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How to Text Your Barber (or Stylist)

So this is one of those topics that a lot of barbers love to talk about. It's not the biggest thing but it makes a greatest difference on how your barbers think of you Average Joe's. I kid you not, it will make everyone's life easier. By everyone, I meant you and your barber.
With that being said, let's get on with it!
Here's the guide on "How to Text Your Barber."
The Do's and Do-Not's

The Do-Not's
example 1.
You: Yo Yo what's up man. How you doing?
Barber: I'm good my dude thank you for asking. What's up, you need a cut?
You: Yea man, I do. I need a haircut bad! You got any openings today?
Barber: Yea, I do. The only opening I got is at 3:30pm today. You wanna take it?
You: Oh nah man, I can't make that. You got anything later?
Barber: Nah man, that's all I have today. Sorry my dude.
You: MANNNN you cant do a homie a favor, after hours? or can you cut me up at the house?
Why is this bad?  Well, two reasons. 
1. You didn't give the barber a time frame. He answered, assuming you were free all day. How is he supposed to know what time you're free and what time you're not. Never assume.
2. Everyone is a homie when they need a haircut. (Let that sink in) Not only was the response kind of rude, but selfish as well. Asking a barber, who just finished a 12 hour shift, to cut your hair after work is like asking a chef to cook after his 14 hour all day shift. Don't get me wrong, we all understand emergencies, but respect his time and life. Barbers don't just breath eat and cut. They have a normal life like everyone else.
example 2.
You: Hey man, hope you're doing good. How's everything going?
Barber: I'm doing alright my dude, everything good? What's up?
You: Yea man, everything is going great. Life is chill. Just ready to get off work.
Barber: That's nice man, I'm glad everything is smooth.
You: Yea, thanks. Ill be off in like a hour. Probably going to grab some food right after.
Barber: Food sounds nice about now. You good? You need a cut?
You: It does! YEA!!!! I do! Do you have any time after work?
Why is this bad?

DO NOT SMALL TALK A BARBER! This conversation could've ended with 3 text messages. Before you "small talk" your barber keep in mind that your barber is probably texting you in between haircuts. Respect his time and he'll respect yours while you're in his chair.

The Do's
example 1.
You: Yo what up! Looking to get a haircut this week anytime after 6pm. Let me know!
Barber: Hey! Yea, I can put you in at 6:45pm tomorrow. Sounds good?
You: Perfect! Lock me in. See you then!
Done deal! Respected his/her time and literally finished the conversation in 3 messages. Don't get me wrong, barbers appreciate the talks they have with their clients. But save it for the appointment. That's your moment to spill everything out. Get straight to the point and save the small talk for later. 
example 2.
You: Hey man. Do you have anything after 7pm tomorrow?
Barber: Yo! My dude, I'm sorry. I actually don't. Want to do another day?
You: I'm going to be out of town the following days after tomorrow. But I really need a haircut. If you are willing to cut after hours or possibly take me first thing in the morning I can pay you extra my dude. I know you're busy and all but if you could do me this favor, I will make your time worth while. Let me know if you can. If you can't, no worries. I understand. I should've made the appointment sooner.
Barber: 6am tomorrow?
Not only was the client straight to the point in the beginning but he also acknowledged the fact that he screwed up and didn't make the appointment sooner. Your barber will appreciate this. Trust me! Recognizing that your barber will be doing you a really huge favor is always nice to hear you say. I'm not saying it always works but I bet he'll consider you if he thinks he can come in sooner or stay in later. Whatever it is, your barber will appreciate it. 
If your barber does make an adjustment to his schedule. FOR GOD'S SAKE, tip your barber great. Not good. GREAT. This man/woman just cut an hour of sleep for you. Acknowledge that!

So there you have it!

Next time you decide to text your barber, remember these conversations.
Your barber will greatly appreciate it.
Which will lead to a happy barber. 
Which will lead to a better service.
Which will lead to a better haircut.
Which will lead to a happier you.
Which will ULTIMATELY lead to you getting noticed, getting a job, or even getting you laid.


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10 Hacks for Hair Happiness

By Hair Romance


Banish dry, frizzy hair for good with these 10 easy hacks for hair happiness.
In my quest for #hairgoals, that is shiny and soft hair, I’ve had my battles. Frizz is always getting in the way of a good style and dry hair can dull my day.
But luckily I have the tricks to turn those bad hair days around and I’m going to share them with you.

Head massages
Head massages are my favorite part of the salon experience, and they are an effective hair treatment too. Your head is one of the easiest parts of your body to massage, and doing so stimulates the blood flow to your hair follicles. This can help your hair to grow faster and look healthier. It also distributes the oil from your scalp and feels amazing. Do it tonight while you’re watching TV.
Weekly treatments
My hair is so happy when I do a treatment. My naturally curly hair can be so dry and it drinks up moisture masks. I love a quick weekly treatment.  If you have fine hair, switch your conditioner for a treatment to help hydrate your hair and control your frizz.
The extra conditioning step
Frizz happens to good hair that’s feeling a bit dry. Keep up your hair’s hydration so frizz can’t take hold. Leave in-conditioners are my secret weapon to keeping my hair from looking dry and frizzy.

Lock in hydration
Control frizz before it forms by applying products to wet hair. I lock in the moisture to my hair with a water-based cream. Then once my hair is dry I use a serum to add shine.

