Monday, July 2, 2012

Counseling at a hair transplant centre, is it all that essential?

Men and women visiting a hair restoration centre or clinic have many different motives for desiring hair restoration. Whatever the motive, the decision to undertake hair restoration surgery should be an educated one before any desperate patient becomes an easy game for the unscrupulous hair transplant surgeon paying on fears and panic of his patients for immediate financial gain.

A patient’s education and counseling in a hair restoration clinic or center helps him or her to be the realistic about the outcomes of hair transplantation surgery and cooperate with the hair restoration surgeon for designing the hair line or deciding the future course of the surgeries.

Along with the patient’s education, his or her psychology is also an important aspect of hair restoration surgery. A patient should never expect miracles from the hair restoration surgery but only that which is actually possible as briefed by the hair restoration surgeon.

Any article on counseling would not be complete without a discussion of the factors that lead to a patient’s dissatisfaction with the outcome of hair transplant surgery. The dissatisfaction rate among the patients undergoing surgical hair restoration is approximately 2%, even in the best hair restoration clinics.

With the slick, overstated advertising of modern hair restoration techniques and the high surgical fee charged by hair restoration surgeons t is very natural for the patient to expect too much from a hair transplant surgeon. Encouraged by aggressive litigation lawyers, the patients can even go to the extent of suing the hair transplant surgeon.

Though most patient does not go to the extent of suing, more often they grumble about the postoperative pain, lack of graft hair density and threaten the hair transplant surgeon.

A pre-operative counseling session at the hair restoration clinic definitely helps in reducing the disappointment rate with their hair restoration surgery. The prospective hair restoration patient needs to understand the difference between the results that can realistically be produced and the results they wish for.

No matter how careful and ethical the operating hair restoration surgeon is, there is a small group of patients who are very difficult to satisfy. Although no patient can ever be completely happy even with best of results, some patients due to their subverted psychology are much more difficult to please!

Experience has shown that young men aged 18-28 years have a higher dissatisfaction rate than men in older age groups. Their emotional immaturity plays a major role in this regard. Such men may have psychiatric problems, but a good hair restoration surgeon understands and never deprives these patients of the undoubted benefits of hair restoration surgery by a blunt denial. Instead they will do all sort of cajoling to agree them and be realistic about the outcomes.

Perhaps the greatest challenges sometimes do not lie in the actual hair transplantation procedures, but in the counseling process itself. And getting the patient, especially the young patient (at high risk of developing more advanced baldness in the future) willingly agreeing to undergo a conservative hair restoration is like wining half the battle! If a young bald person insists upon a hairline like other peers of his age, he is perhaps demanding something unnatural without any consideration for his future hair loss. And in such cases it all depends upon the counselor to convince the young person to understand that though some hair restoration possible it cannot give him the exact look he expects from the surgery.

Similarly, the counseling session with the patient for designing of his or her hair line also helps the hair transplant surgeon. Considerations of the individual patient’s facial structure, expectations, and hair quality are a must. But, though the quantity and quality of hair varies, the concepts of hair transplant surgery remain the same for every hair transplant surgery performed. By creative planning, judicious use of available donor hair and aesthetic and strategic placing of hair follicle grafts, a hair transplant surgeon can do much for the patient’s expectations!

If you have already made a decision to undergo a hair transplant surgery, find time to read through the web pages of to make a well informed decision.

Baldness is inherited from both parents

The prevailing wisdom used to be that baldness came from the mother's side of the family. But medical experts now agree that both sides of the family can influence the tendency toward baldness.

Since baldness is a pretty common problem, it's hard to find families with members who aren't bald and it's hard to trace the source.

It all comes down to the luck of the genetic draw, and you can no longer simply blame Mom's dad for your hair loss.

Excessive read meat consumption causes hair loss

Men need to note that excessive red meat consumption can result in hair loss.

This was proved by a Japanese study that showed that the pre World War II diet of lean fish, tofu and lots of greens resulted in healthy heads of hair for Japanese men, but ever since they switched to modern meals of heavy meat, they have begun to lose their hair.

Identifying Your Hair Type

Everyone's hair reacts differently to different products and environment, but hair of the same type generally responds in similar ways. There are two especially popular systems of classification; Andre Walker's classification system and Fia's Hair Typing System.

Walker's system is geared specifically toward African-descended hair types, so this is based on finding your hair type using Fia's Hair Typing System because it applies to everyone who has hair regardless of heritage. There are three main classifiers for hair type that tell the amount of wave or curl, the thickness of each individual strand, and the thickness of all the hair put together. If you find someone who matches you on all these classifiers, you've found a valuable "hair twin" whose experiences can help you determine how your hair will respond to various elements. 

The First Hair Type Classifier
The first classifier determines how much body wave or curl your hair has. To determine this, take a shower and then allow your hair to air dry flat (not in a towel or styled in any way). Once dry, take a close look at your hair. Is it absolutely flat and straight? You're a 1a. If there's a little bit of body to it but no discernible wave, 1b; two or three slight waves but still straight overall, 1c; has some loose waves, 2a; fairly distinct waves, 2b; very distinct waves, possibly with a few spiral curls, 2c; lots of loose spiral curls, 3a; tighter, bouncy curls, 3b; really tight spiral curls all over, 3c; tight S-curls, 4a; really tight S-curls falling in odd, zigzag patterns, 4b.

Now you know the first part of your hair type. Some people fall between the classifying categories and that's fine, it just means that your hair will be defined by both categories that describe it. For instance, if you have some body to your hair but only one visible wave, you're a 1b/1c. The third classifier is the only one that can not have split categories.

The Second Hair Type Classifier
The second classifier denotes the thickness of individual strands of your hair. Take a single strand of your hair, make sure it's clean (if it's been through a brush or comb it might not be) or the type may be skewed. Fine hair is barely visible if you hold it in front of your eyes, hardly shows up against a contrasting background and can barely be felt if you roll it between two fingers. Medium hair is easily visible, easily felt between the fingers, but still feels will feel similar to cotton thread when you roll it. Course hair is thicker, much easier to see against a background and may feel wiry but rarely ever slippery.

The Final Hair Type Classifier
The third and final classifier determines the overall thickness of your entire head of hair. This one is very difficult to measure if your hair is too short to gather into a ponytail, though a guess can be made by how thick your hair is against the scalp. If it's long enough, gather all your hair into a ponytail and measure around the circumference. Thin hair, or i, measures less than two inches around. Normal hair, ii, measures between two and four inches. Thick hair, iii, is anything measuring over four inches around.

Take all the classifiers together, and you have your hair type. It will look something like 1c/F/iii (substituting your own categories) when you're finished. You can now compare your hair to others using hair type as a reference; some websites also sell hair products based on hair type, so keep this as a handy reference so you can always know what kind of hair is being referred to.

How To Stop and Control Split Ends

Split ends are nasty problems that can seem impossible to get rid of; no matter how many trims you get or how careful you are with your hair they just never seem to go away! The truth is, just about any kind of damage your hair is subjected to will result in split ends, so it'll take all the preventative measures you can possibly manage.

First, an assessment of your hair's overall health must be made. If you use hair care products with silicone-based ingredients (the ones ending in "cone") you may need to discontinue use and find something without them for a couple of months or clarify with a diluted vinegar rinse to wash the coating out of your hair and see what kind of condition your hair is really in. Splits occur more easily if the hair is deprived of either moisture, protein, or both. Silicone-based ingredients coat the hair and can make it look healthy and shiny, while sealing the hair shaft away from moisture and making it even unhealthier.

Avoiding Nutritional Hair Imbalances
Do a "strand test". With a strand of wet hair held firmly between your fingers (it can be a shed hair from your comb), pull the hair slowly and gently in both directions. If the hair breaks immediately, it needs moisture. A hair that stretches over 30% of the original length without breaking and does not return to its original shape when released needs protein. Healthy hair will stretch about 30% longer than its original length then pull back into approximately the same shape it started in. There are all sorts of oils and proteins you can use to correct these imbalances, your hair type will determine exactly which ones you use. One favorite for a wide range of hair types specifically trying to eliminate split ends is an infusion of catnip poured on the hair then rinsed out in the shower.

Once nutritional imbalances have been corrected it's time to go on to other causes. Often, problems with splits are made even worse without the proper maintenance. It's much easier for an already-split hair to split even further and snag on other hairs and cause them to split. If the ends of your hair tangle easily and/or you can see lots of splits, a micro-trim can help that problem. These trims only take about 1/4" off the bottom of the hair and are for the sole purpose of removing some of the most troublesome split ends.

Splits occur more easily if the hair is deprived of either moisture, protein, or both.
Finding splits in-between trims? Trimming individual hairs, or "dusting", will help curtail the problem; dusting should be done with a pair of very sharp hair cutting scissors that are used for no other purpose. Dull scissors can crush the end of the hair at the cut, effectively creating a new split where it just removed one. If your hair is too short to hold in front of your eyes, you'll probably have to have someone help you with this task or attempt to do it in front of a mirror. The easiest way to pinpoint splits is to take a small section of hair, gently twist it into a loose rope, and trim off the ends that pop up.

