Erythrophobia – The Blushing Phobia

A phobia is an extreme and irrational fear of a particular situation or behaviour. Many phobias exist in our society. Common phobias include Claustrophobia, which is the fear of heights, and Arachnophobia, which is the fear of spiders. Erythrophobia, which is the fear of blushing, is a common phobia among people who have a proclivity for blushing.

Even though Erythrophobia isn’t one of the most widely recognized phobias in our society, it is fairly common among people who exhibit problem blushing tendencies. It is common for people who are particularly sensitive to the perceptions and judgments of others to have a predisposition to blush any time they are in a situation where they feel other people are thinking about them, looking at them, or judging them.


Excessive blushing is a physical reaction triggered in response to emotional thoughts associated with being overly concerned with the reactions of other people. Not only do problem blushers blush in response to being in situations where others may pass judgment on them, they also are concerned with how they appear to others. When problem blushers become overly concerned with how they appear to other people when they are blushing, they develop Erythrophobia.

People with Erythrophobia are afraid of how they look to others when they blush. They become preoccupied with whether or not they are blushing and how their skin appears to others. Not only is this phobia irrational, it is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Concern about how they appear to others when blushing can actually result in increased blushing. This can be a vicious cycle for problem blushers. The stronger a person’s fear of blushing, the more likely that person is to blush even more.

To people who have never experienced problem blushing, erythrophobia , is likely to seem silly and be very difficult to understand. However, Erythrophobia is no laughing matter. For those who suffer from Erythrophobia, it is a very real and serious concern. The tendency to blush excessively, combined with an irrational fear of blushing that triggers additional blushing, can affect every component of daily life.

It is not uncommon for people with Erythrophobia to develop additional social phobias as they seek ways to avoid blushing. They are very likely to experience feelings of hopelessness and withdraw from situations that require human interaction on any level. People who experience Erythrophobia commonly develop depression.

By raising awareness of Erythrophobia and problem blushing, the general public will hopefully become more understanding of the serious nature of this problem. As problem blushing becomes more widely understood for the serious problem that it is, people who suffer from problem blushing may be able to become less self-conscious about their problem. If you want to know how to stop blushing , please visit

All You Need to Know Regarding Men’s Sexual Health

Men’s Sexual Health

When talking about health before conceiving, most people only concentrate on women’s health and play no attention whatsoever to the male’s health. They forget that it is most important for the male to stay healthy when it comes to getting pregnant since it is the male who has to initiate the process of pregnancy. This article will provide all the information that is required regarding men’s sexual health. When a couple decides to live together, they incorporate an entirely new lifestyle; making room for each other’s needs and wants. What they should incorporate into this lifestyle is ways that lead to healthy pregnancy. They need to keep their bodies in sync so that they can get pregnant when they need to and do not face any pregnancy problems. A healthy pregnancy lifestyle not only encompasses and healthy sexual routine but also healthy birth control methods when you aren’t planning on starting a new family. A product that really helped me for my sexual health is Xtrasize. The product is safe because it is natural. It is not possible to find chemicals in the product that would cause side effects. You can purchase it at

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It is essential for you to know that similar to females, males also suffer from preconception healthy problems that can lead to the development of infertility. There are many ways in which preconception health for men could be improved and various disorders and problems can be prevented such as prostate problems, decreased sperm volume and testicular problems. Here are a few guidelines to improving the male’s sexual health.

· Do not consume products that have a lot of caffeine as it can result in a low sperm count.

· Reduce the intake of drugs and alcohol as they can cause serious damage to the content and quality of the sperms. Apart from such damage they can also damage the liver to a great extent which itself can cause a life threatening situation.

· Remember to keep your body temperature and the genitals at a lower temperature as heat can cause damage to the sperms present in the testicles.

· You should include zinc and soy in your diet. These two essential minerals are said to be the best men’s health diet as they help to improve sexual functioning by a great deal.

· Refrain from using any drugs and tranquilizers that will help your body relax or aid you when it comes to sleeping. Such medicines can cause a great decrease in the sperm count.

· Try to consume multivitamins in your diet as they can help provide all the necessary ingredients that may be missing. These multivitamins are usually present in the form of supplements which are easily available.

· Lastly avail preconception care services that many spas and institutions will provide. These institutions will help your sexual health improve greatly and will help to relax your mind and body.


How to Find the Right Hair Color For You

How to Find the Right Hair Color For You

Coloring your hair is very popular these days, no longer is it just to cover grey, people use it as a statement of their own individuality.. And it’s no longer just natural browns and black’s people are going for they are experimenting with all sorts of colors, pink blues and purples.

There are many ways in which your can color your hair, some permanent and some temporary. One of the most common ways especially for young people is peroxide which bleaches or removes all the color from your hair. There are also permanent hair coloring products that dye your hair another colour (not blond). These work by using an oxidising agent (hydrogen peroxide) and an alkalizing ingredient (ammonia) to lift the cuticle of the hair shaft and allow the color to penetrate beneath the surface. This is why hair can often feel dry after using a permanent dyes.

Temporary hair colouring solutions last around 6 weeks depending on how many times you wash your hair. They are a lot gentler on your hair as they do not lift the hair cuticle, and penetrate the shaft; instead they sit on the top layer of the hair.

There are a number of different hair coloring products available on the market, so shop around. It is also pertinent to conduct a small patch test on your skin to make sure you are not allergic to any of the chemicals in the dye. How do you choose the best color for you?

Right Hair Color

Choosing the Right Hair color

When you go into a drugstore you often see little sample colors next to each box of dye, unfortunately buying that color doesn’t mean that your hair will come out that exact same color as the sample. The dyes interact with your unique color and shades to produce a color unique to you. Therefore before colouring your whole head it is important to do a small strand test.

