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Care for Your Color

June 27th, 2014

Redhead Summer

Having color treated hair can be difficult to manage, especially during those summer months. It is always important to make sure that you are using products that are safe to use on color treated hair, but there are many other ways to ensure that your color stays healthy & vibrant all summer long.

Stay Moisturized: Don’t let the sun dry out your hair. Using oils & conditioners all summer long will give your hair protection from the sun as well as shine. Helping your hair stay moisturized also helps to extend the life of your color.

Cool before the pool: Wet your hair before diving in.  By doing this, your hair absorbs a minimal amount of chlorine, so it is less damaging to your locks. As soon as you get out, rinse your hair with fresh water to get the chlorine & other buildup out of your hair.

Go Clean: Shampoo before you color? It’s not as mad as it seems. Since you perspire more in the summer months, hair color can oxidize when it comes in contact with sweat. Shampooing before going to the salon can prevent this & it will help your hair color from fading early.

Cold Water: The cooler the temperature of water you use when shampooing your hair, the more the color sticks to your hair. Even if you don’t want to cool down the whole time you shower, make sure to use cold water when shampooing & conditioning your hair.

Blonde Tip:

  • Don’t go green. Before thinking of taking a dip, don’t forget about your locks! Blondes have a much easier time picking up harsh minerals & chlorine. Make sure to saturate your hair in fresh water before going swimming. When you get out, make sure to give you hair another rinse before you go back to relaxing poolside. However if you end up seeing green, there are products on the market to help take out those tints (mineral buildup) if you forget our tip.

Brunette Tip:

  • Cover up! Although it is important for every hair type to cover up in the summer, it is especially important for darker hair colors to stay in the shade. Dark hair lightens in the sun. To make your color last longer, use hats and scarves to avoid bringing out unwanted red or brassy tones.

Auburn Tip:

  • Go more often. When the sun’s out, redheads should make sure they visit their salon a little more frequently. Since the sun accelerates the lightening of your color, you want to make sure your vibrant color doesn’t fade or turn brassy. Many salons have gloss treatments & shiner enhancers to help extend the life of your color.

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.

How to Protect Your Hair and Scalp from Sun Damage during the Summer

June 20th, 2014

Flirting beautySummer is around the corner and although most individuals are adequately prepared for sun exposure to their skin, many neglect the effect of sun damage to the hair. The sun has the ability to cause harm to hair strands and scalp that may leave your hair dull and lackluster. When venturing outdoors, there are precautions you can take to maintain your healthy hair throughout the summer.

How does the sun damage hair?

- Weak Hair: When your hair experiences an influx of heat and/or sun it may cause the vitamin in your strands to become brittle, which results in breakage and uneven hair length.

- Split Ends: Another common effect of sun exposure on hair is split ends. Excess heat will cause your hair to dry out and break at the ends leaving them split and unhealthy.

- Thinning: Excess exposure to the sun has the ability to remove the proteins from your hair, which causes thinning and sometimes even shedding due to its weak composition.

- Skin Cancer: Although you are not at risk for skin cancer on your hair. Your scalp may be at risk because of the exposed skin to UV rays. Sun burns on the scalp can be very painful with burning and flaking side effects.

- Frizzy Hair: One of the least damaging effects of sun exposure is the development of uncontrollable frizz. Excess heat is known to cause frizz in hair and prolonged sun exposure may increase this frizz.

How can I protect my hair from the sun?

Where a hat

Hats are a stylish and serves as a preventative measure against sun damage on the hair and scalp. Wide brim hats are especially beneficial because they cover more of the hair than baseball caps. If using a baseball cap, try tucking your hair underneath your hat for added protection.

Use SPF product

Many individuals are not aware that there are serums, conditioners, and sprays specifically formulated to protect hair from the sun. These can be found at your local drugstores. Although there are shampoos and conditioners that provide UV protection, the protection is limited since it is being rinsed off.

