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SILICONE HAIR PRODUCTS GUIDE
Silicone hair products are valued highly for their versatility.  Silicone hair products make hair shiny and soft, detangle hair, remove frizz, protect hair from heat, and a whole lot more.

But what exactly is silicone?  And what do silicone hair products do for the hair?  This primer on silicone and silicone hair products will help you understand exactly what silicone does and how it applies to hair care products.  Plus, learn about specific silicone hair products, like Biosilk Silk Therapy and Simply Stylin’, and uncover what their differences are.

What is Silicone?
Silicone is an inert compound – that is, it is not reactive readily with other compounds.  And silicone has a wide variety of uses, mostly due to its heat-resistant and nonstick properties.  Specific properties of silicone as it relates to hair care include:  protection from heat at temperatures exceeding 400°F, the ability to form a watertight seal around the hair shaft, resistance to sunlight, and flexibility.

When applied to the hair, silicone wraps around the hair shaft preventing what’s inside from going out and what’s outside from going in.  Silicone molecules are too large to be absorbed into the hair shaft, so they act as a protective coating.  For this reason, silicone hair products are great for retaining moisture in hair and for making hair resistant to outside influences such as heat and UV sun rays.

Specific benefits of silicone hair products include: 

  1. adding shine
  2. adding softness
  3. reducing/eliminating frizz
  4. protecting from heat (flat iron, blow dryer, curling iron)
  5. detangling
  6. protecting from sun’s UV rays
  7. retaining moisture
  8. refresh hair extensions and wigs

Top Silicone Hair Products
Silicone is an expensive ingredient.  And because silicone can be an expensive ingredient, most silicone hair products contain inexpensive fillers like alcohol or mineral oil.  These fillers don’t really provide any functional benefit to the product – they simply make the product cheaper for the manufacturer to make, padding their profit.  Additionally, fillers easily lessen the protective effects of silicone on the hair.  These watered-down silicone hair products can work, but generally they aren’t as effective as pure silicone hair products.

Pure silicone products have no fillers included in their formulations.  Because they are concentrated with pure silicone, these products can be much more effective at providing all the benefits you can get out of silicone.  In fact, you may find that, in comparison to silicone hair products that contain fillers, you need to use less to get your desired results.  Generally, these products are more expensive than their watered-down counterparts, but you can find a few affordable pure silicone hair products (see below).

A good example of a silicone hair product that contains fillers is Biosilk Silk Therapy.  Widely used by many, Biosilk contains SD Alcohol 40B, a quick-drying alcohol found in most hairsprays, as a filler.  Although less effective than pure silicone hair products, Biosilk provides benefits typical of silicone hair products such as shine enhancement, softness, frizz control and heat protection.  Generally, a 2.20z bottle of Biosilk retails for $12.99.

Good examples of pure silicone hair products are Simply Stylin’ Silk and Simply Stylin’ Light Silk Spray.  Apart from the addition of fragrance, Simply Stylin’ products are blends of 100% pure silicone.  Available as a serum (Silk) and a spray (Light Silk Spray) Simply Stylin’ products provide all the benefits of silicone hair products in superior fashion because they are not watered-down.  4oz. bottles of Simply Stylin’ retail for $15 online and can be found for $10.99 in stores.



FRIZZY HAIR SOLUTIONS

Uggghhh!  My frizzy hair!

 

Frizzy hair is unwanted, unsightly and tough to control.  It makes you look untidy and disheveled.  And it doesn’t look attractive.

But it’s also a fact of life for many women, particularly (but not exclusively) for women with curly hair.  And if left untreated, frizz can turn very quickly into split-ends, a definite no-no.

 

So what to do about your frizz?  And how can you finally control frizz?

First, what is frizz?  Frizz is a condition where very small bits of hair shift away from the cuticle and hair shaft resulting in a fuzzy effect.  It happens when your hair is dry and lacks moisture. 

 

Some women are genetically predisposed toward having frizzy hair.  But others experience frizz when confronted with high humidity.  Humidity removes moisture from the hair shaft resulting in a frizzy condition.  You can also get frizz from over-drying of your hair by the sun or by using heating implements.  However you get it, achieving frizz control requires that you understand its most prevalent source – lack of moisture.

 

Other things to avoid when trying to control frizz are:

  • Over-processing of hair through excessive perming or coloring
  • Stress and poor nutrition (as with all things, a healthy mind and body can help you reach ultimate frizz control)
  • Over brushing or combing of your hair can lead to breakage and frizz

 

So now that you know what it is, what can you do about it?  How to reach that nirvana – frizz control?

