Beauty & Style

Eat Your Way To Fabulous Hair.

There’s no magic pill.  If you are starting to notice something is off with your hair or scalp, it might be time to take a look at those meals in front of you.  Strong, vibrant, better-looking hair is a direct reflection of what you put in your body.  When you stray away from a balanced diet, over time you’ll see dry, brittle, thinning hair.  Before you run to the store for Biotin Supplements, here’s where you should be focusing your energy. 



What’s so special about essential fatty acids? About 3% of the hair shaft is make up of these fatty acids, and they are critical to the proper function of your entire body. But it’s important to know your body is not able to produce these fatty acids on its own, so it is necessary that you eat foods containing them.

What foods?  Salmon, herring, sardines, trout, mackerel, walnuts, flaxseeds, avocados, and pumpkin seeds.



Boost collagen production with Vitamin C.  It’s common knowledge that collagen goes hand in hand with beauty and anti-aging. But it’s not just skin, collagen surrounds the hair strands as well.   As we age, collagen breaks down causing hair to be more vulnerable to damage.  Eating more Vitamin C is critical for circulation to the scalp and it also supports the tiny blood vessels that feed the follicles. Too little Vitamin C in your diet can lead to hair breakage.


What foods?  Citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwis, tomatoes, blueberries, dark leafy greens, and red peppers.



Protein is the building block of beautiful hair.  Foods that are rich in protein are usually also great sources of zinc and iron, all of which keep hair strands strong and plentiful.  When there is an iron deficiency or anemia present, you will notice hair loss as a direct effect.


What foods?  Eggs, chicken, fish, pork, beef, oysters, nuts, and beans.



Stop the damage.  If you find yourself with brittle and breaking hair, Vitamin E is required to nourish damaged hair and to prevent further breakage.  As an added bonus, it aids the body’s ability to manufacture keratin within hair strands to restore your locks.

What foods?  Sunflower seeds, almonds, pine nuts, dried apricots, spinach and olives.



Not just for healthy eyes. Beta carotene is an antioxidant, which your body turns into vitamin A.  It helps protect and produce the oils that sustain your scalp, and being low on vitamin A can even leave you with itchy, irksome dandruff.  Furthermore, every cell in whole human body cannot function without enough vitamin A- so load up on the beta carotene when you can.


What foods?  Sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe, mangoes, pumpkin, and apricots.


There’s no magic pill

photo credit: tumblr

photo credit: tumblr

If you’re already eating a wholesome, balanced diet with all of the above mentioned foods but you still have problems with your hair, read my article “Fragile Hair Woes” to shed some light on three other causes of problem hair.

The Truth About Box Color

Let’s talk about at-home hair color.


I obviously understand the needs of a DIY life, but this topic is a sensitive one for me because I’ve seen some pretty gruesome at-home dye jobs come into the salon to be fixed.  It’s not always possible to fix them.  Sadly, the more box color applied to the hair, the less I can actually help reverse the damage.


If you find yourself toying with the idea of taking matters into your own hands, let’s break it down so you can at least be an intelligent consumer, regardless of the path you choose to take (hint: don’t color your own hair!).



Imagine, if you would, two women.  One has thick, coarse, wirey hair.  And the other has fine, soft, duck-fluff like hair. And for the sake of a visual aid, these women are as different as these two pups:

Puli Photo: Tim Flach; Chinese Crested Photo: Matt Toka

Puli Photo: Tim Flach; Chinese Crested Photo: Matt Toka


Option 1: Color from a Salon: When these two women come into a salon, the colorist can assess their unique hair types and formulate a color not only for the shade they want to be, but also formulate for their texture.  The coarse hair usually gets a stronger formula than the fine hair.  Simple enough, right?


Option 2: Color from a Box: If the same two women went to a drugstore instead to buy box color, the formulas are specifically made for the woman with the coarse hair so she will get the coverage she needs.  The fine haired woman will also get coverage, but her results will be darker, and over time she’ll notice some damage because it was too strong for her delicate hair


Box color is results oriented; and full gray coverage is the name of the game.  The formulas have nothing to do with hair texture.  Which is why the formula is never “quite right,” and over time your hair will begin to feel dry, look a little lackluster, which will make you color it again… and again.  Get the point?



“Temporary… Gentle… Safe… Ammonia Free… Conditioning…”  The box will have a lot of claims.


It’s kind of shocking that consumers think this would be the one time product manufacturers are sticklers for Truth in Advertising.  It’s called marketing.  Marketing, as we all know, has very little to do with what’s in the box, and everything to do with what’s printed on the box.

