How to Tell If You’re Balding

Guys these days on average bald at a much younger age than they previously used to, many (including myself) starting to go bald at 19 or even earlier. That said, it's often hard for guys to come to terms with the fact that they're losing their hair, especially when they're young and do not happen to have other bald members in their family. No one in my family is bald barring me and it started at the tender of age, so here are some facts I tried my level best to ignore until it was too similar to run away from:

Hair on the pillow
While it's normal for guys to have a few strands of hair on their pillows in the morning (or bed sheet if you're like me and sleep without a pillow) anything upwards of 10 strands is an early warning sign. It's certainly possible that you're not bald if you take a good look at your pillow for the first time and notice a lot of strands but that's just because the strands have collected over days. If you clean your pillow of strands every day and still notice more than 10 strands when you wake up in the mornings, that's sign number 1.

Hair in the shower and on your towels
Relating to number 1, the hair fall in the shower is generally 10 times more than on your pillow if you're balding. If you decide to shampoo your hair and find your hand almost covered with hair, do not give yourself some excuse like “oh that's just because I have not shampooed in a week” that'll keep you in denial. If there's hair on your hand and visible hair on the shower floor without you having to make an effort to find it, you're probably well on your way to becoming a handsome bald guy. Speaking of excuses, here's a great post on 10 reasons guys 'hope' are causing their balding.

Hair awkwardly standing up in the wind
The fact is, you do not become noticeably bald toill you've lost more than 50% of your hair density. This means that you can be in denial for over 2-3 years (on average). Even while you're in denial and no one notices or points out that you're losing your hair though, the wind is going to make it much harder for you to hide the fact. Often when a light wind blows past, it's not all of your hair that's going to stand up but mainly the parts that are less dense. Because the strands are so thinly laid over and have not formed a dense mass like when you have a full head of hair, the slightest win will make these strands stand up and that's not a look you want to have.

Case in point, Donald Trump displays a perfect example of what this would look like. It's something I started noticing when I looked at my reflection when I was outside and saw a few strands awkwardly blowing around on no one's head but mine.

The Grand Strand Total is More than 100-150
At the end of the day, 100-150 strands should be parachuting off a head of healthy hair. If you happen to see hair in the drain, on your pillow, on your girlfriend's face too often, the grand strand total for the day is likely to be well above 150. As obvious as it might be, sometimes it's just hard to accept but rationally think about it and it should be clear that it's time to purchase your brand new razor.

The Blatantly Obvious Signs
To be completely open and honest, I was not able to accept the fact that I was going bald even though I had been through most of the common balding stages . Even when my hairline started receding, I looked at friends and celebrities with slightly higher hairlines than I use to have and convinced myself that I was just 'becoming mature early'. I can say from experience that when bald patches become visible and the hairline starts receding, it's time to buzz or shave our head and accept it like a champion.

It is not easy to accept that you're going bald, especially if you're young and your first instinct is probably to go for medication. The fact is (and you can find out the hard way if you'd like), there's NO COMPLETE CURE for MPB invented yet and whatever exists on the market can have detrimental side-effects and make matters a lot worse. As hard as it is, it's better to gradually accept it and use support forums like SlyBaldGuys (A great support community of proud bald guys, owning at life) to help you make the transition.

Either way, you can only deny it for so long until you need to deal with it like a man and shave it off!

So if you're sure you're balding, do not hide it. At least dare to try and shave it!

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How to Loosen Tight Braids in 6 Ways

You get home after a day of braiding. Your head still hurts. You thought your braids would ever loosen up on its own but it's as tight as it was in the hair salon. Suddenly you wish you had the superpower to turn back time.

But you can not, so how do you get rid of the pain?

There are ways to loose tight braids. Ideally, you will want to loosen the braids without destroying the box braids, cornrows or other African braid styles that cost you time and money. Here are some things that can help:

  • Massage
  • Shower
  • A pencil
  • Moist heat
  • Leave-on conditioner
  • Braid spray

Lucky for you, there are ways you can loosen your braids. Simply follow any of these tips below.

Massage your scalp

The relief that comes from massaging is not foreign to us. By gently massaging the exposed areas of the scalp, we are effectively pulling hair away from the scalp and loosing the braids. However, try not to get carried away as you still want to retain those braids.

