You know that super soft feel hair has after a fresh color job? You know how it is short lived and hair is left dried out and straw-like after continuous coloring or bleaching? Let’s discuss.
Yes, regularly coloring and bleaching hair leads to dryness, split ends, and frizziness. No doubt about it. We’ve all been told to steer clear of hair damage by avoiding coloring or bleaching, heated styling tools, and even over-washing. But we also want what we want, and if that is covering grey or going in for the latest hair dye trend, we are going to do what makes us happy.
This doesn’t mean you have to bow down to haystack head in the name of color. There are ways to combat hair damage due to color treating and bleaching. Better yet, prevent damage in the first place while still getting the gorgeous color you love.
What Coloring and Bleaching Does to Hair
Let’s back up just a sec and talk about how hair color works. Our hair gets its natural color from melanin, the pigment that also gives color to our skin. Varying degrees of melanin account for variations in hair color. Grey or white hair has lost its melanin. You get the picture.
Permanent hair color does not simply coat strands in color. It has to open up the hair shaft, break down natural pigment, and deposit color. Bleaching works the same way, but strips away the color rather than depositing new color.
Blowing out the hair cuticle like this strips the hair shaft of natural oils. This causes permanent damage, worsening with repeated coloring.
How to Prevent and Repair Damage
Restoring oil lost during coloring and bleaching is essential to repairing color damaged hair. Hot tip: Ditch the synthetic loaded hair treatment.
Coconut oil is better at penetrating the hair follicle than mineral oil and other conventional hair conditioning ingredients, restoring moisture to damaged hair. We recommend heating our coconut oil hair mask, made with Organic Virgin Coconut Oil and other healthy hair ingredients, to deliver reparative ingredients deeper into strands.
We also use Organic Green Tea, loaded with Panthenol, to strengthen hair and control split ends. The anchor of our mask, Organic Horsetail, helps to repair and revitalize damaged locks, perfect for over-processed hair.
How to Use the ST. TROPICA Hair Mask on Color Damaged Hair
Using our hair mask once you begin to experience damage will help to restore softness, shine, and bounce. To protect hair from the damaging effects of hair dye and bleaching, apply our heated hair mask the day before you plan to have your hair colored. For maximum results when treating color-treated hair, leave the mask on overnight.
If you color your hair on a regular basis, keep your mane healthy and looking its best by making ST. TROPICA Hair Mask a regular part of your hair care plan. A weekly or twice weekly application will keep hair lustrous.
Will the mask dull your color? Absolutely not. Not only is our hair mask perfectly safe for all hair types, including color-treated hair, but will help to maintain color by increasing smoothness and shine. Healthy hair is beautiful hair!
It’s no revelation that what we eat affects how we look and feel. Too much junk, caffeine, or alcohol shows up on our bodies. Midsection bloat, sallow skin, and dark circles are all telltale signs of a less-than-healthy diet.
Did you know unhealthy eating can also affect your hair? It’s true. Not getting enough of the good stuff could be causing dryness, dullness, breakage, and even hair loss.
The good news? It couldn’t be easier to get healthy-hair essentials into your life. Before you reach for supplements or chemical hair treatments for a quick fix, take a look at the best foods for healthy hair and get them into your regular eating plan for gorgeous, shiny locks. Of course, you’ll get the biggest payoff by opting for organic foods whenever possible. And don’t forget to drink plenty of filtered water.
10 Best Foods for Healthy Hair
1. Blueberries: These teensy berries are antioxidant powerhouses, ranked #1 fruit in antioxidant activity by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This means they fight free radical damage and protect against premature aging. Get your daily dose, especially if you are dealing with thinning, brittle hair.
2. Coconut oil: When we don’t eat enough healthy fats it shows up on our skin and hair. Dry, dull looking locks can signal a deficiency. Coconut oil is chock full of essential fatty acids that help to keep hair follicles moisturized and supple, and support healthy hair growth. It also works topically to give hair luster and shine. Be sure you are using the highest quality coconut oil, like the Organic Virgin Coconut Oil we use in ST. TROPICA Hair Mask.
