The Latest Hair Care Tech – The Hair Analyzer Will Look Inside Your Hair

Since the dawn of man – and hair related issues – hair care companies have created products to address the particular needs of your hair. And now a line of beauty salons have taken that concept further with the creation of a device designed to look inside your hair to see what it really needs. Simply put, hair care tech at its most advanced.

Henkel Beauty Care is the creator of the Schwarzkopf Professional SalonLab. SalonLab is a handheld Bluetooth connected device that analyzes your strands. After your strands are analyzed, the device sends the data to an app, which comes up with a customized shampoo formula. The device is not bigger than a smartphone, and you run it through your hair from root to tip. It contains near-infrared and light sensors to measure inner hair quality, moisture level and true hair color. So to those of you who have dyed your hair so many times that you can’t really remember your true hair color – this little thing will help you solve that mystery. You will never have to wonder at your hair color again. Hair-evolution, right?

Not a Replacement for a Knowledgeable Stylist

However, the analyzer is not meant to replace the expertise of stylist. Quite the contrary actually – it is supposed to work as a compliment, providing the experts with more information to take care of your hair.

“A good and trained hairdresser can tell if hair is damaged, but they could never look into the hair,” says Marie-Eve Schroeder, chief marketing officer at Henkel Beauty Care, in a press release.

SalonLab is a handheld Bluetooth connected device that analyzes your strands.

If the Hair Care Analyzer Shows That Your Hair is Dry

One of the most common diagnosis the hair care analyzer will probably give is your hair is dry. And maybe you’re like “Yeah, thanks I knew that already!” But having the gadget give you that information is the first step towards healthy hair. Because, understanding the root cause of dry hair and taking the right action could be all you need to get the locks you long for.

The problem with dry hair can usually be found in your scalp and the fact that it is not making enough oil to moisturize your hair. Hair has no natural lubrication. It simply relies on oils made in the hair roots to keep your hair shafts moisturized and lustrous. As you get older, your roots makes less oil, which explains why your hair gets more dry and brittle with age. Since the roots are under your skin, dry scalp usually comes with dry hair. A dry scalp, in turn, peels and sheds, leading to dandruff flakes on your shoulders.

Knowing about your dry hair and what lead to it, makes it possible to try to change a few things to end up with that soft hair you always dreamt of. The best hair care tips to avoid dry hair are:

  • Wash it less often.
  • When you wash it, use a shampoo specifically for dry hair.
  • Avoid hair products that have alcohol and sulfates in them as both tend to dry out the hair.
  • Always use a moisturizing conditioner after the shampoo.
  • Massage your scalp with some coconut oil to replenish moisture.
  • Invest in a hair supplement that works to improve your hair from within.

Dry and Brittle Strands? These are Some Causes of Dry Hair

Causes for dry hair

If you are suffering from dry hair, there are a ton of reasons and just as many remedies. It is not a type of hair – in most cases, and you can easily do something about it. First, you need to understand why your hair is dry and brittle.

Basically, your hair gets dry because your scalp is dry. The hair does not produce any moisture by itself. Rather, it picks up on natural oils made in the hair roots that are located under the scalp. Having a dry scalp also leads to flaky skin and dandruff, but having an oily scalp makes your hair greasy fast. The trick is to keep it balanced.

Reasons for Dry Hair

The Weather

The weather affects your hair as well as your skin and even your mood. In the summer, increased exposure to sunrays and salt water can drain your skin and hair of moisture. Additionally, if you drink more alcohol, the dehydration extends all the way to your hair too. Likewise, in the winter, the air is much drier than during the warm months. This goes for the air inside as well, due to radiators.

Smoothing Treatments

Straightening treatments, or keratin treatments, can be a reason for dry hair. It is a chemical treatment that penetrates the hair’s cuticle, and will unavoidably have a stressful effect on the hair. Make sure to not do it too often, and always go with one that is free of formaldehyde.

Heating Tools

Using heating tools will wear on your hair. The electric heat strips the moisture out of the strands and causes damage. Air-drying the hair is much more merciful on your hair. If you have to use heat styling, make sure to use a heat protectant before and make regular hair masks to re-boost the moisture levels.

Causes for dry hair
Heat styling, hormone changes and the wrong products could cause dry hair.

