The science of stem cells is now a hot topic for consumers. Web-searching for “stem cells in skin care”, you find a large number of articles which can be complex and possibly contain misleading information. Let’s sort out the confusion, provide a simple explanation of why I only use NeoGenesis technology, and discuss the remarkable skin and hair products we have for you. This is an exciting, organic, and effective ingredient that changes the way we treat and heal the skin.
Plant Stem Cells vs. Human Stem Cells
One type of stem cell that is currently being promoted in skin care products is plant based stem cell. This comes from the idea that because a plant uses its own stem cells to repair itself or to survive harsh climates, that somehow these benefits can be passed on to human skin.
How a plant sustains itself in nature is totally unrelated to how human skin functions. Plant stem cells, such as those derived from apples and melons cannot stimulate stem cells in human skin. However, because they are derived from plants and go through a lengthy purification process, they are likely to have beneficial antioxidant properties.
As for human stem cells, NeoGenesis uses only adult stem cells from properly certified suppliers. Adult stem cells are supported by the Catholic Church and many other leading organizations. Adult stem cells are responsible for the healing and regeneration of tissue.
Modern science now knows that multiple stem cell types release distinct pools of stem cell released molecules (SRM) that act together synergistically to improve the health, look and feel of the skin. This is a very natural process and it is these molecules that begin the processes that maintain and heal the skin.
It comes as a surprise to many individuals experiencing hair loss that they could have hair loss despite normal blood tests. “I’ve had every test under the book and it all comes back normal- how can this be?” Blood tests are important to perform in any patient with hair loss. Iron levels, thyroid abnormalities, hormonal abnormalities are all important to screen. Although abnormalities may be found, many patients have normal blood tests. And even when an abnormality is found - it does not always mean it is directly implicated in the patient’s hair loss. Examples of the later include a slightly low vitamin D level or borderline ferritin reading.
The reason blood tests do not highlight the cause of the hair loss in many patients is that an abnormality in the blood may not be the actual cause of patient’s hair loss. The abnormality lies in the scalp itself - and only a clinical examination can reveal the cause. Patients with many types of hair loss consider frequently have normal blood test results.
Some patients remain surprised that their blood tests are normal. Some have the tests repeated. Some have even more blood tests drawn. Some search for other testing to have done - perhaps a hair mineral analysis.
Further blood tests may reveal an abnormality. The problem however is that the tests that were ordered frequently have no bearing on the hair loss. Hair mineral analyses nearly always turn up some abnormality - its just that these tests are unreliable and frequently have no direct utility to hair loss.
Blood Tests and Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA)
Blood tests should typically be ordered in patients with suspected androgenetic alopecia. Testing for blood hemoglobin levels, iron, thyroid, B12, vitamin D should at least be considered in all patients. Hormone levels as well as other tests may also be considered but this is not appropriate in all patients. But many patients have normal results. However, one needs to keep in mind that results are frequently normal in patients with androgenetic alopecia. Abnormalities in iron levels, zinc and thyroid should be corrected but such corrections do not always directly impact the hair loss. There is some evidence that correcting iron levels in patients with AGA on some types of treatments actually allows the treatments to work better.
Patients are often surprised that their hormone levels came back normal despite a diagnosis of androgenetic alopecia. 80-85 % of women with AGA have normal blood tests. Women with genetic hair loss who have irregular periods, acne, and increased hair on the face especially require hormone testing. However, even these patients have normal blood test results.
Blood Tests and Alopecia Areata (AA)
Testing for blood hemoglobin levels, iron, thyroid, B12, vitamin D should at least be considered in all patients with alopecia areata. Up to 10 -15 % of patient’s have thyroid abnormalities. Other tests may be important too - depending on the patient’s history. But many patients have normal results.
Blood Tests in Scarring (Cicatricial) Alopecia
Testing for blood hemoglobin levels, iron, thyroid, B12, vitamin D should at least be considered in all patients with scarring alopecia. For some scarring alopecias such as lichen planopilaris, it’s clear that the risk of thyroid disease is much higher than seen in the general population. Other tests may be important too - including ANA, zinc, ESR, B12, ENA but the exact tests to order depends on the patient’s history. But many patients with scarring alopecia have normal results.
Blood Tests in Telogen Effluvium
When it comes to telogen effluvium, there are hundreds of tests that can be ordered. A few “screening” tests are important for everyone with suspected telogen effluvium but the remainder of the tests to order depends on the patient’s history. Screening tests often include blood hemoglobin levels, iron, thyroid testing, B12, vitamin D, and zinc levels. Numerous other tests are also possible depending on the patient’s story including ANA, ENA, ESR, creatinine, AST, ALT, bilurubin, CRP, VDRL/RPA, Hepatitis screening, HIV, rheumatoid factor, urinalysis, free and total testosterone, DHEAS, AM cortisol, prolactin, etc, etc
Despite all the tests, many patients with telogen effluvium also have normal results.