Identifying Mechanical Hair Damage
So now your hair is nutritionally balanced and you're doing everything you can to remove splits...but they keep coming back? Mechanical damage of all sorts may be afflicting your beloved strands. Pay attention throughout your daily activities. Does your hair rub against the back of the seat in the car? Against your office chair? Your clothes? All of these can cause tons of damage all along the length. It surprises many people to know that the most damaging thing in your everyday life could actually be your pillowcase. Cotton pillowcases are rough on the hair, even more damaging than cotton clothes because the hair is rubbing against it - possibly with a head on top of it - all night long. Satin pillowcases are a favorite of hair-conscious individuals...and they're really comfortable too!

Finally, avoid harsh chemicals, excessive heat, alcohol and other things that can dry out your hair. Be sure to keep well-hydrated and try to avoid subjecting the hair to excessive direct sunlight. It may take a long time to catch all the splits in badly damaged hair and it may seem impossible at times, but if you take some steps to improve and protect your hair you will eventually see some stunning results.

How To Add A Great Shine To Your Hair

Want great shine? Even perfectly healthy hair can get dull without a little extra something, especially if you do not use shampoo with silicone-based ingredients as these are made to promote shine, however they also result in a multitude of other hair care issues if you don't know how to use them.

There are so many better ways to get that gorgeous shine that will really make your hair "pop". For this article we're going to assume that your hair is already healthy and just needs the shine added back in, if this is not the case you may want to research the different ways you can improve your hair's health through dietary supplements and adding moisture and protein as well as cutting out "hair care" routines that damage the hair.

Common Problems That Prevent Hair Shine
When the cuticle (outside layer of the hair shaft) does not lie down flat, it can cause dullness and a course texture. This is a very simple one to fix, just rinse your hair in cold water when you're finished washing to make the cuticle lie flat. It's the same as closing the pores in your skin and will also help keep the hair from getting damaged from gunk or snagging.

The next problem that generally affects your hair's shine is buildup. This can be buildup from hair products, environmental factors such as smoke or smog, or just plain stubborn dirt and gunk. Many people who use only conditioner and no shampoo often have some dullness problems because there are no harsh detergents stripping everything out of the, you don't have to go back to the shampoo!

Steps For Natural Hair Shine
About 1tsp of apple cider vinegar diluted in 12ozs of water makes a great finishing rinse. When you've already washed and conditioned and have washed those hair products out, pour this dilution through your hair then rinse it in cold water. Now we're talking SHINE!

Some of the favorite hair shining oils are jojoba, coconut, olive, grapeseed and even broccoli seed oil.
A few drops of essential oil can smooth the hair out, help prevent tangles, and really bring out the shine. Just apply a couple of drops to your palms, rub your hands together and then finger-comb through your hair (it should be groomed with a high-quality wide-tooth comb first). If your hair is wet and you have never used oil before, stick with just a couple of drops until you know if your hair will need more or not - it may not feel like much, but it only takes a tiny bit to coat lots of hair. If dry it will be much easier to tell how your hair is reacting to each amount of oil, just bear in mind that what you see is what you get, this stuff doesn't do any drying or anything so make sure you continue spreading the oil thinner until you get the look you want. Some of the favorite hair shining oils are jojoba, coconut, olive, grapeseed and even broccoli seed oil.

Additional Hair Shine Secrets
Honey is another big favorite in the shining arena. Typically, you'll want to add a couple drops of honey to a bottle of conditioner. Shake vigorously to make sure the honey is dispersed throughout the conditioner, then condition as normal. Honey also takes a big role in deep moisture treatments or super conditioning treatments.

You might also try taking silica along with your normal daily supplements as this is known to decrease hair loss and promote shine. If none of these suggestions work for you, there may be some other problems that need to be addressed that could be affecting your hair's ability to shine. Some hair, namely coarse hair or that found in people of African descent, is simply not meant to shine...instead, these types of hair should have a nice velvety sheen to them.

How To Wash Your Hair Properly

It seems like the right way to wash hair should be pretty get it wet, shampoo, rinse, condition, rinse, wring it out and dry. Right? Well, not exactly...or, rather, there's a bit more to it than that.

Combing Your Hair
First, comb your hair thoroughly before bathing; wet hair is more delicate than dry so you have less chance of causing damage if tangles are removed beforehand. Next, heat can severely damage the hair. While hot water isn't nearly as damaging as a blow dryer or direct sun, it still takes a toll on the hair. To avoid this, adjust the water until it is pleasantly warm and no warmer. Steaming hot showers feel great and can certainly be indulged in, but it's best if your hair is left out of the direct path of this very hot water so consider cooling it down a little while washing.

Shampooing Your Hair
Next, take into account what type of hair you have before shampooing. If your scalp is oily but the length is dry, don't directly shampoo the entire length. Instead, get a good lather going and then apply shampoo to the oily part of the scalp only, then rinse. The shampoo flowing down the length when rinsed will be plenty to remove surface dirt. Do not fold your hair up and "scrub" it with the shampoo as this can cause a lot of tangling and damage. Let the hair lay flat as much as possible throughout the wash.

Conditioning Your Hair
To condition, start from the ends and work your way up. Make sure the ends, which are more prone to damage than any other part of the hair, get a generous amount of conditioner. Gently massage the product into the length of the hair, but only brush a little bit on the scalp area if you have trouble with an oily scalp. Let it sit for 1-3 minutes, then rinse. If you'd like to bring out the shine in your hair a little more, rinse it in cold water; cold water helps the cuticle (the scaly outer layer of the hair strand) lay flat.

Drying Your Hair
Now it's time to dry your hair. Twisting the length into a rope and wringing the excess water out of it can stretch the hair, weakening and breaking individual hairs. Instead, you can grip the length near your head and work your way down, gently squeezing the water out.

Towels are not meant to rub the water out of hair, and rubbing against the hair can cause severe tangling as well as catch hairs and pull them out. For best results, gently press the hair in between two parts of the towel to draw even more water out.

Let the hair lay flat as much as possible throughout the wash.

If you use a leave-in conditioner, this is the time to apply it. If the package instructs you to comb your hair to disperse the conditioner, be sure to start at the ends and use caution when combing. Wet hair stretches very easily so snagging on tangles is likely to cause damage. Brushes are generally damaging even under the best conditions and should never be used on wet hair.

We've discussed the damage heat can do, so if you use a blow dryer take extreme care with it and do some research on ways to reduce the damage. Bear in mind that no matter what method you use or what kind of heat protection you apply to your hair, it will sustain some damage with a blow dryer.

Finally, hair does not necessarily need to be washed every day. Washing with shampoo too often can strip the hair of the oils it needs for good health; often a rinse or light conditioning by itself is plenty to keep hair looking great in-between shampoos. Alternatively, if you desire a little more detergent power you can dilute shampoo in a small bottle of warm water and squirt it on your scalp for a light cleaning.

Male Pattern Baldness Treatments: Do They Really Work?

The statistics are quite staggering, by the time they reach the age of 50, 50% of the worlds’ male population are affected by male pattern baldness. Many men just accept this and get on with life, but more men are learning about the newly affordable male pattern baldness treatments and want to keep their crowning glory. These new treatments started becoming available over fifteen years ago, but unless you were quite well off cost was always a major prohibiting factor (John Travolta was reported as spending around $1000 a month for his treatment). Now prices are down to a level where most people can afford high quality treatments and if started early enough there is no reason why you should ever go bald. Having said that it should be made clear that there are still no miracle cures, if you are now completely bald there is still very little that can be done apart from wearing a hairpiece. But treatments can be very effective in re-growing hair for some people. It is a matter of learning what is possible and setting your expectations accordingly. There are a few things you should know before seeking a particular type of treatment. It is firstly important to understand why male pattern baldness occurs and how it develops before deciding which of the currently available treatments is right for you.

Why Hair Loss Occurs

Male pattern hair loss, also known as androgenetic alopecia is a genetically predetermined condition. The main contributing factor for causing it is the male hormone testosterone, hence this is why few females suffer from the condition and why castrated males never go bald. But testosterone does not directly cause hair loss, it interacts with an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase to produce the real culprit, a derived hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is widely acknowledged to be the main cause of hair loss in men. Men lucky enough not to go bald have hair that is resistant to the effects of DHT.

Topical Application

Now that it is known what causes male pattern baldness many hair loss shampoos have been developed specifically to remove DHT from the scalp. These types of products are deep cleansing agents known as DHT blockers and have been used effectively to stop further hair loss and provide the optimum conditions to stimulate new hair growth. You may have heard of Minoxidil male pattern baldness treatment, this is not a DHT blocker, it is thought to work by directly stimulating cell growth in the hair follicle thereby giving it a resistance to DHT. The results though are the same and because they work differently, Minoxidil and DHT blockers can be used together for an even more effective hair loss treatment.

