Mommy Issues: Does Hair Loss Come from Your Mother’s Side of the Family?

hairWhether you are at risk for heart disease, suffer from crippling anxiety, or even if you just can’t seem to navigate your way through a healthy relationship, you can blame your mother for a lot — but when it comes to baldness, don’t start pointing your finger at her just yet.

We have all heard that myth about hair loss coming from your mother’s side of the family, but while baldness is genetic, there’s a good chance that you didn’t get it from your mama.  According to the Balding Blog, which is curated by Dr. William Rassman of the New Hair Institute, the pesky hair loss gene favors the mother’s pool only slightly — by about 52%.

Can LeBron blame Gloria for his follicle follies?
Photo via the Personal Instagram of LeBron James
But even if you carry that gene, you shouldn’t go rushing to clear the Rogaine shelves at Costco. There’s still hope: carrying the gene alone does not cause baldness, if the gene is not “expressed” – or to put it in layman’s terms, if the gene does not wake up – then the gene will remain dormant. To put it simply, being a carrier alone doesn’t mean you will eventually have to give up half a paycheck to hang on to your locks.
If your grandfather on your mother’s side rocked a comb over but your coif is still complete, you’re not in the clear just yet. Other potential factors, like sickness, age, and grooming habits, may contribute to your receding hairline; so to avoid a lifetime of hats and hairbands, make sure to keep your stress levels low, maintain a healthy diet, and stock up on iron.

Our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. Because everyone is different, we recommend you work with your medical professional to determine what’s best for you. Toji: Pure Density is designed to support healthy hair growth, and comes with a 3-bottle guarantee. Yes – this means you can try it for 3 months, and if you don’t grow faster, thicker, longer hair we will gladly provide you a complete, 100% money back, refund . For more info, check out our site:www.tojilife.com.

*Image courtesy of YNSE

Blow Me, Baldie (Does Blow Drying Cause Hair Loss?)

hairYour bathroom counter is littered with various hair styling products, brushes, and your blow dryer and straightening iron – obviously. You are fabulous, and anyone that says otherwise clearly hasn’t noticed your flawless follicles. But will all this primping take its toll later on in life?

Luckily, if you take the necessary preventative measures, it will not. The average blow drying session can damage your hair by burning and stripping your strands of its natural oils, which cause it to fall; however, this may not be permanent. In more extreme cases, though, blow drying can weaken hair shafts, thereby causing – gasp – permanent hair damage.

Fortunately, the right hair care, including beauty products and styling, can prevent damage from blasting your hair into straight submission.

Before You Blow
After showering, blot hair gently to remove excess water – remember, your hair is weakest  and most vulnerable when wet. Apply a leave-in conditioner to lube up your locks, and run a hair pick or wide-tooth comb to let out any tangles or knots. Brush your teeth, apply some make-up, let your hair air dry for a few minutes before actually picking up your handy-dandy blow dryer.

Blow Me, Baby
Alternate between the warm and cool settings on your blow dryer, making sure to not stay in the same spot for too long as this will cause the water in your hair cuticles to heat up, therefore damaging your hair. Make sure to blow dry hair by going with the growth grain to prevent damage to your fragile and precious cuticles.

Last but definitely not least, make sure to keep your hair looking flawless by brushing with a boar-hair bristle brush to evenly distribute oils along your follicles. Now, admire your work. Damn, that full head of hair is looking fierce, and if you keep taking these steps when blow drying your hair, it will be for a very, very long time.

Our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. Because everyone is different, we recommend you work with your medical professional to determine what’s best for you. Toji: Pure Density is designed to support healthy hair growth, and comes with a 3-bottle guarantee. Yes – this means you can try it for 3 months, and if you don’t grow faster, thicker, longer hair we will gladly provide you a complete, 100% money back, refund . For more info, check out our site:www.tojilife.com.

*photo courtesy of T.J. Lentz

Gellin’ like a Felon: Do Hair Products Cause Hair Loss?

hairEvery morning, your alarm goes off and you set off on your beauty routine: you brush, primp, goop, dab, and brush again on your way to coif perfection that will last your whole day – but are these styling products causing you to lose your hair? Kind of.

