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Can you feel it?  Autumn is in the air.  
By the time you read this, the clocks will have fallen back and shorter days will be upon us.  I’m an early riser so I appreciated the light in the mornings.  It’s the earlier sunsets that will take a little getting used to.  But, then we go through this every year, right (even though we voted for permanent Daylight Savings Time a couple years ago). 

2020 has been a challenge year in so many ways.  We’ve had to make huge adjustment in just about every aspect of our lives.  We can no longer rely on our go-to default mannerisms.  Every move and action now has to be carefully thought out.  Very little feels natural right now.  It will, though.  We are very adaptable beings.  It will just take a little time to unlearn some of the things that have been so hard-wired into our being.  Patience and grace has to be our mantra, not just for ourselves but for all who cross our path.

Many of you never stopped working during this pandemic, yet you had to pack up your office and adjust to new work conditions at home.  I can not imagine how difficult it must be to make sure you have a healthy work/home balance.  For others, like myself, everything came to a screeching halt and was suspended indefinitely.  Only recently have some businesses, including mine, been allowed to reopen.  Work routines and personal lives are still being hashed out and will be for a while.  The dust certainly has not settled yet.  These uncertainties are cause for many who have not been able to make their way back to the salon.  Some of you may have needed to make other arrangements.  Every bit of this is understandable.  In the upcoming weeks I do hope to see more of you back in the salon.  

I’m making plans for Holidays and typically "close down the shop" the week between Christmas and New Years.  Mom and I talk on the phone daily and during one of our conversations she said she could sure use me for a month.  She apologized for making such a request, but I stopped her right then and there and said we would make it happen.  That’s the beauty of working for yourself and being able to set your own schedule.  I have not been able to see my Mother since my Father’s passing in April and knew I wanted to extended my trip during the Holidays.  This is a much needed visit for closure and healing.  Mom and I have been putting a list together of projects for when I’m in Colorado so I have no doubt she’ll be keeping me very busy.  

I will be away December 25th through January 23rd.  This hopefully gives you enough advance notice so you can plan for your Holiday appointments.

I have a smorgasbord of articles for you this month (I guess I do pretty much every month).  

We may not be able to get to some of our usual winter actives, but winter is coming.  That means it’s time to think about your winter hair care routine.  Your scalp and hair can become dryer during the winter months.  Adding a few extra steps to your routine will help ensure your hair stays healthy during the cooler months.

So you want a tapered haircut.  Or was it a fade?   There can be a little confusion around which is which, especially when you have a certain hairstyle in mind.   I have a nice article that will help you avoid any further confusion.

What’s old is new again.  A trending hairstyle for you ladies (and men) has been the Shag.  I think I’ve mentioned this hair trend before.  With all the extra hair growth during lock-down many are experiment with new hairstyles.  The Shag is just one of many making a come back.  I have a post with a few variations of this haircut if you’re considering a change.  *Just don’t, please do not consider a mullet (although I do have a nice history of the mullet for you later on).

Speaking of hair growth, you guys have had your share of it, too.  Last month I had an article for you about “pretty boy” haircuts that were cut shorter on the sides.  This month have nice article on longer hairstyles and how to pull one off if you’re considering letting your hair grow.  

Did you know carrots were good for your hair, too.  Carrots contain vitamin A, vitamin E, beta carotene, and other essential nutrients that are great for hair and scalp health.  I have a few hair treatment recipes for you using carrot oil.

I also have articles for you on winter beard care, scalp issues, early signs of male pattern baldness, and a podcast that caught may ear last 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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rev: November 2020

6 Winter Hair Care Tips
You Should Definitely Follow

Winter has already set in! While it is time to thank the stars for putting an end to all the sun damage that your hair was being put through, it is also time to start planning a haircare routine that is fit for winter. Summer might be gone, taking its troubles with it, but winter means a whole new set of problems that you need to deal with.

While the season is perfect to get comfortable with a cup of hot cocoa, you can’t ignore the fact that the dry and dreary weather can wreak havoc on your hair if the right precautions aren’t taken. Your hair starts to find it harder to retain moisture, making it brittle and prone to breaking and damage, not to mention the frizz and static that often comes with your winter wardrobe. However, these are all problems that can be avoided with ease as long as you have the right hair care routine for winter.

Hair care Tips For Winter

1. Fight The Flakes

Your scalp is drier and itchier than ever during the winter months because of the lack of moisture in the air. This leads to issues like dandruff and aggravated scalp irritation, which can lead to hair fall. What most people don’t realize is that the dandruff problem can be super manageable with the right care. All you will need is a couple of tablespoons of olive or coconut oil and a teaspoon of lemon juice. Heat the oil for a couple of seconds until it is warm and then mix it with the lemon juice. Massage the oil into your scalp and leave it in for 20-30 minutes. Rinse it out with shampoo and condition.

2. Control Frizz

One of the most annoying things about winter is all of the static. The hoodies, sweater, scarves, gloves, and beanies all seem to gang up on your hair, making it a static, frizzy mess. To tackle this, use a vented hair brush that has a combination of plastic and boar bristles while combing your hair. Wash your hair only with lukewarm water, not hot water, as the latter will strip away the natural oils that protect and nourish your hair. Apply a leave-in conditioner to keep your hair smooth.

3. Shine And Bounce

The lack of moisture in winter not only dries out your scalp and makes your hair frizzy, but also leaves your hair looking dull and lifeless. Brush or comb out your hair with a wide-toothed wooden comb to remove tangles and apply raw honey to the length of your hair from the roots to the tips. Cover up your hair with a shower cap or towel and leave it on for about 30 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water. Honey is a humectant that seals in the moisture and helps restore shine and bounce to dull and damaged hair.

4. Olive Oil For Maintaining Hair Health

Warm up two teaspoons of olive oil and massage it slowly on your scalp. This slow massaging helps the oil penetrate deep into the roots. This will help to keep your scalp moisturized and improve blood circulation, ensuring that your follicles get enough nourishment. It will also prevent hair fall. Optionally, you can use a few tablespoons of the oil to coat the entire length of your hair as a deep conditioning treatment.

5. Drying Your Hair: Do It Right

Drying your hair out completely can be a pain, especially if you have long hair. But you should never, I repeat, never put your hair up while it is still damp. Damn hair and scalps attract a lot of problems like dandruff, breakage, and split ends. You must also never rub your hair dry with a towel as the friction will cause damage. The best way to dry your hair would be to gently squeeze the excess moisture out with a towel and then use a blow dryer on the cool setting. If you are using hot air to speed things up, ensure that you are holding the dryer at least 15 centimeters away from your hair.

6. Conditioning: Do It Right

Your hair needs all the moisture it can get during winter, and this makes conditioning a vital part of your hair care routine. Using hair oils and deep conditioning packs at least once a week becomes vital for maintaining the health of your hair. It is important that you end every wash with a conditioner. Shampoo your hair and then rinse it thoroughly. Once all the lather has been rinsed out, start applying the conditioner from the mid-lengths to the ends of your hair. Concentrate on the ends as they are the oldest and most damaged parts of your hair. Leave the conditioner in for a few minutes and then rinse it out with cool or lukewarm water. It is advised to end a wash with cool water as this will seal in the moisture and leave your hair feeling smooth and looking lustrous.

Make these tips a part of your hair care routine and your hair won’t even notice that winter is here. A little extra care can go a long way when it comes to ensuring hair health.

This article is from Stylecraze

What’s the Difference
Between a Taper and a Fade?

When communicating with your barber on what kind of haircut you’d like, it’s important to know the meaning of the terms that can be part of that conversation.

Two common barbering terms that often get confused by the layman are “taper” and “fade.”

It’s easy to confuse these hairstyle descriptors because, as we’ll soon explain, all fades are tapers, but not all tapers are fades. 

To ensure you never ask for a fade, when you meant a taper, read on.

What Is a Taper Haircut?

A taper haircut gradually changes your hair length, typically starting out longer at the top of the head and getting shorter as you go down to the natural hairline on the nape of the neck and sides of the head. The length of a taper can vary. You can have a really long taper (hair is longer) or a short taper (hair comes down closer to the skin).

Unless you’re growing your flow out or you got a buzz cut, most haircuts for dudes will involve some sort of taper.

