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Thinning Hair in Women

Thinning Hair in Women

Dealing with the Realities of Thinning Hair in Women

Did you know that half of all men in the world and every three in ten women will experience some form of hair loss or thinning hair in life?

The cause of thinning hair in women and hair loss can result from several factors like your genes, meaning, hair loss is hereditary. If your mother and/or father suffer from hair loss, know that there is a possibility you may experience hair loss too. Women who develop this trait often see thinning at the hair line behind the bangs, according to Pamela Jakubowicz, MD, a dermatologist at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City.

Pregnancy, weight loss, surgery, extreme stress, medications or medical conditions are other possible causes of thinning hair or hair loss. The scientific term for these hair loss causes is telogen effluvium and can result in about six weeks to three months’ worth of hair loss. Certain hairstyles and hair products can contribute to thinning of hair as well.

There are solutions to help prevent or conceal the appearance of hair loss or hair thinning.

Hair Loss Prevention

  • Reduce the heat ~~ Heat is a major source of all kinds of issues with your hair. Be careful with overheating hair. When using hot tools like blow dryers or flat irons, always use the lowest or coolest settings necessary to get the job done. Excessive heat on hair can lead to damage and eventually hair loss.
  • Eat Healthier ~~ You are what you eat, keep foods high in omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. Choices like walnuts, beans, fish and dairy contain omega-3 fatty acids and will help keep you and your hair healthy and strong.
  • Loosen up Ponytails ~~ Over time, a tight ponytail can result in the loss of hair. Loosen up your ponytail holder and save your hair from the all that stress at the roots.

Hair Loss Solutions

  • Wigs and Extensions ~~Wigs and hair pieces are a great alternative to hair loss. There is an abundance of good quality pieces in many styles and colors at affordable prices too. They work well in masking thinning or balding areas.
  • Hair Fibers ~~ Hair fibers like Infinity Hair Fibers conceal the appearance of hair loss and create a long-lasting bond between your existing hair and the hair fibers. Infinity is able to create the appearance of a full head of hair when the fibers are applied to the thinning hair areas (it is like a powder consistency). Infinity provides the illusion of a full head of hair that lasts until the fibers are washed out.
  • Creative Hair Styling ~~ Styling hair in specific ways like comb-overs, deep parts or even using hair accessories like headbands, bobby pins and bows are ways to cover the appearance of hair loss. Play around with different styles to see which best suites your hair.

Guest Author Jessica Mosley a beauty products expert with BigDaddyBeauty.com, who offers beauty products by top brands like China Glaze, Hempz, Spornette, Purely Pro and more. Big Daddy Beauty prides itself in customer service satisfaction guarantee and offers affordable beauty products for home or salon and spa use. For more info, visit BigDaddyBeauty.com

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9 Ways to Make Hair Grow Faster

Make Hair Grow Faster

Do’s and Don’ts to Make Hair Grow Faster

Just like any other part of your body, your hair is a complex feature that requires the right upkeep. Curly? Oily? Thin? It’s pretty obvious that everyone’s hair is different, so it’s important to know what routine and hair products work best for you. Here are a few dos and don’ts for growing your hair faster, no matter what your hair type.

DON’T

1. Wash too often – your hair relies on the natural oils that your body produces just like your skin. So stripping away those oils frequently with shampoo can leave your hair vulnerable to damage. Warm water is fine everyday, but shampoo can be hindering to your hair’s natural growth process.

2. Overload on hair product – depending on your type (thickness, length, etc.) your hair may only need a basic shampoo (check for vitamins and minerals) and conditioner for moisture. Make sure if you’re using a hair styling product that you wash it out with water when you get home.

3. Smoke or drink often – these habits affect your hair as much as they do the rest of your body. So try to limit this. Otherwise wash your hair out with water at the end of the day.

4. Over-dry or stress your hair with curling. This is obvious, too much blow-drying, crimpling and curling and friction on the hair can cause direct and noticeable damage. This goes for men too. Most men rub their hair with a towel when wet, however experts suggest dabbing lightly with the towel or running your hands through to get rid of excess water.

