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The MONAT Balance System and Rejuveniqe Oil are the perfect solution to your hair whoas! You will love what it’s going to do for you hair but here are some more tips to protect your precious locks. I have crazy curly hair, too and I know how hard it is to grow. I was getting my hair straightened chemically, but not anymore. I just flat iron and it’s good for a few days till I wash again and so HEALTHY!
Unique in appearance and structure, African-American hair is especially fragile and prone to injury and damage. More than half of all African-American women will cite thinning hair or hair loss as their top hair concern. Fortunately, there is a lot African-Americans can do to help minimize damage and keep their hair beautiful.
To help African-Americans keep their hair healthy, dermatologists recommend the following tips:
- Wash hair once a week or every other week: This will help prevent build-up of hair care products, which can be drying to the hair.
- Use conditioner: Use conditioner every time you wash your hair. Be sure to coat the ends of the hair with conditioner, as the ends are the oldest and most fragile part of your hair.
- Use a hot oil treatment twice a month: This adds additional moisture and elasticity to your hair.
- Use a heat protecting product before styling: Adding this to wet hair before styling will help minimize heat damage.
- Use caution with relaxers: To minimize hair damage, always go to a professional hair stylist to ensure that the relaxer is applied safely. Touch-ups should only be done every two to three months and only to newly grown hair. Never apply relaxer to hair that has already been relaxed.
- Use ceramic combs or irons to press hair: If you would like to press or thermally straighten your hair, use a ceramic comb or iron and only do so once a week. Use a straightening device with a dial to ensure the device is not too hot. Use the lowest possible temperature setting that gives you the style you want. A higher temperature may be necessary for thicker, coarser hair.
- Make sure braids, cornrows or weaves are not too tight: If it hurts while your hair is being styled, ask the stylist to stop and redo it. Pain equals damage.
See a board-certified dermatologist if you notice any changes in the texture or appearance of your hair. Even the slightest bit of noticeable thinning can be the start of hair loss. The earlier hair loss is diagnosed, the more effectively it can be treated.
In a new study from Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham), researchers have used human pluripotent stem cells to generate new hair. The study represents the first step toward the development of a cell-based treatment for people with hair loss. In the United States alone, more than 40 million men and 21 million women are affected by hair loss. The research was published online in PLOS One yesterday.
“We have developed a method using human pluripotent stem cells to create new cells capable of initiating human hair growth. The method is a marked improvement over current methods that rely on transplanting existing hair follicles from one part of the head to another,” said Alexey Terskikh, Ph.D., associate professor in the Development, Aging, and Regeneration Program at Sanford-Burnham. “Our stem cell method provides an unlimited source of cells from the patient for transplantation and isn’t limited by the availability of existing hair follicles.”
The research team developed a protocol that coaxed human pluripotent stem cells to become dermal papilla cells. They are a unique population of cells that regulate hair-follicle formation and growth cycle. Human dermal papilla cells on their own are not suitable for hair transplants because they cannot be obtained in necessary amounts and rapidly lose their ability to induce hair-follicle formation in culture.
“In adults, dermal papilla cells cannot be readily amplified outside of the body and they quickly lose their hair-inducing properties,” said Terskikh. “We developed a protocol to drive human pluripotent stem cells to differentiate into dermal papilla cells and confirmed their ability to induce hair growth when transplanted into mice.”
“Our next step is to transplant human dermal papilla cells derived from human pluripotent stem cells back into human subjects,” said Terskikh. “We are currently seeking partnerships to implement this final step.”
The above post is reprinted from materials provided by Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.
- Ksenia Gnedeva, Ekaterina Vorotelyak, Flavio Cimadamore, Giulio Cattarossi, Elena Giusto, Vasiliy V. Terskikh, Alexey V. Terskikh. Derivation of Hair-Inducing Cell from Human Pluripotent Stem Cells. PLOS ONE, 2015; 10 (1): e0116892 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0116892
As you know, the hair and skin care industry is very female oriented. Women have long been the primary users of hair care products and services. This is partly true because of an emphasis on hair and skin care for beauty as well as for health, and partly because women tend to be more concerned about their looks than men.
