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A new perspective on your scalp
Try looking at your scalp as an extension of your facial skin. If considered from this perspective you may treat it with more of the care and attention that you devote to your face. The scalp requires proper treatment to maintain an optimal environment that promotes healthy strong hair.
Afraid to try a new hair colour?
If you want to try a new colour on your hair, but can’t decide on the shade, use temporary hair colour products or the semi-permanent varieties that contain no ammonia and low peroxide.
Aging process and your hair ...
When your hair begins to turn gray is often determined by genetics. Hair follicles produce a pigment (called melanin) that is responsible for hair colour. Usually beginning in the 30s, hair follicles start to produce less melanin, resulting in gray hair.
Alopecia Areata--Hair Loss Part 2
Hair loss or "alopecia" can be scarring or not. "Alopecia Areata" is a form of non-scarring alopecia. This means that there is hair loss but the hair follicles are still intact and visible on inspection. It is an autoimmune disease that affects the bulb region of the hair follicle
Anti-dandruff hair care ...
If you are finding it difficult to manage your dandruff or notice the flaking getting worse, it is advisable to get your scalp checked by your doctor, since there are multiple causes including yeasts, skin conditions, allergic reactions or even stress.
Anti-dandruff ingredients
Trying to make sense of anti-dandruff ingredients? Common medical agents used to control dandruff include selenium sulfide or pyrithione zinc, both of which inhibit yeasts from growing; tar slows the rate of skin cell turnover on the scalp, so less flakes will form.
Anti-dandruff shampoo ingredients
Trying to make sense of anti-dandruff shampoos? Those with selenium sulfide or zinc pyrithione inhibit yeasts from growing and tar shampoos slow the growth of cells on the scalp. Salicylic acid and sulfur loosen the flakes, making it easier to wash them away.
Are You a Hair Care Expert?
"Flyaway" hair is all too common in dry climates. Caused by static electricity and rough hair cuticles (the outer layer of the hair), flyaway hair can often be controlled through the use of hair products.
Childhood scalp infections
Tinea capitis (ringworm of the scalp) is a fungal infection that affects the skin of the scalp, eyebrows, and eyelashes. The fungus responsible frequently attacks the hair shafts and follicles. Fungal hair infections are most common in children, and are characterized by mild scaling of the scalp (dandruff) or an inflamed bacterial abscess. If the infection progresses, children with tinea capitis usually develop patchy hair loss with some broken-off hairs that are visible just above the surface of the scalp. The patches of hair loss are usually round or oval, but sometimes they exhibit an irregular pattern. Medical treatment may be necessary, in combination with the regular use of an anti-dandruff shampoo and conditioner. Consult your doctor if your child has these symptoms in order to limit the severity of the infection and avoid permanent hair loss from occurring.
Clean and condition: Hair care basics
Keeping your hair clean is the first step. The combination of your hair type and the condition of your scalp will determine how frequently you should wash. If your hair is dry and your scalp is slow to accumulate oil, then washing once a week may be adequate.
Conditioners can hydrate and protect your hair
Conditioners penetrate the hair better if you towel-dry first. Apply your hair conditioner and cover with a warm towel. Now put your feet up for 10 minutes and relax while the conditioner does its job.
Could your hair be contributing to your acne?
Long hair that sweeps along your face can promote acne breakouts. If you've noticed a connection between your hair and acne, try shampooing more often, being careful not to apply hairstyling products too close to the skin, and keeping your hair away from your face.
Crash diets and your hair ...
Besides the fact that they do not work in the long run, theres another good reason to avoid crash diets. Poor dieting habits, particularly those that are changed suddenly, can lead to significant hair loss.
Damage control for your hair
Common causes of damaged hair include the excessive use of heat-generating styling devices (blow dryers, curling irons, etc.), UV rays (sun exposure, lights, tanning beds), chemicals treatments (hair colour, perms, relaxers, even pool chemicals), weather conditions, or poor diet (deficient in proteins and essential fatty acids).
Dandruff is caused by a fungus?
Dandruff is the result of excessive shedding of dead skin flakes from the scalp. There may be minor itching, but no redness or scabbing occurs. It usually gets worse during the fall and winter and improves in the summer.
Dealing with male pattern hair loss?
A combination of your hormones and genes, as well as aging, determines the onset of male pattern baldness (also referred to as androgenetic alopecia).
Do-it-yourself color ...
Home hair colouring kits are the ideal solution for today’s hectic lifestyles. You can get great results without the expense and time spent at a professional salon. With the wide variety of colours and available products, the effects you can create are endless.
Do-it-yourself colour ...
Home hair colour kits are the ideal solution for todays hectic lifestyles. You can get great results without the expense and time spent at a professional salon. With the wide variety of colours and products available, the effects that you can create are endless.
Donot use a blow dryer every day!
Avoid using your blow dryer or any other heat generating styling device daily. By giving your hair a break from the heat, you are reducing the potential damage that these personal appliances can do to your hair. Dryness, split-ends and breakage are signs to look for.
Flyaway hair can be controlled ...
-Flyaway- hair is all too common in dry climates. Caused by static electricity and rough hair cuticles (the outer layer of the hair), flyaway hair can often be controlled through the use of hair styling products. The most effective way to improve manageability is to use a conditioner.
Growing out your hair?
Every single hair on your body grows from its own individual hair follicle. Inside the follicular unit, new hair cells are generated at the root of the hair shaft. As the new cells form, they force the older cells out of the follicle.
Hair can get sunburned too!
Did you know that your hair can get damaged by the sun too? UV rays affect the outer layer of the hair (the cuticle), and overexposure can result in damage to the hair shaft. The sun produces a bleaching effect on the hair cuticle, and eventually, the keratin protein (fibrous structural protein of hair and nails) breaks down.
