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How to Get Rid of and Prevent Hair Follicle Infection: Folliculitis

Folliculitis is a painful inflammation or infection of the hair producing follicles in the skin. The symptoms include redness and itching. Boils or carbuncles may form if the infection does not clear up quickly. The cause is usually a staph infection, but there are other causes. Also you will learn How to Get Rid of and Prevent Hair Follicle Infection.

Causes of Folliculitis

The fungus that causes athlete’s foot can infect the follicles. This is usually seen on shaved areas and is sometimes referred to as “barber’s itch”.

Bacteria called Pseudomonas aeruginosa can live in hot tubs if they are not properly cleaned. The follicles of the legs, hips and buttocks can become infected with the bacteria, especially if clothing is worn while bathing. The clothing traps the bacteria against the skin.

Ingrown hairs can cause the inflammation. This occurs most often in people with curly hair. The hairs curl inward, causing irritation and inflammation. Antibiotics such as those used to treat acne can cause an imbalance in the natural skin flora, leading to infection. The herpes simplex virus can also infect the follicles. Exposure to petroleum based oils at work can cause the problem. Makeup and other skincare products containing petrolatum or mineral oil may be to blame for the condition.

Treatments for Folliculitis

Doctors sometimes prescribe antibiotics, but if the cause is not bacterial, the drugs can actually make the problem worse. For example, if the infection is caused by a fungus, bacteria actually help to keep the fungus under control. By killing the bacteria, the antibiotics allow the fungus to grow and thrive.

It can be difficult to determine what has caused the infection. So, the best treatment is a topical lotion. I recommend an Active Body lotion for the treatment and prevention of folliculitis.

Why an Active Body Lotion Will Work

The lotion will only work if it contains the right ingredients. If it contains the wrong ingredients, (mineral oil for example) it will make the problem worse. A good brand contains no petroleum-based oils. Nor does it contain ingredients that could clog the follicles or trap pathogens in the pores.

It does contain active manuka honey, Functional Keratin, jojoba oil and grape seed oil.

What are the Benefits of Those Ingredients?

Active manuka honey has natural antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant activity. It supports the strength of your immune system, making it easier for you to fight off infections.

The benefits: Your folliculitis will heal faster. By using the body lotion every day, you will have fewer infections in the future.

Functional Keratin has natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity. It moisturizes without causing greasiness.

The benefits: Your symptoms will improve quickly. You will have less redness, pain and itching. Jojoba oil softens and soothes skin. It is used to fade stretch marks and scars.

The benefits: You have a reduced risk of scarring.

Grape seed oil improves circulation and promotes healing. It dries to an invisible lightweight film that helps protect the follicles from future damage.

The benefits: The condition will heal even faster and your risk of future folliculitis in the future is even further reduced.

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Hair Loss

My True story

Like many of you, I am also a victim of hair loss…..

More and more Singaporean men are losing their ‘crowns of glory’ and this trend may be getting earlier and earlier.On the streets in these recent years, we may spot a relatively number of young men who are bald or balding. Compare this phenomenon to say ten years ago when this phenomenon is not commonly seen.

This balding trend among Singaporean men is sparking an increasing proliferation of hair treatment centres. Hair treatment centres have practically sprung up all over the island with the likes of Beijing 101, Yunnan, Svenson, Bossin, etc. Causes of hair loss can be hereditary, or caused by stress, drug medications, poor diets, oily scalp etc and these causes manifest into the many forms or types of hair loss such as male pattern baldness, telogen effluvium, alopecia areata, etc. A normal human loses about 50 to 100 hairs per day and this loss is not alarming.

However if more than this number is lost per day, one should seek a doctor before it is too late.Hair grows from follicles, and if one balds and takes no actions, the follicles will eventually die and there will be no more growth. It will be too late for any action. Note that when I say bald, normally a human will not go totally bald, the follicles at the sides of the human scalp, the parts above the years are programmed for life, and hair grows for life at these particular areas. Balding follows a pattern known as the Norwood chart. There are three stages of hair growth: anagen (the growing phase), catagen (the intermediate phase) and telogen (the shedding phase). Hair loss occurs when the hair grows and sheds fast.

