Monthly Archives: July 2013

Hair Breakage – “My hair just won’t grow anymore!”

Hair Breakage – “My hair just won’t grow anymore!”

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Sometimes,  the above statement is true!

 

The life of a hair shaft has a maximum of 7 years to grow. 

 

The average persons hair grows about 1/2” per month.

 

Applying to the lucky few,  you could in effect grow your hair and sit on it.  These however, are averages.  Of course,   this could be you!

 

Every few months or years every follicle (where the hair begins to grow its root) takes a rest.  Imagine the said follicle sitting on a sun lounger sipping cocktails before it’s back to work again.

 

So,  a brand new hair cycle begins again.  With a brand new,  short,  baby hair.

 

If this happened to all the follicles at the same time,  we would be in trouble.  All walking around with bald/short/long hair all at the same time and I’m not sure there would be  hairdressing industry!

Each day,  it is said we lose about 100 hairs!!!

 

Crikey!! “That sounds a lot!” I hear you scream.

 

How many hairs are on your head?  I don’t know.  But LOADS!

 

Fear not,  this is what happens on average now and has happened all your life.  Relax.  Breathe.

 

So in a  nutshell,  it depends on your hair follicle cycle as to how long you could possibly grown your hair.  Although my opinion (which I feel is right on this occasion) is that you can affect things such as healthy hair growth by your diet.  In other words,  keep healthy and you will have awesome shiny hair.

 

Then of course there is breakage:

 

This is a totally different subject.

 

Todays world is one of hot hairdryers,  big bouncy blow dries and flat irons.  Of course this takes its toll on the hair shaft just as the sun does on your skin.  You tend to find breakage occurs in the ends of your hair due to the fact that this is the oldest part of your hair.  In other words,  like with skin,  the younger it is,  the more elastic it is and stronger too.

The hair at the bottom of your style potentially could be 7 years old. 

 

It has been subject to:

Sunshine

Chlorine

Hydrogen Peroxide

Parabens

Heat,

Heat

More heat

 

Not to mention styling products and the like.  Protect your hair the best you can.  Use heat protector.

 

Use conditioning treatments,  better still get them done professionally.  The ingredients and skill will really make a difference. 

 

Get those ends trimmed off every 6-8 weeks.  I promise it will make such a difference.  Be really clear to your hair stylist that you would literally like a couple of millimeters taken off the damaged ends.  Really drum home that you are still growing your hair but want to keep the nice condition.

Before they pick up the scissors make sure they have listened to you and you will keep your trust in them and return next time.

 

Does it make my hair grow quicker?

 

No…

 

Getting your hair cut cannot make it grow quicker.  What it will do is stop breakage.  Therefore,  your hair will seem to grow quicker as the ends will last longer and not end up all over your duvet cover while straightening!

 

Feel free to send me your questions!

 

 

Hair condition – Professional hair products?

Are professional hair products really worth the investment?

 

To be honest,  YES!

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Having a long career in the hairdressing industry I do feel qualified to let you know that the best thing you can do for your hair is invest wisely in the best products you can.

 

You will find a video below to give you more information but to be honest,  you most likely know what suits your hair all by yourself!  Honestly,  just pay it some attention when you shampoo,  condition and use styling products.  How does it feel?

 

“Louise please tell me,  does changing your shampoo help?”

 

I think so!  Not because your hair simply ‘gets used to it’ as people say – although you could call it that if you like.  Rather it’s a case of some shampoo and conditioner contains different ingredients to the next one.  At times this can cause a ‘build up’ which coats the hair shaft.  This is not good.  Imagine trying to put self tan lotion over the top of your moisturizer…..

 

It won’t work!

 

Why?  Obvious really – it needs to soak into the skin.  Exactly what conditioner needs to do on your hair.  If there is a build up then ‘no way’ will the conditioner get into the hair shaft to create moisturising  activities!

 

I’ll make another video for you to show how to create salon beautiful hair at home simply by changing your shampoo techniques – watch this space. 

 

So professional products not only come with the advice from your salon expert but also the ingredients will be richer, needing less of it which is better in the long run for your pocket,  the environment and of course for your hair.

 

Lots of us are LOVING long hair right now – along with long dresses which pleases me…….these locks will not get longer if you don’t look after them.  The ends will break off resulting in you saying: “My hair never grows!”

 

Feel free to send me your questions: If you would like to keep it private you can email me at louise-usher@virginmedia.com

 

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Your salon online magazine

Hey guys,  if you are a salon worker read on…..

 

I’m aware that some of you just like my blogging and photos etc but initially I started this as a Salon Management Consultant.  Requests showed me that us hairdressers are a nosey bunch so this blog is often varied.

 

Anyhow,  I believe in paying it forward and therefore I’d love to share this with you guys.  There is a local business to me who take an online salon magazine.  It’s brilliant!

 

Here’s the website: this is not an affiliate link of any kind, I just love to give you the chance to subscribe with them and help your business grow!

http://thesalonmagazine.co.uk

 

Early morning countryside

Hello everyone and welcome to a brand new week!

 

I’m really and honestly feeling so excited and positive and happy I’m so sure I could burst like an overfilled balloon right now. {wants to insert smiley face here}

 

So,  I’ve been randomly taking out my camera and taking some shots here and there and it has inspired me to share more pictures with you in my blog posts.  Currently as I type my Nikon is charging ready for action!

 

 

My son went for a day out with his Dad to go fishing for the day,  I decided while the birds were still singing I would take a few photos.  It’s a grounding place and time.