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Hair After Cancer – Specializing in Hair Care for Cancer Survivors and Patients

As Salon Professionals, we try to compete for clients based on our creative skills and try to constantly strive for education that will differentiate us from the ever-present “salon down the street”. Unfortunately, we are all providing very similar services to very similar clients. But, what if we began to specialize in niche markets of clientele and used our valuable education to hyper-specialize in a certain niche to become worldwide experts in the very unique beauty challenges they face? Would we not be able to service these clients better? Would these clients not be more loyal than our current “generic clients”? Would we not be able to enhance our income by becoming experts and enjoy the rewards of more meaningful referral networks? Would we not be able to realize the true professional impact that most of us want to have on the world? This article provides licensed beauty professionals with that very opportunity.

Just about everyone knows one or more people that have been treated with cancer. Many cancer patients and survivors are disappointed with the way their hair recovers after cancer treatments. Even after several months, their hair seems dry, brittle, frizzy, and unmanageable. The overall condition of the hair seems to have been comprised by varying textures, different rates of growth, and overall thinning. Although some of the side effects of cancer treatments that impact the health of a person’s hair can last for a long time, there are measures that can be taken to accelerate the hair’s recovery and restore beautiful, youthful, and healthy looking hair with more certainty in a shorter period of time.

Successful hair services, either after or between cancer treatments, requires a delicate combination of understanding, specialized product ingredient-knowledge, and an innovative approach. First, the specific ailments that cancer treatments have on human hair health, as well as their individual causes, should be fully understood. Next, the proper approaches that will address each ailment, while enhancing over all hair health and vitality, should be explored. Finally, an introduction to the classes of products must be examined and evaluated for their overall health, potential medical side effects, and effectiveness. Finally, a professional seeking to address these challenging but rewarding clients should develop a holistic approach to planning and providing a long-term, comprehensive, beauty restoration strategy for these clients whose needs will most certainly be unique and demanding.

Side Effects of Cancer Treatment to Human Hair Health

Cancer treatments are harsh on hair follicles. Stronger hair follicles will recover first and begin to generate hair. Some other hair follicles will begin to generate hair months after the last cancer treatment has ended, while the weaker hair follicles may have gone dormant. Because hair on the top of the head tends to grow from weaker follicles, many patients may notice that they experience more thinning at the top of the head rather than the sides where hair follicles tend to be stronger.

Many cancer patients complain that their hair begins to lack color or tone after cancer treatments. Actually, this is not usually the case. What does often happen is that the blended, or overall, color or tone of the hair may begin to change because the follicles of different colored hair strands die or go dormant.

After cancer treatment, hair may be kinky primarily because of uneven damage to the follicle, which means the hair grows at an angle, which will cause it to curl.

Cancer treatments will often cause severe damage to the sebaceous glands found in the scalp. These glands produce a light oily liquid known as sebum which naturally progresses up the outer cuticle of the hair fiber. This sebaceous system is what provides hair its natural moisture. With damaged sebum, it is difficult to cultivate healthy looking beautiful hair after cancer treatments unless it is properly cared for.

Cancer treatments can leave the body with a debilitated capacity to regulate the distribution of different proteins. Hair is made of a delicate balance between protein and moisture. If hair is brittle and prone to breakage, or unmanageable because it seems almost too firm, then this is an indication that the hair is lacking moisture and has a high percentage of protein. If hair is weak and pulls apart, or is unmanageable because it seems almost too soft or gooey, then this is an indication that the hair is lacking protein and has a high percentage of moisture.

Big Beauty – Damaged, Porous, Weak Fibers Covered by Shiny Silicones and plastics.

Fortunately for the beauty industry, especially “Big Beauty” companies, human hair is amazingly resilient. The prescribed process that all salon professionals learn in beauty school is that to treat the hair, we must “open” (read as “blast open and corrode” the cuticle to penetrate into the hair fibers. To do this, we are taught to use incredibly toxic, corrosive, harsh, carcinogenic, and damaging chemicals like ammonia and formaldehyde. We are all taught that this severely damages the hair fiber, but that is ok, because we can use products to “close” (read as “slick over and cover up the damage”) the hair cuticle with special products later. For “Big Beauty” companies, this approach ensures that once a client’s hair is initially damaged, an ever-repeating cycle is facilitated that necessitates the purchase of their silicone and plastic products.

