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The Boar Bristle Hair Brush- Is It All It’s Made Out To Be?

A Boar Bristle brush can actually have many benefits to the quality of your hair

A Boar Bristle brush can actually have many benefits to the quality of your hair

Like lots of other women out there, I’m sure you may wonder what the difference between a regular hair brush with plastic bristles and a brush with boar bristles is. What is boar anyways? How come people make such a big deal over the brushes with boar bristles especially in the winter time? Below you will find everything you need to know about a brush with boar bristles and we’ll leave choosing the right type of hair brush for yourself up to you.

For starters, a boar is actually a male pig. Boar bristles are the pig’s hair which is harvested from slaughterhouses where boars are slaughtered, and attached to the brushes with glue. I know this seems a little gross, but when you hear all the benefits it can actually have on your hair, I’m not sure you’ll be so grossed out anymore.

Our scalp produces natural oils to keep our hair healthy at all times. When brushing our hair, we distribute the healthy oils all around, from the top to the bottom of our hair to keep it healthy. Using a plastic brush does not always to such a great job spreading the healthy oils everywhere, which is why they came out with a brush that has natural bristles instead of synthetic bristles. So while you may be spending lots of money on the perfect shampoos and extra oils to keep your hair moist and healthy, sometimes all you really need is the right brush to do the trick.

In the winter, our hair tends to be extra dry than usual due to the harsh cold winds which is why using a brush with boar bristles is really a great option in the winter. Obviously, a brush with plastic bristles will not damage your hair, but it may not do as good as a job spreading the oils which may really affect the quality of your hair.

So if you’ve been suffering from a dry scalp or crimpy hair you might want to try using a brush with boar bristles to help your situation and see a real difference.
Good Luck!

Womens Hair Loss- Part One

A common misconception is that hair loss is a problem that affects men exclusively.

Nothing could be further from the truth. While men are generally open about it, hair loss is a very much an issue  amongst women as well.

Hair Loss affects some 30 Million women in the U.S. alone.

Hair Loss affects some 30 Million women in the U.S. alone.

In this series of posts, MyHeadcoverings.com hopes to make Women’s Hair Loss more understood we hope to shine some sunlight and  create a little bit of understanding of the wide variety of causes that go into Women’s Hair Loss.

First off, it’s true, men do suffer from hair loss more then women.

Statistics show that  around 50 million men in the USA suffer from some form of Hair Loss. That’s a big number.

However  amongst women the number is also big. It’s around 30 million.

Here are some basics you should know.

Every day a person loses between 50-100 hairs however there’s no need to panic as normally the same number grows back. However, when something upsets the cycle your body may lose hair without the replacements coming in. The results?

Hair Loss.

What are some of the causes of this condition?

Well that’s the point of our posts.

Lets start.

Some forms of hair loss are caused by trauma to the body, a child-birth or car accident or anything of the sort.

This form of Hair Loss is called Telogen Effluvium. And BTW, it can be caused by an anti depressant as well; check the side effects and you’ll see hair loss is listed on most of them.

What this basically means is that the trauma, or certain drugs in the anti-depressant cause the hair follicles to go into the “Telogen” phase. Which means resting, as a result  they aren’t re-growing  hair. The good news is that this form of hair loss is usually temporary and regrowth takes about six months.

For a woman experiencing hair loss who want’s to try  finding out the cause, well  a starting point would be   finding out if there’s a good  trichologist near you.

What that?

It’s not a doctor, (though many dermatologists take the course),it’s a form of dermatology that specializes in hair and the scalp; essentially a hair specialist.

One thing that most Hair Specialists will do right away to try figuring out what’s causing trouble is take a hair biopsy in fact they’re pretty simple they take around five minutes and are the gold standard in hair loss diagnosis.

(Info for this post came from the NY Times, About. Com, Wikipedia and HisHairClinic.com)

By: B. Levi

Wig Tips: How to Wash and Set your Wig

wig styling

It’s really not so hard to learn to set and style your own wig!