What Is a Fade Haircut? 

A fade is a taper that gradually takes the hair down to the skin, so that it looks like the hairline on the sides and back of your head “fades” away before it reaches the natural hairline. 

Basically, a fade is a really short taper. Hence, all fades are tapers, but not all tapers are fades.

Fades are a bit trendier and give your face and head a bit of an “edge” — both in terms of its literal lines as well as in the overall impression or vibe the hairstyle gives off.

Fades can start low, mid, or high. Low fades start fading closer to the ear, mid fades start fading just above the ear, and high fades can start fading way up high on the head. Which fade you choose will come down to personal preference and the look you’re going for.

The one downside with fades is that they do require regular maintenance to keep that faded-to-skin look fresh and sharp. 

There is No Such Thing as a “Taper Fade” So Quit Saying It

A lot of people ask their barber for a “taper fade.” When you tell your barber that, he’s probably going to ask you (if he’s a good barber), “So do you want a taper or do you want to fade down to skin?” Remember, a taper is longer; a fade fades to skin. 

Now that you know the distinction between a fade and taper, rather than confusedly putting the terms together, you can use them to convey your desires to your barber more clearly.

This haircut tip is from AOM

IG Trend Alert
Snag the Shag

As we usher in autumn, stylists on Instagram show off choppy, uncontrived-looking shags for the cooler months.
The Shag: a little messy, very rock ‘n’ roll and undeniably chic. Did we mention it’s also one of the hottest hair trends for fall? With more people embracing lower-maintenance looks—and going all in with an “I woke up like this” aesthetic—this cut is the perfect match for cool girls everywhere. As we usher in autumn, stylists on Instagram show off choppy, uncontrived-looking shags for the cooler months.

The Best Long Hairstyles For Men,
Because That Post-Lockdown Length
Looks Quite Good, Actually

L ockdown seems a distant memory (or a looming threat, depending upon how you look at it). But one thing remains: that newfound length, borne of a barberless few months and something you quite happened to like, actually. As we ventured out into this grave new world, the amount of men with long hairstyles had seemingly quadrupled in number, short back and sides no longer the standard issue. What's more, there are plenty of reasons to keep this Momoa head of waves.

Because, most importantly, you've done the hard bit. Men with long hairstyles have proven that they've got the genetic luck to grow such hair in the first place, but also that they've got the dedication and patience to stick to a stringent maintenance plan. Having long hair is no cake walk. Once those hurdles are cleared, though, there are so many benefits to growing your current style out. Longer hair is versatile. It also packs that unique strain of loucheness no other cut can offer. An effortless sweepback, no matter how just-out-of-bed it may appear, will always look like it's had a little bit of effort involved. Long hair is the ultimate in laidback. You're a cool guy. You let nature take its course. And no, we won't immediately assume you live in Newquay.

Joe Mills, founder of barber Joe and Co in London, says there’s never been a better time to consider a longer hairstyle – especially given the new tier-based lockdown system imposed by the government. In just 48 hours, all barbers could be closed for the foreseeable. Makes sense then to get ahead.

“It’s really diverse at the moment with longer hair,” says Mills. “You’ve got guys with hair flowing down past their shoulders through to guys with Seventies Bowie-style cuts with short fringes.” Like any trend, “hairstyles are circular”, and the current maxim is a pushback to military-grade war-hero cuts that appear on everything from the runways of Milan to Sheesh bar and grill in Chigwell. That means its time for a change. “People first started moving towards a softer, Stone Roses-style look, and it went from there,” says Mills. “You always have a phase where everyone’s having sharp, short haircuts, then people buck the trend and it starts to filter through.”

If you want to join them, there's no time like the present. Here's everything you need to know about the best long hairstyles for men.

Who can pull off long hair?

“The thing with long hair is that it’s an attitude as much as it is a look,” says Maxwell Oakley, barber at Ruffians Shoreditch. “If you’ve got the confidence to break out of the pack, then you’re halfway there.” That being said, all the chutzpah of a Met Gala Jared Leto won’t help if you’re without the right starter ingredients.

“Realistically you need medium to thick hair to grow it long,” says Mills. “It’s better if it’s got a slight wave in it too, so that it doesn’t just hang. Straighter hair is OK, curly hair can work really well as the locks drop out when hair grows. But, if your hair is too fine then it’ll just look wispy.”

As well as hair type, you’ll also need to take your face shape into consideration. “An oval or square jaw will pretty much work with most haircuts. If you’ve got a particularly round face, you have to be mindful your hair doesn't accentuate that. Anything mid-length can tend to look a bit Lego-head.”

Can I make my hair grow faster?

Growing your hair out is a serious commitment: you can’t ghost out when the going gets tough. There will be tricky patches, and times when you want to just give up and shave your hair off. Try to persevere.

“Understand that there are a lot of stops on the journey, and some will seem to last longer than others,” says Oakley. He recommends talking to your barber about your long-term goals (and showing them references), so that they can give you a roadmap of how to get there.

In terms of shortcuts, there are, unfortunately, none. As far as miracle products such as caffeine shampoo go, "there's just not enough science," Mills says. “If you want decent hair, skin and nails, just make sure you're eating a balanced diet and if you're out drinking, make sure you rehydrate.” He adds that zinc and collagen are said to be beneficial for hair quality, so multivitamins and supplements could be an option. But really, this is a waiting game.

How do you maintain long hair?

As your hair moves south, it’s important to invest in a quality shampoo and conditioner to keep it strong and glossy. This means separate bottles (no two-in-ones) and not just resorting to your significant other’s wash of choice. Mills recommends using Triumph & Disaster, or Kevin Murphy’s Hydrate.Me range, both of which are sulphate and paraben-free and contain hydrating oils and extracts.

"If your hair is in fairly decent nick, you only need to condition your hair every other wash,” he says. “If you've got finer hair, you can also use a sea salt spray which coats the hair, making it look thicker.”

While shearing off dead ends is important for maintaining a glossy mane, getting a trim doesn’t make your hair grow any faster, contrary to popular belief.

“People say you need to come in every four to six weeks to get the dead ends cut off, but you’re cutting off what you’ve just grown,” says Mills. “If your hair is really thick and getting out of control, you might want to have it reshaped, but it’s not like the short back and sides mentality: you don’t need to come in every few weeks.”

The other major psychological shift, Mills says, “is getting your head around the fact that you won’t look quite as clean-cut as you once did.” This doesn’t mean resigning yourself to looking scruffy, rather that additional effort is required.

“It helps if you’re clean around the edges – the back of your neck and your sideburns if you have them. If you’ve got a beard, make sure it’s blended in. Aside from that, you’ve got to just put up with it.”

How to grow out Afro hair

Afro hair is more brittle than caucasian and Asian hair, meaning you’ll need to use a deep moisturising treatment more often as it grows. You’ll also need to wash it less (once a week at most) to maintain your natural oils, ideally, again, using a sulphate and paraben-free shampoo.

“One thing to remember is that afro hair is longer than it appears,” says Mark Maciver, owner of SliderCuts. “It tends to be quite curly which can disguise the true length as it's growing, so you have to be patient. If you pull a strand, you'll see how long it really is.

“It's also very important that you don't cover your hair too much by wearing caps, hats or wraps,” he adds. “Just like your body, hair needs sunlight and oxygen to keep it healthy and constantly covering it doesn't let it get this which can result in your hair not growing or becoming damaged.”

Your long hair inspiration

Follow in the follicles of these well-coiffed men on every step of your short-to-long growing journey

Longer Afro Style

What to ask for: Tell your barber that you're growing your hair out, and they'll advise a trim and products designed to enhance curls

Who it suits: Guys who are able to easily grow two to three inches of hair

What it is: A traditional Black hairstyle that results from natural growth and progression, and it's usually styled into a rounded shape using a comb.

Dating back to the civil rights movement of the Sixties, Aaryn Lynch, a producer behind Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum 2013 afro comb exhibition, named the afro "a symbol of rebellion, pride and empowerment" in an interview to the BBC.

Due to its voluminous nature, you'll need a little more maintenance too as breakages can frequently occur. Use a wide-toothed comb to style, avoid excessive heat from hairdryers and straighteners and swerve chemical-based relaxers and hair dyes with a full shampoo wash needed every seven to ten days.

