Is an unhealthy scalp the root of your hair problems?

When we think healthy hair, we think of the cuticle, the end, the roots—everything, really, except our scalp. But the fact remains that if our scalp isn’t healthy, our hair won’t be either. While a proper diet full of the right balance of iron, calcium, and protein can help, the real secret is protection from sun damage. Try using a sunscreen formulated for the hair and scalp, like Miracle Leave-In Conditioner from It's a 10.Read More >


Loving the Mad Fifties

“If I could live in any era, it would be 1955-1965 in America. I love everything, from the dresses to the culture, the cars to the humor. My favorite TV show is I Love Lucy, but I also enjoy modern interpretations of the time, like Mad Men.  Two completely different takes on the 50s and 60s, but both rewarding and true in their own way.” — Dr.Read More >


Looking for some last-minute summer reading?

If you're looking for some last-minute summer reading, Dr. Howe has some advice for you: “I am an insatiable reader, and one of my favorite bookstores to visit is New York City’s The Strand. Not only do they have 18 miles of books, they also have a manager there known as “The Oracle of the Strand.” Ben (The Oracle) has been managing the fiction section for almost 35 years, so he can help you find anything, and he can recommend anything.Read More >


Sunscreen pick for acne-prone skin

There's no reason your sunscreen shouldn't work as hard as you do! Besides blocking broad-spectrum UV rays, many products now contain ingredients that help nourish and repair skin as well. If you're looking for a sunscreen with anti-aging benefits, try... La Roche-Posay's Anti-Aging Primer in SPF 50 It helps skin look instantly luminous with light-reflecting micro-particles.Read More >


Here comes the sun: preparing your skin for summer

After months of sweaters and jackets, it's time for summer. If you want to put your best face forward, then take a few weeks before the weather gets hot to make sure your skin will look it's best. A week before sun exposure, make sure you are exfoliating daily. This gets rid of dead skin cells, which can interfere with even application of self-tanners. After exfoliation, apply a moisturizer with a barrier protection: SPF and (ideally) antioxidants.Read More >


Joel Grey’s iPhone art

“A few years ago my friend Joel Grey came out with a book of photography called 1.3: Images from My Phone. The entire book, as is obvious from the title, are photos that Joel took from his iPhone over the years. There are a few that are close to my heart, so it was great to hear he's working on a new book. Be sure to explore his work!” — Dr.Read More >


Celebrate National Poetry Month with Philip Larkin

For National Poetry Month, we asked Dr. Howe to select a poem that has touched him. This was his reply: “The Trees” The trees are coming into leaf Like something almost being said; The recent buds relax and spread, Their greenness is a kind of grief.   Is it that they are born again And we grow old? No, they die too. Their yearly trick of looking new Is written down in rings of grain.Read More >


Norman Mailer and Book Row

“If you’re interested in something classic—and a bit controversial—you should pick up Norman Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead. When I was a little girl, my father’s bookshop on Book Row—12st street and 6th Avenue, near Broadway. Today all that remains of Book Row is The Strand, but back then, there were dozens of bookstores and printers. I used to help out in the shop—cataloguing and restocking books, ringing up the register, you name it.Read More >