How Can I Get My Hair Back? Supplement v Drugs. What’s the difference?

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Truth be told the difference has been blurred over the past few decades by marketing programs that got creative with the definitions of words like “natural” and “organic”. But if we get back to the roots (pun intended) of supplements as dietary assistance; filling gaps left from bad nutrition choices or just geographic vitamin and mineral deficiencies, that clears the line up a bit. These vitamins and minerals are the catalysts that will keep all the mechanisms of your body running as intended. When they are found coming up short, your body has to make a choice of what system it will support. Fortunately your body does not view the hair on your head as a top priority. I say fortunately because a good looking corpse… is still a corpse. 

Many say that supplementation is more important today it has been in the past. As food production demands increase, crop rotation is not incorporated as often and leaves the soil depleted. This leads to less nutrient-dense foods for many people. Add to that the processing and expedited preparation of our modern food supply chain, increased stresses of the modern workplace and you can start to see why more people today are losing their hair (men and women). This is where HairXT100 comes in. When a person starts to lose their hair it is a lagging sign of a domino effect that started quite a few steps back. Getting to the root (still intended) is the key. Providing the best blend of micro nutrients to the scalp will allow the hair to grow naturally and look its best because quality supplements are made to support the function of the natural systems of the body. 

Conversely, a drug is intended to disrupt the natural systems of the body. This can be beneficial in many cases. For instance, when cells mutate, start to form cancer and need to be subdued. Or during any severe trauma when it’s important to block the pain pathways to administer treatment. But drugs to stimulate hair growth should be viewed as a band-aide and used short term. Especially when you consider some of the potential side effects these drugs carry with them. Just like an athlete that uses performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) to up his game, once he stops taking PEDs, the body will have shut down the natural pathways that provide, strength, speed and low body fat and it will be very hard to get them back; You can expect the same thing when coming off of drug based products for hair growth. And the longer you use them, the harder it will be to reverse the effects. Again, we are not saying never to use these, but they should be viewed as a band aide and not a long term treatment. 

HairXT100 was designed to support and expedite the hair growth in its natural manner. If you are having a problem with thinning hair, your hair not growing fast enough or losing its healthful look, hairXT100 can help you get it back.

7 Tips for Healthy Winter Hair

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Caring for your hair in the winter

As weather condition varies from season to season, hair can be damaged trying to adjust to the environment. It is very common to face some problems associated with the arrival of winter. During this cold and often windy season, you will see hair flying around that has a dull looking texture to it. With the cooling temperatures, you may be wondering, “What can be done to combat this and keep my hair healthy?”, as winter months can lead to a declining silky appearance. Well we are here for you with 7 tips for healthy hair in the winter!

Here are 7 helpful tips that will promote healthy hair during winter:

  • Wear your hat to protect your hair from snow, rain, and wind. If you want to avoid having the dreaded “hat hair”, applying a silk scarf will solve the problem. Never forget to put some sort of covering over your head when headed out in the cold.
  • Use effective conditioning treatments which have oil extracts. This will protect your hair from damage. Adding few drops of essential oils to your conditioner helps in bringing life to the roots.
  • Keep yourself hydrated. The appearance of your hair is affected by your water consumption. Be sure to drink sufficient water on a daily basis, even when its cold.
  • Trim your hair regularly. When winter comes a knocking, it doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to your long locks. Every 6-8 weeks, just get a light dusting to the ends of your hair. This step will lessen the chance of having split ends.
  • For fly-away hair, it is recommended that people use high quality styling products. This will manage the impact of static electricity.
  • Look for products to moisturize your scalp. With a dry scalp, the possibility of lack of sebum production may arise. A quality moisturizer can put a stop to this or better yet, keep it from becoming an issue.
  • Wash your hair regularly with a sulfate free, plant based shampoo. Often times people think that they should wash their hair less often in the winter or can use a lower quality shampoo since it is exposed less. Keep in mind that when it is exposed, it is to harsher varied environments.

Applying these tips leading up to and through the winter months can save you a lot of heartache and set your hair up to be healthier during the warmer months when it can be more fun to show off! There’s no reason to go out with a dry hair. By simply following the above mentioned pointers, you can rest assured that you will be proud of your healthy hair year round!

Get To Know... Saw Palmetto!

What is Saw Palmetto?

What is Saw Palmetto and why do I keep hearing about it?

Saw Palmetto (sometimes referred to as serona repens) is a plant that produces a fruit. When the fruit is ripened, it can be processed to produce the herb known as Saw Palmetto Extract (SPE).  This extract is used in different forms to treat a few health issues. Most people know of Saw Palmetto Extract in the treatment of prostate issues in men’s health as there have been many studies that show SPE being effective in this area. This is even better news when you consider that it works without dealing with the sexual side effects associated with drug based options as proved in other studies

But what else can it do?

