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Promises of HA

Young skin is characterized by certain features. What we most often appreciate visually is its nice pink undertones, smooth even texture. lack of spots, wrinkles and what seems like a poreless landscape. So what happens to this perfect canvas as we age? There are a multitude of factors which help contribute to our new reality. Some factors which contribute to aging include the following: we start to breakdown collagen faster than we build it, the vasculature responsible for giving nutrition to our skin becomes compromised, melanocyte activity (the cells which control pigment) gets disrupted or stimulated, our skin’s ability to protect itself and retain its water content declines, the fibrous bands which are responsible to keep our skin smooth and tight loosen and become unorganized. Although genetics plays a role in how skin functions and appears with age, there are many factors which can accelerate our natural tendencies and therefore cause us to age prematurely. External factors are major contributors and include sundamage, pollution, wind, toxins, hormone surges and less than ideal diets. Preventative lifestyle habits, good skin care, sun avoidance, healthy diet and nutritional supplementation can all help protect us from these external aging influences. Thankfully for those of us that may have neglected our skin while preoccupied with enjoying life… there are treatments. In fact, there are a multitude of treatments which can help restore and maintain both health and youthfulness. They work to reinforcement and stimulate key processes responsible for optimal skin function and beauty.
The ideal treatment would serve to do all of the following: improve microcirculation to help utilize nutrients better and remove toxins, hydrate the skin, improve fibroblast activity and therefore elastin and collagen production, encourage collagen remodeling and heighten skin’s immune response so to fix problems as they come. In theory, an improvement in any of these aging attributes can help us regain that healthy, thick, even and smooth complexions once again. Sounds amazing right? It is…but many times not simple. As discussed preciously, there are many ways to help stimulate our skin to behaving like its youthful self again… Special diets, lasers, peels, light and energy devices can all help rehabilitate aged skin. I plan to address each category of therapy with you in future posts. The right modality depends on your age, the level of damage you have, specific skin type, the downtime you can sacrifice and economic considerations.

In this three post series, I would like to talk about promises of youth via needles. I know sounds intimidating and even scary, but in reality are quite simple, easy to endure procedures. In comparison to other treatments, these have little downtime and side effects. When performed by experienced clinicians they can offer vast benefits with little trauma. A skilled injector can provide low to no pain treatments’ which allow you to return to your daily life by next day. I have seen patients which have visited the clinic with lifeless, tired looking skin returning after these treatments with revived, plump and happy skin. In each post I will discuss a different youth infiltration technique which have shown tremendous value in terms of prevention and treatment of aging skin.

In this first part of the series I will discuss MesoLift, also known in some clinics as MesoGlow, rejuvenation technique. Although I have not tried these treatments first hand I have seen benifits in both my own patients, as well as in patients of visiting clinics and I am a believer in the magic of its benefits.  Part 2/3 will discuss a procedure called Plasma Rich Protein therapy and in Part 3/3 I will discuss a procedure which injects Stem Cell rich fat for rejuvenation. I hope you enjoy learning about the endless posibilities!

PART 1/3 MESOLIFT REJUVENATION

What is it?

Meso-Lift/Glow is the name given to mesotherapy procedure when done for the purpose of facial rejuvenation. Mesotherapy is the procedure which uses a tiny needle to inject small quantities’ of a customized formulation of active ingredients for therapeutic or aesthetic benefits. Within these formulations we can commonly find pharmaceutical or homeopathic medications, plant extracts, vitamins, minerals, hyaluronic acid and many other ingredients which have shown to induce healthy and improved function of tissues. Although the Parisian born procedure has been a mainstay aesthetic treatment in Europe since its development in 1952 , it has only been introduced to the US during the last 5-6 years. Uses of mesotherapy range from fat and cellulite treatments, to hair regrowth, scar and stretchmark therapy. The focus in this post will be on its’ uses to diminish wrinkles, rejuvenate skin and restore youthful overall appearance.

What are the ingredients commonly used  in the Meso-Lift procedure and why?

