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“Bangs are more like the mustache
of the forehead.”
How about that, we survived!
 
What a time it’s been, right.  We’ve laughed. We’ve cried.  We’ve grown (hopefully) as a person.  We sure aren’t the same person (people) we were nearly a year and a half ago.  There are a lot of unknowns ahead, but that’s kind of always been the case, hasn’t it.  Right now it just seems different, even a little overwhelming at times.  Most of us have never had our world, THE World, come to such a screeching stop like we’ve just experienced.  It might not always seem like it, but we are united.  Even with all the detractors, the majority of us have been and continue to be resilient.  Now we just have to trust and find our own comfort in dipping our toe back in the water.   I can do it.  You can do it.  WE can do this.

On June 15th, California will be opening back up.   I will continue to keep you up to date on what that means for you and for your visit to the salon.  Whether or not you are fully vaccinated will determine if you need to continue wearing a face mask inside the salon.

Just a reminder I will be taking a few days off the beginning 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 upcoming appointments.

I also want to let you know I will have a slight increase in my prices beginning July 1st.  It’s been a couple years (and a pandemic) since I’ve had an increase.  Your continued support allows me to invest in my education to stay current with the industry and continue setting the bar high.

 
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Survey Says…
Men are willing to change up their hairstyle.  AND would not be opposed to bringing back the mullet.  SAY WHAT?  Granted, the “modern” mullet isn’t what it was back in the day.   If done with a sense of style (and not too much “business in the front / party in the back”) it’s a style most guys could actually pull off.  

Cruella is hitting the theaters.  I stumbled across a nice article with the stylist who created the new “revamped” looks for the film.  

I’ve had a few of you ask about bar shampoo so I wanted to pass along an article I found on some to the better bar shampoos for your hair type.  It also includes a quick “How to” on using bar shampoo.

Bed head doesn’t have to be a bad thing.  You just need to know how to “rock” it.   Check out some of the tips in the article below so you don’t look like you’ve given up on life.  

With the unknown and uncertainty in the near future I was reminded of a little book introduced to me back when I worked in the corporate world.  It’s called “Who Moved My Cheese”.  It’s a perfect read (and listen, because I found an audio archive) for unexpected changes that may lie ahead.
 
That’s just some of what I have for you this month.

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I know I've said this before: I really do appreciate you.

 
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Capacity: Not Specified*

Hair salons are required to maintain social distancing in all areas of the salon including break rooms and reception areas and should operate by appointment only. The state is using the “Blueprint For A Safer Economy” (Originally Published on May 21, 2021) to ease restrictions.

*The state does not give specific capacity limits for hair salons and barbershops. However, major counties including Los Angeles and San Francisco have limited capacity to 75% for Los Angeles and 50% for San Francisco. 

San Francisco

Related Directives and Guidance:

Affected Groups: Hair Salons, Barber Shops, Nail Salons, Massage, Estheticians, Skin Care, Cosmetology, Electrology, Tattooing, Piercing, Microblading


Indoor Restricted

Change as of Thursday, May 20, 2021

1. Personal services capacity limits up to 50% (not including personnel).
2. Implement metering system to enforce capacity limits.
3. Services that involve removal of masks are allowed but must be done at least 6 feet from others or in a separate room. Personnel are required to wear eye protection and a well-fitted mask. N95s are strongly recommended.
4. Saunas, steam rooms, and hot tubs allowed (see indoor gyms/fitness centers).
5. For massage or body art involving the neck, mouth, or face, patrons may remove masks.
6. On-site pre-entry health screening of patrons is no longer required, except where State guidance requires it (see Order No. C19-07). △
7. If any activity involves removal of masks, business is required to post Ventilation Checklist and implement at least one measure.
7. Vaccination and Ventilation signage must be posted in area for personnel.


Outdoor Allowed

Change as of Wednesday, March 24, 2021

1. Services that involve removal of face mask are allowed but must be done at least 6 feet from others. Personnel are required to wear eye protection and a well-fitted mask. N95s are strongly recommended.


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Cruella De Vil's Iconic Hair For 2021

 

How Nadia Stacey Master Revamped Cruella De Vil's Iconic Hair For 2021

Set in 1977 London, the hairstyles worn by leading actress Emma Stone and the other cast members in the upcoming movie "Cruella" were heavily influenced by the punk movement of England during that time.


Is there a more iconic hairstyle than Cruella De Vil’s?

The Disney villain of 101 Dalmatians fame is the focus of Disney’s upcoming movie “Cruella,” which gives the audience a deep dive into her backstory. Set in 1977 London, the hairstyles worn by leading actress Emma Stone and the other cast members were heavily influenced by the punk movement of England during that time. 

Hairstylist Nadia Stacey Master (@nadiastaceyhairmakeupdesign) used a variety of HASK products to transform the cast and revamp Cruella’s showstopping black-and-white locks. Here, she shares her approach to the movie’s hairstyles and the trusted HASK products she reached for to achieve the head-turning looks. 

1. What was the inspiration behind the hair looks and overall hair design/approach?

The film is set in 1977 in London. The punk scene was big, Vivienne Westwood had opened her first store on The Kings Road and fashion was changing. I wanted Emma Stone’s character to be influenced by this scene. A kind of creative chaos in the look. I also had to create over 10 different styles alone for Emma and I needed to sometimes hint towards the shape or style of the original Cruella because she has a lot of fans.

2. Tell us about the process you went through to develop the looks for the lead characters?

Each character needed a strong silhouette, something synonymous to them. Emma Stone’s character is more of a punk and influenced by that fashion whereas the Baroness—Emma Thompson—has perfected her look in the 1950s/60s, so it meant that we had a whole range of styles to draw from. Naomi Donne, a personal [makeup artist] to Emma Thompson created exactly what I wanted for the Baroness and developed all these different styles based around a theme. Lots of pulled back, not a hair out of place, sculpted styles while Cruella has a wildness to her look. You have to think of the character, who would they reference for their look, who would inspire them?

