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What Is Inositol?

Inositol is a vitamin-like substance. It is found in many plants and animals. It can also be made in a laboratory. Inositol is used for diabetic nerve pain, panic disorder, high cholesterol, insomnia, cancer, depression, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, promoting HAIR GROWTH, a skin disorder called psoriasis, and treating side effects of medical treatment with lithium. Inositol is also used by mouth for treating conditions associated with polycystic ovary syndrome, including failure to ovulate; high blood pressure; high triglycerides; and high levels of testosterone.

Possible Mechanisms of Inositol’s Effectiveness in Hair Loss Treatment

It can be argued that inositol’s success in addressing hyperandrogenism is an indication of its usefulness in treating hair loss, and an evidence to corroborate the positive reports of people who have used in this way. Hair loss is known to be especially encouraged by high levels of circulating androgens. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) synthesized from testosterone is one of the androgens known to trigger the dickkopf-1 gene to produce the protein DKK-1 which is known to cause papilla cell death. Papilla cells are the cells responsible for the nourishment of hair follicles. With increased DKK-1 concentration, hair growth slows down and hair loss accelerates.

Therefore, since inositol addresses hyperandrogenism, it follows that it will reduce the body level of androgens, reduce the expression of dickkopf-1 gene and lower the activity of the DKK-1 protein. This chain of events will provide the positive outcome of increased hair growth. Still another possible way inositol reverses hair loss is through its combination with choline. Inositol is often combined with choline bitarate in hair loss remedies. When both compounds are combined, they form phospholipids. Phospholipids are known to be crucial to the development of healthy hair follicles. Inositol’s prospects as an effective hair loss treatment are especially good when you consider that these two pathways demonstrate that it can treat hair loss from the two crucial points: increased growth rate of new hair and the strengthening of hair strands as they grow.

The Physical Benefits of Inositol

There are many things that inositol can do for our bodies, including to promote healthy hair growth. It keeps estrogen levels properly balanced, and it can help in the prevention of breast cancer by preventing breast lumps from forming. A combination of inositol and choline produces lecithin, which is necessary in the prevention of high cholesterol. Inositol has been proven effective when given to premature babies, and has been shown to reduce death and disability in premature infants. There are compounds in inositol that have qualities that are necessary for the prevention and treatment of certain cancers. Inositol can even be used to treat constipation. It has a stimulating effect, which allows for ease of bowel movements. Inositol is good for the nervous system, and is being studied for treating depression, panic attacks, Alzheimer’s disease and other nervous conditions. (http://www.progressivehealth.com/inositol-hair-loss.htm)

NouriTress Hair Vitamins Plus has both inositol and choline along with other natural ingredients to promote healthy hair growth. NouriTress Vitamans has more ingredients than other brands which equals better results. Check the back, you’ll find the facts! http://www.nouritress.com

~Growing Hair Since 1998~

The Products You Purchase

There are thousands of hair products on the market and choosing the right one for you can be mind boggling. How many times have you stood in the beauty supply store reading labels trying to figure out what will work best for you? Maybe you went to a particular beauty supply store to purchase a product that someone else suggested to you, so you knew exactly what you were looking for but you had the slightest idea how it would work for you. The truth is buying hair products are a hit and miss and you have to go through trail and era to figure out what will really work for you particular hair texture. You always have to give the products that you purchase a fair chance and using them one time and trashing them will never get you the results that you are seeking. African-American women are known for being product junkies and saying this means women tend to jump from one product to the next never giving a particular product time to work or should we say learning how to properly use the product correctly. The same thing goes for hair vitamins we must understand that just because your co-worker told you that the NouriTress Hair Vitamins Plus worked on her in two weeks doesn’t mean that they will do the same for you! Our bodies are different and our hair is different so you cannot expect to have the same results that the next person had. We get tons of calls asking “how long will it take” but the truth is there really isn’t a definite answer simply because each person is different. If you’re not drinking water or eating right it may take you a little longer to see results than a person who eats healthy, exercises daily, and drinks plenty of water. Your diet plays a big role in your hair health and you can’t expect miraculous results from any product if you’re not getting the proper nutrients that are needed for healthy hair growth.

