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How to Tell If You’re Going Bald

September 24th, 2014

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Aging is something that is very difficult to fathom as you get older. No one likes to grow up, especially if that involves hair loss. There are some symptoms that you might experience, but it is important to properly diagnose your issue before taking any new medications or health regimens. Here are some steps in taking control of your hair loss.

First things first, don’t panic. Your hair loss could be a result of numerous things. According to studies, most people lose between 50-100 hairs a day, a measly amount compared to the 100,000 hairs on your head.  However, the most normal factors of hair loss are your genetics and your age. You can see your chances of going bald based on the number of people who experienced hair loss in your family tree. Another common cause of balding is the amount of testosterone you have in your body. This can be controlled by the amount of stress you have in your life. Reduce how stressed you are and you will see a decrease in the balding process.

Secondly, be easy on your hair. Taking hot irons and blow-dryers to your scalp can damage the hair follicle and make the hair break and fall off. Also, if you are frequently tying back your hair into a tight pony tail, you can be causing your hair to slowly be pulled from the roots. If you must put your hair up, make sure it’s a little loose so it has some room to breathe. Don’t overdo it with the hair dyes, perms, or treatments, for that can cause extremely hair loss if you’re sensitive to these products.

If you don’t have any hair loss in your family tree, make sure to check out all other parts of your body to see if anything else is out of whack. As mentioned before, genetics isn’t the only cause of hair loss, just the most common one. Hormonal factors play a pivotal role in male or female pattern baldness. Your sex hormones can trigger a permanent pattern of hair loss if you don’t stop it in time. Other causes of hair loss include thyroid problems, alopecia areata or scalp infections.

Check your blood to be sure that there isn’t anything wrong going on internally in your body. If you’re treating an issue like high blood pressure, heart problems, depression or arthritis, some drugs used to help these issues out can cause hair loss. If you’re one of these people that are experiencing hair loss due to a medication you’re taking, speak to your doctor about taking an alternate prescription with minimal side effects.

Eating healthy is also an important factor in maintaining a healthy body that is functioning in its best shape. A diet that is depleted of iron or protein can cause a scalp that is susceptible to damage and further complicate your issue. Make sure to get your daily dose of exercise as well.

These ideas are simply advice tips. They are not meant to treat or diagnose any issue. Consult with your doctor before making any changes in your health regimen.

Three Natural Vitamins in Food That Help Regrow Hair

August 22nd, 2014

green and red healthy foodFruits are known for their healing properties, but did you know that they can also help stimulate hair growth? Due to the prominent amounts of Vitamin C in fruits such as grapefruit, strawberries and papayas, eating these nutrient rich foods will keep your hair strong, voluminous and rich in color. Of course, it’s important not to overdo it, but keeping a healthy diet while incorporating these particular fruits will cause you to see a dramatic change in hair quality. Other fruits rich in Vitamin C include oranges, lemons, kiwis and tomatoes.

To keep your scalp in pristine health, you have to load up on potassium. Foods that are rich in potassium include white beans, avocado, salmon, and bananas. Eating a balanced amount of potassium will also help prevent hair loss. You can speed up the hair growth process by using a hair loss shampoo combined with scalp treatments to see a major difference in less time!

If you have issues with your hair follicles, whether it be that they are weak, or lacking moisture, eating foods rich in iron will help solve this issue. Oysters, onions, raisins, apricots and pumpkins are great examples of iron-rich foods that taste good and are even better for you! Depending whether or not you are a vegetarian, eating meats can also aid in getting your iron count up.

When dealing with issues, especially dealing with the scalp or hair, it’s important to look within first before taking rash actions to correct it. Changing your diet and learning to incorporate healthier and nutrient-rich food will make a world of difference not only in your hair but also in your emotions and mentality.

Main Types of Hair Loss

August 19th, 2014

Main Types of Hair LossWe talk about hair loss and the different ways it can happen in our articles, but we’ve only skimmed the big names. It’s time we tell you more about the kinds of hair loss known to date, and their causes. It’s the classic “nature vs nurture” dilemma, because hair loss can happen genetically, or due to outside sources.

Androgenic Alopecia

This is the most common form of hair loss, due to the genes you inherit. Once thought to only come from the mother’s side of the family, you can inherit hair loss from either parent. It’s also known as “Male Pattern Baldness,” presumably because most men that go through hair loss follow a similar pattern.

MPH usually begins with a receding hairline, beginning from the temples and diffusing across the scalp until a “wreath” of hair is left across the sides and the back of the skill. This can sometimes start atop the scalp with thinning hair that turns into a bald spot. There is a type of “Female Pattern Baldness” that also effects men, though more common in women. This type of Androgenic Alopecia has more thinning characteristics as the dominating feature, where the hair across the head becomes incredibly thin, but baldness and total hair loss do not occur.

