A COMPLETE GUIDE TO HAIR LOSS

Your hair is your crown that you wear everyday. When you start noticing clumps in the shower drain, more hair on the floor, light shining on your scalp: it is TERRIFYING! While this may be common in older women, when you lose hair prematurely it becomes a big worry.

You are left feeling helpless, you have low self esteem, low confidence which then has a direct impact on other areas of your life. It leads to social anxiety, social avoidance, depression and isolation.

Lots of people that we see on TV and media have unbelievably thick hair. In most cases it is NOT REAL. They use extensions and have the help of many stylists to look their best. We are not exposed to female balding and other normal things like acne and wrinkles.

After periods of extreme stress, illness or trauma, you may feel that there is a difference in distribution and texture of your hair. You also start to feel that you have less hair on your scalp. It is a grave concern.

It is very important to get it checked medically to rule out underlying causes. It could also be a symptom of a bigger problem. Thyroid or parathyroid, Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), nutrional deficiencies, genetics, meds, chemotherapy could be some of the causes.

TWO TYPES OF HAIR LOSS

THINNING: Androgenic Alopecia
It is a slow and progressive reduction in the number of hairs. It is genetic. You inherit a follicular sensitivity. It is aggravated by stress, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and menopause. It manifests as a lot of thinning on the scalp, top of head, temples (male pattern baldness). You also grow hair in the male pattern areas (chin, centre of the chest, around the nipple) hirsutism. It is one of the only visible signs of PCOS.

SHEDDING
Hair falls for a limited period of time (during washing and combing). An internal imbalance triggers more hairs than usual to move from the growth phase to the shedding phase. It happens after pregnancy, menopause, or thyroid problems, change in contraception, medication, restrictive diets, rapid weight loss and tight ponytails/braids. It is almost always related to deficiencies in vitamin and minerals (stored iron –ferrin, Vitamin B12, Folic acid, Zinc and vitamin D. Stress aggravates nutrients from being absorbed.
Both types CAN happen together.

TIPS

• Have a balanced diet rich in proteins, complex carbs and iron
• Decrease stress by practising yoga, meditation, naps and rest, be in nature, do things that bring you joy. Try a supplement called ashwaghanda.
• Massage your scalp to stimulate healthy blood flow.
• Have your self checked medically
Castor oil pack – see below for more info
• Use hair extensions, lace wigs
• Use makeup in the form of eyeshadow on scalp
• More expensive treatments include Minoxidil, low level laser therapy and platelet rich plasma
• Fake a fuller head of hair with the right haircut eg. Pixie styles, blunt bob, angled bob. Speak to your stylist.
• Accupunture¬ – can also help with supporting adrenals with stress. It concentrates on using needles on different energy points on the body, face and scalp to increase flow of that energy. It also promotes blood flow to stimulate hair growth. It is a good adjunct to your treatment.

WHAT NOT TO DO

• Don’t use shampoos that contain sulphates, it will dry your hair out. I love Aunt JackiesOh So Clean Moisturising Shampoo R68 at clicks• Don’t use your nails when washing your scalp. Rather use your fingertips.
• Don’t wrap your hair with a towel after washing. Be gentle with your fragile hair. use an old cotton t-shirt.
• Don’t brush wet hair. Use a wide tooth comb or your fingers.
• Don’t use dry shampoo often.
• Don’t use hairspray, gels, mousse on your scalp unless absolutely necessary. Only use on special occasions.
• Don’t use harsh chemical treatments like a brazillian blowdry or permanent straightening treatments often.
• Don’t use ammonia containing hair dyes. Look for a natural alternative eg.Bigen• Don’t over use heat styling aids such as strengtheners and curling wands. Try to minimise heat damage by only using them on special occasions.Heat draws out the moisture from your hair making it more brittle and prone to breakage.
• Avoid hairstyles that pull on the hairline like tight ponytails and braids.

CASTOR OIL PACK

Castor oil is rich in vitamin E, and a fatty acid called Ricinoleic acid. It has antifungal and scalp soothing properties. It is also used to grow lashes and brows.
Mix 1 part castor oil : 3 parts argan oil. Almond oil or coconut oil may be used if you do not have argan oil available.          Apply to the scalp. Massage into the scalp. Cover with a plastic shower cap. Add a blast of heat using your hairdryer and leave on for a minimum of 30 minutes. Wash your hair with a sulphate free shampoo. This mask will boost scalp health and also improve the condition of your hair.

