Does over styling of hair cause hair loss ~ Guest Post by Riya Deshmukh

We ladies love to style our hairs, don’t we? Irrespective of whether we have short-length hair or long-length, wavy, straight or curly, a lot of time and effort goes into having it styled to perfection. And, with new hair styles evolving day-by-day, we don’t hesitate at all in trying out all those styles to find out which one of them suits us the best. Often, during these hair styling sessions, we make use of various hair styling tools, products, accessories, etc.

By the end of your hair styling process, you would have achieved your desired hair style; however, not many people are aware of its negative impact. It might sound surprising, but yes, hair styling can lead to certain hair problems including hair loss.

Can Excessive Styling causes hair loss?

Though excessive hair styling may not cause direct hair loss, it is definitely one of the causes which leads to hair loss problems. Certain hair styles require your hair to be bound tightly and this puts unwanted pressure on the roots of your hair, causing them to break. Similarly, when you use various hair styling accessories such as hair bands, rubber band, etc., to keep the hair stylein place, it can also cause your hair to break and fall off.

Most often than not, a majority of the hair styles will require additional hair styling tools and products such as straighteners, curlers, blow dryers, gels, etc. All of these may not cause direct hair loss but they do have a negative impact on the health of your hair. You will notice that prolonged use of these tools and all the excessive styling will damage your hair, making them dry and brittle. Ultimately, the damages hair leads to a bigger problem of hair loss.

This condition of hair loss due to excessive hair styling is known as traction alopecia. Though hair loss occurs majorly due to other factors, excessive hair styling can also be considered as one of the causes.

Does Hair Loss Due To Over Styling Grow Back On Its Own?

The good news is that yes, depending upon the extent of the condition, hair loss due to over styling can grow back on its own once you stop subjecting it to all the various hair styles. However, this is possible only if the hair loss occurred is on a minimal scale. In such cases, it is possible for the hair to grow back from its root on its own. But the time taken for the hair to grow back can take up to a year as well.

In cases where extreme hair loss has occurred due to excessive styling, it would be difficult for the hair to grow back on its own. You will have to visit your dermatologist to find out what treatment can be undergone to improve your hair loss condition.

Treatments for Hair Loss that could be due to Excessive Hairstyling

There are couple of treatments which are quite popular and effective in treating hair loss problems, improving the look and feel of your hair as well as promoting the growth of hair. Below are some of those hair loss treatments:

  • Topical Medications– Base on your dermatologist’s prescription, you can try Minoxidilwhich is popularly known as Rogaine. This medication is available in foam or liquid form and is FEDA-approved. Effective for people of all genders, this medication is applied topically on the affected areas of the scalp. Though this is an effective hair loss treatment, it can take anywhere between three to four months for the desired results to show.
  • Platelet-rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) Treatment– The platelet-rich plasma therapy or the PRP treatment as it popularly known as is one of the most popular treatments for reversing hair loss. This is a non-invasive treatment. In this treatment, a small sample of blood is withdrawn from the patient’s arm, which is then put into a centrifuge in order to separate the plasma and the platelets. The plasma is then activated which is then injected into the scalp with an injection. This injected plasma helps in stimulating the growth of hair as well as repairing the damaged hair follicles.  After a couple of sessions you will notice that the hair has started growing naturally from the affected areas.
  • Hair Transplantation– Another effective treatment for restoring back your lost hair is to get a hair transplant In this treatment method, tiny hair follicles are transplanted from one part of your scalp to the affected areas. This treatment also provides natural looking results.

How to Prevent Hair Loss from Excessive Styling?

In order to prevent hair loss from excessive styling, you can follow the below measures:

  • Try and choose the right hairstyle. Avoid hairstyles which put pressure on our hair roots and scalp. Tight ponytails, tight buns, etc., should be avoided as much as possible.
  • Avoid using hair extensions and weaves as these may enhance the look of your hair, they have a long-term negative impact on your hair roots.
  • Hairsprays and gels with long-holding effects could damage your hair as they contain various chemicals. Prolonged contact of these chemicals on your hair could destroy the hair shafts and also lead to hair loss.
  • If you are using chemical products for styling your hair, then ensure that you give adequate time gaps between each of the styling sessions. For example, if you have coloured your hair, you should ideally wait for at least 2 weeks before you get a perm done. Always ensure that you deep condition your hair whenever you subject your hair to such chemicals.
  • Avoid heating tools as much as possible and if you do have to use them, then ensure that you set it at a low temperature.
  • While preparing your hair for any of the hair styles, use a wide-toothed comb to gently remove all the tangles.
  • Before you use a curling iron or straightener, apply a layer of heat protectant.Though hair styling is a part and parcel of our daily lives, care should be taken that it does not lead to unwanted problems such as hair loss. Always stick to hair styles which not only suit you but those which also do not cause any pressure on your scalp. In situations where you need to have a tight ponytail or bun, ensure that you take some time off in between and allow your hair to breathe.If you notice that your hair fall is becoming extreme, then it is best that you get it checked by a dermatologist and undertake the right treatment to reverse the hair loss