The causes of MPH have mainly come down to hormones and genetics. Men and women with abnormally high volumes of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) suffer from hair loss because DHT directly effects the growth of hair. During times of puberty, DHT increases hair growth on the body, eventually slowing down. However, later in life, men specifically have higher levels of testosterone known as “free testosterone”, possibly due to the slowdown of development, and this free testosterone is converted into DHT. The scalp tends to have the highest volume of DHT secretion/conversion, and this abundance suffocates the hair follicles, causing hair loss.

In terms of genetics, it comes down to the “diathetic-stress” model, or more simply put it’s in the genes, but needs a catalyst. It’s been commonly said to come from maternal heritage, because the X chromosome contains the androgen receptor (AR) gene, or the receptor for testosterone. However, the variant of the AR that causes baldness is recessive, and there is still much research to be conducted on the multifactorial variables that come to play in genetics and hair loss.

The largest effects people have noticed with MPH are psychological. Men, and women, tend to become more stressed about their physical attractiveness and body image. They tend to find the experience distressing because it is unwanted, and nothing that they can directly control. Thankfully, these days there are multiple kinds of hair care treatment and hair loss shampoos in these modern times to fight hair loss.

Alopecia Areata

This type of hair loss is most commonly known as “Spot Baldness.” Hair loss starts with a bald spot on the head, and then depending on the classification of spot baldness, it can have multiple appearances. There are multiple kinds of spot baldness that can diffuse across the scalp, there can be one or multiple bald spots, the baldness can spread across the entirety of the head, and it can even happen along the beard or body hair.

Typically, spot baldness starts with small bald patches in the affected area. There are no visible underlying causes of the skin or the scalp, however there are psychosomatic symptoms such as a tingling or even painful sensation where the hair is lost. The causes are strictly genetic, and it comes down to two hereditary characteristics: the genotype itself, and an autoimmune disease. Spot baldness can happen through several genetic causes, but an autoimmune disorder is the most popular concept. It is believed that the body attacks its own anagen (growing) hair follicles, and eventually suppresses or completely stops hair growth.

Mild cases of spot baldness go untreated, because unless an autoimmune disorder, the body will balance things out and the hair will spontaneously start to grow back. However, in the more severe cases, there is no end-all treatment. The main medical treatments today are topical ointments and creams containing diphenylcyclopropenone. For most, the ending solution is a hair piece or wig.

Traction Alopecia

This is an explicitly external source form of hair loss that is an effect of consistent styling. Hairstyles that apply a puling force to the hair, such as braids, cornrows, and tight ponytails, will eventually wear down the hair follicles and lead to gradual hair loss. Another cause is tight fitting headgear, whether for safety or for fashion.

Being an externally caused form of hair loss, there is no medical treatment for it. The most common treatment is surgical to restore the hair that is lost. There could be a chance of restoring hair follicles with some forms of hair care treatment aimed at reactivating dormant hair follicles, such as minoxidil spray. However, this is simply speculation, and not tested.

Telogen Effluvium

Discussed in an earlier article, this type of hair loss is characterized by an increase of shedding or thinning of the hair. Typically caused by psychological stress, among other causes, this type of hair loss alters the normal hair growth cycle. However, removing the cause can undo the effects with high volumes of shedding. The most common form of shedding is “Anagen Effluvium,” caused typically by exposure to radiation, such as chemo therapy.

There are many ways hair loss can happen, and there are many different types and/or classifications of each form of hair loss. Not all types can be directly treated, but there is always a chance of balancing things out or reversing hair loss with hair care treatments.

Shedding – A Natural Part of the Hair Growth Cycle

August 12th, 2014

Shedding Hair LossWhat is the hair cycle? In laymen’s terms, a hair cycle is “the lifespan of a hair from sprouting to shedding.” The normal hair growth cycle is broken into three stages: anagen, catagen, and telogen. Hair growth is an ongoing process, and not every hair is growing or shedding at the same time. Makes you wonder how our hair doesn’t look uneven all the time, but the majority of our individual hairs are uneven anyways. 85% of our hair is growing, 15% is resting, and these percentages can vary on what stage it is in, and how far along in the stage it is.

Anagen – This is the growth phase of hair. Although the hair itself is dead and can’t really “grow”, the follicular bulb within the scalp is growing the hair out. This can last anywhere from 2-6 years.

Catagen – This is the resting phase of hair. Seeing as our hairs are almost always growing, when the hair enters this phase, it stops growing. During this stage, the hair turns into a “club hair”, or the tip becomes club-shaped. The follicle attaches to the shaft of the hair, cutting off its blood supply and suffocating it. This is a 2-3 week period of transition, however hair the can “rest” for up to four months.

