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Be nice to your hairstylist because what's stopping them from plucking one of your hairs and putting it at a crime scene? 

Well, here we are are again.

I hope you are finding new and creative ways to fill your days.  I’ve been keeping up with a few of you on Facebook and Instagram and have really enjoyed following your adventures.  It’s not quite the same as hearing it from you directly, but it is the next best thing to being there. Quirky as that’s sounds, it’s true.

I had so many good intentions of things I’d hoped to accomplish and get done when we were first quarantined.  Did any of them get accomplished?  Hmm?  Maybe?  I sure as heck wasn’t successful at crocheting.  It was funny (before it got frustrating) at how uncoordinated I was with that crochet hook. I’m going to blame it on the yarn. Yeah, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.  😜

The first month of quarantine my focus was to be prepared for when the salon would be able to reopen. I wanted to make sure I was doing all I could to keep you safe and protected. My front hallway was stacking up with cleaning & disinfecting solutions, a pressurized sprayer for the disinfecting solution, masks (for you), cutting capes (a clean one for each service), neck strips, an IR thermometer gun (for when you enter the salon), paper towels & wipes, handsfree hand sanitizer and soap dispensers (no touching), and bins for clean and soiled items (everything is single use or disinfected after each service).  All of this preparation was, again, because I want to make sure I’m keeping you as safe as possible while you’re in the salon.  I’ve been able to take some of those supplies to the salon so my hallway isn’t quite as “cluttered”.  When we are eventually allowed to reopen I think, no, I AM ready for you.

I’m still trying to include articles in this newsletter that are relevant and helpful during the times we’re experiencing.  I have several articles saved on trips, travels, and outdoor activities that just aren’t conducive to safe distancing so I’ll be saving them for another time.

The coronavirus, the anxieties of keeping ourselves and family members healthy during the pandemic, and the insecurities of finances and our homes are causing a new, unexpected consequence: hair loss.  Stress and/or anxiety sustained over a period of 3 months or longer shocks our system and triggers something called telogen effluvium, a temporary form of hair loss caused by a physical or emotional stress, high fever, illness or weight loss of more than 20 pounds — symptoms common with the virus.  I have a couple articles for you on this recently identified consequence associated with the coronavirus.

When this first started I shared that you should expect some hair loss over the next few months. It has now been more than 4 months since we’ve been quarantined.  Many of you may have already noticed some extra hair shedding the last couple of months. I know I have. Those of you with shorter hair may not notice the shedding as much because your hair is short and just washing down the drain (sorry).  It just won’t feel as think as usual.  The good thing about this type of hair loss is that once the “stressor” has been alleviated your hair will start to grow back.  It may take a few months before you notice any new growth, but you will eventually see those “baby hairs” throughout you scalp.

I’ve mentioned CBD in previous newsletters.  I’m a fan of CBD and have noticed the benefits.  I stumbled across a NO-BS guide for understanding CBD that I’m sharing with you this month. It is very important that you do your own research and find your own comfort levels on whether or not it’s right for you. I hope this guide helps with some of your questions.

I mentioned anxieties and stress above. Breathing is known to  be an anxiety taming exercise.  I have an article and a stream for you on how to use breathing to improve your heath.  

I also have articles on things you’re doing that might be damaging your hair, men’s Summer cuts, and even a 30 minute Home Walking video.

It is really impossible to let you know how much I’ve missed each and every one of you.  Words on a page just cannot express those kinds of feelings.  I know I’ve said this before but I am truly looking forward to the day (hopefully soon) when we will see each other face to face.

I am available by email, text or phone if you have any questions or concerns.  Or just want to chat.

Be well. Take Hair! AND #MaskUp 😷
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The California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology is having a live webcast of their Board meeting on Monday, August 3rd at 9:00am.

Discussion and Possible Action Regarding Rule making Proposals:

•Discussion and Possible Action Regarding Comments Received Regarding Title 16, CCR section 965.2  (Personal Service Permit(Meeting Agenda)

A Personal Service Permit i
s "A permit that authorizes an individual to perform services, for which he or she holds a license, outside of an establishment in accordance with regulations established by the Board."  In short this would allow us to legally be able to make house calls. Currently we are only authorized to perform our job in a licensed establishment.  This has been on the State Board and CA Dept of Consumer Affairs docket since 2016.  

I will be listening in on this board meeting.  If there are any amendments (which I doubt there will be) to our Rules and Regulations I will be sure to let you know.

You may have seen or read in the news earlier today that the Governor has issued new Guidance's on expanding personal care services outside.  I posted the pertinent information for you below.
While this may seem great, this is not a feasible option for many hairstylist and salons in California.  These new "outdoor" guidelines are still limited to providing services outside of a licensed establishment.   Most salons whether they be in a neighborhood, a mall, a strip mall, or, like our salon, a high rise building do not have access to outdoor space.
We also need to keep in mind that many cities and counties have shut down many, if not all, outdoor social activities.
As much as I wish this were good news for all of us, it still does not move anything forward in regards to me being able to safely provide you with your much needed hair care services.  In my humble opinion, the indoor space of our salon is still a much safer, sanitized, disinfected, and regulated environment for you and me.
I will continue to keep you posted as new information becomes available.
Stay healthy and sane (as best you can).  
And #MaskUp
- Brian ✂️