One need not feel confused if their blood tests return back normal. This is common in patients with many types of hair loss. One should also not be confused if they work hard to correct an abnormality (like low iron) and find their hair has not improved. Hair loss is more complicated that this. The factory that produces hair lies in the scalp - not in the blood. We have limited tools in the present day to properly assess the inner workings of the tiny hair follicle and so now blood tests and other similar tests are the best we have.
Source: Donavan medical
Do you ever get confused with which hair supplements you should or shouldn't be taking? Do you get recommendations from your friends or a new magazine article? Supplements can be very helpful, but they need to be used correctly.
You take them for a few weeks and nothing really happens so you give up or try something else? This is a very common story that I hear in my clinic. If you had a heart problem would you ask a friend or take the advice form a magazine? Obviously not and while I am in no way suggesting that hair loss is a serious threat to life, it is vitally important to our psyche. So lets clear a few things up with supplements.
The truth is this:
There are some specific supplements which are VERY helpful to patients with Hair Loss and there are a lot of others with a bunch of "hype" and no science or legitimacy backing their use.
Today I want to show you what I consider to be the Best Supplements for Hair Loss, but more specifically... I like them.
These supplements are the same ones I use on my private patients and they have scientific evidence backing them.
Let's look at the facts and the science so you can get on the right track to feeling better and not only treating your Hair loss but reverse it…
Not all Supplements are Created Equal
This should go without saying, but not all supplements are created equal.
Unlike the pharmaceutical industry, the supplement industry is not regulated very well.
As a result some supplement companies have included lower grade ingredients into their supplements which are less biologically active ingredients and in some cases do not even have the quantities that they claim on the package.
This can be frustrating for patients who don't understand this.
They get cheap supplements from places and they don't feel any different after taking them.
Then they feel like it's a waste of time and money.
And it is.
Unless you get HIGH quality ingredients from reputable high quality brands.
When patients use HIGH quality supplements that are targeted to their nutritional deficiencies the results can be very impressive.
I see hundreds of medical reps trying to sell my clinic ‘wonder supplements’ so how do I choose ? Well, I use a combination of the following guide my judgement when I make supplement recommendations to my patients:
- Literary Studies (Meaning that these supplements have been shown or proven to actually help reverse disease)
- My own personal clinical experience (Meaning do the supplements actually work - many supplements show promise in testing and in certain studies but they fall short in clinical practice)
- What I've seen works (Including the opinions of other experts and what I've personally seen/used)
- What other experts use and recommend (With so many supplements it's impossible to know and understand everything about them, but knowing what works with other patients and other providers is very helpful).
So, how do I choose? In most consultations I request a basic blood report. This is the starting point I say basic as Hair Loss sadly is not usually covered under medical insurance so patients are required to pay for them. These can be expensive so my first stop is to see what if any ( and there usually are)nutrient deficiencies.
Lets have a look at some:
Ferritin is an indication of the amount of iron in storage in your body.
Low ferritin levels are often associated with symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, inability to exercise and of course one of the main reasons for abnormal female hair loss.
Diagnosing and treating low ferritin is important because it can actually reverse these symptoms and improve quality of life and your hair.
In addition, low iron (and thus low ferritin) is an important cause of hair loss in pre menopausal women.
This is very important because many cases of hair loss are attributed to "genetics" and/or "thyroid" related problems when in reality they may be due to low iron levels.
Another study (of women of child bearing age without inflammation or other known conditions) showed that ferritin levels less than 80 ng/mL are strongly associated with telogen hair loss.
If you have a ferritin level less than 80 ng/mL and you are experiencing hair loss, then it would be worth considering iron supplementation (or at least discussing this option with your Trichologist).
If you are experiencing hair loss then proper evaluation of iron status and other nutrients are very important.
Ferritin is a marker of the iron stores in your body. And iron is responsible (and critical) to maintain energy levels, maintain thyroid function, promote proper hair growth and so much more.
That means managing your ferritin level becomes very important.
Another important factor that shouldn't be overlooked is that most providers tend to ignore ferritin levels unless you have anemia.
You can have low ferritin levels and not be anemic. Because of this, many patients with the symptoms of low iron tend to be ignored by physicians unless it is also accompanied by a low hemoglobin (this is termed anemia, or iron deficiency anemia).
Inadequate or depleted iron storage is the most prevalent nutritional deficiency in women of menstruating age. Iron is lost predominantly through menstruation each month, and if a woman’s periods are excessively heavy or frequent she may drop her iron stores quite rapidly. Iron deficiency may also occur during pregnancy as a result of increased demands on the mother’s nutrient reserves by the developing infant.
