When the summer heat rolls in most women hate the thought of putting daily makeup on to then just sweat it off. We connect this season with breakouts because of the excessive perspiration that is felt in our daily routine. Most women I speak to during their facial consultation say that they don’t like makeup or don’t wear it in the summer because they feel it breaks them out.
In my professional opinion I wouldn’t say it’s the excessive sweating that leads to congested skin, but the proper cleansing at the beginning and the end of the day may have more to do with it. I myself do not like a heavy “made up” face because of the heat, so I take a simpler approach in the summer months and go “au naturale”. First, be sure you are cleansing adequately with a ph balanced cleanser that thoroughly dissolves makeup and oil. Using a Clarisonic with your cleanser is the best way to ensure the pores are deeply cleansed. Second, use a tinted spf moisturizer. Most tinted moisturizers have just enough sheer coverage to blend the pinks and browns in the skin. Add a light eye and lip color and you are good to go! This is a light, fresh version of skincare that helps you look your best in the heat without the worry of going without makeup entirely.
AH! So, like me you are experiencing postpartum hair loss. As hairdresser, I want to share some tips with you on how I will be trying to combat this issue.
First, some background on the hair growth cycle and why we experience postpartum hair loss. I feel this article from Baby Center sums it up best:
Many new moms are surprised to find themselves shedding more hair than usual in the first few months after giving birth, but it’s perfectly normal. And there’s no need to panic: You won’t go bald. In fact, your hair should be back to normal by your baby’s first birthday.
Here’s what’s going on. Normally, about 85 to 95 percent of the hair on your head is growing and the other 5 to 15 percent is in a resting stage. After the resting period, this hair falls out — often while you’re brushing or shampooing it — and is replaced by new growth. An average woman sheds about 100 hairs a day.
During pregnancy, increased levels of estrogen prolong the growing stage. There are fewer hairs in the resting stage and fewer falling out each day, so you have thicker, more luxuriant tresses.
After you give birth, your estrogen levels take a tumble and a lot more hair follicles enter the resting stage. Soon you’ll have more hair coming out in the shower or on the brush. This unusual shedding will taper off and your hair will be back to its pre-pregnancy thickness about six to 12 months after you give birth.
By the way, not all women notice dramatic changes in their hair during pregnancy or the postpartum period. Among those who do, it tends to be more obvious among women with longer hair.
The article continues to say that there are some hair products or hair styles that can help but does not go into detail, here is where I come in.
First, be sure that you are continuing to take either your pre-natal vitamins or a multi vitamin with folic acid. In addition to this you can take a hair, skin and nail supplement.
We have recently started carrying Viviscal Professional Hair Growth Supplements at the salon. One of our stylists, Amanda, has been taking it for a few weeks and has had great results. We will be doing a blog about her results after she finishes her three month supply.
As a new busy mom I sometimes have to remind myself to even drink water, let alone get a complete meal. However, diet is so crucial to to hair growth we need to try to make sure we get in enough protein. Hair is made out of protein, thus healthy hair growth starts with a healthy diet. One of the best and easiest ways to get some quick protein in your day is drinking a protein shake or meal replacement shake. Most good shakes will even contain vitamins and minerals that you need, so double win!
One key thing to remember is, we cannot stop postpartum hair loss from happening, but what we can do is make sure that the new hair that returns is the healthiest hair we have ever had. One other article I have written, Stronger, Healthier Hair Growth, goes into more detail about supplements and diet to achieve healthy hair.
One of my favorite lines is Moroccanoil. They have a volume collection that should get you right direction to fuller hair. It includes a volume shampoo and conditioner, volume mousee, root boost and thickening lotion, just to name a few (aka my favorites and best sellers).
One product that they do not have in their line is a volume powder. To use a volume powder, you sprinkle the powder onto the root area of dry hair. It is like back combing in a shaker. Here is my favorite by Keune.
So compare to all the suggestions above, changing your hair style is really the only one you have full control over. Ladies, especially with long hair, may not want to hear it but one thing you can do is give yourself a good haircut to add fullness and refresh your hair. Think about it, all of those hairs that are falling out now are going to restart their growth process from the top down, meaning at some point you are going to have a lot of short hairs all over your head. So going a bit shorter with your cut will essentially help them all play catch-up. Now I am not saying you have to go pixie short, but if you haven’t yet tried the bob or the lob, now might be the time. Here are some inspiration pics:
I want to hear from you! Are combating postpartum hair loss? What has been working for you?