Hair Care Q&A
Having a bad hair day again? Dandruff? Excess hair? That doesn't have to happen. Here are some easy tips for you and your family to follow to have great looking hair.
Hair loss in women
Many women will experience some form of hair loss as they age. The most common form of female hair loss occurs postpartum as the body's hormonal levels are adjusting back to normal.
Hair removal with depilatories ...
Ladies, it is the time of the year to start thinking about wearing shorts, tank tops and swim suits, and managing unwanted body hair. Depilatory creams, lotions, roll-ons and foams can be effective forms of hair removal. They work by dissolving the hair through a chemical reaction with its protein structure.
How does permanent hair colouring work?
The chemicals in "permanent" hair dyes react with hydrogen peroxide within the hair. These dyes won’t wash out, but due to new hair growth you will usually have to re-colour after 4 to 6 weeks, especially if you’re covering gray hair.
Important Laser Hair Removal Facts
Demand for the removal of unwanted hair is on the increase for both men and women. Hair removal laser technology has progressed in the last ten years to the point where it is considered a safe and reliable option for the treatment for black and brown hairs. It is, however, important to understand the facts, including limitations of laser hair removal.
Is your hair stressed out?
Hair is primarily made up of proteins (up to 90%) called keratin. Keratin is a hard fibrous protein that is composed of polypeptide chains. The meaning of polypeptide originates from the Greek word "poly" meaning many and "peptos" meaning digested or broken down.
Itchy and flaky scalp?
Malassezia fungi are the culprits believed to be the leading cause of dandruff. These naturally occurring yeasts are commonly found on the skin, but the conditions on the scalp seem ideal for them to flourish. It is impossible to completely eliminate them, but their affects on dandruff can be controlled.
Key actives used for dandruff management
Tar-based shampoos are often used to treat dandruff. You may want to avoid them if you have light-coloured hair (blond, gray or bleached). Although effective for the scalp, they can discolour your hair and darken or stain your skin or clothes.
Laser and Light Therapy for Removing Unwanted Hair
Unwanted hair can be an extremely embarrassing problem, especially for women. Traditional hair removal solutions include shaving, waxing, tweezing, threading, and electrolysis. While these techniques are often effective, they can be painful and or time consuming as these are mechanical processes. Recently, in response to increased demand for efficient hair removal solutions, laser and light based technologies have made great progress for the purposes of hair reduction.
Maintaining a healthy scalp
The condition of your scalp is affected by numerous factors including stress, hormonal irregularities, diseases and diet. Just as your facial complexion is affected by changes within your body, the condition of your scalp can be another external measure of your overall health. Sudden changes occurring on the scalp could signal an imbalance in your body or indicate an underlying disease. Skin cancer can also occur on the scalp, particularly in areas not well covered by hair. It can destroy skin cells and tissues and, in some cases, spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body. Skin cancer may appear as a growth or mole, a change in a growth or mole, a sore that does not heal, or irritation of the skin. Get a friend or your partner to check your scalp regularly for suspicious lesions and make it a habit to wear a hat when you’re out under the sun. Maintaining and preserving the health of your scalp starts with keeping your hair clean, so routinely wash and condition. If dandruff is a concern, try medicated conditioners with an antifungal agent, such as pyrithione zinc, to effectively treat and manage the flaking.
Managing curls?
Curly hair has uneven surfaces that produce less shine than straight hair. Make sure you are using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner that will help tame the unruly curls, reduce tangles and give your hair a flatter, shinier surface. The most effective way to improve manageability is to use a conditioner. Hair conditioners are specifically formulated to neutralize the static electricity and coat the hair shaft with protective moisturizing ingredients. Other benefits of conditioners include replenishing hydration to dry or damaged hair, improving the overall texture, and making brushing and styling easier. If dandruff is also a concern for you, conditioners containing the medical ingredient pyrithione zinc are now available to provide effective control of the associated flaking and irritation. These versatile moisturizing formulations can help to maintain a healthy head of hair and scalp, and they’re suitable for all the hair types in your family - even if dandruff is not a concern for everyone in the house.
Managing Unwanted Hair Growth
Unwanted facial hair for a woman can be annoying and embarrassing. The condition, called hirsutism, may be a result of excess androgen (a male sex hormone) and/or sensitivity to it.
Maximize your results when covering grey hair
When covering the greys, a common mistake is to apply overall colour to your hair from the start. This can cause the roots to appear as a lighter shade than the rest of your hair, giving an unnatural effect. Furthermore, hair that is repeatedly exposed to chemical treatments may look dry and dull.
Moisturize your hair!
Did you know that as much as 13% of your hair is made up of water? When your hair is dry, it loses its ability to stretch and breakage occurs more easily.
More than a bad hair day?
The outer layer of the hair, called the cuticle, can be damaged through excessive sun exposure and the regular use of hair dryers, curling/straightening irons, and chemical treatments (e.g., hair colouring, bleaching, perming).
Need to manage gray hair, but short on time?
When the process starts and the rate at which your hair turns gray is largely determined by your genes. Some people can spot the first gray strand as early as during their teenage years. A good indication can be found by looking at your parents and grandparents.
One of the primary causes of dandruff
Malassezia fungi are the culprits believed to be the leading cause of dandruff. These naturally occurring yeasts are commonly found on the skin, but the conditions on the scalp seem ideal for them to flourish.
Playing tug o-war with your hair? ...
Loosen up! Wearing braids or ponytails too tightly, or continually tugging at your hair, can actually cause bald spots and unnecessary hair loss to occur.