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How to Find the Most Suitable Hair Loss Treatment and Increase the Chances of Stopping Hair Loss

Introduction

There are several types of hair loss and balding. While the mechanism of the phenomenon of hair loss and baldness is not fully understood, there is vast knowledge on the ability to treat the types of hair loss and baldness by medication or natural means.

We are dividing the alopecia types into treatable and non-treatable conditions and we shall hereby explain how one can evaluate the chances of successful treatment in the treatable conditions.

When evaluating the chances of improving the condition of the hair, the most important criteria is the condition of the hair follicles. As long as the hair follicles are alive, there is a chance to grow new hair. Otherwise, there is no basis for any treatment to succeed and the only options are cosmetic- wig, hair transplant etc.

Life period of the hair follicles may reach up to twenty-five years. The hair follicles grow hair in cycles of growth and fall. In the process of hair loss, each cycle of growth produces shorter, thinner hair and there is less pigment (color).

When the scalp has a bright plume, it indicates that the hair follicle is still alive but dormant. Given the appropriate specialist’s knowledge and therapy, the hair follicle can be stimulated to grow hair. However if the surface is completely smooth, it indicates that the hair follicle is no longer alive and there is zero chance to grow hair- except in some cases as explained below (Alopecia Areata, Totalis and Universalis).

The different types of hair loss and the chances of growth of new hair are hereby given.

Non Treatable conditions

The conditions of hair loss which have no chance of hair regrowth are: Alopecia from birth, Scarring Alopecia, Traction Alopecia and Lupus disease.

Alopecia from birth is a rare condition, where the infant is born without hair follicles.

In Scarring Alopecia the infected zone looks like a scar and the hair follicles are dead. The reasons of the phenomena are unknown. The chances of growing new hair are zero, but with proper treatment the expansion of the Scarring Alopecia can be stopped.

In Traction Alopecia the hair is pulled out of the scalp and the hair follicle becomes weak and dies.

In alopecia which is caused by Lupus disease, the skin is rough and pink and the chances of growth of hair is almost non existent.

Treatable Conditions

The conditions of hair loss which has a chance to be treated successfully are: Male Pattern Alopecia, Alopecia Areata, Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis.

Male Pattern Alopecia is common male baldness. It’s characteristics are loss of hair at the front and crown area first. In many cases, there is still at least hair plume, hair loss and baldness can be stopped by affecting the hair follicles.

In Alopecia Areata condition, typical round hair loss patches evolve rapidly. Sometimes the bald patches spread to full hair loss of the scalp (Alopecia Totalis) or even whole body areas (Alopecia Universalis). The phenomenon could harm men, women and small children. Conventional medicine assumes the Alopecia Areata condition is an autoimmune disease, though the exact mechanism of Alopecia Areata is not known nor fully understood.

In many cases Alopecia Areata is caused by psychological pressure: people who experienced trauma have sometimes lost entire hair within hours or days.

Evaluating Chances of Successful Treatment

As explained in the introduction, the condition of the hair follicles is the most important criteria for evaluating the chances of successful treatment. Existence of thin white hair is a visible sign for living hair follicles. The thin white hair can be noticed when examining the scalp from close distance, with good light conditions. Sometimes viewing the scalp from an angle against light source helps to see the thin white hair.

Naturally, when there is thin white hair on the alopecia area, it indicates that the hair follicles are weak but alive, so there is a basis to grow hair, given the proper treatment. But when the alopecia area is smooth, the evaluation depends on the alopecia type:

In male pattern alopecia condition, smooth scalp is a clear indication that the hair follicles are not alive and there is no chance to grow new hair. However in Alopecia Areata, Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis the hair follicles sometimes remain alive even if the alopecia area is smooth and evaluating the condition of the hair follicles should take into consideration other important factors.

The factors which play important role in the condition of the hair follicles and hence the chances of success:

– Age of the patient: at younger age there are higher chances to recover

– Period with Alopeia Areata condition: if the condition is recent, the chances are higher. Among people who experienced Alopecia Areata for decades, the hair follicles are probably too weak.

– Alopecia Areata condition was due to a shock: In those cases, the chances of recovery are better.

– Use of violent and inappropriate treatment: Some treatments cause permanent damage to the hair follicles. In such cases, even if there is growth of hair, it is common that once the treatment is stopped the hair falls and the hair follicles remain weaker, which makes it harder to stimulate growth.

– Thin white hair: as previously explained, if there is thin white hair the chances of recovery increase.

– Use of wig: When a wig is applied, the scalp’s skin is not normally exposed to air and is not breathing (skin is not able to absorb oxygen). In cases of wig users, the chances of recovery are lower. If wig is attached by glue, chances are near zero.

It should be emphasized that these are general guidelines for treatment success chances, based on experience with a population of Alopecia Areata patients. A personal evaluation is required in order to accurately evaluate the success chances of a specific person.

Choosing the Right Treatment

There are natural or medication therapies which are intended to revive the hair roots. When considering medication treatment, it is advised to consult with a specialist dermatologist and inquire about possible side effects. The internet includes vast information about the side effects of conventional treatments. In case of natural treatments, it is advised to seek for a treatment which is certified by a recognized organization. The treatment should be certified for being safe for usage and without any side effects. In order to be certified for zero side effects, the treatment should contain only herbs and plants with the maximal safety degree – edible herbs- as defined by the U.S. CTFA list of plants.