    Author Bio Name: Riya Deshmukh

    Content Writer – Hair & Beauty Care Expert – With a degree in Life Sciences, I have had diverse experience in writing for beauty and health care domain; with topics like skincare, hair problems, tips and advices being my forte. I aspire to bring change in the lives of people through my earnest and research based articles.

Men’s Haircuts ~ Guest Post by Sophia Jackson

How the Entertainment World Is Influencing Men’s Haircuts

Looking to switch up your look but still seeking inspiration? Today, it’s time to turn the spotlight on the guys! Here, we’re going to discuss some of the men’s hairstyles that are shaking up the entertainment industry today. Whether they’re brand new or modern twists on classic throwbacks, if you look to the stars, you’re sure to find a look you love!

The Entertainment Industry’s Influence on Fashion Trends

When it comes to onscreen fashion trends, does art imitate life or vice versa? The way that film and television impact our culture cannot be understated, and the entertainment industry’s influence on the popularity of certain hairstyles is no exception.
While people can often name a dozen iconic women’s hairstyles from TV and film right off the bat (Farah Fawcett’s feathered beach blonde waves in the seventies hit Charlie’s Angels, for example, or Jennifer Aniston’s famous haircut on Friends), men’s haircuts tend to receive less attention from the general public.
However, that doesn’t mean that men aren’t looking to the entertainment industry for fashion advice. The following haircuts started out on screen, but they have proven quite popular in day-to-day life.


David Beckham’s Faux-Hawk Makes a Comeback

David Beckham may not be an actor, but you’d be mistaken to say he was never a TV star as one of the most popular soccer players of all time. His marriage to Victoria, who, at the time went by Posh Spice, further cemented his status as a celebrity persona.
Now, you may have read the words “faux-hawk” and immediately been triggered by memories of geeky haircuts of the early 2000’s. However, David Beckham continues to be a sex symbol, so his haircut has been imitated and evolved to the present day. Zayn Malik updated the look by increasing volume while closely cropping in the sides, which remains a popular trend.


Cillian Murphy’s Peaky Blinders Haircut

Peaky Blinders, a gritty period gangster drama that takes place on the streets of Birmingham, England in the 1920s, stars Cillian Murphy as Thomas Shelby, sporting a very distinctive haircut. Although Murphy himself reportedly doesn’t see what all the fuss is about, it’s become one of the most popular men’s haircuts of 2017.
What’s so distinctive about the look? The undercut sides and textured length on top look ultra-contemporary, but they are, in fact, correct for the 1920’s. Contemporary and vintage at the same time, the look achieves a certain timelessness that other haircuts can’t quite capture.


Donald Glover’s Soft Afro

A talented actor, comedian and rapper, Glover isn’t afraid to keep his hair uncropped. You came to love him in comedies like Community and as the rapper Childish Gambino. His newest TV series, Atlanta, has received praise from the critics and numerous awards, including two Golden Globes and two Primetime Emmys. Glover’s style and signature haircut suggests a relaxed art school chic.

 


Will Smith’s High-Top Fade

The 90s are back with a vengeance, and one haircut in particular is resurging in a big way. Will Smith may have played a loveable goofball on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, but his haircut left a lasting impact on contemporary hair-styling. The high-top fade, characterized by the tight undercut around the sides of the head and sculpted height with a flat top, has seen many reiterations in the past few years. Will Smith paired his haircut with loud colors and funky prints, but the effect of the high-top fade changes entirely when paired with muted tones and textures. In 2017, the look has become entirely sleek and contemporary.


Mahershala Ali’s Sculpted Fade from Moonlight

The 2016 coming of age drama Moonlight brought tears to its audiences’ eyes, but it may also have inspired a new way to wear a fade. Mahershala Ali played Juan, a Cuban drug-dealer who helps guide the protagonist Chiron through his formative years in Miami. Ali’s hair is a tight fade on the sides with a little bit of height on the top. The look is subtler than the high-top fade, but combined with confidence, it can give its wearer an air of sophistication.


Dev Patel’s Loose Curls

While Patel was significantly younger when he starred in the award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire in 2008, he has updated his look considerably with his most recent feature, Lion. Patel now wears his hair in longer, loose waves around his face, and, while the look seems effortless, pomade or styling cream is essential to avoid a puffy shape.
In a decade where close crops seem to be very in style, Patel’s looser look, paired with facial hair, comes together for a playful but mature appearance.


