Can a change of season Change Your Hair?

“The most remarkable discovery in all of astronomy is that the stars are made of atoms of the same kind as those on the earth.” - American physicist Richard Feynman (1918-1988)

For millennia, humans have studied and recorded the universe’s astronomic phenomena and their actual impact on our lives. Scientists agree that solstices, equinoxes, the cycles of the moon, and other celestial events affect the earth and the tides, while spiritual gurus take it further to show how these changes in the heavens affect our bodies, our emotions, our relationships, and even our business plans.

“As above, so below.” – Hermeticism, ancient Greek esoteric wisdom

Whether or not we choose to believe in these influences, chances are that if someone suggests that trimming our hair during a certain astronomic event will help it grow faster and stronger, we might just give it a shot!

The First Day of Fall

An equinox occurs twice a year, in March and in September, marking the beginning of spring and the beginning of fall, respectively. In both cases, day and night are almost of equal duration all over the planet, hence the Latin root of the word: “equi” (equal) and “nox” (night).

As with all events that do not happen every day, today’s is pretty special; the Northern Hemisphere is moving into autumn, while the Southern Hemisphere is emerging from winter into spring. In other words, the seasons are literally changing across our planet today!

 

Portrait of young woman in autumn park. Holding leaves and enjoying in sunny autumn weather. Wearing warm clothing.
What’s it to… your hair?

It depends on what approach you take:

Scientific / Spiritual - This time is geared toward retaining nutrients and storing energy; the blood gets slightly thinner and moves faster, therefore speeding the elimination of toxins. Trimming your hair during this time can be part of that detox process, helping it grow faster, stronger and thicker.

Emotional – Going through a breakup, feeling the need to let go of “baggage”, wanting to change an inner aspect of yourself, looking to call someone’s attention? Cutting your hair can be a cathartic experience and can give you a jump start to new beginnings.

Physical – Changing your look can be the best remedy for boredom. Exploring with a new hairstyle is not a mere superficial resolution, it’s an expression of our identity and can help break the monotony of everyday life!

Whatever resonates with each of us, we can all agree that any day is a good day to give our hair some MONAT TLC! Choose the perfect MONAT product or treatment system for you HERE.

 

SUMMER 2016 Hair Trend Report

Hair fashionistas say these are the best styles to try this summer, and we agree!  Get these fun-sexy-cute looks
in just a few easy steps.

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French Braid Pigtails

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  • Work a dime-size amount of Restore Leave in Conditioner on clean, damp hair, from roots to tips. Detangle with a wide-tooth comb.
  • Partially dry your hair and apply Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy to fortify strands and keep each one in place.
  • Part your hair from the top of your forehead all the way to the nape of your neck. Secure one side with an elastic.
  • Braid the side that’s loose and secure at the bottom with an elastic.
  • Remove the elastic from the other side and braid.
  • Spray Refinish Control Hairspray on your index finger and pat down any flyaways.

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Tousled Beach Waves

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  • Wash your hair with the Volume Treatment System, rinse well, and towel dry your hair.
  • Flip your head over 0a-*nd spritz Tousled Texturizing Mist generously.
  • For a natural, loose look: Let your hair dry naturally.
    To make a statement with a more voluminous look: Roughly blow dry your hair using your fingertips.
  • Section your hair in various sizes while your curling wand heats up.
  • For ultimate beach babe: Wrap each section of hair around the wand, one at a time, and hold for 5 seconds.
  • For boho glamour, run your fingers through your waves so they blend with each other.
  • Seal your look with Refinish Control Hairspray.

National Parents’ Day

This Sunday is National Parents’ Day in the United States. In honor of this holiday, we thought we would start the conversation on who – exactly – do we get our hair from. Is it mom or dad?

