Healthy Hair Habits – Your Guide To Beautiful Hair

Revlon has been helping people to look prettier since 1932. They have a solid reputation, and they’ve kept pace with the times.

The Revlon hair straightener focuses on providing a low-cost hair straightener that performs well. Plus they offer a wide array of models, all at great low prices

A lot of the lower-leveled Revlon Hair Straighteners such as the Revlon RV062 or the RVST2011C Perfect Heat Professional Straightener models have some pretty awful reviews with reports of them pulling on your hair and giving out after just a few uses.

The Top Three Revlon Perfect Heat Ceramic Straighteners

I’ll be honest, going through the reviews on most of the Revlon hair straighteners was, well, discouraging. There were a lot of bad reviews.

In fact, It was difficult finding enough good reviews to make this a “top 3” article. (We almost made this a “top 3” article instead).

The good thing is, these 3 straighteners do have great reviews, and seem to be great economy models.

#3 Revlon Amber Waves RV062 Perfect Heat Professional Straightener:

  • 1″ plates – Great for short hair and bangs, as well as touching up longer hair
  • Ceramic Heat – Even heat, for better results without damaging your hair *
  • 60 seconds to hot – Especially when you need it most.
  • 25 heat settings – For all of the hair treatments you may do.
  • Swivel Cord – No more choking yourself on your straightener cord!

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All right, so the plates are not real ceramic, but some sort of ceramic coating. Which means they will peel after enough use. This straightener should work all right for wavy hair, but not for curly or super thick hair.

Bottom line? If you are either going to buy a Wal-mart cheapo or this one, buy this one. But if you will be needing to use the “high-heat” setting a lot, or have thick, crinkled hair, this is one to skip.

#2 Revlon RVST2001C Perfect Heat Ceramic Super Slim Straightener:

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  • Received the 2009 “Best Value” award by Consumer Reports
  • Has an auto-off feature – No Accidentally burning down the bathroom
  • Reaches 400 degrees F
  • Heats up in 30 seconds
  • “Multiple” heat settings – No one seems to know exactly how many that is, but probably more than enough. It is dial adjusted for smooth control.
  • Swivel Cord – Don’t choke on your straightener!

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This is pretty much a straight-across 4-star straightener. It heats up well and evenly. People seem to feel that it works really well even for thick hair. However, when treating long hair, the handle seems to get overly hot due to the length of time the straightener is on.

Bottom Line? For the $20 range, this is probably one of the best value straighteners you can get.

#1 Revlon 1” High Heat Professional Tourmaline Straightener:

  • Ceramic Heat – High, even heat. Good results without damage!
  • Swivel cord – An Absolute “must”.
  • 30 seconds to full heat – especially when you are in a hurry.
  • 30 Heat settings – Controls on a dial
  • Auto-Shut off – Indicator lights tell your when its hot.

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This one is a little pricier than the other models. But its going to pretty much be the Best hair straightener that Revlon can offer. It can handle pretty much any type of hair and handles much more like a professional-level hair straightener.

Now, this is no “CHI” brand, so if you have the money to go for a top-of-the-line, then keep shopping. But for someone looking to buy more than an economy model – and have a hair straightener that handles well, this would be a good one to go with.

Bottom line? If you have the money, splurge and get this one. You’ll enjoy it. Otherwise, option #2 should get the job done.

Tips for using your hair straightener.

  • Be careful about trying to straighten treated hair. The combination of chemicals and heat can severely damage hair.
  • Don’t over-use your straightening iron. Use sparingly and with plenty of heat protection applied to your hair.
  • Try twisting the straightener slightly as you work to create nice, wavy hair.

You also might consider using some Revlon Hair Relaxer along with your hair straightener. It is actually a professional product designed for licensed cosmetologists, but for the confident “home beautician” it is an extremely effective relaxer than is mild on the skin (not inclined to burn).

If you do decide use a relaxer, you might also consider giving your hair a protein treatment several days prior to make sure it is sufficiently strengthened.

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Long Hairstyles and Care of Long Hair

Long hair takes a little extra work, but as you well know, head-turning locks are worth the work.

As always, you will want to choose a hairstyle idea that best complements your face shape. Long hairstyles will look good on pretty much any face shape, especially round and heart-shaped faces.

The only exception would be faces that are extremely long. Long hair will overemphasize the length of the face and detract from the eyes and cheeks.

Hairstyles for Different Hair Types

We’ve tried to categorize the hair care and style ideas by type of hair. Just scroll down to your hair type.