Iron is central to healthy functioning of the human body because it’s the main constituent of haemoglobin – the oxygen-carrying protein inside red blood cells. Iron is also essential for many bio-chemical processes including the formation of many cytochrome iso-enzymes and certain respiratory enzymes.
A small but constant daily intake of iron is essential to maintain the quality & numbers in red blood cell production. Females 14-50 years of age require 15-18mg of iron per day, decreasing to about 8mg/day after menopause.
Early indicators of diminished iron levels are fatigue, dry skin and hair, or intolerance to cold. Scalp hair density will reduce; individual hair shafts become thinner in diameter, and (in brunettes) the natural hair colour may change to a reddish-brown.
Vitamin C enhances the absorption of supplemental iron; green leafy vegetables with the absorption dietary iron from animal protein (lean red meat).
Zinc happens to be one of the top 5 most common nutrient deficiencies that I see on a daily basis.
There is a good chance that your zinc levels are low and supplementing can be difficult.
Not all brands of Zinc are absorbed equally. Zinc bound to picolinic acid has been shown to have superior absorption when compared to other forms.
This is why I recommend Zinc in this form, having said that I have seen some improvement with Zinc bound to Citrate.
•Boosts T4 to T3 conversion
•Lowers inflammation and acts as an anti inflammatory
•Balances the immune system.Hair follicles are normally ‘immune response protected’ skin appendages. The consequences of conditions such as Alopecia areata result when the immune concessions against this tissue-specific autoimmune state are withdrawn.
•Reduces free radicals while acting as an anti-oxidant
How to use:
1 - 2 tablets per day
One AM and One PM
Take with food
#3. Probiotics and Prebiotics
Now Im a huge fan of probiotics but not just any probiotics.
Just like supplements, not all probiotics are created equal!
In my patients I prefer and recommend a combination of pre and probiotics.
This is because most Hair Loss patients have some degree of intestinal dysbiosis and poor nutrient absorption.
Why is it good for Hair health
If there is any inflammation, or other gut imbalance, then nutrient absorption will decrease.
That means that small changes in your gut can lead to changes in hair quality and speed of growth.
This is also the major reason that your gut can't be ignored if you have Hair Loss.
How to use
- Take 2-3 per day
- Alternate taking with and without meals.
#4. Vitamin D3
Vitamin D is another one of the most common nutrient deficiencies that I see on a daily basis, surprisingly so living in the desert.
Unless patients are supplementing with it already,I almost always find that Vitamin D levels are low.
Many patients, even those that live in the UAE, wonder why their Vitamin D levels are so low.
In order to get adequate Vitamin D from sun exposure you need to meet the following conditions:
•Be out in the sun between the hours of noon and 2pm, when your shadow is smaller than you (the time of day with the most UVB rays)
•40% of your body must be uncovered
•There cannot be any clouds obstructing the sun (otherwise UVB rays will bounce off the clouds)
•You must NOT be wearing any sun screen (most sun screens block ALL of UVB rays)
Certainly living in the UAE most of these are not possible for obvious and differing reasons.
This is why I recommend that EVERY patient gets their Vitamin D levels checked and that they supplement with Vitamin D to achieve a blood level around 50 ng/ml.
However, avoid blindly take Vitamin D.
Please get your levels checked and base your dose off of those levels.
Why Vitamin D is good for Hair loss patients
It is estimated that around 1 billion people suffer from vitamin D deficiency.
And vitamin D is critical to several functions in the body:
•Involved in proper development of bone and muscle
•Regulates immune function
•Prevents onset and development of autoimmune disease
•Acts as a steroid pro-hormone
•Helps maintain calcium homeostasis in the body
•And these are functions NOT related to hair loss.
(Why isn't every Doctor checking EVERY patient for Vitamin D deficiency?)
#5. Vitamin B
Vitamin B12 is very important for patients with Hair loss.
Thyroid hormone is required for proper stomach acid production and stomach acid is required for proper B12 absorption.
Low thyroid hormone = low stomach acid = high risk of developing vitamin B12 deficiency.
The B-vitamins are essential co-enzymes to maintaining mitochondrial ATP production. Compromised mitochondrial function leads to low metabolic (thyroid) activity. Thiamine (Vitamin B1), B12, Vitamin D and folic acid are synergistic to copper. Supplementing these nutrients where required helps restore body copper balance. Vitamin D metabolism is enhanced by copper.
In addition to the mechanism mentioned above patients with Hashimoto's are at increased risk for developing the autoimmune condition of pernicious anemia.
This is another mechanism by which hypothyroid patients may be at risk for developing vitamin B12 deficiency.
