Female Hair Loss

February 9, 2012 by  
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MUA In Scrubs’ note: The following article is a guest post by Becky Mackay

A thick, glossy head of hair can be a woman’s pride and joy and it seems to be a generalisation that only men are susceptible to the hair loss process. However, hair thinning and loss also commonly affect many women, who may feel less equipped to deal with the change than male sufferers.

Female hair loss can occur for a number of different reasons and finding the cause of your condition could be the first step towards treatment or acceptance of your change.

  • Telogen Effluvium:

This is a stress related condition or a reaction to certain medication, which promotes a hormonal reaction and the shedding of hair from the scalp. Connected to the growth cycle of the hair, telogen effluvium can occur suddenly, but usually gets better naturally over the course of six months.

  • Alopecia Areata:

This hair loss is caused by an autoimmune disease, which causes the white blood cells of your body to attack the hair follicles, causing hair production to slow and the follicles to shrink. This can affect patches of hair or the entire scalp and although the hair stops growing the follicles themselves are dormant rather than dead, meaning hair growth can begin again.  However, research is still inconclusive about how to artificially induce this returned hair growth, so at the moment the sufferer must wait for the hair to naturally begin its growth cycle again.

  • Androgenetic Alopecia:

This is related to the hormone levels within the body and is generally an inherited condition, from either the father or the mother. The genetic information that causes this type of hair loss involves the production of an enzyme called DHT, which if over produced causes the hair follicles to create thinner and thinner hair strands, until they stop production completely. This can affect both men and women, with the hair loss in men affecting the crown and hairline, while in women the loss is noticed at the sides and top of the head. This condition cannot be stopped completely, but certain lotions, including minoxidil can slow the process of balding and thicken the remaining hair. Hair transplants can also be used to increase the thickness of the hair, but are generally considered a last resort and are often more effective in the treatment of male hair loss.

  • Chemotherapy:

This anti-cancer drug is used to destroy cancer cells, but unfortunately it also attacks other cells within the body, including the hair follicles. Chemotherapy doesn’t always cause this reaction and you will know within two to three weeks after you begin your chemotherapy treatment whether you will suffer hair loss. You may also only lose patches of hair, or feel tenderness in your scalp, but losing all of your hair is also a possibility.  However, you can prevent the loss of hair during chemotherapy with the use of a cool cap, to cool the scalp and reduce and in some instances prevent, hair loss. Cold caps can come in the form of a gel filled cap or a cap refrigeration machine, which must be worn some time before and after your chemotherapy begins. However, chemotherapy hair loss isn’t permanent and once you stop receiving the drugs your hair can start growing back again.

  • Pregnancy:

During pregnancy your body produces more oestrogen, which promotes hair loss and hair production. However, once you have given birth the levels of oestrogen drops and your hair goes into the shedding part of the cycle. This usually occurs 3 to 4 months after the birth of your child and 60% of your hair can be lost. However, 6 to 12 months after the initial hair loss your hair will return to normal. You can do certain things to prevent extensive hair loss after pregnancy, which includes using conditioners and shampoos which contain silica and biotin, avoid tight hairstyle such as ponytails and cornrows and add vitamin B, biotin, vitamin C and vitamin E to your diet, although always consult your doctor before making any dietary changes.

Hair loss can be a demoralising situation, but many conditions are only temporary and new solutions to hair loss are being found every day. However, finding support and understanding could be the very best thing you do after hair loss and many groups now exist to help you discover people who can empathise with you and help you come to terms with your situation.

Becky Mackay is an online writer, with a keen interest in health and lifestyle. For more information on hair loss and other health conditions visit her Twitter page @FreshHealth11

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Elizabeth Taylor’s Emerald Diamond Bracelet

April 27, 2011 by  
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Famed fashion and beauty icon, actress, and jewelry collector (as well as husband-collector) Elizabeth Taylor may have passed away last month, and she may be auctioning off her personal jewelry collection at Christie’s (reportedly worth $150 million!), but that doesn’t mean you can’t own an emerald diamond bracelet much like Dame’s herself!

