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18Jan/130

All Natural Hair and Skin Care

You don’t have to spend a ton of money on products to look great.  In fact, there are many products for healthy hair and skin in your own kitchen!  You can create your own masks, hair treatments, skin exfoliants, and more, using items commonly found in your fridge and pantry.

Try out these DIY recipes for healthier hair and skin to save time and money spent searching store aisles for the perfect solution to your hair and skin woes.

Apple

  • Shiny hair treatment: Combine a cup each of apple and pear juice with two tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar.  Apply apple solution to hair after a shampoo and allow to soak for several minutes before rinsing out.  You can condition afterward or use this treatment as a hair conditioner.  Apple contributes to hair strength, while pear juice helps your hair reflect light and increase shine.  Apple cider vinegar, or ACV, removes buildup from your hair and scalp to increase hair’s shine, manageability, and overall health.

Avocado

  • Hair mask: Mash together half an avocado and a banana.  Add two tablespoons of honey and two to three tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil.  Apply paste to hair from root to tip, and leave in your hair for thirty minutes.  Rinse gently with cool water to rinse off the paste, and follow with a shampoo.  You can use this recipe twice a month to maintain hair’s shine.  If your hair is very long, double the recipe or adjust it to suit what ingredients you have on hand – for instance, use the whole avocado if you don’t have a banana, leave out the oil if you don’t have any handy.  Work with the recipe to see what works best for your hair.

Baking soda

  • No ‘poo: Try going without shampoo – it’s not as crazy as it sounds.  Many shampoos strip your hair and scalp of naturally-occurring oils, leading to hair damage and excessive oil production from the scalp to maintain the level of oils your hair needs.  This leads to overproduction of oil, which leads to more frequent shampooing, which starts the cycle all over!  Break the shampoo cycle by washing hair with baking soda and conditioning with apple cider vinegar.  Add one tablespoon of baking soda per cup of warm water to make a solution for washing your hair.  Apply the solution to your roots, taking care to scrub the scalp – the baking soda clarifies the scalp without interrupting the production of oil from your hair’s natural patterns.  It removes oil and product buildup from the hair strands, leaving your hair clean without any chemical residues from common shampoo ingredients.  Any baking soda left on the scalp may cause you to itch later, so rinse very thoroughly with warm water.  Apply organic apple cider vinegar in the same ratio – one tablespoon per cup of warm water – as a conditioning agent to maintain scalp pH and increase shine, and rinse out.  Simply comb through after your shower to detangle hair (a wide-tooth comb is best).  There is a transition period with this method; your hair may be excessively oily for up to two months as your scalp learns to stop overcompensating for oil stripping; however, some no ‘poo proponents had no transition period at all.

Citrus

  • Exfoliating mask for the skin: Combine one tablespoon of orange (or another citrus, such as lime or lemon) juice with one tablespoon of baking soda.  Mix well, and apply all over the face.  Let dry for twenty minutes – it will tingle at first – and then rinse away.  The citrus juice helps brighten your skin and keep pores clean, while the baking soda exfoliates and removes dead skin cells from your face.  This mask is useful for regular clarifying, prevention of blackheads, and reduction of acne breakouts and redness.  The citrus mask can be used up to twice a week, or more if your skin doesn’t mind.  Pay attention to your skin – if it becomes irritated, use this treatment less often.

Coconut oil

  • Sun protection: Apply coconut oil to your skin before heading outside.  The high smoke point of the oil blocks the burn from the sun without blocking UV rays, which we need so that we can maintain appropriate levels of Vitamin D from the sun.  You will need to apply the oil frequently, as much as every hour in constant sun exposure depending on your skin type, and you should limit your sun exposure at first when trying this method, in order to allow your skin to adapt to the exposure.  Apply coconut oil and limit sun exposure to a few hours for several days before increasing your time in the sun’s rays after your skin’s introductory period.

