Keratin Treatment: What You Need to Know

If you’ve ever admired Meghan Markle’s sleek, glossy hair, you may want to consider a keratin treatment. The Duchess of Sussex has gotten keratin smoothing treatments in the past to straighten her naturally curly hair. We caught up with Edward Tricomi, master stylist and co-owner of Warren Tricomi salon, and Pancho Soekoro, a keratin expert, to learn all about the treatment.

 

What Is a Keratin Treatment?

Keratin is actually a protein naturally found in your hair that gives it structure. The treatment involves infusing keratin and other ingredients into your strands with heat to create a silky smooth effect. “It’s an anti-frizz treatment that helps reduce frizz people may experience, and it makes blow drying the hair a lot easier,” master stylist Tricomi says. Something that decreases the amount of time we spend with our hairdryer? Sign us up!

So who is a keratin treatment good for? “This treatment is usually recommended for people who tend to have frizzier hair,” he continues. “It keeps it very tamed, reduces so much frizz and keeps it beautifully straight rather than puffy.” Good news: The treatment even works if you’ve colored your hair.

 

How Does the Process Work?

First, the salon will wash your hair to remove any lingering product residue and ensure the keratin is as effective as possible. Unlike most treatments, the product dries into your hair and doesn’t get washed out. “When I’m doing a keratin treatment, instead of blowing out the hair with a round brush, I use a diffuser,” Soekoro explains. “I do this because the round brush ends up scraping a lot of the keratin treatment out of the hair. If you diffuse the hair you end up drying the hair faster and keep all the product in the hair.” Your stylist may also use a flat iron or straightener to press the product into your strands and seal it. The process typically takes at least an hour in the salon.

 

What Happens After a Keratin Treatment?

Be sure to handle your hair with care after a keratin treatment: avoid getting it wet or heat styling for 48 hours. “After one of my clients gets this treatment, I tell them to treat their hair as a new pair of perfect blue jeans,” Soekoro says. “You wouldn’t get the perfect jeans and throw them into really hot water or be extremely rough with them. I tell them to turn the temperature down in the shower and be sure to use sulfate-free shampoos! Using soft products on your hair will keep the treatment lasting longer. I also suggest staying away from saltwater pools and beaches because it does strip the product from the hair.”

 

How Long Does a Keratin Treatment Last?

It all depends on your lifestyle, but ideally, results can last up to a few months. “Some people wash their hair more than others. Again, I recommend sulfate-free shampoos because they are gentler on the hair,” Soekoro shares. “It also depends on the products you’re using. With the right regime, results can last about three months.”

 

How Is a Keratin treatment Different From a Brazilian Blowout?

While most keratin treatments are water-based, Brazilian blowouts are acid-based and not recommended for colored hair. “I usually only recommend a Brazilian blowout if someone has very curly hair and has not dyed it; then it works very well,” Soekoro explains. “If you have dyed your hair and it’s not that curly, what happens is it may ruin the color by lifting it a shade as well as making the hair dryer.”

 

Can a Keratin Smoothing Treatment Damage Your Hair?

Some people wonder if a keratin treatment is safe because most formulas contain formaldehyde, but the stylists assure us that it’s safe as long as it’s done correctly. “The only real risks are for the stylist,” Soekoro says. “You need to have the proper machinery when dealing with keratin treatments because of the formaldehyde. You must be in a well-ventilated room because when the treatment is exposed to heat it turns into toxic gases. At the Flatiron studio, I use fume extraction machines to remove all the smoke from the area.”

 

How Many Keratin Treatments Should I Get a Year?

Most stylists recommend getting keratin hair treatments no more than three times per year. “As long as it’s done correctly, you can get it three times a year,” Soekoro says. The cost of a keratin treatment can depend on the length of your hair and what salon you go to, but the average price is between $250 and $450.

With the humid summer weather coming, investing in a keratin treatment could be worth it. Do you plan to try one?

 

Unable To Take Supplements Due To Other Medications? Nutrafol Can Still Help!

Like many of you, we read actress Sarah Hyland’s heartbreaking testimony about her struggle with hair loss years after her kidney transplant. Like Sarah, many of the people who go through this process suffer from the crippling side effect of hair loss. What’s more—due to the medications they take to stay healthy, these men and women are unable to use traditional hair supplements to counteract the issue for fear of negative reactions with their medications.

