Frequently Asked Questions

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A: There are a few things you can do to help thicken and volumize your hair. Joshua Zeichner, MD, recommends using conditioners formulated for fine hair so it won’t get weighted down, according to WebMD. Also, be sure to protect your hair from heat and over-processing. If you dye, perm or relax your hair, additional heat can cause breakage, Jeanine Downie, MD, tells WebMD. To prevent further thinning, avoid pulling your hair too tightly in different styles, like ponytails and braids. You can make your hair appear more voluminous by applying a volumizing product before styling, such as Ojon Volume Advance Volumizing Styling Spray.

A: While causes of excessive oil range from genetics to hormonal fluctuations, the way you wash your hair can contribute to an oily scalp. Make sure that you are completely rinsing out your shampoo, since, according to HowStuffWorks, shampoo residue is quick to collect dirt and oil, especially if you have fine hair. About twice per month, shampoo with a clarifying formula like Arcona Green Tea Cleansing Base Shampoo to help reduce the buildup of styling products and shampoo. If you’re in a rush and need to skip a wash, use Rene Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo to help absorb oil. Baby powder works the same way in a pinch. Finally, try to style your hair in curls and waves, since straight hair allows oil to move easily down the shaft and can make your hair look greasy.

A: You could be pinning or securing the hair accessories too tightly. A tight ponytail, headband, braid or barrette can strain the connective tissues in your scalp, according to WebMD’s David T. Derrer, M.D. Instead, choose some painless hair accessories: Replace a headband, which can cause uncomfortable pressure, with a ribbon loosely tied around your head and pinned into place. You can use bobby pins with embellishments like bows and flowers in place of clips and barrettes, which tend to be more abrasive. Be gentle when placing the accessories, making sure your hair isn’t pulling at your scalp, and you should be good to go!

A: Guidelines for application vary between the different brands and types of bug deterrents, so you should always follow the directions on the label. But according to the CDC, repellents with a higher percentage of the active ingredient tend to last longer. You can opt for a brand with DEET like Deep Woods Off! - Dry Aerosol Insect Repellent or, if you’re sensitive to DEET, look for a natural variety like Fairy Tales - Bug Bandit DEET-Free Bug Repellant For added convenience or a kid-friendly option, try Bug Band - Insect Repellent Wrist Band, Glow N Dark.

A: An actual stem of Aloe Vera is difficult to find unless you grow your own plant, but you can find the next best thing in 100% Aloe Vera products. If you like the convenience of a spray, try Fruit Of The Earth Aloe Vera - Aloe Mist 100% Pure Gel Continuous Spray.

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