Straight

Straight hair is probably the most versatile hair type, offering a virtually unlimited palette of possibilities.

Pump it up

Straight hair can struggle with being too straight or “flat. There are a few tips you can try to give it more volume.

courtesy of Stef Lang on flickr

Start with volumizing spray at the roots. If you are looking for a quick fix before heading out, that’s probably all your look will ever need.

However, if you are looking for even more volume, you might try giving the roots just a little boost with the curlers. Just curl small sections of your hair back towards hairlines with the hot rollers and hold them back with pins until they set. Once set, just loosen them slightly with your fingers.

If you are looking for ways to add more volume to thin, straight hair, don’t forget about teasing. A little backcombing right along the roots will help give the hair more volume. It’s an instant lift for thin hair.

Defrizz

Before heading out, or on rainy days when you find yourself fighting frizzy hair, try wiping down with a dryer sheet before going out. It’s an instant way to cut static and help corral fuzzy wisps.

Give It Waves

Hair rollers are a great way to give your hair a little wave. Starting at one side of your head, take a small section of hair into the roller. Pin until it sets. Continue until the whole frame of your face has been rolled to create instant waves that frame your face.

If you fight very full hair that keeps trying to hide you face, then use the rollers to help pull the hair back away from your face. Once again, the emphasis are locks that frame, but don’t hide, your best look.

When you are done styling your hair, don’t forget to go for extra shine! A little finishing spritz of a product such as Biosilk Therapy Shine On SprayHair Sprays) is a great way to make sure your lovely look stays eye-catching all day.

Long Wavy Hairstyles

Wavy hair has a great benefit – it always looks great!

However even great hair needs a little love now and then.

However, for daily care, you will likely find that some simple volumizing sprays or salt sea sprays are a great way to give you hair some lift and hold without “freezing” it in place. (Gels tend to leave that crunchy feeling)

The nice thing, most wavy hairstyles are created without any heat, so you won’t have to fight split ends and damaged hair as much as some of the other hair types.

Long Curly Hairstyles

courtesy of Ruth L on flickr

For a lot of hair styles, wavy and curly hair need basically the same thing. However, for African American and other hairs that have tighter curls you might find that you need more hair care than running some volumizer in your hair.

Flat Iron Straightening
When straightening your curly hair with a flat iron, try twisting it slightly to create waves as you straighten. It is a different look and a great way to add some extra flair to your newly relaxed hair.

And always spray shine to combat the dry look that tends to haunt treated hair.

You can also create waves in your hair by using tricks such as the bantu knot.

To do a Bantu Knot, take your hair into small sections. Then take each section into two pieces and twist them over each other down to the ends. Once at the end of the section, wrap the whole length of the section around itself beginning at its base. Pin to secure.

You can either leave it in overnight, or treat it under a hair blower for an hour. When you take the knots out you will have nice, wavy hair.

Long Hairstyles with Bangs

Courtesy of thompsonwood on flickr

Bangs are still in! Especially side-sweeping bangs that help accent the eyes and create an overall soft look to the face. Heavy bangs are still pretty “in” right now, and help extend the character of your hair’s layered look.

Just remember that face tends to have more of an effect on bangs, so use them wisely. For example, long faces and taller foreheads can use bangs to help shorten the overall length of the face and create a look that emphasizes the eyes.

Believe it or not, heart-shaped faces will benefit as much from bangs as long faces will. The bangs help soften the chin and create an overall softened look.

And the round face style can use bangs that are cut a little higher in the middle to create a more oval look to the face.

Layered Hairstyles for Long Hair

Layers are a must. We talk about layers in-depth here, but let’s just say that in order to have hair that lies and moves the way it should, you will want to add layers to your look.

Split Ends Prevention

Long hair is very likely 18 months or older. (quite often over two year’s old). In order to keep the ends of your hair looking fresh for that long, you will need to treat your hair with extra care.

The key thing to remember is to try to prevent split ends while styling. That means giving them little to no heat, and always using plenty or heat protection when you are using heat.

Also, you may find that you want to occasionally treat your split ends to some special care such as an olive oil treatment or Nexxus Salon Care Pro Mend which is great for re-sealing split ends and giving your hair that fresh, hydrated look.

Virtual Makeover

There are a few websites that allow you to upload a photo of yourself and try out different hairstyles.  Before spending a lot of money at a stylist (and getting stuck with a look you hate) you might try one of these tools.

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Sunsilk hair products are created by the Unilever group (the guys behind Axe body spray and Dove soaps), and is the largest hair care brand in the world – except in the United States.