Well, as with most herbs it has more than one effect on the functions of the human body. The current buzz around SPE is the effect it has on pattern baldness. This comes from the suppressive effect it has on the enzyme, 5-alpha-reductase (5AR).

Let's get nerdy! 

5AR converts Testosterone (T) into Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT shrinks the follicles of the hair and shortens the life cycles of the hairs on your scalp, thus the thinning effect. A recent study showed SPE effectively combatting 5AR's impact T to DHT conversion. This is great news for a few reasons! Less hair loss, longer life cycles for the hair, and better T levels. 

So what dose this mean for me? 

If you're looking for safe, drug free options to combat baldness, supplements containing Saw Palmetto Extract can be a great addition to your arsenal. A few keys for finding a top quality product are making sure that the manufacturer is Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) certified and the formula is balanced to ensure the best results. 

Proud Sponsors of the 2017 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride

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When the opportunity presented itself, we knew it was the right thing to do. Not only is it a great cause (DGR is put on by the Movember foundation) but they spread the word in a fashionable way: Men and women dressed up on vintage motorcycles! Looking good & feeling healthy is what HairXT100 is all about!  

If you'd like to join us, we will be at the San Antonio, Texas event at Alamo Beer on September 24th, from 2-9PM. Come out, see some beautiful bikes ridden by some dapper men & women, and support two great causes; Prostate cancer awareness and Men's mental health. We'll also have some exclusive deals that day only! 

If you would like more info, here's a video with all the details about San Antonio's DGR! We'll see you there! 

"...will it work for men?"

HairXT100 for men.

Since launching HairXT100 vitamins in 2011, we’ve helped countless people grow their hair out, bring fullness & life back to it, and combat the thinning of their mane… and all of this in a drug free formula. In that time, we’ve also answered many questions through our online and social media outlets or face to face at the many educational events we’ve held at our retailers and expos we’ve been so fortunate to be part of. Doing all of this has helped us break many myths and spread some truth about hair and scalp health. We’re so appreciative of the interactions we’ve had with our customers as it lets us know the concerns that exist and aren’t being addressed. This is why we wanted to take some time and speak to the number one question we receive; “Does HairXT100 work for men?”

Absolutely, unequivocally, yes.

HairXT100 was formulated with a 3 pronged approach to hair and scalp health that both men and women will benefit from. First, our formula has a very broad micronutrient complex. Many say it is almost a complete multivitamin. This was done to ensure hair growth happens as fast as possible. Next, the tablets are packed with antioxidants to extend the life cycles of your hair. So not only is your growth stage fast, but happening much longer than it would otherwise. Lastly, and most importantly for our male customers; DHT (dihydrotestosterone – a derivative of testosterone) is the number one cause of hair loss in men today. Our herbal complex of Saw Palmetto & Pygeum Africanum is built in to block DHT from initiating the male pattern baldness effects so many men today.

If you or a man you know would be interested in trying HairXT100 at an introductory rate for their first order, e-mail our VP of Marketing (Brandon) with the subject ‘HairXT100 for men’. Help us spread the word about this amazing product line.

The Top 5 ½ Summer Hair Care Tips

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We all love the summer months. Getting out to nature and enjoying sometime in the sun; Young or old, male or female, embarking on an adventure when the chill of winter yields to the fairer months is exciting to all. But as you head into endless summer escapades, be sure you’ve taken the proper steps to protect your hair. The mounting heat and torrid climates can take their toll and have a negative effect on your hair and scalp health. But have no fear! We’ve put together our top 5 ½ tips (you’ll see) to ensure the heat won’t leave your hair like the leaves of a tree this autumn.

 

