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Have a Sore Scalp With Hair Loss? Here’s Some Reasons Why This May Be Happening

I get an awful lot of correspondence from people who tell me that they have a very sore and painful scalp that is accompanying their accelerated hair loss. Sometimes, they also have itching, flaking, or some discoloration (red or pink scalp) that is happening also. Many people ask me why this is happening and if there is anything that they can do to fix or help with this. I will discuss both things in the following article.

Some Things That Might Cause Sore Scalp With Hair Loss: There are a few things that might be causing this condition. I will discuss them one by one. First up is telogen effluvium. This is basically aggressive shedding that can occur for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it is seasonal. Other times, it is due to medical issues, stress, medications, or hormones.

Whatever the reason, the shedding is often very dramatic and troubling. What is happening is that your hair is changing it’s life span by moving from growing to resting before it was actually meant to happen. In short, the hair cycle has been interrupted and shortened. As the result, tons of your follicles are going to be going through this change at once. You can sometimes literally feel this happening. When it happened to me, I actually had specialists tell me that my pain could have been psychological because I was so worried and concerned about my hair. I just don’t buy this. I know from forums that this is quite common and the redness and pinkness that often accompany this is quite physical and evident merely by looking.

Another common cause for this is allergic or dermatological reactions of the scalp. Sometimes you use a new styling or beauty product (hair dye is a common culprit) that burns or negatively affects your scalp or causes some kind of allergic reaction. Occasionally, you will develop a new sensitivity to an old product.) The hair loss that follows is a direct reaction to this, but is often short lived once you discontinue the use of the product.

The final cause that I will discuss (and what many believe to be the most common and probable) is that the scalp is reacting to androgens. Sometimes, this is because you are at a life phase where you are genetically prone to become more sensitive to these substances. And sometimes, the hormones that would balance this are starting to wane or lessen. Other times, something in your body is over stimulating your follicles or your scalp and causing the excess androgens, oils, or sebum. Whatever the reason, the pain, redness, tightness or itching is the direct result of these androgens. And, this in turn can damage or affect your follicles’ ability to retain and grow healthy hair.

An Important Question: Did The Sore Scalp Start Before The Hair Loss Or After It?: If you can pinpoint which action came first, this can sometimes help you to uncover why this is happening. In the case of telogen effluvium and with dermatological issues of the scalp or allergic reactions, the sore scalp often comes after the hair loss. It is the action of the follicles changing cycles which makes this happen.

But, with AGA (androgenic alopecia or genetic hair loss,) the sore scalp often (but not always) comes before the hair loss. The sensitivity or the androgens appear and then, as the result of these struggles, the hair can not sustain itself as it once could because it is being continuously negatively affected. To be fair, in all of these cases, the loss of so much hair in such a short amount of time can give rise to serious inflammation that can either make things with your scalp worse or bring on the problems that this article has discussed.

So what you can do to help this situation? Well, in terms of TE, you can try your best to lessen the inflammation and to remove any trigger that is causing the shedding. For dermatological issues, you can remove the offending product. In the case of AGA, you’ll want to address both the androgens and the sensitivity. And all of these scenarios can be helped by topicals anti inflammatories to help soothe the scalp and to stimulate regrowth, without clogging the follicles.

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Top 10 Hair Dying Mistakes

Whether you want to want to get rid of that gray hair or you just want to have a new look, dying is a good way to achieve it. Unfortunately, hair dying entails consequences that may damage and dry your hair when used inappropriately. The selected color of your dye should blend with the original color of your hair and eyebrows and to enhance your features. Experimenting is good, but dyes can be rough on your hair when used frequently. Although it is best to dye at a professional salon or stylist, it is much cheaper at home with the same creative effect. Before you see the top 10 hair dying mistakes, it is important to have an understanding of the different types of hair dye that are available so you can put them in context.

Types of Hair Dye

1. Permanent hair dye

While dying your hair permanantly is, by some, considered in and of itself a mistake, the obvious benefit is that it lasts for a considerable time. As the hair grows, it is applied to the roots. It contains ammonia and peroxides, which can possibly cause dryness and damage. Exposure to the sun and salt water will cause the color to fade. That’s why in order to maintain the color, it is best to cover your hair by using a hat or bandanna when going outside.

2. Long-lasting Semi-permanent

As the name implies, has the longest life remaining even after more than 20 washes, depending on the brand.

3. Semi-permanent

These have the shortest lifespan for dyes. After 6-12 washes, the color will start to fade. This is recommended for first-time users and those who want to experiment with colors.

