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If you’ve ever colored, highlighted, straightened, heat-styled or had a day of (unprotected) fun in the sun, odds are your hair is at least a little bit damaged. Throw in towels and pillowcases made of unfriendly fabrics, and you have all the ingredients for dry, brittle, breakage-prone strands.
Fret not, because according to Teresa Probst, Color Director at New York City’s Varin Salon, a major haircut isn’t the only way to eliminate hair damage. “Prevention goes a long way for preserving the health of your hair, even if you subject it to chemical processing or thrice-weekly blowouts,” she says. “The keys are to replenish lost moisture and shield your hair from the environment
So you love the feeling of freshly washed hair, but what about those nasty knots? You feel like pulling your hair out until you realize that all that tugging and combing may actually be pulling your hair out.
According to Teresa Probst, Master Colorist at Varin Salon on New York’s Madison Avenue, “Always comb hair gently without pulling or tugging that can lead to damage. Start from the bottom and work your way to the top of your head, using a wide toothed comb, especially when combing wet hair. Conditioners that contain silicone are also good because they make it easier to slide a comb through your stands.”
It’s not only what you use, but how you use it. Sam Villa, founder of Sam Vill
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If you have found a telltale gray hair (or two), it is not necessarily an indicator that lines and wrinkles and sagging are coming soon. Some women get gray early or during perimenopause that can start at age 35.
Why does our hair turn gray? According to Washington DC dermatologist Rebecca Kazin, “Gray hair has lost all of its melanin so the color appears washed out. Genetics and stress can be contributing factors, along with aging. Hydrogen peroxide, which is produced naturally in the body, interferes with melanin. The body also produces catalase, an enzyme which breaks down hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen. When catalase production slows down, hydrogen peroxide can build up, and
Brrrr…baby it’s cold outside. And your skin, hair and nails feel it too. BITB asked a panel of leading beauty experts and dermatologists for their best tips to winterize your skin and hair when the temperature dips below freezing.
1 – Terese Linke, Global Education and Spa Training Director of Amala Natural Skincare:
“Start body brushing for three minutes prior to bathing. Brushing stimulates the lymphatic system, which reduces the appearance of cellulite. Simply wet the brush and use in the bath or shower with Amala’s Body Polish. After you shower, you have less than five minutes to add moisture back into the skin. Try Amala’s Detoxifying Body Oil to reverse moisture loss.”