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Frizzy Hair Remedies

How to avoid frizzy hairWho doesn’t love curly hair? As a stick straight – won’t curl to save its life – haired gal, I have an insane amount of natural curly envy. Although I consider wavy hair to be the perfect hair type, my curly-headed friends constantly remind me that the grass is always greener.  The complaints I hear most from them relate to their battle with frizz.

There are several different things that cause frizzy hair and they all revolve around one thing – Moisture (or lack thereof).  If your hair is low on moisture, you’re more prone to frizz.  Curly hair tends to be drier, which is why that hair type is most commonly affected by frizz.

While frizz is a concern for curly hair types all year round, in the next few months it may become an issue for the rest of us as well. Summer is just not the time for unruly hair so here are a few ways to prevent those coveted beachy waves from turning into the not-so-coveted poofy mess.

Use ethyl and isopropyl alcohol free products: Many sources say to stick with alcohol free hair care products completely, but some types of alcohol are actually good for your hair.  There are two different types of alcohol you should be aware of when looking at skin and hair care product ingredients, volatile and non-volatile. The volatile ones (ethyl and isopropyl for example) are the ones you want to avoid.  They have a small molecular weight so they evaporate quickly, causing dry frizzy hair.  Non-volatile or fatty alcohols, such as cetyl alcohol have a higher carbon count so they are oily and condition hair. Unlike many other styling products, the Ovation Thermal Protection and Volumizing Sprays are not only alcohol free, they also contain conditioning ingredients that will help prevent dryness and frizz.

Don’t wash hair every day or use gentle cleansers: Natural oils are great frizz fighters so you want to keep them around (for at least a day or two).  Certain shampoos not only remove build up and dirt, they also remove those oils that hydrate the hair.  If you can skip a few washings a week or co-wash (rinse and condition – no shampoo), you’ll keep your hair more hydrated.  If you prefer to wash every day, make sure to use a sulfate free shampoo that doesn’t strip your hair of the oil it needs.

Use a heat protectant spray:  Thermal Protection sprays coat the hair and lock in moisture so it both decreases and prevent frizz.  Ovation’s Thermal Protection Spray also includes ingredients that repair the hair while adding smoothness and shine. Use it daily for hydrated, protected hair.

Purchase a quality blow dryer: Purchasing an ionic hair dryer is a great investment in your hair health, especially if you are more prone to frizz. Ionic blow dryers dry the hair very quickly because they are very effective in breaking down the water molecules in the hair.  They also create negatively charged ions which keep hair cuticles closed.  A closed cuticle retains moisture, controls frizz and enhances shine.

Moisturize often: Whether your hair is naturally dry or not, it’s a good idea to increase the amount of moisture you add into your hair care routine during the summer.  You’ll definitely want to moisturize (to re-hydrate) after each wash and for some, a daily hydrating or weekly hair mask routine is necessary to avoid frizz.

Just remember, healthy hair is hydrated hair.  These tips will keep will get you there and by following them, you’ll be well on your way to a frizz free summer!

What steps do you take to avoid frizz?

–          Emily

Sources: allure.com, webmd.com, nytimes.com, naturallycurly.com
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Announcing All New Ovation Hair Products

Here at Ovation, we are always working to improve our products and provide clients with the best experience and healthiest hair possible.  We know that everyone’s hair is as unique as they are which is why we’re thrilled to announce our new product line that addresses your specific hair care needs and concerns!

Here’s all that’s new:

  • We’ve completely reformulated our existing Cell Therapy Hair Treatment, Shampoos and Crème Rinses to include an enhanced list of unique and cutting edge ingredients.
  • We’ve taken those ingredients and created several brand new formulas that make up the new, more personalized systems.
  • We’re redesigned OvationHair.com to be more user-friendly and informative.

New Cell Therapy Hair Treatment – Our NEW Cell Therapy formula contains a new and improved list of high-quality ingredients including plant extracts, multi-faceted protein based complexes, vitamins, and more. After undergoing rigorous independent scientific and clinical testing, Ovation Cell Therapy is also now proven to create healthier hair that is thicker, stronger and longer.

New Cell Therapy Systems by Ovation Hair

New Systems – Each of our five three-part Cell Therapy System include the new and improved formulas and are now able to better address your specific hair care needs.  They are all designed to cleanse, treat and moisturize in their own unique way for your unique hair type.