Telogen – This is the last phase of a hair’s life cycle. It is known as the shedding and the hair growth phase. Hairs shed at a normal volume, about 10% of your total hair, nothing to be worried about. Following this stage, the anagen phase starts back up again. The telogen phase lasts between 2-4 months before the hair is shed completely, pushed out by a newly forming hair.

What is shedding?

As briefly noted in the telogen phase, shedding is the ejection of hair from the scalp wherein a new hair is forming/sprouting. The normal human sheds about 100 hairs a day between grooming, showering, and other daily activities. However, shedding can sometimes shift from an acute behavior that is normal, to a chronic behavior that tends to become a disorder.

The most common disorder of shedding is known as “Telogen effluvium.” It is a temporary increase in shedding, usually causing the telogen phase to last longer than normal. It can be an ongoing disorder, but in most cases it will work itself out. There is another form of hair loss that is chronic, known as “anagen effluvium,” or more commonly “alopecia areata,” when the growing phase of hair is interrupted due to an immune system disorder that attacks hair in the anagen stage. Hairs at this stage become very thin, but this is different from thinning hair.

Triggers

Just because someone is starting to shed though does not mean they should panic. As mentioned, shedding is a normal part of the hair life cycle. Only when it becomes a chronic condition, like in Telogen effluvium, should it cause concern. Furthermore, even in cases of Telogen effluvium, the disorder may work itself out pending on what has caused it. There are multiple triggers that can cause a temporary increase of hair loss:

-          Illnesses that come with a fever

-          Certain medications

-          Discontinued use of oral contraceptives

-          Surgery

-          Trauma

-          Childbirth

-          Stress

-          Sudden change in weight loss or diet

-          Jetlag

-          Excessive sun exposure

All of these triggers can cause a chronic shedding behavior. The best way to treat Telogen effluvium, or chronic shedding, is to take care of the hair during this time. Try intense hair care treatments designed to nourish the hair and give it the nutrients it needs. There are many hair care shampoos and conditioners out there, and you can always try more organic treatments such as herbal remedies or scalp massages with natural oils.

Hair Loss and Hair Regrowth

The biggest concern about chronic hair loss or shedding is when someone is trying to promote hair growth. Commonly, when someone has been balding, or their hair starts to thin, they turn to medications and hair care products to start growing their hair back. A common side-effect that may be experienced when using hair care treatments and/or products to regrow hair is shedding.

This side-effect should be more easily understood now that you know about the hair growth cycle. If you are balding, or your hair is thinning, and you decide to use a hair growth product, your weak/thin hairs will enter the shedding phase as new hair growth is stimulated beneath the scalp. During this transition, an increase of shedding will occur, with an initial large volume of hair loss. It may raise concern because a hair growth product is supposed to promote hair growth, but to grow hair, the weak hair needs to be ejected first so that it may be replaced by new, healthy hair.

Hair loss and shedding should be cleared up now. It’s usually not something to worry about, we lose 100 hairs a day, with 10% of our natural hair volume growing or shedding simultaneously. If your hair loss increases rapidly, evaluate the events in your life. Have you experienced stress or trauma, started a new died, or even a new hair care treatment? You need not worry unless the increase of shedding turns chronic. Then, consult a doctor.

Theories on Baldness

August 8th, 2014

DNAHave you ever wondered “Why humans become bald?” Hair loss is mainly hereditary, meaning it’s a trait passed down across the generations. However, many people today aren’t too fond of hair loss and becoming bald; yet, the trait still thrives. Heavily ingrained throughout evolution, there are many theories as to why this hair loss trait is still active today. Keep in mind, these are just theories, but they’re also some of our favorites.

Wise Men

Amongst many tribes and villages, there tends to be a group of males that the tribe looks up to for answers, guidance, and intelligence. These men are usually the Elders of the group/village, and most notably, are bald. As a sign of wisdom, the trait of baldness was passed down throughout the generations to highlight the “Wise Men” over time.

Longevity

In nature, the male of the species is usually the one doing the courting for a female partner. Sometimes they show off their colors, or whistle a tune; some capture large prey, whilst others beat up their own to show dominance. These are all seen as signs of attraction, and in human society, a percentage of people frown on baldness as “unattractive.” However, back then, living a long life was rare. If a man lived long enough to go bald, then he must have good genes for longevity, and that is attractive.

Discovery of Fire

Back when fire was first discovered, many people like to think of the Caveman era where humans weren’t as smart and still covered in body hair. If this were true, once fire was discovered, it wouldn’t take long to learn how quickly human hair catches fire. It is possible that with this new discovery, body hair diminished over time, as did the hair on the head, to keep oneself alive and protected from such a helpful yet dangerous element.

