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Absolutely not! Your hair is dead, it has no nerve ending or blood vessels, (this is why it doesn't hurt when you have your hair cut!), your hair cannot respond to things that happen to it, so when you cut the ends there is no way of the root knowing it has been cut.
No! It will rough up the cuticles unnecessarily and make it duller!
You can wash your hair as often as it feels right to do so…and No, you can quite happily shampoo your hair daily and not worry about the effects of the detergent upon it, but don’t keep shampoo on scalp for too long, ideally a minute or two is enough.
Your main problem would be from styling your hair every day, if you use heated appliances on your hair such as straightening irons every day, this could seriously damage your hair, not the shampooing bit.
White hair may feel thicker as the melanocytes which colour the hair has a conditioning effect on it, this being removed makes for 'marginally' drier hair, this may make it feel coarse and so thicker!
The cuticles are supposed to close and tighten and so produce shiny(er) hair but again the result will be minimal and all results lost when the hair 'warms' up again.
Head lice don't care! They will happily breed on any ones head regardless of cleanliness.
Conditioner is basically an emollient (it does the job of our own sebum, just in a more cosmetically acceptable way) a conditioner will only penetrate so far into the hair, so there is a time limit on how effective it will be, but leaving it on overnight will ensure you get the maximum benefit from your conditioner.
If you do it very vigorously, then yes, your hair is very prone to damage when it is wet because it is full of water and it's 'tensile' strength is depleted until it is dry, rubbing it will cause friction between the hairs and will rough up the cuticle causing the hair to become damaged (spilt ends, knotting etc..) so be gentle with your hair when wet!
A good haircut, nothing else will mend split ends, which is when the cuticle of your hair is almost non-existent exposing the cortex of your hair which is unravelling causing a frayed end which can travel up the hair as a giant split.
Extensive investigations are ongoing but up to now have concluded that the risk of a foetus being contaminated by the chemical in hair dye is negligible, always ask the stylist to perform a patch test on you, as the body does react differently when pregnant, it's better to be safe than sorry and if in doubt have highlights so that no colour touches the scalp.
There are no links between hair loss and colouring your hair.
Not really, Lemon juice is a mild acid and acid has the effect of closing the cuticles of the hair making it more shiny and smooth.
No. Your hair is dead, it does not know what you are using on it, what changes is your perception of the product you are using, so the first time you think "WOW this shampoo is wonderful, you don't expect the wow factor the both time you use it and by the 100th time you may think "it's not as good, my hair must be used to it".
Alcohol is not the terrible chemical which its purported to be, some are actually good for the hair (fatty alcohols are emollients which smooth the hair) and there is no correspondence with consuming alcohol and thinning hair/hair loss, unless it is of a quantity which causes liver damage.
No such thing! Product companies wish to conjure up a natural feel to promote the goodness in their shampoo or conditioner just because it has one or two extracts in it please don’t be so gullible! Just look at the label and you will see the amount of man-made products there are in each one!
If it is in a bottle and is a shampoo or a conditioner it is not organic! Come on! Wake up...they are made in large factories with LOTS of man-made chemicals in them...this does not mean they are bad for you...they are just not organic...and no, just because there is a flower in the bottle does not mean to say it has the flower juice in it!
A nonsense term made up by marketing companies, pure what...pure shampoo...as most of the products are 90% water any wet product count claim at least 90% pure/natural or organic!
This term is banded around by certain products which know they cannot use the words “hair loss remedy” because that would be a false statement. Instead these products claim to increase hair density! So, what does that mean? Is it the density of the actual hair, which increases? The density per cm2? The overall density...this is an erroneous claim, which cannot be tested against.
Does your face suffer from product build up after using make-up, moisturizers day in day out? You put on and take off this stuff all the time, but you don’t require an extra cleanser at the end of the week because it’s built up on your face? Same goes for hair!
