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How To Get Rid Of Hemorrhoids – Is Aloe Vera An Effective Cure For Hemorrhoids?

How to get rid of hemorrhoids is a question that will have a different answer from every person you ask.

There are a variety of treatments, ranging from home remedies to surgical procedures that claim to get rid of hemorrhoids permanently.

Reality is to get rid of hemorrhoids for good you must employ treatments that will heal the damaged tissue from the inside out. You can find a number of herbal treatments that do just that, however, in this article we will focus on one that has been used for centuries to heal many ailments, including hemorrhoids. That herb is Aloe Vera.

Aloe Vera is an herb that is native to Africa. It has been used for centuries to treat things such as burns, digestive disorders, eczema, hair loss, itching and hemorrhoids.

It is available in a variety of forms to include liquid and gel. The most pure form of aloe comes directly from the plant and this has the best results when treating hemorrhoids. Aloe plants are pretty easy to find at large stores that carry a variety of plants.

Aloe can be used internally or externally. For external hemorrhoids, apply a small amount of aloe vera to your finger and massage into the rectum. It should begin to soothe the area and alleviate some of the irritation on contact.

For internal hemorrhoids, you can peel the leaf of the aloe to expose the soft part, cut it in strips and freeze until of a solid consistency. Once it has frozen or becomes solid, insert the aloe suppository into the anus.

The coolness of the aloe will feel good on contact and it will begin working to shrink the hemorrhoids and stop the bleeding.

Another option is to insert liquid aloe into a syringe with no needle and insert it gently into the anus. It will do the same as the suppositories without the added coolness from freezing.

You can apply aloe as often as necessary throughout the day.

Even though aloe vera is a great hemorrhoid treatment on its own, you can achieve faster results by combining with other herbs proven to heal hemorrhoids or by utilizing specific products designed to cure hemorrhoids that contain a blend of herbs and other ingredients designed to eliminate hemorrhoids permanently.

There a few good hemorrhoid treatments on the market that combine a number of herbs, oils and other ingredients that have been proven to eliminate hemorrhoids.

Just remember that it is very possible to get rid of hemorrhoids. However, no matter what treatment you utilize to heal your condition, the hemorrhoids will return if you do not eliminate the things from your life that caused them to occur in the first place.

In most cases, altering your eating habits to include foods high in fiber, moderate exercise and consuming eight to ten glasses of fluids daily will help to keep them from flaring up again in the future.

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Hair Loss Treatment Side Effects – When You Should Be Concerned

While research is available to support the generally-held idea that hair loss treatment side effects are not serious enough to warrant medical concern, and in 1996 the FDA approved Rogaine with minoxidil for over-the-counter sale, you should still be careful if you are considering a hair loss treatment.

Side Effects From Minor To Serious

While some treatments for hair loss may produce either minimal or no side effects on their own, when used with other medications, their hair loss treatment side effects can be magnified. They may also produce unexpected side effects if the user has an underlying medical condition.

Users of Rogaine, for instance, have found that among its hair loss treatment side effects are scalp irritiation and itching, or dryness, redness, and flaky skin. All of these conditions, however, may be alleviated with a reliable dandruff shampoo; Rogaine, however, has very rarely caused some more serious hair loss treatments side effects which require medical attention.

They include blurred vision; a significant drop in blood pressure; rapid heartbeat; dizziness; headache; decrease libido or even impotence; sudden weight gain; and even chest pain.

A Surprising Hair Loss Treatment Side Effect

Another hair loss treatment side effect, which is not technically unintended, is that any areas of the body which come into contact with a topical hair loss treatment may begin to grow unwanted hair. Those using the topical treatments should be very careful to protect any skin on which they do not want new hair growth, and to wash their hands thoroughly after each application.

A Cosmetic Side Effect

Another of Rogaine’s hair loss treatment side effects is that it can leave a user’s hair looking greasy; this is a result of the Propylene Glycol in the original Rogaine Formula. Rogaine Foam, now available for men, eliminates the problem, but women can only use the over-the-counter 2% Rogaine solution.

Hair loss treatment side effects are, unfortunately, something to which their users will have to adjust, as hair loss treatments require a period of several months to produce visible results. And they all have to be applied once or twice a day.

The hair loss treatment side effects of Rogaine are typical of those caused by other hair loss preventatives, and are in most cases limited to scalp irritation. But any more severe conditions which develop after you begin using a hair loss treatment should be brought to your doctor’s attention.

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Sesame Oil Hair Recipes To Grow Hair Long Fast Naturally

Recently I was just as delighted as a lady who shared with me how she found out sesame oil and water worked great to restore the health of her scalp and hair. Consistently using sesame oil for her scalp massages and to apply on her hair has stopped her scalp from itching. Since then, her hair has become less dry and fizzy which makes her really happy.

It is indeed good news from her and I am as delighted to hear that she found that sesame oil does wonders for her scalp and hair. Incidentally, sesame oil is something I also use occasionally for especially my scalp massages.

