Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tuesday Beauty Blog Hop - 4/26





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Monday, April 25, 2011

Biosilk Silk Therapy Review


I was really excited about Biosilk Silk Therapy because it was going to be my first giveaway & my first review. I am definitely not disappointed! I've been using it for the last couple of weeks and I'm in love with it. It makes my hair soft, smooth, and shiny, and keeps the frizzies at bay. So, here are my opinions:

Pros:
- Smells AMAZING!
- Makes hair softer, smoother, and gives it a healthy glow
- It's also a heat protectant
- You really only need a tiny bit (a dime/nickle size amount) to get great results. So my 5.64 oz bottle should last me quite a few months on my long, thick hair - which is always great :)
- Works on all hair types

Cons:
- It pours out really fast! The first time I used it I poured out waaaay too much (oopsies)
- A bit pricey - I paid about $10 bucks for a 5.64 oz bottle. But then again, it should last you a long time.



Thursday, April 21, 2011

Curly Gurls Series: Goin' Straight

I've decide to do a series of blog posts on curly hair. There is so much to cover - from shampooing to conditioning, hairstyles to hair products, and even the different types of curls. It's a little overwhelming, so I'm going to be writing individual articles on each of the topics.


You may feel that having curly hair is a curse, but trust me I have spent hours with rollers, curling irons, even ripped up pieces of fabric to achieve your look. But if you're really tired of going natural and feeling the straight look, this is the post for you!




I really enjoyed this video. Here's some extra tips:
  • When she brushed her hair, she brushed it with a regular brush when it was wet! DON'T do that; make sure you always use a wide tooth comb when brushing wet hair. Otherwise your hair will break and breakage means major frizz - you do not want that. 
  • If you let your hair air-dry in a bun like she did, make sure that you don't use the rubber bands with the metal piece. These will cause major damage, I would recommend a scrunchie. 
  • Like she said, use a heat protectant. I can not stress that enough, especially considering the fact that they're not that expensive (like $3 dollars at your local supermarket or drugstore). They make a huge difference!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Giveaway! One n' Only Replenishing Hair Care Treatment Mask (CLOSED)

Get a free One n' Only Replenishing Hair Care Treatment Mask (6 oz.) I was looking around TJ Maxx today and found this for $4.50 (it's usually $12.00!) I've never tried this before, but I thought it would be a great item for a giveaway. What I can say is that it smells amazing!


"Age Renew Mask is a deep-penetrating treatment formulated with natural grapeseed oil, vitamins and proteins to help improve the strength of hair, restoring both vibrancy and elasticity. Restores dull, weak, brittle, aging hair with revitalizing nutrients and surface-smoothing conditioners. Replenishes moisture levels to help prevent dryness and breakage. Leaves hair feeling healthy, shiny and manageable with a youthful radiance."


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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Put Frizz In It's Place!









I hate frizz with a passion! I could go on for hours on how much I dislike it, but I'll spare you. Frizz is caused by breakage in the hair, which can be cause by a lot of things.
- Brushing hair too much
- Brushing hair when it's wet
- Rubber bands with the metal piece
- Rubbing wet hair with a towel
- Thinning shears or cutting the hair with a razor
- Blow dryers, curling irons, flat irons, etc.


Well the best offense is a good defense, right? Here's how I would recommend you defend yourself from the frizzies:
- Always rinse hair with the coldest water that you can stand. This will seal the cuticle making the hair look shinier and less frizzy.
- Keep brushing to a minimum. When you do brush, try using a wide-tooth comb--especially when wet-- this will be a lot less damaging to your hair.
- Avoid those rubber bands with the metal piece. If you have to tie up your hair, try a scrunchie instead!
- Blot your hair dry instead of rubbing it with a towel, which can be extremely damaging. You may even want to try a microfiber towel. Personally, I use the Mimi's Diva Dryer Hair Towel, but I hear that a lot of people like the Turbie Twists.
- Avoid heat products as much as possible. Sadly, this is the hardest one for me - I'm addicted to my flat iron :(. If you have to use heat, get an ionic hair blow dryer which will actually reduce static and frizz in the hair. For girls who are going for the straight look, I would also suggest that you use a round brush. For my curly girls, I would recommend getting a diffuser attachment for your blow dryer - but make sure you put it on a low setting!
- If you do use hot tools like flat irons or blow dryers make sure you use a heat protectant! I would recommend Tresseme or Got2B - they're cheap and work great!
- Avoid thinning shears and razors. Yes, I know they can make your hair look super awesome, but they are also super damaging.
There are a lot of products out there on the market that claim to get rid of the frizz. Here are a few that usually get high ratings:
- Crack Leave-In Hair Cream
- FHI Heat Hot Sauce
- John Frieda Frizz-Ease Thermal Protection Hair Serum
- Biosilk Silk Therapy


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Friday, April 8, 2011

Hair Growth Tips



Every girl wants long, beautiful, flowing, shiny hair. Or, at least all the girls I know... Currently, I'm in the process of trying to grow out my hair. So, I thought I might as well make an article on hair growth tips. Hope this helps out some of my fabulous followers!