Honey

  • Shine-boosting hair rinse: Dissolve a tablespoon of honey into a quart of warm water, and use this solution to rinse your hair after a shampoo.  Leave in hair for up to an hour to condition hair, and then rinse out with warm water.
  • Face scrub: Combine honey with ground nuts (such as walnuts) and a splash of lemon juice.  Apply to your face as a revitalizing, exfoliating, and moisturizing scrub and rinse gently with warm water.  The nuts exfoliate away dead skin cells, the lemon juice brightens skin and reduces acne inflammation, and the honey moisturizes the skin.
  • Face wash: Simply wash your face with honey.  Honey is a natural antimicrobial and antibacterial that moisturizes skin and is effective for every skin type.  Honey contains enzymes that improve skin health as you scrub, and honey is effective in treating acne-prone skin. Pull hair back away from your face (which should be free of makeup before applying honey), and warm up about half a teaspoon of raw honey in your hands by rubbing your palms together.  Massage the warmed honey into your face, for at least a couple minutes.  You can leave the honey to soak into your skin for up to ten minutes if you wish.  Rinse the honey off with warm water, using a washcloth if it is not rinsing easily.
  • Moisturizing mask: One teaspoon of raw honey with one teaspoon of aloe vera juice (a great reason to raise an aloe plant in your home!) makes a healing and moisturizing facial cleanser.  Apply the mixture to your face and rinse with warm water after about fifteen minutes.  Aloe is a natural healing plant, able to treat sunburn, acne, and other skin ailments.  Aloe and honey are both natural moisturizing agents, and this cleansing mask will lock in skin’s moisture and combat acne breakouts.

Oil

  • Oil cleansing method: The oil cleansing method, OCM, is doing the unthinkable – deliberately rubbing oil all over your face.  Don’t panic!  Believe it or not, oil is not bad for your skin, nor does it inherently lead to skin blemishes.  In fact, our skin’s natural oil is there for a reason – it helps to moisturize the skin.  Conventional facial cleansers designed to eliminate the oil from your face are a huge part of the reason you’re still having issues with oil in the first place.  To remove dirty oil from your face (the dirt, bacteria, and other debris is what causes pimples; not the oil itself), you need only apply some clean oil to wash it away.  Apply your mix of oil (instructions and ratios available on the oil cleansing method webpage, linked above) to your skin and massage with fingertips.  Soak a washcloth in hot, steamy water (from the tap or previously heated on the stove and allowed to cool to a safe temperature), and cover your face to allow the steam to open your pores and remove impurities and blemish-causing debris from your face.  Rinse the cloth in hot water and repeat the steaming a few times before gently wiping away the oil with the washcloth.  Visit the website linked above for more detailed information on OCM.

Onion

  • Hair growth and health: Onion is touted as a natural remedy for hair loss, but it also improves overall scalp and hair health as well.  Onion treatments can be used for dandruff and scalp infections.  Using a food processor or blender, puree onions into a fine paste, and strain through cheesecloth to separate the juice from the paste.  You can apply the liquid and/or paste directly to your scalp and massage into the skin.  Onion will naturally lighten the color of your hair and add shine.  You can use this treatment every time you shampoo – and you will need to wash your hair after applying the onion to get rid of the onion smell.  Try rinsing with the juice of a lemon after you wash to give your hair a fresh, clean scent.  You can also add other ingredients, such as avocado to make a paste, or honey to moisturize and improve the smell of the solution.  If using onion for hair loss, expect to wait a month or two before seeing noticeable results.

Salt

  • Sea salt body scrub: Combine two sprigs of fresh rosemary (chopped) with one cup of sea salt and ½ cup of extra-virgin olive oil.  In the bath or shower, massage the salt scrub onto your wet skin.  Working from the feet up helps to engage blood flow to the extremities.  What makes this scrub good for your skin?  Salt is a natural exfoliant, olive oil is an incredible moisturizer, and rosemary is a natural anti-inflammatory which will soothe and calm skin that has been irritated by exfoliation.

There are hundreds of DIY skin and hair care recipes that you can create and try using ingredients you probably already have in your home’s kitchen pantry! Avacor® provides an all natural supplement called Nutricap designed to promote hair strength and beauty that contains a combination of herbal and organic extracts. Do you have any other suggestions for natural hair care products?  Tell us about them in the comments.

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11Dec/120

Winter Hair Care

The winter season can blanket your town with snow and ice, which can be both beautiful and stressful at the same time. Blustery winter weather brings many challenges, such as travel delays, slick roads, and school/business closings. It can also wreak havoc on your hair. According to WebMD, harsh winter weather changes can be your hair’s worst enemy. Therefore, it’s important to understand a few helpful tips about caring for your hair during cold weather and the winter season.