This is is what the new "outdoor" guidelines specify (link posted below): 
* Outdoor operations may be conducted under a tent, canopy, or other sun shelter as long as no more than one side is closed, allowing sufficient outdoor air movement.
* Salons should not perform a service that would require a customer to have to enter the establishment. 
Other Considerations for Moving Work Outdoors:
* Rewiring and the use of electrical extension cords can increase the likelihood of electrical hazards, including fire and electrocution. Ensure that outdoor operations comply with Cal/OSHA and all code requirements. See Cal/OSHA’s Guide to Electrical Safety for more information.
* Ensure there are no tripping hazards from cords or other equipment in outdoor work areas.
* Use shade or other skin protection when not under shade.
* Stop operations, move away from electrical wiring and equipment and seek indoor shelter if there is lightning within 6 miles of your location (see the FEMA “30/30 rule”).
Hair by Brian and the “New Normal” (for now)
Even with setback after setback we are ready to reopen the salon as soon as we get the go ahead.  We have implemented new safety measures for your safety as well as for those of us working in the salon.  I understand you are excited to have your hair done but please be patient, understanding and flexible with this “New Normal” during your appointment.  I cannot emphasize this enough, your time at the salon will be different than before with specific requirements everyone must follow to ensure everyone is safe.
Click here for a fairly comprehensive list of COVID-19 guidelines for all of us in the salon.

Watch This Space
SFDPH Coronavirus Facts Here

California COVID-19 INDUSTRY GUIDANCE: Expanded Personal Care Provided Outside (07/20/20)

California Department of Public Health COVID-19 Updates

KQED: Coronavirus Live Updates


  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Nail salons
  • Tattoo and body piercing studios
  • Outdoor bars
  • Massage establishments

Culture and recreation

  • Indoor museums (with approved plans)
  • Outdoor swimming pools


TIME’s One-Stop Coronavirus Dashboard

In July of any other year, many of us would be starting our mornings catching up on the score of last night’s game, or checking in on the stock market. But in 2020, the most important number—the one we all want to see every day—is how many new cases of COVID-19 struck the country and the state where we live in the past 24 hours.

The trouble is, there’s so much information available—much of it inconsistent or incomplete—that it can be difficult to quickly get a clear read on how dire the coronavirus pandemic is today compared to yesterday, or two weeks ago, or three months ago. In an effort to reduce the noise, TIME has developed a one-stop dashboard that condenses all the available data into as concise and informative a presentation as possible.

The dashboard is built off of essentially the same metrics that, as journalists who have spent months combing through the numbers, we find most useful in informing TIME’s reporting on this unprecedented crisis. We figured that, so long as we’re already spending untold hours calculating the clearest picture possible, we ought to publish the results for anyone to examine. Beginning today, we’ll be updating the page every morning with the latest figures from the previous day.

The first thing you’ll see on this page is a small “snapshot” showing the total number of cases and fatalities both globally and in the U.S. and, more importantly, how much those figures have grown both in the previous day and over the past two weeks—roughly the incubation time between when a person is infected and when they are likely to show any symptoms. This section also includes a list of every state that has recently reported a new daily record-high number of infections, landmarks that frequently make headlines.

As you scroll down the page, you’ll see the rise and fall of new cases in every state and the U.S. at large, as well as which states are currently responsible for the largest percentage of new cases in the country. The state-by-state comparison, we’ve found, is one of the most important means of understanding how the nation is faring because the situation on the ground looks very different depending on where you live. While the nationwide figures for infections and deaths might be the most commonly cited metrics, those U.S-wide numbers are largely made up of only a small handful of states. And which states those are has changed repeatedly since the pandemic took off in the U.S. in early March.

Finally, the dashboard includes a map and list showing the toll—both in raw numbers and on a per capita basis—of COVID-19 on every nation and sovereign territory.

We’ll be adding modules to this dashboard as new metrics emerge that we find to be essential in navigating this pandemic. Feel free to send us suggestions if there is a particular metric you have trouble finding and would like to see—bearing in mind that the data are constantly trying to catch up to reality, just like we all are. We hope this dashboard can help.

Click here to see the full dashboard.


Hair Loss an Unexpected COVID
Misery for Many

“People are getting sick, losing jobs, and dealing with a lot of uncertainty related to their income and well-being, and I knew that it was going to be significant,”

July 22, 2020 -- Since getting COVID-19 in March, Juli Fisher, a travel nurse who was caring for COVID patients in an assisted living facility, has dealt with a long list of crippling symptoms herself. Most were ones she expected because they were in line with well-known symptoms. But one was more surprising to her when it emerged several weeks into her illness -- hair loss.

“I started noticing gobs of hair coming out when I took a shower. At first I thought it was that I was using a cheaper shampoo, but it soon became obvious, as more and more came out, that this was something else,” she says.

Once she joined a Facebook group for other “Long Haulers” -- people whose symptoms aren’t going away after a few weeks -- she realized she wasn’t alone. “When I saw others had it, I realized, oh, this is COVID-related, too.”

Rachel Baum of Saratoga Springs, NY, has had COVID symptoms for more than 100 days. Her hair is falling out, too.

“I’ve lost so much hair that I thought my thyroid was out of whack. I went to see my endocrinologist, and she said my numbers were fine. So it has to be COVID or my advanced age of 64, or a combination,” she says. “I have three different wigs in my Amazon shopping cart right now, just in case I need them.”

The link between hair loss and COVID is just starting to be reported and recognized in research. Sara Hogan, MD, a health sciences clinical instructor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, says this timeline makes sense because hair loss often happens to patients 3 to 5 months after a stressful illness or experience.

COVID and Hair Loss

The American Academy of Dermatology says hair loss can be caused by genetics, age, hormonal imbalances, other health conditions, medication and, of course, stress. Experts say the type most COVID-19 patients are having is called telogen effluvium, a temporary form caused by a physical or emotional stress, high fever, illness or weight loss of more than 20 pounds -- symptoms common with the virus. Telogen effluvium involves shedding all over the head -- not just on the crown like male pattern baldness -- and it’s far more than the 50 to 100 hairs people typically lose daily.

