Posts from the ‘Balding’ Category

15 Simple Ways to Take Better Care of Your Hair

1: Brush your hair on a regular basis before going to bed every night.

2: Wash your hair with gentle shampoo preferably shampoo without sulphates.

Avoid brushing wet hair. This will cause hair to stretch and break. Finger-dry or use a large tooth comb to gently remove the knots and snarls.

4: Air dry your hair if possible. If you have to blow dry your hair, use a professional salon quality hair dryer.

5: Avoid hair color, try henna, it will color and condition hair.

Take a calcium supplement or drink 2 glasses of milk every day.

7: If you use a flat iron use a professional quality flat iron, preferably a ceramic ionic flat iron.

8: Perming your hair sometimes leaves your hair unmanageable when wet. Use a botanical rich leave in conditioner and gently pull the conditioner through your hair with a large tooth comb .

9: Trim your hair once a month to prevent split ends and encourage new growth.

10: Avoid pulling back your hair tightly with clips and bobby pins.

11: Avoid the use of rubber bands it can pull and damage hair.

12: Use a SPF infused shampoo. UV exposure will dry and damage your hair. It will also fade your hair color

13: Massage botanical oils and vitamin E info your hair and scalp for soft, shiny healthy hair.

Avoid very hot water while washing your hair.

15: Eat foods rich in vitamin B, C and E.

Dandruff and Possible Causes


By Mayo Clinic staff

Dandruff can have several causes, including:

  • Dry skin. Simple dry skin — the kind you get during winter when the air is cold and rooms are overheated — is the most common cause of itchy, flaking skin. Flakes from dry skin are generally smaller and less oily than those from other causes of dandruff.
  • Irritated, oily skin (seborrheic dermatitis). This condition, a frequent cause of dandruff, is marked by red, greasy skin covered with flaky white or yellow scales. Seborrheic dermatitis affects not only your scalp but also other areas rich in oil glands, such as your eyebrows, the sides of your nose and the backs of your ears, your breastbone, your groin area, and sometimes your armpits.
  • Not shampooing often enough. If you don’t regularly wash your hair, oils and skin cells from your scalp can build up, causing dandruff.
  • Psoriasis. This skin disorder causes an accumulation of dead skin cells that form thick silvery scales. Psoriasis commonly occurs on your knees, elbows and trunk, but it can also affect your scalp.
  • Eczema. If you have eczema on your scalp, it’s possible you could develop dandruff.
  • Sensitivity to hair care products (contact dermatitis). Sometimes sensitivities to certain hair care products or hair dyes can cause a red, itchy, scaling scalp. Shampooing too often or using too many styling products also may irritate your scalp, causing dandruff.
  • A yeast-like fungus (malassezia). Malassezia lives on the scalps of most healthy adults without causing problems. But sometimes it grows out of control, feeding on the oils secreted by your hair follicles. This can irritate the skin on your scalp and cause more skin cells to grow. The extra skin cells die and fall off, clumping together with oil from your hair and scalp, making them appear white, flaky and visible in your hair or on your clothes.Exactly what causes an overgrowth of malassezia isn’t known, although having too much oil on your scalp; changes in your hormones; stress; illness; neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease; a suppressed immune system; not shampooing often enough; and extra sensitivity to the malassezia fungus may contribute to the development of dandruff.

For more inforamtion on dandruff, causes and treatment visit Mayo Clinic

Suffering from an itchy scalp? Flakes? Shiva – Prescriptives Can Help!

This could be mean more than just dry scalp it may be dandruff; a condition often caused by stress, poor diet, dry skin, oily skin and too many styling products.

Houston, TX – According to the Mayo clinic ‘the real culprit may be a fat-eating, yeast-like fungus called malassezia, formerly known as pityrosporum.

Malassezia lives on the scalps of most healthy adults without causing problems. But sometimes it grows out of control, feeding on the oils secreted by your hair follicles and causing irritation that leads to increased cell turnover.’

Did you know that men suffer more from dandruff than women? Researchers believe hormones play a role plus men have larger sebaceous glands than the opposite sex.

The good news is that dandruff is manageable; with the help of daily shampooing made from botanicals, anti-oxidants and vitamin enriched products will assure control over the troublesome condition.