Take care of your hair this winter

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Keeping Warm

A healthy head of hair can help keep your entire body warm during winter months. Heat escapes from all areas of your body, including your head. However, if your body is covered up, then the only place heat can escape from your body is your head. Unless, of course, your head is covered as well, which is when your hair comes into play. While hair won't trap heat entirely, it will help keep you warmer. If you are experiencing hair loss or baldness, definitely wear a hat, or keep your head warm some other way. If using Avacor® hair products, allow the products time to be absorbed before you put your hat on and head out for the day.

Effects of Winter Weather

When winter weather hits full stride, it can cause a variety of issues that affect your hair health and ability to grow a healthy head of hair. Static electricity from hats, dry frizz, and split ends all occur more frequently during winter months. There is also the hat hair factor, which forces many people to choose between staying warm and keeping their hair style in place.

Weather Elements

The winter brings many extreme weather elements that can cause hair problems. Sunny days skiing, combined with strong wind, snow, ice, and sweat can all damage your hair. In fact, the sun exposure in the winter is often worse than the summer, because of all the other weather elements that factor into play.

Heat

“Heat” may not be the first word that comes to mind when you think of winter weather, but it certainly plays a role. After all, if you don’t crank up the furnace, you’ll be pretty chilly, even indoors! Your hair is affected by all of the heat. Sitting indoors all day can still be damaging to your hair in the winter, similar to how using a blow dryer every day can cause your hair to become dry and brittle, and thus, easier to break off. And to that point, limit your time under a blow dryer as much as possible during the winter. Blow dryers in general are damaging to your hair, especially in winter.

What To Do for Dryness

Now that you know a little bit about the damage various aspects of winter weather can do for your hair, it’s important to understand how to combat those effects. The most important strategy for fighting the winter elements is to use conditioner. But, don’t settle for any old conditioner from the grocery store. Find one that is rich, moisturizing, and thickening. Boston salon owner Marc Harris indicates that the conditioner should contain a few important ingredients, including essential fatty acids and humectants, because they moisturize effectively, and also attract moisture from the air throughout the day. Specifically, look for a conditioner with soy protein and panthenol.

Fighting Static Electricity

Static electricity also kicks into high gear during the winter. It can cause dryness, and make your hair look like a mess. You can use dryer sheets if you want (seriously), or opt for a boar bristle brush that has a wooden handle. This type of brush reduces static electricity.

Styling Tips

Depending on how you style your hair, you may want to consider a few adjustments in the winter. For example, consider a styling cream rather than a gel. Styling creams add more moisture to your hair to combat the dry air. They are also softer products, so your hair is less likely to break off. In general, avoid any hair care products that have alcohol, and avoid spraying fragrances on your hair, as the alcohol will make the hair dry and brittle.

Avoiding Hat Hair

Hat hair is something we all deal with in cold weather, though there are a few things you can do to help avoid looking like a clown when you take off your hat. Push your hair back, or push it against the way you want it to fall, when you put on the hat. This adds a bit of resistance to the hat having its way with your hair. Also, carry a small bottle of texturizer with you to quickly add body and style to your hair once you take off your hat.

Shampoo

Like conditioner, the shampoo you use has a direct impact on your hair health. According to celebrity and fashion stylist Jamal Hammadi, shampoos with the least amount of chemicals are best for your overall hair health. He also recommends shea butter to heal damaged hair and avoid damaging healthy hair.

Final Tips

There are a few other tips to keep in mind to maintain healthy hair during the winter, according to Longlocks.com. First, trim it often, especially long hair. That way, if you get a split end or the end of your hair gets damaged, you trim it off before it has a chance to spread up towards your scalp. Also, avoid showering in very hot water. The heat from the water will dry out your hair, especially when combined with the dry winter air.

Hair Care & Hair Loss Prevention

Hair loss can occur more rapidly during the winter, as hair is more susceptible to drying out and falling off your head. If you begin to experience hair loss, seek treatment to help regrow your hair and maintain a healthy head of hair, long after winter is gone. Avacor offers several products to help take care of your hair, including shampoos, conditioners, and hair growth products.

Stay warm, and take care of your hair this winter!

30Oct/120

How to Strengthen Your Hair

Hair loss happens for a variety of reasons, many of which you have control over. We all know that diet and exercise play an important role to the health of your body, but it is important to understand how to keep your hair healthy and strong. The stronger your hair is, the less likely it is to begin falling out or shedding. In other words, if you actively try to keep your hair strong and healthy, you have less of a chance of experiencing hair loss.

