Monday, October 28, 2013

Pieces of Perfection

Is your client unimpressed with her natural locks? No problem. Today's refined hairpieces make instant transformation possible.

Pieces of Perfection P1It used to be that if one was born with thin tresses or chopped off her waist-length mane in a precipitous post-breakup fit of self-assertion, options were limited to cursing genetics or praying for miraculous overnight growth. But recent hair extension innovations have changed the game, making It possible for every pixie to boast flowing Lady Godiva locks (witness BeyoncĂ©’s recent head-turning transformation from shorn waif to bobbed beauty). "Clients young as 20 and old as 80 are in on the craze, along with cancer survivors and those suffering medical-related stress loss," says Vikki Parman, CEO of Oi Biase Hair USA. Agrees Ultratress Top Business Development Executive Rhonda McCarthy, "Most women can benefit from extensions-whether their hair is thinning or they simply want added length and volume." Extensions provide instant fullness, yet not all are created equal. Adhesion methods differ, as do the hair types used.

Remy hair is collected from a single human source. Ponytails are cut precisely to keep the hair filaments running in a uniform direction. This looks natural, feels silky and prevents breakage. Most Remy products are acquired in India. "European hair is overly fragile, while Chinese offerings are too thick, making both unfit for the special applications required," explains Stephanie Veissier, Co-Owner of So.Cap, Original USA Hair Extensions. Non-Remy hair, on the other hand, comes from multiple donors. Ergo the roots don't align, so it's treated in a hydrochloric acid bath to strip away cuticles-and, consequently, moisture. This results in brittle bristles prone to tangling. Other options exist, too. Technological advancements have improved the quality of synthetic fibers, making them lightweight and durable, so products such as International Hair Goods' Micro Point Solutions are perfect for those suffering from hair thinning and loss.

Once devised, hairpieces can be fastened via various techniques. Strand-by-strand bonding is the most labor-intensive process {prep for up to three hours in a stylist's chair), and thus the priciest. But such extensions last four to six months, depending on the rate of natural hair growth. And-when done right-they're virtually undetectable. Warm fusion bonding uses pliers to heat the keratin in each faux lock and attach it to small scalp sections. Nearly identical is cold fusion bonding, which employs ultrasonic waves to form the keratin connection.

Weft extensions are both cost-friendlier and quicker to apply, wherein a track several inches long is secured one row at a time, rather than strand by strand. "Application can take five minutes for several samples and less than an hour to complete the full head," marvels Nikki Hamilton, Platinum Seamless Sales and Marketing Director. Wefts sewn into braided cornrows were once popular, but these days, polyurethane tape is often employed, as it binds snugly. "Clients further love this system because it eliminates the risk of burning occasionally associated with bonding," says Okyo Sthair, Sales Director at Simplicity Hair Extensions. The cons? Weft extensions are more visible to the human eye, and allergic glue reactions have been reported. Snap-on pieces require the least commitment and can lend lustrous thickness to any waning mane in seconds. "Our four-clip system functions like a barrette set," says Top Secret Haircessory CEO Denise Rossouw, who explains that these prodUCts allow women to dramatically change up their styles in mere moments. "In less than a minute, your client can look like a different person!" Different in design yet equally simple to employ is the Halo Couture custom-fit microfilament wire that snuggles atop heads. Each boasts more than 100 grams of Remy hair, yet weighs only 3.5 ounces. "If you can wear a bra, you can wear our heavenly extension," laughs Founder Tina Owens. Fine-fibered ladies may find fault with clip-ins, as they tend to peek through natural hair, but teasing 'dos both above and below the clip or wire will provide needed coverage. Finally, for those who crave maximum concealment, Gemtress is a viable option, "Our wigs are synonymous with comfort and style," shares McCarthy, who is also part of the Gemtress team. "Each product requires a special certification for dealing with medical hair-loss clients." Proving that, regardless of need, there exists a perfect hairpiece for every individual. - By FRANCESCA MOISIN


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Monday, January 28, 2013

Keratin – Miraculous Care from the Inside Out

Beautiful Woman Portrait. Long Brown Hair

Some, but not all people are blessed with a full head of healthy hair. We want to help if you wish for stronger, healthier hair. Your best ally in achieving healthy manageable hair is the hair building block keratin. While you may have heard about keratin quite often, the role of keratin in hair care may not be quite as familiar. Stay tuned to pick up some essentials on keratin and its miraculous effects in hair care

90 % of every hair consists of keratin and (dependent on the moisture in the environment) 5 – 10 % are water; minor hair constituents are lipids (fat), pigments, and minerals. Keratin is a fibrous protein, which gives strength and elasticity to the inner and outer hair structure. The keratin protein consists of long peptide chains, which form strong filaments. The composition of the peptide chains determines the structure of individual filaments. Hair filaments may turn around their long axis, bend or even fold.

Intact keratin is not only elastic but also insoluble in water. Keratin is able to tolerate extreme temperatures both on the high and low side. Thanks to keratin, hair is built to withstand (or at least tolerate for a while) the hot rays of the summer sun and bitter winter cold as well as the heat of styling aids like curling irons, flat irons, hot curlers and other heated tools.

Hair with sufficient intact keratin is well equipped to withstand the onslaught of environmental stressors. Still, persistent exposure to stress will finally do some damage to the long strings of keratin, which are responsible for keeping the shape of every hair intact. Once keratin is broken down into small enough strings, it becomes water soluble and will be washed away.

Keratin Strengthens Hair

If your hair is damaged or if you want to straighten and strengthen your hair or make it more resilient to stress, there is no reason not to enjoy the advantages of one of the many hair care and styling products with keratin.

Keratin is added as intensely potent ingredient to hair care products because it strengthens hair by improving the hair structure from the inside out. As a result, your hair will regain its healthy natural structure. Keratin fills gaps and breaks in the hair shaft to make hair suppler, shinier and easier to style.

