Female Hair Loss 101

Female hair loss

Although hair loss is often considered primarily a concern for men, hair loss in women is more common than many of us believe. In fact, women make up 40% of hair loss sufferers in the United States.

In most cultures, long, flowing hair is traditionally been associated with femininity. Because of this, losing hair can be especially emotionally devastating for females. Even worse, we often suffer in silence because of shame and lack of knowledge about treatment choices.

As with all conditions, however, being well-informed is key. Did you know that there are multiple causes of female hair loss? Keep reading to learn about some of them, as well as tips on how to stop hair loss in women.

1. Stress

Most of us know that stress is terrible for the body. Not all of us know, however, that extreme stress is actually one of the most common female hair loss types. Both physical and emotional stress can lead to this symptom.

Hair has a programmed life cycle of growth, rest, and shedding. Any sort of trauma can shock this cycle and push it into the shedding phrase. Hair loss may not appear for up to six months after the trauma.

Emotionally traumatic events, like a divorce of death of loved one, affect the body similarly. In these cases, however, the emotional event often exacerbates a problem that is already dormant. The good news about this type of hair loss in women will usually stop once the trauma is over. The bad news is that trauma is rarely “over” and can require years of emotional unwinding through therapy, meditation, and other self-care practices.

Read more about stress and hair loss on this blog here.

Consider a hair loss treatment with nutritional resources as well as ingredients targeted at stress in women. As one example, I have had great luck taking Nutrafol.

2. Medication Side Effects

Even though we take medicine to solve problems, some medicines may actually cause different ones. This is all too common with the side effect of hair loss.

Drugs used for depression, heart problems, cancer, high blood pressure, and arthritis may all lead to hair loss. Take the time to read through the symptoms of your specific medications, and if hair loss is listed as a symptom, consider speaking with your physician about alternative treatments.

Excessive Vitamin A is actually a known cause of female hair loss. Despite the benefits of the vitamin, overdoing your intake can lead to baldness. Fortunately, this is reversible. Once the excess Vitamin A is halted, hair should return to normal.

Chemotherapy is commonly known to cause hair loss, and many readers of this blog who have experienced chemotherapy-related hair loss find recovery in my protocol for hair growth.

Another common medication that causes hair loss is medication to treat thyroid disorders. You can read more about my experience with that here.

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3. Contraceptives

One of the most common female hair loss types stems from a medication many of us take on a daily basis – birth control.

The pill suppresses ovulation by affecting the body’s supply of estrogen and progestin. For women that are hypersensitive to hormonal changes, this can lead to hair loss while on the pill. More commonly, the woman will experience hair loss several weeks or months after she stops taking the pill.

For the most part, oral contraceptives are safe for women. Low androgen index pills are the best. However, if you have a family history of hair loss, you should think about using another non-hormonal birth control option, such as a diaphragm, or meticulous tracking of your ovulation cycle.

4. DHT Excess

For many years, scientists believed that testosterone was the cause of baldness. New research shows, however, that the real culprit is DHT, a derivative of the hormone testosterone. To put it simply, DHT seeks to kill hair follicles by binding to receptors in the scalp. This, in turn, causes baldness.

Excessive DHT affects both men and women. While it’s true that DHT shows up in larger quantities in men, even a small amount can cause a problem. Hormones work best when in balance, so if female hormones are outnumbered by excessive DHT hormones, hair loss can occur.

Before blaming DHT for your falling strands, make sure to rule out other causes of female hair loss, as explored in this list.

Luckily, there are many effective DHT blocking shampoos and serums to choose from. Read more about a great DHT blocking shampoo here, and an awesome DHT blocking serum here.

Known potent DTH blockers include Saw Palmetto, Rosemary, and amazingly, caffeine. Many shampoos and serums are now engineered to include caffeine.

5. Hormonal Shifts

As mentioned in regards to birth control, changes in hormones can wreak havoc on your hair. One of the biggest hormonal changes for women is the cycle of pregnancy, childbirth, and recovery from childbirth. As hormones shift during the pregnancy, many women actually experience thicker hair than normal. Postpartum, however, much of that hair starts to fall out- this is one of the most common hair loss causes for women.

Hair can revert normal in a few months after the body has had a chance to bring hormone levels back to normal. It’s no guarantee, however, and hair loss treatments recommended here can help the body normalize and combat hair loss.

6. Genetics

Unfortunately, if you come from a family where women begin to lose their hair at a certain age, the same thing may happen to you. The condition is called androgenic alopecia, the female version of male pattern baldness. Female hair loss is less likely to present as a receding hairline and more likely to appear as a widening part and overall thinning of hair.

Androgenic alopecia can be treated with low level laser therapy. The cause is not excessive DHT, so DHT blockers are not the proper treatment.

7. Lack of Protein and Iron

How to stop hair loss in women? Commit to eating a diet designed to keep hair strong and healthy.

One of the most common dietary deficiencies for women is protein. If your diet doesn’t include enough protein, the body begins rationing it, shutting down hair growth. This also happens when the body is lacking in iron, which is true for 1 in 10 women between the ages of 20 and 49.

To combat this, make sure to prioritize protein. Meat, fish, and eggs are all great sources. If you’re anemic, or iron-deficient, a diet rich in meats and leafy greens will help. Alternatively, you can invest in a simple iron supplement.

8. Hairstyles & Hair Styling techniques

If you consistently pull your hair tight into the same hairstyle, this could be the cause of your hair loss. Known as traction alopecia, this occurs when the same hair follicles are constantly stressed.

Pigtails and cornrows are known stressors and causes of traction alopecia. If you continue to style your hair in same way, scalp scarring could occur and hair loss could be permanent.

The solution is simple – switch up your hairstyle. Try to let hair grow naturally as it recovers.

Avoid hot oil treatments, perms, and blow-outs as well, as they can lead to inflammation of the hair follicle. If you MUST blow dry, get a high quality blow dryer with a diffuser, which takes some of the stress and impact off of the follicles.

So, What’s the Treatment?

With so many causes for hair loss in women, it’s hard to pinpoint just one treatment technique that will work for all.

But, there’s only one path that leads to healthy, long-lasting results:

Natural.

There are dozens of hair loss treatments on the market, ranging from prescription (Propecia) to over-the-counter (Rogaine and Nizoral).

And what do they all have in common?

Chemicals!

The unnatural approach of the above-mentioned products may provide you with short-term results, but they won’t treat the real problem.

This is why I recommend you use only natural products – those without chemicals or preservatives. They can treat the underlying cause of hair loss, while also giving you the visible results you want.

Are you ready to begin?

Check out Grogenix line of hair loss treatment products, including Caffeine Shampoo and Scalp Elixir.

The preservative-free products will provide results without the irritation common with chemical-laden ones.

WHEW! That was a long rundown of female hair loss causes. As you can see, there are many contributing factors. Rarely does hair loss occur with just one of these in isolation.

If your hair has just started to fallout, there is hope. Take steps to treat and reinvigorate your follicles, be patient, and be persistent!

Questions, thoughts, comments, observations, or ideas? As always, I love to hear about your experiences and welcome all feedback. Thanks for reading!

Hair Growth Protocol

Female hair loss

Here’s the Plan, Stan.

Now is the PERFECT time to recap my own personal hair growth methodology.

Yes, I have a plan, yes, I follow it, and yes, I’ve experienced success recovering from my own hair loss.

A great number of readers have expressed interest in my success and themselves are following same steps.

I’ll share here what I do, and also give you variations of my protocol for those with bigger budgets, smaller budgets, and also for those with chemical sensitivities who need strictly all-natural options. I’m also giving a protocol for my male readers, because hair loss doesn’t discriminate!

OK, not quite yet….

First, a recap of my story. You can read more on my About Me page, buut the gist is this: my hair loss was the result of a perfect storm of all of this stuff.

  1. Medication Side effects. I have hypothyroid and must take levothyroxine daily. Both this medical condition AND this medication are associated with hair loss.
  2. Genetics. I’ve always had a weird/high hairline, which I believe is genetic as my mother also has it and my father was totally bald by 16.
  3. STRESS. After a period of tremendous stress I noticed my hair falling out from these thin areas at an alarming rate. To the point where my previously thin areas on my upper temples were bald, and my hairline was getting more and more distant. I had just sold my business of 15 years and moved halfway across the world away from friends and family, to the epicenter of nuclear conflict. My stress was legit.

My theory is that the extremely high stress I experienced kicked off the existing risk of hair fall from the hypothyroid and thyroid medication I’d already been taking.  In my case, the hypothyroid-related predisposition to hair loss was a ticking time bomb.

I first started with DHT blocking shampoo and quickly moved onto taking supplements. I’ve had the most luck with Nutrafol, and it’s the one I recommend most often.

After a solid year of hair regrowth focus and about six months of Nutrafol, collagen, and the other goodies described below, and especially after I said goodbye to my bleach, permanent dye and blow dry routine, my balding areas are filled in with vellus hairs (baby hairs) and real hairs.

What now?

