It's almost summer in California and that means that it's time to get outside again. For many people, summer is their favorite time of year to be active; to swim, run, bike, hike, and more. But for men who may be suffering from the most common form of hair loss, androgenetic alopecia - hereditary pattern baldness - summer may seem like an impossible time to both maintain an active lifestyle and go through the steps that necessary for hair replacement. Concerns that a lot of men have are thinking that sweating a lot or swimming will make it so a hair loss procedure is out of the question. But with the latest advances in men's non-surgical hair replacement, it can be possible for you to have it all, both an active lifestyle, and the hair you’ve always wanted. Many men accept thinning hair as just a part of life—but it doesn’t have to be that way. No matter the cause and no matter the extent of your hair loss, there’s are always effective solutions. The first step in the process is determining which form of male hair loss treatment is right for you. Though hair loss cannot be “cured,” its effects [...]
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Some of the most common bodily reactions to stress are teeth grinding or a sleepless night, but the most fascinating reaction is a hair loss disease called trichotillomania. People suffering from this disorder will literally pull their own hair out as a way to temporarily relieve stress. It sounds painful to others but to them it’s comforting. What causes trichotillomania and can someone be cured of it? A person suffering from Trichotillomania (TTM) will not be able to control the desire to pull their hair out. How do you know if you have this disorder? First, your hair loss will become noticeable. Secondly, you will feel intense anxiety before the act or when you try not to pull it out. Lastly, a sense of relief will overcome you after you’ve pulled out your hair. If no other disorder has been diagnosed and your hair pulling becomes disruptive to your daily routine, you are suffering from trichotillomania. No one cause of TTM has been determined but it is typically categorized as a form of Obsessive Compulsive Behavior and it has been directly related to all types of stress. The most extreme complications of TTM are agoraphobia or the sufferer may take [...]
Do you feel you are losing more hair than normal? For some men, this is the question that they ask themselves when they near their 30s. Male pattern baldness is something men would rather not have, but the sad fact is that about half of all men begin to lose their hair to some degree by the time they are 30. What You Need to Know About Hair Loss Before you begin to obsess over hair loss, you should note that daily hair loss is normal. We all lose between 100 to 125 hairs every day. Your hair undergoes three stages in its life cycle. There is the anagen phase, catagen phase, and the telogen phase. When a person is experiencing more than 10 percent of their hair in the telogen phase, also called telogen effluvium, this is a temporary condition. This condition can be brought on by stress, sickness, and other factors like poor nutrition, hygiene, and hair coloring, or daily styling. So if you see a clump of hair in the sink or shower drain you shouldn’t worry that you may have male pattern baldness. How Much Is Too Much? You may be wondering how you can tell [...]
10 Steps to Washing Your Hair Some people wash their hair every day whereas others wash it only a few times per month. Regardless of how frequently you wash your hair, it’s important to know how to wash it in a way that helps your hair stay healthy and unbroken. Below are 10 easy steps to hair washing that will help your hair stay healthy and you stay happy. 1. Choose a shampoo. Choosing a shampoo is not as easy as walking into the store and grabbing the bottle with the snazziest design. When choosing a shampoo you should first identify the type and needs of your hair. If you have curly, processed, or damaged hair, look for rich, creamy shampoos that will moisturize as much as it will clean. If you have limp, oily hair, it may be best to seek a high quality volumizing shampoo. 2. Choose a conditioner. Choosing a conditioner is an important but often neglected part of hair care. If you have curly, processed, or damaged hair, look for a conditioner that will give some extra hydration. If you have oily or limp hair, you’ll want a lighter conditioner. You may also forgo conditioner altogether [...]
Hair loss in women is much less well understood than men’s hair loss. When a woman shows hair loss, it is very common that hair loss was present among other women in her family. Since genetic hair loss presents itself differently in women and men, doctors use the Ludwig system to classify the type of hair loss women are experiencing rather than using the Norwood scale, which is used for men. The Ludwig scale was created for doctors treating women struggling with Androgenetic Alopecia (genetically related hair loss). The purpose of the Ludwig Scale is to measure female hair loss and determine the most appropriate treatment or hair restoration method. Ludwig Classification of Female Pattern Baldness Scale I: Hair is beginning to become thin and diffuse. However, it is very difficult for anyone except for the woman herself to notice. This is the perfect time to begin taking serious and conscientious methods to employ better hair and scalp care. This may include refraining from using high heat blow-dryers and curling irons. You may also consider purchasing appropriate shampoo and conditioner for your hair and scalp type. This is also the time when you should pay your doctor a visit. Scale [...]
