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Your hair needs protein

Proteins are used to build tissue cells, including the cells of your hair, skin and nails. 80-85% of your hair is composed of a protein called keratin. Dietary proteins are your hairs’ building blocks – they make your hair strong and help keep it in its growing (anagen) phase.

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Without sufficient available protein, your hair can become brittle and fall out before it reaches the length that it’s capable of. This is one of the reasons why people with a low-protein diet often find their hair won’t grow past a certain length. We suggest including
at least 120g of a protein with breakfast and lunch.

 The best sources of proteins are ‘primary proteins’ or ‘animal proteins’, which include fish, eggs, lean meats, red meat, poultry and cheese. However, cheese can cause or worsen eczema and dandruff in some people and also takes over two hours to digest, so it’s not the best option for everyone.

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Beans, lentils, nuts, tofu, and pulses are ‘secondary proteins’ or ‘plant proteins’ – classed as such because they don’t contain the same amount of essential amino acids as animal proteins, and also aren’t as easily absorbed.

TOP PROTEIN PICK:

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EGGS: It could be said that eggs are the ‘perfect protein’ for your hair. The amino acids (protein) found in egg whites are in fact the most complete and easily absorbed form of protein for your body! 

Dietary protein is essential to hair growth and health as hair is made primarily of keratin a special hair protein that gives your strands their strength, flexibility and elasticity.

 

Hair Loss & Your Thyroid

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Finding more hair on your brush than you are used to? Brushing your fingers through your hair and left with hair all over your hands? Hair loss is not gender or age specific. Hair loss is a shocking issue most of us face at least once in our life whether from poor care, stress or a change in environment. However, hair loss can also be a result of an illness such as a thyroid disorder.

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The body does not recognise hair as a vital tissue and when issues pop up the body will redirect energy from the hair to a part of the body that needs it more. As hair needs a lot of energy to metabolize effectively, a redirection of this energy as a result of a thyroid challenge can leave hair at a sub-optimal level – potentially resulting in hair loss, hair thinning, brittleness and dull, lifeless looking hair.

The good news is that hair loss that has occurred as a result of thyroid imbalance has the potential to improve once the system recovers, and effective management of the system is sustained.

Your thyroid is in charge of making the hormones, thyroxine ( T4 ) and triiodothyronine (T3), which are collectively known as the ‘thyroid hormone’. The thyroid affects everything in the body as it uses T3 & T4 to control the metabolism and how much energy is required by different systems in the body.

HYPOTHYROIDISM is an underactive thyroid

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This simply means that there is not enough thyroid hormone (T3 and/or T4) in the body. The lack of T3 and T4 results in reduced activity and the ability of the body to regenerate cells. Women are five times more likely to be diagnosed with hypothyroidism and the odds increase with age. With an underactive thyroid, the hair frequently becomes dry and brittle with obvious signs of thinning.

HYPERTHYROIDISM is an OVERACTIVE THYROID

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This means that there is an overproduction of the thyroid hormones T3 and T4. This can cause an acceleration in the body’s metabolism, meaning that almost every function of the body to speed up.  With an overactive thyroid, the hair becomes thin and there is an excess loss/shedding of hair.

As is the case with all potential health challenges, getting a proper diagnosis, establishing a treatment protocol, and following up is particularly important with a thyroid condition.

Once your hair is damaged, it’s damaged

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The bad news is that you can’t really “repair” or heal your already damaged hair. Your hair is technically dead. It has no nervous system, blood, or cell regeneration. Once the hair goes beyond the roots it is no longer living tissue and as such it does not have a regenerative ability, thus it cannot heal.

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You can use products such as oils and conditioners to temporarily hide and manage damaged hair but they will not repair your strands. The products can, however, improve your hair texture and appearance and offset more damage with protective ingredients.

Hair can dehydrate and quickly become damaged for many reasons such as being over processed, colour treated and burnt. Hair can lose its moisture and eventually grow brittle if it is not conditioned continually, helping stall more damage. But the damage that has already been created, is ultimately irreversible.

Damaged hair has less elasticity, is prone to breakage and splitting. Split ends are absolutely not repairable and are very challenging to conceal, especially when there are a lot, they must be cut off.

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Dry your hair with the least amount of damage

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There has been so much said about drying your hair, and more specifically how you are not supposed to dry it. From saying you must not towel it dry since this breaks your hair. As well as you must not blow dry it because it burns your hair and even letting it air dry has been advised against. So what is there left to do?

All in all, you can dry your hair the way you have done so previously just by adding in a few tweaks. Here are some changes to be made to suit each style of drying your hair.

Blow Dry

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The extreme heat from hair dryers (and from curling irons) causes the water under the cuticles (the outermost layer of the hair) to form bubbles that stress and break the hair. This results in split ends, breakage, and brittle hair.

