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I have a new hairstyle today.
It’s called “I tried”.
First and foremost…

I want to thank you for all the support you’ve given the last several months.  Your being there, even if just virtually for now, has kept me afloat more ways than you could imagine.  

I was reminded of the struggles other hairstylist and salons are still facing just a few days ago.  I saw that someone I went to Cosmetology school with and has their own salon (barbershop, actually) has a GoFund Me page.  My friend is fighting to stay open. Others haven’t been so fortunate.  This isn’t just true of salons and barbershops, we’ve seen so many other local businesses struggling and relying on our patronage.  I know you’re happy salons, barbershops, restaurants and bars are opening back up and you might think you’re just grabbing a meal or getting your haircut, but every dollar you spend with these local businesses is another day’s work and another days wages.  I know it is quite a lot to ask of you, but please know we are so very grateful. 

I still do not know what tomorrow will bring, but for today I’m here and able to do what I love, which is cut and style your hair.  Again, all thanks to you.

We are not through this pandemic yet.  What is happening throughout the world is a constant reminder of how diligent we must continue to be for a while to come.  There is a light at the end of the tunnel, though.  I think we can all feel a shift and can exhale, even if just a little.  I do know it is not for me (or you) to dictate what anyone else should do in terms of getting vaccinated.  It is a complicated decision for many people.  For me, though, not catching COVID or at least reducing the chances of life threatening complications was enough for me to get vaccinated this last month.  One and done and 2 weeks later feels pretty good right now.  Whatever your decision, I just want you to be happy and healthy.  

This might seem early, but I need to let you know I will be taking a few days off the begging of July, July 1st through the 10th to be exact.  I'm heading to Colorado to see my Mom.  Look at your calendars and plan out your next couple appointments.


I never thought I’d say this, but Mullets are a thing for women right now.  Done well, a modern mullet looks pretty darn good if I have to say so myself.   Check out a few of the looks below.

If you haven’t noticed, guys are embracing their curly locks, too. If you’re looking for a some inspiration check out the article I have for you on getting those curls (and you) noticed.  There is some curly haircare advice below, too.

Last month I shared about “The Rachel”.  Apparently, “Farrah Fawcett Hair” it trending BIG TIME.  What’s old is new again, right.  If you have long, layered hair check out the styling tips below so you can get the look and the flip.

Hyaluronic Acid has been a key ingredient in skin care.  It’s hydrating and temporarily plumping up the skin to lessen the appearance of superfine lines — but did you know that it could benefit your hair as well?  I’ve been on this new hair-apy treatment for a month now.  It may be too soon to notice any real benefits but I do know my hair and scalp feel healthier and my hair is less brittle (yeah, us fine hair people have very sensitive hair).  I’ve also steered away from shampoos and have gone the No-Poo or Cleansing conditioner route.  I have a few articles for you below on the benefits of Hyaluronic Acid for your hair and scalp.

So, apparently 7 in 10 individuals have “that friend” who has a reputation of tardiness.  And by tardy they mean at least 13 minutes late. Yeah, 13 minutes is late.  Are you “that friend”?  
That’s just some of what I have for you this month.

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Again, I really do appreciate you.

As always, I am available by email, text or phone if you have any questions or concerns.
Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Be well. Take Hair!
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10 Takes on the Modern Mullet
for Ladies


Bold and rebellious, female mullet has grown to be one of the biggest hair trends of this year. Clearly nonconformist, yet practical, it is now seen everywhere, from a schoolyard to the red carpet.

Once the celebrities known for their prominent hairstyles like Rihanna and Miley Cyrus took up the trend, it became clear that the girl mullet would be a big thing now. If you dare to try it too, here are the styling tips you will definitely need.

A Brief History of a Mullet Haircut

The mullet haircut goes back on time to prehistoric people when they realized how practical it was to cut the fringe to keep the hair out of their faces while keeping the length at their back to keep the neck warm and protected from the rain. It wasn’t until the ‘70s when the haircut got really popular, with Rockstar David Bowie making the lead with the amazing orange mullet we all remember.

The ’80s was the golden age of the mullet; the haircut was an absolute trend and loved by most people considering it cool and fashionable. In the ’90s the trend started to fizzle. People who once proudly flicked their mullet to the wind started to cut off their “rattails” and soon the haircut was considered an embarrassment for the world.

After a few years of trying to make its way back, the mullet haircut has adapted to the 21st century so that everyone can ROCK this fantastic haircut. This time around, more women are wearing the haircut, making it super stylish and giving it a sophistication it’s never had before. The mullet… it’s here, and this time it’s here to stay!

