Monday, December 21, 2009

Simple Homemade Protein Treatment for Hair

Looking for a simple hair treatment rich in Vitamin E and protein to revitalize and strengthen your hair? I've got the perfect one for you and you can make it yourself at home. It's one of my favorites! Here's the recipe:

1/2 an Avocado
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Egg

Mash the avocado and scramble the egg. Mix in the other ingredients. Spread it throughout your hair, concentrating on the ends and the long hair. Twist your hair up in a bun and secure with a few bobby pins and cover your head with a shower cap to lock in warmth and help this treatment penetrate your hair.

Leave on for 20 minutes. Then rinse with cool water and following with a shampoo wash.

Your hair will love you!

If you want to intensify this treatment: soak a towel in warm water and wrap it around your shower cap with your hair in it. The extra warmth from the warm towel turn this treatment up a notch.

I hope you found this homemade recipe helpful and give it a try. Please be sure to click on the follow tab at the top of the screen to follow my blog because I have more homemade recipes to come.

Speak to you soon,

Saturday, December 5, 2009

I Have A Suggestion for a Great Christmas Gift for You! A Natural Boar Bristle Brush!!!!

Hi Everybody, I hope you're enjoying this holiday season! I know it's been a tough year with unemployment at an all-time high and many folks out of work. Let your holiday season be about family and friends and spending time together. If you are looking for a suggestion for a very practical, and I feel a necessary gift for a loved one, how about a natural boar bristle brush! They are so wonderful for your hair and scalp. It will distribute the natural oils through your hair and massage your scalp at the same time. It give your hair terrific shine. So that's my suggestion for you hair lovers out there, and who wouldn't want a nice practical gift like that. For anyone with long hair, it's a must have.

Think healthy useful and practical this season. Try to remember to think what the person you are buying for would like, not what you like. It's much easier that way.

If you are looking to spend a little more on your loved one, how about a membership to a gym. Always a great gift - the gift of health!

Below is the one I use and I love it.
Happy Holidays :o)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Should You Rotate Shampoos?

Many people write me and ask whether there is any benefit to using more than one shampoo, or whether this is just a ploy for companies to sell more product. The truth is it is beneficial to rotate shampoos periodically. Believe it or not hair does get used to the same chemical composition and does not respond as well as time goes on to the same shampoo. It is best to periodically switch to a different shampoo, whether you rotate once per week or two, or every other shampooing, your hair can benefit. This is especially true for people who have color-treated or permed hair and use products made for those hair types. Very often these products have a lot of moisturizers and can ultimately cause a residue build up. I always recommend using a rinse, like Apple Cider Vinegar, to remove the build up every few weeks, or whenever you feel you need it. You can also use clarifying shampoos that contain Apple Cider Vinegar to remove product and oil build up. If you do choose one of these shampoos, be careful not to overuse them as they can be drying to your hair. They are really only meant for occasional use.

I recently tried a wonderful shampoo, as I do practice rotation of my shampoo products. The name of the Shampoo is Nature's Gate Chamomile Replenishing Shampoo. It's great for highlighted hair (chamomile naturally enhances blond highlights) and contains many natural herbs and botanicals. What I found wonderful about this shampoo is that my hair stayed clean for a very long time as it gently removed all my product buildup and left it incredibly shiny, but not dried out. As you know, when you have long hair like I do, you have to be very careful not dry it out or you will cause breakage.

I am sure you are wondering about whether you should alternate conditioners as well. The answer is no, but it's fine to if you want to. If you have a conditioner that you like that both detangles your hair and conditions it well, then stick with it. Remember to pay attention to you hair type. If you have fine limp hair, be careful not to weigh it down with heavy conditioners and only apply conditioner on the hair away from the scalp and scalp hair or you will cause you hair to lie flat and heavy. I will have more on this and other great hair videos upcoming on YouTube if you are interested in learning more about hair. Please go to my channel and subscribe by clicking the yellow subscribe button at the top of the page. It's free - and whenever I upload a new video, you will get a little notice from YouTube alerting you so that you can watch it. Here is the link: White you're there peruse my videos as I have many informative and helpful videos, including many hair care videos. I think you will really find my videos helpful.

More to Come!

Thanks and I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving :o)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

My Weekly Exercise Routine

Hi Everybody, so many of you have asked me what my exercise routine is and what I do to stay in shape. I've received many emails asking me how long I exercise and what I do. Well, I'm happy to share that with you, so here goes.

Three times per week I go to the gym where I do the following: First, I stretch a bit on the floor for about 3 minutes or so, just to get the stiffness out of my legs and joints. Very often I go to the gym after having worked on my computer for a few hours and my muscles feel tight and stiff. I don't do a deep stretch because I am not warmed up yet, and I don't want to pull anything. Stretching is best after you have warmed up for about 5 minutes, or at the end of your workout when you are most pliable.

Second, after I stretch a bit, I get on the StairMaster for 30 minutes. This is one of my favorite machines. I love the intensity. I stay at a continuous level of 13. All machines are different, so you should find the level that you feel comfortable working at where you are exercising in your high intensity rage without compromising proper form.

After the StairMaster I get on the Elliptical Machine for 15-20 minutes. I love this machine because it's very aerobic; it works your arms and legs at the same time.

After that I ride the stationary bike for about 15 minutes. All the while I am doing my cardio, I am either reading a book, or watching something on the personal T.V. in front of me. It really helps pass the time.

After the bike, it's time to cool down. I've just spent about an hour at a very high intensity level, and by this time I'm pretty drenched with sweat. I walk at level 3.8 on the treadmill with an incline of 4.5 for approximately 5-7 minutes to cool down and let the lactic acid out of my muscles.

When I am done with my cool down walk on the treadmill, I find a spot to sit and stretch. This stretch routine I do is at least 10 minutes and is much more intense. I go my full range of stretch capability. I lie flat for a while to straighten and relax my spine. It feels wonderful!

