Shampoos for preventing Hair Loss
Hair loss is one of the most common problems people face these days. Nowadays hair loss is not governed by the age factor any more as a lot of youngsters are also dealing with it. Thankfully, many treatments are available to counter hair loss and the first among them would be picking up a shampoo for preventing hair loss.
An effective shampoo for preventing hair loss would be one which helps in protecting, strengthening and restoring hair. It should be loaded with proteins and natural oils so that it helps hair to re-grow. It is also very important that a shampoo used for preventing hair loss is mild enough to be used on a daily basis.
However, you should make sure that the shampoo being used does not have too much surfactant in it. Surfactant is that ingredient which causes the shampoo to lather. Larger the proportion of surfactant in the shampoo, richer is the lather produced. However, rich lather does not indicate that the shampoo cleans effectively. On the contrary, shampoos which have huge amount of surfactant are quite capable of damaging the hair follicles, hence should be avoided.
Let us look at some natural ingredients which are effective in preventing hair loss. Saw Palmetto, a herb, has great properties which help in preventing hair loss. Bay, nettle, lavender oil and tea tree oil are some other herbal ingredients which are very effective in hair loss control. Since these are all herbal, they are safe to be used and should be looked for when buying a shampoo for preventing hair loss.
Oily hair is quite difficult to manage as it cannot be styled. Inspite of being washed in the morning, by evening it starts looking sticky and greasy. Hair becomes oily when the sebum produced by the sebaceous glands is in excess. This makes the scalp oily and greasy and this oil is passed onto the hair, making it oily. Thus in order to treat oily hair, we need to treat the scalp.
Shampoos for oily hair are specially designed to treat the scalp by reducing the amount of sebum secreted by the sebaceous glands. When picking a shampoo for oily hair, you should make note of its colour. Some shampoos are transparent while some are white in colour. The colour white indicates that the shampoo contains an ingredient used for conditioning. Such a shampoo is not suitable for oily hair and you should go for the transparent one. One very effective ingredient for treating oily hair is astringent. It is found in herbal shampoos. Fruit based shampoos such as lemon and olive help in reducing the oiliness from the scalp. Other natural herbs which are effective in treating oily hair are tea tree oil, aloe, sage and chamomile.
When using shampoo, one should not wash hair with hot water as sebaceous glands become active when hot water is used and this increases the secretion of sebum. Therefore, you should always use lukewarm water to wash hair. When applying shampoo, make sure that it is massaged thoroughly so that it removes all the dirt and the excess oil. People with excessively oily hair should apply shampoo twice during a single wash. Some people also complain of a greasy scalp but have dry hair at the ends. They should use a shampoo for oily hair, however should use a conditioner for the ends.
There are a number of anti-dandruff shampoo brands available in India. These are available in local grocery shops, malls, as well as OTC products in chemist shops,
The commonly seen brands are:
- CLEAR from Hindustan Unilver which contains Nutrium 10 containing pro-vitamins, sunflower oil extract and minerals.
- Matrix BIOLAGE SCALP THERAPIE which contains extracts of kola nut and mint which acts on the dandruff but keeps the hair texture normal.
- NIZORAL from Johnson & Johnson which contains Ketoconazole as its active principle. This is an antifungal shampoo and treats dandruff due to fungal infection of scalp.
- CIPLA 8X anti-dandruff shampoo is a prescription shampoo recommended by dermatologists. It contains Zinc Pyrithione, Cicloprix and Aloe Vera extracts. It significantly reduces scalp itching.
- PANTENE PRO V Anti dandruff shampoo contains zinc pyrithione and a pro-vitamin complex.
- HIMALAYA anti-dandruff shampoo is a herbal formulation and contains tea tree oil, Holy basil extracts and soapberry which are natural antidandruff agents.
- Blossom Kochhar’s CHINA ROSE AROMA MAGIC is a herbal based anti-dandruff shampoo which is a very mild shampoo and recommended for frequent use.
- HEAD AND SHOULDERS antidandruff shampoo from Procter and Gamble contains zinc pyrithione as its active principle and is marketed as containing HydraZinc formula.
All the leading FMCG players have their own brands of anti-dandruff shampoos and share a healthy market in the Indian Beauty and wellness industry.
Greying of hair is a natural process and all of us go through it, however, some people start greying as early as in their 20s. Therefore, we cannot say that greying of hair indicates ageing. Grey hair is found to be more common in men. But there is no reason to worry as there are various options available for treating grey hair in men. The market offers a variety of hair colours and dyes which very successfully cover greys. There are four categories in the mens’ product range:
Progressive colouring: This formula makes use of lead acetate which becomes dark when it comes in contact with air. You need to colour gradually and once the desired result is achieved you can stop.
