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Stimulating Hair Growth

July 22nd, 2014

Stimulating Hair Growth

When people start to lose their hair, many of them react in different ways. Some of us just ignore it, and let Mother Nature get to work. Others tend to panic and look for ways to stop hair loss before it gets worse. These days, many of us would prefer to keep our hair for as long as possible, and there are a few things we can do to accomplish this task. What it all boils down to is how you treat your hair, and what you put in your body.

External

Physical activity is a great way to keep your body healthy, and surprisingly enough, it can also benefit your hair. There are a few things you can do to help keep your hair healthy, and to promote hair growth, that don’t require a lot of physical labor. Plus, there are a few things you may want to avoid when looking for hair loss treatments.

Physical Exercise – This activity is almost a given. Everyone benefits from a little physical exercise, be it going for a jog or pumping iron. A little known secret about keeping your hair growing and healthy is blood circulation in the scalp, and what does exercise do? It gets your blood pumping all over the body! If your main focus is blood circulation of the scalp, read on.

Manually stimulate your scalp – Aside from blood circulation being increased via exercise, stimulating your scalp doesn’t require you to break a sweat. Basically, give yourself a nice little deep-tissue head massage. Be sure to focus on the areas around the hair line and the crown, as those are usually the first places to go. If you really want to jazz it up, some people suggest using a few drops of olive oil with your scalp massage, and then really working it in there. Just don’t be too aggressive, or you could up root your hair follicles. If you use olive oil, you may want to stay indoors for a while—things could get a little messy.

Avoid styling your hair too often – Yes, we all love to get dolled up. Who hasn’t straightened their hair “just to see how it looks”? Put your hand down, we all have. However, doing this a lot will cause some major hair damage with all that heat application. Not to mention using gooey gels and smelly sprays to obtain that cool hairdo. The myth about your hair needing to breathe has been debunked, but you’re still introducing a lot of foreign chemicals to your hair and scalp.

Shampoo – Keeping your hair clean is of course necessary for having healthy hair. However, not all shampoos are free of harmful chemicals. Many of them contain ingredients like sulfates and paraben that damage hair. If you want to promote hair growth, and keep your scalp healthy, look into shampoos made with saw palmetto extract and natural oils such as emu and jojoba.

Internal

It may not surprise you that what you put in your body has an effect on it. After all, the body absorbs whatever it can in terms of nutrients from everything you eat. Once metabolized and stored, these nutrients will directly affect everything from your immune system to your hair. So, if you are thinking of trying out a new diet, or wondering what to eat to stimulate hair growth, we have a few suggestions for you to try.

Vitamins – Many of us don’t get enough vitamins, and although not overly detrimental to one’s health, not enough vitamins will give us a lack of nutrients, and a lack of nutrients can cause a lack of hair.

Vitamin C – Found in citrus fruits like oranges and lemons, vitamin C is necessary for healthy hair. Increasing your intake of vitamin C will help your body absorb iron, a nutrient essential for increasing hair growth and reducing hair loss. In addition, vitamin c helps to build up collagen, a major structural protein that surrounds hair follicles, keeping them strong and healthy.

Vitamin B – The B vitamin group does a lot more than play a role in cell metabolism. Blood circulation is a large part of hair loss; we need something to keep the cells in the scalp active. Vitamin B3 is widely known for its promotion of blood circulation in the scalp to prevent hair loss. Moreover, a vitamin like B6 can help stop the conversion of testosterone to DHT, a hormone that causes major hair loss.

Hormones – Oh boy, do these cause some problems, and more than just feeling all “icky” in our teen years. An imbalance of hormones can be a huge factor of hair loss for men and women. Hormones influence hair growth, and their production slows down as we age. However, there are a few things we can do to take care of that.

Increase your intake – It’s a common act for men and women to ingest hormone supplements for a variety of reasons. One of these is hair loss. For women, many of them take prenatal vitamins when expecting, and some increase their estrogen during menopause to balance things out. However, if you’re a lady, and not a fan of vitamins, you can eat some wild yam or have a soy protein shake.

