoo. Can I say it’s probably just as essential as having shampoo for me as I use it 2-3 times a week. The non- greasy and easy to use spray makes my hair feel smooth and dry, and the one I buy has a great smell too. It’s my favourite and the best thing is you get a free funky shower cap with it. Cheering!

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Here are the top 3 causes of oily hair:

  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Constantly running your fingers through your hair
  • Brushing too often. This, strips out the oils towards the roots
  • Oil lubricates the hair and protects it. Finer hair gets oilier quicker because there is more exposure to natural chemicals in the air and bacteria of fingers through your hair
  • Lack of hydration

Scrubbing your hair in the shower too hard can increase oil production

KERATIN! Killer or Cure?

Don’t jump to conclusions just yet. Especially those of you who have used keratin before or are reading this while having the treatment done. This is not a personal attack, just honest advice about the pros and cons of this chemically rich straightening product, as we break down the ingredients and how it actually works. Not to forget the long- term effects that many users are unaware of, until they are unfortunate enough to experience them.

I can understand that for girls with extremely thick curly hair, it gets too much to handle. I have a lot of friends and family members who have almost given up and use keratin to lighten their hair and make it easier to maintain, wash and style. I would admit, it looks great, but I also have so much appreciation for their natural locks and I don’t want to see them slowly flatten out. No one wants straight hair forever, do they?

One of the main ingredients ‘formaldehyde.’ The primary cause of side effects, which includes irritated skin and watery eyes. It’s a chemical used in household products and detergents. This chemical protein changes the structure of the hair and manipulates it to the desired straight form. In worst cases it can change the texture of the hair.

Think about it, a natural protein found in your hair is re applied to your hair and sealed with a straightener. The process seems dramatic in itself, followed by intense rounds of drying and straightening.

The good stuff:

  • Cuts styling and straightening time by over 60%
  • It does strengthen hair
  • Lasts up to six months

The not so good stuff:

  • Over straightening during the process can lead to breakage
  • Rough texture on natural hair after may treatments
  • Over a few years, hair can loose its natural volume, curl or wave
  • Causes fizziness

Just like hair straightening there is a sense of confidence and peace of mind when your hair is well groomed and you are in control of it, not the other way around. Although it’s a great alternative to constant straightening, it is nearly as damaging due to the strong heat it is exposed to.

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What your hair says about you!

Being a girl, I am often overtly conscious about how other young girls and women have styled their hair. I am constantly admiring the unique colours, and textures. Weirdly it’s where I find my inspiration, and mentally critique it and best of all learn from some common mistakes and popular styles.

Just like anything in today’s society, it has a long intertwined relationship with history and culture, and why should the topic of hair be any different. The style, length and colour used to be a symbol for social status such as Britain, Greece, Egypt and China. Long hair was a symbol of femininity and short hair was strictly for males. It was, and still is a crucial accessory.

It’s without a doubt that your hair is almost intrinsic to your personality; that is it speaks for itself and sometimes on behalf of you. But not every cliché of girls with curly hair have wild personalities and those with short hair are tough and those with long hair embody the typical girly girl personality.
To all those who still think these stereotypes apply. You’re wrong, so wrong. A women’s hair is one of her most prized assets. It boosts confidence (at times), it’s your best friend (at times) and it’s a hug part of your identity. It also doesn’t look this good out with out hard work and costly maintenance. Majority of the time it pays off.

A lot of thought is put into how we wear our hair, but sometimes, I highly doubt a lot of girls think this is how I’m doing my hair so I can be perceived in this certain way. It is a part of our identity, some more than others. Wether your hair is in a ponytail or a bun, blonde or brunette, long or short, or sleeked back, embrace it.

Have as read of this article, it’s a compilation of the most common opinions others have about women’s hair. How many of you can relate?
http://www.marieclaire.com/sex-love/men/what-he-thinks-of-your-hair-color

These are definitely just what they are stereotypes; although many can relate to them they are not the defining factor of ones personality.

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