Many patients may have so-called "normal" serum B12 levels but still experience the signs and symptoms of B12 deficiency that then improve with proper replacement therapy.
Replacing Vitamin B12 is very important because many of the symptoms of B12 deficiency may mimic symptoms of hypothyroidism.
# And Finally…….
High quality, deep sleep tends to be under rated in terms of its importance for overall health and hair health.
Low quality sleep will increase inflammatory levels, increase blood sugar levels, decrease the body's ability to lose weight and overall decrease how quickly patients can get results.
Not only this but sleep plays an important role in regulating your immune system. Decreased sleep may cause an increased risk of TRIGGERING autoimmune disease.
In addition some studies show that lack of sleep leads to an increase in TSH and an increase in circulating levels of thyroid hormone.
Sleep reduces immune function AND thyroid function.
If your sleep is suffering then you absolutely need to focus on it and make it a PRIORITY.
It's just as important (if not more important) than supplementing with hair supplements and topical treatments.
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Do you know the difference between getting older and getting old? If you are decoding both these phrases with no common difference, and thinking that both of them can be used randomly at any age past the age of speech acquisitions; then you probably are just playing with the words, without understanding the true essence. Although, many times no real difference is intended, there is a difference between both the phrases. As getting older, in deeper context can be accepting the emotional and physical changes, your body has to undergo and be very vigilant with your health checks and other body changes. Speaking about other body changes, your hair will have early impact of you becoming older; as in, it will start shedding out with increasing number, with the passage of each year. On the contrary, being the most primary beauty attribute, many men and women are getting more concern about their hair loss. This concern may ultimately add on to more load to their pockets for many creams, oils and other hair loss treatment option; and they may ultimately land up having nothing! However, thanks to the recent advances in the field of medical biotechnology and regenerative medicine, many techniques have cropped up in the market recently, stem cells therapy and PRP application for hair loss can be considered as the top listed amongst them.
One of the most highly accepted reasons, claiming PRP and stem cells as truly admired is that it targets at the root cause of concern and force it to be changed through intrinsic cellular mechanism. PRP is apparently an acronym for Platelet Rich Plasma, with choke full of platelets and other essential growth hormones; promoting tissue regeneration.
While there are many more other benefits, which have been continuously listed by patients, who have undergone treatment using it; some of the most surprising benefits for PRP and hair loss can be:
Used from Patients own body
The blood being used for the isolation and extraction of PRP is being extracted from patient’s own body. Moreover, stem cells isolated from tissue regeneration can as well be extracted from the fat source of patient body. Upon extraction, PRP and Stem cells are processed, separated and stimulated together under controlled condition, to promote production of in house stem cells in the hair follicles and other immuno regulatory cells; thus, working categorically towards the speedy hair growth.
Higher Success Rates
Research has gathered a lot of evidence suggesting reduced thinning of hair strands and regeneration of hair cuticle; which is one of the strongest reason for hair fall. Subtle, gradual regrowth of hair strands through strong foundation of well-nourished hair follicles through application of PRP and stem cells, is the key towards success.
While other conventional medicines like hair transplant, pills, surgery, etc. are the costly options; PRP has surprisingly been proven as affordable solution with higher success rates. Apparently, many patients who have undergone PRP treatment for hair loss; have reported to have experienced, mild discomfort, almost like getting a tattoo, but have as well accepted it to be worth as far as outcome is concerned.
My views also on a ever increasing problem. 'So called Trchologists' that pray on the vulnerable and do not follow the true meaning and ethical practice of a clinical Trichologist;
- Investigation (of the patient’s presenting problem)
- Explanation (as to the type of hair or scalp problem the patient exhibits and contributing causes through the ‘evidence’ of pathology testing & results)
- Treatment recommendations (options, alternatives, as well as duty of care in suggesting same)
It is definitely NOT setting up shop to engage in predatory practices; preying on the anxieties of consumers & to rip them off selling useless bottles of lotions – as well as trashing the 115 year tradition of Trichology as a science-based, academic specialism.
We all like to present ourselves from the most advantageous standpoint to highlight our talents, experience & services – or any other exclusive benefit we can you offer the consumer. This is a ‘no brainer’ as the Americans like to say – providing it’s true.
I have been a full-time practicing Trichologist for almost 10 years; and over 30 years in the hair research and education field – and I am still learning.
So I become irritated in the extreme when some Trichology wannabes do a basic course & begin immediately posturing themselves as ‘hair science experts’ – setting up Trichology training schools & franchises, and flogging over-priced ‘treatment products’ – which apparently work for everyone regardless of the problem.
Apparently these Trichology imitators are so good – and their treatment products work so well – they don’t need to investigate the many potential causes (via appropriate pathology testing) as I or other methodical practitioners still need to do. They seemingly have the ‘miracle cure’ to hair loss the world’s been waiting for – as long as you’re prepared to pay them enough ‘up front’ money.