Even worse, these chemicals damage follicles and glands necessary to naturally sustain full, healthy hair throughout a person’s lifetime. Chemicals commonly used in traditional hair care, especially ammonia and plastics, either clog up or corrode hair follicles causing them to go dormant and destroy the natural melanin and tyrosine in hair which gives hair its natural ability to “hold” color. What we are left with is clients inflicted, by us as their unwitting beauty professionals, with thinning hair that has color that quickly fades. Conveniently, these clients are dependent on “Big Beauty” products for the rest of their lives, spending large amounts of money, in hopes of regaining their hair’s youthful luster that has been systematically stolen from them by the very companies that they continue to support.

Unfortunately, for clients that have undergone cancer treatments at some point during their lives, they cannot afford to play the “Big Beauty” game because of the delicate nature of their hair.

Caring for Hair after Cancer

Caring for clients that have been treated for cancer requires a basic sensitivity to the ingredients contained in the products that you use and recommend for them. It is important to carefully consider their medical situation of having many of their body’s natural defenses impaired by the cancer treatments that they received.

While most people, and definitely most cancer patients, are conscious and sensitive to the foods that they eat; they are less sensitive to the ingredients contained in the products they apply to their hair or skin. This is a horrifying mistake. Research has continually found that any chemicals applied to the hair or skin are immediately absorbed into the blood stream and can be found in urine tests within 30 minutes of application. This demonstrates a simple fact of the human digestive system that is often ignored by cosmologists and estheticians. Ingredients that are eaten are filtered through the bodies most fierce and relentless barrier found in the human body, which is the acids found in the stomach and the enzymes in the large and small intestines. Unfortunately, the ingredients that are applied to your hair or skin lack this natural super-filtration system and instead are absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the pores and follicles.

While most cosmetologists and estheticians understand that there are roughly 6,000 times more follicles and pores on the human scalp than any other part of the skin, it seems that pharmaceutical companies have only recently begun to understand this. This is best demonstrated by the recent surge in topical medication prescribed to be applied to the nape of the neck or the scalp itself. While more and more drugs are being applied to the scalp because of its direct access to the bloodstream, few practitioners, including beauty professionals, have been considering what the implications may be to toxic chemicals in hair products being applied directly to the scalp. While almost all knowledgeable professionals would never eat or drink their hair color or straightening products, they somehow do not question or hesitate applying it to their scalp! This is a consideration that must be taken into account when caring for clients who have been treated for cancer.

First, Do No Harm

Cancer treatments have a tendency to not only weaken a person’s hair, but also their immune system and vital organs. Because of this, a salon professional specializing in treating clients who have been treated for cancer must be more cautious of the ingredients contained in products. The delicate balance of performance and healthy ingredients must be carefully weighted toward harmless and healthy ingredients. Here are some of the recommendations from trained professionals well versed on this balance and how they can be applied to specific deficiencies cause by cancer treatments.

The liver is among the many organs that can be affected by cancer treatments. One primary function of the liver is to detoxify proteins of poisonous ammonia. This critical function can be burdened even more when introducing additional sources of ammonia into the blood stream through products like permanent hair color. To avoid elevated levels of ammonia in the body, and an overburdened liver that is already debilitated from cancer treatments, use Organic Color Systems which is the most natural and organic hair color product that does not sacrifice professional performance or exceptional results. Unfortunately, this hair color product is only available through licensed salon professionals and not sold to the general public.

Avoiding ammonia will also help restore thinning hair. Remember that hair follicles in men can die off but hair follicles in women most often are just dormant. Follicles can become dormant as a result of damage or clogging. The two most common sources of damage to hair follicles are ammonia and cancer treatment therapies. Another reason why hair follicles can go dormant is because they are clogged and unable to grow hair. This is most commonly due to plastics found in hair styling products. To clarify the scalp of plastics and other clogging impurities, use a product like Soothe Plus shampoo, conditioner, and treatments. Soothe Plus is a product is made with only 100% certified organic ingredients and is highly effective at gently removing plastics and other impurities from the scalp while enhancing blood circulation in the scalp without risk at damaging the hair follicles.

