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Head Lice Pictures Help to Identify Nits

Head lice pictures are creepy, but you should know!

When kids go back to school, they are susceptible to bringing home many different ‘catchy’ ailments of one type or another and head lice is one of them. Having head lice is NOT a result of poor hygiene, so don’t beat yourself up! It’s an extremely contagious condition as the lice easily transport from one person to another. Signs of head lice can be itchy and tiny yellowish-white eggs or lice that look like small sesame seeds attached to the hair.

If you have young children in school or daycare, you probably have received a letter from the school about head lice. Each year as soon as the weather starts to change and through the winter months, the cases of head lice start to appear. I have found it to be more common when children start to wear hats for the winter.

Once the first case of head lice is reported at school, it can spread like wildfire if it is not nipped in the bud right away. Here is how to check your kids for head lice if you have the slightest doubt.

About head lice, it is the active head lice walking around and hosting on the scalp that creates the itching. Often, it starts in the warmer places, behind the ears and the nape area. The active head lice lay eggs that are called nits. The nits attach themselves to the individual hair strands that hatch in 7 to 10 days, producing more active head lice. Here is what you should be looking for:

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The nits are protected by a hardened shell around them, meaning head lice products will not penetrate the shell. When a specific product is used, the active head lice will die and the nits will need to be physically removed with a fine tooth comb. It is a tedious process, especially if the hair is thick. The nits are hard to spot, especially on lighter hair. They have a light pearly look and can often appear to look like dandruff in both light and dark hair.

Hair remedies for head lice include the tried and true over-the-counter head lice treatment shampoos like Nix. Nix Complete Lice Treatment System has proven to be the go-to shampoo for head lice for years! After using the shampoo, run a lice comb through your child’s hair to remove any lice or eggs and then be sure to wash all bedding, clothing, hats, etc. in very hot water to make sure you are rid of all the little creatures!

There are many other over-the-counter products for head lice that work quite effectively, as long as the directions are followed. Ask for the advice of your pharmacist, they stay on top of what’s new and what works best. I would not want to be held accountable if their child has an adverse reaction to the head lice product being used. I definitely would guide them in the process to follow to eliminate the little creatures.

Now, if the eggs hatch in 7 to 10 days, the whole process must be repeated to ensure all the nits are gone and there are no longer active head lice. That is the biggest mistake parents often make – not repeating the process and thinking they are all taken care of. BIG MISTAKE!

And parents, please don’t worry that you did something wrong that resulted in head lice on your child! Head lice do not distinguish between rich or poor, clean or not – it does not matter to them – they just want a host! (And I hope these head lice pictures didn’t creep you out too much!)

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Oily, Greasy Hair Remedies

See How Easily You Can Conquer Oily Greasy Hair

A little oil on your scalp is great for shine, but too much makes locks limp and difficult to style. More commonly associated with fine, straight hair, oily, greasy hair can also be genetic and hormone-related. Just as you pay extra attention towards the look of your skin, it is equally important to care for your oily greasy hair as well. Your hair, being the crown of your visual presence plays a major role in one’s personality and beauty. There are various steps that you need to follow to keep oily hair at bay and maintain that sheen in your hair.

Some of the basic procedures you might consider regularly include combing, brushing, conditioning and shampooing. The best brand and type of oily hair shampoo will depend upon the texture of your hair. There are many people who have dry hair and many others who have oily hair.

Oily greasy hair and scalp are an issue seen regularly in the salon. Typically I tell my clients to go at least two days without shampooing, but my clients who have oily, greasy hair, complain that they can’t without looking like an oil slick.

Did you know that frequent shampooing can actually contribute to oily, greasy hair and scalp? Shampooing everyday can strip the hair and scalp of its natural oils and protectants, which triggers your hair follicles to produce more oil. . . and the pattern goes!

Try using a ‘dry shampoo’ like Klorane Extra Gentle Dry Shampoo in-between shampoos to soak up excess oil. Also, when applying conditioner, stay away from the roots of your hair (this is a common mistake). Instead, concentrate the conditioner only on the ends or the effected hair.

