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Secrets for Healthy, Shiny Hair

healthy shiny hairWhat does healthy hair look like?

People like to see shiny hair with bounce and movement. If your hair is dull and lackluster, it doesn’t look as inviting.

Misconceptions about what damages hair and what keeps it healthy:

Many people think that not washing their hair as often is good for the health of their hair. However – this is far from the truth. Especially if  the person is dealing with hair loss. Common scalp conditions are the primary cause of unhealthy hair growth and it’s unattractive appearance.  Unhealthy scalp conditioners are also a major contributor to thinning hair and hair loss.

Start at the scalp:

The scalp is an extension of our face – and our skin is a living organ that most people cleanse on a regular basis. Our scalp should be shampooed just as often. In order to have a healthy head of a hair – you have to have a healthy scalp.

Using the right products is a must:

Use products that don’t leave waxes, sulfites and oils behind. Those waxes and oils will weigh existing strands down, causing them to break off or fall out prematurely; as well as clog up the actual follicles on the scalp, effecting the health of new hair growth coming in.

You should also be using a shampoo and rinse that is best for your skin type. This will help control whatever scalp condition a person has (oily scalp, dry scalp, dandruff scalp, normal scalp, etc.) If someone has a dry scalp – they should be using a different shampoo than someone with dandruff.

How do you know what type of scalp you have?

See a professional! If you have been trying to improve the health of your hair, if you’re trying to get it to grow in length or repair damage, if you want thicker or fuller hair, and especially if you are dealing with hair loss – it is very important to be using the right shampoo and rinse for your skin type.

Most hair restoration clinics and dermatologists offer a hair and scalp analysis, usually for a price (sometimes up to $275.00). However our clinic offers free consultations which include a hair and scalp diagnosis at no extra charge.

With all the different products on the market now, it can be difficult and confusing to find the best product for your individual needs.  A specialist,  doctor or hair loss professional will only help guide you in your search.

Other helpful tips:

-If you use heat styling tools regularly, make sure your tools are state of the art. Use blow dryers that have shorter drying time and styling tools that let you control the settings and temperature. Ceramic, ionic, of infrared tools are better when it comes to styling tools. *If you don’t HAVE to use heat to style your hair – then don’t. And give your hair a break from the heat from time to time.

-On the days you don’t shampoo – use a light, leave-in conditioning spray. It’s an easy way to freshen up hair without washing it – and it detangles, adds shine, and will help protect the hair. One of my favorite leave-in conditioners is the Energize – by Welker rePHreshed. It’s light weight and still protects. Visit http://store.welkerrephreshed.com/p/55/energize for more information on Energize Leave-In Conditioner.

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-Don’t overload on styling products.   More products used for styling means more build-up  on the hair and scalp.

 

For more information on healthy hair or hair loss, visit www.tmhair.com, or call 713-838-1880 to schedule a free consultation and scalp and hair analysis.

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Why Am I Losing My Hair?

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The causes of hair loss for both men and women vary. It’s crucial to understand what’s causing your hair loss so you can make an informed decision about the best treatment for you. Some of these causes only lead to temporary hair loss – while others are more permanent.

 

Hair Disorders

-Hereditary Thinning or Baldness (Androgenetic Alopecia): Inherited male-pattern or female-pattern hair loss is the most common cause of hair loss. Male-pattern hair loss can result in a receding hair line and bald patches, mainly on the top of the head. Female-pattern hair loss can result in noticeably thinning hair throughout the scalp; the first sign being a widening part. The hormone dihydrotestosterone or DHT (a derivative of the male hormone testosterone) is associated with this.

-Alopecia Areata and Other Types: Classified as an autoimmune disorder, alopecia areata causes the body’s own immune system to attack healthy hair follicles. This causes patches of hair loss on the scalp and other areas of the body. There are many other different types of alopecia that have different effects on people.

-Trichotillomania: This impulse-control disorder causes people to repeatedly and compulsively pull out their own hair. They often feel a constant urge to pull out the hair on the scalp.