Vitamins C, D and E  replenish skin of any deficiency and work as strong antioxidants to stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis and improve immune function of skin. Minerals help reinforce biological metabolism of skin and therefore improve function, circulation and elimination of toxins. Amino acids help form structural molecular elements in proteins and therefore allow more efficient construction of the strong architectural foundation found in youthful skin.  Coenzymes are used to help activate biochemical reactions and nucleic acid serve to stimulate natural synthesis of proteins. All these ingredients are depleted in skin which has suffered premature ageing.

Of all ingredients commonly used in MesoLift/Glow procedures hyaluronic acid (HA) is the most valued.  In fact according to Dr. Ana Molina, one of my favorite Skin Savantess’s, the mesotherapy product Restylane Vital is the best for skin rejuvenation. Restylane Vital is a HA based product specifically formulated for a MesoLift/Glow procedure. it is the precious filler which provides mechanical cushioning of our skin matrix (made of predominately collagen and elastin). Hyaluronic acid gives our skin volume, suppleness, regulates tissue repair, immune function and inflammatory responses and holds moisture. Since we inevitably lose concentration of HA as we age,  complementing HA in treatments is vital in preserving health of our cellular skin matrix.  “Restylane Vital gives unsurpassed hydration and overall fullness to the skin, its ideal as a base treatment for softening wrinkles and treating dull and tired looking skin, ” explains Dr. Molina. “I also love to combine it with other treatments such as Radiofrequency or PRP”.  PRP and Radiofrequency are great rejuvenating procedures that I will cover future posts!!!

More about Restylane Vital?

Restylane products are superior HA containing products due to fact they uses predominately NAS Hyaluronic Acid (NASHA). NASHA bioengineered HA is engineered to be almost identical to the HA found in human skin and cross-linked and converted into a stable gel. Because of its structural similarity to our native HA it casues low rate of allergic reactions.  Depending on the size of the molecules it is dispersed in, it can be used as a rejuvenating product (Vital), or filler for different areas of concern, wrinkles or volume loss (Restylane, Restylane-L, Perlane, and Perlane-L).

Benefits to skin?

Skin appears thicker, smoother (with less apparent wrinkles), radiant and texturally more elastic and firm.

Advantages of Mesolift in comparision to other treatments?

  • Fast procedure with minimal discomfort and down time. MesoLift/Glow usually takes only about half hour. Topical anesthetic cream can be used for sensitive patients. Redness associated with treatment usually subsides within 12 hours. If combined with a nourishing face mask and Vit K cream, treatment may cause less irritation. ). “The normal case scenario is that skin suffers very little trauma so patient can return to normal social life quickly”, states Dr. Molina.
  • Cost friendly procedure. Session prices range from 150-200 dollars or euros.
  •  A great supplement to improve aesthetic outcomes of other procedures such as lasers and surgeries. “when the skin health is improved we then can count on more predictable, faster and natural appearing results,” states Dr. Ana Molina.
  • Can serve to regain skin tone of previously hard to treat areas such as legs, neck, arms and hands.

Disadvantages?

  • Involve needles which sometime mean dozens of tiny injection sites. The use of an injection gun can help decrease anxiety revolving around the dependence of needles and skills of the injector. Injection pens make it very tolerable, easy and quick to preform (15 min)
  • Bruising can occur.
  • Not regulated by the FDA and no formal training program in the USA.
  • Needs to be repeated to appreciate and maintain benefits. Mesolift procedures like most mesotherapy procedures require several treatments prior to seeing visible results. Many times you need 3-4 treatments scheduled every few weeks. The effect are cumulative so when repeated regularly will serve to improve collagen and elastin concentration and overall health and function of treated skin.
  • Different brands, compositions mean that you need to do your research and trust your doctor as to define which formula is right for you.