My hair is thicker, stronger, and less brittle than it’s ever been.  As an added bonus, my finger nails, which have always been thin and splitting, are strong and grow so fast that I have to cut them. This, for me, is victory.

I firmly believe that if you intervene in time, when your hair loss is recent (usually the rule is under 18 months), you can get in there and coax the follicles back to life.

Maybe the follicles won’t be brought 100% back to life, and maybe you’ll settle for lot of pretty baby hair like I have, but I’m also hopeful that over time these same formerly dormant and now partially active follicles will start cranking out more actual hair.

Most importantly, hair regrowth requires diligence and patience.

It isn’t cheap. Is it easy? That’s debatable. It depends on your relationship with routine. If you can remember to do stuff every day, it’s easy. If you can’t, your hair regrowth strategy is gonna be a bit more of a chore.

But the patience is key – for the vast majority of us women, whether your hair loss is from menopause or post-partum shifts or chemo or stress or blasted medications or just the luck of the genetic lottery….you’ve gotta give whatever you try a real shot – 2-3 months before you can assess if it’s working.

Feel free to try any of these out, depending on your budget or needs, do the work, and give it time!

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Penelope’s Protocol:

  1. Nutrafol for Women (you can see my progress pics on my review of Nutrafol)
  2. Rosemary essential oil scalp massages nightly, or nearly nightly
  3. DHT blocking shampoo and conditioner – I’ve stuck with the not irritating and affordable Fight Fallout duo from OGX
  4. Art Naturals hair mask every couple of weeks – really nice conditioner
  5. Just Naturals Grow New Hair Treatment on nights before I’m washing my hair the next morning – smells yummy
  6. Magnesium oil spray on my scalp a few nights a week – also on my ouchie areas and joints
  7. Bovine Collagen Peptides. Moooooo.
  8. Vitamin D3 – suspended in coconut oil
  9. Biotin – suspended in coconut oil
  10. I sucked it up and stopped coloring and bleaching my hair. I accept my natural color and the increasing grey. Dark & grey is better than blonde and gone.
  11. Stopped drying my hair, except for rare times in winter, or before fancypants stuff, and please, ladies, USE A DIFFUSER.

Moneybags Protocol:

  1. Grogenix Laser Cap. That’s right, if you can afford it, get yourself a laser helmet and surrender to the science of low level light therapy.
  2. Nutrafol for Women – this stuff is still $88/month.
  3. Ultrax Labs DHT blocking caffeine shampoo & conditioner – these are expensive but totally worth it.
  4. Grow Gorgeous Hair Intense Serum nightly – again, expensive but worth it
  5. High end Bovine & Marine collagen peptides – yeah, you still need the collagen just get the fancy super clean stuff 🙂
  6. Vitamin D3 & Biotin – may as well splurge on the best!
  7. Weekly full-body massages and other stress-reducing measures or outright pampering

Ramen Noodle Living Protocol:

  1. Hairfluence – Hairfluence is the best cheap hair loss supplement out there at $20/month
  2. Rosemary Essential Oil Scalp massages nightly – a 4oz bottle is under $12 and will last you forever.
  3. DHT Blocking Shampoo & Conditioner from Hair Restoration Laboratories (huge bottles for the price) – these are under $40 for a set that will last you about 6 months.
  4. Bone broth as often as possible – buy the bones from your butcher (they’re cheap), make the broth, drink the broth. If necessary freeze the extra and thaw as needed.  Read my post about this here. Making the bone broth is cheaper than buying the powdered collagen. If you’re really creative, go eat pho a few times a week over lunch at your favorite Vietnamese restaurant…should ring in at around $6/meal.  Double duty food & medicine!

Sensitive Skin Protocol:

  1. Phytoworx organic plant stem-cell shampoo OR
  2. Vitamins Organic Gold shampoo & conditioner
  3. Organic Rosemary essential oil & Organic Lavender scalp massages nightly – why not go organic?
  4. Organic Saw Palmetto Supplement – it’s hard to find a specific hair-loss supplement that has 100% organic sourced ingredients so just get the most potent DHT blocker and supplement with it separately.
  5. Organic superfoods & grass-fed bovine collagen powder – happy plants, happy cows.
  6. Wild caught marine collagen powder – happy fish.

Penelope’s Hair Club for Men:

  1. Be Awesome to your Wife or Girlfriend (or Husband or Boyfriend) all of the time.
  2. Nutrafol for Men.
  3. Rosemary essential oil scalp massages nightly, or nearly nightly.
  4. Theradome or HairMax Laserband 82. That’s right, Mr. Moneybags – get yourself a laser helmet and surrender to the science of low level light therapy.  It should appeal to the gadget nerd in you.
  5. Bovine Collagen Peptides. Moooooo. Throw it in your muscle smoothie.
  6. DHT blocking caffeine shampoo. Alpecin on a budget and Ultrax Surge if you’re flush from your last trip to Vegas. Both smell masculine.

Why do all of this instead of Rogaine + time?

Rogaine (minoxidil) is the only FDA-approved chemical hair loss treatment for women.

Rogaine is all well and good for those who have results with it. I am not one of those, and I also don’t like the way it leaves my hair greasy. I also have a hard time not getting it on my face.  I’m Italian, and have enough issues with facial hair without having to contend with the Rogaine gorilla face.

Luckily, there are several alternative minoxidil products out there, and one I’ve considered trying is Lipogaine for sensitive scalps.

I came up with my protocol after research, trial and error, and cobbling together the treatments that seemed to work, not irritate my skin, and agree with my budget.

I’m sharing this information because the internet is full of women (1 in 4 of us!) desperate to solve the paralyzing horror of hair loss.

All joking aside, hair is serious sh*t, and since I’ve had some luck, I believe in passing this luck onto my sisters 🙂

Skullcap Recap

I hope this post has given you some concrete ideas on how to tackle your hair loss. Keep trying until you find what works for you.

My blog is FULL of reviews of products not mentioned here, so if you don’t like these suggestions, keep reading and maybe something will pop out to you that sounds more up your alley.

I strongly believe my inside/outside hair loss treatment approach is mandatory, because our hair exists inside our dermis and outside our bodies.

DHT blocking shampoo is nice, but if you aren’t giving your body the collagen it needs to grow new strong hair, it’s not gonna give you the results you want.

And if you’re only taking supplements and not taking care of your hair on the outside with serums, nourishing oils, or nightly scalp massages, you also might not see much of a difference.

So, in my experience, you’ve gotta do it all, and you’ve gotta do it all at the same time.

I love hearing from you all and I encourage you to reach out to me personally or through the comments with any questions, thoughts, ideas, comments, or musings.

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We’re all in this together! Hair hair!

Just Nutritive Thin Hair Treatment Review

A young woman with a hair loss problem

Are you longing for thicker, fuller hair? Pure, naturally-derived ingredients can get it for you. And you can find these ingredients in Just Nutritive Thin Hair Treatment, the best thin & hair loss treatment for women.

What is Just Nutritive?

Just Nutritive is a full line of hair products by Just Naturals, a company dedicated to creating beauty products for consumers who want natural, proven ingredients for maximum hair health.

We’ve discussed a few of their products on the blog, including: Grow New Hair, Shampoo, and their Bald Spot Treatment.

Just Naturals reviews show that as people become increasingly concerned about what they’re putting on their skin and in their bodies, they’re looking for safer alternatives.

If you’re tired of questionable chemicals, harsh detergents, and useless fillers in your hair products, you’re not alone. Nearly everyone who writes a Just Naturals review has been amazed at how well their hair responded to a gentle, chemical-free regimen.

Hair Loss Hits Women Hard

Have you ever heard your friends complain about their styling problems or their bad haircuts and thought, “Hey, at least you still have hair!”

Losing our hair is tough on women. We all have bad hair days, but when you don’t have enough hair to work with, your bad hair days start adding up quickly.

Most importantly, when our hair starts dying, and our follicles underproduce, we only have about an 18 month window (on average) to bring them back to life before those follicles die for good.

For women, permanent hair loss can be especially devastating as the beauty standards in our culture haven’t caught up with the 1 in 4 women who will experience severe hair loss in her lifetime.

This website is targeted specifically to women who are worried about hair loss or hair health, or who have recently experienced it – my suggestions, reviews, and protocols provide valuable methods to coax those struggling follicles back to life.

Good Hair Days

Most beauty makeovers involve a session at a styling salon. A new cut and color can transform our whole look and attitude. Similarly, thinning hair and bald spots can make us feel like we just don’t look our best.

Yes, men lose their hair too, and it’s no picnic for them.

But we expect men to go bald as they get older. There are even celebrities who have used their baldness to become sex symbols.

You see very few female movie stars and celebrities who are bald.

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Are You Losing It?

If you find loose hairs in your brush or in the shower drain, don’t panic. It’s normal to lose 50 to 100 hairs a day.

True signs that you’re facing a serious hair shortage include:

  • Waking with a pile of hairs on your pillow.
  • Seeing wads of hair in the shower drain.
  • A thin patch on your crown that seems to be growing.
  • Seeing more of your scalp when you pull your hair up.