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Is There Hair Miniaturization in Telogen Effluvium (TE)? I’ll Tell You

Some of the most common questions that I get on my blog have to do with how to tell the difference between hereditary or androgen driven hair loss (AGA) and shedding or medical / stress related hair loss (which is called TE or telogen effluvium.) The shedding condition is often thought (sometimes incorrectly) to be more temporary in nature. Often, a distinction between the two is thought to be the presence of thinning, sickly, fly away, or miniaturized hair that shows in the regrowth of androgenic alopecia. Sometimes though, people will come out and ask “is it possible to have miniaturized hairs with TE?” I’ll answer this question in the following article.

What Is Miniaturization, Exactly?: You may already know this and you may not, but hair becomes miniaturized because of hormones, DHT, or aging. What happens is that the hair is affected by these various factors and it then falls out prematurely and grows back more thin. This happens over many cycles of hair loss and regrowth, so that in the first round it may only be a 10% reduction in the diameter of the hair (and not be very noticeable.) But by the time several of these cycles have taken place, you may have a 50-70% reduction in hair thickness. This is when it becomes noticeable and this is when folks will often seek help. But by this time, you’re already deep into this process.

Sometimes the miniaturization will only occur in those areas that are most affected by DHT, which is often the temples, the crown, and the top. But some individuals will have an all over or more diffuse thinning and this diffuse thinning does not always mean that you don’t have AGA. It’s also possible the have both AGA and TE going on at the same time, as unlucky as this would be.

Can TE Or CTE Cause Miniaturization?: The short answer is yes, but it’s not completely common for this to happen. It’s much more likely that thinner or finer hairs are due to androgens or age. However, some medical conditions (especially having to do with your thyroid or adrenals) can affect the density of your regrowth. (This is also true of the medications used to treat these conditions.)

And, some severe cases of telogen effluvium or CTE can cause an inflammatory process that can stunt or thwart your follicles so that they are no longer producing high quality, thick hair. Sometimes, they will have a few faulty or unproductive hair cycles and will eventually work their way back to normal. But sometimes, you will have to lessen the inflammation, heal the scalp, and then follow both of these things up by aggressively stimulating the scalp so that it is producing the best quality hair that is possible for it at the time.

How Do You Know If It’s AGA Or TE That Is Causing Your Hair To Miniaturize?: This question is a bit more tricky. You can look to see if you have any of the common triggers for temporary shedding and you can look at any family history that you may have or see if you have any other symptoms of excess androgens (excess facial hair in women or oily skin and scalp for both genders.) You can also try to determine if your loss pattern is androgenic patterned and is more evident in those high androgenic areas.

But honestly, the treatment is the same no matter which is the case. Step one is eliminating any triggers. Step two is addressing the inflammation. And step three is stimulating the regrowth that is going to offer appropriate coverage.

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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 Long Will It Take to Recover From Traction Alopecia?

People who suffer from traction alopecia or other forms of hair loss commonly want to know how long the recovery time is until their hair begins to grow. Traction alopecia is different from other forms of alopecia as it is brought on by physical actions placing tension on hair follicles. In other words, you develop traction alopecia after you have pulled your hair constantly.

The pulling is commonly a result of a hair styling process or routine. Additionally, hair extensions have also been known to cause traction alopecia and those women who often wear extensions are at the highest risk of developing the condition.

Hair loss caused by traction alopecia generally begins at the front hair line, but can also occur at the crown of the head or in the form of generalized thinning of the hair. Much like other hair loss forms this condition can cause the sufferer to have a reduced lack of self confidence. The hair loss in other assorted areas of the head can significantly reduce the number of hair styles that can be used; thus creating more stress.

The good news is that you can re-grow the hair you lose from traction alopecia. However, before choosing surgery as the treatment plan, it is suggested that you first allow your hair a chance to grow back naturally. The process will certainly require patience, time, and caring for your hair but the end results will be well worth the effort. Traction alopecia recovery times can range from just a couple months to years. Recovery time will directly depend on the degree of damage caused and the length of time the abuse lasted for.

Whether you like it or not, during traction alopecia recovery times you will have to avoid the hair styles that caused the damage in the first place. Regardless how many articles you read that claim extensions or braids are okay as long as they are not tight on the scalp, don’t listen to this advice. The weight alone from the additional hair will cause additional stress to hair shafts that are already weak and aggravate follicles that are already sore. Hair extensions and braids that are fitted can lead to scalp inflammation. The inflammation alone symbolizes the scalp is stressed. So, it is in your best bet to avoid all activities that further stress the hair follicles and scalp. However, there are a couple things you can do to speed your scalp’s healing process up.

First, you need to halt the application of damaging chemicals such as colorants and relaxers. For example, relaxers are used to permanently straighten hair that is naturally curly. The chief reason hair is curly is due to the keratin products that make up the hair contain amino acids referred to as cysteines. The cysteines link each other by disulfide bonds as two sulfur atoms connect to each other. The more disulfide bonds contained in the hair, the curlier the hair will be.

Relaxers simply go in and dissolve the disulfide bonds and cap them so they cannot reform chemically. Commonly, relaxers use a base or reducer like lye (sodium hydroxide) to break up and cap the bonds. Sodium hydroxide in itself is a very strong chemical that can damage your hair or burn your skin. Even if a commercial relaxer is considered safer and gentler, they still use the same chemical reaction to break the disulfide bonds and cap them. When a scalp is affected by traction alopecia, it contains follicles that are damaged and may be inflamed already. Applying a relaxer to a scalp like this will only further aggravate the situation as it will burn and irritate skin exposed from missing patches of hair; thus prolonging your recovery time. You are not recommended to relax your hair until it completely grows out again.

