Healthy Reasons Why using Natural Skincare Products is Important?

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Did you know your skin and hair care products could be causing

long-term health effects?

The majority of store-bought beauty products are packed with chemicals that could be affecting your hormones. These products are designed to be easily absorbed through the pores of your skin. The government health agencies have minimal oversite as to health studies when these chemicals are blended together and most of them are not safe for use.

Two major concerns to look for are:

Parabens – found in 34% of products, these are known as endocrine disruptors. Also known as estrogen mimickers, depending on when a person begins using skincare products, hormones may be affected from puberty to menopause. Studies have begun to show, long term negative effects of these estrogen mimickers. Encouraging an increase in the expression of genes that have been shown to cause human breast tumor cells to grow.

 

Added Fragrances – acetaldehyde, benzophenone, styrene and titanium dioxide. Used as a catch term that hides the use of such chemicals that are known to be carcinogens.

 

When looking for skin and hair care products, follow the same rules that you follow for a healthy diet

 

Hunt for unprocessed ingredients, without any harsh chemicals or anything artificial!

Basically, the closer to nature the more natural the product is. Your skin will know what to do with its beneficial ingredients in order to improve your the health or your skin tone and hair follicles.

 

Top 5 natural products to look for in your skincare program:

 

  1. Coconut Oil – contains antibacterial and anti -inflammatory properties and helps to support your immune system
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar – Helps to clean and clear bacteria from the skin.
  3. Raw Natural Unprocessed Honey – an antimicrobial that is good for healing burns, diaper rash and psoriasis. Makes a wonderful homemade skin care product
  4. Sea Salt- Celtic Sea salt combined with raw honey makes a wonderful scrub. You can add lavender essential oil for a boost.
  5. Argon Oil – rich in vitamin A and E. Great for a skin moisturizer and will boost the shine in your hair.

 

We reached out to a few of the local skincare artisans,  and asked them to share with our readers a little about their product lines and

what makes them unique.

Miss De Anna,

What is important about natural skin care, and what makes Natural Traditions Unique?

The most important thing about natural skincare products is that they don’t contain chemical ingredients or parabens. to be honest, most of the skincare products out there with all the chemicals don’t work. Natural Traditions wants to get chemicals out of people’s lives and our products do just that. We use Organic/Therapeutic Grade Essential oils in all of our products. We let nature do the work as it was intended to do to improve the health of the skin and our moods. Our customers have reported seeing almost immediate results from our products.

Tell our readers about a few of your favorite products

Our skin care line is amazing and works best when used together because of the essential oils in all of the products.

 

  • The face wash leaves your skin squeaky clean, but not dry.
  • The scrub is gentle and moisturizing while cleansing the skin.
  • Our toner helps to rehydrate if needed after cleansing and is great for setting mineral make-up or rehydrating the skin during the day.
  • Our amazing serum is a fountain of youth in a bottle! It moisturizes, evens out skin tone, reduces fine lines/wrinkles and softens the deeper wrinkles, works on dark circles under the eyes and gives a natural glow.
  • Our pain cream is amazing and works on sore muscles, joints, bruising, arthritis and pretty much any kind of aches/pains or inflammation. Every essential oil in the pain cream has the properties of an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-spasmodic.

 

 

                                                                                                                               

Miss Caitlyn,

There is something very special behind the creation of your products?

I am an Ayurvedic Practioner. My practice, Herban Veda, is located in Georgetown, Texas. As part of my services, I created and use daily a small but essential line of  Ayurvedic wellness products.

Ayurveda is the oldest continually practiced medical science that originated in India over 5,000 years ago.  Focused on treating the person as a whole (body, mind, and spirit) and not just their symptoms.

The products created by Herban Veda focus on giving the body a grounding chord for stability and homeostasis. With herbs that are homegrown and wildcrafted, everything from this apothecary is tended with the deepest intentions and all organic. The products are formulated from ancient traditions with a modern twist to serve us in the current times of the world we live in.