3. How important was it for the actors to be on board with your vision to carry out the various looks? What Did Emma Stone think/say when she saw your vision for the first time?

It’s absolutely vital they like, and more importantly feel right, in your creations. It’s they that have to feel the character as a whole and believe in the look. Emma is fantastic to collaborate with, she has strong ideas but is equally very open to any of my ideas and willing to try so the madder the looks became, the more she was up for it. We had such creative free rein from our director Craig Gillespie too, so it meant I could really try and push the boundaries. 

4.  What was your favorite look to create?

There are so many, and they are all so varied so it’s hard to choose a favorite. There is one which is based on the 18th century Marie Antoinette stylethat seems crazy for Cruella but that’s the kind of creative freeness I had. The black and white sides are styled up towards the classic shape but then it goes off to the side and the shape changes; everything I did, I wanted to put a twist on it. I do love the bob shape with the bangs too. That feels very punk to me.

5.  How do you ensure actors’ natural hair is taken care of under wigs?

We have to prep the hair underneath with a product that will flatten and slick the hair down to make it as flat as possible, so I like to use conditioners or masks because I think the hair is benefitting all day under the wig.

6.  How did you ensure the wigs/hairpieces used for natural looks stayed looking natural?

Any tips for styling wigs?

All the wigs are real hair, so you have to treat them as such. If I was putting in rollers or using irons or any styling implements, I would always use a heat-protecting spray like the HASK Keratin Protein 5 in 1 Leave in Spray. It helps protect and keeps the hair conditioned and smooth for styling.

How do you look after wigs on-set?

Depending on the style, some were heavily sprayed with hair spray to set them, but generally, I like to keep the hair free to move, which I feel if you are trying to give the appearance of real hair. It must move like real hair, it makes it more believable, so in that case, I like a lightweight spray that will smooth out and control without being too heavy.

How did you keep hair color bright and healthy?

I think preparation before styling is key. It’s the maintenance of keeping hair in good condition before you even think about styling that will make it healthy and shiny so it’s all about the shampoos and conditioners and masks you use.
 

7.  Did you have to dye any of the actors’ hair during filming and if so, which HASK products did you use during the process and why? Were HASK products great to prep hair before dyeing? Do they help keep dyed hair vibrant?

We didn’t dye anyone’s natural hair, but we dyed wigs and hairpieces and because the hair is so treated previously it can dry out very quickly the same as over-processed hair. For me, the lifesavers are the HASK hair oils because they are so absorbing so they don’t sit heavy in the hair. Also, the macadamia one smells incredible!

8.  What were the biggest challenges/issues styling hair on-set of this film, and how did you overcome them?

We had three black and white wigs for the whole shoot for Cruella and over 10 different designs and because of the fast pace of the shooting schedule I had to style these three wigs over and over again, so they were in and out of rollers, hairpieces added to them, they really went through it! There are also many stunts and action sequences, so we needed products that would hold the styles. I also had nearly 100 different cast members with multiple looks so to look after Emma Stone full time and design all those looks was a challenge!

9.  Which HASK products would you recommend to keeping hair healthy that has had either a lot of product (like hairspray) or heat tools?

I like the Tea Tree Shampoo and Conditioner to take out any impurities but also keep the hair soft and conditioned but again weightless and not heavy with the product. I also love the Tea Tree 5 in 1 Spray to heat protect as the styling begins again.

10. What was the most memorable moment of being on the set of the film Cruella?

There are so many to choose from and the film has so many iconic moments, but I think nothing will beat seeing Emma as Cruella for the first time. All those weeks of prep and seeing her in full hair and makeup was amazing. 


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Men's Hair Survey Says . . .
A Sport Clips Haircuts survey has revealed that 55% of men would be willing to change up their current hair look.

The survey polled 2,000 men, where 20% said that if they could bring one popular hairstyle from a bygone decade back into fashion, it would be the ’80s mullet, ‘90s ‘curtain bangs’ (15%) and the 2010s undercut (10%).

OnePoll conducted the survey on behalf of Sport Clips Haircuts.

“While we’re seeing a lot of longer hairstyles in our stores, the truth is that styling men's hair, no matter the length, can be more complicated than it may seem,” explains Stacia Kelley, Sport Clips artistic director and stylist. “Longer hair still requires regular trims, shaping and home maintenance with high-quality products, such as conditioners to avoid breakage or light-hold texture creams that can give the hair some weight and tact.”

Top Five Best-Looking Hairstyles for Men

  1. Undercut           3.18
  2. Curtain bangs   3.15
  3. Shag                 3.11
  4. Pompadour       2.97
  5. Long/Man bun   2.94

Top Five Celebrity Hair Inspirations for Men

  1. Jason Momoa             40.10%           
  2. Harry Styles                36.45%
  3. James Dean                35.20%
  4. David Beckham           35.00%
  5. Drake                           31.75%
from BeautyLaunchpad
You read that second paragraph right:

One in Five American Men Want the Mullet to Be Back in Style, According to Survey

Um, yeah, 20% said that if they could bring one popular hairstyle from a bygone decade back into fashion, it would be the classic '80s mullet, followed by '90s "curtain bangs" (15%) and the 2010s undercut (10%).

Fifty-five percent of men surveyed admitted they want to change up their look but are afraid to try something new.

Another 47% don't know what hairstyles would look good on them.

However, of the two-thirds of men who've experimented with a hair trend they were later embarrassed by, only a third said they regretted it afterward.

Fifty-five percent of men surveyed admitted they want to change up their look but are afraid to try something new

It's synonymous with parties for a reason: one in five American men are ready for the mullet to make an official comeback.

In a survey of 2,000 men, 20% said that if they could bring one popular hairstyle from a bygone decade back into fashion, it would be the classic '80s mullet, followed by '90s "curtain bangs" (15%) and the 2010s undercut (10%).

