Ramadan; Have an egg!

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.

Sulphur

Egg yolks are an excellent source of sulphur – a nutrient that helps with the production of keratin and cartilage, amongst other important things!

Vitamin D

Eggs contain good levels of Vitamin D. Lack of this essential nutrient often causes excessive hair loss, fatigue and dull skin.

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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

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.

Ramadan Kareem

The Holy  month of Ramadan is upon us again so quickly. During this Holy month your eating habits are obviously going to change, this will most likely result in changes for your hair. If you experience hair fall during, or after the Holy month, this is quite normal but remember if it continues, then its not.

Check out previous posts on how best to look after your locks during this time.

 

Ramadan Kareem

 

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Emotional effects of hair loss among women

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.

Does your hair need a caffine boost?

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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!

Love Life, Love Coca Cola.

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!

Does your scalp get sunburnt?

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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.

Turkey tip for your tresses!

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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!

Laser therapy, can it help?

While a hair transplant can be the answer to many a follicly-challenged man (and woman), it certainly isn’t the solution for everyone. We meet thousands of people in consultations every year, who think they’ll walk away with a date in their diary for surgery and that they’ll soon be the proud of owner of fuller tresses.

However, for some, home treatments hold the key to stimulating hair growth and creating the appearance of thicker locks. One home remedy is low level laser treatment, which delivers targeted light to the scalp to strengthen the cells within the hair follicles and therefore promote growth.

One form of this style of treatment is the LaserCap, which comprises 224 laser diodes in a dome that fit easily inside any hat or cap. Projecting light all over the scalp, it has little impact on the user’s lifestyle and doesn’t stop them from going about their day-to-day activities.

While further research into the long-term benefits of the LaserCap is still required, early results suggest that regular use could provide a long-lasting boost to hair growth.

Similarly to the cap, the LaserComb stimulates growth with a blast of light energy to the hair and scalp. This treatment improves the overall quality of the hair by increasing the diameter of each strand of hair at the root, making new growth thicker and stronger.

Depending on your individual needs, there are many different types of laser devices to choose from. We recommend that laser therapy – in its different forms – should be used by those who have thinning hair as opposed to baldness, which don’t necessarily warrant a full hair transplant.

As always though, any treatment should be discussed thoroughly with one of our experts before purchasing, as everyone is different. We’re looking forward to seeing how research into laser therapy develops and the possibility of offering more options to those in search of hair growth treatments.

Must do's for your hair

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There are a number of Daily Must Do's in order to maximise your hair potential for being healthy and looking beautiful.

Eat Breakfast!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for your body, and also for your hair. Energy to form hair cells is lowest first thing in the morning (or when you wake up!) Eat a balanced and nutritious breakfast of proteins and complex carbohydrates to give your hair a nutritional boost.

Hydrate

Drink approximately 1.5-2 litres of water a day depending on your activity level and climate. Your scalp, just like your skin, can become dehydrated.

Add milk to your tea

Research has shown that drinking black tea can increase the likelihood of anaemia. This is because the tannin in tea is left free to bind with iron in your body and can therefore reduce your iron stores. The solution: Add a splash of skimmed or semi-skimmed milk.

Limit your salt intake

Try not to eat too much salt. It can cause water retention, especially in your scalp.

Healthy Snacking

The energy to form hair cells drops 4 hours after eating a meal. Snack on a complex carbohydrate, such as wholemeal bread, wholemeal crackers, fruit or vegetables, between meals to sustain energy levels to your follicles.

Eat enough protein

Your hair is composed primarily of protein, so including adequate amounts in your diet is vital to hair growth. We suggest having at least 120g of a lean animal protein with breakfast and lunch. If you are vegan/vegetarian, more than 120g of plant protein should to be included with these meals. Examples of plant based sources of protein are beans, quinoa, tofu, seitan, legumes and nuts.

 

Eat Adequate Iron

Ferritin (stored iron) levels are extremely important in terms of hair growth. To help promote healthy iron levels, try to eat red meat at least twice a week, especially if you are menstruating.

 

VItamin C Crush

Iron can only be absorbed effectively if you are eating it alongside vitamin C! Have a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, or one of your favourite fruits/vegetables to help with iron uptake.