The average life cycle of a hair is 2 to 3 years and each hair growth to fall can last 25 cycles, balding occurs when these cycles are accelerated and completed so fast that the cycles end, the follicles dies off and the hair can never grow back again. I understand in this post, there are many jargons and technical terms that are used. The internet offers a rich array of resources for which one can research in depth and understand more about hair loss. In this post, I will just roughly summarize what I understand and experience about hair loss from my studies and very own personal experiences.In the past, I have very thick volumes of hair so much so that I complained about having to go to the barber often as my hair grows so fast. Showering, there would be no hair lost as my hair is so strong. Following a medical treatment some two years ago from a supposedly reputable clinic and consuming the drug nimigen, I notice hair loss, my hair shed in the dozens on the bed and at the bathtub sinks daily so much so that I stopped taking this drug nimigen and stop the laser treatments.

During the consumption of nimigen, my complexion becomes too dry as it is supposed to prevent facial oiliness but it overdoes. Till today, I still do not know the real reason for my hair loss though I believe it has to do significantly with the laser treatment and the consumption of nimigen. On hindsight, I shall not have carried out with the treatment and the consumption of the medicine and this doctor still asked his nurses to force me back to continue with the remaining treatments and at the same time, refuting all my allegations squarely. I spent close to $3K only to lose even more. Anyway that is the past already and nothing can be done to turn back the clock. What I want to share with readers here are my experiences and what I have gone through to combat hair loss and hopefully it can provide some useful glimpses or lessons to those who are currently suffering from hair loss.Okay for the start, I first stopped all the causes that I believe have contributed to my hair loss and that is to discontinue with the medical treatments and the nimigen consumption. But even with that, two months down the road, the hair loss does not subside, so it was time to take some real actions.

From the internet, I came to learnt of two drugs called Propecia, an oral medication, costing about $95 dollars at that time for 28 pills, to be taken one pill a day; and a topical hair spray called minoxidil (called Regaine, Rogaine, Growell, etc in the market) also at a $95 for one bottle that can last a month.I went to a doctor and was prescribed Propecia, taking one pill a day for three months, after which I stopped.

Why do I stop? Firstly, there was no improvement and secondly, I began to experience what was mentioned as the side effects of this drug, i.e. I begin to feel less manly, though it was a minor side effect that the drug claimed and that it affect only a small percentage of users. With these two factors, I stopped using this drug and the less- than- manly feeling, which was temporary finally subsided. I did not use Minoxidil, as I also learnt of its side effects too. I want to list down the possible side effects of these two drugs here:Propecia: Lack of ‘manliness’Minoxidil: Increase scalp sensitivity, itchiness, dandruff, increase sensitivity to the sun. And the most important drawback of these two scientific proven drugs is that once you stop using these two drugs, whatever new hair that you have grow will fall again! Thus these two drugs are to be used for life! Imagine the cost involved to maintain these newly formed hair: $100 (for each of these treatments per month), this amount translates to $1200 and more per year, and so on……

So after ending the use of the Propecia, I began to explore natural ways of cure. One method that I thought of was using mild shampoo like Johnson Baby Shampoo, however its mild concentration was not strong enough to clear the oilness of my scalp. My hair loss may be due to oiliness and dandruff as I did notice these symptoms like dandruff on my pillow.

So I decided to explore the help of professionals and there was a vast array of choices from the dermatogists and hair treatment centres. I went to one such hair treatment centre for a free consultation and these ‘professionals’ scanned my hair, only to reveal many patches of oil and these ‘professionals’ introduced me a package to clear my scalp greasiness. The package cost a bomb and I did not like the pushiness of these professional in introducing these packages to me. Also I have heard many stories of people having spent more than $10,000 on these supposedly good cures only to lose even more hair or having no improvement seen, besides wasting their hard-earned money! Thus, hair treatment centres scared me off at that point and I decided to consult a top hair dermatologist in Singapore instead. It was not cheap. First consultation alone cost $80. The dermatologist inspected my hair and said there was nothing wrong. She prescribed me with two shampoo, Nizoral ($25) and a Gentle Shampoo ($21) to be rotated interchangeably daily and a sebum regulator to be applied on the scalp at night after washing ($18).

However, there was still no improvement.

