Monday, March 31, 2008
This seems to be a popular topic, anyways I hope this article is insightful and still applicale even though it was written by an Oyibo Woman.
7 Reasons Women Lose Their Hair Posted Fri, Feb 15, 2008, 3:00 pm
- By Leslie Baumann, M.D
Let me make one thing clear: women, if you are experiencing hair loss, please know that you are not alone!
Women's hair can thin for a variety of reasons, and yet the topic is still far less openly discussed than male hair loss. In many cases, though, the causes are diagnosable and treatable, making it particularly important that women discuss hair loss with their doctors. First, let's consider some common factors that can cause and contribute to hair loss:
· Low iron levels: Iron deficiency, with or without anemia, can lead to hair loss. Do not simply start taking an iron supplement without having your iron checked by a physician because too much iron can also lead to health problems.
· Thyroid disorders: Both an overactive and an underactive thyroid can lead to hair loss.
· Low estrogen levels: Many women experience hair loss during and after menopause, when estrogen levels begin to drop. Other hormonal changes -- changes in oral contraceptive use, for example -- can also trigger hair loss.
· Post-pregnancy hormonal changes: Similarly, new moms may find that they're shedding a lot of hair in the first one to six months after delivery, when their estrogen levels return to normal. Actually, what seems like excessive hair loss is really hair's natural growth cycle regulating itself, as high hormone levels tend to keep women from losing normal amounts of hair during pregnancy.
· Telogen effluvium: This is the general term for sudden, temporary hair loss as a result of recent stress or surgery, which typically occurs around two months after the causative event or illness. (It may also be used to describe sudden hair loss as a result of other factors on this list, such as post-pregnancy hormonal changes.)
· Medications: Many medications may lead to hair loss. If this is a concern, talk to your doctor about potential alternatives
· High levels of vitamin A or selenium: There is rarely any reason to take more of these nutrients than you'd find in a good multivitamin.
Several recent studies of men have found that smoking also seems to increase hair loss. I don't know of any similar studies in women, but one thing is clear: Smoking is harmful for a multitude of reasons, whether or not increased hair loss is among them!
The best plan of action for anyone experiencing hair loss is to determine the underlying cause and eliminate it. And the best place to start is a routine physical exam with blood work. By simply drawing your blood, your physician can determine your ferritin (iron) levels, thyroid levels, and estrogen status - and that will already get you far in recognizing or ruling out many of these causes.
If your physician does not uncover a reversible cause for the hair loss, though, it may be the unavoidable result of genetics. But there are still products that can help stimulate re-growth:
· Rogaine (the trade name for the drug minoxidil), which is applied directly to the scalp, causes dilation of blood vessels and increased blood flow to the scalp. As a result, the hair follicle gets better nutrients and oxygen and the shrunken hair follicles become larger and hair grows thicker. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should not use Rogaine.
· Propecia (the trade name for the drug finasteride) is sold in pill form and inhibits the conversion of testosterone (which women have in small amounts) to DHT (or dihydrotestosterone), a hormone that gradually shrinks hair follicles and causes them to have shorter growth cycles. Though only FDA-approved for male pattern hair loss, Propecia may also help patterned hair loss in women. (Pregnant women or women who are planning to become pregnant, however, should never take Propecia.) Studies evaluating the efficacy of Propecia in women have been contradictory so it does not work in all women.
Both of these treatments work only as long as you use them, though; once treatment is discontinued, hair will typically return to its pre-treatment thickness. Stay tuned to hear about a new light treatment in a comb that may improve hair loss.
Wishing you great hair!
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Dr. Baumann is author of the best-selling book," The Skin Type Solution." To learn more about her revolutionary skin typing system, visit her Web site, SkinTypeSolutions.com
**Article courtesy of Yahoo and Dr. Baumann.
Anyways I have my serious work hair on, and I have a BIG question for y’all.