How to dye your hair safely and professionally:

– Separate hair into two quadrants. Then clip each part.

– Wear plastic gloves while mixing dye solution. Follow the directions written on the box.

– Squeeze a small amount of coloring into one quadrant. Streak thin stripes of color over the whole area of the quadrant. Put a clip on the colored part.

– Repeat the process after you have completed coloring the four quadrants.

– Consult instructions on how long you should leave it. Add a couple of minutes of wait to that of the suggested treatment time.

– Put on left over color mix to the entire head after a few minutes.

– Rinse with cold water.

Top 10 hair dying mistakes!

– Number 10: Applying dye to dirty, tangled hair

Deep condition your hair a month before dying to maintain color. Be sure your hair is relatively clean before applying. Trim hair especially dry and split ends to even out color. Hair should be slightly damp when dye is applied.

– Number 9: Using hair conditioner before you dye

Do not condition your hair a few hours before applying hair dye, shampooing will do the trick. Your hair needs to be free of free radicals such as dirt and oil as much as possible.

– Number 8: Choosing hair dye based on what the model on the box looks like

Consult the local salon or stylist on what colors would look best on you. The hair dye you choose should have the same tone as your skin color.

– Number 7: Forgetting to check for allergic contents

After choosing a brand, apply a tiny amount of hair dye near your neck or behind your ear to see if irritation, redness, inflammation, allergy, hair loss or any bad reactions occur. Wash the affected area right away if this happens. Remember the instructions carefully. Do the patch test 1-2 days before hair dye application.

– Number 6: Doing your entire head without testing a small amount of your hair first

Do a strand test by applying a bit of dye to a few stands of your hair to see if you got the right color.

– Number 5: Staining your skin or clothes

Protect your skin by wrapping a towel around your neck as the dye can irritate your skin or affect your clothes. Gloves should be used and must be included in a hair dye kit. Applying petroleum jelly or cream around your ears and neck part will keep off stains. Wipe off oil after shampooing. If you do happen to stain your skin, don’t worry, rubbing alcohol will remove dye stains from your skin

– Number 4: Picking a color that does not fit with your natural hair color

Pick a color one shade lighter when dying your roots. This will make the transition from your colored hair back to your natural hair color graceful without roots that are a completely different color sticking out. Obviously, this rule does not apply if you are dying your hair a completely different color than your natural hair color.

– Number 3: Losing hair

After dying, always rinse with cold or tepid water to avoid your own hair from falling out.

– Number 2: Over-dying hair

If you did not achieve the desired effect, using Liquid Tide can correct this. A couple of days of use will lighten the color until your hair returns to the original color. Instead of over-dying, do touch-ups every four to five weeks to keep your hair color picture perfect.

– Number 1: Dying eyebrows and eyelashes

Never use hair dye on eyebrows and eyelashes! Ask for medical help when dye gets into your eye.

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Ten Ways To Defrizz The Hair Of Your Full Lace Wig

1. Properly moisturize hair is less likely to be affected by static, so deep condition regularly. I recommend you use a deep conditioner about once a week. You can leave the conditioner on for anywhere from ten minutes to all night long while you sleep!

2. Since moisture is tantamount in keeping hair smooth, avoid products that include drying ingredients like alcohol or sodium lauryl sulfates. (Beware of most generic hairsprays, which contain drying alcohol, and try for example DeMert hairspray, for wigs.

3. What lots of ladies do not know is that towel drying your hair can actually create more static than blow-drying if it is not done properly. Here is a trick: instead of rubbing or wringing hair out, blot dry with a thin towel made for drying hair. (If you do not have one, an inexpensive hand towel will do fine.)

4. Stop washing your hair every day. No, really. It dries the hair of the full lace wig to the utmost and therefore adds both frizz and tangles (which can cause breakage and lead to more frizzing). Also use an appropriate shampoo like for example, Vapon Wig Care Shampoo & Conditioner.

5. Contrary to popular belief, blow drying can be done without creating frizz if hair is properly finished; to do this, apply a leave-in conditioner that is made to prep hair for heat styling and comb through damp hair with a wide-toothed plastic comb. Then, use the concentrator attachment on your blow-dryer and dry downward so that the follicle is smoothed flat toward the ends of your strands.

6. The appearance of frizz is often caused by split ends and breakage, which create weaker, larger ends of the hair strands that reflect sunlight particularly well and are very noticeable. Combat this effect by regularly trimming hair to keep ends healthy and smooth.

