Monthly Archives: June 2015

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Hair is at it’s most fragile state when wet, so it’s no wonder that a lot of damage starts in the shower. Here’s two ways you can be (unknowingly) damaging your hair and, more importantly, how to fix it.

 

The Mistake:  Brushing your hair straight out of the shower

Why it’s bad: When your hair is wet, water breaks down the hydrogen bonds in your hair, leaving it extremely vulnerable to damage. In fact, brushing is one of the roughest things you can do to your hair in this  state, besides blow drying (but we’ll cover that topic later). Brushing leads to stretching and breaking of the individual strands, frizz and split ends. Yeah, no thanks.

 

The Fix: Use a wide tooth comb, not a flat or round brush. A wide tooth comb won’t snag your hair like a traditional brush. To give your tresses some additional TLC, use a leave in conditioner and comb slowly starting from the bottom of your hair, gradually working your way up to the root.

 

Do yourself a favor and put the brush down (you’ll thank me later).

 

The Mistake: Blow drying your hair

Why it’s bad: It’s no secret that blow drying isn’t the best thing for your hair. The heat emitted by a blow dryer removes surface moisture, causing the cuticle to crack. The result of this is dry and brittle hair. I don’t know about you, but the words dry and brittle are not how I’d like anyone to describe my hair.

 

The Fix: Towel blotting is a great way to cut down on blow drying time. And no, it’s not the same thing as towel drying 🙂  Try separating your hair into sections, squeezing your hair, then moving on to the next section. It’s important to avoid rubbing your hair vigorously with a towel since that too can cause damage. Note that you can also try this method with a t-shirt or pillowcase to significantly cut down on damage. Be sure to only rub your hair with gentle strokes and blot with a super absorbent towel.

So please, for the sake of your hair, avoid these two post shower no-no’s!

UV protection vs. SPF: What’s the difference?

The sunscreen aisle can be a confusing place. With every brand competing for your attention with different health claims about sun protection, it’s hard to know what’s right for you. And when you venture into the world of sun-safe hair care products, it gets even trickier. No need to worry, here at Nios Shield we’ve got your back. Or scalp. Whatever 😉

 

So you’re probably asking yourself what’s the difference between SPF (Sun Protection Factor) and UV protection and why should you care?  Well, products can claim their product has UV protection when it may have little to none. UV protection is more of a general term indicating that there is some protection from harmful rays, but the exact amount isn’t specified.  For a product to label itself with SPF it must pass the regulation trials to prove its ability.

 

SPF is the measurement of a product’s ability to block out UVB rays, which are the causes of sunburn and skin cancer. It measures the theoretical amount of time you can stay in the sun without getting burnt. If you wear a product with SPF 15, you would be able to stay in the sun for 15 times longer than you would be able to with nothing on your skin. In contrast, a product claiming to have UV protection gives the wearer protection but the amount of time you are protected is unknown – it is often in the range of 0.5 SPF. Now, you’d probably never put 0.5 SPF on your skin, so why put it on your hair? Ahem, that’s the reason Nios Shield came to be in the first place!

 

Another misconception surrounding SPF is the number. A consumer browsing for sun protection may think a product with SPF 30 has twice the protection of a product labeled SPF 15, but that just isn’t the case. An SPF of 15 blocks about 94% of the sun’s UVB rays while a product labeled SPF 30 blocks about 97%, just 3% more.

Thanks for reading, we hope this article helped to shed  some light on the myths surrounding sunscreen!

Monthly Archives: June 2015

hair damage shower   Google Search

Hair is at it’s most fragile state when wet, so it’s no wonder that a lot of damage starts in the shower. Here’s two ways you can be (unknowingly) damaging your hair and, more importantly, how to fix it.

 

The Mistake:  Brushing your hair straight out of the shower

Why it’s bad: When your hair is wet, water breaks down the hydrogen bonds in your hair, leaving it extremely vulnerable to damage. In fact, brushing is one of the roughest things you can do to your hair in this  state, besides blow drying (but we’ll cover that topic later). Brushing leads to stretching and breaking of the individual strands, frizz and split ends. Yeah, no thanks.

 

The Fix: Use a wide tooth comb, not a flat or round brush. A wide tooth comb won’t snag your hair like a traditional brush. To give your tresses some additional TLC, use a leave in conditioner and comb slowly starting from the bottom of your hair, gradually working your way up to the root.

 

Do yourself a favor and put the brush down (you’ll thank me later).

 

The Mistake: Blow drying your hair

Why it’s bad: It’s no secret that blow drying isn’t the best thing for your hair. The heat emitted by a blow dryer removes surface moisture, causing the cuticle to crack. The result of this is dry and brittle hair. I don’t know about you, but the words dry and brittle are not how I’d like anyone to describe my hair.

 

The Fix: Towel blotting is a great way to cut down on blow drying time. And no, it’s not the same thing as towel drying 🙂  Try separating your hair into sections, squeezing your hair, then moving on to the next section. It’s important to avoid rubbing your hair vigorously with a towel since that too can cause damage. Note that you can also try this method with a t-shirt or pillowcase to significantly cut down on damage. Be sure to only rub your hair with gentle strokes and blot with a super absorbent towel.

So please, for the sake of your hair, avoid these two post shower no-no’s!

UV protection vs. SPF: What’s the difference?

The sunscreen aisle can be a confusing place. With every brand competing for your attention with different health claims about sun protection, it’s hard to know what’s right for you. And when you venture into the world of sun-safe hair care products, it gets even trickier. No need to worry, here at Nios Shield we’ve got your back. Or scalp. Whatever 😉

 

So you’re probably asking yourself what’s the difference between SPF (Sun Protection Factor) and UV protection and why should you care?  Well, products can claim their product has UV protection when it may have little to none. UV protection is more of a general term indicating that there is some protection from harmful rays, but the exact amount isn’t specified.  For a product to label itself with SPF it must pass the regulation trials to prove its ability.

 

SPF is the measurement of a product’s ability to block out UVB rays, which are the causes of sunburn and skin cancer. It measures the theoretical amount of time you can stay in the sun without getting burnt. If you wear a product with SPF 15, you would be able to stay in the sun for 15 times longer than you would be able to with nothing on your skin. In contrast, a product claiming to have UV protection gives the wearer protection but the amount of time you are protected is unknown – it is often in the range of 0.5 SPF. Now, you’d probably never put 0.5 SPF on your skin, so why put it on your hair? Ahem, that’s the reason Nios Shield came to be in the first place!

 

Another misconception surrounding SPF is the number. A consumer browsing for sun protection may think a product with SPF 30 has twice the protection of a product labeled SPF 15, but that just isn’t the case. An SPF of 15 blocks about 94% of the sun’s UVB rays while a product labeled SPF 30 blocks about 97%, just 3% more.

Thanks for reading, we hope this article helped to shed  some light on the myths surrounding sunscreen!