Thursday, May 19, 2011

Tips on How to Hide Thinning Hair Bald Patches

Hi, do you any tips on how to hide thinning hair especially in the crown area?

YouTips4u Ans. Hi, I have several suggestions for you:

First, you want to create some volume to cover up the thinning. You can do this by getting a cut that layers your hair in the crown area as with layered bangs or you can have long bangs.

Also, blow dry your hair upside down to enhance volume. You may also want to use a volumizing spray or mousse to help hold the volume. Spray at the roots then gentle lift the hair from the scalp while you blow dry upside down.

You may also want to consider getting highlights. Highlights create volume because they cause the hair shaft to swell and they also create depth. Highlights and low lights also work very well. They can be especially nice if you have a layered cut. Speak to your stylist and tell him/her what you are trying to achieve. They can be very effectively placed for enhanced volume.

There is also a product on the market called Toppik.
I have not tried it, but I have heard that it really helps to hide thinning spots where scalp may be exposed. Toppik fibers are made of keratin protein and when you shake it on your thinning or bald areas, it intertwines with your own hair and bonds securely. It comes in different colors to match your hair color.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

How to do a Patch Test to Test a Product for Allergy

Hi, in your last video about losing hair, you mentioned that you should always test products like hair dye first before applying them to your scalp. Can you tell me how I would go about that?

YouTips4U: Hi, people with sensitive skin should be extra careful when using new products especially things like hair dye. A great way to test to see if you have an allergic response to a product is to do a patch test. Simply place a few drops or smudges of the product onto a band-aid and stick it to your inner forearm. Leave it there for about 24 hours and do not get it wet. After 24 hours have passed, remove the bandage and check for any redness, itching or blisters. This process should be repeated for a second and then a third 24 hour period. If you do not notice any irritation and skill looks smooth and clear after the entire 72 hour process, then your product is fine to use.

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Eat Fruit to Help You Lose Weight

Fruit is a very healthy snack, but it does contain sugar. However, there
is a silver lining to the sugar contained in fruit and that is that fruit also contains fiber. Fiber helps your body digest food more slowly which helps to improve your insulin response to the sugar. So if you need a pick-me-up snack, reach for fruit. Here are some great fruits that are also low in calories and high in fiber.

1. Grapefruits. Grapefruits are low in sugar and high in fiber and they actually make you feel fuller. A tip for you is to eat 1/2 a grapefruit before your meal and you will eat less and feel fuller. You'll also get much needed Vitamin C!

2. Apples. Remember the old saying "an apple a day helps keep the doctor away", well it's a great saying to live by. Apples are high in fiber, again great for keeping your tummy full. They are a great snack and can be dressed up with peanut butter or cheese for a more hearty small meal during the day or before a workout. It's best if you don't peel your apple because much of the fiber is in the skin.

3. Bananas. Many people think bananas are fattening, however this is simply not so. They contain "resistant starch" a type of fiber that your body digests more slowly and that helps to keep blood sugar stable and you feel satisfied longer. It's best to eat bananas when they don't have black spots because as they ripen, those healthy starches turn to sugar which ups the calories for the banana. I like them with just a tiny bit of green toward the stem and the rest of the banana bright yellow. No spots!

$. Raspberries. Raspberries have the most fiber of all the berries. One cup of raspberries has twice as much fiber as one cup of blueberries. They are also very satisfying to eat because of the hand to mouth experience. Because raspberries are only about one calorie each, you can just grap handfuls, rinse them off and eat as much as you like.

I hope you found this helpful and that it will encourage you to eat more fruit and not avoid these naturally sweet snacks which can be so beneficial for you.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Sleep More and Lose Weight

There is solid evidence linking lack of sleep to excess weight. Research has shown that people who sleep less consume more calories. When your body does not get enough sleep, you lack energy and store more fat. You will find that you need to eat more throughout the day to keep your body moving and doing the tasks that are required to do to get you through the day. You'll crave more sweets to give your brain the energy boost it needs. Make it a point to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night, 8 hours is optimal. Getting only 5 hours or less can leave you vulnerable to weight gain. Some of you may find that 6-7 is optimal for you; each person is different. Gauge the way you feel when you get 6, 7, or 8 hours of sleep and see how you feel. Then make every effort to get your required optimal zzzz's each night. Not only will you feel better and perform better throughout the day, but you will look better too. Your hair will have shine, your complexion will stay clearer and you will avoid illness more readily because your immunity will stay strong. I personally can attest that I need 8 hours to feel optimal. It can be hard with a family and work to try to get those required hours, but with a little planning ahead of time I can usually do it 5 out of 7 days a week. I definitely feel the difference when I get only 6 or 7. I am a personal who is extremely active and requires a high energy level to complete my daily tasks which include taking care of my family and home, exercising and working. Without adequate sleep, I usually find that I'll have trouble reaching my full potential for the day, especially in my exercise intensity, and I find that I will need to eat more to stay energized. So start tonight and make sleep a priority!

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