Sarah—we hear you. This is a huge problem that so many face. While you may not be able to take our supplements, Nutrafol can still help you—and others like you—in different ways.

As the thought leaders in the hair category, Nutrafol wants to be your partner in helping you navigate this difficult process. With our unique resources, specifically our dedicated team of integrated dermatologists, naturopathic physicians and on-demand hair coaches who work with individual men and women daily on an on-demand basis, we’ve developed an educated team dedicated to overall health and wellness layered with a systematic understanding of hair thinning and its plethora of causes. Our mission is to empower customers with knowledge and information of which they were not previously aware, allowing them to take control, change their routine and ultimately support and maintain their hair.

At Nutrafol, we’ve implemented numerous test modalities that are helping us guide our customers on a tailored regimen and are heavily investing in research and innovation as it relates to one’s hair. This allows us to better understand the root causes of why one might experience poor hair health. We’ve also introduced the Hair Mineral Analysis Test, an ICP-MS (Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopy) test, in August of 2017, to help our customers better understand their individual stressors that impact hair health.  To date, we have guided hundreds of customers towards a personalized hair regimen that includes lifestyle and diet modifications.

In short, we are more than a supplement—we are a brand that is here to help you navigate this difficult journey. Our experts are at your disposal, offering their expertise and unique knowledge as the foremost experts in this arena. While this is a difficult issue, it is not one that you have to face alone. To speak to a Nutrafol expert and to learn more about your options for healthy living, contact support@nutrafol.com.

 

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Natural Remedies for Hair Regrowth – According to Science This is What Really Works

Male hair is fraught with mythology and misconception. So when it comes to hair regrowth, what is true and what is fiction? Nutrafol took a closer look at some natural remedies for your hair and would like to let you in on what really works, based on science.

Pumpkin Seed Oil

A study was conducted on the effect of pumpkin seed oil on hair loss in men. Patients received 400mg of pumpkin seed oil for 24 weeks. “Hair count increases of 40 percent were observed in treated men at 24 weeks, whereas increases of 10 percent were observed in placebo-treated men,” the study stated. The researcher came to the conclusion that pumpkin seed oil reduces levels of 5-alpha reductase, which is an enzyme that converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the main cause of androgenetic alopecia.

Saw Palmetto

On the subject of DHT, herbal extract saw palmetto has been shown to reduce levels by around 38 percent. And a recent study published in 2017 compared the effects of saw palmetto and finasteride (more well known under the name of Propecia). It showed that saw palmetto had a positive impact on hair growth as it contains components that prevent the conversion of testosterone into DHT. DHT is a naturally occurring hormone in the body that contributes to hair thinning by shrinking hair follicles.

A Diet Low in Fast Digesting Carbs and Low in Sugar

Fast digesting carbs lead to an increase in blood sugar. This causes your body to release insulin. If you have a high level of insulin, you would most likely have low levels of globulin. Globulin, or SHBG is what binds to DHT and renders it ineffective. So basically, sugar equals more insulin equals less SHBG equals more DHT equals more hair loss.

Biotin

Biotin is crucial for the formation of keratin which is the key component of hair and nails. Deficiency is rare but if you have a deficiency it is important to up your biotin intake. It has been shown to improve blood sugar regulation, which may have a positive effect on hair loss.

Scalp massage

In this small trial, standardized scalp massages were administered 4 minutes a day for 24 weeks. Researchers observed an increase in hair thickness as well as an increase in the expression of hair cycle related genes. They also saw a decrease in a gene associated with hair loss.

Scalp massage is great to prevent hair loss and increase hair thickness
Scalp massage is a natural remedy that increases hair thickness.

Derma Roller Microneedling

A derma roller may be one of the effective natural hair loss treatments – especially when it comes to hair regrowth. If you don’t know what it is, a derma roller basically looks like a small paint roller but with a surface full of little needles. You use it by rolling it over your skin, or areas of hair loss on your scalp.
This 2013 study demonstrated that derma roller microneedling is far more effective for hair regrowth than minoxidil alone. After 12 weeks, subjects treated with a derma roller saw dramatic regrowth. In addition, when you roll over the part where the skin is damaged, growth factors and stem cells rush to the site of the trauma. So this does not only repair the damage but can awaken dormant hair follicles.

