Articles on hairdressing

Skin Care in Winter

Dr. Vijata Neharkar, Dermatologist
Of course, we obsess over our face because it’s the first thing we see when we look in the mirror. However, the skin on the rest of our bodies not only takes up much more space but is equally important! Skin, our protective barrier, needs to be cared for and it doesn’t stop with face wash – it goes head to toe. From basic tips for daily care to treatments for specific problems, it’s time for a little skin care.1 . CleanserUse Mild cleanser or moisturising soap, for face n body as well after bath and at night. Avoid antiseptic soaps, as these can be harsh on your skin.2. Bathe in lukewarm waterIn winter your skin and hair needs maximum attention. Though the idea of piping hot water is very tempting, stick to lukewarm water for bathing. As hot water can strip away the moisture from your body.Limit your time in shower. Pat, don't rub yourself dry.3 . Moisturise your skinApply moisturiser liberally after bathing. Choose a good moisturiser to keep the skin moisturised and soft. Those who have very dry skin, may need to use the moisturiser 2-3 times a day. Use lip balm for lips, preferably non fragrant.4 . Good sunscreenExposure to sun can harm your skin in winter as well. Use good sunscreen with SPF 30 or more when you step out in sun.5 . Eat HealthyAdding foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids can improve your skin condition. Add foods like, walnuts, salmon, flaxseeds kidney beans, olive oil, soybeans to achieve good and healthy skin. Avoid caffeinated drinks as they can dehydrate your body and make your skin dull.6 . Don't ExfoliateAvoid exfoliation regularly. Try exfoliation once in a fortnight.7 . See your specialist if- You feel itchy without visible rash- Dryness and itching are preventing you from sleeping- Any open cuts or sores from scratching- Home care measures are not relieving your itching and dryness- Lactic acid peels can help you, if you have patchy skin.

Food for Hair

Dr. Zarna Shah, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Yes, just like other parts of the body, hair also needs feeding. With the increasing levels of pollution, stress, sleep irregularities, usage of strong chemicals (cosmetics), etc, our hair quality is fast deteriorating.Just as our body is made of protein complex so is our hair. It needs optimum enzyme and hormonal functioning to grow and maintain its lustre and shine.So, what are the hair foods ??For hair sebum production: Fish liver oil, meat, milk, cheese, eggs, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, apricots and peaches. These are rich in sebum producing Vitamin A. 2 to 3 servings of these foods together is required daily to meet the vitamin a requirements.For healthy scalp: Stack up vitamin C through 1-2 servings of either Citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi, pineapple, tomatoes, green peppers, potatoes and dark green vegetables. Along with Vitamin C, another powerful antioxidant is Vitamin E. The sources are cold-pressed vegetable oils, wheat germ oil, soybeans, raw seeds and nuts.For keratin production and hair growth: Keratin is a protein which makes our hair skeleton. Hence good quality protein from dairy products, eggs, meat, soya beans, pulses needs to be taken daily. The production of keratin needs a vitamin called Biotin. It is found in Brewer's yeast, whole grains, egg yolks, liver, rice and milk.For general hair health: inositol found in Whole grains, brewer's yeast, liver and citrus fruits is required for healthy hair at cellular level. Also the requirement of Vitamin 6 is high for the absorption of many minerals and enzyme functioning.To prevent hair loss: Foods rich in vitamin B12 like Chicken, fish, eggs and milk are required.Some minerals like Iodine found in table salt and foods produced from iodine rich soil are essential for thyroid hormone regulation which is required for hair texture.Remember, no nutrient is an island unto itself, meaning every nutrient requires other nutrients as cofactors, either for activation or function from each of the nutrient categories, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.

How to Remove Annoying Facial Hair Easily

Dr. Yogesh Kumar, Ayurveda
Probably the biggest cosmetic problem for women all over the world is the problem of unwanted facial hair. It structs swarm like bees after puberty.It is very annoying and  affects women’s self-confidence.It can make or tarnish your looks completely. To get rid of facial hair, women have used  numerous treatments.Skin is a very delicate organ and most hair removal creams available in the market can cause skin darkening ,irritation,allergies and other unpleasant side effects.Plus, not all these solutions are  effective . Some women do not find results turn to laser removal, but it is an expensive treatment, and not everyone can afford it.The best thing besides being efficient is that you can use it at home. It is a mixture that not only removes hair, it also smoothens the skin and makes your skin look healthy and shiny as the ingredients used for its preparation are a rich source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Skin is the most focused part the  female body, and every woman should pay special attention to skin care.Here is an easy and home-based remedy for hair removal worth a try. The ingredients are super cool and easily available in your kitchen. All you have to do is head towards your kitchen and make it.Ingredients:3 tablespoons of honey.2 tablespoons of lemon juice.1 tablespoon of oatmeal. Method of Preparation:Mix all the ingredients together until you get a smooth texture. Once prepared, apply the mixture on the area where you want to remove hair. Allow it to stay for 15 minutes and then wash it with warm water.In the end, apply your usual facial cream.In order to get the best results, repeat this procedure 2-3 times weekly. You will be surprised by the results after just one month.The hair will disappear completely.