In fact, I use a variety of oils and it all really depends on how I feel or what recipe I feel like doing during a certain period of time, like for a couple of weeks. I ‘spontaneously schedule’ and rotate my hair recipes while exploring new stuff or new ways to mix and match the ingredients I know work to grow hair long fast.

I will share some sesame oil recipes to grow hair long fast. However, if you wish to give sesame oil a try, as always, you need to first check with your doctor for any allergies – especially if it is something new to you. I do know of a few friends who are allergic to sesame, as some are allergic to nuts.

Once you are ready, here are some ways to use this simple and cheap oil.

Sesame Oil Hair Spray

This is the simplest recipe. Put 2-3 drops of sesame oil and some water into a handy and small pump or spray bottle that you can with you. Before use, just give this mixture a good shake to mix well. Then spray or squirt some on your hands to apply to your hair ends. Well, now you have a handy little bottle of hair spray or hair moisturizer to use throughout your day as and when you need.

Hair sprays are the easiest to make and can be very handy especially when I know I need to be outdoors like in the sun, in the park, on the beach, etc. After a swim and after I wash my hair, using just a little of this natural spray does wonders to moisture dry hair.

Sesame Oil Scalp Massage

Follow these 6 steps for a-feel-good sesame oil and scalp massage:

Step 1 – Comb your hair. Wash your hair clean and dab dry.

Step 2 – Apply sesame oil directly on to your scalp using your fingertips. Do not apply on to your hair ends. Now, massage your scalp for some at least 5-10 minutes. Get the oil to penetrate into your scalp skin or pores.

Step 3 – For dry, coarse, brittle or fizzy hair, apply some sesame oil on to your hair ends with the palm of your hands. Glide them evenly onto your hair or use a comb.

Step 4 – Leave on for 30 minutes. If you feel you want to wrap your hair up in a warm towel, this is great too, especially for dry textured, fizzy or coarse hair.

Step 5 – Otherwise, you may leave this on overnight. Just remember to use a cloth or towel to cover your pillow. Wash this off when you wake up the next day. Otherwise, you may also skip this step and move on to Step 6.

Step 6 – Wash and rinse your hair with mild shampoo. Your hair is clean. There is no need to wash until it is too dry and ‘squeaky clean’. It is alright if your hair feels ‘moist’. Otherwise, if it feels too dry, especially for dry textured hair, you may want to spray some moist to it later. Another way is to add honey to your mild shampoo as a conditioner.

Sesame Oil Hair Conditioning Warm Treatment

This is not something you need to do every day as this takes more time to do. For dry, coarse, brittle and hair with split ends do this routine once or twice a week, for a good start. Then you may lessen the number of times depending on the condition of your scalp and hair.

When you are ready, here are 6 simple steps to follow:

Step 1 – Comb your hair. Wash your hair and dab dry.

Step 2 – Put sesame oil in a small flat-like dish. Place this dish on a mug of steaming hot water to warm the oil.

Step 3 – Apply warm sesame oil on to your scalp lines or skin – again, not on your hair, yet. Take your time to do your scalp massage really well.

Step 4 – Apply or ‘glide’ sesame oil evenly on your hair, especially hair ends. Use a comb to do this evenly.

Step 5 – Wrap a hot towel over your hair. Leave your hair wrapped for 30 minutes to 1 hour – this really depends on your own convenience and time.

Step 6 – Remove towel, wash and rinse hair with a good mild shampoo.

Take your time to have fun, play around and fine tune your recipes to best suit you or suit your scalp and hair condition.

I always have a fun time exploring my ‘grow hair long fast’ recipes and I hope you find this information useful and have fun exploring too!

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Which Remedies For Baldness Work?

WHICH REMEDY FOR BALDNESS WORKS?

With each remedy for baldness I have split up into two categories: “drugs” and “natural”. Both remedies for baldness are said to work to a degree. The drugs (creams and pills) have had various clinical trials performed on them, but on the downside they are occasionally susceptible to unwanted side-effects. The natural remedies for baldness most often have had no clinical trials attached, merely word of mouth recommendations, but normally have fewer side-effects (at least less unwanted ones) reported. If you are unsure on which type to try, it is possible to try both (but please get advice from a physician before doing so).

ALLOPATHIC REMEDIES FOR BALDNESS

Before I start on any allopathic remedies for baldness, I have to explain the current thinking in science behind the causes of losing hair so that the mechanism and effectiveness of the drugs are easily understood.