Who is to blame for your naturally thinning hair (or who gets the credit for the luscious locks)? While many people believe hair characteristics (specifically hair thinning and baldness) are passed down from the mother’s side, it is not the only genetic factor in play. Men with bald fathers also have an increased chance of going bald when compared to men whose fathers have a full head of hair. Scientists say baldness anywhere in your family may be a sign of your own impending fate (sigh).

The combination of characteristics that makes you an individual is your phenotype. Although your hair characteristics may seem to physically favor one side over the other, you get the same amount of genetic information from each of them.

So whether you have a full head of hair, or are starting to thin out, blaming mom and dad won’t make it any better. Besides, no matter if you’re in Canada or the U.S., thanks to your parents, you’re here, experiencing life on Earth. So cut them some slack, right? Right. And you always have MONAT. ☺

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A little about Parents’ Day and what this day celebrates

In 1994 President Bill Clinton signed into law the resolution unanimously adopted by the U. S. Congress establishing the fourth Sunday of every July as Parents’ Day, a day of commemoration similar to Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. According to the Congressional Resolution, Parents’ Day is established for “recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children.”

This is your day to honor both mom and dad and thank them for everything they’ve done for you. To every parent out there: Thanks for all your patience, undeniable support, discipline, and of course, unconditional love.

Families are important. So take some time today to really show your loved ones you cherish them!

Sunscreen For Your Skin, MONAT For Your Hair!

Friday, May 27 is National Sunscreen Day, or, as the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention calls it, Don’t Fry Day. Besides damaging the skin, did you know that overexposure to the sun can also cause damage to the hair? That’s a big no-no because our hair serves a very special purpose; it doesn’t just adorn our heads! Hair actually protects us from the heat, the cold, and the sun itself!

Fortunately, MONAT’s products contain Crodasorb™, which helps preserve hair color (natural or chemically treated), and are infused with REJUVENIQE™ Oil, which nourishes every strand with a rich blend of natural botanicals. So rest assured, MONAT has your hair covered (pun intended)! Giving your hair some TLC with MONAT regularly will keep your locks healthier looking and more beautiful all year long.

But remember, sunrays are strongest between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., so avoid exposing your hair and scalp under the direct sunlight during that time slot. Here are a few other useful facts and tips that will help you prevent and heal the harmful effects of sun overexposure.

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Quick Facts

  • Direct exposure to our big, bright star can damage healthy, non-chemically treated hair, but coloring or lightening your hair can make it more vulnerable to become weaker, dry and brittle, making it more susceptible to split ends.
  • The sun can also alter your hair’s color. If you’re a brunette and your hair is left unprotected in the sunlight for hours, its color may become lighter or reddish. Bleached or chemically treated hair can yellow, dull and fade.
  • As with the rest of your skin, your scalp can easily be harmed too if exposed directly to the sunlight for prolonged periods. Having said this, covering your scalp will reduce the risk of developing skin cancer.
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Quick Tips

  • Leave in plenty of conditioner before enjoying a hot, sunny day at the beach or the pool to avoid losing—and to seal in—your hair’s natural moisture. We recommend MONAT’s Restore Leave-In Conditioner to ensure the delivery of essential nutrients to the scalp and to flaunt more manageable hair; get it here.
  • If you don’t mind putting lotion on your hair and scalp, comb a small amount of sunscreen through your hair and use your fingers to apply directly on your scalp.
  • To provide additional protection, put your hair up in a not-too-tight bun.
  • If you want to completely shelter your mane and scalp, wear a hat. Besides looking stylish, wearing a wide-brimmed hat is also the best way to block the yellow dwarf’s rays from hitting your face and neck.
  • Help repair the damage and keep your hair stronger with a weekly treatment with MONAT’s Replenish Masque! This deep therapy will quench your hair’s thirst, helping it not only restore the moisture lost out in the sun, but also deliver vital nutrients that help eliminate frizz and reduce split ends. Get it here.

