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Hair Loss Prevention- Why Do Castrated Men Never Go Bald?

Note-This content only presents overviews of hair loss

prevention research for educational purposes and does not

replace medical advice from a professional physician.

The best start to preventing hair loss is understanding the

basics of hair: what it is, how it grows, what system

malfunctions can cause it to stop growing.

Most common hair loss comes under what has been commonly

known as Male Pattern Baldness (MPB). Although referred to

as MPB, females suffer a similar syndrome, so it is more

properly called androgenetic alopecia. Although hair loss

is not life or health threatening, it can cause serious

problems with a personâEUR(TM)s psyche and self-confidence. There

has been no absolute cure found for hair loss, and many

factors of hair loss are hereditary, however there are

several preventative measures one can take to maintain

healthy hair and scalp.

Although both men and women can suffer significant hair

loss, over 50% of men will suffer with Male Pattern

Baldness (MPB), also known as androgenetic alopecia, at

some point in their lives. The reason behind hair loss is a

genetically inherited sensitivity to Dihydrotestosterone

(DHT) and 5-alpha-reductase. The enzyme 5-alpha-reductase

converts testosterone, a male hormone, to DHT, the

substance identified as the end-cause for hair loss.

Hair loss has been noticed and studied throughout the ages,

and some interesting discoveries were made in ancient

times. For one it was noticed that eunuchs: those males

without genitals-never went bald. Men who were castrated as

a result of accidents in battle also never went bald. This

was the first indication that testosterone had something to

do with hair loss. It has also been found that the more

recessive the hair gene, the more propensity toward

baldness one has.

Some common myths have arisen concerning hair loss. Because

of medical advancements many of these myths are being

addressed and corrected. For starters, although

androgenetic alopecia or pattern baldness is genetic and

therefore can be hereditary, it is not passed down through

only your motherâEUR(TM)s side of the family. Either side of the

family can pass down the genetic disposition toward

baldness. Also, contrary to old family tales, wearing hats

does not cause baldness either.

Beyond the genetic propensity of certain people toward hair

loss, there seems to be various dietary triggers that

activate the process, a notion that is promising since this

can be controlled.

The effects of high-fat diets and the increase of DHT

(Dihydrotestosterone), a chemical produced by the body

found to cause hair loss, is not conclusive at this time.

However, there does seem to be a connection; as societies

that consumed relatively low-fat diets such as pre-World

War II Japan experienced almost no pattern baldness,

whereas in post-World War II Japan there is an increase in

pattern baldness as their society consumes a higher fat

diet. In fact, Asian and African men in their native

countries traditionally suffer very little Male Pattern

Baldness (MPB). Although when the same peoples come to

North America, they begin to develop MPB.

Because people of all races and ethnicities tend to develop

MPB or androgenetic alopecia, yet do not exhibit these

tendencies before moving to America, changes in diet may be

a leading contributing factor. Diets high in fat do

increase testosterone, which is the main component in DHT.

More research needs to be done on this topic to reach

conclusive evidence, although it certainly could not hurt

to lower oneâEUR(TM)s fat intake.

There are a number of foods and substances to avoid and

limit the intake of. Substances such as alcohol, caffeine,

sugar and nicotine can deplete the body of nutrients and

raise adrenal levels, which will cause a chain reaction of

producing more androgen and causing hair loss. High levels

of saturated fat and cholesterol rich foods are also linked

to increased DHT levels and their consumption should be

limited. Additionally, common table salt has been linked to

hair loss. And the average diet provides the recommended

amount of sodium intake; therefore, salt should never be

added to food. However, when using salt for seasoning

during cooking, be sure to use salt with Iodine being that

it is a nutrient that is vital to hair growth as well,

unless you are a regular consumer of seafood, which

contains high levels of Iodine.

Although hair loss can be caused by many other variables,

lack of proper nutrition will assuredly cause hair loss in

many people. Fortunately, adopting a proper diet that

includes the proper nutrients can reverse hair loss caused

by malnutrition. One thing for certain, regardless of

whether your hair loss was caused by malnutrition or not,

adopting a healthier diet will help the function of other

areas of the body.

There are some methods that have been used that prevent

hair loss on some people, in addition to the dietary

improvements, there are some naturopathic remedy

suggestions. Massage and aromatherapy have been used with

some success. In minor cases of temporary hair loss, hair

growth can be stimulated by massage, since blood and oxygen

flow to the scalp must be healthy in order for hair to

grow. A blend of six drops each of lavender and bay

essential oils in a base of four ounces of either almond,

soybean or sesame oil massaged into the scalp and allowed

to sit for 20 minutes has been used by aroma therapists to

stimulate the scalp. Once the mixture is in the scalp for

20 minutes, wash your hair and scalp with your normal

shampoo mixed with three drops of bay essential oil.