Reduce DHT – Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a major culprit of hair loss in men and women. Over time, the body converts testosterone into DHT, and this abundance tends to build up around hair follicles, ultimately suffocating them. Your best bet is to either take some DHT blockers, or use some shampoo that inhibits DHT absorption in the skin.

Liquids – We all need to drink liquids to keep our body lubricated and functioning. Water makes up about 60% of water in the body, so it’s clearly a big factor in keeping healthy. The suggested amount of water is 4-8 cups a day to keep regularly hydrated, more if you like salty snacks. If you like to have an occasional alcoholic beverage, you definitely want to increase your water intake to avoid a hangover. Additionally, alcohol increases body fat and hair loss in tiny ways that are unnoticeable until it becomes a problem.

These are just a few of the ways you can stimulate hair growth and avoid major hair loss. We will always reap what we sow, whether we do something to our hair or put something in it. The best thing you can do is keep your scalp stimulated and clean, and keep an eye on what you eat and drink. Just remember that hair loss isn’t the end of the world, but you can promote hair growth by treating your hair right.

Myths about Hair Loss

July 18th, 2014

Myths about Hair LossWe’ve all heard the many myths about hair loss. “If you keep wearing a hat, you’re going to go bald,” “If you’re going bald, you have too much testosterone,” or a family favorite, “Blame your mother.” However, none of these factors have to do with hair loss (not 100% anyways). Surprised? You’re about to learn the truth about these myths about what causes hair loss.

You get it from your Mom

This is not completely true. Yes, you will get some hair loss gene’s from your mother if her father is bald, no question about it. Surprisingly, your mother’s genes for hair loss are more dominant than your father’s. However, it’s also possible to inherit hair loss from your father’s side.

Wearing hats make you bald

People think wearing a hat makes you go bald because your head isn’t getting enough air, which doesn’t make sense because your scalp doesn’t breathe. If anything, wearing a hat protects your head and your hair from the sun.

Getting too much Sun

No, sun exposure won’t lead to baldness. Yes, too much sun exposure can cause your hair to get dry, frizzy, and dull, as discussed in this article about hair and sun damage. However, it will not cause baldness—just horrible sun burns.

Hair Styling

Hair care products and hardware are for styling, not for going bald. Using hair gels, pomade, or other similar items aren’t going to cause hair loss. However, be wary of some of the chemicals in gels and other products that can weaken or even damage hair. Moreover, over styling your hair with mechanical work i.e. flat irons. It’s hair, not an automobile.

Too much testosterone

This is the silliest one ever. The manlier you are, the less hair you have? Talk about reversing the cultural norm. Actually, most men link a lack of hair to sex appeal, but the two don’t go hand-in-hand. The real hormonal cause is an abundance of (Dihydrotestosterone) DHT, which is converted from testosterone. So, if you do have a lot of testosterone, you’re prone to having too much DHT, but too much testosterone does not equate to hair loss. A shampoo with ketoconazole will fix that though.

It’s a guy problem

Actually, it’s not just men who go bald. Have you seen those hair transplant commercials with women? Men make up about 60-70% of the hair loss population. The other 40-30% is coming from the female gender.

If you’re bald, then you’re old

Not necessarily true. Do the elderly have less hair than the youth? Yes, absolutely…most of the time. However, people can start going bald in their late teens, and 18 years old isn’t old. Wait until you’re 40 to start saying that.

Too much shampoo

This can be true depending on the shampoo you use. If it has harsh chemicals that can damage your hair, like sulfate, it’s likely that you may experience hair problems. But keeping your hair and scalp overly clean will not cause you to lose your hair. If anything, it will help get rid of the fungi and other buildup, which can cause dandruff and other problems. The only thing clean hair makes you prone to is lice.