Nutrition and diet play important roles in recovery as well. Eating foods rich in proteins, vitamins, and minerals such as fruits and vegetables will also help start the biological healing process. It may also be in your best interest to begin taking supplements to make sure you are receiving nutrients essential for hair growth. You can always choose a supplement specifically for hair growth. Many of the vitamins made specifically for hair contain 200mg of Biotin and other nutrients such as magnesium, iron, zinc, and selenium. In particular, biotin is great for increasing the length of time your hair remains in the growth phase which will also keep your follicles actively producing hair.

Protein, however, should be of the utmost importance to you. In fact, lean sources of protein almost always contain vitamins essential for hair growth. However, most importantly your hair is created for protein which makes it essential for the production of keratin. Easy ways of increasing protein intake is by consuming protein cookies, shakes, and bars.

In conclusion, to reduce the recovery time for traction alopecia you should begin by quitting the hair styles that stress your hair follicles out the most; you only want to wear hair styles that do not apply any tension at all to your hair. Additionally, refrain from applying chemical relaxers and colorants to your hair. Finally, make sure your hair follicles are being nourished from inside the body by consuming proper amounts of vitamins, minerals, and protein. If you cannot consume these essential items naturally, then you should begin a supplement regimen that offers them for you.

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7 Steps To Salon Retail Heaven

Over 90% of all hair products bought in the UK are bought over the counter on the high street, with Tesco recently being voted “Best haircare retailer” in the “Hair magazine awards 2007” meaning most salons are losing out on a MASSIVE amount of extra revenue. In other countries like Australia, for example, the vast majority of hair products are actually bought in-salon due to stylist and client education and stylists being seen as the hair care experts that they are. In the UK, however, while a client will trust you with their cut and colour, their preferred expert in home care products is still the high street retailer and chemist. This is like hiring a personal trainer to help you lose weight and then ignoring the nutritional advice they give and simply buying what you deem “healthy” from the supermarket.

So why is this? The 2 most common reasons given for not trying to retail are:

1: We’re hairdressers, not sales people.

2: My clients don’t want to feel pressured.

These are not reasons, they’re excuses and here’s why:

1: You ARE sales people. Every day you sell your skills and knowledge to your clients and prospective clients and this is why they trust you, because you know what you’re doing. YOU are the trained expert and part of your job is to know what the client should be using on their hair.

2: If it’s done properly, it’s not hard sell it’s heart sell. If you think your client should have a few inches cut off and some highlights put in, would you say to them “I want to chop a couple of inches off and give you some highlights”? No, it’s too abrupt and would probably scare your client away. But if you said, “I really think that we should take a little length around here, bring it in around your face, which would really compliment your face shape, and add a few highlights to give your overall colour some definition”. Don’t you think that sounds much more appealing? Give your client a reason for wanting what you suggest and they will want it. The same rule applies to retail products. Listed below are 7 steps than any salon can take to see positive change in their retail sales and an increase in extra revenue.

So here are the seven steps to salon retail heaven:

STEP 1: PRODUCT CHOICE. Find a range of products that YOU believe in. It’s very easy to choose a range that most salons in your area have, under the assumption that if everyone has it it must be good. If you don’t like the look,smell and feel of the products you provide, it will be very difficult to promote them to your clients. It’s essential that you choose products that you truly believe are the best for your clients and, if you plan to provide more than one brand, suit all pockets. Some clients won’t buy high priced products yet some clients won’t buy lower priced products because they see them as “cheap”. Strange, but true.

STEP 2: LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION. Where you locate your retail products within the salon is essential and can make all the difference. Ideally, they should be at the front of the salon, near the reception and, if possible, on the right hand side. People are naturally inclined to go to the right. If you are limited for space, consider using your window area for retail with labels clearly visible from outside. You can also use point of sale material and special promotions to draw people through your door. This can actually work in your favour as people can clearly see which products you stock and may simply come in to purchase their favourite products.

STEP 3: RELAXED, RESTOCKED, REFRESHED. Many salons have good products on shelves behind the till or locked in glass cabinets. To a client, this says “DO NOT TOUCH”. So what do Tesco do that works so well? Simple. Their retail area is very inviting, clean, with well lit shelves, fully stocked, clearly labelled, with plenty of information and trained advisors at hand to answer any questions and make recommendations. It’s essential that clients can pick up, read and smell your products. Stock should also be moved around every 4 weeks or so to keep the area fresh and draw clients eyes to different products.

STEP 4: LET’S TALK. Imagine watching Gordon Ramsay on TV and, for once, he’s not shouting. In fact, he doesn’t say a word. He prepares his ingredients, mixes them together, cooks, stirs, flips and seasons, until the dish is complete and he presents it to the camera. It looks delicious. But what is it? How did he do it? What did he use and why? How much? For how long? Gordon tells us what he’s cooking, what he’s using, what it does, how much he’s using and how he’s using it and he does this for one simple reason. When Gordon Ramsay cooks, YOU WANT TO COOK. It’s how he sells his books. NO TALK, NO SALE. As you cut and colour your clients hair, you explain what you’re doing and why and so it should be with product use. Every member of staff should be explaining what they’re using, what it does, how much they’re using and how they’re using it. Give your clients the recipe and they will want to cook it themselves at home.