Originally formed in the 1950s, Sunsilk has found worldwide success in the homes of budget- and beauty- conscious women.

However, In America’s culture obsessed by perfection, Sunsilk continually found themselves squeezed out of the market. Eventually, in the fall of 2010 (sometime around September) Sunsilk discontinued their lines here in the United States. Instead, they switched their focus to their emerging markets in 80 countries around the world.

Which is a disappointment, considering that in 2003 they reformulated their hair products to create a line for just about every hair care need imagine-able.

Sunsilk on Amazon

While Sunsilk’s products have never tried to compete with major salon-level brands, they do have a very comprehensive line of products for the home user that, frankly, were probably the best deal for the money.

Sunsilk Hair Reviews:

Sunsilk hair products do not seem “blow their users away” by their amazingness, but they do have a considerable number of 5 star reviews on Amazon.

As one Amazon user states:
“This is the only shampoo that has worked for me; unfortunately, I found out a few months ago that it had been discontinued…” (May 4, 2011)

The good thing is that Amazon still has a considerable amount of the product available. So click on one of our links below to go over and find your perfect Sunsilk shampoo.

My younger sister and her friends love their scene hair.

In some ways she is an under-the-radar scene girl. She has the haircut, but stays away from the crazy colors to keep from freaking her mom out.

That said, her scene look is always ready at a moment’s notice.

Needless to say, she’s a fan of her scene hair extensions. There are so many awesome varieties, and its the perfect way for her to go from being “well-behaved” to “wicked” at a whenever the occasion arises.

In scene hair extensions you have every possible combination. You have coontails, solids, brights (ok, downright neon)…. I mean we are talking about pink and violet scene extensions – brave colors to match the brave souls who wear them.

(Maybe even a few, brightly colored feather hair extensions? Check out our article on feather hair extensions for more ideas!)

Here are some pictures to give you some distinctive scene ideas to work off of. Just remember – scene hair is about rocking your look. So give yourself the freedom to create the unique scene style that reflects your personality.

Here are some great Scene Hair Extension Styles from around the web!

Courtesy of scene_queenz on flickr

Courtesy Izzy Chinchille Monster on flickr

courtesy of Izzy Chinchille Monster on Flickr

courtesy of veesees on flickr

Tips For Your Best Look

When using hair extensions with your scene hair, you want to focus on a few key things. The best place to install your extensions is going to be right behind the ear so that they hang down and frame your shoulders nicely.

Also for some added “pop” try inserting a small amount of your brightest color right next to your bangs where the hair is longest.

And, finally, adding hair extensions to the back of your hair will also further enhance the colors and depth in your look.

Check out these Great Deals on our popular scene hair extensions!

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Wen Hair Products

Ok, so are Wen hair care products the coolest things to hit the hair care market since Paul Mitchell? Or are they the worst scam to be marketed since Enron? How about a balanced review?

Quick facts: Wen hair is sold as being the personal product of one “celebrity” Chaz Dean. I’m going to take a small issue with the word “celebrity” that wen hair care likes to tout. Based on Chaz Dean’s personal biography it would appear that Chaz obtains as much celebrity status from appearing on the Home Shopping Network to sell his product as the product derives from him.

Basically, Wen Hair Care made him a celebrity.

So, celebrity status aside, is this shampoo just as rocking as they market it to be? I’m picky about my hair and what goes into it.

The basic premise behind this shampoo is that it is has less harmful chemicals than your normal shampoo.

I could believe that. Normal shampoos have so many harmful sulfate detergents in them that it is not recommended to wash your hair more than once or twice a week.

Wen Hair Care System From Amazon

Wen product is marketing as having the “perfect blend” of herbs and natural ingredients that remove the dirt from your hair without removing the natural oils, or damaging your hair (Which might mean fewer Olive Oil Hair Treatments, right?)

The only “harmful” chemical in the product is “Butylene Glycol”. Compared to the other hair shampoo and conditioner products on the market, Butylene Glycol is pretty safe – even ingestible. (Nowhere does Wen encourage you to eat their product)

Wen Cleansing Conditioner

An all-in-one product. The idea is that the Wen hair treatment does it all. You no longer will need to go through the morning “shampoo bottle dance” of shampoo-conditioner-deep conditioner-detangler. Their one product is going to do it all. (And plenty of customers including Amazon and Youtube online reviewers will back up that claim)

Oh, and their website points out that Wen will feel different when you use it. It doesn’t lather, but instead creates a “smooth foam”. Something to keep in mind when you are trying to get it to create a lather.