Save time with a cocktail
I mix my own hair care cocktail to get the perfect blend of product treatment for my hair.  Mixing your own products saves application time, which means I can get ready faster too.
Turn down the heat
Your hairdryer can do too good of a job on your hair and dry it out more than you want. Drop the heat for a gentler experience and skip it where possible so you can let your hair air dry.

Style when wet
So if you can’t dry your hair, what are you supposed to do? Style it wet of course! There’s an added bonus of styling wet hair: heatless curls! Braids in wet hair leave gorgeous waves behind once your hair dries. Even a simple top knot can create loose waves as it dries.

My Mason Pearson brush
A splurge, but one that’s totally worth it. A pure bristle brush like the Mason Pearson brush is an investment in shiny hair. If you have curly hair, this isn’t necessary for you, but if you have straight or wavy hair, then you can instantly see the difference this brush makes. It distributes the oil from your scalp to the ends of your hair so they’re soft and shiny.

Dry shampoo
I could do a top 10 hair hacks just about dry shampoo!  It is one of my fave products and I use it almost daily. It makes clean hair easy to style and refreshes dirty hair too. It adds volume, creates texture and saves you time – dream hair right there!

Invisible hold for flyaways
Now, even if you follow all my hair hacks, you could still have some frizz or flyaways in your hair (I blame the weather). Now it’s time to put those rebel hairs back in their place. Spraying hairspray directly on to your hair can leave a thick layer of product. Instead, spray a strong hairspray on your hands or a blush brush so you can smooth those flyaways down with a fine, invisible layer of product.

These easy hair hacks have made a huge difference to my hair. I’m already seeing a difference in my naturally dry hair. It’s feeling softer and I have less frizz and breakage too.

It’s like a hair miracle, and that brings me so much hair happiness.


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When was the first hair clipper invented?

Hair clippers are operated by a pair of handles, which are alternately squeezed together and released.


Barbers used them to cut hair close and fast. The hair was picked up in locks and the head was rapidly depilated. Such haircuts became popular among boys, mostly in schools, and young men in the military and in prisons.


While they were widely used in the distant past, the advent and reduction in cost of electric hair clippers has led to their largely replacing manual clippers. Some barbers in Western countries continue to use them for trimming. They are also used in the Russian army: when conscripts enter boot camp, they cut their hair close to the skin, sometimes using manual clippers.

(wikipedia - hair clipper)

When Was the First Hair Clipper Invented?

The first mechanical hair clipper---a hand-held instrument for cutting various lengths of male or female hair---came out of Serbia in the 19th century. Professionals in the industry today use clippers for trimming mustaches and beards. Dog groomers rely on hair clippers to produce canine styles. Adaptation of the hair clipper to work on sheep shearing revolutionized this industry because of the speed at which the clippers turned a herd of sheep wool into a mound of profit. The development of cordless trimmers and clippers for personal use offered more grooming options. Today, hair clippers continue to provide convenience.
Nikola Bizumic
Born 1823 in Neradin, Serbia, into a rural peasant's life, the young Bizumic found work in the Fruska Mountains, breeding pigs. His turbulent life made him restless and fed up with his animal husbandry duties, so he one day fled to the city of Ruma. Fate led him to barber Petar Javonovic, who needed an assistant, and the young man apprenticed with the barber. Sometime in the mid 19th century, Bizumic revolutionized the barbering world with his invention of the first manual hair clippers. Nikola Bizumic died in 1906.

Leo J. Wahl
A young high-school junior in Sterling, Illinois, Leo Wahl used his experiments and ideas to take a small electromagnetic motor to the next level while still a student at the University of Illinois. Using his education and talent in engineering, Wahl designed a hand-held medical massager for his uncle, Dr. Frank Wahl. Doctor Wahl opened a manufacturing plant in Sterling to produce and sell the invention. During this time, the young inventor sold many of the massagers to barber shops, where he noticed many of the tools needed improvements.

War Opens Wahl's Opportunities
When Dr. Wahl left to serve in the Spanish-American War in 1898, Leo took over his uncle's manufacturing business, where he continued to experiment on an electric hair clipper for more than a decade. Having perfected his invention by 1921, Leo patented his final design and the newly founded Wahl Clipper Corp. presented the world with the first electric hair clipper.
Working With Barbers
The executive Leo Wahl worked with barbers from coast to coast for input to design more efficient and convenient hair clippers. Until his death in 1957, Leo Wahl continued to make improvements to the hair clipper, while introducing other hair care tools to the world. Descendants of Leo Wahl still operate the Wahl Clipper Co. today.
Sidney Horstman
The second youngest of 12 surviving children of a German clock maker, Sidney Horstman was born on April 4, 1887, in Bath, England. Known for his breakthrough designs in automobile suspensions and other motor components, Horstman formed a motorcar company in 1913. After closing his company in 1929, Horstman Inc. continued developing other innovative automobile and industrial products. Sometime in the 1940s, he invented the first built-in adjustable-blade electric hair clipper. This feature allowed barbers to adjust the blade to work more easily with different hair lengths. The Horstman Co. discontinued manufacturing the hair clippers in the 1960s.

