As with your skin, you deal with different hair issues during the various stages of life. You may be unable to skip a washing during your teen years and end up with dryness and fly-aways in your 40s. The right hair care tricks will give your healthy hair no matter what life throws at you.
Have you ever considered that your hair ages? Yep, just like your skin and body, hair is not exempt from the aging process. Maybe you’ve even seen anti-aging hair care. Before you get carried away and spend the big bucks on these tress revival products, let’s take a look at why hair ages and what you can do to keep your ‘do looking its best.
The Ways Hair Ages
Feel your hair is becoming thinner? You may not be imaging it. Science now shows that age-related DNA damage causes some hair follicle stem cells to transform into epidermal keratinocytes, or skin. This type of cell naturally sloughs away over time, which leaves us with fewer strands and thinner hair.
Another complaint many people have as they hit a certain age is dryness. When did your beautiful, glossy hair turn into straw and take your natural curl along with it? We naturally produce more sebum, oil produced by the sebaceous glands to keep skin and hair from drying out, when in our teens and twenties. As we age, our body produces less and less oil, causing the hair and scalp to become dry. And women seem to be more vulnerable to sebum loss than men.
Drying and thinning seem like normal parts of hair aging. But can your hair texture actually change? Yes! Thickness of the individual hair strands decreases with age, which causes finer hair texture. Coupled with loss of thickness and straighter hair due to dryness, this can make hair look limp.
Graying is the hallmark of aging hair. Pigment in our hair decreases as we get older, reducing the amount of melanin in strands. These strands take on a transparent quality, which looks gray, silver, or white. This usually starts to happen around the time you notice thinning and dryness, or after 40, but some people experience graying much earlier.
So, we’ve covered the whys of hair thinning. Now for what you can do to fix and prevent them.
Healthy Hair Tips for Every Age
In Your 20s: Your hair is likely strong, healthy, and happy right now. The best tactic for this age is to keep it that way! Using organic hair care is the first step in keeping harsh, toxic ingredients off your hair and scalp. You know how a weekly exfoliation or facial mask keeps your skin smooth and glowing? Same goes for hair. A weekly treatment conditions and nourishes hair, making it look beautiful and protecting it from damage.
In Your 30s: This decade, you go into protection mode. Support your hair by incorporating hydrating shampoos and conditioners. You may be able to get by with washing your hair less often now, which helps to maintain natural oil balance and prevent moisture loss. Reduce your use of heated styling tools and stay away from silicone-based products meant to smooth the hair. You can up your use of a hair mask to twice weekly or more, as you see fit.
In Your 40s and beyond: In your 40s you will likely start to experience dryness and, possibly, thinning. Coconut oil is perfect for combatting dryness, plumping up the volume, and making hair look shiny and healthy. Use a hair mask twice weekly to maintain moisture and resilience. Masking prior to coloring is a good way to ready hair to accept color and keep chemicals from parching hair.
As for gray hair. Many people, especially women, don’t want to let their hair go gray. Unfortunately, there is no magic trick to warding off gray hair, but there are ways to take precautions against the damaging effects of chemical color and maintain healthy hair. That said, gray hair is definitely on trend right now.
Limp locks and flyaways tend to make an appearance during the chilly season. Dryness and static can lead to dull looking tresses and breakage. Here’s why St. Tropica Organic Coconut Oil hair mask will be your mane favorite for combatting hair hazards this winter.
1 Split Ends and Breakage: If you have dry hair year-round, winter can be especially challenging for your tresses. Even if you don’t, split ends may become a part of your life this time of year. It may be tempting to run to the drugstore for a quick fix. But remember, those conventional hair smoothers are chock full of silicones. They may make your hair look better when you first apply the product, but with constant use your hair will become even more dry and damaged. Twice weekly use of our hair mask, plus regular trims, will keep your hair feeling smooth and silky. No damaging silicones, just super healthy hair ingredients. Healthier, more resilient hair also performs better under heat styling too.