Men convert excess testosterone into a more potent form called DHT by the enzyme 5a reductase. The DHT is highly active on the hair follicle receptors, readily latching to them and restricting blood flow to the hair. This causes the hair to become thin and miniturized creating the “peach fuzz” look. There is apparently a greater quantity of this enzyme in the scalp of men who are susceptible to male pattern baldness.[1]

Women, however, have excess of the enzyme aromatase which converts their testosterone into a form of active estrogen called estradiol. The theory is that after women hit menopause, their levels of natural estrogen lowers letting the testosterone be converted into DHT which makes them more susceptible to losing hair post menopausal. However, that doesn’t explain why post andropausal men lose hair when they become older and their testosterone levels die down.[1]

Well, that’s the theory, so now lets look at each remedy for baldness in turn and determine its effectiveness and availability as of July 2006. Below is a list of each remedy for baldness:

Rogaine (Minoxidol)

Propecia (Finasteride)

ROGAINE

Mechanism – unclear. Seems to open potassium availabilty to the hair.

Effectiveness – average increase of hair per cm2 was 18.5% after 48 weeks. 1 to 3 months after stopping, hair condition returns to pre-treatment levels.

Side-effects – Dizziness has been reported. Local irritation, itching, dryness, and erythema may occur with use of topical minoxidil, most likely caused by the vehicle formulation of alcohol and propylene glycol.[2]

Availability – over the counter.

Cost – $10 to $15 per bottle (one month).

PROPECIA

Mechanism – inhibits the 5a reductase enzyme responsible for DHT production.

Effectiveness – A third study of 326 men with mild to moderate frontal hair loss found that after 1 year, finasteride treated men had statistically significantly higher hair counts on the frontal scalp. Approximately 50% of treatedmen and 30% of those who took placebo thought the appearance of their hair had improved. Hair regrowth was not reported in older men taking 5 mg finasteride.

Side-effects – A decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, or a decreased volume of ejaculate have been reported in less than 2% of patients, which in reality is between 0.5% to 1% when compared with placebo.[2]

Availability – was prescription only. Generic version now available.

Cost – $69.95 for 3 months

NATURAL REMEDIES FOR BALDNESS

Most natural remedies for baldness also work by blocking DHT, either by inhibiting the enzyme or blocking the hair follicle receptor, or providing the nutrient for the hair follicle receptor which DHT blocks. There is also an alternative interpretation of the “DHT alone causes hair loss ” theory. Some believe that it is too much active estrogen-like substances as well as too much DHT that is to blame for prostate cancer and losing hair, and not enough free testosterone in the body.[3]

This sounds contradictory to the allopathic argument, and concerning estrogen it is. Some naturopaths say that it is all about what blocks the hair follicle receptors. It is these protein receptors which attract nutrients to the hair. DHT and estrogen-like pollutants both block the receptor.[3] Apparently, certain bacteria which thrive on fat, produce estrogen-like substances[4], and there is excess of the aromatase enzyme (which turns testosterone into estrogen) present in fat cells of obese and balding men. Aging, a high fat diet and lack of exercise can create too much estrogen and too little testosterone. Even if testosterone is at normal levels, active estrogen levels can still be way too high.[3] Although this doesn’t explain why women with high estrogen levels don’t get male pattern baldness.

Here is a list of each remedy for baldness and nutrient:

Beta Sistosterol (from the herb: Saw Palmetol)

Chrysin (from the herb: Passionflower)

Vitamin D

Vitamin B12

Biotin (vitamin B7)

Iron and L-lysine (for women)

Folligen (copper peptide)

Soy

Rooibos tea

BETA SISTOSTEROL

Mechanism – blocks DHT from the androgen receptors sites found on the hair follicles.

Effectiveness – untested. Mixed reviews from people on health forums.

Side-effects – None, but side-effects of the herb Saw Palmetol can be male breast enlargement.[2]

Availability – over the counter.

Cost – 90 Capsules 400mg $7.95.

CHRYSIN

Mechanism – increases free testosterone by inhibiting the conversion to estrodiol.

Effectiveness – shown to be effective at stopping aromatase in the petridish, but not in the body. Not known if it helps with losing hair.[5] Not a proven remedy for baldness.

Side-effects – none.

Availability – over the counter.

Cost – MRM, Chrysin 500, 30 Caps. $14.99.

VITAMIN D

Mechanism – binds to the many vitamin D receptors in the scalp and hair follicle.

Effectiveness – shown to dramatically stimulate hair follicle growth in “nude” mice.[6]

Side-effects – none, unless taken over 50 micrograms per day.

Availability – over the counter.

Cost – 400iu (10 micrograms) 60 capsules $4.99.

VITAMIN B12

Mechanism – deficiency causes hair loss.[7]

Effectiveness – 40% of Americans are deficient. Not proven to remedy hair loss if taken.[8]

Side-effects – None, unless taken over 100 mcg daily.

Availability – over the counter.

Cost – 1000 mcg, Tablets $7.99.

BIOTIN (VITAMIN B7)

Mechanism – increases blood flow to the hair follicle.[9]

Effectiveness – it can promote hair growth in high doses, although not a proven remedy for baldness.

Side-effects – none.

Availability – over the counter.

Cost – 300mcg tablets $2.99.

IRON AND L-LYSINE (for women)

Mechanism – deficiencies in both these nutrients have been associated with losing hair in women.[10] Interacts with zinc and copper.[11]

Effectiveness – proven effective remedy for baldness for women with losing hair.[10]

Side-effects – none unless taken over 250 mg daily (iron).

