Wednesday, 15 August 2012 16:05

Taking a till on your hair

I hate to complain about how hot and humid it gets especially during a great summer like this - because I know that it won't last long. But there is one thing about this weather that I don't like: what it does to our hair!

Are you suffering with a head full of frizz? Lucky for you, texture is back in a big way right now. Let's talk about how to tame that frizz and end the war you are having with your hair.

If you have frizz, your hair is telling you that it needs moisture. That may seem strange to you considering the dew points and the humidity we have been having, but it is true. The solution starts right in your shower.

Published in Get Ginafied
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 21:42

Poolside hair

With all the great weather this summer, have you or your kids spent a lot of time in the pool? How is it treating your hair? If you or your kiddos have lighter hair, you may notice a green tinge before summer is over. Blondes definitely notice this more than other hair colors. It usually grabs onto the driest part of the hair, which is the ends. The last few weeks of summer, before school starts, I get a lot of panicked phone calls of how to get the green out of hair. The good news? There are ways to prevent it and ways to get rid of it.

Leave-in conditioner is your best friend this summer. The sunshine and chemicals in the pool (especially the public pools) really dries our hair out. Adding a leave-in conditioner to your routine will help to prevent that. I personally love Paul Mitchell The Conditioner. It works great and is not heavy. You can even use it on your skin! Before you head to the beach or jump in the pool, run some through your hair to help with color fading and to protect your strands from chlorine (focus on the ends of your hair). If you are spending the whole day in the water, just re-apply the conditioner as often as you do sunscreen.

Published in Get Ginafied
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 14:11

Olive oil and your hair

I sit looking out the window on a damp and cold spring day when all I can dream about is warm sun and blue skies. No doubt hot and humid days are coming, but right now I can't get enough moisturizer in my skin or my hair, and I am willing to bet the same goes for you. Winter and the dry air that comes with it does a number on our skin and our hair, but today I have a solution for you - and you don't even have to leave the house to try it. Do you have some extra virgin olive oil in your house? It is a great home remedy for dry hair, scalp and even for hair that is falling out or not growing.

Olive oil is rich in vitamin E and antioxidants, making it a perfect home remedy for your dry hair and scalp. I recommend doing this once a week or as needed and it is so simple and easy to do. You will need at least 1/4 cup of oil for short to medium hair and around 1/2 cup for longer hair. Warm the olive oil in the microwave before applying it to your hair roots to ends. Grab a shower cap or plastic wrap after you have saturated your hair and scalp, and leave it to work its magic for at least 30 minutes. I even suggest sleeping with it in your hair overnight and rinsing and shampooing it out in the morning. You can't overuse it by leaving it in too long. However, you need to allow it the 30 minutes in order to be effective. 

Published in The Wrath of Grapes
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 23:15

Grab a beer

I am always telling people to use baby powder as a dry shampoo, to add baking soda to their shampoo (to create a clarifying treatment) and some other little tricks of the trade I have collected over the years. This tip is new to my bag of tricks and perfect for St. Patrick's Day. If you don't drink all that beer you bought to celebrate, here is a perfect way to put it to good use.

Grab a beer but don't drink it! The malt and hops in beer contain proteins, which is what your hair is made of and what your hair loses as it is damaged from hair coloring, the sun or other pollutants. Replacing the proteins will strengthen your hair, while the sugars in the beer tighten the hair cuticles, resulting in shiny, bouncy, healthy hair.

Published in The Wrath of Grapes
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