2 Static: Those with fine or straight hair are especially prone to static this time of year. Well hydrated locks are less prone to go flyaway, so be sure to incorporate regular use of our hair mask into your routine. Another trick … tie hair back in a loose pony while putting on tops and sweaters to avoid looking like you stuck your finger in a light socket.
3 Limpness: Cold, dry weather has a way of sucking the life out of hair. Even if your hair has texture, it can go flat during winter months. Many think of moisturizing ingredients as control for hair that can make it look limp. Not true! Healthy hair has volume and the Organic Virgin Coconut Oil in our mask is the very best at moisturizing strands deep down.
4 Dullness: The number one cause of dull looking hair is dryness. Give hair an indulgent dose of hydration by wearing our hair mask overnight. Don a shower cap (BPA-free, of course!) and sleep the dullness blues away as our Organic Biotin goes to work. Wash as usual the next morning. Now, stand back and revel at those glossy locks in the mirror.
5 Damage: Already seeing signs of hair damage. We use Organic Horsetail, the celeb secret hair ingredient, in our hair mask to give hair a feeling of repair. This ingredient is rich in natural silica to make hair feel strong and look vibrantly healthy.
6 Thinning: Winter’s damaging effects can even cause hair to look and feel thinner. Keeping hair its healthiest and moisturizing consistently will help to prevent the look and feel of hair loss. Take extra care when handling hair in winter, wash less frequently, keep heated styling to a minimum, and use our hair mask at least once each week for your best cold weather tresses.
No need to buy tons of products to prevent signs of winter hair damage. All it takes is one healthy hair product, a teensy bit of your time, and your hair will look amazing straight through to spring.
You’re familiar with the benefits of coconut oil hair care. It softens and smooths strands, controlling frizz and flyaways. It strengthens hair, which is good for preventing breakage and hair loss. It’s also great for repairing damage due to over-processing and heat styling.
All of that goodness in one little nut oil? You bet! But there are other benefits to using coconut oil on your skin and hair that you don’t read about as often. The oil also aligns with your healthy lifestyle.
Coconut oil is vegan, gluten-free, and Paleo-friendly. Yep, whichever diet you have chosen to follow or dietary requirement you need to meet to stay healthy, coconut oil works. And, of course, organic coconut oil is the healthiest and most beneficial option.
Haven’t thought of using personal care that aligns with your diet? You may be wondering if it makes any difference if you use gluten-free skincare or slather your hair in products that contain animal ingredients.
The answer is YES! The skin absorbs 60-70% of what you apply. Using organic ingredients on skin and hair means your exposure to harmful synthetics, pesticides, and chemical processing byproducts is significantly decreased. If you are sensitive to gluten, ingredients that contain the protein or are contaminated with gluten (yes, even those that are organic) can cause symptoms. As for vegan and Paleo … ingredients that meet these standards not only support your lifestyle commitment but are often healthier too.
Organic, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Paleo-Friendly Coconut Oil Hair Care
Organic — Choosing organic hair care is an important step in cleaning up your beauty routine and goes along with an organic lifestyle. Remember, not all organic products are created equally. Look for hair care labeled “100% Organic” to ensure the product is made completely with certified organic ingredients, and is free from toxins. Products labeled “organic” or “made with organic ingredients” can still contain synthetic ingredients that dry the hair and carry potential health risks.
Vegan — Whether you’ve chosen to go vegan due to health or moral commitments (or both), incorporating animal-free items into your hair care regimen is a great idea. Of course, using cruelty-free is on everyone’s commitment list, but there are other benefits to using vegan cosmetics too. Plant ingredients offer vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and are overall healthier alternatives to animal and chemical ingredients. Another advantage to using coconut oil over an animal ingredient like lanolin? Lanolin is an occlusive with creates a barrier on skin and blocks pores. Coconut oil all the way!
Gluten-free — A gluten intolerance is no small deal. It can cause everything from acne and skin sensitivity, to serious gastro-upset. Avoiding gluten in cosmetics is essential if you’ve been diagnosed with a gluten allergy or Celiac disease, or even if you feel you are sensitive to gluten. We tend to think of gluten as a substance found in wheat only, but this protein is also in oats, rye, and barley. To avoid gluten contamination in skincare, steer clear of products containing wheat germ oil, hydrolyzed wheat protein, avena sativa oil, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, and barley extract.
