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Television shows and cartoons have taught us that trauma turns our hair white, just like Rogue from X-Men. But does this happen in real life? Watch this to find out!
Transcript: Our bodies can do some strange things-take, for example, hiccups or crying when cutting an onion. But...
Our bodies can do some strange things-take, for example, hiccups or crying when cutting an onion. But of all our weird quirks, hair turning SUDDENLY WHITE doesn't make the list.No matter how scary that horror flick is, it's impossible for you to turn into Rogue from X-Men. Why? Hair is made up of essentially non-living cells. Once it has grown out of the scalp, the pigment can't just "Go Away." But there ARE a number of conditions-BESIDES fright-that CAN cause your hair to turn white over time. Or in SOME cases, make it SEEM like your hair is going white in a matter of days. Age is the most common reason hair turns white. Your chances of going grey increase 10-20 percent EVERY DECADE after 30. Hair becomes grey when the hair follicles stop making colored pigment. During the growing process, the pigment MELANIN gives hair its color. Experts haven't figured out WHY, but at a certain age these hair follicles STOP producing melanin. So when your hair grows, there's nothing to color it. It's possible for your hair to turn prematurely white as a side effect of a medical condition. One condition, ALOPECIA AREATA, is an autoimmune disease that causes your body to ATTACK its own follicles, resulting in hair falling out, usually in patches. When your hair grows back it's often thin and white. If you ALREADY have salt and pepper strands, a sudden alopecia areata attack can make patches of your hair seemingly turn white ALMOST overnight. Because alopecia atrea ONLY assaults follicles with melanin, colored strands can fall out leaving only white or gray hair behind. VITILIGO can also cause hair color change. This condition causes SKIN to lose color, but can also affect the SCALP. The disease destroys pigment-making cells so any new hair in the affected area grows in patches or streaks of white. To learn more about these diseases and other common hair myths, check out the rest of the videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2013-08-29 | Tags »
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According to your grandmother, you'll become deathly ill if you go outside with wet hair. But her belief is only one of many hair myths that most people think of as proven fact. Take this quiz to see if you can tell what's true and what's not.
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Men and women strive for a neat and groomed appearance, even if it means enduring burns, nicks, irritation and even skin tears. How far would you go to get rid of unwanted hair?
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There are many styling products for all hair types, but selecting the right one is the challenge. Watch this video to learn more.
Transcript: To keep curly hair in control, one of the best things you can use is a styling cream. Creams are a blend...
To keep curly hair in control, one of the best things you can use is a styling cream. Creams are a blend of oil, wax, and polymers // which bind to the hair and cut down on frizz. For best results, rub the product through your hair while it is still wet. This helps lock in moisture and define your curls.For straight hair, try a pomade. Pomades are oil-based to add shine and texture. They are great for creating both well-groomed look or an intentionally-messy one. To apply, rub a small amount in your hands to warm before working it through your hair. Hair waxes are pretty much a stronger version of a pomade and work best on very short or very thick hair. For more great grooming tips, check out the rest of the videos in this series.More »
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A healthy scalp is the key to great hair! But if your scalp is prone to dandruff, pimples and dry flakes, they can make your scalp itchy and irritated. If you are bothered by scalp irritations, take this survey to find out how others deal with the same p
Last Modified: 2012-08-06 | Tags »
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Waxing your chest and back is really nothing to get too worked up over. Check out these tips on preparation and aftercare when waxing.
Transcript: Men, we you know you want to look good. And we WANT you to look good, too. Maybe that's why more men...