Regardless of which brand you buy the packaging will urge you to test a small sample of your hair first. Here is how it works:

• Mix a small amount of color together in a bowl.

• Select a small amount of hair to color, and apply the dye to the hair.. You can clip the test strand or wrap it to ensure it does not dye the other hair around it. I usually snip a piece of hair off and dye it,

• Follow the directions on the packet in terms of timing, then rinse.

• Make sure you look at the hair in various different lights both inside and outside to ensure that you like it.

Caring for Color Treated Hair

Because of the potential damage dyes can do to your hair you need to take extra care of it. Here are some tips to ensure your hair remains healthy and vibrant,

• Find a shampoo especially designed for color treated hair (Revlon, L’oreal, and Clairol are all good brands)

• Protect your hair from sun exposure as much as you can to protect it from fading and drying.

• Condition your hair regularly with a specially formulated conditioner.

• Use a wide tooth comb on your hair when it is wet.

If you are worried about coloring your hair permanently start with a semi-permanent color first.

Alternatively there are a number of the temporary, wash-out highlights you can spray on or paint on with mascara-like wands. If you are not happy with a permanent color you can add another dye over the top. Remember your natural hair color doesn’t change so it is only until your hair grows out.


How To Grow Black Hair

Grow Black Hair

Growing beautiful black hair is actually fairly simple and easy. It only takes a little common sense and time to achieve that long beautiful length that you’ve always wanted. After reading this article you will no longer look towards the so-called “guaranteed” hair growth products nor will you rely on wigs, and hair extensions to add length to your hair because you will know how to actually add length to your hair naturally. So lets look at some hair facts about our hair so we can begin to learn how the hair grows and what we need to know to keep and add length!

Grow Black Hair

Black Hair Facts

1. All hair including black hair grows an average of 1/2 inch per month.

2. African American hair is the driest hair type in all the races on the planet

3. Hair is dead. Not alive!!

Now we will take a look at some of the myths and mistakes that black women believe to be true. These myths will be revealed so you will now be able to take a common sense approach to growing your hair long, strong and beautiful.

Black Hair Myths

1. Clipping the ends makes your hair grow – FALSE

2. Hair food and vitamins make your hair grow – FALSE

3. Washing your hair too much will dry out your hair – FALSE

4. Braids make your hair grow. – FALSE

The first myth: “Clipping your ends will make your hair grow”. This myth is ABSOLUTELY false! Clipping the ends does nothing, but makes the hair look neat. It does not prevent breakage nor does it promote hair growth. I mean use common sense! How can cutting the hair make the hair longer? In reality this only makes the hair shorter and prevents women from adding length.

The second myth: “Hair food and vitamins make your hair grow”. Another false myth. Hair is dead so why does it need food or vitamins? Nothing will make your hair grow faster. Hair grows an average of 1/2 inch a month. Greases, hair food greases, or pills will not add length to your hair.

Myth 3: “Washing your hair too much will dry out your hair”. FALSE! Black hair is the driest hair on the planet and we need moisture to prevent breakage so how can washing it dry it out when water is moisture? The only way you will dry your hair out through washings is by using harsh shampoos. Use a pH balanced shampoo that is geared for your hair type instead and wash your hair weekly.

Myth 4: “Braids make your hair grow”. Once again another lie. Braids will NOT make your hair grow. It can promote damage if braided too tightly or give hair a rest, but it will not make your hair grow.

So now you know some facts and how to approach growing your hair in a sensible manner. Growing black hair is not about what products you use or how often you visit the salon. It’s just common sense! Maintaining the proper moisture balance and keeping your hair well conditioned is the key to long beautiful black hair!

How to Grow Long Black Hair

Growing your hair is very simple. The following steps are what you need to take to grow you hair and give it the best possible chance of gaining length that has never before been attained by you. These steps are: Shampooing, Conditioning, Moisturizing and Maintaining.

First you should shampoo your hair every 3-7 days. Never go beyond a week without washing your hair Since our has is already dry and using relaxers and heated appliances aids in drying out our already dry hair your hair needs to be exposed to water more frequently.

Weekly conditioning is necessary for strong beautiful hair Conditioning will repair your hair and help seal in vital moisture.You should use a protein conditioner that contains oil to seal in the moisture and a scalp stimulate.

Your hair needs to have a moisturizer applied daily and this doesn’t mean a hair oil, but a hair lotion. The moisturizer should be free of mineral oil, protein and petroluem and the first ingredient should be water along with humercants and oils. This will help keep the hair moisturized to prevent breakage due to dryness.


Men’s Hair Tips-What You Didn’t Know

Men’s Hair Tips

Isn’t it amazing how many ads on television you see for men’s hair products that claim to promote healthy hair! I mean c’mon, let’s get real! There is no such thing as “healthy hair.” Hair is made up of protein and keratin, it’s that simple. The hair itself has no blood supply or any nervous system. Hair is not alive, so it can’t be “healthy.” Because hair is not a living structure, it cannot repair itself and must be maintained properly to preserve strength, elasticity, and shine. Shampoos that claim to “repair the damage” are simply lying, the hair can not be repaired. Once hair is damaged, the only way to “repair” it is to cut off. Just like your car, your hair needs proper maintenance. The following are a few tips to keep your hair looking great and looking healthy!

Men's Hair Tips

Dry Carefully

Towel drying is one of the leading causes of damage. Let’s admit it, we love to take the towel and rub our hair like crazy until it’s dried. The problem is that when hair is wet, it is also very easily damaged. When we rub our hair with a towel, some of the hairs become tangled in the threads of the towel and are stretched to the breaking point, causing damage to the cuticle and split ends. To minimize the damage from towel drying, shake out the excess water and then dry your hair by moving the towel over your hair in the direction it grows. Remember, the damage that is already done cannot be fixed, but after a few haircuts, you’ll see the difference.