But even those polled admit that the infamous bi-level look isn't for everyone; in a ranking of various hair trends, respondents found undercuts, curtain bangs and the '00s "shag" haircut to be more universally flattering 'dos.

And even though 39% of men have dabbled in adding highlights to their hair — making it the most popular color technique among those polled — it was also the least-liked hair trend of the entire survey, ranked just under the infamous "frosted tips" look.

It's not surprising that men have tried out some fads they ended up hating later; 55% admitted they want to change up their look but are afraid to try something new, while another 47% don't know what hairstyles would look good on them.

However, of the two-thirds of men who've experimented with a hair trend they were later embarrassed by, only a third said they regretted it afterward.

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Sport Clips Haircuts, the survey also revealed that men are experiencing a lot of similarly intense emotions about their post-pandemic haircut.

Not surprisingly, "relief" topped the list for 36% of men, while 32% also described themselves as "excited."

During the shutdowns and social distancing measures of the COVID-19 pandemic, 75% of men chose to forgo professional hair maintenance.

One in four men instead tried cutting their hair themselves — despite the fact that 55% don't think they do a good job at self-cuts — while 27% enlisted the help of a friend or family member.

With the increase of social distanced safety protocols and vaccine distributions, however, men are rediscovering more options for hair care.

Of the half of respondents who've already visited a barber since the pandemic first began, 85% cited it as a positive experience, with 27% describing it as "amazing."

In fact, one in three respondents said getting a new haircut makes them feel "smarter," while one in four admitted to feeling like "a better person" afterward.

Twelve percent even said they feel more inspired to ask for a raise after a haircut.

From People

Here's the SportsClips Survey...

Long Hair, Short Hair, No Hair – We Care!

We know, we know…everyone is getting tired of thinking about and talking about and hearing about the pandemic. But it’s still a thing and it’s still affecting our daily lives and our behaviors – in particular, our hair! Sport Clips Haircuts recently talked to 2,000 men in the United States, and 32 percent said that before the pandemic, they had their hair cut by a professional every two to three weeks. Fast forward to 2021, and 24 percent of the men cut their own hair at home last year. I mean, we all remember how terrible those corona cuts were, right?

It just goes to show that you should leave the haircutting to the pros – like the stylists at Sport Clips. Now that things are almost, pretty much back to normal, more than half of the men we talked to have made their way back to their favorite stylist or barber and the majority say they had a “good” experience on that first visit back. In fact, most reported feeling “relieved” to finally get that first post-lockdown trim.

And then there were the guys – 22 percent of them, in fact – who chose to let their hair grow out. Those long, luscious locks may seem easy to maintain, but they require more care than most guys realize. “Long hair requires regular trims, shaping, at home maintenance with a quality shampoo and conditioner to avoid breakage, and an appropriate styling product,” explains stylist Brittany Fitzgerald, a Sport Clips Artistic Team member and North Texas Area Coach.

For others, emerging from lockdown and kicking of 2021 has them ready to try a new style, but a majority of the men surveyed said they were “afraid” to try something new because they don’t know what kind of style or cut would look good on them. Are you sure you can rock the long Jason Momoa locks? Do you have the right face shape to pull off Harry Styles’ look? This is where the expertise of a stylist can really help. “Your stylist can look at your face shape, your hair texture, and figure how to style or cut around a cowlick to make sure you get a haircut that flatters you best,” says stylist Dorian Curtis-Likens, Sport Clips Artistic Team member and Area Coach. “Stylists can also help you establish a new look with a routine of regular trims and the products that will help you confidently style and maintain your cut when you leave the store.”

Ultimately, a haircut should make you look good and feel good. Most of the men surveyed said they have a “surge of confidence” for four-to-six days after a fresh haircut. Many of them say they feel better about themselves and some even say they feel “smarter.” We’ll take their word for it on that one.

Men who shared their opinions in the survey conducted by One Poll ranged in age from 18-56+, varied in relationship status and were from all parts of the United States.

SportsClips

How To Rock Bed Hair Without Looking Like You’ve Given Up On Life

More often than not, it seems like we’re telling you to put more effort into your lifestyle. Get your suits tailored. Up your grooming game. Revamp your apartment. Upgrade your gadgets. Learn to drink like a classy bastard.

Just once, wouldn’t it be nice if we simplified things instead?

Today we’re going to do just that, and tell you how rock dishevelled-but-dapper bed head hairstyles. It’s the best of both worlds: handsome as hell, but doesn’t try too hard to be that way. Keep these pointers in mind if your locks are ready for a new look:

  • Only attempt it if you have straight hair: Artfully scruffy bed head won’t work with curls or waves
  • Steer clear if you have a slim face: It’ll make your head look disproportionately huge. Bed head is best suited to classically square jawlines (and bonus points if you pair it with a bit of stubble)
  • Don’t overdo it at the barber: The cut should be messy and choppy. For once, imperfection is the goal. Keep the sides longer to flatter your face
  • Be natural: It’s easy to get carried away with product and styling techniques. Don’t do it. Bed head hairstyles are meant to be casual and unpolished – like you just woke up and strolled out the door looking like you walked off the catwalk.
  • Apply minimal product: If you want to add texture, use just a bit then mess your hair into the desired level of unruliness. You can ruffle it with your hands, shake your head from side to side, or even actually roll around in bed until it’s in perfect disarray. A blow dryer is can also be your friend

From DMARGE

Why This Modern Shag Is
the Year's Most Convenient Cut

The shag has long been the epitome of rock n’ roll aesthetic – casual, sexy and effortless. In 2021, however, this choppy, layered look from he ‘70s and ‘80s is making a comeback as the year’s most convenient cut. 

Globally, people have been unable to visit their hairdressers regularly, and many are looking for a style that’s low maintenance without sacrificing texture. Enter: the shag, an easy, messy style you can embrace as the triplet to loungewear and no-makeup makeup. And the best part is that a shag can be stretched out for months since it’s built around hair’s natural texture.  