 

Be wary of Dairy

Dairy products are a great source of Calcium. However, if you are prone to dandruff, excema or psoriasis, dairy can exacerbate or trigger the condition. Try drinking skimmed milk or substituting with soy or almond milk if necessary.

 

Varied Eating

Try not to choose the same meals/foods every day. Eating a varied diet will help ensure you are getting a wide-range of essential vitamins and minerals.

 

NY Fashion Week

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Volumized, beehived, poker straight, slicked back, braided or tousled and curly, the basic foundations for maintaining healthy hair are still the same. In light of Fashion Week, here are our expert’s top tips for keeping hair healthy and beautiful throughout the upcoming hairstyle trends.

Tangly Tresses

No matter the trend, removing tangles gently and correctly pre and post styling is essential. Harshly unsnarling knots easily snaps the hair, causing split ends and even damage all the way up the hair shaft. Before combing, be it on wet or dry hair, spritz a detangling spray through the mid-lengths and ends of your hair and gently work a wide-tooth comb up from the tips to your roots.

Style Protection

If you are using heat to style your hair, make sure to use products that guard your hair from associated damage. This will help prevent excessive breakage, rupture of your hair’s cortex and split ends. For curly styles, heat protective sprays are best, whilst straighter styles benefit more from smoothing botanical gels that act as a barrier against dryer temperatures and straighteners. However, no heat protective product will 100% prevent damage if you use extremely high heat, or keep going over the same areas again and again. Stop styling when your hair is dry, and not 5 minutes after!

 

Braids and Updos

Styles incorporating loose braids, rather than tight braids, are best as they cause less breakage (if any at all) and don’t pull on your hair from the follicle. However, if tighter braids are in your sights, make sure that you only leave them in for a day at maximum – and don’t do them too often. Wearing tight braids can snap hair off close to the scalp, and eventually cause traction alopecia – a type of hair loss whereby the hair is literally pulled from its root. The same rule applies for tightly done updos and ponytails.

The Alternative Backcomb

Backcombing certainly does create lift, but, if we were to pick the worst of all the styling methods, it might just be at the top of the list! Backcombing raises the hair cuticle beyond repair, and as soon as you smooth a brush over it, the cuticle snaps off. We are not complete party poopers though – so here is a good alternative: Spritz a good volumizing spray throughout your roots and blow-dry your hair at the root against the direction to which in grows. This creates amazing, lasting lift, whilst causing minimal damage. You may also want to boost the body of any do by using a lightweight dry shampoo, and brushing through as normal, and then with your hair turned upside down.  Not only does this soothe the scalp and adds significant volume, but also camouflages the roots of blonde hair.

Prep and Post

Sometimes there’s a must-have hairstyle that, no matter what you do, is going to do some damage to your hair. I.e. those that really do require backcombing or heavy use of tongues and straighteners etc. Or there might be a week where you know your hair is going to be harassed more than usual. However, as long as this is only done once in a while, it should be OK – provided that you take measures to strengthen and repair your hair! A few days before embarking on a complicated, new style, apply a pre-shampoo conditioner before you go to bed and sleep with it in overnight. Similarly, a day or two after you style, do the same again. This will help to restore lost moisture, shine and elasticity to your strands.

Another miracle cure fo alopecia?

Another miracle cure for alopecia areata has been found – or so the Mail Online would have us believe. The nation’s go-to gossip site has reported on the latest so called ‘miracle’ treatment – a steroid more frequently used to treat chest infections. The Mail’s ‘revelation’ comes after Sarah Ford, a woman who started losing her hair to the condition aged 15, noticed her hair returning within weeks of taking a course of steroid medication.

Sarah, who was completely bald by the age of 20, was prescribed a short-term high dose of steroids to treat a recurrent chest infection in April last year. After she spent almost a decade bald, it’s great to see how Sarah’s confidence has been boosted by the return of her hair. However, unfortunately, this re-growth could fall out again any time, especially during periods of stress.

As many of you will know, alopecia areata is an ailment that occurs when the body’s immune system attacks its own hair follicles. Estimated to affect around 1.7 per cent of the UK population, the condition is known for its sudden and random onset.  As Sarah experienced hair loss throughout her whole body it’s clear that’s she’s been suffering from alopecia universalis, the most severe form of alopecia areata.

