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.
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.
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.
January 22, 2012 |
If you're thinking about trying out the latest trend in men's hairstyles, here are a few pointers from the experts on how to do the 'do. What should I ask for? Some folks refer to it as an undercut. Others call it the Jimmy, the Darmody or the Michael Pitt. J.P. Mastey, who owns the Baxter Finley Barber & Shop, says requests even include "the haircut like the young guy with the limp on that old-timey HBO series. " Although most barbers and stylists will probably know what you're talking about, Supercuts senior artistic director Melanie Ash offers a concise description: "Ask for a cut that's shorter through the sides, clippered up all the way, disconnected and left with length through the top. " Or take in a photo of the style.