7. Brush your hair with a plastic-bristled hair brush rather than horsehair or other fiber bristles. Plastic bristles create less static and help the top of the hair to lay flat, avoiding further damage.

8. Run a fabric softener sheet (like the ones you use in your clothes dryer) over the hair of your full lace wig and watch static frizz and fly-away disappear.

9. You probably know to use an anti-frizz serum or glossing serum to finish your style; however, instead of applying it directly to your hair first or rubbing it between your palms, try smoothing the serum through your comb and then combing your hair to apply. This ensures an even application and dispels any frizz-breeding effects your brush bristles might impart on your hair.

10. In a hurry? A dab of any generic moisturizer can double as an on-the-go de-frizzing cream. Simply rub the moisturizer between your fingers, and then run your hands over and through the most frizzy parts of your hair. You are now so smooth!

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Hair Straighteners: Titanium Vs Ceramic

Hair straighteners, or flat irons, have been around for over a decade now, and many different types have been produced in that time. Differences in style, heat settings, heating technology and most notably, plate materials. The plates, or blades, are the point of contact between the hair and the hair tool, and therefore, can be of huge significance when it comes to how your iron performs. Up through the late 1990’s, Teflon or aluminum plates were pretty much the common material. As innovation progressed, hair tool developers realized that these materials cause hot spots, and damage to the hair due to the uneven heat distribution.

In the early 2000’s, a ceramic coating was placed on the aluminum plates. This coating provided a more even heat distribution, and less damaging effects to the hair. It wasn’t long before some companies started developing solid ceramic plates. The solid ceramic plates have great heat distribution, but are brittle, and over time can crack. These cracks end up snagging the hair and give the user a terrible hair straightening experience.

Although ceramic is still being used in many large brands such as CHI and Conair, it has its issues. The manufacturing process for ceramic coated plates is not high tech. Molten ceramic material is sprayed like paint, onto the contact surface of the aluminum plates. The plates are then kiln-heated to cure. The small layer of ceramic that is approximately 0.2mm in thickness, doesn’t provide an extreme amount of protection from the heaters within the aluminum plates. Also, the difference in properties from the aluminum and ceramic cause the materials to detach over time, and eventually the coating rubs off, giving you essentially, an old-fashioned aluminum hair straightener from the 1990’s.

In the mid 2000’s, companies like Ozon and Babyliss discovered the properties of titanium could make a better flat iron. By 2011, titanium had become the newly accepted professional choice by hairdressers. The titanium plates widely used today are not 100% solid titanium, but rather, an alloy commonly referred to as nano titanium, which has just enough of the element to get the desired properties, without getting the undesired ones. Titanium plates last for years, never crack or scratch, and outlive the iron itself. The composition of the plates also give the plates the most even and responsive heat distribution, giving no hot spots, and allowing the iron to glide smoothly through the hair.

In conclusion, in the battle vs. ceramic and titanium flat irons, titanium wins without question. Ceramic irons perform as well as a titanium iron, for the first month or so, but after time, the plates, whether solid or coated, give way, and eventually snag and damage hair.

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High Frequency and Low Frequency Hearing Loss

Our ability to hear is dependent on tiny hair cells in our inner ears which receive sound and interpret it for our brains to comprehend. These hairs, our sensory receptors, cannot regenerate. Once they are damaged or die, our ability to hear is lessened. We measure sound by the amount of vibrations (or cycles) per second, called “Hertz” (Hz). Higher frequency sounds vibrate faster and lower sounds slower. Depending on what kind of damage has occurred to the ear’s hair cells determines whether hearing loss is of the higher or lower frequency.

High Frequency

Normal human hearing ranges from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz (abbreviated 20 kHz), although the range can easily vary from person to person. The higher register is considered any sounds over 2 kHz. And while humans do have the potential to hear up to 20 kHz, simple aging begins to fade the higher register as early as age eight. After age 25, most adults will hear only up to 15 kHz. This is perceived as normal aging, but there are many other factors which can reduce our high frequency hearing even further.

Exposure to loud noises over prolonged periods of time is the greatest contributor to high frequency hearing loss. Occupational noise from machinery such as in construction, factories, law enforcement, military and farming damages and ultimately can destroy the delicate hair cells in the ear, causing high frequency hearing loss. Likewise, exposing the ear to loud music whether through amplifers (at concerts or clubs) or headphones (iPods or other music players) can also cause irreversible damage.