The James Dean Effortless Slick-Back

Of course, any list citing iconic men’s haircuts would be remiss not to mention James Dean’s slick but wild pompadour in Rebel Without a Cause. This hairstyle has never gone out of fashion. When he played Edward in the teen hit franchise Twilight, Robert Pattinson sported a modern take on the style.
This look keeps the volume with a medium length on top with shorted sides for contrast. The classic style is always in fashion, but you will need some pomade and a hairdryer to style it to perfection.
Conclusion: From close crops to unkempt waves, there is no shortage of contemporary and vintage looks for the modern man. With the right haircut, you’ll feel confident and perfectly coiffed in every endeavor.

EYEBROW TREND ~ GUEST POST BY JORDON KLEE

What is This Braided Eyebrow Trend?!

There’s always something trending in the beauty world. Usually, it’s something no one else actually wears in real life. Instagram has recently bestowed us with another trend that has us scratching our heads — the braided eyebrow. Thanks to a viral post by a California teen, Instagrammers around the globe have been hopping on this new trend that takes their brow game to new heights, literally.

The First Braided Eyebrow

Eros Gomez, a 17-year-old from California, is the name behind the wacky new eyebrow style. While most people had just gotten comfortable enough to fill in their brows, Gomez took things to the next level by posting a braided shot of his eyebrow on Instagram. Only it’s not what you think.

The photo that launched a new trend is actually Photoshopped. Speaking with “Allure” magazine, Gomez revealed that after many products and failed attempts to actually braid his eyebrows, he decided to just take a picture and edit the braid in on Photoshop. Of course, the idea itself wasn’t completely disingenuous. He reveals in the same article that he was inspired by “brow chains”, which are necklaces adhered to eyebrows. Gomez says that he knew people would be trying to braid their brows eventually and he wanted to be the first.

The Eyebrow Craze of 2018

The braided eyebrow is just one perplexing and daring look that’s graced foreheads this year; before, there was the wavy brow, and then the squiggy brow. Now, people have begun styling what is known as the “halo brow”. With a circular formation that (sort of) frames the eyes and draws focus to the forehead, the halo brow look are sweeping Instagram by storm and leaving some enamored and others just downright exhausted.

Can’t eyebrows just be eyebrows? Tweezed, full, au natural — we see you. But it’s hard to imagine seeing an actual person at school or work with their eyebrows literally defying gravity and wrapped around their forehead.

Don’t get us wrong, though. We commend these bold beauty fans for their creativity. It’s difficult to stand out online nowadays since we’ve seen just about everything. The new eyebrow styles and trends springing up across social media are just evidence that with enough time on your hands, some highlighter and a good photo editor, anyone can transform their everyday look into an eye-catching (pun intended) new craze that encourages others to express themselves and try new things.

Image source: https://www.allure.com/story/braided-brows


Jordan is the beauty and brains behind Beautifully Alive! She loves eating healthy and trying new recipes.The self-proclaimed Zumba Queen has a passion for beauty products and loves reading new books. She’s always down for a DIY project!

Going Bald by Choice and the Truth About Shaving My Head to Make My Hair Grow Thicker ~ Guest Post by Lee Walters

Here’s one for the guys, some interesting information from our guest blogger – Lee Walters from thehaircentral.com ~ Enjoy!

Male Pattern Baldness

Male pattern baldness is a condition that affects so many men, it seems odd that some men would choose to go bald in spite of the fact that they are blessed with great hair. Some would say it is downright insulting to men who have the male pattern baldness gene for one to go bald by choice. But the facts tell a very different story.

Even though men dread going bald as though it is a terminal disease, the fact is that bald men are actually perceived as being stronger, more assertive and sometimes even taller than their follically blessed counterparts.

A Study Conduct by Experts 

In one study, a group of researchers from Barry University in Florida wanted to know why the gene that triggered male pattern baldness continued to survive through the generations even though it seemed to have a negative perception in society. If it indeed has a negative effect on social interaction, then the gene should have eventually died out.

One of the researchers, Dr. Frank Muscarella speculated that male pattern baldness evolved as a way to signal dominance without being perceived as a threat. In this study, participants were asked to rate a group of men on four independent scales – physical attractiveness, aggressiveness, appeasement, and social maturity.

The results showed that bald men rated the highest in social maturity and appeasement or diplomacy, and they rated the lowest in aggressiveness. In the metric of physical attractiveness, they rated lower than men with good hair but higher than men with receding hairlines. These results confirm Dr. Muscarella’s initial speculation about bald men being more dominant, at least in perception.

