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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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Why You Don’t Need Any Hair Loss Treatments to Stop Hair Loss

In this article I’m going to explain how several of the most popular hair loss treatments work and then I’ll explain how you can achieve the same results without buying the treatments, using alternative methods.

Topical Minoxidil

The most commonly known brand of topical Minoxidil is Rogaine, but there are several others. Minoxidil works by increasing blood flow to the scalp. Hair needs a good supply of nutrients in order to grow and the nutrients are supplied via the blood stream. If you increase the flow of blood to the scalp you help the hair grow.

Minoxidil is a popular treatment for hair loss and it has been shown in various studies to work on many users. However there are other ways of increasing blood flow to the scalp without having to spend a penny. Here are a few tips for increasing blood flow (and so supply more nutrients) to the scalp and also to generally improve your circulation:

1. Tap your head with a hard bristled hair brush fifty times, two to three times per day. If you have light coloured skin, try tapping your head with a brush around fifty times fairly rapidly. You’ll notice that your skin goes red. Why is that? Well it’s quite simply because you’ve made the blood flush to the skin, which is exactly where you want it.

2. Exercise hard, three times a week. Exercise until you are out of breath, sweating and hot. Again, if you have fair skin you should be able to see your skin go red because the blood has flushed to the skin. Try to sustain this hard exercise for around twenty minutes. Not only will this help improve circulation, it will also help relieve stress (another major cause of hair loss), strengthen your heart and keep you in good shape.

3. Get a nice head massage once a day. Again this will increase flood flow to the scalp and also help relieve stress. It may also help exfoliate the scalp, which is a good thing. Keeping your pores clear is important for hair growth.

There are several other ways of increasing blood flow to the scalp and there are methods of cleaning the body’s blood vessels to improve overall circulation. Generally it’s fairly easy to increase blood flow to the scalp without having to spend any money on Minoxidil. Furthermore the methods outlined above have excellent secondary benefits.

Nourkrin Hair Loss Supplement

Nourkrin is a popular hair loss supplement but there are many others on the market. Some hair loss/hair growth supplements do contain some powerful ingredients that do provide benefits for the hair in some people. However it is possible to achieve similar results and (as with the circulation examples) gain further secondary methods.

You don’t need supplements to provide all the nutrients you need for hair growth. Using some ‘superfoods’, available in all major supermarkets and by slightly adjusting your diet you can supercharge your nutrient supply, for hair growth.

Here are a few foods that you could include in your diet to boost hair growth:

1. Raw eggs. This may sound disgusting but you could add your raw eggs to a smoothie if you can’t hack them on their own. Generally though try to minimise the number of ingredients you consume at any one time. Your digestive system is far happier digesting one ingredient at a time than lots of different ingredients – and this is another argument against supplements. Raw eggs contain some great nutrients for hair growth and overall health (particularly for your appearance). Inositol, choline, B vitamins and vitamin E are all nutrients that benefit your hair. Some B vitamins can only be found in animal products and egg yolks are a good source.

2. Green leafy vegetables. Green leafy vegetables, such as baby leaf spinach, watercress and rocket contain the types of nutrients needed for maintaining a healthy appearance. Generally rich coloured vegetables are rich in nutrients. Strawberries, oranges, broccoli are all good examples.

3. EFA oil. If you’re going to use a supplement, make it ‘EFA oil’. EFA stands for essential fatty acids and these are good fats that cannot be produced in your body – they can only be obtained through diet. So if you’re going to get a supplement, organic cold-pressed extra virgin EFA oil is a good choice – I call it a supplement but it’s a ‘whole food supplement’, usually containing no more than three different seed oils – it’s not the same as a capsule type hair loss supplement, which will usually contain a multitude of various ingredients.

Above are a few tips for achieving the same results as some of the popular hair loss treatments without paying for them. And if you use these alternative methods you will gain secondary benefits. By following a healthy diet you will help maintain your overall health and appearance.

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Hair Loss No More Book Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Background on Rogaine

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

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

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

In Conclusion

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

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

Title: Hair Loss No More

Author: Jonathon E. Phillips

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What’s the Difference Between Thinning Hair and Balding?

I recently received correspondence in which the writer asked me how to tell the difference between thinning and balding. Specifically, she asked: “My hair is thinning out very rapidly. Will this eventually lead to complete baldness?” Is there any way to tell what is going to happen with my hair in the future?” I will try to address these questions in the following article.

