More than a question, it’s a movement!

I’m wearing my own hair are you?

It’s more than just a question on NourTress’ apparel line…but a movement. A movement to start a conversation about hair. More importantly your hair. The Bible speaks about gray hair being a crown of glory in Proverbs 16:31. Speaking on the terms of your hair being a crown, a crown symbolizes honor and royalty. When you think of a queen (which is yourself ) immediately you think of her crown.

So what is the condition of your crown?

The question of “I’m wearing my own hair are you?”  was never meant to offend but to start the conversation,

If you aren’t wearing your own hair why not?

Protective styling when applied correctly can really aid in the growth and protection of the hair by giving it a break from the sometimes strain of daily styling. But when protective styling has been applied incorrectly the steps can be damaging and unfortunately sometimes irreversible.

The foundation of NouriTress was set with the meaning of the name of NouriTress-   Nourish your Tresses.

Watch The NouriTress Story here.

NouriTress was crafted to cater to the health, retention, and growth of the hair so when there are so many cases of thinning, improper installations that led to hair loss, improper product application that may over time caused the hair-line to be removed, and the list goes on NouriTress had to speak up.

More than just a question “I’m wearing my own hair are you?” but a movement to invoke change. To provide education and products to combat the issues. To start a conversation to raise awareness to the ever-present issues that are impacting our community. To be a voice and a platform of health and wellness that is catered to the nourishing the tresses of our community.

It’s more than just the question “I’m wearing my own hair are you?”. 

It’s a question to impact change… this time for the better.

Learn more about the NouriTress product line here or by going to http://www.nouritress.com.

Vitamin B and Why It’s Good For The Hair

NouriTress Perfect Hair Vitamins Plus and products addresses all of the problems that women have when they come to the salon. NouriTress Perfect Hair Vitamins Plus builds protein, volume & shine in the hair, builds root retention, prevents hair loss, controls dandruff and graying. 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 recommended daily allowance (that’s RDA) of 12 essential vitamins, four vital minerals, two fundamental amino acids and herbs, NouriTress is the secret to complete and total hair maintenance.

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~B-Vitamins and Why NouriTress Added Them~

A water soluble compound, vitamin B consists of different variants that can be found in foods that are rich in proteins. Vitamin B can be found sin foods such as soy nuts, carrots, eggs and meat. Thus, most people can easily get vitamin B as it is found in foods in a regular diet.

However, keep in mind, since the B vitamins are water-soluble, any excess of the vitamin is easily flushed out of the body.

Eating food with vitamin B content will reduce hair loss and increase hair growth.

The B Vitamins

Vitamin B refers to a group of eight vitamins which, although related, are clearly different.

At one time the B vitamins were thought to be one. When it was discovered they were distinct, quite a number of compounds were once thought to belong to the family. Such compounds include carnitine, once Vitamin B20; para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), once Vitamin B10; adenine, once Vitamin B4.

The eight members of the B complex are B1 or thiamine, B2 or riboflavin, B3 or niacin, B5 or pantothenic acid, B6 or pyridoxine, B7 or biotin, B9 or folic acid, and B12 or Cobalamin.

These B vitamins are all water-soluble, therefore, they are extensively distributed in the body and easily eliminated in the urine. Because of the later reason, most of them are safe even in large doses. However, there are cases of toxicities for Vitamin B6 and B3.

The B vitamins are essential to many biochemical processes in the body including regulation of hormones, minerals and general metabolism.

They are important to the nervous system and enhance the immune system; they help maintain healthy muscle tone, skin, nails and hair; they are needed for cell division and are known to reduce the risk of developing certain cancers (for example, pancreatic cancer).

It is possible to develop a deficiency for each of the B vitamins. This happens when they are not adequately supplied in the diet or when their absorptions are hindered.

A deficiency of Vitamin B1 results in beriberi; without Vitamin B2 a number of symptoms including dry skin, inflammation of mucosal membranes and dermatitis results; Vitamin B3 deficiency presents as pellagra, dermatitis and mental confusion.

Vitamin B5 deficiency is uncommon but when it occurs, it results in acne, itching, tingling skin and loss of sensation in the fingers and toes; Vitamin B6 deficiency results in anemia, hypertension and dermatitis; Vitamin B7 deficiency is rarely seen in adults but in children it can impair growth and cause nerve damage.

Both Vitamin B9 and B12 deficiencies result in anemia and elevated homocysteine levels. They may also lead to neurological damages.

Dietary sources of B vitamins include plants and animals. The only exception is Vitamin B12 which is only present in animal products.

