Have you noticed a few more hairs flowing down the shower drain lately? Or maybe your honey has suddenly become cognizant of his receding hairline and is not too pleased. Reminiscing of a time when you had a full head of hair may not be just a fond memory. Here’s some helpful information that may help you better understand, treat and prevent hair loss.
According to the Mayo Clinic, most people shed about 50 to 100 hairs a day. There are close to 100,000 hairs on the scalp and the average hairs lost in a day should not be noticeable. Along with the aging process, comes a natural thinning of the hair. The rate at which one loses their hair determines baldness. If you are shedding more hairs than the rate of re-growth or the new hairs are thinner or come out in patches than you may be balding.
There are many causes for hair loss. However, most cases are male-and female-pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia. This occurs when the time in between hair growth shortens and the hair is not as thick or strong. With every growth phase, the hairs are not as deeply rooted within the scalp and fall out more easily. Androgenetic alopecia tends to run in the family. If you have a history of male-or female- pattern baldness on either side of your family you will have a greater risk of balding. Genetics will determine at what age you begin to lose your hair, the speed, pattern and to what degree.
Nonetheless, there is no reason to surrender to genetics! Technology is our friend, always eager to lend a hand in time of need! There are quite a few hair loss treatment products and devices on the market that have produced great results.
HairMax LaserComb is the only FDA approved at home laser device for the promotion of hair growth. The device utilizes laser energy to stimulate and energize weakened hair follicles. The energy from the laser increases blood flow and circulation to the scalp. Increased blood flow brings nutrients to the hair follicle, while taking away harmful byproducts such as DHT (Dihydrotestosterone). DHT is a naturally occurring hormone in the body that shrinks and kills off healthy hair follicles.
I love a good hair masque. They really do make all the difference in the world, especially with how often I change my hair color. The day we have our hair colored it appears soft, healthy and vibrant as the hair color smoothes the hair cuticle for a short period of time. While coloring the hair is detrimental to the condition of the hair, the heated styling tools and harsh chemicals we use on our hair are often the culprits of split ends and dull, dehydrated strands. So what to do? Here are a few hair treatments to save those lovely locks of yours!
Klorane Mask with Papyrus Milk contains cyperus esculentus plant, which is a grass-like botanical from the papyrus family. Rich with a unique combination of fatty acids and polar lipids, this product restores moisture and relaxes hair fibers. The slight scent of cucumbers almost makes it yummy enough to eat.
Neil George Intense Repair Mask - This lavish mask has a slew of powerful antioxidants such as Indian gooseberry and vitamin C. Weak and dry hair are instantly softened after one 3-minute session with this product, leaving hair soft and manageable. No need for additional styling products! Created for both damaged and color-treated hair, this mask also appeals to those that love natural products, since it is paraben free.
Maintaining a hair regimen and masking 2-3 times a month will keep your hair smooth and silky all year round. So enjoy your next Masquerade party and be sure to weigh in your thoughts on the good, the bad, and the ugly – I want to hear them all!
Alopecia, or hair loss, can tend to be discouraging and frustrating. There are two types of hair loss, temporary and permanent, it is important to be able to distinguish symptoms of the two.
Temporary hair loss tends to be the result of stress, medical conditions, dieting, pregnancy or even products you use to style your hair. A majority of styling products contain harsh ingredients such as sodium, sulfates and alcohol derivates. Over exposure to these ingredients can lead to dry, damaged hair, which causes breakage when heat is applied. Rene Furterer’s Anti-Dehydrating Vegetal Styling Spritz is a great option to use as a styling product. This product is botanically based containing no aggressive ingredients in result, leaving your hair soft also giving extra volume and added texture. Using natural based products and backing off high-heat styling tools is a good start.
Permanent hair loss is a genetic condition that is neither contagious nor transmittable. More than 20% of women experience symptoms of hair loss, starting as early as their twenties. The condition is said to be caused by an autoimmune disorder, where the body attacks its own hair follicles causing inflammation and represses or hinders hair growth. Prescribed medications such as Minoxidil, are used as a topical daily treatment to simulate circulation to the hair follicle. With proper use of treatment, existing hair growth is typically improved by 20%- 25% and it may stop or slow down hair loss. If you’re looking for a holistic alternative, Rene Furterer Triphasic 3-Step Hereditary Hair Loss Kit is a great choice. This kit contains products to stimulate microcirculation on the scalp to encourage healthy hair growth and has ingredients to volumize and strengthen hair. If you are observing any type or hair loss, is it best to see your doctor so the conditions properly diagnosed.
