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My Hair Routine - Tips from a Reader

Today we have a guest post from one of our readers, Anna. Thank you very much Anna, for sharing your tips.

I just washed, cut and styled my hair and I thought I would share my routine with you.

My hair has been coloured and thin for so long that it probably is about 10 or 15 years since it was full and healthy (judging by photos). I am not getting any younger and if I want to be able to restore some health to it before it is too late, then I have to take the bull by the horns and do something about it!

I decided to stop colouring my hair, partly because I found that whatever we were born with suits us best. Oh, sun drenched hair looked so much fun when young, innocent and naive! Today, I suffer porous and damaged hair, including bald patches and thinning hair.

So, here is my latest routine.

1) Every two months (or whenever I feel most appropriate), I trim my hair by an inch or two - just at the ends.

2) I wash my hair every second or third day with an organic shampoo called (iRaw) mango nectar. No hormones, no gluten, no palm oil - soap free, chemical free, cold pressed. I alternate with Tea Tree Shampoo.

3) Never use a conditioner. Just gently untangle hair after shampooing.

4) Rub a drop of Moroccan oil between your palms and massage THE ENDS of your hair. Do not rub onto the scalp and comb through.

5) Use the warm setting of your hairdryer to style. I sometimes, especially on a sunny day, let my hair dry naturally.

6) I usually do this routine about an hour or two before going to bed. I find that the next day, my hair looks full and bouncy.

7) Once a month or as often as you like, and after your final rinse, squeeze the juice of half a lemon on your hair. Pat dry with a towel and style. DO NOT RINSE. I find this feels like a natural volume building Mousse.

For inner health....

I started using Elle McPherson's The Super Elixir once a day. I have only started this week but I already noticed a bounce and a fullness in my hair. The Elixir contains some 45 types of herbs, spices, fruits, etc.. Being by Elle, she rests her reputation on it and therefore I trust it.

My daughter, Chantal has been using it for a couple of months and she swears by it. It was she who bought me my first packet. I am envious of her tongue that is clean and smooth, the sign of good health!

Of course, everyone has and uses what works for them. My routine works perfectly for me and I am sharing it for anyone interested.

Win the iRestore Hair Growth System

Win an iRestore Hair Growth System - fight hair loss with the portable laser treatment unit you can use at home.

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Can this salon treatment really repair damaged hair?

My experience with using Olaplex (™), the salon and home treatment designed to rebuild damaged hair

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Metoprolol Hair Loss - Is Medication Causing your Thinning Hair?

Find out if metoprolol could be causing your hair loss, and what to do if it is.

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Encouraging Regrowth in Alopecia Areata Drug Trials

It's early days, but researchers from Columbia University Medical Center have seen encouraging results after patients with alopecia areata were treated with a drug called ruxolitinib.

Alopecia areata affects both men and women and can strike at any age. There are no treatments currently available that can fully restore the hair.

During the research, 12 patients suffering from the condition - all with at least 30% hair loss - were given oral ruxolitinib twice a day for 3 to 6 months.

Following the treatment, 9 of the patients had hair regrowth of 50% or more. By the end of the treatment, an impressive 77% of those who'd responded to the treatment saw regrowth of over 95%.

Once the treatment was stopped, a third of the patients suffered hair loss, although not to the extent they'd experienced it prior to the treatment.

Ruxolitinib is usually used to treat bone marrow disorders and is a type of medication known as a JAK inhibitor. Another JAK inhibitor - tofacitinib - had previously been tested as a possible treatment for hair loss, also with promising results.

Julian Mackay-Wiggan, MD, MS, associate professor and director of the clinical research unit in dermatology at CUMC and a dermatologist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia - said

"Our findings suggest that initial treatment induces a high rate of disease remissions in patients with moderate to severe alopecia areata but maintenance therapy may be needed. While larger, randomized trials are needed to confirm the safety and efficacy of ruxolitinib in people with moderate to severe alopecia areata, our initial results are very encouraging."

If you would like to learn more about JAK inhibitors and what triggered the research into their potential effect on hair loss, you can read the full article on the Columbia University Medical Center Website.

Disguise Hair Loss Instantly

If you're suffering from extreme hair loss - to the point where your scalp is showing - then your priority is to disguise the extent of the problem as quickly as possible.

Whilst establishing the cause of your hair loss is an important step in reversing the problem, restoring your confidence can feel even more urgent!

One product recommended by many visitors to this site is Joan Rivers Great Hair Day® fill-in powder.

This hair powder, which comes in 4 shades to match with your own color, is designed to blend in with your hair and scalp, effectively hiding thin patches and making your hair look fuller.

It comes with a brush that makes it easy to apply and an added bonus is that it's also GREAT for disguising grey roots, should that happen to be another problem you're facing.

Most important of all, this product stays put!

The thought of it flaking off or dripping off in the rain - and giving away your secret - is an alarming one, but Great Hair Day® has an excellent reputation for staying in place until you CHOOSE to wash it out.



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How to Straighten Hair Without Heat

It's a fact... those of us with straight hair wish it was curly. Those of us with curly hair wish it was straight. Human nature being what it is, few of us are happy with the hair we were naturally blessed with!

straighten hair without heat

But when we are dealing with hair loss, it's important to remember that our priority is looking after our existing hair as well as we can.