  • Balance – Ovation’s Balance System includes Volume Therapy Shampoo, Cell Therapy Hair Treatment™, and Moisturizing Crème Rinse. Our Balance System is designed for those with normal hair strands and those who want more moisture and volume. The Balance System provides body and moisture to keep your hair soft and vibrant.
  • Volume – Ovation’s Cell Therapy Volume System includes Volume Therapy Shampoo, Cell Therapy Hair Treatment, and Volumizing Crème Rinse. It is designed for those with fine to normal hair strands to add body and fullness without build-up that weighs hair down.
  • Moisture – Ovation’s Moisture System includes of Moisture Therapy Shampoo, Cell Therapy Hair Treatment™, and Moisturizing Crème Rinse. Designed for people with Dry, Curly, or Thick Hair, our Moisture System adds hydration and counteracts dryness for supple, moisturized hair.
  • Legacy – Ovation’s Legacy System includes our Color Therapy Shampoo, Cell Therapy Hair Treatment, and Moisturizing Crème Rinse. Our Legacy System is designed for all hair types to thoroughly cleanse with gentle sulfates and to retain moisture for rich, full, touchable hair.
  • Men’s  Max Pack – Our Men’s Max pack includes Men’s Shampoo, Men’s Cell Therapy Hair and Scalp Treatment, and Men’s Body Wash. This System is for Men with all hair types and is designed to revitalize and nourish your hair at the cellular level and to reduce or stop hair loss.

New Shampoos –

  • Clarifying – We developed Ovation Clarifying Therapy Shampoo for all hair types to remove excess build-up of minerals, chlorine, residue left by styling products, and even hard water. Ovation Clarifying Therapy Shampoo is paraben-free and formulated with a mild surfactant to ensure that key ingredients that facilitate the breakdown of build-up are dispersed.
  • Volume Therapy – Ovation Volume Therapy Shampoo (similar to our former Advanced Color Therapy Shampoo) is a sulfate- and paraben-free formula designed to gently cleanse—removing excess oil and other deposits from your hair to enhance and retain color and add volume. Infused with light conditioning agents, Ovation Volume Therapy Shampoo builds body and prepares your hair for our proprietary Cell therapy treatment.
  • Moisture Therapy – We created Ovation Moisture Therapy Shampoo to infuse hair with moisture for people who want or need added hydration. Paraben- and sulfate-free, our blended ingredient technology enhances penetration of vitamins, panthenol, and amino acids that adhere to the hair shaft and protect the scalp.
  • Color Therapy – We reformulated Ovation Color Therapy Shampoo (formally Original Shampoo) to remove the parabens and dioxanes, but to keep the quality and integrity of our safe and gentle shampoo. Ovation Color Therapy Shampoo extends the life of color treated hair and enhances natural hair color.
  • Men’s – Our Ovation Men’s Shampoo is a vitamin-rich formula that provides a deep, but gentle cleanse. Created without sulfates, our Men’s Shampoo removes excess oil, chlorine, and minerals to keep color vibrant. The residue-free formulation allows for the maximum absorption of our cell therapy products. Fragranced with Wood Creek, our subtle yet masculine signature scent.

New Crème Rinses –

  • Volumizing – We developed Ovation Volumizing Crème Rinse for people with fine or thin hair. Infused with detangling properties, Ovation Volumizing Crème Rinse protects fragile hair, adds body, and reduces friction for free-flowing movement.
  • Moisturizing – Ovation Moisturizing Crème Rinse (similar to Advanced Crème Rinse) is for people with ample, yet drier, hair strands. Ovation Moisturizing Crème Rinse detangles hair for easier wet and dry combing; makes your hair smoother for less fly-aways, and adds hydration for amazing fullness.

All of the products are available now at OvationHair.com for the same great prices.  We’re also available over the phone to answer questions, give product recommendations or to help you place an order.  Give us a call Monday through Friday from 7:30am – 5pm at 888-411-3252.

Enjoy the new, improved Ovation!

–          Emily

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Protect your Hair from Chlorine this Summer

How to protect your hair from chlorineIf you’re feeling anything like me this year, it’s a bit shocking (and very exciting) that summer starts next month. For many of us, that means it’s time to get bathing suit ready, plan summer getaways, update the wardrobe, and/or just prepare for all the fun that summer brings.  It’s also the perfect time to start thinking about ways to protect your hair in the upcoming months.

Although our weather conditions and activities vary, one thing most of us will be doing this summer is spending time in the pool.  Pool time means that your hair will be exposed to chlorine, and while chlorine is completely necessary for sanitary reasons, it’s not so great for your hair.

