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The Characteristics of A Good Hair Stylist

A visit to the hair stylist can make you have a great look that transforms your image in the shortest time possible. It will depend on whether you find a good hairdresser who knows the art of handling hair. This is what to look for when trying to find a good hair stylist.

1. One very important point is the issue of experience which cannot be compromised whatever the case. A great hair dresser must have lots of experience in order to do a good job. It is easy to tell who has this kind of experience as they tend to keep their clients happy.

2. You dare not overlook talent as a factor that contributes to good hairdressing. All the talented stylists will have a large base of clientele. All the great works they produce will certainly bring them more customers.

3. Which leads to the next point that the expert stylists are always very busy people so do not be caught up in the jam of waiting forever to get an appointment with one. Find the one who is good but is able to accept bookings.

4. The cost can be on the higher side if you are looking for the very best salons because they only employ the experts. Find a place where you can get value for your money. Do not be lured into thinking the overpriced ones are the only ones you must see.

5. Look for a place where there is good customer relations and etiquette. The ones that are friendly and polite are good. They are pleasant and can do small talk while they are busy at your hair. This removes some stress.

6. While at consultation level, try to ask all the questions you have. The good stylists will not hesitate to answer them very well. Things to do with your hair texture and the look you want to achieve.

7. Also get one that is nearest to your home or place of work.

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Simple Rules For Personal Health and Hygiene

Have you been following a plan for your own personal hygiene, or do you get up in the morning, take a bath, brush and blow dry your hair, use the bathroom through the day, and go to bed at night? If you only do the latter, you need to put more planning and preparation into your personal care and grooming.

Cleanliness is seen nowadays as next to Godliness, and neglect of your own personal hygiene may cause health and social problems of which you are not even aware. Bad breath, for example, is a common problem–the perpetrator is often accused of it, but he or she may not be attending to it. Problems such as dandruff are forgivable, but good looks are usually the result of great care and attention paid to personal grooming. You should put some time and effort into it if you want to feel and look your best every day.

All external parts of the body need time and attention. Below is a partial list of the body parts which you should be taking care of with your grooming plan. Here are some tips as to how to attend to your most common and ordinary daily grooming needs.

HAIR

First of all, keep your hair at a length and style which you can properly maintain in a cleanly manner at all times. Wash your crowning glory at least twice per week, using a mild shampoo devoid of borax or alkalis. It is not a good idea to use soap, as it can leave a fine film of stickiness in your hair. Shampoo is meant to wash totally out of your hair. Be sure and carefully towel dry your hair after you wash it, and be cautious with the blow dryer. You don’t want your hair to become too dry and brittle. Especially if you have long or thick hair, brush it three to four times per day, using a soft bristled brush or wide toothed comb. Be sure to wash your hair grooming tools every time you wash your hair. And oil your scalp with grooming oil once per week, preferably one hour before you wash it. A hot oil treatment is fine–if you know exactly what you are doing.

Hair coloring or dye is not recommended, as no current dyes have been found to be completely safe for long term use. They contain chemicals which can seep into your scalp and even cause premature hair loss. So we recommend not using hair dye if possible. Also, try not to wear a hat for a very long period of time. Wearing hats has also been shown to cause premature hair loss. Redheads need to be particularly concerned, as they are subject to early hair loss.

SKIN

A good bath once or twice per day is essential for cleanliness and good grooming. You should always bathe after any strenuous physical activity. Mild soaps are best, and you don’t need to use a germicidal or antiseptic soap unless you have a medical or “smelliness” problem. Bath brushes, bath sponges, and mildly abrasive scrubbers are recommended. You must also pay special attention to your genitals and anal area, as lack of care paid to these can lead to serious infections–as well as an inadequate sex life. Rinse yourself thoroughly after washing, and be sure to use a dry and clean towel to properly dry yourself. Don’t ever share towels, try not to share bathing equipment, and wash all of your equipment after each bath. Putting a teaspoonful of bleach in one gallon of warm water, rinse your bathing equipment in the water, and then under warm running water. And always change into completely clean underwear after each bath.

It’s good to use a fine organic moisturizing oil or cream every day, especially as you get older. Put it on at night to avoid that sticky feeling, and so as to not attract dust and filmy dirt throughout the day.

