The thing that many mothers dread when their kids go to school is the illnesses they can pick up, and the day your child comes home with lice. Now, that doesn’t mean your child has dirty hair, in fact lice enjoy well groomed and clean hair or scalps rather. Unfortunately they are very hard to get rid of.
The louse, singular is a small parasitic insect that has no wings. They like to live in amongst our hair and feed off small amounts of blood that is taken from the scalp. Lice can become a problem anywhere, especially when there are many people working or playing close together, such as at schools.
Once the problem has been detected, it is always a good idea to act fast. The eggs of a louse are known as nits, and can take up to 7 to 10 days to hatch and then a further 12 days to mature into an adult. The next step is for them to mate and then lay their eggs again and again, and again. If the lice do not have any blood supply, say they fall off onto clothes, linen etc., they will die within two days.
Many people also think that lice can jump, which in actual fact is not true. They cannot fly or jump and only spread with close or direct contact. They are very contagious and can easily spread from one child’s head to another. So now that we know a little more about lice, how does one go about treating the problem. Do you wash your hair with prescribed chemicals or go the more natural way?
Treating lice does not have to go the chemical way, but if you do, always ask your pharmacist for the best and safest option for your child. They have the best knowledge on all medications. Prevention is always better than cure, so putting in place certain precautionary measures might save you a lot of hassle in the long term.
How to avoid Lice:
The most important thing to do if you apply treatments, is to make sure that you repeat the treatment about two weeks to one month after the initial dose. This is to ensure you get all those nits that may have survived the first round of treatments.
As I mentioned before, sometimes the more harsh chemical treatments can be abrasive. You as a parent can take preventative measures, this involves regularly checking your child’s hair and scalp.
The annoying parasites look like small yellowish or brown specks before they hatch from their eggs. The eggs are laid close to the scalp on the hair shafts. The adult louse is the size of a sesame seed and can be tan or off white in colour. By using a comb and parting sections of hair, or checking behind the ears regularly, you may be able to pick up on a problem sooner.
You can find the best treatment for your child and use it as soon as possible. Consider applying treatments to all family members as well. You should inform the school if your child has lice, so that an alert can be sent out to other parents, so everybody can then treat their children. This will help to prevent it from spreading and becoming a major problem.
Your doctor may prescribe medicated shampoos that are available, a lotion or hair rinse. You can also get over the counter medications for the problem, but again always ask the pharmacists for their advice. Sometimes, if the problem persists, an oral medication may be prescribed. Today the lice also seem to be more resistant to the medicated products,
Sometimes for younger kids, you will have to remove the lice and nits by hand as the products would be harmful to the child. Even if you use products, you will have to check and remove nits by hand anyway. This may be torture to both parent and child, but many schools won’t allow you to come back unless the scalp and hair has been declared clear.
The best way to remove nits and lice by hand, is to take a fine tooth comb and run it through conditioned wet hair. Wetting the hair seems to momentarily stun the lice, while the conditioner just helps to make the comb run through the hair much more easily. You can also use olive or coconut oil as the conditioner. You will just need to rinse out the hair a few more times.
There are natural remedies from applying mayonnaise, petroleum jelly, tea tree oil, salt, apple cider vinegar and oil.
Here are some more natural lice remedies:
Many natural products can be purchased from outlets like Wellness Warehouse and Faithful to Nature. There are even more unique products on the market, such a the preventative ‘Lice Ban’, a hair band that has been infused with essential oils that kids with long hair can wear.
You can get them here: Lice Ban Elastics – https://www.facebook.com/LiceBan.SA/
Don’t panic! If you are combing your hair and you find a few strands in your comb or if you have to vacuum your bathroom carpet every other day. Losing a bit of hair is not a problem; it is completely normal to lose on average about 80 to 100 strands every day. The problem comes if you notice that the hair is not growing back and is actually thinning out. Excessive hair loss can be distressing, especially if it comes out in big clumps.
Sometimes I look at my bathroom floors and counters and think, “How am I not bald?”
Thinning hair and hair loss is common in both males and females. There are many potential causes for hair loss and it can sometimes be a bit difficult to pinpoint the exact problem. Sometimes the solution is easy, like improving your diet, but in other cases it could mean an underlying health condition.
