Looking for some summer hair inspiration? Look no further! We are breaking down the hottest summer looks. Hello, #summervibes!
Mermaid Hair Colors
This look relies heavily on having long, wavy hair (either naturally or styled) and your ability to complement your skin tone. A dark base starts at the roots with two or more colors infused towards the bottom half of your hair. Blending blues and greens is key to achieving this look. Straight dyeing the bottom half of your hair is not going to cut it, we’re not going for a chunky look. The color needs to be intertwined and alternated, like getting highlights.
The beachy waves finalize the look by mixing in the colors even more. Throw in some purples and maroons to complement those blues. You can go bold with bright colors or for a softer look, pastel versions look awesome too. There are many shades of each color, so see which ones best fit your skin tone. The same rule applies for your dark base color at the roots. Our ColourFix³™ Leave-In Conditioner is ideal for restoring hair after processing and to keep colors vivid.
You must have heard the term ‘Bronde’ by now. It’s a hybrid of brown and blonde. Toffee tones and warm hues of coffee are highlighted this summer – which is exactly what this is! The best thing about this trend is that your skin receives a natural glow and literally anyone can find a brown tone that complements them. Vary the colors and highlights in your hair so the style seems natural.
Blonde is back with a vengeance! Highly reflective golds and silver platinum are hot this summer. The trick is to maintain the highlights around your dark roots, so it seems intentional rather than a cover up. If you’re not a natural blonde, the rooty-blonde style will help you go longer between salon visits. To enhance and maintain the brightness of your blondes and silvers, a blue pigment needs to be incorporated to offset the brassiness of the yellow hues. Toning blonde hair is super simple with our BlondeAmbition™ Luxury Brightening Shampoo. For natural and unnatural blondes, this shampoo is essential!
Who doesn’t love pink & gold? A subtle nod to the flashy colors of yesteryear, the new pink is softer and shinier. Honey-toned hair is overlaid with pinks to give us Rose Gold. Just like the precious metal, this shade will enhance the peach and yellow tones in your skin. Altogether feminine and soft, this look can be easily transferred into the Fall.
This summer is full of gorgeous color ideas! We always recommend seeing a professional stylist when color-treating your hair. Let your favorite stylist help you enhance skin tones with some of these summer looks. You can make any of these styles work. Be sure to tag us in your looks – @sudzzfxinc. Happy summer!
Braids are a fun way to style a range of different hair types and they even work with shorter hair! We’re breaking down how to get the most out of your braids and bringing you a few style ideas!
First off, you’ll want to make sure your hair is properly conditioned before tying into braids. Use our ColourFix³™ Leave-In Conditioner which will keep your hair moisturized without creating buildup.
Waterfall braids get their name from the way they cascade down your head like falling water. This striking and intricate-looking braid can actually be quite easy to pull off! If you have shorter hair, start your braid at your forehead and gently drop it as you get to the back of your head. Finish the braid in a fishtail and secure with hairpins.
This braid is everywhere and we have no doubt it’s because of its unique and winding appearance, setting it apart from the traditional braid. You can pull it up in a ponytail for a clean appearance. Or, you can combine it with a french style braid starting at the scalp and change it to a fishtail braid as you go down. This will give you a gorgeous fairytale princess look. Start this braid by separating your hair into two even sections. Take a half-inch piece from the outside of a section and pull it over and across so that it’s joined with the inside of the other section. Make sure you don’t twist the hair as you bring it across. Repeat until you run out of hair!
You’re no doubt familiar with the french braid. It’s a classic, but you can switch up this style by starting it all the way at your hairline and creating a french braid mohawk. Bam! A traditional braid just became an edgy look.
Be sure to finish off your braids with LiquidLuxe™ Luxury Mist. It’ll give your hair gorgeous shine while holding your ‘do in place all day long.
If you’re rocking long hair, Summer can wreak havoc on your hair.
Consider these 3 looks when hanging poolside. These pool-friendly styles are sure to keep hairless tangled and out of your face all summer long.