Over the past few years, we’ve really seen that attitude changing. More and more, men are becoming concerned with good grooming and becoming aware of the health aspects of making sure their hair and skin are cared for properly. Men’s products are a fast-growing segment of the hair and skin care business. This is partially due to the emergence of the “metrosexual”. For those of you who are not familiar with that term, a “metrosexual” is defined as an urban male of any sexual orientation who has a strong aesthetic sense and spends a great amount of time and money on his appearance and lifestyle. The metrosexual male has caused our culture to challenge the traditional notions of masculinity—and taking care of the hair and skin is one of those. The other reason for the increase in men’s care products is that the aging baby boomer (and this means male or female) is scrambling for the fountain of youth. Baby boomers are looking in the mirror and they don’t necessarily like what they see.
The difference between male and female hair and skin
Believe it or not, there ARE some differences between male and female skin. Let’s talk about those for a second. The differences are more along the lines of tendencies rather than structural differences. For instance, a man’s skin is made up of the same kind of layers as a woman’s skin. A man’s skin has all the same numbers and types of cells and sensory receptors for things like heat, cold and pain.
A man’s skin, however, tends to have larger sebaceous glands and thus, produces more sebum than a woman’s skin; men also produce it longer in life. The female hormone, estrogen, influences the production of sebum, so after menopause, the production of sebum slows down considerably. This on the other hand, is not true for men. Therefore, older men will tend to have oilier skin and scalps than older women. In general, men will tend to be more prone to acne than women because of that greater production of sebum.
Men perspire more than women do, their skin tends to be coarser and thicker, and then there’s the biggest difference of all, facial hair. Men and women have the same number of hair follicles, but because of the testosterone levels, they grown coarser, thicker hair on their heads, faces and bodies. Beard hair is really abrasive and tough and grows at a rate of more than 5 inches a year.
And, with the added increase of testosterone, men tend to begin to lose hair younger and more rapidly than females – thus male pattern baldness. (Of course, genetics and environment also tend to have an influence over hair loss as well).
High levels of Testosterone can lead to the loss of connective tissue that surrounds the hair follicle, making it weak and eventually, non-functional.
Men need to take care of their hair and skin just as much as women do. On the average, men are exposed to harsher conditions in their work environment, so they really need to protect their hair and skin more than women do because:
- They tend to get dirtier because of grease, oil and dirt in the workplace and;
- They have a greater exposure to pollution and harsh environments because they don’t have the protective barrier of makeup that women do.
Because they produce more sebum, men also tend to have more acne-prone skin than women do.
Men as a whole haven’t been conditioned to care for their hair and skin like women have been. The typical routine for a man is to use the soap that’s in the shower to wash their face and hair, lather up with shaving cream, then splash on an alcohol-based after shave or cologne. An optimal routine for good grooming? Probably not. Think of this as an educational opportunity!!
It’s important to for men to know that proper hair and skin care is an effective and valuable aid to healthy aging as well a prevention no matter what their age.
Hair loss can affect just your scalp or your entire body. It can be the result of heredity, hormonal changes, medical conditions or medications. Anyone — men, women and children — can experience hair loss.
Baldness typically refers to excessive hair loss from your scalp. Hereditary hair loss with age is the most common cause of baldness. Some people prefer to let their baldness run its course untreated and unhidden. Others may cover it up with hairstyles, makeup, hats or scarves. And still others choose one of the treatments available to prevent further hair loss and to restore growth.
Before pursuing hair loss treatment, talk with your doctor about the cause of the hair loss and the best treatment options.
Hair loss can appear in many different ways, depending on what’s causing it. It can come on suddenly or gradually and affect just your scalp or your whole body. Some types of hair loss are temporary, and others are permanent… or not… things are changing fast in the hair regrowth world!
Signs and symptoms of hair loss may include:
- Gradual thinning on top of head. This is the most common type of hair loss, affecting both men and women as they age. In men, hair often begins to recede from the forehead in a line that resembles the letter M. Women typically retain the hairline on the forehead but have a broadening of the part in their hair.
- Circular or patchy bald spots. Some people experience smooth, coin-sized bald spots. This type of hair loss usually affects just the scalp, but it sometimes also occurs in beards or eyebrows. In some cases, your skin may become itchy or painful before the hair falls out.
