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Hot Tip!

For dandruff -- apply Listerine to the scalp after shampooing and before the final rinse...let set for 10 minutes.

Defrizzing Your Hair

Here's how to avoid frizzy hair:

1. Shampoo and Condition
Wash hair, concentrating on the scalp, using a low-detergent shampoo (the tip-off is that it doesn't lather very much, but when in doubt, buy formula for fine hair). Rinse and apply conditioner, leave it in for a few minutes, and rinse with cool water. Then press - don't rub - wet hair with a towel. Comb your hair gently with a wide-tooth comb.
hair 2. Apply Styling Products
While hair is still soaking wet, rub a blob of silicone gel, cream, or serum between your palms and run hands down the length of hair to seal the cuticles shut. The coarser the hair, the heavier and richer the product should be. To make sure every strand is coated from the roots to the ends, pin up the top layers of hair and smooth gel or serum on the bottom layers first.
hair 3. Dry
If you have curly hair and want to wear it natural, let it air-dry, or blow-dry it using a diffuser. Hold the dryer so that the diffuser cradles hair from below. To wear hair straight, divide it into two-inch-wide sections. Blow-dry each one on high from roots to ends, using a metal barrel or boar-bristle brush and pointing the nozzle down. To reseal cuticles, use just serum or pomade on dry hair.

Tricks Of The Trade

  • Shampoo only every other day - since detergent inflates the hair shaft and roughs up cuticles. On alternative days, rinse hair and condition only the ends. This helps to get rid of frizz
  • To clean hair without fluffing frizz-prone ends, New York hairstylist River Lloyd recommends applying shampoo only at the crown.
  • After blowing hair straight, switch the dryer to a cool setting for a few seconds, and blow each section again.
  • When applying conditioner to your hair comb through BEFORE rinsing out. That way it will get to the roots and into every strand of hair also prevents frizzy hair and split ends.
  • Static electricity causes frizzy hair...Rub a small amount of VO 5 in your hands and apply to your hair. Comb or brush through. (Use very little, less is more in this case or you'll end up with an "environmental oil slick.")
  • Swimmers can control the amount of chlorine absorption in their hair by applying VO 5 to the hair and combing through before swimming.
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Shiny Hair

  • Mash up an avocado with a tablespoon of olive oil and a tsp of baking powder. Mix this until well combined and then work the mixture through your hair. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse well.
  • Your hair needs Vitamin E for shine? You can get this much needed vitamin by incorporating brown rice, nuts, wheat germ and leafy green vegetables into your diet.
  • Boost the shine.....Once your hair is completely dry, finish it off with a cool blast of air to seal the cuticle. The reason? If the cuticles are ragged, there is no shine.

Full Hair

Tips for a fuller head of hair

  • Try a little scalp massage to stimulate hair growth.  It not only feels wonderful, it's good for you, too
  •  Towel your hair dry and then it pull up on the top of your head. Secure with a fat "elastic" (that won't damage or crease your hair ) and then blow dry the scalp hair until it is dry.
  • Apply mousse or gel just at the roots.  This will give more volume without weighing hair down.
  • Light teasing always works too, just don't do it too often, it can break tender hair shafts.

Oily Hair

Natural care for oily hair: bring body and life back to your hair with these cleaning tips. (bodycare).

IF THE SEBACEOUS GLANDS ON your scalp produce a lot of oil, your hair will be oily. People with fine hair tend to have more glands on their scalps and thus have greater chances of having oily hair.

A good way to remove excess oil is to spike your shampoo with Epsom salts, sold in drugstores. 

  • Mix 2 to 3 teaspoons Epsom salts and 
  • 1/2 cup of a liquid shampoo in a plastic container.
  •  Thoroughly massage 1 tablespoon of this mixture into your dry hair (applying the mixture to dry hair will help it soak up more oil). 
  • Rinse.

When pressed for time, use  either of these two natural shampoos straight (both are formulated for oily hair): Aubrey Organics Egyptian Henna Shampoo ($8 for 8 ounces; 800-282-7394) and Pure Essentials Citress Shampoo ($4.99 for 17 ounces; 800-222-6720).

After shampooing, skip conditioner, or condition only the ends of your hair. An occasional lemon juice rinse after shampooing will also help remove excess oil. Mix the juice of one lemon and 1 cup of lukewarm water, and pour over your hair. After 10 minutes, rinse with cool water.


 Dry Hair

Hair normally has a moisture content of approximately 10%. If your hairís moisture content drops below this level the key is to increase the hairís ability of attract and retain moisture. This is accomplished by using moisturizers.

Good ones have "humectants" that not only replace lost moisture but actually attract moisture and retain it in the cortex of the hair. Essential fatty aids (EFAís) are great moisturizers. One of the best and most cost effective essential fatty acids is safflower oil. It is the kind you can buy to cook with. It is rich in EFAís.

The scalp produces the best EFAís called sebum. The problems is once the hair grows past the neck line or does not have direct contact with the scalp the scalps natural oils can not be utilized throughout the hair shaft.

You can manually replace the lost EFAís by:

  • Placing 1 or 2 drops of safflower oil in your palms and rub them together.
  • There should only be enough to make your hands "shine" in the light.
  • Carefully take your hair (while dry) and "scrunch" the small amount of oil to the ENDS first and work toward the scalp.
  • Leave this in your hair.
  • 1-2 drops of safflower oil on dry hair is so small, you wonít notice it is there.