TEETH

Brush your teeth two to three times every day, or after meals or snacks as needed. It’s important especially to brush right before bedtime. Pay attention to getting rid of the food particles stuck between your teeth. Flossing is highly recommended over toothpicks for this. You only need about a pea sized dab of toothpaste on your toothbrush. When brushing, brush down on the upper teeth and brush up on the lower teeth, using a circular motion. Also, brush the inner as well as the outer surface of your teeth, and before you brush each time, carefully brush your tongue.

Your toothbrush should never be shared with anyone. It should have resilient bristles, and it should be well rinsed and left somewhere completely sanitary to dry after each usage. Try to use organic toothpaste, one that’s completely safe and free of harsh abrasives or strong antiseptics. Baking soda has been found to be a very effective substitute for toothpaste, if you don’t mind its strong flavor.

HANDS

You should always be washing your hands. There’s no such thing as too often. Use a good hand cream if they become dry. Pay attention to your fingernails when you wash your hands. A good nail brush placed near your bathroom sink is a sound investment. Use soap every time you wash, and always wash before and after meals–and after you go to the bathroom. Many infections such as E. coli are caused every day by people who don’t wash their hands after going to the bathroom. You should also keep washing your hands while preparing meals.

NAILS

Your fingernails completely replace themselves every five to six months. You need to keep them well trimmed, and preferably buffed and polished too. Men can buff their nails and use a nail shining tool instead of polish to give their nails a healthy glow. Women may of course polish their nails with beautiful colors, which can hide the discoloration that comes with age. Clip your nails to the length you want them, but don’t ever trim too close to the skin. If your nails chip easily, consider adding more protein to your diet, as finger and toenails are all made of protein. Eating gelatin can work for this.

Very brittle, highly yellow or discolored nails can be a sign of a serious health problem. Please see your doctor immediately if you have this. Also, do not always keep your nails painted with polish. This can lead to stripping of the natural keratin of the nails. Also, either go out or give yourself a home manicure and a pedicure once every couple of weeks. Be sure and buy a very good manicure kit for this purpose.

FEET

Many people take no care whatsoever of their own feet, usually to their detriment. Always keep your toenails clipped, shaping the nails but not cutting too close to the skin. Always give your feet a good scrubbing with a pumice stone or mildly abrasive brush when taking a bath, and before you put on your socks, dry carefully between your toes. Try wearing a clean pair of cotton socks every day; this will pamper your feet and keep them dry and not smelly. Powder your feet after you take a bath. Try not to wear the same pair of shoes every day, and alternate wearing your shoe pairs. And make sure you wear comfortable shoes. Comfort and safety should come before stylishness. High heels can lead to the shortening of important calf muscles.

DEODORANT

Your underarms don’t emit an odor until you hit your preteens. That’s when your apocrine glands, which are located under your arms and around your genitals, begin to function, producing a milky, oily type of perspiration. Bacteria then thrive in this sweat, causing the familiar underarm odor.

To control strong odor, you can wash daily with an antibacterial soap such as Lever 2000. You should always wear clean clothes that are free of staining and sweat. Use a deodorant that is also an antiperspirant, which will dry up moisture in the armpits. Cut back on your caffeine intake-it puts your apocrine glands into overdrive. After a bath, dust yourself liberally with a fine talcum powder. Always drink plenty of water, both to flush your system of toxins and to regulate your bowels. This alone may end some problems you may have with “smelliness.”

TANNING

Getting a “healthy tan” is not considered to be healthy anymore. Now doctors are telling us that you shouldn’t mind your pale skin. Skin cancer, which is often deadly, is not a fair trade for good looks. When sunning, protect your fair skin with an at least SPF 30 sunscreen lotion. Keep your skin oiled and moisturized during the summer, and don’t bother with the “bronze look.”

BODY HAIR

Around puberty, your hair follicles respond to hormones raging in your body. You can end up with hair around your belly button, on your back, near your breasts and for both women and men, on your upper lip. If it’s especially coarse, show your doctor, as you may have a treatable hormonal imbalance. Some such “peach fuzz” is normal for girls, and if it seems unsightly to you, you can try bleaching or removing it. Nair is known to be a gentle permanent hair remover.

I hope you found these simple rules to be helpful to you. If you follow your own careful grooming and personal care plan, you will feel better, look more attractive, and probably live a longer, happier and more fulfilling life.