- Sudden loosening of hair. A physical or emotional shock can cause hair to loosen. Handfuls of hair may come out when combing or washing your hair or even after gentle tugging. This type of hair loss usually causes overall hair thinning and not bald patches.
- Full-body hair loss. Some conditions and medical treatments, such as chemotherapy for cancer, can result in the loss of hair all over your body. The hair usually grows back.
- Patches of scaling that spread over the scalp. This is a sign of ringworm. It may be accompanied by broken hair, redness, swelling and, at times, oozing.
CAUSES of HAIR LOSS
Most people normally shed 50 to 100 hairs a day. This usually doesn’t cause noticeable thinning of scalp hair because new hair is growing in at the same time. Hair loss occurs when this cycle of hair growth and shedding is disrupted or when the hair follicle is destroyed and replaced with scar tissue.
The exact cause of hair loss may not be fully understood, but it’s usually related to one or more of the following factors:
- Family history (heredity)
- Hormonal changes
- Medical conditions
Family history (heredity)
The most common cause of hair loss is a hereditary condition called male-pattern baldness or female-pattern baldness. It usually occurs gradually and in predictable patterns — a receding hairline and bald spots in men and thinning hair in women.
Heredity also affects the age at which you begin to lose hair, the rate of hair loss and the extent of baldness. Pattern baldness is most common in men and can begin as early as puberty. This type of hair loss may involve both hair thinning and miniaturization (hair becomes soft, fine and short).
Hormonal changes and medical conditions
A variety of conditions can cause hair loss, including:
- Hormonal changes. Hormonal changes and imbalances can cause temporary hair loss. This could be due to pregnancy, childbirth or the onset of menopause. Hormone levels are also affected by the thyroid gland, so thyroid problems may cause hair loss.
- Patchy hair loss. This type of nonscarring hair loss is called alopecia areata (al-o-PEE-she-uh ar-e-A-tuh). It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks hair follicles — causing sudden hair loss that leaves smooth, roundish bald patches on the skin.
- Scalp infections. Infections, such as ringworm, can invade the hair and skin of your scalp, leading to scaly patches and hair loss. Once infections are treated, hair generally grows back.
- Other skin disorders. Diseases that cause scarring alopecia may result in permanent loss at the scarred areas. These conditions include lichen planus, some types of lupus and sarcoidosis.
- Hair-pulling disorder. This condition, also called trichotillomania (trik-o-til-o-MAY-nee-uh), causes people to have an irresistible urge to pull out their hair, whether it’s from the scalp, the eyebrows or other areas of the body.
Hair loss can be caused by drugs used for cancer, arthritis, depression, heart problems, high blood pressure and birth control. Intake of too much vitamin A may cause hair loss as well.
Other causes of hair loss
Hair loss can also result from:
- Radiation therapy to the head. The hair may not grow back the same as it was before.
- A trigger event. Many people experience a general thinning of hair several months after a physical or emotional shock. This type of hair loss is temporary. Examples of trigger events include sudden or excessive weight loss, a high fever, surgery, or a death in the family.
- Certain hairstyles and treatments. Excessive hairstyling or hairstyles that pull your hair tight, such as pigtails or cornrows, can cause traction alopecia. Hot oil hair treatments and permanents can cause inflammation of hair follicles that leads to hair loss. If scarring occurs, hair loss could be permanent.
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Sara Gottfried, M.D.
Integrative Physician; Author, ‘The Hormone Cure’ & ‘The Hormone Reset Diet’.
When half my hair fell out after giving birth to each daughter, I was alarmed. I went to my doctor, and a curious thing occurred: I was rudely dismissed.
I’m a doctor who takes care of women, so this was a confusing experience. There’s a strange bias that doctors have around women and hair loss — that we’re being vain. It turns out that it’s not vanity, it’s sanity. Hair loss is a major sign that something is awry.
To add insult to injury, my doctor next told me to use Rogaine. “Put it on every day. It won’t fix the problem but it will slow down loss. But there’s a catch — as soon as you stop it, the hair loss will take off again.”