 

Here are some essential tips to follow so you can control your frizz.

  1. Keep your hair moisturized to control frizz by conditioning your hair properly.  After shampooing, add a good moisturizing conditioner to your hair and leave it in for 3 – 5 minutes.  If possible, wrap your hair with a towel, and let the conditioner sink in for 15 minutes.  This extra conditioning of your hair will establish a good moisture level that will help prevent frizz.
  2. Shampoo your hair in warm water.  Warm water will open the cuticles of your hair so that when you add conditioner, the conditioner will go right into your hair shaft and begin moisturizing right away.  Additionally, make sure you rinse out your conditioner with cool water.  This will close the cuticles so the moisturizing and conditioning agents remain sealed in your hair.  You will have greater control over frizz with moisturized hair.
  3. Don’t dry your hair by rubbing a towel through it.  Rather, wrap your hair with a towel and gently pat it to allow the towel to soak up the excess water.  Rubbing the hair will add to the frizz.
  4. Use a pure silicone styling serum like Simply Stylin’ Silk before using a blow dryer, flat iron, curling iron or any other type of heating appliance.  Pure silicone will wrap the hair shaft, preventing any potential damage from heat.  It will also seal-in the moisture in the hair shaft, preventing the loss of moisture that will lead to frizz.  Just rub a few drops in your hands and distribute evenly through the hair before adding heat.
  5. Blow dry your hair in smaller sections rather than in a large bunch.  This will help you avoid splitting the hair and opening the cuticles, leading to more frizz.
  6. Use a wide-tooth comb on your hair, and avoid combing or brushing your hair while it’s wet.
  7. Use a deep conditioning treatment at least once a month to establish a significant moisture level in your hair and eliminate damage that might lead to frizz.
  8. Avoid products with a high content of alcohol or drying ingredients.  Such products will reduce the level of moisture in your hair, adding to the frizz effect.
  9. After styling, mist your hair with Simply Stylin’ Light Silk Spray.  This light pure silicone product will add a protective shine to your hair which will keep the effects of humidity at bay.



HAIR EXTENSIONS 101

Hair extensions vary widely according to application type and origin.  You want to make the right choice to ensure they enhance your natural hair perfectly and stay looking good as long as possible.

 

Weaves require the stylist to attach the hair to your head via tiny rows of braids.  The stylist first braids your natural hair into these tiny rows.  Then she stitches the weave to these braids.  This method is apt to apply a great deal of tension to your natural hair, especially when it gets wet.  If you shampoo your hair frequently, this may be of concern for you, so be sure to consult with your stylist prior to getting a weave.

 

Bonding involves gluing a latex plug into your real hair.  It's a good short-term method that's fast and relatively cheap, but it's tough to get out.  It requires a lot of heat and oil to dissolve the bonding agent, a lengthy, itchy process that can take some of your hair with it.

If you have fine hair, never let a stylist give you extensions using metal tubes.  This involves clamping small metal tubs over real hair to attach extensions, which adds a lot of weight and stress.  And it's next to impossible to pry the damn tube open later to get it off your head.  It's expensive, risky and the most likely to damage thin locks.

There is a method known as heat-shrink tubing, which doesn't harm natural hair as much as the previous method.  But it requires a lot of gluing, and can quickly loosen, allowing the extension hair to fall out.  It's not fun watching your $1,500 go down the drain every time you shower.

 

The Adhesive-Based Fusion method can work wonders, but you have to make sure the stylist is using top-of-the-line adhesive.  Wax-based glues are the cheapest, but they'll melt the first time you blow-dry your hair (and try getting that out without massive breakage).  Professional-grade adhesive is an absolute must.  A good stylist can glue in extensions with a bonding agent that's gentle but superstrong. And when it's time to take them out, the stylist applies a remover that dries the glue to a powdery substance.  No oily mess, no heat, no fuss.  Much better.

 

A final tip: always go for high-end human hair extensions, which can be colored and curled.  Synthetic hair is a guaranteed disaster -- it melts when you try to style it.



FLAT IRON PROTECTION 101

What do you use to protect your hair from a flat iron that goes up to 400 plus degrees?  Flat iron protection is essential when you apply temperatures that high on your hair; and most flat irons easily reach up to 400 degrees.

 

Heat protection starts with the type of flat iron you purchase for your hair.  Ceramic plate flat irons are the Rolls Royce of flat irons.  They create a bone straight, smooth, silky look and feel to the hair.  That’s because Ceramic plate flat irons apply an even heat pattern which provides a more uniform finish.  Ceramic plate flat irons also move through the hair more smoothly so you will experience no snagging or sticking to the hair shaft.  With these benefits alone Ceramic plate flat irons have the more traditional gold-plated irons beat hands down.


