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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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Benefits of Getting Hair Restoration From Experts

Hair restoration treatment becomes essential as it makes you look younger and stay beautiful even if age is taking a toll on you. When you age, you may become bald as the thick growing hair starts to fall when the cell degeneration starts. Other than this, people can also experience a hair loss owing to some physiological and genetic reasons. What is to be noted that despite knowing all this and irrespective of the gender, type and status, the humankind has aversion towards baldness.

Despite the ignorance of the baldness problem, it becomes inevitable to overlook in certain cases. Baldness poses serious threats to our overall look and personality. Therefore, the technologically advanced process of a hair transplant can add appeal to your face and persona and you may be at your happiest best.

Perfect Solution

As a permanent solution, people generally go for a surgical procedure that eradicates the problems by its root. During the process, hair follicles from a part of the body are shifted to those areas that are affected by complete or partial hair loss. Not just a bald patch on the head but this method also treats loss of hair from areas, such as eye lashes, brows, chest and face and revives them. With one part of body acting as a source of hair for another, each process of extraction and implantation is equally important.

Requiring excellent surgical skills and precision, a hair transplant is generally offered as the last resort in treating a bald patch. It is mostly effective in treatment of baldness in men who owe it to hereditary origins. The process rarely uses sedation and employs two grafting techniques including harvesting of strip and extracting follicular units. Though, both pre and post operative precautions are required after the procedure.

Costly Affair Yet Cost Effective

There are few conditions applied like it can be a highly costly affair as it requires high surgical acumen and delicate handling. But the total pricing depends upon the graft counts and the technique adopted. Other factors that count while determining costs are the extent of loss, availability of donors, hair texture of the donating region as well as the case specific expectations. Repair surgery also comes within a price. Thus, we can say that it will be in your pocket. Hair transplantation costs have also fallen considerably owing to the other affordable options as alternatives.

Advantages and Added Benefits

If you go by the trends, the aesthetic clinics today offer free advice to people in need of a consultation. Despite being expensive, the overall longevity of the process and its high effectiveness makes it worth the penny. This method has advantages aplenty including the hair continuing with its growth. You do not have to search for a donor as you are the donor yourself. The much needed result is obtained right away and the uniformity is maintained while grafting. As the consultation fee is minimal and the effect is everlasting, the procedure is cost effective and the partial anaesthesia makes it safer.

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How to Stop Your Hair Loss – The iGrow Laser Hair Rejuvenation System Review

The iGrow laser hair rejuvenation system is the first hands-free, laser hair rejuvenation system for home-use produced by Apira Science, Inc., which based in Newport Beach, California. Apira Science is an established leader and pioneer in low level laser therapy for hair loss and thinning hair. Its Revage670™ system is highly successful. The Revage670™ is a laser system used by dermatologists to address hair loss and thinning. It has been used by more than 500 doctors in over 25 countries around the world to effectively rejuvenate shedding and thinning hair.

According to their company official website, the new iGrow laser hair rejuvenation system incorporates the same scientifically proven low level laser technology that is found in the Revage670. And the same technology that relied upon in so many doctors’ offices and clinical settings is available now to home consumer!

Low level laser technology is an amazing, proven technology that can rejuvenate and revitalize thinning hair without any painful or embarrassing side effects. Hundreds of clinical studies have shown the effectiveness of low level laser therapy on hair loss treatment.

How does iGrow work?

1) Powerful as well as effective. The iGrow has 51 powerful light sources to provide full scalp coverage which includes 21 laser diodes and 30 LED lights. Combination laser and LED light therapy offers the optimum wavelength and frequency to treat hair loss. The output from iGrow is equivalent to most in-office clinical hair lasers, and as powerful as clinical solutions. Compare that to most hand-held laser comb or brush, they only have 9-15 laser lights, and use either low level laser or LED light.

2) Easy and convenience to use, no tiresome manual movement required as operating a handheld laser device. You just simply put it on your head and relax. Two or three times per week for about 20 minutes are enough. With hands-free operation, you can do other things while receiving treatment, such as reading, watching TV, or even listening to music, because the iGrow has built-in headphones that make it compatible with an iPod or MP3 player.