For the most part, that means exposing our hair to as little heat as possible... which means NO FLAT IRONS!

One method for straightening without heat is the old-fashioned method of setting with rollers, assisted by slightly less old-fashioned straightening products!

Here's what you do...

1. Wash your hair with your favorite shampoo, then condition with whichever conditioner gives you the smoothest results. (For me, that would be Tresemme Keratin Smooth Shampoo And Conditioner).

2. Towel dry your hair. Separate your hair into sections, then put in rollers. The bigger the rollers are, the straighter your hair will be. I like Conair Mega Self Holding Rollers (although I use extra clips to keep them in, despite their claim to being "self holding").

3. Leave your hair to dry. Yes, this can take a while without heat, so don't start this unless you know you have plenty of time to allow your hair to dry thoroughly. If not, you may need to give it a blast with the hair dryer (still less damaging than flat irons, though).

4. Once hair is nice and dry, remove rollers and brush it out. You might want to use a spray like Living proof Straight Spray to keep it straighter for longer.

PLEASE NOTE: It's impossible to get the look of flat-ironed hair without flat irons! So your hair will not look absolutely sleek and straight, particularly if it was very curly to start with.

It's also likely to curl if humidity is high, making this technique more useful in the cooler months of the year.

Nevertheless, it does produce reasonable results and - most importantly - it doesn't leave the hair feeling frazzled afterwards!

How to Prevent Heat Damage When Drying Hair

We all know that blow-drying our hair can be damaging, particularly if we hold the dryer too close to our hair and have the heat set too high. Nevertheless, lack of time means we often do the things we know we shouldn't in order to style our hair quickly... and blow-drying is usually the only way to achieve the look we want.

To make matters worse, many of us even go the extra mile to achieving the style we desire, throwing curling or flat irons into the mix and subjecting the hair to even more damage.

So it's a good idea to look at ways to make heat-styling your hair as gentle as possible... and one way to do that is to use a good heat protection spray.

A protection spray works in 2 ways...

  • by adding moisture to the hair AND helping lock in its natural moisture
  • by forming a protective barrier over each hair strand

My personal favorite hair protection product is TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray.

TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray

My hair is VERY fine and any other products like this that I've tried in the past have either weighed down my hair, or left some visible sign once it's dry (such as looking greasy).

TRESemme's Thermal Creations Heat Tamer, on the other hand, is extremely lightweight, yet still does what it promises.

What's more, it seems to do a great job of taming those frizzy ends in the areas where my hair tends to break, making it look silkier and smoother.

Two more things I love about this product are that

  • it smells lovely
  • it's relatively INEXPENSIVE compared to other heat defense products on the market (which certainly haven't justified the extra expense, in my humble opinion!).

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Female Pattern Hair Loss - Your Questions Answered

Could female pattern hair loss be affecting you? This page takes a look at the symptoms and shares advice about your options following diagnosis.

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Can Asparagus Help Prevent Hair Loss?

Asparagus is often touted as a hair loss remedy. According to the British press, even Prince Harry has tried it out as a solution to his hair loss problems.

So can asparagus really help promote hair growth and minimize balding?

Well, there's very little solid evidence to prove that it helps reverse hair loss, but asparagus DOES contain plenty of useful nutrients that may contribute to healthy hair growth...

can asparagus prevent hair loss

  • Asparagus is rich in silica, described in 1939 by Nobel Prize winning chemist Adolf Butenandt as "...an important component of hair... and adequate intake (of which) is thought to prevent baldness and stimulate hair growth."
  • These tasty green spears also contain iron, an often overlooked mineral in the battle against hair loss. In fact, the UK's Cotswolds Trichology Centre cites iron deficiency as one of the most common causes of hair loss.
  • Asparagus tops the list of alkaline foods. Some experts put hair loss down to a diet overly rich in acidic foods, recommending alkaline foods to restore hair and promote overall well-being.
  • Asparagus contains lots of vitamins C and E, both of which are important for healthy hair, nails and skin.

So it's certainly worth trying to include more asparagus in your diet. There's no doubt it's a nutritious food that's good for your health in general...

...and if consuming it also improves the growth of your hair, then that's a tremendous bonus!

Not sure what to do with asparagus?

I love these 27 Delicious Asparagus Recipes from BHG!

Will a Silk or Satin Pillowcase Help Prevent Hair Loss?

Discover how a silk or satin pillowcase might benefit your hair AND your skin!

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Does Rogaine Work? The Pros and Cons of this Hair Loss Treatment

Does Rogaine® work? This article discusses who might benefit from Rogaine and looks at some of the possible side effects.

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Ayurvedic Medicine for Hair Loss

Ayurvedic medicine for hair loss - could it be right for you? This article looks at Ayurveda from a western perspective and whether this type of holistic healing might be appropriate for everyone.

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More Cheese, Please!

Today is National Cheese Lovers' Day - and if YOU'RE a cheese lover, but feeling a little guilty about it, then you'll be happy to know that eating cheese is actually GOOD for your hair!

Why cheese is good for hair

Cheesy Nutrition Facts!

Cheese contains biotin.

