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The Science Behind the Serum

Posted by Kathy Watson

It took us 20 years to find the ingredients used in our Activating Serum. All of our ingredients are included in our formulation for a reason — each have properties which lend themselves to superior scalp health, follicle function, and growth promotion.

Here’s the science behind two powerful ingredients found in your bottle.

For more information about all of our ingredients, please visit www.collectivelaboratories.com/ingredients.


TrichogenTM

TrichogenTM is a powerful compound of select ingredients used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, that are combined with amino acids and vitamins to give the natural hair cycle the nutrients needed to regain a healthy state (measured by the ratio between anagen «alive» versus telogen «resting» hair bulbs).

TrichogenTM has been specifically developed to help people suffering from abnormal hair loss to recover a normal rate of hair loss, as well as stimulate a healthy scalp and promote growth.

Active Ingredients
Hair and Scalp Benefits

Clinical Studies

Goal

To demonstrate the anti-hair loss activity and the improvement of the hair appearance and sensorial qualities of a hair solution containing TrichogenTM.

Evaluation

After 8 and 16 weeks of treatment, the trial tested:

Results

A treatment for 16 weeks with a hair solution containing TrichogenTM produced the following results:

Figure 1
Sensorial appraisal after 8 and 16 weeks of treatment: anti-hair loss activity, appearance and sensorial qualities of hair and scalp.

Figure 2
Visualization by phototrichogram, of the regrowth effect on 1 volunteer, after 16 weeks of treatment.

A: visualization of a scalp area before treatment.
B: same area after 16 weeks of treatment: new hair comes out compared to before treatment each one in anagen phase

Other Results

TrichogenTM has been tested via multiple complementary pathways:


HotFlux®

HotFlux® is compound commonly known as Vanillyl Butyl Ether. Hotflux is used in hair solutions to produce a warming sensation that nourishes and protects the scalp to promote stronger hair.

Active Ingredients

HotFlux® is a compound made of capsaicin and nonivamide.

Hair and Scalp Benefits
Results

Figure 4 – Enhanced Micro-circulation

Figure 5 – Improvement of growth factors

Figure 6 – Reduction of inflammatory cytokines

Figure 7 – Pollutant impact on follicles

Coronavirus PSA: Wash Your Hair More Often

Posted by Kathy Watson

As coronavirus / COVID-19 becomes a part of our lives, we are all learning how to take precautions to keep ourselves safe and stay out of harm’s way. Of course, we now know it is best to wash our hands often and to avoid touching our faces.  But what about our hair?

While many of us are working from home or limiting social contact (which is highly recommended as it can help to stop the rapid spread of the virus), it is hard to fully isolate ourselves and there are still many ways that we could be exposed.

Some of us may still be going about our routines, while remaining cautious.  But there are a few things we may not instinctively think about.

Here are a few ways that our hair also needs to be considered when upgrading our hygiene for coronavirus:

1. Gyms and fitness clubs

Most are stepping up their cleaning and maintenance, and offering sanitizer for machines and mats. But we may be lying down on a mat and stretching, or using a machine. If the mat has not been thoroughly and properly disinfected, then the virus could transmit to our hair, the same way it could to our hands. We don’t often think about what our hair touches throughout the day – and if we do not wash it when arriving at home, it could theoretically transmit a virus to a chair, sofa, or pillow at home.

2. Uber, Lyft, and Taxis

It’s always a relief to get into your rideshare or taxi, knowing that we’re on the way to our destination. So we might rest our head on a headrest and tune out. What we don’t often consider is what might be lingering on that headrest – and if we do not take steps for our hair when arriving at home, it could theoretically transmit a virus to a chair, sofa, or pillow at home.

3. Public transport

Most city buses, subways, and ferries have also taken measures to step up safety and cleanliness to combat coronavirus and most cities are cleaning their public systems much more often. But just like getting into a taxi or rideshare above, we may not always think about what our hair touches, and our hair could bring home unwanted contaminants.

We touch our faces an average of 23 times per hour and by now we know that we should stop doing so during public situations, and that we should wash our hands often. While there is not as much data on how often we touch our hair, we know that we do this throughout the day and that our hair may inadvertently touch surfaces that are not clean (see above).

How to take care of ourselves

The best thing we can do when arriving home is to first wash our hands.

After a long day, our clothes and hair have touched many surfaces, no matter how much care we’ve taken to wash our hands often. So it’s best to get our clothes into the hamper (studies have shown that some types of coronavirus can remain on certain surfaces for several hours), and get straight into the shower. Doctors and nurses already know this, and almost always follow this protocol. They will customarily take off scrubs and bathe after and before shifts especially if they work in ER or with patients with contagious or easily communicable illnesses.

Many of us are not accustomed to washing our hair every day. But as long as we are using a good shampoo, free of sulfates and parabens (and ideally with a short list of ingredients) – and as long as we rinse thoroughly – we’ll be just fine. In fact, as long as we’re using a good cleanser, it is better to wash our hair (and most importantly, your scalp) more frequently.

Especially when one is experiencing thinning or loss, it is very important to maintain proper scalp hygiene and to follow a regimen which will help your scalp and follicles to produce healthier, stronger, fuller hair.

With a good quality shampoo, gently lather and massage your whole scalp. If you have very long or very thick hair, you might want to rinse and repeat, but for most people, one wash is sufficient. Rinse very thoroughly with warm water (not too hot) and make sure your scalp is completely free of any suds or shampoo residue. If you are conditioning, make sure to not touch the conditioner to your scalp – just focus on the strands. Rinse very thoroughly.

After a shower, towel dry your hair and scalp.

We highly recommend that you blow dry your scalp and hair after showering – even if you are not accustomed to doing so. A light blow dry to the scalp and roots can eliminate moisture which can cause bacterial buildup that can, in turn, negatively affect your follicles. For detailed video instructions on how to towel dry and blow dry your scalp, click here.

While coronavirus will certainly continue to dominate the headlines and much of our mindshare, there are many ways we can take steps to protect ourselves. For very detailed instructions and for regular updates, the CDC is a good source of information. Stay safe out there, we will get through this.

Detox Your Hair with this Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Rinse

Posted by Kathy Watson

Apple cider vinegar, commonly referred to as ACV, has been trending in our cuisine, skincare regimen, and healthy living tips over the last few years. Why? Because this simple kitchen item has so many uses and benefits.

In fact, we have come to know it as an excellent solution for scalp and hair health and appearance. Whether you’re dealing with itchiness and dandruff or dryness and breakage, using an ACV rinse can help detoxify your hair and bring it back to life.

Let’s take a look at how that happens and the steps you should take towards thickening, nourishing, and repairing your hair.

How Does it Work?

