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8 Tips for Your Healthiest Hairline

October 14, 2022

It's easy for a thinning female hairline to sneak up on us as we age. Hairstyles with face-framing layers or bangs can camouflage hair loss along our temples and forehead. And when we finally do notice a thinning hairline, it's super frustrating because we don't think of women losing hair at the hairline—that's where men tend to lose hair. 

Sure, our hair thins a bit as we age, but the natural edges of our hairline? Those are supposed to stay put, right? 

Not always, unfortunately. 

We can take steps, however, to not just keep our delicate hairline healthy but combat hairline thinning, whether from female pattern hair loss or female traction alopecia. If you’re experiencing hair loss at your hairline, it's important to figure out what's causing your hair thinning and start a hair-care routine specifically tailored to support a healthy scalp and hairline.

Read on to learn more about how to support a healthy hairline and how to treat thinning edges on natural hair as well as all hair types. Plus, we share how to tell if your thinning tresses are due to female traction alopecia.

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The Difference Between Hair Shedding and Hair Loss

October 10, 2022

We often hear hair loss and hair shedding used interchangeably, but there is a difference between hair shedding and hair loss.

Hair shedding is a normal part of the hair growth cycle as the hair releases from the bulb, sheds and is replaced by new hair growth. Hair shedding occurs during the final phase of our natural hair growth cycle, while our follicles prepare for the start of the new cycle. There are times when hair shedding may seem pronounced and this may be an instance of seasonal hair shedding—but this too is normal and temporary.

Hair loss occurs when the natural hair growth cycle is disrupted (by something external or internal) and hair strands shed prematurely or grow back more slowly—at the far end of this spectrum is when hair growth stops completely and follicles no longer produce new hair strands. In cases of excessive shedding that lead to hair loss, healthy hair growth won’t resume until the cause of the hair loss stops or until treatment occurs. 

Keep reading to learn more about your natural hair growth cycle, how much hair shedding is normal and how you can fight excess hair shedding and hair loss.

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TikTok Hair Trends DEBUNKED | Better Not Younger

TikTok Hair Trends Demystified

October 07, 2022

TikTok is a treasure trove of all manner of things. Whether you’re looking for comedy skits, baby animals, baby animals doing comedy skits, or something else entirely, you’re sure to find it on the social media platform. What you can also find are all kinds of tips, tricks and hacks for your everyday life. One of the most plentiful things you’ll find are TikTok hair trends. 

TikTok hair trends can include anything from cool, new haircuts to hair color combos to try. But in this corner of TikTok, you’ll also find “hacks” for growing your hair longer, making it shinier and more. The thing about TikTok, though, is you can’t always count on it being true. 

If you’ve been scrolling and wondered, does brushing my hair before I shower prevent hair loss or can I bleach my hair with toothpaste? Let us help you get to the bottom of these TikTok hair trends and find out if they’re fact or fiction.

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Can Autumn’s Shorter Days Cause Hair Loss?

Can Autumn’s Shorter Days Cause Hair Loss?

September 30, 2022

After the hot, muggy days of summer, crisp, cool autumn days are a welcome change! There's nothing better than kissing humidity and frizz goodbye for the year. Plus, there's football, cozy outfits and pumpkin spice lattes—yes, please! 

But these changes aren't the only ones that come with autumn. Along with switching up your outfits and latte orders, it's also essential to update your summer hair-care routine for one better suited to autumn weather and its decrease in sunlight for hair growth. (You can check out our after-summer hair-care guide here.) 

We know that we get less sunlight in autumn, but what is the effect of sunlight on our hair, exactly? Does it help or hurt our hair? And how do the sun's UV rays and vitamin D factor into sunlight's effect on our hair? 

Not to worry—we've got you! We dug into the role of sunlight for hair growth, how shorter days can impact our hair growth cycle and even the benefits of drying your hair in the sun. (Yes, there are benefits!) Keep reading to learn more about the effect of sunlight on your hair and how you can have healthy, gorgeous locks this autumn!

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10 Summer Habits That Can Cause Hair Loss

10 Summer Habits That Can Cause Hair Loss

June 17, 2022

We know that our hair needs more TLC in the summer, but we might not realize that we're doing small things that can have major consequences for our hair! Little habits like sleeping with wet hair, wearing our sunglasses on our head, and letting our hair air-dry in the sun can damage our hair, leading to breakage and even hair loss.

Read on to learn more about 10 summer habits that can damage our hair and how to prevent breakage and hair loss from each one!

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How to Stop Sweat from Ruining Your Summer Hairstyles

June 01, 2022

Along with gorgeous summer weather comes an increase in heat and humidity, which can cause sweaty hair and scalp. And we all know that scalp sweating—whether from an intense workout or the summer heat—can wreak havoc on our hair. Frizz, grease and dull, flat hair all result from sweating. 

But is sweating actually bad for our hair? And are there ways we can minimize sweaty hair to ensure a flawless look? 

We've got the scoop on maintaining gorgeous hair despite increased scalp sweating, along with our favorite hairstyle ideas and how to keep your scalp cool when the mercury rises!

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Could Your Gut Be Behind Your Hair Loss?

May 23, 2022

Digestive problems and hair loss are two common issues many people, especially women, face. But what may be less widespread is the knowledge that digestion and hair loss can go hand in hand, because your gut is tied to nearly every function in your body. When your gut health is off, everything is off—and that means if you have poor gut health, you could even experience hair thinning and hair loss. Gut health and hair loss may not have been something you considered when meal planning for the week, but perhaps you will going forward! There’s a lot to understand about gut bacteria and hormonesdigestive problems and hair loss, and all the ways you can improve your own gut health. So let’s get started!

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