11 Reasons To Buy Silk Pillowcases Right Now

Are you a fan of getting your beauty rests? If so, silk pillowcases are absolutely godsend for you! The benefits are practically endless and they’re a small investment to make if you highly value your nighttime rest.

Not convinced? Here are 11 reasons to buy silk pillowcases right now for your hair – and for the rest of your body, too!

1. It’s hypoallergenic

Silk pillowcases don’t normally bring about allergies caused by mites, bed bugs, mold, and fungus, which you can usually encounter in cotton pillowcases.

2. It makes your hair smooth and tangle-free

The soft and smooth nature of silk pillowcases helps keep your own hair smooth and tangle-free, no matter how times you toss and turn each night. It’s like waking up to a Brazilian blowout every single day!

3. It keeps your head cool at night

While cotton is usually the first choice if you want sweat-free sleeping experience, silk is actually a good option too! With silk pillowcases, you can stay cool all night and keep your hair and skin well-nourished.

4. It can promote healthy hair growth

Speaking of sweat-free, did you know that keeping your scalp fresh and clean can actually promote healthy hair growth? Too much sebum can weigh your hair down and drown your hair follicles, which can cause hair thinning and eventually hair loss.

5. It reduces split ends and frizzy hair

Friction caused by your non-silk pillowcases can damage your hair and cause split ends. Aside from that, you’re running the risk of getting frizzy hair caused by friction too. Do your hair a huge favor and switch to silk pillowcases now!

6. It helps keep your face blemish-free

You know what is the one thing that you put your face near on a daily basis? Your pillows! Silk pillowcases are free from blemish-causing factors, unlike your regular cotton pillowcases that can trap a lot of dirt and dust in them, causing you to get pimples and acne.

7. It prevents your skin from getting wrinkles

Wrinkles are usually caused by the skin losing moisture and elasticity as you get older. Investing in a silk pillowcase can help prevent this, as it can lock in the moisture which your skin desperately needs.

8. It feels good to touch

Silk feels absolutely heavenly and soft and smooth and– seriously, it’s something you have to experience yourself in order to understand!

9. Guaranteed natural

Since silk is naturally made from the special thread spawn out by silkworms that are bred and raised in captivity, there is little to no risk of chemical exposure. This is unlike most regular pillowcases on the market which are made using cotton plants that are harvested from a farm that could have potentially used pesticides or other chemicals. Remember, too much chemical exposure can harm your skin and hair, so try to avoid them as much as possible.

10. It’s extremely easy to care for

Silk pillowcases are not as sensitive as they appear to be, at least when compared to your regular cotton pillowcases.

11. It’s a great way to end a long and tiring day

Nothing feels better than laying on an ultra-soft, ultra smooth bedding after spending a long day doing errands, running chores, sitting in front of a computer, or walking around. For less than $100 you can experience this well-deserved luxury, so what else are you waiting for?

Want to get the best silk pillowcase for your hair? You might want to try our very own ZALA Mulberry Silk Pillowcases. They’re handcrafted and handmade from 100% Mulberry Silk, guaranteed natural and effective for keeping your hair –and hair extensions– healthy and happy. Our cases are available in the standard size (20″ x 30″) and you can choose from three colors: charcoal, ivory white, and baby pink.

For more hair care and beauty tips, don’t forget to check out the ZALA blog!

PUBLISHED 16TH FEBRUARY 2019

Do Natural Hair Remedies Actually Work?

Last week, we talked about using rice water for hair to keep your locks silky smooth and straight. We showed how its supposed benefits are backed by research and science. That said, we do admit that not all natural methods are indeed safe and effective. Some are just hearsays, some are well-meaning but plain ineffective, some are outright scams.

So do natural hair remedies really work? Let’s find out.

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Why Natural Hair Remedies

Many people prefer natural hair remedies to commercial products, and there’s no wonder why. Natural is often touted as the better, if not best, method, owing to the lack of artificial chemicals and possible toxins that can possibly damage your hair. No wonder so many people prefer natural over synthetic!

That said, natural doesn’t always mean good, and it’s important to know the difference between a sham and the real deal.

Myth Vs. Fact

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Coconut oil for hair = FACT

Coconut oil is proven to be beneficial for the hair in more ways than one. It can transform dry, limp hair instantly into something straight out of a beauty magazine. To make a coconut oil natural remedy, just take a few drops of coconut oil and massage it into your scalp.

