Dyeing Your Hair as You Age

Do whatever makes you feel confident and beautiful. If you love the gray that emphasizes your transition into middle age, embrace your new natural color. However, if you prefer a more vibrant shade to your coif, choose a dye that reflects the way you see yourself.

The choice about hair color should hardly be considered lightly. Since it subconsciously affects the way people perceive themselves and others. The opportunity to live life as a brunette or honey blond has a very different outcome. Than the decision to dye one’s hair blue, black, or red. Color choice is about action and interpretation and people who are not prepared to receive constant comments on their appearance should not choose a bold color that draws attention. Your color, regardless of your choice, should compliment both your haircut and personal style. To ensure that the color of your hair enhances your look and your life.

Power Over Your Life

You might think it impossible that hair color could hold that much power over your life, but I have learned from personal experience that the shade a person chooses often determines how they are treated and how they act. As an apparently fake but sassy blond, men often told me that they were surprised to discover I wasn’t dumb. This breed of men who find blonds irresistible apparently prefers them not only for their pale locks but also for their stereotypically naive persona. I wondered at times how many women with this hair color play into the stereotype just to impress the men who believe in it. I decided after a few years that it was not a role I was willing to play.

Choosing a color to fit your personalityAt the suggestion of a brilliant gay man, I delved into shades of red that seemed to fit my personality more closely. I often heard the phrase “fiery red-head” that sounded like a good fit to my outspoken and sometimes witty personality. The effect of the color was immediate. From the moment I stepped out in my new color, I attracted an entirely different breed of men who both expected and reveled in my sarcastic intellectual side. With this color, I gained more friends of both genders who demanded more of me.

Black is Black

I briefly explored black as a hair color option, but I discovered that I was not quite up to the responsibility. Black is such an extreme color that a person must always be diligent to match clothing and make-up or end up looking like a sickly pale representation of her former self. People also have high expectations of a personality with black hair since it has come to represent the Gothic or macabre in many circles.

After the black adventure, I returned to red, my true inner color. This time, though, I added highlights that range from blond to orange depending on the length of time they were left in my hair. This style has been the most admired and commented on since the vibrant colors not only stand out but also appear different from the colors most people use on their hair. Even the man who owns the salon that cuts my hair came over to comment on the colors and ask what I use (L’Oreal Color Expert). This color gives me the opportunity to feel confident about my look as the highlights let me reflect my individuality and personal style.

The moral of the story is: choose a color that makes you feel most like yourself whether that choice is a natural shade leaning toward gray, a shocking shade of lime green, or anything in between.

Splitting Off From Split Ends

First of all, stop wearing ponytails! Having your hair tied back a lot causes it to become more brittle overall, eventually giving you split ends.

Split ends can be frustrating and messyTrim Regularly

Have your hair trimmed regularly, to keep it growing healthy. This tends to be every 6 to 8 weeks or so for most people, less if you have a short style you are trying to maintain.

Moisturize & Strengthen

Keep your hair moisturized and only wash your hair every few days or so. Use a hair-strengthening shampoo (like Infusium 23, Dove shampoos and conditioners for damaged hair, or Pantene), and towel dry gently rather than vigorously rubbing-otherwise you’ll have fly-aways. Apply a hair serum or leave-in conditioner, paying particular attention to the ends of your hair. Let your hair air dry for a while, and use only a comb to detangle.

Blow-Dry With Care

Be careful with that blowdryer! It can make your hair frizz and split, so only dry your hair on the lowest setting, and just use on your hair when it is damp and not sopping wet. Invest in a good styling brush to help manage your hair while drying, and use the brush only on hair that is dry.

Hot Oil Not Necessary

Hot oil treatments aren’t necessarily needed, especially for someone with an oily scalp, but an occasional application of hot oil is fine. Just plan to do it maybe once a month, and before you wash your hair. But make sure to get it all out when washing, or else your hair will get dull and flat! The best way to know that you’ve gotten it all is by when washing your hair, you hear a squeaking sound when tugging your hands through your hair

How Did Korean Cosmetics Become So Popular Worldwide?

