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Can Psoriasis Cause Hair Loss?

Yesterday, I received a question on my blog where I was asked if psoriasis can be the cause of hair loss, thinning, or shedding.  The reader did not often find this condition listed as one that caused hair loss, but felt that the timing between the two was too coincidental to ignore.  I’ll tell you what I told her in the following article.

Psoriasis Is An Autoimmune Condition:  Many people mistakenly think that psoriasis is very similar to dandruff or other conditions that involve excess sebum or androgens.  In fact, this is an autoimmune condition in which excess skin production causes scaly patches that sometimes take on a silvery white appearance. You’ll often see areas like the elbows and knees affected, but the scalp is not at all off limits.

It’s pretty well known that there are many autoimmune conditions that cause hair loss including alopecia areata, lupus, and Hashimoto thyroiditis.  Many doctors are reluctant to place psoriasis in this category, but  I personally think that you can make this argument as the timing between the two will often suggest a connection. The treatment for these conditions vary.  But in terms of hair loss, there is a European study that has shown promise using and rotating specific essential oils rubbed into the scalp.

Other Theories On Hair Loss, Hair Thinning, Or Shedding Along With Psoriasis:  Many doctors will tell you that when this condition occurs on the scalp, the plaque and scales can choke out the hair follicles and keep healthy hair from growing (only while there is a flare in place.)  Often, this doesn’t not occur over the entire scalp.  There will more often be patches that you can clearly see being affected and that is where you’ll see the hair being compromised or thinning.  (This process is pretty hard to miss and is pretty obvious upon close inspection.) However, typically when the area heals, the hair will become normal again.

The other possibility is that a flare has placed stress upon the body.  The body in turn will often shut down some functions to conserve.  One of these function is the hair growth cycle and what you will get as the result is a condition called TE (or telogen effluvium.)  This happens when a large number of hairs move from the growth cycle to the rest cycle. This is followed by a shedding of the hair.  What you’ll see is a lot of hair falling out at one time all of a sudden.  This is the same thing that happens to women after they give birth.  Typically, the shedding will stop in a few weeks or months and as long as their are not scales or patches on the scalp, regrowth should be fine.

Stopping Hair Loss Related To This Condition: Obviously the best course of action to stop the loss is to effectively treat the condition.  Often this happens with trial and error with your doctor.  Some doctors use medications and some use a laser or alternative therapies.  However, some folks find that treating the symptoms isn’t doing anything for the hair.  In these cases, you may want to look at lessening the inflammation on and in stimulating your scalp to produce healthy regrowth.  Sometimes, you will have diffuse thinning that doesn’t really present like TE shedding and / or doesn’t occur in the effected areas.  In these cases, you may want to look at other possibilities. It’s not inconceivable that the hair situation does not relate to the psoriasis in some cases.

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Top 5 Hair Loss Vitamins in 2012

Our hair reflects the overall quality of our health. Experiencing hair loss could mean something is going wrong in our body. That’s the main reason why one should consult a physician, a hair specialist, or order a microscopic hair analysis at the first signs of hair loss.

The main cause of pattern baldness is a high level of DHT in the blood. DHT attacks hair follicles and provokes thinning. The best treatment for this condition must contain a DHT blocker, in addition to nourishing ingredients to achieve two goals: stop hair loss and stimulate new hair growth.

Vitamins are important for any hair treatment system. They bring to the hair what’s missing from the patient’s alimentation. It is therefore important to take a good vitamin that targets DHT and effectively blocks it, while at the same time providing nutrients for new and existing hair to stay healthy.

Characteristics of a Good Hair Loss Vitamin

The most effective vitamin contains a combination of the following in order to nourish hair and stimulate growth: B-vitamins (biotin or vitamin-H, Folic Acid or vitamin B9, pantothenic acid or vitamin B5, etc.), minerals (iron, silica, zinc, iodine, copper, manganese, magnesium), anti-oxidants, vitamins A, E, C, proteins, and fatty acids. In addition, these three ingredients, Saw Palmetto, Zinc, and Beta-Sitosterol or phytosterol complex are keys to reducing or eliminating DHT. Make sure these ingredients are present in your vitamins. They will surely speed up your hair growth process.