Hormone Changes

According to dermatologist Janice Lima-Maribona, hormone changes in the body will affect your hair’s health. These can be caused by sudden changes like like pregnancy or menopause, being on birth control, or being stressed. More female hormones often means more and shinier hair. That is why many women notice their hair going dull, dry or lifeless after quitting birth control, shortly after giving birth, or when entering menopause. If this is the cause, you need to see your doctor to get the hang of the issue.

Too Strong of a Shampoo

Using the wrong shampoo is a well-known cause of dry hair, as it will strip your hair of moisture. Harsh chemicals are a big no no, and using a shampoo that is wrong for your hair type is just unnecessary. Using organic shampoos or something with only natural ingredients is kinder on your strands.

If you have a problem with oily hair, it is better to use a mild shampoo and try to wash the hair less often. Even though this can feel contradictory, oily hair is often caused by washing the hair too often and using too harsh shampoos. That is because the scalp makes up for the lack of moisture by producing more oil. Allowing the hair’s oil production to start over and regulate itself will set the balance right.

Benefits of Nutrafol

In the end, it is often simply maintaining a living a healthy lifestyle that makes your hair beautiful. Use common sense to keep up your health, work out, sleep enough and always drink plenty of water. However, if you suffer form a hormone disorder or some other kind of medical issue, a doctor’s help might be needed. There is also the option of taking natural supplements, like Nutrafol, which will provide your hair with all of the essential nutrients for healthy hair growth.

 

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Dry and thin hair — why does it occur and how do you get rid of it?

Contrary from what shampoo bottles say, dry hair is not a hair type — it’s a condition and it can be treated. But the first step to recovery is finding out what’s stripping strands of their natural oils. Nutrafol had a talk with hairstylist Sylvia Vaught on what causes dry and thin hair and how you manage to take care of it when the damage is done.

What are the causes of dry and thin hair?

The weather

Summer comes with overexposure to the sun, swimming, and products with alcohol, which all dehydrate hair. And winter comes with extreme cold followed by overheated indoors, which will make your hair parched and dry.

Smoothing treatments

Too many smoothing treatments done close together can leave your locks super thirsty. These treatments work effectively to smooth out hair and make it luscious and dreamy, but if they are done too frequently, the buildup of protein on the hair causes it to become brittle, says hairstylist Sylvia Vaught, who’s also the founder of L.A.-based home blowout service Blow Me.

Hormone changes

Birth control pills, pregnancy, and menopause are all times of physiological shifts within the body that can have an adverse effect on the hair, including dryness and brittleness, Vaught continues. She recommends seeing your doctor to discuss treatment options.

Using the wrong shampoo

Not all shampoos are created equal: Vaught warns against using your man’s drying shampoo when yours runs out. You would be better off rinsing your hair a few times with just water to remove some of the oil, rather than risk the stripping effects of a shampoo that is not right for you, she says.

Brushing hair when wet

Remember that hair is most susceptible to breakage when it is wet, says Vaught. This won’t necessarily dry the hair, but it will leave the ends brittle and lead to breakage down the entire strand, and may result in dry and thin hair. So, instead of brushing wet hair, use a comb with a bit of leave-in conditioner on it.

Daily heat styling

Whether it’s the dryer or flat iron, daily heat to the hair will strip the hair of moisture. This causes quite a bit of unnecessary damage that can be avoided, says Vaught. If heat is imperative, aim to keep the temperature below 400 degrees.

Dry and thin hair
Adding some nourishing oil to your dry hair always helps. Or why not try some nourishing supplements as well?

How to fix damage that’s already been done

Go thicker in the winter

Dry and brittle hair is a common problem year round, but these dry winter months leave many searching for a magic moisturizing solution, says Vaught. A simple fix: Go heavier on the conditioner. Just as you may use a heavier face cream, your hair also needs a heavier dose of moisture.

Straighten hair when wet

Apply argan oil, or some other essential oil, onto damp hair, and run the iron over it for a quick heat conditioning treatment. You will notice a dramatic difference in just one application. Keep in mind, this should not be a regular part of your hair care regimen as frequent application of heat is not good for the hair.

…Or skip the straightener all together

If hair won’t stay completely straight, go for a different look. How about using a salt texturized to create a bit of movement instead, says Vaught.

Deep condition once a week

Mark one day on your calendar for a conditioning mask reminder. Simply wash your hair, put on a deep conditioning mask, wrap your hair in a hot towel for 30 minutes, and voila, says Vaught. Your hair will be silkier and smoother.