Feed Your Hair

Eating healthy not only contributes to weight loss, it also does wonders for your hair. A diet rich in nutrients will help you stay healthy, ageless, and all-around fabulous. So why not give yourself a beauty boost with enhancing nourishments? Below, we’ve outlined some positive nutrition practices to keep in mind for a healthier mane.

Load up on Leafy Greens

Leafy greens are filled with nutrients and a whole lot of water, which helps keep your hair hydrated. Without proper body hydration, your hair will begin to look dry, which can contribute to breakage. Leafy greens also condition and create healthy scalp oils, and they contain antioxidants that fight free radicals from pollution, helping to strengthen and thicken hair. Seriously, who knew?

For the greatest nutritional benefits, leafy greens, like broccoli, kale and spinach, should be consumed raw or lightly steamed.

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Include Healthy, Protein Rich Foods

Hair is made of protein, so ensuring you have enough protein in your diet is crucial for making it strong and healthy. If you are not consuming enough protein in your diet, your hair is likely to become dry, brittle and weak. Extremely low protein diets may also result in hair loss, and nobody wants that! Add a few servings of protein to your daily diet for stronger, healthier hair.

Examples of protein include chicken, turkey, fish, dairy products and eggs, along with vegetarian sources such as legumes and nuts.

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Eat More Healthy Fats

Omega-3 fatty acids nourish follicles for stronger, shinier hair. Eat fatty fish like wild-caught salmon and albacore tuna. Incorporating avocados into your meals will also help fortify hair for stronger strands. So go ahead – order that extra serving of guacamole. Your hair will thank you.

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Supplement Support System, S3 by MONAT

How about stepping things up a notch with a powerful, healthy hair supplement? Take your hair growth to the next level with S3 by MONAT! Each of the clinically proven ingredients found in S3 work together to replenish the body of possible nutrient deficiencies that could be contributing to hair loss. The best part? S3 is gluten-free, GMO-free with absolutely no animal byproducts.

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Resolve to make these few nutritional changes to your diet, and see just how long and healthy your hair will grow. Always remember: you are what you eat. So don’t sabotage yourself! Drink plenty of water and feed your body and mind the healthy way.

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SUMMER-IZE YOUR HAIR 2

Many people go au naturel with their hair in the summer. They give up on perfect, sleek hairdos and turn to a looser, slightly-but-purposely messy look. That’s good news because shaggy hair is back! And trendy, slightly messy looks are so easy to do.

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  • 1— Second Day Hair, Don’t Care! Add texture applying The Champ Conditioning Dry Shampoo on the roots and Moxie Magnifying Mousse on the rest of your hair, then flip up the ends with a flat iron.
  • 2— The Braded Bunch. Braids are an easy way to make your hair look done. No matter where you put them on your hair, they give a finished look. But let the flyaways have their day. They keep the style looking effortless and not too “done.”
  • 3— Back with a Bang. Try side swept bangs, which give you versatility. You can push them off to the side or pin them off your face. Prep hair with a styling sculptor like Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy for hold and flexibility, point the hairdryer nozzle down and away from your face and then mist the fringe with hairspray, like Refinish Control Hairspray to keep the bangs in place.
  • 4— Groovy Waves. Use Tousled Texturizing Mist to achieve a desirable wavy beach look. Spray it on and scrunch your hair while lightly drying with a diffuser.
Are you more into shiny and smooth hair in the summer? MONAT has you covered!

