Get Well Wednesday: What You Need To Know About Hair Loss And How To Stop It

Jada Pinkett Smith recently revealed she was having trouble with unexpected hair loss, the cause of which has not been determined. Many Black women are challenged by thinning and bare edges and sometimes balding and permanent hair loss. Leading dermatologist Dr. Karen Heidleberg-Barnwell says there are some measures you can take to combat hair loss.


There are 2 main types of hair loss; scarring (cicatricial) and non-scarring  (non cicatricial). Scarring hair loss causes damage to the follicular epithelium, causing permanent hair loss.  Non-scarring hair loss is not permanent. There are also abnormalities that can occur with the hair shaft which can be congenital or acquired. These abnormalities can cause hair breakage.


 Male-pattern hair loss is the most common form of hair loss in men, and female-pattern hair loss is the most common form of hair loss in women. There is an epidemic of avoidable hair loss that we are seeing in young African\-American women based primarily on styling practices.


Yes, your physical health and diet can affect hair loss. Calorie and protein malnutrition is associated with hair loss. In addition, hair loss is often associated with chronic diseases, post-surgery, and with medications.


Yes, there are studies that demonstrate that the predisposition to male balding is predominantly due to genetic factors. Women with androgenic alopecia often have a family history of pattern alopecia in both male and female family members.


Yes, stress can affect the hair. Telogen effluvium has been associated with severe prolonged psychological stress. Although Alopecia Areata (AA) is an immune mediated form of hair loss, a link between stress and the development of AA has been described.


Yes, medications can cause hair loss.  There are numerous medications where hair loss is a side effect.


We have normal  hair shedding where we  lose about 100-200 hairs per day. The amount of hair we shed each day varies between individuals and there are seasonal variations.  This hair shedding does not lead to thinning.


The specialty of dermatology addresses all medical issues concerning the skin, hair and nails. Therefore, you should seek an evaluation from a dermatologist.


Traction alopecia is hair loss caused by too much tension being placed on the hair with styling. It is most often seen around the hairline.  Some of the common hairstyles which cause this type of hair loss include  braids, pony tails, and hair weaves.


The most important  way to avoid hair loss is to understand the causes. Understand the preventable causes of hair loss and avoid those practices.  We know that chronic tension on hair can cause permanent hair loss, so it is best to avoid those styles.  It is also important to seek treatment as early as possible if you are losing hair. The sooner the problem is identified and treated, the better the response you will have .


 It is important to determine the cause of your hair loss and address that issue specifically. A good shampoo and conditioner may not solve your problem. In general, I recommend a good moisturizing shampoo and conditioner in addition to any medications needed.


My recommendations for supplements depend on the needs of the individual patient.  In general, topical minoxidil is helpful for hair loss and I often incorporate that into my treatment. 


A  scalp biopsy is often used in the evaluation of a patient with hair loss.  If you have hair loss, don’t be surprised if your doctor recommends a biopsy, which is very helpful in the overall evaluation.


There are some types of hair loss where blood work is necessary, but it is not always required.

Dr. Heidleberg-Barnwell answers your ‘Text Tom’ questions on the next page.  

Can anything be done about thinning hair from dialysis? Been on it 4 years and hair has thinned.

Hair loss associated with dialysis is a common problem and can be treated. I would suggest that you see a board-certified dermatologist in your area.

 My hair has not come back from chemo 7 years ago. Any hope that I can regrow hair?

In general, hair loss associated with chemotherapy is usually non – scarring and doesn’t cause permanent hair loss. However, more recently there has been permanent hair loss associated with some chemotherapeutic medications. I would suggest that you see a board certified dermatologist for an evaluation and discuss your previous treatments.

What can be done for women with alopecia? My daughter in law is looking for option.

There are many treatment options for hair loss.  Your daughter in law needs to be evaluated by a board certified dermatologist to identify the cause of her hair loss and based on that, she can receive appropriate treatment.

Is wearing natural hair healthier or better for us, even if we are just braiding it and wearing wigs, weave, etc.?

Wearing tension-causing hair styles, which include braids and hair weaves, can cause permanent hair loss.

How does hair dye effect hair, especially bleaching?

Permanent hair dye penetrates the hair shaft.  As a result, sometimes the hair becomes dry, brittle and breaks more easily.

I have shallow roots. When my hair comes out it, comes out at the roots. Is there anything I can do to stimulate root growth?

It is normal to have hair shedding.  We may lose 100-200 hairs per day, but this varies between individuals.Your hair loss  should  be evaluated by a board certified dermatologist to determine if your hair loss is normal or requires treatment.

How do I find a good dermatologist in South Florida? I have been to dermatologist that were not that good. My son has growth on the tip of his finger under the finger nail. The dermatologist froze it, then burned it but it has come back.

I recommend contacting the American Academy of Dermatology.  It is the largest, most influential and representative dermatology group in the U.S. You can find a listing of dermatologists in your area.

 Does being diabetic cause hair loss?

Hair loss is sometimes seen with chronic diseases. You should have your hair loss evaluated by a board-certified dermatologist to receive appropriate treatment.

My wife loses hair whenever she combs it. She told me that it’s normal. What do you think is happening here?

Your wife is probably correct.  It is normal to lose hair daily with hair combing.  Some people can lose 100-200 hairs daily!  However, if there is a concern, she should be evaluated by a board-certified dermatologist to see if her hair loss is normal.

I have a 2-year old granddaughter and her hair has patches. What can we do now to restore her hair?

There are many causes of patchy  hair loss in children. I suggest you take her to a board-certified dermatologist for evaluation.  Most causes of hair loss in children can be treated.

