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Give Your Hair Incredible Shine With Brilliantine, A Product Whose Time Has Returned

Imagine that Sleeping Beauty dozed off a hundred years ago and woke up today. Her world would be drastically different. But at least one thing would have remained the same: she would be able to find brilliantine. In the early 1900s, this oil-based finishing product for hair was commonplace in barbershops and homes. Then gradually, with changing times, brilliantine vanished from shop and household shelves. Fast forward a century, and brilliantine is once again recognized as a product that can add shine and subtle definition to hair.

A hundred years ago, oil and fragrance were the main ingredients in brilliantine. They were easily mixed together at home or in a barbershop. Castor and olive oil were often selected to bring out a sheen in the hair, and essential oil provided the fragrance. But other ingredients used in brilliantine were not as acceptable by today’s standards. Vaseline, lard, suet, and mineral oil were sometimes added. Whatever recipe was used, brilliantine was regarded as the best product for softening and enhancing beards and mustaches. It was also popular among men and women for adding shine and suppleness to their hair.

Nowadays, brilliantine formulas are diverse and complex, but they are all meant to give the hair shine and some amount of definition. Bumble & Bumble’s creamy brilliantine is designed to add a beautiful sheen as well as subtle definition. Garnier Fructis takes a high-gloss, strong-hold approach with its brilliantine. Joico makes a waxy brilliantine for separation and high shine. These companies generally combine synthetic and natural ingredients.

If you’re curious about how a brilliantine would work in your hair, you can give one of these salon or retail products a try. Or, you can make an all-natural brilliantine yourself. Here’s an easy recipe adapted from an old formula.

You’ll need 4 teaspoons of castor oil, 1 teaspoon of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of glycerine, and 2 drops of your choice of essential oil. Mix the ingredients together (and always shake before using). Put a dime-sized amount in your palm, rub your hands together, and gently spread the brilliantine through your dry or damp hair. If you have long hair, distribute more product at the ends. If more shine is needed, repeat applications with dime-sized amounts because using too much brilliantine can give a greasy rather than a glossy appearance. When you’ve finished applying the brilliantine, continue styling as desired.

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How to Use Bhringraj to Promote Hair Growth

The Bhringraj plant is well known for its hair growth properties, but it’s easy to become confused by the numerous names that it is also known by. If you are looking for natural products that contain extract of the Bhringraj plant, then look out for the following names, as they all refer to the same plant.

  • bhangra, bhringaraj or bhringraja
  • Eclipta alba
  • Eclipta prostrata
  • False Daisy
  • kehraj
  • karisalankanni
  • yerba de tago
  • maca

The Bhringraj plant by any of these names is a member of the large Asteraceae family of plants. It can be found growing in the wild in most countries, where it can be seen growing in damp soil, usually at the side of rivers or plantations. It is recognisable for it’s small white flower, and for growing to a height of up to 200mm. The leaves are green but have an unusual red tint around the edges and also on the branches of the plant.

When grown commercially, seeds are planted in a fertilizer rich soil and can be harvested after around 12-13 weeks. Subsequently the Bhringraj plant can be re-harvested around every 8 weeks. Its reputation as a treatment for hair loss originates from India. Indian Ayurvedic medicine attributes many beneficial properties to the Bhringraj plant and its leaves; however it is its effective use as a hair loss remedy that is making it popular more recently in Western culture.

There is a growing selection of hair loss products becoming available that rely on the hair growth properties of the Bhringraj herb. There are many ways of preparing the Bhringraj plant for application or ingestion, but either Bhringraj powder or Bhringraj oil is favoured for hair loss treatment. One method of applying to hair is to boil the leaf juice of the Bhringraj plant and mix with some coconut oil before applying to the hair. This not only adds body to the hair and natural nutrients to the scalp, but also adds a nice black sheen to the hair. The powder too can be used in place of the leaf juice.

