Thin Hair Got You Down Turn Up the Volume!

There are several factors which can cause your hair to become thin over time.  Hair thickness comes from having an adequate amount of keratin protein, which is made up of amino acids, and held together by hydrogen bonds. When there is a sufficient amount of amino acids, hair is thick, strong, and voluminous.

However, when it lacks these building blocks, the hair weakens and can become thin and frail. Amino acids also produce red blood cells that supply nutrients and oxygen to hair follicles further contributing to the health and thickness of each strand.  So whether your hair is becoming thin due to over styling, chemical treatments, or simply aging, adding a supplement such as HAIRFINITY Volume Builder Amino Acid Booster can help replace these hair building nutrients:

  • Cystine is an amino acid that has been shown to stimulate hair regrowth and fight hair loss while providing strength to the hair shaft.  Up to 14% of your hair is made up of this amino acid. Dietary sources of Cystine include chicken, broccoli and milk.
  • Arginine is one of the most important amino acids for hair growth. It produces nitric oxide, a compound which helps improve blood circulation and the supply of nutrients to the hair follicles. This can help improve the very first stages of hair growth. Dietary sources of Arginine include coconut, sunflower seeds, and fish.
  • Lysine help reduce the enzyme shown be a prominent factor in male and female pattern baldness. This amino acid can also improve iron absorption to prevent iron deficiency which has been linked to hair loss and excessive hair shedding.
  • Methionine is a sulphur rich amino acid that helps your body produce the keratin protein which is the main material of the hair shaft. It also helps boost collagen production, another protein that makes up the hair structure.  Dietary sources of Methionine include eggs, fish, and sesame seeds.
  • Taurine acts as a protective shield against the negative effects of TGF-beta, a protein that may cause hair loss. It has also been shown to help increase the hair diameter when taken by women who had fine or thin hair.

You may be eating a healthy and balanced diet! But including foods and supplements that contain these can help boost the growth and health of your hair, and also your overall well-being.

Hairfinity Candilocks…A Sweet Solution for Healthy Hair

In a perfect world, we would all have a balanced diet filled with the nutrients our bodies need to produce long, luxurious, healthy hair.  Sadly, for most of us it’s just not the case.  So, adding a supplement to fill in the gaps left behind by our regular diets can help lead to healthier hair.  What if we told you that by taking two sweet bites a day, you could achieve the hair of your dreams.  Sounds great, right?

We created Hairfinity Candilocks Chewable Hair Vitamins to do just that.

Hairfinity Candilocks is a new addition to our hair vitamin family.  It all started with Hairfinity Healthy Hair Vitamins (capsules) which became a worldwide sensation due to the millions of women sharing their testimonies and results.  We later added targeted Boosters to give an extra kick where needed (ie hydration, strength, volume, and more).  Now, we have added a Sweet Solution for Healthy Hair….. Candilocks!

Supplements are meant to do just what it sounds like, add a boost of nutrients to help complete your diet.  Studies have shown that only 10 percent of American get the essential nutrients they need from their diet alone. Because of this, many people do not get all of the vitamins their bodies need to produce healthy hair.

HAIRFINITY Candilocks Chewable Hair Vitamins are a convenient way to get your daily dose of hair vitamins. Key ingredients like Biotin, Horsetail, Inositol and Choline have been combined with other bioactive vitamins, minerals and nutrients for a formula designed to promote healthier, stronger, longer hair. This vegetarian formula was is made with natural cherry flavoring and no artificial coloring. For all hair types.*

Other Key Ingredients:

  • Vitamins A and Dpromote healthy hair and scalp with their antioxidant properties.*
  • Pantothenic Acidfor stronger hair follicles.*
  • Vitamin B12 to oxygenate scalp and hair follicles.*
  • Biotinsupports existing hair growth, keratin production, and increases hair elasticity.*
  • Additional ingredients include: Vitamin B6 and C, Folic Acid and Calcium.

Important: Hairfinity Candilocks is not a candy!  You should not take more than the recommended daily dose.

Why Are Men Attracted to Healthy Hair?

There are certain undeniable physical attributes about a woman that makes her more physically appealing to men. Truth be told, men are very visual, and they are drawn in by what they see. The eyes, smile, and waist hip ratio are some of the physical traits that attract men to women. Among the top ranking is healthy hair. There’s something that’s quite irresistible to a man about a healthy head of hair. So why is this? Why are men more attracted to healthy hair?

