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Dry Scalp can happen year round. But it’s more common in the winter. It’s characterized by loose, white, powdery flakes. Some confuse dry scalp and dandruff. Below we discussed the differences.

In most cases, it’s caused by dehydrated sebaceous glands (the glands that produce the natural oil for our scalps).

This dehydration can be due to extreme climates, not drinking enough water, or skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema.

Dry scalp is caused by a yeast-like fungus called malassezia, also known as pityrosporum. Malassezia is normally found on the scalp without causing problems.

But hormone imbalances, stress, immune suppression, infrequent shampooing, illness, or increased oil production can result in mild inflammation that produces dead skin cells.  These dead cells mix with oil and clump together resulting in flakes that appear white and sometimes yellowish.

Do you have extremely dry winter hair? Read: 4 Quick Ways To Revive Hair This Winter

There are a few simple tricks to deal with dandruff, get rid of the flakes and dry scalp.

Pre-poo

Pre-poo is the method of using your favorite moisturizer, oil blend, or aloe vera to fully saturate the hair and scalp prior to shampooing. Allow your pre-poo treatment to sit for approximately 20 minutes or so, it can help soothe driest of scalp.

Benefits of Pre-pooing or a Pre-Poo Treatment

The use of a “pre-poo” prior to the shampooing process yields many additional benefits to the hair and scalp. Here are just a few.

  • Aids in the detangling process (prior to shampoo)
  • Adds extra oils and moisture, reducing dryness in hair and scalp which may be caused by the use of shampoos
  • Pre-poo oil blend can be mixed with your favorite moisturizing conditioner or used alone.
  • Help combat dullness due to the stripping of natural oils during the shampooing process.
  • Will make hair softer, more manageable

The Perfect Pre-Poo Treatment for Dry Scalp

Pre-poo oil blend: mix ½ cup of coconut, ½ cup of olive oil and ¼ cup of castor oil; add 1 tablespoon of tea tree oil or 2 drops of eucalyptus. Be sure not to overuse eucalyptus oil; it’s extremely potent and can cause irritation if not mixed appropriately.

Nature’s Way Organic Coconut Oil

Natural Oils

The key to combating dry scalp is to incorporate natural oils into your hair care regimen. Not just any oils but the right ones that help to maintain a healthy scalp.

Olive and coconut oil has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties and they also absorb easily into the scalp.

Jojoba Oil most closely resembles sebum or the oily secretion of the sebaceous glands that acts as a lubricant for the hair and skin and provides some protection against bacteria.

Some other great oils are jojoba oilcoconut oilolive oil and castor oil.

Read: The Benefits of Coconut and Olive Oil

Read: Best Oils for Hair Growth

Castile Soap

Castile soap is a natural soap derived from vegetable oils. It’s usually composed by the use of coconut, jojoba, olive, and hemp oils and essential oils for fragrance. It thoroughly it cleans with natural oils but it cleans without drying out the hair or scalp.

It’s recommended that instead of shampooing twice with a regular sulfate shampoo, you may swap by using the castile soap first, then follow with your regular sulfate shampoo.

Castile Soap can have a high pH. Shampooing in the order above helps to restore and maintain a healthy pH.

Buy Dr. Bonner’s Peppermint Castile Soap

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar rinses are great as well. Mix a solution of 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar to 3 cups of water, pour into a spray bottle, saturate hair, cover with a plastic cap, and let sit for 20-30 minutes.

This will help with many irritating scalp conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and dandruff. It rinses out clean, removes product buildup, and also adds shine and restores the pH to the hair.  ACV has anti-inflammatory properties that helps destroy yeast that may accompany dandruff or dry scalp and causes itchy scalp.

A few drops of rosemary or tea tree oil will boost this rinse,” says Shera Lee, a Health Coach and Yoga Instructor told Beauty High. Those with a very sensitive scalp should use caution when adding essential oils and may find comfort by increasing the amount of water used for the mix.

 

Read more about the Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for Your Hair & Scalp

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Essential Oils

Peppermint Oil– The PH levels found in peppermint oil help balance out the dryness of the scalp while neutralizing oil production, providing quick relief from an itchy scalp.

Melaleuca  Alternifolia, or simply “Tea Tree Oil” is ubiquitous in shampoos and conditioners for this very condition in large part due to its highly antiseptic qualities. It’s a triple threat to scalp irritations because of its anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. Again,

Again, Tea Tree Oil should not be used full strength and is best when used with a carrier oil.

