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The esthetics and quality of Hair Growth is determined by three factors: the state of the your health, your hair care regime and your hereditary factors. This article is focused on the first two, and what you can do for effective and healthy Hair Growth.
The good news, both factors are predominantly in your control.
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Healthy hair contributes significantly to your appearance, self-consciousness and self-esteem. It also plays an important role in the perceptions of your youthfulness and beauty, and the masculinity and virility in men. On a more practical level it protects your scalp against the sun (and, hopefully never, bumps and blows), and it keeps your head warm and your skin healthy. The latter is closely linked to the health of your hair follicles themselves, blood vessels, nerves, fat and important cells called the Dermal Papillae (DP) which deliver nutrients to your hair. With age the DP get ‘pinched,’ and die off, both of which reduces the nutrient flow, and results in thinner more straggly hair and eventual loss and bald spots.
Your physical health is affected by the nutritional quality of the food you eat, the exercise you engage in, the balance between your stressors (good stress – Eustress / and negative stress – Distress), and the amount of rest you get.
However, internal health is not enough since you are bombarded daily by external factors, many of them toxic, and the better your Hair Growth and Hair Health the happier you will be with the results.
INDEX for Healthy Hair
1. Tips and Actions to Encourage Healthy Hair Growth
2. Inner Health for Hair Growth, Healthy Hair and Overall Vitality
1. Tips and Actions to Encourage Healthy Hair Growth
External hair care includes the use of Shampoos, Conditioners, Oils with some very functional Home Secrets, or Old Time ‘Remedies’ tossed into the mix – to show what can still work!
Shampoos are viscous-type products designed to wash impurities out of hair, cleanse the scalp and remove any excess sebum* (oily, waxy substance produced by sebaceous glands) in the hair follicles. Shampoos consist of combinations of soap-like compounds to provide optimal results with different kinds of hair. Shampoos are gentler than soap to maintain and prevent the stripping away of the outer layers of the hair shafts.
* Harvard Medical School explains, “sebum is a complex mixture of fatty acids, sugars, waxes, and other natural chemicals that form a protective barrier against water evaporation.”
Different Types of Shampoo
Hair classifications include, dry, normal and oily. Each requires a different formulation; as is also true for specific hair textures and color-treated hair.
The Minnesota School of Cosmetology lists the following types of shampoo:
- Clarifying – to remove the build up of product and residues from the hair and scalp
- Color-Protecting – these shampoos help preserve hair coloring to make it look new and shiny.
- Moisturizing – hydrates and brightens
- Everyday – gentle shampoo for everyday use on any hair type
- Oily Hair – for removing extra sebum.
- Two-In-One – to gently wash and simultaneously condition the hair.
- Volumizing – to add thickness and texture to thin, fine and limp hair.
Benefits of Shampooing
The right shampoo leaves the hair beautiful and shiny and supports the ideal pH balance at 5. Oily hair requires deep cleaning, whereas dry hair needs to be kept soft by conditioning. The right shampoos will leave hair feeling ‘nice’ to your touch, will stimulate the hair follicles and scalp, and when hair has been colored, leave the color natural and bright.
Conditioners are products designed to improve the appearance, feel and manageability of your hair. They do so by reducing the degree of friction during brushing and combing. The right formulation for your hair type reduces split ends, strengthens the hair follicle, preserves your natural oils and prevents your hair from becoming dry.
Proper conditioner application includes squeezing out the water after shampooing, and using long fluid motions to insure all strands are covered. You have a choice between leave-in and rinse-out conditioners. The latter are most common and are ideal for normal, dry or oily hair. Conditioners are generally left on for a few minutes for full effect.
The main benefits of the right conditioners are damage repair, enhanced appearance, healthier hair, and the replenishment and rejuvenation of the scalp.
Oils And Their Function in Hair Growth
General consensus is that oils strengthen your hair, increase elasticity and may even promote hair growth. Strengthening and elasticity prevent breakage, which gives the perception of increase growth.
When hair is excessively oily or dry greater loss can be expected. The pH level of your scalp also has an affect. The ideal range is between 5-3 and 5.5 . . .good shampoos like, nnnn will support you keeping the pH of your scalp normal.
Essential Oils are highly concentrated and are distilled directly from the parent plant; hence they still retain their host fragrance. You might be surprised to know, it takes 220 pounds of Lavender flower to make 1 pound of oil. Most common essential oils include:
Cedarwood (stimulates the scalp and promotes hair growth)
Clary Sage (hair growth and strength)
Lavender (hair growth)
Lemon Grass (Dandruff Reduction)
Peppermint (increased circulation)
Rosemary (hair growth and thickness)
Tea Tree Extract (cleansing and powerful protection)
Thyme (hair growth, counters loss)
Tlang-yland (good for dry scalp),
Carrier Oils have a more neutral smell and are not distilled down as much as Essential Oils.