The following 5 hair vitamins contain the required ingredients to successfully reverse pattern baldness and grow hair back. To maintain the hair healthy and long, all that’s needed is good quality shampoo and conditioner that match your hair type (dry, normal, or oily).

1-Hairomega 3-in-1 (was Maxahair)

Hairomega 3-in-1 vitamin contains zinc, saw palmetto, and beta-sitosterol. In addition, it has a lot of vitamins like vitamin E, B, C, folic acid, biotin, iodine and many minerals necessary for hair growth.

2-Nu Hair DHT Blocker

Nu Hair DHT blocker contains zinc, saw palmetto, and phytosterol complex. It also contains selenium, pumpkin extract, soy extract, plus more natural ingredients.

3-Advecia Hair Growth Vitamin

This vitamin contains saw palmetto, phytosterol complex and beta-sitosterol. It also has grape seeds extracts, L-Arginine, L-Lysine, green tea extract, and more.

4-Shen Min DHT Blocker Tablets

Shen Min DHT blocker also contains saw palmetto, beta-sitosterol, and zinc. Additional ingredients include soy extracts, selenium, and pumpkin seeds extracts.

5-Hair Genesis Soft gels

The ingredients are saw palmetto, beta-sitosterol, and plant phytosterol. It also contains green tea extract, grape seeds oil, and other nourishing ingredients beneficial for hair growth.

These vitamins are proven to efficiently stop male and female pattern baldness. They are affordable and will allow you to continue your hair loss treatment for as long as it is needed. The ingredients in these vitamins are also designed to maintain the hair’s health and length. Choosing one of them, and using it according to the manufacturer instructions could make a difference in the way you look.

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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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Dandruff and Itchy Scalp Conditions Explained Simply – Psoriasis, Eczema and Dermatitis

Read on to find out the causes of these scalp conditions and the best ways to treat each one of them – because not all scalp treatments and anti-dandruff shampoos are the same!

Seborrhea dermatitis & eczema

Dermatitis is a word that means ‘inflamed skin’ and it’s a common cause of scaly, red patches and an itchy scalp. It looks similar to dandruff, but the scales created by eczema and seborrhoeic dermatitis are larger and the scalp is often inflamed. It may also affect the face, eyebrows, beard and central chest area.


Greasy or dry scalp and scaling

Yellow-red scaling on any of these areas:

The hairline


Creases between the nose and the lips

Bridge of the nose

Inside or behind the ears

Middle of the chest


This type of skin irritation often occurs in areas which have a lot of large oil glands. The inflammation happens as a reaction to a ‘yeast fungus’ on the scalp and to hair products that break-down the oil secreted by the oil glands.

What factors make seborrhoeic dermatitis worse?

HIV and neurological conditions like Parkinson’s disease increase the symptoms of scaling, dry scalp and itchy scalp greatly.

Physical or emotional stress are known triggers.

Genetic factors – close family members also suffer from this condition.

This condition tends to be more severe during the winter.


This is another common itchy scalp condition, which can also affect the knees and elbows.


Small, separate patches of red inflamed skin with very thick scaling.

When only the scalp is affected, it may be mistaken for a severe case of dandruff.


Genetic – psoriasis often affects several members of the same family.

Emotional or physical stress are known triggers.


Itchy scalp conditions can be easily treated with a medicated anti-dandruff shampoo containing the correct balance of chemical ingredients, such as:


Selenium sulphide

Zinc pyrithione or zinc omadine – can be toxic

Piroctone olamine – less toxic than zinc pyrithione

Antifungal agents

Always ask your doctor for a diagnosis and the correct treatment.


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As an experienced hair care provider and stylist, I have been using LA BIOSTHETIQUE in my salon for many years. I often have clients with dermatitis and psoriasis and know how distressing these conditions can be.