By the way, keratin does have its place as ingredient not only in hair care products but also in styling aids like mousse and hairsprays. All these products may contain liquid forms of keratin as ingredients, which are identical to the natural keratin in human hair. Keratin-containing hair care products provide hair with optimal protection against moisture loss. You will also enjoy the ease of achieving excellent styling results. 

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Winter Hair Cosmetics – Wellness all Around

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First we huddle indoors in dry heated air and then suddenly, we weather bone-chilling temperatures and icy winds. Winter can be hard on skin and hair. Both need extra care when old man winter comes knocking. Why not treat yourself and your hair to a wellness day? How about a hair spa day? All you need is a little time and the right cosmetics to bring back the natural beauty not only of your hair. There are also a few clever tricks we like to tell you about

  • Hair endures quite a bit of rough treatment in the cold season. It is exposed to heated indoor air for hours and then suddenly has to cope with icy temperatures outside. Hair also does not at all take well to scratchy woollen hats. Pampering stressed winter hair starts with shampoo combined with hair cosmetics and a quick relaxing Shiatsu massage. Simply shampoo your hair as usual, rinse it well and apply a conditioner. Now put the palms of your hands and your interlaced fingers on top of your head and gently push your scalp toward the front, back and either side. Finally, put the tips of all ten fingers on top of your head and apply slight pressure. Then rinse out the conditioner and enjoy the invigorating effect of the massage. Your scalp is going to feel relaxed and so will you!

  • Hair Cosmetics: Power for Wimpy Hair

    Cold wind, dry indoor air and heavy hoods can leave hair in a pitiful state. Lifeless and without natural bounce it is the very image of distress. It is not easy to whip winter hair into shape unless you use some rich care cosmetics to infuse your hair with new life. Conditioners, hair treatments, and intensive conditioning masks turn your hair from limp and shapeless to beautiful and bouncy. If your winter hair needs intensive care conditioners with valuable lipids like Argan, Macadamia, apricot kernel and Jojoba oil are the right prescription. In the cold season, hair needs such a mixture of fat and moisture at least once a week. Remember to apply the nourishing hair cosmetics only where they are needed. Otherwise, you hair could start to look a bit bedraggled especially near the roots.

  • Hair Cosmetics: All is Well that Ends Well!

    Upturned collars, thick mufflers and turtle neck sweaters can roughen up the ends of the hair. However, the right kind of hair cosmetics quickly mend split ends. Split end fluid contains silicone oil, which coats the hair ends with a very thin film and holds the split ends together. In an instant, the hair ends look healthier and much less shaggy. One or two drops of split end fluid are usually enough to mend all split ends. If you use too much of the silicone oil your hair may start looking drenched and heavy with conditioners. Apply the split end fluid by rubbing one or two drops between the tips of your fingers. Then use your fingers to work the split end fluid only into the towel-dry hair ends. If needed work another drop of split end fluid into the ends of your hair after blow-drying.

  • Hair Cosmetics: Tricks to Ground Fly-Away Hair

    Hair reacts in special ways to dry indoor air and icy outdoor weather. The result is often fly-away hair.  Your hair is going to look tousled and overall unruly if you allow your wet hair to dry while it is in disarray. This can be easily prevented through the use of conditioners or leave-in moisturising sprays with Shea butter, glycerol, panthenol or silk proteins. Aside from making good use of these conditioners, using the right styling tools also keeps your hair from lifting off. Using an ionic hair dryer reduces static electricity and leaves your hair much more amenable to styling. A gold-plated hair brush also prevents the build-up of static electricity and therefore keeps the hair from standing on end. When coming in from the cold wait a while before combing or brushing your hair in the dry air of a heated room. Keep a little hair oil at hand. It is a good weapon against fly-away hair. A trace of oil can magically turn stressed fly-away tousles into supple, shiny hair.

  • Hair Cosmetics: Standing Power for Clinging Hair

    Hats are fun and they are trendy right now. However, they can ruin a hair style. The hair just keeps clinging to the scalp after taking off the hat. Start preventive measures against this hat effect by selecting shampoos and conditioners, which are made for fine hair.  These hair care series contain nourishing collagen and special hair components like keratin. Use a silicone-free formula, which will not weigh you hair down and will not cause it to cling even more to your scalp. Hair cosmetics such as styling mousse or sprays provide your hair with long-lasting bounce. Styling mousse or sprays strengthen and invigorate individual hairs and therefore add volume to your hair. It is important to apply these products only near the roots where they are needed not to the ends.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

How to Make Hair Grow Longer

Model 66As I am sure you have heard, if you cut your hair frequently your hair will grow in faster, longer, and healthier.

Gobbledygook! This myth came from the observation of men’s facial hair. As they shaved, the facial hair would indeed grow in thicker. Its called, ‘puberty.’

This is because certain male hormones affect facial hair in that manner. They do not affect the hair on the head in the same way.

To the contrary. Male hormonal activity is what leads to hair thinning and loss on certain parts of the head, but not all. Hence the familiar balding pattern known as ‘male pattern baldness.’ This same hormonal activity also affects women, but not until much later in life, and in a different pattern.

Cutting your hair only makes it shorter, does not affect the growth rate one iota, and cannot determine the length that your hair will grow to. Maximum hair length is determined by the shape and width of the hair shaft, and that is determined genetically and is not alterable with current technology.

Lastly, hair is neither healthy or unhealthy. It is in fact, dead. Else, it would really hurt to cut it. It is the health of the hair follicle below the outer skin that requires nutrients for good health, and deminished adverse hormonal activity.

So, unless you have split ends or chemically damaged hair, the only need to cut your hair is for the look that you want.

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