For those of us who wear wigs, I’m sure you’ll agree with me that going out to get you wig done every few weeks can get expensive. Besides for that, sometimes the hair dresser just doesn’t understand exactly what you want; you don’t like it and your left with that wig to wear every day! Then there are some of us who gave up on the whole wig thing and stuck to head coverings or just stayed away from it in the first place because of the expense of getting it washed and set or the hassle of going to get it done. But hey! We’ve got the perfect solution for you. Why don’t you try washing and setting your wig yourself? You won’t have to pay and you could do it just the way you like it! It’s not as hard as it seems – all you need is a couple of basic wig supplies to get started. Just follow a few simple steps and your wig will be just the way you like it.

There are many different ways to set a wig, we provided you with one of the ways.

  1. Take your wig that has to be washed and brush it. Don’t forget to brush the front exactly how you want it to be parted (front bang, side part, middle part, etc.).
  2. Place and hold your thumb on the front part (middle, side, etc.) and put the rest of your hand inside the cap.
  3. Turn on the sink and using luke warm water, wet the whole wig. Your thumb should stay at the part throughout the whole washing.
  4. Put a little bit of shampoo on your right hand (it doesn’t have to be any specific type or brand of shampoo) and gently apply it to the hair sliding from top to bottom.
  5. Rinse it out under luke warm water. Make sure you get all the shampoo out.
  6. Some people like to add conditioner to give it a smooth feel. If you want to, apply it only to the ends and keep away from the cap and then wash it out.
  7. Take your wig and put it on a towel. Take the towel and close it up to make the wig be inside the towel. Let it dry there for 15 minutes.
  8. Take your wig and with T-pins, place it on a Styrofoam wig head.

Now that it’s washed, you have to set it!

For straight hair, blow dry your hair part by part (to separate the parts you can use a sectioning comb and hold it in place with jaw clips) with a blow dryer and a hot round brush or bobby vent brush. The hot round brush is great for making a bit of waves and volume and the bobby vent is great for a more straight and full look. You can flip the ends in or out or simply leave it fall straight. If you’d like it even straighter, don’t be afraid to iron it a little bit (of course NEVER do this to synthetic wigs and only if the wig is 100% dry!!) Always make sure not to hold the blow dryer to close to the cap as the heat may be too strong for it and could burn it.

For curls, you can either use a blow dryer with a hot round brush or a curling iron. If you use a curling iron don’t let it sit on the hair for too long or it may burn.

For beach waves and the natural look let it sit on the wig head over night to air dry. Then you can blow it a bit or use a wand (similar to a curling iron but much thinner and has no clip to hold the hair in place) to give it some wave and volume.

To touch up a wig or if you prefer not to use hot tools on your wig rollers are the perfect thing! Just take one chunk of hair at a time and with the rollers flip it in the direction you want.

Once your wig is set, you’ll want to keep it in good condition and give it the best care. Checkout our blog on Wig tips: Do’s and Don’ts for every wig.

There, you have it!! This way you can always look good with no hassle and expenses. Best of all, if you get really good you may be the one charging others for it:)

Good Luck!!

Focus on Babies: Cradle Cap

Use baby oil to get rid of cradle cap

Cradle cap looks something like eczema, typically found on a newborn or small baby’s forehead, or top of the head. It is very common and can be dealt with very easily. It is caused by imbalance of the mothers hormones which get passed over to the baby at birth causing over active oil glands. These over active oil glands bring cradle cap – dead skin cells which looks yellowish and similar to dry skin or eczema. Surprisingly though, although it looks painful and itchy, it actually brings no pain or discomfort to the baby. However, instead of just covering it up with a hair accessory for babies such as a baby hat or baby head band, all you need to do is follow some basic steps and before you know it, you’ll forget it was ever there.

