Hair styling and hair care not the same

A visit to your hair salon can be frustrating, if you actually know about hair care or have great experience with it.

Fashion and Beauty with Heather R

If you are oblivious to good hair care, then you may face a few challenges. Each time I go to the hair salon I end up having to put my foot down concerning the hair care products that hairdressers use in my hair, how they wash it or braid it.

They respond by telling me how they know about hair and how long they have been in the business.

True as that may be, they have been in the business of hairstyling not hair care. Continue reading

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Hair Loss – New Treatments May Be Available Soon

According to a recent CBS News report drugs developed for other uses have shown promising results for treating hair loss. Dr. Simon Ourian of Epione Beverly Hills says that he looks forward to offering this treatment option to his patients.

As reported in a March 17, 2013 CBS News article, Allergan, Inc.’s eyelash growing drug Latisse is being investigated as a potential remedy for hair loss. Latisse, available only by prescription, was originally developed by Allergan to treat glaucoma. An unintended side effect of the drug was longer, darker, and thicker eyelashes (Go to: goo.gl/RGlIF). Allergan applied for and received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to market Latisse for eyelash growth and is now looking to do the same for baldness.

“Hair loss is a significant issue for many of my patients, both men and women,” says Dr. Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills. It’s important to keep in mind that Latisse is being offered as a treatment for baldness and not a cure. The drug only works so long as you are using it; once you stop hair will fall out.” Continue reading

After Hair Loss at 11, Shame Ruins Woman’s Singing Career

After Hair Loss at 11, Shame Ruins Woman's Singing CareerLillian White, a dental hygienist from Mendham, Mass., was only 11 when a genetic condition caused her hair to start falling out.

“I was just getting into puberty and that awkward phase and my hair started falling out,” said White, who is now 31. “It was terrible. At slumber parties, we would braid each other’s hair with friends and they would ask, ‘Why are your braids so tiny?'”

As she matured, White refused to go out with boys.

“Who would want date a girl with thin hair?” she said. “It was totally detrimental to my self-esteem. I never had any confidence.”

Later, when she studied vocal performance at college, White abandoned her dream of being a singer and slipped into a deep depression.

“I never felt comfortable going on stage,” she said. “I had done plays and worn a wig, but it was terrible and hot.”

Though often associated with balding men, hair loss affects women, too. Continue reading

Are Hair Loss Drugs Safe?

Question: My 28-year-old has been using Propecia for hair loss for several years, which he orders online from a company in India. It is cheaper than Rogaine, but I am worried about the safety of long-term use. He assures me that he does not have any sexual side effects. Your thoughts?
Propecia is an oral tablet taken daily for male hair loss. This drug is actually a reduced dose of Proscar (an oral tablet), which used to help reduce prostate size in men with enlarged prostate glands (called BPH). There are generic forms of this drug made overseas, but it is difficult to know details of its quality if you cannot identify the manufacturer.
It may be that this is a generic version made by the original manufacturer, or not. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates and evaluates quality, chemical content, and consistency of drugs sold in the U.S. When you buy from a supplier from India, you can’t be sure about the quality or content. It’s sort of a potluck guessing game and not worth of risking your health. Bogus drugs are common overseas, so beware.
Also, Rogaine (topical minoxidil) is a topical solution that works differently than Propecia. Rogaine is available as a generic in the U.S. at considerable savings, and is also available in a 2 percent (reduced from 5 percent) formulation for use in women with hair loss.

Product Favored By Women May Help Men Fight Hair Loss

Over 30% of men will experience the affliction of male pattern hair loss by the age of 30. With so many products out there that are developed to fight baldness, men are beginning to find help — through a medication favored by women.

The glaucoma medication, Latisse, has recently become popular among women for the purpose of enhancing eyelashes. The medication is now being tested to discover it’s effect after it is applied to the scalp, and whether or not men may finally get an upper hand in the fight against balding.

Dr. Paul McAndrews, a dermatologist in Beverly Hills who specializes in hair restoration, has prescribed Latisse to patients for years, for this very reason. Continue reading