Summer Hair Care

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With some extra TLC, this doesn't have to be the season of bad hair days.

Just as the sun damages your skin, it can damage your hair, too. Saltwater and chlorine also take a toll on our locks. The not-so-pretty outcome: A few weeks into summer, hair that was shiny and easily managed looks and feels fried.

Fried hair isn't just a figure of speech.  Actually ultraviolet rays of the sun damages the hair shaft. The damage is most obvious when we see color-treated hair becoming faded, bleached, and brassy.

Even hair that isn't colored will suffer from sun-induced stress. Those UV rays dry out hair and rough up the normally smooth cuticle, or outer layer, of the hair shaft.

Frizz Factor

The dryer the hair is, the more likely it is to suffer from a summer Frizz Fitz.

Why does this happen?

That's because parched hair soaks up the extra humidity in the air, causing the shaft to swell and leading to breaks in the cuticle. Hair puffs up and goes every which way but smooth.

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Swimming Damage

Swimming beats up your hair, too. Take a plunge in a pool and while you're doing the breaststroke, chlorine is stripping your hair of its natural protective oils. If you're a blonde, you may find your locks taking on an unflattering greenish cast. That's caused by the copper molecules and other pool chemicals that bind to the protein in the hair shaft.

A dip in the ocean stresses hair in another way. The heavy salt content in seawater draws water out of your hair and skin which leaves you with prune fingers and dried out hair.

Tips for Healthy and Gorgeous Summer Hair

Summer doesn't have to be the season of bad hair days. With some extra TLC, your hair can look great on the steamiest and hottest days. Here are some hot-weather hair taming tips from Diverse Roots Salon.

  1. Start summer with a trim. You'll get rid of split ends and refresh your style. You might need a mid-season cut, too. Hair really does grow faster in the summer. That's because there are more hairs in the anagen, or growing, stage during late spring and summer than in the dead of winter.
  2. Shield your strands from the sun. Make a daily habit of applying a hair care product that contains UV filters (these can be in spray, gel, or cream formulas). These products protect hair from sun damage and help keep color-processed hair from fading. If you'll be spending lots of time outdoors, wear a wide-brimmed hat. Not only will it keep your strands from getting scorched, it will also protect your scalp and ears, areas that are vulnerable to skin cancer.
  3. Saturate strands before taking a dip. If your hair is drenched with clean water or leave-in conditioner, it won't absorb as much saltwater or pool chemicals. It's also a good idea to try to rinse your hair after a swim. If there isn't a shower nearby, keep a spray bottle filled with fresh water.
  4. Switch to a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. We prefer J Beverly Hills Platnium or Ouidad. You may be washing your hair more frequently to deal with summer's sweat and grime. We at Diverse Roots Salon also suggests using a clarifying, or anti-residue, shampoo once a week to clear away product buildup and chemicals. Just be sure to follow with a deep-conditioning treatment.
  5. Skip the hot tools. At least once or twice a week, give your hair a break from blow dryers, flat irons, and curling irons. Diverse Roots Stylists recommends washing your hair at night and piling it up in a bun, a braid, or ponytail before you head to bed. "When you wake up, you'll have a nice wavy hair.  It's the perfect look for weekends, or make it work-ready with some hair accessories.
  6. Outwit the frizz. Hair that's healthy and well-maintained is your best defense against frizz. Along with regular trims and conditioning, a drop or two of an anti-frizz oil or serum like J BEVERLY HILLS PLATINUM REVIVE COCONUT OIL can help smooth hair and add shine.
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But let's face it: When the air is so thick with humidity it feels like molasses, frizz is going to happen. Don't waste your summer trying to fight frizz. Instead, find an easy go-to hairdo like a slick pony, high bun, or side braid for those high-humidity days.

Tea and Hair! Who would have thought......

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Hair’s composition and growth cycle

The hair growth cycle follows three distinct – but interdependent – phases: the anagen stage, the catagen and the telogen phase. These phases occur simultaneously, but in different areas of your scalp, which means that some hair can be in the anagen phase, while another strand will be in the catagen stage.