Longer On Top

What to ask for: A classic scissor taper with square layers on top

Who it suits: Everyone

What it is: Bradley Cooper’s current ‘do would be a solid end goal in itself, but Oakley says it’s also a strong transitional option for anyone who’s starting to grow their hair out.

“The great thing about this cut is it can be adapted for pretty much any hair type,” he says. “The key feature is the taper. This can be cut with a little graduation, or if you have the length on top the angles can be made more extreme. If your hair is very thick it is better to not go too tight.”

Rub a little serum or hair cream (Ruffians does a very good one) through to give the hair a slight hold. If you’re looking for something slicker, use a matte clay or pomade through the length and ends.

Longer Quiff

What to ask for: Slightly feathered layers, longer on top

Who it suits: Heart-shaped faces, thick hair

What it is: With more length on the sides and slightly feathered layers, Patrick Dempsey’s soft quiff is where we start to take a real departure from clipper cuts. “His stylist has point-cut the ends to soften them,” says Oakley. “The soft feathering on means that the hair isn’t so bulky, making it much easier to style as you gain length.”

Oakley says that this style is particularly good for men with heart-shaped faces as the narrow shape around ears and slight flare at the back “gives the appearance of more balance”.

“Use salt spray on wet hair before drying to take the shine off. For a little more volume and hold sprinkle in some hair powder, or for a softer look with a demi shine rub some styling paste through the hair while slightly damp.”

Naped Tidiness

What to ask for: A round layer throughout

Who it suits: Square and oval faces

What it is: The point at which your hair starts falling down instead of growing out in all directions is also when your hair starts to feel purposeful and powerful. Not unlike, say, a Jedi master. This is also the point where you can go for something deceptively simple, like Adam Driver’s one-length all-over style.

As Oakley explains: “It may look like this cut is shorter at the back but this is merely an illusion. The hair mimics the lines of your head; the weight on top is actually pushing the lengths at the back to follow the head shape.”

If you’re aiming for even more length, Oakley recommends you ask your barber to reduce some of the weight from the top while allowing the base length to get longer and heavier. At home, smooth some styling cream into freshly washed and conditioned hair, running your fingers through it as it dries naturally.

Mid-Length Longer hair

What to ask for: Mid length layers, slightly longer on the top and shorter on the sides

Who it suits: Medium to thick hair, square and oval faces

What it is: Your reward for about a year’s hard work and perseverance – that’s how long it’ll take you to get Keanu Reeves’ grown-up surfer look. but the good news is it’s relatively low-maintenance from here on out.

“You need four to five inches of length, with the sides slightly shorter than the back,” says Mills. “If your hair is thicker then ask your stylist to take some weight out to give it some movement, and so that it doesn’t sit flat to your head.”

To style, use a small amount of mousse on damp hair and either blow dry or leave to dry naturally. Then, use a styling cream to finish.

The Chalamet

What to ask for: A classic layer cut blended at the sides

Who it suits: Thick wavy or curly hair

What it is: A classic Timothée Chalamet, which Mills says is the ideal starting point for guys who are just starting to embrace longer curls.

The explosion of ceramic hair straighteners around the turn of the millennium convinced us all that curls were something which needed taming. Thankfully, this is no longer the case. Mills recommends that you start by growing the top at first, keeping the back and sides at “an inch to two-and-a-half inches and blended in as much as possible in a classic layer cut.”

“The top is probably three times longer than the sides, with the curls pulling the length back in, but if you’re growing it out ask your barber to leave as much as possible,” he explains. “You can then grow the back and sides gradually.” To add sheen and tame any frizz, use a touch of styling cream.

Medium Curls

What to ask for: A round layer throughout

Who it suits: Medium to thick hair, square or oval face

What it is: Where you’ll be a few months in, when your curls start to elongate and fall down around your face. As Oakley points out, this cut is “pretty much identical in length and in shape to Adam Driver’s” – a round layer throughout with some of the weight removed from the top where necessary.

To get Kit Harington’s casual swept-back style, use conditioner and hair cream after washing. Leave it dry naturally, being careful not to touch it while your curls set.

“When it is completely dry it might look very shiny and a touch crispy,” Oakley continues. “To get rid of that Eighties DeBarge look, rub some Ruffians Matt Clay into the hands and run it through the hair.” This will break up any crunchiness while adding hold.

Longer And Messier

What to ask for: A universal layer with more length at the front

Who it suits: Medium to thick wavy hair

What it is: Easy maintenance with tonnes of texture.

Dev Patel is cold, hard proof of the magic of grooming (see: his unbelievable glow-up from awkward TV sixth-former to Oscar-nominated heartthrob). If his tousled, textured mop looks effortless, that’s because once you’ve got the required length, it mostly is.

“This is what we call a universal layer,” Mills explains. “It’s about the same length all over – four to five inches on top and three to five inches on the sides, but with more length towards the front.”

The key to this style is movement. “If you've got very thick hair you’ll want some of the weight taken out of it, making sure sure it’s soft around the edges with the back cut into.”

Once you’ve got the cut sorted, all you need is a touch of curl-enhancing cream before air drying. Mills recommends Kevin Murphy’s Motion Lotion, though Patel has admitted he uses facial moisturiser.

Short Braids

What to ask for: Box braids

Who it suits: Those with suitable scalps

What it is: A protective style that looks slick

Braids and cornrows are great for protecting afro hair during the colder months, when biting winds wick moisture out of the hair, but they’ve also made a style comeback in recent years thanks to the likes of A$AP Rocky and the late Nipsey Hussle.

Mark Maciver says: “The first thing to consider is if you have any scalp conditions, such as a tender scalp or alopecia, as a style like plaits could actually cause more damage to your hair”.

“Booking a consultation with a hairdresser will help to identify this. They’ll also be able to advise whether your hair is capable of achieving the style.” If your scalp can handle the tension, ask your stylist for simple box braids all over.

Shannon Currie, who works with Maciver at SliderCuts, says: “Your hair needs to be at least three inches long to achieve a neat plait without the use of elastic bands, and at least six inches long to achieve the A$AP Rocky style.” Wear a durag to bed and keep your scalp moisturised with a coconut or avocado oil-based product.

A word of warning: braids on white guys are definitely not fly. If David Beckham couldn’t pull it off, neither can you.

Jesus Waves

What to ask for: A layered cut, straight across the back

Who it suits: Wavy hair

What it is: Sleek with serious length

This is what you get when you bide your time, follow a dedicated hair maintenance regime, and maybe throw in a few prayers to the hair gods every now and then.

“It’s a great haircut,” says Mills. “It’s cut straight across the back and then through the front it's got some layers to give it that softer textured feel. It’s very sleek, very groomed.”

Mills adds that this is a style that works for any length of hair once it’s past the shoulders, and suits all hair types from fine to thick. To get Jared Leto’s signature Seventies folk singer look, use a pomade to define your natural waves. You can air dry, but Mills recommends going for a full blow-out when you want to seriously impress.

Long And Natural

What to ask for: One length all over

Who it suits: Thick hair with a strong wave or curl

What it is: The holy grail of long hair.

Jason Momoa’s hair is the stuff of legend: sun-kissed and shoulder-length with stronger waves than the ones that toppled Atlantis.

“I’ve worked with Jason and I know his hairdresser, it’s super low-maintenance,” says Mills. “This is just a classic one-length haircut, all of the hair is the same length.” It goes without saying that this is a style which requires thick hair, preferably with a strong curl. “Then, all you need to use is just a bit of conditioner, towel dry it and whack some grooming cream in there.”

Hair inspirations from Esquire UK

You Asked: Why Is My Scalp So Itchy?

Itches are inscrutable. They arrive unannounced and recede at the rake of a fingernail. But the stubborn kind—the type that skittle across your scalp with terrible regularity—tend to have an easily identifiable cause: Dandruff.

“People think dandruff has to do with dry skin, but it’s actually a problem with how the skin cells on your scalp turn over or replace themselves,” says Dr. Adam Friedman, director of dermatologic research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Your skin is constantly shedding layers of cells while manufacturing new ones, and Friedman says this process can be touchy. “Producing too many cells too quickly can lead to a build-up of dead skin, and this build-up itches and flakes off,” he explains. “That’s dandruff.”