The French braid is a classic throwback. You may remember this style from days on the soccer field or summer at sleepaway camp, but we are bringing it back this Summer! The French braid starts much like the traditional 3 plait braid. However, instead of gathering all your hair at once, the French braid starts with 2 thinner plaits on the left and right sides. As you cross your locks and start to braid, add, and incorporate more hair on either side with each crossover. For an acute messy look, that gives a more casual vibe, gently pull each strand of your braid to make them looser with a fuller appearance.
Classic Top Knot
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? The top knot is a style everyone knows and loves. Coiling your hair into a bun right at the crown of your head will get it out of your face and off your neck for those summer scorchers. This look can be extremely elegant but can quickly turn into a nightmare with flyaways when your hair starts to dry. Our RowdyPaste™ Matte Texture Finish will tame the frizz and hold any flyaways down with a matte finish. Go from the pool to a party!
Pigtails are making a comeback. Instead of the high and tight pigtails you’re used to, take your pigtails to another level of style by tying them in two low, loose buns. This style is cute and carefree, perfect for a day by the pool.
Need some post-pool hydration? Try a hair mask or reconstructing conditioner! Our Moxee™ Reconstructing Conditioner is the perfect product to replenish moisture and deeply condition hair after a day in the pool. And it’s quick & easy to use!
The Classic Bob Haircut is a no-nonsense style. If you’re looking for an instant change, shedding your longer locks for a Classic Bob is one of the easiest ways to do that. Shorter hair means less effort, less hair ties, and it also comes with a range of all new ways to style. Here are a few of our favorites.
Middle Part Bob
The Classic Bob is usually a clean cut with a part down the middle. This works great for finer hair. A bob haircut will give you volume. This is a clean, straight forward look that doesn’t require layering. Spray damp hair with BlowOut Volumizing Spray Gel to give your bob an instant boost of volume.
Part Pixie Bob
If you’re looking for something with an edge, the Part Pixie Bob blends the best parts of a bob and a pixie cut. Not too long and not too short, the Pixie Bob cut gives you the freedom of a short cut with the ability to style it as you wish. The cut can look great with both straight and curly hair. The best part about this cut? It’s low maintenance. You can go days without shampooing, but when you do, reach for the Whipped Creme & Honey Volumizing Shampoo to add body and texture to your hair.
Blown Out Layered Bob
The Blown Out Layered Bob haircut is a timeless hairstyle that will make you feel chic any day of the week. This style is composed of voluminous layers, so it takes a bit of effort to achieve and maintain. For added ease, the Marmalade Jazz Dri-Jel Texturizing Pomade will allow you to get your style just right and keep it looking fresh and healthy all day.
Smooth + Blunt Bob
The most iconic bob is probably the smooth look with blunt bangs. This cut has worked as a power look for decades. The Smooth + Blunt Bob hits just below the chin, with bangs hitting at the brow. This short look may make you susceptible to fly-aways, so use a pump of ColourFix³™ Leave-In Conditioner to hold a smooth shine.
Hair serums can be used on a variety of hair types. Typically packing a punch, serums consist of a concentration of active ingredients designed to tame, soften, smooth, and protect hair from environmental stressors. When using a serum, you can expect sleeker, shinier hair with each use. We’re breaking down a few reasons why you should be incorporating a serum into your hair routine.
When your hair meets non-ideal conditions, like humidity, or when your hair just isn’t getting enough moisture, our Zenyth Frizz Eliminator can help tame fly-aways. This smoothing serum smooths down frizz by adding moisture that will protect and repair the hair Zenyth Frizz Eliminator is alcohol and oil free, so it won’t dry out or weigh down hair like other products. It uses natural ingredients to add balanced moisture.
Revive Split Ends
Split ends happen to the best of us. If you’re in between cuts, the ends of your hair can become dry and are susceptible to breakage. Our LiquidLuxe Luxury Mist has multiple uses to protect the ends of your hair. It can even be sprayed into wet hair to detangle and make your locks easier to comb through. After spraying into damp hair, a heat styling tool can be used to further condition. It can also be applied to dry hair for a quick refresher, resulting in a lightweight shine that will make your hair look clean and healthy.