85% of all hairs are in the first phase – anagen or growing stage – at one time. This phase can last for 2 to 6 years, most hairs growing 10 cm per year.

Once this first stage ends, hair enters the catagen phase, lasting for up to 2 weeks. During this phase the follicles shrink to 1/6 of their length, the lower part being destroyed. In the last phase – telogen or resting stage – hairs stop growing. This phase lasts for up to 6 weeks, and 10% of all hairs are in this stage at one time.

Moving to hair’s composition: just like skin, hair contains keratin, a protein which ensures the strength, flexibility and structure of hair through its rope-like filaments. Each hair follicle consists of a bulban inner root sheath and a shaft.

The shaft of each strand of hair is made of several overlying keratins, arranged in three layers:

  • medulla, the innermost layer present only in large thick hairs
  • cortex, the middle layer, providing strength, texture and color
  •  cuticle, the outermost layer, which is colorless, thin and protects the cortex
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Shaped like a tiny onion, the hair bulb is responsible for continuously producing new hair cells. The melanocytes found inside the hair bulb give hair its color. As new hairs are produced, the old ones are pushed through the skin’s surface, so the hair which can be seen is, in fact, a string of dead keratins.

On average, an adult has 100,000-150,000 hairs, and the “normal” loss is up to 100 hairs a day. Yet, altered hormonal levels, an improper diet, genetics, stress, age, ailments and lots of other factors can interfere with hair’s growth and health, causing it to fall in larger amounts or to become greasier, drier or damaged.

Fortunately, tea has been found to benefit hair is several ways, from restoring its shine to stopping abnormal, massive hair loss. Moreover, certain types of tea have been found to speed up the growth of hair, so let’s move on to the 5 important benefits tea can provide to your hair.

5 benefits of tea for hair

For restoring hair’s health and beauty, tea can be used both internally and externally, after applying regular shampoo or conditioner, or instead of these products. Green tea, black tea, white tea and rooibos are all excellent for relieving the most common hair problems.

1. Hair growth

According to a study conducted by Korean scientists, a compound found in green tea, called EGGG, can stimulate the hair production by promoting the health and boosting the activity of dermal papillae. A powerful antioxidant, EGGG is also involved in fighting the signs of aging in skin, and seems to be effective in preventing the thinning of hair.

Another study, performed at the University of Maryland Medical Center, showed that green tea can increase the metabolism, and a higher metabolic rate leads to a faster hair growth. Also, green tea inhibits the production of DHT, a compound that promotes hair loss.

Daily scalp massages with freshly brewed tea can increase blood’s circulation to the scalp and stimulate hair’s growth by providing higher amounts of nutrients and oxygen.

2. Dandruff and scalp itchiness

Tea has powerful anti-inflammatory effects, and acts by soothing the scalp and preventing its irritation and inflammation. According to scientists, this is beneficial not only for preventing dandruff, but also for relieving the symptoms of psoriasis. Also, the antiseptic ingredients in tea remove the dead skin cells and impurities that may block hair follicles, preventing their clogging and allowing hairs to grow again.

3. Oil production

Compounds found in tea can balance the pH levels of the scalp, normalizing the oil production. This is beneficial for people with oily hair as well as for those with dry hair: for the former category, tea acts as an astringent, regulating the production of oil and preventing the accumulation of excess sebum on the scalp, while for the latter category of people, tea acts by nourishing and hydrating the hair, neutralizing dryness and preventing the formation of dandruff.

4. Shine

Tea is rich in polyphenols, vitamin C and E, which ensure a shiny and soft hair, and protect against the damage caused by UV radiation. Also, these ingredients are known to strengthen the hair and restore the health of damaged, dry hairs.

5. Split ends

Panthenol found in green tea is very efficient in preventing split ends, studies say. This ingredient, along with other antioxidants found in tea, help in strengthening hairs and prevent breakage. Green tea is a great source of panthenol, so if you’re struggling with split ends, this tea may help.