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Hair Care Treatments With Natural Oils

It’s always a fun to take care of your skin and hairs particularly when you are trying your own recipes. For hair care you can try a number of easy and fast acting recipes to make them soft, shiny and easily manageable. In fact a hot oil treatment is the best treat you can give to your hairs. Natural oils for hair care have always been a popular approach to treat bad hairs and treat or prevent hair loss. People in every country and civilization have researched on their native oils to find the most suitable energizer and refresher for their hairs and scalp.

It is the gift of nature and the long and tiresome efforts of our ancestors that now we have a long list of natural oils that are being used throughout the world as basic tonic for hair care.These condition your hairs, nourish your scalp and stimulate the hair follicles. In this way a good hot oil treatment helps to promote hair growth and prevent further hair loss. Bald areas have often been massaged with a thought to stimulate dormant follicles to promote new hair growth.

There are numerous natural oils that are frequently used to massage skin and body throughout the world. The most popular ones are;

  • Jojoba
  • Olive
  • Almond
  • Coconut
  • Sesame oil
  • Mustard oil

These are the main carrier oils for hot oil treatments or simple scalp massage. Beside these there are many other natural oils that are used in combination with one or more of the above carrier oils to the beneficial effects. These include Castor oil to promote hair growth, Tara Mira oil (Eruca sativa seeds oil) to treat dandruff, head lice and other itchy scalp conditions and pumpkin seeds oil to give a cooling effect to scalp and brain. In addition to these massage oils, certain essential oils have been found very helpful to treat bad hairs and grow long hairs. In a study it was found that people using carrier oils mixed with some essential oils for hair massage showed a better hair growth than those using carrier oils alone. However it took a long period of seven months to get significant results.

In most cultures, hair oils or tonics are traditionally massaged over scalp and hairs, while a better choice is to give your hairs a hot oil treatment, in which the oil is warmed prior to application and head is later on wrapped with a hot towel to keep the whole system warm. Heat helps the oil to penetrate deeper and condition hairs in a better way. Later on hairs are shampooed in the usual manner.

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Polysorbate 60 & The Helsinki Formula for Hair Regrowth

The Helsinki Formula was much in the news in the 1980s and 90s: first as a miracle cure for hair loss; and then as the center of a long drawn-out legal battle and media circus. It is a compound whose active ingredient was originally Polysorbate 60 and later Polysorbate 80, ingredients still found in many hair treatment products today.

The Finnish developer, Dr. Ilona Schreck-Purola, basically gave her formulas to any company which wanted them. She accepted stipends if offered; but many manufacturers offered none. You may see the Helsinki Formula laughingly referred to in hair loss forums, but in my opinion, much of the bad press is undeserved. So what was all the fuss about?

Two manufacturers of Helsinki Formula-based hair loss products were hauled into court by the U.S. Postal Service for making unsubstantiated drug claims through the U.S. mail. After years of legal wrangling involving: the two companies; the combined forces of the FTC, the FDA and the U.S. Postal Service (jointly referred to as “the weenies” by one of the defendants); and the U.S. Federal Court system, some of the trial judges had very interesting comments to make.

In reversing a decision against one of the Helsinki Formula manufacturers, Judge Bruce Thompson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada commented, “It’s troublesome that the U.S. Post Office has wasted so much time and taxpayer money on a product that seems to help some people with male pattern baldness alleviate, what they perceive to be a problem”.

Just a year later, Judge Thompson’s ruling was overturned by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In part, the Court’s opinion read, “The common opinion within the medical establishment is that nothing will grow hair”.

Six years later in 1992, District Judge Richard Gadbois, writing for the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California said, “There is a fair amount of evidence to the effect that perhaps the Helsinki Formula should not be effective, but in large measure the same could be said for Minoxidil (Rogaine) … Who’s to say that a balding gentleman in his middle years who comes forward and testifies fervently that his pate is becoming younger because of the Helsinki Formula is simply deluding himself.”

There were 107 people who wanted to testify that the Helsinki formula worked for them. The prosecution had no witnesses ready to testify that it didn’t.

As for hard evidence, I’ve read in hair loss forums that there have only been two scientific studies of Polysorbate 60 as a treatment for hair loss: the 1974 pro-Polysorbate Schreck-Purola study; and the 1985 con-Polysorbate Groveman et al. study. This is simply not true.