  1. Don’t skip the shampoo: As you sweat, DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) from the sweat will sit on your scalp and damage the follicles. This will shorten the life cycles of your hair and can cause thinning. Be sure to wash your hair daily, especially after a workout or extended time in the heat. There are many that say washing your hair daily is a no, no. This fallacy comes from people using low quality products. Look for a sulfate free, plant based shampoo and you’ll see nothing but benefit for your hair. Luckily there are some fantastic vitamins out there that act as DHT blockers, so you can have follicle defense from the inside as well.
  2. Be consistent with conditioner: If we're talking shampoo we might as well tackle conditioner. It makes sense to use a conditioner after washing, but there are spray-in conditioners that you can apply when you’re on the go. This will help your hair from drying out. A good one will even contain much needed components to support over all scalp health. If you selected your shampoo well, chances are there are matching conditioners that will supplement your hair and scalp health routine well. Be sure to talk to your stylist about the best products for your hair type that will support the look(s) you want.
  3. Go with the flow:
    1. For the ladies; Summer is obviously going to bring the heat. No need to pile on with additional treatments. Blowouts can be fun, but going with a more natural laid back style can suit the scene for summertime. Try a fishtail braid, a ponytail (uniquely placed can be sure to get attention), or even some fun pigtails for the right occasion. And be sure to use a nozzle if you blow dry. We all know the value of protection for your locks; just know that having the metal right next to your hair is sure to cause damage.
    2. For the fellas; Hats, ball caps, and other headwear are fun in the right setting, but women love to see a man run his fingers through his hair (or run theirs through) and an obstacle is that last thing you want to present. If it an attempt to shade your eyes from the sun, get a hot pair of shades and let the breeze flow through your hair. Try to minimize the styling products you use to go with a more carefree look. If you’re concerned about thinning or male pattern baldness, know there are plenty of options that can help combat their onset, regardless of your ancestor’s fate.
  4. Combat bed head: If you’ve ever tried to grow your hair out, you know about the point where your hair just stops. One of the causes of this can be the tangles and knots that result from getting the beauty sleep we all need. Especially if you’ve been in out and of air conditioning all day. This changing in climates will take its toll and leave your hair ready to break. There are several ways to fight this; You can braid it, use a couple of hair ties to keep it in one flowing stream, or tie it into an updoo. If you’ve ever missed a good night’s sleep, you know the importance of rest. Take these actions to let your hair get some too.
  5. Get a light trim every 3-4 weeks: We’re not talking about a cut. More like an eighth of an inch or less off all the way around. This is often referred to as “dusting” as the amount trimmed is so small that it resembles dust in the air. This is paramount during the heated months if you are trying to grow your hair. It may seem counterintuitive if that’s the goal, but the dog days of summer can be treacherous to your hair and leave it dry and damaged. A light trim can help keep your mane healthy and strong.

So there you have it. Try a few of these this year and watch your hair be thicker, healthier and more full of life than ever before! 

 

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Does Biotin Cause Acne? And Can You Prevent it?

You can have both!

Biotin is widely known as the go to supplement for expediting hair & nail growth, giving your hair strength and that healthier shine and bounce. The proof is there every time someone goes to their Doctor with symptoms that include hair loss or thinning hair. The Doctor will more often than not make a recommendation of biotin supplementation even before test results come back (since it isn’t a drug and not known for being dangerous.) It makes sense then that biotin is the primary feature in most “hair, skin, and nail” formulas. Nevertheless, while there exists plenty of evidence that biotin helps with hair and nail growth, does it really benefit your skin? Could it actually be harmful to one’s skin texture? Many consumers report that it causes breakouts to their face, back or elsewhere on their body; forcing them to choose between having great hair… or a great complexion. But does this choice need to be made? Can you have it all? Let’s take a look at some cold hard facts about nutrition, supplementation, and hair & skin health to see how to edge the odds to your favor.

What is Biotin?

Biotin (also known as Vitamin H, coenzyme R, or Vitamin B7) is classified under the “B group” of vitamins and found in eggs, certain types of fish and leafy greens. It is important for cell growth, the metabolism of fatty acids (the good ones) and has been shown to strengthen hair and nails. The recommended dosages of biotin tend to be between 2,500 – 5,000 mcg per day. However, some products are serving up 10,000mcg (or more), apparently going with the “more is better” mantra. Could this be the reason that many consumers run into problems with acne. Let’s take a deeper dive, shall we?

How Much is Too Much?

What happens when taking in “mega doses” of biotin? Does it all get absorbed through the digestive process and go where it should? Does the excess amount clog up your pores causing acne and skin inflammation as some sources say? Well, more than likely the answer to these questions is no. Absorption is not an issue since biotin is water-soluble. It turns out the cause of your acne flare ups when you up your biotin intake is much simpler. Upping the dosage on some micronutrients can set off some alarms in your body that mimic a deficiency signal of other micronutrients. In the case of biotin; the relative deficiency signaled here is pantothenic acid (or vitamin B5) and a deficiency in pantothenic acid WILL cause acne to break out in men and women. Therefore, most Dermatologists will recommend adding a pantothenic acid supplement to your daily intake to offset the imbalance. This is best done if you have a top quality supplement that blends the two at optimum levels since they obviously will support each other.

What Else Can be Done?