Massaging the scalp in general for a couple of minutes a

day can stimulate blood flow to the hair follicles and in

mild cases stimulate some hair growth. Of course, one must

be careful to be gentle when massaging and not tug at the

hair or use the fingernails when massaging the scalp. If

one is concerned about fingernails getting in the way due

to extra long fingernails, there are several options. One

is a flat-handed massage, which while not as effective as

the finger massage can provide some circulatory benefits

and results.

There are several electric massagers on the market that

have an attachment for scalp massaging as well. An oriental

method called Qi Gong (pronounced Chi Kung) has been used

to increase circulation to the scalp and face also. The

fingers should be placed at the center of the skull base

and then begin to tap approximately 30 times. Work your way

outward toward the ears continuing to tap gently. After

reaching the ears go back to the center of the skull a

little higher up and work your way around to the ear

region. Keep going up about eight levels, each time

repeating the process.

There is a definite connection between the prostate and

hair loss for men, and therefore a connection between

breakthroughs in BPH treatments developed and their

effectiveness in restoring hair growth. There have been

some herbalists that have experimented with the herb Saw

Palmetto in order to block the production of DHT in

treating BPH. Although most studies of Saw Palmetto have

been for the treatment of prostatic disease, more recent

studies have been conducted on its effectiveness in

treating loss. The herb has been found to work in fighting

benign prostatic disease by lowering levels of DHT, which

is a known cause of androgenetic alopecia. Studies have

shown Saw Palmetto extract is an effective anti-androgen

and therefore there is promise for its effectiveness as an

effective treatment for hair loss prevention.

Rosemary and sage are two herbs that have shown benefit

traditionally when used externally. It is suggested that to

promote a clean scalp, stimulation of the hair root, and

thickening hair one should boil together in water rosemary,

sage, peach leaf, nettle and burdock. Then strain the loose

herbs from the liquid and use the liquid to wash the hair

daily. Also recommended is steeping one ounce of ground

rosemary, two ounces of ground sage, and a half ounce of

ground nettles in one pint of ethyl alcohol for a week,

straining the solution and adding one ounce of castor oil

and one ounce of water to the liquid. This is said to make

a great hair lotion to apply at night before bed or just

before shampooing.

Hair is a living protein, and as with any living part of

our bodies we must be sure to maintain proper health to

optimize our chances of maintaining a healthy head of hair.

Proper nutrition is vital to maintaining healthy hair,

since the hair is a living and growing part of the bodyâEUR(TM)s

system. Viewing it in this manner can help us to treat our

bodies different and raise expectations through proper

care. A healthy balanced diet, occasionally with the help

of vitamin and mineral supplements and exercise are all key

components to a healthy regimen of maintaining healthy

hair.

There is an obvious link to hair loss and prostatic health

and this only increases the pace of hair loss discoveries.

Most treatments for prostatic diseases such as benign

prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) also have the pleasant side

affect of growing hair on the heads of those taking it.

With the pace of research and discoveries today, there is a

great deal of optimism in the field of hair loss prevention

and treatment. Hair is an important part of our dress and

appearance, therefore a large part of our self-esteem. It

is likely that there are answers for your situation

presently or coming in the near future.

Remember, the restoration of hair growth is not an

overnight process. The process takes time regardless of the

method chosen. Be patient and follow as much of the advice

given by professionals as possible. Keep in mind that the

body is a system, and it is the abuse of this system by

food intake and environmental causes that lead to most

common hair loss.

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How to Make Minoxidil (Rogaine) More Effective in Regrowing Your Hair

The standard formula of Minoxidil produces limited effectiveness to regrowing hair.

The first cause of Minoxidil’s limited effectiveness is a substance known as Sebum that sits on top of your scalp and blocks the penetration of Minoxidil. Sebum is made up of fat and debris of dead fat-producing cells, which is the same stuff that earwax is made of.

The Sebaceous Glands produce the Minoxidil blocking Sebum, which causes the majority of Minoxidil left sitting on the scalp. The alcohol in Minoxidil now has the nasty side effect of causing dryness and irritation of the scalp.

Minoxidil works at the Dermal Papilla level, not the scalp surface, resulting in limited effectiveness in regrowing hair.

The Magic of Dexpanthenol

This Vitamin B5-rich substance known as Dexpanthenol dissolves the Sebum and creates a super hydrated and absorbent scalp, eliminating the barrier and allowing for the best possible absorption of Minoxidil to the Dermal Papilla level.

Dexpanthenol is all-around good for your scalp, as it promotes excellent scalp hygiene and helps minimize dandruff flakes.

Dexpanthenol is typically applied at least 10 minutes before application of Minoxidil, which gives the Sebum enough time to dissolve. The best methodology is to apply Dexpanthenol, wait 10 minutes, take a shower using SLS- and DEA-free shampoo, dry the scalp, then apply Minoxidil.

Eliminate the Negative Effects of Alcohol in Minoxidil by Using Carrier Lotion

By using a carrier lotion combined within the formula of Minoxidil, the negative effects of alcohol in Minoxidil can be neutralized. With the alcohol neutralized, Minoxidil will stay in liquid form long enough to reach the Dermal Papilla level, instead of being dried out and left on the scalp to cause irritation and dryness.