How to Style a Modern Mullet

I’m going to share with you female mullet ideas along with tips for easy and efficient styling to step your haircut up a notch. You’ll need to use some products to help you through, so I’ll mention some of my faves; still, you can always replace those with any products you love.

#1: Glam It Up

Modern mullet can be styled sleek and elegant. To achieve this look, apply some leave-in in conditioner and heat protection on the damp hair. My fave is Unite 7seconds Detangler. Comb the hair into place and blow dry using your fingertips to mold the hair into shape. Use Unite Second Day hair wax to get rid of flyaway, smooth down the back of your mullet and finish off the look.

#2: Cropped Mullet

The style, which is so flattering on Úrsula Corberó, is all about the haircut. The top is cut like a pixie, but we have the length at the back, making this mullet super cool. For sure, one of my favorite looks. To achieve this look simply apply a leave-in conditioner and comb it through. Blow dry with your hands creating texture, then add Sacha Juan hair wax to create a definition.

#3: Punk Mullet 

See how Úrsula took her mullet game to the next level and stepped it up to this amazing red carpet look. To create this look, apply Unite Hair Blow & Set Lotion to add body and hold. Blow dry the hair with a round brush to create volume. Use your styler to create some wavy texture on top and dress it forward using some hair wax. Grab a comb, apply some hair gel on the teeth, and gel the sides of the mullet backward. With your hairdryer at medium heat and speed, dry the gelled sides to keep them in place.

#4: Beach Mullet 

Sophie Thatcher looks great with this shaggy blonde mullet, and you can copy the look too. With your hair damp, apply a detangler and comb your hair through. Use Sacha Juan Ocean Mist salt spray to add texture and medium hold. Create waves in multiple directions using a styler, but always pointing the plates down your styler to not lose any length. Apply texturizer spray and break the waves with your fingers to finish off the look.

#5: Wet Look 

Kesha’s wet mullet look is another hairstyle you can lose your heart to. After you remove excess moisture from your hair, apply a fair amount of gel on the top section and scrunch the rest into the ends. Dress the hair into place and use a diffuser to dry. You can add glossing spray to exaggerate that shiny wet look we’re looking for.

#6: Sleek & Straight

With your hair damp, apply Unite Lazer Straight (it already contains thermal protection, most Unite products do). Blow dry your hair using your favorite brush. Use your styler to straighten down your hair and achieve a sleek smooth look. To finish off the look, massage some hair serum into the palm of your hands and apply to avoid flyways and add shine.

#7: Girl Mullet with Flicked Ends 

To create this look, apply Unite 7seconds Detangler and comb it through. Use a volumizing spray overall, I love using Unite Boosta for this job. Blow dry the hair with your hands, creating volume. Use your favorite styler to flick the back ends of your mullet upwards. Add some hairspray to hold the style.

#8: Curly Mullet

You can achieve this look with two different technics, depending on your hair type. If you have straight hair, use a hair mousse to add some hold and blow dry your hair to dry the mousse in. Then, use the chopstick styler no.1 curling wand. Take 2cm sections, wrapping the hair around the wand. To finish off the look, massage Unite U Oil into the palms of your hands and scrunch into the hair to break the curls.

If you have naturally curly hair, start by applying your favorite curly girl-friendly styling product. I love Naughty haircare Wave Hello Curl Taming Cream. Comb the hair through with a Denman D3 styling brush and twist your brush to create the perfect curls. Use a diffuser to dry your hair, using low or medium heat to avoid frizz. Then, massage Unite U Oil into the palms of your hands and scrunch into the hair to break the curls.

#9: Effortless and Textured 

Do you want to make your hair look thicker? Apply heat protection, then use Unite Liquid Volume to add texture and hold and blow dry your hair with your hands. Use a texturizing spray to add body. Finish the look with a hair wax dressing the sideburns into shape.

#10: Long Mullet

This longer mullet style often resembles a shag haircut. To achieve this look, add salt spray into your hair. Dry with the product in, using your hands to create texture. Grab random pieces of your hair and wave them with a styler to create an undone beachy look. Then break the waves with your fingers.

I hope you all enjoyed my little take on how to style a modern mullet.

from The Right Hairstyles

Best Curly & Wavy Hairstyles
For Men That Will Get You Noticed

Curls have gotten a bad rap for a long time. Admit it: when you think of men with curly hair, you’re picturing the untamed tresses of a Game of Thrones heathen or the overly-tamed wig of a 17th century French nobleman. What you’re forgetting about are the lovely locks that have become Entourage star Adrian Grenier’s signature style, or Justin Timberlake’s notorious closely cropped curls.