Hop in the shower

Taking a shower immediately after installing the braids can make you question the longevity of the braids. But is not it much better than thinking about how long your hairline will last? Get into the shower and let it rain on your braids. As warm water runs down your hair, rub your scalp gently but not vigorously. You can apply a moisturizing conditioner at this stage. Pat your braids with a towel and leave it to dry naturally.

Stick a pencil or other object in

To loosen braids individually, stick a pencil or something cylindrical and smooth into the center of each braid. Use a thinner object like a skewer for smaller braids. Alternately, combs can also be used to loosen the braids that are close to the scalp.

Get some moist heat

One effective way to loosen those tight braids is to apply moist heat to it. By placing a towel wet with warm water, you separate the small braids that are very close to the scalp. Leave it on your head for an hour. Another way to do this is to apply steam onto your head directly. You can do so using a handheld steamer or by running hot water inside a closed bathroom and just standing there. Be sure to save the water and use it for something else, like watering your plants or washing your clothes.

Apply leave-on conditioner

A fuss-free way to loosen tight braids is by applying leave-on conditioner. The conditioner will smoothen hair and reduce the tightness of your braids. However, use moderately. An excess of it will make your scalp oily faster and cause itchiness later.

Apply braid spray

Braid sprays come with many functions. Some relieve the itchiness thought about by keeping braids; others help in the removal of your braids. Regardless of which type of spray you use, braid sprays will help to ease tight braids by softening your hair. As the main function of a braid spray is to alleviate the negative aspects of installing braids, introducing a braid spray to your hair care regime will extremely serve you.

The easiest way to prevent tight braids is not let it happen in the first place. Do not leave to let your hair stylist know that your braids are hurting and they are too tight!

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How to Make Natural Hair Products

I just recently decided to start trying some natural homemade remedies for my hair. I have not really been taking good care of my hair for the last couple of years. In fact I'm really surprised that I still have any on my head.Though I still have hair, it was not in very good shape due to the abuse that it has taken from me. Now that I have much more time on my hands and less money than I want to have I do not have the money to go spend on expensive hair treatments at the salon or money to buy the expensive products to support a healthy head of hair.

I started doing some research about products that I could buy that was inexpensive to treat my dry brittle hair. It would not hold moisture at all and the texture was all wrong. It was nappy and very hard to manage. I do not have a perm or any chemicals so maybe you can imagine what I was going through trying to wash and style my hair.

While researching daily I was getting the same results. Lots of talk about eggs, olive oil, coconut oil, avocado, honey, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, yogurt, and sour cream. What ?! This stuff is not for my hair or anyone's hair for that matter. I'd rather eat this stuff and not put it in my hair! But the more and more I read and searched YouTube this is what I kept seeing. I watched videos and I read articles, I searched Pinterest, Ask.com, Google, Bing, Wikihow, you name it. Eggs, honey, and olive oil masks, Avocado and honey masks, vinegar for protein overloads, and sour cream or yogurt for deep moisturizer is what I found to treat my hair.

Well I was not convinced, I did not care what I read or what videos I watched. There was no way that I could use the same things that I eat everyday on my hair to moisturize it or get the protein that my hair needed to stop the breakage. So I decided that It would not hurt to try it. My hair needed protein and it needed moisture very badly. I chose to do an egg, olive oil, and honey mask which considered of six steps.

  • Mix 2 eggs (yolks only for dry hair), extra virgin olive oil, and honey.
  • Apply to clean, damp hair.
  • Cover with plastic a cap for 30 minutes.
  • Wash mask out with warm water (not too hot where it cooks the egg)
  • Apply a deep conditioner for 2 minutes and rinse out.
  • Apply coconut oil to hair for an everyday moisturizer.

I must say that I was very satisfied with the results and I will never ever buy another product that is not edible to treat my hair again. I highly recommend this mask for anyone with natural or damaged hair.

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Seven Foods For Healthy Hair Growth

Hair loss is not uncommon for men but did you know that it can also affect women? Genetics plays a major role in male baldness but hormonal imbalances, underactive thyroid, nutritional deficiencies and stress are more common causes of hair loss in women.

If you want to counter hair loss you are there a number of vitamin supplements available which provide your hair with the nutrients it requires for growth.

Here are 7 healthy foods packed full of nutrients your hair will love.

1. Oily Fish, Nuts and Avocados

The key hair is essential fatty acids which are not only critical to your overall health and wellbeing but also to the health of your hair. It will help your hair shine with health.