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  • 5— High-High. Try the high ponytail to keep your hair off your neck. Spray Tousled Texturizing Mist at the roots and then brush hair up toward the top back of your crown. Secure the ponytail with two elastics—one on top of the other—to create volume and height. Flat iron the ponytail (remember, at a low temperature!), hide the elastic with a leather ribbon and finish with a mist of hair spray.
  • Low-Low. You also can go with a low ponytail. Slick back wayward hair with Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy, gathering the hair at the nape of the neck with two elastics for extra support. Divide the ponytail into three sections and wind each around a curling iron. Finish the look off by combing your fingers through the ringlets for a casual, slightly off-beat look.
LOVE YOUR HAIR
Regardless of the look you want, your hair needs some serious TLC in the summer because the season’s heat, humidity and dry wind can make hair frizzy, dehydrated and weathered.
  • Apply conditioners and oils starting midway on your hair down to the ends to prevent your roots from getting oily.
  • Go for a deep treatment, such as REJUVABEADS™, to bring your hair back to health.
  • Wear scarves, hats or funky hair accessories to provide extra UV protection, help your scalp retain moisture and protect your hair from sun, dust and pollution.
  • Embrace and celebrate the natural texture of your hair!

QUICK FACTS ABOUT HAIR LOSS

Did you know…?

  • According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), Female Pattern Hair Loss, also known as androgenetic alopecia, affects about 50 million men and 30 million women in the US.
  • Up to 40% of women in America experience hair loss.
  • It’s normal to lose between 50 and 100 hairs each day.

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Besides hereditary thinning or baldness, other possible causes of hair loss include:

  • Stress experienced due to traumatic events, such as the loss of a loved one
  • Nutritional deficiencies caused by low intakes of protein, iron, vitamin D, and calcium
  • Hormonal changes like those experienced during menopause
  • Illnesses or medical conditions such as thyroid disease, diabetes, lupus or anemia
  • Excessively pulling your hair throughout the years with tight ponytails, buns, and braids
  • Excessive use and application of chemicals such hair relaxers, perms, bleaches, and dyes

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How MONAT Can Help

Excessive sebum in the scalp, often accompanying thinning hair, is attributed to general inflammatory conditions in the body. MONAT’s seven Treatment Systems have been specially formulated with key ingredient Capixyl™, which aids in hair regrowth and maintains a well-hydrated scalp. With Red Clover Extract, Capixyl can boost stronger, thicker and healthier tresses.

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*Testimonials are not a guarantee as to outcomes. Individual results may vary.

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Men hair and skin care

Not Just for Women

As you know, the hair and skin care industry are very female oriented. Women have long been the primary users of hair care products and services. This is partly true because of an emphasis on hair and skin care for beauty as well as for health, and partly because women tend to be more concerned about their looks than men.

Changing Attitudes

Over the past few years, we’ve really seen that attitude changing. More and more, men are becoming concerned with good grooming and becoming aware of the health aspects of making sure their hair and skin are cared for properly.

Men’s products are a fast-growing segment of the hair and skin care business. This is partially due to the emergence of the “metrosexual”. For those of you who are not familiar with that term, a “metrosexual”.  “Metrosexual” is defined as an urban male of any sexual orientation who has a strong aesthetic sense.  They spends a great amount of time and money on his appearance and lifestyle. The metrosexual male has caused our culture to challenge the traditional notions of masculinity—and taking care of the hair and skin is one of those. The other reason for the increase in men’s care products is that the aging baby boomer (and this means male or female) is scrambling for the fountain of youth. Baby boomers are looking in the mirror and they don’t necessarily like what they see.

The difference between male and female hair and skin

Believe it or not, there ARE some differences between male and female skin. Let’s talk about those for a second. The differences are more along the lines of tendencies rather than structural differences. For instance, a man’s skin is made up of the same kind of layers as a woman’s skin. A man’s skin has all the same numbers and types of cells and sensory receptors for things like heat, cold and pain.

A man’s skin, however, tends to have larger sebaceous glands and thus, produces more sebum than a woman’s skin; men also produce it longer in life. The female hormone, estrogen, influences the production of sebum, so after menopause, the production of sebum slows down considerably. This, on the other hand, is not true for men. Therefore, older men will tend to have oilier skin and scalps than older women.  In general, men will tend to be more prone to acne than women because of that greater production of sebum.