Femininity

Healthy or Long Hair are culturally and timelessly considered to be very feminine. Men visualize femininity when they see a woman with a bountiful head of hair that looks robust and vibrant. The framing of the face with beautiful and healthy locks seem to be more pleasing to the eyes of men. Hair, culturally speaking, is one of the things that defines a woman in a man’s eyes. It is considered, frequently, as beautiful and ladylike.  Often times, men enjoy showcasing a woman that has shiny or long hair to others as a sign of a great prize that they have.  For whatever the reason, the feminine look is often correlated with long or full and healthy hair.

Fertility and Youth

Flowing locks symbolizes youth and fertility. Pregnancy is a time when hair seems to be, for many, at its most thriving stage. It grows at faster rates and sheds less due to the hormones in the body during pregnancy.  Men are often times considering a future mate, and fertility could very well factor in to how they choose one. Youthfulness and healthy hair are often correlated. Let’s face it, looking and feeling young is desirable for not only ourselves but for what we look for in a potential mate. That being said, men desire vitality in women, and the hair is a definite telltale sign of just how vital you are.

Consistency and Dedication

Healthy hair shows that women care enough to take the time to be desirable for them. That extra time and money that it takes to achieve a great mane is quite evident to the opposite sex. Men love to see that women are stable and consistent enough to take time to care for their locks. Many times, long and healthy hair take years to grow and maintain, and that diligence is quite impressive! We are all aware, whether male or female, that healthy hair doesn’t come just by waking up and running our fingers through our mane. The time, consistency, effort, and dedication that it takes to care for your hair are all excellent attributes in a woman, and men actually recognize this!

Health and Good Genes

A flourishing mane often means healthy genes and overall good health. Who doesn’t want a healthy and spry mate? Hair that is shiny, full, and lively indicates good health. Underlying health conditions can present themselves through the way that the hair looks and feels. Hair health also indicates vitamin deficiencies, which in turn may imply the lack of good nutrition. Men often wish for women that are more aware and in tune with good nutritional and health practices.  Good looking hair isn’t just pleasing to the eye, but often indicates a strong healthy individual. Being attracted to healthy hair is quite natural. It also shows a sign of good hygiene and care for one’s self. If good genes are present, of course this means that future children have great chances of inheriting this great head of hair!

Other than the obvious advantages of having a fabulous head of hair, there is one that can’t be ignored. That is drawing the attention of the opposite sex. Men enjoy the hard work and TLC that you’ve put into your mane, even if they don’t verbalize it! Just the mere ogling over your tresses may be enough to say it all!  Don’t underestimate how the health of your hair can be so pleasingly aesthetic that it makes you alluring to men everywhere you go.  You can achieve that healthy and beautiful mane that is so desirable to men. Hairfinity Healthy Hair Vitamins and Booster Supplements nourish your hair from within, creating beautiful hair through inner wellness. Hairfinity is a total hair care system that works from the inside out.

Caring for What’s Beneath the Weave

We all want hair that looks good. Right?  Sometimes we add extensions to give our hair some extra oomph, experiment with a style we wouldn’t dare try on our precious locks or protect our hair while trying to grow it out.  No matter what style you rock, it’s important to care for your real hair and scalp.

We’ve all heard the saying “out of sight, out of mind.”  It’s easy to fall victim to this and neglect your hair while wearing weaves and extensions.

Before You Install the Extensions:

  1. Wash and deep condition your hair.
  2. Hydrate and protect with a leave in conditioner.
  3. Make sure your hair is completely dry.

Daily care while wearing extensions:

  1. Conditioning – use a silicone free leave-in conditioner as needed to keep hair hydrated such as Hairfinity Revitalizing Leave In. Apply directly to your natural hair that is under the extensions.
  2. Oiling – if you are wearing a sew-in weave, try oiling your scalp nightly using a silicone free oil such as Hairfinity Nourishing Botanical Oil. Apply directly to the scalp. Do not apply to the added hair as it may cause it to become too oily.
  3. Protecting Your Hairline – Weaves, braids, and extensions can wreak havoc on your hairline due to tension and dryness. Use a product designed to nourish and protect your hairline such as Hairfinity Infinite Edges Serum.  Also, make sure that your hair is not pulled too tight during the installation of the extensions.

Washing while you are wearing the extensions:

  1. Comb the extension hair thoroughly to remove all tangles.
  2. Use a shampoo designed to clear irritants and free follicles of buildup without stripping hair and scalp of its natural moisture such as the Hairfinity Scalp Purifying Shampoo. This shampoo has a special nozzle that makes it easy to apply the product directly to the scalp.  Apply the shampoo directly to the scalp and hair.  Massage the scalp to lift up dirt.  Rinse the shampoo out of the hair using warm water.  Make sure that you rinse your scalp thoroughly and remove all soap from the scalp.
  3. Use a conditioner designed to nourish, soothe and protect your scalp and natural hair while preventing matting, breakage and dryness such as Hairfinity Moisture Restoring Conditioner. This conditioner has a special nozzle that makes it easy to apply the product directly to the scalp.Let the conditioner sit on the hair for a few minutes and then rinse.  You can also deep condition both your exposed natural hair and added hair.
  4. Dry the hair completely.