2. Citrus Fruit, Kiwi Fruit and Strawberries

What do these three fruits have in common? They are packed with vitamin C. Vitamin C helps in the production of collagen, and collagens is what surrounds and protects the hair shaft. If collagen breaks down hair is more likely to break, so increase collagen by increasing your vitamin C intake. Collagen also plays a vital role in the reduction of wrinkles so it's a win for your whole body.

3. Nuts, Brown Rice and Oats

These three foods include a form of vitamin B called Biotin. Biotin is key in hair growth and the circulation of nutrients around your scalp and hair follicles.

4 Red Meat, Dark Green Leafy Veges, Berries and Cashews

Iron is essential for hair growth so it is critical that you get enough. Women often suffer from iron deficiency which is just going to add to hair loss issues. If you are not getting enough iron in your diet then take a good supplement. Vitamin C is key to iron absorption so keep up the fresh fruit and vege too.

5. Cucumber, Mango, Asparagus

These foods are rich in silica which also play a major role in hair growth. If you really want to grow your hair fast then take a 500mg silica supplement twice daily.

6. Oysters, Brazil Nuts and Eggs

These are foods that are high in zinc. Zinc is essential for hair and nail strength. If you really think your hair and nails need a health boost you might want to consider taking zinc supplements, or even a zinc and silica supplement.

7. Sunflower Seeds, Almonds Pine nuts and Dried Apricots

These are all foods that are high in Vitamin E which is essential in the manufacture of Keratin. Keratin protects and strengnts hair. Increasing your vitamin E intake will help prevent breakage and further damage.

Finally, try to reduce your levels of stress this will help immensely to reduce the levels of hair loss.

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Women’s Hair Thinning, Hair Loss Products Can Do Wonders For Them

Hair loss problems have been around for quite sometime and it has been known to affect men more than women. Going by the maxim, 'seeing is believing,' it is not difficult to understand the reasons for this perception gaining ground. The number of bald men are far more than women with similar hair condition. In fact, it would be very difficult to find bald women. Does this mean women do not have hair loss problems? Far from that, women actually face serious hair and scalp problems which did not become an issue for debt until recently as the online media was not in existence.

Women's hair loss is mainly hair thinning rather than balding. The problem of women's hair loss is probably as old as that of men, but it remains bound to women and never made it to the forefront of market news.

Today, women's hair loss is an issue that has become a lively disc in the online media more than anywhere else. As a result, characterizations like 'hair thinning' that were unfamiliar in the pre-internet era are being dramatically tossed around the discussion boards. Balding for men is not that much of an issue as hair thinning is for women.

Difference between men's, women's hair loss

Interestingly, there appears to be some kind of genetic orientation in this entire process of hair loss. The baldness suffered by men is known as male pattern baldness and it is said to be due to the specific genetic composition of males. The hair thinning problem suffered by women, on the other hand, is said to be specifically due to the specific genetic composition of females. Since the women's hair loss issue was not a topic of discipline until recently, most hair regrowth products were said to have tackled male pattern baldness.

Women need hair loss control products specially made for them. If the hair loss problems of women originate from a completely different source in their anatomy, there's no way they can benefit from products made specifically with male pattern balding in consideration. As a result, a new genre of hair care products designed specifically to check female hair loss has emerged in the market. In true online style, this has triggered an energetic debate around the products vying for women's attention, which in turn, has enlarged the scope of research into the exact causes of women's hair loss. The last few years have seen the mushrooming of scores of hair care products for women promoting everything that they might want in their hair.

The market being what it is coming up with some or the other product promoting a number of benefits, but it becomes difficult for the customer to decide the right product in this clutter. The best chance for a customer to be able to avoid ending up with the wrong product is to understand the nature of her hair problem and what causes it. For instance, she bought to know that her hair grows out of tiny microscopic sockets just below the surface of her scalp, known as follicles. These follicles support sebaceous glands that regenerate new cells when the follicles are adequately nourished. Normally, hair regrowth begins with the regeneration of these new cells.

There are numerous reasons for hair loss in women

A woman needs to know that all hair problems are not due to mere scalp problems, but due to problems deep within the anatomy, for example, hormonal imbalance and deficiency of certain vital ingredients. Many a time, these hormonal imbalances are due to lifestyle inconsistencies like addiction to smoking and drinking or heavy consumption of red meat. Under normal circumstances, the cleaner the scalp, the better are the chances of hair regrowth with the infusion of nutrients into the follicles. A clean scalp will also allow the follicles to draw in oxygen and blood to complete the nourishment and trigger cell regeneration leading to hair regrowth.