Shampoo with a Clarifying or Chelating Shampoo

Flaky is a good indication that it’s time use a clarifying or chelating shampoo to really detox your hair and scalp. They are specially formulated to get rid of things that regular shampoo leaves behind. This could be hard water materials or product residue.

Here’s a List of Clarifying & Chelating Shampoos for Natural Hair

Ouidad Superfruit Renewal Clarifying Cream Shampoo
SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo
Kinky Curly Come Clean Natural Moisturizing Shampoo Sulfate Free
Eden BodyWorks Jojoba Monoi Moisturizing Shampoo
Eden BodyWorks Peppermint Tea Tree Clear Shampoo

Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay is known to draw dirt and impurities from the hair and scalp, without drying the hair of its natural oils. It can the perfect solution to hydrate the sebaceous glands that are core due build up.

Here’s more on Bentonite and How to Use this treatment for your Hair and Scalp.

Both dry scalp and dandruff are very common. It can be embarrassing and annoying. Some people experience more serious flaky, dry scalp.   If inflammation and extreme condition persist make an appointment with a dermatologist who can prescribe medicated ointments. Each situation is case by case, and should be assessed if problem persists or worsens.

As many of us approach yet another week at home, the “forced staycation” that is social distancing and self-isolation has left many of us mourning our overgrown roots, out-of-control eyebrows, and the sad attempt at doing an at-home manicure. Though some of us may be struggling in the self-care department, most of us are trying to cope with the fact that our everyday lives have come to a screaming halt. When it’s been weeks of staying inside, you are bound to lose motivation, track of time, and all willingness to (gasp) binge-watch Netflix. So, what can we do to follow the *stay-at-home* rules while still finding the determination to do more with your extra time? Check down below to see how you’re spending your free time according to your Zodiac sign and what else you can do to make staying inside a little more bearable.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Staying at home probably doesn’t come naturally to you. Being the first of the Zodiac, it is no surprise that Aries likes to be number one. Bold, courageous, and belonging to the element of fire (along with Sagittarius and Leo) Aries likes a little competition or should we say…a lot. You charge through life with a certain joie de vivre and lead with passion and independence. Make the most out of your free time and channel your energy into at-home workouts – nothing motivates you more than starting a challenge with friends. So, throw on your go-to workout clothes and tie up your hair, we dare you.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Well-grounded and practical, you are the most relaxed zodiac sign of them all and the most happiest when surrounded by the best of the best. Ruled by Venus, the planet of love, you possess her traits of beauty, artistry, and hedonism. In this age of self-isolation, I’m sure you are finding it incredibly eye-twitching not being able to order that perfect glass of wine at your favourite restaurant or taking your Gucci wallet for a walk up to the shops. But, look on the bright side, you can drink a glass of vino, throw in a hair mask, and voilà! You will be relaxing into your famous hole of online shopping all from the comfort of your silk sheets. 

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

You’re double the fun, literally. As the sign of the twins, you’re always moving at warp speed thanks to your partner in crime/ruler, Mercury, the planet of communication and technology. Without fail, you are always trying to learn something new and since you’re stuck at home (probably working), you are most likely using this time for emails, on-the-go projects, and key passions. But, there’s a time and place for work and free time, so try and push for work-life balance and use your busy hands to journal. Since you are constantly flipping between moods and interests jot down your thoughts and ideas to keep your mind in check. 

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Sensitive Cancer, you’re so loyal, intuitive, and nurturing. With your ever-changing moods—due to the many phases of the Moon—you always have a ready shoulder to cry on or probably need one. Quick to get domestic, you try to show your love for your friends and family through things like home-baked cookies and bath bombs. Along with even more free time now, you are probably scratching your head trying to figure out what else you can do for them. With your loved ones as your Guinea Pigs (those in isolation with you) and the leftover coconut oil from those cookies, use your naturally caring mind to shower them with home-made scrubs, and masks.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

You are just like your ruler. The Sun being the center of the solar system and you unfailingly being the center of attention, you thrive in the spotlight. And not being able to dress up to have somewhere fabulous to go is making it that much harder to take advantage of your free time. That being said, why don’t you commit even more to your social media presence? It will give you a reason to get up, wash your hair, put hair extensions in, do your makeup, and throw on a cute outfit where you can show the world the beauty that is you, Leo.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

Detail-oriented Virgo just like Mercury. You’re an amazing listener and as a result of that, you give the best advice. You analyze everything…in fact, you can drive yourself crazy because you see every flaw, over critique, and never stop thinking. You are probably dissecting this blog post right now with three different projects on the go. So in turn, take your busy mind and turn it off for an hour. Make it your priority to use this spare time to relax your mind, diffuse some essential oils, turn on a waterfall playlist, and say “om.”