High frequency hearing loss is most noticeable in speech. Higher sounds like “s” and “th” become hard to distinguish. Women’s voices are often more difficult to understand, and speech in general sounds muffled. It becomes harder to hear in noisy areas, and certain sounds will appear noticeably louder than others.

The best way to prevent high frequency hearing loss (beyond what is normal for aging) is to protect your ears. Wear ear plugs when being exposed to loud noises, and be sure not to play your music above 80 decibels (60% volume on an iPod).

Low Frequency

Sounds in the low frequency register (under 2 kHz), are sounds such as thunder, a tuba, a large dog’s bark, or a truck rumbling by on the highway. Most humans do not hear low frequency sounds as easily as high frequency sounds, especially the further away we are from the source. For example, in music, sub-woofers are used to specially amplify bass notes, but headphones (directly in our ears) don’t require additional amplification.

When low frequency hearing damage occurs, it is generally caused by disease or heredity. Some people are born with a genetic mutation of the hair cells which limit low frequency hearing. Others may suffer from Meniere’s disease, a rare condition in which the membrane deteriorates over time. In some cases, childhood illnesses or ear infections can lead to low frequency hearing loss.

In most cases of low frequency hearing degradation, the sufferer might not even recognize they have lost the ability to hear lower sounds as many of the same sounds are still supported in the mid to high frequency ranges, thereby still allowing the individual to comprehend the sound. Think of it as someone who can still see by squinting. They don’t see as well as they would with glasses, but they manage.

Prevention of low frequency hearing loss depends on the cause. The best suggestion is to make sure ear infections, especially when they are chronic, are seen by professionals to ensure they do not lead to long-term hearing loss.

Treatment

Whenever hearing loss is due to damaged or dead hair cells, treatment revolves around devices of compensation, since nothing can grow back the cells once they are gone. Hearing aids help create the vibration the hair cells no longer have the ability to do on their own. For high frequency hearing loss, this is usually a very effective solution. Unfortunately, low frequency hearing loss does not benefit the same. Since low frequency noises are often considered “background noises,” or ambient sound, normal hearing aids often end up raising the background noise, impeding normal hearing. Special, and often more expensive, hearing aids must be employed to help low frequency hearing loss sufferers.

Although hearing loss is a natural part of aging, it is wise to seek professional evaluation to make sure your hearing is still healthy for your age. Routinely go for a hearing test and see an Atlanta hearing loss doctor if you notice your hearing has gotten worse.

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Thyroid in Relation to Fungal Infection

One of the most common disorders that people complain of is that of the thyroid. Either they could have an undeveloped or an underdeveloped thyroid gland. And there are others whose thyroid glands produce a lot more of the hormone than necessary making the person hyperactive or restless. Thyroid nodule is another issue among some people.

There are other medical fallouts that a person suffering from thyroid disorder should be concerned about. The human immune system falls prey to common ailments among such people. Fungal infections are rare, but they do affect a sizeable population of people with thyroid trouble. Underactive thyroid gland could cause fungal infections of the scalp. This could lead to hair loss, itchy scalp, dandruff, and even psoriasis in some uncommon cases. Sometimes, this excessive loss of hair is what leads a person to believe that he or she is suffering from a low thyroid condition. People who have leukaemia or auto-immune disease are more likely to have hypothyroidism and hence fungal infections.

Fungal infection could also affect nail, skin, and the mucous membrane. Redness, flaking, and severe itching could be some of the symptoms of fungal contamination. The person has very low tolerance to diseases caused by Candida albicans and in extreme cases this could prove to be fatal. There could be a rash on the skin and it could even be discoloured. If it’s a simple skin infection, then topical solutions and ointments are recommended. To guarantee that there are no other major associated complications, the doctor could advise Thyroid function tests such as TSH and Total T4. Sometimes, even low vitamin A, increase in the carotene level, or abnormally high cholesterol could indicate hypothyroidism. This in turn would make the person more prone to fungal infections. Fungal infections affect the endocrine organs and also the metabolism rate. This is why a person could become tired very easily. Some fungi cause thyroid enlargement and due to the obstruction of the trachea, fatal respiratory failure could also occur. Normal functioning of the Pancreas could be hindered.

Anti-fungal medicines, those against yeast, could lead to hypothyroidism being cured. In such cases, thyroid supplements in the form of desiccated thyroid, glandular thyroid extract or even thyroid drops could make the condition better. Goitre generally caused by iodine deficiency is aggravated by fungal infections. It’s vital that the thyroid problem is identified early on; with medical supervision that includes special medication and a diet plan, this condition can be overcome. Especially since the immune system becomes weak and fungal infections could set in, it’s all the more important that thyroid disorders are overcome.