 I have had universal alopecia for over ten years. I’m still hoping for a cure.

Alopecia universalis is a difficult type of hair loss to treat. The good news is that there are new medications that are being tested. Keep in contact with your dermatologist regarding JAK inhibitors.

I am 31 years old. Within the last 2 years, my hair has thinned out a lot & will not grow anymore. My hairdresser has even commented on the thickness and my length. Is there anything I can do to increase the thickness and get my hair to start growing again? I don’t wear braids or hair extensions.

Sometimes we can damage our hair with heat and styling practices. These practices can make our hair break and become shorter and thinner and it seems that the hair isn’t growing.  Of course, there are other things that can make your hair thinner.

I would suggest that you see a board-certified dermatologist to evaluate your hair.  The dermatologist can help to identify the cause of the hair loss and make appropriate recommendations.  It doesn’t sound like permanent hair loss which is great!

 Dr. Karen, how do I find a qualified Black dermatologist in my area?

The National Medical Association (NMA) is the leading organization of African0-American physicians. The NMA is the largest and oldest national organization representing African-American physicians and their patients in the United States.

Is a visit for hair lost diagnosis and treatment covered by insurance or is it considered cosmetic and you have to pay out of pocket? And if that is the case, about how much would this cost run you?

The coverage for a  hair loss evaluation by a dermatologist depends on your insurance.  Check with your policy and they can estimate your out of pocket expenses.

I’m a 70 years. young woman  with thinning around my hairline. I prefer wearing my hair away from my face. I have thick head of hair, thank God, however does thinning hairline come with age?

Thank God for thick hair! What a blessing!  Make sure that your hair styles are not putting tension on your hairline because this styling practice can cause thinning.

I’m 48 and have what I think is the typical male-pattern baldness…I call a sunroof….is there any treatment for someone my age?

As I mentioned in my interview, male-pattern hair loss is the most common form of hair loss in men. You should be evaluated for your hair loss. Depending on the extent of your hair loss, you may respond to therapy.  Therapy my include topical medications, oral medications, injections, laser, or a combination of these treatments. If all else fails, there is always hair transplants!

What can I use for eczema and flakes on my 9-year-old daughter’s scalp? Is there any oil that is safe to use on the scalp for adults or children?

The treatment of a flaky scalp often requires medical treatment if it doesn’t respond to over the counter remedies such as tar shampoos.


Dr. Karen Heidleberg-Barnwell, best known as  “Dr. Karen” is a board-certified dermatologist, with a successful practice in Detroit, Michigan.  She received her medical degree from the Howard University College of Medicine and completed her internship in internal medicine at George Washington University Hospital. She did her dermatology residency at the Mayo Clinic. At Heidelberg Dermatology, Dr. Karen is the managing partner and chief physician. 

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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

You’ve seen the evidence on your pillow. You’ve found it on your clothes and in the shower. And although you may feel nervous, embarrassed or even scared, it’s important to know that the problem you’re dealing with is one that most women will face at some point in their lives. …

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This is why you should never spray perfume in your hair


If there’s one thing that’s true about hair, it’s that it’s great at holding on to scent.

But although we all like our hair to smell great, you should never spray regular perfume directly on your hair.

This is because perfume contains alcohol, which is incredibly drying for hair and can leave it brittle, haystack-like and more likely to suffer breakage.

Hair mists on the other hand are still perfumed, but with a much lower concentration of alcohol, so you can spritz away to your heart’s content. Plus they last ages, due to your hair’s ability to trap the smell, so no need for top-ups throughout the day.

With this in mind, we’ve picked some of our favourite hair mists from the perfumery world we’re obsessed with (and you will be too).

Balmain Hair Silk Perfume, £9.95, Lookfantastic

A designer favourite, the dreamy scent of pine, peach blossom, woods and raspberry is enriched with argain oil and silk protein to treat your hair while you wear it. Win-win.

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Byredo La Tulipe Hair Perfume, £48, Space NK

Tulips are actually scentless, so this gorgeous floral scent is founder Ben Gorham’s imagination of what it would smell like. It’s the perfect balance of sweet florals without being too sickly, combining freesia, rhubarb and blonde woods.

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Maison Francois Kirkdijan Baccarat Rouge 540 Hair Mist, £65, Selfridges

Baccarat Rouge 540 is a delicious combination of cedar, saffron and amber gris, combining for a rich, slightly fruity overall scent – so you can imagine our delight when it was turned into a scented hair mist. It’s the perfect fragrance to wear all year-round.

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Coco Madameoiselle Fresh Hair Mist, £34.20, House of Fraser

Recently revealed as the most popular perfume of 2018 so far, it’s only fair that we give a shout out to Chanel’s fresh hair scent. A timeless classic, this is the perfect buy if Coco Madameoiselle is already your signature scent.

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Apologies in advance for starting your new hair perfume addiction.

Here’s to great hair (mist) days for everyone.

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Heads Up: Hair Oil Is Stopping Your Hair From Growing

Dandruff. It’s a word that many people get uncomfortable associating with. You hear words like: dry scalp, flaky scalp, or even ‘product buildup.’ As Black women, the industry and thus, in turn, us as a people, tend to focus solely on hair care. The desire for most: what can I do to make my hair grow? Unfortunately, the focus on hair care and lack of education on scalp care is leading us to more breakage, more dryness, more itching, and overall unhealthy hair. Scalp health and hair health are entirely different and have different needs.