But we’re here to abolish those curly stigmas. Remember when your mum told you to eat your crusts to get curls? Mum always knows best. Plus, curls get the girls, it’s a fact. Luscious, thick, full hair is innately attractive to a woman because a) it means you’re not going bald any time soon and b) your children are likely to inherit the same attractive hairline.

Naturally wavy hair can pose a few challenges, but it also has the advantage of looking fuller and standing out from the omnipresent crowds of straight-haired, side-parted clones. We say it’s time to embrace your mane’s twists and turns, with these men’s curly hairstyles.

Men’s Curly Hairstyles: Tips & Tricks

We all know that curly hair isn’t the easiest to manage. One minute you’re rocking glossy Shirley Temple ringlets and the next you look like Lenny Kravitz, and not in a good way. It might seem like one extreme or another for guys with curly hair, but there are some easy ways to maintain those waves and have them looking pristine and effortless in no time.

  1. Shampoo only once every 2-3 days to keep hair from getting dry, and use a moisturising conditioner to cut back on frizz.
  2. If your goal is tight and tidy curls, use a high-hold, matte-finish styling product, and work it in from the roots when your hair is still damp.
  3. If you want to maintain volume in your curly mop, use a moisturising sea salt spray.

EXPERT TIP – Anthony Nader, RAW Salon Sydney

Embrace those curls you were born with guys and maximise the texture and different hair shapes this season.

A few tips for men’s curly hairstyles to consider are;

  • If your hair strands are on the thicker side and you can’t manage the day to day styling, ask your hairstylist for some razored out pieces haphazardly cut throughout as this will give your hair more manageability and also be less buffi.
  • Don’t use a dry matt product as this will only make your hair larger than life and also your curls will be less defined.
  • To keep your curls looking and feeling soft, make sure you use a moisturising conditioner to keep hydrated.
  • When having your haircut, I always point cut the very ends, as this gives your curls more softness rather than cutting a blunt straight line which will only give the illusion of a “boxie” hard edged appearance.
Men’s Curly Hairstyles: How To Wear It

Now you’ve mastered curly hair maintenance, let’s get down to hairstyles. Whether you prefer it long curls, short curls or in between, luckily there’s plenty of inspiration from the fashionable fellas of Hollywood.

Game of Thrones heartthrob Kit Harington is a prime example of long curly hair done right. The actor keeps his tresses shoulder length and fuss-free. If you’re partial to a shorter style, One Direction’s Harry Styles and Gossip Girl’s Penn Badgley make a statement with styles that are longer on top and cropped around the years. As for mid-length styles, look to Orlando Bloom and Matthew McConaughey for slicked back and sharp hairspo.

Styles to avoid are anything that resembles Justin Timberlake during his NSYNC days or the parted ringlets of Lost’s Hugo Hurley.


How to Properly Care for Curly Hair

Folks with curly hair have probably heard it before, “Oh wow, I love your hair! Mine is always so flat and boring.”

Yes, there’s definitely a lot to be thankful for if you have curly hair, including volume, beautiful shape, and a style that is very hard to replicate if you weren’t born with the hair type.

However, what many people don’t think about much is the unique and sometimes very daunting challenges that come with a head full of curls, including the dreaded frizz. In fact, having curly hair can feel like a full-time job at times. If that’s you, or you just want to know what people with curly hair go through, keep reading about how to properly care for your curly hair.

Washing Curly Hair

Knowing how often to wash your hair depends on the moisture of your scalp and how sweaty you get throughout the week, but typically, people with curly hair should be careful not to wash and shampoo too often, at least not every day. If you shampoo every day, you may be at risk of stripping away too many of your scalp’s natural oils, causing damage to your hair. Instead, many recommend shampoo once or twice a week.

Blow-Dry the Right Way

More often than not, you may want to consider air-drying. If you want to use a hair-dryer, you should make sure you have the right attachment and diffuser to prevent your hair from turning into a frizzy mess. You will want to choose the best blow-dryer for your hair, and check out this in-depth guide to be sure. Believe it or not, there are blow-dryers for almost everyone – fine hair, thick hair, natural hair, as well as considerations like a quieter hair-dryer or a more compact model for travel. 

When choosing one for curly hair, you should remember that curly hair is often deceivingly parched as the hair strands’ shape actually can prevent natural oils from getting down the scalp to moisturize the full length of the hair. Without the oils easily finding their way down the curl, your hair will be left in need of much-needed moisture. 

