HAIR TIP: To get your hair to grow faster, stronger, and healthier, Dr. Jeffrey Epstein, a plastic surgeon and expert in hair restoration in New York City and Miami offers the following suggestions:
Vigorously massage your scalp while shampooing. This stimulates the follicles, which encourages the hair to grow.
Flip your head and brush dry hair from root to end. Do this every other day.
Exercise. A pounding heart pumps more blood to your hair follicles.
Try Nioxin hair care products for fine or thinning hair, including shampoo, conditioner, and several other products. While promoted for regrowing hair, they seem to volumize the hair by strengthening and thickening the cuticles, thus providing a fuller look. For hair that is dry and prone to breakage, try bc bonacure Repair. This shampoo strengthens the hair with its botanicals, while gently but thoroughly cleaning the scalp. They are available at many upscale hair salons.
Use Head & Shoulders or Nizoral shampoo several times a week to help block the effect of testosterone at the scalp level, which may help slow down hair loss and promote hair growth.
Take B vitamins, biotin, and zinc, which play a role in promoting healthy hair growth. They're commonly found in multivitamins designed for thinning hair.
One aspirin a day is not only good for your heart, but in women has been shown to reduce the risk of stroke. For anyone with or at risk for hair loss, it may also promote hairgrowth.
The T3 Tourmaline Comb ($5.50, fine salons, or www.t3tourmaline.com) is antistatic, helping to smooth the hair and reduce breakage. The teeth are rounded and hand-finished, not sharp and pointy. Tourmaline naturally emits negative ions, which smooth the hair's cuticle. When the cuticle is not smooth, hair scales catch on one another, leading them to tangle and tear.
The T3 hair dryer, also manufactured by Tourmaline, is up to 60 percent faster than any hair dryer on the market because it emits infrared heat, which penetrates the hair more deeply and dries it faster. This not only saves time but also reduces the amount of stress on the hair ($200, fine salons nationwide, or www.t3tourmaline.com). See page 25 for more information on the T3 and other hair dryers.
Normal Hair Shampoos
When it comes to hair, normal is a miracle. Most of us are either way too dry or way too oily, so rejoice if your hair is normal. You can use a wider range of products, and unlike the rest of us, who go through hundreds of treatments just to end up with the same old problems, you normal-hair types have many fewer bad-hair days.
HIGH Bumble and Bumble Alojoba Shampoo ($24.99)
Fine salons or www.bumbleandbumble.com
The exotic scents of this moisture-rich hair smoothie transport you to the sandy shores of Fiji, where a bronzed French dive instructor named Pascale is not interested in the fact that you have a degree in biochemistry from M.I.T. He's interested in a completely different set of frontal lobes, and he's going to show you how they make Alojoba, mon! This shampoo makes your hair super soft and silky.
HIGH Philip B. African Shea Butter Shampoo ($22.50)
Fine salons or www.philipb.com