Tips for blow drying your hair

Ladies – are you blow drying your hair too much? Do you know how much is “too much”? Well neither do we.  However,  have you thought about air drying your hair occasionally, or not washing your hair so often? Below are some tips and great suggestions we found online about what you can do to avoid hair loss by damaging your hair when using a blow dryer.  Don’t forget to click on the links provided to get further details.

As far as blow dryer heat goes don’t use the high heat setting except in the beginning when hair is still very wet, once hair starts to feel mostly dry it’s time to turn down the heat.

 If you start to smell hairs burning it’s time to use the cold shot if you have one to cool it. Once hair is damaged from burning or any other way it is permanent.

The only way to really get rid of damaged hair is to cut it off, which you will in time.

 If you curl your hair with hot rollers or curling irons you can go old school every now and then and use regular rollers and rags like they used to before all of these hairstyling tools were invented.

 One last way to help prevent blow dryer damage is to use hair protectants. There are many on the market these days designed specifically to apply to hair before blow drying for this purpose.
via http://www.infobarrel.com/Does_a_Blow_Dryer_Damage_Hair#ixzz1rEEMzJ00

Read more:  http://www.thehairstyler.com/features/articles/hairstyles/blow-drying-hair-tips-how-to-get-a-style-that-lasts

I hope this is helpful

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Gabby: Golden Beauty!

BEAUTY– how it gets defined is always intriguing . I once read a story about a person who had no teeth. The person sharing the story reported she had never seen such a beautiful human being.  The beauty she said was in the happiness of his eyes  and smile.  It was in his demeanor. Everyone who was lucky enough to be in this person’s presence felt mesmerized by the beauty this person radiated.  No teeth. And beautiful nevertheless.

How many of you were fortunate enough to see  the young, and beautiful African-American woman Gabrielle (Gabby) Douglas perform in the Gymnastics competitions? How many of you saw her fly through the air with sheer strength, precision, and grace?  Courage in its highest form.  This young woman took her body to the level of winning a GOLD medal! She is the first African-American woman to win the All Around in the history of the Olympic games.

Well, if you were one of the many focusing on Gabby’s hairdo, I’m afraid you missed the show…and you missed history in the making.

At HairBlues we were astounded by the conversation that evolved during Gabby’s Olympic performances. We considered that those who were discussing Gabby ‘s hairdo had possibly missed the show. That is the only way we could explain this mind-boggling occurrence!

 True Beauty ♦ Excellence

 

The show Gabrielle Douglas gave the world was singular in its accomplishment.  That’s how she earned the Gold Medal for the United States. She is the best in the world, folks, in her Olympic category  the All-Around.

As the saying goes “let’s  not get it twisted”. How many feats can you do (or anyone you know) flying through the air – and keep your hairdo in place at the same time?

We at HairBlues Congratulate Gabrielle Douglas –  an Olympic Golden Beauty. Let’s focus on the importance of that accomplishment! Hairdos come, go, and change.

Olympic History is forever! Let’s be proud that an African-American woman has made history as an American unforgettable, and girls around the world have a beautiful new image to emulate!

Let’s keep a Beautiful Focus !

Disguising Your True Beauty

How many disguises have you created since you learned that you would be counted among the innumerable women undergoing hair loss? HairBlues has written about it before, and although hair loss by itself is not a life threatening process, it does indeed bring high concern, and anxiety to many.  The stories at the Women’s Hair Loss Project blog brings us further understanding of what it can be like to find yourself in this predicament. At the same time, there are also uplifting stories from women who have managed to get married, have productive lives, and moved on with this challenge in hand.  We hope you will too.

At HairBlues we feel compassion for those many women who have not found their comfort level yet.  We can only hope they discover that with, or without, their disguises in reality their true beauty is within them.  Surely, others really looking for true beauty will find it in them too.

The American Hair Loss Association has given some guidelines for attacking hair loss proactively.  Make sure to visit the blog when the opportunity is right for you.

Oral Contraceptives are a common cause of hair loss for many women today. Women who use oral contraceptives need to be sure they are taking a low androgen index pill. Read More…via American Hair Loss Association – Womens Hair Loss.

 Women are in a “Catch-22” position when it comes to drug treatments for androgenetic alopecia. While many drugs may work to some degree for some women, doctors are reluctant to prescribe them, and drug companies aren’t exactly falling over themselves to test existing or new drugs specifically for their ability to prevent and treat female pattern baldness. via American Hair Loss Association – Women’s Hair Loss / Treatment.

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I hope this is helpful !

Working Your Look with Wigs!

Some women are so creative when it comes to re-inventing their look.  It’s magical when they put on a wig and enter a room, exuding confidence.  No fear of being different; no fear of being in the room. Rather they work the room!  Poise! Beauty from within!   Be one of these women too with a lace type wig!  Below are descriptions of the various kinds of lace wigs and what some people think about them.