Food that could be affected by fungi should be thoroughly cleaned. Any food that has run out of its shelf life must be discarded immediately. Biscuits, cereal, pickles, and even vegetables that have been stored for too long must not be consumed. This is also why you must exercise care when you’re getting food items from the supermarket; check to see if they are beyond the expiry date. Iodine must be consumed as a supplement if you aren’t getting enough of it in your food. There are diets that have been devised for people who are suffering from thyroid conditions due to fungal infections. Organic and fresh vegetables and fruits help as they are least likely to be affected by fungus attacks. Some additional intake of minerals and vitamins may be advised.

Even though the effects of fungal infections on thyroid behaviour are being studied, it’s obvious that a dysfunctional thyroid has negative implications on the human body; it’s thus sensible to keep fungal diseases at bay.

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Espial Natural Products – 3 Hidden "Things" About Espial USA

Espial Natural Products – The Opportunity Of A Lifetime!

Before we actually dive a little deeper let me reiterate that coming up with some information on Espial USA wasn’t all that easy. If you search and hope to find out about Espial natural products chances are you’ll stumble into a few sleazy websites. Since there was a real lack of good information about this company, this article was born and with it I hope you are now able to make a good decision.

1) The Partnership Of LeRoy and Marcia Cox

With the goal to reach into the home, skin care and nutritional products industry, Espial USA was started. Since its establishment by the couple LeRoy and Marcia Cox in 1989, they had a commitment to produce reasonably priced products as mentioned above to the society. Besides this, you can say that they were aimed at only producing natural products which is against animal testing. Kind of like the BodyShop culture.

2) What Kind Of Products Are Offered?

You can find that Espial natural products are earth-sensitive, non-animal tested products. Natural environmental products have since become a trend in the 21st century. Since Espial’s products are plant based; they do not use honey, lanolin or beeswax. Apart from its wide range of natural personal care range, I mainly observe that in the forums there are two more popular demands. Such as its Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil and Aluminum-Free Good Sense Deodorant in particular.

3) All That Remains

There is a specific reason why there are only so few information to digest about the Espial Natural products business opportunity. If you do a search more on this company there really isn’t a real website you could refer to anymore. My research has only been able to reach to the point where LeRoy Cox starts another company in 2000 called BioGreen Systems and thats about it. Has the company finally “sizzled off”? Maybe. You should also know that they were operating with a typical network marketing system, one that pays 7 levels deep based on PV and BV. If you were in Amway you should know what this means.

Moving On To Your Financial Future

If you were someone who constantly is on the lookout for new opportunities. Or you might even consider opportunities akin to the Espial Natural Products range then good for you. However, just like in any business you should never ever neglect the marketing part of it. Start by gaining more knowledge about how to market effectively online.

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Shih Tzu Care – Five Tips to Take Care of the Senior Dog

If you have had your Shih Tzu from the very beginning you will notice him getting older and as he slows down you must adjust his food and normal routine to suit his needs. You do not need to be a veterinarian to know that older pets need different nutrition and cannot bound along for hours on end. The advantage that Shih Tzu’s have is that smaller dogs tend to live longer than large breeds so signs of aging will not manifest themselves until your pet is at least ten years old, assuming that he has been properly cared for.

It is hard to set exact stages for ages and just like human beings the activity level and health of an older Shih Tzu will vary from dog to dog. Some may still be bounding around at thirteen while others can only walk a few yards at eleven.

1. Exercise

Let your Shih Tzu tell you what pace he wants to set. If you know your pet you will know when he gets tired. As dogs get older they develop joint problems and other age issues just like humans. You would not expect a seventy year old man to jog up the road every day, so do not expect it from your pet. It is however vital to keep up some form of exercise but keep this to a gentle walk. Perhaps two or three short strolls to replace the single long run of his youth.

When your faithful companion gets too weak to walk for more than a couple of minutes, carry him or get some sort of carry cot. He might not be getting exercise but just like a human, old dogs need a change of scenery and stimulation for their minds as well as their bodies.