The fact that bald men appear to be less physically attractive than men with good hair does not actually affect their success with women. It is a well-known fact that women do like physically attractive men, but they are equally attracted to men who display social dominance and maturity.

With these facts in mind, it does not seem to be all that strange to shave one’s head despite the absence of male pattern baldness. After all, hair is not the only thing factor that contributes to physical attractiveness.

Going bald is actually a great strategy for those of us who are not blessed with other attractive features like high cheekbones or square jaws. So whether or not you have male pattern baldness, we suggest you give it a shot and see how it works for you. If you have male pattern baldness, then no one will know because you already shaved your head.

And if you don’t have male pattern baldness and don’t like the way you look with a cleanly shaven scalp, then you can always grow it back. However, we think you just might surprise yourself if you take the plunge. If you need advice on shaving your head for the first time, just head over to Lee Walter’s blog (https://thehaircentral.com/best-razor-for-shaving-head/) to see some options for the best razors to shave your head bald.

Making Your Hair Grow Thicker

If you do decide to shave your head, then you may hear a lot of myths associated with it, the most common one being that if you shave your head, your hair will grow back thicker.

First off, we would like to point out that since this article is aimed at men who do not have male pattern baldness, this would hardly be a bad thing. If you find that you don’t like a cleanly shaven scalp, then you would simply let it grow back at twice the thickness!

Unfortunately, this has been proven to be a myth by several scientific studies. You can even think about it logically – if shaving one’s head caused the hair to grow back thicker, wouldn’t that make it the number one treatment for male pattern baldness?

The reason this myth exists is due to the nature of hair growth. The hair that is visible above the surface of the skin is actually a string of dead cells. The live part of the hair is actually underneath the skin and is known as the “follicle”.

Unshaved hair tapers at the end. Shaving cuts the hair off just above the surface of the skin, leaving the follicle intact. When the hair regrows, it initially appears to be thicker because of the straight cut created by the razor. The taper takes time to reappear. There are other reasons that affect this perception as well. Unshaved hair has not yet been exposed to sunlight and other chemicals that may be floating in the air. These exposures do contribute to the appearance of one’s hair. Diet and medication are also factors that play a part in the apparent thinness or thickness of one’s hair.

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Bruce Willis                                                   Vin Diesel
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Jason Statham                                               Dwayne Johnson

Whether you enjoy the shaving experience or just want to get rid of all that hair as soon as possible, we have covered it all so that you don’t have to waste time sifting through tens of thousands of Google results.

Just roll the ATX All-Terrain Razor from HeadBlade over your scalp for a quick and comfortable shave, or use a Merkur safety razor for the closest shave possible. Even if you are not keen on investing in the best tools, you can achieve the rugged look of stars like Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson with the cheapest shaving foam and triple blade razor. After all, there is a reason that the Gillette Mach 3 is so popular – because it really works!

So what are you waiting for? Get rid of all that pesky hair, put your chrome dome on display, and go out and turn some heads!

Best Hair Tips From Around the World by Mia Taylor

Thanks to Mia for this wonderful guest post, read on for the Best Hair Tips from around the world..

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What does it take for a girl to have great hair every day? Apparently, the answer to this question is a matter of national consensus. For ladies from Morocco, the secret to glossy tresses is soaked in argan oil; for Aussie girls, it’s up in the eucalyptus tree; for Asian belles, a shiny mane’s made of equal parts camellia oil and rice water. Are your tresses hungry for more of ethnic-based hair care tips from around the world? Then you’d better scroll down for more of the shiny lock love!

The Asian trick: Camellia oil

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Ladies from Japan, China, and Korea are well-acquainted with the hair care power of camellia oil and they use it regularly to preserve the healthy shine of their tresses. A go-to for essential fatty acids and vitamins A, B, C, and E, camellia oil is a potent scalp conditioner that promotes healthy hair growth and helps restore color to gray strands. For even more beautiful hair, shampoo your hair with rice water: it will gently eliminate impurities and nourish your locks at the same time.

Moroccan spells: Argan oil

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One more nourishing oil that’s been helping Moroccan girls achieve and preserve hair shine over the past few centuries, argan oil recently gained worldwide popularity as one of the most potent hair care product ingredients. Made from the kernel of the argan tree, argan oil moisturizes hair and helps restore volume and shine to worn and thinning tresses. These days, argan oil is found in most organic hair conditioners and masks.

African beauty: Black soap

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A West African hair care secret, black soap is made from palm and coconut oil mixed with cocoa pods, cocoa pod ash, and plantain skins (the latter give the soap its dark hue). A natural cleanser that can do wonders for skin texture, a lump of black soap will gently flush impurities from your hair without over-drying the follicles or stripping your scalp of its natural oils.