“The typical features that make up a shag hairstyle include choppy, disheveled ends, layers around the crown and lots of texture,” explains Sam Ashcroft, creative team member at Brooks & Brooks, London. “The modern shag is choppy and has lots of texture but doesn’t make you look like everyone in an ‘80s hair metal band.”

The secret of the shag’s success is that it’s fantastic in any length and works on fine and thick, curly and straight hair. But as Ashcroft cautions, too many layers and the style can appear overly choppy and dated. “The key to getting this haircut right and bang on is the fringe. Get the fringe right and the haircut will always fall into place.” 

When it comes to color, there are endless options because a shag has so much movement and texture. Coppers and redheads will naturally look amazing with this cut. For others, the goal should be to create dimension, so hair contouring, or a money piece can really bring the style to life. Even a gentle touch of color on the fringe can be effective for mixing the retro and modern aspects of this trend.  

Shags are a playful style by nature, but for those who want to adopt the rebellious side of this cut, Ashcroft says to go pink. From pastel rose to vibrant pink, a flash of bold color will turn heads. 

from Modern Salon

The 8 Best Shampoo Bars of 2021

An eco-friendly alternative to liquid shampoo

It’s great for regular-to-oily hair types, and the citrus scent is a perfect wake-me-up.
Quench dry hair with babassu oil, which comes from a tropical palm tree and contains antioxidants.
Hand-harvested sea salt helps add volume and texture to hair, and lemon oil cuts grease.

Best for Itchy Scalps:
Ethique Heali Kiwi at Walmart
This bar is formulated with calming oatmeal, coconut oil, neem oil, and karanja oil to help soothe scalps.
Key ingredients that fight dandruff in this shampoo include tea tree leaf oil, rosemary oil, and extract from ziziphus joazeiro bark.

Best for Color-Treated Hair:
Love Beauty And Planet Shampoo Bar at Walmart
If you're looking for something that will be gentle on your color-treated hair, consider this heart-shaped bar.
HiBAR’s Volumize Shampoo is designed to help curls hold their shape while minimizing frizz, and many reviewers agree.

Best Shampoo and Conditioner:
This bar is great for anyone who wants a minimalist approach to bathing, or to save space in a tiny bathroom.

Shampoo bars are a straightforward swap for anyone looking to make their self-care routine more sustainable. You can reduce the amount of single-use plastic in your life by choosing a bar instead of a plastic bottle of liquid shampoo. These bars are often package-free when you shop in person, or come wrapped in easily recyclable or compostable paper packaging.

Of course, not all hair types are the same, and neither are all shampoo bars, so Treehugger has put our first-hand experience and research chops to task to help you find the best bar for you. For some, the results may actually be better than with your current liquid cleanser. We reviewed every ingredient to make sure all our recommendations are vegan, never tested on animals, and paraben-free.

Bar soaps also tend to be associated with fewer planet-heating greenhouse gas emissions compared to liquid bottles of suds, because they weigh less due to a low water content. For the same reason, bar shampoos will also travel well in your own luggage. You won't have to worry about the TSA's liquid limits, or any wasteful spills.

Ahead, the best bar shampoos, whether your hair is dry, fine, oily, or curly.

How To Use A Shampoo Bar

There are two approaches to using a shampoo bar. One option is to gently massage the bar over your wet hair and scalp until a lather forms. The second option is wet the bar and work up a lather in your hands, then apply the suds to your hair.

In either case, it's a good idea to store your shampoo bar in a dry spot when you're done using it, to help it last much longer.

Best Overall: Lush Cosmetics Montalbano Shampoo Bar

The Montalbano bar has become part of my daily morning routine, and can be used without conditioner. It’s great for regular-to-oily hair types, and the citrus scent is a perfect wake-me-up. The vegan formula includes rosemary and green olives for added shine.

Lush’s shampoo bars are beloved by many Treehugger staffers, but the best one for you depends on your hair type. One of Lush's bars can replace up to three 250 milliliter bottles of liquid shampoo. If you shop in person you can get it with zero packaging, or if you order online, Lush shampoo bars usually come packaged in a small paper bag. 

Best for Dry Hair: Soap for Goodness Sake Babassu Coconut Milk Shampoo Bar

This bar from Soap For Goodness Sake doubles as a body soap, and gets top marks from the Environmental Working Group, which independently rates the safety of product ingredients. This shampoo uses babassu oil, which comes from a tropical palm tree, is moisturizing and contains antioxidants. It has a gentle coconut fragrance. 

Soap For Goodness Sake offers two packaging options when shipping their bars: paper or compostable glassine. 

Final Verdict

Hands down, shampoo bars from Lush won the hearts and heads of our team (view on Lush USA), although the best one will depend on your hair type. If you're a true minimalist looking for one product that can do it all, try The Super Bar (available from Wildland Organics).

From Treehugger
Why Trust Treehugger?

Here at Treehugger, we're all dedicated to helping our readers find the best sustainable, ethical, and low-waste products. Over the years, Treehugger team members have tried many shampoo bars and are eager to share our first-hand experiences to help our readers find the right products.

Senior Commerce Editor Margaret Badore is an environmental journalist with over a decade of experience reporting.



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Who Moved My Cheese

 

3 lessons about cheese and what you should do when someone moves yours:

  1. Thinking too much about your cheese might paralyze you, so just start looking.
  2. Nothing lasts forever, so keep your eyes open for approaching changes.
  3. You can always find new cheese, and the minute you start moving things will get better.

With over 2.5 million copies sold worldwide, Who Moved My Cheese? is a simple parable that reveals profound truths

It is the amusing and enlightening story of four characters who live in a maze and look for cheese to nourish them and make them happy. Cheese is a metaphor for what you want to have in life, for example a good job, a loving relationship, money or possessions, health or spiritual peace of mind. The maze is where you look for what you want, perhaps the organisation you work in, or the family or community you live in. The problem is that the cheese keeps moving.

