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Hair Loss No More Book Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Background on Rogaine

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

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

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

In Conclusion

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

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

Title: Hair Loss No More

Author: Jonathon E. Phillips

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

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

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

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

DHT is What Kills Hair Follicles

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

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

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

How to Prevent DHT from killing Your Follicles

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

1.Zinc

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

3. Pygeum Extract

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Natural Solutions For Hair Loss Problems

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Benefits of Getting Your Hair Done by a Hair Salon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Why is My Scalp Itchy With Hair Loss?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Discover the best natural nutrients for dead hair follicles today.

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Top 10 Hair Loss Product Review Sites

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hair Loss

My True story

Like many of you, I am also a victim of hair loss…..

More and more Singaporean men are losing their ‘crowns of glory’ and this trend may be getting earlier and earlier.On the streets in these recent years, we may spot a relatively number of young men who are bald or balding. Compare this phenomenon to say ten years ago when this phenomenon is not commonly seen.

This balding trend among Singaporean men is sparking an increasing proliferation of hair treatment centres. Hair treatment centres have practically sprung up all over the island with the likes of Beijing 101, Yunnan, Svenson, Bossin, etc. Causes of hair loss can be hereditary, or caused by stress, drug medications, poor diets, oily scalp etc and these causes manifest into the many forms or types of hair loss such as male pattern baldness, telogen effluvium, alopecia areata, etc. A normal human loses about 50 to 100 hairs per day and this loss is not alarming.

However if more than this number is lost per day, one should seek a doctor before it is too late.Hair grows from follicles, and if one balds and takes no actions, the follicles will eventually die and there will be no more growth. It will be too late for any action. Note that when I say bald, normally a human will not go totally bald, the follicles at the sides of the human scalp, the parts above the years are programmed for life, and hair grows for life at these particular areas. Balding follows a pattern known as the Norwood chart. There are three stages of hair growth: anagen (the growing phase), catagen (the intermediate phase) and telogen (the shedding phase). Hair loss occurs when the hair grows and sheds fast.

The average life cycle of a hair is 2 to 3 years and each hair growth to fall can last 25 cycles, balding occurs when these cycles are accelerated and completed so fast that the cycles end, the follicles dies off and the hair can never grow back again. I understand in this post, there are many jargons and technical terms that are used. The internet offers a rich array of resources for which one can research in depth and understand more about hair loss. In this post, I will just roughly summarize what I understand and experience about hair loss from my studies and very own personal experiences.In the past, I have very thick volumes of hair so much so that I complained about having to go to the barber often as my hair grows so fast. Showering, there would be no hair lost as my hair is so strong. Following a medical treatment some two years ago from a supposedly reputable clinic and consuming the drug nimigen, I notice hair loss, my hair shed in the dozens on the bed and at the bathtub sinks daily so much so that I stopped taking this drug nimigen and stop the laser treatments.

During the consumption of nimigen, my complexion becomes too dry as it is supposed to prevent facial oiliness but it overdoes. Till today, I still do not know the real reason for my hair loss though I believe it has to do significantly with the laser treatment and the consumption of nimigen. On hindsight, I shall not have carried out with the treatment and the consumption of the medicine and this doctor still asked his nurses to force me back to continue with the remaining treatments and at the same time, refuting all my allegations squarely. I spent close to $3K only to lose even more. Anyway that is the past already and nothing can be done to turn back the clock. What I want to share with readers here are my experiences and what I have gone through to combat hair loss and hopefully it can provide some useful glimpses or lessons to those who are currently suffering from hair loss.Okay for the start, I first stopped all the causes that I believe have contributed to my hair loss and that is to discontinue with the medical treatments and the nimigen consumption. But even with that, two months down the road, the hair loss does not subside, so it was time to take some real actions.

From the internet, I came to learnt of two drugs called Propecia, an oral medication, costing about $95 dollars at that time for 28 pills, to be taken one pill a day; and a topical hair spray called minoxidil (called Regaine, Rogaine, Growell, etc in the market) also at a $95 for one bottle that can last a month.I went to a doctor and was prescribed Propecia, taking one pill a day for three months, after which I stopped.