“There are three common cycles in hair’s life cycle. Up to 90% at any time are growing, 5% are in a resting phase, and up to 10% are shedding. When you have a major stress event or shock, up to 50% of your hair can sprint ahead to the shedding phase, Hogan says.

“That’s usually a delayed process because of the way the hair growth cycle is,” she says. “So you can have this major event, and then it can be about 3 to 5 months later that all of a sudden, you start to notice the shedding. And we're in the time frame for that with regard to the pandemic.”

This type of hair loss is linked to “severe illness, autoimmune disorders, and people who have a stroke or heart attack,” says Gregory A. Poland, MD, an infectious disease expert at Mayo Clinic and spokesperson for the Infectious Diseases Society of America. “This type of hair loss happens when people are immensely stressed.”

Hogan says she expected to see hair loss emerge at this point in the global pandemic. She is now seeing new coronavirus patients every week who have hair loss for the first time. “People are getting sick, losing jobs, and dealing with a lot of uncertainty related to their income and well-being, and I knew that it was going to be significant,” she says.

“Hair loss can occupy a large amount of someone’s mind share because our hair is something we see,” she says. “It’s often part of our identity and how others perceive us. So when patients start losing hair, especially for the first time, they often come to me very upset.”

Experts say another issue could be making the problem worse. COVID arrived in the U.S. at a time when many people already have seasonal shedding known as the “spring shed,” which happens between March and May. “Some people do shed more hair in the spring, and we don’t exactly know why. Some think it's related to a natural, seasonal cycle, and others think it emerges several months after the stress of the winter holidays,” Hogan explains.

Experts say it’s hard to know why some patients recovering from COVID lose hair and others don’t. Hogan says that may be related to genetics. “Hair loss happens to people who are predisposed, and we don't know who that is. There’s just something about some people’s genetic composition and hair cycle that makes it more likely for them.”

What to Do About Hair Loss

While hair loss can affect your self-confidence and self-image, experts urge people not to be embarrassed or try to handle it on their own. Instead, reach out to a health professional. A primary care doctor or dermatologist can rule out other causes like medications, a lack of nutrients, or hormone imbalances, and they can track your daily sleep, exercise, and nutrition habits to see if improvements in those areas could help.

Hogan says you can also talk with your doctor to see if a high-protein diet, more vitamin D, or supplements like biotin would help. Beyond that, she says doctors can help you find out if your stress has triggered anxiety or depression that needs treatment. Sometimes, she says, it also just helps for patients to hear from a medical professional that while hair loss can become a chronic problem, this type usually clears up.

“Most of the time, it does improve,” Hogan says. “I think it’s important to tell patients that in most cases, this is not a permanent hair disorder. It will likely get better within 4 to 6 months. That reassurance and knowledge often does help.”

“This type of hair loss does tend to improve over time,” Poland agrees. “That can be variable -- some may see all their hair return, and for others it may be more spotty. But usually, as the medical illness resolves, hair tends to regrow.”

In the meantime, Hogan urges patients to try to ease their stress if they can. “I oftentimes will discuss stress reduction strategies with my patients,” she says. “I feel like it's crucial, especially if this is stress-induced hair loss, to encourage things that may help their hair and are also good for their overall being, like yoga [or] mindfulness meditation. There is a very holistic approach you can take to optimize your body and health for hair growth.”

If those things don’t work, there are medicines, like minoxidil, that may help. The medicine, which is applied to the scalp, can help regrow hair in some, but Hogan says patients need to research how this medication works before starting it.

“I give patients the option of using minoxidil because it can help with acute shedding, but it’s important to stress that because of its mechanism, patients can actually experience increased shedding when they start using it and when they stop,” she says.

Beyond that, Hogan says, all you can do is practice patience. She tells patients that it took several months for the hair loss to happen, and it will take some time for the problem to go away.

“I am reminding patients that hair is not essential for your long-term survival,” she says. “What really matters is that you made it through a very stressful situation, and you and your body are overcoming that. So barring any systemic issue, you can expect that it should regrow. You just have to give it some time.”

Fisher is still waiting. After more than 100 days dealing with a variety of COVID symptoms, hair loss remains one of them. But, she says, while it is distressing to see it continue to fall out in the shower, it’s not her main concern right now.

“I have super thick hair, so I’m lucky in that way. I haven’t seen a specialist or talked with a doctor about it. I still don’t even have the energy to get up and walk around unless I have oxygen, and I'm scared that I'm never going to work again. I need to figure out what’s going on with my heart and lungs first before worrying about my hair. As upsetting as it is, at this point, maybe I’ll have to start buying scarves or something. But hair loss needs to stay pretty far down on my agenda right now.”

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Some coronavirus patients are experiencing a new consequence of COVID-19:
Hair loss

July 27, 2020 - Hair loss has become another emergent consequence of the novel coronavirus as COVID-19 patients battle symptoms for months at a time.

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doesn’t recognize hair loss as a symptom of COVID-19, more than 27% of at least 1,100 poll respondents in the Survivor Corps Facebook group reported hair loss.

Dr. Michele S. Green, a dermatologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said there’s been an influx of patients seeking treatment for hair loss during quarantine and after she reopened her office. 

“Patients have literally come in with bags of hair looking like a full head of hair was in the bag,” she said. “They all have similar stories. That they were extremely sick with high fevers and have never been that sick in their entire lives.”

Doctors say hair loss may not be caused by the virus itself but by the physical shock patients’ bodies experience as they battle high fevers and other intense symptoms.

Telogen effluvium, the medical term for this condition, can be triggered by surgery, major physical trauma, major psychological stress, high fever, severe infection or other illness, extreme weight loss, extreme change in diet, abrupt hormonal changes or iron deficiency, according to the Harvard Medical School.