NouriTress Hair Products are made for women who are serious about the health of their hair as we are committed to help women grow and wear their own hair from the inside out. Are you ready to start your healthy hair journey? Visit http://www.nouritress.com

~Growing Hair Since 1998~

 

 

 

 

 

“Hair Anxiety”

2012 NTS-HGC-PosterThe word “HAIR” in the African-American community is so important that many women are developing what we call hair anxiety. Our hair is our glory, our hair is a conversation topic, our hair is a social status, our hair can cause division, our hair can cause arguments, and our hair can stress us out! African-American women are so particular about their hair, but we fail to educate ourselves when it come to our hair. In order to keep our hair healthy we must first understand our hair and what it needs in order to keep it at a healthy state.

   What is Hair? 

Hair grows everywhere on the external body except for mucus membranes and glabrous skin, such as that found on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, and on the lips.Hair follows a specific growth cycle with three distinct and concurrent phases: anagen, catagen, and telogen phases. Each has specific characteristics that determine the length of the hair. All three occur simultaneously; one strand of hair may be in the anagen phase, while another is in the telogen phase.The body has different types of hair, including vellus hair and androgenic hair, each with its own type of cellular construction. The different construction gives the hair unique characteristics, serving specific purposes, mainly warmth and protection. Hair comes in all types of textures and curl patterns. Today scientists are still working to find out what exactly causes hair texture. Everyone’s hair is made of keratin, so composition of hair follicles is not the source of varying hair patterns. The hair shaft shape has been known to affect the curliness of the individual’s hair. “A very round shaft allows less disulfide bonds, and those that are present are in line with one another, resulting in straight hair. The flatter the hair shaft becomes, the curlier hair gets, because the shape allows more cysteines to come in contact with one another and form the necessary disfulfide bridges.” As the hair follicle size determines curl pattern, the hair follicle size determines thickness.There are various systems that people use to classify there curl patterns. Being knowledgeable of an individual’s hair type is a good start to knowing how to take care of one’s hair. Each strand of hair is made up of the medulla, cortex, and cuticle. The innermost region, the medulla, is not always present and is an open, unstructured region. The highly structural and organized cortex, or middle layer of the hair, is the primary source of mechanical strength and water uptake. The cortex contains melanin, which colors the fiber based on the number, distribution and types of melanin granules. The shape of the follicle determines the shape of the cortex, and the shape of the fiber is related to how straight or curly the hair is. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hair)

With the new war that’s going on now “Natural hair versus Relaxed hair” there are a lot debates going around and it is causing division among African-American women. Everyone can’t wear their hair natural and everyone can’t wear their hair relaxed, but what we do know is everyone can have healthy hair (unless they have an internal illness). If you are going to wear your hair natural or relaxed you should educate yourself on your hair texture and on the growth cycle of hair. We get calls all the time from women who think that their hair is shedding too much, but the reality is the hair is in the catagen phase of the hair growth stages. In the catagen phase, “also known as the transitional phase, allows the follicle to, in a sense, renew itself. During this time, which lasts about two weeks, the hair follicle shrinks due to disintegration and the papilla detaches and “rests,” cutting the hair strand off from its nourishing blood supply. Ultimately, the follicle is 1/6 its original length, causing the hair shaft to be pushed upward. While hair is not growing during this phase, the length of the terminal fibers increase when the follicle pushes them upward”. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_hair_grow)

African-American women often stress over their hair (which can also cause hair loss) but having a good understanding about hair can ease some of the stress. The photo that is attached to this blog post is an excellent demonstration on the hair growth cycle and understanding how the hair grows is a great start on your journey to having and keeping healthy hair. NouriTress Perfect Hair Products truly understands the chemistry makeup of hair as well as the growth cycle of hair and that is why our products work! Healthy hair begins on the inside is our motto and what we stand on. NouriTress Perfect Hair Vitamins Plus have more ingredients than other hair vitamins which equals better and faster results. Check the back, you’ll find the facts! http://www.nouritress.com

~Growing Hair Since 1998~

Green Tea And Hair Loss

ImagePerfect Hair Vitamins PLUS contains the ingredient Green Tea! Green Tea, a natural herb has several benefits that helps hair loss & hair growth. Benefits of green tea include the effect of reversing the hair menace as it contains antioxidants. Also, it contains few stimulating effects which are classified as alkaloids. This group of alkaloids contain theobromine, theophylline and caffeine.