In fact, the residue from the sebum regulator produced tiny sticky white residue on my hair once my hair dried to the extent that my colleagues thought my hair had dandruff. Anyway my hair was still very oily and coated with some dandruff too, despite applying the supposedly strong and beneficial shampoos that the top dermatologist prescribed. I confirmed this fact when I popped into one of the hair treatment centre at a shopping centre for curiosity and did a free consultation with the centre. The ‘scanner’ that the centre operators used magnified my scalp glands many times over, revealing the oily spots, it really look disgusting with such a hundred times over magnification of the sebaceous scalp glands. The operators said my scalp glands were choked with oil, and this may cause hair loss; but I did not want to take any chance with this centre and off I left. I went for a second consultation with the dermatologist I saw previously. Again, the dermatologist said there was nothing wrong with my hair or with my scalp and the results from the ‘hair-pull’ test she carried out on me revealed no extraordinary hair loss.

After hearing the story of the medical treatment I did and the drug nimigen I consumed, she suspected that it may be telogen effluvium caused by the medication, a condition which could only go away in times to come; though my oily scalp may be a contributing factor too. She told me that she could not do anything except to help me diagnose the cause of my hair loss via a scalp biopsy ($589) and a blood test ($169); all price stated without GST. Hearing the prices, I hesitated but in an urge to find out the real cause, I decided to take the plunge and carried out the scalp biopsy and the blood test.I did the blood test first and the pain was nothing compared to the scalp biopsy I undergone later on. It was no joke, having a piece of your head scalp being removed surgically and the pain was terrible despite the application of anaesthetics prior to the treatment. After both the tests, the nurse rubbed a Bactroban cream on the part of my scalp which was operated on to kill the bacteria; after sewing this part of the scalp. There was still little pain that subsisted every time I shampoo the sewn part of the scalp. I was told to come back two weeks later to remove the stitch and to obtain the results of the diagnosis. I was given the remaining of the Bactroban cream to apply daily on the affected scalp to ease the pain and kill the bacteria. Two weeks later, I returned to the same clinic to remove the stitch and the dermatologist handed me the result; and the result indicated that it was telogen effluvium.

The dermatologist said it was good news as this condition which may be due to the medication I took would finally subside after some time. I would be waiting for this to come soon.But alas, days pass and then months, it was futile. Seeing tons and tons of hair on the bathroom sink and waking up everyday to witness the hundreds of hair strewn across my bed and on my bedroom floor did nothing to assuage me that my illness would go away. The visits to the dermatologist have also drained me financially and in a desperate move, I decided to try out some off-the-counter hair loss products available at pharmacies. I tried the Himalyan Hair Loss Cream (Herbal) for about one month but it was useless so I went to see the dermatologist again for the fourth and fifth time (that was in April and May last year), but again the dermatologist assessed and said there was nothing wrong with my hair, no male pattern loss or whatever. But indeed, my hair was getting thinner and thinner by the day.

She prescribed me with stronger shampoos and sebum regulator which I used without seeing any improvements. It was at this time that I finally decided not to see the dermatologist again as there was simply no use at all! Hair continued to fall and fall. From then on (Jun 07), I have ‘more or less accepted my fate’ and accepted my hair loss fact. I tried Kaminomoto Hair Growth Accelerator and a good shampoo called Melaleucca Shampoo recommended by my friend but it was really no use at all. The telogen effluvium which I was diagnosed with did not seem to be the hair illness that struck me as it simply did not stop within a short period. It was over one year and my hair still continued to fall like rain. Over the whole of this hair loss ordeal, I carried out numerous researches on hair loss over the internet, which further equipped me with all knowledge concerning hair loss. I tried all I could, from observing what I consumed (less oil), watching my diet, exercising regularly and even cutting down on some coffee and tea. But it did not help in the loss.

I have also shared my findings with others on an internet discussion forum posting and the thread saw some 55,000 odd readers before it was finally removed by the administrator. With my knowledge learnt from the internet and my ordeal, I shared with some of these forumers; some of them even emailed me to ask questions. For hair loss, there is really no one fixed miracle panacea: what works for one may not work for others. The hair loss did affect my life a bit: waking up in the morning and after shampooing, I counted the number of strands of hair that I lost and any fewer in count would make me slightly happier. I used to enjoy the wind but now I avoid being ‘confronted’ with a gust of wind for fear that the wind would blow off some of my hair. It does not help that Singapore can get breezy at times! And definitely, my self-esteem would suffer a bit of loss and it did not help that I am still without a girlfriend at my age! Hair loss would certainly dealt me a serious disadvantage in this ‘image-conscious’ society; though it may not be always true: I still do my fair share of admirers as some girls are not particular over looks.Entering the MRT daily, I always observed young man at different stages of balding; sometimes I saw friends who I have not seen for some years completely bald!