Medical Conditions and Disease

-Disease: There are about 30 diseases overall that can lead to hair loss. Thyroid and other ailments that affect your hormones can cause loss of hair. Skin and auto-immune disorders like anemia and types of lupus can result in hair loss as well. By treating the disease, hair loss often can be stopped or reversed.

-Illness: A major surgery, high fever or even the flu can cause hair loss. Your dermatologist may call this telogen effluvium. In most cases complete remission is probable.

-Infections: Scalp infections, such as ringworm, can invade the hair and skin of your scalp, leading to hair loss. Once infections are treated, hair generally grows back.

Medicine

Some prescription medicines can cause hair loss. These include:

-Blood thinners.

-High-dose Vitamin A.

-Medicines that treat arthritis, depression, gout, heart problems, and high blood pressure.

-Birth control pills

-Anabolic steroids

Stress and Shock

Experiencing a traumatic event (e.g., death of a loved one or divorce) can cause hair loss. Anytime your body experiences high stress or shock emotionally or physically hair loss can occur.

Diet and Poor Nutrition

Poor diet can definitely affect the health of your hair. Eating regiment regiments lacking sufficient protein or iron, too much Vitamin A, drastic weight loss programs, and eating disorders can all affect the growth cycle and the condition of your hair.

Hormones

-Pregnancy and Child Birth: After giving birth, some women have noticeable hair loss due to falling estrogen levels. This is usually temporary.

-Menopause: Thinning hair is very common during menopause. This loss is often temporary and the hair will re-grow with time. Aging affects hair loss because hormones are involved; if a woman is 40 years or older, she unfortunately should not expect her hair to have the same fullness that it did when she was younger.

-Birth control: Birth control and other hormone related medicines can lead to thinning hair.

Hair Care: Styling and Treatments

-Chemical Processing: Frequent bleaching, perms and relaxers can cause breakage and other damage to your hair. Improper or excessive use of other hair products (dyes, gels, hairsprays) can also cause damage.

-Heat Damage: Frequent use of high-heat styling tools (blow dryers, curling irons, flat irons,) can dry out the hair shaft, leaving hair brittle and prone to breakage. Limiting use and if possible lowering the heat settings are ways to help avoid damage. Letting your hair air dry before styling is also recommended.

-Traction Alopecia: Wearing your hair in a style that pulls on the hair (tight braids or tight ponytails) can cause hair loss. This is known as traction alopecia. If done repetitively, it can lead to gradual hair loss, specifically, along the hair line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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iGrow Featured On “The Doctors”

iGrow - Solid BlackDon’t miss the upcoming episode of The Doctor’s this Thursday, February 5th on CBS.

The iGrow will be featured on this episode and there is a huge surprise appearance. You will hear about one woman’s experience using the iGrow and how it has changed her life dramatically.
The iGrow, hands-free hair growth system has recently been granted FDA over the counter clearance for both men and women.  The iGrow is a safe and effective in-home device, designed and produced specifically for the purpose of growing hair in people afflicted with Androgenetic alopecia (thinning hair).  iGrow’s non-invasive, proprietary Low-Level-Light Therapy (LLLT) technology has no side-effects, unlike pharmaceuticals, topicals and pills used to treat-hair loss.
The iGrow’s proprietary Low-Level Light Therapy (LLLT) technology utilizes a highly effective combination of red laser and LED light diodes to effectively stimulate and energize cellular activity causing an uptake in the natural function of the hair follicle.  This proven 4-6 month process reverses hair thinning and loss. The iGrow is not only highly effective, it’s affordable as well. A one-time purchase will provide you with everything you need to grow and maintain strong, healthy hair for a lifetime.
Click the link below to check your local listings to watch this exciting episode of The Doctor’s.
http://thedoctorstv.com/episodes/surprise-for-teen-who-survived-home-explosion-machine-gun-theme-park-hair-restoration-helmet

 

 

For more information on the iGrow and laser hair therapy please visit: www.tmhair.com

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