April is the beginning of spring and spring signifies renewal and rebirth. The literal translation of renewal according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is “the state of being made new, fresh or strong again”. Many of us take time to do spring cleaning, garage sales to make room for new items, organize your home or office, plant flowers, and improve gardens and a host of other things that make life easier and more beautiful.
Relieving yourself of stress or learning how to manage stress are two things you can do to renew yourself internally!
How does stress affect your hair?
SOS, Mayday Mayday!!! The first week in April is Stress Awareness Week.
Stress is felt all over the body and reflects in your hair and your hair becomes distressed. The SOS, signs of stress (distress) manifest in the form of flaky and itchy scalp, dry, dull, lifeless and brittle hair. Extreme cases of stress can cause hair breakage and hair loss. If you are experiencing stress take a moment to look at your life, inventory the items that are a source of stress to you, determine if some items can be removed or better managed, engage in stress relieving hobbies or activities, and talk to your doctor. Simple things like time management, hiring help and making time to have fun can minimize stress.
Below are some additional stress management tips to try:
- A healthy diet which includes at least 6 glasses of water-daily as well as fresh fruit and vegetables.
- Get some sleep-most often when we are stressed our sleep patterns aren’t what they should be. Adults should get at least 6 hours of sleep a night.
- Breathe-breathe deeply in through your nose and out through your mouth. Do this about 5-10 times very slowly, several times a day.
- Engage in 20 -30 minutes of physical activity per day. Get active-involve yourself in some form of physical activity even if you only take the dog for a walk. Go to the park and throw a ball or Frisbee, fly a kite with the kids. Walk to the corner store instead of driving. Get up, get out and get moving.
- Connect with others-when you connect with friends, family and loved ones outside of stressful environments you relax and begin to unwind. Invite someone you care for to lunch out on a patio.
- Feed your spirit (read a self-help book, do a good deed, mediate).
- Laugh more-they say laughter is the best medicine!
- Pamper yourself!!
Come in for a facial, massage and a makeover. Come in for a new hair style, cut or color. Come in for a scalp consultation to see if stress has affected your hair, let us help you renew your internal self and beautify your external self!
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Nutrition seems to be the newest buzz word for 2014. Everyone and everywhere you look people are focused on nutritious diets, healthier lifestyles, nutrition labels and so on. So how does nutrition relate to your hair? At the Healthy Hair Clinic we work hard to educate our clients on the direct impact your bodies health has on your hair. A loss of essentials vitamins and minerals in your diet can be detrimental to hair, nails and skin. This loss can also begin to affect certain systems in the body. In addition to lost nutrients an unhealthy diet filled with processed and fast foods can lead to damaged hair, skin and nails. Diets filled with vitamin and mineral rich foods and an absence of harmful toxins that come from sugar filled and processed foods will produce a healthier , happier body. When you body is well taken care of it will show in your hair, skin and nails.
Listed below are the various systems within your body. Although each system appears to function as a whole unit, no one system is the most important. In fact, all the systems need to be working in unison for the body to perform at peak efficiency. If there are deficits in any of the systems another system will tax itself attempting to compensate for the loss in another system. (www.livescience.com)
The digestive system consists of a series of connected organs that together, allow the body to break down and absorb food, and remove waste. It includes the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, and anus. The liver and pancreas also play a role in the digestive system because they produce digestive juices.
The endocrine system consists of eight major glands that secrete hormones into the blood. These hormones, in turn, travel to different tissues and regulate various bodily functions, such as metabolism, growth and sexual function.
The immune system is the body’s defense against bacteria, viruses and other pathogens that may be harmful. It includes lymph nodes, the spleen, bone marrow, lymphocytes (including B-cells and T-cells), the thymus and leukocytes, which are white blood cells.
The lymphatic system includes lymph nodes, lymph ducts and lymph vessels, and also plays a role in the body’s defenses. Its main job is to make is to make and move lymph, a clear fluid that contains white blood cells, which help the body fight infection. The lymphatic system also removes excess lymph fluid from bodily tissues, and returns it to the blood.
February is the month of love. Even though, the 14th is mainly for romance and lovers, over time other types of love have been added to the romantic notions most people associate with Valentine’s Day. In the 21st century, we are more apt to show an appreciation of love between parents, children and friends. We often forget the importance of loving ourselves, pampering ourselves and taking care of the “one body” we are given.
Loving yourself is not as selfish as it sounds, in fact, it’s one of the most unselfish things you can do. This month consider loving yourself by trying a new routine, do something different. Start exercising, get a facial or massage to reduce stress, consult with a nutritionist to make healthier food choices. One of the perks of a healthier lifestyle can be healthy hair, skin and nails.
Hair loss in men is difficult, however society has embraced the bald man. Many men in the public eye
with receding hairlines or who are completely bald are being hailed as sex symbols. But when was the
last time a woman received the same positive attention for thinning hair?
It’s a shame…..but American society is still sexist, bald men are sexy, however women losing their hair
are made to feel shame and embarrassment. So much so, that few women chose to speak about the
problem. But they aren’t afraid to take care of the problem…that’s where we meet Jaqueline Creeks or
Jackie as she is affectionately known to her clientele.
We would like to welcome you to our new and improved website. Many of you are already familiar with our services, but as it never hurts to update you, we am happy to announce that we are opening our Beauty Boutique and Online Store, with specialized hair care, hair extensions, human hair wigs, supplies and mastectomy products. As a reminder, we are accepting appointments for new and returning customers, and the following information is a snapshot of our capabilities.
While many people are familiar with many of the things I do as a trichologist, the term “trichology” is new to many folks. For those who don’t know, a trichologist is someone who is trained to help people with scalp and hair problems, but that is stating it too simply.
Training and certification
Real trichologist are trained. They have hands-on training, and many, like myself, have gone on to advance their skills even further. By working with an experienced, caring trichologist, you can expect better results. It doesn’t matter if you are dealing with hair loss, thinning hair, or scalp issues; you want to look for someone with the right credentials. Read More
As a trichologist, I work with a lot of people who are experiencing hair loss, and the majority of these folks want to know what their options are. It seems that the moment the words “hair replacement” come out of my mouth, everyone immediately assumes that I am talking about surgical hair replacement, which is really only one type of hair replacement.
Thanks to heavy advertising and the media, it seems that many people only know about surgical hair replacement. While it is a suitable, viable solution for a lot of people, it isn’t for everyone, and this misinformation that “surgery” or baldness are the only choices lead many to decide to just let their hair go, even though there are fantastic nonsurgical solutions. Read More
There are several types of alopecia, and one of the less common and more misunderstood types is Alopecia Totalis. Even though this is a less prevalent type of hair loss, I do see several clients at the Healthy Hair Restoration Center with Alopecia Totalis.
As a trichologist, I have a special understanding of this type of alopecia, and I work with my clients to understand what is happening and what they can do to help themselves feel better.
As a leading Houston area trichologist, I see clients at the Healthy Hair Restoration Center who are affected by all sorts of hair loss. One of the most common varieties of hair loss is Androgenetic Alopecia.
There are a lot of misconceptions Androgenic Alopecia, or AGA, even among those who have it. It’s important for folks with AGA to get the right information so that they get proper treatment or are able to make the right decisions regarding hair replacement or hair restoration.
Don’t believe everything you hear about hair replacement and hair restoration. New clients often come with rumors and misinformation when they visit Healthy Hair Salon Wellness Center for the first time. As an experienced trichologist, I need to set the record straight. The following are some facts on hair restoration and replacement that should help you understand your options and set expectations for your next visit.