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Sudden Hair Loss: Identifying The Causes Of Sudden Hair Loss

Sudden hair loss is characterized by the sudden loss of large amounts of hair. For example, large amounts of hair left on the pillow after sleeping and large amounts of hair coming out when washing or brushing your hair. And we’re not talking about a few hairs here. In the case of sudden hair loss typically large chunks of hair fall out on a regular basis, often times leading to significant bald areas on the scalp.

And while there can be other causes of sudden hair loss such as the side effects of some medications and diseases such as diabetes and localised infection of the scalp, sudden hair loss is almost always caused by a sudden emotional shock or trauma. Sudden hair loss doesn’t discriminate against men or women and can occur in both sexes although it typically is more common in males.

The cause of sudden hair loss that accompanies trauma is due to sudden hormonal imbalances occurring as a consequence of the shock of the trauma. Adrenaline gets dumped into the system leading to erratic behaviour of the other hormones, which if not addressed quickly can lead to a host of health complaints.

Like most acute conditions, the causes of sudden hair loss need to be identified as early as possible in order for the appropriate treatment to begin. A medical practitioner needs to be consulted in order to rule out any other diseases that may be causing the sudden hair loss, and also to make adjustments to any medication the patient may be taking that may also be contributing to their loss of hair.

In order to arrive at the definite cause of the sudden hair loss, various tests will need to be performed. Blood tests are typically used to evaluate nutritional levels, hormonal imbalances, and any possible disease states that may be causing the hair to fall out.

Just as there are numerous causes for hair loss that occurs over a period of time, if any treatment is to be undertaken the appropriate cause must be determined. In some cases an incorrect treatment, my actually exacerbate the problem.

In regard to treatment, the sudden loss of hair is almost always occurring due to, something that is happening in the present time or in the very recent past. And as such, whatever that cause is, it needs to be addressed rather than simply prescribing hair loss medications and hair loss shampoos.

While it is certainly possible in the case of long-standing, hair loss to self prescribe and treat yourself (sometimes quite successfully) sudden hair loss is a medical condition that needs medical evaluation and treatment.

An added problem that needs to be considered with this kind of hair loss is the psychological impact that the hair loss itself is having. If the cause of the sudden hair loss is determined to be psychologically or emotionally based, then worrying and stressing over the hair loss, while being a totally normal reaction that most people would have, will only make the problem worse. A condition caused by stress, rarely improves by being more stressed about it.

If it is determined that the treatment is going to be ongoing over a long period of time some counselling may be appropriate to help with the psychological impact of the hair loss.

If you become aware of sudden hair loss the best course of action is to see your doctor about the problem and be guided to the appropriate treatment based on their evaluation. And while it is easy to say not to worry about it, be aware that any additional stress or strain you put on yourself at this time will definitely hamper the quick resolution of your sudden hair loss problem.

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Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism Causing Hair Loss

Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland releases excess hormones. This condition is characterized by excess thyroid hormones circulating the blood. There are several symptoms that are produced by this disease, of which directly cause hair loss. These are some of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism causing hair loss.

Sleeping disorders: this affects the body's ability to recuperate and build cells. During rest, the body switches off other functions that expend energy and direct the rest of the energy to functions, such as cell division which helps recuperate the body's cells. Such cell division will also include cell division of hair follicles. When hair follicles are affected as a result of reduced sleep caused by hyperthyroidism, they begin to lag behind in growth and enter the shedding phase quickly, which then causes baldness.

Hyperthyroidism causes muscle weakness. This can also affect hair growth, as muscle movement during physical exercise helps blood flow to extremities of the body such as the scalp. When the scalp is properly oxygenated as a result of continuous exercise, good hair growth is maintained. However, in the presence of hyperthyroidism, exercise is reduced due to muscle fatigue caused by this condition which in turn will cause reduced hair development and growth.

Hyperthyroidism causes oily skin and acne. Oily skin is associated with the accumulation of bacteria and fungi that can cause skin infections such as acne. Acne can also be caused by the body's response to the excess levels of thyroid hormone. Oily skin promotes the formation of dandruff which is a major promoter of hair loss. In the presence of dandruff, bacteria germinates on hair follicles causing irritation which usually causes one to scratch. The scratching can result in increased damage to hair follicles which will result in hair patches. in the case of acne when the pimples caused by acne disturb and damage hair follicles, further scratching of the skin with hair can be caused by acne which will result in hair loss as well.