Apple cider vinegar is known for having high levels of acidity. At the same time, dry, frizzy hair tends to have a high pH balance. This is a matter of basic chemistry. The acetic acid found in ACV can help lower the pH balance in your hair, making it stronger, shinier, and overall healthier.

The high acid levels in ACV also serve to kill harmful bacteria and prevent them from multiplying. The removal of certain bacteria in your hair and on your scalp can significantly improve overall scalp health. It can even have a positive impact on your follicles, ultimately boosting hair growth.

There have also been claims that because ACV is plant-based (from apples), it contains alpha-hydroxy acid, which is a component that can help exfoliate your scalp. Practicing exfoliation is an excellent way to tackle inflammation and reduce dandruff.

Finally, apple cider vinegar contains tons of vitamins and minerals that are just all-around good for your hair. Various hair products often contain Vitamins like C and B because of their ability to seal in nutrients.

To sum it all up: an ACV hair rinse can help solve tangles and frizziness, bring life, body, and shine back to your hair. ACV hair rinse can also decrease oily residue, mitigate dandruff, and unclog and activate hair follicles.

The Mother

When researching ACV or hearing others talk about it, you may have heard something about the mother. The mother refers to strands of enzymes, proteins, and good bacteria contained in organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar.

These components are what most people believe cause all of the health benefits found in ACV. The mother is also known as Mycoderma Aceti. This acetic acid bacteria develops on fermenting alcoholic liquids.

This information is necessary because when most store-bought apple cider vinegar is made, manufacturers remove the mother. The mother makes the vinegar appear dark and cloudy, so companies often remove it for marketing reasons.

The truth is, the mother is the healthiest and most beneficial part of ACV, so make sure that you use only organic versions for your hair rinse.

How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar in Your Hair

An ACV rinse is one of the most straightforward hair care products to make in your own home. The steps are simple:

  1. Mix two or three tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with some water.
  2. Shampoo and condition your hair as per usual.
  3. Pour the ACV and water mixture over your hair, disbursing it evenly and massaging it into your scalp.
  4. Let the mixture sit in your hair for two or three minutes.
  5. Rinse it out thoroughly with warm water.

You should try to use your ACV rinse in your hair washing regimen two or three times a week. Some people find that the smell of the vinegar is too strong for them; you can combat this by adding a few drops of essential oils. However, there’s no need to fear – the acidic smell should dissipate rather quickly.

If you find that the effects of your mixture aren’t what you hoped, you can also try increasing the amount of vinegar that you’re using in your ACV hair rinse recipe. We recommend using no more than five tablespoons at a time, and you should always dilute it with water.

When you make your ACV rinse mixture, you should only use the highest quality vinegar product. We highly recommend Bragg’s organic raw apple cider vinegar.

Bragg’s product is unfiltered, unheated, and unpasteurized with 5% acidity. It also keeps the mother intact, making it better for you and your hair.

Containers and Storage

If you intend on continuing your use of the ACV rinse, you can make a more substantial mixture and store it for convenience. However, you must use proper containers or storage so you can get the most out of what you make.

You can use plastic squeeze bottles, spray bottles, or even travel shampoo bottles to hold your ACV rinse. You shouldn’t keep your rise sitting out on your bathroom counter in an open bowl or lidless container.

One of the best containers for continued use is a plastic squirt bottle, like the ones used for condiments. While it sounds it a little odd to use a mustard bottle to apply hair products, the squirt top makes it super easy to control where you add the rinse, rather than pouring it over your head from a cup or a bowl.

Also, these bottles have a wide opening so you can pour your mixture in, and the small cap on top makes for perfect storage. The longer nozzle of the bottle will also help you get passed the hair and get more of the ACV onto your scalp. These bottles also sit nicely right in your tub with your other hair care product bottles.

Proper storage like this can help your mixture stay good for up to 6 months or longer.

Issues to Keep an Eye Out For

Many problems that people come across with their hair has to due with the right balance. When your pH levels are off, it can cause things like dryness, irritation, and breakage. Using apple cider vinegar can certainly help, but there is such a thing as too much of a good product.

Because apple cider vinegar is acetic, it can also be caustic. It has the potential to irritate or even burn the skin if overused. This is why it is essential to dilute your rinse with water; you should never use ACV on its own directly on your scalp or skin.

Additionally, do your best to avoid contact with your eyes. The same acetic components can be very harmful and painful if they get into your eyes. Should you accidentally come into this kind of contact, wash your eyes out immediately with fresh water.

Other Helpful Tips

Using apple cider vinegar and water together on their own can deliver some awesome benefits to your scalp, roots, and hair. But, there are other things you can add to your ACV hair rinse recipe to give it a little extra enhancement.

Many herbs have similar and additional benefits, and you can add tons of them to your mixture. Here are a few popular options you can add to your ACV hair rinse recipe that benefit the color of your hair:

Other herbs can have different effects on your hair, such as these:

Besides, it’s nice to know that lavender and lemon verbena are useful for adding some fragrance. Even if you’re not looking for other benefits or an ancient remedy, a little natural scent can be a pleasant ingredient in your rinse.

You can use any of these herbs either fresh (many of them are easy to grow at home!) or dried. If you’re using the time-honored tradition of dried herbs, you can add them in loose, tie them in a cheesecloth bag, or use them in teabag form.

Of course, using loose herbs means that you will have to strain your rinse, so you don’t end up with little leaves in your hair.

Final Thoughts

There is very little research on apple cider vinegar and its effects on hair – only trial and error performed by individuals and their testimonials.

That being said, there are a few things you should know. For one, while ACV’s ability to boost pH holds pretty firm and evidence-based, which addresses a common problem found in traditional shampoos, there is very little evidence supporting claims that ACV contains enough good vitamins to impact your hair in any shape or form.

Additionally, no research proves for sure that ACV has alpha-hydroxy acid. This claim comes from the fact that apples contain this acid, but as for the vinegar, it has yet to be proven.

Finally, nothing has scientifically proven that apple cider vinegar is anti-inflammatory. Some experts even caution against this claim due to the fact that caustic acids can actually have the opposite effect when used improperly.

All of that being said, many people have used apple cider vinegar for their hair and have seen excellent results. We always advise on the side of caution and recommend that you know the risks before using the product for yourself.

If you’re looking to detox your hair in a natural and botanical way, then perhaps you should consider giving an apple cider vinegar rinse a try. The results may clarify your hair, remove buildup, repair damage, and even stimulate re-growth after hair thinning or hair loss.

Common Kitchen Items to Help Treat Dandruff

Posted by Kathy Watson

Anyone who has ever dealt with dandruff knows how frustrating it can be. It’s super embarrassing and makes us want to shun black clothing. There are tons of products on the market today used to treat dandruff, but they’re expensive and never guaranteed to work.

