Accurate Alopecia Analysis

 Dermatologist have the ability to analyze the scalp for most hair disorders. My recent  customer consultations have alerted to the lack of care by medical professionals. During my consultation, I asked  rountine diagnosed questions. I was astonished by the reactions. The potential clients did not know any answers to the questions. This prompted me to write this post which will discuss the composition of a complete diagnosis by a Dermatologist.

There are several things that Dermatologist should test before giving you an accurate alopecia analysis:

1) You must have blood work done to see if  the hair loss is caused by an autoimmune problem, genetics or forceful extraction.

2) They should take a sample of your hair around the area of hair loss to test.

3) The should perform a biopsy or ” Scalp Scraping” to test the cells is area of hair loss.

After Receiving all of these results, the Dermatologist should be able to give you a clear, concise and complete diagonosis.

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Published in: on 04/30/2007 at 1:14 PM  Leave a Comment  

Short Cut To A Successful Short Style!

Pixie, Fringe,Shag or flips are all cute short styles for the summer season . If  you are thinking about taking  more than couple inches off of your hair do but are not sure it will work for you.  There is a trick of the trade that will help you determine if you are ready to look like a classic Halle Berry or Jada Pinkett-Smith.

The Trick:

Comb your hair straight back ( put into a pony tail, if long enough) off of your face. If you are comfortable with the way your ears and neck look when hair is pulled back then you would be comortable with a style that is above ear length. Most short styles are ear length and expose both the ears and neck.

If you are not comfortable, do not cut hair shorter than nape or shoulder length. This will give minimanl exposure of neck and your ears are completely hidden.

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Published in: on 04/25/2007 at 3:57 PM  Leave a Comment  

Conditioner is Not a Cure ALL!

I am not sure when most hair salons adopted the notion that conditioner is the cure all for any hair damage situation. Well, Let me be the first to state “ Conditioner is not a Cure ALL!“. The function of conditioner is to close the cuticle layer ( outer most layer) of the hair shaft.When the cuticle layer is closed, the hair strand has protection against the environmental pollutent, heat and other dangerous conditionthat could cause harm to your hair. There are two types of Conditioners : Rebuilding/reconstructing and Basic.

Basic conditioner is used only after shampoo. All Shampoos have low level of chemical to help loosen the dirt and remove the dirt, salt and oil from the hair strands. During this process, the cuticle layer is slightly opened. Basic conditioner is used to close the cuticle. Then the hair strands are less likely to split or tangle.

Rebuilding/reconstucting conditioner has the same function as basic conditioner but is stronger and only used after chemical services ( relaxers, perms, permanent hair color, and texturizers). Since all of those chemical services consist of high level chemicals , It completely opens the cuticle layer and penetrate the hair strand. The rebuilder/reconstructor is strong enough to completely close cuticle if used properly succeeding a neutralizing or pH balancing shampoo.

Published in: on 04/22/2007 at 1:17 PM  Comments (1)  

Hair Tool for Hair Hats!

I know you are confused and asking ” What are hair hats?”. The answer is simple ” Bad Wigs”. Wigs that are soooooooo noticeable ( too long, bulky etc.) they appear to be hats on both men and women’s head.

If you have this problem, there is a simple hair tool that can help you. This tool is called a Thinning Shear. Thinning Shears are unique in look and function. It is comprised of one full blade and one cerated blade that resembles a comb. The shears composition aids in its special function of thinning out hair. You will not cut down the length of the hair style as in using regular scissors or razors but lessen the volume gradually.

Here are som tips for Wig Thinning:

1) Never thin out wigs by the hairline.

2) Never thin out hair on the top crown.

3) Try not to over thin one area.

4) Take your time when thinning, you don’t want to have to purchase wigs frequently.

Published in: on 04/20/2007 at 12:38 PM  Comments (1)  

Triumph Over Traction Alopecia #1 (Braids)

Traction alopecia is forceful extraction of hair fibers out the scalp. This common hair loss condition can be caused by tight ponytails, braids, weaves, wigs, certain hats and even Trichotillomania. It can be found on many adults and as well as children. In this post, I would like to start to move toward victory by first discussing Braids. I definetly believe that cornrows, box braids, flat twist, single twist etc. are all healthy hair style choices for your hair.

With that being said, now you ask ” How do these healthy hair style choices produce hair loss?”

It actually depends on the person performing the braiding service. Both licensed and non-licensed cosmetologist can cause traction alopecia to start because of the tension that is used while making the braid. Some people have the notion ” The tighter the braid, then the longer the style will stay”.That statement is completely false. Braids can be secure without harsh pulling or extreme tension on the hair fibers and scalp.

It is unfortunate that even children can get traction alopecia, but there are ways to prevent it. Below are a few tips to help Triuph over Traction Alopecia:

1) Try not to braid hair back all the time.

2) If adding extensions, try to avoid tight braiding around the hairline. The follicles are more porous and fragile in this area.

3) There should be a cushion of hair under each individual corn row you do.

4) Do not keep braided extensions intermingled with your own hair over a long period of time ( More than 2 months). It is supposed to be a temporary  hair style.

Published in: on 04/19/2007 at 1:38 PM  Comments (1)  

Tracks TKO ( Machine Wefts)

Machine wefts are a thing of the past. I can’t believe that most beauty supply store and hair salons are still selling machine wefts. For your information, hair tracks that are created by the machine wefted method are usually contain a bulkier and thicker base than other hair pieces and wefts. The base of the machine weft makes it difficult to blend the weft with your own natural hair.