Direct dyes: This is made up of coloured molecules which form a coating over hair. It is very easy to apply. However, it does not last long and gets washed off in 6 to 8 washes.
Semi-permanent colour: This formula makes use of peroxide which lets the colour molecules enter the hair shaft. Therefore, this can be called permanent colour. The application time is about 5 to 15 minutes and the effects last twice as long as direct dyes.
Regular permanent colour : This formula makes use of both peroxide and ammonia. Use of permanent colour helps in altering the natural colour of hair. This gives men a choice to pick shades lighter than their actual hair colour. It is also used for highlighting hair. However, it has a flip side, if you donot like the results you cannot do much until the hair grows out.
Till today there is no cure for greying of hair.And if you are George Clooney, you can make that look good too. But if you aint, you can look at one of the above mentioned ways to treat greying hair.
No matter how beautiful you may be, but if you are young and are plagued with grey hair, then there are chances that your self esteem may have dipped low after a casual comment by your peers or acquaintances. Grey hair are indeed a deal-breaker when it comes to looking good and smart. However, the problem is not completely unsolvable. Except in cases, where grey hair may be a sign of an existing illness or some dormant problem in your body, these can be treated naturally. The best part about going natural is that there are no side effects on your face or hair. Albeit the natural processes work slower than the artificial (chemical-based), the effects are sure to last long.
There are various natural ways to treat grey hair:
- Include food rich in protein in your daily diet, such as meat, eggs, soy, pulses and whole grains.
- Apply a paste made of curd, henna powder, coffee and fenugreek seeds, keep it on for about 3 – 4 hours and then wash your hair.
- You can also massage your scalp with coconut oil. This helps in reduction of grey hair. You can do this every night and then wash it off in the morning.
- Prepare a mixture of ginger and honey and store it. Have a teaspoon of this mixture everyday as it helps in reducing grey hair.
- Take some Amla (Indian gooseberry) and boil it in coconut oil till it turns black. You can apply this mixture to your scalp in order to reduce the process of greying.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of table salt in cup of black tea and use this mixture to massage your scalp. Keep it on for 1 hour and then wash it off. If done regularly, this remedy proves beneficial in reducing greys.
- Regular intake of Amla juice also helps in the treatment of graying hair.
- Application of aloe vera gel helps in the reduction of grey hair.
What is premature greying of hair? To answer this question, first we need to understand what gives our hair its colour. Melanin, a chemical produced by the pigment cells. As we grow older the these cells start dying, which results in greying of hair. However, some people start greying irrespective of their age.
The reasons behind this premature greying of hair could be many. Stress is known to be a major factor behind premature greying. Hence, it is a good idea to keep it at bay. Stress hampers circulation and causes a myriad of other problems too. Genes play an important role in premature greying, which means that if you have a tendency of premature grey hair running in your family, you need to be on your guard from the very beginning. Don’t treat your hair to an overdose of chemical based shampoos or junk food.
The other factors which cause this condition are deficiency of vitamin B complex, hormonal imbalance, improper diet, radiation and chemotherapy, any kind of chronic illness, unhealthy scalp, etc.
If nutrition deficiency is the cause of premature greying of the hair, then you can try adopting a healthy lifestyle and include a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. Though the idea of a head massage with butter made from cow’s milk may sound like a revolting idea, it is a great way to stop the greys.
Winter can be a worrisome time for any gal in love with her tresses. It’s cold, it’s dry and it’ll stay at least for a few months. Even if you have a daily hair care regimen to die-for you will have to change it the minute autumn winds start blowing. So even before winter really sets in get ready to combat the dryness or else you will have to face the wrath of dandruff.
Seasonal dandruff is simple build-up of dry and dead skin cells. It not only affects your skin by promoting development of pimples, but also affects your scalp since it keeps the hair from breathing well and making them week. So, rule one for a good winter hair care regimen is to keep dandruff at bay Easier said than done. So to defeat this snowy devil, adopt a regular cleansing and deep conditioning routine.
Wash your hair once every two days.
Yes, even though the cold makes a simple shower a daunting task, let alone a head bath, this is important because unlike the rest of your body, more dirt settles and gets collected on scalp, thanks to… well, your hair! Do we hear you say, “What if I keep my head covered?” Well, even then the natural oils and sweat need to be cleared. So there’s no escaping from a regular head bath.
But there’s a list of do’s and don’ts before you hit the shower to get the right result — soft locks. Here comes in conditioning. Choose the right oil, heat and massage it in at least an hour before your bath. The heat will open your pores and promote blood flow and the oil will condition the dry hair.