(eHow - first hair clipper invented)

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10 Things Every Woman Should Know About Hair Texture

Best products, best haircuts & a few rule breakers
by Julyne Derrick
Nothing is more important than hair texture when it comes to choosing your best hairstyle, not even your face shape. Your hair's density and texture may dictate your hairstyle, your hair length and how your stylist cuts your hair.
But just as there are rules to the perfect haircut, there are always rule breakers. Some of the very best hairstyles can be seen on rule breakers. Here are 10 rules about hair texture every woman should know and a few ways to break them.
6 Types of Hair Texture
There are 6 basic types of hair texture: fine, straight, wavy, coarse, frizzy and curly. You can be also be combination of these. I, for example, have naturally fine, straight hair. You may have curly hair that tends to frizz or wavy hair that's also coarse.
Your hairstylist should be able to suss out your hair's situation by touching it and seeing how it moves, but it is always good to know your hair type and texture when it comes to picking a haircut and styling your hair.
To figure out your hair's texture, grab sections of it on the top, sides and back and watch how it falls when you let go. If your hair falls flat and limp, you have fine hair. If your hair sticks up straight or if it poufs up and away from your scalp and face, you have thick textured hair. Anything in between is medium texture. Naturally blonde hair tends to be thinner in texture, while dark hair tends to be thicker.
Curly Hair Tends to Look Best Long
Beauty experts, myself included, will tell you that curly hair needs length to weigh it down, otherwise it will pouf up. This is true. Usually the longer you can grow your curly hair, the better.
You can, however, break the rules when it comes to curly hair. I personally love curly hair that pops all over the place. Check out this curly hairstyle on actress Julia Garner, which is soft, silky and flattering. It speaks to her personality, which I take to be independent and a bit hipster. This is not a haircut for a shy person.
Don't Grow Your Fine Hair Too Long
Just as curly hair needs length to weigh it down, fine hair needs to be shorter to retain body. Long, fine hair can appear flat and lifeless.
That said, women with certain face shapes look amazing in long hair, no matter their hair texture. Round face shapes and square faces look great with longer hair, which elongates a face that tends to be as wide as it is long. If you have fine hair and a long face, you are better off with shorter hair, but this doesn't mean you are relegated to bobs the rest of your life. To the shoulders is fine. Check out these shoulder-length cuts for inspiration.
Layers Work on All Hair Textures
Layers build in movement, soften your hair's lines, create body and can keep your curly hair from looking like a Christmas tree. The good news is they work on all hair textures.
Bangs are Best for Straight, Coarse and Fine Hair
Everyone's big on bangs these days and if you have curly and/or frizzy hair you might be feeling a bit left out because it's an age-old beauty rule that bangs work best on straight hair, coarse hair and fine hair but never curly hair. The beauty rule is that unless you're willing to chemically or manually straighten your hair and bangs each day, you're better off not getting bangs.
You can break this rule if you go for long, side-swept bangs. The shortest layer should hit at your ear and make sure your stylist cuts those bangs when they're dry. Hair shrivels up when it dries and you don't want short curls boing-ing out from your forehead.
Most Women's Hair Has at Least Some Wave to It
If you have straight hair and let it air dry, scrunching as it dries, you'll find your hair can actually appear naturally wavy. The fact is most hair has some natural wave to it, even women with incredibly fine hair. It might not look great wavy, but it's good to know you can get wave out of it.
The Right Hair Products for Your Hair Texture
Women with fine or straight hair need different products than women with coarse, curly or frizzy hair.
Best products for fine hair women include volumizers, mild shampoos that won't weigh hair down, dry shampoos (or baby powder), hairspray and homemade vinegar rinses that help remove product build-up. Women with dry hair should consider moisturizing shampoos and conditioners, smoothing hair treatments and serums.
How to Create Body

The secret to creating body in straight hair, flat hair and wavy hair is hair product and a proper blow dry. You need the right haircut of course (layers are key!), but if you add a volumizing spray or sea salt spray, you can create body.
Wash Fine Hair Daily if You Want, Wash Coarse Hair Weekly if You Want
You may have heard that you should never wash your hair every day. Feel free to break that rule if you need to. Fine hair usually means oily hair and coarse hair usually means dry hair. You should shampoo your hair as often as you need to, even if it's every day.

For oily hair, try dry shampoo or baby powder at the roots to soak up extra oils on the days when you skip a shampoo.
If you have frizzy hair, your secret to softer hair is in the conditioning. You should condition after every shampoo and do hot oil treatments weekly. Some women with curly or frizzy hair never shampoo. This is known as the "no-poo" movement. They condition instead. Read more about the no-poo and "low-poo" movements in Frizzy Hair Fixes: 7 Rules to Live By.
The Right Tools For Your Hair Texture
Different hair textures require different hair tools. For example, women with straight, wavy and coarse hair can invest in a great round boar's hair brush as well as a paddle brush for blowouts. It's also worth the investment on a good ionic blowdryer. The time it takes to dry hair is cut down with a good dryer and your hair won't frizz or fry.
Curly hair is trickier because it has a tendency to frizz when over-handled. Some women don't use hairbrushes or blow dryers on their curly hair, opting instead to let their hair air dry. Others dry their hair from below on a low setting and using a diffuser.
Make Your Life Better, Embrace Your Hair Texture
If there's one thing I've learned about beauty it's that we are harder on ourselves than anyone else might be. For years, I described myself in this way to my hairstylist, "I have a big forehead, so I prefer bangs. I have a long face so I shouldn't wear my hair long and I have fine, flat hair so I need to retain body."
Notice the negativity in that statement: "big forehead," "long face," and "flat hair." The truth is my face isn't very long at all. Sometimes it seems kind of square. Other times it could be considered oval. And my hair is actually thick and yes, fine. But it's thick! Whoever complains about having thick hair? As for my forehead, women with short foreheads probably covet my big one just as I'm coveting theirs. When I make jokes about my "IMAX forehead" people just sort of blink at me.
When we feel stuck with what we are born with, we may feel eager for change. But our lives will be much easier if we embrace our hair texture. This means fewer hours with a curling iron if we have straight or fine hair and fewer hours with a flat iron if we have curly or wavy hair that we want to lie flat. Take down that ponytail and show off that hair. Instead of hating on your hair when you look at it in the mirror, call out things you like about your: its thickness, its length, its shine.
Soon, you may find your attitude about your hair, and yourself has changed.
Keep breaking rules.

