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Episode 120 : What Is Keratin Glue ?

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Episode 120: What Is Keratin Glue?

By Trish

I wanted to briefly explain what is keratin glue? A subject that is not really talked about to often, because let’s be honest once the hair extension is in; you feel beautiful so who cares right. But I want to explain what is in this keratin glue substance you are using to attach your hair extensions to your hair. Most of you are familiar with the glue stick method. This method is used with a glue gun (nothing special typical arts and craft type), which is used for most installations. Also you have another type of glue that comes in small little pellets that can also used with a melting pot.

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The glue it’s self is a polyamide, which is a macromolecule (is a very large molecule commonly created by polymerization of a smaller subunits) with repeating units linked by amide bonds. This is one of the components that creates a bond that is able to be molded and shaped when heated with a low-temperature glue gun operate at approximately 120 °C (248 °F) and are well suited for hair extension bonding installations.

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Keratin glue is somewhat of a new excitement to the mainstream beauty arena. If you are interested in learning about what is keratin check out this tutorial Episode 114: What Is Keratin? by Rebecca. This will outline the hype surrounding Keratin. Although some in the industry strongly debate and question if there are actual traces of Keratin in the glue whatever properties of the glue are slightly different than the normal clear glue. Here is the first point the break down of the regular glue when exposed to water or oil products slowly breakdown the bonding structure of the glue. The Italian Keratin glue has a stronger lasting hold that stands up to oil and water base products.

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Now if you don’t want to spend the money just yet on this new wonder keratin glue. I have seen stylist melt down glue pellets and add keratin protein powder to the glue as an additive. Now here is my first warning if you failed chemistry then forget this whole paragraph because more than likely you’re going to have an weird science type of fallout. Oh wow, I think I’m showing my age annnyway. If you are not comfortable mixing something like color, it is safe to just buy it already mixed to try.

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The best remover for the keratin glue or regular glue would be something like Seabreeze or 91% Isopropyl Alcohol will breakdown the glue. At this point moisten the glue surrounding the hair, put the hair in-between your thumb and forefinger and press and apply pressure. Begin applying pressure to the area that has the glue on it. Procced by rolling the area back and forth until you start to see the glue crumble into pices. At this point slowly and gently pick the pices of crumbled glue out of the hair. Once all glue has been removed slowly comb from root to tip to make sure that all glue areas have been properly removed. I hope this has answered some questions.


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Episode 113 : What Vitamins Help Grow Hair ?

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What vitamins are best for hair growth?

Episode 113: What Vitamins Help Grow Hair ?

By Akira

Hey everybody! We will be talking about what are the best vitamins for hair growth. Now I had mentioned in “Episode 112: Why Should You Trim Your Hair!” I am currently taking Spring Valley Biotin 10,000 mcg with Keratin 100 mg (Spring Valley Biotin 10,000 mcg with Keratin 100 mg), Episode 113: What Vitamins Help Grow Hair Now let me address a common misconception that is rarely addressed but is the reason most people stop there vitamin regiment. I have heard this statement so many times “I didn’t notice any difference so I stopped taking them”. The first question I normally ask when this is the answer, “O um about a week to a month” I reply that is not enough time for you to grow even a ½ inch to really make a sound assessment. Our generation is pledged with this instant gratification need. Let me make this clear what you intake into your system can become a huge factor as to why your hair growth is slow. You cannot take vitamins and consume large amounts of processed foods and use hair products heavy with man made chemicals and expect to see healthy hair sprout out. These factors slow the body’s natural system.

Now for your body to really take advantages of the vitamins being taken you need to regulate your diet so that the body will be able to absorb and produce healthy skin, nails, and hair. I would like to give you fair warning the vitamins effect all the hair on your body, yes that’s right ALL of the hair on your body will began to grow at a faster rate. So make a conscious choice of yes I can accept this factor because I want shinier longer hair. Now that I have provided some overall information about how to get the most out of the vitamins that you want to take. I will list vitamins that are great for hair growth and what they do.

    List of Vitamins that Promote Hair Growth

Iron: Women typically aging from 18-45 or those who don’t eat a lot of red meat tend to be deficient in iron. Even those who aren’t anemic can also have low iron levels. Iron carries oxygen to hair and promotes growth. However, it is very important to discuss with your physician about how much iron (or any mineral) you should take every day. Iron-rich foods include, egg yolks, lentils, spinach and chicken.

Vitamin D: This is important for hair follicle cycling, especially for individuals who live in northern parts of the United States and European countries where sunlight is limited. A supplement is also prescribed as a treatment for atopic dermatitis like eczema. Salmon, mushroom, beef liver and grains are great alternative sources of vitamin D.