Straighten Without Heat
Using heated styling tools frequently can cause damage to your hair. Over time, heat can cause hair to become dry and brittle. Our Level Strait Straightening Potion from time to time provides a way to get straight hair without the use of heat. This alcohol-free formula works with any texture hair, from wavy to very curly. When applied to towel dried hair, it naturally relaxes the hair into a straight style. Not only is this an amazing styling product, but it also helps to restore damaged hair and protect against environmental harm.
How do you use hair Serums?
Pick Me Up – As soon as the winter months roll through, it seems that Spring has arrived! With changing seasons, comes new hair colors. And with new hair colors, comes hair damage. Whether your hair is naturally brittle, you color treat your hair, or you use heated styling tools daily, our Moxee™ Reconstructing Conditioner can help rejuvenate, revitalize and repair hair – during any time of the year. It’s the perfect pick-me-up for any hair type and at all levels of hair damage.
Luscious From the Inside Out – Moxee™ is innovatively formulated. It provides nourishment and restores weak, lifeless, critically damaged hair. It rebuilds & revitalizes strands, offering instantaneously renewed, stronger hair – and it’s easy to use!
After shampooing, massage through the hair, roots to ends, paying special attention to ends. Leave it on for up to two minutes, depending on your hair damage, and rinse thoroughly with warm water. You can also leave the product in your hair for extra conditioning. Cocktail with Zenyth® Frizz Eliminator for added benefits.
We believe that a healthy scalp generates healthy hair. We use a homeopathically balanced combination of Parsley, Asparagus, Cucumber and Sandalwood extracts in each of our products – including Moxee™. These subtle combinations help stimulate the regeneration of cells while scavenging free radicals and promote ongoing healing and softness. Nature only uses what it needs. And who are we to argue with nature?
Luscious From the Inside Out – We are excited to announce that our Moxee™ Reconstructing Conditioner has a new look in a pearlescent blue bottle! This softer palette groups Moxee™ in with our targeted treatment products like SmoothIT™ Frizz Taming Conditioner & SmoothIT™ Frizz Taming Shampoo. The formula has not changed and remains the same. If you recall the product being a light purple, it is now a pastel blue. Enjoy the same great benefits that you have been with Moxee™ – with a small packaging + color update.
BLONDEAMBITION NOW ONE OF OUR TOP 10 BEST SELLING PRODUCTS!
Call it love for blonde any time of year…call it delight at keeping that blonde “true”…whatever the reason BlondeAmbition has been an amazing success thanks to you!
Featuring a powerful blue pigment, it banishes brass from even the most off colored blonde, gray or silver hair. Use up to 3 times a week on natural blonde hair, gray hair or silver hair.
- Eliminates brassiness & yellowish casts on blonde, gray or silver hair
- Free of sulfates and hidden sulfates
- Rich in FXulites Complex to help restore healthy hair from the inside out while defending it from daily environmental stresses.
- Not for use on OVERLY processed hair, hair extensions or if a client’s hair has been colored with a green based haircolor
Check out this quick demo from SUDZZfx’ Brittany Reddin @beautybybritr of Salon Déjà Vu. She finished her model with SUDZZfx AirPlay!
SUDZZfx: Extension Safe Since Day 1!
All those years ago, long before it became mainstream, we took the path of finding sulfate-free surfactants in our shampoos to offer effective cleansing…but wouldn’t harm hair in the process. We went one step further…using an expensive skincare grade surfactant system: Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate that gives you beautiful lather, but is far more gentler on hair.
This ingredient system had an unexpected side effect: we started hearing from hair salons offering extension services and individual extensionists nation-wide who not only were using our shampoos on their extension clients in-salon, but also prescribing us exclusively to maintain their extensions at home! The reason? Our surfactant WILL NOT harm keratin bonds or even adhesive systems…and even better: will help to keep human hair extensions looking shiny, healthy & tangle free for months on end!
COAST TO COAST: SUDZZfx FANS ARE DOING C.P.R.!
WHAT IS IT?
A SUDZZfx C.P.R. Hair Revival Shot is a professional in-salon treatment that reverses and restores…offering 5 benefits in 15 minutes:
~ Longer lasting, more vibrant color
~ Renewed internal strength
~ Increased elasticity & manageability
~ Luminous shine & touchably soft hair
~ Restored condition for faster blowdrying
It turns back the clock, rehydrates and brings hair back to life!