I'm not done yet, but I'm sweaty and a little cold from the a/c in the gym so I'll go to the locker room, change my clothes and resume my workout; this is also good because I don't get sweat on the weight machines. Don't you just hate when people leave the machines sweaty!

The last half of my workout I spend lifting weights for my upper and lower body, followed by sit ups and various abdominal exercises. From beginning to end my time in the gym is usually about 2 hours.

On the days I do not go to the gym - the remaining four days of the week, I have my home routine. I walk three days for about an hour each day, followed by stretching, and some calisthenics and pushups that I do at home(you can see many of them on YouTube, just go to my channel and type in exercise: I also go running twice a week for about 30-40 minutes, weather permitting and in the summer swimming. I usually don't exceed 30-40 minutes running because I don't want to put undo stress on my joints since I do a lot of exercise.

Well, there you have it! On average I probably exercise about six days per week. Of course there are times when I cannot make the gym or I miss my walk because I just don't have the time, but I do my best to try to do some physical exercise every day. It keeps me feeling uplifted, keeps my metabolism raised, and is wonderful for my body. I hope you have enjoyed hearing about what I do. You may think it sounds like a lot, but it's what my body is used to. The fitter you get, the more your body needs to challenge it, and so I've worked my way up to these levels. Please don't feel intimidated by this; you can tailor your exercise program to suit your lifestyle and needs. I encourage everyone to do 30 minutes a day, no matter your age. There are many days where that's all I can fit in because of obligations. Don't fret if you miss a workout, or you just didn't feel like going today. It's o.k., just start again tomorrow. Please don't let too many days go by though before you exercise again. I try not to let more than two days go by before I exercise again, unless I'm sick, of course, then it's best to get your rest and get well again.

Stay motivated! Stay focused on the future and how great you are going to feel when you are done with your routine, and make it a daily part of your life. For those of you who clean your own house, like I do - guess what - that counts! It's exercise too! Very often I will skip my long walk on days I vacuum my house because it's pretty aerobic, or I will just take a 20-30 minute walk to get some fresh air and sunshine. Remember, you're the boss of your body and you decide what's best for it. Life is always changing so you have to be flexible with what you do. I found it a real challenge to find time for exercise when my children where born, but determination won and I did it. I used to do exercise videos religiously when they were napping, or put them in a stroller and take them for a long walk. I had a beautiful double stroller, so I could push them both at the same time. It was great too, because as they grew and got heavier, it challenged my muscles to take on more weight, and believe me pushing a double stroller with two toddlers in it up a big hill is a workout!

I hope you found this helpful. KEEP MAKING IT HAPPEN FOR YOURSELF!!!

All my best,

Monday, November 9, 2009

Tip For Fabulous Looking Hair And To Help Grow Long Hair

Hi Everybody, hope you're having a wonderful day today. I am having a great day and so is my hair. Don't you just love those days where everything just seems to go right and you feel energized and look great. Well, I'm having one of those days and I wanted to share a little tip with you on why my hair feels and looks so fabulous today.

Last night before bed, I massaged my scalp with Jojoba Oil by Desert Essence. I did it for about 5-8 minutes. Gently massaging the oil into all areas of my scalp. It felt wonderful. Then I coated my hair from the base of my head down with a thin coating of olive oil (not too much because you don't want to saturate your pillow). Then I braided my hair to keep it from touching my face while I'm asleep.

When I got up this morning, I washed my hair using my upside down technique that you know I advocate (please see my video on this on YouTube for the how to do it.

I can't tell you how wonderful my hair looks and feels today. Full of body and shine and smooth with no visible breakage. I just love it and wanted to share it with you. I hope I have inspired you to go home tonight and do this before bed. You will be amazed at how wonderful your hair looks and feels in the morning. Massaging your scalp increases blood flow to your hair follicles and coupled with jojoba oil promotes hair growth, and it feels wonderful and relaxing. Try getting your significant other to do this for you; it's a great way to be close.

If you give it a try, please stop by and let me know how you liked it. Enjoy the rest of your day!!

Keep Smiling,

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Go Ahead and Eat Eggs Again!!!

YouTips4U: Eggs have been a controversial subject of late, so I would like to shed a bit of light on it. Many people are confused as to whether eggs cause a rise in cholesterol levels in the blood. For many years, we were told that eggs increased our cholesterol levels and should be avoided; that they are something to enjoy very infrequently or not at all.

Well, here's the good news. Current medical research shows that eggs do not cause an increase in cholesterol levels. In fact, increased levels of cholesterol come from fats, not protein sources such as eggs. This new information is supported by the American Medical Association which confirms that it's perfectly fine to have an egg a day. If, however, you have cardiovascular disease, or high LDL ("bad") cholesterol, you should first discuss this with your doctor to make sure you get the green light.

We've certainly come a long way, and many of the foods that researchers once thought bad for us are turning out to be good for us and vice versa. Eggs are rich in protein and many other wonderful vitamins and minerals and should be a regular part of your diet. So go ahead and feel free to enjoy your fresh eggs again.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

What Can I Use To Help Me Grow My Hair Long?

I am currently trying to grow my hair and I was just wondering if you know of any hair products or anything that I can use in my hair to stimulate growth.

Thanks a lot,

YouTips4U: Hi, you can try massaging your scalp with jojoba oil. Jojoba oil has been praised for centuries as a possible hair growth stimulant, and massaging your scalp helps bring blood flow to your follicles which will help stimulate hair growth. Please check out my video on jojoba oil on YouTube if you want to learn more about the benefits of this wonderful oil and some other uses for it.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Can You Help Me with My Dry Damaged Hair?

I have a question about my hair... the situation is like my hair is soo dry may be because i have used alot of different shampoos which doesnt even suit on my hair.. have colored my hair alot of times, and have so many chemicals in my hair.. i always see that there are so hydrated shampoos available but i dont know which one shud i use? as my hair is long but its like 2 faces on the bottom what can i do about it? and can u please tell me which shampoo is best for dry hair..?? and how to keep them smooth without dryness is there any good serum to use to keep it straight and smooth?