Coconut (hair growth, softens and shines)
Sesame (reduces hair fall and brittleness)
Argan (moisturizes, reduces fizz)
Moringa (hair strength and health)
Bhringaj (activates hair follicles)
Almond (soothes and moisturizes)
Chamomile (sheen and softness),
Aloe vera leaf (soothes itching and flaking)
Oils Not Recommended
Mineral (all petroleum based), Olive, Camphor, Castor and Lemon Oil
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Homemade Secrets For Healthy Hair That Still Work Today
We have not always had the luxury of scientific research, experience with the latest lotions and potions, and yet we can all drop back to the ‘good old days (ooops remedies)” to hair care systems that still work. Their main drawbacks, especially with our fast paced lifestyles, are time, convenience and potential messiness.
Here are some of our favorites.
Eggs are a great source of B vitamins (B1 Thiamine, B2 Riboflavin, B5 Pantothenic Acid, B7 Biotin) which contribute to hair growth and health. This comes from hair strengthening, flexibility, reduce greying and overall wholesomeness.
How to: Crack open two (2) eggs, beat well, and then apply all over your hair, gently rubbing into the scalp. Leave for 10 minutes then rinse with Rice Water of a gentle Shampoo and Conditioner.
Rice Water – use as a shampoo and as a rinse
Rice Water has been used in China for centuries with great effect because of its natural components and nutritional value. The components include Proteins (15-18%), Triglycerides (10-12%), Lipids (10%), and starches (9-11%). Lesser components include, Carbohydrates, Phytic acid, Inositol and a myriad of other organic substances.
How to: Boil a handful of unwashed rice in two cups of water for 5 minutes, strain out the liquid, allow to cool slightly and then use it as a shampoo and rinse replacement. . .this has been shown to reduce hair loss and greying. Use as often as you wish.
Use Warmed, Natural Oils
Warmed natural oils can add Vitamin E, proteins, curb dandruff, repair split ends, boost growth and texture and leads to good hair health.
How to: Rub the oil into the hair and scalp – gently massage.
Onion juice delivers a host of beneficial nutrients that stimulate hair growth, re-growth, prevents brittleness and breaking, greying and keeps the scalp free of infection
How to: Extract the juice from one large onion and rub it onto your hair and scalp. Now let the anti-fungal, anti-microbial and antioxidant properties go to work. If you can’t stand the smell of the juice simply mix in a bit of peppermint or lavender.
Indian Gooseberry Paste
How to: Crush 3 – 5 Gooseberries and rub the pulp and the juice onto your hair; massage gently into the scalp. Leave this on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse with Rice Water, Plain Clean Water or you favorite Hair Growth shampoo.
Indian Gooseberries contain an abundance of moisture and their Vitamin C produces collagen protein, which boosts cell regeneration and thus hair length and volume. Its antioxidant qualities prevent greying and cleanse the scalp.
Beer (yes, BEER)
Beer has been a standby for years because of its hair strengthening and fortifying qualities. B Vitamins and proteins are drawn from the malt and hops and they repair, protect and replenish, provide a shine and reduce the frizz.
How to: Generously dab beer over your hair and scalp (with a towel around your shoulders. . .you don’t want the smell of beer emanating from your clothes be misinterpreted by your neighbors). Rinse, dry and gently style.
“Life is short. You might as well live it with really great hair.” (Anonymous)
2. Inner Health For Hair Growth, Healthy Hair And Overall Vitality
Hair Growth and Health, just like with every other living cell in your body, depends on optimal nutrition delivered via the blood stream. Nutrient deficiencies are reflected in lackluster, dull, thinning and falling hair.
Caution: Prior to making any drastic changes to your inner and outer health regimens be sure to consult your physician.
A Brief Anatomy Lesson (for the Science Nerd)
Your hair grows out of a follicle situated in the dermis (skin). The hair root anchors the new growth to the scalp and is helped by a tiny muscle (the Arrector Pili). . .this contracts and expands as temperatures vary and is the cause of ‘goosebumps’. . .I know, you really needed to know this, right!? Nerves and blood vessels deliver nourishment and hormones. Oils are produced by subcutaneous glands, which are attached to each follicle, and protect the hair as it emerges from the derma.
In turn, skin health is associated with the hair follicle itself, its blood flow, nerves, fat and important cells called the Dermal Papillae (DP) – all of which partner in the nutrient deliver system to make deliveries to your hair. With age the DP get ‘pinched,’ and die off. Both reduce nutrient flow and result in thinner more straggly hair, and eventual in hair loss and bald spots.
