Atlanta, Georgia, USA - The start of a new year is always a time for reflection and introspection about our lives. We make decisions about changes we want to see take place and make resolutions to
see that those changes do – in fact – happen. Yet, often we miss some things that should be considered and which can make a big difference in how we feel about ourselves and the way we look to the world around us.
I’m talking about Hair Resolutions. As a group we spend billions of dollars each year to change our hair in one way or another. Whether it’s coloring, conditioning, curling or straightening, it seems that every woman
wants to change something about her hair. All these changes can be stressful to the hair and it’s time to take a look at what we’re doing to our hair and rethink the reasons and the methods for achieving the looks we
To that end, let’s talk about some New Year’s Hair Resolutions that could make a big difference in your hair and hair care in the coming year.
#1) Learn to Love Your Natural Hair (or at least like it a little more)
We go through the effort and expense of changing our hair because something has convinced us that it’s not “good enough” in some way. Perhaps you want the color to be brighter or bolder, or you want straight hair but
were born with curls. We see images daily that show common hair traits that make us feel that unless our hair is this-way or that-way, we’re never going to be beautiful.
The trouble is that we forget that “beautiful” is in the eye of the beholder, and perhaps rather than try to change our hair, we need to try and rub the stardust out of our eyes and see the beauty we already have
going for us.
I’m obviously not saying that you shouldn’t try to get your hair to look the way you want it to look. If everyone did that I’d be out of a job. I’m just saying that you should consider that maybe your hair’s natural
traits are beautiful, too, and that maybe you don’t need to change as much about your hair as you thought.
#2) Cool Off on the Styling Stress
Many of us put our hair through some pretty strenuous paces every day. Daily shampooing, blow-drying, curling irons or flat ironing and countless styling products all take a toll on the hair. Often we find our hair
feeling dry, rough, and we may start seeing signs of breakage and split ends.
So, for the New Year, give your hair a break. Whenever possible, let it air-dry instead of blow-drying it. Make sure that any products you use are free of ingredients like alcohol which can dry out your hair. And
try to reserve the styling tools (curling irons, and flat irons) for date nights or limited use during the week.
#3) No More Torturing Accessories
In the spirit of being kinder to your hair and learning to love your hair’s natural traits, you should look at the accessories you use on your hair. I know a lot of women can’t live without their ponytails while
they’re out running errands or exercising, but repeatedly twisting a tight elastic band around your hair is simply asking for breakage and damage.
Why not try a safer alternative? Weave the hair into a braid and secure the end with a clip. This will keep your hair out of your face and keep your hair safe from harm. Even a small segment braided then held with
a clip with the remains hanging free will be a safer option and still give you the feel of a ponytail if you like the “swinging” sensation. More ...
(2011/01/01) Hair Economics or How to Save Money on Your Hair Care
Atlanta, Georgia, USA - Times are tough all over. Families and individuals are tightening their belts and making cutbacks in order to save money. Now that the New Year is upon us, it’s the perfect
time to look at ways we can save money and still have great hair. Some of the ideas have been around a long time, but get forgotten in our belief that “modern” is better. So let’s take a look at some of the biggest
factors that waste your Hair Care dollar:
Most people don’t realize that they use far more of their shampoo and conditioner than they need. The instruction on most shampoo bottles states that you should use a “quarter-sized” amount of shampoo. This is geared
toward hair that is just below shoulder length. If your hair is shorter, you can use significantly less shampoo. Many people mistakenly assume that using more shampoo will clean the hair faster or better. The truth is
that the cleaning action of shampoo comes from the lather that is generated, not from the amount of shampoo used.
In order to combat this, try getting a small bottle with a pump dispenser and use a single pump for hair that is shoulder length, a half-pump for hair that is shorter, and one-and-a-half to two pumps for longer hair.
If you feel that the shampoo is insufficient to clean the whole head of hair, try dipping your head under the shower to add water to the shampoo and continue massaging the shampoo and working up a lather. If the lather
doesn’t build up to full, rich foam, you can rinse and use a second application.
Using a pump is also a good idea for dispensing conditioner. Just remember to squeeze the excess water from rinsing the shampoo out of the hair. Spread your dollop of conditioner between your hands and fingers then
work it through the hair. Once again, you can use a splash of water on the hair to help spread the conditioner.
The overuse problem is also common with protective products like smoothing serum, or heat styling protectors that are applied to wet hair and worked through before drying and heat styling. A good rule of thumb for all
your hair products is to apply less of the product and use more manipulation to spread the product through the hair. With just a little attention paid to not overusing the products, you will be amazed how much you can