Alternatively, sesame oil mixed with Bhringraj powder can also be applied to the scalp and hair, conditioning the hair and leaving it beautiful, dark and lustrous. It is this effect of darkening the hair that makes Bhringraj treatments of particular interest to adults who find their hair starting to grey. By using Bhringraj oil adults can make their hair darker and more beautiful, but also benefit from the Bhringraj plant’s hair growth properties. Users of Bhringraj oil usually find that their hair is easier is thicker and healthier.

Unlike some other hair loss treatments, Bhringraj is a herbal product and as such is a truly natural way to grow hair, prevent hair loss and keep your hair looking beautiful without using harmful chemicals. This absence of artificial ingredients in Bhringraj products makes it the preferred choice for many consumers looking to find the best product for hair loss. Some people have even reported that their hair regrowth has continued after they have stopped using Bhringraj oil.

Bhringraj is sold in both powder and oil form. There are also herbal supplements available for people not so keen on making tea out of the Bhringraj powder. The oil and powder are excellent treatments for hair loss and thinning hair and can continue to be used to keep the hair strong and healthy. The oil can be used as a pre shampoo treatment or massaged into the scalp the night before washing the hair. The powder can be added to conditioners and deep hair conditioning treatments.

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Hair Loss No More Book Review

Hair Loss No More author Jonathon E. Phillips is a leading hair loss analyst who has helped many people including celebrities and sports personalities to combat hair loss.

His extensive experience has enabled him to put together a 168 page ebook which provides a solid education in the way hair grows, why it stops growing, and a whole body approach to minimizing the effects of hair loss and promoting new hair growth.

Hair loss is suffered by millions of men and women the world over, hence, the insatiable appetite for trying anything that claims to stop hair loss and get hair to regrow. Therein lies the danger. This desperate mindset can lead many an unsuspecting consumer into parting with their money for very dubious hair loss remedies.

In Hair Loss No More the author approaches the subject of hair loss in 3 parts.

Part 1 provides an in-depth background of the hair growth mechanism and the main causes of hair loss in men and women.

An interesting section on hair shampoo gives a warning against alkaline based shampoos which can give the appearance of more body and volume but which actually are only of cosmetic value and in some cases they can even damage the hair.

Part 2 is the main section of the book introducing what the author terms a revolutionary Step-By-Step Hair Power Regimen.

Mr. Phillips firmly believes in controlling hair loss from within rather than hoping a magic potion or even a prescription drug will solve the problem. His reasoning makes much sense.

Proper attention to diet, nutrition, regular exercise, and proper breathing are all involved in making sure the scalp gets what it needs to supply the hair follicles responsible for hair growth.

Part 3 goes into detail on modern hair replacement techniques and procedures. If you have any questions about hair transplantation you will no doubt find the answers here.

Finally an Appendix section provides additional resources for keeping the body in a healthy condition with emphasis on coping with stress and learning how to relax.

I personally found the second section on the Hair Power Regimen very helpful. I practice the exercise program outlined in this book and it certainly does much for blood circulation and a general feeling of well-being.

As hair follicles rely on a healthy blood supply delivering the nutrients they need, it is crucial we do everything possible to make sure our diet supports healthy blood and we avoid a sedentary lifestyle and smoking which can have such an adverse impact on our circulatory system.

Background on Rogaine

One very interesting section in this book gives a detailed background to the launch of Rogaine, the hair growth medication approved by the FDA back in 1988. The sales of this drug have been nothing short of phenomenal making billions of dollars for the companies involved.

Not so well known is the fact that comments were made both by the pharmaceutical company representatives and doctors on the advisory board which appeared before the FDA to the effect that this was not a breakthrough medical discovery and the results vary greatly.

However, due to the public’s desperation for a remedy and the media spotlight on this product, sales continue to go through the roof. Mr. Phillips provides documentation to substantiate his observations. Certainly the product helps many with hair loss but be careful in how the results are interpreted and analyze closely the limitations.

In Conclusion

If you or a loved one are anxious about hair loss then this inexpensive downloadable ebook is certainly a worthy read.

It provides common sense, practical steps anyone can take to control hair loss and promote healthy hair growth without having to dip deep into the pocket. A welcome change indeed when it comes to the hair loss industry!

