The Long and Short of Regular Hair Trims

Hair is more than just something to keep our heads warm in the winter. In nature, the fur or plumage a creature is sporting often sends any number of messages to other birds and animals, from “stay back I’m dangerous!” to “I’m ready for romance.” In humans the same is absolutely true. Ever since the beginning of human civilization, the way people wear their hair has signaled their status, their profession, certainly their gender, and even their emotional state.

These days, an accepted part of regular hair care is getting a trim. Generally considered as a maintenance step in between actual haircuts, a trim is just that; either the owner of the hair, or a barber or hair stylist trims the ends off of your hair. The belief is that trimming your hair in between haircuts helps to keep it healthy, but exactly how is up for debate. Some people claim it makes it stronger, some believe it makes your hair grow faster, but in either case, the consensus is that it’s just the smart thing to do. But does trimming your hair really help it be healthier?

Split ends

One theory of why trims can help improve the quality and health of your hair relates to the well-known phenomenon of the split end. Split ends happen when the outer keratin sheath on each hair, made of thousands of cuticles each (yes, just like your nails), splits and begins to expose the soft inner core of the hair. This inner core is supposed to hold moisture and keep your hair flexible, which can prevent breakage. Additionally, the sheath itself can begin to flake and curl which leads to frizz and more fly-aways, preventing you from getting that perfect sleek blowout. Since hair isn’t alive, it won’t repair itself, and once the hair end is split there’s no turning back.

Making sure to keep your hair trimmed regularly, even when you aren’t planning on changing your look, helps to eliminate those split ends before they get out of control, and helps prevent moisture loss across the length of the hair. Since the hair cannot repair itself, this is the only option to eliminate split ends, besides costly protein treatments which create an artificial barrier around each hair and mimics the properties of the hair sheath where it may have begun to split.

Hair growth

The evidence behind this one is a little bit less clear. The average person’s hair grows by a few centimeters a month, on average. Some conditions, like pregnancy or certain genetic disorders, can lead to accelerated hair growth of inches or more. For many years, common advice has been to keep your hair trimmed regularly as it promotes hair growth. But is this really the case?

The only factors which can affect how fast hair grows at a physiological level are internal to your body. Vitamin-rich diet, medical conditions, how much sun you get, and how much water you drink can definitely all have an effect on your hair growth. Trimming your hair may make it look healthier by eliminating frizz, but cutting off the keratin growth that makes up your hair isn’t going to influence how fast your hair follicle pushes that keratin out.

The origins of this belief may go back to the fact that trimming your hair gets rid of split ends. When a split end happens to an individual hair, if the split end isn’t addressed, it can travel up the hair, leading to brittle ends on each individual strand. During normal hair washing and brushing, these ends can break off, shortening your hair by a small amount. Each individual bit of breakage may not be very much in terms of length, but it can add up over the weeks or months, resulting in hair which appears to grow slower, as the ends of the hair are breaking off and negating new growth.

When you get regular trims, the split ends don’t have a chance to travel, and your overall hair length is preserved. This can lead to the appearance of faster growing hair, especially if you had previously not been getting regular trims.

Splitting hairs about hair trims

Of course, all of these factors depend a lot on individual circumstances. We’ve all been to hair appointments where we ask for an inch off the bottom and end up with our hair up by our ears (or a very close cut, for the men in the audience). Hair stylists need to understand the growth pattern of hair to appropriately address any concerns you may have about your individual hair health. For any individual person who has concerns about the health of their hair, the best option is always to develop a relationship with a good hair stylist, who will have the knowledge and skills to give you the best advice for your hair and lifestyle.

The last word on trims

Hair trimming is probably a good idea, and it does offer some benefits in terms of the physical health of your hair, but the most important effect of regular hair trims may just be knowing that your hair looks exactly the way you want it to. Expressing control over your physical appearance can lead to more confidence and a better self image, so go out there and seize the trim, and promise yourself a better hair future.

Christmas Gift Ideas: Beauty Gifts and Stocking Fillers

Today I am turning my attention towards bath and beauty, and, more specifically, gift ideas in this area. The majority of gifts in this guide are unisex, and would work for a range of age groups and tastes.

Beauty gifts are always popular at Christmas, and look glamorous and luxurious sitting under the tree. They also take away the issues that can arise with fashion gifts, namely which size to buy, which colour etc.

Here are some ideas for beauty gifts that won’t break the bank but will look like you’ve made an effort to get something wonderful.

Urban Veda Gift Sets

Urban Veda is a gorgeous natural skincare brand that creates products that suit you based on your skin type and your ‘dosha’. If that has sparked your interest, and maybe had you thinking my what? then let me explain a little further.

Dosha is an Ayurvedic term to describe the physical and emotional tendencies within the mind and body. You can find out more about your dosha by taking part in the Urban Veda questionaire which you can find right here, and can then tailor your choices to your answers.