Another option is to do a vinegar rinse every few weeks before shampooing. Using one part vinegar to four parts water, apply the solution to your hair (avoiding scalp) and then shampoo and condition as normal.

More Tips for Oily, Greasy Hair

  • To get rid of the excessive oily, greasy hair you can massage your hair with a mixture of white vinegar and water. Leave it on for a few minutes and rinse.
  • Shampooing your hair everyday will lessen the secretions of oil on your scalp. But make sure you do not use too much of shampoo on your scalp as it may lead to dryness of the scalp thus causing hair damage. Make sure you thoroughly rinse all of the shampoo residue from your hair.
  • Cleanse your hair with a mixture of lemon juice and distilled water. This greatly reduces the oily hair.
  • Do not over use hair products like gels, sprays, creams and mousses. They make the hair oily and create excessive build up on the hair.
  • Diet also plays a major role in treating oily greasy hair. If you tend to eat excessive amounts of oily foods, the level of oil secretion in your scalp is likely to increase. So its better you stick to fresh fruits and vegetables to give you hair the necessary nourishment.
  • Limit the use of conditioner on your hair if you have oily hair. Conditioners are best suited for dry hair.
  • Rinse or soak your hair with weak tea, a lemon’s worth of juice mixed with a cup of water, or 1/4 cup of vinegar with two cups of water to correct your hair’s pH, remove residue and add shine.

 

Why Bangs Get Greasy and How to Prevent It

Greasy Bangs

There are many different reasons your bangs might begin to look oily or greasy. You’re bound to be the best judge of what is weighing you down. Common reasons include:

  • Oils from your face/skin - Whether you have an oily complexion or your bangs gets oils from constant touching and fiddling with your hair, this is a common cause of greasy bangs. Fixing the underlying problem,  be it blotting your face with blotting paper or finding a way to stop fidgeting will cut down on oily bangs. It can be difficult not to touch your bangs, but the more you fidget, the more they’ll shine.
  • Too much product - If you regularly apply styling products to your bangs, they can become greasy from product buildup. Ditto on conditioner, which your bangs don’t actually need. Cut way back on the product to enjoy oil-free bangs.
  • Sweat: Sweat from excess humidity or a power workout will bring grease to your bangs. You can’t stop yourself from sweating, so the key here is prevention. You may want to grow your bangs out for summer so you can pin them back and hide your sweat, or else pull your hair back when you’re hitting up the gym.
  • Oily hair - If your hair runs oily in general, you are more likely to experience greasy bangs. Washing your hair and your bangs with a shampoo formulated for oily hair will help, as will following the other suggestions mentioned above.

Oily Greasy Hair Bangs

Top Fixes for Oily Greasy Bangs

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, your bangs can still get greasy. If this happens, you have a few options for fixing your style quickly. Proven methods include:

  • Pinning back your bangs - Definitely the simplest fix if you’re out and about, pinning back your bangs doesn’t remove the grease but it does camouflage your bangs (and grease) from sight.
  • Dry shampoo – If you keep dry shampoo in your purse or your car (hint: If you don’t, you should), a quick spritz will take the grease and oil right out of your bangs.
  • Wet shampoo - If you’re at home, you can give your bangs a quick shampoo (and towel/blow dry) with your regular shampoo. This is certainly more hands-on than either of these other methods, and will require you to re-style your bangs when they dry, but it will de-grease the bangs. As a rule here, don’t condition your bangs as that will only make them more oily.

Bottom line is, bangs can be difficult and they may not be right for everyone. Hopefully these hair care tips will be helpful for keeping oily greasy hair to a minimum. What other tips do you employ for keeping your bangs free of oil?

