Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Brushing Your Way towards Healthier Hair

Brushing is an important regimen that helps promote healthier hair. Not only does it keeps the hair knot-free and easily manageable but it also stimulates better circulation and promotes shiny locks by evenly distributing the sebum throughout the scalp.

Hair brushing also produces other benefits like relaxation since it creates a massage-like motion when applied on the scalp. However, over brushing produces negative effects on the quality of the hair, making the strands brittle and breakable.

Much like the act of over brushing the hair, using the wrong comb or brush and applying the wrong brushing techniques can yield harmful effects on the hair. That being said, it is significant to know the right type of hairbrush that should be used in order to promote the growth of stronger and healthier tresses. Since hairbrushes are created for various purposes—some are used for hairstyling while others are used to tame wild flyaways and untangle knots—it is vital to find the right hairbrush that can keep the locks in better quality at the same time avoid damaging the follicles.

The following are the various types of hairbrushes.

• Cushioned Hairbrush. A type of brush that is ideal for people with medium to long hair length. It can be used for smoothing and straightening the hair. Cushioned hairbrush also helps prevent hair breakage and damage.

• Flat Thermal Hairbrush. A type of brush that is used to help stretch out the hair, giving a complete even, smooth and straight hairstyle.

• Military Hairbrush. A type of brush that is characterized by a light colored natural bristle that is easy on the hair. Military hairbrush, which is a handless brush, is commonly used by men and comes in various sizes and materials.

• Oval Hairbrush. A type of brush that is used to straighten the hair strands. Oval hairbrushes do not add much volume to the hair.

• Paddle Hairbrush. A type of brush with a wide or large flat base. Paddle hairbrush is used to flatten and straighten the hair, tame fly-aways and free tangles. It can also be used for untidy and unkempt hair that is difficult to manage.

• Round Thermal Hairbrush. A type of hairbrush that works best when paired with a hair dryer to create the desired style. Round thermal hair brush comes in different width and sizes to add different style or shape to the hair. The smaller the brush, the tighter the curls it will create.

• Sculpting Hairbrush. A type of hairbrush used to add volume to hairstyles and good for both long and short hair. It is made out of different materials and comes in different sizes. It is particularly useful for back-combing. Sculpting hairbruchis a versatile and useful toot that is considered by many to be a hair care essential.
• Vent Hairbrush. A type of brush that is used for blow drying because its large holes allow air to move freely through the brush. Vent hairbrush is great for short hairstyles. It is good in freeing tangles and adds volume to the hair.

• Wire Hairbrush. A type of brush that works best on thick hair as they may be too harsh on the scalp for people with finer hair types. It also works well on curly hair.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Stop Hair Loss and Regrow Hair: Leimo Offers Free Trial Kits

Hair loss specialist, Leimo is offering a limited-time 30-day free trial of the Personal Hair Laser Starter Kit to Australian residents. With this trial, interested ones can enjoy a kit that contains everything they need to prevent further hair loss, stimulate hair growth, and restore hair health – all at the same time.

The Personal Hair Laser Starter Kit involves a cleanse-prevent-and-restore regimen using five organic-based wet products and a medical hair laser device. This range is professionally collected to produce a synergistic effect against hair loss while offering complete safety to the users.

Cleanse, Prevent, and Restore Regimen with the Personal Hair Laser Starter Kit

Step 1: Cleanse

The Bio Cleansing Shampoo helps to get rid of dirt, excess sebum and product build-up to maintain a clean and healthy environment for hair growth. After cleansing, use the Thickening Conditioner, which is specially formulated to nourish, thicken, and moisturize, so hair is left stronger, thicker, and shinier. Completing the cleansing and nourishing process, the Scalp & Body Scrub exfoliates skin debris and pore-clogging grime, thus restoring the scalp’s smooth texture.

Step 2: Prevent

Prevent further hair loss through the Scalp Therapy Day Treatment and the Scalp Serum Night Treatment.

