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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!

15Nov/120

What Causes Thinning Hair?

Everyone wants thick, healthy hair with good volume and luxurious texture. But what about those of us with fine or thinning hair? Is there a way to thicken hair to get that desirable volume?

Thinning Hair

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The answer is yes; there are many ways to volumize and thicken hair. There are commercial products available, many natural home remedies you can concoct yourself, styling tips for volumizing hair, and healthy choices you can make in your diet to boost hair health.

What Makes Hair Thin?

Thinning hair can be caused by a number of factors, such as genetics, medication, stress, poor diet, medical conditions, and even the way you style your hair.

Family History

You inherit your hair from your family. This could mean generally fine or limp hair, or it could mean male or female pattern baldness. Genetics means that you can’t change the root cause of your hair loss or limp hair, but you can try some of the DIY or commercially-available products outlined below to improve the volume and thickness of your hair.

Medical Conditions

Certain medical conditions and medications can also increase your risk of hair loss or thinning hair. Hormonal conditions – such as diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome, or thyroid disease – can cause your hair to thin and become finer in texture and volume. Medications such as acne medicines, antidepressants, blood thinning medications, diet or weight loss pills, and hormonal contraception have been known to result in thinning of hair in some patients. Pay attention to your hair when you start a new medication and discuss any hair loss (or other side effects) with your doctor. It may be possible to switch to another medication to avoid the thinning of your hair. Always consult your doctor regarding any unusual hair loss if you suspect an underlying medical cause.

Lifestyle & Emotional Stress

Lifestyle factors can impact your hair's health – stress, poor diet, and lack of exercise can take their toll on your body, including your hair. By incorporating healthy decisions into your lifestyle and managing your stress (often a result of a balanced diet and a habit of exercise), you may be able to take control of your thinning hair and restore lost thickness and volume. Large stressors – such as giving birth, going through a divorce, experiencing the death of a family member or friend, or other significant stressful event – can actually interrupt the growth cycle of your hair and lead to temporary hair loss that should correct itself several months after the stress has passed.

Over Styling

Your hair's thinning may also be the result of years of harsh styling practices. Chemical processes, such as bleaching, dying, relaxing, or perming of the hair, can also lead to hair loss over an extended time. The use of heated hair appliances like flat-irons and blow-dryers can also be detrimental to your hair’s health and lead to hair loss. If you get hair extensions, repeated pulling of hair near the scalp can lead to hair loss along the crown of the head. Be kind to your hair to keep it healthy longer.

Nutrition and Your Hair

The first line of defense against hair loss or thinning is to make sure your body is happy and healthy. Your hair depends on key nutrients you can incorporate into your diet, such as:

  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Protein
  • Water
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B-5
  • Vitamin B-12
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin H (Biotin)

These nutrients can be found in plants (fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds), animal sources (red meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy), and as supplements (in chewable tablets, liquid drops, or pill form). In particular, salmon, walnuts, spinach, eggs, greek yogurt, and sweet potatoes are all good sources of many of these nutrients. It is possible to get these necessary nutrients with a vegetarian or vegan diet if you do not eat foods from animal sources, however.

Style Your Way to Voluminous Hair

Though some styling products can lead to hair loss, it is possible to style your hair to appear thicker. To style your hair with your hair's health in mind, start by drying wet hair with an absorbent towel. Be careful to gently blot at your hair instead of briskly rubbing, which can stretch and tear your strands. If you use a blow dryer, use a diffuser to keep the dryer from overheating your hair, or dry your hair using the cool air setting. You can also mix up blow drying and air drying, giving half your dry time to each method.

Combing or brushing wet hair can stretch and snap individual hairs, so gently comb out tangles with a wide-toothed comb instead of quickly brushing and pulling at wet or damp hair.

To style for additional volume, start by flipping your hair over your head and blow drying or towel drying it in that position. This will push your hair opposite the way it normally hangs and create volume. You can also style with commercially-available volumizing or thickening products, which will be discussed below. Using curlers or rollers can also increase the volume of your hair. If you are looking for a haircut to increase volume, ask your stylist for a layered cut.

Take care to not over-wash your hair, as frequent washing will strip your hair of its necessary oils and lead to your hair becoming brittle. Also, avoid using waxy products if you have thin hair, as they tend to weight down hair and make it flat instead of adding volume.

Natural Home Remedies to Thicken Hair

There are many home remedies you can take advantage of to thicken your hair without the use of commercial products. You can apply a gelatin solution (one package in ½ cup warm water), egg (beaten, rinsed out with cool water), or honey (approximately 2 tablespoons, rinsed with hot water) to your hair and scalp, let sit for about fifteen minutes, then rinse and shampoo as usual. You can also make a hair mask from banana and avocado to nourish hair and improve volume. Adding epsom salts to your regular conditioner (it’s easier to mix if you warm it up first) can also improve volume when used as a hair mask before your shower. Search DIY websites like Pinterest for more ideas to create homemade haircare and other beauty products.

