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These are the hair products men with thinning hair should never use — and what to use instead



When a man notices that he's losing his hair, there are certain precautions he should take to ensure that the problem is not exacerbated.

One of these includes watching what kind of hair product to use, as that can make all the difference when you might not be working with very much hair to begin with.

Men with thinning hair should avoid products that give a sheen to hair.

"When you have shiny products, you're going to have light reflecting off the product," Diana Schmidtke, a Los Angeles-based stylist, told The Wall Street Journal.

Light reflecting is bad, she says, because the object is to block and absorb light and stop it from highlighting the bare spots on your scalp.

So this knocks out pomades and gels, which also have a nasty habit of clumping together and making hair loss more obvious.

The next product for consideration is hair wax, which is typically a great option for men with shorter hair who want high hold and low shine. Men who are losing their hair should probably avoid hair wax, however, because it's sticky and not very pliable. While it can add weight and body to your hair, you may end up ripping out a lot of the more brittle hairs on your scalp just by trying to work it into your hair.

So that leaves hair cream, which is gentler on the hair, but still offers some of the hold that hair wax would. Styling cream will leave your hair light and manageable, giving it much-needed movement and body, which is especially important when it is thinning out. That's why we recommend it the most for men with thinning hair.

Styling cream "replicates the natural oils that your body produces so it gives you that 'three-day' dirty look right out of the shower," Riki Bryan, head of marketing for New York City- and San Francisco-based barber chain Fellow Barber, told Business Insider.

In short, it offers a light shine with a light hold, and it takes care of the frizz and unruliness in your hair.

Men's-focused creams like the Fellow Barber Styling Cream and Malin + Goetz's Sage Styling Cream are excellent choices. For a cheap alternative, even Axe makes a decent version.

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You can now rent Eli Manning's swanky New Jersey condo for $18,000 a month


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Eli Manning, quarterback of the New York Giants, has put his New Jersey digs up for rent for $18,000 a month.

The 3,500-square-foot condo has been up for sale since May 2015, with a listing price of $5.2 million, but it has just recently become available to rent.

It's a triple unit with stunning Hudson River views, a playroom, and an office, all in one of Hoboken's most luxurious buildings, the Hudson Tea Building.

Manning is heading out after eight years at this home because he needs a bigger place for his family, according to a representative from real-estate broker Douglas Elliman.

The condo is listed with Lisa Poggi of the Sroka Worldwide Team of Douglas Elliman. Take a look inside the famous quarterback's quarters below:

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The view across the Hudson River from the Hoboken condo offers a picture-perfect shot of the iconic Empire State Building.

The three-bedroom, triple-unit condo is laid out to maximize the view.

A spacious kitchen includes a booth-style breakfast table.

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12 photos of the extreme fandom 'Star Wars' inspires around the world


A man nicknamed Ikemasa, 37, who didn't want to give his real name, poses for a photo while dressed as Darth Vader next to his Star Wars collection at his home in Tokyo, Japan, December 4, 2015. Ikemasa said that when his 2 year old son sees Darth Vader in a TV program or movie, he calls

There's no denying the immense cultural impact "Star Wars" has had — not just on the movie industry, but on the hundreds of thousands of dedicated fans who have been faithfully following since their first introduction to the original trilogy.

Scores of themed conventions, collectible items, and exhibitions feed these devoted fans when they're not actually watching the movies.

The trailer for the new spinoff movie, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," was released on Thursday, and fans seem to be receiving it well.

Although George Lucas' decision to sell Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012 was met with mixed reactions from the industry and fans, the die-hard "Star Wars" community hasn't been too shaken.

Below are 12 fans who have taken their obsession to a new level:

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Married couple Yusuke and Anna Yamana met at a fan event in Japan in 2011. Together they've built a collection of memorabilia that they keep in their home in Yokohama, south of Tokyo.

