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.

Microblading

I first heard about this when one of my clients decided to go to New York to try this new technique called Microblading for sparse and thin eyebrows. Its a technique that creates more natural looking brows rather than the old type of tattooed brows that look blocky and faded.

A form of tattoo whereby the operator will use a special microblading pen (looks like an exacto knife to me) to draw individual strokes of hair to either fill, define, cover gaps or totally reconstruct to whatever shape is desired, ink is then added onto the lines to make it permanent. Here’s a picture taken from the popsugar.co.uk  to show you the look of the brows.

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Meanwhile I came across this article from the Revelist that shows that microblading has gone one step further to use on hairlines to fill in receding areas, this could be a game changer for all the ladies who are losing their hairlines either with age or pregnancy. Read the full story and more examples following the  link below…

http://www.revelist.com/beauty-news-/hairline-microblading/6938

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My new PLUMP Volumizer is ready!

After a year of working with my favorite lab people, I’m happy to announce that my PLUMP volumizer is now finished and ready to go!

I knew what I wanted in a volumizer and after only 2 changes this time I got what I wanted.

Plump is a very light weight volumizer that gives fine to medium hair lots of ‘airy’ body in the hair. You can actually feel the difference and feel the fullness in the hair. The good thing about Plump is if you also spray it through to the ends, rather than just concentrating on the roots only, it allows the ends to achieve a rounder wave that holds the ends in a fuller bend. Chuffed with this one, Love it and so are my clients!

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Plump is currently available from dekkosalon.com and right here in the SHOP page, unfortunately Plump is not yet available for International shipping, but are working on it.

Dekko’s Daily Grind ~ Waves

Jeanette came in with a one length bob and we decided it was time for a change and to take it short. Hair was cut using the razor, the back and one side were taken quite short while keeping the length and weight on the other. Her natural movement just automatically fell into finger waves so we just encouraged them by pushing them in and using Davines strong hold cream gel to keep them in place. Thanks to Jeanette x

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#Davines #fingerwaves #shorthaircuts #jujuchan #dekkosalon

My article in MHD’s new blog!!

Thank You to MHDProductions (MyHairdressers.com) for featuring my article about scissor cutting versus razor cutting as one of their articles on their brand new blog. Myhairdressers.com was founded in 2007 and specializes in online training taught by England’s top names in hairdressing.  MHD has since attracted numerous international hairdressers to help support and nurture talents around the world, and now  I am honored to have worked with them by writing hairdressing articles for them since they started.

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.

Ryojiimaizumi ~ Instagram hair genius!

Twinkie Chan got me to check out this cute and very creative video by Hair art design and head piece creator Ryoji Imaizumi from Tokyo, So fun I had to share with you all… Enjoy!