If you’re losing more hair than you’d like, it’s time to do something about it before it becomes too late.

Reasons You Might Lose Your Hair

There are several reasons why you might be seeing less hair on your head. Fortunately, Just Nutritive Hair Growth can help no matter what the reason is.

Age. As we get older, our hair naturally gets thinner. It also gets coarser, so the remaining hair we have requires special care to stay smooth and shiny.

Androgenetic alopecia. To put it baldly (sorry), this is just the female version of male pattern baldness. It is hereditary and hormonal in nature, and usually starts when you’re in your 50s or 60s.

Traction alopecia. If you wear your hair pulled into aggressive styles like a knot or ponytail every day, you could be causing your hair to thin out and break. Cornrows and braids can also cause this type of hair loss.

Styling and heat damage. It’s sad but true. All the things we do to make our hair look good, like heat styling, bleaching and coloring, eventually cause hair to get weak, thin and prone to breakage.

Stress. Extreme stress can cause you to feel like tearing your hair out, and as it turns out, it can also cause hair loss. Enduring some type of trauma, including surgery, can cause your hair follicles to temporarily shut down.

Diet and medical issues. Losing weight is good for you, but doing it quickly can be rough on your hair. Being pregnant or suffering from a thyroid condition can also cause hair loss. Stress and inflammatory conditions absolutely cause hair loss.

Turn the Tide

Whatever the reason for your thinning locks, you can reverse the trend and get your hair back on track by using a gentle, multi-pronged approach.

Grogenix Scalp Elixir

  • Use gentle DHT blocking shampoos, like Just Nutritive’s Grow New Hair shampoo.
  • Use a conditioning treatment whenever you wash your hair.
  • Avoid heavy use of gels, lotions and sprays that can build up on your hair.
  • Avoid heat styling.
  • Stop harsh treatments including perms, straighteners, relaxers and bleaching.
  • Stop dying your hair
  • Start using a hair growth serum daily, such as Grow Gorgeous Hair Intense , Minoxidil treatments like Lipogaine, or the natural and just-as-effective-as-minoxidil alternative, Grogenix Scalp Elixir.

What is in Just Nutritive Hair Loss Treatment?

The name “Just Nutritive” sums it up. This gentle but effective treatment contains all the nutrients your hair needs to reverse damage, gain strength, and begin to take on the fuller, thicker appearance you want.

The pure, naturally-derived, concentrated oils are what make this the best hair loss treatment for women you can buy. You can read more directly on their website, or just keep reading my awesome summary!

Plant oils have been scientifically shown to penetrate hair cuticles and fortify hair from within.

Coconut oil is especially good for renewing strength and resilience to hair.

Olive oil has been used around the globe for centuries to moisturize hair.

Avocado oil is another earth-derived emollient that adds incredible softness and shine.

Camelina oil is an edible oil known for its healthy properties. It contains anti-oxidants and high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential oils our bodies and hair need to maintain hydration and good health.

Perilla oil is a non-greasy oil that helps protects the hair’s level of ceramides. Stress, chemicals and heat styling strip your hair of ceramides, leaving it rough and weak. Perilla oil helps you retain those natural ceramides your hair needs.

Roseship seed oil is another emollient that has been used since ancient times to heal skin and hair problems. It’s a light oil that works especially well to treat dry, sensitive scalps. This makes it ideal for hair that is feeling stressed and thin.

Taken together, these ingredients will:

  • Instantly start to repair frazzled, damaged hair.
  • Strengthen your hair to make it smoother and more resilient
  • Add incredible shine.
  • Make frizzies disappear.
  • Smooth split ends so they’re less noticeable.
  • Give your hair a healthy look and feel.
  • Plump up your hair so it looks and feels thicker.

However, Just Nutritive products do also contain surfactants / detergents (such as sodium lauroyl isethionate). In other words, lathering agent. When used on the scalp, they can cause irritation in certain individuals.

How Does it Work?

To use, simply apply to your hair and scalp several times a week. Start with a dime-sized amount because you don’t need much of this rich, nutrition-packed formula.

You can leave it on for several hours or even all day. Afterward, shampoo with one of Just Nutritive’s gentle shampoos and follow with a conditioner.

Rely on Nature

Grogenix Caffeine ShampooThe best treatments for your skin and hair are those that come straight from nature. Nourish your hair with high-quality nutrition and you’ll see amazing results.

So, is Just Nutritive a good option?

While it does contain more natural ingredients than most “all-natural” brands on the market, it also contains surfactants and detergents. These are completely unnecessary, and can cause scalp irritation.

Perhaps you’re asking yourself:

“What other options are there?”

If you’re looking for a 100% natural, preservative-free hair products line, I recommend Grogenix.

Their line of products includes Caffeine Shampoo, Scalp Elixir, and Hair Rinse Tonic. They can be used separately, or together, to reverse hair loss and reinvigorate the follicles.

What do the Just Nutritive Hair Growth Reviews say?

You can find many satisfied users of Just Nutritive hair growth treatment on Amazon.com and other sites.

Just Natural Hair Loss Treatment reviews show that Just Nutritive gets high marks for customer service and for product purity.

However, some reviewers have commented that the products targeted at treating hair loss – namely, the Thin Hair Loss Treatment – didn’t do much in terms of stopping hair fall.

Get Beautiful Hair, Starting Today

If you want your thinning hair to look fuller and healthier, turn to nature. Start treating your hair with the love it deserves. With persistence and a lot of patience, you’ll get the thick, shiny beautiful hair of your dreams.

Cayenne Hair Loss Treatment Review

Ground cayenne pepper in a bowl with whole cayenne peppers behind it

Cayenne pepper, in your hair? EEEK! For anyone who’s accidentally touched their face after making salsa and chopping those jalapeños, you know the sensation. Burning, stinging, and gets the blood pumping.

Now, while our skin and mucous membranes and eyes might hate this and find it irritating, it’s actually quite good for scalps with thinning hair.

Is Cayenne Pepper Good for Hair Loss?

Yes, it is! Cayenne pepper stimulates new growth by promoting additional blood circulation throughout the scalp.

Increased blood circulation means improved nutrient delivery to hair follicles, and improved circulation of waste products AWAY from the follicles.

Cayenne strengthens and encourages hair follicles to remain in the growth (telogen) phase.

Here’s a groovy infographic with more specifics on the goodness of cayenne. A picture says a thousand words…but for some reason my word count doesn’t agree 🙂

What’s in Cayenne Scalp Treatment?

This serum contains several powerful DHT blockers that help fight hair loss.

Organic Rosehip Oil: Rosehip oil is an excellent source of essential fatty acids. EFAs repair and renew damaged hair follicles and scalp tissue to promote healthy hair growth.

Organic Perilla Seed Oil: This oil is rich in alpha-linolenic acid, which is an Omega-3 fatty acid that’s essential for hair growth. Omega-3 fatty acids help essential nutrients to pass through the cells in our body, including the cells in our hair follicles. Also, Perilla enables blood and nutrients to flow to the follicles, which of course regenerates the follicles and promotes hair growth.

Organic Argan Oil: This beneficial oil is rich with vitamins A, C and E, and loaded with antioxidants, linoleic acid and omega-6 fatty acids. When applied externally to our skin and scalp, it boosts scalp production which results in healthier skin and hair. Argan oil is often included in high-end beauty products…so this is the good stuff, kids!

Organic Pumpkin Seed Oil: Pumpkin seed oil is high in zinc, which helps nourish the scalp and promote hair growth.

Organic Saw Palmetto Oil: Saw palmetto Ooil is a heavy-hitter in the hair loss treatment world. It is a powerful blocker of the hormone DHT, which is a byproduct of testosterone and the culprit behind many forms of hair loss in men and women equally. By decreasing DHT levels, an environment is created conductive to hair re-growth, naturally leading to fuller thicker hair, facilitated by a healthier scalp.

Organic Sesame Oil: Sesame oil is popularly used for hair growth throughout Asia, and to maintain scalp health.

Organic Jojoba Oil:  Jojoba oil is capable of moisturizing hair  follicles without leaving any residue. It speeds up the reproduction of  hair cells.

Amla Fruit Oil:  Amla oil massages help boost blood circulation. This, in turn, optimizes nourishment to  follicles and increases hair growth. Alma is also extremely rich in antioxidants, particularly Vitamin C.

Organic Mustard Seed Oil: Mustard seeds contain protein, calcium, vitamin A and E, omega-3, and omega-6 fatty acids. All of these strengthen your hair from the inside. Stronger hair falls out less often. Mustard Seed oil is also an excellent conditioner.

Avocado Oil: Avocado oil stimulates blood flow and unclogs blocked follicles. These effects may help fight hair loss. The monounsaturated fatty acid content in avocado oil is extremely high, and is one of the main reasons it is so good for your hair. Let’s face it, most of us have hair that’s dry, damaged and weak from poor nutrition, heat styling, chemical treatments and environmental pollution.

Organic Castor Seed Oil: Castor oil has antibacterial and antioxidant properties that make it beneficial against follicle inflammation, dandruff, and scalp infections. Its ricinoleic acid content increases circulation to the scalp and improves hair growth.