Men, we you know you want to look good. And we WANT you to look good, too. Maybe that's why more men than ever are going hairless on their back and chest // courtesy of some hot wax. It's really nothing to be ashamed of. Just look at The Situation on Jersey Shore. First, let's set the record straight. Waxing your chest won't have you screaming in pain like that scene in the 40-year-old Virgin. But, there WILL be mild to strong discomfort. A little pain equals a lot of gain, right? Honestly, it's over pretty quickly about 30 to 50 minutes and the results last four to six weeks .So here's everything you need to know, from prep to procedure to aftercare. First exfoliate. This will clean the pores of oils and dead skin cells that prevent the wax from adhering to your hair, reducing your pain. Also, DO NOT trim that chest or back hair beforehand. I don't care how self-conscious you are. If your hair is shorter than a quarter of an inch the wax can't grab it. The professional will use soft wax, also known as strip wax, since it'll remove more hairs in less time. Here's how it works // The hot wax is applied in the direction of hair growth across the skin the technician will then apply a paper or cloth strip press down into the skin and pull off in the opposite direction / leaving a very soft, smooth patch of skin. For a back wax most professionals start on the middle of the back and end with the neck and trap area. Essentially, they're going from the LEAST painful areas to the MOST painful. Let's break it down on the pain scale. Highest are your neck and traps followed by the upper back and spine. The outer lats will hurt less, as will the middle back. The lower back is the least painful. You'll notice that the more muscular areas will be easier on your skin, since it's not being tugged as much. Afterwards avoid intense workout sessions for at least 2-3 days. Sweat can irritate the skin and fill the pores causing infections, especially along the upper back and center of the chest.And, always check with your doctor first before undergoing any hair removal procedure and discuss any medical conditions you may have with the therapist before that first drop of wax hits your skin. To learn more about hair removal procedures and techniques, check out other videos in this series.More »
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Is it safer to use sulfate-free shampoo rather than the shampoo you've been using for years? Watch this to learn why the claims are overblown.
Transcript: Sulfates are a group of chemicals in shampoos that help remove dirt and grease from your hair and produce...
Sulfates are a group of chemicals in shampoos that help remove dirt and grease from your hair and produce a rich lather. There are a few different sulfates, but the ones you're most likely to encounter are sodium laureth sulfate and sodium laurYL sulfate. Many people say sulfates are very hazardous-supposedly they make hair dry and brittle, ruin hair color and keratin treatments, and worse, they may be hormone disruptors or even carcinogens. Many beauty experts and even your own hairstylist may have advised you to use shampoo without sulfates. Well, it turns out, the dangers of sulfates are largely exaggerated. While we don't know for sure what the cumulative impact of life-long exposure to sulfates may be, they seem to be safe-particularly when used in shampoos, since they are followed by a thorough rinse-out. And you may end up doing MORE damage to your hair by using a sulfate-free shampoo. Since they don't lather or make your hair feel squeaky clean, you may feel compelled to use them more often, and all that water exposure can make your hair weak and brittle anyway. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you only need sulfate-free shampoo if you have eczema, sensitive skin, are allergic to sulfates, or find regular shampoo irritating to the scalp. Check out other videos in this series to learn more about hair and skin health!More »
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Waxing gone wrong! As with other things in life, waxing can also go wrong. Luckily, it can be taken care of, just watch this video for the best tips.
Transcript: Not every waxing session ends with smooth results. Working in the field for ten years , I've seen almost...
Not every waxing session ends with smooth results. Working in the field for ten years , I've seen almost everything from swollen, blistered eyebrows to a torn labia - aka private lady parts, all because of inexperienced aestheticians and poor techniques.Now if you want to spare your skin, you have to be prepared. I'm here to walk you through the most common waxing mishaps, how they occur and // MOST IMPORTANTLY // how to avoid them. First you should evaluate your salon or spa. Most mishaps occur from over-heated wax, or improper technique, where wax is removed in the wrong direction. Make sure any place you wax practices good hygiene. This means clean tools, trained professionals and a skin consultation. In terms of pain, tearing is one of the worst mishaps. Tears occur mainly with paper and cloth strip waxing // Where a paper strip is placed on the wax to help remove it. The hot wax grips BOTH the hair and skin, often taking off a layer of the epidermis in the removal process. Tears are likely to occur on your face, underarm and bikini areas, since the skin is thinner. So how can you avoid tears? Opt for hard wax, which is designed to grip ONLY the hair. It's also less abrasive and infused with antioxidants. But, if your skin is EXTREMELY sensitive consider other options like threading, a process that as the name suggests, uses thread and no wax. Now for the most common mishap // Ingrown hairs -- which are not immediately apparent. They often won't show up for five to seven days, when the hair starts its first growing cycle. The result of follicle damage, ingrown hairs curl and grow inward, often creating an infection in the pore. You'll first notice a small red bump. Pay attention to regions with excess sweat or irritation as they're the perfect breeding ground for ingrown hairs, which can lead to bigger issues such as Folliculitis // the growth of fungus and bacteria in hair follicles. Your best defense is exfoliation. Start 2-3 days after a waxing session and keep it up a few times throughout the week. And remember, picking at an ingrown hair with pins, tweezers and other sharp objects will only make it worse and result in scarring. See your aesthetician to hygienically remove any ingrown hairs. As always check with your doctor first before undergoing any hair removal procedure and discuss any medical conditions you may have with the therapist before that first drop of wax hits your skin. To learn more about hair removal procedures and techniques, check out other videos in this series.More »
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How do famous Hollywood starlets get perfectly smooth legs? See this video to learn about celebrity hair removal.
