Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Suffering From Hair Loss?

I received a tweet from one of my African-American followers concerning hair loss. She was panicking because she's losing a lot more hair than normal and it was freaking her out. To get to the root of the problem, I asked her the following:

"Do you relax your hair?"  - "Two or four times a year."
"Do you color your hair?" - "No."
"Any extensions?" - "Never!" (...answering in a proud voice.)

Based on her responses, I quickly gave a few recommendations.

1.  First, stop relaxing for a year. This will allow you to give the scalp and hair a break. Women often think if they relax their hair just a few times a year, it's totally fine. What they don't realize is, relaxers contain very strong chemicals and its negative effects can be long lasting. It's not that relaxing your hair is a bad thing, but one must know what their hair and scalp can withstand.

2. Use only paraben-free and sulphate-free shampoos. Sometimes we suddenly develop allergies to those very popular ingredients. I suggested the Peter Lamas line of products, which contain certified organic ingredients, is 100 % vegan and is cruelty-free. It also has no sodium laurel or laureth sulphates.

3. Stay away from hair products that have heavy oils and grease...or anything that can clog the scalp, not allowing it to breathe. Keep in mind that hair grows from the scalp.

4. Then I saved the best for last. I suggested Viviscal. If you talk to most models that are constantly having their hair worked on, they will say Viviscal saved their it. 

Viviscal is a dietary supplement that promotes hair growth by reversing hair loss. Compared to other products that promise the same, this product contains no drugs, so it does not need approval from the FDA. It's great for the nail growth, glowing skin and is gluten-free.

According to the Viviscal website:

"Vivascal is not suitable children under 18, those with an allergy to fish, or women who may be pregnant or breast feeding".

So if you are experiencing similar problems with your hair hopefully this will help. For severe cases of hair loss, I recommend consulting a dermatologist for additional help.


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