The end of summer is always a bittersweet time. Warm weather begins cooling off, the pools are closing, and the beaches don’t have quite as many faces on them. Those summer activities are ones to remember, but they can be remembered in the wrong way when it comes to your hair and how that summer fun can leave your hair a discolored mess.
What is a Glossing?
A Hair Glossing is a quick add-on service that refreshes color that has faded or oxidized by depositing color and resealing the hair cuticle, allowing hair to have a more natural, rich tone and healthy feel vs. the faded, unnatural look and unhealthy feel.
A Hair Glossing is recommended after prolonged sun exposure (like after the summer months) or every three months to help keep hair looking and feeling great and extend the life of healthy hair. One of our hair specialists can also make recommendations on when hair is beginning to oxidize and when a Hair Glossing will make the most impact!
Heat Protectant Vital for Hair, We are in the middle of summer, which means sun, pool, and lots of ice cream cones! No one likes a melted ice cream cone, but it is replaceable, but when it comes to melted hair that’s permanent. It raises the question, Do you need a heat protectant for your hair?
In today’s world, sunscreen is a must for anyone who wants to go out in the sun. Sunscreen keeps the skin protected against the heat of the sun. In the same way, you should never…NEVER… place heat on hair without some form of heat protectant. In a sense, heat protectants are hair’s sunscreen for blow dryers and hot tools. Without them, your hair risks being damaged.
Blow dryers, straighteners, and curling irons can be dangerous sources of heat for hair because they have the potential to burn the hair and strip away its natural oils and moisture. This can make hair dry, brittle, and even more prone to breakage.
By coating the hair shaft with a protective layer, heat protectants prevent the heat from penetrating the hair and damaging the inner structure. The use of heat protectants can also help to keep the hair healthy and prevent breakage by sealing in moisture.
Here are some of the benefits of using heat protectant:
Brushing your hair is a part of your daily routine, but can it also cause hair loss? The answer is yes, in some cases.
How much hair is normal to lose when brushing?
Is Hair Loss Caused by Brushing? Let’s start by saying that it’s normal to lose 80-100 hairs a day. They’ll grow back because this is the normal life cycle of a hair follicle. You’ll lose most of the 80-100 hairs when you brush or shampoo. However, if you are losing more than 100 hairs per day, noticing bald patches on your scalp, or seeing a lot of short hairs, it is possible that brushing your hair is causing hair loss.
In your hair care routine, your hairbrush is an essential tool. In addition to detangling and distributing your natural oils evenly, it also styles your hair. But how often should you replace your hairbrush? The answer depends on a few factors, including the type of brush you use, how often you use it, and how well you care for it.
What is the typical lifespan of a hair brush?
In general, you should replace your hairbrush every 6 to 12 months. This is because, over time, your hairbrush can become dirty, worn out, and ineffective.
It may be necessary to replace your hairbrush more frequently if you have fine or thin hair, as these types of hair are more prone to breakage. It may be possible for you to get away with replacing your hairbrush less frequently if you have thick or curly hair.
Most people believe conditioner is a harmless product for their hair. This is true – unless the product is misused.
How Does Conditioner Cause Hair Loss In Your Growing Hair?
Properly using any product is key to achieving the desired results, but it is the incorrect use of a product that can have undesirable effects. Conditioner is specifically designed to be used on the mid-shafts to ends of hair, where hair is most damaged and in need of the most moisture. Most people are applying conditioner very similar to how they apply shampoo. This means that the conditioner is getting directly onto the scalp, and this, in combination with improper rinsing, can lead to build-up and long-term hair loss. Why is that? Because most conditioners have some form of oil in them, so if you already have a problem with oily hair or an oily scalp, adding the conditioner onto the scalp can only contribute more to the issue of excessive oiliness and lead to some very undesirable effects such as:
Excessive hair shedding
3 Keys To Proper Conditioner Use
Emulsify the conditioner – After squirting the conditioner into your wet hands, and BEFORE placing it onto hair, rub the product together in your hands, emulsifying the product before working it through the mid-shafts to ends.
Less is more – You don’t need a lot! We repeat! You DON’T need a lot. Remember you are only placing conditioner on the mid-shafts of your hair to the ends. If your hair is 8-10” long, you really only need about a nickle sized amount of conditioner. You can always add a little more, but more is not always better.
Mid-Shafts to ends – The first 2-3 inches of your growing hair is the healthiest hair. That hair is not in need of extra moisture. Focus your conditioner use on the mid-shaft (middle of hair) to the ends as this is where hair needs the most help. An easy way to do this if you have long hair is to pull hair over one shoulder and gently massage it into the hair from mid-shaft to ends.
How Does Conditioner Cause Hair Loss In Your Hair Addition?
In the video above, we show the inside of an actual hair addition. The white spots that are seen on the inside is the build-up of conditioner that has been placed at the base of the hair addition instead of ONLY at the mid-shaft to ends. Conditioner should NEVER be used at the base of the hair addition.