While any damage to the hair cuticle is bad, uneven damage caused by cancer treatments will affect the porosity and coarseness of hair, which will result in an unusual texture. To treat this unusual texture, consider a natural and organic protein treatment designed to even out porous hair with nourishing natural proteins. One such ideal product is Revamp, which fills and fortifies the cuticle with organic, plant derived proteins, which naturally bond with the hair and cultivate inner hair repair.

The delicate balance between protein and moisture in hair is critical to having healthy and lustrous hair. Ideally, healthy hair contains 87% moisture and 3% protein. To illustrate how delicate this balance is, consider that the only difference in substance between human hair and human fingernails is that human fingernails contain 3% more protein and almost no moisture. Because protein synthesis is jeopardized from cancer treatments, special care and consideration should be taken when dealing with clients who have been treated for cancer. When hair is deficient in protein, it is weak an can pull apart easily. This type of hair should be treated with Power Build Shampoo, Reconstructor, and Conditioner as well as Revamp treatment. When hair is deficient in moisture, it is brittle and should be treated with Aqua Boost Shampoo, Conditioner, and Reconstructor. When hair is weak and brittle, it is deficient in both protein and moisture and should be treated with Revamp and Aqua Boost Reconstructor as well as Status Quo Shampoo and Conditioner.

A vital tool in providing beauty services to any client who has undergone cancer treatment is the Wet Stretch Test. This test will quickly, reliably, and accurately analyze exactly what the hair needs and precisely how to treat it.

A Meaningful and Rewarding Specialty

Specializing in providing salon services to salon clients who have been treated for cancer will not only fill demand that is hopelessly left unfulfilled in the salon industry, but it will also provide a more meaningful purpose for your career as you bring new vitality and inspiration to your clients lives through enhancing their physical beauty, self image, and confidence. Specializing in this specific category of hair care will provide you with a target market of clients that have a great need for your specific services and knowledge. Utilizing the right products and continually supplementing your knowledge through education, research, empathy, and awareness will server to enhance the lives of both you and your future clients.

This and more information found at: http://www.organiccolorsystems.com/hair-care-cancer/

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    Top Ten Foods for Healthy Hair

    The Nutrients Your Hair Needs

    Written or reviewed by a board-certified physician

    Healthy hair relies on certain essential nutrients, including protein, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, zinc, calcium, biotin and vitamins A, C, E and D. Eating a healthy balanced diet should provide you with all these nutrients, especially if you include these top ten foods for healthy hair.

    Salmon and tuna are rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin D, but even though they’re rich in omega-3 fats they’re not high in total fats or calories. Add salmon or tuna to a fresh green salad or enjoy them as sushi. Canned tuna and salmon can be kept on hand and used in a number of recipes. Herring, sardines and trout are also rich in omega-3s.

    Spinach, Swiss chard and kale are excellent sources of vitamin A, iron, calcium and vitamin C. They’re also low in calories so they’ll also help you keep a trim waistline. Use raw green as a base for your salads or sauté them with a little olive oil and garlic and serve as a healthy side.

    Almonds, pecans and walnuts are rich in plant proteins, biotin, minerals and vitamin E. Walnuts are also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Eat raw walnuts as a snack or top your salads with toasted pecans. Sprinkle some almonds on green beans or other cooked veggies.

    Sweet potatoes and yams are packed with vitamin A, plus they contain vitamin C, iron and calcium. Serve whipped sweet potatoes as a tasty side dish or bake sweet potatoes and top them with a little molasses, which adds even more calcium.

    Eggs are an excellent source of protein and biotin, and they contain vitamins A and E iron and calcium. Eggs produced by hens fed special diets, called ‘omega eggs’ are also good sources of omega-3 fatty acids.

    Dry beans, lentils and soy are rich in protein, zinc, iron and biotin. Baked beans can be used as a topping for baked white or sweet potatoes. Or serve lentil soup with a fresh green salad.