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The Ultimate Blow Dry Tutorial

The Blow Dry Tutorial That Blow Dry Bars Don’t Want You to Know About

The best thing for your hair is to let it dry naturally. But of course, that’s not realistic . . . especially for women with fine hair, most of whom are addicted to the master blaster, with good reason; it’s the ultimate volumizer. If you do blow-dry all the time, at least take a break on the weekend, when you can condition your hair and give it special care. Leave-in conditioners everyday and a deep conditioning treatment or hot oil treatments also help to take the strain off over-processed hair.

To do as little damage as possible, follow these ground rules. If your hair is curly, use a diffuser, which not only helps hold the curl but also diffuses the heat. Also, keep the blower at a low cool setting as much as possible, and hold it four to six inches from your head.

Blow Dry Tutorial

Get the Right Hair Dryer

Not all hair dryers are not created equally. So what makes the grade in my book? The size, the weight and a cool button. A hair dryer that’s light, not too heavy is important. I don’t like hair dryers that are too big. A cool button is important to me . . . you can touch up your look by pumping air back into the hair. A 1,200 to 1,500-watt dryer is powerful enough for most women: if your hair is thick or coarse. You may need 1,700 watts. Experiment with a diffuser or nozzle attachment, I’m addicted to nozzles! They direct the heat when I want to get the hair really straight and smooth, and they don’t ruffle the cuticle.

 

Blow Dry Tutorial

Buy a Good Hair Brush

I use mostly round brushes on myself, I prefer a Denman brush, which boasts rubber-coated bristles. If I want the hair to be really, really straight, I use the brush at the roots. The rubber grips the hair and allows you to really pull it taut. If you are able to get the first two inches from the roots straight, the rest of the hair will follow. And if you don’t, watch for that mid-morning natural wave to bounce back!

 

Blow Dry Tutorial

Use a Really Good Volumizing Product

But, take inventory of your hair texture and pick a volumizer that best suits your hair type.

 

Blow Dry Tutorial

Section Your Hair Off

There’s a reason why stylists section their clients’ hair when blow-drying . . . it provides more control with the brush as well as tension, heat and airflow. Here’s how to achieve smooth, shiny results, just like you get in the salon.

  • Divide your head into four quadrants and use large clips to hold each section in place as you blow-dry.
  • Hold the brush in your writing hand and the blow dryer in the other on, keeping them about 1/2″ apart.
  • Position the dryer parallel to the brush . . . Never put the nozzle directly on the brush, as it will burn the blower motor out, damage the brush’s bristles and burn your hair.

 

Blow Dry Tutorial

Be Careful Not to Over Dry Your Hair or Style Too Soon

85% is the magic number, over drying can strip your hair of essential moisture, bounce and elasticity. Don’t start styling your hair with a round brush when blow drying until you get about 85% of the moisture out of your hair first, so it’s just damp. One result of over drying hair is a lot of static.

Blow Dry Tutorial

Blow Dry From Roots to Ends

Start by gently blotting your wet hair with a towel. Then, hang your head upside down as you blow dry from roots to ends. Don’t blow into the hair, or you’ll ruffle the hair cuticle. You want to keep your cuticle lying down smoothly. As you are turned upside down, you are giving your hair added volume, and when hair is 85% dry, get out that brush and put some shape in that style.

 

Blow Dry Tutorial

Dry the Bottom Layers First

Start at the back and dry the under layers first. For straight hair, always direct the blow-dryer down toward the floor: this smooths the hair and prevents frizz. Lean over and blow-dry at the roots to give your hair volume. To add height or volume to the top of your hair, lift the hair from the roots with your fingers (or use your round vent brush or paddle brush) and blow-dry at the roots. For wavy or curly hair, hold the diffuser into the hair (with your head straight up) and work your way around your head, from bottom to top (do not use a brush).

Blow Dry Tutorial

Smooth the Top

When the under layers are dry, use your brush to shape the top layer. Put the bristles against your scalp, turn and lift back small sections of hair, and curl them under until dry.

 

Blow Dry Tutorial

Curl the Ends

Take your brush and curl the ends under. Brush through and follow with the blow-dryer directed toward your hair. Finish styling with a shot of cold air, which “sets” the style and makes your hair shinier.

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