I was just reading a magazine about Hair and the workplace and what is acceptable or not, and it got me thinking. Apparently the article talks about how certain hairstyles are not acceptable in Jand and Yankee workplaces, hairstyles such as Cornrows and sometimes Afros. Can you believe that??? I don’t even know where to start. I mean what if my religion and lifestyle require I wear Natural hair, does that mean I get fired? I mean isn’t one’s hairstyle a reflection of who they are and why should people judge and determine what’s right and wrong??Really? Anyways its not just oversees I remember trying to rock this curly hair thingy in Nigeria, and while I was getting it done in the salon the lady beside me said “ I guess ur not a Banker, because no boss will allow that”. First of all lady, no one asked you (lol, that was in my mind of course), but still, why does my hair style matter at work in Naija?
Anyways, incase you are in the same boat and are wondering what hair to do for your consecutive work (be it in business) I figure the girls from Apprentice Africa can serve as a point of reference.
Joyce's Short and Serious look. I love, tres ChIC!
Hannah's Braided elegance. Very versatile!
Bekeme's sassy BOB. Chin length and straight to the POINT!
Eunice's wavy, curly weave. I love a woman that can change her weave for any occasion.
Enjoy and BEST OF Lucks THIS WEEK!!
Pictures Courtesy of Apprentice Africa.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Fusion: a strand by strand technique where a special adhesive is attached to your hair at the roots. “Often used in caucausian hair extensions”.
This technique takes a long time, about 8 hours or more, and usually last a long time. Ranging for 4 to 6 months.
Cons: You must see a hair specialist to remove this, you can’t remove it by yourself because there are special removers for this; don’t attempt unless you want to cut your hair. Photo Courtesy of SalonsofAmerica.
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Lacing or Tree Braiding
- When hair is cornrowed and strands of hair is left out. In the end the natural hair is braided, and serves as the support for the weaved hair. Hair in the end, looks like invisible braids.
We all know this one, brush your hair all up in a bun. Gel the sides or use beeswax and then clip the ponytail. Sometimes we don't have an available clip on ponytail and you have a weave so what do you do? you wrap the weave you have laying around and then secure it with a hair pin.
All you do is clip the front to your mid hair, and clip the back to your back hair and its not going anywhere, comb and style and you're done.
Be on the look out for really stylish ones from HairbyAzara soon!
Courtesy of Tasha'sBeautySupplies.
-this technique is alittle bit complicating for me, its basically like crotcheting, because you are pulling a piece of your hair into the small hair that is provided. Useful for those of us that are looking to add bits of highlights to the hair.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
I love this natural #4 (or #1B) on her. I am a BIG fan of Highlights, but not really this crap! :(
She's such a Hair-Meleon, but I think I'll stay with the black, very nice with her olive-y complexion.
I can't mention Hair-Meleon without talking about Lil'Kim, WOW where do I begin? I never really liked the dramatic #27 blondes on her, I think my all time favorite will be the middle one. A bit of #30 and #33. Love it!
I love her and I think that every single hair color she's done has worked for her. She knows how to pick the perfect colors to complement her beautiful complexion! Even this INTENSE deep wine red on the left!
I think that we can all agree that that blonde move was the wrong move! I think she knows, nothing better than finding what works for her beautiful chocolate complexion, which is Color #4.
First of all, I HATE the OYIBO blonde on my left!! HATE HATE HATE, not only is it OYIBO blonde but it is OYIBO hair! the lace wig is so silky and nice, it looks like she got it off Pamela Anderson and attached it to her hair! No!!! But I do love the chestnut colored tress in the middle and the dark brown on the right! Please just stick to those.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Natural Hair grows faster than relaxed hair because there are less instances of breakage due to the absence of chemicals. Here are some important tips from Professionals regarding Hair Maintenance:
Hopefully, if I am Lucky my hair will come out rich and full like Yaya's! Wish me LUCK!! lol.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
In tribute for her new single "what have you done for me?" (good question) and new album, HairbyAzara will walk down memory lane with Brandy........
Whether it is : braids, weaves, wigs or her own hair, Brandy knows how to wear any hair fashion with style! just love this Gurl!!! she truly is a HAIR-ICON!!!