    Oysters are extremely high in zinc plus they’re a rich source of protein. Enjoy raw oysters on the half shell, prepared as Oysters Rockefeller, or make oyster stew for dinner.

    Dairy products are high in protein, vitamin D and calcium. Go with low or non-fat milk and cheese to cut back on some of the calories. Serve Greek yogurt with honey, berries and nuts for a delicious breakfast or healthy dessert. Alternatively, milk made from almonds, soy or rice is also a good choice.

    Red bell peppers are high in vitamins A and C, plus they’re super low in calories. Top a salad with raw red pepper slices. Roast them with an assortment of veggies or add them to a stir-fry.

    Beef is an excellent source of protein and zinc. It can be high in fats and calories, so choose a leaner cut like a filet mignon. Grass-fed beef has a better fatty acid profile. Add thin slices of steak to a salad or use lean cuts of beef in a stir-fry.

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      7 Household Plants to Soothe Your Health & Beauty Woes

      Plants that will make you pretty, inside and out
      by EMILY WOODRUFF

      Breathe Easy With English Ivy
      The one thing DIY blogs and Home Depot enthusiasts gloss over: The nasty smells and chemicals that come with revamping your home. The solution? English Ivy. NASA scientists list the vine as the No. 1 best air-filtering houseplant. It sucks up formaldehyde, a carcinogen produced by household cleaning products, plywood, particle board and other pressed wood, like cabinets and engineered or laminate hardwood floors.

      Remember With Rosemary
      Have you ever made your way to your car after shopping to find you, um, can’t remember where you left said vehicle? If you answered, “No, because I can never find my keys to make it to the store,” consider growing rosemary in your home. A recent study found that the carnosic acid in the plant improves circulation to the brain, reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

      Keep a small pot of this low-maintenance herb in your home to reap the benefits — studies have shown that just smelling the aroma of rosemary improves memory. To really get your brain blood pumping, steep a sprig in hot water for five minutes to create an anti-amnesia tea.

      Stressed? Take a Whiff of Lavender
      Lavender: Not just for the ol’ underwear drawer. Taken orally in pill form, it’s been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety, like insomnia and depression. In one study, just a whiff of the scent reduced the feelings of unease that accompanied a trip to the tooth doctor. While we won’t dub it the new laughing gas just yet, we might plant one outside the dentist’s office.

      To bring a sense of calm into your home, grow this plant in a medium or large bucket in an area that gets plenty of direct sunlight. Once it blooms, snip off individual stems and hang them upside down to dry. Scatter the dried blooms in a bath and settle in for a relaxing, lavender-infused soak.

      Lady Palm for Your Sneezing and Wheezing
      This plant targets airborne ammonia, an enemy of the respiratory system and a major component of both household cleaners and animal waste. So, if you’ve got a pet, you’re inhaling this eye, nose and lung irritant, whether you’re obsessed over cleaning up after it or just pretending the kitty litter is self-cleaning. OCD neat freaks and crazy cat hoarders alike can help counteract the gas with this easy-to-care for indoor plant.

      Shoo Flies With Catnip
      It’s not that we like being covered in bug bites, it’s just that we’re not willing to cover ourselves in chemicals to avoid them. Enter: catnip. Research suggests that it repels mosquitoes 10 times more effectively than the chemical repellant DEET. To create your own natural repellent, simply crush the leaves and rub them on your skin or clothing. Just make sure you’re not in cat country — or worse, cougar country — when you apply it.

      Face-Plant Into Aloe Vera
      It’s known for taking the sting out of sunburns, but the gel that oozes from this plant can also make your acne cream more effective. In a study, those who applied aloe vera after applying a retinoid prescribed for acne experienced a 90 percent reduction in acne, compared to a 65 percent reduction in those who used the retinoid alone. If you’d rather have 10 percent of your acne, compared to 35 percent (this is not a trick question), slap on some aloe vera 10 to 15 minutes after applying your retinoid.

