Split Ends and Hair Growth

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Are split ends and hair growth related?

The dreaded split ends that make your hair look like you haven’t paid attention to it in weeks, frizzy and uncontrollable. Oftentimes friends and family (and even strangers on the street) will tell you to cut off split ends the moment you identify them. So oftentimes we do, but why exactly are we cutting those split ends, does it provide any benefit or do we do it because it’s what we  have always done’? Are split ends and hair growth correlated?

Why we cut off split ends

First things first, look at this incredible close-up of what split ends look like – pretty damaged as is. What you are seeing there is the cortex, which is composed of long-coiled proteins called keratin that provide texture and strength to your hair. Usually the cuticle protects this layer, but with split ends, the cuticle is damaged. This causes the protein fibers to unravel.

Now, what happens if you do not cut off the problem area is the shaft of each and every individual hair is going to continue to split. In other words, the problem is going to spread, like a crack in your windshield. What starts as a small problem, eventually grows and becomes a much larger problem. Therefore, unless you cut it off now, you will have to cut off a larger amount of hair later to resolve the problem.

When to cut them off

The moment that split ends occur, you only need a light trim, maybe about a half-inch or so to take care of the problem area. Wait longer, maybe an inch past the tips, and you are left with no other alternative but to take off considerably more.

There are lots of steps you can take to prevent split ends, but the second they occur the best step to take is just cutting them off to prevent future damage to the rest of your hair. Although split ends and hair growth are not directly correlated, managing split ends can increase how much healthy hair you have in the long run.

Our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. Because everyone is different, we recommend you work with your medical professional to determine what’s best for you. Toji: Pure Density is designed to support healthy hair growth, and comes with a 3-bottle guarantee. Yes – this means you can try it for 3 months, and if you don’t grow faster, thicker, longer hair we will gladly provide you a complete, 100% money back, refund . For more info, check out our site: www.tojilife.com.

Our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. Because everyone is different, we recommend you work with your medical professional to determine what’s best for you. Toji: Pure Density is designed to support healthy hair growth, and comes with a 3-bottle guarantee. Yes – this means you can try it for 3 months, and if you don’t grow faster, thicker, longer hair we will gladly provide you a complete, 100% money back, refund . For more info, check out our site: www.tojilife.com.

Scalp Infection and Hair Loss

Scalp Infection and Hair Loss

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Scalp infection and hair loss

We know many reasons why our hair may not be growing as we would want it to, but one very particular problem is often overlooked. Worse yet, it can affect adults and children of any gender or age and the effects on your hair may be devastating. The problem may actually be a scalp infection. Not only can these infections wreak havoc on your hair, they are difficult to diagnose and to treat. Three major scalp infections can mess with our hair.

Ringworm can cause scalp infection and hair loss

When you have ringworm, it means that your scalp has a fungal infection. It is common among young children and contagious as well. But do not make the mistake of assuming that only children may have problems, the fungus does not discriminate. Even worse, the problem is not limited to the scalp either; any part of the body may be affected because ringworm affects hair follicles and hair shafts. After a topical or oral antifungal medication, ringworm can be cured. While your hair is likely to come back after the fungal infection is taken care of, it might take quite a while.

Alopecia Areata can cause scalp infection and hair loss

Like ringworm, Alopecia Areata can affect all parts of the body that have hair follicles. It is an autoimmune disease. This means that hair loss results from the body attacking itself, thinking it is somehow fending off an intruder. It often leads to sudden hair loss and there may not be signs of scaling, broken hair, or inflammation usually associated with an infection. With Alopecia Areata, it is not uncommon to lose hair overnight in oval or round patches. Worse yet, there is no current treatment for Alopecia Areata and it is a very aggressive disease. The only positive is that because it is an autoimmune disease, it often goes back into remission (meaning the symptoms subside) during which time you can have your hair grow back.

Folliculitis can cause scalp infection and hair loss

With folliculitis, the hair follicles become inflamed. If the inflammation is bad enough, you will notice that you start losing your hair, and it could even destroy the hair follicles permanently. That means that the hair will never grow back. Folliculitis comes in different forms, both infectious and non-infectious. Depending on the severity, it can be treated with topical ointments (for minor infections) or an oral antibiotic (for more serious or severe infections).

