Saw Palmetto Clinically Shown to Help Hair Thinning

Saw palmetto for hair loss

Finding safe and natural solutions for keeping your hair healthy is a top priority here at Nutrafol. That’s why we’re excited that researchers have shown the herb saw palmetto, also known as serenoa repens, utilizes the same pathway as Propecia, an FDA approved treatment for hair loss.

Propecia vs. Saw Palmetto

The drug known as Propecia (generic name finasteride) is a fairly common treatment for male hair loss but some doctors and patients want to steer clear of this medication because of its potentially scary side effects. For men and women seeking more natural solutions, herbal supplements provide a far less risky way to maintain a head of healthy hair.

When a study showed that saw palmetto actually can help hair growth, we wanted to make sure you knew about it.

Researchers compared the efficacy of saw palmetto to Propecia in this two-year study of 100 men with hereditary male pattern hair loss. The results? While 68% of participants using Propecia showed an increase in hair growth, confirming its efficacy, 38% of participants in the group using saw palmetto alone also experienced hair growth. So while saw palmetto wasn’t as effective as the chemical drug, it was proven to work—and without the negative side effects.

Another important finding from the study was that while 38% of the saw palmetto group experienced hair growth, another 52% of the saw palmetto group experienced stabilization of loss. Slowing or stopping the progression of hair loss, in and of itself, is a desirable outcome for those fighting to preserve their hair.

Saw palmetto a natural solution for hair loss
Saw palmetto is sold in four different forms: as whole, dried berries, as a liquid extract, in tablets, and in powdered capsules.

Saw Palmetto for Hair Loss

So how does it work?

As it turns out, both the herb and the drug block the enzyme, Type II 5-alpha-reductase, from turning testosterone into DHT. As you may know, DHT is a hormone that contributes to hair-thinning by shrinking hair follicles. Smaller hair follicles means thinner hair, and nobody wants that.

Of course, taking a single herb is not a magic bullet. If only preventing hair loss were that easy! But since experts know that saw palmetto acts in a similar way to finasteride, we use the herb as part of our Synergen Complex to combat the production of DHT—one of the man culprits in male thinning. It turns out DHT not only causes hair follicles to thin over time, it can even lead to eliminating hair follicles completely. That’s why you’ve got to keep DHT levels in check.

Saw Palmetto Hair Loss Studies and Research

And rest assured, it’s not just one study that proves the power of saw palmetto. This white paper shows exactly how the herb stops the production of DHT. A small study of 10 males with androgenetic alopecia, showed a 60% improvement for those ingesting the herb. And another study, in which saw palmetto was applied topically in the form of a lotion and a shampoo for three months on 34 men and 28 women, led to a 35% increase in hair density and 67% increase in sebum reduction.

But before purchasing just any brand of serenoa repens, make sure you’re getting the real deal. Always buy from reputable companies and read the label closely to avoid unnecessary fillers. As to dosage: Several studies had participants taking 200 milligrams, twice daily, which is a good guideline to see whether saw palmetto may work for you.

15 Harmful Shampoo Ingredients to Avoid

harmful shampoo ingredients

Did you know that your shampoo can contain bad ingredients harmful to both you and the environment, such as sulfates? But just what are sulfates, and what other bad ingredients in shampoos should you avoid? Instead of harmful shampoo brands to avoid, we’ve made a list of 15 common not-so-nice shampoo ingredients to should watch out for — and why. What are the main ingredients of shampoo to skip? Read on to find out.

1. Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

What are sulfates? Sulfates are very strong detergents that work through a chemical reaction, in which they bind with the sebum on our scalp and with water. When you rinse out the shampoo, sulfates take all the oils and residue with them. But while cleansing, they can also damage the hair, make it brittle and increase frizz.

2. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

This sulfate creates a lathering foam some people love, but it can compromise follicles when left on the scalp and has other toxic effects on the human body. Yikes! Anyone with color-treated hair or dry hair should definitely avoid SLS, as it can fade your color and strip your strands of natural oils.

3. Parabens

Parabens are also known to be harmful. They are used as a preservative to prevent bacteria from growing in cosmetics and shampoos. Parabens can mimic the hormone estrogen and have been linked to increased growth of breast cancer cells.

4. Sodium Chloride

Sodium chloride is another name for salt. Sodium chloride in shampoo and conditioner is mainly there to make the consistency thicker. Salt can make an already sensitive scalp dry and itchy, which can eventually cause hair loss.