When conditioner gets onto the nylon base of a hair addition, it begins to build up, and because it is almost impossible to get the conditioner out once built up, it ultimately causes hair loss in three ways:
When the conditioner is wet and built up at the base, it can cause the hand-tied knots to become loose or slip, causing normal brushing to cause hair to come out at the knot.
When the conditioner gets into the base of hair addition and then becomes dry and hardens, it can cause the hair to break over normal brushing or styling.
Then there is the dreaded itch! Conditioner is defiantly not good for the scalp. It contributes to excessive oil on the scalp, and excessive oil is the #1 cause of itch. Often times the white areas in the video are exactly where the guest is itching, and that is exactly where they begin to notice holes or missing hair in their hair addition.
Discover the Health of Your Hair & Scalp
Statistics show 84% of women and 58% of men use conditioner. Are you using conditioner? Do you have hair shedding, oily hair/scalp, itch, or dandruff? Maybe you are using conditioner the wrong way. Or maybe there is more to the health of your hair and scalp.
Our exclusive ScalpCheck gives you an in-depth analysis designed to help determine the health of your hair and scalp. This allows us to customize a hair and scalp care protocol based on your specific needs. Ultimately treating sleep-related hair scalp problems and helping you have beautiful, healthy hair and scalp for years to come.
How can I slow or stop hair loss and regrow my hair? This question is on the minds of more and more men and women starting at an earlier and earlier age. The key to understanding how to fix hair loss is to recognize it as a hair growth problem rather than a hair loss problem.
We often use anti-aging treatments as an example to answer this question. Today, more than ever, women and men alike are taking better care of their skin at an earlier age. It can be as simple as wearing the right sunscreen in the sun or using the right moisturizer. A skincare routine designed to keep skin supple, youthful, and free of wrinkles and skin spots can also be much more intense. It is easier to prevent and correct skin issues if you begin the anti-aging process early. You will have a harder time correcting the problem the longer you wait. As we care for our skin to prevent aging, we should also use this same philosophy to care for our hair and prevent aging and long-term hair loss.
But when hair is lost, it is even more critical to the children who have lost it. For over 40 years, Wigs for Kids has been helping children who have lost their hair by providing a no-cost hair replacement to them. Along with this hair replacement, Wigs for Kids provides a complete product package with the products the family needs to maintain the hair.
These product packages are crucial in the care of the no-cost wig Wigs for Kids provides. Without the proper product and care the wig will not last as long, look as natural or style the way each child wants it to. Each product package includes five wet products: shampoo, conditioners & proteins; a roll of tape, a brush, a styrofoam head, a brisk refresher, a chin strap, a microfiber towel, and a maintenance guide. This complete product package, along with the shipping, costs $200. In December, our team set a goal to provide 20 product packages for children in need. We need your help!
Our company has decided to match 100% of any donation to Wigs for Kids up to $2,000*. These donations must be made through our center or online store. So whether you would like to financially donate a roll of tape or a complete package, know that your donations will be doubled and brings us one step closer to helping another child take care of their hair!
*The Hair & Scalp Specialists will match 100% of any donation made during December 2022 up to $2,000. Donations must be made through the online store or in person at The Hair & Scalp Specialists Center. Unless checks are made directly to Wigs for Kids, contributions are non-tax-deductible.
Can a good night of sleep help prevent hair loss and ultimately create healthier hair?
The importance of sleep for our health cannot be overstated. In addition to improving our physical and mental health, a good night’s rest aids in enhancing our moods, creating a healthier heart, controlling weight, and strengthening our immune systems. Consistent sleep patterns can also make all the difference between having healthy hair or continuing to lose it.
Here are two main ways sleep directly affects our hair:
There has been an influx of hair loss after testing positive for Covid. We help answer the big question…
November through January, the United States had an incredible resurgence of Covid cases. Since then, there has been an increased awareness of individuals claiming that after testing positive for Covid, they see thinner hair, increased shedding, and a change in hair texture or feel. So is there a direct correlation between testing positive for Covid and experiencing hair loss?
The answer is not an easy one.
The direct answer is no. Hair loss has not been directly linked as a side effect of having Covid, nor has it been listed as a symptom of Covid. That said, experiencing hair loss after testing positive for Covid is happening, but not the way we think. It is not Covid that is causing hair loss, but rather the stress that Covid places on the body, in combination with the already increased levels of daily stress that everyone is currently facing. This is known as Telogen Effluvium.
Stress affects the body in many ways – One way is hair loss.
The holidays are a special time of year, but the stress they can add may increase hair shedding. Is this normal or a sign that points to more significant problems?
The holidays are fast approaching, and along with them come the joys of the season like glad tidings, great food, and time spent with family & friends. Unfortunately, one unforeseen effect of the holiday season is the added stress that they can cause, and for some individuals, this can lead to stress-related hair loss.
