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Hair Care 101: Tips from Body Back’s Heather Porter

Heather Porter, courtesy of Body Back
Heather Porter

While most beauties will plead guilty to hair abuse, we all secretly long for healthy, beautiful hair. That’s why we are so excited to welcome guest blogger Heather Porter, author of the amazing book Body Back, who is here with the 411 on how to maintain that gorgeous mane.

What is the biggest “old wives’ tale” you’ve heard about hair care?

There are many old wives’ tales floating around. One of the most common is that cutting your hair makes it grow faster. This is not exactly true. Cutting the ends of your hair does not stimulate follicles or growth at the scalp. But, it does benefit the hair’s overall condition. Snipping dry ends off is healthier for the hair and looks neater, too. By keeping your hair in a healthy state, it will grow as it should. An amusing one I haven’t heard for years is “eat your crusts, they’ll make your hair curly.”

What do many women neglect when it comes to their hair?

When I was researching the chapter about hair for Body Back (which included information from tricologist Philip Kingsley), I found that the majority of women relate hair care to external elements – hair products, a good conditioner, a regular cut, etc. Yes, these are important aspects to hair care. However, the most important is our diet. We have to connect hair health with food and vitamins, minerals and exercise. We need oxygenated blood circulating around the scalp, we need a good nutritious diet, and we need protein. Our hair reflects what we eat!

What is your advice for women experiencing hair loss, especially post-pregnancy?

Hair loss can be a real confidence blow to women who have had a baby recently. But it is just making up for the fact that when you are pregnant, hair stays put – so your body really does need to catch up on shedding hair afterwards, unfortunately all in one go.

Hair loss is experienced by most women post-pregnancy, to different degrees.  It can take up to five months to experience fall-out. Seek medical advice if you are worried that too many strands appear on your brush every morning. Increase the protein in your diet – eat eggs for breakfast (unless, of course, you have been advised not to for other medical reasons). Poaching is a healthy way of cooking them. If you have time to de-stress while your hormones are re-adjusting, take up yoga or meditation and use some simple techniques at home.

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How does motherhood change your hair-care routine?

Motherhood does change your hair – and your routine. Hormones have a huge effect. You are tired, perhaps your immunity is low, and you have suddenly lost time to fuss and pamper. You may have far less time to get ready, but don’t have a drastic hair cut for ease – you will miss your locks if you are too hasty.

What is your advice for dry hair?

During pregnancy, the change in hormones can reduce sebum production. For a dry scalp and dry hair, it’s back to oils. There are various oils for moisturizing the scalp and hair ends, including almond oil, avocado oil, coconut oil or Vitamin E oil. Treat your hair to one night of being coated in oil, and sleep with a towel over your pillow. Use a good “gloopy” deep moisturizing conditioner and apply it thickly to the ends in the shower, then leave it on for as long as you can.  For another treatment, coat conditioner or oil all over your hair, massage it into the roots and gently into the ends, and wander round the house with a shower cap on while you do other things. The warmth from your head and the moisture from the product will be great for your hair.

What can you do for oily hair?

Tea tree oil is good for balancing greasy hair, as it has antibacterial properties and can curb pimples on the scalp. Do not put conditioner on your roots – keep it to the ends of your hair.  Brush your hair before you shampoo so that the sebum from the roots is already passing down the strands. Drink lots of water, and cut down on any greasy foods you may be consuming. A nutritious, healthy diet will help your hair. As a quick fix before you go out, there are various hair talcs on the market, even colored talcs to suit your hair. Quickly massage some talc into the roots, and it will absorb the grease for the evening.

What was your worst hair day and how did you fix it?

I have had various “worst” hair days. There was the time when a council member was shown into my office and – as I was not expecting any visitors – I had my hair in rollers! Or the time I had applied almond oil to my hair for a night in, only to learn that I was expected at a business dinner in just 20 minutes! I have learned my lesson over time, and never again will I presume I have time to wash my hair “later.” I have to wash it first thing in the shower, even if it is for a dinner that night.

What is the best thing you can do for your hair?

Combine these tips to improve the condition of your hair: Drink more water, massage the scalp to improve blood flow, treat hair kindly, and use a “friendly” brush (don’t rip a brush through your hair or tug and pull out hair bands or ties).  Have a regular trim to keep split ends at bay, and use a good, suitable conditioner after each shampoo.

Many thanks to Heather for the great info! For more fantastic tips from Heather, check out the Body Back YouTube channel. And don’t forget to order a copy of the book – it’s a must-have handbook for all women.

So, beauties, we want to know: What was YOUR worst hair day and how did you cope? What old wives’ tales about hair have you heard? Sound off below!

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Special Event: Facebook Party with Body Back Author Heather Porter

Heather Porter, courtesy of Body Back
Heather Porter, author of Body Back

Beauties, I am so excited about our special event this week: Body Back author Heather Porter will join us for a Facebook Party at a special time on Thursday, October 4 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. PDT. You don’t want to miss it!

In case you haven’t already snapped it up: Body Back is the ultimate guide to women’s health, wellness and beauty. Most of us moms have read What to Expect When You’re Expecting from cover to cover to get us through all the changes that happen to the body (and mind!) during pregnancy. But after baby arrives, most books drop the “mom” thread in favor of much-needed info on infant care. The upshot? We moms are basically left to fend for ourselves when it comes to our physical and emotional well-being.

Or at least we were, until fellow mom Heather Porter wrote Body Back, a guide designed to help mothers of all ages feel like women again. Beauties, you have got to read this book! It is chock-full of helpful tips for medical, physical, and emotional health.