African woman brushing hair

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Your skin is the largest organ on your body. You wouldn’t ignore it by not cleaning it, moisturizing it, and protecting it from the elements of nature. However, we tend to do this with our scalp. Some of our haircare methods are actually more conducive to doing a disservice to our hair and scalp vs. helping it. According to a study conducted by Head And Shoulders, 71% of Black women have experienced or were concerned about itch, dryness, and flaking in the last month and 73% of us are using an oil to soothe, moisturize, and relieve the scalp, without knowing it can actually make scalp and hair issues worse.

Yes, you read that right: you should not be using oil to soothe or grow your scalp. It’s actually clogging the pores that your hair follicles grow out of and provide a breeding ground for scalp fungus (I know, ewww) called Malassezia. Malassezia is a yeast-like fungus that can irritate your scalp and cause more skin cells to grow. When they die, they flake off, which explains dandruff or as some of us like to call it “product build up.”

Before I scare you or make you freak out (is your scalp itching yet?), let’s learn some more about this scalp fungus. According to a Proctor and Gamble Commissioned North America study, 40% of the US population has dandruff, 77% of Black women suffer from it. Why is it higher for Black women? Our hair care methods. Let’s break it down by how we wear our hair. For natural women or women with relaxers, we’ve been taught to oil our scalp to help grow our hair as well as nourish and improve it. No matter what your favorite YouTuber is telling you, unfortunately, it’s not. Dr. Rolanda Wilkerson, who works for Head And Shoulders explained,

“She’s having damage to the hair, even before it grows out of the scalp, if her scalp is unhealthy.”

What’s making it so unhealthy? Well, for women who wear protective styles like weaves, the heat, moisture, mixed with oil provide a breeding grown for the fungus (find out the name). When you wear braids for long periods of time and go without washing, by adding oil and not giving your scalp the care it actually needs, Dr. Wilkerson revealed, ““Pre-emerging hair as it comes out of the scalp will look a little bit dryer and duller because of scalp issues.”


Oil is for your hair, not your scalp. Think of your hair follicle (hair strands) like an egg. Due to the oval shape of Black women’s hair, fatigue and tensile tests show that African hair is significantly weaker than Caucasian or Asian hair. Add our chemical treatments and repeated heating, it significantly increases damage in the already fragile strands. Same as when we are wearing hair in protective styles like braids. The weight of braids (hello high bun) also weakens our hair and can lead to a type of hair loss called traction alopecia.

Still think none of this applies to you (or that you really just have product build up?) Dr. Wilkerson explains that you can have dandruff without flakes. While visiting P&G, she told me, “There can be itch that may not show up in the form of dandruff (flaking). There can be scalp tightness, there can be dryness.

Only about 10% of the US population actually flakes.” So yes, ladies, if you are patting your weave to avoid itching your scalp, chances are there is some flaking too. Dr. Rukeyser Thompson, Section Head Global Hair Care Research and Development at P&G explained, “Culturally, to say, ‘She has dandruff,’ she feels somehow she’s less clean. It’s been a huge insight we’ve shared with the Head And Shoulders team. This is a global phenomenon and even more so in sub-Sahara Africa.”

Attractive woman taking shower.

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Whoa. So what can you do to help your hair? Use an anti-dandruff shampoo, EVEN if you think your scalp does not suffer from it. Not just any AD shampoo, you need one with zinc pyrithione also called, ZPT. ZPT helps protect your scalp from dandruff causing fungus, Malassezia, which causes scalp irritants. If you’re looking for one, definitely try out Head And Shoulders Classic Clean 2-in-1 Anti-Dandruff Shampoo and Conditioner ($ 7.82, Think of adding AD shampoo and conditioner into your routine like washing your hands. If you had dirt and germs on your hands, you’d want it off, right? Same for your scalp, sis.

Beauties, have you used an anti-dandruff shampoo? Why or why not? Sound off in the comments.





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10 Hair Tinting Products for a No-Risk, Temporary Color Boost

Gorgeous hair is forever the goal, right? We think so. And with all the time and money spent perfecting our hair color, it only makes sense to want to make the most of it. While we could go to the salon every four weeks for a touch-up, we prefer to focus on making our hair color last as long as possible and one of our favorite tricks is using a color-depositing product.

Color-depositing hair care products can do everything from conceal roots and boost color between salon visits to create custom tinted looks on your natural hue that will only last a few shampoos. While some neutralize brassiness, others add a dose of vibrant color for a unique new look. So, whether you have natural or color-treated blonde, brown, red (or rainbow!) hair, there’s a color-depositing hair care product for you. Read on for 10 of our favorites.

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Ivory Coast artist makes sculptures from her own hair

ABIDJAN, June 6 (Reuters) – – There’s almost no image Ivorian artist Laetitia Ky can’t sculpt from her own hair. Depending on her mood, she can shape her thick black tresses into light bulbs, trees, trumpets, bicycles or cupcakes.

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See Jim Carrey (with Long Hair!) as He Prepares His Return to TV

Before he was an A-list movie star, Canadian comedian Jim Carrey, 56, starred in the sketch comedy series In Living Color from 1990-1994. (Anyone remember his beloved Fire Marshall Bill character?)

This fall, the actor, painter and screenwriter will make his first return to the small screen in Showtime’s Kidding, portraying a lovable and kind Mr. Rogers-like television character called Mr. Pickles who uses puppets to teach wisdom and lessons to impressionable young minds.

When Mr. Pickles goes through a personal crisis, he’s starts slowly breaking down, and his producers start worrying that his precarious mental state will destroy Mr. Pickles’ image.

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Carrey, who at the height of his fame won a Golden Globe for The Truman Show, has recently taken a turn behind the scenes, as the executive producer of I’m Dying Up Here.

He’s also taken to showing off his impressive talents as an artist — with his cartoons and paintings most often lampooning and critiquing the presidency.