Mesolift is used in Europe as a quick easy fast and relatively inexpensive way to refresh tired looking complexions. Women usually start at first signs of aging and swear that it is the secret to maintaining youthfulness. In the US, since not regulated by FDA many doctors are reluctant to use the technique for skin rejuvenation. Since FDA only regulates products and not procedures MesoLift is unlikely to be accepted as mainstream treatment.   With the right research and the right doctor MesoLift could be the right treatment for you! It’s fast, easy, safe and allows you to return to normal life almost immediately! I love the results as I have seen many transform quickly. It is true it’s not for everyone but I encourage you to talk to your doctor and see if right for you!

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Jelena Ley Petkovic Running2 Life is hectic. We live in a world where we are constantly attempting to multitask work, family, relationships and health. Most often, health becomes our last priority as we strive to complete our daily checklist of responsibilities. This means leaving meal planning, exercise and wellbeing practices as optional. As most of you can already guess…this is a terrible idea! Our health is an investment, which we need to make daily. We owe this to ourselves, our loved ones and even our employers. Healthy lifestyle habits increase our immunity, making us less prone to sickness. Exercise, good diet, stress relieve practices and even massages, which are mistakenly confused for pampering, allow us to function more energetically, positively and efficiently.
Through this blog, I mean to communicate with you some ideas of how to fit in your health practices in your daily life! I want you to feel empowered with the knowledge that it can be done, although may take some adjustments to you and your families scheduling priorities. Support each other in this important feat and you will live happier, healthier and more energetic lives!

A simple and easy first step is to find ways to start the day right! Most often we drag ourselves out of bed, head cloudy, exhausted and slow…. For those who need a gentle but efficient way to make your morning less traumatic, I mean to present you with a simple solution. The ABCs listed below, aim to give you a more balanced and energetic day. This can be done all while stimulating a more focused mind, a faster metabolism, stronger circulatory system and clam nervous system. Life…….. BRING IT ON!

Awaken the Nervous System and open your energy channels with a hand and foot massage. (5 min) In Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory, the body is composed of 12 main meridians or energetic channels maintain homeostasis. For more information on the application of these eastern therapies I contacted my beautiful and talented Eastern Medicine Savantess Elizabeth Zara in NYC . According to Liz, energy blockages caused by stress or illness can be associated with almost all health concerns. Disruption of flow along these channels can throw off our internal balance and affect not only energy levels but sense of general wellbeing, attitude, state of mind and way you deal with stress. These points can be unblocked or toned (balanced) by a fine acupuncture needle or with acupressure. Since these energy channels either begin or end in the hands or feet, acupressure massage done in these areas have an immense impact on our overall wellbeing and is an amazing way to induce the body’s natural self-curative processes. According to Liz, benefits of regular self-therapy includes stress relief, an enhanced immune system, increased circulation and cardiac function, decreased muscular tension and pain, tone the body’s natural energy sources and, in general, alleviate symptoms associated with aging. Your body will feel more balanced, your mind engaged, you will feel healthier and more energized … Sounds too good to be true? Try it….. I find its value in transitioning my sleep-self to day-self second to none. It is amazing how after only a few minutes of acupressure, you feel awake, strangely more relaxed and less stiff. Daily massage of the hands and feet are an ideal way to quickly activate and release built up tension in body! For more information about this ancient healing method and to find specific points which may target your specific needs Dr Micheal Reed Gach Ph.D has written some interesting, easy to follow books.

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  • Intermission: Wash face quickly, brush teeth and apply sunscreen to face, chest and hands.

Balance your mind to your body by going for a 30 min brisk walk or jog.  This is a great way to get your systems juicing! By this, I mean hormones flowing, enzymes activated and muscles awakened. During this time pay attention to what your body maybe telling you. If some area feels stiff, tight or painful, think of what this may be related to and what you could do to avoid it in the future. This is also a great opportunity to gather and organize your thoughts and plans for the day.

  • Intermission: At the end of your small cardio session, stretch out what you had perceived as sore or tight. (5 min) Remember to be gentle and breathe deeply and slowly while you stretch. Try holding stretched for at least 10 seconds to allow the body to make appropriate adjustments. Stretching has shown to calm the nervous system and relieve stress… Enjoy it!

