It’s that time of the year again, summer time! This means barbecues, swimming pools and good times. That first dive into a nice pool on a hot day is something we all look forward to experiencing. With that excitement it’s easy to forget the damage chlorine can have on your hair & scalp. Chlorine is a disinfectant commonly used in pools to kill off bacteria and foreign variables to leave the water safe and clean for a swim. It’s basically a less intense bleach. Short intermittent dips in the pool are unlikely to damage your hair. However, regular contact in the pool with chlorine can lead to damaged hair.

Chlorine is very efficient at stripping away your hair’s natural oils leaving it dry & frail. Furthermore, they can potentially damage the cuticle of the hair as well. Numerous swims if left untreated is an ideal recipe for hair weakness & brakeage. We will go over a life hacks to lessen the effect of the swimming pool on your hair.

  1. Pre-soaking: We all remember going to the pool in school and the teachers and lifeguards telling us to wash off under the shower before going in the pool. Your hair is like a sponge and if you let it absorb fresh water, it will limit the amount of pool water that could be absorbed.
  2. Swimmer’s Cap: Ever notice the cap swimmer’s use during the Olympics and professional swimming events? That’s because professional athletes are well versed in long recurring exposure to pool water. A swimmer’s cap can significantly prevent chlorine damage to your hair. Whichever one you choose, make sure it’s lightweight and breathable.
  3. Post-soaking / Shampoo & Conditioning: It is imperative you wash out the pool water from your hair and skin as soon as you leave the pool. Otherwise, it can easily dry up leaving chlorine and salt residue. Use a shampoo that clarifies your hair by stripping the chlorine residue off the scalp and hair shaft. Follow this with a moisturizing conditioner to replenish the PH level back to normal such as “Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo & Conditioner.
  4. Natural Oils: Applying natural oils, such as coconut oil has been shown to prevent protein loss. Speaking of protein loss, cracking an egg on the scalp has been shown to reinvigorate the scalp. After all, eggs are essentially pure protein!

All these preventative measures can turn the tide on the war for Chlorine damaged hair. For more tips visit any one of our locations and our guy smart stylists will be all too happy to assist with any further questions you may have!

Hair Loss Prevention & Treatment

                Male Pattern Baldness affects approximately 1 in 5 men in North America. It can creep up with a very little warning. One morning you wake up and you notice your hairline is receding into the classic “M” shape. Sometimes it’s as simple as noticing your spiral bald spot slowly growing.

The hard ugly truth about it is that male pattern baldness or as it’s medically known, Androgenic Alopecia is mostly out of your control. We are all subject to our biology. If you have the baldness gene, you will eventually go bald. With that said, there are some natural therapies that can make your hair stronger & healthier. These remedies can even slightly slow down your hair loss as well. But unfortunately, they will not prevent you from going bald. Now let’s discuss some of the largest variables associated with treatments.

Maintaining the right diet is a good start in slowing down hair loss. Poor diet can create nutrient deficient conditions. Try to maintain a steady diet of vitamin A & beta-carotene-rich foods. Carrots, cantaloupe, bell peppers are a good start. Omega-3 rich fatty fish, such as salmon, are greatly beneficial in contributing to healthy shiny hair. Zinc deficiencies have been known to cause hair loss as well. Whole grains, milk, poultry and red meat are commonly rich in zinc.

Drink lots and lots of water. Staying hydrated keeps your body in ideal healthy conditions. If your body is not healthy and hydrated your skin and hair cells will not be able to naturally mature. Aim for 8 to 10 glasses of water a day while actively aiming to limit dehydrating drinks such as coffee & soda pop.

Nioxin shampoo and hair treatment has been known to keep your hair in tip-top shape to improve the look and appearance of your hair. Feeding your hair the proper nutrients and care both inside and out will allow it to appear healthier and thicker. Apply the Nioxin shampoo twice daily to a wet scalp. Use approximately 1 mL and gently massage into the affected balding area. Leave in place for a few minutes before washing out.