Medicines containing steroids, known as corticosteroids, are already used globally as a treatment for alopecia areata, but unfortunately they don’t work for everyone. Hair growth can be experienced after taking these steroids, which are usually administered topically or by injection. Steroids work to suppress the immune system’s reaction, allowing follicles to function normally and in turn, hair to re-grow.

One of the main reasons doctors have reservations about prescribing steroids by mouth to treat alopecia is that they can have serious side-effects if they’re taken for more than three months. These side-effects include weight gain, thinning skin, osteoporosis, high-blood pressure and cataracts – most of which affect a person’s physical wellbeing more than alopecia areata itself.

In Sarah’s case, there’s nothing definitive to confirm that the re-growth was actually prompted by the steroids over another body reaction. Although the boost to her current happiness is great to see, I’d advise Sarah to be prepared for the possibility of losing her hair again, as alopecia areata has a horrible habit of returning.

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Dieting Can Cause loss of hair

Going on a crash diet that consists solely of baby food, cabbage soup, elaborate juice concoctions or a meagre amount of calories a day might enable you to lose a few kilos quickly. But you may also find 2-6weeks later that you are also losing your hair.  

Extreme diets that cut out essential food groups or unhealthily restrict your caloric intake are bad for your body -you are depriving yourself of essential vitamins, minerals, proteins and energy. And this is very bad news for your hair.  Your hair is the second fastest growing cell in your body and is extremely sensitive to change and imbalance. Any nutritional deficiencies in your diet will usually show up first in your hair. i.e. by causing your hair to fall out more than it should. Your hair is not a vital tissue, like bone marrow, nor is it a vital organ, like your heart, liver or kidneys. What little nutrition you are getting through a restrictive diet will go to those parts of you first. Even though your hair is very important to you psychologically, your body is much more concerned with keeping its internal organs healthy. If your body is feeling deprived and hungry on a crash diet or restrictive diet, you can only imagine how your hair follicles are feeling! This starvation of the follicles causes your hair go into the telogen (resting/falling) phase prematurely, and many hairs at the same time. You can experience mass hair loss depending on how bad your diet was and for how long the diet went on for. This is called telogen effluvium.

Your hair is made primarily of protein – keratin – and so sufficient protein is essential for strong, healthy hair and hair growth. Many fad diets, likes those consisting solely of fruit, vegetables and/or juice mixtures (and yes – even those that contain protein powder) do not provide the body with enough protein. You need a MINUMUM of 120g of protein (meat, fish, eggs, chicken or 180g low fat cottage cheese) at breakfast and a further 120g with lunch in order for your hair to grow at its optimum. Dinner is the least important meal of the day for your hair so you can indulge in whatever you like. However, this does not mean you can go on a diet consisting only of lean proteins. You also need vitamins and minerals from fruits and vegetables and energy provided by complex carbohyrdates.

Red meat at least once a week is also important, regardless of whether you are taking a supplement. It provides you with iron and also ferritin (stored iron), a mineral which is essential to hair growth and hair health. This is especially important if you are a menstruating woman. While supplements can be extremely helpful, especially if you have absorbtion problems, they need to be incorporated into a healthy diet. They are not a substitute for the foods actually containing them. A supplement such as the Philip Kingsley PK4HAIR, which is fortified with amino acids and enhances the production of keratin, is a perfect way to boost healthy hair growth and health in combination with a nutritious diet.

In short, if you want to have healthy and beautiful hair, or hair that is in its best condition possible, you need to stick to a healthy, nutritious, well-balanced eating plan!

Always discuss with your doctor before embarking on a change in diet.

Hair is protein

Proteins are used to build tissue cells, including the cells of your hair, skin and nails. 80-85% of your hair is composed of a protein called keratin. Dietary proteins are your hairs’ building blocks - they make your hair strong and help keep it in its growing (anagen) phase.  

Without sufficient available protein, your hair can become brittle and fall out before it reaches the length that it’s capable of. This is one of the reasons why people with a low-protein diet often find their hair won’t grow past a certain length. We suggest including at least 120g of a protein with breakfast and lunch.

