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15 Simple Ways to Take Better Care of Your Hair

1: Brush your hair on a regular basis before going to bed every night.

2: Wash your hair with gentle shampoo preferably shampoo without sulphates.

Avoid brushing wet hair. This will cause hair to stretch and break. Finger-dry or use a large tooth comb to gently remove the knots and snarls.

4: Air dry your hair if possible. If you have to blow dry your hair, use a professional salon quality hair dryer.

5: Avoid hair color, try henna, it will color and condition hair.

Take a calcium supplement or drink 2 glasses of milk every day.

7: If you use a flat iron use a professional quality flat iron, preferably a ceramic ionic flat iron.

8: Perming your hair sometimes leaves your hair unmanageable when wet. Use a botanical rich leave in conditioner and gently pull the conditioner through your hair with a large tooth comb .

9: Trim your hair once a month to prevent split ends and encourage new growth.

10: Avoid pulling back your hair tightly with clips and bobby pins.

11: Avoid the use of rubber bands it can pull and damage hair.

12: Use a SPF infused shampoo. UV exposure will dry and damage your hair. It will also fade your hair color

13: Massage botanical oils and vitamin E info your hair and scalp for soft, shiny healthy hair.

Avoid very hot water while washing your hair.

15: Eat foods rich in vitamin B, C and E.

Hairdreams Leather Ribbons…Love these

Hairdreams Leather Ribbons

Matching the new nature based fashion trend there is a brand new type of hair accessory: thin leather bands with lucky charms made of pearls, stones, feathers, etc. They are extremely versatile and can be used as a hair decoration and also as a fashionable accessory. They are the perfect addition to the earth focused ethno-, hippie, and safari looks.

The “Hairdreams Leather Ribbons” are handmade with care out of real leather and different embellishments like rocks, pearls, feathers and more.

They come in two types:
Short, about 35 cm long ribbons that are attached to the hair with a clip and are worn like a strand.
Long, about 1meter length ribbons with pendants on both ends, that can be worn as a headband around the head and in a ponytail.

In addition the ribbons make a great and versatile fashion accessory – as a necklace, a belt, a pendant, and much more.

That is why they are the perfect and extraordinary accessory to skillfully enhance the “adventurous” outfits of the hippie, ethno and safari styles. The ribbons are unisex and can be worn just as well by men.

The leather ribbons are only available from the hair extension specialist Hairdreams and can be purchased exclusively at the salon partners of Hairdreams.

hairstyle with leather ribbon ponytail with leather ribbon leather ribbon accross forehead hair extended with leather ribbon

Hair History ~ Hair Receivers, Secret Beauty Aids of the Past

By Mike McLeod

Although rare today, the hair receiver was a common fixture on the dressing tables of women from Victorian times to the early decades of the 20th century. Its purpose was to save hair culled from the hairbrush and comb, which were used vigorously on a daily basis. The hair could then be stuffed into pincushions or pillows. Since hair was not washed as often as it is today, oils were frequently used to add scent and shine to hair. The residual oil made the hair an ideal stuffing for pincushions because it lubricated the pins, making it easier for them to pierce material. Small pillows could be stuffed with hair, which was less prickly than pinfeathers.

But possibly most important, hair receivers made the creation of ratts possible. A ratt (sometimes spelled rat) is a small ball of hair that was inserted into a hairstyle to add volume and fullness. The ratt was made by stuffing a sheer hairnet until it was about the size of a potato and then sewing it shut.

A favored hairstyle during Victorian times parted the hair in the center and pulled it to the sides. In photos from that era, it is easy to spot the women with flat hair who were not using ratts and those with “big hair” who were. One reason for favoring this hairstyle was it revealed as much of the face as possible. In Renaissance times, a wide and high forehead was a sign of virtue. This is why paintings from that era often portray women with just a little hair showing around the face and a big, wide forehead. Since Victorian women only used a little face powder and no other make-up lest she be scandalized as a “painted lady,” much effort was invested in hairstyles and clothing to maximize beauty.

Another reason for their desire to display as much of the head as possible was that the Victorians were swept up in the new, so-called “science” of phrenology. This craze postulated that a person’s qualities and characteristics, both good and bad, could be determined by the contours of one’s head. Or as some people have called it, by “reading the bumps on your head.” This curious infatuation of the Victorians is discussed below.

The Victorians were extremely concerned with their appearances, and a woman’s hair was considered her crowning glory. In 1894, an article in The Delineator magazine stated, “The often-admired ‘crowning glory’ may be rendered almost a disfigurement if disposed unbecomingly, while a tasteful and careful dressing of the tresses, even though they are not very beautiful, will lend a decided charm to a plain face.”

Usually identified by the hole in the lid for inserting hair, hair receivers graced the dressing tables of women from Victorian times to the 1950s. (Photo courtesy of and from the personal collection of Elza Brokaw.)

The use of wigs was common at this time, for women and men (judges, magistrates, and even soldiers wore wigs into battle). However, these were usually made from someone else’s hair. A woman could use a ratt to create a beautiful hairstyle and truthfully answer that this was her own hair.

The widespread use of “extra hair” is evidenced by this instruction from Godey’s Lady’s Book: “When a lady is in danger of drowning, raise her by the dress and not by the hair, which oftentimes remains in the grasp.”