In Judge Gadbois’ Findings of Fact, he cited studies by French physicians which “seemed to support the views of Dr. Purola, and a British photographic study of Helsinki Formula users [that] also suggested its efficacy. The European studies were done by careful and experienced scientists working in good faith.

Dr. Purola herself was a credible witness as to her observations and the work of others in Europe. … Although neither the Finnish, French nor British studies pass muster under state-of-the-art scientific methods now in use, they do establish that The Helsinki Formula most probably works some of the time for a lot of people.”

Of the Groveman study, Judge Gadbois commented, “There are a number of serious defects in that study, not the least of which is that it did not test the precise formula marketed as “The Helsinki Formula” and probably did not involve a sufficient number of subjects.

The study has apparently never been cited in responsible professional literature and was not much enhanced by the testimony of [the prosecution’s expert witness] Dr. Ganiats, who is not a dermatologist and lacked knowledge about many details of the study.” Interestingly Groveman et al. equals “Groveman HD, Ganiats T, and Klauber MR.

Finally, the judge opined, “There can be little doubt that the Upjohn Co. [the manufacturer of Rogaine], a competitor … whose attorneys attended these proceedings assiduously, was a prime mover in the F.T.C. action here.”

I would say the jury is still out on the Helsinki Formula.

Hair Loss Products Which Contain Polysorbate 60 or Polysorbate 80

Polysorbate is a surfactant, Natural Moisturizing Factor, a dispersing agent and an emulsifier. As a surfactant, it is very effective at removing surface oil and debris.

Dr. Schreck-Purola used Polysorbate 60 in her skin cancer study on mice. It is not as widely known that she used Polyusorbate 80 in successful human hair loss studies. She theorized that the surfactant action of Polysorbate cleaned DHT from the hair follicles and prevented more DHT from locking on.

DHT starvation of hair follicles is the leading theory for the cause of pattern baldness.

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3 Herbs That Work Like Magic for Hair Growth!

Anyone of us may experience hair thinning or hair loss at some point in time. This usually happens during middle-age, but there are some people who experience this stage at their 20s. There are now so many products that you can buy over-the-counter to help prevent baldness. However, if you want to treat yourself naturally, you can use some herbs for hair growth.

Herbs are proven to be effective for hair growth. Some of these herbs are Horsetail Silica for women and Saw Palmetto for men. There are also vitamins which can nourish and promote hair growth such as vitamin B6, Magnesium and vitamin B7. These vitamins can help rejuvenate hair follicles and balance the levels of hormones. Hormonal imbalance is one of the major causes of male and female pattern baldness. Here are the three herbs that work like magic for hair growth.

  1. Horsetail Oil – This oil can maintain the healthiness of the scalp and stimulate hair re-growth. Oil should be rubbed and massaged into the scalp. Massaging will help improve the circulation of the blood in the area and distribute the necessary nutrients needed for hair rejuvenation.
  2. Burdock – This herb is already proven to be effective in preventing hair loss because of its capability to get rid of the harmful toxins that got trap in the follicles. Burdock that comes in the form of oil is packed with essential fatty acids or EFA that naturally prevents inflammation of the scalp, which is another reason for hair loss.
  3. Aloe Vera – This is also another herb that works effectively when it comes to hair growth. It is also a natural treatment for baldness and thinning hair. It can also wash away bacteria and dirt that clogs the hair follicles. Once these dirt, chemicals, toxins and bacteria are released, hair rejuvenation will naturally follow.

Men and women should start a positive step toward hair nourishment and rejuvenation, most especially if they are experiencing hair thinning and balding on some areas of their scalp. Start taking these magic herbs if you notice hair loss. Practicing a positive stand will help stimulate hair follicles before it gets worse.

 

Try checking out your local health store for these magic herbs or you can also search for them online. These herbs are very natural, all organic substances. They do not have any chemicals, toxins or pesticides. Once you have found the right product that truly works on you, stick to it.

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Secondary Syphilis Causing Hair Loss

If you get infected by syphilis the first time and you do not treat it, it will move on to attack you another time with different symptoms altogether and is known as secondary syphilis. Syphilis is a disease that is caused by spiral bacteria. The disease is spread through direct contact with a person that has a chancre (a sore that is caused by syphilis). These chancres normally occur on the genitals, the reason why it is a sexually transmitted disease. Chancres can also however occur in the mouth and lips. In the first stage syphilis,it does not cause any hair loss except if the hair happens to be where the chancre is. When the disease is allowed to move on to the next stage it will cause hair loss. We are going to look at secondary syphilis causing hair loss.

