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Can Traction Alopecia Be Reversed?

Can Traction Alopecia Be Reversed?

October 19, 2022

If you were a dancer or cheerleader as a child, then you probably have experience with tight hairstyles that caused headaches and a sore scalp! As kids, these high-tension hairstyles just caused a little discomfort. But over time, repeatedly putting our hair into tight ballerina buns and high ponytails can do more than that—these styles can cause damage to our hair known as traction alopecia. Thinning hair and hair loss near the hairline and crown are classic signs of traction alopecia, which can especially wreak havoc on aging hair.

But there's positive news: You can prevent and even reverse traction alopecia. Read on to learn more about hairstyles that can cause hair loss, along with protective hairstyles for traction alopecia and how you can help reverse traction alopecia!

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6 Ways Drinking Alcohol May Affect Your Hair

6 Ways Drinking Alcohol May Affect Your Hair

October 17, 2022

Not feeling or looking your best after a night of too many cocktails isn’t uncommon. In fact, many of us are familiar with the toll alcohol can take on our body and skin—but how about our hair?

Alcoholism and female hair loss may not be something you’ve ever considered, but it’s something to be knowledgeable about. While drinking a glass of wine at dinner each night probably won’t have any real negative effects, if you’re someone who regularly tosses back a few a day, drinking alcohol and hair loss as well as alcohol and thinning hair could be possibilities.

Research surrounding alcoholism and female hair loss, as well as alcohol and dry scalp and alcohol and hair thinning, is minimal, but links have been found. Vitamin deficiency, inflammation, dehydration and stress are all side effects of excessive alcohol consumption, and none of these promote healthy hair. What’s most important to remember, though, is that a lot of what happens with your hair comes down to genetics and how you’re taking care of it (and your whole body). Here’s what you need to know about how drinking alcohol impacts hair loss, hair thinning, dry scalp and more!

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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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4 Tips for Better Sex After Menopause | Better Not Younger

4 Tips for Better Sex After Menopause

October 14, 2022

Menopause is by no means the end of your sex life. In fact, it could be the beginning of an entirely new (and even more fulfilling) chapter! Here’s what you should know about how menopause can impact your sweet spots, your sex life, and what you can do about it.

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How Can I Make My Hair Look Thicker?

How Can I Make My Hair Look Thicker?

October 12, 2022

Whether your hair was a perpetual styling challenge or you were blessed with voluminous locks that effortlessly fell into place, menopause is the great equalizer. Age-related hair changes affect us all to some degree or another. Hormonal fluctuations dry out our scalps, interrupt hair growth cycles, and shrivel our follicles. In place of our robust strands grow wispy fibers that shed when we sneeze. With each passing year, this trend continues until we finally ask ourselves, “How can I thicken my hair?”

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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 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?

October 05, 2022

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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Learn How To Use Hairspray Correctly | Better Not Younger

Are You Making These 6 Common Hairspray Mistakes?

October 03, 2022

Hairspray can make or break a bad hair day. It fixes flyaways and helps keep gorgeous updos in place. And if you're like us, you've probably been using hairspray for decades. Using hairspray correctly seems like a no-brainer on the surface—simply apply the hairspray until your hair holds the style you want, right? 

Not exactly. 

Many of us aren't using hairspray correctly, which can damage our hair and cause a loss of hair shine and hair volume due to buildup. Keep reading to learn more about six common mistakes we make when applying hairspray and how you can make sure you're using hairspray correctly!

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