STEP 5: MAKE RETAIL FUN. When I was a child, my Mum made a game of everything. Tidying my room was a game, washing up was a game, mowing the lawn was a game. These where all things I knew I had to do to get my pocket money but my Mum was smart. By making a game of something, even the most mundane tasks aren’t that bad. Every so often, have a retail promotion for a limited period and run a staff game along side it. Take a grid of numbers from 1 to 50, like the game battleships, and every time a staff member retails a product they write their name on a number. Put 5 prizes of different value in 5 envelopes each with a number on it and keep these in your safe. When the grid is full or the promotion has ended, hand out the envelopes to those who’s name is on the corresponding number.

STEP 6: MAKE TRAINING FUN. Retail training doesn’t have to be a drag that no one looks forward to. Play “Who am I?” with retail products. Get 2 teams and as people think they know the product you’re describing, they have to run and get it. The winning team gets some chocolates for each correct answer. Play “Pass the parcel” with a product. When the parcel’s unwrapped, the person has to describe the product and sell it to the team as if they were on a shopping channel. They then get to keep the product or swap it for one they would use at home. Also,make sure your staff are using the products you retail. Don’t just give them a 10% discount on products, give them a monthly allowance. It amazes me the number of staff who still use high street products. If you work for Ford you drive a Ford, if you work for Levi you wear Levi jeans, if you’re a hairdresser YOU DO NOT USE HIGH STREET BRAND PRODUCTS!

STEP 7: MAKE BUYING FUN. Take full advantage of any supplier promotions to boost your retail sales. Clients are more likely to buy if the perceived value of what’s on offer is high. Offer your clients a money back guarantee that they won’t find on the high street. Encourage your clients to get rid of their old products they don’t use any more by offering them a 25% discount on all retail products when they bring in their old products. Constantly think of ways to give your clients the WOW factor! B.O.G.O.F’s, products presented in gift wrapped boxes etc are great ways of boosting retail sales and will encourage your clients to buy more often.

By utilising these 7 steps, any salon can see a noticeable growth in retail sales and, therefore, a growth in extra revenue and should also notice a positive change in the way retailing is perceived by their staff.

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The Golden Rules for Faster Hair Growth: Hair Help 411

A great black hair care regimen will include the following: a high quality shampoo, preferably an all natural one, a high quality conditioner, natural hair oils for a healthy scalp, and an all natural daily moisturizing lotion, cream, or serum. For added perks, a hair healthy black hair care routine will also include a monthly hot oil treatment and protein treatments. Yet, many individuals with African American Hair don’t employ such hair care regimens. In fact, African Americans often only shampoo their hair once or twice a month and left the rest of their hair care maintenance to the application of petroleum based hair “greases” and mineral oil based hair lotions. Unfortunately, bi-weekly washes with poor shampoos and the application of traditional black hair moisturizers that are mineral oil or petroleum based will only lead to hair breakage, splitting, and thinning for African American hair.

Here are The Golden Rules to Growing Long African American Hair:

African American Hair Growth Golden Rule #1: Keep Your Hair Moisturized.

African American hair needs moisture and deep conditioning, especially when the hair is exposed to chemical relaxers, stressful styles, and heat appliances, like blow dryers and flat irons. You must deep condition Black hair, at least once per week for it to thrive. A conditioner is nothing more than a cream that is applied to the hair to smooth the cuticle, soften the hair, add sheen, and restore moisture. Although conditioning your hair cannot make it grow—it can reduce shedding and breakage. As a result, your hair will actually become longer.

African American Hair Growth Golden Rule #2: Find the Right Conditioner

Instant or Leave In Conditioners are great for African American hair, because they coat and give the hair body and shine rapidly. However, they often contain silicones, which make the hair look shiny, but also seal the cuticles and coat the strand so much that additional moisture is unable to penetrate the hair strand. That’s why I recommend that you use hair lotion or leave in conditioners. Try to choose an all natural hair lotion that has EFAs and natural oils, such Beauty 4 Ashes GodHead hair care products (wwwdiscoverb4acom).. If you cannot find an all natural hair lotion then definitely try Carols Daugther (wwwcarolsdaughtercom).

African American Hair Growth Golden Rule #3: Deep Condition Your Hair.

Deep Penetrating Conditioners: A conditioner that is absorbed into the hair shaft to improve the health and appearance. Usually made from keratin and amino acids. Beauty 4 Ashes GodHead Silky Smooth is an excellent conditioner for African American Hair. It contains amino acids and essential fatty acids, two necessary components for healthy, longer African American hair. It also has almond, jojoba, coconut, olive, shea, and a host of other hair shaft penetrating moisture rich oils, which contain protein and vitamins to reduce breakage and splitting in African American Hair. You can find it at wwwdiscoverb4acom. Make sure your thoroughly rinse your hair after using a deep penetrating conditioner.

African American Hair Growth Golden Rule #4: Shampoo Your Hair Regularly.
As an African American you must protect against dry hair, but you also have to protect against an unhealthy, clogged, and dirty scalp. You need to wash your hair at least once per week. However, you cannot do this with cheap shampoos or high priced shampoos that contain the same harmful ingredients as the low priced, disguised under better brand labels. As an African American , it is best to use all natural hair care products that contain natural oils. If you purchase quality products like Aubrey organics or Beauty 4 Ashes Super Hair Growth Products, then your scalp can be healthy and your hair will not be dry. Just remember, dirty scalp equals short hair. Remember, that after shampooing and rinsing your hair, gently ring your hair to remove excess water. Towel blot your hair dry, and use a quality hair lotion before applying heat. Do not rub the towel up and down your hair. This will result in breakage and splitting. If using a deep penetrating conditioner, just gently remove the excess water from your hair.