3. Green Tea: We know that this superfood protects against environmental damage and premature aging. Did you know it also helps stimulate hair growth? That’s right, adding green tea into your daily regimen will keep your mane full and healthy. We’ve added Panthenol-containing Organic Green Tea to our hair mask, perfect for those concerned with hair growth.
4. Eggs: This incredible edible is rich in biotin that helps to thicken and strengthen hair. It also gives locks a healthy shine. Good for dealing with thinning hair. Other ways to get biotin? Almonds, salmon, and avocados contain this B vitamin. And, of course, we use Organic Biotin in our hair mask too.
5. Lentils: These little legumes are a great source of iron-rich protein, important for healthy hair growth. Lean meats are also good for supplying iron, but if you prefer a veg diet, you can’t beat lentils. Make a place for healthy protein in your diet if you are seeing hair loss.
6. Nuts and Seeds: Zinc is essential to tissue health, and that includes hair. The mineral ensures proper growth and repair, and a great source is through seeds and nuts. Also peanut butter, yogurt, lean beef, and oysters. Good for those experiencing dryness or flaky scalp.
7. Sweet potatoes: This orange veg is rich in vitamin A, which helps with cell growth. A deficiency can mean dull, dry locks. On the flip side, too much vitamin A can cause hair loss. Rather than turning to supplements to get more of this vitamin, add beta-carotene rich foods to your diet, like sweet potatoes, carrots, dark leafy greens, asparagus, cantaloupe, and pumpkin.
8. Shiitake Mushrooms: If your natural hair color has faded or appears dull, get some of these healthy hair beauties in your diet. Shiitake mushrooms are rich in copper, which helps to maintain natural color and may prevent premature graying. Seaweed and sesame seeds are other options for getting your copper.
9. Spinach: If you’ve ever been low in iron, you know that spinach should be in your diet. This iron-rich leafy green is also high in folate, a B vitamin that keeps the body properly oxygenated. Since low iron can mean hair loss, it is extra important to eat foods like spinach during times of physical, emotional, or hormonal stress.
10. Strawberries: Hair breaking off? You need some vitamin C. And strawberries are packed with it. Vitamin C supports collagen production and strengthens hair, helping to ward off breakage. Other sources are citrus fruits and bell peppers.
Coconut Oil for Hair is the Ultimate Frizz Fixer
Summer isn’t even officially here yet, but you may already be fighting the frizz. It doesn’t take much humidity to send certain hair types into a frizzy funk. Here’s how coconut oil for hair is going to change your life this summer.
First, of all. What makes certain hair frizz at the first whiff of moisture while others seem to bask in smooth glossiness year ‘round? Hey, we are all born with our own skin and hair types. Best to embrace what you’ve got and learn how best to manage it.
Yes, that naturally sleek hair some are lucky enough to sport may seem like a hair dream come true. But even those with straight hair can succumb to bouts of frizz.
Frizzy hair turns up in different forms. You can have whole head frizz, where you experience out of control strands on your entire head. Maybe only the top layer of your hair goes frizzy, leaving the bottom disproportionately straighter. And then there is the frizz halo, that messy little cloud that mostly plagues straight-haired guys and gals.
No matter what type of frizz you deal with, the cause is dry hair. When hair is dried out, the outside cuticle layer is roughed up, rather than the flat cuticle layer that comes with sleek, glossy, healthy hair. This raised hair cuticle layer is what causes hair to look frizzy.
Ok. So now that we know what causes frizz, how do we fix it?
Frizz does not have to derail your whole beauty plan. All you need is to rehydrate hair with healthy natural ingredients. And the best way to do that is with natural coconut oil.
Remember, not just any old coconut oil will do. Virgin Organic Coconut Oil, like we use in ST. TROPICA Hair Mask, is the healthiest way to treat frizz and persuade curly hair to behave. The unique molecular structure of Virgin Coconut Oil enables it to fully penetrate the human hair shaft, getting past the cuticle and into the cortex. The result? A flat hair cuticle layer. And you know what that means…buh-bye frizz.
We include other healthy hair ingredients in our hair mask to banish fuzz. Organic Amla is high in essential fatty acids, making hair incredibly soft. And Organic Horsetail is a celebrity hair ingredient that repairs damaged hair tissue along the hair shaft. Both great for battling less-than-silky locks.