Title: Hair Loss No More

Author: Jonathon E. Phillips

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Do You Know What Kills Hair Follicles? This is What Kills Your Hair Follicles

If you want to find out once and for all what kills hair follicles then you are going to want to read this article. What most people are not aware of is that most if not all hair thinning and balding problems are caused by the inability of hair follicles to absorb the much needed nutrients via the scalp.

If your follicles can’t get nourished then they will get thinner and thinner and eventually fall off, resulting in balding. It’s that simple.

With that said it makes sense to say what kills hair follicles is the same thing that causes balding.

DHT is What Kills Hair Follicles

How does DHT do it? Before I reveal the details let me first explain exactly what this substance is.

Its full name is Dihydrotestosterone and it is formed when testosterone interacts with an enzyme called 5 alpha reductase. Once DHT is formed, it starts to affect the ability of your hair follicles to absorb nutrients from the blood vessels found in the scalp.

And like I mentioned before, without any nutrients, your hairs will literally starve and get thinner. It’s the same thing that would happen to a human or any other mammal; because hairs are made from protein and need to be nourished to grow.

How to Prevent DHT from killing Your Follicles

There are several substances that have proven to have the ability of preventing DHT from causing balding. The best ones I know currently include:


2. The B group vitamins ( vitamin B3, B6, B5 and B12)

3. Pygeum Extract

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Natural Solutions For Hair Loss Problems

The average human head has roughly 100,000 hair follicles and each follicle can grow about 20 individual hairs during a person’s lifetime. The severity and nature of baldness can vary greatly; it does range from male and female pattern alopecia, alopecia areata, which involves the loss of just some of the hair from the head, and alopecia totalis, which involves the loss of all head hair, to the most extreme form, alopecia universalis, which involves the loss of all hair from the head and the whole body. It’s normal to shed some hair each day but men, women, teens and children may all experience excessive hair loss.

Temporary loss of hair can occur in areas where sebaceous cysts on the head are present for one week to several weeks. Poor digestion, parasites and nutrient deficiencies like iron or biotin deficiency shouldn’t be overlooked as possible causes. Some drugs or medications can cause hair loss too, which improves when you stop taking the offending medicine; some of the medications that can cause hair loss include blood thinners, medicines used for gout, chemotherapy drugs used for cancer, too much vitamin A supplementation, birth control pills, retinoids used to treat acne and skin problems, blood pressure medications and antidepressants.

One type of baldness is called traction alopecia, which is most commonly found in people with ponytails or cornrows who pull on their hair with too much force. In the past it was believed that baldness was inherited from a person’s maternal grandfather; while there’s some basis for this belief, actually both parents contribute to their offspring’s likelihood of hair loss. If the thyroid gland is overactive as in Grave’s Disease or underactive, hair may fall out; treating thyroid disease will help remedy this.

When hypothyroidism causes hair loss there will be thinning of the outer third of the eyebrows. Fungal infections on the scalp can cause hair loss in children, which is easily treated sometimes with topical antifungal medicines. Some tumors and skin growths can also induce localized baldness.

Sometimes surgery is another method of reversing hair loss and baldness, although it may be considered an extreme measure. Regular aerobic exercise can help keep androgen levels (male hormones) naturally lower while maintaining overall health, lowering stress and increasing SHBG. Very little testing has been done on the possible long-term effects of Minoxidil on women.

Propecia (Finasteride) and Minoxidil (Rogaine in the U.S and elsewhere as Regaine) are drugs that have been reported to having shown some success in partially reversing loss but one must consider the side effects. The surgical methods used include hair transplantation – when hair-producing follicles are taken from the back and sides of the head and injected into bald or thinning areas. Hair loss treatments and conventional and natural remedies range in price from free to expensive.

Try a more natural way of treatment if possible; taking hair loss drugs requires many months of exposure to chemicals. Propecia is available with a prescription; it comes in pill form, is only approved for men’s use and may take up to six months before you can tell if it is working. There are literally hundreds of hair loss products used as hair loss remedies and treatments.

