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Does Genetics Have An Impact On Your Hair Length?

Does Genetics Have An Impact On Your Hair Length?

Help! My Hair Length Won't Budge!

If you’re reading this article, then you more than likely have been growing your hair for years. For many of us, hair length is extremely important. You're trying new products and rocking protective styles, but have yet to see your hair grow past a certain hair length. It can be frustrating when you work so hard to achieve a goal, and watch everyone else get amazing results meanwhile you remain stagnant. If this sounds like your experience, you may be experiencing a lack of hair length due to your genetics.

Why Your Hair Isn’t Growing Long

You’re doing everything correctly. You’re keeping up with your trims, doing deep conditioners, sleeping with a satin or silk bonnet, and using minimum heat styling, And the only reason why your hair won’t reach past a certain hair length is that of genetics. Genetics controls everything about you. From your skin tone, bone structure, hight, eye color, all of these things are under the control of genetics. Genetics has a lot to do with your highest potential. If you have been doing everything you can to improve the health of your hair, then you’re at your terminal hair length. Meaning you are at the maximum hair length that you can personally reach. Some people can grow hair down to their hips without even trying, while some people can only grow their hair to their shoulders no matter what they do. Maximum hair length is all determined by genetics. The only way you can blame genetics is if day in and day out for years you have been doing everything you possibly can to retain length, and yet it is still stagnant at a specific hair length. The result is due to your hairs life cycle, the anagen phase, the catagen phase, and the telogen phase. The anagen phase is the stage in which the hair is growing from the scalp, the catagen phase is the resting phase. And the telogen phase is the phase in which your hair falls out and starts again at the anagen phase.

"Shocked" Hair

Can certain events “shock” hair and fundamentally affect length? Elizabeth Cunnane Phillips is a trichologist at the Philip Kingsley Clinic in New York City, and she has studied hair and the scalp for over 22 years, to clarify whether hair stops growing at a certain length or not. “Lifestyle and general health factors can contribute to that picture,” notes Cunnane Phillips. “Stressful periods can cause an increase in the amount of hair we lose. It is not uncommon that three months or so following a tough time we can see an increase in hair loss.” Does hair growth decrease as we age? “As we live and breathe we are growing hair, but older age can bring with it variables that are not optimal for hair growth,” says Cunnane Phillips. “Thus it seems that it grows more slowly. But a quick look around at the people in our lives suggests that they still trimming and coloring, so perhaps the frequency has changed somewhat, but we are still growing hair!” Many argue that there is a certain age where hair is the healthiest. “There is no magic age for ‘healthiest’ hair,” says Cunnane Phillips. “We see young women, who many consider being at their prime, with hair issues. There are so many variables that can reflect in our ability to grow hair that we treat it on a case by case basis. Variables that can influence its presentation and growth can be present at any age.”

Does Hair Texture/ Curl Pattern Affect Length?

For women with looser curls, it’s not that their genetics make their hair grow longer, it is just that they have an easier time doing so. Kinky coily hair is often extremely fragile, its bends and curves make it reasonably easy to break. Someone with a looser texture may not have this problem. As the author of the Natural Haven pointed out most people are genetically predisposed to grow hair that is ankle length. Although many people quote the hair growth phase as lasting 2-6 years, the truth is that mathematical calculations estimate that an average normal growth phase may be as long as 12-14 years. This period would correspond to around ankle length for many. It would, therefore, be more accurate to say long hair is genetic and most people are genetically disposed to grow very long hair.” All this means is that if you have a more delicate hair texture or hair that breaks easily you have to treat your hair differently than someone who has a looser curl pattern or straighter hair. You should always treat fragile hair with extra care. Free flowing kinky hair has the disadvantage of being susceptible to breakage. To combat this and grow longer hair length protective styling is the best option because kinky hair textures thrive in low manipulation environments. The less you have to comb, style, or touch your hair there is little room for it to break off. Think about men and women with long locs. They have no issue growing their hair long because their hair flows freely and is under protection. You may want to try protective styles like two strand twists, braids, or coils to keep your hair’s exposure to manipulation at a minimum.

It Takes Two To Tango!

The truth is, genetics will always play a role in how easy or hard it is to grow your natural hair. Some people will grow long hair easier than others. Before you blame your lack of hair length on genetics; you should first ensure that you are caring for your hair properly. What works for one person may not work for the other! Try different hair products and treatments, and be sure to use products that are designed to benefit your kind of hair. Take advantage of protective styling with two-strand twists, wigs, weaves, or even braids. Make sure you are taking care of your body on the inside as well. Drink a lot of water and eat a holistic diet. Both genetics and the quality of your attention will determine how long your tresses flow!
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HELP! I have Scalp Acne

HELP! I have Scalp Acne

Pimples, Zits, and Breakouts Oh My!

The day started off normal. I was sitting at my desk going doing a routine scalp massage, and all of a sudden I felt a sharp pain coming from the middle of my head. I had no idea what it was, but the stinging sensation was real! And I was beyond confused. As someone who is not the most graceful of people, I thought that maybe I hit the top of my head on something when coming into work. But upon further examination, I realized that I had not run into anything abnormal that morning. In fact, when I put my hand over the tender spot on my head, I could feel the familiar texture of little bumps on my scalp, almost like whiteheads. That's when I knew. I had scalp acne. I proceeded to go down a rabbit hole of WebMD and Allure magazine articles on the topic. Keep reading to find out what I learned about scalp acne and how you can treat it.

What is Scalp Acne?

Follicular pustules or scalp acne is an inflammatory reaction around the hair and sebum follicles. The primary cause for scalp acne is oils and dead skin from your scalp getting stuck in your hair follicles. All of this debris then becomes food for bacteria to form those painful and pesky pimples that resemble a breakout. Yes, it is as gross as it sounds. But it is nothing to be ashamed of! Honestly, everyone gets a scalp-acne break out at least once in their lifetime. And natural hair girls can get scalp acne on a frequent basis. That is because they tend to use a lot of oils to moisturize their scalp or seal in the moisture on their hair. They're not realizing that they're clogging their pores with the sealant and doing more harm than good. If you are starting to experience a lot of breakouts on your scalp at random, and you’re not sure why the olive oil and castor oil that you're using on your edges could be the culprit.

Four Treatment Options

Treating scalp acne is going to be similar to treating traditional acne. However, it is a little more challenging because you have a lot of hair in the way that can prevent the medicines from penetrating the area in need.

1) Spot Treatments

Your first line of defense can be a spot treatment. You want to use something like an anti-microbial toner that can cover the pimples that you might have in a concentrated area. Just put the toner on a cotton ball and dab at the pimples or zits on your scalp. However, be cautious! Don't rub the area because you could irritate your scalp even more and you don't want that. Your toner should have these two key ingredients:
  • A bacteria-fighter like piroctone olamine: a compound with antifungal properties that are used to control the cause of dandruff. This is beneficial because it can eliminate the flakes composing the build up on your scalp.
  • An astringent like witch hazel: to remove excess oil from the skin.

