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Know your Hair

What is your hair really made of?

Your hair is mainly composed of keratin, a protein which has great chemical resistance and mechanical strength. A chemical analysis of your hair would reveal that it contains carbon (45%), oxygen (28%), nitrogen (15%), hydrogen (7%) and sulfur (5%). The proportion of each would vary with age, gender and hair type.

Your hair growth begins in a hair follicle which is embedded in your scalp. The only ‘living’ portion of the hair is found in the follicle. The follicle consists of a hair bulb and hair shaft.

The base of the root is called the hair bulb, which contains the dermal papilla cells that produce the hair shaft. Hair is made of three components – medulla, cortex and cuticle. The medulla is the inner core of the hair shaft. The cortex is responsible for mechanical strength and water uptake. It also contains melanin which provides color to the hairs. The cuticle is an outer covering for hair shaft. When the cuticle breaks and dislodges at the end of hair, it results in split ends. Improper care and use of hair chemicals damages the cuticle.

Respect your hair, it brings you respect.

Looking good is important today and these simple tips for good hair treatment,can help you take better care of your hair:

How often you should wash your hair.

If your scalp is oily, you may need to wash it once a day.
If you have chemically treated hair, it may be drier, so you may want to wash it less frequently.
As you get older, your scalp makes less oil, so you may not need to shampoo as often.

Concentrate shampoo on the scalp.

When washing your hair, cleaning your scalp is more important than washing the entire length of your hair.

Conditioner that protects against sunlight.

It significantly improves the health of damaged hair and offers some protection from harmful UV rays.

Wet hair – handle with extra care.

Don’t brush your hair when it is wet.
Avoid pulling too much on your hair when you brush it, or style it.
When combing hair use a wide-tooth comb, and use it gently.

Dry your hair carefully.

To dry your hair, don’t rub with a towel but wrap it in a towel to absorb the water. Don’t use a blow dryer, let your hair dry by itself.

See a Dermatologist.

It’s important if you are concerned about thinning hair or hair loss. Most causes of hair fall can be stopped or treated. The sooner the problem is addressed, the better your results.

Signs of Hair loss

When the hair fall in men starts becoming obvious from the thinning of hair on the head, it is time to take a closer look.

Hair loss can happen suddenly or take place gradually depending on the causative triggers. Some types of hair loss are temporary, and some other types are permanent.Now let’s look at how you can recognize the signs of hair loss.

Gradual thinning on top of head.

This is the most commonly seen type of hair loss in men. Hair slowly recedes from the forehead in a shape that looks like the letter ‘M’.

Circular or patchy bald spots.

Some people are affected by smooth bald spots on the scalp, about an inch (2.6 cms) in size. Such bald spots are also known to occur in beards or eyebrows.

Sudden loosening of hair.

Hair can loosen as a reaction to a physical or emotional shock,and simply combing your hair may cause it to come out in handfuls.With this type of hair loss, the result is an overall thinning of hair and not bald patches.

Full-body hair loss.

Some conditions and medical treatments, such as chemotherapy for cancer, can result in the loss of hair all over your body. The hair usually grows back after treatment ends.

There are tests to confirm the severity of a hair loss problem.

Before starting treatment for hair fall control, it is good to confirm that the problem really exists.

Hair pull test.

This is simple, a dermatologist picks up a few strands of hair with the fingers and pulls on them gently. The difference between the number of hairs pulled and the number that come off in the hand, reveals the health of the hair. The hair pull test is considered ‘positive’ when more than 10% of the hairs come off in the fingers.

Trichogram.

A Trichogram involves the collecting of 50 to 100 hairs, taken from different parts of the scalp. The hairs are then studied under a microscope to see what percentage of the hairs are in each of the three phases of the hair growth cycle: Anagen (growth phase), Catagen (resting phase), or Telogen (no growth phase).

Microscopic hair shaft analysis.

Dermatologists examine the hair shafts under a microscope. Approximately 25 strands of hairare cut as close to the scalp as possible from a representative area. If the hair roots are to be examined, the hairs may be pulled or plucked. An analysis is done by looking closely at the appearance of the hair roots, shafts, and ends.

What is Hair loss?

‘Hair loss’ is termed as such when the amount of hair on the scalp starts reducing, and becomes noticeable.

The medical term for such hair loss is alopecia. The most common form of hair loss occurs gradually and is referred to as “androgenetic alopecia,” or “male pattern baldness”.

It is caused by a combination of hormones and hereditary factors. There are other types of hair loss: alopecia areata (bald patches in the scalp), telogen effluvium (the rapid dropping of hair after childbirth, or sickness); and traction alopecia (the thinning that happens caused by wearing tight braids that stress your hair).

Male pattern baldness accounts for about 95% of hair loss in men. What it does is make the hair follicles in your scalp to shrink. Over time, hair becomes thinner and shorter, until there is no growth at all.Simply put, hair loss occurs when you lose hair faster than you can grow it.

