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1 minute ago, Xray the Enforcer said:

I have embarked on a journey with retinol. I am being extremely cautious with it, given my history of reacting to stuff that doesn't bother others. But we'll see if it addresses what I want it to address!

Give it some time even if it does irritate- for almost everyone there is an adjustment period with it for your skin. When I first started using it my skin was MAD but it has chilled out and is very nice now

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16 hours ago, Xray the Enforcer said:

I have embarked on a journey with retinol. I am being extremely cautious with it, given my history of reacting to stuff that doesn't bother others. But we'll see if it addresses what I want it to address!

Good luck!! I used it for nearly 25 years and then had to quit. My skin was just so sensitized, I could not use anything else. However, for 25 years it worked great!!!

 

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So I got a leave-in conditioner, and it, by itself, is doing a better job keeping my hair the way I want it then the gel I was using. So thanks all for that advice!

I also ordered a hair wax and I'll see if that's what I need to finish the job. Even after doing some reading, I'm still kinda confused about the differences between gel vs wax vs glue vs. pomade vs clay vs paste (some of these may even be synonyms of each other). I might end up slowly cycling through them all until I strike gold.

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On 10/8/2021 at 11:59 PM, Xray the Enforcer said:

I have embarked on a journey with retinol. I am being extremely cautious with it, given my history of reacting to stuff that doesn't bother others. But we'll see if it addresses what I want it to address!

There are so many different formulations of it now too. So you should be able to begin gently. Although I do suspect that the more gentle products might not show any dramatic results. 

I have a retinol eye cream I use at night and I also use Sunday Riley's Luna, a night oil with retinol, which looks blue in the bottle but goes a dark green when you rub it in and I really enjoy feeling like Elphaba when I apply it. 

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Does anyone have good advice on combs for men?

By using a combo of leave-in conditioner and hair wax I can mostly get my hair the way I want it finally. The problem is, if I don't massage it deep enough into all the underlayers of my hair/I don't press down on my hair long enough when putting it in then it starts poofing out anyways as it dries. If I then comb it out, it stays down for good.

The problem is, the only comb I have is one of those super cheap black combs that is a short plastic piece and has the tines very close together. And when I use it, it does push my hair down like I want, but it bunches my hairs together into tight rows and I look like a Sopranos extra. Which isn't what I want at all. I want a more natural look to my hair being swept back. Should I be looking for a comb with the tines spaced out more or some other type of comb entirely?

I know very little about hair.

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On 10/20/2021 at 12:46 PM, Fez said:

Does anyone have good advice on combs for men?

By using a combo of leave-in conditioner and hair wax I can mostly get my hair the way I want it finally. The problem is, if I don't massage it deep enough into all the underlayers of my hair/I don't press down on my hair long enough when putting it in then it starts poofing out anyways as it dries. If I then comb it out, it stays down for good.

The problem is, the only comb I have is one of those super cheap black combs that is a short plastic piece and has the tines very close together. And when I use it, it does push my hair down like I want, but it bunches my hairs together into tight rows and I look like a Sopranos extra. Which isn't what I want at all. I want a more natural look to my hair being swept back. Should I be looking for a comb with the tines spaced out more or some other type of comb entirely?

I know very little about hair.

Wider comb definitely helped me, as well as experimenting with different ways to physically hold the hair in place while it dried.  Bandanas, hats, an t-shirt wrapped around the ol' noggin.  The bandana was nice because it's thin enough that your hair still dries pretty quickly and the tension can be dialed in so you don't get the hat helmet look.

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Hmm... my hair has never been short enough for a comb to get through, unless it was an extremely wide comb. But is there some unwritten law that it's unmanly to use a hairbrush? I've never had a problem with hair being bunched together in rows by a hairbrush. Maybe you could try one? It's also a nice massage for the scalp if you get a high-quality hairbrush (not one of the unflexible full-plastic ones).

eta: Darn, I left in the hairdye for too long and now it's too dark. But I hope it will wash out somewhat as it's herbal hairdye (henna/indigo etc).

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Hairbrushes + wavy/curly hair = bad. My hair is wavy and it gets combed with a wide-tooth comb when wet, right after I apply hair serum. Then it doesn't get combed again until the next time it is washed. 

Brushing/combing it when dry makes it go frizzy and look terrible.

Literally just search for 'wide tooth comb' and then buy one of those.

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You guys….

I have to pimp The Perfect Peel, here. I’m on my third year of “four peels, four weeks apart” (and the first peel of that third series) and seriously, my skin looks better than it did when I was 20.

And I’m 46.

Sure, there have been a lot of lasers and facials, too. But, The Perfect Peel has really done it. All you have to do is be prepared to look like a lizard for a week.

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6 hours ago, Chataya de Fleury said:

You guys….

I have to pimp The Perfect Peel, here. I’m on my third year of “four peels, four weeks apart” (and the first peel of that third series) and seriously, my skin looks better than it did when I was 20.

And I’m 46.

Sure, there have been a lot of lasers and facials, too. But, The Perfect Peel has really done it. All you have to do is be prepared to look like a lizard for a week.

Chats got me on peels and while my derm does a different brand I can attest that my skin is also way better than my twenties and it is the only thing that fixed my hyperpigmentation and pore congestion.

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coming back to report the results of finally getting microblading.

  • I HAVE EYEBROWS.  This is game changing, as mine had totally fallen out, and were never going to really come all the way back without constant cortisone injections, and even then, given the scarring, there were going to be major gaps.
  • I'm still in the healing phase.  They are a little dark right now, and I am a little itchy, but this too shall pass.
  • I'm really glad that someone here gave me such a great recommendation - it was really hard to find a place that I trusted.  But they did a fantastic job.  So thank you!  (You know who you are!)
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For my routine, I really only use three products! I am very simplistic when it comes to skincare, and to be completely honest I've always been a bit lazy. So it took me a while to find products that are easy for me to use and to remember to use. In the morning I use neutrogena naturals cleanser, toner, and then moisturizer for sensitive skin. Sometimes i use aeno acne patches for small pimples. Actually, they always work quickly and help me remove pimples before they will act on whole power

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a couple of months late to the conversation but my current routine for wavy/curly hair: shampoo, condition (power from Lush with sweet potato and maple syrup), towel dry, and then either: leave in conditioner (f something generic from L’oréal) and Curl Power from Lush or curl activator from Cantu, then brush with a wooden brush (I don’t like combs so disagree with Isis there ;) ), crunch up with my fingers and leave to dry. Agree on no brushing until the next wash.

Both Lush and Cantu are designed for Afro hair but work wonders on my (white person, thin) hair provided I don’t use too much.

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On 10/26/2021 at 5:45 PM, Chataya de Fleury said:

You guys….

I have to pimp The Perfect Peel, here. I’m on my third year of “four peels, four weeks apart” (and the first peel of that third series) and seriously, my skin looks better than it did when I was 20.

And I’m 46.

Sure, there have been a lot of lasers and facials, too. But, The Perfect Peel has really done it. All you have to do is be prepared to look like a lizard for a week.

Is that a brand name or does it get done in a salon?

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