Meat including fish, meat products and animal liver are good sources of the B vitamins. They can also be found in large quantities in molasses, yeast, beans, whole grains, chili pepper, bananas and potatoes.

While there are supplements of B vitamins formulated singly, with other B vitamins as Vitamin B complex and with other vitamins as multivitamin preparations, unwarranted Vitamin B supplementation should be avoided.

This is because after absorbing what it can use, the body simply eliminates any excess Vitamin B. Vitamin B supplements are especially recommended for the aged and those undergoing stressful activities.

Vitamin B9 is a solid recommendation for pregnant women since a deficiency in the vitamin especially early in the embryo development can lead to birth defects.

B vitamin supplements should be considered in the treatment of hair loss especially when the alopecia is due to vitamin deficiency. For balding people who smoke or drink considerably, this is most likely the cause of their hair loss.

Still, other people experiencing thinning hair should consult their doctors to know if they are deficient in any of the B vitamins.

Considering the number of biochemical processes dependent on the B vitamins, it is clear that Vitamin B supplements can promote hair growth and stop hair loss. They especially nourish cells of the hair follicles.

Some of the B vitamins known to help reverse hair loss include Vitamin B3, B5, B6 and B12. Similarly, deficiencies in Vitamin B1, B2, B3 and B5 cause hair loss which can be stopped with adequate supplementation.

In treating hair loss, the B vitamins deliver great results when they are paired with Zinc. Together, zinc and the B vitamins may inhibit the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

DHT is synthesized from testosterone and is regarded as the main cause of androgen-dependent alopecia. It causes the rapid decline of hair follicle cells both in number and activity. Therefore, immediate supplementation with B vitamins is needed to quickly reverse hair loss due to DHT.

Deficiencies of B Vitamins
B1 or Thiamine – Beriberi, Korsakoff’s syndrome, hair loss
B2 or Riboflavin – Ariboflavionosis, hair loss
B3 or Niacin – Pellagra, dementia, hair loss
B5 or Panthothenic acid – Acne, Nerve damage, itching, hair loss
B6 or Pyridoxine -Anemia, hypertension, edema, dermatitis
B7 or Biotin – Impaired growth and neurological damage
B9 or Folic acid – Anemia, birth defects
B12 or Cobalamin – Anemia, memory loss, loss of cognitive function

The Basics of Vitamin B and Your Hair

The fact of the matter is that, a healthy diet leads to better overall health and the better their eyes, skin, nails and hair will be.

Some hair loss issues are the result of issues well beyond a healthy diet, but getting the vitamins and nutrients needed may still be able to help lessen the amount of hair lost and increase the overall appearance of the hair.

Still, there are some things to keep in mind in about vitamin B and hair loss.

  • It is fairly common for women who are suffering from hair loss to have a B-12 deficiency. It is important to have appropriate levels of B-12 in the body as well as making sure to get a good balance of foods such as eggs and meat can help the body to get the right amount of B-12 without having to take supplements.
  • Increasing your levels of B-12 are a good way to try to slow down the hair loss process and stimulate growth.
  •  B vitamins are so crucial to potential hair regrowth that these vitamins are very often prescribed in addition to other hair loss treatments. Hair loss products that contain Minoxidil, such asRogaine, or other products like Propecia are often paired up with B vitamins to improve the ability and chances for regrowth.

Other Facts about B Vitamins for Hair Loss

Vitamin B is an important factor when it comes to hair loss prevention and regrowth. This is apparent from the amount of online research which all points to the same conclusion and mentions Vitamin B as a vital part of working through hair loss prevention. There are a few other things to keep in mind:

  • Aside from oral methods of getting vitamin B for hair loss, there are also products such as shampoos and conditioners that now use this as an ingredient. Klorane Strengthening Shampoo with Quinine & Vitamin B is a popular example of this.
  • Vitamin B along with folic acid folic acid is also known to regenerate the cells that grow hair.
  • In addition to causing growth, vitamin B helps improve the health and strength of follicles to prevent hair loss.
  • While vitamin B may assist prescribed hair loss treatments, it also helps with other natural treatments. Biotin for hair loss which has quickly become one of the most widely used hair loss supplements on the market today is derived from vitamin B in combination with vitamin H. This supplement has actually been proven to aid in helping to prevent hair loss which explains its popularity.
  • Vitamin B-3 aids in healthier blood flow to even to root of the hair.
  • B-5 is believed to help stimulate hair growth to replace lost hair. A deficiency in this vitamin could make it more challenging for your hair regrowth to continue.