Common Sense:

Usually women use wefted hair as an affordable choice of hair extension. I understand that you are trying to be fashionably up to date and simultaneously cost efficient…..But the common result of attaching any type of extension is that it should look believable or atleast consistent with your own hair.

It is very hard to achieve a believable result with thick wefts. When usinig machine wefts, the attachment method is usually visible to the naked eye…Seeing the lumps and bumps of a machine wefted weave is definitely not fashionable.

But then you ask: ” What other type of hair extension can I use that is better than the Machine Weft but won’t cost and arm,a leg and a couple of teeth?”LOL . There are hand-tied wefts, Matrix hairpieces, and micro-thin skin wefts; to name a few. For more information about these products, go to Sweet Serenity LLC.com

Published in: on 04/17/2007 at 11:52 AM  Leave a Comment  

Healthy Snacks For Healthy Strands!

We have all heard this statment before: “Eating the correct foods can result in endless health benefits”. We all know that the correct foods consist mainly of fruits and vegetables because they are rich in compounds called phytonutrients….But Which fruit and vegetables gives us the greatest health benefit for our hair?

I have recently found the answer: Yellow fruits and vegetables. Any food that is saturated with this natural color is known to help boost the immune system. Consequently, If your immune system is healthy then your hair will be in top notch shape.

Most hair loss conditions found in women are side effects of autoimmune problems or stress. If you incorporate more yellow fruits and vegetables in your diet, it will help strengthen your immune system so you can fight off many of those autoimmune problems such as Hyper thyroidism, Hypo thyroidism, alopecia areata and etc.

So help your hair strands become healthier by eating peaches, bananas, squash,corn, sweet potato or etc.

Published in: on 04/13/2007 at 10:21 AM  Leave a Comment  

Hair Relaxer or HAir Remover?

I will start this post with simple chemistry. There are 3 types of hair relaxers: Lye (Sodium Hydroxide), No-lye (Guanidine Hydroxide) and Ammonium Thioglycolate. Most no-lye relaxers contain a chemical called Guanidine Hydroxide. Guanidine Hydroxide is made of guanidine carbonate + Calcium Hydroxide. Calcium Hydroxide is the key activating ingredient in most hair removers. Guanidine carbonate slows the speed of the Calcium Hydroxide to activate ( process the hair) in the hair relaxers.

More Shocking Information:

Both hair removers and hair relaxers affects the hair in the same way. They both open the cuticle layer and break the hydrogen and ionic bonds in the hair strands to change the hair structure. The hair relaxers just process slower and then is chemically stopped by the use of a Neutralizing Shampoo.

On the other hand, hair removers processing is not stopped or slowed down. They contain a higher percentage of Calcium Hydroxide. Both hydrogen and Ionic bonds are broken down until they don’t exist and the hair strands completely melt off.

If left on for longer than the suggested time, hair relaxers can produce the same result.

Challenge:

Ask Yourself “Is my hair getting thinner with every relaxer I receive?”

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Published in: on 04/12/2007 at 12:35 PM  Leave a Comment  

Help For Hairpulling ( Trichotillomania)#1

Obsessive compulsive hairpulling or best known as Trichotillomania is more common than most people think. It is a self inflicted form of stress relief. The majority of my clientele has this nervous condition. My clientele is the inspiration for new combative techniques to help cope with Trichotillomania. I am not an advocate of medications and personally do not think that work for people with Trich.

The best way, I know, to deal with Trich is behavioral therapy. Basically retraining someone’s mind to do something else to gain stress relief that will not result in self harm.

My newest suggestion is Bubble Wrap. I don’t know a single person that doesn’t like to play with bubble wrap. Bubble wrap is the free bonus gift with any package delivery you receive.

You can buy Bubble Wrap from any office supply store ( Staples, Office Depot, etc.). Once purchased, you can cut into little squares and keep it in your bag or pocket. Whenever you get nervous, stress,anxious etc. pull it out or keep concealed in your bag and pop away! I honestly believe this will calm you down.

For more information,Go to www.SweetSerenityLLC.com and www.Trich.org

If you have any other suggestion,please post it. I would appreciate all new information.

Published in: on 04/11/2007 at 10:36 AM  Comments (2)  

Wash Your Weave!

If you are wearing false hair ( wigs, hairpieces, hair weft, tracks or braided extensions), you must remember to keep your own natural hair clean. So many women put on extensions and automataically think that they do not have to touch their hair ( for months at a time). WRONG! You must still care for your own hair during this time. In some instances, you might have to care for your own hair even more.

Common Sense:

You wash the skin on your body Everyday! The scalp is skin on the top of your head that must be cleansed on a regular basis also. I do not advise washing your hair everyday because you will strip it of its natural oils but atleast once a week is sufficient.

Trichology Explanation:

You must keep your scalp more so while wearing false hair because environment pollutants, dead skills and perspiration can stay trapped in the extensions. This cause hair to smell, itch and could lead to more severe hair/scalp conditions ( dandruff, dermatitia,psoriasis etc.). Shampooing regularly scrubs and rinses away all of the impurities on the scalp and hair that was left from the previous day.

Note:

Don’t think, I don’t see you females patting your head to stop the itching. Well, I would think all that patting would knock some sense into you.

Published in: on 04/04/2007 at 12:26 PM  Comments (1)