Posts Tagged ‘Hair Care’

Hair Treatments for Dry and Damaged Hair

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Flickr user: irodman

By Jenna

Dry hair is not cute, and it’s just not fun at all. When your hair is dry it starts breaking and can make your fabulous hair cut not so fabulous anymore. It happens so fast that you probably won’t notice the change, but dry, damaged hair is a fact of life and most of us will have to deal with it one point or another.

Although a healthy diet does help the natural production of oil that will naturally condition your hair, dry, damaged hair doesn’t happen on its own.  Split ends and brittle hair are a result of over-processing, blow-drying, straightening, perming and overall excessive styling. Excessive styling with heat can wreak havoc on your hair, leaving it dry, unmanageable, fragile and broken. So can using harsh shampoos, washing it too often, exposure to the sun and wind, over brushing, chlorine, medications and poor nutrition.  If you’re guilty of any of these uber-drying faux pas, it’s never too late to improve your hair care routine.

To start out, don’t wash your hair every day, and do use a gentle shampoo. When you’re over shampooing, you’re stripping your hair of its natural oils, resulting in dry hair. There are a wide variety of shampoos for dry hair, made specially to treat the condition. If your hair gets extra oily between washings, consider using a dry shampoo to give you a fresh look without the water. Also, if you don’t already, use a conditioner every time you wash your hair. This will help infuse your locks with moisture and restore your hair with nutrients and vitamins. Conditioners for dry hair help restore shine, detangle and nourish all hair types.

Dry hair treatments are also available and work wonders on restoring and reviving damaged hair. You can use an overnight hair treatment, scalp oil or a hair mask. Each of these will have amazing effects on fixing dry and damaged hair. Scalp oils contain vitamins to help protect against free radicals and essentials oils to nourish the hair and scalp. By massaging the oils into your scalp, you’re stimulating growth and infusing moisture into your skin and hair. Hair masques are easy to use as well as quick plus, there are many at home hair recipes to use. Generally, wash your hair and apply the hair mask. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and rinse off. They moisturize and help protect and nourish your poor dry hair.

Next time you go out on a windy day, don’t forget your hat!  Not just to be fashionable, but to protect your gorgeous locks! Dry hair products are easy to find and amazing to use. Pay attention to what your hair is telling you. If it’s falling out at alarming rates or breaking off when you brush it, it’s time to put a little effort into restoring your hair into the lustrous mane it’s supposed to be.

Pixie Please! The Newest Hairstyle for Fall

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Emma Watson's Pixie Cut flickr user skoykkahwin

Forget the Rachel, say goodbye to Posh’s angled bob and peace out to Blake Lively’s tousled tresses. There is a new style on the block and it is taking Hollywood by storm. Meet The Pixie- the IT 2010 hairstyle. For the past couple months, stars have been chopping off their long locks one-by-one to reveal a gamine and gorgeous, yet classic, do. Celebrities such as Michelle Williams, Ginnifer Goodwin, Carey Mulligan, Emma Watson, Elisha Cuthbert, Rihanna, Katie Holmes and Hayden Panettiere have all made the cut, literally. The most recent addition to the ever growing list of short haired beauties is Ashlee Simpson Wentz, whose husband debuted the pixie haircut via twitter. So you think you want to jump on the pixie bandwagon? I got some advice about the 2010 hairstyle trend from Shear Genius contestant and stylist to the stars Janine Jarman—read on and learn how to make this fun look work for you.

Beautyfix: Let’s talk pixie cuts.

Janine Jarman: It makes me so happy to see short hair on girls! To me, short hair looks so feminine—it makes the face and eyes really stand out.

Beautyfix: Are different variations better for different face shapes?

JJ: Yes, there are hundreds of charts online of face shape and hair cuts that are designed to make your face shape look as close to an oval as possible. That’s the ultimate goal, so if you have a square jaw you want to have layers cut down into the jaw and round it out. If you have a heart shaped face, same thing—you want longer layers and a side bang cut down and over so that it makes oval.

Beautyfix: How often do pixie haircuts need to be trimmed to maintain the shape?

JJ: Every four weeks. Short hair cuts need to be cut a lot more often than long hair cuts.

Beautyfix: Any tips on how to gracefully grow out a pixie cut?

