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3Oct/120

Facial Hair Grooming Tips

Facial hair is unique to men and serves a variety of purposes. For some, it provides warmth, especially when working outside. For others, it is a natural accessory to complete a look. Some men use facial hair as a status symbol, especially by younger men to try to look older or more mature. And in some cultures, growing facial hair is expected.

Facial hair, like the hair on your head, should be groomed. How often you groom it is up to you, but if you let it grow without any care or attention, you will end up with a bushy, tangled beard. For some guys, this type of beard is exactly the look they are going for. If you do choose to grow facial hair, there are a few grooming and styling tips to keep in mind.

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Styles. There are a variety of styles of facial hair. Beards, goatees, mustaches, and sideburns are the most common. Some men do a type of goatee/mustache/sideburn combination, while others grow a full beard. Some men change their facial hair look frequently, altering from clean shaven to various facial hair styles, while others grow and maintain facial hair for years or decades. If you are unsure what will look best on you, there are a variety of apps that allow you to preview different facial hair styles on a photo of your face.

Trimming. Trimming your facial hair is an important part of grooming and styling. How often you trim it is up to you and the look you are going for. Some men trim or shave their face daily, while others let it go for a few days or even weeks before they clean it up. Most men with facial hair still shave or use clippers to get rid of at least some of the hair. For a beard, you might put shaving cream on your face, trace your jawline, and shave everything underneath. You might do the same for sideburns or goatees, tracing the shape of the style and shaving everything else off.

One popular method for trimming facial hair is giving it a fade. Use the shortest setting on your trimmer or clipper for the bottom quarter-inch of your beard, then use the second-shortest setting on the next quarter-inch up, and so on as you move up your neck and face. Try to blend in the different lengths so you cannot see lines where you changed clipper settings.

Maintenance. Facial hair, like the hair on your head, should be cared for and maintained. This will help it look better, as well as give you healthier facial hair to match your healthy head of hair. Every time you wash your face in the shower, use a small amount of shampoo on your beard, followed by a dime-size dab of moisturizing conditioner that you leave in for about 10 seconds before rinsing. Conditioner helps your face avoid drying out and helps with dandruff from your facial hair.

Other Tips. Keep beards even and trimmed for a more professional look. For sideburns, don’t let them go more than an inch wide. For the most part, keep them at mid-ear level, though you can go a bit longer if you have a long and thin face. Do not let them grow past your ear. Also, grow facial hair that will accentuate your face shape. For example, a thick mustache is a nice way to cover up a large philtrum (space between your upper lip and nose). A short scruffy beard gives more depth to a skinny face, and a square bottom beard can help hide double chins or a thick face. Goatees help elongate round faces. Whatever style you choose, make sure it’s one you feel good about.

26Sep/120

4 Hair Grooming Tips for Men

Men’s hair grooming habits vary widely. Some men use top of the line products and make sure each hair is positioned perfectly, while others simply get up and go. There is not necessarily a right or wrong way to groom and style your hair; it really depends on your personal preference and look you are going for. However, there are a few things all men should consider to help maintain a full, healthy head of good looking hair.

Man Styling His Hair

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1. Shampoo. Shampoo plays a big part in grooming your hair. But, there are a few things to keep in mind. The first is the type of shampoo you use. Consider your hair type: is it thick, thin, oily, dry, etc.? The bottom line is, most shampoos will work fine for most men, but for men with oily or thinning hair, it is probably best to use a shampoo designed for that particular hair type.

As far as how often you should shampoo your hair… most doctors agree that every day is too much. Your hair is a fiber. Think of it for a moment like a wool fiber in a sweater. The more often you wash the sweater, the faster the wool fibers will wear out, and the worse the sweater will look over time. Washing your hair too often can actually damage your hair. However, some men also complain that if they don’t wash every day, their hair gets greasy. Try to commit to wash just every other day, and see if your hair adapts and becomes less greasy after a few weeks on your “off” days.

2. Conditioner. Conditioner is just for women, right? Wrong. Conditioners add moisture to your hair and scalp, and help prevent maintenance issues like tangling. Like shampoos, different conditioners are available for different types of hair. Some focus on adding moisture for dry hair, or adding volume for thinning hair. Leave-in conditioners are popular as well and help make your hair more manageable.

How often you use conditioner depends on your hair type. If you have moist hair, then using conditioners often may make your hair look oily or greasy. If you have dry hair, you should use conditioner more frequently (several times a week) to help it stay moist.

3. Other Products. Aside from shampoo and conditioner, several other products exist that help men style and groom their hair. Hair gels, hair sprays, creams, pomades, waxes, and mousses are all different hair product options men can use to sculpt or style hair the way they want it to look. However, these products can also hurt your hair over time. If you cannot get your desired style naturally, try to avoid using heavy gels, especially cheaper gels, as they weigh down on your hair, and make your hair look crusty or flakey (which can be mistaken for dandruff). Also, you can train your hair to fall a certain way on your head. For example, if you comb your hair the same direction each day, your hair will eventually fall in that direction naturally.