Bhringraj Oil: Important in Ayurvedic medicine,  Bhringraj oil improves blood circulation and revitalizes the hair follicles and facilitates hair growth.

Moringa Seed Oil: Moringa has Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B7, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Vitamin K. In addition to this, Moringa contains the following minerals: Calcium, Copper, Iron, Potassium, Magnesium and Zinc. This is basically a hair follicle diet from heaven.

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Black Seed Oil:  Black seed oil gets deep within the roots of your hair. Numerous studies have proven black seed oil to be one of the most efficient ways to tackle hair loss. This is mainly due to the thymoquinone content, which helps lessen inflammation, clear any fungal or bacterial imbalances, and heal the root causes of the women’s hair loss problems.

Brahmi Oil: Brahmi oil is a natural remedy for slow hair growth. It cools the scalp and provides relief from itching and irritation. It strengthens hair roots by providing them nutrition and antioxidant protection with free radicals. It also reduces dandruff and flakiness on scalp.

Cayenne Pepper Extract: Oh hey, look up at that fancy infographic again if you need a reminder about all the good things this product’s namesake does for our precious hair and scalp. Capsacin increases blood circulation throughout the scalp to deliver more of the essential nutrients to the hair follicle required for healthy hair growth.

What else is in it? SO MUCH STUFF. I’ve gone into detail about most of the heavy hitters, but here are the other ingredients: Chili Seed Oil, Organic Peppermint Essential Oil, Vitamin E (D-Alpha Tocopherol), Organic Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Organic Rosemary Essential Oil (read more about Rosemary here), Organic Lemongrass Essential Oil, Organic Grapefruit Essential Oil, Provitamin B-5 (D-Panthenol), Organic Cassia Essential Oil, Organic Clove Leaf Essential Oil, Organic Tea Tree Essential Oil, Carrot Seed Essential Oil, Candelilla Wax, Vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate), Styrax Benzoin Essential Oil.

About all of this, Botanical Green Care, the company that makes this product, says:

100% NATURAL Anti-Hair Loss Formula with our Powerful proprietary and CLINICALLY PROVEN Advanced DHT Blockers blend, the STRONGEST NATURAL HAIR GROWTH STIMULATORS, most powerful natural botanical hair loss fighting Organic Extracts, Essential nutrients, omega-3 oils, fatty acids & Vitamins. NO HARMFUL CHEMICALS. No Harsh Preservatives. No SLS. No Parabens.

No SLS means no Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (we’ve written about how evil that stuff is here). Engine de-greaser does not belong in our beauty products!

No Parabens is also good – Parabens can mimic the behavior of estrogen in our bodies, which can throw us out of whack especially since so many of us with hair loss issues are already dealing with hormonal imbalances or endocrine problems.

After looking at all of this in detail, I’m really surprised and pleased that they packed so much good DHT-blocking hair-nourishing stuff (minus the crap) in one product.

I think this product counts as a “kitchen sink” choice – throw everything at the problem and hope something sticks and makes those follicles come back from their oh-so-annoying sleepy slumber!

How do you use it?

The directions are pretty darn straightforward. The cool thing is that you wash it out – you don’t have to wear it overnight like Rogaine or Lipogaine.

Shake well before use. Massage Treatment into your scalp before washing your hair. Leave on for at least 20 minutes, then shampoo. For best results use at least 2 to 3 times per week.

You might feel your scalp tingling even after you rinse it off, but that’s  just the blood rushing to your scalp and carrying all the nutrients and goodness to your hair. This makes your roots stronger, prevents hair fall, and increases hair growth.

What do people say?

This product has an average of 4.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon.com, from 133 reviews at the time of this blog post.

There are a lot of reviews with before/after pics, which I always appreciate.

The basic gist of the good feedback is that this stuff works, and people appreciate the ability to wash it out and not have to keep it on for 10 hours a day 🙂

A lot of people remarked positively on the smell, which, after reading the ingredients, has to be pretty stupendous.

There were reviews from people with long-term hair loss, alopecia, post-partum hair loss, men, women, young, old…so it was good to see this is a unisex product.

The basic gist of the negative feedback was that it didn’t work, or that it smelled predominantly of lemongrass (which is a very loud smell, for sure).  There were so few negative reviews, though, that it’s hard to generalize further.  If that isn’t a ringing endorsement, I don’t know what is!

Overall: Legit

Cayenne Hair Loss Treatment by Botanical Green Care may be relatively new on the scene, but it has rave reviews online, and packs a massive punch of hair helpers and DHT fighters.

Any thoughts on this product or cayenne peppers or spicy food or how your day has been so far? You know the drill….leave a comment, I will reply, and the world will be a better place after we share what we know about hair 🙂

Can Inflammation Cause Hair Loss?

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Losing hair can affect our self-esteem unlike anything else. Some of the psychological effects of thinning and balding can be highly devastating and affect the quality of a woman’s life. Hair loss is caused by many factors, including genetics and nutrition.

Many of these medical causes of hair loss have one thing in common: inflammation. Interestingly, inflammation causes hair loss in the ways highlighted next.

Can Inflammation Cause Hair Loss?

In short: yes. Normally, and generally, inflammation occurs when the body has to fight off intruding microorganisms. In some cases, the body’s immune system will interpret the woman’s cells and organs as foreign organisms and fight them.

The hair follicles can be interpreted as intruding elements and are often destroyed by the body’s immune system. This results in the medical condition alopecia, or inflammation based hair loss.

During this time, the scalp will be damaged by the immune system, and the hair roots will be unable to obtain proper nutrition. This is the link between inflammation and hair loss.

A scalp that is damaged by inflammation will usually have a burning sensation and some red itchy spots. Also, the scalp may experience flaking and other skin irritation.

Symptoms of Hair Loss Due to Inflammation

A notable symptom of inflammation is a rise in temperature. This is usually because of the increased flow of blood at the inflamed part of the body. Other signs of inflammation include:

Swelling– This is caused by the accumulation of fluid at the site of inflammation
Redness– This is also caused by the increased flow of blood in the area
Pain– This results from the release of chemicals that stimulate nerve endings
Loss of function at the site of inflammation
Digestion problems such as gas, constipation, and diarrhea
Puffy bags under the eyes or a generally puffy face
Brain fog and depression
A feeling of tiredness all the time since the cells do not produce sufficient energy. Chronic fatigue and inflammation go hand in hand.

While this is incredibly annoying, it’s true: experiencing inflammation with none of these signs being present is possible.

Chronic inflammation, which is a constant and non-temporary state of information, occurs when the body tries to heal damaged body tissues, but the damage continues to take place on a regular basis.. Symptoms of the condition include:

• Asthma
• Diabetes
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Sinusitis
• Active hepatitis

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What Causes Inflammation Scalp Hair Loss in Women?

Since inflammation and hair loss are closely linked, women should take steps to prevent the cause of the problem. They can do this by first learning about the causes of inflammation.

One key cause of inflammation is low-grade bacteria, viruses, and fungi in the bloodstream and certain organs in the body. One species of bacteria that is known to cause inflammation is H pylori. Besides inflammation, this bacteria causes ulcers.

It is estimated that about half of all adults over 40 have this bacteria in their guts. As mentioned before, the body’s defense system will try to combat these elements and will end up causing harm to the body.

In some cases, the immune system will simply react because of an imbalance of bacteria and fungi in the gut. This will not usually cause notable symptoms. This imbalance can usually be cleared up by a good diet, a colostrum supplement, and high quality probiotics.

allergies inflammation hair lossAllergic reactions also cause inflammation in the body. This condition overworks the immune system and forces it to flush out the allergen.  The perplexing thing about allergies is that they are can develop and change over time. You can go from being able to eat an omelet every morning to being allergic to eggs (yes, really).  So, don’t assume right off the bat that this isn’t a concern for you, merely because it hasn’t been in the past.

Also, women who experience a lot of physical, psychological and emotional stress (which is most of us, right?) are likely to end up with inflammation. This is because stress increases the production of cortisol, a hormone which sets off a chain of negative reactions in our body.

(To learn more, check out my post on stress and its effects on hair loss here.)

Toxins from the air, water, and metals such as mercury and chlorine can also lead to inflammation. These toxins should be avoided as they cause many other health problems. Clean eating is one way to reduce exposure to toxins. Another quick fix is adding a reverse osmosis system to your water sources at home.

(Do you want to learn more about how chlorine causes hair loss? Check it out here!)

Our unhealthy, sedentary lifestyles can also cause this problem. They should embrace an active lifestyle and always get enough sleep at the end of the day. Also, eating a balanced diet and drinking sufficient amounts of water will prevent inflammation in the body.

Poor diet can also spike physical inflammation. Women should also eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Some foods that can control the condition  of excessive inflammation include broccoli, hemp oil, fermented foods and liquids, onions, garlic, pineapple, spinach, tart cherries, and spices such as ginger and turmeric.

We can take a multi-pronged approach to prevent inflammation, as it comes into our lives from all of these different areas.

