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Cysteine for Hair Strength: Myth or Magic?


Hair is pretty common. Everyone has (or had) hair at some point in their life. But most people have no idea what hair is, or what it’s made of. And that’s why most people don’t take the proper steps to keep those luscious locks, well, luscious. Any time big words start getting thrown around, people are bound to get confused. We’re here to cut through the chaff and address one such word, which represents the chemical responsible for about 90% of your hair’s strength: cysteine. But first, some background... What is Hair?  Hair - like skin, nails, fur, feathers, and pretty much any other exterior biological surface - is partially composed of a protein known as keratin. Keratin is physically...

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Why Hair pH Balance is for Everyone


Is your hair dry and frizzy? Does your scalp get easily irritated? Are dandruff and itchiness a recurring problem?  If your hair and scalp are not as healthy as they used to be despite trying new hair products every month, you may be ignoring one major factor affecting the overall health of your treasured locks -- pH levels. What Exactly is pH? The pH level measures how acidic a substance is on a scale of 0-14 with zero being the most acidic. For reference, lemon juice and vinegar are a 2 on the scale and bleach is a 13. Water, which is considered a neutral substance, is a 7 on the pH scale. When it comes to our hair, a...

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Benefits of Color Safe Shampoo


You just plunked down a few paychecks for that fabulous balayage, and you're about to wash your hair with what? Put down the plain, old shampoo unless you want to spend a few more paychecks for touch-ups to your just colored hair because regular shampoo will do nothing but strip you of your hard-earned color. If you’re still using regular generic brand shampoos for your colored hair, then it’s time to switch to color-safe shampoo. There is the color-safe conditioner for color treated hair for that very reason-- to lock in the color and keep your hair healthy so that your three hours and three paychecks in the chair at the salon wasn't a waste of time and money. Here are all...

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What Are the Benefits of Using Organic Hair Products?


The notion of dousing your hair in chemicals to clean it is, to put it bluntly, oxymoronic! People are finally waking up to the fact that a bad hair day doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with style, but more, with substance. Organic and natural hair products are in high demand these days as people are making a concerted effort towards wellness and health. Hair care now goes beyond wash, rinse, repeat, and includes the transition from chemical to organic hair products. So why are more people transitioning to natural hair products? No Chemicals The reason for the increased demand for an organic shampoo and natural hair products is simple--they are healthier for the hair. Chemicals do long-term damage to...

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The Importance of pH for Your Hair


When it comes to choosing your hair care products, you’ve already got the color safe and the frizz control is taken care of, but what about the pH level of your treasured tresses? Huh? Exactly. Most people don’t realize how their pH level impacts the hair and the way the scalp handles hair products and even hair growth. And guess what? Frizz and color fading are all directly related to your hair’s pH levels. The pH level measures how acidic a substance is on a scale of 0-14, with zero being the most acidic. A healthy pH level for hair is somewhere between 4.5 and 5.5 and products low on alkaline will help maintain the proper acidity your hair needs...

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