Hair Tip: Peppermint for Volume

I love peppermint tea, candy, and the smell can also be calming to help you de-stress.  Here’s a piece of information that  I found at a great site that has lots of tips for hair, among other things.

Peppermint

If you want to achieve volume with lift at the roots, opt for a volumizing shampoo that contains peppermint, recommends Daily Beauty, a blog produced by NewBeauty magazine. Because peppermint has a stimulating effect on your scalp, it makes your hair follicles stick straight up, creating volume. via Volumizing Shampoo Ingredients | LIVESTRONG.COM.

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The Latest & Greatest Promise: Invati !

AVEDA is promising  it has found a solution for thinning hair. This apparent solution reduces hair loss by 33%!  It cannot bring back the hair you have lost; however using their product can substantially help you to keep the hair you have. AVEDA products are mostly plant-based.  You may want to check out what they think about their products.  Here’s a little summary of what they have to say: “Ever since a hairdresser founded Aveda in 1978, our products have been harvested with respect for the earth, in harmony with the web of life.” via Discover Aveda

Below is an interesting comment I found on-line about the product (Make sure to click the Tumblr link for more comments).

About Invati

Aveda’s Invati line is for Hair Regrowth. It is not for people who simply wish to have thicker hair, use Pure Abundance for that.

The Shampoo and Conditioner are designed to do is keep the scalp from building up too much oil, so balding people can go back to only washing it every other day, like you should be doing (Washing it every day dries out your scalp and hair). What the Spray is designed to do is invigorate (hence the name) the scalp of those who are balding, forcing the hair follicles to start producing hair again. I don’t know why they’re using that Kim Kardishian (?) lookalike for the ads. Invati is just a better Rogaine. via invati | Tumblr.

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Hair Blues  suggestion: You may want to stop by the Aveda store and ask for a sample.  That’s what I did.  I used the shampoo and conditioner, and liked the result.  Of course it’s too early to report long range results 🙂

I hope this is helpful.  See you at the next Post 🙂

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Getting More Hair: Volume!

If you have  read any of the earlier posts, or to visited the Hair Loss Association, you understand that it is essential to visit with a doctor to find out what your hair loss is and “why” it is. For those of you who have not checked with a doctor (dermatologist, hair loss specialist) the sooner you do so, the better equipped you will be able to manage (not stop or cure) your hair loss. You may want to check out the Women Hair Loss Project  for ideas. You can click  Blogs I Like  link  (underneath the  BLOGROLLl) on this page to go there.   For those of you who have already seen a doctor, now you have an opportunity to take more action. And, you probably have been given some guidance on how to proactively handle this issue.

Hair Loss products constitute a  formidable industry, and thankfully so This industry provides us with much ability to explore what our likes and dislikes are, what works, and what doesn’t. In addition, it gives us some ways to experiment with ideas that can help our hair look and feel more healthy.

¿What can you do?

Get  excited about your  Beauty Change‘ . One important example we can think about is how we want to change our look to accommodate what is happening to our hair.  Among other information, HairBlues will bring you reports on products I have used. In addition, HairBlues will find products and websites, which offer creative ways to deal with hair loss. On occasion I will give   links, or web addresses in case you want to research the information given here in more detail.

Here  is this week’s review/report 🙂

 Volumizer hair products are a way to give your hair more body, and therefore the appearance of more  thickness.  They make the hair shafts look thicker!

 Some Volumizer Hair  Products I like

 Philip B.  Peppermint & Avocado Clarifying Volumizing Shampoo.   This product has a somewhat higher price, and it has an aromatherapy aspect to it. The peppermint gives a stimulating feeling to your scalp.  I truly enjoy using the product and I like the way it leaves my hair after use.  I usually mix it with a little water instead of pouring it directly on my scalp; however, you can find more information about this Philip B. shampoo at http://www.Amazon.com _  In the Search field – type in Phillip B.

