The hair on our head is also known as our crowning glory. It needs much care and attention to maintain it in a good and healthy condition. Yet, many of us experiment with different styles, using chemicals to perm, straighten and color the hair. Then there is pollution and stress that also do much damage. Any harm to the hair causes hair loss and if in abundance then can lead to baldness.
Whether excessive use of chemicals on the hair or any other factors, hair loss is caused due to the loosening or weakening of the roots. And sometimes this problem is irreversible. This means that no amount of treatment can help re-grow you natural hair.
Hair loss has become a matter of concern throughout the length and breadth of the country. And what is even more surprising is the age at which it begins. Gone are the days when baldness was considered a part of the human aging process. No, now even teenagers are suffering from this problem. They are losing so much hair. But what is contributing to this?
In today's times there are two major contributors to the balding population. These are stress and pollution. One does not realize the kind of stress one is putting their body through when one lets their stress go beyond tolerance levels. In fact, not only baldness, but also other health related issues are connected to uncontrolled stress.
The other factor is pollution. In certain highly polluted cities, it has become a necessity to have the entire body covered, from head to toe, to prevent the pollutants from causing any damage. Some pollutants are so potent that they are causing irreversible damage to the body, especially the physical appearance.
This all does seem scary! But is there any way to control this situation? Yes, preventive measures can be taken in the form of natural hair tips. The primary thing is to reduce or completely stop using chemicals on the hair, which is already abused because of the above mentioned factors. Apart from the various home remedies, one needs to also take care of their diet. The food one takes in also either weakens or strengthens the roots. According to Trichologists one should massage their hair as regularly and use natural shampoos.
With natural and good looking hair one can try different hairstyles ranging from bob haircuts to celebrity haircuts. These hairstyles can be tried for different kinds for hair be it straight hair or wavy hair.
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Do you remember those fabulous movie characters that when they woke up each morning looked just perfectly. Their makeup was fresh, their skin shined like it was made out of gold and their hair was impeccable. They looked exactly like they just got out of the beauty salon. And they probably did. In real life we all know this is not possible. However, you can look fantastic and your hair can look impeccable, but this doesn't just come naturally. Sometimes you need to help nature a little bit. In fact, all you need are just some wise hair care tips.
1. Get a good hairdresser. You need to have your hair cut and dyed only by good professionals. They know what is good for you, for your hair type, what suits you and sometimes they can even guess what you want and don't know how to say it. Moreover, they are the best to ask for advice.
2. Make sure that you visit your hairdresser. It's not enough to know it's there, you have to pay him a visit from time to time. Some say that you have to trim your hair every two months, or at least three months. Otherwise, you won't be able to style it and it will look out of place no matter how much you try.
3. Don't wait for the hairdresser to do wonders, take actions! You have to do some things on your own. You need to wash your hair each time it is dirty, even if sometimes it means each day. Don't worry that it will get too dry. If you are using the right products, you won't have any trouble at all.
4. Protect it! Don't be fooled by the advertising spots from TV that tell you if you use a certain product you won't have to worry about the sun, wind, rain, snow and other damaging meteorological conditions for your hair. There is no such thing as universal protection. If you are going to the beach, then use sun protection. If it is freezing and snowing outside, use protection from snow and low temperatures. And from time to time you have to wear a hat or a cap or something to cover your head.
5. Don't experiment without professional advice. Hair care products, like those for styling, can do more harm than good if they are not used appropriately. This means that you need to find what works for you and stick to that. It is true that things can change, but always use the products your hairstylist recommends.
6. Don't cheap out! Even though some of the best hair care products are a little bit more expensive than the other ones, they are still the best. If you cheap out, your hair will get damaged and you'll end up in using the expensive ones to treat the mess you have done. So in the end you'll still get in the same situation, but only after submitting your hair to the worst situations possible.
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Every age has its own pros and cons according to the various changes that take place in a woman's body. Similar to their younger sisters, women over 50 have a lot of issues to take into consideration when they choose a hairstyle. The coiffures should emphasize the physical qualities of these women and hide the little flaws and blemishes of the skin that come with a certain age.
It is not just the skin that loses its vitality with the passing of the years, but also the capillaries. For that matter, women in their middle age should choose the hairstyles according to the result they want to obtain.