Graphic designer and collector Julian Peacock told Reuters that "Star Wars" was "an escape to a happy place...a more innocent time in my childhood." His wife supports his collection of "Star Wars" figurines, including his life-size stormtrooper uniform.

Matt Booker has a collection of over 8,000 Boba Fett pieces.

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A design studio created a light installation that looks like a bunch of giant jellyfish


Shylight is a light installation from Studio Drift in the Netherlands. On permanent display in a baroque space at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the installation is a crowd-pleaser for the way its lights fall from the sky and bloom into silky, jellyfish-like structures.

Story by Tony Manfred, editing by Carl Mueller.

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This baby is seeing his mother clearly for the first time and his reaction is priceless


A family near Seattle, Washington, filmed the priceless reaction of a baby seeing his mother for the first time. Baby Leopold, who has a type of albinism that impairs his vision, got outfitted with a pair of glasses and smiled when he saw his mom's face.

Story and editing by A.C. Fowler

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'Help! My coworkers always come to the office sick and it's ruining my health'


ashley lutz ask the insiderAsk The Insider columnist Ashley Lutz answers all your work-related questions, including the awkward, sensitive, and real-world ones. Have a question? Email asktheinsider@businessinsider.com.

Dear Insider, 

What can I do about my coworkers who come in coughing and sneezing? I've already been sick five times this year.

My office has a pretty progressive view on coming in sick — don't do it. We're flexible about working from home or taking off in those circumstances.

But we work in an open format and when people decide to come in it's really difficult to keep your distance.

I've spent the past few days with a bottle of NyQuil. With every dose, my resentment toward my coworkers gets worse. I fantasize about my company creating a special conference room to quarantine people who decide to be martyrs and come into work. 

How do I keep from getting sick in the office? 


Sick Of My Martyr Coworkers


Dear Sick,

I'm sure it's frustrating when walking germ bombs come into the office — especially when your company pays for and encourages sick leave. 

Your idea about the quarantine room for sick people is pretty brilliant. Nothing sounds less appealing than being locked in a room with a bunch of sick people. But it's also ethically questionable and pretty difficult to enforce. 

Moreover, it's possible to catch germs before your colleagues even show symptoms. Healthy adults can start infecting others for up to a week before they show symptoms. 

I assume you're taking care of yourself, working reasonable hours, and getting enough sleep. 

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Experts also recommend avoiding the office kitchen, washing your hands often, avoiding touching your face, and rinsing your coffee cup with hot, soapy water immediately before use. Taking these precautions would help you avoid some germs.

You could also ask your boss to reiterate the sick policy to the team. It's possible that not everyone has heard the "stay home if you're sick" message. Once it's boss' orders, maybe the sick people will be more inclined to stay home.

If you notice your coworker is coughing or sneezing, you could send them a message and say "are you feeling OK? you should go home if you're not well."

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If you're not comfortable doing this, I'd recommend flagging it to your manager. Say something like, "I've noticed Henry doesn't seem to be feeling well."  If someone on my team did this, I would take it as healthy concern for a colleague and would encourage the sick person to go home. One person's missed productivity is better than the whole team.

Getting sick sometimes is inevitable. But there's no reason your coworkers should bring the whole team down with them. 


Ashley Lutz is a senior editor at Business Insider answering all your questions about the workplace. Send your queries to asktheinsider@businessinsider.com for publication on Business Insider. Requests for anonymity will be granted, and questions may be edited.

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People can’t stop Instagramming this incredible molten dessert from Hong Kong


This molten lava cake is a dessert from a restaurant called Kasa in Hong Kong. It's stuffed with duck yolk custard. People love Instagramming what happens when you slice one of these cakes open.

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A man reportedly bought a hotel just to spy on guests, and a journalist kept his secret for decades


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A man named Gerald Foos reportedly bought a hotel in Aurora, Colorado, in the 1960s and set up an elaborate system to spy on guests, and then kept a meticulous diary of what he saw, including their sexual activity.