Some ingredients to look for are;

  • Tea tree oil (antiseptic)
  • Zinc Pyrithione (anti-fungal & anti-bacterial)
  • RosemarySalicylic Acid (helps to eliminate scale)
  • Lavender (promotes hair growth)
  • Aloe Vera Gel ( restores your hair’s natural ph balance)

When buying treatment shampoos be label wary of products made with sulfate, DEA, waxes and chemicals but opt for the most natural active ingredients available.

Besides the protocol of daily washing and conditioning your hair, include lifestyle changes like;

  • Manage Stress (relax, walk, hike do Pilates)
  • Eat a healthy diet with essential fatty acids, vitamins, especially zinc.
  • Sunshine, vitamin D is good for your dandruff however too much sun without sunscreen is not (use caution).
  • Avoid hot showers
  • Use a water filter to avoid chlorine

By making simple changes and using products with healthier ingredients your scalp will feel refreshed and you will be renewed!

How to Add Special Touches to Updos

by: Jenny Andrews

If you want to create a special and dramatic look for that special occasion, the last thing you want to do is look like a cookie-cutter Barbie doll when it comes to your hairstyle. And the truth is that many of your formal hairstyles were probably just that, exact replicas of styles that were worn on every special occasion for years stretching back into time. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can create a different and exciting new updo for each and every formal occasion even if you only know how to do one type of formal hairstyle.

You see, the key to creating a different look lies in the details. You could actually style your hair in a French twist without having the same look twice if you added special touches and elements to your style. Here’s how:

· Straighten instead of curl – In many updos, the free pieces are curled with a curling iron. You can change your look simply by using a flat iron to sleek down these pieces instead of curling them up. You can even alternate using a crimping iron and flat iron to create a dramatic effect.

· Leave pieces free for effect – You can also experiment by leaving different pieces of your updo free. For example: try leaving a ½” section of hair around your complete hairline free from the updo. Pull your hair up into a simple pony tail. Then, take ½” sections of the free hair and crisscross it in a basket-weave style on top of your updo. Pin into place, and you’ve created a unique look with little effort.

· Use accessories – By using simple accessories such as hair extensions of a different color than your hair and ribbons, you can add a lot of interest to your updo. Simply insert small strands of hair or ribbon into your style to create splash of color and drama. You can color coordinate these with your dress or use natural colors that will compliment your hair color.

· Flowers – Inserting a small floral accessory into your updo is also a good idea as long as you don’t take it overboard. Choose very small flowers and use them sparingly. Using too many will make you look like a flower arrangement. Remember, accessories are used to compliment your style, not overpower it.

In addition to these ideas, there are many more that you can experiment with. Just remember that small changes make a big difference when it comes to adding that special touch to your updo. So, even if you don’t have a lot of creativity and talent, you can still create breathtaking updos that will be envied by all who see them.

About The Author

Jenny Andrews is a hair expert, and the author of an incredible free minicourse, that explains how to find your unique style, how long or short you should have your hair, how to find the right hair color for you, how to find the right salon, and a lot more.

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Popular shampoos contain toxic chemicals linked to nerve damage

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have found a correlation between an ingredient found in shampoos and nervous system damage. The experiments were conducted with the brain cells of rats and they show that contact with this ingredient called methylisothiazoline, or MIT, causes neurological damage.

Which products contain this chemical compound MIT? Head and Shoulders, Suave, Clairol and Pantene Hair Conditioner all contain this ingredient. Researchers are concerned that exposure to this chemical by pregnant women could put their fetus at risk for abnormal brain development. In other people, exposure could also be a factor in the development of Alzheimer’s disease and other nervous system disorders.

The chemical causes these effects by preventing communication between neurons. Essentially, it slows the networking of neurons, and since the nervous system and brain function on a system of neural networks, the slowing of this network will suppress and impair the normal function of the brain and nervous system.

