Hair Tips

What You Need To Know About a Keratin Treatment

www.ilonashine.comJust like ombre highlights, keratin treatments are yet another topic that stays trending in the beauty world, and if one of your friends has ever tried it out, by know you know, about the magic it worked on her hair. If blowing out your strands feels more like playing tug-of-war, you could benefit from its smoothing results. I am about to give you a crash-course on everything you need to know before getting the treatment, and most importantly, how to keep it intact long after your salon appointment. First things first, determine if your hair type is right for the service—curly and frizzy textures with fine to thick hair will see the most benefits. Read More

How To Keep Your Hair Healthy

www.ilonashine.comMany of us obsess about health of our skin, but how many pay the same attention to the health of our hair? We color, brush, style and blast it with heat and chemicals. Our hair takes on a significant amount of abuse all in the name of vanity. So here are top 5 rules to keep your tresses in tip top shape.

  1. 1.  When using (blow dryer, flat or curling iron) keep it on the medium setting to prevent damage and drying of the hair shaft. Hair in the weakened condition is more susceptible to damage leading it to lose elasticity and eventually break. Read More

Eat Your Way to Healthy Hair

healthy-hairIf your hair has been in a bad condition, restoring your locks may be as easy as a trip to the grocery store. Incorporating new foods into your diet can have a dramatic effect on the look and feel of your hair. If you start treating your body from within, you will notice more shine and elasticity in your hair, skin and nails. So lets take a look at what you need to eat to grow healthier hair.

Dry Hair

Dry hair can be due in part to a lack of vitamin A. It is essential to the production of the genes that control and process called Read More

What is Silicone?

siliconeHave you noticed that more and more products on the market contain an interesting ingredient called dimethicone (aka silicone). Shampoos and conditioners are loaded with it. Our facial creams and eye creams list it as one of the first ingredients. But what is so special about this important ingredient?

What is Silicone?

According to Wikipedia, Silicones are inert, synthetic compounds with a variety of forms and uses. Typically heat-resistant and rubber-like, they are used in sealants, adhesives, lubricants, medical applications (e.g., breast implants), cookware, and insulation. They normally end in -cone, -conol or -xane, and are abundantly found in hair shampoos, hair conditioners, and even in sunscreens. Read More

Hormones And Your Hair

downloadHave you ever stopped to wonder why your hair is a different texture than it was when you were a child? Or perhaps why one day it seems like your hair is falling out by the fistful and the next overgrowing? While many factors affect the health and texture of your hair, it’s your hormones that actually have a lot to do with it. Hormone levels can affect the quality and the quantity of hair. The texture of hair is directly related by hormonal issues that relate to thyroid as well as estrogen and testosterone levels. That’s why hair can be brittle, lusterless and slow growing during certain times of your life. Read More

How to Choose the Right Hair Brush

Legend says that you should brush your locks 100 times a day, but we don’t remember any mention of which brush to use. With so many different styles on the market, it can be tough to know which brush does what, not to mention bristles! So i am going to try to decode the mystery of the hair brush, and tell you what you should really be using to tame your locks. First, lets start with the shape.

Round Brush

Use a round brush when blow-drying to create curl and volume, or to give some bend to the hair. For extra oomph, opt for a round brush with a ceramic barrel (not metal) it will hold heat for longer and extend the life of your curl. The smaller the barrel of the round brush the more curl you will get.

One of my favorites and the one I personally use is Ibiza (above) with extended cork handle for an easy grip. Does the job every single time. Read More