According to Hair Loss Expert, products such as hair sprays, styling gels, and holding creams can cause hair loss if they are used too often. If these substances build up on your treasured tresses, they can weigh hair down, dry it out, or weaken the strands, causing damage to your hair, like breaking, splitting, and – you guessed it – falling out.  The way you style your locks may also indirectly cause hair loss. Blow drying, ironing, and curling your hair may cause damage by burning and drying out your strands.

So now that we know that damaged hair may equal to lost hair, rest assured in the fact that there is still some good news – the hair loss from these products and styling tools may not be permanent.

The biggest culprit? Chemical treatments, such as hair dying, perms, and straightening treatments, can cause permanent damage and major follicle follies.

The reason? Think of your hair as your favorite white shirt with a giant stain that you are just dying to bleach out. You soak and rinse, but oops! You left the solution on too long, and unless you are Regina George, the shirt is now rendered useless. The same can happen to your hair – if an untrained hair professional leaves the solution on too long, uses too much, or treats your hair with the wrong solution for your hair type, hair loss may occur.

The solution? When visiting your stylist, make sure that you go to one that you trust. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and if you are unsure about their products, whip out your smart phone for some quick research – remember, your hair is in their hands.

Our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. Because everyone is different, we recommend you work with your medical professional to determine what’s best for you. Toji: Pure Density is designed to support healthy hair growth, and comes with a 3-bottle guarantee. Yes – this means you can try it for 3 months, and if you don’t grow faster, thicker, longer hair we will gladly provide you a complete, 100% money back, refund . For more info, check out our site:www.tojilife.com.


*photo courtesy of Kate Hiscock

On the Upside: Does Standing on Your Head Cure Hair Loss?

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You’ve swapped the ramen for gourmet, and instead of happy hour after work, you’re helping your kids with their homework, so let’s face it, you’re getting older. Luckily for you, getting older is not what it used to be: 40 is the new 30, and that “silver fox” look is totally in. Unfortunately for you, however, your hairline seems to be racing your ego to the nape of your neck – and your ego is losing.
There are many at-home remedies for hair-loss, and some of them seem, well, pretty silly.  While we are no longer brushing our hair like Marcia Brady, and we aren’t scared that fungus will grow in our scalp if we sleep with wet hair, we do still partake in peculiar activities when we’re pressured by our hair loss.

One of the newer “old wives tales” is also one of the most prevalent ones: standing on your head cures hair loss. The science behind it seems simple and logical enough – the reason your hair is falling out is because of a little natural force called gravity. Since it’s just so hard for your blood to reach your scalp, then your hair growth is stalled.

By standing on your head (or for the more athletically-challenged like me, by lying on your bed and letting your head hang off the side), blood will reach your scalp and stimulate hair growth. If you do this for 30 seconds each and every day you’ll look like Fabio in no time, right?

Wrong. So let’s just de-bunk this myth once and for all; if your blood wasn’t sufficiently supplying your follicles enough life-juice for your hair to grow, your biggest problem would not be your receding hairline – the issue would be that you would have to figure out arrangements for your own funeral, because without enough blood supply to your head, well, to put it grimly, you’d need one.

Our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. Because everyone is different, we recommend you work with your medical professional to determine what’s best for you. Toji: Pure Density is designed to support healthy hair growth, and comes with a 3-bottle guarantee. Yes – this means you can try it for 3 months, and if you don’t grow faster, thicker, longer hair we will gladly provide you a complete, 100% money back, refund . For more info, check out our site:www.tojilife.com.

In the Thick of It: Does Cutting Your Hair Make It Grow Back Thicker?

hairUgh. Look at your hair – so thin, so brittle, you might as well cut it all off. In a few months, it would be just as long as it is now, except way shinier and thicker, right? Before you go rushing to your barber or salon, there are a few follicle facts you should know.

First and foremost, let’s get this straight: shaving or cutting your hair will not make it grow back thicker – but it does help make it look that way (which is probably why so many people believe in the old wives tale that it had to be debunked by Snopes, the Internet watch-dog that sets all of those darned rumors straight).