Below are the two most popular ways to get rid of cradle cap:

  1. Today, they say this one is an old wives tale and a myth but it works and there’s no reason not to try it. Put baby oil on the cradle cap. Let it sit there for a good three minutes. Once it’s fully soaked into the skin, gently comb it out. You will not be able to take it all out at once but continue doing it every other day before giving them a bath as their hair will be all oily after you do it. Some say that it’s better to use olive oil. Heat up one cup of olive oil on the stove and then apply it like the baby oil.
  2. Brush the baby’s hair from front to back every morning and night for ten strokes each. You will see that some flakes will fall out. When giving a bath, massage the area gently and after bath dry their hair well and brush again.

However, now that you got rid of the cradle cap it doesn’t mean you have to get rid of the baby hat you were putting on your baby to cover it up! Baby hats really add lot and are a great hair accessory for babies.

 

Natural Remedies for your Hair: Part II

avocado

Sounds crazy but before you know it avocado will be the first thing on your food shopping list!

Last week was about the basic and simple natural hair remedies - but this week, I’m sure you will be surprised!

Did you know that….

In addition to head and shoulders dandruff shampoo, Lemon is the number one ingredient for dandruff or flaky hair because the acid in the lemon juice helps clear out your hair from any loose flakes on your scalp. Try mixing two tbsp. of fresh lemon juice with two tbsp. olive oil (to give healthy moisture to the hair once all the flakes are out) and 2 tbsp water and put it in your wet hair. You can then wash it out with warm water. Another great thing Lemons do which is known worldwide is highlights! Take a lemon and squeeze it over your head. Then sit out in the sun – the longer the better!! Don’t forget to wash it out after and see results instantly!

Frizzy hair is my pet peeve. No matter how many creams and oils and techniques I try I just can’t seem to get rid of it. For some reason, I think I’m not the only one with this problem. So I present to you (drum roll…) The Avocado! Sounds crazy but just give it a try and before you know it avocado will be the first thing on your food shopping list! Their combination of oils which are like the natural oils from our skin and their protein make the best cream for taming, settling and smoothing frizzy hair. So go ahead, mash up and avocado and have fun smearing it in your hair! For best results, let it sit there for fifteen minutes before washing it out.

Ever wake up in the morning with oily hair? No time to wash it but it looks horrible and you just can’t find that emergency pre-tied bandana to cover it up? Yes, baby powder should do the trick but it might leave your hair looking a little white. Try Cornstarch by taking one tbsp in your hand and sprinkling it in your hair. Leave it there for ten minutes and then brush it out. Tadam! Your hair is now fresh and clean!

Of course, we saved the best for last! Bet you didn’t know that Beer is the best remedy for volume in your hair!! Beer actually contains yeast and just like the yeast makes dough rise, it makes hair “rise” too! However, it must be mixed with some other ingredients too. Mix half a cup of beer with 1 tsp oil and a raw egg. Pour it into your wet hair. Let it sit for fifteen minutes and wash it out.

Trust me, once you give those a try, these food products will become the first item on your food shopping list! Good Luck!

Natural Remedies for your Hair: Part 1

Believe it or not, these ingredients, along with many others are the healthiest, most affordable and natural hair products!

Believe it or not, these ingredients, along with many others are the healthiest, most affordable and natural hair products!

Are you fed up of using hair products that don’t work and cost a fortune?!?! Wish you could just find the right one to miraculously do the trick and keep your hair the way you like it? Well guess what! We’ve got the perfect treatments you can try for your hair. The best part is that you probably have all of them in your kitchen (kitchen?!!?!) already so there’s no need to go out and spend so much money – and of course, best of all, it’s natural!

I donno about you, but when I think of eggs, yogurt and honey I think about sitting down to a late breakfast on a Sunday morning. However, believe it or not, these ingredients, along with many others are the healthiest, most affordable and natural hair products!

I know what you will see below may be hard believe, but you’ve got to trust me on this one because they really work!!