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To take advantage of these tea benefits for hair, you can simply rinse out your hair with green tea, black tea, oolong or rooibos, after using regular shampoo – your hair will look shinier and softer. If you have dark hair, you can use black tea for restoring its luster and natural darkness, as besides coloring the grey hairs, black tea can also bring out the natural highlights of black and dark brown hair.

Rooibos tea is a great choice for women with red or light brown hair, and can be used for rinsing after using regular shampoo, or as leave-in product for a temporary red tone. White tea is rich in antioxidants that strengthen hairs, reduce falling and restore the scalp’s health. This tea protects against sun damage, restore hair’s shine and can be used as shampoo, conditioner or leave-in conditioner.

Other teas you can use for a healthier and more beautiful hair are:

  • Chamomile tea is recommended for shinier hair, natural highlights and straighter hair;
  •  Peppermint tea is useful for reducing the production of sebum, calming the scalp, reducing   dandruff;
  •  Sage tea is good for preventing grey hairs;
  •  Rosemary is great for strengthening the hair, boosting its growth and fighting hair loss.

And the list of tea benefits for hair can go on, but we’d like to hear from you as well: is tea part of your hair care routine?

Looking for Longer, Smoother, Straighter Hair?

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Longing for smoother, straighter hair? Keratin hair-straightening treatments are a popular option at salons today.

If you're thinking about trying it, here are some things to know about it:

What Is Keratin? It's a protein that's naturally in your hair.

How It Works: A stylist applies a keratin hair-straightening product to your hair and then uses the heat of a flat iron to seal it in. The process takes about 90 minutes or longer, depending on your hair's length. Salon keratin products include Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy by Coppola, Global Keratin Complex, the La-Brasiliana treatment, Brazilian Keratin Treatment, the Brazilian Blowout, and Brazilian Hair Straightening.

Time-Saving Tresses: If you usually style your hair straight, a keratin hair-straightening treatment could shorten your blow-dry time by 40% to 60%

Farewell, Frizz: You can forget about frizzy hair after treatment. "You could walk out in moist or light rain and your hair won’t change too much.

When you receive a Keratin treatment you should wait Before You Wash: You shouldn't wash your hair for three or four days after getting the treatment. That's because the solution takes time to work according to Diverse Root Salon.

Upkeep: After you get a keratin hair treatment, and after the don't-wash waiting period, you should use sodium-sulfate-free shampoo to help maintain the treatment. We recommend our J Beverly Hills PLATINUM RENEWING HAIR REGIME - PURITY SHAMPOO    
 

How Long It Lasts?  Expect the results to last up to 4 months.

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Keratin treatments won't make your hair break, but the flat-ironing might. Typically the hair breakage has nothing to do with the treatments and everything to do with the flat irons that are used to dry and seal the hair afterward.  Some stylists may use a flat iron that is way too hot and scorches hair, making it break off.

"Keratin is more of a restorative treatment. Even if you have a good hair type, it still strengthens the hair shaft and makes your hair more resilient.

Diverse Roots always recommends checking with a dermatologist before getting a keratin treatment if you have psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis .

NEED TO KNOWS

Formaldehyde Factor.....

You may have heard about formaldehyde in salon keratin products.

Formaldehyde has been linked to health problems, especially for people who regularly work with it. The main health concern about formaldehyde in keratin products has been about salon workers, not people who get keratin hair treatments.

 

How much formaldehyde is in these products? That varies. The FDA and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have looked into formaldehyde levels in some of these products.

You can ask a Diverse Roots Salon professionals if they know whether a product contains formaldehyde-related ingredients or other ingredients you may wish to avoid," the FDA's web site states. If you have a bad reaction to the treatment, the FDA asks that you report it to them.

Most companies that put out keratin treatments use safe levels. But the problematic part and where these treatments got a bad rap came when salons were mixing their own to incorporate more formaldehyde, NOT GOOD!

10 Foods that can curb Hair Loss

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There’s no doubt about it, we all want a luxurious, full head of hair. Although hair loss is most commonly associated with men, women also suffer from this problem — and sadly hair loss in women is a lot less acceptable in society today. According to the American Hair Loss Association, women actually make up 40 percent of American hair loss sufferers. (1) Such a common problem among both and women, it’s unsurprising that so many people look for hair loss remedies far and wide.