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

You’re gentle, kind, and share the grace and love of Venus. You adore being surrounded by beauty, art, and culture and you know how to charm your way into just about anything. Perhaps that explains your desire to experience all things beauty through aesthetics and socializing. You are a social butterfly and are probably having trouble adjusting to these current situations. You always get caught up in the moment and forget to save time for yourself. So, indulge in this self-care challenge, you’ll be surprised with what you’re missing. 

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

Pluto is your ruler and with that being said, you are both little powerhouses with a bit of mystery. You don’t mind being alone, hence your ability to get sucked into the black hole of youtube conspiracies and Instagram memes. With self-isolation coming so naturally to you, channel that longing for mystery and depth with a good book or you could just binge-watch the entire season of Tiger King…talk about depth. 

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)


Full of energy and confidence, Sagittarius is the free spirit among all free spirits. Often reflecting a larger-than-life aura by the virtue of your ruler, Jupiter, you radiant optimism, ambition, and happiness. You’re at your best when you are in wide-open spaces with excitement and adventure coming your way and it devastates you being stuck inside. You have probably just finished scrolling through all the discounted plane tickets wondering why can’t these prices stay this low.

Instead of torturing yourself with potential destinations you want to travel to, work on mastering a new language. Then all that’s left for your next voyage is completing your list of travel essentials

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

Why so serious, Capricorn? Because…as ruled by Saturn, the planet of tough lessons and wisdom, you often see life as an uphill battle. This is very fitting considering you take life one cautious step at a time on account of the incredible, brave mountain goat who symbolizes you. While structure and productivity drives your ambition, the lack of direction you feel during this self-quarantine has your anxiety level topping the end of You season 2. So, if you happen to not be working, spend your free time doing something that is going to inspire new beginnings. 

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Just like your celestial ruler, Uranus, you’ve been known to do things your own way. Aka, spinning on your side from time to time. Some call you energetic and eccentric while others truly admire your authentic style and ability to get along with just about anyone. You also find yourself trying to solve all the world’s problems and are probably attempting to come up with a vaccine as we speak. But, you run the risk of getting overwhelmed and giving up. So, collaborating is key. Join a Zoom chat with the friends to bounce world-saving ideas off of or just drink wine and have a chat. 

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

The utmost creative sign of them all. Pisces is the dreamer and healer of the horoscope family who is symbolized by two fish swimming in the opposite direction from each other. Being an extremely empathic water sign, a part of you likes to “swim away” from reality, where the other part is so intuitive it will dive deep down into the thick of things. Your imagination is the perfect getaway when you want to escape reality and although you feel helpless in these unique times, your creativity is what masks the act of self-isolation. And since you are probably already at home dancing and being creative, just keep doing what you’re doing.

Written by: Mikayla Uber

It seems that everyone in Hollywood is taking style cues from Rapunzel right now. From floor-grazing braids to dramatic ponytails, mile-long hair is all the rage. Everyone from Kylie Jenner to Beyoncé has been spotted rocking the ultra-long pony recently, a glamorous and versatile look we are definitely here for. While the long ponytail trend isn’t exactly new, celebrity hair stylists are taking the pony to new heights this season by adding feet (not inches) of length. We are taking this as official proof that it is time to slick back our strands and add in some hair extension magic. With the help of hair extensions, celebrities, influencers, and regular gals like us are taking our ponytails to fantasy lengths we love. 

Looking for some inspiration to create your own long ponytail look? All you need is a ponytail extension to get this celebrity worthy style. Peep how celebrities like Ariana Grande, Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, and more are wearing theirs. Here’s a roundup of our 10 favorite long ponytail styles that are sure to inspire your ponytail to new lengths.


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Ariana Grande

The queen of the super-long ponytail, Ariana Grande has been sporting this signature hairstyle for years and she’s rarely seen without it. Ari does know how to get creative with her look of choice, adding everything from cat ears and hair clips to bangs and buns to her ponytail. Here, she puts a spin on the sky-high ponytail by adding face-framing fringe. The bangs are paired with ‘90s style crimped waves and a cooling ombre effect. A black choker, off-the-shoulder crop top, and winged eyeliner complete the singer’s look. To copy Ari’s hairstyle, pair a long ponytail with bangs. We recommend Seamless Hair Extensions in 20” and our clip-in bangs if you want bangs without the commitment. Hair extensions will give you an instant style switch, and make it easy to achieve Ari’s perfect ponytail.