What Can Women Do To Reduce Scalp Inflammation?

It is best for us to tackle this problem at the moment we notice hair beginning to thin. Of course, for those not yet experiencing hair loss, preventative measures are also great ideas.

First, eliminate the causes of stress. Eliminate exposure to toxins, Clean up your diet. Get checked for H pylori.

Next, treat the hair loss.

There are many topical treatments for scalp inflammation, but it is advisable for women to consult their doctors before starting off with any particular treatments.

First, I’ve reviewed and recommended two popular Minixodil treatments including Rogaine and Lipogaine (which is less irritating), as well as all-natural DHT blocking treatments like Just Nutritive Grow New Hair Faster, Grow Gorgeous Hair Intensity Serum, and my favorite (and cheapest) topical treatment, Rosemary essential oil.

Most of these treatments will simply reduce the severity of the condition and not necessarily get rid of it. This sucks, but hair loss treatments are almost necessary to continue throughout the rest of our lives, as the causes of our hair loss, including inflammation, never go away entirely.

Next, I recommend supplementation.  Nutrafol has been my go-to, because it has all of the pieces – DHT Blockers, stress reducers, and collagen. To read more about my success with Nutrafol, click here.  For a budget-friendly alternative hair loss supplement, I recommend Hairfluence by Zhou Nutrition, which has a MASSIVE following of both men and women.

Third, I recommend even more aggressive collagen supplementation. Read more about bone broth and collagen here.

Fourth, we give it over to science and give in to the latest promising research for low level laser therapy, which stimulates follicles to produce faster and better hair, and is a mess-free option.  Invest in an awesome laser therapy helmet or comb.

Besides these treatments, we should lead healthy and stress-free lifestyles so that the root causes of inflammation are eliminated.

Overall: even with chronic inflammation, there is hope for female hair loss.

To answer the question – can inflammation cause hair loss, one needs to understand that it does it by depriving the roots of nutrients and also weakening the hair follicles. This condition will generally lead to the thinning and eventual loss of hair, loss of self-confidence, and any number of beauty-related crises.

Inflammation is meant to eliminate foreign elements from the body, but it usually results in unwanted effects – because hair is not a foreign element!

For this reason we should try to lead a healthy lifestyle and avoid the causative elements of inflammation. I’ve covered some primary causes of inflammation: accumulation of bad bacteria in the gut, stress, and allergic reactions, and poor lifestyle choices.

If any of this resonates with you, and you think inflammation might be playing a major role in your hair loss, step back and take a deep breath.

Don’t tackle all of your problems at once. Start with one thing, like your diet, and then move onto another, like your stress. Then add a hair loss treatment to your routine. When that becomes a comfortable part of your routine, introduce another.

It is possible to gradually remove these problematic layers, and make small choices that make a huge difference in your physical health, and your hair heath.

Thanks for reading. If you have any comments, please share them below, I’d love to hear your thoughts! 

REKZE 24 Anti-Hair Loss Treatment Serum 2018 Review

A woman applying a dropper of serum to her hair

There are many products on the market that claim to be able to reverse or stop hair loss in women. However, these female hair loss treatments don’t always work as advertised.

That is not the case with REKZE 24 effective hair loss treatment. This product has been tested on many individuals, and buyers are constantly praising it for being an effective treatment. Rekze serum users typically start to experience results after four weeks of consistent use.

What’s in it?

REKZE 24 Anti-Hair Loss Treatment is made using safe ingredients. They include:

• Biotinoyl tripeptide-1
• Astressin- B
• Kigelia Africana fruit extract
• Cinnamomum zeylanicum bark extract
• Vitaminated matrikine
• Apigenin oleanolic acid
• Lauryldimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed soy protein
• Keratin
• Menthol
• PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil
• Ethyltrimonium chloride methacrylate or Hydrolyzed wheat protein copolymer
• Sodium glutamate
• Hydrolyzed soy protein
• Sodium cocoyl glutamate
• Ginkgo biloba leaf extract

If you are allergic to any of these ingredients, you should consult your doctor before using this hair regrowth serum. Such people are more likely to experience unpleasant side effects.


How Does it Work?

This product does not use minoxidil or any ingredients that can cause severe side effects. Instead, the manufacturer uses ingredients that reduce the level of toxins that may make hair thin and weak. As a result, damage to the hair cuticle will be minimized.

Key ingredients in this hair regrowth serum include Cinnamomum zeylanicum bark extract, Biotinoyl tripeptide-1 (Biotinyl-GHK), oleanolic acid, and Kigelia Africana fruit extract.

Cinnamomum zeylanicum bark extract has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It also has a soothing effect on the scalp. This ingredient improves the flow of blood in the scalp, and this results in better nutrient delivery to the hair follicles. In this way, the extract helps to stimulate the growth of hair. This spice contains vitamins, choline, and beta-carotene, and these help to tone the hair once it regrows.

Biotinoyl tripeptide-1 helps to promote microcirculation in the scalp. This is because of its DHT blocking properties. Men & women experiencing hair loss usually have a build up of DHT, a byproduct of testosterone, around the scalp, and this makes it impossible for nutrients to be delivered to the hair follicles.

As a result, they will have weak and thin hairs or none at all, the follicle totally dormant. This DHT blocking ingredient is meant to correct that problem. Also, it reduces hair follicle atrophy and is commonly used to slow down the signs of aging. Studies have shown that this compound can reduce hair loss by about 58 percent. It also increases the growth of new hair by 121 percent.

Oleanolic acid helps to inhibit 5-alpha reductase. This is an enzyme that converts hormones in the body. The enzyme damages hair follicles when it accumulates in the scalp. Oleanolic acid is meant to inhibit this enzyme, therefore, reducing its effects on hair growth.

Kigelia Africana fruit extract has anti-inflammatory properties.

Ginkgo biloba leaf extract in ‘24’ hair growth treatment serum contains flavonoides with powerful veinotonic properties, it improves tissue irrigation and activates cellular metabolism.

Other ingredients used in this effective hair loss treatment have these effects:

• Preventing perifollicular fibrosis;
• Increasing the anagen (growth) phase of the hair follicles;
• Preventing inflammation, which can inhibit healthy hair growth; and
• Increasing the level and expression of the endothelial growth factor.

It is important to note that this serum will not work for all types of hair loss. You should visit your doctor to find out if the treatment will solve your problem.

For example, the treatment will not work for people who lost their hair because of chemotherapy and other medical procedures. In the same vein, people who have scarrings in the scalp because of diseases will not experience desirable results with this treatment.

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How Should You Use Rekze 24 Serum Hair Loss Treatment?

hairThis treatment is most effective when used early. If you have had sustained hair loss for many years, it is unlikely to work as well – it is likely your follicles have gone from dormant to dead.

REKZE 24 Anti-Hair Loss Treatment should be applied twice on the scalp every day. If you skip a day, you will affect the functioning of the treatment. In some cases, you will end up with extensive initial shedding – this is normal.

Before spraying the treatment, you should shake the bottle. You should spray the treatment on your scalp five to ten times in each session. This is equal to about a millilitre of the serum.

Rub the treatment over the affected area of your scalp. Don’t rinse your head. However, clean your hands thoroughly after applying, since it can cause irritation and redness.

Treatment will need to be indefinite, as the causes of hair loss are almost always, unfortunately, also permanent.


Does it Have Any Side Effects?

REKZE 24 Anti-Hair Loss Treatment is made using safe ingredients. However, people with sensitive scalps might experience irritation and redness. If you experience severe side effects, you should stop using the treatment or see your doctor for advice. Carefully review the list of ingredients to see if you are allergic to any of them.

It is important to stick to the recommended amount of treatment. Using a higher amount will not have any extra effect on the growth of your hair -it will only increase the possibility of side effects.

The treatment is only meant for topical use on the scalp. On other parts of the body, the serum is likely to cause severe irritation. Always clean your hands with soap after applying the serum.


What if it Doesn’t Work?

REKZE has manufactured many female hair loss treatments, all of which are thoroughly tested before being released. 24 Anti-Hair Loss Treatment is one of their products, and this has been noted as the best hair loss serum on the market. The serum is made using ingredients that are guaranteed to deliver results.

In case the treatment does not help you regain your precious hair, you can return it for a refund within 30 days.


rezke 24 serumOverall: Give it a shot for strong and healthy hair.

Hair loss in women is devastating, but it doesn’t have to be permanent. Thanks to scientific research and advanced technology, no woman has to deal with hair loss anymore. REKZE 24 Anti-Hair Loss Treatment is made with high-quality ingredients that have been researched thoroughly. This is why it has been noted by many users as the best hair loss serum – this product has an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com in nearly 60 user reviews.

Have you tried this serum, or any other Rezke products? Any thoughts, questions, ideas, ponderings, or random declarations? Leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

 

Does Stress Cause Hair Loss?

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Stress is an inevitable part of everyone’s lives. Women in particular have unique, steady stressors – juggling careers, education, children, partners, and of course, detailed beauty regimens!

Unfortunately, stress can have tremendous impacts on our physiology—not just our emotions.