Vitamin E and Why We Need It

NouriTress Perfect Hair Vitamins Plus was developed for women desiring longer, stronger, faster growing healthier hair. Packed with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential nutrients, NouriTress Perfect Hair Vitamins Plus provide the ultimate complement to external hair care. NouriTress is different from other hair vitamins because of its specially formulated salon formula that gives each client full luxurious, healthier hair that begins on the inside.

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Our featured ingredient for December is Vitamin E. Here are some great things that you should know about Vitamin E:

Vitamin E is an essential nutrient that helps in keeping the heart and skin healthy. But more than this, vitamin E proves to be beneficial to hair health as well. Although scientists and medical experts alike cannot exactly determine how vitamin E aids in keeping the hair healthy, they believe that it produces the same exact mechanism that it does for keeping the heart healthy. It has been proven to show positive effects to hair such as prevention of hair loss and promoting hair growth by enabling growth of the capillaries.There are countless benefits that vitamin E can provide for the body including healthy hair growth. Regular intake of this vitamin can prove to be beneficial and its effects can be seen in just a matter of weeks. This supplement can also be applied to skin or scalp topically to further enhance and accelerate the appearance. The quality and texture of the hair can be improved when it is regularly applied with vitamin E oil.

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Hair Growth

Vitamin E is a great stimulant for growth of capillaries, when the capillaries are healthy and profuse, the blood circulation in the scalp will be enhanced which will therefore promote strong and healthy growth of hair.

Pre-mature Greying

Vitamin E contains effective and potent antioxidants that inhibit good health of our body tissues, when our body tissues are strong and healthy, our aging process slows down as well. Therefore, aging signs that may appear in our skin and hair will slow down as well. With regular intake of vitamin D, you will notice that not only will the skin look younger, but premature graying of the hair will be prevented as well.

Lustrous Hair

Because vitamin D oil can be used topically, it can directly condition the hair making it more lustrous, shinier and stronger than it was before. This vitamin oil can also be combined with commercially manufactured conditioner and then massaged on to the scalp to further make the hair soft and smooth.

Split Ends

A lot of women often complain about having split ends, and this is understandable as its appearance can really make hair look dull, dry and lifeless. This can be caused by constant use of hot hair tools without using proper protection on the hair or by regular dyeing of the hair. In order to restore the hair’s health, hair experts advise to treat it with the combined mixture of equal amounts of coconut, olive, jojoba and hemp oils to make 12 ounces. Mix in two oz. vitamin E oil into the mixture and apply to the roots up to the tips of the hair.

Sources of Vitamin E for Hair

There are a lot of ways in which you can get your daily supply of Vitamin E, whether it is from oral supplements or from the food you eat, there really is no shortage when it comes to this vitamin’s supply. Here, you will find the different sources in which you can get your daily supply for this wonder vitamin.

1. Food Sources

Because vitamin E is a natural supplement, it can be found in the simplest form of foods to make a diet full of vitamin E easy to achieve. You can load up in nutrient dense foods and your hair will grow faster and healthier in no time. Vitamin E can be found in the following kinds of foods:

  • Green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, Swiss chards, mustard greens and collards.
  • Almonds are also a great source for vitamin E and not to mention that they also serve as great snacks to keep a fit and healthy body.
  • Fruits such as papaya and kiwi also offer a good amount of vitamin E. Avocado does not only contain healthy fats that can promote good health, but they are also packed with vitamin E.

2. Oral Supplements

There are now a lot of supplements for vitamin E that can be bought over the counter, but before doing so, it is still better to be aware of the proper dosing to avoid any complications. Vitamin E thins the blood as it promotes good circulation, over dosing on it may result in blood clotting issues. The recommended daily allowance for vitamin E is 15 to 19mg per day or 22.5 to 28.5 I.U. per day. This allowance depends on the age of the person and gender so before taking in vitamin E as a daily supplement, make sure to consult with your doctor first.

3. Topical Solution

Vitamin E can also be applied directly to the hair and scalp simply by getting your Vitamin E capsule, puncturing it to create an opening and then applying its contents directly to the scalp. Because this is considered to be a natural oil, you can leave this on the hair for a whole day until it is washed, or rinsed after a few hours of leaving it in if you feel like it makes the scalp oily.

4. Hair Products

There are now an abundance of commercial products available in the market which promote good hair health and are loaded with vitamin E. Regular use of these products can make the hair appear shinier, brighter and healthier in just a matter of a few weeks’ use. Aside from better appearance, daily use of these products can also make the hair growth faster.