5. Polyethylene Glycols (PEG)

PEG is a thickening agent derived from petroleum that is often contaminated with byproducts. There has not been sufficient research done to conclude that PEGs themselves are as toxic as shampoo ingredients, but common byproducts in PEGs can be harmful.

6+7. Diethanolamine (DEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA)

DEA and TEA are also emulsifiers and foam agents that reduce surface tension so water-soluble and oil-soluble ingredients can blend together. In 1998, researchers found a link between the topical application of DEA and cancer in animals, but the effects on humans are unclear. The European Commission has banned DEA in cosmetics.

8. Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen and has been proven to be absorbed through the skin in animal testing. Manufacturers often add it to products directly as a preservative, but it can also be released over time through a chemical process from other types of preservatives. If you’re wondering what to look for, a common one in shampoos is quaternium-15. They can also be found in chemicals used for Brazilian blowouts at hair salons.

9. Alcohol

Most alcohols have a drying effect, and the higher up in the ingredient list it appears, the more of it the product contains. Some alcohols that are not as bad for dry hair begin with a “C” or an “S,” like Cetearyl alcohol and Stearyl alcohol. They can actually help your hair retain moisture. The ones that are bad if you already have dry hair usually have a “prop” in their name, like Isopropyl alcohol or propanol.

10. Synthetic Fragrances

Products that have “fragrance” on their label can contain thousands of hidden chemicals. Some ingredients in fragranced cosmetic products can disrupt the reproductive system and cause cancer or asthma. They can also irritate the skin and scalp, which can lead to hair loss.

11. Synthetic Colors

Most shampoos and conditioners are dyed with a synthetic color to make them look nice. These colors come from petroleum or coal-tar sources, all of which come with harmful health effects. Synthetic colors will normally go by FD&C or D&C combined with a number.

12. Dimethicone

Dimethicone is a type of silicone that is used in a ton of hair products and contributes to product buildup that makes your hair feel greasy. Since it acts as a protecting cover on the surface of the hair, it stops moisture and nutrients from coming in and instead collects dirt and residue. It can clog the pores on the scalp and cause skin irritation.

Harmful shampoo
Do you know all of your shampoo ingredients? Some of the ingredients in your favorite shampoo can be harmful to you.

13. Cocamidopropyl Betaine

Cocamidopropyl betaine is another foam booster. Although it’s derived from coconut oil, it can have negative effects. This surfactant is used in hair products along with dimethylaminopropylamine, which can cause skin irritation, allergies, rosacea, and eczema.

14. Triclosan

Triclosan was banned from being used in antibacterial soaps in 2016 but is still allowed in toothpaste, shampoos, and deodorants. It’s a chemical antibacterial agent known to cause hormone disruptions, which can lead to cancer and affect fetal development, among other things.

15. Retinyl Palmitate

Retinyl palmitate is the ester of retinol combined with palmitic acid. It’s a known skin irritant that can cause peeling, scaling, redness, and itching. Side effects of retinyl palmitate may include cancer, reproductive problems, and organ toxicity.

Harmless Shampoo Ingredients

While there are many bad ingredients in shampoos and harmful shampoo brands, plenty of shampoos use only natural, non-toxic and organic ingredients, and you can even make your own homemade hair treatments using things from your kitchen. If you are suffering from hair loss or unhealthy hair growth and think chemicals from the worst shampoos may to blame, try switching to a natural alternative. You can also try taking natural supplements that contain plant-derived ingredients that work synergistically to help your natural hair growth.

Natural Remedies for Hair Regrowth – According to Science This is What Really Works

Male hair is fraught with mythology and misconception. So when it comes to hair regrowth, what is true and what is fiction? Nutrafol took a closer look at some natural remedies for your hair and would like to let you in on what really works, based on science.

Pumpkin Seed Oil

A study was conducted on the effect of pumpkin seed oil on hair loss in men. Patients received 400mg of pumpkin seed oil for 24 weeks. “Hair count increases of 40 percent were observed in treated men at 24 weeks, whereas increases of 10 percent were observed in placebo-treated men,” the study stated. The researcher came to the conclusion that pumpkin seed oil reduces levels of 5-alpha reductase, which is an enzyme that converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the main cause of androgenetic alopecia.

Saw Palmetto

On the subject of DHT, herbal extract saw palmetto has been shown to reduce levels by around 38 percent. And a recent study published in 2017 compared the effects of saw palmetto and finasteride (more well known under the name of Propecia). It showed that saw palmetto had a positive impact on hair growth as it contains components that prevent the conversion of testosterone into DHT. DHT is a naturally occurring hormone in the body that contributes to hair thinning by shrinking hair follicles.