What Causes Hair To Thin? What Causes Baldness?: Sometimes, the same factors cause both of these conditions, but not always. By far, the most common cause of balding and thinning are sensitivity to androgens of the scalp or some form of androgenic alopecia (or AGA.) However, there are other conditions that will cause the hair to shed which can eventually lead to hopefully temporary thinning also.

Telogen effluvium or TE is one such example. Sometimes, reactions to medications can cause shedding which causes thinning. Some medical conditions fall under this umbrella also, as do allergic reactions or conditions of the scalp. Most of the time, if you can stop what is causing the shedding, your hair will resume to normal growth and shed patterns so that the thinning out of your hair will eventually stop also.

Also, there is a condition called alopecia areata (AA) which is an autoimmune disorder which will sometimes eventually cause total baldness or diffuse thinning. This condition has nothing to do with androgens, although it is relatively rare. But, with that said, specialist will often tell you that the most common culprit for changes in hair thickness and volume have to do with genetics and / or androgens.

Thinning Can Sometimes Be The First Stop On The Path To Baldness, But This Is Not Always The Case: Let’s discuss how the path to baldness happens when AGA or a sensitivity to androgens is at play. The person experiencing this might notice an increase in shedding or hair loss or they may not. It’s typically not the rate of hair loss that is problematic here. It’s the compromised regrowth. What happens is that because of the androgens and the hair follicles being compromised by them, the hair that is coming back in is miniaturized. It may be lighter in color or more thin in diameter.

At first, the person experiencing this may just notice a loss in volume. But with each hair loss and regrowth cycle, that same hair becomes smaller and smaller in diameter. So, it is able to cover less ground with each cycle. And, this is when people will typically start to notice thinning. Now, sometimes this cycle continues on so many times that eventually, there will only be peach fuzz in the area in questions. Eventually, the peach fuzz gives way to nothing at all and this is when you start to see bald spots in the area in question. Usually, we’re talking about high androgenic areas like the temples, top, or crown.

However, due to genetics or treatment, some folks’ hair loss never reach the level of total baldness. Some people only thin over time and some are able to regrow their hair as medical causes are found or treatment works. Family history comes into play here as does what treatment options you are trying as well as other factors like diet, environment, and stress.

People who are thinning often ask me if they have to just accept their fate to be bald. I don’t buy that you have to accept this. You should know that, even without treatment, not everyone will reach this balding level and there are fewer women than men who reach this. Early treatment can sometimes change the cards that nature dealt you and even mild thinning can often be improved upon.

And, if you’re experiencing thinning due to a temporary condition like TE or a medical issue, you can often see good results if you treat both the hair and the condition that is causing the thinning in the first place. And even hair loss caused by AGA can respond well to treatment.

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Secondary Syphilis Causing Hair Loss

If you get infected by syphilis the first time and you do not treat it, it will move on to attack you another time with different symptoms altogether and is known as secondary syphilis. Syphilis is a disease that is caused by spiral bacteria. The disease is spread through direct contact with a person that has a chancre (a sore that is caused by syphilis). These chancres normally occur on the genitals, the reason why it is a sexually transmitted disease. Chancres can also however occur in the mouth and lips. In the first stage syphilis,it does not cause any hair loss except if the hair happens to be where the chancre is. When the disease is allowed to move on to the next stage it will cause hair loss. We are going to look at secondary syphilis causing hair loss.

In the secondary stage, syphilis becomes characterized by skin rashes and lesions on mucous membranes. These rashes can make their way to the scalp where they can form inflammations on the hair follicles. This will affect hair follicles making them itch such that you may scratch out the hairs yourself. The rashes can also be responsible for damaging hair follicles and affecting the integrity of hair shafts thus causing hair loss. Hair loss associated with syphilis is in the form of patches and follows no specific pattern. The lesions of this secondary infection contain bacteria that will infect other people if they come into contact with the lesions. Secondary syphilis has to be treated once you have noticed it from its secondary symptoms, if it is not treated the disease will go on and advance each and every time such that the result may be death, for syphilis can kill.

The moment you realize you have syphilis, you need to consult a doctor straight away so you can be prescribed some medicine that will help kill this deadly bacterial disease. Syphilis treatment involves the use of some antibiotics. Once you have treated the disease, there are likely chances that damaged hair follicles will recover and hair patches will begin to show signs of hair growth. If the hair follicles have been extensively damaged, it is possible for them to be treated, so they can continue to produce hair and remove hair patches.

