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- George Burns

Have I mentioned that October is my favorite color?

Hello. Hello. Hello. It feels so good to be back behind the chair. 6 months was a long time without seeing you. And boy howdy, did I miss you. The beautiful thing, though, was that even though it was a long, a very long stretch of time, as soon as you sat down in my chair it was like no time had passed. We just had a few new stories to share with each other. Those of you who haven’t been in yet, I’m really looking forward to hearing about what you did over the Summer (we’ll just call it that for now).

Many of you helped and supported me early on when I had to close down operations. I know I’ve thanked each of you personally, but I want to give you an extra shout out here, in my newsletter. Your generous support helped in so many ways, not just personally but also in helping keep my business afloat. Many salons and hairstylists weren’t as fortunate and had to close their businesses. Having these funds, your pre-payments, available early on was so crucial. I had breathing room and could exhale just a little. You helped cover my rent at the salon and I was able to purchase supplies and the necessary items to keep you safe for when you were finally able to get in for an appointment.  I sincerely appreciate each and every one of you.

I had money set aside “under the mattress” and knew I would be OK for a couple months, but no one imagined it would be 6 months before personal services were allowed indoors again.

We are still not in the clear, and won’t be for a long while, but as long as we keep wearing our masks and washing our hands there is a little more assurance of getting to the the other side of this.


Many of you are still working from home and on Zoom calls. I found an article for you ladies with a few simple ideas on putting your hair up in a bun or with scarves. 

Guys, I hope you don’t take too much offense with the “Pretty Boy Haircuts” article. Once you get past the title, I hope you’ll click around and be inspired by some of the haircuts for your next appointment. 

Hair Toppers? I’d never heard of them before I stubbed across the article I have for you. Turns out, they fill a very important need for many women. They can be incorporated with your own hair to help give you a more full, natural look that is not a wig or extensions.

I did a really fun transformation this last month (see the pix below). Before I started the procedure I asked Maggie to use a clarifying shampoo to remove any excessive residue or product build up from her hair. I wanted the color remover to work on just the direct-dye color and not have to work extra hard on anything else that might be in her hair. I do the same “cleansing" before a smoothing treatment. In researching clarifying shampoos to recommend I came across an article that asked “How to know if you should use a clarifying shampoo”. I have that article for you below. If you’re a heavy product user you may want to consider using a clarifying shampoo from time to time. Some hair products can build up over time and actually work against you and your hairstyling.

I was watching an episode of The Russell Howard Hour on YouTube and he was interviewing Elizabeth Day. She has a podcast and has written several books on “How to Fail”. She believes that failure is an absolutely necessary part of success. I have the YouTube interview for you as well as links to her podcast.

Did you know that dark hair was common among Vikings? Who knew? I sure didn’t.

Now that I’ll be seeing you once again I hope the upcoming newsletters will include information and articles on topics that come up during our talks in the salon.

That’s just some of what I have for you this month. 

As always, I am available by email, text or phone if you have any questions or concerns. 

Be well. Take Hair! AND #MaskUp 😷
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Direct Dye Teals and Blues to "Pumpkin Spice"
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Stay cool, calm and collected while working from home with these tried and tested styles

In a working from home styling rut? Yeah, we feel you; nailing effortlessly cool hair can be easier said than done. So, we tasked two of the Layered team to try some trending updos – will they pass the Zoom test?

I don’t have the worst experience with my hair in warmer conditions, but my flat, straight hair becomes a limp mop. I struggle to get any height into my roots at the best of times, so when spring and summer swings around – along with the humidity and sweat it inevitably brings – I resign myself to a couple of months of looking like a greasy teenager again. 

But if this is the lot I’m dealt with then I’m going to do my best to style it out, especially now I’m on a daily 11am Zoom with the rest of the team. Having finally (sort of, maybe) cracked how to nail down a slicked-back editorial look I took inspiration from the likes of Olivia Palermo and Burberry AW19 with a sleek low bun. 

I like to wash my hair in an evening, so when I know it’s going to be seriously hot or humid I swap out my usual conditioner with a nourishing mask. I like the Goldwell Kerasilk Color Intensive Luster Mask, which leaves my hair incredibly soft, and I’ll add a touch of styling cream or leave-in conditioner (I like the TIGI Copyright Care Styling Cream) as well, to really push that silky, sleek look to the max when I blow dry it. 

The next morning my hair looks shiny but incredibly flat and a touch greasy – perfect. I use a spritz of Sebastian Drynamic Dry Shampoo which is almost like a dry shampoo/texturiser crossover, directly at the roots around my hairline and crown of my head. Next, I split my hair carefully into a centre parting. There’s something about a dead centre, clean parting that makes this look very intentional and fashionable, rather than looking like I’ve scraped my hair back any old way.  

