Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Hair Loss Facts and Treatments

Normally, people are losing up to 50-100 hair everyday through washing and combing. These hairs should be replaced of the same amount in the same hair follicle. If you're losing more hair than the usual, there might be something wrong and you must act to prevent it from happening. 

Studies show that people who has vitamin deficiency is more prone for having hair loss so make sure that you are getting right amount of vitamins and of course, eating a balance diet is a very effective hair loss treatment.

Vitamins that are rich in A, B, C and E are good source in preventing hair to fall out. These vitamins have nutrients that will make hair shafts stronger. Green leafy vegetables are good source of Vitamin A, it helps produce oil that will help protect and give more health to your hair and the Vitamin E is an anti oxidant and will help increase the blood circulation in the scalp and Vitamins B and C provides more oxygen that carried by the blood and will give more nutrients and minerals to the hair follicles which will make hair grows longer and stronger.

Reviews shows that foods high in sugar food can speed up the ageing process and encourage hairloss, in addition,  foods that  high in salt can reduce the zinc (has the key to the growth of healthy hair) and can cause more hair fall. Excessive amount of caffeine intake can formulate stress. It has been found that people who are stressed out experience more hair loss than those who don't. A balance diet plays a major role not just in our health but also in making our scalp and hair healthier.

According to medical studies, green tea is effective in treating hair loss as it is shown to be an effective inhibitor of type 1 alpha- reductase and it gives softness to the hair. Oils are also a very good remedy for hairloss and it increases hair re growth. Drinking a lot of water with help strengthen the hair, so include in your routine to drink plenty of water every day.

There are also available simple yet effective home remedies on how to prevent unwanted hair fall. Hair should be washed properly everyday and as much as possible take a bath in cold water and also one way to prevent too much hair fall is by treating the hair properly and make it a habit in massaging the scalp for like 2-3 minutes every day so that the blood will circulate properly in the scalp. It is also essential to choose the right Shampoo and Conditioner which suits for your hair type as these products has the right amount of chemical which lessen hair fall. Some people underrate the power of shampoos and conditioner, it will not just clean the scalp but it also makes hair become thicker and stronger.

Hairloss is one of the common disorders in the world, and before you do something about it, see a dermatologist so you can determine the cause and do the right treatment.
source: www.leimo.co.uk

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Causes of Hair Loss

“Ana? Oh, that skinny lady with a long, black, shiny hair!  Yea I remember now.”

“Luke? Oh, that tall, handsome, but bald hockey guy?  I remember now!”

Our hair is important.  It is one of the long lists of things that define who we are and how we are remembered by the society.

But hearing about “hair loss” does not normally cause panic to someone as compared to hearing about “losing one’s finger” or “losing one’s eyesight”.  But once you start to experience it, it becomes something that haunts you even in your sleep.

While it is normal to shed of 50-100 hair strands every day, it should alarm someone if he loses more than that on a daily basis.  Abnormal hair loss cannot just happen.  There must be a reason why someone’s hair will fall out – be it mild or severe.  There are many listed causes of hair loss


Hereditary hair loss is the most common form of hair loss and is usually mistaken as a normal occurrence on ageing people.  Hereditary Hair loss, also known as Androgenetic Alopecia or Male & Female Pattern Baldness has a very predictable pattern.  By simply looking at your family’s history of baldness, you can be guided in predicting your own pattern of hair loss.  So if you’re parents, or grandparents, or even your extended family experienced hair loss, you are most likely to inherit that. 


Sudden hormonal changes cause hair loss including child birth, discontinuing birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, underactive or over active thyroid.


Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease wherein then antibodies mistakenly attack the hair follicles and hair falls out in small, round patches.  This attack causes inflammation of the hair root, which weakens and ultimately dies, & stops producing hair.  These small round patches, usually 5 cms in diameter, come and go. 


Hair or Scalp trauma also causes hair loss. 
Traction Alopecia - Tight ponytails pull the hair margins up causing the hairlines to recede.  Trichotillomania - An impulse control disorder, a stress response similar to nail biting, causes one to pull or twist the hair until it breaks off, or rub their hair when they are nervous


Tinea capitis is the ringworm of the scalp and is highly contagious.  The fungi may invade hairshafts or follicles beyond the skin level causing serious hair losses or breakage.


Some medications and long term illness cause hair loss.  Chemotherapy for cancer is one obvious example. 

There is actually no “CURE” for hair loss.  What we can do is prevent it from getting worse and save whatever hair is left on the scalp.