Hyperthyroidism can cause increased appetite and weight gain. When the body is over fed it begins to deposit a lot of fat. Fat reduces the rate of blood flow to active tissues. This will reduce the amount of blood flow to the regions of the scalp. When blood flow to this region is reduced it will trigger hair thinning and hair loss.

Hyperthyroidism causes diarrhea and increased bowel movements. This has the effect of reducing the amount of nutrients that are absorbed by the body during digestion. So, hyperthyroidism affects the efficiency of the digestive system. When the digestive system is not functioning well, several nutrients will not be taken from the diet. If some of these nutrients include the essential elements that are needed in hair development and growth, the body may experience some hair loss problems.

Hyperthyroidism can also cause some irregularities in the menstrual period. It may cause increased menstruation such that the body sheds more elements which can cause hair loss. These are some of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism causing hair loss.

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Facts and Myths About Losing Your Hair

Having a good looking head of hair is a key component of our overall “package” along with clear skin, a bright smile and a stylish ensemble. This is the paradigm of our appearance-conscious society. When we start to lose it, however, we begin to feel our overall appearance has been compromised.

If you are starting to go bald, know it may be genetic and can come from either side of your family. If the hair-loss gene is apparent through the glowing dome of a relative or family member, chances are it may reside in you as well.

My brother spent much of his adult life under a welding helmet and he’s much more follicly challenged than our father. However, wearing a hat does not cause hair loss. Unless what you wear on your head is so tight that it restricts blood flow, thereby cutting off circulation to your hair follicles, that is not your cause for losing it.

  1. Any hair care products you use will not cause your hair to fall out so you can gel, mousse and hairspray your heart out…all to the complete delight of hair product retailers.
  2. Don’t try standing on your head to promote blood flow to the hair follicle, it won’t work and it may give you a headache. (Some people actually do this?)
  3. Cutting your hair does not make it grow back thicker. This is a misconception. When you cut your hair, you blunt the end which gives it the appearance of being not only darker, but thicker. When hair grows out naturally, the ends are tapered and appear finer and lighter. This holds true for hair anywhere on your body.
  4. If you notice your hair falling out when you blow dry it, this can be caused by heat of the hair dryer. A blow dryer not only plumps up your hair shaft but it can dry it out as well as burn it and cause it to break. In this instance, hair grows back and hair loss is not permanent.
  5. Brushing your hair can cause breakage and damage. It’s better to use a comb. Brushing may also lead you on a path to patterned baldness and split ends.
  6. Daily or excessive washing of your hair does not cause hair loss or the products you use when you wash it. It is recommended that you wash your hair 3 times a week but washing it more will not cause hair loss.
  7. Hair coloring products with chemicals will damage your hair, if not used properly, but it won’t be the cause of you losing your hair.
  8. Stress can cause hair loss if you’ve experienced, let say a surgery or some other traumatic event to your system. Stress can stop your hair follicles from growing temporarily. Eliminating the instigator of your stress will kick your hair growth back into gear.
  9. A hormonal imbalance can cause temporary hair loss, as is common with women after pregnancy. If it happens to you, the important thing to remember is that the hair will grow back.
  10. Hormones themselves are not related to losing your hair but be warned if you are a bodybuilder and taking anabolic steroids. The chemical component in the steroids will accelerate hair loss with any recovery of lost follicles taking years!

It looks like genetics is the leader when it comes to hair loss. What to do when losing your hair?… Embrace it. Shave it, fill it, weave it, get a hairpiece or leave it alone. Whatever you choose to do make it work for you and forget everybody else. Your hair is not who you are!

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What Does Coconut Oil Have That Gives Your Hair Instant Volume and Shine?

Females who want to achieve that natural volume and shine to their hair I recommend using coconut oil as hair treatment. Men who are going bald and aim to reduce their baldness the healthy way, I also recommend using coconut oil as hair treatment.