Our Apothecary of care products include:

  • Talia-Oils
  • Sadhana – Intentional Practice
  • Dinacharya – Daily Routine

 

 

 

Jonah Salon & co.

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Amanda, the owner and haircare specialist of Jonah Salon & Co. shares her favorite product line of choice, Hairstory.

Created from natural products that support healthy clean hair.

A revolutionary hair cleanser filled with essential oils providing hydration to the hair and scalp. Our hair cleansers are designed for your unique hair type. – specialty products support curly hair, fine hair, dry hair, oily hair color-treated hair, or anything in between. Each creamy hair wash is designed to let hair fall the way it’s naturally meant to – with its texture enhanced and shine showing through.

Jonah Salon & Co. will be adding to their hair care line, an all-organic product which includes color and focuses on issues like hair loss, oily scalps and very dry scalps. Simply Organic Beauty focuses on specific hair and scalp problems. Produced by OWAY haircare products, these professional organic hair care products are artfully formulated with biodynamic botanicals, organic ingredients, and pure essential oils. All products are certified cruelty-free and are free from common toxic ingredients.

“Life isn’t always really glamorous and fabulous. It’s about encouraging people to go back to natural Beauty” – Zoe Foster Blake

At Wilco Wellness, we believe that health is a state of physical, mental, and social well-being. It infuses positive energy into the body, mind, and spirit. The best journey is living to support a complete state of harmony.

 

If you would like to explore products in the Williamson County area check out our Skincare Directory listing

For a little more inspiration: Tips to Avoiding Dry Skin During the Winter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teal Pumpkins for Trick o’ Trinket

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A special Teal twist on Halloween 

Halloween is a very special time for kids. Planning their costumes and gearing up for loads of treats. Parents and kids with food allergies must approach Halloween with caution.

Many candies are off-limits for kids with food allergies, either because their allergen is an included ingredient or because of the risk of cross-contact.

The good news is that Halloween can be just as much fun for kids with food allergies.

The Teal Pumpkin Project brings awareness of food allergies for children, making Halloween safer and more inclusive for all trick or treaters. Not to mention cutting back on sugar. This Halloween, place a teal pumpkin outside your home and offer non-food trinkets and toys as alternatives to candy.

Trick or Trinket? Check out these 10 Ideas for non-food trinkets…

  • Vampire fangs
  • Playing cards
  • Sticker notepads
  • Stickers
  • Single container Play-doh 
  • Eyeball Bouncy balls
  • Mini slinkies
  • Glow sticks
  • Whistles
  • YoYos

 

We found a great map that allows households participating in the teal pumpkin project to list their locations. Just add your zip code and search. Need a few more ideas, click here for a few other nifty websites and information. 

Keep the sweet treats for yourself and add a Teal Pumpkin to your porch. It is okay to have Witchy Poo and Spider guard the goodies! 

 

Inspirational links: Are Your Kiddos staying home from school? A few ideas for parents to help get through the tough times.

 

 

 

Discover Your Identity Outside Your Occupation

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For many people, losing a job not only means the loss of income, but also the loss of one’s identity.

 

Who they are is connected to what they do. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were millions of jobs lost in America last year which means there were many Americans struggling with the loss of identity and mental health. Americans were experiencing unexpected job loss or career changes for the first time ever and were unsure how to cope.

Studies have shown that job loss can increase the risk of suicide.  It’s not uncommon for someone to feel that they’ve failed themselves or their families.  Going through the grief process with a job loss is expected.  However, if there are underlying mental conditions that were present before the job loss, it is more likely that you will experience even more difficulty coping with this shift in your life.

Job loss can often trigger feelings of sadness, grief, or worsen depression symptoms. If you’ve lost your job and are feeling overly worried, stressed, or suicidal, please know that you’re not alone and help is available.

