Archive | May 2012

Ways to help your hair color last longer

Now that the weather is getting warmer outside, I am itching to add some color to my hair.  Although the sun usually boosts my hair’s natural hue, I’ve been thinking about adding in some highlights.  One of the downsides of coloring is cost.  Professional hair coloring can be expensive, especially if you plan on being faithful to regular touch-up treatments.  But there are some things you can do to help your hair color last longer…as well as your money.
Here are some tips:
  • Choose hair color close to your natural shade to extend time between treatments.  Also, allow two to three days before washing after a color treatment to allow color pigment to bind and hair’s outer layer (cuticle) to calm down from the damaging chemical process.
  • Use tepid water with a cool final rinse and set your 450-degree flat iron down to 200 degrees for healthier hair and less cuticle-damaging heat.
  • Protect color-treated hair from pigment-fading, discoloring UV rays with a hat and leave-in conditioner with sunscreen.
  • Use haircare products formulated specifically for color-treated hair, which do not contain the harsh, cuticle-damaging cleansing agent sodium lauryl sulfate (or similar derivatives) or drying alcohol.

Also, save more than 50 percent on salon coloring by finding “student” coloring days at your favorite salon or local beauty school. Just be sure the instructor or master colorist is supervising.

Also, do-it-yourself hair color products sold at the grocery or drug store cost around $10, much less than the price of an average beauty salon color treatment.  You can also consider using henna…which is much less costly than salon hair color.  For more information on henna here’s a great site:

Pamper Wisely,

The BusyBella


The Buzz Words in Natural Hair Care

Natural Hair Care is big business these days.  Consumers are getting savvy about the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to the ingredients in their shampoos and conditioners.  Now, companies are taking note. One hot buzz word in the market is Sulfate-Free.  These are the harsh chemicals you should avoid in your natural hair care routine. They can irritate your scalp and leave your hair feeling dry and brittle. But in all cleansing products, including shampoos, there’s another buzz word called surfactants. These are the ingredients necessary to remove dirt and oil from your hair. So what are the good ingredients and the bad ingredients you need to avoid in your shampoos?  Here’s a guide to help you:
Gentle surfactants to look for: 
• Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate
• Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate
• Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
• Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate
Harsh/Drying surfactants to skip: 
• Sodium Laureth Sulfate
• Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
• Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
• Ammonium Laureth Sulfate
• Sodium Myreth Sulfate
• Saponified Oils
• Soap
Pamper Wisely,
The BusyBella