HAIR CHECK: Using Technology To Determine Hair Health

Aside from the telltale signs like split ends and dry and brittle strands, and DIY hair checks you may do at home such as tug and knot tests, determining the true health of your hair and scalp may call for something more complex.

Nowadays, with the advent of scientific and technological advancements, equipment and diagnostic tests for examining the hair and scalp up close are available in dermatological clinics. These allow for a closer inspection of the hair and scalp to detect problems that are not visible to the naked eye such as pore obstruction, overactive secretion of sebum, dandruff, dry and/or flaky scalp, inflammation, and other issues.


The folliscope is an automated handheld apparatus with a microscopic camera that connects to a computer via USB. It shows a clear and high definition image of the scalp and hair and saves the captured real-time digital images, which may be used as reference for further testing.

Hair and Scalp Analyzer SystemsHair & Scalp AnalyzerThese are complete computerized software and equipment that performs a series of thorough visual and direct analysis on the hair and scalp. It also measures hair density, hair shaft diameter, hair growth, sebum rate and meter, among others. Usually, these diagnostic tests also include dietary and lifestyle investigations to gauge what other factors may be contributing to hair loss or poor hair health and determine the appropriate and necessary treatment.

Good news for those who want to have their hair and scalp checked! NOVUHAIR®, nature’s answer to hair loss, offers a free analysis for its loyal users and interested customers in line with its program of promoting healthy hair and scalp awareness. Just visit the NOVUHAIR® booth in selected Mercury Drug, Watsons Personal Care Stores in Metro Manila and Cebu City for a free hair and scalp analysis. Existing NOVUHAIR® users may grab this opportunity to check the result of their NOVUHAIR® usage and check the progress of hair growth. These data are then stored in a database for future reference and monitoring.

For more information on selected locations and schedules, visit or contact the NOVUHAIR® hotlines at (02) 413-6570 or 0922-8830575.


The Newcomer to Your Routine

When it comes to looking good and maintaining our figure, we all have our routines: eat healthily, exercise regularly, cleanse, tone and moisturize. When it comes to hair care however, our commitment to routine varies.

Some of us prefer hair we can wash and wear. Others like to spend more time working their mane: blow drying, curling or straightening, gelling or waxing it into style. Others, still, have extra special requirements: a trip to the hair spa every now and then, a preferred stylist for trimming or drastic makeovers. Hair, indeed, is the one arena in which we can all agree to disagree.

But one thing’s for certain: we all want healthy, or at least healthy-looking, scalp and hair.

Now, apart from shampooing and conditioning, how does one achieve that, given the spectrum of dedication to hair out there? More importantly, is this even achievable for those who don’t feel like exerting too much effort on their mane?

The answer is yes, and it’s simple. One only needs to incorporate another player to their routine for leveled up maintenance: Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion.

danjune201502Though primarily known as nature’s own remedy to hair loss, Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion also works excellently as a hair care agent. This means using it to help prevent hair loss, as well as taking advantage of its side effects. Novuhair also helps hydrate the scalp, maintain the hair’s natural luster and prevent early hair graying and whitening.

Made of herbal ingredients that include moringa oleifera, panax ginseng, virgin coconut oil and the natural essences of rosemary and peppermint, Novuhair nourishes the scalp and hair by increasing the flow of nutrients and improving blood circulation to the scalp. This, in effect, helps solve hair loss and grow back hair. At the same time, it strengthens the scalp against premature hair loss.

Using Novuhair is quick and simple for everyone. Those who want a quick and instant solution simply need to squeeze out the lotion onto their scalp and take a few minutes to massage. Do this after rinsing out the shampoo, while bathing.

Those who don’t mind spending extra time on their crowning glory may also use it as a leave-on styling agent throughout the day. Again, simply massage on enough lotion to cover the entire scalp, and then style your hair accordingly.

It’s an easy single step to slide into your already established routine, and one that can be effortlessly applied by wash-and-wearers and high-maintainers alike.

Novuhair is available at all Mercury Drug and leading drugstores nationwide. Call 413-6570 or 0922-883-0575 and visit for more details.

