Get Healthy Long Hair with Protective Styling
I personally love long hair. I love the way it hangs along the back and looks moisturized and well groomed. But how do I ensure that my hair maintains the nurtured, healthy look and most important of all – how do I ensure that my hair keeps getting longer and keeps growing properly without the ends breaking? Protective styling is the answer!
Protective styling is basically wearing your hair in a way where your ends are tucked away – for example by braiding it or putting it in a bun. Wearing your hair loose on a daily basis is not good for your strands and will eventually set its tracks and lead to dryness and breakage. The ends of your hair are the oldest and most fragile part of the strand, and therefore they need a lot of attention and care to prevent them from splitting and breaking. Washing, styling, blow drying, and detangling your hair all requires harsh pulling, which will weaken your hair and in worst cases cause the ends to break.
In this blog post I have gathered 5 reasons why protective styling should become your best friend and how it will help you retain length and moisture.
WHY PROTECTIVE STYLING?
Prevents your ends from breaking
When you put your hair up and off of your shoulders you prevent your strands from getting into sliding frictions with the fabric of your clothes. This is not only an issue during the day, but the night time during your sleep can also be really rough on your hair. Even though sleeping seems like the most peaceful thing, you don’t totally know what is going on after shutting your eyes. The uncontrolled tossing and turning can create damaging frictions on your hair which eventually will cause the ends to break. A tip is to tie it back in a loose braid in the neck and make sure the hair tie isn’t too tight. In that way you tuck the ends away and protect them from breaking.
Keeps your hair moisturized
Protective styling also helps the hair staying moisturized. If you often wear your hair down and loose it gets exposed to af lot of air and the hair might lose its internal moisture. By having your hair up in a protective hair-do, you lock in the moisture and protect it from drying out.
Lets your hair grow faster
The combination of protective styling and locking in moisture will in the end improve length retention. Lots of people who has made protective styling apart of their daily routine have experienced a stronger and faster hair growth. By tucking your ends away, keeping your strands from getting into frictions, locking in moisture, and protecting your hair from heated styling tools your hair will get much healthier and reward you with a better growth.
Maintains the strands cuticle thickness
Protective styling will also help you maintain the thickness of your hair. Wearing you hair down and loose exposing it to outside elements is, as earlier mentioned, really rough on your hair. Over time the cuticle thickness will decrease and cause thinness which will weaken your hair strands and possibly break them. Wearing you hair in a protective hair style will slow down the wear-and-tear process and help maintaining the cuticle thickness.
Makes you save time
Finally protective styling will also help you saving time. We have all experienced stressful mornings that gets even more stressful when you have to flat iron your hair and use lots of styling products. Protective hair-dos are easy to make and gives you the opportunity to change up and experiment with your look while your hair takes a nice break from styling tools and products.
There are a lot of benefits by wearing your hair in a protective hair style, but that doesn’t mean that wearing your hair loose once in a while isn’t okay. But give your hair what is deserves and give your ends a break for a period of time, and I promise you will be able to feel a difference!
Pernille, The Hair Log
7 Summer Hair Care Tips to Protect Your Hair in the Heat
It’s finally summer, and for most of us that means lots of days on the beach lying in the sun and swimming in the ocean. But is your hair really prepared for the hot summer days? If you spend a lot of time in the sun and in the salty water, you risk damaging your hair if you don’t protect it properly. I have gathered a list of 7 summer hair care tips to protect your hair in the heat.
7 Summer Hair Care Tips:
Wash Your Hair when it’s Dirty
This might seem obvious to you. But what I mean by this is that you should only wash your hair when it’s dirty and not just like a standardised habit. None of us like greasy-looking hair, but washing your hair too much won’t necessarily help avoid that. Instead, wash your hair when it is dirty from sweat, sand, salty water and hair styling products. In this way, you avoid build-up without washing obsessively.
Wash Your Hair After Swimming
This is one of the more important summer hair care tips! If you like swimming, beware that the salty water from the ocean and the chlorine in swimming pools can be harmful on your hair. The water can make your hair lose its natural moist and might leave your hair dry and stiff. Therefore, you should always wash out the salt and chlorine after swimming. An easy way to avoid the water damages is by putting your hair into a bun before going swimming.
Use UV Protection for Your Hair
Like the above, this third one is one of the crucial summer hair care tips! You probably already know how harmful the sun can be on your skin. But did you know that the same goes for your hair? The sun can also damage your hair and scalp; leave the hair dry and without shine; and leave your scalp red and itchy. Therefore, I recommend that you apply UV protection for your hair when you spend long days in the sun.
Wear a Hat or a Scarf
Another way to avoid damaging your hair and scalp in the sun is to wear a hat or a scarf that covers your head when out in the sun. This is an easy way to avoid the sun, plus it looks cool and trendy, whether you’re going to the beach or going shopping with your girlfriends.
Use Shampoo for Coloured Hair
If you colour your hair, another consequence from not protecting your hair from the sun is that your hair colour might fade – and who wants that? The strong rays of sunshine can damage your hair colour if you don’t prevent this. One way is to use UV protection or hats, like mentioned above. Another thing you can do to make your colour last – and this is not only in the summer time, but a general advice – is to use shampoo suited for coloured hair. This type of shampoo possesses formulas that will make your colour last longer.