What Are Lace Wigs?

  • A Lace front wig is a wig that looks like the hair is growing out of your head.
  •  A full lace wig is one that can be parted anywhere on the head and the hair looks like it’s growing out of your scalp.
  • A lace wig is a mesh base cap wig , the mesh will have the same skin tone as your skin and when applied against your skin it will disappear. It is undetectable and the only true system where you can have an exposed hair line.
  •  A full lace wig cannot be parted anywhere unless (it) is freestyle. There is other materials such as mono o poly that also looks as if the hair is growing out of your head. via What is a lace front wig.

♣  For more information on why women like lace wigs  and where to find them click the link:  Nowadays, more and more women like to wear cheap lace front wigs to make them different. …Lace front wigs can help…. via The Reasons Why Women Like Lace Front Wigs? | Latest Lace Wigs Trends and News at Wighomes.com.

♣ And don’t forget to check out the Women’s Hair Loss Project to see what they have to say about wigs: I think what  is pretty fantastic about Milano wigs is their partline, sharp and distinct, they look amazingly real.via Search: lace front wigs | Women’s Hair Loss Project.

I hope this is helpful !

Challenging Ageism & Ego: A Perspective

Beauty.

When I find myself obsessing about hair loss, I remember that as we age, we are challenged in the process, and by the process itself.  Losing one’s hair is one of several challenges.  But, let’s concede that hair loss, on its own, is not a life threatening challenge.  Cancer.  Heart Disease, Diabetes.  The need for Bone Marrow. Mastectomy.  These are just a few challenges that can intrude into one’s life.  I would bet that you never thought of hair loss in a positive way!

Well, today think again. Step up to the challenge to move forward by thinking in a  positive way.  See  yourself differently.  Reinvent.  Be grateful that all you have to do is make a beauty change. Or, think of yourself as  a beauty change.

Let’s get busy being grateful!

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ReCreating Your Look . . .

Occasionally you may want to ‘recreate your look.  Weaves give you a way to change your ‘outward personality‘, and maybe, the attitude that goes with it! 🙂 In addition, weaves  give you an opportunity to take care of your ‘natural hair’ when it needs some time to repair or refresh from the experiments  you put it through.  🙂

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  HairBlues tries to find the best solutions and suggestions at the various websites, which cover the topics featured on this page.   Check out the tips found for protecting your hair underneath your weave. There were any number of  sites that provided many and fascinating suggestions on what to do during this beauty transition period.  Some of the suggestions I liked are listed below.  As always, for the detailed information provided by each site, click on the link at the end of each topic.

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Del Sandeen  Black Hair Guide had four (4) main suggestions:

(1) Shampoo and Condition, (2) Apply Oils to Your Scalp, (3) Don’t Neglect the Weave (4) Remove it After Six to Eight Weeks.

Read the details why at this link – Take Care of Your Hair Under the Weave.

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Taking Care of Your Hair: Weave Edition

Ladies, we all view our hair as precious. But if you’ve noticed that your hair is damaged, you have two options. 1. To cut it or 2. To save it. A lot of ladies are able to save the damaged hair through weaves or wigs, but remember if you choose this option you MUST take care of your hair underneath it all. via Hair De La Crème: Taking Care of Your Hair: Weave Edition.

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I hope this is helpful 🙂

Using Vinegar for Healthy Locks

Like the Seasons… … … … … We Change

Each of us is having a personal experience with our Locks. At times it’s exasperating, let alone, scary. 😦   For those of you struggling to handle your hair loss, I urge you not to give up. Use this as a time of beauty exploration. Treat yourself to a new look. Experiment. Use a new shampoo, or new hair gel, or new hair comb :).  Change is good!  We are the seasons of the universe.  That’s a beautiful thing.

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How many of you knew that Vinegar can be used to help you with various hair issues?  Do you know that Vinegar has been used to treat hair loss? Below are some of the things I learned about Vinegar use for your hair and what it can do:

  • Restore shine
  • Clean and improve scalp health
  • Reduce dandruff

Check out for yourself what I found at other websites, and what they had to say about Vinegar. Just click on the link at the end of the summary.

Mix up other natural beauty products with vinegar for healthy hair. Use 1 ounce of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 egg for your next shampoo. Put the ingredients in the blender and then use as a shampoo. Rinse it with a complimentary mixture made from herbs and vinegar. Use 1/4 cup fresh lavender (or other herb you favor) with a quart of boiling water poured over it. When the mixture cools, strain out the lavender and add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Use a cup as a final rinse. Store it in the refrigerator in a closed container.via Is Vinegar Good for Your Hair? | eHow.com.

