The last strand

I sincerely hope each and every one you reading this blog have been somehow inspired, informed and put at ease with some of the advice and tips I have provided. My initial aim was to raise awareness about the long and short -term damage hair styling can have, in order to promote and encourage women of all ages to reconsider the strain there hair goes through on a daily basis. Also due to the fact that its one of our most favourite and sometimes temperamental accessory we should embrace it naturally because we should learn to appreciate it and use it as a form of positive self expression.
Something I constantly think about to motivate me to steer away from the need to straighten my hair is to save it for an occasion. I know it might sound old fashioned, but think about it, your hair will be healthier; you will look good and feel great.

If you take anything from this make sure it’s that
– I don’t expect you to never straighten your hair again, because that is unreasonable and impossible
– You use anti heat sprays when you can
– You give your hair a rest, try wearing it naturally more often
– You reduce hair exposure to heat styling by eliminating one day a week (that will make a huge difference, trust me)

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Like many other girls with curly hair, i think its fair to say that we have a unique love/ hate relationship with it. The days when it dries up nicely, the curls are well proportioned and bouncy, and other days it’s out of control.

But girls with naturally straight hair have their own problems too. It’s really hard to style and curl their hair.

Throughout this campaign I myself have learnt new things in relation to the main reasons why women straighten their hair. It could be to feel good, make it easier to style and the simple fact that it provides a confidence boost. There is nothing wrong with that.

Although straight hair will never go out of style and I indeed don’t intend on it to. I do however strive to raise awareness and hope that if a few young girls and women start using the straightener more wisely they will notice a significant difference in the condition of their hair, while teaching them to appreciate their natural style before it’s too late and the damage is irreversible.

Let me know what you thought about this blog. Your feedback is appreciated.

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Spot the signs

A lot of you might be reading this blog and thinking, why should I worry about my hair getting damaged. It still has volume, natural shine and it doesn’t frizz. Well lucky you, however although your hair might look and feel good when left naturally or styled the damaged will slowly appear over time and we should work towards avoiding that as much as we can.

There’s more to signs of damaged than fizziness and split ends, and the solution does not always have to involve scissors. So ladies this is what you should look out for and if you can relate to 4 or more, you should really consider your current hair care regime and have a read through my previous blogs on how you can change it for the better.

– Hair falling out
– Lack of moisture
– Tangles
– Overuse of chemicals such as hairspray and styling gel
– Constantly dying your hair
– Reduced elasticity
– Colour fading
– Stagnant and uneven growth

 

Woman Examining Split Ends

So wether you can relate to them or not its worth reading through my easily to follow tips of natural remedies to strengthen and repair mildly damaged hair.

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The straightener is not the only one to blame

Majority of the time we are actually using these styling tools in a further more damaging way. The incorrect use can have significant side effects on not only our luscious locks but on ourselves. I can’t even count the number of times I have burnt my fingers or blistered the tip of my ear, trying to straighten every strand of hair perfectly. Or even left the straightener on and caused permanent damage to bed sheets and clothes. I still haven’t learnt my lesson. So I don’t want you girls to make the same mistakes.

Although straightening your hair is not rocket science you will be surprised at how many of us are doing it wrong. Here are a few tips to use these heating tools safely and get the most effective results with the least amount of damage.

  • Make sure your hair is thoroughly washed before hand
  • Hair should be completely dry. Preferably naturally dried to avoid using the blow dryer (when naturally drying hair do it from the tips to the roots)
  • Spray dry hair with anti heat spray
  • Look for a ceramic flat iron (cheaper products are not usually as effective as ceramic coating distributes heat evenly)
  • To get equal heat exposure, divide hair strands
  • Apply heat for no more than 15-20 seconds on each strand
  • Give it a few seconds to cool down before straightening the same strand
  • Leave and inch from the root from where you apply the straightener
  • Adjustable temperature is a plus, try keep it below 300

 

 

Read more: http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/hair-straightener-safely-at-home/

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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