There is also a shift in the workplace dubbed “the Great Resignation”. At the center of this shift is a great awakening: people are redefining life and success. The pandemic shutdown created a hiatus for employees to re-evaluate what work means to them and what matters most in their lives. More and more people are realizing that résumés, money, status, are not sustainable metrics for defining success. We mention this because there is change going on in people’s work lives on many different scales.

 

Your career is not your identity

 

Whether you choose to leave your corporate job or you are suddenly finding yourself without a job, It’s important to remember that your career is not your identity. Separating your self-worth from your job is very important.  However, it is more than likely that you will grieve the job you’ve lost and that’s perfectly normal.  You may go through stages of denial, anger, and depression before reaching the stage of acceptance.

If you’ve experienced unemployment and you are feeling stuck, please know that you are not alone.  It is important to reach out for support from supportive family and friends, a counselor, or even a support group.

 

How to mentally bounce back

 

This is a tough process but there are ways to help you mentally bounce back. If you can’t seem to do it alone, please seek help.

  • Allow yourself to grieve but try not to dwell.
  • Establish a morning routine. Go for a walk, practice yoga, or journal before your day starts.
  • Assess your marketable skills.
  • Explore new opportunities.
  • Focus on what you can control.
  • Ask for help.
  • Seek out professional help.

 

Wellness initiatives in the workplace           

If you are an employer, it is imperative that you establish wellness-focused services, programs, and tools for your employees.  Establishing a healthy workplace environment fosters a healthy space and creates a culture of work/life balance.  In cases where job loss is experienced, the initiatives can help employees on their journey to personal wellness and empower them to move on to the next opportunity with confidence.

 

Examples of wellness programs and initiatives are:

  • Fitness classes
  • Support groups
  • Employee discount programs
  • Lunch and Learn series
  • Alternative work arrangements

 

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

2020 and 2021 have proved to be challenging on many different levels of individuals’ lives. This month is a time to raise awareness on the topic of suicide but to also provide hope to those who are affected by it. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is highlighting “Together for Mental Health which encourages people to join forces in advocating for better mental health care.  For more information on how you can participate and support this cause, please visit www.nami.org.

For a list of local resources, please visit Texas Health and Human Services

At Wilco Wellness, we believe that health is a state of physical, mental, and social well-being. Your health is a journey, learning to support a state of harmony and balance.  There is always more than a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to redefine how we live and who we are. People are waking up from the pandemic lockdown to recognize the value of living life purposefully, enjoying friendships and relationships, and prioritizing their health. There are new metrics that define success for the post-pandemic era of work, and the metrics will redefine a thriving workforce.

Inspirational Link: Change the Way You Think 

National Love People Day

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Real love is within!

When the founders of the Lifeline Church came up with the idea for National Love People Day, it was to honor how love starts with the self and then spreads outward to others. We love ourselves when we eat healthy foods, develop good habits, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. By showing ourselves love, we then open up the dialogue to include love of other people.

 

Thursday, September 30th, make it a point to: 

Share a Smile

Hug Someone

Bring a Favorite Someone you see daily something Special even if it is a nice glass of cool water or a post-it note letting them know they are special.

Love a PEOPLE Today!

 

 

Patience Is a Form of Action

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Webster’s definition of Patience is the ability to endure difficult circumstances

Perseverance in the face of delay. It is a new year. 2020 is a time to grow, improve and move forward.

 

Patience can also be a time to believe things will happen in the time they are meant to be…… so be patient and believe! If you have done the work, prayed the prayer, and have begun moving thru your goals then Believe and Be Patient.

Be Patient – Don’t push the river, just let it flow.

Two things define you – your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.