Vinegar for Hair

Most naturalistas are well versed in the benefits of ACV on natural hair, but if you’re not – allow me to fill you in. Vinegar is a great clarifier, and it makes for clean, shiny hair. This simple recipe from Natural Review lets you know what to do, and this vintage BGLH post breaks down exactly why. I usually just rinse my hair at the end with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (Braggs is a popular brand for that), and also using vinegar on my scalp once a month has helped me deal with flakes in the past.via The Beauty Benefits of Vinegar for Hair and Skin | Afrobella.

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HairBlues  Suggestion:

If you don’t want to mix up a potion all on your own, below is a link to an already prepared product I used. The directions were easy to follow. It left my scalp feeling refreshed, and my hair squeaky clean.  The instructions on the bottle recommend that you use it twice a month.  If you have concerns that your hair will smell like vinegar after giving yourself a treatment,  use a nice smelling conditioner of your choice. 🙂

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Our organic apple cider vinegar rinse slows hair loss and promotes new growth by dissolving excess DHT, unblocking hair follicles and stimulating scalp circulation. The acids and enzymes in this treatment may kill the pathogens associated with Alopecia hair loss. via Natural Herbal Hair Rinse for Hair Loss Remedy,Vinegar Hair Loss.

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I hope this is helpful.  🙂


Un-Lock Your Look with Simply Beautiful Heads

 

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I am truly mystified about how it came to be that men who are bald are considered attractive, powerful, virile, etc.   I wondered as I was about to post this week’s suggestions on caring for heads that are bald, whether bald women are considered to be  attractive by the same population who think bald men are attractive.

When I see women who have decided to ‘Un-Lock’  their look by being bald, what comes across to me is that beauty comes in various styles.

This post is for those women who have decided to ‘Un-Lock your look’ by simply going bald & beautiful with shaved heads. I wanted to share with you some of the tips I found that may help you when caring for your ‘Lock-less‘  look.  Make sure to click the link at the end to get a full description on bald head care.

Bald Head Care Tips

Protecting Your Scalp

Your scalp is a part of your skin, but just many times more sensitive. Why? If you are shaving your head for the first time, then it’s the first time your scalp will have to face with pollutants and UV rays that your hair used to block off. It will also dry and burn faster compare to your face because your scalp is not used to our harsh environments. So the best way is to moisturize it.

Use a moisturizer daily that can help protect your shaved head from dryness. There is no specific moisturizer but get one that does not contain alcohol. You can use the same moisturizer that you use for your face.

Block It

One of the most harmful elements to your scalp is UV rays exposure, which can damage your delicate scalp. Considering that your scalp will be the most exposed part to UV rays, getting a good sunscreen is essential.

I hope this is helpful.  See you at the next Post 🙂

Word: An open reply to a comment or two


I want to take a  moment to speak about the focus of HairBlues. Some of you may not  have had the opportunity to read the About page, so what better place than right up front to take a moment and respond to your opinion.

HairBlues is fortunate to receive comments from its visitors, some even complimentary – and I want to openly say ” Thank You!” 🙂

When you visit the Blog you will  learn that it’s a friendly page, designed to make you feel relaxed, and less stressed by the current condition of your hair: thinning, balding maybe, or just generally perplexed by the very uncomfortable feeling that you cannot control what is happening to your locks.

When I discovered that something was “eating my locks” I had NO clue what to do. I pretty much “wished” it would go away, all on its own. This I came to learn is what many women feel at the first sign of hair thinning, or hair loss – all the while continuing to lose hair.

HairBlues believes women come in all sorts of beautiful variations, and so, we will share our  various reflections to give you ideas for coming to accept the change you’re experiencing with your hair –  whatever that may be.

That’s pretty much it in a nutshell. No miracles. No claims of  knowing the best medications, or other remedies. We are not doctors. We are not offering medical advice,  just honest opinions, and pointers to places that may have answers for you..  We do the on-line “legwork” … then we share what we’ve found with you.

If you come here often, I assure you there will always be food for thought and something interesting to read and learn where your haircare needs are concerned.

We hope you will visit frequently. HairBlues is a “Help Blog”.  Stay tuned 🙂

Hair Tip: Peppermint for Volume

I love peppermint tea, candy, and the smell can also be calming to help you de-stress.  Here’s a piece of information that  I found at a great site that has lots of tips for hair, among other things.

Peppermint

If you want to achieve volume with lift at the roots, opt for a volumizing shampoo that contains peppermint, recommends Daily Beauty, a blog produced by NewBeauty magazine. Because peppermint has a stimulating effect on your scalp, it makes your hair follicles stick straight up, creating volume. via Volumizing Shampoo Ingredients | LIVESTRONG.COM.

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