Inheriting hair loss — and its solution

When considering the causes of an ailment, one of the first places to look is our genes. Could it possibly be something you’ve inherited?

With hair loss, this is certainly the case. In fact, it is the most common cause of hair loss, called Androgenetic Alopecia. It occurs in about 95 percent of males and 70 percent in females. Studies reveal that this also occurs in combination with other factors such as aging and hormonal changes.

Symptoms of hereditary hair loss include a gradual thinning of the hair to complete hair loss on a certain part of the scalp, if not entire baldness. The hair loss pattern and rate is different among men and women, though they similarly occur in the 20s and 30s. Family history is the biggest indicator of when hereditary hair loss starts to take place, and at what rate.

The good news is that hereditary hair loss is treatable. And while invasive options such as hair lasers and transplants abound, nature itself has bestowed us with the remedy we need to deal with hair loss.

Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion is an all-natural formula for treating hair loss. It is made of herbal ingredients such as moringa oleifera, panax ginseng, aloe vera, the essential oils of rosemary and peppermint, and virgin coconut oil. Collectively, the ingredients help improve blood circulation to the scalp and increase nutrients to hair follicles. Other beneficial side effects include returning and locking the hair’s natural luster, and preventing premature graying or whitening.

Just as hair loss can be inherited from your family, so can you inherit the solution — from nature.




Wouldn’t it be great if we can step out every single day with salon-gorgeous hair? Unless you’re an A-lister celebrity with a team of hairstylists at your beck and call or a fashion model getting ready for that picture-perfect shoot, we all have to deal with our own hair issues. Thus, there are good hair days and bad hair days.

Say goodbye to bad hair days by changing the way you deal and feel about your hair problems. Sometimes, all it takes is one little thing to turn things around and feel more confident about your locks. Read on for a few tips.

Get a flattering haircut. Book an appointment with your stylist or if you have none yet, ask friends for a referral. Discuss with your hair stylist the best cut and color that flatters your face shape and suits your taste. Nothing says confident better than a woman who obviously rocks her ‘do.

shower no attribution requiredMake sure your locks are clean and smell good. Washing your hair regularly is part of a good hygiene and helps maintain your mane’s health. Give your tresses some extra TLC by choosing hair-friendly products that keep it stronger, shinier, softer, more manageable, and smelling good throughout the day.

dad05Treat hair conditions right away. Hair and scalp problems like dandruff, falling hair, or bald spots can instantly deflate one’s confidence. Make sure to address these problems right away before they get worse. Consult a dermatologist or look for a product could help solve these concerns like Novuhair, nature’s answer to hair loss. Novuhair, made from all-natural ingredients, is a proven safe and effective way to fight hair loss and other problems like dandruff.

MYTH OR FACT: Pregnancy makes hair fuller and thicker

FACT. Hair looks noticeably fuller and thicker during pregnancy because of the presence of higher levels of estrogen in the body. It does not mean new hair strands are growing rather, less hair are being shed than normal. In a normal hair growth cycle, 90% of the hair follicles are in the anagen or active phase while around 10% percent are in the telogen or resting phase. During pregnancy, increased estrogen levels prolong the growing stage of the hair follicles and prevent those in the resting stage from falling off naturally. Thus, hair appears thicker and fuller.



Deciding to change your natural hair color is an easy enough decision, but picking out the best shade could pose a challenge. Choosing the most flattering hair color for your locks goes beyond trends and what hue your fave celebrity is currently sporting. It could spell the difference between looking glowing and vibrant, and appearing dull and washed out.

Want to know the secret to finding the best color for your mane? Read on for a few tips on how to choose the right hue that’ll further accentuate your beauty.

1. Know your skin undertone. The ideal shade for your mane is one that complements your skin undertone, whether it’s warm, cool, or neutral. Undertone is described as the color underneath the surface of your skin. Colors that blend well with your undertone results in your skin tone, or skin color, looking brighter, smoother, and more rejuvenated.

To determine your undertone, try this quick trick – stand in natural light, turn your palms up, and check the veins on the insides of your wrist. If your veins appear to be blue, you have a cool undertone. If it seems greenish, you have a warm undertone. If it’s something in between, your skin undertone is neutral.