WHAT ARE THE RESULTS?
Structural Improvement | Moisture Balance | pH Recovery
Improved structure · Increased shine · Greater manageability · Moisturization · Longer-lasting & more vibrant color
Step 1 – Begin by clarifying the hair with SUDZZfx® Nyrvana™ Purifying Shampoo. This removes any buildup on the hair as a result of styling products, medication, smoking or the environment. Leave on for 2 minutes. Rinse out thoroughly and towel-dry well.
Step 2 – Using a bowl, dispense (1/2 oz.) SUDZZfx® Moxee™ Reconstructing Conditioner, AquaFix® Hydrating Conditioner, Enhance™ Daily Conditioner, and 1-drop of Zenyth® Frizz Eliminator. Mix to form the perfect blend for your client. Customize by adding more of either of these products.
Apply to hair from the ends up. Comb through for even distribution. Apply cap and place client under warm dryer for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly then towel dry. Proceed to style.
Belly up to the backbar and have a “shot” of SUDZZfx!
Check out this setup from Katee Reddin Petro in Rockaway, New Jersey! On her backbar she promotes our C.P.R. Treatment to client’s who need a little dose of renewal during these cold winter months.
A decorative backbar idea!
Check out this genius marketing idea to promote SUDZZfx C.P.R. Treatment shots from @kimmystudz! Grab some champagne flutes, pump in the hair treatment cocktail and effortless ask at the backbar!
So popular…clients want to take it home?!
Another genius marketing idea from the crew at Brick and Mirror Beauty Bar! Our C.P.R. Treatment Shots have become SO popular there, that clients have been clamoring for an “emergency shot” for at home use! The team got creative, grabbed some mini mason jars, twine and paper and started reselling the treatment!
THE NEW COLOR TREND ROCKING INSTAGRAM
Last year we saw peekaboo hair tattoos…an etched emblem or picture sculpted right into the hair with clippers and hidden under layers of hair. But 2017 is the hair colorists’ turn! Meet Vivid Roots, the new haircolor trend that places haircolor at the roots…a myriad of bold, stunning color combos that only become visible as the hair moves…or in a good breeze.
MUST WATCH: EMILY ANDERSON’S PINK PIXIE
Check out this stunning 60 second hair finishing how-to from hairdresser, SUDZZfx uber fan and Instagram sensation @emilyandersonstyling who created this pink pixie bob and used ColourFix3 Leave-In Conditioner![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][lee_products style=”carousel” columns_number=”4″ cat=”381″][/vc_column][/vc_row]
SUDZZfx IN THE PRESS! NYFW Coverage
Featured in: Beauty Launchpad Magazine!
Pick this month’s issue of Beauty Launchpad and you’ll spot the work of celebrity hairdresser T. Cooper @tcoopermua! Beauty Launchpad met up with T. backstage at the KYE US show at New York Fashion Week as she channeled the ’90s in a big way. Check it out![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”354147″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][/vc_row]
The average hairdresser looks at a razor and runs in the other direction. With a new year right around the corner…NOW is the time to start practicing and embrace the razor like never before. Here’s why…
It is truly, the best tool to remove volume from hair by collapsing the cut without adding layers. It can also be used to create texture. You’ll love using it on fine hair types because it means you don’t have to sacrifice the fullness of the hair. A razor works great to create movement on all hair types.
Understandably, a bad razor cut (often resulting in frayed ends) can train you to stay far away from them, but practice will make perfect. The razor should always be used very deliberately and should never damage the hair. Despite what people think, you can use a razor on straight hair, curly hair, super-curly hair, fine hair, medium hair, and especially on thick hair. The key to a good razor cut is your training. Each part of that tiny—and sharp!—blade is meant to be used in a specific way. And when not used correctly, it can cause a bit of a disaster. Make 2017 the year you embrace it!
