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NEW REPORT LINKS FIBROIDS, RESPIRATORY ILLNESSES TO TOXIC CHEMICALS IN MANY BLACK HAIR PRODUCTS

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Not feeling well?

Well, according to a recently released report, it might be some of the chemicals in your hair care products that are making you sick.

The 60-page report entitled Natural Evolutions: One Hair Story was released on Tuesday by Black Women for Wellness, which is an L.A.-based advocacy and research group dedicated to the health and well-being of Black women. You can read the report in its entirety here.

But to summarize, it is the result of five years of research, which included “literature reviews, focus groups, data collection and interviews with African American beauty professionals to determine chemical exposure and correlating health status, of hair care products directed at Black women.”

And as noted in the report’s introduction, “Each year, Black women spend about 9 billion dollars on beauty products alone, twice as much as any other ethnic group. By 2017, the Black hair care industry is estimated to reach $500 billion, taking into the account the changing nature of the market and the increase in online sales. However, many of the products marketed to and used by Black women are rarely researched for toxic health consequences; in the rare cases that they are, Black hair products are found to be some of the most toxic beauty products on the market.”

While the report did not focus on any specific products, researchers did provide a list of ingredients including fragrance, DMDM hydantoin, linalool methylparaben and propylparaben, which were found in over 50 products used or recommended by hair care stylists. Moreover, “Several of these compounds have been found to disrupt the endocrine system, among other health effects. DMDM hydantoin has been found to be a skin toxicant and allergen, as well as a formaldehyde-releasing agent.”

Chief among the health concerns associated with the chemicals used in many of our hair care products is uterine fibroids. And, according to the report, a recent study published in the American Journal of Epidemiologyhas found a link between the use of hair relaxers and the condition that is estimated to affect 80 percent of Black women over their lifetime.

The report also highlights other reproductive developmental issues associated with chemicals in our hair care products, including infertility and spontaneous miscarriages.

And as the report notes, “Girls who reported using chemical hair oils and hair perms were 1.4 times more likely to experience early puberty after adjusting for race, ethnicity, and year of birth. In addition, other studies have linked early puberty to hair detangler use by Black girls. In one of the studies African American girls as young as two years old started showing signs of puberty after using products containing animal placenta found in many detanglers and conditioners.”

In addition to reproductive concerns, the report also links formaldehyde, ammonia, and bleaching agents – all chemicals that are commonly found in our hair care products – to respiratory disorders.

More specifically, “A study conducted in 2007 with 344 women in Nigeria found that respiratory symptoms were more common among hairdressers as compared to the community at large. Frequent sneezing, coughing, and chest tightness were found in the hair stylists. In addition, the mean pulmonary function test (FEV1, FVC, and FEV1/FVC) was lower in hairdressers, with no relation to duration of employment in the industry. In short, a beauty professional’s ability to breathe deeply is compromised once entering the profession.”

According to the report, Black hair care professionals who are exposed to higher levels of chemicals than the general public are most at risk of developing health problems. As part of its research, BWW interviewed L.A.-based hair professionals between 2011 and 2014 and found that 65 percent of them use permanent straighteners or lye/no-lye relaxers; sixty-three percent used permanent waves and texturizers; and 60 percent used hair dyes, all of which contain chemicals that have been linked to carcinogenic materials, respiratory problems and allergies and reproductive issues.

In fact, as the study notes, “Of the stylists we talked to, over 100 health issues were reported. The most common health issues were headaches, dizziness, and chemical burns. About 9% of the women stylists surveyed had health issues directly related to reproductive health.”

As far as solutions, the report said that more education and awareness, as well as easy-to-read labels, would help to “mitigate risk factors.”

The report also called for more federal oversight.

More specifically:

“Creating and enforcing policies and regulations that use the precautionary principle when evaluating chemical safety is an important step in mitigating the risk of toxic exposure to the public as well as with workers. In addition, a system is needed that can regulate and remove chemicals from personal care, hair and cleaning products that have a proven health risk in a timely and effective manner.

Having policies looking at labeling products of concern as well as maintaining an awareness of the need for stronger regulations on labeling and testing of products would allow consumers to make more informed choices about the products they wish to buy.”