I also use these volumizing sprays.  I recommend spare use to avoid too much build up on your hair.  The prices are in the upper range, but can last over a period of time.  These products can  also be found at:  Amazon.com, Aveda stores, and Hair Rules products can be found at Target stores, or at their respective sites.

 Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Spray.

Hair Rules Volumizing Hair Spray.   Hair Rules has its own website (http://www.hairrules.com); Amazon.com also has this product.

Other products to check out are:

  • Pantene Volumizing Shampoo with Conditioner.  I have used this product, and it did give my hair more thickness.  I would definitely use the shampoo which has a conditioner.  Some people advise that volumizing shampoos can leave your hair dull, depending on the texture and frequency of use.  This product is lower priced, and received rave reviews from Good Housekeeping.  It can be purchased at Amazon.com or various drugstores.
  • Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner. Aveda has its own stores, but these products  can often be found in drugstores as well as  http://www.Amazon.com – In the Search field –Type in Aveda Pure Abundance Shampoo

The products I’ve mentioned are a good start for exploration; however you should remember these are not magic potions that will cure your hair thinning, or hair loss.  They are just a first step in finding ways to change how your hair looks and discovering how to “manage” your changing circumstance.  Stay positive!

In the meanwhile, you will also want to check out what the research done by Good Housekeeping has to say about volumizing  shampoos, and products.  It’s a fairly thorough report.  Just click the link: http://tinyurl.com/6spklyl[Open in new window]

FYI: I have not solicited nor received any of the products I have reviewed here.  I purchased all the products reviewed here, without any coaxing, suggesting, or communication with the producers/manufacturers.  I hope this is helpful 🙂

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Research Gives Hope to Cure Baldness in Future

Encouraging NewsIt looks like that  in  about five (5) years there could be a cure for baldness. I am sure that some of you have heard about the discovery made by Drs. Cotsarelis and Garza,  co-inventors on a patent owned by the University of Pennsylvania describing the PGD2 pathway as a target for inhibiting hair loss. via Perelman School of Medicine Experts Identify Inhibitor Causing Male Pattern Baldness and Target for Hair Loss Treatments.

Although you may not   suffer from total baldness, it is still worthwhile knowing about this possible cure. Don’t be discouraged that the article focuses on ‘male pattern baldness’.  Women will also benefit in the future from this discovery.

Below are some of the Key Points covered in the article:

  Significant protein Prostaglandin D synthase (PDG2), also called PGD2, showed up in high levels of men with baldness.

  Scientists learned that PDG2 was not in areas of the body which have much more hair.

  Scientists concluded that the PDG2 protein impedes hair follicle growth.

  Scientist hope to find a way to block PDG2, which could reverse balding, or prevent balding.

I am sure there are special thanks being expressed to the doctors and researchers who have devoted their time and efforts to the balding issue.

You can read more about the research at: http://stm.sciencemag.org/

See you at the next Post! 🙂

Did you know?

I know you have heard there are APPs for everything, but maybe you hadn’t thought about Hair Loss Treatment being one of those APPS!  I was delightfully surprised to find some interesting ones.  I will continue to search for and Post links to others you may want to look at.  In the meanwhile click on the link below to check out this one.

Hair Loss Treatment Description

Losing your hair? Hair loss is a multibillion dollar industry, however 99% of treatments make no difference. In this Hair Loss Treatment App not only can you discover what treatment options are currently available, but in addition, answer a few simple questions and find out what treatment method is most suitable for you at your unique stage of hair loss.via App Store – Hair Loss Treatment.

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Did you know?

Did you know there is a Hair Loss Association?

We think this is information that without a doubt you should have so we have added a link to their Blog right beneath the Blogroll  on the right of the panel. In addition, we thought you might want to read about the founder.