Are Natural Blondes Likely To Be Extinct Within 200 Years?

I was hanging out with a few friends recently and we were talking about hair (of course we were) and someone mentioned that there wouldn't be any more blondes in a few hundred years.   I'd never heard this before so I thought I'd research their comment.   

The Claim:  A study undertaken by the World Health Organization concluded that natural blondes are likely to be extinct within 200 years.

Well, this is completely FALSE.  

The problem is that blonde hair is caused by a recessive gene.

In order for a child to have blonde hair, it must have the gene on both sides of the family in the grandparents' generation.  

The researchers also believe that so-called bottle blondes may be to blame for the demise of their natural rivals.
They suggest that dyed-blondes are more attractive to men who choose them as partners over true blondes.
But Jonathan Rees, professor of dermatology at the University of Edinburgh said it was unlikely blondes would die out completely.  "Genes don't die out unless there is a disadvantage of having that gene or by chance. They don't disappear," he told BBC News Online.  "The only reason blondes would disappear is if having the gene was a disadvantage and I do not think that is the case.
"The frequency of blondes may drop but they won't disappear."  

[source: BBC News]

(Source: Science: HowStuffWorks) also debunked this claim.  

And what about redheads?  Are they going extinct?


 – Hair Part Theory –

The Hair Part Theory states, 
The way a person parts [his or her] hair is related to many subconscious associations when assessed by others. Each hair part type initiates cycles of behavior toward, and response from, the individual. Over time, these cycles affect personality development.
What Is Your Hair Part Saying About You?

The Effects of Hair Parting on Social Appraisal
and Personal Development

By Catherine Walter and John Walter
Surprisingly, a hair part has a crucial impact on interpersonal relationships by affecting immediate character appraisal, perceived personality traits, self-perception and self-development!

The Hair Part Theory was developed by a brother-sister team trained, respectively, in nuclear physics and cultural anthropology. Their revolutionary theory is now being made available to the general public, so that all individuals can have more control over automatic and mostly unconscious assessments made of their personalities by others. John and Catherine Walter also produce the True Mirror®, a mirror that does not reverse the viewer’s image and which therefore allows an accurate self-assessment.

A left hair part draws unconscious attention to the activities that are controlled by the left hemisphere of the brain, i.e. activities traditionally attributed to masculinity. A right hair part draws unconscious attention to the activities that are controlled by the right hemisphere of the brain, i.e. activities traditionally attributed to femininity.

A man who parts his hair on the right, and who is striving for positive assessment in a traditionally male role is at risk for having difficulties in interpersonal relationships, since he is sending a mixed, subconscious message by emphasizing the activities of the brain traditionally attributed to femininity.

A woman who parts her hair on the left, and who is striving for positive assessment in a traditionally male role (for example, in business or politics) will be taken more seriously than a woman with a right part, who is emphasizing mental processes that are traditionally attributed to femininity.

Use the links below to access the full theory paper, as well as an analysis of United States Presidents, Vice Presidents, state Governors (in office 9/98), and the Senators and Representatives of the 105th Congress according to their hair part choice, with an emphasis on those who part their hair on the right.

Additionally, a list of famous men who wear a right part is included, since these men illustrate some of the surprising ways that a right hair part affects personality and perception of personality.

The Hair Part Theory (c)1998 
PDF version – Complete data included

The Hair Part Theory
Web Version

Lincoln - Left or Right?

Hair Part Theory – Discover the Difference!  

RadioLab:  Mirror, Mirror

The Atlantic: The Mirror of Dorian Gray

Quiz: Test Your Hair Coloring Know-How

How to Get the Perfect Blowout

Achieve that just-from-the-salon look without an appointment.
By Kari Molvar

What to do when you need smooth, shiny hair, and there’s ‘nary a blow-dry bar in sight? Fire up your tools and take your strands into your own hands. Here, we got insider tips and pro pointers from stylist Gregory Patterson of Blow, the New York Blow Dry Bar, to help you achieve that just-from-the-salon look without an appointment.
“A great blow-out actually starts in the shower,” says Patterson. “Many women don’t wash out their conditioner enough. But that residue will ruin your blow-dry. So I shampoo, condition and then shampoo again to really get the hair clean. And to help ensure hair doesn’t get singed, make sure you get a blowdryer that comes with a nozzle attachment to keep some distance between your hair and the heat.”
“After the shower, try patting hair with a shammy rather than terry towel to absorb excess water without putting stress on delicate strands. Then apply a heat protective spray to detangle and add shine. My favorite is Blowpro The Heat Is On—it’s like vitamin water for your hair with aloe vera to calm a sensitive scalp.”