These ‘trichology’ charlatans are low-life pond scum who manipulate the concerns & distress of clients who’ve come to them for professional help – to their own financial advantage. I urge readers to recall that in many situations thinning scalp hair is an indication of internal deficiency or disturbance – so (potentially) one’s health is ‘at risk’ here too.
The most blatant scammer operating under the guise of a certified trichologist in Dubai who’s recently come to my attention is one situated at a hair restoration center (hair pieces) Their claims include a whole myriad of products that can be bought over the counter (OTC). And guess what? yes the founder of the company has the sole distribution of these products.
There is no consultation fee. Hmm I wonder why? Well actually I don't, I know why. At minimum 2000- 3000 aed products are recommended per visit. The actual cost of these products is 300 aed. But more importantly, for a topical ‘something’ with absolutely NO scientific or quality control studies behind it!
These facts have been verified by Clients who have contacted me after consulting this person as well as my own investigations.
I also strongly state it’s the ‘due diligence’ duty of the Trichology Association these people are supposedly members of to do more than just collect fees for courses & membership dues, but continue to ensure their members are practicing ethically.
Again I say to consumers: whatever title they give themselves, whatever claims they make on success rates or how many MCG’s they may have filled – always request the consulting Practitioner give full disclosure on their qualifications & experience. They are essentially dealing with your health as well as taking your money!
I remain a strident campaigner for the hair loss industry be regulated to a compulsory Trichology qualification standard & registered with an official governing body for consumer protection.
This piece was originally written by a highly qualified and respected Trichologist Anthony Pearce
Can protein smoothies cause hair loss? Half of Europeans and Americans use supplements, according to recent statistics. By 2017, analysts estimate that the health supplement industry will grow to a staggering $36.1 billion. Protein shakes are among the most popular supplements available, often viewed as a relatively transparent and safe option for managing weight, muscle mass, and even sugar cravings. Now, fitness enthusiasts are concerned after a correlation between protein shakes and hair loss is sweeping the Internet.
Do Protein Smoothies Cause Hair Loss?
Many health and fitness enthusiasts are surprised to hear rumblings of a connection between protein shakes and hair loss. Protein supplements are often made with whey, a food byproduct that can be extracted from ordinary milk. Some manufacturers offer plant-based protein supplements as well, an option that is widely popular among vegans and other health conscious consumers.
So, how can something derived so closely from natural food products cause hair loss?
Creatine, DHEA, and Other Supplements That May Cause Hair Loss
A closer look shows that not all protein shakes cause hair loss. In fact, there is no clinical evidence to support the claim that protein shakes cause hair loss at all. At best, there seems to be a correlation between hair loss and specific types of protein shakes that contain added ingredients for weight, muscle, and dietary management. Those ingredients include creatine, DHEA, and other prohormones.
Creatine— The link between creatine and hair loss is still being studied. In one of the most talked-about studies, creatine was correlated with a 56% increase in DHT production.
DHEA—Be wary of products that claim to have DHEA, a hormone that some supplement companies may market as a “mass builder” or weight loss aid. DHEA may increase the risk of hormone-sensitive cancers and has been linked with many side effects, including hair loss.
A word on testosterone replacement therapy. Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is a popular physician-guided treatment for men who have low levels of natural testosterone, a condition commonly referred to as Low T. For more insight on testosterone, DHT, and TRT treatments, visit this article on TRT and hair loss.
Earlier this month there was an article in the Daily Mail which stated that the average woman has 103 hairstyles and three hair colours during her life. And, with trends changing so regularly and the latest celebrity looks having such a huge influence on women’s hair nowadays, I wasn’t particularly surprised by this figure. Whatever your choice of styling, straightening, curling, twisting or plaiting that takes your fancy, there are many aids to help you styling or to help you achieve your desired look. However, the first thing that most women reach for is the good old hair brush when styling.
Brushing your hair using a soft bristle brush stimulates the circulation in the tissue of your scalp and can help to keep your hair healthy – it’s not just about those tresses looking silky and sleek!
Despite this, I’d always recommend that unnecessary brushing, combing or handling is avoided, as it can lead to split ends and breakages, which could eventually lead to hair loss.
A lot of women over-brush their hair, both in terms of brushing for too long and brushing with too much force. This vigorous taming of locks can remove some of the hair’s cuticles, causing weak, dull hair – not to mention the amount of hair that’s actually pulled out as a result of the constant traction caused by brushing.
Understanding your hair is one step towards achieving healthy locks and with excessive heating and brushing, it’s just a matter of time before your hair becomes frizzy and starts to break off.