Paleo-friendly — Using Paleo-friendly ingredients in skin and hair care products is about aligning with your lifestyle beliefs, though those dealing with an inflammatory disease may benefit from this too. Natural, minimally-processed ingredients support a Paleo lifestyle. And coconut oil is a saturated fat, which definitely falls under the heading of Paleo-friendly.
One ingredient that lines up with all four of these lifestyle needs and choices is coconut oil. It is part of a healthy skin and hair care routine, and won’t interfere with your vegan, gluten-free, or Paleo choices or needs.
100% of ST. TROPICA ingredients are Certified USDA Organic. Our Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) is Certified Cruelty-free with Leaping Bunny and Certified Vegan through PETA. Absolutely no animal testing or animal-derived ingredients ever. St. Tropica Coconut Oil Hair Mask is completely free from chemical ingredients, sulfates, parabens, gluten, soy, additives, stabilizers, and synthetic preservatives and fragrance.
Are we the one hair care product on the market that suits all lifestyles? We think you’ll find that our coconut oil hair mask is your new favorite beauty treat and will become a staple in your healthy routine.
Honey, caramel, cinnamon, pumpkin spice … sounds yummy, right? Sure, these are all flavors of fall foods. But we are talking hair color here and, believe it or not, these are also hot hair color trends for fall.
With temps cooling down, leaves starting to turn, and a PSL in your drink holder, it may be time to think about switching up your hair for the season. Fall is the perfect time to try out bangs, maybe a few layers, and a seasonal hair color.
Those beautifully bleached strands of summer can create a washed-out effect in cooler months. Spice up your look with the hottest hues of the season. Just be sure it doesn’t do damage to your precious strands.
5 Healthy Hair Color Tips for Fall
Autumnal shades of hair color give a rich, healthy look to hair. But coloring hair that is already damaged or not caring for colored hair properly can leave hair looking less than vibrant. Here are ways to keep your coif looking its best while getting the color of your fall season dreams.
1. Start with healthy hair: Forget those synthetic hair masks designed for use pre-color. They may make hair feel silky and smooth, but that’s the silicones talking. Once they are washed away, hair is left more dried out than before. Coconut oil is best at penetrating the hair follicle, delivering natural moisture deep down. Use St. Tropica Coconut Oil Hair Mask two to three days prior to coloring to protect against damage and prepare hair for best results.
2. Choose the right shade for you: Not every hair color works with every skin tone. Choose a shade that works well with your complexion and doesn’t wash you out or highlight redness. And yes, there is more to it than simply dark, medium, light, or fair. The undertone of your skin stays the same no matter which category your skin tone falls under. If you are experiencing paleness, have tanned skin, or are dealing with hyperpigmentation, your undertone will not change.
There are three undertones:
Warm — yellow, peach, or gold tones
Cool — blue and pink tones
Neutral — a mix of warm and cool, or greenish tones
When in doubt, there are a few ways to determine your undertone. Take a look at the veins on the inside of your wrist. On cool undertones, veins appear bluish-purple, greenish veins mean warm, and veins on neutral undertones often look bluish-green. You can also hold a white towel up to your face (sans makeup). A bluish tint is cool, greenish is neutral, and yellowish is warm.
The easiest way is to take a look at what type of jewelry you feel looks best on you. Gold looks best on warm undertones, silver matches cool, and a mix of gold and silver looks great on neutral.
Now that you know your skin tone and undertone, it’s time to see which hair colors will look best on you! For warm undertones, try cooler colors, like mocha and chestnut. Cool undertones get warmed up with honey and caramel. Neutral undertones can totally pull off the reddish hair colors, like auburn, amber, and copper.
3. Start with lowlights: If going with a completely new hair color sounds intimidating, why not start with a few lowlights? Lowlights, or adding in strategically placed darker hues, gives an overall look of deeper hair color without being drastic. This type of color is also easier to maintain. Ask your colorist to incorporate some lowlights in complementary hues.