Blow drying is also another cause of hair damage. It dries out both the hair and scalp. I’m just not a big fan of the blow dryer, but if you must use it, follow these tips. First, to prevent damage from blow drying, apply a thermal styling spray to the hair. This will protect the hair from a comb and protect against heat damage. Next, make sure to hold the dryer 6-10 inches away from the hair and move it quickly from side to side. This will keep the hair from becoming damaged by heat. Finally, avoid drying the hair completely; leaving the hair slightly damp will prevent drying out the hair.

Easy On That Comb, Pal

When the hair is wet, stay away from damage by using a wide-tooth comb or brush. This will limit the damage caused by a comb or brush pulling on the hair.

Wash In Lukewarm Water

Water that is too hot can dry out the hair and scalp. Take it easy on the heat.

Avoid Chemical Abuse

Repeatedly coloring hair or using any types of chemicals can wreak havoc on the head. Chemicals used to process hair can be harsh to your hair and scalp. I do not endorse use of at-home chemical products. A good barber or stylist will know how to properly prepare your hair and scalp and help chose the best product to protect hair from damage.

Don’t Over Wash

Feel free to shampoo daily. Shampoos are designed to deposit softening agents, moisturizers and protecting agents into the hair shaft. Remember when you shampoo, concentrate on cleansing the scalp, the hair will be sufficiently cleansed just by rinsing the shampoo out of the hair.

Make Hair Grow Faster and Stronger

Drinking plenty of water, taking your daily vitamins, living in stress free mode, getting plenty of sleep, and eating well will help promote faster growth of the hair. The hair is often a reflection of the entire body, meaning, body that is healthy and well maintained will likely have hair that is strong, shiny, and healthy looking.

Ditch the Ponytail and Ball Cap

Try to avoid wearing tight ponytails or baseball caps as much because it can cause “traction alopecia.” This pretty much means you have a tight style which leads to breakage and pulled hair out of the scalp. If you do this too much, the damage will become permanent. If you have to wear a baseball hat or a ponytail to keep the hair out of your face, then maybe it’s time for a haircut that fits your lifestyle.

Control Frizz

Frizzy hair is caused by a low amount of moisture and protein. To control frizz, use a good moisturizing conditioner. You can also apply a “smoothing” serum such to add shine and manageability.

Brighten Dull Hair

Hair becomes dull when the cuticle (the outer layers of the hair shaft) is damaged. Well maintained cuticle layers lay flat (like fish scales) and reflect light. When the cuticle is damaged or raised hair tends to become caught on other hair shafts and reflects light poorly, leading to a dull look. Following the steps discussed above will help protect the cuticle and brighten dull hair.

Watch the Pool Water

Pool water contains chemicals that can dry, damage, and discolor hair. To minimize damage from chlorine and other chemicals, always wet the hair with tap water before entering the pool. This will help prevent your hair from absorbing water from the pool. I recommend taking a spray bottle filled with tap water and a tablespoon of conditioner to the pool. Before getting in the pool (and frequently during swimming), wet your hair completely with your water/conditioner mixture. This will help prevent damage, dryness, and discoloration caused by pool water. If you notice discoloration, use of a Clarifying Shampoo (discussed under “Styling Advice”) can help.

Use the Proper Styling Product

Using the proper Styling product is essential to keep your hair in great shape. Many over the counter products contain harsh chemicals and Alcohol that can damage and contribute to many common hair problems.

Caring for Straight Hair

Wash every other day with a gentle shampoo and follow with a light conditioner. If you’re maintaining a longer style, have it trimmed every six weeks to remove split ends. Pomade will help keep hair relaxed and natural while adding shine and separation.

Caring for Thinning Hair

Choose water-based products that won’t leave a heavy residue and weigh hair down and provide volume and lift. A thickening shampoo and conditioner will help. Keep the cut short and choppy and it will appear fuller. Longer hair will make hair appear thin and stringy.

Caring for Wavy Hair

To minimize excessive volume, use a hydrating product and dense conditioner to add weight. A medium-lenth cut will work well for a versatile look. For styling, an oil-based or pomade(such as Baxter of California’s Water Pomade) will add shine and weight.

Caring for Curly Hair

Curly hair’s structure can stop natural oils from reaching the hair’s ends leaving you with a frizzy look. Use a strong moisturizer to keep hair soft. Keeping hair cut short will help maintain a neat look. Longer styles should be layered to reduce volume. Wash hair no more often than every other day and follow with a good conditioner. A good leave-in conditioner will help add extra moisture. Style your hair with an anti-frizz serum.

Salon Hair Color Services-What You Must Know

Salon Hair Color Services

We all want to look our best. It is true. When changing the color of our hair there are usually many questions and answers to consider. As a professional hair stylist and hair colorist for many years, I have answered countless important questions from my clients about receiving hair coloring and highlighting services. I will also answer the questions that I submit in this article to give you a head start on the knowledge you need to be familiar with when purchasing a hair color service at your salon. Shall we begin?

Will this hair color make me look younger? Yes, a new hair color can make us look years younger, if the correct one is chosen. Gray hair is basically loss of color pigment in the hair follicle all together. It can make us looked washed out and much older. When we have our gray hair colored it brings depth and color to our skin also. This is accomplished by the hair color reflecting on to our skin tone, eyes, lips and so on. Having the hair colored appropriately with somewhat of a warm color, and then adding highlights, will take years off of our looks. This is because we have enhanced our looks with depth and then brought a bit of light back into the hair in contrast to the depth. It will be up to you and your hair stylist to choose the best color for you and your hair.

