Sunday, February 19, 2017

Hair loss answers

The best way to think of the way hair grows is to picture a garden. How well it grows is completely a result of what is happening “underground.”   Like a garden, a normal hair cycle should lead to hair growth. Growth cycles are important because when they go awry, that is one of the reasons we have hair loss.  Things that interfere with the growth cycle -- like medication, illness, infection, or chemicals -- have the potential to stop hair from being formed properly.  Hair grows in three different cycles: anagen, catagen, and telogen. About 90% of the hair on the head is in the anagen, or growth phase, which lasts anywhere from two to eight years. The catagen, or transition phase, typically lasts 2-3 weeks, during which the hair follicle shrinks. During the telogen cycle, which lasts around two to four months, the hair rests.  An overwhelming majority of the time the hair is on the scalp, it is growing. Only about 10% of the strands are in transition or resting at any one time. Hair grows about 6 inches a year for most people.

Most people lose anywhere from 50 to 100 strands of hair each day, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. On the days when hair is washed, people can lose up to 250 strands,  But don’t avoid washing in an attempt to keep the hair, as it will fall out eventually, anyway.  Typically, each time a normal hair follicle is shed, it is replaced by hair that is equal in size. But in women with female-pattern hair loss, the new hair is finer and thinner. The hair follicles are shrinking and eventually they quit growing altogether.
 
If you hair loss is sudden or extreme, a visit to your doctor should be your first step.  Preliminary blood work is usually taken to make sure the thyroid gland or an autoimmune disease isn’t the culprit.  The doctor may also ask what your mother, aunts, or grandmothers look like - if they have similar, or greater amounts, of hair loss. Using magnification on the scalp can show if a woman’s follicles vary in size - with some thick and others thin. These are two telltale signs of female pattern hair loss, also called androgenetic alopecia.  This is a hereditary condition that affects about 30 million American women, according to the America Academy of Dermatology, and is the most common kind of hair loss.

If you've addressed the medical concerns for hair loss, then there are products that can help you to re-grow hair or minimize the impact and look of thinning hair.  New innovations in hair and scalp care are being introduced and research is ongoing. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Best tips for Children's Hair

Ever wondered what the difference is between regular and baby shampoo.  Adult shampoos contain chemicals called anionics (like ammonium laurel sulfate) that create the lather most people want when they shampoo.  This can be very drying, but since most adults use conditioner and other styling products and have oilier skin than kids, it's not an issue. 

Be shampoo savvy when it comes to caring for infant and toddlers hair washing. 
Babies only need to have hair washed once or twice a week.   If your baby has cradle cap, which (despite the flakes) is an oily-skin condition, wash with a dandruff shampoo two or three times a week after massaging a little olive or baby oil onto his scalp to loosen the flakes.
Toddlers: Three times a week is fine (more often if he's got a penchant for mashing bananas on his head).
Preschoolers and up: As your child's hair gets longer, wash it every other day (less often for very curly, dry, or African-American hair; in these cases, you can use conditioner once a week, too).
At any age: Always shampoo at the end of the bath so your child's not sitting in the sudsy water, which could irritate sensitive skin.

The best way to comb painlessly after shampooing:
  • DO use a wide-tooth comb, or a boar-bristle or paddle brush, on dry hair. Avoid using your vent brush, which has tiny teeth that can snag.
  • DON'T start at the top; you'll just make tangles worse. Instead, begin at the ends and slowly work your way up the hair shaft, gently pulling apart knots with your fingers.
  • DO the hair at the nape of the neck first, which tends to get most tangled.
  • DON'T wet bad snarls. They'll only get more matted. Work in some regular hair conditioner or spray detangler, and hold the hair at the scalp while you gently comb out.
Want the best in hair care for children?  Beauty Care Choices has Original Sprout, Circle of Friends and Fairy Tales.  All are organic, tear-free and make tangles disappear!   

Friday, January 27, 2017

Lipstick Tips!

Create Fuller Lips -  If you're tired of having thin, pursed puckers, extend your lip line using a neutral-toned lip liner. Then apply lipstick over top. Be careful though — don't extend your lip line too much.

Keep lipstick lasting longer - Try holding a tissue over your lips and applying a light layer of translucent powder. The powder will absorb the excess oils in the lipstick and the tissue provides a barrier to keep some of the natural shine.
Keep lips plump and moisturized - Few things draw attention to wrinkles like bleeding lip color. This happens because lipstick is a cream and it tends to slip into any low spaces -- including the lines around your lips. To keep color from traveling, use moisturizer, then coat the lips with foundation before applying lipstick.

