At Home Treatments For All Hair Types

Treatments can be great for your hair, and should be done once a week if you have damage to your hair. If you do not use the proper treatment for your hair type, it can end up having negative effects like to much oil, frizzy hair, and dry hair. Here are some treatments you can try at home for in between salon visits.


1. Basic Treatment. A basic treatment is one that works for all hair types. In the shower, apply a deep conditioner from the mid shaft of your hair to the ends. Let it sit on for 5-10 minutes, then rinse. If you have damaged hair from excessive coloring, or using to many heat products on it, let it sit in a towel after a shower for 10 extra minutes then rinse. You will have softer feeling hair. For best results do this treatment about once a week.


2. Fine Hair Treatment. If you have fine hair, using anything that is heavy and with lots of oils will weigh your hair down. Use a deep conditioning treatment, that has a volume booster. It will keep your hair soft, but when you go to style it, it will help you add the volume you desire. Do not use this too often because it will cause your hair to build up excess oil. Start out using it once a week for one month, then do every other week.


3. Medium to Thick Hair Treatment. Look for products that have natural oils in them. Oils like avocado, argan, coconut, sunflower, or almond will help to repair damaged hair. They will also help give a natural shine, and help your hair to grow stronger. Use this treatment as often as you find necessary but no more then once a week.


4. Coarse Hair Treatment. Every morning, use a quarter sized amount of an all natural oil to smooth the ends of your hair, and make easier for styling. Once a week use a deep scalp and hair mask, preferably once that nourishes the hair. It will help to smooth down and make your hair softer, so it is easier to manage and style.


5. Colored Hair Treatments. If you color your hair, it is more damaged then it would be normally. To help restrengthen your hair, use treatments that are enriched in keratin. The keratin soaks into the hair shaft, adding moisture back into the hair. For a greater effect, add the oil based treatment to your conditioner and let it sit on for 10 to 15 minutes so it can really soak in. Do this once a week and your hair will start to feel and look much healthier. 


Try these treatments to help repair the damage that is done to your hair on a daily basis. You will soon have healthier looking and feeling hair.

 

~aphrodite 

Fixing Distressed Winter Hair

Everyone has a problem with there hair when winter comes around. Its flat, dry or has lots of static. If you have ever wondered how to fix your distressed winter hair, this is the post for you. Here are 5 main winter hair problems and how you can help to fix the problem.

1. Flatness. Every women loves to have big voluminous hair, and sometimes the winter weather does not allow this to happen. During the winter months, the air becomes drier, and has less moisture, all because there is less humidity. The humidity tends to just effect those who have finer hair. You can help your hair out by using a thickening shampoo in the shower. They are made to add bulk to your hair, without the extra product to weigh it down. When you blow-dry your hair, use lightweight styling products that come in a liquid form. It will make it easier for you to blow-dry your hair with volume, and the lightweight products formula won’t weigh down your hairstyle. 

2. Dryness. In the summer months, the heat makes your scalp produce more oil, which keeps your scalp hydrated and your hair shiny. During the winter months, the cold air will dry out your scalp, and using hot styling tools drys out your hair even more. When you shower, switch to a shampoo and conditioner that adds moisture to your hair. And every other week you should go in a salon just to get a scalp treatment and style. The scalp treatment allows time for the scalp to retain moisture, and give you healthier feeling and looking hair.

3. Flakiness. Do you feel like since the weather has become much colder, your scalp is much more flaky then normal. This is because your going from a warm house, to a cold climate on a daily basis. It causes your skin to flake faster than normal, especially on your scalp. Try using a shampoo with natural based products. Lather your hair and leave the shampoo on for about 2-3 mins then rinse. Follow with a natural based conditioner. Wash your hair every other day, and on the off day, use a dry shampoo before you brush your hair. It will soak up the oil that the skin flakes attach to.

4. Static Hair. While you keep warm when your outside using winter apparel, when you go inside to take it off, your hair becomes a static mess. This is because dry hair strands, attract to positively charges, and when you remove your hat, it causes them to repel, which gives you the static in your hair. The natural oils in your hair help prevent static, so try to not wash your hair as much. Wash it 3-4 times a week, and you can always use a light amount of hair spray or water to smooth down the stragglers.

5. Split Ends. Split ends are the result of damaging your hair over and over again. It can be from the weather conditions, over use of hot styling tools, and from not getting your hair trimmed enough. The best way to fix split ends is by getting a hair trim every 4-6 weeks. A trim is only less then an inch of hair being removed. There are products that help get rid of split ends, but all they do is camouflage them for a few days. The only way to get rid of them is by cutting them off. So visit a salon every 4-6 weeks to get rd of your split ends. 