It occurs when the body experiences a shock to the system forcing the hair to jump from the growing phase to the resting phase and then the shedding phase after a couple of months, said Dr. Shilpi Khetarpal, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

She said this is why most COVID-19 patients usually experience hair loss a couple of weeks to months after they recover from the initial "shock" that triggered the telogen effluvium.

A patient can lose up to 50% of hair from this condition, however, it is temporary as shedding decreases for the following six months until hair returns to normal thickness. 

Experts can't confirm why some patients experience hair loss and others don't, but doctors speculate some people may be genetically predisposed to the condition, Khetarpal said. 

She also urges patients experiencing hair loss to manage their stress as it can worsen the problem. 

"Hair is our identity, it’s a huge part of our culture and the shedding itself can cause a lot of stress," Khetarpal said. "That can contribute to the problem and make things worse." 

There are no other telogen effluvium symptoms besides hair loss. So, if patients experience any flaking, scaling, inflammation, or rough patches, experts urge them to consult their doctor as there could be something else wrong.

This article is from USAToday

Tame Your Anxiety With a Simple Breathing Exercise

Many of us—maybe especially lately—have experienced a heart-racing feeling of anxiety that causes us to sweat, tremble and perhaps even breathe harder. But it turns out our instinct to pant when we’re stressed has an adverse effect.

On a recent episode of The Upgrade, we spoke with science journalist James Nestor, author of the book , about the physiological impacts of different ways of breathing. And according to him, when it comes to anxiety, how we’re naturally inclined to breathe is actually a detriment to our state of mind and sense of well-being:

Instead, when you’re feeling anxious, James says the trick is to aim to slow down your breathing and breathe through your nose.

James warns that because of the relaxed state this can put you in, it’s probably best not to practice it in situations where you need to be very alert, such as while driving or before an important meeting. But if you’re in a safe place and really need to calm down, you can take this simple practice a step further.

It’s important to note that breathing through your nose is key. Per James, it’s profoundly better for your health than breathing through your mouth because our intricate naval cavity is formed in such a way that it helps to filter and defend your airways from bad particles like allergens and, yes, viruses. Nose-breathing also moisturizes the air you’re taking in and increases the amount of oxygen entering your system.

If you’re a frequent mouth-breather, James says you can train yourself to breathe through your nose by simply putting a piece of medical tape over the center of your lips (and not your whole mouth) at night.

So the next time you’re feeling a bout of hyperventilation coming on, remember: breath in through your nose for 4-5 seconds, and breath out through your nose for 5-10 seconds.


How to Use Breathing to Improve Your Health, With Journalist James Nestor

This week we’re learning how to breathe better and how that can vastly improve our overall health with help from journalist James Nestor. James is the author of the new book, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, which covers the extensive research on the many ways in which we sometimes struggle to breathe—from asthma, to allergies, to snoring—and what we can do about it. 
Highlights from this episode can be found at
What salons in the UK are doing post-lockdown

Want a salon colour post-lockdown?
This is why you need a patch test first

Annoyed by a salon insisting on an allergy test ahead of booking in for a balayage? As hairdressers across the UK reopen, we ask colourists why it’s more important than ever.
Annoyed by being asked to have an allergy test before your much needed salon colour? yeah, we get it. But there’s a really good reason why now, more than ever, that little swipe behind the ear is vital. Over on Instagram, Charlotte Barker, a London hairdresser, shared a video discussing a recent situation where her client reacted to colour. Despite following all of the guidelines from the brand of colour that she is using, her client had a severe reaction within minutes in the salon, and ended up in A&E. Charlotte later discovered her client had suffered badly with COVID-19.

“Allergy alert tests are vital to protect clients,” says Hilary Hall, chief executive of the National Hairdressing and Beauty Federation. Allergy tests, also known as patch tests, involve having a tiny amount of hair colour dabbed either behind the ear or in the crook of the elbow, where the skin is thin and sensitive.

Allergic responses are not just limited to the blown-out anaphylactic responses you see in tabloid newspapers either. From migraines to rashes elsewhere on the body, make sure you know what response signs to look for – your colourist should be able to give you the lowdown. Tests should be conducted at least 48 hours before your appointment, and no more than five days before.

Though this could be unrelated, colourist and owner of Cardiff’s CHAIR Salons, Casey Coleman, warns that “in such uncertain times, it’s important to consider the long-term effects of having COVID-19 and how that could impact the development or reaction to colour. The effect that COVID-19 has on our immune system can also affect our allergies.”

In Wales, Casey’s salon could reopen its doors from 13 July, but the team decided instead to use it to skin test all their clients, with more than 200 patch tests taking place, ready for future appointments. The queue snaked down the street! “This meant that we could avoid random skin tests taking place throughout the week and ensure all social distancing measures were in place. It’s also a key way to make all of our clients aware of the risks of colouring if they had previously contracted COVID-19,” Casey explains.

As we’re eroding our inherent immunity to possible allergens thanks to over-use of germ-busting cleaning products, we’re more likely than ever to have some sort of reaction. “We forget how dangerous colouring can actually be,” adds Casey. “Sure, patch testing sounds boring and monotonous, another trip to make, but it’s so necessary. This is why I created #PatchTestParty, to put a fun spin on something that seems so dull.”

Also, another warning: if you’re under 16 then hair colour is a no-go, because of the PPDs and other chemicals it can contain. The younger someone is when they use hair colour, the higher the chances are that they will develop allergies to these products later in life.