After removing the extensions:

It is very, very important to have your extensions removed by a professional.  If not removed properly, you could lose a lot of hair.

  1. Make sure the hair is properly detangled and ALL shed hairs have been brushed out before washing. Not doing this can cause the hair to become extremely
  2. Wash your hair
  3. Deep Condition
  4. Dry the hair completely.

Hairfinity’s Beneath the Weave products are formulated with cooling, soothing ingredients to nourish your natural hair and scalp when extensions, weaves or protective styles are part of your look. Stops scalp itch while hydrating and refreshing. This line can also be used without extensions for scalp protection and nourishment.  Ingredients include:

  • Aloe
  • Neem Leaf Extract
  • Glycerin
  • Coconut Oil
  • Marshmallow Leaf/Root Extract
  • Olive Oil
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Peppermint Oil

Get to the “Root” of Hair Problems

Your hair is as unique as you are.  This is why you can’t always get to the “root” of your hair issues with just the naked eye. Evaluating the hair at a microscopic level can help identify the cause of hair problems and help determine the best way to care for your specific head of hair.  Hairfinity’s Microscopic Hair Analysis Testing can evaluate the hair’s strength, texture and more. These findings are then used to create a customized plan tailored precisely to your hair’s unique needs.

Microscopic Analysis

This test identifies the hair’s shape and pattern, splits in the hair’s ends and shaft, and damage to the hair’s cuticle and cortex.  To fully understand what is necessary to take care of your hair, you must first understand its structure. Hair is made up of three layers, which include the cuticle (outer layer), the cortex (middle layer), and the medulla (innermost layer).

  • The cuticle is made up overlapping cells that look like roof tiles. It gives the hair its color, shape, strength and elasticity and determines how the hair looks and feels. Chemical processing and styling can cause the cuticle to lift making the hair susceptible to damage.
  • The medulla is the innermost portion of the hair shaft. All hair does not have
    complete medulla, and finer hair types can have no medulla at all.
  • The cortex is made up keratin protein strands that act as rubber bands and give the hair its strength or elasticity. A weakened cortex will allow hair to break if it is stretched.

While all hair may have the same underlying structure, it cannot be treated the same because of the differences in hair shapes and patterns. Your hair shape determines your hair type.  If you looked at the cross-sections of the different hair types, you would find that kinky hair is elliptical in shape, wavy hair is oval, and straight hair is round.

  • Elliptical (Kinky): As you go down the hair strand of this hair type, you’ll find twists and turns known as kinks. At every kink, the hair is much thinner and susceptible to breakage and damage. Kinky hair also has fewer cuticle layers than any other hair type and the cuticle layers tend to be raised. This makes highly textured hair extremely susceptible to damage.
  • Round (Straight): When you look at a cross section of straight hair, it is round, and the hair’s cuticles also lay flat making straight hair stronger, and better at retaining moisture than any other hair type. Asian hair is the only hair that is perfectly round.
  • Oval (Wavy): The cross section of wavy hair is oval and the cuticle is flat allowing the hair to reflect light and retain moisture.  Wavy hair is much stronger than kinky hair, but not as strong as straight. hair. Caucasian hair is usually oval in shape.

Tensile Strength Test

This test determines how much tension your hair can handle before it breaks. Hair is strong. A single strand could hold up to 100 grams (3oz) in weight. Healthy hair, when wet, will stretch up to 55% of its original length and return to its normal shape without breaking, while dry hair will only stretch about 20%.  However, certain hair types are stronger and more elastic than others.  Kinky hair is the most fragile holding only 60 grams and stretching 40% before breaking.  Straight hair on the other hand, can hold up to 100 grams and stretch 55% before breaking.

Hair Diameter Test

This test determines the hair diameter (thickness/thinness) so you know how to properly care for your hair. Most people describe their hair as either thick or thin. However, the number of hairs you have can affect the thickness as well as the actual diameter (size) of each hair.  Fine hair will normally be more prone to breakage. Babies and young children have finer hair than adults. As a person grows up, their hair becomes thicker and stronger.  Then in older age hair can become thinner and finer again. Another factor is that, the closer to the root of the hair, the thicker a strand of hair would be.