Availability – over the counter.

Cost – 100 Tablets $7.29

FOLLIGEN (copper peptide)

Mechanism – most effective blocker of the production of both types of 5a reductase enzyme.[12]

Effectiveness – low copper and zinc enzyme levels caused hair loss in mice.[13] A topical copper peptide solution created near perfect hair rejuvenation in 6 months in a woman with 10% of her hair at the start.[14] No studies on the remedy for baldness Folligen itself, but some reports of success by women on forums.

Side-effects – none.

Availability – over the counter.

Cost – 2 oz tube, $21.95. 2 months.

SOY

Mechanism – promotes the production of the good inactive estrogen. Blocks the receptor sites for active estrogen and inhibits 5a reductase.[3]

Effectiveness – proven to inhibit the enzyme 5a reductase.[15]

Side-effects – none.

Availability – over the counter. A food substance, not a remedy for baldness.

Cost – ?

ROOIBOS TEA

Mechanism – unclear.

Effectiveness – in a 10% lotion called herbasol, 89% had increased speed of hair growth. 45% saw an increase in hair growth. 78% reported no further hair loss.[2]

Side-effects – none.

Availability – over the counter. A food substance, not a remedy for baldness except as above.

Cost – ?

I would personally recommend trying Beta Sistosterol with a powerful multi-vitamin and mineral supplement coupled with the Folligen solution as a good remedy for baldness.

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[1] Have Scientists Accidentally Discovered the Answer to hair loss?

http://www.emaxhealth.com/65/6131.html

[2] Treatments for hair loss.

[http://www.hairlosstalk.com/download/sawaya1.pdf]

[3] Grow Young and Slim

[http://www.growyoungandslim.com/articles/Mens_Health_102a.pdf]

[4] Health Loss Education

http://www.stuff4beauty.com/page/hairlosseducation.htm

[5] Chrysin: Is It An Effective Aromatase Inhibitor?

http://www.vrp.com/art/1208.asp

[6] Vitamin D3 analogs stimulate hair growth in nude mice.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=12399436&query_hl=41

[7] Diet and Nutrition – vitamin B12.

http://www.internethealthlibrary.com/DietandNutrition/VitaminB12.htm

[8] Do You Need B-12?

http://thyroid.about.com/cs/newsinfo/l/blb12anemia.htm?terms=vitamin+B12+and+Tufts+

[9] Biotin and Hair Growth

http://www.add-hair.com/Biotin-hair-loss.htm

[10] Nutritional factors and hair loss.

http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/links/doi/10.1046/j.1365-2230.2002.01076.x/abs/

[11] Interaction of iron, zinc and copper in the body of animals and humans

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=2700243&dopt=Abstract

[12] Folligen

http://www.folligen.com/

[13] Age-related cochlear hair cell loss is enhanced in mice lacking copper/zinc superoxide dismutase

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=10466888&dopt=Abstract

[14] Have Scientists Accidentally Discovered the Answer to hair loss?

http://www.emaxhealth.com/65/6131.html

[15] Regulation of Male Sex Hormone Levels by Soy Isoflavones in Rats

http://www.leaonline.com/doi/abs/10.1207/S15327914NC422_9;jsessionid=nFFp1FovOhX-OhcS3V?cookieSet=1&journalCode=nc

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I’m a Woman and My Hair is Thinning at the Crown – Tips and Advice That May Help

The other day, I received an email from a woman who told me that she was noticing a lot of thinning and scalp showing through at her crown.  She told me: “If I hold a mirror at the back of my head, I see that my part goes all the way to the back.  I can see my scalp back there and it forms almost a little L at the back of my head.  I’m so self conscious of it and I’m always trying to cover it up but I’m wondering if the all the teasing and spraying is making it thin worse. What is causing this and what can I do to fix it?” I’ll try to answer all of her questions in the following article.

Typical Causes For Hair Thinning At The Crown In Women: Actually the crown is a place that is very vulnerable to genetic or androgenic thinning and / or shedding.  Certain areas on your scalp – like the temples, the top, and the crown – are more prone to being affected by DHT and other androgens which can choke out the follicle, kick out the hair, and make the regrowth skimpy and thin so that the over all effect is much more sparse.

So, androgenic alopecia, (or genetic thinning due to age or oversensitivity to hormones), is the most likely cause in seeing more scalp at the back of your head.  But, it is not the only possibility.  You actually start out with less hair in the top of your head than in other areas on your scalp.  The temples are another example of this.  So, these two areas are going to be the first places that are noticeably affected if you are shedding or losing hair due to something else.

The next most common cause of this is probably telogen effluvium or shedding.  There are many reasons that this can occur (illness, medication changes, stress, skin issues, etc.)  but probably the most common cause of this in women is hormonal changes, like birth control pills (going off or on), or giving birth and / or becoming pregnant.  Sometimes, thyroid and adrenal changes can cause TE also.