You might try using double-strength herbal sage tea as a hair rinse or apply to the scalp every day as a tonic. An Asian remedy for hair loss – rub sesame oil on your scalp every night, cover with a cap or old towel; in the morning wash with a good herbal shampoo and rinse with a solution of one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in one quart of water. There is the garlic oil remedy for hair loss – at bedtime, puncture two garlic pearles, squirt the oil on the scalp, massage, cover with a cap, shampoo and rinse in the morning.

Make sure to test all remedies on a small area first and check with your hair loss doctor or skin doctor before trying any natural home remedy if it includes any irritating ingredients. The Russian cure with honey and vodka remedy for hair loss – combine one tablespoon honey with one jigger of vodka and the juice of a medium-size onion; rub mixture into the scalp every night, cover with a cap and shampoo in the morning. Taken orally, saw palmetto is an herbal DHT inhibitor often claimed to be cheaper and have fewer side effects than finasteride and dutasteride; unlike other 5alpha-reductase inhibitors, saw palmetto induces its effects without interfering with the cellular capacity to secrete PSA (protein specific antigen).

Polygonum Multiflorum is a traditional Chinese cure for hair loss; whether the plant itself is useful, the general safety and quality control of herbs imported from China can be questionable – only order form a reputable supplier. The olive oil and rosemary remedy for hair loss – use equal amounts of olive oil and oil of rosemary; combine them in a bottle, shake vigorously, massage into the scalp, put on a cap and shampoo in the morning. Another remedy, massage the scalp nightly with an oil made of one part rosemary oil and two parts almond oil.

The onion juice and honey remedy for hair loss: prepare a hair-growing elixir by combining 1/4 cup of onion juice with one tablespoon of honey; massage the scalp with the mixture every day. The raw onion remedy for hair loss – take half a raw onion and massage the scalp with it; cover the head overnight, shampoo and rinse in the morning. Beta Sitosterol, which is a constituent in many seed oils, can help to treat BHP (benign prostatic hypertrophy) by lowering cholesterol; but be careful, consuming large amounts to get at small quantities of beta sitosterol is likely to exacerbate male pattern baldness.

Consider picking one of the least harmful, topical, natural home treatment remedies (the kind you whip up at home), and try it on your scalp for at least 30 days. And concentrate on boosting your immune system to give your hair the best chance to regrow. Make sure to keep your scalp in good condition at all times.

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The Benefits of Getting Your Hair Done by a Hair Salon

With the current state of the economy, many women are looking to save money wherever they can. This often means clipping coupons for their favorite grocery products, learning to change their own tires, and carpooling for work and school. However, one thing that women should not try to cut corners with is their haircare.

Here are 4 great reasons to get your hair done at a professional hair salon:

1. Professional hair stylists know what products to use to make your hair look its best. Many women have damaged their hair by using the wrong kinds of color, relaxers and other products. Others may have split ends, or damage from heating their hair with blow dryers and curling irons. A hairdresser may have products on hand that will help to repair this damage, as well as to help protect your hair from future mishaps.

2. A professional hair stylist can help you find a look that works for your facial type and personality. Let’s face it, the style that you wore in high school tends to get a little old once you hit thirty. Also, while Halle Berry may be able to pull off the latest short style, if your face is square it may not look as fabulous. A hair dresser will be able to find a style that matches your face and personality while keeping you abreast of the newest styles and helping to keep your look from becoming dated.

3. Your look is almost as important as your resume. When it comes to landing a great job or moving up in the company that you are already a part of, looking the part goes a long way towards letting potential employers know that you are prepared for success. Getting your hair done professionally shows that you care about details like your appearance enough to not cut corners by doing things yourself that can be done better by someone else.

4. Getting your hair done at a hair salon helps you save time. Many women shave about 30 minutes to an hour off of their daily prep time when getting ready for work just by having a style that is low maintenance and that can last at least a week between sessions.

As they say, the hair is a woman’s crowning glory. Mess with anything else, but not the hair. Do not take chances and get your hair done at a professional hair salon.