“Divide your hair into eight sections around the head—the key is to work in small zones and to use a round or oval brush that will allow you to create enough tension to give hair a smooth and polished look.”
“If you have really thick hair that takes a long time to dry, mist on a product that speeds up your blow-dry. I like Blowpro Ready, Set, Blow since it pushes water off the hair so you can do less passes with the dryer.”

“A lot of women start their blow-out in the back of the head, but we start at the front. That’s the area you see first and really want to smooth while it’s still wet and you have more control. Once you’ve gotten the top party completely dry, pop in two Velcro rollers—it’ll add body while your hair cools and sets.”

“Next blow-dry the sides, holding your brush vertically and twirling it away from your face for a soft effect. Always keep the nozzle pointed down to prevent frizz. Once that area is dry, wrap hair into loose curls with your fingers and secure with duckbill clips. This keeps a soft bend in the hair without creating kinks.”

“Finish the back sections of your head, holding the brush horizontally and curling the hair toward your face now. Work your way through from left to right, making sure that no wet hair sits on top of dry hair as you’re going along. Drape sections over your shoulder to cool and set. To seal everything, flip your head over and mist on a flexible hairspray.”

“To preserve your blow-out, it’s all about the dry shampoo. Work it into your roots to absorb excess oil, especially if you’re hitting the gym and will be sweating. At night, it does help to sleep on silk or satin sheets to minimize friction that can cause tangles or frizz. Otherwise, wrapping your hair in a silk scarf also does the trick.”

How to Clean Your Hairbrush (video)
( I sure hope your hairbrush doesn’t look like this one. )

It just takes a minute

Tricology: Types of Hair Loss

Female Hair Loss and Male Pattern Hair Loss are the most common causes of hair loss. The development of genetic hair loss is associated with the shortening of the anagen (growing) phase of the hair cycle and consequently with an increase in the proportion of telogen (resting) hairs. There is a reduction in the size of the affected follicles, which results in a reduction in the diameter of the hairs that they produce. This is an essential feature of this type of hair loss, which accounts for the thinning of the hair and the widening of the partings.

Female Hair Loss
Female genetic hair loss affects over 30% of women. The hair loss is typically diffuse (evenly spread over the scalp) and affects the frontal and vertex (crown) areas with similar severity. Often a band of slightly denser hair is retained along the frontal hairline. Also, women can exhibit a normal amount of hair in the front area of their scalp, which gradually thins out as you look farther back near their crown. Called a “Christmas-tree” look, this is also indicative of a genetic condition.

Male Pattern Hair Loss
The onset of male genetic hair loss is linearly related to age; that is, 20% of men experience some hair loss by age twenty; 30% of men experience some hair loss by age thirty, and so on. The hair begins to recede at the temples and thin in the vertex (crown) area. Eventually, the entire fronto-vertex (between the hairline and crown) area of the scalp can be involved.

Alopecia Areata
Alopecia areata is characterized by patchy scalp hair loss which occasionally affects every hair follicle on the scalp (alopecia totalis), or body (alopecia universalis).  Alopecia Areata has a rapid onset but tends to spontaneously reverse.

Trichotillomania is the loss or damage of scalp hair through repeated pulling or twisting due to irresistible compulsive impulses.

Telogen Effluvium
This hair loss condition, which occurs mainly in women, is usually caused by a temporary disturbance to the hair cycle causing the growing (anagen) hairs to prematurely enter the resting (telogen) phase of the hair cycle.  Stress, illness, medication, anemia, and weight loss are the most common causes, however, many other factors can also influence this condition.

Cicatricial Alopecia
Cicatricial alopecia is hair loss which occurs with the destruction of the hair follicles.  It can be caused by a disease affecting the follicles themselves, or by some process external to them. The follicles may be absent as a result of trauma such a burn or a blow or cut to the head or they may have been destroyed by a specific infection.

Traction Alopecia
Traction alopecia is the breaking of the hair by friction or tension due to vigorous brushing, blow drying, and/or chemical overprocessing.

Traction Alopecia: The hairstyles which can cause hair loss

Traction alopecia is the hair loss that occurs after persistent gentle pulling on the roots over several hours or days. 

Unlike a hair pluck which is painful, persistent gentle pulling may go unnoticed until bald spots or alopecia starts to appear. 

In these times when large numbers of women are having hair extensions, wefts, braids and clip-ins, including the recent trends of the man bun and the man braid, dermatologists are starting to see more women with traction alopecia. 

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Movies Opening This Month
Here's a short list of movies to see this month.
These movies have a pretty good
Tomatometer” and MetaCritic rating

September 9th
Other People
Author The JT LeRoy Story

September 16th
Blair Witch
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years 
Operation Avalanche 

September 23rd
Closet Monster
Girl Asleep
The Lovers and the Despot

September 30th
American Honey
The Blackcoat's Daughter 

The Best Movies of 2016 (so far)

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Top 10 Foods for Healthy Hair
(slide show)