Biotin is hugely popular as a dietary supplement to promote hair growth. Although there isn't a whole lot of evidence supporting its effectiveness as a hair restoration treatment, a LACK of biotin is believed to contribute to poor hair growth. So foods containing biotin are well worth including in the diet.

Cheese also contains protein, another important nutrient for over-all health... and particularly for the hair!

Not ALL cheese is good for you, though...

It's best to avoid "full fat" cheeses, which are high in saturated fat, and look instead for reduced fat or fat free varieties.

You should also look for brands with reduced sodium levels. I recommend avoiding cream cheese - it's not as protein-packed as other varieties and it can be very high in unhealthy fats.

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To all those of you who celebrate it...

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See you in 2016!

Hair Loss Survey to Improve Advice and Treatments - Can You Help?

Update Jan 15th 2016 - this survey is now closed

Thomas Jefferson University’s Department of Dermatology & Cutaneous Biology is conducting a simple survey to look at how people disguise their hair loss, and how doctors might improve the advice and cosmetic options they offer their patients.

The survey is short and completely anonymous - also, its purposes are strictly educational, not commercial in any way.

To learn more and to take part, please click the following link:

Cosmetic Options for Hair Loss Survey

Iron and Hair Loss – Why You Should Get Your Levels Checked

Iron and hair loss – there certainly seems to be relationship between the two. Find out why too little – or too much – might be causing YOU to lose your hair.

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Be Thankful For Hair-Healthy Foods!

Did you know that your traditional Thanksgiving Dinner is brimming with nutrients good for promoting hair growth?

Turkey is an excellent source of lean protein. The hair is composed of a huge percentage of protein, so it's very important to ensure your diet contains PLENTY of it! Turkey also provides us with zinc. Zinc deficiency may cause dandruff and hair loss.

Brussels Sprouts contain lots of vitamin B6 and vitamin C. B vitamins assist in the creation of the red blood cells that distribute oxygen and nutrients around the body (including the hair follicles). And vitamin C helps the body make collagen, which is very important for healthy hair growth. So it may be worth gritting your teeth and forcing down a few sprouts, even if they're not your favorites!

Pumpkin and other orange veggies are rich in beta carotene, which your body converts to vitamin A. This helps support the healthy growth of your body's cells, including the hair cells.

Spinach may not be quite as powerful as Popeye would have you believe, but it's still a 'superfood'. It's brimming with iron - a deficiency of which is believed to play a big part in hair loss.

Red wine is abundant in bioflavonoids which protect the all-important keratin in your hair. What's more, red wine contains resveratrol, which is believed to reduce hair loss. (See? You really DO need a little red wine with your dinner for medicinal purposes!).

So instead of feeling guilty about accepting second helpings on Thursday, tuck in with relish and think of all the good you are doing for your hair!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving foods to prevent hair loss

2 Ways to Keep Bobby Pins in Place

Bobby pins (or 'hair grips' as they are known here in the UK) are great for holding the hair just the way you want it... IF you can get them to stay in.

Up until recently, mine had a habit of sliding out of position and eventually falling out altogether.

Then I came across a couple of simple tips for solving the problem, so I thought I'd share them here with you!

  • Spray the bobby pins with dry shampoo before putting them in your hair. It makes them grip the hair much more effectively.

  • Use two pins instead of one, and cross them. They will stay put all day!

And do ensure that you are using bobby pins correctly - the long, flat side should be on top and the shorter, wavy side should be next to your scalp. (I was putting mine in upside down for YEARS before I discovered this!).

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How to keep bobby pins in place

See Yourself with 1000s of Hair Styles

Do you often think about changing your hair style but hold back from ever doing anything TOO drastic?

If so, you're certainly not alone. Most of us would LOVE a new look (particularly if a current hairstyle is hard to maintain thanks to excessive shedding!).

But it's scary to commit to a significant change, because if you don't like it when it's done, there's very little you can do about it!

That's where the virtual hairdressing website TheHairStyler.com comes in VERY handy.

This site allows you to see what you would look like with literally THOUSANDS of different hairstyles. You simply upload your photograph, then use the simple tools to try on loads of different styles, lengths and colours.

With a glowing review from the Wall Street Journal, who described it as 'the most realistic virtual hairstyler', TheHairStyler.com uses top-quality, large professional images, truly enabling you to see exactly how a new hairstyle will look, WITHOUT the risk of cutting your hair.

Its database includes everything from celebrity hairstyles to classic looks, plus hairdos from salons across the world.

More Than Just Photographs…

Included with each photograph is advice for achieving that style, with step-by-step instructions and guidelines about which face shape, age, hair texture and density the style will work with. This makes the website incredibly useful. I may like the LOOK of a Jennifer Aniston hair do, for example, but closer reading confirms that my fine, flyaway locks may not be up to it.

Once you've chosen a hairstyle that looks good on you, you can simply print it out and take it to your hairdresser.

For added entertainment, the site allows you to experiment with make up, too, so it's very easy to design yourself a whole new look BEFORE buying all the cosmetics needed to achieve it.

The best feature of all?

It's totally FREE!

Have fun creating a whole new you!

Free Sign-Up at TheHairStyler.com!