Beyoncé

Nobody does a statement hairstyle quite like Queen Bey. Just look at the iconic, floor-length braided ponytail she wore to the Tyler Perry Studios Grand Opening Gala last October. Taking the long ponytail trend a step up, she wore her hair slicked back and tied at the nape of her neck, with the braid falling perfectly down the middle of her back and ending all the way at the ankle. We’re obsessed with how Bey’s braid perfectly complemented her shimmering gold gown from designer Yousef Al Jasmi. Beyoncé let the look speak for itself in a series of photos she later shared to her Instagram. To recreate a floor-grazing braid like Bey’s, use our ponytail extensions to add length that can’t be achieved with natural hair.

Kim Kardashian

No newbie to ponytail slayage, Kim Kardashian has long been using hair extensions to create her dramatic beauty looks. She recently took her hairstyle to new lengths when she arrived at Paris Fashion Week with a show-stopping long ponytail designed by celebrity hair stylist Chris Appleton. Her sleek locks were styled in a side part and pulled back into a low pony. The dramatic, mid-thigh length ponytail was so long that it swayed all the way down past her famous booty. To complete the style, Appleton accessorized Kim’s ponytail with a piece of fabric matching her caramel-colored latex Balmain bodysuit.

Camila Cabello

Another star to rock the ultra-long ponytail trend is Camilla Cabello. The singer slayed her Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon performance of the song “My Oh My” while wearing a voluminous, super-long ponytail. Her wild and wavy pony shined with the help of some fun sequin-like details and wispy bangs. Whether wearing for a night out or embracing your inner diva for the day, you can’t go wrong with this pretty long ponytail style. 

Candice Swanepoel

One of the defining characteristics of the long ponytail is sleekness, and supermodel Candice Swanepoel’s look at the 2019 Met Gala epitomizes this. She is giving us futuristic vibes here, wearing a pale blue Prabal Gurung gown and a long hair ponytail. The blonde beauty’s high pony was the picture of elegance and featured an ombre effect. To complete the look, her stylist placed three strands of hair on her forehead in the shape of the infinity symbol for an authentic outer space feel. Nude lipstick and sparkling silver hoops complete the statement style.

Ciara 

From pixie cuts to blonde bobs, Ciara is no stranger to trying new looks. The singer recently gifted us with a sharp new style on her Instagram, featuring a long braided ponytail pulled to one side. We love how the fierce ponytail shines with silver accessories on the top and bottom. In the photo shoot Ciara also sported a tan cropped hoodie with matching bottoms and sneakers, along with hoop earrings. We’ll definitely be adding this look to our ponytail inspiration list, along with Ciara’s other gorgeous long ponytail styles. 

Gwen Stefani 

Never one to shy away from bold hair, Gwen Stefani has been serving iconic fashion and beauty looks for decades. She recently shared a long ponytail style on her Instagram, thanking partner Blake Shelton for giving her the opportunity to “wear denim and diamond fringe with a unicorn ponytail.” We love how this epic high ponytail adds some magic to her look, pumping up the volume with small waves. 

Jennifer Lopez

For the 2019 Grammy Awards, Jennifer Lopez brought the heat to the red carpet in a dramatic head-to-toe look. The singer paired a wide-brimmed hat with a long and sleek ponytail, which cascaded all the way down her back. Both her hat and gorgeous halter dress were decked out in jewels, making her shine from every angle. To recreate J.Lo’s look, we recommend securing your pony low at the nape of the neck so that your hair and headwear can coexist peacefully. 

Vanessa Hudgens 

Vanessa Hudgens’ laidback long ponytail keeps things flirty and casual for her appearance on Live with Kelly and Ryan. Celebrity hair stylist Danielle Priano created a low side pony look with a middle part and loose mermaid waves, giving it an extra touch of polish. We are big fans of this long ponytail hairstyle, since it’s super versatile and easy to recreate at home. The effortless style is perfect for everyday wear, pairing well with your favorite cozy sweater or a chic top.

Kylie Jenner


In the mood for a head-turning hairdo? Kylie Jenner took the long ponytail trend to extreme lengths when she debuted her new hairstyle on Instagram in a series of photos. The look features Kylie sitting on a pool diving board with her honey brown locks slicked back into an extraordinarily long braided ponytail. Hair stylist Jesus Guerrero was behind Kylie’s eye-catching braid, which appears to be taller than Kylie herself. The style definitely caused a stir and caught the eye of Kylie’s many Instagram followers, including sister Khloe Kardashian, who wrote, “Don’t ever call me extra again.” With this wild new braid, Kylie proves that she can truly rock any look. 

