Top 6 Ways Aloe Vera Can Make Your Hair Turn Heads

Aloe Vera, or the ‘wonder plant’ as it is often called, is a succulent cactus-like plant that grows in arid climates. It is most commonly known for its ability to moisturize and revitalize as it is comprised of 95% water. The ‘wonder plant’ is also a great source of nutrients, as it provides a number of essential vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Here are some ways the ‘wonder plant’ can be used to help revive your hair, bring back its luster, and moisturize like no other product on the market, naturally.

1- The Ultimate Moisturizer

Mix 1 Tablespoon of Aloe Vera Gel into your conditioner, or nix the conditioner altogether and let the Aloe revitalize your hair as it replenishes its moisture.

2- The Need For Speed

Does it take forever for your hair to grow? The ‘wonder plant’ provides hundreds of nutrients and enzymes that stimulate hair growth. Try gently massaging some Aloe Vera Gel into your scalp and letting it sit for 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water and a mild shampoo. Repeat as needed. You can also try adding some concentrated Aloe Vera juice to your favorite smoothie. Whether applied externally, or taken orally, extracts from the ‘wonder plant’ can help speed up hair growth.

3- Thicker is Better

Thin hair is more prone to damage and breaking, and looks a little wimpy in a pony tail. Beef up your locks by adding a little Aloe Vera into your life. Try a daily supplement, or stick with some Aloe Gel rubbed into your scalp and transform those puny ponies into luscious locks.

4- Shine, Shine, Shine

Wish you had shiny locks? No problem! Aloe Vera’s moisture-rich composition will help nourish your hair and help you achieve that shiny hair you’ve always dreamed of in no time.

5- Flake those Flakes

Many of the hair products on the market dry out your scalp and cause dandruff. The ‘wonder plant’ can help reduce dandruff, naturally. Try combining a few tablespoons of Aloe Vera Gel with some coconut milk and wheat germ oil. Massage into your scalp. Rinse. Repeat as needed.

6- Less is More? No way!

Did you know that Aloe Vera (in the form of a gel applied topically, or as a dietary supplement in the form of a capsule or concentrated juice) can help prevent hair loss? Among its other super-powers, the ‘wonder plant’ is an anti-inflammatory which helps stop hair loss.

Incorporate some Aloe Vera into your lifestyle and your beauty routine and watch as your hair is naturally rejuvenated.

From Long To Short Hair: Making The Transition Easy

The decision to go from long to short hair is sometimes done with a lot of thought and sometimes done on a whim. Whatever the reason, it is important to prepare for some transitioning, and to make the correct decisions with regards to your new style. Often a drastically short cut will be too short, and then you will have to wait for your hair to grow out again. To avoid this problem there are a few simple points to consider before going for the cut.

One option is to go to a medium length haircut before deciding to go any shorter. This allows you the chance to get used to shorter and shorter styles, without cutting too short the first time. Often women or men find out that medium length is just what they really wanted – long enough to pull back yet short enough to wear down and in a casual style if they want. For women that are used to the multitude of different looks and styles that can be accomplished with long or medium hair, they may find the shorter style to be a bit restrictive, whereas the medium length still gives lots of options.

If your best feature is your long hair, and that is what you feel good about and have other people recognize you by, is cutting your hair really right for you? The shorter style will be very drastic, and it may attract lots of positive or negative attention. Gradually going shorter will eliminate a lot of the stress of a cut, and allow people to get used to your new style. In addition, wearing your hair up or back for a while before the cut will help you decide if short is the look you are going for, as well as help your coworkers, family and friends adjust.

Short hair doesn’t have to mean just one style. By learning how to work with short hair you can have several different styles from casual to elegant. Try using some of the new hair fibers, muds, crèmes and other styling products to create new looks with your style. If you are unsure of how to start, try talking to your stylist and having him or her show you a few quick styles.

Your facial shape will also have a big impact on what length of hair looks best. For long faces, short hair can actually square out the face and lessen the appearance of length. Squarer shaped faces are softened and rounded with layering at the sides, but will appear more squarely shaped with the very short cuts. Bobs and blunt cuts look great on oval shaped faces, and depending on the length of the cut, different features can be accentuated. For example, if you wish to draw attention away from your cheeks try keeping the hair longer at the sides of the head, and more textured through the bang area. A professional stylist will be able to advise you on a cut that will suit your features.

