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Part 2 – Help Alayne! My Hair is Falling out.

Well here it is! Part 2 of my tips to prevent hair loss!

We had so many comments about part 1 of this series about why your hair might be falling out, and here it is, Part 2 … With the good news!  There are many options to minimize hair loss and regrow healthy hair.  So, lets get started.

Hair-loss prevention depends on the underlying cause. Of course, treatment of underlying medical conditions like thyroid disease, anemia, and hormonal imbalances may be useful in preventing continued hair loss. So talk to your doctor if think you may have a medical condition but also try these tips to minimize hair loss:

Start with good nutrition. Especially adequate levels of iron and vitamin B, not just Biotin but the full range of vitamin B. Also take  Vitamin D and Iron, (look for a chelated or non constipating one.) Find HUM vitamins at Make Me Fabulous very soon!  Which have unique blends of vitamins, minerals and organic herbs to target your specific beauty needs from the inside.  Also, eat those fruits and vegetables, which are rich in vitamin A, B, Iron and protein. Examples: carrot, spinach, lentil, milk, cheese, dark green vegetables, fortified cereals, etc.  If you have sensitivity to gluten or dairy eliminate those ingredients from your hair products as well.  The Schwarzkopf and Colorproof lines we carry are both gluten free.  Eliminate whey in any hair and skin products if you have an issue with dairy products.  Volumizing or plumping products generally contain whey.


Ease up on the Heat. Many hair experts suggest putting away the blow dryer and air drying your hair instead. If you can’t live without your blow dryer, use it on a low-heat setting. Styling your hair while it’s wet can cause it to stretch and break. So style your hair when it’s dry or damp. Avoid teasing or back-combing your hair because they can cause damage. Ask your #teamfab stylist to show you some quick and easy non-heat styling options to do while sleeping or on the fly in the am.

Yoga for hair loss control and management. Yoga is the best therapy to combat stress, anxiety, depression and tension. These negative domains of health play important roles to suppress the body and also contribute to hair problems. Yoga such as Shirsasana (Headstand pose), Sarvangasana (Shoulder stand pose) and Viprit Karni increases blood supply to the scalp region and prevents thinning of hair. Meditation, Pranayama and relaxation yogic techniques greatly help to ease stress.ASANA_C

Scalp massage. Use simple scalp massage techniques and formulations to prevent hair loss. Massage scalp with oil such as coconut oil or vitamin E oil.  Even massaging with lemon juice has been known to be effective if you have build up on the scalp. Unfortunately, this may lighten hair or make it brassy. Do gentle massage to your scalp daily for 4 minutes as it helps to improve blood circulation and thereby hair growth. You may also consider using BC Plumping Tonic described in more detail below or Bumble and Bumble Thickening Serum. My own daughter who takes medication that thins her hair for an autoimmune condition tried this one in a manner known as “the inversion method,” where you massage your scalp daily with one of the treatment products listed above with your head upside for 4 minutes daily for 7 days in a row each month. I think her hair never looked better!


Scalp Exfoliation. My search also brought me to the benefits of exfoliating the scalp.  A gentle exfoliator removes build-up and residue to refresh, restore and revitalize the scalp.  Tea tree oil is said to be a good oil to use for scalp exfoliation or, we found a completely natural plant based product now available at MMF.  Try Neu scalp therapy from Neuma– featuring a proprietary blend of plant extracts and essential oils.  Can be used weekly, or as needed, to help maintain and promote healthy scalp and hair. Safe for color treated hair also extends the life and vibrancy of hair color. Rinse hair. Lather with reNeu shampoo™. Apply reNeu scalp therapy™ directly to scalp and massage with fingertips. Leave on 2 minutes. Contains ZERO synthetic fragrance, sulfates, sodium chloride, parabens, 1,4-dioxane, phthalates, glutens, neurotoxins, aluminum compounds, glycols, formaldehyde donors, ureas, carcinogens, environmental pollutants – simply a genuine, sustainable brand. • Renewable, beneficial, plant-based, colour safe ingredients • Certified Organic Extracts • 90% post consumer recycled bottles • 100% certified wind power • 100% recycled fiber containers • Vegan • PETA approved • No animal testingneuma

Bumble and Bumble Full Potential is an additional exfoliating therapy and more.  A professional, hair-preserving shampoo, conditioner and spray for fuller, stronger hair. When used as a regimen, it helps reduce hair loss* by 46% in one month. Infused with Hair Preserve Blend™, this invigorating, exfoliating treatment creates an optimal scalp environment by removing sebum and product build-up. The Hair Preserve Blend™ acts like a “liquid bandage” to promote strength and elasticity for thicker-feeling hair.full potential

Use Detox Shampoo once a week: Once a week use Colorproof’s Detox Shampoo to fully clean the scalp and eliminate any clogging products or residue.  This technique is amazing and your hair becomes softer with every detox shampoo we have seen clients need to be shampooed initially anywhere from 3 to 7 times to fully breakdown buildup.