Some causes of hair loss include diet and mineral deficiency, your genealogy, increased stress, how you care for your hair, and even what you wear.

Diet. Eating a healthy and well balanced meal can help strengthen your hair and prevent hair loss. Specifically, eat foods that contain a lot of iron, protein, B vitamins, and vitamins A, C, and E, such as fresh fruits, dark green vegetables, poultry, and beans. These provide nutrients to your hair follicles. Consider vitamins or supplements if needed. Hair follicles that receive these nutrients will remain strong and will typically produce hair for longer periods of time than follicles that receive inadequate nutrition. Also, drink the proper amount of water each day to keep your head and body moisturized and hydrated. Usually, this is 64 ounces for adults.

Hair Care. The shampoo, conditioner, and other products you use on your hair also can affect how strong your hair and hair follicles are, and can either prevent or increase hair loss likelihood. Use a shampoo that is designed to promote hair health and prevent hair loss, and use a conditioner that adds moisture and volume to your hair, such as the Avacor hair care products. Also, avoid hair products that add a lot of weight to your hair, or cause it to become crusty or brittle. Use a towel to pat down your hair, rather than rubbing, and avoid using a blow dryer if you can. The heat from blow dryers can make your hair weaker and more brittle. Lastly, use a soft bristle brush.

Sleep and Stress. Believe it or not, you can also help strengthen your hair by getting the proper amount of sleep, as well as doing what you can to avoid excess stress in your life. According to WebMD, the proper amount of sleep varies from person to person, but is usually somewhere in between 7 and 9 hours for adults. A lack of sleep causes your body to work overtime, which means less energy is able to be sent to your scalp to produce and grow hair. Stress is unavoidable for most of us, though we do have the ability to limit or control the stress we encounter. If you find yourself overly stressed out, try to avoid overextending yourself with commitments. Also, take time to reduce stress through yoga, meditation, exercise, or just some scheduled downtime to relax or do something you enjoy.

Hats. Hats and helmets, as well as other hair accessories like hair ties, can also weaken your hair. Avoid wearing hats every day if possible, and do not us a hair tie that is so tight that it pulls out your hair.

Taking care of your hair follicles, and your body in general, can go a long way in helping to strengthen your hair and prevent hair loss. However, in some cases, hair loss will occur, despite your efforts to stop it. If you are experiencing hair loss and wish to treat it, consider Avacor’s FDA-approved hair growth products to combat hair loss and help you regrow a natural, full head of hair.

3Oct/120

Facial Hair Grooming Tips

Facial hair is unique to men and serves a variety of purposes. For some, it provides warmth, especially when working outside. For others, it is a natural accessory to complete a look. Some men use facial hair as a status symbol, especially by younger men to try to look older or more mature. And in some cultures, growing facial hair is expected.

Facial hair, like the hair on your head, should be groomed. How often you groom it is up to you, but if you let it grow without any care or attention, you will end up with a bushy, tangled beard. For some guys, this type of beard is exactly the look they are going for. If you do choose to grow facial hair, there are a few grooming and styling tips to keep in mind.

Man Shaving

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Styles. There are a variety of styles of facial hair. Beards, goatees, mustaches, and sideburns are the most common. Some men do a type of goatee/mustache/sideburn combination, while others grow a full beard. Some men change their facial hair look frequently, altering from clean shaven to various facial hair styles, while others grow and maintain facial hair for years or decades. If you are unsure what will look best on you, there are a variety of apps that allow you to preview different facial hair styles on a photo of your face.

Trimming. Trimming your facial hair is an important part of grooming and styling. How often you trim it is up to you and the look you are going for. Some men trim or shave their face daily, while others let it go for a few days or even weeks before they clean it up. Most men with facial hair still shave or use clippers to get rid of at least some of the hair. For a beard, you might put shaving cream on your face, trace your jawline, and shave everything underneath. You might do the same for sideburns or goatees, tracing the shape of the style and shaving everything else off.

One popular method for trimming facial hair is giving it a fade. Use the shortest setting on your trimmer or clipper for the bottom quarter-inch of your beard, then use the second-shortest setting on the next quarter-inch up, and so on as you move up your neck and face. Try to blend in the different lengths so you cannot see lines where you changed clipper settings.