Our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. Because everyone is different, we recommend you work with your medical professional to determine what’s best for you. Toji: Pure Density is designed to support healthy hair growth, and comes with a 3-bottle guarantee. Yes – this means you can try it for 3 months, and if you don’t grow faster, thicker, longer hair we will gladly provide you a complete, 100% money back, refund . For more info, check out our site: www.tojilife.com.

Our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. Because everyone is different, we recommend you work with your medical professional to determine what’s best for you. Toji: Pure Density is designed to support healthy hair growth, and comes with a 3-bottle guarantee. Yes – this means you can try it for 3 months, and if you don’t grow faster, thicker, longer hair we will gladly provide you a complete, 100% money back, refund . For more info, check out our site: www.tojilife.com.

Hair Loss Prevention – Rubber Bands Cause Hair Loss

Rubber Bands Cause Hair Loss

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How do rubber bands cause hair loss?

If you are reading this, rubber bands cause hair loss, do not use rubber bands to hold your hair back or to style your hair – do we have your attention? If you look at undamaged, healthy hair, you will find it has a cuticle layer that is tightly sealed. This protects your hair. Using rubber bands may damage your hair, which means that you will see changes in hair moisture, strength, shine, and elasticity. And the worst part about it? Once hair is truly damaged, it is impossible to repair it completely.

Studies show rubber bands cause hair loss

Studies show that people who regularly use rubber bands to put their hair in ponytails have hair that simply stops growing. The growing has ceased because of the trauma caused by the use of the rubber bands. The hair is literally broken at the scalp. How many times have you fidgeted with your rubber band? Because they are so difficult to remove and fit tight, they can cause trauma to the hair.

What happens with damaged hair?

It does not matter if you damage your hair by pulling it back too tightly, over-processing, or use rubber bands, it may lead to the deletion of the whole cuticle layer, uplifted cuticle scales, brittle cuticles, and decreased shine. Because damaged hair is dry, porous, and weak, it becomes very difficult to manage. Due to the stress on the hair because of the tight elastic, it may result in hair breakage.

What is the alternative?

It is important to remember that anything applied to the hair too tightly can cause the hair to break. This includes clips, pins, and numerous other hair accessories. If you want to control your hair, try fabric scrunchies. These are often less harsh for your hair. Alternatively, you can use rubber-padded clips and combs. If you use pins or clips, use them in different places on your hair. That way, breakage is not localized in one single area.

Our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. Because everyone is different, we recommend you work with your medical professional to determine what’s best for you. Toji: Pure Density is designed to support healthy hair growth, and comes with a 3-bottle guarantee. Yes – this means you can try it for 3 months, and if you don’t grow faster, thicker, longer hair we will gladly provide you a complete, 100% money back, refund . For more info, check out our site: www.tojilife.com.

Our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. Because everyone is different, we recommend you work with your medical professional to determine what’s best for you. Toji: Pure Density is designed to support healthy hair growth, and comes with a 3-bottle guarantee. Yes – this means you can try it for 3 months, and if you don’t grow faster, thicker, longer hair we will gladly provide you a complete, 100% money back, refund . For more info, check out our site: www.tojilife.com.

Smoking and Hair Loss

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The science behind smoking and hair loss

Many of us already know that smoking is not good for you. Sorry if we just provided you with some shocking information, but smoking is not good for anyone. There are more than 4,000 chemicals in tobacco. Tobacco has a number of toxic ingredients such as toluene, nicotine, methanol, hydrogen cyanide, formaldehyde, DDT, vinyl chloride, butane, cadmium, nitrobenzene, and mercury. You may find some of these same chemicals in batteries, mothballs, rat poison, embalming fluid, and rocket fuel. That does not sound like something you want in your body.

However, if you are not afraid of cancer or breathing problems, maybe you are afraid of going through the rest of your life bald because of smoking and hair loss. Because this is not a farfetched statement. Studies on smoking and hair loss have shown that smoking can damage the hair follicles which leads to hair loss.