JJ: Hair accessories are the best way to grow out any hair-do. Once it gets to chin length and lower, get extensions if it’s that torturous for you.

Blow Dryer Blues- Is the price tag always worth it?

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

flickr user rainpie

I have been without a blow dryer for over three months. This statement might shock you, as it did most of my co-workers, but it’s true. My last blow dryer (not the best hair dryer in the world but a trusty $29.99 drugstore brand) had a good run but ultimately went up in flames. Literally, flames…mid blow dry. I’m just not sure why I went all of three months without purchasing a new one. It could have been laziness, cheapness, or a subliminal nostalgia for my youth, when I was a competitive swimmer and had perpetually wet hair. Whatever the reason, I lived by way of air drying and declared a strike against purchasing a new blow dryer. I would even go as far as making a trip to the gym before a big meeting or event, specifically to use their hair dryers. Weird, I know.

Last weekend, I finally buckled. I had 45 minutes to shower and get ready for a wedding, which meant no time for a quick gym/borrowed blow dryer visit. Facing defeat, I made a visit to the beauty supply store by my house, where I stood in shock, taken aback by the overwhelming variety of blow dryers, features and technology. There were dozens of blow dryers, all boasting breakthrough science and revolutionary patents—and not one of them resembled my previous $29.99 model in any way, least of all in price. In a fit of pure frustration, I selected the cheapest (a mere $119!) blow dryer on display, paid, and left.

Grudgingly, I admit that my hair felt so much better after drying it with my new, expensive (relatively speaking) blow dryer. I began to wonder: is there some actual merit behind all the patenting and revolutionary technology?  Luckily, I have a wealth of knowledge at my fingertips, thanks to my extremely beauty-savvy coworkers (after all, our company is called Intelligent Beauty). For this particular question, I quizzed Jac, our non-official hair care expert.  She informed me that while it isn’t always the price tag that determines the best blow dryers, there are certainly key terms, technological aspects and features to look for when purchasing a blow dryer.

Here are some helpful tips:

  • Make sure your blow dryer is at least 1800 watts. This ensures adequate power to blow dry your hair. (Lower wattages = more time to dry, resulting in more heat damage to the hair.)
  • Ionic Technology is a fairly common phrase in the hair care world. It refers to a technology that generates negative ions that neutralize positive ions in the atmosphere. This process allows hair to dry faster, seals the cuticle, and reduces frizz, leaving hair smooth and shiny.
  • A ceramic hair dryer actually has a self-regulating system that senses if the dryer is getting too hot. The air flow is at the right temperature, and the coils are made out of ceramic as well.
  • Tourmaline blow dryers utilize a technology that speeds up the drying process by about 60%, which ultimately reduces damage caused by heat.
  • Another feature to look for in a good blow dryer: different temperature and speed settings, which allow you to adjust your preferences manually.

The moral of the story? There are several different options fitting for several different bank accounts.  The reigning king of the blow drying world is the T3 Featherweight Luxe, which actually nourishes the hair. For a more budget-friendly blow dryer, opt for something along the lines of the Conair Tourmaline Ceramic Ionic Styler. Just make sure your blow dryer has at least one of the features listed above. It all comes down to amount of time spent drying—less time, less heat, the better the blow dryer!

Beautyfix Featured Product: Kronos Discovery Kit

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

All year long, we will suffer from damaged hair and try to keep it healthy. Because of styling, heat, weather conditions, environmental damage and coloring, our fragile hair strands need hair treatment products. That’s why I’m elated to know that Beautyfix has me covered and offers multiple salon hair products to help me with my damaged hair woes. This season features a few great hair treatments and this one happens to be a 4 in one luxury travel kit. K-Charge Discovery Kit by Kronos is designed to improve the condition of your hair to make it look and feel healthier and reverse your hair from aging.

Flickr User: Dia

Kronos is a line that utilizes T-Sphere technology to get optimal results and performance. Kronos aims to improve the permeation of its active ingredients and helps to target the areas in need helping your scalp and hair be healthier and more beautiful. The Kronos K-Charge Discovery Kit has 4 products in it:

Kronos K-Charge Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner – This moisturizing shampoo and paired conditioner have little bit of a citrus smell to it. They are designed to gently remove excess oils and debris while at the same time adding some volume to it. The conditioner strengthens, repairs and nourishes your hair while providing exceptional moisture. At the same time of cleaning and moisturizing, it’s sulfate free for an added bonus. From using these two, you’ll notice a difference right away when you dry your hair.