So what can we do? You may be surprised to hear that there are tons of home remedies you can try by using basic items that are probably in your kitchen right this moment. All of these solutions are chemical-free, and most of them are all-natural.

If you’re looking for an alternative to traditional, chemical-filled dandruff treatments, read on to learn more and check out some awesome recipes.

What Causes Dandruff?

Unsightly white flakes are the sure sign of dandruff, but it’s also usually accompanied by very uncomfortable itchiness. It’s easy to write this off as an overly dry scalp, but the truth is that dandruff reflects the health of your scalp and should be treated, whether by some ancient remedy you found on the internet, botanical treatments, or scientifically proven efforts.

Dandruff can be the result of a few different things. These are the most common causes of an itchy, flaky scalp:

If you see signs like skin flakes around your scalp, hair, and shoulders, you may have a good solid case of dandruff. You may also experience an itchy scalp as well as a scaly, crusty feeling.

Think about any kind of dry skin on your body. When you have dry skin, it becomes brittle and flaky. However, with the right products and treatment, you can nourish your skin back to life.

Most cases of dandruff are not severe and you can treat them without professional medical care. But, you may consider taking a visit to your dermatologist if your scalp health does not improve.

In the meantime, we intend to treat your dry scalp today with a series of kitchen-born remedies.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has been time-honored as a very effective natural treatment for a wide range of conditions, including acne and psoriasis. This plant-based oil is known to have potent anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, both of which are useful in treating dandruff, and to detox hair.

Tea tree oil is fantastic for improving greasiness and decreasing itchiness. Some also even believe that the substance can fight off a particular strain of fungus that causes seborrheic dermatitis, which we mentioned earlier can cause dandruff.

You can find tea tree oil in its pure form, or you can buy shampoos and conditioners that use it in its ingredients. Be warned that some people with sensitive skin may find that tea tree oil irritates more than it helps. You can combat this by diluting the product in coconut oil.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a super popular product that many people keep either in their bathroom cabinets or in their refrigerator. It has so many benefits for different things that it would be silly not to own a bottle. Most often, we use it to treat sunburn. The soothing effects alleviate and help heal the burns, as well as treat things like psoriasis and cold sores.

Aloe Vera can also help treat dandruff. Because the plant is antibacterial and antifungal, it not only fights off dryness, but it protects against several kinds of fungi that cause dandruff and hair loss.

It also can help reduce inflammation, which can help with the itchiness and irritation that tend to come along with dandruff.

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

Apple cider vinegar is used consistently to treat a long list of bodily ailments, from insulin sensitivity to weight loss. Many people use an apple cider vinegar rinse in their hair care regime to balance their pH levels, re-grow hair, thicken, and add shine. ACV rinse can also clarify your hair.

Though there’s not yet any evidence-based research confirming all of the benefits of apple cider vinegar, many people claim that it stimulates growth and activates follicles.

In the same way, the acidity found in this vinegar has been seen to help shed dead skin cells, subsequently ridding you of dandruff. The effects it has on balancing pH can also prevent the growth of fungus and clear out your roots.

There’s a good chance you already have apple cider vinegar in your kitchen pantry. Mix a few tablespoons of vinegar with some water (you should always dilute the vinegar) and rinse your hair with it when you shower. You can do this two to three times a week for best results.

Aspirin

If the words salicylic acid sound familiar to you, it’s probably because you’ve used a face product like face wash or lotion to fight acne. Salicylic acid is one of the most common acne-fighting active ingredients used today, but did you know that it’s also in aspirin?

Salicylic acid has anti-inflammatory properties. For that reason, you’ll find it in a lot of dandruff shampoos. You’ll even find it in many prescription-strength medications that are used to treat seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff.

However, you can use aspirin instead to get a higher, more concentrated version of this compound.

To use aspirin as a dandruff treatment, take two tablets, and crush them up. Add this powder to your average, everyday shampoo and wash your hair as per usual.

Baking Soda

It’s almost a sure guarantee that you can open anyone’s kitchen cupboards and find baking soda inside. Lucky for us, baking soda is also a faithful standby when it comes to treating dandruff and repairing dry scalps.

Because of its texture, baking soda makes for an excellent gentle exfoliant, and the purpose of an exfoliant is to remove dead skin cells and clarify your hair.

Baking soda is also often used in cleaning because it has antifungal properties. These same properties can be great for treating and preventing dandruff by fighting off certain bacteria. It’s also a helpful solution for reducing scaling and itchiness.

This product could not be easier to use. Apply baking soda directly to your wet hair in the shower. Use your fingertips to massage it into your hair and scalp gently. Let the product sit for one to two minutes, and then shampoo your hair as usual.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has been used in the kitchen and in cosmetics for years. It is also a common ingredient used in hair care products, so if you’re feeling a little nervous about putting something like baking soda in your hair, you can always try this natural, popular remedy.

Coconut oil is naturally soothing and hydrating, making it great for treating dandruff. You can use the oil straight from the bottle to your hair, applying three to five tablespoons to your scalp and letting it sit for about an hour.

When the time is up, shampoo your hair regularly.

As an alternative to plain coconut oil, you can also shop for shampoos and conditioners that use it as a main ingredient. This can give you similar results and help you to clarify your hair.

Lemons

There is a very good chance that you have a lemon, or at least a bottle of lemon juice, in your refrigerator right now. If not, it’s super cheap and easy to get your hands on.

Lemons have high levels of acidity, which can help balance out the pH of your scalp. When your pH levels are proper, your skin and hair are more likely to look and feel healthy. A healthy scalp usually means little to no dandruff.

To use lemons in your hair care routine, massage two tablespoons of lemon juice into your scalp and rinse with warm water. Then, mix one teaspoon of lemon juice with one cup of water and use the mixture to rinse your hair. We recommend using fresh lemon juice, as many bottled juices come from concentrate and contain loads of sugar, so it won’t be effective to detox hair.

Do this on a daily basis and watch your dandruff disappear.

Final Thoughts

Dandruff has the potential to be very embarrassing and very uncomfortable. You can practice all the perfect hygiene in the world and use the best products and still end up with flakes on your shoulders and stuck in your eyebrows. Unless you haven’t been practicing regular hygiene, it’s not your fault, and no one should have to deal with a flaky scalp.

Luckily, there are so many treatments you can try to combat your dandruff. And even luckier still, today we have learned that many of these treatments exist right in our own kitchen.

If you feel like you have tried absolutely everything to detox your hair, yet your dandruff still comes back in full force, you should give one of these natural and easy-to-find remedies a try. They are all perfectly safe, and they couldn’t be simpler to use.

Start fighting back against your dandruff today and say goodbye to your flaky scalp for good.