In the secondary stage, syphilis becomes characterized by skin rashes and lesions on mucous membranes. These rashes can make their way to the scalp where they can form inflammations on the hair follicles. This will affect hair follicles making them itch such that you may scratch out the hairs yourself. The rashes can also be responsible for damaging hair follicles and affecting the integrity of hair shafts thus causing hair loss. Hair loss associated with syphilis is in the form of patches and follows no specific pattern. The lesions of this secondary infection contain bacteria that will infect other people if they come into contact with the lesions. Secondary syphilis has to be treated once you have noticed it from its secondary symptoms, if it is not treated the disease will go on and advance each and every time such that the result may be death, for syphilis can kill.

The moment you realize you have syphilis, you need to consult a doctor straight away so you can be prescribed some medicine that will help kill this deadly bacterial disease. Syphilis treatment involves the use of some antibiotics. Once you have treated the disease, there are likely chances that damaged hair follicles will recover and hair patches will begin to show signs of hair growth. If the hair follicles have been extensively damaged, it is possible for them to be treated, so they can continue to produce hair and remove hair patches.

Common treatments for hair loss due to syphilis include drugs such as finasteride and minoxidil. These two drugs have been approved by the FDA and have been proven to be effective at bringing even the most dormant hair follicles back into the hair production cycle. The good part of using these drugs is that they are in the form of topical creams and capsules, so you do not go under any surgical procedures when you are treating hair loss problems with these drugs. Secondary syphilis causing hair loss cannot be diagnosed through seeing. This means in order for the doctor to correctly diagnose the cause of your hair loss, some scalp flakes have to be collected and tested for bacterial activity.

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After Your Hair Sheds Or Falls Out, How Long Does it Take it to Start Growing Back?

I’m asked this question quite a bit. After going through the trauma of seeing shedding hair all over your clothing and home, many people are more than ready to begin regrowing their hair and to have this process finished and over. People want to know when they should starting looking for small signs of regrowth. Many people will look, see nothing, and worry that their hair just isn’t going to grow back. Knowing the correct time frame will help you to determine if everything is happening as it should. I will discuss this more in the following article.

Typical Hair Regrowth Rates: Sometimes people confess to me that they think hair that has shed out or been involved with telogen effluvium (TE) regrows differently than hair that comes out as part of a normal follicle cycle. This really isn’t entirely accurate. Once a hair comes out of the follicle, it generally then reverts back to the growing phrase (so long as there is not some autoimmune or androgen mechanism taking place as in disorders like alopecia areata or AGA where the follicle is being attacked or compromised.) So, once the shaft is forced out of your scalp and falls out, then the follicle will begin it’s regrowth phase and this process happens quite rapidly.

However, what’s not so rapid or fast is human hair regrowth rates. For most people, this is about 1/2 a millimeter per day so that over a month’s time, you’re looking at about 1/2 inch or regrowth. A good rule of thumb is that most people should start seeing decent levels of regrowth at around 2 – 3 months after the worst shedding took place. Some people see this earlier and some see this later, but 1/2 inch per month is considered typical or average.

If you’re not seeing any new hairs coming in, try spraying some dry shampoo right at the top of your head by the part line (or any other area where you’ve been particularly hard hit.) This will coat your strands and should make those new regrowth strands that are just coming in stand out from the rest. Yes, these hairs will be quite short, but if you give them a little time, eventually they will begin to fill in and to give you some volume. In about six months to a year, your hair should resume a normal appearance.

Another thing to try to see the new hairs is to pull your hair straight back or to comb it forward or against the grain. This will make those new little hairs stand up where you should be able to see them. So what happens if you’re not seeing anything? You may have somewhat slower grow rates. Recheck every week. Hopefully, in the next few weeks you should begin to see some little sprouts coming in. If you don’t, you may want to consider that perhaps your hair loss was caused by something other than TE or common shedding.

Because in TE or seasonal shedding, the follicle is just being reset into the shedding phrase, but nothing has happened to damage it. There are other causes of hair loss (like androgenic alopecia or AGA) that will compromise regrowth. Another potential indication that something else might be going on is seeing miniaturized or very fine or flyaway regrowth that is coming in, but not really providing any volume or coverage.

