Friday, September 21, 2018

five Steps to a Successful Hair Transplant

five Steps to a Successful Hair Transplant

Hair transplantation surgery is more popular than ever, but with all the different advertisements for hair transplants out there, it can be easy to forget that the procedure is actually much more complicated than people think. At The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research, our experienced team has been performing hair transplantation surgery on men and women from all over the world for forty years. 



Our expert hair restoration surgeons Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis understand the level of care and attention to detail that is required at each and every stage of the process. In an effort to help patients understand the various steps that are necessary for a truly successful hair transplantation procedure, we have put together a brief breakdown of The Griffin Center process.


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Consultation

successful-hair-transplantThe first step in any hair restoration plan should always be a thorough and comprehensive hair loss diagnosis. There are many different forms of hair loss and many different medical conditions that can affect their treatment, so each patient needs to be evaluated carefully in order to determine the medications or procedures that will best serve their specific, individual needs.

Harvesting

No matter if the healthy hair follicles for transplantation are removed all at once with follicular unit grafting (commonly known as the strip method) or one at a time using follicular unit extraction (FUE) techniques, tremendous care must be taken to preserve the integrity of the grafts. If they are damaged during the removal process, grafts will fail to thrive in their new locations.

Dissection

Once the donor follicles are removed, they must be carefully dissected and sorted under a powerful binocular microscope. Hair follicles naturally grow in clusters of one, two, three, or even four follicles, and while some doctors may chop up these follicular unit groups so they can boast higher numbers, keeping them intact improves survivability and allows for more natural looking hair transplant results.

Implantation

The real key to a truly natural looking hair transplant is in the placement and angling of the grafts. An individual’s hair growth pattern is as unique as a fingerprint and only a highly skilled and experienced surgeon can properly angle the necessary incisions and place the follicular unit grafts so that they blend seamlessly with that natural pattern.

Maintenance

Hair loss is usually progressive and hair transplantation only moves healthy hair follicles into thinning areas; it does not prevent further hair loss from occurring. Non-surgical hair loss treatments, including prescription medication, platelet rich plasma, or red light laser therapy, should be combined into a comprehensive, long-term maintenance plan that helps slow or prevent further hair loss and preserve your hair transplantation results.


If you have concerns that you may be suffering from hair loss and wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. Griffin or Dr. Curtis so that you can fully understand your options, please contact The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to get the latest news in hair restoration and research.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

13 Highly Effective Treatments For Thinning Hair

13 Highly Effective Treatments For Thinning Hair

These simple hair loss cures can help keep your mane looking voluminous and healthy.
A bathroom covered with loose strands or an ever-scrawnier ponytail can be startling but doesn't necessarily mean anything's wrong. By age 50, half of women will complain of hair loss. "As we age, overall hair density changes and individual strands become finer," says dermatologist Doris J. Day, MD. But just because thinning is natural doesn't mean you have to accept it. Here are 13 solutions to help you keep the hair out of your brush and on your head.






OTC treatments for hair loss

Minoxidil

As the only FDA-approved proven ingredient to improve hair loss, Minoxidil has years of research to back it up—and about 50 percent of women using it see improvement. "Minoxidil can enhance the size of the follicle so that it produces a bigger strand of hair," explains Wilma Bergfeld, MD, a Cleveland Clinic dermatologist. Try Women's Rogaine Treatment for Hair Loss & Hair Thinning Once-A-Day Minoxidil Foam.

Laser treatments

Laser treatments reduce the inflammation in follicles that inhibits them from regenerating. In a recent study, researchers saw significant increases in density after 26 weeks of twice-weekly treatments with a take-home device with medical-grade lasers like the HairMax LaserBand.

Viviscal

Sometimes a supplement is all you need. "The combination of fish protein, vitamin C, zinc, biotin, and niacin in Viviscal supplements encourages the body to produce healthier, thicker strands," says New York City dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD.

DHT-blocking shampoo

Hair loss is sometimes caused by a hormone called DHT, which restricts blood supply to hair follicles, causing them to fall out. Art Naturals Organic Argan Oil Hair Loss Shampoo contains DHT blockers that ward off hair loss. 