Do as Egyptians do: Henna

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If you’re into red hair, you might as well ditch commercial dye for henna. The time-honored Egyptian beauty trick, henna has been used for millennia to make natural hair dye and lip tint. In addition to preventing hair damage through exposure to hazardous chemicals found in most synthetic dyes, henna will help worn tresses restore their healthy sheen and thickness. If you want to be a redhead whose locks turn heads in the crowd, it’s time to switch to Henna.

America’s favorite: Yucca

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Back when America was still young, squaws had beautiful, waist-long hair; today, ladies around the world know the secret to the captivating look of native American strands. Native American women used yucca leaves to counter dandruff and hair loss and you can, too. To get the biggest shine out of your hair, you can try adding efficient hair vitamins to your carte du jour, and your strands will always look their best.

Smooth as Aussie: Eucalyptus

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If you think only koalas are into minty zest, you’re barking up the wrong eucalyptus tree. In the Land Down under, girls have been using eucalyptus to fight dandruff and scalp inflammation for centuries now. A powerful ingredient found in many commercial shampoos today, eucalyptus is known to strengthen fragile tresses and promote hair growth, which makes it perfect for ladies who want to take the look of their locks to a whole new level.

Filipina hair trick: Aloe vera

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Filipina girls are famous for their voluminous, glossy dark hair, but although they may have been born that way, their locks wouldn’t stay so gorgeous without a secret formula in the mix. To help their hair stay strong and shiny, ladies in the Philippines nourish their tresses and scalp with aloe vera. Rick in hair-friendly nutrients, aloe vera calms scalp irritation and keeps dandruff at bay. If you want your locks to stay silky and strong, start using an aloe-based conditioner.

Ready to take your hair from dead-looking to drop-dead gorgeous? Use the right hair care tricks from around the world, and your mane will always look like a million dollars.   

 

Screen Shot 2017-05-28 at 3.15.17 PMMia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for www.highstylife.com. She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on a lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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Guest Post ~ DIY Hair Mask by Louisa Rose

DIY Hair Mask Recipe

My natural hair mask recipe is the perfect way to give your hair a boost and enhance its shine. It contains plenty of protein and a variety of hair-loving nutrients which help strengthen your locks and encourage new hair growth.

Infusing your hair and scalp with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants can also repair dryness and styling damage, encourage healthy roots and add volume. If you’d like to read more about the best volumizing shampoos and how they work, check out my recent post.

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Avocado

Using avocado in hair mask can improve shine, repair dry, damaged hair and help protect your locks from styling and environmental damage. It contains a rich source of amino acids, protein, vitamins and minerals which are easily absorbed by your hair and scalp.

You’ll be amazed how shiny and soft your hair feels after applying some avocado, so instead of letting that inevitable half piece of avo go off in the fridge, save it for this DIY mask.

Banana

As protein is the main component in your hair, it needs plenty of it to stay strong and healthy. A nutrient deficiency and styling damage and can cause a loss of protein, and make your strands feel dry and brittle.

Bananas offer a healthy dose of protein, potassium, Vitamins B6 and C, folate, and a variety of minerals to help strengthen, repair and thicken your hair. It’s an ideal natural ingredient to prevent split ends and breakages, and helps protect your hair’s natural elasticity.

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Coconut Milk

Coconut milk contains healthy saturated fats which nourish hair and encourage longer, thicker, shinier locks. It has excellent moisturizing properties and is a great way to revive dry hair which feels brittle and prone to split ends.

Similar to coconut oil, coconut milk has natural antifungal and antibacterial properties which can help fight dandruff and provides a cooling sensation on your scalp. It also soothes irritated skin and can help fight minor skin infections.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is one of the best multitasking beauty products nature has to offer. Using it in your hair can help repair split ends, increase shine, reduce frizz, detangle and moisturize.

It contains medium chain fatty acids which penetrate the hair shaft more deeply than traditional conditioners, as well as lauric acid which helps strengthen and encourage new hair growth.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is a natural emollient with softening qualities that help improve shine, body, and resilience. Using just a tablespoon can protect the keratin in your hair and seal in moisture to keep your strands strong and healthy.

Massaging olive oil into your scalp can remove a buildup of sebum to promote new hair follicles and encourage hair growth, and also softens stubborn dandruff flakes so they’re easier to get rid of when you wash your hair.

Ingredients

– ½ Avocado

– ½ Banana

– 50 ml Coconut Milk

– 2 tbsp Coconut Oil

– 1 tbsp Olive Oil

Method

Blend all the ingredients together to make a smooth paste.

