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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.


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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!

Hair History ~ Hair Receivers, Secret Beauty Aids of the Past

By Mike McLeod

Although rare today, the hair receiver was a common fixture on the dressing tables of women from Victorian times to the early decades of the 20th century. Its purpose was to save hair culled from the hairbrush and comb, which were used vigorously on a daily basis. The hair could then be stuffed into pincushions or pillows. Since hair was not washed as often as it is today, oils were frequently used to add scent and shine to hair. The residual oil made the hair an ideal stuffing for pincushions because it lubricated the pins, making it easier for them to pierce material. Small pillows could be stuffed with hair, which was less prickly than pinfeathers.

But possibly most important, hair receivers made the creation of ratts possible. A ratt (sometimes spelled rat) is a small ball of hair that was inserted into a hairstyle to add volume and fullness. The ratt was made by stuffing a sheer hairnet until it was about the size of a potato and then sewing it shut.

A favored hairstyle during Victorian times parted the hair in the center and pulled it to the sides. In photos from that era, it is easy to spot the women with flat hair who were not using ratts and those with “big hair” who were. One reason for favoring this hairstyle was it revealed as much of the face as possible. In Renaissance times, a wide and high forehead was a sign of virtue. This is why paintings from that era often portray women with just a little hair showing around the face and a big, wide forehead. Since Victorian women only used a little face powder and no other make-up lest she be scandalized as a “painted lady,” much effort was invested in hairstyles and clothing to maximize beauty.

Another reason for their desire to display as much of the head as possible was that the Victorians were swept up in the new, so-called “science” of phrenology. This craze postulated that a person’s qualities and characteristics, both good and bad, could be determined by the contours of one’s head. Or as some people have called it, by “reading the bumps on your head.” This curious infatuation of the Victorians is discussed below.

The Victorians were extremely concerned with their appearances, and a woman’s hair was considered her crowning glory. In 1894, an article in The Delineator magazine stated, “The often-admired ‘crowning glory’ may be rendered almost a disfigurement if disposed unbecomingly, while a tasteful and careful dressing of the tresses, even though they are not very beautiful, will lend a decided charm to a plain face.”

Usually identified by the hole in the lid for inserting hair, hair receivers graced the dressing tables of women from Victorian times to the 1950s. (Photo courtesy of and from the personal collection of Elza Brokaw.)

The use of wigs was common at this time, for women and men (judges, magistrates, and even soldiers wore wigs into battle). However, these were usually made from someone else’s hair. A woman could use a ratt to create a beautiful hairstyle and truthfully answer that this was her own hair.

The widespread use of “extra hair” is evidenced by this instruction from Godey’s Lady’s Book: “When a lady is in danger of drowning, raise her by the dress and not by the hair, which oftentimes remains in the grasp.”

A hair receiver can be identified by a finger-wide hole in the lid, through which hair is poked. They can be round or square in shape, and some are footed. Made of a variety of materials, including glass and in later times celluloid, some of the prettiest examples are of porcelain. RS Prussia manufactured beautiful hair receivers, and one with delicate floral prints sold recently on eBay for $152. However, you will usually see the finer antique hair receivers hovering in the $100 range, while most are well below that amount.

It is uncertain if Japanese women also collected their spare hair for adornment, but Japanese potters certainly created hair receivers. You can find Nippon, Kutani and Sumida hair receivers.

While some say that hair saved in receivers was also used for hair jewelry, love tokens, and mourning mementos, Lori Verge, curator of the Surratt House Museum in Clinton, Maryland, states those items required straight, not tangled hair. She believes that women used cut hair (rather than combed out hair) for those purposes. Ms. Verge also reports that her grandmother used a hair receiver as late as the 1950s.

Check other great antiques. at Southeastern Antiquing and Collecting Magazine

Something to make you laugh : ) A Hairy Situation

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