10 Tips for Healthy Hair

September 23, 2010 § Leave a comment

Tip 1: Did you know that brushing stimulates the hair follicle? Brush your hair for 3-5 minutes, preferably with a paddle bush if you have medium to long hair.

This increases blood circulation in your scalp, improving the condition of the roots – ultimately improving the condition of each strand. If you use a boar brush, it will distribute the oils from your scalp evenly throughout the length of your tresses.

Channel your inner Marcia Brady and get to it.

Tip 2: Don’t wash your hair every day. Ew, right? No, washing every day strips your scalp of its natural oils that it needs to replenish the roots and retain moisture in your hair follicles.

Use a dry shampoo and conditioner or a scented hair serum like Josie Maran’s Organic Argan Oil to enrich your tresses with a fresh scent without stripping it of its natural oils.

Tip 3: Rollers are a great alternative to using curling irons. They make great waves from root to tip and eliminate heat damage.

Tip 4: Sectioning your hair into small pieces for curling makes a huge difference in the overall look and duration of your style. You’ll need less heat to curl, preventing damage.

Tip 5: Brushing your hair from the tips to the root helps prevent breakage. Gather your hair in your fist and gently brush the ends. Then gently work your brush strokes upward toward the root.

Tip 6: When curling, alternating the direction of curls toward your face then away from your face is a great way to keep curls from sticking together. This will make your hair look more voluminous and healthier.

Tip 7: When curling your hair, don’t untwist your curling iron but release the clamp slowly until the hair falls out. This prevents breakage.

Tip 8: Teasing isn’t bad for your hair if you do it right! Lift a section up and comb down. Do not comb back and forth – that is what causes breakage.

Tip 9: If you use the same shampoo and conditioner for an extended time, it will form a build up on your scalp and hair strands. Alternate every two weeks to keep it clean and clear of build up.

Tip 10: High heat settings on your blow dryer can dry-out your scalp and produce dandruff, use the medium heat setting instead.


Garnier Moisture Rescue Fresh Cleansing Foam Vs. Shiseido Cleansing Foam

September 2, 2010 § Leave a comment

I took a chance with Garnier Moisture Rescue Cream Cleanser recently because I read that it compares to Shiseido Cleansing Foam.

Shiseido Cleansing Foam, in my opinion, is the best foam cleanser on the market. A tiny half pea size amount of cleanser quickly lathers into super rich foam. It contains barely there gentle granules that remove dulling and dead skin cells and its super luxurious lather moisturizes while it cleanses.

The foam absorbs excess oil and is highly effective at removing makeup and dirt. I cannot describe how much I love this cleanser. It feels like a face massage, it is so good! It retails for about 30 bucks and can be found at any Shiseido counter.

Garnier Moisture Rescue Fresh Cleansing Foam is actually comparable.

It does lather into rich luxurious foam and feels pretty fantastic while cleansing. It’s oil free, non comedogenic and does cleanse without over drying. Garnier Cleansing Foam retails for about 7 bucks and can be found at drugstores. Can’t beat 7 bucks, right?

The downer is that it’s a thicker cream than Shiseido’s. It takes much more than half a pea sized drop to work into rich lather and doesn’t lather quickly.

The worst part is that it hurts like HELL if it seeps in to your eyes or up your nose. It stings! And because it’s a thicker creamier cleanser – it takes more rubbing to get the foamy, creamy soap out. No bueno.

Garnier calls it “inspired by nature” because its ingredients include grape and apple water extract. While I think it’s inspired by nature – don’t be fooled. It’s not an organic product.

BUT in all fairness, it’s still a great foam cleanser. Garnier does warn to keep it out of your eyes, but let’s be real. It might seep in sometimes and it will hurt – like a you know what.

It’s worth trying, just keep it out of your eyes!

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