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Slowing down hair loss

female_alopeciaWhat you coulds do to help slow down the loss and possibly even reverse hairloss.

Article by Diane Shawe M.Ed.

SHAMPOOS

Start paying attention to the types of  shampoos you use on you hair.
If you can get Desert Essence Coconut Shampoo with its light coconut smell. It adds moisture which your hair needs if it is very dry and brittle. The Desert Essence brand is responsibly produced. They are also certified by the Leaping Bunny producing cruelty free products! There are many varieties of Desert Essence hair care products for all hair types. This is not a sponsored post.
SUPPLEMENTS

Also take Methyl B-12 supplement made by Neuro Biologix. This enhances gastrointestinal absorption due to methylation deficiency. Which aids in hair growth! Bonus! It helps with your memory also!

Biotin is another important supplement that could help boost your hair and nail health.

Washing your hair less during the week helps to preserve the natural oils.

Betaine HCL is also a great daily supplement.

HATS

When in doubt, a hat can always come to the rescue of a bad hair day! Be creative with your hats, wraps and scarves. Wigs are also very good and a lot cheaper.

ATTITUDE

Above all  try to adopt a positive attitude. Be thankful for the hair that you do have. Thin as it may be, it is still yours!

If you do lose it all, at least you are still here. You are after all much more than just your hair.

I’m not saying it is easy to accept but, but you are you.

There's more to adding hair

There’s more to adding hair

There’s lots of advice out there just remember to check with your doctor for any supplement conflict with any other medication

Are you chronically ill and suffer from hair loss? I would love to hear your story and your own coping tips? Please feel free to share the products and practices that have been a help to you! Email hairextensions@europe.com

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Clip in hair extensions can cause traction alopecia if worn for over 5 hours a day by Diane Shawe

Nickle Clips can irritate the scalp

Nickle Clips can irritate the scalp

If nickle clip-in extensions are continually worn and the tension on your hair is not regularly alleviated, scarring can occur as well as permanent hair loss, leaving the wearer with a less then desirable appearance they’ll be forced to deal with for the rest of their lives.

article by Diane Shawe M.Ed

Almost all of these clips are made from nickle and if the wearer is allergic to nickle, wearing them for over 5 hours a day will eventually cause traction alopecia and scarring.

In today’s modern society, most people think only of the final appearance of their hair.

backcombing-to-Attach-Clip-in-Hair-Extensions-causes-traction-alopecia-diane shaweHours spent back combing and coating the scalp with lots of hair spray so that the clips can stay in longer, or even wearing really heavy hair extensions caused by the length of the hair purchased continually irritates the scalp all day whilst at the same time slowly pulling the hair out of it’s follicles.

Cheryl Guttman (2) research found that the continual over processing with Chemical treatment such as bleaches, dyes, or strengtheners disrupts the keratin structure in a manner that reduces its tensile strength.

traction_alopecia_caused_by_hair_clipin_diane_shaweThe hair follicles can become fragile. At first the hair fall out is not so noticeable because the clip on extensions are disguising it. Add brushing and combing your hair, you will note a difference in the reduced thickness of your hair line but ignore it initially. Later on some people might experience heavy fall out which can occur with brushing, combing and washing your hair. On top of that using extreme heat to fashion each day can also permanently damage the hair follicle.

If detected early, traction alopecia is reversible if diagnosed early. However, permanent loss can occur too slowly for immediate detection. Hair loss is often occurs in the front, but is also subject to the immediate adjacent area to where the clip in extension were pulling and damaging the hair root.

According to Basil M Hantash, MD, PhD (1)  The sad truth of the matter is that permanent traction alopecia does not respond to medical treatment such as minoxidil or finasteride since by its nature, the loss is different then genetic hair loss.

The only way one can treat traction alopecia is with transplants. Follicular unit hair grafting has been identified as the only practical solution to treating traction alopecia. Hair transplant clinics are reportedly seeing a rise in the number of patients with traction alopecia and say the results can be good to excellent.

nickle-clipins-damage-scalp-diane shaweHowever this can be a costly approach especially whilst clip in extensions appear so cheap. What you have to consider is whether wearing clip on extensions for over 5 hours a day versus the value of your own hair. Which is worth more?

There are over 16 different extension techniques. It is important that you find a technique that is suitable for your type and life style. There is a misconception that hair extensions can be worn permanently for up to 6 months at a time.

In today’s society, you need to hold on to what you’ve got, look after what you have and start being kinder to your hair.

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Sources:
1. Basil M Hantash, MD, PhD, Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH. (2005) Traction Alopecia, Emedicine.com

2. Cheryl Guttman, May 1, 2003 Alopecia Options for Black Women, Dermatology Times,
3. Diane Shawe Blog: academyexpresscourses.com/2014/05/01/10-most-profitable-hair-extension-techniques-to-learn-for-2014-by-diane-shawe/