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Popular Hair Myths Debunked!

Hair Myths and FactsDoes your hair grow faster in the summer? If you pluck a gray hair, will more grow back in its place? Should you brush your hair 100 times per day? Hair myths like these have been around for so long, I’m not sure anyone questions whether they’re true.  In this post we’ll look at some of the most popular hair myths and get to the bottom of which are true, partially true, and not true at all!

100 brush strokes a day – FALSE – Most of us can’t get through the day without brushing our hair whether it’s to detangle or refresh a hairstyle, its necessary.  Brushing in the correct way has benefits that go beyond the short term.  By brushing your hair, you stimulate the scalp and spread oils down the hair shaft which moisturizes the strands and adds shine.  The key to healthy hair brushing is being gentle, using the right brush, and keeping it to a minimum. 100 strokes per day is not only unnecessary, it’s too much and can cause breakage and other damage.

Hair grows faster in the summer – FALSE – As nice as that would be, our hair doesn’t grow any faster in the summer or any season for that matter.  Time of year, weather, and other environmental factors don’t affect hair growth rate.  The only time it’s scientifically proven that a woman’s hair grows faster is while she’s pregnant.

Pluck a gray hair and more will grow back in its place – FALSE – Each hair has its own follicle and there is no way to increase the amount of follicles on your head (unless you have a hair transplant).  When you start to see gray hairs, it means that less pigment is being transferred to each hair strand.  Going gray is a slow process so when you pluck a hair during the beginning stages, the replacement could be either gray or your natural color, but will never be more than one.  Eventually, every single hair that comes from that follicle will be gray whether you pluck it or not.

Trimming makes your hair grow faster – FALSE – Trimming your ends will not make hair grow faster, but does keep your hair healthy and strong.  The key is to trim split ends before the hair splits up the shaft.  This breakage causes hair to be weak, brittle, and thin! It’s recommended to get a full trim every 6-12 weeks depending on your hair health.  You can also “dust” your ends in between trims.  Dusting is a quick, very light trim (so light that the cut ends are like dust).

Stress makes your hair fall out – PARTIALLY TRUE – Everyday stress does not make your hair fall out.  This myth is partially true because in cases where stress is so extreme that it affects hormones or nutrition levels, hair loss can occur.

You can’t repair split ends – TRUE – There is nothing you can do to repair an end that is split and as mentioned above, it’s recommended to cut the end off to prevent further breakage.  Another way to minimize the effects of split ends is to apply Ovation Cell Therapy.  Cell Therapy adds protein to the hair shaft which works to fill the split hair and smooth the cuticle.  The best way to tackle split ends is prevention. Using high-quality, hair strengthening products like the Cell Therapy System keep the hair healthy and prevent the hair from splitting in the first place.

Can’t dye hair while pregnant – PARTIALLY TRUE – Color and other hair treatments are no longer on the list of things pregnant women should stay away from.  Experts are advising pregnant women (and the general population) to be aware of what those treatments involve and what ingredients they contain.  Fortunately, more and more stylists are switching to more organic alternatives with less synthetic, harsh chemicals.

Shaving your baby’s hair makes it grow in thicker – FALSE –Shaving a baby’s hair doesn’t have any effect on the strand thickness or hair growth rate because these factors are based on the follicles under the skin.  It is common however for babies to lose their “baby hair” 4-5 months after they’re born and when new hair grows in, it may be thicker and/or a different color.

Whether this article makes you cut down the amount of brush strokes you strive for each day or bursts your bubble about summer hair growth, I hope you found these facts as interesting as I did. I’m sure that people will continue to shave their children’s head (tradition in some cultures) and avoid plucking gray hairs. That’s ok because whether you believe these myths to be fact or fiction, none of them have a major impact on overall hair health.

What myths did you grow up believing? Are there any you just can’t let go?

–          Emily

Sources: Webmd.com, Chemistry.about.com, babycenter.com
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Healthy Hair Tip: Use a Thermal Protection Spray Daily

Best Thermal Protection SprayHere at Ovation, it’s no secret that we want you to have healthy hair.  Because we don’t create miracles we can’t make any promises, but with our product line specifically made to promote healthy hair and our knowledge of the how your hair works, we’d love to help you achieve the healthiest hair possible

With that in mind, we’ve developed a series of posts on the blog all about hair health.  This series will include tips and tricks on both how to improve the hair you have and improve the health of future growth.  Not only that, the tips we’ll discuss are meant to help you achieve Thicker, Stronger, and Longer hair! Some tips will be quick and easy, things you can do every day.  Others may require a bit of dedication or explanation and we’ll dive into those too.

Today’s Healthy Hair Tip: Use a Thermal Protection Spray Daily

Our hair needs moisture.  It’s made of water and without the proper amount of moisture it becomes dry, brittle, weak and unmanageable.  There are plenty of things we do every day that affect our hair’s moisture level.  By exposing our hair to the sun (even in the winter months) and using styling tools like hair dryers and flat irons, it slowly loses moisture throughout the day.

When you use a Thermal Protection Spray, it seals the cuticle and protects the hair strands from all types of heat damage.

Ovation’s Thermal Protection Spray not only provides heat protection for your hair, it contains naturally derived, high-quality ingredients that do much more!  Our unique non-greasy formula includes panthenol and hydrolyzed keratin protein that moisturizes, adds softness and increases shine.  The peach and pomegranate extracts have anti-oxidant properties and promote the healing of damaged tissue.  For only $14.95, it’s a must have product especially during the upcoming summer months and for those that use heat styling tools daily.