3) Programmed for men and women. The iGrow has a remote controller with five pre-set modes; three modes for men and two modes for women. Each mode is designed for different hair patterns with specific treatment.

4) The iGrow uses only low level laser and LED light to operate. This “cool laser” technology is safe to use, because it produces no heat, will not burn or injure the skin.

5) No more monthly bills for topical, shampoos, or doctor visits. Just one-time purchase and all you have to do is using iGrow as directed to maintain strong, healthy hair for a life time.

iGrow Users Reviews

1. Results from using iGrow are rapid and substantial. Generally, using iGrow as directed, most user report that within 12 weeks, they experience the cessation of excess hair loss, and their hair become thicker, fuller, and healthier within 24 weeks.

2. For best results, follow the recommended treatment schedule. Use the iGrow® 3 times a week on non-consecutive days. Each therapy session approximately take 20 minutes. It is essential to understand that consistent use provides optimum results.

3. During the first few treatments, some users (less than 2%) may experience a transient headache; it is because the iGrow treatment does increased blood flow in the scalp to promote the repair of damaged cells and weakened hair follicles.

4. Please note that Low level light therapy only works for people with existing hair follicles. It works best for people in the early stages of hair loss or thinning, but not for people suffers severe hair loss due to disease or medical causes.

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Natural Ways of Reviving Dead Hair Follicles

It is normal to lose hairs from your head on a daily basis, often as much as 100 strands a day. However, when you notice that they are starting to come out at such a rate that it is thinning, then it is possible that you may have dead hair follicles. These are the roots in the scalp and when they die, it can result in bald patches on your head.

The first course of action to take is to visit your doctor to find out if there is a medical reason for the condition. There are often reasons that can account for this that are very easy to manage. Pregnant women often experience hair loss because of the increase in hormones and the same thing may occur after the baby is born. Some medications can also cause thinning hair and by changing or decreasing the prescription, the problem will resolve itself.

When there is no medical reason for the hair loss, there are natural ways of reviving the dead roots. Just like the health of other parts of your body, protein and vitamins are essential for healthy hair growth. Take a good look at your diet and make sure you include daily amounts of protein and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Your kitchen cupboard or refrigerator may also be a source of natural ingredients that can prevent this from occurring. One of these is eggs. Eggs are a great source of protein and massaging an egg into your scalp before you shower and shampoo each day is a great activity to include in your morning routine. It may feel gooey but it will do your scalp a world of good. Massage the egg into the scalp for about five minutes and then rinse it off, followed by your normal shampoo.

Vinegar is another item found in all homes that you can use for massaging your scalp and hair. Prepare a solution of a teaspoon of vinegar mixed with a pint of water and use this as a rinse after you are finished shampooing. You do have to make sure you rinse it out thoroughly with warm water so that others will not get its scent from your head. This solution will help your hair look thicker, shiny and healthy.

Massaging the scalp on a regular basis also helps the roots to thrive. This helps to stimulate them and keeps them from dying. The same thing applies to washing your hair. Most people wash their hair every day, but if this is not possible, you should do so every two days. Dirt and dust can clog the roots and thus cause hair to fall out due to dead hair follicles.

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Hair Loss Cure: It’s Easier and Cheaper Than You Think

I have been, like you, always on the look out for the best product to stop my hair loss and help restore the fantastic head of hair I used to have and was always longing for.

I started with all sorts of products, from ineffective supplements to ineffective scalp lotions. I have spent a fortune on mildly effective hair falling treatment but the very modest improvement, the prohibitive costs and the side effects never made it worth while. So, I kept looking.

I even stopped any treatment for a few years, luckily keeping my hair loss at bay thanks to an excellent homeopath who understood my ‘body’ and my scalp and prescribed a very effective homeopathic treatment for a series of problems I was having, including my hair thinning. But, years later, it started all over again and, this time, I was looking for an even easier way to treat my hair loss.