This shocked me and brought me to the reality that balding in Singapore is not just MY problem, it is OUR problem!Is it due to stress in this fast-paced society of ours? Or is it due to the diet here that causes more young men and even women to bald?

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Why DHT Causes Hair Loss and How You Can Stop It!

Hair loss in men is caused by DHT (dihydrotestrosterone). DHT attacks susceptible hair follicles and prevents further hair growth, leading to male hair loss. The hair follicles at the temples and crown of the head, are commonly attacked by DHT and usually the first place that men notice the thinning of hair. This hair loss is called Androgenetic alopecia, or more commonly, male pattern baldness.

In many cases, the problem of hair loss is hereditary. Anyone can inherit this hair loss tendency from either side of the family, though there is some evidence that indicates that hair loss history from the mother’s side will be more likely to manifest baldness in their children.

DHT and Testosterone

When the enzyme 5 Alpha Reductase interacts with the male hormone testosterone, the body produces DHT, which causes significant hair loss. High levels of saturated fat and cholesterol rich foods are also linked to increased DHT levels. Since our bodies need Testosterone in order to remain healthy and fit, one way to combat hair loss is to block the enzyme that converts testosterone into DHT. Men everywhere have begun using DHT blockers to help fight male hair loss.

Blocking DHT

Some all-natural DHT blockers are available, most of them without a prescription. DHT blockers are safer alternatives to prescription medications that can interfere with testosterone itself.

A Viable Option

One of the more popular, all natural remedies for male hair loss and counteracting the effects of DHT, is Procerin. For men that are looking for a safe, effective, all natural way to block DHT, Procerin is scientifically formulated to help men retain and re-grow hair that has been lost because of elevated levels of DHT. Procerin comes in a tablet form and a topical solution, which is used daily. The active ingredients in Procerin are all-natural DHT inhibitors. Since this product is all natural, there are no harsh chemicals, sprays, or special shampoos, and no sexual side effects.

You can read more about this natural DHT blocker in our Procerin review

FDA approved Ingredient to stop DHT

Provillus is another product used by men to stop hair loss and stimulate re-growth. Provillus contains Minoxidil, the ingredient clinically proven, and approved by the FDA for re-growing hair. It also works to inhibit DHT, stopping hair loss and promoting the re-growing of new, healthy hair.

Minoxidil is a powerful active ingredient in Provillus that works in the hair follicles to block DHT. A nourishing blend of vitamins, natural herbs and minerals are added to the formula. These vitamins, herbs and minerals provide nourishment to the scalp and hair. Provillus is also a 2 step process and comes in a capsule form and a topical solution that is used daily. Provillus does not require a prescription.

Men who desire to stop current hair loss and re-grow their hair, should be encouraged to try a product that inhibits DHT and promotes hair re-growth. The best course is to look for a product that does not require a prescription and is natural based. To ensure satisfaction, purchasers should also look for products that offer a money back guarantee.

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Unexplained Hair Loss In Women

Unexplained hair loss is becoming more common among women. Suddenly hair starts falling out for no reason, at an alarming rate-sometimes handfuls at a time. For many women, shock and panic set in as the dramatic increase in shedding continues. Some worry they may soon become completely bald.

Because routine lab work often comes back normal, the condition may be dismissed as “just a cosmetic problem” that one must learn to live with. Or, the person may be handed a one-size-fits-all prescription for a synthetic topical treatment that only deals with the symptom rather than the underlying issue.

It is important to understand that chronic excessive shedding is not normal, and will not occur when all is well. When the hair growth cycle shuts down, or stops functioning properly it is an indication that a physical or emotional imbalance exists. Telogen effluvium is the name for this condition.

A temporary increase in shedding may occur due to a minor, short-lived trigger such as infection, flu, high fever, new medication, change in diet, medical procedure, vaccination, shock or trauma, etc. If the body is otherwise healthy; and the triggering factor has been resolved or removed the hair growth cycle will spontaneously heal before any noticeable thinning occurs. Although this type of telogen effluvium is usually not cause for concern, it may be beneficial to pinpoint the trigger in order to avoid the possibility of future episodes.

When the condition is long-lasting and severe, causing an obvious decrease in volume there may be a deeper issue that must be determined and treated in order to restore normal thickness and optimal health.