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Can Viviscal Stop Hair Loss and Regrow Hair?

Viviscal boasts that it can stop and prevent baldness and grow new, thicker and fuller hair in both men and women with thinning hair. But does this treatment for hair loss really deliver on its promise of growing or regrowing new hair? Is Viviscal a scam or a credible treatment for men and women suffering from alopecia worldwide?

Recently, we learned that world renowned hair transplant surgeon Dr. Glenn Charles has publicly endorsed Viviscal. Dr. Charles has an outstanding reputation for performing state of the art hair transplant surgery and regularly receives glowing accolades from his patients. When asked to comment on his public endorsement of Viviscal, Dr. Charles stated that he’s never had any of his patients display any negative afects. Dr. Charles describes Viviscal to his patients as a “natural supplement” that can promote a healthier scalp and hair. But promoting healthy hair growth is not the same thing as reversing the effects of male or female pattern baldness. Dr. Charles also explains to his patients that there is no guarantee with this product. Dr. Charles claims that most of his patients believe they saw some improvement with this product. However, some of Dr. Charles’ patients reported that they didn’t see any noticeable changes that neither they nor he can identify.

Other hair restoration experts are not as optimistic regarding Viviscal’s hair growth potential. Expert hair loss doctor Dr. Bill Rassman of Los Angeles, California is skeptical of the photographs showcasing alleged results by consumers using this product. Viviscal reportedly contains special marine extracts and a silica compound however, there’s no indication or evidence suggesting or concluding that this active ingredient can regrow hair. Dr. Rassman feels that if these photos were real, the product would have taken over the market years ago.

While there may be no harm in adding Viviscal to your hair loss treatment regimen, men and women considering this product should be aware that their product only claims to reverse thinning hair due to stress, poor nutrition and other health related ailments. Nowhere on Viviscal’s website does it suggest that their product can slow down, stop or reverse the effects of genetic male or female balding.

Viviscal appears to be one of the many products on the market with reported claims that it can stop or reverse hair loss. However, like most products on the market, there’s very little evidence supporting these claims, despite most of the hype people read on the internet.

Men and women suffering from hair loss are strongly advised to consult with their doctor before starting any medical hair loss treatments.

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The Dreadlock Commandments: The Do’s and Don’ts of the Locking Process

“Should I use this or should I use that?”

“What can I put on my hair?”

“Is it okay to wash my hair often?”

We ask ourselves so many questions when caring for our locks. However, maintaining healthy locked hair can be simple (in fact, foolproof) when you know what to do and what not to do to your hair. This article will give you some basic Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to lock maintenance. Before presenting you with what you should and should not do, keep in mind that there is no way to make an exhaustive list, however, this list will get you started. When taking care of your locks, many people are bombarded with what they CANNOT do, that they forget to enjoy what they CAN do. Keep in mind the DON’Ts and embrace the DOs. The new found freedoms that your locks bring also afford you the chance to DO a lot! Here are the “Dreadlock Commandments”:

THOU SHALL NOT USE WAX TO START YOUR LOCKS.

No matter what, do NOT ever put any kind of beeswax on your hair. In the past many have believed that using beeswax was the only why to start locks. However, this ideology couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, using beeswax actually isn’t a good thing at all. One of the main reasons that wax is a “no-no” is simply because of the fact that wax doesn’t breakdown in water. What does this mean? It means that no matter how much you wash your hair, the beeswax will forever be in your locks. Wax also attracts debris, lint, dirt, pollutants, and other undesired things into you hair that might also be hard to wash out. If you ever meet someone that uses beeswax on their hair, look at their locks and you will see the buildup that using wax has left over the years. There are other products that can be used to lock your hair that are also beneficial to your hair as well. Products such as lanolin, honey, olive oil, avocado butter, shea butter, and similar items can have the same holding power as wax BUT lead to healthier hair.

THOU SHALL NOT MAKE CARING FOR YOUR LOCKS COMPLICATED.

Lock maintenance is as simple as it comes. Some try to make the process a complicated maze in order to keep others from wanted to take on this commitment. The only thing a lock wearer really needs to do is develop a good hair routine and stick with it. If need be, you can just get up and go without doing anything to your hair. Keeping the process simple makes this commitment even more attractive.

THOU SHALL NOT WEAR YOUR HAIR IN THE SAME STYLE OVER LONG PERIODS OF TIME (OR REPEATEDLY).