YouTips4U: Hi, I think you are right - your hair is dry and perhaps damaged from too much coloring and not using the right products for your hair type. I think you can repair it with the right hair products and also by discontinuing the repeated coloring and letting your hair rest. It's going to need special care for a while to get it back to normal. I suggest you purchase shampoo and conditioner for chemically treated hair or hair that has been colored and dry and damaged. Almost every shampoo line has one, so if you have a favorite take a look. If not, try Garnier Fructis (my favorite) or Pantene. Those two are great. While your hair is colored, used that type of shampoo. It will deposit moisture to your hair, helping the dryness and repairing some of the damage. Conditioning is extremely important and must be done after each shampoo. I love Garnier Fructis and Neutrogena Daily Triple Moisture.. Please take a look at my Deep Conditioning with Olive Oil Video on YouTube because I think you can really benefit from treatments with it. You can use it weekly while you are repairing your hair; then taper down to twice per month when it's healthy again. Definitely use a leave-in condition as well. I really like Organix Coconut Oil Serum, but I've also used Neutrogena and Garnier Fructis as well and they are good too. Good luck and keep me posted on how you're doing with your hair. Please write me back when you have time and explain to me what your color is like. If you are unhappy with it, maybe I can make a suggestion for you to bridge the gap while you wait for your hair to be healthy again and return back to it's natural color and texture. Don't despair in the meantime because it will get there; you'll just need to be extra gentle with it. Depending on the condition of your hair, you may need to take some of the length off to remove the dry damage so you can start fresh again.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Help! I Want to Reduce My Butt

Hi, my problem is that my butt looks so big and fat but in fact I'm a very thin person,that makes me smaller on the upper part of my body but bigger in size for my lower part of whole body's proportion goes very wrong! :"( Any suggestions or other exercise that can help me to make my butt go flatter? Besides, any exercise that can increase my upper body's size? Thank you!!

YouTips4U: Hi, you have a pear-shaped body and tend to deposit your excess weight on your lower body. This is actually better than having an apple-shape body where you store your fat in your mid section which is closer to your major organs. Don't fret because you can re-proportion your body. You can do this with weight loss and weight training. Be sure to practice portion controlled eating and maintain a well-balanced diet. Limiting excess sugar, salt, and soda from your diet will really help jump-start you. You also need to do cardio exercise to burn calories and help you slim down. The weight training will help build up and strengthen your upper body as well as raise your metabolism. Muscle burns more calories than fat, even at rest. So adding muscle to your body makes a huge difference in your weight-loss program. In time your proportion will change. To reduce your butt, focus special attention on doing cardio exercise like running, walking, aerobics classes, etc. To tone up your butt and give it muscle and a nice shape, you'll need to do toning exercises like the ones in my videos. A great one is lunges. Please take a look when you have time. Remember to be consistent and stay committed because it does take time. Nothing worthwhile is ever easy or quick, so stick with it and you will have the results you desire. Hope that helps.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Fall is Here! Time to Get Cookin'

YouTips4U: Hi Everybody, the wonderful and colorful season of fall is upon us. With the cooler air and our biological need to favor heartier foods that warm and comfort us, it's a very special time to make home baked goods.

You can involve the whole family in many fun fall outings. One really fun thing to do that my family has been doing for years and years is to go apple picking in the country. The kids absolutely love it, and there is nothing better than a fresh crunchy apple picked right from its tree. We walk the beautiful fragrant orchard and fill our bags with shiny ripe apples. Then when you come home, you can bake a yummy apple pie or apple crisp. I always pile my apple pies so high with apples, I can barely cover the top with my home made pie crust. A tip to add fiber to your pie: I use whole wheat flour for my pie crust!

Now, just because winter is coming and we tend to eat a bit more, especially carbohydrates, doesn't mean we have to make unhealthy choices and add excess calories to our waistlines. Just be sure to continue your regular exercise program and practice portion control. With portion control, you can still have the foods you enjoy, but you monitor the amount. It will help you maintain your weight and stay healthy. Try to limit your snack foods that contain empty calories to once per day, and again, practice portion control. If you like a candy bar now and again. Go ahead and enjoy it, but make it only one and make sure you are not eating it instead of a proper meal, but only as a treat for yourself perhaps a little reward for a day of healthy living.

Please take a look at my latest video on YouTube where I show you how to make a delicious homemade tomato sauce using wonderful fresh ripe tomatoes. The fall is a perfect time for harvesting the fruits of your summer labor and what better way to enjoy your home grown tomatoes than with a homemade tomato sauce. You can use your homemade sauce for creating delicious hearty Italian dishes or perhaps a soup or salsa. Tomatoes are loaded with lycopene and other antioxidants and are a wonderful addition to your diet. So please stop by my YouTube channel and stay a while. I have lots of helpful videos posted that I think you will really like.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Leg Exercises to Tone Your Thighs

hi..should i do this after i loose weight just to tone my thighs OR will this help me loose weight and shape my thighs??!

YouTips4U: Hi, I would suggest doing them as you are losing your weight to tone up your thighs. Even when you are overweight, your underlying muscles is working to become stronger and pull your skin in and tone. This helps you avoid flabby skin as your weight comes off.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Quick Styles for Back to School Hair Styling

hi,, do you have some tips/videos on how to style your hair when going to school... because i have trouble on how to style my long hair when I'm going to school.
thanks in advance...

YouTips4U: Hi, I know time can be hard to come by when you are trying to get to school. The best thing to do is to wash and condition and style your hair the night before so you don't have so much to do with it in the morning before school. In the morning, brush it out gently and if you have unwanted waves, etc. dampen it a bit and restyle it using your blow dryer or flat iron, whichever you use. This will save time and your hair will come out just as nice. You may have to wet sections of your hair, but at least you don't have all the shampooing, etc. to do.

Another great thing you can do with really long hair is to wear it wavy. After you wash your hair the night before, or if you are not washing it that night simply dampen it; then make two braids, one on each side. Sleep with your hair braided and it will dry over night. When you let the braids out in the morning, you will have beautiful wavy hair! Just brush out and go.

