18 Nov 2018

New Year, New Hair Care Regimen for 2019


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Beautiful, healthy hair doesn’t just magically happen overnight. If you want healthier hair, you have to commit to some healthy habits first. Luckily, with the new year on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to make some hair care resolutions! Read on to learn how to have healthy hair in the new year by resolving to follow these easy hair care tips.

2019 Hair Care Routine for Healthy, Thick Hair

Resolution 1: Skip Some Washes

Washing your hair eevery daycan leave it dry, brittle, and prone to breakage. Lengthen the time between washes by using a dry shampoo or pull hair loosely into a bun. Hint: tightly pulled hairstyles can cause more damage (see resolution 5 below). When you do wash your hair, opt for a gentle shampoo that cleanses the hair without stripping it of its natural protective oils.

Resolution 2: Invest in a Silk Pillowcase

When you sleep on a cotton pillowcase, the rough surface causes friction against your strands. This friction can lead to damage. Plus, the porous cotton fibers can absorb moisture from your hair. Switch to a slippery silk pillowcase to prevent nighttime friction and help keep your locks moisturized.

Resolution 3: Embrace Your Natural Texture

Blow dryers, curling irons, flat irons, and all the other high-heat hair tools we use to change our natural hair texture can cause damage. This can be especially true in winter when hair is usually drier and more fragile. Whenever you can, air-dry your hair and avoid styling with hot tools.

Resolution 4: Damage Control

When you do use heat tools on your hair, always use a heat protectant. These products come in oils, sprays, and creams for different hair types. But the function is essentially the same: to protect hair from damage when using hot tools. Never curl or straighten your hair without using a heat protectant first!

Resolution 5: Rotate Your Hairstyles

We love a sleek topknot or ponytail to disguise oily hair in between washes. Unfortunately, wearing your hair in the same style every day — especially a tightly pulled style — can cause breakage. Switch your look regularly, alternating buns, braids and ponytails. And change their position on your head to prevent excess stress on one part of your scalp.

Resolution 6: Regular Trims

Even if you’re trying to grow out your hair, you should be visiting your stylist every 6-8 weeks for a trim. Why? Trims remove split ends before they can spread up the hair shaft, causing breakage. If you want longer, healthier hair then you want to avoid breakage at all costs! Regular trims will keep your hair healthy and strong.

Resolution 7: Take Your Vitamins

Healthy hair starts with a healthy body. When we don’t get enough nutrients, our bodies may reroute the nutrients we do get to our vital organs instead of making them available to hair follicles. The result? Hair growth may slow and thinning can occur. In fact, in clinical studies, deficiencies of vitamins and minerals like iron have been linked with hair loss in women. While we encourage you to eat a diet rich in hair-healthy foods, you may also find it helpful to take a nutritional supplement like Viviscal to be sure you’re getting the nutrients you need to promote existing hair growth.*

Resolution 8: Protect Against the Elements

You protect your skin from winter’s cold and summer’s sun, but are you also protecting your hair? Each season brings new challenges for hair care. For healthy hair, all year round, be sure to protect your hair from the elements.
In the winter, moisture is key. Invest in a moisturizing hair mask or deep conditioning treatment and apply once a week. In the summer, protect hair from damaging UVA and UVB rays by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
If you’re overwhelmed by this list, try to incorporate a new healthy habit during each month of 2018. By the end of the year, your hair could be so much healthier!
How will you resolve to treat your hair better in the new year? Let us know in the comments!

Power of Almonds for Healthy Hair Growth


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In the quest for an answer to thinning hair, you may have come across claims that some superfoods hold the key to healthy hair growth*. Almonds are one such superfood. Rich in vital nutrients, dietary fibre and monounsaturated fats, almonds are definitely a healthy food. But do almonds really make your hair grow?
Join us as we learn about eating almonds for hair growth, as well as the benefits of almond oil and almond butter for hair.

Benefits of Almonds for Hair Growth

Though usually considered nuts, almonds are actually the seed of the fruit from almond trees. Almonds are loaded with healthy vitamins and minerals that are key to hair growth, including:

Biotin

Biotin, or vitamin B7, promotes hair growth and healthy hair follicles. A quarter cup of sliced almonds would provide an adequate amount of biotin for most adults’ hair health needs.

Magnesium

Magnesium is necessary for hair growth and magnesium deficiency has been linked with hair loss. A quarter cup of almonds fulfils 23% of your daily requirement of magnesium.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects skin, including the scalp, from oxidative damage. A quarter cup of sliced almonds provides 39% of your daily vitamin E requirement.

Iron

Iron deficiency, also known as anaemia, can cause hair thinning. One cup of almonds contains 29% of the recommended daily value of iron, helping to treat anaemia.