Do these things to help minimize the winter distress on your hair. Thank you for all of your support.

~aphrodite

Keeping Your Hands & Feet Smooth & Polished

Having nice hands and feet are not just something women should be concerned about, men should be concerned too! Having nice, clean nails shows that you take pride in how you look, and care about good hygiene. Although going to a spa is the best way to have great looking nails, here are some tips for men and women on keeping your hands and feet looking great all year round, and in between visits to the spa.

Hands

1) Having dirty finger nails is one of the biggest turn offs. Washing your hands does not always get rid of the dirt. Buy a nail brush, and while you are in the shower, scrub your nails and toe nails with soap and water. It will remove the excess dirt and leave your hands sparkling clean. But to get a full effect, visit a spa once a month to get a manicure. For the men, you do not have to have your nails painted. The nail tech will file your nails so they are smooth, push back and trim your dead cuticles, and buff out your nails. And some places you get a hand massage. It really is a nice treat, and your nails will be much nicer looking.

2) Properly cutting your nails. When cutting your nails, make sure you cut them so the edges are rounded and not pointy. Having rounded edges, will keep you from scratching yourself, and catching it on things. After you have cut all of your nails to the same length, file them. Filing your nails keeps the free edge smooth, and nicely finished. 

3) Keeping your hands soft and smooth. Anyone who uses their hands on a daily basis, tends to build up calluses or have dryness. If you have callused hands try this: fill up a bowl with warm water and mix in some olive oil, about 2-3 tablespoons. Soak your hands for 5-10 minutes each day. You will notice your calluses becoming softer and smoother after 1-2 weeks. If your hands tend to be really dry, apply lotion through-out the day. It will help keep moisture in them and give them an added softness. Also when the weather starts to get colder, always wear gloves outside. It will help to keep them from drying out because of the wind, and lack of moisture in the air.

Feet:

1) Cutting your toe nails. Nobody likes being up, close, and personal with gross feet, especially if you have really long toe nails. You should cut your toe nails every other week. When cutting your toe nails, make sure they are completely dry. Cutting them while wet, can cause ripping. Make sure you use a large set of clippers, they are made for cutting toe nails, and make sure that when you cut them, you do not cut past the white of your nail. It can cause you a lot of pain, and possible bleeding. 

2) Get a pedicure! Everybody is on their feet all day long. Being on your feet develops calluses, and roughness. Once a month you should treat yourself to a pedicure. They will scrub your feet and smooth out your calluses. It is very relaxing, and your feet will not only feel great after, but look great as well. If you do not want to go to a spa, then buy a pumas stone to use in the shower on a daily basis. When calluses are wet, they are easier to remove. Although smooth, soft feet are not common for most men, if you really care about the look of your feet you can soak them in warm water for 5-10 minutes, then use the pumas stone to file them. Apply lotion afterwards so they are soft to the touch. 

3) Stinky feet. Having smelly feet is definitely a big turn off. To attract the opposite sex, be sure to always wash your feet after you get home from work or the gym. And always put clean socks on, even if you just had them on for an hour or two. Your feet sweat all throughout the day, so if you feel like your feet are sweaty it may be time to change your socks.

I hope these tips help you to have great looking and feeling hands and feet, but remember to visit a spa or salon near you, and treat yourself to a manicure and pedicure at least once a month!

~aphrodite

Keeping Your Man’s Hair Healthy & Devine

Most men have pretty short hair, and think just because it is short that they do not have to wash it as much, use conditioner or other hair products. To keep your hair looking and feeling great, follow these tips! You will surely notice a difference in your hair.

1) Shampooing your hair is essential to having healthy hair and scalp. When you are choosing a shampoo, look for one that removes DHT or dyhydotestosterone, and one that doesn’t leave a residue. DHT causes hair loss because it restricts blood flow to the hair follicles. So if you are noticing premature balding, then it may have something to do with your shampoo. If you are noticing flaking and itching of your scalp, you may have dandruff. Look for a medicated shampoo. It is made for dandruff, and will make your scalp less flaky and itchy. Once you have found the right shampoo, remember to only wash you hair once a day. The more you wash your hair the more it strips your hair of the natural oils it produces, which will dry out and damage your hair. And remember just because a shampoo smells good, does not mean you should use it. 

2). Conditioning your hair is great to do, even if you have very short hair. Condition your hair daily after you shampoo it. Conditioner moisturizes, strengthens, and repairs your hair  while leaving it soft to the touch. Never use conditioner in replace of shampoo. All it does is make your hair look greasier, and it does not actually remove any dirt for your hair. And after you get out of the shower, run a brush or comb threw your hair. It will keep it from getting knotted, and looking messy.