Hair cutting for hair growth = MYTH

We’ve heard time and time again that we have to cut our hair if we want it to grow long and beautiful. The thing is, this is a complete myth. Logic says that it’s impossible to believe that cutting your hair would make it grow. The only time that cutting could enhance hair growth is if you’ve got split ends because that prevents your hair from growing.

Apple cider vinegar for hair = FACT

Apple cider vinegar has a lot of uses, but did you know that it’s also beneficial for your hair? The vitamins and minerals that can be found in apple cider vinegar help promote healthy hair growth, and it balances the pH levels on your scalp too. This rids your scalp of dead skin that can hinder new hair growth.

Herbal medicine = MYTH

Herbal medicine is always promoted to be ‘natural’ and oftentimes ‘organic’. But the simple truth is that majority of the time, they simply do not work–at least not in the miraculous, life-changing way they’re marketed. While your hair does need the vitamins and minerals present in these supplements, they still won’t be able to magically regrow hair if your hair follicles are already dead.

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Healthy food = FACT

Adding some healthy foods to your daily diet has never hurt anyone, and it certainly isn’t detrimental to your hair. Of all the natural remedies in this list, living a healthy life is the only surefire way you have to get beautiful, healthy hair.

Sure, who doesn’t want to be free from dry and limp locks, right? However, it’s important to do your due diligence before risking your own health in the process. Before doing something, make sure it’s worth it and most of all, real!

For more hair remedies (that actually work), check out our ZALA blog!

PUBLISHED 19TH JANUARY 2019

Rice Water for Hair: Safe or Not?

An old trend has been regaining popularity recently in the online beauty sphere, gaining the attention of many as a quick, easy, and cheap way to get luscious, beautiful hair.

The trend? Rice water for hair.

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Wait, what? Rice water for hair? You mean the water used to rinse rice before it’s cooked? That’s the new beauty trend?

Why, yes.

 

History of Rice Water for Hair

Rice water has been used in East Asia for hundreds of years as a natural hair treatment. Countless women can vouch for its simple effectivity in turning dry, limp hair into straight and silky locks. In fact, rice water is said to be the secret behind the long black hair that East Asian women are famous for.

Did you know that this natural treatment is even said to keep your hair strands young, even as you age? In a world where even 40-year-olds are already suffering from the dreaded gray hair, the Yao women from the Guangxi Province in southern China are well-known for one very peculiar trait: their long, black, Rapunzel-esque hair lasts until they are in their 80’s.

Their secret? They regularly wash their hair with fermented rice water.

The Science Behind Rice Water for Hair

It may be an ancient secret among our East Asian siblings, but is there actual science behind using rice water as a hair treatment?

Surprisingly, some studies regarding this topic do suggest that using rice water for hair may have a scientific basis to it.

One study in Japan mentioned the court ladies of the Heian Period whose habit of combing their hair daily with Yu-Su-Ru, or rice water, led to increased hair elasticity and reduced friction, thus minimizing hair damage.

Fermented rice water is shown to have even more benefits, since it’s much richer in vitamins and minerals than regular rice water.

Rice Water Benefits

Rice water for has many benefits that are not limited to hair. They can also be used as a face wash to keep your face soft and smooth. Another perk: rice water reduces wrinkles and fine lines too!

For hair, here are just some of the benefits you can get from using rice water:

  • enhances hair growth
  • smoothens hair strands
  • improves hair shine
  • aids in detangling knots
  • keeps hair strands ‘young’

Rice Water For Hair: Safe or Not?

We’re happy to say that yes, using rice water for hair is indeed safe and effective. This natural treatment is backed by science and centuries of personal experience.

Here at ZALA Hair, we believe that real beauty comes from within– and that means we believe in taking care of oneself in a natural way. Still, we’re well aware that not all natural methods are safe and effective. If you’re thinking of trying out a new method, please be wary of all its potential effects and risks. After all, no cheap method is worth ruining your natural beauty for.

If you’re interested in more hair care tips and other natural methods, feel free to check out the ZALA blog!

PUBLISHED 13TH JANUARY 2019

Best Foods For Hair Part 2

Healthy hair starts from the inside – that’s the personal belief that we hold when it comes to hair care. After all, nothing’s more beautiful than a healthy glow that comes from within. What better way to get this glow than through natural food, right?

We’ve already discussed some of the best foods for hair before, and now we’re back for more!

Ready? Here we go!

Mango

Did you know that mangoes can actually help you get stronger hair? That’s right! Mangoes contain mineral silica, which promotes hair growth. It also has high amounts of vitamin C content, which can encourage collagen production that can strengthen hair.

