Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Hair Loss Shampoos

When I was in Hokkadio, I was also on the lookout for good Japanese hair loss products as Japanese is always touted to have the best health products in the world.

I bought two hair loss scalp lotions, each at 3000 yen (around Singapore 45 bucks). it was quite expensive and these days I am applying one of the lotion, will keep you updated on my progress.

Meanwhile, I also bought two super mild shampoos in Japan, and lost tons of hair using them. My scalp was itchy as the shampoos might be too mild and hence not cleansive enough. This is not to say Japanese super mild shampoos are not good, these are good for Japanese in their mild weather and climate, not in hot and humid country like Singapore, thus we are not suited to using their gentle shampoos.

This is the Japanese hair lotion I am using now, for your interest.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Insulated Lunch Tote and More

Are you scratching your head over what to buy for your colleagues’ toddlers? Do not fret; I will give you some suggestions you would find greatly useful for your decision!

First of all, a toddler nap mat is great for toddlers! Sleep is an important activity for toddlers and when it comes to nap mats, parents should only insist on buying the best nap mats which would give toddler a comfortable and quality nap! Hence nap mats as gifts to your colleagues when attending their toddler’s birthday celebrations are really great ideas!

Next, a toddler backpack for these toddlers makes for an excellent gift too! When it comes to backpacks, stephen joseph quilted backpack and stephen joseph backpack are one of the very best backpacks for toddlers. These backpacks are made completely from cotton, durable and able to be washed by machines. The carry strap handle as well as the shoulder straps make for great portability and these attractive backpacks are ideal for the toddler’s little activities! To sum up, these two gift ideas are my recommendations for you for the day!

Last but not least, a great designed insulated lunch tote is another excellent gift for toddlers as it is a highly practical gift for all parents.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hair Loss Shampoos

Anyone who bathes and wants their hair cleaned uses shampoo. Some shampoos promise your long flowing hair while others make sure that your hair is glowing. These are wonderful sales talk and most people are vain enough to be drawn into it. However, only a few people know that these shampoos have ingredients that are risking their very health every time they use it.
Most people do not look at the back of one’s shampoo where all different kinds of ingredients are listed. There is various research that has shown that your everyday shampoo have various chemicals in them that could cause serious risks in your health, such as memory loss, eye irritation, skin irritation, hair loss and even cancer.

Here are the most common ingredients of a shampoo that can give you health risks and what those health risks are:

1. Fragrances used in shampoo contain a number of chemicals and most of them cause headaches and rashes. Some can even induce coughing and vomiting to a person.

2. Propylene glycol causes allergies. This ingredient can also be found in your everyday toothpaste.

3. Sodium lauryl sulfate can cause asthma attacks. This ingredient also damages a person’s hair follicles which can lead to hair loss for some. They are also known for irritating a person’s eyes.

4. Diethanolamine can cause liver and kidney cancer. This ingredient can also be toxic to one’s brain.

Maybe you are wondering how these shampoos still stay in the market even if it has been proven to cause these kinds of health risks. The regulatory authorities on these kinds of things does not investigate these claims and spends most of their time researching prescription drugs . Meanwhile, shampoos, which can readily be bought in a supermarket is forgotten and ignored.
To take it one more step further, shampoo manufacturers are, in a way, allowed to use different kinds of chemicals for their products. There are no regulations barring them to use popular chemicals which can cause cancer when exposed regularly to a person’s body.

Researchers of National Institute of Health have directly found a relation between shampoos and damage in the nervous system. These researchers are concerned of possible health risks (especially nervous system disorders) due to continued use of certain shampoos .

This effect is due to the chemicals preventing neurons from communicating with each other, resulting in the slowing of these networks of neurons. These slowing of neurons will cause problems and prevent normal brain functions.

Another research done by scientist about these chemicals found out that there are synthetic chemicals that disrupt hormones. These chemicals, since they are used daily, never go away cause your endocrine glands to stop functioning.

The endocrine glands regulate every body function. The thyroid, pituitary, pancreas, ovaries and testes are all part of this system and all of them are linked to the brain’s hypothalamus. The chemicals found in shampoos are acting as endocrine disruptors and causes your body to send false signals to these glands. These false signals will cause serious problems such as memory loss, cold, flu, hair loss, low blood pressure, malnutrition, heart disease, cancer and can even cause infertility. These are just a few and do not even take into consideration other diseases they could get due to lowered body resistance.

These malfunctions of the body organs can be deadly and costly for consumers. Without knowing about it, they are the ones that put themselves in this predicament. Most people do not know about these chemicals they just keep using on their head that can cause them more harm than good.