A Plant Based Supplement Like Nutrafol

Nutrafol has identified plants with powerful therapeutic effects. It is known for using botanical ingredients that help address triggers like stress levels and free radicals that interrupt optimal hair growth. The supplement increases the production of signaling molecules thanks to the phytonutrients. In addition, these are the molecules that normally stimulate the follicles to enter into the growth phase of the hair cycle.

If you are curious about using natural remedies for hair loss then maybe this will help you understand more about their effectiveness based on science. The trick is finding the right one that works for you and your hair.

The Best Ways to Increase Your Hair Growth the Natural Way

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We have all heard about them – endless natural methods that can help you improve your hair quality and aid healthy hair growth. Yes, there are plenty of home remedies that people use to try to regrow their hair, but in order to pick a remedy that actually works, it pays off to read up on the the right research supporting such methods. So what works and what doesn’t? Among so many remedies and treatments, it can be hard to determine what is fact and what is fiction when it comes to hair growth. This is what we know so far.

Consider This For Natural Hair Growth

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Washing your hair often will not cause hair loss.
  • Stress

    Stress is not doing your body nor your hair a favor. When you are shocking your body and putting it through physical or emotional trauma, it also shocks the hair follicles which can stop them from growing. Studies have attempted to show a correlation between stress and hair loss. One study focused on a chemical mixture that blocks the effects of stress on the gut. Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, used mice that were genetically altered to produce more stress hormones. As a side effect of being more stressed, the mice had gone bald.

  • Hair Care

    There is some confusion about whether hair care contributes to hair loss or not. For example, washing your hair often will not cause hair loss, but you should not over-use heat tools as they can damage, burn or dry out your hair. However, if this happens, the hair will grow back. Hair dye is another cause that is wildly discussed. Most hair-coloring treatments contain chemicals that can damage your hair and make it fall out, leaving you with temporary hair loss. Some hairstyles, such as tight plaits or ponytails can cause hair loss because of the tension it creates on the hair. However, hair care products such as gel and hairspray, do not cause hair loss.

  • Scalp Massage

    A study conducted in Japan showed that scalp massage could increase hair thickness. The men involved in the study had regular massages over a 24-week period. After the trial, researchers could conclude that, while hair growth rate did not improve, thickness improved significantly. Researchers believe this has to do with the increased blood flow and direct stimulation of the cells.

Foolproof Tips When it Comes to Hair Growth – Hairstylists Give Us the Inside Scoop

Growing your hair out takes time and patience, so it makes sense that many people are asking if there are any foolproof tips when it comes to hair growth. Nutrafol contacted two hairstylists to ask them for their best advice how to reach the desired result, the easiest way.

“The day you decide to grow out your hair, you have to really start taking care of it,” explains hairstylist Mark Townsend, who can be found at Sally Hershberger’s Los Angeles Salon when he is not busy styling the hair of the Hollywood elite. “To get the length, there are sacrifices, and this is something that I tell all my clients,” he continues.

The truth is that there are no shortcuts to a long luxurious mane. It is a several months long methodical process, a process that starts with a healthy diet and ends with a thorough cleanse.

How to Maximize Your Hair Growth and Get That Transformative Effect

First of all, to keep your hair healthy and strong in order to grow it out, you need to get the right nutrients in your body. A healthy and varied diet with lots of the good vitamins and proteins goes a long way, but you can also take a supplement that is designed to support healthy hair growth. Nutrafol is built to strengthen the hair from within. This is because the nutraceutical ingredients it contains include may of the nutrients known to be needed for healthy hair.

Commit and Do Not Skip Those Regular Micro-trims

“When you go for a dusting – taking off just an eighth of an inch versus a standard trim – you barely see hair on the floor”, says Mr Townsend. And he has a point. If you do these carefully calibrated micro-trims, you are preserving the length. The micro-trims are helping you to get rid of the split ends that have been caused by environmental damage. Among the environmental factors that can damage hair we count traffic pollution, the over-use of hot tools, the heat of the sun, salt from the sea, as well as certain chemicals. So minimize your exposure to these to safeguard your hair as much as possible.

What If You Do Not Commit to Micro-trims?