African American Hair Growth Golden Rule #5: Style Your Hair from Home Section your hair into even parts.
Apply Olive or Jojoba oil directly to the scalp. Then follow with a hair lotion or leave-in conditioner, and style. Everyday you need to treat your hair just as well as you did the moment you walked out of the salon.

African American Hair Growth Golden Rule #6: Pay close attention to the ends of your hair

African American or Curly Hair needs a lot of moisture at the ends. When conditioning your hair, or even applying protein treatments or hair lotion, make sure you target those hair ends.

Remember that to grow long and healthy Black hair, you have to condition it. Do not neglect this. Black hair that is not conditioned often is dull, brittle, and damaged. Do not purchase cheap products with hair stripping ingredients, such as sulfates, alcohols, glycols, and silicones (any ingredient ending in the word “cone”). This eliminates about 96% of black hair care products available on the market. The best conditioning products on the market for African American and Curly Textured Hair are made by Beauty 4 Ashes ®, Carol’s Daughter, Aubrey Organics, and Ojon. Preferably, use Beauty 4 Ashes or Aubrey Organics, as they are all natural.

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Hair Loss Prevention- Why Do Castrated Men Never Go Bald?

Note-This content only presents overviews of hair loss

prevention research for educational purposes and does not

replace medical advice from a professional physician.

The best start to preventing hair loss is understanding the

basics of hair: what it is, how it grows, what system

malfunctions can cause it to stop growing.

Most common hair loss comes under what has been commonly

known as Male Pattern Baldness (MPB). Although referred to

as MPB, females suffer a similar syndrome, so it is more

properly called androgenetic alopecia. Although hair loss

is not life or health threatening, it can cause serious

problems with a personâEUR(TM)s psyche and self-confidence. There

has been no absolute cure found for hair loss, and many

factors of hair loss are hereditary, however there are

several preventative measures one can take to maintain

healthy hair and scalp.

Although both men and women can suffer significant hair

loss, over 50% of men will suffer with Male Pattern

Baldness (MPB), also known as androgenetic alopecia, at

some point in their lives. The reason behind hair loss is a

genetically inherited sensitivity to Dihydrotestosterone

(DHT) and 5-alpha-reductase. The enzyme 5-alpha-reductase

converts testosterone, a male hormone, to DHT, the

substance identified as the end-cause for hair loss.

Hair loss has been noticed and studied throughout the ages,

and some interesting discoveries were made in ancient

times. For one it was noticed that eunuchs: those males

without genitals-never went bald. Men who were castrated as

a result of accidents in battle also never went bald. This

was the first indication that testosterone had something to

do with hair loss. It has also been found that the more

recessive the hair gene, the more propensity toward

baldness one has.

Some common myths have arisen concerning hair loss. Because

of medical advancements many of these myths are being

addressed and corrected. For starters, although

androgenetic alopecia or pattern baldness is genetic and

therefore can be hereditary, it is not passed down through

only your motherâEUR(TM)s side of the family. Either side of the

family can pass down the genetic disposition toward

baldness. Also, contrary to old family tales, wearing hats

does not cause baldness either.

Beyond the genetic propensity of certain people toward hair

loss, there seems to be various dietary triggers that

activate the process, a notion that is promising since this

can be controlled.

The effects of high-fat diets and the increase of DHT

(Dihydrotestosterone), a chemical produced by the body

found to cause hair loss, is not conclusive at this time.

However, there does seem to be a connection; as societies

that consumed relatively low-fat diets such as pre-World

War II Japan experienced almost no pattern baldness,

whereas in post-World War II Japan there is an increase in

pattern baldness as their society consumes a higher fat

diet. In fact, Asian and African men in their native

countries traditionally suffer very little Male Pattern

Baldness (MPB). Although when the same peoples come to

North America, they begin to develop MPB.

Because people of all races and ethnicities tend to develop

MPB or androgenetic alopecia, yet do not exhibit these

tendencies before moving to America, changes in diet may be

a leading contributing factor. Diets high in fat do

increase testosterone, which is the main component in DHT.

More research needs to be done on this topic to reach

conclusive evidence, although it certainly could not hurt

to lower oneâEUR(TM)s fat intake.

There are a number of foods and substances to avoid and

limit the intake of. Substances such as alcohol, caffeine,

sugar and nicotine can deplete the body of nutrients and

raise adrenal levels, which will cause a chain reaction of

producing more androgen and causing hair loss. High levels

of saturated fat and cholesterol rich foods are also linked

to increased DHT levels and their consumption should be

limited. Additionally, common table salt has been linked to

hair loss. And the average diet provides the recommended

amount of sodium intake; therefore, salt should never be

added to food. However, when using salt for seasoning

during cooking, be sure to use salt with Iodine being that

it is a nutrient that is vital to hair growth as well,

unless you are a regular consumer of seafood, which

contains high levels of Iodine.

Although hair loss can be caused by many other variables,

lack of proper nutrition will assuredly cause hair loss in

many people. Fortunately, adopting a proper diet that

includes the proper nutrients can reverse hair loss caused

by malnutrition. One thing for certain, regardless of

whether your hair loss was caused by malnutrition or not,

adopting a healthier diet will help the function of other

areas of the body.

