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Monday, September 06, 2021

How often should you trim your hair? ✂️

September 06, 2021 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

You have all heard that you should get a trim regularly if you want to keep your hair strong and healthy, but how do you know when the right time is?  How often you should cut your hair depending on your hair texture and your current haircut.

hairdresser cutting straight hair

Many hairstylists used to suggest getting a trim once a month, every four (4) weeks.  Yes, if you have short hair, you should trim it every four weeks; if you want to keep your current hairstyle.  However, if you have medium-length hair, a cut every four weeks is probably too often.  Getting a haircut every eight (8) to twelve (12) weeks is a better option to keep your medium length looking healthy without growing it out long.

If you have long hair, you can wait even more than eight to twelve weeks between haircuts.  A  haircut every three (3) to four (4) months will work best for your needs.  You have to give your hair time to grow (about 0.5 inches each month) between cuts to avoid sacrificing length.  When I used to wear my hair straight, I trimmed it every three or four weeks.  Nowadays, I wear my hair in its natural texture (I have a loose curly hair pattern), and I plan to trim my hair at the beginning of each season!  By doing so, I will be giving myself a haircut four times a year, once every three months (12 weeks).  To be honest, I am still getting used to waiting this long to cut my hair.

hairdresser cutting curly hair

If you have fine hair, you should get a trim every four (4) to six (6) weeks.  Fine hair is more susceptible to damage from styling tools and products than other hair types.   For this reason, frequent trims are a must for healthy-looking hair.   


If you have layered hair, you might notice that within a couple of months, your haircut loses its shape.  Usually, longer layered styles can stretch a bit longer between trims.  Layers should be reshaped every eight (8) to twelve (12) weeks.   Fringes or bangs should be trimmed monthly, but you can go longer if you have lower-maintenance styles like wispy bangs or curtain bangs.


Here are telltale signs that you need a haircut:  


  • Your hair tangles easily and it gets harder to detangle.
  • Your hair is thick at the roots but thin at the ends.
  • You have more bad than good hair days.
  • Your curls start losing or changing their shape.
  • You notice split ends.
  • The ends of your hair stick together/tangle.
  • The ends of your hair start breaking off.
  • Split ends are travelling up your hair shaft.

No matter how thick and strong your hair is, you should never wait longer than six (6)  

months in between haircuts.  After a certain amount of time, no matter how well you treat your hair, your ends tend to get damaged!



How often do you get a haircut?









Saturday, August 15, 2020

My current haircut

August 15, 2020 3 Comments
Hello everyone!

Through the years, my hair has been anywhere from pixie short to knee length long (when I was 9/10).  A few years back I did a tag post where I answered questions about my hair; check it out - Tag post: My hair.  My hair usually flows between a mid-length that is a few inches below my collarbone, to something longer roughly at bra strap length.  

My hair right now (August 2020) is pretty long; mid-back length with layers throughout.  I also have soft face-framing layers (grown out bangs).  The shortest layers start just below my chin when curly.  I prefer a u-shaped cut over a v-shape.  Now I trim my hair every 8 (eight) weeks, I used to trim it every 4 (four) weeks until a few months ago when I wanted to keep it shorter. 

I've been cutting and dying my own hair since 2007-2008!  I am not encouraging anyone to cut their own hair.  I'm just telling you what I do and how I get this haircut.  If you do not feel confident do not do it.- leave it to the professionals.  But if you have wavey or curly hair and you want to cut your own hair I recommend watching Manes by Mell videos on YouTube.  

My hair colour is 7.1, dark ash blond is the name on the box but I describe it more as a lightish brown.  My natural hair colour is a medium brown but since I started going grey at the age of 21 (twenty-one) I felt like I had to colour my hair.  
If you are heading in for a hair appointment soon, I highly suggest taking photos of whatever haircut you are going for!  It’s helpful to discuss what you like and don’t like about each of the photos you bring so the stylist can have a clear vision of your hair goals!
I hope you are having a great hair day!

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Essential oils to add to your shampoo

July 18, 2020 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I want to share another easy way to use essential oils adding essential oils to your shampoo!  Making your hair healthy and stronger couldn’t get any easier.  It doesn’t really matter what shampoo you use, you too can experience the benefits of adding essential oils to your hair routine!

woman with long healthy hair

Essential oils are packed with amazing antioxidants and other compounds that are healing, restorative and stimulating.  Nevertheless; trying to incorporate essential oils into your life, can be overwhelming.  Many of you just don’t have the time, am I right?  Well, with this simple technique, you can enjoy the benefits of essential oils for your hair, without a hassle!

Here are some of the ways essential oils can help your hair:

  • Stimulate growth
  • Strengthen  follicles
  • Eliminate dandruff
  • Prevent premature greying
  • Fight scalp acne
  • Oil control
  • Moisturise dry hair
  • Reduce hair fall
  • Repair damage
  • Kill lice
  • Fight fungal infections 

How to add essential oils to your shampoo:

Adding essential oils to your shampoo is easy.  You can simply open your shampoo bottle and add some drops of your essential oil of choice.  Or, you can also do what I do!  Personally, I like to use a narrow tip applicator bottle.  The narrow tip gives me greater control of the amount and placement of my shampoo.  You should only apply shampoo to the scalp and not the lengths of the hair!  (This goes for any shampoo, not just the one you add essential oils to.)  I also dilute my shampoo with water; doing this makes thicker shampoos easy to spread and lather.

shampoo and essential oils

The two essential oils I add to my shampoo every washday are tea tree and lavender!