Kidding will come out this fall on Showtime.

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Watch: Willow Smith Shocks Jada By Revealing She Used to Cut Herself After the Success of ‘Whip My Hair’ [Video]

Willow Smith says she lost her sanity during the peak of her childhood fame.

On the second episode of “Red Table Talk,” Willow, her mother, Jada Pinkett Smith, and grandmother Adrienne Banfield-Jones openly discussed loss. When asked about her biggest loss, Willow disclosed something that she had never told her family about.

“I would have to say … honestly I feel like I lost my sanity at one point,” the 17-year-old singer and model said. “It was after that whole ‘Whip My Hair’ thing and I just had stopped doing singing lessons and I was kind of like, just in this gray area of, ‘Who am I? Do I have a purpose? Is there anything, like, I can do besides this?’”

Willow released “Whip My Hair” in 2010 and it skyrocketed Willow to make — she was just 9-years-old.

She continued:

“After the tour and the promotion and all of that, they wanted me to finish my album,” Willow added. “And I was like — I’m not gonna do that. And after all of that kinda settled down and it was like a kind of lull, I was just listening to a lot of dark music, and it was just so crazy and I was just like plunged into this black hole, and I was, like, cutting myself.”

Jada and Adrienne couldn’t believe what they were hearing.

Willow said she had never told anyone except for one friend and even showed her mom an old scar on her wrist.

“I never talk about it because it was such a short, weird point in my life, but you have to pull yourself … out of it,” she said. “I honestly felt like I was experiencing so much emotional pain, but my physical circumstances weren’t reflecting that.”

We have to commend Jada for her compassionate reaction to Willow’s revelation. We can’t imagine that, as a mother, hearing your daughter say she used to cut herself is easy.

Watch the full episode below.

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Plum Seed Oil: The Under-the-Radar Oil With Major Benefits for Skin and Hair

Every beauty nerd knows the importance of stocking at least one powerful multipurpose beauty oil in your medicine cabinet. Argan, coconut, jojoba — all of these and more are beneficial in maintaining healthy skin, hair and nails. Besides these well-known options that have been reported on for years, there’s one under-the-radar beauty oil that’s just as powerful, if not more: plum seed oil.

Extracted from the seeds of organic plums, plum seed oil is a cold-pressed beauty oil that’s poised to be the next big trend in beauty. “It is rich in fatty acids as well as antioxidants like vitamins A, C and E,” says board-certified dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner. “It has both skin-hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties. Fatty acids help seal in cracks in the outer skin layer, while the antioxidants calm free radical damage to protect the skin and help promote healthy collagen production to strengthen the skin foundation and fight the appearance of lines and wrinkles.”

Wondering how to use this impressive oil? Luckily, there are a variety of ways you can start incorporating plum seed oil into your daily beauty routine.

Protect Your Hair

If you’re someone who heat styles your hair quite often, using plum seed oil regularly will strengthen and protect your strands from heat usage, minimizing your chances of damaging them. That said, you should still limit how often you use your blow-dryer and flatiron.

Give Your Skin Care Products a Boost

When you want a glow, but hate how oily most facial oils leave your skin, give plum seed oil a whirl. When combined with your favorite tinted moisturizer or foundation, it will give your skin a drink of hydration and a radiant finish.

Tackle Common Skin Woes

Due to its high concentration of omega fatty acids and vitamins A, C and E, this superfood is a workhorse at minimizing dark spots, reducing fine lines and calming irritated skin. It can also be used to soothe skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Mix a drop or two with your favorite moisturizer in the morning if you have dry or combination skin to protect against pollutants. For all other skin types, use some at night for well-hydrated skin the next day.

Now that you’re armed with all of that knowledge, let us introduce you to some of the best beauty products on the market that contain the power of plum seed oil.

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8 shaggy pixie cuts that’ll convince you to chop off your hair this spring

8 shaggy pixie cuts that’ll convince you to chop off your hair this spring

8 shaggy pixie cuts that’ll convince you to chop off your hair this spring

Every time I get a trim, I shudder at the thought of losing more than two inches. Whether I like it or not, long hair is my security blanket. Despite that, I still feel total envy for anyone with a pixie. There’s no denying the power of a short haircut—it brings attention to your facial features better than any variation of the lob or bob. It’s a statement in and of itself. Kate Hudson, a new adopter of the look, has said that chopping off all her hair was freeing. The added bonus is that the pixie is one of the most versatile, flattering, and classic haircuts of all time.

“A shaggy pixie cut is one of the most popular styles for spring, if you are willing to give it a go,” explains celebrity hairstylist Arsen Gurgov, founder of the Arsen Gurgov Salon in New York City. “What I like best about this haircut is how it frames the face and enhances the cheekbones.”

While it works for most (if not all) face shapes, Gurgov says it’s a particularly great fit for anyone with thin or fine hair. And aside from regular salon visits every few weeks to keep the shape of the haircut, it’s pretty low-maintenance. “A shaggy pixie is a wash-and-go style,” notes Gurgov. “For everyday styling, you can add some texture with a styling cream or pomade, but avoid using too much. It will weigh the hair down and make it look greasy. Less really is more in this case.”

Keep scrolling to see eight celebrities who have worn it best.

Jennifer Lawrence

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J.Law’s choppy haircut features more length on the top and in the front, mimicking the appearance of side-swept bangs.

Katie Holmes

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The soft, zigzag part makes this pixie all the more modern.

Kaley Cuoco

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Kaley Cuoco’s haircut features a significant amount of length on top. The tousled, wind-blown texture brings out the variations of length within the cut and even makes the hair look thicker.

