Healthy-hair

Detangling Hair Products For Kids and Adults

Do you find that your hair gets so many knots and tangles, especially during the summer? Rather than pulling it all apart and causing extra split ends, why not try a few of our favourite detangling products below. They are suitable for both adults and kids, plus they won’t cause damage to the hair follicle.

RELATED: Tips And Tricks For Thinning Hair

Joico Daily Care Leave-In Detangler, $14.99

Spritz your hair with this lightweight detangler which protects hair from the elements, tackles those nasty tangles and leaves hair feeling soft and smooth.

Detangling Products For Kids and Adults

Kerastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique, $29

Treat your hair to this luxury leave-in treatment which acts as a hair detangler and a thermo-protecting cream. Apply onto towel-dried hair and let it sink into the hair follicle before styling.

Detangling Products For Kids and Adults

Paul Mitchell Lite Detangler, $11

If your hair is prone to the occasional tangle, use this lightweight mist to carefully smooth out the hair without weighing it down. Spritz onto damp ends, then carefully comb it out to avoid tearing the hair follicle.

Detangling Products For Kids and Adults

Not Your Mother’s Knotty To Nice Conditioning Detangler, $6.20

Do your kids suffer from constant knots and tangles on a day-to-day basis? This child-friendly detangler is packed with a sweet conditioning formula which separates those sticky locks without causing long-term damage.

Detangling Products For Kids and Adults

What are some of your detangling tips?

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June 17, 2015

4 Tips For Healthy Hair

Thick, long hair isn’t always due to genetics as some might suggest. Eating correctly and receiving the necessary vitamins and nutrients from food can help achieve healthy hair before you know it. If you aren’t getting these nutrients from food, supplements are also available to help in this battle for long locks.

Don’t overtreat it

How often do you wash your hair? There is always a great debate over how many times a week women should wash their hair. Washing too often could lead to scalp problems and drying which are a terror to deal with. Only wash your hair when it needs it, and be sure to alternate shampoo’s since hair does get immune to the formula. Regularly let your hair air dry, and limit the use of straightening or curling products since this does damage hair.

Food

Diet is a large factor which contributes to healthy hair, and an overall healthy wellbeing. Foods which are high in Silica help to renew hair by stopping breakage at it’s source. These include oats, rice, cucumbers, lettuce, potatoes, strawberries and avocados. Similarly, the key to eating the way to great hair is all about the vitamins that the body requires to keep those locks healthy. Iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Omega -3 are all imperative steps to luscious hair which can be found in easy to find foods such as meat, vegetables and fruits.

Oils

There are many hair oils on the market that promise to deliver shiny hair after just one application. The most popular include Moroccan Oil and Macadamia Oil, which if used in moderation can dramatically change the appearance of hair over time. Treatments like this should be used once a week, and applied at the ends of the hair. If used too much, hair does become dependant and could dry out if you choose to eventually stop using it.

Supplements

There are many hair, nail and skin supplements that can work wonders on improving hair growth and shine. Look for products that include Silica and Blood Orange which help to form healthy bone tissue and collagen. As we age, the amount of Silica in the body is not as easy to replace, and should be topped up by a supplement or eating foods with this nutrient.

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By Felicia Sapountzis

May 6, 2014

5 Superfoods For Healthy Hair

Last month, we looked at four foods that are damaging your hair, from sugar to sodium. Some readers expressed dismay over the hair sins they were committing without even realising.

If you’ve been unkind to your hair, relax. Just as unhealthy foods are bad for your hair, a balanced diet can do wonders for your locks.

Nutritionist and author of The Beauty Diet, Lisa Drayer, explains, “your hair reflects your nutritional status. Behind great hair is great nutrition. There are no hair products that can be applied on the outside that will make up for poor nutrition.”

Read on for five superfood groups that will kick start your hair recovery.

1. Omega 3-rich foods
As we uncovered in the four foods that are damaging your hair, deficiencies in your diet can be just as damaging as overindulgence. People who don’t consume enough foods that are rich in omega-3 may experience brittle hair and scalp conditions such as eczema.