This Christmas Urban Veda have created a wonderful range of gift sets that look and smell wonderful and are based around you dosha and body needs. The ranges are soothing, reviving, purifying and radiance and are unisex, making them ideal for all the family. They are also certified vegan and cruelty free, which makes them a gift that could tick lots of boxes if you are looking for something both luxurious and ethical. The gift sets start at £11.99, with the ‘Body Ritual Set’ containing 3 full sized products being the hero of the range.

Urban Veda products are just wonderful – this is a range that is definitely one to watch.

Purifying Body Ritual Set
£29.99 | 650ml Click to visit Urban Veda

Radiance Body Ritual Set
£29.99 | 650ml Click to visit Urban Veda

Soothing Body Ritual Set
£29.99 | 650ml Click to visit Urban Veda

Reviving Body Ritual Set
£29.99 | 650ml Click to visit Urban Veda

Curaprox Black is White Toothpaste set

A sparkling white smile is something we all aspire to, but cosmetic dentistry may be something that is well out of our price range. Curaprox “Black Is White” toothpaste naturally strengthens and whitens teeth.

The toothpaste contains activated carbon which absorbs particles which would normally grind enamel away; preventing discolouration from caffeine, nicotine and red wine. The hydroxylapatie in Black Is White snuggles up to the tooth enamel, acting a thin film. As a result, it protects the enamel and even fills small holes, promising optimal results and glistening white teeth. It has double protection against tooth decay from the sodium fluoride and its enzymatic system and has no bleaching properties.

This Christmas Curaprox have put together a gift idea which features a lemon version of the toothpaste and a limited edition ultra soft toothbrush. At £19.95 this is a really great stocking filler.

Charcoal Whitening toothpaste – Black is White £19.95 Click to visit Curaprox

7th Heaven Top to Toe Treats

Award-winning beauty brand 7th Heaven is the world’s number 1 face mask brand, It’s products are completely natural and cruelty free, and come in a range of wonderful flavours and scents, providing the perfect quick fix pick me up for tired winter skin.
This Christmas 7th Heaven has launched a wonderful range  of christmas goody boxes and hampers, topped up with fantastic treats for your skin, hair and body. A key gift that would be much appreciated in any beauty buffs Christmas stocking this year is the Top to Toe treats tin. This contains a range of products for the hair, face and body including masks, scrubs and hair treatments that will leave your body nourished and soft from head to toe.
The tin contains a Black Raspberry Scrub, Goji Body Smoothie, Foot Soak Foot Lotion, Coconut Protein Hair Rescue, Manuka Honey Hair Rescue Mask, Exfoliator & Masque in 1, Red Hot Earth Self Heating Sauna Mask, Strawberry Souffle Mask, Passion Peel Off, Dead Sea Spa Mask, Creamy Coconut Mask and Manuka Honey Peel Off Mask. It costs just £9.99 and can be picked up from Argos. A definite hit for the beauty aficionado.

Montagne Jeunesse 7th Heaven Top to Toe Treats Tin £9.99 Click to visit Argos

Mio Skincare Liquid Yoga

Mio Skincare’s Liquid Yoga Bath Soak is my idea of the perfect pampering bath treat. It promises to relax, ease muscles and re-energise your body, and I can confirm it does all three, making it a wonderful pick me up for tired, aching bones.

I always have a bottle of this in my bathroom and think this is a great gift idea for a new mum, a gym or fitness body, or anyone whose idea of relaxing is to take a lovely soothing bath.

Mio Skincare Liquid Yoga Bath Soak (200ml) now £17.42 Click to visit Mio Skincare

 

Find Out About Coolsculpting

It is one of those age old problems, you gain weight so you decide to embark on a diet of healthy eating and to start some exercise, maybe you even go as far as to join a gym. And it works! You lose the weight and feel so much better. But, hold on, that is only half the story. You lose the weight but not always in the areas you want to, and so are still stuck with back fat, or bra fat, or that double chin that you really hoped would disappear.

Some Fat Cells just don’t seem to want to budge, no matter how successful our diet or exercise regime is. This can be very frustrating, especially when you have been trying so hard. But there is now a non surgical procedure offered by the Pulse Light Clinic that can quite literally freeze your excess fat away. This is Coolsculpting.

The Pulse Light Clinic is based in London and is offering coolsculpting as a way to get rid of those tricky fat cells once and for all. It describes coolsculpting as:-

an innovative way to contour your body by freezing unwanted fat away.

Coolsculpting is a non surgical treatment that requires no needles and has no downtime. It is perfect for the areas of the body already mentioned, and also the thighs and tummy. The video below shows just how the procedure works. A session lasts for one hour. It is not painful and you can relax while it is taking place.

If you are interested in finding out more about Coolsculpting, you can currently request a free consultation on their website. There are also finance options available.

Pulse Light Clinic

Bank / Liverpool Street Clinic

0207 523 51581st Floor, Peek House, 20 East Cheap, London, EC3M 1EB

or

Oxford Street / Tottenham Court Road Clinic

0207 205 40855 Percy Street, London, W1T 1DG