Center gravity away from your feet. (10 min) Revive your circulatory system and direct blood towards your brain with an inversion! This may sound a bit wacky but the power of this is irrefutable. Inversions are used by yogis for centuries to give the circulatory system and inferior half of the body a well-deserved rest. I have practiced some form of yoga for the past 8 years and had the pleasure of learning the benefits of inversions from some of the best yogis around town. Gurus of Ashtanga such as Ananda Zorzo and Bikram Yoga, Myriana Pahmier, alike, agree on the benefits of such practices. Our leg veins are usually working in overtime to pump blood furthest away from heart back up against gravity to get re-oxygenated and dispose of the waste it has gathered along the way. Leg vein appearance and pain related to leg vein insufficiency can be combated simply by incorporating, along with certain exercises, some relief from gravity. Inversions are a great way to offer this relief. Inversions also give the brain a surplus of oxygen and nutrient rich blood, and furthermore stimulate the pituitary and thyroid gland to balance hormones and improve metabolism. As a result of this practice we can benefit from, lighter, prettier, relaxed legs, a focused, calm mind and better metabolism…. I love it! There are many levels of inversions but the most simple and safe version I will advocate here is, in yoga, referred to as Legs-up-wall pose or Viparita Karani ,consists of lying flat on your back while allowing your legs to lay flat up against the wall. Place your arms gently at your sides with your palms up and breath deeply, slowly and freely.

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For those experienced yogisthere are Shoulderstand -Sarvangasana-, Headstand Salamba -Sirsasana.. These advanced inversions can be dangerous if you have history of high blood pressure, retinal detachment, slipped discs, anklyosing spondylitis,
cervical neck issues, hernias or vertigo. For this reason make sure to check with your doctor and practice with your certified yoga instructor before attempting these positions.

  • Additional thoughts: As you have noticed I did not include eating in the above protocol…..hold off until after you have showered and dressed and have something healthy and light planned out. Breakfast is important but not at all costs. Fruit, herbal tea and egg and some form of oats are my favorite breakfast picks. These are, for most of us, easy to digest, filling and nutritive. Coffee or green tea is essential for many but make sure your body is ready for it prior to making your desperate sprint. Maybe wait until you have had your mid-morning bite prior to indulging your caffeine crave. Don’t fret about losing about your early morning energy source as our rejuvenation protocol should have given you enough fuel to get you up and out the door!

I also want to mention that really any form of exercise can serve to mentally and physically prepare you for your day. It just needs to be something that doesn’t stress you, is balanced and meets your objectives. If you feel up for it, do a yoga, boxing or Pilates class but for the days not possible, go for a balance and energy routine similar to the one I prescribed above. If you wait for the end of the day to be good to you, chances are you will have forfeited your right to all other priorities, people and unforeseen circumstances. Seize the day and actively equip your mind and body for all the day might bring!

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beautiful and bald woman

Some people’s beauty does not depend on a lustrous mane. For the rest of us, however, beautiful hair can upgrade average looks to cause show stopping stares and poor quality hair can make an otherwise attractive person, barely noticeable.

This post is especially dear to me because up until about a year ago, I honestly was not the slightest bit proud of my hair. Slavic people are not famous for having beautiful lustrous hair. In fact, we traditionally have thin, straight and wispy hair. This hair might make hair styling fast and easy, but the fact is, some of us, including myself, can’t even own up to a ponytail most Spanish girls can be proud of by age 5. It’s for this reason, that when I moved to Spain, I was forced to pay a bit more attention to the state of my hair. Living among women with the most beautiful thick hair on the Western Hemisphere can make anyone a bit self-conscious…..

Because of this, I started a 4 part mission to help get my hair happy and healthy.

Part 1: Find out what it takes to have strong and beautiful hair.