Decreased blood flow to the scalp

Yes, the scalp needs good blood circulation to promote hair growth and thicker, fuller hair. But once you lose hair, stimulating your scalp isn’t going to magically cause hair to grow back. Decreased blood flow happens when you go bald because those areas of the scalp no longer need blood to keep the hair healthy. That’s why you may notice a lack of blood circulation in the scalp.

Trauma turns your hair grey

Physical and emotional stress can cause hair to turn grey and result in hair loss. However, if you’re not already at an age where you’re losing your hair, it will grow back once the things calm down.

Eat Your Way Towards Healthier Hair

July 11th, 2014

Healthy Eating for Your HairIt’s pretty well known that your diet can have a direct effect on your skin. Poor diet can change the way your skin produces oil or even effect break outs. But did you know that your hair is effected by your diet as well? Although your hair may not react as quickly to your diet changes, your scalp, hair follicles & hair depend on the nutrients in your diet.

There are many other factors other than what you eat that make up how your hair reacts. Stress, sleep, medical conditions and many other sources play into the health of your hair. Why not use your diet to help your hair & keep it as healthy as you can? Below are some ‘super foods’ that will help you eat your way towards healthier hair.

Cantaloupe & Mangos

These flavorsome fruits are ripe with antioxidant beta carotene. Once consumed our bodies convert it into vitamin A, which helps products the oils that keep your scalp healthy. Being low on this vitamin can dry out your scalp & even cause dandruff.

Kale

The newly popular foodie green, kale, isn’t just good for spicing up a menu, it’s also packed with iron, beta carotene, and vitamin C. These elements help keep hair follicles healthy and oils on the scalp balanced. Don’t like kale? Try spinach!

Eggs

Get your protein here! Eggs are filled with minerals that help your hair & scalp. Iron & zinc are two of the stars in this super food. Iron helps deliver oxygen to the follicles. If you’re low on iron, it can be a cause for hair loss.

Lentils

Craving soup? Try making one with lentils. These legumes are potent with iron, zinc & even biotin. This trio of vitamins helps protect the scalp & disrupt DHT in skin.

Walnuts

These nuts are not only delicious, but rich in biotin & vitamin E. Biotin helps to repair & strengthen hair proteins. A deficiency in biotin can cause shedding issues & hair loss.

Salmon

Get fat! Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids that are essential for your hair’s health. Since we as humans can’t product it, we need to take it in through our diet. Our hair is partially made of fatty acids & it is important to take them in.

Kiwis

Kiwis are chock full of vitamin C, which is an essential vitamin in your hair’s health. Vitamin C is helpful in circulation & supports blood vessels that nourish the follicles.

Cottage Cheese or Greek Yogurt

Both of these dairy products are rich in vitamin B5, which improves hair shine. Some studies have even suggested that vitamin B5 may have additional anti-inflammatory properties.

How to Prevent Hair Loss

July 8th, 2014

iStock_000012115939SmallHair loss is a condition that countless people suffer from around the world. With society’s increased awareness of the importance of looking and feeling their best, finding preventative methods to stay as young as possible is of utmost importance to them. There are several methods to help prevent hair falling out from the scalp, both natural and chemical based. Below are some easy methods on how to prevent hair loss.

Do less to your hair:

It might seem like this is common knowledge, but sometimes, people end up doing too many things to their scalp to prevent hair loss that they end up causing more damage than before. Taking care of your hair to prevent hair falling out has several methods, like not exposing your scalp or hair to frequent heating and drying procedures. This means that in order for you to stop hair from falling out, you must slow down on dyeing hair, be very careful on how you style your hair, as well as spacing out the frequency you use heating tools and treatments on the scalp. Doing so will allow for the hair to breathe and in turn, become healthier because of the absence of harsh chemicals to the hair follicles.