Our hair is a representation of a long history that reflects our particular ethnic and racial heritage. Your hair is also a reflection of your overall health as well as a way to express your way of being in the world. There are certain correlations between ethnicity and hair that are important to know in order to care for your hair properly. Hair density. According to HealthGuidance, Caucasians have the highest hair density, averaging approximately two hundreds strands of hair per square centimeter. Professionals from the Belgravia Center, the UK's leading hair loss clinic, inform us that blondes have about 146,000 hairs on their heads, black-haired people about 110,000 hairs, brunettes about 100,000 hairs and redheads about 86,000 hairs. Asians have approximately 150 hairs for every square centimeter on the scalp with about 80,000 hair follicles on an adult scalp. African Americans have the lowest hair density, averaging around 130 hairs per square centimeter and about 60,000 hair follicles on an adult scalp. Hair growth. Hair care experts at the Belgravia Center as well as eHow health author Cindi Pearce share information about hair growth rates between and within ethnic groups. Asian hair, the most common type in the world, [...]
Which Hair Care Products Are Best I’m sure you can picture it: standing in the hair care aisle surrounded by hundreds of bottles, not sure where to start. Most of us are in a rush and don’t have time to fully understand the nuances between shampoo one and shampoo two. The first one guarantees “extra volume and wave” and the second promises “long lasting shine”. The first is $3.50 and the second is $34.95. You may find yourself asking, how do I choose which one is right for me? Finally, frustration and confusion kick in and you grab the bottle with the brightest graphics or the catchiest phrase. Take a couple of minutes to learn what you should be looking for when you invest in the products that help keep your hair clean and moisturized. Choosing a shampoo. The first trick to choosing the right shampoo is to determine your scalp type. If you have dry scalp, you'll want to choose a shampoo specifically for dry scalp. According to Dr. Leong, shampoos made for dry scalp contain more fatty acids, which help the hair to retain moisture. You may also consider choosing a shampoo that has a low pH level, [...]
Hair 101: What is Hair and Why Do We Have It? Have you ever considered the history of hair? Not only does your own hair have a history but also hair in general has a past that is worth knowing. Hair has been around since the beginning of time and it has served many purposes. Below are a few commonly asked questions about the origins and purposes of hair. In order to appreciate and respect the hair that is growing on your head, it is important to know why it is there in the first place. What is hair? Anastasia Nam, master hair stylist, observes that your hair is comprised of the same type of cells as your skin and nails. However, the hair on your head is thicker and hardier. There are somewhere between two and three layers that make-up your hair. The first layer is the cuticle layer, which is composed of small structures that dictate whether your hair is smooth and shiny. When the cuticle layer is damaged, your hair will look dull and lifeless. Underneath the cuticle layer is the cortex layer. This layer determines whether you will have curly or straight hair as well as [...]
Postpartum Hair Loss Have you been experiencing hair loss after your pregnancy? Do you have thin, baby hairs around your hairline? Are you noticing clumps of hair on your pillow, hairbrush, and in the shower drain? If the answer to any of the above questions is “yes”, then take a deep breath and read these words: hair loss after pregnancy is normal and not permanent. Joanne Stone, MD, an ob-gyn at Mount Sinai Medical Center and coauthor of Pregnancy for Dummies, explains the medical reason behind this phenomenon that many women experience. There is a three-stage cycle that occurs for hair as it grows. When the stages are complete, the hair falls out and then a new hair starts to grow. Due to the increased amount of estrogen during pregnancy, the hair cycle is stopped at the “resting” phase. This explains why women report having fuller, thicker hair during pregnancy. None of it is falling out! The increased amount of estrogen keeps the hair at the point in the hair growth cycle where it remains implanted in the scalp. However, after Moms give birth, their estrogen levels decrease, which results in hair loss. Most women report that hair loss continues [...]
Tips for Keeping Your Hair Healthy This Summer Keeping your hair healthy is an important part of maintaining your health. Many people think that keeping your hair healthy is a simple as avoiding harsh chemical treatments and making sure to get a trim a few times per year. While these types of maintenance practices are important, it doesn’t just end there, because bad hair health can lead to a host of hair and scalp problems, including alopecia and hair loss. Below are six ways that you can keep your hair healthy. Maintain a healthy diet. Maintaining a healthy, protein rich diet is an important part of keeping your hair healthy. Science has shown levels of vitamin B and D to correlate with healthy hair in individuals. Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, a Chicago-based dietitian, says "if you eat a healthy diet, you will grow stronger and healthier cells throughout your entire body—inside and out." Brush wisely. Always use a wide-tooth comb when you're combing your hair. Begin at the root of your hair and gently bring the comb all the way to the end. If you feel that your hair is breaking remove the comb and try to disentangle the hair [...]