Have you ever noticed why Asians and Islanders have thicker and shinier hair? It just looks healthy in every way. Well it’s because they use oil from coconut as a daily treatment on their hair.

Healthy hair that consists of volume, shine, no dandruff and a clean scalp is a combination of genes, diet and hair treatment.

The one thing we cannot control in any way is a person’s gene, but we can control our diet and hair treatment.

Eat plenty of vegetables and nuts that provide the protein and nutrients needed for healthy hair.

There are products out there that harm hair and strip away the protein, nutrients and health. Be careful when applying certain products like hair spray, gel, wax and shampoos as these are known to strip away the essential proteins and nutrients.

Here are two indicators you can use to determine how damaging a product is to your hair:

1) When having a shower, notice if the hair product you applied (hair spray, gel or wax) is hard to wash off. If it is hard to wash off, then it is most likely damaging your hair and you better use another easier-to-wash product.

2) Also, notice if your hair starts falling off or breaking off during a shower or after the shower. This is another indicator your hair is not in good health from the current products you are using. You will need to restore the health and vitality immediately. One of the best treatments to restore health and vitality is coconut oil.

How you treat your hair also does further damage to it. Whenever you are scrubbing your hair too hard the individual strands are being broken off. Instead, it is a good idea to be gentler when using your hands to wash off the shampoo and conditioner.

If you towel dry your hair, make sure you are not applying too much pressure on your hair. Applying hard pressure to pat dry your hair pulls your hair out very easily.

A better solution is to gently pat dry your hair as much as you can and let the air dry out the remaining water. Of course remember that during winter having wet hair can lead to you being sick so it is best not to dry your hair naturally in those moments. Instead, use a blow drier but set it to a softer blow. It is also advisable you don’t have the blow drier so close to your scalp.

If you have dry, damaged hair use coconut oil for hair restoration as it provides the essential oils that will restore shine, moisture, protein and vitality.

Coconut oil contains lauric acid, capric acid and vitamin E that feeds into your hair and provides you the volume, shine and clean scalp. It is also great for eliminating dandruff.

The other benefit it provides is that it stimulates growth for baldness; it strengthens each strand and enhances hair roots. Using it is very inexpensive and one of the most effective treatment products out there that nature provides.

You will notice your hair will increase in volume and shine and it will eliminate dandruff and leave it looking healthy in every way.

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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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Discover How to Revive Dead Hair Follicles Naturally

Dead hair follicles sounds like something that cannot be fixed, but in reality dead hair follicles can be revived naturally. There are many products on the market available to the general public in pill or capsule form that are proprietary blends of natural herbs and minerals that are proven to help regrow and stimulate dead hair follicles.

Ingredients such as saw palmetto and magnesium oxide are known to help stimulate growth in the follicular areas, therefore it makes no difference if hair is in the pore or not.

So for bald spots and areas where no hair is currently present, as long as there was hair in the follicular area before, it can be regrown from dead follicles.

Using over the counter supplements for men and women that offer natural ingredients that the hair is known to need for stimulation will help to grow new hair in the place of dead hair follicles.

There is a difference between what a male’s hair needs and a female’s hair needs. Women still need the same amount of vitamin B6, biotin and magnesium oxide, but their hair also needs horsetail silica and para-amino benzoic acid to help grow.

The horsetail silica is known to give a shine and strength back to the hair that is not needed in men’s proprietary blends because of the styling regiments that women put their hair through on a daily basis.

In women, thinning hair is normally seen beginning in the front of the head, where much of the stress and pressure takes place during styling.

On men, dead hair follicles are first seen near the center of the head, where baldness generally begins due to the wearing of hats or the aging process. With the supplements available with all natural ingredients, there is no reason that your bald areas have to stay bald.

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

Note-This content only presents overviews of hair loss

prevention research for educational purposes and does not

replace medical advice from a professional physician.

The best start to preventing hair loss is understanding the

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

malfunctions can cause it to stop growing.

Most common hair loss comes under what has been commonly

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

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

properly called androgenetic alopecia. Although hair loss

is not life or health threatening, it can cause serious

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

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

factors of hair loss are hereditary, however there are

several preventative measures one can take to maintain

healthy hair and scalp.