Common treatments for hair loss due to syphilis include drugs such as finasteride and minoxidil. These two drugs have been approved by the FDA and have been proven to be effective at bringing even the most dormant hair follicles back into the hair production cycle. The good part of using these drugs is that they are in the form of topical creams and capsules, so you do not go under any surgical procedures when you are treating hair loss problems with these drugs. Secondary syphilis causing hair loss cannot be diagnosed through seeing. This means in order for the doctor to correctly diagnose the cause of your hair loss, some scalp flakes have to be collected and tested for bacterial activity.

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The Problems With Diabetes And Hair Loss

The connection between diabetes and hair loss was established long ago.

Diabetes is a hormone related disorder that often leads to hair loss or thinning of the hair.

Frequent loss of hair is often considered one of the early symptoms of diabetes, which requires prompt treatment in order to avoid further complications. The growth of hair is affected by diabetes, which gradually leads to thinning of hair.

Stress is directly related to diabetes and hair loss, as the disease causes excessive anxiety, which in turn becomes the prime cause of hair loss.

Diabetes Leads To Hair Loss:

Diabetes occurs when it becomes difficult for the body to metabolize carbohydrates properly. Diabetics are highly sensitive to skin ailments, as their blood circulation and blood sugar levels are impaired.

Bruises and small wounds often take a relatively long time to heal; therefore, the recovery rate is comparatively slower and obstructs the re-growth of hair.

This causes visible hair reduction, as diabetics cannot maintain the normal cycle of re-growth process. Bacterial and fungal infections on the scalp because of diabetes could also result in hair loss, thereby making diabetes and hair loss inter-related.

Normally, a healthy person would lose around fifty to hundred strands of hair every day. Therefore, if hair loss increases rapidly, you could require medical assistance, since untreated diabetes can escalate hair loss further.

The process:

Diabetes often leads to diffused hair growth that could be a result of medical stress or side effects of certain prescribed medicines to diabetics. It usually depends on the individual’s body, as each person responds differently to specific medications. The stress caused by chronic diabetes reduces the growth of hair.

After a period of seven to eight months, hair follicles undergo a resting period and are gradually replaced with the growth of new hair. The replaced strands push the old hair to the surface of the scalp, and the hair falls out, this is known as telogen effluvium.

An autoimmune problem:

The other cause of hair loss due to diabetes is an autoimmune problem, which leads to one or more small bald patches developing on the scalp. This ailment is called alopecia areata.

Other additional autoimmune problems like a dysfunctional thyroid gland, the skin rash vitiligo, pernicious anemia, or Type 1 diabetes, often accompanies it.

Generally, Type 2 diabetes occurs when a hormonal imbalance causes polycystic ovary syndrome. Both the conditions are related to insulin resistance, which refers to the reduced ability of cells in the body to react to insulin.

Early detection and monitoring:

Diabetes often remains undetected because the symptoms at the early stage are not considered significant.

This is a major problem because early detection could slow down its harmful effects. Some of the symptoms of diabetes could be blurred vision, frequent urination, acute hunger, increased thirst, unusual weight loss, fatigue and unnecessary irritation.

Early detection of any of these symptoms, and early treatment could help in early recovery from both diabetes as well as excessive hair loss.

Careful monitoring of blood sugar levels provides relevant information that helps maintain control, which would consequently delay the development of various long-term complications.

Some of these long-term complications of diabetes could be the damage of blood vessels and nerves, loss of functioning of the kidneys, loss of sensation, heart disease and strokes.

Hair loss normally begins at the onset of diabetes and gradually becomes worse after the disease takes charge of the body.

It is very important to get the hair loss symptom diagnosed, to know the root cause of hair fall.

You need to seek a qualified doctor’s advice, so that you can avoid further problems, and to desist from using hair lotions and conditioners, which will not help to solve the problem.

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Hair Loss in Women Over 40 – What You Can Do About It

Everyone’s hair thins out to a degree as we age. We’re aging, and so is our hair. The number one complaint from second act women, after sagging skin, is thinning hair. 

More than 20 million women in the United States alone suffer from some form of “female pattern baldness.” Consequently, a big question in my chair is, “How can I make my hair appear fuller?” It’s likely, if you want volume (or height), you are going to have to lift your arms above your shoulders and spend sometime creating it. Some time is not an hour. Some time is 15 to 20 minutes. When hair starts to thin, we often cannot rely on a good haircut alone. Hairdressers can’t just cut “height” in to your hair. To make thinning hair look thicker it takes us both working together.