Transcript: Think pop star smooth legs are all the results of airbrushing? While that certainly plays a role, but...
Think pop star smooth legs are all the results of airbrushing? While that certainly plays a role, but there are a few celebrities whose hair-free legs look just as good in person as they do on those magazine covers - and luckily they don't mind sharing their secrets. There's no denying that Beyonce and Lady Gaga have the hottest legs in music today. Sorry Tina and Cher, but there are new divas in town. Just rewind Beyonce and Gaga's 'Telephone' video when you have a chance and you'll see what we're talking about. And it just so happens that they both credit // or at least both endorse // the same product - the No! No! Hair remover. This little gadget eliminates hair by utilizing heat generated from thermodynamic wires. Basically it relies on the heating techniques of electrolysis and laser hair removal // transferring heat from the hand-held device to the hair follicle, damaging it. As soon as the hair has been heated by the 'hot blades,' which are thermal 'razors', it separates from the shaft and becomes bristly. You can then easily buff it away. Now the hair removal process can be a little painful, and you'll get big 'no' 'no' to using it on your face or breasts, according to the device's manufactures. But, unlike home laser hair removal devices, the $250 No!No! is safe for BOTH light and dark skin tones. Speaking of laser hair removal, did you know that it's Kim Kardashian's method of choice? The reality TV star shared her secret with Allure Magazine saying, 'I am Armenian, so of course I am obsessed with laser hair removal!' And that totally makes sense, since she has the perfect skin-hair combination for the treatment for it. Laser hair removal works best on light skin and dark hair, because the laser beam targets the dark melanin pigment found in hair follicles, heating it up and causing damage to the root and follicle. Not only does the hair fall out, the chances of it growing back are reduced. But it's not just ladies who want to be hair-free! Male celebs have secrets, too. For example, Simon Cowell, the ex-American Idol judge and music executive, has been known to wax his chest. Just remember, whether you're a guy or a gal, exfoliating - before and after - is a must! As always check with your doctor first before undergoing any hair removal procedure and discuss any medical conditions you may have with the therapist. To learn more about hair removal procedures and techniques, check out other videos in this series.More »
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Waxing doesn't have to hurt. Not matter legs, eyebrows or bikini. All you have to do though is follow a few tips starting with prep all the way through aftercare. You'll be surprised just how helpful this waxing 101 is.
Transcript: The question I get asked most often when waxing a client is 'Does it hurt?' And you know what? Yes, it...
The question I get asked most often when waxing a client is 'Does it hurt?' And you know what? Yes, it does hurt. After all, you're spreading hot wax across your skin and ripping off patches of hair. But it won't hurt as much as you think and there are always ways to reduce the pain. But before we get to that, you should first understand the technique behind waxing. A bundle of muscles known as arrector pili surround the hair at the root, anchoring it into your skin, and they don't like being pulled, so it's going to sting a bit when the wax rips out the hair. The best way to lessen the pain is to exfoliate beforehand // clearing away the dead skin, so the wax easily grabs the hair. Just make sure you don't use an astringent or toner, because those will both tighten the pores. So let's get right to it. The waxing professional spreads a thin layer of wax over the skin, pressing a cloth or paper strip on top. Then, while your skin is being pulled tight, the strip will be ripped off in one quick motion AGAINST the direction of hair growth, removing hair at the root . Those with sensitive skin may find waxing too irritating, but it's a fast way to remove lots of hair from practically anywhere -- eyebrows, upper lip, chin, cheeks, bikini line and, yes, for you guys // the back and other those two other intimate places that rhyme with back // you name it. The smooth results last 6 to 8 weeks longer than shaving and your hair will also likely grow back thinner and softer. Waxing does have its drawbacks though -- like ingrown hairs. See, removing the hair against the direction of growth disturbs the follicles, sometimes causing hair to grow back in different directions or even curl into the skin as an ingrown hair. There's also the chance of tearing and minor bleeding. But that usually occurs when waxing areas with thick hair for the first few times, when the follicles are strongest. As for aftercare, you'll want to keep exfoliating to avoid ingrown hairs. And cut out other pore clogging activities like workout sessions -- ie sweating -- as well as tanning for at least 2-3 days. While waxing is great for lots of places, there are some places wax does not belong: extremely sensitive areas like your eyelashes and eyelids. And always discuss any medical conditions you may have with the waxing professional. To learn more about hair removal procedures and techniques, check out other videos in this series.More »
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Threading is one of the most common techniques for hair removal. To learn more about threading, take a look at this video.