2) Double Down On Shampooing

Remember, skin cells and dirt build up are what causes acne. Those same contributors can be what is causing your scalp acne. So, if you cleanse all of that dirt and build-up from of your scalp on a regular basis you should not have a scalp acne breakout. Unfortunately, in this time of “hair care” fixation, a lot of people are buying and using co-wash products on their hair. These shampoo substitutions don't have the cleansing properties to rid your scalp of the oils that you are accumulating throughout the week. Meaning, although you are getting your hair wet and attempting to wash your scalp, the co-washes don't have an agent that can bind to the oil and carry it out of your hair. Instead the oil it's just sitting on your scalp wash after wash. That's what's causing your build up and break out. Instead of ditching the co-wash theory altogether, use a clarifying shampoo once a month. It'll bind to the oils in your scalp to take them down the drain as you wash your hair. Dry shampoo is also another No-No when it comes to cleansing your hair. Of course, you can use it every few days, but do not implement it into your hair care routine as a substitute for washing your hair. Dry shampoo isn't rinsing anything down the drain. It's not attaching to any debris on your scalp and then taking it off of your scalp. What it's really doing is just masking the smells or surface dirt that is on your scalp.

3) Exfoliate Your Scalp

If you notice that you get pimples on your scalp more often than not, then exfoliating maybe the treatment option for you. An exfoliating scalp mask can help to bring up the dead skin on your scalp that you are not reaching when you wash your hair. It also makes it easier to clean the debris away. All you have to do is part your hair in small sections. Then apply some of the exfoliation mask onto each piece of exposed scalp until you have covered your whole head. After the application, massage your scalp for about 20 minutes and apply a plastic cap to cover your hair so that the ingredients can work with the heat of your scalp. Proceed to shampoo the mask and dead skin from your hair. Finally, condition as you usually would.

4) See a Professional

If you have tried all of the treatment options mentioned above, then it may be time for you to see someone who knows a bit more about this subject. A trichologist or dermatologist will be able to treat your scalp acne from the inside, whether it be through medications or a hydrocortisone injection to reduce inflammation and bring down your overall reaction. You want to seek a professional if you have red and inflamed scalp lesions, notice any bleeding, or have large cysts. Specialists might even suggest that you use an antibiotic not only to stop the acne that you have but manage it on a regular basis. A lot of doctors say that acne and be hormonal, but it can also form when there's an imbalance between good bacteria and harmful bacteria. Meaning you may need to take the antibiotic with a probiotic to balance out everything that you are putting in your body to treat your scalp acne condition.

Isotretinoin

If your case of scalp acne is exceptionally severe, your doctor may prescribe you with Accutane or a derivative of it entitled isotretinoin. This prescription although extremely controversial is known to cure acne within one course of treatment. However, the side effects can cause unrelenting discomfort for however long your course of treatment is. Side effects include joint pain, nose bleeds, and dry eyes. It may also lead to mental health issues while you are on the drug. Needless to say, a lot of dermatologists do not make it their first choice when treating any type of acne. However, the drug has proven that it can:
  • Shrinks the skin's oil glands and the amount of oil they make.
  • Reduce the amount of bacteria on the skin.
  • Slow down the production of new skin cells to keeps pores from getting clogged.
  • Soothe inflammation.
So if do you have a severe case of scalp acne isotretinoin may be an option that you would like to explore with your doctor.

It Happens to Everyone

Scalp build-up is a common occurrence. This is especially true if you use a lot of styling products to mold your hair on a daily basis. Meaning, scalp acne can become inevitable if you're not taking the proper precautions to cleanse your scalp thoroughly. Not to mention outside factors like stress and bed linen can also contribute to a breakout on your scalp. It’s important to remember that you can treat these painful pimples with a spot treatment, clarifying shampoo, an exfoliant, or help from your doctor. Have you experienced a bout with scalp acne? If so, what did you use to treat your break out and bring the inflammation down? Drop a comment below.
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How Does Smoking Effect My Hair?

How Does Smoking Effect My Hair?

I Don't Want No Smoke

As we know, smoking is bad for your body in a variety of ways. People lose their teeth, hands, feet, and eyes over tobacco. Some people become addicted, develop cancer, or walk away with no ailments when smoking tobacco-based products. It depends on the body and the chemical processes that occur within each. However, all of these horror stories about smoking leads us to wonder what effect smoking can have on your hair.

What Are The Effects of Smoking On Hair

While the effects of smoking on hair follicles are not highly publicized, there must be some impact on the hair just as anything a person ingests, food or alcohol, has on long or short-term effects.

Smoking Cigarettes

Cigarettes have quickly become the devil of the smoking world. Tallying more negatives than positives with cancer being at the top of the list. So what does smoking cigarettes do to your hair? On the surface, there are obvious drawbacks to your hair from smoking like your hair continually smelling like cigarette smoke, and accidentally setting your hair on fire (hey, it does happen). Premature graying of the hair can occur due to smoking cigarettes. The active toxins in cigarettes negatively affect hormones and hair follicles. Additionally, hair can turn an even darker color due to the nicotine and tar in cigarettes. Smoking can also cause balding and thinning in the hair because of the blockage in hair follicles, low circulation, and damaged hormones. Having low flow, and restricted blood vessels can cause hair to be dull and prone to breakage because of the lack of nutrients pushed into the scalp and hair shaft. Furthermore, smoking can also reduce your hair grown cycle because of the lack of oxygen your scalp receives. Without proper blood flow and oxygen, your hair is not able to reach it's full growth potential or make it through its entire growth phase. Cigarettes are known to skin cancer which can mean losing the skin on your scalp or having to undergo treatment that will cause you to lose your hair.

Smoking Hookah

Although hookah is seen as a fun social activity, tastes sweet and is legal for users as young as 16, hookah is as dangerous as smoking cigarettes. Hookah is tobacco and other chemicals mixed with water and flavors. Therefore if done on a regular basis hookah smoking is detrimental to hair health. Essentially, because of the direct and high exposure of heat and the direct burning of the charcoal being more potent. It also allows the users to absorb more of the toxins into their system. Hookah can restrict blood flow, and reduce oxygen to the scalp. Overall both products cause hair loss and a damaged scalp because of the nicotine, tar and additional chemical toxins included in the products. It also accelerates the aging process for the hair and scalp causing thinning, balding, greys and lifeless hair.

Smoking Marijuana Effects On Hair

For those who live in a marijuana legal state, good news, marijuana isn't directly linked to hair loss. It also doesn't have a significant impact on hair balding or thinning as far as research has shown currently. However, the irregular eating and sleeping patterns caused by smoking marijuana over a long period can have negative impacts on hair health. If your body doesn't have the right fuel or enough time to rest it is unable to properly feed your scalp and allow your hair the building blocks it needs to grow.

Benefits of Quitting For Your Hair

Hair is apart of your body, and just like your organs, skin, and teeth, your hair health changes when you quit smoking. Immediately after quitting, most individuals bodies receive more oxygen, and the body has stronger blood circulation to the hair and scalp.

How to Combat Hair Loss Due To Smoking

As long as your hair loss issue doesn't stem from a more serious issue like skin cancer or a scalp or hair disease, you should still be able to combat the adverse effects of smoking on your hair follicles. Here are a few tips:

1. Cutting Back Smoking

As mentioned, your hair sees immediate improvement, and blood circulation and oxygen to the scalp is improved.

2. Take Hair Supplements

Whether you eat a balanced diet or have a wacky food schedule, one of the most important keys to healthy and steady hair growth is putting the right things inside your body. Taking biotin, or another hair supplement will fill the gaps in your eating and provide your body with essential nutrients like protein, biotin and amino acids that you need to have stronger, longer hair.