Kind of like cigarettes back in the day.

vintage luckies ad

vintage luckies ad

Also, the words “permanent”, “semi permanent”, and “temporary” are thrown around carelessly in the world of hair color.  Regardless of what the box says, here’s the truth:

  • If you mix two things together before you apply it: It’s Permanent.
  • If you lightened the shade of your hair:  It’s Permanent.
  • If you can see regrowth after a few weeks: It’s Permanent.


Is permanent color bad?  Not necessarily.  But we don’t call it permanent color because of the longevity of the dye molecules.  We call it permanent because it’s a chemical strong enough to alter your natural hair color and actually permanently change the texture of your hair.  Changing it one time could be fine, twice is not so great, three times:  Welcome to Damage City.

progression of hair damage under a microscope.

progression of hair damage under a microscope.




For example, L’Oreal makes professional hair color, and they also make home box color.  That might make you wonder if it’s all the same formulations.  I assure you, the only thing they have in common is the fact that they are made by chemists.

Would Gwen Stefani lie to me?

Gwen Stefani is lying to you.

For the sake of this comparison, hair color formulas have two parts that are mixed together: Color and Developer.


In the mixing room of most salons there will be at least 4 options of Developer Strengths and at least 3 options of hair color types (i.e. types that are specifically formulated to be super sheer, or normal, or opaque, or high lifting, etc).


The box you buy at the drugstore has 1 option included: one developer and one tube of color.  That’s it.


Since when is one size fits all a realistic thing?  What happens to women with allergies?  Or women that need more lift?  Or more conditioning?   Box color formulas are too broad to be desirable.  Period.


It sure is.  And while it does take time to find a great hair colorist that can be compatible with your budget, there is not a single one worth their weight that would ever discount their prices to compete with at-home color affordability.  We charge prices based on our experience, knowledge, and ability.  Like everything else in life, you get what you pay for.

Cartoon Credit: Jim Hunt

Cartoon Credit: Jim Hunt


I don’t care what the box promised you, or what the magazine article you read stated: An at-home dye job will never look like it walked out of a salon.  If you’re still going to reach for that box, now you at least know that you are sacrificing the condition of your hair for about $10.  Is it really worth it?


Hungry for more stylist advice?  Check out my other posts HERE.


He Can Stuff It, Too.

By popular demand, I have decided to release another list to my last post, Stuff It, with all of the best stocking stuffers for men to wrap up your holiday shopping.


Men are notoriously tricky to shop for.  The gifts they want are crazy expensive, and the gifts they need they will already buy for themselves.


If you have found yourself coming up empty for ideas and your guy isn’t the beer-cozy type (not that there’s anything wrong with that), here’s some of my favorite gift ideas for Mr. Heatherland, everything from my favorite Proraso shaving cream to my top pick for the best men’s hair product out there.







Proraso Shaving Cream, 150mL for $9.50

Proraso Shaving Cream is *the best* shaving cream ever.  I don’t know what the heck this Italian super product is formulated with, but it will give you the closest shave ever and leave your face incredibly moisturized. Plus, Mr. Heatherland hasn’t had a single ingrown hair since he started using it six months ago.



Sipping Stones, Set of Six Chilling Rocks, 1 set $9.95 

If the man in your life drinks anything on the rocks, these Sipping Stones are very handy to have around.  They will keep a drink just as cold as ice would, without diluting what you’re drinking.  They just live in the freezer until you’re ready for them.



Peter Thomas Roth FIRMx Peeling Gel, 3.4oz for $34.95

Okay, I know $35 is pricey for a stocking stuffer, but this FirmX Peeling Gel is awesome.  It’s a gel that gets applied to a dry face, then as you massage it, it exfoliates all the loose and dead skin into tiny little balls of, um, skin… okay it’s kinda gross in the most amazing way.  After you use it, your face has never been softer!

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Anker 25W 5-Port Desktop USB Charger

At any one given time, there are at least four devices in our house charging.  About the size of a deck of cards, this five port usb charger can designate any area in your home as a charging station.


OM Texture Gravel Clay, 3.5oz for $24

Ok, let’s talk about men’s hair product.  Regardless of what type of hair your guy has, this is my favorite.  It has a light fragrance, a strong flexible hold, and a matte finish.  It’s a winner!


And that’s it, those are my top picks for the best stocking stuffers for men this year.  All of these items can be found on amazon, and I compiled a list of them here.  You really won’t regret the Proraso Shaving Cream… I use it too! It’s fab.


Have fun shopping!

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