Kris Jenner

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This is Kris Jenner’s signature haircut, and she stuck with it for years. The momager’s shaggy pixie cut always consists of volume on top and longer layers framing her face.

Janelle Monáe

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Uneven strands around the forehead—some longer, some shorter and choppier—give this haircut an edgier vibe.

Greta Gerwig


If the idea of chopping all your hair off is still too jarring, try a haircut that falls between a bob and pixie, like Greta Gerwig. You can wear it wavy with a center part and forward-facing, or push it to the back to get an idea of what a true choppy pixie would look like.

Viola Davis

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While Kris Jenner prefers a tousled, spiky texture, Viola Davis is known for wearing her cut sleek, emphasizing the length on top.

Kate Hudson

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Take the full plunge like Hudson and ask for less length on top, but still enough for texturizing paste to add movement to your hair. This picture is your best example.

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Your Hair Grooming Regimen

Hair grooming regimens differ based on the texture of your hair, the way it’s styled, how long it takes to style, the time you have available to style it, your workout routine, and whether your hair is a statement component of your look. 

I view my “pixie and specs” combination as an important part of my style. So I have it cut and highlighted every six weeks, and invest time in styling it every day. When my hair feels off, my outfit feels off, so it’s worth the investment to me. 

My hair is fine, wispy, soft and wavy. It looks best when it’s very clean. It is easiest to style when it’s just been washed, so I shampoo and condition my hair daily. It’s especially necessary because I do hot yoga regularly. There’s no way my hair could look fab unwashed on the morning after an evening yoga class. Another reason to wash daily is that I use styling products, and I don’t like the look or feel of day-old-product in my hair. It’s also harder to style.

My hair is in good condition because it’s cut regularly, and I use salon shampoo and conditioner that is gentle and moisturizing. 

I wear my pixie straight, wavy, or slicked back. I blow and straighten my hair for the straight and slicked-back looks, but leave it to dry naturally with product for the wavy look. Although I wash and style my hair every day, this is quick thanks to a good cut, and willing hair that is easy to style and quick to dry.

Greg has gorgeous salt and pepper hair that’s very different to mine. It’s also an integral part of his look with a pair of statement specs. His hair is extremely thick and quite curly. It’s coarser and drier than my hair, and absorbs product much better. It grows fast and he has it cut every four to five weeks. It works well for him to shampoo his hair twice a week and use conditioner one of those times. He does wet and style it with product daily to keep it looking neat and polished. Greg’s hair air dries, never looks dirty, and is always in place. The curls work beautifully with the cut and moisturizing product, and he never has a bad hair day. When his hair gets wet in the Seattle rain, it flounces perfectly back into place as it dries. I want to patent Greg’s hair.

Greg and I both have very short statement hair, but our hair washing frequency and grooming regimens are different. Over to you. What’s your hair washing frequency and is your hairstyle an integral part of your look? Do you put in the time to style it every day?



Curly hair types – the definitive guide to textured hair

It’s time to get a good understanding of your curls, once and for all

curly hair types

If you were blessed with curls atop your head, styling your hair can feel like a constant game of trial and error. Not anymore: enter our guide to all of the the different curly hair types out there.

Broadly speaking, curls may be wavy, curly or coily, each broken down into three sub types. We spoke to Lizzie (?), founder of Only Curls, for a more comprehensive break down of the different types of curly hair.

Armed with this guide to curly hair types and the right curly hair products, you’ll be the master of your hair’s texture in no time. Because who said straight-haired people should have it so easy?

Curly hair type 2: Wavy

‘Wavy hair lies somewhere between straight and curly in loose S shapes,’ explains Lizzie. ‘It has less sheen than straight hair and is more prone to frizz.

‘It needs some extra hydration, but not too much as it’ll quickly weigh the hair down – avoid heavy leave-in conditioners and creams; a styling gel or mousse works well for enhancing and holding gorgeous waves.’

(You guessed it – we’ve jumped straight in with type 2 because type 1 is reserved for straight hair.)

Type 2A

Curly hair types 2A Sienna Miller

‘These are tousled, beachy waves that sit close to the head, with little volume.’

Type 2B

Curly Hair Types 2B Salma Hayek

‘These waves are more defined, but begin a few inches down from the root with slight volume.’

Type 2C

Curly Hair Types 2C Shakira

‘Waves begin at the root with a much more defined “S” shape throughout the hair, with more body and volume. Hair texture is usually varied, with some true curls in the mix.’

Curly hair type 3: Curly

‘Curly hair strands clump together and wind around in a spiral shape, forming ringlets,’ says Lizzie. ‘This hair type can be dry, as the natural oil from the root struggles to make its way down the spiral strands; I recommend using one of the best sulphate free shampoos to avoid stripping the hair of its natural moisture.

‘Curly hair should be brushed when wet, as combing or brushing dry curls will break them up and cause frizz. Curl creme and gel can be used to enhance and maintain curl definition.’

Type 3A

Curly Hair Types 3A Jess Glynne

‘These are defined loops about the size and width of the cork from a wine bottle.’

Type 3B

Curly hair types 3B Ella Eyre

‘Springy ringlets about the size of your index finger, but with more volume than 3a curls.’

Type 3C

Curly Hair Types 3C Fleur East

‘These are tight, corkscrew curls about the circumference of a straw with lots of volume.’

Curly hair type 4: Coily

‘Coily or kinky curls range from a very tightly coiled S-shape to a Z-shape kinky pattern. The hair an appear shorter than it actually is due to the tightness of the curl, known as shrinkage, and can feel soft and fine or coarse and wiry depending on the hair thickness.