I had the opportunity to meet Heather recently at her reading at Pages bookstore in Manhattan Beach. This mother of four boys (and step-mom to two girls) knows what she’s talking about. On top of that, she’s gracious, warm, and incredibly sympathetic – she’s been there, and she’s not afraid to share her personal experiences, from the challenges and joys of motherhood, to getting back into shape, to her own beauty regimen (she has incredible skin!).

So, get your questions ready, beauties, and join us for our Facebook Party with Heather Porter on Thursday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. PDT. You’ll be so glad you did!

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Pregnancy Perks: Enjoy Beautiful Hair, Nails, and Skin

Pregnancy is famous for many an unpleasant symptom, but some of them are surprisingly cool. With so many changes happening in your body, some of them have to be good, right? Here are three delightful pregnancy perks that are sure to make you feel gorgeous:

1. Voluminous Hair

When you’re pregnant, higher estrogen levels slow down your hair’s natural shedding patterns—which means you not only LOOK like you have more voluminous locks, you actually do! During my recent pregnancy, I couldn’t believe how thick and full my hair looked. That natural volume boost also helps draw attention to your face, and away from your growing baby bump.

CARE: If, like me, you tend to have dry hair, be sure to use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner to keep your hair looking healthy. You want to take full advantage of this streak of good hair days, after all! Try Klorane Mango Butter Nourishing Treatment Shampoo, made with pure plant extracts to nourish and replenish dry and damaged hair.

2. Stronger Nails

My normally brittle nails tend to break at the slightest provocation, so it was delightful to see them grow stronger and faster during pregnancy. It was actually a perk for the whole family, who began demanding more frequent back scratches—even the dog seemed to notice the difference! (Note: Some women experience the opposite effect and notice their nails break more frequently.) No matter how your nails behave during pregnancy, they return to normal a few months after delivery—so I’m enjoying my super-strong nails while I can.

CARE: Show off your strengthened nails with a pretty nail polish, like the amazing two-colors-in-one Blaze SolarActive Polishes. Shown below in Tahitian Skies/Purple Rain, this polish magically transforms when exposed to sunlight, which means you can enjoy twice the fun with just one bottle! Pregnancy is also a great time to splurge on a pedicure, especially in the third trimester when touching your toes is out of the question.

3. Glowing Skin

That pregnancy glow you keep hearing about is the real deal. Your blood volume goes up fifty percent during pregnancy, and the extra blood flow gives your cheeks a natural blush.

CARE: Baby your skin with Mama Mio Moisturising Shower Cream. Mama Mio knows how to pamper moms-to-be by using only good ingredients that are perfectly safe for pregnant and nursing women. This luxurious shower cream cleanses gently and smells divine, leaving your skin feeling baby soft. It can also act as a lovely foaming bubble bath. Trust me: Take as many bubble baths as you can before baby arrives!

Well, gorgeous mamas, hope you take time to put your feet up. You deserve it! Any other pregnancy perks we should mention? Tell us below!


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Sometimes April showers have nothing to do with the weather and everything to do with cake, presents, and ice-breaker games. That’s right: ‘Tis the season for baby showers!

Shopping for babies is so much fun, but it’s also thoughtful to pamper the mom-to-be. I know I was touched when my friends at Beauty Collection put together a Mama Mio care package just for me!

Mama Mio Tummy Rub Oil

Mama Mio was originally started by moms for moms and has since expanded to include products for every stage and age of life. Best of all, every Mama Mio product is perfectly safe for pregnant and nursing mothers. So, the only thing you have to worry about is how to choose among so many fantastic products.

Luckily, Mama Mio makes gift-giving easy with ready-made kits to meet every mommy’s needs:

Mama Mio Congratulations! Kit

Celebrate the newly pregnant mom with this complete kit of skin-care essentials guaranteed to baby her throughout all 40 weeks. The Congratulations! Kit includes:

  • Moisturising Shower Cream (a luxurious clean)
  • Super-Rich Body Cream (a moisturizing dream)
  • Tummy Rub Oil (a stretch-mark prevention insurance policy)

Mama Mio Congratulations! KitMama Mio B.B.B. Kit

Real moms have curves. Protect hers with the B.B.B. Kit, designed to hydrate and improve the skin’s elasticity and ease the strain on growing bellies, breasts, and bottoms. This kit comes with:

  • Tummy Rub Oil (to ward off stretch marks)
  • Boob Tube (to ease strain)
  • Wonder-Full Balm (to soothe dry skin anywhere)
Mama Mio B.B.B. Kit

Mama Mio Mini Kit

Still can’t decide? A perfect addition to her hospital bag, the Mini Kit pampers the new mom with a sampling of the best of Mama Mio. The kit includes these luxurious, travel-sized items:

  • Boob Tube
  • Moisturising Shower Cream
  • Super-Rich Body Cream
  • Wonder-Full Balm
  • Tummy Rub Oil
  • Gravida Tealight Candle

Mama Mio Mini KitOr build your own! When my newborn arrived, my lovely friends from Beauty Collection spoiled me with a hand-picked care package of Mama Mio products including Goodbye Stretch Marks and Skin Tight Toning Serum, featured recently on Dr. Oz. I was touched and thrilled and will be sharing my review of these products in a different post, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, beauties, which Mama Mio kit will you be giving to the moms-to be in your life?

For more great info about Mama Mio—and fantastic giveaways!—don’t miss tonight’s Facebook party with Mama Mio co-founder Jill Dunk. The fun begins at 6 p.m. PDT. See you there!

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