What is male pattern baldness?

It usually begins with a receding hairline (hair starts thinning from the front of the scalp to the back) and then the hair begins to thin on the top of the scalp and the sides, around the ears. These three areas eventually meet to make the person completely bald.

Male pattern baldness is genetic and is a very common phenomenon. It is often seen as a sign of ageing, but the onset can vary. It usually starts in the late twenties and thirties and by the age of sixty, most men experience some degree of hair loss.

Facts about male pattern baldness

 

  • It can be inherited from either the mother’s or father’s side.
  • The first signs begin to show after puberty and it reaches fully-blown proportions in the 40s.
  • Up to one-third of all men are affected by it.
  • By the age of 50, approximately 50% of men have significantly thinner hair.

When Androgenetic Alopecia or hair fall in men takes place, the large active hair follicles in specific areas of the scalp begin to shrink to smaller, less active ones. The human enzyme 5 Alpha- Reductase is thought to be the major cause of this. The enzyme causes the male hormone testosterone to become Dihydrotestosterone. This reaction in the hormone makes the hair shafts narrower,and as a result hair becomes finer and finer with each new growth cycle. Finally, the hairs become transparent and stop emerging.

A person with Androgenetic Alopecia may have an overall level of testosterone that is normal, however the activity of 5 Alpha-Reductase is most likely greater than normal, which results in increased amounts of Dihydrotestosterone in the hair follicle.

Causes of Hair loss

What are the different causes of hair loss?
 
Stress.

Significant stress increases toxins in the blood, which circulates in the scalp with negative results. Toxins push large numbers of hair follicles into a ‘resting phase’, as opposed to a ‘growing phase’. These hairs later fall out in large numbers.Stress is usually accompanied by a lack of sleep which adds to the negative effects.

Sickness.

Some of the more serious conditions which can lead to hair loss include hypothyroidism, auto-immune diseases such as lupus and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

Scalp-related conditions.

Dandruff is an inflammation of the scalp in which white flakes are spread throughout the hair. It causes severe hair loss.

Watch your regular medication.

A wide range of drugs cause mild to heavy hair loss, if you see a change in your hair talk to your consulting doctor.

Follow a healthy diet.

Eating healthily nourishes your scalp and hair. Your hair is composed mostly of protein, so having lots of protein in your diet is essential for healthy hair.

Avoid low-calorie diets.

Such diets often rob your body of many of the vitamins, other nutrients and healthy fats it requires to function properly and maintain a healthy rate of hair growth.

Exercise more.

When you exercise, your body releases endorphins which help you to feel calmer and more relaxed.

Don’t wash hair too often

Washing too often can strip your scalp and hair of natural oils, making it dry and prone to breaking. It’s advisable to wash hair only every two to three days.

Nourish your hair.

Coconut oil and almond oil can work wonders for your scalp and hair, making it soft and silky.

Trim your hair regularly.

Keep your hair in good condition by getting it trimmed every six to eight weeks. This eliminates split ends and helps your hair to look and feel great.

Avoid chemicals.

Try to avoid using hair products with too many chemicals in them. Shampoos containing sulfates or parabens affect both scalp and hair and should be avoided in preference for the more natural, organic shampoos.

Pick your shampoo with care.

If you have dry hair you will need richer, super-moisturizing products, while oily or very fine hair will require lighter products that were designed for regular use.

Careless practices.

Try not to brush your hair when it’s wet, and don’t blow-dry after a bath.Another risk is fussing over your hair with your fingers…over styling as it’s better known, or wearing your hair in a very tightly stretched fashion. And do keep bleaches away from your hair.

Male pattern baldness.

Genetics plays a big role in hair fall in men. This type of baldness happens when your hair starts to recede, beginning at the temples or crown.

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Understand your scalp better

The scalp consists of skin cells which constantly replicate themselves to produce new cells, just like the skin on the rest of our body. When something disturbs this process, scalp problems arise. These problems show up in the forms of flaking, or tiny bumps on the scalp along with itching, thinning or falling of hair, premature greying or breakage, dandruff and flaking. These are symptoms you need to watch out for and manage it by taking the care to change your diet, or hair regimen.

A natural oil called sebum is produced in microscopically small quantities by the scalp. This slightly acidic substance coats individual strands of hair and lubricates the scalp. Most scalp disorders happen because the sebaceous glands are not functioning properly.

The over production of sebum results in the creation of oily flakes on the scalp, and its under production causes dry flakes. These flakes are visible to the eye and are actually skin cells. An inflamed scalp does not support the growth of long and strong hair.

Skin on the scalp is thinner than the skin in other areas which makes it more sensitive to damage. While hair loss can occur because of scalp problems, that isn’t always the case. It’s important though to follow a scalp care routine in much the same way you follow a hair care routine.

Scalp types, like hair are of 3 types – normal, oily and dry. Appropriate scalp care regimes are recommended for each of these types to maintain good scalp health.