Ready to try the ultra-long ponytail trend for yourself? To recreate these looks, we recommend starting with a clip-in ponytail. Just put your real hair in a ponytail and smooth the sides down with hair spray and a brush. Wrap the extensions around your own hair, then voila: you’re set and ready to join the ultra-long ponytail club.


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Written by: Mikayla Uber

Pimples always pop up in the most unwelcome places—cheeks, foreheads, and yes, even the hairline. The good news is hairline acne is common and is usually easily treated with a few simple steps.

What is hairline acne? Just as it sounds, it’s when pimples (made up of excess oil and build-up of dead skin within a pore) appear along the top of the forehead where your hairline starts. Scalp acne is also a thing, but is treated differently…more on this later. 

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What causes hairline acne are usually the same culprits that cause pimples and acne to appear on our face, back, and other body parts. It comes down to excess oil in the skin, hygiene, and external irritants such as pore-clogging makeup, bacteria, and headwear. Genetics and hormones also come into play for certain types of acne and breakouts and should also be considered as causes of hairline acne.

Here are the most common causes of those pesky pimples and how to get rid of hairline acne.

Causes and treatments of hairline acne 

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Excess Oil

Just as those with oily skin are more prone to pimples on the face, the same goes for hairline acne. Our skin naturally contains oil glands that produce sebum, the body’s natural way to lubricate skin and hair. It is the buildup of sebum within a pore, however that causes redness, swelling, and irritation which manifest as  pimples.

Some of us are just more naturally oily than others, and that’s OK. Having a regular skin routine that involves thoroughly cleansing and moisturizing the skin can help to combat facial acne, effectively getting rid of hairline acne too. Look for ingredients such as tea tree oil to help cleanse the skin and get rid of bacteria.  Many facial washes, shampoos and conditioners contain tea tree oil as an antibacterial to help get rid of hairline acne. Argan oil is also an ingredient to look for, as it has anti-oxidant and moisturizing properties that will benefit both the hair and skin, helping to reduce skin irritations like acne while still providing moisture.

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Hairline acne and scalp acne are very closely linked, as both are most commonly caused by excess oil. Scalp acne will usually occur if there is also inflammation and irritation around the hair follicle. Dandruff, a common sign of an imbalance in the scalp, can occur in both an oily scalp (making you prone to both scalp and hairline acne) as well as a dry scalp where the skin can flake off. Dry scalp can cause further irritation and itchiness, which doesn’t help when dealing with scalp acne. To best deal with scalp acne is to ensure your scalp is healthy. This is also the foundation for healthy hair and using a scalp scrub can help get rid of hairline acne and scalp acne. A scalp scrub works by going beyond the surface to remove dryness, excess oil and product build-up, and even boosts circulation—the root of strong hair growth.

Heavy hair products

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Scalp scrubs can do wonders for your scalp and hair, but are you also using the right shampoo, conditioners and other hair products that keep your hair healthy? Or are your hair products weighing you down?

Heavy hair products such as pomade or hair clay contain ingredients that clog pores and glands, and oil-based hair products can also do the same, if not used correctly. Thick shampoos and conditioners can also be loaded with chemicals and ingredients that may smell and feel great but are wreaking havoc on your hair and skin. Other products such as hairspray and dry shampoos can also sometimes contain sulfates or and similar chemicals that can dry your skin and hairline causing your skin to go into overtime to produce more sebum than necessary, causing more oil and a breeding ground for pimples. 

Take a good look at the ingredients list of your hair and skin products, and look for products that have noncomedogenic ingredients. Noncomedogenic products help hydrate the skin without clogging pores. 

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Be sure to wash your hair regularly and get rid of any excess hair product to prevent buildup, which can cause  hairline acne. If switching hair products and your regular washing routine doesn’t seem to get rid of hairline acne, it’s best to get help from a dermatologist or doctor. There are topical options that can help treat hairline and scalp acne in extreme cases. Shampoo or topical skin treatments with 1-2% of salicylic acid can help get rid of acne, in more severe cases.  