Commercial Hair Thickening Products

There are plenty of products on the market that claim to provide thickness and volume to limp or thinning hair. How do these products work? Thickeners are cosmetic products with the goal of making your hair appear thicker and fuller – they do not re-grow hair that has been lost.

  • Powder thickeners electrostatically bond to your hair, giving a thicker appearance, but they can be easily transferred by heavy wind, rain, or even being rubbed by your hands or clothing.
  • Moisturizing products such as shampoo and conditioners, thickening oil treatments, and other volumizing products thicken hair by plumping up the hair shaft with moisture, which temporarily makes the hair stand up for more body.
  • Aerosol thickeners are colored products sprayed onto thinning hair, where they dry with a strong bond and give the appearance of fuller hair.

Boost! Your Hair's Volume

Avacor® offers an array of thickening hair products to treat your hair to the luxurious volume it deserves. Whether your hair is thinning or you just want some extra volume, Avacor has a product that can help you. Avacor Boost! Hair Thickening Serum can help add volume to thinning hair. Our Thickening Shampoo helps add volume and body to hair.

Healthy, Thick Hair Can Be Yours

Thin hair happens. Many things can lead to thinning hair, hair loss, and generally fine-textured hair – like genetics, medical reasons, diet, stress, and other factors. But you don’t have to resign yourself to life with thin, limp hair. And you don’t need to buy a wig, though that’s certainly an option if you’re interested.

Whether you can counteract your thin hair with changes in your dietary habits, changes in your medications, some homemade thickening recipes, or commercial hair care products, you can get healthy, thick hair with excellent body and volume. If nothing else, you can get a hair cut that maximizes volume and style your hair in ways that maximize its fullness and body. There are many resources available to promote hair health – whether you consult your doctor or the Internet. Be sure to browse our website to see what our volumizing and thickening hair care products can do for you.

If you have a favorite tip for hair volume or general hair care, leave us a note in the comments section!

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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.

22Oct/120

Poor Diet and Hair Loss

Your diet is an important part of your overall physical, mental, and emotional health. However, the foods you eat can affect more than just your waistline; they can also cause temporary or permanent hair loss, or can help you maintain a healthy head of hair, depending on what you choose to include in your diet. "You are what you eat" applies to your hair, too!

Fruits and Vegetables

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Nutrients

Hair grows from follicles. Like other parts of your body, such as cells or organs, hair follicles function better with proper nutrients. And, like the rest of your body, the hair follicles receive those nutrients from food (among other sources). Specifically, hair follicles that are deficient of vitamins B5, B6, folate, and other B vitamins often do not produce hair as well or as frequently as they should, according to Livestrong. Aside from B vitamins, ensure you are getting recommended amounts of A, E, and C for a healthy scalp and hair. Fresh fruits and vegetables will provide these essential nutrients. A proper and well-balanced diet gives a sufficient amount of nutrients to your hair follicles, resulting in fuller and healthier hair. Hair follicles that are deprived of proper nutrients will not produce hair as often or as well as follicles that receive proper nutrients, thus leading to hair loss.

Calories

A poor diet may also be defined as one that produces too few or too many calories. Calories are used within your body to create energy, which is used throughout your body to perform a variety of tasks. If you are not giving your body enough calories, then vital tasks, such as breathing and body temperature regulation, will use most of the energy, leaving little left for secondary functions such as hair growth and production. Without the proper amount of energy, hair production will decrease.

Hair Health

Your diet affects more than just your body’s ability to produce healthy hair; it also plays a part in the health and longevity of your existing hair. Neglecting your body of a balanced diet can cause your existing hair to become thin, brittle, and weak, which can result in increased hair shedding and broken hairs. A poor diet can also make your hair dry, dull, and thin, whereas a well-balanced diet can give more volume and shine to your hair.

Lifestyle Changes

Changing your diet may require some daily changes to your lifestyle and eating habits, but these changes have many benefits beyond your hair. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables every day, and drink a lot of water throughout the day, to provide nutrients and hydration to your hair and body. These foods also help keep a healthy head of hair. You can also take a multivitamin to ensure you are getting the proper amount of vitamins and nutrients each day like in the Avacor® Nutricap. Also, exercise regularly to stimulate hair growth (though avoid tight hair ties or headbands, which can pull your hair out). Choosing to live a little healthier can help you look great, feel great, and enjoy your life much more than you might imagine.

24Sep/120

Beating Work Stress

Emotional stress is an everyday problem for millions of working adults worldwide. In a recent article on self inflicted hair loss, we mentioned the negative side effects of emotional stress on your hair. The graphic below points out some of signs of work stress and the positive things you can do to help relieve stress and help regrow hair.