Drayer warns, “Your body needs quality fats to grow hair, since about three percent of the shaft is made up of lipids.” Additionally, fats are used to build cell membranes in the scalp and to create the natural oil that keeps your hair from drying out.

Salmon is an excellent (and tasty) source of Omega 3. If salmon isn’t to your tastes, you can also boost your body’s essential fatty acid intake by eating other fish, such as mackerel or sardines. Other options include walnuts, pumpkin seeds and whole grains. Drayer also recommends flax or hemp seeds.

2. Iron-rich foods
An iron deficiency, sometimes seen in pregnant women or people with restricted diets (such as vegetarians or vegans), is a known contributor to hair loss and hair thinning.

Research by Wilma Bergfeld for the America Academy of Dermatology suggests that, even if anaemia is not the main cause of a person’s hair loss, having too little iron in the blood only makes matters worse.

A great iron-rich food is spinach. Spinach contains not only iron but also folate and Vitamin C, all of which encourage production of healthy scalp oils for hair growth.

If you don’t enjoy spinach, you can also find iron in other dark vegetables, such as kale, broccoli or bok choy.

We recommend oysters for pescetarians.

3. Vitamin C-rich foods

Drayer explains, “If you are not eating abundant amounts of vitamin C-rich foods every day, you may not have enough to take care of your lovely locks.”

Why is Vitamin C so important? Among other things, Vitamin C aids collagen product. Collagen isn’t only found under our skin, but it also surrounds your hair strands. As we age, the collagen breaks down. This process makes hair more prone to breakage.

Fortunately, there are plenty of delicious foods that can help you get your daily fill of vitamin C. Blueberries are a particularly rich source of vitamin C. Other options include oranges, strawberries, kiwi fruit and red peppers.

Consuming 250mg of vitamin C daily won’t just help you get beautiful hair – the increased collagen production will also fight signs of ageing, like wrinkles, on your skin.

4. Zinc-rich foods

Zinc is another essential mineral for strong, healthy hair. Drayer notes that, while many people have a zinc deficiency, “taking zinc supplements can throw off your body’s natural balance between zinc and copper.”

Why resort to supplements when you can eat your way to healthy zinc levels?

Drayer’s top 10 beauty foods lists oysters and yoghurt as excellent sources of zinc. Other foods that can help your boost your zinc intake include seafood, beef, lamb, eggs and nuts.

5. High fibre foods

While we may not often associate fibre with lustrous locks, Drayer explains, “some skin-care experts believe toxins contribute to scalp and hair problems.” Additionally, making sure you get enough fibre in your diet will prevent undigested food from lingering in your intestines and robbing your body and hair of precious nutrients.

You should aim to eat at least 20 to 25mg of fibre per day. Good sources of fibre include foods made from whole-grains, such as brown rice or bread. Raw vegetables, such as carrots, are another easy way to get fibre into your diet. Carrots have the added benefit of increasing your body’s production of Vitamin A, which is vital for a healthy scalp.

By including some of these five superfoods in your diet, you can easily combat hair loss and eat your way to silkier, stronger and more manageable hair.

What are your best tips for healthy hair?

Bethany Tyndall writes about beauty on her blog Beauty Junkie.

October 4, 2013

4 Foods That Are Damaging Your Hair

Are you eating your way to bad hair?

Most of us spend a lot of time thinking about how food impacts upon our bodies – but have you ever stopped to consider what your diet might be doing to your hair? It’s all right to treat yourself from time to time, but a consistently poor diet is a serious no-no for healthy hair!

Read on to discover the four food groups that might be damaging your hair…

1. Sugary foods

Jessica Wu, dermatologist to the stars and author of Feed Your Face explains, “just like sugar is bad for the skin…foods that are sugary are bad for your hair and nails.”

Over-indulging in your favourite sweet treats encourages your body to produce more insulin and increases the levels of the male hormone androgen in your system. Androgen then causes the hair follicles to shrink, which leads to hair thinning and hair loss.