LA BIOSTHETIQUE produce a wide range of specialist hair care products – from anti-microbial dandruff shampoos to the especially gentle LA BIOSTHETIQUE Hydro lipid Balm for dry, sensitive scalps, which provides a soothing, natural companion to any psoriasis treatment.

My clients trust me to give them the best hair care for their scalp problem and I trust LA BIOSTHETIQUE to bring a touch of natural luxury into every hair treatment routine!

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Sesame Oil Hair Recipes To Grow Hair Long Fast Naturally

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

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

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

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

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

Sesame Oil Hair Spray

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

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

Sesame Oil Scalp Massage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sesame Oil Hair Conditioning Warm Treatment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What is Xandrox and How Does It Help Treat Hair Loss?

Xandrox products are produced by Dr. Richard Lee, the founder and owner of Regrowth, a company based in Los Angeles and dedicated to the treatment of hair loss since 1986. Dr. Lee’s primary innovation with his Xandrox products has been to combine Minoxidil with the potent natural anti-androgen and DHT inhibitor Azelaic acid. In this dual approach, Minoxidil stimulates growth while at the same time, Azelaic acid blocks the 5-alpha-reductase enzyme, causing a reduction of DHT formation in the scalp by up to 98%. Azelaic acid has been proven effective against acne and other skin conditions, but its effects against hair loss are not proven. Xandrox is available by prescription only and while its ingredients are FDA approved (Azelaic acid is approved for skin treatments, not hair loss), Xandrox itself is not. It is generally used by men to treat male pattern baldness but has also produced excellent results for some women, so can be considered useful for both sexes.

Combining the two key ingredients of Xandrox was a good idea for many reasons, but the most pragmatic has to be the fact that if you’re going to go to the trouble of applying a topical solution of Minoxidil (Rogaine) to your scalp anyway, why not benefit from the added effects of a product like Xandrox at the same time? Also attractive in this approach is the fact that the inhibition of DHT by Azelaic acid occurs in the scalp itself, not systemically throughout the rest of the body. The precise mechanism by which Azelaic acid prevents the 5-alpha-reductase enzyme from producing DHT is not known at this stage. Azelaic acid is also an important component of both Revivogen and Crinagen, so its DHT inhibiting efficacy in combating hair loss, while not completely understood yet, is not in question.

The first Xandrox product was released in 1998 and contained 5% Minoxidil and 5% Azelaic acid. The following year, Regrowth released a 12.5% Minoxidil lotion, also containing 5% Azelaic acid, to supplement the use of Xandrox 5% solutions in areas such as the temples or frontal hair line that were not responding well to the weaker solution. Now, after much work with a biochemist to produce a chemically stable version of the product with more potency, Xandrox15 containing 15% Minoxidil and 5% Azelaic acid has arrived. Xandrox is available as a Day Formula and a Night Formula, and for convenience, users often create a regime consisting of a number of differing products at different times of the day. Being stickier and resulting in hair that can look a little messy, Xandrox15 is often used at night and washed out in the morning. During the day, a lower strength and less noticeable product can be used instead. Whichever combination of products are at work, 1 ml of Xandrox is usually applied to the scalp twice daily.

In addition to various combinations of Minoxidil and Azelaic acid, Xandrox products can contain ingredients such as Betamethasone valerate (a potent anti-inflammatory), Benzyl niccotinate (an absorption enhancer), or Retinoic acid (which gives the scalp a light “chemical peel”). Products containing additional components can be made to order. The reverse is also true, with specific ingredients able to be omitted from the formula on request if you do not react well to them. The most recent range of Xandrox products generally do not contain Retinoic acid as they are strong enough to have made it redundant and the potential for unwelcome side effects including an itchy, flaky or tingling scalp is too great.

Few side effects have been observed with Xandrox and many prefer it to Rogaine because it is odorless, cleaner and less greasy.

A 65 ml bottle of Xandrox 5% costs $33.95, a 125 ml bottle of Xandrox 12.5% Lotion costs $89.95, and 125 ml of Xandrox15 costs $88.00.