Banish those blow dries and ditch the brush for a month and see the results for yourself. Tweet me @dubaihairdoctor and let me know how you get on!
original article by Dr Bessam Farjo
Daily shampooing might be the topic that we have the most initial debate over with my patients, so I thought it very important to dedicate a page to explaining why I recommend it, and why it is good for the health of your hair and scalp.
I understand that it isn’t realistic for everyone to wash their hair daily due to lack of time and their hair texture and length – this is particularly true if you have very unruly, curly, coarse and hard-to-control hair, such as African Caribbean hair. Furthermore, if you need to straighten your hair every time you wash it, there can be negatives. Indeed, some individuals find their hair looks and behaves better after a few days of not washing. It is an individual preference, but research shows that frequent shampooing helps to maintain a healthy scalp and hair.
If daily shampooing isn’t possible, I recommend every other day, or try using a scalp toner, or dry shampoo with scalp benefits, on the days in between to help keep your scalp and hair in better condition and to discourage the overgrowth of bacteria. The most important thing is to choose the correct shampoo and conditioner for your hair texture and needs.
There are 3 common myths connected to people’s reluctance to wash their hair frequently: ‘Shampooing dries my hair’; ‘Shampooing makes my hair oily and dirtier’; ‘Frequent washing makes my hair fall out - if I washed it every day I’d have none left.’
I have dispelled these misconceptions in other articles (and you can click through to our Hair Myths section to find out in more detail).
THE SIMPLE SCIENCE OF THE BENEFITS OF FREQUENT SHAMPOOING
- You take your hair and scalp to the same places you take your face, and it gets just as dirty. Clean hair reflects light better and so has a glossier and shinier finish.
- A clean scalp encouarges your hair to grow at its optimum rate.
- Build-up of oils, dirt and sweat on your scalp can lead to dandruff and clogged follicles – both conditions which can affect your rate of hair growth and also your hair’s general appearance.
- If you are already prone to dandruff and a flaky/itchy scalp, daily shampooing helps to remove the excess skin and clear up visible flakes. This is especially true if you use a shampoo specifically formulated to clear dandruff.
- Shampooing hydrates your hair. It is in fact moisture (water), not oil, content that keeps your hair supple and elastic. ‘Natural oils’ on your scalp simply sit on top of your hair, but do not penetrate the cuticle or cortex.
We may often blame external factors such as pollution, stress, dandruff, etc. for our hair fall problem. But did you know a poor diet is one of the main causes of this issue? When you deprive your body of essential nutrients, many of which are needed for normal hair growth, you are likely to suffer from hair fall. If nothing’s done about it for a prolonged time, you are likely to near baldness. In order to control this situation, it is best to feed your locks a healthy diet, high on the nutrition scale. Here’s what your hair needs to remain healthy. Vitamin B-Complex: This is required to help the hemoglobin supply oxygen to the scalp and hair follicles. More oxygen promotes hair growth and a healthy mane. The lack of vitamin B-Complex can lead to weak, undernourished and damaged hair. You can either get this from natural sources like chicken, tuna and salmon, or eat vitamin tablets if you have its deficiency. Find out if you have vitamin B-Complex deficiency with these symptoms.
Zinc: Our scalp contains oil glands which need to function adequately to produce enough oil, the lack of which can lead to a dry scalp, dandruff and eventually hair loss. Eat foods like nuts, whole grains, lentils, meat and seafood to provide enough amounts of zinc to your hair. Also read these benefits and sources of zinc.
Copper: Hemoglobin is needed by our body to supply enough oxygen and blood to various organs including our hair. Copper helps in the formation of more hemoglobin. Lack of it can result in weak, brittle hair which will lead to hair loss. Good sources of copper include sesame seeds, soya, cashew nuts, meat, and seafood. Here are natural ways to increase your hemoglobin levels.
Iron: Iron is very essential for men and especially women as they lose out blood and iron during their menstrual cycle. Even pregnant and lactating women need a high dose of iron as it helps produce hemoglobin. The lack of iron can weaken your hair right from the roots which will cause them to break very soon. Losing more than a 100 strands a day is a sign of hair loss. In order to avoid its deficiency, eat spinach, soybeans, dal, red kidney beans, chicken, meat, eggs and fish. Iron from animal sources is more easily absorbed into our system.
Vitamin C: Collagen production is very important to hold the hair tissues together in place and vitamin C helps do the needful. A lack of this can lead to frequent split ends, hair fall and brittle hair. Include fruits like oranges, lemons, berries, sweet lime, watermelon and tomatoes in your diet. If you are a smoker, you need more amounts of vitamin C so cut down on smoking and eat more fruits.
