Hi there my beautiful lovelies! Hope you guys are doing well and staying safe. Today I want to talk to you about my continued struggle with Alopecia and my new found savior.
As I have mentioned in my previous post, androgenic alopecia in women is due to the action of androgen, male hormones that are typically present in only small amounts. It is a genetic condition that can affect both men and women. Men with this condition, called male pattern baldness, can begin suffering hair loss as early as their teens or early 20s. It’s characterized by a receding hairline and gradual disappearance of hair from the crown and frontal scalp. Women with this condition, called female pattern baldness, don’t experience noticeable thinning until their 40s or later. Women experience a general thinning over the entire scalp, with the most extensive hair loss at the crown. Because the hair loss in androgenic alopecia is an aberration of the normal hair cycle, it is theoretically reversible. Advanced androgenic alopecia, however, may not respond to treatment, because the inflammation that surrounds the bulge area of the follicle may irreparably damage the follicular stem cell.
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Why my alopecia, I am very careful about what I put in my hair. Instead of experimenting with various products, I stick to what already works on my hair. That being said, with the recent flare, I have decided to do more research and slowly change up some of the hair product. I will describe as follows:
I have been using store brand shampoo without paraben the past few years. However, my hair feels lifeless and dull. Hence, after my stylist recommend this, I did some research on OLAPLEX N04 Bond Maintenance Shampoo. OLAPLEX Shampoo is a highly moisturizing, reparative shampoo that leaves hair easy to manage, shiny, and healthier with each use. No.4 is color-safe and proven to reduce breakage and strengthen all types of hair. What I found is that my hair is noticeably softer and less tangle prone when I brush my hair. I absolutely love my hair feels with the shampoo.
For conditioning, I combine 3 different conditioning mask as a conditioner. Together I have a dime size amount add to mid length to the end and barely any on the top. The three I use are DevaCurl Melt Into Moisture, Moroccan Gold Series Treatment mask, and Coco and Eve Hair Masque. DevaCurl Melt Into Moisture is a ultra-rich conditioning mask. This treatment with a rich moisture preserving blend eases detangling, reduces frizz and nourishes dry curls without weighing them down. Leaves curls silky-soft and shiny. I definitely like it for it’s anti-frizz property. I also add Moroccan Gold Series Treatment Mask fortifies hair with hydration, nourishing each strand of hair and sealing split ends for complete repair and restoration. What I like about it most is that it has argon oil, which strengthens hair to make it more manageable and resistant to breakage, while creating silky, soft and flexible hair with a healthy, beautiful shine. Finally, I add Coco and Eve Hair Masque, winner of 13 beauty awards and a 5-in-1 miracle worker. It hydrates, conditions, improves hair texture and shine, treats split ends and tames frizz in just 10 minutes. Additionally, it transform tired, dry, damaged hair into shiny, glossy and smooth hair in one wash. The part, it contains virgin coconut oil to add shine and strengthen hair. I don’t leave the mask for 10 minutes, just couple of minutes.
In addition to my at home oil mix, I also use Vegamour GRO Hair Serum. This multi-tasking GRO Hair Serum uses a combination of clinically-tested, vegan phyto-actives that work in tandem to help support a healthy and balanced follicular ecosystem while soothing the scalp and revitalizing hair roots. Free of toxic chemicals, carcinogens or harmful side effects, this cruelty-free, vegan hair serum is formulated with powerful phyto-actives shown in multiple clinical studies to increase the appearance of hair density while reducing signs of shedding to bring you thicker, fuller looking hair. I did see some difference in my hair.
Since my diagnosis of alopecia, I have been using a silk pillow. It keeps me cool at night and my hair soft and less tangle-prone. Most of all, it keeps frizz away. You can this 100% mulberry silk pillow.
My lovelies! Hope you enjoyed this post. Please let me know what have you found helpful for your hair and/or alopecia. Please comment below.
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