Avocado

Avocados are known for their awesome health benefits, which is a big reason why they’re starting to get popular lately as superfoods. Avocadoes are rich in vitamin B-6, C, E, and K, as well as omega-3, which makes your scalp healthy. Bonus tip: You can also apply avocado directly to your scalp to exfoliate and cleanse your skin.

Oysters

Oysters are incredibly rich in zinc, a mineral that is greatly important in keeping your hair, skin, and nails in tiptop shape. Zinc encourages healthy hair growth by processing the building blocks of hair, namely fats, carbohydrates, and protein. In fact, zinc deficiency can even lead to hair loss! Combat this risk by eating oysters every now and then.

Shrimps

Oysters are not the only seafood that can promote good hair growth. Shrimps can also work wonders for your hair, due to their high contents of vitamin B, D, iron, protein, and zinc. Shrimps also have some amounts of omega-3, known to help our scalp stay healthy and happy, which makes them one of the best foods for hair.

Whole Grains

Whole grains are one of the best foods for your hair, due to their biotin content. As we’ve already discussed before, biotin can speed up hair growth and act as a natural vitamin for healthy hair, eyes, and nails. No need to buy supplements, just add whole grains to your diet!

Carrots

Think carrots are just for healthy eyes? Well, think again! While it’s true that carrots are mainly consumed due to their eye health benefits, vitamin A is actually good for overall cell growth. Vitamin A can also keep your scalp and roots healthy by producing a healthy amount of natural sebum, which can speed up hair growth as well.

We hope you’ve started adding some of these items on your grocery list! These are just some of the best foods for hair, but they definitely work better than any other artificial supplement out them. Just remember to drink lots of water and get a good night’s sleep whenever you can. You’ll have beautiful, thick hair before you know it!

For more hair care and beauty tips, check out our other articles on the ZALA blog!

PUBLISHED 13TH NOVEMBER 2018

Hair History

Ever wondered who was the GENIUS who thought “I’m gonna put someone else’s hair on my head to make it look better”? That genius was someone who lived over 6000 years ago in ancient Egypt! Let’s go into some hair history.

 

Hair History

What we are gonna do right here is go back… waaaaayyy back. Back into time and explore the History of Hair Extensions

It’s not just a fad. Hair has always been a part of beauty and style. For thousands of years, people all over the world have been changing their hair to appear more beautiful. Hair has also become an important part of cultures, traditions and even religions. Hair is representative and also symbolic in many ways.

 

Ancient Egypt

Hair extensions are no new product. Researchers have even hair extensions being used in ancient Egypt in 3400 BC where they would use resin and bees wax to attach a mix of human hair and dyed sheep’s wool as hair extensions… which is not the most glamorous kind of hair extensions.

The Egyptians later started sewing hair into knots in the hair and braiding hair. Researchers have discovered preserved skulls with a full head of hair and hair extensions. Hair quickly became a symbol of wealth and status. Appearances were important because it symbolised that a person was wealthy enough to be able to afford beauty and then… wigs were born!

 

Powdered Wigs

During the 18th century, powdered wigs became the next best thing! These wigs were white hairpieces with curls and waves. When King Louis started going bald, he started wearing powdered wigs. His majestic had wig makers create large and excessively long wigs, this trend was adopted by the noble people of the era. They then became a trend in men and women all around the world.

In the 1800s, hair pieces later evolved into Apollo Knots which were tight curls that were tied near the roots of the hair. Hair was attached to the hair in mounds and bundles. The introduction of clip in hair extensions called “switch” came in during the beginning of the 1900s.

 

Big Hair

The 20th century saw the rising trend of pompadour hair where hair was pushed up with the use of frames and hair extensions. This style was worn on men and women and is what inspired the famous Elvis and James Dean ‘do.

In the 1940’s the world suddenly fell in love with long hair. It finally quickly popular causing the demand for hair extensions and wigs.

Hair extensions as we know them today were first invented in the fifties. Disco was everything and the long glamorous hair that came with it! Hair extensions were mostly worn by celebrities and those who

Hair weaves became well known amongst the African American community. Weaves would help those with afro textured hair to be able to achieve a smoother, shinier and straighter finish. As popularity increased, a growing amount of Caucasian people were to adopt hair extensions for hair enhancements.

 

That brings us to today!

Today we have all different types of hair extensions options available to us. Hair history has developed the technologies to give us what we have today. You can find hair extensions in any colour, length or style that you would like and the different options for hair extensions is constantly increasing.

Hair extensions are no longer just for the rich and royal as they have become so easily accessible.

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PUBLISHED 18TH OCTOBER 2018