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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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Hair Weave – The Real Cost of a Hair Weave

The cost of a hair weave can range from $100 for a quick weave up to $2,000 for a celebrity quality weave. There are several variables that make up the price, such as full head or partial weave, sewn in or bonded, human hair or synthetic hair. Not only is there a cost for the initial hair weave process, you must also consider the cost of regular care and upkeep. In this article we will break down the costs by category, so that you can customize a weave hairstyle to fit your budget.

First ask yourself a couple of questions. Do you want to enhance your appearance for a specific event (a special date or concert) or for several weeks (summer vacation, end of the year holidays, or just until your hair grows out)? Second, do you want to leave everything to your hairstylist or are you willing to do a little of the legwork yourself? And finally, how much are you willing to spend?

Type of Hair / How Much Hair (30% of the Cost)

From businesswomen to Hollywood stars, customers are demanding higher quality from the products they purchase. The type of hair you purchase will depend on the desired style. Hair textures range from silky straight, relaxed, deep wave to curly. Hair quality can range from poor quality synthetic hair to human hair of excellent quality. Virgin Indian hair is the most popular type for extensions. With Indian hair the wefts are reinforced and sewn tightly to prevent the hair from shedding.

If you are getting a full-head braid and sew-in weave the average person uses about six ounces of hair. Most brands sell about four ounces in each package. Some people will use more some will use less. It is best to purchase two packs to ensure you have enough. You can always use the extra hair later. If you are using hair that is 18″ or longer may need an additional pack (sometimes the ends look thin with very long hair). If you are only getting a few tracks or you are bonding the hair, one pack is enough for four to five tracks.

Normally, hair length runs from 10″ (about $80 per bag) to 18″ (about $130 per bag). There are many less expensive brands available, but keep in mind that quality can sometimes decrease with the lower price tag.

Synthetic hair is very inexpensive compared to human hair and is often used for ponytails or hair buns. The costs can range from $5.00 to $20.00 per package depending on length. Heating appliances such as curling irons, flat irons or straightening combs should never be used on synthetic hair. While there are newer versions of synthetic hair from brands that claim to allow styling with lower temperatures of heating appliances, people should steer clear of such claims. The golden rule with synthetic hair is that heat is not an option. Synthetic hair is best for short term use. Typically when the synthetic hair is shaped its best not to change it, it is “What you see is what you get”.

Weaving vs. Bonding (50% of Cost)

Bonding is a popular temporary weaving method and a great way to add volume or vibrant streaks of color to your natural hair. Tracks of hair are glued to the roots of your own hair near the scalp with a special adhesive. To prevent damage to your natural hair, tracks should not be left in longer than a week or two and must be removed with a special solution. On average the cost to apply is $10-20 per track (cut and style may or may not be included in your price).

With weaving, the natural tresses are braided around the head in concentric circles. The braids are sewn down, then extensions or wefts are sewn to the braids. On average six to ten tracks are needed for a full head. This technique can be maintained for several weeks or months. This is a very time intensive process and pricing will vary greatly, but on average the costs range from $20-$60 per track.

In the conclusion below you will learn how to completely eliminate this cost.

Regular Maintenance and Tighten Up (20% of Total Cost)

It is important to think of your extensions as your own hair. The average hair weave–whether glued, bonded, or sewn into natural hair–lasts about two months. During this time, you must wash your weave as well as your natural hair. Weave hair is especially prone to becoming brittle and dry because it is not attached to the scalp and therefore does not receive any of the body’s natural oils. As with your natural hair, if you do not properly care for your weave it will quickly develop split ends and become frizzy and unmanageable. On average, regular maintenance and tightening will cost $20-$40 per track and must be done every two to four weeks.


Ultimately you can tailor your weave to fit any budget. You may choose to purchase your own hair and have it professionally applied and styled. You may want to learn to weave it yourself, and then have it cut and styled by a professional. Or you may have it weaved and styled professionally and choose to tighten it yourself.