Sometimes we get eager when we get to different stages in the locking process. One big milestone will be when your hair gets long enough to put in a ponytail. Once you reach that stage, you might have the urge to always throw your hair up in a ponytail, EVERYDAY. Please resist this urge. Repeatedly wearing your hair in the same hairstyle day in and day out, will create weak spots in those area that are continuously under stress due to tight hair ties, hair pins, hair bands, and other hair accoutrements. For example, if you like to wear your hair in a ponytail everyday, you might notice down the line that in the same area on every lock you have a spot where your locks look like they might break. This weak spot is from constantly using a hair tie to hold your pigtail. Also, always pulling your hair back may also cause traction alopecia because of the constant tension on your hairline. Just be mindful and try to give your locks time to JUST BE.

THOU SHALL NOT OVERLOAD YOUR HAIR WITH TOO MANY PRODUCTS.

You will get advice from people about what your locks need; but, be careful what advice you listen to. Always research any advice you are not familiar with. For instance, someone might recommend that you use conditioner on your locks; however, during the beginning stages of the locking process, conditioner is a “no-no”. If you use a lock stylist to maintain your locks, ask her/his advice when it comes to unfamiliar recommendations. Remember, the less you put on your hair and do to your hair, the better.

THOU SHALL FIND AN EXPERIENCED LOCK STYLIST TO HELP START YOUR LOCKS (OR TO CONSULT WITH).

Unless you are familiar with the locking process, you might find that seeking out a knowledgeable lock stylist is a great value. It is wise to schedule a consultation with a lock stylist, prior to starting your locks. During this appointment, you can discuss your goals, tentative lock sizes, and provide pictures of the type of locks you are seeking. Also, during this appointment, you can also interview the lock stylist regarding her experience as a natural hair stylist. Even if you plan to maintain your locks yourself after you start, having the locks started by a professional will ensure that your beginner locks are uniform and adequate in size. When it comes to starting locks, SIZE DOES MATTER! If you start your locks too small, then your matured locks will be even smaller because locks tighten as they mature. Moreover, starting locks too small will lead to the undesired consequence of your locks breaking and being weak later on down the line.

THOU SHALL LEARN ABOUT THE LOCKING PROCESS BEFORE EMBARKING ON LOCKING YOUR HAIR.

Equipping yourself with the knowledge about the transformations that your locks will undergo will help to make the entire locking experience more enjoyable. Furthermore, learning about the stages of locking will help you to know whether or not you locks are following the norm when it comes to the locking stages. This knowledge will also help you to determine if your hair is doing anything weird that you might want to discuss with your lock stylist.

THOU SHALL EAT PROPERLY.

Remember, your hair is the product of what you put into your body. This includes the food you consume, the liquids you drink, and any medications you are taking. For example, if you find that your scalp is excessively dry, you might simply need to drink more water to hydrate, versus adding any unnecessary oils to your hair. Eating healthy, not only benefits your body, but it also helps to keep your hair growing and shining. Additionally, exercise has also been shown to help with the growth of your hair as well.

THOU SHALL DEVELOP YOUR OWN “LOCKING” SUPPORT SYSTEM.

Keep in mind that you are not the first person to lock. So, there is always someone who has been where you are in the locking process. When you have the urge to quit or give up, reach out to those individuals who understand your plight and can help talk you down off the ledge. The locking process IS NOT easy. It is the best decision you ever made, but it takes commitment and effort to see your locks through. So, tell those friends who are already locked that you are making that transition and that you will need their support. If you don’t have friends or family around to speak with, seek online support. There are many hair blog, forums, or social network pages with many people who can let you know that whatever is happening to you, has happened to them. Also, having a support system can help to see your goal more clearly.

THOU SHALL DOCUMENT YOUR LOCKING PROCESS.

A Locking Journal is a great investment. This journal filled with milestone pictures and written words from you will help you to better gauge your growth. You will be able to remember the issues that you had 6 months ago that you are NOT having now. In the journal you can also keep track of any products or new hair regimens that you have taken on just in case you notice any changes in your hair. Also, keeping pictures of your hair in different stages of the locking process will help you to “remember when”. So, even if you hate your hair, take a picture. Months from now you will go back to that picture and appreciate that stage a little better. Years into the locking process, your will look back at your journal laugh at yourself and value your locks even more.

THOU SHALL ENJOY EVERY STAGE YOUR LOCKS BRING FORTH.

Every stage of locking is unique and comes with its own set of happenings. In order to stick with the entire process it is important that you appreciate the fuzzy locks just like you will appreciate the matured locks. Consider your locks your child and just like a child, you have to raise them from a newborn to an adult. Have patience with your hair and know that if you treat your hair right and are grateful for the small occurrence and milestones, your hair will grow into well-mannered adult locks. Just don’t get discouraged and give up because your hair won’t obey you.

THOU SHALL KEEP THE END GOAL IN MIND.

This is probably one of the most important rules to live by. Understanding that the way your locks look in the beginning is NOT how they will look at their matured state. This means that when you start locking you might find that your locks are bigger than you desire. But keep in mind that as your hair locks, they will get tighter. So a pencil sized lock in the beginning will be smaller when matured. Moreover, there will be shrinkage in the beginning, but as your locks grow, you will forget about it. Keep that in mind as you start locking and it will give you something to look forward to as your locks evolve.