What causes this over-production of skin cells? Anything that puts stress on your immune system—from cold winter temperatures to a crazy week at the office—can switch on certain genetic proteins that speed up the production of skin cells, Friedman says. (Other skin conditions—acne, eczema—also flare up when you’re stressed.)

Yeast microorganisms living on your scalp can also mess with your skin’s cell reproduction, says Dr. Anthony Rossi, a dermatologist with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. While usually harmless, these organisms—which live on everyone’s skin—can cause a reaction in some that leads to cell overabundance.

How do you stop the itching and flaking? Dandruff shampoo is a good start. Friedman says these shampoos work by killing scalp microorganisms and turning off the proteins that cause your skin cells to go nuts. That said, shampoos only help if you use them properly. “You’re trying to treat your scalp, so working these into your hair doesn’t do much good,” Friedman says. “You need to massage these products onto your scalp skin and leave them there for a couple minutes before rinsing.” (They aren’t usually very kind to your hair, though.)

He says dandruff shampoos typically include any one of a small number of chemicals that are all pretty much equally effective. While you could wash with them every day without over-drying your scalp, Friedman says this isn’t necessary. “Two or three times a week is plenty,” he says. “And if you don’t see improvement after a few weeks, switching to another product or using them more probably won’t do any good.”

There are many more explanations for an itchy dome. If your scalp is inflamed, red, and itchy, that may be seborrheic dermatitis—a more severe form of dandruff. “Scalp psoriasis is probably the next most common,” Friedman says. It can be hard to tell the difference between the two. But usually the flakes or “plates” of silvery gray plaques associated with scalp psoriasis are larger than dandruff flakes and tougher to brush from your clothing, he says. Scalp psoriasis could also cause some ear or face flaking.

Friedman mentions a few less-common issues: a skin disease called discoid lupus, or an allergic reaction. Rossi says an irritation to hair products like sprays or pomades is another possible itch-instigators. But trying to distinguish between those things and dandruff is really tough, Friedman says.

A good rule of thumb: If you have a red, itchy head and dandruff shampoos aren’t working after a month, see a doctor, he advises. He also cautions against waiting too long if dandruff shampoos don’t get the job done. “If you don’t treat inflammation of the scalp, there’s a chance of skin damage or hair loss,” Friedman says. “There’s often no coming back from that once it happens.”

This article is from TIME

Tips for Identifying and Treating
Common Scalp Issues

Seeking better hair health? Start at the scalp. Michelle Blaisure, product and technical specialist for Bosley Professional Strength, stresses the importance of a solid background on scalp health, since the scalp skin is the “soil” from which hair grows. “Salon professionals are often the first line of defense when it comes to common scalp issues that can contribute to hair thinning and loss,” Blaisure explains. “They’re given some basic information about scalp issues, such as dry scalp and dandruff, during cosmetology training, so they should be able to recognize some of the more common problems.”

The Importance of ID

Bridgette Hill, aka “The Scalp Therapist,” notes that stylists can address superficial scalp abnormalities, but they should also work in tandem with medical pros—a trichologist, dermatologist or doctor. “Simply by seeing and feeling the scalp, stylists can communicate any changes to clients and aid in identifying their historical scalp/hair routines and habits,” Hill details. “It would be irresponsible to expect the salon professional to medically identify, diagnose or treat conditions of the skin and scalp, but the stylist can present proper scalp analysis and incorporate scalp care to aid in prevention and maintain the health of the clients’ scalp and hair.” Alternatively, Blaisure adds, for more in-depth knowledge—or to specialize in hair and scalp health—trichology certification is a great option.

In reality, a licensed cosmetologist can treat only two scalp conditions in a salon setting once a condition has been diagnosed: dandruff and mild seborrheic dermatitis. “Always put on gloves if you suspect any kind of scalp lesion or debris as some scalp conditions are highly contagious, and practice proper state- issued sanitation rules and regulations,” Hill advises. “While all other conditions must be managed by a dermatologist or medical professional, a stylist should acknowledge any changes in the client’s scalp and hair and engage in proper consultations to address any concern in its infancy before it can become a larger threat to the overall scalp and hair health.” For example, is the client complaining of a scaly, sore or itchy scalp? Are these symptoms visible to the naked eye?

Tony Odisho, president and CEO of Tony Odisho Extensions, agrees that part of the stylist’s job is to examine the scalp as the growing ground for healthy hair— looking for anything from potentially cancerous lesions to excess buildup. “We may see itching, flaking, scaling, allergic reactions or infections, and we may be able to recommend products such as clarifying or anti-dandruff shampoo in certain cases,” he says. “But it’s very important to build a relationship with a dermatologist so you can refer the client when you spot problems.”

Generally, Hill notes several scalp conditions to watch out for, and their symptoms:

• Dandruff: Skin cells of the scalp shed at a faster rate than normal, creating buildup.

• Seborrheic dermatitis: Occurring in oily skin areas other than just the scalp, symptoms are itchiness, as well as scaly, red skin that may occur with dandruff.

• Psoriasis: Look for bright pink, inflamed skin covered with silvery scales (which may bleed if the scales are removed).

• Folliculitis: is is a contagious inflammation of the hair follicle.

• Fungal/bacterial ringworm. “Most medical scalp conditions relate more to general health and diet, but a contributing factor of some scalp ailments can be attributed to the products that the stylist uses on the client during chemical or styling services,” Hill says. “The stylist should do patch testing and incorporate proper scalp cleansing and exfoliation as pre-treatment services, while comprehensive consultations will assist a client in getting to the root of his or her scalp issues and can allow the salon pro to guide the client to consult with a trichologist or dermatologist if needed.”

Root Causes

Hill notes that abnormal hair and scalp conditions can be caused by one or a combination of factors: Genetics, lifestyle, diet, styling habits, environment, health, stress, hormones, and medications may all play a role. For severe problems medical testing may be required, while some issues can be tamed in-salon with treatments that encourage more circulation in the scalp, plus proper shampooing so that the scalp is being properly cleansed and balanced, Hill says. “Because scalp health is a affected by a combination of factors, it’s often challenging to isolate one particular cause,” she adds.

However, Hill outlines some possible causes of various scalp conditions:

• Dandruff: overgrowth of yeast, stress, hormones, excess oil on the scalp, immune system illnesses

• Seborrheic dermatitis: overgrowth of yeast, fatty/poor diet, stress, winter weather

• Psoriasis: bacterial or viral infections, dry air (often worse in winter), injury to skin, stress, excess alcohol consumption, weakened immune system

• Folliculitis: viruses, bacteria, inflammation of ingrown hairs

• Fungal/bacterial (contagious): pets, warm weather environments that create more wetness on the scalp

Odisho, for example, witnesses a definite uptick in dryness amid the fluctuating weather at his Chicago-based salon, while tress-taming ingredients like keratin or silicones can clog the scalp. “Scalp problems can be due to a variety of circumstances, such as the use of harsh chemicals; infrequent shampooing and overuse of dry shampoos; stress; autoimmune disorders; a poor diet lacking in vital nutrients; and environmental factors such as pollution, dry/cold weather and sun damage,” Blaisure explains. “Or the client may simply be genetically predisposed to certain scalp conditions, like eczema.” If a client is experiencing a scalp problem or hair loss, Blaisure recommends questioning the client to help determine the source of the issue and contributing factors, which can provide the stylist with information that can help her make a recommendation—e.g., an anti-dandruff shampoo, different hair products, reducing chemical processes, or seeing a medical pro for a diagnosis.

Talk Therapy

As Blaisure notes, experts agree that conversation is critical—but when it’s time to have that talk with clients, stylists may feel intimidated. How can you approach the topic in a helpful way? “Sometimes stylists are more concerned about making a client comfortable than actually solving problems,” Odisho admits. “But many clients are more likely to confide in their stylist than a doctor, so with the proper education and verbiage, stylists can feel more comfortable.”