3) Products can be a great thing for your hair, as long as you use them properly. If you have problems with random sections of hair sticking up, use some hair spray on the area and gently comb it down. Keep the hair spray 6-8 inches from your head, so that way it isn’t really stiff in just one section of your head. You can use any type of products to style your hair such as gel or mousse, but remember a little goes along way. Use only quarter size amount for your whole head. Keep the products off of your hairline. It can cause unwanted breakouts. 

I also learned today that if you run out of shaving cream, you can use a thin layer of peanut butter instead. Hope you learned something new today as well! 

~aphrodite

 

Keeping Your Hair Color Beautiful! From Start to Finish

Tired of constantly coloring your hair to have it fade out in a matter of weeks? Well try these tips before and after getting your hair colored to keep your color vibrant and beautiful.

1. Start Strong. One week before getting your hair colored, use a clarifying shampoo to remove any access oils and dirt from your hair. This will give your hair a deep clean, while making it easier for the color to take to your hair. After the shampoo, use a Moroccan Oil deep conditioner. It is all natural, and will help to protect your hair from any damage from the hair color.

2. Do your research. Look up different hair color ideas, to find colors you like and do not like. It will help give you a better idea of what you are looking for. If you find a picture with the color you really love, print it out. It helps to have a visual, so your stylist can easily match the color, and see how it will look with your skin tone. If the stylist does not think it is a good match, they can show you other color options that will be.

3. Keep your hair dirty. Do not wash your hair for at least 24 hours prior to getting a hair coloring service done. If you do, it can strip your hair of its natural oils, causing your scalp to be more sensitive. Those natural oils help adhere the color to your hair.

4. Make it last. After your hair stylist has finished your hair color and you have left the salon, do not wash your hair for 48 hours. It takes 48 hours for the hair color to completely lock into your hair. After 48 hours, wash your hair in warm water, with a color safe shampoo and conditioner to keep color from fading.

 

To keep your color for as long as possible, do not wash your hair everyday. Wash it every other day or every two days. The more you wash your hair the more your color is going to bleed. In between washes, use a dry shampoo. You spray it on your roots, and rub it in with your finger tips. It will eat up the access oil, so your hair does not look greasy.

Hope you enjoyed these tips, and have beautiful, long-lasting hair color. 

~aphrodite

5 More ways to add volume!

Here is 5 additional ways to add volume to your flat lifeless hair.

1. Use Dry Shampoo! In between washes or to rock a style from the day before use a little dry shampoo. It will remove the excess oils and give your hair extra lift. Just spray on your roots and rub in with your fingers.

2. Match hair texture to the right product! To get the best looking hair use products for your hair type. If you have thinner hair use light weight products like a mist or light serum to give added volume. For medium textured hair use a mousse to add bulk to the hair without weighting it down.

3. Feed your scalp! A Healthy scalp leads to healthy hair growth. If your hair seems thin and straggly, use a vitamin enriched treatment. It will give the nutrients your scalp needs to help grow healthy hair.

4. Tease it! When you tease your hair it creates a padding of hair that the rest of your hair sits on. Thus giving it volume. When you tease your hair be sure to fully remove the teeth from the hair after each stroke.

5. Add some curls! After you ruff dry your hair roll in curlers. Let them sit until the hair is completely dry then remove. Not only will you have loose waves or curls, but it will give you added volume on top.

~aphrodite

5 ways to boost volume.

Here are 5 simple tricks to help your flat lifeless hair.

1. Lose the part! Keeping your hair parted the same way tends to flatten the hair. Switch your part to the other side for an instant volume boost. You can also lose the part completely by pulling your hair straight back. Use hairspray to keep the hair in place.

2. Condition first, Then Shampoo. While most people shampoo their hair before they condition it, that causes your hair to become weighted down reuslting in a flat look. By conditioning  your hair before you shampoo you will remove excess build up, and result in fuller hair.

3. Get the right cut! If you have thick hair avoid getting a one-length cut. This will cause your hair to look weighted down. Instead use longer layers to give your hair the movement it needs. With thinner hair try a shorter more layered cut to give and appearance of thickness.

4. Blow up, Not out! When blow drying first ruff dry your hair, then blow dry in an upward motion to create volume. Use the cool shot at the end to freeze the hair. 

5. Add oils! Use an all natural plant oil to help remove the heavier oils on your scalp. When you wash your hair it will be healthier and cleaner.

~Aphrodite