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Holistic Methods for Improving Hair Health

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What Causes Hair Loss After an Illness?

After a harrowing winter, it’s such a relief to finally step into the season of hazy spring days. However, if you happened to pick up a few nasty February flus, fevers and/or colds (like me!), you may find that your hair is shedding a bit more than usual. Why? Hair loss usually occurs 6-12 weeks after the offending event. From personal experience, I understand how utterly harrowing seeing extra hairs in the drain, comb and on your pillow can be, but this type of hair loss (called telogen effluvium) always stops and has the ability to reverse – provided you take steps to re-balance your body. In this article I’ll share a few useful tips on how to get your hair back on track.

Mindfulness for Improved Hair Health

Stress and emotional upset often present themselves physically: You may feel more tired than usual, achy or even sick. One of the many reasons for this is because stress can affect your hormone levels and how your body metabolises and absorbs nutrients. In the long run, this can lead to nutritional deficiencies and endocrine imbalances…and soon enough, hair loss.

Really, the most important thing to do is to take care of yourself both mentally and physically. Although it may seem glaringly obvious, we often tend to forget to look after ourselves properly!

First, eat three nourishing and balanced meals a day – not processed foods that can lack essential vitamins and minerals – and two healthy snacks in-between. This will help sustain energy levels to your highly prolific hair cells. Secondly, take time out to unwind and reflect. Be it yoga, meditation, an art class, a stroll through Central Park or reading your favourite book on a park bench or a café, if it makes you feel relaxed, go for it.

“Hair Care” Means Scalp Care

Stress and illness can flare up dandruff, which is proven to worsen hair shedding. Avoid this unbecoming double whammy. Use a flaky/itchy scalp shampoo and toner daily, such as PK Flaky Itchy Scalp Shampoo and Scalp Toner, until irritation clears.

Blood Tests: Ferritin Levels and Hair Loss

If hair loss after an illness (or any hair loss for that matter) persists for longer than 6 weeks, I suggest you have blood tests done. You may even want to have them taken sooner if you are really worried. Your doctor will most likely do a full blood profile, but also make sure he/she checks your ferritin levels. This is a stored iron that helps to produce hair cell protein. Be sure to request it specifically, as your doctor may not automatically test for it.

While the reference range for ferritin levels varies between different laboratories, levels need to be at least 80 ug/L (micrograms per litre) for your hair to function optimally. Other figures to look out for are B12, Vitamin D, Serum Iron and thyroid function. Read more about Vitamin D rich foods and hair.

Take Action Early to Avoid Losing Hair

If you have recently been ill, or are currently under the weather, take a nutritional supplement to boost your immune system and help your body (and hair) recover. Look for a good all-round multi-vitamin and increase your protein intake at mealtimes. We suggest you include at least 120g (in weight) of any primary protein at breakfast and lunch. For example, 2 eggs, a 120g fillet of salmon, grilled chicken breast, or serving of steak.

Premium Shaving Products for Men

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We hope you thoroughly spoiled mom with lots of lavish gifts on Mother’s Day. Now it’s time to turn our attention to the men in our lives. Put down the tie and boxers and get dad something he really needs.

Though beards have become a bit of a thing in the past few years, shaving will never go out of style…and neither will quality shaving products. Finding the perfect combination of shaving essentials that best suits a specific skin type can be tricky, and many men can’t be bothered with tricky skincare situations. Travel Beauty is here to “shave the day” with a soup-to-nuts skin care and shaving supply kit. Let us spoil your favorite man (or you!) with our top-notch tools and smoothing, soothing products, so you’ll never suffer through a scathing shave again.

Shaving Kit Essential: A Great Shave Starts With a Clean Slate

Men’s skin produces more oil and sweat than women’s, so proper cleansing is important. The gentle yet effective B. Kamins Laboratories Vegetable Cleanser is the perfect pre-shave skin care step to start your shave with a totally clean slate. You can follow your wash with Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes. These travel-friendly, use anytime/anywhere cleansing and toning wipes are saturated with Ursa Major’s 4-in-1 Essential Face Tonic. 4-in-1 Essential Face Tonic is a potent skin care cure-all that removes oil and grime, dissolves dead skin, clears blocked pores, and combats blemishes, razor bumps and ingrown hairs. These can also be used post shave, it’s up to you! Use them regularly and they will deliver clearer, brighter, calmer skin.