A Diet Low in Fast Digesting Carbs and Low in Sugar

Fast digesting carbs lead to an increase in blood sugar. This causes your body to release insulin. If you have a high level of insulin, you would most likely have low levels of globulin. Globulin, or SHBG is what binds to DHT and renders it ineffective. So basically, sugar equals more insulin equals less SHBG equals more DHT equals more hair loss.

Biotin

Biotin is crucial for the formation of keratin which is the key component of hair and nails. Deficiency is rare but if you have a deficiency it is important to up your biotin intake. It has been shown to improve blood sugar regulation, which may have a positive effect on hair loss.

Scalp massage

In this small trial, standardized scalp massages were administered 4 minutes a day for 24 weeks. Researchers observed an increase in hair thickness as well as an increase in the expression of hair cycle related genes. They also saw a decrease in a gene associated with hair loss.

Scalp massage is great to prevent hair loss and increase hair thickness
Scalp massage is a natural remedy that increases hair thickness.

Derma Roller Microneedling

A derma roller may be one of the effective natural hair loss treatments – especially when it comes to hair regrowth. If you don’t know what it is, a derma roller basically looks like a small paint roller but with a surface full of little needles. You use it by rolling it over your skin, or areas of hair loss on your scalp.
This 2013 study demonstrated that derma roller microneedling is far more effective for hair regrowth than minoxidil alone. After 12 weeks, subjects treated with a derma roller saw dramatic regrowth. In addition, when you roll over the part where the skin is damaged, growth factors and stem cells rush to the site of the trauma. So this does not only repair the damage but can awaken dormant hair follicles.

A Plant Based Supplement Like Nutrafol

Nutrafol has identified plants with powerful therapeutic effects. It is known for using botanical ingredients that help address triggers like stress levels and free radicals that interrupt optimal hair growth. The supplement increases the production of signaling molecules thanks to the phytonutrients. In addition, these are the molecules that normally stimulate the follicles to enter into the growth phase of the hair cycle.

If you are curious about using natural remedies for hair loss then maybe this will help you understand more about their effectiveness based on science. The trick is finding the right one that works for you and your hair.

Chemical Treatments – the Damage They Can Do to You and Your Hair

The road to beautiful, smooth hair is paved with good intentions. But before you try something with good intentions that ends up doing more harm than good, there are things you need to know. We are here to tell you why a natural solution may be the safest option.

These days women seem to opt for chemical straightening and smoothing treatments as often and easily as a normal haircut. But these popular salon services have been questioned because of harmful side effects. So what exactly is happening to your hair when getting a chemical treatment?

Chemical Treatments Can Cause Your Hair Structure to Change

Each hair is made up of chains of keratin, a naturally occurring protein. Certain chemical treatments involve coating each hair strand with a strong chemical, then warming it up to activate the formula. This can affect the way these keratin chains are held together – and by doing so, it changes the structure of your hair.

There are several types of chemical treatments that claim to give you smooth and straight hair – the Brazilian blowout (a keratin treatment) and the Japanese straightening perm are the most common. Both processes can affect the hair structure, but the Japanese – being a permanent treatment – uses the strongest chemicals and therefore poses the greatest risks in terms of damaging your hair.

Chemicals Can Also Cause Hair Damage and Health Issues

But there are side effects that are more immediately apparent than a change in your hair structure. Some women have experienced burnt hair and hair loss, others tend to end up with drier hair than before. But the women who have suffered only damaged hair can count themselves lucky, as these treatments can also cause damage to our health. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, breathing in formaldehyde can cause allergic reactions to the skin, eyes and lungs, asthma, and even blindness, if you get it in your eyes.

Chemical Treatments
Formaldehyde is also a known carcinogen, which means it is proven to cause cancer in humans.

 

Chemical Smoothing Treatments Contain High Levels of Toxic Ingredients

It is safe to say that formaldehyde – used in many keratin treatments – is not good to be around. “In general, every client and stylist [exposed to keratin chemicals] complains of burning eyes, difficulty breathing, and burning sensations,” stylist Kelly Merriman told Cosmopolitan in a recent interview. Customers that have gone through this type of treatments have also complained of throat and mouth ulcers, dizziness, headaches, flu-like symptoms like vomiting, eye damage, loss of taste and smell, and fatigue, according to the Environmental Working Group, EWG. And because exposure is added over time, hair stylists are even more likely to suffer from serious symptoms.