4. Try out the latest fall hues: Choose a color you will love for the season. When considering hair colors for fall, think of the clothes you love this season. Everything from cinnamon and nutmeg, to cream soda, and even mauve are on trend this time of year.
5. Hair color care: Once you have your head of newly colored hair, it’s time to make your hue last. Use a sulfate-free shampoo to avoid drying hair out and preserve color. Refrain from washing your hair too often. Try an up ‘do on second or third day hair. And continue to use our hair mask weekly to maintain proper moisture and protect strands from damage.
Who has time to battle those irritating knots and tangles that crop up every time you wash your hair? Not to mention the breakage, frizziness, and split ends they cause.
While those with long locks, fine strands, and curls tend to see more knots, all hair types have the ability to become tangled. If you are drenching your locks in detangling products regularly and still do battle with knots after every shampoo, your product choice may be doing more harm than good.
Conventional leave-in hair detanglers may work in the short term, but lead to more damage. This results in, you guessed it, further tangling. Or maybe you are using a natural hair detangler that does little to no good in getting through your hair snags, or leaves hair looking greasy or weighed down.
Time to take a closer look at what why your hair becomes tangled in the first place. Plus the best ingredient to make combing a snap (without snapping strands!) and keep those gnarly snarls at bay.
5 Steps to Getting Rid of Tangled Hair for Good
Good Condition: Dry hair — whether due to heated styling, over-processing, dry climate, or a tendency toward dryness — is more likely to tangle and knot. By keeping your hair well moisturized you not only make combing through wet hair easier, but avoid those tangles that crop up during the day. Choose natural hair oils to infuse strands with moisture, and create smoothness and manageability. Coconut oil for hair is best at infusing hair with healthy moisture because it fully penetrates the hair shaft and repairs hair damage from the inside-out.
Go Organic: Those chemical-loaded detanglers may result in smoother strands straight off, but over time will lead to hair damage. And we know that damaged locks equal even more tangling. Conventional hair detangling products are made with synthetic silicones that coat the outside of strands and prevent hair from drawing in moisture. So, basically, these silicone hair detanglers only provide a smooth look and feel while they are on the hair. Once rinsed off, hair is more dry and unruly than ever. Hair care made with certified organic ingredients and free from toxins, like harsh sulfates, is best for keeping hair healthy and manageable.
Pare Down: By using fewer products on your hair, and making sure those you use provide the biggest benefits, your hair will stay healthier and better behaved. Rather than coating strands in a variety of products (and ingredients) daily, try shampooing only when hair is actually in need of washing, and applying multi-tasking treatments that condition, strengthen, and smooth all in one.
Get Trimmed: Even if you are growing out your hair, it still needs a regular trim to keep ends healthy. Go in at least every 12 weeks to have your ends professionally snipped. This not only results in better looking hair, but allows hair products to work better too.
Brush Lightly: It’s tempting to rake a brush through wet strands and get on with it, but this can lead to breakage and frizziness. Use a wide toothed comb, starting at ends and working up to scalp, and gently pick through wet strands. Using a weekly hair mask will make this process easier.
The bottom line to ditching tangles for good is making sure your hair stays healthy. A weekly coconut oil hair mask keeps locks smooth, moisturized, and less prone to breakage and split ends. Why mess with drying chemical concoctions that mean repeat performances of tangle control? Organic coconut oil is the best at healing and supporting strong, beautiful hair.
You thought the dry hair woes of winter were (temporarily, at least) a thing of the past. Now you are dealing with frizziness and lackluster locks. What you need are summer beauty tips to rescue your hair from seasonal damage.
Summer is a time to take life at a slower pace, have more fun, and spend time outdoors. You can have your fun in the sun and protect your hair from damage at the same time. You take precautions with your skin to avoid dryness, discoloration, and unwanted signs of damage. The same can be done for your locks.
1. Sun protection: We protect our skin from the harmful effects of too much summer sun. But did you know it is important to guard hair from UV damage too? UVB rays sap strands of protein. Namely, keratin. This leads to dry, dull, frizzy hair.