Regular use of ST. TROPICA Hair Mask will keep your mane sleek, shiny, and manageable all summer long. No need to sweat rain or humidity (or sweat, for that matter) with this glossy hair trick in your hair care arsenal.
And we aren’t the only ones who believe in coconut oil for hair as the best frizzy hair treatment. See what our fans are saying about our healthy hair mask.
Here at ST. TROPICA we take coconut oil very seriously. It’s what the healthy hair benefits of our organic coconut oil Hair Mask are based on, after all. So when we see false claims in relation to this remarkable oil, it gets our attention.
If you have been anywhere near a health food store or natural cosmetics shop lately, you’ve probably seen the term “extra virgin coconut oil”. Food and cosmetic companies both flaunt this moniker on product labels.
So, what is the truth behind extra virgin coconut oil? Hold onto to your bulletproof coffee, because…there isn’t any.
That’s right, the U.S. has no legal definition or standard for the term “extra virgin” related to coconut oil. Olive oil, yes. Coconut oil, no.
Here’s the deal. The term “extra virgin” refers to oil obtained from the first pressing, as in olive oil. But coconut oil only undergoes one pressing, making “extra” virgin an impossibility.
If “extra” is meaningless where virgin coconut oil is concerned, why do so many brands label products that way?
As with many organic cosmetic labels, it boils down to marketing. Many manufacturers add “extra virgin coconut oil” to product labels in an attempt to make their product seem of higher quality. Now you know to step away from that misleading advertising.
And it’s not just cosmetics brands getting in on the extra hype surrounding extra virgin coconut oil. Food companies are using the term too. Popular coconut oil brand, Nutiva, announced in January of 2014 that it was removing the word “extra” from its product label, and admitted to using the misleading term “to distinguish our dedication to the highest quality”. Oops.
There are two types of coconut oil: 1) Virgin coconut oil (VCO) and 2) Refined, Bleached & Deodorized coconut oil (RBD). VCO is made by cold pressing the liquid that comes from the meat of the coconut, and separating the oil. This type of oil tastes and smells like coconut, and is usually produced in smaller batches. RBD is a mass produced (refined) oil, obtained from dried coconut and is chemically treated. This is why RBD coconut oil is also odorless and flavorless.
If you are purchasing coconut oil to eat or use on your skin and hair, or products made with coconut oil, choose those with VCO. The only oil we use in the ST. TROPICA Hair Mask is VCO: cold pressed, unrefined, Certified USDA Organic, Virgin Coconut Oil. As with all of our ingredients, our coconut oil is Certified Cruelty-Free and Vegan.
The high quality oil we use in our hair mask has been proven by Princeton U to fully penetrate the human hair shaft, repairing damage from the inside out. Government studies also show coconut oil has the ability to increase hair strength by reducing loss of protein.
Because cosmetics are vastly under-regulated in the U.S., it is up to you to make sure the products you purchase are safe. The best way to do this? Forget what the front label of a product says and look at the back. The ingredient listing shows you exactly what it is made of. And always follow brands with transparent labelling you can trust.
We know that a healthy hair mask is the best way to repair dry and damaged hair. And coconut oil can’t be beat for hydrating and smoothing frazzled locks. Did you also know heat is important in getting those healthy benefits to penetrate deep into strands? If you are feeling shy about heating a coconut oil hair mask packet in your microwave, read on.
Why You Want Heat
Yes, coconut oil will benefit hair to some extent whether it is warm or not. Studies show the oil is better at penetrating the hair follicle than mineral oil and other conventional hair conditioning ingredients. It not only hydrates but protects hair too.
Coconut oil will warm up a bit in your hands. But microwave heating the oil makes application a breeze and offers best benefits to hair.
Here’s how it works. Heat opens the cuticle layer of strands, allowing healthy ingredients to more easily penetrate and work their magic. You know how a facialist applies a warm towel to open pores so skin better absorbs the products applied? Heating a hair mask is similar. Better absorption.
The Safety of Microwaving Your Hair Mask
Maybe you have heard that heating coconut oil in the microwave will degrade the quality of the oil or cause it to form free radicals. You’ll be happy to learn that, unlike some other oils, coconut oil remains stable when heated and does not oxidize, which is what causes free radical formation.