Here are 10 Foods that can help curb potential hair loss and will keep you healthy too!

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Spinach: Spinach is a great source of iron, vitamin A and C and protein. Iron deficiency is the main cause of hair fall and spinach is not only iron-rich, it also contains sebum which acts as a natural conditioner for hair. It also provides us with omega-3 acid, magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron. These help in maintaining a healthy scalp and lustrous hair.

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Carrots and Sweet Potatoes: Sneak carrots in your diet for those long and lustrous locks. Known to be good for the eyes, carrots contain Vitamin A that also improves hair growth. Sweet potatoes are also packed with beta-carotene that converts to vitamin A in our body. A deficiency of vitamin A may lead to dry and itchy scalp. 

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Eggs and Yogurt: Yogurt and eggs are loaded with essential nutrients such as proteins, Vitamin B12, iron, zinc and Omega 6 fatty acids. Dairy products are also a great source of biotin (Vitamin B7) that is known to fight hair loss. 

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Oats: Include a big bowl of oats in your morning meal to bid goodbye to hair fall. Oats are rich in fiber, zinc, iron, omega-6 fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) that stimulate hair growth and will make your hair thick and healthy. 

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Walnuts: Add walnuts to your diet to prevent hair loss. It is the only known nut that contains biotin, B vitamins (B1, B6 and B9), Vitamin E, plenty of protein and magnesium, all of which strengthen hair cuticles and nourish the scalp. It helps protect your cells from DNA damage which may be caused due to sun exposure.

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Lentils: Lentils are loaded with protein, iron, zinc, and biotin. Besides this, lentils are full of folic acid which is necessary for restoring the health of red blood cells that supply the skin and scalp with much-needed oxygen.

Chicken: Poultry meat is rich in high quality protein which strengthens fragile hair and prevents breakage. Since hair and nails are composed of proteins, one should include them in their daily diet.

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Strawberry: Strawberries contain high levels of silica. Silica is a trace mineral vital for hair strength and hair growth. Other silica rich foods include rice, oats, onion, cabbage, cucumber and cauliflower.

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Yogurt: Yogurt is packed with Vitamin B5 and Vitamin D that are known to promote hair follicle health. Alternatively, you can also use yogurt to make a hair mask every once in a while.

Foods rich in Vitamin-C: Vitamin C supports the absorption of iron in our body, the deficiency of which may lead to hair loss. Vitamin C is also known for its antioxidant properties which reduces the damage caused by free radicals that may make your hair brittle and weak. Add fruits like oranges, papaya, blueberries, lime and kiwi to your diet. Vitamin C also helps in the production of an essential protein called collagen which strengthens blood vessels that supports the hair shafts.

There is more than just external things to help you maintain or curb hair loss. We at Diverse Roots Salon also believe that it starts inside out as well. Maintaining a well-balanced healthy eating lifestyle can also help aid in the prevention on women’s hair loss. It’ not just about us… It’s about our clients and friends as well!

Cheers!

Your family at Diverse Roots Salon

Eyelash Extension Care 101

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Eyelash Extension Care 101

How to Take Care of Eyelash Extensions

It took a lot of work to get your lashes done.  Follow these steps to make them last. 

·        Do not perm or tint lashes after lash extension application.

·        Do not use a regular eyelash curler to curl Extensions (you won't need to curl your extensions).

·        Do not rub your eyes or lashes when washing your face. Clean around the eyes with a wash cloth.

·        Do not pull your lash extensions, as it will take out your own lash as well!

·        Do not go in a Sauna while wearing Eyelash Extensions for at least for 48hrs. Do not get them wet at all for 24hrs.

Love Your Eyelash Extensions and They Will Love You

·        If you choose to wear mascara - only apply to the tips and use water-based mascara that washes off easily.

·        Do not try to remove the Extensions on your own, call Diverse Roots Salon and we will remove them without harming your natural lashes.