As I said, any aggressive shedding or hair loss can cause noticeable thinning on your scalp.  But the crown is one area that begins more sparsely so it can be one of the first places that the loss is noticeable.  Other reasons for hair loss include autoimmune issues, allergic reactions, and any condition that can affect your skin or scalp.

How Do I Cover Or Treat My Thinning Crown?:  Your first line of defense is going to be your hair cut.  You want a cut or style that is going to push the hair up and away from the scalp. This often includes layered cuts (although you want to avoid harsh cuts that allow scalp to show through.) Curls or waves can help too.

There are also products now that are like little lifts that you put under your hair.  This lifts that hair up without your needing to tease it.  You basically just lay the hair over the lift. And, you really should avoid harsh back combing or teasing.  The hair here is often quite fragile and you could inadvertently pull more hair out. There are also powders that you get in the same color as your hair that you sprinkle onto your scalp so that the white of your scalp isn’t such a noticeable contrast.

A more long term solution is aggressively addressing the cause of your hair thinning or shedding. If you genuinely have telogen effluvium, you’ll need to wait it out, but you can most definitely stimulate your scalp to ensure that you have quick and healthy regrowth.

If you have one of the other issues (AGA, scalp issues, allergies, medical problems, autoimmune issues, etc.) then you will need to directly address and attempt to fix these things while simultaneously stimulating your scalp to help decrease the loss while increasing the regrowth. Because look at it this way, no matter how good you get at covering your thinning crown, the job is only going to continue to get harder if you have less hair to work with. 

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How Much Does A Hair Transplant Cost?

One of the factors that could affect a person’s decision whether to get a hair transplant or not is the cost. Cosmetic surgery like hair transplant could cost a lot depending where you’ll have it done, who’s going to do it, and other procedure-related cost. This article will give you a rough estimate on how much you should prepare if you are planning to get a hair transplant.

#1 Where you’ll have it done

This is a very significant factor because medical procedures vary per location. Having the procedure done in third world countries would cost you less while deciding to have it done in first world countries will definitely cost you more. You may also want to consider countries that offer medical tourism which offers a certain procedure way less than any other countries.

The following prices are based on a 1000 graft-procedure minus the miscellaneous expenses like medicines, laboratory tests, theater cost, anesthesia, and others.

Location Estimated price

USA $8000 – $10000

Canada $7000 – $10000

Europe $5000 – $7000

Australia $5000 – $7000

India $550 to $1500

Japan $1300 to $2500

#2 who’s going to do it

There has been a lot of news regarding hair transplants done by unlicensed practitioners. Some people opt to get their service because of the low cost. Before you decide to be one of those people, think about the safety and long term effect of the procedure. Remember that these people are not well-equipped to perform such transplant and the quality of their work is not guaranteed.

If you wish to get a hair transplant, get the service of a board certified professional. Though they may not be perfect, but the risk is lesser and their practice is permitted by law and covered by insurance.

Another thing, remember that not all expensive doctors are the best and not all affordable doctors are not as as bad either. Their professional fees have nothing to do about their performance. The best way to find a qualified doctor is to ask around and do your research.

#3 procedure-related cost

Most clinics offer free consultations and assessments. Take advantage of this offer to compare prices with other clinics.

The procedure is usually priced either per graft or per session. For people who have a large bald area, paying the procedure per session is a smart choice whilst if the case is not as worst, you may opt to get the per graft option. However, some clinics drops their per graft price when the required grafts increase.

The cost of the anesthesia, post-op medications, theater cost and lab tests are often priced separately. So, you better discuss this with your doctor as well to avoid any misunderstandings in the future.

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Treatment For Thinning Hair (Minoxidil 5% And Aminexil Sp94 Retinol) Hair Loss Male And Female

Contains 5% Minoxidil and Aminexil SP94

1. Uses tiny micro spheres called nanosomes that are used to encapsulate the active ingredients in a lotion compound

2. Works faster and better than medications containing only Minoxidil with similar tolerability and side effects

3. Allows patients to re-grow normally thick and healthy hair

4. May work for patients who previously did not respond to Minoxidil treatment

5. Intended for both the crown of the scalp and frontal baldness (receding hairline)

What is MINOXIDIL 5% and AMINEXIL SP94 / RETINOL?

MINOXIDIL 5% and AMINEXIL SP94 / RETINOL is the world’s most effective topical hair loss treatment designed for androgenic alopecia and other types of hair loss in men. Clinically proven to help re-grow hair, it is also significantly more effective then Rogaine® or any other topical hair loss treatment currently available.

Through extensive research and testing, dermatologists found that coupling retinol (a vitamin-A derived substance) with Minoxidil produced dramatically better results than just using Minoxidil alone. Retinol helps control the proper functioning of the sebaceous glands. The sebaceous glands produce sebum on the scalp. Sebum contains DHT (DHT which is produced from testosterone is the androgen thought to be most responsible for male pattern baldness), which is then reabsorbed into the hair follicles to do further damage. Proper moderation of the sebaceous glands and their production of sebum can help control skin scalp DHT levels and when combined with Minoxidil further helps prevent androgen related hair loss.