Type 4 curls are prone to breakage, dryness and tangles – lots of hydrating products, oils and deep conditioning treatments are required to avoid this.

Type 4A

Curly Hair Types 4A Amandla Stenberg

‘Tightly coiled, S-shaped corkscrews about the size of a crochet needle, the coils are compact and dense but a visible curl pattern.’

Type 4B

Curly hair types 4B Solange

‘Bends in angles into a Z-shaped, less defined pattern. 4B curls are very tightly coiled, a bit like the spring in a pen.’

Type 4C

curly hair types 4C Lupita Nyongo

‘The tightest of the curly hair types, these are shaped like 4B curls, but are tighter and denser due to shrinkage.’

Consider yourself now an expert in curls…

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Should hair be growing around my nipples? 4 things every teen girl should know about hair growth during puberty

Should hair be growing around my nipples? 4 things every teen girl should know about hair growth during puberty

Should hair be growing around my nipples? 4 things every teen girl should know about hair growth during puberty

When you’re going through puberty, a lot is happening with your body. Your hormones throw off your emotional mojo, your breasts are growing, and all of the sudden, hair is everywhere. And thanks to mom, sex ed, or your doctor, you may be well-informed about the basics of hair growth during puberty.

But what if you notice something seemingly uncommon — like hair growth around nipples. Is this normal? Or what if your hair down there begins creeping up your navel? You might still have a lot of questions that you find too embarrassing to bring up with an adult. So, to help, we did the asking for you.

We talked to board certified obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Felice Gersh about the unfamiliar world of hair growth during puberty and compiled a list of hairy facts that every teen girl should know to ease puberty jitters.

Even though it can be embarrassing to talk about, it’s really important that you ask your doctor puberty-related questions. That’s what they’re there for, after all! And besides, puberty is something we all go through, so chances are, you’re not the first person to ask.

But, for now, let’s dive into some of the basic questions you may have about hair popping up all over.

1. A small amount of breast hair is completely normal.

Just like our arms, legs, and pretty much our entire body, our breasts and nipples have hair follicles within the skin. Dr. Gersh told HelloGiggles,

“There can normally be a few scattered hairs around the nipples, which some don’t recognize as within normal limits. Concern over excessive hair should always be checked out.”

According to Columbia University’s Go Ask Alice! forum, excess female nipple or breast hair can be a symptom of hormonal fluctuation or even an overproduction of male-linked hormones. Excess hair growth can also be a warning sign of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Cushing’s Syndrome, or a thyroid problem. So, as Dr. Gersh noted, if you’re concerned about the amount of breast hair around your nipples, make an appointment with your doctor to get things checked out.

But, if there are just a few hairs here and there around your nipples, Dr. Gersh says plucking them or trimming them short is perfectly fine.

2. Hello, armpit and leg hair.

“Adults’ sexual hair in females is also axillary (under the arms), and of course there is darker and thicker hair growth on the legs,” Dr. Gersh told us, but you may have already found that out for yourself.

Armpit and leg hair may be the most embarrassing hair to emerge from puberty solely because it’s the only hair growth that gets exposed to the public, and your peers. But armpit and leg hair isn’t something you should ever be ashamed of. Some women even flaunt it by growing their armpit hair long and dying it funky colors:

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If you wish to remove your armpit or leg hair, shaving is probably the best option. Dr. Gersh recommends to “generously moisturize the skin before and after shaving and use a high quality razor.”

3. And hello to you too, pubic hair.

At the beginning of puberty, you’ll notice that hair will start to grow around your genital region. This is pubic hair and it will turn into a full bush soon enough.

Dr. Gersh said that pubic hair usually covers, “all of the labia majora to the inner surface of the thighs and up to the pubic bone-roughly shaped like a triangle.”

If you begin to notice that your pubic hair is growing upwards towards the navel and/or further downwards, reaching the front of the thighs, you should call your doctor. Too much pubic hair could be a sign that your body is producing too much of the male sex hormone Androgen. An influx of pubic hair can also be a symptom of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), so it’s important to recognize the warning signs and get checked out to make sure everything is copasetic.

4. Some hair growth is not normal for puberty.

Don’t be so quick to use puberty as an excuse for all the hair growth you begin to notice. Dr. Gersh told us that there shouldn’t be any hair growth going on on the face, back, or chest, “though some ethnic groups do have some mild facial hair on women.”

If hair pops up where it shouldn’t, get to your doctor’s office to see what’s going on. It could be nothing, or it could be a sign that your hormones aren’t doing what they should be doing. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Armpit, leg, and pubic hair is natural and totally normal. There’s nothing wrong with keeping it around if you aren’t keen with a razor, or if you just want be au naturale. And remember, don’t hesitate to approach your doctor with any questions you may have about things going on with your body.



RHOBH Star Erika Girardi Says She Spends $40,000 a Month on Hair, Makeup and Clothes

Erika Jayne has sang for years that it’s “XXpen$ ive to be me,” and she wasn’t kidding!

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Girardi travels with her own glam squad, has three walk-in closets in her Beverly Hills mansion and moonlights as her pop star alter ego, Erika Jayne. And it turns out living a life as fabulously fashionable as Erika’s will only set you back a mere $ 40,000 — a month.

During a stop on The Wendy Williams Show on Tuesday, the reality show star confirmed the rumor that it takes $ 40,000 — a month! — to be like her. “That is true. You know, it can get there for sure.”

So how does one rack up a bill as expensive as college tuition in just 30 days? “If you want to look good it’s hair, it’s makeup, it’s wardrobe, and then those people that help facilitate that. They’re not cheap,” Girardi said.