According to hair expert Philip Kingsley, you have to think of your hair as a “bamboo cane: a long cane flexes easily, but the same cane cut short feels harder and tougher”. The reason your hair looks so much thicker and healthier when it is freshly-cut is because the ends of your hair are the oldest on your head — they are thinner and more fragile than the hair closer to your scalp (simply put, it is dead hair). In addition, the more times you have straightened, teased, or curled your hair into submission with various styling products, tools, and treatment, the weaker your ends are.

Because of this, trimming your hair gives the illusion of thicker, healthier hair, and styling it with some chic layers can give your hair some next-level volume. These cuts for men and women create the illusion of thickness in your hair, therefore making it look like – you guessed it – your hair grew back thicker.

Our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. Because everyone is different, we recommend you work with your medical professional to determine what’s best for you. Toji: Pure Density is designed to support healthy hair growth, and comes with a 3-bottle guarantee. Yes – this means you can try it for 3 months, and if you don’t grow faster, thicker, longer hair we will gladly provide you a complete, 100% money back, refund . For more info, check out our site:www.tojilife.com.

*Photo courtesy of Clay Junnell

Clean Break: Does Excessive Washing Cause Hair Loss?

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You are starting to think that maybe you should buy stock in Dran-o, because these days, your shower drain is clogging pretty quickly. You’ve been hitting the gym, and the excess grease and grime is forcing you to wash your hair more than usual, but how much is too much? Is all of this washing causing permanent hair loss?

It’s time to put down your wallet and stop minding the ticker, because luckily for you, if you are using the right products, your hair will actually be better off with more frequent washes – and who doesn’t want moisturized, beautiful hair?

But washing your hair excessively with the wrong shampoo may strip your hair of natural oils, causing damage like breakage. If you still want to fight the falling follicles, invest in a good hair loss shampoo that works for you.

According to Dr. Andrew Kim of the Australian Hair Institute, the best way to know that you are creating an environment for your threads to thrive in is by looking at the fixings on the back of the bottle. Shampoos made for hair loss will likely have the vitamin A and vitamin B complex as one of the first ingredients; these vitamins help promote volume and quality of hair. Products rich in aloe can also stimulate hair re-growth by nourishing your scalp while products that contain keratin and amino acids help improve the strength of your strands.

However, if you see lauryl sulfate on the list of ingredients, put that bottle down and keep looking. This chemical dries out hair, therefore weakening it, and contributing to further hair loss – and trust me, you would be better off with dirty hair.

Our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. Because everyone is different, we recommend you work with your medical professional to determine what’s best for you. Toji: Pure Density is designed to support healthy hair growth, and comes with a 3-bottle guarantee. Yes – this means you can try it for 3 months, and if you don’t grow faster, thicker, longer hair we will gladly provide you a complete, 100% money back, refund . For more info, check out our site:www.tojilife.com.

*Image courtesy of SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget

Does Stress Cause Hair Loss?

hairRemember when your dad used to say that your teenage years made him want to pull his hair out? Well, turns out he might not have needed to do it manually. That’s right: stress and hair loss can be related.

If you were a fairly mild teenager who only sent your dad into the occasional lecture on responsibility, you’re off the hook—stress and hair loss are only linked when the stress is severe. Paradi Mirmirani, MD, a dermatologist with the Permanente Medical Group in Vallejo, Calif., says the stressful event must be “something that causes you to lose sleep or changes your appetite and raises the level of stress hormones.”

We’re talking about a physiological stress, not emotional stress. According to Amy McMichael, MD, professor of dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, N.C., related factors could be a strict low-calorie diet, a fall in estrogen levels after childbirth (obviously not the case with your dad), or severe illness. Mirmirani says that hair shedding can also result from certain medications, thyroid disease, and nutritional deficiencies such as vitamin D or excess vitamin A.

If your dad’s hair loss truly is a result of stress (rather than that male pattern baldness your girlfriend desperately hopes you didn’t inherit), his hair will grow back once the stressor is addressed or eliminated.

In the normal life cycle of hair, about 10% of hairs are in a resting stage, which lasts for three to four months before the hair falls out and is replaced by a new one. “Typically, people shed about 100 hairs a day,” says Carolyn Jacob, MD, founder and medical director of Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology. “Most people don’t even notice.”