2. Nutrition

There are so many excellent food products available that are specially balanced to take care of an older dog’s needs. Normal adult dog foods are no longer suitable. Your older pet needs different vitamins and minerals from his diet. Remember that he is using less energy so you must resist the temptation to over feed. Shih Tzu’s are so small that even the smallest lapses in this rule can lead to obesity and that will make your old friend prone to a whole host of problems. Look at supplements especially glucosamine for stiff joints. Either reduce his feeding to once a day or give him very small amounts regularly. If he does not finish his food try a little gentle coaxing, but do not bully him.

Make sure older dogs have access to plenty of clean drinking water and avoid any rich foods. Old digestions cannot cope with rich food and the weaker a dog is the more distressful an upset tummy will be. If you have trained your dog properly he will not beg for scraps and you will already know the dangers of feeding him from your table.

3. Keep older dogs snug and warm

If you notice him shivering or the temperature drops, invest in a coat or even boots. Make sure his mattress or under pad is soft and fluffy. Not only will this help to keep your Shih Tzu warm but it will help ease his old joints. Make sure his bed is in an area that is quiet and peaceful, but has plenty of human activity.

4. Check old dogs regularly for ticks and fleas

A Shih Tzu’s long hair makes these parasites harder to spot and older dogs are more susceptible to infestation.

5. Above all shower love on your old pal

Make sure your pet knows that they are highly thought of and how much their companionship means to you even though they no longer have the energy to bound to the door in greeting every time you enter the room.

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No No Hair System – This Hot Little Gadget Is Heating Up The Hair Removal Circuit

After watching the infomercial on the Home Shopping Network a few times, I thought I would take the plunge and try out the No No Hair System 8800. I got it through their web site so that I could get the 60 Day Trial promotion just to be sure. Although I wasn’t expecting to be hairless after 60 days, it would be enough time to get a good feel for it and decide whether I wanted to keep it.

The following review is based on the No No Hair System 8800 as opposed to the No No “Classic”, which is their original unit. I wanted a unit that I could use on my face, and the 8800 was it since the Classic is not recommended for the facial area. Although the No No Hair System 8800 ($270) is $20 more expensive than the Classic ($250), it is definitely worth the extra $20 to have the option to use it on my upper lip. In this review I try to cover every aspect of the product to answer the question does No No work, and help you make an educated decision.

No No Hair System Claims

  • It’s pain free
  • It costs less than laser systems
  • It is safe for all skin types
  • It is effective on all hair and skin colors
  • You get up to 94% reduction in hair growth

It’s important to note that the No No Hair System is not a permanent hair removal system, nor is the length of time to see results as good as those of professional laser hair removal or electrolysis. And remember, professional laser hair removal is also not permanent. In any case, with repeated and continued use, No No Hair System does considerably lessen the density and growth of hair on all targeted areas. The thermal or heat technology used, directly affects the hair follicle and delays and disrupts future hair growth.

It’s been 4 months for me and I would say I’ve experience 80% hair reduction on my legs and 100% on my upper lip. That’s huge! I haven’t used it in any other area yet. Keep in mind, that the No No Hair System, like any other (heat, light or professional laser) hair removal system, it is often time consuming, with applications recommended 2-3 times weekly for a minimum of 8 weeks. Personally, this is not a big deal for me since I’m watching TV when I “no no”.

The Review

The question is, does No No work or is it just a bunch of empty promises? Well, it may not be perfect, but I was happy to buy it after the 60 day trial period was over. Here’s why…

I got my No No Hair System in the mail 1 week after I placed my order from their website. The system comes with the unit itself, a charger, a quick user’s guide, an after treatment lotion, 2 hot blades (a small and a large), a handy carrying case, a skin buffer and a little cleaning brush so you can clean the blades and the unit head.

The first thing I noticed is that the 8800 is thinner and taller than the Classic (which my friend has). It is cordless so all you need is to charge it and you don’t have to spend money on buying batteries, which was a complaint a few people had about the “Classic”. Once you charge it, you unplug it and start using it. I mention that because some electronic stuff needs to be plugged in while you use it – the No No Hair System 8800 doesn’t. The unit has a display that shows how much battery life is left which is also handy since you don’t want to go dead in mid-treatment, charge it and then have to remember where you were last.

How To Use No No Hair System

As you know, the No No Hair System was created to remove unwanted hair from the face, legs, arms, underarms, back and bikini line – almost all the areas of hair growth except that you cannot use the No No Hair System on your genitals or the breasts – so the areola (the ring of pigmented skin surrounding the nipple) is out. Many people do have hair in the areola so I would suggest tweezing those areas. The No No Hair System is based on Thermicon technology, which basically means it uses heat energy to zap hairs all the way to the root.