The Basics of Straight Hair Care

by Industrie
Unlike their curly cousins, those with straight hair generally fall into two categories: naturally straight and chemically straightened. While we will touch on different straight hair textures, the care advice in this article is meant for those with naturally straight hair. Chemical straighteners require their own unique aftercare and that largely depends on the professional straightening product used at the time of service. In any case, despite popular belief, those with naturally straight hair are not immune to styling snafus and hair health challenges. Here, we will cover the basics of straight hair care for optimal hair health (which translates into better-looking styles).
Before The Shower
Straight hair tends to be particularly susceptible to split ends (which is not the same as breakage, but more on that, later) so it should be handled with care. In general, for most hair types and textures, it’s not necessary to wash your hair daily, and in fact, skipping a day or two (depending on how much oil your scalp produces) is better for your overall hair health. If you have fine-to-normal straight hair, try stretching out your shampoos to 2x per week, with frequent brushing. If you are a heavy product user, however, you may want to up that number to 3x a week. For coarser hair, which traps more dirt and grime, you will want to suds up every other day. Before lathering up, run a boar bristle brush through to work out any tangles, snarls or knots. The brush will also distribute natural oils from the scalp through the length of the hair, which will help combat over-drying from shampoos or steam.
In The Shower
It’s not just what you use, but how you shampoo can also affect your hair health. With straight hair, it is best to start at the top and gently work your way down. This means you must resist the urge to pile it all on top of your head and get to scrubbing. Hear us out: making a big sudsy pile of hair will encourage tangles and snarls. It’s also harder to ensure that your hair will actually get clean. Think of it this way, if you were to just throw all of your dirty dishes in a pile at the bottom of your dishwasher, they probably wouldn’t come out as spotless as if you had lined them up neatly on the rack. It’s the same with your hair.
The “pile up” method also encourages scalp scrubbing, which is not going to do you any favors. The more aggressively you stimulate your scalp, the more oil it will produce, which means the more often you will want to shower, which leads to more scalp scrubbing, which leads to more oil. And here we are back again. It’s best to take the advice from the back of your shampoo bottle and “massage gently.”
When it comes to conditioner, this is where we break into groups. Fine-haired folk should apply their conditioner from mid-length to ends and comb through with a wide-tooth comb. Let the conditioner sit for about a minute or so, then rinse very, very thoroughly. Conditioner, along with its highly beneficial moisturizing qualities, also has a tendency to weigh hair down.
For coarser hair, use the same application technique, but let the conditioner sit a bit longer. Two to five minutes should suffice.


After The Shower

You’ll want to blot straight hair very gently with a soft, fluffy towel. Apply a leave-in conditioner from mid-length to ends and comb through to remove any tangles. A fun little styling tip for straight-haired ladies (or men, honestly, it’s becoming a trend in our current man bun era) braids are a great way to combat tangles. Tossing your locks into a simple braid after the shower will protect from snarls and create a lovely loose wave pattern as the hair dries. Just be careful not to tug or pull hair while styling wet, as this could cause additional damage.
If you opt for the “hair down” look, be sure to keep a soft hairbrush on you. You’ll want to brush your hair whenever it’s tangled and before you go to sleep. Please don’t just rake your fingers through to get them out. This causes more damage which can lead to more tangles. Brushing any more than that may actually cause more damage, but a little brushing here and there will help keep hair moisturized and snarl-free.


Straight hair tends to be particularly prone to split ends, however, a lot of people are confused by what a split end actually is. If you see a lot of tiny hairs sticking out all over your head, those are not split ends, that is breakage. Breakage occurs from hair being handled too roughly and/or being too dry. If you frequently put your hair into a ponytail while wet, opt for a hairbrush over a comb post-shower, or tend to twist your hair around your fingers throughout the day, you are asking for breakage.
Split ends, however, aren’t really preventable by altering your behavior. It’s natural. Splits happen. Let’s get a quick and dirty on how to spot a split end:
  • Gather a section of your hair in your hand (if you have short hair, also gather a friend).
  • Look for “Y” shapes at the ends of your hair strands. These are split ends.
  • Split ends only occur at the end of the hair strand. Anything at mid-length is breakage, which is caused by distress.
  • Split ends cannot be repaired, just made to look better (via keratin treatments). The only way to stop them is to cut them just above the split.
This is a fantastic segway into just how often you should be trimming your hair to keep it at optimum health. Since fine, straight hair is a little more fragile and therefore more prone to splits, you should go in for a trim every 4-6 weeks.
If coarse hair has been treated well, it could go a little longer between trims. 6-8 weeks is perfectly acceptable. If you are extra, extra careful with your hair, you may even be able to go a tad bit longer, just make sure to do frequent checks for split ends. Once a split starts, it cannot be stopped. Left unchecked, a split “end” will actually travel up the entire length of the hair and at that point, it’s really unfixable.

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4 Natural Solutions for a Dry Scalp

By Cathy Wong, ND - Reviewed by a board-certified physician.

Natural remedies are often used in the treatment of dry scalp, a very common skin problem. In some cases, dry scalp may be triggered by environmental issues (such as dry outdoor or indoor air), while in other cases dry scalp is associated with conditions like dandruff, eczema, and psoriasis. Here's a look at several types of natural remedies said to be helpful:

1) Hair Oils
Applying hair oils may help treat dry scalp by restoring moisture to your skin.
These remedies include:
One of the lesser-known oils said to act as a dry scalp remedy, Brahmi oil has long been used to enhance skin health in ayurvedic medicine. This oil contains extracts of the herbs Bacopa monnieri  and Gotu kola, usually combined with sesame oil or coconut oil.

2) Tea Tree Oil
Although research on the use of any type of natural remedy in the treatment of dry scalp is lacking, there's some evidence that tea tree oil may be beneficial in treating dandruff. A type of essential oil long used in aromatherapy, tea tree oil sometimes appears as an ingredient shampoos, conditioners, and scalp moisturizing products.

