5 Hair Tricks You Didn’t Know
#1: Spray your bobby pins for a better hold
Have you ever had problems with your bobby pins getting loose and sliding out? I have! A little hair trick to give your bobby pins a better hold is to give them a light spray of either hair spray or dry shampoo before tugging them in. Coating the pins with a layer of spray will give them an extra little grip that will make sure your hair style will last throughout the whole day. Put your bobby pins on a paper towel, spray them and let them dry for a couple of minutes. I promise you will feel the difference! This trick is especially helpful if you have fine, thin and straight hair.
#2: Change your pillowcase and reduce frizz and split ends
Most people sleep on a cotton pillow case, but have you ever considered switching to satin or silk? You should! Sleeping on a pillow case of satin or silk has so many benefits – both for your skin and hair. It reduces bed head, frizzy hair and split ends and it doesn’t rob your hair of moisture like cotton.
#3: Insert bobby pins with the wavy side down
Did you know that there is a right way, and therefore also a wrong way to use a bobby pin? For years I have been doing it wrong! The bobby pin is probably the simplest hair accessory but still most girls don’t know how to use it properly. Actually, the bobby pin is designed to have the wavy side down and the flat side up. While the wavy side graps the hair, the flat side holds it down. Makes quite good sense, right?
#4: Tame fly-aways with hairspray and a toothbrush
I am sure we all have had our battles with unwanted fly-aways while doing our hair. They stick out in ridiculous directions and seem impossible to tame. But have no fear! Buy a cheap tooth brush and spray it with a little hairspray and brush your fly-aways into the right place. Because the toothbrush has such fine bristles, it is perfect to comb away the tiniest of hairs that a regular hairbrush might miss.
#5: Dry your hair with a T-shirt and avoid frizz
Having trouble with frizzy hair after showing? Swap out your towel and use a plain cotton T-shirt to dry your hair after showering. Yup, it’s that simple! When your hair is wet it is in a very soft and weak state. By using a regular towel to dry your hair, the grooves of the towel will ruffle the cuticle of our hair. The towel absorbs the moisture from your hair and scalp, when what you want to do is absorb the excess water without taking away the moisture that helps your hair from becoming frizzy.
The material of T-shirt is smooth and is lightweight enough to soak up some of the moisture, without absorbing all the natural oils that our scalp and hair have produced. The next time you finish washing your hair, wrap it up in a clean T-shirt for 5 – 10 minutes. Your hair will feel smoother and it will dry faster.
8 Surprising Things You Do that Cause Hair Loss
We know you love your hair, and that you want it to be as healthy as possible. But you will probably recognize this issue a little bit too well… On stressful mornings, you spend minutes removing long hair strands from your clothes before leaving, and you keep clogging your drain in the shower – Urgh! It is not possible to prevent hair loss completely, but there are several ways to minimize the problem.
In this blog post I have gathered 8 surprising reasons to hair loss, caused by things we do every day. I hope this list will prevent you from letting go of more precious hair than you need to.
8 REASONS TO HAIR LOSS
Yup! Hormonal contraceptives can contribute to hair loss. Luckily the hair loss is mostly temporary and depends a lot on what type of contraceptive you are on and your unique response to it.
Being on juice cleanses
One of the most popular diets – the juice detox – can actually contribute to hair loss. The hair loss does not take place during the diet but will be noticeable in the weeks after the diet is over. What happens is, that a juice diet causes a caloric restriction which narrows the variety of nutrients. The body’s response is to lessen the energy supply to the hair, and the hair will eventually start to fall off.
Not washing your hair enough
Most people think that washing your hair too often can promote hair loss, but actually being lazy about hair washes is very bad for your hair and scalp. Under-cleaning the scalp can cause inflammation and make the scalp seem itchy and flaky. It is very different from person to person, and it is all depending on the texture and type of hair you have.
Tip! If you exercise and sweat it is very important to wash your hair and clean your scalp right after.
It is often seen on ballet dancers and others who wear their hair up tight on a daily basis. Wearing your hair in tight ponytails, buns or even braids will over time weaken your strands and cause them to break or fall off.
Tip! Protective hairstyling will help you getting healthier and stronger hair.
By stress I am not talking about a busy day at work. I am talking about an event that has caused long-term stress, such as a breakup, bereavement, pregnancy, or career movement. When enduring stress over an extended period of time the body starts to produce the hormone cortisol which causes thinning hair and hair loss.
Too much vitamin A
If you experience frequent hair loss, you might consider winding down on vitamin A. Dermatologists have found that overdoing vitamin A-containing supplements and medications can trigger hair loss. But don’t forget! Vitamin A is also very good for your hair. It’s about finding a solid balance.
Tip! Vitamin A is found in carrots and green vegetables such as broccoli and spinach.
Dramatic weight loss
The more weight you lose the more likely you are to experience temporary hair loss. Too few calories, or a very restrictive diet is often to blame when it comes to hair loss, even if the weight loss is ultimately good for you. Weight loss can be extremely stressful for your body, and sometimes changing your diet completely can result in vitamin or mineral deficiencies.
Using heating tools
It is no surprise that using curling irons, blow-dryers, or straightener on a daily basis is not good for your hair. Not only is all the wear and tear and constant tugging your hair the problem, but the heat is also a big issue. If the tool burns the bag of your hand, it is also burning your hair! Hair will take some extent of heat but it will eventually set its tracks and cause the hair to break and fall off.
Tip! Turn down the heat of your heating tool and use heat protective products.
Pernille, The Hair Log
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