The best way to protect one’s self against these chemicals is to read all the ingredient found in their shampoos and study about them. Study the side effects these chemicals could cause your body.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Hair Loss

Some of the mornings when I wake up, I was so shocked to discover so many strands of hair on my bed as well as floor. On other days, there was only a few strands. What happens, I asked myself.

As I have shared with you readers. I have alternated my shampoo ritual with two kinds of shampoos both gentle and strong, i.e. washing my hair with mild shampoo for one day and with stronger shampoo on the other day (when normally I am exercising, etc). The increased shedding of hair observed on certain mornings were when I use the mild shampoo the nights before. It could be the case of the mild shampoo.

Finally, the night before, I discovered why I lost so many hairs on waking up on some mornings. The day before, I recalled scratching my scalp quite vigorously during sleep as it was itchy! Oh my god! When one is so sound asleep, one could use a lot of strength to scrap one scalp, thus dislodging many many hairs! Worse, the scalp follicles may be damaged if intense force is used!

What about you? Do you experienced lots of hair shedding on some mornings? If it is, then maybe you have experienced what I have discussed above. If you want to check, maybe you can get a video camera and see what you do during your sleep: are you scratching your scalp or dancing unconsciously and dislodging hair in the process?

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Prevent Hair Loss

Do you look in the mirror and frown at how much your hair has thinned out? Are you busy trying to hide your receding hair lines or bold spots? If you run your hand lightly through your hair, do you end up with 20-50 loose strands?

If you said yes to any of these questions, you probably are wondering what you need to do to stop this hair loss. Hair loss occurs in both men and women. It has a great impact on a person’s confidence and self esteem. In recent years, more and more young people are suffering from premature hair loss. The culprit that contributes to this increasing trend is the modern lifestyle of stress, tension, poor diet, insufficient rest and use of harmful chemicals. So, what are some natural remedies to reduce the hair fall? Here are some suggestions: 1. Vitamin B7 Biotin This type of B-complex vitamin does well to encourage hair growth, strengthen hair and prevent hair loss. You can get Biotin by eating foods such as yeast, kidney, eggs, liver, nuts and soy beans. However, getting Biotin from your diet is insufficient for your hair needs.

You still need Biotin supplements. The recommended daily intake (RDI) is 30mcg. But you don’t have to worry about over dosage as there are no side effects. Any excess will be excreted. There are plenty of testimonials vouching for the effectiveness of Biotin in reducing hair loss. Some saw results as fast as 1 week. 2. Egg treatment You may not like the idea of dumping egg on your head but the fact remains that it can remedy your hair loss. It’s able to strengthen your hair. There are a few ways to apply it. - Combine 1 egg with 2tbsp of olive oil. Whip it up and leave on hair for 1/2 hour before rinsing off with cold water. - Mix honey with egg yolk and massage into scalp and head. Leave for 1/2 hour then rinse off. - Whip 2 egg yolks with 1/2 cup of water. Massage into scalp and hair for 5 minutes. Wash off with water. It’s crucial that you remember not to use hot water when rinsing. You may end up with slightly cooked eggs on your head. Now some of you might be wondering “how do I get rid of the bad egg smell afterwards?” After washing off the egg treatment, follow-up with a rinse of vinegar mixed in water. The smell will be gone. Another tip is to wash the hair with some lemon juice. 3. Change your shampoo

Take a look at your shampoo and see if it contains Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) or Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS)? These are corrosive ingredients and are used in household and commercial cleaners such as car wash soap, engine degreaser, and garage floor cleaners. It is said to attack your hair follicles and interfere with hair growth. Although studies are still on going, many already attribute premature hair loss to these ingredients. The danger of SLS is quite controversial. But why take the risk when you can be safe with organic shampoos that use natural ingredients.

There are also countless testimonies of how changing to a non-SLS shampoo lead to a reduction in hair loss. 4. Aloe Vera Why not follow the footsteps of the Native Americans, Indians and Caribbeans in using Aloe Vera to keep skin, scalp and hair healthy. Not only does it prevent excessive hair loss but also encourages hair growth. It creates a balanced pH level, cleanses the pores and repairs damaged hair. If you have the plant, you can rub the natural gel onto your scalp. If not, you can opt for the over-the-counter Aloe Vera gel.

Leave it on your head for an hour or more, then rinse off. There are also shampoos and conditioners with Aloe Vera as part of it’s formula. If you don’t mind the hassle, you can even make your own Aloe Vera shampoo by mixing it together with coconut milk and a little wheat germ oil. Excessive hair loss is a great concern especially if you are as young as 18 years old. You may be eager to try the many hair loss treatments that you’ve read about. However, the first important step is to visit a dermatologist to rule out any underlying health problem. When you understand better what is causing your hair to fall, you will be more successful in finding a remedy.