Another thing to consider is that curly hair is actually more brittle and fragile, thanks again in part to a potential lack of moisture. The curls also add additional pressure to the hair and make it prone to breakage. As mentioned before, curly hair is prone to frizziness as it absorbs humidity and causes the strands to swell. 

So when looking for the right blow-dryer, you want a model that considers all these things. Look then for an ionic hair dryer that helps seal in moisture while still drying it. Having a diffuser attachment is also a life-saver as they can direct the heat to just the right place.


Another staple in keeping moisture in your curly hair is using a conditioner. Looking for one that is specifically made for curly hair is key, especially one that adds healthy and natural ingredients like aloe vera, shea butter, or coconut oil. You may also want to consider a leave-in conditioner that can provide longer-lasting moisture and even create a barrier around your hair to prevent it from swelling with humidity, breakage, and frizz. However, you should be wary of using products that have sulfates, which are very effective at cleansing but in the process, steal all your scalp’s natural oils and can cause your hair to become brittle. Instead, look for products that add oils and moisture and are sulfate-free.

Protect Your Hair While You Sleep

Taking care of your curls, unfortunately, doesn’t end when your head hits the pillow. In fact, that cotton pillow may actually be soaking up that hard-earned moisture and good, natural oils. Instead, consider wrapping your hair in a silk scarf to keep those curls shapely and shiny. You can also keep your hair in a loose bun after applying a leave-in conditioner, just make sure it’s dry before you fall asleep. You can also use the pineapple method; put your hair in a t-shirt or microfiber towel, helping lock in the leave-in conditioner and have full, well-defined hair in the morning. For those with tight or wavy curls, you may also consider twisting your hair into braids, and when you wake, you can unknot your hair. You can also try sleeping on a satin or silk pillowcase to be extra certain you’ll wake up with silky hair.

In the end, curly hair doesn’t have to be a huge burden to maintain. Yes, it does require some extra tender, loving care, but instead of a curse, it should really be considered a blessing. Just don’t forget that adding and protecting your hair’s moisture is going to be a daily battle, but one that you can win with the right techniques.

from Fashionably Male

Ready To Try the
"Farrah Fawcett Hair" Trend?
Here's How To Nail It

Perfect for the disco and beyond.
In case you haven’t heard (or seen on any of your feeds), the 70s are back, baby. We’ve seen wide-legged pants in every shade of corduroy, a full-fledged roller-skate renaissance, and enough frosty eye shadow to ice a cake—but nothing quite says 70s like some lush, fluffy, Farrah Fawcett-style curls. The trend is, of course, inspired by the blonde bombshell’s signature swoopy hairstyle, seen in decade-defining media like Charlie’s Angels (not to mention her iconic red swimsuit poster, which is the best-selling poster of all time).

Already taking over TikTok, the style is youthful, perfectly bouncy, and easy enough for anyone to achieve. And to make sure of that, we tapped Mischa G, top hairstylist and owner of Treehouse Social Club (and purveyor of all retro haircuts), to share her step-by-step advice for nailing the look, including her dos, don’ts, and product suggestions.

The Trend

The style’s signature lies in the curl pattern, volume, and flirtatious pieces that frame the face. Farrah Fawcett's feathered cut became a hallmark of the '70s, forever memorializing the decade, which then spun off into subsequent '80s and '90s versions. Fawcett personally credits legendary French stylist José Eber with first feathering her hair (though several other stylists have since claimed they were the ones to debut the cut).

The feathered hair craze has been compared to Jennifer Aniston's viral "Rachel" cut—a seemingly casual but also striking hairstyle made popular by actresses with girl-next-door appeal. Really, much of the Farrah cut's charm is its movement. As Mischa points out, this style is intended to flow, whether on a disco dance floor, skating down the pier, or just walking the city streets. It's casual and vaguely athletic but undeniably pretty. After more than a year of frantic pre-Zoom dry shampoos and homebody ponytails, the freedom of literally letting our hair down is just what we need.

And, of course, "The Farrah" fits in perfectly with a much wider '70s revival. We chronicled the resurgence of shags and afros, earth-toned manicures, and glittery makeup. Plus, pea green and orange velvet furniture are finding their way into modern apartments. And, who could forget "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac going viral and reappearing on the Hot 100 last year for the first time this century?

