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Answers to Frequently Asked Hair Questions


Browse our frequently asked questions and answers about hair. Do you want to find out what are the reasons for hair loss? Research has shown that genetics is only one of the causes is of thinning hair. Build-up of conventional hair care product ingredients, toxins and pollutants from the environment, and as a lack of circulation to the scalp skin also can contribute to thinning hair. Many medications or medical treatments have side effects leading to excessive daily hair loss.


Your Questions:

1. Why should I buy professional salon products instead of drugstore?

2. What are the causes of 'bad hair'?

3. My hair is greasy. Why?

4. Do frequent trims make hair grow faster?

5. Is it true that switching shampoos is recommended because my hair can build up tolerance to repeated use of the same shampoo?

6. Is hair loss purely genetic?

7. What are the reasons for hair loss?

8. How many hairs do I have on my head?

9. Do medications show up in my hair?

10. Is there such a thing as hair irritation?

11. What is normal hair loss per day?

12. How long does it take to re-grow hair?


Answers:

1. Why should I buy professional salon products instead of drugstore?

The ingredients used in professional salon products are generally better quality and are more concentrated than drugstore offerings. This means the effect on your hair is better and the results will be longer lasting.

2. What are the causes of 'bad hair'?

Too much styling product or cheap and nasty products are major causes of 'bad hair'. The symptoms can be anything from sticky and flaky to lank and flat. You could use a good clarifing shampoo to remove the excess products and start a fresh remembering you can always add more. Also make sure the shampoo and conditioner you choose suits your hair type.

3. My hair is greasy. Why?

Because of excessive activity of the sebaceous gland and polluted environment. Activity of the sebaceous gland is different from person to person and it depends on genes and functions of hormones. If elimination is excessive, sebum appears on the scalp. Shampoos that abolish this problem have to remove the grease and at the same time contain skin and hair friendly washing ingredients.

4. Do frequent trims make hair grow faster?

No. Hair is the second fastest growing tissue in the body (bone marrow is first), and grows an average of one half inch per month whether you cut it or not. Hair may grow slightly faster in the warmer seasons and slower in the colder ones, but that has everything to do with hormones and nothing to do with scissors.

5. Is it true that switching shampoos is recommended because my hair can build up tolerance to repeated use of the same shampoo?

Hair can't acquire a tolerance to shampoos, but it can accumulate components of the shampoo itself, and even minerals dissolved in water. Use clarifying shampoo regularly to shampoo away any residual buildup from products and water.

6. Is hair loss purely genetic?

Although genetics may be a factor contributing to hair loss, it may not be the only one. Normal hair loss occurs at a rate of 50 to 75 hairs per day, which are replaced by new growth. Any more than that, however, may be cause for concern.

7. What are the reasons for hair loss?

Research has shown that genetics is only one of the causes is of thinning hair. Build-up of conventional hair care product ingredients, toxins and pollutants from the environment, and as a lack of circulation to the scalp skin also can contribute to thinning hair. The damaging effects of chemical service residues as well as the mechanical aggressiveness of styling combined with the heat from styling tools can also lead to excessive daily hair loss. Hormonal changes that women experience throughout their lives can cause temporary as well as permanent hair loss. Many medications or medical treatments have side effects leading to excessive daily hair loss.

8. How many hairs do I have on my head?

Redheads average the least hairs at 80,000; brown and black haired persons have about 100,000; blonds have the most at 120,000. The average person has 120 square inches of hair on their head. In fact. you must lose over 50% of your scalp hairs before it becomes apparent. An average person grows 590 miles of scalp hair in a lifetime.

9. Do medications show up in my hair?

Yes. When medications circulate in the blood stream, they enter hair follicle cells. As these cells grow, they store medication molecules and are eventually "sealed" in the hair shaft. It takes 5 to 10 days from the time of medication use for affected hair to grow above the scalp. The amount and time the medication(s) were in the blood stream is proportional to the amount of medication detected in the hair.

10. Is there such a thing as hair irritation?

If you rub a strand of hair away from the scalp it slips smoothly through your fingers. Rub the strand toward the scalp and it's a different story. Much like petting a cat from tail to head -- the cat becomes irritated -- and so does the cuticle layer of your hair!

11. What is normal hair loss per day?

Recent research has shown that when shampooing daily, losing more than 50 hairs per day is considered to be excessive.

12. How long does it take to re-grow hair?

Every individual is unique, as is the body's ability to grow hair. The body normally produces hair in a growth cycle of 2 - 6 years; however, the length of time varies from person to person. The hair on the scalp goes through three cycles:

Anagen Phase (growth),

Catagen Phase (intermediate), and

Telogen Phase (resting).



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