Female Hair Loss

You're not alone if you're experiencing breakage, increased hair shedding or significant hair loss.

Hair loss in women is most often very gradual and is more easily affected by hormonal changes, medical conditions, and external factors. Hair loss in women is no less distressing than in men. More often women s hair loss is limited to the thinning of the hair especially around the crown area.

A receding hair line is rare in women. It usually starts with the hair follicle becoming thinner, revealing more skin. Hair loss or hair shedding is consistent within the hair growth cycle and it is normal to lose some scalp hair each day. The average human scalp has roughly 100,000 to 150,000 individual hairs and the normal hair growth cycle results in the loosening or shedding of about 100 to 150 hairs on a daily basis.

New hair growth then emerges from these same previous dormant hair follicles, growing at the average rate of about half an inch per month. Baldness or Alopecia happens when the normal pattern of hair growth is disrupted. The normal pattern of human hair growth is growing, resting, shedding and growing again. For a woman, thick, vibrant hair is our crowning glory, our vanity visible. Our culture strongly identifies femininity with a thick, silky head of hair. Society unfairly identifies dry, lack luster and thinning hair with old age, sickness and poverty.

Reasons for hair loss include physical, emotional, and genetic conditions. Hair loss can occur from many common causes that most women do not even think of. The number of women who suffer from stress and hair loss is growing. Stress leads to various health conditions which cause hair loss.

A woman's hair is at its thickest by age 20. Once we pass 20, however, our hair gradually begins to thin, shedding more than the normal 100-150 hairs a day. For even the elderly woman, significant hair loss can threaten self image. Female pattern baldness or Androgen tic Alopecia is the most common type of hair loss in women and is genetic in nature. The result is a shorter hair growth cycle, finer hair and excessive hair loss from shedding and breakage.

Coming off birth control pills and pregnancy can cause hair loss. Women may experience hair loss 2 3 months after having a baby. Progesterone is another hormone that precisely targets the hair during menopause. It compensates by producing extra androstenedione, which prevents hair growth. Usually hair will return to its original thickness following menopause. A healthy balanced diet, regular exercise, hydration and rest can go a long way towards preventing hair loss and maximizing the potential of your hair growth cycle.

Poor nutrition is often an underlying cause of hair loss as the hair is a reliable indicator of nutritional well being. Dull hair color or dry and brittle hair may be indicators of a deficiency in essential fats in the diet, oily hair may be a sign of a B vitamin deficiency. Low-fat foods that rank high in protein, low in carbohydrates, can play a vital role in sustaining healthy hair growth and aid in preventing hair loss.

Harsh chemicals may strip the natural oils from your hair and lead to breakage and poor hair growth. Dye, hair straightening and permanent solutions are highly destructive to the hair shaft and follicle as well as the delicate sebum balance of the scalp.

Be gentle with your hair. Allow hair to dry naturally rather than using a hair dryer. Wet hair is weak hair so handle with care. Try not to constantly run your fingers through your hair, tug at the hair and avoid hair clips or rubber bands that pull at and break off the hair. Minimize the usage of mousse, gels and hair sprays. These products dry and weigh down the hair shaft and dull the natural luster of your hair. Harsh hair treatment such as pulling with brushes, tight braiding and styling with irons and strengtheners can be a cause of female thinning hair.

Sun worshippers should make sure that hair care products have sunscreen properties to protect hair from the damaging affects of UV rays. Hair loss is traumatic; however our hair is only part of who we are. Remember, that for some hair grows back as mysteriously as it disappeared Finding what has caused your hair loss will greatly increase your chances of finding the right treatments to help re grow your hair.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Singapore Hair Loss and the Water Link

This is a comment I received from a reader in response to my blog post on Newater and Hair Loss

"On the first day of coming to Singapore , I had just commented to my roommate that he had very high hair fall . I could see the hair in the bathroom . He said that he got this problem only after coming to Singapore.

I too found that my hair fall became very high from the 3rd day of coming into Singapore . First I thought it was my imagination . But the problem became too severe. I could see my fallen hair on the floor, apart from the hair which fell during bath . Then I just mentioned to my friends at work about this problem & they too experienced this problem.

I really now believe that there is something in the water that is respponsible for the hair fall.
It could be some metal content in the water , I suppose . I am not sure what I can do about it . I would like to hear something about this."

Hair Loss Treatments

Dear Readers,

So sorry I am back after a week long hiatus.