“If left to their own devices, those pesky split ends can work their way higher up the hair’s shaft,” explains fashion shoot hairstylist Vernon François. Mr François, who works in both Los Angeles and New York and who has created his own brand of hair care products, specializes in different hair textures and hair issues such as split ends. He has dealt with many customers over the years who have decided to hold off on trims, in the hopes of growing their hair faster. It had the opposite effect.
“If you wait too long in between trims, you’ll end up having to take off more length in the end,” says François.
Even if you are not a fan of the micro-trim, the real pros recommend at least three dustings a year in order to keep your hair healthy.

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Pros recommend at least three dustings a year, it will keep your hair healthy.

Commit To a Weekly Conditioning Treatment

A weekly conditioning treatment is good for all hair types but especially for fine, curly or color treated hair. When you do these weekly conditioning treatments, pay extra attention to the tips François advises.
“They’re the oldest and driest part of your strands. They’re thinner and brittle, so giving them extra love will minimize breakage,” he explains.

You can also incorporate treatments into your day-to-day styling routine. If so, choose a mask that will hydrate your hair from the inside and out and boost your hair growth.

Commit to Cleansing Consciously

You have probably heard about cleanses when it comes to your body, but yes – you can also cleanse your hair. And it is something you should do. In fact, a cleansing is the foundation of any hair-care regimen, and it starts before you even step foot in the shower. All you need to do is to soak your strands for 10 minutes with a protective pre-washing tonic.

What Is It Good For?

“It’s going to leave a little bit of film on your hair, so the shampoo won’t strip it from it’s moisture,” explains Townsend.
If you do not have time to soak your hair for 10 minutes before you shower, picking a shampoo and conditioner that is sulfate-free will go a long way to help. Shampoos without sulfate will preserve natural hair oils, protecting your hair from becoming too dry. Massage the scalp while lathering up to increase blood flow and stimulate the hair follicles for better hair growth.

This is what causes thinning hair – and how you can avoid it

At Nutrafol we have already written about some habits that can lead to thinning hair here and also here. So these are a few more to keep in mind.

Thinning hair might become an issue if…

  • …you are exposing it to too much sun

    Even if autumn is upon us, you might keep this in mind when flying off to that exotic island for the holidays. Because even if you have given up tanning, chances are your hair is still exposed to UV rays. UV rays eat away the strength and elasticity of your hair. Or as Dr Alan Bauman, a hair loss physician with many years experience, puts it:
    “Prolonged UV exposure causes the layers of the cuticle to weaken and break, resulting in brittle hair that can lead to hair loss.”

But you can avoid this by…

…wearing a hat! Tuck your ponytail underneath the hat and you do not have to worry about damaging your hair when out in the sun. If you are worried about hat hair, you can instead use a leave-in conditioner with built-in sunscreen.

Thinning hair might become an issue if…

  • …you are not washing it often enough

    Now that dry shampoo has become a common staple in bathrooms, it is easier to just skip a few days between washing your hair. It is indeed very convenient but not so good for your hair. You see, when you are not washing your hair during a couple of days, buildups happen – buildups of products or excessive dandruff on the scalp. And these two things are clogging the hair follicles. And if it continues for a long time, it can get very difficult for the hair to grow.

But you can avoid this by…

…simply washing it more often and not letting so many days pass between your washes. There is nothing wrong with skipping shampoo for a day. But do not make it a habit as dirt and oil on the scalp can clog pores. Try to wash it every two days, especially if you are sweating or using lots of products. But since shampoo dries your hair out, try to use a sulfate-free one if you are washing it often.

Thinning hair might become an issue if…

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Wash you hair more often since dirt and oil on the scalp can clog the pores and can therefore be a reason for thinning hair.
  • …you are taking certain medications

    Certain medications (like statins, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety agents, anti-hypertensive medications) or hormones (like thyroid replacement drugs) can cause hair loss. “These can disrupt or interfere with the normal cycle of hair growth, which can cause hair to go into a resting phase and fall out prematurely”, says Dr Bauman.

But you can avoid this by…

…asking your doctor for advice. Make sure to ask your doctor if there are treatments available that don’t include hair loss as a side effect. If you want to do something to help your hair from damage already caused by a medication, consider adding a supplement to your diet. Your physician may even advise you to do so! Nutrafol has many nutraceutical ingredients that have been shown to strengthen and nourish thinning hair from within, leaving it healthy and strong.

