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!!