Often there is more than one contributing factor. Chronic telogen effluvium occurs as a result of the body working overtime–expending extra energy in attempt to overcome the inner disturbance, imbalance or disorder. The hair growth cycle may shut down or become disrupted in order to compensate while the body deals with the difficult task of trying to re-establish balance.

Below is a list of common causes or contributing factors that can lead to chronic telogen effluvium. It’s important to realize that if one of the following conditions exists, it does not necessarily imply that it is the single cause of the problem. Correcting all imbalances and improving overall health and well-being is the best line of defense.

THYROID IMBALANCE

Standard thyroid testing is often incomplete. Because even a slight imbalance can cause hair loss, thorough, highly sensitive lab work is advised-especially if thyroid symptoms exists. This should include testing for antibodies (Hashimotos thyroiditis).

NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCY

Common deficiencies that are associated with hair loss include protein, iron, zinc, magnesium, chromium, selenium, vitamin D, etc. These deficiencies are also often associated with the underlying disorder in which hair loss is the symptom of. Rather than supplementing or increasing dietary intake of one particular nutrient, it may be more beneficial to include a wide variety of nutrients through diet and supplementation in order to provide balance to the body.

MAL-ABSORBTION

Nutritional deficiencies are often caused by mal-absorption issues such as Celiac (gluten intolerance) or Chron’s disease and other digestive disorders. In addition to increasing nourishment, success will depend on determining and treating the underlying mal-absorption condition accordingly.

CANDIDIASIS ALBICANS

Candidiasis albicans is a systemic fungal/yeast infection. This under-diagnosed condition can wreak havoc of the entire system. Symptoms include an over-all feeling of un-wellness, foggy thinking, lack of energy etc. Skin symptoms and hair loss are common. If Candidiasis albicans exists, healing the infection should produce notable improvements in hair and skin health and overall wellness.

SYSTEMIC INFLAMMATION

Some experts believe that chronic low-level systemic inflammation is at the root of all health disorders. Anti-inflammatory diet can be very helpful for health of hair and the underlying related disorders.

AUTOIMMUNE DISORDER

Autoimmune disorders may make a person more susceptible to chronic telogen effluvium. To keep symptoms from manifesting, great efforts must be made to keep immune system balanced. Certain autoimmune conditions such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Graves’s disease, Celiac, Chron’s and lupus are commonly associated with hair loss.

HORMONAL CHANGES/ POSTPARTUM

It’s not uncommon for telogen effluvium to occur in women approximately three months after delivering a baby. In normal cases the condition subsides within six to nine months, leaving the new mother with only a slight decrease in thickness and volume. If the shedding becomes severe and long-lasting it would indicate that other factors are involved. Extreme care and extra nourishment are necessary during the postpartum period.

UNHEALTHY LIFE STYLE

Anytime an unhealthy lifestyle is present it will be more difficult to re-establish healthy hair growth. The better condition the body is in physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, the easier it will be to heal the imbalances causing the excessive shedding. Although disruption of the hair growth cycle can be the first sign of a wide variety of health disorders, it can be last to recover. The body has a built-in healing system that works on the principals or priority. It will provide healing energy to the areas that are most essential before it will bother with hair growth. The best results are achieved when the entire system is treated holistically rather than concentrating only on the symptom of hair loss.

ALOPECIA AREATA

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition that specifically targets follicles of the scalp causing bald patches. This is not a form of telogen effluvium but there are variations of alopecia areata that can mimic telogen effluvium such as diffuse alopecia areata or alopecia areata incognita. Severe forms of this autoimmune disorder can cause baldness on the scalp and all over the body but the follicles remain alive so there is always potential for regrowth.

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How to Perm Your Own Hair at Home

There are some things you should consider before doing your own perm at home. If your hair is color treated, fine and fragile, damaged, doesn’t have good elasticity, or if you’ve tried perming your hair before and it didn’t take well, I would strongly suggest that you go to your professional stylist to get your perm and not do it at home. If you try to do it at home, it could cause severe fading of your color and/or hair breakage if you use the wrong perm or time it incorrectly.

Once you’ve decided that your hair is healthy and you can perm your own hair at home, you’ll need to decide what kind of a perm you’d like. Are you going for a completely new style? Do you just want to add a little texture to the style you have? Do you want something super curly? A perm is great if you have naturally straight hair and you want to be able to do more styles with it. A perm makes hard to curl hair more versatile and easier to manage. You’ll still be able to wear it straight if you’d like, but if you like to shake things up a little sometimes and go curly, the perm will make your hair more pliable and will help it to hold whatever style you can dream up. It also works well if your hair is too curly. Perming your hair using a larger rod will reshape your curls into something more manageable.

