Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Biotin and Hair Loss

Biotin is a B-vitamin complex sometimes called B7 or Vitamin H.  Our bodies produce it in the intestines and is also found in dark, green leafy vegetables, nuts and egg yolks. Biotin plays a significant part in the prevention of hair loss. Most nutritionists agree that biotin is one of the important vitamins for supporting hair growth and preventing hair dryness. A deficiency of biotin may cause hair to become frail and unhealthy and break off, which may result in hair loss.  Biotin increases the elasticity of the hairs' cortex, thereby, preventing and minimizing hair breakage.  Biotin also keeps your skin and nails healthy as well as being an important element of new hair growth.

Supplements are sometimes needed to return biotin levels to normal, but it is recommended to include biotin regularly in your diet. Two foods containing good quantities of biotin are liver and egg yolks. You would have to eat thousands of calories worth daily to get enough for your hair needs, which is why I would also suggest biotin supplements.

Foods full of biotin include brewer's yeast, green peas, oats, soybeans, walnuts, sunflower seeds, green peas, bulgur and brown rice. In terms of the egg yolks, your body's ability to digest and assimilate biotin decreases with high intake levels of protein. Biotin binds easily to proteins, making it unavailable to your body, which in turn causes biotin deficiency and hair loss.  Try to steer clear of raw eggs in your diet, and cut down on protein powders and bars. Use one of the many shampoos that contain biotin and silica.

Additionally, those with type A blood don't have the ability to fully absorb B vitamins. Biotin is classified as a Vitamin B, so if you have Type A blood, adding higher doses of 5-8 grams
twice daily will be needed to help prevent hair loss. At this time, there are no known side effects at this dosage level.

People suffering from heartburn, acid reflux, or GERD and who are taking antacids may absorb biotin less and hair loss may occur as a result. Therefore watch your use of over-the-counter antacids if you are worried about hair loss.

Biotin (1000 mcg a day) and Vitamin B-50 Complex (1 tablet twice a day) can also reduce the oiliness and flakiness of the scalp and strengthen the condition of the hair.

Other preventative procedures could include a weekly scalp massage to stimulate blood flow and reduce stress which can contribute to hair loss, wearing a hat to protect hair and scalp from sun damage and avoiding abrasive hair styling and treatments.

Check out this hair growth supplement that contains biotin for healthier hair growth...


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Kendra Timmons, located in Arlington, Tx, is a Certified Non-Surgical Hair Replacement Specialist, Hair Loss Specialist and Healthy Hair Care Advocate and Coach.  To schedule a consultation, visit www.BlessingsHairAndBeauty.com or join her coaching website and programs for more information at www.HealthyHairCoaching.com.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

10 Best Ways To Prevent Hair Loss

Preventing hair loss is a big subject matter because there are millions of people dealing with hair loss and wish they knew how to STOP the hair from falling out or REGROW their hair back.  I'm sure you will be happy to know that it is possible to prevent your hair loss from becoming worse as well as regrow your hair that is falling. By taking some of the tips that I'm sharing in this article, not only can you prevent further hair loss, you could possibly even grow some of your hair back.


