With the introduction of anti-aging hair products, the issue of women’s thinning hair is finally getting the attention it deserves. Whether your hair thins as you age or you experience thinning your twenties (called alopecia, the condition is triggered by genetics and even bad nutrition choices), there are simple cuts, coloring techniques and styling tricks that can disguise sparse strands. We caught up with Diane Stevens, Lead Stylist for Nioxin (the brand known for treating hair thinning) on how she camouflages thinning hair on her clients.
Starting with a darker base and slowly getting lighter towards the ends creates the visual effect of thicker hair at the tips. Go one or two shades lighter at the base for a subtle color change.
Add Multidimensional Color
Create movement and the illusion of fullness with this color trick. “Have your stylist use different tones and levels to create a soft, multidimensional look,” Stevens says. “Oftentimes, I use three different formulas to do so. I use one shade that is my client’s natural base color, one that is slightly lighter and a third that is slightly darker. This
In our Q&A series, beauty experts address your most bewildering issues. Have a beauty-related quandary of your own? Submit your question in the comments below or via Twitter.
Q: How often should you wash your hair? I’ve heard that washing every day is bad, but my hair falls flat by day two.
A: “You really want to cleanse the scalp about three times per week,” says stylist Patrick Melville of Patrick Melville Salon. “Obviously this depends on the individual. If you tend to have a more oily scalp, you may need to cleanse once a day.”
While certain hair types need to be vigilant about keeping strands moisturized, it’s not necessarily bad to shampoo daily if you like the way it makes your hair look. Trichologist Philip Kingsley, who founded the Philip Kingsley clinics in London and New York to treat hair health issues, is a proponent of daily washing — he even explains his philosophy in this video.
Still, 1 in 3 women will skip a shower or a workout to preserve their style, according to a 2013 Dove national survey of 1,000 women. If you find that shampooing tends to
Sometimes the best hair treatments aren’t in the beauty aisle, but in the pantry. “The most obvious benefit [to DIY hair treatment] is financial, but other benefits include the ability to customize treatments for your own special needs,” says Kyle White, lead colorist at Oscar Blandi Salon in NYC. “If you have a specific oil you prefer for its scent or unique benefits, you can use that more heavily, or if you have allergies to certain ingredients then you can avoid them.” Here are some of his favorite recipes for hair masks that you can mix up in your kitchen.
Enhance Your Hair Color
Brunettes can tone down brassiness with a grape Kool-Aid or coffee rinse. For redheads, use a cranberry rinse or cherry Kool-Aid to add vibrancy and shine. Blondes can enhance golden tones by combing through a glass of champagne. “The champagne color will bring out any golden highlights while the carbonation gives volume and shine,” says White. To combat brassiness in blonde hair, use a drop of purple food coloring in your shampoo to neutralize the orange tone.
Try this mask
While there are different answers to the question of how to remove a tattoo, by far the most popular method at this point is the laser removal method. This is less traumatic to the skin, and while some pain is still involved, it is less painful than the digging and cutting necessary for earlier methods of tattoo removal to work. It will also cause a great deal less damage to the skin, and consequently results in much less scarring.
There are many shops available at this time, but for specialists in laser tattoo removal, go to Tataway. They have locations in Boston, New York and Allentown and their website is at tataway.com. Tattoo removal is all that they do, and so they can focus on your removal and try to ensure that it goes as smoothly as possible for you. They can be contacted through their website for a consultation and free price estimate.
Curly hair may look totally carefree, but we have to level with you. There’s actually a lot of work that goes into keeping them healthy and looking good. And how you do that totally depends on your hair texture. Ready to refine your routine? We chatted with experts Morgan Willhite, Creative Director at Ouidad, and Tippi Shorter, Aveda Global Artistic Director for Textured Hair, and quizzed them on their most essential curly hair tips for every type out there.
The One Thing All Curly Hair Needs
For every type of curly hair, conditioning is priority number one. “Curly and coily hair don’t get the natural scalp oils that straight and wavy hair get,” says Shorter, because “curls and texture don’t allow for constant brushing, which is how natural scalp oils moisturize hair.”
Willhite agrees. “More than any other hair type, curls must be conditioned regularly,” she explains. “In fact, even the simple act of shampooing dehydrates curls; the warm water opens the cuticle, allowing the cleansers to flow into the hair shaft and rinse out many of the nutrients. It’s the same thing that happens to your skin after washing your hands – they just feel dry. This is why frequent
There’s nothing quite like a head of gorgeous, bouncy curls—but struggling with hot tools, damaging our hair in the process? No thank you. So what’s a girl dreaming of a voluminous curl cloud to do? Turn to heat-free curling methods, of course! There are lots of ways to get beautiful, easy curls without heat, even if your hair is normally stick-straight—plus they’re ideal for doing on a lazy evening before bed so you can wake up with curly hair the next morning.
And because these techniques are better when you actually see them in action, we’ve rounded up some amazing, easy-to-follow video tutorials for you! Here are the very best ways to get curls without heat.
Start with damp hair. Find something to turn into rags, such as an old T-shirt, and cut it up into thin strips. Take one small section of hair at a time—you can make the strips of hair bigger or smaller depending on how large you want the curls to be, but too much hair makes the process less effective. Starting at the ends, roll each section of hair around a rag strip all the way up to your scalp—the above video by Brittani Louise shows
In the heat of summer, it’s natural to be a little wary to pick up the heat-styling tools. But between wedding season, romantic dinners on the beach, and family reunions, no-heat hairstyles just won’t cut it. Celebrity hairstylist Josue Perez walked us through some easy tips to shorten our heat-styling time this summer.
Start With A Leave-In Conditioner
While hair is still damp, apply a leave-in conditioner or hair serum. “These will help coat and nourish the hair (which is especially important before blow drying and then ironing),” says Perez. “[These products] will help with shine and tame flyaways after styling as well.” Look for a balm that smoothes and straightens like Bumble and Bumble straight blow dry ($29, bumbleandbumble.com). Not only does the gel protect against heat from your dryer, but eliminates the need for a straightener altogether by loosening hair’s natural curves and creating a smooth cuticle.
Remove Some Moisture Beforehand
This might sound pretty obvious, but the dryer your hair is when you first start styling, the less time you’ll need to fuss with the blow dryer. Once you’re out of the shower, squeeze your hair dry with hands first, and then with a cotton t-shirt. Squeezing hair dry in