Zinc: Heavy exercisers and sweaters tend to lose significant amounts of zinc. To regain this hair growth mineral, consume 15-30mg daily or munch on high-zinc foods like lamb, turkey, pumpkin seeds and chocolate.

B-complex Vitamins: Biotin, niacin and cobalamin are among the most popular B-complex vitamins that help restore shine and thickness to strands. Load up on whole grains, eggs, avocados and legumes, as they are some of the best food sources for B-complex vitamins. Some even believe that biotin can slow down age-related graying.*


One of the most commonly known vitamins to promote strong hair is biotin, a B-complex vitamin that is sometimes referred to as Vitamin H. Biotin promotes healthy hair by increasing the hair’s elasticity and protects against dryness, which also helps prevent breakage.*

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is a commonly known antioxidant also known as retinol. Its function is mainly to promote eye health*; however, it’s also widely used as a means to promote healthy hair. Vitamin A helps to produce healthy sebum, an oily substance secreted by the scalp, which keeps hair from drying out and breaking off.* In addition, Vitamin A fights free radicals that weigh your hair down.*

Vitamin A is found in the following foods:
• Cod liver oil
• Krill oil
• Carrots
• Spinach
• Peaches

While Vitamin A is essential to healthy hair, you must exercise caution, as too much Vitamin A can lead to toxicity and can actually result in the opposite effect – hair loss.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps neutralize free radicals,* is often referred to as the “good skin” vitamin,* but its assistive properties go far beyond the skin. Vitamin E also helps the body’s blood circulation by increasing oxygen uptake, which in turn aids the body in producing new hair.* In addition, some believe that Vitamin E has an affect on the body’s immune function, further increasing it’s potential to reduce hair loss risk.* It can be taken by mouth, applied topically or can be

found in the following foods:
• Beans
• Soybeans
• Leafy greens
• Wheatgerm oil
• Nuts

Pantothenic Acid

Pantothenic acid, also called Vitamin B5, isn’t a commonly known vitamin, but is highly effective in the prevention of graying due to aging. In addition, it can help reduce the natural loss of hair due to aging.* Pantothenic acid is believed to help strengthen hair follicles and their cells, allowing them to function properly. In addition, pantothenic acid also helps your scalp get rid of dead skin, clearing the way for new growth to occur.
Pantothenic acid can be found in many Vitamin B complex vitamins, but can also be found in various foods, such as whole grains and eggs.


The last vitamin that is important for healthy hair is Inositol. Inositol is, unofficially, grouped into the Vitamin B group of vitamins. It’s certainly not a commonly known vitamin, but is responsible for a number of support functions within the body.

Inositol aids in the health of cell membranes, particularly those in the eyes, intestines, brain, and bone marrow.* However, one of the most recent findings show that men who took an extra dose of inositol daily reported that their hair loss had improved, with less hair falling out.

While Inositol can be produced by the body through the natural process of breaking down glucose, it can also be found in the following foods:

• Beans
• Citrus fruits and cantaloupe
• Whole grain breads
• Brewer’s yeast

Naturally, vitamin supplementation alone will never take the place of a healthy, balanced diet. But with proper supplements, you can combat hair loss and slow down premature graying of the hair all while growing old gracefully. Just remember to check with your health care professional before adding any supplements to your diet.

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Episode 107: How to naturally thicken up your hair

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By Rico

Hello Ladies and Gents. I want to talk about some natural ways to thicken up your locks. Thinning can be caused from a number of different sources. Some include but are not limited to stress, medication, a lack of vitamins due to a change in diet. Please don’t leave out the pollutes in the air do attach themselves to your hair creating a nasty layer of dirt that can eventually sink into your hair and follicle . Which can slow your hair growth cycle down to a non-existence shedding crawl pace. Lets talk about some no no’s I know we are all guilty of using items that use pore clogging substance like mineral oils, petroleum, sulfates. I think many confuse greasy oily with hydra ration. That is a misconception that is slowing the scalps natural hair growth and natural hair oils. These heavy petroleum base products have loads of synthetic products that most people can’t pronounce. People don’t even realize that this is blocking your body from being able to eliminate toxins that body is trying to get out it’s system. Don’t get me wrong these mineral oil products will give you the illusion that your hair is growing, but if you actually get off the mineral oil crack you will notice that your hairs own natural oils will start thickening up your roots. The look and feel of your hair will completely amaze you. Now I have come across some natural refined hair oils that your hair loves and will flourish when fed these particular oil types. Believe me your body will appreciate it and your hair will love it.

