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Hair Talk with JoJo
The Hair Care Expert
Q. I just read that certain dry shampoos contain high levels of benzene and that it's a cancer-causing chemical. Is this true and if it is what’s a safe alternative?
A. Researchers have tested numerous batches of spray-on dry shampoo and found that 70% contain benzene. The chemical can cause certain blood cancers, such as leukemia. It seems that many large companies know this and are allowed to continue making and selling these products. They claim they are safe. Unfortunately, carcinogens are found in almost all the name brand beauty products. Corn starch has been used as an alternative to dry shampoos with good results. Cancer causing chemicals are used in artificial flavoring, highly processed oils and food coloring using organic or plant-based products. Educating ourselves by looking up the ingredients that are on the labels before we use or consume them is recommended.
Q. I've just switched back from my natural hair styles to a relaxer. The natural thing was cool. I rocked it for three years, but the daily maintenance and products I had to keep trying to make my hair look decent was too much. The relaxer works better for me. What tips can you give me to keep my hair healthy with a relaxer?
A. A lot of ladies have switched back to relaxer hairstyles. You must do what works for you. I recommend touch-ups on the relaxer every 8-12 weeks on the new growth only. Shampooing should be done bi-weekly, and I recommend Dudley's products, Influence products or Design essentials products. I've worked with the chemists from these black-owned companies, and I know that haircare is their priority. Technique and use of styling tools are important. Combing from ends toward the scalp reduces excessive shedding. Keeping those flat irons under 400 degrees is a good start.
Q. The right side of my hair grows faster and longer than my left side. Can anything be done to help the left side grow?
A. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for hair on one area of the head to grow faster than hair on another area. Sometimes the side we sleep on grows slower. Sometimes it’s genetics. Sometimes it’s daily curling or flat ironing. Cutting or trimming the longer side can balance them temporally. 
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PRNewswire/ -- imPRESS Press-On Manicure from KISS, the world's leader in professional quality nail products, is thrilled to announce the launch of the Tom Bachik x imPRESS Press-On Manicure Holiday Collection. In partnership with beloved Celebrity Manicurist Tom Bachik, the collection features six all-new celebrity-worthy nail designs inspired by Hollywood glamour and the holiday season.  
  "I've been creating press-on nails for my A-list celebrity clients for almost 20 years," said Tom Bachik. "Collaborating with imPRESS Manicure to bring my nail designs to you has been a dream come true. These six nail designs bring an elevated, celebrity style to any look. Holidays are a time that should be filled with love and celebration – may this collection be a part of your memories that last a lifetime."
  "Tom's vast experience in the professional nail industry and his expertise in creating bold, memorable designs makes him the ideal partner for our brand. We're excited to introduce this collection and inspire everyone to express their personal style this holiday season with these stunning high glam manicures." says SVP of Global Marketing Annette DeVita-Goldstein. 
  Available in six festive designs custom-designed by Tom, each kit includes 30 nails, a prep pad, and a manicure stick. With no glue needed and no dry time, chips, or smudges, all you have to do is press on & go for a celebrity-worthy manicure in minutes! With the brand's PureFit technology, imPRESS Manicure is slimmer and more comfortable, resulting in a natural fit that looks and feels like your own nails. Styles include:
• Tuxedo Nights
• You Fancy Huh
• At The After Party
• Mix & Mingle
• Celebration
• Candy Couture
  Tom Bachik is a Los Angeles-based celebrity nail artist with more than 28 years of experience in the professional nail industry. A trained graphic artist with an appreciation for color, dimension, and design, Tom has a distinctive approach to nails. From elegant and timeless natural looks to unexpectedly bold and avant-garde, his designs are unparalleled works of art. Tom's work has been featured in editorials for publications such as Vogue, V Magazine, and Vanity Fair, among others, and is one of the most sought-after nail professionals in fashion and entertainment. His celebrity clients include Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez, Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie, Anne Hathaway, and Hailee Steinfeld.
  The Tom Bachik x imPRESS Press-On Manicure Holiday Collection is available online at,,, and in drugstores nationwide. 

imPRESS press-on manicure launches limited-edition holiday collection