From my research there are various key elements needed:

  • An abundant supply of fibrous protein keratins available to the scalp- Like nails, hair is made up of keratin. The more keratin available, the more likely the hair will grow at its optimal rate. Keratin supply is directly related to protein in the diet.  Lean protein consumption is vital to maintaining hair strong and replenished. Sources include beans, fish and eggs.
  • Optimal Iron levels- Iron is essential for growth of hair, so deficiency can lead to slow growth and even loss. A easy sign of deficiency can be the appearance of spoon shaped nails. Some iron rich foods include lentils, skin potatoes, tofu, shellfish, dates, raisins, leafy veggies and whole grains.
  • Essential nutrients – These directly nourish follicular roots and help hair growth thicker, faster, stronger and shinnier . Some include, selenium, zinc, biotin and omega fatty acids. Optimal hair health and growth depends on a balance of essential nutrients that you may be depriving yourself of if not eating correctly or partaking in fad diets.
  • Good blood supply to the scalp- Good circulation  to the scalp is vital to getting our scalp the vitamins and nutrients needed to maintain hair healthy, strong and abundant.
  • Ability to manage stress- There are three cycles a hair goes through before it is shed, Anagen (active hair growth phase lasting up to 2-6 years), Catagen  (the transitional and the shortest phase, only lasting about 2 weeks) and Telogen (resting phase which can last 1-4 months). Once the hair is shed the follicle once again starts growing new hair to replace it; starting the cycle anew. The longer the hair is in anagen, the faster and longer hair will grow. When the body incurs abnormally high amounts of stress, it shocks hair follicles anagen and cause them to remain longer in telogen.  This is bad news because it means smaller percentages of your hair follicles are actively growing hair at any given time, hence causing abnormally high rates of hair loss, without replacement. In normal conditions, 85 % of all hair follicles on your head are in Anagen and only 10-15% in Telogen . When this balance is thrown off, you will notice thinning hair or even areas of the scalp without any hair growth. This phenomenon can also occur in moments of sickness or even with dieting …the body faces shock, and therefore stress, and again force the cycle of hair growth into resting phase. Hair can take up to three months to recover after such a state.
  • Hormone Balance: If things seem off, rule out hormone imbalance: pregnancy, menopause, disease, immune disorders and under-active thyroid can all cause hair pattern irregularities. Hormones play a role in certain metabolic processes essential to hair growth cycle. Its always a good idea to have your doctor review your blood panel to rule out conditions which need to be treated with medications, hormone supplements or with a specific nutritional or supplemental protocol.

Part 2: Consult Hair Savant for best treatment regimen promoting healthy hair growth and repair.

I have been lucky enough to work with one of the most renowned dermatologists/hair specialists in Europe and chairman of the International Hair Restoration Society, Dr. Jiménez Acosta, from Las Palmas, Spain. Dr. Jimenez had recommended a few of the best supplements made to give hair strength, shine and even volume. These work on the root of the hair you are actively growing. Although this may take a few months to really give you that aesthetic visual result, proper vitamin and mineral content is best solution for thin, damaged or poorly nourished hair. The most effective supplements, according to Dr Jimenez are those which include biotin and other essential B vitamins (for scalp health and hair strength), the minerals selenium (to promote healthy growth),  zinc (to prevents brittleness and thinning especially in cases of underactive thyroid), copper (to prevent premature graying), and sources of essential fatty acids such as primrose and flaxseed oil (which work to restore scalp dryness and itchiness, while restoring overall health and shine of hair).

I, personally, have tried hair supplements by the brands Inneova, Oenobiol and Pilexil, and have seen amazing results.  I originally started after pregnancy, concerned my hair would suffer as hormone levels plunged and nursing depleted me of all nutritional goodness. I worried I would face what many friends and patients have commonly complained of…. weak or thinning nails and hair! I can happily say that with the help of these supplements my hair actually improved in thickness and strength! If you can’t find these brands in your area go to your local dietician or natural food market and they will be able to direct you to some supplements with similar compositions. Also, remember these essential nutrients are found naturally in foods. There are many websites listing food sources of such nutrients. A few examples of such sites are Diet and Fitness Today or WH foods.