While the chemical is not supposed to touch anything but the actual hair during the procedure, accidental skin contact can cause blisters or rashes on the scalp, face and neck. But that is just in the short term. Formaldehyde is also a known carcinogen, which means it is proven to cause cancer in humans. Higher levels and prolonged exposure pose greater risks. This might explain why hair straightening products containing the chemical are already outlawed in some countries such as Canada, France, and Ireland. This should clearly make the appeal of natural solutions even bigger.

“Formaldehyde-free” Hair Chemicals Can Still Contain or Release the Ingredient

An investigation made in 2011 by the EWG found that formaldehyde-free products can still contain the chemical. Out of the 16 companies that make hair-straightening products that the EWG tested, none included formaldehyde in their product ingredient list, but all of them did contain high levels of the dangerous chemical. In fact – all 16 companies exceeded safety limits set by the industry safety panel, Cosmetic Ingredient Review. The way they get away with it is by claiming that when formaldehyde is mixed with water, a new chemical called methylene glycol is created. For a list of all ingredients to keep an eye out for, as they are all other names for formaldehyde, check Nutrafol’s article about the Brazilian blowout.

Chemically Treated Hair Can Continue to Release Toxins After You Leave the Salon

Using a curling iron, straightening iron or a blow-dryer after you go home could release irritating fumes long after you leave the salon. This is because some ingredients used in chemical treatments are not formaldehyde per se, but will form formaldehyde when heated up.

Natural Treatments are Always Safer

Even though it is not the same as a straightening procedure, trying a natural dietary supplement can have a great impact on your hair quality and hair health. You might feel that it is enough, and that putting your hair and health in danger for a chemical smoothing treatment is just not worth the risk. When going for an all-natural solution, you do not have to worry about what possibly harmful chemicals you are exposing your hair to.

Plant-based supplements do not have the synthetic fillers and toxic chemicals that are common in other supplements and treatments. One of the most desirable traits of plant-based supplements is that you know what you get. There are also natural hair treatment options that can do the job, if they contain keratin but no harmful chemicals. But simple homemade treatments like coconut oil or an avocado mask can also make your hair shiny and happy.

The Best Ways to Increase Your Hair Growth the Natural Way

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We have all heard about them – endless natural methods that can help you improve your hair quality and aid healthy hair growth. Yes, there are plenty of home remedies that people use to try to regrow their hair, but in order to pick a remedy that actually works, it pays off to read up on the the right research supporting such methods. So what works and what doesn’t? Among so many remedies and treatments, it can be hard to determine what is fact and what is fiction when it comes to hair growth. This is what we know so far.

Consider This For Natural Hair Growth

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Washing your hair often will not cause hair loss.
  • Stress

    Stress is not doing your body nor your hair a favor. When you are shocking your body and putting it through physical or emotional trauma, it also shocks the hair follicles which can stop them from growing. Studies have attempted to show a correlation between stress and hair loss. One study focused on a chemical mixture that blocks the effects of stress on the gut. Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, used mice that were genetically altered to produce more stress hormones. As a side effect of being more stressed, the mice had gone bald.

  • Hair Care

    There is some confusion about whether hair care contributes to hair loss or not. For example, washing your hair often will not cause hair loss, but you should not over-use heat tools as they can damage, burn or dry out your hair. However, if this happens, the hair will grow back. Hair dye is another cause that is wildly discussed. Most hair-coloring treatments contain chemicals that can damage your hair and make it fall out, leaving you with temporary hair loss. Some hairstyles, such as tight plaits or ponytails can cause hair loss because of the tension it creates on the hair. However, hair care products such as gel and hairspray, do not cause hair loss.

  • Scalp Massage

    A study conducted in Japan showed that scalp massage could increase hair thickness. The men involved in the study had regular massages over a 24-week period. After the trial, researchers could conclude that, while hair growth rate did not improve, thickness improved significantly. Researchers believe this has to do with the increased blood flow and direct stimulation of the cells.

The Latest Hair Care Tech – The Hair Analyzer Will Look Inside Your Hair

Since the dawn of man – and hair related issues – hair care companies have created products to address the particular needs of your hair. And now a line of beauty salons have taken that concept further with the creation of a device designed to look inside your hair to see what it really needs. Simply put, hair care tech at its most advanced.