Liquid Theory Conditioning Spray – This is a leave in conditioning treatment meant to help moisturize, improve styling and protect from hair color fading. Liquid theory is a fabulous hair treatment to add to your styling regimen. To use, spritz your hair (while wet) from roots to ends and then style away. This conditioning spray tames frizz to give you a sleek look for any occasion.

PHYX – This was available in a larger size from season 1, but it was loved so much why not have it in a travel kit? After all travel season needs little sizes with little cute bags to accompany them. PHYX is an overnight hair treatment masque made to work overnight to repair and replenish your hair. I love all hair masques, but this one is magical and has never had better results. After using this, your dry, unmanageable hair becomes soft, silky and resilient. Don’t let the overnight instruction scare you, once you put this on your head before sleeping, it won’t be rubbing off into an oily mess on your pillow. To use, distribute PHYX throughout your DRY hair before going to sleep. In the morning, shampoo, condition, rinse and style as usual. Gorgeous hair will follow.

Fight Frizz Like Never Before with Unique Hair Tips from

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

By: Michelle Breyer

Think you’ve tried every frizz-kicking trick in the book? Think again!, the online oasis for curlies since 1998, provides some unique and unconventional methods of fighting frizz, even in the most humid weather:

frizzy hair

frizzy hair

A natural fabric softener can be a great way to make your curls less frizzy. Simply use as any other conditioner and apply after shampooing. Keep some dryer sheets in your purse to use in a pinch and stroke the dryer sheet in a downward motion. Dryer sheets are also great for eliminating static cling.

Breast milk is a natural deep conditioner, it contains the appropriate amounts of protein and fat to condition hair and reduce frizz. It also packs essential vitamins and minerals that help combat dry hair. Fill a spray bottle with breast milk, spray locks thoroughly and proceed with your normal hair washing routine.

Take one cup of flat, room-temperature beer and work into hair after shampooing, then rinse with cold water. The vitamin B and natural sugars in beer add body and shine, while acting as a natural setting lotion that increases resilience, vitality and hold.

Apply KY Jelly just like any gel. Don’t worry: this remedy isn’t x-rated! Use sparingly or mixed in with other products. This paste will condition each hair strand section by section; simply smooth through curls with your fingers. Rinse, and behold silky, restored, beautiful hair. You can also apply to dry hair to define curls and smooth frizz.

Leaving the house without knowing the weather report can trip up even the most prepared frizz-fighter. Stay a step ahead of the weather with NaturallyCurly’s Frizz Forecast™.  The Frizz Forecast provides the humidity conditions for your specific area, as well as high and low temperatures for the day.

Michelle Breyer, Celebrity Hair Stylist

Michelle Breyer

Michelle Breyer co-founded, a website for curly hair that she launched with her business partner and friend, Gretchen Heber.

Spending most of her life as a journalist, Ms. Breyer never dreamed she would develop the leading source of information for specialty beauty products. It was the Texas humidity that inspired both Ms. Breyer and Ms. Heber to search for information to help them manage their curly hair and find appropriate beauty products. They were frustrated by the dearth of information on curly hair, and the lack of products on the market. One of their curly hair rants, at a brunch, was the inspiration behind They launched the site in September of that year with the help of a 14-year-old Web designer. They see unlimited potential for their venture. More than 50 percent of the world’s population has curly hair.

Ms. Breyer’s personal experience with her curly hair, and as the mother of a curly haired daughter, has helped her recognize the challenges faced each day by those with curls and kinks. With a deep personal connection, she can relate well to the community, and is a role model to inspire others to learn to love their curls and kinks. Ms. Breyer lives in Texas with her husband and daughter.