The volume is the first to disappear at this age, so layered hairstyles are more appropriate for women over the 50s who don't want to give up their long locks. By shortening the layers on the surface of the hair, the top of the head will receive more volume and the entire figure will look more elongated. On top of that, the layers can help distract viewers' attention from the expression lines that take form around the eyes and the mouth.
Since the weight of a woman varies throughout life, the face is the first to suffer as a result of these changes; thus, the dropping jaw line is a frequent affection that elderly women have. Luckily, a short to medium hairstyle and framing layers around the face can help them mask these unaesthetic aspects of the face.
Short hairstyles are more appropriate for mature women because their hair is often frail and thin and needs to be cut in order to regain its energy. There are numerous coiffures that these ladies may choose from; however, most hair stylists recommend women the bob. This hairdo is in fashion nowadays and it is suited for young and mature women alike. Depending on the face and neck shape, women over 50 may choose a classic bob or an asymmetrical one and they may cover the forehead lines with a side or a blunt bang.
There is no need to dramatically shorten your hair once you get over your 50s because now you can maintain the health and the shine of your hair with the help of the professional hair products that may be found on the market. A good looking crowning glory lets everyone know that you are still in shape, so take good care of your tresses if you want people to admire you wherever you may go.
When it comes to hair care, we naturally start thinking about the high-protein diet, washing techniques, various shampoo & conditioner variants and herbal remedies. For many among us, hair care starts after you see a silver strand, or when you start losing your hair a lot, or if you feel itchy about the scalp. There are many who consider hair care as a 'fashion or glamour fancy' and do not feel it as a necessary to follow in the daily routine, that's an opposite extreme. But really, how important is hair care for us, and why?
Hair should always be seen as a part of our skin, which is the largest organ of our body. Apart from providing a beautiful crown to our head, it serves many important functions. The health of our hair directly indicates our inner health harmony, and thus most of the systemic ailments do manifest their effects on the hair economy. If you are suffering with some hormonal imbalance, or get an attack of typhoid / malaria, or start losing your vitality due to a chronic gastric derangement, or have a gastric mal-absorption problem, it will be manifested on hair as well.
Hair are made up of proteins, as are muscles. Proteins also are a major component of many hormones, enzymes and immune cells. Thus if you are not eating enough proteins, the body will experience a shortage of it and thus would use the available proteins to build these more important tasks such as muscle repair, production of hormones & enzymes, and immunity. Hair will be given lower priority in case of such protein-crisis. Thus if you are not eating enough proteins and other essential minerals & vitamins, it would be manifested first on your nails, skin and hair. Hair problems, thus can turn out to be the early indicators of internal health disturbance.
Most of us take care of hair or a part of hair that is visible. Thus washing and oiling becomes their only hair care regime; but that is not all. Apart from that one should also massage your scalp every day, at least for 5 minutes. It will not only improve the blood circulation but will also induce a sound sleep, if done at bed time. This massage may or may not be with the use of oil, just doing it with fingertips is enough.
We have already discussed a lot about the protein intake, which is the most essential part of hair care apart from the supply of nutritional supplements which can include Vitamin B, Vitamin, C, Vitamin E and zinc which an excellent source of nutrients for the hair. The diet should have iron, proteins, vitamin complexes and plenty of water. Foods like fresh fruits and vegetables are usually the most ideal for the promotion of healthy hair and growth, since they provide nutrients with the essential fiber as well.
Last but not the least, mental peace. Not worrying about your hair itself can turn out to be one of the significant hair care tip you can follow.
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Male pattern baldness is by far the most common type of hair loss and affects the majority of men to varying degrees. Traditionally, it has been held that male pattern baldness can be traced to one's mother's father but this perspective is highly simplified and distorted. In fact, there are many genes for hair loss and the inheritance pattern is complex and derives from both sides of the family.
Unfortunately, hair loss is progressive in nature. The earlier and more rapid the onset of hair loss in a man, the greater likelihood that this hair loss will progress toward extensive hair loss in the not so distant future. Fortunately, today there are medical solutions to manage male pattern baldness, which if started earlier can afford better results. The Internet is filled with hawkers of miracle cures, but there are only two FDA-approved products, finasteride (marketed as Propecia) and minoxidil (marketed as Rogaine) that have proven efficacy.