Henkel Beauty Care is the creator of the Schwarzkopf Professional SalonLab. SalonLab is a handheld Bluetooth connected device that analyzes your strands. After your strands are analyzed, the device sends the data to an app, which comes up with a customized shampoo formula. The device is not bigger than a smartphone, and you run it through your hair from root to tip. It contains near-infrared and light sensors to measure inner hair quality, moisture level and true hair color. So to those of you who have dyed your hair so many times that you can’t really remember your true hair color – this little thing will help you solve that mystery. You will never have to wonder at your hair color again. Hair-evolution, right?

Not a Replacement for a Knowledgeable Stylist

However, the analyzer is not meant to replace the expertise of stylist. Quite the contrary actually – it is supposed to work as a compliment, providing the experts with more information to take care of your hair.

“A good and trained hairdresser can tell if hair is damaged, but they could never look into the hair,” says Marie-Eve Schroeder, chief marketing officer at Henkel Beauty Care, in a press release.

SalonLab is a handheld Bluetooth connected device that analyzes your strands.

If the Hair Care Analyzer Shows That Your Hair is Dry

One of the most common diagnosis the hair care analyzer will probably give is your hair is dry. And maybe you’re like “Yeah, thanks I knew that already!” But having the gadget give you that information is the first step towards healthy hair. Because, understanding the root cause of dry hair and taking the right action could be all you need to get the locks you long for.

The problem with dry hair can usually be found in your scalp and the fact that it is not making enough oil to moisturize your hair. Hair has no natural lubrication. It simply relies on oils made in the hair roots to keep your hair shafts moisturized and lustrous. As you get older, your roots makes less oil, which explains why your hair gets more dry and brittle with age. Since the roots are under your skin, dry scalp usually comes with dry hair. A dry scalp, in turn, peels and sheds, leading to dandruff flakes on your shoulders.

Knowing about your dry hair and what lead to it, makes it possible to try to change a few things to end up with that soft hair you always dreamt of. The best hair care tips to avoid dry hair are:

  • Wash it less often.
  • When you wash it, use a shampoo specifically for dry hair.
  • Avoid hair products that have alcohol and sulfates in them as both tend to dry out the hair.
  • Always use a moisturizing conditioner after the shampoo.
  • Massage your scalp with some coconut oil to replenish moisture.
  • Invest in a hair supplement that works to improve your hair from within.

Botox for Hair: Treatment, Safety and Effects

Botox for hair

Is your winter hair giving you a tough time? Does your hair feel dry, rough or extra frizzy lately? If you’re looking for smooth hair, you may want to consider one of the latest trends in the hair and beauty market: Botox for hair. Some people are finding a hair Botox treatment might just (as the name suggests) rejuvenate their strands.

If you’re curious about hair Botox and wondering whether hair Botox treatment could be right for you, as well as some alternatives to hair Botox, keep reading.

What is Hair Botox?

You may have heard about Botox as a beauty treatment for your forehead or crow’s feet, but how about a Botox treatment for hair?

For starters, the very name “hair Botox” or “Botox for hair” is something of a misnomer, as a Botox hair treatment doesn’t involve actual Botox — botulinum toxin — at all. So just what is hair Botox?

Hair Botox is a treatment that claims to help eliminate frizz and “fill in” your hair where it has become damaged, essentially smoothing your hair and drastically improving its texture and appearance. Hair Botox could be considered an anti-aging treatment (hence the catchy name). But as noted, unlike the Botox that we may have injected into our faces to smooth out wrinkles, hair Botox does not contain any chemicals, let alone botulinum toxin.

Instead of thinking of Botox for hair as just another form of Botox applied elsewhere, it’s more accurate to view it as a deep conditioning treatment that helps restore and reconstruct your hair. But if Botox for hair doesn’t contain botulinum toxin, what does it contain that makes it so effective? A Botox hair treatment uses key ingredients such as proteins, amino acids, keratin, vitamins, and lipids to work its magic — without harsh chemicals.

So if your hair feels frizzy due to the harsh weather outside, hair Botox may be able to help rebuild it. A hair Botox treatment is designed to restore your hair fibers, sometimes using keratin, leaving your hair feeling silky, shiny and more youthful-looking, while avoiding the harmful effects that can come with other salon-performed smoothing treatments.

Hair Botox may sound too good to be true, and you may be wondering if there are any hair botox side effects. Find out and discover who could benefit from Botox for hair in the next section.

Are There Hair Botox Side Effects?

