One of the things we pride ourselves on as a digital publication is not only being able to bring you the best and hottest releases from the biggest names in the industry, but we are also very fortunate to have access to experts and thought leaders in their various fields. Our goal since our inception was to provide you with the very best information possible to help you be the best version of yourself. Recently we had the opportunity to sit down with world renowned dermatologist Dr. Glynis Ablon to talk about her success and what her thoughts were regarding skin care. Dr. Ablon has been featured in everything from Newsweek to CBS’ The Doctors. Check out our recent interview with Dr. Ablon below and learn more about her here.
Dr. Ablon, how has skin and hair care changed in the last 20 years?
WOW! So, so much has changed. We are far more advanced, and we know so much more about hair, not to mention that we have more data. We know how to treat new hair conditions and how to better treat ones that have been around for a while. We also have a greater understanding of hair/skin and its genetic makeup, so we understand what helps skin regenerate and what helps hair grow – research has come so far! This also means that we now have the luxury of being picky when it comes to the products we use – today there is a wide variety of products out there to better suit specific skin and hair types and needs i.e. we’re not using soap anymore.
What do you feel is the most common cause of unhealthy hair?
Well there are actually a number of factors that could be the culprit. When dealing with unhealthy hair, I like to reference the Hair Fall Study that Dove Men+Care conducted with over 200 dermatologists. The men’s brand found that 90% of dermatologists agree that physical and environmental stress play a role in determining hair health. These physical and environmental factors are things we might not readily think about when it comes to hair health, but they’re constantly at play and taking a toll on hair.
Also, everyone is living more stressful lives today than ever before. The environment is changing, which means that UV rays, sun, pollution, etc. are all contributing to hair fall and shedding.
Our diet is a huge part of it as well. Yes, people are generally eating healthier today, but we’re constantly on the go and on to the next thing, so we’re eating quickly – too quickly –which means that we’re not be retaining the proper nutrients from our food. Supplements can be helpful in replacing these nutrients.
How can this be rectified?
Look at the situation holistically – aim to reduce stress and balance your life. About 80% derms believe that physical factors lead to hair fall and shedding, so when it comes to taking specific hair actions, think about whether you’re wearing hats – are they tight? – do you blow dry your hair daily, do you protect your hair from the elements – i.e. using a SPF hair product – do you smoke, where do you live/does it have a lot of pollution?
Really try to think about your overall lifestyle. Try to treat your body right, eat well to get the nutrients you need and use products that do the most for your hair. Some of the Dove Men+Care shampoos even have caffeine infused in them, which we know improves the hair follies, stimulates blood flow to the scalp for optimal hair health and has been known to promote healthy growth.
What are some common hair care myths?
Hair grows faster if you cut it frequently.
o People may think that, but it’s not true. If you cut the damaged ends of the hair, it can give the appearance of healthier faster growing hair. However we know that hair grows in cycles, so cutting it doesn’t change that cyclical growth.
You shouldn’t wash your hair every day.
o Well, it really depends on the type of hair you have i.e. oily scalp, dry, etc. If you have greasy hair, you may have to wash daily – and maybe consider skipping conditioner, too much conditioner could be part of the problem. If you have dry hair, look to a product that moisturizes and protects and consider showering every other day.
What’s really nice about Dove Men+Care is that they have 2in1 shampoo + conditioners that provide light conditioning to moisturize the hair without weighing it down or giving it that heavy, greasy look. What’s more, it’s also formulated with this patented silicone formula to protect and coat the hair for better moisture retention. The best part – they’re safe for everyday use!
What are some hair care regimens that you recommend?
First take a look and analyze your scalp. If you have an oily scalp, you likely should wash daily. For dry scalps, you might be able to wash less frequently. Also think about the type of styling product you’re using. Look for pomades and gels that will give structure, but also moisturize hair strands. Many styling aids can be drying, but Dove Men+Care styling products and safe and moisturizing so you can style without the worry.
Let’s talk about heat activated styling tools – the less we use them, the less damage and wear and tear we have on the hair. Simple as that.
Meditation – I love it! We all need to have balance in our lives, so think about taking 20 minutes for yourself each day. It does wonders for me.
How does someone as successful as yourself keep things in order?
It’s all about balance. First thing is first, I see my hairdresser because you feel better, have a more positive mood and general outlook when you’re having a good hair day – it’s true!
Eat healthy, because looking and feeling you best starts from what’s within. And lastly, do what you love to do – I’m fortunate to have found a profession that I love. When you have something that you look forward to everyday that makes the world of a difference.
What attracted you to dermatology?
Well, I’ve always loved kids and I originally wanted to be a pediatrician. But I also loved surgery. Dermatology is best of both worlds! I get to see kids all the time, and I do a lot of surgeries; skin cancer series and the cosmetic side of it all too. There are so many different avenues that you are exposed to in dermatology – my day is never boring!
What are your keys to success?
I keep going back to that you have to be happy with yourself first and foremost. It takes a while to find that, but the sooner the better and then look to create a balance within yourself. I choose to be a mom and run a practice and I had to learn to balance it all. I used to say yes to everything and it just wasn’t feasible – there wasn’t enough time in the day. I learned to say “no” to things, and found that balance and. Love your life – that’s how you become successful.
Are there any trends in skin or hair care that we should be on the lookout for?
Men’s grooming in general is trending now more than ever before. Overall men are becoming more involved in their skin and hair care. They’re learning more about what’s out there in terms of products and protecting skin and hair – even without cosmetic surgery.
We noticed you’ve done a lot of television appearances. Where can we find you next?
I was just at a conference in Barcelona, and I’m frequently on the Doctor’s Show, so you can likely find me there sometime soon!