Hair Thinning and Hair Loss….What Causes it?

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Hair Is Like A Plant

     The best way to think of the way hair grows is to picture a garden. How well it grows is completely a result of what is happening underground. “Like a garden,a normal hair cycle should lead to a product, which is the hair,” says Wendy Roberts, MD, a dermatologist at a private practice in Rancho Mirage, Calif. “Growth cycles are important because when they go awry, that is one of the reasons we have hair loss.”And things that interfere with the cycle — like medication, illness, infection, or chemicals — have the potential to stop hair from being formed properly. “It’s a very dynamic place and anything that can get the cycle off can cause hair loss,” Roberts says. Although hair loss may seem like a more prominent problem in men, women are nearly as likely to lose, or have thinning, hair. Most women notice it in their 50s or 60s, but it can happen at any age and for a variety of reasons. (http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/features/women-hair-loss-causes)

Understanding Hair Loss

     Studies show that over 30 million women in the country are experiencing hair loss, with 70% of that 30 million being African American Women.  You may wonder what is going on, why this is happening but to understand this epidemic you must first understand the theory behind hair!

Hair grows in three different cycles: anagen, catagen, and telogen. About 90% of the hair on the head is in the anagen, or growth phase, which lasts anywhere from two to eight years. The catagen, or transition phase, typically lasts 2-3 weeks, during which  the hair follicle shrinks. During the telogen cycle, which lasts around two to four months, the hair rests.

An overwhelming majority of the time the hair is on the scalp, it is growing. Only about 10% of the strands are in transition or resting at any one time. Hair grows about 6 inches a year for most people.

Most people lose anywhere from 50 to 100 strands of hair each day, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. On the days when hair is shampooed, people can lose up to 250 strands, Roberts said. But don’t avoid shampooing in an attempt to keep the hair, as it will fall out eventually, anyway.

For those who don’t plan on counting their hair every day, there are ways to know when hair is thinning or being lost at a higher rate. Roberts says that women will see a difference. When waking up in the morning, there may be an usually large amount on your pillow. When you comb your hair (especially without tugging, which can pull the hair out), more than normal will be left in the comb.

There are also other visual cues that women can look for over time. Although men’s hair tends to recede from the forehead or the crown of the head, women tend to notice thinning on the top third to one half of the scalp. Sometimes their frontal line stays intact, says Nicole Rogers, MD, of  Old Metairie Dermatology in Metairie, La. Women may see a part that is gradually becoming wider or see more of their scalp than normal when their hair is pulled back.

When a patient comes in with concerns about hair loss, there is a combination of ways to make a diagnosis, Rogers says. Preliminary blood work is usually taken to make sure the thyroid gland or an autoimmune disease isn’t the culprit.

Another way to diagnose what the problem is just by looking and listening, Rogers says. She asks what a patient’s mother, aunts, or grandmothers look like – if they have similar, or greater amounts, of hair loss. Using magnification on the scalp can show if a woman’s follicles vary in size – with some thick and others thin. These are two telltale signs of female pattern hair loss, also called androgenetic alopecia.

This is a hereditary condition that affects about 30 million American women, according to the America Academy of Dermatology,  and is the most common kind of hair loss Rogers sees in her practice. She tells WebMD that it happens to about 50% of women. Although it mostly occurs in the late 50s or 60s, it can happen at any time, even during teenage years, Rogers says.

Typically, each time a normal hair follicle is shed, it is replaced by hair that is equal in size. But in women with female-pattern hair loss, the new hair is finer and thinner – a more miniaturized version of itself, Rogers says. The hair follicles are shrinking and eventually they quit growing altogether.

If hair follicles are uniform in size, or if the hair loss is sudden, it is likely to be caused by something other than heredity, like a medical condition, Rogers says.

There are a wide range of conditions that can bring on hair loss, with some of the most common being pregnancy, thyroid disorders, and anemia. Others include autoimmune diseases, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and skin conditions such as psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis, Rogers says.

Though there has been a link between menopause and hair loss, Roberts says she doesn’t think there is a direct correlation. It could be that menopause and hair loss just occur at the same age.

Other reasons for hair loss include extreme stress; physical trauma like surgery or intense illness; dramatic weight loss over a short period of time; and taking too much Vitamin A, Roberts says. And hair loss can occur a couple of weeks to six months after any of these experiences.

“Someone can have surgery and be just fine and then two weeks later their hair starts falling out,” Roberts says. “It can be very scary when it starts falling out in big clumps.”

One other way to thin hair is self-inflicted – hairstyles like cornrows or too-tight braids can cause hair loss called traction alopecia.

All of the things women do to manipulate their hair — dyes, chemical treatments, bad brushes, blow dryers, and flat irons — can result in damage and breakage, Roberts says. This includes brushing too much and towel drying aggressively when the hair is wet.

Luckily, for most of these issues, the hair grows back or the loss can be reversed with medical treatments. But it is important to see a dermatologist if there seems to be something wrong, because the sooner treatment is started, the better the chances are for improving your growing season. (http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/features/women-hair-loss-causes?page=2)

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NouriTress Hair Vitamins Plus and Products addresses all of the problems that women have when it comes to hair thinning and hair lost. NouriTress Perfect Hair Vitamins Plus builds protein, volume & shine in the hair, builds root retension, prevents hair loss, controls dandruff, and graying. Hair products such as shampoos & conditioners is only an external treatment and will only go so far. NouriTress Hair Vitamins will strengthen and speed up hair growth which will provide each person with gorgeous hair. Hair needs as much nutrition as the body. Packed with 100% of the daily recommended daily allowance (that’s RDA) of 12 essential vitamins, four vital minerals, two  fundamental amino acids and essential herbs, NouriTress is the secret to complete and total hair maintenance.

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We recommend using these prescriptions  for 4 to 6 months to achieve the best results. You can find these products online @ http://www.nouritress.com or you can order over the phone @ 770-719-9082

~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~

 

 

 

 

 

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
      or
    • A combination of moderate and vigorous aerobic activity
      and
    • 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/

Hair Thinning And What Helps

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