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Does Castor Oil Help Hair Growth? Steps in Using Castor Oil For Hair Growth

Does castor oil help hair growth? A lot of people are asking this question especially among the ones who are facing hair loss and thinning problems. People who usually encounter this kind of issue are those who are in their late thirties and early forties onwards. This is also common among those who are regularly taking medicines like anti-fungal and antidepressants; as well as for women who are taking contraceptives on a regular basis.

Hence, if you belong to one of these categories, then you are more likely to be facing this kind of problem and you will eventually ask the question: does castor oil help hair growth? The answer to that is “yes, it can help a lot,” in fact many people are using it to treat their hair loss problem by following some procedures in using it; which I shall be discussing further on.

Does castor oil help hair growth? Yes, it does; in order to do that, just follow the following procedures: in order to create your own treatment solution, mix this oil with grape seed oil in equal proportion; apply the mixture to your scalp by gently massaging it and covering the entire scalp including the areas around your ears and above the back of your neck. After doing this procedure, completely wrap your hair with a towel and leave it covered for at least 15 to 20 minutes in order to allow the oil to fully penetrate your scalp and maximize it’s effects.

Afterward, you can rinse your treated hair with warm water and completely wash out the solutions. If you do not like the smell of your hair, you can use shampoo after an hour to allow the effect of the solution to be fully optimized. Repeat this procedure for at least twice per week for the next few months and you shall observe great improvement on your current condition.

This is just one aspect of the whole program; the other part is to regularly take essential vitamins and minerals that will develop hair; such as those containing vitamins A, B, C and E. Additionally, try to modify your meal plans to include fruits and green leafy vegetables because they are good sources for the nutrition you need for this purpose. At this point, your question on does castor oil help hair growth is already fully discussed and you already know the answer.

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Why is My Scalp Itchy With Hair Loss?

I often write about issues of the scalp and hair. Yesterday, I got an email from someone who asked me if their hair loss could be related to their itchy, painful scalp or if one caused or contributed the other.  I’ll try to explain all that goes into the answer to that question in the following article.

Which Came First – The Hair Loss Or The Scalp Problems?: It’s actually relatively common for large amounts of hair loss and shedding to contribute to scalp issues.  In many cases of telogen effluvium or te (losing over 100 hairs per day for a significant period of time, usually caused by changes in your body like starting or stopping medications or illness), the act of many hairs going into the resting phase and being extracted / kicked out of the scalp can cause a lot of inflammation and irritation.  This alone can cause itching and pain.  And, when many hairs are trying to then regrow at once, this too can cause itching.  The scientific name for this is “burning scalp syndrome,” but even dermatologists disagree on what causes it. 

Some think it is a physical response to the changes / resting phase of many hair follicles at once, but I’ve had some doctors suggest to me that it is psychological, stemming from the stress of going through TE or hair loss. Whatever the cause, I know first hand that this is very real and can be very troubling when you are experiencing it.

Scalp Issues That Cause Hair Loss: With that said, there are some scalp issues that happen before the hair loss and are often the root cause of the shedding and loss.  Usually these conditions can be broken down into scarring alopecia (which includes conditions like folliculitis decalvans and lichen planopilaris) and severe scalp conditions like psoriasis, tinea capitis, and seborrhoeic dermatitis. Bacterial or yeast infections of the scalp can also cause inflammation and hair loss.

Scarring alopecia is typically very hard to ignore. There is generally scaling, plaque, very noticeable redness, and often patterned loss around the wound(s).  The non scarring scalp conditions can present with more diffuse or over all loss and can be harder to spot (although you FEEL the problem, even if you don’t see it.)

Inflammation Is The Common Denominator:  In cases of scarring alopecia, a doctor is typically needed.  But, sometimes cases of TE or telogen effluvium and passing seasonal scalp issues mean waiting it out, stopping the trigger that is the cause, and / or helping to reduce the inflammation and irritation while waiting for the treatments to work.  There are many natural ingredients that work well for this.  Some have anti bacterial properties as well. Examples are tea tree oil, emu oil, lavender, and cedar wood.  It’s important to handle these properly though because they typically need to be diluted, rotated and placed with carrier oils to be both effective and to prevent build up and follicle clogging.