Graphic by Betterworks.com

17Sep/120

Hair Loss Caused by Anti-Depressants

What You Need to Know

Have you encountered hair falling problem while brushing your hair? Then, days go by and you notice your hair is getting thinner each time you comb it. This occurrence has made you wonder what could have been the reason to your hair loss. The truth is that there are many reasons why you are losing your hair. One of these would be depression. Stress and anxiety are also some of the reasons why you are experiencing hair loss. Unfortunately, some people take anti-depressants to relieve them from the debilitating symptoms of stress and anxiety. Little do they realize that these medications will only worsen their hair loss problem.

What is Telogen Effluvium?

Telogen effluvium is a hair loss type which is caused by anti-depressants intake. It usually occurs every time the body is pressured or stressed. It can also occur during pregnancy. Some people’s hair loss are also caused by other pre existing medical conditions such as mental depression, malnutrition, and other medicines aside from anti-depressants. These conditions can cause our hair follicles to enter the telogen stage earlier than the usual. Telogen stage is sometimes referred to as the resting phase. When more of these hair follicles are on the telogen stage more hair also shed. Thus, hair loss occurs. When hair follicles are on a resting phase, the amount of growing hair is lesser compared to the amount of hair being pulled out. This is true especially when an individual is brushing or combing her hair. Thyroid problems caused by lithium are also pointed out as one of the reasons why anti-depressants are associated with hair loss problem.

Is This Type of Hair Loss Incurable?

Fortunately, telogen effluvium is curable. This goes to say that you may not have it for the rest of your life. In most cases, those people who suffered from this type of hair loss had completely recovered within six months after reducing the anti-depressants they take.

Does My Anti-Depressant Cause Hair Loss?

Not all anti-depressants can cause hair loss. However, we must not ignore the fact that these anti-depressants do have adverse side effects aside from hair loss. There are several factors which need to be considered when trying to figure out the cause of your hair loss. If you happen to be on medication by these anti-depressants, one way to determine whether your anti-depressants cause your hair loss is to stop the medication. After you stop taking the anti-depressants, you must then observe if your hair grows back and if the amount of falling hair has reduced. If you think your anti-depressants are the main cause for your hair loss, make conscious efforts to discontinue the medication. However, you must first consult your health care professional before stopping or reducing the dosage of any medications you are taking.

What Can I Do To Make My Hair Grow Again?

Aside from discontinuing your anti-depressants intake, just let your hair grow in time. There is really not much that you can do to treat your hair loss caused by these anti-depressants. Even though it will not immediately grow back, rest assured that your hair will eventually grow again. Time heals all wounds, so does your hair loss problem. If you’re really embarrassed to go out with your thinning hair, you can wear a wig for the mean time. It will make you look and feel better. This is the safest thing to do while waiting for your hair to grow back.

What Else Can I Do if I Cannot Stop My Anti-Depressant Intake?

There are some options you can do if you really need to continue your medication despite your hair loss problem. One option is to lessen the dosage of your anti-depressant and allow your hair to grow back. This is a slow process. However, it will solve the problem in a certain way. Another option that you can do is to change the brand of your medicine to a generic version. Generics usually have milder ingredients than those branded ones that caused your hair loss. If both options are inapplicable and you can hardly deal with your hair loss dilemma, you will have to talk to your doctor about it. Ask your doctor for some other remedies for your depression, stress or anxiety rather than just relying solely on anti-depressants.

The truth is that there are so many ways to treat your stress and anxiety aside from just taking in anti-depressants. If possible, try all natural means of relieving those symptoms of depression, stress and anxiety. This way, you will not have to suffer from hair loss and other side effects of anti-depressants.

About the Author:

Ryan Rivera used to suffer from anxiety attacks for seven years. He now advocates healthy living as the best weapon against stress, anxiety and depression. You can read more of his articles at Calm Clinic.

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!

30Jul/120

Self-Inflicted Hair Loss in Women

Tight ponytails can lead to hair damage and loss.

Image courtesy of Thingsmomslike.com

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.

14Jun/120

Celebrity Hair Secrets

Celebrity Hair Secrets

With all the glitz and glamor, the tabloid stories, and the reality shows, it’s hard to remember that at the end of the day, famous actors and athletes are really just like you and me. Celebrities experience thinning hair, baldness, or just bad hair days. The difference is that they have a team of stylists – and a hefty budget – to help them overcome appearance issues. Below are a few celebrity hair secrets you can learn from the next time you are struggling with your own look.

Crop it. Many celebrity women opt to chop the hair and go for a chic and stylish crop. This is especially popular among women who have been around the industry for a while (see: Sigourney Weaver). Shorter, cropped hair styles let you sculpt and style your hair, which can help cover any thinning areas.

