Thursday, April 15, 2010

How to Protect Hair From Damage When Swimming

Swimming is one of my favorite sport or form of exercise. Apart from the nice relaxing feeling, it also helps in burning those calories, oh yeah!! The only thing I have against swimming is it the damaging effects of the chlorine water. Even worse if you have colored or dyed hair. Hair tend to be dry, brittle and discolored with green tint from unprotected over exposure of high chlorinated water. Hope that the tips below will help to lessen the damaging effect from swimming :)

How to Protect Hair From Damaging Chlorine Water WHILE Swimming

1. Wet your hair before jumping in the swimming pool
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Here's the reasoning. Dry hair behaves almost like a sponge. If you wet your hair thoroughly using non-heavily-chlorinated water (e.g. from shower pipe usually available beside the pool) before jumping into the pool, your hair will be saturated with the 'safe' water and won't be able to absorb much of the chlorine water. Also, it is best if you rinse your hair with the 'safe' water every 30 minutes or so, so that the chlorine build up is not so severe.
2. Coat your hair using hair conditioner or oil
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Another more effective method is to coat your hair with conditioner or oil (e.g. olive oil or coconut oil) before heading to the pool. Oil and water does not mix. Therefore, the layer of oil will protect or seal the cuticle of your hair shaft from the chlorine water. Just apply a thin layer of oil will do.

Choose a rubber-like swimming cap that will fit well with your head. Ensure it manage to cover up all the hair and tight enough to prevent the chlorine water from seeping in.

What To Do AFTER Swimming
Directly head to the showers. Don't allow the chlorinated water to dry on your hair. It's a big NO NO.
Rinse your hair using 'safe' water for about 5 minutes and use a good swimming shampoo to remove all the damaging chemical residue from the chlorine water. Below is an example a good swimming shampoo with good review from Amazon. You can click on it to read more of the product review.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Talika Eyelash Lipocils to Grow Eyelashes Naturally

Naturally long, thick and curly eyelashes or using mascara or false eyelashes? Which option do you choose? Obviously the first one, right? For those who have sparse, fine or short eye lashes, there is hope still.

As for me, thin and short eye lashes like mine is just not flattering. Luck was on my side when i stumbled into a product that will help to lengthen and thicken your eyelashes. Talika Lipocils eyelash gel seems to look promising. After reading lots of good reviews about this eyelash extender gel, I decided to try it. You can read some of Talika Lipocils Eyelash product review in Amazon here.

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How to apply?
Application is easy enough. Just start with applying the roots of your top and bottom eye lashes using the sponge tip. Then for the top lashes, use the mascara looking brush to brush the whole length of eye lashes, same way as if you are applying mascara. The gel is clear and dries up pretty fast. Also, it does not sting the eyes.

What are the average result from testing?
According to a testing done by Talika with 30 women during 30 days, it lengthens the participants eyelashes by an average of 36% or 2.4mm and color darkens by 50 %. Plus, Talika has been the specialist in eyelash growth for 60 years already in France.

I'll update on my progress on this eyelash extender gel product. So stay tuned and wish me luck =)