TO ADD VOLUME TO THINNING HAIR

• A heatless way to add natural volume. This tip is from stylist Riawna Capri: use a pair of sunglasses to pull the front section of your hair back, then push it forward to loosen it a bit. Keep it like this until it dries. Then remove the sunglasses for instant volume.
• Tilt your head upside down while drying it with a hairdryer.

OTHER HAIR PROBLEMS AND VITAMIN DEFICIENCIES

• Vitamin C Deficiency causes tangled and brittle hair
• Vitamin E deficiency causes dry and hair that lacks lustre
• Iron deficiency causes brittle hair and patchy hair loss’
• Vitamin B12, Zinc, and Vitamin D deficiency causes patchy hair loss’
• Thyroid problems cause thinning of the eyebrows and eyelashes
• Vitamin B5, B12 and copper deficiency causes premature greying
• Menopause causes hair loss. Can supplement with flaxseeds, phytoestrogens and use a caffeinated shampoo

Note there are hair supplements that comprise of a mixture of these vitamins. I did not mention Biotin here, because new research shows that it doesn’t really help.
It is important to consult a doctor who will do blood tests to ascertain if they are any imbalances.

CONCLUSION

Take a mind body approach to hair loss. It is better to try to incorporate proven lifestyle changes. A nutrient filled diet, minimising stress. The sooner you embrace the natural texture of your hair, the better for the condition of your hair. Acceptance is the first step towards happiness.

Remember that your looks do not define you. Everyone has hangups about their bodies. Instead of focusing on something that is beyond your control – focus on one of your feautures that you like. Wear a bold lipstick. Smile. Your smile is the best accessory that you can wear. Everyone is walking around with their own insecurities and problems in their head. People do not notice what we think that they do. Life is too short. SMILE.

**this article is not meant to diagnose or treat any condition. Please consult with a doctor .

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Let’s talk about SWEAT baby!

Let’s talk about SWEAT baby!

 

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Its summer! Time for the outdoors, sun and sea. Hot days can leave you feeling sweaty. We all want to prevent body odour and detoxification. Our first form of defence is an anti-antiperspirant roll on. Good idea or bad idea? Good to prevent you from being smelly but its actually VERY BAD for your HEALTH.

As the name says, anti-antiperspirantsstop you or prevent you from perspiring. Sweating is the body’s mechanism to cope with heat. It helps to regulate body temperature by moistening the surface of the body and it cools you down as it evaporates.

Why are ANTIPERSPIRANTS bad for you?

Most commercial deos use aluminium to control sweat and odor. The problem here is that ALUMINUM BLOCKS THE SWEAT DUCTS so that you don’t sweat as much. There is no clear link between using aluminium and alzheimers or cancer. I would not worry too much about that.

Sweating is a normal body function and essential to cool down the body and more importantly RID THE BODY OF TOXINS. You need to be aware of the sources of toxins (plastic bottles) and you need a process to eliminate them. Scientists and doctors will say that you remove toxins through your kidney and liver. Why then do health spas and gyms have sauna rooms? It’s a balance of toxin-toxout.
Natural deos contain mineral salts that don’t stop you from sweating. They control odor. They work by forming a temporary layer on the skin . this layer prevents the growth of bacteria that make you smell.

Favourite Product

pure beginnings Monsoon eco roll on has ylang ylang. It keeps me fresh all day. The smell is fresh and is unisex. i bought it for R59 from dischem. The application was smooth and easy. The ingredient list is very impressive. They also have a fragrance free option if you are sensitive to smells. It is sustainably sourced and proudly South African. It is organic and free from animal products.

Conclusion

Some say that sweat is 99% water. Some say that you do sweat out toxins. It’s a very HEATED debate.
You may want to choose your personal care products carefully. Remember a long time ago, smoking cigarettes used to be considered safe or ok. Now we know better.

