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THE HORRORS OF SUMMER HAIR TREATMENTS

Nowadays, a multitude of hair treatments are easily available and accessible to women who want to change their natural hair styles or keep up with evolving summer trends in hair fashion. But do you know what really happens to your hair every time you have it bleached, dyed or permed? Instead of making your hair curlier, straighter, softer or more colorful, the chemicals used might have more lasting and harmful damage than you’ve imagined.

Perming is a century-old process of using chemicals or applying intense heat to the hair to make it curly or straight. Bleaching often involves the use of hydrogen peroxide to lighten the color of the hair while some hair coloring products use chemicals that cause allergic reactions and irritation to the scalp.

Some of the ill effects perming, bleaching or dyeing may have on your hair are the following:

Hair Breakage
The strength of the chemicals used in the treatments causes changes in the hair’s protein texture, stripping moisture from the hair and making it dry, brittle and porous. This makes the hair strands more prone to snapping and breakage, also referred to as a “chemical haircut.”

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Scalp Damage
When bleaching, perming or hair coloring agents come into contact with the scalp, it may cause adverse reactions such as redness, irritation, itching, skin discoloration, peeling, burning or development of sores. Extreme chemical burns may even lead to hair loss. Stop the treatment right away if any kind of discomfort is felt.

Scalp Allergy

Inhibits Hair Regrowth
Regular use of chemical-based hair treatments may cause irreparable effects to the hair follicles, preventing new hair growth to replace the cracked and damaged hair strands.

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So, before you get your hair straightened, permed or colored, make sure to choose a reputable salon and discuss with your stylist the overall health of your hair. Keep in mind that a head of healthy locks is more important than sporting the season’s latest hair style.

Sources:
•www.livestrong.com
•www.philipkingsley.com
•www.sharecare.com
•www.docakilah.wordpress.com

Bad Habits To Break So You Can Prevent Hair Loss

Bad Habits to Break So You Can Prevent Hair Loss

What one does on a daily basis may seem trivial, but these little things are actually what affect the bigger picture. So while it’s much easier to blame hair loss to genetics and other ‘mythical causes’, one cannot deny that personal hair care habits also take front rein in causing hair fall – and eventually bald patches.

Have you ever thought that a part of your favorite morning routine may cause an increase in hair fall? Did you ever consider your preferred pastime as a trigger for your hair loss problems? Perhaps not – or you’re just in denial. Either way, getting rid of these nasty habits that wreak havoc on your hair and scalp should be on your must-do list:

1. Too much use of chemical hair care products.

That bottle may promise shiny, smooth, soft, and healthy hair – but it doesn’t necessarily say it will always deliver the truth. Chemical hair care products due to its contents, tend to dry out hair instead of nourishing it. This is true especially after long periods of use. Shampooing everyday may seem like the aesthetic ideal for your hair, but you may want to ease up on it to prevent hair fall. Better yet, consider using non-chemical shampoos like Novuhair Herbal Shampoo, which contains natural active ingredients and Novuhair Herbal Conditioner which contains standardized herbal extracts which moisturize and condition your hair giving it a shinier, softer and supple look.

2. Unhealthy diet and lack of sleep.

Did you know that your scalp is part of your skin? So naturally, whatever you ingest, and the stresses you place on your body manifests through it too – affecting how your strands look, and how your hair grows. A lack of proper nutrients and rest can cause your hormones to go haywire, and can possibly trigger increase in hair fall. If you are genetically predisposed to alopecia (hair loss), then your neglect of what you eat and how much rest you get can trigger it to kick in earlier than expected.

3. Over styling hair.

Whether you want sexy curls or posh, stick-straight hair, the wonders of technology (aka curler, blow dryer, straightening iron) can help you. Styling tools and techniques (eg. hair weaves, braids, etc.), definitely let you get a daily ‘makeover’. Unfortunately, they also place stress on your hair and can possibly cause an increase in hair fall. Or worse, it can lead to traction alopecia, a kind of gradual hair loss caused by an excess of pulling force applied to the hair.

As much as possible, show off your hair’s beauty sans the styling techniques. Instead of planning out your next hairstyle, work on making your locks healthy and beautiful through the use of nature-based products like Novuhair’s 3-in-1 pack.