Hair & Beauty
1 AnswerDavid Pollock, , answeredLonger hair can actually make you look tired and worn down. Shorter hair eliminates the dry ends, creates a more bouncy look, and can improve your overall youthfulness. Consider sideswept bangs to expose and frame your beautiful face. Also, consider a layered style to create a livelier, shinier appearance.
1 AnswerHair tangles happen when the cuticle (the outside layer) gets roughed up and clings to neighboring strands like Velcro. Chemical processes, hot tools and everyday wear and tear are tough on the cuticle. Be gentle when combing out tangles so you don’t make the damage worse -- a dollop of conditioner on the area will help your comb slide through smoothly.
1 AnswerBalayage highlighting (pronounced Bah-lay-ah-je) is an even healthier way to highlight hair than traditional foils. Here’s why:
Fewer highlights: “By hand painting, I can create a more profound impact with fewer highlights; that’s why I believe it’s healthier for hair,” says L’Oréal Professionnel master colorist Eva Scrivo in her 2011 book “Eva Scrivo on Beauty."
Although balayage can be performed on any hair color, Scrivo particularly likes this process for imparting light beige and golden tones to darker hair -- especially if you’re looking to transition the tone (or go ombré). New color blends seamlessly without a harsh line of demarcation.
Safer root touch-ups: Cumbersome foils present a problem with root touch-ups. If the colorist doesn’t leave enough room between the roots to be touched-up and the previously colored locks, the bleach will expand under the heat created by the foils and seep into old color leading to breakage. It’s so common that professionals refer to such damage as a “chemical cut.”
Balayage is ideal for roots because the colorist can see exactly where the new hair growth begins and ends. “And because the formula is thicker than what’s required for foil highlights, the mixture is more likely to stay put,” Scrivo says.
Less heat: This technique also helps avert heat-related damage. “Aluminum foil conducts heat, almost baking the bleach into each strand and creating a very brassy effect,” Scrivo says in her Beauty Blog. Instead of processing hair underneath a heat lamp, this technique calls for a cotton ball to be placed underneath each painted section; then all the hair is covered in cling wrap to allow the dye to develop.
1 AnswerFlat hair with no body or bounce is usually a fine-haired gal’s problem, because the extra oil glands in fine hair produce more sebum, which makes hair appear heavier. Dry shampoo can do wonders for absorbing oil and lifting the roots. Thicker-haired folks might start to see limpness if their hair is thinning. This could be due to aging, but if your hair is thinning and it seems out of the ordinary, see your doctor stat.
1 AnswerIn the wake of the Brazilian Blowout scandal that has many seeking alternative routes to achieve smooth, glossy and manageable hair, there is a promising new crop of keratin hair treatment options without formaldehyde to choose from.
The challenge? You need to first distinguish between the truly formaldehyde-free versions and those that merely just profess to be. Ingredient labeling in today’s industry is notoriously misleading to the consumer, with brands that contain the caustic chemical often claiming “formaldehyde free” on the label.
The Environmental Working Group (E.W.G.) has done much of the work for you already, by making the most extensive analysis of formaldehyde-containing hair treatments available for viewing online, via the consumer advocacy group’s “Brands That Hide Formaldehyde” report.
A list of 16 different brands are found to contain the toxic chemical, and all names are listed alongside the percentage of contained carcinogenic. Of those brands, a staggering 15 claim, label and brand themselves as having either little or no formaldehyde at all.
Another glaring red giveaway you can be on the lookout for is the claim that a product will “straighten” your hair. “If you want to straighten the hair, you have to change the chemical composition of it, and only formaldehyde can do that,” New York stylist and salon owner Mark Garrison told us.
1 AnswerThere are three cycles of hair growth: growth, shedding and resting. If you’re not brushing your hair properly and making sure bristles stimulate the scalp, you can actually deter the progress, N.Y.C.-based hairstylist, author and salon owner Eva Scrivo told us. Many hairstylists recommend the Mason Pearson Popular brush because it combines both plastic and boar bristles for a deep combing.
1 AnswerThe kinds of cleansing agents dropped into color-treated and sulfate-free shampoo formulas typically contain gentler dirt busters that won’t strip hair of color.
So does that mean you have to use a shampoo for color-treated hair? Not necessarily. If you think you’d get more benefit from a volumizing, moisturizing, curl-defining or dandruff formula, then go ahead and grab one -- just look for one without sulfates to be on the safe side.
Some of the best sulfate-free surfactants to look for on the label: sodium lauryl methyl isethionate, ammonium cocyl isethionate, cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine, decyl glucoside, cocamidopropylamine oxide, sodium lauryl sarcosinate and sodium lauryl sulfoacetate.
1 AnswerIn a study of 84 identical female twins, marital status, including divorce, emerged as the leading forecaster for hair loss. Widows and divorcées experienced greater amounts of hair loss than their married counterparts -- a phenomenon that scientists attribute to the effects of stress on the body. Researchers used sets of identical twins, as they would genetically carry the same possibility of hair loss. This makes other influences that might cause the siblings to deviate from a predetermined hair pattern clearer to discern.
1 AnswerPlaying around with your haircut can mask thinning hair, so talk to your stylist about adding volume and bounce. Adding thickening products to your beauty arsenal can help, too. Then look to finding out the root of the thin-hair problem. A healthy-hair diet can work wonders on strengthening disappearing strands, as can certain supplements, such as biotin.