These finding were presented December 5th at the American Society for Cell Biology annual meeting.   Continued

Hair Loss after Face Lifts and other Cosmetic Surgeries

Hair loss is a common complication of face and brow lifts, but this is rarely explained to the patients considering these procedures. Alopecia from face and brow lifts can be due to a number of factors:

* Destruction of hair from incisions not parallel to the follicles
* Destruction of hair from suturing
* Destruction of follicles from undermining
* Excessive skin tension
* Disruption of the vascular network in the skin
* Stretched scars devoid of hair
* Distortion of the normal hairline
* Decreased density from stretching the scalp
* Telogen effluvium from the trauma of the surgery
* Telogen effluvium from the anesthesia
* Acceleration of androgenetic alopecia

It is tempting to perform the hair restoration procedure soon after the face-lift. However, it is preferable to wait at least one year so that the surgical scars can mature, scalp laxity can return to normal and, most important, so any hair loss from post-surgical effluvium has had time to regrow.

A problem intrinsic to treating alopecia from face-lift procedures is that the hair may be transplanted into the same spot where future face-lift incisions will be placed. If the hair loss from the face-lift is not excessive and/or there is a question about long-term donor supply, it may be preferable to postpone the repair until after the second face-lift. This is especially important in younger patients where multiple face-lifts are anticipated. If such surgeries are anticipated, and if hair loss in the area surrounding the surgical incisions is the primary problem (rather than the scars themselves), one may place hair only in the surrounding areas of thinning and not in the actual scar. Another way to circumvent this problem is to avoid “aggressive” lifts or postpone aspects of the face-lift procedure that are more likely to result in hair loss, such as a brow lift.

A second problem arises when the signs of androgenic alopecia are not present (or if present, not taken into account) when the decision to perform a face-lift is made. In a patient with no apparent hair loss, potential androgenic alopecia may be suspected from a positive family history or the presence of miniaturization greater than 20% in the front or top of the scalp. This can be assessed using a hand-held Densitometer (see the section Low Donor Density). Miniaturization greater than 20% in the back or sides of the scalp (“the permanent zone”) suggests that the patient will likely develop diffuse hair loss and, therefore, is not a good candidate for hair transplantation.

Once it has been established that a face-lift patient has little risk of significant androgenetic alopecia and the decision to perform a transplant has been made, the patient should be advised that it would take a minimum of two procedures to accomplish the restoration. The goal of the first procedure is to restore the shape of the original hairline and to add as much density as possible. Subsequent sessions should be used to add further density and, when necessary, to soften the hairline’s frontal edge.

When hair loss follows a face-lift procedure, the entire frontal hairline extending down to the sideburn area often needs to be restored. In this hair transplant procedure, it is important to maintain the rounded female hairline. The hair direction in the female frontal hairline is usually more varied than the predominately-forward direction of the frontal hairline seen in males. The female hairline is often characterized by “licks” and “peaks.” These should be restored for optimum results. Especially in the case of brow lifts, there may be broad areas of thinning both anterior and posterior to the coronal incision. These regions should be filled with follicular units as closely spaced as the physician is comfortable with, as transplanted hair, compared to the more dense hair directly behind it, will generally appear too thin. Once the first few millimeters of the hairline have been transplanted with smaller units, the largest follicular units should be used to achieve the greatest frontal density possible. In spite of this, it may still take multiple procedures to achieve satisfactory density.

In contrast to men, many women have fine, vellus hairs at their frontal hairline. Since donor hair is generally harvested from the mid-portion of the permanent zone, the diameter of this hair may be too great for the frontal hairline or temples. If the match is not right (a situation that is more often seen in women with darker, coarse hair) finer hair should be used. It is not recommended to use the fine hair located on the posterior scalp or behind the ears for this purpose. Scars placed below the occipital ridge will tend to stretch, and those behind the ear may interfere with further face-lifts. The preferred method of these authors for generating finer hair is to remove all or part of a terminal hair’s bulb prior to implantation. This can be accomplished using a # 10 scalpel blade under a stereomicroscope. The single, split-hairs should be placed at the very frontal edge of the hairline and temples at an angle so acute that it is practically flush with the skin surface.

About The Author

Dr. Bernstein is Clinical Professor of Dermatology and is recognized worldwide for pioneering Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation. Dr. Bernstein’s hair restoration center in Manhattan performs hair transplants and other hair restoration procedures. To read more publications on balding and hair loss, visit