Among Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s vast and luxurious jewelry collection, is her Bulgari emerald parure. A gift from her fifth (and also sixth) husband, Richard Burton, the decadent parure was given on several separate occasions: the emerald diamond brooch was a gift to celebrate their engagement, while the emerald diamond necklace was a wedding present. Later, Burton gifted her with a matching emerald diamond bracelet and earrings, also from Bulgari. It was even said that some of the emeralds in the jewelry set were from the Grand Duchess of Russia.

While Elizabeth Taylor’s own emerald diamond bracelet would no doubt cost a fortune (probably both my arms, legs, and most likely a kidney) what few know is that the Dame herself designed an emerald diamond bracelet that costs less than $1 million.

Currently being auctioned off at Christie’s, the emerald diamond bracelet designed by Taylor, was manufactured by the House of Taylor Jewelry, a company created in 2005 (whose principal shareholders include Elizabeth Taylor—duh!—and Kathy Ireland).

Obviously, the bracelet is nothing like Elizabeth Taylor’s but it’s the closest thing to owning jewelry that have passed the Dame’s own hands, and no doubt her taste.

Designed with a wide flexible band, containing nine circular-cut diamond lines, and several square-cut emeralds, mounted on 18k gold, the bracelet retails for $49,000 at Christie’s. Fortunately, jewelers such as Povada Fine Jewelry provide an exquisite line of emerald diamond bracelets that you could actually let that Elizabethan dream a reality.


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The above article is a guest post by Cara L.

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Getting In Shape For Your Wedding Day

June 11, 2010 by  
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MUA n Scrubs Note: The following article is a guest post by Sasha Britton on interval training as an effective way for a sexier you on your wedding day.

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The time between your engagement and wedding are no doubt a whirlwind of planning, and even having a lot of help from other people still leaves most brides-to-be wishing to add more hours to the day. In addition to the many appointments, there is still gym time to be logged, and unfortunately for many of us, this may get pushed down the list. Whether you work with a trainer or on your own, there’s always the need to get more results in less time. Lately, experts have been reminding us about interval training, which gives the busiest among us hope for even better gym pay off. Although fitness advice seems to change all the time, serious athletes and Olympians have been doing interval training for decades, and seeing about twice the results of a regular cardio workout. It’s beginning to come into the spotlight again, with people having less and less time to fit a traditional workout into their day. An article on NY Times online says experts believe adding interval training just a few days a week will show great improvements in fat burning and endurance as opposed to a long continuous cardio workout. These studies have been done with young adults (in varying degrees of physical fitness) using stationary bikes and treadmills. The results showed that all subjects saw about a 36% increase in fat burned in a short interval training session as opposed to longer moderate cardio session.

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Experts believe results like these can be duplicated on various pieces of fitness equipment and outdoor activities. While there isn’t an exact plan to stick to, you could cut your hour or so moderate session to 25 minutes, consisting of 4minute bursts with 3 minutes of recovery in between. It could also be 1 minute bursts with 3 minutes recovery. What’s important is that you experience intense times of working at about 85% capacity, and then moderate to light exertion to get the heart rate almost back down to normal before starting the cycle again.

The fat burning and cardiovascular results are shown to be evident in just a few weeks, so even if you are in the final wedding countdown, you could surely benefit from the boost switching to intervals would provide. Remember that it’s important to warm up beforehand, and that while you should feel breathless, you don’t want to work your self to exhaustion. Those of you who work out on your own or have home gyms can consult a doctor or trainer for further advice and recommendations that are personalized to your fitness level, schedule, and goals.

Sasha is a writer with the outreach team at Gym Source. Before startingthere, she wrote about fashion and beauty, which often included bridal topics. She now enjoys a more fitness-minded focus, while touching on her previous topical knowledge whenever possible.

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