First, we must understand how we lose hair in order to understand how these products work effectively to combat hair loss. Male pattern baldness involves the slow but progressive transformation from thick, terminal hairs of youth to baby, short, wispy vellus hairs, and then finally to complete absence of hair. When 50% of hair is lost, noticeable thinning begins to be apparent. Finasteride and minoxidil both work toward returning vellus hairs back toward thicker, terminal hairs but they cannot work in the absence of discernible hair, i.e., so-called "slick baldness."
Accordingly, the earlier in the process of hair loss that these medications are started, the more effective they will be to help slow down and reverse to a certain extent the existing hair loss. If started late in the process of hair loss, they are less effective in managing/reversing the hair loss condition.
The mechanism by which minoxidil works is not entirely clear but it is thought to act as a cellular proliferator or to keep hairs in their growth phase (known as anagen) for a longer period of time. Minoxidil, which is over the counter now, is a topical preparation meant to be applied to the scalp twice daily. Anecdotally, it is thought that the half life of minoxidil in the scalp may be close to 20 hours, meaning that even once a day application can be substantially better than not at all. The package insert reads that minoxidil is only indicated for the crown/vertex region. However, this information is outdated and reflects only the original FDA studies performed over a decade ago. Although new FDA trials were not financed, subsequent studies have shown almost the same benefit in all regions of the scalp.
Minoxidil can lead to temporary increased shedding 3 to 4 weeks after starting the product and that must be known in advance to limit fear on the patient's part. This temporary effluvium correlates with hairs cycling into the growth or anagen phase, which is a good indicator. In addition over 20% of individuals can experience a delayed (less than 72 hours) or immediate allergic skin reaction to minoxidil, which is significantly more common with the generic or brand named liquid version. The foam version that only comes as brand name Rogaine and only in the 5% male strength has virtually eliminated this problem by removing the propylene glycol component. Minoxidil typically starts to show effect rather quickly within 6 weeks to 3 months. As a reminder, hair loss will continue to occur. Minoxidil will simply slow down the hair loss as well as rethicken some miniaturized vellus hairs.
Finasteride, an oral pill taken once daily at a 1 mg dosage, is prescription only and helps to slow down and reverse some vellus hairs. It is a medication that takes typically 4 to 6 months to start showing benefit and unlike minoxidil is only indicated for men, as it can cause birth defects in women of childbearing age who take it and has shown little benefit in women who are postmenopausal. Of note, there is no negative effect on children for men who take the medication and impregnate a woman. Finasteride is a dihydrotestosterone (DHT) blocker, that inhibits the conversion of testosterone to DHT via the pathway of the 5-alpha reductase enzyme. The presence of DHT in the scalp causes hairs that are sensitized to possible loss of hair to lose that hair. Because DHT receptors are partly located within the blood vessels that reach the hair follicle, topical finasteride has not shown to be of commensurate benefit as oral medication.
The major side effect with finasteride is sexual, including erectile dysfunction, loss of libido, and possible breast tenderness and/or growth. The incidence of this side effect profile is 1% when compared against placebo and only shows statistical significance when all side effects are aggregated. Side effects are reversible with cessation of the medication, and 57% of men who continue to take the medication show a resolution of their side effects. The individual who takes finasteride should also know that the prostate specific antigen (PSA) value is reduced by half and should therefore be doubled during calculation for men who are being screened for prostate cancer. In addition, because finasteride is metabolized by the liver, liver function tests should be undertaken before starting the medicine and should be followed by a physician as directed. The most recent study in 2008 showed that there is a potential 25% reduction in long-term prostate cancer risk for those who take finasteride.
Finasteride and minoxidil work synergistically to combat hair loss even better than if they were taken in isolation. Those who are willing to take both products and who have been guided by a physician for proper understanding of the risks, benefits, and limitations, should consider doing so. However, one major limitation with both products is that if one should in the future decide to stop taking either product, all the hair that was gained or maintained by that product will be quickly lost over a period of several months. This limitation should always be clearly understood.
Understanding the medical nature of hair loss in men is a prerequisite step before entertaining the desire for possible hair restoration surgery.
Salon visits can be scary experiences for small children: They are boring, full of strangers and strange smelling products, you are being ordered to sit still for ages, whilst some idiot is doing terrible things to your hair which you didn't want to happen in the first place. Life is sooo unfair!
