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Ingredient Profile: Maltodextrin (Sugar Derived)

on April 09, 2015

maltodextrin sugar derivedThe Quick Skinny: Derived From:  Sugar Benefits:  Enhances appearance of thickness & fullness Used In:  Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin Volumizing Conditioner This week we’ll be focusing on the ever-so-versatile maltodextrin (sugar derived), a polysaccharide frequently found in food products. What’s a polysaccharide? Simply put, it’s a carbohydrate with a bunch of bonded sugar molecules. Maltodextrin is derived from starch, typically corn or wheat, and is produced in a powdered form. It’s commonly used as a food-thickening agent or filler for sugar substitutes, but some ingest it as a supplement with their workouts since it’s a carbohydrate. With so many uses, you may be wondering how maltodextrin fits into the hair care equation.  Maltodextrin has an ability to create a film-like coating on the hair, resulting in an increased diameter of hair strands, which gives the appearance of fuller, thicker hair.  The width, or diameter, of your individual hair strands determines whether you have fine or coarse hair.  Finer hair tends to have a thinner appearance while coarser hair generally has a thicker appearance.  By increasing the diameter of your hair using a coating agent like maltodextrin, you’re able to achieve a fuller and more voluminous look. Maltodextrin is a main active ingredient in our Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin Volumizing Conditioner due to its natural thickening properties.  It’s another one of the many natural “wonder” ingredients that we use to boost our product performance without the use of harsh, synthetic chemicals.

Feed Your Hair: Foods That Promote Healthy Hair

on April 05, 2015

foods that promote healthy hair Healthy eating and a balanced diet not only affect how we feel on the inside, but can also impact how we look on the outside. Certain nutrients and vitamins are great for supporting healthy hair growth and can easily be found in foods without added supplements. We compiled a quick guide of nutrients and foods that promote healthy hair.   Omega 3 Fatty Acids Fatty acids are the “good fats” that are needed for a well balanced diet. Your body does not naturally produce Omega 3 fatty acids, which is why it’s crucial to eat foods rich in this nutrient. An Omega 3 deficiency can lead to dry, tangled hair, dandruff, and hair loss. Found In: fish (tuna, salmon, oysters, halibut), flaxseed oil, chia seeds, walnuts   Biotinfoods that promote healthy hair Biotin is a B-complex vitamin that is an essential nutrient to support cell growth and is well known to promote strong, healthy hair. While it is disputed that high dose biotin supplements actually increase hair growth, normal amounts of the vitamin in your diet are important as a deficiency can lead to hair loss. Found In: almonds, egg yolks, soybeans, fish, avocado, raspberries, cauliflower, cheddar cheese   Zincfood to feed your hair Zinc is a mineral that your body requires in order to grow hair. A zinc deficiency can lead to hair loss, dry scalp, as well as dull hair. Found In: oysters, legumes, protein (beef and chicken), mushrooms, seaweed, whole grains, bamboo shoots   vitamin c Vitamin C Vitamin C is high in antioxidants which reduces the damage from free radicals. Lack of vitamin C can result in dry, thin hair and split ends. Found In: broccoli, brussels sprouts, potatoes, spinach, citrus fruits   Vitamin Esunflower seeds Similarly to vitamin C, vitamin E is high in antioxidants and reduces damage from free radicals. Vitamin E also helps to increase blood circulation, which contributes to faster and healthier hair growth. Found In: vegetable oils, almonds, sunflower seeds, leafy greens This is just an overview of some foods and nutrients that promote healthy, strong hair. Following a healthy, well balanced diet will nourish your entire body from the inside out.

Hairspiration: 5 Hairstyles For Spring

on April 04, 2015

We’re crushing on these hairstyles for spring (or all year round!). Hairstyles for Spring 1. Air Dried Texture: This no-fuss casual look is great for busy mornings before work. Put wet hair in a braid or bun and let dry. Finish with a texture spray or dry shampoo to enhance the texture.   Hairstyles For Spring 2. Low Ponytails: For long ponytails, curl with a big barrel curler for some texture and added volume; Or try a twist like this one from The Beauty Department.   Hairstyles for Spring 3. Accessories: Nothing says spring like a flower in your hair!   Hairstyles For Spring 4. Natural Curls: We always love a natural curl for any occasion.   Hairsyles for Spring5. Braids: Braid hair to one side and leave some tendrils loose for a romantic, date night look like this one from Missy Sue. Mix it up with fun braids like the fishtail, inside out French braid.