Why do I stop? Firstly, there was no improvement and secondly, I began to experience what was mentioned as the side effects of this drug, i.e. I begin to feel less manly, though it was a minor side effect that the drug claimed and that it affect only a small percentage of users. With these two factors, I stopped using this drug and the less- than- manly feeling, which was temporary finally subsided. I did not use Minoxidil, as I also learnt of its side effects too. I want to list down the possible side effects of these two drugs here:Propecia: Lack of ‘manliness’Minoxidil: Increase scalp sensitivity, itchiness, dandruff, increase sensitivity to the sun. And the most important drawback of these two scientific proven drugs is that once you stop using these two drugs, whatever new hair that you have grow will fall again! Thus these two drugs are to be used for life! Imagine the cost involved to maintain these newly formed hair: $100 (for each of these treatments per month), this amount translates to $1200 and more per year, and so on……

So after ending the use of the Propecia, I began to explore natural ways of cure. One method that I thought of was using mild shampoo like Johnson Baby Shampoo, however its mild concentration was not strong enough to clear the oilness of my scalp. My hair loss may be due to oiliness and dandruff as I did notice these symptoms like dandruff on my pillow.

So I decided to explore the help of professionals and there was a vast array of choices from the dermatogists and hair treatment centres. I went to one such hair treatment centre for a free consultation and these ‘professionals’ scanned my hair, only to reveal many patches of oil and these ‘professionals’ introduced me a package to clear my scalp greasiness. The package cost a bomb and I did not like the pushiness of these professional in introducing these packages to me. Also I have heard many stories of people having spent more than $10,000 on these supposedly good cures only to lose even more hair or having no improvement seen, besides wasting their hard-earned money! Thus, hair treatment centres scared me off at that point and I decided to consult a top hair dermatologist in Singapore instead. It was not cheap. First consultation alone cost $80. The dermatologist inspected my hair and said there was nothing wrong. She prescribed me with two shampoo, Nizoral ($25) and a Gentle Shampoo ($21) to be rotated interchangeably daily and a sebum regulator to be applied on the scalp at night after washing ($18).

However, there was still no improvement.

In fact, the residue from the sebum regulator produced tiny sticky white residue on my hair once my hair dried to the extent that my colleagues thought my hair had dandruff. Anyway my hair was still very oily and coated with some dandruff too, despite applying the supposedly strong and beneficial shampoos that the top dermatologist prescribed. I confirmed this fact when I popped into one of the hair treatment centre at a shopping centre for curiosity and did a free consultation with the centre. The ‘scanner’ that the centre operators used magnified my scalp glands many times over, revealing the oily spots, it really look disgusting with such a hundred times over magnification of the sebaceous scalp glands. The operators said my scalp glands were choked with oil, and this may cause hair loss; but I did not want to take any chance with this centre and off I left. I went for a second consultation with the dermatologist I saw previously. Again, the dermatologist said there was nothing wrong with my hair or with my scalp and the results from the ‘hair-pull’ test she carried out on me revealed no extraordinary hair loss.

After hearing the story of the medical treatment I did and the drug nimigen I consumed, she suspected that it may be telogen effluvium caused by the medication, a condition which could only go away in times to come; though my oily scalp may be a contributing factor too. She told me that she could not do anything except to help me diagnose the cause of my hair loss via a scalp biopsy ($589) and a blood test ($169); all price stated without GST. Hearing the prices, I hesitated but in an urge to find out the real cause, I decided to take the plunge and carried out the scalp biopsy and the blood test.I did the blood test first and the pain was nothing compared to the scalp biopsy I undergone later on. It was no joke, having a piece of your head scalp being removed surgically and the pain was terrible despite the application of anaesthetics prior to the treatment. After both the tests, the nurse rubbed a Bactroban cream on the part of my scalp which was operated on to kill the bacteria; after sewing this part of the scalp. There was still little pain that subsisted every time I shampoo the sewn part of the scalp. I was told to come back two weeks later to remove the stitch and to obtain the results of the diagnosis. I was given the remaining of the Bactroban cream to apply daily on the affected scalp to ease the pain and kill the bacteria. Two weeks later, I returned to the same clinic to remove the stitch and the dermatologist handed me the result; and the result indicated that it was telogen effluvium.

The dermatologist said it was good news as this condition which may be due to the medication I took would finally subside after some time. I would be waiting for this to come soon.But alas, days pass and then months, it was futile. Seeing tons and tons of hair on the bathroom sink and waking up everyday to witness the hundreds of hair strewn across my bed and on my bedroom floor did nothing to assuage me that my illness would go away. The visits to the dermatologist have also drained me financially and in a desperate move, I decided to try out some off-the-counter hair loss products available at pharmacies. I tried the Himalyan Hair Loss Cream (Herbal) for about one month but it was useless so I went to see the dermatologist again for the fourth and fifth time (that was in April and May last year), but again the dermatologist assessed and said there was nothing wrong with my hair, no male pattern loss or whatever. But indeed, my hair was getting thinner and thinner by the day.