Salon Hair Color Services

Important Considerations Before Receiving Salon Hair Color Services

A professional tip for older women: Black color is most always too harsh looking on older women. Also a very blonde color is usually too light for older women. This is almost always the case.

Will the color look harsh on me? If you choose a hair color that is natural looking, it will not look harsh on you. For example: If you are young, and want to enhance your own hair color. Your stylist will choose a color very similar to what you already have. Younger people can get away with more drastic changes in their hair color because they generally have vibrant skin tones. Although, if a young person chooses a black color for instance, and their hair color is not naturally black, this can sometimes be very harsh looking on them also. Like wise, when young people with very dark hair, try to go all over blonde, it can be a too harsh for the same reasons.

The solution in these circumstances is that it is best to not try drastic changes. If you feel you must make these major changes in your hair color. It is best to accomplish it gradually by adding low lights, (darker placements of color), or highlights, ( lighter placements of color). Will the hair color damage my hair? That is one of the number one questions that people ask most about coloring services. Hair color that is deposit only color, will not harm the hair. This is because the hair is being covered with a color primarily on the outside layer of the hair. This color choice is always one or more shades darker than your existing hair color.

On the other hand, a color chosen one or more shades lighter than your existing color will be more damaging because of the use of a lifting agent involved. You see, when going lighter with your hair color, there is always a lifting process used to make your natural color many shades lighter. Such as your hair stylist determines, to have the proper out come of the final hair color. The color desired is actually being deposited in the last fifteen to thirty five minutes of the process, depending on the color line being used. Thus, the hair can become a bit dryer from the lighter hair coloring process. We have color care shampoos and conditioners to solve the drying affect of the hair color. The result, beautiful hair.

If one has a bleaching or highlighting services done to their hair. The hair will be dryer from the use of bleach, or other lightening products with the addition of developer. Again, there are many remedies on the market today to alleviate the drying affect of coloring services given to the hair. Not to worry.

How often will I need a touch up? A very popular question from today’s clients. Usually that is determined by how fast each person’s hair grows individually. Yes, because the regrowth is the main reason for touching up hair color. Usually three to four weeks is recommended for all over hair color touch ups. But I have had clients need a color touch up as early as two weeks due to their hair growing more quickly.

I would recommend that you never allow your hair regrowth to grow longer than one inch before you receive your color touch up. There are color enhancing services offered for in between your color touch ups. These color enhancing products do not work well on every hair type due to texture. Coarse hair types will not always accept color.

How much will the service cost? It is expected that the customer ask this question before the color services are rendered. There are many times, that there can be hidden costs in coloring services due to the amount of products needed for proper coverage of the hair. Most salons require the stylist or colorist to give the client an estimated figure of how much the service will cost. Each salon has their individual prices and color lines. A wise consumer will do their homework before hand, by finding out the price of the services at the salon they have chosen.

Is it possible to color or highlight overly curly hair? Yes, it is. Coloring services are available for all hair types. Stylists use individual techniques to color each hair type. This is decided by your individual hair stylist.

Will the color fade? Now this is a very broad question with various answers. Hair color fading is due to many factors. First of which is, the ability of the hair to hold hair color. We call this porosity. If the hair is overly porous it will have a problem holding hair color. There are ways a stylist can usually alleviate this problem. Once in a while the hair is so damaged it absolutely impossible for the hair to hold color. Your stylist should always have the skills to evaluate these situations, and recommend certain conditioning treatments to bring the hair back to a normal porosity.

Hair colors come in categories of : Temporary, demi permanent, semi permanent, permanent. Each color line has recommendations on the categories and of uses of their particular types of hair colors. Each line has color enhancers, color glosses and so on. I recommend you have your stylist or colorist educate you on the types she or he will be using on your hair and why. This will help you when choosing shampoos and conditions that will help maintain your hair color between coloring services.

The most challenging question and statement a stylist or colorist can receive is: Can you correct this hair color I applied at home? It looks terrible! I personally love doing corrective hair coloring. A lot of hair stylist do not like this area of our field. Be sure your stylist has plenty of experience in this area of hair coloring if you need this service rendered. I really won’t go too in depth here about corrective hair coloring, accept that, usually a botched at home color can be corrected with the following: Time at the salon for the correction. Money, as this service can be expensive. Cooperation with, and trust in, the hair stylist’s or hair colorist’s judgment.


Want Healthy Hair? How To Stop The Damage And Start Having Healthy, Shiny Hair

How Does Hair Get Damaged?

Beauty store shelves are full of products promising you healthy, shiny hair. However, the fact is that you don’t have to change your diet or your shampoo to get the best out of your hair. Your hair follicles are doing the hard bit already, growing hair. The rest is down to you, simply looking after your hair as it lengthens, keeping it conditioned and protecting it from damage. In this article learn how your hair gets damaged and what you can do to prevent it so your hair can stay its natural, healthy best.

Our hair, generally speaking, consists of two parts: the cortex (and in some women, also the medulla) at the centre, and the cuticle. The cortex is a very fragile structure made of long stringy proteins, porous like a sponge, that contains the elements that give your hair most of the qualities that are unique to you: strength, colour, elasticity and texture. This delicate material needs protecting, and that is the job of the cuticle. Split ends are actually where the cuticle has completely broken away, uncovering the unravelling end of your cortex. No product in the world is going to glue your split ends permanently back together. This is why the only cure for split ends is a hair cut, followed by a good hair care routine that maintains and protects the cuticle.

The cuticle is a series of layers (usually about seven) of scales made of the protein keratin, which overlap like roof tiles. This arrangement allows the hair to swell and shrink with moisture content. These scales are there to take a beating, and when we talk about damaging your hair, we are talking about damage to these cuticle scales. These scales are not living. They cannot grow back or repair themselves. Once you have blown through all the layers of the cuticle, there is nothing left to protect the cortex, the damage is irreversible and the hair breaks. As far as you and I are concerned, care of the cuticle is the very foundation of maintaining healthy hair.