Smoking and hair loss

Smoking cigarettes can speed up the rate at which we lose our hair, and slows down the rate at which our hair grows. It is difficult for our cells to reproduce into healthy cells when we have toxic products in our system. The flow of oxygen in the blood stream is also reduced by the carbon monoxide in cigarettes. We have written before that oxygen is necessary for your hair to retain its moisture and be healthy.

Smoking can cause hair loss in the following three ways:

  • When combined with sebum, the scalps pores may undergo a minor clogging effect.
  • Smoking pollutes our blood. This directly affects our liver.
  • Smoking reduces circulation to the extremities, which includes your scalp. This means that the blood flow is drastically reduced.

The reality of smoking

The truth is that when it comes to the long-term effects that smoking can have on hair health, baldness should be one of the least of our worries. However, it may be the motivation someone needs to make a healthy change in his or her life. The good news is that if you do quit smoking, chances are that the hair will eventually grow back and become healthy. If you want healthy hair, do not smoke.

Our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. Because everyone is different, we recommend you work with your medical professional to determine what’s best for you. Toji: Pure Density is designed to support healthy hair growth, and comes with a 3-bottle guarantee. Yes – this means you can try it for 3 months, and if you don’t grow faster, thicker, longer hair we will gladly provide you a complete, 100% money back, refund . For more info, check out our site: www.tojilife.com.

Our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. Because everyone is different, we recommend you work with your medical professional to determine what’s best for you. Toji: Pure Density is designed to support healthy hair growth, and comes with a 3-bottle guarantee. Yes – this means you can try it for 3 months, and if you don’t grow faster, thicker, longer hair we will gladly provide you a complete, 100% money back, refund . For more info, check out our site: www.tojilife.com.

Essential Fatty Acids Help Fight Hair loss: Omega 3s

essential fatty acids help fight hair loss omega 3

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Do Essential Fatty Acids in your diet reduce hair loss?

You are losing weight, you are looking better than ever, but you do start to notice that your hair is losing some of its shine and it just does not feel as strong as it used to. Believe it or not, but eating a ‘healthy’ diet for your body may actually have a negative effect on your hair, if you go overboard.

Keep Essential Fatty Acids in your diet

The first thing that most people try to do when they want to lose weight or live healthier is reduce the amount of calories they eat and drastically lower their fat intake. While your hair can work with very little fat, it does need some healthy fats to grow both shiny and strong. When the sebaceous glands in the scalp secrete less oil (as a result of a fat-free diet), you end up with dull, dry hair.

Essential Fatty Acids are different

You need essential fatty acids for hair growth. Now especially if you consider yourself overweight you might say “I have enough fat to go around,” but this is different fat we are talking about here. Omega-3 fatty acids help with cell growth and blood circulation. However, our body cannot produce these fatty acids on its own. You will find these fatty acids in olive oil and fish oil. However, you can also find them in wine, garlic, vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. When your body does not have enough essential fatty acids, you may notice eczema, brittle hair, dry hair, dandruff, or dry, scaly, or flaky skin. All of these problems can lead to hair loss.

Is cutting Essential Fatty Acids a good idea?

While it is a good idea to start eating a healthier diet and avoid certain fats (especially transaturated fats, which may even hinder your hair’s ability to grow), it is important to not cut out all fats from your diet. Otherwise, you may find yourself a much leaner person, but without the same head of hair that you were used to.

Our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. Because everyone is different, we recommend you work with your medical professional to determine what’s best for you. Toji: Pure Density is designed to support healthy hair growth, and comes with a 3-bottle guarantee. Yes – this means you can try it for 3 months, and if you don’t grow faster, thicker, longer hair we will gladly provide you a complete, 100% money back, refund . For more info, check out our site: www.tojilife.com.

Our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. Because everyone is different, we recommend you work with your medical professional to determine what’s best for you. Toji: Pure Density is designed to support healthy hair growth, and comes with a 3-bottle guarantee. Yes – this means you can try it for 3 months, and if you don’t grow faster, thicker, longer hair we will gladly provide you a complete, 100% money back, refund . For more info, check out our site: www.tojilife.com.

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