Sources of Vitamin E for Hair

There are a lot of ways in which you can get your daily supply of Vitamin E, whether it is from oral supplements or from the food you eat, there really is no shortage when it comes to this vitamin’s supply. Here, you will find the different sources in which you can get your daily supply for this wonder vitamin.

1. Food Sources

Because vitamin E is a natural supplement, it can be found in the simplest form of foods to make a diet full of vitamin E easy to achieve. You can load up in nutrient dense foods and your hair will grow faster and healthier in no time. Vitamin E can be found in the following kinds of foods:

  • Green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, Swiss chards, mustard greens and collards.
  • Almonds are also a great source for vitamin E and not to mention that they also serve as great snacks to keep a fit and healthy body.
  • Fruits such as papaya and kiwi also offer a good amount of vitamin E. Avocado does not only contain healthy fats that can promote good health, but they are also packed with vitamin E.

2. Oral Supplements

There are now a lot of supplements for vitamin E that can be bought over the counter, but before doing so, it is still better to be aware of the proper dosing to avoid any complications. Vitamin E thins the blood as it promotes good circulation, over dosing on it may result in blood clotting issues. The recommended daily allowance for vitamin E is 15 to 19mg per day or 22.5 to 28.5 I.U. per day. This allowance depends on the age of the person and gender so before taking in vitamin E as a daily supplement, make sure to consult with your doctor first.

3. Topical Solution

Vitamin E can also be applied directly to the hair and scalp simply by getting your Vitamin E capsule, puncturing it to create an opening and then applying its contents directly to the scalp. Because this is considered to be a natural oil, you can leave this on the hair for a whole day until it is washed, or rinsed after a few hours of leaving it in if you feel like it makes the scalp oily.

4. Hair Products

There are now an abundance of commercial products available in the market which promote good hair health and are loaded with vitamin E. Regular use of these products can make the hair appear shinier, brighter and healthier in just a matter of a few weeks’ use. Aside from better appearance, daily use of these products can also make the hair growth faster.

Sources of Vitamin E for Hair

There are a lot of ways in which you can get your daily supply of Vitamin E, whether it is from oral supplements or from the food you eat, there really is no shortage when it comes to this vitamin’s supply. Here, you will find the different sources in which you can get your daily supply for this wonder vitamin.

1. Food Sources

Because vitamin E is a natural supplement, it can be found in the simplest form of foods to make a diet full of vitamin E easy to achieve. You can load up in nutrient dense foods and your hair will grow faster and healthier in no time. Vitamin E can be found in the following kinds of foods:

  • Green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, Swiss chards, mustard greens and collards.
  • Almonds are also a great source for vitamin E and not to mention that they also serve as great snacks to keep a fit and healthy body.
  • Fruits such as papaya and kiwi also offer a good amount of vitamin E. Avocado does not only contain healthy fats that can promote good health, but they are also packed with vitamin E.

2. Oral Supplements

There are now a lot of supplements for vitamin E that can be bought over the counter, but before doing so, it is still better to be aware of the proper dosing to avoid any complications. Vitamin E thins the blood as it promotes good circulation, over dosing on it may result in blood clotting issues. The recommended daily allowance for vitamin E is 15 to 19mg per day or 22.5 to 28.5 I.U. per day. This allowance depends on the age of the person and gender so before taking in vitamin E as a daily supplement, make sure to consult with your doctor first.

3. Topical Solution

Vitamin E can also be applied directly to the hair and scalp simply by getting your Vitamin E capsule, puncturing it to create an opening and then applying its contents directly to the scalp. Because this is considered to be a natural oil, you can leave this on the hair for a whole day until it is washed, or rinsed after a few hours of leaving it in if you feel like it makes the scalp oily.

4. Hair Products

There are now an abundance of commercial products available in the market which promote good hair health and are loaded with vitamin E. Regular use of these products can make the hair appear shinier, brighter and healthier in just a matter of a few weeks’ use. Aside from better appearance, daily use of these products can also make the hair growth faster.(http://www.med-health.net/Vitamin-E-For-Hair.html)

To order NouriTress Perfect Hair Vitamins Plus please visit our website http://www.nouritress.com or call 770-719-9082

~Growing Hair Since 1998~

Hair Loss In The African American Community, Is It An Epidemic?