I am busy with work, with life and not to forget, fighting my hair loss like all of you.

Well, hair loss is such a troubling thing, isn't it? You wake up everyday to find lots of strands of fallen hair, and also after shampooing, you noticed these fallen strands of hair too! And not to forget, everyday while we are standing, sitting or walking outside or inside of home, many strands of hair drop unnoticed. Thus, we cannot really put a figure to the number of fallen hairs we drop!

You are not alone in your fight against hair loss. I am also fighting hair loss with my own routine and using the tops mentioned in one of the E-books you see left of this blog.

When it comes to hair loss treatments, do not leave it to those hair loss treatment centres, many of which can be more focused on earning your bucks. For me , these days, I still try Bee Choo Hair Treatment Centre which is so popular with Singaporeans with little advertising at all. I feel no pressure as I can just come in for a session as and when I am free, I am not obliged to sign up for any expensive packages.

I would like to share the following tips with all of you, lessions gleaned from my experiences, for your fight against hair loss.

First: sport a short hairdo. I have cut my hair till crew cut already. Don't be sad to trade your long flocks of hair for a shorter hairdo. A shorter hairdo will be cleaner to wash, though it may not stem hair dropping, your hair will feel cleaner and what is more, your thinning or balding problem will be camouflaged.

Second: within days of cutting your hair, go for a herbal hair treatment like I do at Bee Choo. The thinking is that with a short hairdo, there is a higher probability that the herbal lotion can find its way into the follicles to hopefully work miracles.

Third: Invest in a bottle of vitamins and minerals. Have you ever thought that your hair loss may be triggered, in part due to a deficiency of certain vitamins or minerals? So buy a bottle of vitamins and minerals now!

Fourth: Now it comes to shampoos. Do you know I have tried so many shampoos but they simply don't work. It is just a sheer waste of money, buying shampoos, some of which are touted to be very good or endorsed by some international superstar. It just does not work for me. Now the shampoos, some I have thrown, the rest I just kept in my cupboard now. Now I am trying on a super mild shampoo my wife bought for me in Japan as well as a stronger shampoo called Stieprox.

I have been receiving many letters from readers sharing their hair loss stories. If you would like to share your hair loss stories and experiences on using hair products or treatments, please comment to this blog post! We will learn and share from one another! Thanks for sharing and together we will fight hair loss together!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Does Newater cause Singapore Hair Loss?

This topic has been weighting on my mind for quite some time already. It is distressing to witness more and more Singaporeans, at a younger and younger age losing their hair prematurely!

Today, I just have a conversation with somebody who was from another country and came to Singapore to work, coming to Singapore, she started losing her hairs! Her friends who was from India also experienced thinning hair after she has come to Singapore!

I have heard many people lament that it is the water that Singaporeans drink that may contribute to the increasing trend of hair loss in Singaporeans and people living in Singapore. Their beef: No matter how diverse lifestyle, habits the people in Singapore live, they consume the same source of water: our water is now water mixed with NEWater, Newater is basically sewage water which is treated with chemicals and the chemicals could be instrumental in harming our hair follices, causing thinning and balding!

I have heard quite a number of people who spoke to me on their beliefs that Newater is contributing to the increasing hair loss situation in Singaporeans. Well, there is no proof of this premise unless the relevant authorities shed some light on what chemicals have been added to Newater, and whether these harm our hair follicles and cause thinning of hair.

In my personal opinion, I think it may really be due to Newater as Newater is just introduced into our reservoirs some years ago and it was only some years ago that more and more Singaporeans are balding and thinning their hairs. This is just my personal opinion, what do you think?

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Hair Loss Cures

Dear All Readers,

I am back!

I was in Japan for a week, but throughout my vacation, I have tried to look for hair loss cures in Japan and yes, I found some, if you want to know more, do read my upcoming posts!

When it comes to Japan, technology asides, I must say that this tour is really a health-centric trip! There is so much to learn from the Japanese, from their culture, technology, right down to health.

The Japanese government gives its people the best food it can afford. Japanese milk is a must drink in Japan, I have never tasted such a tasty milk before!

One of the thing I must comment is their water. Japanese spring water is so full of minerals which can give one's the nutrients to function well for all his body parts and including hair; as compared to real pure water..... I am not so sure whether Newater, the water Singaporeans drink have much nutrients or not.

There are fewer balding Japanese as compared to Singaporeans. I believe their way of life, their health-centric atitude towards life, gives them the nutrients and vitamins to sustain their hair.

Their water too... fulls of minerals!

Somemore, Japanese love hot springs, a method where they get vital nutrients into their bodies via pores too!

Stay tuned for more of my learnings!

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