Protein: A very important nutrient which acts as the building block of every tissue in our body including the hair and scalp, protein is highly essential for us. It helps in the production of new hair to replace the ones lost. A lack of protein can lead to thinning of hair, dry and brittle hair as well as eventual hair loss. Get your protein intake from foods like beans, nuts, grains, milk, cheese, fish, eggs, chicken.
Eating right can help control hair fall to a large extent as your diet makes your mane stronger from within. Instead of relying on just shampoos and serums, make sure you are getting an adequate dose of these nutrients from the food y
Eggs are a nutritional powerhouse and are exceedingly good for your hair due to their high levels of protein, vitamins and minerals! The ‘Perfect’ Protein
It could be said that eggs are the ‘perfect protein’ for you hair. The amino acids (protein) found in eggs whites are in fact the most complete and easily absorbed form of protein for your body! Dietary protein is essential to hair growth and health as hair is made primarily of keratin – a special hair protein that gives your strands their strength, flexibility and elasticity.
Egg yolks are an excellent source of sulphur – a nutrient that helps with the production of keratin and cartilage, amongst other important things!
Eggs contain good levels of Vitamin D. Lack of this essential nutrient often causes excessive hair loss, fatigue and dull skin.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
B vitamins help your body convert carbohydrates into energy that can be used by your cells. Hair cells are the 2nd fastest dividing cells in your body and require a lot of energy to grow – and keep growing!
Iodine helps maintain healthy thyroid function. Hypo or hyperthyroid are known to trigger hair loss and excessive shedding in certain individuals.
Note: If you are concerned about egg yolks and their effects on cholesterol, you can opt to eat egg whites only. While it is debated whether or not egg yolks raise ‘bad’ cholesterol, you should nevertheless try to eat things in moderation as part of a well-balanced and varied diet.
Emotional effects of hair loss
Feeling unattractive: The moment a woman starts seeing some changes on her scalp, like thinning or bald spots, the first thing that comes to mind is her level of attractiveness. Women, who have a full head of hair or simply healthy hair, have a way of feeling content with their beauty because it is more a symbol of femininity. So when it starts to fall, every feeling of self-worth starts disappearing which can lead to mental health problems.
Low self-esteem: The next thing to start disappearing with the hair is the person’s self-confidence. The beauty of hair adds on to someone’s self-esteem, and plays a big part in their entire personality. By losing hair, the self-worth also disappears and expressing herself becomes a big problem, leading to insecurities.
Embarrassment: Loss of hair also leads to one being embarrassed. Compared with a man in her position, a woman will not be very confident going out or meeting people because the hair loss she is going through brings shyness to her life. And the result is not wanting anyone to see her balding spots, for fear of it leading to stigmatization or people feeling sorry for her.
Frustration: Like I had mentioned above, hair loss might not seem like the end of the world but for those going through it, it surely feels like the end of the world. Being frustrated for not being able to have your hair in a particular style, or sticking to one style throughout so as to hide a hairless spot could feel more like emotional torture. This frustration is what can also easily drive a woman who is losing her hair into depression.
Feelings of envy: Although the green-eyed monster is a very negative feeling, losing hair can easily lead a person to such feelings. Hair is a sign of femininity and when you start losing it you feel like you have lost the feminine qualities as well. So when you see someone else with a beautiful flowing mane, the feelings of envy start eating away at you, which again adds more to your depressing feelings.
One week we’re led to believe we need to be eating goji berries and flax seeds, and the next we should be having kale smoothies for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But, this week, it’s coffee that’s being hailed as the latest super food for hair.
A recent study by the Kangbuk Samsung Hospital in Seoul, Korea, has claimed that moderate caffeine consumption – around three to five cups a day – can lower the risk of illnesses from type 2 diabetes to Parkinson’s disease.
These results aside, previous lab research also shows that caffeine may be the espresso your hairs need to stimulate their growth, thus preventing hair loss.
In a study published in the International Journal of Dermatology, researchers found that caffeine encourages the hair shaft to grow by blocking the effects of DHT, a hormone known to damage follicle growth. However, you’d need to be drinking between 50 and 60 cups of coffee a day for your hair to receive an adequate dose!
These findings also echoed the results of an earlier study by the journal, which found that caffeine boosted the length of individual hairs by between 33 and 40 per cent.
However, until there’s robust clinical evidence that caffeine helps to avert hair loss, I’d advise people wanting to give their hair a kick to stick to increasing their intake of essential fatty acids, protein, iron and Vitamin C before they start drinking 50 cups of coffee a day.
There are also a range of hair care products from the likes of Tricomax, Revivogen, Garnier, Alpecin and Plantur 39, which contain caffeine, so it may be worth testing a couple of these before the more curious of you find yourself rubbing coffee on to your scalp!
