Tips to help keep your hair healthy and beautiful between salon visits.
Before you comb, style, or apply heat to your hair, here are 5 facts about hair and water that you should know:
1. Hair consists of 10 to 13 percent water, even when it is dry.
2. Wet hair has 100 percent moisture level.
3. Hair can absorb 30 percent of its weight in water.
4. Hair is more vulnerable when wet because the hydrogen bonds that reinforced it have been broken.
5. Water boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit.
Blow dryers, curling irons, and hot rollers can reach up to 390 degrees, flatirons around 450 degrees, and pressing combs nearly 500 degrees. In other words, heated styling tools can boil the water inside of your hair shaft, so use with caution.
The average comb has a seam on both sides of each tooth. These seams, if uneven or jagged, can snag, rip, split or tear your hair while combing. Seamless combs, which are usually made from bone, 100% organic resin, wood, or hard rubber, glide through your hair gently and smoothly, reducing breakage and shedding. Seamless combs are a healthier and safer choice for all types of hair, especially kinky curly. Treat your hair to a seamless comb today--you'll be amazed by the results.
Although many work environments encourage creative and fashion forward hairstyles, some jobs still require a conservative appearance. Regardless if you wear your hair straight, curly, natural, braided, or in an afro, you can be sure that your hairstyle is work appropriate if you can answer yes to the following questions:
1. Does your hair look clean with no visible dandruff?
2. Other than subtle highlights, is your hair basically one color?
3. Does your hair color look natural for someone with your skin tone?
4. No matter if your hair is straight or curly, is your hair texture the same from roots to ends?
...and no to the following questions:
1. Do you have any visible white flakiness, stickiness, or unsightly buildup from styling products such as gels, pomades, or hairsprays?
2. Do you constantly have to touch your hair or move it out of your face?
3. Does your hair look as though it could easily get caught in a door or office/work equipment due to its extreme length or volume?
4. Does your hair give off an obtrusive odor?
5. Do your styling products drip or smudge onto your clothes, cubicle walls, or office/work equipment?
Be honest with yourself and tress for success.
A lemon treatment can help remove product buildup from your hair and add a brilliant shine. To make, combine the juice from 1 large lemon with about 1 tablespoonful of conditioner. To use, first rinse your hair thoroughly with water. Second, wash your scalp (preferably with conditioner). Third, pour the lemon treatment over your head and distribute throughout your hair. Fourth, rinse your scalp and hair thoroughly with water and then condition and style as usual. A lemon treatment is a healthy and natural way to moisturize, cleanse, and clarify and can be used whenever your hair looks dry and dull.