Now that you’ve decided how you want your hair to look, you’ll need supplies! The things you’ll need to do a perm at home are perming rods, wrapping papers, a plastic tail comb, plastic hair clips, old towels, a perming kit, and a good friend! Wrapping a perm can be challenging by yourself. The type of perming rods you’ll need depend on what shape curl you want. It’s mostly common sense: A skinnier rod will give you tighter curls whereas a larger rod will give you bigger curls. If you’re not sure what size to get, you can do some experimenting to get an idea. Pick up some perming rods in the size you think you’ll like, and after shampooing your hair add some styling product and wrap up a section or two of your hair Let it dry and then remove the rod. The size curl you see will be a good indication of what your perm will look like. You can also do a test curl if you want to pick up an extra perming kit. Instead of doing your entire head, just do one rod and see how it turns out. You can adjust the size of the rod your going to use from there.

Ok! So you’ve decided on a style, you’ve got your supplies (and your friend), now where to start? Here is How to Perm Your Hair 101:

1. Start with freshly shampooed hair Do not use a heavy conditioner on your hair before perming! This can keep the perming solution from absorbing into your hair Section your wet hair into 4 sections by doing a part right down the middle of your head (like you’re going to do pigtails), and then doing another part from about halfway back down the side of your head to the back of your ear. Clip up these sections with your plastic hair clips.

2. Starting at the top of one of the back sections, take a section of hair to wrap. Remember to never take a section that’s larger then the length or the circumference of the perming rod. Doing so will cause your hair to overdirect and/or pull which can cause breakage. It’s always better to take a smaller section than one that is too wide.

3. Comb the section of hair out straight and cover the ends of your hair with the wrapping paper by folding it in half around your hair If you’re having a hard time with this part, keep a water bottle handy. Spraying some water on the ends of your hair will help the protective wrapping papers “stick” where you want them. The most important thing to remember during this process is to make sure your ends are completely covered with the paper to protect them and keep them from splitting during the perming process.

4. Starting at the end of each protectively wrapped section, roll each section of hair around the perming rod. The most common way of doing this is to roll the hair under around the rod and secure it with the band when you reach the scalp being careful not to let the band cut into the hair If the band is too tight or causing too much stress on the hair it can cause breakage when the perming solution is applied. There are other ways you can roll your hair around the perming rod depending on what type of curl you’d like, but I would suggest sticking to this common procedure, at least for now. Continue this process until your entire head is rolled (or the section you want permed if you’re not doing all of your hair to suit your hairstyle), starting at the top of each section and working your way to the bottom.

5. Now you’re ready to apply the perming solution. There are basically two types of perms you can buy. One is an alkaline perm, and the other is an acid perm. An alkaline perm is for harder to perm hair such as gray or resistant hair that isn’t colored or damaged. An acid perm is a gentler perm and is recommended for easy to curl or color treated hair Follow the directions in your perming kit as to how to mix and apply the perming solution. This process basically breaks the disulphide bonds in your hair that give it it’s shape. Be sure and completely saturate all of the rods with the perming solution evenly and completely or you’ll end up with an uneven perm. You may need to get two perming kits if you have a lot of hair.

6. If directed, cover your hair with a plastic cap and set your timer for the duration indicated in the instructions. If you’re not sure how long to leave the perming solution on, you can do the “S-Test”. To do this, partially unwrap one section of hair from the perming rod. Gently push the hair towards the scalp until it bends. If you can see a prevalent “S” shape in the hair then your done. Once the perming solution has processed, you’re going to need to gently rinse your hair thoroughly. DO NOT REMOVE THE PERMING RODS.

7. After your hair is thoroughly rinsed with water, gently blot your hair in the rods until it’s only damp. Paper towels work well for this step to soak up the excess moisture. Now it’s time for the neutralizer. The neutralizer will reform the broken bonds of your hair into the new shape indicated by the perming rods. Following the directions in your perm kit, saturate the hair with the neutralizing solution. Save some of the neutralizer, you’re going to need it in a bit. Normally this stays on for five minutes.

8. Once you’re all neutralized, you can start gently unwrapping your hair When your hair is completely unwrapped, apply the remaining neutralizer to your hair making sure every strand is saturated. Rinse your hair with cool water, and you’re done!