To back this up, Nancy Appleton, author of Lick the Sugar Habit, says that excess sugar consumption can actually interfere with the body’s production of Vitamin E, a vitamin which plays a huge part in growing and maintaining healthy hair.

If you’re suffering from thinning hair, try cutting down your sugar intake.

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2. Salty foods

Unfortunately for us salt addicts, research by the Mayo Clinic suggests that even the delicious bag of crisps hidden away in the cupboard could have a negative impact on your quest for healthy, manageable hair.

An occasional treat won’t hurt, but you should aim to keep your sodium intake below 2,300 mg a day (1,500 mg for those 50 and over) to achieve strong hair and maintain a healthy body. If you regularly consume more than 2,300mg of sodium per day, you may find that your hair is prone to weakness, breakage and shedding.

Be aware that sodium isn’t just found in junk food, but also in breakfast spreads such as Vegemite, condiments (like soy sauce) and even in cheese.

3. High-glycaemic foods

Foods with a high glycaemic index are quickly broken down into glucose by the body. As with sugary foods, this process causes the body to increase levels of the hormone androgen. In turn, this hormone causes hair loss by narrowing your hair follicles and making it more difficult for them to absorb nutrients.

High-glycaemic foods are generally foods that are high in starch and refined sugars, such as cakes, breads, white rice, potatoes and fruit juices.

Fortunately, research suggests that a low-glycaemic diet can have the reverse effect and combat hair loss. Low-glycaemic foods includes oats, beans, legumes, vegetables and whole grains.

4. Low-protein diets

As our hair is literally made of protein, diets that restrict protein intake may cause hair to become dull, weak and prone to breakage. Protein deficiencies can also be responsible for puffiness around the eyes and brittle nails.

Jessica Wu explains that vegetarians or those with eating disorders are most at risk. Although meat is a good source of protein, there are many protein alternatives available, such as tofu, spinach and lentils.

If you’re suffering from dull hair or experiencing hair loss, the cause might just be your diet. Try not to over indulge in these four food groups that can damage your hair and you may see an improvement in your hair health. You might lose a sneaky inch off of your waist too!

What are your best tips for strong, healthy hair?

Bethany Tyndall writes makeup blog Beauty Junkie.

September 2, 2013

10 Hair Tips For Your Best Hair Ever

Having a bad hair day? How about a bad hair week? The good news is you don’t have to put up with average hair, and it doesn’t take an overpriced visit to the salon to get great hair. We’ve asked hairdressers and hair stylists for their hair care secrets and compiled our 10 best hair tips and tricks for your best hair ever.

1. Shampoo, shampoo, shampoo

Clean hair and scalp is your first step to having a healthy head of hair. Use a mild shampoo if you are shampooing your hair every day. The best way to wash your hair? Don’t rub it into your head roughly, piling your hair up on top of your head, instead, smooth it over the hair, using the fingers to massage it into the scalp gently. This way you get fewer tangles and less damage to the hair. Rinse well.

2. Invest in the best conditioner
Here’s a tip straight from hairdressers: if you’re going to spend money on hair care, spend it on a quality conditioner. Conditioners help your hair lock in the moisture and keep it soft and protected from environmental pollution. Conditioners with protein as an ingredient work best to repair split ends. Also, make sure you use a conditioner that’s suitable to your hair type.

3. Get a trim every 6-8 weeks
It’s important to trim your hair regularly, so get a haircut every 6-8 weeks. Not only will this stop the split ends from spoiling your crowning glory, hair cuts are a great way to give you a confidence boost.

4. Get a scalp massage
Feeling tired and stressed out? Get a scalp massage. Not only is it amazing for instant stress relief, it is also great for healthy hair, by increasing blood circulation and distributing essential oils to its roots. Don’t have time or budget to visit a hair salon? Then give yourself a massage, using light oils such as olive or coconut oil, and using only your fingertips. Leave the oil to penetrate for half an hour, and then shampoo your hair.