If you’re active and love a good sweat, be sure to wash and cleanse your face and hairline after a workout. It’s easy for pimples to appear if you allow sweat, oil and bacteria to build up after a workout. If you’re pressed for time, there’s no harm packing moisturizing facial wipes for a quick fix before you can cleanse and wash your face thoroughly. For your hair, pack some dry shampoo or take a couple minutes to spray a little heat protectant and quickly blow-dry the hairline on low heat. These quick steps after your workout can help prevent hairline and facial acne while still allowing you to get your fit on. 

Pore-blocking makeup

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Full  coverage makeup that give us that flawless look is always welcome, but just like heavy hair products, our favourite cosmetics can also be causes of facial and hairline acne. It’s easy to apply makeup all over your face, but are you as meticulous about cleaning it all off? Especially around the hairline? Allowing makeup to buildup will clog pores and irritate the skin, causing pimples—especially around the hairline. 

Try to avoid wearing heavy makeup such as liquid foundation or concealer near your hair and hairline and always thoroughly wash off makeup before bed—for all you lazy ladies, pop on your favourite podcast or Netflix show while performing your skincare routine to make this process more enjoyable!

Be sure to wash your brushes and sponges thoroughly or replace them regularly too. These makeup tools are breeding grounds for bacteria which cause acne and other skin irritations. 

Hormones and genetics

No matter how well we clean or wash our hair and skin, sometimes oil build-up is simply hereditary. Practicing good hair routines, however, will still help get rid of hairline acne, even if you have to be a little more diligent than others. The texture, length and thickness of hair also depends on hormones and genetics. 

Hormonal changes, including *that time* of the month can also make women prone to breakouts. If you find hairline acne only appears from time to time take note of when it’s happening as it could be attributed to hormonal factors or medications that impact hormones. 

Headwear

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Whether it’s something cute to complement an OOTD or a band to keep sweat from getting in your eyes during Pilates, hats, headbands or sweatbands are great accessories, but they can also be the causes of your hairline acne. Ever notice a yellow or brown tinge on your headbands or hats? That’s dried sweat and bacteria, also common in the underarm areas of your favourite t-shirt. Hats and headbands, especially worn during working outs or hot weather trap sweat, oil and bacteria. When worn for long periods of time or worn consistently without being thoroughly cleaned or washed can cause hairline acne.

If you’re a hat-lover, don’t let this kill your style, be sure to wash the inside of your hats and avoid wearing them for prolonged periods of time, especially during a sweat session. Pack your gym bag with a few clean headbands so you can alternate during the week.

Keep your hands off

Simple, good hygiene means anytime you touch your face or hair, apply makeup or even style your locks, your hands should be clean.

Avoiding over-touching your hair and skin can also help prevent the transfer of bacteria and oils from our hands to our hairline and face. If you think this isn’t you, a study has found that the average person touches their face up to 3,000 times a day! This doesn’t even count how many times you run your fingers through your hair or tuck your hair behind your ear. It’s a habit that can’t be totally avoided but being more aware of it will help prevent the transfer of oil, dirt and bacteria to the places we really don’t want it most.

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Never pop a pimple

It’s one of the first pieces of skin and beauty advice you get as a teen when pimples just start showing up: don’t pop a pimple. Yet, why is our first instinct sometimes to squeeze, pick, or pop these little irritants away?

As previously mentioned, a pimple is a build up of oil and bacteria. When they appear it means the body is working to get rid of this excess build-up. Despite their horrid appearance, pimples are actually a sign that your body is doing something good. When you squeeze or press on a pimple, you may actually be pushing the bacteria and oil further into the skin—and even worse, could even be spreading it causing more pimples to appear. 

If you are successful in popping the pimple, you may feel a short sense of satisfaction, but now you’ve broken the skin and actually caused an open wound. If your hands aren’t clean while performing this no-no task, you’re also transferring more dirt and bacteria into this now open wound from your fingers. This can cause further irritation and make the pimple even worse. By breaking the skin and possibly spreading bacteria, this can lead to scarring which takes weeks or even longer, depending on your skin type, to heal.

All of the above is to say popping a pimple simply is not worth it and does nothing but actually make the situation worse. So, whether it’s on your hairline or on your nose, cleanse and treat as advised above, but do not squeeze, press, pick or pop it. 

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Getting rid of hairline acne can be done

No matter where it shows up, dealing with acne is never fun. Most causes of hairline acne are preventable and it’s treatable in most cases. Don’t let a few pimples on your hairline get you down, simply give your hair and skin a break by not touching so often, cleanse your face and hairline, avoid skin-clogging products, and manage any extra oil. A few simple steps and good habits to carry on will get rid of that hairline acne in no time.

Written by: Rosalyn Solomon

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