What Is The Difference Between Hair Loss and Hair Shedding

Hair follicles on the scalp do not continuously produce hair. They cycle through a growth stage that can last two or more years then regress to a resting stage for up to two months before starting to grow a new hair fiber again. At any time on a healthy human scalp, about 80% to 90% of the hair follicles are growing hair. These active follicles are in what is called the anagen phase.

Hair loss is what we refer to when the hair has stopped growing. The medical term associated with this condition is anagen effluvium. The most common causes of hair loss include:

  • Hereditary hair loss
  • Immune system overreacts
  • Some drugs and treatments
  • Hairstyles that pull on the hair
  • Harsh hair care products
  • Compulsion to pull one’s hair out

If you are experiencing “hair loss”, your hair will cease to grow until the cause for the hair loss stops. Persons that undergo chemotherapy or radiation treatments often lose a lot, if not all of their hair. When the treatment stops however their hair tends to grow back. Likewise persons on certain types of medications, for example antidepressants or thyroid medication, tend to lose hair which may appear to stay lost as long as they are on the medication.

However, hair normally sheds 50 to 100 strands of per day. If you are a “naturalista” and you do not comb or brush your hair in between washes, the amount of hair shed you experience during your washes might frighten you. You have to remember that if you do not comb your hair in between washes for 7 days, you have shed 350 – 700 strands of hair, which might appear to be a lot. However in these cases there is probably no need for alarm because it’s probably just a normal shed. Additionally if your hair strand density is more on the thicker side, 100 strands could look like 300.

If you are concerned by the amount of hair falling out, you don’t need to suffer in silence. You can turn to a dermatologist or more specifically a trichologist (one who specializes in the hair and scalp) for help. A dermatologist or trichologist can tell you whether you have hair loss or excessive hair shedding.

 

Author: Denika Penn-Carothers, Natural Hair & Hair Products,

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What’s In Your Hair?

What I have found with my hair is that the way I combine my products is key and I need more moisture in the winter than I do in the summer, but when I use less products combined it works better for my type of hair. In the past when I used too many products at one time I would experience a very itchy scalp and slower growth. My current regimen is as follows:

1. Co-wash every other week with Pantene Pro-V Natural Hair Co-wash Conditioner and shampoo every other week with a moisturizing sulfate free shampoo.

2. If I co-wash I skip the conditioning step, however when I shampoo I ALWAYS use conditioner, even though I deep condition.

3. Deep condition every week with a store bought deep conditioner or my own homemade concoction that I always add honey and olive oil to. I separate my hair into four sections and apply my deep conditioner to each section and then I two strand twist the section ending up with four two stranded twists. You can sit under a hooded dryer or heat cap for 30 minutes to allow for deeper penetration of the product or you can follow my method which is two cover with a plastic shower cap and leave it on for at least an hour, but usually two.

4. I ALWAYS rinse the conditioner out in cold water (in the winter I usually do cool water lol). I then re-twist into either four twists or two twists (top half and bottom half) and use a microfiber towel that I twist turban style, to remove the excess water from my hair.

5. I then apply my styling products. When applying my styling products I work it in one section at a time. I firstly apply a leave-in spray conditioner.

6. My second step is to apply coconut oil (or my own homemade oil concoction). Some people don’t like the smell of coconut oil. If you are one who doesn’t, you can use either, grapeseed, jojoba, sweet almond or avocado oil or a combination of them. You want to be sure to use an oil product that has a small molecular structure which will penetrate the shaft and not sit on top of the strands.

7. I then work a conditioner into the hair (this product can be either a “leave-in conditioner” or you can just use the regular/surface conditioner that you use after your shampoo. A dime to nickel size amount should be sufficient for each section. If you have longer hair you might need more. Let your hair tell you how much it needs and try not to get too much product on the scalp.

8. I then apply a gel product and smooth it through with my hands from root to tip to work it in there good. At this point, if I am working with four sections I will re-twist the section while I apply product to the rest of my hair. If I’m working in two sections (which is usually when I am short on time), I don’t re-twist. I will apply the product to the lower half of my hair first and then the top section.

9. Once all of my styling products are in, if working in four sections I will then un-twist each section and gently separate the hair (or just shake my head lol) to achieve great curl definition. In the summer months I usually just wear wash and go’s and this is my wash and go method.

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To Go Natural or Not? That’s the question – Get Healthy Hair Now

Okay,  so after more than 20 years of relaxing my hair I have decided to go au natural and wear my hair long.  I went semi-natural for about 12 years (semi-natural meaning I didn’t do a full out perm I just texturized my hair) but I was wearing it very short during that time.  I have never had the nerve to wear my hair natural and long before because my hair is so thick that it would just poof out whenever I didn’t relax it.

My mother (who is caucasian) started perming my hair when I was very young because she couldn’t manage it because of the thickness.  When I was in high school I stopped perming if for a while but I was pressing it with a hot comb so I have always (except during the time that I wore it short) worn my hair straight.  I was introduced to HerbalNature Alternative Hair Products about 2 years ago when I decided that I wanted to grow my hair back out.  I was tired of the short look and wanted a new “do”.  Using the hair oil on my scalp helped my hair to grow out very quickly.  I  grew about 7 inches in 1-1/2 years but chose to go back to relaxing my hair.  At the time I was only using the hair oil but then of course as I’m sure we all do, you hear about another product and decide to try it and then another product and decide to try that.  I did this for about 7 months.  My problem with all of these other products was they would weigh my hair down and so after about 2 days of wearing my hair with a little bounce it would get heavy and not swing the way I like it to so I would end up washing my hair often.  How many of you know dealing with thick hair is not easy, so imagine washing, conditioning, blow-drying and flat ironing every 2 – 3 days.  It would take me literally 3 hours to get my hair the way I wanted it from start to finish every 2 days – that’s alot of time!!

The time invested in doing my hair was bad enough but then my hair started to break and shed alot.  decided to put down all that other stuff and go back to what I was having success with HerbalNature Alternative Hair Products.  The Hair Tea was the first product I started back with and then I decided that I needed to stay away from heat for a while and so I incorporated the hair pomade into my regimen.  I absolutely loved the way my hair felt and looked.  After the first tea application I felt a difference in the elasticity of my hair, and after using the tea for one month consecutively I decided to do a flat iron and the first thing I noticed was that my hair was not popping when I pulled it with the flat iron. 

Needless to say I was soooo excited and decided that maybe I wanted my hair to grow a little longer.  After just two months of incorporating the hair oil back into my hair regimen my hair has grown out 1-1/2 more inches.  I’ve decided to  see how long my hair will grow.  I just love the look and feel of my hair again and I am able to wear it in so many natural styles that I never knew about before, but I am loving it and get so many comments on my hair.   Oh let me mention that using HerbalNature Alternative Hair Products affords me the opportunity to transition from chemicals to natural without having to cut my hair off.  I will explain that process in another blog.  Follow me on my journey of Getting Healthy Hair Now!

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