Patience is a form of action –  a calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you perceived – David G. Allen

Patience, persistence, and perspiration –  make an unbeatable combination for success. – Napoleon Hill

To lose patience –  is to lose the battle – Mahatma Gandhi

God has perfect timing –  never early, never late. It takes a little patience and it takes a lot of faith but it is worth the wait – Anonymous

Re-Define Yourself

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As we get past 45 there is a greater awareness that health is the whole picture of physical, social, mental, and financial

According to Worthington, editor-in-chief of Healthy Aging Magazine and executive director of Healthy Aging, “We saw a need to draw attention to the myths of aging, to shout out ‘Hey, it’s not too late to take control of your health, it’s never too late to get started on something new.’ Why not think about the positive aspects of aging instead of the stereotypes, why not re-define yourself ?”

It makes perfect sense cause September is when kiddos go back to school. So why not create the inspiration that we are never too old to learn. Our life, especially our health, should be a willingness to be a forever student. So this can encourage us to get going in a positive way in all areas of our life: physical, social, financial, and mental.

This is powerful in the pursuit of a positive lifestyle

To get your creative juices flowing on how you too can age with grace and glory here are some tips for this Healthy Aging Month:

1. Do not act your age.

I always say I am the age of my 2 digits added together. So I am currently 9! I then think about what it was like to be 9 and I have fun!!! This is positive thinking and goes a long way toward feeling better about yourself.

2. Be positive in all that you do.

If asked, “How are you doing?” Do you respond with, “oh my back is hurting….” etc… Or the person who says “I’m so good you wouldn’t believe it!” Which would you rather be?

3. Distance yourself from negative friends.

This may sound cruel but negative people have us focusing on the negative. Surround yourself with energetic, happy, positive people of all ages and you will be happier too.

4. Walk like a kid.

Put a bounce and a spring in your step! You can do it. Analyze your gait. Do you walk slowly because you have just become lazy or, perhaps, have a fear of falling? Make a conscious effort to take strides that have bounce, walk with your heel first, and wear comfortable shoes.

5. Push your shoulders back!

You can shave a few extra years with this trick. Look at yourself in the mirror. Hold your stomach in, have your shoulders back, chin up and check out how amazing your neck looks! Fix your stance and practice it every day, all day until it is natural. You will look great and feel better. check out this wonderful morning stretch routine for your beautiful self. 

6. Smile!

Research shows people who smile more often are happier. Your teeth are just as important to your good health as the rest of your body. Not only is it the first thing people notice, but good oral health is a gateway to your overall well-being.  Go the extra mile and practice a little self-love, self-esteem has a direct relationship with our overall well-being

7. Connect with others!

Stop brooding and complaining about having no friends or family. Do something about it now. Pick up the phone, landline, or cell and make a call to do one or more of the following: Volunteer your time, Take a class, Invite someone to meet for lunch, brunch, dinner, or coffee.

8. Go for walks.

This is not only great for your physical health but for your emotional health. It allows you to socialize with those you pass by and practice many of the above tips.

9. Set up your annual physical and other health screenings.

Make time this month to research health providers that take time to listen and are seeking to help from the inside out with the correct health advice for your concerns.  Not everything is solved with a pill. You may need to address a lifestyle change and re-design your thinking and habits. 

10. Tap into your creative side.

Who says taking music lessons is for young school children? You may have an artist lurking inside you just waiting to escape. Have you always wanted to play the piano, violin, or tuba? Have you ever wondered if you could paint a portrait or scenic in oil? What about working with wood? Sign up for a class or better yet volunteer for a youth program so you can learn alongside and again hitting many of the above tips!

How are you going to re-define yourself?

Fresh Breath Day

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Fresh Breath and wellness go hand in hand

Food particles and dead cells, along with dry mouth, digestive issues, and stress all play a part in our oral health and odor. Here are a few ideas to help keep that beautiful smile smelling fresh.