5. Homemade hair masks
Give yourself a luxurious beauty treatment with a DIY hair mask. Try these treatments for strong, healthy hair:

1. Beat 2 eggs with a little water. Massage into the hair and leave to rest for 15 minutes, then rinse with a mild shampoo.
2. Mix 1 egg with a few spoonfuls of yoghurt and smooth throughout the hair, then rinse with a mild shampoo. This is a great natural mask for curly hair, adding shine and strength to curls.
3. Combine a cup of full cream milk with few drops of honey and massage into the scalp and hair. Rinse with mild shampoo. This mask works wonders on dry hair.

6. Food for hair
Some foods are essential for healthy hair, including salmon for protein, Vitamin D and Omega-3 fatty acids, all of which will strengthen your hair roots; walnuts for biotin and vitamin E, which can prevent hair loss; oysters for zinc, which can also prevent hair loss; sweet potato for beta carotene, which helps in processing Vitamin A, which is essential for generating essential oils for the scalp; and eggs for protein and essential minerals such as zinc, selenium, sulphur, and iron, for healthy hair growth. Wish your short hair would grow faster? Eat more of these foods for faster growth.

7. Avoid too many chemicals
Too many chemicals on your hair, such as hair colour and styling products can leave your hair weak, dry and damaged. Look for organic and natural hair care products – especially products without parabens and SLS (sodium lauryl sulfates). If you want to add natural shine to your hair, rub a little coconut oil between your palms and smooth over your locks.

8. Protect your hair from damage
Our environment damages our hair more than you think. Think about the sun damage alone: we wouldn’t think of going out in the sun without SPF, but our hair and scalp get a roasting. Wear a hat, or channel Grace Kelly and tie a scarf around your hair to protect it against sun damage. Other seasonal damage includes wind damage and chlorine, so use hydrating conditioners and treat your hair to a weekly hair pack to repair the damage.

9. Go natural
Addicted to your hair straightener? Or maybe you wouldn’t leave home without a blow dry?  It might be time to ween yourself off your styling tools. The intense heat is very damaging to hair, stripping it of essential oils and leaving hair dry and brittle. Let your hair go natural, especially on weekends.

10. Treat dandruff with medicated shampoo
Dandruff is often the cause of hair woes, and should be treated with an anti-dandruff shampoo. Alternate between anti-dandruff and normal shampoo, and shampoo every day, to keep your scalp clean. Leave the shampoo on your scalp for five minutes and rinse off.

Tell us in the comments: what’s your best hair tip?

 

July 29, 2013

How to keep your Hair Healthy


Having beautiful, healthy hair is easy when you know how. Michelle Aldridge from shuum hair salon in Brisbane has some tips on how to treat your hair right!

Cleanliness is next to…

Don?t make the mistake of thinking you need to wash your hair everyday. Unless you sleep in an ashtray or wear tonnes of waxy styling products, there really is no need to wash your hair daily.

?Regular washing your hair strips it of essential sebum (hair?s natural moisturiser) and can leave it dry and brittle,? says Michelle.

Oils ain?t oils

If you have naturally oily hair Michelle advises to use a mild, pH-balanced shampoo when you wash. Rubbing the scalp vigorously when washing is another no-no, as this will stimulate the oil glands to produce more sebum that will result in lanky, oily-looking hair.

Banish bad hair

Did you know that not rinsing your hair thoroughly is biggest cause of the dreaded bad hair day? ?Try to rinse your hair for an extra couple of minutes after shampooing and conditioning,? says Michelle adding that excess shampoo and conditioner can ?counteracts styling products, leave your hair looking dull, limp and unmanageable.?

A load of hot hair

Blow drying your hair into shape may be a necessary evil, but there are steps you can take to ensure that you are not torturing your hair mercilessly. Michelle explains ?Overheating your hair makes it susceptible to breakage and strips it of shine.? Not exactly the look you were after?

?A better idea is to blow-dry hair until it?s 80% dry and then let it air dry, naturally. Alternatively use a leave-in conditioner or styling product that protects your hair from heat styling,? says Michelle. ?Also, hold the hair dryer at least 30 centimetres away from your hair.?

