“The longer the hair, the stronger the spirit,” says bodybuilder Sunshine Spring when explaining how her Native American background has influenced her decision to keep her hair long. It is this strong spirit, combined with her strong body, that recently won the 26-year old the title of NPC (National Physique Committee) Kentucky State Bikini Champion. Bikini is a recently new category in bodybuilding competitions, which also include Figure and Fitness for women. In bodybuilding, the obvious Read more [...]
It has been SO HOT over the past several days that the only way I’ve been able to wear my hair is in a bun, high atop my head, and secured with hairsticks. I even put it up this way after washing it when it’s still wet, because leaving it down to dry is like having a hot, wet blanket draped across my back! The problem with letting it dry this way, though,  is that it tightens up against my scalp as it dries, causing some discomfort. So, I’m always intermittently taking it down and massaging Read more [...]
By: Jennifer Bahney for The Trichological Society’s College of Trichology The word “eczema” comes from the Greek word for “to boil over.” It applies to a broad range of skin conditions and is most commonly considered a form of dermatitis, a condition causing the epidermis (outer layer of skin) to become inflamed in the form of a rash. For this reason, eczema may also be called dermatitis eczema and eczematous dermatitis. In some languages, dermatitis and eczema are often one in the Read more [...]
By Jennifer Bahney for The Trichological Society’s College of Trichology Androgenetic Alopecia (also called androgenic alopecia) affects both men and women and is often referred to as male pattern baldnessor female pattern baldness. It is a non-reversible form of genetically determined hair loss characterized by a marked decrease in terminal hair density as well as in hair shaft diameter. Although the pattern of hair loss appears differently in men and women, the underlying cause is the same: Read more [...]
My 8-year old daughter and I were swimming at a public pool one day this summer when she suddenly exclaimed, “That’s the most beautiful girl I’ve ever seen! She’s like an angel.” I turned to see the girl, about 16, with alabaster skin and snow white hair, making her way into the water. I immediately recognized her as a person with albinism, a pigment disorder that affects the hair, skin, and eyes. Although I didn’t want to stare, it was difficult to look away from such luminous, and fragile, Read more [...]
The health of your hair is influenced by both your genetics and the hair regimen you follow. You may have been born lucky with beautiful locks, and have never had to concern yourself with anything other than basic hair care, while there are some hair care essentials you’ve been missing out on. Even the most basic hair care is more complicated than it seems, and many people have been accidentally abusing, mistreating, and neglecting their hair for years! Even if you weren’t born with a great Read more [...]
Many women with textured hair find their curls to be delicate and vulnerable to weather and styling products. Their textured hair can be more prone to breakage and split ends, which can cause hair to appear rough and unkempt. It can be especially frustrating if you’d like to grow your hair longer. A great way to protect your hair while letting it grow and looking stylish at the same time, is to braid your hair. Braids always seem to be in style, but each season stylists come up with many different Read more [...]
A nutritional supplement long used by athletes is now being shown to stimulate healthy hair growth. According to a study published in the journal Experimental Dermatology, the amino acid l-carnitine l-tartrate has the ability to extend the period of maximum hair growth, meaning longer hair for people who haven’t been able to grow long hair before. It works by increasing the energy supply to the hair follicle and prolonging the life of the follicle. Since the hair stays on the head longer, Read more [...]
If you’re trying to grow your hair out, it may seem counterintuitive to opt for a haircut. But taking a little (or a lot!) off the ends may be just what your hair needs to grow long and lush. There’s really no point to growing out hair that’s been damaged by too many chemicals, too much heat, or harmful styling that has caused massive amounts of breakage. Extra length won’t make it look better; it will just look long and frazzled. Here are a few ways to tell if you should cut your hair Read more [...]
If you plan to spend a lot of time outdoors this summer — and who isn’t?? — there are a few things you’ll need to do to ensure your hair and scalp stay happy and healthy all summer long. The best thing you can do to protect your hair and scalp from damage is to wear a hat or scarf. If you opt for a hat, make sure the inside is lined with a soft material… straw hats can catch on hair and cause breakage. If you’d rather not wear a head covering, try coating your hair in leave-in conditioner Read more [...]