The Scalp Therapy Day Treatment is an advanced formulation of high-grade saw palmetto extracts, which block the hair loss-causing action of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) on the hair follicles. Specifically, it blocks type I 5-alpha reductase from producing DHT.

The Scalp Serum Night Treatment is an ultra-concentrated formulation that helps to restore healthier and fuller hair by compelling hair follicles to enter into the growth phase.

Step 3: Restore

Stimulate new hair growth through the Leimo Personal Hair Laser. It is a handheld medical device integrated with two of the most innovative photo-biostimulation technologies: Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) and Light Emitting Diode Therapy (LEDT).

The Leimo Personal Hair Laser is the world’s first cordless laser device intended for hair growth stimulation. It has no reported side effects and suitable for men and women with mild to moderate hair loss.

The Leimo 30-Day Free Trial is a good opportunity for Australians with hair loss to recover what they lost and preserve what they have in the mere comforts of their homes. Learn more about it. Contact Leimo at 1800-280-250 or visit www.leimo.com.au.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Castor Oil – A Natural Hair Growth Elixir

Although hair is not essential to life, it is of enough cosmetic value to provoke unease in anyone when it begins thinning or balding.

Hair loss and hair thinning is commonly seen in adults, but in some cases, adolescents are also suffering from hair loss problems. Among hair loss treatments, herbal hair loss remedy is known as one of the best possible solutions. These hair loss remedies were often employed to treat or reverse hair loss. In most cases, sufferers don’t realize how large a part hygiene and diet play in the health of the scalp and hair.

Wikipedia describes castor oil as a vegetable oil obtained from the castor bean (technically castor seed of the castor plant). Castor oil has long been used throughout history. It was reportedly used for medicinal purposes in Ancient Egypt and in the early middle ages in Europe. It was then regarded as a folk medicine.

Hair growth treatment by means of castor oil has long been recognized in the alternative health field. It is considered a type of natural hair oil for baldness, which is actually a result of many factors such as your genetics, diet, stress level, environment and lifestyle.

Given below are some of the benefits of using castor oil for hair growth:

•    Nourishes the scalp and hair and prevents dryness.
•    Promotes hair growth and makes hair thicker and fuller.
•    Removes the dead cells and prevents dandruff.
•    Reduces and controls hair damage.
•    Helps get rid of frizzy or unmanageable hair
•    Prevents split ends from forming.
•    Helps get rid of head lice and nits.
•    Effectively eliminates bacterial and fungal growth in the scalp.

Given below is a castor oil treatment that works well for people experiencing hair loss or hair thinning:

•    Apply the oil to your scalp and hair roots.
•    Wear a plastic cap.
•    Use a towel to wrap your hair.
•    Leave the oil in your hair overnight.
•    In the morning, shampoo your hair to remove the oil, making sure that your scalp is clean.

Using castor oil on your hair is just one of the strategies to encourage hair growth. Having a healthy diet, taking essential hair supplements (which contain essential hair vitamins), getting enough sleep and regular exercise will also help you grow your hair back longer, thicker and stronger.

5 Harmful Ingredients to Avoid in a Hair Care Product

Most customers base their buying decisions on a hair care product’s colorful packaging and fragrant smell, without taking a second look at the ingredients contained in its alluring bottle.

The spur-of-the-moment inclination to pick a product base on its attractive packaging, no matter how tempting, should be avoided at all cost. This is for the reason that some hair care products contain harsh chemical ingredients that can trigger the onset of hair problems such as dandruff, frizzes and split-ends.  What’s worse, the chemical ingredients contained in this hair and scalp products can damage the hair follicles, resulting to the onset of hair loss and hair thinning conditions.

So, before buying your own hair and scalp care products, prevent the possibilities of damage by learning five (5) of the most detrimental chemical components that a consumer must avoid in order to promote thicker, fuller and healthier hair —minus the risk of side effects.

1.       Formaldehyde. This poisonous gas, which is made by oxidizing methanol, is used as a shampoo ingredient due to its ability to by inhibit the growth or action of microorganisms. Formaldehyde is said to be a cancer-causing element; overexposure to this harmful chemical may damage the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) as well as induce the onset of hair loss and hair thinning problems.