We know this because in 1980, Foos wrote a letter to famous journalist Gay Talese confessing what he had done, and invited Talese to join him in his hidey-hole.

Talese signed an agreement to keep the spying secret until Foos said it was OK to share the story, which he did in 2013.

It all finally came out in this week's edition of The New Yorker, and the story will give you shivers. 

According to Talese, Foos had been a voyeur from a young age, and his wife knew about his habit. When they bought the hotel together — the year was either 1966 or 1969, as the records are apparently inconsistent — he climbed up and carved large holes in the ceiling above the beds in several guest rooms, then had special "ventilation" grates made so he could look down into the rooms without guests noticing, the story says. He installed a padded carpet that ran the length of the attic over the hotel, and then got down to his spying, which he reportedly continued until selling the hotel in 1995.

Foos never recorded or filmed his guests, and he seems to have seen himself as a historical documentarian of sex practices along the lines of an Alfred Kinsey, Talese writes. 

Talese also reports that Foos claims to have witnessed a murder in 1977, but the Aurora police couldn't find a record of any killing in the hotel, and there's some question whether Foos might have made it up. Indeed, Talese writes that if he hadn't seen Foos' setup for himself, he would've found it hard to believe the entire story.

The story is fascinating to read, and also raises an ethical question. Talese says he knew about the motel and what was going on there for 15 years. (Foos patched the holes before selling the motel, and it was demolished in 2014.)

Yet Talese took his obligation to his source seriously enough to keep his promise until Foos said it was OK to share it. Does that make Talese morally complicit in the ongoing crime? 

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The world's 15 richest self-made women are worth $53 billion — more than the GDP of Iceland


richest self made women on earthThe top tier of wealth in the world is a veritable boys' club, with only four women breaking the top 50. But that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of women who have earned huge fortunes for themselves as well.

With data from Wealth-X, a company that conducts research on the super wealthy, Business Insider has taken a look at the richest self-made women in the world. These women have built companies, pioneered new technologies, and made huge advances in their respective fields. They're worth a combined $53.1 billion — larger than the combined gross domestic product of Honduras, Iceland, and Cambodia.

The list includes household names like media mogul Oprah Winfrey as well as influential but lesser-known personalities such as Gap founder Doris Fisher.

Keep reading to see how these 15 women made their fortunes.

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14. TIE: Lynda Resnick

Net worth: $2.4 billion

Country: US

Age: 72

Industry: Agriculture

Source of wealth: The Wonderful Company

At 19, Resnick, a former child actress and daughter of a Hollywood movie producer, dropped out of college to found an advertising company called Lynda Limited. In 1973, Resnick married her second husband, Stewart Resnick, who was managing a private security business, and the two combined their assets.

The Resnicks made a succession of company acquisitions and sales throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Their first forays into agriculture included the purchase of a 12,000-acre pistachio and almond farm in California for $30 million.

The company today generates $4 billion in sales from best-selling brands like Wonderful pistachios, Pom Wonderful pomegranate juice, Wonderful Halos (formerly Cuties California clementines), Fiji Water, Justin Vineyards, and the Teleflora flower-delivery service. Last summer, Roll Global was renamed The Wonderful Company, where Resnick serves as vice chairman.

The Resnicks are no strangers to controversy. The Federal Trade Commission successfully sued them for deceptively marketing and inflating the health benefits of their pomegranate juice (the Resnicks are appealing to the Supreme Court). They have also taken heat for their access to and use of water during California's drought.  

14. TIE: Marian Ilitch

Net worth: $2.4 billion

Country: US

Age: 83

Industry: Diversified

Source of wealth: Little Caesars

Ilitch has been in the food industrysince she was a little girl. Starting at age 10, she worked at her father's restaurant in Dearborn, Michigan, where she filled the salt and pepper shakers. In 1959, Ilitch and her husband, Mike, opened the first Little Caesars pizza store, the moniker stemming from Marian's nickname for Mike. In 1962, the couple sold their first franchise for $5,000. Today Little Caesars has more than 4,000 fast-serve pizza restaurants.