As we found out in the PEOPLE exclusive closet tour, her wardrobe is made up of almost entirely high-fashion brands (her shoe section alone has more pairs of Christian Louboutin pumps than a department store).

But for as over-the-top as she lives now, she was just a “middle class kid from Atlanta” growing up, she told Williams.

While promoting her new book, Pretty Mess, she opened up to PEOPLE about her past before finding fame on The Real Housewives. “I’ve worked very hard for everything I’ve ever had,” she told PEOPLE exclusively. “But it’s my journey. And I don’t regret anything.”

She worked as a Go-Go dancer while living in N.Y.C. at 18 years old, then moved to California to pursue her dream of being a performer when she met her husband, lawyer Tom Girardi.

“I was living Tom’s life,” Girardi said after they got married. “There are only so many material things you can have before it becomes boring. There are only so many dinners, so many things you can buy. I was complacent. I was in a wealthy coma and I wasn’t looking inward.”

What she decided to do was start up her performing career again — at age 35 — as Erika Jayne. “I had to be brave enough to say, ‘I’m not fulfilled.’ People told me I was insane. Erika Jayne was born out of rebellion. I like to break the rules.”

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Hair Sheet Masks Are the Coolest New Way to Deep Condition

What started off as a category solely devoted to the face has expanded to almost every part of the body including the neck, hands, feet, breasts and elbows. Now, there’s actually a whole segment devoted to our hair. Basically, we’ve reached peak sheet mask.

While facial sheet masks actually look like paper-thin sheets, their hair cousins more closely resemble shower caps or headwraps and usually rely on the steam from your shower to work their magic. But the benefits are just as impressive. Whether your locks are suffering from post-heat styling damage, a lack of moisture or overprocessing, these hair masks can help.

Here are nine hair sheet masks that will transform your strands.

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Alexa Chung Wore These Pearl Hair Clips, So Now Tyler Must Wear These Pearl Hair Clips

Question: Is there, currently walking among us on this earth, anyone who can make a single fashion item look cool as easily as Alexa Chung does? Answer: No. That’s why I’m currently contemplating dropping a few hundred bucks on a series of faux pearl embellished hair clips from Simone Rocha’s …

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Ne-Yo’s Wife Launching Mixed Kids Hair Care Line Amid Backlash

After being dragged by fans on social media last week for saying her son wasn’t “blessed” with her good hair, Ne-Yo’s wife Crystal Renay has announced plans to launch a new hair care line for mixed kids.

“Thank you guys for the negativity, because once again I’m going to channel it into something positive and I am now in the process of creating a hair care line for mixed children…so thank you once again,” she said in an Instagram post. (Watch in the video above.)

As previously reported, Crystal took to Instagram earlier this month with a request for help because her son wasn’t “blessed” with “Mommy’s ‘Hawaiian Silky’” hair texture.

Her comment section lit up with folks criticizing her for even making the distinction, which draws on the age old good hair/bad hair issue that has divided the African American community for decades.



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Kim Kardashian West Is ‘Over’ Her Blonde Hair, 6 Months After Changing Her Look

Kim Kardashian West may be prepping another big hair change!

The 37-year-old Keeping Up with the Kardashians star seems to have grown tired of her light locks.

I can’t even tell you how over my blonde hair I am!” the KKW Beauty mogul tweeted on Saturday.

This comes six months after the new mom-of-three debuted her major hair change — first going platinum during New York Fashion Week back in September. Since then her waist-length hair has gone through a variety of changes thanks to hair artist Chris Appleton. She chopped it into a sharp bobwent back to extensions, and altered the color ever-so-slightly throughout.

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In January, Kardashian West — who rose to fame with her dark locks – admitted she wouldn’t be going back to her old color “for a few of weeks,” since it was newly bleached.

“Maybe when the roots grow out too much,” she told a fan on Twitter. “It will be years before I go blonde again so have to enjoy it.”

She appeared to be thinking about ditching the blonde locks and returning to her natural hair color months earlier, too, posting a series of throwback photos. “Dark hair for the new year?” she captioned one shot.

RELATED: Every Way Kanye West Has Transformed Kim Kardashian’s Style Over the Years (and One Way He Hasn’t)

Whatever she decides, the mother of three is sure to receive her husband Kanye West’s input — whether she takes his suggestions or not.

After all, it was West who inspired her to give the lighter shade another shot after her brief experiment with blonde back in 2013.

“Kanye likes the blonde,” Kardashian told PEOPLE in 2014. “I was talking about this yesterday actually with Kanye. He asked if I would ever go back to blonde,” she said.

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“I always ask his opinion on everything and he always helps me put together my looks,” she added of the rapper, who she credits with making her style more distinct.

When Kardashian West debuted her icy white platinum hue at the end of 2017, she even joked on Instagram that she did it with Kanye in mind. “I’d go blonde for that D,” she captioned an shot of herself with her new hair.

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Jessica Biel just changed her hair color, and it’s a gorgeous shade of buttery blonde

Jessica Biel just changed her hair color, and it’s a gorgeous shade of buttery blonde

Jessica Biel just changed her hair color, and it’s a gorgeous shade of buttery blonde

Jessica Biel recently changed up her hair color, and we are absolutely loving it. The actress transformed her hair into a gorgeous cream soda buttery blonde color, and our locks are totally jealous. The process to go from brunette to blonde usually takes a long time. Like, we’re talking upwards of eight hours. But Jessica Biel’s stylist Tracey Cunningham only had ONE HOUR to do the color! Fortunately, Cunningham wasn’t starting with dark hair. But still. One hour?! That’s just one episode of This Is Us.

