Category: Hair Care

Do I have Covid Hair Loss?

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Do I have Covid hair loss? Have you had Covid-19 and are now experiencing hair loss? There are 30% more clicks on websites about hair loss and a 120% increase in searches for hair loss after illness.  An increasing amount of people who have been ill from the Covid virus are sharing that they have more hair in their brushes.

Normal hair loss is about 80-100 hairs a day.  Being sick and/or stressed the body becomes more sensitive to inflammation which can causes hair loss. This can accelerate hair loss-sometimes up to several hundred hairs per day.
Hair loss can be a common side effect of drugs that are used to treat Covid-19, like steroids and Remdeivir.

Check out more info on Healthline story about Covid-19 hair loss! https://www.healthline.com/health-news/covid-19-survivors-are-losing-their-hair-heres-why

Treatment for Hair Loss

The good news is that this hair loss is temporary and will resolve within 6 to 9 months.

Here are some tips for treating hair loss resulting from stress or covid:

  1. Treat your hair and scalp gently. You should avoid harsh products and scalp scrubs. Nioxin shampoo and conditioning products are great for keeping your scalp clean and healthy.
  2. Try to spend 10-30 minutes in the sun a day. The sunshine keeps our vitamin D levels normal that prevent hair loss. A blood test will let you know if you may need to use a supplement.
  3. Use blow-dryers and thermal tools sparingly and on low heat settings. Start with the lowest settings and increase if need be.
  4. Avoid wearing tight hair clips that can put extra stress on hair and scalp.
  5. Eat good healthy foods, exercise, get enough sleep and do your best to manage stress.  Isn’t this what we hear for all total well being!

Stayed tuned to future blogs on treatments for hair loss. https://www.brookerockwellhair.com/

Where are your Bobby Pins!

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Where are your Bobby pins! I’m sure you have more than you know!  They are everywhere if you look.  They are in bathroom drawers, night stands, car consuls, in the cup holder, in your purse, in your makeup bag, in the couch. 😊 These little unassuming pieces of metal help hold us to together.  When a piece of hair wants to go rogue, pin the strand in place with a bobby pin.

Anyone who has grown out their bangs can’t live without a bobby pin or two.

History

Bobby pins were created by Luis Marcus, a San Francisco-based cosmetic manufacturer after World War 1. The bobby pin was named after the 1020’s Bob Haircut.  The hair was cut around chin length and the bangs were kept in place with a bobby pin.

In the Salon

In the salon we buy them by the pound! I am picky about the kind I buy.  I’ve tried many brands and it’s worth buying the best.  Bobby pins should not crisscross over themselves or open up and stay that way.  They should stay closed and be strong.

My favorite are from Sally’s Beauty Supply.  There are 300 bobby pins in a container and can cost about $4 (on sale)-$7.  One container would probably be great for a lifetime.  For the salon I buy about 30 containers for our wedding season! http://www.brookerockwellhair/weddings.com That’s about 9,000 bobby pins!

I like to buy the brown ones but they come in black, blonde, gold and white. https://sallybeautysupply/bobbypins.com

Bobby Pins Tips

Spray hairspray on them to give them a little more grip and staying power.  Don’t expect them to hold too much hair.  It’s better to use a small section of hair and pins more pieces, your style will hold up better.  It’s best to not open the pin too wide, just slide it into place, it should grab the hair you need.  One side is smooth and the other has ridges. The ridges are the part that should be closest to your scalp.  I don’t always do it that way, but that’s the proper way!

UberFacts on Twitter reports that women lose approximately 1.73 billion bobby pins in one year! Hopefully you know where your bobby pins are when you need them!

Postpartum Hair Loss

Postpartum Hair Loss can be scary! Especially when you’re not expecting it!

It’s been about 3 months or so and you’re finally starting to feel better after having your baby. Unfortunately, you start to notice that you are having severe hair loss!  It seems like it is falling out in clumps. Normal hair loss is 80 hairs a day. New moms can experience as much as 400 strands of hair loss a day! If you have fine, thin hair it can seem devastating! The good news is that postpartum hair loss is totally normal! Still scary, but normal!

Postpartum hair loss usually starts 3 months after you’ve given birth and can last up to the 6th or 9th month.  The good news is that it is temporary and your hair should grow back!

