The excitement of peeing on that stick, finding out it's not just the stomach bug and experiencing the joy of growing a new little human...So many changes, and so many questions, ranging from nutrition to supplementation and of course, beauty care and skin care during this 9 month incubation period. Where does one start? Well...I'll start with the roots. Can we even put hair colour on those now? After all, it's a chemical. What is the protocol for hair colour and pregnancy? According to recent studies, hair colour and chemical services today are much less potent and penetrating than they were in the 1980's. Prior to the '90's, chemical services on pregnant women were not recommended and in fact avoided, but studies of late on women who have hair colour services while expecting, show no correlation between the service and harm to the fetus. In fact, on animal studies there was shown to be adverse reactions but on human comparisons, there appeared to be no complication to the pregnancy, possible due to lack of absorption through the skin, and less exposure to the chemical service over time (6-8 weeks for colour retouches). However, there is no harm in avoiding chemical services and the choice is entirely personal. To help give women more informed choices, here are some of the studies I found in my research: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2567273/ (This one is more concerned about pregnant hairstylists and overexposure and exertion during each trimester) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3543291/ (This one points to a potential link between darker hair colours, more exposure to the chemicals and the increase in childhood malignancies IF there is genetic history, but only on animal models. This study was inconclusive on human models) http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0009279713001282 (This one plays it safe and recommends avoiding first trimester exposure to chemicals and confuses the study by using [...]
It started with a few extra hairs in the shower. Now you’re seeing them on your pillow in the morning. Asking your friends if they notice your scalp more. Is it all in your head? Chances are, you could be experiencing a form of hair loss. 40% of men will have noticeable hair loss by age 35. That number doubles for women coming up to age 60, at 80% experiencing noticeable hair loss. On average, a human head has 110,000 follicles, and can lose 100-200 hairs a day. In the US alone, 21 million women, and 35 million men are experiencing hair loss. So what are the latest and greatest tools to help with hair loss? Many new studies are being published that show a correlation to nutrient deficiency and thinning follicles. 40 years ago iron deficiencies in women were thought to contribute to increased hair shedding and that has been proved many times since. L-Lysine, an essiential amino acid, also plays a strong role in preventing follicle loss. Double blind studies confirmed the intake of both those nutrients provided a significant hair loss reduction response in test subjects. Mineral imbalance is also a cause of hair loss. Copper, Zinc, Silicon and Iron all work in a balance, and when one is increased with supplementation, one may be decreased in response. For example, Zinc should not be supplemented without Copper, or Copper will deplete in the body and the two minerals work together to promote a healthy environment for hair and skin. For this reason, it can be a great idea to get a hair mineral analysis done. Deficiency in Biotin and Vitamin A can aggregate hair loss. How about that more extreme type of hair loss, the kind that doesn’t respond or slow to any form of diet reformation? [...]
Post by Chantelle This blog posting is late, and I apologize for that! I've been tied up with some other obligations during my free time but now it's calmed down and I'm able to get back at it! I hope I didn't keep you waiting too long, and I think you'll find this one particularly on trend and useful for everyday life, not just hair. I don't know about you guys and gals, but I notice food trends, and this season seems to be the season of the Coconut....An interesting change from seasons past of colorful and rare Goji Berries, Acai Berries and the ever hard to eat Pomegranate. Coconut oil. Coconut milk. Coconut meat. Coconut butter. Coconut chips. Coconut husk. Coconut water. Coconut brains. Why are we being bombarded with this food? Coconut, an ever confusing exotic food, with it's deceiving name (not a true nut) and armoured shell, making it one of the hardest things to open (for Canadians anyways). And for what?! All that effort of setting it up on the counter, wrapping it in cling wrap so it doesn't slip, in true Dexter fashion, and stabbing it repeatedly with the sharpest knife one owns...For mildly interesting tasting water, not in a pleasant way, and a hard white center, the coconut meat, that molds almost instantly if not dried into coconut chips or pureed with oil to make coconut butter. Pic swiped from Reddit.com. (Just pretend that's a coconut, not a watermelon) Coconut water contains sugar, fiber, proteins, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and provides an electrolyte balance, which is quickly turning it into the most popular sports drink out there. Sorry Gatorade. Mature fruits have less liquid than young immature coconuts. Coconut water can also be fermented to produce coconut vinegar, another interesting use for cooking. Coconut [...]