The Egg is actually good for two opposite things. While the yolk which is rich in fat is a moisturizer, the egg whites remove unwanted oils/moisture.  When using it for normal hair (not dry or oily) use the entire egg as a conditioner. For oily hair use the whites only and for dry hair only use the yolk. Make sure to get it on your scalp and hair. Leave it in your hair for a good twenty minutes and then rinse it with cool water. Make sure never to rinse it in hot water as it might cook the egg on your head which will not be very enjoyable!!

Yogurt is great for dull hair. Hot hair tools such as blow dryers and irons along with air pollution have a tendency to take all the moisture out of our hair, take away it’s shine and leave it burnt and crimpy. However, dairy products are the perfect thing for such a situation because Lactic acids take away dirt and milk fat moisturizes it. So take half a cup of regular yogurt and pour it in your wet hair. Let it sit for twenty minutes, then wash it off with warm water and shampoo your hair. Another great ingredient for such a situation would be Honey. Honey is full of healthy moisture and would do just the trick for unhealthy, burnt or dry hair. Apply it like yogurt but you might like to add 2 tbsp of olive oil to help it come out easier.

Some think they can just cover up their oily, crimpy or dry hair by just throwing over a head scarf, snood or hair accessory , but that’s wrong. You may and should wear all of those but before you do so just make sure to fix the “root” of the problem.

We’d love to hear your comments to – let us know which hair remedies work for you!

Follow up with our blog next week for shockers on natural hair remedies I bet you NEVER heard of!!

Focus on hair care : Brushing your hair

paddle brush

A paddle hair brush usually comes in a rectangular/square shape or an oval shape.

Using the right brush for your hair can really make a difference. The right brush can keep your hair healthy, kempt and styled exactly the way you like it. Don’t be the kind of girl who NEVER brushes her hair because it gets too puffy or the one who brushes her hair 24/7 because it’s relaxing or soothing! The way you brush and take care of your hair really makes your hair much better (or much worse when not done properly :( )

A blog about tips on hair brushes and brushing your hair would not be complete without first giving background information on the 3 most commonly used hair brushes.

A paddle hair brush usually comes in a rectangular/square shape or an oval shape. It is usually pretty flat and wide – generally made of plastic, timber or ceramic and its bristles are usually nylon or boar. The bristles are on an air like cushion so that when you brush your hair it can make it feel like a soothing massage while evenly distributing the natural oils from your roots to your hair. This brush is great for smoothing and detangling your hair in the most comfortable and gentle manner. It can be used for any hair type, length and style.

A Round Hair brush is a round brush that has bristles all around the entire brush. It is generally used for blow drying and styling hair. They are either made of timber or ceramic with natural or nylon bristles. The ceramic ones are usually used for blowing since it heats up and helps blow dry your hair faster. Some of them have vent holes to allow the heat from the blow dryer to circulate at the roots of the hair in order to create more volume

A half-round hair brush is a great brush for those who like flipping the ends of their hair inwards or outwards, or simply for those whole like to have bounce and wave without too much volume. It looks like a round brush that’s cut down the center. They are generally made of timber and plastic and sometimes the bristles are on an air like cushion like the paddle brush and sometimes they are directly on the brush like the round brush.

You know your hair better than anyone else in the world, so go ahead and choose one that you think will be best for you. Make sure you have the correct hair brush for the style and texture you are trying to get. Below are some hair brushing tips:

  1. Wash your hair brush regularly in warm water and shampoo.
  2. It is very important to use a brush with bristles that are long enough to reach your scalp so that when you brush your hair you distribute the natural oils from your roots to the rest of your hair. This is one of the reasons why it is so crucial to brush your hair.
  3. Your hair is weaker when it’s wet. If you have to brush your hair when it’s wet – comb it gently. However, it is better to wait for it to dry a bit and then brush it to detangle the knots.
  4. The best way to brush thick, frizzy and puffy hair is with a comb because it keeps it more tame and neat.

Do you have any tips that work for you which you would like to share with us? Please comment if you do!