Hope that helps :o)

Highlighting Your Hair

I'm 17 and I've never straightend ma hair cuz i don't wanna damage my hair. Well now i want highlights. I'm just scared cuz i don't want to damage my hair so I'm gonna ask my hair stylist to give me semi-permanent highlights
but I'm still scared. So my question 2 u is: how much is it going to damage my hair :(
i have dark brown, curly hair.
hope u can help

YouTips4U: Hi, putting some highlights into you hair is such a great way to brighten it up; they add depth and dimension to your hair. You don't have to do a lot of them. A few placed nicely around your face can be all you need. They can be drying to your hair, so you just make sure to condition properly. Be sure to find a good hairdresser - that's the key to good highlights. The best thing to do is ask someone you come across whose hair you like and ask her where she gets here hair done and who does it. Then go to that place and see that particular colorist/stylist.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

How Do I Get More Defined Abs

Hi, you have some really good videos...I use your workout vids because I'm trying to lose the layer of fat around my stomach so my abs can show!!! Just wondering, what are some good ways to lose about 1inch of fat covering the abs. I workout but sometimes I get discouraged because I'm not seeing results as fast as I would like to...

Youtips4U: Hi, please don't get discouraged. It really does take time, but I promise you if you stick with it, you will see the results you are hoping for. I'm so glad my videos have been helpful.

To lose that tummy padding, just keep doing your cardio. That's how you burn the calories and the excess fat so you can uncover those strong abs you've been working on. As the weight comes off, the underlying muscle tissue becomes much more visible.

You will get there - you know I believe hard work pays off, and it really does :o)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Highlighting Your Hair

I live in a small small town in Georgia with only about 1,000 people in it. We don't have expensive salons here, so the only place to really go would be Kmart or Walmart. We went to Kmart the other week and we decided to splurge and visit the hair supplies section and I noticed some of the dye came with a clear thing that looks similar to a hair straightener. You would use it like a hair straightener only it would be for color. Do you think that I would have to use foil for that?

YouTips4U: Hi, I do know some of the highlighting kits come with applicators that allow you to just brush on the color. You can do this, but I must caution you that the hair that gets the highlight mixture applied to it can often touch the other hairs that you don't want highlighted, and because those other hairs don't get a lot of product on them, but only touched by it, the result can be underprocessed hair that appears orange or gets partially highlighted with a stripe. I would always recommend that people use foils to highlight because you can easily separate the hair that has product applied to it from the hair that is to remain natural. If you cannot find foils, you can always buy regular aluminum foil, store brand is better than Reynolds Wrap because it is sometimes thinner, and just cut the foils to size that you can use. Good Luck :o)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

How to Manage Grays with Highlighting

Hi, I have a question.
I'm in my early thirties and I have some gray hair just on the top of my head. I tried to highlight it just a tone lighter, the result was good but it's quite impossible to grab all the grays, so some remains. What would you suggest: to continue highlighting my hair or to try some semi-permanent color?(I'd prefer not to die all my hair, because I'm afraid to ruin it).
Thanks in advance

YouTips4U: Hi, unfortunately, you cannot highlight gray hair because it has no pigment to lift. What you can do is highlight the surrounding hair and it will just blend in with the gray and you won't notice it until the highlights start growing out and then you'll have to do it again. You can do this until you have so much gray that you cannot blend it anymore and then you can use a semi-permanent or permanent hair color application to your entire head of hair. I would keep highlighting as long as you can! The next step would be a semi-permanent hair color. If you do decide to use a semi-permanent color, don't worry because they wash out in about 28 days and many are quite gentle to your hair. Clairol Natural Instincts is a good one. Be careful though about using a semi-permanent color over highlights. I would call Clairol first (there's an 800 # on the box) and ask if it's o.k., or speak to a colorist at a salon before you place any type of color on highlighted hair. Years later when the grays become very heavy you can then switch to a permanent hair color.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Properly Shampoo and Condition Your Hair

Is it okay to use a shampoo and conditioner in the same hand, putting it on at the same time like a 2 in 1 with cold water becauses i like it and it's usually 103 degrees in Arizona and i live there.

YouTips4U: I always prefer using the shampoo first to clean your hair and then using a conditioner to condition it. I think it's best because you diminish the ability of the shampoo to clean and the conditioner to condition when you mix them. Also, it's not always preferable to condition your whole head. Conditioner is best apply to your hair from the ears down to avoid build up on your scalp. It's best shampoo with warm water because it distributes and lathers better that with cold water. It's also beneficial to rinse your conditioner off with warm water because it leaves hair softer and untangles it. You can finish with a cold water rinse to close the cuticle when you're done.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Hightlighting Your Hair

Well I don't know if you remember me, hehe you probably get tons of fans, oh, and I want to say again, I love your videos on Youtube! :)

Anyway, well it's been a few months since I got my highlights. I have long Asian hair and right now I have tons of a caramel colored streaks/highlights. So now I'm thinking of getting just a few bolder auburn colored highlights in the front. I have a circle-ish oval-ish head shape if that helps. So I was just wondering if you happen to have any tips or suggestion for me. :)

YouTips4U: It's nice to hear from you again! I'm not sure if the auburn highlight will go with the caramel colored streaks already in your hair. In my opinion, it may be too many colors, unless you are going for a more punk type look. I would probably stick to colors in the same family.

Hi, oh, okay, thanks! Also, do you think a lighter caramel/brown or dark blond would be okay, because I wanted a few bold streaks in the front to frame my face more. Or, whatever color would be best to help frame my face.

YouTips4U: Yes, that should work. You can always go lighter and brighter in the same color family. It'll brighten up your face. That's what I do. Good luck!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

15 Year Old Male and Want to Bulk Up My Legs

I am a 15 yr. old male and i want to work out my thighs, i want to use your videos for working out and what is the fastest way to gain about 15-20 pounds of muscle about how long do u think it will take? which workout do u recomend?