Wen Hair Reviews

Ok, so I haven’t had a chance to personally try this product, but I will say that I have used similar (knock off) products before.

Hopefully, soon I will get my hands on a sample, but for now let me get you what some of the Amazon.com customers are sharing:

Overall, the Wen products get about a 3.5 star review. The biggest complaints seems to be that when used in the amounts recommended by Wen, the product is used up too fast, and it is hard to rinse it out of the hair, leaving it feeling oily and heavy.

However, people that use it regularly in smaller than recommended amounts (fewer pumps of the bottle) seem to really enjoy it and notice that their hair is silkier and easier to manage.

It does seem that it takes a few month or more of regular use before the hair adjusts to the fewer chemicals and begins to look its very best.

The mint is very minty and tingly. If you don’t like the tingle, try one of their other varieties, such as aloe or lavendar.

12 oz of Cleanser should last about 2 weeks.

Wen Hair Care Complaints

Major complaints with their billing practices. (The product is agreed to be pretty awesome). A quick search of the Internet will reveal that that Wen Hair Care has one goal in mind: your money.

Their main website sells the product for a starting charge of $29.95 (30-day Supply). They then lock you into a reoccurring charge of $97.84 every 90 days. (Of course they don’t tell you that. They say it will be $29.95 per month, shipped every 90 days with a $7.99 S/h fee)

Now they say that they will cancel the shipments if you change your mind. Plus it is a money-back guarantee if cancelled within 60 days.

Two Important Tips To Keep In Mind:
To get that money-back guarantee you MUST ship the product back (at your cost). You also MUST hang onto your postal receipt. Otherwise the product “gets lost” and you never get your refund.

Secondly, a lot of people find that they only use the cleansing conditioner and not the other products included in the starter kit. (Duh, the cleansing conditioner is supposed to be all-in-one!)

Ordering just the conditioner from the company is purportedly rather hard to do.

Suggestion
The nice thing about Wen is that their product is very easy to get from online retailers such as Amazon. Order what you need, without having to worry about reoccurring charges on your card.

True, there is no “free shipping” or “money-back guarantees” — but there is also likely to be less headaches dealing with a reputable online store you already know.

As with any hair product, the power is in the conditioner, and Wen’s leaves the hair silky, shiny and soft. There’s very few who would disagree with that.

Plus, places like Amazon have a much wider selection of wen hair care products.

Check out Amazon’s prices on Wen Hair Products:

Wen vs Hair One

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A lot of people want to know about the less expensive product out there that could provide the same results with a much lesser blow to the wallet.

Hair One has entered the market by way of Sally’s Beauty Supply and aims directly at saving your pocketbook – while still protecting your hair.

Bottom line? 1 is a lot cheaper than $30.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfates are bad for your hair – both Wen and Hair One let you avoid these chemicals.

People with fine hair really find no difference between the products, while people with thicker hair typically prefer the Wen product.

But at a third of the price, pretty much everyone is willing to stick with the Hair One product. Ingredient-wise, it is pretty much the same thing. The results are pretty much the same. It just saves you plenty of money.

Layered Hairstyles

In my opinion, a layered hairstyle is an absolute must. There are so many times that I have gone to my beautician just to have my layers worked over.

Why are layers so awesome?

First of all, layered hairstyles enhance the way your hair lies, making it appear both extremely natural and immediately eye-catching.

Secondly, layered hairstyles “come alive” when you walk, causing your hair to move naturally and showcase itself in the best possible way.

Layered hairstyles work for pretty much all looks, hair types and even hair age (yes, that can be important!) Let’s take a look at some hairstyle pictures, tips and ideas for adding layering to any look!

Just scroll through the list until you find the hairstyle you are looking for:

Layered Haircuts

A layered haircut is where the top portions of the hair are cut into layers. So the very top of the hair would be the shortest layer, and then each level down would be a little bit longer with the bottom of the hair having the longest layers.

The layered hair cut is what all of the movie stars use, and it is the basis of every eye-catching hair cut. The layered hair cut should do three things really well. First, It should frame you face well and draw attention to your eyes and cheekbones. Secondly it should give your hair the illusion of being fuller and having more body. Finally, is should enhance the way you hair lies, it should help it move more naturally when you walk, and give you an eye-catching advantage wherever you go.

Find a look that will frame your face well, and add layers that match your hairs’ natural flow.

Layered Hairstyles with bangs

Adding bangs to your look is a great way to create a perfect frame for your face. Keep hose bangs long, and you can even add some light layering to your bangs!