Green Tea Stimulates Hair Growth

 As per hair experts, a component called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) present in green tea helps in preventing hair loss effectively. This amazing antioxidant has been proven to be a potential hair growth stimulant.

EGCG inhibits the production of Tumor Necrosis Factors (TNF), a molecule which has been identified to cause hair loss. Also, this molecule plays an active role in causing cancer and arthritis. Hence, drinking green tea will not only ensure prevention of hair loss and stimulation of hair growth, but also provide you protection from various other health conditions. 

Using Green Tea to Control Hair loss?

  • Green tea has recently become a popular drink in the world for its innumerable health and skincare benefits. Unlike in the past when many people did not know the benefits of green tea that control hair loss. Green tea has six benefiting compounds that keep hair problems at bay. It also controls free radicals in the body that damages cell. The main ingredient in green tea is antioxidants, this is the main reason why it is considered healthy for the body as well as skin and hair.

 

  • Thinning of hair, and loss of unnatural amounts of hair is more common in women. It’s due to the hormonal changes they experience. It’s present in men, too. They call it male pattern baldness, and you can address your hair loss issues with the help of green tea.
  • Green tea contains high amount of antioxidants. It’s believed that the catechins found in green tea have 5-alpha-reductase inhibiting properties. This means that DHT (dihydro testosterone – the substance that causes hair loss in men and women) could be repressed and ultimately hair loss could be avoided. But later on it was discovered that the anti-inflammatory properties in green tea help to stop hair loss and even promote the growth of new hair.
  • Drinking a cup of green tea daily over a prolonged period of time will help lower the hair fall rate and help its regrowth. However, there are also green tea supplements which provide same benefit.
  • Acts as an anti-inflammatory which helps with hair growth
  •  Helps release stress which causes hair loss
  • Strengthens roots & activates the hair follicles for hair re-growth.
  • Helps destroy the bacterial and fungal parasites in the scalp!

NouriTress Perfect Hair Vitamins Plus have more ingredients than other hair vitamins which equals faster results. Check the back, you’ll find the facts. http://www.nouritress.com

~Growing Hair Since 1998~

 

 

 

 

Bad Foods…….Bad Hair…..

sweetpotatoesHave you ever noticed that when you crave certain foods majority of the time it’s not the ideal healthy snack or meal? There is a reason for this and understanding these reasons can help us on our journey to live a longer healthier life. All women want healthy, bouncy, beautiful hair, but the effort that is put into having healthier hair is mediocre to none. Junk food has an awesome power in fooling the brain to believe that it is getting nutrition, but not to fill us up. “Receptors in your mouth and stomach tell your brain about the mixture of proteins, fats, carbohydrates in a particular food, and how filling that food is for your body. Junk food provides just enough calories that your brain says, “Yes, this will give you some energy” but not so many calories that you think “That’s enough, I’m full.” The result is that you crave the food to begin with, but it takes quite some time to feel full from it. First, there is the sensation of eating the food. This includes what it tastes like (salty, sweet, umami, etc.), what it smells like, and how it feels in your mouth. This last quality— known as “orosensation”—can be particularly important. Food companies will spend millions of dollars to discover the most satisfying level of crunch in a potato chip. Their scientists will test for the perfect amount of fizzle in a soda. These factors all combine to create the sensation that your brain associates with a particular food or drink. The second factor is the actual macronutrient makeup of the food—the blend of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates that it contains. In the case of junk food, food manufacturers are looking for a perfect combination of salt, sugar, and fat that excites your brain and gets you coming back for more”. (http://lifehacker.com/why-your-brain-craves-junk-food-and-what-you-can-do-ab-1469120841)

