Few signs of encroaching older age are more dreaded or noticeable than thinning hair or hair loss. It can be deadly to one’s self-esteem and confidence. While your first reaction might be to rush out and purchase an over-the-counter treatment, you may want to first discus with your professional stylist about some natural herbs which can be found today in many professional hair care products lines that can help with promoting a healthy scalp and hair growth. Listed here are the top 10 herbs that can help promote a healthy scalp and hair growth.
Aloe Vera – stimulates circulation of the blood along scalp.
Horsetail – responsible for strengthening nails, bones and hair
Panax Ginseng – nourishing and strengthening hair, used for baldness in males
Saw Palmetto – believed to prevent the conversion of testosterone into DHT causing balding
Ginko Biloba – believed to correct hair follicles nutritional deficiencies
Stinging Nettle (Urtica Diocia) – a plant known for its potent hair growing benefits
Burdock (Arctium lappa) – improves blood circulation to the hair follicles and relieves scalp irritations
Peppermint – stimulates hair follicles to help promote hair growth
Lavender – used to encourage hair growth and prevent baldness
Rosemary – stimulates circulation in scalp to help promote hair growth
Although many of you who suffer with thinning hair or hair loss will and should work with a qualified health professional, finding a salon and stylist that is knowledgeable is also very important. Denise understands thinning hair and hair loss from personal experience and she created D’MAZ Lifestyle Salon, a personal, private studio hair salon to help be supportive and sensitive to all your scalp and hair care needs. Contact Denise for a personal, private consultation today (216) 292-4247.
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D’MAZ Lifestyle Salon Disclaimer: This article is provided solely for general information only. It is in no way intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any type of thinning hair or hair loss problems and should not be depended upon as a substitute for any consultations with qualified health professionals.
Hair changes every 5 to 7 years. As our body ages, we see changes in our hair texture. The hair of a newborn is very soft and fine. The diameter of the hair thickens as we enter childhood and early adolescence. As we age and move into adulthood and older, usually beginning in our 40’s and 50’s, the hair begins to change texture again, becoming “finer” or “thinner” and/or “wiry” or “frizzy.” Add to the causes of your hair texture changing, hormonal imbalances, medications, diet, and genetics. So what can you do? First, get your hormones checked. Hormones influence your hair and texture in many ways since they are regulators of the body’s metabolism and its functions. Diet and medications can take a toll on hair so rule out any possible nutritional deficiencies that can cause dry, thinning, brittle hair or hair loss.
Next, get a GREAT (not just good) haircut! Work with an experienced hair professional to help you with your texture changes. Discuss your lifestyle and desired time commitment to your hair now. Seriously consider getting color, highlights, low-lights, or a permanent/body wave. One or a combination of these texture-changing services can help fine or thin hair look and feel fuller and “wiry” or “frizzy” hair look and feel more controlled and manageable.
On this client, she is just beginning to go grey but not ready (or wanting) full all over color. I have highlighted her hair with color to blend in the grey starting to come though. If your hair is straight, fine, limp and/or flat, a permanent/body wave can give you the texture and lift which boosts the overall volume of the hair to make it much easier to create today’s fashionable hairstyles as seen on this client here.
Seen here are the wrapping technique used, curl results and the finished style. (Click on the picture for larger view.)
For those who want the “undone”, “beach wave”, or “swag” look regularly https://dmazsalon.com/the-swag/, you would be better off getting a body wave as opposed to using curling irons every day. Irons apply more direct heat, and daily use of them would produce more damage over time.
A few quick facts about permanent/body waves. Human hair is an extremely strong and versatile fiber. With an experienced stylist/perm specialist, they will evaluate your hair and determine the type of solution, rod size and wrapping technique. Proper care using only professionally recommended & bought at a salon haircare and regular maintenance can keep your “waves” lasting for months and styling time on your hair definitely minimized. The rewards of an easy-to-care-for style are great and having a permanent/body wave can make a world of difference between looking uninteresting or looking fashionably beautiful!
For more information and/or consultation if a permanent wave, body wave or a combination of other salon texture-changing services are for you!
Call Denise at (216) 292-HAIR (4247)
By: Denise Zingale Travis / D’MAZ Lifestyle Salon tel: (216) 292-4247
Owner, Hairdresser, Reiki Master/Certified Personal Trainer
As we age, our skin, hair, and features change with us – so our beauty routine needs to change as well. Is yours working against you and adding years to your appearance? Here are a some essential changes to help prevent your beauty routine from aging you and maintaining a more youthful look.