Healthy, Shiny Hair

The Four Most Common Causes of Hair Damage


Colouring and perming chemicals do the most damage, because the way they work is by swelling the hair to such an extent that the cortex can be altered, either by changing the pigment when you colour it, or by chemically destroying the sulphur bonds that give your hair its naturally curly or straight texture. This process roughs up the edges of all the scales right through the entire cuticle, not just the outside.

For this reason, in my opinion, all hair colouring, relaxing and perming should be done by a trained stylist and not at home. You only want to subject your hair to this process once, and thereafter only touch up from the roots. You should only do either a perm or a colour process if you have fine hair, but never both.

A good professional hairstylist will never agree to do both procedures to fine hair. Ideally, for really healthy hair, you should not subject your hair to any chemical treatment at all.

But it’s fun and a lot of women don’t like their hair going grey, so there are good reasons to colour or perm your hair. And if you decide you’ve had enough with the chemicals, you can just grow your hair out and start again.

So don’t believe any company that tells you they have a gentle colouring or perming product. There is no such thing. And conditioning afterwards will not reverse the damage.


Even if you are quite saintly and never colour or perm your hair, most of the damage to your cuticle is caused by the hairs rubbing against each other. This is where your good conditioning habits will pay dividends.

Friction includes wearing your hair down loose, especially on a windy day, brushing, back combing or teasing and just ‘messing’ with your hair too frequently during the day. If you find your hair knots or tangles frequently, this is a typical sign of damage to the cuticle. The scales are literally ruffled up and catching on each other, causing your hair to snarl.

To minimise damage while getting the tangles out of your hair, never brush your hair when it is wet, even with conditioner in it. Use your fingers and waggle them as you very gently comb them through your hair. Your hands are the best grooming tool you possess, as the skin on your hands cannot damage your cuticle.

To further protect your hair during the day, the best thing you can do is use very good quality hair accessories to wear your hair up. The kindest type of accessories to use are the ones that do not bind your hair at all, such as combs, forks and hair sticks. Another great way to protect your hair when you are outside is to tuck it up into a hat.

The next best alternative, if your hair is too slippery, are either very fat hair elastics or hair claws which have smoothed and polished edges. Lastly, barrettes and hair slides can cut into the hair’s cuticle. To prevent this, choose barrettes using only the best clasps which are still only made in France from steel with hand smoothed edges.

The good news is that very good quality French hair accessories, while expensive, should last for several years, so are actually good value as well as kind on your hair.


Styling using straighteners, curling tongs and blow dryers causes quite a lot of damage. Hair dryers can actually strengthen hair, but only when used on a medium or low heat and held at least six inches away from your hair. Most people use dryers as a way to straighten their hair, though, and this causes a lot of damage.

What happens when using these tools on wet or damp hair is that the water in the cortex of the hair can start to boil and the steam will actually blow holes in the cuticle. There are products that claim to “heat protect” your hair. They can do a little, but as most women use driers and irons on a high setting combined with pulling their hair straight with brushes, this is more than these “heat protecting” products can stand up to.

My recommendation is to learn to work with your natural hair texture. This can be a steep learning curve. All hair textures have their own unique advantages, the most valuable of which is that when you respect your hair’s natural tendencies and ensure that it is kept healthy and undamaged, you spend almost no time styling it in the morning.


UV rays affect your hair in two ways. UVA rays gradually break down the pigment molecules in your hair leaving a yellowish tinge inside the hair, which is why sun faded hair can look brassy. UVB rays, after a lot of exposure, break down the sulphur bonds in your hair, which eventually affects the strength and texture of your hair.

However, this is really only relevant if you spend a lot of time outdoors when the sun is most intense, use sunbeds very frequently or live in a very sunny country. Hair styling products containing sunblock are not effective. They either wash out or fall out of your hair very easily.

You only really need to be concerned about sun damage if you colour your hair, have naturally white or grey hair, or if you have longer than shoulder-length hair. To protect your hair colour, the only effective solution is a hat or scarf. For long hair, it is helpful to wear your hair up in a chignon, pleat or twist style so that the ends of your hair are covered and secure.

Protecting your hair from damage is the single best way to have healthy looking hair. Fortunately this is completely free. The more disciplined you are about looking after your hair, your hair will reward you by not only behaving more often on a day to day basis, but by also responding well to more extreme styling when you need it for those formal occasions.

The Secret World of the Non Surgical Hair System and How to Get Out of It!

Non Surgical Hair System

You are a loyal customer of a local “non surgical” hair restoration company. Years ago you saw an advertisement of a great looking guy, with a very attractive girl on his arm, water skiing or riding in a convertible with the wind whipping through his hair! In the next few seconds, you see a “before” picture of this same man with no hair on top of his head. He looks sad and a little less healthy. And, of course, he looks about ten years older. Your curiosity is getting the better of you. You could not help but want to fix your hair loss with those same results! The before and after is such a striking difference. You run over to the mirror. The little amount of hair you have left on your head is less than impressive. You immediately fantasize about what you would look like with THAT hair! What a change it would make to your appearance! You pick up the phone and request some information.