 

The best sources of proteins are ‘primary proteins’ or ‘animal proteins’, which include fish, eggs, lean meats, red meat, poultry and cheese. However, cheese can cause or worsen eczema and dandruff in some people and also takes over two hours to digest, so it’s not the best option for everyone.

 

Beans, lentils, nuts, tofu, and pulses are ‘secondary proteins’ or ‘plant proteins’ – classed as such because they don’t contain the same amount of essential amino acids as animal proteins, and also aren’t as easily absorbed.

 

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EGGS: The ‘Perfect’ Protein

 

It could be said that eggs are the ‘perfect protein’ for your 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.

Ramadan Kareem; Have an egg!

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.

Sulphur

Egg yolks are an excellent source of sulphur – a nutrient that helps with the production of keratin and cartilage, amongst other important things!

Vitamin D

Eggs contain good levels of Vitamin D. Lack of this essential nutrient often causes excessive hair loss, fatigue and dull skin.

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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

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.

Chemical free?

On a daily basis I’m still surprised  how many people tell me that they only use or prefer chemical free products. So is there such a thing as a chemical free product?The answer is “No, they are not chemical free”. Considering that everything on Earth, from the water that we drink (oxygen ...and hydrogen) to the air that we breathe (nitrogen, oxygen and trace elements) is made from chemicals it would be rather difficult to make hair products that are not made of chemicals! There is no doubt that there are some cosmetics companies out there that are claiming that their products are indeed “Chemical Free”. They may mean ‘free of harsh chemicals’, if so they should say that and not make ludicrous claims. So please bear in mind that if anyone from a cosmetics company tells you that their products are “Chemical Free” they are either a liar or a complete and utter idiot – their choice!

And speaking of idiots; Recently when at a conference or a trade show such as Dubai Derma, I seem to be targeted by some PR newbie that has just got a commission to promote a product, all well and good, but then they proceed to tell me what has taken me 30 years to learn. Now, I understand the enthusiasm and commitment to their new charge, but please, the next time if you see a vacant look descend on my face accompanied by a superficial smile; please note, that is time for you to, shut up and walk away.

Hair Myth: WASHING YOUR HAIR TOO MUCH WILL MAKE IT FALL OUT.

Hair Myth: WASHING YOUR HAIR TOO MUCH WILL MAKE IT FALL OUT.

Not true. Washing your hair is singularly the best thing you can do for it. Your hair and scalp, just like the rest of your body, benefits from the removal of dirt, oil and dead skin cells.

When you wash your hair, of course, you notice more hair falling out, but these are only hairs which are ready to come out anyway. Not washing your hair will not prevent this; indeed, leaving your hair unwashed is likely to result in a greater hair loss in time.

The science bit:

The only hair that will fall out when you wash it is hair that is ready to leave the follicle either because it has come to the end of its genetically determined growing phase or because of ill health, stress, poor diet or some other causative factor that is interfering with the life cycle of the hair. It is totally counterproductive not to wash your hair for fear of it falling out. Not only will hair that is ready to fall out, fall out anyway, the hair loss may be greater by not washing your hair. This is because when the hair/scalp is greasy follicles become saturated with sebum (the skin’s natural oil) which contains substances that can cause the hair to loosen in the follicles and fall out.

COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATES

Your body breaks down carbohydrates and converts them into energy. They’re absorbed quickly into your bloodstream and shuttled around your body for fuel and repair. Amongst other things, carbohydrates are used to convert protein into the cells that form your hair. Carbohydrates are important because they provide energy, and being the second fastest-growing cells in your body, your hair cells need a lot of energy to grow. However, because hair is a non-essential tissue its needs are not prioritised and a deficit of carbohydartes is likely to show up first in the form of excessive hair shedding.

If your diet lacks complex carbohydrates, your body may also start to convert stored proteins, like muscle, into energy. This can be taxing on your kidneys and liver, and can cause various problems, including hair loss. Complex carbohydrates (i.e. whole grains) are best for your hair and body.

They are better at maintaining cell energy levels than simple carbohydrates (i.e. pastries and cakes), as they give you a slower and more sustained release of energy. Sugar-loaded simple carbohydrates can raise and then drop your energy levels quickly and can also lead to obesity and diabetes when eaten in excess.