How much essential oil should you add:

For every 10 ml of shampoo, add 10 drops of essential oil.
If you have sensitive skin, reduce the amount of essential oil by half. 

Here’s a list of the best essential oils for different hair problems:

  • For hair growth: Peppermint, Cedarwood, Lavender, Thyme, Rosemary, Tea tree
  • For dandruff: Tea tree, Lavender, Lemon, Neroli, Chamomile
  • For oil control: Peppermint, Cypress, Lemon
  • For odour removal: Rose Otto, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Lemon
  • For dry hair: Cedarwood, Sweet Orange, Ylang-ylang
  • For reducing hair fall: Rosemary, Lavender, Clary Sage, Frankincense
  • For scalp acne: Tea tree, Lavender, Chamomile, Lemon, Helichrysum
  • To kill lice: Tea tree, Lavender, Citriodora, Lemongrass, Peppermint

Depending on your hair issues and needs, you should select the best essential oil/s for your hair.  

Will you be adding essential oils to your shampoo?  Which ones?  Leave a comment and let me know!


Sunday, January 27, 2013

Hair growth chart

January 27, 2013 0 Comments

Hello everyone!
Check out this hair growth chart from NaturallyCurly.com!

5 tips for faster, healthier hair growth:

  1. Condition & detangle: Comb and detangle regularly with fingers or a wide-tooth comb to strengthen the muscles that hold each hair in place.  Deep condition every 2-3 days to replenish moisture.
  2. Massage your scalp: Products containing peppermint or eucalyptus oil can increase blood flow to your follicles.  Massage your scalp for 3 minutes before washing to add an extra inch of hair growth in one year.
  3. Feed your hair: Fruits and vegetables like asparagus, broccoli, collard greens, honeydew and mango contain nutrients essential to healthy hair.  Take supplements that contain folic acid and vitamins A,B,C,E and D.
  4. Trim only when needed: Get trims only when you have split ends or breakage.  If you don’t see any damage six weeks or six months after your last trim, then leave it alone.
  5. Handle with care: Avoid blow-drying  hot curling irons, colouring, perming, high winds and excessive hair twisting. Protect those locks by sealing your ends with oil and sleeping on a satin pillowcase
Do you want more reasons for sleeping on satin pillowcases?  Read this: The beauty benefits of silk
For more hair tips, check this out: Tips for growing long and healthy hair!

Share your hair growth tips in the comments below!


XOXO

Euphrasie85
Hair Growth Chart
NaturallyCurly

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Would you use placenta shampoo?

September 04, 2012 0 Comments

Placenta shampoo?!  Yes, placenta aka afterbirth, which forms around the fetus in the first stage of mammalian pregnancies, is being used in hair care products.  


There are shampoos, conditioners and hair masks on the market that contain placenta.  The nutritional benefits of eating placenta (placentophagy) have long been discussed however, placenta in shampoos is a more recent idea.  Placenta is also being used in various skincare products.  Some believe that placenta can help rejuvenate body cells and ward off signs of aging.  The protein in the placenta is supposed to be beneficial for the hair.  These shampoos claim to revitalise hair, repair split ends, restore manageability and renew shine and bounce.  However there’s no scientific evidence to back up this claim.

The practice of using placenta on the hair and skin is believed to have been popular in ancient Egypt and it was believed that Marie Antoinette consumed placenta as a nutritious drink.   

So you’re probably wondering:  Where does the placenta come from?  Is it human placenta?!  
Shampoos contain either animal placenta (cow or sheep) or plant placenta.

Would you ever use placenta shampoo?  How about placenta skincare products?  Let me know in the comments below.

XOXO
Euphrasie85

Photo from here.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Tips for growing long and healthy hair

October 01, 2011 15 Comments
Long hair never seems to go out of style (on women, that is), but this hair style requires healthy hair.
Long healthy hair, is definitely not maintenance free but if you use the right tips, you can have long, strong and healthy locks, before you know it.

woman with long, straight hair

Tips:

  • Shampoo the scalp well and the ends lightly.  The scalp gets more oil, and the ends dry easily.
  • Shampooing 2 or 3 times a week should be sufficient.  This will keep you from stripping your hair's natural oils.
  • If you feel that you need to wash every day; co-wash instead (wash your scalp and hair with conditioner only, skip the shampoo.)
  • Use lots of conditioner, especially on the ends.  For extra benefit, let set for a few minutes before rinsing.
  • Deep condition occasionally with a hair mask or by putting a thick layer of conditioner on hair then covering with a thermal shower cap. 
  • Avoid washing hair in hot water.  Wash with lukewarm water and always rinse with cool water.  
  • Always use a wide-tooth comb to comb out wet hair, which is hair's most fragile state.
  • Do not rub a towel on wet hair.  This will damage the outer surface of the hair.
  • Use a leave-in conditioner and/or a hair serum.  Both products leave the hair feeling soft and tangle-free.  Some products also claim to repair damaged ends.
  • Stay away from heat styling products, as much as possible.  Always use a good thermal protectant if you really must heat style your hair.
  • Trim your hair regularly, preferably once every two to three months.  Trimming off dead ends is essential to keeping your hair healthy.  Also, trimming dead ends helps your hair grow faster.
  • Don’t pull back your hair too tightly.  Tight hair styles can add stress to hair follicles, causing breakage.
  • Stay away from chemical products and permanents.  Perms may look good but they leave the hair dry and damaged.

I could make an endless list of simple tips like these, but to sum it up the most important thing is to be gentle.  Shampoo gently, detangle with your fingers and comb gently, etc.

XOXO
Euphrasie85