Coconut oil has a natural SPF of approximately 8. Regular use of our organic coconut oil hair mask keeps your mane healthy and more resilient. For a special treat that also wards off sun damage, apply the mask and pin hair up prior to spending time under the sun.
2. Humidity damage control: Your skin may love the humidity summer brings with it, but it can wreak havoc on your hairstyle. Ramped up humidity may mean your coif has either become a frizzy cloud or gone completely limp, despite your best efforts.
Keeping strands properly moisturized will help to battle the effects of high humidity, keeping hair smooth and manageable. Use a moisturizing natural conditioner that is free from silicones and enlist the help of our hair mask on a weekly basis.
3. Shampoo less often: A contributing factor to dry, frizzy hair in summer months is often due to increased washing. We know, you spend time in the sun, salt water, and chlorine, and want to wash that stuff right out of your hair. But more frequent shampooing dries out locks and makes them look less shiny, bouncy, and healthy.
Choose a shampoo that is sulfate-free for a gentler cleanse and skip washing whenever possible. If your hair tends to get oilier in summer heat, try using a dry shampoo to soak up excess oil.
4. Eat for lush locks: Summertime is all about eating fresh, healthy foods. Hit your local farmer’s market or road side stand, and stock up on the season’s best fruits and veg. Wondering what to eat to keep your hair looking its best? Check out our list of foods for a healthy mane and add them to your shopping list.
5. Don’t bring the heat: As you know, overdoing the blow drying or straightening can make hair look rough, frizzy, and less-than-healthy. Stow your heated styling tools for the summer. Let your hair air dry or try a sweet summer up ‘do. Not only will this stave off damage, but saves you time too.
6. Fight free radicals: Yes, UV damage causes free radical formation, and it’s difficult to avoid the sun completely during summer. And who would want to?! Antioxidants combat free radical damage and help to ward off premature aging, disease, and other health issues. A great way to get some antioxidant protection? Green tea. Make this your seasonal drink of choice. Use it on your hair too with our green tea-infused hair mask.
You may be able to get by with a less-than-healthy lifestyle throughout your teen years and see no negative effects on hair. But if you are experiencing dryness, thinning, or other signs of hair damage, your diet and exercise plan (or lack of) may be the culprit.
It’s true, a healthy lifestyle affects more than how you fit into your jeans. The foods you eat and how much you move also have a big time influence on the health of your skin and hair.
Rather than focusing on ways to make your belly flat or tricks to keeping skin permanently youthful, think healthy lifestyle as a whole. Ayurveda has been doing this for centuries.
Ayurveda believes there is a connection between gut health and healthy hair. Eating certain foods keeps your system and track, which keeps hair strong and looking great too. But consuming too many of the wrong foods leads to hair damage, breakage, and loss.
One Ayurvedic trick for healthy hair is to consume amla berries. These little beauties are rich in antioxidants to prevent free radical damage. Try tossing a handful of frozen berries in your next smoothie. We’re on the same page and use Organic Amla in our hair mask to strengthen and soften the hair.
It may be no huge secret that a healthy diet keeps your mane in fine shape. But how about the way you move?
Exercise is also essential to keeping the body running smoothly and this means hair too. It boosts circulation, which benefits hair growth, and dispels toxins to keep hair follicles clear. Lack of exercise, as in never working up a good sweat, means oils sit on scalp, clogging hair follicles and causing hair to look thin, limp, and lack luster.
Another reason exercise is so great … it’s a stress buster! Wonder how stress could possibly cause hair issues? Stress hormones may diminish hair follicles ability to grow, resulting in hair thinning and increased hair fall. Exercise increases feel good hormones, like serotonin, which not only make you happy but keep hair happy too. One more reason to bust out the runners.
Fast Tips for Healthy Hair Eating and Moving
Cut out the junk: Too much refined sugar, processed carbs, alcohol, and junk food saps the system of vital nutrients. This results in dry, brittle, limp, thinning hair. Nix these hair saboteurs immediately.