I therefore resumed my search hoping that, by now, there’d be more effective over the counter solutions I could just buy off any shelf. Since my hair falling has always been DHT-related (DHT is a hormone which, in excess or on particularly susceptible hair follicles, causes hair loss and eventually baldness), my search has been focused on DHT blockers and hair growth stimulators. If you suffer from DHT-related baldness or loss of hair, which is the most common form of hair reduction in men and women, you will know that there are a huge number of products claiming to stop the detrimental effects of DHT on your scalp: however, very few are still really effective. I will talk somewhere else about the ones which are not, but here I want to focus on what worked very well for me and I hope can work very well for you too, in a cheap, easy way: DHT-BLOCKING shampoos.

These shampoos were originally designed to combat stubborn forms of dandruff and some fungus infections of the skin which were also difficult to eliminate. In time, these shampoos showed great results in reducing hair thinning and indeed, in time, promoting hair re-growth. This is because the active ingredient, ketoconazole, somehow manages to have a profound effect on the scalp against the damaging DHT. You need to make sure you buy the highest available strength, namely 2%, and you need to apply this shampoo according to specific instructions to maximize its effectiveness: frequency is key and you need to wash your scalp with it (make sure it goes on your scalp rather than just on your hair) as often as you can, from every day to 3 times a week, depending on how serious your hair loss problem is. You also need to leave it ‘working’ on your scalp for about 5 minutes each time, before rinsing it off.

However, it’s a shampoo and not some sticky, bothersome lotion you need to be careful with: a DHT-blocking shampoo is an easy and convenient way to ‘wash’ away DHT; if you do your research, you can buy it cheaply too.

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Laser Hair Removal: The SHR-Technology

The SHR technology is the latest technology of permanent laser hair removal. Since it is relatively new to the market, many potential customers ask questions about the innovative method. How is the process of a SHR treatment? Is it painless? What should I do? These questions and more will be answered below. However, it is recommended to take personal information from a dermatologist or esthetician in your environment.

What does the term “SHR” stands for? It stands for “Super Hair Removal”. The developers took this name, because it’s the most effective method for removing unwanted hair until now. Although it is comparable to the laser hair removal or the IPL method, but you will notice significant differences in the employment.

Super Hair Removal is considered as a painless hair removal method

This kind of pulsed light treatment is absolutely painless. Only at very hairy body parts, it can happen that you feel the pulses of light and some warmth. Have felt the slightly unpleasant tingling, the total retail after treatment with the IPL or laser treatments method is not usually given. Like other laser hair removal methods, also in this case a thin layer of contact gel is applied, which is to cool the treated area. Of course, this contributes also to the aforementioned pain.The SHR method ist compatible with every part of your body, except the immediate surroundings of the eyes.

Every hair and skin type is suitable with the SHR treatment

Other than the laser and IPL method, you will have here the advantage that the skin and hair color won’t play a significant role. While previous methods were with a light complexion and dark hair, the condition for successful treatment, it means that must be fulfilled for the SHR method no specific skin type. Of course, light skin and dark hair still does best with the treatment, but in the SHR-technology is not only the melanin “attacks”, but equally the protein of the stem cells. For this reason, it should pose no difficulty to treat people with dark skin and bright, fine hair.

Of course there are some points that they should do before and after treatment: First, do not expose your skin, for at least two days prior to treatment, to strong UV light. Solarium or aggressive sunlight should be taboo, so painless, successful hair removal can be guaranteed. After the treatment you should avoid the sun or the tanning bed as well, because the skin is after the SHR procedure (like after all other high-energy hair removal processes) very sensitive. Besides, your body is not affected, so you can pursue your usual tasks safely. If you still go in the sun, you should choose a sunscreen with a high sun block factor.

Unwanted side effects can be easily be avoided

As you can see, in the SHR method compared to other hair removal methods to be considered rather uncertain, because the process is so pleasant and uncomplicated. However, you should take the advice of your dermatologist in each case seriously, so that there wouldn’t be any side effects and you can determine everything for the most effective results, for a long run smooth, beautiful skin.

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Curly Hair – Top 5 Mistakes People Make With Curly Hair

Curly hair can be an easy and effortless way to style your hair or become your very own worst enemy. These techniques and unique methods come straight from learning under a curly hair guru. People traveled from all over the world just to have a curly haircut and style done with these tricks and truthfully achieving show-stopping curls is easier than one would think. When you learn to stop making these five common mistakes, gorgeous shiny curly hair can be yours on a daily basis. Are you making these curly hair mistakes right now?