Regardless of whether your flat iron is ceramic, metal, ionic, or thermal, they all can be used incorrectly, doing damage to your hair over a period in time.  And while we all know no one wants that, damage is still one of the biggest complaints of flat irons.

 

So we’re going to give you some essential tips for using a flat iron to avoid damage and to achieve luxuriously straight and smooth hair.

Flat iron protection starts with the purchase of your flat iron.  Make sure it has a temperature gauge setting on it.  Rule # 1:  not everyone’s hair can stand the same amount of heat, and you will cause dryness as well as breakage in the long run if you don’t get an adjustable setting with your ceramic flat iron.

 

Be sure to apply a heat protectant to your hair.  A pure silicone like Simply Stylin’ Silk or Simply Stylin’ Light Silk Spray will protect the hair shaft with a silk coating that will not allow heat to penetrate and damage the hair.  One of the really great benefits of the Simply Stylin’ products is that you can put them in your hair while wet and then reapply while dry for extra protection; and they are so light that they still will not weigh your hair down!

For maximum flat iron protection, section your hair off in four parts so you have more control over your hair.  Start with one section at a time and make smaller sections within each section.  Spray Simply Stylin’ Light Silk Spray on the smaller sections you are going to flat iron, going from close to the root to the ends of the hair (avoid getting it on your scalp.)  Continue the process until you complete all four sections.   

Run your flat iron down each section of your hair smoothly, and avoid overlapping.  Flat iron each section of your hair once or, if you must, no more the twice.  That’s because overuse of your flat iron on your hair can make your hair very dry and brittle, leading to breakage over a period of time.  When you’re done flat ironing your hair, style as usual.

 

HAIR GROWTH

People always ask how they can get their hair to grow faster and longer.  They want to know what products and procedures to use for longer, thicker, more lustrous hair.  Well, right now we’re going to clarify for you a few things about hair growth and help you get that hair you’ve always wanted.

 

First, let’s point out the obvious:  hair grows from the scalp.  If your hair stops growing from your scalp, you start going bald.  So, if you’re not going bald, your hair is still growing.

 

But my hair never grows long enough, you say?  Then the problem isn’t hair growth; it’s how you treat your hair once it has grown out from the scalp.  If you weaken your hair after it has grown out from your scalp, it is prone to breakage.  And that breakage will make it seem as if your hair just isn’t growing.  So prevent the breakage and you promote healthy, longer hair growth.

 

Here are some of the many ways we can damage our hair: 

  1. Chemical processing – Relaxing or perming your hair can weaken the bonds in your hair shaft, resulting in easy breakage.
  2. Strenuous combing and brushing – Added stress to the hair can break hair easily, as you can see when you look at your brush or comb
  3. Excessive heat without heat protection – Heat damages hair easily, so be sure to use a pure silicone product like Simply Stylin’ Silk to coat the hair before applying heat
  4. Failure to trim ends regularly – Trimming removes split ends that will do nothing but continue to split right on your hair shaft and break your hair.



WIG MAINTENANCE

Proper maintenance of your wigs will improve their longevity and appearance.  Here are some important steps to follow.

 

1) First, gently brush out your wig to remove any tangles (unless the wig is extremely curly and/or it came with a tag telling you that it shouldn't be brushed).  Most of the longer styles will become quite matted towards the back, and it may be necessary to separate the tangled strands gently with your fingers.  Apply Simply Stylin’ Light Silk Spray to aid in brushing and easy removal of any tangles.

 

2) When the wig is ready to be washed, fill the sink with about 2 quarts of cool water.  Never use hot water, as this could relax the curl that was set into the wig during the manufacturing process.  Pour about 2 capfuls of shampoo into the water and then submerge the wig.  When the wig is fully wet, swish it around for about a minute and then let soak for about another minute.

 

3) Remove the wig and rinse in cold water until no suds remain.  Then place the wig on a bath towel to completely dry overnight.  It is all right to blot the wig with a towel, but don’t twist the wig or ring it out.  You can use your fingers to gently separate and arrange the strands as the wig is drying, but don’t try to comb or brush the wig while still wet.  The fibers could be stretched to the breaking point.

 

4) After the wig is dry, spray lightly with Simply Stylin’ Light Silk Spray to restore the shine and luster and aid in manageability.

5) Mist your wig with Simply Stylin' Light Silk Spray regularly to keep it looking new and fresh.

 

TAMING FLYAWAYS
Want your flyaways to go- away?  The bane of those with fine-hair, flyaways can be a very annoying problem.  But fear not!  There is a relatively simple solution.

