Common Causes of Hair Loss

Common Causes of Hair Loss

Hair loss AKA alopecia is a common problem both in men and women. It can affect any part of your body and occurs when you start to lose a lot of hair. To give it a number, we can say when you lose more than 125 hairs per day!

Obviously you cannot count your hair daily but you can keep an eye on your washbasin, bathtub, and your hair brush to diagnose your case! Another way to correctly diagnose hair loss is by understanding the cause of it and keeping an eye on them!

Following are some of factors that can cause hair loss in men and women:

  1. Hormonal Imbalance

Both men and women undergo hormonal imbalances and increase or decrease in hormones at some point in their lives. For example, at puberty, upon reaching menopause, etc.

Androgens – male hormones – cause hair loss by shrinking the hair follicles. Similarly, decrease in progesterone and estrogen – female hormones – causes hair to thin out and fall off eventually. 

  1. Genetics

Look out for bald and closely related blood relatives as genes play an important role in causing hair loss. Certain genes that you inherit from your parents make your scalp sensitive towards hormones. Particularly, a hormone called DHT, DHT causes your hair follicles to shrink and keep your hair in shedding phase for a long time. As a result, you might suffer from hair loss. 

  1. Nutritional deficiencies that Cause Hair Loss

You might know the benefits of minerals and vitamins but did you know that their deficiencies can cause serious health issues as well. For example, if your body is lacking its fair share of vitamin B complexes, Vitamin D, Iron or Zinc, you might suffer from hair loss. These minerals and vitamins are responsible for keeping your head full of healthy and strong hair. When you don’t eat right, your body fails to get enough nutritions and as a result your hair might fall out quicker than leaves in autumn. Vitamins for hair loss.

  1. Use of certain medications

Excess of anything is bad, then what about excess medications? Definitely bad when it comes to hair loss!

Certain medications such as drugs used to treat high BP, lower your cholesterol levels, drugs used in chemotherapy, and medications used to treat mental health conditions might cause your hair to fall out. 

  1. Pulling or tying hair too tightly

Some people are habitual of tying their hair back tightly in a ponytail or a bun. Similarly, being habitual of tightly braiding your hair or putting them in cornrows might also put you at risk. Hair loss caused by such hairstyles is called Traction Alopecia. 

  1. Autoimmune disorders

Sometimes your immune system goes haywire and starts acting out against your own body. The condition is known as autoimmune disorder. Autoimmune disorders can cause your immune system to attack your healthy hair follicles causing you to lose a large amount of hair in patches. This condition is called Alopecia areata. 

  1. Stress, weight loss, or thyroid issues

Certain conditions such as chronic stress, sudden weight loss, thyroid problems, depression and childbirth might also cause hair loss.

Such sudden or drastic changes can cause hair to stay in shedding phase for a longer duration resulting in hair loss. 

Bottomline is no matter what the cause is, hair loss can be treated! You only have to look for the right options at the right places. Our team at Lasting Impressions can handle all your queries and offer you world class services to deal with moderate to severe hair loss! Call now to get an appointment!

White Will Always Make Your Kitchen Look Good

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Shades of white make a great background for a kitchen because they go well with all other colors and materials and textures.

Here are five different ways to add style to a white kitchen with accents and furniture to make it feel just right.

Clean and clear: Use black or stainless steel appliances and accessories or glass surfaces to create contrast. Add the finishing touches with a few brightly colored accents, such as chair covers, vases, sculptures, and brightly colored flowers.

Wood will keep you warm and comfortable: Think about using dark or light wood floors, furniture, and wall accents like decorative wood utensils (as mentioned above). White-on-white paper on one wall can add softness and interest, and a vase of flowers in warm or pastel colors can make the room feel more welcoming.

Modern and sleek: Combine modern furniture with architectural lighting (see the beautiful pendant lights below!) Abstract sculpture, art, and photography can be used as finishing touches.

Retro and chill: Appliances and flooring patterns that look like they came from the past can bring the past and the present together. Photos and old movie posters in black and white look great on white walls. Places like antique shops and yard sales are good places to look for finishing touches.

Eclectic: If you like a mix of styles, this is for you. We paint a lot of old homes. These cabinets used to be made of cherry wood! We often see great combinations of old and new. It’s your kitchen, so get creative!