There are some methods that have been used that prevent

hair loss on some people, in addition to the dietary

improvements, there are some naturopathic remedy

suggestions. Massage and aromatherapy have been used with

some success. In minor cases of temporary hair loss, hair

growth can be stimulated by massage, since blood and oxygen

flow to the scalp must be healthy in order for hair to

grow. A blend of six drops each of lavender and bay

essential oils in a base of four ounces of either almond,

soybean or sesame oil massaged into the scalp and allowed

to sit for 20 minutes has been used by aroma therapists to

stimulate the scalp. Once the mixture is in the scalp for

20 minutes, wash your hair and scalp with your normal

shampoo mixed with three drops of bay essential oil.

Massaging the scalp in general for a couple of minutes a

day can stimulate blood flow to the hair follicles and in

mild cases stimulate some hair growth. Of course, one must

be careful to be gentle when massaging and not tug at the

hair or use the fingernails when massaging the scalp. If

one is concerned about fingernails getting in the way due

to extra long fingernails, there are several options. One

is a flat-handed massage, which while not as effective as

the finger massage can provide some circulatory benefits

and results.

There are several electric massagers on the market that

have an attachment for scalp massaging as well. An oriental

method called Qi Gong (pronounced Chi Kung) has been used

to increase circulation to the scalp and face also. The

fingers should be placed at the center of the skull base

and then begin to tap approximately 30 times. Work your way

outward toward the ears continuing to tap gently. After

reaching the ears go back to the center of the skull a

little higher up and work your way around to the ear

region. Keep going up about eight levels, each time

repeating the process.

There is a definite connection between the prostate and

hair loss for men, and therefore a connection between

breakthroughs in BPH treatments developed and their

effectiveness in restoring hair growth. There have been

some herbalists that have experimented with the herb Saw

Palmetto in order to block the production of DHT in

treating BPH. Although most studies of Saw Palmetto have

been for the treatment of prostatic disease, more recent

studies have been conducted on its effectiveness in

treating loss. The herb has been found to work in fighting

benign prostatic disease by lowering levels of DHT, which

is a known cause of androgenetic alopecia. Studies have

shown Saw Palmetto extract is an effective anti-androgen

and therefore there is promise for its effectiveness as an

effective treatment for hair loss prevention.

Rosemary and sage are two herbs that have shown benefit

traditionally when used externally. It is suggested that to

promote a clean scalp, stimulation of the hair root, and

thickening hair one should boil together in water rosemary,

sage, peach leaf, nettle and burdock. Then strain the loose

herbs from the liquid and use the liquid to wash the hair

daily. Also recommended is steeping one ounce of ground

rosemary, two ounces of ground sage, and a half ounce of

ground nettles in one pint of ethyl alcohol for a week,

straining the solution and adding one ounce of castor oil

and one ounce of water to the liquid. This is said to make

a great hair lotion to apply at night before bed or just

before shampooing.

Hair is a living protein, and as with any living part of

our bodies we must be sure to maintain proper health to

optimize our chances of maintaining a healthy head of hair.

Proper nutrition is vital to maintaining healthy hair,

since the hair is a living and growing part of the bodyâEUR(TM)s

system. Viewing it in this manner can help us to treat our

bodies different and raise expectations through proper

care. A healthy balanced diet, occasionally with the help

of vitamin and mineral supplements and exercise are all key

components to a healthy regimen of maintaining healthy

hair.

There is an obvious link to hair loss and prostatic health

and this only increases the pace of hair loss discoveries.

Most treatments for prostatic diseases such as benign

prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) also have the pleasant side

affect of growing hair on the heads of those taking it.

With the pace of research and discoveries today, there is a

great deal of optimism in the field of hair loss prevention

and treatment. Hair is an important part of our dress and

appearance, therefore a large part of our self-esteem. It

is likely that there are answers for your situation

presently or coming in the near future.

Remember, the restoration of hair growth is not an

overnight process. The process takes time regardless of the

method chosen. Be patient and follow as much of the advice

given by professionals as possible. Keep in mind that the

body is a system, and it is the abuse of this system by

food intake and environmental causes that lead to most

common hair loss.

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How to Make Minoxidil (Rogaine) More Effective in Regrowing Your Hair

The standard formula of Minoxidil produces limited effectiveness to regrowing hair.

The first cause of Minoxidil’s limited effectiveness is a substance known as Sebum that sits on top of your scalp and blocks the penetration of Minoxidil. Sebum is made up of fat and debris of dead fat-producing cells, which is the same stuff that earwax is made of.

The Sebaceous Glands produce the Minoxidil blocking Sebum, which causes the majority of Minoxidil left sitting on the scalp. The alcohol in Minoxidil now has the nasty side effect of causing dryness and irritation of the scalp.

Minoxidil works at the Dermal Papilla level, not the scalp surface, resulting in limited effectiveness in regrowing hair.

The Magic of Dexpanthenol

This Vitamin B5-rich substance known as Dexpanthenol dissolves the Sebum and creates a super hydrated and absorbent scalp, eliminating the barrier and allowing for the best possible absorption of Minoxidil to the Dermal Papilla level.

Dexpanthenol is all-around good for your scalp, as it promotes excellent scalp hygiene and helps minimize dandruff flakes.

Dexpanthenol is typically applied at least 10 minutes before application of Minoxidil, which gives the Sebum enough time to dissolve. The best methodology is to apply Dexpanthenol, wait 10 minutes, take a shower using SLS- and DEA-free shampoo, dry the scalp, then apply Minoxidil.

