The quest for shampoo-commercial-worthy hair is often driven by the mantra "lather, rinse, repeat" and gallons of shampoo. But in a cruel twist of fate, some experts believe that shampoo is the very thing that's holding us back from the hair of our dreams. Normal shampoos are designed to remove dirt and oil from the hair, by way of detergents and chemicals called sulfates. Sulfates give us that rich lather and squeaky-clean feeling we all crave. However, says New York-based dermatologist Marnie Nussbaum, MD, FAAD, they're also stripping our hair of natural oils that keep it shiny and healthy. read more
Summertime hats are built for covering up -- those floppy hats and fedoras shield your face from scorching UV rays, and hide those sweaty, salty "beachy waves" or your chlorine-crunchy mop. But when cool weather hits, hats are all about keeping your noggin' warm. Problem is, the minute you set foot inside and take off that beret, the damage is done: Your hair looks like it's been run through a turbo engine. read more
My grandfather was the first to point out my baldness. Unlike most women, who begin to notice their hair loss in the form of a concerning number of hairs on their pillow when they wake up or a shower drain clogged with hair that's falling out faster than it's being replaced, I didn't realize I was going bald until a handstand game gave it away. At the back of my head underneath most of my hair was a bald spot. My grandfather recognized it as the beginning signs of alopecia, an autoimmune disease that causes anywhere from a few patches of hair loss on the head to an entire loss of hair (everything -- including eyelashes and eyebrows) all over the body. read more
If you wear hair extensions, chances are you're pretty picky about what type of hair you wear. You know if you prefer Remy or non-Remy hair, Indian or Brazilian, synthetic or human. You may also believe you can simply look at hair extension packaging to find out its origins. But the truth is, it's pretty difficult to tell where your hair extensions come from, and there are plenty of manufacturers who are deliberately misleading about where they source their hair from. read more
"It's been two years since my first BC, and although my TWA is packed with gorgeous 3AB curls, I can't help but think my transition to long hair will take little more than a protective hairstyle and pineappling." read more
How many times have you heard that you should only put conditioner on the bottom half of your hair? It's a tip that hairstylists often give to those of us with finer hair, and it's one that I used to follow religiously. A few years ago, however, I noticed that my hair was getting thinner and finer. Every time I talked to a hairstylist, I asked him or her what could be causing my hair problems -- and I heard answers that ranged from hormones to pollution. See habits
As a woman, you've probably debated the following at some point in your life: Is all that hair clogging my shower drain a sign that I need a cleaning lady or a sign that I'm going bald? read more
There's nothing better than just-home-from-the-salon new-color euphoria. But unless you're the Martha Stewart of color care, three weeks later, blonde highlights are brassy, rich chocolate browns become muddy, and that sassy, vibrant red is practically nonexistent. (If you've ever gone red, you know what I mean.) read more
Just in time for its 60th anniversary, Dessange Paris is teaming up with Target stores to bring the salon's legendary French glamour right to your shower and for a super affordable price. read more
Let's be real: Many of us don't have the time or money (or both) to keep up with hair trims every six to eight weeks. At the same time, no one wants to sport fried, limp hair that's overrun with split ends -- an inevitable side effect of skipping salon visits for too long. read more
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If you're like most women, then you're concerned about the appearance of your hair, and will do what it takes to take care of it. Starting now, it's time to banish dull and dry hair from your life, and take better care of your hair to get lustrous locks that will turn heads. To help you, Total Beauty offers you expert tips on hair care for shiny, glossy hair.
If your hair is in good condition and is healthy, then your hair care regime will only need a few tweaks to keep your tresses looking great. One way to have healthy hair is to maintain a healthy lifestyle; your mane will be in better condition, naturally. Your daily diet should include plenty of water, as well as lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Opt for grilled or baked dishes rather than fried food, and limit your intake of cola or coffee, which have excess caffeine.
Perming, bleaching, or coloring frequently cause damage to your hair as they strip the shaft of its natural oils. Experts say that hair should have at least eight percent moisture for it to look silky and shiny. Using products meant for chemically treated hair can protect your tresses and make them look smooth and glossy.
Look through Total Beauty's hair care section to discover great secrets for gorgeous locks. Total Beauty offers some of the best hair care advice on the web, so you can have great hair all the time.
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