Another concern over using the microwave method of heating a coconut oil mask is burn risk. It is true that oil holds more heat than water. You know how it seems to take forever to bring water to a boil in the microwave? Yeah, not so much with oil. This is why it is important to follow directions on microwave warming your St. Tropica Organic Coconut Hot Oil Hair Mask to avoid overheating.
How to Heat Your Hair Mask in the Microwave
Ok, so we’ve covered the why behind heating a hair mask. Now for the how.
The beauty of coconut oil is, it melts easily. With a melting point of just 76 degrees, this oil does not require a lot of heat. A quick 20 seconds in the microwave and you are good to go.
If you have a funky microwave or are simply not feeling this way of heating your hair mask, it is perfectly effective and safe to use the kettle method. It takes a wee bit longer but you still get in on the amazing results.
Wondering about plastic leaching into your hair mask? No worries! St. Tropica Hair Mask comes in a heat safe, BPA-free packet for nontoxic heating.
Now that you know that microwaving your hair mask is safe and have the deets on how to pull it off, let’s talk about cranking up the heat for maximum benefits to hair.
Once you’ve heated and applied your coconut oil hair mask, wrap in a warm towel or BPA-free shower cap to activate ingredients and help them sink into strands. This may also be an ideal time to get your 20 minutes of vitamin D loaded sunshine for the day. Of course, longer than that and you’d better be wearing some mineral sun protection.
There is no need to be afraid heating your coconut oil mask in the microwave. As long as you follow our simple instructions it won’t blow up, burn you, or become unsafe for use.
Spring has sprung. Your skin is regaining a bit of its glow. Pretty colors are reappearing in your wardrobe. Your hair is…ok, let’s talk about the hair.
Winter has a way of wreaking havoc on our locks. Indoor heating, static-inducing hats, cold wind and temps, and excessive use of heated styling tools tend to dry hair out. This leaves hair frizzy and prone to breakage. Not exactly what you had in mind for the season.
Want hair that looks great paired up with sundresses and sandals? Let’s undo the damage winter has done and get your tresses ready to ring in spring.
Treating winter ravaged hair doesn’t mean chopping off inches. A healthy hair treatment can do wonders in restoring shine, luster, and softness to sapped strands.
Want to know the most important thing to consider when choosing a hair mask? The ingredients. As with skincare, organic ingredients are a healthier choice.
But wait!, you may say. The synthetic loaded product I’m using is making my hair feel a lot softer and shinier.
And it’s true. Conventional hair treatments do make hair feel better. That is, until you wash your hair and all that softness goes down the drain. Know why? They are made with a heaping helping of synthetic silicones to make your hair feel soft and silky. But that’s it. They don’t heal or repair damage, they simply coat strands and mask the problem.
Another issue with silicone hair treatments? Your hair becomes dependent on them. These chemical ingredients create a seal on the outside of strands, preventing hair’s ability to draw in moisture from the environment and healthy ingredients. Your hair then requires more of the silicone product to feel soft and moisturized. These chemical products actually exacerbate winter hair syndrome, rather than improve it.
To be sure you are steering clear of products that contain silicones, learn how to identify them on product labels. The most commonly found silicone ingredient in cosmetics is dimethicone, which is a potential eye, skin, and respiratory irritant, and may be harmful if absorbed through the skin. Other silicone ingredients to watch for are amodimethicone and cyclomethicone.
Rather than using a silicone bandage, let’s talk actually restoring your hair to pre-winter status. Healthy, organic ingredients support and repair damaged hair, infusing strands and scalp with valuable moisture and nourishment.
The best ingredient for treating a mangled mane? Coconut oil. And not just any coconut oil, but organic virgin coconut oil. This nutrient rich oil fully penetrates the hair shaft, rather than simply coating it, and repairs damage. Organic virgin coconut oil not only restores softness and luster to hair, but helps to prevent further protein and moisture loss.
Another natural hair smoothing ingredient is organic horsetail. This celeb secret contains natural silica, which repairs stressed hair tissue and strengthens the hair shaft, giving locks moisture and shine. Horsetail is also mildly astringent, so works to remove product build up and normalize the scalp. Say goodbye to silicone residue for good.