How Does Hairfinity’s Microscopic Hair Analysis Testing Work?

After ordering the Complete Hair Analysis, expect a kit to arrive with instructions on how to send in your hair sample. Once the sample is received, your hair will be tested, and a report on the condition of your hair will be created along with a customized plan of action to address your hair concerns. Test results and hair care plan are detailed and easy to read, and include hair care tips and product recommendations.

Please note: Customer’s hair must be at least 4 inches long. We will need at least 20 strands to obtain accurate results.

Allow up to 4 weeks for test results and hair care plan to be completed and emailed to the address provided in your order.


Dr. Murad’s Tips For Sleep Deprived Skin

Dr. Murad’s Tips for Sleep Deprived Skin

You know when you feel sleep deprived – did you know you can look sleep deprived? Beauty sleep is not a cliché. If you’ve been told that you “look tired” there’s a chance that your skin is reflecting the tell-tale signs of a rough night’s sleep.

Without restorative sleep, your skin (and the rest of your body) misses out on essential recovery that keeps you healthy and, most of all, youthfully hydrated. Especially the production of growth hormone (GH), which is essential to refreshing cells, restoring skin elasticity, improving the body’s use of oxygen and even aiding in maintaining a healthy weight.

If you’re tired of looking tired, try these tips I’ve shared with my patients. They set the stage for a better night’s sleep, so you feel and look refreshed upon waking.

Use a humidifier. Skin becomes drier as we age because of a loss of lipids and a weaker skin barrier. Humidifiers put moisture into the air that helps relieve issues like skin dehydration.

Do something that relaxes you. Cortisol, the stress hormone, is in direct competition with sleep-enhancing melatonin. So, if you’re stressed before bed, your sleep will suffer.  What relaxes me might not relax you, so dedicate some time to figuring out what helps you wind down and prep for bed. Try a warm bath, relaxing music, a cup of caffeine-free tea, aromatherapy or meditation. I advise all my patients to disconnect from anything digital. Whatever you do, make it a goal to take 30 minutes before your set bedtime to follow a relaxing routine.

Fortify your body with nutrition. Entering sleep allows your body to repair itself.  Encourage this process by consuming healthy foods that are rich in antioxidants, omegas and amino acids. I like to eat walnuts and/or supplements that contain both omegas and antioxidants.

Do not eat a heavy meal within two hours of going to sleep. Your body, including your digestive system, needs to relax before you go to bed. Keep this in mind and, whenever possible, eat dinner earlier on in the evening.

Try a sleep-enhancing mist. Melatonin is found naturally in the body. It helps regulate your body’s circadian rhythm to promote deeper, more restful sleep. Beauty RESTore Sleep Oral Spray combines Melatonin with stress-relieving GABA and L-Theanine to encourage relaxation before bedtime. Just one to two mists an hour before bedtime not only encourages more restful sleep, but also helps improve the restorative abilities of your skin, so you wake looking refreshed and revived.

Transform Your Skin from Within

Transform Your Skin from Within

FACT: You have 19 million skin cells on every square inch of your body. Are you feeding them right to look your best?

Yes, you are what you eat. And, try as you might, it’s impossible to get all your nutrients from food. “Even the 20 to 30% of Americans who make the effort to consistently eat the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables a day may not be getting the vitamins and minerals they think their healthy eating guarantees,” says Dr. Murad, board-certified Dermatologist and founder of Murad skincare.

Diet isn’t the only factor in skin health. No time for exercise, increased stress levels, even where you live can negatively impact the look and health of your skin (think skin that looks, feels and acts dull, discolored, aged, and damaged).

Understanding this, Doctor Murad developed Internal Skincare®, the philosophy of supporting your skin health from the inside out. He has successfully advised his patients on this principle for over 50 years.

Internal Skincare for External Skin Health

“The years I spent treating skin were my training grounds for establishing an approach to skin health that goes far beyond the surface of the body,” says Dr. Murad. His commitment paid off in results. “I found that those who took advantage of my internal skincare program felt better, slept better, had a remarkable reduction in the severity of common skin disorders, and showed an apparent increase in structural strength and resilience that made it appear firmer, plumper, brighter—more like young skin.”

An essential part of these incredible, non-surgical results were supplements that benefited skin health the inside out. While Doctor Murad’s pioneering Internal Skincare® supplements weren’t available to the public until 1995, he has been prescribing supplements for skincare since 1972—almost 2 decades before founding his eponymous skincare system.

Why Murad Supplements?

