Friday, August 24, 2012

Getting Rid Of Split Ends With Believe

It seems the Ancient Greeks and Romans had a name for everything. Trichoptilosis from the Greekτριχο- tricho- "hair" and the New Latin ptilosis "arrangement of feathers in definite areas" from the Greek πτίλον ptilon "feather," are what we modern people call split ends--that splitting of the hair shaft due to stress that makes us hold up the bottom of our hair, cross our eyes to look at the ends and nearly scream at what we see. Those ragged ends make our hair look like a frayed piece of rope.

Now that summer is drawing to a close (and it was the hottest one on record since records started being kept in 1895!) your hair may be showing those beach days, shopping trips in the hot-enough-to-fry-eggs-on-the-sidewalk city or the fact nobody takes good care of their hair on vacation.

Since it is time to kiss those lazy days goodbye and get back to work or school, it is also time to do something about those flyaway ends.
Here's what you need to know about split ends:

Split ends can be caused by either chemical, mechanical or thermal causes. Chemical causes are from using too many hair products like those for perms or coloring that weaken the hair shaft, making split ends a real possibility. Mechanical causes include means yanking your hair out with the wrong brush or comb or brushing your hair way too often. Thermal causes include use of curling or flat irons or even letting the blistering sun suck the very life out of your hair. Certain medical conditions like Menke's diseases, occipital horn syndrome or Trichorrhexis nodosa, a genetic condition known as "bamboo hair" can also contribute. Anything that dries up your hair makes you a prime candidate for the dreaded split ends.

What to do?
  • Call Believe now (remember, we are closed August 29-September 4th) and schedule a trim, the only true "cure" for split ends. Our expert stylists will evaluate your hair and cut off the least amount of hair possible to get rid of the unsightly damage. Be sure to schedule such a trim every 8 weeks and then we really will only have to cut off the very ends of your hair, not affecting the length at all.  
  • On average, hair grows at a rate of about one-half inch per month, and typically the hair should be trimmed every 8 weeks. This means, between cuts, the hair should have grown about an inch. If your hair is already as long as you like that means you have an inch to spare, and that inch is the part of the hair that has been the most damaged. It's not much of a sacrifice to get rid of it. If you are trying to grow your hair longer, this means you can lose the least healthy half-inch of hair with each trim and still gain 3 inches each year. That might be slower progress than you'd like, but the hair you end up with will be healthy hair.
  • Apart from staying up with getting those ends cut off, always use a moisturizing shampoo like Aestelance MC (Moisture Cream) and a rinse-out conditioner like White Tea Restorative, just two of the wonderful products we sell at Believe. Concentrate on getting the product on your split ends.
  • But be sure to protect your hair's natural moisture. It's unnecessary to wash hair every day, and doing so not only wears down the hair, but also strips away the oils from your scalp that naturally moisturize your hair. Instead, try washing your hair just once every two or three days.
  • Also take care you aren't inadvertently breaking your own hair. In the shower, rather than pile your hair on top of your head and scrubbing hard, just massage shampoo into your scalp. When you rinse the suds, the rest of your hair will get clean, too. Speaking of rinsing, always use cool water to seal your hair's outer layer.
  • Pat dry (don't rub) and detangle hair gently with a wide-tooth comb. Air-dry your hair whenever possible. Remember that hair dryer is working against moisture retention. (And once your hair is dry, a wide brush with a pad underneath the bristles is the gentlest way to remove tangles.) If you must blow dry, straighten, or curl your hair, use a lower heat setting and apply a heat protection spray like Agadir Oil before styling to give your hair some defense against the heat. If you use a ceramic flatiron, use it on only the bottom inch of your hair. As a final camouflage, apply a shine serum like Aestelance Lustre and glide it over split ends.
  • Sleep on satin. It's possible to damage split end-prone hair even when you move around in your sleep. So a satin pillowcase can help your hair move with you instead of stretching or breaking (and you'll feel like a movie sex goddess from the 1920's.)
  • If you color, perm, or chemically relax your hair, waiting as long as you can between treatments can help keep it looking smooth and healthy. Schedule your perms and color with us at Believe and we'll keep track of when your next appointment should be for optimum damage avoidance.
  • Take care at the gym. Wash your hair (or at least thoroughly rinse) after swimming, especially in chlorinated pools. Also since the salt in your own body sweat can be hard on your hair, it's also a good idea to shower after a workout.
  • If you'll be spending time catching the last rays of the summer sun, a wide-brimmed hat is the best way to keep harmful rays off your hair and face. Or at least use a leave-in conditioner like Tri-Organics Chromastic Leave-In that we sell at Believe and work it in with your hands to coat the ends of your hair particularly.
  • If all else fails, we can recommend a leave-in split end mender like Latte Styling Milk which uses keratin to coat the hair strand and hold the split ends together.