Additional products that promote hair growth


Schwarzkopf Fibre Force Line.   For hair that is breaking, Fibre Force is an intensive strengthening treatment for extremely damaged hair. The secret to these products is micronized hair-identical keratin, that reduces damage and frizz by sealing the outer breaks and gaps along the hair shaft and strengthening the hair’s inner cortex. Sure, that’s a mouthful, but basically it’s repairing damage, which is a major breakthrough. Use for 6 weeks and then continue with your regular shampoo and conditioner.fibreforce

BC EXCELLIUM PLUMPING LINE WITH Q10+ COLLAGEN.  For fine & coloured mature hair. Q10+ COLLAGEN

A substance detectable in every human cell and indispensable for the energy production in the respiratory chain, powerful co-enzyme Q10+ stimulates the hair root to reactivate keratin production. Collagen is a natural protein comprised of polypeptide chains. Collagen present in the skin is responsible for elasticity, shape and strength. These formulas penetrate into the hair, refilling and strengthening the structure of every hair strand. Products include Plumping Tonic, Plumping Spray, Plumping Souffle and Plumping Shampoo, all silicone free so safe for use on the scalp and gives weightless plumping, volumizing and restores fine mature hair.

  • Bodifies, refills and strengthens limp hair
  • Helps to preserve colour
  • Helps to improve elasticity and support shape
  • Energizes the hair roots for re-plumped hair

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BC REPAIR RESCUE.  For damaged, distressed hair.  High Concentration of Proteo-Lipids. The secret of Repair Rescue lies in our highest concentration of breakthrough proteolipids, a powerful combination of a hydrolyzed keratin and a lipid component that restore the protective layer of virgin hair. While Amino Cell Rebuild, with Amino Acids and Panthenol, acts to perfect the cortex, rebuilding the architecture of the hair from the inside, restoring strength and elasticity, while adding vital moisture. Cell Perfector Technology provides additional care – repairing the hair by filling structural gaps, restoring elasticity, fortifying throughout and imparting deep shine into all hair types. 100% hair replenishment, 100% resilience, 95% less hair breakage.Repair_Rescue

Well, I hope that this has helped and I hope you will stop in and let us help you choose the perfect regimen for your thinning or stressed hair.  We’ve added additional products to the boutique thanks to your questions and needs. As always – Stay Fabulous! Alayne

Help Alayne! My Hair is Falling Out?

Help Alayne!  My hair is falling out! Part 1

We hear it all the time as hair stylists! Therefore, I’ve spent years researching hair loss not only for my clients but also for myself. Here’s what I’ve found.

Reasons for female hair loss can range from the simple and temporary to the more complex. Losing hair can be stressful.   Most people lose about 50 to 100 head hairs a day. These hairs are replaced as they grow back in the same follicle on your head. This amount of hair loss is totally normal and no cause for worry. If you’re losing more than that, though, something might be wrong.

If you have hair loss and don’t know what’s causing it, talk to your doctor. A doctor can determine why the hair is falling out and suggest a treatment that will correct the underlying problem, if necessary. Here are some basic causes of hair fallout.

DHT. The most important cause of hair loss is a hormone called ‘DHT’. DHT binds with hair follicles and is thought to prevent nutrients from reaching and feeding the hair. Some researchers also theorise that DHT may cause the body to treat hair as a “foreign body.”

In order to treat hair loss caused by DHT, sufferers can use medication such as Propecia, which reduces DHT production in the body. There are also topical treatments, which may block DHT in the scalp, but the effectiveness of these treatments is unknown.

Poor blood circulation in the scalp. You can’t regrow your hair if your hair is not receiving the nutrients it needs to grow. Your hair receives nutrients from your blood. Tiny blood vessels connect to your hair in your scalp. As we age though some peoples’ scalps change and the blood supply to the hair follicles becomes restricted. It can get so restricted that the follicles receive no nutrients at all and they die completely.