Although both men and women can suffer significant hair

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

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

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

genetically inherited sensitivity to Dihydrotestosterone

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

converts testosterone, a male hormone, to DHT, the

substance identified as the end-cause for hair loss.

Hair loss has been noticed and studied throughout the ages,

and some interesting discoveries were made in ancient

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

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

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

was the first indication that testosterone had something to

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

recessive the hair gene, the more propensity toward

baldness one has.

Some common myths have arisen concerning hair loss. Because

of medical advancements many of these myths are being

addressed and corrected. For starters, although

androgenetic alopecia or pattern baldness is genetic and

therefore can be hereditary, it is not passed down through

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

family can pass down the genetic disposition toward

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

does not cause baldness either.

Beyond the genetic propensity of certain people toward hair

loss, there seems to be various dietary triggers that

activate the process, a notion that is promising since this

can be controlled.

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

(Dihydrotestosterone), a chemical produced by the body

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

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

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

War II Japan experienced almost no pattern baldness,

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

pattern baldness as their society consumes a higher fat

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

countries traditionally suffer very little Male Pattern

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

North America, they begin to develop MPB.

Because people of all races and ethnicities tend to develop

MPB or androgenetic alopecia, yet do not exhibit these

tendencies before moving to America, changes in diet may be

a leading contributing factor. Diets high in fat do

increase testosterone, which is the main component in DHT.

More research needs to be done on this topic to reach

conclusive evidence, although it certainly could not hurt

to lower oneâEUR(TM)s fat intake.

There are a number of foods and substances to avoid and

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

sugar and nicotine can deplete the body of nutrients and

raise adrenal levels, which will cause a chain reaction of

producing more androgen and causing hair loss. High levels

of saturated fat and cholesterol rich foods are also linked

to increased DHT levels and their consumption should be

limited. Additionally, common table salt has been linked to

hair loss. And the average diet provides the recommended

amount of sodium intake; therefore, salt should never be

added to food. However, when using salt for seasoning

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

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

unless you are a regular consumer of seafood, which

contains high levels of Iodine.

Although hair loss can be caused by many other variables,

lack of proper nutrition will assuredly cause hair loss in

many people. Fortunately, adopting a proper diet that

includes the proper nutrients can reverse hair loss caused

by malnutrition. One thing for certain, regardless of

whether your hair loss was caused by malnutrition or not,

adopting a healthier diet will help the function of other

areas of the body.

There are some methods that have been used that prevent

hair loss on some people, in addition to the dietary

improvements, there are some naturopathic remedy

suggestions. Massage and aromatherapy have been used with

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

growth can be stimulated by massage, since blood and oxygen

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

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

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

soybean or sesame oil massaged into the scalp and allowed

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

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

20 minutes, wash your hair and scalp with your normal

shampoo mixed with three drops of bay essential oil.

Massaging the scalp in general for a couple of minutes a

day can stimulate blood flow to the hair follicles and in

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

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

hair or use the fingernails when massaging the scalp. If

one is concerned about fingernails getting in the way due

to extra long fingernails, there are several options. One

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

the finger massage can provide some circulatory benefits

and results.

There are several electric massagers on the market that

have an attachment for scalp massaging as well. An oriental

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

to increase circulation to the scalp and face also. The

fingers should be placed at the center of the skull base

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

outward toward the ears continuing to tap gently. After

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

little higher up and work your way around to the ear

region. Keep going up about eight levels, each time

repeating the process.

There is a definite connection between the prostate and

hair loss for men, and therefore a connection between

breakthroughs in BPH treatments developed and their

effectiveness in restoring hair growth. There have been

some herbalists that have experimented with the herb Saw

Palmetto in order to block the production of DHT in

treating BPH. Although most studies of Saw Palmetto have

been for the treatment of prostatic disease, more recent

studies have been conducted on its effectiveness in

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

benign prostatic disease by lowering levels of DHT, which

is a known cause of androgenetic alopecia. Studies have

shown Saw Palmetto extract is an effective anti-androgen

and therefore there is promise for its effectiveness as an

effective treatment for hair loss prevention.