Wash and dry your hair properly:

When washing your hair with shampoo, it is pertinent to use a sulfate and paraben-free shampoo, especially if you have a sensitive scalp. To avoid split ends and excessive hair falling out, do not rub your hair with a towel after washing it. Use a cotton t-shirt or microfiber towel to prevent hair breakage. Try not to brush your hair when it is wet, because this can also cause your hair to fall out rapidly.

RELAX!

Getting your stress under control will help prevent self-damage to all parts of your body, especially your hair! Ensuring that you get adequate sleep and getting your physical activity in will help keep your hair strong and healthy.

Watch what you eat:

Believe it or not, eating specific foods can cause hair loss. For example, eating raw egg whites harbors bacteria in the body which can harm you. This food also contains a substance that binds to biotin, which prevents absorption, causing lifeless hair strands and an unhealthy diet.

Take Biotin supplements:

Taking Biotin is a widely popular method in helping prevent hair falling out. Biotin for hair loss also makes your hair thicker, stronger, and much less likely to break. People have reported fast hair growth as well as an improvement in the overall health of their hair strands.
In conjunction with addressing your hair loss issues with your doctor, these methods can prove to be beneficial for making sure your hair is in its best condition. These steps are how to prevent hair loss from occurring in the future, but nothing is guaranteed from your hair falling out if it is a genetic issue. Always make sure to consult your doctor before self-diagnosing your hair loss issues.

How Hair Growth Works

June 24th, 2014

Hair AnatomyWhen experiencing thinning, shedding or hair loss issues, we sometimes become frustrated with our hair’s lack of growth. However, it is essential to understand the hair’s process before working towards regrowth. Educating yourself on how your hair works will not only assist you in choosing the proper products but motivate you to be consistent in your hair care regimen.

Formation of Hair

The formation of hair begins in the hair follicles which are located on the scalp. There are one hundred thousand hair follicles on the scalp alone at the time of birth. As we grow older, we do not regenerate new follicles so this number decreases over time.

Follicles can be seen on the scalp, but they extend below the dermis (lower layer) of the skin like small tubes. The bottom of the follicle meets the blood vessels in the head to promote the health of the follicles. Inside the hair follicle, there are the inner and outer sheaths which work to guide and protect the hair growth shaft that flows between them. At the top of the outer sheath you’ll find the sebaceous oil gland and attached to this gland is the erector pili muscle. The contraction of this muscle causes the hair to stand up and also produces oil. The oil that is released is called sebum, which is necessary for conditioning the hair and scalp. Men are shown to produce more sebum than women. Although sebum is vital to hair growth, excess sebum can lead to oily hair and clogged pores in the scalp. The hair shaft that protects the hair strands is created with a protein called keratin, which is a key element of hair growth and health.

Hair Growth Cycle

Hairs grow in cycles but when each phase of the cycle occurs is unknown. Therefore, the hair growth cycle can be very unpredictable. Hair on the head grows an average of .3 to .4mm a day, which equals about 6 inches a year. The 3 cycles your hair experiences are: anagen, catagen, and telogen. Each of these phases has a specific purpose in helping to maintain healthy hair growth.

Anagen

The anagen phase is when your hair is the most active. New hairs begin to grow caused by cells at the roots dividing at a rapid pace. When these new hairs form, they push out club hair (older hairs that formed and became dormant). The anagen phase ranges in time length. Those with longer hair experience a prolonged anagen phase. Hairs located on areas such as the arms and eyebrows have a shorter anagen phase causing these hairs to be shorter. Even though this phase is the most active of the three, only 80% of follicles participate in hair growth at once.

Catagen

The end of the active growing phase is signaled through the catagen transitional phase. This phase usually last 2- 3 weeks and only includes 3% of the hair at a time. Hair growths stops as the hair outer sheath shrinks and connects to the hair’s root.  This causes the root of the hair to lose its blood supply further delaying its growth. These hairs then become club hairs.