3. Get Scalp Massages

Scalp massages have been proved to increase blood flow to the scalp and strengthen the root of your hair. Scalp massages can be anywhere from five to fifteen minutes and as often as you like. Use an essential oil like jojoba or olive oil while massaging to increase the benefits of the massage. Using an essential oil will give your hair shine, help health your scalp and enhance relaxation.

4. Be Intentional About Product Use

Use products that will open up your scalp and restore your hair. Smoking clogs pores, decreases oxygen and causes dull hair. Picking a shampoo or conditioner that has mint which provides a blast of wakefulness to your skin would be great for your growth. Clarifying shampoos that will flush out the toxins supplied by cigarettes and clear your scalp are also helpful.

Just Say No!

There are tons of research articles stating that smoking is bad for the body and hair. However, it can cause scalp blockage, hair thinning and balding! Keep that in mind!
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Ways to Overcome Hair Tragedy with Lupus

Ways to Overcome Hair Tragedy with Lupus

Gaining Your Hair and Your Confidence Back

Living with lupus comes with challenges and also a few limitations in your everyday lifestyle. However, there is nothing that you cannot overcome, even if the disease has made its way into your body. One challenge that many people with lupus may have dealt with is hair loss. Although this is a prevalent symptom experienced by those fighting this disease, it does not have to be a tragic experience. I have a few tips that will help you prevent losing your hair and your confidence as you fight this disease.

What is Lupus?

Before I get into those tips, let’s explore the ins and outs of lupus. According to Mayo Clinic, lupus (also known as systemic lupus erythematosus) is an inflammatory disease of the immune system that occurs when it attacks its own tissues. This disease is found mostly in women, ages 15-44. Several symptoms can occur including fatigue, joint pain, face rash, fever and as previously mentioned, hair loss. Unfortunately, there is no cure for lupus; however, there are treatments available to help improve and manage symptoms. Self-care is also helpful when being treated for this disease such as wearing sunscreen and clothing that protects you from the sun.

How Does Lupus Affect Hair?

Because it can affect the skin as well as many areas of the body, lupus increases the chances of dealing with hair issues. With this disease, there is inflammation within the skin mainly in your face and scalp. This inflammation can lead to thinning hair or in rare cases, the loss of large amounts of hair. Lupus can also lead to breakage around the hairline leaving it to look uneven. In severe cases, round lesions could appear on the scalp which will result in permanent hair loss in those areas. The hair follicles in those spots are damaged and cannot produce.

Preventing Hair Loss Caused by Lupus

Now that you know what lupus looks like as well as how it can lead to skin and scalp problems, let’s get into some ways to avoid hair tragedy. It’s important to note that with proper treatment as advised by your physician, your hair will most likely grow back. In the meantime, here are some helpful tips for prevention:

Tip #1

Get an adequate amount of rest. I know this may not be the kind of advice you were expecting. But realistically, rest is vital when battling any disease (and even when you are in perfect health). Giving your body a break will allow it to reset and adequately produce all of the nutrients it is supposed to. Overworking your body will only make it hard for you to put the next tip into action.

Tip #2

Work to reduce your stress levels. Maintaining a balanced life with little stress will keep your body in healthy shape. Even if you are not dealing with lupus or any other disease, stress can cause hair loss. With lupus, you have an increased chance of experiencing hair loss when you are functioning under high-stress levels.

Tip #3

Eat a healthy diet. Your body cannot perform to its best ability without nutritious, balanced meals and snacks. If you’re unsure about the recommended foods to eat when dealing with lupus, don’t hesitate to speak to a doctor or nutritionist who can assist you in creating a meal plan.

Tip #4

Avoid exposure to the sun. Since this disease affects the skin drastically, it is essential to protect it from the harmful rays brought on by the sun. If you cannot avoid going out into the sun, be sure to wear sunscreen and protective clothing.

Tip #5

Wear only silk bonnets or use a silk pillowcase. Silk is the perfect texture for hair because it is gentle and will help prevent hair breakage.

Tip #6

Follow the treatment plan your physician gave you. I know we sometimes fall off when it comes to taking our doctor’s orders, but if you want to live your best life despite having lupus, you must adhere to their instructions. As I stated before, hair loss is a common symptom that can you can avoid with the proper care.

Tip #7

Regularly monitor the effects of your medications. It is likely that a particular drug could contribute to hair loss, so be sure to keep an eye out on how your body changes during treatment. If you feel medication is causing your hair loss, contact your doctor for a better solution or an adjustment of dosage.

Best Methods for Dealing with Hair Loss

If you are already experiencing a hair crisis due to lupus, don’t panic! There are several ways to disguise hair loss until it grows back.
  • Try out hair extensions (avoid using glue because it is damaging to fragile hair) or even wigs. Adding a little hair will not only disguise your hair loss, but it will also give you the opportunity to change up your style!
  • Go shorter! This tip is a rather bold one, but shorter hair will make the spots where your hair is thinning or balding less noticeable.
  • Use hair loss shampoos. These products are lot gentler and nourishing to the scalp than regular shampoos. You do not want to place any harsh substances on a shedding scalp.
  • Wear hair wraps. On those lazy days or whenever you need to run a few errands, do not stress yourself out trying to style your fragile hair. Tie it up in a cute head wrap or scarf and call it a day!

Don’t Let Lupus Steal Your Hair or Your Confidence

Battling any disease is tough and requires a lot of lifestyle changes. Even if you have lupus, you can still go out into the world confidently knowing that your hair is flawless if you try the tips listed above. Don’t let lupus dim your light or stop you from slaying! If you or someone you know is living with lupus and have faced several hair challenges, share some tips in the comments that may be helpful for someone diagnosed with this disease. Let’s spread the tips!
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The Fight to Prevent Hair Loss During Chemotherapy

The Fight to Prevent Hair Loss During Chemotherapy

Psychosocial Effects of Chemo Induced Hair Loss

A woman’s hair is her crown and glory. I cannot imagine the trauma that impacts a woman’s life when she is not only diagnosed with cancer but also facing the reality of hair loss. It’s considered almost inevitable. Chemotherapy not only ravishes your body but your hair as well. It is a combination of drugs that work to kill cells that grow quickly. The issue is that chemo does not discriminate between the types of cells that it dies. The drug travels throughout the body without discernment; meaning that normal cells not affected by cancer like hair follicles and blood are also chemo targets. That is, until now. A not so recent breakthrough in cooling technology is enabling women to keep their hair while undergoing treatment for breast cancer. And it’s epic. In 2014 a survey was taken to measure the effects of hair loss on the psyche of women cancer patients. 47% of the women surveyed reported that the alopecia brought on by the chemo is the worst side effect of the treatment. And 8% of women said that they would forego the life-saving treatment to save their hair.