Getting a short cut can help you get in style, change your traditional look, or even just do something new. To avoid any regrets, try going shorter in stages, rather than all at once. If you are not sure what you will look like with a shorter style, you can try on wigs that will help you “see” yourself with short hair, or else keep your hair pinned up or pulled back to get used to the idea. If you are getting a short cut just because it looks cute on a friend or a movie star, you may want to reconsider. If you are cutting your hair for you, and you feel that it will suit your face and busy lifestyle, then short is definitely an option.

Types of Beauty Salons and Some Tips For Choosing the Right One For You

A lot of modern beauty salons today are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for doing practically anything you wish to be done with your hair from getting a perm to hair coloring, hair extensions, hair straightening, hair re-bonding, hot oil, and so on. Beauty salons also offer a wide range of beauty services aside from hair styling such as manicure, pedicure, facials, massage, hair removal, tanning services, and even full-scale spa treatments.

Types of beauty salons

There are different types of beauty salons and one way to categorize them is by price range: low, middle, and upscale. There are walk-in facilities that do not require an appointment and are usually lower priced than the upscale beauty salons. These types are usually homegrown neighborhood salons and are ideal for the person on-the-go who wants a simple trim or a basic haircut or a wash-and-wear hairstyle. These salons may be a bit limited in their equipment and offer only basic services. The second type-mid-range category-is usually a franchise of a national salon chain. These salons are reputable and are known by trademark throughout the country. For those who want a change of hairstyle but wants to be on the safe side, this is a safe bet because stylists in these salon chains usually undergo strict training and have to pass certain standards before they are allowed to cut and style hair. These types of salons usually offer a wide range of services and are equipped with the latest beauty salon technologies. Upscale boutique salons may also be homegrown or owned by an international or national chain. Naturally, they are pricier and usually have a swanky or hip address. A lot of five-star hotels offer upscale beauty salons where the patrons are in the upper-class range. These salons usually have hairdressers in landau scrubs and provide full-pampering treatments. So if you have the money to spare, it is also god to indulge yourself in these salons once or twice a year.

Beauty salon tips

Sticking with one stylist and beauty salon is ideal for most because developing a relationship with your stylist makes it easier to get things done right; and when it comes to beauty, you want to avoid any errors as much as possible. Choose a stylist that you are comfortable with and one who has a natural instinct for knowing what looks good on you. Hunting for the perfect stylist will also be a matter of budget and proximity. Remember, however, when it comes to your hairstyle, think of it as an investment. Don’t scrimp too much when choosing a beauty salon since the right hairstyle can do a lot to make you look gorgeous and a bad one can do a whole lot to wreak havoc to your appearance. Also remember that the best salons are usually already discovered by a lot of people. Word gets around fast when a beauty salon or stylist is worth taking note of. This means that salons or stylists that are worth it are usually booked weeks in advance so don’t put off getting an appointment until the last minute.

Dying Your Hair Punky Colours During Pregnancy – Is It Safe?

The idea of not dying your hair during pregnancy has been around for some time; however, this is normally in relation to natural hair shades, not bright rainbow hair. So let me try and shed some light on this topic.

The reason people say you can’t dye you hair during pregnancy in the first place, comes from two issues. First is the theory that the dye chemicals may affect the development of the unborn baby. The second is that the hormones in your body during pregnancy can cause your hair to become resistant to the dye, and you may have problems with achieving the desired result. So lets look at both these issues…

The theory that the dye chemicals may affect the development of the unborn baby…

I believe this theory came about back in the 80′s when hair dyes where much harsher and contained chemicals (such as 4-MMPD) which was found to penetrate skin and cause cancer in laboratory animals. But today manufacturers have stopped using such chemicals, with some brands even producing ammonia free hair dyes such as L’Oreals INOA range.