Hair care routines are common, but scalp care is just as important.

• Ensure your scalp contains the right amount of oils to stay moist and healthy. Frequent washing helps, but for some people it can have the opposite effect as over washing removes the protective oils affecting your hairs natural defences.

• Excessive washing of hair causes a dry, flaky scalp, a condition more commonly known as dandruff. It is advised to use a specially formulated shampoo and a moisturizing cream to nourish the scalp and restore it to its natural condition. The cream is to be applied just before you go to bed.

• Every time you wash your hair, apply a conditioner and leave it for 4 to 5 minutes before rinsing it off. This protects your scalp too.

• If you are troubled by rashes on your scalp which make it difficult to wash your hair, apply an oil or cream. This will soothe the itching.

• If spending time outdoors on a sunny day avoid applying oil as it increases your risk of sunburn. Wearing protective headgear is a good idea to avoid the damage that strong sunlight can cause.

More protein in your body, more body in your hair.

It also needs vitamins, folic acid, magnesium, zinc, biotin & water.

This sounds strange, but you could fill your stomach and starve your hair. It would be good for you to be familiar with the most hair-friendly foods. So which foods contain nutrition that is ideal for your hair’s well-being?

Let’s start with protein, which is a macro-nutrient.

Macro meaning the body needs a lot of it as compared to the other nutrients. Over 90% of your hair is made up of protein.

Chicken and salmon are considered a source of high-quality protein. If you’re vegetarian, it’s cheese, walnuts and almonds for you.

Vitamin C strengthens the tiny blood vessels that supply blood to your hair follicles.

What foods are good for vitamins A & C? Vitamin A is found in carrots and dark leafy vegetables. But if you boil them too much like when you make curries, you may end up removing the nutrition. Try to consume them in salads, or in recipes in which you toss them lightly in a sauce pan.

For vitamin C eat oranges and papaya and cook up tomatoes, broccoli and dark leafy vegetables.

Folic acid helps your cells to work and tissues to grow.

It is found in citrus fruits, pineapple and strawberry. In vegetables you find it in spinach, turnips, peas and beans. The best non-vegetarian sources for folic acid are egg yolk, liver and kidney.

Full-body hair loss.

Magnesium is a mineral that is important for calcium absorption and hair growth.

It can be found in almonds, cashews, peanuts and tender coconut. It is also found in halibut fish, brown rice and in green leafy vegetables. Another little known benefit

Zinc maintains the oil-secreting glands in our scalps.

Good sources of zinc are prawns, other sea food, poultry, eggs and milk. For vegetarians, your diet would need to include spinach, pumpkin seeds and cashew nuts.

Biotin is needed to aid metabolism in fats and amino acids.

Mushrooms and avocados contain biotin. So do cheese, cauliflower, bananas, soy beans and whole wheat bread. It is present in sardines and pork for non-vegetarians.

Drink large amounts of water, it makes up 80% of the body.

Keep your hair hydrated from the inside, by drinking 6 to 8 glasses a day.

Prevent Hair loss

What is Hair loss?

‘Hair loss’ is termed as such when the amount of hair on the scalp starts reducing, and becomes noticeable.

The medical term for such hair loss is alopecia. The most common form of hair loss occurs gradually and is referred to as “androgenetic alopecia,” or “male pattern baldness”.

It is caused by a combination of hormones and hereditary factors. There are other types of hair loss: alopecia areata (bald patches in the scalp), telogen effluvium (the rapid dropping of hair after childbirth, or sickness); and traction alopecia (the thinning that happens caused by wearing tight braids that stress your hair).

Male pattern baldness accounts for about 95% of hair loss in men. What it does is make the hair follicles in your scalp to shrink. Over time, hair becomes thinner and shorter, until there is no growth at all.Simply put, hair loss occurs when you lose hair faster than you can grow it.

What is male pattern baldness?

It usually begins with a receding hairline (hair starts thinning from the front of the scalp to the back) and then the hair begins to thin on the top of the scalp and the sides, around the ears. These three areas eventually meet to make the person completely bald.

Male pattern baldness is genetic and is a very common phenomenon. It is often seen as a sign of ageing, but the onset can vary. It usually starts in the late twenties and thirties and by the age of sixty, most men experience some degree of hair loss.

Facts about male pattern baldness

  • It can be inherited from either the mother’s or father’s side.
  • The first signs begin to show after puberty and it reaches fully-blown proportions in the 40s.
  • Up to one-third of all men are affected by it.
  • By the age of 50, approximately 50% of men have significantly thinner hair.

When Androgenetic Alopecia or hair fall in men takes place, the large active hair follicles in specific areas of the scalp begin to shrink to smaller, less active ones. The human enzyme 5 Alpha- Reductase is thought to be the major cause of this. The enzyme causes the male hormone testosterone to become Dihydrotestosterone. This reaction in the hormone makes the hair shafts narrower,and as a result hair becomes finer and finer with each new growth cycle. Finally, the hairs become transparent and stop emerging.