Find the Right Hair Style for your Face Shape

Hair Loss Laser Treatment - Does it Work?

Hair loss laser treatment is becoming a popular therapy, with devices on the market declared safe for home use. But does laser therapy REALLY help restore hair?

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How to Protect Against Winter Hair Loss

If you have thinning hair, then it's very important to take extra steps to protect it during the colder months.

Chilly temperatures are notorious for having a negative impact on the hair - yet many of us still tend to overlook the hazards of winter weather and only think seriously about hair care in the summer.

So here are 8 ways to look after YOUR hair as temperatures plummet...

Avoiding hair loss in winter

  • Keep your hair trimmed. The drying effects of indoor heating can lead to split ends, which quickly move up the hair shaft and lead to further damage and frizz. A quick trim every 6 weeks or so should keep the hair in good condition.
  • Stay hydrated. Indoor heating also dries out your scalp - and we all know that a healthy scalp is the key to healthy hair.
  • Protect your hair when out and about with a nice hat or headscarf. Icy, bitter winds have a horribly drying effect on your tresses.
  • Moisturize your hair thoroughly with a thick, rich conditioner. Use extra hot oil treatments when you get the chance, if your existing hair is very thick and heavy. If, however, your hair is exceptionally fine, give the oil treatments a miss as they may be too heavy and will leave your hair flat.
  • Follow up your conditioner with a "leave in" spray - again, use a very light one if your hair is exceptionally thin. I prefer to spray some on my hands, rub my hands together, THEN smooth them through my hair. This has more of a subtle effect on my thin hair than spraying oil on it directly, which tends to leave it looking very greasy. One of my absolute favorite hair protectors is Pure Unrefined Shea Butter
  • Skip the styling gel and use a hair cream like MoroccanOil Hydrating Styling Cream instead. It adds moisture and flexibility to your hair - just what you need in the winter.
  • Use a hairbrush made with natural bristles, which should reduce static in your hair - a common problem once removing a hat or scarf!
  • As always, avoid blow drying as much as you can! Of course, sitting around with wet hair is uncomfortable when temperatures are low, but you can at least minimize drying time by spending a few extra minutes towel drying your hair thoroughly before using heat. And avoid heating styling tools - like straighteners and tongs - as much as possible.

Hide Hair Loss and Regain Your Confidence With these Easy To Use Products

Instantly hide hair loss with these products designed to disguise thinning hair. Easy to use and very effective.

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Hair Loss and Hysterectomy - Is There a Connection?

A reader wrote to me to ask if it's common to lose hair after a hysterectomy. She'd been losing a significant amount since her surgery and wondered if there could possibly be a connection.

hair loss and hysterectomy

The fact is that her hysterectomy very likely COULD be the cause of her hair loss issues. Here's why...

Change to the Usual Cycle of Hair Growth

Hair goes through a typical cycle of growth, but a hysterectomy - or the medications prescribed to cope with the symptoms of menopause - can cause the cycle to speed up. This would lead to the hair falling out more rapidly.

The effect tends to be temporary and usually stops when either your body has recovered from the surgery or your medications are reduced or changed.

Imbalance of Hormones

Your body's balance of hormones tends to change after a hysterectomy - and hormones can have a big impact on the hair - (see my Estrogen and Hair Loss page for more information).

Speak to your doctor if you feel this may be afecting you, as you may need HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy).

Lack of Iron

After any surgery involving a loss of blood, you may need to consume extra iron. Iron deficiency is a well known cause of hair loss! Try to include more iron-rich foods in your diet - if you are severely deficient in iron, your doctor may prescribe iron supplements.

Thyroid Levels

Some women experience hypothyroidism following a hysterectomy. Hypothyroidism - which can cause hair loss - is a condition where your body does not produce enough thyroid hormone (you can read more about hypothyroidism here).

Discuss your concern with your doctor, who can check your thyroid levels.

A Simple Alternative to Ugly Swim Caps!

We all know that it's important to protect our hair as much as possible against the chlorine in pool water. It can leave the hair very dry - mine always feels like straw after a dip in the pool and takes on a rather unflattering green tint too!

alternative to a swim cap

The obvious solution is to wear a swim cap.

But if you're anything like me - and your cap doesn't look quite as fetching as it does on the lovely model in the photograph - then you'd rather resort to ANYTHING than wear a swim cap!

Not only are they one of the most unattractive 'accessories' ever invented, they can also be really uncomfortable to put on and take off.

Perhaps any that I have worn have simply been too tight for me - but I feel that they place my hair under tension (the LAST thing it needs!) and that I get breakage as a result.

A quick and easy alternative is a leave-in cream called Phillip Kingsley Swim Cap.

It was originally developed for the first US Olympic Synchronized Swim Team and - as the name suggests - it acts as a barrier between the pool water and your hair. It also contains UV protection, so it gives you some protection from the sun if you're lucky enough to be swimming in an outdoor pool.

It's easy to use - you just comb it into wet hair. And a bonus is that it has a lovely, conditioning effect - after using it, my hair felt even better than before!

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Diabetes Hair Loss - Why It Happens and What You Can Do

Diabetes hair loss - discover the many reasons that diabetes can cause thinning hair and what steps you can take if it's happening to you.