Did you know that a lot of times, your hair is thinning due to breakage? As we *ahem* gain more experience in life, our hair loses elasticity and becomes more fragile. Invati(tm)has been clinically proven to help. From Aveda's website: Our new invatiTM system is proven to reduce hair loss due to breakage to help you keep the hair you have longer. Thicker fuller hair is yours with the power of densiplexTM an invigorating blend of ayurvedic herbs that helps power invatiTM-use this complete system for best results. invatiTM exfoliating shampoo - removes build-up that can clog pores and renews the scalp. -6.7 fl oz/200 ml invatiTM thickening conditioner - restores strength and improves hair elasticity, reducing breakage. 6.7 fl oz/200 ml invatiTM scalp revitalizer -helps energize and rehabilitates the scalp around the follicles when massaged in. 5 fl oz/150 ml. Three of 7 groundbreaking products honored with Gold-level Cradle to Cradle® certification. Next time you're at Sin 7 Salon ask us for a sample - we have a stash!
Post by Chantelle Dandruff. Hair loss. Gray hair. Brittle hair. Should any of these seemingly common conditions be cause for concern? Nearly everyone who has hair has been affected by one or more of these conditions at some point in their life. Let's take a closer look at what your hair's trying to tell you. White flakes on your shoulder, but it's not snowing out. Sounds like dandruff to me. This is a very common occurrence; in fact, 1 in 5 Americans are affected by dandruff, according to a recent nationwide consensus. Dead skin cells on your scalp naturally flake off, to allow new cells to take their place. This is a completely routine and permanent process. It usually goes unnoticed, however, when skin cell renewal speeds up, it can become quite noticeable, as the cells begin to form clumps and are seen as different size flakes falling from the head. Why does this happen? Doctors aren't really sure. A potential reason could be an overgrowth of too much of a yeast called Pityrosporum Ovale, which is commonly found on our scalps but in excess can potentially cause more skin renewal, which causes more skin shedding (Yeast makes things grow, as any basic baking course can demonstrate). Still, that kind of dandruff isn't too harmful. That's the white flakes. What about yellow, clumpy, oily flakes? That kind of dandruff is called Seborrhoeic Dermatitis. It can also be mistaken as Psoriasis, or a sign of a Fungal Infection. These are more serious conditions that should be ruled out by a dermatologist. It can be related to hormones, fungus, or neurological problems. If your dandruff gets more severe or starts to affect other parts of your body, it can be a symptom of a serious disease. To be clear, dandruff is not [...]
Post by Chantelle "Let thy food be thy medicine, and let thy medicine be thy food"- Socrates Sometimes, on our quest to get healthy hair, scalp and skin, we try everything. I mean everything! Lotions, potions, elixirs, black magic, "miracle" products, call them what you will, but chances are, our bathrooms are full of products that we thought would help us in our journey to a healthier image. Maybe some of them work, maybe some of them don't. But we overlook one important aspect far too often on this journey, and that's our diet. Beauty comes from within and it really is true, no amount of topical creams will make us shine the way our happy, radiant, bursting-with-life cells will. With that in mind, I'd like to point out a few key diet changes that we can all (easily!) make to improve our youthful glows, or just prolong them. Disclaimer! I am by no means a nutritionist, doctor, dietician, or personal trainer. I present these facts based on science, research and having an open mind to the possibility that I don't know everything. Feel free to test these recommendations on yourself, but do not go against your own doctors advice. Be aware of your body and pay attention to personal reactions from food. That is honestly the very best advice you could ask for when it comes to nutrition. That's out of the way, now onto the learning! FAT. There. I said it. Don't squirm away. It's an absolute essential in our never ending quest for eternal youth (or just healthier body image). Not just any fat will do. We need the right kind. We need OMEGA 3! Meat lovers rejoice, for omega 3 is delicious and plentiful from the right sources. Vegetarians, you might have a harder time finding [...]
Post by Chantelle Do you want healthy hair? Maybe some of us would even be happy with just healthy looking hair. Sometimes, the secret to having smooth, shiny locks is knowing what can make hair damaged, and how to avoid it. This is a close-up of what your hair looks like. See those scales on the outer layer? In healthy hair, the scales are closed and tight, creating an almost mirror like shine, a-la Kate Middleton and her deliciously glazed espresso 'do. Factors that can cause those scales to loosen, open, or stand up are over-washing, over-processing, and over-heating. Everything in moderation ladies! There's no need to be shampooing your hair every day. Over-washing puts your sebaceous glands into overdrive, causing more oil to be produced. It also fades your color faster and dehydrates your hair. If hair looks like it needs a shampoo after only a day or two, use a good sebum-regulating shampoo every third or fourth shampoo to reregulate oil glands (Aveda's Scalp Benefits is a great one for that). Let's face it, some of us are a little addicted to coloring our hair, and why not? It's a great way to change up your look for a season or two. The downside to that can be damage....But luckily we can use a whole variety of products to help keep the damage minimal. Aveda's Damage Remedy daily leave-in conditioner is one of my favorites, and it works on all hair types. In fact, I use it on everyone I put a color on, to help restore some proteins back into the hair. Some hair types need a product that's a little heavier, and for that I would say that Aveda's Damage Remedy Intensive Deep Conditioning Treatment once every 10 days. Add that into your hair [...]