The Trendsetters

In a welcome role reversal, it looks like celebrities are now taking many of their style cues from Internet trends instead of the other way around. As "The Farrah" takes off, we’ve seen the style on everyone from Ciara and Saweetie to Hailee Steinfeld and Lizzo. The hashtag #farrahfawcetthair has nearly 15,000 uploads to Instagram, countless Twitter mentions, and a staggering number of TikTok videos. This trend is quickly approaching critical mass—in other words, there’s never been a better time to try it out for yourself.

Much of the attention on this style is thanks to TikTok user @Groovy_Mal who uploaded her highly duet-able curl transformation last year. Almost immediately, scores of other uses with all hair types, colors, and lengths started trying her tutorial, uploading their results next to hers. Much of the trend's popularity is due to just how easy it actually is to pull off. According to Mischa, the only real prerequisite for the Farrah is a compatible cut.

Get The Look

As with any retro look, half the fun is sourcing your inspiration. Diving into the #farrahfawcetthair tag is a great place to start. It's full of photos of inspo from Farrah herself, people's own modern interpretation, and even lots of vintage shots of parents and grandparents wearing the style back in the day.

"Chat with your mom, favorite aunt, and grandma and see if they have any old pictures or beauty products to flip through and experiment," Mischa suggests. From there, it's time to assess the current state of your cut and see if it works for this style. According to Mischa, the shag-and-layered version of the Farrah works best on those with lots of layers already. "The shorter the face-framing, the better the style," she adds. "This is not for people with extra-long hair and minimal layering."

Before styling, Mischa recommends taking a few minutes to lay some product groundwork to guarantee grip and hold, both key for big, curl-focused styles. "I suggest using a styling product to build structure in the hair," she says. Finally, it's time for the styling to begin. To get your own Farrah, hot rollers or a velcro approximation are a must, Mischa says. She advises the following two methods:

Hot Roller Method

  1. Apply mousse or another styling agent after rough-drying hair.
  2. Using hot rollers, roll chunks of hair back away from the face—that's key.
  3. Allow the rollers to cool completely before removal.
  4. Once they're entirely cool to the touch, remove rollers and brush.

Velcro Roller Method

  1. Apply mousse or another styling agent after rough-drying hair.
  2. Using a small-to-medium round brush, blow the hair back with light tension.
  3. Quickly wrap each piece of hot hair around a velcro roller and clip it into place.
  4. Allow hair to completely cool, then remove rollers and brush through.

If you're styling a wig, particularly a synthetic one, Mischa suggests using a slightly different type of roller:

  • Roll hair back away from the face with vent rollers.
  • Place a bag over the wig and steam the curls with a clothing steamer.
  • Allow hair to completely dry, then remove rollers and brush through.
Get The Products

Mischa laments the discontinuation of Farrah's own famous heat styler, the Schick Speed Styler, for which she did popular commercials featuring her feathered cut. "If the blow-dry brush that Farrah actually used in the commercial still were made now, that would be my number one choice," she tells us.

Luckily, you're still good with a small-to-medium round brush and quality blow dryer. "For brushes, I would use something medium-sized and one that doesn't pull too much (light tension)," she explains. For hair that's already straight and smooth, she recommends a metal brush like the Harry Josh Magnesium Thermal Brush 1.7 Inch ($55).

"If your hair is thicker and needs to be smoothed while adding bounce and fluff, I would use a boar bristle brush like the Spornette 856 Italian," Mischa says. We all know styling products are critical, and Mischa is a fan of Leonor Greyl's soft, volume-building mousse and heat-protecting Cult + King Setspray ($35), which doubles as a hairspray.

Above all else, Mischa recommends never taking any of it too seriously. "Have some fun with you hair and flip it out all sorts of ways!" she encourages. "It's meant to last for days! It looks and feels amazing while bouncing to every disco track!" With a few rollers and a little patience, we can all be dancing queens this spring.

from Byrdie

Seven in 10 Americans have 'that friend' who has the reputation for tardiness

The average adult starts to feel stressed if they are just 10 minutes late for a social event or meeting, according to research.

A study of 3,000 U.S. adults found “early is on time”, with more than half admitting they are “obsessed” with timekeeping.

Anything past 13 minutes is considered “late,” and an organized 56 percent plan ahead to ensure they are never running behind schedule. 

And 60 percent swear by being early, with 39 percent believing it’s socially unacceptable to be late.      

Seven in 10 friendships groups have a person who is especially known to be late – but less than a quarter admitted they are “that friend.” 

A further 47 percent have even sneakily told a friend that a meeting time was earlier than it was, so if they showed up late they were actually on time. 

And it only takes five times of being late for people to feel upset with others.

