Hair Loss

Lupus and Hair Loss – What to Know

lupus and hair lossLupus is a chronic autoimmune disease characterized by widespread pain, rashes, and inflammation throughout the body affecting joints, skin, and organs – notably the kidneys and heart. Similar to other autoimmune diseases, lupus causes your body’s immune system to attack healthy tissue. [Read more…] about Lupus and Hair Loss – What to Know

Why Has Hair Become So Important to Men?

man with full healthy hairThe common misconception – and stereotype – is that women care more about their hair than men. Not only is that largely untrue but certain studies in recent years have shown a sizable number of men care more about their hair than women.

Over the past few years, we have seen the advent of the man bun increase discussion on men’s hair styles. Changes in diet and exercise mean that people look younger for longer… so there has been more focus on appearance, which also affects men. Advances in hair restoration and maintenance have also helped spotlight men’s hair. [Read more…] about Why Has Hair Become So Important to Men?

Top Iconic Hairstyles

Iconic hairstyles throughout historyHairstyle trends change all the time, and that’s nothing new. The pace of change might be more frequent now that we have mass communication, but a look through history demonstrates the changing fashion of hairstyles through the centuries. Still, some styles go beyond popularity into iconic hairstyles.

What Makes a Hairstyle Iconic?

The formula for an iconic hairstyle is both clear and frustratingly elusive. It needs to be a change of pace from current styles, even if it is a resurrection of an older style. It helps if it’s widely flattering and attainable, though that hasn’t stopped utterly impractical styles from being trendy or iconic.

Most importantly and most elusive is the popularity and mystique of the originator, and how that blends with the hairstyle. Lots of incredibly popular celebrities never have an iconic hairstyle.

The flip hairstyle from the Sixties was associated with few different celebrities. Marlo Thomas popularized it in her series That Girl. Mary Tyler Moore started with a long, sleek flip similar to that of Thomas but it gradually shifted as the decade went on to the shorter, “poofier” style associated with her titular TV show character.

Even First Lady Jackie Kennedy wore a flip hairstyle. More recently the flip has made a comeback thanks to celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Beyonce.

Another popular Sixties hairstyle was associated with French actress Bridget Bardot. Technically she wore her hair in a bouffant style but rather than structured, Bardot favored a tousled pseudo-casual look that still influences “bed head” hairstyles today.

When the Seventies are mentioned, two hairstyles tend to come to mind. The Farrah, of course, was named for Farrah Fawcett who came to fame in that decade – partially through the TV show Charlie’s Angels.

The afro actually got its start in the Fifties but was more of a fringe style at the time. In the Sixties, singers such as Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, and Odetta wore their hair in afros which increased awareness of the style. By the Seventies, afros were being more widely worn with Pam Grier’s action movies further popularizing the hairstyle.

In the late Seventies, the structured haircut known as “the Dorothy Hamill” – named for the Gold Medal-winning Olympic skater – became the most popular short style. It was also known as “the wedge cut.”

However, the style is more commonly associated with the Eighties because Princess Diana wore a version of the wedge cut during her 1980 engagement announcement. Despite brief forays into longer hairstyles, Princess Diana wore the wedge cut or variants of it most of her life.

Old-School Style making a Comeback?

Some iconic hairstyles come back regularly, associated with a new celebrity each time. For example, the pixie cut has been popularized over and over again thanks to actors like Mia Farrow, Goldie Hawn, Meg Ryan, and Halle Berry.

While the headful of ringlet curls hairstyle is often known as the “Shirley Temple” for the child star who was the biggest box office star for years, the style isn’t just for kids. Adults can and have worn the iconic “curly top” style, including Nicole Kidman.

Similarly, box braids weren’t new when Janet Jackson wore them for the movie Poetic Justice. The iconic poster, however, put the style on the map with many women copying the style for years.

Jennifer Aniston popularized the haircut she wore on the early years of Friends but often complained about “the Rachel”. The layered hairstyle was difficult to maintain, requiring frequent haircuts and careful styling to get the right look – but it was much-asked-for in salons.

Curious about what was the popular hairstyle from the year you were born? Good Housekeeping magazine compiled them all going back to the 1920s and which celebrity was most associated with the style (when applicable).

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Hair Follicle Dissection

the hair growth cycleWhen discussing hair thinning or loss, it’s almost always in reference to the health of the hair follicles. In addition to other factors, hair follicles being clogged or damaged contribute to both temporary and permanent hair loss. But what exactly are hair follicles? What makes up a hair follicle and what is its growth cycle? Let’s dissect them. [Read more…] about Hair Follicle Dissection

Anatomy of the Scalp

scalp under magnifying glassSo much time and energy has been devoted to discussing the causes of hair thinning and hair loss that it is easy to lose sight of the source – the scalp. A key component to understanding why different people have differing experiences with hair thinning and loss is by understanding the complexities of the scalp and how different types of scalps yield different results. [Read more…] about Anatomy of the Scalp

What Is Tinea Capitis?

man with tinea capitisTinea Capitis is better known as ringworm; specifically of the scalp. As you may know, ringworm is not a worm but rather a topical fungal infection. It causes patches of scaly, itchy skin to pop up across your scalp which damages your hair follicles and causes bald spots. While Tinea Capitis mostly affects children, as a highly contagious fungal infection it can spread to adults and even house pets. [Read more…] about What Is Tinea Capitis?

Gray Hair and Hair Loss

Woman with gray hair experiencing hair lossMany of us think of gray hair and hair loss as a sign of aging. By the time we’re 35, approximately two-thirds of men and forty percent of women have been affected by some level of hair loss.

Additionally, anywhere from six to twenty-three percent of adults can expect at least half of their hair to have gone gray by the time they are 50. Are these both just separate signs of aging, or is there a correlation between graying hair and baldness? [Read more…] about Gray Hair and Hair Loss

Why Does Graves’ Disease Cause Hair Loss?

Graves' diseaseGraves’ disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects the thyroid. In autoimmune diseases, the body’s immune system misinterprets another part of the body as the enemy and attacks it. The thyroid is part of the endocrine system. This small gland in the neck controls how your body uses energy, which has profound effects on the entire body. The thyroid even affects how your heart beats. [Read more…] about Why Does Graves’ Disease Cause Hair Loss?