Put Your Hair up
This is a general tip that I personally find very useful during the hot summer days. Like beforementioned, it’s a good idea to protect your hair when going swimming, and an easy way to do so is to put your hair up to avoid the water. Another reason why I like wearing my hair up in all kinds of styles in the summer is to avoid sweaty shoulders caused by my long thick hair.
Use Hair Oil and Hair Treatments
My last tip for summer hair care really is applicable all year. However, there are certain times of the year where this is considered more crucial due to the weather conditions. In the summer, the sun dries out your hair and makes it lose its natural moist, which makes it more vulnerable to breakage. Therefore, it is a great idea to use hair oil and hair treatments to ensure your hair keeps its moist and shine and stays strong and healthy. For inspiration about hair treatments, read my post Four Natural DIY Hair Treatments.
No matter the type, length and colour of your hair, I highly recommend that you be cautious and use these summer hair care tips protect your hair from damage caused by the warm summer days.
Michelle, The Hair Log
Why Choose a Natural Hair Dye?
What is the deal with this fuss about choosing natural products? Does it really make that much of a difference what I expose my body to?
Yes. It does. And in this post, I seek to answer why.
Women have always desired gorgeous hair as it is the ultimate signature of feminism, youth, beauty and sexuality. It is common for us women to use our hair colour as an indicator of our personal style, or as a tool to cover emerging grey hair. Hair colour thus is a highly attractive beauty product. But as much as we love our colourful hair, it is a fact that permanent hair dyes contain a mixture of chemicals that may damage your hair and your health. The trick is to choose the most natural hair dye with the least toxins.
Natural Hair Dye Contains Less Toxic Chemicals
In the following are listed six of the most common chemicals, which you should all watch out for when choosing your natural hair dye.
PPD is an ingredient derived from ammonia and is often found in hair colours. The most commonly known risk of PPD is allergy. Many people are to some extent allergic to this substance. And even if you’re not allergic, the effect of PPD is believed to be cumulative. This means that the more you are exposed to the substance, the more likely you are to develop a reaction in time. Allergies should be taken serious, so if you still want to use products with PPD in them, you should do a patch test beforehand to make sure you don’t get an allergic reaction.
Ammonia is a colourless gass that works as a precursor to for example foods and as a building block for various pharmaceutical products, such as hair colours. In hair dyes, ammonia is used to prepare the hair shaft to take in the pigment by opening the hair shaft and cuticle. This process damages the hair because the pH of the hair is raised to a level where it is basically impossible to return to a normal level after colouring. Thus, the hair loses protein and moisture. Furthermore, ammonia is irritant to the skin, eyes and respiratory system, and can cause asthma and breathing difficulties.
Resorcinol is a dihydroxy benzene. Benzene, which is used to make resorcinol, is one of the chemicals known to increase risk of dangerous diseases like cancer. In hair colours, resorcinol formulates with other chemicals to provide a permanent colour effect.
Resorcinol has commonly been linked with hormone disruption and can cause skin irritation. And like PPD, the more you’re exposed to resorcinol, the more sensible you’re likely to become. The affects caused by resorcinol should be taken serious as they suggest a variety of health issues. Besides affecting our health, researchers argue that this substance could be dangerous for the environment as well – another good reason to avoid it.
Parabens are the most commonly used preservative in personal care products. The basic function of parabens is that they stop bacteria and fungus from moving into your favourite beauty products.
Parabens have been victim to much vilification because 1) they can mimic estrogen, and 2) they can be absorbed into our skin and potentially affect our endocrine system. Nothing has been scientifically proven, but researchers well know that estrogen exposure can be linked to breast cancer progression. And therefore, more research is needed on this subject. However, we do know that parabens can be absorbed and detected in blood and urine. This means they could potentially affect and harm our health.
Sodium, potassium and ammonium sulfates are present in hair dyes and bleaches, and are used in concentrations of up to 60 %. BUT concentrations of only 17.5 % have been shown to irritate skin, so when in contact with this chemical, make sure your wash and rinse your skin well after. Persulfates are also toxic when the fumes are inhaled, causing asthma and lung damage.
SLS (Sodium Laurel Sulfate)
This chemical is widely used in many hygiene products such as shampoos. The basic function of SLS is that it allows for better interaction between the product and your hair. This is done by breaking surface tensions and separating molecules.
But how does SLS really affect your body? There are conflicting answers to this question. One thing about SLS that is heavily debated is whether it is a carcinogen. That is, a potential cause of cancer. However, there are currently no scientific evidence that this is the case. But SLS poses other threats to the health of your hair and skin. For example, it can cause irritation to the skin and scalp, even when the level is very low.
Natural Hair Dye Contains More Natural Benefits
The primary reason for choosing a natural hair dye is to avoid the chemicals. However, natural hair products possess other beneficial qualities for your hair and body as well. NATURIGIN’s natural hair dye formula is based on natural ingredients, which all contain certain natural benefits for you and your hair. Fruits, plants and vegetables all possess natural benefits that you can transfer to your hair. Learn more about the benefits of natural and organic ingredients.
Now, just because a natural hair dye contains natural ingredients, it does not mean that there are zero harm in using it. However, the more natural ingredients and the less chemicals, the better the product is for your body. AND! Our experience is that the result you get from a natural hair dye can be just as good – if not better – as from a chemical-stuffed hair dye. I hope you think about these facts the next time you wish to dye your hair.
Michelle, The Hair Log