I brush out my lengths and ends, then twist in the opposite direction for a neat coil. The placement of the bun is important too – off the nape of the neck so it’s not falling out, but not so high that it’s invisible from the front. A couple of Bobby pins and a spritz of hairspray (or wet look gel would look amazing too), and I somehow look done up for those daily Zoom meets, rather than like I’m drowning. 

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My hair is surprisingly thick and notoriously hard to maintain unless armed with a pair of straightening irons. Given the rise in temperatures and working from home, the thought of adding heat to my morning routine brings me out in a cold sweat, but equally going au naturale is a BIG no. So what is a girl to do? 

As a pretty active Insta user, naturally I turn to my feed at every opportunity for a little inspo. For S/S 20, hair accessories are proving to be more popular than ever and while I’m a big fan of a barrette, to keep this mane in place and off my face I need something with a little more staying power. In years gone by, I’ve always resorted to a scrunchie to gather up my tresses into some variation of a ‘messy’ bun, but have never quite managed to make it look as effortlessly cool as I’d hoped. So, when the heatwave hit the UK for the first time during Easter, I decided to raid my accessories draw for some fabric and scarves to give me a helping hand.

After hair expert Zoë Irwin introduced her Tie It Up collection, hair scarves have become the coolest way to add interest to a regular pony, upgrade a basic bun or take the oh-so-chic half up styles to the next level. While my shorter lengths mean the ‘snatched’ ponytail is out of my reach, a messy bun seemed realistic enough to achieve! Though I’m no styling sensation, a few bobbles and bobby pins can work wonders, so after using the JOICO Hair Shake to add a little texture at the root, I got to work.

Much like Deborah’s low bun, there is certainly a knack to nailing this look and I’d recommend using your favourite brush to gather up all your strands into one ponytail. At this point, I tilted my head forward to bring everything together before beginning to twist the ponytail up into a bun. Don’t worry too much about nailing a ballerina-esque look, as any flyaways can be pinned down.

I also used the L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.ART Fix Design to kick any rogue baby hairs to the curb before introducing my fabric of choice. This is the fun part: you have total creative freedom to pick from hair scarves, floral prints and everything in between! Simply wrap around the bun before tying in place to leave a section of the fabric hanging down the neck.

Perfect for any length of hair, I can certainly see why hair scarves have become a must have accessory. Besides bringing a pop of colour to WFH chic, it hides a multitude of sins on Zoom while being bang on trend – I’m sold!

This article is from Layered

25 Pretty Boy Haircuts

Pretty boy haircuts are the go-to style for most guys these days! There is something cool and stylish about pretty boy hairstyles that girls just can’t ignore. Especially with men’s hair trends focusing on “short sides, long top” hairstyles, the most popular haircuts tend to be high or low fades, undercuts, comb overs, quiffs, pomps, spiky hair, and other modern styles. Although these sweet haircuts for men require more styling, maintenance and time, these beautiful hairstyles will get you a ton of attention and love from the ladies!
Best Pretty Boy Haircuts

If you’re looking for some swag and want to try a new guy’s haircut girls will love, check out our collection of awesome styles. From a faded comb over to a slicked back undercut, we promise you’ll find a nice hairstyle to get this year!

These haircuts ideas are from Men's Hairstyles Now

Everything You Need to Know About Hair Toppers for Women

What Are Hair Toppers?

With toppers, they’re kind of a mix of both extensions and wigs; honestly, you get the best of both worlds here. They clip in at the top of your hair, but since they have a much smaller cap, they sit flatter. With toppers, you also get to rock your natural hair and blend it in with the topper. Similar to other forms of fake hair, you can purchase curly hair toppers, toppers with bangs, or even custom pieces with balayage to match your own style. The possibilities are really endless.

Reasons to Try Hair Toppers

Now, why should you choose a topper over other forms of faux hair? Believe it or not, toppers make life easier in so many ways. There are a number of celebrities and TV personalities who choose to wear toppers to add fullness and allows them to have a more styled and sleek look on screen, without the added work or heat damage. It’s just like wearing extensions or wigs for the added fullness, without all of the efforts. For those suffering from hair loss (androgenetic alopecia, telogen effluvium, postpartum thinning, alopecia areata, just to name a few), toppers can be a total lifesaver. They are much less damaging than extensions and can cover the crown, which is a common area for women with thinning.

More often than not, women are choosing toppers over wigs because you still have the choice of incorporating your own hair, giving you a more natural look. Toppers are generally less full than wigs, so for someone transitioning to fake hair due to hair loss, it’s a much gentler switch. Switching to fake hair can feel like a drastic change, so being able to wear your own hair helps to ease your way into the fake hair world. As someone who has hair loss, I definitely appreciate that. Basically, toppers provide the added fullness and thickness you get from all forms of fake hair, with much less effort.

