During the hair growth cycle, sections of hair go through the same phase simultaneously thus, leading to bald patches.

MYTH. Each hair follicle goes through the three different stages of hair growth independently, at individual paces. One strand may be in the anagen or growing phase while another may be in the catagen or transitional stage. Normally, 85% to 90% of the hair follicles are in the anagen phase, 3% are in catagen, and about 10% to 15% are in the telogen or resting phase. When the scalp loses sections or patches of hair at the same time, consult a dermatologist or hair expert immediately.


MANE MAN: A Look at Tim Yap’s Changing Hairstyles

Tim Yap, one of the metro’s influential style mavens, has had as many hairstyles as career milestones and achievements over the years. And for the talented multi-hyphenate, that’s no mean feat. The radio/TV host, eventologist, newspaper editor and columnist, club owner, product endorser, and newest Novuhair brand ambassador has gone from long to short, wavy to straight, black to blond in his colorful hair-story.

He’s had his share of bad hair days – from dry and damaged hair to looming hair loss, caused mostly by the constant changes to his mane. But that’s all a thing of the past now. With Novuhair, nature’s answer to hair loss, Tim has found a reliable hair care partner that helps keep his crowning glory healthy and camera-ready at all times.

Here’s a brief look at some of Tim’s hair defining moments through the years:

TIM01Sporting a full head of hair as the newest Novuhair brand ambassador in 2014.
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TIM02Effortlessly pulling off wavy hair with supermodel and designer Tweetie de Leon-Gonzales at a 2013 orchestra event.
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100mag51Donning a bouffant updo for a 2010 magazine launch.
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TIM03Tim the eventologist, blonde hair and all, sometime 2006.
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It’s official! The bob is surging towards the finish line as 2014’s hottest hair style trend. From Hollywood A-listers, international pop artists, to local celebrities, the classic bob, in its various modern reincarnations have crowned the faces of some of the world’s most beautiful women.

So, if you’re thinking of debuting a chic new ‘do just before the year ends, take some hair inspiration from these stylish celebrities who have caught the bob bug. Choose the best cut that flatters your hair texture, face shape, and personal style from among these classy, sexy and cool bobs.

Layered and Fringed Bob for Round Face

A long bob or lob with softly framing layers, or a short bob with a sideswept fringe create an illusion of a slimmer face, ideal for round faces.

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer  Lawrence’s layered lob

Michelle Williams Michelle Williams’ fringed short bob

Textured Bob for Angular Faces

Angular Faces

Opt for a below-the-chin bob with wispy layers at the ends or curls to soften a strong, angular jawline like Kiera Knightley’s.

Wavy Bob for Heart-shaped Face

A bob of loose waves that falls below the chin coupled with wispy bangs, like Reese Witherspoon’s, is almost always flattering for heart-shaped faces. It softly frames the face and draws attention away from the pointy chin that characterizes this face shape.


Chin Length Bob for Oval FaceOval Face

Women with oval-shaped faces are considered lucky because theirs is considered the ideal face shape and practically any hair style will be flattering. But a curled under, chin length bob is the most flattering, as seen on pop star Britney Spears, because it contours the face beautifully.

Many local celebrities have also joined the bob hair bandwagon. But singer-actress Sarah Geronimo stands out among the rest. No one saw it coming – the chopping of her prized locks, but what was more surprising was how elegantly she grew into her new hair style.Sarah

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Keeping your locks healthy is pretty simple as long as you know how. No, it doesn’t always entail regular salon visits or expensive hair care products. Maintaining your hair’s optimum health starts with you, in the comforts of your home. Here are three easy steps towards achieving lusciously beautiful hair.

1. Wash Hair ProperlyWash Hair Properly

Hair washing could easily be one of the most overlooked rituals of man. We do it practically every day, sometimes even more than once a day. But do you know that there is a correct way in washing the hair? First, wet hair thoroughly before applying shampoo and lather up from the roots to the ends, according to New York salon owner NunzioSaviano, because the hair tends to be dirtiest at the tips. Avoid using circular motions when lathering to prevent tangles. Use vertical stroking motions instead.