Internal Drugs

One of the most effective oral medications for treating hair loss was discovered accidentally when developing a cure for enlarged prostate gland in men. This drug was finasteride and it was found that in low doses finasteride was effective in preventing of male pattern baldness. It is now one of very few drugs with FDA approval for the prevention and treatment of male pattern baldness and only available on prescription.

As a natural alternative to Finasteride, a herb called Saw Palmetto is often claimed to be able to reduce DHT and therefore prevent male pattern balding. There are now many natural male pattern baldness treatments that contain saw palmetto and while only small scale clinical trials have been conducted results have been positive.


As a last resort hair transplantation may be the only option for men with a bald patch greater than about ten centimetres (4 inches). This generally involves removing a doner strip of scalp from the neck area and grafting doner follicles to the bald patch. Scalp reduction is another surgical procedure where the bald scalp area is removed altogether with the remaining scalp skin pulled together. While this may seem quite drastic it can be a quite effective procedure in removing small bald patches


For many men baldness is accepted as part of the aging process and they adapt gracefully to their new look. But with many new male pattern baldness treatments available, men now have a choice in preventing hair loss altogether if they act early enough. The treatment is often needed for life but for many men that could be one of the best investments they ever make!

Tips for Growing Long Hair

If you are what tips for growing long hair then this article is meant for you. No special products are required to grow hair. Vitamins help in some instances and overall diet is a consideration. There are a number of steps that can be taken to avoid damage.

In general, however, there are more things not to do to grow hair, make quicker progress with the growth, and keep your hair healthy than there are things to do.

Anyone interested in growing long hair, especially at extreme lengths, should be aware that hair has a genetic terminal length. This realization comes with a simple answer to the question, How does hair grow? Hair is a shaft of protein, essentially keratin that pushes outward from follicles in the skin. Only the follicle itself is alive. The hair shaft is dead protein.

The normal rate to grow hair in humans is half an inch a month and the average human has approximately 100,000 hairs on their head. A single hair, in the absence of damage, can live four to five years before falling out and being replaced by a new hair.

Given those growth figures, a single hair would be anywhere from two feet to two and a half feet long by the end of its life. Many people, however, are able to grow their hair to lengths that hang below their knees. It's all a matter of genetics. Your hair cannot grow longer than your genetic make-up and the resulting programming of the follicles will allow. There's nothing you can do about that.

Long Hair Growing Tips: Do's and Don'ts

So, what are the things you can do to grow longer hair faster? The basic tips involve diet and nutrition, life habits, methods of hair care, and product selection. Above all, steps should be taken to prevent damage, extreme dryness, and breaking of the hair. Your hair must be healthy when you begin to grow it out and you must maintain that health at all times.

Nutrition and Supplements

Avoid crash diets. They stress the body and the effects appear in all the body's systems. Remember that hair is nothing more than a-keratin protein (90% with the remaining 10% being water.) A low protein diet can cause the hair to thin and will certainly slow its growth.

If you are in a phase of actively trying to grow out your hair, you may want to supplement your protein intake with liver. Some nutritional experts also recommend brewer's yeast, wheat germ, and granulated lecithin to help your body process the protein. Visit your local health food store and ask to speak to a counselor who will help you make good choices about diet and the use of supplements. When you are trying to grow hair, vitamins help.

In fact, thanks to the poor quality of the modern diet, everyone can benefit from a daily multi-vitamin, mineral supplement. The B and E vitamins are good for your hair as are zinc, sulfur, and magnesium. Also make sure your multi-vitamin includes biotin. To get more B vitamins from your diet, eat beans, peas, carrots, cauliflower, soybeans, bran, nuts, and eggs. Avocados, nuts, seeds, and olive oil contain the E vitamins.

Avoid foods that are greasy and fatty. They will disrupt your digestive system and potentially make your scalp and hair more oily. Minimize your intake of salt as it will raise your blood pressure and affect blood circulation in your scalp. (Male pattern baldness has been linked to high blood pressure.) Avoid pre-processed foods that are full of chemical additives and fast foods. A well-balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables that is also high in protein is your best ally in your quest to grow long, beautiful hair.


The physical stresses on your hair are also an important consideration. Only use brushes with natural boar bristles and choose wide-toothed combs. Both are good at distributing the natural oils in your skin from the scalp down to the ends of your hair.

Throughout the day use your comb to prevent tangles in your hair. If tangles do occur, work at them in small sections starting at the end of the hair and working your way up. Never back comb or tease your hair. Always work in downward, even strokes. If a tiny knot simply will not work out, it is best to cut it out.

Before you shampoo, comb or brush your hair to remove loose hairs and to straighten out tangles. If your hair has a tendency to be dry, the old tried and true daily brushing with one hundred strokes will help as it is a technique to distribute oils from your scalp down the length of your hair.

Split Ends

With long hair, damage travels up from the ends. Trim your hair often. If you have reached the desired length and are in a maintenance stage, take off half an inch a month. If you are still growing your hair out, remove half an inch every three or four months.

In between those major trims, sit in a bright light and examine your hair for split ends. (When a split end develops, the hair literally unravels and will look frizzy.) Use just the tips of sharp scissors to remove the damaged end of the individual hair. Hair with this kind of damage breaks easily and much more length will be lost in that fashion than in simply monitoring and snipping your split ends.

Stresses to the Hair

The natural tossing and turning of sleep will create damaging friction against your hair if you sleep with it down. Use a satin pillow case and put your hair in a loose braid or in a soft sleep cap.

Heated appliances like blow dryers, hot rollers, curling irons, flat irons, and crimpers are strictly forbidden. No steaming hot showers and no vigorous rubbing of your hair with a towel. All of these things place major stress and friction on your hair. The heated items will dry out your hair and make it more brittle and in some instance place physical stress on the hair shafts by altering their shape. The same is true of overly hot water while shampooing and of the friction caused by vigorous rubbing with a towel.

Consideration should also be given as to the wisdom of using hair fasteners. Never use rubber bands because they tear at the hair when removed and damage the outer cuticle layer which makes the hair more susceptible to tangling. Anything with rough or sharp edges and hinges in which the hair can become caught is a bad idea as are items with Velcro and springs. Soft scrunchies and chopstick-like "hair sticks" are much better choices.

Avoid tight braids and pony tails. When you pull your hair to achieve these styles you are placing stress at the roots that are already bearing the weight of your long hair. Anything you do that causes hair to fall out or to be pulled out should be stopped immediately and not repeated. Check out more expert tips to grow long hair in the next part of this article.

Vitamins Boost Hair Growth

Research has shown that black hair needs special care. The way that this type of hair is treated and needs to be cut is different from other types of hair and there is a growing market of special hair care products developed specifically for those with so-called black hair. An experienced international developer of hair care products called SalonWeb has now developed a range of non-damaging professional specialist hair care products called Fast Grow. The company has developed food supplements that can help to fortify black hair from inside the body. This type of product is seen as revolutionary on the market.

We all know that we can get strong and shiny hair by using the right shampoos and conditioners. Vitamins and minerals in hair care products are supposed to help repair and build healthy hair. According to Salonweb the way we eat and the products that we eat affect the condition and health of our hair greatly. The company has released a hair growth supplement onto the market. This dietary supplement has been formulated especially to provide the hair and body with body with all the necessary vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that we need to grow healthy looking hair.

This new product is usually referred to by the company as the fast growth hair vitamin. One customer has claimed that taking the supplement has made her hair grow 3 inches in two months and the condition of the hair has improved greatly. The product is said to make hair smooth and manageable.

Natural Hair Care Tips and Natural Skin Care Tips

Time and again we have experimented with our skin and hair.
In every household there has been an agony aunt who guided you through the tough times with their hair and skin care secrets. But the truth remains to be seen is whether these treatment actually did create that magic which was needed. 

Many of us have no idea about the kind of hair we have. will help you to know what the different types of hair are and in category you belong too. Open the Pandoras Box of hair care recipes that would be of great help to keep the youth, bounce and shine of your hair.

A human being has different types of hair such as oily, dry and normal hair. Each type of hair needs to be given extra care with the natural hair care tips which find a mention in the site.

Not many of us know how important is hair conditioning. The different home care remedies may be tedious, but can get you results which are highly recommended. The reasons for extreme hair fall can be due to dandruff, improper hair care, being out in the sun for a long time and umpteen reasons if we sit and think about. Know about various hair care recipes to prevent such a catastrophe. There are tips on the dos and donts on taking care of hair which are bound to be useful at some point in life. 