ST. TROPICA Organic Coconut Hot Oil Hair Mask contains both of these hair healing ingredients and more. You can be sure that our hair mask is made with 100% certified organic ingredients and completely free from harmful synthetics.
Not only will using our coconut oil hair mask have you on the way to healthier tresses, but you will see immediate improvement in the look and texture of your hair. Added bonus, that itchy scalp of winter is gone too.
Before you go running to the salon to chop off those split ends, or worse, head to the drugstore to stock up on silicone hair treatment, take advantage of a coconut oil hair mask. It’s the fastest and healthiest way to undo winter hair damage.
Favorite hairstyle of summer? Has to be the up do. As we climb out of winter hibernation and get ready to kick our heated styling tools to the curb, one thing you may be wondering is … What can I do to get longer hair fast? Good news! We have a way to boost hair growth naturally, just in time for summer.
If you’ve been using prescription or chemical hair treatments for hair growth with no results, you will love this tip. It’s natural, simple, and feels luxurious.
What’s the big secret? A coconut oil hair mask!
Yes, the world has gone crazy over this natural oil. And for good reason. Coconut oil works wonders on dry skin, helps to calm irritation and inflammation, makes an ideal makeup remover, is a natural teeth whitener, and many people love it in their morning cup of coffee. It is also the ultimate hair care ingredient.
Before we go further, let’s talk about what causes hair growth to slow down. Think about it in terms of skin. When skin becomes dry from too much sun exposure, indoor heating, or synthetic skincare ingredients, it looks less vibrant and lifeless, right? Same goes for the skin on your head. When the scalp is dry it can not only turn flaky, but causes hair to become limp, lifeless, and even inhibits proper hair growth.
Harmful chemicals used to make conventional hair care, like petrolatum, plasticizers, and harsh surfactants, dry out hair and scalp, and may cause irritation. This encourages flakiness, which clogs hair follicles and traps sebum. Not good for hair growth or beautiful locks.
The best way to keep strands and scalp healthy, and promote hair growth, is by using safe, natural hair care. Our Organic Coconut Oil Hair Mask is hand crafted with Certified Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. This Virgin Coconut Oil is proven to strengthen hair. We add in hair superfood ingredients for a big boost of vitamins and nutrients to keep locks healthy. And strong, healthy hair doesn’t break or thin.
But can a hair mask actually boost hair growth?
The answer is yes! And here’s how. Using a coconut oil hair mask moisturizes the scalp, and keeps hair soft and supple, so strands won’t become brittle and break. It also boosts circulation, removes sebum build up, and unclogs hair follicles. All important in stimulating hair growth. That, in addition to the magical “hair superfood factor” only found in our ST. TROPICA hair mask, are really what all the excitement is about.
How should you use our Organic Coconut Oil Hair Mask?
Apply the heated coconut oil hair mask to dry hair, massage into scalp and hair, and wrap in a towel or shower cap. Now sit back for 20 indulgent minutes (or preferably overnight) while the mask works its magic, and sip a green tea or (what the heck, it’s almost summer) margarita. Wash and style hair as usual. Use our hair mask weekly for best results.
Who is a coconut oil hair mask best for?
Anyone who wants shiny, healthy, longer hair. Our Organic Hair Mask is safe for all hair types, even color-treated, is super gentle, and smells amazing. It is also easily transportable, so no need to miss a treatment while traveling.
When will you see hair growth results?Of course, hair can only grow so fast. Don’t expect added inches by next week. But you will notice healthy, shiny looking hair after the first use. Treating hair and scalp to a coconut oil mask regularly will de-stress your tresses, and you’ll be sporting longer hair for summer months. Better invest in some cute hair accessories.
The quest for healthy, shiny hair is not always easy but it doesn’t have to be impossible. If you know what it takes to have healthy, shiny hair then you can easily accomplish your objective. The trick is to be aware and then take a few corrective and necessary steps.
Understanding Hair Damage
People have dry or oily hair, straight or curly hair, dense or thin hair, soft or coarse hair and there are many such variations. Hair is partly genetic, partly unique to a person, partly subjected to how one cares for their hair and partly attributed to hormones, nutrition and general health of the person. No single element can make your hair amazing, although one single factor can often ruin your hair.