Maintenance. Facial hair, like the hair on your head, should be cared for and maintained. This will help it look better, as well as give you healthier facial hair to match your healthy head of hair. Every time you wash your face in the shower, use a small amount of shampoo on your beard, followed by a dime-size dab of moisturizing conditioner that you leave in for about 10 seconds before rinsing. Conditioner helps your face avoid drying out and helps with dandruff from your facial hair.

Other Tips. Keep beards even and trimmed for a more professional look. For sideburns, don’t let them go more than an inch wide. For the most part, keep them at mid-ear level, though you can go a bit longer if you have a long and thin face. Do not let them grow past your ear. Also, grow facial hair that will accentuate your face shape. For example, a thick mustache is a nice way to cover up a large philtrum (space between your upper lip and nose). A short scruffy beard gives more depth to a skinny face, and a square bottom beard can help hide double chins or a thick face. Goatees help elongate round faces. Whatever style you choose, make sure it’s one you feel good about.

26Sep/120

4 Hair Grooming Tips for Men

Men’s hair grooming habits vary widely. Some men use top of the line products and make sure each hair is positioned perfectly, while others simply get up and go. There is not necessarily a right or wrong way to groom and style your hair; it really depends on your personal preference and look you are going for. However, there are a few things all men should consider to help maintain a full, healthy head of good looking hair.

Man Styling His Hair

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1. Shampoo. Shampoo plays a big part in grooming your hair. But, there are a few things to keep in mind. The first is the type of shampoo you use. Consider your hair type: is it thick, thin, oily, dry, etc.? The bottom line is, most shampoos will work fine for most men, but for men with oily or thinning hair, it is probably best to use a shampoo designed for that particular hair type.

As far as how often you should shampoo your hair… most doctors agree that every day is too much. Your hair is a fiber. Think of it for a moment like a wool fiber in a sweater. The more often you wash the sweater, the faster the wool fibers will wear out, and the worse the sweater will look over time. Washing your hair too often can actually damage your hair. However, some men also complain that if they don’t wash every day, their hair gets greasy. Try to commit to wash just every other day, and see if your hair adapts and becomes less greasy after a few weeks on your “off” days.

2. Conditioner. Conditioner is just for women, right? Wrong. Conditioners add moisture to your hair and scalp, and help prevent maintenance issues like tangling. Like shampoos, different conditioners are available for different types of hair. Some focus on adding moisture for dry hair, or adding volume for thinning hair. Leave-in conditioners are popular as well and help make your hair more manageable.

How often you use conditioner depends on your hair type. If you have moist hair, then using conditioners often may make your hair look oily or greasy. If you have dry hair, you should use conditioner more frequently (several times a week) to help it stay moist.

3. Other Products. Aside from shampoo and conditioner, several other products exist that help men style and groom their hair. Hair gels, hair sprays, creams, pomades, waxes, and mousses are all different hair product options men can use to sculpt or style hair the way they want it to look. However, these products can also hurt your hair over time. If you cannot get your desired style naturally, try to avoid using heavy gels, especially cheaper gels, as they weigh down on your hair, and make your hair look crusty or flakey (which can be mistaken for dandruff). Also, you can train your hair to fall a certain way on your head. For example, if you comb your hair the same direction each day, your hair will eventually fall in that direction naturally.

4. Drying. Drying your hair is another part of hair grooming. Some men opt for a blow dryer, as it is fast and helps style your hair. Others use a towel, while some simply let the air dry their hair. In general, a blow dryer puts a lot of heat on your hair, which can damage it, so avoid those if possible. Pat—don’t rub—your hair dry with a towel; if you rub it with a towel, the motion can cause strain on the hair follicles and even pull out your hair. Try patting it with a towel to get the beads of water off, then air dry the rest. Air drying your hair also helps prevent hair loss, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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18Sep/120

Hair Care and Accessories for Women

A way to improve your overall look is with your hair. Summer is ending and fall is quickly approaching. Heat, chlorine and daily processing probably took a toll on your tresses. Now it is time to repair, and add some accessories for your best overall look. Whether you have short, long, curly, or straight hair, knowing which accessory is right for your look is what it is all about. Knowing when to use an accessory is also important. Sometimes a great accessory can turn a bad hair day around. Just remember to consider what is best for your hair, your look, and don’t over do it.