You can also create your own SPF hair solution by mixing 2 teaspoons SPF 25 sunscreen with one cup of water. Mix the solution together in a spray bottle and apply lightly throughout the hair before going in the sun. Spray sunscreens also work well on the hair, but use them sparingly as they are sometimes greasy.

Beware of the part

Parting your hair exposes the scalp to the sun. If you are not using a hat or sunscreen to protect the exposed area, pull hair back so that no scalp areas are showing. For best results, apply sunscreen directly on the exposed scalp for the ultimate protection.

Plan out your outdoor activities

Studies show that the sun is at its peak from 10am to 3pm meaning the UV rays are at their highest. Avoiding those times will lessen your chances of sun damages. Even if you go outdoors after or before those times, you should still protect your hair as long as the sun is out.

How do you reverse previous sun damage to hair?

- No alcohol: When dealing with sun damaged hair and scalp, it’s best to stay away from irritant chemicals such as alcohol in hair products.

- No heat: Using heated styling tools will cause further damage to your strands and cause even more breakage to your already fragile hair.

- Treat peeling and burning: Apply vinegar to your scalp before your shampoo can reduce burning and peeling. Anti-dandruff shampoos are also very efficient when trying to treat scalp peeling. For burning it is best to use a minty or cooling shampoo to soothing the irritation.

- Use leave-in conditioner: Sun damage leaves hair extremely dry. In order to restore your hair’s moisture apply a leave-in moisturizing conditioner to lock in hydration.

- Examine your scalp: Scalp exposure to the sun may result in skin cancer.  It’s best to take precaution by inspecting your scalp for any unusual spots, moles or growths. If you notice something out of the ordinary, contact your dermatologist for further investigation.

This summer don’t neglect your locks! Protect you hair from sun damage to maintain healthy, full hair year round.

Ketoconazole for Hair Loss

June 17th, 2014

Ketoconazole ShampooWhat Is Ketoconazole?

Ketoconazole is a clinically proven, powerful anti-fungal used to treat various fungal infections, such as dandruff, and can help curb hair loss. Ketoconazole helps remove toxins and debris from the scalp and hair, perfectly preparing it for a hair loss shampoo to help regrow hair. This anti-fungal can also be effective in stimulating new hair growth on the scalp if you are someone who suffers from androgenic alopecia, another term for male and female pattern baldness. This condition is more common in men, but both genders can have it.

How Does Hair Loss Happen?

Androgenic alopecia usually occurs at the crown of the head in men, while women usually undergo thinning hair over the entire surface area of the scalp. Hair loss is caused predominantly due to an imbalance of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which comes from the male hormone testosterone. Believe it or not, both men and women carry testosterone in their bodies, with men obviously carrying more. DHT binds to the receptors in the hair follicles on the scalp. It then shrinks the follicles and makes it almost impossible for healthy hair to survive, thus causing hair loss. Ketoconazole is useful in that it can counter the effects of DHT in those who suffer from androgenic alopecia.

Ketoconazole Used Orally vs. Topically

Ketoconazole is available in both oral and topical forms. Although some people do decide to take it orally to treat fungal infections of the urinary tract, skin, and mouth, there can be some harsh side effects. The most commonly used form of Ketoconazole is in shampoo for hair loss. One percent Ketoconazole is available for purchase over the counter, while higher percentages, such as 2%, require a prescription from your doctor. Of course, the 2% formula is stronger and will most likely work better, but it is important to consult your doctor before deciding to start any new regimen.

Some agree that using Ketoconazole in conjunction with systemic antiandrogens will help regrow your hair faster. This is because Ketoconazole blocks the synthesis of DHT in the scalp, while acting as an “antagonist” of the androgen receptors in your body. Since using these two products together can help block the androgen receptors more powerfully, it is said that this can lead to a more effective treatment of androgenic alopecia in both men and women.

When using Ketoconazole shampoo for hair loss, you must follow the directions accurately. Improper usage can cause irritation, however, it is in very rare cases that this happens. It is vital that you use the shampoo on a regular basis and don’t forget to skip doses. This will aid in the effectiveness of the Ketoconazole shampoo for hair loss!