Stress can be one of the hairs’ biggest enemies. They explain that as our body reacts to stress, our adrenal glands produce cortisol, AKA “the stress hormone.” Individuals in a constant state of stress may have chronically elevated cortisol levels, leading to health issues like adrenal fatigue. A fatigued adrenal gland does not work as efficiently and can alter the production of other hormones, like DHT. Increased DHT levels directly affect hair follicles and their growth cycle, even leading to hair loss.
A good night’s sleep is fundamental to good health, academic performance, and a positive way of living. Unfortunately, too many children in Lorain County and surrounding counties sleep on a cold hard floor or other uncomfortable conditions each night. Good Knights is doing their best to help to alleviate that problem one bed at a time.
The organization strives to provide some of the community’s most vulnerable children with a warm and safe place to lay their heads. Good Knights works with non-profit agencies, churches, and first responders in Lorain County to identify children who need a better place to dream. From raw material to delivering the custom-made beds with mattresses, sheets, pillows, comforter, and the child’s very own teddy bear – all at no cost to the families who are in need.
DECEMBER UPDATE: Our company promised to match 100% of donations up to $2,500. So we are extremely pleased to announce that combined with our guests’ generous donations and our matching contributions, we will be donating over $5,500 to Good Knights, which will provide 27 new beds. This holiday season, twenty-seven children will be able to snuggle up in their new beds instead of on a cold hard floor. Thank you for making this possible for those twenty-seven children!
With fall approaching, you may start to notice an increase in hair shedding. Is this normal seasonal hair shedding or a sign that points to more significant problems?
As the summer comes to an end and the fall months fast approach, so, too, does seasonal hair shedding. Seeing more hairs than usual on your hairbrush, on the bathroom floor, or in the shower can leave the average man or woman in a bit of a panic. But is this kind of hair loss typical? Should you be concerned?
We shed an average of 80 to 100 hairs every day. This is considered normal, healthy hair shedding. These hairs that are shed are not lost. Instead, they go through a cycle of growth, transition, and then rest, when hairs release and are shed, before the process repeats. As a result, you may notice an increase in shedding during certain times of the year, especially in the late fall months. This common phenomenon is known as seasonal shedding.
Summer is in full swing! That means beach, pool, and ocean visits. But what is all that sun, chlorine, and saltwater doing to your hair? In a word – Damage!
Everyone is always looking for that one product that can be used to make hair look and feel great. Does it really exist? The product that decreases static or frizzy hair. The product that can give more shine or enhance the color of the hair. The product that reduces or eliminates the nuisance of tangles in the hair. The product that does not weigh hair down but rather leaves hair feeling soft with great body. The product that helps to repair damaged feeling hair. If we could find that one product that does it all, that would be the product that would change our hair for good. Ultimately, you are looking for “liquid gold.”
Does Liquid Gold Exist?
That product – Liquid Gold – exists! The one product that, when used properly, will do all the things you have always wanted, including:
Decrease static and fizziness in hair
Reduce or eliminate the nuisance of tangles in the hair
Enhance shine and color of hair
Give hair body and soft feeling without adding weight to it
A commonly asked question we hear is, “What is the difference between a trichologist and a dermatologist, and do I need a trichologist?” To answer this question, we must first look at what Trichology is and the difference between a dermatologist and a trichologist.
What is Trichology?
Trichology is the scientific study of hair, hair loss, and scalp problems. Trichology was first recognized as a para-medical or non-physician discipline in Britain in 1902.
Nearly a century later, Trichology is being recognized & practiced in the United States. Trichology is commonly thought of as a branch between cosmetology and dermatology.
Spring is here – flowers and trees are beginning to bloom, but your hair might be starting to fall. Is this normal seasonal hair shedding or a sign that points to more significant problems?
As the winter comes to an end and the spring months fast approach, so too does seasonal hair shedding. Seeing more hairs than usual on your hairbrush, on the bathroom floor, or in the shower can leave the average man or woman in a bit of a panic. Is this kind of hair loss typical? Should you be concerned?
We shed an average of 80 to 100 hairs every day. This is considered normal, healthy hair shedding. These hairs that are shed are not lost. Instead, they are going through a cycle of growth, transition, and then rest, when hairs release and are shed, before the process repeats. During certain times of the year, you may notice an increase in shedding, especially in the late fall months. This common phenomenon is known as seasonal shedding.
The exact cause of seasonal shedding is unclear, but studies show that seasonal loss affects more women than men and occurs most often during the spring months, like April and May, and sometimes in the fall, September and October.
If you have been properly maintaining your hair and scalp, seasonal shedding usually is not a cause for concern. With time, shedding should stabilize back to normal daily levels, and average hair growth will continue. However, if you have not been correctly caring for your hair and scalp’s specific needs, you could be experiencing symptoms similar to seasonal shedding, which can lead to long-term hair loss.