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November 2021

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Do Hair Transplant Treatments Leave Behind Any Scars?

November 27, 2021

Hair transplants are a popular procedure for mainly men who are experiencing hair loss. Women can also undergo the operation but it is more common for men. After the operation, there will most likely be some scars left on your scalp and you will have a sore head for a few days after. The fact your hair transplant will most likely last for life makes the procedure completely worth it. It is very common to go abroad for a hair transplant and most patients get their hair transplant in Istanbul, due to the cheap costs and well-qualified surgeons. 

How bad will scaring be?

After a hair transplant, you can definitely expect scarring and this isn’t very likely to go away, unfortunately, however, when you have your new hair this will usually cover it. Scaring can unlikely be avoided as the procedure requires going into your scalp and hair follicles. 

What to expect after the operation 

You can expect some swelling after the operation and some patients report bruising around their eyes. A few weeks after the operation you might experience some hair falling out, this is completely normal and just means your scalp is making way for the new fresh hair to grow. Just make sure you follow all the aftercare instructions from your surgeon so you can avoid any type of infection. 

What aftercare is usually recommended by the surgeon?

There are some important rituals you will need to practice after the procedure, these include keeping your scalp clean but definitely not scrubbing it. You will need to wait a few days before washing your hair after the operation and try not to sleep on it. It is usually 48 hours after the operation when you can wash your hair very gently, it will be the third day after treatment. Avoid using a power shower or anything that will blast down harshly on your scalp. It is crucial to avoid infection after the operation so you will likely be prescribed antibiotics and sometimes surgeons give you pain relief as well. 

Why am I losing hair in the first place?

There are a few different reasons for losing hair, these can be stress and hormone-related or heredity. Both women and men can suffer from hair loss and you never know when it might creep up on you, research shows it is more likely in men than women. It’s more likely you will experience hair loss when you’re older rather than younger but there are some young people that experience it too. Some medical conditions result in hair loss and also medications for certain illnesses can cause it as well.

How to prevent hair loss 

To prevent hair loss you will need to combat the factors that cause it, for example introducing some exercises into your routine to prevent stress. You can also prevent stress by practicing meditation, getting enough sleep and eating a balanced diet. Once you start to see your hair falling out you should take action to put this to a halt. 

Being mindful of the shampoo and conditioner you use is also important, make sure there aren’t too many chemicals in them. Some people wash their hair far too often as well, it shouldn’t be washed everyday but every few days. Washing too much can lead to a dry scalp and hair might fall out because of this, you need to let the natural oils reach your hair. 

Now you know you will be likely to get some scars after your hair transplant but they will commonly be covered up by your new hair, you can make your decision about booking the procedure. We hope you love your new hair and can recommend hair transplants to friends and family who might benefit from it in the future.  

Lifestyle

Topic: Are Fireworks Waterproof?

November 21, 2021

To have a successful firework launch, your rockets, mortars, smoke grenades and more need to be protected from the elements. Seeing as submerging fireworks in water is the best and safest way to ensure they no longer work and can be disposed of, the opposite is true to have working fireworks. So, are fireworks designed to be waterproof to be used in all weathers, are do you need to avoid wet weather at all costs? We look at whether fireworks for sale in the UK are waterproof and what you can do to avoid a washed-out display.

Prepare for the weather

Firstly, most firework designs mean they are not built to withstand water and still work. That’s why if you are storing fireworks, they need to be kept somewhere as dry as possible away from humidity and any leaks. Many fireworks you can buy are made from a paper or cardboard tube, whilst others may launch from plastic tubing. Of course, if the shell of the firework is exposed to water for a period, it may stop working, hence why submerging in a bucket of water for 15 minutes will usually be enough to stop a firework from working again. 

In rain conditions, it’s usually the fuse that is most susceptible to failure as it needs to successfully light, just like a cigarette for example. It’s not impossible to launch fireworks in the rain, but it’s not always the best idea for a successful display. You can protect fireworks before launch if there is light drizzle by covering them with plastic or cling film, shielding them from the rain. You would then just remove this before lighting the fuse and this should work as normal. Like any outdoor event, if the rain becomes heavy or storm-like, you’d probably want to postpone anyway until there are better conditions.

Should I Launch Fireworks in Bad Weather?

Not only will heavy rain make an outdoor event less enjoyable for spectators and possibly spoil your fireworks from working, it can be extremely hazardous. Heavy rainfall, as well as windy conditions, will affect how the firework launches and the direction it travels. The last thing you want is for launched fireworks to suddenly change direction, possibly heading towards crowds, so therefore avoiding bad weather for your display is best. Dryer, more calm conditions are always preferable for maximum effect and can ensure your display is not washed out. Even if you have a display of ground fireworks such as fountains or Catherine Wheels, this will be affected by exposure to the rain in the time between setting up and launch. 