Clip go the shears

It?s no use washing, conditioning and caring for your hair if you?re walking around with a lot of scraggly old split ends. Maintaining healthy hair means getting a trim every 6 weeks. ?The tip of each hair can be 10 per cent weaker then the root, making it more vulnerable to breakage and split ends. Having the tips trimmed every 6 weeks helps to maintain the condition of your hair and its style.? And that?s what we all want!

Michelle Aldridge is the Creative Director of shuum in Brisbane. For questions about other common hair mistakes email her at shuum@powerup.com.au

February 4, 2003

Shiny Happy Hair!

It seems that the cutest dog in the world, the one and only Snoopy, is the new top dog in fashion. Ever since Snoopy’s creator Charles M. Schulz’s death in 2000, everyone?s favourite pooch and friends are regaining cult appeal. Snoopy collecting is fast becoming a fashionable habit. Fans of the fun-loving beagle are now busy trading on the Internet and scouring second-hand shops for anything from badges, stickers, key rings, t-shirts and posters. Japan is always a step ahead when it comes to the fashion stakes and they even have a chain of shops called Snoopytown, which is dedicated to all things Schulz.Hot products

Take time to look after your hands this winter with the latest products and tricks:

Crabtree & Evelyn?s groundbreaking ‘La Source’ hand cream actually exfoliates and moisturises your hands at the same time. You don?t believe us? The amazing thing is that this super-smart hand cream is designed to be rinsed off. Gasp gasp! No more butter fingers! Even after you have done the rinse, the shea butter and macadamia oil in it keeps your hands soft and super hydrated.

Crabtree & Evelyn stores nationally.We can?t get enough of Christian Dior?s nail transfers. What an easy way to achieve the new chic-punk look that swamped the overseas runways for Spring/Summer 2003. All you have to do is peel back the transfer and place it on your nail. Wet it with water and carefully press it down. The final touch? Add a layer of clear nail varnish to seal the ‘tattoo’. Not available just yet, but should be hitting our shores in time for the hotter months. For stockist enquiries contact Christian Dior Boutiques.

Nails get damaged in winter too. During the cooler months they really suffer, so keep them rehydrated with natural oils. The most effective is actually Vitamin E and rice bran. Vitamin E is available at selected pharmacies nationally and health food stores.

Tricks of the trade

Smother your hands in Elizabeth Arden ?Eight

Cream?. Grab a pair of old socks and leave your hands to soak in them overnight. You won?t believe how soft and supple your hands will look and feel in the morning. We recommend this to be a monthly treatment-does long-term wonders and creates soft, silky hands.Shiny Happy Hair!

We all know that healthy hair equals shiny hair and we all want it don?t we? So read on.

But remember, if you have stick straight hair you will already by half way there to getting great “shine”. However, the more curl or wave you have, the less your hair will shine. It’s all to do with the reflection of light and curly hair has an uneven surface so it doesn?t reflect light as easily as straight hair. You can however improve the level of shine by following a few of these tips:

  • Keep your hair healthy by using heated styling tools less frequently.
  • If you use a dryer, use one with a nozzle attachment to direct the airflow from roots to ends to create smooth sections.
  • Blow-dry your hair right side up, not bent over upside down as this can create frizz.
  • Avoid brushes with plastic bristles. A natural bristle brush is always better.
  • The correct shampoo and conditioning regime can really help boost shine. Moisturising shampoos and conditioners will help seal and smooth the surface of your hair allowing it to reflect light. Once a week, use a clarifying shampoo to remove product build up which can make your hair look dull. Check out www.virtualhaircare.com.au for some of their great hair tips and product suggestions.
  • Using a wide-tooth comb whilst in the shower to distribute your conditioner evenly will also improve shine.
  • Give your hair a final cool rinse just before you leave the shower to seal down the surface of your hair so it reflects light better.
  • Consider a special in-salon treatment. It?s a bit like applying a ?gloss finish?. A sheer wash of colour is applied to your hair like a non-permanent colour would be. This will boost your hair’s natural colour without changing it and it slowly washes out in 4 to 6 weeks without any condition worries. 
July 23, 2002