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Discover How to Rejuvenate Dead Hair Follicles and Restore Your Hair With Vital Nutrients

It is true that dead hair follicles lead to baldness; but, did you know that you can actually revive and regrow your hair naturally? Yes, you can and this article is going to tell you the natural nutrients that will help you achieve that.

The major cause of dead hair follicles is DHT; it suffocates the follicles and causes them to whither, which leads to thinning and eventually to baldness. So if you notice that your hair is thinning, you should quickly look for solution before it progresses further.

Do not underestimate the power of herbs; most of these herbs have been used for centuries by the ancient people because of their health benefits. One of them is Saw palmetto which has been used by Native Americans for years for the treatment of prostrate disease.

It is important to note that there is a link between prostrate disease and dead hair follicles: both are caused by DHT. DHT is a derivative of the male hormone (androgen), although women have this hormone too. The hormone is converted to DHT by 5-alpha reductase enzyme; over production of dht leads to serious problems such as prostrate disease and baldness.

So, the most effective way to treat baldness is by using a product that blocks dht. Saw palmetto has been proven effective at reviving dead hair follicles; it prevents 5-alpha reductase from converting androgen to DHT.

Other herbal extracts proven to be effective at boosting hair regrowth include Nettle roots, Muria pauma and Horsetail Silica. Others include vital vitamins and minerals that support strong and healthy hair such as Vitamin B6, Biotin, Magnesium and Zinc.

Poor nutrition has been linked to hair loss; hence, taking a dietary supplement that contains these vital nutrients will help to revitalize your dead hair follicles, thereby helping your hair to grow back normally. However, it will not happen overnight; it could take about 4-6 months to see positive result. So you need to be patient and give it time to work; it is also important to start early because the earlier you start, the quicker it works.

Hair loss can be very traumatizing because it can affect your self-esteem negatively, but the good news is that you can do something about it to reverse the process. If you need more information on the best natural treatments for male and female patterns of baldness, visit my website.

Discover the best natural nutrients for dead hair follicles today.

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Top 10 Hair Loss Product Review Sites

The top 10 websites for honest, unbiased hair loss product reviews. Which websites can help you sort through the field of hair loss products?

1. -Ask Doc Web gives detailed information on products to reverse thinning hair-answering these questions: “What is it?” “How does it work?” “What side effects do users report?” “How long does it take to work?” “Does it work for women?” and “What are the ingredients?” It offers general notes, information on ordering, and finishes with a section for consumers to post their experiences-invaluable!

2. -This site offers product reviews on non-medicated hair treatments. These treatments include natural fiber sprays, scalp concealers that lessen the appearance of thinning hair and hair thickeners that increase the body of existing hair.

3. -This site rates treatments based on the following categories: For use in (men or women), Treatment type (DHT Inhibitor, Androgen Blocker, Growth Stimulant, or Anti-inflammatory), User rating (based on review), Main purpose and Overview.

4. -This site sells practically every over-the-counter hair loss treatment available. It gives you the option to purchase products and to compare prices. User reviews give you an un-edited opinion about the actual success of the product according to consumers like you.

5. -This site offers comprehensive overviews of the most common and most effective hair treatment options, including hair transplants, and medications including minoxidil and finasteride.

6. -This is one of the best web sites for personal products and honest consumer reviews.

7. -A site focusing only on over-the-counter hair loss products and treatments. Provides information on how each product works, as well as offering the advantages and disadvantages of each product.

8. -A very helpful list of products for thinning hair. Products are categorized as “Proven, Certified, FDA Approved Treatments” or “Popular Hair Loss Treatments.” The popular loss treatment section contains vitamin supplements, laser hair combs, and over-the-counter medications. Products are discussed based on the company claims and medical evidence. The site lists any side effects of each product.

9. – Best Hair Loss Product Reviews gives a comparison of seven top products. The comparison chart lists whether the product is suitable for men and suitable for women. It describes the product’s main purpose, price, overall rating, and provides further reading material on each treatment.

10. -Total Beauty is geared a little more toward women’s hair treatment needs. It lists 39 products and provides consumers’ unbiased opinions on the effectiveness and overall experience using each product.

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