Effects of chlorine on your hair

Chlorine acts as a drying agent and can strip your hair of sebum, oil that it needs to be moisturized and healthy.  This exposure can cause hair to be dry, brittle, and weak.

How to prevent those effects

Thankfully, there are things you can do before, during, and after your swim that will help decrease or prevent chlorine damage.

Before:

  • Rinse your hair – Our hair is like a sponge, it absorbs liquid until its “full”.  By “filling it up” with clean water, you’re making it less likely to absorb the chlorinated water.
  • Apply a conditioner – Using a conditioner on the length of your hair will seal the cuticles and provide a barrier of protection against the chlorine.

During:

  • Rinse every hour – If you’re spending a longer amount of time in the pool, get out periodically and rinse your hair.  This will rinse away any chlorine that’s been absorbed and will fill the cuticle with clean water again.

After:

  • Use a clarifying shampoo to clean the hair and scalp thoroughly.
  • Apply the moisturizer/conditioner again  – After a day in the pool and sun, re-hydrating your hair is very important.

By taking these simple steps, you can get in all the pool time you need without sacrificing the health of your summer hair. Remember these tips for your family as well, children tend to spend even more time it the water and keeping their hair hydrated is just as important.

Summer is almost here, enjoy!

–          Emily

Source: goaskalice.columbia.edu
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Ovation Men’s Hair Gel for Healthy Hair

Ovation Men's Healthy Hair GelWe’re excited to launch the latest addition to the Ovation Hair styling line, the Men’s Healthy Hair Gel!  This gel is specifically formulated to provide lasting control of your sleek style while nourishing it for added shine and manageability.  The gel is scented with our signature Wood Creek fragrance so your hair will stay stylish and smelling good all day long.

The great part about this gel is that it’s truly a unique product.  What sets the Ovation Men’s Hair Gel apart?

  • The unique creamy, non-sticky, and non-crunchy formula provides a flexible hold without the mess.
  • It’s naturally derived and contains nourishing oils, vitamins, aloe vera and other ingredients that hydrate, protect and strengthen your hair.
  • Its paraben and alcohol free so is safe for even sensitive skin.
  • It’s only $12.95 so for just under thirteen dollars, you can take your hairstyle to a whole new level.

The Men’s Healthy Hair Gel is a great compliment to the Ovation Men’s Max Pack.  While it helps you show off your healthy hair, its protecting the work that the Men’s Max Pack products have done. The Men’s Max pack includes our Men’s Shampoo, Cell Therapy Hair Treatment, and  Body wash.  The products are all packed with vitamins and extracts to create the healthiest skin and hair possible. The new Men’s Gel is worth 2 points for clients in our Loyalty Rewards Program.  The Loyalty Rewards Program is free and open to all Ovation Hair clients.  Click here for more information.

Enjoy that long-lasting style & healthy hair!

–          Emily

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Choosing the right hair brush for healthy hair

Which Hair Brush to UseI don’t know about you, but I definitely can’t get through the day without brushing my hair at least two (sometimes 3 or 4) times.  I do it mostly to soften and detangle my hair, but there are other reasons why brushing (with the right brush) may benefit more than just the short term look and feel of your hair.

Brushing your hair with the right tools can improve hair health in a couple of ways. One, it spreads the sebum, or natural hair oils, from your scalp through to your ends where those oils are needed to moisturize and protect the hair.  Two, brushing can stimulate the scalp which both encourages circulation and prevent irritation, things it needs to produce healthy hair.

The key to getting those hair brushing benefits is having the right tools.  While deciding on a hair brush can seem simple enough, there are infinite options so my advice is to take two things into consideration:

  • The brush bristles and how they work with your hair type
  • The purpose of the brush and the outcome you’re looking for

Looking at the brush bristles can help you determine whether or not the brush will work for you hair type. If you have very thick or curly hair, look for brushes with bristles that are spread further apart.  You’ll also want to find something that actually detangles as some brushes are too weak or soft to effectively get through unruly hair.  For finer hair types, look for brushes that gently detangle and don’t cause friction or static. No matter what your hair type, it’s very important to find a brush that doesn’t tangle, pull, and ultimately break your hair.