Hair Care Market in India Forecast to 2020 – Incredible 3D Technique for Hair Coloring – Research and Markets

Due to climatic aggression in India, people are coming up with the hair problems like thinning hair, loss of hair volume, dandruff, and graying hair at an early age. Stress and working pressures also leads to hair problems. With a growing income rate of middle class, the hair care market in India is going through a major paradigm shift. With consumers ready to experiment with new products and services, and marketers churning out new products at an impressive rate, there is a sense of excitement in the industry.

The recent market research report, Hair Care Market in India Forecast to 2020, depicts the current and future scenario of all the segments in Indian hair care industry. A detailed in-depth analysis of the Indian hair care market by segments and by regions is covered in the report, in accordance to which high demand will come from Northern region.

The increasing affluence among the young and changing lifestyles are driving the demand for the emerging hair care segment. Anti-dandruff shampoos and conditioners; hair fall therapies; products for shine, strength and length; and anti-ageing hair care products are few variants that are fuelling the Indian hair care market.

Extensive research and analysis also revealed that the share of hair care market is maximum in the cosmetic industry, with hair oil being the dominant segment as there is a surge in the Indian market with the variants in the segment like perfume oil, light oil, and many more. In future, although hair oil is expected to remain the leading market, but hair color will attain the fastest growth rate in the segment.

Further, to provide a balanced outlook of the Indian hair care market to our clients, the report includes summary of major players’ contribution in the industry along with their business descriptions, SWOT analysis and recent developments in the market.

Key Topics Covered:

1. Analyst View

2. Research Methodology

3. Indian Hair care Market

4. Hair Care Market Outlook 2020

5. Emerging Market Trends

6. Competitive Landscape

– Dabur India Limited

– Emami Limited

– Godrej

– Himalaya

– Hindustan Unilever Limited

– ITC

– L’Oreal SA

– Marico Limited

– Procter & Gamble

– Revlon India

For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/nc8bzs/hair_care_market

Creme of Nature Introduces nature-inspired hair care

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Leading hair care brand Creme of Nature is inviting consumers to experience “nourishing and strengthening hair products infused with high-quality, natural ingredients.”

The new Creme of Nature Certified Natural Ingredients hair care collections include shampoos, conditioners, leave-in conditioners and a treatment masque that cater to all hair types using certified natural ingredients.

“More than ever, we are working hard to improve our formulas and deliver products that our consumers can rely on using the best quality natural ingredients available,” stated Teneya Gholston, Creme of Nature Director of Marketing. “We aim to provide both new and existing customers with top quality, innovative ingredients in all of our products and are proud of the formulations of the new Creme of Nature Certified Natural Ingredients. Not only will these new products moisturize the hair, but they will also give the hair a fresh, fruity and tropical fragrance. It will be like falling in love with Creme of Nature all over again.”

The Creme of Nature Certified Natural Ingredients hair care line includes:

  • Coconut Milk, infused with certified natural coconut oil to soften and improve manageability. Creme of Nature® Detangling and Conditioning Shampoo with Coconut Milk is infused with certified natural coconut oil to nourish and cleanse hair while detangling and adding moisture. ($4.99; 12 oz.). Creme of Nature Detangling and Conditioning Conditioner with Coconut Milk is a creamy detangling conditioner that nourishes hair while imparting shine. ($4.99; 12 oz.). Creme of Nature® Coconut Milk Leave-In can be used on damp hair to soften, detangle, and condition hair while protecting against damage. ($4.49; 8.45 oz.)
  • Mango & Shea Butter, infused with certified natural mango, which conditions and protects while certified natural shea butter moisturizes and softens. Creme of Nature Ultra-Moisturizing Shampoo with Mango and Shea Butter gently cleanses and conditions, while infusing dehydrated hair with moisture. ($4.99; 12 oz.). Creme of Nature Ultra-Moisturizing Conditioner with Mango and Shea Butter is infused with certified natural mango and shea butter to condition and nourish hair. ($4.99; 12 oz.). Mango & Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner is enriched with certified natural mango and shea butter to instantly soften, detangle, and condition. ($4.49; 8.45 oz.).
  • Acai Berry & Keratin for strengthening. Keratin aids in hair repair while certified natural acai berries help prevent damage. Creme of Nature Strengthening Shampoo with Acai Berry & Keratin is infused with certified natural acai berries plus keratin to gently cleanse and aid in hair repair to strengthen and smooth dry or damaged hair. ($4.99; 12 oz.). Creme of Nature Strengthening Hair Masque with Acai Berry & Keratin was designed to revitalize dry, damaged hair using certified natural acai berries plus keratin to repair, strengthen and smooth thirsty hair. ($1.79; 1.75 oz.).