Natural Solutions for Hair Loss in African American Women

Posted by Kathy Watson

Many African American women enjoy the versatility of weaves, extensions, and wigs, but these unique and fun hair options are key factors in the hair loss that affects nearly half of the population of African American women.

Whether you are starting to notice hair loss or want to prevent an all-too-common issue, this article discusses natural solutions for hair loss in African American women, as well as some common reasons for hair thinning and loss.

Getting to the Root of Hair Loss in African American Women

Approximately half of African American women experience hair loss to some extent, and the American Academy of Dermatology (ADD) says that the root of the problem is likely related to the way you style your hair.

While research shows that we can trace hair loss to many factors like stress, hormonal changes, and even genetics, one of the main reasons behind hair loss in African American women is traction alopecia, which occurs with hairstyles that pulls the hair too tight starting at the scalp.

Traction alopecia is more likely with long-term and frequent tight hairstyles that pull at the root of the hair. Keeping and pulling hair tight is a common step in styling African American hair for braids, weaves, and other hairstyles.

Centrifugal cicatricial alopecia (CCCA) is another leading and main cause of hair loss in African American women. CCCA is the destruction and inflammation of hair follicles, which results in permanent hair loss and even some scarring.

Although every woman’s experience is different with styling, and whether or not she experiences hair loss, using chemical relaxers and high heat can also increase the likelihood of damage and loss.

Naturally, curly hair is most vulnerable to damage, such as breakage, due to the unique structure of each strand of hair. The bends in curly hair make it nearly impossible for a natural protectant from the scalp to make its way through the shaft and to the end of the strand of hair.

Even when a woman notices that her hair is starting to thin or knows that her hairstyle is the culprit to losing hair – weaves, braids, and extensions are a popular choice to cover up the spots where there is no hair growth. So the process can be frustrating and expensive.

The Early Signs of Hair Loss

Before we take a closer look at natural solutions for hair loss, it’s important to discuss some of the early signs. Sometimes your traditional hair routine is a little rough on your hair, making it look thin and damaged. While it doesn’t automatically mean that you are experiencing early signs of losing your hair permanently, it’s a good idea to pay attention to the following:

A stylist or dermatologist can confirm whether or not you have early signs of hair loss.

Hope is Not Lost on Hair Loss with Natural Solutions

It can be difficult to hear the words “early hair loss,” but there’s no reason to feel embarrassed. Remember, there are millions of women just like you, facing the same hair problems. Since chemicals play a significant role in hair damage, it’s important to consider remedies that contain no harmful chemicals.

Change the Way You Style Your Hair

Simply changing your hairstyle can help protect your hair from traction alopecia and extensive damage. Some women are accustomed to a high-maintenance hair routine, but if you scale back on how often you change your hair, you can improve scalp health and re-grow hair.

If you don’t already have a stylist you can trust, who listens and offers good advice, it’s time to find one. A great stylist can help you find a hairstyle that camouflages thinning hair without causing more damage.

If you prefer braids or dreadlocks, ask your stylist to make them looser. Many stylists recommend removing braids after three months and removing weaves or hair extensions after about eight weeks. While it’s best to avoid chemical treatments and leave the relaxing or hair dying to your stylist. At-home kits may be convenient but can cause more damage.

Heat is often key when styling hair, but it can also cause significant damage. Consider styles that don’t depend on hot irons or hair dryers.

Eat for Your Health and Hair

Years of scientific research links the health of your hair to nutrition. A well-balanced diet benefits your whole body, which includes the hair on your head. Supplements are often helpful, but even just incorporating more foods like spinach and salmon to your weekly diet can do wonders for your hair. Consider a healthy plant-based diet that can detoxify your body from head to toe.

Massage Your Scalp

Many women often overlook the importance of scalp care. Not only does massaging your scalp lower your stress levels and make you feel calm, but it can also help stimulate hair growth. Essential oils like rosemary and peppermint are popular choices when using a scalp massage, and some women swear by the ancient-remedy of using castor oil in the hair to activate growth, thicken hair, and nourish strands.

Using Foods from Your Kitchen

Coconut oil is versatile and is a key ingredient in everything from cooking to skin care. If you plan on using coconut oil during a scalp massage to seal and protect the follicles, it’s best to use the oil a day or a few hours before you plan on washing your hair.

Have an aloe vera plant on your kitchen counter as a quick remedy for burns? Aloe vera is great for damaged skin, like burns, but can also repair damaged hair. Try massaging aloe vera gel into your scalp or use products that contain the healing plant.

Eggs are a common food item found in many households. Most people know that eggs are a simple source of protein but they don’t know that eggs are also a rich source for biotin. Biotin helps thicken hair and stimulate hair growth. Crack an egg, mix with some honey, and massage into your scalp.  Leave for 20-30 minutes and rinse for a quick, spa-like scalp repair.

Reduce Your Stress

Nearly every woman deals with stress now and again, but if you suffer from chronic stress, it can affect your health on a more widespread basis, including your hair. Not only does lowering stress improve your blood pressure and heart health, you see improvements in the growth and health of your hair.

Yoga, meditation, essential oils, and even getting a restful sleep at night can reduce stress levels. Assess your stress and find ways to reduce it in your daily life.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Doctor

If you have an annual appointment coming up, don’t forget to mention your thinning hair with your doctor, especially if you’ve tried some of these natural solutions and you haven’t seen improvements.

Since some health issues, such as hormonal or thyroid imbalance, can cause hair loss, your doctor may be able to pinpoint the source of your lack of hair growth. Some medications may affect your normal hair shedding and growth cycle, so always find out the potential side effects before taking a medication.

Use an Activating Serum

Some hair products can do more harm than good to hair, and as an African American woman, it can be difficult to find a product that’s suitable and healthy for your hair type. We evidence-based botanical ingredients in our activating serum to help preserve healthy hair and repair damaged strands.

Not only is our Activating Serum an all-natural hair product with proven technology to improve the health of your hair, but it’s an easy product to incorporate into your hair routine. To use the serum, fill the dropper full of serum and evenly disperse onto your scalp. Gently massage the serum into your scalp and leave your hair as-is or style as normal.

Finding a Solution That Works for You

In some cases, your thinning hair may be a combination of factors from health to hairstyle. It’s important to keep in mind that it may take time to find the exact source of your hair issue. One of the many benefits to choosing natural solutions, such as a healthy diet and using our Activating Serum, is that they are safe and can improve your whole health.

Natural Hair Care Remedies for Hair Loss Caused by Hashimoto’s Disease

Posted by Kathy Watson

Several factors from stress and poor diet to underlying health conditions contribute to hair loss in men and women. Pinpointing the cause of losing your hair can be difficult, but with patience and talking with your doctor or dermatologist, you can often get to the root of your hair problems.