Dr Jimenez also addressed a few medical remedies for those who are concerned with hair loss or thinning.

For males, Dr Jimenez recommends the medication Finasteride (brand name Propecia, 1 mg/day) as the most effective treatment.  It works at the molecular level to block production of a hormone DHT from testosterone. DHT provokes hair loss by blocking hair growth so the fact Finasteride blocks this, makes it a very valuable tool to those doctors treating hair issues. Since women also have low levels of testosterone, they also can produce DHT and, therefore, suffer from androgenic hair loss (hair loss caused by prevalence of male hormones), but are affected, more often, when their female hormone levels subside after menopause. Finasteride is not, however, prescribed often to women as it has shown to be dangerous to the normal development of fetuses. For males, it is a safe and efficient way to retain healthy hair and recuperate some of hair lost.

Also, on the horizon, is another similar acting drug called Dutasteride (brand name Avodart). The manufacturer and researchers claim it is even more effective at blocking DHT and, may therefore, be even more effective it preventing hair loss and re-growing hair! Don’t send your loved ones running to the pharmacy just yet as we are still awaiting the FDA approval of Dutasteride use for the treatment of hair loss.

Another medication Minoxidil 2-5%, is applied topically (or directly to scalp). It is also endorsed by most Dermatologists for the treatment of hair thinning or loss.  Minoxidil is safe for women and can also be used as a complementary treatment for men taking Finasteride. In the US, Minoxidil can be found in most pharmacies and the most known brand is Rogaine. In Europe, you must buy Minoxidil over the counter or via prescription and most common brands include Regaine, Alopexy and Regaxidil. Its seems that 5% has better results and most prefer foam form vs the liquid solution.

The good news is that as long as you continue to use these both these medications you will maintain their benefits. The downside is once stopping the treatment, hair recuperated will most likely fall out again. Minoxidil, is thought to work by improving cellular activity, structure and hair growth rate, most possibly by helping scalp circulation. Although the exact mechanism of this drug is unknown, we have seen that with its use, we help shed quicker those hairs in resting, telogen phase and get more thicker hairs in the active hair growing, anagen phase.  It shows to be most effective in those who are in early hair loss stages, suffer from hair loss of the crown and central portion of the scalp, and in women patients. Within 4 months of using the 5% solution, many see a halting in the hair loss and some even recuperate the hair they lost.

Like all medications, these are not free of side effects. 5% of Finasteride patients have seen increase incidence of depression and enlargement of breast tissue. Of those using Minoxidil, some complain of increase hairloss in the start of the treatment because of the shedding of hairs in inactive state. Minoxidil can also cause or worsen dry scalp. Also you must keep this medication far from your pet cats, it is toxic to them even with skin contact.

Part 3: Find the hair products, which actually work.

The goal of this part of my mission was to find hair products which protect, hydrate and repair the exterior portion of the hair. With help of celebrity hair savantess, Bonnie Cleverling, and my local hair care savantess, Cristina Lopez at Creatival BCN, I was able to find a few products that my experts and I, can happily endorse.

Kiel’s Magic Elixir– Ingredients include Rosemary lean oil, avocado oil, Vitamin E, omega 6 fatty acids to moisturize scalp and hair, and promote more balanced and healthy environment for new hair growth. You massage  the Elixir into the scalp 10 minutes before washing. It provides an ideal environment for hair to grow and thrive. Feel and see the difference in 4-6 weeks. Hair grows with more life, manageability and volume.

Icons Healing Conditioner and Beauty India Oil– Both of these amazing products contain Aragon Oil. Aragon oil is a true beauty oil. More of its properties I will discuss below. The Healing Spray contains quinoa extracts which give its powerful ability to repair and give strength. The Beauty India oil gets its name due to its star ingredient…. Moringa oil. Moringa oil is one of Indias most native and cherished oils. It is main attribute is healing damaged frayed ends and protect hair against aggressors. Beauty india oil is to be place on ends first, then run throughout the hair before styling or prior to bed.