Let’s have a look at the two main types of hair loss.
Unfortunately you could be genetically predisposed to your hair falling out. This is more commonly seen in Male Pattern Baldness, the hair follicles are sensitive to certain male hormones. These hormones can cause the follicles to shrink and this produces shorter and finer hair. Scientists are still seeking a cure, but there are treatments out there that may help. Treatments include medication or the more drastic route of hair transplants.
Excessive hair loss is not only a genetic issue, it can also occur due to something affecting the internal balance of the body. Things like experiencing severe stress or not taking in a balanced diet.
Eating a healthy balanced diet is important to help maintain proper hair growth. If you are not getting the vital nutrients you need, this might be affecting your hair growth. You need enough protein, iron and vitamins for optimum hair growth. Along with things like Iron, Vitamin B-12 is just as important. A vitamin B12 deficiency can have an effect on red blood cells, which carries vital oxygen to all the tissues in your body. This deficiency is quite common in Vegans, since Vitamin B12 comes from animal proteins. So if you are not getting enough vitamins from your food, it is important to make sure you add to your diet some quality supplements.
If you are experiencing a lot of stress, this can contribute to your hair fall out. Stress increases androgen which is a male hormone and this in turn can cause hair loss. Stress can also affect your diet and eating habits which won’t help the situation.
Other stresses on the body such as pregnancy, sickness, emotional stress amongst others can cause an imbalance with hormones. This kind of hair loss is also known as Telogen Effluvium, your body reacts to the stress by placing the hair follicles in a resting phase. The hair then moves faster into the ‘Telogen phase’ which is the shedding of hair. Hair loss can occur from three months after the initial stressor.
This type of hair loss can also be due to taking certain drugs, such as antidepressants or anti-inflammatory drugs. If this is the case then asking you doctor to change or adjust the medication might be a solution to your hair loss.
How often do you style your hair? Heat, chemicals and products can all contribute to hair loss. Extreme temperatures can cause your hair to split and dry out, eventually leading to hair falling out. So go easy on the heat and be aware of the products that you put onto your hair.
Hypothyroidism or an underactive thyroid can contribute to hair loss. The gland produces hormones that can aid hair growth and development, and is important in the whole metabolism process in the body. Pay a visit to your doctor who can easily perform a test to determine if you have a problem with your thyroid. Medication usually takes care of this issue and your hair should return to normal.
Hormonal changes as you enter menopause may have an effect on your hair. Just as everything else ages, so does our hair so it is part of the natural ageing process.
There are many different ways to help treat and prevent hair loss, from simply reducing your stress levels to taking prescribed medication. Make sure to pay a visit to your doctor to rule out any physical causes. If you would like to try some more natural ways at home, here are a few ideas. (https://www.rd.com/health/beauty/natural-hair-loss-remedies/)
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Dry shampoos are a great idea if you want to extend your time between proper washes.
Some of the reasons to use dry shampoo include:
A dry shampoo is exactly what it says, a dry substance or powder used on your hair that does not require any water to use. The shampoo works on your scalp and hair by absorbing the oil, this makes you hair feel cleaner and looking more revived again. The function of a dry shampoo is not to really replace actually washing your hair, but to help increase the time between washes.
In fact if you do use the dry shampoo all the time without the regular cleanse, this could cause build-up of the product on the scalp. Eventually this will leave your hair dull and may irritate the scalp, making it itchy and uncomfortable. Your hair and scalp needs a regular proper shampoo and cleanse to help keep it healthy. Many recommend you use the dry shampoo a maximum of three times per week only.
There are a few different ways that you can apply the dry shampoo.
Some who use the dry shampoo notice a white residue, this is normal. Just wait a few moments then work it through the hair with a comb, brush or your fingers. Many brands of dry shampoo have eliminated this effect; they have added tints to their products and a number of other benefits for each hair type.
If you are using the spray version of dry shampoo, make sure to shake before you use and to hold the canister about 30 centimetres from the scalp. Spray individual parts onto the roots, if you spray any closer it may over saturate your hair leaving it looking too wet and more difficult to comb through. Massage the product into your scalp, comb or brush your hair and style. If you are using the powder version, sprinkle or tap sparingly onto the roots of your hair.