The $200 Million Black Company Behind New Madam C.J. Walker Haircare Line

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First self-made millionaire businesswoman continues to inspire generations of entrepreneurs.

Building on the life, legacy, and impact of the ground-breaking Madam C.J. Walker—the visionary entrepreneur, philanthropist, and America’s first female self-made millionaire—a new haircare line that bears her name was launched by Sundial Brands, a manufacturer and distributor of organic skincare and haircare products for people of color. The Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture line is a four-collection, 25-product haircare line that hit shelves exclusively at Sephora and on Sephora.com this month.

[Related: Madam C.J. Walker’s Hair Legacy Continues With New Product Line Set to Launch at Sephora]

“Madam C.J. Walker was the first person to devise and scale a business model that addressed the haircare and beauty needs of women of color, while also challenging the myopic ideals of the beauty industry at that time,” says Sundial Brands CEO Richelieu Dennis, who will lead a session at the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit along with Miss Jessie’s CEO Miko Branch on how to grow a multimillion-dollar business in a niche market. Sundial Brands flagship products are Shea Moisture and Nubian Heritage.

A beauty pioneer, a business woman, and American icon, Walker has been a source of inspiration and empowerment for men and women over the last 100 years.

Dennis understands this all too well. He teamed with fellow college graduate Nyema Tubman in 1992 to launch Sundial Brands. “We became street vendors (in New York) with very expensive college degrees,” he recalls. By conserving cash and living with 10 others in a cramped apartment, the duo managed to open as many as eight outlets over the years. By 2008, Sundial became so successful it received the BLACK ENTERPRISE Small Business Award for Emerging Company of the Year. Today, the company reportedly earns $200 million annually and its products can be found on the shelves of major retailers such as Macy’s, Whole Foods, Duane Reade, and Walmart.

In partnering with Sephora, Dennis notes, “this launch represents another step forward in our rich history and continues Madam C.J. Walkers’ legacy to help every woman feel confident to embark on the life she desires.”

Dennis adds that his company has spent a tremendous amount of time, energy, thought, and care working to ensure that this introduction of Walker’s brand to a new generation was done in a manner truly worthy of its namesake. “We’ve focused on a reimagination of the brand as Madam Walker may have done in the 21st century, with products created to focus on all hair textures/needs – whether coily, curly, wavy or straight – and a brand that still represents both community and women’s empowerment. This launch is also Sundial’s first foray into prestige retail.”

What has allowed Sundial to grow over the past 25 years is partnering with its retailers around a consumer that is valuable to them and by providing the natural products those consumers need. “Investment in our community is important to our bottom line,” Dennis says.

Best hair care products for $11 or less

Favorite new hair-care finds from drugstore shelves that even the pros swear by.

Ogling pretty, pricey hair products at high-end beauty and department stores can be fun, but there’s something incredibly satisfying about filling up a drugstore shopping basket with a whole bunch of loot for a fraction of the cost.

Especially since there are so many drugstore and mass-retailer gems that even the pros swear by. Here are some of our favorite new finds from the drugstore shelves.

Hask Charcoal Clarifying Shampoo ($6 at Ulta). We love dry shampoo, but we hate the buildup it leaves on our scalp. To combat this, turn to a weekly clarifying shampoo to remove residual product. This new purifying shampoo from Hask is safe enough to use daily, even on color-treated hair.

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Lightening Conditioner ($10 at Target). Even in winter, we still want our blond locks to have a sun-kissed glimmer. Can’t finagle a beachy getaway? Suds up with this lightening conditioner for brighter, more vibrant color.

Batiste Dry Shampoo Neon Lights ($8 at Ulta). Batiste dry shampoo has been around for ages, but this new, limited-edition spray has a lovely pomegranate and jasmine scent to it, for a hair mist and dry shampoo in one.

Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray ($6 at drugstores). Beachy hair looks good no matter the season. This spray’s wave-making sea salt and kelp will instantly transport you to the shore.

OGX Coconut Curls Moisture Mousse ($8 at Target). No one has time for frizzy, unruly curls. Give them definition and bounce with this sweetly scented mousse.

Pantene Air Spray ($6 at drugstores). What’s the difference between your typical hair spray and “air spray”? The latter is a lightweight styling product that gives hair incredible hold without leaving that awful crunchy, crispy feeling behind.