YouTips4U: I recommend squats and lunges with weights for you if you want to strengthen your leg muscles, but you must be careful not to use too much weight - never max out. You are still growing and you don't want to damage your growth plates. At your age it is hard to put on a lot of muscle because you are still growing and your body is putting forth it's energy to grow taller. Once you have reach your maximum height, it will be easier for you to sculpt your body. Give yourself another 2-3 years, then you can add more heavily defined muscle.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Straighten Hair with a Flat Iron

Question: I have a question about straightening? I straight my hair twice a week, and 2 times i put coconut oil on my hair, and i use tresseme heat tamer spray before i straight! So is it okay to straight two times a week? If i continue to do this for i donno maybe 20 years.. do you think i am doing a big mistake? please help me out. thanks

YouTips4U: Hi, I'm doing great, thank you! It sounds like you are taking good care of your hair with conditioners. You should be fine straightening your hair twice a week, but be sure to keep the straightener on the lowest setting you need to get the job done and try not to go over the same piece of hair more than three times. You want to guard against frying it. If you can get away with straightening only certain outer sections to achieve your desired style, that would be better for your hair. Straightening irons can be very damaging. I get a lot of mail from people who have really damaged their hair, and are so sorry after that they used the straightening iron so frequently. Just be careful and only use it when necessary. If you are just hanging at home and don't need your hair picture perfect, just keep it natural to give your hair a rest. If you start to notice it looking dry and damaged, then I would stop using it. Everyone's hair is different. One person can tolerate a straighten iron every day on their hair, while someone else gets damage from using it infrequently.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Cardio Exercise to Lose Weight

Question: Hi, I have really enjoyed your videos on YouTube. I am trying to lose weight, between 10-15 pounds and wanted to know how much cardio would be good to start off with? Your ab and leg workouts are great and I can't wait to add them to my routine. What are your views on workout tapes?

YouTips4U: Hi, I think they're great. I actually did a lot of them when my kids were very small because I couldn't get out of the house so easily to work out. I think anything you can do to keep moving and stay active is great and tapes help you do it with someone guiding you through it.

If you are trying to lose weight, I think you should start off with 4-5 days per week where you do planned exercise. It doesn't have to be really long; try to get in 30 minutes. As you become fitter, you will want to challenge yourself more and you'll probably want to add more time. Eventually you can work your way up to an hour.

Make sure you are sweat and ask yourself and I'm really working as hard as I can. As long as nothing hurts - keep going. Remember to rest a day in between workouts; you want your body to recover properly. On your off days, you can still stay active by taking a walk or any other low impact exercise you like to do.

Keep up the good work!

How Can I Get a Flat Stomach?

Question: Hi, I'm 18 and really confused about how to lose weight and work out. I don't really do any exercise but swim sometimes and walk a lot. I'm not fat but quite chubby in some areas and very petite (5ft). Anyway, i don't like my stomach, hips and thighs and butt - esp stomach as it comes out.
How do i get rid of this and make it flat?
I appreciate if you could help me

Thank u so much

YouTips4U: Hi, walking is wonderful exercise, but whatever exercise you choose, you must be consistent. The amount of exercise you are currently doing, your body has probably become used to and now you need to step it up a bit to challenge your muscles more so that you burn more calories. Perhaps add a little interval training to your walking with some jogging. While you are out walking mix in a little jogging for a few minutes, then go back to walking. Eventually, you may be able to sustain jogging the entire time. Nothing slims you down faster than jogging/running. In addition to more cardio, you need to be sure you maintain a healthy balanced portion-controlled diet and limit junk food choices when you snack. Keep it healthy and reach for proteins, fruits, veggies, dairy products, etc. instead of candy or chips, etc.

To tone your tummy you need to do a sit ups routine every other day. This will strengthen and tone those abs while the cardio workouts will slim them down.

Good Luck!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Problems with Dandruff

Question: I`m Asian and been living and working here in Norway for almost a year now. My past time includes watching helpful videos on YouTube and I have come across your account and I think your tips are very helpful so I subscribed. :) Anyways, I have a question to ask you. I am having a lot of problems with my hair since, forever! :) I have very fine wavy hair. Most of the time it is always dry and frizzy. I have used a lot of different hair serums, leave on conditioners that are sold in the market but I don`t seem to get the results that I wanted. And I don`t know what caused this, but I keep having dandruffs. If I don`t wash my hair say after 2 days, my scalp starts to itch and dandruff builds up. I am maintaining Head and Shoulders as my shampoo and it helps in a certain way,although it doesn`t rid of it completely. I can`t use too much conditioner because a lot of my hair strands tend to fall out than normal and it scares me due to the fact that I have thin/fine hair. After shampooing, I use a hair serum so I won`t have frizzy hair all the time. I have seen in your video about olive oil as conditioner. Can I also use it as a leave on? And you said that jojoba oil is very good for hair growth. The thing is, I don`t think I can find it anywhere in the markets where I live. Can you suggest other oils that are helpful? Olive oil is accessible for me so I was wondering if this can also help hair growth, and how! :)

YouTips4U: If you hair is dry and frizzy, you might want to consider using a shampoo and conditioner for dry hair to put moisture back into your hair. Also, I don't recommend washing your hair everyday as this can be very drying. Every other day is best. For your dandruff problem, I would suggest perhaps switching to a different dandruff shampoo and see if that works. Different dandruff shampoos have different active ingredients. One may work better than another for you. If you don't see any more dandruff, then you can stop using dandruff shampoo and switch to a regular shampoo. If after you have tried several different dandruff shampoos and you are still have excess dandruff and itching problems, you may want to try using a cortisone cream or an anti-fungal cream.

Cortisone creams are available over the counter in either 0.5% or 1% concentrations. They are safe to use on the face and will often help in just a couple of days when applied twice daily. These products also are available as scalp lotions that are applied once a day, preferably on damp hair after shampooing. You can use scalp cortisone creams together with medicated shampoos.

Anti-fungal creams are also effective, apparently because they reduce the number of yeast organisms living on the skin. Over-the-counter creams include 1% clotrimazole cream and miconazole cream 2%. Anti-fungal creams also are applied once or twice a day.