Icon products are simply incredible. Even after their first application you will see your hair as you have never seen it…shinny, thick and silky to touch.  You will also grow addicted to the calming power of the natural oil essence… Beauty and aromatherapy in one!

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Before I move on I wanted to enlighten you a bit more about Aragon oil. Aragon oil is lightweight,  non-greasy and  derived from kernels of Aragon fruit of Morocco. It is known best by Morocco’s women and famed for its ability to restore life to hair. Although no real scientific study can prove its benefits, natural medicine professionals, familiar with the oil, claim its properties give nutrition to hair, lock in moisture, help prevents damage by external stressors and improves elasticity. Users, including myself, have found that it restores smoothness and manageability. Aragon oils natural antioxidant properties are said by its experts to strengthen damaged hair by restoring its cellular membrane. By also naturally contains Omega 3 and 9 it conditions the scalp and strengthen the bonding structures of hair and help heal split ends.

Fermodyl Treatment Ampoules–  For those of you who have abused or continue to abuse your hair with chemical treatments such as color or straightening and need to reinvigorate life back in to dry, brittle and dull hair, Femodyl formulation products are for you! Fermodyl treatments were developed by chemists who sought and found a protein molecule to merge damaged hair fibers, interact with the keratin and restructure hair. Depending on your hair type, there is a specific formulation for you. They come in ampoules, which are to be broken open and the serum massaged into your scalp before styling. After a month of use, studies have shown increase tensile strength, (that which protects against breakage), by 15% and the diameter of the shaft, (the thickness of the body of each strand hair), was increased up to 20%. This is a great solution for those who have damaged hair to due chemical aggressors!! Here’s your chance to give your hair a new life!

For those of you who are seeking a completely natural line of anti-aging hair care products, look into the Phyto hair line. They are amazing for protecting hair, restructuring damaged ends, hydrating and adding shine and manageability. Working with many high profile clients with demands for both quick results and long term investment, Bonnie has become a supporter and regularly recommends these products. For those who seek a solution to dull, dry hair with split ends try Phytokeratine Reparative Serum. This serum uses plant proteins, Brazilian palm oil, hyaluronic acid and silk peptides to give you shinny and smooth hair! I also love the anti-aging line including the Phytodensium AntiAging Serum and Phytodensium AntiAging Mask. The serum uses B vitamins to add strength and density and a derivative of tyrosine (an enzyme that catalyses the production of the pigment melanin) to help delay the appearance of gray hair.  The AntiAging Mask is also fabulous, using natural proteins and a combination of grapeseed and black currant seed oil (rich in fatty acids), to nurture and regenerate hair. The result is healthier, smoother and softer looking hair with maximum volume and shine.                  Anything non-toxic + prevents aging + beauty benefits = Top AntiAgeing Savantess pick!

For my last bit on products, I wanted to present some research I found on those labratories claiming the latest breakthrough in antiaging hair care. These products are neither medications or beauty products but designed to be somewhat higher scale and sold in drug stores or over–the-counter. They are presenting hair treatments incorporating a start ingredient called Diaminopyrimidine Oxide (Aminexil). Aminexil’s properties are said to help combat premature hair loss and hair weakening from a condition called perifollicular fibrosis. Perifollicular fibrosis is a progressive accumulation of excess collagen, (forming something similar to a scar), around the hair root, pressing on the follicle and making it difficult to work properly. This causes growth of thinner hair, as well as, an overall slowing and even halting growth to a increasing percentage of these hair follicles over time.  Studies published show that hair loss and aging (thinning and weakening of hair), no matter what the reason (hormones, stress, age ect) all are related to some degree to the condition of perifollicular fibrosis. Aminexil, is said to help prevent this excessive collagen formation while soften the skin around the follicle. The effects allow follicles it to maintain its natural youthful position and form, preventing abnormal hair growth and loss. Manufactures claim studies have proven slight improvement in new hair growth over 6 weeks (6%), a prevention of loss and an increase in strength and volume (70-80%). Although no real scientific large scale studies have been conducted to prove the efficacy of these Aminexil containing products, its’ ability to serve as an anti-aging product seems intriguing. Below are some products containing Aminexil. I plan to test it out….let me know if you do!