From Layered Online

A Hairdresser Shares Popular Hair Care Habits That Actually Damage It

Vera has been working in the beauty industry for 6 years. She is the very master who not only does haircuts, but also gives advice about how to sustain your hair’s health and its attractive look. She shares her professional secrets in a blog called “The Hairdresser’s Diary.”

While creating this article, we at Bright Side realized that it was high time we reconsidered the rules for hair care. And at the end of the article, there is a bonus story about a girl who had color done at a salon, but it was Vera who had to correct the mistakes.

How often we should wash our hair

I myself, wash my own hair every day. No matter how hard I try to find a shampoo that will keep my hair fresh, I have to put it in a ponytail on the second day after washing or use a dry shampoo.

Many people think that if they wash their hair daily, it will get dirty faster. However, in reality, the skin on the head and hair suffer more from dirt at the hair roots, than from it frequently being washed. Skin oil, dirt, and dust that accumulate daily on the head, clog pores, which means hair gets fewer nutrients.

You can try using deep cleansing shampoos for oily hair once a month. Men’s shampoos also help perfectly in these cases.

Why we lose more hair in the spring and fall

Let me clarify this from the beginning: cutting your hair won’t help (I have a couple of clients who visited me to shorten their hair, thinking they lose it due to gravity). As a rule, the seasonal loss of hair happens by itself. Our task is to not worsen the situation, but to try to decrease the loss with the help of the right treatment.

  • Make up for your lack of vitamins through your diet.
  • Don’t use thermal hair masks (especially ones made with pepper and mustard). The issue can worsen due to their irritating effect.
  • Strengthen your hair’s roots with the help of special tonics, oils, and ampules that help fight hair loss (make sure to consult a trichologist). A shampoo against losing hair won’t help — it can’t penetrate the skin on the head and affect the roots.
  • Massage the head and neck skin. It increases blood flow and affects hair growth positively.
  • Do a physiotherapy course with a d’Arsonval apparatus at a beauty salon or with a trichologist.

Why our hair gets tangled

It can happen due to incorrect care or bad habits. For example, I often roll my hair around my fingers and end up getting knots in my hair and split ends.

However, the most frequent reason for tangled hair is its dryness. Hair consists of a core and a shell similar to a tile. When the top layer dries, the flakes that are tightly adjacent to each other open and cling to each other, forming knots. In order to prevent it, you need to do moisturizing masks more often and use special sprays that can be applied right after washing and on dry hair during the day.

Thin hair is more prone to getting tangled. People with thin hair should be more careful about choosing their shampoo — it should carefully clean your hair and not over dry it. It’s better to choose shampoos with the following ingredients in their composition: sodium cocoyl isethionate, sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate, сocamidopropyl betaine, lauryl glucosid, and decyl glucoside.⠀

Is hair Botox really that necessary?

Hair Botox is often mistaken with Keratin Straightening, but it’s a completely different procedure. Its effect is aimed at hair “restoration.” Why do I use quotation marks? Because you can’t restore your hair’s health with this method. You’ll only temporarily fill the damaged areas inside the hair, improve its look, and get rid of tangles.

Even if you get hot hair Botox from a master, it’s likely that they will burn your hair. Some hairdressers mistakenly use the same temperature of a hair strengthener — both for natural hair and for weak blonde curls.

Moreover, hair Botox gets rinsed out after a month or 2. The hair goes back to its initial look and the person has to go to the salon again. By the way, the average price for this procedure is about $50 — and you can buy a lot of high-quality hair care products for this amount of money and treat it well.


How water affects our hair and the skin on our head

If there a white coating inside your faucets and teapots, it means that the water you are using is hard. You actually get this same coating on your hair. Salts from calcium and magnesium gradually accumulate on your hair, and curls become lifeless and brittle. At the same time, dandruff, as well as an increased risk for eczema, may appear on your overdried scalp.

Hard water is harmful to colored hair — it quickly washes out the color and even the brightest cold blonde will turn yellow really fast. Hair clogged with salts is worse for coloring too, it is more difficult to lighten it and give it a cool shade.

How one can solve this issue:

  • install a filter on the shower or tap
  • wash your hair with boiled water
  • use nourishing and moisturizing balms and hair masks


Why your shampoo keeps damaging your hair and how to replace it with a less aggressive one

When buying shampoo, many people pay attention to the “natural” composition, but few of us know what SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) is. The constant use of sulfates can cause irritation, dryness, itchiness, the development of allergic reactions, and hair loss. These substances make our wonderful curls have less body because they perfectly remove not only contamination from the hair, but also the natural protective barrier of the skin.

I often hear these words from my clients, “I use only sulfate shampoo and can’t start using a different one because I instantly get dandruff and itchiness.” This happens because the skin of your head has gotten used to aggressive components. Try using a deep-cleaning shampoo, wash your head with the new product several times, and everything will be OK.

Here are the components that don’t harm your hair:

  • Lauryl glucoside (coconut glucose product)
  • Decyl glucoside (made from corn starch and coconut oil)
  • Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate (made from coconut oil)
  • Sucrose laurate and sodium lauroyl sarcosinate

What hides behind sleeping with wet hair

Never ever go to bed with wet hair. Even if you are very tired, dry it a little at least. Otherwise, you won’t be able to style your hair in the morning or give it the necessary volume at the roots. Once your hair dries in a certain way while you sleep, there is nothing you will be able to change about it in the morning.

Moreover, wet hair is the perfect environment for various bacteria and microorganisms. You might end up getting dandruff, itchiness, or other scalp issues.

Pat your hair dry after washing, but don’t rub it and don’t wrap it — it is too sensitive and brittle for that. It’s better to start blow-drying your hair with cold air — because it’s less harmful. If you feel too tired and don’t want to do anything with your hair, you can use a special spray to help it dry quickly.