Non Surgical Hair System

You cannot stop thinking about that hair. You can’t stop looking in the mirror and are getting more disappointed with your thinning hair everyday! That Sunday afternoon really did a number on you. After reviewing the information you pick up that phone and make an appointment for a free consultation. You feel a little strange at first when walking through the door. However, the attractive girl behind the front desk seems very sweet and makes you feel very comfortable. You fill out some paperwork and another very attractive woman comes out to greet you. She explains the procedure as a non surgical hair restoration. She continues to cover all the details of the process. She makes it clear that you are an excellent candidate and you will look absolutely amazing once the process is completed. She refers to this process as a strand by strand method. She explains that a sample of your hair will be taken and sent to a lab. At the lab, your hair sample will be put under a microscope and analyzed. That information will be sent to the factory. At the factory they will match your hair exactly, hair by hair, and attach human hair to a monofilament base. This monofilament base is almost as light as air and will cover your thinning areas only where you need it. By combining the wonderful “existing” hair you still have left on your head with this strand by strand method, your hair will look like it did before you ever lost it! Rest assured you will look ten years younger! Now that you have been wearing this fake hair for close to three years, you would do anything to get out of it!

We all know how the story ends. A hair piece is a hair piece is a hair piece! Call it what you want! Do you like strand by strand? Do you prefer non surgical replacement? How about laser hair replacement? Or, what about a bio-matrix? That sounds interesting. Do you like poly fuse? I think you get the idea. In my opinion, it is all the same. How about a wig, a hair piece, a toupee (ouch!), I hate that one! How do you feel if someone calls it a rug? That’s not good! I have even heard them called a duskee! The point I am trying to make is whatever you call the hair attachment, it’s all the same thing. A non surgical hair replacement solution is just that! It is not growing out of your head. It needs to be maintained and replaced often or it will look extremely fake if it is not!

Cost Of Your Hair System

The sad part of this story is that about 90% of all male wearers of these non surgical systems are fantastic candidates for a permanent surgical hair restoration procedure. Once completed, a hair transplant requires no maintenance. If done properly by a hair loss specialist, the hair will never fall out! It will continue to grow forever. The only maintenance required is shampooing, conditioning and a hair cut! In addition, the cost of a hair surgery is extremely less than if you continue to wear the fake hair for only a few years. Let’s take a quick peek at the numbers. The cost of your hair system will most likely be around $1,200 to $1,500 to get started. That will include the initial “installation”. At that initial installation you will be offered a series of options for maintenance. He is where things get a little tricky. These options will range from a few hundred dollars a month to as much as $1,200 a month. You should take my advice on this one. If you go the cheaper route, the hair system will not get the proper maintenance needed to look “real”. Please remember the following; the key to wearing fake hair is having fake hair that looks real. If it does not, what is the sense? The cold hard truth is you will need to replace these things every few months and have them properly serviced. This will run you $500 a month, minimum. That comes out to $6,000 a year, not even including the first $1,500 or so to get started. At $6,000 a year, the math is easy. After just four years of wearing a hair system the price tag is a whopping $25,000. Using that $25,000 as a benchmark, I can assure you beyond a shadow of a doubt, you could fund several MaxHarvest surgical hair restoration procedures although you probably won’t need that many.

Let me make one thing clear at this point. The reason I can help you get out of that hair system is because I did it myself! At age 31, I took the plunge! I took off the hair piece and went through a series of surgical procedures. Once I did, there was no looking back. Almost like a true feeling of freedom, I was finally feeling good about my hair. THAT was something I thought would never happen!

No longer would I worry about someone touching my hair or a new girlfriend finding out about my secret hair system. I could now romp on the floor with my niece and nephew without worrying that the hair would be pulled off my head. Best of all, I no longer had to pay $500 per month to maintain fake hair that I was determined to hide every second of the day. The list goes on and on. All those worries have now disappeared and I can finally go on with my life!

The transition of having a full head of fake hair to having a full head of real hair requires a few things. First, you must identify your personal expectations. If you are emotionally attached to the hair system and the appearance it gives you, you may have to make this a two step process. The first step will be to have a MaxHarvest surgical hair procedure. The second step would be a followup procedure one year post op. Allow the first surgery to completely heal for 10 days, and continue to wear your hair system with a semi permanent attachment. This way you will be able to wear your hair system during the day and remove it at night. You will want to take it off at night for the new hair to grow in properly. You may also consider wearing a hat on weekends. Now you will be able to have the best of both worlds. This is exactly how I made my transition. Unfortunately, at the time, the MaxHarvest procedure was not yet available. For this reason, I was unable to achieve the density I desired. However, it will be in your best interest to take advantage of this technique. This is the reason for this article.

Hair wearers are told repeatedly that a hair surgery will never give them the thick youthful look that is accomplished easily with a non surgical option. However, a hair wearer can avoid this issue if he seeks out a hair restoration practice that performs the MaxHarvest procedure. The MaxHarvest procedure will move the maximum hair possible in one procedure. Dr Brett Bolton has had tremendous success with helping hair wearers remove their hair pieces. Dr Bolton believes the MaxHarvest technique is a major reason why this works. This will enable the hair wearer to get much more coverage and density. Other conventional hair clinics move a limited amount of hair grafts based on a cost per graft.. For maximum density and a true final result, the hair wearer should consider a second MaxHarvest procedure. However, this will be totally optional. It will all depend on personal expectations. Meanwhile, at anytime during the entire growth stage of the surgery, the hair wearer may remove the hair system when he feels comfortable with his result. I remember that day well. It was very liberating!


8 Ways To Grow Your Hair Faster

Do You Want To Grow Your Hair Faster?

It’s a known fact of life: Girls are always changing their hair. They grow it out for years, just to realize that they want their hair to be short. After a week of short hair, they realize that they miss their long hair and start the cycle all over again. Actually, in today’s world of the “Justin Bieber Hairstyle,” a lot of guys are even trying to grow their hair faster.

Well, personally, my hair is still recovering up from a bad haircut. It was basically chopped into a mullet and has never fully recovered. Because I want to grow my hair long faster, like you, and I am sick of putting in my extensions every day, I am going to teach you ways that will legitimately help your hair grow faster.