Understanding that healthy hair begins on the inside is the first step to having healthy hair. If you are eating lots of processed foods, drinking carbonated drinks, eating tons of refined sugar and eating fats on a daily basis more than likely your health and your hair health are in danger! Our company NouriTress Perfect Hair Products is on a mission to help women grow and wear their own hair from the inside out and that is why we constantly inform our customers on how important it is to take our NouriTress Perfect Hair Vitamins Plus daily along with drinking plenty of water, and maintaining a healthy diet for healthy hair, skin, and nails. Our vitamins have more ingredients than other vitamins which equals better and faster results! Check the back, you’ll find the facts! Visit http://www.nouritress.com to start your healthy hair journey today.

Healthy Hair Food Tip: Sweet potatoes a great source of the antioxidant beta-carotene which the body turns into vitamin A. The cells of the body cannot function without enough vitamin A. It also helps protect and produce the oils that sustain your scalp, and being low on vitamin A can even leave you with itchy, irksome dandruff. Other options: cantaloupe, mangoes, pumpkin, and apricots are a good source of beta-carotene.

~Growing Hair Since 1998~

“Obesity and Hair Loss”

 

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While in attendance of the Natural Hair show on this past weekend at the Georgia Convention Center, an awareness of the number overweight African-American women who were in attendance was brought up in a discussion. In this discussion, it was mentioned that as a society, we have become obsessed with the ingredients in our hair products than we are with the ingredients of the foods we eat. Although some sported earrings that read “100% natural” and wore t-shirts that read “I’m natural and proud”, there seemed to be no concern about weight control. As attendees browsed the floor, many asked questions such as “what kind of ingredients are in this conditioner?” However, in the group discussion it was asked if our community ask the same question when in comes to the foods we eat? For example, are restaurants asked what type of grease this chicken was fried in? As African -American women we have to be more self conscience about the type of foods we eat and most women have no idea that what you eat and drink can affect the overall health of your hair, skin, and nails.The same time, money, and energy that African-American women put into their hair care also needs to be put into their health care. African American women make up 82% of the obesity rate in the United States and heart disease is the number one killer among African-American women. So many African-American women are jumping on the natural hair bandwagon because they want to make themselves feel as though they are doing something positive but no matter how natural your hair is if you aren’t eating right, exercising, drinking water, or taking a multi-vitamin daily your natural hair will be unhealthy natural hair. I will say that it is hard to eat the right foods when most of us grew up with parents who believed a healthy meal was fried chicken, collard greens that were loaded with fat back and bacon grease from the old Crisco can on the counter, yams that were loaded with sugar, and mac and cheese. It is also more accepted now to be on the heavier side with all the women posting pictures on social media and hashtagging #thick #curves #biggirlsaremorefun and so on. We must keep in mind that thick turns into overweight and overweight turns into obesity if we are not careful and aware of what we put into our bodies. Obesity in the African American community is a great concern among the medical community however women are more concerned with the ingredients in their hair products (that has less history of risk of disease) than they are with the they types of food that they put in their mouth that is causing obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and other diseases that are detrimental to one’s health. According to a study, there can be higher risk of dying among African American women if they have a larger waist or are obese. What are your thoughts on this discussion?

Healthy Hair food Tip: Try replacing 1 or 2 meals with a healthy hair smoothie. Blend strawberries, blueberries, any flavor of greek yogurt, mango, cantaloupe, carrots, apricots, spinach and ice. (You don’t have to use all the fruit listed and if you use frozen fruit you don’t have to use ice)  Blueberries are loaded with vitamin C which is critical for circulation to the scalp and supports the tiny blood vessels that feed the hair follicles. Greek yogurt is high in hair friendly protein, vitamin B5 , and vitamin D.

Hair Loss Causes

There are numerous factors contributing to hair loss. Knowing the source is half the battle when it comes to making informed decisions about proper treatment. Some conditions may only cause temporary hair loss, while others result in chronic and progressive problems that can last a lifetime without treatment.

