Caffeine for Hair Loss?

Ever said no to a cup of java at Pino’s? I’m not a big fan either but based on research, its not a bad thing to take a look at. Scientists that have tested the concept concluded that caffeine is a stimulator of human hair growth. Men that are insecure of their hair loss are in between the dilemma of these options:

  • Hair implants that involve surgery and thousands of dollars
  • Drugs like Rogaine and Propecia that may have side effects

Research

There are millions of dollars that are put towards the research for anti-hair loss each year but it just seams like genetics has a stronger hold on how you can keep or lose whats on your head.

Scientists took biopsies of 14 scalps in the early stages of hair loss and then exposed them to solutions of different levels of caffeine. They also exposed some of the follicles to DHT (the hormone responsible for hair loss). After 8 days, even the hair follicles exposed to the DHT showed growth. They also found that it was greatest in follicles that were placed in solutions of caffeine only.

Now, based on that solution, drinking any form of caffeine would take you up to 60 cups a day. This is about 6000mg of caffeine, which might regrow your hair after your heart stops—definitely not the safest solution but it is comforting to know this helps to some extent.

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Spring/Summer Hair Trends 2015

Spring seems like its finally here! For all that have been hibernating this winter it’s safe to come out and feel the buzz in the air. The hair trends for spring/summer 2015 are always my favourite due to the countless ways of wearing your hair for every summer occasion. No more worries of hair spray freezing over, no more hoodies turning those soft curls into post metal rock show hair and best of all no more static. Lets get right into it with some proposals on new/reinvented looks from the best designers and hair colours from industry influencers!

Roses and Ponies

As I have mentioned in the last couple of years the bohemian free spirited look is still going strong. This includes braids, messy up-do’s, pony tails and anything that looks lively. Dolce & Gabbana presents a red rose in a knotted low bun.

D&G Rose Style

D&G Rose Style

This is perfect for most evenings out and gives a great asymmetrical look. Stella McCartney and Gucci are showing low pony’s with colour matching elastics. You can spice things up by adding a few crimped pieces in to give the look an accented texture. This is great for sleek and tidy looks during cocktail hour! Alexander Wang’s show took the cake for me with the slick ombré pony. The wet looks have been coming into the modern world a little bit at a time since Prada and Armani starting pushing them. This will give the proposal an extra nudge since it involves the ombre craze.

Alexander Wang Ombre Pony

Alexander Wang Ombré Pony

Numero Uno

Givenchy shows that the full fringe is out and presents choppy swept back bangs. This is a great way to bring out your eyes. To find out if you will suite the fringe I make sure that my clients’ forehead is about three fingers wide from the start of the eyebrow to the start of your hairline. This is ideal because you don’t want to create a fringe on a small forehead because it can look too square like.

Chopped Bangs at Givenchy

Chopped Bangs at Givenchy

I think that the spring/summer hair trends 2015 will open up in the city streets in one big wave. There are so many ways that we can create our own individuality with variations of these looks and in turn, give us that uplift we are looking for. These styles are all accomplishable but what sets them apart from the others are the condition and health of your hair. Our new Kashmir Karetin line is the hottest hair product on the market for heathy hair. The leave in conditioner mask named “The 1” is the pinnacle of healthier hair. The 1 repairs and restores dry and damaged hair while treating split ends. You can spray the cream through your ends after you towel dry it and comb through. Style and spray through your ends to protect your hair from the elements during the day.

Kashmir One Treatment

Kashmir One Treatment

Sombre Ombre!

To put a seal on our Spring/Summer trends for 2015 we need to formally introduce the sombre. Yes, you guessed it; a sombré is a “soft ombré”. Just like the ombré technique the hair is fading from dark roots to lighter ends. Although, with the sombre the fading is very natural looking and the roots to ends hair is usually only a difference of a couple shades. This is such an ideal style for lower maintenance. If you are a person that likes to keep your hair changing every few months then you can always give the look a darker or lighter feel by coming in for a quick toner. Ombré’s and sombre’s are defined as the icon of the whole soft beach wave trend. Just like I said in our last trend proposal, they are definitely here to stay. Feel free to bring in photos so we can narrow in on what is the best style for you, or just look through our iPad for lots more hair styles.

blonde sombre

Blonde Sombré

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Royal Jelly for Your Hair

Royal Jelly for Your Hair

Some of us would think that we’ve had more than enough of winter so far but in reality it’s still just the end of January. There are more days of chilly temperatures and very dry air to go! This acts negatively to our hair and skin. Certain people don’t have to worry about their skin or scalp as much as others, although, we all need to take into account what the dry air (outside) and the central heat (inside) does to our hair. Luckily, there are solutions for these problems!