The research was commissioned by European bakery experts, St Pierre Bakery, ahead of National Brioche Day on May 14.

These are the most common excuses for running late

More than a third pride themselves on being typically early to scheduled social events or meetings, while 45 percent are usually “on time” and a tenth are often late. 

Half of adults have been criticized for their time-keeping habits – whether too early or too late. 

However, lockdown has made the nation live “slower” (35 percent) and 55 percent have enjoyed not having the pressure of being somewhere at a specific time. 

St Pierre founder Paul Baker said: “The research shows that the majority of adults firmly put themselves in the ‘early’ camp and are proudly never late.” 

“However, the past year has definitely made America live ‘slower’ and find joy in the smaller things like indulging in a favorite food. With life starting to open up again, people might start to put less pressure on timekeeping and just embrace the social moments, even if they start a little late,” Baker added.

“Whether it’s a little extra ‘you’ time, or indulging in a favorite food – people might start to put less pressure on timekeeping after so long without meeting up, commuting or going on dates,” Baker said.

The study also found the most used excuses for being late included blaming the traffic (37 percent), a morning alarm not going off (33 percent) and the car not starting (32 percent). 

Americans typically feel anxious (43 percent), annoyed (36 percent) and concerned (28) if it’s looking like they’re going to be late anywhere. 

Top occasions and events people stress about being late to include job interviews (33 percent), medical appointments (31 percent) and the airport (29 percent).

And an anxious 24 percent of those polled by OnePoll would be concerned about running late to even meet up with an old friend. 

The latest respondents have ever been to an agreed meeting time was found to be 27 minutes, which left them feeling apologetic (43 percent), embarrassed (39 percent) and stressed (35 percent). 

While men are more likely to feel embarrassed and anxious about being late, women are more likely to laugh it off. 

But the past year in and out of lockdowns has changed the general concept of time for 33 percent of adults, while 47 percent said it’s even impacted their mealtimes. 

More than a third said they have eaten when they felt like it rather than at set times – including 28 percent having breakfast later than usual and 28 percent enjoyed more ‘in-between’ meals such as brunch.

“The research reaffirms what we already suspected – that food has played a greater part in our day-to-day in the past year than it ever has before,” Baker added.

“In fact, 63 percent of Americans are spending more each week on their food shop now than pre-pandemic,” Baker said. 

“The nation has been eager to find new ways to relax and enjoy themselves throughout COVID restrictions; we’ve all been looking to try something new that transports us to a favorite restaurant or overseas holiday. National Brioche Day is a perfect opportunity to do just that,” Baker said.

“As this research shows, taking time to enjoy good food is a joy to be shared,” Baker explained.

By SWNS Staff

Hyaluronic Acid for Hair:
Why It Works and How to Use It


We know hyaluronic acid as the ingredient responsible for hydrating and temporarily plumping up the skin to lessen the appearance of superfine lines—but did you know that it could benefit your hair as well? If you have yet to use hyaluronic acid in your haircare products, this is one ingredient you'll want to start seeking out, but heads-up—it might not appear as "hyaluronic acid" on your product's label. "Hyaluronic acid comes in different forms, and the least expensive version is sodium hyaluronate, more commonly seen for haircare," explains cosmetic chemist Ginger King of Grace Kingdom Beauty.  To learn even more about how to use this skincare favorite on your hair, we turned to King as well as board-certified dermatologist Sheila Farhang, MD, founder of Avant Dermatology & Aesthetics, and certified trichologist Bridgette Hill. Keep reading to find out all the hair benefits of hyaluronic acid, according to the experts.

Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid for Hair

To be clear, hyaluronic acid is not a moisturizer (it's a humectant), but it helps by pulling moisture in from the environment. Here's how this works to benefit the hair and scalp.

  • Hydrates the hair: The humectant-binding properties of hyaluronic acid perform similarly on hair fibers as it does on the skin, allowing the hair fibers to retain and seal moisture from products, according to Hill.
  • Reduces frizziness: Hill adds that hyaluronic acid also helps to seal the cuticle, which prevents unwanted moisture from entering it, leading to frizzy hair and shrinkage in highly curly and coil-y hair textures.
  • Plumps the hair: Farhang says that although more studies are needed, theoretically hyaluronic acid could help plump up dry, damaged hair. This plumping effect could be used for added volume at the roots, but additional ingredients would be needed to actually repair the damage, according to Farhang.
  • Hydrates the scalp: Not only does hyaluronic acid benefit the hair strands, but both Hill and King highlight its benefits for the scalp as well. "Humectant molecules attract and bind moisture to the skin, allowing collagen to thrive in the skin and scalp," Hill explains. King adds that it can keep the scalp hydrated to avoid the issue of dry scalp.
Hair Type Considerations

According to Hill, all hair types and textures could benefit from using any hyaluronic acid–based products on their hair fibers. Hill explains that the ingredient's ability to bind to moisture helps all hair types and textures retain the proper balance of lipids, humectants, and proteins required for hair strength and elasticity.