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Apply the mixture all over your hair and smooth it down to the ends. Massage your scalp for a few minutes to exfoliate your skin and improve blood circulation.

Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. I like to relax in the tub with a book, as it saves cleaning up any mess.

When you’re ready, wash your hair with a gentle shampoo and rinse thoroughly. You can use your normal conditioner if you feel you need it, then dry and style your hair as usual.

It should feel wonderfully smooth and shiny and look healthier than ever. Let me know how you get on!

 

About The Author: Louisa Rose is from Cologne, Germany. She runs Body Health Love, where she blogs about health and beauty advice for young women.

Guest Post by Peter Minkoff

Introducing Peter Minkoff, a fashion stylist and writer for High Style Life, currently living in the UK … I have the good fortune of him writing an article for our blog today…You can find abit more info on Peter at the end of this article. Enjoy reading and if you want to check out another great article of Peter’s that I loved, you can  check it out right here – ‘The Far East Fashion Movement’

Beauty & Style Tricks We Should Steal from Japanese Women

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Geisha (芸者 ?), Geiko/Geigi (芸妓) are traditional Japanese female entertainers who act as hostesses and whose skills include performing various arts such as classical music, dance, games and conversation, mainly to entertain male customers.

While the first association the uneducated have with the notion of geisha is a prostitute, truth is – these women were everything but. They were pioneers of high education, culture, sophistication and style. Geishas have become synonymous with good taste and fashion-forward pieces women everywhere tried to copy and imitate. Even today, Japanese women look up to their Geisha role-models while women in Europe and the US are trying to pick up and adopt Japanese beauty techniques and tricks that will not only help their skin be and stay nurtured but also help them cultivate and upgrade their fashion style. After all, Japanese women are known not only for their smooth and glowing skin, but for their unique intricacy, sensuality and superiority of expression, as well.
For all of you gorgeous women out there finding inspiration in Japanese style and beauty, we are giving you a few tricks to steal and model your hair, skin and diet regimen after.

Hair Care

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Who wouldn’t be envious of the dark, full locks complementing a flawless white face! The hair quality of Japanese women is exceptional and everything to wish for. Apart from their regional genetics, Japanese women do have a few tricks up their sleeve that are helping them maintain their hair quality as it is – gorgeous, thick and shiny.
Unlike Western beauty regimens, Japanese ones are reduced to a rather minimalist approach; instead of treating their hair with multiple products, Japanese women are opting for gentle ones, devoid of sulfates or other harsh ingredients that dry and damage hair.
Japanese ladies use a mixture of seaweed powder and water and, prior to each wash, they treat their hair with Camellia oil. Never thought of that, did you now?
What’s also an important habit of the women of the Far East is that they almost never brush their hair. When they do (and this is commonly after they’ve washed it), they use a wooden comb to untangle their ends, and that’s it. Often times, these ladies don’t even own a brush!
Yet another trick is a balanced and healthy diet; it is an essential ingredient in helping them achieve the perfect hair volume and stamina. Along with the traditional foods such as fish, the Japanese consume a lot of fruits full of vitamins and minerals that are essential for healthy, luminous and glossy hair.

Skin Care

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For women from the Land of the Rising Sun, skin care is so much more than that one product they put their trust in. Actually, cosmetic products they use are a side-benefit to their main ingredient – a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
To keep their skin free of blemishes, redness, irritation and scaring, Japanese women rarely ever eat meat or sugar and base their meals on cooked and/or grilled fish and veggies. Due to a healthy diet, their skin is glowing and rarely has any irregularities.
As for make-up, most women in Japan like their makeup kits on the shelves rather than on their skin. Usually, they are keeping make-up routines as simple as possible and are strong advocates of the thesis “less is more”.

Body care

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Would you be surprised if, again, we were to tell you their slim and slender built is due to their diet and lifestyle? Sure you wouldn’t. Obviously, their collective obsessiveness with corsets and body shapers that are giving them curves they genetically don’t have has some say in it, too – but it’s the diet for the most part.
When you think about it, magazines and fitness experts around the globe are just now promoting lifestyle rich in veggies, fish, cooked and grilled fish and lean meats, rice and soups. Sounds familiar? To the Japanese, yes – definitely. No wonder Japanese diet is one of the most beautifying in the world.
Japanese philosophy is all about what you put IN your body, rather than what you put on it – these gorgeous women (and men) load up on vitamin-packed “brassica” (vegetables much like broccoli), and of course, lots and lots of fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Further, they detox regularly by drinking a lot of green tea daily which is proven to have a ton of anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant properties. In fact, they appreciate green tea so much that they use its concentrate to treat acne.
With these basic guideposts, it doesn’t seem that hard working on perfecting your look, don’t you think? As long as you are dedicated, that is.