Up the protein: Lack of protein is one of the main things to look for in thinning or dull hair. Be sure you are eating lean meats, nuts, and seeds for a healthy hair booster.
Mineral boost: Another cause of hair loss or thinning is a mineral deficiency. Eat iron and zinc containing foods, like oatmeal, to protect hair.
Panthenol power: You’ve seen this ingredient listed on many a hair care product. That’s because panthenol is great for strengthening hair and preventing split ends. Swig some green tea, a healthy source of panthenol that can be found in St. Tropica Hair Mask, and get your locks back to beautiful.
Balanced bacteria: Since good gut health means healthy hair, you may want to incorporate probiotics into your diet. Yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, miso, and tempeh are all good sources.
Get your B: Biotin is a powerful B vitamin, and heralded as a superstar healthy hair ingredient, that improves hair growth and minimizes breakage. Eggs are a good source of the vitamin and Organic Biotin is also included in the St. Tropica Hair Mask.
Go easy: Did you know over doing the exercise can actually cause hair loss? Instead of shooting for fast weight loss or rapid muscle growth, try a gentler approach. May we suggest a session of Vinyasa yoga while wearing our healthy hair mask?
It’s the season of flowy dresses, outdoor parties, and wedding ceremonies. The Classic Braid Bun is both beach and bride worthy. Classic, simple, and helps you keep your cool. Plus, you don’t have to be a professional hair stylist to pull this style off.
What You’ll Need
1 hair elastic that matches your hair
1 small clear hair elastic
St. Tropica hair mask
Before You Begin
Do you follow hairstyle tutorials to a T and still end up with a ‘do that’s falling apart just hours (or even minutes!) after you’ve finished? There are certain tricks to help you keep your style in place.
First, freshly washed and dried hair is not the best for creating an up ‘do with sticking power. Unless you have natural texture, hair can be slippery and difficult to make hold the style. Second day hair works best when creating a bun or other upswept style. Create instant second day hair by adding a bit of dry shampoo to roots and working through to ends. This creates texture and grip so strands stay put.
Hair that is slightly damp is also better at holding style, especially if you want the front part of your hair to look sleek. This trick works well for more sophisticated looks and bridal styles.
Hate those flyaways? It’s so disappointing to get your bun just right only to have wayward strands and fuzz sprouting up in front. Spritzing the finished style with a light coating of hair spray and gently running hands over hair helps to keep frizziness at bay. Plan ahead by deep conditioning your hair with St. Tropica hair mask so you don’t have to worry about having a hair halo on your big day.
The Classic Braid Bun How To
Feel free to add a headband or flower crown to complete your beautiful summertime look. The Classic Braid Bun also works while rocking a tiara. Just sayin’…
Everyone experiences hair loss or hair breakage at some point. Pregnancy, illness, aging, and improper hair care are all related to how resilient hair is to breakage and loss. Thankfully, there are ways to treat both of these hair issues and prevent them from becoming a chronic problem.
First, it’s important to know the difference between hair loss and hair breakage. If you are seeing more strands than usual in your bathroom sink or you feel like you have less hair when it’s gathered in a ponytail, this is due to hair loss. Hair that looks frizzy or frayed is caused by breakage.
A certain amount of hair loss is normal and happens to everyone. The average woman is said to lose between 50 and 150 strands per day. While some people are heavier shedders than others, if you notice that you are dropping more hair than usual or your hair is noticeably thinner, it’s time to get to the bottom of why you are losing hair.
Stress and not getting the proper vitamins from diet are common reasons for increased hair loss, but imbalanced hormones and other health issues can also be the cause. If you are eating a healthful diet and managing stress, and still seeing excessive hair loss or thinning, it’s a good idea to check in with your doctor.
Hair breakage often occurs when hair is dry, brittle, over-processed, or over-styled. A little TLC and your tresses will be back to beautiful.
7 Ways to Prevent and Treat Hair Loss and Breakage
1. Cleanse wisely — Those sulfate-loaded shampoos are super drying, and dry hair is prone to breakage and hair loss. Use nontoxic hair care instead, and only shampoo when hair is actually dirty. Put second or third day hair up in a ponytail for a classic look.