While few studies have tested tea tree oil's effectiveness against dandruff, a report published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology in 2002 indicates that shampoo enriched with tea tree oil may help people with mild to moderate dandruff.
For the study, 126 people (ages 14 and older) used either a 5% tea tree oil shampoo or a placebo shampoo every day for four weeks. At the study's end, those given the tea tree oil shampoo showed a 41 percent improvement in scalp scaliness, itchiness, and greasiness. Those given the placebo shampoo, on the other hand, showed only an 11 percent improvement in such symptoms.

3)  Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Some practitioners of alternative medicine suggest that increasing your intake of omega-3 fatty acids can treat dry scalp by improving your overall skin health. Available in dietary supplement form (including cod liver oil and krill oil supplements), omega-3 fatty acids are also found naturally in foods like flaxseeds and in oily fish like salmon, sardines, tuna, mackerel, and herring.

4) Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is touted as a natural remedy for dry scalp associated with dandruff. Proponents suggest that apple cider vinegar can restore the pH balance of the scalp and, in turn, inhibit the overgrowth of Malassezia furfur (a yeast-like fungus thought to contribute to dandruff development).
A typical treatment for dry scalp involves mixing 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup water. Once poured into a spray bottle and then spritzed onto the hair and scalp, the mixture is left on for 15 minutes to an hour and then rinsed from the hair. Proponents of this approach generally recommend using the mixture about once or twice a week.

Using Natural Remedies for a Dry Scalp
While not all dry scalp remedies may benefit your skin, treating dry scalp with natural products is generally considered safe. Try testing out several dry scalp remedies to find the solution that's best for you.

Although in many cases dry scalp is merely a cosmetic issue, it may sometimes result from conditions like psoriasis (a chronic health problem that can lead to severe itching and, in turn, increase your risk of bacterial skin infections brought on by frequent scratching). If your dry scalp persists or is accompanied by such symptoms as swollen joints, ridged nails, and silvery scales on your skin, make sure to consult a physician rather than self-treating with natural remedies. Self-treating and avoiding or delaying standard care can have serious consequences.

Piccardi N1, Manissier P. "Nutrition and nutritional supplementation: Impact on skin health and beauty." Dermatoendocrinol. 2009 Sep;1(5):271-4.
Satchell AC1, Saurajen A, Bell C, Barnetson RS. "Treatment of dandruff with 5% tea tree oil shampoo." J Am Acad Dermatol. 2002 Dec;47(6):852-5.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.

Natural Remedies for Dandruff

By Cathy Wong, ND
What is Dandruff?
Dandruff is a common scalp condition marked by white flakes on the scalp and itching. A possible cause is a yeast-like fungus called malassezia, also known as pityrosporum. Malassezia is normally found on the scalp without causing problems, however, if it grows unchecked (possibly due to hormone imbalances, stress, immune suppression, infrequent shampooing, illness, or increased oil production), there is mild inflammation that produces dead skin cells.
The dead cells mix with oil and clump together, making them appear white and flaky.
1) Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an essential oil that comes from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a plant native to Australia. It has been used for centuries as an antiseptic and anti-fungal agent. There are many tea tree oil shampoos available in health food stores and some drug stores, and many people report these products help with dandruff.
There has been little research on the use of tea tree oil for dandruff. One study involved 126 people with mild to moderate dandruff. They used either a five percent tea tree oil shampoo or a placebo daily for four weeks. At the end of the study, the tea tree oil shampoo significantly reduced dandruff. No adverse effects were reported. Although promising, this was not a double-blind study (which means that the researchers knew which participants were using tea tree oil and which were using the placebo), so it cannot be considered solid evidence that tea tree oil works.
For more information about tea tree oil, read Tea Tree Oil: What You Need to Know.

2) Apple Cider Vinegar
A home remedy for dandruff is to mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup water. Pour this mixture into a spray bottle and spritz it on to your hair and scalp, being careful to avoid the eye and ear area.
Wrap your head in a towel. After 15 minutes to an hour, remove the towel and wash your hair. This is generally done once to twice a week. Read Apple Cider Vinegar: What You Need to Know.

3) Biotin
Biotin is a water-soluble B vitamin that helps to break down fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. It is sold in supplement form and is also found naturally in foods. Food sources of biotin are egg yolk, liver, milk, soy, barley, brewer's yeast, and royal jelly. Biotin is also produced naturally by bacteria in the intestines. Eating raw egg whites and prolonged use of antibiotics are thought to be causes of biotin deficiency. Read Biotin: What You Need to Know and Biotin for Hair.

Using Natural Remedies for Dandruff
Due to a lack of supporting research, it's too soon to recommend any remedy in the treatment of dandruff.

Supplements haven't been tested for safety and due to the fact that dietary supplements are largely unregulated, the content of some products may differ from what is specified on the product label.
Also keep in mind that the safety of supplements in pregnant women, nursing mothers, children, and those with medical conditions or who are taking medications has not been established. You can get tips on using supplements here, but if you're considering the use of alternative medicine, talk with your primary care provider first. Self-treating a condition and avoiding or delaying standard care may have serious consequences.