Doing the above as often as necessary will ensure your dry hair will have the proper amount of humectants to attract and retain moisture. The key is that a small amount will go a long way.



  • Try a little scalp massage to stimulate hair growth.
  • It not only feels wonderful, it's good for you, too

Bigger volume of hair

  • Do you have long hair and you'd like more volume?
  • Towel your hair dry and then it pull up on the top of your head. Secure with a fat "elastic" (that won't damage or crease your hair ) and then blow dry the scalp hair until it is dry.
  • This will give you plenty of volume with little effort.

How To Brush Long Hair

  • Bend forward, allowing hair to fall.
  • Using only a wooden base natural bristle brush, bring hair from the nape of the neck over the head and down to the ends.
  • Stand straight again with hair falling normally and brush from the underside of the hairline down the strands to the ends.
  • Now, brush the top layers into place with long, even strokes. After each stroke, smooth hair with hands to reduce static.
  • Increase the number of strokes weekly, starting with five and increasing by one a week until you find a comfortable routine.
  • If oiliness develops, reduce strokes.

Brush only when dry. Hair is weakest when it is wet and brushing can easily damage it. Even when hair is dry, always comb before brushing.


  • Some are of the opinion that at the early stages of hair loss, dandruff begins to increase. However, an increase in the amount of dandruff does not necessarily mean that there is a "cause-effect" relationship resulting in the thinning of hair.
    You should think of excessive dandruff as a warning sign as far as the health of the hair is concerned.
  • Dandruff is made up of bits of dead skin that peel away from the scalp as a result of the effects of metabolism. Normally, dandruff, in its early stages of growth, is not visible to the naked eye. It becomes visible only after enlarging into pieces of dead skin (what we normally call "dandruff") as a result of the propagation of bacteria and/or problems with seborrhoeic scalp conditions.
  • Persons suffering from prolonged dandruff are said to have a dandruff ailment. This type of ailment, accompanied by itchiness, can lead to eczema if it worsens. Suppressing the propagation of bacteria is one means of dealing with fatty dandruff. This is because bacteria is one of the causes of this condition.
  • If possible, try to shampoo on a daily basis to prevent bacterial propagation. One effective means of dealing with dandruff is to disinfect the scalp area with commercially available medicated shampoos specifically designed for dandruff removal. However, daily shampooing can lead to eczema for persons who suffer from dry scalps. Shampooing once every three days may be ideal for such persons.
  • Persons who suffer from persistent, hard-to-cure dandruff are urged to consult a skin specialist.

Hair Colors

Coloring your hair is perhaps the quickest and most dramatic way to change your look.

There are two types of hair dyes: permanent and semi-permanent, with variations of each.
A) Permanent Tints:
Must be mixed with hydrogen peroxide to lift hair color.   The higher the level of peroxide, the quicker and lighter the result.
B) Semi-Permanent Colors:
They don't actually lift the color - you can either vary the tone within your natural highlights or go darker.  This means that the color can last up to 20 washes and will softly fade as you shampoo, causing no regrowth problem.
C) Semi-Permanent Vegetable Colors:
Contain only vegetable extracts and natural ingredients, so no color is stripped from your hair.  This color sits on the hair's surface and will wash out after about 8 shampoos.

Different coloring methods suit different hair styles, so get some expert advice when deciding which one to go for...
Skin Tone: Your new hair color should complement your skin tone. Light-skinned people don't look good with very dark hair because it draws color out of their skin. Dark, tanned skin doesn't look great when mixed with a one-tone blonde, but four or five blonde, chestnut or honey tones look fabulous.

  • BLONDE: If you would love to be blonde, talk the process through with your colorist  before you go for it.   Never attempt this kind of dye job on your own for the first time.
  • RED:Red is the ultimate sexy shade. Hair holds on to red pigments well, so going copper-top can be easy for most people.
  • BROWN:Brunette is always a safe choice as it suits nearly every girl in town. Varying the shade with highlights can achieve a huge range of looks.
  • BLACK:This is by far the easiest color to accomplish because the molecules in black tints are larger and will cover all hair types very effectively. Caution is needed when using black as it only tends to look good on people with darker and olive skin tones. it's great for getting the goth look, but definitely not for your granny.

Some popular coloring questions:

  • Will coloring my hair damage it?
    Only if the wrong level of peroxide is used or you are over-processing (too many permanent colors are applied) your hair. If you constantly change your hair color , especially if you go from blonde to brown and back to blonde, you must regularly use deep conditioning treatments.
  • Why can colored hair look dull?
    Over-processing is the biggest reason. If your hair is starting to look dull, use semi-permanent colors where the pigments sit on top of the hair adding plenty of tone and shine.
  • What's better for my hair, semi-permanent or permanent color?
    Semi-permanent color give your hair a higher shine and enhance condition, but they won't lift natural hair color. Also, a semi-permanent tint will not cover large amount of grey hair (more than 50%).
    If a permanent tint is used correctly, you will always achieve a beautiful effect and semi-permanent tints can be used to maintain these permanent treatments, adding condition.

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