Steps on How to Use Ketoconazole Shampoo For Hair Loss

  1. Make sure that your scalp is not already irritated, cut, bruised, or burning.
  2. Wet your hair thoroughly
  3. Apply a generous amount of the Ketoconazole shampoo to your hair
  4. Use your fingers to rub the shampoo into your scalp until it forms into a lather
  5. Wait one minute to ensure the shampoo gets to the scalp
  6. Rinse your scalp of the Ketoconazole shampoo thoroughly
  7. Towel dry
  8. Repeat steps 1-7 daily

Ketoconazole has also proven to be beneficial for those who suffer from different skin conditions, such as ringworm, candidiasis (yeast infection), athlete’s foot, and jock itch among others. Since Ketoconazole is such a powerful anti-fungal, it has become the first choice for doctors to recommend to their patients suffering from conditions such as these. Ketoconazole is usually applied once a day for 2-6 weeks topically for conditions such as the ones stated above.

Things to Discuss With Your Doctor before Using Ketoconazole

  1. Talk about the current medications you are taking and see if there could be possibly side effects by incorporating Ketoconazole (this includes vitamins and supplements)
  2. Tell your doctor of any allergies you may have
  3. Discuss your current medical state and condition and ensure that your body can handle the Ketoconazole
  4. Discuss your current food and drink diet to prevent any possible negative side effects
  5. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or looking to get pregnant any time soon.
  6. Tell your doctor if you have ever had a serious illness or medical condition

Ketoconazole has proven to be a beneficial solution for those suffering from hair loss. A hair loss shampoo with Ketoconazole helps clarify the scalp and hair from all toxins and debris, while removing DHT to make way for new growth!

3 Protective Hairstyles for Healthier Hair

June 13th, 2014

Many hairstyles that are frequently use can be harmful for our hair causing severe damage. From overheating to tension on your strands, using hot irons, tight hair ties, and lots of harsh hair product will be detrimental to you hair’s health in the long run. We’ve created a list of 3 easy hairstyles you can try without harming your hair.

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The Side Braid:

Many hairstyles that are frequently use can be harmful for our hair causing severe damage. From overheating to tension on your strands, using hot irons, tight hair ties, and lots of harsh hair product will be detrimental to you hair’s health in the long run. We’ve created a list of 3 easy hairstyles you can try without harming your hair.

Here’s how you achieve this look:

1) part you hair to the desired side.

2) Begin braiding your hair from the parted area

3) Carry the braid down to the ends of hair

4) Secure loosely with a rubber band, hair tie, or ribbon.

(For fishtails, start the top portion as a regular braid, then switch to fishtail at the ends.

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The Beach Waves:

Everyone is envious of those perfect “beach waves” seen on celebrities, but sometimes it takes several hours with a curling wand or iron and an excess of hair spray. You can achieve this look by using natural salt water and twisting or braiding hair over night. It a protective solution to your yearning for a curly hair style.

Here’s how you do it:

1) Separate hair into at least five sections.

2) Create a combination of sea salt, water and a cream gel. (Be sure to choose one that is alcohol free to prevent damage.)

3) Put combination into a spray bottle.

4) Lightly Spray solution on each section of hair.

5) Braid or twist each section individually and secure the ends with a rubber band.

6) Sleep on it overnight.

7) In the morning, carefully remove hairbands and loosen braids. Style with fingers.

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The Braided Bun:

Braided buns are not only a fun twist on a updo its also better than a tight ponytail. The braids allow you to secure you hair with a few bobby pins instead of tight hair ties.

How to get this look:

1) Separate hair into two parts. (One towards the top and the other at the bottom.)

2) Braid both parts.

3) Twist into a desired bun.

4) Secure with bobby pins.

5) Use a soft styling cream to tame fly away strands. (It is healthier than hair spray.)

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
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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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