1. Drink Lots and Lots of Water
I know, I know you hear it all the time, but it's true. Drinking water is sooooo good for you and there is a seemingly endless list of benefits. The reason why water is so important because it's what 55 to 75% of what your body is made up of. So, it's extremely important to replenish the body with new water everyday. Here's just a few benefits of drinking plenty of water:
- Hydrates skin, and of course HAIR :)
- Can help you lose weight because it's very common to mistake thirst for hunger
-Can boost energy
-Detoxifies the body
-Can help fight the flu, kidney stones, and even heart attacks
- It can even reduce the risk of getting cancer

Amazing, right? Wow, now I feel like getting a drink of water!

So, how much water should you drink? We typically hear 8 cups a day. A more accurate way to find out how much water you should drink would be to divide your weight in half and drink at least that amount in ounces everyday. For example, if you weighed 150 lbs you should be drinking at least 75 ounces of water everyday.

Water will be a huge help if you're trying to grow out your hair.



2. Eat foods that promote hair health
If the hair is healthy, it should grow quicker. Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, foods with Omega 3 Fatty acids and/or proteins. These will not only promote healthy hair, but healthy nails and skin.


3. Get Plenty of Rest
Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night - this is so important. Even I'm guilty of not getting the full 8 hours (I figured that I could sleep when I was dead). This is the wrong attitude! How much sleep you get is a huge factor in your overall health. Your hair can grow so much faster if you get enough rest!


4. Exercise
Exercise has many obvious benefits, but the increase in blood flow can even help in hair growth!


5. Hair Growth Supplements
Personally, I've never tried hair growth supplements. This is probably because I've never really ran into too much trouble when trying to grow my hair out. So, honestly, this method never really crossed my mind. It makes sense, though. Although, I'm not sure if it's the best place to get those nutrients. I would suggest that you should try to get those nutrients from the food that you eat.

Let me know if you've tried hair growth supplements and whether or not you saw a difference!






Citations:
http://www.mangosteen-natural-remedies.com/benefits-of-drinking-water.html
http://www.mangosteen-natural-remedies.com/drinking-8-glasses-of-water.html
http://www.suite101.com/content/hair-growth-tips-a132811
http://www.everythinghair.com/growth-tips.html

Thursday, April 7, 2011

BioSilk Silk Therapy Giveaway! (CLOSED)



Win a free bottle of BioSilk Silk Therapy (5.64 oz)! BioSilk Silk Therapy was rated one of the Top 10 Heat Protectants at Folica.com. This stuff is liquid gold - it repairs, stregnthens, moisturizes, protects against styling tools, and adds shine and softness to your luscious locks. The best part - it works great on all hair types!








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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Dandruff: A Girl's Worst Nightmare

I'm not gonna lie, dandruff is a pain in the rear. Thankfully, I've only had dandruff a couple of times in my life and even then it lasted a very short period of time .

I've actually received quite a few questions on past posts about what I would recommend for dandruff. I haven't written any articles on
this topic, so of course I'm happy to help you gals out. Hopefully this article will be beneficial to those out there who are fighting the dandruff battle!


Friday, April 1, 2011

Saturday Beauty Blog Hop!


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Keratin Hair Treatments: The Answer to All My Problems?

The quest for perfect hair seems like a never ending battle. Products everywhere claim that they will solve all your hair problems, but I have yet to find one that actually will (if you happen to know of one, please tell me :D.) But there is a new process that has caught my eye... keratin hair treatments.


What do keratin hair treatments do?


Keratin hair treatments involve a process that can get rid of up to 99% of frizz, straighten hair, make hair soft & shiny, and protect the hair from toxins like UV rays, smoke, & pollution.


How does this process do it?


Wow! This really does seem like the end to my hair battle? Well, keratin is what hair (and nails) are naturally made up of. When we use styling tools, expose hair to chemical processes and toxins in the environment, the keratin in your hair becomes less effective at its job (keeping your hair strong and looking healthy.)


Where can I get it and how much will it hurt my wallet?


You can get it at a salon and it should cost somewhere between $200 and $350. You can also get DIY, home treatments at a much cheaper price.
Buyer beware
: look for formaldehyde-free treatments. Formaldehyde can be very dangerous and can cause reactions like headaches, watery eyes, and even difficulty in breathing.



How long will this treatment last?


Your keratin treatment should last between 3 & 5 months.


Are there any cons?


A few women have claimed that they experienced hair loss 1 to 2 weeks after treatment. Although, there is not any conclusive evidence that keratin treatments were the cause.


Tips?


Results can vary so try to find a skilled professional to carry out the treatment. Again, if you choose to do the treatment on your own be cautious about formaldehyde.


Keratin hair treatments, the end to all my problems ;). 



 
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