  1. Try to avoid the excessive use of products that could contribute to hair loss. We are talking about gels, hairsprays or mousse used to keep hair in place. The chemicals in these products cause damage that can lead to hair loss.  Some hair-care products can damage hair or promote hair loss. This means you need to pick the products carefully, while also being aware of which products can cause damage to the hair. There are products that cause a reduction in hair growth. Be sure to make use of products that have been proven to be harmless.
  2. Don't brush wet hair. Wet hair is susceptible to damage. Brush when it's dry, since dry hair is more resilient than wet. You can pull out, split or fray your hair when you brush it wet.
  3. Vitamin B12 in inherent in many foods. It can be in the form of supplements, or you could eat more meat, such as chicken and beef.
  4. Massaging emu oil into the scalp has been known to help. Rub your scalp with this oil before going to bed.
  5. Consider your diet if you are worried about hair loss. Foods that are high in carbohydrates are considered imbalanced foods which may result in unhealthy hair, even hair loss. To keep hair healthy, eat high-protein, low-fat foods like fish and chicken breasts, and consume plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  6. Lower your stress level. If you are dealing with stress, you will lose hair. If hair loss is already occurring, stress will accelerate the process, and any treatments that are tried will be less effective.
  7. If you have had hair loss, massage your scalp. Scalp massaging increases the circulation to your scalp by heating the skin and stimulating blood vessels. Gently move your fingers, using circular motions, all over your scalp. Massage your scalp in this manner for about 10 minutes. Massaging your scalp can also reduce stress and tension, which is one of the known causes for early hair loss  .
  8. There are many natural remedies that combat hair loss and grow healthier, stronger, thicker hair. Speak with an experienced store clerk at your nearby health food store. A pharmacist will often give an objective opinion about products sold in his store.
  9. There is no correlation between dyeing your hair and hair loss. However, if you're allergic to the chemicals in a particular dye or you leave the hair dye in your hair for longer than the product recommends, you might lose some hair. The best thing to do is to place a small amount on your arm prior to using it on your hair.
  10. If you are concerned that hair loss may be a problem for you, it is best to avoid areas with high pollution. Living in a polluted area allows pollutants to get into the bloodstream and cause hair to fall out.

On a positive note, and for many people, it is quite possible to re-grow hair. Apply techniques exactly as directed here for the optimum hair growth benefits.
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Kendra Timmons, located in Arlington, Tx, is a Certified Non-Surgical Hair Replacement Specialist, Hair Loss Specialist and Healthy Hair Care Advocate and Coach.  To schedule a consultation, visit www.BlessingsHairAndBeauty.com or join her coaching website and programs for more information at www.HealthyHairCoaching.com.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

A Cause of Hair Loss: Trichotillomania

The term "trichotillomania" comes from the Greek words "thrix," meaning "hair" and "tillein" meaning "to pull" and "mania," the Greek word for "madness" or "frenzy". As the name suggests trichotillomania is a psychiatric condition in which an individual has an uncontrollable urge to pull out his or her own body hair. For people suffering from trichotillomania, hair pulling is more than a habit. It is rather a compulsive behavior, which the person finds very hard to stop. The cause of tricholomania is supposed to be the imbalance of chemicals in the human brain.

People with trichotillomania pull their hair out of the root from places like the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes, or even the pubic area. Some people even pull handfuls of hair, which can leave bald patches on the scalp or eyebrows. Other people pull out their hair one strand at a time. Some inspect the strands after pulling them out or play with the hair after it's been pulled. About half of people with this condition also have the habit of putting the plucked hair in mouth. 

Trichotillomania has been mentioned as a disorder in very early historical records. But clinically, the condition trichotillomania was first described in 1889 by the French physician Francois Hallopeau. The condition is rare - statistics show it affects only 1% to 3% of the population, although new research suggests that the rate of hair pulling may be around 10% or higher.

Trichotillomania affects about twice as many girls as boys. Most people who have trichotillomania develop the condition during adolescence. However, it can start when a person is as young as 1 years old.

Trichotillomania is often the cause for embarrassment, frustration, shame, or depression for those people affected with the disorder. Those who experience thichotillomania, also suffer from low self-esteem. They usually try to hide their behavior from others. Because of this fact, social alienation is common in trichotillomania patients. Moreover, the patients also try to cover patches of balding scalp by wearing wigs, hats, scarves or hair clips, or by applying make-up or even by tattooing.

Cause of Tricholomania
Doctors don't know much about the cause of trichotillomania. It is believed that genetics plays a major role. The compulsive behavior like trichotillomania can sometimes run in families. Some psychiatrists think it might be related to OCD since OCD and trichotillomania are both anxiety disorders. This is one reason why the impulses that lead to hair pulling can be stronger when a person is stressed out or worried.

Experts think that the actual cause of trichotillomania is the imbalance of chemicals in the brain. These chemicals, called neurotransmitters are part of the brain's communication center. When something interferes with how neurotransmitters work it can cause problems like compulsive behaviors.