Cold Caps & Cooling Systems

How do you combat such intense feelings and convince women to get the treatment that will save their lives? Scalp Cooling. Scalp cooling is a practice that involves a chemo patient wearing a cap to reduce the scalp’s temperature. These scalp cooling caps snug fitting caps that resemble a helmet. There are two ways that patients are receiving the cooling treatment. One type of scalp cooling referred to as a cold cap has a gel coolant filling that’s chilled to between -15 to -40 degrees Fahrenheit. To receive these caps, you would contact a private company offering the specialized gel caps for rent in sets of 4 to 8. The patient wears the cap 20 to 50 minutes before, during, and after each chemo treatment all the while cooling it between wears with dry ice or a BioMed freezer. The second way involves a cap that is attached to a freezing machine and called a cooling system. The cooling system the better option of the two because it offers a steady cooling temperature throughout wearing it. The device itself circulates coolant to the cap which provides a stable cooling effect throughout the cap. Prior to using it, you are required to go through a fitting to secure the cap itself onto your head. Both the fitted cap and the cooling consistency of a cooling system allows you to avoid constantly changing the cap. Both scalp cooling methods use the cold temperatures to shrink the blood vessels and minimize the amount of chemo able to reach the hair follicle. This is why it is essential that the cap is fit snug to your head without any air pockets. Any pockets or bubbles in the fit may cause bald spots or missing patches of hair.

Caring For Your Hair During Chemo & Cold Cap Use

Because your hair is going through so much during chemo, when using the cold cap you are advised to treat your hair with more TLC than usual. Heat tools used for blow drying, hot rollers, or straightening irons are discouraged. It is also advised to shampoo your hair less as to avoid constant manipulation. For those of us who wash our hair every day, try to alter your schedule to only every third day. If you wash your hair bi-weekly, you are safe to stay on that schedule. Nevertheless, be sure to wash your hair with cool water and a gentle shampoo. Also, detangle your hair gently and follow gentle combing and brushing practices between washes. There is absolutely no coloring allowed until three months after chemotherapy is over. During the time of your treatment and cooling scalp cap use, you can potentially save about 60% of your hair. This is a lot better than the alternative. The hair that eventually grows into the areas of your scalp that thinned during treatment will typically be darker and of a wire-like texture. The medical industry affectionately calls these strands “chemo-curls.” It will take you about 6 to 9 months to see the new growth because the hair buried in the hair follicle takes a while to grow out. But when it does there is a significant chance that it will look different than your original hair texture.

Types of Chemo

Doctors use two types of drugs to combat breast cancer after exploring the surgical option. The drugs are:
  • Taxane drugs
  • Anthracycline drugs
The difference between the two drugs is their approaches in attacking the cancer cells. Taxane drugs work by inhibiting the cancer cell’s ability to divide. Conversely, anthracycline drugs work by damaging the cell's genes and stopping their ability to multiply. Anthracycline drugs were the first chemotherapies to combat breast cancer, but the harsh effects on the woman’s heart have now made Taxane drugs the preferable course of treatment. However, in the early stages of breast cancer, anthracycline drugs are known to do the most damage to the cancer cells. Just like their difference in approach, taxane and anthracycline drugs respond differently to cooling caps as well. Anthracycline patients experience less hair loss with the non-FDA approved cold caps. Conversely, taxane patients are known to see results with the FDA approved cooling systems. Odd right?

Insurance Coverage

The two companies that are FDA approved to supply cancer treatment centers with cooling systems include Dignicap and Paxman. Both companies were initially cleared to treat breast cancer patients and then they received the approval to treat cancer patients with solid tumors. The cost of renting one of these cooling systems is anywhere between $300 to $400 per session. The downside is, because of the inconsistencies in the results of the types of scalp cooling and the limited amount of cancer patients that we benefit from the cooling, most of the time insurance companies will not cover the costs of the cap for the entirety of chemotherapy. Because rentable cold caps are not FDA-cleared, it put those using anthracycline drugs in a more expensive position because cancer treatment centers cannot supply those at all. A cancer patient must source a cold cap from a private company. This also acts as a barrier to achieving widespread insurance coverage. However, some insurance companies are stepping up. Aetna, the third-biggest insurer in the U.S., stated that they consider scalp cooling medically necessary as a means to prevent hair loss during chemotherapy. This has enabled patients to receive reimbursement after the initial use and out of pocket payment for the scalp cooling treatment. Blue Cross and United have also backed Aetna’s stance, allowing their patients to do the same.

Why Does It Matter?

When you look at the average person, you cannot see the trials and tribulations they are going through on the inside. After that person has conquered their latest battle, they do not have to deal with constant reminders of it day after day. That is how you should look at the side effect of hair loss during chemo. No woman wants to continuously look in the mirror to see a memory of the day to day pain she goes through to fight her cancer during chemotherapy. You can camouflage reconstructive surgery. But hair loss not only ruins any sense of privacy that a cancer patient once had. But it also reminds them that they are fighting for their life. If she can afford it, a scalp cooling treatment can give her that privacy back. Comment below with your thoughts on the scalp cooling treatment!
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What is Scalp Micro Pigmentation and does the New Hair Procedure Work?

Scalp What?

Yes, you read that right! The beauty industry has found yet another way to finesse those struggling hairlines. We have all kinds of product like growth oils, tinted edge controls, and pills to grow and thicken our hair but here is something we can all get done in the meantime. I’m spilling all the tea on this new procedure and what it may mean for those thinning edges and hairline.

What Is Scalp Micro Pigmentation?

Scalp Micropigmentation is a hair follicle replication procedure which helps individuals who are experiencing hair loss, or who may have scarring on their heads that they wish to cover up. Highly-trained practitioners utilize meticulously designed colors and a unique application method to mimic hair follicles in the scalp. The procedure is an entirely non-intrusive treatment and requires no surgery whatsoever. The procedure is lower cost and much lower risk compared to alternative hair replacement medications and practices.

What Tool Do They Use?

The needle that practitioners use is a quarter of the size of a 3-round needle used by companies that implant pigments using permanent makeup guns. This gives us the advantage of creating actual follicles that look the same as hair. Other companies have no choice but to create shade or fill that gives the illusion of hair. Our needle can make the dot of a small pin. If you look closely at the impressions, it is impossible to tell the difference between the hair and the impressions. When we talk to our clients, they say they would rate the pain level at 2 out of 10. Both women and men who have scarring from hair transplants will often have a little more discomfort due to the sensitivity of the area.

How Long Does It Take?

Treatments will take roughly 3-4 hours for the first session, then around 2-3 hours for the second session. Some clients may request or require a third session to complete their treatment, and session time is about 1 – 2.5 hours, depending on the amount of work needed.

How Much Does It Usually Cost?

Micropigmentation is a very intricate procedure, however. On average, there are over 100,000 follicles on the human head; this means our skilled practitioners—guided by cutting-edge technology—must carefully implant pigments by hand upwards of 1,250 times per square inch. The price to accomplish this feat at Hairline Ink falls between $1,800 to $3,200 for what we would consider our average client’s needs and treatment plan. However, the exact price of scalp micropigmentation treatment may be higher or lower depending on many factors.

Who Can Get This Procedure?

  • That is looking for that perfect shaven look
  • Too young for a hair transplant
  • That has a bad donor area, thus not allowing for hair restoration
  • Looking to increase the optical density of a hair restoration without a follow-up hair transplantation
  • Looking for a fast result
  • Oppose surgical procedures
  • Oppose hair pieces

How Is It Different From Microblading?

There are quite a few differences between scalp micropigmentation and microblading even though they are similar processes. The most significant difference is the type of tool used. For microblading, the practitioner will use a handheld device with a slanted needle. For scalp micropigmentation, the practitioner uses a digital device with a single needle, which creates a single dot of pigment versus a line. Both procedures also have different Aftercare processes to ensure proper results. Lastly only a certified tattoo artist can perform scalp micropigmentation. Accredited cosmetologist or esthetician can perform microblading but cannot perform SMP.

What Are The Other Uses For SMP?

