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The 10 Commandments of Better Hair

Thursday April 10, 2014
The 10 Commandments of Great HairGarry Wade/The Image Bank/Getty Images

Great hair has rules. If you want fantastic hair, you have to follow the rules. Great hair is rarely a God-given gift, unfortunately. Those girls that are born with beautiful hair, are probably following these 10 Commandments of Great Hair, and if they're not, it's totally okay to hate them.

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A World Record Breaking St. Baldrick's Day

Thursday April 10, 2014

I've talked about St. Baldrick's before on this blog, but this past week this organization has touched my soul. I need to introduce you to David Alexander. David is a familiar face here at About.com, as he is the Men's Hair Expert. He is truly an expert barber. I study his men's haircuts for inspiration in my own salon all the time. He is an incredibly skilled artist behind a barber chair. Davis is, however, no ordinary barber.

David Alexander breaks a Guinness World RecordDavid Alexander with his Guinness World Record
Photo © David Alexander

David is also intimately involved with the St. Baldrick's efforts in Atlanta. He has personally shaved his own head for the cause four times, and his event has shaved the heads of more than 1,000 people over the past five years. But, shaved heads aren't what this cause is about. David's efforts with St. Baldrick's and RiRa's Irish Pub in Atlanta have raised nearly $700,000 for childhood cancer. That's a whole lot of money closer to a cure.

It was honestly no surprise to me that David was chosen by the St. Baldrick's foundation to represent them on a huge project. When David announced his next adventure, it literally gave me goose bumps. David was chosen to attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the most heads shaved in one hour, live on the Today Show on NBC. Huge. Not only did David smash the record by shaving 73 heads in 59 minutes and 49 seconds, but he was able to brilliantly showcase the St. Baldrick's organization to the entire world, boosting exposure. Oh, by the way, he also managed to raise an additional $4,000 before he made it to New York City for the cause.

To David, your efforts with St. Baldrick's brings a whole new light to what a hairstylist can do for the greater good. You are truly an inspiration and I hope you get a few moments to take a deep breath and reflect in your accomplishment. Congratulations.

To you, my readers, I'd invite you to explore the St. Baldrick's organization. Read what this mother has been doing for the organization, and consider being a part of a St. Baldrick's event near you.

"I can say, beyond a shadow of a doubt, my involvement with St. Baldrick's is the thing in my life I am most proud of," David said, "I even have the St. Baldrick's logo tattoed over my heart, which is where it belongs. Each year, the kids, our donors, our volunteers, and our brave shavees inspire me and give me hope that one day no parent will ever have to hear the words, 'I'm sorry, your child has cancer,' if it is not followed by the words, 'but we have a cure for that.'"

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The 5 Emotional Stages of a New Haircut

Friday April 4, 2014
emotional stages of a new haircutPhoto by Peter Dazeley/Getty Images

You didn't intend for this to happen. You planned and plotted this fantastic new haircut for months. You asked all your friends. You probably even tried one of those computer programs that stick your face in the haircut you've lusted over. You were brave. You tried something new.

And now...

Now... you're emotional. It's okay. While the road to accepting a new haircut may be a bumpy one, you'll get through it. Just know what to expect by reading this.

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The Secrets of the At-Home Blow Out

Friday March 28, 2014
magic hair potionPhoto © Kendra Aarhus

Whether you regularly pay for a blow out from a salon or you just love the way your hair feels after you get a blow out with your haircuts and color appointments, you've probably always longed to have your hair look and feel the same way at home. While I won't say that a blow out in your own bathroom is the easiest hair skill to master, but once you get the hang of it, you'll be glad you took the time to get it right. I took some time this week to take pictures of my own blow out routine and document the process. Check out all my tips and tricks here and learn to master the professional blow out yourself, at home.

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The Magic Potion for Salon Perfect Hair at Home

Thursday March 27, 2014
magic hair potionPhoto by Andrew Bret Wallis/Getty Images

The number one question I get in the salon has to be, "How do you get my hair to feel so soft and shiny?"

It's magic.

Okay, no it's not, but it is mostly product that makes your hair feel fantastic when you leave the salon, and today I'm revealing my favorite product cocktail (and tips for using them) for salon soft hair.

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Should You Be Using Nioxin?

Monday March 24, 2014
Photo Courtesy of PriceGrabber

If your hair is thinning, breaking, your scalp is tight and itchy, or you're concerned about potential hair thinning because of hereditary or medical issues, you may have considered using Nioxin hair products. Do I recommend Nioxin? You bet. Find out why here.

More Things You Need to Know About Your Hair/Scalp Health

The Hottest New Hair Product for Texture and Volume

Monday March 24, 2014
Big Sexy Hair Powder PlayPhoto Courtesy of PriceGrabber

Hair trends are big, voluminous, with lots of movement and piecey texture. Getting the look has gotten a lot easier with texture powders. Texture powders are weightless hair powders that adhere to your hair at the scalp and change the way your hair performs. Fine hair suddenly feels thicker, has grip to hold styles, and doesn't stick flat to your scalp. Thicker haired girls can suddenly get their back combing to stick, or piece out their layers like never before. If you hair tends to get oily and greasy throughout the day, a hair powder will be  your favorite new product to keep the grease at bay.

If you haven't tried a hair powder yet, check out this list of my favorites, and if you have and your favorite didn't make my list, comment below so I can give your go-to powder a try.

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Hair Color of the Week: Bright Blond Bayalage Ombre Highlights

Sunday March 23, 2014
blond ombre bayalage highlights photoPhoto © Kendra Aarhus

This week I got to update a beautiful hair color for spring. Bright blond highlights were added using a bayalage (hand painted) highlight technique with ombre results (lighter ends that gradually darken to the scalp). I love this highlighting technique. These highlights are wonderful for spring and will grow out nicely over the summer, resulting in fewer updates and lower maintenance.

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My Favorite Dry Shampoos

Friday March 21, 2014
Bed Head Rock-a-Holic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo by TIGIPhoto Courtesy of PriceGrabber

I've been testing and trying dry shampoos for the better part of the last year, and so far I love what some of my favorite brands are putting out there. I thought I'd start sharing some of my favorites with this list. Check it out, and if your favorite isn't on the list, be sure to comment below so I know what to try next.

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F.A.S.T. Shampoo and Conditioner Reformulation

Thursday March 20, 2014
FAST Sulfate Free Shampoo and ConditionerPhoto © Kendra Aarhus

Last year I had the opportunity to use Nisim's F.A.S.T. Shampoo and Conditioner to attempt to grow my hair out a little faster. You can read about my experience here, here, and here and read my full review of the product here. In short, I liked the results of the products a lot, however I found the formula to be a little drying and not the greatest choice for color treated hair. I chalked it up to not getting to have your cake and eat it too. I stopped using the products over the dry winter months, but otherwise recommend the product for faster hair growth to my readers and my clients.

Imagine my excitement to learn that Nisim has reformulated F.A.S.T. Shampoo and Conditioner to be both sulfate free and paraben free. In theory, the product should have all the benefits of the previous formula, with less drying and less color stripping. I can't wait to give it a try.

Stay Tuned for my Full Review

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