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Can My Hair Benefit from a Scalp Massage? A scalp massage is similar to a massage you might receive for your back, neck, or body. It utilizes gentler pressure to protect your follicles, and, unlike a body massage, you can perform it on yourself.
Can My Hair Benefit from a Scalp Massage?

If you have ever experienced a scalp massage, you know how relaxing it can be. When we get our hair shampooed at the salon, the stylist often gives us a simultaneous massage. A scalp massage is essentially the kneading and rubbing of your head, a profoundly calming process that relaxes your skull and neck muscles.

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Can Autumn’s Shorter Days Cause Hair Loss?
Can Autumn’s Shorter Days Cause Hair Loss?

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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Why We Love Rosemary for Our Hair and Scalp
Why We Love Rosemary for Our Hair and Scalp

Rosemary is having a major moment in the spotlight, and we don't mean as a food seasoning. (Even though we love it for that, too!) TikTok and Instagram influencers tout the benefits of rosemary for hair, including increasing hair shine and preventing hair loss. From rosemary hair serums to homemade rosemary recipes for scalp care, the internet is buzzing about this herb's hair- and scalp-care possibilities! 

But does rosemary live up to all the hype? Do rosemary's hair benefits really include adding hair shine and fighting hair loss? 

We dug into what the science says about the benefits of rosemary for hair and scalp care to learn more about rosemary's real hair benefits. Keep reading to learn more about why we love rosemary hair serums for shinier-, thicker-looking hair and a healthier scalp!

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How to Tell If Your Hair Is Thinning
If you're like many women over 40, you've probably noticed some of the first signs of hair thinning. Maybe your ponytail looks smaller or your stylist has commented on your thinning locks. Or maybe you've just noticed more hair in the shower drain and on your hairbrush.
While this can be panic-inducing, before stressing too much, remember that it's 100% normal to lose between 50 and 100 hairs per day. And depending on how long your hair is, that might look like a lot of hair in your brush. Just keep in mind that it's completely natural to lose some hair strands every day.
But what if your hair shedding has increased lately and you're starting to notice these first signs of hair thinning?
Keep reading to learn more about some of the first signs of hair thinning, the root causes of age-related hair thinning in women, how to support your hair and scalp by encouraging your healthiest hair and style tips to help thinning hair look thicker and fuller!
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What’s the Difference Between a Hair Mask and a Conditioner

The roles of hair masks and conditioners can sometimes be unclear. If we use a conditioner, can we forgo a hair mask? In some cases, perhaps.

But as we enter our 40s, our hair starts becoming drier, duller, thinner and more brittle and our scalps start lacking the proper nutrients they need to produce healthy strands—all these factors make it even more important to understand the difference between a hair mask and a conditioner.

Aging hair can benefit from both hair masks and conditioners but knowing the differences and benefits of each is key.

When regular conditioning isn’t enough to balance our aging hair biology and address dry, damaged hair, products like hair masks can help boost moisture levels and improve scalp function. Keep reading to learn the difference between a hair mask and a conditioner.

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The Hair and Scalp Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

While you probably know that apple cider vinegar is a healthy and delicious way to add flavor to your cooking, you might be less familiar with apple cider vinegar's benefits for your hair and scalp. 

We get it—it can feel weird to put a condiment on our hair. And some of us are still recovering from recommendations to put mayonnaise on our hair as teens! But unlike mayo, apple cider vinegar really is excellent for our hair. 

So we dug into the science behind why apple cider vinegar hair-care products and homemade solutions are so good for our hair and scalp. Read on to learn more about the benefits of apple cider vinegar for healthy, vibrant hair and a balanced scalp, along with recipes for creating your own solutions at home!

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Which Superpower Scalp Serum Is Right for You?
Which Superpower Scalp Serum Is Right for You?

When we think about age-related beauty routines, we usually focus on skincare that addresses fine lines, wrinkles, dullness and age spots. We've all seen tons of ads for face creams and serums. But it's super important that we don't forget the aging skin on our scalps. When we neglect our scalps, they can become irritated, unbalanced and unable to support healthy hair. 

Enter scalp serums! 

Like skincare products made for aging skin, scalp serums for mature hair help fight common concerns of aging that happen to our scalp and hair. The main difference is that scalp serums also work hard to support an optimal environment for better hair. The best scalp serums rejuvenate the scalp using natural ingredients to encourage a balanced and toned scalp, nourish follicles and support healthy hair from root to tip.

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Your New After-Summer Hair-Care Routine Starts Here!

Undo the damage of summer with a new after-summer hair-care routine. We’ve pulled together our favorite ways to bring your hair back to life after a long sticky summer, the hair products your tresses will love for autumn and tons of tips to help you begin your new after-summer hair-care routine today!

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10 Hairstyling Hacks to Hide Thinning Hair
Thinning hair can be incredibly frustrating, especially if it’s completely out of our control. Though our hair naturally starts thinning as we age, there are also genetic conditions that affect the way hair grows. If thinning hair is something you’ve dealt with for a while, you might already have some tips for how to hide thinning hair or how to cover thinning hair. If this is a new experience for you, though, we’re here to help with plenty of hairstyling tips and tricks to cover crown thinning, wide hair parts and other sparse patches. Here’s how to hide thinning hair.
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10 Signs Your Hair Is Aging
We know that aging is inevitable, but we might not know the signs of aging hair and what we should look out for. If you've noticed some not-so-subtle changes in your hair color, texture or general manageability at midlife, these might be signs of aging hair. Optimal hair care in your 30s, 40s and beyond will look different than in your teens and 20s because your hair has different needs and concerns as it ages.
 
At Better Not Younger, our entire focus is hair care for aging hair, no matter your unique hair concerns! Read on to learn more about the 10 signs of aging hair and how you can address each issue to make your mature tresses look their best!
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How to Bring Bounce Back to Your Curls
How to Bring Bounce Back to Your Curls

Throughout our lives, our hair is constantly changing, and as we get older, our hair absolutely needs more love than ever. Our strands start to age, which means they’re a bit weaker, a bit grayer and less springy—especially if we’ve got curls and even damaged curly hair. The natural curl pattern in our hair inevitably changes (and often not in a way we welcome), but getting curls back to the bounce we want can be done with the right techniques and the right products

If you’re looking to restore your natural curl pattern because your curls have lost their bounce or you have no curl definition at the roots and want to restore elasticity to natural hair, here’s everything you need to know.

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