Since trichotillomania is a medical condition, it's not something most people can just stop doing when they feel like it. People with trichotillomania usually need help from medical experts before they can stop. With the right help, though, most people overcome their hair-pulling urges. This help may involve therapy, medication, or a combination of both.

There are therapies in which special behavior techniques are used to help people recognize the urge to pull hair before the urge becomes too strong to resist. The patient learns ways to resist the urge so that the urge becomes weaker and then goes away.

Many people find it helpful to keep their hands busy with a different activity (like squeezing a stress ball or drawing) during times when the urge of pulling hair is strong. Even activities like knitting while watching TV seems to help.

If you experiencing any of these symptoms, it is suggested that you see a medical professional.
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Kendra Timmons, located in Arlington, Tx, is a Certified Non-Surgical Hair Replacement Specialist, Hair Loss Specialist and Healthy Hair Care Advocate and Coach.  To schedule a consultation, visit www.BlessingsHairAndBeauty.com or join her coaching club at www.HealthyHairCareCoaching.com.


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Types of Hair Loss

The medical term for hair loss is alopecia. Pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia), the most common type of alopecia, affects roughly one-third of men and women. It's typically permanent. Other types of alopecia are temporary, including alopecia areata.  It can involve hair loss on your scalp or other parts of your body.  While there are many types of alopecia, I've only mentioned a few here.  Consult a professional if you are experiencing any form of hair breakage or hair loss.  It is very important to catch the problem in its' early stages since it could be halted and possibly reversed.

Permanent hair loss 
* Male-pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia). For men, pattern baldness can begin early, even in the teens or early 20s. It's typically characterized by a receding hairline at the temples and balding at the top of the head. The end result may be partial or complete baldness.

* Female-pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia). Women with permanent hair loss usually have hair loss limited to thinning at the front, sides or crown. Women usually maintain their front hairline and rarely experience complete baldness.

* Cicatricial (scarring) alopecia. This rare condition occurs when inflammation damages and scars hair follicles, causing permanent hair loss. Sometimes the patchy hair loss is associated with itching or pain.

Temporary hair loss 
 * Alopecia areata. Hair loss usually occurs in small, round, smooth patches about the size of a quarter. Usually the disease doesn't extend beyond a few bare patches on the scalp, but it can cause patchy hair loss on any area that has hair, including eyebrows, eyelashes and beard. In rare cases, it can progress to cause hair loss over the entire body. If the hair loss includes your entire scalp, the condition is called alopecia totalis. If it involves your whole body, it's called alopecia universalis. Soreness and itching may precede the hair loss, but symptoms are often minimal.

* Telogen effluvium. This type of temporary hair loss occurs suddenly, most often after a significant illness or major life stress. Handfuls of hair may come out when combing or washing your hair or may fall out after gentle tugging. This type of hair loss usually causes overall hair thinning and not bald patches.

* Traction alopecia. Bald patches can occur if you regularly wear certain hairstyles, such as ponytails, braids or cornrows, or if you use tight rollers. Hair loss typically occurs between the rows or at the part where hair is pulled tightly.

* Anagen effluvium. In this type of hair loss, actively growing hairs in the anagen state are affected most often by chemotherapeutic drugs given to fight cancer or lymphoma. Hair loss starts soon after beginning therapy and is more extensive than in the telogen effluvium state. In the weeks after the therapy has been completed, the hair cycles re-establish themselves, although the hair may not return as thickly as before chemotherapy.

When to see a professional 
Your Hair Stylist should be your first defense against hair loss. He/she should be one of the first to notice your hair diffusing besides yourself.   If you notice sudden or patchy hair loss or more than usual hair loss when combing or washing your hair, go straight to your hair professional.  There are many hair professionals that are keeping up with the latest information and technology regarding hair loss.  They should be able to inform and perform treatments that can help slow down or stop and even reverse aging and thinning hair.  If this is not the case, seek out a competent hair loss professional that can provide an in-depth consultation as well as prescriptive hair and scalp treatments.  If your problem goes beyond the scope of a licensed Stylist or Trichologist, talk to your doctor because it could be a signal of an underlying medical condition and may require medical treatment.