Love Rico

Natural Oils

Emu Oil
Lavender Oil
Argan Oil
Yiang Yiang Oil
Sunflower Seed Oil
Camellia Oil
Rosemary Oil
Cedar wood Oil
Thyme Oil
Yarrow Oil
Jojoba Oil
Peppermint Oil
Burdock Root Oil
Stinging Nettle Oil


Episode 105: How to use dry shampoo

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By Rico

Many hairstylists and dermatologists have began the campaign that supports the theory that washing your hair too much can strip away healthy natural oils and lead to dry, damaged hair. Dry shampoo has been gaining popularity because many dermatologist and beauty experts recommend washing your hair less frequently to keep hair shiny and healthy. Dry shampoo can be used in between washes if you’re trying to lengthen the life of your hairstyle or blow-out.

So dry shampoo is a dry substance that cleans your hair without the use of water. Dry shampoos work by absorbing oil from your scalp and hair, and making it look and feel like freshly washed hair. The ingredients in the spray-type of dry shampoos are usually a mixture of aerosol agents, powder substances, absorbing agents, solvents, conditioning agents and fragrance. It is not meant to take the place of regularly washing your hair with water, but to serve as a means of lengthening time between washes or to use in a time crutch. The max limit that the dry shampoo should be used is 2-3 times before fully washing hair.

Dry shampoos usually come in the form of an actual powder (hence baby powder or cornstarch substance), a liquid that comes from a pump dispenser, or an aerosol spray. Whichever one you choose, please pay attention to the color of the actual product due the white residue that can be left after using some dry shampoo products please use a agent close to you hairs natural color. i

If you have dark colored hair you can rest assure that you will not see little sprinkles of white particles. As the product is applied please allow a couple of minutes (2-4 minutes) for the product to activate and began absorbing the oils in the hairs root. You can apply the product directly to the scalp by separating the hair into sections. The product doesn’t coat the hair with a thick powdery substance. This product will lock onto excess oils on the root of the hair and absorb oils quickly. After brushing the product fully through the body of the hair. Begin to style as normal. You will start to notice the bounce and liveliness reappear to limp oily hair.  Please make note that you are suppose to hold the can 6-8 inches from hair to spray a lite mist over the scalp. Most clients make the mistake of holding the can like it’s a styling spray or oil sheen and spraying it too much, too closely to the hairs scalp. This process is meant to clean the oils from the scalp shaft to give life and body back to the hair quickly.

There are also natural alternatives to the commercial brand dry shampoos, which often contain many chemicals to aid the absorbing process, you can buy organic dry shampoos as well, which are made from all-natural ingredients.


 Things to remember if using dry shampoo

  1. Hold spray at least 6-8 inches away from the roots.
  2. Do not spray on damp or wet hair.
  3.  Wait about 2-4 minutes before styling. Please don’t panic when you see a white substance appear. Allow time to absorb on to hairs root. Please note you must comb through hair and began styling with a comb, blow dryer, or flat iron.
  4. Dry shampoo can be used on the roots and ends to give added volume and depth to the texture of the hair.
  5. Do not worry if product gets on the mid-shaft. This will aid in more volume, decreasing the feel of fine lifeless hair.
  6. What is the difference between spray and powder dry shampoos? Both do the same thing: soak up excess oil.  The force of the spray of powder helps aid is absorbing oil. However the powder version, you don’t have to deal with the lite fragrance odors. The use of the powder version is good for those that have serve allergies to airborne particles and certain fragrances.
  7.  Please limit the use of any dry shampoo agent to 2-3 times in between washes.
  8. The hairs natural oils from your scalp will soon start to weigh down your hair, giving it a heavy greasy look. Dry shampoo is great for all hair types. Women of color can benefit from using a dry shampoo to extend the life of the hair in between salon visits. It helps aide in the drying of heavy natural oils that start to weigh down. This is a way to decrease the amount of natural oils being absorbed into the body of the hair without taking out the natural oils that the scalp needs.



Episode 103: What is sulfate-free shampoo?

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Episode 103: What is sulfate-free shampoo?

By Rico

What is sulfate-free?

Sulfate free shampoos have no bubbles when it lathers. Verses your regular shampoo, which have a chemical agent, referred to as Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. These are commonly found in hand soaps and laundry detergent. Please be aware of the list of ingredients on the label. If these two ingredients are in the top five listed means that a majority of your shampoo has this agent in it. The common misconception is that when washing your hair the sudsy white bubbles produce nice clean hair this is wrong. These bubbles break down the moisture that is locked into the hair follicles. This also can start to damage the hairs follicles, which will slow the hairs growth cycle.

The more you use the sulfate free shampoos your hair will start to have a natural shine to it and feel more soft and manageable. There are more benefits to using sulfate free products, such as in alot of make up you wear contains some sort of sulfate that can lead to irritation and breakouts. I strongly suggest trying a sulfate free shampoo for a month to give your hair a chance to fully react to the change. And then make a serious decision if a sudsy lather is worth the prolonged damage to your skin, body and hair.