LESSON FROM THE EXPERT. Dr. Maria Cecilia Catapang, Aesthetic Medicine and Hair Scalp Expert gave information about hair loss.

Spotlight on Alopecia Areata and how to deal with it

 

ABBY ASISTIO ON NOVUHAIR. Spotlight on Alopecia Areata.
ABBY ASISTIO ON NOVUHAIR. Spotlight on Alopecia Areata.

There are a bunch of problems when it comes to hair loss and this time around, we’ll discuss how men and women deal with it with the help from the experts.

Hair is the central to perception of beauty and attractiveness, that’s why shampoo commercials bank on women with thick hair to endorse their product. But sometimes there are misconceptions or false claim and without research from companies just to sell their products. Oftentimes, this results to more damaging the hair than effectively maintaining it.

Dr. Maria Cecilia Catapang, Aesthetic Medicine and Hair Scalp Expert, shared these valuable information during the press conference of Novuhair: Spotlight on Alopecia Areata.

LESSON FROM THE EXPERT. Dr. Maria Cecilia Catapang, Aesthetic Medicine and Hair Scalp Expert gave information about hair loss.
LESSON FROM THE EXPERT. Dr. Maria Cecilia Catapang, Aesthetic Medicine and Hair Scalp Expert gave information about hair loss.

Alopecia or commonly known as hair loss varies considerably from group to group. It may be an indicator of physiologic changes within
an individual or previous history from medicines, medical condition, previous hospitalization, surgeries, fever, diet, weight loss, stressors (stress factors), sleeping habits, hair procedures (dyes), shampoos, conditioners, gels, family history (genetic), scalp problems, dandruff, rashes, pimples, itching, etc. And these are common problems fro both men and women, and in all racial and ethnic populations.

Early warning signs:

  • Hair shedding
  • Hair thinning
  • Bald patches

Treatment:

  • Limited therapy – advice on natural history, associated conditions, and genetic counseling.
  • Medical treatment
  • Surgical hair restorations
  • Others – non-medical hair replacements and camouflage products.
  • Herbal extracts
  • Vitamins and supplements
  • Lasers

TV host Abby Asistio has been suffering from alopecia areata, an auto-immune skin disease resulting in partial or complete loss of hair on the scalp and the rest of the body, that started at age four.

I went through a lot of tough periods in my life. Growing up, I accepted the fact that I could never meet that standards set by the world when it comes to beauty. If I were to even fit in and be considered normal, I must resort to hiding under hats, bandanas and my ever reliable wigs,” said Abby.

Abby lived through the entire process of experiencing hair fall: losing it little by little, and then deciding to shave it all completely. She even tried other hair loss remedies when she lived in the US for several years, including chemical-based products that have resulted in negative side effects.

She was just starting to finally embrace her “baldness”, when upon prodding from family and friends, Abby decided to give Novuhair a try. She experienced remarkable results in just a few months of regular use.

It was the first time since I was diagnosed with the disease that I actually saw hair growing on my scalp. I never stopped using Novuhair since,” remarked Abby.

A disease with unknown causes is very difficult to treat. This is the case with alopecia areata,” said Dr. Rica Mallari of the Philippine Dermatological Society.

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder where the immune cells of the body go against the hair follicles making the hair strands weak at the base and easy to pluck. It is characterized by bald patches on the scalp that may join together and eventually render an individual hairless. Alopecia areata and may also attack other hairy parts of the body such as the eyebrows and pubic area.

Alopecia has many types, among them are pattern hair loss or common baldness; telogen effluvium or temporary hair shedding; and alopecia areata which is considered the hardest to treat.

The disease has a genetic predilection, meaning there are more chances of getting it if there is a family member affected. It is however, not infectious as no organisms are involved. Though inconclusive, extreme stress is said to trigger the condition in genetically susceptible individuals,” added Mallari.

There are a number of treatments and products for different types of alopecia depending on the case. It is important that the affected individual seeks help from an expert, preferably from a dermatologist of the Philippine Dermatological Society so that the condition can be evaluated and proper advice can be given,” said Mallari.

Among the products available in the market today is Novuhair. Dubbed as nature’s answer to hair loss, Novuhair is made from all-natural ingredients, including moringa oleifera, panax ginseng, virgin coconut oil, as well as the essential oils of rosemary, peppermint and lavender. Collectively these ingredients help improve blood circulation and increase nutrient flow to the scalp.

Moringa oleifera or malunggay is one ingredient that helps restore the skin’s condition and prevent falling hair. Sweet almond oil, another ingredient, is a moisture-rich oil that contains vitamins A, B1, B6 and E, as well as minerals such as magnesium and iron. Scientifically known as prunus amygdalus, sweet almond oil easily penetrates the hair shaft and follicles, relieving hair dryness and itching and providing nourishment to the hair to promote hair growth.

Lavender helps relieve itching, and like rosemary, another ingredient, it contains properties that help combat dandruff and disinfects the scalp.

Lemongrass helps clean the scalp’s pores, while peppermint is known to slow the growth of bacteria and fungi, aside from having a relaxing effect on the muscles.

Novuhair users already notice a decrease in hair loss after only just one week. Hair growth becomes evident with regular use of the product. Once desired results are achieved, Novuhair may still be used as hair and scalp maintenance.

In response to growing demand from its users both here and abroad, Novuhair is now available in a special 2-in-1 Plus One pack, a combo inclusive of Novuhair Shampoo, Topical Scalp Lotion, plus an additional bottle of Novuhair Shampoo.

Just recently, Novuhair introduced two of its latest endorsers – TV host Kim Atienza and singer-songwriter Abby.

KUYA KIM FOR NOVUHAIR.
KUYA KIM FOR NOVUHAIR.

Atienza, fondly referred to as ‘Kuya Kim’, is an advocate of true health and wellness. He believes in the use of all-natural ingredients and wellness. He believes in the use of all-natural ingredients and Novuhair is as natural as a hair remedy could get.

Meanwhile, Abby knows how it is like to live without hair. She has suffered from alopecia areata at a very young age, and until recently, has lived bald under wigs, hats and bandanas. Today, with the help of Novuhair, the entertainer is experiencing hair growth on her scalp for the first time in years.

ABBY ASISTIO FOR NOVUHAIR.
ABBY ASISTIO FOR NOVUHAIR.

Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion is available in all Mercury Drug Stores and other leading drug stores nationwide as an individual purchase, part of a combo pack that includes a bottle of Novuhair Herbal Shampoo, and a 3-in-1 pack that includes the herbal shampoo and herbal conditioner.

For more information visit www.novuhair.com, like the brand’s official Facebook Page at Novuhair Official, and follow it on Twitter at @NovuhairUpdates. You may also call the Novuhair hotlines at 4136570 and 09228830575.

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