Dread Extensions for Dread Repair!

The Dread Lock hair style is a historical representation of how hair can be simple , strong and unique. Dreads are unquestionably beautiful but no one with them predicts a future with hair loss. This can certainly be the future for any dread locks wearer. Why you ask?

Trichological Explanation:

A dread lock is created when stray, frayed or roughened hair are coiled around each other with the use of several different techniques ( palm rolling, latch hook and two strand twist transitioning).

Each time the root of the dread lock is twisted each hanging tendril becomes heavier. On some dread heads the weight can weaken the roots. That can cause the hair to thin from the scalp. Leaving the scalp with widening scalp partings and bald spots.

The shaft can be experience damage from poor hair care maintenance. it can be lumpy and disfigured because of density change up the shaft of the hair. It can also have breakage points within the dread and weak or split ends causing slow and abnormal growth pattern.

Fortunately, there are several solution to fix a damaged and/or distorted dread lock.

My first Suggestion is to always follow a regimented sequence of hair care. Making sure you are getting routine trims every 6 to 8 weeks. Try to avoid trimming up along the sides of the shaft. Wash with shampoo and deep condition only once a month. Cleanse scalp with apple cider vinegar or witch hazel or pure aloe gel from the leave to control smells, sebum and salt secretion. Moisturize daily. Do an oil treatment every two weeks.

You may also suggest to your stylist to Join two or three of the dreads together in the most sensitive areas on the head ( hairline and top crown). This joining technique can strengthen the foundation of the dread lock but the stem will increase in width. This might be unflattering if you would like to have a small to medium size dread.

The best solution is using a dread extension. This will help to seal around your already formed dread and make it one smooth shape. Human extension hair can also be used to to wrap the root and strengthen the foundation gently without creating a larger width dread lock. It can also help with finishing ends or increasing length.

Information provided by Sweet Serenity LLC.

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Trick your Trich Series: Volume 3

The third hobby that can be useful is Flower Arranging.

Learn the art of of arranging both fresh and artificial flowers for special events or even to decorate your own home. Using artificial flowers are the most cost effective way to start this expressive hobby.

You can learn to make corsages, center pieces,  even hair and clothing accessories. this is a fun and skill to have and takes a lot of dedication and patience. This hobby  guarantees a distraction from your hair pulling. The flowers, colors  and designs  will relax you in so many ways.

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Published in: on 01/14/2010 at 2:43 PM  Leave a Comment  

Trick your Trichseries: Volume 2

The Second hobby is Cake Decorating:

Cooking or baking is already a great hobby  for any person with Trichotillomania to do. It helps you to relieve stress while enriching your knowledge of food and food preparation. Your hands are used to build a relationship with food and your hands will associate its use for cooking as a calming  instead hair pulling.

To take you cooking or baking hobby a step further, you might want to try Cake Decoration. You will be able to surprise friends, spouses, family or even start a new home-based business. Creating your own fabulous cakes, cookies, cupcakes and brownies for any occasion will fulfill  in so many ways. Especially , eating the sweet treats which is the best benefit. Just a warning, eat all sweet treats in moderation.

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Published in: on 01/13/2010 at 8:36 AM  Leave a Comment  

Trick your Trich series: Volume 1

Trichotillomania may be episodic or continuous. Its intensity can fluctuate. Weeks, months,  and even years may pass and you may be nearly or completely free of hair pulling, only to have a sudden and unexplicable recurrence with either a high or low severity rate of damage to the  hair and scalp.

The best way to control your hair pulling habit is to find a hobby that you like that you will also need to use your hands. This series will highlight some of the more uncommon hobbies that you might have not thought about trying. all of the class highlighted in this series were chosen:

1) Stimulate your mind

2) Help you hands to focus on another target so you may release stress without pulling your hair.

The first Hobby is CANDLE and SOAP MAKING:
Everyone loves candles and bath soaps.You can learn how to make your own fabulous scented candle s and organic bath soaps. This hobby is relaxing and useful. With each candle or soap you make , you can use; give as gifts or create a home-  based business . Search for a class in your are and reap all the benefits.

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Published in: on 01/12/2010 at 9:45 PM  Leave a Comment  

Help For Hairpulling (Trichotillomania) #2

The best help that I can give to any hair puller is education. Trichotillomania has recently been categorized as a psychocutaneous condition. Psychocutaneous medicine is the marriage of Dermatology and Psychiatry. Physicians within this type of medicine claim that the diagonistic terminology refering to this self inflicting nervous condition is potentially insulting to the patients/clients that have it.

The term “Trichotillomania” in itself has a general negative connotation. When a patient/client is diagnosed with this self inflicting nervous condition, it results in denial and resistance to treatment. Physicians are proposing to eliminate the term and replace it with ” Neuromechanical Alopecia (NMA)”. NMA accurately describes the nature of the condition without the undesirable negative connotation.

What do you think of the revised name?

Published in: on 05/04/2007 at 10:51 AM  Leave a Comment  

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  

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)  

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)  

Dandruff Dilemma

Moisturizing your mane is very important. More importantly, knowing the correct products to use. Use (in small amount) a product that has the consistency of oil or spray that usually leaves no residue. If you are currently using cream, pomade, heavy greases or gel, these products leave residue on the hair, which can cause dandruff.

Common Sense:

All skin cells die and flake off everyday. These cells are usually too small to be visible. You ask “ Where Do They Go?” The flakes are brushed or combed out daily into the environment. If there is a sticky substance on the scalp, this will prevent dead skin cells from flaking off. Everyday more and more flakes will appear and attach to the flake from the previous day. This causes a build up. The size of the flakes increases and becomes more noticeable. Thus, the birth of Dandruff.

Trichology Explanation:

Dandruff a.k.a Scurf or historically known as Pityriasis Capitis is the inability of proper exfoliation of scalp’s dead skin cells, salt from perspiration, sebum (oil from sebaceous gland), environmental pollutants and containment particles. If there is a blockage of the pores in the scalp, it is very difficult to remove dead skin cells, salt and sebum from the hair. It would need a small amount of chemical found in most shampoos or astringents to wash and rinse dead cells, salt and sebum away.

Published in: on 04/02/2007 at 11:58 AM  Leave a Comment