This is why you often get a ‘high’ after eating sugary foods and then find you crash and become tired. While everyone should eat a serving of complex carbohydrates with each meal, if you excercise you will need to increase your intake! Talk to your GP or nutritionist about the best way to do so.

Energy to your hair cells drops 4 hours after eating a meal, so snack on a complex carb between meals to help keep levels sustained.

My Top Healthy Carbohydrates;

Whole grain toast

Whole grain cereal

Bulgar wheat

Baked beans

Peas Jacket potatoes (with the skin)

Parsnips

Barley

Oatmeal

Brown rice or pasta

Fresh fruit (i.e. apples, pears and bananas)

Legumes

Don’t let the sun steal your shine

Summertime is fast approaching and it’s easy to get caught up in the warmth and forget to adequately protect your hair. It’s common knowledge that the sun has the potential to cause skin damage, increase aging and even trigger cancer, but in addition to treating your skin to the protection of SPF lotions, it’s vital to keep your hair from harm too.

The sun’s light waves come in the form of ultraviolet rays of three types – UVA, UVB and UVC. We’re protected from UVC waves by the ozone layer, but UVA and UVB waves damage hair in a variety of different ways.

UVA rays are packed with radiation and, due to their long wavelength, have the ability to penetrate hair’s deepest inner layer, the cortex. This part of the hair provides strength and elasticity – damage in this area can be irreparable. Failure to protect from these rays can also cause the scalp to burn, which in extreme cases, can cause hair loss.

UVB rays target the hair’s cuticle. When the cuticle’s cells are damaged they’re unable to lay flat, causing hair to appear dull and lifeless.

Sun damage to the hair manifests itself similarly to damage caused by heated products such as hair dryers and straighteners – split ends, faded colour, dullness and brittle hair. Luckily, there are several steps that can be taken to avoid these unfortunate side effects of enjoying the sunshine.

Sun protection for the hair falls into two categories – chemical filters and physical filters. Chemical filters absorb ultraviolet rays and prevent the sun from attacking the hair. Physical filters sit on the surface of hair and reflect ultraviolet rays – their repelling technique helps to stop burning. Both filters are found in a variety of protective products with waterproof formulations, making them cosmetically acceptable for use on the hair.

So next time you’re on holiday with your head buried in a book and a cocktail in hand, don’t forget about your hair, it needs sun protection too!

Zinc important for your hair

Diet is incredibly important to hair growth and health. In fact, a nutritional deficiency will likely show up first in your hair before it is seen anywhere else. This is because hair is a non-essential tissue and so your body will never send energy, vitamins or minerals its way if an essential tissue needs them. What’s more, hair cells are the 2nd fastest growing cells in the body, which makes diet even more important to sustaining growth. 2dc4df2ed1212a3fc49cf42406ba8cbd

 

ZINC;

Zinc is very important to health and wellbeing. In fact, it helps support over 100 chemical reactions within the body, such as the formation of hormones and enzymes.  It is especially significant to maintaining a healthy immune system and wound healing, but has also been shown to promote hair and skin health. As well as this, zinc helps our bodies to process carbohydrates, fats and proteins – the building blocks of hair.

 

Zinc is found in a wide variety of foods including lamb, beef, liver, oysters, crab, baked beans and milk.

 

Zinc Deficiency

Zinc deficiency can cause hair loss, and also anaemia – which can further exacerbate hair shedding. While you should be able to get all the nutrients you need through a balanced diet, containing fresh foods, it can be difficult for anyone to eat correctly all the time. Diet is therefore often supported and aided by including vitamin and mineral supplements. This is especially true where malabsorption, illness, stress and/or allergies are factors. Often, a combination of both is best for encouraging re-growth of hair when loss and/or thinning are issues. When taken with biotin, this benefit has been shown to be even greater

 

It is also important to note that it is hard for your body to absorb zinc when it is found in foods containing phytic acid. This is because phytic acid can impede zinc uptake. Examples of such foods are beans and pulses. However, if you soak these foods beforehand, phytic acid is reduced.

Foods Rich in Zinc

Lamb

Beef

Beef Liver

Kidneys

Oysters

Crab

Wheat Germ

Peanuts

Milk

Cheese