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Eyebrow hair loss can occur as a complication of certain skin conditions, as a side effect of chemotherapy or prescription drug use, or as a result of poisoning with heavy metals or other toxins. Autoimmune disorders may be among the most common causes of eyebrow alopecia, however. 

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FYI : The Dos’ And Don’s of Eyelash Extensions

The do’s and don’ts of eyelash extensions

Cory Marshall

CREATED May 19, 2014
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – Danielle Linscott loved everything about her eyelash extensions, “Lashes are awesome and like I said, they make you look great and it’s hassle free.”

“The amount of time it took me to get ready in the morning was minimized by half. I got them done regularly, every four weeks, never had an issue. The one time I went in, last year, it was bad,” Linscott said.

Pictures, taken last year, show Linscott’s eyes swollen shut two-days after receiving lash extensions. She says a trip to urgent care, a dose of steroids and antibiotics brought down the swelling.

“No, I think overwhelmingly eye lash extensions are quite safe and effective. A person needs to know whether or not they can be a good candidate though,” Tucson optometrists, Dr. Pamela Theriot said.

According to Theriot, adverse or allergic reactions to eyelash extensions, although relatively rare, can happen anywhere from five hours to two weeks after application. She suggests seeing an eye care professional immediately if you develop redness, tearing, swelling of the lids, loss of vision or mucus discharge.

“If you are under the care of an eye care professional for an eyelid or eyelash problem, it’s probably not the best idea to have the eyelash extensions,” Theriot said. “Also, if you tend to be a very allergic person and you have problems with normal cosmetics and you have to steer clear of lots of soaps and lotions, you’re not a good candidate for eyelash extensions.”

According to a recent study in Japan, the most common adverse reaction was to the lash glue or glue remover. Fewer also had reactions to the tape, placed under the eye during application.

A May 2013 Consumer Reports article also warns of potential heath risks tied to the procedure.

“I think lash extensions have such mixed reviews because there’s really, really good jobs and there’s really, really bad jobs,” Zully Greer, owner of The Lash Lounge, said.

In the eight years Greer has been applying lash extensions, she has only seen a handful of adverse reactions. Still, her shop is typically tasked with fixing those “bad jobs” when clients go elsewhere.

“That is a really bad eyelash,” Greer said, pointing to a single a lash, as coarse as a cactus.

“Cheaper is not always better and I always recommend going to a lash dedicated salon. It’s what we do and it’s what we know,” Greer continued.you want to do some research. “You want to make sure that the procedure takes anywhere from 1.5 – 2 hours. It’s very tedious, meticulous work. If it’s half-an-hour, they’re not lash extensions.”

The Lash Lounge owner recommends going to a licensed esthetician, certified in eyelash extensions. Optometrists also suggest making sure you are comfortable with the facility’s hygiene. Many licensed estheticians also offer free consultations, an opportunity optometrists say, to see if the salon’s hygiene is up to par.

“As long as you know and you research, and make sure you know where you’re going and who is applying them — and don’t settle for cheap because you get what you pay for, honestly,” Linscott added.

“They’re not bad. I loved them. I’ll get them again — just when I need to,” Linscott laughed.

Let’s Talk Hair Shedding

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by Jouelzy

How much hair should one shed? What is normal shedding? How to tell if you have a shedding problem? What causes excessive shedding? What’s the difference between shedding and breakage? The questions around shedding never end and as one who has done a good bit of research on the topic, it seems as though the answers to these questions never begins. In short discussing shedding is an extremely subjective topic and many, myself included, are left in frustration when trying to figure out how how to deal with shedding.

What makes shedding so subjective is that largely it is an internal process and therefore internal factors that cause hair to shed. There are four stages to hair growth, and the normal lengths of each are predetermined by genetics. The stage in which your hair sheds is called the telogen stage. The amount of hair your normally shed during and the length of the telogen stage are determined by your genetic composition of hormones. Now if your hormones began to fluctuate because of outside factors, here comes the shedding. We all know, hormonal fluxes are…well, hormonal. Are you happy? Stressed? Emotional? Going through change? This why for most women there telogen stage is usually at it’s height around their period. That post-partum shedding, just look at those hormones at work. Birth control? Change in diet (low protein will heighten the telogen stage)? Or are you just someone like me who decides to start juicing, after suddenly moving across states, in the middle of the winter while taking birth control for the first time, in the middle of feeling like life just sucks right now? Just me?

So let’s get into the facts that I’ve learned through research.

Difference between shed hair and breakage?
Telogen shed hairs can be identified by the (typically white) bulb of keratin that should be visible at the end of the hair. Anything else falling from your scalp, without the white bulb, would be considered breakage.