2.       Phthalate ester. This organic compound of phthalic acid is commonly used as plasticizer, a material combined with plastic to boost its flexibility, transparency, durability and longevity. Phthalate is used as fragrance in shampoos since it has a “delicious” smell. However, this chemical has been found to cause birth defects, liver cancers and hormonal disruptions.

3.       Sodium Chloride. This colorless crystalline compound, commonly known as table salt, is used as a thickening agent in hair care products that contain sodium lauryl sulfate. Sodium chloride may induce problems like eye irritation as well as dry and itchy scalp.

4.       Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). This crystalline sodium salt, which acts as a cleansing agent to remove oil or grease off the scalp, may induce scalp and skin irritation. It also causes damage to the hair follicles, leading to the onset of hair loss and hair thinning condition. SLS weakens the immune system, making it a dangerous element that can cause harmful effects on a person’s health.

5.       Surfactant or Surface Active Ingredient. This compound usually acts as a wetting agent, emulsifier, dispersant, detergent and foaming agent. Surfactant found in hair care products such as shampoos may vary in levels of concentration. Hence, extreme levels of surfactant may induce scalp irritations and allergic reactions.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Hair Care 101: Protecting the Hair against Sun Damage

It’s clear that summer is upon us. With the school days off, who doesn’t want to take a holiday trip and visit the best places—in town or out of town—for a fun-filled adventure?

Yes, everyone wants to bask in the sunny glow, especially to get a tan. But do you know that the scorching heat of the sun may cause serious skin problems as well as hair damage?

Those UV rays can take a toll on the quality of your hair, causing it to become discoloured, dry, frizzy, dull and lifeless. Luckily, there are ways on how to keep your locks healthy and shiny despite the heat of the sun. By learning these summer hair care tips, you can prevent the onset of hair problems like split-ends, breakage and hair loss. What’s more, you can rest assured that your hair is damage-free, healthy, shiny and beautiful as always.

Hair Care Tip #1: Protect your hair against the UV rays.

To prevent your hair from the damaging effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays, make sure to avoid being under the sun for a long period of time. In addition, avoid the UV rays when they’re at their peak. That means you need to avoid doing outdoor activities from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. But, if you really want to enjoy the summer sun then protect your hair from the scorching heat with the help of umbrellas and headgears.

Hair Care Tip #2: Use an SPF lotion.

To avoid having bad hair days during the summer season, make sure to look for an SPF hair lotion. Look for hair care products with SPF or sunscreen protection to avoid the onset of hair dryness and dullness.

Hair Care Tip #3: Consider wearing a swimming cap.

The chlorinated pool and sea water combined with the scorching heat of the sun may dry out your strands and cause hair discoloration. That being the case, to protect your hair strands from these harsh elements, you need to consider using a swimming cap everytime you want a dip in the pool or the beach.

Hair Care Tip #4: Wear headgears like hats, scarves and caps.

To help protect your hair against the harsh effects of the UV rays, make it a point to use a wide-brimmed hat or wear a scarf. You can also tie your tresses into a simple style like a braid, a twist or a bun to minimize the amount of hair exposed to the sun.

Hair Care Tip #5: Apply a leave-in conditioner.

Before hitting the beach or swimming pool, make sure to apply a leave-in conditioner on the entire scalp and the hair strands to provide protection against the harsh elements like the UV rays, and salt and chlorinated water.

3 Helpful Tips in Finding the Suitable Hair Care Shampoo

When you walk down a grocery store aisle looking for hair care products, you will notice various shelves containing all types of shampoos in different sizes, colors and fragrances. The huge selection of hair care shampoos makes it hard for us to choose the one that is most suitable for our hair condition.

That being the case, before you go shopping for a hair care shampoo that fits your need, it is important to know its content. Learning the kind of ingredients contained in the shampoo will aid you in choosing the best product that can help encourage the growth of fuller, thicker and healthier mane.

Here are the three essential guidelines to help you choose the right shampoo to attain radiant and healthier-looking hair.