Here’s how to use a Thermal Protection Spray:

  1. Towel dry hair
  2. Separate into sections
  3. Spray sections 2-3 times from 9-12 inches away from the hair
  4. Gently rub product in or use a wide tooth comb to make sure the strands are coated

Using a Thermal Protection Spray is one of the easiest ways to protect your hair on daily basis! Keep it up and enjoy moisturized, healthy hair!

–          Emily

Quick and easy way to test your hair strength

Quick and easy way to test hair strengthHealthy hair is both strong and resilient and while you may think these qualities are easy to spot, they’re not.  Here is a quick and easy way to test just how strong and flexible your hair is.

The Steps:

  • Starting at the root, pluck a single strand from behind your ear.
  • Hold one end of the hair with your thumb and index finger.
  • Using your other hand, run your fingernail along the strand from the top to the bottom (sort of like curling ribbon).  Once you reach the end, the strand will curl up.
  • Hold the strand tight again for a few seconds and release.

The Results:

If the hair coils up again, the hair is strong and healthy.  If the strand remains straight or creates a looser curl, it is weak and unfortunately needs repair.

What to do:

If you find that your hair is on the weaker side, there are a few steps you can take to improve its health.

  1. Moisturize and protect.  The hair is weak so you need to focus on protecting the strands from breakage and further damage.  You can do that by using a Thermal Protection Spray, reducing heat exposure, and adding moisture to the hair strands. Use the Ovation Crème Rinse Moisturizer daily and a Deep Conditioning Treatment either once a week or twice a month.
  2. Nourish.  While you’re taking steps to protect the existing hair, you can also work to create healthy re-growth by nourishing the scalp.  The Ovation Cell Therapy will provide the scalp (& damaged hair) with vitamins, protein, extracts and more.  Applying these nutrients directly to the scalp will create long-term healthy (& much stronger) hair.

Even if your hair didn’t pass the test this time, by taking these simple steps, your hair will be back to its bouncy self sooner than you think.

Stronger hair is within reach!

–          Emily

Sources:
glo.msn.com
ehow.com

 

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2013 New Year’s Resolutions that your Hair will Love

Can you believe 2013 is next week? The whole New Year’s resolution thing gets me very excited.  It’s a good exercise not only because of the hope it brings for an upcoming new year and fresh start, but it also requires reflection and for me, a strong appreciation for the last year.

New Years Resolutions your Hair will Love

It’s interesting to think about what resolutions people make and why, the inspiration behind the decision, and whether they’ll follow through.  There are of course the standard resolutions and those that are unique as we are.  At Ovation we’re motivated by hair health so that is one thing I consider when deciding what resolutions to make.

These resolution ideas will not only make you feel great, they will give your hair a happy new year too!

Drink more water – Drinking more water is a great resolution because it’s measurable, attainable, wonderful for overall health and the health of your hair!  Each strand of hair is made up of about 25% water, so your hair needs to stay hydrated to remain healthy.  The scalp also needs water to keep the hair shaft moisturized.  Each person should drink half their weight in oz of water per day.  Whether this means cutting down on other drinks like sodas or just increasing your water intake, this is one easy resolution that has huge rewards.

Eat healthier, no junk food – Eating healthy is by far one of the most notorious of resolutions and probably also one of the first to be abandoned.  Choosing a healthy diet benefits your hair immensely because it’s the most effective way for your body to get the nutrients it needs.  If your body isn’t getting those nutrients, your scalp health becomes less of a priority and can deteriorate.

Know that healthy is an important word here and eating healthier and decreasing junk food is very different than losing weight in an unhealthy way.  Severe weight loss and crash diets are one of the main reasons for hair loss.

Take a multivitamin – As mentioned above, the best thing you can do for your hair is to make sure your body is healthy, but even eating healthy doesn’t guarantee that you’re getting all the nutrients you need. Taking a daily multivitamin will provide you with a great source of vitamins and minerals that are crucial to good health.  Another huge benefit to taking the right multivitamin is that it will keep your scalp, hair, and skin healthy as well.

We recently launched a multivitamin that includes vitamins that do just that. The Ovation Multivitamin also has added extracts from all natural roots, herbs, plants, and fruits that are known for their health and hair benefits.

Go natural – Many people are not only introducing natural and organic food items into their diets, but are also committing to the use of naturally derived body and hair care products. After all, these items are being consumed too when absorbed into the skin.  By purchasing naturally derived products, you’re getting higher quality ingredients which of course make your scalp happy. You’re also avoiding harsh chemicals that could be building up on your scalp, causing irritation and possibly even worse.

Ovation products are naturally derived and contain vitamins, antioxidants, plant extracts, and aromatherapy scents that all work to promote healthy hair.

Quit smoking – We all know that smoking causes all types of health problems, so while your lungs and heart will be very happy without nicotine, so will your hair. Smoking is said to induce both premature hair loss and graying because it interferes with the circulation that the scalp and follicle need. Carbon Monoxide and other toxins found in cigarettes make it difficult for your cells to reproduce into healthy cells, including the cells needed for hair growth and strength.

When it comes to resolutions, the options are endless so whether you choose a resolution that benefits your hair or not, make this New Year a great one and may 2013 be your best year yet!

Cheers!

–          Emily

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