Use sulfate-free formulas

These formulas are most commonly recommended for those with color-treated hair because sulfates fade color. However, they also remove moisture. Make sure to wash and condition hair every time with sulfate-free formulas.

Dry and Frizzy? Try These Winter Hair Care Tips at Home

Winter Hair

The cold months of the year can result in a true case of winter hair – brittle strands, hat hair, static electricity, or hair that easily breaks. The cold, dry air outside is only one factor. You also get less vitamin D, a vitamin that keeps our hair, skin and bones healthy. And dry indoor heating is just as bad for your hair as being outside. But no worries, we have some remedies you can easily try at home.

Avoid Hat Hair

Contrary to some hair myths that hats could cause hair loss or make your hair white, hats are a good idea in the winter. They protect our hair from strong winds that can cause a tangled mess, from rain or snow that would certainly mess up any do, and cold air that makes our strands brittle. But hat hair that goes flat and electric is not very desirable, so make sure to protect your hair with a silk scarf before putting the hat on. Another option is to use a heat protection product that combats frizzy hair and often is smoothing and calming.

Take Care of the Scalp

Drier air will inevitably also make your scalp drier. Use a dandruff shampoo to avoid getting an itchy, dry scalp, and check out or article on how to give yourself a stimulating scalp massage with essential oils to improve blood circulation and moisturize.

The Most Important: Conditioner

Clearly, one of the most important factors to keeping a nice and hydrated winter hair is repeated conditioning. Always use conditioner when you wash your hair, but do not wash it too often. It is normally enough to wash every three or four days. Make sure to not go outside with wet hair, and try to let the hair dry by itself. If you do use a blow-dryer, turn the settings to cool or let the hair dry a little bit before you start.

Also, a conditioning hair mask once a week is a good idea no matter the season. There are a ton of different versions depending on your hair thickness, what season it is, if you have dyed hair or not, and so on. Some of them need 15 minutes or more to have effect, but some take only a few. Make sure you apply the mask before you shampoo and condition your hair, as you do not want any product residue in there. There are also many ways to make your own hair mask at home.

• A popular mask is made from an avocado mixed with half a cup of coconut milk and three tablespoons of olive oil. If you warm this messy mashup for a few seconds in the microwave and apply it to your hair for half an hour, it will make your hair as shiny as ever. Avocados are very nutritional and good for our health, as it contains healthy fats, fibers, potassium, several vitamins and folate, which is beneficial for hair growth.

Winter Hair
Both eggs and avocado are good for your hair, whether you eat them or turn them into a DIY hair mask.

• Fight frizzy winter hair by mixing equal parts yogurt and honey with a tablespoon of almond oil. Apply to your hair and let sit for 20 minutes. This will calm and moisturize hair to reduce frizz, which is a common winter problem. Yogurt has been used for its health benefits for a very long time. this is because it contains lactic acid that not only for the stomach, but also for treating dull hair or dandruff. Eating yogurt has been scientifically proven to be linked to increased hair growth and shiny hair. And yogurt’s anti-fungal properties will prevent and treat dandruff if massaged into the scalp.

• Another very common ingredient in homemade hair masks is egg. Eggs are rich in vitamins, proteins and fats, which your hair needs. It may sound gross, but applying eggs to your hair will provide moisture, prevent breakage and make your hair lustrous. You can also mix an egg with a banana and half of an avocado. Add three tablespoons of buttermilk and olive oil and two tablespoons of honey. Let this mixture sit in your hair for 20 minutes and it will revive your locks.

Spontaneous Moisture

To keep your hair moisturized on the go, touch and scrunch the ends of your hair every time you apply hand cream. This allows you to get that little moisture boost every now and then. You can also grab some oil from the kitchen whenever you feel dried out or after washing the hair. Rub some coconut, olive or vegetable oil in your palms. Run your fingers through your hair, starting at the ends. If you have thin hair or hair that easily gets oily, avoid the upper parts closer to the scalp. This will make your roots oily fast.

Winter Hair Supplements

If you have tried these home remedies for your winter hair but want an extra boost, consider natural hair supplements. These contain a mix of the most important ingredients to help gain and maintain healthy hair. Make sure to also eat a mixed diet and remember to drink enough water, to get enough moisture from within. This will benefit your hair, skin, and overall health.

Text by Emma von Zeipel

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