Now, at this point you may be asking, “Are there other vitamins and/or minerals I can add help to fight acne caused by biotin?” Absolutely! As you learn about nutrition it becomes more and more obvious that balance is the key. Having the correct ratios of your “micro” and “marco” nutrients will keep all the systems of your body functioning optimally. So let’s look at some others to include in your daily intake. Keeping appropriate levels of vitamins A and E will work wonders for a smooth glowing face. Vitamin A is fundamental for the repair and maintenance of skin tissue and vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that protects the A. Low levels of Zinc are associated with acne as well. On average, people with acne have 24% lower zinc levels than their smoothly complexed counter parts. And lastly there’s hydration; Regardless of supplement you may be taking and how healthy your core nutrition is, if you are not taking in enough water, the nutrients you do have will be less bioavailable and won’t be getting where they need to be. Be sure you are drink enough water for your specific needs. A good general rule is half your body weight (pounds) in ounces per day. I.e.: if you weigh 150 lbs, you should be drinking 75 ounces a day. So… BOTTOMS UP! 

So here are the facts: Hair and nail growth can slow when you are deficient in biotin and both will become weak and brittle. But chances are if you’re deficient here you have some other nutritional shortfalls that need addressed... and only addressing one concern will bring on other issues that will require attention. Using a complete formula that supports the healthy outer look that we all so desperately crave is the key.

Top 5 Home Grown Hair Growth Remedies

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Your hair is an important part of your image. If you have ever had a bad haircut, your stylist heard 6 inches when you said 2, or if you have had the misfortune of finding that your hair is thinning, then you know how far reaching to the rest of your life the effect can be. And depending on how you like to style your hair or the length you keep it, it can throw you off your game for months… or even years! Knowing that hair grows at an average rate of ½ an inch per month can be disheartening if you want to have a look that is longer than what you currently have. But with the tips below, you will be able to have your “dream doo” in as little time as possible.

Massage Your Scalp

We all know that great hair starts at the root. This is where the follicle receives nutrients delivered from the body’s circulatory system. The greatest benefit of massaging the scalp is that it encourages blood circulation to your scalp. As a result, it will stimulate the follicles in your hair. We also know that ensuring good nutrition and supplementation will increase the benefits of massage exponentially.  Aside from that, you can also use different types of oil when you massage your scalp.  To do this, just apply the oil to your hair. Then, gently massage the scalp for 3 to 5 minutes. Lastly, rinse the oil out of the hair. (Later we will offer a few different types of oils you can use.)

Turn Your World Upside Down (for 2-5 Minutes)

We were surprised to find out that not many people know about this technique for hair and scalp health. Just in case you are not familiar, all you need to do is hold your hair in an upside down position. Do this for 2 to 5 minutes every day. While many people buy inversion tables or other devices to help them hold this position, it is not necessary. Hanging your head off the edge of your bed will work perfectly. The idea behind this hair growth trick is that it can temporarily improve the circulation of blood and nutrients to the scalp.

Coconut Oil and Curry Leaves

You may not be aware that a secret tool for hair growth may be sitting in your kitchen or at least the baking aisle of your local grocer! Coconut oil mixed with curry leaves has been used for ages for hair and scalp health. Many cultures claim that it not only accelerates hair growth, but it also combats premature greying of your hair! And it couldn’t be easier to mix!

Here’s how: Make sure you have some fresh curry leaves, coconut oil, and a mason jar to keep your end product in. You can get any of these the next time you are at the store. Next set aside a ½ cup of leaves inside the jar and put a full cup of coconut oil into a pot on low to medium heat. Once the oil is heated, turn the stovetop off and pour the oil into the jar, over the curry leaves (be sure that the leaves are completely immersed.) This is your new, home-made topical that you should use 2-3 times per week. It is best to do a “patch test” on a low spot on the back of your head if you are unsure about any allergies you may have.

Castor Oil

Castor oil teems with Vitamin E as well as fatty acids that are found to be vital in hair growth. Most specifically, it is high in Omega which is a very effective hair growth remedy.  In using castor oil, you need to have it mixed with the same amount of olive, almond and coconut oil.   Massage the scalp with the castor oil and leave your hair for thirty to forty five minutes. Also, you can have some add-ons such as rosemary, eucalyptus, thyme oil, peppermint and place the mixture on your hair.

Ease the Stresses in Your Life

Lastly, keep in mind that one of the most significant factors that contribute to loss of hair is stress. It has been found out that stress can interfere on the normal cycle of hair growth since they are both linked back to hormonal balance and nutrition. Because of this, minimizing stress can not only help quicken the growth of hair but also stop and reverse any thinning that may be occurring. Never underestimate the value of breathing exercises, meditation or any other relaxation procedures.

Hair is considered by many to be a vital asset in the physical appearance of a person. If you are reading this then you most likely agree. With the help of the hair growth remedies listed above, you can expect to have long hair in a very short time. Healthy diet, active lifestyle, healthy habits and quality hair products will steer you toward the winning end.