No matter what style you choose, plants, flowers, and fruit bowls will add color and freshness. Use recessed lighting and unique or classic pendant lighting to make a room more interesting. Use art and other decorations to add splashes of color.

White walls go well with a wide range of kitchen backsplashes and islands. Marble, hexagon patterns, nickel or mosaic tile, and brightly colored block patterns are all popular choices for backsplashes among designers. The tops of prep and serving kitchen islands can be made of granite, marble, quartz, wood, or a combination of these materials.

White has always been a popular kitchen color, but this season, it has become even more popular. It’s a color that designers and homeowners often choose when they want something that looks and feels fresh and goes well with a lot of different things.
For help with your next kitchen painting project, visit us at Apex House Painters.

Should You Replace or Reglaze Your Bathtub?

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Bathtubs are an essential component of every house, and they are available in a range of forms and materials to suit your tastes. Your bathtub is one of the most frequented rooms in your house and the bathroom’s center point. It is where one takes hot baths, soaks after a hard day, or soothes a weary back with a peaceful soak.

However, although a bathtub is a staple in most houses, it is not always in good condition. Fortunately, updating your bathtub is really simple. And with a little of time, patience, and knowledge, you can either replace your bathtub or redecorate it for a more current, contemporary appearance.

What is a Reglazed Bathtub?

A bathtub reglazing is a cosmetic restoration that replaces your bathtub’s inside porcelain covering with a new glaze. If the porcelain coating on your bathtub is damaged or cracked, the surface becomes less secure. It will harm you if you slip on it, and it may also encourage the growth of germs that may make you sick. Worn porcelain also makes it more difficult to clean, which increases the expense of upkeep.

Why Should a Bathtub Be Replaced?

There are circumstances in which you may need to replace your bathtub rather than refinish it. The first issue is that your bathtub is fractured and shattered in many spots. This is a severe problem that cannot be resolved by re-glazing. It is costly to replace a cracked or damaged bathtub. A tub reglaze may provide temporary relief, but it is not a long-term solution.

Advantages of Reglazing a Tub

  • Reglazing is more affordable. You may have your tub reglazed within a few days of discovering the leak, and you will save a significant amount of money compared to replacing the tub.
  • Less complicated than replacing the bathtub. Another advantage of bathtub reglazing is that it makes bathtub replacement considerably simpler.
  • Less time is required. Reglazing is far quicker than replacement. In addition, there will be no need to wait for a new tub to come from the manufacturer.
  • Less mess than bathtub replacement. You will not have to deal with many contractors entering your home and cutting holes in the bathroom’s walls (or ceilings) to access the tub.
  • Requires less work than replacement. Because the reglazing simply impacts the tab, you may still use the restroom throughout the process. High-quality bathtub restoration may result in a beautifully crafted and well-maintained product.

Cons of Getting a Bathtub Reglazed

  • Only one time is possible. If the process doesn’t fit your needs, you’ll have to look for something else.
  • The material used to re-glaze depends on the weather so that it can dry. This means that the work can’t be done in the summer.
  • Reglazing your tub is not as long-lasting as getting a new one.
  • The chemicals that are used in refinishing are very dangerous and can cause health problems. When breathed in, they can make you tired, give you headaches, and irritate your throat. So, this job should be done by a professional contractor.
  • The bathtub that has to be reglazed must be in bad shape. Refinishing is a way to cover up small repairs with a cosmetic makeover.

Advantages of Changing a Bathtub

  • Replacement is a lasting solution. You will not need to remodel your bathtub in the near future.
  • With replacement, the bathtub is replaced with a new tub. This is often the simplest choice and does not need the demolition of any bathroom walls or fixtures.
  • You may choose the material to be used from the available selections and pick a less costly one.

Cons of Bathtub Substitution

  • The method is not inexpensive. Consider the cost of removal, installation, and replacement flooring. If you lack experience with these chores, they may cost more than reglazing the tub.
  • You will not have access to the restroom during renovation.
  • Replacement involves a great deal more physical effort due to the several steps required. This entails destroying the old tub, removing its parts, and installing the new tub.
  • The installation of a bathtub might take up to one month.
  • The quality of the new bathtub may not be superior to the previous one. In many instances, the material used to create earlier tabs is of greater quality than that used to create more current ones.