Stress.  Stress is a massive cause of not only hair loss but also premature aging and many other signs of reduced health. Stress not only causes poorer blood circulation (due to tension in muscles such as shoulders and neck, among other things,) but stress also causes a depletion of key vitamins needed for hair growth, including B vitamins. Any kind of physical trauma surgery, a car accident, or a severe illness psychological stress (like a death in the family), even the flu can cause temporary hair loss. Severe stress typically sends the body into a state of shock, flooding it with various hormones and metabolites.  Stress also leads right into the next reason…

 A trigger event. Many people experience a general thinning of hair several months after a physical or emotional shock. This type of hair loss is temporary. Examples of trigger events include sudden or excessive weight loss, a high fever, surgery, or a death in the family, delivering a baby, going through a traumatic event, or having a serious illness.  Because the hair we see on our heads has actually taken months to grow, a person might not notice any disruption of the hair growth cycle until months after the event that caused it.

Menopause. Hormonal changes common during the menopause can cause increased hair loss, although this does not happen to all women.

Pregnancy. Hair loss is common after pregnancy, due to hormonal changes. Often the lost hair will regrow but not always. Techniques can be used to encourage regrowth including following a highly nutritional diet that feeds the hair and improves hormonal balance.

Smoking. Smoking causes a major restriction in blood vessels at the surface of the skin — this is exactly what you don’t want if you’re concerned about your hair. Since it’s important that blood flows to the scalps surface in order to feed the hair, restricting that blood flow may impact on hair growth.

Iron Deficiency Anemia. If you think iron deficiency may be a cause of your hair loss get a blood test to check. Women who have heavy periods or don’t eat enough iron-rich foods may be prone to iron deficiency, in which the blood doesn’t have enough red blood cells. Be sure to get your iron and ferritin levels checked.

Braiding, dreadlocks and other hair styles that pull the hair.  Some hair styles pull on the hair. E.g. pulling the hair back very tightly in a pony tail. This may “train the hair” to grow closer and closer to the scalps surface with time (known as traction alopecia). This is common with ethnic hair styles that pull hair tightly with pony tails and corn rows.

Overuse of “Cones.” In recent years, studies have been released that excessive use of “cones” such as dimethicone or silicone used regularly on the scalp may over time clog the hair follicle and cause the hair to fall out, sometimes permanently.   No one really knows if the hair eventually grows back after stopping use of these products. If you have been using “cones,” (they are usually used to make hair smoother or less frizzy.) Stop using them on the scalp and only use mid shaft to ends. MMF is working to only carry products that do not have “cones” in them that are used on the scalp. 

Medicines. Chemotherapy drugs can lead to hair loss, but there are, in fact, dozens of other drugs that might cause hair to fall out. These include anti-thyroid medications, hormonal therapies (like birth control), anti-convulsants (for epilepsy), anti-coagulants, beta-blockers, and many others.

Illnesses or medical conditions. Endocrine (hormonal) conditions, such as uncontrolled diabetes or thyroid disease, can interfere with hair production and cause hair loss. People with lupus can also lose hair. The hormone imbalance that happens in polycystic ovary syndrome can cause hair loss in teen girls and adult women.

Alopecia areata.  This skin disease causes hair loss on the scalp and sometimes elsewhere on the body. About 1 in 50 people get this type of alopecia at some point in life. Scientists think alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder and that the hair follicles are damaged by the person’s own immune system.

Alopecia areata usually starts as one or more small, round bald patches on the scalp. These can get bigger The hair usually grows back within a year, but not always. Sometimes people with alopecia areata lose their hair again.

Hair treatments and styling.  Too much heat on your hair (like using a hot iron or hot blow drying) or excessive lightening with bleach and peroxide can cause hair to become fragile and break. Give hair a break from this treatment and give it a chance to get healthy again and regrow. Ask your MMF stylist for alternate coloring and styling techniques. We have lots of them! Like air drying Ouidad techniques and Essensity oil based color and lighteners formulated without ammonia, silicones, mineral oil, parabens and artificial fragrances.  Or, Absolutes hair color with more collagen for mature hair.

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Poor nutrition. Not eating enough healthy food can contribute to hair loss. This is why some people with eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia lose their hair: The body isn’t getting enough protein, vitamins, and minerals to support hair growth. Some people who are vegetarians also lose their hair if they don’t get enough protein from non-meat sources. And some athletes are at higher risk for hair loss because they may be more likely to develop iron-deficiency anemia.

Infection. Although a number of infections can lead to hair loss, the most common infection that affects the scalp and hair is ringworm. Don’t let the name fool you: Ringworm is actually caused by a fungus. Tinea capitis, as it’s more scientifically known, is caused by mold-like fungi called dermatophytes that thrive in warm, moist conditions and typically arise due to poor hygiene. While it affects mostly children, it can be caught at any age.

Next week, I’ll introduce you to more natural remedies and more styling and treatment products to help you limit hair loss.  Let me know your thoughts! Research for this blog and more information on hair loss can be found at › Beauty