Reddit user moniquey, a true wizard, posted a mesmerizing GIF online that shows her switching her hair from bubblegum pink to a trendy cool blue in a matter of seconds. No, it isn’t video editing or actual magic that makes it happen, just a very creative use of hair dye. By employing a deep side part, moniquey can have half her hair appear blue while the pink hides underneath. Then with a simple hair flip she can totally transform her look, putting a new spin on the 2016 trend of “mermaid hair.”
SUDZZfx IN THE PRESS! “Reverse the Green with Nyrvana”
Featured in: Estetica Magazine!
Whether it is from swimming pools treated with chlorine or as a result of high levels of copper from residential pipes, hairdressers agree that green hair is becoming a year-round concern.
One solution in correcting the harsh effects of damaged hair that has turned various shades of green is to experience a little Nyrvana from SUDZZfx. Free of harsh, drying sulfates and packed full of restorative extracts used for both detoxifying and strengthening purposes, Nyrvana is a heavenly cleanser that helps remove chemicals used in pools and spas as well as hard water minerals within the hair structure.
“Nyrvana is the best choice in helping to eliminate green from chlorine-damaged hair,” explained company founder and CEO J. Aris Koroyan. “Nyrvana also works to remove excessive product build-up while restoring moisture balance through our micro-encapsulated FXulites formulation and is truly the mildest but most effective cleansing formulation in any professional purifying category.”
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Nyrvana contains FXulites, the potent reparative complex blending of multi-benefit ingredients that reduces the signs of visible damage to the hair while nourishing, strengthening and hydrating the inner and outer structure of the hair. The protective cocktail of proteins and natural botanical extracts of honey, asparagus, parsley, cucumber, avocado and wheat flour imparts the luster and shine to even the most damaged hair. Safe for color treated hair, Nyrvana can also be used daily without stripping color.
There are two ways to use Nyrvana. Wet hair thoroughly and massage in ample amount and SUDZZ up before rinsing. On dry hair, massage ample amount from scalp to ends. Rinse and then cleanse as normal. SWIMMERS: Leave on 5 minutes with a plastic cap under warm dryer to help remove chlorine and swimmers green cast. Use as often as needed.
Nyrvana is available in an 10.1 oz. bottle for the suggested salon price of $11.98.
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This year SUDZZfx formed an exclusive partnership with 2 leading NYC fashion designers for this year’s New York Fashion Week: Men’s Show.
Last year was the first New York Fashion Week specifically dedicated to men’s fashion. Held last July, it was a smashing success. This year it kicked off Monday, February 1st through Thursday, February 4th…riding on the heels of men’s fashion week Paris.
SUDZZfx was the official hair sponsor of two leading men’s fashion designers: Julian Eugene Woodhouse of WOODHOUSE and Dexter Cheston of DEXTERDEXTERDEXTER. Under the skilled hands of celebrity NYC Makeup Artist and Hairstylist T. Cooper, we were backstage styling the models for their two shows.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”Day 1 WOOD HOUSE Show”][vc_column_text]Kicking off the Men’s Fashion Week shows on Tuesday was WOOD HOUSE, the label of Julian Eugene Woodhouse. Wood House exists to bridge to gap from conservative menswear through experimental androgyny to futuristic menswear. The line pulls from the history of menswear and also the history of masculinity to create a line of clothing that makes a man feel his strongest and most secure. It manifests architectural and constructivist concepts on the body, framing movement and strength in silhouette. This futuristic collection featured flawless shapes with SUDZZfx shine under the skilled hands of T. Cooper.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”352440,352484,352483,352482,352481,352480,352479,352478,352477,352473,352472,352470,352463,352462,352461,352459,352458,352457,352456,352455,352454,352453,352452,352451,352450,352449,352448,352447,352446,352445,352444,352443,352442,352441″ img_size=”” onclick=”img_link_large”][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_video link=”https://vimeo.com/160359408″ align=”center” title=”Modern Salon Coverage”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_video link=”https://vimeo.com/160359410″ align=”center” title=”Show Reel”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_video link=”https://vimeo.com/160359409″ align=”center” title=”Press Coverage”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_text_separator title=”Day 2 DEXTERDEXTERDEXTER Show”][vc_column_text]The final show we rocked for New York Fashion Week: Men’s with T. Cooper was the DEXTERDEXTERDEXTER Show. Kicking off at 6pm at the iconic Classic Car Cub of Manhattan on Hudson Street in New York, DEXTERDEXTERDEXTER is an American luxury fashion house based in New York, USA specializing in Couture, Ready-to-Wear, and Resort Clothing Collections.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”352493,352521,352520,352517,352516,352515,352514,352513,352512,352511,352510,352509,352508,352507,352506,352505,352504,352503,352502,352501,352500,352499,352498,352497,352496,352495,352494″ img_size=”” onclick=”img_link_large”][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_video link=”https://vimeo.com/160362218″ align=”center” title=”Show Reel”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Last week we were blessed to receive a wonderful review of SUDZZfx Whipped Crème & Honey™ Volumizing Shampoo and AquaFix® Hydrating Conditioner from Beauty Video Blogger Lizze Dee of Toronto, Ontario! She was introduced to SUDZZfx after a visit to her Mom’s. A stroll to Refresh Day Spa in Windsor, Ontario later…and she picked up SUDZZfx for herself. Now…she’s hooked for the combo to make her curls really bounce!