Colouring your hair come at cost that can burn a hole in your pocket and hair. There are natural and herbal hair care colour products which are not harmful to your hair. Read through tips to keep in mind when colouring your hair at home. With different hair styles dazzling all around you it can be confusing to choose one for your self. Read the guidelines on our site on how to choose a hair style or cut according to your face structure and shape. Perming ones hair can be an alien affair if we think of doing it at home. But still there are measures by which we can do it at home and carry it off in a very suave manner which would surprise many of your friends.

Read our skin care tips and skin care information for various skin types
Before trying any experiment on your own skin, proper knowledge about their skin type, etc is a must. By testing at home you can find out which type of skin is yours. Some have dry, oily, and patchy skins for which there are different methods to ward off their long lasting affects. For the different age groups there are various different ways of caring for your skin. The skin care information when used in the proper manner will get glowing results. You can have home-made skin care products which are easy to make and use. Read up on valuable skin care tips to battle any skin problems like acne to get that healthy and beautiful skin.
Proper route to having radiant and beautiful skin is by knowing what is right for your own skin type. Know about oily skin care, dry skin care tips and tips on how to improve your skin complexion and structure from our box of skin care tips. Not taking proper skin care can cause lot of damage to your skin. Using face packs and masks helps to regain the hidden lost charm of your skin. Hormonal changes cause acne and there are different ways to tackle such problems. Know how to distinguish between the myths and facts before embarking on this journey of PROJECT SKIN. Pigmentation is also a major problem for many which can be dealt with proper skin care information. 

Different seasons leave a mark on the skin. With the beginning of every new season one should be ready to tend to the oily skin as well as dry skin. Using the proper sunscreen can be one way to ward of the scorching heat. Read our skin care tips that will prove beneficial to one and all. A brush up on your make-up skills could be an important guidepost towards knowing your face and knowing what to apply on your face. It is said that body is your temple and one should worship it. Taking care of your body is part of the worship. For every part of body which seems neglected you can make it perfect by some slight changes in ones lifestyle.

Managing your Hair

Caring for hair is pretty much the same as caring for your skin.
A successful hair care discipline includes cleansing, toning and conditioning routines done with sacred regularity. The routine aims at getting rid of the excess oil and to exfoliate skin cells that block and smother hair follicles in your scalp. Emphasis, however, is laid on cleansing and toning routines.
Since your hair needs to be washed as often as it gets dirty and oily, a natural shampoo on a formulation of herbs is very effective.

It is important to massage hair and scalp. This is both for the well being of your hair as well as good hair growth. For dry hair we strongly recommend scalp massaging with oil, while for oily hair massaging with toning lotion is suitable.

Using a soft brush, brushing is less harmful than combing. However, a firm brush can cause more damage to your hair than a comb would. Likewise, prolonged brushing also harms your hair a lot. Back combing also spoils your hair. Besides, causing knotting that is tough to untangle, it ruffles the scales of the cuticles. In the same way, never comb or brush wet hair. This only causes further damage to the hair. A good comb ought, necessarily, to have rounded and not sharp teeth. Nylon brushes with spiky ends can also damage your hair.
Then again, do you ever feel like covering your hair with a big frumpy hat? In that case, here are a few steps that are sure to make your hair shine and glisten. All, without the weigh down and a tip for in between coloring.
  • In between coloring, hairsprays your roots, then apply light eye-shadow to it; it works.

  • Don't make the mistake of washing your hair daily. If you do, stop; it will pay off.

  • While washing, shampoo twice in a row, then condition your hair. You will notice it get fuller and bouncier than before.

  • Brush your hair from the bottom tips moving upward towards the roots. Brush in downward strokes, as this will remove split ends leaving your hair healthier.

Non-Surgical Hair Replacement

Non-Surgical Hair Replacement

As medical treatments for alopecia improve and develop, it should come as no surprise to see that other options are becoming more technically advanced too. To many people, ‘non-surgical hair replacement’ is simply a euphemism for wigs, toupes and hair pieces. But that is an out-of-date view. Non-surgical hair replacement techniques have become increasingly sophisticated in recent years. For many men, they now offer the most appropriate solution to male-pattern baldness.
In this article, we will take a more detailed look at non-surgical hair replacement. We will provide more information about the treatment and the procedure and consider the kinds of scenarios where it may be appropriate. We will also look at the disadvantages, and why some men may prefer surgical hair transplants to non-surgical techniques.

What is non-surgical hair replacement?

If you still think that non-surgical hair replacement means wearing a wig, think again. Today’s techniques create a result that is far more subtle, far more comfortable, far more natural and fair easier to live with.
Non-surgical hair replacement involves applying a thin, light, transparent membrane to the scalp, which is infused with human hair. This membrane is then attached to the scalp and woven in with the existing hair, to create a very natural effect.
This approach allows the hair in the membrane to be matched perfectly with the existing hair, in terms of colour, density and direction. Similarly, because the membrane is attached to the scalp using the very latest bonding materials, you can wear it with confidence, even while playing sport.

What does the treatment involve?

Most non-surgical hair replacement begins with an initial design consultation. This design consultation ensures that the product is tailored to sit naturally with your existing hair, colour and style.
From design to completion of a bespoke product normally takes about a couple of months. You can purchase products that are not bespoke and already prepared, so that they are cheaper and more readily available. But what you save in time, you compromise on in quality, workmanship and precision.
Once the design stage is completed, there are two more key elements in the procedure. Firstly, there is the membrane. There are currently a number of different types of membrane available on the market, but the most recognised types are monofilament, polyurethane and lace. If you are considering non-surgical hair replacement therapy, you should expect your practitioner to use one of these three types of membrane. Usually, the requirements of the user will enable your practitioner to recommend the most appropriate one. Monofilament is porous, so it suits people whose scalp needs to breath. Polyurethane is virtually invisible and very discrete. Finally, lace creates the most natural looking results and is often used to create the hairline or for the most visible areas of male-pattern baldness.
The second key element in the procedure is bonding the membrane to the scalp.  The latest, most sophisticated techniques bond the membrane to the scalp with an adhesive that is translucent and which will not be broken down by sweat or water. Some of your existing hair will need to be shaved away to allow the bond to stick directly to the scalp.

Why choose non-surgical hair replacement?

So why would you choose non-surgical hair replacement over other treatments for male-pattern baldness? The first and most obvious reason is that, for a lot of men, other routes such as using Minoxidil or Finasteride do not work. So if they cannot generate hair regrowth via medical routes, non-surgical hair replacement is their best option.
Of course, in these sorts of cases, non-surgical hair replacement is not their only option. They could try surgery. However, for many men who have male-pattern baldness, surgery is the last resort. One reason for this is that many people just do not want to have surgery unless it is absolutely necessary. Another reason is that surgery takes existing hair and moves it around your head. Therefore, the success of the surgery relies on having enough existing hair to be able to move some from the ‘donor area’. There is also the danger that, if you continue to lose hair in the future, you will need further surgery, which will once again diminish the hair in the donor area. Surgery therefore, is not a sustainable treatment.
Non-surgical hair replacement avoids these problems as it does not tamper with or remove the existing hair. For men try non-surgical hair transplants before surgery, so that they can evaluate the quality of the treatment before risking any of their existing hair. 

What are the disadvantages?

While non-surgical transplants suit many men, they do have some disadvantages. The main one of these is the fact that the product does require ongoing maintenance to ensure that the effect remains as natural as possible. If you need your hair cut, for example, you cannot just pay a quick visit to the barbers. You usually need to return to the hair replacement surgery, have the membrane removed and your existing hair trimmed. You may also then need the hair in the membrane restructured to compensate for any changes.
As you would expect, the membrane does wear out over time and will need to be replaced regularly. Depending on the type of product you choose, it can also require specialist care products.
All of these maintenance requirements add to the cost. So while non-surgical hair replacement may look attractive when you view it as a one-off cost, it is important to remember that it doesn’t end there. If you want to maintain the effect, you will have to keep on spending money.

How much does it cost?

As we’ve discussed, there are different types of hair replacement product available and which type you choose can affect the cost. Human hair is usually more expensive than synthetic versions. Similarly, certain types of membrane are more expensive than lower quality varieties. Finally, you can also expect to pay a premium for craftsmanship: good quality work takes time, but the more carefully the new hair is designed to fit with your existing hair, the better the result will be.
In most cases, the initial cost for non-surgical hair replacement is between £600 and £1000. You should always make sure that you arrange an initial consultation with a qualified professional, who will provide a clear treatment plan and costs in advance.

Tips for Hair Dying

People having the desire of trying out a new trendy and fashionable look or desiring to do away with their gray hair, dying is one of the most preferred options for achieving these desires.

If not used properly, dying hair can seriously affect your hair like cause it to become damaged or dried out. You should take care to opt for only such a dye color which blends with your hair's as well as eyebrow's original color. The dye color should also help in enhancing your features.

Getting your hair dyed from a professional stylist is the best path which can be followed but proper dying of hair at home will also yield the same creative results and it will be much cheaper too.