THOU SHALL BE OPEN TO QUESTIONS.

Just like you did not know everything about locking in the beginning, when people see you with locks they are bound to ask questions. Do answer people if they have valid questions. Now, you don’t have to open yourself up to harassment, but you answering valid questions might help someone else to become comfortable in their skin and take the plunge on the “Lock Side”

THOU SHALL EMBRACE THE NEW YOU.

Deciding and going through with locking your hair requires that the wearer has a certain level of confidence and swag. Your new style may also lead to changes to your wardrobe. Do what is best for you and your level of comfort. Locking your hair give you a new sense of freedom that will spill over into the other areas of your life. Embrace the changes and have fun with it.

NOTE: You might find out, during your lock exploration, that there are other items that might go on your personal DO/ DO NOT list. Feel free to adapt this list to your personal experience, by adding those other things that also did or did NOT work for you.

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Hair Loss in Women – Enter Mesoscalp

Since hair is a very important part of a woman’s body image, women are more likely to go through fear and anxiety compared to their male counterparts, who regard hair loss as part of aging. “Women really look at their hair, some even cry in frustration when they see clumps of hair falling out.”

Hair loss is seen to begin at a much younger age today than it did before, and affects both men and women in equal measure. If present trends are any indication, it is likely that 50 per cent of men and 40 per cent of women would suffer from thinning/loss of hair before they turn 50. The condition is particularly prominent in women as they grow older and reach menopause.

Factors contributing to hair loss are many and varied, ranging from hereditary factors to the increasing number of environmental pollutants. Erratic and faulty eating habits, eating nutritionally deficient food, illnesses, anaemia, poor blood flow to the scalp region, skin pathology, hormonal imbalances and excessive dandruff are major factors.

Mesotherapy for the hair or Mesoscalp, a revolutionary treatment developed in France that promises to aid hair re-growth in women experiencing specific type of hair loss and delay male pattern baldness in men. Originally a medical technique devised in 1952 by Frenchman Dr. Michel Pistor to treat such conditions as infectious and vascular diseases, Mesotherapy has subsequently been extremely successful in the treatment of fat reduction and the elimination of cellulite. Now, it has been discovered that Mesotherapy can be used as a prolonged treament for men and women experiencing excessive hair loss.

Mesoscalp replaces the vitamins and minerals that the body loses as with age. Vitamins such as Biotin in Mesoscalp treatments cause an increase in blood circulation to the scalp area and stimulate the hair follicles. Unlike Biotin hair supplements or other commercial preparations on the market, Mesoscalp claims positive results in just a few weeks, because the medicines are injected directly into the scalp. Hair vitamins or topical medicines can be ineffective in some cases because they are not properly absorbed by the body. Mesoscalp solves this by problem by targeting the medicine directly at the roots. Mesoscalp works by injecting small amounts of specially formulated vitamins under the skin, very close to the hair follicles, using micro-needles. This solution stimulates blood circulation and stimulates re-growth of hair.

Hair destruction and hair fall are continuous processes accompanying advancing age. Mesotherapy cannot do anything for those who are completely bald. It is neither a cure for hair loss nor can it stop natural hair fall associated with ageing. But what it does is to strengthen weakened hair follicles and help them grow into thicker hair. But mesotherapy alone is not sufficient to ensure maintenance of healthy hair state.

It has to be complemented with other healthy habits, including eating nutritious food, avoiding junk food, drinking plenty of water, tackling stressful lifestyles and nourishing the scalp with appropriate hair-care agents.

Persons seeking the treatment are checked for medical history to see if they are fit to undergo the process. They are advised not to use sauna or any other hair treatment, including application of cream or oil, for a whole day prior to the treatment. They are, however, asked to rinse the hair with shampoo.

The duration of each mesotherapy session depends on the hair condition and the person’s pain threshold, but usually lasts 10 – 15 minutes. The injections do not penetrate deep into the skin, but as nearly a hundred pricks may be required at a single time, the scalp tends to become sore. A typical treatment schedule involves therapy once a week for four weeks, followed by once a fortnight for one month and finally tapered down to once a month for four months. On completion, maintenance therapy may be undertaken once every three months.

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Use Eyebrow Makeup to Cover Up Eyebrow Hair Loss

Eyebrow hair loss is a major problem nowadays among many men and women. The good news is that there are various ways that you can use to get back the same eyebrow hair. However, there are no quick ways to get the eyebrow hair back. The tattoo treatment would be an exception here since it does not involve the use of hair at all. The fact regarding the disease is that for many people the major reason is autoimmune disease. The condition is known as Alopecia Areata, which affects the scalp hair, eyebrow hair or any other hairy area of the body.

You can use eyebrow makeup to cover the hair loss. It is simple and you won’t even want to take help from someone else. All you need is your eyebrow makeup kit and eyebrow stencil. When you go shopping for eyebrow stencils, make sure that you purchase the one that suits the shape of your eyebrows.