Tips for Toppers

  • Consider your preferred style: small base, medium base, etc.; the larger the base the fuller the topper.
  • Mono is one layer for the cap, so your hair will show through, meaning you will not have a natural parting.
  • French drawn gives a more natural look and a scalp-like parting, as there are two layers, one of which mimics the color of the scalp.
  • Density: the higher the density, the fuller the topper. Personally, I prefer the lightest density possible, as my hair is thin as hell so I want it to look like me. Lower density toppers would be 100%, 120%, etc.
  • Always place the topper about 1-2 cm from your hairline.
  • Machine-made toppers are the cheapest option.
  • Hand-tied or French drawn will be more pricey but will provide a more natural/quality piece.
  • Synthetic hair toppers are cheaper.
  • Human hair toppers are pricier, but more natural-looking and feeling.

Disadvantages of Hair Toppers

While I do think that toppers are a great alternative in the faux hair world, like anything, they have their cons, and the last thing I want is to leave you thinking this is a perfect fix. Nothing ever is perfect in life, right? I often receive questions about what brand is the best women’s hair topper, and my answer is always, I haven’t found it yet. Toppers are great, but they can still cause some damage, as the clips that secure it to the hair can create traction and pulling over time. Due to my own personal hair loss issues, I can wear a topper for about 4-5 hours before it starts to get uncomfortable. Those of us with hair loss generally have a more sensitive scalp, so the experience will be different for everyone.

Toppers also need to be maintained, just like any form of fake hair. They need to be gently washed and dried to prevent damage to the piece. As you can probably imagine, the more expensive the topper, the more care it requires. Lastly, toppers really only work if you have hair. So, if you suffer from severe hair loss with little to no hair at the top of your scalp, toppers may not work for you as they need a decent amount of hair to clip onto.

As you can see, hair toppers aren’t a perfect solution, but they are DEFINITELY an awesome option for those of us needing a little boost in the hair department. Regardless of your hair type — thin, flat, or bald spots — toppers allow you to hide your hair insecurities while enhancing your overall look. Feel free to connect with me on Instagram and YouTube for more information about toppers or if you simply just want to talk about hair care.

How to Know If You Should
Use a Clarifying Shampoo

Lather, rinse, repeat. We all know how to shampoo, but finding the right product to use isn’t always so simple. There are plenty of them on the market — exfoliating, volumizing, brass-busting — but clarifying shampoos have the most confusing nomenclature. Like, what is a clarifying shampoo anyway? Doesn't it do the job of a standard shampoo? What makes it different? For answers, we chatted with experts in the know for insight as to what "clarifying" really means.

First off, clarifying shampoos are deep cleansers that aim to remove residue and buildup. Hairstylist Cash Lawless notes that your stylist may suggest one based on these factors: the amount of buildup you've got, your porosity (how well your hair can absorb moisture), how often you use product, your natural sebum production, styling routine, heat usage, and if your hair is color-treated.

"Do you use leave-in hair products? Do you heat style? Most importantly, does your hair feel dull, limp, heavy, or dirty after washing it? If so, then it’s time to clarify," says Lawless. Those with color-treated hair should be extra careful with clarifying shampoos. Many formulas can change your color — especially deposited color — so Lawless suggests clarifying if needed before getting a dye job.

Clarifying shampoos have a reputation for stripping hair, because, well, they're meant to eliminate buildup. Cosmetic chemist Ginger King says that many clarifying shampoos use chelating agents like EDTA and tetrasodium EDTA, which latch on to metal ions that may be in your water. "[Their] function is to 'chelate' (form a bond with) metal ions in water so that the water is softer and better for the hair," she says. She notes that while EDTAs are less harsh on your strands than other surfactants, that doesn't mean they can't be stripping and drying. This is why some brands add moisturizing agents to their clarifiers.

But there are some clarifying shampoos without EDTAs in their formulas. King mentions that EDTAs can cause sensitivity for some people over time, but other than that, "there are no health concerns." So, the point remains: Use clarifying shampoos sparingly and only when you need them.

As for how often you should use them, "It’s a personal decision,” says Lawless. "But in general, I recommend every two weeks for those who use styling products, [as well as] heat and who don’t wash every day."

Now that you've got the lowdown on clarifying shampoos, check out the ones hairstylists recommend.

Click on the photo below for Allure's product recommendations.

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Here’s How and Why Your Hair Texture Changes as You Age

Aging, as we know it, is certainly a beautiful thing in its own right, however, it can also be unbelievably frustrating. You find your perfect remedy to one ailment, only to be struck a week later by the next in what seems like a never-ending saga of bodily changes. So what is it about getting older and your hair changing so much, – we’re talking thinning, color change, coarseness, and curl – and what on earth are we supposed to do about it?

The good news is, it may be somewhat reversible. By that, I mean your hair may be negatively reacting to one or more factors in your life that can be easily changed. And while it may still be genetic, there are a number of things you might be able to do to repair your otherwise unruly hair to get it back to its former glory.