Conditioning the hair after shampooing is recommended, but make sure to choose a conditioner that’s suited for your hair type. Squeeze excess water out of the hair before putting in conditioner from the mid-lengths only to the ends of the hair, Saviano says. Avoid applying conditioner to your scalp because the hair’s natural oils are already concentrated there.

2. Gently dry the hair.Gently dry the hair

After getting out of the shower, wrap your hair turban-style, preferably with a light cotton fabric to minimize friction or gently pat dry with a towel; do not rub it dry. The best option though is to leave hair hanging and allow it to dry naturally.

Avoid using a blow dryer whenever you can. Frequent blow drying, especially on high heat, may damage the hair. Also avoid brushing wet hair right after showering to prevent hair strands from becoming brittle and weak. If you must, use a wide tooth comb for detangling when the hair is still wet

3. Eat rightEat right

A balanced and nutritious diet is not only for your body’s overall health but also for your hair. An adequate supply of the necessary vitamins and minerals will keep your tresses looking and feeling strong, shiny, and healthy all the time.

Vitamin A, found mostly in leafy green vegetables, is one of the most important nutrients for the hair. It fights free radicals that weaken hair strands and strengthens it in the process. The vitamin B complex, from fortified breakfast cereals, poultry, and dairy products, promotes faster hair growth and gives the hair a brilliant natural shine. A daily dose of vitamin C, on the other hand, helps in strengthening the hair strands by repairing damaged tissues and protecting the hair from free radicals. Citrus fruits are a good source of the body’s Vitamin C requirements.


CELEBRITY HAIR ALERT: Famous Men Who Are Going Bald

Most men, even though they claim not to care about their looks, are generally more concerned about one thing – their hair. Or the lack of it. Or the danger of losing it. Blame it on genetics maybe, but many men just cannot escape hair loss as they grow older. Even the handsome, popular, talented and wealthy guys on this planet are not exempt from hair woes like the average Joe. Hair might just be the great equalizer among men after all.

Prince William.No title or crown can save the heir to England’s throne from going bald as a result of male pattern baldness. Nevertheless, his real-life princess and legions of his admirers all over the world still adore him, hair or no hair

Jude Law. The A-lister and theater actor simply brushes off digs at his progressing hair loss. Now in his 40s, Law, who was once named by People magazine as the Sexiest Man Alive, still remains as one of the hottest men in Hollywood even with his receding hair line. 


Mark Ruffalo. An acclaimed and Oscar-nominated actor/screenwriter, Ruffalo is also starting to show hair line recession and hair thinning. But he is nonplussed as he reprises the role of Bruce Banner/The Hulk in the sequel to the box-office hit, Marvel’s The Avengers.


Jason Statham. A man’s man through and through. A global box-office star, thanks to his action-packed movies, Statham is a fine example of someone who has embraced hair loss. With his signature short, cropped hair style, Statham is proof that hair loss is not an obstacle to being attractive and sexy.




Whether you’re meeting up with old school pals for that nth-year reunion, attending your company’s formal awards shindig, spending time with family for your annual Christmas lunch, or having dinner with the boyfriend’s family, sparkle and shine in this year’s Hollywood-inspired holiday hair styles. Take a page off the book of these stylish and elegant stars and flaunt your gorgeous tresses in these quick and easy ‘dos.

Sophisticated Wavessophisticated waves

Channel rock star/designer Gwen Stefani’s classic yet edgy bombshell look with long, soft waves. Ideal for those with long, layered hair, just make an appointment at your favorite blow dry bar or opt to DIY. To start, apply a volumizing mousse before blow drying your hair with a round brush. Then part your hair in the middle and softly run your fingers through it for a natural look. You may also use curlers to achieve the big waves. Spritz on some hairspray before heading out the door to keep your hair in place throughout the night.

Chic Updochic updo

Bring attention to your blissfully glowing face and infectious holiday smile in this clean and chic updo. Just tie your hair in a bun and tease the crown a little. Clip on a pretty pin on the side or slip on a thin head band to add a little flair to your hairstyle, like the forever classy Charlize Theron.