Bristles come in several forms.  There are natural versions like boar bristles that come from the hair of an actual hog, and synthetic bristles made of nylon, metal, and plastic. There is plenty of debate on whether all natural bristles are worth the escalated price (sometimes $200+), but most people agree on one thing: you get what you pay for.  Most brushes are made with a combination of bristle types and because each type distributes oils differently, it may take some experimentation to find the best for you specifically.

Once, you’ve determined which brushes are best for your hair type, the next step is to decide what post-brushing outcome you’re looking for.

Paddle brush – The paddle brush is universal and a brush that can be used daily to detangle and style your hair.  Paddle brushes are very good at distributing oils evenly throughout the hair (depending on the bristle), feel great on the scalp, and are comfortable to hold.

Classic or Styling brush – The styling brush is the classic hair brush and is basically a paddle brush with less surface area.  It too is universal and a popular choice for everyday use.

Round brush – Round brushes serve a few different purposes.  They are perfect for adding body to lifeless hair when used at the root.  They also work to style hair while blow-drying, either to add curl or even to straighten without a curling or straight iron.

Vent brush – Vent brushes come in all forms, from round to flat, and everything in between. The vents allow the air to flow through to the hair, making blow drying more effective.   They are also great brushes for styling hair without hot styling tools and because of their variety, can style hair in countless ways.

Wide tooth comb – A wide tooth comb is a very effective way to get through tangles with minimal breakage for all hair types, especially when hair is wet.  For Ovation users, a wide tooth comb is the most effective way of spreading Cell Therapy throughout the hair in the shower.  They are also a must for super curly hair types because they detangle without loosening the curls.  For very thick and course hair, especially if it breaks easily, a wide tooth comb may be even better for your hair than an everyday brush.

Teasing brush – A teasing brush is an excellent alternative to using a comb for teasing fine hair.  Teasing brushes are gentler so you can pump up the volume with minimal breakage.

Choosing the right hair brush is a huge step in the right direction toward healthy hair. Another important step is investing in the right hair care.  By using a sulfate free, naturally derived hair care line like Ovation, healthy hair is inevitable.

For more information on Ovation products or to make a purchase, visit our website.

Healthier hair is within reach, even if just one brush stroke at a time!

–          Emily

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Healthy Hair Tip: Using Accessories for Stronger Hair

Here at Ovation, it’s no secret that we want you to have healthy hair.  Because we don’t create miracles we can’t promise to create them for you, 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’re developing 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.

Hair accessories for less breakage - 1Today’s Healthy Hair Tip: Using Accessories for Stronger Hair

Hair accessories are an easy way to take an otherwise boring hairstyle from drab to fab.  Whether it’s a basic headband, sophisticated ponytail holder, or small clip with some extra blink, I’m all for it!

Unfortunately some of the hair candy we love may be damaging our hair. I know, I know, not the news us hair accessory lovers want to hear.  Not to worry though, this post is all about the (many) options of hair accessories that don’t cause havoc on hair.  Why make the switch to less-damaging hair accessories? By decreasing breakage, you’re keeping your hair strong.  Stronger hair is fuller, more manageable, and healthier overall.  Check out the list of accessories that will leave your hair strong and you happy.

Head wraps – head wraps are not only trendy, they are also one of the most non-damaging hair accessory options.  In fact, many head wraps that cover most of your hair not only cause less damage, they can actually protect your hair as well.  Head wraps are also a great choice because they are usually made with a soft, non-snagging fabric, aren’t tight on the head, easy to get on/off, and are super comfortable!

Headbands – headbands are another hair accessory that, depending on the type, don’t cause breakage or damage.  Look for ones that are non-constraining without sharp edges, added hardware, or any other parts that may snag or tangle hair.

Clips – Claw clips and other large clips are a fantastic way to keep your hair up without pulling it too tight.  It’s important to choose a clip with a smooth finish and one that doesn’t break hair when it’s taken out.

Hair accessories for less breakage - 2Scrunchies – The scrunchie might be one of the only reasons that your hair misses the 90’s because the scrunchie is one of the most non-damaging hair accessories of all time.  Marc Jacobs has a new scruchie-ish product on the market, but for those who aren’t ready to bring the trend back, they are perfect for keeping your hair up at night.

Hair ties – For most, even if we switch to using less damaging hair accessories, a ponytail every now and then in inevitable.  Many hair accessory manufactures are creating better products and hair ties like these are a great alternative to the everyday elastic.  They not only look cute in your hair, they also work well around the wrist so are easy to literally keep on hand.