The explosion of Korean beauty products has been phenomenal for the past decade. A lot of growth in the beauty industry for the longest time in a country known to export electronics and infrastructure implements. Today, cosmetics is the country’s third biggest export next to electronics and cars. It is a surprise for everyone, even for Koreans themselves.

South Korea Growth in Cosmetics Industry by Samsung Economic Research Institute

So, how did Korean cosmetics become so popular worldwide? How did this small country make it big in such a competitive and high-risk industry?

Before South Korea, France and the US were world leaders in the beauty industry, with some companies even having hundreds of years of experience backing them up. From L’Oreal, Chanel, Maybelline, MAC, Clinique, Lancôme to Estée Lauder.  These are some of the global cosmetics brands famous all over the world. Even South Korea, along with its neighbors, is a big consumer of these products.

Enter the Korean beauty industry. Not only did it take South Korea by storm, but even the world over. It is now not uncommon to find American and European beauty bloggers using Asian beauty products and reviewing them. Even Hollywood stars like Emma Stone and Drew Barrymore swear by Korean products. Also posting photos of themselves on their social media accounts using these products.

What are the secrets to success behind Korean cosmetics’ sudden popularity? Here are some of them that many beauty brands would want to take note of:

1. Overwhelming government support

Korean Lip Mask tried by Emma Stone

It may sound unbelievable, but the South Korean government has a lot to say on how Korean cosmetics achieve such a global reach. For one, the government gives out generous tax incentives to South Korea-based cosmetics manufacturers that export to the US. If you solely export to the US, then you do not even have to pay for tax at all. It is the government’s move to encourage businesses to produce more products that can reach a global scale.

Aside from this tax incentive program, the government also provides subsidies for marketing and advertising expenses. As any business owner would know, marketing eats up a large chunk on a company’s resources. So, with the government stepping in to help out with marketing is a huge leap for many enterprises.

2. Popularity of K-pop and K-drama

The rise to fame of K-pop and K-drama at the same time of the explosion of Korean beauty products is no coincidence. It is a well-thought-out plan that apparently paid off. The huge fan base of many K-pop and K-drama stars is already a big market in itself. And then when you show these beautiful, handsome, and flawless stars on TV and ads, you get people who have never heard of K-pop hooked, too. K-pop, K-drama, and K-beauty. All coming together is like a match made in heaven. And it’s a combination that’s hard to miss if you come across them.

The South Korean government’s overwhelming support and the popularity of K-pop and K-drama may have paved the way for the Korean beauty industry to get into the phenomenal scale that it is in today. Its rise is a story of hope for all companies, big or small, and hopefully, South Korea’s success story serves as an inspiration to everyone.

Skin & Hair Products That Contain Parabens

Parabens are preservatives in cosmetic products and have been linked to breast cancer and the ability to disrupt hormones. Even fragrances contain parabens.

Cosmetics might contain parabensApproximately 75 to 90 percent of conventional cosmetics contain parabens, a commonly used preservative in personal care products. David Suzuki reports that parabens easily penetrate the skin and have been linked to breast cancer. The European Commission on Endocrine Disruption has parabens listed as a Category 1 substances and says they are endocrine disruptors.

Parabens are also known as: Methylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, ethylparaben, polyparaben and isobutylparaben.

Parabens Used in Facial Moisturizing Cream

While the Mayo Clinic recommends using a facial moisturizer to keep the skin soft and smooth, some people with sensitive skin may not be able to use standard facial moisturizers. Dr. Alan Rockoff suggests people with sensitive skin use Vaseline instead, which is petroleum-based.

Parabens are used in facial moisturizers to preserve the quality of the product and help it obtain a longer shelf life. Often, more than one type of paraben will be present in facial moisturizing lotions.

Anti-aging Creams Contain Parabens

Used by many women to minimize and prevent wrinkles, anti-aging creams are usually applied twice a day to the facial skin. No product can claim a guarantee of results, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t check them for effectiveness.