The most common cause of thinning hair in women is hereditary hair loss, or androgenetic alopecia. In fact, 95 percent of all hair thinning in women can be put down to hereditary hair loss. Few women have heard about this condition and even fewer realize that this may be the cause of their hair loss.

The word ‘alopecia’ is used to describe types of significant hair loss. Androgenetic alopecia describes hair loss that is caused by androgens, which are hormones present in everyone, man or woman. Hormone changes affect many things, including hereditary hair loss. Specifically, it is your genetic sensitivity to the male hormone testosterone that is the key. The testosterone is converted to a more potent hormone called dihydrotestosterone, which causes sensitive hairs and follicles to become smaller.

Why Hair Thins Out

Normally, each of your hairs grows for two to seven years, takes a three-month “rest,” and then falls out to make room for new hair. But if you have a genetic predisposition to thinning locks, your hair follicles may become more sensitive to the male hormone testosterone sometime in your twenties or thirties, or even in your teens. (It’s not that you produce more testosterone than other women; the hormone just affects you differently.) Over time, your follicles shrink and can produce only finer, shorter, weaker hairs, or none at all. In some women, the process accelerates at menopause, when natural estrogen levels decline.

This is why you may notice short hairs that never seem to grow, particularly around the hairline and center part. You know the “little fuzzies” that you see at the top of your head. A reason why adding layers and texture helps create the illusion that those fuzzies are supposed to be there, rather than oddly shorter than the rest of the hair.

What Can Be Done for Thinning Hair?

The three common methods for treating hair loss are medical, surgical, and cosmetic. Medically, the topical drug minoxidil is used to stop hair follicles from shrinking in about 60 percent of the women who try rubbing it into their scalps twice a day. About two-thirds of those women will also see some regrowth within eight months, although the new hair is usually much finer than the old.

Medical therapy is more effective at stopping the progression of hair loss than regrowing already lost hair, but a lucky percentage of patients may see some significant regrowth. Minoxidil is available without a prescription, but you must use it continually for the rest of your life to maintain any new hair growth. Hair loss will begin again within a few months after minoxidil treatment is stopped. Some women find that the solution causes itching or headaches.

Minoxidil is the only drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for female-pattern hair loss. Finasteride, a prescription pill that functions by moderating testosterone levels, seems to work only in men. It is not safe for women.

Hair restoration surgery is another option for women, although it works best if you happen to be thinning out primarily on top, as men do. A surgeon removes hair from a denser area on your head and transplants the follicles individually to wherever you need them most. Surgical treatment has progressed dramatically over the past 10 years, and now the most advanced surgical technique is follicular unit transplantation, which consists of replacing lost hair with microscopically obtained, tiny, natural-looking units of only one to three hairs each. It is so natural that, when done properly, even delicate areas such as eyebrows and eyelashes can be recreated. You can expect to pay between $4,000 and $30,000 over time.

Finally, cosmetic enhancement is the use of products such as thickener, concealer, and techniques that create the illusion that your hair is thicker than it actually is. As you read further you will discover the most effective cosmetic treatments available today.

 Need volume? Here is what works.

o    Back-combing: No, it doesn’t damage your hair. No, it won’t look like a beehive if you do it right. Learn how. It will always and forever give you control over that split in the crown.

o    Styling products like mousse are often best applied just to the scalp and root area.

o    Blow dry your hair in every direction with tension (pulling hair strongly away from the scalp with a brush or your fingers) with heat at the scalp, and voila, Volume! Bending “upside down” will help, but only if you also use tension with a brush or your fingers so the hair dries pulled 90 degrees from the scalp.

o    Volumizing products do temporarily plump the hair shaft. You get more volume. More tangles, but more volume. They can also weigh certain fine hair types down.

o    Velcro rollers: On dry hair: set, spray with hairspray, heat with the blow dryer, allow to cool. Poof! Volume. Back comb for more.

o    Curlers: Rollers, magnetic rollers, rags, bendies, anything you wrap wet hair around and allow to form to that shape will add volume through wave or curl.

o    Hot rollers: Always make sure the ends are neatly wrapped to avoid “fish hooks.”

o    Curling iron: Start at the base of the hair, over direct up and away from the direction your are rolling for lift at the scalp, roll then up and close the clamp slightly to click the hair through, heat, release, allow to cool before styling.

o    Round Brush utilizes the same concept as Velcro rollers. The more you heat and lift the hair at the scalp and allow to cool before removing the brush, the more volume created.