Lifestyle changes that may stop hair loss

Eating the right nutrients

Hair thrives on protein, iron, zinc, and vitamin B12. Get them from lean meats, leafy greens, nuts, beans, fish, and these 13 other delicious iron-rich foods.

Massaging your scalp

You're halfway there every time you shampoo: massaging your head in the shower improves blood flow to the scalp. This means a better environment for hair growth, but it also aids the penetration of any treatment shampoos you use.

Letting your hair air-dry

It's the easiest fix you never considered. Hair dryers and irons, especially if you already color, can cause breakage and thinning, so reduce your use however you can.

De-stressing

Just breathe—seriously, it could help! Both sudden and chronic stress can halt hair growth. If you've been through a challenging experience (divorce, job change), hair should grow back. If you're under constant pressure, master meditation—easier said than done, but your hair will thank you.


Acupuncture

According to practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine, hair health is tied to two things: kidney energy and the blood, which nourish the hair. The solution: acupuncture and Chinese herbs. While there isn't a lot of hard science to back this up, Maureen Conant, a TCM practitioner at Full Bloom Acupuncture in Seattle, says that she's seen women's hair stop falling out and then gradually regenerate after a few months of weekly treatments.

How your doctor can help with hair loss

Hormone therapy

If it's serious, consider an Rx. Some women are genetically predisposed to female-pattern hair loss, and birth control pills can suppress overproduction of male hormones. At menopause, thinning increases; if you're on hormone therapy, it may minimize hair loss.

Blood work

Routine blood work can test your ferritin (iron stored in the blood) and vitamin D. Low levels can lead to hair loss, and the fix may be as simple as adding an iron or vitamin supplement. And hey, you're probably overdue for a checkup anyway!

Cortisone shots

They hurt, but they work. lnjecting cortisone directly into the scalp blocks the hormonal activity that induces hair thinning. This works especially well in patients with inflammatory scalp disease, Dr. Bergfeld says.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Your 13 Step Wedding Planning Guide

When it comes to wedding planning there’s no right or wrong way to do it. However, there is a simple way to organise your wedding planning tasks that’ll reduce your stress levels and help you feel like an organised bride.

Animal Print Lingerie , Our step by step wedding planning guide consists of the 13 main wedding tasks that every couple should have on their to-do-list.

Following this wedding planning guide will not only make the process more manageable, but it’ll also help to make the task of planning a wedding feel a lot less daunting!

Step 1: Plan Your Budget

Planning your wedding budget

One of the first things to think about when planning a wedding is your wedding budget and how much you can afford to spend. Sit down together and have an open discussion about your finances, how much you can both afford and how much you will be able to save over the coming months. If you think that your parents may help pay for the wedding then it’s also helpful to talk to them early in your planning stages so you know exactly what you will be able to afford. Not planning a wedding budget can lead to a lot of financial stress and disappointment later on in the process.


The hitched Budget Planner will be a helpful tool to help you estimate and record your spending. We also have plenty of money saving tips, free wedding ideas and DIY wedding ideas to help save the pennies and make the most of your wedding budget.


Step 2: Find Your Perfect Wedding Venue

Choosing your wedding venue


Once you have a budget set, you can start to think about choosing your wedding venue. Your wedding venue will determine your wedding date, location and your maximum guest numbers, so make choosing your venue one of the first things on your to-do list.

Before you start the hunt for your venue, sit down together and talk about what you both want from your wedding. If one of you is picturing a fairytale castle venue and the other is dreaming of a rustic barn then you may need to compromise. Also think about other important factors such as whether you want to have a wedding venue with accommodation, whether you want to use your own caterers and what your evening guest number is likely to be. All these factors will play a part in determining which wedding venue you choose.

You can use the hitched wedding venues section to browse beautiful wedding venues throughout the UK and beyond. You might want to search by the county you want to get married in or by the type of venue you would like - or both. You can also use the wedding venue filter to search for things like catering options, capacity, parking and more, putting you one step closer to finding a wedding venue that ticks all the boxes.