 

Use a lightweight, spray pure silicone (Simply Stylin’ Light Silk Spray is a perfect choice for this).  Silicone coats the hair with a light layer that seals in hair shafts and puts flyaways back in their place.  Avoid silicone serums that contain alcohol, water or mineral oil though.  These fillers don’t help at all.  Instead, look for a pure silicone product that is light and in a spray form.

 

Use your new friend in the morning after styling and spritz it on during the day whenever flyaways may start to become problematic.

THE REASONS FOR DIFFERENT COMBS AND BRUSHES

There are many different types of combs and brushes available.  Here we’ll share with you what they are for.

 

Wide-toothed combs are designed specifically for detangling and smoothing freshly-shampooed hair.  Remember though to always towel dry your hair first before using a comb or else you risk some amount of damage.  For best results, use a pure silicone detangling spray like Simply Stylin’ Light Silk Spray before combing.  Small and fine tooth combs are best used for smoothing and finishing short or straight hairstyles.

 

Generally, the same principles for combs hold true for brushes, too.  But with brushes you’ll find more options.  Vented brushes have air holes or openings to allow air to circulate easily.  This makes them perfect for use with blow-dryers because the blow-dryer can dry the hair unimpeded through the brush.  Round and curved brushes have rows of tines on a round or curved base.  These brushes are designed for use in blow-dry styling to add soft curves to the styles.  Paddle brushes have rows of tines on a flat base and are used in blow-dry straightened styles to keep the hair smooth and flat.  Bristled brushes can have natural or synthetic bristles and are used for finishing and smoothing a style, or for distributing natural hair oils and massaging the scalp to maintain hair and scalp health.

BREAKAGE, SHEDDING, DAMAGE AND CHEMICALS

Experiencing damage and want to know the cause?  Well, if you’re using chemicals to straighten your hair, realize that changing your genetically coded tendency for wavy or curly hair into stick-straight locks is going to do some damage.  Even using a blow-dryer or a flat comb to straighten your hair non-chemically is going to inflict some damage.

 

But fear not!  You can reverse some of the damage done by following these steps. 

 

1.    Deep condition your hair right away and continue to do so every two weeks.  Begin applying your deep conditioner at the hairline and apply from forehead to ends.  Comb through your hair for even distribution, applying a little extra to the ends of long tresses.  Allow to set for the recommended time.

2.    If you notice severe breakage or split ends, go to a salon for a trim.  Split-ends will continue to split, and trimming will stop them in their tracks.  This will prevent continued damage while you attempt your hair repair regime.

3.    Use a good leave-in conditioner each time you shampoo.  Extra-moisturizing conditioners will help replenish and nourish your hair.

4.    Avoid heating appliances like blow-dryers, flat-irons and the like.  If you must use heat, use them on low settings and protect your hair first with Simply Stylin’ Light Silk Spray which is a very lightweight, pure silicone styling aid.

5.    Avoid coloring your hair until the damage is repaired.  You want to avoid continued application of hair-altering chemicals while you’re bringing back your hair’s health.

6.    Don’t add tension to your hair in the form of braiding or wearing a ponytail since these styles can promote root damage.  Give your hair a rest.

7.    Comb your hair gently and use a wide-toothed comb.

8.    Relaxers can be tricky to apply.  Misapplication can result in severe damage.  If you have any hesitation in applying them by yourself at home, please go right to a professional stylist instead.  Or better yet, avoid them altogether.

9.    Coat your hair after styling with Simply Stylin’ Silk to prevent further damage.  Simply Stylin’ will seal in the conditioning nutrients and protect the hair from outside stresses.




HOW TO TRIM YOUR FRINGE
So your hair is getting a bit long in the front, and you don’t know whether you should risk cutting it yourself or going straight to your stylist.  What should you do?

 

Now we all know (or should know) that nothing beats having your hair cut professionally.  But sometimes there are emergencies where you can’t get to your stylist in time.  If we’re only talking a minor little trim, here’s some advice.

 

  1. Pull your hair away from your face and secure with a headband or in a ponytail.  Comb only the fringe hair you are trimming onto your forehead.
  2. Use a very sharp pair of scissors, preferably a smallish pair like cuticle scissors.  Ordinary household scissors are too dull and will result in a bad trim job.
  3. Make sure your hair is dry since dry hair is easier to work with and makes it easier to gauge the results.  Starting at the center, take a small section of hair and hold loosely between your left thumb and forefinger.  Don’t pull too hard.
  4. Snip away no more than an inch, and then continue moving to the left.  When you’ve reached the outer corner, return to the center and move to the right, repeating the same cut.
  5. Stop!  Don’t cut more, and avoid every urge to do so.