4. Drying. Drying your hair is another part of hair grooming. Some men opt for a blow dryer, as it is fast and helps style your hair. Others use a towel, while some simply let the air dry their hair. In general, a blow dryer puts a lot of heat on your hair, which can damage it, so avoid those if possible. Pat—don’t rub—your hair dry with a towel; if you rub it with a towel, the motion can cause strain on the hair follicles and even pull out your hair. Try patting it with a towel to get the beads of water off, then air dry the rest. Air drying your hair also helps prevent hair loss, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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18Sep/120

Hair Care and Accessories for Women

A way to improve your overall look is with your hair. Summer is ending and fall is quickly approaching. Heat, chlorine and daily processing probably took a toll on your tresses. Now it is time to repair, and add some accessories for your best overall look. Whether you have short, long, curly, or straight hair, knowing which accessory is right for your look is what it is all about. Knowing when to use an accessory is also important. Sometimes a great accessory can turn a bad hair day around. Just remember to consider what is best for your hair, your look, and don’t over do it.

Tips, Styles & Trends

Rubber Bands

Rubber bands are an important thing to consider. We all wear them, some more than others. If you wear them everyday, try and remember to give your hair a break so your hair itself does not break. Do not use rubber bands with metal pieces or avoid rubber bands entirely. Goody makes a product called "Ouchless Elastics" that will do a better job of holding your hair without too much pain or hair damage. Pulling your hair back and using a product to slick back “frizzies” will help tame your hair and make for a great fall look.

Headbands

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A cute headband will also tame any broken hair and add a great look to any outfit! A flower or other accessory will take any look from a fall picnic to a night out. These accessories will also take the focus away from any hair faults. An accessory in the right place can draw the eye away from any thinning, receding, or breakage, and instead on the cute accessory. best online casinos

Clips, Feathers & More

Be careful with what accessories you choose. Although it is a good idea to accessorize and also maybe fix a bad hair day, you don’t want to draw too much attention to your headband, clip, or other accessory. Feathers are very trendy, but we also do not want to look like a bird with them sticking up on the top of your head. Adding a little lift to you hair is a plus, but teasing too much or using a “bump it” is not always a good idea. Adding in too many streamers, colors, etc will just make it look like a party in your hair. Die besten Online Casinos

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A little bobby pin, clip, or small flower for short hair is a great idea for adding a little color, style, or help tame little “frizzies” and help hair keep it’s shape. These accessories are also great for short to medium hair that is in the awkward phase of growing out.

Buns & Braids

Buns and braids are very in this year. Buns done loosely will hold a great length of hair and thickness during the day for work, and can be let down for an evening out. Braids can be done on any hair type and in so many different ways. As long as a braid is not done too tight, it will not cause any breakage to the hair, and will add style to any look.

Hair Extensions

Hair extensions are a great way to add length, texture, body, and color. There are many different options and types. Make sure you research what is best for your hair. You can have them professionally put in, braided, glued, or beaded. You can also buy them online or in a beauty supply store. Clip ins are great and can add a look without any permanent damage. As long as they are maintained and taken care of they can last up to a few months.

Accessorizing is great to spice up a look, keep up with the trends, and accentuate your style. Accessories can also hide hair issues, help tame problems, and help you wait out a growth period or while hair is mending. Remember to have fun and find your style! To help maintain your stylish hair, check out the Avacor® line of hair care products. You'll find everything you need to maintain clean and strong hair to keep you looking your best.

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2Aug/120

20 Hair Resources for Men

Below are 20 men's hair resources hand picked by our staff. You'll find a mix of websites, blogs and social media all bringing you the latest and greatest on men's hair, style and fashion.

hommeSTYLER is a menswear, style, hair and grooming blog that covers men's fashion commentary, style advice, menswear trends and grooming for the modern man. It features the latest news on men's fashion, runway shows, editorials and street style.

Balding Blog is a daily journal written by doctors about hair loss and treatments. You can ask a question or read about the personal experiences and opinions posted by these professionals. This site is meant to educate about hair loss and news.

American Hair Loss Association - Videos, research, and articles on hair loss. Children, men, women, new studies on hair loss gene. Thyroid, nutrition, hair transplant trials to name a few topics discussed. Product and ingredient studies. Education and research forums.

Israel21c is a middle east blog on health, style and culture with an international appeal.

HairLoss.com on Twitter - Hair loss information, conditions, and solutions. Posts about alopecia, male pattern baldness, hair extensions, treatments, costs and everything in between.