Peter is a lifestyle editor at Shlur magazine from UK. After graduating at Australian Institute of Creative Design he worked as a freelance fashion stylist around AUS and UK! Beside writing, he loves cooking exotic meals, making DIY cosmetics and to travel around tropical destinations. His future plans are in creating a business for beauty and style advising.

Hair Care Before & After Swimming~ Guest Post by Amy Mia Goldsmith

Swimming is healthy, it liberates from stress and makes you feel like it’s only you and the water, and nothing else. Knowing how much time I spend swimming, most women ask me how I manage to keep my hair so healthy and smooth. I have been swimming since I was four and I have always enjoyed spending my time swimming. In time, I needed to come up with an effective way to keep my hair healthy and beautiful after swimming. After spending years experimenting with numerous products and techniques, I’ve finally found the ones that I really like and I want to share some tips with you. So instead of restraining yourself from jumping into the pool, check out these tips and get into that water.

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Before swimming

What most women forget is that preparation for swimming is as important as aftercare. Some women dislike swimming because exposure to water and sun usually makes the hair brittle, dull and dry. I had the same problem until I tried out coconut and olive oil that nourishes and protects the hair, thus prevents it from drying and discoloring.

Another thing you should always keep in mind is that, when exposed to water, your hair acts like a huge sponge, it soaks up a lot of water. Believe it or not, this problem can be solved by a simple shower. So, all you need to do is to take a shower, wet your hair, and the clean water will prevent it from soaking up chlorine and other harmful chemicals.
Apart from applying olive or coconut oil to your hair, you also need to apply an effective conditioner or spray with a sunscreen that contains vitamins A, C and E. Believe me, I never leave home without one of those in my bag. While swimming, I make a break from time to time in order to apply a new protective layer to my hair.

Many women make the same mistake and avoid wearing swimming caps. What they don’t know is that these caps protect your skin and ears from numerous parasites that could cause terrible and painful inflammations, and they keep your hair healthy and untouched. When I was a child, I hated swimming caps, but my parents made me wear them. I must admit that, today, I’m very grateful they did so!

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After swimming

Keeping your hair beautiful after frequent exposure to the sun and water can be really tricky. That’s why you need to use adequate products that will nourish your hair and make it stay perfectly moisturized. When buying a shampoo or a conditioner, I usually pay special attention to its labels. For example, there are amazing products specially designed for “swimmers’ hair”. I usually prefer products that have both an immediate and long-run effect on my hair. When it comes to brushes, I am very satisfied with the Cloud Nine paddle and dressing brush. These brushes proved to be great for taming my long hair without breaking or split ends, and I wouldn’t change them for any other brush.

Apart from buying hair care products, I’ve also come up with some amazing alternative ways, using ingredients from my kitchen cabinet. One of the most effective DIY products I’ve tried out is made out of a pack of honey, peeled and mashed avocado and an egg yolk. All you have to do is to apply the substance onto your scalp, wrap your hair in a warm towel and leave it for 15 minutes.

What I would also like to recommend to all women is to have their hair cut in the end of the swimming season. No matter how much you nourish it, after being exposed to the sun and numerous chemicals from the water, your hair will definitely be brittle and dry.


All in all, keeping your hair healthy and beautiful isn’t that complicated if you know how to do it properly. With these simple, yet effective tips for taking care of your hair before and after swimming, you will finally be able to enjoy swimming and sunshine and will not have to worry about your hair
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 About the Author

Amy Mia Goldsmith is an Aussie who loves to read and has been writing novels and short stories as long as she can remember. She is also a passionate swimmer and loves to water ski. She is currently studying and working in a bookstore. Her passion is beauty and makeup and she loves to spend her free time reading reviews and of course – make up shopping!
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Vitamins and Healthy Hair ~ Guest Post

The Vitamin way to healthy hair

Our hair, an essential part of our body also needs nourishment for growth and build. Sometimes, in the rush to take care of the body, we forget that our hair needs care too. Just like our body, it needs the right kind of diet, nutrients, products, etc. One of the most important nutrients for your hair is vitamin. Here’s a list of Vitamin C and others which are essential for healthy hair.

Vitamin C

This is the most vital vitamin that your hair needs. Your body uses vitamin C to make collagen which in turn is vital in enhancing growth of your hair. It also helps in breaking down iron which in turn is another component of hair. However, since your bodies cannot manufacture Vitamin C on its own, you must eat and drink foods which have a high amount of the vitamin. These would include citrus fruits, bell peppers, broccoli, cantaloupes, spinach, etc. These have a high concentration of Vitamin C. Adults should ideally have between 75 to 90 mg o Vitamin C a day, as recommended by government standards.