Do It Big: Enhance Your Hair’s Volume

on April 03, 2015

Enhance Your Hair's VolumeLet’s face it, not all of us are gifted with naturally voluminous hair. For some of us, our hair may start out thick during childhood and teenage years and then become progressively thinner as we reach our 20s and 30s. Thin, flat hair can be caused by various factors including stress, genetics, over–styling/damage, and even diet. It’s not possible to increase your hair’s thickness overnight; however, we’ve put together a few tips and tricks that will help you enhance your hair’s volume the next time you style your hair. Start at the root. Clean roots are the foundation for voluminous, thicker looking hair. While cleansing, focus on your scalp and roots first, and then move your way toward the ends of the hair. Sebum, oil that is produced from the hair follicle, tends to build up at the root of the hair. Buildup of this oil over time can weigh down your roots and give the appearance of limp hair, which is why it’s essential to shampoo your scalp thoroughly. In addition, some sources indicate that this buildup of sebum may also contribute to slower hair growth over time. A healthy scalp is essential for normal follicle growth and we recommend using a gentle, sulfate free shampoo. Sulfates are harsh surfactants used in various cleaning products (even garage floor cleaners!) to cut through dirt and oil. The corrosive nature of sulfates strips the hair of natural oils that are important in keeping the scalp hydrated and normalized. According to naturalnews.com, lather produced by sulfates “roughs up the cuticle of the hair, making it appear dull, dry, and damaged . . . . It has even been linked to follicular damage and can potentially contribute to hair loss.” A sulfate free shampoo will not only give your roots a clean foundation, but it will also help prevent against follicle damage and dry scalp. how to co-wash, conditioning, hair tipsIncorporate volumizing products. A good volumizing conditioner and finishing spray can also help enhance your hair’s volume. Some volumizing conditioners create the appearance of fullness with ingredients that coat the hair, thereby increasing the diameter of each strand which results in more volume. Ingredients like collagen (a protein) increase the density and flexibility of the hair to give the hair fullness and movement. When conditioning hair, focus on the ends and then work your way up to the scalp. Be careful not to over-condition your roots, as doing so may result in a weighed down appearance. Volumizing sprays are also a great solution for adding lift and body to the hair. Volumizing sprays are typically focused on the roots where thickening support is most needed. Blow dry to volumize.blow dry hair Certain styling techniques can enhance the volume of your hair. When blow drying, focus on the roots first. Flip your head upside down and blow dry the roots until they are almost dry. Then flip your hair back over and finish drying the rest of your hair with a round brush in an upward motion. If you have thin, fine hair finish it off with a lightweight volumizing spray or dry shampoo instead of hairspray. The dry shampoo will give your hair extra texture and fullness while reducing oiliness as the day goes on. It also gives the hair more grip, cutting down on static and that “too-soft” feeling. Keep a travel size dry shampoo in your purse for touch ups throughout the day. Prepare your hair for bed. You can prime your hair at night to save time washing and styling in the morning. After you wash and blowdry your hair at night, pull it into a loose bun (or two, Princess Leia style) to sleep on — use an old school scrunchy (preferably silk or satin) to avoid creases or breakage. The overnight bun will give your hair some natural wave and volume when you take it out the next day. To give some additional body in the morning, you may also try experimenting with texturizing sprays like this DIY from The Beaty Department (skip the oil and leave-in conditioner if your hair is extra fine and thin). Or, you may choose to apply dry shampoo to your roots and blow dry your hair upside down to create some extra fullness. Get a fresh cut.hair cut Regular haircuts keep hair healthy, fresh and thicker-looking, too. Split ends make hair look wispy and thus, thinner. Regular cuts also give the hair a more uniform shape which will even out your ends for a fuller appearance.   No matter how much volume your hair lacks, there are several techniques and ways to enhance your volume, whether it’s changing up products or styling a different way. What are some other techniques you use to liven up your hair? Do share!

Ingredient Profile: Carica (Papaya) Fruit Extract — Papaya is Good for Your Hair

on April 01, 2015

papaya is good for your hairThe Quick Skinny
Derived From:  Papaya Fruit Benefits:  Hydration & Antioxidant Properties Used In:  Be Gentle, Be Kind Green Tea Shampoo
This week, we’ll be discussing the many powerful properties of Carica (Papaya) Fruit Extract. Papaya, a fruit native to tropical regions of the Americas, is commonly known for many beneficial beauty properties in the cosmetic world. The extract, which comes from seeds of the papaya fruit, is typically listed in skincare products meant to exfoliate and/or brighten the appearance of skin while promoting a hydrated complexion. While it may be more common in topical creams or scrubs, papaya is good for your hair. We use papaya fruit extract in our Be Gentle, Be Kind Green Tea Shampoo, given the ingredient’s hydrating capabilities. It’s important that shampoos are balanced. While getting rid of dirt, oil, and buildup, shampoos should also replenish hydration to the hair to leave it soft and manageable. Papaya fruit extract is also rich in Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants are substances that help protect against free radicals, which are unstable molecules that can damage healthy cells and lead to a myriad of health concerns. Antioxidants are important in hair care because they help protect against the damaging effects of UV and sun exposure to the hair and scalp. Not to mention, papaya extract has a fruity and invigorating scent that we use to naturally enhance the fragrance of our formulas. Papayas certainly aren’t just for eating – their beauty-related benefits are numerous and play an important role in healthy hair care.