      SEE NEXT PAGE: Chamomile: the Wrinkle-Reducing ChampionChamomile: the Wrinkle-Reducing Champion
      Chamomile, long celebrated for its ability to aid in digestion, contains alpha-bisabolol, a compound that reportedly slows down the aging process by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. One study found that alpha-bisabolol reduces hyperpigmentation more effectively than arbutin, the most common skin lightening ingredient.

      To slow the hands of time, add dried chamomile flowers to distilled water and bring to a boil. Allow mixture to steep for 20 minutes, then store the mixture in an airtight bottle in the fridge. Apply it twice daily in place of a toner, and watch with wonder as that alpha-bisabolol goes to work on your red spots, dark marks and wrinkles.

      Article found at: http://www.totalbeauty.com/content/slideshows/best-indoor-plants-140819/page7

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        HOW TO CLEAN YOUR MAKE-UP BRUSHES

        Here is a simple way to clean your make-up brushes with only one ingredient!

        My friend recently shared with me a very simple and cost effective way to clean make-up brushes and I just couldn’t wait to share about it! I’m not sure about you, but cleaning my make-up brushes didn’t sit very high on the list of important things to clean. I guess I never really had thought about it before!

        Truth is though, after using your makeup brushes even just a few times, your face’s natural oils, the makeup, and any other dust or dirt can begin to build up on to the bristles. Pretty gross to think about right? Spending a few moments cleaning your brushes every once in a while can help keep those germs from getting transferred to your face. Not to mention it can help keep your brush’s bristles soft and most effective!

        SO… now that I’ve got you thoroughly worried about the condition of your brushes, want to know my little secret for keeping them clean?

        Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap.. That’s it! This soap smells delicious, cleans great and is all natural and organic. I mean, can we get any better?

        What you’ll need:

        Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap – Peppermint (I picked mine up at Target for less than $10)
        Small bowl
        Water to rinse
        Towel to dry

        What you’ll do:

        Pour a small amount of the Castile Soap into a bowl (A little goes a long way here!)
        Rub your brush into the soap and create a lather in the bowl
        Gently massage the bristles of your brush to loosen the make-up and the dirt
        Rinse your brush under water until all the soap is completely out and the water runs clear
        Use a clean towel and pat the bristles to remove excess water
        Fluff the bristles to help them regain their original shape
        That’s it!

        We found this great article at:
        http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/diy/clean-make-brushes/

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          My Hair Trip Salon is Officially a Certified Green Business

          GREEN MISSION
          Certifiably Green Salon

          My Hair Trip Salon Denver is Colorado’s only “Green” salon, barbershop, art gallery and jewelry and apparel boutique.

          We have wanted to work in phases from our first day of building, throughout the buildout process, into opening, into our everyday practices as a business and a team, towards the goal of being a certified, green business.

          When My Hair Trip Salon Denver teamed up with the City of Denver and the Department of Environmental Health this year, the vision of how to actually become a sustainable, green business started to become a reality.

          Working with a Sustainability Advisor in the Certifiably Green Denver program, we were able to analyze, and update, sustainable practices in energy, waste, water, and transportation.

          We did it! Today our dream of being a certified green business is a reality! We are officially recognized as certified green salon, and we are proud to be.

          My Hair Trip Salon Denver is Colorado’s only organic hair salon, barbershop, art gallery, and jewelry and apparel boutique. Located in the heart of the Denver Art District on Santa Fe, This Denver salon is at 773 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO, 80204. The salon’s focus in on customer service and customer satisfaction, specializing in chemical free products and services.

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            5 Organic DIY Body Scrubs With Major Benefits

            The reasons to DIY your own skincare supplies go way beyond cheap and easy (though we’ve preached that message to you again and again!). When you use exfoliating body scrub, you’re not just giving your skin a pleasant-smelling, silky smooth makeover — you’re also lathering on vitamins and minerals that benefit your body in major ways. That grapefruit in your scented scrub? It helps eliminate wrinkles. Or the coffee grounds in your latte lather? It actually minimizes cellulite for a precious few hours.

            So yeah, you could say this mind-blowing info gave us the incentive to create five power scrubs that go far beyond exfoliating. Start by gathering a slew of fridge and pantry-friendly organic ingredients — yes, organic DOES make a difference — and we’ll show you how to mix and mash them into serious skincare saviors.