Step 3: Buy Wedding Insurance

Wedding insurance

According to our latest 21st Century Bride Survey, the average UK wedding costs just over £27,000. A £27,000 wedding budget may seem like a lot but when you consider the cost your venue, catering, alcohol, the dress and the many other wedding essentials, you will soon see how much they add up to.

While it is not very romantic to think about what might go wrong with your wedding, it's always best to be prepared. Purchasing wedding insurance from the moment you start spending money on your wedding could really help with peace of mind for both your wedding and honeymoon spend. Wedding insurance can also be a great way to reduce stress throughout your wedding planning journey - it's one less thing to not have to worry about!

Step 4: Choose Your Bridal Party

Choosing your bridal party


You may instantly know who your maid of honour, bridesmaids, ushers, best man, flower girls and page boys will be, or you might need a little bit of time to think about it.

If you’re not sure then don’t feel rushed into your decision and think carefully about who will be the best people to support you on this special day. You may also want to consider the cost as your bridal party will need outfits, bouquets, buttonholes and thank you gifts, so the more people you have, the more this could impact your budget.

Step 5: Plan Your Wedding Guest List

Plan your wedding guest list

Where do you start with planning your guest list? The truth is you have probably already thought about it and you know the key people you want to invite. However, you might need to a bit of time to decide who to invite to the day versus the evening and what to do about the tricker guest problems such as plus ones and colleagues.

With your wedding venue booked, you will have a rough idea of how much budget you are now able to spend on catering and your guest list may need to be determined by how much you want to spend per head. Use the hitched Guest Manager tool to start creating your guest list - we would suggest adding everyone you would like to invite and then work as a couple to cut this list down if you have gone over your expected numbers.


Step 6: Choose Your Wedding Suppliers

Choosing your wedding suppliers

Your wedding venue may already have a list of recommended suppliers and it’s a great place to get started, but you might also want something a little bit different so widen your search and make sure you know all the options you have before book your suppliers and pay your deposits.

Visit the hitched supplier section to find everything from traditional wedding suppliers such as photographers, florists, cake companies and stationery-makers, right through to more unusual things like food trucks, prosecco vans and photobooths. Contact the wedding suppliers you think suit your wedding style and then sit down with your partner and spend some time comparing prices and services to find what suits your style and your budget. Don't be afraid to shop around!

Step 7: Order Your Dress

Ordering your wedding gown

Choosing your wedding dress will be one of the most exciting and emotional parts of your wedding planning. A lot of designer wedding gowns can take up to six months to make so give yourself plenty of time to find the dress of your dreams. Visit the hitched bridalwear section and browse our list of local bridal shops to find inspiration.

Once you have chosen your wedding dress, you can think think about bridesmaid dresses that will compliment your wedding gown and groomswear that will suit the style of your big day.


Step 8: Create Your Wedding Gift List

Wedding gifts


Before you send your wedding invitations, you might want to think about starting a wedding gift list. Although it may feel strange telling guests what you want as a gift, it will actually make the whole process easier for them. Your guests are going to want to buy you a wedding gift so save them the stress of trying to decide what to buy and create a wedding gift list.

Whether you are looking to set up a honeymoon fund, an online gift list or a traditional department store list, take a look at our guide to the best wedding gift lists and see which one suits your needs.

Step 9: Send Your Wedding Stationery

Send your wedding stationery


Whilst you’ve probably already told everyone you know about your up coming marriage, now is the time to make it official. Your wedding invitations should be sent out approximately 3-6 months in advance of your big day, but it’s never too early to choose a design, style or stationery supplier that you love.

In order to give your guests as much notice as possible, why not send out ‘save the date’ cards to announce your wedding and ensure that your guests keep that date free, with an ‘official invitation to follow’ in the near future.

Step 10: Book Your Honeymoon



Booking your honeymoon will be one of the most fun parts of your wedding planning - you are basically planning your dream holiday!