Hair dyes are available in many kinds such as:
Permanent Dyes:

Getting your hair dyed permanently is considered as a mistake in itself by some people. Permanent dyes last for huge amounts of time. These dyes are applied to the hair roots along with the growth of the hair. It contains peroxides and ammonia and hence the risk of your hair getting damaged or dried is present.

The color of these dyes fades away when the hairs are exposed to salt water or sun. Hence, a bandanna or a hat can be used for covering your hair when you would be going outside. This helps in maintaining the hair's color.

Long-Lasting Semi-Permanent Dyes:

These dyes last for the longest amount of time which can even exceed 20 washes. This fact is different for different brands.

Semi-Permanent Dyes:

These dyes usually last for very short amount of time. The color of these dyes starts fading away after the hair gets washed for about 6-12 times. These dyes are recommended for people experimenting with colors as well as for people using dyes for the first time.

Professional And Safe Way Of Dying Hair:

  • The hair is divided into two separate quadrants and each part is clipped.
  • Plastic gloves are used while the dye solution is mixed. The directions prescribed on the product box should be followed.
  • Apply thin color stripes over one entire quadrant and clip it.
  • Follow similar procedure for the other quadrant.
  • Leave the hair for some prescribed time.
  • Use cold water for rinsing the hair.
There is nothing wrong in experimenting with hair but frequent use of dyes may have rough consequences on the quality of hair. Hence, exercise proper care.

Home Remedies for Damaged Hair

If you're frugal and don't want to empty your life savings to find effective ways to implement damaged hair care at home, then you can try a number of home remedies for damaged hair. Home remedies for damaged hair won't produce the same results as a product scientifically formulated to repair damaged hair such as H2 Ion, but they do provide a quick fix. Below are some home remedies for damaged hair that can help rescue you from the embarrassment and frustration of damaged hair.
Natural Home Remedies for Damaged Hair
There are several natural home remedies for damaged hair which call for the use of products and items you likely already have around the house. Here are a few you can try.
Two very simple home remedies for damaged hair are the mayonnaise treatment or the honey & eggs combination. For the first, you just apply mayonnaise to your hair before bed. Keep your hair covered in mayonnaise all night and wash as usual in the morning. For the second treatment you simply mix eggs with honey and apply it to your hair. Leave it on for ten minutes and wash it off. Both of these are really quick home remedies for damaged hair that you can perform with little effort.

Egg Whites Damaged Hair Treatment
The egg whites treatment is the most involved of the home remedies for damaged hair outlined here. You begin by carefully cracking open one egg into a small bowl so that only the whites come out of the shell and the yolk remains inside. Whip the egg whites with a fork or whisk. Put the egg yolk into a blender with a little water and blend until smooth. Pour in the egg whites. Rinse your hair with hot water and apply the egg mixture. Massage the mixture into your hair and rinse with cold water. These are just a few home remedies for damaged hair. Keep in mind that these and other can't take the place of proven products, but they can provide a temporary solution until you find a product you can trust.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Tips for Damaged Hair

Are you frustrated with damaged hair that nearly impossible to style? Are you embarrassed to go out in public without wearing a hat? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then our tips for damaged hair will help you. Don't worry, there's no fluff here. These are proven effective tips for damaged hair that will help you regain your mane's alluring body and radiant natural shine.

1: Know the Source Of Your Damaged Hair

Before you can begin the process of damaged hair care, you must first know the source. Is it chemical damage? Maybe you're taking a medicine that causes hair damage. Are you using heated instruments that are damaging your hair? (Note that there are hair repair products that actually require heat to work and heal hair damage.)
A visit to your doctor or nutritionist may be in order to insure that your damaged hair isn't a symptom of a deeper health concern.

2 Tip for Damaged Hair: Change Your Routine

Now that you've determined what's causing your damaged hair you'll have to make some changes. Limit the use of chemical treatments like perms, dyes, and relaxers to once every 8 to 10 weeks at the most. Experiment with the amount you use, too. You may not need as much of the chemical as you think to get the results you desire.
If you use heated instruments, try using them on lower settings to prevent damaged hair. Alternately seek out a thermal-activated hair repair product that uses heat to heal damaged hair.

3: Damaged Hair Repair Product Tips

Use a scientifically formulated product that's been tested and proven to repair damaged hair such as H2 Ion. The most effective products do much more than moisturize the surface, they penetrate the core of each hair strand and replenish it from the inside out.

4: Choose the Right Tools

Trade in your hairbrush for a wide-toothed comb to limit hair breakage. Don't ever brush wet or damp hair!
Damaged hair is all too easily damaged further by rough styling. You should avoid rubber bands, headbands and hats as well -- all are associated with increased hair damage.

5: Tips for Moisturizing to Repair Damaged Hair

One of the main sources of hair damage is dryness. Without sufficient moisture, the hair shaft becomes brittle and easily broken or damaged. Talk to your stylist and make sure you're using a top-quality shampoo and conditioner (you may want to ask if your stylist has any other tips for damaged hair).
In addition, leaving your conditioner in your hair for an additional 2-5 minutes will help provide the moisture your hair needs to help heal damaged hair. When moisturizing, pay special attention to the tips and ends of your hair.

Natural Tips for Healthy Hair

For Dandruff
  • Massage the Scalp with pure coconut oil . This will also help for growth of hair.
  • Apply coconut oil which has been boiled with small onions. Wash it off with a mixture of green gram powder and water drained from cooked (boiled) rice.
  • Apply a mixture of almond oil and gooseberry juice with finger tips on the scalp.
  • Apply the warm mixture of olive oil, lemon juice and coconut oil. Do a steam -towel- wrap for 15 minutes and wash the hair with a shampoo.
  • Apply a paste of fenugreek and mustard to the scalp.
  • Mix Shikakai powder with the water drained from the cooked rice and wash the hair with it.
  • Crush  the leaves of five petal hibiscus flower and take the juice. Wash the hair with this juice.
  • Heat the oil with a little camphor. Apply the oil in the scalp and massage for 10 minutes. After 30 minutes wash the hair with a herbal shampoo. Do the steam -towel- wrap for 15 minutes.
For Healthy and Shiny hair
  • It is better to apply castor oil for a healthy growth of hair.
  • Wash hair with tea once in a week.
  • Apply besan in the hair and wash it with water drained from the cooked rice.
  • Soak a handful of gooseberry in a cup of milk for two hours. Make it as a paste and apply in the hair.
  • Apply the mixture of an egg white, 2 spoon of castor oil, 1 spoon glycerin, in the scalp and hair. Wash it after some time.
  • Massage hair with warm coconut oil an hour before washing. Let it soak. Cover your head with a hot towel and wash your hair after an hour or so. 
  • Boil a few hibiscus flowers in coconut oil. Filter and use this hair oil to control hair loss and thinning.
  • Do a 'steam-towel-wrap' once in a while, if your cuticles are damaged, as this steaming opens out the pores and absorbs the oil.
  • Deep condition with curd, beer and egg. 
  • Mix a little vinegar in warm water and rinse your hair with this solution. This will add bounce to dull and lifeless hair.
  • Soak 1 teaspoon fenugreek in curd and keep it for a night. Have it in the next morning.
  • Boil coconut oil with the juices of curry leaves, basil, hibiscus flower and gooseberry. Apply on hair, keep it for sometime and rinse.
  • Egg white and curd is a good conditioner for hair. 
  • Take a cup of coconut and mustard oils. Soak half a cup of curry leaves in the oil mixture and keep it for a night. Next morning, heat on a slow fire till the curry leaves turn crisp. Remove from heat and add two to three camphor balls. Allow oil to cool and then strain. Apply oil to hair roots using cotton wool along the parting and massage in circular movements. Leave the oil overnight and shampoo the next morning. Repeat twice a week. 
  • Add a lemon peel to a 'shikakai' and 'amla' mixture while washing your hair.
For Graying
  • Take a little Mehandi , an egg, juice of  half a lemon, one table spoon of instant coffee powder. Mix it together and apply on the hair. Wash it after 45 minutes.
  • Boil one cup of dried gooseberry with 4 cups of water. Add a pinch of sugar in it. Keep boiling till the quantity of the liquid reduces to one cup. Mix 2 cups of Mehendi, an egg, juice of a lemon and the gooseberry solution and apply on hair. Wash the hair after two hours.

Fast Hair Fixes

What to do when you are in a hurry and you hair is a mess?

The best solution is a sleek ponytail or bun. Sleek is the most important word to keep in mind.

Apply a small amount of baby powder to your hair to absorb excess oil, mist hair with a light hairspray and gather it into a smooth ponytail. If the ponytail isn’t the ideal solution, try a simple bun. Twist hair and fix it with a couple of hairpins. Apply a light hairspray.

To breathe life into a flattened hair, try to add some volume. Flip your head upside down and mist roots with a hairspray.