There are already a number of treatments out in the market to prevent hereditary hair loss from getting worse.  Hair loss due to hormonal changes can sometimes be reversed once the problem is treated.  Alopecia Areata, in some cases may be treated, but in some, may not.  Hair loss caused by hair trauma will eventually be reversed once the “unlikely” habits are controlled.  Tinea Capitis can be treated with anti-fungal medications.  Hair loss caused by medication and illness may also be reversed after the treatment is finished.  While all these “treatment” and “reversal” may not be true for all cases, chances are there.  Your hair is important; give your best to save it!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Best Hair Loss Shampoo Survey

We definitely choose the right thing for us when it comes to our hair.  As much as how expensive or affordable it is as long as we get the satisfaction and result that we are aiming for, money doesn’t matter. We always make it a point that we find a way to be able to try one kind that’s suitable for the type of hair that we have.


One usually does that when choosing a certain brand in the store or shop.   A lot to choose from but one thing to consider is, if that trademark would make our crowning glory healthy and strong.  Envied by many and a satisfaction to one self. 

What does it take for a certain shampoo to be as effective and beneficial especially if one is experiencing hair loss?  Would you take anything from the shelves or you must take time to check what are its ingredients, where it is manufactured, expiration date, directions on how to use it, etc.  Might as well take a look at the model that’s embossed on the bottle, which would be the reflection of what your hair would look if you use it.  Marketing strategy it is.

But one thing that really matters is, if that product would really be of great help to you.

A little glimpse of the conversation I had with my fellow colleagues:

Jaz - I would rather go with the one that’s affordable.  In that case if it will not work for me, I can buy another one. It is just a matter of testing the market of what brand would work for me.

Mine – I’d prefer brands that are popularly known and used by Hollywood celebrities.  In that way, I will also feel like I’m a celebrity.  It would really be a satisfaction for me.

Kaye – Though it is expensive, as long as it is made of natural ingredients.  It doesn’t matter how much I spend as long as it suits my hair type. Natural ingredients are the best option like what I’m using right now.  And I’ve heard a lot of people using it and it gained a lot of positive comments.

Alie – One I’ve grown up with.  In that way, it is already tried and tested by my parents and elders.  In short, it has already been proved that it works.

Cas – Those that are highly recommended by friends.  If I have observed that it really works on her, that I saw a different aura in her, then that is what you call effective.

Marg – I usually experiment those that were advertised on television.  It is like a trial and error process.  Though it is really a hassle on my part but patience is what it takes to achieve my goal.

Euni – One that is suitable for me.  It is really important that if I buy a certain product, I get something out of it.

Bea – Beneficial to one self and I can have it for everyday use and won’t cause breakage.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Facts About Hair Loss in Men and Women

Hair loss is a very distressing occurrence for both men and women. Hair loss occurs naturally everyday and increases with age.  Mostly are deeply concerned about the condition of their hair and will do anything just to prevent further hair loss or to re-grow hair.  There are a lots of products  that claim to promote hair growth and prevent thinning hair however some of them cause dangerous side effects. Hair loss for  both men and women can be caused be a wide variety of other  nutritional and medical issues.  Hormonal problem is one of the reasons for hair loss, as can deficiencies in numerous vitamins such as vitamin E, vitamin D or Vitamin A.  The hormonal process of testosterone converting to DHT or Dihydrotestosterone, which then harms hair follicles, happens in both men and women.

The most common type of hair loss in women occurs in a diffuse pattern. Diffuse hair loss is most often hereditary, but it can also be caused by underlying medical conditions, medications, and other factors. Hereditary baldness in women, also called female pattern alopecia, is genetic and can come either the mother’s or father’s side of the family. It is caused by the actions of two enzymes; aromatase (which is found predominantly in women) and 5-a reductase (which is found in both women and men). Women have half the amount of 5-a reductase compared to men, but have higher levels of the enzyme aromatase, especially at their frontal hairline. Aromatase is responsible for the formation of the female hormones estrone and estradiol. It also decreases the formation of DHT. Its presence in women may help to explain why the presentation of female hair loss is so different than in males, particularly with respect to the preservation of the frontal hairline.

Common cause of hair loss in men is Androgenetic alopecia, also referred to as “male pattern” or “common” baldness. It is caused by the effects of the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) on genetically susceptible scalp hair follicles. Androgenetic hair loss is caused by three interdependent factors: genes, hormones, and age. 

