Healthy hair – part two

fullhair1A few more tips that I follow and recommend to have a healthy head of hair . . .

Be sure you are eating well, particularly getting enough protein. You must ensure your scalp and hair are well fed.  Sue lost a tremendous amount of hair a few years ago due to a high stress job and going vegetarian without enough protein.

I also take a supplement called Viviscal professional …it has lots of Biotin and marine/fish oils.

Heat can and will kill your already dead hair.  In time, all those styling tools will fry your hair.  Be aware of the amount of heat hitting your head.  If it’s too hot on your skin, it is toasting your locks which is why with age, the hair starts looking “frazzled” in combination with grays that are a little more wirey as well. That combination gives a very frizzy (and aging) appearance.

My colorist uses Aveda color, doesn’t seem to irritate my scalp yet it covers the gray. She is able to use half the ammonia in the color preparation than would normally be used. Always ask for a gentle formula with the least amount of chemicals possible.  Also adding some highlights to add dimension is uplifting as well especially around the face.  A flat, single color can look harsh as we age.

Please stay clear of hair extensions! They tug on hair ultimately hurting the follicle and ensuring hair loss. Try the clip-in hairpieces to add fullness without damage to hair. You want body and movement without being obvious!

I also like those spray in colored texturizing dry shampoos to hide any little bald areas and refresh 2nd day hair.” XFusion” and “Toppik” keratin hair fibers are also fabulous at covering up any exposed scalp. “Gray Away” also does the trick along with covering grays.

Lastly, it goes without saying, use gentle hydrating, moisturizing shampoos and conditioners. I like to mix it up and rotate in different brands. I like “Wen”conditioning cleansers (so does Sue), “Aveda” chamomile  shampoo, “Living Proof Restore” shampoo and mask. Weekly, I use a clarifying shampoo to remove any product buildup on my scalp potentially clogging hair follicles and impeding growth.

Keeping your hair, let alone having it look good, is a challenge as we age but there are options to assist us.  Whether it be medical advice or cosmetic, a combination of all these things will certainly give you the cumulative effect of a healthier head of hair.  Just like your skincare . . . it’s not just one thing . . . it’s everything.

Hair loss solutions – part one

How much more must we endure… we expected hot flashes, mood swings and perhaps a few grays during “the change”, but hair loss and thinning?
They say that 40% of women experience some hair loss after menopause…and I’m one of them! It’s more subtle than in men, but what a blow to a women’s self-esteem!
Apparently, declining female hormones can make our (androgen’s) or male hormones increase causing certain hair follicles to weaken and fail altogether! Just as during pregnancy, women have high levels of female hormones, leaving them with fuller, healthier hair;  the effect of male hormones in our systems has the opposite effect.

Beyond hormones, there are other considerations when it comes to hair loss.  Unusual levels of stress can wreak havoc on hair as well as skin, nutritional or iron deficiencies, crash diets, medications, surgeries or illness, and last but not least, hypothyroidism (an under-active thyroid). This is common in menopausal women, I always recommend getting a thyroid blood test for women who are suffering with hair issues. Other symptoms of low thyroid are fatigue, weight gain, constipation and being cold often. Getting on the right thyroid medications can make a big difference in your hair as well as your overall well-being. Hair loss is treatable, there are lifestyle and medical treatments available to help you. Better to jump in there and get treated at first signs of hair loss, and be sure give the treatments time to work. Regrowth takes a several months and can be subtle before you even notice it.

Below you will see video of a quick procedure that I do monthly with world-renowned dermatologist Richard G. Glogau, M.D. ( at UCSF. Dr. Glogau also suggested that I use minoxidil 5% foam everyday on my scalp.  I buy a six-pack of Kirkland brand at Costco . . . much cheaper than Rogain.  As always, we advise consulting with an experienced, qualified medical doctor, in this case one who has the expertise of hair restoration, as well as getting a complete medical diagnosis.

Root Touch Up – Gray Away


We recently stumbled upon a product that actually does a pretty good job of covering grays while in between appointments.  A couple nice points worth mentioning . . . the pin point nozzle allows for precision in the placement of color and this product can easily be found at a variety of mass retailers at a great price point. Gigi demonstrates below . . .

Sallie Ramsey returns for great hair styling

Sallie Ramsey of Sala Salon in downtown Napa returns to show us how to do great hair for the holidays and year round.  A quick 15 minutes gives you a modern sexy look!  I personally believe that waves/curls around the face is “softening” to a woman’s look. Straight hair is sexy too but has a more intense and severe look.  It’s just fun to mix it up every once in a while!

Aging Locks

hair6I can say one thing with absolute certainty . . .  everything begins to change in your perimenopausal years.  For the most part, that is, your forties. EVERYTHING.  I had stick straight “Marcia Brady” hair my whole life.  Permed it, curled it, slept with rollers, you name it.  Now . . . I have wavy, even curly hair!  A totally different head quite frankly! Yes, age is a factor . . . along with years of frying my head.  I am at a point in my life where I am simply BEING.  Being INTUITIVE to what my body wants and needs.  That includes my hair.  I have stopped blow-drying and using a flat iron . . . no more frying.  I am “listening” to my hair and leaving it alone.  THIS IS A HARD THING TO DO!

You are probably noticing a shift in what’s available.  We baby boomers are changing everything and new products are bombarding us daily.  Have you seen ads or have you tried any BB or CC creams? For your hair?  Well, that’s the latest.  BB creme, beauty balm (Pantene launched) and CC cream, complete correction (Alterna), Keratin, etc., products for the hair similar in concept to the skin. Feed the hair/scalp with great ingredients . . . increase elasticity, preserve color, fortify strands, etc.  This is great, except so many of these companies are still using horrible ingredients in their products especially their shampoos , i.e. sodium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate for starters. These ingredients (surfactants) emulsifies fat and drys out the skin because of its degreasing ability which is irritating to the skin. Detergent people!!  That lather is detergent!  There are so many toxic, nasty ingredients (formaldehyde, petrochemicals,etc.) in these products and they are literally stripping our hair and scalp of its health. As much as these companies are coming out with products to address concerns of aging hair, with bad ingredients nothing is going to change.  Again . . .  please learn to read the ingredient list on your products!

That being said, and my quest for something better AND healthy, I caved and ordered a product from this guy, Chaz Dean, whom I’ve seen on TV . . . infomercials and QVC. If he isn’t doing something right, how could he still be around?  I can honestly say his WEN line of products is fabulous . . . I LOVE IT!!!!  My hair has totally changed. Now keep in mind, I stopped blow-drying too.  But whatever the reason, just take a look at the ingredients on his products. Enough said.