Telogen

This is the official resting stage that impact 6% to 8% of hairs on the scalp. Once the club hairs are fully formed, the Telogen phase begins for around 100 days. At this stage the hairs on your scalp are completely dormant. If you were to pull a strand of hair out during this stage, it would reveal a hard, white formation at the root. On average 25 to 100 hairs will shed daily during this phase.

How does this effect hair growth regimens?

Everyone’s hair goes through these repeated cycles. When dealing with hair loss, it is important to realize your hair grows in phases. You should maintain your hair loss regimen, such as hair loss shampoos, supplements and minoxidil, throughout these phases for the best results. Even though your hair may be in the telogen resting phase, the beneficial products for hair loss are still repairing your hair and promoting growth. Ingredients through all stages of the hair cycle, but your hair will still experience dormant periods of time. Due to this resting phase, hair growth results for hair loss products are usually visible within 6 months to a year. The best practices during your quest for hair growth are consistency and patience and knowing the cycle of hair growth will help you with those practices.

Benefits of Biotin

June 10th, 2014

hair vitaminsThere is a lot of research regarding biotin for hair growth. Aside from improving overall hair health, biotin also benefits the skin and body. From issues such as brittle hair and nails, skin rashes, high cholesterol and high blood sugar, biotin is a vitamin vital to the body’s function. Although we’ll mainly focus on biotin for hair, we will also be touching base on the other biotin benefits as well.

What is biotin?

This is usually the number one question asked by those who may see biotin pills on the shelf of the vitamin isle or see it in an ingredient list of their hair products. Biotin (vitamin b-7) is a vitamin B complex that is also known as vitamin H. This vitamin is essential for the body’s cell growth and deficiencies may lead to harmful effects on the body. Biotin is found in several foods including egg yolks, chicken, dairy products, Swiss chard, whole wheat bread, and whole grain cereals. Though there are many foods that contain biotin, they are only comprised of small amounts, so it is necessary to find other ways to add biotin to your body.

Types of biotin

Biotin is available in pill form for overall body health and cell health.  These biotin pills are available at several drugstores both online and local. Standard pill bottles are usually priced from $8-12 dollars.

If you decide to take biotin pills, here are the recommended usages:

- 0-6 months: 5 mcg/day
- 7-12 months: 6mcg/day
- 1-3 years: 8 mcg/day
- 4-8 years: 12mcg/day
- 9-13 years: 20 mcg/day
- 14-18 years: 35 mcg/day
- 19 years and up: 30 mcg/day
- Pregnant women: 30 mcg/day
- Breastfeeding women: 35 mcg/day

Another form of biotin can also be located in other products, especially hair products. From biotin conditioners to special serums, this ingredient can be seen on the labels of several hair products for hair growth results. However, when looking for these biotin enriched hair products, be sure that they also include other beneficial ingredients for hair growth, so they can add even greater benefits to your hair. Other ingredients that work well with biotin for hair are saw palmetto, jojoba and tea tree oils, as well as sulfate free elements.

Biotin Benefits

Biotin benefits are immense and there is no question that this vitamin is an important part of your body’s health. However, biotin has proven to be beneficial in many areas of the body. One of the most popular benefits is for hair growth. Biotin repairs and strengthens hair proteins, creating both thicker and stronger locks. A deficiency in biotin can also lead to hair loss and shedding issues. If you are someone who is experiencing hair loss, in order to add nutrients to your hair, it is best to use a hair loss shampoo like Regenepure NT or condition with products that contain biotin for hair growth and thickening purposes. One of the more common topical hair products is a biotin conditioner. It is proven to provide beneficial nutrients to the hair and maintain health while adding thickness to the hair strands. Similarly to hair, nails also contain keratin making biotin an excellent source to strengthen brittle nails and improve overall nail health.

Biotin also provides internal benefits. Biotin supplements have been used to boost metabolism. When your body contains high levels of biotin it helps your body digest food quicker.  Another major benefit is its ability to balance blood sugar levels by breaking down the carbohydrates in your body. When used in combination with other medications, those suffering from diabetes may notice healthier levels of blood sugar.