Parabens, among other ingredients, are used in anti-aging creams. Anti-aging creams may cause side effects such as skin irritation, redness or rashes. The Mayo Clinic recommends people to avoid the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays and to use lotions with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15.

Liquid and Powder Foundations Contain Parabens

Foundation is a cosmetic product used by many women. Women use foundation to cover up blemishes and make the face appearance smooth and even in tone. It can come as a liquid, a loose powder or powder in a compact form. Parabens are often used in the foundation to help them have a longer shelf life. Newer foundations such as mineral wear makeup can sometimes be found containing no parabens. Not all mineral wear makeup is paraben free though.

Skin creams might harm you

Hair Conditioners Contain Parabens

Used to protect the hair from harsh weather, styling damage and UV rays, hair conditioners also contain parabens. Parabens help preserve the product and allow it to remain on store shelves longer.

Some hair conditioners are left on the hair for a couple of minutes after shampooing and then rinsed out while others are left in the hair all day.

Fragranced Products Can Also Contain Parabens in Ingredients

Another “industry secret” is that of fragrances containing parabens. Labeling regulations do not require manufacturers to list their fragrance ingredients as fragrance recipes are considered to be trade secrets. Often, parabens are in the list of fragrance ingredients, but not many consumers are aware of this fact. Manufacturers must put “fragrance” on the label and consumers can only guess whether or not it contains parabens.

Getting the Haircut You Want from Your Hairdresser

Getting an outstanding haircut takes a little thought and planning. You should do every possible thing to get the right cut can make it a better experience for you.

These tips can apply to both women and men. Knowing a few hair and communication pointers can make talking with the hairdresser more efficient and worry-free.
Showing the hairdresser a picture of the style you want on the smartphone

Routine Hair Care

Routine hair care involves trims, color touch ups, blowouts and special conditioning. Any time routine hair care is happening it is acceptable to enlist the help of a permanent hairdresser who is reliable and can get regular clientele in at any time. Routine hair care can also be done on the cheap. Trims can be done almost anywhere for a fraction of the cost of a salon. Coupons can be used to try out a new place for people who are new or to just save money for people who don’t want to spend a lot.

If there is something more detailed and involved, then it is best to see someone who is familiar with the client’s hair. This way, the hairdresser knows what the hair can and cannot do and can make realistic suggestions for the client.

Trying out a New Hairstyle

Trying out a new hairstyle is something that might best be done by a permanent hairdresser. A good tip: always give the hairdresser an idea of what type of cut is desired. This can be done by showing a clipped photo from a magazine, a real picture of someone with the desired cut, or flipping through the professional “books” on hairstyles that the salons carry and pointing out a style or color.

Any method that it’s done, it gives the hairdresser a “visual” to go by and they naturally can adjust it to the hair needs in front of them. Be firm and clear about what is desired.

Good Tips to Always Use at the Salon

Some tips never seem to go away when it comes to the hairdressers. For one, always tip anywhere from 15-20 percent or more if desired. Don’t forget to include people doing shampooing, or other types of services aside from the main hairdresser. Always know the prices of the salon and what payments are accepted, so there are no surprises. Some good conversation is fine, but try not to talk and distract the hairdresser too much as the hairdresser’s main job is to do a great job on the client’s hair.

Some vital things to know are what product lines are used (for hair coloring) and also the color or code that was used on the hair. This is important to record for the next visit–make sure this is done. It would be unfortunate if the color that was used were perfect, but the exact shade forgotten and not written down. Get as many hair tips from the hairdressers as the hairdressers are willing to share. Hairdressers have seen many heads and can provide realistic tried and true tips for the customers.

Always remember what kind of service is being done (routine, a new “do”) and adjust accordingly. Also, make communications clear and unwavering with the hairdresser. Ask the questions and let them do what comes most naturally. A better result and maybe even a pleasant surprise are sure to be on the way.