Rosemary and sage are two herbs that have shown benefit

traditionally when used externally. It is suggested that to

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

thickening hair one should boil together in water rosemary,

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

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

daily. Also recommended is steeping one ounce of ground

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

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

straining the solution and adding one ounce of castor oil

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

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

before shampooing.

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

our bodies we must be sure to maintain proper health to

optimize our chances of maintaining a healthy head of hair.

Proper nutrition is vital to maintaining healthy hair,

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

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

bodies different and raise expectations through proper

care. A healthy balanced diet, occasionally with the help

of vitamin and mineral supplements and exercise are all key

components to a healthy regimen of maintaining healthy

hair.

There is an obvious link to hair loss and prostatic health

and this only increases the pace of hair loss discoveries.

Most treatments for prostatic diseases such as benign

prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) also have the pleasant side

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

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

great deal of optimism in the field of hair loss prevention

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

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

is likely that there are answers for your situation

presently or coming in the near future.

Remember, the restoration of hair growth is not an

overnight process. The process takes time regardless of the

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

given by professionals as possible. Keep in mind that the

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

food intake and environmental causes that lead to most

common hair loss.

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Permanent Hair Straightening – Brazilian vs Yuko vs Opti-Smooth

Okay, let’s talk straight. For decades, women of African descent the world over have relied on various tried-and-tested methods to “relax” their hair. Then, about a decade ago, the Yuko system made a big stink among people of all colors when it came over from Japan, followed by Opti-Smooth. Now a third contender is fighting to become top dog in the hair straightening stakes: the Brazilian.

Not what the name may imply, the Brazilian is a relatively new hair straightening system that has nothing to do with waxing away pubic hair. It is a semi-permanent way to straighten the hair on your head, which uses keratin – and sometimes formaldehyde – to tame even the curliest locks. But while it may be taking the world of hair by storm, even it has its drawbacks…

If you are considering straightening your hair for more than just an occasional night out, you may be thinking of a permanent hair straightening system. Here is the best – and the worst – of the most popular systems currently on offer. Remember, success will depend not only on your type of hair and how rigorously you adhere to its upkeep, but also on the skill of your stylist – as well as the products he or she chooses to use.

Brazilian Hair Straightening (aka Brazilian Blow-Out or Brazilian Keratin Treatment). The stylist applies active keratin, a protein found in the top layer of our skin which makes it both waterproof and tough, although sometimes this is used in conjunction with formaldehyde, which can be dangerous (see below). The formula is then sealed into the hair using a hot iron, taking away frizz, curls and unruly waves. Takes about two hours, more for longer or more unruly hair.

PROS: Will fade away gradually, meaning that it will eventually grow out and leave you with natural waves once more. Takes less salon time and generally costs less than the Yuko or Opti-Smooth system. Leaves the hair with more body than the Yuko System and can be used on dyed hair as well as virgin hair.

CONS: The effect doesn’t last as long as Yuko or Opti-Smooth – about three to four months. And if the product contains actual formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, – you will need to check with the salon first – this could reportedly be a health hazard, for both you and your stylist as well. Note that the FDA does not regulate the use of formaldehyde in cosmetics.

The Yuko System. Created in the 1990s, this can make any type of curly hair straight in about five hours – for about six months or so, depending on hair. After a consultation with your stylist, your hair will be washed and divided into segments, then the application will be put on for roughly 20 minutes, depending on hair length etc. It will then be flat-ironed and a neutralizer will be put on to reset the bonds of the hair. It will then be rinsed, followed by a blow-dry, style and perhaps a cut. The whole process takes roughly five hours in total.

PROS: Last forever. That means that you won’t see any curly hair until new hair grows in.

CONS: Last forever. That means that when new curly hair grows in, you will have a ring of frizz on the top followed by dead straight hair. The only way to look “normal” – with hair either entirely straight or entirely curly – is to have your hair redone, in about six months’ time, or to straighten the top bits with straightening irons. Also, repeated application of the Yuko system can cause extensive damage to hair – and not just the ends. Not recommended for use on color-treated hair as it will damage it too much.