A person with Androgenetic Alopecia may have an overall level of testosterone that is normal, however the activity of 5 Alpha-Reductase is most likely greater than normal, which results in increased amounts of Dihydrotestosterone in the hair follicle.

Grow your Hair

What is Minoxidil?

It’s adrug that the patient applies directly to the scalp to stimulate hair follicles. It mainly slows hair loss in both men and women, and some might grow new hair. It is available as a solution and as foam.

How does Minoxidil work?

It works by gradually enlarging the diameter of each hair shaft, which has been slowly shrinking due to Androgenetic Alopecia. The growth phase of hair may also be extended,this gives your hair an opportunity to reach a longer length before they fall out.

What is the right way to apply Minoxidil?

1. Make sure your scalp is dry (hair can be damp)
2. Part your hair in the area of hair thinning
3. Take 1ml of Minoxidil solution, or half a capful of foam.
4. Spread the liquid or foam evenly over the hair loss area
5. Wash hands with soap and water after massage

These steps should be followed twice a day, once in the morning and repeat it in the evening. While using Minoxidil you can continue with other hair care routines, including washing your hair and styling it with gel or mousse, as long as you allow the Minoxidilsolution that you have applied to dry first which can take about 3-4 hours.

What to expect from Minoxidil treatment?

Some individuals see results faster than others, on average, the studies show that at least 4 months of treatment is usually necessary before there is evidence of hair growth with Minoxidil.

Within the first few weeks, as Minoxidil begins working, you may experience more hair loss than usual. This is temporary and an expected part of the Minoxidil process. If this hair loss continues even after 6 weeks, talk to your doctor.

Early hair growth is soft and colorless. However, with continued use, new hairs would become the same color and thickness as your other hair. If the treatment is successful, the first thing you will notice is less shedding within 90 days of beginning treatment. This is because Minoxidil may prolong the growth phase of the hair cycle, thus increasing the number of follicles in the growth phase at the same time.

Do remember that Minoxidil is a treatment and not a cure, further progress is possible only if you useMinoxidil continuously over the long term.

What leads to healthy, shiny hair?

More flow of blood to the scalp and hair, and more oxygen in the blood.

Any form of exercise which increases your blood circulation is good, and that is good for your cardio-vascular system. Walking, jogging and running will help you, in fact, any activity that makes you breathe harder is beneficial. So if you can’t make time for exercise, do climb the stairs at home or at work…or walk briskly to the bus stop or the auto stand, or even the grocery store.

De-stress your body to de-stress your hair.

Whatever works to de-stress yourself is a good idea to do. Music, walking, playing with pets or children, are all good.

Pranayama breathing and other forms of meditation are also good for your hair.

Upside down yoga positions are probably the best thing you can do for strong
hair. Because the flow of blood to the scalp strengthens the very roots of your hair. Some forms of hard and fast yogic breathing are also favourable for hair health, and they can be done without you having to step out of the office. Unless you have blood pressure, or any other chronic condition, go ahead and talk to a yoga teacher.

Healthy hair in a healthy body.

Overall good health shows up clearly in your hair, it becomes stronger and shinier and hair fall is just minimal.

Create a fitness routine for yourself which suits your lifestyle and body type. Exercising regularly keeps your weight optimal, and your heart healthy, not to forget that it develops stronger bones and muscles.

A healthy body is also able to draw more nutrition from food to maintain its strength. Which naturally, would also benefit your hair.

Besides, the feeling of well-being that comes with physical activity, cannot be got by other means. This positive feeling along with sleeping well and eating well because you have a better appetite, makes your hair more robust.

Testimonials

EXPERT SPEAK:

DR. JERRY SHAPIRO, MD

Hair & Scalp Disorders Clinical Professor,

University of British Columbia,

Department of Dermatology & Skin Science, Vancouver, Canada

Adjunct Professor, New York University,

Langone Medical Center, Department of Dermatology, New York City

CONSUMER SPEAK:

“I have been using Mintop 2% since last six months, and it has helped
me grow hair where it was thinning” – Ashish Waghulkar, Nagpur

“Happy with results” – Vaibhav Shirwadkar, Mumbai

“In the last 3 months, since I have started using Mintop 10%, my
confidence and self-esteem has improved.” – Anurag Sethiya, Madhya
Pradesh

Doctors Speak

EXPERT SPEAK:

DR. JERRY SHAPIRO, MD

Hair & Scalp Disorders Clinical Professor,

University of British Columbia,

Department of Dermatology & Skin Science, Vancouver, Canada

Adjunct Professor, New York University,

Langone Medical Center, Department of Dermatology, New York City

CONSUMER SPEAK:

“I have been using Mintop 2% since last six months, and it has helped
me grow hair where it was thinning” – Ashish Waghulkar, Nagpur

“Happy with results” – Vaibhav Shirwadkar, Mumbai

“In the last 3 months, since I have started using Mintop 10%, my
confidence and self-esteem has improved.” – Anurag Sethiya, Madhya
Pradesh

The fundamentals of healthy hair.