Fall is officially here, which means it’s time to indulge in everything pumpkin. Good thing this signature fall vegetable is packed with vitamins and minerals including B vitamins, vitamin C, E and beta-carotene—just to name a few. Among its numerous health benefits, pumpkin also helps promote glowing skin and healthy hair.
If you’re looking to improve the appearance of your skin and hair, then applying pumpkin treatments or adding it to your diet can help.
Vitamin C: Pumpkin is a good source of vitamin C, which helps protect skin from free radical damage, such as wrinkles and even skin cancer. Eating vitamin C rich foods also helps promote collagen production, which over time can improve skin tone and elasticity.
Carotenoids: Alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and other carotenoids are the protective antioxidants that help to reverse UV damage and improve skin texture.
Pumpkins are also rich in copper and zinc, which play a big part in healthy skin and hair. Zinc helps protect cell membranes, maintain collagen, fight acne, and promotes skin renewal. Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc and easy to add into your diet. Try sprinkling them in soups, salads, or adding them to yogurt and oatmeal.
With all the guilty pleasures of indulging in the pumpkin craze this fall you now know you can indulge in a beneficial pumpkin facial or foot treatment guilt free!
Have you ever studied your skin in a mirror and notice every pore and wrinkle that are emerging on a weekly basis? We’ve all been there. We over analyzing every line, spot or acne scar. One of my biggest complaints I hear during a facial consultation is how women hate their large pores. Can we shrink pores? No, but we can minimize the appearance of them. The pore opens up wider as our skin loses elastin. Elastin is broken down by free radical damage due to external factors such as sun and chemicals. Internal factors are our diet, genetics and smoking. Some simple ways to reduce the pore size is to exfoliate and add a retinol to your regimen. If you can exfoliate with a glycolic or enzyme mask once a week it keeps the dead skin cell layer sloughing off to reveal smoother, softer skin. The retinol stimulates collagen which help with the tone. The more you are consistent in exfoliation and using cosmeceutical grade products the quicker you renew healthy skin cells. Those healthy cells replace the dead skin cell layer. The quicker the cells turn over the more youthful qualities your skin will begin to reveal. Remember, people are not looking at you through a 10 times magnification mirror. They are looking at you about three feet away. All the details of your aging skin are for your eyes only. Be consistent with your products, slow and steady wins the race. Your best measure is seeing your friends who don’t take care of their skin compared to you who is, you will be thankful you started sooner rather than later.
Blog by Nikki
Did you know we offering online booking? Its easy!
There are two ways you can book your appointments online: on your laptop/desktop computer or right from your cell phone using the MindBody app.
From your home computer, visit our website at www.bodyblissnc.com and on the Home Page there is a button on the right that says “Book Online Now”
Once you click that, it will take you to our MindBody booking site. If you have never signed in before it will ask you to create a login. We just need basic information including name, phone number and email. Don’t worry we do not share your information with other parties. Once you have signed in you can now book appointments, cancel appointments and see a list of any past services. If you think you may already have a login, or you already receive emails from us, please just call and we can reset your password for you so that you do not create two accounts.
If you would prefer to book appointments right from your phone, then download the MindBody app from the app store. It is easy and free to download.
When you have the app on your phone it will ask you to sign in. You can then search for Body Bliss Salon and Spa and mark it as a “favorite” for quick access to our schedule.
If you have any questions about booking online please feel free to contact our receptionist or ask your stylist or therapist at your next appointment.
One of the most frequently asked questions we get from clients is: how can I get my hair to grow faster? How can I get my hair to be stronger? Or, maybe a clients hair is thinning and they want to know what they can do to help.
Here are a few suggestions for any of the above situations:
“According to the American Academy of Dermatology, if you do not get enough protein in your diet, your body will begin rationing the protein it does have available, potentially reducing hair growth. That means hair will become older and more tired and brittle over time. If you have continued low-protein intake, for upward of two to three months, you will start seeing signs of hair loss.”
Livestrong.com article link
*Always consult a doctor when making changes to your diet such as adding vitamins or supplements.