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Easy Way to Keep Your Hair Dry in the Shower

I hate getting my hair wet at any time other than when I need to wash it. That's because - if it gets wet - I need to dry it, which causes damage.

Yes, I have to do this on hair-washing days, but that's why I try to keep those days to a minimum. And yes, I could allow it to 'air dry', but I have the type of hair that frizzes when damp and subsequently dries frizzy. So in order to keep it looking as neat and smooth as possible, I just HAVE to get the blow dryer out if it comes into contact with water.

A vicious circle!

I don't get on with shower caps too well - they tend to be 'plasticky' and make me sweat, so my hair ends up frizzy anyway.

But I've found another easy way to keep my hair dry in the shower - and it's something you can do at home or when you are traveling!

Just put on a cotton T-shirt, then start pulling it off over your head. Stop at the point where the neck of your T-shirt is all around your hairline and the rest of the T-shirt is hanging down your back.

Just twist it around a few times, then tuck in the ends (either at the back or front of your head, whichever is the most comfortable).

And there you have it - a lightweight, instant turban that will soak up any dampness that dares to threaten your hair!

3 Ways to Protect Your Hair From the Sun

When your hair is fragile, protecting it from the sun is a MUST.

The sun dries out your hair - it's as simple as that - and whilst we all hope for natural highlights, most of us end up with frazzled, brittle ends instead!

There are 3 good ways to protect your hair from the sun's harmful effects. Make sure you are doing at least ONE of these this summer!

1. Wear a hat

This is actually doubly beneficial, since a hat with a decent brim will offer protection for your skin, too.

Avoid visors, or hats with mesh tops. These don't offer complete protection. The best option is to search for a hat that actually has a UPF rating (preferably of around 50). This will truly protect your hair and your delicate scalp - particularly important if your hair is quite thin.

2. Wrap it up, or tie it in a bun.

There are loads of stylish headbands/hairbands on the market these days that you can use to cover most of the hair.

Alternatively, a simple updo or bun - where you can tuck those fragile ends out of the way - will do the trick.

I like the styles suggested here - most of these seem 'do-able' for the average woman!

3.Use a protective treatment

If you can't cover your hair, then use a treatment designed to protect it from UV rays.

I love Crack Styling Leave-In Treatment - it offers UV and thermal protection, so you can also use it to save your hair from damage by heat styling. (Be careful with it if you have fine hair like mine, though - if you use too much it can look a little greasy).



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Lupus Hair Loss – How to Recognize and Treat It

Find out what lupus is, the most common symptoms, the types of hair loss it can cause, and how it's treated.

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Can Caffeine Cure Hair Loss? Researchers See Interesting Results!

Can caffeine cure hair loss? Is drinking more coffee REALLY the answer to our prayers? Find out the facts about the research

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Using a Humidifier for Hair Growth – Why You Should Try It

Thinking of using a humidifier for hair growth? Whilst it may not make the hair GROW any faster, it can definitely help protect the hair that you have.

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Can Plucking Hair Reverse Hair Loss? What Did the Research REALLY Show?

In April 2015 the media excitedly reported a new 'cure for baldness' based on hair plucking. But what was the truth behind the headlines?

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Onion Juice for Hair Loss – the Facts Behind This Ancient Remedy

Onion juice for hair loss – on this page I'll take a closer look at just what's behind this ancient 'cure' and why you may not want to dismiss it completely out of hand.

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Omega Fatty Acids and Hair Loss – Research Shows Positive Results

A connection between a lack of omega fatty acids and hair loss has often been suggested by experts. New research adds weight to the idea that what you eat really can affect your hair growth.

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How to Use Dry Shampoo But Avoid Dry Ends!

We've all heard of dry shampoo - in fact, I've mentioned it on this site quite a few times as I find that it not only does a good job of making the hair look fresh and clean, but it adds a lot of volume too!

But did you know you can also get dry conditioner?

It's handy for stopping the ends looking dry, which does tend to be a problem with dry shampoos. The way a dry shampoo works, of course, is by absorbing excess oil from the hair - but since the ends aren't that oily anyway, it merely dries them out.

A dry conditioner is just what you need to make them look healthy again.

You apply it a few inches from your roots to the ends of your hair, then just brush it through. Quick, easy and effective!

Another plus is that a dry conditioner may help prevent the split ends caused by flat irons, if you apply it just before straightening. That being said, straighteners are best avoided if you're already suffering from hair loss - tempting though poker straight hair may be, it's more important to concentrate on nurturing your existing hair.

The Best Dry Conditioner?

Whilst Oribe Soft Dry Conditioner is one of the more popular brands, I find it a little pricey.

My conditioner of choice is TIGI Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Conditioner which controls my fine, flyaway hair very well, WITHOUT breaking the bank!

3 Quick and Easy Ways to Detangle Your Hair

I posted last month about the benefits of using a detangler and how it prevents hair loss if - like mine - your hair becomes matted after washing and is difficult to comb out.

The detangler I recommend - Silken Child Leave-In Detangler - is (in my opinion) a bargain at under $2, since it saves me time AND split ends!