Part of what makes Botox for hair so appealing is the lack of harsh chemicals and potentially dangerous side effects. While other smoothing or straightening treatments, such as the Brazilian blowout, may deliver smoother hair that lasts for some time, their product ingredients go beyond just keratin, which is good for your hair. Instead, such treatments may use chemicals that turn into formaldehyde once heat is applied, and formaldehyde is known to cause cancer. If you go with a hair Botox treatment instead, you avoid the risks of chemical relaxing or straightening treatments.

Since hair Botox is free from harsh chemicals and considered to be a deep conditioning treatment, you avoid a lot of potential health risks and it is unlikely to experience undesirable side effects. Again, hair Botox is a treatment that helps to repair your damaged hair — but like everything else, moderation is key.

While Botox for hair is suitable for all hair types, you’ll see the greatest benefits from a Botox hair treatment if you have dry, frizzy or dull locks. Hair Botox is also recommended if you have over-processed or damaged hair and want to restore it, because just like the treatment for your face, Botox for the hair works to fill in unwanted gaps — without the trademark chemical.

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Hair Botox is a treatment that claims to help eliminate frizz as it smooths your hair and reverses time on your hair clock.

How Does Botox for Hair Work?

If you decide to get Botox for hair, you’re in for a much less complicated process than you might be used to if you’ve tried keratin treatments or Brazilian blowouts. A hair Botox treatment doesn’t require the same level of careful preparation or followup to maintain its results.

After you arrive at the salon for your Botox for hair treatment, your hair will be washed with a clarifying shampoo to remove any residue in your hair. The wash will also help open your hair cuticles, preparing them to better absorb the hair Botox. Next, the hair Botox treatment will be applied and left on your hair for about 45 minutes before being washed off. Once the Botox for hair gets washed out, the hair gets blow-dried and usually sealed with straighteners.

Botox for hair treatment results usually last between 2-4 months if you take care of your hair. Your hairstylist will give you more specific directions, but generally, you should at least use a sulphate-free shampoo to help maintain the benefits of the hair Botox.

Botox Hair Treatment Alternatives

If you don’t have a hair salon near you that offers Botox for hair, you can always try one of these winter hair remedies that you can make at home.

Whether you do a hair Botox treatment or some other conditioning treatment, we also recommend taking a natural supplement to make sure your body and hair are getting all the nutrition they need. Natural supplements are one of the fastest-growing industries and are taken by more and more people every day. As their name suggests, they are made of only natural ingredients. The best supplements contain plant-derived, natural ingredients that work synergistically to aid your hair growth without chemicals or dyes.

Female Pattern Baldness – An Overview

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Up to 50 percent of men experience hair loss before hitting 50. Yes, that many, and yes, the issue is that common – as are the treatments. Everything from transplants costing thousands of dollars; to the well known drug Propecia, with its libido-losing side effects; to faithful natural solutions that are long-lasting because they work on making the entire body healthy rather than focusing only on the hair.

The main type of hair loss for both genders is androgenetic alopecia, also known as female pattern hair loss or male pattern hair loss.

Female pattern baldness may not be as common, but for those affected it can be even harder, as a shaved head is sometimes not a desired look among women as it is for men. No matter the reason for the hair loss, the anxiety and stigma that follows with female pattern baldness is stressful for many.

What is Androgenetic Alopecia?

Harvard Medical School wrote this about androgenetic alopecia:
“As the name suggests, androgenetic alopecia involves the action of the hormones called androgens. Which are essential for normal male sexual development and have other important functions in both sexes, including sex drive and regulation of hair growth. The condition may be inherited and involve several different genes. It can also result from an underlying endocrine condition. Such as overproduction of androgen or an androgen-secreting tumor on the ovary, pituitary, or adrenal gland. In either case, the alopecia is likely related to increased androgen activity. But unlike androgenetic alopecia in men, in women the precise role of androgens is harder to determine.”

What Causes Female Pattern Baldness?

The causes are many, including medical conditions, medications, and physical or emotional stress. When the clinicians explain female pattern hair loss, they most commonly use the Ludwig Classification from 1977. The Ludwig Classification divides female pattern hair loss into three categories:

  • Type I is mild, with minimal thinning that can be camouflaged with hair styling techniques.
  • Type II moderate and is characterized by decreased volume and noticeable widening of the mid-line part.
  • Type III is extensive with a see-through appearance (sometimes total baldness) on the top of the scalp.

 

Almost every woman will eventually develop some kind of female pattern hair loss. When it occurs will depend on your DNA. For some it can start as early as puberty, for others during menopause. The risk rises with age, and the risk is higher for women who have a history of hair loss on either side of the family.