Side swept bangs are great for sharper faces. They create a softness above the eyes that help soften the whole character of the face.

Layered Hairstyles for long hair

Long hair has so much potential! You can have varying layers, layered bangs, layered side bangs…. the list goes on!

Layers makes longer hair much more manageable. Plus, long hair can be, well, blah. Layers add spice to ensure that your lovely locks are always eye-catching!

Long hair takes a lot of work to maintain, so make sure your effort is payed off by creating a flawless look that accentuates the natural beauty of your hair.

Layered Hairstyles for medium hair

Medium length hair has a lot of the benefit of longer locks — without as much of the commitment.

As afar as styling choices, medium length hairstyles can still pretty much take advantage of all of the hair styles that a longer look might try for. So add lots of layers, and feel free to use some hot rollers occasionally to add even more depth to your hair from time to time.

Medium hair might also look great with some use of the flat iron – the shorter, layered top strands tend to really create a striking look when straightened.

Layered Hairstyles for short hair

Short hair is so much fun! It is off your neck, and easy to take care of.

Layers are a must when it comes to short hair! You may not have much hair, but what you have needs to be eye-catching. The singer Pink is a great example of this. Short hair, great color, lots of layers.

Layered Hairstyles for fine hair

Fine hair possess some extra challenges and all too often ends up looking flat and straggly.

Bottom line is, layers are the perfect trick for fine hair. They add volume to it, and help create a more natural flow to your hair. It gives you that wonderful illusion of being well-kept — even if it is Monday morning and you are running late.

You may find in your daily care that you will want to use some mousse and volumizing shampoo to help add even more strength to your look.

Layered Hairstyles for thick hair

Thick hair can be so beautiful – and frustrating. Nothing like a frizzy spring morning or summer jog to make you wish your hair was not so thick.

Layers on long hair need a little more care. Traditionally, beauticians will layer all of the hair equally causing a layer of thicker hair on top, with the thinner hair being on the bottom.

If you already have thicker hair, you may wish to have your beautician thin your top, layered hair, to help create a more uniform look all way around — and remove that heavy, weighted feeling.

Layered Hairstyles for thin hair

A lot of people are scared to cut their thin hair. They worry that it will make it appear even thinner.

However, there are a few keys to cutting thin hair that can really add some flair.

First of all, go with a blunt cut. Precision cutting tends to enhance the thinned look of the hair, whereas a blunt cut will give it more volume. Secondly you can add layers to the hair to help it appear to have more volume and depth (but stay away from a shag cut). And, finally use plenty of light weight mousse to help create a fun, full look you can love.

Layered Hairstyles for Women over 50

After you pass 35, your hair shifts its growth cycle. It grows more slowly and becomes thinner .

The length and style of your hair should not be dictated by your age – but by what looks best on you. Layered hairstyles are your friend. They enable you to have a look that is bold and full – not brittle and wiry. It also gives shape to your face and helps hide sags and other troublesome spots.

A head lice infestation does not mean that the infected person is necessarily dirty.  In fact, head lice prefer healthy, clean hair.

Head lice do not hop or fly from host to host — they must be transferred by contact.

Here’s the life cycle of head lice. Each lice lives for only about 40-50 days. To successfully eradicate them you must kill the lice in all three stages.  Each one has their own weakness.

  1. Eggs or Nits. These eggs are protected by a waterproof, glue like substance to the hair.  They blend in very well with the hair, making them hard to see.  The waterproof covering also helps protect the nits against the traditional pesticides.Nits hatch about 2 weeks after they are laid.
  2. Nymphs. Young lice stay in this stage for 12 days.  They are a little more vulnerable than adult lice.
  3. Adult.  These lice can reproduce and spread.

Typically it is recommended to use an over the counter pesticide called a “pediculicide” to destroy the lice. ( or you can try dyeing your hair. Some people have reported mixed results about hair dye actually killing lice)

However, like any organism, lice are becoming more resistant to these chemicals.  Which is what makes natural treatments for lice so advantageous right now.

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Vinegar Treatment For Nits

Louse egg (nit) courtesy of Gilles San Martin on Flickr

Nits are tougher to kill then lice. Start by making sure you hair is conditioned well, and use a lice comb to remove all of the nits you can.

Vinegar with its acidity are able to penetrate the eggs and kill the nits – or at least loosen the glue holding them in.  It also may kill some nymphs since they are more vulnerable.

Apply plenty of vinegar and wrap it up in a shower cap.  Let it sit for an hour.

Olive Oil Treatment For Lice

Then on to the olive oil. Basically olive oil suffocates the  adult lice.