First, put the stencil over your eyebrows and draw a line towards the inner side. When you have drawn the line, use a dark pencil to redefine it so it does not fade off easily. The color of the pencil should be that of your eyebrow hair color. Now take a colored eye shadow that goes well with the hair color of your eyebrow.

People usually have black, dark brown or light grey eye brow hair colors, depending on age and the natural hair color. Start filling the outline with the brush with the color. Make lighter strokes and use color in lesser quantity so it does not look fake. Fill in the color in between the eyebrow hair as well so it looks natural. When you are done with it, brush off the extra powder on both the eyebrows, pat them with a smudge brush so the color blends in equally.

Now smudge and blend the outline towards the inner side of your eyebrows so it evens out. The look will be more pleasant and bright. If you have very light eyebrows and you wish to have a dramatic look, you can use a bolder shade of the eye pencil.

However, make sure that the eyebrow color does not look like a patch on the eyebrow. It should look absolutely natural and well kept. Also, when you use dark makeup for your eyebrows, make sure that you use a bold black shade of mascara for your eyelashes. Doing so will give a softer and natural look to your eyebrow makeup.

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The Elixir of Beauty

The cold chilling winds of the winter are always a welcoming call for skin and hair problems. Many people complain of dry skin and problems of dandruff that is impossible for them to avoid. Imagine you are an executive of a company wearing a tuxedo or coat and people point out the dandruff on the suit. Embarrassing it would be, Right?

How about you are going to a gathering of friends and having skin problems or dandruff problems? And your friends suddenly point at your dress and laugh at the dandruff that is clinging to it. Won’t you be frustrated about it?

Ever noticed how we shake our hair in winter season and dandruff drops like ice on Christmas? Well, that is a common problem with almost everyone. Let me share with you a home remedy that works like magic against dandruff.

It is amazing how there are solutions right in front of our eyes, and we fail to notice them every time. Such a remedial solution for dandruff is called the “Egg Oil,” which not only is a very effective remedy against dandruff but has many other benefits. Problems such as hair loss, weak hair, and less shiny hair may easily be taken care of by Egg oil.

So here is what we do. Take about six eggs. Boil the eggs properly and peel them neatly. Separate the egg white and collect the yolk (yellow portion) into a pan. Start heating the pan on low fire and stir and mash the egg yolk properly. Put the pan on slow fire and keep heating till the protein in the yolk burns and the magical stuff oozes out of the yolk. That magical stuff is the oil you want to collect for your treatment of dandruff. Let the pan cool down at normal room temperature. And then filter the oil through a clean and fine cloth. Apply the oil on the hair and massage properly. Make sure that all areas of the scalp are properly soaked in oil as it is much more effective this way.

Once the oil has seeped into the hairs and skull here, the rejuvenating process begins. After twenty to thirty minutes, rinse the hair and feel and see the difference. Egg oil gives a very refreshing treatment to the scalp and the hair. Making the hairs strong and shiny and also strengthening any damaged areas effectively.

When preparing the oil, do make sure that there is proper ventilation in the kitchen. And also the doors and windows of the rooms are open. When heating the egg yolk, it gives off a very pungent odor that can cause an uncomfortable feeling. Miraculously the oil is not only good for just hair, but it is also a great remedy for facial skin problems. Applying some oil on the face, and a gentle massage can cure problems of acne and dry/cracking skin. An amazing phenomenon about the oil is that it has proved to be a good natural medicinal solution. It can treat burns and bruises with having any side effects.

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Hair Loss Stress and the Denial Experienced in the First Stage of Hair Loss Grief

There are 5 stages of grief that can also be likened to Hair Loss. In this article I will cover the first stage: Denial.

Denial is a survival reaction to loss or trauma, on a biological level it serves to numb the experience to protect you from your intense hair loss stress.

At this stage the world becomes meaningless and overwhelming, life just doesn’t make any sense to you, suddenly all you can think about is ‘am I losing my hair?’ Hair loss like with death, you become shocked and in denial of what is happening to you. The magnitude of your hair loss stress is usually subconscious, you may not see how it is affecting your behaviour just yet.

Hair loss, in the case of Male/Female Pattern Baldness, is usually a gradual thing, however it can be rapidly accelerated by poor diet and increased stress. The shock does not initially set in but the basis of denial is definitely in play here. Perhaps you are looking in the mirror, going close up, exploring your hair from all angles but not truly taking in the reality that your hair is falling out. You may have a daily feeling of unease with reminders of your hair loss and stressful feelings experienced when you start noticing it getting worse.

As mentioned, stress can accelerate Androgenic Alopecia, also known as Male/Female Pattern Baldness. It can also trigger Alopecia Areata; Totalis; Universalis etc, these are Auto -Immune Disorders. Stress only serves to makes it worse not better.