Newer Advanced Hair treatments

Dr. Apratim Goel, Dermatologist
Introduction: Hair loss affects millions of women around the world, and around half of men would lose their hair by the age of 50. The most common type of hair loss among men is male pattern baldness called and rogeneticalopecia. For women, the most common triggers are hormonal (pregnancy, menopause, thyroid disorders, polycystic ovarian syndrome) or hereditary, but autoimmune conditions and nutritional deficiencies are also common. And unlike men, women tend to lose hair gradually and all over the head, so it can take longer to detect. Women don’t get hair line recession but widening of the hair parting.Treatments for hair loss: Being such multifactorial in causes, there is no one magical treatment that can treat the hair loss in all causes. Most of today's medicines for treating hair loss have limited effectiveness. Currently, we don't have a complete understanding of exactly why certain diseases cause hair loss. In many cases, we treat the symptoms, but not the causes of diseases. And often our ability to treat symptoms has limited effectiveness. For many sufferers, it destroys confidence and is a major cause of stress and depression.  Cutis Philosophy: At Cutis, we respect client first. We understand your needs and strive hard to get the best and latest  technology from all over the world to your doorstep. Right from the blood tests to nutritional counseling, we guide our patients at each step and make them understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle. However the treatment options are depending on the severity of the hair loss. These are:  Peptide Hair Spray: This is plant based Italian technology that is available as 30 ml spray bottles and contains a mix of peptides as well as growth factors which activate the hair root cells in the hair follicle and strengthen the existing hair follicles. This should usually be sprayed on the front and side of scalp (not on back) twice a week and left overnight. Next morning shampoo must be used.Cost: 1350 INR for 30ml sprayHair supplement: Lets face it. We cant eat all that our hair needs in the food on a daily basis, more so if you are a vegetarian. So it is wise to pop a hair supplement that contains all the essential nutrients that are needed for your crowning glory. Hair Induction: Depending on the extent of hair damage and the hormonal and nutritional deficiency, sometimes hair needs more than just topical medications and hair supplements. At Cutis we have the hair Induction programme that is a specially designed 6 weeks treatment done once in a week for 6 weeks. What is it? After forming PRP ( platelet rich plasma) from the patients own blood it is mixed with growth factors and infused into the scalp at the level of the hair roots with the help of a laser. This ensures a better targeted delivery of the active molecules resulting in faster and effective action. The results are seen in 3-4 weeks with small sprouts of hair seen growing out in both men and women.Cost: 8000 per session.Hair stem cell injections: These are plant based botanical stem cells that are very effective in mild to moderate balding and hair loss. The stem cells are penetrated into the scalp using a painless technology and usually 6-8 sessions may be needed to get optimum results.Cost: 5000 per sessionHair growth Laser: These are low level lasers that are used in the form of a laser cap and that stimulate the hair roots into the active stage. Prior to using the laser , the scalp is cleansed and a stimulating lotion is applied on the hair root. Each session lasts 20-25 minutes and is totally relaxing and painless. In severe cases this laser session can also be combined with hair induction or hair stem cell programme to accelerate the results. Cost : 4200 per session.