  • Brushing twice a day along with flossing – Pack carrots or an apple in your lunch each day – at mid-afternoon these items both help clean your mouth and are a nice pick me up
  • Drinking green or black teas. They contain polyphenols that help stop the growth of bacteria
  • Mouthwash with tea tree, peppermint, or lemon essential oils – midday try our refreshing hydration blend of lemon and mint in your water
  • Chewing on a small sprig of fresh rosemary, spearmint, parsley, or tarragon for up to a minute
  • Drinking plenty of water
  • De-Stressing activities – take a walk – find a meditation class – plan a lunchtime or after-work yoga class or cycling class
  • Eating a balanced diet with plenty of watery fruits and vegetables, dark green leafy vegetables, apples & carrots. Head over to Hydrate Texas in Georgetown and cover all your bases with one yummy drink.
  • Plan a visit with your Dentist – A clean mouth is a happy mouth!

Back to School: Sick or Actually Anxious Children

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Is your kiddo just a little off-kilter recently?

As children head back to school, they might be feeling anxious about being separated from their siblings or parents, especially after months of togetherness. kiddos can experience anxiety and concern about being separated from their siblings or parents.

  • Stomach aches before school shopping.
  • Headaches before an annual physical.
  • Butterflies before a field trip.
  • Throwing up before the end-of-summer cheer competition.

These physical symptoms are the first sign for parents to look for in their anxious children. In fact, the child might not even know the meaning of nervous but is experiencing all the symptoms. Of course, all children get the occasional upset stomach or headache – a parent may think dehydration or too many sweets at grandmas. But when kids get them frequently, it’s a cause for concern and might be anxiety.

 

This blog will discuss how to recognize anxiety and what you can do to help before the school year starts.

 

Physical Symptoms of Anxiety for Children

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 7.1% of children between the ages of 3 and 17 have diagnosable anxiety. [1] Some of the most common yet true symptoms of anxiety in children include the following:

  • Anger or aggression towards others or objects
  • Avoiding specific situations
  • Bedwetting
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Nightmares
  • Refusing to go to school
  • Stomachaches
  • Weakness
  • Social withdraw
  • Trouble sleeping or concentrating

 

It’s important to note the frequency and appearance of these symptoms varies from child to child and can depend on the nature of the anxiety. Specific locations, situations, or objects may trigger fear. It’s normal for children to have fear, but if it begins to persist beyond the age where they are expected to fade, it may be a cause of concern. For example, it’s not common for a late-teen to be fearful of being away from parents.

Types of Anxiety

Like grown-ups, children can also have a wide range of other anxiety disorders, like obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) to panic attacks. Some types of anxiety are more accessible to spot than others, but here are the most common types of anxiety found in children:

  • Separation Anxiety: When a child exaggerates the fear of being away from their parents, it’s known as separation anxiety. Common in younger children, this type of anxiety is usually easy to spot and typically diminishes when the child is three to four years old.
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Expressing an abundance of fear and worry for over six months or more by multiple things, such as work or friends, can be categorized into a type of anxiety known as a “Generalized Anxiety Disorder.” [2] They may also experience headaches, abdominal pain, and muscle aches.
  • Phobias: In addition to the above general anxiety disorder, children may fear specific situations or objects, like spiders or thunderstorms. Most kids will outgrow phobias.
  • Panic attacks: More commonly expressed during teen years, panic attacks are defined by having four or more of the following symptoms: [3]
    • Depersonalization or derealization
    • Chest pain
    • Dizziness
    • Feeling choked
    • Chills or hot flashes
    • Nausea or abdominal pain
    • Sweating
    • Shaking
    • Fast heart rate
    • Fear of losing control
    • Numbness or tingling (paresthesias)
  • Select mutism: This type of anxiety is often overlooked because some people mistake Selective Mutism with a timid child. Children with this anxiety disorder will refuse to talk or may only speak to their close loved ones. [4]

Get Help

Thankfully, there’s help available for children with anxiety disorders. If these above symptoms interfere with their day-to-day routine, it’s crucial for their development that you speak to your pediatrician, psychiatrist, or psychologist. An excellent place to start would be the child’s school counselor, who can offer advice and support relevant to their environment. They may also provide a referral for further evaluation.