Here’s how easy it is to use: hold the No No Hair System device at a 90 degree angle over the targeted area and move it slowly in a straight line. No No Hair System has a little light on the front of the unit that stays green when the device is being used the right way. That’s it. Make sure to follow instructions. For instance, let’s say you’re doing your arms.

Start on one end and glide the No No Hair System device at a 90 degree angle to the other end. When you reach the end, make sure to lift the unit. Don’t stop it on your skin and let it sit there or you may experience a slight burn. Remember it uses heat to zap the hairs. Don’t worry… it doesn’t hurt.

Before you start treatment with the No No Hair System, you need to ensure your skin is clean and dry, and that you’re using the right-sized blade that comes with the system, for the area you are targeting. If you are doing your upper lip, use the smaller blade, if you’re doing your arms, use the bigger blade. The No No Hair System is an absolute no-brainer when it comes to ease of use.

It’s important to note that the No No Hair System folks tell you that to attain good hair reduction, the No No Hair System should be used 3 times per week on intended areas, particularly in the beginning of your treatment phase, for a period of about 6-8 weeks. I would go a bit further and say that if you can use it more often, do so. You will see better results and there are no side-effects to using it more. But it really depends on how sensitive your skin is, how much time you have, how much hair, your skin type, etc. I was using it 4-5 times per week for the first month.

My No No Hair System Results

I have been using the No No Hair System 8800 for just over 4 months now. I have dark, naturally curly hair with olive complexion, so I’m considered an “excellent” candidate for laser hair removal (see the skin type chart in the Laser Hair Removal post). My personal experience has been very good but that will vary depending on your hair and skin color/type. To find out your skin and hair type, please see my post on Laser Hair Removal and scroll down to find the Fitzpatrick Chart. I have also read reviews on people of different hair and skin types who have been using the No No Hair System, and the majority have been positive in their reviews, having experienced good to significant hair reduction.

After 6 Weeks Using The No No Hair System

When I started using the No No Hair System I didn’t follow the instructions and used it 1-2 per week for the first 2 weeks and saw little results (some hair reduction, probably 10%). I was traveling for work at that time and just couldn’t be consistent with it. But once the dust settled I started to use it 3 – 5 times per week and started to see great results after the fourth week.

There was definitely good hair reduction already, I would say around 40%, but the best part is, my hair was growing in much softer than usual. My skin wasn’t totally smooth yet, and there was a soft stubble in the hairiest part of my legs (the shin) where my hair is more coarse. I continued to shave as usual during the first month to get 100% hair-free results, but I did find my skin getting increasingly smoother. By the way, I’ve been using it on my legs and my upper lip only.

Please note that I am not recommending you use it as often as I do (4 times per week). I did and it is fine for me – I don’t experience any burning or side effects but everyone is different. I am a good candidate for laser hair removal according to the “Fitspatrick” Skin chart so I’m assuming my skin type can handle it.

Treatment on my legs takes me around 30 minutes (I take my time and do it right, while I watch TV), and around 7 minutes for my upper lip, which is still much less time than going to a salon or clinic specially if you throw in travel time.

My trial period was going to end in 2 weeks but I had seen enough – “chaching”! I bought it!

After 10 Weeks of Using The No No Hair System

I found that after 10 weeks I started to shave much less – about once a month just to “clean up” the few hairs that are still growing. I will now start to use an epilator on my legs since I don’t have enough hairs to actually shave. All I have now is new hair growth.

It’s been 4 months since I started to use my No No Hair System and I haven’t shaved my legs in 5 weeks, and still going…. This is a huge benefit. I do have some hairs but they are so soft and light, I can’t see them so I’m not worried about it yet. Okay….After 5 weeks of not shaving my legs and not seeing any hair growth on my upper lip, I’m falling in love with my No No Hair System.

The Hot Blades

You will eventually have to replace the No No Hair System blades. The company tells us that you should replace them after about 1 month but I disagree. It’s been almost 3 months for me and only now am I ready to replace it. I already ordered a package of 3 blades for about $25. A colleague at work has the No No Hair System and although she uses it less than me, she has only replaced it twice in about 10 months. She has the Classic unit and bought hers last year. Nevertheless, mine lasted 2 months longer than they were supposed to so don’t spend your money unless you have to. Gauge it for yourself.