More specifically, Farhang says hyaluronic acid would most benefit those with dry, brittle, and perhaps damaged hair as well as frizzy hair. King adds that even color-treated and chemically processed strands can benefit from hyaluronic acid and stresses that the more damaged the hair, the better. King explains that the hair shaft tends to be porous and hyaluronic acid can help to fill the cracks and moisturize. Farhang adds that the ingredient is particularly great for not weighing down curls and not leaving a greasy feel on the hair.

How to Use Hyaluronic Acid for Hair
  • Apply it to your scalp as a pre-shampoo treatment: Before shampooing, Hill suggests applying hyaluronic acid liberally all over your scalp and massaging it in with your fingers in circular motions, focusing on areas that are more problematic than others.
  • Use it on wet or damp hair: Farhang recommends applying hyaluronic acid post-shower while your strands are still wet. Not only is this when the hair is most receptive to products, but water is also key when using hyaluronic acid. Because hyaluronic acid absorbs water, King says using the ingredient on damp hair can accelerate the effect. "Hyaluronic acid thrives when there is moisture, so make sure whenever you use hyaluronic acid, you mist plenty of water or tonic so hyaluronic acid can bind it and form a coating to keep the moisture in for maximum effect," King explains.
  • Choose products formulated with hyaluronic acid: Instead of experimenting with your own hair concoction made with your hyaluronic acid skincare products, Hill suggests using a formula specifically designed for the hair. "I advise only using skin-based hyaluronic acid products to the scalp under the supervision of a certified trichologist, hair replacement practitioner, or medical professional," Hill says. "Before applying product to the scalp, it is imperative to have a keen understanding of the root causes leading you to use hyaluronic acid to treat conditions." Not only that, but King points out that hyaluronic acid skincare products can be costly, and you wouldn't necessarily want to waste it on your hair, which is technically dead.
  • Use it as a leave-in conditioner: Farhang adds that hyaluronic acid hair serums could be helpful as styling treatments on damp hair or as a part of a hair mask. Hill recommends applying the hyaluronic acid to damp hair as the first layer to your styling product. Apply it from root to ends, comb through for even distribution, then layer your preferred styling product on top.
  • Combine it with oils: Although hyaluronic acid could be beneficial in plumping the hair, Farhang suggests using the ingredient in conjunction with other ingredients to actually help repair the damaged hair. Farhang's top picks: jojoba and argan oils for dry hair and collagen and proteins, like keratin, for strengthening the hair.

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Here are a couple more articles for you to check out:
Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Sodium Hyaluronate
5 Reasons You Should Be Using Hyaluronic Acid
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Slow cooker pork green chili is the easiest green chili you'll ever make - and it is packed full of tender slow cooked pork, and a slightly spicy, tangy sauce! Awesome easy weeknight meal!

* It's not as good as my Mom's Green Chili but it's pretty darn close

  • 2 Pounds diced pork
  • 2 28 ounce Cans green chile enchilada sauce
  • 1 16 ounce Jar salsa verde
  • 1 14.5 ounce Can diced tomatoes
  • 1 4.5 ounce Can chopped green chiles
  • 2 Cloves garlic diced
  • 1/2 White onion diced finely
  • Olive oil for pan
  • Hot pepper sauce to taste tobasco
  • 2 Tbsp Corn starch plus 2 Tbsp. Water


  • Trim excess fat from pork and cut any bigger pieces down so that all the pork is bite sized.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet and brown the pork.
  • Dice up garlic and onion and add to crock pot.
  • Add pork and remaining ingredients (except for cornstarch and water) to the crock pot.
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  • About 20 minutes before serving, mix cornstarch and water in a small bowl until thick and add to the slow cooker.
  • Place lid back onto the crock pot and let thicken.
  • Stir well before serving.
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The History of Barbering

Barbering is one of the oldest professions in history, and there is more to its story than cutting hair alone. I became interested in this topic after reading an article published by the History Channel titled "Why are barber poles red, white and blue?". The article shares that "barber pole’s colors are a legacy of a long-gone era when people went to barbers not just for a haircut or shave but also for bloodletting and other medical procedures". On the pole, the red represented blood, the white bandages, and the blue veins. 