5. Wear hats – Attention Men! Wearing a cap in the winter to stay warm is acceptable and of course necessary. The common myth is that wearing a hat too often can cause hair loss. Not true. The alopecia gene responsible for hair loss is passed down, inevitable in other words, and is not affected by your daily habits. However in the summer this can be hazardous to your hair growth. Clogged pores in your scalp can limit your hair’s growth. In the end, it is important to protect your scalp from the sun’s damage, however it is also important to keep your scalp dry and sweat-free during summer months.

DO

1. Use natural products – you can use at home remedies to treat problem hair. Using a blend of vegetables and oils can save money and do wonders for your scalp and hair. Avocados and cooking oils are just a few tricks people have been using for decades to give their scalp and hair the nutrients it needs.

2. Drink lots of water and vitamin-rich juices – these will replenish any lost moisture and damage due to pollution while promoting faster hair growth.

3. Wear your hair down naturally as much as possible. This way your hair will grow faster, naturally and limit damage and stress.

4. Eat well – your hair responds to the changes you make to your body, including nutrition. So incorporating foods rich with vitamins and minerals will give your hair the extra boost it needs to grow faster and longer.

Stimulating Hair Growth with a scalp massage

A neat trick you can utilize to make hair grow faster is a scalp massage. A thorough head massage increases blood flow to your scalp which aids in the absorption of nutrients. As a result of increased nutrient absorption guess what? Your hair grows! Routinely incorporate a scalp massage into your shower time and longer thicker hair will follow shortly.

At the end of the day remember, your hair was meant to grow naturally, so be vigilant and mindful of what you put in and what you do to your hair. But don’t let this scare you from looking your best and trying new hairstyles. Make sure to talk your hairdresser to get their opinion on daily routine and up-keep, they may know your hair better than you do.

Bio: Guest author Cristina Jackson has been passionate about writing hair care related articles for the last 2 years. She is a hair stylist and she is sharing free tips and tricks about hair care on her personal website: http://howtomakeyourhairgrowfasterr.com

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Frizzy Hair? Here’s How to Tame Frizzy Hair

Tame Frizzy Hair

Little known insider secrets to tame frizzy hair

As the summer days approach, so does the humidity triggering our hair to become uncontrollable and seemingly impossible to maintain. But don’t worry, it’s possible to turn those frizzy hair curls into beachy waves, or the “frizzy-ness” into a more sleek and smooth look this summer. This is a common concern my clients have in the heat of summer and I’m always excited to share these tips. Here are some simple steps to follow to say “goodbye” to summer frizzy hair.

Shampoo

  • Don’t wash your hair every day. Only wash it every couple of days to keep its natural oils. Learn how to create some second day hair looks.
  • Use a moisturizing shampoo which is low in alkaline. High alkaline shampoo tends to dry out your hair.

Conditioner

  • Always, always, always use conditioner.
  • If you have fine or thin hair use a volumizing conditioner.
  • Use  only a small amount on the ends and work it through your hair.
  • For all hair types, use a leave-in conditioner. This will help control your “flyaways” and protect your hair from heat.

The Right Product

  • Some of my favorite products are Moroccan Oil Frizz Control and Eufora Pure Polish. These products will control your frizz without weighing your hair down or making it feel oily.
  • Always use a product that has UVA and UVB protection.
  • Apply these products while your hair is still wet.
  • Emulsify a dime size amount of product in your hands to get an even application. Repeat till proper amount is achieved.
  • Everyone’s hair is different. After a couple of applications you will know how much product is right for you. But remember, less is more! You can always add more product but using too much can cause your hair to look and feel oily.

Hot Styling Tools

  • If letting your hair air-dry doesn’t work for you, or you just want a smoother look,  use hot tools.
  • Hot flat irons are great to tame down summer frizzy hair.
  • The hotter and more powerful the blow dryer, the better it is at smoothing your hair. The high heat will help make your hair smooth and shiny.
Hairstyle Blog contributing author Nadwa Yono
Contributing author Nadwa Yono is a professional hair stylist and owner of Nadwa Hair Spa in West Bloomfield, MI making Oakland County her home. More info on Nadwa and Nadwa Hair Spa can be found at NadwaHairSpa.com and on Facebook.

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