She prescribed me with stronger shampoos and sebum regulator which I used without seeing any improvements. It was at this time that I finally decided not to see the dermatologist again as there was simply no use at all! Hair continued to fall and fall. From then on (Jun 07), I have ‘more or less accepted my fate’ and accepted my hair loss fact. I tried Kaminomoto Hair Growth Accelerator and a good shampoo called Melaleucca Shampoo recommended by my friend but it was really no use at all. The telogen effluvium which I was diagnosed with did not seem to be the hair illness that struck me as it simply did not stop within a short period. It was over one year and my hair still continued to fall like rain. Over the whole of this hair loss ordeal, I carried out numerous researches on hair loss over the internet, which further equipped me with all knowledge concerning hair loss. I tried all I could, from observing what I consumed (less oil), watching my diet, exercising regularly and even cutting down on some coffee and tea. But it did not help in the loss.

I have also shared my findings with others on an internet discussion forum posting and the thread saw some 55,000 odd readers before it was finally removed by the administrator. With my knowledge learnt from the internet and my ordeal, I shared with some of these forumers; some of them even emailed me to ask questions. For hair loss, there is really no one fixed miracle panacea: what works for one may not work for others. The hair loss did affect my life a bit: waking up in the morning and after shampooing, I counted the number of strands of hair that I lost and any fewer in count would make me slightly happier. I used to enjoy the wind but now I avoid being ‘confronted’ with a gust of wind for fear that the wind would blow off some of my hair. It does not help that Singapore can get breezy at times! And definitely, my self-esteem would suffer a bit of loss and it did not help that I am still without a girlfriend at my age! Hair loss would certainly dealt me a serious disadvantage in this ‘image-conscious’ society; though it may not be always true: I still do my fair share of admirers as some girls are not particular over looks.Entering the MRT daily, I always observed young man at different stages of balding; sometimes I saw friends who I have not seen for some years completely bald!

This shocked me and brought me to the reality that balding in Singapore is not just MY problem, it is OUR problem!Is it due to stress in this fast-paced society of ours? Or is it due to the diet here that causes more young men and even women to bald?

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Benefits of Getting Hair Restoration From Experts

Hair restoration treatment becomes essential as it makes you look younger and stay beautiful even if age is taking a toll on you. When you age, you may become bald as the thick growing hair starts to fall when the cell degeneration starts. Other than this, people can also experience a hair loss owing to some physiological and genetic reasons. What is to be noted that despite knowing all this and irrespective of the gender, type and status, the humankind has aversion towards baldness.

Despite the ignorance of the baldness problem, it becomes inevitable to overlook in certain cases. Baldness poses serious threats to our overall look and personality. Therefore, the technologically advanced process of a hair transplant can add appeal to your face and persona and you may be at your happiest best.

Perfect Solution

As a permanent solution, people generally go for a surgical procedure that eradicates the problems by its root. During the process, hair follicles from a part of the body are shifted to those areas that are affected by complete or partial hair loss. Not just a bald patch on the head but this method also treats loss of hair from areas, such as eye lashes, brows, chest and face and revives them. With one part of body acting as a source of hair for another, each process of extraction and implantation is equally important.

Requiring excellent surgical skills and precision, a hair transplant is generally offered as the last resort in treating a bald patch. It is mostly effective in treatment of baldness in men who owe it to hereditary origins. The process rarely uses sedation and employs two grafting techniques including harvesting of strip and extracting follicular units. Though, both pre and post operative precautions are required after the procedure.

Costly Affair Yet Cost Effective

There are few conditions applied like it can be a highly costly affair as it requires high surgical acumen and delicate handling. But the total pricing depends upon the graft counts and the technique adopted. Other factors that count while determining costs are the extent of loss, availability of donors, hair texture of the donating region as well as the case specific expectations. Repair surgery also comes within a price. Thus, we can say that it will be in your pocket. Hair transplantation costs have also fallen considerably owing to the other affordable options as alternatives.

Advantages and Added Benefits

If you go by the trends, the aesthetic clinics today offer free advice to people in need of a consultation. Despite being expensive, the overall longevity of the process and its high effectiveness makes it worth the penny. This method has advantages aplenty including the hair continuing with its growth. You do not have to search for a donor as you are the donor yourself. The much needed result is obtained right away and the uniformity is maintained while grafting. As the consultation fee is minimal and the effect is everlasting, the procedure is cost effective and the partial anaesthesia makes it safer.

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