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen Grow & Restore Styling Lotion ($11 at Target). Shea Moisture has so many incredible scents, but this new line of Jamaican black castor oil is something to behold. Protect your mane from heat styling with this creamy lotion so your hair can grow long and strong.

TRESemmé Botanique Nourish and Replenish Hydrating Mist ($5 at drugstores). This mist gives strands an instant boost of hydration, and is also great for using before styling to decrease the risk of heat damage.

Benefits Of Strawberries For Hair Care

Strawberries are not only good for the skin, but they also work wonders for the hair. The antioxidant property of strawberry keeps the hair moisturised and protects the cell membranes. The vitamin C present in it helps in nourishing the hair and it can also help in getting rid of the excessive oil build-up on the scalp. Strawberries contain a good amount of ellagic acid, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids and copper that are essential for good health of the hair. Strawberries are beneficial for hair in many ways. Using a strawberry hair pack once in a week is a key to get shiny and silky tresses. The vitamins present in it prevent hair fall, stop thinning of the hair, prevent dandruff and make the hair appear silky and smooth. Likewise, there are many more benefits of including strawberries for hair care. Thus, in this article, we at Boldsky will be listing out some of the ways in which strawberries benefit the hair. Read on to know more about it.

Toxins in Black hair care and beauty products put Black women’s, girls’ and haircare professionals’ health at risk

natural-curly-hairstyles-black-women Black Women for Wellness calls for federal oversight and regulation of Black hair and beauty products

, Black Women for Wellness released “Natural Evolutions: One Hair Story,” a report outlining the health risks faced by Black women and girls due to a lack of federal oversight and regulation of hair care and beauty product manufacturers. As a result of the sustained use of and exposure to toxic chemicals found in many hair care and beauty products over their lifetimes, both consumers and professionals face potentially devastating health consequences.

“The hair care and beauty products marketed to women are grossly unregulated — lacking proper testing or labeling,” explains Nourbese Flint, program manager at Black Women for Wellness. “Failing to prohibit the use of toxins in these products — or at least requiring that these toxins be disclosed to consumers via product labels — is dangerous and detrimental to women’s health.”

“Natural Evolutions” reveals the health ramifications of prolonged exposure and use of beauty products, including aggressive cancers, pulmonary risks and reproductive health challenges such as infertility and increased risk of miscarriage. These risks are especially true for individuals with prolonged exposure to these toxins through work as a beauty industry professional. For example, during a focus group of Black hair care professionals, a participant said that “after 20 years in the beauty industry, my friends have no fingerprints. They literally cannot go to the DMV, put their hands down and have a scan.”

The report calls for federal regulation of Black hair care product manufacturers, underscoring the need for transparency and education about the health risks for consumers and hair care professionals.

“We are seeing beauty professionals burdened with long-term, severe health impacts from exposure to toxic chemicals at work,” said Teni Adewumi, program coordinator with Black Women for Wellness. “Professionals should be equipped with the information and education they need to make informed decisions about hair care products. If not, how can they protect themselves and their clients?”

8 ESSENTIAL RULES OF MEN’S HAIR CARE

A modern gentleman isn’t worthy of the G-word until he’s turned the mop on his head into something stylish. A handful of rockstars can roll out of bed and look like hotshots, but for the rest of us civilians, effort is required.

With so many products on offer, and so much conflicting advice available at your finger tips, it’s hard to know where a healthy men’s hair care routine begins. Below we’ve gathered 8 of the best tips to optimize the look of your precious locks. The Magic 8 Ball predicts more good hair days in your immediate future.

Thou shalt learn your hair type.

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You can’t start this journey by Googling “David Beckham hairstyles” and choosing your favourite. What looks suave on Becks may leave you looking like Leo in The Revenant. Before making any big decisions for your strands, take your hair type into account. Is it thick? Is it thin? Is it fine? Is it course? Is it straight? Is it wavy? Is it tightly curled? How about balding? Choosing a hair product or style without understanding your type is like buying a suit without knowing your measurements. You might get lucky, but why take the risk? Evaluate your hair type then choose a cut and styling products that work best for your individual needs.

Thou shalt find your optimal washing frequency.

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Let’s go back to that suit. If money were no object, you would never buy off the rack. Why? Because no two bodies are exactly alike, and going bespoke allows you to get a perfect, one-of-a-kind fit. The same is true of your scalp. Some men find that washing their hair daily is best, while others prefer to leave a day or two in between. There is no right or wrong, just personal taste and trial and error. Experiment until you find a harmonious balance between your natural oils (which are healthy for your hair, as long as they’re not built up) and removing them.