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Find the Hair Loss Treatment for Your Hair Problems

Most of us would agree that the best hair loss treatments that we use include the shampoos and the creams that we apply to our strands. All these come in various types, and there are some that are specifically-formulated to prevent, control, and reduce hair fall. Below is a list of solutions to various mane concerns.

Jumpstart your hair loss treatment: choose the right products for you!

The Problem: Brittle, Dry Strands

Brittle locks are caused by a lack of moisture: this can be caused by the weather and the environment. For example, if the weather is dry, your locks would lack moisture as well.

The Solution: Nourishing Botanical Oils

These oils help regain the moisture in your hair that has been taken away by the hot, dry weather. To use this hair loss treatment, coat your hair with creams that contain these chemicals and leave in overnight. Also, you might want to try something else: get a large bowl and fill it with water, keep it out or near you while you sleep: the evaporated water helps add moisture to the air, and then absorbed by your strands.

The Problem: Damage Caused by Heat

This is a major problem for most women – their locks are constantly being fried by different heating tools – flat irons, blow dryers, curling rods and the like – all for the sake of styling until their hair remains lifeless and dead-looking! Although most women can not help but style their hair with these tools as part of their beauty regimen, doing this often breaks the hair's protective layer, leaving them mane with a dull, straw-like texture.

The Solution: Hydrating Creams

The hair loss treatment that can be used to combat damage due to heat is a good hydrating cream, and proper styling tricks. Hydrating creams help create a barrier between your locks and the heat from styling tools, reducing the heat damage. Also, keep in mind that when blow-drying, do so in sections, so that all the parts of your locks are covered without repeatingly drying the same spot over and over again.

The Problem: Split Ends

This is one of the issues that need hair loss treatment. It is also most often caused by excessive use of styling tools, not to mention the damage caused by hair highlights and – you might be shocked by this – skipping conditioner. One of the most common causes of split ends is waiting too long between haircuts, as you have to have your locks trimmed every six to eight weeks. Split ends may be an early sign of weak hair, and may cause breakage and your strands to fall.

Oh no! Time to look for a hair loss treatment – fast!

The Solution: Protein-Based Treatments

Protein, found in treatments that cater to hair damaged by split ends, acts as a temporary styling bandage that seal splits together temporarily. Once the hair strand is split, it will continue teasing up the strand, so early remedy is key. Also, remember to ask your stylist to give you a dusting as soon as you come back to the salon. At least every two months. Dusting is where your hairdresser removes the split ends from your hair, keeping ends of your strands at bay.

The Problem: Breakage

This is the most common hair problem. Breakage is often caused by brushing your hair too vigorously and using tight elastics when putting your hair up on a ponytail.

The Solution: Deep Conditioner

These hair loss treatments protect your hair and give it added strength to prevent breakage. Look for deep conditioners containing smoothing oils such as avocado oils, as well as amino acids, as these are packed with protein and will help prevent flyaways. Also, try wearing your ponytail a little loose to give your hair a break.

With these easy tips, it is all too easy to score gorgeous hair and get the right hair loss treatment that fixes every concern.

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Hair Loss Due to Stress – Are You Causing Your Hair to Fall Out?

Once in a while I will have a client ask me about hair loss due to stress. I tell them jokingly, “Do not stress about it or more hair will fall out!”

I think back to a story about this lady that was balding. She kept a positive attitude and did not worry about her hair falling out. One day she woke up and noticed she had three strands left on top of her head. She thought, “Awesome, I'll wear a braid today”. The next day she woke up and looked in the mirror and she had only two strands left. She thought, “Great, I can wear pigtails!”. The day after that she woke up to find one strand left and said, “Wow! I can wear a ponytail today!” The next day, she found that all her hair was gone. She happily thought, “Whew, I do not have to do my hair today!”. This silly story puts things in perspective. It helps you to be grateful that you still have hair to work with.

Finding the cause of the thinning is where I start with my clients. Typically, the thinning may be caused by problems other than anxiety. Explore other causes before you consider it to be hair loss due to stress.

To put alopecia (technical term for balding) in perspective, usually you shed an average of 100-150 strands a day. You could be losing more than that if there are clumps of hair in the shower or your brush on a daily basis.