Things that cause excessive shedding?
Low protein diet
High estrogen birth control
Styling that strains the follicle
Stress
Lack of blood flow
Menopause
Post pregnancy

When is it excessive?
Well only you know best. Is an area of your hair visibly thinning out? It’s not wrong for your hair to shed. Also keep in mind, the longer your hair gets, your shedding will give the illusion of looking like more shedding, especially if you have natural hair that coils and shrinks up.

Is it a protein problem?
This often comes up when discussing shedding. The ominous issue of protein overload or underload. An issue with protein, whether you need more or your hair is protein sensitive, would be dictated by the breakage and not true blue shedding.

What can you do to counter the shedding?
Keep your scalp clean, by clarifying and other methods. (I’m currently trying out Monistat, post coming soon).
Tea rinses are popular and nominally effective.
Keep a healthy diet.
Scalp massages.
Vitamins E, B and D (Biotin is a derivative of Vitamin B).
Get and stay happy.

 

8 reasons why you may have thinning Edges

 

Article via Black Girl With Long Hair

by  – February 19, 2012

Thinning edges are a recurring issue for many black women but it can be hard to pinpoint a culprit. Here are 8 possible reasons why your edges are thinning.

1. You style your hair too much and you don’t let your edges rest enough

Edges are among the most fragile parts of your hair, and the pulling and grabbing naturally involved in styling can put strain on them. If you notice that your edges are beginning to stress, try keeping your hair in a protective style for a few weeks and spritzing your edges daily with an oil & water based moisturizer. If you start to see small, soft hairs poking through, then your edges are making a comeback.

2. Your hair is very fine

Fine haired naturals have a harder time with certain things — and edges are one of them. If your strands are fragile and prone to breakage, then you need a gentle hair styling and maintenance routine. Err on the side of LESS when it comes to manipulating your hair and edges.

3. You cornrow, flat twist and pull your ponytails too tight

Yes, we all want our edges to look ‘sharp’ and ‘sleek’, but we also have to be realistic. If your hair is very kinky or coily, then the likelihood is that your edges will also have a bit of texture and fuzz to them. If you want laid down edges, try applying shea butter then wrapping your edges with a scarf at night. This should lay them down and smooth them without the use of excessive pulling.

4. Your headband and/or bonnet are doing damage

Any hair accessory of tool with tension or elastic can do possible damage to your edges. If the elastic of your satin bonnet is creating bald spots, try pulling it down further on your head, or even over your ears. Headbands can also do damage if they’re too tight or used excessively. Figure out how much your hair edges can take, and adjust your usage accordingly.

5. You have post partum shedding and hair loss

Post partum shedding can affect edges disproportionately. New mothers have reported nearly losing their hair lines after giving birth.

6. You are not moisturizing them

When applying product to hair, edges and ends are often overlooked. Make sure you treat both sections with TLC.

7. You have hand-in-hair syndrome

Do you fiddle with your hair when you’re nervous? If you’re in the habit of twirling the hair around your edges, you could be creating bald spots.

8. You are using a brush & gel on your edges

Probably the most obvious reason of all. Brushing your edges after applying gel is a very harsh way to get sleek edges. If you have a strong hair, this might not be an issue for you since your edges can withhold the stress. But if your hair is not strong enough, chances are you are annihilating your edges.

Ladies, have you struggled with thinning edges? What were the causes?

3 Ways to Avoid Over-Moisturizing Natural Hair

Like the saying goes: You can have too much of a good thing.

OK, so you’ve crossed over to natural hair and everyone’s talking about how important it is to moisturize your hair on a regular basis. I mean, you don’t want hair that tangles and breaks easily, do you? Of course not! But there’s a catch when it comes to moisture:

While moisture is great for hair, it is also possible to OVER-moisturize your hair to the point that it’ll be just as weak and prone to breakage as hair that’s dry.

Sounds odd doesn’t it? But it’s true.

We all know that dry hair is something to avoid. And we also know how dry hair usually looks and feels like- usually dull, straw-like and easily breaks when pulled or combed. But what about over-moisturized hair? What does that look like? And what does it feel like? Well, over-moisturized hair tends to look limp, oily and my even have a “mushy” feel when rubbed between your fingers. Over-moisturized hair is also very elastic and stretchable. And at its extreme, over-moisturized hair is basically Soul Glo or Jheri Curl-like. Still don’t know what I’m getting at? Well here’s a visual…

God I love that movie!

Anyhoo, both dry and over-moisturized are weak and prone to breakage. Hair is a fiber- a fiber that’s made of long strings of protein that are “braided’ together- kind of like cable wire. Hair’s funny in a way because it is

quite strong and resilient, but still very delicate at the same time. And basically, if you want to have healthy hair that doesn’t break easily, you’ll need to find a balance where you’re moisturizing it just enough to help it maintain elasticity. Elasticity is a word that describes hair’s ability to stretch and recoil. Ultimately, when it comes to keeping hair strong and healthy, protein-moisture balance becomes key.