But a visitor to this website - Tami - wrote to me shortly after I posted to share HER easy detangling techniques, which are also useful for those of us on a budget.

homemade detangling solution

Method 1

Create your own detangling solution by combining 1 tablespoon of your regular conditioner with 1 cup (8 fl oz) of water.

Apply to your hair with a simple spray bottle (these can be picked up very cheaply from most discount stores, or you can treat yourself to one that's a little bit more robust, like the SPRAYCO).

Method 2

Simply apply a little organic, unrefined coconut oil to your palms, rub briskly together and smooth over the hair before combing.

Don't overdo the oil, though! Whilst some hair types can stand up to - and even benefit from - the application of coconut oil, very fine hair (like mine) can end up looking greasy if more than a tiny amount is used.

Method 3 - for Dry Hair

If you've woken up with your hair in a tangle and want to avoid breakage by tugging at it with your hairbrush, Tami suggests taking a dryer sheet and gently rubbing it over the hair. Not only does it make it easier to comb out, it reduces static and makes it less flyaway.

To be honest, I'm a little uncomfortable with method 3, as I can't help wondering about the potential damage caused by whatever chemicals dryer sheets actually contain! Nevertheless, it could be a good fix for occasional use!

Solutions for everyday hair problems are great - free or low cost solutions even more so!

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Postpartum Hair Loss – What Causes It and What You Can Do If It Happens to You

Postpartum hair loss can come as a shock. This is what causes it and what you can do to keep your hair looking good.

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3 Ways to Add Volume to Your Hair

Adding volume to your hair is a great way of disguising the fact that it may be thinning.

One of the most effective methods – and one I used often as a teenager back in the 80s – is back-combing. But since my hair has become more delicate, it's a technique I avoid like the plague.

So here are 3 other ways to achieve volume. The first one is a little more gentle if your locks are VERY stressed… the other two are more suitable if your hair is strong enough for a little styling.

Batiste Dry Shampoo

Intended for those days when you just don't have time for a full shampoo and blow-dry, Batiste Dry Shampoo is a product that you spray into the roots to leave your hair looking clean and non-greasy.

A bonus is that it also seems to add quite a bit of lift, making the hair look fuller once you've used it.

Be warned – it DOES leave a slight residue on the hair, but I find it a great time-saver and a super-easy way to add some much-needed volume on those flat days.

Blow-dry your hair in the opposite direction to the way it wants to fall

This makes a BIG difference to the way it looks once dry.

Adding volume to hairDrying roots from underneath adds more lift

Wait until your hair is around 3/4 of the way dry before you start styling it (so either let it start drying by itself, or 'rough dry' it with the blow-dryer).

Then, take a section of the hair and pull it the OPPOSITE way it falls naturally, using a round brush. Continue to gently but firmly pull the hair in that direction as you dry it, using the nozzle of your hairdryer to direct hair DOWN the hair shaft.

Work repeatedly from the root to the ends until the hair is dry. Add even more lift by directing the blow-dryer at your roots from underneath the brush as you hold it up.

Concentrate in particular on the crown and the part of your hair – once you've added lift to those areas, the overall effect is of increased volume.

Use big Velcro rollers

You can put these in when your hair is damp and just wait for it to dry, or you can finish it with the blow-dryer if you're in a hurry. I like Conair's Mega Self Holding Rollers, although I do use a clip to keep them in.

To add maximum volume, the secret is to put in the rollers using the technique described above – i.e., pull the hair the opposite direction to the way it falls.

With either of the last two methods, you can boost your results by using a hair volumizer.

Do You Make This Common Mistake After Washing Your Hair?

We all do it - we take a shower, then wrap our hair in a towel (usually one that's larger and heavier than necessary), then walk around with it like this for a good 10 minutes, sometimes longer.

We may even think that we are doing something that's GOOD for the hair - after all, letting the towel soak up all that excess moisture is better than blow-drying with heat, isn't it?

Hair

Actually, in this case it isn't!

Wet hair is stretchy and when you wrap it in a towel you place the hair all along the hairline under such tension that it begins to break. If you've ever noticed lots of wispy hair around your hair line, then this could well be the cause.

Although a towel is the worst culprit (because of its weight and rough texture), turbans can be damaging too, because even they cause tension along the hairline.

Here's what you SHOULD do after washing/conditioning your hair...

Squeeze the hair GENTLY all over. You might like to try a cotton T-shirt instead of a towel. It's still absorbent, but far kinder to the hair. Continue until you've removed as much water from the hair as possible, thereby cutting back on the drying time.

DON'T rub the hair - it causes unnecessary tangling. If you hair DOES tangle, apply a leave-in detangler and comb through gently.

And if your wet hair is long and the feeling of it on your shoulders temps you to wrap it up out of the way, solve the problem by placing the towel over your shoulders, instead!

Pretty Scarves for Women Who've Undergone Chemotherapy

I came across these recently - pretty head scarves designed to restore your confidence if you're suffering from hair loss as a result of chemotherapy.

The scarves are available at SunGrubbies.com, a leading online retailer of sun protection products. A beautiful alternative to other head coverings, these scarves are comfortable to wear, gentle on the scalp and versatile.

Although the majority of Sungrubbies other products offer sun protection, it's important to note that these scarves don't. Nevertheless, I think they're pretty and feminine.