Try: Vichy Laboratoires Dercos Aminexil and AMINEXIL GL M by Keratase

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Part IV: Incorporate lifestyle habits to encourage maintenance of healthy hair.

Some lifestyle changes which can AVOID follicular damage, hair breakage, split ends, loss of moisture, and ultimately result in dynamite hair include:.

  • Do Wash hair only as needed! Although washing doesn’t contribute to hair loss, it does cause it to be more susceptible to dryness, brittleness and breakage. Wet hair is more likely to break than dry hair and more likely to be handled with heat and aggressive grooming techniques.
  • Do Bush your hair before washing….this minimizes complex tangling and therefore aggressive de-tangling techniques which are needed when hair is wet and more sensitive. As stated above we want to manage hair as little as possible when wet. .
  • Do Use UV containing conditioners when sunny to prevent drying out and sun related weakening of hair.
  • Do Trim hair every 6-8 weeks to avoid further splitting of hair ends. This is more for the aesthetic benefit of having smooth, non-fringed ends. Although trimming hair regularly, WILL NOT help hair grow faster, , it will help prevent it from looking dry and straw-like. The more you allow split ends to “stay around”, the higher up the hair strand they travel…this is why we need to cut them out before they have an opportunity to grow. Some products can make them appear to be repaired but just binding them ends temporarily… They won’t go away unless we cut them out.
  • Do Pay attention to what you wash and style your hair with. Talk to your doctor and hairstylist about the current state of your hair and which products might balance it correctly. Each hair type has different need, you may want some professional advice on what those specific needs are.
  • Do Consider natural vegetable sourced hair dyes. These are not only better for you, but cause less allergy related issues of the scalp. The color may not last as long but you will come to realize that with time your hairs’ natural beauty will take away your dependence on fresh color!
  • Do Find ways to relieve excessive stress…. yoga, walks, a friend to vent to, read, shop …whatever!! As discussed above, stress increases cortisol which is known to shock hair follicles in the anagen phase (when they are actively growing)into telagen (the resting phase)! Since it could take your hair months to recuperate, it would be great to act preventatively! If cortisol (our stress hormone), can do this to your hair, imagine all the other effects it has throughout the body!! Make stress relief practices a priority; no one can prioritize this for you but YOU!
  • Do Give your hair a daily scalp massage.  A nice 10 min head massage helps condition scalp, strengthen hair roots and increase circulation to the hair follicles, ultimately improving its’ nutrition and proper function. Massages are also an extremely calming  tool for tension and stress reduction!
  • Don’t wear tight ponytails or up-dos for long periods of time: This stresses and weakens hair at the root and may damage the way hair follicles grow hair.
  • Don’t use alcohol containing styling products: This will just dry out your hair and take away its shine and manageability.
  • Don’t process your hair with chemical or peroxide containing products faster than you can repair the damage you may be causing. If coloring is important to you, find a way to stretch apart your color sessions as much as possible, combine with intense conditioning and repairing treatments, and cut your hair afterward to avoid further hair splitting.

If hair loss is a concern, see your local specialist. Hair loss can be genetic, hormonal or stress related. There are treatments available to prevent hair loss and even re-grow hair and the earlier we treat, the better. I will post about this topic again in the near future…until then, value what you do have, act preventatively and talk to your dermatologist for more specific information regarding your specific condition!

I guarantee if you apply any these care tips above into motion, your hair will begin to transform and its’ inner potential unveiled. It’s an amazing feeling knowing that we can get that hair we admire on others; we just need to give it a bit more attention, treat ourselves with more care and choose products that make sense! Enjoy your newfound power!

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