Fluctuating Hormones

Let’s be real, there are a lot of reasons your hormones may be doing the shuffle. It could be birth control, menstruation, pregnancy, or simply age (hello menopause)! All of these could cause any number of changes to your hair. A significant loss of estrogen causes hair follicles to shrink, which can lead to a reduction in the thickness of the hair. Additionally, during menopause, estrogen levels tend to drop and are replaced by androgen. This rise often results in a finer texture, and can also send varying signals to your hair follicles, physically changing their shape and creating a curl where your hair used to be straight, or vice-versa.

One way to combat this is to introduce naturally estrogen-saturated foods into your diets, such as nuts, seeds, plant-based proteins like tofu and soybeans, berries, and red wine. While post-partum hair loss may seem extreme, it is temporary and simply due to your body getting back on track. Of course, if you think this is due to a change in birth control, talk to your doctor about what your other options may be.

Environmental Hazards

Have you ever noticed that your hair seems to have a mind of its own on a humid day? That’s because water molecules are like tiny magnets that are pulling on your hair creating a lot more hydrogen bonds than would happen in a dryer climate. This causes it to react in different ways, i.e. become wavy or curly. Hard water can also wreak havoc on your locks, as it may be contaminated with chlorine, calcium, magnesium, or other harsh chemicals. This can cause your hair to seem dry and dull.

A simple way to correct both of these is to use a hydrating shampoo. These shampoos and conditioners are not only hydrating, bringing life back to your hair, but can also be incredibly restorative. They can work to repair breakage and split ends and strengthen hair against future damage.

Loss of Collagen and Protein

While collagen is most known for its ability to keep wrinkles and cellulite at bay, it is also a key player in the heath of your hair. As we age our bodies naturally begin to produce less collagen. Surprisingly this change typically begins around age 25, but as we now know, the hair follicle plays a huge role in the texture of our hair. So, as our skin loses elasticity and the follicle becomes weaker, it’s not so surprising that hair is the next thing affected. Collagen acts as an antioxidant, which your body uses to fight free radicals, or the buildup from environmental pollutants on the scalp, then causing damage and thinning to the hair itself. It also may lead to premature graying.

Along with this, too much or a lack of protein in your diet may be the culprit. Protein functions to support fine or medium hair, giving it strength and silkiness. However, if you have thick, curly hair, too much protein can actually do the exact opposite resulting in rough, brittle, or dry strands.

There are a few ways to introduce more collagen into your routine, including shampoos, Collagen infused vita-gummies, and powders you can mix into food such as smoothies, coffee, and homemade energy bites like these raspberry chocolate ones. As far as protein, the suggested amount of daily intake is about 0.36 grams of protein per pound of body weight. However, you know your body best, so don’t be afraid to experiment and see what works best for you.

Routine, Routine, Routine

We all know that too much stress for too long can catapult us into premature aging resulting in hair loss, hair thinning, and hair turning gray. What you may not realize is the hair re-growth cycle lasts anywhere from four to seven years, meaning every four to seven years each strand of hair is completely replaced by a new one. This new mane is likely to have its own set of properties that may or may not look and feel like the old one.

We are constantly bombarding our hair with heat tools, styling products, over-brushing, and over-cutting. Heat and color can damage the hair, while overuse of products can clog pores and cause damage to the follicles themselves. While your body is taking care of the hair by re-growing it, you can try the New Dawn scalp cleanser from Better Not Younger to give it that extra boost. Note this can also help with those free radicals we mentioned earlier.

There are an alarming amount of seemingly minuscule factors that can cause the texture of your hair to change. Although certain changes are inevitable, like thinning and graying, there are certainly ways to slow these processes down, and even reverse some premature effects. The top things I recommend paying close attention to our protein intake, if you’re coloring or heat treating your hair often and the types of products you’re putting on your hair. If none of these seem to be the culprit try combatting texture changes with specially formulated products, diet, and supplements, as they can make an incredible difference. And of course, don’t forget to drink water.

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Yoga Poses That Build Strength

This sequence can be used to build a yoga practice by those with a at least one-year of yoga experience. The flow helps to build strength in the core, arms, and legs. Incorporating balances and dynamic movement is part of the strengthening process.1

Don't feel like you have to do the whole sequence at once if poses aren't available to you yet. Instead, try working a few of these poses into your daily yoga routine. You can also take a break in child's pose between each exercise if you need to.

On the other hand, if you want to increase the intensity, there are a few variations described below to help you kick it up a notch.


Downward Facing Dog

Begin in downward facing dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana). Though often described as a resting posture, downward dog is a great strengthener in its own right.1 Take at least five and up to 20 breaths here.


Come forward to a plank pose with the shoulders over the wrists. Stay five to 10 breaths and you will really feel this in your arms.

Make sure to maintain good alignment throughout by not letting your hips stick up or sag down. Instead, keep a nice, straight line from the crown of your head to your heels. Remember, you can rest in child's pose between poses if you need to.

Chaturanga Dandasana

If you are working up to full chaturanga, drop the knees here before lowering. Hold the lowered position for a breath, then continue through your vinyasa ending up back in downward dog.