Opti-Smooth. Similar to the Yuko System, but you will have a choice of results: cold-smoothing is for less frizz, progressive smoothing will leave you hair looking as if it’s just been freshly blow-dried, and heat-straightening will make it look iron-rod straight (that’s just so passe, darling!).

PROS: Lasts forever (see Yuko, above). If your hair is shorter or you choose cold-smoothing, the salon time will be considerably lessened.

CONS: Lasts forever (see Yuko, above). Unlike the Yuko system, however, Opti-Smooth claims to be kinder to hair long-term, with less damage and breakage. Not for dyed hair.

Other Ways To Straighten Hair

* Blow-Drying. Many people seek to blow-dry their hair to make it straight and sleek, although often only a salon blow-dry can have truly effective results. Can damage hair long-term.

* Hair Straighteners. A variety of flat irons or hair straighteners are on the market today – those with ceramic plates are usually considered the best as they work by gliding through the hair without it catching on the edges and splitting. It’s advised to use them sparingly with special products/gels that minimize heat damage to the hair.

* Home Relaxing Kits. Much like a do-it-yourself salon-style routine. Apply straightening cream, leave on, rinse away, straighten with straightening iron, neutralize, wash and blow dry. Takes about two hours in total, more for longer hair. Good luck!

* Ironing. Time was when many young girls had their hair ironed – with a clothes iron – to have straighter tresses. The process could take up to an hour and was often saved for special occasions. Required two people: one to lay her head on the ironing board while the other wielded the iron. Had to be a trusted friend – with excellent eyesight!

Hair straightening is just another way that us mortals deal with “the grass is greener” syndrome. In the 1970s and 1980s everyone was rushing to have a perm and make their straight hair curly, now the reverse is the talk of the town.

If you decide to go the permanently straight route, it’s important to find a salon you trust. Take heed if your hair is dyed, colored or even just highlighted, as this may affect the outcome of the straightening process – even if your stylist assures you this isn’t the case!

Remember, also, that all chemically straightened hair will require a good hair-care routine to keep it looking good. This means using a protein-rich shampoo, conditioner and other anti-frizz products, as locking in all the moisture possible will be crucial in maintaining that salon style.

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Persian Kitten Care – Tips and Helpful Information on Bringing Your New Baby Home

You’ve searched and searched through ALL of the Persian kittens for sale on the internet when you finally come across that special kitten that claims a little piece of your heart. And now the day has finally arrived – Your sweet and cuddly little Persian Kitten is coming home! Are you prepared for all the responsibilities owning a Persian Kitten brings? On this page you will find a list of supplies needed to take care of your furry bundle of love. You will also find helpful information that every new kitten owner needs to know.

Bringing Your New Kitten Home

When you first bring your kitten home you should put him in a small area until he is comfortable with his new surroundings. This can be your bedroom, bathroom or any other place that can be his very own for a few days. Immediately show him where the litter box is so he won’t have any accidents on the floor! During this transitioning period, be sure to spend lots of time with your new kitten giving him plenty of love and attention. This will show him that this is a good place to be and help to calm any fears he may have.

Most breeders offer a 3-5 business day period to get your kitten examined by a veterinarian. If you don’t get the exam, your health guarantee may be void so make sure you schedule a check-up in advance. For the safety of any other animals you may have, you should keep your kitten quarantined until after they have been vet checked and certified healthy.

Introducing Your Kitten to Other Pets

When you first introduce your kitten to your other pets, there will most likely be a little hissing and name calling going on! But don’t despair; it won’t be long before they will get along like 2 peas in a pod – or 3 or 4 peas depending on how many furry friends you have! Kittens are such funny creatures, but as long as they are not mistreated, they will get along with just about any animal. Just be sure to never leave your kitten alone with another animal until you are sure they are getting along ok.

Ideally, you should introduce your kitten to one animal at a time. Be sure during the time your kitten is adjusting to his new home that you give your other animals LOTS of extra love and attention. It’s easy to get carried away in the excitement of a new pet, so you need to make sure to set aside some special one on one time with your other pets so they know they are still important to you too!

