B5

Pantothenic acid, also called vitamin B5 (a B vitamin), is a water-soluble vitamin required to sustain life (essential nutrient). Pantothenic acid is needed to form coenzyme-A (CoA), and is critical in the metabolism and synthesis of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.

BACTERIA

An organism responsible for infection.

BARBA

Medical term for beard.

BARBICIDE

Brand name of sanitizer used to disinfect salon implements.

BASIC SHADE

A natural or neutral colour.

BENIGN PROSTATIC HYPERPLASIA

Benign prostatic hyperplasia is non-cancerous enlargement of the prostrate gland. The prostate gland swells, which reduces the urine flow and prevents the bladder from emptying.

BETAINE

A natural conditioning substance for example: from molasses or sugar beet.

BIOPSY

A section of skin tissue removed for clinical observation.

BIRTH CONTROL

Drugs that sometimes cause increased hair growth.

BIRTHMARKS

Discoloured skin that should be examined and approved by a physician before hair removal.