You can try either of these approaches, but I would definitely try switching dandruff shampoos first. Only use these products, including the creams, until symptoms subside.

Be sure to apply your hair products and serums only on your hair shaft and not your scalp. You could be having a reaction to product on your scalp that is causing your problems.

I like olive oil for deep conditioning and hot oil treatments and jojoba oil for daily leave in conditioning. If you can't find jojoba oil in your area, try coconut oil, but use a very small amount on your hair. Coconut Oil is also great to protect your hair if you do heat styling.

I hope I could help!

Can Combing Wet Hair Cause Breakage?

Question: Is it good to comb wet hair? many people says that if u comb ur hair wet than it can cause split ends and it can break ur after drying ur hair u have to comb. what u said about this?

YouTips4U: It's fine to comb your hair when it's wet, as long as you are very gentle because it can easily be stretched and broken. That's why I recommend washing your hair upside down with a hand-held shower (see my YouTube Video on Properly Washing Long Hair)Properly Wash/Shampoo Your Long Hair to Prevent Breakage, Split Ends, Drying, and Tangles
. This prevents a lot of tangling during shampooing. Be sure to use a leave-in conditioner before combing and if you come across any severe tangles, spritz them first with a detangler and then very gently untangle the hair with your comb. I always recommend a wide tooth comb. When combing my wet hair, I like to start from the bottom and slowly work my way higher so as not to tug on my roots.

Thursday, July 9, 2009


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Coconut Oil as a Hair Conditioner and Protectant

Question: Hi! I don't know if you talked about this in your videos, but I'd like to know if there is anything good to put on my hair before/after I straighten it? Because I straighten it almost every day, and I don't want to damage it very badly.

YouTips4U: Hi, I do recommend you use a heat protection spray or similar product before your straighten your hair to protect it. A small amount of coconut oil works very well to protect hair from intense heat. Please check out my YouTube Video on Coconut Oil as a conditioner. It's wonderful for hair, skin, and diet.

Best Way to Wear Your Hair at Bedtime

Question: What is the best way to do your hair at bed time for it to grow. I changed my hair about last week because i did it so tight but i know i do it in a pony tail

YouTips4U: A very loose braid is always good at bedtime because it protects your hair from tangling during sleep. Too much tangling can cause breakage when you try to brush it out the next morning. If you don't like the little crimp you might get in your hair the next morning from the braid, you can also use soft scrunchies to make a loose ponytail at the base of your head and then add scrunchies on down your hair every 3-4 inches. I do have a video up on this on YouTube called Nighttime Hair Care. Please give it a look; I think you will find it helpful. Here is the link: Night/Bedtime Care Tips to Protect Long Hair & Minimize Tangles, Breakage, & Split Ends During Sleep

It's best to refrain from pulling your hair into any tight hairstyle. This causes excess strain on your roots and breakage.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Help for Hair Growth

Question: Any chance that massaging my scalp will help improve my hair growth? i heard repeatedly that it does!

YouTips4U: Hi, it most certainly does. Gently massaging your scalp increases blood flow to the area and stimulates your hair follicles which helps grow your hair. When you have time, take a look at my jojoba oil video because jojoba oil can be used as a wonderful scalp massage periodically and jojoba oil has been touted as helping to promoted hair growth.

What Vitamins are Beneficial for Hair

Question: What are some good vitamins for growing hair?

YouTips4U: A good multivitamin is part of the foundation of good health and nutrition as is a healthy diet. The B vitamin complex is also very beneficial for hair growth, especially B-6, biotin, Inositol and folic acid . The B Vitamins all work together so it's best to take a supplement that contains all of them. That is why a daily multivitamin is so beneficial and probably all you need. Also, be sure to get enough protein and amino acids in your diet with eggs, meat, fish, chicken, nuts, beans, dairy products, etc. and vegetable which are rich in B vitamins as well.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Help for Damaged Hair

Hi there !
First off I would like to say that your hair is simply gorgeous ! A pure inspiration !
I watched some of your videos and they are definately one of the most helpful hair videos at youtube so far !
Anyway I'm a guy whos been growing his hair for almost an year now(11 months). My hair type is curly. Since a very young age I was fascinated by long hair on both guys and girls and last year I finally decided to let it grow. After a few months of growths 2-3 my hair got really curly and puffy and I started to straighten it with flat iron. I was straightening it everyday for months and months (maybe 2-3 months) until I actually realised that it was pure torture to the hair...and the worst thing of all was that I wasn's using any conditioner or heat protecting spray. When I completely stopped straightening my hair(late january-early february this year) I started to took a really good care of it.
Since then I've been conditioning it a lot with good conditioners, using oils and anti-split ends shampoo.Now my hair feels a lot better but maybe last month I found out that i have damaged ends. Some of them are just split, others brake away and there are some split ends which are kind of glued together and don't seem to split any further. I have cut some of them but I can't cut all of them because I have many at the back of my hair and my hair simply isn't long enough to do it myself. And the only way I can have completely healthy hair again without split ends is to chop off at least 2 inches(my hair now is about 6inches long)....and I definitely don't want to do that. However my hair doesn't look that bad and one would never know that I have split ends...
And I'm actually stuck...I just simply don't know what to do...
If I do a very small trim I won't eliminate all of the damaged ends cause some of them are on shorter hairs. Can I just let the damaged ends to break off and let the healthy new growth outnumber the amount of the damaged hair and do a trim a little bit later ?
I'm just so confused and mad at myself...if I haven't used that stupid flat iron my hair would be really healthy without any split ends....
I do want long healthy hair but It's takes soo long to grow it long enough and get out of this ridiculous awkward period, especially with curly hair like mine...

Anyway, I'll stop babbling...
Any advice will be greatly appreciated
Oh..and sorry for my bad English(I'm from small country in Europe) hope you can understand at least something....
Thanks a lot for your time and hope all is going well with you ;)

Bye !