Quick tips to have great looking hair.
Eat smart.

– Hair is composed mostly of protein, so eat lots of it.

– Get Vitamin C for better blood supply.

– Folic acid for your hair cells to grow.

– Magnesium to ensure calcium absorption and hair growth.

– Zinc to maintain the right levels of oil-secretion glands in our scalps.

– And water makes up 80% of your body, so drink plenty.

Exercise.

– Your hair is a reflection of your fitness and lifestyle.

– Get oxygen and blood flowing through your body every day.

– De-stress with pranayama, meditation or chanting.

Hair care.

– Don’t shampoo too often.
– Avoid over-styling your hair.
– Drying hair with blow dryers is not advised.
– ‘Fine’ hair needs more care.

Hair products.

– Try using products that help to ‘build body’ or ‘thicken’ your hair.

– Products having protein will coat the hair with it, making each strand look thicker.

– For fine and delicate hair, clear shampoos are better than creamy ones.

– Products from the bigger organizations are safer, because they have most likely spent more on R&D.

Self-confidence.

– Draw attention away from your hair to your strengths.
– Work out for more desirable looks, and better skin.
– Dress well and focus on having pleasant manners.

Better care for better hair.

It’s not just one big thing, you need to do many little things for great hair.

Let’s start by checking just how strong your hair is. Pull out a strand when it is dry and pull on both ends to see how far it will stretch. If it snaps in two easily, you may not have enough moisture in your hair.

Having strong hair needs a combination of hair-care factors, that vary from suitable diet to the shampoos you use and to your work and lifestyle.

Here are many small tips for one big result, healthy hair.
For cool looking hair, keep heat away.

As far as possible avoid blow dryers, and flat irons, and long exposure to direct sunlight.

Oil your hair, it’s nourishing.

Coconut oil and olive oil are both very good to keep your hair moisturized, soft and shiny. Use these oils in massages, and use minute amounts to keep your hair shiny, or style your hair after a bath.

Avoid chemicals.

Hair colouring agents, bleaches, perms or hair straightening procedures damage your hair. Keep your hair styles simple for long term hair health.

Keep a sweat-free scalp.

Shampoos that contain aloe vera and neem keep the head cool and prevent dandruff. Men who use helmets should tie a scarf over their hair, before they wear a helmet.

How good is your moisturizer?

Hair care products with natural oils like olive oil, glycerin, sorbitol, or shea butter. But stay away from shampoos with mineral oil and petrolatum, which prevent moisture from entering the hair.

Garlic juice, onion juice or ginger juice.

Put onions in a blender, grind to a paste and dilute with water before applying on your scalp. Leave for an hour before bathing. Do it two times a week for a few weeks and see the difference. Try garlic next and then ginger.

Green tea is good for hair too.

Take one cup of water and heat it up, now drop two sachets of green tea in it. When it cools down apply the liquid in your hair and leave for an hour before washing. Repeat for 7 to 10 days.

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What is the right hair style for you?

It depends on the shape of your face, and how you use your hair to match your face with the right style.

We have tips here to create your hair style to suit your face. This is a simple guide and its effectiveness depends on you having the right amount of hair and type of hair needed to choose a certain style. But this information will still guide you to the best ‘look’ for you.

First determine your facial shape.

It is common knowledge that every person has to pick a hair style that suits him. This is because each one of us has a face with a unique shape. But we can categorise every individual as having a certain basic shape of face. Round for example, or oval or a square face.

How can you find out what your face’s shape is? Look at your reflection in the mirror and using a temporary marker pen draw the outline of your face. Now step away and take a look at the shape.

It will fall into one of these basic shape groups: Round, oval, oblong, square, diamond, heart or triangular.

Round face:

Your hairstyle should add height to make your face appear longer. Hair on both sides need to be thinned as they can add too much width. Avoid a low fringe over your forehead.

Oval face:

An oval face is considered ideal and most hairstyles suit you. Unless you have a prominent feature like an unusually long nose, have fun lucky guy.

Oblong face:

Try a hairstyle that is longer on the sides of the face and short on top for balance. Layered styles and wispy bangs that don’t clearly define the hairline are also a good choice. A beard can also add width to the chin.

Square face:

Choose a style with soft edges, since you have a square face with sharper features. Avoid short, closely cut hairstyles.

Diamond face:

You need to minimize the impact of wide cheekbones, and a narrow chin and forehead. Bangs over the forehead or longer shag hairstyles are recommended.

Heart face:

Keep your hair long and go for a square hair style that will balance out your heart-shaped face. A messy look that covers your forehead is good, avoid lifting hair off your face entirely.