Tips, Styles & Trends

Rubber Bands

Rubber bands are an important thing to consider. We all wear them, some more than others. If you wear them everyday, try and remember to give your hair a break so your hair itself does not break. Do not use rubber bands with metal pieces or avoid rubber bands entirely. Goody makes a product called "Ouchless Elastics" that will do a better job of holding your hair without too much pain or hair damage. Pulling your hair back and using a product to slick back “frizzies” will help tame your hair and make for a great fall look.

Headbands

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A cute headband will also tame any broken hair and add a great look to any outfit! A flower or other accessory will take any look from a fall picnic to a night out. These accessories will also take the focus away from any hair faults. An accessory in the right place can draw the eye away from any thinning, receding, or breakage, and instead on the cute accessory.

Clips, Feathers & More

Be careful with what accessories you choose. Although it is a good idea to accessorize and also maybe fix a bad hair day, you don’t want to draw too much attention to your headband, clip, or other accessory. Feathers are very trendy, but we also do not want to look like a bird with them sticking up on the top of your head. Adding a little lift to you hair is a plus, but teasing too much or using a “bump it” is not always a good idea. Adding in too many streamers, colors, etc will just make it look like a party in your hair.

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A little bobby pin, clip, or small flower for short hair is a great idea for adding a little color, style, or help tame little “frizzies” and help hair keep it’s shape. These accessories are also great for short to medium hair that is in the awkward phase of growing out.

Buns & Braids

Buns and braids are very in this year. Buns done loosely will hold a great length of hair and thickness during the day for work, and can be let down for an evening out. Braids can be done on any hair type and in so many different ways. As long as a braid is not done too tight, it will not cause any breakage to the hair, and will add style to any look.

Hair Extensions

Hair extensions are a great way to add length, texture, body, and color. There are many different options and types. Make sure you research what is best for your hair. You can have them professionally put in, braided, glued, or beaded. You can also buy them online or in a beauty supply store. Clip ins are great and can add a look without any permanent damage. As long as they are maintained and taken care of they can last up to a few months.

Accessorizing is great to spice up a look, keep up with the trends, and accentuate your style. Accessories can also hide hair issues, help tame problems, and help you wait out a growth period or while hair is mending. Remember to have fun and find your style! To help maintain your stylish hair, check out the Avacor® line of hair care products. You'll find everything you need to maintain clean and strong hair to keep you looking your best.

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29Aug/120

Sports and Your Hair

The 2012 Summer Olympics are over, though the passion of sport lives on, from one season to the next. But are you aware of the various effects sports has on your hair? And no, we’re not talking about pulling out your hair when your team loses! Read on for some interesting findings on how sports can affect your hair.

Hats. Many sports require athletes to wear hats, while other sports leave it up to the athletes to decide. Baseball is the first that typically comes to mind. Golfers and tennis players also often wear hats. So, do the hats result in hair loss? According to Ask Men, the answer is no. if the hat is so tight that it cuts off circulation to hair follicles, or pulls hair off your head, then wearing a hat may lead to hair loss; but in general, as long as the hat fits well, it shouldn’t directly cause hair loss.

Helmets. Okay, so what about helmets, like football, hockey, or lacrosse helmets? Do they contribute to hair loss? According to Hair Loss Consult, the answer is still no. Helmets, like hats, do not directly lead to hair loss. However, Kenny Chesney begs to differ. The country music star insists that his hair loss issues stem from wearing football helmets when he played in high school, and recalls seeing hair in his helmet every time he took it off. It sounds like his helmet was pulling his hair out when he removed it each time, so make sure your helmet fits correctly and is not pulling out your hair.

Football Helmet

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Sweat. Sweat is common in almost every sport. You train, you play, you exercise…and you sweat. So does sweat lead to hair loss? According to the Short Hair Style website, and many other experts, the answer is yes. Excessive sweating, called hyperhydrosis, creates lactic acid, which will damage a hair strand’s outer protective layer. The hair thus loses volume and become brittle, and starts to fall off. So from this perspective, one can argue that hats and helmets do in fact lead to hair loss in some cases, albeit indirectly, as you sweat more when you have a hat or helmet on.

Of course, there are measures to take to prevent sweat from damaging your hair, or at least reduce the damage significantly. Washing your hair after workouts with a good shampoo product helps keep it clean and gets rid of sweat residue and lactic acid. Proper hair care is important for everyone, not just athletes.