One of the many health conditions that can cause hair loss is Hashimoto’s Disease, also known as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, or autoimmune thyroiditis. In this article, we take a closer look at natural remedies which are beneficial in treating hair loss, improving scalp health, and activating hair regrowth for patients with Hashimoto’s disease.

Hashimoto Disease and Thinning Hair?

Before we jump into natural remedies and why Hashimoto’s disease causes hair thinning and loss, it’s important to take a brief look at what the disease is and who it affects.

Hashimoto’s disease affects about 5 out of 100 people in the U.S. and women are more likely to have the disease than men. Hashimoto’s can occur at any age but is most common at 40 years old and older, and if you have autoimmune disorders like celiac disease or rheumatoid arthritis, you may be more at risk for Hashimoto’s disease.

Hashimoto’s, which is also known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, affects about 5 out of 100 people in the U.S. and women are more likely to have the disease than men. Hashimoto’s can occur at any age but is most common at 40 years old and older and if you have autoimmune disorders like celiac disease or rheumatoid arthritis, you are more at risk for Hashimoto’s disease.

Early signs that may indicate that you have Hashimoto’s disease include weight gain, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, a slowed heart rate, and thinning or dry hair. If you suspect that you may have Hashimoto’s, schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss your symptoms.

If you have recently received a diagnosis for Hashimoto’s disease, you may feel frustrated by the symptoms of your disease, such as the changes in your hair.

How Hashimoto’s Causes Hair Thinning and Loss

When you have Hashimoto’s, your body is affected in many ways, and losing your hair can be a big shock as it can affect your physical appearance. Hair loss can be more significant if your thyroid issue is severe and left untreated.

In a body with a healthy immune system, the hair starts growing at the root, which is the base of your hair follicle. The blood vessels in your scalp feed the root, create more cells, and make each strand of hair grow.

As the hair grows, it passes through oil glands (sebaceous glands) protected by sebum, where your hair can grow healthy and moisturized. Hair continues to grow, shed, and re-grow; it’s all part of a normal cycle.

An immune system that is affected by a thyroid condition like Hashimoto’s experiences hormone disruption. Hormones T3 and T4 are responsible for hair growth, and thyroid diseases often interfere with these hormones.

Hair loss may appear as small patches and become more prominent as balding. In addition to your disease-causing hair issues, certain medications (such as carbimazole) can also contribute to thinning and loss.

As your doctor discussing options, they may suggest medications that stimulate and result in your hair to grow fast. Since some of these medications, like Propecia, are not safe for women – and may cause unwanted side effects in men. As a result, you may be looking for more natural solutions.

Keep in mind that once you begin a treatment plan for Hashimoto’s, you may eventually see your hair start to grow and thicken – but it will take time.

Exploring Natural Hair Care Remedies

Once you start taking medication to regulate your thyroid issue, there’s a good chance that you won’t want to take any additional medications or use other chemicals on your body or as part of your scalp care routine. Here are some natural and evidence-based remedies which may help restore your hair and promote healthy growth.

Be Gentle to Your Hair

One of the best things you can do to preserve the hair you do have is to ease up on your traditional hair maintenance. Use care when brushing your hair and find a brush with gentle and soft bristles. If you typically wear your hair in a hairstyle, such as a bun or have braids or a weave, avoid pulling your hair tight.

Keeping your hair tight for prolonged periods can make hair loss and thinning worse.

If your hair tangles easily, try using a wide tooth comb instead of a brush and use conditioner to keep your hair soft and manageable. It’s also a good idea to stay away from hair care products that contain alcohol or harsh chemicals.

Not only can these types of products dry out your hair but they can also make your scalp more sensitive.

Focus on Nutrition

For someone with a compromised immune system, a healthy diet is important in general, but it can also benefit the health of your hair. Eating a well-balanced diet is important, as is avoiding processed foods that can cause inflammation.

When you experience inflammation, Hashimoto’s disease can worsen and hair loss can accelerate. Choose anti-inflammatory foods that help detoxify your body and keep you feeling energetic and healthy. Some good choices include:

Depending on your nutritional needs, your doctor may recommend taking vitamin supplements such as zinc, copper, iron, and vitamins C, E, and A. It’s important to note that an excessive intake of certain vitamins and minerals can also make your thyroid issue worse, so only take the amount as recommended by your doctor.

Get a Scalp Massage

A scalp massage is not only a good stress reliever, but it can also encourage blood flow to the follicles and all over your scalp. Rather than treating yourself to a scalp massage once a month, try to make it part of your daily routine, at least until your hair starts to grow and strengthen.

Using honey for hair growth is an ancient remedy, and castor oil is often a time-honored method. Coconut oil is also beneficial. Try massaging it gently into your scalp and leaving it for 20-30 minutes before rinsing in the shower. The oil can seal moisture into your hair and repair and protect your follicles.

Essential Oils

Massaging your scalp with specific essential oils can also help increase blood flow and promote hair growth. Oils like lavender, peppermint, rosemary, and thyme help improve circulation. Making a blend of peppermint, rosemary, and sage oil is an excellent combination for hair growth.

Since essential oils can be strong, you should always mix oils with a carrier oil like olive, jojoba, or coconut oils.

Consider Yoga or Meditation

Since Hashimoto’s disease can cause stress, which can increase the amount of hair you lose, scientific evidence suggests that you may benefit from calming practices like yoga or meditation.
 
Some yoga experts recommend trying Viparita Karani or Halasana for Hashimoto’s disease. New to yoga and meditation? A certified instructor can help you choose the right type of practice that’s best for your health needs. Inversion poses can also help with hair growth or thyroid issues.

Address and Take Care of Other Health Issues

As someone with Hashimoto’s disease, there’s a good chance that you may have additional health issues due to your thyroid condition. While treating your thyroid condition itself can be a bit overwhelming and time-consuming, it’s crucial to address other health issues to ensure whole body health.
 
Make sure to balance your blood sugar and hormones and other essential vitamins and nutrients. Work with your doctor to find a treatment plan and a natural routine that works well for you. As you treat all health issues related to Hashimoto’s disease, you’re likely to see an improvement in the texture, strength, and length of your hair.

Use an Activating Serum

There are several products on the market for hair growth, but many contain chemicals that are not scientifically proven to benefit the health of your hair and scalp. Our botanical and plant-based Activating Serum contains no harmful chemicals and is safe to use on all types of hair types and on sensitive scalps.
 
If you’re looking for a product that will nourish your follicles, treat your scalp with minerals and amino acids, and restore your scalp’s natural oils, our serum is an excellent and all-natural option to use on a daily basis.
 
For best results, fill the dropper of serum and evenly disperse onto your scalp. Gently massage the Activating Serum into scalp and leave in your hair. It’s normal to feel your scalp getting warm as the serum stimulates your scalp.