Protein

Protein is vital for the synthesis of keratin, which is a building block of hair and nails. Almonds are a great vegetarian source of protein, with 1oz providing 6g of protein.

How Many Almonds Are Needed for Hair Growth?

Now that you know all the benefits of almonds for hair growth, you’re probably wondering, “How many almonds should I be eating for hair growth?“* Unfortunately, there’s no magic amount of almonds that will treat thinning hair.
We recommend eating almonds as part of a hair-healthy diet along with supplements like Viviscal in order to give your body the nutrients it needs to grow healthy hair.* A healthy diet, along with plenty of sleep, exercise, and stress reduction will give your hair the best possible chance of healthy growth.*

Almond Butter for Hair

If you don’t like snacking on almonds, almond butter provides many of the same nutritional benefits for hair. Swap out almond butter for peanut butter in any recipe for an added dose of hair-loving fatty acids and vitamins.

Almond Oil for Hair Growth

Don’t like the taste of almonds? If you’re opposed to eating almonds for hair growth, try applying almond oil on the outside of your strands instead. Almond oil moisturizes brittle, dry hair and prevents breakage — a major factor in thinning hair. Rich in vitamin E and D, this pale, yellow oil helps nourish hair follicles and strands from the outside.

Which Almond Oil Is Best For Hair?

There are two types of almond oil: bitter and sweet. Sweet almond oil is made from edible almonds and is more popular than bitter almond oil for medicinal and cosmetic treatments. Choose a pure, cold-pressed almond oil, as this method of extraction, retains the most nutrients.

How to Use Almond Oil for a Cosmetic Thinning Hair Treatment

To smooth the hair cuticle and nourish the scalp, follow these simple instructions for an almond oil hair treatment:
  • Wet hair with water, then apply a few drops of almond oil to the roots. Gently massage the oil into the scalp.
  • Use a wide-toothed comb to disperse oil evenly through hair. You may need to add a few extra drops if your hair is long.
  • Put on a shower cap or wrap hair in a towel and leave on for at least 30 minutes, then shampoo as usual. For extra-dry hair, leave oil on overnight.
  • For best results, use this almond oil treatment weekly.
Do you like snacking on almonds? Have you ever tried almond oil as a hair treatment? Let us know in the comments!

3 Things You Should Know Before Cutting Your Hair


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Goals: never feel the anguish of post-haircut regrets again. On the road to being a more self-confident version of ourselves (#loveyourhair), we’re sharing this article from a few months back written by beauty blogger Jamie Stone for Today.com. We’ve called out a few of our very favorite of Jamie’s rules that you must know before getting your next haircut, especially if you’re battling with super-fine, thin hair.

3 Haircut Rules for Fine Hair That You Might Not Know

1. Go to a Stylist Who Understands Fine Hair

Jamie was very impressed when she went to celebrity hairstylist Jill Crosby, who’s known for being an expert at cutting fine and thin hair. That experience cutting and styling fine hair can make all the difference.
“Women with fine or thinning hair tend to default to styles that are almost non-styles,” Crosby explains. “They often grow out their hair and refrain from ever cutting it — even the slightest trim. And when I see a woman with thinning hair get to the point when she’s willing to cut away the breakage and damage to find a cut that really enhances her face and utilizes her stronger qualities, [she’s] typically elated and realizes what [she’s] been missing.”

2. A Blunt Haircut Is Your Best Friend

Do not think of blunt haircuts as boring. Jamie said she always assumed blunt cuts were a snooze-fest until she actually tried one. Now, she sings their praises: “Nothing, I repeat, nothing makes fine hair look fuller than a straight line going across the bottom,” she writes. “Even when I wore my hair shoulder length, which was shorter than I liked at that time, it looked incredibly fuller and healthier.”
“A strong-weight line with a fresh, blunt cut can actually make hair look longer,” Crosby explains. “So while you’re cutting, you’re creating an illusion of length and volume.”
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Jamie with her “blunt cut”. Photo by Jamie Stone (Today.com)

3. When It Comes to Color, Embrace Your Dark Side

As a blonde for nearly 15 years, Jamie was fastidious about the cardinal sin of dyed blonde hair: “Don’t let your roots show… ever.” But, she says, now she’s seen the error of her ways.
In fact, celeb colorist Erick Orellana says that embracing your dark roots actually can make fine hair look thicker. “Highlights are great for adding volume,” Orellana explains, “but if you go too light at the root you can actually cause more breakage to the hair, which means thinner hair. You can still stay very blonde, especially on the ends, but try to avoid the root.
“When dealing with a client who has fine or thinning hair,” he adds, “I always recommend adding a deeper root with just a few highlights, which helps hair look fuller and thicker — especially at the roots where you want some volume.
Orellana was the colorist behind Jamie’s highlights in her “blunt cut” photo above, which she finally agreed to do after months of his trying to convince her to embrace her dark roots. Her leap paid off. Check out how those darker roots give her hair depth and lend it the illusion of density.