Understanding your physical reaction to stress:

Following a shock or during prolonged periods of intense stress or unhealthy behaviour, your immune system and vitality is compromised, particularly as your body is in a state of ‘fight or flight’ which means that instead of the blood being directed to your digestion for goodness and growth, your blood is shifted to your muscles in an animal instinct behaviour, preparing you to fight or escape. This is a good state of alert if you are actually in danger, however it is detrimental to your physical and mental health if you are continually triggered or stuck in ‘fight or flight’. If the stress is continually present it stops the body from absorbing vital vitamins and minerals, which in turn affects adrenal glands, the thyroid glands and other organ function.

It is this ‘fight or flight’ response that may have initially triggered your hair loss/alopecia in the first place. Now a added hair loss stress is making it worse. As a double edged sword, also preventing your hair from re-growing. Your body is now not in a state of panic not growth and healing. It is vitally important for your emotional, psychological and more importantly physical health to break the damaging hair loss stress cycle. Stop being in denial about your stress and the impact your hair is having you on mind, body and social interaction.

Being afraid is very closely connected to denial, as it is this fear that prevents us from talking to friends, family or seeking medical or psychological help for the daily hair loss stresses you are trying to cope with. It is the fear to face up to the reality and disbelief that your lovely hair you have taken pride in is slowly or rapidly leaving you, perhaps not to return.

Often because your hair loss and stress may is not fully accepted or acknowledged for how damaging it really is, it can be a very isolating stage. Men and women may keep it to themselves, partly through shame and partly through the denial that it is anything to worry about. Perhaps it runs a little deeper, you may not want to burden people, and you are protecting your loved ones from worrying about you. The truth is the only person who needs protecting is you.

Many men and women ignore the first signs and numb their feelings, often telling themselves that they are not that bothered – not enough to confide with someone. They may not totally deny it but may just try to avoid seeking help or talking about their anxiety or recognising the link between their hair loss and stress that is engulfing them. This is a lonely stage for many.

Get out of denial and out of your stressed state!

  • Talk to someone, a friend or a family member
  • Visit a Trichologist (hair specialist) to get a professional opinion on your hair loss.
  • If you think that it is getting worse, perhaps take photos so that you can actually see if it is or not.
  • Take some action! Research your options, see what help is available. In the case of Androgenic Alopecia also known as Male/Female Pattern Baldness, prevention is better than cure. There are treatments that can halt the hair loss process and some regrowth is possible but not in all cases.
  • If you have Alopecia Areata or other forms, again take action fast when finding a cosmetic solution to cover the baldness. Patches appear almost over night and can accelerate. A more natural alternative to a wig is a Hair Replacement System, but they take 3 months to make. Act fast!
  • De-stress by exercising; walking; meditation is a fantastic way to unwind; do things that you enjoy; talk to someone
  • Try Complementary therapy to help calm your mind

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Hair Loss: Five Best Balding Myths

Yes, you are a product of your parent’s genes, and male pattern balding, or androgenic alopecia, is inherited.

Biology does not mean destiny these days and options are available for hair restoration products such as medical supplements – Minoxidil or Propecia; wigs and hair pieces and procedures such as hair transplants.

Unless you can change your parents, there is not much you can do about your genetic makeup. To set the record straight, here are 5 of the best balding myths, explaining causes for baldness.

If I massage my scalp, it may prevent hair loss.

The benefits of scalp massage have roots (pun intended) going back 5,000 years to Indian ayurvedic medicine.

Benefits include relieving head and neck tension and may increase the production of endorphins and serotonin, resulting in a feeling of well-being.

While scalp massage certainly feels good and is relaxing, there is no evidence it can prevent hair loss. However, there is no downside to massaging your scalp, so feel free to massage away.

Using hair care products can cause your hair to fall out or, conversely can stop hair loss.

Of course, over-processing with chemical straighteners, bleach or relaxers or overuse of flat irons can cause permanent damage and hair loss.

The good news is that both Minoxidil and Propecia have a good track record with preventing further hair loss and in some cases re-growing hair. Minoxidil, a topical ointment approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can be purchased over the counter.

Propecia is available in pill form to men by prescription and should not be used or handled by women, as it has been known to cause birth defects.

If a man’s father has a full head of hair, then he will have the same.

Only if you are lucky, since scientists now believe hair destiny is a combination of genetic makeup from both parents.

Over-thinking or psychological problems can cause baldness.

Although the popular image in the media of bald men as more intellectual, (think: egghead) has no basis in fact, the stereotype persists.

Unless you suffer from Trichotillomania (compulsive hair plucking) – a rare, obsessive compulsive condition where a person plucks out their own hair, most psychological problems do not cause baldness. Trichotillomania affects 4% of the population, mostly women.

Your mother carries the balding gene from her father.

This may be part of the story. Researchers still don’t completely understand what causes male pattern balding. The sex chromosomes, X and or Y, control whether we develop as a male or female. Men have an X and a Y, women have two Xs.

The balding gene is carried on your X chromosome. A man gets one X chromosome from his mother, and a Y from his father.