Choosing Gentle Natural Hair Care Remedies That are Right for You

As you try out various natural remedies for treating hair loss related to Hashimoto’s disease, keep in mind that it may take a while to find a routine that works best for you. Regrowth will occur eventually, but it’s essential to stay patient and take care of your health.

Healthier Alternatives to Dry Shampoos

Posted by Christine Lee

Dry shampoos are a very convenient option when you don’t have time or access to a shower. Unfortunately, that convenience comes with some significant drawbacks. Dry shampoo is not the most healthy option for your scalp, and it can damage your hair, too. In this post, we’ll go over some healthier alternatives to dry shampoo that your scalp and hair will love!

What’s Wrong with Dry Shampoo?

Dry shampoo seems like the ultimate time-saving hair saver, right? Well, dry shampoo actually works to stifle your hair follicle at its base, making it difficult for your scalp to breathe properly. If you use it too much, it can eventually cause hair loss or other problems. Even a “natural” dry shampoo has its detriments for your hair and scalp.

Additionally, dry shampoo often contains talc, a powdery substance that has been linked to certain cancers. You don’t want that absorbing into your scalp and skin if you can avoid it! In addition to being canned aerosols that can deplete the ozone layer, most commercial dry shampoos just aren’t a good idea all around.

Healthy Alternatives

You might not know it, but there are many things you can use instead of dry shampoo to give your hair a boost when you don’t have time for a shower. There is no real replacement for a good shower to maintain healthy, growing hair, but in a pinch, you can try any of the following.

Benefits of the Activating Serum

Collective Laboratories Activating Serum has been specifically designed to provide many benefits to your hair, in addition to regulating your scalp’s oil levels and maintaining overall hair health. This hair serum dry shampoo substitute doesn’t strip away the oil from your hair like many of our other remedies here do; instead, it balances it out, working with your hair’s natural oil to create an optimal environment.

Your hair needs a measure of oil to stay healthy, after all. Keeping your hair 100% oil-free all the time is just as detrimental as letting your hair become overly oily. Our highly-rated Activating Serum helps you maintain that perfect oil balance in your hair between shower days without stripping it away completely, leaving you with the ideal balance.

Collective Laboratories Activating Serum was created over twenty years with the help of some complex science, helpful natural remedies, and careful study of the benefits of many compounds. The result of these years of research is a remedy that not only keeps hair healthy between washes but also helps decrease hair loss, among other things.

What Makes It Unique?

The Activating Serum is so unique because it contains a blend of both natural and scientific remedies. There’s nothing else quite like it on the market today. This hair serum dry shampoo substitute combines the effective natural history of things like lilac, ginseng, and burdock extract to create a remedy rooted in natural substances, while also putting the science of Trichogen and HotFlux to work alongside them.

In this way, the Activating Serum provides a solution quite unlike anything else available today. Most dry shampoo alternatives are either based on entirely natural or fully scientific remedies. While this in no way means they don’t work well, a hair serum dry shampoo substitute like the Activating Serum has the edge over them both because science and nature both support it.

Conclusion

As far as alternatives to dry shampoo go, there are several options out there to choose from that will help you maintain the health of your hair. Most of them are DIY remedies that work off of natural ingredients, which is great for your hair! However, many of these alternatives are missing the benefits of advanced science and testing that Collective Laboratories Activating Serum has.

This doesn’t mean that any of the other remedied we’ve listed here are ineffective; that couldn’t be further from the truth! However, if you’re looking for a product that will provide the most natural balance to your hair between washes, give this hair serum a try.

Simple Lifestyle Changes that Can Slow Down Hair Loss

Posted by Kathy Watson

Regardless of gender and whether you’re young or old, none of us are looking to lose our hair. Hair loss is often tied to stress, mismanagement of scalp or hormonal changes. So what are some simple changes to make to our daily lifestyle and best ways to keep our hair healthy? In this article, we’ll be going over some of the best ways to stop hair loss or slow down hair loss. Whether you’re looking to slow down the gradual thinning or loss of your own hair or help reverse hair loss entirely, what we list in this article should be helpful.

Hair Retention Versus Hair Regrowth

Stopping hair loss and regrowing hair that’s already gone are two very different things. It’s much easier to keep hair that you have than it is to restore what’s gone; that’s why Collective Laboratories’ philosophy is to “keep it, don’t lose it.” However, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to reverse hair loss – it’s just trickier.

Focusing on keeping your hair healthy and thick while you have it is the key, though. Doing this can save you money on more expensive treatments in the long run, not to mention saving you the self-consciousness that hair loss can sometimes inspire.

There are a multitude of ways to help stave off or prevent hair loss, many of which you can incorporate together or pick and choose from as they suit you.

Care for Your Hair

Your hair care routine is one of the most critical areas to address when looking at improving your hair’s natural health. This doesn’t mean spending a fortune on hair revitalization products and services, either, although that is one option. Simply taking another look at your hair care products and routines can reveal areas where you could be taking better care of your hair.

To begin, make sure you choose your shampoo and other hair care products carefully. Using a shampoo that’s not suited to your hair type, like using a shampoo meant for oily hair when your hair is relatively dry, for example, can affect hair growth and health.

Stripping too much natural oil from the hair can lead to dryness and unhealthiness, and leaving too much natural oil can result in a dirty, oily scalp that stifles hair growth. Medicated shampoo is something to consider using, too, as it can provide notable benefits to people suffering from hair loss.

Be careful when you brush or otherwise detangle your hair, too. You’ll want to minimize pulling hair as much as possible to reduce the damage done to your hair cuticles. Try doing the following:

Hair loss prevention products are also created to help your body reverse hair loss or slow it down without making a lifestyle change. These products often combine hair-healthy nutrients that are taken as pills or applied to the scalp or hair. Collective Laboratories Activating Serum is an excellent example that can help address or prevent hair loss.

If you dye or otherwise chemically treat your hair, give some thought to reducing the frequency that you do it or stopping entirely. Chemical treatments can dry and damage your hair, not to mention damaging the scalp and the hair follicles themselves. If you must treat your hair, try to keep at least 12 weeks between treatments to give your hair and scalp time to recover.

Adjust Your Lifestyle

Small lifestyle changes can make a big difference in the way your hair grows, as well. For example, people who don’t get enough beneficial hair-building nutrients in their diets can suffer from thinner hair. Making small changes like those we list below to your diet or other aspects of your life can similarly affect how and where your hair grows

Keeping your stress low is a great place to start. Sometimes, it’s impossible or difficult to avoid your sources of stress altogether, but mitigating them as much as possible can help stop hair loss. Cortisol, a hormone produced when you’re under stress, affects the production and regulation of your hair follicles, so keeping this hormone at a minimum is ideal.