So how do you as a parent, avoid, annoying the stylist, upsetting your child and getting yourself stressed? Well this is where your best child psychology skills come into play! Sometimes your child will have unwarranted fears and you have to help to overcome them. Creating trust by taking their concerns seriously is the first and most important step. Promising a treat can also help. Best of all is to check in your local area to see if there is one of the growing number of new specialized children's salons available. Salon chains like Cartoon Cuts are designed to make the hair cut experience more positive and entertaining for small children: toys, video games, specially shaped chairs and specially-trained stylists, all help to ensue the experience is more like going to a theme park rather than a visit to the doctor.
Home Sweet Home
However, if your child is afraid of the hairdresser's, then try to cut their hair at home. They will feel safe and comfortable and you will save time and money. You can do it yourself if you have the skills - or the bravery. Cutting hair for a child is basically the same for an adult, except that a child's hair is usually thin and baby soft. Keep the bangs approx. 1/2" from the eyebrows. If the child's hair is thin, avoid short cuts for now until their hair comes in thicker. Shape around the face if you're trying to grow it long. If you don't have any haircutting experience, you might want to seek out a step by step guide on children's hair cutting, or get someone to do it for you.
Putting on the Style
Whatever you do, remember that today's media-savvy, celebrity-crazy kids want to look good. Children start to take an interest in their own hair style from an early age; even the kindergarten set want to be in-style. They want their hair to be like their best friend or even a television character. Boys that used to be seen only in ball caps are now having their hair bleached and highlighted.
Finding the right hair style for a child is usually about finding a cool, fun, and easy-to-manage child hair style that suits your youngster's active lifestyle. But you may experience resistance - as children get older they start to have very definite opinions of how they want to wear their hair. This hairstyle preference will surface in early childhood and continue throughout the teen years and into adulthood. Many a growing child will argue with their parents over how they want to wear their hair to school. At this stage of development the hair becomes a major identity factor.
Hair Care 101
The key is to be encouraging; as children start to take an interest in their own hair and how they style it, this is the time to encourage them to follow an entire regime of good hair hygiene practices. It is important to show a child (when they are willing), how to properly shampoo and rinse their own hair. You can also teach them about towel blotting, detangling, combing and brushing their hair. Help them build a good hair hygiene schedule so that they learn the importance of keeping their hair clean and neat. Try also to get them to develop good eating habits because healthy hair is very dependent on high quality carbohydrates and plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Good nutrition will promote shine and condition at any age.
Tips for Tip-Top Hair
Washing - use a mild shampoo, preferably in the child's favorite color or scent. Sometimes children are more willing to wash their hair with a fun shampoo, especially if it doesn't sting their eyes.
Combing/brushing - try to create trust and reassurance by allowing them to comb and brush their own hair on their own terms. Do not brush your child's hair 100 strokes before bedtime in the traditional manner - this will over stimulate the sebaceous glands and make the hair greasy and heavy. Doing a quick brush to get the tangles out should be sufficient. Combing the hair will promote shine and condition. Remember to use a comb on wet hair rather than a brush or you risk creating static electricity, which leads to breakage.
Accessories - give your child high quality combs and brushes and teach them the proper way to care for their hair to instill good grooming habits that will last a lifetime. Purchase some "hair friendly" clips and hair ties to help a child keep their hair off their face, and reduce the chance of tangling or matting. Stay away from any hairclips with sharp teeth, because they can cut into the hair and cause potential hair damage.
Tangles - all parents know that dealing with tangles is a nightmare for both parent and child. Here's how to reduce the trauma of removing tangles:
1. Hold the section of hair you're trying to comb out.
2. Hold it taut so the child won't feel you ripping through the ends. 3. Spray a good leave-in detangler on the knot.
4. You can also comb conditioner in while the child's hair is still wet. Children need conditioner too (avoid heavy types and stick with conditioners that are specifically called "light" conditioners).
Lucky are those who are blessed with straight, shiny, beautiful and healthy-looking hair for not all are given such crowning glory. Yes, there are a lot of men and women out there who continue to suffer the consequences of having thinning hair or receding hairlines.