2. Gentle up ‘do — As for that pony … using super tight or pulling hair bands will also lead to hair breakage. Hair ties made with soft fabric won’t pull, break, or cause the dreaded hair dent. Stock up on hair ties in fun shades and designs to make up ‘do day more exciting.
3. Cool the heat — Flat ironing or heat styling every day will cause hair to fray and frizz, becoming more susceptible to breakage. A good blow out should last at least two days, but if you feel the need to heat style daily, try to keep the temp at 365 degrees to avoid damage. Lower for finer textured hair.
4. Detangle with care — Wet hair is fragile hair, so be sure to go easy on just washed strands. Rather than raking through with a brush (yes, it’s quick and tempting), carefully detangle hair with a wide toothed comb. Leave brushing for when hair is dry.
5. Up the moisture — Don’t wait until your hair feels dried out to use a moisturizing treatment. Regular use of our coconut oil hair mask will keep hair hydrated, flexible, and resilient to breakage. If you bleach or heat style your hair, up your hair mask usage to twice weekly. Using a hair mask also boosts circulation and unclogs hair follicles, which stimulates hair growth. Good for those dealing with excessive hair loss.
6. Safe sleeping — Did you know your hair can break while you sleep? It may sound crazy, but it’s true! Cotton pillowcases cause friction and absorb healthy oils from hair, leading to breakage. Opt for a silk pillowcase to maintain your mane.
7. Healthy hair diet — There are certain foods that keep hair healthy and strong. Of course, coconut oil is on the list of hair superfoods. Stock up on healthy hair foods for strong, thick locks.
Hair extensions aren’t just for celebs and Real Housewives anymore. If you are thinking of adding some length, here’s a guide to choosing the best extensions for you and how to care for them.
Wonder how those super models and movie stars seem to switch up their ‘do on a whim? No, it’s not hair growth supplements or fabulous genes.
Hair extensions get the credit for taking women from bob to mermaid in a day. Hair experts say the hair extensions trend is so hot for 2017, even guys are sporting man bun extensions. But that’s a whole new convo.
Thinking of taking the plunge and trying out extensions yourself? There are a few things to know before adding length to your mane.
Choosing the Right Hair Extensions
Like most beauty products, there are several types of hair extensions to choose from. The first thing you have to decide on is if you are going with extensions made of synthetic or human hair.
Synthetic hair is a popular choice because it is affordable and tends to be a bit more durable than human hair. Those are the pros. The cons of synthetic? You cannot heat style or color this type of extension, it tends to matte more easily than human hair, and it looks less natural.
Human hair is, of course, a more natural looking choice of extension. You can heat style and color them, and they last up to a year or longer with proper care.
As for application method…there are a few different options for adhering your new extensions to your head. Top methods are heat fusing extensions to existing hair, sewing the extensions into tiny braids of natural hair (weave), and using double-sided tape to attach to the head.
A temporary, and far easier, way to get in on the long hair trend is with clip-in extensions. And yes, they come in human hair too.
Caring for Hair Extensions
You may be wondering if synthetic hair extensions are easier to care for. The answer: Nope.
Not only do you need to be careful not to tangle the hair, but this type of extension cannot get too hot. Avoid washing them in super hot water, and never blow dry or heat style. Synthetic hair is also not suited to hair masks and other treatments.
Washing and conditioning your real hair extensions regularly, with natural hair products, will keep them looking their best longer. As with your own hair, a regular infusion of healthy hair ingredients is also a must.
A hair mask for hair extensions? You bet’cha! ST. TROPICA HAIR MASK is gentle enough to use on human hair extensions and keeps them looking smooth, glossy, and fabulous.
One place our coconut oil hair mask doesn’t work? Synthetic hair. Imagine, hair that doesn’t love all natural ingredients? That stuff is best left for dolls.
Don’t play around when choosing and caring for hair extensions. The better you care for them, the better they look for the long term.