AM I RISKING HAIR LOSS BY CHEMICALLY TREATING MY HAIR?
Are you risking hair loss?  Yes.  Will you lose hair?  Not necessarily - it really depends on how well you treat your hair.

 

Let’s be clear:  anytime you apply chemicals or pull your hair into tight styles (like braids), you risk damage to your follicles.  And this damage takes the form of breakage and shedding.  It’s called traumatic alopecia, and there are three kinds:

 

Traction alopecia results from regular pulling of hair from rollers, braiding, and in some cases, weaves and extensions.  It will take the form of thinning hair around the ears and the forehead.  When you see this, stop using whatever styling method is causing the damage immediately, because it can permanently deform your hair follicles.

 

Chemical alopecia is damage done by home perms or relaxers.  The chemicals destroy the hair shaft and irritate the skin on your scalp.  You'll see thinning hair and perhaps even bald spots on your scalp.  See a dermatologist immediately to prevent irreversible damage to the hair follicles.

 

Follicular degeneration, the gradual destruction of hair follicles through excessive use of pomades and hot combs and irons, is the worst of the three.  Hair loss will start at the crown and progress from there, and it's an irreversible condition.

 

You can reduce your risk of traumatic alopecia by following these steps.  African-American women should be especially careful to protect their hair from traumatic alopecia.

  1. Apply chemicals to the hair, not on the scalp.
  2. Use mild relaxers at home.
  3. Wrap hair loosely, to minimize tension at the root.
  4. Wear large, loose braids.
  5. Give your hair a break from braids every two weeks.
  6. Avoid products with mineral oil or petroleum.
  7. When using any type of heat on the hair, protect it with the use of pure silicone products.



NEED A LIFT?
Is your hair flat with no volume?  Sometimes this is caused by poor shampooing techniques.  (For example, if you’re not rinsing your hair correctly after a shampoo, residue from your shampoo may be weighing your hair down.)  Sometimes it’s the wrong shampoo.  Sometimes, it’s just nature at work. 

 

To increase your hair’s volume, first make sure you are using the right shampoo for your hair type.  (Oily hair is more prone to being flat, so most likely that is your hair type.)  Look for a mild, volumizing shampoo that is geared for your hair type.  Wash your hair carefully at night, rotating the shampoo over your scalp and roots with your fingers.  You want to focus on the roots more than the ends.  Use cool water to rinse, and be extra thorough around the crown and sides.  Apply conditioner to the ends of the hair, not the roots, and make sure your conditioner is formulated to add volume.

 

Don't brush your hair right away -- gently pat with a towel to take away most of the water.  Comb it about 15 minutes later.  If you've got a blow-dryer, give it a quick hit, focusing on the roots.  It's a good idea to blow dry with your head upside down for volume.

 

If your hair is long enough, take a scrunchy and pull it all to the top of your head and make a loose ponytail.  It's important not to put tension on the hair -- don't make it tight.  You're just gathering the hair so that when you lay down, it's stretched out on the pillow, not trapped beneath you.

 

You'll wake up with more volume, but you may have to wet hair just a little to style it for the day.  Be sure to use a volumizing mousse or spray to lock in the bounce.




BEST CUT FOR MY BODY TYPE

Yes, it's true - the impact of your hair cut extends well below your chin.  While matching your look to your body type isn't as crucial as finding a flattering fit for your face, it doesn't hurt to keep these guidelines in mind for your next trim.

 

Slender and tall types can wear just about any hair cut and look good, but medium-length, wavy and chunky styles are a nice way to add roundness to a silhouette.  Gentle layers, delicate angles and feminine bangs also add instant appeal.  Just don't go for the big-hair look, because all that volume will look funny atop a thin body, and long straight hair will just emphasize a lack of curves.

 

Full-figured and curvy girls can rock layered and medium-length cuts.  Stick with side parts and side-swept bangs (not short straight ones) for a leaner look.  Avoid anything that's big and full -- adding width is not the goal here.  

 

Small-framed women need to avoid extremes: Long hair will shorten you, and really cropped hair can make you look a little too much like a push-pin.  Go for sleek cuts with layers, angles and height at the top of the head.  The bane of your grown-up existence?  Cutesy styles like cheerleader ponytails, braids and pigtails...they don't make you look younger, just immature.



HEALTHY VITAMINS FOR YOUR HAIR

We often get asked what effect vitamins have on healthy hair growth.  Here we’ll list those that have specific effects and what they do for your hair.  Realize that it typically takes about two to three months to see results, so don’t expect a difference overnight.  Also, make sure you check with your doctor before starting any vitamin program, especially if you have health concerns.

