I have a few posts coming up that deal with the normal hair growth cycle, and I really need to have something to refer to. So, here it is, a looooong overdue post that just shows the normal hair cycle. At any given time, each hair follicle is in a different part of the normal cycle of hair growth. Each follicle will cycle through these phases, though they can become “stuck” in a given phase…

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There are lots of ways that we damage our hair every day. Nearly anything that you do to style your hair can cause damage, and the key is finding the right balance to keep your hair looking healthy. Things we all do every day: • Shampooing • Blowdrying • Brushing and back-combing • Curling or flat-ironing • Exposing hair to humidity • Altering structure or color of the hair through perms and coloring/bleaching • Poor…

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Ok, I admit that the first time I wrote this I was lazy and not at all interested in the layers of the hair shaft, so I didn’t really do the topic justice. I’m re-publishing this now with improved information! Within your dermis, there’s a very cool structure called the hair follicle which projects through your dermis and epidermis and creates your hair. The average human has 100,000 follicles on their head! The follicle has…

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It’s that time again…. Time to start another series here on 15 Minute Beauty! This is where we take advantage of the fact that my parents paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to make me highly educated with undergrad and med school, all so I could be a beauty blogger! This series will focus on the hair. Truthfully, I won’t have too much to explain with this series, the hair is much less confusing in…

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In many ways, shampoo is simply a body wash, with slight modifications to improve it’s performance for your hair. The same basic principles that applied to soap apply to shampoo. The basic cleanser in shampoo is the same surfactant that is used in soap. Lathering agents, thickeners and other additives to adjust pH and add moisture and fragrance are added, but the basic shampoo is very similar to a body wash. How to read an…

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