Triangular face:

Go for a style that will narrow your forehead and add width to your chin. A ‘piled up’ style on top is advised, bangs if used should be swept to the side.

Gain hair without losing confidence.

Discover how to shift focus away from your hair, to your personality

Finding out for the first time that you have a serious hair loss problem can be very difficult to handle. Looking in the mirror and seeing a receding hairline and a suddenly ‘older’ reflection is quite traumatic. In fact, many people see it as the end of their youth and attractiveness.

When you’re getting ready to go out, not being able to style your hair like before may seem like a setback. With some individuals, a feeling of inadequacy may creep into your interactions with colleagues and people you meet socially. And the men who are looking for a partner in life seem to be the hardest hit.

It affects your personal life and even affects your work-place performance, especially if you’re in a career where appearance is important.

While hair loss is treatable, the emotional impact of hair loss needs to be managed just as well. Going by studies, 60 percent of all balding men face teasing at some time in their lives. This can increase anxiety and reduce confidence.

What you can do about the loss in confidence that follows hair loss.

It would be smart to draw attention away from your hair, at least for the time
when it is growing back under Mintop’s care. Here are a few tips to make people notice things about you other than your hair.

Start working out– a good physique can overcome any shortcoming.

Dress well– paying a little extra attention to your clothes makes you pleasant to look at. Pick your clothes to suit your body type and the kind of person you are.

Grow a moustache or beard– it works for some men, because when maintained well a moustache or beard adds to the overall impression of having enough hair.

Brush up on etiquette– a kind and well-mannered person is liked in all circles. It shows you’re a person of substance.

Develop a sense of humour– this goes beyond being able to crack a joke well, it is also about being positive and pleasant even in a stressful social situation.
While you follow the above tips you will notice that people notice your strengths more than your temporary weakness. Give Mintop your trust and your time, and working together, we can stop your hair loss.

If you’re interested, you’re interesting.

Make a good first impression in any situation.
Time – the first few seconds is when you can come in first.

It is today an accepted fact that people start creating opinions about you within the first few seconds of meeting you, and the first few minutes of the interaction are crucial to the long-term impression you want to create. What you do or say later on in the relationship can only offer smaller ‘add-on’ perceptions around the core of the first impression that has been made of you.

Be interested, and be yourself.

It’s basic human nature to be the most interested in people who find you interesting. So put more ‘you’ and less ‘me’ in opening conversations. There are very, very few individuals who don’t like to talk about their work and interests.

And when talking to someone you have just met, nothing works like finding common ground. Being from the same industry, or having attended the same school or college, or having grown up in the same town…break barriers like few things can.

Be ‘yourself’ when you interact with people you’ve just met. Consciously trying to impress someone usually has the opposite effect.

Total you – voice, face, body language.

When you communicate, without realizing it, you use more than just your voice. It’s a combination of your voice, face, body, dress and intellect. Besides, it’s not just ‘what’ you say…also important is ‘how’ you say it, that is your facial expression, your tone of voice, and your body language. And that is just the start of making a positive first impression.

Body language tips:

– The way you hold yourself and move says loads about you. So video yourself and work on it. Appear calm and confident at all times.

– When talking to someone face them squarely and don’t hold your body at an angle that is facing away from them.

– Make eye contact and hold it while smiling occasionally.

– Be respectful, stand up when being introduced and hold doors open for the ladies and the elderly.

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Other social tips:

– Don’t look at your watch or at clocks in the room, it gives the impression that you would rather be somewhere else.

– Respect personal space and don’t go closer than 1.5 feet of another person. This distance can vary depending on the nature of the occasion, the local culture and the gender of the person you are talking to.

– Use the name of the person you are talking to. For example “So Rajiv, do you follow cricket?”

– Don’t hesitate to introduce yourself at a gathering unless the person you want to approach is sending clear signals that say “I don’t feel very social right now.”

To round that off, making a good impression needs positive body language, voice modulation, pleasant manners and a genuine interest in the other person. Go for it and forge ahead in your work and personal life.

Tips to come out on top.

Approach interviews more scientifically.

Do your homework.

Before you approach an organization with a resume learn about them from various sources. Their website, business media websites, blogs, youtube, social media and so on.

Show that you’ve done your homework.

In the course of answering questions try to use information you have on your prospective employer.
Ask questions to clear your doubts about the organization. Interviewers like positive and engaging questions about the company they work for.

Google Alerts.

Register with Google Alerts and keep up with what’s happening in the corporate world. Mergers, great market performances, change in management and so on.

Use Social Sweepster to clean your Facebook & Twitter.

Employers do search your social media to see if you are
hire worthy and compatible with the corporate culture of their organization. With Social Sweepster you can present a clean and consistent image.

Look at interviews as an interaction not an examination.

What is the worst thing that could happen if you attend an interview and don’t get selected? There are plenty of good organizations and more opportunities to be hired. Treat every interview, whether the results are good or bad, as a learning opportunity.