  • Age and Genetics: These are the two most common sources of hair loss. Hair loss can be part of the aging process. Genes play a significant role in determining whether or not hair loss will be present. Those with relatives who have experienced hair loss have greater odds of losing their hair as well.
  • Disease and Medical Conditions: There are many diseases that can cause hair loss. Hair loss can often be an early sign of an undiagnosed condition such as lupus or diabetes. Illness, surgeries, stress, eating disorders, poor nutrition and infections are also factors.
  • Hormonal Imbalances: Endocrine disorders including diabetes, thyroid conditions, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) as well as anomalies in androgen or estrogen levels can cause hair loss. Pregnancy and menopause can also contribute to hair loss due to hormonal changes. While hair actually tends to get thicker during pregnancy, hair loss in women can occur in the postpartum period (Telogen Effluvium). This usually recovers after 6-12 months.
  • Prescription Medication: Several medications, including some for blood pressure, heart conditions, birth control, and depression have been shown to cause hair loss. Cancer treatments like radiation therapy and chemotherapy can cause hair loss as well.
  • Hair Disorders and Hair Styling: Some hair disorders and diseases such as Alopecia Areata and Trichotillomania can cause hair loss in otherwise healthy people. Additionally, some hairstyles and hair products can contribute to hair loss. (http://www.hairclub.com/hair-loss-information)

African-American women have the highest rates overweight and obesity compared to other groups in the United States. About 4 in 5 African-American women are overweight or obese.

Being overweight or obese increases your risk of:

Use this Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator to calculate your BMI.

Obesity or overweight is measured with a body mass index (BMI). The taller you are, the more weight you can carry. And shorter people can’t carry as much weight. So, the BMI shows the relationship of weight to height. For instance, if you are 5 feet 4 inches tall and weigh 145 pounds, your BMI is 25. But if you are 5 feet 4 inches tall and weigh 174 pounds, your BMI is 30. Women with a BMI of 25 to 29.9 are considered overweight. Women with a BMI of 30 or more are considered obese. All people 18 years or older who have a BMI of 25 or more are at risk of early death and disability from being overweight or obese. These health risks increase as the BMI rises.

If you are overweight or obese, losing weight can lower your risk of many health problems. And physical activity is one key part of weight loss and keeping a healthy weight. Health benefits are gained by doing the following each week:

  • Aerobic activity that includes:
    • 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity
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    • 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity
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    • A combination of moderate and vigorous aerobic activity
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    • Muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days of the week

This physical activity should be in addition to your routine activities of daily living, such as cleaning or spending a few minutes walking from the parking lot to your office. If weight loss is your goal, you may need to spend more time doing aerobic activity to see the effects.

Eating healthy meals that focus on portion control also plays a role in weight loss and keeping a healthy weight. If you need to lose weight, ask your doctor to help you with a weight-loss plan that includes healthy meal planning and physical activity.(http://womenshealth.gov/minority-health/african-americans/obesity.html)

~Growing Hair Since 1998~

“Healthy Hair Begins On The Inside”

PhotoGrid_1398366845707We all want our hair to be healthy, shiny, beautiful, and full of body, but no one actually talks about how to truly  maintain and keep the hair healthy. We must first understand that in order to have healthy hair we must first have a healthy scalp, and we can’t have a healthy scalp or healthy hair follicles if we are putting junk in our bodies. Did you know that the foods we eat can be harmful to our hair health? Did you know that the hair can reveal that our bodies are having problems on the inside? Most women never think the foods that they eat can affect the overall health of the hair and scalp. We must think of our hair like a plant, if we never water or feed a plant the proper nutrients it will become dry, brittle and then die. This is how we must think of our hair. NouriTress Perfect Hair Products understands that healthy hair begins on the inside and it is our mission to help women grow and wear their own hair from the inside out.

We recommend that you take NouriTress Perfect Hair Vitamins Plus as well as changing up your eating habits to a more healthier diet. “Just like every other part of your body, the cells and processes that support strong, vibrant hair depend on a balanced diet,” says New York nutritionist Lisa Drayer, MA, RD, author of The Beauty Diet. The nutrients you eat today help fortify the hair follicle — from which each strand is born — and the scalp that surrounds it. “Healthier follicles? Healthier hair. Healthier scalp? Healthier hair!” Drayer says. (http://www.webmd.com/beauty/hair-styling/top-10-foods-for-healthy-hair). 