Absolute no-no’s – There are a few things to avoid at all costs when it comes to hair accessories.  Using rubber bands or accessories with exposed hardware are rusted or cracked, is a sure way to increase hair breakage and decrease its strength.

Using one or more of the non-damaging hair accessories listed above will get you one step closer to healthier, stronger hair.  Another way, of course, is by adding the Ovation Advanced Cell Therapy System to your daily routine.  For more information about our products see our website.

Enjoy stronger hair!

–          Emily

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Fun, Interesting and Random Hair Facts – Post #2

In the first Fun Hair Facts post, I shared just some of the interesting facts that us hair nerds here at Ovation have compiled.

Fun, Interesting and Random Hair Facts In fact, we found so many entertaining and cool tidbits that I’ve broken it up into two blog posts.  If knowing what the average lifespan of a hair strand is or how long the average man spends shaving in his lifetime, is of any interest to you, please read on…

  • If a man never shaved his beard, it would grow to over 30 feet in a lifetime.
  • On average, a women’s hair strand is half the diameter of a man’s hair strand.
  • Each hair follicle grows a completely new hair about 20 times in a lifetime.
  • The outer layer of hair is called the cuticle, and its purpose is to protect the inside layers. In healthy hair, the cuticle lays flat. In damaged hair, they are more open.
  • The middle layer of hair is called the cortex, which is made of long proteins twisted together.
  • The innermost layer of hair is called the medulla. Fine hair usually does not have a medulla. The purpose of the medulla has not yet been determined.
  • Blow-drying your hair works by changing hydrogen bonds to alter the shape. Water also changes hydrogen bonds; hence the reason women hate humidity.
  • The only part of hair that is not dead is the hair that is inside your scalp.
  • Healthy hair, when wet, can stretch to 30% its original length.
  • It takes about 7 years to grow your hair to your waist, and 3 years to grow to your shoulders.
  • The only way to get rid of “split ends” is to cut them. There is no way to completely repair them.
  • One sixteenth century doctor claimed you could restore hair by applying a random concoction made of boiled slugs, olive oil, honey, saffron, soap and cumin on the scalp.
  • If you pluck one hair, a new one will start growing from the follicle.
  • Different textures of hair have different cross-section shapes under a microscope. Straight hair is usually round and curly hair is usually oval.
  • The first mass marketed shampoo on the market was called “Dop”.
  • 90% of right-handed people grow cowlicks in a clockwise direction.
  • Hair is stronger than a copper wire of the same diameter.
  • The size of a hair follicle determines the thickness and length of hair.
  • Dark hair contains higher levels of carbon than light hair.
  • The werewolf legend is believed to have originated from an abnormality called Hirsutism, which causes excess body hair or facial hair to grow in places it is not supposed to.
  • Scientists can tell what you ate or drank, or the environment you live in, by examining a small piece of your hair.
  • Every inch of the human body is covered in hair besides the palms, soles of the feet, and lips.
  • The average life span of a strand of hair is 4-7 years.
  • The average man spends 5 months of his life shaving.
  • Facial hair grows faster than any other type of body hair.

Hopefully you’ve found some or all of these facts as interesting as we do!  Just remember that whether you have a clockwise cowlick or higher levels of carbon in your hair, Ovation Hair Products can help you get the best hair possible.  For more information and to make a purchase, click here.

Enjoy!

–          Emily

Sources: weirdfacts.com, dermatology.org, bellaonline.com
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Taking a Multivitamin for Healthy Hair

Here at Ovation, it’s no secret that we want you to have healthy hair.  Because we don’t create miracles we can’t promise to create that for you, 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’re developing 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.

This series is meant to be interactive so let us know if you have input or suggestions.  We’d love to hear what you you’d like to achieve and we can discuss ways in which to get there.

Daily Mulitivitamin for Healthy Hair & Scalp

Today’s Healthy Hair Tip: Take a Multivitamin for Healthy Hair

There are multiple benefits to adding a multivitamin to your daily routine.  Many of us don’t get the essential nutrients from the things we eat and a supplement can greatly improve the way our body works.

If our body works properly it’s going to produce the healthiest hair that it can.  Our scalp also needs proper nutrition in order to function in the correct way.   When looking for a daily supplement, there are certain vitamins in particular you’ll want to look for, that promote both overall health and hair health.  Vitamins C, E, and B provide anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, and antioxidant effects.  These properties sooth the scalp, decrease irritation, and protect cells and follicles resulting in healthy hair.  Also look for vitamins that provide circulatory and digestive health like vitamin E and some of the B vitamins. When your digestive system works properly, you get the nutrients you need and a healthy circulatory system transports those nutrients to the scalp and hair follicle.