Busting myths about men’s alopecia

I would like to bust several myths about men’s balding heads and perhaps increase someone’s self-esteem.

  • Myth # 1: Baldness can be cured with ointments, creams, and folk remedies. In reality, there are very few remedies that really work and they should only be prescribed by a doctor. These remedies are not used to make the bald areas grow hair again, they are used to stop hair loss.
  • Myth # 2: A hair transplant will certainly help. There is no guarantee that this hair will stay with you forever. After some time, it can fall out anyway.
  • Myth # 3: You don’t need to watch your hairdo and spend money on haircuts. Bald men shave their heads once every 5-7 days. Those who have a perfectly bald head do it every 3 days or do a laser epilation. Apart from that, they have to use special products to moisturize the skin on their head.

Now let’s talk about the advantages of having a bald head. This head visually makes a man bigger and more massive. That’s why many bodybuilders shave their heads or get short haircuts. In addition, a man with a bald head will always look stylish and this hairdo will go with any look.

How I saved someone’s hair after a botched visit to another salon

My neighbor called me crying and asked me to come to her place to correct her color. I took my magical hairdresser’s supply kit and rushed to her. Turned out, she visited some beauty salon and asked them to do something called root stretching. (Root stretching is a technique we do to blend out the natural root color. We do this by painting on the color first as though we’re doing a normal root touch up, then we weave out sections of the hair like Balayage to “stretch” the root color around a quarter, or even halfway down the hair shaft.) I was taken aback when I saw what was done to her hair in the salon: her root area was lighter and then she had these red stains and dark ends.

I made a decision to remove the stains, to give her hair a more natural shade, and to color the roots well. Yes, there is still a lot of work to be done, but at least we managed to get rid of the stains and she can leave the house now without being embarrassed. My client is happy, she loves everything.

How do you take care of your hair?

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The 3 Men’s Hairstyle Trends
For Summer 2020

Summer is here and we need to decide what we are going to do with our hair. So, we’ve picked out some men’s hairstyles which we know will be trending this summer.


At Man For Himself, we believe it’s time for a change: no more razor parts, no more super structured styles, and no more heavy products. Whether your hair is currently long or short, it’s time to work with what you have and try something a little more low maintenance and less stylised.

We’ve chosen three top hairstyle trends which you need to try for this summer.

1. Buzz Cuts

The most extreme option to deal with your hair in the heat this summer is to shave it all off.

This is the brave option, because if you have long hair and want to get rid of it all, once the clippers get going, there’s no turning back!

A buzz cut can look great and just imagine how much cooler (in temperature) you will feel. There are different types of buzz cuts too, so if you don’t want to lose it all, just keep a small amount of length.

To achieve a classic buzz cut, also known as the Induction buzz cut, you need a pair of good quality clippers, without the guard on, and go for the same length all over. It’s that easy.

Otherwise, you can do what Nick JonasJustin Bieber, Drake, and Zayn Malik have done, and keep a bit more length in the top. This style is still classified as a buzz cut but are varieties of the BurrCrew and Fade buzz cuts.

You won’t really need any products for this short style, just keep your scalp healthy with a good shampoo.

2. Textured & Tapered

This summer, it’s more about the textured and tapered scissor cuts and less about the extreme skin fades.

Sure you can keep it generally shorter, especially on the sides, but we prefer the relaxed and low maintenance short to medium-length styles, just like this one.

For these styles, embarce the slightly longer hair and work with the hair’s natural movement. It needs to be loose on the top with plenty of texture with a neat and tight cut on the back and sides.

When it comes to styling, pay more attention to the prepping of the hair. For those of you with finer hair, you will need a good mousse or a primer to build that volume and effortless-looking texture. And to finish off, use a light, matte finish, clay for some definition.

During the summer, you can mess and play around with this length. Just keep it undone and low key.

3. Grown-Out Length

This is a perfect option for those of you who’ve decided to enjoy your hair and let it grow.

It’s more suited for those fortunate folk who have a full and thick head of hair, but it’s also achievable for those of you who have a lot of fine hair. Unfortunately, you probably want to avoid it if you have a very obvious receding hairline.

This hairstyle needs to be left natural, weighty, loose, and pushed back off the face. It may be long, but it’s still a very mature and masculine look.

If you want to keep it above the shoulders, and not too long, ask your barber for some subtle layers underneath the hair, which has been done here, to help keep the shape and volume. It can be easy to lose the shape once you start to grow it.

From ManForHimself

The 3 Men's Hairstyle Trends For Summer 2020
The 3 men’s hairstyle trends you need to try for Summer 2020. If you’re getting ready for your next haircut, you should check out these men’s hairstyles. Men’s hair for summer 2020 is less about the over-stylised skin fades and pompadours; and more about keeping your hair low maintenance with loads of texture.


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Your No-B.S. Guide to Understanding CBD, Once and for All

In America, it's not legal in every state to smoke cannabis, but what is far more accessible these days is CBD—short for cannabidiol. Every day, new products boasting CBD benefits launch in different forms, from skincare to tinctures. Then, Kim Kardashian went and had a CBD-themed baby shower, which brought it even more into the mainstream. But if you're still not quite sure whether you need to factor it into your wellness or skincare routine (or your friend's imminent baby shower for that matter), don't worry.
We spoke to a host of CBD experts that will help you delve into the subject and revealing everything you need to know

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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. 