The main difference is facial hair

Men perspire more than women do.  Their skin tends to be coarser and thicker, and then there’s the biggest difference of all, facial hair. Men and women have the same number of hair follicles, but because of the testosterone levels, men grow coarser, thicker hair on their heads, faces and bodies. Beard hair is really abrasive and tough and grows at a rate of more than 5 inches a year.

Male pattern baldness

With an increase of testosterone, men tend to begin to lose hair younger and more rapidly than females – thus male pattern baldness.  (Of course, genetics and environment also tend to have an influence on hair loss as well).

High levels of Testosterone can lead to the loss of connective tissue that surrounds the hair follicle, making it weak and eventually, non-functional

Men need to take care of their hair and skin just as much as women do.  On the average, men are exposed to harsher conditions in their work environment.

  • They tend to get dirtier because of grease, oil, and dirt in the workplace and;
  • Men are often exposed to higher amounts of pollution and harsh environments due to no protective barrier that makeup provides for women.

Because they produce more sebum, men also tend to have more acne-prone skin than women do.

Conditioned to care about hair and skin care

Men as a whole have not been conditioned to properly care for their hair or skin. The typical routine for a man is to use the soap that’s in the shower to wash their face and hair.  Then they lather up with shaving cream, followed by a splash of an alcohol-based aftershave or cologne.  An optimal routine for good grooming? Probably not. Think of this as an educational opportunity!!

It’s important for men to know that proper hair and skin care is an effective and valuable aid to healthy aging.  Prevention is important no matter what age.

Hair Loss Does Not Have To Be Permanent

Hair 101

Our hair is subjected to endless degrees of stress and trauma.  Sun and environmental pollutants to chemical processing and aging all affect how healthy or unhealthy our hair is. Everyone is looking for a way to prevent hair loss and make hair lusher, thicker, healthier and more attractive with minimal effort.

  • Has your hair changed in the last several years?
  • Have you lost hair recently or are losing hair now?
  • Has your hair color changed?
  • Does your hair look older, dull, brittle or flat?
  • Do you wish your hair were easier to style every day?
  • Are you seeing less volume and thickness?
  • Do your current hair products deliver on their promises?

Hair loss

Hair plays a vital role in our appearance.  It is not as complex as it looks. Hair is composed of strong structural proteins called keratin. Below the surface of the skin is the hair root.  It is enclosed within a hair follicle. At the base of the follicle is the dermal papilla. The dermal papilla is fed by the bloodstream which carries nourishment to produce new hair.

The dermal papilla plays a crucial role and is of great importance for the hair formation and growth cycle.

Each human head carries roughly 100,000 hair follicles. Each follicle can grow many hairs over a lifetime: on average, each follicle grows a new hair around twenty times. Hair grows about 3-4 mm/day.  Hair growth and loss are completely random. At any given time, a random number of hairs will be in various stages of growth and shedding. Over the years, the number of follicles capable of growing hair decreases naturally. The loss of these follicles is especially noticeable on the top of the head.

Research has shown that hair loss can be the results of several factors, though not fully understood.  The causes of hair loss can be genetic, due to hormonal changes or imbalances (childbirth, menopause), linked to nutrition (deficiency in certain vitamins and minerals), stress, diseases, medications, hair treatment (over styling and excessive brushing, dye, bleaching) and of course aging.

Hair loss can be permanent or temporary.

Hair loss sufferers will most of the time have the hair growth cycle disrupted by;

  1. loss of connective tissue surrounding the hair follicle caused by an increase of (DHT) hormone,
  2. an increase in the inflammatory process in the scalp
  3. oxidative stress increase
  4. an increase in free radical damage

Aging effects

Of course, aging has its effects. Aging decreases the number of hair follicles as well as the size of the follicles.  The smaller size follicles cause the hair shafts to become thinner.  This decrease in both the number and size of the follicles leads to the thinning of hair.

Although there are many factors that cause a decrease in hair, the good new is with the right care and treatment, it is possible to revitalize and stimulate the natural hair growth cycle once again.


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