Weaves provide a way for you to experiment with new styles and current hair trends without damaging your natural hair with excessive heat or chemicals. Weaves provide new looks which are usually easily cared for, but you must be aware that these procedures have a limited life cycle.


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3 Natural Ways to Reverse Gray Hair

All our lives, we’ve been taught that along with wrinkles and achy joints, we get to expect gray hair as well. Fortunately, with the latest advances in science and natural medicine, you don’t have to look your age.

It’s possible to treat gray hair naturally without investing in harsh chemical hair dyes that can strip out your hair’s vital nutrients that keep it soft and manageable. Here are three ways to keep your hair looking younger – naturally!

1. Cosmetic Treatment – Hair dye for gray hair is the oldest and most common way to get rid of gray. Many hair dyes for gray hair use chemicals like ammonia, but there are many new brands coming out on the market which use vegetable-based colorings or natural ingredients such as henna.

2. Medical Treatments – While there’s not yet an anti-aging pill that will magically make you look younger, there are medicines that treat the underlying cause of gray hair. Melanin is a body chemical that gives your skin and hair its color. It’s also what comes to the surface when you get a tan.

Melanin slows down as we age but there are medicines available to reverse the de-pigmentation of the hair. Auxins, Imatinib Mesylate and Gleever are a few of the prescription medicines available. These medicines can only be prescribed by your doctor and may have side effects, however if you’re concerned about dying your hair with over-the-counter hair dye, or if your hair is turning gray too early, you may want to talk to your doctor about it.

3. Topical Treatments – There are some natural remedies you can apply to your hair to boost its built-in nutrients and keep gray hairs from showing through:

Eugenol Oil – Eugenol oil is derived from cloves and helps restore your hair’s natural color.

Amla Oil – Amla oil strengthens your hair follicles which makes it easier for your hair’s natural pigmentation (color) to show through.

Ligustrum – This Chinese remedy is based on a unique berry which, when applied on the surface, turns gray hair black.

Superoxide Dismutase – These compounds are often found in hair gels and prevent damage to hair strands by strengthening follicles against breakage.

Ashwagandha – Also known as “Indian Ginseng”, Ashwagandha protects against gray hair caused by stress. It also increases melanin in the hair which helps cover up gray hair.

Omega-3 Shampoos – Omega 3’s are specific natural compounds (often found in cold water fish) that provide nutrients for the hair and scalp that protect against premature graying.

Melanin – The actual chemical in your body that gives your hair and skin its color can also be applied directly to the hair.

Retin-A – Often used in anti-aging creams and combined with alpha-hydroxyl acid, Retin-A restores natural color to your hair and makes it look stronger and more manageable.

You can also try some over-the-counter vitamins and minerals to help strengthen your hair and slow down graying. Vitamins B12, Biotin and Folic Acid are well known for their ability to give your body energy to reduce stress and in turn prevent premature graying of the hair.

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Hair Loss Prevention Secrets

Without a doubt, hair is one of the most reliable indicators of the body’s health. Scientists can even test it to determine what diseases a person has had, or any drugs they have used. Almost everything that has passed through the bloodstream ends up in the hair.

Naturally, this includes vitamins and minerals. Many of them are essential to ensure the health of the follicle, the papilla and its matrix, and the hair that grows from it.

The hair that is outside the scalp has no nerves or blood supply, and is classified as “dead” tissue. It must be, or it could not be cut painlessly.

Despite the claims made by manufacturers of externally applied products, it is impossible to “nourish” or “feed” visible hair. These products alter the hair’s appearance, usually by coating it with wax or lanolin. The only way to nourish hair is to provide the nutrients to the papilla while the hair is growing. Healthy hair starts from within.

A number of vitamins and minerals have been identified as having a specific and positive effect on hair health. These include Folic Acid, Niacin, Vitamin B12, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Choline Bitartrate, Inositol, PABA, Iodine, Iron, Silica Oxide, Magnesium, Copper, Zinc and Manganese.