There are so many wonderful options available in the Williamson County area. A place to start a discussion with another family or find resources would be The Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center, click here.

At Home

As a parent or guardian, there are several things that you can do to improve the life of your child by helping them cope with their anxiety. Read on for these tactics:

  • Don’t avoid fears: You might feel like you’re doing your child a favor by preventing concerns, but it’s only a short-term solution, providing momentary relief. Avoiding fears or triggers can worsen anxiety over time.
  • Don’t force conversation: Offer a listening ear to your child, but don’t force the conversation about heading back to school and their fears. You want your child to feel open to discussing their concerns.
  • Teach mindfulness: When your child expresses their concerns, don’t reinforce their fears. Instead, help your child practice relaxation techniques, such as breathing deeply in and out to slow the mind and heart. meditation for kids
  • Practice Tolerating Fears: Expose your child gradually to the source while practicing those mindful tools may help them learn to tolerate the stress associated with anxiety, eventually learning there’s nothing to worry about! For example, if your child fears spiders, consider taking them to the zoo to learn about them from a professional.
  • Validate feelings: When a child becomes clingy or fearful of separating before the school year, parents may become worrisome. However, they must stay calm and validate their feelings. Saying things like, “I will miss you while you are away, but I can’t wait to see you when you get home and look forward to hearing about what you learn today at school.”
  • Set the tone: Don’t lead conversations that trigger anxiety. For example, stating, “Are you nervous about school tomorrow?” will give them something to worry about.
  • Practice separating: Send children on a play-date or to their grandparent’s house to practice time away from each other.

 

There are so many different ways parents or guardians can help their children cope with their fears. First, avoid pretending the child’s anxiety doesn’t exist. Instead, show the kid that over time, with practice, these fears can be effectively managed with proper technique and guidance. Be patient and kind with your words. Anxiety is never easy for anyone, especially a child learning to deal with their own emotions.

 

Disclaimer: As always, it is essential to discuss any changes in your diet or exercise routine with your primary care doctor. While our information is necessary, every individual must be responsible for their due diligence concerning their health routine and guidelines.

For more information and further research, you may take a deeper look at the references below:

 

 [1] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Anxiety and depression in children: Get the facts. Reviewed December 2, 2020.

[2] Gale CK, Millichamp J. Generalised anxiety disorder in children and adolescents. BMJ Clin Evid. 2016;2016:1002.

[3] Anxiety Disorders Association of America. Anxiety disorders in children.

[4] Driessen J, Blom JD, Muris P, Blashfield RK, Molendijk ML. Anxiety in children with selective mutism: A meta-analysis. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. 2019. doi:10.1007/s10578-019-00933-1

 

 

You’re Gorgeous, Grandma!

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Celebrate National Gorgeous Grandma Day  

Pick up your phone and let your grandma know she is gorgeous on National Gorgeous Grandma Day, celebrated July 23rd this year.

Better yet make a date with your Grandma. She would love to see you today

P.S. Flowers are nice, Don’t forget the chocolates!

Healthy Beyond Hair: Ultimate Guide to Healthy Hair

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Achieving strong, healthy hair takes time, a little effort, and a consistent routine of healthy hair habits.

The process begins with getting to know all those strands that top your head from the inside out. There are hundreds if not thousands of hair care methods out there, so rather than tossing around even more of them, we’ll spend this article discussing ways to get to know your hair. After all, if you don’t know what’s broken, you won’t know how to fix it.

Your Hair, Your State of Mind

 While some hair care fixes are as simple as finding the right hair product, other times it takes some further investigation to get to the roots of the problem. By and large, healthy hair is a reflection of a healthy mind-body system. Arguably no one knows this better than a person who has experienced hair loss as a result of stress.