If your curls are in a chaos, damp your hair a little and apply a curl-enhancing product.
Hair smelling bad? Add a few drops of a perfume to a water bottle and spritz your hair.

Reversing Gray Hair Will Be Possible Soon

Reversing gray hair and restoring natural hair color will be possible within two years!

Hair becomes gray when cells that produce pigment, called melanocytes, die or no longer work properly. The good news is that such cells survive long after people go gray.

Dr. Bruno Bernard and colleagues at the hair biology research team at beauty firm L’Oreal in Paris found that an enzyme called TRP-2 can re-awaken the melanocytes in hair follicles.

The researchers point out that as long as a small number of melanocytes are present, the whitening process could be reversed by reactivating these cells.

It means that if the TRP-2 enzyme can be incorporated in a shampoo, conditioner or cream, these dormant melanocytes will be re-awaken.

This will allow people to maintain their hair color for longer, or even reverse gray hair.

How to Keep Hair Color From Fading

One of the problems many women face during hot summer months is fading hair color . This is because the sun has strong effects on hair color.
  • First of all, choose a hair color that looks as natural as possible. During the summer, it is a good idea to switch from a single color to a more blended look.

  • For example, if you have dark brown hair, select a light red color.

  • Next, use shampoos and conditioners that are designed to prevent hair color from fading. They should also contain ultraviolet protection.

  • However, you must stay away from products designed for oily hair because they strip color off the hair.

  • Always use a thermal protector before blow-drying or flat ironing your hair.

  • When on the beach or at the pool, put on a hat or scarf. And do not forget to spray on a leave-in conditioner with sunscreen.

8 Hair Myths

  1. True or False – Frequent trimming makes your hair grow faster.
    Well, the answer from InStyle is False.  Basically the trim is keeping a split end from moving further up the hair shaft.  If you keep your hair healthier to begin with you are not going to have to worry about split ends.  I think this is a good tip, as much as a well known myth, and if you keep your hair healthy on a daily basis, you should see excellent results.

  2. True or False – Brushing you hair often makes it healthier.
    InStyle says False and I would have to agree.  I think this might have been something that mothers told their daughters just to get them to keep their hair brushed, lol.  If fact, the article says that over brushing can cause more of a problem that it helps.  Creating a dull finish on your hair and if you use a “bad brush”, it can harm your hair even more (see hair gallery).  Just keeping your hair from becoming a rats nest is enough brushing.

  3. True or False – Massaging your scalp stimulates hair growth.
    Another False from InStyle.  Your hair will still grow at it’s normal rate, but messaging the scalp does help to relieve stress and increase blood circulation.  I think that there are a lot of places that tell you a scalp message will help and they are not 100% wrong.  Doing so will just not help you grow MORE hair.

  4. True or False – Chemical straighteners change your texture permanently
    False.  As your hair grows, your texture returns to normal.  The roots of your hair are not penetrated during this process, so the only hair affected is the hair that you see.  I think that this happens more for African Americans that want to straighten their hair so they don’t have the large afro puff all the time.  Talking about severe damage to your hair, the chemical treatment is one of the worst.

  5. True or False – Wearing a ponytail in the same area can give you a bald spot
    This is our first TRUE.  According to Doris Day, a dermatologist from NYC, “the constant tugging of a tight band can scar hair follicles and cause them to stop growing hair”.  Using a soft band for your hair is at least a little better then using a tight one all the time.  Whatever you can do to keep the ponytail loose on your head is going to be better.

  6. True or False – A cold rinse adds shine and tames fuzzy hair
    This one is also TRUE.  A cold blast of water at the end of your shower can flatten the cuticle onto the shaft and make the hair appear shinier.  But remember to dry your hair properly and use conditioner to keep that affect.  This sounds like another good tip, but beware that you still have to dry and condition your hair properly.

  7. True or False – Hair can become immune to shampoo
    False.  All shampoo is for is to clean the hair.  That it something it will always do.  If your hair looks bad after using your favorite shampoo, it may be because it is leaving a build up on the hair.  All you have to do is get a nice gentle clarifying shampoo to clean off the “gunk” and your hair should be back to normal.  These types of shampoos are generally a bit more expensive, but you should never forget that you get what you pay for.

  8. True or False – Coloring can change your hair’s texture
    This is TRUE, but really only temporarily.  Permanent color removes the protection layer on your hair and lifts the cuticles so dyes are able to penetrate.  Coloring can also swell the hair and give it body.  You will notice this more if you have thinner hair or hair with grey roots.  I think that any type of “treatment” that will change the hair texture, is not a good one.  Keeping your hair forever is hard work, but it can be done by just avoiding some mistakes that people make.
Reading through these myths you can see some that are more well known than others, but really, it still comes down to the fact that if you treat your hair gently and properly, it will be around a long time.

Growth Hair vitamins are perfect for fortifying your hair

Healthy hair growth and a healthy body depend on a nutritious diet, vitamins and minerals. While on a vitamin regime a person should wait for two to three months to observe the healthy changes in their hair condition. Taking vitamins for healthy hair does not produce results overnight, and consistency is very important. As with any vitamin regimen, consult a doctor to ensure that you are healthy enough to take vitamins for healthy, long, beautiful, and strong hair.

There are specific vitamins for healthy hair such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C and E, Vitamin B-6, B-12 and B-3. Vitamin A is one of the major vitamins for healthy hair. It is an antioxidant and helps in the production of sebum in the scalp. This vitamin is found profusely in fish liver oil, meat, milk, cheese, spinach, carrots, eggs and fruits such as peaches and apricots. Other vitamins for healthy hair such as Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, strawberries, pineapple, tomatoes, potatoes and dark green vegetables. Vitamin E also helps in the growth of hair and enhances scalp circulation. It is available in vegetable oil, wheat germ oil, soy beans, nuts and leafy green vegetables. In addition to these vitamins, there are many others that help in the growth and maintenance of healthy hair such as folic acid, biotin and much more. Good hair vitamins such as True Growth Vitamins, helps to retain healthy hair follicles, promote scalp circulation, strengthen hair, add natural shine and much more.

Due to stress, toxins in the environment, lengthy exposure to sun and excessive or continuous alcoholic consumption, people have weak and simply lifeless hair that fails to properly grow. By taking the proper dosage of vitamins and minerals, your hair can be properly protected against the stress of daily living. Nutritional deficiencies play a major role in dull, thin, weak, dry, and slow growing hair. To aid in stimulating growth, retaining both gloss and shine, and increasing the rate in which hair grows, vitamins for healthy hair is essential as it helps to combats dietary deficiencies.

There are numerous hair products in the market claiming to be enriched with vitamins and minerals, but True Growth Vitamins are one of the best. They contain adequate vitamins for healthy hair and they are affordable. They stimulate hair follicles and help reverse the thinning of hair in addition to aiding in thick, strong, long, and simply beautiful hair. True Growth Vitamins offers full protection and nourishment to the hair.

Laser Hair Therapy Effective for Hair Loss

Laser hair therapy is a relatively new development in the treatment of hair loss for men and women. Lasers have played a huge part in medical procedures for decades, but the cool, low light lasers that are now used in laser hair therapy have only been around for about ten years in Europe. Only in the past few years have they been approved by the FDA to be used in America. Naturally, there is skepticism about any new product, but the studies and facts about laser hair therapy should assure anyone that laser hair therapy is here to stay as a great, non-invasive option in hair restoration and treating hair loss.

First, to understand why laser hair therapy works, it’s important to understand the reasons behind hair loss in the first place. Age, genetics and hormones play significant roles in both male and female pattern hair loss. An overabundance of a hormone called DHT (dihydrotestosterone) that is triggered both by age and genetics can begin to weaken hair on a follicular level, targeting the roots. When DHT enters the picture, the root becomes malnourished, starved of essential nutrients that keep hair growing and regrowing. All of us shed hair. There is a natural cycle to hair shedding and regrowth. But when DHT becomes a problem, the hair that sheds regrows weaklier. Hair becomes thinner and less vigorous. Eventually, the hair follicle will quit altogether and the root will finally die. That hair, once gone, is gone for good. Gather up a receding hairline full of such follicles and suddenly, you’re going bald.

Topical solutions such as Rogaine can put the DHT back in balance by inhibiting it. Such products stop hair loss, but do little to reinvigorate the hair that’s left. And if you ever stop using Rogaine your hair will simply fall out. So what’s the answer?

FDA-approved laser hair therapy does what topical solutions cannot. Low-level laser light is applied to the scalp for thirty-minute sessions, during which the patient feels nothing. This is because the changes are going on at a molecular level. Light from the laser hair therapy penetrates the tissue down to the roots and, bathing the root hair in stimulating light. This encourages a better blood flow around the hair root, which, in turn, nourishes the follicle root. Your hair is like a plant that has been stuck in the basement without sunlight, which results in stunted growth. The plant will wither and eventually die. But when exposed to sunlight again, it begins to grow and thrive. This is what the renewed blood supply does for the hair follicle. Laser hair therapy brings nourishment and oxygen back to the follicle and it begins to grow in a normal, healthy way again.