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Hair Loss in Women – Enter Mesoscalp

Since hair is a very important part of a woman’s body image, women are more likely to go through fear and anxiety compared to their male counterparts, who regard hair loss as part of aging. “Women really look at their hair, some even cry in frustration when they see clumps of hair falling out.”

Hair loss is seen to begin at a much younger age today than it did before, and affects both men and women in equal measure. If present trends are any indication, it is likely that 50 per cent of men and 40 per cent of women would suffer from thinning/loss of hair before they turn 50. The condition is particularly prominent in women as they grow older and reach menopause.

Factors contributing to hair loss are many and varied, ranging from hereditary factors to the increasing number of environmental pollutants. Erratic and faulty eating habits, eating nutritionally deficient food, illnesses, anaemia, poor blood flow to the scalp region, skin pathology, hormonal imbalances and excessive dandruff are major factors.

Mesotherapy for the hair or Mesoscalp, a revolutionary treatment developed in France that promises to aid hair re-growth in women experiencing specific type of hair loss and delay male pattern baldness in men. Originally a medical technique devised in 1952 by Frenchman Dr. Michel Pistor to treat such conditions as infectious and vascular diseases, Mesotherapy has subsequently been extremely successful in the treatment of fat reduction and the elimination of cellulite. Now, it has been discovered that Mesotherapy can be used as a prolonged treament for men and women experiencing excessive hair loss.

Mesoscalp replaces the vitamins and minerals that the body loses as with age. Vitamins such as Biotin in Mesoscalp treatments cause an increase in blood circulation to the scalp area and stimulate the hair follicles. Unlike Biotin hair supplements or other commercial preparations on the market, Mesoscalp claims positive results in just a few weeks, because the medicines are injected directly into the scalp. Hair vitamins or topical medicines can be ineffective in some cases because they are not properly absorbed by the body. Mesoscalp solves this by problem by targeting the medicine directly at the roots. Mesoscalp works by injecting small amounts of specially formulated vitamins under the skin, very close to the hair follicles, using micro-needles. This solution stimulates blood circulation and stimulates re-growth of hair.

Hair destruction and hair fall are continuous processes accompanying advancing age. Mesotherapy cannot do anything for those who are completely bald. It is neither a cure for hair loss nor can it stop natural hair fall associated with ageing. But what it does is to strengthen weakened hair follicles and help them grow into thicker hair. But mesotherapy alone is not sufficient to ensure maintenance of healthy hair state.

It has to be complemented with other healthy habits, including eating nutritious food, avoiding junk food, drinking plenty of water, tackling stressful lifestyles and nourishing the scalp with appropriate hair-care agents.

Persons seeking the treatment are checked for medical history to see if they are fit to undergo the process. They are advised not to use sauna or any other hair treatment, including application of cream or oil, for a whole day prior to the treatment. They are, however, asked to rinse the hair with shampoo.

The duration of each mesotherapy session depends on the hair condition and the person’s pain threshold, but usually lasts 10 – 15 minutes. The injections do not penetrate deep into the skin, but as nearly a hundred pricks may be required at a single time, the scalp tends to become sore. A typical treatment schedule involves therapy once a week for four weeks, followed by once a fortnight for one month and finally tapered down to once a month for four months. On completion, maintenance therapy may be undertaken once every three months.

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A Simple Hair Loss Solution: Chasteberry (Agnus-Castus) – Will It Work for You?

Agnus Castus, a ‘gentle’ herb,has long been effectively used as a hormonal regulator, against acne, for PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), hormone-based infertility, menstrual disorders and even menopausal and pre-menopausal problems. In brief, Vitex has been known to effectively work against a large number of hormone-based imbalances and health problems.

Although I could write about how Agnus Castus Vitex can work really well against acne, since it’s often a hormone-based skin problem, in this article I am concentrating on how this natural supplement can help against hair loss. The type of hair loss I am referring to here, the type Agnus Castus can treat, is the hormone-based hair loss commonly known as androgenic alopecia: this is where the hormone testosterone is converted to DHT (dihydrotestosterone) on the scalp and skin; DHT then binds to hair follicles receptors, weakening them until the hair falls out. It is the most common form of hair loss and it affects men and women. Agnus Castus affects the pituitary gland (the ‘master’ gland of the endocrine system) and helps it regulate the productions of certain hormones, resulting in a shift in the oestrogen-progesterone ratio, increasing progesterone, a very important hormone (and factor) in the most common form of hair thinning. Why is progesterone important against the falling out of scalp hair? Because, simply put, progesterone on the scalp binds to hair follicles and, this way, it prevents DHT from binding to them.