When names appeared on Coca-Cola bottles last year, people crowded the shelves in search of their own. From Claire and Jess, to Adam and Ben, an array of names were available. But, we failed to notice any that said ‘hair’. Not surprising really, who would share a coke with their hair?! An array of famous models, that’s who! There are many weird and wonderful shampoo alternatives that float around the market, from tea, mayonnaise and lemon juice, to beer, fabric softener and ketchup. But, last month, a model-of-the-moment revealed that she washes her hair in Coca-Cola – another thing to add to the shopping list!
She claims that, by pouring Coca-Cola over her hair in place of shampoo, she’s left with more textured, thicker feeling hair. So, is coke the new secret to the perfectly tousled, softer feeling and voluptuous locks?
Although I’d be very cautious about removing shampoo from your hair washing routine, there’s actually some science behind using Coca-Cola, albeit dubious. The drink has a very low pH level, making it acidic, which would cause the cuticles to contract, resulting in smoother and shinier hair. What’s more, those with hair prone to curling will see their natural curls enhanced – who knew that a little bit of fizz could tame a whole load of frizz!
Please note, however, it’s not advised to use a bottle of Coca-Cola straight from the fridge, there’s a risk of screaming as you pour the cold stuff over you!
With the beautiful weather that we are experiencing now in Dubai, some of you will no doubt be taking to days by the pool. Whilst you cream up and protect your delicate skin, remember that your scalp is skin also.
Sunburn on the scalp is very common, yet people may not connect the dots if and when their scalp gets a bit sensitive after a day or few in the sun. While we spend hours each summer slathering our body with appropriate SPFs, and meticulously checking our skin for signs of UV damage, our sensitive scalp is so often neglected – and it certainly shouldn’t be. After all, our scalp is really just skin, and is therefore prone to the same traumas. This can range from large, unsightly flakes to, more seriously, second degree burns and skin cancer.
Symptoms of Sunburn on the Scalp
Symptoms of sunburn on the scalp can vary depending on the severity of it. You may experience slight redness and soreness or, in the case of deeper burns, develop blisters. In milder cases, the scalp will usually be quite sensitive to the touch and within a few days large flakes will start to appear, shed, and show up attached to your hair shafts. This can lead to itching and irritation, and can be managed with Tarinol or a moisturizing shampoo. Severe cases, however, need to be addressed by a doctor as they can lead to secondary bacterial infection. Signs of deeper burns are blisters, bleeding, crusting, extreme discomfort and marked dark redness and inflammation that do not go away within a few days.
Prevention of Sunburn on the Scalp
The most reliable method of protecting your scalp from sunburn is to wear a hat. However, if this is inconvenient, you can either apply your own sunblock to your parting (and any other exposed areas of scalp), or use a waterproof UV protective cream. We now have Malibu sun products available in Dubai, which protects hair from the damaging effects of the sun, and salt and chlorinated water, while giving your hair an intensive moisturizing treatment at the same time. However, if you have already burnt your scalp, wear a head covering to prevent worsening of the burn.
With the festive season fast approaching, we all know too well that it’s our waistlines’ most dreaded time of year, but all that food needn’t all be doom and gloom. Did you know that what you eat can have a profound effect on the condition of your hair?
They say that you are what you eat and, despite none of us actually looking like a turkey or a Cadbury selection box, come January, this does hold some truths.
Hair doesn’t need the latest fad vitamin tablet to thrive – the answer could be right in front of your eyes this Christmas.
Healthy hair comes down to a multitude of things – the amount of colour you throw at it, whether you continually damage it with heat, the quality of the shampoo and conditioner you use, hormone imbalances and what you put in your mouth.
Just like every other part of the body, the cells that support strong, vibrant hair depend on a balanced diet. Vitamins, iron and protein are all major contributors to healthy locks.
Luckily for us this Christmas, turkey carries extraordinary levels of protein, as well zinc, iron, and B vitamins to keep strands strong and plentiful. Iron is especially important as it helps cells carry oxygen to the hair follicles – too little iron (anemia) is a major cause of hair loss, particularly in women. So, don’t leave those green leafy vegetables on your plate this season – kale, spinach, broccoli and sprouts all contain high levels of iron too.
We all love a spoonful of cranberry sauce next to the trusty turkey, but have you ever tried this winter fruit raw? Although slightly bitter, cranberries are not only low in calories, but also fight hair cell damage. Time to pay some attention to those little fruits that can do much more than garnish one too many Christmas cocktails!
Finally, walnuts are the only type of nut that has a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids. They’re also rich in biotin, which helps protect cells from DNA damage. Too little biotin can lead to hair loss. The traditional Christmas nut also contains copper, a mineral that helps keep a rich, natural hair colour.
So, despite Christmas being a diet nightmare for anyone with even the strongest of willpower, 1 January can at least bring healthier hair. That’s one resolution sorted already!