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Benefits of Peppermint Oil for Hair

October 21st, 2014

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Peppermint oil is derived from the peppermint plant which is a cross between water mint and spearmint and is a native to Europe and the Middle East. Currently, the peppermint plant can be found in many parts of the world including North America. Peppermint oil like many others including, tea tree oil and emu and jojoba oils, provide multiple benefits to the hair and skin when applied topically. This oil houses multiple beneficial components including calcium, iron, potassium and copper, Vitamin A and C as well as omega-3 fatty acids. Together, all of these minerals and nutrients work together to combat a number of hair and skin ailments.

Combats Dandruff: Peppermint oil helps to balance the pH within the scalp. Our hair and scalp sebum (oil) has a normal pH balance between 4.5 and 5.5. When the pH balance is thrown off on our scalp we can experience bacteria, fungi and other related issues. So it is important to make sure that the pH is kept at its natural acidity. If you find that you are experiencing some of these issues on your scalp, peppermint oil may be the perfect natural solution. Applying a diluted topical solution of peppermint oil to the skin to help combat buildup on the scalp.

Encourages Hair Growth: When applied to the scalp, peppermint oil not only reduces dandruff but it can also stimulate the scalp allowing for improved blood flow. With improved blood circulation comes an increase in oxygen which our hair follicles need in order to thrive. Since hair growth is determined by the state of the hair follicle it is crucial that the follicle receives the oxygen and blood flow it needs. This increase in blood flow and oxygen allows for healthy hair growth.

Improves Hair Appearance: Another benefit to using peppermint oil on the hair is that it also improves hair shine and even hair volume. Whether you are diluting peppermint oil with other oils, or if you choose to use a shampoo or conditioner formulated with peppermint oil, you will notice an improvement in how your hair looks and feels.

Applying Peppermint Oil

If you do choose to use peppermint oil for your skin, it is suggested that you dilute it. Although peppermint oil has a multitude of benefits, it is very strong when left in its original concentration. Without diluting this oil, you may experience some skin irritation because of its potency. To dilute peppermint oil or other strong oils like tea tree oil, simply mix 3 to 4 drops of the peppermint oil with 1/2 tsp of carrier oil. Or you can mix 6-8 drops of peppermint oil to 1 tsp of carrier oil.  Some examples of carrier oils include jojoba oil, olive oil, sunflower seed oil, and sweet almond oil.

You can also look for a shampoo or a conditioner with peppermint oil. Simply look at the list of ingredients and look for either peppermint oil or its binomial name Mentha Piperita Oil. If you are nervous about making your own peppermint oil concoction, using haircare products can be just as effective, especially if they contain other important ingredients to maintain hair health and encourage hair thickness and hair growth.

Horsetail and Hair Health

October 7th, 2014

horsetailWhat is Horsetail?

Horsetail is a prehistoric plant that is also identified by its other names including puzzle grass, bottlebrush, snake grass and pewterwort and its botanical name, Equisetum Arvense. This tall green plant with its hollow bamboo like stems serves as a beneficial ingredient especially in regards to hair growth. Over the past few weeks we have gone more in depth into the benefits of a variety of different ingredients including caffeine, copper peptides, jojoba oil, keratin as well as others, and this week will be no different as we explore the benefits that horsetail extract has on hair.

The Benefits of Horsetail

Horsetail extract is believed to stimulate hair growth because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Horsetail contains selenium, cysteine and silica which are some of the reasons why this plant serves as a great ingredient for hair health and hair growth.

Selenium- Selenium is a chemical element that has the ability to create selenoproteins.  These proteins assist in stimulation of the hair follicles which can lead to hair growth. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, adding a daily multivitamin containing the mineral selenium can help to improve nutrition which can help with overall hair growth and hair health. Another benefit that selenium can have on hair, is its ability to reduce build up and dandruff on the scalp. This frees the hair follicles, allowing the hair to grow in more easily.

Cysteine- Cysteine is a semi-essential amino acid which also serves as a means of contributing to healthy hair. Cysteine does its job for your hair by serving as one of the building blocks for proteins. The organs in our bodies thrive off of protein, and our hair is no different. Protein, especially keratin, is one of the main contributors to healthy hair growth and hair health and without the ample amount of protein, hair can appear to be dry, brittle and it may even result in hair loss.