Use the power of positive visualization.

Before you leave home, mentally ‘see’ yourself at the interview as being full of confidence and making a good impression on the interviewers. This creates a positive aura of energy around you.

Don’t be too shy to mention your achievements.

Speak of the difference you’ve made to earlier organizations in a matter of fact manner. Exaggeration weakens the truth, underplaying it weakens the impression you are making.

Get feedback on the spot.

Ask the interviewer politely if they have any hesitation about hiring you. And what the reasons could be.

Follow up

Send a thank you email a day after the interview. Add any information that they may have asked for. Mention that you are looking forward to hearing from them.
Use hope these tips help you in the days to come. We would like to wish you the very best in your career. May it grow every day, in every way.

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Know Your Scalp

Understand your scalp better

The scalp consists of skin cells which constantly replicate themselves to produce new cells, just like the skin on the rest of our body. When something disturbs this process, scalp problems arise. These problems show up in the forms of flaking, or tiny bumps on the scalp along with itching, thinning or falling of hair, premature greying or breakage, dandruff and flaking. These are symptoms you need to watch out for and manage it by taking the care to change your diet, or hair regimen.

A natural oil called sebum is produced in microscopically small quantities by the scalp. This slightly acidic substance coats individual strands of hair and lubricates the scalp. Most scalp disorders happen because the sebaceous glands are not functioning properly.

The over production of sebum results in the creation of oily flakes on the scalp, and its under production causes dry flakes. These flakes are visible to the eye and are actually skin cells. An inflamed scalp does not support the growth of long and strong hair.

Skin on the scalp is thinner than the skin in other areas which makes it more sensitive to damage. While hair loss can occur because of scalp problems, that isn’t always the case. It’s important though to follow a scalp care routine in much the same way you follow a hair care routine.

Scalp types, like hair are of 3 types – normal, oily and dry. Appropriate scalp care regimes are recommended for each of these types to maintain good scalp health.

 

Hair care routines are common, but scalp care is just as important.

• Ensure your scalp contains the right amount of oils to stay moist and healthy. Frequent washing helps, but for some people it can have the opposite effect as over washing removes the protective oils affecting your hairs natural defences.

• Excessive washing of hair causes a dry, flaky scalp, a condition more commonly known as dandruff. It is advised to use a specially formulated shampoo and a moisturizing cream to nourish the scalp and restore it to its natural condition. The cream is to be applied just before you go to bed.

• Every time you wash your hair, apply a conditioner and leave it for 4 to 5 minutes before rinsing it off. This protects your scalp too.

• If you are troubled by rashes on your scalp which make it difficult to wash your hair, apply an oil or cream. This will soothe the itching.

• If spending time outdoors on a sunny day avoid applying oil as it increases your risk of sunburn. Wearing protective headgear is a good idea to avoid the damage that strong sunlight can cause.

Helpful tips your hair will love.

A collection of hair care wisdom from all over.

Are you unknowingly doing things that are not good for you hair? Here we have made it simple for you to avoid doing those things. A few suggestions made below, if followed, can make a vital difference to your hair.

Clean water Vs Chlorinated water

The chlorinated water in swimming pools can bond chemically with the protein in your hair and make your hair dry and brittle. Just wet your hair well with clean water and apply a little conditioner, before you jump into the water. You could also wear a swimming cap.

One-on-one is better than two-in-one

Despite what ‘experts’ will tell you, two-in-one shampoos are not as effective, as using shampoo and conditioner separately.

The clear benefits of clarifying shampoo

Over days of use, the hair care and hair styling products that you put on your hair can build up a certain amount of residue, making your hair look dull and lifeless. A clarifying shampoo will remove this build up, so use it now and them.

Dry shampoo saves time

When you don’t have the time to shampoo, wash, towel-dry, blow dry, and finally style…you can simply dry shampoo. This category of shampoo absorbs dirt from your hair and makes it clean.

Massage your scalp when you shampoo

Using your fingers massage your scalp for two minutes, push and move the skin around your head to stimulate the blood flowing into your scalp and help your hair to grow faster.

Try a hair nutrition supplement, or eat a balanced diet.

Your hair needs a number of nutritive foods – iron, zinc, selenium, biotin, calcium, protein, Vitamin E and folic acid. Check for the availability of hair care supplements at your neighbourhood drug store, or eat foods in rotation that are rich in these items.

The masked marvel

Using a hair mask regularly is a good way to keep your hair looking shiny and strong. Take a small bowl and mix into it: yolk of one egg with a tablespoon of honey, one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and a tablespoon of vodka. First massage this mixture into the roots of your hair and then spread it all over the length of your hair, wait for about thirty minutes before you wash.

Whether the weather really affects your hair

Yes, your hair is very much affected by the climate.But there are ways to protect it.

Let us look at the effects of various types of weather on your hair, and how you can protect your hair from that type of weather.