Grooming Your Persian Kitten

Persians and Himalayans have long beautiful hair that requires extra care and attention. You should groom your kitten or cat at least every other day, preferably more, to prevent matts and tangles. If your kitten does develop a matt don’t worry! Just make sure you take care of it immediately before it gets worse. Matts and tangles can cause your kitty to be in pain when they walk because their hair is getting pulled in all different directions! Ouch!

To remove a matt, gently loosen it with your fingers and try to brush it out. If that doesn’t work, you may need to cut down the middle of it with scissors. Be extra careful not to cut kitty’s skin! After you’ve cut it, try to loosen it again and then carefully brush it out. Remember to pay extra attention to the hair along your kitty’s underside. This likes to get tangled up quite frequently. On small kittens I sometimes trim the hair on their backside just to help keep them clean until they get old enough to do a good enough job on their own. Don’t forget to use your comb to remove all the loose hairs from their undercoat!

Litter Box Tips

Kittens are usually fully litter box trained by 5 weeks of age, but when they first get to their new home, they may not know the appropriate place for them to relieve themselves. To cut down on any confusion, follow the tips below:

o As soon as you get your kitten home, place them in the litter box. This way, they will know where it is at, and after such a long trip they surely need to use it!

o For very small kittens, make sure the litter box is close by at all times. If they start to have an accident, pick them up and put them in the litter box.

o Use the same litter that they are used to when you first bring them home. You can change it later if you need to.

o Always make sure you keep the litter box VERY clean! Your kitty will not use an overly dirty litter box. He will instead use your floor, bathtub, couch etc.

o Make sure the litter box is not too close to the kitten’s food or water. Cats do not like to eliminate next to where they eat!

o Make sure you have at least one litter box per cat, per level of your home. For small kittens you may want to have two or three litter boxes available until you are sure they have mastered their litter box habits.

o NEVER hit a kitten for having an accident. You will only teach them that relieving themselves is a bad thing which can cause many problems if your kitten becomes constipated. If your kitten is having accidents, you may need to make more litter boxes accessible to them. When they are small, they may not want to walk across the entire house to get to the litter pan and may find it more convenient to go where they are. So, if you have many litter boxes throughout your house, you will cut down on the chances of any accidents.

Feeding Your Kitten

Kittens should have access to their food and water 24 hours a day. They are growing so fast, they need as much nutrition as they can get! You should never feed your kitten adult cat food. It does not have all the nutrients that a growing kitten needs. Always feed them kitten food.

I recommend that you not change your kitten’s food until you have had them at least 2 weeks. It is stressful enough coming to a new place, there is no reason to give them an upset stomach and possibly diarrhea on top of everything else.

If you do change their food, you should do it slowly over a period of at least one week. Mix a little of the new food in with the old, and slowly increase the amount until it is 100% of the new food.

Never feed a kitten or cat a diet of wet food only. This will cause tarter build up on their teeth and will cause many problems in the future including loss of teeth. The chewing action and biting down on the dry food cleans their teeth. Wet food should only be given as treats. If you must feed it to your kitty as a meal, be sure to include at least one meal a day of dry food. You may also want to consider getting a toothbrush for your kitty to make sure it’s teeth stay clean!

Necessary Kitten Supplies

Litter Box- This is one of the most important things! If you would like, you can purchase one of the smaller litter boxes to start your kitten out with. As they grow you can move up to a bigger one. Littermaids are great if you don’t have a lot of time to scoop. They do the job for you! You just empty the collection tray when it’s full and put a new one in. A good rule of thumb is to have one litter box per cat that you own.

Clumping Litter – Tidy Cats Scoopable Litter works great for keeping litter box odors down and makes it very easy to scoop the litter. I have found it very useful to use the empty pails to put the dirty litter in. The lid snaps shut and keeps the smell out, and when you fill it up, you can just set it out with the trash! I also recommend Arm and Hammer Litter Deodorizer. It works miracles! It really does keep the smell down if you use it correctly.

Food and Water Dishes – Any kind will do, but I prefer the Bistro Brand feeders and waters. You can fill them up and leave them out for 24 hour access to the food. Kittens need to eat as much as they want when they are growing to stay strong and healthy. And growing kittens eat a lot of food!