Grow Your Hair Faster

Ways That Will Help Your Hair Grow Faster.

1. Try To Keep Your Hair From Damaging

The first thing you can do to help grow your hair faster is to eliminate sources of damage.

Just so you know, I am the *queen* of damaged hair.

I can’t even count how many times I have colored my hair black, just to bleach it back to platinum blonde again, and back and forth.

The last time that I colored my hair platinum blonde, I committed to keeping it that way. I try to go as long as possible in between hair colors to give it time to heal. People ask me all the time how my hair is so healthy, soft and shiny, even though I bleach it. I am constantly reconditioning it in between colors. I really like the It’s a 10 Miracle Hair Masque. When I am at home, doing chores, I’ll put some conditioner in my hair, put a plastic bag around it, and leave it. Sometimes, I will even sleep with it in my hair. I also try to keep my flat-iron use minimal. If you do flat-iron your hair every day, do use a protectant /conditioning spray, like the HealthySexyHair “Soya Want Flat Hair Flat Iron Spray”, which infuses your hair with protein as you use it. I also use protein shampoo/conditioner often. Dumb Blonde by Bedhead is my favorite. Keep in mind that your hair needs more than just protein. I live in Nevada, where there is usually about 0% humidity, so every once in a while I use a Moisturizing Shampoo. My favorite is Bedhead Urban Antidotes Recovery Level 2. To read more about keeping bleached hair healthy, click here. You’ll never be able to grow your hair faster, if you are creating constant breakage. Okay, now that we understand how vital it is to keep your hair healthy…

2. Trim Your Hair Every 6 Weeks

A lot of people don’t think cutting your hair will help it grow faster. And although, it doesn’t make it grow faster, it will eliminate split ends, which could lead to shorter hair. The best analogy I have ever heard, is to think of your hair like a piece of rope. When rope starts to fray, you have to burn the piece that is frayed, or else it will continue to fray further up the rope. If you have split ends, and you don’t trim them, they may continue to split further up your hair, causing breakage. Breakage means shorter hair. We can’t have that if we are trying to grow it out faster.

You don’t have to cut a lot of hair off. Just be very sure to express to your hair stylist that you only want to trim the tips of your hair because you are trying to grow it out, and want the split ends cut off. Also be sure to let them know not to cut off more than a quarter/half-inch. The better communication you give to your stylist, the better he/she can understand what you want and deliver it to you.

3. Take Vitamins

You probably always hear that prenatal vitamins make your hair grow faster. I have researched that topic a lot in the past, and it turns out that an abundance of hormones produced while pregnant is what really makes your hair grow, not the prenatal vitamins.

Here is a hair lesson: For normal people, at any given time, 90% of their hair is in the growth phase, while the other 10% is in a resting phase. This is why your hair grows uneven after a haircut. After the resting phase, your hair follicle prepares for the shedding phase. It is normal for anyone to lose about 50-100 hair strands per day.

The increased level of estrogen present in pregnant women causes ALL of your hair to stay in it’s growing phase. Therefore, you are not losing any hair (which gives the impression that your hair is growing faster). Hair texture and color have also been noted to change during pregnancy. Now keep in mind, before you rush out to get pregnant, that pregnant women lose a TON of hair after they have a baby. This is because the estrogen level drops back down to normal, and they shed all of the hair that they didn’t lose while they were pregnant.

So even if prenatal vitamins are a bust, there are still other vitamins that help your hair grow faster. Vitamins rich in B-complex are known to help your hair grow a great deal. Vitamin B-complex contains biotin, folic acid and insositol which help rotate the growth cycle of your hair quicker than it did before. There is even vitamin B-complex shampoo that is said to help your hair grow faster. It is said that flax-seed oil, vitamin E, and vitamin A all also help grow your hair faster. Personally, I have used the Nioxin Vitamins that are designed for growing hair, and also “hair, skin and nails” pills, and have seen positive effects with both of them.

4. Eliminate factors that impede hair growth

Keep in mind, that every thing you put in your body comes out through your hair. Different types of medications cause different reactions to your hair. Sometimes, medications will cause a color or perm to not take, and also some can make your hair fall out. Your hair will not grow faster if you are constantly losing hair. Common types of medications that cause hair loss are Acne medications, antibiotics, antidepressants, birth control, anti-clotting pills, cholesterol lowering, drugs that suppress the immune system, epilepsy drugs, drugs used in breast cancer, high-blood pressure medications, hormone replacement, mood stabilizers, steroids, weight-loss drugs and thyroid medications. It does depend on what dosage you take and how sensitive you are to them. I don’t know much about the health industry, so I would recommend talking to a doctor about what you take.

Now medications are a hard thing to deal with because many of us need our drugs. But another thing to keep in mind is that if you are unhealthy, so is your hair. Eating healthier food, drinking a lot of water, not smoking/drinking alcohol are all factors that play a part in hair growth.

Another big problem is stress. Stress does a number of horrific things to your body but can also trigger hair loss. It’s easier said than done sometimes, but try to de-stress if you want your hair to grow faster.

5. Stimulate your scalp

There’s an old wives tale that states if you brush your hair 100 times every night before you go to sleep, it will make your hair grow faster. Not only is that not true, but brushing your hair is actually bad for your hair. The bristles get caught in small tangles and usually rip hair out, creating our enemy: breakage. When your hair is wet, you should comb it with a wide-tooth comb to help eliminate breakage.

There is something called “Scientific Brushing” that is said to help grow hair faster though. It is vital that you use a natural bristle brush and remember, you are brushing it against your scalp, not your hair. You brush all around your hairline first, then you brush in 1/2 inch subsections throughout your scalp. When you brush, do a rolling motion. The bristles stimulate and bring blood flow to your scalp, which encourages hair to grow faster. Do this before you shampoo your hair. I would also comb it first to make sure there are no tangles. Scientific brushing can also help with dandruff.

