Archives for December 2012

Hair Care Advice For Frequent Swimmers | Jim Bahn

Although swimming laps in the pool is a great workout, it unfortunately doesn’t have such positive effects when it comes to hair. Swimmers often find that chlorine has a damaging effect on their hair in that it dries their hair out, resulting in those lush locks becoming a frizzy mess. Pool chemicals can also discolour hair, leaving swimmers with an unwanted green glow instead of beautiful, blonde streaks. Here are a few tips for frequent swimmers to prevent damage to hair.

Wear a Swimming Cap
Swimming caps aren’t necessarily flattering, but they will help keep hair looking gorgeous when you’re out of the water. Cheap to buy, swimming caps will cover your hair, preventing it from getting damaged by chlorine and other chemicals. Frequent swimmers should keep a couple of swimming caps on hand at all times, in case one of them breaks, so that if you decide to hit the water, you won’t have to worry about their hair.

Wet Hair Before Swimming
Believe it or not, those “wet hair before swimming” signs are actually there for your benefit. Wetting your hair before jumping in the pool will reduce the amount of chlorine your hair soaks in. A simple but successful tip, a two-second rinse is a great step to take in keeping hair looking healthy.

Shampoo After Swimming
Frequent swimmers should be sure to rinse and shampoo hair after swimming in order to rinse out the pool chemicals. Rinsing off will stop chemicals from drying out hair and prevent that gorgeous glow from fading out. With most pools containing showers and changing rooms, having a shower after swimming won’t be a problem. Even those in a rush should still try to fit in time to give their hair a quick wash to help it stay looking healthy.

Apply Leave-in Conditioner Daily
It’s important for frequent swimmers to use leave-in conditioner after each session if they want to maintain those glossy locks. After washing hair, simply spray in conditioner and comb through. With a variation of leave-in conditioners especially made for swimmers, you can pick the best one suited for your hair type. An easy way to keep those lovely locks in shape. 

Deep Condition Weekly
Using a deep conditioner once a week will allow hair to regain moisture that chlorine and other chemicals may have taken out. Frequent swimmers should keep the occasional evening free in order to spend some quality time looking after their hair.

Trim Hair Regularly
Trimming hair regularly is especially crucial for frequent swimmers as the rough effect of chemicals on hair will result in more split ends. Making sure to cut off split ends will help smooth out hair, giving it back its silky, fine texture. Take a little time out to get a professional cut to help ensure that your hair looks its best at all times, giving you as much confidence out of the pool as you have in it.

There are many ways to keep your hair healthy and beautiful without having to curb the benefits of swimming. With these easy tips, swimmers need only to worry about perfecting their strokes.

Maria Hubbard writes for, who has a range of hair care products that are ideal for swimmers.

Fearless Hairstyles for the New Year

Short Hairstyles
Could 2013 be the year you dare to go short? As the evenings get lighter and the warm weather starts to make a come-back, a shorter, fresher look starts to become more appealing. For your most fearless new look in the New Year, go for short layers for plenty of volume. The pixie will never go out of style, but for a modern twist, grab a brush and get backcombing for some 2013 edginess.

A compromise on going short is softening out the pixie layers for a classic long bob. Get a long fringe swept to the side and graduate the layers past chin-length. To emphasise your bone structure, begin the layers level with your cheekbones for a cooler, angular look.

Mid-length Styles
To freshen up medium length hair for the New Year, make it a blunt cut. An easy way to add a contemporary edge to the most versatile of lengths, get rid of overgrown ends in favour of a clean and sharp cut. It is particularly good for thick hair that’s all one length, and best of all, suits every face shape. Finish it off with a straight centre part, or if you’re rocking a fringe, trim to eye-length and sweep it to the side for a softer finish.

If you’ve always fancied a fringe, this year could be the one. Choose one that combs straight forward from the centre of your crown to elongate your face, and cut thick at eye-skimming length for plenty of attitude. Complement with long, choppy layers for a great way to spice up medium length hair with rock chick style. Set with plenty of spray to keep it in place.

For a chic new up-do look, experiment with clip-in hair extensions for ponytails. Smooth back your roots for a sleek finish, and clip in the long, thick pony you’ve always wanted. Trim the ends to a sharp edge for a blunt, modern finish.

Long Hairstyles
Braids came back with a bang in 2012, and they’ll be staying firmly put in the New Year. The side braid is the perfect effort-free style for long hair. Backcomb at the crown of your hair to get some lift before sweeping straight over to one side. Begin your braid just behind your ear, and loosen with your fingers for softer, sexier finish. Dream of having long, flowing hair? Clip in hair extensions are the perfect ‘‘fake it ‘til you make it,‘‘ and braids are ideal for hiding the difference in lengths.

Long, layered curls are a great way to wear clip in hair extensions. Begin with a centre part and straight roots before daring to go big. Use a large barreled curling iron for soft, bouncy curls and set with spray.

Bill Weston writes on a number of specialist topics including hair care and hair styling using hair extensions and clip in hair extensions for

Perfect Smiles

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With everything our teeth go through it’s no surprise that our smiles can look less than perfect and a little help is needed to restore them back to their prime. Along the way, we often need fillings or we lose, break or chip teeth and the only way to get them back to looking like they once were is to have a cap or crown placed over them.

Crowns are perfect if you have mismatched teeth or have had root canal as the tooth is left weaker and needs to be protected considering that it is no longer technically alive and able to look after itself.

Crowns will normally be made from porcelain that has been bonded to precious metals as it is long and hard wearing. However, for a more natural look, you can have crowns made entirely from porcelain although these are best for front teeth as they do not last long enough for molars.

More modern techniques make use of glass and ceramic, which offer a metal-free alternative but can be just as hard-wearing as metal and as natural looking as porcelain.

The Crowning Process
The first step involves removing much of the tooth’s original structure and enamel, including parts of the tooth that may still be healthy, so that the crown can cover the remainder securely.

The crown is then bonded to the tooth with dental glue. Obviously, the downside of this procedure is that it cannot be reversed. The remaining tooth will be a little more than a stump, so if a crown or bridge doesn’t work, removal may be the only other option and a false tooth put in its place.

A filling material is used to build the tooth back up to shape. An impression of the tooth plus the upper and lower surrounding teeth is taken to ensure the crown fits perfectly into your mouth and won’t affect your bite.

You will be fitted with a temporary crown for the two to three weeks it takes for the dental laboratory to create your crown, which can then be fitted in place.

The Life Expectancy of a Crown
You can expect the crown to last up to 15 years before it will need to be replaced, but there are a few things that can go wrong such as the crown becoming loose, falling off, or chipping. It is vital that you contact your dentist as soon as this happens so that they can advise you on the best way to look after your crown and the remaining tooth, until you can be refitted, so as to avoid bacteria getting under the crown and causing further decay to your original tooth.

Victoria Connor is a leading dentist who specialises in crowns and bridges and advises on behalf of