Kitten Food – It’s very important that you find a high quality kitten food for your new kitty. Adult cat food is not good for kittens since it does not provide all the nutrients they need. You can discuss with your veterinarian which brand of kitten food is right for your kitten. You should never suddenly change a kitten’s food. It can cause stomach upset and diarrhea. If you do want to change food, do it slowly over a period of at least a week. Mix a little of the new food in with the old, and slowly increase the amount until it is 100% of the new food.

Brush and Comb –These are absolutely essential when you own a Persian or Himalayan! I found a great brush at PetSmart that has an ergonomic handle that makes it a lot more comfortable to brush the kitties. You also need a good comb specifically designed for the undercoat to remove all loose hairs. This will really help cut down on shedding and help to prevent tangling or matting.

TOYS! – Every kitten needs a good supply of toys. It is so fun to watch your new little kitty running around, batting at a jingle ball, or doing acrobatics through the air trying to catch that little dangling thing on the end of their human’s fishing pole! Any kind of cat toys will do, just make sure to have a few on hand for your kitten’s entertainment.

Scratching Post – It’s a cat’s natural instinct to scratch, so you need to make sure you provide them with an appropriate surface to fulfill their needs. A sisal covered scratching post works wonderful and will save your furniture from kitty’s claws! Just make sure you show them the proper place to scratch when you first bring them into your home.

Shampoo – We all know kittens are great at making messes. You should find a quality kitten shampoo and keep some on hand for times you need to bathe your kitten. As cats get older they need baths less often, but it is always good to have some kitten or cat shampoo on hand just in case!

Cat Carrier – Cat carriers are needed for trips to the vet and groomer or any other outing you may need to take with your kitty. Make sure you pick out one that will provide plenty of room for your kitty to stand up and turn around if need be.

Flea/Parasite Control – Revolution works absolutely wonderful. It covers fleas, heart worms, hookworms, roundworms and ear mites. It’s a one tube does it all solution! I definitely recommend it if the need ever arises.

Veterinarian – Last but not least, you will need to find a good veterinarian. You will need someone to keep your kitty up to date on all vaccinations and fecal examinations, and also someone to call when your kitty is not feeling so good. A vet with 24 hour emergency care is a great plus. You never know when you’re going to need them!

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Steroid Treatments For Your Hair Loss Problems

Hair loss is a problem that affects both men and women. The causes are varied but the number one reason is genetics. Hair loss, especially male pattern baldness is attributed to hereditary factors. Stress is also a great inducer of hair loss and so is malnutrition.

Medications containing amphetamines and lithium (used to treat bipolar disorder) can also be responsible for hair loss. Constant hairstyling and chemical treatment of your hair can result to brittle hair and eventual hair loss.

Other reasons are diseases such as trichotillomania, which is a psychological disorder compelling the person to nervously pull out his hair. Tinea capititis is a fungal infection that often results to scaling in the scalp and breakage of the hairs even before they grow out of the hair follicle.

Alopecia areata is another reason for hair loss, this is evident by the immediate loss of hair in patches in the scalp as well as the body and it can have a debilitating effect on your scalp. Although the hair follicles are not affected, it can take persons afflicted with this months or years before hair starts to grow.

Doctors recommend a lot of treatments for these diseases and one of the most effective is the use of steroids being injected directly to the scalp. However, they should only be in minimal dosages because there are known harmful side effects from going over the prescribed dose.

More importantly, this treatment is resorted only in cases of severe hair loss, such as in persons who suffer from alopecia areata, or for those who have lost approximately fifty percent of their hair.

Steroid injections are painful and since they can only be injected in small doses, they are required to be injected every four to six weeks. Oral steroids may also be taken, however they may offer a more prominent manifestation of side effects.

Topical steroids which can be massage into the scalp are also available. Steroid injections are also combined with other drugs such as minoxidil and anthralin to help speed up the hair growth process. Some of the side effects would include nausea, vomiting, headaches and scalp irritation.

If you are planning to use steroids to help treat hair loss, please consult your physician first if you qualify for such treatment. The injections would require a physician for administration and should not be experimented or done at home. Steroids are your last resort but you have to be well nourished as well and follow strict personal hygiene for you to have that thick and full hair again.

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