Hormones are one of the leading causes of thinning. Postpartum alopecia and thyroid issues contribute heavily to thinning. Genetics also play a role in balding.

Other causes could be a poor diet, or medicine you may be taking. Once you have considered these other issues and they do not fit your situation, move on to your stress level.

Hair loss due to stress is a real thing, but it is a mild form of thinning. Usually, poor nutrition, inadequate sleep, and chronic anxiety is the root cause of hair loss due to stress.

Your best plan action would be to try relaxation techniques like breathing, meditation, and massage. Make sure your body is getting a balance of nutritious foods and vitamins. Rest, rest, and sleep. Set up a bedtime and wake time routine to provide adequate sleep to replenish your body. Take time for yourself and also relax with friends and family.

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DHT And How to Cure It?

DHT is the abbreviated form of Dihydrotestosterone, which is an androgen and a male hormone. An enzyme known as 5α – reductase develops DHT in the adrenal glands, prostate, hair follicles and testes. When there are metabolic changes in the adrenal glands, men and women could start losing hair. DHT plays a very important role in the loss of hair. This hair loss is mostly seen in men than in women.

The pattern of baldness in men is called androgenetic alopecia or androgenic alopecia. This occurs when the hair follicles of a person become sensitive to DHT. In this scenario, the hair follicles shrink, due to which their life reduces and production of hair becomes abnormally. In some people this is genetic.

So it is important that the proper steps are taken to reduce DHT formation and hair loss can be curved. There are many kinds of medicines which help to reduce DHT formation in the body. When these are combined with the properties of fruits and vegetables, they help in reducing hair loss.

There are many ways to reduce the excess production of DHT in the scalp to reduce hair loss. Some people use growth stimulators, some use anti inflammatory things and some use anti androgens. But the most preferred is the DHT blocker or DHT inhibitor.

Given below are a few naturally found DHT blockers which help in reduction of DHT production in the scalp.

· Emu Oil

This oil has anti androgenic properties and so it reduces the production of DHT. It has linolenic acid which is an effective blocker of 5α – reductase which plays the most important role in the production of DHT. It also has anti-inflammatory properties which help in increasing the growth of the hair. FDA has approved the use of Emu oil for medical purposes.

· Green Tea

Green tea has a component known as catechins which stop the 5α – reductase and testosterone from getting converted into DHT. Medical practitioners trust catechins to be a cure for baldness. Also green tea contains antioxidants which help in stimulating the follicles of the hair.

· Gingko Biloba

This is a natural cure for the loss of hair. It has great properties which increase the circulation of blood to the scalp which is very important for hair growth.

· Pygeum

Pygeum contains an ingredient called phytosterols which helps in curbing the production of DHT. It also plays an important part in decreasing the DHT level in the body.

· Pumpkin Seed Oil

It has been found to block the production of DHT in the body. It is also helpful in enhancing hair growth.

· Saw Palmetto

It is one of the most popular blockers of DHT production and it has properties which slow the loss of hair and stimulates the growth of hair.

Here, one should not get bogged down by hail loss due to DHT. By blocking DHT production using the above methods, one can stop hair loss and trigger hair growth.

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How to Make Diet Changes to Regrow Hair

In this day and age there still is not a definite cure for stopping hair loss altogether, but does this mean that you can not do anything about it now? Absolutely not! If you have been experiencing a loss of hair for any reason, there are a few changes you can make to your diet to actually get that hair back.

Eating right is not the easiest thing to do. There are a lot of junk foods out there that taste absolutely great. Even eating food in your break room at work is often tempting. Co-workers will stroll in with their carry-out meals from the local fast food diners and the smell will infiltrate the whole room. To regrow lost hair do not go down that same road as your co-workers.

There are plenty of foods to eat that can actually taste good and benefit hair growth at the same time. Hair will grow due to several minerals, vitamins and nutrients. Hair is 91% protein, so any protein-based food will be an excellent source. There are many of them such as steak, nuts and even foods like eggs that will give your hair growth a push.

Starting out on any diet is a challenge. I'm in no way saying that you have to give up all of your favorite foods. Try incorporating a few of the beneficial ones into your normal diet.

You may even try going on a raw food detox diet for about three days. This type of diet involves eating raw foods like fruits and veggies and avoiding cooked food.

Some people have stated that once they started the raw food diet their hair began to fall out. This is not to alarm you but it's a change that must occur in order for renewed hair growth to take place.