Biotin Side Effects

Most vitamins do not have many negative effects, however caution should still be applied. Everything needs to be taken in moderation. It is important to use the recommended dosages per age group. While biotin has been proven to be safe for women who are pregnant and breastfeeding, it is always best to consult a doctor. You should also consult your doctor if you are receiving kidney dialysis because you may require extra dosages of biotin. At times biotin may cause breakouts, in those cases users should discontinue use and consult a doctor to see if the breakouts are directly linked to the biotin intake.

Biotin is a valuable vitamin to add to your healthy regimen. Whether you’re suffering from damaged hair, hair loss, unstable blood sugar levels, or need a boost in metabolism, biotin will provide overall bodily health with the recommended dosage. To learn about our new Intense Volumizing Biotin Conditioner visit our products page.

Home Remedies for Hair Loss: The Benefits of Hair Masks for Hair Growth

May 30th, 2014

Smiling beauty flaunting her hairAt times, home remedies for hair loss are necessary for additional hair care before and after your usual hair loss treatments. Hair growth usually is a result of both treatment and a healthy hair regimen. Natural hair masks are one of the beneficial secrets to hair growth, shine and moisture.

What is a hair mask?

Think of a hair mask as a facial for your hair. Just like a facial mask is left on the face for full absorption and rejuvenation, same is the case for hair masks. These masks are usually created using a mixture of household items. Common ingredients that are found in masks are avocado, coconut oil, mayonnaise, yogurt, garlic, onion, honey, olive oil, and many more components that help fight hair loss and other damages.

These ingredients are mixed together and used to cover the hair from scalp to ends to begin the treatment. Hair masks are used at least once a month in between other hair loss treatments such as hair loss shampoos. Hair Masks are simple home remedies for hair loss that only take an extra step in your monthly routine but the benefits are worth the time spent especially for promoting hair growth and health.

How do I make a hair mask?

Making the most effective hair mask begins with finding the ingredients that will benefit your hair issues. Just as you would strategically choose the right hair loss shampoo based on its ingredients, you should pay close attention to the elements you choose to include in your mask.

Here are some ingredients frequently used in hair masks and their benefits:

Avocado: works wonders on the scalp to add nourishment and prevent dryness. It is mainly used in combination with egg yolks, olive oil, and yogurt.

Onion: helps to strengthen hair strands and hair cuticles to promote hair growth and thickness.

Garlic: contains anti-fungal properties as well as anti-bodies to prevent against scalp issues including dandruff.

Mayonnaise: adds moisture and shine to dull, dry locks. It is sometimes paired with pureed strawberries which add a boost of vitamin C to your strands as well.

Apple Cider Vinegar: balances the pH levels and is often combined with eggs for a mask to repair damaged hair.

Eggs: are rich in protein, which is essential to the health of hair. Eggs infused necessary nutrients to repair damage to strands from styling and/or other harmful hair rituals.

Yogurt: is a great ingredient to use when trying to combat against frizzy and dry hair. It also helps manage tangle prone hair by creating a soft, silky texture.

Once you have researched the appropriate ingredients to use for your mask, you’ve conquered half the battle. To begin the mixing process be sure that all solid ingredients are pureed or crushed to a softer, smoother consistency for easier mixing. Mix all content in a bowl with hands or a spoon.

How do I apply the hair mask?

Most home remedies for hair loss have easy applications and hair masks are no exception. However, it may be messy so using gloves when applying the mask to scalp and hair may help minimize the mess. Thoroughly, cover you hair with the mask and massage in your hair and scalp for at least 30 seconds. Once your hair is covered seal in the moisture for optimal absorption by putting a shower cap or using plastic wrap to wrap your head. Why? Well sealing in the moisture allows the solution to work faster and reach deeper to effectively help hair growth and rejuvenation. Although some may keep masks in their hair longer, the typical time to let the mask sit is 30-45 minutes

When should I use a hair mask?