Indeed, Hill recommends engaging with the client and making time to scan the client’s scalp and hair prior to every appointment. “Ask questions: ‘Have you noticed or experienced any changes in your scalp and hair since our last appointment?’” she advises. “When seasons change, that’s a great opportunity to inquire about any at-home hair routine changes.” Additionally, if you notice a severe issue (think bleeding or scaly patches), acknowledge what you see and ask, “Have you felt any changes in sensitivity or tenderness on your scalp?” Identify areas of concern and suggest dermatological care in severe cases.

Blaisure agrees that a consultation is the first step toward treatment— especially with a new client. “ is can be as simple as saying, ‘Tell me about your hair; have you had any challenges?’” she says. “This can easily lead into discussing what the stylist sees.” Meanwhile, with a regular client, Blaisure recommends taking advantage of that established relationship to bring up any issues with the scalp or hair, and then making recommendations based on the client’s responses.

Targeted Solutions

Naturally, the proper solutions to a scalp issue depend on the causes. Hill outlines the following possible treatments for various scalp conditions:

• Dandruff: frequent shampooing; anti-​dandruff shampoos containing selenium sulfide, salicylic acid, sulfur, coal tar or zinc; reducing stress and fats in the diet (such as chocolate and cheese)

• Seborrheic dermatitis: Anti- inflammatory, antiseptic prescriptions; frequent shampooing; medical prescriptions; a shampoo with the ingredients mentioned for dandruff

• Psoriasis: Requires medical care (possibly topical and/or oral prescriptions); frequent shampooing; or a shampoo with the ingredients mentioned for dandruff

• Folliculitis or fungal/bacterial causes: Requires medical care with oral and/or topical prescriptions 

However, note that some conditions can look similar, such as dry scalp and dandruff. “With both, we see dry flaking on the scalp, but dandruff is due to a fungal overgrowth, whereas dry scalp is often due to a lack of moisture or oil in the skin,” Blaisure explains. “If it itches and has been ongoing, it may be dandruff, and recommending an anti-dandruff shampoo would be a solution; if it’s dry scalp, using a moisturizing conditioner or scalp oil can help alleviate the dryness.”

On the other hand, Blaisure adds, if the problems are caused by chemical services or products, the client may want to reduce the use of chemicals, cut down the use of problem-causing products or switch the product regimen altogether. “Cleansing the scalp on a regular basis is always recommended—shampooing at least once a week, if not more, especially if your client is experiencing scalp issues,” Blaisure says. “When the scalp is not cleansed on a regular basis, bacteria can build up along with debris and cause inflammation on the scalp, which can lead not only to scalp problems but also to hair loss.”

Still, Hill warns, some of the proven active ingredients in those scalp treatments may have adverse affects on the hair fabric, creating a challenge for the stylist. “ is is where a certified trichologist can assist: understanding ingestibles, topicals and scalp therapies that can offer scalp relief as well as maintain the integrity of the hair,” Hill notes. “For any client who suffers from scalp conditions, use soothing salves and oils designed for sensitive scalps, and create barriers before chemical treatments.”These products are also ideal for pre-treatments before shampooing.

Finally, clients with chronic scalp issues should be encouraged to maintain minimal-heat, low-tension hairstyling routines so as not to worsen any present conditions. Hill notes that most scalp conditions can only be controlled (versus completely healed), but stylists can offer preventive scalp services and treatments to keep domes properly exfoliated and cleansed, which assists in managing proper cellular turnover while keeping the hair follicle nutrient-rich.

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6 Tips For Autumn Beard Care

Autumn hates your face. It hates your skin and your beard. Autumn is Winter’s hype man, intent on wreaking havoc so that all Winter has to do is come in and finish you off. 

It’s a shame really because Autumn as a season is cool, with all its greens and browns and musky smells. But there’s no reasoning with it. All you can do is protect your skin and facial hair and show it that you’re not phased. 

We’ve got six of the finest Autumn Beard Care tips to help you do just that. 

1.Wash your face regularly

We talk about washing your beard a lot on this blog. It’s the number one step in our five-step process. What we don’t talk much about is washing your face. Partly because by washing your beard you are washing your face and, well, washing your face in the morning and evening is as natural as brushing your teeth. 

But we’re mentioning washing your face now. Because the skin that’s not covered by hair deserves the same five-star treatment as your mane — i.e. more than a splash of water. 

When Autumn comes for your face, depending on how much sebum oil your body produces, it’s either going to make your skin more oily or dry it out. Which means you’re either going to have to replenish and cleanse or just cleanse. Whichever it is, you need to give your face and beard a good scrub. 

We’ll start with the cleansing. 

Rather than using beard wash, which is what we normally recommend for cleaning your beard, opt for a natural soap — as in a good old fashioned bar of soap — that can be lathered in your hands and used to attack your face as one. Natural soap is designed to gently rid your face and skin of excess oil and clean away any grime and dirt without drying out of your face.     

When using soap, it’s important that you get the water temperature spot on. As tempting as it is on a cold day, avoid splashing hot water on your face. It’ll only strip the skin of the natural oils the soap is trying to protect, causing brittle hair and irritated skin. Instead, get the water running lukewarm. Not too cold to shock you, but not warm enough to upset your face or beard. 

Once you’ve washed your face, it’s time to replenish and get some always needed hydration to your face. 

2. Moisturise 

The combination of cold weather and spending time indoors around heaters will dry out your skin and beard. To prevent that from happening, you need to go all-in on the moisturiser. 

Have separate natural moisturisers — one for your skin and one for your beard — and apply them daily before you leave the house, throughout the day whenever your skin or beard starts to feel dry, itchy or irritable, and before you go to bed in the evening.  

For your skin, most reputable moisturisers will do the job.

For your beard, you have a few options:

  • Beard balm, formulated to tame and control unruly hair as well as hydrating it
  • Beard butter, formulated to protect, soften and condition facial hair
  • Beard oil, formulated to protect, hydrate and condition facial hair

You don’t have to choose just one of these options. An Autumn beard Care routine will benefit from all three. Each will also work to get moisture to the skin beneath your mane. 

That said, if you’re going to have one as a sidekick when you’re out and about, make beard oil your go-to. 

3. Oil up

To keep your beard healthy and maintain strong growth, keep a natural beard oil with your keys and phone. 

Beard oil can be applied after washing, eating, going to the toilet, whenever. Your beard can never have enough of the stuff. It provides a barrier against the bite of the Autumn wind and gives your facial hair the nutrients it needs to thrive. 

A 50ml bottle will easily see you through Autumn. A 100ml bottle will get you through winter too.

4. Change up the scents

While we’re talking about beard products, we should mention scents. You don’t have to pick scented beard oil, balm or butter. If you prefer to go au naturel, that’s cool. But if you’re a fan of a fragrant beard, you might want to choose an Autumn-y scent — something that fits in with the musky, woody smells of the season. 

We recommend classic cedarwood and sandalwood.

5. Keep your beard in check

If you’re exposing your beard to the elements every day it’s going to get somewhat unruly. As mentioned, beard balm will help keep hair under control, but you’ll still need to keep the length tidy. This requires some trimming. 

By ‘trimming’, we don’t mean taking a pair of clippers to your beard. You can leave the heavy-duty stuff to your barber. All you need to do is keep it in check between visits to the cutting chair. 

Here’s how to keep your beard neat:

  • Shave any rogue hairs above your natural beard line. Don’t touch your beard line, just the hairs on your cheeks and around your sideburns. 
  • Trim away hairs below the natural line of your beard as it curves from ear to ear. Don’t touch anything above that natural line and don’t clean shave your neck, it won’t do your beard or jawline any favours. 
  • Trim away any stray hairs you find after washing and brushing. Focus only on the hairs that don’t fall in line. Anything else and you might find yourself in a full landscaping job, trying to match one side with the other. 

For an in-depth guide on trimming and the tools you need, check out our post on how to trim your beard like a boss.

6. Keep a comb handy

There’s nothing like wind and cold weather for getting your beard in a tangled mess. If you’re going to be oiling your mane regularly, you need to be combing it too. So add a comb to the list of things you don’t leave home without. 

Comb your beard after washing and applying beard oil, and whenever the hair looks or feels tangled. If your beard is close to your face, you might want to opt for a bristle brush rather than a comb. But whichever you go for, make sure it’s always close to hand. 