Eliminate the Negative Effects of Alcohol in Minoxidil by Using Carrier Lotion

By using a carrier lotion combined within the formula of Minoxidil, the negative effects of alcohol in Minoxidil can be neutralized. With the alcohol neutralized, Minoxidil will stay in liquid form long enough to reach the Dermal Papilla level, instead of being dried out and left on the scalp to cause irritation and dryness.

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Can Viviscal Stop Hair Loss and Regrow Hair?

Viviscal boasts that it can stop and prevent baldness and grow new, thicker and fuller hair in both men and women with thinning hair. But does this treatment for hair loss really deliver on its promise of growing or regrowing new hair? Is Viviscal a scam or a credible treatment for men and women suffering from alopecia worldwide?

Recently, we learned that world renowned hair transplant surgeon Dr. Glenn Charles has publicly endorsed Viviscal. Dr. Charles has an outstanding reputation for performing state of the art hair transplant surgery and regularly receives glowing accolades from his patients. When asked to comment on his public endorsement of Viviscal, Dr. Charles stated that he’s never had any of his patients display any negative afects. Dr. Charles describes Viviscal to his patients as a “natural supplement” that can promote a healthier scalp and hair. But promoting healthy hair growth is not the same thing as reversing the effects of male or female pattern baldness. Dr. Charles also explains to his patients that there is no guarantee with this product. Dr. Charles claims that most of his patients believe they saw some improvement with this product. However, some of Dr. Charles’ patients reported that they didn’t see any noticeable changes that neither they nor he can identify.

Other hair restoration experts are not as optimistic regarding Viviscal’s hair growth potential. Expert hair loss doctor Dr. Bill Rassman of Los Angeles, California is skeptical of the photographs showcasing alleged results by consumers using this product. Viviscal reportedly contains special marine extracts and a silica compound however, there’s no indication or evidence suggesting or concluding that this active ingredient can regrow hair. Dr. Rassman feels that if these photos were real, the product would have taken over the market years ago.

While there may be no harm in adding Viviscal to your hair loss treatment regimen, men and women considering this product should be aware that their product only claims to reverse thinning hair due to stress, poor nutrition and other health related ailments. Nowhere on Viviscal’s website does it suggest that their product can slow down, stop or reverse the effects of genetic male or female balding.

Viviscal appears to be one of the many products on the market with reported claims that it can stop or reverse hair loss. However, like most products on the market, there’s very little evidence supporting these claims, despite most of the hype people read on the internet.

Men and women suffering from hair loss are strongly advised to consult with their doctor before starting any medical hair loss treatments.

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The Dreadlock Commandments: The Do’s and Don’ts of the Locking Process

“Should I use this or should I use that?”

“What can I put on my hair?”

“Is it okay to wash my hair often?”

We ask ourselves so many questions when caring for our locks. However, maintaining healthy locked hair can be simple (in fact, foolproof) when you know what to do and what not to do to your hair. This article will give you some basic Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to lock maintenance. Before presenting you with what you should and should not do, keep in mind that there is no way to make an exhaustive list, however, this list will get you started. When taking care of your locks, many people are bombarded with what they CANNOT do, that they forget to enjoy what they CAN do. Keep in mind the DON’Ts and embrace the DOs. The new found freedoms that your locks bring also afford you the chance to DO a lot! Here are the “Dreadlock Commandments”:

THOU SHALL NOT USE WAX TO START YOUR LOCKS.

No matter what, do NOT ever put any kind of beeswax on your hair. In the past many have believed that using beeswax was the only why to start locks. However, this ideology couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, using beeswax actually isn’t a good thing at all. One of the main reasons that wax is a “no-no” is simply because of the fact that wax doesn’t breakdown in water. What does this mean? It means that no matter how much you wash your hair, the beeswax will forever be in your locks. Wax also attracts debris, lint, dirt, pollutants, and other undesired things into you hair that might also be hard to wash out. If you ever meet someone that uses beeswax on their hair, look at their locks and you will see the buildup that using wax has left over the years. There are other products that can be used to lock your hair that are also beneficial to your hair as well. Products such as lanolin, honey, olive oil, avocado butter, shea butter, and similar items can have the same holding power as wax BUT lead to healthier hair.

THOU SHALL NOT MAKE CARING FOR YOUR LOCKS COMPLICATED.

Lock maintenance is as simple as it comes. Some try to make the process a complicated maze in order to keep others from wanted to take on this commitment. The only thing a lock wearer really needs to do is develop a good hair routine and stick with it. If need be, you can just get up and go without doing anything to your hair. Keeping the process simple makes this commitment even more attractive.

THOU SHALL NOT WEAR YOUR HAIR IN THE SAME STYLE OVER LONG PERIODS OF TIME (OR REPEATEDLY).

Sometimes we get eager when we get to different stages in the locking process. One big milestone will be when your hair gets long enough to put in a ponytail. Once you reach that stage, you might have the urge to always throw your hair up in a ponytail, EVERYDAY. Please resist this urge. Repeatedly wearing your hair in the same hairstyle day in and day out, will create weak spots in those area that are continuously under stress due to tight hair ties, hair pins, hair bands, and other hair accoutrements. For example, if you like to wear your hair in a ponytail everyday, you might notice down the line that in the same area on every lock you have a spot where your locks look like they might break. This weak spot is from constantly using a hair tie to hold your pigtail. Also, always pulling your hair back may also cause traction alopecia because of the constant tension on your hairline. Just be mindful and try to give your locks time to JUST BE.