It is important to remember that even an intensive vitamin therapy won’t help all men or women with alopecia. There is no “magic cure” for all people, or for all types of hair loss.

Health supplements will, however, produce a positive effect on terminal hair (the thick strands commonly known as “head hair”), and may counteract some types of hair loss. Like all forms of natural or conventional therapies, health supplements will provide the best results if used early in treatment. Starting supplements at the first sign of hair loss, or even before in men and women who suspect that they may be candidates for the problem, can have a positive effect in treating the underlying causes of alopecia before large portions of the scalp are affected.

Thinning hair associated with age may be due to the fact that the capillary loops supplying blood and nutrients to the follicles diminish in older people. A health supplement regime supplying extra nutrients to the hair may keep these follicles healthier.

A healthy follicle and papilla will always produce hair. Unfortunately, for many people, a “healthy” follicle is lacking, either through insufficient nutrients or health hazards.

Conventional medicine uses drugs that target specific areas of the body. Alternative medicine, such as vitamin therapy, focuses on “whole health.” A healthy body is one that is healthy all over, not just in certain areas. The vitamins and minerals which help keep hair follicles healthy will, at the same time, work to keep all of the body in good shape.

When using health supplements, it is important to keep the idea of “whole health” in mind. Supplements will produce better results faster if the following are also done:

– Stop smoking. One of the most noticeable effects of tobacco smoke is constriction of the veins and arteries. Good blood supply is essential to healthy hair. Constricted veins carry fewer nutrients and oxygen and are less able to nourish the papilla and matrix, where hair growth starts. Nicotine also depletes some vitamins, especially water-soluble ones such as Vitamin C.

– Don’t overuse prescription medications. All prescription medicines should be taken as directed. Ask your doctor if natural medicines would be appropriate. For example, antihyperlipidemics taken to lower blood cholesterol can produce hair loss. Natural medicines for lowering cholesterol, such as herbal remedies, will not have this adverse effect on the hair.

– Eat properly. Every part of the body, from blood to follicle cells to nerves, depends on a regular supply of essential nutrients. These include proteins, vitamins, minerals and some fat. Unfortunately, the typical American diet is not balanced, and is heavy on animal fat and starch while low in vitamins and fiber. To improve the diet, most people should eat more fresh fruits and vegetables (at least six servings per day) and cut back on red meat, bread, pastry, and fried or deep-fried foods and snack items. It is also important to maintain proper fluid levels by drinking six to eight glasses of water per day.

– Don’t overdo alcohol. Too much can cause vitamin deficiencies, such as low levels of Folic Acid.

– Keep stress to a minimum. Studies have shown that high levels of stress may be a contributing factor to many types of alopecia, and will affect the body’s overall health. Many people with high levels of stress react by pulling or tugging at their hair and are sometimes unaware that they are doing it. (The condition is called trichotillomania.) If it isn’t possible to adapt your lifestyle, make small changes wherever possible. Some herbal medicines have also been proven to reduce stress without side-effects.

– Treat the hair carefully. Wet hair is extremely fragile. Never brush wet hair. Instead, comb it gently. Take out tangles by working the hair from the ends, rather than forcing the comb through, which will break or pull out the hairs. Blow-dryers, hot rollers and brushing against the grain (such as “back-combing”) are also very hard on the hair

– Limit hair treatments. All chemical treatments, such as permanents, straightening, dying or bleaching will weaken the hair shaft, especially if they are used in combination (e.g., dying and then curling the hair). Weakened hairs are easily broken. Hair that breaks at or close to the scalp will give the same appearance as hair that has fallen out.

– Avoid tight styles. These can break the hair, or pull on the follicles enough to cause damage. (This damage is known as traction alopecia.) Cornrows or tight braids are bad for this. If you are going to tie your hair back, make sure the ponytail is loose. – Use gentle cleansers. Cheap, harsh shampoos are hard on the hair. Use gentle shampoos. Wash the hair thoroughly, but don’t overwork it, as it is fragile when wet. Rinse very well to remove all traces of the product.

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