Aaron Matthew, from Sachet Infusions, states, “Ultimately, the health and vitality of your hair is a reflection of how healthy your are on the inside and the primary biological system you have to keep healthy and in balance is called the endocannabinoid system, It regulates nearly every aspect of health and wellness, including scalp and hair health”
“Fixing the inside, fixes the outside!” . .Werner Berger
Fixing the Inside to Create Healthy Hair
The most frequent question, “Where do I start in my hair growth and health improvement quest?” There is no single answer, only a series of actions that must be considered, including Nutrition*, Hormones,** Exercise and Stress Management.
* Kenneth Byrd, founder of Curl Centric says it best, “What you eat is as important as what products you put on your hair. If you want stronger hair that grows in thicker, then you need to have a decent amount of protein and iron in your diet.”
** Brian Burfield, marketing manager at Evolve states, “Hormones play an essential role in hair growth support for women. Optimal levels of the hormones estradiol and progesterone are critical for healthy hair growth. Annual follow-ups are often recommended to ensure hormone levels stay within a healthy range.”
WHAT YOU INGEST
Vitamins, Minerals, Antioxidants, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Proteins and Essential Oils are the building blocks to health. We can get these from a well balanced natural diet (meaning no growth hormones, no toxic sprays and chemicals, no GMOs and no forced plant growth and ripening) which, unfortunately becomes harder and harder to find. Deficiencies can be rectified with high quality supplements (right balance, good absorption, required potency are three of the 18 critical criteria). Organic foods, in spite of some limitations also help.
Following is a brief overview of the key nutritional components and their sources, which contribute to overall health and specifically hair growth and hair health:
Protein. Hair is made up primarily of protein called Keratin. Our bodies need between 45 and 50 grams of protein per day. This varies with body and muscle mass, exercise activities, and age.
Sources include lean meat, fish, chicken, beans, eggs, fat reduced dairy products and high quality supplements.*** Inadequate protein levels lead to weak and brittle hair, hair loss and greying,
***The author of this article adds high quality supplements to his diet and at 84 still climbs the highest mountains and is not beholden to any drugs.
Vitamin A is closely linked to cell health and hence Hair Growth. Hair is the fastest growing tissue in the human body and it’s health, and that of subcutaneous glands depend on this vitamins availability. These glands make an oily substance, called sebum which moisturizes the scalp and helps keep hair healthy. A deficient in vitamin A is correlated with hair loss.
Sources are, Sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkins, spinach, apricots, butternut squash, melons and kale. These foods are all high in beta-carotene, which turns into vitamin A. Some animal products also provide this vitamin Milk, Eggs, Yogurt, Cod Liver Oil and high quality supplements.
The Vimanin B complexes are other critical component for hair health, especially Biotin. Studies have shown that any deficiency is linked to hair loss. B Vitamins create red blood cells which transport oxygen and nutrients to the cells in our bodies, including our hair follicles.
Sources are: meats, fish, whole grains, almonds, dark leafy, greens and high quality supplements.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, protects against oxidative stress and free radical damage, and creates the protein collagen. It also supports the absorption of iron, so important to hair growth.
Sources are citrus fruit, peppers, guavas, strawberries and high quality supplements. . .must be organic and not synthetic.
Vitamin D deficiencies seem to have a direct link to hair loss (alopecia) – although its effect on growth is still un-clear. Skin contact with sunlight produces vitamin D, however, our ‘in-doors’ life style does require supplementation.
Sources are fatty fish (e.g. salmon), cod liver oil, some mushrooms and high quality supplements
Vitamin E is also an antioxidant and counters oxidative stress. Research studies have shown great results in hair growth, over a 6 to 8 month period, when E levels are optomized.
Sources are avocados, spinach, sunflower seeds, almonds and high quality supplements.
Zinc deficiencies are linked to hair loss because of its important role in tissue growth and repair. Caution: too much zinc might lead to hair loss and can also cause loss of appetite, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and headaches.
Sources include almonds, brazil nuts, pecans, walnuts, cashews, vegetables, leafy greens, pumpkin seeds, wheat germ, lentils, fruits, oysters and beef.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids are believed to stimulate hair follicles and sebaceous glands which improve scalp health.
Sources include flax seed, yogurt, cottage cheese, cold water fish (salmon, sardines, herring), salads and cereals.
Iron. Our bodies need between 18 and 20mg to ensure health Hair Growth and Hair Strength. They also require the presence of silica to assist with the absorption of vitamins.
Sources for iron are legumes, pumpkin seeds, quinoa, spinach, liver and organ meats, red meat, turkey, shellfish, tofu, broccoli and dark chocolate. Caution, iron is retained by the body over long periods, so, only take iron supplement under doctors orders
Probiotics. Inflammation of the gut microbiome is linked to dull hair and skin issues. Probiotics assist with digestion which leads to more effective food breakdown and food absorption which, it turn nourish the body and simultaneously your hair.
