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How Often Should You Really Shampoo Your Hair?

Posted on: May 1st, 2017 by Dr Yates

How Often Should You Really Shampoo Your Hair?

 

The “no-poo” movement is in full swing. It seems like just about everyone is raving about the benefits of cutting shampoo out of their regimen. But is there really any science to back it up? Is it something that can benefit everybody?

 

First off, while everyone’s hair is different and requires different care, no one should need to wash their hair every single day. Washing too often can actually do more harm than good because it can dry out your scalp causing it to produce excess oil.
There are several factors which will affect how oily your hair will get whether or not you’re washing with shampoo:

  • Skin type: If your skin and hair are normal to dry (think about which moisturizer you use), you probably only need to wash it a couple times a week. If you have a greasy scalp, you likely need to wash your hair more often.
  • Hair texture: Texture affects how quickly sebum coats your hair. Coarse or curly hair slows down the spread of oil, so if you have hair like this you may only need to shampoo once a week. On the other hand, people with fine, straight hair will likely need to shampoo twice a week or more.
  • Styling: Another thing to consider is amount of styling and treating your hair goes through. Processed or damaged hair doesn’t need to be washed as often.
  • Age: As we grow older, our hair changes and makes care a little more complicated. Grey or curly hair need moisture. Oily hair, doesn’t need much. Thinning hair can be caused by clogged pores, so washing becomes more necessary to prevent further loss.

 

It may also be the case that you prefer your hair when it’s freshly washed or has a few days to thicken up. Since the optimal system will be different for everybody, the best practice is to try out different washing routines or check with a haircare specialist to settle on one that’s right for you.


Does Your Oral Health Affect Your Hairline?

Posted on: April 28th, 2017 by Dr Yates

Does Your Oral Health Affect Your Hairline?

 

There are many things that have been linked to having healthy hair, including diet, exercise, caffeine intake, not smoking, reducing stress, getting enough sleep, avoiding excessive heat and harsh chemicals and choosing gentle hair care products. The latest thing that has been linked to healthy hair is your oral health.

 

New research is suggesting that you may be able to fight hair loss just by having a good and regular oral care routine. That’s right; new research shows that you may be able to fight losing your hair just by brushing your teeth on a regular basis.

 

There has been new research conducted by the US National Institute of Health in Maryland and they carried out a study in which it was found that dental cavities are caused by mutations in keratin, which is a protein that is a main structural constituent of hair. Since keratin is a structural protein, it is essential and is a building block for making the outer layer of the skin and is an essential structural component of our hair.

 

Dr. Oliver Duverger led this study and the research that was conducted found a link between the keratin mutations in the enamel in your teeth that causes cavities to have a similar ‘abnormal structure’ to those that cause hair to become weak. In other words, Dr. Duverger’s research found that the breakdown that is found in your hair and tooth decay is caused by the same mutations in the keratin proteins.

 

The Daily Express featured an article in which Dr. Duverger said, “Functional analyses revealed that mutations in hair keratins result in altered enamel structure and reduced enamel micro-hardness.”

 

So how exactly does this happen? The hair shaft on human hair is mainly comprised of keratin protein, which is also what is found in tooth enamel. The study that Dr. Duverger conducted studied both humans and mice and he first was looking at the presence and function of a specific set of hair keratins that are in the enamel. His research showed that the keratins were missing the ‘DLX3 chemical,’ which is in charge of regulating the way the protein is synthesized and modified in the body.

 

The research that was conducted also made a connection between the epithelium keratin that is in hair with the same that is in tooth enamel. What this means is that the keratins that are in our hair are also essential building components of enamel in our teeth. If you are suffering from a keratin mutation that is causing tooth decay, it can also cause you to have hair weakness, and eventually, hair loss.

 

If you have good oral hygiene, you may just postpone or prevent hair loss for a little longer. It is important that you are brushing your teeth and flossing every day. Not only will you have a brighter smile, but you may have better hair too.

 

If you are experiencing some thinning hair or balding you would like to learn more about scalp micropigmentation, you can contact the experienced hair loss physician, Dr. Yates. He will be able to determine what is causing your hair loss and will let you know what your options are for treatment.