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The Truth About Hair Extensions

www.ilonashine.comIf you wear hair extensions, chances are you’re pretty picky about what type of hair you wear. You know if you frefer Remy or non-Remy hair, Indian or Brazilian, synthetic or human. You may also believe you can simply look at hair extension packaging to find out its origins. But the truth is, it’s pretty difficult to tell where your hair extensions come from, and there are plenty of manufacturers who are deliberately misleading about where they source their hair from.

Riqua Hailes, owner of Just Extensions hair extension bar in Los Angeles and The Weave Express in Washington, D.C., knows this firsthand. After noticing inconsistencies in the hair extensions she received from vendors, Hailes decided to dig deeper. She embarked on a journey through China, Cambodia, Malaysia and India and will continue her travels to Brazil and Russia later this year to uncover the long, storied journey hair extensions take before they reach a salon or retail store. Here is her account. Read More

What You Need To Know About Going Platinum Blonde

Yes, the trend is in but are you willing to go to such measures to get the dramatic icy-blonde makeover?  I came across this amazing article written by Augusta Falletta on going platinum blonde. It is so informative that I had no choice but to share with you. Lets see exactly how much time, money, and maintenance platinum-blonde hair takes.

We asked BuzzFeed employee Peggy Wang to walk through the process of going platinum from start to finish.

Done by  Jan-Marie Arteca, a colorist at Jeff Chastain Parlor salon in New York City.

First things first, there are a few things to consider. One main concern is the potential damage your hair will face. Read More

Is your body getting enough minerals?

www.ilonashine.comMineral deficiency can wreak havoc on your whole body. Yes, that includes your hair, skin, nails, and bones. Minerals are the catalysts for all the vitamins and other nutrients your body uses for developing and maintaining good health and proper cellular function. Our mineral and nutrient depleted soil produces crops that are void of essential elements that are extremely important for the bodily functions.
Mineral imbalance is by far the most common cause of several diseases, hair and bone loss. Minerals have to be in balance with each other because too much of one in some cases can cause an imbalance in another.
Hair is one of the best medium for mineral analysis of the body. Just recently I had done such hair analysis by testing my hair for mineral deficiency. According to my doctor I was lacking certain minerals and was recommended ConcenTrace drops. 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

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

www.ilonashine.comOdds are when you think of apple cider vinegar you think of an all-purpose household cleaner or something that you would mix into your salad dressing, but it actually has a slew of benefits if you drink it or put it on your skin. I have never done a post devoted solely to this magic elixir..until now. Lately I have been hearing more and more about the benefits of this stuff and I have made a decision to write about this magic potion. Before I get started let me emphasize that in order to get the benefits (raw enzymes and gut-friendly bacteria), you’ll need to use raw organic apple cider vinegar. Clear vinegar is processed and does not have any of the benefits of raw ACV. I will talk about Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar, which you can find at your local grocery store. So here are top 10 health and beauty benefits of natural apple cider vinegar. 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