Vitamin A – An antioxidant that helps produce healthy sebum (oil) in the scalp.  Food sources: Fish liver oil, meat, milk, cheese, eggs, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, apricots and peaches.  Daily Dose: 5,000 IU.  Warning: More than 25,000 IU daily is toxic and can cause hair loss and other serious health problems.

         
Vitamin C – An antioxidant that helps maintain skin & hair health.  Food sources: Citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi, cantaloupe, pineapple, tomatoes, green peppers, potatoes and dark green vegetables.  Daily Dose: 60 mg.

         
Vitamin E – An antioxidant that enhances scalp circulation.  Food sources: Cold-pressed vegetable oils, wheat germ oil, soybeans, raw seeds and nuts, dried beans, and leafy green vegetables.  Daily dose: Up to 400 IU.  Warnings: Can raise blood pressure and reduce blood clotting.  People taking high blood pressure medication or anticoagulants should check with their doctors before taking Vitamin E supplements.

         
Biotin - Helps produce keratin, the protein in your hair, and may prevent graying and hair loss.  Food sources: Brewer's yeast, whole grains, egg yolks, liver, rice and milk.  Daily dose: 150-300 mcg.

         
Inositol - Keeps hair follicles healthy at the cellular level.  Food sources: Whole grains, brewer's yeast, liver and citrus fruits.  Daily Dose: Up to 600 mg.

         
Niacin (Vitamin B3) - Promotes scalp circulation.  Food sources: Brewer's yeast, wheat germ, fish, chicken, turkey and meat.  Daily dose: 15 mg.  Warnings: Taking more than 25 mg a day can result in "niacin flush" - a temporary heat sensation due to blood cell dilation.

         
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) - Prevents graying and hair loss.  Food sources: Whole grain cereals, brewer's yeast, organ meats and egg yolks.  Daily dose: 4-7 mg.

         
Vitamin B6 - Prevents hair loss, helps create melanin, which gives hair its color.  Food sources: Brewer's yeast, liver, whole grain cereals, vegetables, organ meats and egg yolk.  Daily dose: 1.6 mg. Warnings: High doses can cause numbness in hands and feet.

         
Vitamin B12 - Prevents hair loss.  Food sources: Chicken, fish, eggs and milk.  Daily dose: 2 mg.

IS YOUR CONDITIONER LEAVING YOUR HAIR FLAT?
Because there are many different hair types, there are many different conditioners.  Naturally curly hair tends to be dry and, as a result, requires heavy conditioning.  But if your hair is naturally straight and fine, it’s likely to be very oily and not require heavy conditioning at all.

Look for conditioners that are specifically designed for thin or fine hair.  Avoid intensive or extra moisturizing conditioners.  If in doubt ask your stylist for a recommendation.

You should also try conditioning your hair every other day instead of daily.  Or perhaps go even longer in between conditioning.  Experiment and find the timing that works for you.  Just remember that straight and fine hair that tends to be oily requires less conditioning rather than more.

Lastly, make sure you condition your hair, not your scalp.  We always recommend following the logic “shampoo your scalp, condition your hair.”  So concentrate your conditioner from mid-length of your hair strands to the ends of your hair.


SPLIT ENDS PREVENTION
Is there no end to split ends?????

 

All the maintenance you do to create great-looking hair - blow-drying, straightening, coloring and curling - breaks down your cuticles.  As a result, your hair strands literally split.

Trimming your hair regularly (every six to eight weeks) will help prevent split ends.  But here are some other measures you can take:

  1. Make sure to deep condition your hair often - at least once a month.
  2. Relax in between relaxing treatments.  Your hair needs a rest.  So if you do chemical treatments like relaxing or coloring, wait at least two weeks between applications.  And never relax and color at the same time!
  3. If you comb your hair when it is wet, do so gently with a wide-tooth comb.
  4. On dry hair, use a soft-bristled brush.
  5. Get an ionic blow-dryer; it locks in moisture that helps prevent the breaking-down of your cuticles.
  6. Use silicone-based styling products like Simply Stylin’ which is pure silicone without fillers.  Silicone products smooth split ends.

 

 

ITCHY SCALP
It itches.  You scratch it.  Aaaahh, that’s better.  Then it itches again.  What to do?????

