Haircare Trends from the Geisha

In the classic Japanese book The Tale of Genji, literature that dates back to the early 11th century and written by Murasaki Shikubu, it is revealed that the Geisha of Japan used Camellia Oil on their hair for its nutritious and shine-giving properties.


The oil is obtained from processing the seeds of the Camellia Japonica flower through a cold-press. Because it undergoes no heat-refining or the addition of any chemicals, it’s a natural oil that retains most of its nutritional benefits. Rich in Omega-6 fatty acids and anti-aging antioxidants, Camellia oil has been used for both skin and hair treatments for many years in China and Japan.

It’s a common misconception that the Geisha were prostitutes or comfort women of some kind; they were more entertainers than anything, ethereally beautiful with immaculate skin, perfectly shaped hairstyles, and heart-shaped lips- a look all their own. Needless to say, they took their beauty treatments and rituals seriously.

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Maiko and geisha back” by Joi Ito Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Camellia oil can repair damaged hair and split ends, and provides natural anti-dandruff benefits. It works particularly well for color-treated hair, restoring lustre and shine while protecting the hair cuticle from environmental pollutants.

Recently, American perfumer Maria McElroy launched a special haircare collection, Aroma M Beauty, based on Camellia Oil. Besides hair oil, the line includes skin and face oil.

2013 Hair Trends


2013 is the year to be adventurous when it comes to your hair. If you are not familiar with the hair trends of this year, then you are in for a treat. This year, it’s all about girly style and pastel and bold colors. Read on to learn more about the beautiful hair styles you can do this season!

1. BRAIDS AND TWISTS – ¬†Braids are perfect in any occasion, casual day in the park, Sunday brunch, weddings, date nights – it works all the time. Good news for those who don’t know how to do a perfect braid, “messy braid” is somehow cooler than a perfect one.

2. VINTAGE CURLS – You might have seen this hair trend being sported in awards nights by ladies like Julianne Hough or Zooey Dechanel. This look is perfect for special occasion like weddings or dinner parties.

3. PASTEL COLORS – This is the most unusual trend that has happened for a long time. Pink, purple, blue, or any color that would be perfect for a cupcake, these colors are not considered “hideous” anymore. In fact, it’s considered beautiful.

Water please!

water.jpgDid you know that drinking enough glasses of water not only ensures that youíre preventing dehydration? When you drink water, you actually hydrate your skin and hair. And of course, a hydrated body translates to healthier cells. Thatís one of the best kept secrets to healthy hair, so donít forget to drink those glasses of water.

Of course, you can take a step further and keep your hair moisturized by using intensive conditioner once a week to keep your hair soft and your locks alive. You donít even have to go to the salon just to get an intensive deep treatment. Just slather on some conditioner, cover your hair up with plastic wrap, and go read a magazine for about ten minutes. You can even throw in a hot towel in the equation to get even better results.

Photo credits: Christian Kitazume

Shampoos, Conditioners and Styling Aids


The top hair products that can be is being used today in maintaining hair color are shampoos, conditioners and styling aids. The products help in keeping your hair color and it also contributes on making your look as good as possible. The good thing here is that these products can be bought in a cheaper value that people from different walks of life can avail. The products are also designed for people who don’t apply hair colors at all. It will enhance your natural hair color. It is also used to give more nutrients on the hair and keep it more healthy and alive.