Let us first understand hair damage. Skin is the largest organ in the human body. Just as you have to take care of the skin on your face, arms and other parts of the body, the skin on your head, what we refer to as the scalp also needs to be cleansed. There are dead cells, scar tissues and all common problems of the skin on your scalp. Should you ignore these, you will have poorer hair.
Pollution, use of chemicals and various synthetically produced products are common causes of hair damage. Ultraviolet rays of the sun, wind, dust and dirt are also common causes. Lack of sufficient nutrition to the hair, the follicles and the scalp would damage your hair. Genetic issues will also impair your hair growth, may facilitate hair fall or damaged hair, and can lead to hair loss. Then there are dandruffs, itchy scalp, wrong choice of hair care products and several medical conditions that can damage your hair. Hormonal imbalance, digestive problems, skin conditions, protein or vitamin deficiencies and various other health problems can damage your hair. So much to think about, right?
How to get Healthy, Shiny Hair
The trick is quite simple. You need to ensure that your hair is well protected from the threats. Your hair must be clean, the scalp must be cleansed but moisturized enough, and you must consume the foods or provide the nutrition necessary for the hair follicles to be strengthened which would facilitate hair growth. The hair should get its proteins and vitamins so they can be strong. If your hair is strong, it would be almost always be lustrous too.
Here is a brief guide to help you on the quest for healthy, shiny hair.
Making sure that you take care of your hair during the winter months is essential otherwise you could experience unwanted hair breakage and hair fall over the year. There are dozens of essential nutrients that healthy hair needs to stay lustrous and hydrated, the most important being fatty acids. Learning how you can sufficiently nourish your hair is the first step to knowing how to use natural hair care products to your best ability.
Coconut oil for hair is one of the best hair treatments that you can do as it replenishes lost moisture and protects your locks from any damaging elements such as the wind and the cold. The coconut oil hair phenomenon is something that has taken the beauty community by storm over the past couple of years, though it has been used historically for decades if not centuries, in other parts of the world. You can find coconut oil in natural health food stores, supermarkets and more. In fact, many beauty companies have also created their own version of this natural hydrator, in the form of specialty hair care products.
Hot Oil Treatments
If you are into beauty care there’s a good chance you’re aware of the benefits of a hot oil treatment. Historically, you would place a small tube or ampule into a bowl of hot water and allow the oil to heat up before applying it from your scalp down to your roots. Looking back, it is quite surprising that, at a bare minimum, the “tube” one submerses into hot water, does not have so much as a simple string attached to it (In the spirit of a tea bag) to avoid burning your fingers/hands -should the hot water “bath” be too hot! The purpose of the heat is to make the formula penetrate the hair shafts fully & much faster. The main purpose of this type of hair treatment is to ensure that your hair is getting the right nutrients that your scalp normally supplies. It is essentially a second source of vitamins and minerals.
Hair masks are one of the most popular types of modern hair treatments that you can use - not only in the wintertime, but year-round. The ST. TROPICA hair mask is widely regarded as being perhaps the single best hair mask that you can use, to not only nourish & moisturize your hair, but your scalp as well. It is an organic hair mask, using coconut oil as its primary ingredient, which is then infused with numerous hair vitamins & nutrients, making for an intense but natural formula. It helps to promote a healthy scalp that you can rely on to provide the right oils to each of your roots so your hair can grow shiny, long, and strong. Many professionals in the beauty industry use this dry hair treatment to repair existing damage to their clients’ hair, and to ensure an optimum protective layer on the hair (known as the hair cuticle) without weighing the hair down. As an added bonus, it is much safer to use, as it comes in a special BPA-Free packet, which SAFELY heats up in hot water: it stands upright in a mug, so your fingers never touch the hot water bath. It can also be heated safely in a microwave in about 20 seconds flat. After your first use you’ll see stronger, revitalized, healthier hair with a brilliant shine – regardless of how cold it might get outside. Preparing your locks for the upcoming winter season is essential for both women and men around the world.
These natural hair products are highly recommended as they definitely help “level the playing field” when it comes to achieving healthy hair in challenging and often harsh winter climates.