Blonde vs Brown: Choosing the Best Hair Color for you

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

By Liz W

Marylin Monroe blonde user manitou2121

Sultry Brunette user jbcurio

Ever wonder whether you would get taken more seriously at work if you had dark hair, or if you would get noticed more at parties if you were playboy platinum? The Brunette and Blonde stereotypes are constantly portrayed in movie characters, popping up in jokes, and even seem to hold true in real life. If you are itching for a change maybe becoming a sultry brunette or blonde bombshell is just what the doctor ordered.
Dying hair dark user ganesha.isis

A lot of celebrities have drastically changed their hair color for different roles, and in some cases the hair can be given credit for the awesomeness of the actresses’ character.  Even if you tend to prefer blondes over brunettes, sometimes one color looks great while the other looks awful, depending on skin tone.

You be the judge with these celebrity images:

  • Do you like Scarlett Johansson blonde or brunette?
  • Is deep chestnut color too dramatic for natural-ish blonde Katherine Heigl, or do you like her with dark locks? See Katherine Heigl hair pics here to decide for yourself.
  • Jessica Beil’s hair is naturally brown, but she has gone from dark to light and back again. Normally she  has some subtle highlights, which looks awesome with her olive skin tone. See Jessica Beil pics here.

Usually people expect blondes to be silly, fun and not so smart (pretty sure Elle Woods proved them all wrong after graduating with honors from Harvard Law) and brunettes to be quiet, brainy, and serious, so if you want to be viewed as more playful to get the guy, or more intellectual to get the job, you could do what the celebs do and change your look to fit the new you.

It usually does hold true that blondes naturally get noticed more often, and seem to be much more approachable to timid members of the opposite sex. Maybe this is due to the fact that the blondes are always the nice girls in books and movies, and the brunettes are usually the evil villains. (Have you ever seen a blonde witch?)

On the other hand, Brunettes are usually more exotic, and their dark hair automatically makes them seem more intelligent.  Throw on some thick rimmed glasses, and you instantly look like a smart, sexy librarian.

Blonde vs brunette user *Saffy*

All silly brunette and blonde stereotypes aside, no matter what color you chose to be, it is best to stay within four or five shades of your natural hair color.
If you have dark features, then the dark chocolate locks will likely suit you much better than canary yellow highlights, but some subtle honey highlights can really boost the radiance of dark brown hair shades.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, be careful if you have really light hair, and you want to go dark. Not only will your hair have a hard time gripping the color, but blonde roots are not a good look against really dark strands, as it will give the illusion of bald spots. If you are still considering taking the plunge, color deposit shampoo will become your best friend for keeping your deep new hue looking shiny and lustrous, instead of dull and flat.

Growth Stimulating Shampoo for Thinning Hair

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

By Liz W

Thinning hair user helgasms!

Thinning hair is one of the most stressful and self-esteem squashing medical concerns for both men and women of any age. There are so many levels of hair loss and causes of Alopecia in women, and unlike those unlucky folks of the 20th century who were finding clumps of hair in the shower, we have some really advanced and effective treatment options to help keep those precious strands firmly in our head, and away from the drain.

Tons of young women are noticing their parts are getting thicker, and their hair feels thinner.  For people who are just realizing their hair is over-shedding and under-growing for the first time, turning to Rogaine (for what may all be in your head) seems really scary and extreme.

If rapid hair loss is being caused by a medical condition, it is best to have your doctor take a look, but for those who are just noticing that their ponytail is losing some girth, there are a lot of OTC shampoos and thickening treatments that are getting rave reviews from satisfied customers.

One of the most popular growth stimulating shampoos is DS Labs Revita. Revita was formulated with a supreme cocktail of gentle and potent ingredients, and has a really high success story rate from users who have noticed their hair has stopped fleeing their head at an alarming rate.  Revita uses gentle natural cleansers, (instead of harsh detergents that strip the scalp of necessary oils and can really damage the hair) and mix in anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antioxidant, and anti-hormonal agents that hydrate, nourish, and stimulate the scalp and hair follicles.

It can be used in conjunction with any hair growth treatment for extreme cases, or can be used by anyone who just wants their really thin hair and irritated scalp to be perfectly healthy, which is a crucial part of optimal hair growing conditions.

thick hair user ClickFlashPhotos / Nicki Varkevisser

The nice thing about growth stimulating shampoo today is that high-end salon brands are coming up with some good smelling, and nicely packaged options. Alterna has added the LIFE Solutions line to their repertoire of hair care products. It, too, is formulated without damaging sulfates and gentle, but effective scalp and hair follicle stimulating ingredients.