In regards to hair dye and bleach products there hasn’t been much research in this area. The limited research that’s available is based on animal studies and suggests that it’s safe to dye your hair during pregnancy. As a hairdresser I know many of my customers choose to colour their hair during pregnancy, and I have yet to come across any one who has had problems.

Dr Miriam Stoppard (a parenting expert) said ‘The very powerful pigments in the darker shades of hair dye penetrate the scalp in a few minutes and can be detected in white blood cells in a few hours’ she goes on to say “…this means the body is dealing efficiently with the pigment. The white cells are mopping it up and getting rid of it so that it can’t do any harm.” Still most doctors suggest waiting to colour your hair until the second trimester, when the developing baby is less vulnerable.

However doctors do recommend you should stay away from chemical fumes when pregnant, and for this reason perms are not recommended.

So what about temporary punky rainbow hair dyes?

Bright, funky alternative colours (such as Manic Panic, Special Effects, Raw, ‘N Rage… etc.) have no peroxide, no ammonia and no fumes. This type of dye is synthetic, so it simply stains the hair cuticles in the same way cloths dye stains the material. This means its not using harsh chemicals to penetrate the hair as standard hair dyes do. In fact some rainbow hair colours have some of the the same ingredients as found in conditioner. Although there is no research in this area, I think you’re probably safer using this type of punky temporary colour rather than standard permanent hair dyes, as it is much kinder to both hair and skin. But if you’re still unsure I suggest you talk to your doctor.

Now although you can use these kinds of alternative colours directly over your current hair colour, you will find they only give your hair a slight tone. This is because these dyes are designed to work on pre-bleached hair.

So if you are after vibrant, true colours, you do need to pre-bleached the hair. Lots of pregnant women will use bleach on their scalp with no problems, but if you’re still concerned there are lots of ways to bleach your hair without any skin contact. (Any chemicals absorbed into your system would come through your skin/scalp, not through your hair.) So rather than doing an all-over head bleach I’d suggest you try one of the following techniques as an ‘off scalp’ alternative:

  • Foils (also know as ‘streaking’ or ‘highlighting’): Where small strands of hair are placed in foils with bleach.
  • Balayage (also known as ‘freestyle painting’): Where bleach is painted on to random strips of hair.
  • Shoe Shine (also know as ‘frosting’): Where bleach is brushed over the tips of short hair.
  • Dip Dying: Where only the ends of long hair are bleached to appear ‘dipped’ in colour.

I recommend you go to a salon for this, but if you want to bleach your hair at home I suggest you ask a friend to help you mix and apply the bleach. The ammonia in bleach can give off some fume if you inhale directly while mixing the bleach powder with the peroxide. So work in a well-ventilated space to help minimise inhaling any fumes.

The theory that the hormones in your body during pregnancy can cause your hair to become resistant to hair dye…

Some women have reported hair dyes not taking to their hair during pregnancy, and hair colours turning out different to what was expected. This is possible due to the hormonal changes in your body, however this is a minority of cases. Most women have no problem with achieving their desired hair colour. Hormones do however have other effects on your hair during pregnancy, and even after giving birth. A number of women will experience their hair becoming fuller, stronger and more shiny during pregnancy, as the body retains more protein. But after giving birth and particularly during breast feeding some women find their hair becomes brittle and weak, some even experience hair loss. Hormones can do crazy things to your hair during pregnancy. Dry hair may become oilier, oily hair may become dry, curly hair may become straight or vice versa.

Also during pregnancy your immune responses changes so you may be more vulnerable to having an allergic reaction to hair dye, even if you’ve never had one before. So if you intend on colouring I suggest you do a skin test first, as recommended by most hair dye products anyway.

At the end of the day…

To the best of my knowledge and as my experience as a hairdresser I would say it’s safe to colour you hair during pregnancy. However there is no hard proof of this as yet and at the end of the day it’s your decision and your baby. I would always recommend you discuss this with both your husband/partner and your doctor before you make up your own mind.

I believe it’s important for women to feel good about themselves during pregnancy, be that natural hair colours, or rainbow Mohawk’s. But whether colouring your hair will make you feel good or cause you to worry needlessly for nine months is something for you to think about.