There are two types of high-stress related hair loss that could have interrupted your dad’s typical hair life cycle and bumped up that 100 hairs a day:

1. Alopecia areata. This can be caused by other factors, but stress is a possibility. If your dad’s scalp started suffering from alopecia areata around the time you got your first (visible) tattoo, it is likely his white blood cells began taking the tattoo induced stress out on his follicles by stopping their growth. Alopecia areata affects a small, defined area that is round or oval, leaving a smooth area without hair.

2. Telogen effluvium. If your dad suffers from Telogen Effluvium, a disproportionate number of his hairs are in the resting phase. A few months after you got your motorcycle (or brought home the boyfriend with the motorcycle), his hair probably fell out suddenly. This is actually fairly common, and the hair will likely begin to grow back within six to nine months of the stress going away (selling the bike).

When trying to identify the stressful culprit, the trick is to look at events three to nine months prior to the hair loss. If your dad still has teenagers in the house, you might offer to take him out to the golf course more often now to help him blow off some steam. You’ll help his hair and his quality of life. In the meantime, buy him some sunscreen or a good hat.

Our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. Because everyone is different, we recommend you work with your medical professional to determine what’s best for you. Toji: Pure Density is designed to support healthy hair growth, and comes with a 3-bottle guarantee. Yes – this means you can try it for 3 months, and if you don’t grow faster, thicker, longer hair we will gladly provide you a complete, 100% money back, refund . For more info, check out our site:www.tojilife.com.

Will Your Hat Really Cause Hair Loss?

hairThe idea that wearing a hat causes hair loss is nothing new. In fact, it’s more of an old wives’ tale that has seen a reemergence since more people are seriously concerned nowadays about hair loss. Many, if not most people believe headwear is an actual cause of hair loss, but are they right?

Well, as is the case in most old wives’ tales, it sounds good, but isn’t true. The average use of just about any type of headwear shouldn’t cause any type of permanent hair loss. In fact, even if you wore your favorite hat 24 hours a day, you could still sport a thick mane underneath.

Why? Well, I’m certainly glad you asked. You see, follicles aren’t overly worried about what you do to the outside of your head; they just want to grow hair, and that they do. As long as you keep blood flowing to your scalp, and avoid too much head trauma, your hair will be just fine. However, there are a few things to be careful of.

Many people feel the need to adjust their hat every few seconds, on top of taking it on and off. Doing this can put stress on your hair and follicles, and as you know, putting stress on things certainly doesn’t make them work any better.

Another indirect way wearing a hat can contribute to hair loss is a buildup of oil and a waxy substance known as sebum. The problem with these substances is that they like to get into follicles and plug them up, resulting in hair loss. A good way to avoid this is simply washing your hair and scalp more often (and well) to cleanse your head of the buildup of these substances. Also, remember that these substances are excreted more in warm conditions, so staying cool helps reduce the chance of either of these substance plugging follicles.

While wearing a hat, many of us with longer hair prefer to somehow put our hair back or up, sometimes too tightly. This can be a problem as pulling hair tightly is one of the leading causes for a receding hairline. Usually, this is only seen with hairstyles such as extremely tight buns, but can be seen less intensely in several people who enjoy putting their hair up or back with a hat.

Under average circumstances, wearing a hat will not cause any hair loss, and if it does cause hair loss it’s usually only temporary and can be remedied. However, remember these tips. Avoid putting too much stress on hair, whether it’s from twisting, pulling, or pushing your hair. Wash hair often to avoid the buildup of substances that may plug follicles. Any permanent hair loss is usually caused by hereditary conditions, so all you baseball players, welders, and construction workers should consult your grandfather’s genes before worrying about your hat as a cause of hair loss.

Our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. Because everyone is different, we recommend you work with your medical professional to determine what’s best for you. Toji: Pure Density is designed to support healthy hair growth, and comes with a 3-bottle guarantee. Yes – this means you can try it for 3 months, and if you don’t grow faster, thicker, longer hair we will gladly provide you a complete, 100% money back, refund . For more info, check out our site:www.tojilife.com.

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