·        Do not cut the Extensions (you may cut your own lashes).

·        Clean your eye make-up, but be gentle with your Extensions.

·        Remember to come in for touch ups (2-4 weeks).

·        Never tug, twist, pick or pull at your lashes or extensions.

·        Treat your eyes gently - as if you have makeup on that you don't want to smudge.

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Eyelash Extensions Will Last Longer if You Take Care of Them Properly

·        Brush and groom your lashes gently with a disposable mascara spoolie or eye shadow brush (best choice).

·        Try to sleep on your back or side, avoid smashing your lashes completely as you sleep.

·        When using night creams/serums, apply sparingly and blot off excess.

·        When you touch your lashes, always use upward, sweeping motions - no side to side rubbing at the lash line.

·        Keep your fingers off your lashes. Everytime you touch them you are transferring natural oil and germs

Hair Extensions 101

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Tips On How To Take Care Of Your Extensions

After you get your hair extensions it is best to wait 48 hours before you wash your hair. Your stylist will give you instructions about this (if not, ask!).

  • Washing                                                                                                                                      Keep your hair and scalp clean! When sweat and dirt build up in your hair it causes it to tangle. Use a quality Shampoo and Conditioner for your extensions. There are products available specially formulated for use with natural human hair extensions. Your stylist can tell you what products are best for your hair and extensions. Detangle your hair first with a detangling brush from the ends to the roots before shampooing. Wash your hair gentle in a downward motion (from the roots to the ends). Rubbing can cause the hair to tangle. When you're done rinse your hair thoroughly. It is important that your hair is clean before you use a hair conditioner. Make sure you condition your hair after every wash. Your extensions don't receive the natural oils from your scalp so it is important that you use a quality conditioner. When conditioning your extensions, do not apply conditioner in the root area or near the attachments. It can loosen the bonds  and make your extensions fall out. Dry your hair gently, don't rub it with a towel but move in a downward motion from roots to ends. Gently detangle your hair.

 

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Clip in Hair Extensions
It is recommended to remove your clip ins before washing. Use a soft brush or wide tooth comb to remove tangles. Gradually wet the hair with lukewarm water and brush it to prevent tangling. Use a gentle sulfate-free shampoo and was your hair gentle in a downward motion to prevent tangling. Rinse thoroughly. Apply a lightweight conditioner (follow the instructions on the bottle). Rinse and gently press the water out with a towel. Brush your hair gently. It is best to let the extensions air dry.

  • Tape in Hair Extensions
    Some brands advise to brush your hair gently when you come out of the shower while others will tell you not to comb or brush your tape in hair extensions when your hair is still wet. Follow the instructions given to you by your stylist. Do not use conditioner close to the bonds. Use it mid-shaft down.
    Press the tape panels together on a daily basis. This will keep the attachment strong for a longer time.

  • Styling
    It is better to avoid heat. Heat is your one of your hair's biggest enemy, the more you use it, the shorter your hair extensions will last. Be careful with the use of blow dryers, flat irons and curling irons. Do not use hot tools directly on the tape tabs of your Tape In extensions. It will weaken the adhesive and they will fall out. It is best to let your hair dry naturally.
    Use a special brush for hair extensions when brushing your hair (soft bristle brush). It is best to start at the ends of your hair and when all tangles are removed gently work your way up. Always brush in a downward motion. Brush your hair a few times a day.
  • Hair styling products
    Use a good (leave-in) conditioner to keep your hair soft. Don't over do it. To much conditioner or any other hair care product can cause a build up and tangling. Avoid hair products that contain alcohol. Alcohol makes hair dry. 
    Confirm with your stylist that all styling products (including shampoo and conditioner) that you use are OK.
  • Hair Oils
    Be careful with hair oils such as Argan oil, Coconut oil and other essential oils. It can be wonderful for your hair but when it comes in touch with the bonds of for example Tape Ins it can deteriorate the attachment and the hair can slip out. Consult with your Diverse Root Stylist prior to using oils as part of your hair extension care. 
  • Hair treatments
    When you would like to perm or color your hair, don't do it yourself. Let your Diverse Roots Salon stylist take care of all chemical treatments you would like to do.
  • Sleeping
    DON'T sleep on wet hair. Make sure that your hair is completely dry when you go to sleep. A good habit is to tie your hair together in a ponytail to prevent tangling as much as possible.
     