Follow these autumn beard care steps and your beard will survive anything that Autumn can throw at you and then some.

These grooming tips come to you from across the pond, MoBro's UK

What caught my attention
this month


"SmartLess" with Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, & Will Arnett is a podcast that connects and unites people from all walks of life to learn about shared experiences through thoughtful dialogue and organic hilarity. A nice surprise: in each episode of SmartLess, one of the hosts reveals his mystery guest to the other two. What ensues is a genuinely improvised and authentic conversation filled with laughter and newfound knowledge to feed the SmartLess mind.

This is the espisode that got my attention:
(pre World Series obviously)
Episode Summary

Clayton Kershaw is this week's batter up. As starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, an eight-time All Star, and a brand new fan of left-handed scissors, Clayton flies in to gab with the gang and discuss critical topics like sweat wicking fabrics and lip-reading, amongst a variety of other things.

This was a really good episode, too.

Episode Summary

Stacey Abrams is a political leader, activist, entrepreneur, and best-selling author. She is also this week's teacher to all of us who are SmartLess. We care about her message, we care about what she does, and we praise her for her activism. Please vote, use your voice to make a difference, and let us unite as a country.

Is Carrot Oil Good for Your Hair?

A popular treatment said to nourish and grow hair

Carrot oil is a popular hair treatment that comes in several forms and can be applied in multiple ways. It’s said to be nourishing for hair, though this claim is anecdotal. Users report that it makes hair softer, accelerates growth, protects the hair from damage, and more. Carrot oil comes in various forms:

  • essential oil derived from carrot seeds
  • oil derived from the roots of the carrot
  • numerous store-bought products and treatments

Carrot oil contains high levels of vitamin A, vitamin E, and beta carotene, which are essential nutrients for hair health.

What are the benefits?

Based on anecdotal evidence, carrot oil can help hair to grow faster and thicker. People who are looking to keep their hair long and avoid split ends may find that carrot oil helps. Conditioning the hair with carrot oil is also said to improve its texture, making it shinier, smoother, and softer to the touch.

Others who use carrot oil say it helps to prevent hair loss by making the roots stronger at the scalp. Its vitamins could have a protective effect from outdoor damage, shielding it from the harshest UV rays and environmental pollution. By boosting blood circulation to the scalp, carrot oil could also serve to keep your hair healthier from root to tip.

Proponents of carrot oil say it is gentle and healing. Because of its mildly sweet fragrance, it can also be combined with other essential oils of your choice for a customized rinse or treatment.

One recent study shows that carrot oil has antibacterial properties against a variety of bacteria and fungus. People experiencing dandruff and dry scalp may find relief from their symptoms when they treat their hair periodically with carrot oil. Using naturally occurring oils on your scalp, particularly if it’s dry, can stimulate the production of your own body’s oil, or sebum.

What are the risks?

There aren’t many studies on the risks and benefits of carrot oil. Because of the anecdotal nature of reported risks, it’s best to consult your doctor before you begin using carrot oil.

As with any topical product or supplement, carrot oil carries the risk of allergic reaction. Before applying carrot oil to your hair, do a patch test on a small amount of skin, such as an area on the inside of your arm or the back of your neck. Always dilute carrot oil with a carrier oil like grapeseed or coconut oil before applying it to your skin. Leave it on for at least 24 hours to observe whether you react to it. If there’s no reaction, you should be fine to proceed with applying a hair treatment. If you do experience an allergic reaction, stop use immediately and contact your doctor.

While carrot oil doesn’t appear to turn dark-pigmented hair orange, overuse could cause the skin of the scalp to turn orange. Using carrot oil too often on blonde or other light-colored hair may carry the same risk. Some people use carrot juice as a natural hair dye.

In folk medicine, carrot oil has traditionally been used both externally and internally. The biggest health risk carrot oil poses is the possibility of psychoactive effects due to a small amount of a component called myristicin. Any psychoactive effects would only be experienced if you consumed carrot oil internally in high amounts.

Researchers who studied the effects of myristicin in nutmeg found the ingredient to be low in toxicity to humans. They cited that high amounts of the toxin — 6 or 7 milligrams — could intoxicate a human. But because of the small amounts present in carrot oil, you’d have to consume a very large amount in order to become intoxicated. Still, the topic warrants further research.

The carotol component of carrot oil has been shown in one study to be moderately toxic to cells in the body, depending on its source. While specific risks aren’t outlined, people in search of gentle, safe, nontoxic treatments may want to consider alternative options for their hair care needs.

Using too much carrot oil internally can cause nausea and vomiting. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should never take carrot oil internally. Additionally, people experiencing asthma or epilepsy should avoid taking it.

How to use carrot oil for hair

You can treat your hair with carrot oil at least twice per week. You can purchase a premade hair treatment, or you can create your own mix and apply at home.

You can make your own hair mask, rinse, or deep conditioner with carrot essential oil. For a simple oil application, dilute 3–4 drops of carrot essential oil in 2–4 tablespoons of coconut oil (or other carrier oil like grapeseed). Work it through your hair with your fingers, massaging it into your scalp. Then, comb it through, cover it with a plastic cap, and leave it in for an hour or two before shampooing it out.

You can also create a rinse using 3–4 drops of carrot oil in a mix of 2 cups water and 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. After you shampoo your hair, shake this mixture and rinse your hair once more with the carrot oil rinse. Leave in for 5 minutes before rinsing it again.

Many store-bought carrot oil applications are designed to be left in between washes; they come in oil, serum, and cream forms. It’s the carrot essential oil that needs to be diluted. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for prepared products with carrot oil.

Does it work?

According to anecdotal results, carrot oil:

  • restores moisture to hair and scalp
  • tames frizz
  • softens and smooths texture
  • helps hair grow more quickly
  • protects hair from damage

Some users with fine or thin hair say it adds body. For many users, results appear to be immediate — or begin to appear after the first application or two.

Based on anecdotal evidence and the available studies, carrot oil may be beneficial for periodic to frequent use on the hair and scalp.

From Healthline

Treating Your Hair With Carrots

There are different methods by which you can treat your hair using carrots. The three most well-known methods are mentioned below.

But before you decide to start the treatment, make sure that you store carrots at home so that you can repeat the treatment regularly.

1. Pre-Shampoo Treatment

If you are bored of oiling your hair on a daily basis and not getting results, you should try out this pre-shampoo treatment. You will require up to two carrots depending on the length of your hair.

  • Cut the carrots into small pieces and then mix the pieces with honey, olive oil, essential oil, and coconut oil.
  • Once the ingredients are blended well, heat the mixture for a maximum of three minutes.
  • Next, blend the mixture with curd. You need to make sure the mixture blends well; it should appear similar to a smoothie.
  • Now, apply the mixture to your hair roots and then work your way up to the tips.
  • Let the mixture stay on your hair for at least 25 minutes. Then, using a good shampoo, rinse out the mixture thoroughly with lukewarm water.

Doing this twice a week will provide you with amazing results including increased hair growth and shine.

2. Carrot Oil

Making carrot oil is the second method you can try for healthier hair. For this, you’ll need some grated carrots. You can use any standard grater for this.

  • Grate a couple of carrots, depending on how much oil you want. Don’t go overboard on your first try.
  • Once you grate the carrots, keep them in a sterilized jar. Add olive oil, castor oil, or coconut oil.
  • Now, keep the mixture away from light for seven days.
  • When the oil changes its color and becomes orange, you can compost the carrots and keep the oil in a new clean container.
  • Keep the oil applied for around thirty minutes for effective results before rinsing it off.

The carrot oil treatment not only strengthens the roots but also makes the hair healthier. Moreover, it’ll also help prevent hair breakage and split ends.

3. Carrot Hair Mask

This is another efficient method which boosts hair growth. For making such a hair mask, you’ll need a carrot and a peeled banana.

  • Cut both of them into pieces and mix them with olive oil.
  • Now using curd and a blender, blend the mixture thoroughly until it becomes a paste. Take care that the paste is not extra thick otherwise you will have difficulty when it comes to washing it out.
  • Apply this mask all over your hair at let it stay for half an hour.
  • Once the time is up, use a regular shampoo to wash it off.

The carrots present in the mask will stimulate your hair growth and prevents breakage while the banana will make the hair silky and smooth.