You should use hair masks at least once a month in order to receive the full benefits of the treatment. This should not be a stand-alone treatment for hair loss but an addition to the other hair loss treatments you use.

For the hair loss, it is recommended that you use the hair mask followed by your sulfate free hair loss shampoo for the best all inclusive hair loss treatment.

Benefits of hair masks

Hair masks are one of the most beneficial home remedies for hair loss with benefits such as thickness, growth and health. The most prevalent benefit is its ability to promote hair growth. You can boost this hair growth by adding ingredients that have been proven to combat hair loss such as emu oil, garlic, and avocado. By using masks each month the texture of your hair will improve. From shine to strength, you’ll see an automatic difference in the health of your hair. This is a perfect remedy for those with dry hair as well. Masks are known to help your hair retain the moisture it needs to combat dryness.

Hair masks are easy and affordable home remedy for hair loss to add to your regimen. With its simple application and natural ingredients, there are very little negatives to using a hair mask. If you do happen to experience irritation from a hair mask it may be an allergic reaction to an ingredient. In these rare cases its best to discontinue using that particular type of mask.

Why “Paraben-Free” May Be a Better Option

May 15th, 2014

Shampoo Bubbles - sulfate free You might have heard the term “paraben-free” being tossed around the cosmetic and hair care industry, but what are paraben? And why are people seeking products made without them?  Here are the answers to some of the questions you may have regarding these particular chemicals.

What are Parabens? Where can they be found?

Parabens are essentially a number of different chemicals, yet they maintain a similar molecular structure.  There are multiple types of parabens, and they can be found in a variety of items.  More specifically, they are usually included in products that contain a large sum of water, as these particular additives are used to discourage the formation of bacteria.  Some of these products include makeup, lotions, facial cleansers, scrubs and shampoos and conditioners.

Are Parabens a Cause for Concern?

Although parabens have been used to prevent the growth of microbes in products since the 1950s, there have been recent studies that have shown health risks that can potentially be linked to paraben absorption within the skin.

One of the studies conducted, showed that parabens can interrupt hormone function which has been shown to lead to a higher risk of reproductive toxicity as well as breast cancer.  In fact, a study conducted by Philippa Darbre, a British cancer researcher, found that parabens were detected in cancerous breast tumors.

Although there was no concrete evidence proving that the parabens were the root cause of the cancer, these results did however show that they remained whole and were not broken down or affected by the body’s metabolism.  Therefore, now we know that these chemicals are able to fully penetrate the skin and can remain unbroken within the body.  Their ability to accumulate internally, then arises the concern if parabens could potentially lead to negative side effects and possible health risks over an extended period of time.

Parabens at a Glance

Although the World Health Organization and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration consider low levels of parabens to be safe, if you are concerned with their ability to accumulate within the body and are worried about potential health risks, there are paraben-free options on the market, including any Hair Loss Shampoo and Hair Loss Treatment by Regenepure.

What to Look For

When searching for a product without parabens, check the label for “paraben-free”.  Or, if you want to be extra cautious, you can always check the ingredients list and make sure you don’t see the words: ethylparaben, butylparaben, methylparaben and propylparaben, or essentially any ingredient ending in “paraben”.

What You Need To Know About Sulfate vs. Sulfate-Free Shampoo

May 15th, 2014
sulfate free shampoo on hair in salon

Over the years people have progressively become more health conscious, as the concern for what we put in, on and around our bodies have heightened. In recent years the term “sulfate-free” has gained its popularity in the hair care industry as the term “sulfate” has developed a negative connotation.  Although many have heard that sulfates are “bad” for you, the reasoning’s behind this view are not always understood.  This post will give you the inside scoop on the differences between sulfate and sulfate-free hair products and why sulfate-free might be the better choice for you.

What are Sulfates?