Change What You Eat

Eating a balanced, hair-helping diet is necessary to slow down hair loss, too. The following nutrients are some of the most important that play a role in the health of your hair:

Foods like meats, fish, nuts, berries, and green leafy vegetables are some standout picks to encourage hair growth and reverse hair loss. Additionally, if there are nutrients that you commonly don’t get enough of in your diet, consider taking a multivitamin or other supplement to help provide them.

Limit Time in the Sun

Keep your hair health in mind when you’re spending time outside. Contrary to popular belief, wearing a hat will not cause you to lose hair, and in fact, spending a lot of time in the sun can cause indirect damage to your hair, too, just like it can to your skin. Take care to apply sunscreen to your scalp and part or wear hats while outside to minimize the damage your scalp receives from the sun.

Of course, when you’re looking into ways to stop hair loss, it’s always a good idea to consult a professional for their opinion, too. A professional will be able to help you identify strategies that work best for you, and they also might be able to prescribe or point you towards medical solutions for your hair loss, if that’s something that you desire.

Conclusion

There are numerous things you can do to help slow down hair loss or stop it altogether. The changes can be as simple as buying a new shampoo, brushing your hair more gently or eating foods that are promote hair growth and retention. With the abundance of strategies and secrets we’ve listed in this article, everyone should be able to address their own hair loss and change their habits accordingly!

Get to the Root of Your Hair Problem

Posted by Jack Davis

Healthy hair cannot be achieved by simply spraying the best thickening or finishing spray – healthy hair starts with the scalp. If your scalp isn’t healthy, your hair won’t be, either. This means that taking proper care of your scalp will be one of your biggest priorities as you search for ways to slow hair loss. In this article, we’ll explore several different ways to keep your hair healthy and thriving, starting with your scalp.

Scalp Treatments

Scalp treatments are an excellent way to keep the skin there healthy and thriving. There are many different kinds of scalp treatments ranging from medicated to natural. All of them have merit and purpose. Some examples of useful scalp treatments are:

Care for Your Scalp

Promoting scalp health doesn’t just involve spoiling your hair with treatments and moisturizers. You should also consider parts of your regular hair care routines that might not be the best for your scalp or hair health, too. If half of what you’re doing is hurting your scalp and half is helping it, you’re not going to make much headway anyway.

Start by looking into all of the products you use with your hair care routines. This can mean shampoos, leave-in products, conditioners, hair sprays, brushes and combs, and even hats! These products should be as natural as possible, and they should always promote a healthy scalp. If you can, go one step further and choose products that match your hair type, too.

You’ve probably noticed that there are multitudes of different hair care products available today, and they’re usually marketed towards some specific hair type. Oily hair, dry hair, damaged hair, and colored hair are common categories to create hair products for.

You should always try to choose products that match up with your type, as products that aren’t made for your hair type might dry your hair and scalp too much or not clean it thoroughly enough.

Be wary of salon hair treatments, too. Chemical hair colors or other hair treatments can do untold damage to your hair and scalp, and your hair takes a while to grow back to its former strength when you put it through too much. If you absolutely must treat your hair with harsh chemicals, try to keep it to a minimum as much as possible and look into hair-friendly alternatives that might get you the same effect.

Your scalp needs as much routine care as your hair does. Your scalp health is dependent mostly upon how well you keep it clean, so showering regularly is essential. However, how often a scalp cleansing is needed varies depending on your hair type. A healthy scalp creates sebum (oil) and dandruff regularly, and these impurities will clog your hair follicles if left to collect.

Washing, brushing lightly, and other between-shower hair care options are the best ways to mitigate the collection of dandruff and oil on your scalp. If you have oily hair, you may need to shower once every day, but if you have dry hair that produces oil less quickly, you may be better off washing your hair every other day or less. It’s important to strike the right balance between too much and too little oil to ensure the best possible environment for hair growth.

Body and Scalp

The rest of your body plays a big role in how healthy your scalp and hair is, too. Believe it or not, something as simple as hormonal changes in your body can change the way your pores produce hair and oil, and you’ll either need to do your best to minimize hormone spikes or adjust your care rituals accordingly.

Hormonal changes and other factors can make your scalp become itchy or infected. This can be caused by a hormonal balance, infestations like head lice, bad hair care habits, or even a poor diet. A bacterial infection of the scalp can be caused by not washing or exfoliating it enough and is best remedied by adopting proper care habits and using a medicated shampoo.

The scalp is a very sensitive skin area, so scalp health can even be affected by something as simple as changing from hard water to soft water in your shower. Diets and stress can have the same effect, so make sure to listen to your scalp as much as possible!

Keep watch for any times when your scalp feels particularly itchy, oily, or otherwise uncomfortable, and try to pinpoint what part of your routine was changed that caused the difference in your scalp health.

Conclusion

Keeping your scalp healthy isn’t difficult, but it can be finicky if your scalp is unusually sensitive. As long as you keep a healthy, efficient, regular routine of scalp and hair care, your scalp will reward you with healthy, beautiful hair as long as it’s able to. If normal care isn’t quite enough, adding a special treatment to your routine, such as our Activating Serum, can be just the boost it needs to get back on track.

As always, it’s a good idea to ask a professional what they think about your hair and scalp care routines if you have questions. They may be able to help identify care areas where you’re lacking, in addition to pointing you towards prescriptions or other products that might help you.

9 Healthy Scalp Tips to Grow Healthy Hair

Posted by Kathy Watson

If you are losing your hair or experiencing thinning, you are not alone. The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that 80 million Americans contend with hereditary hair loss. And this number doesn’t account for people with thinning hair or hair loss caused by other factors.

A 2018 study by the International Journal of Trichology confirms that scalp health directly affects natural hair growth and hair retention. So, we’ve gathered research about hairstyle choices, hair products, and general health that directly affect your scalp.

Here are nine simple ways to maintain or improve the health of your scalp..

  1. Minimize Tugging and Pulling at Hair Follicles
  2. Chipping at the hair cuticle is a known cause of hair loss and damage according to the 2018 study by the International Journal of Trichology. So, researchers recommend using gentle hair care and grooming tools to prevent damage to your hair cuticles.

    • Use brushes and combs only when styling your hair. Don’t over brush.
    • Manage tangles gently with wide-tooth combs and moisturizing conditioners.
    • Squeeze the water from your hair with a towel and rough dry your scalp with a blowdryer on medium or cold settings . Don’t rub your hair or scalp abrasively.

    Hairstyles that pull hair too tightly or for too long can cause Traction Alopecia  and damage hair follicles according to multiple sources. Use caution with styles that pull strands at the scalp.

    • Be gentle when pulling hair back for styles such as braids, ponytails or cornrows.
    • Leave hair slightly loose at the scalp—especially for styles meant to last months.
    • Seek experienced professionals when adding hair extensions and weaves.
    • Choose light-weight hair extensions to prevent pulling at the scalp.
    • Remove long or heavy hair extensions after two or three months.