4 Natural Steps to Grow Your Hair Longer Faster

These Are Some Ways to Grow Your Hair Longer Faster

Many of us dream of having long, voluminous hair, and if you are one of us, you may wonder how to grow your hair longer faster. The truth is long, shiny, silky hair is not possible to accomplish overnight. But there are some tips and tricks you can have up your sleeve to make the most of your own hair.

This is How You Grow Your Hair Longer Faster

  • Start With the Scalp

In order to grow your hair longer faster, you have to make sure to have a good foundation – your scalp. Since this is where the hair comes from, it only makes sense that a healthy scalp is essential for good hair. The first step towards that goal is to deep clean the scalp to get rid of any product residue. Do a scalp exfoliation at home to get rid of dead skin cells, and use shampoo and conditioner after. A good start for a homemade exfoliation is to mix salt, sugar or oatmeal in your conditioner or hair oil. Make sure to give your head a good massage while you apply the exfoliator, as it will increase blood circulation. This in its turn will transport all the nutrients in your blood to the scalp, giving it what it needs to produce more hair. Starting with these steps to keep your scalp clean and healthy is a great foundation for further hair growth.

  • Take Care of What You Got

To make the hair last longer in between cuts, making it grow longer before you have to trim it, apply a deep conditioning hair mask. Masks can also be made from what you have at home, for example, avocados, bananas, eggs, yogurt or coconut oil. Anything that moisturizes the hair will do. Lesser-known hair remedies are lemon and onion juice. Other ways to be nice to your hair is to avoid brushing it when it is wet, and to squeeze it dry with a towel instead of rubbing it. Also, try to not wear it up too often as it pulls on the hair.

  • Get the Right Nutrients

To keep our hair healthy and beautiful from the inside out, we need all the vital nutrients. The most important are the vitamins A, C and E. Vitamin A has antioxidant properties, which helps fight hair loss and symptoms of aging. Vitamin C is good for most aspects of our health. It also blocks the production of a certain protein that is known to cause baldness. Vitamin E is well known to be good for our hair and skin; it is moisturizing and promotes oxygenation. Other nutrients that are beneficial for hair growth are biotin, niacin, zinc, selenium and iron.

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To grow you hair longer make sure you consume supplements containing Vitamin A, C, E, biotin, niacin, zinc, selenium and iron.
  • Avoid Damaging Styling

Lastly, be careful when styling your hair, as heat is damaging to the hair cuticles. Use a heat protectant if you do need to use heat styling. Also use a modern styling tool that is kinder to the hair, and has different heat settings. Try to not use a hair dryer and styling tool on the same day. You can also try to go longer in between washing. Another thing to avoid is getting hair extensions, even though it can feel counter-intuitive. Yes, you will get longer hair right away, but they also damage our natural hair and can even cause hair falling out because of the pulling on the hair roots.

But Remember…

Hair does not grow faster just because we treat the top of our heads – the part of the hair that we see is already dead. Remember the normal speed of hair growth is only about half an inch per month. But if we take care of our health, we can make sure to not disrupt that hair growth. If we take care of our hair, we can make sure we do not have to cut it too frequently. One final thing to consider is taking a hair supplement that can support healthy hair growth. A good hair supplement is multi-targeting and contains several ingredients that work synergistically to aid natural healthy hair growth.

For more tips on how to grow your hair longer faster, check out what we have previously written about the subject on the Nutrafol blog. Here are our 8 best tips on how to grow your hair faster, and for 12 simple steps read more here.

Hair Experts Are Now Closer to Predicting the Cause of Male Hair Loss

Hair loss in men and male pattern baldness.

Hair loss is something that everyone experiences sooner or later, but some get it earlier than others. Losing hair prematurely can be traumatic. Because of that, there is an infinite number of products that claim to cure and reverse the problem. But what if you could find out the likelihood that you will experience hair loss so that you could prevent it before the symptoms even showed? Researchers in the United Kingdom have reportedly found a way to predict who is at risk.

More Genetics Linked to Hair Loss

According to the new study, British scientists say they found over 200 genetic markers linked to hair loss. More specifically, the study focuses on male pattern baldness. This type of baldness, also known as male alopecia, is the most common form of hair loss in men. Researchers believe this affects as many as 30 to 50% of men by the time they reach the age of 50.

The study in question, which was first published in the journal PLOS Genetics earlier this year, analyzed the hair growth of 52,000 men between the ages of 40 and 69 in the UK. The numbers: 32% of the men said they did not experience any hair loss at all. 23% said they experienced a little bit. 27% had moderate hair loss, and the last 18% said they were suffering from severe hair loss.