A cool skin tone has undertones of pink, red, green, or blue while a warm one has yellow, peachy, brown or golden undertones. Those with warm undertones also tend to tan easily while those with cool undertones tan minimally and get sunburned instead. A neutral skin tone is usually a mix of both warm and cool undertones.

2. Determine what hair dye shades enhance your skin tone. The general rule of thumb is cool undertone=warm hair colors, and warm undertone=cool hair colors.

For cool undertones, play with the hues of golden blonde, ash brown, auburn, platinum blonde, and blonde. The most flattering highlights are honey, wheat, taupe, or ash shades. For those who are more adventurous, deep reds, orchids, burgundies, and even purples also work well, but avoid gold, yellow, red, or bronze hair dyes.

For those with warm undertones, go for golden brown, golden blonde, warm red, rich chestnut, reddish or strawberry blonde, chocolate brunette, or jet black colors. Highlighting is best done with copper streaks or golden brown shades. Most hair colors that have red-orange or gold base complement warm undertones well, but be careful of unnatural shades like blue and violet, and ash-based colors.

3. Stay within your hair’s natural color range. Before making the color switch, pay close attention to your locks’ natural hue and make sure to stay within two to three shades of this to achieve a natural looking coloring job. If your aim is just a subtle change of color, lighten or darken your hair just by one shade. For more dramatic (and drastic) color changes, it’s best to consult your hair stylist first or a professional colorist at your favorite salon.


FIVE GIFT IDEAS FOR DAD:Father’s Day Gifts for Every Type of Dad

Dad. Papa. Tatay. Pop. We might call him by different names but in reality, he’s every family’s very own Superman. Dads, like moms, take on varied roles in our life – protector, driver, all-around handyman, playmate, chef, human insecticide (admit it, it’s always Dad who runs after those wayward cockroaches), financier, mentor, and so much more. So, this coming Father’s Day let’s show our dads some love and appreciation with the following thoughtful and meaningful gift ideas.

1. For the sporty dad. Score him tickets to his favorite team’s game or a signed jersey or cap from his fave player. If he’s actively into sports, you may also give him an extra accessory or equipment like a golf ball, tennis racquet,boxing gloves, and the like.

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2. For the techie dad. Your dad already has the latest mobile phone or top of the line laptop, so why not get him smaller yet useful gadgets or accessories like a portable multiple device charging station or a Bluetooth keyboard. The options are endless, just pay those sleek gadget shops at the mall a visit.

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3. For the classic dad. An elegant tie for special meetings, another color of his favorite shirt brand, a bottle of really good wine, or if you want to go bespoke, a monogrammed pair of cuff links will go well for a sophisticated, classic dad.

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4. The bookworm dad. If your dad loves to read, he’ll appreciate a gift card to a bookstore or downloads of his favorite titles from Kindle or Amazon.

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5. The stylish dad. If your dad loves to pamper and take good care of himself, why not prepare a basket filled with luxurious and thoughtful body and skin care products like a massage oil, sunblock, feet lotion, hair wax, and other things he enjoys. And if your dad is having some mane issues like thinning hair and receding hair line, throw in a complete set of Novuhair, nature’s answer to hair loss. Novuhair shampoo and topical lotion has been proven to effectively promote healthier, stronger, and thicker hair.

dad05Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion is available as an individual purchase; as part of a combo pack that includes Novuhair Herbal Shampoo and Topical Scalp Lotion; or a 3-in-1 pack with Novuhair Herbal Shampoo and Conditioner and Topical Scalp Lotion; and a 2-in-1 plus one with two Novuhair Shampoos plus Topical Scalp Lotion, all in 200 ml bottles. Available in all Mercury Drug outlets, Watson’s branches, and other leading drug stores.


Almost halfway into the year and some international celebrities are making major buzz for their unexpected, sometimes drastic, yet still chic hair transformations.

Check out some of this year’s top star hair turns:

50 Shades of Grey breakout star Dakota Johnson chopped off a major length of her locks and now sports a chic brunette bob.

Sexy siren and Avengers star Scarlett Johansson surprised everyone at the Oscars with this punk-meets-glam undercut.