The Vitamin Complex is rich in Biotin and Mineral Salts and provides energy and accelerates the metabolism of the hair follicle. Physical and emotional stresses contribute to hair loss by causing hormonal disturbances as well as a lack of vitamins and mineral salts. In this state, the entire metabolism speeds up, activating the production of hormones, which stimulate the sebaceous glands, causing a build up of grease on the scalp, which “suffocates” the roots, weakening the hair and causing it to fall out. These factors can be the cause of hair loss and can significantly accelerate hereditary hair loss. MINOXIDIL 5% and AMINEXIL SP94 / RETINOL targets this problem with a unique vitamin complex from the finest raw ingredients. Ivy, Hops and Capsicum Herbal Extracts penetrate deep into the scalp next to the roots, speeding up the circulation and the nutrition of the affected tissues, recovering the weakened hair strands.

This formula promotes better circulation to the scalp, addresses damaging free radicals with potent antioxidants, helps to block DHT and fights harmful bacteria. This dramatically boosts the effectiveness of Minoxidil and Aminexil SP94 and promotes hair that is healthy and strong. DS Laboratories proprietary nanosomes act as the carrier enhancement agent. These nanosomes are about 10 times smaller then cells and penetrate deep into the epidermis and continuously release the active herbal extracts over a 12-hour period. This allows penetration deeper into the hair follicle then other carrier agent including Tretinoin or Azelaic Acid and further enhances the performance of all the ingredients in MINOXIDIL 5% and AMINEXIL SP94 / RETINOL.

What does MINOXIDIL 5% and AMINEXIL SP94 / RETINOL do ?

Like any other topical hair loss treatment such as Rogaine or Aminexil, MINOXIDIL 5% and AMINEXIL SP94 / RETINOL will be most effective in early stages of hair loss. However, many users who did not respond to the Rogaine or Aminexil treatment may see results with MINOXIDIL 5% and AMINEXIL SP94 / RETINOL including users with advanced stages of hair loss. You can also expect more pronounced and faster results (thicker fuller hair with result after just 3 months of use) then with either Rogaine or Aminexil alone.

If your hair loss is caused by hereditary factors then continued use will be required to maintain new hair growth. If you discontinue use of MINOXIDIL 5% and AMINEXIL SP94 / RETINOL then hair that grew under the treatment will begin to fall out over a period of 2 – 3 months. There is no “cure” for hair loss; MINOXIDIL 5% and AMINEXIL SP94 / RETINOL simply allows you to control hair loss.

If the cause of hair loss is related to other factors such as diet, emotional or physical stress, and hormonal changes then it is possible to completely discontinue the use of MINOXIDIL 5% and AMINEXIL SP94 / RETINOL and retain the newly grown hair.

What are the Active Ingredients in MINOXIDIL 5% and AMINEXIL SP94 / RETINOL ?

Minoxidil 5%: Clinically proven to help re-grow hair; approved by the FDA in treating male-pattern hair loss for more then 15 years.

Aminexil SP94: Clinically proven to help re-grow hair; Aminexil is a patented molecule that is the result of over 10 years of research at L’Oreal laboratories. Research has indicated that hair loss is linked to the stiffening of the hair roots and Aminexil has been specifically developed to prevent the stiffening and premature aging of the roots.)

Retinol: Has been shown to improve the absorption and effectiveness of Minoxidil; Minoxidil and Retinol is often prescribed together by dermatologists

Vitamin Complex: Accelerates the metabolism of the hair follicle.

Herbal Extracts: Provides circulation and nutrition to the affected tissues).

Nanosomes: Microscopic capsules deliver active ingredients deeper into the tissue.

Adenosinez: Powerful hair regrowth agent, similar action to Minoxidil with no side effects.

Procyanidin B-2 and C-1: Hair regrowth agent with no side effects, exceptional results when combined with minoxidil.

The addition of Adenosince and Procyanidin B-2 and C-1 is a recent innovation that further boosts the performance of MINOXIDIL 5% and AMINEXIL SP94 / RETINOL. Both compounds are encapsulated in our proprietary nanosomes. MINOXIDIL 5% and AMINEXIL SP94 / RETINOL is the only formulation in the world that delivers Adenosine and Procyanidin B-2 and C-1 in a nanosomal carrier agent. MINOXIDIL 5% and AMINEXIL SP94 / RETINOL works by combining the effectiveness of each of the active ingredients and simultaneously combating various causes of hair loss. This formula also enhances the action of each ingredient to grow normally strong and healthy hair which is not possible to achieve with any of the active ingredients alone. MINOXIDIL 5% and AMINEXIL SP94 / RETINOL produces more rapid results then Rogaine and produces effective results in users who previously did not respond to the Rogaine treatment. MINOXIDIL 5% and AMINEXIL SP94 / RETINOL can also treat hair loss on the entire scalp including the frontal areas, while Rogaine® (pure Minoxidil) has only been shown effective on the crown of the scalp.