Use products. Most celebrities treat their hair to add texture or volume. There are hundreds of different hair products available to help you maintain a full, healthy head of hair, including Boost! by Avacor® Hair Thickener, Thickening Shampoo, and Volumizing Conditioner.

Curl it. Women with long hair that may be thinning can add volume through long, luscious curls, similar to Faith Hill’s latest looks. Similarly, a wavy hair style a la J-Lo can add depth and make you hair appear thicker than it actually is.

Straighten up. If you’re looking to try something new, go for a totally straight look. You can do this with long hair, or crop it and style as a straight bob look. Go with straight bangs to draw attention to your face rather than the top of your head. Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Bullock both pull off the straight look marvelously.

Embrace the color. If you are aging and your hair is turning white or silver, embrace it. Styling your hair to reflect your age shows confidence. Check out Helen Mirren’s silver hair style for ideas.

Weaves and wigs. Have you ever seen a celebrity on a red carpet, then seen them on TV the next day with a totally different hair style? Many celebrities wear wigs or weaves. While these options do not put your natural hair into the spotlight, they are good ways to cover up any problem areas with your own hair, especially if you are in the middle of treating lost or thinning hair. You can wear wigs just like accessories; change it up for different looks with different wigs.

Wear many hats. Hats have the obvious advantage of covering up your hair if you are feeling self-conscious. However, they are also quite stylish and fashionable. Did you watch William and Kate’s wedding? Nearly every lady wore a hat. Plus, hats save time since you don’t have to style your hair when you wear one (in most cases).

Aside from these various hair styles and fashion tips, you can also improve your look by growing back any lost or thinning hair. Avacor's Physicians Formulation for Men® and Physicians Formulation for Women® are specifically designed and FDA-approved to help both men and women regrow their hair, in as little as two months in some cases. We cannot share which celebrities use our hair regrowth products, but we can tell you that our products are clinically proven to effectively grow back your hair, so you’ll be ready for that red carpet movie premier in no time!

Photo source: More.com

9Apr/120

Menopause and Hair Loss

Woman Doing Yoga Pose

Try yoga and other stress relieving exercise to combat hair loss during menopause.

About two-thirds of women experience hair loss during their life, according to the Mayo Clinic. Many women experience hair loss during menopause. The reason is because menopausal women often have low or reduced thyroid function, which is a common cause of hair loss. Also, menopause causes a hormonal shift in women, which can result in hair thinning or loss. In fact, hair loss is often one of the first symptoms of menopause that women notice, according to the 34 Menopause Symptoms website.

Menopause can be traumatic enough for women, and when you add symptoms like hair loss into the equation, the experience can be extremely stressful and depressing. Losing your hair can make you feel less attractive and less connected to your femininity and youth. On top of that, the added stress can actually enhance the process of losing your hair. Talk about a catch-22!

Hair loss can begin to occur years before menopause as well. Female pattern baldness can begin in women as young as 25. Ask your mom and relatives if they experienced any hair loss or thinning throughout their lives. Hair loss is often hereditary, so if your family has a history of hair loss during menopause or any other period of adulthood, it is better to be prepared than to be shocked when the symptoms begin.

The good news is that hair loss during menopause, or for women in general, is treatable.

One way to treat hair loss during menopause is to make some changes in your lifestyle. For example, make an effort to reduce stress in your life. Try yoga, meditation, or mild, regular exercise. Eating the right foods, especially those with vitamins B and C, iron, and protein, can also help reduce the amount of lost or thinning hair for menopausal women. Reducing caffeine and alcohol intake can help as well.

However, while a lifestyle change can certainly improve your overall health and can help reduce hair loss during menopause, it is often not enough to fully treat the symptom. In addition to living a healthier life, consider treating hair loss or hair thinning with Avacor Physician's Formulation, an FDA-Approved hair re-growth product clinically proven to revitalize hair follicles and help you grow back hair. Specifically, Avacor Physician's Formulation for Women has been created specifically to combat hair loss in women caused by menopause or hormone changes. It contains 2% Minoxidil, which is the amount approved by the FDA to treat hair loss in women specifically, as opposed to 5% for men. Do not use a product that has any other concentration of Minoxidil other than 2%, as that product is not FDA-Approved (as of April 2012).

When used as directed, Avacor Physician's Formulation for Women has been proven to help many women combat hair loss and regrow new, natural hair in as little as 4 months. So, our product is both safe and effective. We also offer a variety of different hair care products to help you maintain a full head of healthy hair, including Boost! Hair Thickener, Thickening Shampoo, Volumizing Conditioner, and Styling Gel.

The bottom line is, even though most advertisements for hair loss treatments focus on men, hair loss in women is quite common, especially during menopause. Take comfort in the fact that most women experience hair loss, so if you notice thinning hair, you are not alone. Take care of yourself, and take care of your hair!

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