The Best Eyeshadow Palette I Ever Bought

The Best Eyeshadow Palette I Ever Bought

w7 socialite eyeshadow paletteI never thought that I would be writing about makeup! Skincare yes, I am confident about my knowledge about skincare. But I am only now discovering the wonderful world of makeup. I was always and still am intimidated by EYESHADOW. So, to say that I am smitten about an eyeshadow palette (with my level of skill set) is BIG NEWS. I am infatuated with this eyeshadow palette.
I always do a lot of homework before I purchase any beauty product. A lot of thought goes into it before I part with my hard earned cash. Remember that expensive is not always better, and this is why I love doing what I do. To share these amazing finds so that you don’t have to be overwhelmed by the vast choices out there.

I was lusting after The New Nude Beauty Palette by HUDA BEAUTY since it launched. The price is way out of my budget. I could never justify spending that much on eyeshadow. Especially as a beginner in applying eyeshadow, i wasn’t sure how much of use i would get from it. I also think that it needs to be said that it is ok if you can’t afford International ‘’expensive’’ brands. There is no shame in that. And, if you can, thats awesome!

 

Intoducing W7 cosmetics

w7cosmetics is a UK makeup brand. It was coined after a postal code W7 in West London. They offer affordable products with good quality. They are also cruelty free. The color range of their SOCIALITE palette is extremely close to the Huda one mentioned above.
Just like the huda palette the W7 palette is packaged in a laminated cardboard box with a mirror and an eyeshadow brush. The brush works surprisingly well. The color selction is a range of browns, pinks, berries and glitters. It is extremely versatile.

 

My verdict

As you can see, like a naughty child, I couldn’t wait to take the picture first before using it. The shadows are soft and buttery. You need to use a light hand to prevent kickback in the pan. They blend easily. I apply the glitter shades with my fingers. They add another dimension and takes your look up a few notches. Pictures do not do justice to how pretty they are. Even with my low level of skill set I enjoyed every single look that I created.
Here is the best part. I paid R249 (normal price). I bought it from SUPERBALIST You can get it cheaper with a discount code.

I look forward to using this palette to create many looks for the upcoming festive season. I will be the ”socialite” of the season.

What is the best eyeshadow palette that you have ever bought?
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How to Train Your Hair To Be Less Greasy

Like most girls, I find washing my hair by myself a CHORE. The actual time in the shower is not too bad. Drying my hair is tedious and I have virtually no time to style my hair! Finding a way to extend the period between washes will be ideal.Read on to see how I achieve this.

You wash your hair more often- to keep it clean- it gets greasy quicker- it’s a CYCLE OF PUNISHMENT! Once you wash your hair- you strip it from its naturals oils- the scalps normals response is to produce more oil- so it gets greasy again. The more often you wash – the quicker it will get greasier. This is to compensate for the stripping effect that your shampoo has on your scalp.
There is a trick.

1. SPACE YOUR WASHES.
This is definetly the most EFFECTIVE tip of them all.. If you stretch the time in between washes, you train your hair to be less greasy.
The first few weeks will be hard – your scalp will adjust. It will be greasy. But, I promise you, you will be thanking me later.
Try what you can- prolong it by one or two days initially. The following week you will see that your hair is not that dirty as quick as it used to be.

2. Over washing leads to a cycle that creates more oil. To make it worse you end up using heavy conditioners – near your scalp , can cause irritation and inflammation – causing more oil to be produced.

3. If you wash your hair more often, you are also using heat more often (hairdryer, straightener). Heat causes damage which is not good long term.

4. Choose a good sulphate free shampoo to use on your roots working it down, and a hydrating conditioner concentrating on your ends working it up. Don’t use silicones on you hair because they require harsh shampoos to be removed.

5. Use dry shampoo early on, when your hair is clean so that it soaks up the oil as it comes up. Using it overnight is very helpful.

6. Wash your hair with warm water. A misconception is that you need to wash oily hair with hot water. This will dry your scalp and cause it to produce more oil.

7. Don’t use silicones (even on the ends of your hair as they do travel up) because they require harsh shampoos to remove them. This will start the cycle of punishment, see above.

8. Avoid touching your hair unnecessarily. Running your fingers through your hair produces more oil.

9. If your hair looks greasy, wear your hair up , in a braid. Headbands, doeks and fancy clips are also a trendy way to hide dirty hair.

Note that hair oil is not the enemy. It moistens hair and keeps it healthy. The amount of oil that your scalp produces depends on diet, stress, genes and other factors.

Do you find washing your hair a chore? what are your tips to make this essential task easier?

PS. do you know what your hair type is? read my previous article on Hair Classification

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