            BANANA BROWN SUGAR SCRUB
            This moisturizing, oil-free scrub gives your skin a youthful glow. Plus, it’s packed with vitamins and minerals to help keep your skin tight.

            Ingredients:
            – 1 cup brown sugar
            – 3 brown bananas
            Add brown sugar and brown banana chunks (they break down much easier than yellow bananas) to a bowl and mush with a spatula. To get the consistency just right, use your fingers to crush the banana bits. Bonus! You can totally lick your fingers clean! No joke — we kept saying what a dope pancake topping this scrub would make. Organic ingredients FTW!

            GRAPEFRUIT-AVOCADO OIL SUGAR SCRUB
            Grapefruit brings its free-radical fighting powers to this scrub that helps equalize your skin tone and bust everything from blemishes to wrinkles. Best news: Mild avocado oil won’t block your pores.

            Ingredients:
            – 1 cup sugar
            – 1/2 grapefruit, squeezed
            – 3 tablespoons avocado oil
            Juice half a grapefruit into a bowl of sugar and pour in your avocado oil (AVOO if you think like Rachael Ray), then stir to combine. Remember: The more you stir, the more the sugar will dissolve, so use more of a folding motion if you want to keep the granules in tact!

            LAVENDER-GRAPESEED OIL SEA SALT SCRUB
            Dried lavender exfoliates as it soothes the senses in this acne-fighting scrub. Sub sea salt for sugar to scrub away dead skin and other impurities. Lavender and sea salt are also perfect PICs for those battling eczema.

            Ingredients:
            – 1 cup sea salt
            – 2-3 sprigs dried lavender
            – 2-6 drops lavender essential oil
            – 1 cup grape seed oil
            Remove the lavender buds from the sprigs just like you would with herbs like thyme and rosemary, then boost the calming aroma by adding drops of lavender essential oil to your sea salt scrub. Pour in the grapeseed oil and gently mix to combine.

            COFFEE-COCONUT OIL SUGAR SCRUB
            Coffee is the wonder ingredient in this antioxidant packed-scrub: it not only reinvigorates your senses, but it also lightens and brightens the skin AND temporarily minimizes cellulite. Can we get an Amen!? We paired it with creamy coconut oil — one of the most moisturizing natural ingredients around.

            Ingredients:
            – 1/2 cup sugar
            – 1/2 cup ground coffee
            – 1 cup coconut oil
            Coffee and sugar join forces outside the mug to make this scrub that’s bound together by coconut oil. Don’t even reach for the spatula with this mixture: the warmth from your hands will melt the coconut oil like a dream. Plus, it’s an excuse to get down and dirty 😉

            PUMPKIN-HONEY BAKING SODA SCRUB
            This super gentle scrub has hella restorative powers from vitamin-packed pumpkin, which can help reverse skin damage. Soothing honey gives your skin a natural glow and helps to unclog pores.

            Ingredients:
            – 1 can pumpkin
            – 1 cup baking soda
            – 1/4 cup honey
            So baking soda kinda came out of left field, right? It’s an extremely gentle exfoliant, so this scrub is great for those with super sensitive skin. Mix it together with pumpkin pulp and honey and you’re done. (PS: As tempting as this pumpkin scrub may look, don’t try to taste it—baking soda is NOT a palette pleaser!).

            Unless you and your gal pals are planning to use these scrubs straight from the mixing bowl at a stay-at-home spa day (um, that sounds nice!), you’ll want to transfer your scrubs into containers so that they’ll keep longer (about a week in the fridge). We used glass jars so we could see exactly what scrub is inside—A+ for easy access.

            How gorgeous did these scrubs turn out? They definitely indicate how good your skin will look and feel once you lather them on!

            We couldn’t resist compiling all of this eye candy — these scrubs are stunning from every angle 🙂 And since they’re all so easy to make, you don’t even have to pick and choose from the group, lucky you! For reals, why buy expensive skincare products when you can DIY just like that?

            We found this awesome article at http://www.brit.co/organic-body-scrubs/?utm_campaign=pinbutton_hover

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