Dr Oz: The Real Cost Of Beauty
The beauty industry has made it easier than ever to achieve the look you’ve always wanted, but at what cost? Dr Oz has heard far too many horror stories to stay silent on the topic any longer. He wanted to reveal some of the shocking ways women have been “wrecked by beauty” and left permanently scarred. He first heard from a woman who has been wearing hair extensions for years and using a relaxer, despite the damage it has done to her hair and scalp.
She agreed to remove her hair extensions to show just how much her hair has been damages, hoping to help other girls and women see they’re not alone. Nikki Walton, a natural hair expert, explained that long-term use of extensions and hair weaves causes dryness, brittleness, and damage.
Nikki further explained that many women will actually leave their weaves in for far too long, resulting in severe matting and breakage. A lot of women also don’t realize how heavy a weave can be, which can ultimately leave them with permanent hair loss. Additionally, some women don’t clean their hair and extensions properly, which can result in a build up of “gunk” on the scalp.
Dr Oz: Reverse Damaged Hair
To take proper care of your hair, Nikki first suggested using a DIY deep conditioning mask on your hair once a week. Combine one part protein conditioner, one part moisturizing conditioner, and one part coconut oil. Make sure you apply the mixture in small sections to dry hair, all over. Then apply a shower cap and a wool cap and leave it on for 15-30 minutes. When it comes to styling your hair, avoid any high-tension styles like buns or ponytails.
Dr Oz: Eyelash Extension Disasters
Then, Dr Oz wanted to learn more about eyelash disasters and whether you can really regrow eyelashes after they’re lost. Dr Whitney Bowe explained that you can permanently lose eyelashes because there’s only so much damage each follicle can take. You can also experience dry, itchy, inflamed, and even damaged eyes as the result of eyelash extensions.
When seeing a professional to get eyelash extensions, you want to find an eyelash technician who is applying lashes to one natural lash at a time in order to avoid inflammation and tension. But if you lose lashes, can you really regrow them? According to Dr Bowe, you absolutely can, with the right amount of TLC.
Dr Oz: How To Regrow Eyelashes
First, you want to use natural oils like vitamin E oil, castor oil, or coconut oil right along the lash line before you go to bed every night. Also, try lash-conditioning mascara because you get both the benefits of a mascara as well as an eyelash treatment that promotes growth. Of course, try taking a biotin supplement and incorporate protein into every meal you eat, because so much of hair growth calls for protein.
Dr Oz: Manicures Gone Wrong
The final topic of Dr Oz’s “wrecked by beauty” segment was nails and manicures gone wrong. He was thrilled to be able to use new technology that allowed him to see what happens to nails beneath the surface, during or after a manicure. Two women joined Dr Oz, one who preferred acrylic nails and the other who liked gel manicures, and both admitted they knew their nails were damaged from the treatments.
Dr Oz: Dangers Of Acrylic Nails
Dr Whitney Bowe was able to look closely at their nails and found that the woman who liked acrylic nails had natural nails that were dry, brittle, cracked, and irritated. Dr Bowe also noticed that the woman didn’t have any cuticles, which are necessary to protect against infection. Because the skin was darker around the nail, a sign of hyper-pigmentation, it meant that she had been dealing with damage and inflammation for quite some time. It was revealed that 44% of her nails were damaged or not healthy!
Dr Oz: Dangers Of Gel Nails
For the woman with gel nails, she also had dry and brittle nails, but even more than that, she had developed eczema on the skin around her nails. It was revealed that 28% of her nails were damaged. Plus, to remove the nails you have to soak them in acetone, which is incredibly drying and irritating for your nails.
Although not exactly ideal, they’re certainly better than acrylic nails. But when you go to get gel nails, wear UV-protective gloves to protect your skin when your nails are under the drying lamp, as well as sunscreen.
To take care of damaged nails, try hydrating with apricot oil and then apply a pair of gloves to help let the moisture soak in. Be sure to eat omega-3 fatty acids, avocado, chia seeds, and walnuts to help grow healthy nails. For a much healthier way to decorate your nails, apply instant manicure nail wraps for a lovely, fashionable look!