SMP is excellent not only for creating the appearance of all of the hair follicles, but it is also great for concealing scars from accidents and surgeries. Typically when a person undergoes hair transplant surgery, the individual is left with a large SCAR or two. Regardless of how they grow hair grows afterward the scar is noticeable. People tend to use scalp micropigmentation create the illusion of hair follicles along the scar so that it's no longer noticeable.

What Should You Expect During Your First Session?

Your first session with your practitioner is super important, not only because the initial interaction will determine the quality of your SMP but also because you'll have to go back a second time. If you don't enjoy your first session, you definitely won't enjoy your second so be sure you're sitting down with someone you like. Here is a list of some other things you should be aware of before you begin your procedure.

Tip #1

Make sure that your practitioner is a licensed tattoo artist. As I stated before, only a licensed tattoo artist can perform scalp micropigmentation. If your practitioner cannot point to their certificate on the wall of the shop, That's a red flag, and you should find somewhere else to receive your procedure.

Tip #2

Ask about how long they've been performing scalp micropigmentation. The person performing your procedure should have experience. Let's be clear having a license does not mean they have experience.

Tip #3

Be very clear that you only want one artist working on you in the session. It is very common for two or three artists to work on a client at one time in shops where they teach. The downside to this is the quality of work will not be consistent and could potentially lead to an unsightly result.

Tip #4

Discuss any fears or hang-ups you have about the procedure. A professional should be able to put your mind at ease and make you feel confident in the service your getting.

Tip #5

Your practitioner should also give you a form to sign. This form not only protects you but protects the artist. It should ask you all the fundamental questions that they do at a tattoo shop. For your protection be honest. If you don't receive a form to fill out, that's another red flag that you should find another place to undergo your procedure. Your artist should ask you what your desired look is and also create a color match ink to your natural hair color before they start the procedure. After the procedure, you should receive a pamphlet or another form detailing the aftercare.

What Is The Aftercare Process?

Every procedure has a particular aftercare process, and your practitioner should always go over them with you before you leave. Scalp micropigmentation involves breaking through the skin on the scalp, which means that infection is a potential risk, so the area has to stay clean. Besides keeping the area clean, it should also stay sweat free. You'll be advised to not participate in any activities that cause your head to sweat because the sweat can push the pigment out of the skin. If by chance you do begin to sweat take a towel and dab at your scalp to remove the sweat. You're also advised not to wet your head in the shower or go swimming. After your procedure, the scalp will be a little red and swollen, so you can wear a hat to conceal it.

How Soon Will I See Results?

Scalp micropigmentation is incredible because results are visible immediately! The placement and depth of color make these tiny follicle-like dots look flawlessly natural. After five days the swelling and redness are entirely gone, and you can go back to your routine.
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How Can Acupuncture Help with Hair Loss?

How Can Acupuncture Help with Hair Loss?

Androgenic Alopecia

When I first heard the words "female pattern baldness," I almost freaked out. Of course, I had just Wikipedia-d how many strands equate to too much shedding, but I mean who wouldn't be scared? Of course, I've heard of male pattern baldness. And you see so many men in their late 30s to early 40s missing patches of hair from the middle of their head that it's almost a style. Sometimes it can hit men as early as their mid-twenties. Thinking that that could happen to me as a female, I immediately started to look for ways to prevent losing any more hair. We can't all rock a shortcut like Amber Rose! Finding remedies for hair loss is challenging and expensive. Dermatologists want to pump you up with antibiotics to decrease inflammation and then work to give you other medications to encourage hair growth. But who wants to pump all of that into their bodies without the guarantee that those medicines are going to work? Not me, so I looked into alternative medicines and stumbled across acupuncture.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is something that I'm familiar with. I used to suffer from intense migraines as a kid, and it came up as a holistic way to combat them. However, I didn't know that it worked in areas outside of pain management and alleviation. So, I looked more into what it could do to help with hair loss. Now for those of you who don't know, acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine. It involves sticking tiny needles into various parts of your body, known as pressure points, at different depths. The needles alleviate pain and balance energy. In the case of hair loss, acupuncture increases blood flow and decrease swelling in the scalp. Allegedly, after six months of acupuncture treatment, your scalp will have less swelling from the area that you're experiencing the most hair loss. It will also cure any itching. These two benefits will create a clear path for the hair follicle to generate hair. However, Acupuncture alone will not do the trick. Your licensed acupuncturist will have to use some herbal supplements and combine the treatment with a hot towel massage to stimulate the hair follicles as well.

Things to Be Considered Before Treatment

There are so many causes for hair loss including:
  • Hereditary issues
  • Side effects from different medications
  • Pregnancy hormone imbalance including both pre and postpartum hormones
  • Traction
  • Various medical conditions
In the African American community, a lot of women suffer from traction alopecia and heat damage to our scalp. The use of hot irons is a big culprit. Chemical burns is another side effect that some of us may have contracted from bad perm experiences. However, you can also contribute hair loss to poor diet choices. Before getting acupuncture, you should probably determine what your underlying issue is. Talk to your primary care doctor about ways that you can combat the hair loss on top of this unconventional method. Whether it be changing the dosage of a medication or auditing your diet, attacking the issue from two sides is never a bad thing. Chinese medicine banks on the liver being healthy. The liver is in charge of circulating blood flow to the top and sides of your head. If you are someone who is under the direction of your doctor to take a lot of medication containing Aspirin other active ingredients that can affect your liver, or your liver is under a lot of stress that can decrease the blood flow. Acupuncture can help stimulate that. Unfortunately, if you've already been permanently bald for sometime acupuncture will not be able to bring back the hair that you've lost. It only works when you're in the midst of losing hair. It can stop you from losing any more. Depending on how severe your hair loss is this may be something that you want to consider before moving forward with the treatments.

Chinese Herbs for Hair Growth

If you're anything like me, you might be a little skeptical about the herbs that your acupuncturist may use. I have a bunch of allergies, so I looked up a lot of the preferred herbs ahead of time, and the majority of them seem pretty safe. Top herb recommendations include:

1) He Shou Wu is also called Fo-Ti or Polygala Vine

Its botanical name is Polygoni multiflori. Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners say that it restores the kidneys and blood. He Shou Wu is classified as a tonic and is taken in Traditional Chinese Medicine to slow reverse hair loss and aging effects like gray hair. The herb is confirmed to stimulate hair growth due to its impact on your hormone glands and zinc content. It works differently from commonly prescribed medicine for hair loss like Minoxidil because it promotes the growth of terminal hair. Terminal hair is the thick hair that you find in the middle of your head. Whereas, the Minoxidil produces thinner "baby hair" that is called vellus hair. You want the terminal hair! He Shou Wu can come in a few different forms. These forms include tea, a powder form, capsules, juice, oil, pills, shampoo, and supplements.

2) Ginseng

is a classic Chinese herb and one that is pretty common here in America. It is so common that there are two types of Ginseng, one in America. It is said to prevent hair loss due to its ability to generate dermal cells in the scalp. These cells reinforce the hair follicle making the hair stronger and more secure in the scalp. Incorporate ginseng into your hair treatment cycle by using natural oils infused with ginseng and massage it into your hair and scalp. You can also take ginseng supplements!