“Jessica was already two highlight services in, so luckily we weren’t starting with her natural base color,” Cunningham explained to Refinery29. “This time I used Redken Flash Lift to give her a full head of foiled highlights and balayaged the ends to take her as blonde as she wanted to go.” Having an assistant also made the process go faster: “I had a second set of hands so we could work quickly and efficiently. I don’t think I could have done it this fast without her help.”

We’re glad to know it wasn’t hair sorcery or something reserved only for celebrities. Although that would be pretty cool.

Here’s Jessica Biel’s new buttery blonde hair.

We can’t believe it took only an hour!

Cunningham knows blonde. She also gave Khloé Kardashian this gorgeous golden color.

And she gave Margot Robbie this beautiful blonde ‘do.

You’re a true master of your craft, Tracey Cunningham. Have any open appointment slots?



Amazon Launches A Black Hair Shop For Textured Hair

None can refute the undeniable influence of Amazon. From original programming to same-day grocery delivery services, Amazon has literally worked to infiltrate every market, much to the destruction of smaller, mom-and-pop shops. Well, it seems Amazon’s recent tackle includes targeting a specific demographic–you guessed it, textured hair.

With the rollout of its new shop for textured hair, ironically named “Textures and Hues”, Amazon offers a variety of specialized projects once only found on the shelves of stores and our coveted beauty supply stores. On the front page it features @Mynaturalsistas, and even individually dives onto various profiles that educate and teach you how to perfect your twist out (with product recommendations, no less), protecting and maintaining protective hairstyles, and of course, how to tackle your coils on hair wash day. In fact, there are entire pages geared toward tutorials, and even separated categories you can shop based on your favorite hair brands like Carol’s Daughter, Eden Bodyworks, Miss Jessie’s, and more.

Of course with such a major launch, it does beg the question of Amazon’s intention (though we can all understand the financial aspect of any corporation), and what effect it’ll have on small businesses.

However, many have also been able to see this as a potentially monumental moment, not only for the brands involved, but for the natural hair community as a whole. While some have to do the serious side-eye when it comes to Amazon tapping into the natural hair market, others have stated that their products (and yes, even their bundles) are truly giving brands a run for their money.

I have to say, it does feel a bit refreshing to at least see a variety of skin tones and shades represented on the front of Amazon. Too often we see only one gamut of brown skin or hair texture when the discussion of “natural” and “Black” are involved. Could Amazon really be a part of this movement to increase visibility for all skin tones?



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Pink hair is taking over the Olympic slopes

Forget fringed Ralph Lauren gloves at the opening ceremony or Nike gaiter boots on the medal stand. Some Winter Olympic athletes are making far bolder style statements on the slopes with vibrant hair colors. “I started putting pink in my hair to show people that cross-country skiing is a fun, exciting and dynamic sport,” says…
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How to Care for Curly Hair in Winter

how to care for curly hair in winterHere’s a question for all the curly girls out there: what are your best tips for taking care of your curly hair in the winter? What are your best tips for controlling frizz, moisturizing your hair, caring for your scalp, and so forth? We had a great discussion about curly and wavy hair in the winter a loooong time ago, and I thought we’d have an updated to care for curly hair in winter

Here are the major questions for curly hair in the winter: when do you shower? Do you wet your full head every day — or just attack it with a spray bottle in the morning? How do you avoid wet hair on your commute (does anyone do the spray/rejuvenate curls step at the office?) What hats, headbands, or other types of things do you like best to preserve your curls? Do you find that you need to cleanse your hair MORE–or less in the winter — and if it’s less does your scalp need extra TLC? What curly hair products do you like best for winter? (Does anyone prefer to just wear updos in the winter?)

As I’ve noted before, my hair always had a wave to it, but as I get older it gets curlier and curlier. There are huge differences in my curl pattern, though — the back of my head is super kinky, while the pieces in the front are looser, almost wavyish — and although I would say I’m getting more in control of when it looks “good” (maybe 80% of the time now versus 40% of the time in previous years), I still get a blowout for major events.  So: I consider myself to be a “part-time curly” in that I only wear it curly some of the time. Accordingly, I get “straight” cuts, not curly cuts, because the few times I’ve had curly cuts (years ago now) I hated getting blowouts because there were so many odd, choppy layers. (When my curly cut was blown straight, my hair definitely had that “toddler attacked my hair with scissors” (or, hey, “I got drunk and tried to cut my hair”) kind of look to it — and that’s from the Mothership of curly cuts, the Devachon salon in SoHo.) Last year I also started getting keratin treatments based on the recommendation of another curly friend — it’s made blowouts easier and faster, and it’s made my regular curls less frizzy and slightly looser. Expensive and time-consuming (the keratin appointment is 3-4 hours), but I kind of like it.

Curly Hair Products I use and like:

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Note that all of these links go to Amazon, which I did just because it was a fast and easy way to give you a visual of the product — you can find a lot of these at a better price at your local drugstore. Also note that in the beauty world it’s a truth generally acknowledged that Amazon may not have “authorized” sellers (or out of date products, or fakes) so: caveat emptor. 

Readers with curly, kinky, or wavy hair — what are your tips? How do you care for your curly hair in the winter? 

Stock photo: Shutterstock/Jeanette Dietl.

What are the best tips for how to care for curly hair in the winter? We had a great discussion with the Corporette readers a long time ago, and thought we'd update it -- Kat shared her tips as a "part-time curly," and other readers advised how to deal when it's freezing outside and you can't just quickly blowdry your hair like a straight-haired woman.

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L’Oreal’s hijab-wearing hair model pulls out after ‘anti-Israel’ tweets surface

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