  • Exercise                                                                                                                                      Avoid long exposure to chlorine and salt water. Chlorine and salt water can cause the hair to tangle and mat up. It is recommended to wear a swim cap if possible or wear your hair up to keep it out of the water. After swimming it is best to shampoo and condition your hair immediately. In general it is a good habit to wear your hair up or in a ponytail when you exercise.
  • Summer Care
    During summer your hair extensions can use some extra care. Sun, salty water and chlorine can really damage your hair make it tangle. It can also make the bonds and tape fragile. When you use skin and sun care products make sure not to come too close to the bonds or tape.

Diverse Roots has always strive to educate our clients as well as making them look fabulous. It is our mission is to inspire every client in achieving their personal best, through our personal best. We believe, there is something beautiful in everyone. It would be our dream, to make your dreams come true. We are dedicated in providing a place for growth, in mind, body, and hair.

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Healthy Hair Inside and Out!

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Nutrition plays a key role to the health of the hair. For ladies, quick hair loss could result from a lack of many nutrients, particularly minerals and proteins. Low iron levels are known to be a causative factor for hair loss [Source: Shrivastava]. Often times if iron is low, other minerals such zinc are low, too. A lack of iron and other minerals can come from a lack of quality daily protein intake. Too much sugar and processed foods will also lead to a lack of minerals that your hair needs.  Individuals with patchy hair loss might need more protein from various sources. Poor digestion such as bloating, heartburn or irregular bowel movements could be a sign that food is not being digested in a way that allows the body to absorb and use it well. A high potency multivitamin is often needed to help replenish the body’s needs. Biotin is another vitamin that is safe and simple to use for nutrition of the hair. Essential fatty acids would complement this nutrition program. Vitamin D may also be important for those who are low and for those who are losing hair due to an autoimmune process. This process is the overreaction of the immune system mentioned earlier that can lead to rapid, patchy hair loss.

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Hormones can play a significant role in the health and quality of the hair. Low levels of thyroid hormone can be a very common reason for hair loss [Source: Shrivastava]. The thyroid gland should be evaluated closely for any signs of deficiency by both lab tests and symptom evaluation. The thyroid gland needs minerals such as iodine, zinc and selenium to work effectively. If stress has been an issue, cortisol levels should also be evaluated. Cortisol is a hormone made in both men and women by the adrenal gland. This gland was made to respond rapidly to stress, but only in spurts, not in long sequences like those we face today. Chronic stress will eventually weaken this gland and the body. Cortisol levels can provide assessments on how well the adrenal gland is currently able to keep up. Chronic stress must be addressed and the adrenal gland must be fed to maintain the health of the body, including the health of the hair and scalp. Hair loss has been improved by hypnosis, with one of the biggest effects being help with underlying stress and anxiety [Source: Willemsen]. For both the health of the hair and for stress, vitamin C and B complex can be very important. Throwing out the soft drinks, processed foods, sugar and artificial sweeteners will greatly improve the chances of hair follicle stimulation.



Sleep is another must have to help fight hair loss. Lack of quality, deep sleep cuts away the time frame the body uses to repair itself. Going to bed late will affect the body’s healing ability. Going to bed with lights on or with ambient light from the outside will also limit one’s quality of sleep. Hair loss may be one of many symptoms that occur when the body is withheld from the deep sleep that it needs. Plan to rest at a consistent time in a comfortable bed. When going to sleep, allow the room to be as dark as possible using blackout shades on the windows as necessary. Keep a flashlight or light that you can easily turn on available for trips to the bathroom.