Hot weather makes it hard for your hair.

We sweat more in summer and dehydrate quickly. Having low levels of water in the body over the long term begins to weaken your hair. Drink plenty of fluids.

When there is high humidity in the air, the sweat doesn’t leave your body or scalp easily. So bathe regularly but in lukewarm water. Hair doesn’t like water that’s too hot.

Get a short haircut, this helps your scalp to stay cool. Try wearing a hat to protect your hair from harsh sunlight. But choose a hat that’s not tight and lets your hair breathe.

There’s too much static energy in the air during the summer. Static dries up your hair and makes it difficult to style well. Get a bottle with a spray mechanism so you can spray a fine mist of moisture on your hair before you leave home.

Living or working in an air-conditioned environment can be stressful for your hair. Keep your hair moisturized at all times. And lightly applying a moisturizing gel before stepping out will go a long way in protecting your hair.

Extreme cold weather can make your hair dry.

Hair absorbs moisture from the air around us, and in winter the absence of moisture in the air turns your hair dry. Moisturize your hair and protect it when you step out.

Strong cold winds can remove moisture from hair and make it brittle. Keep your hair warm and covered as much as possible.

When you’re at home, keep wide-mouthed dishes of water in some of the rooms, they can help to keep the moisture indoors balanced.

When rain falls, your hair need not.

If you get caught in the rain, dry your hair when you get to wherever you are going. Use your handkerchief to dry your hair if necessary. Rain water carries the pollution in the air and these chemicals are not good for hair or scalp.

The moisture content in your hair may fluctuate as you move in and out of your home, car and office. The climate control factor varies in every place and takes a toll on your hair.

What is Hair loss?

‘Hair loss’ is termed as such when the amount of hair on the scalp starts reducing, and becomes noticeable.

The medical term for such hair loss is alopecia. The most common form of hair loss occurs gradually and is referred to as “androgenetic alopecia,” or “male pattern baldness”.

It is caused by a combination of hormones and hereditary factors. There are other types of hair loss: alopecia areata (bald patches in the scalp), telogen effluvium (the rapid dropping of hair after childbirth, or sickness); and traction alopecia (the thinning that happens caused by wearing tight braids that stress your hair).

Male pattern baldness accounts for about 95% of hair loss in men. What it does is make the hair follicles in your scalp to shrink. Over time, hair becomes thinner and shorter, until there is no growth at all.Simply put, hair loss occurs when you lose hair faster than you can grow it.

What is male pattern baldness?

It usually begins with a receding hairline (hair starts thinning from the front of the scalp to the back) and then the hair begins to thin on the top of the scalp and the sides, around the ears. These three areas eventually meet to make the person completely bald.

Male pattern baldness is genetic and is a very common phenomenon. It is often seen as a sign of ageing, but the onset can vary. It usually starts in the late twenties and thirties and by the age of sixty, most men experience some degree of hair loss.

Facts about male pattern baldness

 

  • It can be inherited from either the mother’s or father’s side.
  • The first signs begin to show after puberty and it reaches fully-blown proportions in the 40s.
  • Up to one-third of all men are affected by it.
  • By the age of 50, approximately 50% of men have significantly thinner hair.

When Androgenetic Alopecia or hair fall in men takes place, the large active hair follicles in specific areas of the scalp begin to shrink to smaller, less active ones. The human enzyme 5 Alpha- Reductase is thought to be the major cause of this. The enzyme causes the male hormone testosterone to become Dihydrotestosterone. This reaction in the hormone makes the hair shafts narrower,and as a result hair becomes finer and finer with each new growth cycle. Finally, the hairs become transparent and stop emerging.

A person with Androgenetic Alopecia may have an overall level of testosterone that is normal, however the activity of 5 Alpha-Reductase is most likely greater than normal, which results in increased amounts of Dihydrotestosterone in the hair follicle.

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    Winter Hair Care: 5 Home Remedies

    Since winter is the time of festivals and parties, you have be your best at all times. Winter dryness causes roughness and hair tends to get frizzy. Here are 5 home remedies to keep your hair lustrous and glowing all the time –


    • For better hydration, combine a cup of honey and egg yolk and apply on hair for half an hour. Wash away with shampoo.
    • A combination of coconut oil, Aloe Vera, olive oil and lemon juice is good for your scalp. Wash away with cold water.
    • Mix four tablespoons of mayonnaise, half an avocado, and two eggs and apply it from root to tip. Wash away after 25 minutes.
    • Add half cup vinegar and two table spoon gram flour to Multani mitti and apply from root to the tip. Wash away with milk shampoo.
    • To repair your hair and fight dandruff, apply a head mask of olive oil (one spoon) and lemon juice (two spoons) to ginger juice and apply. Wash off after 45 minutes.

    Try a couple or all of these and tell us your experiences. Also, do share any home remedies that you know of or might have tried out!