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Bad News: Heat Damage is Not Reversible

Overuse of direct heat, such as curling irons, flat irons, pressing combs, etc. can cause thermal damage (otherwise known as “heat damage”), which over time creates permanently straight pieces of hair. Although you may not be relaxing your hair, heat damage can have the same irreversible effects. This is usually the part where people ask, […]

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Mineral Oil…GROSS!

Mineral Oil is a cheap, synthetic oil or grease added to many beauty products intended to moisturize. Quite literally, it is the left over liquid from the distillation of gasoline from crude oil. It is actually more expensive for the gasoline companies to get rid of the product, than it is for them to sell […]

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7 Key Herbs & Nutrients for Healthy Hair Growth

These 7 key herbs and nutrients can help you achieve thicker, fuller locks! Fo-ti root (Polygonum multiflorum) has been used for thousands of years in the Orient as a longevity tonic and also for restoring gray hair back to its original color. Fo-ti root ‘nourishes the blood’ and fortifies Kidney qi (energy), strengthening overall vitality and […]

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Sulfates: What’s the Big Deal?

  For years, people have used products containing sulfates and never given it a second thought. But over the past few years, just seeing the word “sulfate” in a product has become something like the plague. So what’s all the hoopla about, and is it even warranted? When most people think of sulfates, they are […]

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Combat Thinning Edges

  If you’re starting to see your scalp through the edges of your hair, you’ve probably got what is professionally known as “traction alopecia” (or TA). Most of us just call it “thinning edges.” Not only does it look bad aesthetically, if you don’t handle the problem from the onset and correct some of your […]

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Deep Conditioning 101

Deep conditioning is essential to overall healthy, beautiful hair. Many people believe that deep conditioning will repair damaged hair. But contrary to popular belief, it is actually a preventative, proactive (rather than reactive) measure that helps keep your hair from becoming dull, shedding, breaking, and the ends from splitting drastically; not to mention helping the […]

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Not All Alcohols are Bad

Recently, I was shopping at a beauty supply store and overheard the following comment from a mom testing a hair cream on her infant son. “I love how this makes his hair look and feel, but I can’t use this on him every day. It has alcohol in it.” I am very familiar with the […]

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Cleopatra’s Beauty Secrets Revealed…

  What was Cleopatra’s secret to glowing skin and lustrous locks? Camel milk baths? Maybe. But I’ll bet that natural oils also played a big part! Pure jojoba, argan, shea butter, coconut, and other cold-pressed oils have been used for millennia to beautify the complexion and promote luxurious hair growth, from the reign of Cleopatra right down […]

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Don’t be Flaky! Natural Alternatives for Seborrheic Dermatitis

Though topical corticosteroids can be very effective at reducing inflammation in conditions such as eczema and seborrheic dermatitis (via suppressing the immune system), their chronic use can cause dangerous thinning of the epidermal layer of the skin, including the scalp. This makes the epidermis much more susceptible to damage and thus infection, as well as reducing […]

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Hair Essentials Partners with HelpMe2Stop to Raise Awareness about Trichotillomania

HelpMe2Stop (www.helpme2stop.org) is a non-profit dedicated to providing recovery assistance to those suffering from trichotillomania, known simply as ‘trich’, a hair pulling disorder that affects 1 out of 50 people. “Trich can affect people at any age, gender and ethnicity,” said Charlene Blacer, founder of HelpMe2Stop. “Millions of people are affected by trich; nearly 90 […]

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