Creating Illusion Through Shadow

One of the simplest but least used techniques for creating the illusion you have thicker hair is to fill in the hairline or scalp area with scalp shader. Like brows with brow color and lashes with liner, your hair will look thicker when you conceal the scalp with color that matches your hair.

There are several scalp shaders on the market. My favorite is a product called Dermatch. Simply apply the shadow-like powder to thinning areas and voila – the illusion of thicker hair. This is particularly effective at hairline, temples, hair part, and that nasty split in the crown. Also great for men.

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Benefits Of Hair Building Fiber

Hair building fiber is a proven hair treatment for people, who are increasingly losing hairs or have patches on their scalp. Hair means a lot to the self esteem of an individual and it is important to look good and presentable at all times and in all situations. Looking elegant and popular is important for both men and women of different age groups. Hair plays a vital role in everyday grooming and hair loss is a heartbreaking problem for a number of individuals in today's world. And most people do not know how to handle the problem of hair loss efficiently. To put a full stop to all these endless worries the only solution is to turn towards hair building fibers.

Hair building fibers help in enhancing the thickness of hair on the head, by clinging on to existing hair fibers, enhancing their look. They are safe to be used in all weathers and climatic conditions and do not get erased by rain, sweat or wind. These hair fibers do not have any chemical components in its ingredients and so ensures that only natural products get used in the hair and hair known to have absolutely no side effects with prompt usage. These hair building fibers are available in the online market. It is up to the user to be versatile and choose the right product from the right company. The prices are also nominal and are quite affordable for the people.

Benefits of the hair building fibers

Hair building fibers do not possess side effects and have been tested by some of the experts in the words. It is a 100% original product and is organic and does not contain any artificial ingredients and products. It's all natural ingredients assures scalp full of hair and the scalp also looks stronger, healthier, longer and thicker. The product has been proven to be highly in people with patches on the scalp to conceal it. The success rate of the product is tremendous with absolute consumer satisfaction guaranteed.

The product has to be taken well before use and is to directly apply on the scalp. Just a few puffs are enough to conceive the scalp and visible effect is seen in minutes. If needed, hair could be combed or styled after use. Different colors are available in the product to match the individual's needs and the product is absolutely safe and natural to use and would fit in everyone's budget, and is available immediately when booked online.

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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 regards 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 prominently 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, anemia, poor blood flow to the scalp region, skin pathology, hormonal imbalances and excess 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 certain 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 been remarkably unsuccessful 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 excess 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 drugs 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 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 accompancing advancing age. Mesotherapy can not 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 worn 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.

Individuals seeking the treatment are checked for medical history to see if they are fit to go 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 treatment 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 initiated once every three months.

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What Are the Best Products For Scene Hair?

Scene hair is known for its extreme volume and choppy layers. It is easy to go to a stylist and have it look perfect, but when doing it at home you will need an arsenal of products and tools to get the look right. This article is going to cover which products are best for getting awesome scene hair.

Since color is so important to the scene look, it is important that you get one that will hold its color for as long as possible. Using a high quality dye also means that you will not have to reapply it as often, which will keep your hair in better shape. XXL Live and Trevor Sorbie dyes are both known as some of the best dyes for black out there.

The first thing you need to realize is that with all the dying and products being used, your hair is going to take some serious abuse. You need to make sure you take extra good care of it, and take breaks from dying/styling it every so often in order to give it a chance to heal. Invest in a good conditioner, and use it often after you wash. Tresemme shampoo and conditioner as well as Bed Head conditioner both come highly recommended.

Getting a lot of volume is essential for this style, which means that you will need a good teasing comb to get it. Use this to backcomb your hair to get that extreme volume. Finding the right hairspray is also incredibly important if you want to keep your style looking good all day and night. Some of the best products recommended by those with scene hair include Rave, Big Sexy Hair, Superstar volumizing hairspray, and Aussie Instant Freeze.

The products you choose to use are going to have a huge effect on how consistently good your scene hair looks. Choosing to go with cheap products will be noticeable by many who are in this community. It can damage your hair and prevent it from looking good. The hair is so important to this lifestyle, that you do not want to skimp on getting it right.

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