The ability of Vitex to lower prolactin levels (or rather, to decrease the pituitary gland’s secretion of prolactin) also affects hair loss. Excess prolactin levels in your body (which can be due to stress, for example) causes a number of health issues such as loss of libido, hirsutism, weight gain and hair thinning. If you are a woman and you think that your (scalp) hair loss is connected to a number of hormonal problems, such as acne, irregular periods or ovarian cysts, pre-menstrual syndrome, excessive body hair (hirsutism), early menopause (and so on), taking adequate amounts of Agnus Castus may help greatly against (scalp) hair thinning. If you suspect your prolactin levels are high, even if only slightly, it may be wise to have a blood test. My levels were almost normal, almost marginally higher than normal: yet, by taking Vitex, I resolved my hair problem and, significantly, I no longer have the great difficulty I used to have in losing weight! This to me was a ‘bonus’ result.

Make sure the doses are adequate and not too low, otherwise it won’t affect prolactin levels enough to make a change. I took 4 pills a day of 80g each until I began to notice significant results, and continued to take a similar amount later on; that was my choice after a long research. However, I recommend you do your own research and consult your doctor before taking Vitex, especially because it can interact with certain drugs; also because, as a rule of thumb, before starting any supplement (no matter how safe), it is always best to talk it with your doctor. The more you know about Vitex Agnus Castus, the better you can utilize it to stop your scalp hair from falling out.

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Frontal Hair Loss Treatment – Rescuing Your Hairline

When thinning hair becomes apparent on your hairline and temporal regions, it is not only difficult to treat; it is also devastating, due to its obvious location. This type of balding affects men most often, and it’s difficult to come to terms with. Fortunately, there are medications that specifically target this particular problem.

If you wish to discuss your frontal hair loss treatment options with your doctor, he may provide you with a prescription for Propecia. Propecia is a tablet that is ingested and works by countering the follicle thinning effects of a converted form of testosterone known as DHT. This altered hormone has been proven to be directly responsibility for up to 95% of all male baldness. Blocking DHT’s ability to attach itself to the base of hair follicles prevents it from shortening hair cycles and thinning existing hair. This drug has outstanding clinical and real life results, with around 66% of users seeing significant hair growth. This drug continues to maintain and stimulate hair growth, and is considered a leader in frontal hair loss treatment, working for as long as it is taken. This is an excellent way to restore hair, but can be slightly challenging to the wallet. Before you begin investing in this product and becoming enthralled with its results, make sure you are aware that it is a lifelong investment, and one that you can afford. Propecia is changing lives every day and giving men the confidence they lost when their hair began to thin.

Another frontal hair loss treatment that is effective for both men and women is minoxodil, more commonly known as Rogaine. This is an excellent drug for restoring the most noticeable hair lost at the front of the skull. It is a topical approach to hair restoration and is less expensive than its pill counterpart Propecia. The price drop is due to the increased amount of effort that needs to be put forth by the user. Used twice daily with four hours of application time, it can save a wallet, but consume quite a bit of time. This drug will stop hair loss at the temporal zones, but it will not produce new hair at that location. Rogaine is highly popular and successful, but requires dedication on the part of the user. This, too, lasts as long as you use it.

The most permanent and effective, but costly, frontal hair loss treatment is to undergo a hair transplant to restore hair that has already been lost. This procedure is done at a clinic where specialists can perform the procedure and monitor its success. Expect this process to carry out over a course of one to two years and bruise your wallet with an average cost of $15,000.00. Success is possible because the hair is transplanted from the back and sides of the head to the front and temporal areas. Although it may seem all the same, the hair on your head, depending on its location, is quite different. In fact, the hair at the back, base, and sides of the skull is immune the effects of DHT.

Frontal hair loss treatments are usually the priciest hair replenishing systems, due to the difficulty of restoration. All are proven effective; it is just a matter of deciding which method is within your budget and patience range. All systems will take time to produce full results, so patience is the key. Remember: it took time for hair to become thin and fall out, and it will take time for frontal hair loss treatments to work and the hair to restore itself and become full and strong again.

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