Thou shalt use the right products.

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Once you’ve determined your hair type, you can purchase styling products accordingly. The sheer number of options available may seem like scam, and occasionally companies play fast and loose with proper terminology, but for the most part, there are so many products because they actually do different things.Learn the differences between spray, wax, pomade, cream, mousse, and gel. Each one serves a unique purpose and is better suited to address the needs of a specific type of hair.

Thou shalt perform regular maintenance.

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Men’s hair care 101: how often does it need to be cut? A visit to your barber once a month is easy to remember and should keep your locks looking suitably fresh. But again, the exact frequency depends on your hair type and style. Shorter looks need more regular maintenance, while longer looks can last 5-6 weeks between cuts. Don’t make the rookie mistake of thinking that growing your hair out means it never needs to see scissors. Regular trims are essential to avoiding split ends, which are unhealthy for hair growth.

Thou shalt seek balance.

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Balance is essential in all areas of your life and your hairstyle is no exception. If you have features that are prominent, you most likely want to attract away from that feature in order to create equilibrium on your face. For instance, if your ears are large and pronounced, opt for a hairstyle that’s longer on the sides. If your forehead is especially large, you may want to skip slicked-back hair or the ever-so-trendy man bun.

Thou shalt sculpt your sideburns carefully.

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Your sideburns are an important, though oft ignored, part of your facial anatomy. They’re also frustratingly temperamental. Sideburns can easily suffer from egregious growth or be crudely curtailed by overzealous clippers. Do you best Goldilocks impression and aim for just right. Let your hairstyle lead the way – a shorter cut requires ‘burns that are close to the face, while a longer cut can tolerate longer, thicker sides. Consider your hair type, your face shape, and the density of your facial hair – work with, not against, what your DNA gave you.

Thou shalt look beyond the barber.

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World class hair care is about more than regular trims and using the right products. Although those things are important, there’s a deeper level to keeping your strands in A1 shape. Your overall health has an impact on the health of your hair, so exercise regularly, stay hydrated, and eat well. A body that doesn’t get enough protein, vitamins, and minerals cannot sustain hair growth.

Thou shalt embrace balding gracefully.

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The time may come when your hair goes into retirement. Don’t fight destiny if you find yourself on your way to Willis status. While there are treatments and transplants available, the simplest and coolest way to deal with hair loss is to embrace it. Opt for a razor-short style or go full-on bald. Jason Statham, Vin Diesel, and Sir Patrick Stewart are just a few of the famous guys who prove bald is definitely beautiful.

Why This New Haircare Brand Is the Coolest on the Block

Hairstory Studio is anything but average — so why should its employees be? Led by Michael Gordon, the founder of Bumble and Bumble, the New York–based beauty brand has enlisted a crew of nouveau grunge creatives as skilled at multitasking as the cleansers and sprays it creates. “Everyone here wears many hats,” notes photo assistant, photo editor, and content manager Lucy Nystrom.

Cat Meyer—who started out as a house model and is now a producer, content director, and staff yoga instructor—explains, “We’re a hair product and production studio with hairdressers, videographers, photographers, illustrators, and writers. It’s a collective of multitalented and diverse people.” As different as they may be, all have grown close. “It’s a very open space. We have meals together. We talk freely,” declares Andrew Rosenberg, a coach who scouts and introduces hairdressers to the brand. “We want to see one another succeed.”

 

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Workers sound like official ambassadors, but they’re genuinely obsessed with Hairstory’s eco-aware line. “It’s a good feeling to know that what you’re putting on your hair and skin isn’t full of damaging chemicals, and what you’re rinsing down the drain isn’t harmful,” asserts filmmaker, social media team member, and stylist Meaghan Houck. Andrew adds: “I love what Hair Balm stands for: easy, modern, no-fuss hair.”

 

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Distinct paths led each pro to the studio, but they all join forces in the innovational hub. Clara Rae was street scouted as a model, then
became a makeup artist and coach;
hairstylist apprentice and studio manager Beth Shanefelter spotted her job on Instagram; and Lucy met Michael at a barbecue. “I think what makes it so strong is that everyone is using their considerable talents to execute the same vision,” Andrew states. “We all feel we are part of something larger than ourselves.”