For increased intensity, instead of lowering all the way to the floor, press back up into a plank. You can do several rounds of these pushups before returning to downward dog.

Alignment cue: On an exhale press back up into plank with elbows hugging into the sides of the body; thighs engaged while lifting also from the navel; press out through heels and forward through crown of head.


Dolphin Pose

From downward facing dog, lower your forearms to the mat, coming into dolphin pose (Ardha Pincha Mayurasana). You can bring the knees to the floor during the transition if you need to, but once you have arms set up return the legs to a down dog position.


For a challenge, you can try to lower the forearms to the floor simultaneously while keeping the legs in down dog.


Dolphin Push-Ups

Interlace your fingers. On an inhalation, bring your body forward to a forearm plank position with your shoulders over your elbows. On your next exhalation, push back to down dog legs.

Do five to 10 of these dolphin push-ups before lifting your elbows off the floor, straightening your arms and returning to downward dog.


Downward Dog Split

Raise the right leg to down dog split (Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana). Keep your hips level and the right foot strongly flexed. 

Repeat this motion up to three times.

After several breaths, step the right foot to the front of your mat.


For increased intensity, round the spine and tuck your chin as you bring your shoulders over your wrists and your right knee to your nose on an exhalation. Inhale and return to down dog split. 


Awkward Chair - Utkatasana

Step the left foot next to the right. Bend your knees and lift your arms to awkward chair (Utkatasana). Stay here five breaths, challenging yourself to sit a little lower with each breath.


Standing Split

Forward fold over your legs, then lift the right leg into a standing split (Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana). If your hands don't comfortably reach the floor, you can use blocks under them. You can work on your balance by bringing one or both hands to your left ankle.

Do this three times.


To add a little dynamic movement, bend both knees and bring your right knee forward to meet your nose. Then re-extend the right leg.

Tree Pose

Bend the left knee slightly and stand up, ideally without letting the right foot touch the floor. When you are upright, bring the sole of the right foot to the inside of your left thigh, or to the calf if that's not possible. This is tree pose (Vrksasana).

You can use your hands to place the foot. Bring your hands to your heart and find a focal point on the floor to help you maintain your balance. If you want, bring the arms overhead. Try to stay 10 breaths before releasing the right foot to the floor.


Since part of the sequence is done on one leg, you need to go through it again to do both sides. You can choose to either start over at the beginning or pick up the sequence mid-way through at the down dog split. This time, lift the left leg and then go through the last four poses.

These poses and more can be found at verywellFIT

What caught my attention
this month

How To Fail With Elizabeth Day
How To Fail With Elizabeth Day is a podcast that celebrates the things that haven’t gone right. Every week, a new interviewee explores what their failures taught them about how to succeed better.
Elizabeth Day chats to Russell Howard about her hit Podcast 'How to Fail', and how she believes that failure is an absolutely necessary part of success.

How To Fail: Listeners share their Coronavirus stories

For this extra-special listener episode, I asked you to get in touch with your stories. And you did not let me down. I received so many responses that when I printed them out they ran to over 100 pages of typed text. I wished I could read every single one of them out, but that would have taken quite a long time, so I did the best I could and picked a selection of the most moving, most eloquent, most reassuring, most funny, most inspiring, most heroic stories you are ever likely to hear. I burst into tears while reading your emails and messages, and I laughed a lot too. I adore you, you wonderful listeners. You are the most exceptional, thoughtful and brave audience.

This year are started a section for the "Follically Challenged".  There are so many conversations and articles on the topic and I want make sure you are getting good information. 

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12 Most Common Causes of Hair Loss
in Women

We all want to feel healthy and happy, especially in today’s world where we are surrounded by uncertainty and change. If you’re like me and many other women who have experienced unexpected hair loss, it can increase your anxiety. There is good news, however. There are many reasons why you may be experiencing sudden hair loss, most of which are temporary and reversible. Here are 12 of the most common causes of hair loss in women.

What Causes Hair Loss in Women?

Hopefully, these causes for hair loss in women will ease your worries and help you change your routine to reverse hair shedding.

#1: Stress

For many of us, stress has become a significant factor in our daily lives. Unfortunately, when left unchecked, stress can lead to many health-related issues, including hair loss. According to experts, the average human scalp has about 100,000 hair follicles. At any given time, each of your hair follicles is in a different phase of this cycle: Anagen phase (growth), Catagen (transition) phase, Telogen phase (resting), and Exogen phase (shedding). If your hair loss has been triggered by stress, managing your stress could be the key to returning to a healthy rate of hair growth. So, next time you’re starting to feel that stress level rise, remember to take deep breaths and look for healthy stress relievers. Your hair will benefit and so will you.