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Wash Curly Hair —The Right Way

 Wash Curly Hair —The Right Way

  • Choose a shampoo or co-wash based on the condition your hair is in. If your hair is dry, brittle, or damaged, go for an extra-moisturizing.
  • Which cleanser should I use for my hair? If your curls are healthy, choose a shampoo based on the benefits you want. Diverse Roots has the right product for all your hair needs!
  • A cleanser targeted to your curl type’s needs is always a good bet—for example, kinky curls are best cleansed with a co-wash, while loose curls benefit from a volume-boosting shampoo and conditioner combo. For classic curls, look for a shampoo and conditioner that balances moisture; for tight curls, a more deeply hydrating regimen is ideal.
  • How often should I wash my hair? It depends on your curl type. Loose and classic curls can lather up two to four times a week. Kinky curl types can co-wash weekly, and deep cleanse with shampoo once a month. Tight curls fall somewhere in between – shampoo or co-wash every few days to a week. A good rule of thumb: If your curls feel dry, try washing less frequently.
  • How do I prevent tangles? Don’t shampoo in a circular motion, which tangles the curls. Instead, use a gentle back and forth motion, and avoid bunching up your curls. Massage your shampoo or co-wash into your roots, and work the lather down the mid-lengths and lightly on the ends. If your curls are very knotted, carefully break up the tangles with your fingers before wetting your hair – but don’t dry brush your curls.
  • What’s the best way to condition curly hair? Choose a conditioner based on how much moisture your hair needs, then let your curl type guide your application. If you’re a loose or classic curl type, apply your conditioner from your hair’s mid-lengths to ends, “so you don’t weigh down the roots and create a pyramid. If your curls are tight or kinky, you can condition closer to the scalp as well as through the ends. Use your fingers to detangle as you distribute the conditioner, or if your curls are especially prone to tangling, comb through with a wide tooth comb. Let your conditioner soak in for between two and five minutes. If your goal is elongated curls, don’t rinse out all the conditioner – leave a light coating on the hair to add weight to the curls. Visit Diverse Roots Salon for a free Consultation.

Diverse Roots Salon 5 Things You Should Be Doing This Winter For Healthy, Beautiful Hair

Now that the winter months are upon us and the days are getting much colder, it’s time to start thinking about ways to protect our hair from the damage that the winter elements can cause. Here are Diverse Roots Salon five tips that will help you maintain healthy, beautiful hair this season.

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“Curls have a language of their own.”

1. One very simple tip is to wear a hat when out as it keeps your hair covered from the wind, rain and snow. But as we all know, no woman wants the “dreaded hat hair.” A great way to avoid this is to wrap your hair in a silk scarf before putting on your cozy, wool beanie. This helps to protect your hair from damage caused by the hat rubbing against your hair and it also cuts down on the static. 

Another great way to combat static is to use a good heat styling product for blow-drying such as the Heat Protect and Shine Spray. This can also be used on dry hair before using a curling iron or flat iron.  

2. During the winter months, it’s a great idea to treat your hair once a week to a deep conditioning treatment. This will help to replenish the moisture, which tends to get depleted from things such as the dry heat in your apartment and the cold winter air. I recommend something like a Hair Masque. These products are quick and easy ways to lock moisture back into your hair.

An alternative is to use a Nourishing Hair Oil after you’ve shampooed your hair. It’s like liquid gold for dehydrated or color-treated hair! This can be used on wet hair to blow-dry in or as a smoother and shine oil on dry hair. 

3. I also find if you can keep washing your hair to a minimum, say two to three times a week, this will prevent your hair from drying out too much. And always make sure you dry your hair before leaving the house. Not only because you will get a cold, but the moisture in your hair combined with the cold air, will add further damage to your hair by making it more brittle and dry.

4. Regular trims are a great way to keep your hair in good health during the winter months as well — every six to eight weeks, just get a light dusting of the ends to help reduce the chance of dry, splitting ends.

5. One unexpected secret to keep your hair looking good in the winter is to invest in a humidifier. I know you’re thinking that humidity equals frizzy hair, but when you have the heat on, the air in your apartment or home becomes very dry and I find the humidifier helps stop your hair and skin from feeling dry. The main problem with the humidifier is that they’re not very nice-looking. I recently found a great one by Middle that looks chic and works great.