Beauty Multi-Tasking: Things To Do While You Deep Condition

on March 29, 2015

DontDespairRepairMask We often remember to protect and pamper our skin from the elements, but your hair health is just as important. Many factors can contribute to dry, damaged hair — exposure to the cold, icy rain and snow, heat tools, chemicals, and even indoor heat can dry out hair and cause breakage. Despite these sometimes inevitable factors, you can still take meaningful steps to repair and restore your hair. We recommend using a deep conditioning mask to restore hydration levels and repair damage. Deep conditioners are a concentrated form of conditioner with a higher potency than a standard conditioner. Typically left in for longer amounts of time, deep conditioners penetrate the layers of the hair follicle to effectively restore moisture, increase elasticity, and strengthen hair. While a deep conditioning mask is an effective solution for repairing hair, the time involved with doing so can sometimes be daunting. Many deep conditioning masks require at least 20 minutes of application for the most effective treatment. Your beauty routine shouldn’t need to be a burden on your personal schedule so we’ve put together a list of creative ways to fit your deep conditioning regimen into your daily activities. Tidy up. 20 minutes is the perfect amount of time to spruce up your space. Dust your living room, wipe down your bathroom or kitchen, or organize your vanity. You can even take this time to clean expired products out of your medicine cabinet. Give yourself a manicure. Choose a color to spruce up an outfit for later in the week or try out a trendy nail art design. Try a hair and face mask duo. While you’re hydrating your hair, hydrate your face too with a facial mask. Leave both on then rinse off together. Clean out your emails. Emails can quickly pile up during the week. Set aside this time to give your inbox a spring cleaning. Keeping yourself organized can calm your mind, which is a great way to pamper yourself! Food prep. Prepare some healthy snacks or your lunch for work the next day. Some of our favorites are chopped carrots and celery, fruit smoothies, fresh juice, homemade trail mix, or this mason jar salad. Pour a glass of wine, and relax! Give yourself a break and catch up on the magazine pile sitting on your coffee table. Don’t let the time commitment of deep conditioning keep you from giving your hair the attention it deserves. Have any ideas that we missed? We’d love to hear about your routine.

Make a Splash Withough Chlorine-Damaged Hair

on August 04, 2014

Pool Hair, Chlorine-Damaged Hair

A refreshing dip in the pool is a summertime staple, but the effects on your strands can result in devastation. Chlorine is designed to disinfect the water, so you can’t go without it, but too much in your hair will lead to increased porosity and over-drying. Chlorine-Damaged hair is preventable, but if you are already experiencing chlorine-damaged hair, your mane can be saved! tips to protect hair from sun, healthy hair tips, hair care, Chlorine-Damaged HairBefore you Swim: Soak your hair with water and a little conditioner before you hit the pool.  Hair is absorbent, so fill it up with chemical-free H2O and nutrients. It will absorb less of the chlorine and prevent damages. After you Swim: Shampoo your locks immediately. Washing out the chemicals right away will automatically cut your chances of chlorine-damaged hair. Another must is to deep condition (repeat: DEEP CONDITION) regularly. We can’t stress this enough! There will be so many nutrients that need to be replaced in chlorine-damaged hair, and the best way to achieve this is to deep condition. Be sure to also use a good sealant to lock in hair healing ingredients such as coconut or rose hip oil after your wash.  

What’s the Deal with Protecting Your Ends?

on May 29, 2014

How long has it been since you’ve seen an increase in the length of your hair? Retaining length has everything to do with how well you are treating and protecting your ends. To put it in perspective, the ends are the most elderly part of your hair, so you have to give them the most respect. Protecting your ends by giving them a little TLC will take you to great lengths!   Deep Condition Its practically summer. The birds are chirping, the trees are blooming, and the sun is beaming! That’s great until you consider the damage the sun’s rays could be inflicting. UV Rays are damaging to the cortex of your hair and make it susceptible to breakage. To combat this, you need your DDR. Deep conditioning for at least five minutes every couple of weeks (depending on your hair), and paying close attention to your ends, will start the repairing process for your cortex and give your ends strength. Deep conditioning is vital to protecting your ends internally. Bye, bye breakage! damaged hair treatment Detangle If you have a head full of springy curls, detangling while protecting your ends can be tricky. The easiest way to detangle properly is to do so while the hair is wet and teeming with conditioner. Start at the ends and move up the shaft of the hair. Protecting your ends by being very cautious will keep them from snapping off with each stroke of the comb/brush. Remember, slow and steady wins the race! Sayonara tangles! Get beautiful silky hair and fight frizzy hair with all of Briogeo's hair care products. Protect Protecting your ends physically will be the final step in retaining your length, but what does this mean? This means that you are protecting your ends by hiding them. How do you do this? Find hairstyles that allow your hair to be up like buns, braids, and cute coifs. Protective hairstyles will keep your ends out of harms way, and will allow them to flourish. Protecting your ends with hairstyles is both simple and super cute! Patience Now that you’ve added deep conditioning, gentle detangling, and protective styling to your hair regimen, you will begin to see a change over time for the better. Protecting your ends requires constant maintenance but remember that the love you put into your hair will be the result you get out!