I am always excited to talk to my clients about how beneficial the royal jelly is (more…)

Moroccanoil

Before I begin to give you all the amazing benefits of this product, I would like to explain some differences between professional Moroccanoil products and the drugstore or mass produced products. The Moroccanoil product line is strictly available in professional salons and has a totally separate formula to all of the other products that call themselves Moroccan Oil, Argan Oil, etc.… This is important to know because all of these products are formulated differently and in turn do not have the benefits of the brand we are focusing on.  Most drugstore products have a very small percentage of active ingredients, if any.  Therefore, you will notice a price difference.  You know the old saying “you get what you pay for? “  Well, it applies to this example perfectly.

The tree is extremely well adapted to drought and other environmentally harsh conditions of southwestern Morocco.

Moroccanoil is the actual product line name and Argan oil (also known as “liquid gold”) is the vital ingredient found in this formula. Argan oil is found only in southwestern Morocco through to Tindouf in Algeria. The Argan tree contains almond-like kernels which are traditionally roasted and grinded into a paste, which is later squeezed by hand to extract the oil. This rich fusion has many cosmetic medicinal and culinary properties. Moroccan women use this for salads, bread dipping or in their customary dip called amlou. Traditionally, argan oil has also been used to soften skin and cuticles, heal acne blemishes and scars, reduce wrinkles and fine lines and restore split ends.

As professional hairdressers, we always strive for the best products for our clients’ hair. We have noticed a significant improvement with the health of our clients’ hair like spit ends, over porous/processed hair and dry hair/scalp. I have also personally tried this product as an after shave in the mornings and I no longer have irritation from shaving.  The vitamin E and omega-6 fatty acid that it contains is also amazing for your skin. The Moroccanoil Treatment will completely transform and repair as its formula transports lost proteins for the strength of the hair. It will absorb into the hair to fill in gaps created by hot styling tools and environmental damage. The best way to use it is to apply a small amount (the size of a dime) and work throughout damp hair from mid length to ends. You can blow-dry or let it dry naturally. You can add it after your hair is dry to tame fly aways or frizz and it also adds more hydration and moisture. There is also a “light” Moroccanoil Treatment that has been made for fine hair. Check out the video in the link below for a step by step instruction to healthy hair with this amazing product! INSTUCTIONAL VIDEO 

Top 5 Foods for Healthy Hair

We all know that good quality haircare is essential for maintaining beautiful hair and scalp. What goes into our bodies is as equally important as what we apply topically. Consuming whole foods rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc and biotin may help promote healthy scalp and hair.

  1. Dark green leafy vegetables like swiss chard, kale, spinach are great sources of Vitamins A and C. Another nutrient dense choice are dandelion leaves. You will benefit from the calcium, Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Vitamin K when enjoying these greens raw or steamed. These vitamins help produce sebum which is a natural conditioner for your hair.
  2. Salmon is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Try to buy wild Alaskan salmon which is also a good source of protein which is also beneficial for your scalp. For those who don’t like fish then choose a good quality fish oil supplement or two tablespoons of ground flaxseed. You can add flaxseed to your breakfeast very easily in a nutritional shake (Vega One is an excellent choice) or on top of cereal or yogurt. We recommend buying fish oil at a good health food store.
  3. Beans and legumes. These delicious staples are a good source of protein and very easy to cook if you soak them overnight. Protein, iron, biotin and zinc can help promote hair growth. Sometimes biotin deficiencies can result in brittle hair.
  4. Nuts. Delicious anytime of the day. Great for snacking on and easy to take with you to work or when you are running out the door! Some varieties can promote the health of your scalp. Brazil nuts are a good source of selenium. For a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, walnuts are a perfect choice. Again, you can throw these into your nutritional shake first thing in the morning. Nuts contain vitamins and minerals with many benefits including conditioning of your hair from the inside out. Choose the raw nuts to maximize the healthy aspects. (Add Zinc and Silica to your diet if you are experiencing hair loss)
  5. Eggs. A good source of protein, which helps prevent dry, weak and brittle hair. The omega 3 in eggs is beneficial for your hair and you will find that most grocery stores and health food stores sell good quality fresh organic eggs that come from cage-free hens.

For beautiful hair… make sure these top five foods land in your grocery basket!