Silica- This trace mineral has been shown to assist with strengthening blood vessels which results in improved circulation. As mentioned in a previous post, blood circulation is extremely important in regards to hair growth because with improved circulation comes improved oxygen output which can help stimulate hair growth on the scalp. Oxygen is crucial for our bodies to thrive, and our hair and scalp are no exception. Silica has also been shown to keep hair, skin and nails strong through its importance for the skin’s connective tissues.

As you can see, the many elements of horsetail come together to produce multiple benefits for hair growth and overall hair health. Horsetail can be found in both dried herb and liquid forms including hair care products such as the Regenepure DR hair loss shampoo and the Regenepure Intense Volumizing Biotin Conditioner.

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.

9 Oils that Help Promote Healthy Hair Growth

July 29th, 2014

Natural Oils for Hair Growth

You may have heard of it before—natural oils help hair growth. They’re talked about like it’s an ancient secret passed down across generations. Some believe it started with the Indians, while others think it was the Egyptians. However, what matters most is that the secret is out! We’ve done some research and found the nine most talked about oils to help you grow your hair out, while making it healthier than ever.

Avocado Oil – This is one of the most recommended oils to use on your hair, which is why it’s at the top of our list. Loaded with nutrients, vitamins, and a few other essentials, Avocado Oil does your hair a huge favor. Great for moisturizing dry or damaged hair, this oil can give your hair increased strength and shine, without making it oily. Its vitamins and nutrients also help in feeding the hair follicles in the scalp to promote hair growth, while maintaining scalp health.

Castor Oil – Found in some shampoos, Castor Oil is another great oil for promoting hair growth and moisturizing the hair strands. If you’re looking for thicker hair, especially if your hair is thinning, you may want to put a dab of Castor Oil in your hands and rub it all around your scalp. Plus, if you have hair that’s hard to tame, this oil will take care of the job. Moreover, like some shampoos, you can help prevent scalp infections with Castor Oil as well.

Coconut Oil – People all over the web are raving about the benefits of Coconut Oil. This is one of those top secrets believed to originate within the Native American tribes. However, the secret has slipped a while ago, and thankfully, the news has spread. Antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral, Coconut Oil is a powerhouse for promoting hair growth, a healthy scalp, and beautiful hair. Natural oils always get the job done without introducing your hair to harmful chemicals, and if your hair is brittle or prone to breakage, a little bit of Coconut Oil treatment will clear that up.

Olive Oil – Yes, you read that right: Olive Oil. It sounds a bit odd, since this is an oil we humans tend to consume. It’s found in every grocery store, and yet it might just be better for your hair than your body. Great for moisturizing, rubbing some olive oil into your scalp will promote a healthy scalp, and also helps to fight dandruff. Rich in fatty acids and vitamin E, Olive Oil can help fight hair loss while growing stronger, healthier hair.

Rosemary – This oil has been used in many cultures worldwide to help stimulate hair follicles in the scalp and promote hair growth, as well as prevent early hair loss and greying. Surprisingly, Rosemary Oil is actually a good catalyst for blood circulation on the scalp, so if you’re a fan of scalp massages (which also promote hair growth), next time use some Rosemary Oil and rub it in well, before you hit the shower.

Peppermint Oil – I know what you’re thinking: “Peppermint Oil? Peppermints go in your mouth, not on your head.” However, you might be surprised to find a type of mint oil is found in a few shampoos and other hair products that are au naturel. Peppermint Oil is great for stimulating the scalp, another oil good for your next scalp massage. However, if we know anything, people eat mints to kill germs in the mouth. So, it is suggested to first dilute the oil in water, or it could prove to be too harsh.

Jojoba Oil ­– Now this is a big one, and if you haven’t heard of it, prepare to be amazed. Jojoba Oil isn’t very new to the hair growth scene, but it isn’t found in many places around the world. Used to moisturize and grow hair, Jojoba Oil is perfect for promoting healthy hair. Found in shampoos that aim to help hair growth, Jojoba Oil is actually pretty similar to the natural oils that the scalp produces. By applying some of this directly to your scalp, you’re basically tricking your body into promoting healthy hair growth.