Bonus: Play the Part

One small but very important extra tip to keep in mind is your part. Your stylist will cut your hair based on where you most often wear your part. Before getting a cut based on that same old part, ask him or her if your part should be in a different spot. Once you start to experiment pre-cut, you’ll find that simply moving your part a half-inch one way or the other gives your hair the appearance of more volume. Crosby agrees, “[Moving your part] gives instant lift at the root and can completely change a style for the better.” It’s such a simple move that can make all the difference for thinning hair.

Jamie’s Must-Have Products for Thicker Hair

Just sayin’… Viviscal supplements topped Jamie’s list of her five favorite products for thin hair. Our dietary supplement is drug-free and delivers a complete formula — including vitamins, minerals and a proprietary marine complex — that’s clinically proven to promote existing hair growth*. In fact, not to brag, but we’re one of very few hair supplements that have done clinical research on our complete formula. No wonder we’re one of Jamie’s faves for thick and healthy hair.

8 Holiday Hairstyles For Every Event


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Do you need hairstyle inspiration this December? This is by far the busiest month in most of our social calendars and it can be tough to have the energy to do all that socializing, much less look fabulously fresh and on-trend while doing it. So we are making it easy for you. Whatever the event, we’ve got you covered with the perfect hairstyle to help you survive the holiday social season in style. These eight genius hair ideas will take you from the office holiday party to your family Christmas dinner in style. (Hairstyles courtesy of www.purewow.com.)

Theater Tickets: A Sleek Bun with Accessories

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Photo: @cwoodhair/Instagram
For an annual trip to see The Nutcracker or A Christmas Carol, you’ll need something upscale that can be done in 10 minutes or less after work. First, take apart your topknot from the morning, split it into two separate buns and stack them on top of each other. Finish with a gold barrette or sparkling accessory underneath for a festive touch. It looks elegant and far more elaborate than it actually is.

New Year’s Eve Party: Cornrows or Pinned Twists

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Tracee Ellis Ross (Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Dancing all night long is no match for this neat protective hairstyle. The tight braids show off your highlighted, contoured cheekbones and protect your hair growth from damage. For this updo, try thick cornrows braided into a low bun. If your hair is fine, instead of braids, twist sections of your hair and pin them as you go.

Family Parties: A Low Ponytail with a Loose Velvet Bow

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Photo: @cwoodhair/Instagram
This super-simple style is classic and classy, plus it couldn’t be easier to do. This style is especially good for medium-length to longer hair. Simply gather hair into a low, loose ponytail and loosely tie it with a velvet ribbon in a jewel-tone color for a wintry holiday look.

Your Office Holiday Party: A Low, Textured Updo

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Margot Robbie (Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
You spend all day with your coworkers, but now you need to pull off a hairstyle change in your office bathroom that makes you look impossibly chic and fresh. This style is astonishingly easy to do, and will set you up for a night of networking with upper management. First, loop your hair into a low, loose knot and pull out a few casual pieces in the front (avoid the ’90s-style tendrils). Then, use a flat iron to add a little bend to those front pieces so they gently frame your face.

Cocktails with the Girls: A Low Braided Knot

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Jennifer Lawrence (Photo: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
A low, braided knot is effortlessly chic yet not too fussy. If you want to take the fancy up a notch, wrap a skinny braid around and pin it in place to add some texture (bonus: this will help hide the elastic band). That’s precisely the minute detail only your best friends would appreciate.

Dinner Parties: A Loose, Rumpled Braid

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Jessica Alba (Photo: Chris Delmas/Getty Images)
A slightly disheveled braid keeps even the most formal dresses from feeling too stuffy, which is perfect for an intimate dinner at someone’s home. To create the look, braid as you normally would and use your fingers to lightly pull apart a few sections, fluffing it out.

The Neighborhood Drop-in Cookie Exchange: A Curled, High Ponytail

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Jasmine Tookes (Photo: @jastookes/Instagram)
This look says festive but casual. It’s especially great if you’ve been busily doing Christmas shopping all day and ran out of time to wash your hair. Slick back second-day hair into a high ponytail. Then separate the ponytail into three even sections. Wind each section around a curling iron and let it cool. Break apart the curls by gently raking your fingers through your hair. The combination of sleek and curly is a genius disguise for oily roots and unkempt ends.

A Formal Charity Event: Sleek, Retro-Glamorous Waves

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Alexa Chung (Photo: Fred Duval/Getty Images)
These retro ’50s red-carpet waves convey subtle elegance. Comb hair into a deep side part, curl hair into ringlets and then softly brush them out. Land the retro look with matte red lipstick and sparkly statement earrings.