1. The Wrong Haircut:

This is the most important aspect involved in achieving great curly hair and the most overlooked. Many hairdressers make so many mistakes cutting curly hair simply because they treat it the same as straight or wavy hair. However it is drastically different, the shape of your cut is of the utmost importance. If you have naturally curly hair then when you go in for a haircut try to avoid having it straightened and flat ironed when you have it styled. Hairdressers can straighten your hair and cut it perfectly and it will look wonderful, that is until you have to wash it and try styling it yourself. It is much easier to see the natural finish of a curly haircut after-wards and this is when any small changes can be made. If a haircut is done on perfectly straight hair, then how will you ever know how your curls will lay once you wear it curly?

2. Avoiding Layers:

You MUST have layers in your hair if you ever want to ever style it curly. This is critical because without them you will end up having that dreaded triangle top hairstyle. The hair would therefore end up flat at the roots because of the weight and then stacked on the ends because of the curls. The only way to get body and shape out of your curly hair is with layers cut into the shape. They should be rounded to give a more flattering shape.

There is this misconception that with layers you will end up with frizzy hair that poofs out everywhere. This is a myth and a direct result of not receiving the right haircut and style. If you have curly hair, I am sure you’ve had to go home and restyle your hair after going to get a haircut. This leads me to mistake #3.

3. Combing Wet Hair

It’s common knowledge that combing dry curly hair just creates uncontrollable frizz, but what about if you comb you hair wet? When you get your hair cut at the hairdresser’s they comb and comb your hair during the cut and then if you decide to style it curly what happens next? They reach over and grab the diffuser (which almost every curly hair person fears and rightfully so) and then proceeds to scrunch and blast your hair after having already combed out any natural curls. Leaving your once slightly curly hair in a disastrous state of frizzy fuzz.

The trick to solve this is once you have combed your wet hair it must be rinsed with water again. Even after a haircut. This reactivates the curls to form without any frizz. Combing is best when done with a conditioner then rinsed to return it to its natural curly state.

4. Scrunching

This is how most people were taught to style curly hair. This will just create a bigger, curly mess to deal with. Do not touch your hair! This is so important, once it has been rinsed with water any scrunching, towel drying, running your fingers through it will just make the curls unruly. Decide on where you want to part your hair. First comb with the conditioner on. After, rinse your hair and then when it is soaking wet you can take a towel and gently blot the ends. It will seem very wet at this point but still avoid towel drying your hair.

5. Wrong Products and Application

Curly hair is generally drier than straight hair and it needs moisture. If you want that shiny bouncy finish for your curls, then make sure you used the proper professional products to achieve these results. A lightweight cream used sparingly and dispersed evenly into the palms of your hands is better than any spray or mousse, which both offer no moisture or structure for the curls. Additionally they usually leave the hair feeling even drier and slightly crispy.

It is all about HOW you apply the product though. This method has been tested and if you avoid the mistakes made mentioned before; you will end up coaxing out your beautiful natural curls.

First use a lightweight curl cream – TiGi – Catwalk Curl Collection Curls Rock Amplifier is an excellent curl cream product that has worked on countless clients. Apply a small pump into your hand and disperse it evenly. Then flip your head and from underneath and using just your palms and fingers like two paddles to apply the product all over the ends. Avoid disrupting the curls and running your fingers through your hair, this method is about coating the product evenly and gently all over.

Lastly use a diffuser upside down and gently hold the hair in the cup for a few minutes at a time starting with the ends then moving to the roots. Try not to blast the air to fast and move the diffuser all over, the less you move the curls the better. Flip your hair over and lean backwards into the diffuser then repeat on either side of your head. The hair doesn’t need to be 100% dry at this stage as you can allow it to air dry slightly after you diffuse it. Now enjoy your new hair, as everyone asks you how you got to be so blessed with such stunning bouncy curls!

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Herbs and Spices That Help Prevent Hair Loss

Did you know that herbs and spices can also be used in preventing hair loss? This is why it could be right time for you to hit the kitchen first and try out these simple and natural solutions to avoid excessive hair shedding.