By looking into the genetics of all the men, researchers managed to pinpoint 287 specific genetic variations, located on over 100 different genes. Many of those were located on or close to genes that have been linked to baldness before. Some were found on genes that are known to cause graying of the hair.

Interestingly, 40% of the genes causing male pattern baldness were located on the X chromosome. You inherit that chromosome from your mother. By analyzing all these genes, researchers could also make a “scorecard” which predicts what risk a man runs for experiencing hair loss based on his genes. The hope is that in the future, this could be refined and used to prevent early signs of hair loss.

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About 40% of the genes causing male pattern baldness are located on the X chromosome that you inherit from your mother.

Preventing Male Pattern Baldness

Researchers are not sure there are any foolproof ways to prevent male pattern baldness without taking medication or having surgery as of now. But well-known theories state that stress and emotional trauma can cause hair loss by increasing the amount of hormones our bodies produce.

Hair loss and Stress

Male pattern baldness is connected to the male sex hormone androgen. So naturally, reducing your stress levels will also reduce the risk of suffering from the different symptoms that stress cause. You can reduce stress by practicing mindfulness and yoga. You can also cut down on work and make sure to get enough sleep. Minimize your exposure to negative people or experiences. Spending time in nature and exercising also contribute greatly to your mental health.

If hair loss has started, you can treat the symptoms by well-known medications like Rogaine, which contains minoxidil. This treatment comes in the form of a cream that you apply topically to the scalp. There are also medications containing finasteride that help with treating hair loss.

Prevent hair loss through your diet

You can even increase your own natural hair growth by eating the right food. Since hair growth depends on what happens inside of your body, it only makes sense that what you eat matters. Foods high in protein are really good for preventing hair loss, since protein is what makes up the hair. Eggs, fatty fish, beef, pork tenderloin, chicken and lentils are all good. Another general rule is to eat many greens and veggies. Kale, spinach, bell peppers, carrots and onion all promote healthy hair growth. Basically, you need to make sure you get all the vitamins and minerals that the body needs to keep producing hair. If you find it hard to get all the important nutrients daily, you can supplement your daily diet with a specialized hair supplement.

To sum up, hair loss may be inevitable. But if there is a way to find out whether you are at risk for premature hair loss, you can take steps to push it off for a little longer – many times in a natural and healthy way.

Shiny and Straight? These are the Best Hairstyles for Asian Hair

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If you have that typical straight, shiny hair that refuses to stay in any hairdo, do not give up – we have listed some of the best Asian hairstyles for those of us who are about to do just that.

Asian hair is very slippery, and it rarely stays in place. On the other hand, it is pretty much always straight and shiny. According to Asian-American stylist Kayley Pak, it is because Asian hair normally has 10 layers of cuticles. The cuticle is the outer layer that protects the individual hair. The many layers on an Asian hair are also more dense and wider and thicker than on Caucasian hair. That gives the hair an illusion of being really shiny and silky.

However, if the hair is too silky, it can be hard to get even a ponytail to stay in shape. So to what you want to do to make your hair a little more textured is to use a special dry texture spray, alternatively a dry shampoo or a matte shape paste. These products will help to create a shape and make the hair behave like you want it to.

Here are the best Asian hairstyles to use on a too-ruly hair:

Crimping

Crimping the hair is back! The 90’s trend with tiny waves in a zig-zag pattern definitely gives the hair more volume and texture. If you do not have a crimper, you can simply prep your newly washed and dried hair with some hairspray. Then make some french braids, spray some more, and go to sleep with the braids. In the morning, carefully let the braids loose. You will have small waves or curls that look pretty natural and very nice.

Perm

Perms have actually also made a comeback, and nowadays they are nicer to your hair. They also look more natural and have less frizz. What is not to like! Making the hair curly is perfect for Asian hairstyles. You can choose the size of the curls, so whether you want the 80’s look of a lot of smaller curls or a modern beach hair with fuller waves and a laidback attitude, a perm could be for you. But experts recommend to only use a perm on natural hair that has not been dyed, to protect the hair quality.