#2: Weight Loss

I have personal experience with this one. When I recently lost about 35 pounds in three months, I started to notice I was losing more than my normal amount of hair on a daily basis. I was eating a balanced diet, but it was restrictive in calories and resulted in fairly rapid weight loss. The research shows that rapid weight loss can cause hair loss by causing your hair to go into its resting phase, also known as telogen effluvium. According to Dr. Anthony L. Komaroff, “The stress to one’s system from sudden or excessive weight loss can throw hair follicles into their resting phase. This is when many hairs are shed…This resting phase usually lasts two or three months. Hair growth returns to normal after that.”

#3: Childbirth

Known as one of the most physically and emotionally charged times in a woman’s life, it’s no wonder that some of us experience sudden hair loss during and directly after childbirth. According to the medical experts, this is often due to hormonal shifts brought on by pregnancy. During the nine months of active pregnancy, our hair stays in its growth, or Anagen, phase, and does not get shed like it normally would. Therefore, when hormones shift again postpartum and the hair enters its resting phase, the excess hair is shed, which can seem alarming. However, it is usually temporary and a natural part of the childbirth process.

#4: Hot Oil

How many of you love a good hot oil treatment for your hair? I know there’s something extremely relaxing about the heat and feel of it as it sits on your scalp. While there are some great benefits to it, you may want to be careful when indulging in this activity. It has been found that excessive use of this and other chemical treatments, such as permanents and dyes, can cause scarring to your hair follicles, which may result in hair loss.

#5: Hair Styling

As may be expected, if you engage in excessive hair-styling techniques that put extreme stress and pulling on your hair, such as tight braiding, pigtails or cornrows, over time, that could result in some hair loss. So, the next time you try one of these styles, you may want to give your hair a little grace and loosen the braid just a bit. Your scalp and hair will thank you.

#6: Genetics

Sometimes, the cause of our hair loss is as simple as genetics. Experts at the Mayo Clinic state, “The most common cause of hair loss is a hereditary condition that happens with aging. This condition is called androgenic alopecia, male-pattern baldness and female-pattern baldness. It usually occurs gradually and in predictable patterns — a receding hairline and bald spots in men and thinning hair along the crown of the scalp in women.” If you find yourself experiencing the same hair loss as others in your family, this may be the cause.

#7: Scalp Health

We all love a good dry shampoo or leave-in conditioner, right? While they have some great benefits for our hair, excessive use may cause inflammation and/or clogging of our hair follicles. Because most hair loss is related to the condition of our scalp and follicles, clogging them can lead to hair loss. The key to preventing this loss is to find a hair-care regimen that works for you and one that also promotes a healthy scalp. Shampooing, rinsing and scalp treatments can help prevent this loss and lead to a healthier you.

#8: Shrinking Follicles

According to experts at WebMD, 30 million American women experience a hereditary condition that causes hair loss, affecting about 50% of all women. It is known as female-pattern baldness. According to WebMD, “Typically, each time a normal hair follicle is shed, it is replaced by hair that is equal in size. But in women with female-pattern hair loss, the new hair is finer and thinner — a more miniaturized version of itself…” What eventually happens is the follicles shrink and can even quit growing altogether. You should visit your doctor or dermatologist, if you think you may be experiencing this type of hair loss, as they can help determine a treatment regimen.

#9: Menopause

While many women may experience increased hair loss when going through menopause, experts say this may be more an effect of aging than the actual menopausal process. For many of the reasons above, as women get older, they experience changes in their hair follicles around the ages of 50 to 60. This could be due to hormone changes, stress, diet or other health conditions.

#10: Vitamins

We all know that good nutrition and proper supplementation are keys to a healthy lifestyle. They are also vital to the health of our hair. Nutritionists have found the most influential nutrients which can be linked to healthy hair are Vitamin B12, Biotin, Folate, and Riboflavin. Many of these can be found in the food we eat, as well as in well-rounded multi vitamins.

#11: Medications

Some medications may cause hair loss, especially if stress on the hair follicles is a known side effect. Prolonged stress may result in hair loss. It is always best to consult with your doctor about prolonged medication use of any kind.

#12: Diet

Finally, indulging in a healthy, well-rounded nutrition routine is crucial to overall health, including your lustrous strands. One commonly misunderstood part of our diets is fat. Some have found that a lack of healthy fats in a person’s diet may lead to hair loss. Experts state that adding healthy fats to your diet is extremely important for hair growth. Fat helps the body assimilate vitamins that are essential for healthy hair. Focus on eating unsaturated fats like Omega 3s.

So, there you have it, my top 12 causes for hair loss in women. Whatever the reason, if you are experiencing unexpected hair loss, you should contact your health-care provider for more information and resources. Here’s to less stress and shining strands of luxurious hair in 2021!

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Easy Salad Dressing Recipes to Make You Excited to Eat Your Greens

Whether you prefer a light vinaigrette or a thicker, bolder accompaniment to your salad, dressing adds a welcome statement to fresh veggies, not to mention tuna, chicken, and other heartier fare.