Emu Oil – Another little secret, Emu Oil is found in a number of shampoos that help promote hair growth. This one is a little different, because not only has it been found to help grow hair, but it helps to revive hair follicles that have gone dormant. Emu Oil basically gives your scalp a kick start to get your hair growing thicker and healthier. Additionally, Emu Oil has proven to help men suffering from male pattern baldness (MPB), and is a great ingredient for alleviating a dry scalp.

Tea Tree – Last but not least, we’ve got Tea Tree Oil. Another natural oil for helping to soothe a dry, itchy scalp, for fighting bacteria and fungi, for keeping your scalp and hair healthy and clean—Tea Tree Oil does the job. There are many benefits of Tea Tree Oil, aside from keeping a clean scalp, it also helps to unclog hair follicles that could be curbing hair growth. Plus, when rubbed on the scalp, tea Tree Oil helps to stimulate blood flow, and we’ve discussed how helpful that can be when looking to promote hair growth.

There you have it! Nine natural oils that are great for promoting hair growth, as well as growing healthy, shiny hair. Moreover, if you have a dry or messy scalp, these oils will be sure to clear it up. Just don’t ingest any of these that aren’t already edible—a few can be pretty toxic, so be ware and be safe when promoting healthy hair.

Hairstyling Tips for Men with Thinning Hair

July 3rd, 2014

Fashion portrait of young man in black shirtHair loss can affect people of all ages for a number of different reasons, while you may be using hair loss shampoos and treatments to regrow your hair, we all know it doesn’t happen overnight.  So while your hair is in the process of re-growing, chances are you will still have to deal with the look of thin or thinning hair.  Luckily there are some hairstyling tips that can help reduce the appearance of thinning hair and instead give it a fuller look. Check out some of these hairstyling tips for men with thinning hair.

The Shorter the Better

Don’t overlook the value of a good haircut.  Whether your hair loss is very noticeable or it is simply losing some of its lust, don’t be afraid to go shorter.  Shorter hair actually makes the hair look and feel thicker and fuller.  Once you decide to switch to a shorter haircut you want to make sure that your hair dresser makes clean, blunt lines and doesn’t cut the hair with a razor, as this thins out the ends of the hair. If you are just starting to notice hair thinning, you may not necessarily need to switch to a shorter “do” right away but instead try a shaggy or slick back look.  Regardless of your hair type, eliminating dead, scraggly limp hair, eliminates excess weight and is usually the way to go.

Use the Right Products

As you are discovering ways to make your hair look thicker, always use methods like hair loss shampoos with beneficial ingredients like ketoconazole to help tackle hair loss from the root.  In addition to hair loss shampoos and other topical treatment, make sure to use the right styling products for your hair.  Contrary to popular belief, gels and other similar styling products do not cause hair loss.  However, being too rough with the hair can lead to breakage.  A common mistake among many men is either using a styling product that is too thick or heavy, or simply just using too much a particular product.  Many styling products can weigh down the hair and can also cause separation, revealing more of the scalp. Your goal is to add structure and the appearance of thickness to the hair.  So when it comes to styling product, more times than not, less is more. Also, avoid shiny pomades and gels as this further enhances the appearance of hair loss and hair thinning.

Style Your Hair

Styling rule #1: NEVER execute a comb over.  For those who are unaware, a comb over is when the hair on the back or on the sides are left to grow out.  These longer hairs are then combed over the balding area and held in place with an overly generous amount of styling product.  This hairstyle doesn’t fool anyone because it typically doesn’t decrease the appearance of hair loss but instead makes it more noticeable.

Depending on your hair, another thing you may want to avoid are parts.  Adding parts to your hair allows the scalp to become visible increasing appearance of hair loss or thinning hair.  If you find that your hair is thinning in multiple areas, keep it short and use your fingertips to apply a lightweight product to add texture.  As previously mentioned, if you are in the beginning stages of hair loss and don’t wish to cut your hair short just yet, a slick back look is always a classic choice.  This doesn’t mean you have to go crazy with product and you certainly don’t want your hair to be shinning from miles away.  For this look try a water-based pomade.

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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