But really trimming is the key and all the rest is prevention so call Believe soon for your appointment. The sooner you take care of split ends, the sooner you can avoid breakage further up the hair shaft. When it comes to split ends, it truly is a case of hair today, gone tomorrow.

Enjoy the end of summer! We hope to see you soon at Believe.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Remedies for Sunburn from Believe

We're back from vacation! Well, actually we at Believe are only taking a vacation from our vacation. We are open NOW (call soon!) and then we are here for the long (hot) haul until our next break, August 29th-September 4th.

We had a great time on our vacation and hope you have one on yours, but if you have overdone the sun a bit, here's a few remedies to help repair the damage. Let's start with hair, because that's what we do...
  • Sun-damaged hair: Those harmful rays wreck havoc with hair, drying it out and stripping it of all natural oils. If you've overdone the sun, make an appointment with us here at Believe for a deep conditioning treatment. We'll give your thirsty hair a deep drink of good humectants to bring all that shine back and leave your hair manageable, glossy and ready to show off at all the picnics, BBQs and outdoor parties left to come during Summer 2012.

We at Believe will also send you home with some fabulous products to help you win the battle of dry hair. Try Aestlance Butter chock full of healing herbs. A little dab will not only give your hair a drink, but you can rub the rest on your elbows, hands, heals and all your scaly sunburnt bits.  Another summer must-have is our new product line from Italy, Kaaral Real Purify, with royal jelly in the shampoo, conditioner, leave-in solution and treatment vials perfect for dry dehydrated hair. And from a continent who knows a thing or two about sun, Africa provides their precious gift of Agadir Oil--found in the fabulous Moisture Masque to help moisturize sun-damaged hair in a luxurious way. (You'll feel like Cleopatra every time you apply a precious drop.)
   And because we care about every part of you here at Believe, we'll share a few other secrets. Here's some natural remedies for your sunburnt skin:
  •                    Sea Buckthorn oil: Dilute a few drops with olive oil and rub into the skin. Repeat two,     eight and 24 hours later. Sea Buckthorn oil extract helps heal the burn itself.
  •                    Chickweed: Has a cooling effect on sunburn. Pulling some up from the ground and applying it to the affected area or crush with a mortar and pestle into a paste and bandage it on the burn.
  •                    Echinacea: Slows down the destruction of collagen, which keeps your skin elastic. Make some Echinacea tea, let it cool, and dab on skin.
  •                    Calendula and Carrot Oils: Calendula or Carrot oil reduces inflammation and stimulates the growth of new skin cells. Mix 20 drops of oil with 4 ounces of water and dab on skin with cotton balls. Both oils will help soften and reduce the pain. Carrot oil even is used to treat pre-cancerous spots on skin.
  •                   Witch Hazel: A great everyday toner for normal skin, it also helps sooth sunburn. Just soak some cotton and swab the skin.
  •                    Green Tea: On the go? Soak some bags in cold water and pat then wherever you are burnt (yes, even your eyelids.) Tea fights free radicals your skin produces when exposed to UV radiation.
  •                    Cucumbers: Cucumber slices reduce swelling and sooth the burn. Put them right on your skin and rest for a while.
  •                    Aloe: Protects the skins from the inflammation caused by sunburn. The gel from inside the plants leaves should be applied several times a day until the burn is gone.
  •                    Other sunburn soothers: Try spraying any of these onto your skin:
  •          Plain yogurt, sour cream or buttermilk (rinse after 20 minutes)

  •          Tomato juice

  •          Apple cider vinegar (1 tablespoon diluted in 1 cup water.) Yes, you'll smell like an Easter egg but the scent will dissipate. Old wives say vinegar turns your sunburn brown overnight.
  •                   Take a tepid bath: Add plantain (which contains the proven healer of skin cells, allantoin) or cornstarch, baking soda, oatmeal or lavender oil (which has both anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.) Keep the soaking down to 20 minutes, pat dry, and rub coconut oil deep into the skin.
  •                    Potatoes for pain: Take two potatoes and blend in a food processor liquid. Pat the burned areas with the pulverized potatoes. Wait until the potatoes dry, and then take a cool shower. Or apply the mash to a clean gauze and place on the burn. Change the dressing every hour.

There you have some of Believe's best tips if you find yourself a Crispy Critter this summer. Be sure to call soon to make that appointment for a deep conditioning treatment (and bring your vacation photos to show us! We miss the beach already.)