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Spencer Kobren is the founder of The American Hair Loss Association, and The International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons. He is the International Best selling author of  “The Bald Truth: The First Complete Guide to Preventing and Treating Hair Loss” and “The Truth About Woman’s Hair Loss”. Kobren hosts a nationally syndicated radio program also called The Bald Truth, which airs on XM satellite radio, as well as on radio stations throughout the United States. Spencer Kobren is a hair loss consumer advocate, patient-educator and is a contributing editor to Consumers Digest Magazine, and he is also hair loss content provider for WebMD.via Spencer Kobren – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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The Bald Truth is a weekly talk radio show hosted by Spencer Kobren, founder and president of the American Hair Loss Association. The show is usually two hours long and airs every Sunday night at 5PM PT/8PM ET from the Westwood One studios in Los Angeles, California. Host Kobren is also a best-selling author, having published the books The Bald Truth: The First Complete Guide to Preventing and Treating Hair Loss, and The Truth About Women’s Hair Loss.

The show itself has been on the air for more than ten years and nationally syndicated for eight. The show originally started as a half hour show (less than 20 minutes minus commercials) on Saturday nights on New York City’s 77 WABC, and has since broadcast on other heritage stations such as 710 WOR in New York City and KLSX in Los Angeles.via The Bald Truth – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Tip for checking hair loss

There’s a simple test you can do to help determine whether you are losing hair, it’s just thinning or you are damaging it by abusive hair products or pulling it too tight (which can occur with braiding). Pull on several strands of your hair — do they come out easily at the root? If so, it suggests that the hairs are indeed “shedding” and have gone into what we call an excess telogen phase. via Dr. Judith Reichman | Women’s Hair Loss Project.

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Telogen phase

The telogen phase is the resting phase of the hair follicle. When the body is subjected to extreme stress, as much as 70 percent of your hair can prematurely enter a phase of rest, called the telogen phase. This hair begins to fall, causing a noticeable loss of hair. This condition is called telogen effluvium. The club hair is the final product of a hair follicle in the telogen stage, and is a dead, fully keratinized hair. Fifty to one-hundred club hairs are shed daily from a normal scalp.via Hair follicle – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Call your doctor to determine if you have hair loss

What to Expect at Your Office Visit

A careful medical history and examination of the hair and scalp are usually enough to diagnose the cause of your hair loss.

Your doctor will ask detailed questions such as:

♦ Are you losing hair only from your scalp or from other parts of your body as well?

♦ Is there a pattern to the hair loss, like a receding hairline or thinning or bald areas on the crown, or is the hair loss throughout your head?

♦ Have you had a recent illness or high fever?

♦ Do you dye your hair?

♦ Do you blow dry your hair? How often?

♦ How often do you shampoo your hair?

♦ What kind of shampoo, hair spray, gel, or other product do you put on your hair?

♦ Have you been under unusual stress lately?

♦ Do you have nervous habits that include hair pulling or scalp rubbing?

♦ Do you have any other symptoms like itching, flaking, or redness of your scalp?

♦ What medications do you take, including over-the-counter drugs?

♦ Tests that may be performed (but are rarely needed) include:

♦ Blood tests to rule out disease

♦ Microscopic examination of a plucked hair

♦ Skin biopsy

Click the link to learn more: via Hair Loss – Symptoms, Causes, Tests – NY Times Health Information.

Hair Loss

HairBlues will attempt to help the many women suffering, or beginning to suffer from hair loss.  We will investigate what some of the causes are. We will  look at products which claim to help stop the condition.  We will focus on what the various hair loss reasons are, and generally help you to find solutions for your personal situation.  Hair loss does not belong to any particular ethnic group.  Even though ‘bald‘ is in, many women want to change their look often, and are not comfortable with exposing themselves in this way.  Buying wigs is expensive, and does not work for every head.

Hair Is Tied to Self-Image

Long, short, bouncy, sleek — for most women, hair is far more than a bundle of fiber. It’s an expression of style and personality. Research also suggests hair and self-image are closely intertwined. If an occasional “bad hair day” can make a gal feel low, hair loss can be a distressing sight to face every morning in the mirror. Thinning Hair Causes and Solutions « LFIVE.

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