Transcript: Threading may sound like a new hair removal technique to you, but Iranians have been threading since...
Threading may sound like a new hair removal technique to you, but Iranians have been threading since those early days when the Persian Empire ruled. They just call it Bande Abru. Abru meaning eyebrow, and Band, the Persian word for thread. This ancient art of hair removal is actually one of the quickest and least painful. And, all you need is a piece of cotton thread. But, how does it work? The threading professional will loop a thin piece of thread around her fingers and thumb, placing the thread at hair level, twisting it so that the thread grabs the hair like a mini lasso. Once the hair is caught, she'll give a quick tug and there you go - it's been plucked from the root. Need proof threading works? Just look at the defined eyebrows of Elizabeth Hurley and Reese Witherspoon, who are reportedly fans of the technique. But why go for threading as opposed to tweezing? Well, with threading you can remove a whole row of hair at once, giving you a nice, straight line. And, unlike waxing, you're ONLY removing hair. Sure, threading's great for shaping small patches of hair, like your eyebrows or removing stragglers from your upper lip, but if you're looking to remove a large amount of hair from, say, your cheeks or hands, it can be painful. Because remember, you're not only pulling hair from the root, you're also pulling a good amount out at once. And if you happen to have extremely sensitive skin, or use certain acne medications, threading's your best bet. Threading won't give you the redness or sore feeling of waxing or something more sever, like laser hair removal. Not to mention, it's one of the most, sanitary ways to remove pesky little hairs, since no chemicals are involved and the skin is never broken. Just be sure you go to a trained professional so you can avoid risks like pinching, or cutting the skin and ingrown hairs. And avoid threading over zits, because it can cause them to rupture. Results typically last up to 6 weeks and with only 1/16-inch of hair needed for the thread to wrap, you can go as often as you need. And here's a quick tip for before your first threading session: use a warm compress to relax the hair follicle for an easier and less painful removal. To learn about different hair removal procedures and techniques, check out other videos in this series.More »
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What's it like when a man decides to have his pubic area waxed? Find out what to expect -- and how to care for your nether regions post-wax -- in this video on Waxing: Sack & Crack.
Transcript: Guys -- there are some things you just don't discuss with your buddies, right? -- like waxing. But we...
Guys -- there are some things you just don't discuss with your buddies, right? -- like waxing. But we bet you've got some burning questions when it comes to getting smooth in places that normally aren't. Well you're in luck because I have answers, as well as a few tips. After all, more men than ever want to be well groomed - just ask the Situation. I know you're curious about the pain level that comes with waxing -- YES -- I'm going to say it your crack and sack. Who wouldn't be? But don't worry; it's not as bad as it sounds, as long as you've got some threshold for pain, which I'm sure you do. The first thing you'll want to do is grow out your hair to at least an eighth of an inch in length. After you've gotten good and bushy it's time to start exfoliating the area. Why do you need to lather up like the ladies with apricot scrub you ask? It's an important step to get rid of excess oils and dead skin that could get in the way of a clean wax. Next up apply an antiseptic cleanser to kill any lingering germs.For your nether regions, the aesthetician will use a hard wax, which unlike strip wax, grabs the hair without peeling away the skin and is infused with calming antioxidants . And, since your pubic hair is extra coarse, she'll pull the scrotum and perineum skin taunt, raising the hair up so the wax can fully latch on. This will dull the pain and in about 20 minutes you'll be as smooth as baby boys bottom! The results should last about 3-6 weeks.And as for immediate aftercare -- exfoliate! You don't want to develop ingrown hairs, especially since they can lead to painful tiny pimples or other infections. Also avoid tanning, exercising and sex, for the first 2-3 days.But waxing isn't just about appearances. Having a clean, well groomed pubic area helps to reduce perspiration, skin irritation AND clogged pores from matted, bacteria-filled hair. Yes, that can happen.Even though you'll most likely be visiting a salon or spa there's still a margin for error. Tearing and burning could occur and ingrown hairs can appear, since pubic hair has tendency to grow in various directions in one spot. And don't be shy -- clear any concerns with your doctor and discuss any medical conditions with the salon professional beforehand. To learn more about hair removal procedures and techniques, check out other videos in this series.More »
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