Curly Bobcurly bob

Surprise everyone by turning your straight bob into a head of romantic curls like actress Rachel McAdams. Simply blow dry your hair with big curlers on high heat then softly run your fingers through it after for an effortlessly natural finish. Apply some light hold spray and you’re ready to turn heads this season.


The ponytail is classic ‘do that will never go out of style. Rather, it just gets reinvented time and time again. For this year’s holiday look, try actress Eva Longoria’s casual yet stylish high ponytail with a teased crown or opt for Beyonce’s sophisticated and sleek low pony.

Remember, you don’t need a glam squad like these stars do to achieve that perfect holiday look. Just be creative and let your personality shine through in your hairstyle, clothes and makeup. It’s the season to be merry so go ahead, have fun and enjoy some holiday cheer.



Urban Dictionary describes a retrosexual as “a man who spends as little time and money as possible on his appearance.” Retrosexuals are the complete opposite of metrosexuals. They’re the ones you cannot drag into dropping by the dermatologist or going shopping for new clothes, unless everything they have in their closet magically disappears.

But how do you get your retrosexual man to care for his mane? Especially if it concerns receding hair lines or thinning hair. Fanny Serrano, renowned celebrity makeup artist-fashion designer-salon owner and NOVUHAIR®’s first brand ambassador, shares a few tips on how to tread this sensitive topic with your partner.

Compliment Him
Guys are not used to receiving compliments so make sure to pay him one when he’s sporting a nice, new haircut. Or tell him how much you like his thick and shiny hair and how he’s probably using the right shampoo to keep it that way. The more he hears your compliments, the more he will exert an effort on maintaining his appearance.

Don’t Nag and Be Sensitive
Nagging and constant complaining about his hair care routine, or lack thereof, won’t work. It might even do just the exact opposite – he’ll continue to rebel to spite you. So, stick to positive reinforcement and just casually insert pieces of hair care advice during your conversations. Or engage in a light banter with him and subtly let him know that his hair line could be starting to recede. But be careful as receding hair lines and hair loss are highly-sensitive topics among men.

Give Rewards
Got his hair cut on time and even agreed to your suggestion to have a scalp treatment while he’s at it? Be sure to let him know how much you appreciate his effort and cooperation by giving him a reward. It could be as simple as a peck on the cheek right there and then or cooking his favorite dish at dinner or watching his chosen movie for date night instead of the chick flick you’ve been waiting for.

Share Hair Care Products
Rave about your shampoo and conditioner and let him run his fingers through your soft, thick, and shiny hair. Tell him how these are helping prevent premature graying and hair loss. Offer your hair care products for him to try. Especially if it’s packaged in neutral colors and shapes, like NOVUHAIR®, nature’s answer to hair loss, your man won’t be squeamish about using your stuff. And who knows, he might just love them as well.



The human hair follows a unique growth cycle. Unlike other mammals which grow or shed hair depending on the season, human hair growth is considered random but follows three distinct phases occurring simultaneously.

Stage 1: Anagen Phase

This is the active phase of hair growth. During anagen, cells in the root of the hair are dividing rapidly, forming new hair and pushing out old hair that has stopped growing. Normally, 90% of the hair follicles are in the anagen phase at any given time, with an average growth rate of 1 centimetre every 28 days. The scalp hair usually remains in the growing phase between 2 to 6 years compared to hair in other parts of the body, such as the eyebrows, legs, and eyelashes, which have an anagen phase of about 30 to 45 days only.

Stage 2: Catagen Phase

The catagen phase is also known as the transitional stage in hair growth that occurs at the end of the anagen phase. During this phase, the active growth of the hair stops and a club hair is formed. A club hair is formed when the hair follicle shrinks and detaches itself from the papilla, described as a knoblike indentation at the base of the hair follicle, which contains the blood supply necessary for the hair’s nourishment. About 3% of all scalp hair is in the catagen phase at any given time and lasts for about 2 to 3 weeks while a club hair is formed.