When you shampoo your hair, really massage your scalp. This does the same thing as the scientific brushing. Sometimes, it’s even better to shampoo your hair twice so you get a better lather. I would spend a few minutes massaging your scalp. Not only does it help, but it also feels good!

6. Nioxin / Invati

Working in the hair industry, I have heard a ton of good things about Nioxin. In fact, I had one client that specifically told me that it was so weird because hair was growing so much, and she had a lot of new growth. She couldn’t figure out why it was growing. I asked her what she used. She said “Nioxin”. I told her that Nioxin is formulated to make your hair grow and she didn’t even know that. Now she’s hooked on it for life. She will buy another bottle before she even runs out, so she never has to go without it. It works by detoxifying your scalp, removing and neutralizing toxins, cleaning out the pores, and reducing scalp inflammation. It also cleanses hormones from the hair follicle that causes male pattern baldness.

It’s a controversial topic if Nioxin actually works or not to make hair grow faster. The answer is it works differently on everyone. I’ve heard people say that they’ve used it for months upon months and seen no difference. I also know people who swear by it. It is not known if it actually makes your hair grow faster or just stops you from losing hair. Either way, I believe it works, and the fact that it keeps your scalp healthy, can’t hurt. I know that the best results are seen when the cleanser, scalp therapy conditioner, and the scalp treatment (which you spray on after you get out of the shower) are all used. I recommend a starter kit like this one. I also know that it takes a few months to start seeing noticeable results. I have heard people say that they think Nioxin dries their hair out, but my own personal experience is that it makes my hair feel very soft and hydrated when I use it.

Yesterday, it was brought to my attention that there is a new product similar to Nioxin, made by Aveda, called Invati. I can’t really tell you anything about it, but it is supposed to work well, and Aveda is at trustworthy name, so I would expect it to be good.

7. Eat a lot of protein

I know someone who is getting a gastrointestinal bypass real soon. The doctors instructed her that she needs to eat a lot of protein before, and after the surgery. The doctor told her that all the extra protein will make her hair grow faster. It makes sense, right? Hair is composed of 80% protein. If your body is not getting enough protein, it may not have enough to give your hair follicles, and therefore your hair will grow slower.

8. Rogaine

If all else fails, there is always Rogaine. Rogaine is the only FDA approved, over-the-counter topical medication that is actually proved to make your hair grow faster. Minoxidil is the active ingredient in Rogaine, and exactly how it works is unproven. It was originally a drug used to treat high blood pressure, but it turns out that it works better for growing hair than keeping blood pressure down. A 16 week study showed that 85% of people using it correctly experienced new hair growth. Only mild side-effects have been reported, including scalp irritation and itching. I say its worth a shot!

Semi Permanent Hair Color: Top Tips You Need To Know

Semi Permanent Hair Color Definition

Semi Permanent Hair ColorThe a semi permanent hair color is your finest choice if you’re wanting to discreetly grow your organic hair color or include a layer of different colors (such as a red tone on brown hair). Keep in mind semi-permanents darken hair. Since they do not include ammonia or peroxide, semi-permanent shade cannot lighten hair.
Semi-permanent different colors washes out over an amount of time (six to 12 hair shampoos, relying on the formula), so if you do not like the color, you do not have to cope with it for also lengthy.
One more benefit of semi-permanent different colors: Since the different colors is short-lived, you will not have to handle obvious origins.

Semi Permanent Hair Dye: How Long Does It Last?

Semi permanent hair dye is, as the name suggests, a much less permanent alternative for colouring your hair. These dyes are frequently made use of in the form of gels, lotions, and mousses.
They’re very easy to apply as well as much less prone to errors due to the fact that they will rinse with time, making them a good way to tone hair or try out new colours without making a considerable dedication; but the length of time does semi-permanent hair dye last?

Lasting Factors
Semi-permanent hair dye usually lasts 16 – 24 shampoos, however this could vary significantly depending on the problem of your very own hair. There are a few different factors affecting the durability of a semi-permanent hair dye. These include:
– Hair porosity
– Hair dryness
– Contact period
– Shampoo behaviors
– Colour darkness

Semi Permanent Hair Colour: When To Choose?

Semi permanent hair colour is good for first-time dyers or those that aren’t wanting to make an extreme adjustment. Semi-permanent color has no ammonia and no programmer, so no different colors is transferred inside the hair shaft. Instead, the shade coats the hair, which is why it’s usually referred to as a “stain” or “clean.” Semi-permanent different colors is good for altering or boosting tones– however except altering different colors. It typically washes out in 6 to 12 hair shampoos.

– Semi- demi-permanent hair is gentler, but doesn’t last as long
Up until just recently, the only option besides long-term was semi-permanent hair shade. Semi-permanent hair color functions by finish the outside (follicle) layer of hair with shade. It additionally has some capacity to pass through the follicle as well as spread right into the cortex beneath. Many momentary hair color progressively fades away throughout four to 10 hair shampoos (harsher shampoos will discolor them more quickly).
One perk: Semi-permanent hair different colors do not harm hair as high as long-term hair different colors does. In fact, they can leave hair shinier, many thanks to components that complete any type of broken areas in the hair’s cuticle.

– Temporary root touch-up items hide roots till your next shampoo
For emergency, uh-oh-my-roots-are-showing touch-ups, you can buy crayons, markers, sprays as well as powders that hide your origins in a split second and also wash out with your next hair shampoo. None of these is best: Ceraceous origin touch-up crayons could make your roots look and feel greasy, for instance, and also sprays can tint your scalp as well as your hair.