Back in the days when high-end medications are simply but a dream, people use herbs and spices to remedy the problem. For those of you today who may be fed up with modern medicine not working, it might be time to stick our noses to herbal solutions and treatments.

Oregano

Thanks to the thymo and carvacrol content in oregano, this particular herb can be used as a natural remedy to dandruff. It can also help untangle hair preventing breakage as you comb.

You simply prepare this by simmering half a cup of fresh oregano leaves to one cup water. Once it is cooled, pour it into a spray bottle for easier application. Aside from improving the strength of your hair this also encourages better shine.

Oregano may also have a tendency to dry hair out, but you can buffer this by adding vanilla extract.

Rosemary

You can use rosemary to aid in hair growth while slowing down or preventing hair thinning. All you need to do is boil rosemary leaves into a tea using water or apple cider vinegar. This is actually a method used in the Mediterranean region, and it can be used as a good hair wash that can prevent hair graying.

You can also use carrier oils like coconut, olive or jojoba, and infuse rosemary leaves and use it as a leave on hair oil.

Gingko Biloba

This particular herb is popular for improving blood circulation. As the blood flow in the scalp area improves, so does hair growth. This keeps the hair follicle strong as the blood feeds it with the necessary nutrients.

Sage

This herb can prevent baldness because it has properties that help in strengthening the hair. It is advised that you apply your hair with clary sage oil in between your shampoos to give you stronger hair. In addition to that, it might even darken the shade of graying strands.

Thym

Did you know that thyme actually contains the most iron among all the other herbs and spices? Just one tablespoon will already provide your hair with 5 grams of nutrients to keep it strong because of its healthy iron content. Aside from adding it to food thyme also does its anti-hair loss duties when it is massaged directly on the scalp.

Cedar

The essential oil that can be made out of this herb is useful because of its antiseptic action. You can regularly massage cedar oil infused with either almond or laurel oil to the scalp and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing.

Saw Palmetto

This herb prevents hair loss because it found to disrupt the formation of DHT or dihydrotestosterone, the hormone responsible for hair loss. Men who suffer from mild to moderate baldness may benefit from this, however further studies needs to be made for this claim.

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Itchy Scalp, Natural Scalp Treatments: Using A Natural Home Remedy For Itchy Scalp Conditions

Yes it can be extremely annoying and embarrassing having a scalp condition like dandruff, eczema, scalp infections or a nasty itchy red rash on your scalp.

If you are suffering from:

itchy scalp, sore scalp or do you have a flaky dry scalp with redness and rashes that drive you crazy?

scalp picking – do you constantly find yourself picking at & scratching?

oily scalp and limp hair leaving you feeling less than your best

embarrassing dandruff falling on your clothes

or even a fungal infection of your scalp…that can lead to lesions or scalp sores.

Hair falling out & patches on your scalp

Your instinct might be to pick up a product from the store shelf or your doctor. Most of these scalp treatments that promise relief from dry scalp conditions sound very attractive until you start reading the fine print.

Sodium Laureth/Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)? What’s that? Why do you have to call a Poison Control Center if you accidentally swallow shampoo? And what are those warning labels on the back all about? What does it do to your head if it’s that toxic?

Stop! What you must know is that several chemicals, especially SLS, strip the natural oils from the skin and even corrode it, along with your eye membranes. Have you also noticed that your hair has been thinning? Well hair follicle damage is another little known but very common symptom of these chemicals.

Actually, most commercial shampoos & scalp treatments are designed to meet people’s “sensory” expectations…offering instant gratification and the illusion that they are doing their job. So therein lies the problem. For example adding silicone to conditioner induces an artificial shine but in truth can create problems long term including sensitivities.

Most people expect a shampoo to:

Foam up nicely

Smell good

Take all the so-called “nasty” oiliness out of their hair

Make their hair feel squeaky-clean

And that’s a reasonable ask – think about it…if your shampoo didn’t foam up, smell good, or leave your hair feeling squeaky-clean, would you trust it? Well, here’s the thing: 90% of commercial shampoos achieve the foaming effect using the equivalent of engine degreasers to strip off not only dirt and grime but also valuable natural oils that your scalp needs.