Stage 3: Telogen Phase

This is the last stage in the hair growth cycle and also referred to as the resting phase. Lasting for about 100 days, around 10% to 15% of scalp hair is in this stage at any time. During telogen, the hair follicle completely stops growing and the club hair is fully formed. Towards the end of this stage, hairs that have completed the cycle will fall off naturally and new hair will begin to grow. Around 25-100 hairs may fall out daily as part of the normal shedding process.

The rate and period of hair growth varies from one person to the next depending on genetics, metabolism, diet and nutrition, age, race, hormones and other factors but what is common to all is the three stages of distinct hair growth that every hair follicle goes through.



FLYING HIGH:A Novuhair Hairstory

Anna Florres was living the life she’s always dreamed about. Her work as a flight attendant took her to many countries and gave her the opportunity to experience different cultures, a luxury she thoroughly enjoyed. The schedule may be gruelling and sometimes takes its toll on her health, but she did not mind in exchange for the many perks of her job.

After leaving the airline industry, Anna Florres switched to her true passion – events planning and management. Her family and friends could not be more supportive of her decision. She was always known to organize the best parties – from simple and intimate dinners at home to her best friend’s wedding. It didn’t take long for Anna Florres to make a name for herself as one of the top events planner in her area. Her schedule was booked many months ahead.

The long hours, lack of proper rest and stress eventually affected Anna Florres’s health and often made her sick. Her hair started falling off but still, she wouldn’t slow down. Until one day, she received devastating news from her doctor that would change her life forever. She had an early stage breast cancer.

Arlene immediately underwent treatment. Her body reacted positively to the chemotherapy and she eventually went into remission. But her hair was not as lucky. Almost all of her hair had fallen off. She started using wigs until a friend urged her to try NOVUHAIR® after seeing its ad on the back of a bus. Figuring she had nothing to lose by trying, Anna Florres gave NOVUHAIR® a try even though she didn’t particularly like the smell.

Three months after using NOVUHAIR®, Anna Florres noticed significant hair regrowth. Her hair was starting to return to its normal state – thick, full and shiny, just like when she was still working as a flight attendant. Pretty soon, she was ditching her wigs and heading out with her “new hair.”

Now at 45 years old, Anna Florres is cancer-free and wears her dark, shiny, and healthy hair in a chic bob. She still plans and throws the most amazing events but she’s taking it slow. She also continues to be a loyal NOVUHAIR® user.


Halloween is just around the corner, time to dust off those creepy, wacky, and creative costumes in time for Trick or Treat parties around town. To complete the fashionably spooky look, try some of these easy, DIY hairstyles before heading out the door.

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Make several braids in your hair and secure them with bobby pins. Get a pack of rubber snakes, which you may buy in toy stores, and pin them all over your head. Remember, there’s no such thing as too many snakes.

2. Witchwitch

This hairstyle is pretty easy to achieve. Just put some volumizing mousse on your hair and blow dry it straight, then use a crimping iron on the middle part of your locks.

3. Zombiezombie

The key to this scary do’ is to mess up your hair big time. Aim for that straight-from-out-of-the-grave look by applying lots of oil on your hair to make it uber greasy. Then tease your hair by sections to achieve the wild and mussed look. Finally, sprinkle baby powder on your locks randomly to make it grey and ashen.

4. Vampirevampire

With the success of vampire books and movies in recent years, this look is becoming more and more popular come Halloween night. To get the traditional sultry vampire hair, dye your hair jet black and spray in a red streak near the front. And don’t forget to complement it with matte red lips and of course, the sharp, white fangs.

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Go goth with this classic Halloween costume. Just crimp your hair or braid it into several sections when your hair is still wet. When the hair is dry, undo the braids and tease it away from your face like there’s no tomorrow. Keep it in place by using an environment-friendly stronghold spray after clipping it up. Finish off with some white streaks on the side.

Just match and complement your hairstyle with your makeup and costume and most of all, strut off your scary stuff with confidence and you’ll definitely have some fun on fright night.