Keeping Up With The Kardashians star and one-half of the KimYe power couple, Kim Kardashian steps out for Paris Fashion Week with a platinum blonde ‘do. But her blonde moment is short-lived, Kim returned to her raven locks weeks after.celeb3

The star who played Snow White on the big screen, Lily Collins, debuted a playful pixie also at this year’s Oscars.celeb4

It Girl and in-demand model Cara Delevingne reveals another layer to her edgy persona with a shaved side hair style.celeb5

Popstar Taylor Swift exudes rocker chic with a shaggy cut and full bangs.celeb6

Lady Gaga never ceases to surprise her Little Monsters and the rest of the world. Here she is with an elegant goth-inspired dark and blunt bob after sporting long platinum locks.celeb7

Nicole Kidman looks even more ravishing in her shorter ‘do and new side part. Long or short, this Australian-born actress always looks like a true Hollywood star.celeb8

The one and only Pretty Woman goes back to her roots, so to speak. Julia Roberts enthralls in a deep red mane she was originally known for.celeb9

Actor, singer, songwriter, and director Jared Leto graces the Paris Fashion Week with a bleached ‘do after saying goodbye to his long locks.celeb10


MYTH OR FACT:There is a difference in how fast scalp hair grows on men and women.

MYTH. There is no significant difference in the growth rate of scalp hair in men and women. On average, women and men’s scalp hair grow approximately half an inch every month. Even if individual differences in growth rate are accounted for, these are considered too marginal to reach a definite finding.



FOR MANY WOMEN, being a mother is one of the best things in this world. Yet, as most mothers will attest to, it is also one of the toughest, albeit most rewarding, roles one gets to play in this lifetime. Maintaining a successful career while efficiently managing a household and taking care of a family is no mean feat. Sometimes, moms even forget about themselves in the mad rush and end up looking far from the polished and fashionable women they used or aim to be.

While many moms have perfected the art of the chic ponytail or the sleek bun, the most convenient, fastest, and easiest ‘dos for busy moms, there are other flattering hairstyles that won’t get in the way of your mommy duties. Popular American beauty/fashion/lifestyle blogger for moms, A Mom in Red High Heels, writes about four fabulous celebrity moms and their stylish, low-maintenance hairstyles suitable for all moms out there.

1. Reese Witherspoon

mom1If you’re the long-haired mommy type, take a cue from Reese Witherspoon and go for a wispy layered cut. You may even jazz it up with a soft fringe that’ll take years off your face.

2. Gwyneth Paltrow

mom2You’ll never go wrong with a shoulder length bob like Gwyneth Paltrow’s. It’s the classic cut for a classic and elegant mom. And the best part? You can easily tie it back into a comfortable ponytail during crunch time.

3. Victoria Beckham

mom3Victoria Beckham’s tousled bob just spells S-E-X-Y. Get this deliberately messy ‘do by keeping your locks just below the chin with a barely there side-swept bangs, and then add some air-dried bedhead waves for more texture with the help of a styling mousse.

4. Nicole Richie

mom4Get Nicole Richie’s soft and shiny locks by investing in a regular Keratin treatment at your favorite salon. A regular treatment, like a Brazilian blowout, help keeps hair smooth and manageable for extended periods. Plus, it cuts down hairstyling time that you don’t have in the morning.

So, this Mother’s Day, pamper yourselves by giving your overworked tresses some loving with these modern mommy hairstyles. Maximize your hair makeover by complimenting your new ‘do with products that are hair-friendly like Novuhair, nature’s answer to hair loss. Novuhair keeps your locks in tiptop shape by strengthening each and every strand and prevents premature hair graying. Plus, it makes hair thicker, shinier, smoother, and more manageable, just what a busy and hardworking mom like you deserves.

Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion is available as an individual purchase; as part of a combo pack that includes Novuhair Herbal Shampoo and Topical Scalp Lotion; or a 3-in-1 pack with Novuhair Herbal Shampoo and Conditioner and Topical Scalp Lotion; and a 2-in-1 plus one with two Novuhair Shampoos plus Topical Scalp Lotion, all in 200 ml bottles. Available in all Mercury Drug outlets, Watson’s branches, and other leading drug stores.