Battle Against Bald - Men battling hair loss and their success stories. Interesting articles and videos on success stories of hair transplants.

Hair Loss Haven - Established in 2005 as a resource for people dealing with hair loss. Reviews, blog, resources, news, charity news, and promotions.

The Urban Gentleman (Hair) - Urban trends, articles, photos, information on latest tips, grooming techniques, balding and hairstyles. Healthy eating and healthy hair information.

Esquire (Men's Fashion) - A style blog and and online resource for men. Blogs and articles on men’s health, hair and fashion.

Balding Blog on Twitter - Doctors discussing different hair treatment options. World class hair restoration forum.

WebMd (Hair loss health center) - Resources and treatments for men and women. Hair loss information.

The American Hair Loss Association is dedicated to educating and improving the lives of anyone involved in hair loss. Creating public awareness and bringing attention to the subject in the news, media, and society as a whole. Publications, resources, and organizations. Discusses science of hair loss, different types of loss, treatments, and research.

MedicineNet - Hair loss prevention, loss, and treatment options. Discusses, and viewers share the different types of hair loss and their experiences with treatments and products.

Men's Hair Blog (Facebook page) - Anything and everything men’s hair related!

Men's Health - Great website and online magazine about men’s health, style, fitness, and nutrition. All the latest research on men’s hair loss. Talks about the science and battle against genetic hair loss.

Health Tips A2Z - Health and hair. Talk about all different health and body related issues. Follow to learn about different health and hair problems and to learn about different tips and solutions!

Be Stylish! - How to be stylish! Whether it be clothes, shoes, or hair, you can find it here. Different topics and advice such as how to get a haircut if you are balding, and summer fashion trends.

Ask Men (fashion) - A great website on everything men. Fashion and style trends. Grooming and product reviews. Accessory and clothing advice and trials.

Hair Tips on Twitter - Talk of different hair loss. Personal trials and errors. Product reviews.

About Men's Hair - Information about everything men’s hair by Dave Alexander. Discussions about styles, grooming, products, trends, and reviews.

23Jul/120

Top Mobile Apps for Your Hair

Mobile phones and tablets undeniably influence our daily lives. They help us stay connected, give us directions, and provide a plethora of information whenever we want it. Similarly, apps for mobile devices allow us to personalize how we use these devices. A variety of mobile apps for your hair exist that offer information and convenience for growing and maintaining a healthy head of hair. Let’s take a look at a few.

Hair-Do - The Hair-Do for iPad app allows you to choose various hair styles and preview how they would look on you. Once you select a style, choose a photo from your device library, and the app inserts the new hair style onto the photo to give you an idea of what it will look like on you. It is especially helpful when visiting the barber or salon to give the stylist a visual representation of the style you are after. The app includes styles and hair dos for both men and women. A similar app is called Barbershop HD.

Avacor Mobile - The Avacor Mobile app for iPhone and iPad is your one-stop shop for all your hair regrowth and hair care needs. The app includes an e-consultant to answer questions and help you choose the best Avacor® hair care and regrowth products for you. It also allows you to purchase the full catalog of Avacor products directly from your phone using the easy and intuitive mobile checkout process. You can read more about the Avacor guarantee, take advantage of all Avacor promotions, and use the click-to-call feature to speak to an Avacor representative with one touch.

Shave-O-Matic - The Shave-O-Matic app is designed for men to help figure out facial hair styles. Once you regrow your healthy head of hair, you’ll want to try out different facial hair styles to see how to enhance your new look. You load an image from your device library, and the Shave-O-Matic app lets you preview different facial hair looks.

Hair Care - The Hair Care app provides information for caring for your hair in a variety of ways. The content is comprised of different tutorial videos with topics that include blow drying, growing hair, preventing grey hair, seasonal hair care tips, repairing damaged hair, choosing shampoos and hair care products, controlling frizzy hair, and many others.

Bridal Hair Styles - The Bridal Hair Styles app is primarily for women, though men may find the app helpful when trying to calm their finance’s wedding day anxieties, or just fun to use. The app allows women to preview and choose hair styles for weddings or other formal events. What is unique about this app is that it provides four views of each hair style: front, back, and both sides. Simply upload a photo to the app to preview different hair styles, and bring the preview image along with you when you meet with your stylist for the big event.

These are just a few of the many hair-related apps out there. Apps are also available for Android devices, and are useful for both men and women in most cases. No matter what your need is, you can be sure that there really is an app for that!

18Jul/120

Beat the Heat: Summer Heat and Your Hair

We all use them... Blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons, rollers...and we all have the damage that goes along with it! So how do we treat it? Or better yet try and avoid it before the damage happens? Summer and the hot months do not help, and it seems that more products are needed during this time to maintain our tresses!