THOU SHALL NOT OVERLOAD YOUR HAIR WITH TOO MANY PRODUCTS.

You will get advice from people about what your locks need; but, be careful what advice you listen to. Always research any advice you are not familiar with. For instance, someone might recommend that you use conditioner on your locks; however, during the beginning stages of the locking process, conditioner is a “no-no”. If you use a lock stylist to maintain your locks, ask her/his advice when it comes to unfamiliar recommendations. Remember, the less you put on your hair and do to your hair, the better.

THOU SHALL FIND AN EXPERIENCED LOCK STYLIST TO HELP START YOUR LOCKS (OR TO CONSULT WITH).

Unless you are familiar with the locking process, you might find that seeking out a knowledgeable lock stylist is a great value. It is wise to schedule a consultation with a lock stylist, prior to starting your locks. During this appointment, you can discuss your goals, tentative lock sizes, and provide pictures of the type of locks you are seeking. Also, during this appointment, you can also interview the lock stylist regarding her experience as a natural hair stylist. Even if you plan to maintain your locks yourself after you start, having the locks started by a professional will ensure that your beginner locks are uniform and adequate in size. When it comes to starting locks, SIZE DOES MATTER! If you start your locks too small, then your matured locks will be even smaller because locks tighten as they mature. Moreover, starting locks too small will lead to the undesired consequence of your locks breaking and being weak later on down the line.

THOU SHALL LEARN ABOUT THE LOCKING PROCESS BEFORE EMBARKING ON LOCKING YOUR HAIR.

Equipping yourself with the knowledge about the transformations that your locks will undergo will help to make the entire locking experience more enjoyable. Furthermore, learning about the stages of locking will help you to know whether or not you locks are following the norm when it comes to the locking stages. This knowledge will also help you to determine if your hair is doing anything weird that you might want to discuss with your lock stylist.

THOU SHALL EAT PROPERLY.

Remember, your hair is the product of what you put into your body. This includes the food you consume, the liquids you drink, and any medications you are taking. For example, if you find that your scalp is excessively dry, you might simply need to drink more water to hydrate, versus adding any unnecessary oils to your hair. Eating healthy, not only benefits your body, but it also helps to keep your hair growing and shining. Additionally, exercise has also been shown to help with the growth of your hair as well.

THOU SHALL DEVELOP YOUR OWN “LOCKING” SUPPORT SYSTEM.

Keep in mind that you are not the first person to lock. So, there is always someone who has been where you are in the locking process. When you have the urge to quit or give up, reach out to those individuals who understand your plight and can help talk you down off the ledge. The locking process IS NOT easy. It is the best decision you ever made, but it takes commitment and effort to see your locks through. So, tell those friends who are already locked that you are making that transition and that you will need their support. If you don’t have friends or family around to speak with, seek online support. There are many hair blog, forums, or social network pages with many people who can let you know that whatever is happening to you, has happened to them. Also, having a support system can help to see your goal more clearly.

THOU SHALL DOCUMENT YOUR LOCKING PROCESS.

A Locking Journal is a great investment. This journal filled with milestone pictures and written words from you will help you to better gauge your growth. You will be able to remember the issues that you had 6 months ago that you are NOT having now. In the journal you can also keep track of any products or new hair regimens that you have taken on just in case you notice any changes in your hair. Also, keeping pictures of your hair in different stages of the locking process will help you to “remember when”. So, even if you hate your hair, take a picture. Months from now you will go back to that picture and appreciate that stage a little better. Years into the locking process, your will look back at your journal laugh at yourself and value your locks even more.

THOU SHALL ENJOY EVERY STAGE YOUR LOCKS BRING FORTH.

Every stage of locking is unique and comes with its own set of happenings. In order to stick with the entire process it is important that you appreciate the fuzzy locks just like you will appreciate the matured locks. Consider your locks your child and just like a child, you have to raise them from a newborn to an adult. Have patience with your hair and know that if you treat your hair right and are grateful for the small occurrence and milestones, your hair will grow into well-mannered adult locks. Just don’t get discouraged and give up because your hair won’t obey you.

THOU SHALL KEEP THE END GOAL IN MIND.

This is probably one of the most important rules to live by. Understanding that the way your locks look in the beginning is NOT how they will look at their matured state. This means that when you start locking you might find that your locks are bigger than you desire. But keep in mind that as your hair locks, they will get tighter. So a pencil sized lock in the beginning will be smaller when matured. Moreover, there will be shrinkage in the beginning, but as your locks grow, you will forget about it. Keep that in mind as you start locking and it will give you something to look forward to as your locks evolve.

THOU SHALL BE OPEN TO QUESTIONS.

Just like you did not know everything about locking in the beginning, when people see you with locks they are bound to ask questions. Do answer people if they have valid questions. Now, you don’t have to open yourself up to harassment, but you answering valid questions might help someone else to become comfortable in their skin and take the plunge on the “Lock Side”

THOU SHALL EMBRACE THE NEW YOU.

Deciding and going through with locking your hair requires that the wearer has a certain level of confidence and swag. Your new style may also lead to changes to your wardrobe. Do what is best for you and your level of comfort. Locking your hair give you a new sense of freedom that will spill over into the other areas of your life. Embrace the changes and have fun with it.

NOTE: You might find out, during your lock exploration, that there are other items that might go on your personal DO/ DO NOT list. Feel free to adapt this list to your personal experience, by adding those other things that also did or did NOT work for you.

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