What your body is doing is getting rid of all toxins that you have built up from unhealthy eating. Any hair that falls out during this detox is usually replaced by healthier, thicker hairs. It's never really a ton of hair that is lost when this does occur, it's a gradual process.

If a raw food detox does not appeal to you, follow simple food rules and make sure you stay away from sugary foods. Not only are they fattening but they can result in a process called glycation. When this happens your scalps firmness is lost a bit and can result in a loss of hair.

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Eliminate Uncontrollable Hair Loss Naturally

Before you invest your hard-earned time into some kind of hair loss product or treatment, you should definitely consider all of the various natural methods that can make this happen for you.

They will save you tons of money and on top of that are the safest routes to take for added hair growth. Your hair may fall out due to several different things. Most of these causes are within your control.

Getting the right nutrients into your body are the most important factors to consider overall. Hair grows based on the type of nutrients you place in your body which is why many people have benefited from diet changes.

For example a raw food diet is one in which you cut out all cooked foods, and stick to raw foods like fruits and veggies. All fruits and veggies are beneficial to your body but there are a few that can boost hair growth efficiently. Getting onions and garlic into your diet will ensure you have plenty of sulfur in your system, which is a critical ingredient to fighting hair loss.

Adding foods like cucumbers and red peppers into salads and other dishes will provide the mineral silicone which also helps stop hair loss. Pretty much any food rich in vitamin E as well such as olives will combat thinning hair.

Olive oil itself actually will rid your scalp of irritants and other harmful chemicals that could be causing your hair to fall out. Just add a few drops of this oil to any thinning areas of your scalp. Massage it thoroughly through all areas and leave on overnight. The next morning wash it away with a mild shampoo. This is a procedure that you can practice for about three to four days straight and you'll start to notice healthy changes in the way your hair grows.

Several other oils have also been proven to stop your hair from falling out. As a child my mother used to shove castor oil down my throat to detox my body of any toxins that could make me sick. Of course the taste was disgusting, but it did wonders for my body. This same oil is full of vitamin E and protein to give your hair a boost in growth. On top of it all this oil has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that will also eliminate scalp infections like ringworm that can lead to baldness.

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Treatment for Troubled Hair

Our hair goes through a lot of things every day: exposure to intension weather conditions, chemical products and treatments, conditioning, daily shampooing, to name a few. Like us, our tresses need pampering too, but why rush to salons and spend a lot of money when the best treatments can be found in your kitchen?

Treat troubled tresses! Find new (and old) ways to take care of your hair below:

Vinegar: Clarifying Agent

Before applying any organic (or non-organic) treatment, cleanse your mane with a clarifying agent, such as vinegar. This will rid it of build-up caused by hard water, as well as those from chemicals and products and get your tresses ready to absorb new nutrients from the organic treatments you will be using.

Molasses: Color Preserver

Molasses is a really great product to use, especially if you had your mane dyed. It causes oxidation, infusing nutrients to your locks while preserving its color. This is ideal for those who have coarse hair texture. Available at natural food stores, molasses are best used when mixed directly to your favorite organic conditioner and slathered to your locks. If you lack time but you still want to give your tresses this sweet treat, try wrapping a damp towel around your head, sitting, and letting it steam-soak for around 25 minutes.

Egg Whites: From Brunch to Bounce!

Egg whites are not only good snacks to eat; they also provide full nutrition and shine to our tresses. Depending on your hair length, mix at least three to at most six egg whites with three pumps of your favorite conditioner. Let it steam-soak over your head for around 15 minutes. Egg whites contain minerals such as proteins and amino acids that coat the hair shaft, giving it more protection against breakage.

Outrageous Oils: Olive and Coconut oils

Not only used for cooking, these oils do great wonders to your hair. On one hand, olive oil naturally blends back the essential oils originally produced by the scalp as natural supplements to the hair. These essential oils are stripped away from the scalp by harsh chemical treatments, shampoos and conditioners. To use olive oil as replenishment, apply it topically to your scalp before shampooing, leaving it on for around 20-30 minutes before proceeding to your normal wash-and-dry routine. Use extra virgin oil for best results.

On the other hand, pure coconut oil provides great coverage for your locks as well. Coconut oil contains essential compounds, as well as polyunsaturated fatty acids which penetrate through the hair shaft, and in turn deeply hydrates your hair. Also found in local health food stores, coconut oil contains phytochemicals; antioxidants that help rejuvenate and prevent your tresses from breakage. It is also a good product to use to help prevent dandruff! To use, apply topically onto the scalp, especially on parts of the hair that are drier than the rest, and leave for at least 20-30 minutes.