In the story, the characters are faced with unexpected change in their search for the cheese. One of them eventually deals with change successfully and writes what he has learned on the maze walls for you to discover. You'll learn how to anticipate, adapt to and enjoy change and be ready to change quickly whenever you need to.

Discover the secret of the writing on the wall for yourself and enjoy less stress and more success in your work and life. Written for all ages, this story takes less than an hour to read, but its unique insights will last a lifetime.

Spencer Johnson, MD, is one of the world's leading authors of inspirational writing. He has written many New York Times bestsellers, including the worldwide phenomenon Who Moved My Cheese? and, with Kenneth Blanchard, The One Minute Manager. His works have become cultural touchstones and are available in 40 languages.

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Book and Audio

A Review:
Who Moved My Cheese? – A Review and Analysis of an Amazing Little Book
I don't know about you, but I have had to rely on a few songs to get me through these last several months.   Here's a playlist I put together of a few inspiring songs and artist that have helped get me through.

San Francisco Parks:
Where to Enjoy the Great Outdoors

The hundreds of parks in San Francisco offer you no shortage of activities. Enjoy beaches, hills, impressive man-made architecture or natural wonders. Whether you're into golf, tennis, or simply strolling through the City by the Bay, you'll never get bored!

Here are a few of the most popular parks you shouldn’t miss when visiting San Francisco.
 

Alamo Square Park A.K.A. The Painted Ladies (Neighborhood: Alamo Square)
At Alamo Square, you’ll find a full range of activities, from walking trails to tennis courts and a playground. There’s a dedicated dog park, but the entire area is canine-friendly, so you can go ahead and bring your puppy to play. Catch a glimpse of the row houses, the Painted Ladies, featured in the popular 80’s sitcom “Full House” while you’re there. Open daily from sunrise to sunset.

Alcatraz Island (Tours Resume Mar. 12)
While the main tour of Alcatraz Island will take you indoors, through the prison that once held the likes of Al Capone, you’ll want to stroll around the island on your own, too. There are trails leading to the shore that offer an impressive view, not only of the Bay but also of the Golden Gate Bridge and the skyline of San Francisco. There's no food service on the island, so be sure to bring supplies for a meal at one of the scenic picnic benches around the island. To get to the island, you’ll need to take a ferry. Reservations are required, so book early via Alcatraz Cruises.

Angel Island State Park
Coined the "Ellis Island of the West," Angel Island State Park is reachable by ferry, but if you prefer, you could kayak the three-mile route yourself and go trekking on the island by foot. Bikers will find trails running 13 miles through shady, beautiful trees and along incredible bay views. For a more novel way to see the island, buy a roundtrip ticket from Blue & Gold Fleet and Segway over the hills. The US Immigration Station is open Wednesday through Sunday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Bernal Heights
Enjoy fresh air at Bernal Heights, a pleasant park that offers plenty of space to roam, an extensive playground and a beautiful backdrop to take a lot of Instagram pictures. Just up the hill from the gardens, you’ll find the recreation center, which offers several programs for families, as well as a gym and basketball court. Open daily from 5 a.m. to midnight.
 
Dolores Park (Neighborhood: Mission District)
This Mission District park is the perfect place to enjoy great views while you picnic and people watch. Great expanses of grass make the park popular with dog owners, but there’s also a playground and several tennis and basketball courts to play on. Open daily from 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
 
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Islands, redwood forests, a former federal prison (Alcatraz), ocean beaches and historic points of interest are all part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). Across the Golden Gate Bridge, the GGNRA encompasses vast areas of undeveloped lands in the Marin Headlands as well as wildlife sanctuaries, picnic areas facilities and 100 miles of trails. Bird-watching is a popular pastime and the National Park Service offers seasonal activities throughout the year, everything from lighthouse visits to hawk watches.

Golden Gate Park
Within just one massive space, Golden Gate Park features playgrounds, lakes, museums and even a Japanese Tea Garden. You'll also want to check out the de Young Museum, California Academy of Sciences, Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco Botanical Garden and stroll through the western area of the park, where you’ll find windmills and an expansive tulip garden. Please note: Check the attraction websites for up-to-date hours of operation. Due to the shelter in place executive order, they might be temporarily closed.

Muir Woods National Monument
A place for tree lovers to walk and marvel, the Muir Woods National Monument is one of the last and most beloved stands of old growth coastal redwoods in the world. Some of the trees soar more than 260 feet high and are more than 1,200 years old. A number of sightseeing companies include Muir Woods in their itineraries and this is probably the best option for ease of access. Reservations are required for vehicle entrance to Muir Woods (personal and commercial); for details, visit www.gomuirwoods.com.

Presidio Heights
Presidio Heights is a hot destination for families with children of any age. Recently renovated, the park is best known for its exciting playground equipment and full-length basketball court. However, you’ll also find plenty of space to relax, as well as picnic tables to enjoy a meal under the open sky.

Presidio of San Francisco
Part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Presidio of San Francisco is home to the Walt Disney Family Museum and Fort Point, not to mention miles of picnic areas, hiking trails, bike paths, and much more. Please note, only the hiking trails and public outdoor spaces are open at this time.

Salesforce Park
This 5.4-acre rooftop park is located above the Salesforce Transit Center in the heart of SoMa. While transit services have decreased frequency, the park is open to the public. Visitors will be welcomed with 200+ species of plants that make this living roof so lush, as well as a children's playground, amphitheater, and upcoming eateries. You can take the escalators or elevators up to the park, or take the gondola lift for an even more impressive experience.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (Neighborhood: Fisherman's Wharf)
Located near the ever-popular Fisherman's Wharf, this park offers an excellent view of San Francisco's historic ships at Hyde Street Pier. To stretch your legs and see some of the most impressive scenery in the state, follow the paved walking trail that leads for several miles along the coast. You'll see everything from Alcatraz in the distance to the Golden Gate Bridge and Fort Mason. Fort Point is the end of the trail and just as scenic as the rest of the hike. The park itself is open from dawn to dusk daily.