It’s Saturday morning and you have to get the kids to soccer, baseball and ballet functions…time is of the essence right? The Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo is a quick fix solution when you have to run but don’t have extra time to wash your hair. With rice, oat, and tapioca starches excess oil and product can be absorbed quickly without weighing your hair down. Increase volume, refresh and recharge your hair pronto with this little beauty secret. It smells fantastic too! Just apply a small amount in your hand and massage into your scalp to experience a dry wash that will get you through your busy day. The Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo is a life saver! Plus it is an Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner. Be sure to add this to your hair care survival kit!
At some point in our lives we all seem to get bored with our daily hair routine. Between school, jobs, friends, kids and relationships, we sometimes need extra tools which help us kick up our efforts in hairstyle. Figuring out what kind of tools we should invest our time and money into can be a pain in the rear. Hair styling tools are made to give us a hand and to help us avoid hassle. They vary from simple easy to use tools to more intricate and time consuming tools with fierce results. Below I will give you tool suggestions and how to use those tools to break old routine habits and enjoy hairstyle variation!
We will start with the most common styling tool known to women. This is the hair dryer. It is probably going to be your most important tool investment. I don’t think I know one woman who does not own a hair dryer. Due to daily activities, our hair becomes dirty and eventually it will need to be washed. As much as we procrastinate doing this to try and maintain hair health, it is inevitable. On that note hair will need to be dried. You can towel and air dry as much as you want but you will not always receive the style results you may be looking for. Hair needs heat in order to achieve volume and create style. When looking for a great hair dryer, you’ll want to lean towards an ionic tourmaline one. Having these components will help eliminate frizz, prevent breakage or split ends, dry hair faster and add shine to your lovely locks! A great suggestion would be Metropolis Technology Tourmaline Ionic Dryer. Using a round brush while drying your hair can give you the option to either flip your hair ends under, flip your hair ends out, and can also help to create volume at the roots of your hair. Frederick Fekkai has an amazing round brush. When purchasing a hair dryer, look to see if it comes with a diffuser. You can use mousse or hairspray while the hair is still damp, apply heat with the diffuser and create an instantly wavy hairstyle. As you can see, a hair dryer alone can create numerous different hair styles depending on the techniques used in conjunction.
When looking for straight hair, you’d want to use a flat iron. The best flat irons for your hair have multiple heat settings and are usually ceramic or tourmaline. You could try Metropolis Technology T-Ion Tourmaline Flat Iron. For the same reasons as the hair dryer, those components keep you from frying your hair. A hot iron can also be used to create many different looks as well, from smooth and sleek to slightly curled or flipped.
The next frequently used or thought of hair tool is the curling iron. The curling iron comes in various sizes and styles. You have the option to use smaller barreled irons for tighter ringlets or larger barreled irons for loose relaxed curls. Ceramic curling irons are what you should look for. They also have curling irons which have a spiral wrapped around the barrel that give your ringlets more of a spiral appearance. Curling irons are easy to use and can get to all sections of the hair accordingly. After curling your hair, you can leave your playful curls down or use them to create a stunning updo. When hair spray is utilized in the process of curling, you are bound to create a lasting and amazing style. Similar to curling irons, are hot rollers. With practice and experience with hot rollers you can use them daily without spending excessive time on your hair. Only with hair cuts that are very textured or that have numerous layers will hot rollers be difficult to use in a timely manner.
A tool with a kick is a three barrel iron. This tool creates big waves throughout the entire head, which always looks sassy. The tool is easy to use and the results achieved can last up to a few days if used with hairspray. I have personally tested this theory in my own hair laziness and found this style is a quick fix to a boring routine.
Above all there is no reason these days for us women to become bored with our hair. There are numerous tools we can use that each create their own unique style and will have your peers admiring your new look. The next time you hit a hair slump I suggest digging into your hair tool drawer, getting out your hairspray, getting motivated and creating your next sassy runway hair style.