Satchell AC, Saurajen A, Bell C, Barnetson RS. Treatment of dandruff with 5% tea tree oil shampoo. J Am Acad Dermatol. 47.6 (2002): 852-855.
Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.
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beauty is a light in the heart"

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History of Hair

- Hair Extensions -
Lost footage of the hand woven wigs & extensions of Freddy French
Circa: 1958 | Where: Mayfair, London

The next time you apply a set of extensions, be incredibly thankful that you’re working with 21st century technology. If you happened to be working with hairdressing icon Freddy French in London in the 1950’s…you’d be hand stitching every single piece of hair!

In this rare lost footage that lay in BBC archives, we get an incredible look into how add on hair was really like in the 1950’s at the grand salon of famed British hairdressing icon, Freddy French. Located in London’s Mayfair district, Freddy French was known for his unique way of looking after his clients and creating hair looks that were incredibly personal. He was called by Vidal Sassoon as a “Master of the Brush”. Said Sassoon, “when a client came out from under the dryer, every head was brushed into a shape. No other implement was used except a brush.” Vidal also described Freddy’s work as “spectacularly different” and the man himself as “a visionary”.

Freddy French’s work and lasting legacy for hair lives on in his son…multiple NAHA award winner Nicholas French!


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Coming up in September
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17th Constitution Day
18th National Cheeseburger Day
21st International Peace Day (UN)
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23rd Native American Day
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SF Comic Con: September 2 - 4
Sausalito Arts Festival: September 3 - 5
San Francisco Improv Fest: September 8 - 17
SF Fringe Festival: September 9 - 24
Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival: September 10 - 11
Chinatown Autumn Moon Festival: September 10 - 11
SF Cheese Fest: September 17
Brews on the Bay: September 17
Oktoberfest: September 23 - 25
Folsom Street Fair: September 25

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If your hair is on the dryer side, try a shampoo with an oil such as argan, coconut, or olive in it. These types of shampoos have a conditioning agent in them and can help combat dryness.


Curly Hair Growth Chart

Are you frustrated about how slow your hair is growing, or want it to grow faster?  Check out this handy little hair growth infographic to help you figure out what's normal as well as tips for helping your hair grow.
Introducing Your New Favorite
Movie Night Snack 

(great while watching the game, too)

- Chickpeas - 
( and they are super good for you)
Preheat the oven to 400°F
Drain and Rinse the chickpeas
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
Toss the chickpeas in the ingredients 
Poor out into a single layer

Here a few yummy recipes

Nails and Health: Read the Signs

What Your Nails Say About Your Health


Comprehensive assessment reveals that textured-hair consumers are spenders and are constantly on the hunt for the perfect hair product; With roughly 60% of the market having textured hair, retailers need to actively respond or leave money on the table

Phoenix Marketing International, a premier global marketing services firm, in conjunction with TextureMedia, has released TextureTrends 2016, the textured-hair market’s most comprehensive report, including new multi-year trending information. This year’s findings reveal that textured-hair consumers are constantly on the hunt for the perfect hair care product. These powerful buyers use more products and spend 20% more monthly than their straight hair counterparts. The 200-page TextureTrends report also offers detailed and actionable market intelligence for both brands and retailers and explores the consumer’s attitudes before she ever walks into a store to purchase a product.

“A theme that surfaces in the research this year is the diversity of women within the textured-hair market; they span all ethnicities, which tells us that marketing programs and in-store POS need to reflect woman of all backgrounds,” said Julie Rotondo, senior analyst at Phoenix. “Data from the 2016 TextureTrends report also illustrates how brands and retailers are increasingly finding new ways to appeal to these important shoppers. Brands not traditionally targeting the textured-hair consumers are starting to see the potential; and when brands embrace textured-hair marketing initiatives, they see results.”

A sampling of this year’s key findings about the textured-hair consumer include:

  • The textured-hair consumer spends, on average, $37 a month on product – 20% more than straight-haired consumers
  • 50% continue to buy even after they’ve found their “Holy Grail” product
  • 77% cocktail products on a regular basis
  • 47% rank reviews as the most important purchasing consideration of a new product
  • 44% rank ingredients as the top purchasing consideration of a new product
  • 50% say a sample encouraged them to purchase a product
  • 54% consider Shea Butter the most desirable ingredient, followed by Argan Oil
  • 11% of coily consumers rank frizz as a concern, while 46% of wavies rank it as their top concern
  • 42% of women with coily hair wear their hair natural most often

“The 2016 results highlight the power of this consumer in reshaping the hair care landscape, both in terms of greater product availability and the expanded selection at retailers,” said Michelle Breyer, NaturallyCurly co-founder of TextureMedia. “There also has been movement away from viewing this category in terms of ethnicity and focusing more on texture. Texture truly does transcend ethnicity and retailers that do not respond and develop programs focused on highlighting this trend are leaving money on the table.” For an excerpt of the report click here.

The TextureTrends 2016 report draws from more than 5,000 consumers, including 4,500 textured-hair consumers, and explores many areas of purchasing behavior and product usage, including awareness, spend, retail preferences, and brand loyalty.Since the first report was published in 2011, TextureTrends has become a must-have report for brands and retailers in the category.


The Holidays are right around the corner. 
So exactly when should you book your flight?

When it comes to super useful travel knowledge, nothing tops knowing when to book your flights.

The booking site recently crunched the numbers on nearly three million trips in more than 8,000 markets for fares booked between one and 335 days in advance. After analyzing 1.3 billion airfares, the CheapAir team found that the best fares were snagged booking, on average, 54 days in advance for domestic flights. 

The links below should (hopefully) help you with your travel planning.

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