"It's beauty that captures your attention,
and personality that captures your heart."
— Lynn Drake
Spring is here... finally! But winter has been so hard on your hair. During those months when
cold winds hit your hair day in and day out, it's likely it dried out your hair and damaged it...
For some, that damage can seem to be beyond repair. Maybe the only hope is to trim your hair to "cut off"
the damaged ends...
"But wait! I don't want to cut my hair!"
Here are some tips to start caring for winter-damaged hair... Maybe this year you won't have to cut it.
Shampoo every other day or less frequently, if possible, unless you exercise regularly
or work outdoors. Excess shampooing strips natural oils from the hair.
Let your hair air dry whenever possible. Blow-drying can dry out the hair and damage
it even more. When using hot rollers or a curling iron put thin strips of cotton
fabric around them to lessen the damage done by them to your hair.
If you're in a rush and have to blow dry your hair, use the dryer on the lowest,
coolest setting or stand in front of a fan and run your fingers gently through
your hair as it dries.
Massage your head daily for 5-10 minutes to promote blood flow to the scalp and
improve the quality of your hair. Start at your temples and work toward the back
of your head, apply pressure in circular motions.
Turn your head upside down and give it a good brushing from the scalp to the ends,
which stimulates the scalp and spreads natural oils through the hair.
Be sure to take your B vitamins. B6, B12, folic acid, pantothenic acid and biotin are
associated with moisture rich hair. You can take a multivitamin or eat foods rich in
B vitamins. Low carbers often notice their hair become more luxurious when they begin
this plan because so many of the foods we eat are rich in B vitamins. These include
soybeans, yogurt, avocados, pork, liver, poultry, walnuts, eggs, and whole grains.
Be sure to eat enough protein. Your hair is composed of protein and if you don't get
enough it could cause your hair to become dry and brittle. Have a low carb protein shake
once a day just to be sure.
Combine all in blender and whip until smooth. Shampoo with mixture using warm,
not hot water for the shampoo and rinse. Store any remaining shampoo in the refrigerator
for use the next day.
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- 1 Tbs. castile soap
- 1/2 cup water or herbal tea
- 5 Drops of essential oil of your choice (optional)
Have a problem with split ends?
Split ends, (or trichoptlosis), are the bane of every self-respecting woman's life! They
happen when the protective cuticle has been stripped away from the ends of hair fibers.
Split ends are more likely to develop in dry or brittle hair, and typical causes of damage
include excessive dying or vigorous brushing.
Once the hair cuticle is removed, it is impossible to replace. Typically the hair
splits into two or three strands, and can be as long or two to three centimeters in
length. The best treatment is to cut off the split end of the damaged fiber.
But you don't necessarily have to go to the salon every week to keep your
split ends in check. In the sixties and seventies, women used to burn off their split
ends themselves! Ouch! I'm sure you'll agree that that's a little excessive. There are
easier ways to get rid of your dead ends before they split further... do-it-yourself hair
trims. Don't be afraid, everyone does it!
These do-it-yourself hair trimming tips are for women who are happy with their hair; for
those who don't need a re-style, but simply want to freshen things up with a 'homegrown'
sort of look. If you are in any doubt, leave it to a professional!
To remove split ends:
Remember, sometimes the simplest and least expensive ideas are the best. So get trimming!
- Take small sections of hair and carefully twist them in a gentle downward
- Any split ends will automatically stick out.
- Carefully snip into the twist with sharp scissors. Don't cut right through;
just cut into the thickness to remove the damaged cuticles and give a natural
- Be careful to cut roughly the same amount from each twist.
Copyright © April 2004 Lori Markham and Low Carb Luxury