Stress is the generic term for the biological event of cortisol – a hormone produced when we’re in stressful situation – releasing within our bodies.depo

Understanding how the body reacts to stress and the subsequent symptoms—such as stress-related hair loss—is crucial to mitigating it.

What Stress Does to Our Bodies

We all know the feeling—the hot face, the fast heartbeat, perhaps the body shaking, sweaty palms. This is cortisol, a steroid hormone, and it is flowing through the bloodstream when we are faced with uncomfortable situations or provoked. It’s supposed to get us moving.

Cortisol is pur fight-or-flight signal. Almost every living organism has some fight-or-flight reaction that indicates an immediate action needs to be taken in the midst of danger.

The paradigm shifts for humans, though. We still have this steroid hormone in the body’s chemical makeup, yet we rarely fight or flee—humans have found other ways to deal with conflict.

The issue today is to learn how to manage this profound biochemical reaction and not let stress cause significant health and emotional problems to our bodies.

Cortisol is supposed to tap into our blood glucose reserves to give us the energy to throw some punches or sprint. It’s a pretty impressive mechanism.

When bodies are at a stand-still and don’t complete this process, the system thinks it is in shock. Nervous shock can cause telogen effluvium (TE) or temporary hair loss. The good news, it is usually reversible.

Does Stress Cause Hair Loss: What is Telogen Effluvium

Trauma, stress, or shock is causes telogen effluvium (TE). Hair loss stress, or TE, is a unique type of female hair loss. It also has a compounding effect.

The stress causes the hair loss, and the hair loss causes stress. This vicious cycle seems like an uphill battle for many. It’s important, though, to understand what TE is, and how to fix it.

The leading female hair cause, TE is when 70% of hair strands’ follicles are in a resting phase. A healthy scalp has 80-90% of its follicles in the andagen phase. Hair strands attach themselves to blood vessels during this part of the cycle and flourish.

TE looks like thinning hair—remember your hair is not technically growing at this point. This thinning hair can easily break off as well tear. Some women might even notice an unusual amount of hair coming out after brushing their hair—truly an unsettling sight.

When someone has TE it is usually all over the scalp, but can be more prevalent in some parts than others.

Stress and Hormones

Most women hear about the dreaded menopause or perimenopause. The body is experiencing hormonal decline affecting estrogen and testosterone levels.

On top of women not feeling like ourselves, we experience changes in hair, weight, and muscle mass, which results in more stress!

Findings from research show menopausal hair loss is due to a hormonal imbalance of reduced estrogen and progesterone.

Anyone who has experienced pregnancy can purport these hormones help hair grow faster and longer. They even help hair grow for more extended periods of time. When these hormones decrease, hair enters the telogen phase, growing much more slowly and becoming thinner.

Stress Can Combine with Other Causes of Hair Loss

The measures we take to handle our stress can also cause hair loss. Some people certainly need medication to treat anxiety and stress.

If you start to experience hair loss after starting a new medication, talk to your medical provider to learn more about female hair loss as potential side effect.

The combination of stress/anxiety plus medication could be the culprit. Even if on medication, it is so important to learn different techniques to break the cycle.

Nervous Habits and Stress

All the built-up energy stress produces makes people do some pretty interesting—perhaps unusual—things. Teeth-grinding, leg-shaking, finger-popping, and hair pulling are common habits people develop to alleviate stress.

These habits are bad, and anyone who experiences any type of unhealthy coping patterns should also continue reading to learn how to manage stress levels.

Hair-pulling, though, is damaging to the scalp and self-esteem. You can damage hair follicles one too many times and permanently kill the follicle. Built up over time, this results in a hole in your hair – don’t do it.

Stress Relief for the Mind, Body, and Soul….and Hair!

Create a safe space for the mind. When anxiety hits, the mind can go to some pretty dark visuals. Learn how to refocus thoughts to an enjoyable place that puts a smile on the face.

If you need a little help getting there, stimulating the senses—such as the olfactory senses—resignal the body that you are okay.

Aromatherapy is an excellent tool for stress relief. Many claim aromas from essential oils create positive moods. Diffusers come in a couple of forms, but the best ones are the candle and steam diffusers.

People light candles in ceremonies around the world to focus their minds and set intentions. The alluring light creates a hypnotic effect and soothes the senses.

Candle essential oil diffusers and essential oil burners release the pleasant scents through the contact with the heat of the flame.

Essential oil steam diffusers usually need an outlet. However there some that are entirely battery powered.

An essential oil steam diffuser requires a little water creating an aromatic mist. This one has the added benefit of coming with a great set of essential oils…and it’s made by a company that also makes essential-oils based hair loss products (check out my review of Art Naturals Shampoo here).

Each diffuser requires only a couple of drops of essential oils. It may seem like a slightly steep investment for tiny tiny bottles, but the oils last quite a long time.

Massage, massage, and more massage!

(Can you tell that I like massage??)

There’s another way to benefit from the health miracle of essential oils: you can also rub them into your body to release tense muscles.

Add 2-3 drops of an essential oil into a carrier oil and massage into whatever part of the body you wish.

A carrier oil is not the same as an essential. An example of a well-known carrier oil is olive oil.

Any vegetable oil can make an excellent vehicle for essential oils. Different types of vegetable oils have different nutrient benefits that act as botanical power for your skin.

Scalp treatments are a fantastic way to lower stress, apply topical vitamins to the scalp, and stimulate blood flow—what hair follicles really need to thrive.

Interesting carrier oils for scalp treatments are baobab oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, and argan oil. You’ll need a good clarifying shampoo to remove the oil after the treatment is done. (Pro-tip: After massaging a nutrient-rich carrier oil into the scalp, wrap it in plastic and a towel for a steamy hot treatment.)

Wonderful stress-relieving essential oils are rose, lavender, patchouli, vanilla, and ylang-ylang. Combine any of these with our powerhouse hair loss oil, Rosemary, and you’ll smell amazing!

One fun way to determine which essential oil is best for you is to let your nose pick. Go to a health food or wellness store and inhale all the luscious aromas and see which one draws you the most. There is much evidence to support that our intuition plays a role in healing.

Yes, Really: More Massage.

Full-body massage has been shown to reduce cortisol levels in our bodies. If you are not already in the habit of receiving regular massage therapy, consider signing up for a monthly plan with a therapist or spa, or even checking out your local massage school for discounted rates.

I’ve been a professional massage therapist for over 15 years, and I can tell you that I’m willing to barter for all kinds of things – housework, beauty services, mechanic services, artwork – so don’t be shy about approaching your boo for in-kind barters.

Make your home a sanctuary.

Another stress-relief strategy is a special, dedicated home escape.

Creating a safe space in the home – (away from the kids, the dog, the partner) – and decorating it with calm colors, uplifting visuals, candles, a comfortable place to rest, can make you feel relaxed, safe, and in control.

It doesn’t have to be the entire house, it can just be a corner that’s all yours, with whatever peaceful imagery, artwork, religious symbols, family photos — anything that makes YOU feel good. Be creative! Make something beautiful that’s entirely yours!

For me, I transform even a small corner into something peaceful.  I move a lot, so this practice is a priority for me whenever I’m in a new space. I always include these things:

  • a rose quartz crystal (the very epitome of peace – pink, light, beautiful),
  • soft lights like the cute little LED lights (which are safe and not a fire hazard)
  • a picture of my loved ones,
  • white sage to burn in an abalone shell (this is a native american practice believed to clear the negative energy from your space)
  • a small painting of trees that I think is beautiful
  • and a picture of ocean waves.

That’s my bliss space recipe. Feel free to copy it verbatim 🙂

Move your body, and go outside!

Yoga is a great lifestyle choice for those who experience chronic stress. The gentle yet strengthening exercises bring muscle-building as the stretching delivers relaxation. You don’t have to commit to some huge exercise regime. Just start by getting up and stretching for a few minutes a day. You’ll find your body is hungry for more, and yoga is an excellent answer to stress relief held in our muscles, minds, and spirits.

Going into nature is another excellent strategy – your body often needs just to move when stressed. The study Green Space and Stress: Evidence from Cortisol Measures in Deprived Urban Communities proves expanses of nature lowers stress levels.

If you live in a city, find and visit your nearest green oasis. Even if it’s a busy park, you’ll smell the difference in the air, and feel more grounded and connected to the oneness.

Jumpstarting Hair Regrowth

As mentioned earlier scalp treatments are not only a way to correct stress-related hair loss but also stimulate blood flow to the scalp. This potentially reengages dormant vessels that have not reach the telogen phase strengthening and growing simultaneously.

This approach is from the outside-in. You also need the inside-out approach to jumpstart hair regrowth.

Nutrafol, my favorite hair loss supplement because it has worked for me, combines vitamins and minerals with potent botanical ingredients to accomplish numerous achievements.

Formulated by doctors, Nutrafol regulates hormones, reduces inflammation, and combats aging. This multi-targeted approach holistically reduces stress. The ingredients have also been clinically-tested.

Putting It All into Perspective

Don’t stress about stress. Don’t stress about hair loss. Learn not to stress at all.