Air-Dried Beach Waves

Apply a leave-in conditioner or any anti-frizz product in the hair after washing it. Then wrap your head in a towel to squeeze out any excess water without rubbing the strands together. Then remove the towel and let the hair air-dry. Twirl strands of the hair with your fingers to help shape it into curls that will stay in shape after it dries. This is much better for the hair than using heat to dry and style it.

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Shiny and Straight hair? – Use rollers and let the hair self dry for slight waves.

Tight Bun

Asian hair is perfect for a tight, shiny bun. Comb your hair, apply an anti-frizz serum or a shine spray, and make a high ponytail. Blogger Jean Wang has really good advice on how to make a bun that lasts. Make sure you use a product like mousse or texturizing spray or paste first. Then, collect the top hair with a claw clip and secure on your head, where you want the bun to be. Next, collect the rest of the hair in a tight ponytail right under the clip and secure with a hairband. Then take the ponytail and wrap it around the clip, secure it with another hairband and then screw in some spin pins – these are hair pins that have a spiral shape in order to prevent them from falling out all the time. Make sure all loose ends are kept in place, using regular bobby pins, and finish with a shower of hairspray.

Slight Waves Using Rollers

If you are not ready to take the step of getting a perm, but still want to avoid using heat styling every week, use rollers and let the hair self dry. There are a ton of different versions, and how you prep your hair will vary depending on which roller you use. Some require the hair to be damp and some work best on dry hair. The comfy foam ones you can sleep in, while classic Velcro ones probably are more comfortable to use while awake. Make sure you have some curling mousse and hairspray handy and let loose with the rollers.

A Bob

Cutting the hair into a bob can feel scary but is actually easy to maintain if your hair is straight and shiny, and it will grow out again. This classic look will require minimal styling and suits most people.

Straight Hair and Bangs

One of the best hairstyles for Asian hair is long hair with bangs. Combined with the straight sleekness of Asian hair, cutting bangs will give you an interesting and classic look. Long, thick bangs paired with straight hair has a timeless appeal and is also easy to style, if your hair is in fact straight and sleek. Just use a round brush when you blow-dry your hair to shape it the way you want and to give it a little lift.

So no matter which of the Asian hairstyles you prefer or which products you use to achieve it – embrace your straight, shiny hair. The grass is always greener on the other side, and a lot of people envy you!

Prevent hair loss by staying away from these toxic beauty ingredients (part II)

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We’re continuing down that same road  – giving you tips on which ingredients to stay away from to keep a healthy hair regime and prevent hair loss.

Prevent hair loss by staying away from…

Formaldehyde

Nutrafol has written about the danger with formaldehyde in a previous post, but the information is worth sharing again. Formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives are used in many cosmetic products to help prevent bacteria growth. The International Agency for Research on Carcinogens (IARC) has deemed this chemical as a human carcinogen and in some cases it has been linked to occupational cancers such as nasal and nasopharyngeal. It can cause allergic skin reactions and may also be harmful to the immune system. You can find it in nail polish, body washes, conditioners and shampoos. If you’re looking for natural alternatives that aren’t so harmful on your hair, then maybe this method is something to consider.

Toluene

Toluene is a petrochemical derived from petroleum or coal tar sources. It goes under the names benzene, toluol or phenylmethane when listed, so you might want to keep an eye out for these the next time you’re shopping for beauty products. Typically used as a paint thinner, it can effect your respiratory system, cause nausea and skin irritation. Expecting mothers should especially be aware as toluene vapors may cause developmental damage in the fetus. Products containing toluene include hair color and bleaching products. So it might be wise to skip hair coloring treatment for a month and give your hair a break.

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Toluene can effect your respiratory system, cause nausea and irritate your skin.

Propylene glycol

What is propylene glycol, you may ask? It’s a small organic alcohol commonly used as a skin-conditioning agent. It’s classified as not good for the skin, and works as a skin irritant. Conditioners, shampoos and hair sprays are products that contain this alcohol.

As much as chemicals are bad for your hair, it’s impossible to avoid every single synthetic form of them. Eat clean, avoid chemical-laden processed foods, drink plenty of water and look for certified organic products if you want to avoid these toxic chemicals. Invest in supplements that use botanical ingredients and take them on a daily basis.
Educate yourself – do some research before buying products. You’re best going to prevent hair damage by reading the label on the back of your beauty products. Getting to know your products is key when it comes to preventing hair thinning and keeping your hair and body happy. Taking care of your body and hair now pays off in the future.