Sungrubbies.com

chemo head scarf

A Detangler That Works for Under $2!

I've battled for years with hair that tangles easily, probably due to its fragile state. The slightest agitation with a towel leaves it looking like a mass of cotton candy, which takes forever to carefully detangle with a comb. Unless I'm careful, this can lead to a LOT of breakage.

If you're suffering from a similar problem - or perhaps your hair tangles easily because it's frizzy or very curly - then I suggest you try Silken Child Leave-In Detangler, which I've only discovered recently and totally fallen in love with!

You simply spray it into your hair and comb it through, preferably with a detangling or wide-tooth comb. It instantly conditions the hair, making combing oh-so-much-easier, plus the manufacturers claim it adds some protection against heat damage too.

It smells lovely, also works wonders on detangling wigs and weaves... and all this for the low price of under $2!

It's so refreshing to find a hair product that actually works without having to pay a fortune. Hope it works for you, too!


Silken Child Leave-In
Detangler

Is Hiding Your Hair Loss Making the Problem Worse?

It's natural to want to hide hair loss. We really do see our hair as our crowning glory, so if it's falling out then we'll do all we can to disguise the problem.

But there are a couple of conditions that can be made worse by using wigs or weaves, and one of those is folliculitis.

folliculitis and hair loss

Folliculitis is a condition where the hair follicles become inflamed, either due to being blocked (perhaps by oil or grease) or as a result of bacterial infection. It tends to cause small bumps on the scalp, which can become very itchy and sore.

As the condition gets worse, it can cause the hair to fall out… and if it's left for TOO long, the severe inflammation and scarring that result can damage the hair follicles beyond the point of repair, causing permanent bald patches.

If you are experiencing these little bumps on your scalp, it's important to go and see your doctor. The condition can usually be treated quite easily. The biggest mistake, however, is to try and hide the hair loss associated with folliculitis by using a wig or weave.

Using a weave puts tension – or traction – on the hair. This can cause problems by itself – women with hair constantly under tension often find themselves the victims of traction alopecia – tension-induced hair loss.

But if you're already already suffering from folliculitis, the constant pulling at your existing hair is going to cause the hair follicles to become even MORE inflamed. And this, of course, will lead to further hair loss and a greater need to hide it.

Whilst using a wig may not pull on the hair, it can cause any bacteria on the scalp – if present – to multiply. That's because it traps the heat against the scalp – and if your folliculitis is bacterial in nature, then you will see the problem getting worse.

In summary then, if you see ANY evidence of folliculitis on the scalp, then have it checked out by a medical professional before it develops into a problem that needs hiding.

Sources:
Hair Loss: Infectious Agents
Scalp Folliculitis

How Honeybees Might Help Stop Hair Loss

Sounds strange, doesn't it, but research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry has found that a substance from their hives might pave the way to creating a new hair loss therapy.

honeybee hives and hair loss

The substance is called propolis, and it's a type of resin that the bees used to seal holes in their hives. Scientists tested this propolis on mice that had been shaved or waxed and found that the ones they treated grew their fur more quickly than the ones they didn't.

Even more interesting was the fact that the researchers noticed the number of cells that promote hair growth actually increased after the propolis was applied to the skin of the mice.

Propolis has a history of medical use, with people in ancient times revering it for its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. They used it to treat wounds, inflammation and even tumours.

One cautionary note is that the mice used in the tests weren't balding – their hair had been shaved off. On the other hand, balding can be caused by inflammation – so the anti-inflammatory properties of propolis could still be beneficial and help stop hair loss.

Fingers crossed that this discovery leads to an effective hair loss solution. Subscribe to my blog or newsletter and you'll be among the first to know!

Source: Science Daily

Regenepure - A Comprehensive Approach to Preventing and Stopping Hair Loss

There are many products on the market that claim to help prevent hair loss, but only a few that consistently deliver the promised results and have the loyal fan base to prove it!

One of those products is Regenepure.

Regenepure hair loss treatment

I say "one", but Regenepure makes 3 products, designed to be used together to comprehensively treat the major factors that contribute to hair loss.

What many of us underestimate is the hugely important roles that scalp and hair health play in hair loss prevention. A healthy, well-nourished scalp is crucial for optimal hair growth, whilst strong hair in tip-top condition is far less prone to breakage, keeping it looking thicker.

Regenepure's 3 part system nourishes the hair AND the scalp, containing ingredients clinically proven to prevent the hair loss issues that many of us face.

How Does Regenepure Help You Achieve Thicker, Healthier Hair?

Regenepure DR

Regenepure DR

Doctor-recommended Regenepure DR is a hair loss shampoo containing an array of hair-healthy ingredients.

Free of the sulfates, parabens, DEA and harsh chemicals present in many shampoos, Regenepure DR is gentle on the hair - in fact, you can use it even if your hair is colored or Keratin-treated.

It contains the antifungal ingredient ketoconazole, which has been clinically proven to block production of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a common contributory factor to hair loss.

Along with Saw Palmetto extract, ketoconazole also cleanses the hair, preventing dandruff and removing the impurities and toxins that can lead to hair damage and a dull appearance.