Find tools and strategies that work for you. There is no one-size-fits-all method to stress reduction. There is only a determination to regain control over your mind, body, and spirit.

With a healthy frame of mind and devotion to self-care, you can overcome stress and the unhealthy side-effects of it—including hair loss. You got this.

Best Hair Mask For Hair Loss: Hair Growth Products That Work

A closeup of a woman applying a hair mask

The Hair Vigor Mask is another great offering from the folks at Ultrax Labs. Disclaimer: I’m a fan of their products, and have already reviewed and used the Ultrax Hair Surge Shampoo, and the Ultrax Plush styling serum.

The Hair Vigor Mask is a deep conditioning treatment that nourishes hair follicles and the skin on our scalp.

This hair loss product is unisex and appropriate for both men and women suffering from hair loss, or merely limp, lifeless hair that needs a big boost.

Why Use A Hair Mask?

A hair mask is a treatment that can really “sink in” to your scalp.  Think about it – we use face masks for our faces, wraps and spa treatments for our bodies, but what about our scalps? Shampoo is for hair, not necessarily for our scalps.

Ultrax Labs Hair Vigor Mask claims to both smooth and repair all hair types. This includes unruly, coarse, damaged and/or color treated hair.

Using the synergistic effects of Caffeine, Aloe Vera Juice, Argan Oil and many others, the folks at Ultras claim this premium hair stimulating hair mask will give you softer looking hair that is left moisturized after its use.

Hair VigorMask helps hydrate the scalp and repair hair follicles from within to promote healthy, thicker looking hair.

Ultrax Labs Hair Vigor Mask Ingredients

Let’s take a closer look at some of these ingredients to see how they help with hair loss.

coffee hair loss caffeine shampooCaffeine

Caffeine as a hair loss treatment is essentially a miracle. The story is worth shouting from the rooftops – caffeine is an incredible discovery and asset for the hair loss treatment product world!

A revolutionary 2015 study showed that caffeine is a heavy hitter in the world of hair loss treatment. German scientists explored whether caffeine could encourage hair cells to produce more hair.

They placed follicles from hundreds of different human scalps in petri dishes. Some of the petri dishes were treated with caffeine, some where untreated. The experiment showed that the hair follicles that were spiked with caffeine grew much faster than the untreated cells.

Because of this landmark study, many shampoos, conditioners, and sprays formulated to treat hair loss now include caffeine.

Argan Oil

Argan oil has significant benefits for those suffering from hair loss. The oil has been used throughout antiquity to treat a variety of skin diseases. It’s particularly helpful for scalp plagued by dandruff and irritation. Argan oil is rich in natural phenols that are beneficial to hair follicles.

Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter is favored for hair and skin products due to its ability to penetrate the deep layers of the skin and nourish it from within. Cocoa butter prevents hair loss due to breakage for individuals with damaged hair.

Biotin

We’ve written separately about Biotin, so if you want way more info, click here. Short version: biotin is an important B vitamin that helps with hair and skin health.

Hair is made of keratin, which is a type of protein. Proteins are built from amino acids, which result from the reaction of cell enzymes and biotin. The biotin in your body provides an essential ingredient in the process of hair growth.

Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe Vera has many established health benefits for the human body, particularly for skin and digestive health. Aloe Vera has an established  ability to protect the skin on the scalp scalp and stimulate new growth of hair.

Aloe vera contains proteolytic enzymes, which repairs dead skin cells on the scalp. Aloe works as a conditioner, and prevents itching on the scalp. Bonus, it also reduces dandruff!

Jojoba

Jojoba moisturizes your scalp, stimulating hair growth. Jojoba oil acleanses the scalp of excess sebum build-up, which is scalp oil that’s often too high when there are excess androgens. Jojoba also stimulates circulation on your scalp, bringing new blood to hair follicles and thereby stimulating growth.

Sage extract

Sage has been used in many traditional medical systems to fight hair loss and baldness. Sage contains beta-sitosterol, which is a 5-alpha reductase compound found to be effective in treating male pattern baldness.

Macadamia nut oil

Macadamia oil is used in hair loss products for its nutritive, reconstructive, and hydrating properties. Squalene is a naturally occurring antioxidant in macadamia oil that reduces the oxidative stress on our skin and scalp by preventing loss of moisture. The fatty acids in macadamia oil help make hair strong, shiny, and nourished down tot he level of the hair follicles, which reduces hair loss and brittle strands.

Meadowsweet

Meadowsweet is a natural astringent that helps clarify the scalp and promote circulation around follicles and hair shafts.

Sesame oil

Sesame oil improves the circulation of blood in the scalp, which in turn promotes hair growth. It is also highly penetrative in the deep layers, and this helps heal chemical damage, and supplies nourishment to hair shafts and follicles.

Sesame oil is also a natural sunscreen, protecting the scalp from harmful UV.

Ingredients Analysis

So…where does this leave us? Overly informed about the intricate details of the ingredients in Ultrax Hair Vigor!

But, it’s important to dig in and really look to see if the ingredients can at all substantiate the claims that a product works.

After reviewing the evidence in detail, I am confident this product is effective and nourishing for scalps and skin of all types. Each of the above ingredients brings its own unique benefit to the synergy of the final product.

Ultrax Labs Hair Vigor Mask Reviews

What do people say about this? Is it truly the best hair mask they’ve used? Or is it overpriced garbage?

At the time of this post, this hair mask for hair loss has an almost 5 star rating on Amazon.com, out of nearly 200 reviews. This is impressive. So…probably not garbage at all.

The Pros:

  • Gender neutral smell
  • Unisex – you and your boo can both use
  • Leaves hair voluminous and healthy
  • Easy to use
  • Large 8oz. jar
  • Works when other products have failed
  • Especially good for curly hair
  • Moisturizing for dry scalps
  • Leaves hair shiny
  • Helps with hair loss
  • Minimizes damage resulting from dying and styling

The Cons:

  • High price point for some
  • Some observed a greasy texture
  • No change in hair loss for some

Overall: Mask it up!

You have several choices for hair masks for hair growth, but this version from Ultrax Labs has quite a bit of promise and more than quite a bit of an enthusiastic following.

Any experience with Ultrax labs hair vigor, or do you have your own Ultrax Labs review to share? I’d love to hear about your experiences, so leave a comment!

Just Natural Bald Spot Treatment Reviews

A young, blonde woman looking at her comb and worrying about balding

This is an extremely well-reviewed hair loss treatment specifically for bald spots on your head.

The folks at Just Naturals/Just Nutritive (same company, different names!) make some pretty incredible products from all natural ingredients, with no parabens, sulfates, or artificial colors/fragrances/stabilizers or other chemical crapola.

I’m a huge fan of all of their products that I’ve tried, as you can see from some of my other reviews.

All of the Just Natural/Just Nutritive hair care products are made in the US from quality plant-based ingredients sourced from around the world.

Let’s take a closer look at what’s inside the bald spot cream…

Bald Spot Cream Ingredients:

  • Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera Hydrosol)
  • Astrocaryum Vulgare (Tucuma Butter)
  • Salvia Hispanica (Chia Seed) Oil
  • Calophyllum Inophyllum (Foraha) Oil
  • Pongamia Glabra (Karanja Seed) Oil
  • Rosa Rubiginosa (Rosehip) Oil
  • Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil
  • Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract
  • Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)
  • Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil
  • Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Seed) Oil
  • Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Fractionated) Oil
  • Cucurbita Maxima (Pumpkin Seed) Oil
  • Cetyl Alcohol – emulsifier
  • Behentrimonium Methosulfate – conditioning agent, NOT a sulfate
  • Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate – emulsifier
  • Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil
  • Daucus Carota (Carrot Seed) Oil
  • Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) Oil
  • Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Peel Oil
  • Cymbopogon Flexuosus (Lemongrass) Oil
  • Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil
  • Plantago Lanceolata (Plantain) Extract
  • Olea Europaea (Olive Leaf) Extract
  • Panthenol (Vitamin B5)
  • Allantoin – a moisturizer
  • Caprylyl Glycol – a skin conditioning agent with some antimicrobial activity.
  • Hydrolyzed Jojoba Protein
  • Vitamin E (Tocopherol)

Whew, that’s a lot of stuff!

I put comments in italics next to the “chemical”-like ingredients to explain what they do. I don’t see any red flag ingredients, but I do see a plethora of awesome stuff that’s known to help with hair regrowth.

From clary sage, to peppermint, to rosehips, to nettles – this treatment seems to have thrown the kitchen sink at those pesky bald spots.

How does this stuff fix bald spots?

Let’s shine the spotlight on a few…

Nettles:

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, stinging nettle has been used for centuries for various medicinal purposes, including: arthritis and joint pain; muscle strain; tendinitis; anemia; gout; eczema; hay fever; insect bites, and enlarged prostate. The root of the stinging nettle plant is also recommended by some herbalists to prevent hair loss.