Lastly, but certainly not least, attempt to eradicate stress in your life. We have all experienced stress in our lives and sometimes it can feel like your hair is falling out. Hair loss has been known to be stress related. Stress-related hair loss can be controlled. If you control the stress, your hair can grow back.

If you have experienced or are beginning to experience hair loss, there is no need to feel uncomfortable with your appearance. Just know that you are not alone and that you have a wide array of options for treatment. For more tips visit any one of our locations and our guy smart stylists will be all too happy to assist with any further questions you may have!


How to Keep Your Beard Healthy

Having a healthy beard goes far beyond growing one. Growing a beard is the easy part, keeping it healthy and manageable is where the true test of will comes into play! Treat your beard with the respect it deserves. By following these simple easy guidelines, you can have a strong & grizzly looking beard for life.

  1. Wash & Clean. Sounds simple enough, right? Beards are made up of hair & hair requires meticulous upkeep. You don’t want to find yesterday’s barbecue sauce deep in the brush. Washing and lathering your beard 2-3 times a week coupled with a moisturizing shampoo will keep it shining & fit to seize the day.
  2. Dry Properly. It is an initial impulse to quickly and forcefully dry your hair. But frequently doing this can create optimal conditions for split ends to form. Split ends can lead to a haggardly rough beard. It is best to let the beard dry naturally with a gentle patting to assist. Just like when it is growing, the key is patience.
  3. Oil Replacement. 2 words, Beard Oil. The above cleaning process is only half of the equation. Shampoo & conditioning removes the body’s natural oils. Use natural oils to reinvigorate that awesome beard shine.
  4. Proper Maintenance. It is said no job is difficult with the right tool. Beard maintenance should not be any different. A great beard needs the right gear. The right beard liner/trimmer coupled with regularly sharpened hair scissors are an absolute must in beard upkeep.
  5. Proper Diet & Exercise. It is important to remember that what goes in the body is used by the body. If you input junk foods, you will get junk results. Maintaining a well-balanced diet generally tends to promote healthy hair & skin. Once a day multi-vitamins can also assist when it becomes difficult to maintain a diet. If you want a thick great looking beard, you need to eat well, exercise & get enough sleep.

Following these 5 simple & easy to remember tips will keep that beard looking happy & healthy. For more tips visit any one of our locations and our guy smart stylists will be all too happy to assist with any further questions you may have!

What You Need to Know About Dry Scalp

With spring in full bloom and summer just around the corner, temperatures are heating up! That means weather changes & outdoor activities. One of the most common questions we receive during our spring & summer time haircuts revolve around the dry scalp. We thought we would share the basics of what to know with Dry Scalp, or as its more common name, Dandruff.

Causes & Treatments

The main causes of Dandruff can be divided between internal & external factors.

Starting with the internal factors such as poor diet, dehydration, hereditary inheritance & hormonal changes like puberty. In these instances you can’t change what you were born with so treatment is your only option. Dandruff due to genetic dry scalp can be easily treated with specifically targeted scalp treatments. For example, Tea Tree Hair & Scalp treatment. It combats the fungus that causes dandruff while conditioning the scalp to prevent any flakiness. After using your regular shampoo, replace your traditional conditioner with Tea Tree Hair & Scalp treatment.

External factors can range from stress, weather changes & product build up. In these instances, prevention is more beneficial than treatment. With that said it’s important to maintain a recommended balance of water intake per day. Eating healthy and well balanced means limiting high sugary & high salt foods. Eating healthy also means eating the right foods like fatty acids. Foods rich in vitamin B are essential to maintaining a healthy scalp. Also, we are all guilty from time to time to take long hot showers with excessive shampooing. It is important to remember in these instances moderation is key to balancing a healthy happy scalp.

Following these easy steps and educating yourself on the early warning signs can help you maintain a shining happy healthy head of hair!

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