  • While drying, keep the hair-dryer as far away from your hair as you can. The closer it is to your hair, the more damaging it is.
  • Let your hair dry naturally, about 70-80% of the way dry. Then, with your dryer on the coolest setting, blow your hair dry, keeping the dryer about 6-inches away from hair at all times and moving it around continuously.
  • Generally speaking, finer hair will overheat and burn more quickly, so you want to dry fine hair at a lower temperature. Thicker or curly hair might require a higher heat setting to get the job done, but don’t over-expose any hair to heat.
  • Pre-treat your hair with protection products before exposing them to the heat from your blow dryer like Daily Damage Defence.
  • Do not touch the heat setting without using a diffuser.

Towel Dry

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Aggressive towel-drying is not good for your hair. It is actually one of the reasons why your hair breaks or has split ends.

  •  Pat your roots and the hair at your scalp to blot as much moisture as you can and further dry the hair.
  • Then continue by pressing your hair between folds of the towel. If you have very long or very thick hair, you may need to use two towels. This will remove the water from the length of your hair.
  • Finally, wrap the head in the towel and allow it to remain for 10-15 minutes so that as much moisture as possible is wicked away.
  • Never rub with the towel as this will lead to severe breakage.

Air Dry

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When hair comes in contact with water, the strands swell. The longer the swelling goes on a.k.a the time it takes to air dry, the more pressure it puts on the delicate proteins keeping hair intact, which can lead to more damage.

  • Squeeze the excess water out of your hair.
  • Don’t brush wet hair, rather comb it working from your ends up to your roots.
  • Don’t wrap a towel around your head too tightly and always towel-dry gently
  • Sleeping with wet hair overnight can cause tangles and knots, leaving your tresses in an unruly mess, prompting breakage. If you are going to sleep with wet hair, braid it loosely to help prevent any breakage.

Sometimes, we are much harder on our hair than we need to be and understanding how to take a gentler approach will be very beneficial.

 

There is some relief from flaky and itchy scalps!

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Philip Kingsley offers a 3 step targeted regime that will help lift and wash away flakes from the scalp. These three products were formulated with decades of research in the London and New York Trichology Clinics.  By combining the products they develop the 3 step Flaky Scalp Treatment.

Step 1.

Exfoliating Scalp Mask 

Exfoliating Scalp MaskThis intensive scalp treatment contains a combination of powerful exfoliants that work together to help gently remove flakes whilst Aloe Vera extract and Olive Oil deliver moisture and suppleness to the scalp.
Use at least once a week to help minimize flakes and add suppleness to the scalp.

Step 2.

Flaky Itchy Scalp Shampoo 

Flaky Itchy Scalp Shampoo
Specifically designed to clear and soothe flaky scalps.
Formulated specifically to wash away flakes, this mild yet highly effective shampoo leaves hair manageable and shiny.
Unlike other scalp shampoos, Flaky Scalp Shampoo is suitable for daily use, does not strip colour, and will leave hair shiny, manageable and irritation free.
In consumer trials 99% of people said that Flaky Scalp Shampoo cleared their flaky scalp* 92% of people said they found Flaky Scalp Shampoo more effective than other products they had tried to relieve their flaky scalp.

Step 3.

Flaky Itchy Scalp Toner 


The third and final step to lift flakes away, is the Flaky Scalp Toner. This refreshing formula provides immediate and long lasting relief from flakes and itching, whilst toning and conditioning the scalp.

PK Prep ~ The products

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Pk Prep was developed to provide women with the tools for perfect and effortless salon styling at home. The range makes the hair more manageable, smoother and silkier. It also dramatically increases shine and reduces frizz and fly-aways. PK Prep also helps to improve the condition of the hair and protects it from styling and daily environmental damage. Each product is incredibly lightweight, so they do not build up on the hair and can be layered to achieve whichever look is desired.

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The ultimate multi-tasking blow-dry spray. It acts like a primer for your hair to deliver long-lasting smoothness and control, whatever the style. Elastin and ProVitamin B5 help to condition, nourish and add shine to the hair. This is the ultimate blow-dry spray. PK Prep Perfecting Spray works as a primer for your hair; aiding to smooth and control the hair no matter what the style is.

PK PREP PLUMPING CREAM  Plumping Cream 100ml_High Res

The modern, weightless formula is the ideal alternative to a traditional, sticky volumising mousse. PK Prep Plumping Cream is a luxurious cream that helps to create thicker and fuller hair in an instant and without a trace of residue. It is ideal for adding body to fine or limp hair. It can be considered as a hair boost in a bottle. It is a modern alternative to mousse. It is loaded with vitamins (B3, B5, B6, C and E) to care for the health of your hair.

 PK PREP POLISHING BALM  Polishing Balm 75ml_High Res

The highly concentrated conditioning balm protects and styles the hair in one smooth swipe. Using only lightweight, high-tech silicones to add control, the balm tames unruly hair to leave it super-smooth, sleek and glossy without any visible residue, even under close inspection – every session stylist’s dream. This frizz-free, smoothing hair balm promises to protect and style, as it transforms from a balm to a serum when warmed up in your hands. It’s easy to use, and contains only lightweight silicones, so it isn’t going to weigh the hair down!