What Can You Do?

The most common treatment is through medication – here are some of them:

Anti-androgens
Some anti-angrogens are Aldactone and Propecia, but these androgen receptor-blocking drugs are not really for women to use. There are only a few studies on what affect they have on women, which means little reliable evidence that they are effective or even safe. Therefore these options are really only open to men.

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Almost every woman will eventually develop some kind of female pattern baldness. When it will occur, depends on your DNA.

Iron Supplements
When women lose hair, iron deficiency can be one of the causes. Get your clinic to test you and see if you are short on iron. If the iron level is less than 70 nanograms per milliliter, then your doctor may suggest taking an iron supplement.

Botanical Supplements
Going green is always a wise suggestion. Botanical supplements contain many of the nutrients your hair needs. These kind of supplements are usually sourced from herbs and vitamins that go along well. The ingredients target the potential triggers of thinning hair and provide your hair with the essential nutrients it needs to stay healthy.

Brazilian Blowout: What You Need to Know

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If you are someone who keeps up with the newest in hair care, chances are you have heard about the Brazilian Blowout. A Brazilian Blowout treatment is a hair protectant that gives your hair a glossy, frizz-free, hydrated shine for up to three months. The ingredients used when doing a Brazilian Blowout are the Brazilian camu camu, annatto seed, and acai berries, which sound harmless enough. But studies show Brazilian Blowouts can actually pose a real health risk.

What is a Brazilian Blowout?

Just what is a Brazilian Blowout hair treatment? The treatment is generally recommended for people with damaged, frizzy, or very processed hair. A Brazilian Blowout treatment is meant to make your hair straighter, shinier and frizz-free, which can tempt many of us to try it. But then there’s the question of how long does a Brazilian Blowout last, and it turns out the results only last for about 10-12 weeks. And that is if you maintain it the way the stylists tell you to, which we all know is hard to keep up with.

When you go for your Brazilian Blowout treatment, the stylist will assess your hair and answer any questions you have, from what is a Brazilian Blowout to how to care for your hair following a Brazilian Blowout treatment. The first step of a Brazilian Blowout is to wash the hair and then towel dry it. Next, the smoothing product is applied in sections. After that, the stylist will blow dry your hair while making it as smooth as possible using a brush. After a round of flat ironing, the stylist will rinse the hair out using only water, and then apply a specific bonding spray that will seal the cuticles of the hair. After that, it is time for a smoothing serum before the final blow dry and styling.

Why is a Brazilian Blowout Dangerous?

If you’ve read many Brazilian Blowout reviews, you know a lot of customers are satisfied with the results the smoothing treatment has on their hair. What those Brazilian Blowout reviews usually don’t mention is that Brazilian Blowouts can be dangerous to your health — not because of the process itself, but rather because of some of the chemicals involved in it. While many people want to know “How long does a Brazilian Blowout last,” a better question might be “How long can the potentially harmful effects of a Brazilian Blowout last?”

Did Somebody Say Free From Formaldehyde?

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Sulfates are ingredients well-known as a skin, eye, mouth, and even lung irritant

What is in a Brazilian Blowout hair treatment that could be considered harmful? Although the products used in the Brazilian Blowout, and the similar Keratin treatment, are reported as free from the carcinogenic chemical formaldehyde, the air in salons offering these treatments tested positive for formaldehyde. How is this possible?

Some manufacturers list “synonyms” for formaldehyde on their labels. This is because sometimes the formaldehyde has been dissolved in water or another substance, which changes its chemical composition slightly, giving it a new name. The problem is that all these substances can release formaldehyde when subjected to certain conditions, such as the heat involved in a hair smoothing treatment, or even when using heating tools later at home.

For this reason, The American Cancer Society wrote the following about keratin smoothing treatments: “Professional keratin hair-smoothing treatments can contain formaldehyde or formaldehyde-releasing chemicals. Using these can raise indoor air concentrations of formaldehyde to levels that could be a potential hazard.”

All of the chemicals listed below are names for formaldehyde under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s formaldehyde standard:

Methylene glycol
Formalin
Methylene oxide
Paraform
Formic aldehyde
Methanal
Oxomethane
Oxymethylene
Timonacic acid
Thiazolidinecarboxylic acid

Is Getting a Brazilian Blowout Worth the Risk?

Formaldehyde is known to cause cancer and tends to be the worst when it is in the gaseous heated stage. It is a “sensitizer,” which means that it can cause allergic reactions of the skin, eyes, and lungs such as asthma-like breathing, skin rashes, and itching. It can also be a health hazard, whether in a product or in the air.