Washington Square (Neighborhood: North Beach)
Located in the center of North Beach, an historic Italian neighborhood north of Market Street, the park was established in 1847, making it one of the city's oldest parks. On any given sunny day, you'll find people in the community laying around, having a picnic with friends. Since it is surrounded by many restaurants and cafes, it's the perfect spot to bring takeout items and relax.
 
This section is for the "Follically Challenged".  There are so many conversations and articles on the topic and I want make sure you are getting good information. 

This month's article

Four Ways to a Healthier Scalp
That Can Help Prevent Hair Loss
Medical remedies aren't the only solution:
Get to know trichology.

 

Add this word to your vocabulary: trichology. It’s the study of scalps and hair, and how they relate to one another. Trichologists specialize in the root cause of hair loss, since, not surprisingly, it all starts right there in the scalp. I always use the metaphor of soil and plants: You need fertile, nourished soil in order for plants to grow strong. (OK, sun usually helps, too, but spare me the finer details.) If the soil is subpar—either there is a dearth of nutrients, or it’s simply an uninhabitable patch of land—then the plants will die, if they even grew in the first place. It’s important to think of your hair growth the same way. Just as any number of issues could cause the soil to go south, the same can happen with scalp health.

I’ll be the first to admit that, when I talk about my own hair loss experience with readers and friends, I'm quick to suggest medical remedies as a way to thwart hormonal assault on your follicles, and to boost nutrient delivery. Yes, these and other hair loss prevention methods work, but it can frequently be mitigated by any number of tactics, says trichologist Bridgette Hill. She’s the founder of Root Cause Scalp Analysis, a scalp therapy platform that helps clients fully understand their own unique variables affecting hair loss.

“A lot of men simplify [to finasteride and minoxidil], but there are so many lifestyle changes, as well as holistic and plant-based solutions out there that can help you,” Hill says. “Many men want to think it’s genetic hair loss, but it could be an overbuilding of proteins from their workout regimens. Sometimes it’s inflammation from over-shampooing. A lot of times, you can end up doing more damage when you treat androgenic hair loss with [prescriptions], when you could just treat it holistically.”

Read on for a little more insight into how trichology might help you understand the correlation between your own scalp and hair health, plus a few other ways brands are getting into scalp care.


What does a trichologist do?

“Trichologists are the bridge between cosmetology and dermatology,” says Hill. Again, no two hair loss experiences are the same, and that’s because you have to factor in things like geographic location, gender, medical history, ethnicity, age, lifestyle and habits, nutrient deficiencies, stress and anxiety, grooming products, and (believe it or not), much more. A cosmetologist might look at the surface, or only focus on the hair, while a dermatologist might jump right to the medical and anatomical stuff, oftentimes relying only on prescriptions.

“Trichologists ask a series of strategic questions that help us respond to [hair loss] triggers,” Hill says. “Doctors might take a biopsy and define it in general terms, like ‘this is dermatitis or folliculitis’ and leave it at that. But hair loss is very personal. It’s one thing to blame, let’s say, diabetes, for hair loss, but what medication are you taking? Your medications might be creating inefficiencies in your minerals and vitamins that would otherwise help [the hair follicles and scalp].”

So, consider adding this to your roster of routine health screenings: a visit to the trichologist (many, like Hill, have transitioned to digital consultations this past year). Even if everything seems balanced and healthy, a trichologist can help build a plan that will get ahead of future hair loss problems.


How can I care for my scalp regularly?

Here are four ways you can prioritize scalp health on your own—even if hair loss isn’t a primary concern.
 

1. Get the right nutrients, but not an overdose: More brands are making scalp- and follicle-fortifying supplements that take a natural, plant-based approach. In the case of Prose, the aim is to cut back the reliance on medicines, and provide consumers with exactly the amount of nutrients needed. You can also prioritize a balanced diet centered on Vitamins A, B, C, and E (leafy greens, sweet potatoes, berries, nuts), fatty acids (nuts, avocadoes, fish), proteins (eggs, nuts, beans), among other natural, whole foods.

2. Scrub a dub dub: Scalp exfoliation might seem counterproductive: Wait, so you scrub the scalp over and over in order to promote hair retention? Sure, you might lose a few hairs in the process (ones that were bound to fall later that day, before restarting their growth cycles), but doing this scrub also stimulates nutrient delivery to your scalp and hair follicles. It even clears the scalp of dead skin cells, excess dirt and grime, as well as product accumulation. This allows follicles to grow stronger and uninhibited, while also mitigating fungal breakouts and flaking. And if you prefer a topical scrub (versus a physical brush), the product might even contain scalp-balancing ingredients like tea tree oil. But it’s important to note that you should only scrub 1-2 time weekly, max.

3. Do a weekly scalp treatment: At-home scalp therapies can range from leave-on masks to rinse-away treatments, but they all have a similar aim: To neutralize bacterial and fungal buildup, and deliver a high concentration of nourishment to the scalp and hair follicles, often while promoting circulation. Some might prioritize dry-scalp revival, while others may mitigate excessive oil production.

4. Blow dry less often, and at cooler settings: The heat from a blow dryer is not just damaging to your hair; it can also wilt the follicles themselves. There’s no recovering from that kind of frying, so keep the dryer on cool, if you must, and pick up an ionic dryer, which causes less damage to hairs. (Oh, and take milder showers, while you’re at it.)