Though the Ilitches command one of the largest takeout pizza chains in the US, their overall empire is even larger. Ilitch Holdings consists of 10 companies that specialize in food, sports, and entertainment, including the MLB's Detroit Tigers, the NHL's Detroit Red Wings, and the MotorCity Casino in Detroit. They bought the Red Wings for $8 million in 1982; the franchise is worth $600 million today.

The Ilitches will both be inducted into the International Franchise Association's Hall of Fame this year.

11. TIE: Johnelle Hunt

Net worth: $2.5 billion

Country: US

Age: 84

Industry: Logistics

Source of wealth: J.B. Hunt Transport Services

When the J.B. Hunt Company opened in 1962, founded by Hunt's husband, Johnnie, who died in 2006, she started out as a part-time employee, helping get the business off the ground. Hunt quickly became an integral part of the company, moving up to full-time employee and then cofounding the logistics company J.B. Hunt Transport alongside her husband in 1969 with only five tractors and seven trailers.

Thanks to Hunt's entrepreneurial vision, the transportation company grew, eventually integrating J.B. Hunt proper into it. The company went public in 1983, and by 2004 it commanded more than 11,000 trucks and more than 16,000 employees. Today the company is worth $9.5 billion.

In 2001, Hunt cofounded Hunt Ventures, an office and retail development company, where she still serves as chairman. The company tackles large-scale real-estate projects, such as Pinnacle Hills, a 700-acre development that will feature more than 2.5 million square feet of restaurants, retail space, and offices.

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A company making Bluetooth-enabled suitcases wants to solve your biggest travel problems


Having luggage that is both durable and functional can take your trip from stressful to seamless. 

While travel bags can often be hefty and easily lost, a new company called Raden is aiming to change this by introducing a line of design-focused and app-connected suitcase.

"I used to work at Aldo and travel on a regular basis, and it was shocking to me to see how such a massive industry had somehow managed to stay untouched by modern technology," founder and CEO Josh Udashkin told us regarding his motivation behind the bags.

raden luggage purpleRaden's line of bags, which launched at the end of March, are tethered via Bluetooth to an app that allows users to calculate the weight of their luggage and determine the best possible route to the airport.

The app also gives information on TSA wait times, flight status, traffic alerts, and weather conditions. 

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The bags are integrated with a 7,800 mAH battery, which means that travelers can even track their luggage if it does happen to get lost. 

raden app location finder

The design incorporates Makrolon polycarbonate, allowing the luggage to weigh only 7.5 pounds (for the 22-inch) and 11.2 pounds (for the 28-inch) when empty.

They're also completely washable. 

raden luggage interiorThe bags were created by a team that includes product design and development people from Quirky, Bonobos, and Ammunition, as well as the designer behind Beats By Dre. 

The project took roughly two years to launch. In June 2015, Raden closed a $3.5 million seed round led by First Round Capital and Lerer Hippeau Ventures. Rachel Zoe, Kal Vepuri, Silas Chou, and Pritzker Group also contributed to the funding round.

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The suitcases are now available for purchase on Raden's website, and they cost $295 for the 22-inch, $395 for the 28-inch, and $595 for a set including both.

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We went to the most notorious beach rave on the planet — Thailand's full moon party


Thailand is known for its gorgeous beaches, spicy food... and a tourist bacchanalia called the Full Moon Party, which attracts 30,000 people to the island of Koh Phangan every month.

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Want to achieve better work-life balance? Don't check email on weekends, says world champ


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In this 24/7 hyperconnected world, it can be hard to maintain a work-life balance.

Lizzie Armitstead, the world champion of women's road cycling who's been torching the competition, tells Business Insider that she has a simple rule for keeping her work life from creeping into her personal life.

"I don't look at my emails on the weekend or after 6 o'clock in the day," the Englishwoman says. "I'm old-fashioned. I think it's really important to have that down time.