Conclusion

The bathtub is one of the few house fixtures that is seldom updated. It is simple to see why when you consider the possible problems and disadvantages. There are, fortunately, steps you can do to make your bathtub safer and more lasting. If you need a new bathtub, you should consider replacing your current one. Bathtub replacement is more costly than bathtub reglazing, but it is also more durable.

How To Prepare Your Meeting Room For Visitors

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The meeting room is often ‘where the magic happens’ for many businesses. Whether you’re impressing potential clients, masterminding smart strategies that will take your company further or nurturing your team with inspiring training, meeting rooms help make it all happen.

That’s why a well-presented meeting room is a crucial asset for any ambitious company. From winning new customers to cooking up creativity, it’s not easy to be at your best when your surroundings are lackluster.

There are all sorts of ways meeting rooms can let you down. Some are stuffy with a distract scent of stale coffee and lunchtime sandwiches. Others feature noticeable rings from last week’s cups of tea. Some spaces are little-used and dusty, while others are multi-purpose and show signs of scruffiness, wear, and tear.

Our team has some expert pointers which will leave your meeting room spick, span and perfectly professional.

1. A breath of fresh air

Many 21st century offices are open plan these days – with the exception of closed-off meeting rooms. This means that many meeting spaces can feel stuffy and feature-poor ventilation. Stuffy, stale-smelling rooms are not conducive to creativity or productivity, which is why it’s so important to keep them feeling fresh.

Consider adding a subtle plug-in air freshener or reed diffuser to your meeting room (as long as it’s not too overpowering). If your space has windows, air the room out an hour before any visitors arrive. You may also consider banning food from the area to make sure space smells inviting at all times.

2. Clear the decks

Clean, tidy meeting space is far preferable to a cluttered space which feels neglected. Make sure you keep these spaces free of surface clutter and take a moment to wipe down all surfaces before or after each meeting so that it’s ready to go for the next session. A twice-weekly vacuum (dependent on the amount of foot traffic) will keep the floor clean too.

3. It’s the little things

Although many meetings are productive, we’ve all sat in sessions which seems to last an eternity. In such meetings, there’s ample time to really scrutinize the room you’re stuck in. That’s why it’s important not to overlook the little things which can make meeting rooms look less-than-lovely. From mildew on the inside of window frames to unsightly bundles of wires and dust-besmirched TV screens, pay attention to the little things – your guests are likely to notice them all.

4. Finishing touches

From wiping down the whiteboard so that every session feels like a fresh start to adding welcoming touches such as fresh flowers, a water cooler or a bowl of snacks, “little extras” can really make a difference to how people feel when they visit your meeting room. Invest in these extras to get more from every meeting.

Sprinklers Rule!

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So, after years and years of struggling with my grass, I decided to do something about it. My grass was always getting brown and it never seemed to get enough water.  Finally, someone said to me “are you watering your grass during the day? in the sun?” I had to say yes, because it was, you know, well, true.  And I wanted good advice on what to do.

It turns out that if you water your lawn under the hot sun, the water evaporates very quickly, and a lot of it does not even end up in your soil.  Worse, the water acts like tiny little magnifying glasses and can magnify the sun and burn your grass blades.  So not only is my grass not getting water, I am also wasting all this water that doesn’t even get used.  My water meter does not care that the water is evaporating.  Once that water passes through that little gear in my meter, I get charged, even if the water is steam in the air one minute later.

So what do I do? Get up late at night and water my lawn, or do I get a sprinkler system of some kind.  I had heard that they were really expensive, and required a lot of digging.  So, I did some research and it turns out there is a really cool solution, and it is really easy to install, and really easy to operate, and it does not cost an arm and a leg. Its Called LAWNBELT and its a DIY sprinkler system you can do for your house over a weekend.  The hardest part is visualizing and then laying it out on paper so that it covers your yard with sprinkled water.

Anyway, I got a plumber to come out and install a new custom hose bib in the right part of the front of my house (the other outdoor faucet hose is in a bad place) and that turned out to be my worst expense.  Once that was done, the rest was easy, and I even got a wifi timer. So I can control the water on my lawn, from anywhere. And it is finally getting green.  Almost!

7 Smart Ways to Maximize Storage in Your Home

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If you’re tired of all the clutter, having limited space, and just really want to maximize the free is in your home, you might think of getting rid of things. And, sometimes, all it takes is just a little more creativity.

Stop cramping items in the cabinet, get rid of those stashed messes inside the drawer, with these smart, clever ways to free up some space in your home.