Yes –your scalp needs natural oils. Without them, your body has no natural defence – those oils are there for a reason! Your scalp needs to maintain a natural PH balance that if disturbed – can develop into a dry, itchy irritated scalp. The good news is that there are many natural remedies you can use with moisturising oils and natural powerful alternatives to heal & reverse any scalp problem by restoring balance safely. You can easily repair follicle and damage – even boost hair growth and use your own home remedy for scalp cell regeneration. There are also the artificial aromas that are added – its alarming the huge percentage of people who are mildly to severely averse or allergic to artificial scents – resulting in itchy scalp, skin rashes etc and we don’t even know it.

So what non toxic itchy scalp treatments and natural remedies can help? Well there are many non toxic shampoos which are nourishing and conditioning while still giving you’re the “foam effect”, they smell devine with the addition of the natural oils they contain. So you do have a choice and it does NOT have to cost you more – in fact most of them are less – you just have to know what to look for.

So lets have a look at natural oils for treating your scalp…

Here are some of my favorite natural oils you can use for hair & scalp treatments.

Zinc Pyrithione: Wonderful stuff for dandruff & itchy scalp conditions. First synthesized in the 1930’s, this is the most widely used active ingredient from a natural source. It’s used to treat dandruff, seborrheic dermatitus, psoriasis, eczema and numerous other skin and scalp disorders. It has strong anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.

Jojoba: Is excellent as a scalp moisturiser and helps to rebalance sebum.

Tea Tree: Oily hair … Treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and underactive sebaceous glands, enlivens the scalp and brings the cells & follicles to attention

Basil: Oily hair … promotes growth

Chamomile: Fine to normal hair … gives golden highlights

Clary sage: All types of hair … dandruff treatment

Lavender: Normal hair … Scalp treatment for itchiness, dandruff, and even lice!

Lemon: Oily hair … Gives golden highlights; treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and underactive sebaceous glands

Myrrh: Dry hair … Treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and underactive sebaceous glands

Patchouli: Oily hair … Dandruff treatment

Peppermint: Dry hair … Promotes hair growth

Rose: Fine hair … Soothes scalp

Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil: Itchy Scalp, Dry Scalp Excellent for itchy scalp, dry scalp and dandruff

Rosemary: Oily hair … Dandruff treatment; promotes hair growth

Tea tree: Oily hair … Treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and underactive sebaceous glands

Ylang-ylang: Oily hair … Dandruff treatment

Neem: … a wonder oil from India. Neem is amazing for all of the wonderful “stuff” it does. It’s also derived from a type of tree bark. Neem is an effective fungicide and insecticide (great for head lice when used with geranium, rosemary, lavender and eucalyptus oils). In clinical studies Neem extracts and oil were found to be as effective as coal tar and cortisone in treating psoriasis with none of the usual side effects accompanying the use of Neem as there was with Coal tar and cortisone. Neem extracts and oil removes redness and itching when applied directly to your scalp…and it’s a great skin conditioner. Best of all its excellent for relieving itching fast.

The best part of knowing that there are alternatives is that you can have mix these into super powerful blends like a super moisture boosting home remedy for dry scalp, or soothing itchy scalp treatments. Dry itchy scalp can be dealt with fast and permanently without spending a ton on traditional scalp med products.

Here’s just one easy remedy you can make today:

Home remedy for dry itchy scalp Take ¼ c oatmeal and soak in water for 20 mins. Mix well and then strain the liquid adding it to a cup. Add 5 drops lavender oil (or lavender stalks steeped in ¼ cup hot water. Add 5 drops rosemary (or rosemary stalks steeped in ¼ cup hot water. Allow to cool until tepid.

Mix the liquids together and dab on your scalp…leave in for 10 mins to soothe the itch. This a good temporary soother for itching. Chamomile tea is also soothing!

There are hundreds of ideas that are excellent scalp treatments from dandruff to scalp infections like scalp sores & psoriasis. These remedies combined with the knowledge of what causes itchy scalp and other scalp conditions will enable you to be free from itching, dryness and allow you to grow fabulously thick, shiny beautiful hair also…..so have fun experimenting and “luxuriating” by giving your hair a treat using the many natural gifts from nature that are right under our noses! There are also many natural shampoos that so not use these ingredients and do wonders for your hair such as Akin shampoo, and Thursday Plantation which is fantastic as an effective anti-dandruff shampoo.