Which oil to choose? Well, that depends on which part of the world you live in, and what’s your hair type. For instance, though coconut oil is a great conditioner, it’s only so in the tropical regions and choosing this oil as a conditioner in winters in nothing but a bit mistake. But there are some all-season oils, like olive, gooseberry and mustard!
After, conditioning ensure you don’t wash your hair with piping hot water. Though comforting, it will only make your hair more dry and wreak havoc in the long run. Lastly, always dry your hair well so you don’t catch a cold, but don’t use heat-drying method. Though demanding, such a regimen should hold you in good stead through the tough winter months!
Some have too much of it, others too little and some even don’t. Whatever the case may be, your body hardly ever gets it right. Either it’s in the wrong place or is absent. Hair, today, has become one of the most talked about topics. But few know what hair is made of.
Every individual strand of hair on our body, head and other places included, has two separate structures; the follicle, which is inside the skin, and the shaft, which we can see. Of the two, the follicle is more important since it is this structure, which defies the health of the shaft.
The follicle is a sock-like depression, which is an organ in itself. The organ contains within it several layers, majorly five, each with a separate function.
At the base of the follicle is a pear-shaped formation called papilla which contains blood vessels that feed the ‘living’ part of the hair. This part is alive and promotes growth. It is the largest part of the papilla and wraps around it like a bulb, and is thus quite simply, called the Bulb (root). Cells in the bulb divide faster than all the other cells in the body — every 24 to 72 hours.
Then there are two sheaths which surrounded the follicle. These protect and mould the hair shaft (the second structure which forms hair). The inner sheath ends below the opening of oil glands, which produce sebum — a natural conditioner. The outer sheath continues up to the oil gland and attaches with erector pili muscle, which are below the oil glands. The outer layer merges with the surface epidermis.
The hair which is seen above the surface epidermis is the shaft.
Across the globe, youth today are more conscious about their looks, especially the hair — the ultimate face frame. It’s the tresses that can make or break your look. While, there’s little you can do to change the quality of your hair if they are naturally thin or fine, some hairstyling tips can certainly save the day by adding volume temporarily or giving the illusion of being voluminous.
First among these tips is choosing the right hairstyle. How thick your hair is or can be is determined by your genes. But the right cut can give it great bounce, thus appearing to be lusciously thick even when they’re not. This will save you precious hours you’d otherwise spend blow-drying and actually doing more harm to your hair than good!
To make limp or thin hair look bouncy, opt for blunt hairstyles. To appear voluminous, hair should be cut the same length. Also, cut your hair regularly to keep them from developing split ends which make hair, especially the ends, look frizzy, unkempt and thin.
The optimum length for those with thin hair is short, i.e till the neck, or medium, a little below the shoulder. Hair then looks more bouncy; Pixie haircuts are a perfect example.
But if long hair is what you’ve always dreamt of then cut them in layers; to set them right, blow-dry while brushing the ends outwards. This creates the impressions of movement and extra volume.
Another helpful tip is the side parting, which should be changed every day. This will help the root stand up straight and won’t make your hair look limp.
The last non-chemically intensive trick to make thin hair appear thick is to colour them right. Add sophisticated highlights, preferably just a shade lighter than your original colour. This will create an optical illusion making thin hair look thick!
Those who have it, love it. Those who don’t, miss it. And those who can see that they might lose it sometime soon, they’ll do anything to keep it. We’re not talking of your mistresses, dear men, it is your tresses! And we’re here to offer you good advice on hair fall solution.
Traumatic as it may be, hair fall does not mean as much trauma for men as women. But this does not mean you don’t fight like an alpha to keep your locks about. While common causes for hair fall are the same among men and women — nutritive imbalance, pulled back hair, chemicals, hygiene, physical or emotional trauma, autoimmune disorders, hypothyroidism — there are some cases peculiar only to men. Yes, we’re talking of male pattern baldness.
Solutions for hair fall in men are as varied as the causes. Let’s begin with male pattern baldness or (androgenetic alopecia). Resulting in an “M-shaped” balding pattern, one can choose to chemically treat hair loss, get artificial wigs or weaves if drug treatment fails, or invest in a permanent solution — hair transplant surgery.
Among the other “shared” factors for hair loss, men are more prone to autoimmune disorders and hair loss due to stress.
With men’s tendency to develop diabetes, a weak liver and be more stressed (thanks to being primary bread winners), men are more likely than women to lose hair to diabetes, which impairs the autoimmune system, and stress. So exercise, get your sugar in control and follow your doctor like you follow your woman.
God willing, you will be able to keep your hair and senses, both!