By the time you reach 50, regardless of how your skin once was, it’s time for a cleansing review. You need a product that takes off surface oil, dirt, pollutants and make-up without removing the natural lipids. It should be a cleanser that emulsifies with water to refresh the skin, while leaving valuable moisturizing properties on its surface. This one simple change will improve your skin condition and, with this perfect balance, give you a beautifully hydrated skin even before you apply moisturizer.
Replace the exfoliating facial scrub. Scrubbing your skin will cause dryness, dullness and irritation. If you want a glowing, hydrated, luminous skin well into mid-life, find something containing alpha and or beta hydroxy acids and use it regularly.
Many skincare brands currently add a very little of these ingredients, but seldom enough. Serum formulations are best. You should see an improvement in the texture of your skin almost immediately.
Top up your vitamin C.
Your skin, like every other organ of the body, depends on getting enough vitamin C. And if it is to age well, this essential nutrient is very important.
Topically applied, it is key to producing more collagen, which is responsible for the skin’s strength. (Loss of collagen is one of the reasons for later-life lines and wrinkles.) It’s also one of the most powerful and potent natural antioxidants, absorbed mainly through the fruit and vegetables that we eat.
If there’s any shortfall in your diet, your skin will feel the loss; your collagen will decrease and free radicals will wreak havoc. But there are plenty of other reasons for free radicals. Invest in a well-formulated vitamin C serum or cream. Look for stable, low-water formulations with a pH no higher than 3.5. (Vitamin C is water-soluble so the less water in the formulation the better.) Also, once you’ve opened the container, commit to using it daily.
Find a very good moisturizer
Our skin changes as we age. By 50, it can lose its ability to hold moisture, thus leading to dryness, dehydration and a loss of elasticity. These symptoms indicate that the skin is lacking in essential fatty acids. However, seeking out the richest, thickest cream you can find is not necessarily the answer. Look for creams with gamma linoleic and linolenic acids. These two essential fatty acids, when topically applied every day, mimic the skin’s natural lipid ceramide barrier and help to restore natural moisture without feeling greasy.
Hydrate and plump
The average age of menopause is 51, and with the drop in hormones, skin becomes dryer and brown spots can increase. Deeper folds, including the “smile” lines that run from the corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth, develop as skin loses underlying fat. This loss also “hollows out” the under-eye area.
Drinking at least 8 glasses of water daily and staying hydrated makes sure that your body will be better able to function properly, including maintaining the health and cleanliness of your skin.
Give your makeup a makeover
Make up for older women should serve two purposes. First it should add color to faded skin. Second it should conceal minor flaws and wrinkles as much as possible.
Because our skin becomes thinner and dryer, you need to update your makeup choices. Primer can be your best friend – it evens out wrinkles so they’re less visible. Find a lightweight foundation that won’t cake into lines.
Eyes & Brows
Avoid wearing excessive eye makeup, since this can work against you. Instead, enhance your natural eye shape by applying a thin line of eyeliner along top and bottom lash line, keeping it light and soft to avoid harsh lines.
As we age, our eyebrows often become sparser, which can cause us to appear older. Filling in your eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil or powder gives the appearance of thicker, fuller eyebrows which can give your face more definition and youthful look. Four techniques to also consider may be cosmetic tattooing (permanent), microblading – a “natural” semi-permanent look, microfeathering – lightly fills out the brows you already have or microshading – which is for anyone who has brows and wants a look more “done” (ex: thick and filled in).
HAIR COLOR! As many of us know, gray hairs start taking over – making our previously luscious locks coarse, drab, and dull, often adding years to our face. Finding a professional hairdresser is a must to review all your hair details; gray percentage, texture change, porosity, skin tone, and more. Only a professional can individually customize hair color just for you and make sure you get gray coverage and the most natural, flattering, youthful look!
Finally ~ Get some shut eye!
Sleep may sound obvious, but many don’t realize how it can take years off your appearance! Lack of sleep can cause thinning hair and hair loss. Red, puffy eyes and emphasize fine lines … just to name a few things. Getting sleep can trigger hormones that help repair your skin and hair!
“Do you have a hair, general beauty or wellness question? Contact me to help you prevent your beauty routine from aging you so you can look and feel the best you can!” ~ Denise Zingale Travis tel: (216) 292-4247
D’MAZ Lifestyle Salon Disclaimer: This article is provided solely for general information only. It is in no way intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any form of skin, hair, scalp or health issues and/or problems and should not be depended upon as a substitute for any consultations with qualified health professionals.