How can a dead material absorb and reconstitute itself...this would be like putting a vitamin rich clothes detergent into your wash and expecting your old clothes to magically repair themselves??
A hotly contested question! Basically, there are two medications which have been proven to have an effect on hair loss, and that is it really…but… There are lots of clever products coming onto the market which are claiming big things…the theories of some (arginine based products mainly) are sound and cannot be ignored…but…the research on these are limited and are far from the magic pill or lotion they make out to be.
They will not be as effective as the proven hair loss medication and at best will help slow down the effects of hair loss and not cure it!
A Shampoo is a mainly a detergent- it cleans the hair (strips the grease and oils off the hair shaft) a small molecule called a micelle which has a Hydrophilic (water loving) head and a lipophilic (oil loving) tail.
The Tail attaches itself to the oily hair, and then it’s dragged off along with the oil/dirt/grease off via the head being pulled off with the water when rinsed.
It has other ingredients in it which help; these include surfactants which help with breaking down the water bonds allowing the shampoo to lather up better, break down grease and get rinsed off easily.
A conditioner is even simpler, it’s an emollient – it smoothen the cuticles back down after being roughed up. This is a simplistic way of looking at them, but in essence, that’s really all they do, some do penetrate the cuticle to the cortex of the hair and deposit certain, oils, proteins which act as a poly-filler to any type of crack in the hair, but this is all it can do, paper over the cracks and clean/smooth hair.
Why the huge difference in price of products on the market?
The difference can be thought of in the same reason there is a huge difference in price in cars, a Ferrari is far more expensive that you’re little run around city car, but why? They do the same job.
The answer is the same for both (hair products and cars) it’s a question of performance!
Both cars will get you from A to B but the super sports car has a far superior build quality, raw material and expertise in making it what it is, the same can be said for a high end, good quality shampoo.
A more expensive shampoo will have more refined products and will be able to deliver the ingredient which delivers the value of the product better (e.g.: a volumising shampoo will have an ingredient in it which causes the cuticle to swell). It will probably have better quality perfumes and preservatives in the product.
The combination of both shampoo and conditioner is important too, as the products would most likely to be designed to work in tandem with each other and so be more effective
But remember you also buy into the whole ethos of the brand (name), it’s a psychological thing...you buy an expensive product because usually they are better quality!
The most important thing with hair products is that you are happy with the performance with it, no matter what it is!
Categories for shampoos and conditioners usually fall into 6 basic categories:
For hair which is....normal! Not greasy nor dry, coloured or processed, neither thick nor fine.
Hairs which seem to over produce sebum and as a result make the hair look greasy. Greasy hair/excessive sebum production may be due to an underlying medical condition.
Frizzy, dull, breaks easily, tangles easily, chemically treated hair. The Frizz some women suffer from may be due to an underlying problem causing excessive shedding, which causes this frizzy look; this cannot be rectified by cosmetic products alone.
Volumising products which plump the cuticle of the hair and temporarily create a look of thicker hair.
Usually in the coloured hair category these shampoos have ingredients to reduce fading of the colour.
For problem scalps these have active ingredients which have an effect on itching or flaking conditions.
Medicated shampoos are the first treatment with most scalp conditions, itchiness, and flaky scalps can be maintained and regulated with the correct shampoo and scalp treatment combo. But what about helping hair to grow better? There are lots of hair loss shampoos on the market but do any of them work?
Which concluded that shampoos which have a substance called Piroctone olamide demonstrated that it had some other benefits in addition to their reported antidandruff effect. The data show that these shampoos have a beneficial effect on the anagen/ telogen ratio (the growing vs. dying phase) the product increased the anagen hair percentage in subjects with dandruff. This results in a reduced hair shedding.
So the answer is in some cases, yes…the right shampoo can help with hair loss.
Best practices and tips regarding healthy hair are given in this section. These are very useful and must be followed by every person whether he/she is a patient of our clinic or not, for good hair and scalp.
Few protocols that every patient should follow are given in this section.