According to the Encyclopedia of Medical History by Roderick E. McGrew, barbers who offered medical services were referred to as "barber-surgeons", and along with trimming hair they also "bled, cupped, leeched, gave enemas [and] pulled teeth". These procedures were recognized by physicians during the Middle Ages, but deemed too menial for doctors to perform. This led to monks, who often cared for the sick at monasteries, to start conducting surgical procedures. Barbers frequently worked at monasteries because Roman Catholic clergymen were required to remove their facial hair per a papal decree in 1092 (2). Monks would borrow the barbers' sharp instruments, which eventually led to barbers offering surgical services themselves (2).
As you can imagine, this raised many questions about who was qualified to provide medical procedures. Should only university trained professionals facilitate them? Was apprenticeship training enough? Should one person be allowed to cut hair, conduct dental work and perform surgery? The debate unfolded in different ways across Europe. 

Southern France, Spain and Italy

In these regions, barber-surgeons saw their status constantly fluctuate from revered “knowledge healer” to “medical conman”. Their relevance to healthcare didn't receive much recognition because medicine and surgery were never treated as separate professions. In 1254, Bruno da Longobucco, an Italian physician who wrote on surgery, complained about barbers performing phlebotomies and scarifications (1). It was the first public sign of physicians' dissent towards other professions encroaching on the market for medical services.

Northern France
Demand for surgical services in this region became so high that it required an abundance of surgeons to meet it (1). Barber-surgeons were able to respond to the demand faster than university graduates because they had no formal certification process in place before entering the field. Many physicians felt the skill and training required to practice medicine was threatened by the number of barber-surgeons performing surgeries, so some medical facilities started banning operations to distinguish doctors from surgeons (1). Despite this, France legitimized the barber-surgeon field by establishing the College de St Cosme (Côme) in 1210, which taught both physicians and surgeons in Paris. However, on campus there was still an issue of class between the faculty teaching each subject. Professors who wore long-robes were physicians entitled to conduct surgeries, while those who wore short robes still needed to pass certain exams and apprenticeship hours to do so. In quiet rebellion, the short robed faculty members partnered with barber-surgeons outside of the college, and began teaching them anatomy lessons in exchange for their sworn allegiance to the short robed division of the school. In 1499, barber-surgeons sought more autonomy, mainly in the form of demonstrations via their own cadavers (1). A power struggle ensued, with the short robed division of the college withdrawing their support. The short robed faculty eventually acquiesced to the long robed faculty in 1660, essentially acknowledging physicians' superiority over the surgical profession at the time. Outside of universities, the number of barber-surgeons continued to rise, but the quality of their services deteriorated without access to proper schooling (1). 

Similar to France, physicians in England initially disliked surgeries. A surgeons guild was created in 1368 that joined forces with physicians in 1421 (1). Despite this, the Guild of the Barbers of London received a charter from Edward the IV himself in 1462. This likely elevated the barber-surgeon's class and seniority enough to influence a future partnership between the Guild of Surgeons and the Company of Barbers in 1540, which together became the United Barber-Surgeon Company (1). This organization lasted for over two centuries, until 1745, when England also saw barbers and surgeons part ways as the need for university education in medicine gained social approval. At this time surgeons formed the Royal College of Surgeons, which is still operating today (8). 

Check out the timeline below to see how the barber-surgeon profession evolved into the 18th century. 
Timeline Sources
(1) 'Encyclopedia of Medical History' (1985) Internet Archive. Available at: (Accessed: 6 October 2020). 

(2) ‘Hairdresser’ (2011) Wikipedia. Available at: (Accessed: 6 October 2020). 
(3) ‘Ambroise Paré’ (2020) Encyclopedia Britannica. Available at: (Accessed: 6 October 2020). 
(4) ‘Barber surgeon’ (2011) Wikipedia. Available at: (Accessed: 6 October 2020). 
Nix, E. (2018). ‘Why are barber poles red, white and blue?’, History Stories, 22 August. Available at: (Accessed: 6 October 2020). 
(6) ‘Black Death’ (2020) Wikipedia. Available at: (Accessed: 6 October 2020). 
(7) 'History of the Company' (2014) The Worshipful Company of Barbers. Available at: (Accessed: 6 October 2020). 
Royal College of Surgeons of England’ (2020) Wikipedia. Available at: (Accessed: 7 October 2020). 
This bit of Hair History was found at the Hairlooks Blog
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