From GQ

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Cast Iron Chicken Parm *

 * This was so easy and delicious I could make this weekly.
You might be able to get 4 portions depending on the size of your chicken breasts.  Mine were quite large so I cut them in half and got 4 meals.
Cast Iron Chicken Parm
Serves: 2
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
INGREDIENTS
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup Bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 jar of marinara (or you can make your own easy tomato sauce)
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese (about two large handfuls)
  • Freshly shredded parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Mix the breadcrumbs with the Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a bowl or shallow dish. Mix with your hands or a fork to thoroughly combine. Set aside.
  3. Shred the parmesan cheese (if you have a microplane, break it out! The fluffier the cheese the better.)
  4. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a cast iron (or other oven safe pan with high walls.)
  5. While the oil is heating, beat the egg in a bowl and set aside.
  6. One at a time, dip the chicken breast in the egg and let the excess egg run off, then coat the chicken breast with the breadcrumb mixture, and place in the hot oiled pan. Repeat with the second chicken breast.
  7. Let the chicken breasts sit untouched for about 4 minutes until golden brown on the bottom, then flip and let the other side turn to golden brown for another 4 minutes.
  8. Turn the heat off, and pour the marinara evenly over the chicken breasts, being sure to completely cover and fill all the spaces within the pan.
  9. Now for the good stuff. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese – about one large handful each – over each chicken breast creating a small mound of cheese over each (this is so you remember where exactly the chicken breasts are under all that sauce!
  10. Now, sprinkle a little parmesan cheese over each breast. The parmesan is what will give you a nice slightly brown crisp on top of the gooey melty mozzarella.
  11. Transfer the cast iron pan into the oven, set the timer for 12 minutes, and finish your glass of wine.
  12. After 12 minutes the parmesan cheese should start to brown and bubble, and you’ll know it’s done. Remove the pan, and let it cool for a few minutes.
  13. Using a spatula, scoop each chicken breast out and place on top of a bed of noodles, zucchini noodles, or however you plan on devouring this. Spoon out additional sauce and add around the chicken breast.
  14. Sprinkle more freshly grated parmesan cheese and dive in!

NOTES

  • If your chicken breasts are on the larger size you might consider adding a few extra minutes in the oven, or pounding the breasts to be a little thinner.
  • This could really be called “Chicken Mozzarella” as you can see the ratio of mozzarella to parmesan it literally 80 to 20.. but here we are!
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Do your bangs stay bung?

Per the Oxford English Dictionary, "bangs" as a term for the fringe of hair lying over the forehead originated in the stables. Horses' tails were sometimes allowed to grow to a certain length, and then were cut off in an even, horizontal trim called a "bangtail." Racehorses were sometimes called bangtails. And Green's Dictionary of Slang suggests "bangtail" actually originated in Scotland, not the US. "Bangtail" was first applied to human hairstyles as early as 1844, but the OED cites the first use of "bang" as 1878. "Bang" meaning "abrupt or sudden" has been used in English since the late 18th century; more details here at Grammarphobia:

Q: Why does the word “bangs” refer to a fringe of hair cut straight across the forehead?

A: The use of “bangs” (or “bang”) for that short fringe of hair originated in the US in the 19th century, according to the Oxford English Dictionary.

But the usage has its roots in “bangtail,” an equine term seen on both sides of the Atlantic. So let’s start our investigation in the stables.

The word “bangtail” is defined in the OED as “a (horse’s) tail, of which the hair is allowed to grow to a considerable length and then cut horizontally across so as to form a flat even tassel-like end.”

The dictionary notes that the term has also been used in Australia for cattle with tails cut that way, and in the US as slang for a horse, especially a race horse.

The earliest citation for “bangtail” in Green’s Dictionary of Slang is from a Scottish journal, suggesting that the term may have first reared its head in the British Isles.

Green’s cites an 1812 issue of the Edinburgh Review that mentions a stud horse named Bangtail, but the name surely came from an even earlier use of the term.

Through a Google search we found a comic British story about fox-hunting, published in 1851, in which “bang-tail” appears least seven times in reference to tails as well as horses.

The story, “Turning Out a Bagman,” by a writer signed “B.P.W.,” is about two London greenhorns who are on vacation and want to hire a pair of hunters.

The showily groomed horses they hire are called “bang-tails,” and are described as having “such flowing bang-tails as at once stamped them in the eyes of our friends as ‘out-and-out’ thorough-breds.”

The story is chockfull of slang (like “bagman” to mean “fox”), which may explain the repeated use of “bang-tail” instead of “horse.”

Apparently it didn’t take long for “bang” to graduate from horse tails to human hair.

We found an 1844 travel book, Revelations of Russia by Charles Frederick Henningsen, that mentions a man’s hair cut “somewhat in the fashion of a thorough-bred’s ‘bang-tail.’ ”

In another travel book we came across an 1849 entry that describes a woman whose hair was braided in back and “cut in bang style” in front.

The OED’s earliest citation for the human usage is from a letter written in 1878 by Frances M. A. Roe, author of Army Letters From an Officer’s Wife: “It had a heavy bang of fiery red hair.” (The “bang” was on a face mask in a shop window in Helena, in the Montana Territory.)

Another American, William Dean Howells, also used the word in his book The Undiscovered Country (1880): “His hair cut in front like a young lady’s bang.”

A Google search turned up a plural reference in an 1883 article from the New York Times. A Catholic priest, lecturing Sunday school children, “condemned the fashion of wearing ‘bangs’ in severe terms.”

A matching adjective (as in “banged” hair) and verb (to “bang” or cut the front hair straight across) also emerged in the 1880s, according to citations in the OED.

Here are a couple of examples: “He was bareheaded, his hair banged even with his eyebrows in front” (from the Century Magazine, 1882), and “They wear their … hair ‘banged’ low over their foreheads” (from Harper’s Magazine, 1883).

So it would appear that the verb “bang” (to cut hair straight across) emerged after the hairstyle and not before, unless there are earlier verb references we haven’t found.

That still leaves us with a question: Why did “bang” mean bluntly cut?

Both Green’s and the OED indicate that since the late 1500s the verb “bang” has meant to hit or thump, and the noun “bang” has meant a blow or a thump.

And “bang” has been used adverbially since the late 18th century, the OED says, to mean “all of a sudden,” or “suddenly and abruptly, all at once, as in ‘to cut a thing bang off.’ ”

Since the bangs on a person’s forehead, like a horse’s banged tail, end abruptly—you might say with a  “bang!”—perhaps the word is simply a case of creative English.