Apply liberally to your hair and then wrap the hair in a shower cap for 2-3 hours.  Expect to have to shampoo several times to remove the oil.

Reapply as necessary over the next several days as you would with any other treatment to ensure that all of the nits and lice are removed

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Olive Oil Is The Perfect Solution For Your Hair!

Easy Steps To Beautiful Hair

There are many, many claims to the benefits of olive oil for hair. So what can olive oil really do for you?

Benefits Of Doing An Olive Oil Treatment

The fact that is there are many benefits of using olive oil in your hair. Beauticians have long recognized it as an easy (albeit, greasy!) way to help repair split ends and seal cuticles damaged by too many hair treatments, hot irons, time in the pool and the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Plus, it leaves your hair so soft. (And it is so inexpensive and readily available!)

Olive oil is also a mild antiseptic – it kills bacteria, which means it can help you have healthier pores and skin – which in turns means you may be able to create healthier hair – at the roots.

Fresh Olive Oil courtesy of MadMaxx on Flickr

And, since oil dissolves oil (think about it – have you ever dissolved oil in water?), olive oil can dissolve the oily solutions clogging your sebum and help you deep clean the pores of your hair.

Olive Oil Treatments For Dry Hair:

Olive oil is perfect for dry hair. It helps to heal and strengthen dry, brittle hair, restoring the necessary pathways that can help your body begin to naturally replenish your hair on its own.

Olive Oil Treatments For African American hair:

Black hair tends to be more difficult to manage due to its tightly coiled structure. Olive oil is a perfect treatment for black hair in that it can easily access all of the strands of hair to repair them. In addition, it makes black hair much softer and more easily managed.

It is recommended to do a deep treatment at least one a week to keep the hair well nourished and avoid breakage.

There are also olive oil relaxers on the market. Most of these just include olive oil as an ingredient (not as the main relaxant). On the plus side, they do tend to have fewer chemicals and have good reviews.

Also, fee free to check out our other hair tips for black hair.

How to Give Yourself an Olive Oil Treatment At Home.

You may want to drape a towel around your shoulders before you start. And be careful to not slip on any oil if you get it on the floor. (Maybe put a towel on the floor to stand on)

  1. Use about a tablespoon of olive oil in a small bowl. Apply some to the palm of your hands and begin working the oil into your hair. It really doesn’t matter whether you start at the roots or on the ends, but when you get to the scalp, you will want to use your fingertips (not fingernails!) to gently massage the scalp and allow the oil to work into the pores.
  2. Wrap up your hair in a water proof shower cap and allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Begin showering – be careful not to slip in the oil as it goes down the drain. You will need to repeat the shampooing probably three times to get all of the oil out.
  4. Allow your beautiful locks to air dry.

What About Olive Oil Conditioners?

Olive Oil Conditioner with great reviews from Amazon.

Olive oil conditioners are a great way to incorporate some of the benefits of olive oil on a daily basis without going through the whole treatment. There are not many on the market, but there are a few good ones out there that have great reviews.

Or, you can always make your own olive oil conditioner at home using a combination of things like milk, avocado and honey. While these at home recipes are still gong to be more of a “Treatment” than a quick “rinse” conditioner, they will probably give you more in-depth results.

Other Olive Oil For Hair Recipes

Avocado and Olive Oil Hair Treatment

Avocado is full of nutrients such as Vitamins A and E and oils that are beneficial for the body.

Be careful about using it with highly damaged hair as it may be a little difficult to wash out of overly porous, damaged hair.

It is thought that avocado oil penetrates better than olive oil and

Recipe:
1 Avocado
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Vitamin E

(or 2 Tbsp of Olive oil works fine as well)

Follow the same instructions for application as the olive oil treatment uses.

Olive Oil and Egg Hair Treatment

Sounds gross, right? Egg is full of nourishing proteins and are an excellent way to add some shine to your hair.

Plus it is a great resources for fighting severe dandruff.

Recipe
1 egg
Several drops of Olive Oil

Follow the same treatments as with the olive oil treatments.

Does Olive Oil Stop Hair Loss or Help Promote Hair Growth?

There is not any definitive evidence that olive oil will promote hair growth. However, it will help prevent hair breakage from dry, brittle hair . It also will help cleanse the pores of your scalp and reduce bacteria in the hair – which are both benefits which may be able to help enhance hair growth.

Bottom line? An Olive Oil treatment is a great idea to try if you are suffering from hair loss. Just don’t expect any miracles.

