Fighting Asian Hair With Keratin Kung Fu

I don’t know why but for me Kung Fu just isn’t enough, Asian hair seems totally immune to straightening hair care products such or smoothing lotions and creams. Especially to all of us Japanese girls, you will know what i mean. We have courser strands of hair which never succumb to the Caucasian hair products designed style and straighten thinner and softer hair types. Lets face it Asian hair can be very unmanageable, even with regular hot irons, re bonding and trips to the salon, Asian hair has a mind of its own and can be quite a costly expense trying to manage it. I think it would also be fair to say that Asian hair has been left out of the hair care market and neglected for its specific needs.

However, some recent findings have been promising as there now seems to be stronger products to cure the unmanageable and course Asian hair. Out of all of the straightening products I’ve used there is now a solution which can be found in many salons across the globe.This new trend originates from Brazil and wasn’t initially designed with Asian hair in mind. However it certainly has done wonders on my hair and I’m sure others with course unmanageable hair of the ethnic variety.

The products which are winning this crowing glory are Keratin based products, there are at the time of writing this 3 leading brand name Keratin products currently available. I have personally only tried the Global Keratin treatment which is a non chemical straightener that smooths and reconditions the hair, plus it lasts up to 5 months. Best of all the process is not irreversible and the straightening can be reverted back to natural waves if need be.

For me this is fabulous news because it means no more damage to the hair cuticles from regular hot irons, chemicals and re bonding. Global Keratin actually nourishes and replenishes the hairs natural keratin and vitamins. Also the more applications the product is used the better the hair quality and shine will become. However i was pretty impressed by just the first application, i cant imagine it looking even better, so its all good news.

The product is applied on damp hair to allow the cuticles to absorb more of the nutrients and keratin, then a flat iron can be used to seal in these nutrients and glossing the hair from the inside out. After 2 days the hair can then be washed and you can enjoy amazingly soft, silky, smooth and even shiny straight hair.

The Global Keratin range has been designed to keep course thick hair lasting in this beautiful state for longer and without chemicals or damage. The only draw back to Global Keratin is that local salons may charge a hundred dollars or more for the 3 hour Keratin treatment session. However, considering these amazing keratin results can lasts for up to 5 months and cost less than typical re bonding or weekly trips to the salon, like many things in life quality is worth it in the long run and pays for itself many times over.

I have been studying hair and beauty for over 20 years and work at The Corner Hair Salon Bangkok.

The US Influence on the International Beauty Industry

Many women eagerly open the newest edition of a fashion or beauty magazine and read up on all the latest style tips and tricks. What’s in and what’s out is dictated on those glossy pages. From Milan, Paris, London and New York fashion trends and movements are detailed. Women want to know every product, color or style that is popular. However, there is one distinct missing component.

Usability

In the fashion and beauty industry there are a great many products and choices available. And if the average consumer is Caucasian those choices can be overwhelming. Women of different skin tones have a different struggle when choosing beauty products. They are often relegated to the same palette of colors in the same tones year after year because it is assumed their skin is not as versatile as Caucasian skin and can carry off only a limited color or style range.

This is untrue. Look at Asian skin. There is a huge difference between Japanese skin and Filipino skin. There is a great difference between Korean skin and Cambodian skin. And within each of these categories lie a greater variety of skin tones all waiting for the colors that bring out their natural radiance and their own unique beauty. Even face and eye shapes differ within Asian regions.

With so much of the focus on beauty and style trends that come from Europe and America it’s not hard to see why Asian skin can be overlooked. In general there is not a predominance of Asian people in those areas and the need is not fully realized.

It seems that pale skin is still the ideal skin color. That thought is perpetuated, often unknowingly through beauty trends, and women with different skin tones may go to great lengths to achieve that perfect alabaster skin tone. The problem is they don’t look natural with skin that color. The skin color that does look good on them often goes unnoticed by designers or by the women themselves.

Things Are Changing

Here’s the most exciting part. The United States, over the past decade or so, has begun to recognize all skin tones and their intrinsic beauty. And even better, American companies and fashion icons and style magazines are starting to focus more on them. There are more diverse models and fashion icons than ever before and it’s not unusual to open any beauty or style magazine and see a variety of skin tones.

This is wonderful because the United States is opening the door for women to experiment with their natural skin tones and really enhance the beauty they already have. For some women it’s an option they may have never considered before, preferring to cover up their golden skin with peach or pink foundation because that was the only choice offered or because they desired to look like a highly publicized person.

America is really bringing the value of different skin tones to the public and sharing the beauty that was there all along but never really maximized. As these publications, blogs, products and ideas reach out many women will see beauty in a whole new way. Not only are color palettes changing but formulas are changing to provide better products for skin that is prone to premature aging or wrinkles, skin that is very smooth with few or no pores, skin that is high in melanin or skin that is extremely oily. Each skin tone has a unique trait that companies are focusing on and developing products specific to that trait.

While the US influence on international beauty trends may have been narrow in the past, it’s only getting better for the future. For instance, Sheer Aqua, a leading mineral cosmetics and skin care company dedicated to developing products that focus on women of color, is opening their first store in China to better serve the Asian clientele they are specializing in. As companies like Sheer Aqua grow, the result is more specialized products available directly to specific cultures. Women everywhere are starting to embrace their skin now that it’s becoming easier to find suitable products, colors and style techniques.

Beautiful Pale Skin is in – Discover How to Improve Your Skin Fast

Nowadays, the trend in “wearing” one’s skin is by having beautiful pale skin. From Asians to people in the US and Europe, we all aim to have pale skin and accentuate it by wearing red lipstick or having dark-colored hair.
People’s perception of beauty changes through time. Then, full-figured women were deemed more attractive.

Thinner lips were sexier. Now, however, there seems to be a shift in what people see as beautiful. The skin is one of the most important factors that tell if a person is beautiful or not. Different cultures have different standards for beautiful skin. But universally, healthy skin is always beautiful and attractive.

There are actually a lot of ways that would help you achieve beautiful pale skin. Aside from chemicals and topical products, you can try other natural methods to get great skin. The key to glowing skin is a healthy diet that is complete with all the essential vitamins and minerals. If you retain the youthfulness of the skin, you would have a lighter shade.

This trend started when Hollywood celebrities started to ditch the tanners and bronzers and embraced their natural pale skin. Recent studies also reveal that men are more attracted to women with pale skin, since it gives an impression of childlike innocence. The key therefore, is to flaunt your natural skin color and protect it from the sun. Naturally, pale skin is more prone to damages caused by the sun. When you go out, make sure that you are protected with sunscreen. The sun would cause the skin to age faster and also causes wrinkles, so it is best if you take care of your skin properly.

Food intake is also important. Stay away from junk diets and food which are loaded with preservatives. Get beautiful pale skin by eating fruits, vegetables and whole wheat grains. Also make sure that your water intake is no less than 2 liters every day. Consult your doctor and ask about the vitamins and minerals that you might be lacking, try to complete your nutritional requirements with the food that you eat. If you cannot, take supplements. A healthy diet would give you the perfect skin you want.

Also, it is important for you to take note of the beauty products that you use. Beware of skin care products that do not really care for your skin, but instead harm it further. Look for products that have natural and organic ingredients, such as Phytessence Wakame (A Japanese sea algae), Nano-Lipobelle H-EQ10 (a special nano-emulsion form of CoQ10) and Cynergy TK (a new breakthrough ingredient that works very well in my experience).