Master Charming is scheduled to do my Hair tonight…. Yes I need my roots done and not that its necessarily polite etiquette to discuss these matters, nonetheless it had me thinking what is the history of this product “Wella/Koleston” I have been using to color my hair for the past 10 years. I did some research and was amazed at its history so I thought I’d share the snapshot timeline of the most famous of hair coloring and perming products plus we will share some Dry Shampooing – Tips Tricks and Recipes.
1880 a 26 year old hairdresser Franz Stroher starts his own business. He makes wigs and hairpieces that adorn the heads of the fashion conscious of the time.
1920’s Franz’s sons apply for license to develop a hair product to give the hair permanent waves. The name Wella was born derives from the German language meaning Wave.
1930’s Due to all women wanting permanent waves now the company develops and releases the Wella Junior, the first portable permer.
1940’s Recovering from war and post war, rebuilding business
1950’s The introduction of Koleston, the first luster cream color that nourishes hair. Company also starts trading in Australia.
It goes on with many more new and innovative products that are still around today. Nice to know they are professionals with a long history.
How often do you wash your hair these days ladies? When I was younger I used to wash my hair almost daily as it was fine and limp and used to get oily roots and dry ends … Sound Familiar? Well then I started to walk the walk and listen to our history and our foremothers and pushed my washing out to 2, 3 then 4 days and eventually I was at once a week washing sometimes I can push out to 10 days if I have been setting and brushing and setting etc as the our setting lotion and pedal hairspray and brushing keep things nice and clean anyways.. At the same time I increased my brushing to twice a day – 4 different ways (I’ll tell you more about that later!) . I also evaluated the shampoo and conditioners I was using.. I replaced the junk with some good stuff (I know only use De Lorenzo) and although a little more expensive that supermarket prices I was using it 5 times less so it actually was saving of dollars as well as on the environment and chemical load on my head!
Guess what? My hair became so much easier to style, it appeared thicker, it grew better, the oily scalp and dry end went and now because of the brushing the natural oils are distributed more evenly and my scalp and hair follicles also love it..
When I lost 60% of my hair through Cancer Treatment (Chemo & Radiation) I was even more diligent with the care of my hair and I believe this also helped to me grow it back faster. My Oncologist said I should have lost 100% of it but I believe my regime helped…
Suggestions on how to transition:
* Pick a time that you are not doing much i.e.: holidays;
* get acquainted with Head Scarves, Up do’s, Turbans and hats to see you through the “Can’t stand my hair need to wash it moments”;
* start with pushing it out one day then two and so on. It took me at least 6 months to feel normal about it.
* try natural dry shampooing and brushing out in between to held with the oily patches…
* good luck.. It’s worth it!
Here are some natural, easy, cheap dry shampoo tricks I use:
DRY Shampooing – Tips, trick & recipes:
The typical shampoo works by removing sebum (hair’s natural oil) and all the dirt, styling products and scalp flakes that are stuck to it. Dry shampoo absorbs sebum (rather than rinsing it away) and is brushed out, leaving your hair cleaner and lighter. – Fun Fact: In the 1800’s and before they washed their hair only seasonally and instead brushed their hair clean!
Step 1: Choose a Dry Shampoo – I prefer to use what’s in the cupboard rather than purchasing a commercial brand which I personally find quite drying and harsh on the scalp.
Some options are: Corn Meal, Ground Oatmeal, Semolina Flour, Bi Carb Soda, Talcum Powder or Cornstarch.
Step 2: Brush your hair – Make sure there are no tangles –
Step 3: Apply the dry shampoo. This might get messy, so do it over the sink or be ready to sweep or vacuum when you’re done. Add about a tablespoon of the shampoo to the top of your head and massage it throughout your scalp. Then brush your hair so the dry shampoo is distributed throughout your hair (as well as on the scalp), adding more as needed.
Step 4: Wait. 5-10 minutes should be long enough for the dry shampoo to absorb the sebum in your hair. If you have particularly oily hair, it may take a little longer.
Step 5: Brush the shampoo out of your hair. Turn your head upside down and brush out all of the powder. You can use a hair dryer to help the process along (Try doing the Brushing hair while you exercise as below to make it more interesting).
**NB: You can use these alone by dusting on to the scalp and brushing out OR you can also add a little to your shampoo to amplify the effectiveness of the cleanse.
TIP: To make scented dry shampoo, mix it with dried flowers or herbs (NOT essential oils) (EG: rose, lavender, hibiscus, violets or mint) in a jar, close the lid and set in a dark place for 2-4 weeks, the scent will mix with the dry shampoo so it will smell glorious when you use it.
The Art of Brushing Hair – Simple steps:
1. Twice a Day for 10 mins at a time
2. Tip head forward and brush from the back of the nape forward
3. Tip to each side and do the same
4. Brush hair back from forehead backwards
5. Have 2 good brushes i.e.: I use a Wet Brush Available HERE
and also a Natural Fibre (Boar Bristle Brush) – Available HERE
or this is another version I have that I recently bought HERE