A hair receiver can be identified by a finger-wide hole in the lid, through which hair is poked. They can be round or square in shape, and some are footed. Made of a variety of materials, including glass and in later times celluloid, some of the prettiest examples are of porcelain. RS Prussia manufactured beautiful hair receivers, and one with delicate floral prints sold recently on eBay for $152. However, you will usually see the finer antique hair receivers hovering in the $100 range, while most are well below that amount.

It is uncertain if Japanese women also collected their spare hair for adornment, but Japanese potters certainly created hair receivers. You can find Nippon, Kutani and Sumida hair receivers.

While some say that hair saved in receivers was also used for hair jewelry, love tokens, and mourning mementos, Lori Verge, curator of the Surratt House Museum in Clinton, Maryland, states those items required straight, not tangled hair. She believes that women used cut hair (rather than combed out hair) for those purposes. Ms. Verge also reports that her grandmother used a hair receiver as late as the 1950s.

Check other great antiques. at Southeastern Antiquing and Collecting Magazine

Popular shampoos contain toxic chemicals linked to nerve damage

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have found a correlation between an ingredient found in shampoos and nervous system damage. The experiments were conducted with the brain cells of rats and they show that contact with this ingredient called methylisothiazoline, or MIT, causes neurological damage.

Which products contain this chemical compound MIT? Head and Shoulders, Suave, Clairol and Pantene Hair Conditioner all contain this ingredient. Researchers are concerned that exposure to this chemical by pregnant women could put their fetus at risk for abnormal brain development. In other people, exposure could also be a factor in the development of Alzheimer’s disease and other nervous system disorders.

The chemical causes these effects by preventing communication between neurons. Essentially, it slows the networking of neurons, and since the nervous system and brain function on a system of neural networks, the slowing of this network will suppress and impair the normal function of the brain and nervous system.

These finding were presented December 5th at the American Society for Cell Biology annual meeting.   Continued

The Future Of Drug Testing – Hair Sampling

One may consider the hair as a person’s crowning glory. In fact, most people spend hours in front of the mirror fixing their hair. Aside from making each one of us look good, the hair has yet another function you might be interested in. In today’s modern world, there comes another way of detecting drugs in individuals. Yes, using the hair! And it is actually the  most accurate method of detecting drug abuse in individuals. It can detect drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, opiates and the like. It is known as the hair drug test.

1. Ten Times More Effective Than Urine Drug Tests

With this kind of modern and convenient method, it is now easy for schools and even employers to test students and employees to determine whether or not they have drugs in their system. Hair drug tests come in handy kits with instructions on how to get hair specimens, then send it to the laboratory for evaluation.

2. How It Works:

According to studies, when a person takes in drugs, as with any other substances, such as food, medicines, or drinks, it mixes with our blood, and as we all know, the blood nourishes all parts of our body, including the head. Hints of these chemicals then become trapped or filtered through the hair follicle, thus, as the hair grows, these chemicals are stored in the hair. Interestingly, these chemicals become a part of the hair itself.

– Very accurate

– Chemicals in the hair can be traced

– Traces not just drugs in system at the time, but over the past three months!

– A two-inch sample can give that persons drug history for a four month period of time

– Hair drug testing is much more costly than urine testing

– Hair testing is now widely used due to it’s effectiveness

3. How It’s Done:

– A hair drug test involves cutting a minimum of 50 strands of hair

– Hair must be cut approximately one and a half inches from the scalp

– Hair is then sent to the drug testing laboratory

– The hair is actually screened and reviewed, then liquified for final testing

– There are lots of hair drug testing kits available today

4. Hair Drug Testing Kits

Hair drug testing kits, though widely available, are not affordable. Prices range from $50-$69 for a complete kit. Laboratory processing fees are usually included when you make your purchase.

One point of view to consider tough – a positive test result does not automatically mean the person uses illegal drugs. In fact, positive results are sometimes triggered by other legal substances. One maybe is under medication or taking maintenance medications, or over-the-counter medications. It is wise therefore, that when the confirmation test comes back positive, it is important for a doctor, nurse, or other specialist to review the results and determine if illegal drugs are indeed the guilty party.

5. Beating Hair Drug Tests Is Impossible

Now other smart individuals are finding ways and means to beat the hair drug tests. Some say one can pass it through a kind of shampoo, especially from companies that claim that their shampoo cleans off all the toxins in the hair, but they are wrong. These toxins are already part of the hair follicle’s structure, cleaning it will literally mean taking it all off. The hair is like a plant. If a plant grows in a toxic environment, it will absorb toxins and toxins will become part of its structure – no amount of shampoo will change that.

As we cannot clean off toxins in the hair, can we mask it by bleach or dyeing one’s hair? Maybe for a time, yes we can. But then, our skin is made up of fatty tissues. These fatty tissues are responsible for storing toxins in the body. When our body sweats, it gives off skin oil and release toxins, and these will be touched and be absorbed by the hair. It’s like a cycle. The masked hair will then be contaminated once more.

Others shave off their hair, but sad to say, toxins don’t leave the body anytime soon. If you are being kept in confinement, your hair will slowly grow back in, and your drug use history will come back for all to see with it.

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Shiva Offers Men’s Hair Care

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