Tressemé: They offer dry shampoo products from refreshing and cleansing to something that helps to add volume to your hair. They claim it leaves no residue in the hair giving it a clean and fresh feel.
Batiste: There seems to be a number of different dry shampoo products in this range. Some will add strength and shine while others are for extra volume. There are also different products for lighter and darker hair. All of them claim to leave your hair instantly clean and revitalised with a number of different fragrances available.
Colab: This is an active, transparent, light spray-on dry shampoo. It helps to condition the hair especially after a sweaty gym session or if you have been to the beach. The product also has UV protection.
Marc Anthony-2nd Day Clear Dry Shampoo: Residue free product that cleanses and absorbs excess oil. It also adds volume and eliminates odour, and is great for all hair types.
Natraloe Dry Shampoo: This product is made with pure plant extracts and no harsh chemicals. It cleanses without damaging the hair. There are options for light and dark hair.
You can also always ask your own hairdresser if they stock their own brand of dry shampoo products. They will be able to give you the correct hair product for your hair type.
Want to try your hand at making your own DIY Dry Shampoo? Try this DIY Dry shampoo recipe.
Is there actually a reason why you should not wash your hair every day? Some people say they have to wash every day or their hair will look terrible and others can go days without washing. Ultimately the decision is a personal one, it all depends on the individuals hair type, scalp and how oily or dry their hair is.
BUT: Considering the current Water Crisis, we recommend that you do what’s actually best for your hair and Western Cape, by opting to not wash your hair daily. Save water, people!!
Many individuals can go for a week without washing their hair, but others can’t leave their hair a single day without shampooing, because it makes their hair look greasy. Everybody’s scalp reacts differently, some have more sebum production, which could cause the hair to become oily and they need to wash their hair more often. Others can have a dry scalp that can last a few days without washing. Everybody seems to have their own opinions on the matter. There is actually no definitive answer to the question, ‘How often should I wash my hair?’ The best way to look at it is to define your hair type and be aware of what styling methods you use every day.
First, let’s have a look at what shampoo actually does to your hair. Shampoo is there to help trap any excess oil and dirt, which is then rinsed out of the hair. Leaving some oil in the hair is a good thing, because it protects the hair from any damage and adds moisture to the scalp. If you wash your hair excessively this may strip your hair of the natural oils, this can then dry the hair out and lead to brittle hair.
To help you make up your own mind on the matter, here are a few more reasons why you should not wash your hair every day.
Just give it a try, skip a few days and see how things go. This could help you to regain your scalps natural balance giving you healthier and more beautiful hair. The average person can most probably wash their hair every two to three days with no hassles. If you find that your hair and scalp are becoming visibly oily or you get that itchy feeling, then it is most probably time to take out the shampoo, but also – head scarves are making a come-back —
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It feels like it’s going to be a weird year for hair, with a lot of 80’s vibes coming back into fashion. From our research the following trends will be hitting the hair scene this year.
1. The bob is back, but with a fringe.
2. Scrunchies, head scarves, and headbands are must have accessories.
3. School girl plaits.
4. Dirty blonde hair colour.
5. Silver grey colour.
7. Healthy looking Volume Blow Dry.
So which one of these trends will you be following? Tell us, and we’ll make it happen!
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With October being Women’s Health Awareness month, we are seeing pink ribbons for breast cancer awareness everywhere. The C – word is not something we wish upon any other person, and yet many of us have lost friends and family to this dreaded disease.
Having to go through chemotherapy is a very, to put it mildly, challenging part of cancer treatment. Then you have to deal with the side effects that sometimes come with the treatment. Hair loss is one of those side effects and can happen to individuals who are on chemotherapy. The drugs kill the cancer cells, but also damage the hair follicles. This can then cause the hair to fall out during treatment.
What can family, friends and any one of us do to help? CANSA has come up with a way to make it easy for you to help cancer patients with hair loss. The Kindness cut campaign, where human hair is used to make wigs, and the wigs are then given to cancer patients for free.
Hair, especially for a woman is a sign of beauty, our crowning glory. Having to watch it fall out must be extremely difficult and devastating. Providing this opportunity for cancer patients to receive a wig, offers the person a sense of self-confidence again. It will help to restore their dignity and just make them feel beautiful again. Bring a smile to their faces.
