January 29, 2012 |
For most men, it's about staying competitive in a youth-focused workplace. For others, it's a need to keep up with new young wives. And for some, well, they just like the sleek black tops on those "Jersey Shore" boys. These are among the reasons stylists say that more men - including those in their late 40s and older and those at senior corporate levels - are dyeing their hair, shedding the shame that was once attached to the practice. Hair salons across the board - from inexpensive chains to ritzy Beverly Hills places - are noticing a rise in the number of men coming in for color treatments, hoping that covering the gray will help them hang onto jobs or put them on the fast-track at work.
June 2, 2012
Woolly trivia: • The hair on your head grows at about 0.00000001 miles per hour. That's a half-inch per month. • Every day, the 5 million or so hairs on an adult's body add about 40 yards of new growth. • At any given moment, about 90% of the hairs on your head are growing and 10% are getting ready to abandon ship. • Even on a good day, about 100 hairs from your head will fall out. • The average person could lose tens of thousands of hairs from their scalp without really noticing a difference.
October 25, 2009 |
When it comes to beauty products, sometimes ignorance is bliss. Snake venom, bird droppings, snail serum, cow dung and whale vomit are but a few of the industry's extreme and off-putting ingredients that one might be shocked to know can be slathered about your body. Hair products are no exception to this somewhat creepy phenomenon. Consumers hoping for a hair miracle are willing to pay extra for deep conditioners and conditioning "treatments" that promise an enviable crowning glory -- even when they contain rather odd-seeming ingredients such as placenta, caviar and hemp.
November 22, 2009
Tips for mixed hair The experts shared a few tips on how to manage your little-bit-of-this and little-bit-of-that terrifically unique tresses: Always go to someone who knows how to work with your hair texture and who is a color expert. Don't relax and color you hair. Do only one or the other or you'll end up with damaged hair. Try Keratin/protein treatments for dry, damaged hair. Always use a thermal protection product when blowing out hair. For frizzy hair, use a water-based dry pomade.
July 13, 2009 |
I am making a statement tantamount to a terminal patient raising her hand in protest and announcing, "No more treatments!" Mine is not over something life-threatening, though. After 13 years of it, I am just saying "no" to color: Let the gray grow in! "Aren't you afraid you'll look like 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' -- ancient overnight?" asks one Southern California friend. "But you'll look older!" protests another. Guess what? I am older. And I'm tired of trying so hard to deny it.
December 6, 2009
Hair color glossary of terms Highlights Color is mixed with a developer (most often hydrogen peroxide) into a formula used to lighten hair in streaks. The mixture is applied to strands of dry hair that are then wrapped in foil. Alternatively, a cap with hair threaded through small holes can be used, but the uniform strips can appear unnatural. Lowlights The application technique is similar to highlights, but instead of lightening strands, a darker shade than the base color is applied to hair.