 

Is it dandruff?  Could be, even it there aren’t any flakes.  So try an anti-dandruff shampoo first to see if that solves it.  Give it a few weeks to work.  If there’s no improvement, time to see a dermatologist.  It could be a simple and mild allergic reaction to certain hair products or something hormonal.  Or, if your scalp is red and scaly, you could have seborrheic dermatitis which is a reaction to yeast on the scalp.  Don’t fret though – your dermatologist can clean that up easily.

INGREDIENTS TO AVOID IN HAIR PRODUCTS
Since Simply Stylin' is doing its part to offer pure hair products without harmful chemicals, we're often asked what harmful chemicals should be avoided in the hair care products you buy.  So here is a list we found of potentially harmful ingredients commonly found in hair care products.

1. ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL: This is a solvent and denaturant.  Isopropyl alcohol is found in hair color rinses, body rubs, hand lotions, after-shave lotions, fragrances and many other cosmetics. This petroleum-derived substance is also used in antifreeze and as a solvent in shellac. Hair reacts very badly to isoalcohol and this ingredient should be avoided at ALL costs. It will dry your hair out and break it off. According to A Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients, inhalation or ingestion of the vapor may cause headaches, flushing, dizziness, mental depression, nausea, vomiting, narcosis and even coma.

2. PEG: This is an abbreviation for polyethylene glycol that is used in making cleansers to dissolve oil and grease as well as thicken products. Because of their effectiveness, PEG's are often used in caustic spray on oven cleaners and yet are found in many personal care products. PEG's contribute to stripping the Natural Moisture Factor, leaving the immune system vulnerable. They are also potentially carcinogenic.

3. PROPYLENE GLYCOL (PG): As a "surfactant" or wetting agent and solvent, this ingredient is actually the active component in antifreeze.  It is used in industry to break down protein and cellular structure (what the skin is made of) yet is found in most forms of make-up, hair products, lotions, after-shave, deodorants, mouthwashes and toothpaste. It is also used in food processing. Because of its ability to quickly penetrate the skin, the EPA requires workers to wear protective gloves, clothing and goggles when working with this toxic substance. The Material Safety Data Sheets warn against skin contact, as PG has systemic consequences such as brain, liver and kidney abnormalities. Consumers are not protected nor is there a warning label on products such as stick deodorants, where the concentration is greater than that in most industrial applications.

4. SODIUM LAURYL SUFATE (SLS) & SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE (SLES): SLS is used in testing labs as the standard ingredient to irritate skin. Used as detergents and surfactants, these closely related compounds are found in car wash soaps, garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers. Yet both SLS and SLES are used more widely as one of the major ingredients in cosmetics, toothpaste, hair conditioner and about 90% of all shampoos and products that foam. They are used in personal-care products because they are cheap. A small amount generates a large amount of foam, and when salt is added it thickens to give the illusion of being thick and concentrated. (SOME OF THE NITROSATING AGENTS ARE: SLS, SLES, DEA, TEA, MEA). Shampooing the hair with a product contaminated with these substances can lead to its absorption into the body at levels much higher than eating nitrite-contaminated foods. Mark Fearer in an article, Dangerous Beauty, says, "...in tests, animals that were exposed to SLS experienced eye damage, along with depression, labored breathing, diarrhea, severe skin irritation and corrosion and death." According to the American College of Toxicology states both SLS and SLES can cause malformation in children's eyes. Other research has indicated SLS may be damaging to the immune system, especially within the skin. Skin layers may separate and inflame due to its protein denaturing properties. It is possibly the most dangerous of all ingredients in personal care products. Research has shown that SLS when combined with other chemicals can be transformed into nitrosamines, a potent class of carcinogens, which causes the body to absorb nitrates at higher levels than eating nitrate contaminated food." According to the American College of Toxicity report, "SLS stays in the body for up to five days..." Other studies have indicated that SLS easily penetrates through the skin and enters and maintains residual levels in the heart, the liver, the lungs and the brain. This poses serious questions regarding its potential health threat through its use in shampoos, cleansers and toothpaste," Studies show its danger potential to be great when used in personal-care products. Toxicity - A serious problem with these chemicals is that they may be contaminated with NDELA (N-nitrosodiethanolamine), one of the nitrosamines and a potent carcinogen, according to a 1978 FDA report. Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) - SLES is the alcohol form (ethoxylated) of SLS. It is slightly less irritating than SLS, but may be more drying. Both SLS and SLES can enter the blood stream. They may cause potentially carcinogenic formations of nitrates and dioxins to form in shampoos and cleansers by reacting with other product ingredients. Large amounts of nitrates may enter the blood system from just one shampooing. Contains ether.