The important thing to remember is that you have the ability to help somebody in need, why not take the step to do it. You don’t have to worry, in the end your hair will grow back. So are going to take the plunge and donate your hair?
‘Giving is not just about making a donation. It is about making a difference.’ Kathy Calvin
Are you inspired to help, but not quite ready to cut your hair? Anybody can help out by making a simple donation to the campaign. The money needed to make one wig can cost almost R2000, so any financial contribution would be most welcome. You can visit the campaign page at, (https://www.givengain.com/cause/1056/campaigns/10537/). Don’t forget to share this page on all of your social media platforms with your friends to increase awareness of the campaign. Want to be even more involved, you can even start your own campaign to raise money for this cause.
Do you have long hair? Would you like to donate your ponytail to CANSA?
It is simple to donate your hair, just visit your local CANSA care centre, which can be found countrywide. (http://www.cansa.org.za/donating-human-hair-to-make-wigs-availability-of-wigs/ )
You would have heard of the Shavathons that usually happen every year at selected shopping centres throughout the country. The function allows you to easily donate your hair to support cancer patients who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy treatment. As it takes about 6 to even 10 ponytails of hair to make one wig, every donation is appreciated.
All the donated hair is collected and sent off to a wig manufacturer to create the wigs. The wigs are then distributed to the CANSA Care Centres found countrywide, and these are then given to those who are in need.
To make sure the hair is in its best condition, there are a few simple things to take note of if you do decide to donate.
Have you done a self-examiniation on your breasts? You should. Here are the five steps and it won’t take you longer than 2 minutes to do.
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Hello, October! Let the wedding season begin!
Imagine a bride walking down the aisle, wearing an elegant flowing dress. Hair done perfectly, her skin looking radiant with long beautiful nails. Getting to this point does not happen overnight, there is a lot of preparation that goes into making a bride, look stunning on her wedding day. Here are a few tips for essential bridal grooming to ensure you look your best on your special day.
It is always good to start on the inside, with a healthy diet and Vitamin B for great looking hair. Enjoy a stimulating scalp massage and conditioning treatment about 4 weeks before the wedding. This feels really good, is stress relieving and helps to stimulate the hair follicles and adds body to the hair. A hair mask, once a month in general can help to moisturise and give extra shine to your hair. You can have it done professionally or try a DIY option.
Don’t know what hairstyle you want? Make sure to experiment with styles, cuts and colours up to 8 months before the big day. This will ensure you can get what you want even if you make a mistake in hair cut or colour. You can also try one or two professionals to find one you like if you start early.
Once you know what you want, you can have a hair trial about 1-2 months prior to the wedding. You can also help the stylist choose something that is best for you, if you know what your dress looks like and where you will be having the wedding. Something like having a ceremony at the beach can have an effect on your choice of hairstyles.
A regular routine of cleansing, toning and moisturising should be done all the time. Another good habit to follow, is to use products with a good sunscreen in them to protect your skin.
If you suffer from skin problems, like acne, it is a good idea to consult with a dermatologist at least six months before the wedding so that your skin can get used to the prescribed skincare routine. No serious problems? Visit your local beauty therapist or aesthetician for a couple of facials to help clear blackheads, remove dead skin cells and improve the circulation. You can also start these facials about 4-6 months before the wedding. It is recommended not to have a facial just before the wedding, to help prevent any reactions taking place. Good skin also comes from drinking plenty of water, so ensure you drink enough before and on your wedding day.
A good healthy diet, exercise regime and multivitamin can help give you more energy. Wanting to lose some weight? It is a good idea to start your exercise programme at least 8 months before the wedding day. Crash diets are not recommended and are not healthy for you. Doing it properly will give you more energy, longer lasting results and a better feel good factor.
You can also exfoliate your body each day a couple of weeks before the wedding. You can go to a salon at least once, otherwise a good loofah or body scrub should do the trick. Always remember to moisturise after the scrub.
Teeth-whitening: This can take a few sessions and should be done at least 2 months before the big day.
Eyes: Sometimes eyes can be a bit puffy. There are many eye creams available to help with this, but most important is to get enough sleep, especially closer to the wedding day. You can also apply a cool compress, cucumber or cold tea bags, onto your eyes as needed to help prevent puffiness. 1-2 Weeks before the wedding try to stay away from excessive salty foods, which can sometimes cause the eyes to look swollen.