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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]For so many of us for so long now, long layers have been almost a given. Whether we take our hair shorter or grow it longer, they’re part of the equation. With good reason—they can lighten up thick hair and add volume and movement to thinner hair, and they facilitate those swooping, face-framing sections that flatter every face shape.
BUT. There’s a new haircut in town (Hollywood-town), and it’s all about not layering—at least not noticeably. We’re referring to the blunt cut. Perfectly even ends just look so fresh right now. Or even, as Lena Dunham put it on Instagram last week, poetic. “I miss @zoe.kazan so I am sharing this photo I took of her blunt ends, which are so poetic to me,” she captioned this photo. While growing out her short hair, Dunham herself has been wearing blunt ends, according to the man behind her most recent cut, Marcus Francis, who happens to have given Julianne Moore a blunt cut just last night. He says both his clients and fellow celebrity hairstylists are definitely feeling the straight-edged vibe right now. “It’s a departure from the scraggly undone hair that was around for a while,” he explains. “Blunter and undone looks healthier and more enviable.”
But even a simple ponytail can look modern and polished with sharp, ironed ends…such as this one on Natalie Portman!
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The resurgence of slick hard holds!
Slick or slicked back hair, both of which are interchangeable, has been around for a while. And like many other classic hairstyles, the slick back haircut has reemerged to become a popular modern style for men in 2016. To get the modern slick back hairstyle, you must combine a fade haircut on the sides (high, mid, low, or skin fade) with medium to long hair on top. This particular style is known as the “slicked back undercut”. There is also the more classic, long slick back hair that does not require a fade on the sides.
As we celebrate the resurgence of interest for our SUDZZfx Chizel Hard Rock Gel…we dig through our dusty archives to tell the long lineage hair gels have!
Did you know that the ancient Egyptians who gave birth to so many beauty firsts were also the inventors of the first hair gel? Natalie McCreesh, an archaeological scientist from the KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology at the University of Manchester, England, and her colleagues studied hair samples taken from 18 mummies. Analysis of hair fibers identify the popularity of a fat-based hair styling gel that was used to keep hair in place in both life and death! The oldest is approximately 3,500 years old, but most were excavated from a cemetery in the Dakhleh Oasis in the Western Desert and date from Greco-Roman times, around 2,300 years ago!
If you are in shock or frightened, your hair can turn white.
FACT! The phenomenon of hair turning white from fright (or shock or grief or stress) persists in literature, poetry and even a handful of medical journals. But is there any truth to the rumor that we can actually scare our hair?
Yes and no, says dermatologist Dr. David Orentreich, associate director of the Orentreich Medical Group in New York and assistant clinical professor in the department of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
“It’s appealing on a literary or poetic level that a person’s experience could be so severe or terrifying that they age overnight,” he says. “But you can’t lose pigment in your hair. Once it leaves your scalp, it’s non-living; it’s dead.”
But, Orentreich says, while fear can’t suddenly cause your hair to turn white, there is a medical condition that could make people think it has.