YouTips4U: Hi, thanks so much for your very kind compliments on my videos and my hair! I'm so glad you found my videos helpful. And your English is very good; I understood every word :o)

I understand your situation and how you feel. Flat irons and too much heat in general can certainly damage hair over time, especially when you don't condition regularly to keep moisture in the hair shaft.

Don't beat yourself up by constantly looking back, just look forward to your new and healthier hair. Growing hair long is a bit of work, but I think worth it, as I'm sure you do as well. Your hair grows about 1/2 per month. So if you take good care of it, you will have 6 inches of new growth added in one year.

Now, you must find yourself a shampoo that it suitable for your hair type: normal, dry, oily. After shampooing you must use a conditioner. Please try Neutrogena Triple Moisture Daily Deep Conditioner. It is my absolute favorite for dry damaged hair. Then I would like you to use a leave-in conditioner as well after you towel dry and before you style. Please check out my video on YouTube on How to Properly Wash Long Hair. It will save you much damage caused by tangling.

That should hopefully protect the hair that is not damaged from becoming damaged. Unfortunately, with so much of your hair's ends having split ends and breakage and dry, the only solution is to trim it. I know you don't want to part with too much of it, but I don't think you have to at this point. Just taking some off the bottom will help. Then as it grows down you can take some more off again at a later date. You probably won't be able to grow your full 6 inches in a year because you may have to have a few trims to clean up your damage, but you can still have long hair. Go to a salon and be very clear that you only want to take of a generous inch. An inch is a good amount and should remove a lot of the end damage. See how it looks and feels after that and take really good care of your ends with conditioners. Examine it in 2 months to see how it's doing. If you still have some damage at the ends; perhaps some of the shorter hairs have grown down a bit. Then go back to the salon and have her take no more than a dusting to 1/2 off, just to remove dry ends. Keep doing that until your hair looks healthy again. Please take a look at my Split Ends video for trimming your own split ends in between haircuts so you can stretch the time between cuts. I think you will find it very helpful.

Don't worry, your efforts will pay off and you will have beautiful long wavy hair and every man will be jealous and every woman will love it.

Good luck! I hope I was able to help.

How to Grow Your Hair Faster

Question: I was wondering if you have any tips on how to grow hair faster or make it healthy again? I usually straighten my hair all the time and by doing that I burnt off some hair. It's pretty short and I can cover it up when my hair is down. My mom got me a hair growth system and it seems to be working but slowly. It has gotten very dry and lifeless. I have stopped straightening my hair since may. Any other ideas? Thank you so much. You are so helpful!

YouTips4U: Oh, I'm so sorry to hear about that. Those straightening irons can be so damaging. I've heard from others who have had similar problems. Be sure to keep up a healthy, well balanced diet and include plenty of protein and foods high in vitamin B. A good diet is what contributes most to healthy strong hair and growth. If you don't already take a daily multivitamin, please do. Please take a look at my Youtips Forum Video on growing your hair faster and help from vitamin B for some additional tips.

You might want to give yourself a good trim and start fresh. Remove all the dead dry hair and then be very kind to your hair going forward. Choose a shampoo for your hair type (perhaps you may consider using one for damaged hair for now. Also always use a conditioner after you shampoo, and a leave-in conditioner before styling. I do recommend you do a deep conditioning treatment with olive oil every other week to combat your severe dryness (please check out my video on Youtube on this). That should help a lot with the loss of moisture and bring softness back to your hair.

I'm glad you have stopped using the straightener. I know it's hard to imagine now, but your hair will grow healthy again. Just remember it grows from the inside and that's why it's so important to keep up a healthy lifestyle. Be sure to get plenty of rest and regular exercise. All this promotes rejuvenation and blood flow to your scalp which will enhance hair growth. You may also want to massage your scalp frequently with your fingertips to enhance blood flow. This can contribute to hair growth. I like to use jojoba oil for massaging. Jojoba Oil has also been touted for being helpful for hair growth so it's definitely worth it.

Hope that helps!

Thanks for writing :o)

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Help for Sensitive Skin

Question: Hi... my skin is very much oily and sensitive. when i use any kind of sunscreen lotion spf 40 or something.. my skin gets a rash and pimples and more oily.. what can i do?

YouTips4U: Hi, ask your dermatologist for a recommendation if you cannot find something suitable for sensitive skin that you can tolerate. Have you tried Eucerin Everyday Protection Face Lotion SPF 30. Eucerin products are recommended by many dermatologists including mine. If you would like to read more about it, here is a link for you: Hope that helps!

Volumizing Shampoo for Sensitive Scalp

Question: Hi,I would like to know how can i take care of my shoulder length hair ? I shampoo it everyday but it still does not give me the fluffy and clean kind of hair . And some of your products are not available here in my country of Singapore . Can you give me advice on how to care on my shoulder length hair . Please . It will mean alot to me . Oh and your hair is ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS . Cheers ! (:

YouTips4U: Hi, thank you for your very kind compliment on my hair! I wouldn't recommend you wash your hair everyday, that can be very drying for your scalp and hair. It sounds like you may not be using the right shampoo for your hair. Next time you are in the drugstore and have time, have a look at the various shampoos they sell and find one that suits your hair type. Don't buy anything really cheap, but you don't have to go real expensive either. Perhaps you need a volumizing shampoo?

Question: Ah ! Well , I've tried a lot of volumizing shampoos and all of them turned out to be a wreck . And , what kind of shampoos are there ? And what kind of brands that you could recommend to me ? I need a shampoo that suits my scalp as it is very sensitive . My scalp tends to itch when i use a certain brand . Help me please ! ): Cheers ! (:

YouTips4U: Hi, there are many volumizing shampoo products on the market from almost every line, like Pantene, Tresemme, etc., including more expensive salon products, but I hesitate to recommend any of them if you have a sensitive scalp issue. Have you tried Eucerin pH5 Shampoo for sensitive scalp. I love Eucerin products and heard it's great. My dermatologist recommends Eucerin skin care. When my son was small he had very sensitive skin and I used Eucerin products all the time on him.