Hydration. Water is critical to our bodies functioning optimally. There is no surprise that health experts name it “the most important component in your body.” Also, it is the simplest and most cost effective path to healthy hair growth. Good hydration is essential, period!.
We generally only think of water when we are thirsty – yet with our brain being composed of 75% water, and it being responsible for making hormones and neurotransmitters, we realize the critical importance of this fluid. In short, “Water is critical to the growth, survival and reproduction of every cell in our body.”
Its functions include cell building, facilitating structural flexibility, joint lubrication and cushioning, waste removal, movement stimulation, temperature regulation, binding of collage and, it being the main component of blood, oxygen delivery.
For variety you can use Coconut water as a good substitute since it contains electrolytes which help move nutrients into the hair follicle and other cells.
Suggestion: don’t leave home without your Puritii Water Purification System (exceptional bottle with filter) filled with water.
Bottom line, stay well hydrated for health and Hair Growth.
Regular physical activity helps your cardio system work more efficiently; supports blood flow and hence oxygen and nutritional distribution throughout the body; improves muscle strength; and boosts endurance. As your body’s health improves, your hair health improves. Ignoring physical fitness can lead to a string of ailments as the cells stagnate and eventually breakdown.
Fitness is generally measured by muscular capacity, cardio capacity, flexibility and body composition. The author adds, “and most significantly it is measured by the health and vitality of every single cell in your body. . .by healthy cells, health organs and healthy hair.”
Daily exercise goes beyond conditioning your structural body. It also supports cell development in the brain (hipposamlus) which leads to enhanced learning and memory.
As a minimum, you should walk at least 20 minutes per day.
According to CrossFitBeardon.com, there are 10 components to fitness:
- “Cardio Respiratory Endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Accuracy, Agility, and Balance.
Even if it is only for the sake of your Hair Growth, get fit! Your body will thank you in a myriad of ways.
Excessive stress simply means you have allowed the stress to hijack your mental and emotional state. Just know, you always have the power to reverse it or at least manage it. Doing so leads to improved health, greater productivity and a happier life.
We have already seen the correlation between health and Hair Growth and that healthy hair starts from the inside.
Elevated levels of stress cause the body to tense up. This increase heart rate and vasal constriction, reduces blood flow, elevates blood pressure, headaches, joint pain, indigestion, loss of sleep, hormonal imbalance, greater disease susceptibility, mood swings, thinning of the hair, and many more ailments. With it, life balance is lost and everything appears to become ‘darker.’
To regain life balance, a number of activities are recommended:
- Practice calming breathing techniques. Inhale calm, and exhale stress. Repeat 10 times, slowly and consciously.
- Take a time-out to relax. Step outside, listen to the birds, watch the clouds, find something to admire, go for a walk – preferably in the woods.
- Turn on some calming music and allow yourself to ‘float into it.’
- List, or at least tell yourself 3 positive aspects and then allow yourself to drift into the associated feelings.
- Checkin with your gut/spirt/intuition; then think of someone you admire and look up to, and ask a question, “What advice would s(he) give me right now?”
- Think about what, in the past, made you think/feel powerful, healthy and even beautiful; and then dwell on that for a while.
- Engage in a physical activity (massage your scalp and face, exercise, mop the floor, clean off an area, rake leaves, wash the car). . . anything that will allow you to shift your focus from stress and overwhelm to what you are doing.
- Track your sleep, nutrition, activity and thinking-patterns, and see what can be modified and/or improve.
- Take up yoga and/or meditation
3. Summary for Hair Growth and Healthy Hair
Hair Growth, Hair Health and the overall condition of your hair (and body) all depend on many factors – some of which you have ‘direct control,’ others ‘moderate control,’ and still others ‘no control.’ From the list below, reflect on the ones you are able to readily access, the ones that have the greatest impact on your returning to optimal hair growth and health, and what you might do to negate the affects of those over which you have no control.
- Growth Cycles
- Health – General And Scalp
- Hormone Levels
- Diet – what you eat, how nutritious it is and how it was prepared
- Vitamin, Mineral, Antioxidant, Omega-3 Oil Deficiencies
- Protein Intake
- Hydration – drink at least 64ozs of water per day
- Alcohol consumption
- Exercise – minimum: 20 minutes of gentle walking
- Stress Patterns and causes
- What brings a smile to your face
- Your Hair Care Regiment – Washing, Heat Application, Hair Styling
- Scalp And Hair Oils
- Damage Or Breakage
- Hair Products Used and Their Ingredients
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Remember, you are ultimately the master of your body and your life and the better you treat it, the greater the improvement in your health, productivity and happiness. . .I almost forgot to add, and the healthier and vital your Hair Growth!
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