I have included a few more remedies and uses for oils below. There are many many more in “Beautiful Hair & Healthy Scalp Secrets & Remedies ” and a list of shampoos that are not toxic. They are nourishing & repairing for your scalp & hair.

SOOTHING & HEALING ANTIFLAMMATORY REMEDY: Apply a mixture of 1 teaspoon of Neem oil (antifungal & antiitching) 1 teaspoon Teatree or Manuka (also antifungal) which much stronger than teatree, one teaspoon of Rosemary oil and one teaspoon of Lavender oil together in 3 tablespoons of carrier oils such as Olive or Almond oil (Wheatgerm and Macadamia carrier oils closely match your natural sebum) and apply to your scalp daily.

Alternatively add the oils together minus the olive/almond oil to one cup if water in spray bottle and shake vigorously then spray on your roots. If you can get a teaspoon of hemp oil add that to the mix as well.

GARDEN REMEDY: Go to your garden and get 3 sprigs of Rosemary, and chop up and add to 3 tea bags of Chamomile tea. Boil gently, let cool, strain and rinse your hair with this liquid for a calming antiflammatory effect.

As with all remedies please patch test first and use at your own risk. And but only non toxic shampoos without ingredients that cause your head to react, flake itch and burn….plus more remedies in “Beautiful Hair & Healthy Scalp Secrets & Remedies “

Heres a little about the oils above which can be mixed to create various formulas to treat different conditions and add condition to your hair found in my eBook “Beautiful Hair & Healthy Scalp Secrets & Remedies “.

Neem Oil: Derived from a type of tree bark it is an effective fungicide and insecticide (great for head lice when used with geranium, rosemary, lavender and eucalyptus oils). It has a very strong odor which can overpower other fragrances but its effectiveness is proven:

In clinical studies Neem extracts and oil were found to be as effective as coal tar and cortisone in treating psoriasis with none of the usual side effects accompanying the use of Neem as there was with Coal tar and cortisone.

When applied to the skin, Neem extracts and oil removes redness and itching while improving the condition of the skin while being treated. In the case of eczema clinical studies demonstrate that even the application of weaker Neem leaf extracts effectively cured acute conditions of eczema with the fresh cold pressed oil with its high concentration of active ingredients.

Neem effectively kills the bacteria that cause Acne and studies prove that Neem will reduce inflammation caused by acne and other bacterial infections.

Its also good for other skin conditions such as Dry Skin, Wrinkles, Dandruff, Itchy Scalp, Skin Ulcers and Warts which can be effectively remedied with soaps and other products containing Neem oil.

Lavender Oil: Lavender is known for its calming properties both emotional and physical. There are different varieties of lavender and certain ones are favored more than others for medicinal treatments. Lavender is effective to soothe itching from skin and sore scalp inflammations such as burning red itchy scalp, and dandruff to insect bites as well as having a powerful calming effect to treat scalp itching and irritated scalp as well as relax you and help you nod off to sleep.

In one study of 86 people with alopecia areata (a disease of unknown cause characterized by significant hair loss, generally in patches), those who massaged their scalps with lavender and other essential oils daily for 7 months experienced significant hair re-growth compared to those who massaged their scalps without the essential oils. It is not entirely clear from this study whether lavender (or a combination of lavender and other essential oils) was responsible for the beneficial effects. Scalp massage is also highly beneficial to stimulate follicles and blood supply to the skin’s surface.

Aromatherapists also use lavender as a tonic in inhalation therapy to treat headaches, nervous disorders, and exhaustion. Herbalists treat skin ailments, such as fungal infections (like candidiasis), dandruff, eczema of the scalp, wounds, scalp acne, with lavender oil. It is also used externally in a healing bath for circulatory disorders and as a rub for rheumatic ailments (conditions affecting the muscles and joints).

Tea Tree Oil: One of the strongest known natural antiseptics. Also has punative skin penetrating capacity as an anti-inflamatory, anti-bacterial, germicide and fungicide. The scientific name for it is Melaleuca Alternifolia.