If unexpected rainfall happens as you begin your display or during, don’t worry too much as most will still work and launch successfully. If this then turns into stormy conditions or torrential rain, it’s probably best to postpone. Always prepare for wet weather and check the forecasts leading up to your display date. This way you can plan ahead and choose better conditions, especially if you are planning fireworks during wetter seasons of the year. If you are keeping fireworks stored for use, make sure they are waterproofed, avoiding any moisture build-up, rather than leaving open to humidity or accidental exposure. If you are ever in doubt about the best way to waterproof your fireworks, seek out local experts who can help provide advice and tips.

Lifestyle

Horse Rugs: How to Choose the Right One

November 15, 2021

When rugging your horse, the main aim is to ensure they are as warm and comfortable as possible. Choosing the best rug will depend on your horse’s lifestyle, living conditions and the weather, helping their body adapt to the external conditions. There are various types of horse rug on the market, each with different properties and styles, so we’ve pulled together an overarching guide to help you pick out the best type of rug for your horse.

Stable rugs

As the name suggests, a stable rug is designed for indoor use and provides your horse with warmth when they are tucked away in their stable for the night. You can buy stable rugs in a variety of different weights to suit the time of year, and they can be easily clipped into place under the tummy for an quick and easy solution when the weather gets chilly.

Turnout rugs

Being one of the more versatile styles of horse rug, a turnout rug offers a layer of protection as your horse enjoys the outdoors. The fabric offers shelter from any unexpected rain showers and keeps your horse clean from the dirt, all while letting the skin breathe underneath. Turnout rugs are available in different weights so can be used throughout the spring, summer and autumn months so you can rest assured that your horse is warm and dry when they are out and about.

Fly sheets

During the summer months, flies and other biting insects cause endless hassle for horse owners and their horse. As well as being an irritation, these insects pose a risk of infection, having the potential to transmit harmful diseases. A fly sheet is a lightweight addition which deters insects from coming near and being able to reach the skin, creating a welcome barrier so your horse can enjoy the outdoors without the threat of being bitten.

Cooler rugs

Designed to help regulate the body temperate, a cooler rug is ideal for using during the warmer weather and following a bout of intense exercise. The breathable fabric has wicking properties which gradually cool down the body back to its comfortable temperature, helping your horse cool down without doing so too quickly.

Fleece rugs

When the winter months arrive, ensuring that your horse is able to stay warm and comfortable is essential. A fleece rug is designed to add an extra layer of warmth against the chilly weather and cold winds, retaining body heat both indoors and outdoors. Many horse owners tend to use fleece rugs underneath other rugs as an added layer of protection which can be used in addition to their usual rug.

Exercise rugs

For more active horses, exercise rugs are effective for the recovery process, helping their body get back to its regular state quicker. It can be worn both during and after any activity to keep your horse protected from any winds and rain so they can maintain their comfortable temperature for maximum performance. Following exercise, the rug will help prevent the body from cooling down too quickly to prevent any injury to the muscles.

Lifestyle

A Step By Step Guide To Use A Cross Trainer

November 1, 2021

With all the benefits of a cross trainer, you might want to start using one but not quite know how it works. We have put a step by step guide together for those who haven’t used a cross trainer before. It is probably one of the easier machines to use in the gym as you just step on to it and get going. 

Buy your very own cross trainer 

If you’d prefer to exercise from home, you can buy your very own cross trainer machine if you have enough space in the house. Some prefer going to the gym to exercise and here you will very possibly find a cross trainer, almost every gym has one. 

How to use a cross trainer 

Firstly, you will need to step onto the cross trainer putting your feet on the steps and holding the bars, you will need to be facing the little screen. The cross trainer won’t start working until you start pedalling and push and pull the handles evenly. You will then see a big green ‘go’ button, once you have clicked it you can select a setting. You can find preset programs like going uphill, for example, or you can just stick with the manual setting.

Once you have your setting sorted you can start to pick up the pace, increase your pedalling resistance by pressing the up and down arrows, these are sometimes on the handles as well as the screen but never on the bars. 

If you want to see how hard you are working you can check out your heart rate, you will need to hold the handles to gauge the intensity of your workout. When you have finished your workout, make sure the machine has fully stopped before climbing off. There should be a ‘cool down’ button you can press that will gradually bring the resistance down and stop your workout. There is also a stop button in case you feel dizzy or faint, you can click these to bring the cross trainer to an immediate halt. 

Good techniques to master on the cross trainer

Some pedal backwards on a cross trainer, this is considered advanced, and most people stick to pedalling forward as it’s much simpler to balance this way. Make sure you aren’t leaning back or forwards when you’re using the machine, it’s best to stand up straight and look forward. It’s advised to hold the handles, but not too tight or loosely. Cross trainers don’t actually need too much technique, it’s more about how you stand, if you’ve got this you will be fine. 

It will take some time to get used to the cross trainer, but it definitely isn’t the hardest machine to use at the gym, or in your home. Once you have used it a few times it will be second nature and you’ll be able to pick up some techniques along the way.