Minoxidil has been tested in hundreds of clinical studies on thousands of volunteers and has been shown effective in the treatment of hair loss particularly on the vertex of the head. Minoxidil has been approved for use in treating male-pattern hair loss for more than 15 years. Clinical studies of the effects of 5% Minoxidil in treating male-pattern hair loss report that a majority of patients found: Very effective to effective results in promoting new hair growth over the period of treatment. Decreased hair loss. Minimal side effects. Results of the studies were evaluated by both patients and physicians; in one of the studies, physicians with male-pattern hair loss were included in the study population.

Aminexil is the only other clinically proven medication that has been shown to be effective in the treatment of hair loss. Research at L’Oreal laboratories has discovered that hair loss in men and women is linked to the accelerated ageing of the roots characterized by the stiffening of hair roots. This causes the roots to become rigid and compresses the blood vessels that nourish and stimulate them. The roots weaken, and the hair falls out prematurely (alopecia). In men, the stiffening of roots gradually spreads; the roots produce hair that is increasingly fine and has an ever shorter life span. Aminexil is a genuine anti-hair loss innovation and fights against the stiffening of hair roots, closely linked to their premature ageing. Thus, Aminexil preserves the vital functions of the roots and helps to reduce hair loss. Aminexil is protected by an international patent and guarantees effectiveness verified by dermatologists.

Product Ingredients:

Minoxidil 5% (Meets Ep And Usp Specifications), Aminexil Sp94, Retinol, Nanosomes, Copper Peptides, Vitamin & Mineral Complex.

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What is the Best Treatment for Grey Hair

When your hair goes grey it is due to the fact that the cells in the follicles called “Melanocytes” no longer generate pigment, the main one being melanin. The hair follicle loses all pigment over time and eventually goes white. The white against your darker hair give the effect of grey. As your hair is no longer as healthy as it use to be you need to consider treating it to prevent it from going brittle and lifeless.

The vital vitamins that you would need in this case is B12, and Omega 3’s. You can take these supplements as tablets or you can use a shampoo that contains these types of nutrients. There are many products on the market that promise to treat Grey Hair or even take Gray Hair away. Beware as there are only a few that will actually be effective.

If you are looking for a shampoo that will replace the lost nutrients then you need to make sure that the ingredients of the shampoo will actually treat the problem. If the shampoo contains Emu oils then you know that the product will work. The Emu oil contained in the shampoo is known as the follicle awakener and has been used by many to help prevent the onset of gray hair. Every hair must have omega 3’s to grow properly. And Emu oil is the only ingredient that we know that can moisturize the hair enough to get it back up to an 8% moisture rate as it is supposed to be.

Now although a shampoo with these types of ingredients will help with the lack of moisture in your hair you may find in some cases it will actually darken the hair and reverse the graying process to some degree. The Emu oil actually works at the root of the hair follicle by penetrating the hair strand rejuvenating the pigment.

Just because you have Grey Hair doesn’t mean you shouldn’t treat it with conditioner and shampoo. Grey Hair can look healthy if treated properly. If you use the correct products you will find your hair will be healthy, full of volume and in some cases you could even get your original hair color back.

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How Long Will It Take to Recover From Traction Alopecia?

People who suffer from traction alopecia or other forms of hair loss commonly want to know how long the recovery time is until their hair begins to grow. Traction alopecia is different from other forms of alopecia as it is brought on by physical actions placing tension on hair follicles. In other words, you develop traction alopecia after you have pulled your hair constantly.

The pulling is commonly a result of a hair styling process or routine. Additionally, hair extensions have also been known to cause traction alopecia and those women who often wear extensions are at the highest risk of developing the condition.

Hair loss caused by traction alopecia generally begins at the front hair line, but can also occur at the crown of the head or in the form of generalized thinning of the hair. Much like other hair loss forms this condition can cause the sufferer to have a reduced lack of self confidence. The hair loss in other assorted areas of the head can significantly reduce the number of hair styles that can be used; thus creating more stress.

The good news is that you can re-grow the hair you lose from traction alopecia. However, before choosing surgery as the treatment plan, it is suggested that you first allow your hair a chance to grow back naturally. The process will certainly require patience, time, and caring for your hair but the end results will be well worth the effort. Traction alopecia recovery times can range from just a couple months to years. Recovery time will directly depend on the degree of damage caused and the length of time the abuse lasted for.

Whether you like it or not, during traction alopecia recovery times you will have to avoid the hair styles that caused the damage in the first place. Regardless how many articles you read that claim extensions or braids are okay as long as they are not tight on the scalp, don’t listen to this advice. The weight alone from the additional hair will cause additional stress to hair shafts that are already weak and aggravate follicles that are already sore. Hair extensions and braids that are fitted can lead to scalp inflammation. The inflammation alone symbolizes the scalp is stressed. So, it is in your best bet to avoid all activities that further stress the hair follicles and scalp. However, there are a couple things you can do to speed your scalp’s healing process up.