This month I have a 2 articles for you
 about the coronavirus and hair loss.
  • Hair Loss and Unexpected COVID Misery for Many
  • Some coronavirus patients are experiencing a new consequence of COVID-19: Hair Loss
My Favorite This Month

Down to Earth

with Zac Efron

Zac Efron’s New Netflix Travel Show
Isn’t Really About Travel

In a turn of events no one could have seen coming back when Troy Bolton was singing cathartically on that golf course, Zac Efron is now a travel show host. The actor is hosting the new Netflix series Down to Earth with Zac Efron in which he "journeys around the world with wellness expert Darin Olien in search of healthy, sustainable ways to live." From Puerto Rico to Iceland, Zefron is setting out to make this world a better place. And to eat dung-smoked lamb bacon.
As Efron explains in the show's trailer, Down to Earth focuses on "food, water, and energy ... the main staples for modern life." Throughout the series, Efron and Olien meet people who are working to change how humans consume all three in order to be more sustainable.
Olien is an "exotic superfoods hunter." He wrote a book called SuperLife: The Five Fixes That Will Make You Healthy, Fit, and Eternally Awesome, formulates supplements, and created a 21-day "detoxification program."
Efron, on the other hand, is an actor, who is primarily known for musicals and comedies, but has gotten pretty into travel and adventure shows. In 2019, he filmed a series for Quibi titled Killing Zac Efron in which he tries to survive in a jungle. During the shoot, Efron was hospitalized after becoming sick. Before that, back in 2014, Efron filmed an episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls.

What sets Efron's new show apart from other travel series is that it's specifically focused on sustainability and the fight against climate change. And while it strikes a hopeful note overall, it doesn't tiptoe around things. "The Earth will always be here," Efron ends the first episode, "we just might not be able to live on it for too long." The series also stands out for being very California bro-y. Efron is "stoked" about "rad" and "sick" water turbines. You get the idea.
Here's what you'll find in each episode:

Episode 1 "Iceland"
Location: Fontana Spa, on the northern side of Iceland's famed Golden Circle; the Bridge Between Continents about an hour outside of Reykjavik; Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Station, a.k.a. the largest geothermal power plant in the world, in southern Iceland; the Hilton Reykjavik Spa; Omnom Chocolate in Reykjavik; Gullfoss Falls outside of Reykjavik; Ljósafoss Power Station; Dill restaurant in Reykjavik; Resource Park Blue Lagoon in southwest Iceland.
What It Teaches Us: Nearly 100% of Iceland's energy comes from renewable sources like geothermal power and hydropower. Efron and Olien learn about how waterfalls and volcanos become electricity that powers Iceland's homes, and tour the Blue Lagoon, which is actually runoff from a power plant. Surprisingly beneficial runoff.
Best Food Moment: Baking bread in the sand next to a hot spring. Apparently, you just bury it in the ground and 24 hours later, you've got a piping hot loaf of rye.

Episode 2 "France"
Location: Much of the episode sees Efron and Olien walking the streets of Paris. They also visit the Chunnel between London and Paris, this water treatment plant, and the Sanctuary of Our Lady Lourdes in Lourdes, France. We also see a little bit of West Hollywood at the beginning when Efron visits the water sommelier at the Petit Ermitage.
What It Teaches Us: This episode is all about water. Efron and Olien visit Paris to talk about its particularly good public water system with deputy mayor Célia Blauel, learn about contaminants, and warn everyone against bottled water — both because of what it may contain and to avoid single-use plastic. We also learn about the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, which ill people visit in the hopes that its water provides miraculous healing.
Best Food Moment: Well, not food this time, but water. Before heading to France, Efron and Olien do a tasting with a "water sommelier" in Los Angeles with special guest Anna Kendrick. It includes a "thick" water that's referred to as "the olive oil of waters."
Episode 3 “Costa Rica” 
Location: La Ecovilla, a community in Costa Rica; the Limón Province on the Atlantic coast, specifically a place called Punta Mona
What It Teaches Us: How a community of 44 families from 28 different countries keeps its carbon footprint very low, including by collecting solid waste — “aka poops,” as Efron puts it — in large bags and then using the methane produced for power. We also learn about how the community’s nontraditional school functions, including students learning multiple languages and building their own toys. Efron and Olien also visit an animal rescue and learn about herbal remedies. 
Best Food Moment: A huge breakfast feast in an area called Punta Mona, with pancakes, fruit, and freshly made coconut milk.
Episode 4 “Sardinia”
Location: The Ecomuseo, a cemetery, various private homes; a cooking class in a kitchen (via Travel Motus tours); and a local sheep farm, all in Sardinia, Italy. 
What It Teaches Us: About how the food Sardinians eat, their environment, and their genetics affects their long lifespans. Sardinia is one of the five regions in the world with the highest concentration of centenarians. Efron and Olien speak to doctors and interview centenarians, and Efron comes to terms with his previous high-protein, low-carb diet, which is pretty much the opposite of what the Sardinians do. 
Best Food Moment: Making flatbread and ravioli stuffed with potato, sheep’s cheese, and saffron. As Efron says, “I’m so happy that I’m eating carbs again.” 
Episode 5 “Lima”
Location: Angry Orchard cidery and farm in New York; the International Potato Center; Central restaurant in Lima; Mercado de Surquillo; and Lima's Chilcas district for sand surfing. 
What It Teaches Us: At the farm, the lesson is about the history of apples and what they were first used for in America. In Lima, the focus is cryopreservation — preserving the DNA of a species in case it’s wiped out, possibly by a doomsday situation — specifically of potatoes. The hosts also learn about biopiracy, taking indigenous plants from one country or area illegally and growing them in another country. 
Best Food Moment: A meal at Central, a Michelin starred restaurant that highlights ingredients native to Peru, considering the region they are from and the elevation at which they are grown. 
Episode 6 “Puerto Rico”
Location: Old San Juan. Cantera neighborhood in San Juan; Frutos del Guacabo farm; the Caribe Hilton hotel; Casa Sol bed and breakfast; Conservación ConCiencia; and Cocina Abierta restaurant. 
What It Teaches Us: How Puerto Rico is healing after Hurricane Maria — Efron meets up with San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz — and the methods of sustainable energy that are being used and developed on the island. Efron and Olien also visit a farm supported by José Andrés’ organization World Central Kitchen.
Best Food Moment: Ceviche with fresh, spear-caught fish, after they learn about an app that connects fishers with restaurants — “Tinder for fish,” Efron says.
Episode 7 “London”
Location: The New York Hilton Midtown rooftop; The London Eye; the London School of Economics; the ArcelorMittal Orbit slide; a TreeBox project site; the River Thames with Thames 21; a pickup site for the Bamboo Bicycle Club; Deliciously Ella bakery; and Aulis restaurant. 
What It Teaches Us: First, about the importance of bees to our ecosystem. The hosts visit the rooftop of the New York Hilton Midtown, which houses 150,000 honeybees. Then, in England, they learn about the country’s efforts to reduce air and water pollution, including reducing the amount of cars driving in the city and creating green roofs and walls. 
Best Food Moment: A plant based meal at the restaurant Aulis, where the chef uses food from his own farm. 
Episode 8 “Iquitos”
Location: We spend some time "somewhere in the Jungle, Northern Peru," where Efron and Olien explore the Amazon River. Also, The Ayahuasca Foundation in Mishana, Peru; Ikiitu restaurant; and The Amazon Rescue Center in Iquitos, Peru.
What It Teaches Us: About plants that grow near the Peruvian Amazon — including camu camu, una de gato, and wasai — which gets superfood lover Olien very excited. Also about ayahuasca, an hallucinogenic plant, and ayahuasca tourism, as well as other plants that can be used as treatments in non-hallucinogenic ways. Lastly, they visit manatees at the Amazon Rescue Center. 
Best Food Moment: Grilled grubs at Ikiitu restaurant. “Tastes like teriyaki,” says Efron. 
This write-up is from Refinery29
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This Strawberry Pie screams Summer for me.  My Great Grandmother used to make this mouth watering treat in the heat (and humidity) of a Kansas Summer.  It is a family favorite and just the thought of it warms my heart.