No cure is available for permanent hair loss. However, you can talk to your doctor about medical treatments to slow the rate of hair loss or to hide hair loss.
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Kendra Timmons, located in Arlington, Tx, is a Certified Non-Surgical Hair Replacement Specialist, Hair Loss Specialist and Healthy Hair Advocate and Coach.  To schedule a consultation, call 817-779-1107 or visit www.BlessingsHairAndBeauty.com.  Also, join her healthy haircare coaching club at www.HealthyHairCareCoaching.com for more information on achieving and maintaining healthy hair.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

The Significance of Biotin In Combating Hair Loss

I get calls from many clients that are experiencing hair loss and just don't know what to do or where to start.  After searching for answers to their hair loss problems, many come in and ask abot vitamins and minerals and especially biotin.  I wanted to offer a little information on biotin to help you become more informed...

Biotin plays a significant part in the prevention of hair loss. Most nutritionists agree that biotin is one of the important vitamins for supporting hair growth. It is also commonly advised to take biotin to supplement hair gowth medical treatments such Minoxidil or Propecia.

A deficiency of biotin may cause hair to become frail and unhealthy, resulting in hair breakage, and hair loss. Biotin also keeps your skin and nails healthy as well as being an important
element of new hair growth.  Biotin comes in the form of supplements and is needed to return biotin levels to normal, but it is highly recommended to also include biotin regularly in your diet. Two foods containing good quantities of biotin are liver and egg yolks. Unfortunately, you would have to eat thousands of calories worth daily to get enough for your hair needs, which is why I would also suggest biotin supplements.

Other foods full of biotin include brewer's yeast, green peas, oats, soybeans, walnuts, sunflower seeds, cauliflower, whole grains, green peas, bulgur and brown rice. In terms of the egg yolks, your body's ability to digest and assimilate biotin decreases with high intake levels of protein. Biotin binds easily to proteins, making it unavailable to your body, which in turn causes biotin deficiency and hair loss.  Try to steer clear of raw eggs in your diet, and cut down on protein powders and bars.

Additionally, those with type A blood don't have the ability to fully absorb B vitamins. Biotin is classified as a Vitamin B, so if you have Type A blood, adding higher doses of 5-8 grams
twice daily will be needed to help prevent hair loss. At this time, there are no known side effects at this dosage level.

People suffering from heartburn, acid reflux, or GERD and who are taking antacids may absorb biotin less and hair loss may occur as a result. Therefore watch your use of over-the-counter antacids if you are worried about hair loss.

Another option is to use one of the many shampoos that contain biotin and silica.  This will allow you to treat your hair from the outside as well as inside.
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Kendra Timmons, located in Arlington, Tx, is a Certified Non-Surgical Hair Replacement Specialist, Hair Loss Specialist and Healthy Hair Advocate and Coach.  To schedule a consultation, visit www.BlessingsHairAndBeauty.com or join her coaching club at www.HealthyHairCareCoaching.com.

Causes of Hair Loss

Hair loss іѕ а common аnd severe problem people face. Thеrе аrе different causes bеhіnd thіѕ condition: diseases, stress, uѕе оf medicines, family history, hormone imbalances еtс. but improper care оf hair іѕ one оf thе major factors whісh lead tо thе problem оf hair loss.

Following аrе ѕоmе common causes thаt one mау relate tо hair loss:

As I mentioned, one common reason fоr hair loss are hairstyles that tend to pull on the hair initially or even over a period of time.  The key is trying a combination оf hairstyles thаt also includes looser hairstyles that will not put excessive strain on the hair.

Another reason for hair loss is the improper uѕе оf dyes, bleaches, tints, relaxers, аnd permanent waves that tend to destroy the hair structure and the follicle аnd ultimately cause hair loss. Bесаuѕе оf improper chemical treatments оur hair саn become weak, thin аnd break bеfоrе its resting period whеrе thеу shed naturally. If chemical treatments are used tоо often, іt саn harm the hair and follicle. Yоu ѕhоuld nоt overuse chemicals.  If а chemical treatment іѕ harming уоur hair, іt іѕ better tо stop using thаt treatment untіl уоur hair can regrow properly аnd maintain a healthy state.  Because I am a professional hairstyist, I am an advocate for visiting and consulting with someone who is knowledgeable and trained to care for your hair and scalp.