Nutrition. One other thing to consider is the amount of exercise you do when you play sports, and supplementing the exercise with proper nutrition and hydration. According to Livestrong, over-exertion without proper nutrition can cause problems that create hair loss patterns. Drink plenty of water and eat healthy meals throughout the day to keep your body and hair healthy. The Livestrong also mentions that a healthy amount of exercise combined with proper nutrition and hydration can actually prevent hair loss, as the healthy lifestyle creates more circulation to stimulate hair follicles and your scalp.

In summary, playing sports can relieve stress and add an element of fun to your daily life, as well as improve circulation to your head, which can all help prevent hair loss. Just take care of your hair and body every day, stay healthy and safe, and enjoy yourself!

2Aug/120

20 Hair Resources for Men

Below are 20 men's hair resources hand picked by our staff. You'll find a mix of websites, blogs and social media all bringing you the latest and greatest on men's hair, style and fashion.

hommeSTYLER is a menswear, style, hair and grooming blog that covers men's fashion commentary, style advice, menswear trends and grooming for the modern man. It features the latest news on men's fashion, runway shows, editorials and street style.

Balding Blog is a daily journal written by doctors about hair loss and treatments. You can ask a question or read about the personal experiences and opinions posted by these professionals. This site is meant to educate about hair loss and news.

American Hair Loss Association - Videos, research, and articles on hair loss. Children, men, women, new studies on hair loss gene. Thyroid, nutrition, hair transplant trials to name a few topics discussed. Product and ingredient studies. Education and research forums.

Israel21c is a middle east blog on health, style and culture with an international appeal.

HairLoss.com on Twitter - Hair loss information, conditions, and solutions. Posts about alopecia, male pattern baldness, hair extensions, treatments, costs and everything in between.

Battle Against Bald - Men battling hair loss and their success stories. Interesting articles and videos on success stories of hair transplants.

Hair Loss Haven - Established in 2005 as a resource for people dealing with hair loss. Reviews, blog, resources, news, charity news, and promotions.

The Urban Gentleman (Hair) - Urban trends, articles, photos, information on latest tips, grooming techniques, balding and hairstyles. Healthy eating and healthy hair information.

Esquire (Men's Fashion) - A style blog and and online resource for men. Blogs and articles on men’s health, hair and fashion.

Balding Blog on Twitter - Doctors discussing different hair treatment options. World class hair restoration forum.

WebMd (Hair loss health center) - Resources and treatments for men and women. Hair loss information.

The American Hair Loss Association is dedicated to educating and improving the lives of anyone involved in hair loss. Creating public awareness and bringing attention to the subject in the news, media, and society as a whole. Publications, resources, and organizations. Discusses science of hair loss, different types of loss, treatments, and research.

MedicineNet - Hair loss prevention, loss, and treatment options. Discusses, and viewers share the different types of hair loss and their experiences with treatments and products.

Men's Hair Blog (Facebook page) - Anything and everything men’s hair related!

Men's Health - Great website and online magazine about men’s health, style, fitness, and nutrition. All the latest research on men’s hair loss. Talks about the science and battle against genetic hair loss.

Health Tips A2Z - Health and hair. Talk about all different health and body related issues. Follow to learn about different health and hair problems and to learn about different tips and solutions!

Be Stylish! - How to be stylish! Whether it be clothes, shoes, or hair, you can find it here. Different topics and advice such as how to get a haircut if you are balding, and summer fashion trends.

Ask Men (fashion) - A great website on everything men. Fashion and style trends. Grooming and product reviews. Accessory and clothing advice and trials.

Hair Tips on Twitter - Talk of different hair loss. Personal trials and errors. Product reviews.

About Men's Hair - Information about everything men’s hair by Dave Alexander. Discussions about styles, grooming, products, trends, and reviews.

30Jul/120

Self-Inflicted Hair Loss in Women

Tight ponytails can lead to hair damage and loss.

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Hair loss is common among men and women alike. Often, hair loss is hereditary or hormonal and occurs naturally. However, some hair loss in women (and men as well) is self-inflicted, and is caused by a number of reasons or conditions. As with natural hair loss, self-inflicted hair loss can be combatted with Avacor's hair regrowth products to help regrow a full, healthy head of hair.

