Hair News - September 2010

Hair News - September 2010

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Date: September 2010

September 9, 2010

Yahoo News Reports - High Levels Of Stress Hormone Cortisol In Hair May be Strong Predictor Of Heart Attacks


(OTTAWA (AFP) – According to an article published by Yahoo News, high levels of the stress hormone cortisol in hair may be a strong predictor of heart attacks months in advance, said Canadian researchers in the journal Stress.

Issues such as jobs, marital or financial problems are linked to an increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks.

But until now a biological marker was not available to measure chronic stress and so predict -- several months in advance -- who may be most at risk of a heart attack.

"Traditionally, cortisol has been measured in serum, urine, and saliva. All of these matrices measure cortisol levels in the last hours to days and, therefore, do not reflect the stress response over prolonged period of time," said study authors Stan Van Uum and Gideon Koren of the University of Western Ontario.

But, cortisol is also captured in the hair shaft.

On average, hair grows one centimeter each month and so by examining a six-centimeter-long strand of hair, it is possible to determine stress levels over a longer period.

The researchers looked at hair samples from 56 men admitted for heart attacks to the Meir Medical Centre in Kfar-Saba, Israel and compared these to hair samples from 56 men hospitalized for non-cardiovascular health issues.

The heart attack patients were found to have higher cortisol levels in their hair.

And after accounting for known risk factors such as diabetes, hypertension, smoking and a family history of coronary artery disease, "hair cortisol content emerged as the strongest predictor of acute myocardial infarction," the study concluded.

The big question is whether consumers will be offered ways to have their cortisol levels measured to warn against heart attack dangers.  Obviously is a test for cortisol levels in hair was available it would help consumers manage future heart attack risks.

September 9, 2010

John Frieda Salon Offers Free 15 Minute Consultations On Friday September 10th - 6-11 pm
For Fashion's Night Out

Consumers can stop by the famed John Frieda Salon in New York’s meatpacking district from 6-11pm to get pampered like the stars with free 15 minute consultations with some of the industry’s top stylists—where NO question is off limits!

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While cuts and colors will NOT be provided gratis, consumers will have an open forum with the expert stylists to ask for advice on their cut, color and style—and even walk away with a complimentary style for their big night out.

WHO: Serge Normant at John Frieda

WHAT: Free 15 minute hair consultations and complimentary styles

WHEN: Friday, September 10 6-11pm

WHERE: 825 Washington at Little West 12th

WHY: Fashion’s Night Out

September 9, 2010

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – American football star Troy Polamalu has a price on his head -- with an anti-dandruff shampoo brand taking out a $1 million (647,000 pound) insurance policy on his trademark mane of black ringlets.

Head & Shoulders said on Monday it had taken a $1 million Lloyd's of London policy on the locks of Pittsburgh Steelers' Polamalu, the Super Bowl-winning safety.

Polamalu, 29, who was born in the United States but is of Samoan descent, says he has not cut his hair since 2000. He has been a spokesman for the Procter & Gamble Co brand for two years.

"They've created the first ever insurance policy to protect his iconic mane for the entire NFL season," Procter & Gamble said in a statement.

Polamalu, a five-times Pro Bowl selection, suffered some injuries last year but is back in the game and expected to be the backbone of his side's defence this season.

His hair has come under attack on the field before, with Larry Johnson of the Chiefs tackling Polamalu by the hair in a 2006 game, but no details were given of exactly what damage to his hair would trigger a claim on the insurance policy.

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