Make your home more spacious and welcoming!

Invest in Functional Furniture

Functional Furniture is gaining more attention now, more than ever. Beds with built-in cabinets, drawers, and overhead shelves are such smart ways to save more space! Imagine having a bed in one corner, filled with things in its free spaces. There are also sofas that can turn into a bed, foldable tables with built-in chairs. And a lot more! Most home departments are selling these kinds of furniture.

Maximize use of cabinets and drawers

A wide range of items can be bought to add in your cabinet just like closet organizers. This just doesn’t help you save space but keeps your cabinets organized – minimizing the risk of future frustration when looking for something. This simple step can make your cabinet more functional. Also, ensure using your cabinets properly by storing out seasonal clothes and leaving your everyday, usual clothes easily seen,

Overhead racks (works best in the Garage!)

First of all, you can get rid of outdated furniture, broken tools and equipment, and such. As we all know, and relate with together, the garage is filled with different kinds of things – from luggage, seasonal decorations, tools, recreation equipment, and such. Now, overhead ceiling racks are one of the best ways to keep these various things in place and in order.

Secret Storages

This is a smart and exciting way to keep valuable items. This secret storage may be installed into the floorboards, behind a wall, up in the ceiling, and such areas. This saves a lot of space and adds security to your valuable items by being a storage in unusual places – which are hard to find.

Laundry Room Cabinet

This may be the least favorite room in the house, but without this, you won’t be able to get your clothes clean and done! You can make this space more functional by installing a cabinet sorter to organized soaps, detergents, and other tools used – making them at arm’s length as much as possible.

Display a large mirror

Having a large mirror installed or hanged on a big space of a wall can play a cool trick and make the room a bit bigger. It also helps in reflecting more light, making the room look more refreshing or brighter.

Use wall mounted hooks

Take advantage of the space on your wall by installing wall hooks to hang jackets, coats, bags, and umbrellas. This frees up space, minimizes clutter, and makes it more functional by making it easier for people to grab those everyday things and knick-knacks that are needed.

7 Ways to Improve Your Curb Appeal Dramatically on a Budget

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There are a lot of ways for a budget-friendly curb improvement – you just have to look at the right blog. And here you are – lucky you! We’ve rounded up the easiest and cheapest ways on how to level up on that curb game. Take pride in the looks of your home and increase its selling value (if you plan on selling it). Get reading and start adding some magic to your home without breaking the bank!

1.Paint and Glam the Front Door and Trims

Revive your home by adding brightness to it. Painting your front door with a popping color will do the trick! Opt for a contrast between the front door and facade. Just remember to keep the colors complimenting each other. This may cost you as little as $20 or much less!

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2.Light it Up: with Outdoor Lighting

Always keep in mind the style and function of the light. You want some nice looking lights that can adequately light up your entryway and give highlights to your home. This just doesn’t add up to the ambiance, but may help in preventing accidents and keep intruders away. Exterior lighting can be bought in any home improvement shop and will only cost you $20, more or less.

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3.Mailbox Makeover!

Add some accent with this simple and essential accessory! Making your mailbox standout can act as a statement piece to your home’s curb. Be sure to follow your community’s regulations, though. You can get a brand new mailbox for around $20.

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4.Prune and Tend to Those Beds

Attending to your garden and regularly grooming them can always bring a fresh vibe to your home. Always remove growing weeds and clear out other debris. You can change flowers, too, according to the season. Go for colored flowers and bring some vibrant and lovely touches to your garden that people will surely love to notice!

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5.Clear the Driveway

The driveway can easily accumulate dust and dirt. Remove stains with a high-pressure washer. Store items, tools, and pieces of equipment that aren’t being used, in the garage or shed. Keeping the view simple and decluttered can make your home look much cleaner and organized – which reflects the homeowner’s personality and lifestyle, too!

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6.Add Some Outdoor Art

Have some of those architectural pieces of art displayed in front of your home or in the garden. Fountains, statues, window boxes, house numbers, door knocker, and a lot more! You can find these items at an affordable price in a resale shop, or in the local flea market.

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7.Trim Trees and Bushes

You want people to see the front of your house. Trim those overgrown bushes, cut those branches – just be sure the front porch and windows are seen and are not being blocked by plants and trees. If you want to do this on your own, expect to buy your own sheers for around $10 at least.

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