It’s tempting to stock up on pre-made bottles but a check of the ingredients might have you reconsidering. If you don’t want soybean oil and xanthan gum in your diet, take matters into your own hands. Dressing is simple to make from scratch and the results will not only taste better but are better for you. Basically, when it comes to getting your salad all dressed up, comparing homemade to store-bought is like Tom Ford vs. Tommy Bahama—and you won’t have to drop couture coin for the luxury.

Here's one to start with:  
Easy Ranch

Direct from Santa Barbara’s Hidden Valley Ranch, this gooey classic with a buttermilk tang is the top choice for a winning wedge. Beyond salad, it’s a welcome dip for a crudité platter and a slice of pepperoni pizza if you really want to let your freak flag fly.

Ingredients (9)
  • 1 cup well-shaken buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped Italian parsley
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
  • 4 teaspoons white wine vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 medium garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed
  • Place all of the ingredients in a 2-cup Mason jar or other container with a tightfitting lid.
  • Seal tightly and shake to evenly distribute all the ingredients. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper as desired. Refrigerate until chilled and the flavors have melded, about 1 hour. The dressing will last up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
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Dark hair was common among Vikings, genetic study confirms

A female skeleton named Kata found at a Viking burial site in Varnhem, Sweden. Photograph: Vastergotlands Museum/PA

They may have had a reputation for trade, braids and fearsome raids, but the Vikings were far from a single group of flaxen-haired, sea-faring Scandinavians.

A genetic study of Viking-age human remains has not only confirmed that Vikings from different parts of Scandinavia set sail for different parts of the world, but has revealed that dark hair was more common among Vikings than Danes today.

What’s more, while some were born Vikings, others adopted the culture – or perhaps had it thrust upon them.

“Vikings were not restricted to blond Scandinavians,” said Prof Eske Willerslev, a co-author of the research from the University of Cambridge and the University of Copenhagen.

Writing in the journal Nature, Willerslev and colleagues report how they sequenced the genomes of 442 humans who lived across Europe between about 2,400BC and 1,600AD, with the majority from the Viking age – a period that stretched from around 750AD to 1050AD.

The study also drew on existing data from more than 1,000 ancient individuals from non-Viking times, and 3,855 people living today.

Among their results the team found that from the iron age, southern European genes entered Denmark and then spread north, while – to a lesser extent – genes from Asia entered Sweden.

“Vikings are, genetically, not purely Scandinavian,” said Willerslev.

However, the team found Viking age Scandinavians were not a uniform population, but clustered into three main groups – a finding that suggests Vikings from different parts of Scandinavia did not mix very much. .

The team found these groups roughly map on to present-day Scandinavian countries, although Vikings from south-west Sweden were genetically similar to their peers in Denmark. Genetic diversity was greatest in coastal regions.

Further analysis confirmed the long-standing view that most Vikings in England came from Denmark, as reflected in place names and historical records, while the Baltic region was dominated by Swedish Vikings, and Vikings from Norway ventured to Ireland, Iceland, Greenland and the Isle of Man.

However, the team say remains from Russia revealed some Vikings from Denmark also travelled east.

The study also revealed raids were likely a local affair: the team found four brothers and another relative died in Salme, Estonia, in about 750AD, in what is thought could have been a raid, with others in the party likely to have been from the same part of Sweden.

In addition, the team found two individuals from Orkney, who were buried with Viking swords, had no Scandinavian genetic ancestry.

“[Being a Viking] is not a pure ethnic phenomenon, it is a lifestyle that you can adopt whether you are non-Scandinavian or Scandinavian,” said Willerslev, adding that genetic influences from abroad both before and during the Viking age might help explain why genetic variants for dark hair were relatively common among Vikings.

Dr Steve Ashby, an expert in Viking-age archaeology from the University of York said the study confirmed what had been suspected about movement and trade in the Viking age, but also brought fresh detail.

“The evidence for gene flow with southern Europe and Asia is striking, and sits well with recent research that argues for large-scale connectivity in this period,” he said.

“[The study] also provides new information about levels of contact and isolation within Scandinavia itself, and offers an interesting insight into the composition of raiding parties.”

But Judith Jesch, professor of Viking studies at the University of Nottingham said the study is unlikely to rewrite the history books.

“We long ago gave up on the most colourful popular myths about Vikings, and recent research has focused on the Viking age as a period of mobility, when people from Scandinavia migrated in various directions, and often back again, encountering and interacting with other peoples, languages and cultures in a process which I and others have called diaspora,” she said.

Even so, Jesch said the study offered food for thought. “Archaeologists have long suggested that many cultural ideas reached Scandinavia through the Danish gateway, so it will be interesting to discuss further what this gene flow [from Denmark to Norway and Sweden] means in terms of how culture is diffused. Did it happen as a result of the movements of people or by some other process?,” she said.

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Hair to the Rescue as Oil Pollution Blights Coastlines

BRIGNOLES, France (AFP) — In the town of Brignoles in southeast France, 40 tons of human hair are stacked in a warehouse — discarded locks sent in from salons far and wide under an innovative recycling scheme.