If you have planned your honeymoon costs and budgeted for them then you can book something straight away, or you may have chosen to use your gift list to subsidise some of your honeymoon. If you are still feeling budget conscious then you could always plan a minimoon for straight after the wedding - giving you a few days to escape, relax and enjoy your newlywed status. Then spend some time after the wedding saving towards a bigger trip later in the year that will be your official honeymoon.


Step 11: Collect RSVPS and Create a Table Plan

Table plan

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You have sent your wedding invites and now you are awaiting your RSVPs. Although you will have given your guests a deadline, be prepared that there may be a few guests that you need to chase up! Once you have your final numbers, you will be able to to start working on your table plan.

The table plan may seem a daunting prospect but the hitched Table Planner will help make it feel more manageable. Put your wedding guests into family and friend groups and then play around with your tables to see who will fit where. It may also be worth considering whether you have any guests that will need easier access into and out of the room, such as those that have young children or the elderly, as you might want to seat those guests nearer the doors.

Once your table plan is complete then it’s time for the fun bit where you can get creative and think about what table names you are going to use and how you are going to display your table plan.

Step 12: Arrange Stag and Hen Nights

Hen party planning

Hopefully your awesome bridesmaids and amazing best man will have this covered but make sure you know if there's anything you need to prepare for, pack or pay for so you can factor this into your planning and your budget. You also want to ensure that the timings suit both you and your partner - gone are the days where stag and hen parties take place the night before the wedding (eek!) so make sure the dates and arrangements are appropriate. 

If you think your bridal party may need a little bit of a helping hand then we have some fantastic step by step guides for how to plan the perfect hen party and how to organise an unforgettable stag do.

Step 13: The Finishing Touches

Wedding decor last minute

So you have all the main things covered and it’s time to think about those little details. Decide on your wedding songs and wedding readings for the ceremony, think about who is going to do speeches at the wedding breakfast and order any thank you gifts that you want to give to those who have really helped during the planning process.

If you have additional budget leftover then you might also want to buy some last minute additional decor items - we have compiled a great list of wedding decor items that cost £10 or less!

It may seem difficult but also find some time to relax and have some headspace for something other than the wedding - whether that’s going on a long walk, reading a book or throwing yourself into work.

We hope our 13 step wedding planning guide has given you a great outline of what you need to do to plan your special day. For more detailed help, sign up to hitched and use the to-do list to create your full list of tasks and set yourself deadlines - it will be much easier to plan your day by doing lots of small steps and don’t be afraid to delegate jobs to other people.

For more advice on what to do as you plan your wedding then read our article - You’re Engaged! 15 Things Every Bride to Be Needs to Do.

Friday, September 14, 2018

ما هي العلوم الشرعية

ما هي العلوم الشرعية

ما هي العلوم الشرعية التي يبدأ بها أولا قبل غيرها ؟ يجيب الشيخ العباد
الحمد لله , والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله , وعلى آله وصحبه ومن اهتدى بهداه , وبعد :

فقد سئل الشيخ المحدث عالم المدينة عبدالمحسن العباد هذا السؤال :



ماهي العلوم الشرعية التي يبدأ بها أولا قبل غيرها ؟ 


فأجاب - حفظه الله ورعاه - :

أولا : يبدأ بالقرءان وحفظه أو حفظ ما أمكن منه , لأن هذا هو أصل الأصول , وكل شيء يرجع إليه ,

وتلاوته متعبد بها , وأحكامه متعبد بها , فيحرص الإنسان على الاشتغال بالقرءان بأن يحفظه , وكذلك أيضا

يشتغل بالحديث – حديث الرسول صلى الله عليه وسلم – وكذلك يشتغل بمسائل العقيدة , ويشتغل بالفقه ,