Other Similar Treatments:

Coconut oil and jojoba oil are two other excellent oils for your hair. Jojoba oil is very thin and easier to wash out than olive oil is. Its protection may not be as beneficial as olive oil provides, but it is easier and less messy.

Coconut oil is very easy to apply hair treatment. Loaded with natural fatty acids, it is a great way to help replenish the hair. Just allow it to soak for a full hour after application as it is thicker and needs more time to absorb into the hair

Olive Oil Treatments For Head Lice

Olive oil is a great treatment for head lice – and in some cases is more effective than traditional head lice treatments.

Click here to read our article about olive oil for head lice treatments.

The Brazilian Solution For Rough, Damaged, and Unmanageable hair. (aka “frizz”)

For Those Who Are Frustrated With Coarse Hair

I have very smooth hair. While I love how easy it is to take care of, I’ve always wished that it had a little more “body” or “wave” to it.

However, all of my friends with extremely kinky and coarse hair are often frustrated by their unruly locks.

Quick Biology Lesson: What Makes Your Hair Kinky?

Our genetics determine how kinky our hair is. As our hair grows, the cell producing the hair decides”” which side it will produce the hair from.

People like me with straight hair have hair cells that produce the hair evenly from both sides of the cell. People with kinky hair, such as my African American friends, have hair cells that produce hair first from one side of the cell, and then the other side, creating tight, crinkled curls.

Why you need to try keratin hair treatment.

A keratin hair treatment (sometimes misspelled as keratine hair treatment) is an intensive, rejuvenating therapy for your hair that actually seals additional keratin directly to your strands of hair. It can take your frustrating, curly hair and turn it into soft, straight hair that is easily managed, just as if your hair were originally straight.

It does need some special care (which we get into below), but, overall, once the procedure is complete, it is impervious to wet weather and other conditions that would turn other hair straightening and relaxing procedures completely frizzy.

How does a keratin hair treatment work?

Keratin is the basic protein in our hair and fingernails. Damaged keratin can leave the hair frizzy from too many hair treatments. A Keratin Hair treatment is where additional keratin is added to the hair and then sealed against the hair with a flat iron. This added keratin actually helps support and seal the damaged keratin in your hair, leaving your hair glossier and softer.

Keratin hair treatments begin by using a special, sodium chloride-free shampoo that helps remove all of the toxins and residues left from air pollution and other hair treatments you may have had. It also helps to make the hair more porous and ready to accept the keratin.

The keratin hair treatment is then applied and the liquid keratin fills in the gaps in the hair. A flat iron is then used to finish sealing the keratin to the hair , and also smooths out the natural kinks to create a straighter look.

How much is a keratin hair treatment going to cost me?

The amount of hair you have will affect how much a keratin hair treatment is going to cost. Typically you can get them as low as 50, but typically you should expect to pay right around $200 – $400. Thicker hair and hair longer than shoulder length can push that number as high as $600.

Are the chemicals used in a keratin hair treatment really safe?

There has been some recent flap over the formaldehyde (actually called formalin – the liquid form of formaldehyde) used in most keratin hair treatment formulas.

Let’s face it, formaldehyde is what they preserve life specimens with. Such as that frog and that rat you had to dissect in biology. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogenic, and some of these mixes are so toxic that they are required to have Material Safety Data Sheets on them. Typically MSDS sheets are only associated with the more dangerous chemicals, such as acids and paint thinner.

Even if it isn’t going to give you cancer right away, it can very easily cause nosebleeds, as well as severe irritation of the eyes and lungs . It also creates a harmful work environment for the beauticians that have to use it.

It’s not the first time that we ladies have endangered our lives for vanity’s sake.

The formaldehyde plays an important role in helping the keratin adhere to the existing hair – just as it helps keratin adhere to your nails when affixing acrylic nails. That said, there are a lot of keratin hair treatment formulas that are starting to reduce or eliminate the formaldehyde they contain.

However, they must replace the formalin with other chemicals. In many cases we don’t know how harmful those replacement chemicals might be.

The Benefits of Keratin Hair Treatment

For chemically damaged hair, the keratin hair treatment can work wonders. It penetrates the damaged strands, rebuilding them and helping to recreate those gorgeous locks and bringing a shine back to them

Unlike other hair straightening treatments, the keratin hair treatment does not break the bonds between the hair. However the flat iron, along with the chemicals in the keratin treatment can help create smooth, un-frizzled hair.

These benefits will last for up to 10 weeks, meaning that the procedure only has to be repeated about once every 2 ½ to 3 months to keep straight, healthy hair.