Lips: A good lip moisturising stick with sunscreen is always a good idea. You can also start a month before exfoliating the lips.
Neck/Décolleté: An often missed area of the body, a very delicate area. Use a gentle exfoliation once or twice a week and apply moisturiser every day to the neck and chest area. You will feel confident if you are wearing a low neckline dress for your wedding day.
Massage: Have a relaxing massage to get all the stress out a week before the wedding. Try our signature massage!
Self-tanning: Try to test out a product at least 2 months before the wedding. You don’t want to sit with streaky or discoloured skin.
Spray-tan: You can also test this out a few weeks ahead to see if it is for you. You can then go about 2 days before the wedding, to allow the tan to look more natural on the day.
Tanning beds: This option should be done about 2 months before the wedding. It will take a couple of sessions to get the desired result.
Leg wax: Never having waxed, it is best to start waxing a few months before to get used to the waxing cycle. Then have your final wax before your wedding day, 2-3 days ahead of time.
Eye/brow wax: Two weeks before the wedding you should wax these areas and you can tweeze any stray hairs afterwards, but not on the day of the wedding.
Care for feet will look good in open toed wedding shoes. Remember to exfoliate and moisturize. If you can afford to have Mani’s and Pedi’s every month, then this is the best option. Otherwise do some home treatments for yourself. When it comes to nearing the wedding day, have your manicure and pedicure about two days before. Some recommend having a gel finish to prevent any cracks happening on the big day.
Finding the right person and experimenting with different looks should be done 2-4 months ahead of time. You don’t want to have to run around for this type of thing on your wedding day.
Eyelash extensions: If you are trying extensions for the first time, consider trying them a few weeks before the wedding to see if you actually want them. The eyelashes that fall out can be replaced. Otherwise getting extensions 2 or 3 days before the wedding will give you the best look.
Take a look at the things you need to know about eyelash extensions.
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Having a great hair day relies on you to do the right thing when it comes to a hair care routine. The routine should include everything from eating correctly to using the best products for your hair. There are many issues that people have from brittle and damaged hair to hair loss, so here are some ideas to help you have a great hair day.
Wash, rinse, repeat is simple enough right? Well there are some tips that help to give you that extra edge. For instance, try to use your conditioner and apply only to the body and tips of the hair. The reason for this is, if you apply too much onto the scalp it can cause a build up and make your hair look oily. There also seems to be a new trend of using a conditioner before you shampoo. By washing your hair this way adds more volume to your hair. You will have to try this one for yourself to see if it works for you.
You might have damaged or dry hair and using the more expensive products is not necessarily the way to go. There are plenty of products out there that can help with your specific hair problem and if you’re not sure ask your hairdresser for advice before purchasing anything. I always like to buy the more natural or organic shampoos without sulfates or alcohol that tend to dry my hair out.
Some examples of the different conditioners you get for your hair:
Healthy hair comes from having a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Eating correctly and supplementing if you need to, could help keep your head of hair in tip top shape. The health of the hair follicle is what influences your hair growth and this is where you need a good diet and nutrients for strong and healthy hair.
Your hair can be exposed to a lot of heat from blow dryers to flat irons that could cause damage. Try to let your hair dry naturally every now and again to give your hair a break. Using heat protecting products can also help to minimize any damage to your hair.
Hair oils can help to smooth hair out, great in cases of frizzy hair. The oils can also help to improve hair growth and hair loss. OIls are very easy to use, apply oils to your hair and scalp and leave in for about 30 minutes, simply shampoo out as you would normally do. Again, this is something you need to try out yourself to see if it works for you. Oils are mostly recommended for damaged and very dry hair.
Hair mousse can add a bit of volume and lift to your hair. Work the mousse through your hair after shampooing and towel drying your hair. After applying the mousse blow dry your hair for a great look.
Cutting or getting regular trims doesn’t help with the actual growth of the hair, but you can reduce your split ends and improve the look and feel. This will also help decrease the amount of hair breakage and might even make your hair look sleeker and shinier.
Whatever hair type you are, following a few simple basic rules will help you to have beautiful, healthy and great hair.
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