Some things to remember after perming:

Do not shampoo your hair for 24-48 hours after perming! All of your hard work may be for naught if you forget and your perm falls out. If you have problems with frizziness, it’s OK to apply a little gel or something to tame it down. Rinsing your hair with just water is also ok.

Once you start shampooing your hair again, be sure and use a good moisturizing shampoo and conditioner to replenish what was lost after perming.

Try to avoid wrapping your wet hair up turban style in a towel and instead blot your hair dry. This will avoid stress and breakage on your new curls.

You CAN wear your hair straight after perming if you’d like. Although letting your hair dry naturally is best, it won’t hurt your perm to blow your hair out straight and/or using a straightening iron. Just make sure and use styling products for dry hair that will protect it from the heat of styling aids.

Never color your hair before perming! Always perm first if you’re going to do both. The perm will fade out your color. Also, it’s best to wait 2 weeks between each procedure.

Your new perm should last you between three and five months before you’ll have to touch it up. I hope this has been helpful! Remember, if you’re not confident in perming your own hair at home by yourself, you can always go see your local stylist!

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Black Cohosh and Hair Growth – Herbal Treatment For Hair Loss in Women

Black cohosh and hair growth have been in correlation for years, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that the relationship was officially recognized. It has always been used as a herbal remedy for women suffering from menopause as it regulates estrogen hormone levels. Now it has been used in very successful natural hair restoration treatments for women.

Black cohosh is a plant that grows in North America and Canada. Its root is very dark, thick and knotted, and it is this that which is used as a herbal remedy for many different ailments, including menopause. Menopause can cause a reduction in the production of estrogen – the very hormone that makes women women. This female sex hormone has many important roles that give women their female characteristics including preventing the growth of body hair and promoting head hair growth. It acts as a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor, blocking the production of DHT from testosterone, which causes hair follicles to die.

Women going through menopause tend to notice that one of the side effects is hair loss. This is because the level of estrogen produced can drop dramatically, causing the level of DHT to enter the hair follicles, blocking hair growth. Black cohosh, with its ability to regulate estrogen levels so they don’t reduce, is therefore an excellent natural hair loss remedy for women.

Hair loss in women can be prevented with use of black cohosh, if going through menopause. It is believed that with it balancing the level of estrogen produced, DHT levels should remain restricted and controlled enough to stop clogging the hair follicles. Black cohosh and hair growth appear to therefore go hand-in-hand, and as a result has been included as a core ingredient in many hair growth products and natural hair loss treatments.

How To Take Black Cohosh

This plant contains vitamins A and B5, calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, lipids and resin. Not only is it found in natural hair loss treatments, but is also available as a supplement in capsule or tincture form.

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Rogaine Results – Rogaine Four Month Results

Rogaine works best when applied twice a day everyday for 48 weeks. Faithfully following this routine will lead to the most significant Rogaine results. If you are using this topical cream it is best that you never forget to apply Rogaine to ensure continuous hair regrowth.

Rogaine results will vary from person to person, depending on how Rogaine interacts with your hair follicles. To learn more about Rogaine results just read this article. In this article we will cover the entire cycle of the Rogaine application process. This will ensure easy tracking of what should be happening at certain periods of the hair regrowth process. This cycle starts from the first day of application to the end of the fourth month.

From the first to the third day of application, no remarkable Rogaine results are seen. This is normal as hair takes time to grow, but Rogaine has already started working since the first day.

The first two weeks will give you results characterized by increased hair shedding. Do not worry because this just means the Rogaine solution is starting to take effect. During this time, weaker hair strands fall out and are replaced by new and fuller hair strands. This will not last long.

On the third week, the shedding will stop, but you will not notice any hair regrowth yet. The amount of hair falling out will decrease until the eighth week.

By week 12, there may not be very visible hair regrowth. Hair takes a long time to actually grow, this is just normal.

The sixteenth week shows the earliest signs of Rogaine results. New stands of hair should show by this time.

The results for week 32 should show fuller and thicker hair. Hair regrowth is already very much visible during this time. However, if, still, at week 16, you don’t see any Rogaine results, you may need to consult a doctor as this should not be the case.

By the 48th week or the end of the fourth month, favorable Rogaine results should be seen. If not, check with your doctor immediately.