والحافظ بن حجر ذكر أن أصول العلم الشرعي ترجع إلى ثلاثة : إلى التفسير والحديث والفقه , فهو يعنى بالقرءان بحفظه أو حفظ ما أمكن منه ,
كذلك الرجوع إلى كتب التفسير التي تفيد فيه وهي متفاوتة ,
فمنها ما هو الواسع الذي لا يستفيد منه إلا طلبة العلم مثل تفسير بن جرير وتفسير بن كثير , وفيه من التفاسير ما يستفيد منه الخواص والعوام , وهو يصلح لطلبة العلم وغيرهم ,
وهو مثل تفسير الشيخ بن سعدي – رحمة الله عليه – فإنه كتاب عظيم يفسر فيه معاني الآيات بعبارات واضحة جلية سلسة , يفهمها العامي وطالب

العلم ,

فمثل هذا الكتاب رجوع طالب العلم إليه وكذلك قراءته على الناس في المساجد لا شك أنهم يستفيدون منه وتتبين فيه معاني القرءان الكريم ,

وكذلك فيما يتعلق بالحديث الإنسان يبدأ بالأوليات مثل الأربعين النووية ,


وهي اثنان وأربعون حديثا من جوامع الكلم , وأضاف إليها بن رجب ثمانية أحاديث فكملت الخمسين , وشرحها بشرح نفيس سماها جامع العلوم والحكم بشرح خمسين حديثا من جوامع الكلم , فيحفظ هذه الأربعين التي هي جوامع الكلم مع زيادة بن رجب عليها , ويرجع إلى شرحها في هذا الكتاب النفيس العظيم , الذي هو جامع العلوم والحكم في شرح خمسين حديثا من جوامع الكلم ,

ثم بعد ذلك يقرأ مثل عمدة الأحكام التي هي مشتملة على أحاديث متفق عليها وهي تتعلق بالأحكام , وأحاديثها تزيد على ثلاثمائة

حديث , وكذلك بعدها ينتقل إلى بلوغ المرام أو إلى غيره من الكتب الأخرى التي في مثله أو قريبا منه ,

ويقتني كتب الحديث إذا كان له اشتغال بالحديث أو رغبة أو اهتمام بالحديث يشتغل بكتب الحديث ويعتني بها , وفي مقدمتها الصحيحان وكتب السنن الأربعة , وكذلك أيضا فيما يتعلق بالفقه ,

يتعلم الفقه على من عنده علم وبصيرة ,

ويمكن أن يقرأ الفقه على مذهب من المذاهب , لكن قراءته تكون على من عنده علم بالراجح والمرجوح , ومعرفة الأدلة والمقارنة بينها , وهو يتعلم في مذهب من المذاهب لا على أساس أنه يتقيد به , وأنه لا يتعداه إلى غيره ,

وإنما لأن المسائل نظمت ورتبت , فكون الإنسان يقرأ في شيء منظم مرتب , ولكنه يحرص على معرفة الأدلة ومعرفة الراجح والمرجوح , هذا هو الذي ينبغي أن يكون التعلم

عليه بهذه الطريقة ,

وفيما يتعلق بالعقيدة يرجع إلى الكتب المختصرة , 


ومن أهم الأشياء المفيدة المختصرة الأصول الثلاثة وأدلتها للشيخ محمد بن عبد الوهاب – رحمة الله عليه – فهي رسالة مختصرة مفيدة عظيمة , تشمل على الأصول الثلاثة التي يسأل عنها الميت في قبره , وهي كون العبد يسأل عن ربه ودينه ونبيه – محمد صلى الله عليه وسلم – فلا يستغي عنها العوام ولا الخواص , لأنها تشتمل على بيان الدين

وبيان هذه الأصول الثلاثة التي يسأل عنها في القبر ,

وكذلك أيضا مثل كتاب العقيدة الواسطية لشيخ الإسلام بن تيمية وكتاب التوحيد للشيخ محمد بن عبد الوهاب ,فإن مثل هذه الكتب من الكتب المختصرة المفيدة

التي هي عظيمة النفع وعظيمة الفائدة ,

وهكذا الإنسان يتدرج من الكتب المختصرة إلى الكتب التي تكون أوسع منها . اهـ

من الشريط 288 من شرح سنن الترمذي للشيخ عبدالمحسن العباد , والله الموفق


ولمعرفة المزيد يمكنكم زيارة موقع شبكة بينونة للعلوم الشرعية 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

How to Build Muscle and Burn Fat at the Same Time

How to Build Muscle and Burn Fat at the Same Time

The twin goals of building muscle and burning fat are usually tied to workout routines. buy ibutamoren , After all, what you do in the gym or outdoors goes a long way toward transforming your body into a lean, fat-burning machine.