Vitamin A

After Vitamin C, the next big vitamin on the list is Vitamin A. It also has a lot to contribute to the building and growth of hair. Firstly, it has antioxidants that help in conditioning and moisturising the sebum on your scalp. This vitamin also helps in fighting things like pollution which damage and weaken your hair. Taking Vitamin C will make your hair feel lighter and will give it better volume. Lastly, it helps in strengthening your hair quality so that breakage will be reduced.

You can increase your vitamin C intake through leafy green vegetables and some citrus fruits. You can even take pills. You can even buy affordable salon equipment like shampoos which are enriched with vitamin C.

Vitamin B Complex

Vitamin B complex means it contains a mixture of all the vitamin B groupings that are available. This would include B6, biotin and B12. This vitamin helps to reduce hair loss, a major cause for worry for everybody. Also, it slows down the process of graying, so less gray hair. Vitamin B enhances growth of hair, which is good news for all those looking to sport long hair. It also adds to the shine. Vitamin B complex capsules are available all over the market.

One added benefit of taking Vitamin B complex is the fact that you are also getting a healthy dose of folic acid. There are a few reasons why folic acid is important, especially for those with curly hair. It helps to sow down the graying process, thus leading to less gray hair. Secondly, it makes your hair thicker, since it enhances hair growth. Folic acid also helps to make your hair shinier than usual. One last important fact about folic acid is that it helps in adding moisture to your hair. This means less drying and less breakage. Folic acid can be found in wholegrain bread and cereals too.

Vitamin E

While Vitamin E is mostly known to help with soft skin, it also helps in enhancing blood circulation which in turn leads to a healthier scalp. A healthy scalp will mean softer hair. For those with curly hair, you will notice less frizz and more curl. The amount of split ends will reduce too as your hair becomes healthier. While you can buy professional affordable salon equipment like specialised shampoos with Vitamin E, eating nuts, spinach and tomatoes will also give you amounts of Vitamin E.

 

About the author

Pete Campbell is a Content Marketing Consultant for some of the UK’s largest brands, and works for Cool Blades who offer affordable salon equipment & beauty salon supplies.

Downstairs Dip Dye by Emma McCarthy…

Nikki found this funny article in the London Evening Standard that I thought I should share with you…Written by Emma McCarthy.

‘London is no stranger to a dip-dye. Ever since Bleach first opened its doors in east London, Dalston’s natural exhibitionists have been handing over their barnets in exchange for the salon’s full rainbow-hued treatment.

After two-and-a-half years of booming Technicolor trade, we thought we’d seen it all. But it appears that “seen” may be the operative word, because Bleach’s latest endeavour is to take its famous dyes south — and I don’t mean of the river.

Say hello to the Downstairs Dye — yes, Bleach’s famous dip-dye is now available for your nether regions.

“It’s all about matching your downstairs to your upstairs — and is really fun,” says Bleach founder Alex Brownsell. “It’s a more interesting way to accessorise your wax.”

Available at the salon’s newly opened haven for all things body hair, the Beauty and the Bleach grooming rooms will pretty up your private parts in any shade you wish for £40. But of course — for reasons I’m sure I don’t need to explain — the bleaching process has been approached with the utmost sensitivity.

“We’re extremely careful to mix the bleach in a certain way using the correct ingredients so as not to cause any irritation,” explains Chelsea Saunders, a specialist in advanced intimate treatments who was chosen to spearhead the new services. “We also apply a skin protector as a barrier so the bleach doesn’t touch the skin, and application time never exceeds 15 minutes. After bleaching, the colours we use are vegetable dyes, so are much more natural than the regular tints for the hair on your head.” As well as the matching collar and cuffs treatment, Saunders has also created a full menu of creative waxing services alongside eyebrow and eyelash tinting.

Just like its more public predecessor, downstairs dyeing is already proving extremely popular. Ahead of her wedding this year, 27-year-old tattoo artist Holly had her heart-shaped pubic wax dyed blue for a quirky take on her “something new, something blue”, while east London hairstylist Nicole chose a pink-tinted heart just to “make [her] boyfriend laugh”.

“Simple shapes, like hearts, stars and triangles, are the most popular,” says Saunders, “while people seem to prefer hot pink and bold blue dyes. But I’ve also done rainbow dyes. Basically, anything you could have on your head can be done on pubic hair.” Her most outlandish request? “I’ve had clients ask for leopard print — which can be done, as long as there’s sufficient hair.” Wild.’