More than all these, one must remember that the key to a healthy mane is healthy scalp. Prevention always beats numerous attempts to cure. Pay attention to your scalp as this makes or breaks the look of your tresses. First of all, make it a point to maintain a healthy diet. Ensure that the shampoo and conditioner that you use contain less chemicals (prefer organic ones as much as possible), and opt for those that contain eucalyptus, peppermint oil, and menthol, as these nutrients help help your scalp. While shampooing, do not forget to give your scalp some attention by giving it a light massage while lathering, to stimulate blood flow to your hair .

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For How Long Does Your Hair Rest Before It Regrows With Telogen Effluvium?

I sometimes hear from folks who feel sure that their hair is taking a break from regrowing after they are recovering from hair loss or shedding. Since many believe that they do not have any medical issue that might cause the loss, most assume that they have telogen effluvium and that, once that has finally ended, they just need to have a lot of patience before the regrowing process begins.

So I might hear a comment like: “I am pretty sure that I had telogen effluvium although I have no idea what my trigger was. that even though it has been months since the shedding slowed. A friend of mine said that sometimes your hair hibernates after hair loss so you have to wait for this to be over. the hair hibernate for and when should I see some regrowth? ”

Why The Use Of The Word Hibernate is Not Very Accurate: I can sort of see why the friend used the word hibernate. The definition of this word means to rest before you become active again. And, when you have telogen effluvium hair loss, the follicles of the hair that has fallen out has technically passed into the resting phase. Once the resting phase is over for each follicle, it will then go into the growing phase.

But here is the thing. Once the hair falls out, the next hair is already in line to take its place. In fact, the growth process begins when a new hair is ready to start growing. In order for this to happen, an old hair must be pushed out. Literally, the new hair pushes out the old hair which is what makes it shed. So, technically, regrowth starts right as the hair is shed out.

The point is, you should see that new hair relatively quickly. Consider this. Hair grows at the rate of about a half inch per month. So it is quite possible that your regrowth is extremely short and still hard to be seen. In order to test this, pull any section of your hair straight back under a bright light and look very carefully. Where your hair is rolled back, you should see tiny, new baby hairs standing straight up, especially if it has been a couple of months since the shedding started. If the shedding went on for months, then by the time it stops, more than enough time has gone for the regrowth hair to become a few inches long. The regrowth that is the longest represent the hair that fall out first.

Possible Indications If You're Not Seeing Regrowth: I am not a doctor, but from my research following my research and own experience, I've learned that this process is pretty automatic. It happens without your needing to do much of anything other than keep your scalp clean. If it does not happen and you've checked very closely for regrowth in many areas of your scalp, then there is a possibility that something is happening with your scalp that has impeded regrowth. Typically, this is a reaction to androgens, as in the case of androgenetic alopecia.

But to answer the concern, the only time that your hibernates is when it goes from the growing to resting phase. Before the hair actually falls out, it has not been actively growing for a couple of months. This is why hair affected by telogen effluvium can look dull or flyaway before it actually falls out. But, once the hair does fall out, that means the hair is now in the growing phase and you should see regrowth a couple of months later – once the hair gets long enough so that you can actually see it.

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Can You Really Regrow Hair Without Hair Loss Products?

It does not take too long before you're broke and out of money trying to stop hair loss. There really is a wide array of products out there that promise to stop the problem for you. Which ones can you trust?

It is a big decision that will affect not only your wallet, but your personal appearance as well. What many are now discovering are ways to actually increase hair growth without spending so much on these over-the-counter treatments.

Re-growing hair is really all about pure science. Hair can fall out for various reasons. Hormonal changes, diet changes and even the buildup of things like dandruff can cause hair shedding.

What you should always strive to do is get the proper nutrition that works best against alopecia. Sugary foods for example will do absolutely no good for your hair. In fact too much of it can lead to a problem called glycation. When this happens your skin and scalps collagen levels will break down.

This will cause your hair follicles to become weak and ever you'll notice more and more hair falling out.

It's best to get foods into your system that are alkaline-based. These are none acidic foods that help keep normal pH levels in the body. A pH level of 0 is totally acidic. A pH level of 14 is completely alkaline. A pH of 7 is neutral. Usually the average person who is healthy has a pH blood level between 7.35 and 7.45. Too much acid can affect the growth of your hair.