There are multiple types of sulfates that exist, including Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES), TEA Lauryeth Sulfate (TEA) and Ammonia Laureth Sulphate (ALS), all of which are chemicals that are found in many products including shampoos, conditioners, soaps and household cleaning products. Essentially, these chemicals are utilized to create the foaming lather that is generally produced when using different types of soaps.

Effects Caused by Sulfates

Sulfates have been rumored to be carcinogenic, however the FDA has yet to discover enough evidence to support this claim. Although this myth has yet to be proven fact, there are other downfalls to using shampoos and conditioners that contain sulfates.  These chemical fillers strip the hair of its essential oils and can damage the hair follicles causing breakage and an increase in hair fall.  Sulfates can also cause or worsen irritation for those with sensitive skin or skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

Benefits of Sulfate-Free

Although a sulfate-free shampoo will lack lather, it will continue to cleanse the hair and scalp but more importantly in a safe and non-irritating manner.  In addition, the hair will become softer because without the use of sulfates, the scalp will be able to produce the natural amount of sebum while ultimately reducing dandruff and overall scalp dryness.  Sulfate-free hair products are also typically recommended for those with Keratin or color-treated hair, as it is mild enough to preserve the treatment results for longer.

TIP: When looking for products that don’t contain sulfates, always double check the product label for “sulfate-free”.  Regenepure is a great place to start, as any Regenepure Hair Loss Shampoo and Hair Loss Treatment is both paraben-free and sulfate-free.

Emu Oil: A Natural Solution for Hair Regrowth

May 9th, 2014

essential oils for hair loss - emu oil RegenePure Hair Loss Treatment contains a wide variety of natural ingredients that assist in hair regrowth while nourishing the scalp and hair follicles  for overall hair health. One common ingredient that exits in both Regenepure DR and Regenepure NT hair loss shampoos, is emu oil. Emu oil is a    natural oil that is derived from the Australian emu bird. It can be applied to the skin to relieve pain due to sore muscles, joint inflammation and has been  shown to reduce hair loss.

A study was conducted by the Boston University School of Medicine and showed that this anti-inflammatory oil has the capability of reviving hair  follicles, resulting in hair regrowth.  The results demonstrated that people who treated their scalp with emu oil resulted in a 20% increase in hair growth  with noticeable frontal growth compared to those who used corn oil. There was also evidence that showed that 80% of resting hairs were revived with  topical application of emu oil resulting in hair thickness.

There are a few reasons why there is such an increase in hair growth when using emu oil. One reason being that it is an emulsifier, which means it is  able to easily blend with water. So even when emu oil is used as an ingredient in a cream or a shampoo like Regenepure’s DR and NT hair loss shampoos,  it has the ability to effortlessly penetrate deep beneath the skin, delivering significant results. Researchers attribute emu oil’s ability to absorb deep  within the skin because it contains a large amount of essential unsaturated fatty acids including omega 3, 6, and 9. Emu oil also constrains an inflammatory cytokine known as tumor necrosis factor alpha (tnf-a), which has been shown to contribute to male pattern baldness (MPB).  Its other contributing factor to combating male pattern baldness is the fact that it is a bacteriostatic. This means that it fails to grow bacterial organisms which is vital for treating hair loss, as bacterial infiltrates have been shown to exist in MPB.

As emu oil aides in combating hair loss in addition to promoting hair regrowth, it also serves as a great moisturizer as it absorbs more easily within the skin compared to other oils.  As a moisturizing agent it adds a protective layer to the skin and decreases redness, cracking, dandruff and even assists in relieving effects caused by psoriasis and eczema.

Emu oil is a great natural ingredient to help alleviate dry scalp, while reducing signs of hair loss, including symptoms of male pattern baldness.  In addition, emu oil’s irritation levels are nonexistent even at its fullest strength, providing all the great benefits with no side effects. Used on its own or combined with other advantageous ingredients like those included in Regenepure’s DR and NT Hair Loss Shampoo, emu oil is the perfect natural solution to fight hair loss and other related issues.

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