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Shampoo: It seems like it should be the simplest step in hair care, yet contradictory advice about it seems to be coming out of everyone's ears. To clear things up, we approached Josh Rosebrook, celebrity hair stylist and creator of the ultra-pure, super-hard-working Josh Rosebrook line of hair care products. He has spent 17 years working on tresses and observing just what shampoo can do (or not do) to benefit both hair and scalp.

For many of us, fall is the time of year when we decide that we need to get it together in general. Everyone’s back from vacation, back to work, back to school, and it’s go time. It also tends to be go time for skincare regimens. Because as heavenly as it feels to bask in the summer sun, it’s not particularly kind to your skin — and that tends to start showing come September. So we asked star facialist Julia March for her top fall skincare tips.


Bouclème was the very first haircare brand we decided to bring to Ayla. We chose it because curly hair is gorgeous, and it’s especially challenging to care for — so we decided curlies should be the first in line to get hair products that pass our “non-toxic but really works” test. It’s the best line of curl care products we’ve ever seen, and it’s one of the most exciting new hair care brands out there, period.

It can take a good amount of experimentation to get curly hair care just right. We asked Michele Scott-Lynch, the founder of Bouclème, for a curly hair care primer — including guidelines for different types of curls. Our objective? To ensure the experimentation process with Bouclème is shorter, easier, and generates results that are as gorgeous as possible. Check out her tips for nighttime curl care and ways to refresh curls on the second and third day after washing, too.

We’ve heard a lot of buzz lately about hyperpigmentation. While marketers may be behind some of this chatter (Really? Another thing we should worry about?), hyperpigmentation is a real problem for many people. To get an unbiased expert perspective on what it is and how it can be prevented and treated, we spoke to Elizabeth K. Hale, M.D., a leading expert in the field of dermatology. Liz has a particular passion for sun protection and all the benefits it offers – including the prevention of hyperpigmentation.

Did you know that Bottega Organica, the Italian company that’s devoted to breakthrough science and organic products, has two farms? It’s true. In addition to their pristine farm in Liguria, they have an equally gorgeous and pesticide-free farm in upstate New York. Yeah, we wish we could collect organic farm oases like that, too. So we asked for photos and details so that we could live vicariously through them.

Not long ago, we received a tip from an unerringly chic, oft-photographed friend who has sent some of the best under-the-radar, soon-to-hit-the-big-time brands our way: “Check out this line of magical lotions. Made in Brooklyn by my friend know, the one who writes for The New York Times.” Naturally, we snapped to attention.

Sunscreen: we all know we should wear it. We also know that slathering thick goop on our skin and facing the world with ghostly pallor is not terribly enticing. Sigh. So is it really necessary? (Yes. And don’t worry: we carry a fantastic collection of featherweight mineral sunscreens that will blend invisibly into your skin.)
To understand what we need to know about sunscreen and clear up a few frequently asked questions, we spoke to Elizabeth K. Hale, M.D., a leading expert in the field of dermatology with a particular passion for sun protection. She's a devoted runner, and she's the Vice President of The Skin Cancer Foundation.

Oftentimes, we’ll be careful about what we eat—seeking out natural and organic products and avoiding those with lots of preservatives or artificial ingredients—and assume that the products we put on our skin are safe. But up to 60% of what you put on your skin can be absorbed into your bloodstream (some experts believe that percentage is even higher), so at Ayla, we avoid most controversial ingredients because we either know they’re bad for you or suspect they might be.

We were delighted to host Dr. Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, one of the most well-respected dermatologists in the country, for a conversation about all aspects of skincare. In this video interview, she shares her top acne tips, including key external causes, considerations when choosing anti-acne skincare products and prescription treatments, and how to prevent acne scars.