After a successful trial in the nearby port of Cavalaire-sur-Mer, the hair is destined to be stuffed into nylon stockings to make floating tubes that will line harbors to mop up ocean oil pollution.

“Hair is lipophilic, which means it absorbs fats and hydrocarbons,” said Thierry Gras, a hairdresser in Saint-Zacharie near Brignoles and founder of the project Coiffeurs Justes (Fair Hairdressers).

Awaiting the green light from labor inspectors and anti-pollution officials, Gras hopes to start large-scale production of the tubes before year-end and so help fight against pollution.

He plans to sell the forearm-length tubes, which can each absorb eight times their weight in oil, for $10.50 apiece.

At the Brignoles warehouse, paper bags are filled with 4.4 pounds of hair each, waste from thousands of participating hairdressers from all over France — including Gras’s own — as well as Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg.

The bags are then sent to another site a few streets away, where formerly unemployed people and school dropouts are paid to make the absorbent tubes.

Gras plans to reinvest half of the sale price of the tubes in the employment center.

Mopping up ‘micro-pollution’

According to the stylist, each hairdresser on average produces about 29 kilograms of hair waste every year, most of it ending up in the trash.

Last year, scientists found that discarded human hair was likely to blame for a strange phenomenon of missing toes among Paris pigeons. The birds appear to get entangled in the discarded locks, cutting off blood flow to their extremities.

While snipping away at a client’s hair, Gras told AFP his appetite for fighting pollution was awakened in childhood by the 1978 stranding of the Amoco Cadiz tanker off France’s Brittany coast.

For perhaps the first time ever, human hair was employed in the effort to mop up the more than 200,000 tons of spilled oil.

When he became a hairdresser later, Gras was shocked to discover there was no recycling facility for hair waste — which can also be used as fertilizer, isolation material, concrete reinforcement or in water filtration.

Gras thus came up with the idea of creating hair-filled oil absorbers, and in 2015 founded his association.

It has some 3,300 contributing salons to date.

The tubes, Gras explained, “can be used in case of a serious oil spill, such as the one in Mauritius recently, but the idea here is to remove micro-pollution on a continuous basis” in ports.

Wash, rinse, repeat

The Japanese-owned MV Wakashio ran aground on a coral reef off Mauritius on July 25, spilling over 1,000 tons of oil into a protected marine park boasting mangrove forests and endangered species.

Volunteers used makeshift sponges stuffed with straw and hair to try and suck up the oil until authorities stopped the practice.

In Cavalaire, a dozen tubes are already in use, serving as a pilot for the project.

Philippe Leonelli, the mayor of the seaside town and CEO of its port, is happy to have a new method for soaking up the oil leaked from the engines of some 1,100 boats docked in the port.

“The traditional method (using large sponges made from polymer) are products that are not reusable and which we discard” after use, he said. 

The hair sponges, on the other hand, are washable and reusable “about ten times.”

“We are all in search of reusable methods so as not to overburden our territory and our land” with waste product storage, added the mayor.

Several river and ocean ports in France have already shown an interest in purchasing the tubes, said Gras.

According to a NASA study published in 1998, 25,000 pounds of hair should be able to absorb some 170,000 gallons of spilled oil.

From CourtHouseNews

There is a new world record for tallest mohawk and it's a hair-raising accomplishment
By Lauren M. Johnson, CNN

(CNN) -- There is a new world record for the tallest Mohican mohawk, and it will give you all kinds of hair envy.

Joseph Grisamore, of Park Rapids, Minnesota, checks in with a mohawk fan over 42.5 inches tall, Guinness World Records said on its website.

"My favorite thing about the mohawk is just the rarity of it," Grisamore told Guinness.

"I'll admit that peoples' reactions are pretty priceless too. I'm 6'1 tall, and my mohawk is pushing 4 feet now."

Grisamore said that he doesn't even use that much product. Usually he gets his hair stylist to tease the base so it can basically stand on its own.

"Doors aren't over 7' tall, ceilings 9', and cars are impossible to get into -- so I'm limited to where and how I move around when I'm all done up, but the crowd usually comes to me," he said.

Grisamore said he wanted to break this record back in 2007 but was too afraid to shave the sides of his hair in order to qualify for the record.

He decided to try again and grew his hair to four feet in seven years, allowing him to break the record, according to the news release.

However, Grisamore doesn't always wear his hair high. He works as an essential worker at a health care facility and usually keeps it braided and in two knots as to avoid sitting on it.

"I'm honored to be added to a list of one-of-a-kind record holders," Grisamore said.

"My wife wants me to stay humble, but instead I'm considering becoming the 'Mohawk King', and attempting the tallest mohawk spike title, which is how I'd begun my journey with record-breaking in 2007."

His accomplishment will be featured in the Guinness World Records 2021 edition.


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