Hair Loss
Shampoos are a normal cleansing product for our cleansing regimine but it is important to find оut whісh type оf shampoo suits уоur hair.  Uѕе a cream conditioner whісh has nourishing ingredients, which makes hair more manageable аnd easier tо comb.  People often lose hair bесаuѕе оf wrong practice оf combing аnd brushing hair.  Also, because wet hair іѕ fragile аnd саn break easily, уоu ѕhоuld nоt rub hair rigorously while towel drying, but pat hair dry.

Another common and often seen cause оf hair loss іѕ "Hereditary Thinning оr Balding".   A person саn inherit thіѕ type of hair loss frоm еіthеr hіѕ/hеr mother's оr father's side оf thе family. Women wіth thіѕ characteristic do nоt normally become completely bald, but thеу develop very thin, disperse hair. Thіѕ іѕ called androgenetic alopecia.  There is not a cure or many treatments for this type of hair loss but there are some products on the market which help to an extent.

Alopecia Areata іѕ а disease оf hair loss іn whісh, hair uѕuаllу falls оut, resulting іn totally smooth, round patches оf skin аbоut thе size оf а coin оr larger.  It саn, thоugh rare, result іn complete loss оf scalp аnd body hair. Thіѕ disease mау affect children оr adults оf аnу age. Sоmеtіmеѕ, with alopecia areata, hair regrows bу іtѕеlf.. Thеrе аrе ѕоmе treatments available for this type of hair loss whісh includes topical medications, а special kind оf laser light treatment, оr іn ѕоmе cases pills are necessary.

Postpartum Hair Loss is often experienced in women as well.  Whеn а woman іѕ pregnant, hеr hair grows аt very high speed. Hоwеvеr, after а woman delivers hеr baby, many hairs enter thе resting phase and then the shedding phase оf thе hair cycle for up to a year.  Women wіll usually notice excessive hair loss, but thіѕ іѕ nothing tо worry аbоut, аѕ thіѕ іѕ а natural process аnd resolves іn most оf thе cases.

There are ѕоmе illnesses whісh mау cause hair tо enter thе resting phase then shed, such as high fever, sever infections, or even a severe case of the flu. Similarly, іf thyroid іѕ оvеr-active, under-active, and even in-active, іt саn result іn loss оf hair. Thеrе аrе ѕоmе proper treatment alternatives whісh саn help іn thіѕ case. Major surgery аnd chronic illness are аlѕо causes of hair loss.

Various types оf medications аlѕо cause hair loss. Sоmеtіmеѕ, drugs thаt аrе prescribed bу your doctor fоr аnу оthеr disease or illness mау have a side effect of hair loss.   Thіѕ саn possibly bе prevented bу taking a substitute fоr thаt particular medication. Sоmе cancer treatments, such as chemo, cause hair cells tо stop dividing, causing hair tо become thin аnd break easily.

If а person has an improper diet, hе/she mау experience hair loss. Thіѕ primarily hарреnѕ bесаuѕе оf people taking inadequate amount of protein іn their diet. When this happens, thе body makes а compromise bу shifting growing hair into resting phase tо save protein. People wіth thіѕ problem ѕhоuld incorporate a diet whісh contains proper amounts оf protein.

Iron deficiency is a big reason for hair loss as well, and should be incorporated into your diet as needed.

Thеrе аrе various products on the market today which help in preventing hair loss as well as possibly regrow hair.  It is best to not try to combat this problem on your own, since it is best to treat the problem in it's infancy.

Kendra Timmons is a Certified Non-Surgical Hair Replacement Specialist, Hair Restoration Specialist and Healthy Hair Care Advocate & Coach, helping ladies, men and children look and feel their best!

 If you are experiencing hair loss, hair thinning or hair breakage, contact Blessings Beauty and Hair Restoration Center to schedule a consultation to discuss your options at 817-779-1107.