High levels of the hormone estrogen during pregnancy helps keep your hair strong and healthy.  Many women say they stopped shedding hair all together while they were pregnant.  After giving birth, the estrogen levels drop dramatically and all of the hair you didn’t loose for 9 months seems to fall out all at once!

Nutritional deficiencies can also add to hair loss. Nutritional requirements change dramatically going to pregnancy to postpartum.  Your body needs more nutrients especially if you are breast-feeding. It’s important to maintain a healthy diet with lots of protein.

It’s important to continue to take your vitamins and to add a vitamin that promotes hair strength and growth. Biotin is the vitamin most helpful for hair health.

Nioxin Hair Cleanser and Scalp Therapy System helps promote a healthy scalp. The cleanser helps remove DHT which is a kind of hormone that can promote hair loss. Keeping your scalp clean and nourished will definitely help.    https://www.nioxin.com/

Keeping your hair trimmed and conditioned will also help the appearance of thinning hair look fuller.

It can take several months for hair to fill in and look like it used to.  I’ve had several clients finally get their hair back to normal and then it’s time for baby #2! 🙂

It helps to be prepared and take steps with your eating habits and hair health before the hair loss starts.

Introducing Amika, our newest product line!

Introducing Amika!  This is a new product line for our salon.  We are loving it!  The fragrance, the way your hair feels and the packaging is all perfection!

 

Amika is brand new for us! They are unlike any other product I’ve tried. They smell amazing! The electricians working in the space next to our salon actually stopped me to ask what the amazing smell was from!

The shampoos and conditioners make your hair perfectly nourished and full of body. My hair is fine and can easily feel weighed down. With the first try of shampoo and conditioner my hair felt great for days!

They’ve been around since 2007. They do not try to attain perfection with hair. They want your hair to be as individual as you while being super healthy.

Positivity is their main focus and their packaging delivers “puddles of fun and has a sunny disposition.”

Their main focus is to deliver protection from heated styling products. https://loveamika.com  Check out their website for a full list of products.

Their number one best seller is their Perk Up Dry Shampoo. It’s very light and has their signature fragrance.  The smell comes from Buckthorn Berry. It’s a super fruit and it’s included in most of the products. They also have Silken Up Dry Conditioner! It’s nice if your ends are super dry and great if your hair is curly and needs a little extra boost of moisture.

Amika products are vegetarian-friendly, cruelty-free and free from sulfates, MIT, MCI, Phthalates and artificial colors.

Amika never has and never will conduct animal testing. They test it on themselves, their friends, anyone and everyone we can get our hands on! They test on people, not animals.

They have lots of blow-drying products to give you the biggest, long lasting blowout ever! The Wizard is fabulous! It gives just the right amount of shine and hold.  It doesn’t feel like there is anything in your hair at all!

We are offering buy 2 products and get one free! It’s a great way to try them! Or you come in for a blowout and try them.

 

Sulfate-Free Shampoos with no Suds!

Sulfate-Free products are a benefit to almost everyone once in awhile. Mostly used for curly, dry hair, highlighted and over-processed hair can benefit from gentle cleansing.

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Most shampoos are Sulfate-Free now.  Over shampooing your hair can cause lots of troubles.  It can make your hair dry and take away the shine. It can make curly hair more dry and frizzy. Many clients are trying to not shampoo as frequently as they have. Shampoos that are not sulfate-free can remove your Brazilian Blowout, your color and especially semi-permanent color.

DevaCurl is a product line that is 100% sulfate, paraben and silicone free. DevaCurl Products are specifically designed for the curly haired girls.  Although I have straight hair, I do like the moisturizing feeling it gives my hair.  I just can’t use it very often. There are 4 different strengths.  No-Poo Shampoo and Conditioner is very creamy and doesn’t have any suds at all.  The LO-Poo has a low amount of suds if you have fine, thin hair that can get weighed down and needs a little cleansing. They have a Light formula if you have fine, curly hair that is healthy.  The Decadence line is for super curly, dry hair that needs maximum moisture.

DevaCurl has a whole line of styling products as well to maintain your curls or keep them hydrated if you are straightening. The DevaCurl Light Defining Gel is great to keep your curls under control. While in the shower after cleansing and conditioning, with hair still wet, add the gel. Squeeze the gel into the curls and let air dry.  The gel will dry a little firm. After your hair is dry, you can break up the strong gel feel to get the lived in soft curls.

DevaCurl has lots of tips, other products and videos showing the proper way to use their products.  http://www.DevaCurl.com