5. DEA (diethanolamine) MEA (momoethnanolamine) TEA (triethanolamine): DEA and MEA are usual listed on the ingredients label in conjunction with the compound being neutralized. Thus look for names like Cocamide DEA or MES, Lauramide DEA, etc. These are hormone disrupting chemicals and are known to form cancer causing nitrates and nitrosamines. . These are commonly found in most personal care products that foam, including bubble baths, body washes, shampoos, soaps and facial cleansers. On the show, CBS This Morning, Roberta Baskin revealed that a recent government report shows DEA and MEA are readily absorbed in the skin. Dr. Samuel Epstein, Professor of Environmental Health at the University of Illinois said "repeated skin applications of DEA-based detergents resulted in a major increase in the incidence of two cancers - liver and kidney cancers." John Bailey, who oversees the cosmetic division for the FDA said the new study is especial important since "the risk equation changes significantly for children."

6. FD & C Color PIGMENTS: Many color pigments cause skin sensitivity and irritation. Absorption of certain colors can cause depletion of oxygen in the body and even death according to A Consumer's dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients. Debra Lynn Dadd says in Home Safe Home: "Colors that can be used in foods, drug, and cosmetics are made from coal tar. There is a great deal of controversy about their use, because animal studies have shown almost all of them to be carcinogenic."

7. IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA and DMDM HYDANTOIN: These are just two of the many preservatives that release formaldehyde (formaldehyde-donors). According to the Mayo clinic, formaldehyde can irritate the respiratory system, cause skin reactions and trigger heart palpitations. Exposure to formaldehyde may cause joint pain, allergies, depression, headaches, chest pains, ear infections, Chronic fatigue, dizziness and loss of sleep. It can also aggravate coughs and colds and trigger asthma. Serious side effects include weakening of the immune system and cancer. Nearly all brands of skin, body and hair care, antiperspirants and nail polish found in stores contain formaldehyde-releasing ingredients.



SHAMPOOING TIPS

Treat wet hair gently because wet hair can stretch and become more vulnerable to breakage and shedding.

Detangle hair before shampooing so tangling doesn’t worsen during the wash. For this, a light misting of Simply Stylin’™ Light Silk Spray will do the job.

Rinse your hair with warm (not hot) water to open the hair’s cuticles and begin the process of removing styling products, oil and debris.

Be sure to stroke the hair gently to avoid stressing the hair. Concentrate the shampoo on the scalp, not the fragile ends of the hair. The goal of shampooing is really to cleanse the scalp, so massage gently to avoid tangling the hair. When you rinse, the shampoo will run throughout your hair, cleansing your strands thoroughly. Rinse with warm water to make sure cuticles remain open for maximum cleansing. Then repeat the shampoo.

 

CONDITIONING TIPS
Unlike shampooing, conditioners should be concentrated on the hair strands not the scalp.

Squeeze hair to remove excess water. Apply conditioner from about mid-length of your hair strands and smooth down to the tips.

Comb through to distribute evenly.

Leave conditioner on for recommended amount of time. Rinse with cool water to close the cuticles and seal in the hair shaft. This also maximizes shine.



WANT TO KNOW MORE?
When scales on the hair shaft lay flat they seal-in the hair, protecting it from external pressures like heat and humidity. How do you get the scales to lay flat? Rinse with cool water after shampooing and conditioning and apply a pure silicone product like Simply Stylin’™ Silk or Simply Stylin’™ Light Silk Spray. Simply Stylin’ products are not absorbed into the hair, so they act as protective coatings for your hair.

Towel dry wet hair first before blow drying to minimize the potential damage from extreme heat. Make sure to apply Simply Stylin’™ Silk or Simply Stylin’™ Light Silk Spray to your hair before blow drying to protect it from the heat.

Dandruff consists of flakes of dead skin. And while no one knows definitively what causes dandruff, many suggest it is a non-contagious, harmless fungus. Look for shampoos that contain salicylic acid, zinc, tars or selenium sulfide. Gently scrub your hair with the shampoo for five minutes to loosen flakes.

Hair breakage occurs when bonds in the hair shaft weaken. This can be caused by improper use of chemical products (relaxers/perms, coloring products, etc.) or by excessive brushing or combing. The result is thin hair that lacks luster. Simply Stylin’™ Silk and Simply Stylin’™ Light Silk Spray can help bring back the luster in your hair by reinforcing each hair strand and adding thickness and shine.

While made of protein, hair is dead once it leaves the scalp. As a result, any attempt to make your hair grow faster has to start beneath the scalp, not above it. Eat healthy and maintain a good nutritional balance. Rest and sleep are also important as is reduced stress. And occasional hot oil treatments do wonders for the scalp and promote good hair growth.

 

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