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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 is this happening? There are several causes of hair loss and hair thinning, but one of the biggest causes in the African American community is mechanical damage. What is mechanical damage? Many black women and some black men braid their hair or wear hair weaves, and under normal conditions these cause no problems. However if the weave is attached too tight or the braids are wrapped too tight, they put a constant strain on the hair follicle. If this is done for an extended period of time permanent hair loss can result. This is known as traction alopecia and is fairly common among people who braid or weave their hair. You should always make sure the person applying the braids or weave is qualified to do so and don’t wear braids or weave continuously for extended periods of time.

Many people change the appearance of their hair by using chemical treatments like hair color, tints, bleaches, straighteners, relaxers and permanent waves. If correctly done and done using reputable products, its rare to have any damage. However, hair can become weak and break if any of these chemicals are done too often. Hair can break if the solution is left on too long, if two procedures are done on the same day, or if bleach is applied to previously bleached hair. Some chemical relaxers do contain powerful chemicals and there have been instances of people getting chemical burns from these products resulting in permanent hair loss. Only go to qualified hairstylist and if doing it yourself make sure you only use reputable products and follow the product directions.

There are other factors that can cause hair loss but we wanted to focus on mechanical damage because so many African American women are wearing hair weaves and braids now and hair loss is becoming an epidemic in the African American community.

NouriTress Perfect Hair Products was developed to address these issues and we have been helping women grow and wear their own hair since 1998 with over 4,000,000,000 vitamins sold worldwide. Our Follicle Therapy which is pictured above invigorates the root to promote hair growth as well as unblock clogged hair follicles that cause hair loss and it is great for all types of hair! Visit our website http://www.nouritress.com for information on our many products that that help fight hair thinning and hair loss. Have a healthy hair day!

~Growing Hair Since 1998~

Men And Hair Thinning

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What is male pattern balding?

     The male pattern baldness (MPB) form of androgenetic alopecia (there is also a female pattern baldness) accounts for more than 95% of hair loss in men. By age 35, two-thirds of American men will have some degree of appreciable hair loss and by age 50 approximately 85% of men have significantly thinning hair. About 25% of men who suffer from male pattern baldness begin the painful process before they reach 21.  Contrary to societal belief, most men who suffer from male pattern baldness are extremely unhappy with their situation and would do anything to change it. Hair loss affects every aspect of their life. It affects interpersonal relationships as well as their professional life. It is not uncommon for men to change their career paths because of hair loss. (http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/hair-loss-introduction-mens%5B/embed%5D)

     Most men start to notice hair thinning early on, but they ignore it as if it will magically grow back and that’s definitely not the case. Male pattern balding can be prevented even if it is hereditary, if it is treated when it is first noticed. The hair that is lost in most cases may not grow back but hair loss overall can be halted. NouriTress ER day and night drops contain procapil which is a naturally clinical proven ingredient that prevents and reverses hair thinning and loss of hair. They also contain tricogen which is a complex that solves male pattern baldness very fast, it stimulates natural hair growth and it is a DHT blocker. DayandNight-Drops

DHT which is short for dihydrotestosterone is a male sex hormone, an androgen. 5α-reductase, an enzyme, synthesizes DHT in the adrenal glands, hair follicles, testes and prostate.  DHT is the primary contributing factor in male pattern baldness. However, female hair loss is more complex, and DHT is only one of several possible causes. Women with increased levels of DHT may develop certain androgynous male secondary sex characteristics, including a deepened voice and facial hair. DHT plays a role in the development and exacerbation of benign prostatic hyperplasia, as well as prostate cancer, by enlarging the prostate gland. Prostate growth and differentiation are highly dependent on sex steroid hormones, particularly DHT.

NouriTress Perfect Hair Vitamins Plus For Men have natural key ingredients such as:

—Saw Palmetto an anti-androgen that blocks DHT and restore the hair.

—BiotinImportant for hair health

—B-Vitamins (B6, B5,B3)Important for health and growth of the hair.

—InositolVital for Hair Growth!

—ZincStimulates Hair Growth by enhancing the body’s immune system.

—Folic AcidHelps maintain healthy hair and skin.

NouriTress Perfect Hair Follicle Therapy used along with the vitamins will also help stop and fight against hair loss in men. Follicle_Therapy

Some of the benefits are:

—Helps Stimulate Growth

—Stimulates the Scalp

—Invigorates the Root

—Ingredients Rosemary & Sage Stimulates the Roots

—Great for thinning Spots in the Crown and Around the Hair Edges

So men you don’t have to go bald unless you want too! Give your body and hair what it needs to help you maintain and keep a healthy head of hair by ordering NouriTress Perfect Hair Products.

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~Growing Hair Since 1998~

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“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/