Oh That Smell…

Because the No No Hair System removes hair with thermal or heat energy, it generates a smell of burning hair that is certainly unpleasant. To decrease the odor, I only use my No No Hair System in well-ventilated areas or near an open window. Depending how much it bothers you, you may want to wash the treated area or take a shower after treatment (especially if you’re going out for a night on the town)!

What’s It Going To Cost Me?

The cost of hair removal is certainly one of my key concerns when making a choice between hair removal systems. No No Hair System sells for $270 which is much cheaper than professional laser hair removal. You will also have to factor in the cost for new blades which costs $25 for a pack of 3. Although the No No hair system comes with a buffer and smoothing cream, you won’t need to reorder this really. I don’t use the buffer, I just use a cloth to rub the hair off and I use my own natural skin lotion.

Keeping in mind that a professional laser hair removal session (1 session) costs between $100 (upper lip) to $800 (back) depending on the body part, $270 is very economical in comparison. Also, considering that laser hair removal involves a few treatment sessions to achieve long-lasting results, it is definitely the most expensive option available.

The “Ouch” Factor

Another consideration with any hair removal treatment is the risk of pain or adverse reactions.

This is an important consideration for many people when it comes to choosing not only their preferred hair removal method but also the system. How does the No No Hair System score on the pain scale?… is the No No Hair System painless? Yes, absolutely. The No No Hair System is indeed painless on my skin, my friend’s skin, and on the users I researched online. Outside of a warm feeling and a slight tingling sensation, there is no pain.

As you glide the No No Hair System over your skin, it detects hair and zaps it – in other words, in burns or “crystallizes” the hair. Because of that, there is a distinct odor of burning hair that lingers in the air. Unpleasant, yes. But not a deal breaker. This bad smell was the one complaint most users had. The No No Hair System can cause accidental burns if you don’t use it correctly or if you use it in the wrong areas. I did get “burned” once because I used it the wrong way but it was so mild I don’t consider it a burn.

The Final Word

The majority of users I found online (as well as my friend and I), found a significant improvement in hair reduction with consistent, repeated use of the No No Hair System. In addition, No No Hair System does seem to work for all skin and hair types – I know of two for a fact: dark brown hair with olive skin (me) and light blonde hair with fair complexion (my friend, although her hair reduction was less in the same length of time).

Your individual preference and needs will dictate what hair removal system is best for you. If what you want is a system that will give you a very long reprieve from hair growth, and money is not a concern, than professional laser hair removal is a good alternative. Who doesn’t like to lay back and be pampered? But if you are concerned with cost and want to significantly reduce hair re-growth for a reasonable length of time then the No No Hair System is definitely worth the $270 onetime cost.

If you think you just have to run the device over your skin a few times to have perfectly smooth skin, you will be very disappointed with every hair removal system including professional laser hair and this one.

On the other hand, if you’re prepared to follow instructions and use it regularly for a few months, then you’ll be happy with your purchase. Just do it near an open window… because it smells a bit. Follow directions, do it right, be patient and give it time! Don’t forget, the No No Hair System is now risk-free for 60 days. That’s plenty of time to return it for a full refund if you don’t like it.

I hope this review has helped set the right expectations for the product if you do choose to go with it. When I’m asked “does No No work”, my answer is a resounding yes. Bottom line, I had realistic expectations when I bought the product and I’m very happy with my purchase of the No No Hair System.

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Natural Hair Growth is Becoming Popular – How This Method Can End Your Hair Worries For Good

There are a lot of benefits to be derived from natural hair growth. You just have to get out there and discover the many methods for restoring your hair without the use of those expensive hair loss treatments. When you consider how much many of them are costing today, you’ll easily see why more and more people are turning to using them.

Another big reason why naturally regrowing your hair is becoming more and more popular is due to the many side effects that are caused by various treatments. For instance minoxidil is one of the first ingredients to be passed by the FDA as chemically approved to regrow hair.

The only problem with this drug is that it can cause headaches, muscle soreness, fatigue and various other ailments that just aren’t necessary if you want more hair.

On the other hand you can take something as simple as olive oil and various essential oils and use them to boost hair growth without the hassles. Olive oil can be used as a degreasing tool to unclog follicles. This will allow more hair to flourish and thus prevent the buildup of various oils that can lead to hair loss.

Essential oils like jojoba, henna, lavender and rosemary are important aids to increasing blood flow within your blood vessels in the scalp. Blood is a big factor to regrowing hair naturally since it carries the needed nutrients your follicles require in order to grow. Always remember that the more blood you can get to your roots, the more hair you’ll grow.

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