Murad is the only skincare company that offers comprehensive, targeted internal AND external products designed specifically for the 4 major skin concerns: anti-aging, dehydration, acne, sun damage. Our supplements are dermatologist developed, specifically for skincare concerns, rather than general well-being. Murad’s skin-benefiting supplements unite with his innovative, award-winning skincare products to create a whole-person regimen. Just like Murad skincare, Murad supplements are intentionally formulated with natural and biosynthesized ingredients for superior efficacy and performance. Uniformity in skincare and supplements is critical, and we choose the best delivery to maximize free radical defense, boost hydration, and stimulate collagen production so skin stays smoother, younger, vibrant, and more radiant.

Ready to Reveal Your One-of-a-Kind Regimen?

Take our quick quiz and get the internal and external skincare kit customized just for you.

Ingredients to avoid if you have Rosacea

I’ve written about Rosacea many times – ingredients to avoid, the effects of diet, environmental triggers etc. But the message is far more interesting coming from Rosacea sufferers themselves.

According to the National Rosacea Society, 41% of 1,066 patients surveyed said that certain skincare products aggravated their condition.

Here are the top six skincare ingredients to avoid based on their reactions:

  1. 66% said Alcohol
  2. 30% said Witch Hazel
  3. 30% said Fragrance
  4. 21% said Menthol
  5. 14% said Peppermint
  6. 13% said Eucalyptus

Do you agree? Have you ever experienced a Rosacea or redness flare after using products containing any of these ingredients?

For more advice on how to manage Rosacea, have a read through my previous post: What is Rosacea and how can I treat it?

You can also read the full report from the National Rosacea Society here, or if you’d like anymore in depth or personalised skincare advice, email our team of sensitive skincare experts on support@paiskincare.com.


I’M A YOGA INSTRUCTOR: THIS IS MY ROSACEA STORY

We asked the Pai team’s favourite Yogi Lauren Wilkie to tell us all about her skin journey…

IN THE BEGINNING

Growing up, I never had any problems with my skin, but when I hit my twenties, it all went downhill. I developed red patches around my nose and onto my cheeks, with small spots that looked like pimples. This was diagnosed as Rosacea. After using topical antibiotics (the first left bleach spots all over my towels, the second only worked sporadically), I started researching the causes of my condition.

CONTROL-ALT-DELETE

I tried to control it by limiting or eliminating certain foods (dairy, coffee, red wine, anything spicy), and avoiding environments that might cause aggravation; hot weather, cold weather, Hot Yoga. None of these measures seemed to have an impact.

I started to feel guilty if I enjoyed a glass of wine, or anxious if I couldn’t control what I was eating – and really felt like I was missing out on the fun things in life. The worst thing was that my skin wasn’t any better. It seemed that the more I tried to control it, the worse it got – not knowing what would cause a reaction was the worst part.

SILVER LINING

I stumbled on Pai through a friend, and rejoiced when I found that they created skincare products specifically for Rosacea and sensitive skin. I was even more excited when I discovered that the products didn’t contain any nasty ingredients like Parabens and Methyl Alcohols (chemicals which I was trying unsuccessfully to avoid). I wasn’t willing to compromise on luxury and it seemed like there was no other option, until Pai.

LAUREN’S REGIME

After using the Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, and Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream for less than a week, I noticed a marked difference on my face. The redness was much calmer, and the unaffected areas had a healthy glow. A few weeks later, I decided to simplify my routine (no more topical antibiotics) and just stick with products from Pai. The red patches cleared up and not even a trip to India which entailed hot weather, spicy curry and lots of milk caused a reaction.

Eighteen months later, and I now feel totally liberated! My skin reflects the healthy lifestyle I lead, and I don’t need to worry about the occasional coffee or piece of cheese. Best of all, I feel much more confident in how I look – yes, even without make-up! Pai has allowed me to love my face again, and given me the confidence to feel like myself.


Pai On Tour: We’re Coming To Canada

Did you hear our exciting news? The Pai team are packing their bags and going on tour!

We’ll be visiting some of our favourite stockists next week to hold a series of Sensitive Skin SOS talks with Sarah Brown, our Founder.

Sarah Brown created Pai Skincare after suffering from hyper-sensitive and irritated skin, and her products have become well known for nurturing sensitive skin.

Join us for Q+As with Sarah, receive customised skincare recommendations, and have an opportunity to find products specific to your skincare needs. There’ll also be some special offers and gifts on the night!

Meet the maker for yourself at our events at Etiket, Montreal April 16 and The Detox Market, Toronto April 17.

Tickets are limited so make sure you get yours now. Etiket tickets are available using the link here, while you’ll get tickets for The Detox Market Toronto right here.

We can’t wait to meet our Canadian friends and fans!

 

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