3) Gotu Kola

This is one of the most successful Chinese herbs used in treating hair loss. Referred to as the herb of longevity, Gotu Kola is used in both China and India to improve brain function, reduce stress, and is said to aid in the treatment of Alzheimer's allegedly. However, the most important benefit, in this case, is its ability to improve blood circulation. This herb promotes hair regrowth, which you need in the cases where the follicle has shed its hair and has laid dormant. Women experiencing female pattern baldness or alopecia due to old age should check with their acupuncturist to ensure that this herb gets incorporated into their treatment cycle. Luckily, Gotu Kola can be used in the forms of oil, extract, powder and capsules. Before your acupuncturist starts the process of sticking the needles in at the site of hair loss they will combine and mix of different herbs together and rub it on the site.

Cost and Safety Implications

Compared to be surgical options to restore hair that costs thousands of dollars, acupuncture is very affordable. It can be paid for by the session. Nevertheless, each case of hair loss varies in severity so is hard to know how many sessions each person will need. You can treat A mild case of hair loss with a course of 8 to 12 sessions. Regarding results, sometimes depending on the severity, it could take up to 6 months to start seeing any hair growth or reduction of hair loss. One individual session can range from 85 to $150 depending on where you live. Acupuncture is extremely safe. As long as you make sure that you see a licensed acupuncturist, your most significant risk would be having an allergic reaction to the herbs that they use. That is why it's essential to inquire about those ahead of time. Your practitioner can create a substitute blend for your scalp. You may think that the use of needles could mean that the procedure is an extremely high risk but the insertion is usually shallow.

Acupuncture for Hair Loss: Is it Worth Trying?

We all know that a full head of hair is a confidence booster. If you think that your hair loss is due to your poor diet choices, or it's just a symptom of something else going on with your body acupuncture is an excellent alternative method to help you decrease the swelling, minimize irritation, and get your scout back to a healthy place in which a hair follicle can produce hair. Not everyone wants to use chemicals to treat the ailments that they deal with on a day-to-day basis. To a lot of people, invasive surgery is also a non-negotiable when it comes to cosmetic issues. If you're one of those people, acupuncture is a holistic way to help you stop hair loss and really get your confidence back!
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The Truth About Postpartum Hair Loss

The Truth About Postpartum Hair Loss

Oh, Baby Where's My Hair?

So you've delivered your baby, but now you're losing more than that baby weight! If you've experienced hair loss after giving birth or while pregnant, you have been suffering 'postpartum hair loss.' At this stage you may be feeling like why is this happening to me, but postpartum hair loss is a common occurrence that has happened to many women before you.

How The Growth Cycle Changes

Like many other parts of the body such as the nose, hips, and feet change while pregnant hair changes as well. The terrific and horrible news about hair cycle changes is that it's temporary.

Regular Hair Growth Cycle Vs. Pregnancy Hair Growth

Regular Hair Growth Cycle

Before you are pregnant, your hair grows in normal stages that can vary based on your genetics and ethnicity. The hair goes through three stages anagen, catagen, and telogen phases.

1. Anagen Phase

Typically hair grows around half an inch a month. Hair growth can last from three to five years and up to seven years for some people. How long and how much the hair grows during the anagen stage depends on the person. Hair growth is determined by genetics and the flow of hormones except for chemical reactions or genetic diseases occurring on the scalp. During the anagen phase, the hair plants itself more in-depth into the scalp and form a bulb underneath the skin. The newer hair bulb will push the old one out of the way. Eventually, the hair will grow longer and break through the skin on the scalp.

2. Catagen Phase

Hair enters the catagen phase directly after the anagen phase finishes, and the hair bulb at the bottom detaches and moves up the hair shaft. The catagen phase is a time when the inner structure of the hair follicle matures and lasts about ten days.

3. Telogen Phase

The last phase of hair growth is the telogen phase and its the resting stage of the hair shaft. The hair remains in the telogen phase until it falls out and the process repeats. All of you hair follicles work on their own accord and grow through their anagen, catagen and telogen cycles at differing periods. This different growth cycle ensures that you shed hair at an average rate of 80 to 100 strands a day.

Pregnant Hair Growth Pattern

During pregnancy, the anagen phase often extended due to the influx of hormones in the body. With a more extended anagen phase, pregnant women enjoy longer, thicker hair and can see 'rapid' hair growth. Additionally, the hormones in pregnancy can increase how many hair follicles of the hair are in the anagen phase, also resulting in fewer hairs being in the telogen phase enabling pregnant women to grow and retain more hair strands at once. As mentioned, postpartum hair loss is temporary, and hair will replace itself. However, hair loss does not happen to every woman and is not guaranteed to occur or worsen with each pregnancy. A few lucky winners can keep that pregnancy hair long after they leave their baby bump behind.

Why Does Giving Birth Cause Hair Loss?

The act of giving birth itself does not onset the rate of hair loss. Postpartum hair loss occurs because of the decrease in hormones that causes the influx of hairs in the anagen phase and the faster pace of the growth cycle. Since the hormones decrease over time or completely absolved from the body, the hair no longer has the fuel that it used to. During pregnancy, the hair has fewer hairs in telogen and more in anagen, the reverse happens during childbirth, individuals have more follicles entering the telogen phase and few hairs in the anagen phase of the hair cycle. This switch accounts for how suddenly hair falls out.

How Long Does It Last?

Hair loss after childbirth can start either one to six months. The average woman sees hair loss at the third month after birth. Hair loss can last for up to six months or whenever the body naturally reverts to its normal hormone level. It can take anywhere from six to twelve months for hair to enter it's normal hair growth cycle again.

What To Expect When Regrowing Hair

Naturally, you want your hair to grow back which can be no easy feat to wait it out. Even celebrities like Toya Wright have taken to Instagram for asking for PostPartum hair loss regrowth tips, so here are a few if you are too anxious to allow nature to run its course! Eating a diet that is high in protein, vitamin D, and ferritin will aid your hair in regrowing. Hair vitamins and hair massages will also help stimulate hair growth. Although, keep in mind that there is no official treatment for postpartum hair loss. Keep in mind that your hair falling out doesn't mean that your hair was damaged at all, it's just regrowth not a full on hair repair! Though be sure to pay attention to your hair, if your hair regrowth takes longer than twelve months, or that your scalp is red or itchy it may be an underlying issue that is deeper than postpartum hair loss.

How To Deal With Postpartum Hair Loss

Mental and emotional factors go into hair loss whether disease or childbirth cause it. During and after pregnancy many bodily changes occur and seeing your hair change can be one of the toughest pills to swallow. However, it is essential to realize that this hair loss is temporary and does not define who you are as a person or a new mommy! One of the best ways to deal with postpartum hair loss is to make some time for yourself. As a new mom, 'me time' can be hard to obtain and painful to take but your body, hair, and mind will thank you.

It's Not Forever

Postpartum hair loss is not the end of the world. The main thing to keep in mind is that bringing your beautiful child into the world came with a few extra hurdles, but just like everything else, there's nothing you cannot get through! The extreme hair loss is temporary, and you and your hair will be back to your usual selves in no time.
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The Importance of Seeing A Dermatologist at the Onset of Hair Loss

The Importance of Seeing A Dermatologist at the Onset of Hair Loss

What Does A Dermatologist Have To Do With Hair?

Often when people think of dermatologist's they think of skin diseases, acne and perfecting perfect skin. However, hair loss is something they handle too. But a dermatologist is not only licensed to deal with skin issues. Dermatologists are doctors that specialize in medical treatments and diseases and conditions of the hair, skin, and nails. A dermatologist can make judgments based on the integrity of the hair, possible hair loss health conditions and skin or scalp issues that affect a person's hair.