How the heat affects your hair

Heat and hair careHeat can affect your hair immediately or over a period of time. The damage can be visible or can start working from the inside of your hair out. Heat can cause scorching, burning, and every time it is applied it is robbing your hair of its natural oils and moisture. Most tools that are used would burn your skin, so why is ok for your hair? If a tool is too hot it softens the keratin of the hair and can actually cause it to boil and burn. It weakens the hair shaft and will lead to breakage or can break off during the process. Whether you use heat processes daily, or occasionally it can still affect your hair and will catch up with you. It will dry out your hair, cause breakage, split ends, and damage.

How to prevent and avoid heat damage

Always use a heat protectant when any heated device is going to touch your hair. Try to let your hair air dry whenever possible. Hair dryers are made to dry the hair quickly, when not necessary, give your hair a rest. Moisturize your hair with a conditioning serum and protein builder as well. This will help your hair’s natural oils and moisture stay deep within the fibers. Always check and maintain your heating tools. A hair dryer that overheats from buildup will damage your hair more quickly. Check the temperatures on your flat irons and curling irons. Only use the highest setting needed for your hair. An average setting is around 200° F. More coarse hair usually requires higher heat and is in the 300° range. Hair burns at the same temperature as paper around 450°. It is a good idea to select heating tools that have temperature readings. High and Low is not sufficient. There is a big difference between 200° and 300°. Protect, be proactive, maintain and give your hair a “break” because extreme heat damage is irreversible.

How to treat heat damaged hair

To understand how to treat your heat-damaged hair, you need to understand the biology of hair. First off, hair is dead. You cannot repair something that isn't living. Hair is made up of the same protein as our fingernails - keratin. Just as a fingernail can chip and crack, hair can easily be damaged. Although heat damage is not reversible, there are ways that can improve the condition and appearance of your hair. Follow the tips above to avoid heat damage in the future.

There are many products out there to help with the appearance and prevention of future damage. It is about researching what is best for your hair type. Silicones, shampoos, conditioners, and trimming off the split and broken ends is necessary depending on the hair’s condition.

Products

Avacor® Detoxifying Shampoo

Avacor® Thickening Value Pack

Resources

Livestrong.com - Treatment for Heat Damaged Hair

Ehow.com - Straighten Curly Hair w Heat

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9Jul/120

Extreme Hair Styles Part 1

The part. The crew cut. The bowl cut. There are lots of hair styles that you’ve heard of, seen, or even worn at some point. But some people take their hair styles to extreme measures. Whether they are rebelling or using their hair as a means to express their personalities, these extreme hair styles never go unnoticed. If you are worried about thinning or lost hair, perhaps you can begin hair regrowth treatment with Avacor's Physicians Formulation, and when you grow back a full head of hair, you can try out a few of these extreme hair styles!

The Mohawk. Yes, there are versions of this hair style that are not very extreme, and the faux hawk is widely accepted across the mainstream, but some people take Mohawks to extreme levels. Punk rock in the late 1970s and early 1980s saw lots of musicians and fans of the music and culture adopt long, colorful Mohawk hair styles. Extreme skier Glen Plake is also famous for his long and colorful Mohawk, which he achieves using an iron and a lot of hairspray.

Mohawk

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Bride of Frankenstein. This do was made famous by Elsa Lanchester in the 1935 movie of the same name. The Bride of Frankenstein hair style even flirted with mainstream popularity with women in the mid-1900s with a more toned down version called the Beehive. But this extreme hair style basically involves taking all your hair, making it wavy, and standing it straight up. Add a streak of white along the side and you’re ready to rock this look. Let’s face it…if you were married to a monster made of dead human body parts, your hair might stand straight up too!

Bride of Frankenstein

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Shave the Sides. Similar to the Mohawk in theory but different in style, this do is popular among young men around the world. Simply shave the sides and back of your head, not to the skin but close, and keep your hair on top long. Then, add some hair gel and style however you like.

Shaved Sides

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Beard with Dreadlocks. Not just for hippies and hipsters anymore, the bearded guy with dreadlocks look is also popular among a variety of men. Get your dreads done at a salon, or the old fashioned way: through months of not washing your hair.

Dreadlocks

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Give it some color. This extreme hair style idea works for any length of hair. Simply pick a bright color, or several, and make your hair that color, either at home or by a professional. Then comb it over, back, forward, or however you want. Men and women alike have colored their hair for decades, but have usually tried to make it look natural. Use bright colors to break that trend and get a little attention along the way.

Color

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Hopefully this gives you some ideas of everything that is possible with a full head of hair. While you may not wish to go this extreme with your hair, it is nice to know that if you really wanted to, you can, thanks to your new head of thick, healthy hair courtesy of Avacor.

In the coming weeks we'll feature more examples of hair styles and tips on Avacor's Twitter and Facebook page. Follow us today for more updates.

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