One of the biggest benefits my friends talk about when they talk about their Brazilian keratin treatment s, is that it greatly reduces the amount of preparatory time they need in the mornings. Its amazing how much time is required every single morning to get frizzy hair into a manageable mess.

Proper Care of a Keratin Hair Treatment

Immediately after the keratin hair treatment, you will want to avoid shampooing your hair for anywhere from 24 hours, up to 72 hours. The longer you wait, the more time your keratin treatment has to do its job.

In order to help your new look last as long as possible, you will want to use one of the suggested shampoos and conditioners to ensure that none of the chemicals interact with the keratin coat, as well as ensuring that they have the proper pH. It is imperative that whatever shampoo you choose, it is free of sodium chloride.

Keratin Hair Treatment Brands:

Brazilian Blow Out:

The terms “Brazilian Blowout”, “Brazilian Hair Straightening” and “Brazilian Keratin Treatment” are nearly synonymous with the phrase “Keratin Hair Treatment”. In fact, most salons refer to their keratin treatments as a Brazilian Blowout.

However, Brazilian Blowout is actually the brand of keratin hair treatment solutions that most top-notch salons use. They have come under fire for using formaldehyde in their treatments.

While formaldehyde has definite health risks, it is required in order to get the best, longest-lasting look. Brazilian Blowout proved that they are the best when they once again took the 2011 American Salon’s Professional’s Choice award.

“Escova Progressiva”

This is the Brazillian term for the keratin hair treatment. Tutanat is one of the major brands that is used in Brazil.

The advantage of using a true Brazilian brand, is that the country of Brazil has cracked down on the formaldehyde that used to be used in all of their keratin hair treatments. So brands such as Tutanat are formaldehyde free.

Global Keratin Complex

This is the brand sold by Marcia Teixeira, the original keratin hair treatment pioneer. She saw the “escova progressiva” being used in Brazil, and studied their methods to introduce them back to the United States. Her line was launched in 2006 and is one of the most reputable brands on the maket.

However, it has been mostly overlapped by some of the other brands that have a larger salon following, and more positive results. The Global Keratin Complex has a downside of only lasting about one month, according to most reviewers.

Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy by Coppola

Coppola launched in 2007, and is also at the fore-front of companies offering these keratin Brazilian treatments. One unique advantage of the Coppola product is that it does not use formaldahyde, but a similar chemical that is not on any known carcinogenic list

The Coppola product has great reviews, and is considered to be one of the best.

La Brasiliana Treatment

This one has the unique marketing aspect of including collagen along with the keratin. They also create it in both the formaldehyde and the formaldehyde free formulations.

The La Brasiliana brand is not nearly as widely known as some of the other brands, so reviews are harder to find. They are, however, about the same price, running about $350 – $500 for a treatment.

Question: How fast does hair grow?

Answer: Hair grows at the rate of about ½ inch every month. (That’s about 1.25 cm for you metric freaks)

That means in one year’s time you can probable grow about 6 inches of hair.

Understanding Your Hair Grow Cycle Helps You Choose The Best Look

Your hair has a limited life, so you want to capitalize on keeping it as healthy and happy as possible.

The Life Cycle of Hair:

  • Active (anagen) Phase: Hair grows at a rate of ½ inch per month. This phase can last anywhere from 1-6 years. Certain ethnic groups, such as the Latinas, stay in this phase longer, which means they can grow beautiful, long, healthy hair all the way to the floor, thanks to a long growth cycle.
  • Resting (categen) Phase: Hair rests for about 2 weeks.
  • Shedding (telogen) Phase: This is where new hair pushing up from underneath pushes out the old hair and causes it to shed. You shed about 100 strands of hair each day.

Thinning Hair With Older Age

Your hair is thickest between the ages of 15-25

As you age, your hair’s life cycle changes slightly. It spends more and more time in the resting, or categen phase. At the same time, the growing phase also becomes shorter. The combination means that the scalp typically has less growing hair at any given time.

The hair also looses its pigment as we age. Starting around age 40, our hair becomes lighter and lighter until it finally becomes white.

Older people tend to adjust their hairstyles to match their thinning hair. Men with baldness often cut their hair shorter to help de-emphasize their baldness. Others grow what hair they have out to help create an illusion of thickness.

Women who are fighting thinning hair should also try to adapt their hairstyles to best flaunt their thinning hair. As age continues to slow the growth of hair, many women opt for a short, easy to maintain hairstyle with curls to help create an illusion of fullness. There are many hairstyles for thin hair that are very attractive and can help hide the fact that the hair is thinning.

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