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20 Of The Best Hair Tips You’ll Ever Read

Our hair is one of our most valuable accessories! It can completely change your appearance. It goes with us everywhere, and let’s be honest, it can be quite the hassle sometimes, but with a few hair tips and tricks up your sleeve, you can make your hair routine faster and easier while still getting the look you’re going for.

I think for the most part, we all want what we don’t have. I have the thickest hair on the planet (my ponytail looks like a horsetail), and I’ve always wished I could just have flat hair that behaved itself. But, as I’m getting older, I’m starting to appreciate my mess of a mane. I actually kind of like my huge hair now! It’s really all about making the best out of what you have. Here are a few of my favorite tips that make my hair routine just a little bit easier.

1. Concentrate On The Ends

Unless you have really dry scalp, most of use don’t need the extra moisture conditioner provides on our roots. Our scalp naturally produces oil every day, so adding any extra can give your hair a greasy look, especially if you don’t shampoo every day. For the best results, try to apply your conditioner on the bottom 3/4 of your hair, really concentrating on the ends.

2. Spray Your Bobby Pins

Do your bobby pins tend to slide out? Mine do! In fact, I never use my bobby pins without a quick spray of hairspray or dry shampoo first. It gives them a little extra grip so you don’t have to worry about your hair style falling out.

Place your bobby pins on a paper towel or tissue, give them a light spray, and then allow them to dry for a minute or two before inserting them into your hair. This is especially helpful on fine, straight and thin hair.

3. Switch To Silk

I think that most of us sleep on a cotton pillow case, but there are so many benefits to switching to silk or satin. Not only is it better for your skin, but it does wonders for your hair! Cotton robs your hair of moisture, is more likely to cause bed head (especially if you have bangs), and is much harsher on your hair, causing damage and split ends. It doesn’t seem like it would make much of a difference, but we sleep on it every night, so it adds up. Silk and satin pillow cases also feel luxurious — definitely worth the extra expense!

4. Massage Your Scalp

Giving yourself a scalp massage in the shower every morning may seem like a waste of time, but it really does stimulate your hair growth and enhance the strength of your roots. So, if you’re growing your hair out, try to do this every day! Why not? It feels great! Did you know that the increased blood flow to your scalp from a massage can also put you in a better mood, reduce stress, and relieve pain by improving circulation? Sounds like it’s worth every minute.

5. Use a Wide-Tooth Comb

Oops! I’ve been making this mistake for years — combing the tangles out of my wet hair with a paddle brush. After washing your hair, use a wide-tooth comb to get those tangles out instead. The comb doesn’t tug and pull at your hair like a regular brush, so it safely and easily removes tangles with less damage. If you are really prone to tangles, consider leaving a comb in the shower, and use it while you still have conditioner in your hair to remove any stubborn tangles.

6. Fake a Super Long Ponytail

I wear a ponytail just about every day. How have I lived so long without knowing this secret?! There’s nothing sexier than a super long and full ponytail. And, I have so much hair I think this little trick would work great on me. Just hop on over to the Free People Blog to get the instructions! Some pretty amazing stuff over there.

7. Use Spin Pins

If you like to put your hair up in a bun, you should give these pins a spin! It only takes two to hold up even the thickest of hair. This is a great alternative to using 3 dozen bobby pins to keep that perfect bun in place. I’ve purchased them from both Target and Walmart. I’m certain they are also sold online or at beauty supply stores.

8. Say Yes To Lazy Days

We all have those lazy days, where the idea of standing in front of the mirror messing with our mane is just not going to happen. Or, those morning when you wake up late and just don’t have the time. Quick tip: keep a spray bottle handy on your bathroom counter, and use it to quickly fix bed head. This is especially helpful if you have bangs like me! Sometimes I wake up and my bangs are sticking straight up. Instead of washing, drying and styling my hair, I just give my bangs a quick spray and then use a hair dryer and round brush to make them as good as new!

9. Fake A Fuller Ponytail

Hey, not all of you were blessed with horse hair, and that’s ok. Just fake it! Add that bump and fullness to an otherwise flat ponytail with this simple trick. Go check out the instructions over at Artzy Creations!

10. Brush Before You Wash

Most of us have never even considered the idea of brushing our hair before we jump in the shower, but it makes sense. We lose a lot of hair during the washing process, and guess where all of that hair goes? Down the drain! To reduce clogs, brush before you wash, especially if you are prone to tangles.