Genes -common baldness cannot occur without the presence of specific inherited genes. These genes can be passed on by either parent. A gene is a single bit of chemically encoded hereditary instruction that is located on a chromosome and actually represents a tiny segment of DNA. 

Hormones -  it is  biochemical substances that are made in various glands throughout the body. These glands secrete their products directly into the bloodstream so that the chemical they make is spread throughout the body. These chemicals are very powerful so that only minute amounts of them have profound effects upon the body.

Age - The presence of the necessary genes and hormones is not alone sufficient to cause baldness. Even after a person has reached puberty, susceptible hair follicles must continually be exposed to the hormone over a period of time for hair loss to occur. The age at which these effects finally manifest themselves varies from one individual to another and is related to a person’s genetic composition and to the levels of testosterone in the bloodstream. Male hair loss does not occur all at once nor in a steady, straight-line progression. Hair loss is characteristically cyclical. People who are losing their hair experience alternating periods of slow and rapid hair loss and even stability. Many of the reasons that hair loss rates speed up and speed down are unknown, but we do know that with age, a person’s total hair volume will decrease.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Do you consider the bald look?

If you are a man, people will presumably find the bald look okay because there are a lot of guys out there that look good even if they’re bald just like Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum or Vin Diesel. However, a style that looks great on one guy might not look good on you so you may want to think it over before you consider the new look.

For me, bald guys are just okay and it’s no big deal since they say balding or thinning of hair is a normal part of aging process but if you are female? Getting bald patches in your head is not acceptable and is never going to be okay.

Thinning of hair or baldness is normal when a person is getting older, this is normal especially in people ages 40 and above. Although, hair loss can happen at any age and range, it appears more often among the elderly. There are multiple causes of hair loss, it could be due to hereditary hair loss or it may be linked to some medical conditions, medications, stress, poor diet, hormonal imbalance, thyroid malfunction, injury and impairment.

What are you going do to stop your hair from falling out?

If you are 50 year old guy with a receding hair line, you may want to comb your hair forward to cover the bald spots or areas that are already showing your scalp. On the other hand, if you are 50 year old woman whose hair is thinning on top or has a bald patch on the sides of your head, maybe you’re not too bothered about it because you still have few hair to cover it. Old guys may consider themselves bald but what about men and women on their mid 20’s whose losing hair at an early age?

Here’s how to stop hair loss

Take care of your hair

Use mild hair care products and avoid frequent use of heat based styling products and chemicals such as curling iron, straightening iron, hair dryer hair perm and colors.

Girls you don’t have to mimic hairstyle that you saw on TV just to grab people's attention. I know it helps us women stand out and give us more confidence. But did you ever ask yourself what karma to gain for all the hype your looks received?
Changing your hairstyle several times a year without proper treatment will give you three things to worry; hair breakage, split ends and worst is hair loss. There is no cure for hair loss because it's not within our control but proper hair care is believed to be the beginning of having a fuller healthy hair.

Learn how to manage stress

Hair loss due to stress could be a warning signal that you're overdoing things. It’s time to relax!  take time away from caretaking duties to take care of yourself, exercise regularly and be happy!

Consider Treatments

They said prevention is better than cure. It’s better to save the looks and hair that you got than lose it forever. There are a lot of hair loss products out there in the market today to choose from but a few are really worth looking into


There are numerous topical treatments that claim to minimize dyhydrotestosterone (DHT) in the scalp.  It is believed to revitalize shrunken hair follicles so they increase in size, but how it exactly works is unproven.

Minoxidil has been approved by FDA for the treatment of male pattern baldness. The drug was originally used to treat high blood pressure. However it was discovered to have the side effects of hair re-growth and reversing baldness.

Finasteride on the other hand has been approved by Food and Drug Administration to treat enlargement of prostate. It also works in slowing hair loss and stimulating new hair gwoth. However it is not recommended for use in women.

Laser Treatment

Either hair loss clinic or a hair laser comb – a do it yourself program, the treatment is just basically the same it works by reactivating dormant hair follicle and stimulates hair re-growth.

Home Remedies

There are easy and natural remedies that can help regrow your hair. e.g Massage coconut milk into your scalp before taking a bath. Do this as your routine every day until your hair loss stops and healthy hair grows back in or Massage a few drops of almond oil to your hair every day or apply mayonnaise to keep your hair thick and strong.

It’s your choice. Choose which treatment that will fit your budget! Good luck