The hair of Nancy Thompson, played by Heather Langenkamp, suddenly starts to turn white after Freddie Kruger torments her in her dreams in 1984’s “Nightmare on Elm Street.”
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition that attacks hair follicles, causing pigmented hair such as black, brown, red, or blonde to fall out, leaving the gray and white nonpigmented hairs behind. (Eventually most people lose all their hair entirely.)
“If someone has salt-and-pepper hair – a mixture of gray and black – and they develop alopecia areata, the dark hairs can fall out quickly,” he says. “So it appears that they’ve gone gray overnight.”
Stress, as it turns out, may be a trigger for some autoimmune disorders.
“It’s conceivable for a person who has a tendency for alopecia areata to go through a stressful experience which makes it flair up and the first thing that happens is their dark hair falls out,” he says. “And that can happen quickly – in days or weeks – leaving just the gray hair.”
Although autoimmune diseases have been around forever, Orentreich says it’s only been in recent years that doctors have come to understand their impact.
“These phenomena would occur but they were completely mysterious,” he says. “No one had any inkling that the immune system could cause hair to fall out. There was only a primitive understanding – if any understanding – of the immune system.”
Fear, shock or grief, on the other hand, were something people could wrap their brains around, which probably explains why emotions play a huge part in most of the stories about hair turning white overnight.
According to a 2008 paper in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, the first documented case of sudden hair whitening was in the Talmud in 83 A.D. The victim was a 17-year-old boy who was appointed chief of the main Israeli Talmudic academy. His sudden white hair was said to have been a “consequence of strenuous studying.”
In later years, the phenomenon was attributed to Marie Antoinette, whose auburn locks supposedly turned ghostly white the night before she lost her head to the guillotine and to Shah Jahan of India after his favorite wife died (he went on to build the Taj Mahal in her honor). Even sharpshooter Annie Oakley reportedly fell victim at age 41 after she was involved in a horrific train accident (an alternate story claims her white hair was the result of an overly hot bath).
In the ’80s “Nightmare on Elm Street” horror movie franchise, a shock of the heroine’s hair turns white after she is terrorized in her dreams.
There have been reports of sudden blanching as a result of bear attacks, ill-advised bets, shipwrecks, adultery and the death – or serious injury – of a loved one. A 1902 British Medical Journal even described the case of a 22-year-old woman who witnessed a woman’s throat being cut and got up the next morning to find half her pubic hair had turned white.
According to Orentreich, though, even white pubic hairs could be explained by the autoimmune disease.
“When it attacks hair, sometimes the hair will keep growing with no pigment,” he says.
Alopecia areata may not be the only explanation for this hair-razing condition, though. Researchers who have studied historical references to the phenomenon also believe a “sudden” change in hair color could also be traced to hair dye simply washing out.
“If you get your hair colored today and then stop getting it colored, it takes a number of weeks or months for the gray to grow out,” says Orentreich. “But years ago, the dyes weren’t permanent. It could be something like that.”
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In 1966, Panasonic (of all people) produced the first electrically-heated hair rollers in Japan and revolutionized the traditional of achieving celebrity curls and waves. Flash forward a few decades later and a generational gap has now dated even this technology and even today debates still wage over the power of curling irons over hot rollers. If you want to avoid the debate all together and offer a more modernized (and perhaps greener solution), you can achieve the same effect with merely a quality European or Marilyn Brush Set and Zephyr® Volumizing Gel! Because Zephyr® contains hold properties and a unique nano emulsion formula, you can use it to lock the curl in place, mimicking the look of a good hot roll and it’ll never flake.
The evening usually starts like this: you style, blow out, straighten and tame your frizzy, wavy hair into a stunning, sleek ‘do. Then after finding the right outfit, it’s time for a “girls night out”. Unfortunately by about 11pm you sleek, sexy hair looks great on one side, but wavy and lopsided on the other.
Traditionally, the formula in a straightening cream, lotion or potion creates a cosmetic coating on the hair that is prone to breakage. The result is that after a few hours of friction caused by hair movement and playing with your hair the coating breaks and flakes. Your hair then springs back to its natural state.
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