A Dermatologist's Role Plays In Hair And Scalp Health

Like most people, whenever I have a hair issue, I run to google to figure out what's going on. And if Google can't help me, then I turn to my stylist to tell me what my next steps should be. Although cosmetologist focus on styling and growing healthy hair, they are not equipped to diagnose hair conditions or provide medical treatment. Dermatologist plays a crucial role in hair and scalp health. As doctors, dermatologists are knowledgeable about issues and procedures that work for scalp health and hair growth. For severe hair conditions, a dermatologist not hairstylist is the ones to perform laser hair surgery, hair grafts or hair implants, as well as scalp treatments and silicone injections. Dermatologist understands what makes the hair and scalp flourish as well as oddities in either one.

Why Should You See A Dermatologist At The Onset Of Hair Loss

If you suspect you're losing hair for superficial or underlying reasoning, it's best to give your hair a break from styling and see a dermatologist and cosmetologist. Seeing a dermatologist at the first signs of hair loss can save you money, hair and time. It is imperative to see a dermatologist as early as possible so that you can get an accurate diagnosis; you could believe your hair loss to be because of a lack of moisture and dismiss it. However, your hair loss can be due to diabetes, lack of nutrients or a severe hair loss condition like patterned baldness or alopecia. Early intervention can get your hair back on track to being healthy and slow your hair loss before your hair, scalp, and psyche suffer irreversible damage. Visiting the dermatologist early on will ensure that you know the cause of your hair loss and receive adequate treatment. Do not stay in the dark about your hair's weaknesses. If you have insurance, visits to the dermatologist covered if you are experiencing pain or other more profound symptoms along with your hair loss. Consequently, after diagnosis, your stay, as well as your treatment or medication, can be covered by your health insurance.

Recognizing Differences in Your Hair

Differences in your hair can tell you everything you need to know about your hair and bodily health. Dry and brittle hair can be a sign of low protein, oily hair can be signaling deeper health issues. Anemia or thyroid abnormalities are health issues that can be the cause of hair loss. To check for these conditions a simple blood test done at your doctor's office or a urine sample was taken. Changes to your hair and scalp might indicate health problems such as diabetes or lupus or any number of other conditions. It is essential to pay attention to the changes in your hair health.

Signs Of Hair Loss

Having a tender scalp during washing or brushing can be hinting at a bruised or weakened scalp and hint towards a more severe condition. Small bumps at the nape of the neck or edges are telltale signs of potential hair loss due to pulling and stressing of the hair follicles. Another sign of hair loss is thinning near the sides and in the middle of the hair or crown. Furthermore, be mindful of more frequent hair shedding.

Diseases or Deficiencies That Cause Hair Loss

Alopecia

Alopecia is a hair condition that results in severe hair loss and can be caused by genetics, or hair practices. There are a few different kinds of alopecia conditions. Since my mother suffers from Alopecia, I pay extra attention to the changes in my hair's texture, thickness or length. It is crucial for me to maintain a proper diet, and converse with a stylist and dermatologist more often. And lastly, the hair loss reason that has been on the rise the past few years is Traction Alopecia or hair loss due to pulling on the hair from tight braids or hair pieces. Typically, people who consistently pull on their hair with braids, weaves, frontals or tight buns suffer from traction alopecia.

Telogen Effluvium

Telogen Effluvium is a condition associated with excessive hair shedding of hair several months after the body experiences a major stressful event. This form of hair loss is the easiest to reverse and can subside over time.

Chemical Hair Damage

This type of hair becomes dry, and brittle and breaks off in pieces after being exposed to a chemical that is too harsh.

Genetics

Genetics plays a substantial role in how you will look, as well as what conditions or diseases you may attract. Hereditary balding or thinning is the most common cause of hair loss. The tendency to have thinned or balding hair can come from either the mother's or father's side of the family. Women with this trait develop thinning hair but do not become completely bald. The condition is called androgenetic alopecia, and it can start in the teens, twenties, or thirties. While there is no cure, medical treatments have recently become available that may help some people. One procedure involves applying a lotion, minoxidil, to the scalp twice a day. Another treatment for men is a daily pill containing finasteride; a drug that blocks the formation of the active male hormone in the hair follicle.

Pregnancy and Childbirth

Childbirth can be a significant factor in hair loss. While pregnant, your hair enters a stage of intense growth and flaunts its best self. I loved how thick and fluffy my hair grew during my pregnancy, and luckily I kept the length, sadly I lost the fullness since I gave birth. After a woman delivers her baby, many hairs enter the resting phase of the hair cycle. For some women, a lot of the hair gained during pregnancy will fall out shortly after childbirth. Two to three months later, some women will notice large amounts of hair coming out in their brushes and combs. The shedding of extra hair can last one to six months but resolves entirely in most cases. Although, everyone does not lose the hair that hormones and the influx of vitamins have allowed flourishing over time.

Skin Conditions That Contribute To Hair Loss

Skin conditions do generally not affect hair growth unless they spread onto the scalp or hairline. Tinea Capitis is a fungal infection that causes scales on your scalp and hair loss. Psoriasis is similar to eczema and causes thick and itchy rashes on the skin, and can lead into the scalp. The thickness of the dry patches of skin and rashes can hinder hair growth and cause temporary hair loss. If psoriasis or eczema turns out to be your case, do not attempt to scrape out the scabs. Pulling out the scaps irritate your scalp and thins out your hair. For scalp conditions that contribute to hair loss be sure to use mild shampoos like Aveeno products. Or you can use specially designed shampoos and conditioners that will treat and heal the broken and rash laden skin.

Playing Your Part To Combat Hair Loss and Unhealthy Scalp

Hair loss caused by a multitude of uncontrollable things like skin conditions, genetics, and immune deficiencies, some practices can contribute to hair loss. So here are a few tips to combat hair loss:

1. Avoiding Harsh Chemicals

Using harsh chemicals in your hair can worsen your preexisting hair or scalp conditions, and weaken your hair's chemical makeup. Chemicals like harsh and frequent dying, relaxers, perms and texturizers strip hair of natural oils and break down amino acids in the hair. Additionally, chemical processing alters the structure of your hair follicle and makes hair prone to breakage. However, these chemicals can be used on hair when used by a professional and added to the hair infrequently.

2. Axing Bad Hair Practices

Lousy hair practices can expedite how fast you lose your hair or if you lose it at all. Hair loss and breakage can occur when hair is dry, brittle, pulled on or manipulated too often. For things like traction alopecia and chemically damaged hair, hair loss is not inevitable but avoidable. Do not use too much heat, add harsh chemicals or style hair too frequently.

3. Strengthening Your Hair and Scalp from the Inside Out

The quickest and easiest way to restore your hair is to nourish your hair from the inside out. Good hair begins in the body, travels to the scalp and sprouts from the root, hair health isn't merely what you put on your scalp, it's about the building blocks of your hair. Taking vitamins, drinking water, and increasing your vitamin and mineral intake will help combat hair loss. One way to get the essentials you need for a strong hair foundation is to take vitamins daily or weekly. Vitamins such as lysine, biotin, name brand hair vitamins/ supplements such as Hair Infinity, will boost the levels of protein, amino acids, and biotin in your system, which are all nutrients needed to have healthy hair. Water is the holy grail of hair! It flushes your system, helps clear your skin and encourages blood flow to your scalp. Water will hydrate your hair from the inside out. Altering your diet to include foods that build the strength of your hair is vital to hair health. Vitamin B, fatty acids, protein, biotin, and zinc will encourage hair growth and decrease the chances of hair loss and found in everyday meals. Foods that are good for the hair include fish, nuts, eggs, beans and leafy vegetables.