Studies conducted by The American Cancer Society have shown that formaldehyde can increase the probability of nasopharynx cancer and leukemia. One study found that workers exposed to formaldehyde had higher than normal levels of chromosome changes in early white blood cells in their bone marrow. This finding supports the possible link between formaldehyde exposure and leukemia.

Other Everyday Chemicals You Should Get Rid Of

Considering this, maybe it is not worth risking your and your stylist’s health for the sake of beauty. There are other, safer methods of achieving great hair without turning to Brazilian Blowouts. Have you, for example, considered natural solutions and skipping the chemicals for a while? We are not only talking about choosing a supplement made from plants to increase your hair health, we are talking about changing your routines, even when it comes to how you wash your hair. Did you know sulfates, which can be found in many shampoos, are well-known irritants of the skin, eyes, mouth and even lungs? Maybe it is time to take a closer look at the ingredients of that bottle you use every other day.

The study “Exposure to Chemicals in Cosmetics” conducted by the Breast Cancer Foundation shed some new light on another shampoo ingredient — parabens — and what effect it has on the body. The study discovered that parabens can penetrate the skin and act as a very weak form of estrogen in the body potentially making hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer develop and grow.

So how about getting rid of shampoos containing sulfates and parabens and switching to a sulfate-free shampoo? Sulfate-free shampoos preserve your hair’s natural oils and are also color-safe, which is good if you dye your hair a lot. Instead of buying hair masks, which also have chemicals in them, you can make your own. A hair mask made from avocado, for example, contains vitamin E and is easy to make. Vitamin E is good for hair growth because it is a great moisturizer and also boosts the immune system.

Movember and You – Tips on How to Make Your Facial Hair Grow Faster

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With November comes a great responsibility for men, the responsibility of growing as much facial hair as possible during the length of the month. It is famously referred to as “Movember”, which is why a mustache is the preferred type of facial hair to grow, and it is meant to be a time of raising awareness for different types of cancer, in particular, prostate cancer.

The Movember Movement

The movement started in Australia in 1999 and has become so big that it raises not only awareness, but also hundreds of millions of dollars during November every year.

Preparation for Movember often starts the day before, on October 31st. Many men shave so that they can start growing out their facial hair as a symbol of awareness during the month. However, some men experience difficulties growing it out during such a short time frame. If you are one of the men having trouble growing a full beard or a thick mustache in just a month’s time, there can be a variety of reasons why this is so.

Why Isn’t My Facial Hair Growing?

Have you given it enough time? One of the most simple reasons could be just that – lack of patience and time. Some men tend to reach for the razor as soon as their beard starts to itch or they feel that it looks too scruffy.

  • So keep in mind…
    …that it usually takes around four weeks to grow a thick beard. However, it varies by individual so for some men it might take longer than four weeks. Take the opportunity this month to actually see how well your beard grows. Based on your results, you will be able to determine if genetics is the reason your facial hair is not growing in the desired way. Or if it is something else – like alopecia barbae.

What Other Reasons Are There?

How about taking a look at your diet? Keeping a healthy lifestyle is not only important for your body and your hair, it is also important for your facial hair. The rule of thumb to keep in mind is that your diet is an important part of all your hair growth. Many foods have vitamins that help promote healthy hair growth.

Movember is here!
Keeping a healthy lifestyle is not only important for your body and for your hair, it is also important for your facial hair.

Vitamin A regulates the synthesis of retinoic acid in the follicle and is an essential component of hair growth and maintenance. It works with zinc to prevent the drying and clogging of the sebaceous glands in the scalp and lubricates the follicles and roots.

There are eight B Vitamins and they are often referred to as the Vitamin B-complex, which includes B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9 and B12. This complex plays a huge role in keeping you healthy. They affect your energy, metabolism, nerves, muscles, skin, nails and hair. The vitamin B-complex promotes cell growth and cell division, which is important for facial hair growth. If you feel like your hair is not growing as fast as it normally does, you might have a vitamin B deficiency. In that case, make sure to take your supplements.

Vitamin C has an important role as an antioxidant, that prevents free radicals from damaging the hair follicles. It is also responsible for the synthesis of collagen in the body. Collagen in turn, keeps our skin and scalp healthy and flexible. Vitamin C also works to block the production of DKK-1, a protein that many people who suffer from hair loss have too much of. DKK-1 is sometimes known as “the baldness protein”.