Diet for Healthy Hair Growth

Dr. Amar Deep, Homeopath
Lustrous, beautiful and healthy hair is a result of a healthy body and a healthy diet. Any nutritional deficiencies can lead to problems like dryness, brittleness, dandruff and ultimately hair loss. Cause of unhealthy hair/dandruff/hair fall: Hair fall and baldness is increasingly becoming a problem for most people who love to eat junk food, follow an unhealthy eating pattern and have a stressed lifestyle. Hair fall can also be caused by anxiety, insomnia, hair abuse or excessive use of chemicals like bleaching treatments, perming and coloring. Soft drinks, snacks like the fried, overcooked junk snacks, caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine have detrimental effects on the nutrients that enhance hair growth. Stress, tension, some medications and poor dietary habits are known to retard hair growth.Eating right, exercising, reducing stress and getting plenty of sleep, will help you maximize your hair growth potential. Also, incorporating healthy foods in your day-to-day diet will lead to a difference in hair.Include the following in your diet for healthy hairs: Carbohydrates - These are an essential source of energy and help in the growth of body tissues, hair. So, it is important to consume more of complex carbohydrates like vegetables, fruits, whole grains and brown rice rather than simple sugars and white flours. Carbohydrate rich foods are good source of B complex vitamins that are vital to healthy hair. Protein -- Protein provides strength to the shaft of the hair and reduces chances of hair fall by snapping and splitting. Inadequate protein intake over a lengthy period can cause major hair fall, which will affect its texture and quality. Foods high in protein are soy, tofu, and dairy products like milk, curd, paneer, cheese, nuts, oilseeds, beans and pulses. Essential fatty acids – This aids dry and brittle hair and improves the texture. Essential fatty acids from vegetable oils, whole grains, legumes, fresh nuts and oil seeds, spirulina, flaxseed oil and pumpkin seeds.Vitamin A Vitamin A is essential for hair growth and a healthy scalp. Beta-carotene is found in green and yellow vegetables and fruits, sweet potatoes, broccoli, apricots. Vitamin E Vitamin E increases oxygen uptake and improves circulation, thereby improving hair health and growth. Add E to your diet by consuming foods like avocados, rice bran, nuts, dark green vegetables, legumes and whole grains. Vitamin K This lesser known vitamin helps to maintain healthy hair. Food sources of Vitamin K include dairy foods, figs, asparagus, broccoli, lettuce, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, dark green leafy vegetables, oatmeal, rye, soybeans, wheat and yogurt. Vitamin B To ensure that your hair is healthy and does not split include foods rich in the different B vitamins. These include whole grains, beans, lentils, plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruits and tomatoes. Biotin deficiency has been linked to hair loss. Foods high in biotin are brown rice, cracked wheat, green peas, lentils, oats, soybeans, sunflower seeds and walnuts. Deficiency of B complex vitamins can lead to greasy hair, dandruff, poor hair growth and grey hair. Vitamin C Vitamin C is important for good circulation, hair growth and hair color. If you have enough vitamin C you will have strong, supple strands of hair that do not split. Good sources of vitamin C are all citrus fruits like oranges, lime, lemon, berries, and vegetables like Brussels sprouts, cucumbers, tomato, cauliflower, green leafy vegetables and red peppers. Minerals Iron – This carries oxygen to the hair. Without enough iron, hair and its follicles are starved of oxygen. This means that the goodness in the root of your hair is much less effective along the length of the strand. You can increase your iron intake by eating dark green vegetables, whole grains, and garden cress seeds or by adding iron supplements under supervision. Potassium Banana is the best source for potassium, which is important in nutrient transfer through cell membranes.Zinc Zinc builds hair protein and thus plays a vital role in maintaining good hair condition. Zinc stimulates hair growth by improving immunity. Its deficiency often results in poor hair growth and considerable hair loss. Natural Sources of zinc are legumes, mushrooms, non-fat dry milk, spinach, whole grains, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds. Lifestyle changes that needs to be followed: 1. Along with a healthy hair diet it is important that you exercise properly as it will ensure that there is proper blood flow to your scalp and will help in the growth of hair. 2. Treat your hair delicately. Avoid unnecessary brushing, combing or handling. Use a soft, round bristles brush. 3. Have a weekly scalp massage to provide stimulation to the hair follicles. 4. Have regular trims to eliminate split ends and allow the hair to look and feel healthier. 5. Get plenty of rest and sleep to allow your body to grow hair.

Your Hair Is What You eat!

Dr. Govind Suresh Mittal, Dermatologist
Hair and nutrition. The much talked about subject and something that almost every patient with hair loss asks me, "Doc, could my diet be responsible for my hair fall? Is there anything I must specifically take?" Well, well! I can attempt to throw you some facts about the same. 1. Does diet play a role at all? Yes, of course! The hair shaft, although a dead structure, is predominantly made of proteinaceous material. The cells at the hair root divide fast and a good supply of carbohydrates and other nutrients is essential for the biosynthesis of hair and normal energy metabolism of the hair follicle.2. Who is most predisposed to hair loss due to malnutrition? Those with poor dietary habits, inadequate food intake, food faddists, chronic alcoholics, those with certain enzyme deficiencies or inborn errors of metabolism, those on prolonged medication for various illnesses, those on prolonged antibiotics for months are some of the common victims of "poor" hair due to "malnutrition".3. What happens to hair in such circumstances? Malnutrition and specific deficiencies can cause hair to become sparse, brittle, easily pluckable, lustreless and they may also develop an altered brownish colour in severe cases. They tend to remain short, dry and grow slowly. Micronutrient deficiencies and severe protein-carbohydrate malnutrition can cause changes in nail and skin too.4. Do nutritional supplements help? Which are the ones that I must take? A person with a healthy balanced diet, without the predisposing factors above, may not need any supplements. Also, not all kinds of hair fall/alopecia may benefit to the same extent from supplementation. Importantly, replacement of specific deficiencies with supplements goes a long way in correcting hair fall. For example, women are often victims of iron deficiency anaemia and manifest with low hemoglobin, low serum iron/ferritin levels. They show dramatic improvement on correction of deficiency with supplementation. So goes the story with zinc and other micronutrient deficiencies too. Diet rich in sulfur-containing amino acids (proteins) has shown to increase the rate of hair growth and thickness. Research has shown that supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids over several months proves beneficial. There are several micronutrients that play important roles in hair biosynthesis and hair structure and may need replacement. But it's important to be assessed by the Dermatologist as to what may be the best supplement for you and the total duration that it must be taken for. Caution! Popping random pills and supplements without the doctor's advice can cause potential harm than good. Most importantly - no one wishes to pop pills for life, and probably one shouldn't! It's definitely worth working on a healthy nutritious balanced diet and maintaining it.