Shaving Kit Essential: Tools of the Trade

Your skin is now prepped and ready to be shaved. Even if your skin is not particularly sensitive, shaving can be harsh. Even those with sturdy skin can never go wrong with a shaving cream formulated for sensitive skin. Taylor of Old Bond Street Jermyn Street Collection Shaving Cream for Sensitive Skin is a Travel Beauty favorite. It contains no parabens or allergens, making it especially suitable for even the most sensitive skin. A small amount easily works into a creamy lather that gives great glide and moisture; making a smooth shave a cinch every time.

Don’t Forget Your Shaving Brush

Nothing upgrades your shave like a luxury hand made shaving brush. Using a shaving brush generates more lather, lifts the hair on your face, opens up your pores and naturally exfoliates your skin. All this leads to a closer shave with less irritation, razor burn, and ingrown hairs. Taylor Of Old Bond Street Pure Badger Shaving Brush in Imitation Ivory Travel Case is handmade with the highest quality hair. Its convenient travel case makes it easy to take with you anywhere you go.

Shaving Kit Essential: Post-shave Skin Soothers

After shaving, pores need closing and skin needs soothing. Given their soothing and hydrating properties, you can follow your shave with Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes. They will also help close up your pores. Last, slather on some Mr. Taylor Luxury After Shave Balm or Ursa Major’s Fortifying Face Balm. These high-performance moisturizers, both paraben free, are the perfect solutions for sensitivity, irritation, dryness and blemishes (including ingrown hairs). The powerful formulas contain active natural ingredients like witch hazel, frankincense and lavender to instantly soothe any problem areas and leave skin comfortable, hydrated…not to mention, handsome.

Overnight Beauty Essentials

overnight travel beauty essentials toiletry kit

Even a simple overnight trip can turn disastrous if you suddenly discover you’ve forgotten to pack one of your beauty essentials. We are here to save you from ever suffering this unfortunate fate! Travel Beauty has curated the ultimate collection of overnight beauty essentials in one convenient travel kit. Use this product guide as your packing list and you’re guaranteed to have a gorgeous getaway every time. Hitting the beach? Be sure to check out our beach bag beauty essential guide specifically for the sand and sun!

Overnight Essentials: Shower with Power

Starting your day off with a sub-optimal shower can dampen anyone’s spirits, so a fragrant shower gel and body cream duo is a definite overnight beauty essential. We love Compagnie De Provence travel size shower gels and body milks. They come in a variety of scents, but you can never go wrong with Olive and Lavender Shower Gel and Incense Lavender Body Cream. The petite size makes these products perfect for a quick overnight trip.

Overnight Face Essentials

Sometimes an unfamiliar (and/or uncomfortable) bed can lead to us suffering through a night of broken sleep. But you’d never know it by looking at our faces! How do we keep our skin looking fresh no matter what? By packing our favorite essential face products. We keep skin clean with travel size Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash and follow that with Institut Esthederm E.V.E. Serum Source and Juvena Specialist Skin Nova SC Eye Serum. No overnight travel beauty kit is complete without these. This product trifecta will keep skin smooth and bright, even after a rough or restless night.

An Overnight Essential for Beautiful Hair

You may choose to skip the shampoo on your overnight trip, but your hairstyle will nonetheless need refreshing at some point. Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence is an overnight beauty essential for hair you’ll always find in our travel kit. It protects, conditions, tames, smoothes and adds shine…with just a few sprays. We especially love Daily Damage Defence to protect our hair from those high heat hotel hair dryers.

We’ve kept this overnight essentials travel kit intentionally pared down. Think you need to round your own bag out with a few more products? Shop Travel Beauty’s entire collection of luxury beauty and grooming products now.

Negative Ion Water: Benefits for Beauty

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Where do I begin? Vine Care Water is negative ion water that was first developed in Japan for NASA to clean the lenses and mirrors on space bound vehicles and satellites. Bacteria cannot live in a pH 12.5 environment, so it was made as a germ-killing cleanser.

Negative ion water is 170 times more absorbent than water, so on its own it provides moisture. Used in conjunction with hair and skin care products, negative ion water works as a driver – so it boosts the effectiveness of products used subsequently.

Negative Ion Water Benefits for Hair Care

The negative charge of the water is attracted to – and bonds to – hair.  It helps strengthen fine hair, making it feel thicker. It boosts the strength of conditioners, treatments or styling aids to amplify the benefits of these products. It can also be mixed with your shampoo or conditioner at a rate of 10%, or can be sprayed onto hair, roots to ends, before leave-in conditioners or styling aids are applied. This is a fabulous tool for thick, curly hair as well; read more here about how to use it.