First, you need to halt the application of damaging chemicals such as colorants and relaxers. For example, relaxers are used to permanently straighten hair that is naturally curly. The chief reason hair is curly is due to the keratin products that make up the hair contain amino acids referred to as cysteines. The cysteines link each other by disulfide bonds as two sulfur atoms connect to each other. The more disulfide bonds contained in the hair, the curlier the hair will be.

Relaxers simply go in and dissolve the disulfide bonds and cap them so they cannot reform chemically. Commonly, relaxers use a base or reducer like lye (sodium hydroxide) to break up and cap the bonds. Sodium hydroxide in itself is a very strong chemical that can damage your hair or burn your skin. Even if a commercial relaxer is considered safer and gentler, they still use the same chemical reaction to break the disulfide bonds and cap them. When a scalp is affected by traction alopecia, it contains follicles that are damaged and may be inflamed already. Applying a relaxer to a scalp like this will only further aggravate the situation as it will burn and irritate skin exposed from missing patches of hair; thus prolonging your recovery time. You are not recommended to relax your hair until it completely grows out again.

Nutrition and diet play important roles in recovery as well. Eating foods rich in proteins, vitamins, and minerals such as fruits and vegetables will also help start the biological healing process. It may also be in your best interest to begin taking supplements to make sure you are receiving nutrients essential for hair growth. You can always choose a supplement specifically for hair growth. Many of the vitamins made specifically for hair contain 200mg of Biotin and other nutrients such as magnesium, iron, zinc, and selenium. In particular, biotin is great for increasing the length of time your hair remains in the growth phase which will also keep your follicles actively producing hair.

Protein, however, should be of the utmost importance to you. In fact, lean sources of protein almost always contain vitamins essential for hair growth. However, most importantly your hair is created for protein which makes it essential for the production of keratin. Easy ways of increasing protein intake is by consuming protein cookies, shakes, and bars.

In conclusion, to reduce the recovery time for traction alopecia you should begin by quitting the hair styles that stress your hair follicles out the most; you only want to wear hair styles that do not apply any tension at all to your hair. Additionally, refrain from applying chemical relaxers and colorants to your hair. Finally, make sure your hair follicles are being nourished from inside the body by consuming proper amounts of vitamins, minerals, and protein. If you cannot consume these essential items naturally, then you should begin a supplement regimen that offers them for you.

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How Dead Sea Salts Can Help Your Hair Loss

Hair loss is a common occurrence in daily life. The average person looses up to 100 hairs per day. This number increases due to heredity, stress, trauma, scalp infection, certain diseases, high fever, the use of certain medications, chemical therapies like those used to treat cancer, thyroid problems, hormonal imbalances and various other reasons. The compound called dihydrotestosterone (dht) can have an adverse effect on the growth receptors in the hair follicle; it causes the blood vessels in the papilla to shrink which restricts food and oxygen to the matrix that produces hair protein. Dht also blocks certain receptors in the sebaceous gland producing a heavy sebum that later hardens in the follicle to for a hard deposit restricting the hair and causing it to fall out prematurely. This cycle will repeat itself until the follicle itself atrophies. This result in the term we refer to as baldness.

How do you cure hair loss? Well there are hundreds of companies with products stating they can reverse hair loss. They even claim that they can make hair grow. You have all seen the commercials where the balding man is not only the spokesperson but a client as well. Men and women spend hundreds of dollars to fight premature balding only to find that the product they are using is not for them. So why not go back to the basics and take your scalp back to its natural state, before the hair gels, creams, serums, sprays and other byproducts we use everyday to make ourselves look good. We have to think about detoxing our scalp. How do you do this? The same way you detox the rest of your body, you rid yourself of the unhealthy cells that clog your pores and hair follicles.

Dead Sea products have been proven to improve ailments such as eczema, acne, and other skin diseases. Dead Sea mud has proven to cleanse the scalp, resulting in improving the hair follicles ability to allow hair growth as well as strengthening hair roots.

Mud masks made with Dead Sea mud have also proved to be very helpful when applied to a scalp for hair roots strengthening. These masks help to stop hair loss and enhance new growth. They proved to be 4 times more effective than any other product of the kind during comparative tests with many other popular cosmetic brands. Another very powerful effect of using Dead Sea mud is the fact that as it dries, it pulls out any toxins that may be present in your skin cells from your everyday diet. This leaves the skin completely clean, refreshed and pure on top of infusing it with the minerals. At the same time, it firms your skin and tightens it, giving you an exceptional anti aging benefit and leaving your skin looking younger. Because of this dual effect of exfoliating, cleansing and providing essential minerals, Dead Sea mud is able to help with so many various ailments or to simply keep you skin looking young and healthy for a long time!

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