Laser hair therapy works equally well with both men and women. Because it’s a non-invasive therapy and painless, treatments are done in quick, easy visits to hair replacement clinics that offer laser hair therapy. Hand-held laser brushes, recently approved by the FDA, are portable laser units that can be purchased for home use. These laser brushes are not as powerful as the low-light lasers used in the hair clinics, but have the advantage of easy use whenever and wherever a clients prefers and have shown proven results in up to 90% satisfaction rate.

One of the great advantages of laser hair therapy is the fact that it’s all-natural. There are no hair systems, no glues, no adhesives and no surgery involved. For those not willing or ready to take that next leap into surgical hair restoration or commit to wearing a hair system, laser hair therapy may be the answer to premature hair loss.

Forty-year old Lydia Tomeleson began finding an alarming amount of hair every day in her shower drain. She was devastated when she noticed her thinning hair. Her mother had lost much of her hair around the crown of her head and Lydia dreaded the same fate. When she began seeing the white of her scalp through her hair, she visited her doctor and found that she was pre-menopausal. Hormones had conspired to thin out her hair. Her doctor explained that hormones (DHT in particular) had begun to weaken her hair follicles, which was why they were excessively shedding and not regrowing with the normal cycle. He recommended stimulating the blood supply of her scalp by using laser hair therapy. She went to a hair loss treatment clinic that offered laser hair therapy and underwent treatment. It took three months to see a real difference with laser hair therapy, but in 8 months, her hair had begun to grow back, even healthier than it had been for years. Lydia stopped checking her self-esteem at her door and began to feel like herself again, regaining the confidence she had lost.

If your hair is thinning and you want a more natural approach to hair replacement, talk to a hair loss treatment specialist about laser hair therapy. It can restore both your hair and your self-esteem.

What does gray hair say about a person?

To most people they associate gray hair with aging and even though many people start going gray at a very early age it is generally older people who have graying hair.

From a lack of specific nutrients to genetic factors there are several reasons why a person's hair starts turning gray but there is one thing for certain - coloring your hair can make you look considerably younger.

Even if you haven't gone gray simply changing the color of your hair can transform your looks and make you look a lot younger.

It is commonplace for men to color their hair these days and frosting or adding highlights can give a man an altogether different look.

Specific hair styles can make you look younger too and keeping up with current trends helps to make a person look 'modern' and young.

Adding 'life' to your hair also adds life to your whole persona and that makes people associate you with a younger age group.

Get advice and recommendations from a good hairdresser who is up with the current trends and who also knows how to apply those trends to your age group so you actually look younger rather than just looking like you are old and trying to look young.

There are some very effective products on the market that can help you if you have thinning hair or if you are losing hair. The best solutions for hair loss are prescription products such as Propecia but there are also many natural hair stimulants that are very effective for some people.

Some of the better shampoos are designed to add body to your hair and some can also stimulate the blood supply to the scalp that will reduce hair loss and in some circumstances stimulate new growth.

If there are no answers to your hair loss then you can style your hair accordingly to make it look less obvious and for men it is trendy now to have a shaven head so that is something to consider.

You should always make the most of any situation.

Anti-Aging and Hair Removal

For men in particular hair loss isn't the only problem facing them when trying to look young.

It seems that the less hair they get on their head is compensated for by growing in various other places where it isn't welcomed.

Hair begins to sprout from the ears and nostrils and eyebrows tend to get long hairs that look like spider legs reaching across the wrinkles of the face.

Hair seems to start growing in abundance down the back and to make matters worse it starts turning gray.

It is hard to look young with a forest of gray hair covering your chest and back and coming out of your ears.

The fashion these days is for less body hair and even the young guys are getting waxed to remove body hair.

This is great for older men seeking to look younger because a body wax or the use of depilatory creams can take years off your life by removing all that gray hair and leaving the body smooth again.

Creams or laser treatment can help to address the problem of hair growing out of the ears which is a sure sign of aging and it is simple enough to trim the eyebrows to keep them looking tidy.

Permanent solutions are available with laser treatment but there are also less expensive alternatives for hair removal that will do an excellent job if you don't mind using them on a regular basis to maintain 'the look'

If you have been exercising and have maintained a toned body then the removal of body hair can help to emphasize your physique even further.

Using a good quality fake tan or having a spray tan applied to your body will only help to enhance it more and the combination of all these factors can help you to look considerably younger than your true age.

Primary Steps For Men's Hair Care

When hair care and any thing related to hair we just think about women's hair. Hair has become synonymous to women. But what about men's hair and their hair care? We do not think about that at all. There are lots of sites telling you the proper care about the women's hair but male hair care is not so demanding as women's are. Probably it the reason behind the limited and slim response and demand of men's hair care and thus limited websites are supplying you the necessary information about this topic. But now the picture is slowly changing. Men are becoming more and more conscious about their looks and style check. Hairstyle has always been a crucial factor for outer appearance. Hairstyle and hair care are closely related, as both are complementary to each other. Today men have discovered that great grooming is an essential to building great self-confidence.

Therefore a good hair care regimen and to follow that regimen is very important to have good and groomed hair. But before deciding that hair care routine you have to figure out your hair type. There are three types of hair. One is oily, second is dry and the third one is normal hair type. Dry hair is a type of hair, which is caused by inactive oil glands. So if you have a dry hair type then you will have to use a good moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Coconut Oil is a natural conditioner and you can try this out as your conditioner.

Conditioner clears the frizzes of your hair make it frizz free and smooth and shiny. For dry hair another thing is very important. That is, do not shampoo your hair everyday as it can make your hair more dry and dull looking. Wash it alternately having one or two days interval. And do not shampoo on your already shampooed hairs. Shampooing everyday or every alternate day might not be necessary as it is for oily hair or for greased hair.

Oily hairs are just the opposite of dry hairs and need the opposite care. It is due to excessive and overactive oil glands of your scalp. A good shampoo and conditioner made for exclusively oily hairs are the better solution. And the easiest maintaining hair is normal hairs. Oil glands are normal and balanced in number. Shampoo and conditioner for normal hairs are preferable.

For any type of hair always rinse your hair after applying shampoo and conditioner completely. If you do not do that an itchy scalp can be a problem. Always use a small amount of shampoo on your wet hair. You can use warm water for shampooing but for conditioner it is better to use cold water. Massage your scalp gently and than rinse it well. Do not use the conditioner in the hair roots as it can cause hair fall. Just apply it on your hair and after 3-4 minutes wash it thoroughly. Hot water and cold water help the scalp to be toned up. After washing it dry it up with a towel or by a dryer.

Hair Care in Different Seasons

Taking proper care of the hair is much important, as the hair is much important for the better growth and health of the hair. But as the seasons changes there comes different changes in the weather and in our surroundings. Therefore it becomes much essential to know how to take care of your hair and maintain the health and growth of the hair by avoiding damages with the change of seasons. It is much essential to know how to take proper care of your hair in different seasons. In this article we have tried to help you in this very subject so that you can maintain the luster of your hair in whatever season it is and also that you can avoid damages to the hair as far as possible.

Summer hair care: As we all know that the summer sun and the summer weather are not much of a friendly one for your physical health. Not only does the summers cause damage to our health but also it is responsible for causing a lot of damage to our hair also. For that reason it is essential that you should take some extra care for your hair during the summers. First of all the scorching heat and the UV rays of the sun, these are really a big reason for a lot of damages that are caused to the hair during the summers. Therefore before you step out in the sun it is recommended that you take some protection for the hair. Preferably it is to wear a scarf or a straw hat. But if you are not willing to wear them then you should at least apply a leave-in sunscreen conditioner to the hair before stepping out. And in case it is not handy you can also apply a regular sunscreen to the hair.

But never forget to wash it off as soon as you reach back home. Other than that our hair tends to become dry during the summers. Therefore there is a need to drink a lot of water to keep your hair and body hydrated. Try to avoid any sort of hot items during the summers, like blow dryers, curling irons, hot showers etc. As shampooing may cause dry hair, hence there is no need for shampooing regularly. And always use a mild shampoo.

Winter hair care: During the winters also our hair faces a lot of problems. As the weather is cold and the humidity is much lesser hence there is lesser chance of sweating. Therefore the hair becomes less greasy and dirty hence there is no need to shampoo the hair daily. Daily shampooing peals off the natural oils from the hair. As the weather is dry there is a chance that your hair may also become dry. Therefore oil
Once a week would be much helpful for your hair during the winter season. Hair conditioners should be used regularly to maintain the moisture balance in the hair.