"It was just the way I was brought up as a kid," she adds. "I remember if the telephone rang after 9 o'clock in the house, my mother would say, 'Who's ringing at this time?' We just wouldn't answer the phone."

Armitstead is in good company.

Earlier this week, for example, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said we all need to focus less on our phones and more on the real world. That means not thinking about the last email you got from work.

Armitstead, 27, who rides for the Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team, has been on a fearsome tear lately. On Sunday she won one of the biggest one-day races on the calendar, the Tour of Flanders, in an all-out drag race to the line. Earlier this year she dominated the prestigious Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Strade Bianche.

As we reported in September, Armitstead won cycling's crown jewel, the road world championships, in Richmond, Virginia, one of her greatest victories to date.

Lizzie Armitstead is world champion of cycling road

Since becoming world champion, there has been greater pressure to perform well, Armitstead says, and that has made preserving her work-life balance even more important.

Just say no

"I think I'm managing it quite well," she says. "There were times in the off-season where the balance would kind of run away from me, when I've been a little too busy off the bike, and that affected my performance.

"It's about having the ability to say no, and accepting the fact that there is that responsibility, to take [the job] seriously, especially as a female athlete. I think women's cycling is growing, so I'm constantly asked about how we can improve women's cycling, and it can be quite taxing, but I understand that I have to do it, too.

"I love being world champion," Armitstead says. "I love wearing the jersey every day, and I feel pride every time I put it on, so I'm enjoying it."

For Armitstead, friends and family come first.

"I try to make sure that I don't miss really important family occasions," she says. "I'm aware that cycling's not going to last forever, and I need those people around me when I finish cycling. They're the real supporters. I mean, fans will soon disappear once I finish cycling, I'm sure."

She adds: "Things like social media, it's become part of our jobs now as cyclists. Our profile is important to sponsors and everything else. But I try to keep my social media professional rather than personal."

Lizzie Armitstead world no. 1 bike racer

Olympics in the crosshairs

Armitstead's main goal now is to win the Olympic road race on August 7 in Rio.

"That's the biggest challenge I face, I think. The course isn't ideally suited to me," she admits. "It's a climber's course, and it's pretty savage. So it's going to take all the motivation, all the energy, and all the training I've got."

You can watch Armitstead winning the world title in Virginia below:

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Meet the CEO who oversees 50 restaurants and eats 4,000 calories a day


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Most people consume about 2,000 calories a day. Restaurateur Sam Fox often eats double that — sometimes all before lunch.

As the CEO and founder of Fox Restaurant Concepts, Fox oversees about 50 restaurants in eight states and spends at least part of each day tasting the menus.

We recently spoke to Fox to find out what it's like run restaurants and eat 4,000 calories a day:

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'I had an early introduction to the restaurant world.'

"My parents had a couple Mom and Pop restaurants where you worked six and seven days a week and it was truly a job just to support the family. It wasn't as glamorous in the 70s as it is today. 

"So all my life the school bus would drop me off at my parents restaurant, and I would sit at a booth and do my homework and then help them in the kitchen as a bus boy or waiter.

"I loved it. It was something that I was inherently good at and you always gravitate toward those things."

'Here's how I opened my first restaurant ... '

"I was studying real estate finance at the University of Arizona when my parents decided to move to Florida so I dropped out at 20 and took the remaining tuition money and applied that to one of my first restaurants."

'The test kitchen is always in motion.'

"I'm always testing food. My office is above the test kitchen, which is also above one of my restaurants so we're constantly working on food. 

"Sometimes they bring food to my desk, and I'll have a three to four course tasting at my desk. A lot of times I'll invite friends in for tastings to get feedback. When I'm traveling, I'll bring out the chef team for a week or two, and we'll go to one of my restaurants and the farmers market everyday and play around with food.

"Tasting takes about 25% of our time on a weekly basis. We're always trying to innovate food and try new things."

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