  3. Make Smart Shampoo Choices
  4. Since scalp health is critical for hair growth, keep your scalp clean and exfoliated to minimize conditions like dandruff, excess oil, or acne. Most experts agree that hair shampoo has improved with scientific advancements in chemistry and technology.

    But, with so many options, how do you choose?

    Customers should choose shampoos based on their hair type according to a 2015 article published by the Indian Journal of Dermatology. Researchers offered the following suggestions as a guide for dermatologists.

    • Pick normal hair shampoo if your scalp is not excessively dry or oily and your hair is not chemically treated.
    • Find dry hair shampoo if you chemically treat your hair or use heated styling tools such as flatirons or hair dryers.
    • Choose oily hair shampoo if your scalp produces excess oil.
    • Use a deep-cleaning shampoo only about once per week if you use styling products such as hair spray, gels or mousse often.
    • Avoid professional shampoos for daily use. These shampoos are generally intended for use before or after specific styling procedures or chemical processes.
    • With all shampoos and conditioners, be sure to avoid sulfates and parabens, at the minimum.

    If you also have an itchy or irritated scalp, try medicated shampoo for your hair type. You can add a separate conditioner after shampooing to repair any dry hair. If you are unhappy with your results, try a different shampoo or one with more natural ingredients and fewer synthetic ones.

  5. Consider a Medicated Shampoo
  6. A recent study suggests that anyone with hair loss or hair thinning may benefit from using a medicated shampoo to inhibit the growth of Malassezia, a common skin fungus. Researchers propose that shampoos with Malassezia-inhibitors should be an integral part of treatment for any patient with hair loss.

    The 2018 study from the International Journal of Trichology explains that Malassezia causes oxidative stress resulting in skin conditions such as eczema, dandruff, and general skin aging.

    Medicated shampoos are proven to treat scalp conditions such as psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis. But the new study reveals that ZPT-based shampoo demonstrated increased hair growth in hair loss patients without existing scalp conditions.

  7. Minimize Chemical Treatments
  8. If scalp health is akin to hair health, you’ll want to avoid chemical treatments or at least spread them over time according to a 2015 International Journal of Trichology article.

    Chemical treatments not only dry hair strands, but can damage the scalp skin, hair follicles, and hair cuticles. Consider these suggestions before a chemical hair treatment.

    • Consider a demi-permanent dye that lasts 10-15 shampoos instead of a permanent dye. Permanent dye products have been scientifically-proven in multiple studies to cause dermatitis, chemical burns, and scarring alopecia.
    • Wait at least 12 weeks between chemical hair straightening treatments. Chemicals touching the scalp can cause burning and hair cuticle damage. Chemicals touching previously straightened hair can cause breakage.
    • Avoid permanent hair dyes, highlights, or bleaching procedures on chemically- straightened hair. Apply demi-permanent dyes only after waiting at least 15 days after straightening.
    • Use caution when using medicated shampoo with chemically treated hair. Using medicated shampoo may require intense conditioning with the advice of a dermatologist or experienced stylist.

  9. Lower Your Stress
  10. Most people know that stress is a driving factor in many illnesses. But can it really affect your scalp and hair? Some studies show just that.

    There is a scientifically-proven relationship between increased acute and chronic stress and hair loss according to the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. The stress hormone cortisol affects the function and regulation of hair follicles in the scalp. Too much cortisol disrupts the hair follicle cycle and results in hair loss.

    Chronic stress is also known to cause oxidative stress. Oxidative stress increases skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, atopic dermatitis, as well as premature skin aging.

    To feel and look healthier, add regular meditation, yoga, or exercise to your weekly routine. Take periodic breaks during your working day when you’re feeling tense. Or add more fun to your weekends.

  11. Consider Scalp Massage
  12. A 2016 study published by EPlasty, the Open Access Journal of Plastic Surgery, suggests that a weekly scalp massage could thicken your hair.

    Participants in the study received a four-minute scalp massage each week for 24 weeks. By the end of the study, hair count remained the same, but individual hairs were thicker than before. The study attributes the increased hair thickness to increased blood flow resulting from the massage.

    You’ll want to be sure hair strands are not pulled at the hair follicle during your massage. And considering the relaxation benefits of massage, why resist the pleasure?

  13. Stay Out of the Sun
  14. Ultraviolet sun damage to exposed skin causes thinning of both the epidermis and dermis layers. So, it is important to protect all exposed skin from the sun’s harmful rays—even your scalp.

    “There are several observations that would suggest the scalp is analogous to topsoil – that is, the thicker the topsoil, the better the grass will grow. This may be the case in the scalp,” explains Dr. Samuels, Chief of Dermatology at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

    If you love the outdoors and can’t stay in the shade, protect your scalp and hair. Haircare products with sunscreen provide limited protection. Always wear a hat for any extended time in the sun. Hats made of sun-protective fabric with UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) of 30 or more are best.

    Managing sun exposure should help scalp skin repair itself over time. For more rapid recovery, try scalp therapies with natural ingredients.

  15. Try Hair Stimulant Therapies
  16. Minoxidil and Finasteride are common FDA-approved hair growth stimulants for hereditary hair loss. But these synthetic stimulants often have side effects like scalp irritation, inflammation, rashes, flaking, and scaling.

    While these synthetic stimulants may activate hair growth, they may also inhibit your scalp health. Products with more natural ingredients can nurture scalp skin as well as stimulate hair growth. According to a 2015 article from the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in India, more than 50 plants reduce the rate of hair loss and stimulate new hair growth.

    Companies like Collective Laboratories combine known hair growth stimulants from plants such as lilac, ginseng, pumpkin seed, burdock root, oat bran extract, zinc gluconate, and malabar kino bark – together with powerful Trichogen (™), a compound derived from traditional Chinese medicine, and Hotflux ®, which increases blood flow to hair follicles.

  17. Be Methodical and Consult a Professional
  18. If you notice an increase in hair loss or decrease in hair thickness, consider what has changed in the last couple of months. Then, decide if you can make any changes to stop the hair thinning.

    • Have you changed medicines? Or your diet?
    • Are you using different hair care products? Or a new hairstyle?
    • Is anything causing undue stress in your life?

If you notice your scalp is itching or irritated, talk to an experienced stylist or your dermatologist. Professionals are learning more every day about how to manage skin problems, preserve existing hair, and regrow lost hair.

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With so many causes of hair thinning and hair loss, it is difficult to know the best solution for you. But we are certain that scalp health is critical for continued hair growth.

Try a hairstyle or product change. Visit your dermatologist or try a hair growth serum. We believe that by doing little things every day has the power to create big results.

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