Rosemary Oil: Rosemary oil has a pronounced action on the brain and the central nervous system and is wonderful for clearing the mind and mental awareness, while having excellent brain stimulant properties, as well as improving memory.

It helps with headaches, migraines, neuralgia, mental fatigue and nervous exhaustion and the antiseptic action of rosemary oil is especially suitable for intestinal infections and diarrhea, easing colitis, dyspepsia, flatulence, hepatic disorders and jaundice and relieving pain associated with itchy flaky scalp, rheumatism, arthritis, muscular pain and gout. It also helps for arteriosclerosis, palpitations, poor circulation and varicose veins.

The diuretic properties of rosemary oil are useful with reducing water retention during menstruation, and also with obesity and cellulite.

On the respiratory system, it is effective for asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, sinus and whooping cough. Because of its astringent action, it is also effective for countering sagging skin. Its stimulating action benefits scalp disorders and encourages hair growth.

On the skin, it helps to ease congestion, puffiness and swelling and can also be used for acne, dry inflamed scalp, dermatitis and eczema, but a very popular use of this oil is the use in hair care products, as it has a pronounced positive effect on the health of the hair and scalp. It increases the circulation to the scalpand is therefore also effective for promoting hair growth after having conditions such as dandruff or scalp sores causing hair loss, scalp itching and scratching.

Rosemary oil is effective for mental fatigue, circulation problems, pain relief for the muscular system, decongests the respiratory tract and is a skin and hair booster.

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Major Causes Of Hair Loss In Men And Women

During a cycle of hair growth, there is little shedding. It is absolutely a normal thing and a natural process. But, for a large number of people, there is unusually excessive hair fall. It finally leads to partial or total baldness. This is a serious matter that must be attended instantly. The problem needs immediate treatment. Before moving towards the solution for this embarrassing disturbance, it is necessary to have a deep insight of what actually causes it.

Genetics

Experts reveal that the most common of all causes of hair loss among women and men is their genetic makeup. However much of the details are not known yet. It is fully understood now that the gene for hair loss is dominant in such people. It can be transferred either form mother or father. In people with inherited hair loss, the problem is progressive. It continues to occur throughout years or for their entire life. For some, early twenties is the age when they start experiencing this trouble. For others, it occurs later in life.

Hormonal disturbance

Any changes in normal hormonal level in body cause various syndromes. One of these is hair loss. These are briefly described here:

Hyperthyroidism:

Overactive thyroid leads to thin damaged hair.

Hypothyroidism:

Under-active thyroid is also detrimental for hair growth. It makes them coarse and rough.

Male and Female hormone imbalance:

In women, if any imbalance in sex hormones of male and female occurs, it causes hair thinning and loss.

Pregnancy:

It is widely known that pregnancy causes hormonal changes that ultimately lead to excessive hair loss. A large reserve of protein and calcium is taken up by fetus so there is a dearth of essential nutrients that are beneficial for hair growth. This major transfer of nutrients leaves a woman severely deficient in hair food.

Menopause:

Some women suffer from hair loss when they enter menopause phase. The main cause is estrogen lack.

Hormone Replacement Therapy:

It is often given to treat health problems and symptoms related to menopause. This mostly causes hair shedding in women.

Malnutrition

A diet deficient in essential nutrients necessary for hair growth leads to baldness. Although, a poor dietary intake is not directly related to this problem but, it has serious implications upon the growth and health of the hair. People who are deprived of proteins, biotin, vitamin A and other important vitamins or minerals for a considerably longer time are more likely to face such problems, as compared to those who take a well-balanced diet.

Disease

Several diseases such as diabetes, psoriasis, lupus, dermatitis, hepatitis and breast cancer are also a causative factor for loss of hair.

Infection

Ringworm fungus makes scalp infectious in children. It also causes weakening of hair shaft and patches all over scalp.

Medications

Anticoagulants or blood thinners, overdose of vitamin A, anti-depressant drugs, contraceptive pills and gout-treatment medicines can cause hair loss.

In order to treat hair loss, its causes must be clearly understood with no ambiguities and myths. When the main factor is confirmed, its cure can be more effective and focused.

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