Huh? Let me get this straight. I’m supposed to slime every hair follicle with Rogaine, a chemical that may or may not be good for me, and it just delays the inevitable? How is that a palatable solution?
It’s not. And for the 40 percent of my clients (1) who experience hair loss, I’ve developed strategies (no Rogaine required) that help regain not just your stressed tresses, but balanced hormonal health throughout your entire body.
The Ideal Hormonal Specimen (With Perfect Hair)
Picture the ideal hormonal specimen. Her hormones are perfectly balanced, and she has high energy throughout the day, stable moods, and no food cravings. Her full head of hair is glossy, and her skin is clear. She easily maintains her weight and her sexual energy.
So what’s wrong with the rest of us?
We’re human. Whether it’s a crazy schedule, an extra 10 pounds, or a diet deficiency, there are lots of reasons your lifestyle could be masking a hormonal imbalance and causing your hair loss. And ladies: There are plenty ways to address this problem without a future of buying Rogaine in bulk.
That’s why I’ve designed a system I call The Gottfried Protocol, a step-by-step, integrative approach to natural hormone healing that emphasizes lifestyle design first and foremost. It’s based on decades of research, my education at Harvard Medical School, my own experiences with hormonal imbalances, my belief in peer-reviewed, well-performed randomized trials to support my recommendations, and what I’ve learned from patients over the past 20-plus years of practicing medicine. The Gottfried Protocol engages only the top hierarchy of scientific evidence and has been proven in scores of women in my practice.
You’ve heard of thyroid issues — even Oprah has been diagnosed with one! (2) It’s estimated that about 60 million Americans, both men and women, struggle with thyroid problems. (3) Most don’t even know it. A low thyroid is one of the most common causes of hair loss in women.
Too Much Estrogen
Estrogen is a hormone that likes to dominate (and we’re not just talking about in the bedroom). Too much estrogen in your system, often a result of perimenopause or excess weight, can lead to depression, weight gain, fatigue and, you guessed it: hair loss.
Since we metabolize estrogen, your body should break it down — use it then lose it! — before estrogen builds up in your blood. But when we produce too much and can’t metabolize it fast enough, we run into problems, often evidenced in thinning hair.
Another possible reason for hair loss? Too much testosterone. That’s right: Women also produce the hormone testosterone. In fact, testosterone is what gets us in the mood, gives us self-confidence, and keeps us vital and sassy.
But if testosterone levels are too high in women — whether because of menopause, excess weight, or other causes — we see symptoms of male-pattern baldness and rogue hair growth on the face. The hairs on your head are falling out, but you’re finding new ones on your chin? Totally unfair!
Low Iron and Amino Acid Lysine
In one study, 90 percent of women with thinning hair were deficient in iron and the amino acid lysine. (4) Whether the result of an insufficient diet or another imbalance, we’ve also go a fix for this!
Ready to fill out those ponytails? Preventing thinning hair and bringing shine back to your ‘do means balancing, bringing harmony to your hormones, your lifestyle, and your diet. No gymnastics required.
The following solutions are general rules for hair-health. For a more customized approach to hormonal health, please refer to The Hormone Cure. There, you can take quizzes, read case studies and get tailored advice for the specific needs of your body. Let’s go!
Get your thyroid tested. Luckily, once diagnosed and treated and thyroid levels stabilize, hair loss will usually slow and eventually cease.
Eat fiber. Fiber lowers estrogen levels in the body — basically, you’ll poop and pee more estrogen out of your system. (5) Make sure your diet includes complete proteins like meat, poultry, fish or legumes, which are excellent sources of lysine.
Lose a few pounds. If you are obese or overweight, weight loss will reduce your excess estrogen levels and lower your risk of breast cancer and other conditions. (6)
Get your sweat on. Exercise decreases estrogen levels and lowers risk of breast cancer and helps you make more of the good estrogens. (7)
Don’t accept thinning, brittle, or coarse hair as your lot in life or “just another part of getting older.” These are simple, natural, hormone-balancing solutions are an integral part of The Gottfried Protocol. And the best part? Most of these strategies won’t just make you look better — you’ll feel healthier, more vibrant, and sexier too!
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