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Tidings! The Holiday Season brings parties, socializing, awkward relatives, and lots and lots of things to drink, like hot toddy’s, spiked eggnog and mulled wine. If you’ve ever drank way too much, you’ll  know that alongside the headache, the shakes and the fear, symptoms also include the skin feeling deflated and dry. You may not notice it much with all the other aches and pains but alcohol’s proclivity for creating dryness extends to your hair, leaving it brittle. Hair needs constant nourishment and your follicles rely on zinc and folic acid to maintain strength. Alcohol can affect these nutrient levels, which can even cause loss and breakage. Obviously the best solution to keep hair healthy is to drink in moderation, but since that’s not a choice many make over the Holidays, pick up a few other healthy hair habits instead. Get details below.  Click for StyleNotes →

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Photo: Vogue Italia April 2005

’Tis the season for family gatherings, parties, and lots and lots of cocktails. While we all know that one too many spiked eggnogs can leave us subject to puffiness, dryness, and a few other side affects, you may not realize that drinking can negatively affect your locks as well. Too much alcohol can leave hair dry and brittle. Hair needs constant nourishment and your follicles rely on zinc and folic acid to maintain their strength. Alcohol can affect these nutrient levels, which long term can cause loss and breakage. Obviously the best solution to keep hair healthy is to drink in moderation, but there are a few other good habits  to keep hair healthy this time of year, and beyond. To get the details, click through to style notes. — Michelle Rotbart  Click for StyleNotes →

hair texture

Three years ago, for a period of six months, I cut meat and dairy out of my diet completely and it changed my hair texture in a major way. My once curly / wavy tendrils became limp and lost all of their bounce. For a while I didn’t understand why my hair texture changed so much, and after much discussion with my dermatologist I decided being a vegan was not for me….and almost a year later my natural texture returned. Sometimes, hair texture changes are just out of your control, yet some aren’t. Your hair can change from straight to wavy, or like mine, the other way around and then back again. It’s important to know what’s due to biology and what’s self induced. Click through to style notes to get the details. –– Michelle Rotbart

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food and hair

Let’s be honest, we all want great hair. When it’s working in our favor, it gives us star-level confidence. Sadly though, when it’s doesn’t it makes us not want to leave our beds. For all the attributes that we lust for—volume, shine, thickness and frizz free strands we strictly adhere to a regimen of proper cleansing, condition and styling, but let’s not forget that our nutrition can also make a big difference. Our hair is directly affected by what we eat. Think you’re getting all the right vitamins and nutrients for great hair? Click through to style notes to learn six essentials that should be on your plate. –– Michelle Rotbart

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winter hair

Our skin isn’t the only victim of the cold and windy weather; our hair also ends up being a casualty if we don’t take care of it. Dry strands, static and frizz are only the appetizer of winter hair issues that are sure to leave us feeling the frazzle of a bad hair day. But with a few expert tips, we all can prep and defend our lovely locks against the cold winds of winter. Click through to style notes to learn five tips to get you through to the end of March. –– Michelle Rotbart

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