Not only do they feel their self-confidence waning, but they also tend to develop a feeling of social trauma every time they go out. These people tend to develop ways of concealing their situation by hiding their thinning hair in hats or caps, or scarves, or with the simple use of handkerchiefs big enough to cover their balding spot. If you are one of them, there is no doubt that you would want to grow long hair fast, right? Here are the ABCs you might want to know which can help you achieve such objective:
A - Attitude
Attitude is the key to successful hair growth. Keep in mind that if you have the right attitude which means persistence and commitment in achieving your goal, then you are 100% going to make it and pull off a longer mane in no time. That is why, it is crucial that you treat the goal to grow long hair fast with utmost seriousness and patience. Otherwise, you might just end up starting something that you can never finish till the end.
B - Basics
Go back to the basics and that only means - go back to using natural remedies to grow your hair longer. In case you have not done your homework of researching for the countless of natural techniques to grow your tresses, then make it a point to do so now! Start with washing your hair with a bottle of beer and leaving it soaked for one hour until everything dries up in your hair. Only then can you rinse it off and apply mayonnaise.
Take care that you massage the protein-packed mayonnaise into your head and massage deeply into the roots of your locks so that they will make their way into your scalp. In doing so, you can see a big improvement in the way your mane will look - from the dry and uninteresting hair to a shiny, longer and smooth-looking mane in due time.
C - Consult
If after having tried all the natural treatments that are presented to you and still you are bothered with such 'lessening hair' problem, then you may decide to finally consult and see your doctor or dermatologist. Ask for recommendations on what could be the most appropriate shampoos and conditioners to use, as well as the other hair products that could help you grow long hair fast. In that way, you will have no worries or whatsoever about how you are dealing with your problem because in the first place, you have sought help from the one who understands your situation the most.
D - Dedication
Last but not least, make sure you give this goal of achieving longer hair your 100% dedication. Otherwise, you might just end up not finding the solution to your mane problem at all!
Frizzy hair doesn't discriminate. It plagues both the thin and thick haired alike. If your hair has even the slightest wave or curl, it's susceptible to frizz. This article details the six critical things you can do to launch a full-on assault on those unruly frizzies...along with a list of things not to do.
INTERNAL FACTORS--Our circulatory systems deliver oxygen and nutrients to hair follicles, which keeps hair growing healthy and strong. Make sure you're getting enough of the nutritional requirements for smooth, shiny locks. These include:
Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids, Evening Primrose Oil, Lecithin, Silica, Vitamin B8 (Biotin), Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid), Protein, and Water
KEEP IT COOL--I'm lumping 2 cooling techniques into one category here. Both are equally important. Coolness combats frizzies by closing down the cuticle (outer) layer of each hair strand. And of course, heat has the opposite effect, obliterating moisture and amplifying frizz. So cool your hair in these two ways:
- A cool rinse (with either just water or vinegar/water) will close down the cuticle and add shine.
- After heat styling with a blowdryer, use the cool shot button on your hair dryer to cool down the section you're working with. That will increase the curl or volume you're creating and amplify the shine!
SQUEEZE, DON'T RUB--When towel drying your hair, resist rubbing or creating any sort of friction. The best method for drying frizzy hair is to use a hand towel and squeeze the hair up from ends to roots.
KEEP IT TRIMMED--Surely you've heard it before, but it warrants repeating...regular trims prevent split ends. It's stressed so often because of the nature of splitting hairs...they continue on up the hair strand, which exacerbates the frizz. And, once the hairs have split, the only way to repair the damage is to cut the hair above the split. So if it's a bounty of smooth curls you desire, trim it up at least every two months.
PROTECT IT--Nature's elements can wreak havoc on frizzy hair. Sun, wind, and environmental humidity are the main culprits. Here's what you can do to defend against the harshness of the elements.
Humidity Control--Use an anti-humectant pomade to help repel water from the atmosphere. Conversely, too arid of an environment can contribute to frizz by drying out the hair too much. In that case, use a humectant pomade. Aveda makes both...keeps the invisible forces of nature from messin' with your mane.
Sun/Wind Protection--Get yourself a stylin' straw hat, bandana, or scarf to shield your hair from the harsh effects of sun and wind. Always cover your hair in tanning beds...just wrap it in a towel. Some styling products contain SPF's, although their effectiveness is debatable.