4 Easy Steps for Happy Hair

on March 17, 2014

So the Briogeo Team ‘s expertise obviously lies in hair care not psychology or overall wellbeing, but we do know what feels good and what gets results. Spring is upon us, and we have decided that with the coming season, we need to be kind to our hair by being kind to ourselves. A happy you will ultimately lead to happy hair.   Smile Smiling fixes everything. Don’t believe us? Try it. Arguing with your co-worker, or having a crummy day, smile for 5 minutes and you are guaranteed to feel better. This goes for bad hair days too! Yeah, your curls may be flat or your straight strands are frizzy, but smile through it. Chances are, people won’t even notice your hair woes, and they will only see a beautiful smile.   Eat Well Diets kind of suck right, lets be honest about this. But you can totally implement a healthy approach to your favorite meals. Perhaps make a few more meals at home with fresh ingredients or swap your morning bagel for a piece of fruit. It’s National Nutrition Month, and your body needs fresh, natural nutrients to properly function. Your hair needs these nutrients too!   Do what you Love What’s the point of working in a mundane job, if you have to force yourself through the doors Monday through Friday just to spend the entire weekend in a stress-induced Netflix coma? Life is too short to not pursue your dreams. And guess what, when you let go of your proverbial ball and chain, you will be (yep, you guessed it!) Happy!   Simply put, your hair is an extension of your wellbeing. Implementing an overall change in your mental state will put you on the right path to happy hair will get you hair satisfaction (in addition to adding natural products, i.e. Briogeo). Being happy equals happy hair! Happy Girls

Celebs Do's: Best of Instagram Hair

on March 10, 2014

We at Briogeo have a somewhat obsession with celebrity hair, especially when it’s off the stage. So we compiled a bunch of our favorite celebrity Instagram hair photos. These “It” girls have the hair that we yearn for, even when they are doing normal-people things (like taking selfies). So without further ado, we present the celebrities of Instagram with the best hair!   [caption id="attachment_429" align="alignleft" width="150"]Photo from Instagram @mindykaling Photo from Instagram @mindykaling[/caption] Mindy Kaling. She’s gorgeous, he’s hilarious, and her hair is amazing! Ms. Kaling is absolutely a forerunner on the list of best Instagram hair.       [caption id="attachment_428" align="alignright" width="150"]Photo from Instagram @blakelivelyrey Photo from Instagram @blakelivelyrey[/caption]

Blake Lively

We are dubbing her “Queen of the Beach Wave”, and she makes that apparent on her IG feed.

        [caption id="attachment_423" align="alignleft" width="150"]Photo from Instagram: @lupitanyongo Photo from Instagram: @lupitanyongo[/caption] Lupita Nyong'o She is the darling of award season (you saw her in that red Ralph Lauren dress, right) and she makes super short look super hot. She is the epitome of the best Instagram hair.       [caption id="attachment_424" align="alignleft" width="150"]Photo from Instagram @corinnebaileyrae Photo from Instagram @corinnebaileyrae[/caption]

Corinne Bailey Rae

This siren has curls for days! She just had to be one of the best Instagram hair celebs.

        [caption id="attachment_427" align="alignleft" width="150"]Photo from Instagram @lordemusic Photo from Instagram @lordemusic[/caption] Lorde She has a crown full thick, long waves. Lorde says she will never be a royal, but she has Instagram hair that’s fit for a queen.       [caption id="attachment_426" align="alignleft" width="150"]Photo from Instagram @selenagomez Photo from Instagram @selenagomez[/caption]

Selena Gomez

She is effortless in her appearance. We can’t get enough of those full, brown locks. Absolutely winner of best Instagram hair!

        [caption id="attachment_425" align="alignleft" width="150"]Photo from Instagram @jenniferlawrenc Photo from Instagram @jenniferlawrenc[/caption] Jennifer Lawrence The pixie cut is perfect! Enough said.        

Rita Ora

[caption id="attachment_430" align="alignright" width="150"]Photo from Instagram @ritaora Photo from Instagram @ritaora[/caption]

The hair is constantly changing on her IG, and we adore the consistency of gorgeousness!

   

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