Overall this widespread epidemic of young women losing way more hair than they should be could be controlled with the avoidance of products containing really harsh chemicals, and maybe switching to a growth stimulating shampoo without sulfate.

Healthy Hair Tips: Improve Your Hair Condition with a Healthy Diet

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

By Jenna

Over the past 2 years, I’ve taken notice of the correlation between my diet and how my hair looks. Since incorporating a healthier diet, my hair is longer, stronger, and more vibrant. We all are concerned for our hair condition and of course our health, but could our hair be a reflection of how healthy we are? Keeping our hair in tip-top shape is work and we spend hours and hours in a week styling and maintaining our locks to look our best. Styling can take its toll on our hair and so can your diet. Hair loss, dandruff, dryness and some other factors can be caused by internal issues. Our hair is trying to tell us something. Measuring hair loss and the condition of your hair can give you the jump start to take care of yourself better, which is a great thing. “Beauty is only skin deep” is one quote that many take to heart and literally, we are what we eat and put in our systems. By taking certain vitamins and minerals, and eating the right foods we can help our hair look healthier and more beautiful than ever. Why? Because health, hair and beauty are all related. Healthy hair tips are more than just the products you use on a daily basis.

Let’s start with a few facts regarding what your hair and scalp reveal about your health. Some hair loss is normal and may not indicate poor health or unhealthy hair. Shedding up to as many as 100 hairs a day is normal. This is nothing to be alarmed about, as new hair is constantly growing in. We have heard so many myths about losing hair and baldness that it can make your head spin. Having longer hair does not put stress on your roots causing more to fall out. Don’t stress when you wash your hair and some happens to fall out, when your hair is ready to fall out, it will. If you have bald spots that aren’t caused by hair extensions or something similar, it’s worth talking to your doctor.

Eat vegetables for healthy hair

Source: Flickr User marcp dmoz

Crash diets, stress, and other shock factors can result in hair thinning and lifeless hair. Your hair is a part of you and needs nutrition just as much as your stomach does. Low calorie diets are often lacking the certain nutrients needed for hair growth such as: Vitamin A, protein, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc and vitamin B-12. For better hair growth, adding these vitamins to your diet may be a great choice for you and your body because let’s be straight,  everyone can use a little kick in the booty to get on the “eating better” wagon. The best bit of advice to live by is that if it’s good for your heart, it’s good for your hair. Adding salmon or fish (rich in omega-3 fatty acids) and leafy green veggies, foods that are high in protein and low in fat, to your diet is like adding extra spinach to Popeye’s diet. You’ll be amazed at how fast your hair starts growing and the overall change in your hair condition. These vitamins also help keep your hair lustrous and bouncy. Always be thinking, I’m eating for my health and it’ll show. Once you’ve incorporated a better diet, hair re-growth will come a lot faster. A healthier diet will also make your hair shinier.

If you’re feeling a little stressed reach up to your noggin and start rubbing. Your scalp is covered with tons of nerve endings that make it sensitive to the touch. Rubbing your cranium or getting a head massage stimulates blood flow and releases that unwanted tension while at the same time triggering your brain to release hormones like dopamine and serotonin that make you feel good. Next time you’re at the salon, make sure to ask your stylist for some extra attention to your head while getting shampoo-ed and you’re in for a treat.

I am not a doctor or a nutritionist, but I am constantly being asked by my hair stylist what I’m eating because of how fast my hair grows in a month and the overall condition of my hair. In one month my hair usually grows from 1 to 2 inches and I started taking notice of that right after I adjusted my diet and added vitamin supplements. Eating healthier makes you feel and look healthier all around from your energy levels up to your hair, so why not add some miracle grow? There are tons of ways to help your hair look and feel better, but the first step comes from the inside. Don’t just eat, eat for your health.

