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Helmet Head

One of my absolute favourite things to do is bike riding, but with the bicycle comes the dreaded helmet hair.  If you are using biking as a method of commuting to work, it is a bit trying to make sure that your hair comes out looking halfway decent and professional for the rest of the day.  So here are a few tips on products and styles for you, that will help your tresses out in battling the helmet.

The 4 main products that are going to help you the most are a dry shampoo, sea salt spray, a smoothing serum and hairspray.  The dry shampoo can be applied to your roots before you put your helmet on and will soak up any excess oil and sweat so your hair doesn’t get flattened from moisture.  Sea salt spray applied before you put your helmet on will help to give your hair some lasting texture and help to maintain your volume, it can also be applied after your ride if you are wearing your hair down to put some texture back in.  A smoothing serum will help to tame those flyaways and frizzies that your helmet may give you.  And hairspray of course will just help to hold that style in place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since we all can’t look as effortlessly cute as my little man does in his helmet, here are some style options that may work for you.

Low Side Swept Bun

This style is great for the helmet as it sits nice and low.  The great thing about this is it can be as sleek or as messy as you would like.

Tousled Mane

Dry Shampoo and the Sea Salt spray are going to be your friends here.  Style your hair and then pile it on your head messily with bobby pins, and release it once you take your helmet off to give your hair that tousled look.

Milk Maid Braid

This look works great because it keeps your hair looking polished even with the helmet.  Don’t worry too much if the helmet has messed your hair up a bit, because it will probably work with the style, plus it can be fixed up with just a little hairspray and smoothing serum.

Side Braid

You can choose your favourite braid to pull this look off, but prefer the fishtail as the messiness that the helmet may create will work in your favour.

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Feeding Your Hair

I am hoping that absence make s the heart grow fonder (eep!).  I have been busy with other projects (which I will show you some of soon) and have neglected the blog terribly, but will get back on track here as I have a backlog of posts to edit and get up.

So today, I have some information on the benefits of nutrition and diet in regards to your hair.  Most of these foods are also know as ‘Super Foods’ and have so many benefits to your entire well-being, not just your hair.

Wild Salmon

High in protein, Omega 3 fatty acids which are good for your scalp, Vitamins B and 12-produce red blood cells which carry oxygen to follicles.

Eggs

Tons of protein, Vitamins B5, B12 & D, Sulfur which increases your circulation and can promote hair growth

Flaxseed

Contains Lignans which have antioxidants that help hair texture and flexibility, also have omega 3 fatty acids

Lentils

Has Protein, Iron, Zinc, Biotin (lack of Biotin can result in brittle hair), Folate, B6

Kale

Has Folate which replenish hair cells (folate deficiency can trigger hair loss and early greying), Iron, Magnesium and Zinc (prevents inflammation of hair follicles)

Olive Oil

Contains Polyphenols which control inflammation of the hair follicles (a concern as you get older)

Grain Fed Beef

Lots of Bio-Available Iron which boosts your immune system; poor immune systems can lead to hair loss.

Greek Yogurt

Have Probiotics “the good bacteria” which also boost your immune system

Quinoa

Lots of Biotin which can strengthen weak hair

Walnuts

Zinc (anti-inflammatory) and fatty acids (healthy scalp)

And just one last note, as many of you are probably starting ‘bikini diets’ for the summer; Extreme Dieting can lead your body to believe that you are malnourished and as a result hair loss can occur.  So do try to maintain a healthy balanced diet (try to use the foods above) and be sure to keep healthy fats in your diet such as avocado, almonds and olive oil.

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10 Hair Myths

Here are some of the common hair myths debunked for you.

1.  Frequent trims make your hair grow faster

Your hair on average will grow about a 1/2 inch each month, with a cut or without.  What may make you feel like it is growing faster with frequent trims is that healthy ends are going to look better and hang better, whereas damaged ends will have a more frizzy look.

2.  You can mend split ends

Unfortunately once the ends of your hair are split, that is it.  There are hair products that you can use to temporarily
bond your ends like a pomade or glossy serum, but essentially the only way to get rid of split ends is to trim them off.  Regular trims are great preventative action.

3.  Brushing your hair 100 times a day gives you silky hair that grows faster

As stated before, your hair is going to grow about 1/2 inch each month regardless of what you do.  And brushing this frequently can actually cause cuticle damage and pull hair out of the follicles.

4.  Switching your shampoo makes your hair healthier

It is believed that you need to switch your shampoo frequently as your hair builds up a tolerance to your shampoo.  This is false, and while you may find your hair has more build up than usual, it is most likely due to  other products you are using in your hair.  Using a clarifying shampoo once or twice a month will take care of that build up.

5.  Plucking gray hairs causes 2 or 3 to grow in its place

This is not true, but don’t let that encourage you to pluck those grays out.  Plucking hairs can cause damage to your roots and even cause infection.  Just embrace it, or you can opt for colour coverage.

6.  You can’t dye your hair while pregnant

There have been no conclusive studies to prove that dying your hair while pregnant does any harm to your baby.  However, it is a personal choice for you to make, and if you have any inquiries then consult your doctor.  What you may find though, is that the change in your hormones can affect the oils distributed in your hair and it can change the outcome in your colour, your skin may be a little more sensitive than usual and the smells aren’t that fantastic to be around with super heightened pregnancy senses.

7.  If you shampoo less often your scalp will gradually produce less oil

Shampoo or not, your sebaceous glands are going to produce the same amount of oil.  If you find your hair to be excessively oily, make sure you are giving your scalp a good scrub and if you are truly concerned then it is best to consult your doctor.  It is important to keep your scalp clean as the dirt and oil can buildup on the scalp and hair follicles and cause infection and even stunt hair growth.

8.  Drugstore products are the same quality as salon products

Salon products generally contain higher quality ingredients that are designed to provide more consistent results.  The quality ingredients found in salon products are not usually found in drugstore brands, and drugstore brands will often use cheap fillers leaving unnecessary buildup on your hair.

9.  Comb hair from top to bottom

It is traditionally shown that hair is combed from the top to bottom, but by doing this you can pull hairs out of the follicle and cause damage to the cuticle.  To best work out the annoying knots in your hair, start from the bottom and work your way up.

10.  Shaving hair makes it grow back thicker

This is not true.  When you shave you are cutting the hair off at a thicker part, so when it grows back it may seem like the hair has thickened, but it is actually just the blunt tip growing out giving that illusion.

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