Regenepure DR then nourishes the hair with Emu and Jojoba oils, transforming thin and lifeless hair by adding shine and volume.

Regenepure NT

Regenepure NT

Designed to complement Regenepure DR, Regenepure NT is a moisturizing shampoo that promotes thick, healthy hair by stimulating the hair and scalp follicles.

Lecithin, Caffeine and Saw Palmetto extract work together to nourish and strengthen the hair, preventing the breakage and thinning that accompany brittle hair and thereby creating volume and encouraging future hair growth.

Just like Regenepure DR, Regenepure NT is free from all harsh chemicals and contains only the high quality ingredients needed for beautifully conditioned, stronger hair.

Biotin

Regenepure Biotin

The final product of the 3 is Regenepure's Intensive Volumizing Biotin Conditioner.

In addition to biotin, this nourishing, gentle conditioner contains Keratin, Silk Protein, Saw Palmetto extract, Copper Peptides, Tea Tree and Jojoba Oil. Together, these ingredients form a powerful combination that provides unparalleled shine, moisture and volume to the hair, so not only will it look great NOW, but will also be stronger in future.

Any of these products can be used separately, but as a 3 part system they provide an excellent defense against hair loss, helping you to achieve the healthy scalp and hair you need for optimal hair growth in future.

Pubic Hair Loss - Normal, or a Sign of a Problem?

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If You Use Minoxidil (Rogaine), Then Read This!

Do you use the hair loss treatment minoxidil? If so, it's important to note that it can have dangerous side effects for children who are accidentally exposed to it.

Minoxidil Rogaine warning

As reported by Fox News in the US and various other media outlets, authors of a case study in France say that the treatment should not be available over-the-counter or via the internet, as it is a "...very powerful hypotensive agent (and) some milliliters can lead to severe hypotension in an infant."

This follows an incident where a 7 year old child swallowed less than a teaspoonful of the product, when her mother accidentally gave it to her instead of cough syrup in the middle of the night.

After vomiting all night, the child was admitted to hospital with dangerously low blood pressure and a dangerously fast heart rate, which continued until the next day.

Minoxidil - as a hair loss treatment - is known by various names. In France it's known as Alopexy or Alostil, whilst in North America and the UK it's marketed as Rogaine.

Before it was so widely used as a treatment for thinning hair, minoxidil was actually prescribed to lower blood pressure in hypertensive patients... hence the dramatic effect it had on the little girl.

Although many brands of minoxidil treatments DO come in child-resistant packaging, this incident serves as a good reminder to keep the product well out of the reach of children (or firmly under lock and key) and to store it separately to medications like cough syrup intended for children.

5 Amazing Hair Facts!

Just for fun today... here are 5 interesting facts about hair that you probably didn't know!

amazing hair facts

  • In Scotland, an amazing 13 PERCENT of the population has red hair... the highest proportion of redheads in the world!
  • The ancient Egyptians were the first to remove body hair, developing a technique called 'sugaring' (similar to today's waxing).
  • Women in ancient Rome knew that blondes have more fun... so, in the absence of peroxide, they dyed their hair with PIGEON POO! Women in Venice thought that was disgusting... so they used horse urine to do the job!
  • The average woman spends around 3 hours a week washing, drying and otherwise primping her hair. That's 6 days a year, ladies!
  • Asha Mandela from Atlanta, USA, has the world's longest dreadlocks (according to the Guinness Book of Records), officially measured at an incredible 19 1/2 feet. An UNofficial measurement actually found one strand to be over 55 feet long!

Pretty Ways to Hide Hair Loss

We all want to look good during the festive season. But hair loss can really knock your confidence and leave you feeling FAR less than your best.

If your hair loss is extensive, you might like to consider wearing some type of wrap or headscarf. In fact, a hair accessory like this - worn the right way - can look really stylish! (There are at least a million cool head scarf styles on Pinterest!)

To make it easier to find the perfect accessory for you, why not check out www.myheadcoverings.com?

I LOVE this site - it has everything from head bands and scarves to snoods and berets, so it saves having to hunt a hundred sites for exactly the right kind of head covering to suit your needs.

Although based in the US, www.myheadcoverings.com ships all over the world, so wherever you are you can find the perfect accessory to make sure you look a million dollars over the holidays!

Have You Tried This New UK Hair Loss Treatment?

I've been reading recently about a new 3-part home treatment kit for hair loss in the UK, called AnaGain, by Salon Science.

Consisting of a shampoo, conditioner and final treatment - which the products' creators say should be used together - AnaGain uses stem cells from rare plant extracts. These cells, which are more commonly used in face creams, are believed to make the hair thicker, promote hair growth and prevent hair loss.

The idea is that the hair is stimulated during the 'anagen' phase - also known as the 'growth' phase - thereby reducing hair loss during the 'telogen' (hair shedding) phase.

According to an article in the UK's Daily Mail, a small-scale clinical trial of the products saw promising results, with 95% of those questioned saying that the look of their hair improved after use.

AnaGain is currently only available at Boots in the UK, so it will be interesting to see how well it does with the average consumer.

If you've given it a try - or plan to - please do let me know. It would be wonderful to hear your results and share them with my readers!

AnaGain hair loss treatment




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