But training regimens usually account for two hours or less of your 24-hour day. What you do during the other 22-plus hours has as much if not more impact. Here are seven ways to build muscle and burn fat—inside and outside the gym.




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1. Bring the intensity

Don’t be the person in the gym who checks your phone between every set, breaking any intensity you could have established. Instead, work in a focused, continuous manner that stimulates muscle growth and fat burning. Leave the phone at home or in a locker. Instead of resting between three sets of the same exercise, consider alternating an upper body pull (such as pull-ups) with an upper body push (push-ups) or a lower-body push (squats).  That way you keep yourself moving. There’s a reason CrossFit’s Opens a New Window.  philosophy of performing AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) of a workout circuit in the allotted time is so challenging—and effective.

2. Eat every three hours

Eating small meals more often regulates blood sugar, promotes muscle mass, and eliminates mood swings and overeating Opens a New Window. . The key is to plan ahead to make sure you have something healthy on hand at work or on-the-go so that you’re fueled every three hours. Ideally every meal will have a combination of carbs, protein, and fat. But if you’re on the go, at least aim for something healthy such as nuts, seeds, dried fruit, energy bars, or a ready-to-drink protein beverage.

3. Hop on the wagon

There’s nothing wrong with an occasional drink. But if you want to build muscle and burn fat, knock it off for 30 days to see dramatic results. Alcohol disrupts REM sleeps Opens a New Window. , packs on empty calories, increases the release of the stress hormone cortisol, and decreases protein synthesis for muscle fiber repair. Alcohol also diminishes water soluble vitamins required for hormones to do their work and decreases the body’s ability to recover. After 30 days without alcohol, you’ll likely see such dramatic results you’ll go longer. You can go 30 days, can’t you?


4. Get faster

Sprinters have the leanest, most powerful bodies. Yet we never equate the qualities we want—more muscle, a leaner body—with speed and explosive power. When you get faster, you improve your muscle size and power, the efficiency of your nervous system, and even your flexibility Opens a New Window. . To get faster, head to a track or soccer field and alternate 400-meter runs (at 80 percent effort) with 400-meter walks. Do a light half-mile run before and after four intervals. Already a runner? Lengthen the intervals to a half-mile or go by time (3 minutes on, 3 minutes off).

5. Mix up your workouts

Your body is a phenomenal compensator, adapting to the most punishing of workouts quickly. That’s why it’s important to mix things up, not only in the weight room but outside as well. If you’re a gym rat, take things outside at least once a week. Head to your local park and do a routine of pushups, dips, Burpees, and pull-ups. If you’re near a beach Opens a New Window. , do the routine in the sand for an added degree of difficulty. You’ll challenge your body from different angles, break the monotony of the gym, and breathe some fresh air.

6. Become a waterman

Swimmers, surfers Opens a New Window. , and stand-up paddleboarders often have the most chiseled physiques and that’s no coincidence. Water sports challenge your body in three planes of motion and usually involve high-intensity interval training. Even a leisurely swim or stand-up paddle can be tough if not done often. If you never learned to swim properly—meaning you can’t swim at least 200 yards in open water that’s at least eight feet deep—it’s time to learn. 

7. Sleep it off

It’s difficult to build muscle and burn fat without adequate sleep—seven hours a night, preferably eight. Sleep is when most of your hormones, such as growth hormone and testosterone, are released. Fatigue, on the other hand, undermines your ability to eat right and train hard, thus raising your level of body fat. When you’re exhausted, your brain doesn’t know whether it’s sleep-deprived or starving for glucose, so it naturally craves sugar Opens a New Window. , which is what causes late-night cravings when you’re tired. Without adequate sleep, you’re sabotaging your efforts to build muscle and burn fat.