Ovation Hair has created a multivitamin that is not only formulated to promote overall health, but also includes herbs and extracts specifically known for their benefits to the hair and scalp*.  This unique multivitamin contains 11 vitamins, 6 minerals, amino acids and extracts from exotic and all natural roots, herbs, plants, and fruits. These ingredients were specifically chosen for their abundant health properties and are a great source of vitamins and minerals that are crucial for overall health.  Adding the Ovation Multivitamin to your daily routine is an easy and affordable way ($12.95 for a 60 supply) to achieve healthy hair.  For specific information, ingredients, and to purchase the Ovation Vitamins click here.

Enjoy healthy (thicker, stronger, and longer) hair!

–          Emily

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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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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Fun, Interesting and Random Hair Facts – Post #1

Did you know that hair is the fastest growing tissue in your body or that hair can absorb its weight in water?  My guess is that you didn’t know that and I’m assuming you’ll never need to, but hair gurus like us at Ovation think facts like these are kind of cool!  In fact, there are so many cool and interesting hair facts out there that I’ve broken up this post into two parts.
Interesting Hair Facts
While today’s Hair Fun Facts Post #1 may not fill you with a ton of useful information on hair health, it may provide a little entertainment and/or some fun conversation starters. Check them out:

  • The average person has between 100,000 and 150,000 strands of hair on their head.
  • A natural blonde usually has more hair strands then dark or red hair. Towheads generally have 120,000 strands; brown/black-haired people 100,000 strands, and redheads average about 80,000 strands.
  • Hair is the fastest growing tissue in the body. The only thing that grows faster is bone marrow.
  • Everybody sheds between 40-150 strands of hair per day.
  • Hair is made up of mostly keratin, which our outer layer of skin and fingernails are made out of.  In animals, horns, hooves, claws, feathers, beaks, quills (porcupines), and baleen (whales) are all also made of keratin.
  • On an average adult scalp, 25 meters of hair fiber is produced every day.
  • At any random time, 90% of the hair on a head is in a growing phase, while the other 10% is in a resting phase.
  • Hair can absorb its weight in water.
  • The hair follicle contains its own muscle, nerve and blood supply.
  • Hair grows the fastest during the summer, sleep, or between the ages of 16 to 24.
  • The process of removing unwanted body hair dates back to the ancient Egyptians.
  • At one time, in Russia, there was a random tax for wearing a beard.
  • Humans have the same amount of hair follicles per square inch as a chimpanzee.
  • The first African-American hair products were created by Madam CJ Walker, the first American black woman to become a millionaire.
  • Body hair is generally shorter because the growing phase is a lot shorter than the growing phase of hair on the scalp.
  • Human hair and fingernails continue to grow in death.
  • Scientists have discovered that people with a higher IQ, have more zinc and copper in their hair.
  • The purpose of hair is to act as a thermal protection, since our head lacks the thermal insulation fat layers.
  • Less than 4% of the world’s population has natural red hair.
  • Research shows that hair becomes drier with age.
  • Gender is one thing that cannot be identified by a hair strand.
  • Stress can make dandruff worse.
  • The average American woman spends between 10-23 thousand dollars in a lifetime on unwanted hair removal.
  • The color of hair depends on how much melanin each strand has.
  • Men without hair on their chests are more likely to get cirrhosis of the liver than men with hair.
  • The human body has approximately 5 million hair follicles.
  • Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss.
  • The longest documented hair was measured in 2004. It belonged to Xie Qiuping from China, and measured 18.5 feet long.
  • For it to be apparent that you are balding, you would have to lose 50% of your hair.
  • Humans are born with all of their hair follicles and there is no possible way to increase the amount of hair follicles you have.
  • Hair turns grey as a result of the pigment cells in the hair follicle not working properly. The hair bulb slows melanin production as a result of age or stress.
  • A whole head of hair could support up to 2 tons.
  • The length of the growing phase of hair shortens as you age.
  • When you are born, you have about 1000 hair follicles per square centimeter. This number drops as you age.

Whether you’re one of the 4% natural redheads, have a head of hair that grows slower than others, or are looking to beat the world record in hair length, Ovation products can make the hair you have, the best hair it can be.

Enjoy and stay tuned for part #2!

–          Emily

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