Comment: Oh my gosh ! I've been using Eucerin shampoos now . And they really my hair feel healthy and my scalp feels really clean . Thanks a lot for your help ! you are one miracle worker . People should really consider you as the greatest helper of all . Thank you so much dear !

YouTips4U: You are so very welcome! I'm so glad it worked out for you. Thanks so much for letting me know.

Just curious, how many times have you used it so far?.

Comment: Well I bought it on June 25 . And I have been using it alternately . So about four times . It really helps a lot .

YouTips4U: Terrific!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

More Help with Split Ends

Question: Hi. I have tried this trick before, though the problem is that I have layers. Sometimes when I would twist, then my layers would pop out instead of split ends and I would cut more than I meant too. I am trying to grow all my layers out, but until the do you know of any tips that might help with that? Thnx a lot!!!

YouTips4U: You can try making a few braids down your hair and examining them for split ends. Usually the hair that pops off the braid has some split ends to find. Just be careful to only cut the little split end off. Do your best until the layers grow out more; I know they can be difficult, I had layers once too.
Question: I always have to get my hair trimmed because i have many split ends. I have long hair, but it can never grow any longer. I have been doing it with regular hair scissors and they work just as well. It might ruin my hair cut, which is what I'm worried about, but i also don't want to cut my hair shorter..?

YouTips4U: Hi, I think your ends may need so many trims because your they are drying out and splitting. Be sure you are using the proper shampoo for your hair type (try one for long hair) and that you condition after each shampoo. After you towel dry, always apply a leave-in conditioner before drying. This will protect your hair. If you are going to trim your own hair, please buy hair cutting scissors. Using the wrong scissor can damage your ends leading to further breakage.
Question: My hair is 26 inches long now ! and my ends haven't started to split yet. But now they're starting to split, and i really don't want to cut my hair, because the hairdressers always cut much more off then you want them to. What shall i do :S?

YouTips4U: Hi, I know what you mean. If you feel it's time for a trim, you should go to a hairdresser and ask that she only take off a dusting to 1/2 inch. Be firm about it and ask her to show you on your hair exactly what the amount she is removing looks like before she cuts. This has happened to me in the past too and it's very upsetting. I've learned though that proper communication is the key. Remember hair shrinks up when it dries.
Question: what if you're someone who doesn't believe in cutting your hair like not even trimming, like not even taking one inch of razor or scissor to your hair what do you do then? Do you have any tips on how to stop slip ends? or help them heal?

YouTips4U: Hi, the best thing to do would be to try to prevent split ends as much as possible by being very gentle to your hair when brushing and styling, always condition after shampooing, and apply a leave-in conditioner. Keeping the hair shaft well moisturized and avoiding things that will dry or damage your hair will really help a lot.
Question: This might be a stupid question but how do you know if you see split ends on your hair?

YouTips4U: That's actually a great question! Just pick a few strands and look at the very bottom of the strand. If you see a split at the end like a little tiny Y, that's a split end. Sometimes they appear lighter. They should just be snipped off right above the v part where the hair is healthy again. I hope that helps.
Comment: i do that but without the scissors i just pull them off with my fingers!

YouTips4U: Hi there, it's best if you use scissors to cut your split ends because by breaking off your hair you cause a jagged edge which will leave the cuticle scales vulnerable to further split ends or breakage.
Question: What if your hair is shoulder length and you can't exactly reach the split ends as easily?

YouTips4U: This really is targeted for long hair as a way to avoid trimming it too often in order to gain length. You're right, it is hard to do on shorter hair. For now, you should concentrate on maintaining healthy ends by using the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type and being careful not to damage it with harsh styling. As it grows past your shoulders you can use my split ends trimming method to help it growing longer. Hope that helps :) :)
Question: Very good tips what shampoo and conditioner do u use?

YouTips4U: Hi, I really love Garnier Fructis Length and Strength and Colorshield Shampoos and Neutrogena Triple Moisture Daily Deep Conditioner. Thanks for your comment!!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Stop Split Ends and Grow Your Hair Longer

Please check out my videos on YouTube to learn many helpful tips on hair, skin, nails, health, fitness, and many more topics of interest.

In my Stop Split Ends and Grow Your Hair Longer video on YouTube
I show you how you can grow your hair longer simply by stretching the time between salon trims using a simple technique of trimming off your split ends with a small scissor. Growing your hair long takes commitment as does anything worth achieving in life; that's why it is so desirable. There really is no magic potion to having long hair. You must take care of your body by providing it with good nutrition through a balanced diet, exercise, and enough rest in order for your cells to repair and regenerate so that you can obtain the maximum growth potential of your hair each month. Hair is nourished from the inside. A diet rich in protein and B vitamins is extremely beneficial and a daily multivitamin is added insurance. Please remember that growing long, healthy, strong hair takes time, patience, and care. It's important to use the right shampoo for your hair type (i.e. oily, normal, dry, color-treated, etc.) and a very good conditioner to help retain moisture and repair split ends. You don't have to spend a lot of money on salon products. You can find one that you like in your favorite drugstore. You should always use a leave-in conditioner before styling after you have shampooed and conditioned your hair.

Hair grows approximately 1/2 per month. If you decide to commit to growing your hair, start fresh with a good trim to remove dead dry ends and then take special care from that point on not to create anymore damage,dryness, or split ends. Try to stretch the time between trims as I have spoken about in the above video by trimming them with a small scissor periodically. When you do go for a trim, be sure to communicate to your hairdresser that you are committed to growing your hair long and that she please use special care to trim only a dusting to 1/2 to remove unwanted ends that way you can hold on to your precious new growth. You do the math on how much to remove based on how many months of growth you've had. Be sure not to take off as much as or more that you grew; but be sure to remove less. Only trim when necessary. I like to wait at least 3 months between trims and then remove 1/4 inch.

It is a journey worth taking so please don't give up. Allow yourself at least 2 years of patience, determination, and commitment and you will be rewarded with beautiful long hair.

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