Monsoon hair care: Our hair needs a lot of attention during the rainy season as the humidity level of the weather rises to the greatest extent during this part of the year. The extra humidity of the weather makes the hair oils and greasy and falls flat loosing its bounce. The texture of the hair also looks dull and lifeless because of the excessive oils of the hair. Because of the extra sweat the scalp also suffers a lot and have a great deal of itchiness. During this season avoid using mousses, gels and conditioners as far as possible. You should also try not to have any sort of chemical treatments done on your hair during these days. Applying henna conditioning to the hair may prove to be much helpful, as it would help remove the extra moisture from the hair.

How to Get Sedu Black Hairstyles at Home

Sedu black hairstyles make your hair look glossy, sleek and stunning. Not everyone is born with straight, flowing locks, but a Sedu hair straightener can work out the kinkiest of hair to make it smooth and shiny. The best part is that this kind of straightener will not break, snag or damage your hair. From the comforts of your very own home, you can turn wild hair into sleek black hairstyles. The following are just some of the many ways you can get Sedu black hairstyles at home.

Once you have your Sedu straightener, you can make your hair super straight using ceramic or enamel plates. For a sleek and straight look for both long and short hair, you want to start with clean dry hair. Next, add a thermal heat protectant to the hair so that you can ensure the health and shine of your locks. Pin your hair into many sections and then start at the bottom section. You should iron sections of hair that are no thicker than a quarter inch and should work as closely to the scalp as possible. The iron should be pulled through to the ends of your hair strands. Once each section is straight, unpin it.

A sleek, tight ponytail is perfect for folks who want a classic Sedu hairstyle. To do this, straighten the hair and then pull the hair into a low ponytail. Hold the look with a clip or with plastic band and then spray with hairspray to keep the hairstyle shining and in place.

Lastly, if you have a bob or pixie hairstyle, you should use your Sedu straightener to curl the ends of your hair. This way, you will have sleek hair with a soft touch to it. To do this, take the flat iron and wrap the end of your hair around it and hold for ten to twenty seconds. You will then have a bob with perfectly flipped ends or can complete a pixie by slightly curling the bits of hair near your face or the nape of your neck.

Why Do Most People Lose Hair?

Do you actually know what's causing you to lose your hair this very moment? This is a question asked by almost all hair loss sufferers, and there are more answers to this than the number of those asking. The only problem is that a lot of what you're being told is not the complete truth.

One major cause of hair loss that you'll hear time and time again by so-called "experts" and other "know it alls" is genetics. Give me a break! If this is the case then why are some men in a family line stuck with a shiny bald head, and others in that same immediate family have a full head of hair?

This is evidence that there must be some hidden things that can cause you to lose your hair. And there certainly are numerous things. For example one reason a lot of men in particular start to get a receding hairline is due to a lack of blood circulation.

As you get older your body will stop circulating blood like it used to. It will circulate much slower and areas that once got a huge supply now may be lacking it significantly. So you must increase this blood flow so that you can make up for the damage that has been done.

What I've found personally effective is the use of oils like jojoba, henna, and rosemary. When you massage these into your scalp you're doing yourself a huge favor. They are natural and work to increase blood flow and hair growth exactly where you need it.

So before you go off assuming that your hair is falling out just because it tends to run in the family, consider some true facts behind what could be leading you towards baldness.

Vitamins for Promoting Hair Growth

Did you know that nutrition has a lot to do with the health of our hair? Yes, it is. So if you want to achieve healthy hair and make your hair grow faster, it’s time you take some vitamin supplements and eat right.

Many women are so engrossed with their hair. They use different shampoos and conditioners, go to beauty salons often and do so many things to their hair. The next thing you know, they’re already complaining of having bad hair and a hair that grows oh so slowly. 

But all you women out there should try to look at your lifestyle first if you want to have locks that are the envy of others. Your journey towards healthy and faster growing hair should start in yourself and knowing what nutrients to take is a good start.
Remember your science lesson in the elementary grades? If you’ve forgotten all about it, it’s time to take a trip down memory lane.

The human body needs the proper nutrients to grow strong and healthy. Apart from eating the right foods such as fruits and vegetables, vitamin supplements are also essential. There are several vitamins that we all should be aware of if want to boost the growth of our hair.

Vitamin B
The best vitamin that promotes healthy growing hair are the B vitamins or commonly known as B complex. They are made up of Vitamins B1 or thiamine, B2 or riboflavin, B3 or niacin, B5 or panthotenic acid, B6 or pyridoxine, B12, folic acid and para-aminobenzoic acid. They can be sourced from eggs, fish, milk, fresh fruit, whole grains, meat and dairy products. What’s great about the B vitamins is their being water soluble.
  • Niacin or Vitamin B3 helps in the proper circulation of the blood in the scalp.
  • Panthenol or Vitamin B5 prevents hair loss and promotes hair regrowth.
  • Biotin helps slow the graying of hair and prevents hair loss. This is a common ingredient in shampoos and conditioners which helps in the production of keratin.
  • Para-aminobenzoic acid which helps prevent hair from turning gray in the early stages of life.
  • Vitamins B6 and B12 promotes health hair growth by helping in the development of red blood cells and the protective layer covering the body’s nerves.
  • Inositol aids in the healthy growth of hair and hair follicles. Cereals, nuts, rice, meat, vegetables and bananas are rich in this B complex vitamin.
Vitamin E
Vitamin E helps promote healthy skin and hair. Being an antioxidant, it helps improve blood circulation which is crucial in the maintenance of healthy hair follicles. Along with Vitamin A, this one is fat soluble which means it is stored by the body and does not require daily intake.
Vitamins A and C
These two vitamins are both antioxidants and aid in the development of healthy scalp. Vitamin A rich foods include liver and fish liver oil as well as the yellow and green leafy vegetables. Vitamin C, meanwhile, can be taken from citrus fruits and fresh vegetables.
If only we are conscious of these vitamins and make sure we have them in our daily diet, we can be sure to have great hair in tip top condition all the time.

Vitamins and minerals for your hair

You can buy the best shampoos and balsams, but the real beauty of your hair comes from the inside. If you starve or eat improper food, hair can become thin, lose its shine and split at the ends. And on the contrary: if you eat food that contains a lot of vitamins and minerals, your hair will look healthier and shine more. So what do we need to eat to provide hair with all necessary matters? Everything what is good to keep your organism healthy is good for your hair as well. There are products that have great effect on you if you consume them regularly.

Minerals are needed for our organisms because they stimulate certain activities of our bodies. Calcium, magnesium, manganese and potassium stimulate hair growth. You consume calcium whenever you eat beans, nuts, tofu, fish, brewer's yeast or sesame seeds. Whole grains, wheat germ, nuts, soy beans and green vegetable are great sources of magnesium. Manganese can be found in whole grain cereals, peas, fish, meat and eggs. Avocados contain both magnesium and potassium. To consume potassium you should choose bananas, dates, dried fruits, potatoes, yogurt and brown rice.

Some minerals can even prevent hair loss (this is a serious problem for both men and woman). Those minerals are chromium, iodine and iron. To eat enough iodine you should choose meals that contain iodized salt, garlic, fish, kelp and seaweed. Brewer's yeast, whole wheat bread, beef and liver hide needed amount of chromium. Iron is important as well. Products that contain iron are fish, chicken, dried fruits, liver, green vegetables and whole grains.

Copper is needed for hair to sustain hair structure and color. Food sources for copper are green vegetables, eggs, whole grains, liver, beans, chicken and mollusks.

Our bodies crave vitamins just as well as minerals. Vitamins B5, B6, B12 and biotin works to prevent hair loss. Vitamin B5 and vitamin B6 hide in brewer's yeast, egg yolks, meat and whole grain cereals. Vegetables and liver are other sources for vitamin B6. Vitamin B12 can be found in eggs, chicken, fish and milk. Products to consume if you need biotin are almost the same: you need to eat whole grains, milk, egg yolks, brewer's yeast, liver and rice. Biotin and vitamin B5 also work to prevent graying, while vitamin B6 is used to create melanin, the material that gives your hair its color.

Vitamins A, C and E are antioxidants that work to keep scalp healthy. Good sources for vitamin A are spinach, cabbage, broccoli, milk, eggs, cheese, fish liver oil, peaches and apricots. Vitamin C is found in strawberries, citrus fruits, pineapple, potatoes, tomatoes, cantaloupe, dark green vegetables and kiwi. And food sources for vitamin E are soybeans, nuts, dried beans, wheat germ oil, raw seeds, leafy green vegetables and cold-pressed vegetable oils.

Vitamin B3 enchants scalp circulation and better circulation makes hair to grow faster. By the way, regular scalp massage works the same way. Vitamin B3 is in foods like turkey, chicken, meat, brewer's yeast, wheat germ and fish. Inositol helps hair follicles to stay healthy. Food sources for this vitamin are liver, brewer's yeast, citrus fruits and whole grains.