Alkaline foods are foods such as parsley, almonds, kale, pears and even apples to name a few. Have you considered detoxifying your body to regrow hair?

Some people tend to shy away from detox diets out of fear that they will lose hair. Frankly this is to be expected since your body is ridding itself of toxins you have accumulated through unhealthy eating.

Any hair that does fall out is hair you grow during those times you were eating cooked foods, some of which may not have been that nutritional. Occasionally as you stick to the detox diet and focus mainly on raw foods like fruits and veggies, new hair will take over and grow stronger and healthier than before.

While eating healthy foods that stimulate hair growth and being aware of various causes that can lead to baldness are important, they are not the final answers to fixing your problem.

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Fight Against Hair Loss With Simple Castor Oil

Right now there are millions if not billions of men and women who are battling some kind of hair loss problem. It may be a receding hairline, frontal balding or even more specific thinning hair problems like telogen effluvium, a hair loss caused by hormonal changes.

It does not mean you have to give up in repairing your hair health even if every product you've tried failed you. There are a few people who have actually earned back their hair by using castor oil.

Castor oil is often yellow or clear in color. It's derived from the castor plant and is dropped from the beans of the plant. It's nothing new. For centuries people all over the world have used it come fight off ailments and other irritating things.

As a child I was often fed it on a spoon and it never tasted as pleasant as I wish it did. Now for those losing hair you thankfully do not have to eat it to get the benefits from it. Applying it to your hair and scalp is simple enough.

If you're dealing with something like a receding hairline, this oil will work to get hair growing back along this region when you regularly massage it in. Castor oil works to stimulate blood circulation to ensure your follicles receive an amount amount of nutrients to grow.

Receding hairlines are often due to a lack of good blood flow. On top of that this oil has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that will prevent you from ending up with ringworm, folliculitis and other scalp infections that can make your hair fall out.

What I suggest doing to reap the best benefits from the oil is use it at night as a scalp massaging agent. Since it's very thick you may want to mix it with other lighter oils like olive oil and jojoba. This will save you time and make it easier to spread it around your scalp.

So will just any type of castor oil work to restore hair growth? For the most part any will do, but research has shown that unrefined versions of the oil work better than refined versions because they contain more nutrients and healing agents.

Various vitamins and minerals can mean the difference as to whether you keep losing hair, or get more back. Vitamin E is extremely helpful to your skin and hair growth, which is why castor oil works so well. It's full of the vitamin.

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How Effective Is Castor Oil In Regrowing Hair?

Castor oil is not the best tasting oil on the planet, but it does have many health benefits. For centuries it has been used for all types of physical ailments. It's most commonly used as a laxative.

I can still remember my mother trying to force feed me this oil as a child. It was never a likeable thing for me to eat castor oil, but now as an adult I know it served to my benefit.

If you have been struggling with hair loss for some time now you need to consider how effective this oil is in stimulating hair growth.

Castor oil is filled with all sorts of nutrients that make healthy hair possible. For one it contains omega six fatty acids which help prevent your scalp from drying out. When you have a dry scalp all sorts of problems can occur.

You could end up with dandruff that would later lead to your hair follicles becoming so weak that your hair falls out. This oil naturally moisturizes your hair and scalp so that your follicles remain strong.

If you're currently dealing with oily scalp right now it's probably in your best interested not to use castor oil. This would only make your problem worse and cause more hair to fall out. However if you have moderate to severe dandruff or dry scalp then I strongly recommend it to fight the problem.

Other than fatty acids castor oil also has ricinoleic acid which works as an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent. A lot of hair loss can happen if you're stuck with scalp infections like ringworm and folliculitis. This oil will inevitably prevent these things from happening.

You'll note that this oil is quite thick which can make applying it to your scalp very difficult. To less the thickness try adding lighter oils to it in a half to half ratio. I would suggest half olive oil and castor oil, or half jojoba oil and castor oil. Whichever oil you mix it with should at least be one that will contribute to your overall hair health.

Hair is about 90% protein so getting plenty of protein to your robots is a must. Thankfully castor oil is full of protein, vitamin E and other minerals to ensure you're feeding your follicles something that will benefit them in the long run.

Right now there are numerous things you can do in order to enhance hair growth and stop further hair loss. No hair loss product on the market is really needed when you know what to do.

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