It’s also a powerful DHT blocker (DHT is the main culprit of hair loss for most of us – a hormonal byproduct of testosterone that messes with our androgen receptors on our scalp)

Rosehip Oil:

Rosehip oil has many revitalizing components such as Vitamins C and A, which stimulate collagen production. Rosehip oil for hair growth can also help prevent the damaging effects of oxidants that affect our scalps and hair.

The essential fatty acids contained in rosehip oil for hair loss aid in the renewal and healing of hair follicles, which are essential for promoting hair growth. The fatty acids found in rosehips not only deeply moisturize the skin under the hair, but also increase the hair’s elasticity and health.

Carrot Seed Oil:

The antioxidants contained in carrot seed oil are vitamin A and vitamin E. A very important chemical compound that can be found in this essential oil is carotol. It has significant antibacterial and antifungal effects.

Carrot oil infiltrates the hair roots, the scalp and the hair follicles, and nourish hair with vitamins and antioxidants.

How to Use Just Naturals Bald Spot Treatment:

Dab a small amount of the cream and massage it directly into the bald spot.

Use it as a leave-in cream. – do not rinse out. To work, this needs prolonged contact with your scalp all day. Apply 2-3 times a day.

The folks at Just Naturals suggest that you pair their Bald Spot Cream with the Vinegar Nutritive Rinse Cleanser along with this product. This vinegar will help remove buildup that may accumulate on the scalp. Once the scalp is cleansed and free of buildup, the product will be able to penetrate the scalp and become more effective.

I’d say try that out if you have any concerns about your hair and scalp becoming greasy or oily while using the bald spot cream 2-3 times a day.  I’d also recommend that you consider making your own Rosemary Vinegar if you need to cut corners and save money.

Who Can Use This Bald Spot Cream?

Men and women can both use this product. This is a unisex product with a smell that doesn’t skew too masculine or feminine.

It’s a choice for people with hair loss from all different causes – hormonal, stress, trichotillomania, alopecia, medication side effect, hair loss due to scalp trauma, post-partum hair loss, or hair loss during menopause.

Since I’m focused on women’s hair loss here, and bald spot treatment for women, I’ll be focused on the feedback specifically from female users of this product.

Just Natural Bald Spot Treatment Reviews

What do actual users say?

Generally speaking, people love this stuff.

They say it takes time to work, but that the difference is noticeable to them and others after a few weeks or a month.

For bald spots, you can see right away if hair is growing back in! That’s the beauty of something intended to just treat them – you’ll know if it’s working or not. It’s harder to tell for areas that are merely thinned, or all-over thinned hair loss. A bald spot is unambiguous.

Here’s a representative positive review from someone using this cream:

And, if you’re looking specifically for bald spot treatment for black women, take a look at this:

Overall: Use this Stuff and Fix Your Bald Spot!

They do offer a 30-day money back guarantee, so there is time to try this product and see if it’s starting to make an impact on your bald spot.

However, you can also purchase this product on Amazon.com, so it’s totally up to you!

Any experiences using this bald spot cream, or any other? I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment with your concerns, questions, thoughts, ideas, musings, random streams of consciousness, or just plain say “HI!”.

Hair Follicle Stimulator by TherapyG: Review

A woman applying a spray tonic to her hair

Follicle Stimulator by TherapyG is a product specifically designed to revitalize the health of individual follicles.

It contains a special patented ingredient they call the “Tryptobond Guard”, which increases hair’s mechanical strength, increases combability (less tangling and less breakage), and protects against color changes.

Who is Therapy-G?

TherapyG is a specialized hair loss product developer that offers shampoos, conditioners, treatments, and elaborate complex “systems”. These systems can be purchased as complete kits for fighting hair loss.

Their Follicle Stimulator product can be used in combination with their other products, or as a stand-alone enhancement for your hair loss needs.

Therapy G claims to sell the “most technologically advanced hair-loss treatment and hair-thinning treatment system available today.

The unique formulas enable you to detoxify, nourish, and stimulate the follicle, voluminize, moisturize, and protect the hair as well as to enhance styling.”

Therapy-G was first introduced in 1997 in Bologna, Italy at the Cosmoprof International Exhibition. Their main contribution to the world of hair loss product is their patented ingredient Tryptobond Guard. Therapy-G is based in Calabasas, which is part of Los Angeles, California, USA.

How to Use Therapy G Follicle Stimulator

After cleansing with antioxidant shampoo, apply 12 sprays of follicle stimulator throughout scalp to wet hair.

Gently massage your scalp for 15 seconds. Avoid letting the follicle stimulator fluid run down your face. Rinse after 1 minute, towel dry or follow with conditioning treatment.

TEMPORARY REDNESS WILL APPEAR ON SCALP AND FOREHEAD FOR ABOUT 25 MINUTES.

Why? Follicle Stimulator stimulates blood circulation to the scalp and hair follicles, which also causes a tingling sensation and makes your scalp and forehead red for about 25-35 minutes.

Why use Therapy-G Follicle Stimulator:

According to the geniuses at Therapy G, there are two main benefits for using their follicle stimulator:

INSIDE THE FOLLICLE:

1. Stimulates blood circulation to the hair follicle

2. Extends the growth cycle of hair

ON THE HAIR ITSELF

1. With the Moist Application Process (MAP), the nutrients are more effective vs. a leave-in surface application product

2. Tryptobond Guard attaches itself to the hair to strengthen and protect from color fading.

I will say that this product has a really unusal blend of ingredients that I haven’t seen in other serums and sprays.

The follicle stimulator is directed at retaining the hair on the head for a longer time by extending the growth stage of the hair cycle. It also contains their famed patented TRYPTOBOND GUARD.

Tryptobond Guard is amino acid-based, and attaches itself to each hair strand it comes in contact with. It does NOT rinse off the hair. Tryptobond Guard protects hair from sun’s UV damage, breakage, color and tonality changes, and surface damage from styling stress.

What’s in it?

Aqua (Water) (Therapy G Menthol And Tryptobond Guard Tea), Alcohol Denat., Niacin, Biotin, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Menthol, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Ginkgo Biloba Leaf
Extract, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate(Vitamin C), Dimethylpabamidopropyl Laurdimonium Tosylate, Propylene Glycol Stearate, Parfum (Fragrance) (Linalool, Limonene, Hydroxycitronellal, Evernia Prunastri (Oakmoss) Extract, Citral, Coumarin, Geraniol), Red # 33 (CI 17200), Blue # 1 (CI 42090),Yellow # 5 (CI 19140).

So what does all of this mean? What I see are a combination of things I like and expect in a hair health product, and things I’m not thrilled with seeing.

The Tryptobond Guard we’ve hit on before, and it’s AWESOME that it doesn’t rinse off the hair.

I’m also happy to see the Niacin, Biotin, Peppermint, the Ginkgo, the Vitamin E, and their patented “Tryptobond Guard” ingredient. Oakmoss is a fragrance agent.

The presence of the Menthol and the Peppermint are probably why this product warms and reddens and stimulates the scalp, since they have that effect when applied topically.

Think about toothpaste with peppermint flavor – your mouth generally feels tingly after brushing with this product!

Honestly, I’m not thrilled to see the artificial coloring, because I don’t think that beauty products really “need” artificial coloring. Can’t we as a world all agree to ditch this crap, already? Jeez!

I’m also not thrilled to see propylene glycol, which is an ingredient we’ve encountered before in Rogaine and Lipogaine that causes irritation for some people. “Dimethylpabamidopropyl Laurdimonium Tosylate” is an ingredient added to help condition hair and remove static, but for some can also cause skin irritation.

Ultimately, these “chemicals” are both tremendously common not only in our cleaning products and other beauty products, and also FOOD, but anyone with acute skin sensitivities should probably think twice before buying this Follicle Stimulator.

Reviews:

The good:

The internet is full of positive reviews of Therapy G Follicle Stimulator. Many people cite fuller hair, and long-term use, and some review it after being loyal for years.

One woman in particular described that before she started using this product, she was losing 20-30 strands per shampooing, but it’s now down to losing 3-5 strands.

She saw similar improvement while combing, which is exactly how you want to measure improvement in your hair loss. Fewer fallen strands means improved health for the follicles, as they do a better job of holding onto and gripping the hair.

Not everyone has sensitivities to the ingredients in it that I personally dislike (the propylene glycol and denatured alcohol), and honestly we all come in contact with these every day even in our FOOD. For most people, this will not pose a problem.

The bad:

Some users are uncomfortable with the redness that temporarily results from using this product.

Because of the presence of propylene glycol, I think this product is best avoided by pregnant and nursing women. While inconclusive, studies have shown it can sometimes be harmful to fetuses.

I would like to see Therapy G improve upon their recipe with fewer harsh chemical ingredients.

Overall – Try it out!

If you sign up for their newsletter, you’ll get 10% off your first order.  I’d strongly encourage you to do this and save $!

You can also buy Therapy G Follicle Stimulator from Amazon.com, but you get the 90 day guarantee if you buy it directly from them, so I think buying from them directly is the better choice.

Any experiences with Therapy-G Follicle Stimulator? I’d love to hear about how it worked or didn’t work for you. Please leave your questions and comments below, and as always, I look forward to continuing the conversation.