Negative Ion Water Benefits for Skin Care

Care Water works great as a skin toner or clarifier that also adds moisture (most products that clarify tend to dry the skin). Many of my clients have had success clearing up some forms of acne with Care Water as well. Layered with other products, it boosts the benefits of those products. Here’s an easy experiment to give you an idea of what Care Water does:

  • Put a few drops of oil into water. You will see it separates.
  • Then spray the oil and water with Care Water.
  • You will see it actually reduces the size of the oil drops so that the water and oil mix together.
  • This is the same way Care Water breaks up and clears away oils on the skin.

Negative Ion Water Benefits for Scrapes & Cuts

Sprayed on scrapes or cuts, Care Water cleans the wounds (by killing bacteria) and moisturizes, therefore promoting healing. It’s currently being used in research at burn hospitals in Japan with very positive results.

Negative Ion Water Benefits for Teeth

Care Water also works for brushing your teeth – both cleansing and whitening. Read all about our smile-cleaning secrets here. Don’t swallow it, though! It is not for internal use. The pH is too extreme for that.

Care Water is the ideal multi-tasking travel companion. You can find this cure-all wonder water in travel size here at Travel Beauty.

A Trip to the Philip Kingsley Trichological Hair Clinic

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My Scalp Gets the Pinnacle Clinical: Part II

My visit continues…if you haven’t yet, read all about the first part of my visit here.

After getting my hair and scalp mask rinsed out at the Philip Kingsley Trichological Hair Clinic in New York City, I was given brushes, Philip Kingsley styling products, a blowdryer and my own little station at which to dry my hair. I was sent home with my own set of Philip Kingsley clinical products, chosen to treat my specific hair and scalp ailments. These were pro-grade products, not for general consumption. This included a shampoo, conditioner, scalp toner, scalp mask and the famed Philip Kingsley Elasticizer.

My instructions were to:

  • Shampoo every day, massaging shampoo into my scalp only. I was told to think of cleaning the scalp the way one would clean the face, with a massaging action and for longer than ten seconds
  • Condition every day by running conditioner through the bottom half of hair. Do not apply conditioner near scalp
  • Apply scalp toner every day to clean scalp and throughout the day whenever scalp feels tight or irritated, or in need of a refresh
  • Recreate scalp and hair mask treatment at home once a week with scalp mask, Elasticizer, plastic shower cap and self-massage

Directions From the Philip Kingsley Trichological Hair Clinic

I followed these rules religiously for the 6 weeks between my visits. I made sure to eat a protein rich breakfast every single day and up my overall protein and iron intake. I also made a concerted effort to get to bed as close to 10:30pm as possible. As someone who frequently battles insomnia, this wasn’t easy, but I forced myself to do it! 10:30pm is the magic bedtime as far as stress levels are concerned; stay up later and you get another rush of cortisol in your system, leading to less sleep and more stress. For me that could mean more shedding, so to-bed at 10:30pm I went.

My Follow up Visit

I was a big ball of nervous excitement when I returned for my follow up visit to the Philip Kingsley Trichological Hair Clinic. I knew I felt better…my improved diet and sleep habits were affording me new energy and a higher stress threshold. When Liz took a look at my scalp she was very pleased to see how much calmer and less inflamed it looked. She even started to see some regrowth! The important thing now, she said, was to keep up the good work and nurture these new, fragile hairs, so they would mature into full strands. During my treatment, Stephen echoed Liz’s excitement at the improved state of my scalp. I made plans to return in February, to make sure my new hairs were indeed continuing to grow.

The Long-term Results of My Philip Kingsley Clinic Visit

Here I am, about 6 months after my initial clinic visit. The improvement in my hair cannot be understated. When my hair loss was at its worst, I had to stop parting my hair a certain way because so much of my scalp was visible. Now, with my fledgling regrowth thanks to the Philip Kingsley Trichological Clinic, I can part my hair that way once more. My hair is not 100% restored, but there’s noticeable improvement. I can wash my hair everyday without it looking like a chipmunk has gotten stuck in the shower drain. The most exciting thing, though, is looking closely in the mirror to see all the little baby hairs sprouting up on my scalp.

I know now that any slip up in my diet or scalp/hair care could mean a trip back to Shedsville. But the difference in how I feel after visiting the Philip Kingsley Trichological Hair Clinic and looks are more than enough motivation to keep me on the right track.