A collection of humor pieces, Wit and Humor of the Age (1883), takes the creativity a step further. In a story by  Melville D. Landon, one chambermaid asks another “if she banged her hair.”

“Yes, Mary,” the first chambermaid says. “I bang my hair—keep a banging it, but it don’t stay bung!”

A Short, Uneven History of Bangs

From Cleopatra to Kate Moss, a journey through some of history's greatest bangs.

Bangs are great. They can change your look aggressively with relatively little work, hide a fivehead, and let your ex know via Instagram that you are completely over them and, actually, making a lot of fun new choices as a single person, for reference please see: bangs. But with bangs as with banging, there are hundreds of ways to do it. Join us on a journey through the history of the "French facelift."

30 B.C.E.: Not to start off on a total bummer, but Cleopatra's famously blunt bangs are a myth. In actuality, she would have worn a wig of tight curls over a shaved head, as was the fashion at the time. The popular image of Cleopatra with bangs comes from the 1934 film Cleopatra, which made use of actress Claudette Colbert's pre-existing bangs.

1200s: Women's hair was mostly hidden under hats or tightly braided during the medieval period, but what is a wimple if not fabric bangs?

1800s: The regency period brought tightly curled, forehead-framing tendrils into fashion—not quite bangs exactly, but the early cousin of the limp tendril situation that swept proms in the mid-90s.


1910s: The turn of the century saw the Gibson Girl's pouf-y updos loosened and swept forward in parted bangs that look like the brushed out relative of regency ringlets.

1920s: The twenties were when bangs really got going. Women were officially experimenting with all kinds of looks—dark lipstick, shorter dresses, riding bicycles, can you imagine—and their hair was getting wild too. The most famous bangs of the period are the blunt, fringed cuts of flappers like Louise Brooks, but Josephine Baker's curled, slicked down fringe was an ahead-of-its-time take on the kind of swooped bangs that would come into popularity in the 30s and 40s.


1940s: Hair was generally kept off the face in the 40s, but dramatically so. Unwanted forehead hair was combed up into poufs and pompadours, or teased into "bumper bangs" which were suspended in the air above the forehead and often embellished with hats, pins or flowers. (If you were a teen with any interest at all in the ukulele, you have at one point attempted this kind of bang.) A sultry alternative was a Veronica Lake-style "peekaboo bang," a long, sideswept section of hair brushed over part of the face—very Jessica Rabbit, very inconvenient.

1950s: This decade was all about what's now known as baby bangs: Audrey Hepburn with her short, wispy, impulse fringe in Roman Holiday; Natalie Wood's child-like pageboy cut with gamine bangs, a throwback to her child star days with her trademark bangs and braids. But the most famous bangs of the period belong to Bettie Page, whose short, rounded pinup fringe is probably, I'm calling it here, the most influential set of bangs of all time? Page, whose mother was a hairdresser and who often did her own hair and makeup on pinup shoots, initially cut the bangs to minimize a high forehead but allow for light on her face in photographs. To date baby bangs have been associated with the riot grrrl movement, "rockabillies," and Beyonce's first-ever (only?) aesthetic mistake.

1960s: Bangs in the sixties were still fairly short, though generally sideswept and sprayed into place beneath beehives and other Aquanet-assisted updos. The end of this decade saw the pixie cut + barely-there bangs combo that became legendary as the reason Frank Sinatra left Mia Farrow. (She has corrected this rumour: she had cut her own mini-fringe and short crop earlier that year, and Sinatra loved it.)

1970s: The aesthetic was very long, loose, and flowing in the 70s, and bangs were no exception. Jane Birkin's delicate, piece-y fringe was just as iconic as the Hermés bag she inspired (and recently rejected). Farrah Fawcett's feathered hair was a high-volume approach to bangs that carried into the 80s, hard.

1980s: Bangs got bigger and weirder in the 80s. As feathered, brushed out bangs gave way to the Statement Bang, fringes were hairsprayed up and out into improbable hair-hats, or permed into oblivion a la Sarah Jessica Parker. Hair metal bands got men in on the bangs situation in an unprecedented way: 80s Bon Jovi and present-day me have the same haircut.

1990s: The 90s were a great time for weird girl bangs, with goth V and rounded Spock options popular among vampire chicks and vintage babes, respectively. Uma Thurman rocked some impressively blunt bangs to dance and do drugs and almost die in Pulp Fiction, and shiny, curled-under bangs worked with Drew Barrymore's girlish curls. But this was also the decade that gave us the Rachel, and with it, the sidebang. In the layering frenzy of the 90s a bang-like layer of swooped, face-framing hair was mandatory, leading to the aforementioned formal tendril situation: two perfect bits of hair, pulled out of an otherwise intense updo, lying limply on either side of the face.

2000s: The sidebang continued its terrible reign until Zooey Deschanel started a full, retro-bangs trend that hit pensive girls with poetry ambitions particularly hard and never looked back, becoming a shorthand for a particular kind of whimsical indie lady who owned vintage teacups and loved collage. In 2007 Kate Moss got blunt, thick, straight-across bangs and they became fully, properly cool. It is a scientific fact that between 2008 and 2009, 100% of women were at the very least considering getting bangs.

2010s: The heady days of the late aughts bang explosion are over. Bangs are being grown out right now, with the favoured hair a sort of middle parted, two days after a wash, slightly tousled that The Cut is calling "rich girl hair." However, just as ubiquitous is the "lobb" ("long bob," get it), a blunt, shoulder-length cut that often comes with bangs. (Think Taylor Swift, Emma Stone, and other small white celebrities.) It's a beautiful time to be thinking about bangs: they are so ubiquitous that they'll never be out of style, no matter what weird thing you try! Dry shampoo has solved the clean hair, greasy bangs dilemma! You can buy clip in bangs that just snap into your head and come off whenever you want! They're still the most fun you can have with scissors in a bathroom and a glass of wine! With every of bangs from history on offer, you just have to decide what kind of girl you want to be.
 

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