COOL 'N EASY Strawberry Pie

Keep it simple with this COOL 'N EASY Strawberry Pie! This dreamy, creamy easy strawberry pie is light and refreshing with just the right amount of sweetness.
Total Time: 6 Hr(s) 45 Min(s)
Prep Time: 15 Min(s)
8 Servings
What You Need

2 cups fresh strawberries, divided
2/3 cup boiling water
ice cubes
1/2 cup cold water
1 ready-to-use reduced-fat graham cracker crumb crust (6 oz.)
Let's Make It

Slice 1 cup strawberries; refrigerate for later use. Chop remaining strawberries; set aside.
Add boiling water to gelatin mix; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Add enough ice to cold water to measure 1 cup. Add to gelatin; stir until slightly thickened. Remove any unmelted ice.
Whisk in COOL WHIP. Stir in chopped strawberries. Refrigerate 20 to 30 min. or until mixture is very thick and will mound. Spoon into crust.
Refrigerate 6 hours or until firm. Top with sliced berries just before serving.
Keep it simple with this COOL 'N EASY Strawberry Pie! This dreamy, creamy easy strawberry pie is light and refreshing with just the right amount of sweetness.

Why Many Victorian Women Didn’t Cut Their Hair, Leaving Them With Rapunzel-Like Hairdos


Some people think of hair as a crown that you always have to wear, and clearly, Victorian women agreed with that sentiment. Back in the day, hair was a powerful symbol of feminity and there were strict rules of how a woman should wear it, not only because of its social significance but also because of its importance regarding gender. Despite that, there were true Rapunzels that lived in the Victorian era who didn’t hesitate one second to show off their hair, even if it was considered a social offense. But because they believed in the power of beauty over everything else, they decided to carry on and show their true selves to the world.

Bright Side took a closer into the topic and wrote an article that explores how courageous some of the Victorian women were when they first decided to free themselves from stereotypes and enjoy their hair beyond any social norms that were imposed on them.  And to prove it, their article includes a selection of pictures of the best hairdos from the Victorian era. 

Here's a list of why Victorian women loved their long hair.  

1. Victorian women loved having long hair.

2. Not only because their impressive manes allowed them to have these types of hairstyles...

3. But also because, in the Western world, hair was often regarded as a sign of social status.

4. Back in the day, sickness was incredibly common among everyone.

5. And personal hygiene was sort of a luxury.

6. So maintaining long, well-groomed hair was a privilege reserved for the middle and upper classes.

7. Washing, untangling, and styling it into special hairstyles took a long time.

8. People even developed special hair products to maintain this long hair, promising to make it shine and be dandruff-free.
9. This can be seen with the ad for the famous Edwards’ “Harlene” for the hair, a hair restorer that claimed to help it grow faster.

10. Giving such long hair the kind of care it needed was a real privilege.

11. On the contrary, lower-class women had neither the time to maintain those beautiful manes nor the money to invest in specific products.

12. Less fortunate women were lured into cutting their hair short to sell it for money.

13. Moreover, long hair was a symbol of femininity and attractiveness.

14. A woman’s hair is considered her most valuable asset so upper class women rarely wore their hair down in public.

15. Letting their hair down was seen as wild, and only reserved for models and actresses.
16. But in the end, all that care paid off because Victorian girls had the confidence to take pictures with their beautiful hair no matter what others had to say about it.

17. They were proud of themselves and some even proved to be ahead of their time, showing off this beautiful feature so the world could admire them.

 The article can be found here

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