If you are going Red:
  • If you have light skin, go with a red shade that has a cool blue base.  It will enhance your rosy complexion.
  • If your skin is dark, make sure your red has a touch of brown to highlight the warm caramel hints in your skin.
  • For those who have a medium skin tone, try an orangey-red shade that will reflect well with the yellow undertones in your skin.
Here's a little application tip for red lipstick newbies:  paint on the color with a lip brush.  It helps you control the amount of color you're using so your look is more subtle.  Just dab the brush on to the tip of your lipstick.  Lightly sweep on your lips, working from the center out.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Get Ultra Smooth, Shiny Hair

Love the look of sleek, shiny hair.  Follow the expert tips below for achieving ultra-smooth tresses.

PREP: The sleek look begins with your preparation.  Brush your dry hair before you shower, from the ends up.  Wet hair breaks more easily, leading to broken strands and flyaways in the shower.  Then shampoo only from the scalp to the mid-length of the hair to prevent over drying the ends.  Apply a smoothing conditioner (CHI Enviro Smoothing Conditioner is a great one) and use a wide-tooth comb to distribute it evenly through the hair.  Towel dry your hair by squeezing out the water...don't rub hair with a towel as it creates frizz. 

Apply a golf ball size heat-protecting mousse and layer in a shine oil.  If you don't have one, try Redken's Iron Shape Thermal Protecting Spray.  (P.S.  Right now it is on sale for $16.20 for the large 8.5 ounce size.)

BLOW DRY.  Using a nylon-bristle brush, wrap your hair flat to your head, going right to left and drag the bristles for tension as you dry.  Then go from left to right.  Once roots to mid-length are dry, pull the ends straight down with the brush and dry with a blast of cold for added shine.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Nine tips for a more beautiful you!


Freeze Your Eyeliner Does your eyeliner constantly crumble while putting it on? Leave it in the freezer for 15 minutes prior to applying your makeup. It should glide along your lash line seamlessly after that.

Shave With Conditioner. If you're out of shaving cream, lather your legs with conditioner instead of soap. Conditioner will soften the hair on your legs making it easier to shave (and it will leave your skin feeling extra silky).

Use Ice Cubes To Keep Fat, Acne And Wrinkles At Bay. Skin experts recommend massaging an ice cube over your face until it melts. Do it every night before bed and keep fat cells, acne and wrinkles under control.

De-Puff Your Eyes With Raw Potatoes. Use raw potato slices to soothe your eyes. She says they are astringent which means they help decrease water retention and they also contain the enzyme catalase which helps lighten dark under eye circles. First, wash and peel a potato. Cut two slices and place one on each eye for 10 minutes. Lay down, relax and let the potatoes work their magic. Rinse the eye area gently with lukewarm water when you're done.

Create Fuller Lips. If you're tired of having thin, pursed puckers, extend your lip line using a neutral-toned lip liner. Then apply lipstick over top. Be careful though — don't extend your lip line too much.

Microwave Lotion Into Luxury. Who doesn't love a spa day? If we could go every day, we probably would, but that would also put a dent in our wallets. A quick, easy and cheaper indulgence is to put your favorite lotion in the microwave for about 10 seconds. Make sure the oils in your lotion don't separate and that it isn't too hot. Apply it on to your skin and enjoy!

Tweezing Tips.  Before you tweeze, make sure you soften your skin by dabbing a cotton ball soaked in warm water or cream. When you start tweezing, do so in the direction of your hair's growth.

Clarify Your Hair. In order to remove product build-up from locks, use a clarifying shampoo once a week. This will also help prevent dandruff and other annoying hair/scalp conditions.

Don't Pump Your Mascara.  You should never pump your mascara (i.e., moving the wand up and down in the tube really quickly) because it will only allow air into the tube which will cause your mascara to dry (and ultimately shorten its lifespan).



Friday, January 6, 2017

Give yourself a quick boost!

During this time of year, it is important to do little "pick-me-up" things to prevent those wintery, trapped-indoors, craving sunshine blues.  Whether it's splashing with your kids through the puddles, having a special "date" lunch with hubby or giving yourself a little change, it's usually just the ticket to cure that funk!

Hair color is always a perky little picker-upper.  Adding a subtle highlight or bright, bold splash can really lift your spirits (not to mention your hair).  There's no need to rush to your hairdresser or make a big commitment.  Today's temporary hair color products are gentle on hair, easy to apply and come in so many colors you could create a rainbow!

Color-boosting conditioners (great to perk up your color between visits to the salon) like Pravana's Nevo Color Enhancer Treatment or CHI's Ionic Color Illuminate Conditioner.  These are easy to use - just apply instead of your normal conditioner and leave in a minute or two - then rinse.  They come in normal hair colors and just enhance & brighten your color.

Want a little more!  Take a chance...it is, after all, temporary!  What does this mean...it means you can spray in a color that will last until you shampoo, like Joico's Instatint Temporary Color Shimmer Sprays or rinse in a color that lasts through a few shampoos - like L'OrĂ©al Hair Color Polish or Jerome Russell.

So spritz, paint or wash away the winter blues!  Take a chance! 
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