Does bad hair mean bad health? Is your hair trying to tell you something about your health? Maybe. Some conditions and medications affect your body as well as your hair. In other cases, you may just need to take better care of your hair or scalp.

Dandruff isn’t contagious. So how do you get it? this may be due to an overgrowth of a fungus. Other possible risk factors include oily skin, stress, obesity, cold, dry weather, and having eczema or psoriasis. Although it’s embarrassing — and the itching can be bothersome — dandruff isn’t harmful.

Hair loss otherwise known as alopecia areata may mean that your immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles, causing hair to fall out , often suddenly. Most people will have one or two bald patches, which can be treated easily with injections but in some cases all body hair falls out. Alopecia areata isn’t harmful or contagious, but it can be tough psychologically. Hair may grow back on its own, and treatment may help it grow back more quickly. Unfortunately, some people may experience alopecia areata repeatedly.

Baldness is also another hair state. Though hereditary, the trait may be more influenced by your mother’s family than your fathers’ according to research. Male pattern baldness often starts with receding hair at the temples, then on the crown, leaving a horseshoe-shaped ring of hair around the sides of the head. There are available treatments for baldness.

Lastly, help keep hair shiny by eating salmon and walnuts for omega-3 fatty acids; spinach and carrots for vitamin A; nuts for selenium; and oysters and cashews for zinc. All help maintain scalp and hair health, as do low-fat dairy, whole grains, and vegetables. Double the results: Foods good for your hair are also good for your heart.

All work and no play, you know the rest of the story.

Fridays are fun and even though some of us work round the clock, it is a time to relax, evaluate what happened in the course of the week, retreat and gear up for the next week. There are several fun things you can engage in this weekend and you don’t have to break a bank to do so.

See a Movie 

Who doesn’t love movies? Go out and see a movie by yourself or do it with friends after all, the more the merrier.

Treat Yourself 

If you don’t give yourself a treat, who will? It could be going for a swim, a shopping spree or whatever you consider as your guilty pleasures and while you are at it, make sure you don’t go bankrupt.

Hang out with Friends

What would life be without friends? We think it will be an empty boring place. Go out with your friends this weekend and catch up on old times.

Get your Hair done

Look beautiful, be confident, be happy. Visit the salon and get some hair pampering.

Meditate

Always reflect on life itself. Meditate on what makes you better and stronger.

Have a great weekend!

Pregnancy is a beautiful thing, a fascinating mystery in the history of mankind.

Although pregnancy can be such a fulfilling experience, it however comes with its own baggages. Pregnancy can affect hair in many different ways. It will shock you to know that this is often the case during pregnancy  and this can be largely owing to increased stress, hormonal changes and changes in lifestyle when expecting a baby.

In a study conducted with women, 40% of women reported that their hair looks better than ever during pregnancy. In fact they claimed it felt thicker and fuller by their 2nd trimester. Another 30% claimed their hair became more problematic than usual, it became drier and needed extra moisture especially in their 2nd trimester. Others barely noticed any difference.

So this begs the question, could it all be in the mind?

The conclusion is this, Hair changes will be as a result of hormonal changes which varies in each individual and during different pregnancies. Also, the sensitivity of hair follicles to these changes is different. It’s impossible to estimate in advance what these effects will be. Your hair can be great during a first pregnancy and be quite the reverse in the second – or vice versa.

Rest assured though, if you do experience hair issues, it’s very rare for a woman to have problems with her hair all through the 9 months. The last 3 months would normally become better.

FIRST TRIMESTER

Perceived thickness happens because pregnancy immediately increases oestrogen levels and reduces the circulation of androgens (male hormones). This causes your follicles to produce less sebum – oil – and so you get bouncier roots and more body. However, less sebum can also make your hair feel drier, so make sure to moisturize and hydrate your hair.

HAIR BREAKAGE DURING PREGNANCY

In general, very few hairs are shed during pregnancy, so your hair will often be much thicker and fuller towards the middle and end of your pregnancy. This is because raised oestrogen levels keep your hair in the growing (anagen) phase for longer than usual.

However, post-partum hair loss can occur a few months after giving birth due to oestrogen levels dropping back to normal.

HOW TO GET THE BEST OUT OF YOUR HAIR DURING PREGNANCY

A foetus requires a huge amount of energy to grow, and so do your hair cells. However, your body will quite rightly prioritize your baby’s needs over that of your hair. To help keep your hair healthy, make sure you follow a healthy hair regimen. Who says you can’t be fabulous whilst pregnant.

Your hair may appear drier than usual during pregnancy. To combat dryness, treat your hair to a weekly pre-shampoo conditioning treatment such as the 3 step solution, which consists of shampoo, cholesterol, leave-in conditioner and castor oil. This will help regularize your hair and scalp whilst boosting volume and body leaving your hair fabulous during your pregnancy.

For hair breakage not related to pregnancy click here for detailed information.