Healthy Hair Food Tip:

 Take NouriTress Perfect Hair Vitamins Plus and for a healthy hair boost snack on walnuts and blueberries. Walnuts are rich in biotin and vitamin E which helps protect your cells from DNA damage and blueberries are loaded with vitamin C which is critical for circulation to the scalp and supports the tiny blood vessels that feed the follicles. Blueberries are also loaded with antioxidants as well.  Of course, there’s more to your hair than what you eat. Smoking, hormonal imbalances, and not enough sleep can also affect how your hair looks and feels. No magic nutrient can make up for those concerns.

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~Growing Hair Since 1998~

“Hair Product Ingredient Facts”

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Over the past couple of years we have noticed that consumers are paying close attention to the ingredients that are in the hair products that they are using. They are becoming aware of this by listening to bloggers and watching YouTube videos and both of those are the wrong places to gather facts. NouriTress Perfect Hair Products uses the Cosmetic Ingredient Review to make sure that all of our ingredients are safe for our customers to use.

The Cosmetic Ingredient Review was established in 1976 by the industry trade association (then the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association, now the Personal Care Products Council), with the support of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Consumer Federation of America. Although funded by the Council, CIR and the review process are independent from the Council and the cosmetics industry. CIR operates under a set of procedures. General policy and direction are given by a 7-member Steering Committee chaired by the President and CEO of the Council, with a dermatologist representing the American Academy of Dermatology, a toxicologist representing the Society of Toxicology, a consumer representative representing the Consumer Federation of America, an industry scientist (the current chair of the Councils CIR Committee), Chair of the CIR Expert Panel, and the Council’s Executive Vice President for Science (http://www.cir-safety.org/about). The Cosmetic Ingredient Review is where you should always check whenever you have a question about whether an ingredient is safe and should be used.

There are many people who are blog but they aren’t licensed, or experienced enough to issue out advice. Many ingredients have gotten a bad wrap such as sulfates, however the Cosmetic Ingredient Review states that “none of the available data suggested any possibility that SLS or Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate could be carcinogenic.  Despite assertions to the contrary on the internet, the carcinogenicity of the ingredients is only a rumor”. We must understand that ingredients can become harmful when they are improperly formulated (mixed) and if they are you can always find the answer when you visit http://www.cir-safety.org/

We must first understand hair loss before we can stop hair loss. There are millions of men and women who are experiencing hair loss but they have the slightest idea of what caused it. Most people write it off as being hereditary, so they ignore the issue without even a second thought about how to stop it. Most men feel as if their father experienced hair loss that he might as well chuck it up because he will experience hair loss as well. The thing is most men for generation after generation never think about hair loss, hair care, or keeping their scalps healthy until they start experiencing hair thinning or hair loss and by then it’s too late! A lot of men never think about what they shampoo their hair with and they will shampoo with anything or whatever is handy and this is not good for their scalps or hair follicles. We have heard men say that they shampoo with bath soap, dishwashing liquid, body wash, or whatever they can get their hands on at the time. This causes years and years of build up which can clog the hair follicles making it harder and harder for the hair to come through.     

It is a proven fact that (DHT) dihydrotestosterone which is a biologically active metabolite of testosterone, is formed primarily in the prostate gland, hair follicles, and adrenal gland. It has been proven by scientific research as the primary contributing factor in male-pattern baldness. NouriTress Perfect Hair Vitamins Plus contains the ingredient saw palmetto which blocks the enzyme (5-alpha-reductase) from converting the hormone testosterone into DHT. In the scalp area, the reduction of DHT will help hair follicles to re-open and engage in new hair growth. Men if you want stop balding in its tracks we recommend taking NouriTress Perfect Hair Vitamins Plus and shampooing with our Stimulating scalp shampoo and use our follicle therapy. Image

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~Growing Hair Since 1998~

 

 

 

Hair Thinning And What Helps

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