4. Establishing A Solid Hair Care Regimen

A stable hair care regimen means that you not only eat great foods that feed your hair coupled with gallons of water or that you avoid harsh chemicals. It means that you establish a routine that promotes hair health. Take breaks in between styles that pull and strain your hair follicles. Avoid the excessive use of protective methods and heavy heated techniques. Try to get your hair trimmed when needed to reduce the breakage that can travel up the hair shaft; trims are recommended every six to eight weeks but vary from person to person. Additionally, deep condition your hair with products that target your hair weaknesses.

The Importance of Seeing A Dermatologist at the Onset of Hair Loss

Dermatology encompasses more than skin, and it reaches to treat and examine the conditions of both hair, nails and skin. Since hair loss can come from genetics, spontaneous diseases, hair practices, and skin conditions, it is essential to look beyond your hair and seek out the help of a skin care and hair professional. A dermatologist can spot conditions like alopecia and psoriasis. Dermatologists recognize the signs of balding by examing the skin, taking blood samples and looking over your health history. These healthcare professionals can provide medication and treatment, a step higher than self-diagnosis or advice from a trusted stylist. Dermatologists are often more helpful than hairstylists because they are prepared to look beneath the condition of your hair and get to the root of your hair loss issues.
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Save Your Hairstyles & Reduce Scalp Sweating

Save Your Hairstyles & Reduce Scalp Sweating

Sweating Is A Natural

Our body’s natural response to cool itself is to sweat, but as we all know sweating can cause problems. One problem being scalp sweating which can ruin a hairstyle. We all love the summertime; the sun, the pool parties, the beaches. It is a time of the year where its hard to decide what to do with our hair. You don't want to press your hair out because it can sweat out, it becomes too hot for hair weave, but sometimes we get tired of braids. On top of our bodies being hot during the summer, so does our scalp. Our scalp sweats way too much which can ruin a hairstyle. Our scalp doesn't just wait until the summertime to sweat; it can sweat during daily activities like exercising. At any moment during the year, our scalp can become oily and then creates sweat. Medical conditions can also cause our scalps to sweat more than usual.

Causes of Scalp Sweating

Besides the apparent heat of the weather, excessive scalp sweating can be due to a medical condition. Many people may not even know that sweating a lot can be a condition beyond your control but that you can manage. Another primary cause of excessive scalp sweating can be mental as well.

Overactive sweat glands

When you suffer from overactive sweat glands, you will sweat an excessive amount. Overactive sweat glands become overactive by alcoholism, diabetes, heart problems, menopause, and weight gain. Overactive sweat glands can mean that you possibly have hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is a very common disorder which causes excessive sweating. This disorder mainly is focused on the sweat of the face, head, hands, and scalp. With this disorder, the affected glands aren't just set off by one particular thing. There is no real medical cause for this condition; it is almost a random disorder that can run in your family. Many people could have this condition and not even know it because they think its normal to sweat. People who suffer from this condition can have a hard time wearing certain hairstyles and making them last. If you think you suffer from hormonal imbalance or damage to your nervous system, please see a doctor if you have hyperhidrosis or not.

Stress and Anxiety

People underestimate how powerful stress can be. Stress and anxiety can cause us to excessively sweat whether we are consciously stressing or not. Both stress and anxiety cause our body’s temperature to increase which the cause the sweating. If you take any medications for your anxiety, be careful as a side effect could also be sweating.

Hot, Humid Weather

This one is a no-brainer! When in extreme heat, our body instantly begins to sweat. For us natural ladies, that make our hair go from straight to a frizzy fro. Similar to the effects of stress and anxiety, hot weather can cause our bodies to become extremely hot and sweat acts as a coolant.

Braids Can Keep You Cool

Braids are always the go-to hairstyle during the summer time. Not only are braids convenient to wear but they also allow your scalp to breathe and get the proper air it needs; which helps with reducing scalp sweating. Getting braids is one of the best styles to get to keep your head cool, alongside buns and ponytails. Rarely will your scalp sweat when you wear braids because nothing is covering your scalp, it can breathe. Feed in braids and box braids are great for hot weather, they keep your head cool and will last through the scalp sweat. Other styles help keep you cool during warm weather which acts as alternatives to braids. But braids are the best for your scalp when it needs some air.

Alternatives to Reduce A Sweaty Scalp

Regardless if you suffer from a condition that causes the sweating or not, there are always natural alternatives to help reduce a sweaty scalp.

Dry Shampoo

I usually do not recommend the use of dry shampoo for women of color who are natural but in this case it does help. Sometimes our favorite shampoos can cause our hair to become oily, which when triggered by weather, stress, etc. can lead to our scalp sweating. There are some over the counter medicated shampoos that you can use, but if you aren't too sure about that, dry shampoo is the way to go. Dry shampoos should be lightly applied to your scalp and worked into your roots so that it can absorb any excess moisture causing the sweat.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a miracle for skin, body, and hair. Because of its acidic nature, it helps to balance the body’s ph. Not only can ACV help cure any itchy scalp, but it can also reduce the sweating of the scalp as well. Add a tablespoon or two (depending on how bad the sweat is) to a cup of water and pour the solution onto your scalp. Let this solution soak and works its magic for at least thirty minutes before rinsing out. This alternative helps to control the secretions of sweat.

Lemon Juice

Do not apply lemon juice directly onto your hair without diluting it with water. Too much of an acidic thing can cause irritation and even a slight burned scalp. Similar to acv, lemon juice also helps to stop the secretions of sweat on your scalp. Mix a small amount of lemon juice to warm water and apply to your hair and let sit for no more than ten minutes.

Stop Excessive Head Sweating

While sweating sometimes is uncontrollable, you can manage it. Instead, it's by making lifestyle changes, diet changes, health changes and even mental changes; you can stop excessive scalp sweating.
  • Wash your face regularly, day and night. Excess oil and dirt can be built up causing sweating once the area makes contact with the sunlight, warm weather, etc.
  • Make sure you are washing your hair with a clarifying shampoo, it helps with pulling out any extra oils and dirt.
  • Eat less spicy foods. A lot of spices and a lot of garlic lead to a sweaty scalp.
  • Pay attention to the patterns you see when you begin to sweat, if preventable.
  • Try to remove any stressors out of your life
  • Invest in hydrating shampoos
  • Use more vitamin E and argan oil on your hair.
  • Work out with a cotton headband on, and hair pulled up out of your face
  • Use a spray leave-in conditioner on your hair before hitting the gym; this will help your hair not to sweat as much
  • Meditate

Know The Causes, Fight The Symptoms and Stop Scalp Sweating

I know how annoying sweating can be, especially from your scalp but there is a way to reduce and in some cases stop scalp sweating. During mild and hot seasons, wear hairstyles that keep you and your scalp cool. Make lifestyle changes to reduce the chance of excessive scalp sweating. Know what causes your scalp to sweat and seek medical attention if necessary. Remember sharing is caring!
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