Things to Consider Before Chopping Your Locks

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

By Liz W

New Hair Style user Frankly Richmond

Have you been dying to try a new hairstyle lately, and trying to decide whether or not to cut your hair? Many of us go through a constant cycle of growing our hair out, then the moment it is long, chopping it off, and immediately regretting it, and vowing to grow it again. This is a vicious cycle I am all too familiar with. My whole life, the grass has always been greener when it comes to my hair length, and I am always certain that THIS time it will be different, the hair cut WILL solve all my problems. Sadly, though, about a week after the initial snipping, when the novelty of a new cute hairstyle has worn off, I am usually devastated and confused at why I ever thought my long hair needed to be hacked off.  So, if you are thinking about taking the shears to your locks, here are some things to consider first:

1.)    The most important thing to consider before you cut your hair is that your expectations are realistic. If you are cutting out pictures of celebrities’ hot new bobs, which are smooth and straight, and you have thin, kinky hair, don’t expect a hair cut to change the texture of your hair.

2.)    Another important thing to think about is how much maintenance you really want to deal with daily. A common misconception about short hair is that it is easier to manage. I find this to be a complete myth. In my experience most short hair cuts HAVE to be blow-dried in order to look good, longer hair can get away with air drying, as it looks beachy and on purpose.

3.)    The last tip I would give, is calculate how long it will take for your hair to get back to the length it is at now. Hair grows at  a rate of ½ an inch per month, so if you are cutting off 12 inches, be aware that you will have at least 2 years to wait before it is at its current length again.

After you have taken all these things into consideration, cut out a few photos of your dream hair and bring them with you to your stylist. Let her be the judge of whether it is a realistic style for you, and let her work her magic. A new hair cut can be a great way to turn over a new leaf in life, and give you the confidence you need to feel great. Follow these guidelines, and hopefully you will love not loathe your new do.

The Hair Dryer Chronicles – The Benefits of a Good Hair Dryer

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

By Jenna

Let’s face it; my hair has definitely gone through A LOT and it’s taken some tender, love and serious hair care to keep it from frying off my head. I’m currently bleach-blonde and I have been for a long time. I’ve even gone from light to dark back to blonde in less than 8 months and my head hates me for it. The good thing is that my hair doesn’t look like straw and it’s taken a lot to keep it healthy through all of the tough times I’ve put it through. Good hair care and using the right hair products in my beauty routine is to thank for that. Another thing that makes a huge difference in how healthy my hair remains after styling is my hair dryer. It may not seem like it makes a difference but it makes a tremendous one. Think about how much pain and torture you put your hair through. You’re putting serious ammonia and chemicals on your hair when you dye it, frying it with heat, breaking it with brushing and styling. If your hair could scream at you, I’m sure it would every day. The better you treat your hair when styling, the better your hair is going to look and feel.  Think about it, when your hair looks good, you’re on top of the world, so why not pamper it?

Years ago, when the whole ionic drying fad was new, I was ecstatic to jump on it. I purchased an ionic dryer and was impressed with the results. I switched from a traditional one after doing some research. Traditional hair dryers use positive ions when they dry hair that ends up exposing the hair to more heat damage as well as opens up the cuticle, which can cause excess frizzing. An ionic hair dryer is different because it uses negative ions to nourish the hair. These ions speed up the drying process because they break down water molecules, (which means less heat damage) and also tightens up the hair cuticle resulting in less frizz after drying. Most salons prefer to use ionic hair dryers to reduce damage after processing. Even though they may cost more, they last longer and help the condition of your hair. These benefits to me are priceless.

One hair dryer that I have recently stumbled upon and am having an affair with is The Featherweight by T3. I can seriously tell you all that I’m completely IN LOVE (and want kids) with this dryer and am never turning back. Or at least until something new and amazing comes along. This hair dryer is light weight, tourmaline-infused, and my favorite part is that its packaging and performance is just as attractive as its description. It utilizes an infrared heat technique and dries hair 60% faster than most hair dryers. It also uses negative ions with parts made from tourmaline gemstones that fortify, nourish and moisturize your hair. This leaves your locks shinier, smoother, and silkier. I don’t think I’ve ever had more complements on my hair as after using The Featherweight. I no longer need as much product after shampooing and the best part is I don’t need to use any flat irons or curlers. This dryer from heaven does it all for me and in a fraction of the time.

If you want to cut back your styling time and save your damaged hair as well, I highly recommend investing in a really good hair dryer. Your head will be thanking you, I know mine does. After all, who wants to look like they have troll hair?

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