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Does Castor Oil Help Hair Growth? Steps in Using Castor Oil For Hair Growth

Does castor oil help hair growth? A lot of people are asking this question especially among the ones who are facing hair loss and thinning problems. People who usually encounter this kind of issue are those who are in their late thirties and early forties onwards. This is also common among those who are regularly taking medicines like anti-fungal and antidepressants; as well as for women who are taking contraceptives on a regular basis.

Hence, if you belong to one of these categories, then you are more likely to be facing this kind of problem and you will eventually ask the question: does castor oil help hair growth? The answer to that is “yes, it can help a lot,” in fact many people are using it to treat their hair loss problem by following some procedures in using it; which I shall be discussing further on.

Does castor oil help hair growth? Yes, it does; in order to do that, just follow the following procedures: in order to create your own treatment solution, mix this oil with grape seed oil in equal proportion; apply the mixture to your scalp by gently massaging it and covering the entire scalp including the areas around your ears and above the back of your neck. After doing this procedure, completely wrap your hair with a towel and leave it covered for at least 15 to 20 minutes in order to allow the oil to fully penetrate your scalp and maximize it’s effects.

Afterward, you can rinse your treated hair with warm water and completely wash out the solutions. If you do not like the smell of your hair, you can use shampoo after an hour to allow the effect of the solution to be fully optimized. Repeat this procedure for at least twice per week for the next few months and you shall observe great improvement on your current condition.

This is just one aspect of the whole program; the other part is to regularly take essential vitamins and minerals that will develop hair; such as those containing vitamins A, B, C and E. Additionally, try to modify your meal plans to include fruits and green leafy vegetables because they are good sources for the nutrition you need for this purpose. At this point, your question on does castor oil help hair growth is already fully discussed and you already know the answer.

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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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An Unbiased Third Party Micore International Review – Is It A Good Opportunity?

So there’s yet another network marketing company getting ready to launch over the next few days that is getting some buzz. The Nevada-based company is called Micore International, and it certainly seems like they are the first company in the industry to market hair. Yes, you read that right. Micore International is a network marketing company that sells hair, not hair products or hair care products, but hair extensions. Now, if you’ve stumbled upon this article, chances are you’re thinking about joining, and you’re doing some research so you can make an educated decision before jumping in. If that’s the case, I want to encourage you to read this review so you can get a better idea of whether or not Micore International is a good opportunity. Before I go on, I will say that I am NOT personally involved with Micore International as a distributor or a customer, so you can be sure that you’ll be getting an unbiased perspective of the company.

Micore International Review – Who Is Micore And What Do They Sell?

As I mentioned earlier, Micore International is a network marketing company that’s currently in pre-launch. It was Co-Founded by London Whitted and Derrick Alexander, two businessmen that have solid track records in business. Simply put, the company sells various types of hair extensions. From a business standpoint, the hair industry is a big industry and is a lucrative one. Also from a business standpoint, the fact that no other network marketing company is competing with Micore is a plus. Overall, it looks like the company has some experienced people at the helm, which is also a big plus, especially if you’re thinking about becoming a distributor.

Micore International Review – How Do You Get Paid?

The company’s compensation plan provides 7 ways to get paid. There are ways to get paid upfront like Retail Commissions for personally selling the products and Fast Start Product Pack commissions when you enroll new people into your team. And there are ways to build long-term income, like the 4X5 Matrix Commissions, the Team Commissions and the Matching Bonus. In addition, there are rewards for top producers including the Points Program and the Rank Advancement Bonuses. Overall, the compensation plan looks solid and once can certainly make money as a distributor.

Micore International Review – Is It A Good Opportunity?

So is Micore a good business to get involved with. From a business standpoint, it has a product with no competition in the home business arena and a solid compensation plan. With that said, it is a start-up company so there is some risk involved. Of course, with “risk” comes the upside potential of being the first to market. Also, the product is catered to mostly females so you’ll be missing out on the male population as potential customers. Of course, the same could be said for skin care and cosmetic companies, and yet some of the biggest companies in the industry are skin care companies. The biggest thing you need to consider is: Can you get excited about promoting and selling their hair extension products? If the answer is “Yes”, then Micore International might be exactly what you’re looking for, especially if joining a company when it is in it’s early stages excites you. Aside from being excited about the products, the biggest factor to your overall success will be your ability to sponsor new people and get customers consistently. I recommend including Attraction Marketing into your business so you can learn how to get a steady flow of leads into your business. If you can position yourself in a way that you can consistently have new leads for your business daily, there’s no telling how prosperous you can be.

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