From The Health Science Journal

4. Carrot Honey for your Hair

Contrary to what many people imagine when hearing the name of this ingredient, it is not formed by the double honey + carrot. Despite this, it remains very simple to prepare. Are you curious to know how carrot honey is made? Then check out the step by step below!

You will need:

  • 1 carrot cut into slices
  • sugar
  • 1 glass container

Preparation method: as soon as you finish cutting the carrot slices, separate a “tall” glass container. That's because the next step is to alternate a layer of carrots and a layer of sugar until the carrots run out. That done, cover the pot and leave it stored for 24 hours. After that time, your carrot honey will be ready - but, remember: it needs to be stored in the refrigerator!

How to use carrot honey in your hair

After preparing the “magic” mixture, it is time to apply it to the strands. First of all, it is worth mentioning that it is important to always check the quality of the carrot honey, so always check if it is not damaged, especially if it has been some time since you prepared the recipe.

How to do it: to hydrate with carrot honey, your hair must be clean and damp. You will not use all the honey at once, so put just one tablespoon of the mixture in another container and also add the Original SOS Pump Hydration Mask or another of your choice and mix well. Apply the lock to lock the hair and let it act for 20 minutes. Then rinse and finish as usual.

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8 Early Signs of Male Pattern Baldness

If you’re a man and losing your hair, you are probably not feeling your best. You want to curb your hair loss before it really gets out of control.

You want to avoid going bald. You want to keep an eye out to see if you are going bald so you can know if and when to take action.

So how do you know that you might be going bald? What causes baldness and is there anything you can do to avoid it?

We’ve put together this guide on the early signs of male pattern baldness.

1. Hereditary

Hereditary influences is the most common reason for hair loss. You should ask if anyone in your family was bald if you don’t know already.

Beware, however, this reason comes with many myths. The most popular is that the ‘baldness gene’ comes from the mother’s side of the family. 

The fact is that bot much research has not been done in this area and it is still a relatively new field of discovery. You should meticulously analyze if baldness has been common on both sides of your family before you worry about whether or not you might lose your hair.

2. Receding Hairline

If you notice that your hairline is receding, this is a sign that you might go bald. This starts with your hair thinning at your temples as well as your forehead.

A receding hairline means that your hair will thin and then fall out. You are left with a horseshoe aesthetic on your head. A receding hairline can also lead to baldness, though not necessarily. If you are experiencing a receding hairline, you can speak to a doctor on whether they think this will lead to baldness.

3. Your Crown

You should also keep an eye on the crown of your head. You can also lose hair on your crown. If you do, this can lead to eventual baldness.

You want to check if there is any thinning at the crown of your head as soon as possible. You can ask your doctor if they feel this will lead to baldness.

4. Curly Hair

Having curly hair, believe it or not, can lead to baldness — if your hair is naturally straight. If you find that you see curly hair near your hairline, this can lead to you losing your hair.

You might see curly hair appear once your hair on your crown begins to thin. If this happens, then you should seek solutions to prevent balding as it is now much more likely to happen.

5. Aging

As you age, the chances of going bald increases. Once you go past the age of 50, you can expect your hair to thin. This doesn’t mean that you will go bald, but the likelihood increases.

You want to make sure that you eat healthily, have a healthy lifestyle, and try to avoid using damaging hair products if you want to avoid baldness at a later age. Hair thinning is natural and inevitable, but this doesn’t have to mean that you will lose your hair altogether.

6. Wide Parting

If you notice that your hair has wide partings, this can lead to balding. When you comb or part your hair, take a close inspection at the parting. If you find that the parting is wider than normal, then you want to start focusing on regrowing your hair.

When you see a wide parting, you should also pay attention if your hair is thinning. If both occur, then this increases the likelihood of balding.

7. You Have Dandruff

If you have dandruff, this can cause more serious issues in the future. Most men see dandruff as an inconvenience that will one day disappear. But if you have dandruff for long enough, it can lead to baldness.

Dandruff means that there is a lack of hydration and oil production in your scalp. It leads to poor scalp health which, in turn, can lead to baldness. If you do experience dandruff, you want to take the steps to fight against it. You want to invest in an anti-dandruff shampoo, for example.

If the problem persists, you should speak to your doctor about how you can deal with dandruff. Even if this never leads to baldness, you want to make sure your scalp is as healthy as possible so that you never increase the risk of balding.

8. Sensitivity and Pain

Do you ever feel a sensitivity or a vicious pain on your head? When the weather is hot or cold, do you feel an unbearable pain at the top of your head? This might lead to balding.

This happens when your hair is thinning. When your hair is thinning, it cannot serve as adequate protection for your head. As a result, the pain and sensitivity continues to increase when you go out in hot or cold weather.

If you notice this sensitivity and/or pain, then it might mean that your hair is thinning. If you find that it is, then you need to take action. One simple precaution is to cover your head when you go out so that you can prolong your hair and scalp health.

What to Do When You Spot the Early Signs of Male Pattern Baldness

As a heads up, if you do find out you are experiencing the possibility of going bad, we want you to find a way to stop this. To start, You can check out these helpful vitamins to combat your baldness.

Alopecia, or hair loss can affect your scalp as well as body hair. It can be temporary or permanent. This can result due to hereditary reasons, medical conditions or ailments, or aging.

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Now that you know the early signs of male pattern baldness, you are better prepared to prevent and treat balding. Make sure to share this guide with other men who are worried about balding.

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a brief history

This business-in-the-front, party-in-the-back style has been around way before it was popularized by actors and rock stars in the 1980’s. According to some historians, the mullet has been around since at least Ancient Greece, where the style was as much for function as it was for fashion. Cropped hair around the face with longer locks in the back allowed for both visibility and a protective layer of hair for your neck. Homer even described a haircut that sounds eerily familiar in The Iliad: “their forelocks cropped, hair grown long at the backs.”The Greeks weren’t the only ones sporting the mullet, though. There is evidence that Neanderthals and our oldest ancestors would wear this ‘do, as well.

The relative ease of maintaining it makes it possible to keep up even without the existence of barbershops and hair salons, and the practicality makes it perhaps one of the oldest haircuts in human history.Some Native American tribes, both historically and more recently, have included the mullet with other traditional hairstyles. In many tribes, long hair is representative of a strong cultural identity. It is connected to values of family and community, and there are multiple rituals surrounding the upkeep of long hair. The preferred style for displaying long locks is most commonly braids – often two or three – but cuts closer the Mohawks and mullets have not been uncommon, either.

Mullets have been present in and out through our entire history as a species, in different parts of the world. It wasn’t until the 1970’s when the mullet starting rising to modern mainstream fame, though, reaching its peak in the 80’s when everyone from George Clooney to Metallica’s James Hetfield sported one. It tended to be popular with white dudes who played rock music or hockey, incredibly cool and trendy for a while. The hairstyle didn’t actually have the name “mullet” until 1994, though, when the Beastie Boys released a song called “Mullet Head.” Not long after the name mullet was christened, the hairdo was on its way out. 

By the time the Beastie Boys gave the style its name, it had begun to slide from the trendy mainstream position it had been sitting comfortably at to a more countercultural phenomenon.

The peak of mullets ended in the early 1990’s, but the style has never completely faded from relevance. Instead, it slipped from the good graces of the masses and became iconic in various subcultures: everyone from country music stars and lesbians, to hockey players and Native Americans. Jennifer Arnold even created a documentary about the haircut in 2002 titled American Mullet (which you can find on Amazon Prime if you’re curious). 

In more recent years, the mullet was actually banned in Iran, for being considered too much of a “western hairstyle”. No matter what you think of it, the mullet has become enough of a staple of the American aesthetic that it’s been placed in that categorization along with spiked hair, ponytails, and long hair in general. 

Will the mullet ever rise once more the its former glory in the 80’s? Maybe not, but it has certainly cemented itself as an iconic haircut from the past, and an important style to this day for many groups of people. 