Conversely, a woman gets one X from her mother and one X from her father; so look at your mother’s dad and see if he’s bald. If so, you have a 50% chance of getting the same bald gene.

However, scientists now believe that there may be several genes causing male pattern baldness but until now, no one has identified those other genes.

A new study, published this year in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, by George Cotsarelis, MD, Chair of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, has found that stem cells play a role in explaining what happens in a bald scalp.

He found that balding may arise from a problem with stem-cell activation rather than the numbers of stem cells in follicles.

Good news – these results may assist in developing future cell-based treatments for male pattern balding.

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New Approaches for Hair Loss Treatment

Humans have tried every imaginable thing to stop hair loss and regrow lost hair. They rubbed the juices of all vegetables and fruits, and extracts of every available herb. Yet, they were unable to find any effective hair growth treatment. Undoubtedly there are numerous natural and herbal treatments for hair growth, but almost all lack systematic studies. If we ever hope to grow hair by natural means, we need to study natural remedies thoroughly. And even those with proven effects need a lot of time and patience to be effective. Another thing that makes natural remedies the least preferred choice in this age of technology is their temporary results. Hairs grown through natural sources do not long last, and start shedding off as soon as the use is discontinued.

For now, we have three types of hair growth treatments that help regrow hair in a natural manner restore a thicker and fuller head of hair. These include medical treatment, laser therapy, and surgical hair restoration.

Medical Hair Growth Treatment

There are a few options available to treat this through medications. Actually, these treatments produce better results if you take them in combination with one another. Let us have a look at these FDA-approved effective hair loss medicines.

Finasteride: Finasteride is the generic name of the probably most effective hair loss drug. This drug treats hair loss by inhibiting production of hair killing hormone DHT. DHT (dihydrotestosterone) is the most important hormone that signals the hair follicles to die – the most common cause of Androgenic Alopecia or male pattern baldness. To date, inhibiting this hormone is the most effective way to stop hair loss. Besides controlling hair loss, this medication thickens fine hair, and this produces considerable effect.

Minoxidil: It is the second most effective treatment. It is supplied in the form of a topical solution. Minoxidil is also a generic name; famous brand names of this medication include Rogaine and Hair Max. You need to apply this solution on the scalp twice a day, or as prescribed by the doctor and massage for a few minutes.

Ketoconazole: This medication is supplied as a shampoo-like solution. This encourages hair growth by keeping the scalp clean from fungus and dandruff. You need to use this as a shampoo twice a week, and leave the leather for 3-5 minutes on your head.

No doubt researchers have studied these medications and found them effective, they are not perfect yet. First, their effectiveness varies from person to person. One may find it very effective while another may find it minimally effective. Second, the effects of all medications are temporary. You will maintain your hair as long as you continue the use of these medications. Whenever you decide to discontinue the treatment, you will lose your hair maintained by these medications. Third, like all other medication, hair loss medication is not without side effects. You must discuss its side effects before starting the treatment.

Low-Level Laser Therapy

Low-level laser is showing some measurable results to stimulate hair growth. Currently, it is regarded as convenient alternative of medication with fewer side effects. However, its effectiveness is an issue of debate. Until now, it is unable to show dramatic improvement in hair density.

Surgical Hair Growth Treatment-Hair Transplant

Hair transplant is to date the most effective treatment to date. It can restore hair on balding places in an effective and predictable manner. Hair transplant extracts healthy, balding resistant hair follicles form one area of the head and plants them to the balding areas. Not all hairs on our head are prone to balding. While the hair at the front and crown of the head are prone to hair loss, hair at the sides and back of the head are resistant to it. This procedure makes excellent use of these hair reserves on our head.

Follicular Unit Transplant: Also known as the strip removal method, FUT excises a strip of scalp, usually from the back of the head, and dissects is to obtain required hair follicles. The wound is stitched together and the grafts obtained from the strip and implanted on the thinning or bald areas.

Follicular Unit Extraction: FUE is a relatively newer and more advanced technique replacing the traditional strip removal method. This technique involves extracting the hair follicles directly from the scalp, without cutting and stitching the scalp. The follicles are extracted using a specially designed punch tool with diameter less than 0.1 mm. What makes FUE a more preferred choice of surgeons and patients is its ability to extract hair follicles form body areas like chest, armpits, and legs as well.

Stem Cell FUE: Stem Cell FUE is the latest advancement in FUE hair transplant. It is the quickest, safest and the most effective hair transplant technique to date. It uses an automated punch tool for extraction of hair follicles at the fastest possible speed. It also allows hair regrowth at the donor area, thus ensuring the most natural looking results.

A hair transplant has only one limitation: the availability of donor hair. At present, there is no way to create new hair follicles; therefore, the patient must have healthy, balding resistant hair follicles somewhere on the scalp or the body. Fortunately, most of us have enough donor hair on the scalp or on the body to create a dramatic improvement in hair density.

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