It is often said that the health of the hair indicates the health and lifestyle of its possessor. A healthy mane signifies that the owner is healthy and has a healthy lifestyle. Pollution in our air and water, and styling demands can prevent the hair from being shiny and bouncy. Many of us follow trends by doing hair bleaching, coloring and highlighting - which all have their own consequences. While chemicals and excessive heat are the worst hair offenders, washing and styling habits can also contribute in their own ways, to ultimately wreak havoc on the hair. Hair begins to look lifeless, develop split ends, becoming brittle and unmanageable; with perhaps the most unsightly disorder: that being dry and frizzy hair. In the quest to obtain beautiful healthy hair, even with the best intentions, increased application of seemingly harmless chemicals & excessive heat can end up ruining the natural gift; so less is definitely more!
Dry or frizzy hair is generally caused by lack of moisture. When the cuticles of the hair are sealed, hair’s natural oils are locked in and moisture remains balanced, which is optimum. Hair cuticles are hair’s outermost layer, and any damage to them, such as split ends, is what triggers dry hair, and the dreaded frizzy hair condition. When this happens, normally healthy hair can quickly start to appear dull and unhealthy. In summary, dry hair can be caused by nature, over-use of styling products or improper hair care habits (such as over-washing). And the market is flooded with solutions to battle hair dryness - but the available products all too often contain harsh chemicals and synthetic compounds which offer only temporary (if not momentary) relief, and in the long run can cause even greater hair damage.
To combat this unwanted frizzy, dry hair condition it is advisable to utilize only natural hair treatments, which greatly improve the overall hair quality and appearance of your precious strands without causing any collateral damage. Of the many natural hair treatments available, the most highly recommended is the hot oil treatment or natural hair mask.
Hot oil treatments are very effective and easy to do at home. A good hot oil treatment not only deals with dry and frizzy hair, it’s also effectively used as one of the best hair conditioners, by restoring lost moisture, and sealing the hair cuticles to lock-in moisture where it belongs: inside the hair shaft. Hot oil treatments for hair are also known to stimulate new hair growth, as well as help promote a healthy scalp -which is also essential to healthy, strong hair for obvious reasons. There are a multitude of oils which can be used for this hair treatment but of all the hair oils out there, coconut oil has been found to be the single most effective.
Be aware that simply applying the hair oil may not help. For best effectiveness, heating of the oil is advised as heating is well known to help the oil penetrate into the hair shafts to fix problems where they originate. As an added bonus, hot oil hair treatments are also excellent for your scalp, improving blood circulation at the same time. As a result the scalp and hair become nourished thereby bestowing healthy and well textured hair, with great shine and manageability.
Hair masks are also found to be very beneficial in getting that thick and glossy hair we all desire. Hair masks are known to be beneficial as they supply hair with multiple proteins & vitamins and keep the hair moisture locked in, giving a long lasting result when used frequently. While there are many types of hair masks, research shows that again, a coconut oil hair mask will deliver the best possible results time and time again.
The wonders of a coconut oil hair treatment are innumerable. Our Mothers were definitely right when they insisted that all hair problems would be taken care of if we applied this amazing, versatile oil regularly. It is nothing less than 'elixir' for a wonderful mane. Coconut oil is rich in proteins, fatty acids, vitamins B and C, zinc, potassium and iron. Components of the oil help in keeping the hair strong, nourished and protected from damage. Hair masks using coconut oil in combination with other proven & natural ingredients are a definite way to get on the fast track to beautiful healthy hair. The best example of this on the market would be the ST. TROPICA Hair Mask. It’s the only product out there that offers all of the proteins & vitamins of a hair mask, plus the natural hair oils and “heat” of a hot oil treatment – so you get the best of both worlds. And it’s so natural it is actually 100% Certified USDA Organic. If only hair could smile!
Along with the hair treatments above, slight changes in your daily hair care routine can go a long way in protecting those tresses and giving you soft, beautiful, bouncy and healthy hair. Your hair care routine should also include:
The world is now looking to natural hair products and natural hair treatments to protect their tresses from damage and to regain the healthy hair most of us started with: the soft & strong, bouncy, lustrous hair we all love.