1.       Opt for a shampoo with the right ingredients.

Make sure to choose hair care products that contain various essences of herbs. Chamomile, lavender, horsetail and rosemary are herbs that help prevent the onset of hair thinning and hair loss conditions. On the other part, herbs like green tea, olive and tea tree aid in stopping the overproduction of sebum, keeping dandruff under control as well as preventing itchy and flaky scalp. You also need to stay away from shampoos that contain harsh chemical ingredients such as sodium chloride, phthalates, methylchloroisothiazolinone, formaldehyde and sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) since all of these elements weaken the hair follicles and cause scalp irritation.

2.       Choose a shampoo with essential vitamins.

Vitamins (e.g., protein, biotin and inositol) and amino acids (e.g., methionine and cysteine) add volume and body as well as promote lustrous hair strands. All of these elements also help nourish and strengthen the hair follicles, thereby encouraging the growth of thicker, fuller and shinier mane.

A hair care shampoo that is enriched with these essential elements will be the most suitable product to help restore the beauty and health of the hair strands. Although you won’t be able to find all of these ingredients in a single shampoo, you can choose the one that contains several of them.

3.       Pick a shampoo that is pH-balanced.

To maintain the radiance and the health of the hair strands, it is essential to choose a shampoo with a “ph-balanced” labeled on its bottle. Since a ph-balanced shampoo helps close the outer layer of the skin (cuticle layer), it prevents the inner layer (cortex) from becoming damaged or prone to inflammation.

Bear in mind that good quality hair care shampoos should have a pH level of 5–7. The ones that contain pH level that are lower or higher than 5–7 may strip off the natural sebum in the scalp, thereby making the hair duller and drier, resulting in the onset of breakage, split-ends and hair fall.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Yoga against Hair Loss

The ancient art of yoga has been practiced since 3,000 B.C. Although seen mostly as a form of physical fitness in the West, it is a philosophical practice.

Today, yoga is used to gain strength and flexibility, relieve stress and anxiety and even treat certain health conditions. There are a number of different styles of yoga. There are postures that facilitate the reduction of extreme stress, indigestion, anxiety and poor blood circulation in the head, all of which cause hair loss.

The following are some of the yoga postures which can help you remove stress and improve blood circulation in the head. These postures can also help increase energy and blood flow to the scalp to encourage hair growth.

    Sirsasana (Headstand)
    Pavanmuktasana (Wind Releasing Pose)
    Vajrasana (Diamond Pose)
    Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand)
    Uttanasana (Bending straight forward pose)
    Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward facing dog pose)
    Ustrasana (Camel pose)
    Sasangasana (Rabbit Pose)

Apart from practicing these yoga postures, one can try massage therapy for hair loss problems. cause of hair loss leimoYou can take 3-5 minutes of gentle head message by using your fingertips, which will improve blood flow to the hair follicles and help hair growth.

Many hair experts advocate head massage with hot oil to increase hair growth. The best oils for this massage are castor oil, almond oil, coconut oil and olive oil. You can even use a combination of these oils. This gentle massage promotes blood circulation in the scalp and strengthens hair roots and follicles, which can promote hair growth. Regular oil massages can strengthen the hair and improve their overall texture and health.

Another yogic technique used to treat loss of hair is called Balayam. Balayam is a type of massage in which the nails of each finger are rubbed briskly for about four to five minutes per day. This can be done by placing one finger at a time, beginning with the index finger of one hand, on the thumb of the other and using the opposite index finger to rub or buff the top of the fingernail for about a half a minute. This process is repeated for each finger on both hands.

Meditation is another way to overcome hair loss problems as it can control stress. Sit in proper pose and observe your breathing.

Regular yoga practice can help alleviate stress and energize the body. Because stress is one of the contributing factors to hair loss, yoga provides a viable option for reducing or even reversing its effects. In fact, the good thing about practicing yoga poses to prevent further loss of hair is that you are not only rejuvenating hair growth but also reaping the benefits that yoga will have on your entire body.