Trichotillomania is self-inflicted hair loss caused by constant hair plucking or pulling. This condition is common in women and children, effecting twice as many women than men. In addition to pulling out patches of hair on the scalp, some people affected by trichotillomania pull out eyelashes and eyebrows as well.

Traction Alopecia is another condition that results from hair pulling. However, while trichotillomania is more psychological, traction alopecia typically is the result of hairstyles. For example, buns, braids, or ponytails that are too tight can cause traction alopecia. The hair loss is often gradual, but may become permanent over time.

Emotional stress can also lead to hair loss in women. Stress can be self-inflicted by overextending yourself and taking too much on each day. During stressful periods, a woman’s adrenal glands are overworked to produce more cortisol, sometimes known as the “stress hormone.” Her body thus creates adrenaline and DHT, which is an enhanced testosterone that can create a hormonal imbalance, and ultimately, can lead to hair loss.

Birth control can lead to hair loss in women. Most women take birth control voluntarily, though in some cases, various birth control methods are prescribed. “The pill,” which is the most common form of birth control in the U.S., can also create DHT, which, like the DHT created by too much stress, can create a hormonal imbalance and lead to hair loss. Similarly, other medications or therapy that involve hormonal shifts or changes should be approached cautiously, as the hormonal change can cause hair loss in women.

Hair maintenance is another factor that can cause self-inflicted hair loss in women. Some women go to extremes to make their hair look good, but over time, these measures can damage hair and possibly cause it to fall out. Chemical hair care treatments like styling gel or hair coloring products are some examples of hair maintenance methods that can lead to hair loss over time. These can also damage a woman’s scalp. Blow-drying, styling, and excessive brushing can also lead to hair loss.

Many of these conditions are treatable by either changing your hair care methods, reducing stress, or in some cases, seeking psychological help. To treat the hair loss specifically, try Avacor Physicians Formulation® for Women, a hair regrowth product created specifically for women, and approved by the FDA.

23Jul/120

Top Mobile Apps for Your Hair

Mobile phones and tablets undeniably influence our daily lives. They help us stay connected, give us directions, and provide a plethora of information whenever we want it. Similarly, apps for mobile devices allow us to personalize how we use these devices. A variety of mobile apps for your hair exist that offer information and convenience for growing and maintaining a healthy head of hair. Let’s take a look at a few.

Hair-Do - The Hair-Do for iPad app allows you to choose various hair styles and preview how they would look on you. Once you select a style, choose a photo from your device library, and the app inserts the new hair style onto the photo to give you an idea of what it will look like on you. It is especially helpful when visiting the barber or salon to give the stylist a visual representation of the style you are after. The app includes styles and hair dos for both men and women. A similar app is called Barbershop HD.

Avacor Mobile - The Avacor Mobile app for iPhone and iPad is your one-stop shop for all your hair regrowth and hair care needs. The app includes an e-consultant to answer questions and help you choose the best Avacor® hair care and regrowth products for you. It also allows you to purchase the full catalog of Avacor products directly from your phone using the easy and intuitive mobile checkout process. You can read more about the Avacor guarantee, take advantage of all Avacor promotions, and use the click-to-call feature to speak to an Avacor representative with one touch.

Shave-O-Matic - The Shave-O-Matic app is designed for men to help figure out facial hair styles. Once you regrow your healthy head of hair, you’ll want to try out different facial hair styles to see how to enhance your new look. You load an image from your device library, and the Shave-O-Matic app lets you preview different facial hair looks.

Hair Care - The Hair Care app provides information for caring for your hair in a variety of ways. The content is comprised of different tutorial videos with topics that include blow drying, growing hair, preventing grey hair, seasonal hair care tips, repairing damaged hair, choosing shampoos and hair care products, controlling frizzy hair, and many others.

Bridal Hair Styles - The Bridal Hair Styles app is primarily for women, though men may find the app helpful when trying to calm their finance’s wedding day anxieties, or just fun to use. The app allows women to preview and choose hair styles for weddings or other formal events. What is unique about this app is that it provides four views of each hair style: front, back, and both sides. Simply upload a photo to the app to preview different hair styles, and bring the preview image along with you when you meet with your stylist for the big event.

These are just a few of the many hair-related apps out there. Apps are also available for Android devices, and are useful for both men and women in most cases. No matter what your need is, you can be sure that there really is an app for that!