Thursday, November 10, 2022

Restore Your Hair with These Hair Care Tips

Sick and tired of having bad hair days? 

Having thin, dull or lifeless hair is a common complaint but few people know how to resolve it. While genetics play a role in the hair you have, there are lots of other factors that determine the health of your hair including the products you use and the weather. 

Use these tips below to achieve healthier, shiner and fuller hair. Achieving the hair of your dreams will be easier than you think if you just follow these tips! 

Hair Care Tips

1. Use quality products 

You can’t have healthy hair if you don’t start with the proper base. In order to build voluminous and healthy strands, you need to invest in quality products. Sulfates and parabens are used to increase the strength of your hair but they can cause skin irritations over time. 

Capillus are hair care experts and they offer a number of products that will help you achieve your healthiest hair. Their clinical hair therapy products use only the best ingredients designed to gently cleanse and moisturize hair and exfoliate your scalp. You’ll achieve better hair or get your money back! 

The best part? You can even save on your next purchase by using a promo code. Just grab a wholesome Capillus coupon code from this page and start saving! 

2. Wash your hair regularly 

If you want to enjoy healthy hair, you'll have to wash your hair regularly. Washing your hair on a regular basis will ensure that your scalp stays healthy and your hair is free from dirt and excess oil. Your hair washing schedule will depend on your own hair type. 

If you have dry hair, you may want to limit your hair washing to a few times a week. If you have oily hair, you can alternate days you wash your hair.

3. Use your conditioner correctly 

Conditioner is important to healthy hair. The ingredients contained in conditioner will keep your hair healthy and more manageable. It also protects your hair from environmental factors and the heat from styling. 

However, you want to make sure that you only apply conditioner to the tips of your hair. That will prevent your hair from building excess oil. You also want to make sure you properly rinse off all your conditioner after application. 

4. Oil your hair

Did you know that pre-shampoo treatments like hair oil can improve circulation to your scalp and actually stimulate hair growth? That’s right, applying oil to your hair can dramatically improve your hair’s texture by restoring moisture and repairing split ends. 

You can choose from almond, coconut, castor or olive oil. Just make sure that you avoid applying any mineral oil to your hair. 

5. Use the right comb 

When your hair is wet, it’s prone to breakage. If your hair is wet, you should only use a wide-toothed comb to brush your hair. This will keep your hair healthy, prevent breakage and prevent split ends. 

6. Avoid styling with heat

One of the easiest ways to damage your hair is to use too much heat. Styling your hair with heat can damage it over time and lead to split ends. As much as possible you should always try to wear a natural style that you can achieve without relying on heat styling.

If you must use heat to style your hair, you should always apply a heat protectant oil or spray beforehand. This will create a barrier around your hair follicles and protect them from damage. 

We hope you’ve enjoyed these hair care tips and that they help you achieve the hair of your dreams! If you’re looking for even more advice, check out these hair care and scalp tips from the American Academy of Dermatology. 

This is a guest blog entry.

Wednesday, November 09, 2022

Has medicine failed women?

A lot has happened in the last few years. Where once we were very stiff-upper-lip about the common cold, we now back away the moment we hear someone coughing. This knee-jerk response reflects the way that our health, and the importance of looking after ourselves, has been at the forefront since March 2020.

However, while we might have a very different view of our personal wellbeing today compared with three years ago, one thing has remained both before and after the onset of the pandemic: the attitudes towards women’s health.

In 2019, we were having discussions about how women were being ignored by medical professionals. Symptoms were being disregarded and health issues were poorly researched. Today, there remain issues around women being believed and treated properly by medical staff.

According to research conducted by Bolt Burdon Kemp, there is a worrying lack of knowledge about women's health, especially reproductive health. This lack of knowledge has led to many cases of misdiagnosis and mistreatment, resulting in medical negligence claims being made.

So, how have we reached this point? And what happens next?

Myths and gender roles

Myths and the roles women play in society are the last things you want to think are a factor in how medical treatment is administered. But worryingly, there seems to be biases and preconceptions that persist.

Women have historically been considered ‘hysterical’, especially when discussing their mental or physical health. In fact, the term ‘hysteria’ comes from the Greek word for womb, making this a very female attribute. While this term has been left in the past, women continue to be dismissed based on their symptoms being down to hormones - often, when there’s a medical issue that needs to be addressed.

One area where the difference between men and women’s health is stark is when discussing sexual health. There’s an irony in the fact that the male contraceptive pill hasn’t been given the green light due to the side effects experienced – many of which women on similar contraceptives live with daily.
There are also many reports of women actively requesting to have their tubes tied – also known a tubal ligation – and doctors refusing for various reasons.

They’ll be asked invasive questions just to be sure that this is what they want. When placed side-by-side with reports of men who have requested a vasectomy, it becomes clear that women’s sexual health is very much in the hands of the medical professionals.

Poor funding for research

As well as the different assumptions in place, there are also discrepancies in funding for research. For instance, back in 2019, it was revealed that five times more research goes into erectile dysfunction, which affects 19% of men, than into premenstrual syndrome, which affects 90% of women.

This imbalance means that symptoms that women are presenting with aren’t necessarily being picked up as a certain illness or condition, simply because the research isn’t there to support what the condition could be. Instead, misdiagnosis is more likely as medical professionals don’t know enough about the alternatives. This, in turn, can have negative consequences for women who are already in pain.

Poor inclusion

As well as clinical research being out of reach, there’s a lack of women on the medical teams who are doing the research. Representation matters – especially in labs where studies are being carried out. By having more women on these teams, it’s more likely that the balance will shift in favour of ploughing funding into women’s health issues.   

Negative healthcare outcomes

Women’s healthcare outcomes are already lower than they should be. When we look into this further, it becomes clear that there are discrepancies if you’re a BAME woman. For instance, if you’re a Black woman, you’re four times more likely to die in pregnancy.

There’s already an equality gap in healthcare. But when we drill down into the details, race also plays its part.

Things must change. Women are being repeatedly let down by medical professionals, with their conditions worsening unnecessarily and their lives being severely impacted. It’s more than ‘just hormones’; it’s genuine suffering and it can’t be overlooked anymore.

This is a guest blog entry.