Soaking Up Some Vitamin D

When a man starts to go bald, more of his skin is exposed to the sunlight. Naturally, one would think this is a bad thing.  However, this also exposes man to a much larger percentage of Vitamin D. Studies have shown that absorbing solar ultraviolet radiation and vitamin D helps prevent prostate cancer. So, it is believed that balding is a trait or mechanism that evolved over time to protect against that particular disease.

Chrome Dome

This is probably the funniest one we read. It is theorized that when hunting in groups, at least one of the hunters were bald, and their head was heavily polished. This way, they could be used to blind predators during the hunt when preparing an attack. Not very likely, but an interesting concept nonetheless.

Trading Hair for What?

One interesting theory is about age and the deterioration of the body. As we get older, we become weaker, and yet we still wish to flourish with life. This concept theorizes that as the body aged, the need for hair was “ejected”, allowing the body to use less of its resources to grow healthy hair, and to focus its energy and resources on other traits such as physical strength and sexual potency.

Nurture

Two other traits many females look for in a partner are “maturity” and “capability to nurture”. Females would naturally desire a male that is less aggressive and more nurturing for their offspring. This would definitely decrease the chance of infanticide, and the offspring would benefit from these males as a parental figure. The theory suggests that baldness and hair loss continue because such traits were seen as desirable to both genders.

“Bada$$” Attitude

In modern times, there are some stigma that go with baldness. One of those are that a guy is “tough,” “mean,” or an “all around bada$$.” It is also believed that a bald head gives a “don’t mess with me” vibe. In the old days, being with a male who could chase away predators without having to attack would also be seen as a very desirable trait to both genders.

“Survival of the Fittest”?

Going bald though may not give that bada$$ vibe to every predator out there though. Animals aren’t smart, but they know how to pick out the weakest one in a group. If they notice most humans have hair atop their heads, then they may assume those without it are weak, and therefore, easier prey. Whether or not that is true has yet to be tested, as we don’t think anyone is volunteering to be locked up with a deadly animal to prove a point about going bald.

What do you think of these theories? Do you agree with some? Do they just not make sense? Let us know which ones are your favorites, or if you have a theory of your own, share it with us below.

What is Saw Palmetto?

August 5th, 2014

iStock_000011208457SmallThere are many interesting plants and herbs used for hair growth in these modern times. Many people tend to ingest the herbs or fruit of a plant for the benefits they offer. A current popular plant is Saw Palmetto, and its extracts have been added into hair loss shampoos for some time now. So, what makes this plant so special?

What is it?

Saw Palmetto is a plant, part of the Serenoa genus. It is sometimes known as “Serenoa repens,” or “Sabal serrulatum” when listed as an ingredient in medication. The plant is small, growing up to 3-6 ft, and grows in clumps. It is found mainly in the southeastern region of the United States, such as Florida. The plant has a long lifespan, and can live up to 700 years.

Saw Palmetto gets its name from its leaves. Armed with fine, sharp spines along the edges of a leaf, they act like the teeth of a saw and can cut through skin. Historically, it has been a great supply of food for wildlife and humankind, and has been known to have many proven (and some inconclusive) medicinal uses. Although the plant itself is edible, its fruit is the most common part of the plant used for treatments.

What medicinal uses does it have?

The fruit of the Saw Palmetto is a large, reddish type of peach. It is high in fatty acids and phytosterols, and its extracts are used in many types of treatments, medications, and even some hair products. One of its most known uses in medicine is for an enlarged prostate. Although intensive research has been conducted on this use, the evidence is still insufficient. It is believed to also be helpful for: increasing breast size, acting as an aphrodisiac, treating coughs, cold, sore throat, asthma, bronchitis, headaches, cancer, and hair loss. None of these are conclusive, however hair loss has had a lot of historical evidence, even if not proven via scientific methods.

Hair loss

Saw Palmetto is a popular herbal remedy for treating hair loss and androgenic alopecia (male/female pattern baldness), MPH). Although the evidence to support this is missing, what many have concluded is that Saw Palmetto extract blocks the enzyme that converts the hormone testosterone into DHT. This hormone is known as a key contributing factor that causes hair loss and MPH. We wouldn’t suggest taking some of the extract yourself though, as you’ll see below some of the problems that come with it.

Side effects

Many people take the extract as a supplement orally, and because of this, there have been many adverse side effects reported. The most common of these are all stomach related – abdominal pain, bathroom troubles, physical sickness, and bad breath. There have been other, more severe cases, such as liver inflammation, headaches, pancreatic, depression, breathing problems, heart troubles, blood clotting, and more.

The best way to use Saw Palmetto may not be orally. In fact, using topically or externally has yet to raise concern. Because of this, it is becoming a popular ingredient in hair loss shampoos and treatments. Due to the lack of evidence though, it would be good to couple this with another chemical, Ketoconazole, found in some hair loss shampoos. By combining the two, you can get rid of DHT and curb hair loss.

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.

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