11. Wavy Side Down

But wait, isn’t that putting it in upside down? You would think so, but that’s what the wavy part of the bobby pin was designed for — the wavy part of a bobby pin grabs the hair, while the straight part holds it down. This way also looks better if your bobby pins are exposed!

12. No-Heat Curls Do Exist

We all know that our heating tools cause damage to our hair. If only there was a way to get a natural looking curl without them. Hmmm… Well, there is! If you like to wash your hair in the morning, this one won’t work for you, but you’d be surprised at the natural curls you get from just sleeping with your hair tucked in and around a head band. Go check out the instructions including a video tutorial over at The Paper Mama!

13. Camouflage Your Roots

Listen up, blondies! If its been a while since your last salon visit, there are a few ways to camouflage those dark roots. Whether your hair is freshly clean or not, spray them with dry shampoo, and then style your hair with a messy side part. Just zig zag your part a bit with a fine-tooth comb to help conceal those roots until your next hair appointment.

14. Tame Fly-Aways

You don’t always necessarily want to spray your entire head of hair to tame a couple of fly-aways! To combat those little hairs that won’t stay put, keep an old toothbrush handy and spray it with hairspray to easily target your fly-aways without stiffening your entire style.

15. Know Your Curls

Did you know there are a number of wrapping techniques to achieve a different type of curl? Yeah, me neither! I always just do it the same way. You’ll need a curling wand for best results, but this visual certainly helps you achieve your desired results. Go check out The Beauty Snoop for more information!

16. Let Them Absorb

The average woman spends about $300 a year or more on styling products, but most of us are not reaping the full benefits! Just like you let your conditioner sit in your hair a little longer to give it time to work its magic, the same is true for your styling products. After combing your hair out of the shower, apply your products right away and let them absorb into your strands for about 10 minutes before you break out your hair dryer and other various styling tools.

17. Easy Beach Waves

Dry your hair and get those pretty waves all in just one step! I LOVE this idea because it gives you a more natural wave. I don’t like to look like I’ve spent hours in front of the mirror curling and perfecting my waves. Go check out the full instructions with a lot more photos over at Oh So Pretty!

18. Dry Before You Style

When you place a heating tool on wet or damp hair, it creates very hot steam, and causes slow but inevitable damage. Before you break out your curling iron or flat iron, play it safe and make sure your hair is completely dry.

19. Put An End To Split Ends

Split ends have never been considered attractive because they are a sign of over processed, damaged and unhealthy hair. Yeah, you can snip those ends off, but that sure does make it hard to grow out your hair!

The good news: there are a few DIY hair masks made from simple ingredients (you probably already have these in your kitchen) that you can apply regularly without spending the big bucks on salon products. Hair is made up of a protein called keratin, so be sure to include plenty of protein in your diet to prevent the ends from splitting in the first place.

Here is my favorite all-natural “split ender”. Mix together one egg yolk, 3 tbsp of olive oil, and 1 tbsp of honey. Let this mixture sit on your ends for at least an hour before washing, and repeat every couple of weeks.

20. Know Your Brushing Basics

 

All of these brushes! What are they for?

1. Paddle — A paddle brush is the most versatile brush, but it is especially helpful if you have long and/or thick hair. It can manage a lot of hair all at once and smooths it down for a sleeker look. If you lack volume, you may want to consider a different type of brush.

2. Wide-Tooth Comb — Because the teeth have such large gaps, these combs are ideal for combing tangles out of wet hair without causing any damage. You might also want to use one in place of a brush if you have frizzy hair.

3. Fine-Tooth Comb — these combs are great for teasing, creating a nice straight part, and for detailed grooming.

4. Thermal — these brushes work with your dryer, locking in heat. They create a faster drying time and allow you to easily curl and smooth your hair under.

5. Boar Bristled — These bristles are gentle and redistribute oils throughout your hair, bringing out its natural shine. They are ideal for fine to normal hair because they also give you a little extra oomph!

6. Skinny Round — This brush is great for bangs or short hair. It smooths your hair while drying and helps manage shorter pieces of hair.

7. Large Round — This brush can straighten or curl your hair while drying, depending on how you use it. A larger round brush is ideal for creating volume to otherwise flat hair.

8. Half Radial — This brush is perfect for shorter styles such as a bob when you like to have your hair curved up or under on the ends.

9. Vented — These brushes are ideal when blow drying your hair because they provide an apple amount of air flow and help create volume.

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