PK PREP, A NEW LUXURY STYLING RANGE

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PK Prep is a new, luxury styling range that is scientifically formulated to build the foundations of perfect hair. PK Prep uniquely cares for the health of hair whilst helping to deliver session-quality styling results. Created by the experts, the innovative collection delivers effortless control, manageability and shine. It is enriched with super-conditioning and protective ingredients that ensure the long term health of the hair is considered. Polymide-1 one of the ingredients provides natural volume and hold while Quaternized Lipids nourishes the hair to replenish the lipid layer and Elastin  delivers excellent conditioning benefits. PK Prep provides the tools to create any desired style, whilst maintaining the integrity of every strand.

PK Prep 1The trio of products: Perfecting Spray, Plumping Cream and Polishing Balm can be used individually to create different looks, or layered together for head-turning smooth, full and glossy hair. The weightless formulas have been created to give you the confidence to layer and build the range, to create any style, whilst hair remains natural, malleable and modern. Infused with the delicate notes of cherry blossom, PK Prep leaves a beautiful fragrance trail wherever you go.

PK Prep can be used by fine, medium, coarse and African-Caribbean hair types.

The PK Prep perfecting spray is lightweight primer. It is ideal for creating glossy and effortless styles. PK Prep Polishing Balm is a seriously smooth, frizz-fee, smoothing hair balm. PK Prep Plumping Cream is an instant volume, weightless thickening cream.

4 Tips for handling curly hair


12063337_1058386247539187_7846391429918682177_n.jpgCaring for very curly hair can be tiring and stressful. Here are a few tips for healthier and happier curly locks. 

Tip #1

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Avoid heat styling tools like a hair straightener or curler. Heat treating and styling leaves your curls dry and brittle.  However if avoiding the heat is impossible provide your hair with some protection like Daily Damage Defence. Never use a straightener or curler on wet hair!

Tip #2

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Finding the right shampoo and conditioner will remove half of the battle each morning. Take note of what your hair type and texture is.  Then select the appropriate shampoo and conditioner that will see to and care for your hair type.

Tip #3

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Try not manhandle your hair. The less you touch it the better. If you keep touching your hair then natural oils that occur on your hands will cause it to become heavy and lank.

Tip #4

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Lastly, love your curls. You are lucky enough to be gifted with these luscious locks that many spend thousands to imitate.

Hair texture defines your hair

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Fine hair feels thin on texture and lacks natural body and bounce. Fine hair can be straight or wavy. The diameter of each individual strand is fine, it does not indicate the number of hairs on your head. Surprisingly those with fine hair actually have more hairs on their scalp than any other hair texture. This is due to there being more room for them thanks to the thinner strands. The best way to add body and shine to fine hair and to avoid associated limpness is wash your hair daily.

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If you have medium hair, it will feel thicker in texture than fine hair, both in the individual strands and in terms of the overall volume of hair on your scalp. Medium textured hair can be straight, wavy or curly. Medium textured hair needs slightly more moisture than fine textured hair due to its wider diameter. The best shampoos and conditioners for this hair type are moisture balancing, that balance the needs of drier and older ends and newer roots. It is also a good idea to use a pre-shampoo conditioning treatment once a week to restore and maintain elasticity and shine. However, if your hair is very damaged and dry from chemical processing and/or frequent heat styling, treatment twice weekly is recommended.
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Coarse hair feels rough in texture and it may feel like you have a lot of it. Coarse hair can be straight or curly or frizzy. The diameter of coarse hair is the largest of all textures, which makes it more prone to moisture evaporation and dry ends. The best products to use are those that are labelled as ‘re-moisturizing’, ‘moisturizing’ or ‘smoothing’ and those that tame frizz.

Which of the above most describes your hair?

Why is your scalp so itchy and dry?

Pat, pat, pat. Scratch, scratch. Lemme just stick that bobby pin right…there. Why is your scalp so itchy and dry? When the seasons change, our hair can, too. Drier air in winter and sweltering temps in summer can dry out your scalp which then causes your head to itch. Excessive scratching can introduce bacteria or fungus into the layers of the scalp which creates a cycle of endless itching and scratching.

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An itchy scalp can also be caused by:

  • Dandruff, otherwise known as seborrheic dermatitis. 
  • Allergy or sensitivity to hair products, including hair dye and other chemicals.
  • Scalp psoriasis.
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Obesity
  • Inflammatory and autoimmune disorders, such as lupus and hypothyroidism
  • Infection and Allergies
  • Allergic contact dermatitis or irritant contact dermatitis, such as from a hair dye
  • Folliculitis (infection of a hair follicle)
  • Fungal infection (tinea capitis, ringworm) or bacterial infection of the scalp
  • Sunburn

Try Philip Kingsley Flaky Itchy Toner to immediately ease the itch and sooth any irritation. This toner is a soothing leave-in Scalp Toner with an anti-microbial and anti-flaking formula. It provides immediate and long lasting relief from irritation. It is a water based, leave-in formula that is fragrance Free.