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Once and for all, can anything help my thinning hair?
Men aren't the only ones bothered by hair loss: In a recent GoodHousekeeping.com survey, more than half the respondents clicked on "thinning hair" as their number-one concern. "As you get older, your part becomes a little wider, or you may notice thinning along the hairline," says Jennifer Linder, M.D., a dermatologist in Scottsdale, AZ. Stress can also lead to hair loss: Sudden physical or emotional traumas, like a death in the family, may signal the hair follicles to enter a resting phase. Around three months later, that hair will fall out. Although seeing more strands in the shower drain can be alarming, rest assured that your locks should return to normal growth within a few months provided the source of your stress is gone. Fortunately, most hair loss in women is treatable (once you've ruled out underlying health issues with your doctor). The first line of attack is often Women's Rogaine ($25 for a one-month supply, drugstores), which is FDA-approved for regrowing hair. "You can get it at almost any pharmacy, and it works for most women," says Dr. Linder. The only catch: Rogaine is not a cure; you have to keep using it. The FDA is currently reviewing study data on a much pricier option for women: HairMax LaserComb ($545, hairmax.com) stimulates the follicle with light energy; it already has FDA clearance for increasing hair growth in men.
If I get a bad haircut or dye job, am I entitled to a free redo?
You asked for "subtle golden highlights," and ended up Malibu Barbie blonde. Now you feel like throwing a fit worthy of John McEnroe. To get a "yes," not a "no way," channel your cool, collected side. "People understandably feel upset when a stylist or colorist doesn't get it right, but causing a scene won't help," says Helena Faccenda, a celebrity hairstylist based in New York City. Do speak up calmly right away; the longer you delay, the less weight your complaint will carry. And if you don't trust the person who caused the fiasco to fix it, ask the salon manager if someone else can help you.
Where can I find my favorite makeup once it's gone from store shelves?
First try the brand's Website. There's often a link to products that are being phased out, like Lancôme's Beauty Bye-Byes. Estée Lauder's Gone but Not Forgotten hotline (800-216-7173) offers discontinued products from many of its brands, including Clinique. When all else fails, create a clone of the shade. Giella will copy a lipstick, lip gloss, or nail polish hue ($25 to $27, giella.com); Three Custom Colors Specialists can re-create any lip color ($55 for two tubes of lipstick, threecustom.com).
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