Trichology Articles

Nutrition And Your Hair

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Whoever coined the phrase “you are what you eat” was probably thinking about the health of their hair when they said it! In truth this cliché’ should read: “You are what you eat and what your body can absorb and utilize….”
With the exception of our bone marrow and the cells that form the lining of our stomach, the cells of the hair bulb reproduce at a greater rate than any other body cells. Because of its rapid growth, hair is very sensitive to internal or external changes that may affect our body.
Hair loss or dull, dry hair is often the first indicator to a developing internal disturbance. It’s little wonder then that the condition of our hair is directly affected by the foods we eat or don’t eat.
A gradual ‘all over’ thinning of the hair in may reflect low iron, zinc, or other deficiency. It could also herald the onset of a physical disorder such as diabetes or problems of the thyroid gland.
With low iron, zinc, vitamin C deficiency, or a thyroid disturbance, the hair is very often dry, brittle and lusterless. Hair texture and color may also be altered with some deficiencies.
The hair structure comprises 98% protein – however the body regards hair as a non-essential tissue – and not a priority for regeneration & repair over muscle and skin tissue. Therefore an adequate daily protein intake from various sources is crucial to support optimal hair growth.
Where protein intake is inadequate – or the protein is not being utilized – the hair shaft becomes finer and thinner, with hair breakage, split ends and/or hair loss the inevitably result. Research studies have shown that if we go more than four hours without eating, the energy levels to our hair follicles is decreased, and the formation of hair protein cells is affected.
Our metabolism functions more efficiently when we consume a diet higher in protein & fiber, with less carbohydrate load.
The mineral zinc is an essential element required for many biochemical processes in the body including hormone production and immune system function. A zinc deficiency may be caused by poor diet, absorption problems, endocrine gland dysfunction, or the excessive use of alcohol or diuretics. Low zinc will result in dry, brittle hair and hair loss.
Scaling, flaking or itching scalps may be the result of a diet too high in sugars or poor quality fats. These scalp issues may also aggravated by stress, smoking or excessive alcohol use.
The positive side in all this is that simply by consuming particular foods – consumed at the right time of day – can dramatically improve the condition, density and strength of our hair. Scalp and skin scalp will also reap the rewards of an improved diet & good hydration with water and non-commercial vegetable/fruit juices.
Vegetables, salads and fruits should account for about one-third of our total dietary intake for at least five days per week. Different vegetables and fruits do not all have the same nutritional value, so it is important to include a wide variety of each in the daily diet. Rule of thumb: the more ‘colorful’ the
vegetable or fruit – the higher its anti-oxidant content. Dark green leafy vegetables are believed to have some carcinogen-prevention value – particularly in the bowel. They also potentiate the absorption of iron and other nutrients.

Hair Treatments – Keratin vs Cysteine

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Luscious, long and pretty hair is a beauty dream that every girl has. Women would definitely know how much it takes to maintain long hair and keep it healthy. From hair-spas to home-made hair packs, women have tried all of it. Fortunately, advanced treatments have now come into play and are growing better with time! We bring to you two hair treatments which are highly popular and are used by many women of different ages.

CYSTEINE TREATMENT

Cysteine is a natural amino acid element present in your hair which is treated additionally to strengthen your hair. The treatment is widely opted for due to minimal chemicals usage and is not harsh on the scalp.

Pros:

  1. It moisturizes, repairs and strengthens your hair.
  2. It does not include the usage of harmful chemicals.
  3. It does not contain formaldehyde which is harsh to the scalp and hair.
  4. When the treatment fades out, it happens in a natural manner & does not look obvious.

Cons:

  1. The treatment requires you to use sulfate free shampoo & conditioners thereafter, which turn out to be an expensive affair in the long run.
  2. The treatment is expensive too. 

KERATIN TREATMENT

Keratin treatment includes the application of keratin by infusing it into your hair through its cream and then using a hot flat iron to absorb it into the hair. The treatment is known to help in strengthening of the hair & reduces damage or breakage of any kind for pre-treated hair.

Pros:

  1. The treatment controls on the frizz, leaving your hair shiny and smooth.
  2. The hair looks healthy and natural post treatment as compared to rebonding.
  3. The treatment is suitable for all hair types.

Cons:

  1. The treatment includes the usage of formaldehyde which is unhealthy when inhaled.
  2. The chemicals used could cause allergies to people who have sensitive skin.

BASIC GUIDELINES

  1. Speak to your stylist before choosing the kind of treatment you want.
  2. Post-treatment care is necessary, so make sure you are going to remain dedicated.
  3. Post-treatment you will not be allowed to wash or tie your hair.
  4. Like colouring, any type of hair treatment can cause damage to your hair. So before you undergo the above treatments, consult your hairstylist so they can guide you.

Why are there different Skin/Hair colours?

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Skin is the body’s largest organ. It is also the most visible. A square inch of skin has millions of cells and many nerve endings for sensing temperature, pain, pressure, and touch. It keeps us sheltered from the elements and protects our insides from drying up. Yet despite its toughness, skin is sensitive and can be damaged if it isn’t cared for. It requires our protection from the sun and from irritants. It needs our help in retaining moisture. It demands a little thought now and then.

No one can deny the importance of skin color within our society. Socially it can affect many things, but scientifically, skin color is a lot less complex. Read More

Hair Loss in Women

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Hair loss in men and women is normal. It’s true that men are more likely to lose their hair than women, mostly due to more male hormones called Androgens. (More on that later). But thinning hair and hair loss are also common in women, and no less demoralizing. A woman’s body goes through a lot of changes through her entire course of life. These changes can at times be a contributing factor in hair loss. Reasons can range from the simple and temporary vitamin deficiency to the more complex, like an underlying health condition.In this article, I will discuss some of the major reasons for Hair Loss in Women that I’ve observed over the years in my clinic.

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