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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.

Androgenic Alopecia: Its Cause and Possible Solutions

May 9th, 2014

male patterned balding About 40% of men experience hair loss patterns by the age of 35 or older, while 60% of women experience hair loss patterns by the age of 60.  There are many reasons for hair loss and although everyone is different, one of the leading causes is due to androgenic alopecia. This form of hair loss is more commonly known as pattern baldness and although men are at a significantly higher risk, women can also suffer from androgenic alopecia.

Studies have shown that this particular form of hair loss is caused by hormones called androgens, hence the name androgenic alopecia. These hormones play an important role by regulating sex drive and hair growth in both males and females.  The most common culprit of androgenic alopecia is the male sex hormone, Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which can also be found in trace amounts in women.

DHT is a derivative of the more commonly known hormone, testosterone and with increased levels binding to follicle receptors located on the scalp, comes an increase in hair loss. While the level of testosterone in women are significantly lower than in men, the production of DHT can still occur and even rise, resulting in further hair loss as it shrinks the hair follicles making it difficult for future hairs to grow.

While there is no cure for male or female pattern baldness, there are a variety of ingredients and Hair Loss Treatments that can be applied topically or taken orally to slow down the hair loss process.  The following ingredients block the production of DHT and can be found in Renepure DR and Regenepure NT Hair Loss Shampoo.

Saw Palmetto

This natural herb has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes.  More recently, studies suggest that saw palmetto helps in treating male and female pattern baldness by blocking the enzyme (5-alpha-reductase) which converts testosterone into DHT.

Vitamin B6

One of the ways in which people can experience further hair loss is through vitamin deficiency.  While some vitamins may be difficult to intake through diet alone, there are many supplements that can be taken to avoid vitamin shortage to improve hair regrowth.  One of the best vitamins for this particular issue is Vitamin B6 as it blocks the production of DHT and enhances hair color and quality.  This particular vitamin also provides hair regrowth benefits when applied topically.

Caffeine

Although a dangerous amount of caffeine would need to be ingested to fight hair loss, there are a number of caffeinated topical solutions that have been proven to fight the formation of DHT, while stimulating the scalp and hair follicles.

The Remarkable Benefits of Minoxidil for Alleviating Hair Loss

May 5th, 2014

balding man - hair loss tips with minoxidil Minoxidil is a safe treatment for those who suffer from hair loss and it was the first drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia). When it was first introduced, minoxidil only existed as an oral drug more commonly known as “Loniten”, which was used to treat high blood pressure. However, it resulted in one major side effect: hair growth. In the 1980s, a topical formula of minoxidil was created and today this solution is used by both men and women as a Hair Loss Treatment.

Minoxidil is available over the counter and exists in both 2% and 5% concentrations. Although the 5% may be viewed as more effective, it is highly suggested that women only use minoxidil with 2% concentration due to side effects. When using minoxidil, people sometimes experience shedding before hair regrowth. This shedding period is considered normal and impacts the hairs undergoing the resting (telogen) phase. This increase in shedding typically occurs between 2-6 weeks after beginning the minoxidil treatment and should diminish within a few weeks as thicker hairs form in the new growing (anagen) phase.

To achieve maximum results, the minoxidil treatment should be placed directly on the scalp for a minimum of four hours before allowing the hair to get wet. Applying to wet hair or using a hairdryer on the scalp can result in a less effective treatment. Although most people don’t experience side effects and when they do, they tend to be very manageable. If discontinued, minoxidil can progressively regress hair growth and in 6-12 months the scalp can appear as it did before the minoxidil treatment.

With habitual use, minoxidil hair regrowth can be seen as early as four months, as it promotes oxygen, nutrients and blood flow to the scalp for increased hair density and overall hair growth. Although choosing to use a minoxidil Hair Loss Treatment requires continuous upkeep, for a topical formula, the results are unparalleled, safe and well worth the commitment.

Ginger: Home Remedy for Hair Loss

May 1st, 2014

ginger remedy for hair loss and hair growth Originally cultivated in South Asia, ginger or ginger root, contains a wide variety of health benefits including the relief of stomach pain, nausea, muscle pain, and inflammation.  It also has the ability to increase blood flow and circulation, which ultimately improves scalp health and hair growth.

Fresh ginger root is rich in vitamins and full of elements including phosphorous, magnesium and potassium as well as fatty acids. These nutrients help prevent hair thinning while improving hair strength, shine and overall health. The best part about ginger is that it is easily accessible, making it the perfect home-remedy Hair Loss Shampoo.  Here are some easy steps to help you naturally replenish your scalp while fighting hair loss with this natural ginger remedy.

What you will need:

Fresh ginger root

Olive oil or jojoba oil

Tablespoon

Bowl

Grater

Directions:

1)     Before shampooing your hair, grate 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger root into a small bowl.

2)     Follow by adding 1 tablespoon of olive oil or jojoba oil into the bowl with the ginger root.

3)     Thoroughly mix the grated ginger root and oil together.

4)     Gently rub the ginger oil into your scalp in a circular motion for 5 minutes; making sure the oil deeply penetrates the skin.

5)     Let the ginger oil soak into the hair and scalp for 30 minutes (a warming sensation may occur to ensure the mixture is working).

6)     Finally, rinse with shampoo but do not follow with conditioner.

With these six simple steps, this ginger oil treatment will not only encourage blood circulation but also rid your scalp of any dandruff or build up. In return, the treatment will assist in hair growth by cleansing and clearing the hair follicles. This century-old remedy for hair growth is easy, natural, beneficial and can be accomplished in the comfort of your own home.

Regenepure is dedicated to promoting an effective, natural, and accessible Hair Loss Treatment. To learn more, contact us here or by calling 877-706-8688.

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