Ten Iconic Mullets 

  1. David Bowie: No list of mullets can be complete without David Bowie’s classic bright orange cut. This style was a part of his Ziggy Stardust persona, and he still sticks with many people as one of the biggest contributors to the mullet rising in popularity once he started wearing one in the 70s. 
  2. Paul McCartney: The Beatles cycled through multiple iconic hairstyles throughout their time as a band, and the mullet had its moment to shine, as well. Paul McCartney wore the style throughout the 70s and into the 80s. 
  3. Patrick Swayze: Perhaps most known for his dirty dancing, Patrick Swayze rocked his way through the 80’s and 90’s with a mullet, stealing (or breaking) the hearts of everyone in the country. Even despite (or perhaps because of) that classic mullet style. 
  4. Billy Ray Cyrus: Nothing will beat this achy breaky mullet of the early 90’s, but in recent years, Billy Ray Cyrus has brought a shorter version of the style back. You can’t think “mullet” and “cheesy country pop music” without also thinking Billy Ray.
  5. John Stamos: Spending the 90’s as cool Uncle Jesse on Full House certainly didn’t stop John Stamos from sporting the look. In fact, that mullet may be one of the most memorable fashion choices from the entire show. 
  6. Ben Franklin: Yes, that Ben Franklin. According to some, his bald-on-the-top, long-at-the-back style was one form of the mullet. Or, to be more precise, a “skullet.” 
  7. Mel Gibson: Did you know that Mel Gibson used to have a mullet? He sported a rather flowy one throughout almost the entire Lethal Weapons franchise and throughout the 80’s.
  8. Wayne Gretzky: Maybe not the biggest or the baddest mullet in the history of hockey, but Gretzky has easily one of the most recognizable names in the sport, even to those who don’t watch. The hockey mullet is its own subgenre of the style, perpetuated along with the “flow” hairstyle, and the fact that teams will go entire playoff seasons not shaving their beards, and, often, not cutting their hair. The result tends to be something akin to a mullet. Gretzky’s classic mullet lasted through the 80’s and deep into the 90’s, long after most other notable figures had abandoned the ‘do. 
  9. Joan Jett: One of the first notable ladies to rock the mullet, Joan Jett was sporting the look back in the 70’s with Paul McCartney and David Bowie. And rocking out while doing so.
  10. Richard Dean Anderson: Known for his role as MacGyver in the show MacGyver, Anderson sported a mullet as he played the classic character throughout the 80s. He may have left the biggest cultural impact with the term “MacGyvering,” and the concept of fixing something with whatever you’ve got on hand at the moment, but don’t let that completely overshadow this classic mullet. 

The Mullet in 2020

It’s 2020, and the question everyone must now ask is: is the mullet coming back in style? Some may argue that it was never in style, while others will insist that it never went out of style. Ask the general public or a hair stylist, though, and they will probably be inclined to tell you that yes, the mullet is coming back. In January this year, men’s fashion blogs across the internet all declared the same thing: 2020 would be the year for the mullet. Beginning as a counter-culture hair style that was just getting its footing in the world of fashion once again, this year has proved to be the perfect time for the resurgence of the mullet. 

With hair salons being closed for multiple months in the first half of 2020, many people took on the dreaded task of facing down a home-brewed haircut. For some this manifested in a mullet style: either out of appreciation for the cut, or, perhaps, out of necessity. Get the hair off your face without worrying about trimming the back of your head where you can’t see. Like our ancestors before us, we must acknowledge the mullet for what it truly is: a practical haircut. 

The sudden lack of access to salons isn’t the only reason mullets are coming back, though. There have been whispers of the style in the mainstream over the last few years, and this was simply the boil-over point. In the second half of the past decade, we’d seen a steady increase of mullet action once again amongst the most famous of us. Ironically, a lot of the most notable celebrities actively rocking mullets today are women. Female singers especially. Everyone from Kesha and Miley Cyrus to Billy Eilish and even Zendaya have been seen sporting the look. What may have been considered a trashy style by many even just a few years ago has become a chic look sported by those of us who have a tendency to look coolest. 

When it comes to less famous women wearing the look, just as many have been sporting the ‘do as the pop stars and celebrities of the world. Especially amongst women in the LGBT+ community, the mullet is becoming as big of a fashion statement as it is amongst guys. Combine this cut with absurdly large earrings and colorful pants, and you’re ready to tell the world “Hello ladies! I, too, am gay.” 

Is the mullet resurging in popularity along with 80’s nostalgia-themed media, like It and Stranger Things? Perhaps. Like media and clothing, hair styles tend to move in cycles. Men’s hairstyles have been typically short-on-the-sides, longer-on-top for a while, now, and maybe the mullet is a shift out of those restrictions. Recent women’s fashion has involved a lot of things that were at one point, not long ago, considered tacky (looking at you, mom jeans and scrunchies). Maybe the mullet is the next step in this resurgence, allowing men to embrace the tackier sides of our previous societal fashion faux pas, as well. 

10 Ways to Style Your Mullet

  1. The Modern Mullet: A less drastic version of its predecessors, modern mullets tend to be a bit subtler. The back is shorter, often closer to the length of the hair on top of your head, and the sides are shaved short, but faded into the longer hair on top. The varieties are endless, but the overall look tends to be a bit more modern, and a bit more refined.
  2. The Kentucky Waterfall: This mullet involves shaved temples and a short cut on top. The difference from other styles, though, is that for the Kentucky Waterfall those sideburns stay, contrasting with minimal hair at the sides and long hair at the back. 
  3. The Spiky Mullet: Do you miss the late 90’s and early 00’s when everyone was covering their heads with hair gel and spiking their ends up? Try this slightly modern version of that boyband ‘do and add some texture to your mullet style. Keep the sides short, the back long, and spike up that top part of your hair. 
  4. The Pompadour: Add some class to the business end of this mullet. Keep the sides of your hair nice and short, and let the top grow out in an almost Mohawk-like style. Fade those sides into the longer hair on top, slick the whole thing back, and you’ve got a smooth transition into the more mullet-part of this mullet style.
  5. The Beaver Tail: Think classic 80’s mullet. Short hair on the top, unapologetic pelt of hair going down your back. If this style of mullet was a professional wrestler from the 80’s it would be Hulk Hogan. If it was a large mammal known for roaming the forests and mountains of North America and Eurasia, it would be the brown bear. Strong. Classic. Easily recognizable. Kind of bold. Maybe a little out of style.
  6. The Extreme Mullet: You can define “extreme” in this context in a few ways. Some people sport the Extreme Mullet by growing the back out longer and longer, while shaving the sides of their hair completely off. This results in something in between a less intense mullet and a Mohawk. This could also be paired with head tattoos that you want to show off, or the short parts of your hair being dyed bright colors. Maybe the Extreme part comes from designs shaved into the sides of your hair. This style of mullet will always be a statement, no matter what you do with it. 
  7. The Shag: A perfect style you’ll barely have to work for if you’ve already spent a few months away from the barbershop. This style tends to be on the shorter side for mullets, the sides and top of your hair staying a bit longer. It’s subtler than the Extreme, and ideal for someone with a bit of wave in their hair. Let that back grow out and embrace a few curls against your neck, without committing as heavily to some of the other mullet styles.
  8. The Curly Mullet: Maybe your hair is more than a little wavy. If you’ve got those curls, grow them out in the back and up top, shorten your sides, and embrace the texture of this cut. Style those curls or keep them messy and long, in contrast to shaved sides. 
  9. The Rat Tail: Long hair in the back, but only a small bit that’s long. It may fall into its own category of dubious hair styles, but if you’re keeping the top and sides of your hair short and letting that back section really shine, it is technically a type of mullet as well. 
  10. The Mullet + Beard Combo: Ok, sure, adding a beard to a mullet doesn’t automatically make it a new style. It’s becoming a popular combination, though, especially with the rise of large “hipster” beards over the last decade. Grow that beard out, keep the back of your hair long, fade out the sides and slick up the top, and you will be the picture of the stylish modern man. Who would’ve thought that would ever be the fate of the mullet? 

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As reported by The New York Times, newly released emails show that in 2015 and 2016, Food and Drug Administration scientists urged the agency to ban toxic formaldehyde in hair-smoothing products, often referred to as “Brazilian blowout” treatments. The communications, obtained by EWG, also document increasing frustration among FDA scientists about the agency’s efforts to regulate toxic chemicals in cosmetics. 

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