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Health Tip: Teach Your Kids Healthy Hair Habits

Posted 28 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Kids should learn healthy ways to take care of their hair at an early age, the American Academy of Dermatology says. The group offers this advice: Wet hair and scalp with warm water before using shampoo. Use only a quarter-size drop of shampoo. Massage the shampoo gently into the scalp. Rinse all of the suds from the hair with warm water. Cover hair with a towel to absorb water. But don't rub ...

Health Tip: Managing Dandruff

Posted 15 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

-- If a flaky scalp is bothering you, medicated shampoo may do the trick. But lifestyle changes also can help prevent dandruff. The Mayo Clinic suggests: Keep stress in check. If your hair is oily, shampoo each day. Enjoy limited time in the sun. Sunlight may appear to help dandruff, but its ultraviolet light increases your risk of skin cancer. Apply sunscreen on any exposed skin.

Geneticists Get to the Roots of Hair Loss in Men

Posted 14 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 – Gene research may offer a glimmer of hope for men challenged by that bane of aging – male-pattern baldness. In the largest such study to date, a Scottish research team said it has identified close to 300 genetic regions tied to baldness. Previously, only a handful had been identified, the scientists said. The University of Edinburgh researchers stressed that their ...

Health Tip: Keep Hair Looking Healthy

Posted 16 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Hair treatments designed to improve your appearance may actually be damaging your coiffure. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests these healthy hair tips: If possible, use color that's no more than three shades different than your natural hair color. Always test at-home color before using it on all of your hair, checking for rash or irritation. Wear a hat with a wide brim to protect ...

Health Tip: Soothe Baby's Cradle Cap

Posted 26 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Scaly red patches of skin on baby's scalp are commonly called cradle cap. It's a form of seborrheic dermatitis, otherwise known as recurring or chronic eczema. The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests how to manage cradle cap: Wash the scalp with a non-medicated, gentle shampoo for babies. Ask the pediatrician for a suggested brand. Apply petroleum jelly, mineral oil or olive oil to ...

Health Tip: Use Dandruff Shampoo Correctly

Posted 7 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

-- If you have a dry, flaky scalp, a dandruff shampoo used correctly can help stem those flakes. The American Academy of Dermatology advises: There are different types of dandruff shampoos with different active ingredients. Make sure you carefully read and follow the label's instructions. People of Asian or Caucasian heritage should limit use of dandruff shampoo to twice weekly. People of ...

Health Tip: Losing Your Hair?

Posted 23 May 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Baldness, once thought to be a male-only condition, also affects women. Want to know more? Here's some background information, courtesy of the American Academy of Dermatology: Hair care practices can worsen hair loss. Avoid activities that can damage hair, such as blow drying on the highest heat setting. Temporary factors such as childbirth, stress and illness can trigger hair loss, but this ...

Today's Hair Style Could Cause Tomorrow's Hair Loss

Posted 29 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 – Black women who like to wear their hair pulled back tightly may be increasing their risk of hair loss, new research suggests. A team of researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore reviewed 19 studies and found a "strong association" between scalp-pulling hair styles and traction alopecia, which is gradual hair loss from damage to the hair follicle from ...

Could a Cellular Tweak Someday 'Switch Off' Gray Hair?

Posted 28 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 – Researchers who pinpointed two cellular signals that control skin and hair color say their findings might lead to new drugs to treat skin and hair conditions, possibly even gray hair. One skin condition where the finding could potentially lead to a treatment is vitiligo. Vitiligo is caused by the loss of skin pigmentation and causes blotchy, white patches on the skin. ...

Chemical-Free Cosmetics May Be Safer for Teen Girls, Study Suggests

Posted 7 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 7, 2016 – Switching to chemical-free cosmetics and shampoos quickly lowers levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals in the bodies of teen girls, a new study reports. Chemicals widely used in personal care products – including phthalates, parabens, triclosan and oxybenzone – have been shown to interfere with the hormone system in animals, the researchers explained. These chemicals ...

Black Women's Hair Styling Choices Can Cause Hair Loss

Posted 4 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 4, 2016 – Hair styling practices may be causing black women to experience hair loss, which is a major problem that often goes undiagnosed, a new survey finds. While genetics may play a key role in hair loss among black women, styling practices such as braiding, weaves and chemical relaxing may also increase their risk of hair loss, said dermatologist Dr. Yolanda Lenzy, a clinical ...

Health Tip: Use Less Heat on Your Hair

Posted 2 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Curling irons and blow dryers may be damaging your hair, and experts say you should avoid them as much as possible. Here are some hair-sparing tips, courtesy of the American Academy of Dermatology: Skip the blow dryer when possible, allowing your hair to dry naturally. Use the coolest setting on your styling tool. Make sure the styling tool doesn't touch your hair for very long. Use ...

Is the 'No-Shampoo' Trend a Healthy One?

Posted 30 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 29, 2015 – A new trend in beauty is based on the idea that less is more – at least when it comes to shampooing your hair. Some people – including celebrity Kim Kardashian – have stopped shampooing their hair regularly, or even altogether, based on the belief that the detergents in shampoo strip hair of its healthy natural oils. This form of hair care has even been dubbed ...

Health Tip: The Mane Event

Posted 13 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

-- If you want healthy, shiny hair, you may need to change a few of your habits. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends: Shampooing only your scalp, rather than the length of your hair, and using conditioner after each shampoo. Avoiding rubbing hair with a towel or using a hair dryer. If possible, allow it to air dry. Don't brush your hair when it is wet. When using a straightening iron ...

Health Tip: Home Remedies to Ease Dandruff

Posted 26 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Dandruff is an embarrassing problem, but there are home remedies available to help ease flakiness and itching. The Mayo Clinic advises: Keep stress under control, as stress can worsen flaking. Shampoo every day, especially if your scalp is oily. Limit use of styling products, such as hair spray, gel and wax. These can build up and make the scalp oilier. Eat a nutrient-rich diet that includes ...

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