So how do you find a balance? And how do you keep from moisturizing hair too much?

Here are a few tips:

  • Avoid daily wash-n-go’s, especially if you’re not regularly giving your hair protein, i.e. protein treatments
  • Cut back on lengthy deep conditioning treatments. Most conditioners don’t need to be held in hair for longer than 15 minutes, and depending on what type of conditioner it is, keeping one in hair longer than that, could actually weaken your hair
  • Regularly balance moisturize with protein by using products with hydrolyzed proteins (i.e. hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrolyzed quinoa protein) and/or amino acids. These all help to strengthen hair and counteract the effects of over-moisturizing

Remember, hair needs moisture, but it’s all about balance. Having over-moisturized hair is just as bad as overly dry hair. So when moisturizing your hair, make sure to do it regularly and sensibly. As great as moisture is for hair, it is possible to overdo a good thing.

How often do you moisturize your hair? What are your favorite hair moisturizers?

Dr. Phoenyx Austin is a physician, author and media personality. Dr. Phoenyx’s new book, If You Love It, It Will Grow: A Guide to Growing Long Afro-Textured Hair is available on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and iTunes. Special autographed book copies can be ordered directly from her blog, DrPhoenyx.comYou can also find Dr. Phoenyx on Facebook and Twitter.

You get what you pay for (mini rant)…

Dearest Divas,

I’m calling this blog a mini rant because  it’s based on my opinion. We all have different values and beliefs so its possible that some of you may not share my particular point of view. And that’s fine. However I have an opinion that is based on years of experience in this particular field. And one thing that I have found almost 100% of the time is that, when it comes to goods and services often times if you pay very little you get lower quality goods and the more you pay the higher the quality. That’s common sense. But what throws people off are the people who do not charge what their services are actually worth. And if we bought just one horrible product that cost an arm and a leg, I understand how that would make anyone second guess most things that are new to them. But there are certain things that stylist seeking new clientele can do to help potential clients make a good choice.

For instance if you are researching a new stylist on line there are certain things I would do. Here’s a few:

Check out the stylist’s pictures!!! Are these pictures recent? Are they giving me multiple angles of the hair? Multiple angles helps you know how well the stylist install’s here extensions, can you see the braids. Look for watermarks! These days a lot of stylist steal pictures from sites like Instagram and Facebook to deceive potential clients on their skills. Check if the background in the pictures are consistent.  These are just a few examples. Experienced stylist always keep pictures of their work.

Check out their personality!!! It’s important to get a feel for your stylist’s personality in how they write their page or ad. Does your personality mesh well with how they present themselves.

Finally the price! I would worry if my potential stylist had an extremely low price and no pictures! That is just scary! But a low price and picture can be just as bad. Have you heard of them before? If some one has an extremely high price and no pictures or no pictures of their own work I would worry as well.

Divas remember there are predators out there who are looking for an easy way to get however much money they need. Ask questions!!! Times are tough and no one wants their hard earned money wasted on a bad weave. Well, luckily here at Envious Extensions we guarantee our work! For example if it was “too” anything we will redo it at no additional charge as long as we know in the first week! So you don’t have to stress here, you know!

Anyway thanks for reading ladies!

Talk to you soon,

Love Ash

The Secret to Growing African American Hair!!!

Hey Ladies!

Well first of all I hope everyone had an amazing and productive day. Today I’ll talk about what is probably the most important element when it comes to growing your natural hair and maintaining length. And the moisture is key!

African American hair is super coiled and curly. Because of the curl the natural oils that our scalp produces is often unable to travel down the hair shaft and moisturize your luscious locks, which can eventually lead to the hair becoming dry, brittle and in some cases lead to damage and breakage.

To avoid all of this, you must moisturize your hair regularly.

Here’s what I use:

Water based moisturizer or leave in conditioner, you know its water based if water is the first ingredient listed in the ingredients list.

An oil based product to seal in the moisture. I would also avoid any petroleum based product.

Here’s what I do:

Basically if I am wearing a weave with leave out, I will constantly check the texture of my hair. If its feeling dry, I apply a leave in conditioner to my leave out and let it sit for a few minutes. Mind you this may happen a few times in a week, if its dry I moisturize.

Once my hair has be moisturized I’ll either rinse if its excess product in my hair or if its just right, I move on to the next step, which is…

Sealing! I then use an oil: tea tree, olive or sometimes even Shea Butter! And I apply the oil to my just a little. The goal here is to apply a coat of protection, by sealing the moisture in your hair, this will help elasticity and decrease breakage!

If you want to add a little extra step to promote hair strength and if you have a little time to kill. Add a little raw egg into your conditioner. You’ll love it!

I included a video of me from years ago! Talking about this very topic!