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5 Causes of Hair Loss you Didn't Know About

/ by Ismay Radisich posted in Hair, Neutriderm

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Is your hair thinning or lacking fullness? While it's normal to lose between 100-150 strands per day, a staggering 50%* of all women will experience female pattern hair loss at some point.   

Keen to learn more about hair loss? Here are five uncommonly known causes to consider as well as tips for turning your hair loss woes around. 

#1: Styling Habits

One of the most common causes of excess hair loss is caused by the environment we create for our hair. A challenging environment is caused by hair styling tools which require heat, hair elastics, hats which cause friction, as well as hair styles which tug our hair at the hairline such as tight ponytails and the favourable top knot. Not only do these styling habits cause strain on the hair via heat and tension, they can also lead to long term thinning of the hair by consistent pulling and damage.

Tip: Give your hair a break from heat, opt for gentle brushes such as detanglers, and wear your hair out - especially when sleeping. 

#2: Contraceptives

Birth control pills are known to have a number of affects on the functioning of our skin so its no surprise that these tiny pills can cause changes to our hair also. The oral contraceptive can cause those with a predisposition to hair thinning to experience more drastic thinning when taking the pill. In addition to this, according to the American Hair Loss Association, “Women who are hypersensitive to the hormonal changes taking place in their bodies can experience hair loss to varying degrees while on the pill or more commonly, several weeks or months after stopping the pill.”

Tip: If you are concerned about your current course of contraception, now is the time to speak with your doctor about side-effects and alternate options. 

#3: Stress

When we feel stressed we often use the term "pulling our hair out", but that's not actually how stress affects our hair density. Extreme stress can lead to a disruption of the hair's normal growth cycle. To get technical, the "telegon" phase is the end of the hair life cycle. Stress causes hair to enter this phase prematurely making it fall faster than normal therefore shortening the life cycle of individual hair strands.

Tip: Adequate sleep combined with a healthy diet and exercise regime have shown to assist in the natural regulation of the stress hormone, cortisol. 

#4: Vitamin Deficiencies 

Deficiencies in vitamins can lead to thinning hair due to malnourishment and an impaired immune system. Crash diets and eating disorders are often to blame for this as the body struggles to nurture its cells. A Vitamin D deficiency can dramatically affect hair growth while Vitamins B, C, Zinc and Iron are known for helping your hair grow faster and appear luscious and full. 

Tip: Before starting any sort of new diet be sure that the diet meets all of your nutritional needs including vitamins B,C and D. 

#5 Post Partum Hair Loss

While many expecting women experience a surge in hair growth during pregnancy, post-partum hair loss is a very real and common concern for new mums. While it may feel like you are losing your hair, it's actually just your body's way of regulating your hair growth rate. The scientific reason for this is that pregnancy hormones slow hair loss stopping you from shedding the standard 50-100 strands per day. As estrogen decreases post-birth, a shedding occurs as the body starts to revert back to its normal growth cycle. During this time hair can fall quite drastically which can cause alarm. But don't fret, this is a normal process of both pregnancy and post-partum periods.

Tip: If you would like to restore your hair back to its pre-baby glory quickly, Sabal Extract products can help fast track your progress. 

 

If thinning, lack lustre hair is causing you concern, it might be time to switch up your hair care routine. The Neutriderm Hair Enhancer Range consists of a shampoo, conditioner and a lotion, which are formulated to support maximum hair regrowth and strengthening results. These ingredients include: 

  • Sabal Extract blocks 5-alpha-reductase, an enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT which is responsible for premature hair loss.
  • Mulberry Root Extract has hair growth factors which positively effect the growth cycle.
  • Zinc Gluconate supports scalp and follicle health while preventing the overproduction of DHT.
  • Zinc Citrate assists in hair regrowth for those who are mineral deficient.  
  • Panthenol improves hair elasticity, moisture retention and strength. 

Formulated to nourish the scalp and minimise hair fall, a 90% reduction in breakage can be noticed within one month of using the Neutriderm Hair Enhancer range. 

*Australian Journal of Medical Practice - Female Pattern Hair Loss 

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Restore Hair Volume & Vitality

/ by Ismay Radisich posted in Hair, Neutriderm

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For most of us, having a full head of healthy hair is the epitome of hair goals. Our hair plays a huge role in our confidence and when we notice it feeling less than luscious, it can leave us feeling, well, a bit flat.

So why are you seeing more hair in your hair brush than usual? 

Frustratingly, almost 50% of all women will experience overall volume loss due to a combination of styling habits, ageing and hormones before they reach 50 years of age. So it isn't just our skin care regime that needs a shake-up as we age, it's our hair care as well.

 

My hair is thinning! Why?

If you are experiencing volume loss and thinning it can come down to a number of factors. Compromised hair often suffers from cuticle damage which can cause our hair to appear thinner through breakage. Hair compromisation can be caused by dry scalp conditions as well as external factors such as heated styling tools and bleaching.

On the other hand, hormonal imbalances through times such as pregnancy, breastfeeding and menopause can cause disruptions in our hair growth patterns. For example, pregnancy can cause a surge in hair growth due to high levels of estrogen which prolong the growth phase. This is commonly followed by dramatic hair fall during breastfeeding as our hormones re-balance.

As we age and go through hormonal changes such as menopause, we experience a rise in testosterone which converts to DHT. DHT damages hair follicles and triggers hair loss by physically shrinking the hair follicle. DHT is the most common cause of actual hair loss in women. 

 

How do I restore my luscious mane? 

A shampoo that works to effectively clean the hair to remove excess sebum will address dry scalp issues which can compromise the quality of the hair. A shampoo that contains Sabal Extract which smooths and protects the hair cuticle will also work to reduce hair breakage.
 
A conditioner that contains Sabal Extract will anchor the hair at its root while stimulating overall hair growth and slowing the hair loss process by minimising inflammation. Sabal Extract has a direct action on 5a-reductase which modulates DHT to prevent follicle shrinkage and minimise hair fall. 

Avoid heated styling tools which can dry your hair leading to breakage and therefore making it prone to falling out. Heat damaged hair appears thinner as strands snap away. Play it cool and embrace your natural style on a more regular basis. 

Go a shade darker. If you're dedicated to lightening your tresses, consider going a shade darker. Bleach is known for drying and snapping hair strands leading to thinner-looking hair. Allow your hair time to recuperate and you can rejoice in less breakage and restored volume in time. 

With the right tools and advice, volume loss and thinning hair can be a thing of the past. Medically endorsed products and smarter hair care habits will help you restore your hair's volume and vitality for good. 

 

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Join The 4% Of People Who Know How To Cure Dandruff

/ by Isabella posted in Hair, Dandruff

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Having a dry scalp, or dandruff can be extremely uncomfortable, itchy, and even painful. 96% of people don't know there is a cure for dandruff, 4% of people know it can't be completely cured, however, it is a condition that can be easily managed and treated.

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How To Fix Damaged Hair Without Changing Your Routine

/ by Isabella posted in Hair, Neutriderm

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As a busy, hard-working, career woman, it can be hard to juggle a hair care routine while maintaining all the other things in your life. Sometimes, you may find that your hair care routine falls behind due to having such little time, and it may not make it to the top of your priority list.

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