Consider the responses of women surveyed by Moodsome—a webzine focused on women’s issues, including domestic violence—who were asked about the toll that chronic stress took on their bodies. The number one noticeable symptom of chronic stress was hair loss, by far, with many women claiming they lost whole patches of hair for three to six months or more following a traumatic event. This phenomenon is known as telogen effluvium, a common form of nonscarring alopecia triggered by hormone changes, particularly those hormones that flood the body in response to stress or shock.

Counseling… for hair loss?

Unfortunately, there is no magic pill for treating telogen effluvium. The condition is self-correcting, meaning, it should resolve on its own once your body’s stress hormones settle. That said, if you’re living in a constant state of stress and your body is perpetually in fight-or-flight mode, then the problem will persist. Hence, bringing relief to your mind is truly the best way to decrease the velocity of hair loss. Here in Wilco, we have a number of options available for relieving this stress response.

  • Reset with K. Lafleur-Anders: K is a Wellness Coach and Mind-Body Fitness Coach practicing out of Round Rock. Using self-guided wellness courses and mind-body workouts, K can help her clients identify the cause of stress in their lives and cleanse the toxicity that comes with it.
  • Lakeline Wellness Center: Based in Austin, Lakeline Wellness is a multidisciplinary, mind-body health center that offers everything from acupuncture and massage therapy to counseling and health & wellness coaching.
  • Austin CBT Center: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is widely recognized as one of the best psychological treatment options for people recovering from trauma. The Austin CBT Center offers state-of-the-art therapy that addresses depression, panic disorder, stress, insomnia, and more.

Wellness Beyond Hair

 Of course, stress-induced alopecia is not the only way one can lose hair temporarily. An estimated 65% of people who undergo chemotherapy will lose their hair as well. Although chemically-induced hair loss doesn’t last forever either, the experience can be a painful reckoning for many people, as it reveals the reality of their illness in a very concrete way and can pile more stress onto an already distressing situation.

According to a review published in the International Journal of Cancer, people who are undergoing chemotherapy may benefit from wearing a scalp cooling cap during their chemotherapy infusions. Experts believe that these caps may slow the flow of blood to the scalp, thus limiting the level of chemotherapy drugs that affect the hair follicles covering this area.

Some people may be surprised to know that hairstylists and wig designers have a personnel story behind their choices in their beauty career, which is great news for people in Williamson County since we have a number of wig shops in town. Among the most well-known in Downtown round rock, is a wonderful place called Divinely Designed Hair  This shop specializes in wigs for people receiving chemotherapy treatment, people who have lost hair due to alopecia, and more.

Hair loss due to chemotherapy or stress-induced alopecia can be a profound learning experience in self-love. It’s not uncommon for survivors to express that losing their hair, in turn, made them stronger and more confident in their inner beauty and brilliance. Indeed, the more we learn about our hair, the more we realize that the key to beauty on the outside truly is the wellness of mind and spirit.

Regardless of whether or not you have a heap of hair on your head, you are beautiful within and therefore you are blessed.

For those who have hair that is frizzy, dry, damaged, or wrought with split ends, you too can transform your hair by nourishing your inner self.

A few general tips:

 

  • Eat like your hair depends on it. Choose eggs, berries, fatty fish, avocados, nuts, seeds, leafy greens, and pretty much anything with Omega-3 fatty acids. Avoid sugary foods and diet soda, which cause a spike in insulin. Salty snacks and fast and processed food are best cut out as well.
  • Castor oil. You need it. Castor oil is well known for its ability to promote hair growth. What’s the catch? There is none. As long as your castor oil product does not include any hidden ingredients, you won’t have to worry about sulfates, parabens, or other nasty chemicals that damage your hair.
  • Treat yourself to a new do. Wilco is a haven for hair salons. We are big fans of Steven Todd Salon, a funky and upbeat salon that was converted into a bus and that boasts the tag line, “All Heads Are Welcome.” We’re talkin’ confidence, style, and fun on wheels.

 

It may be cheesy, but boy, is it true: when you shine from the inside, your hair follows suit.