For me, consistently eating healthy, has been the most challenging part of my natural hair journey! There are some major factors that influence our hair—genetics, age, hormones, nutrient deficiencies, and more—but what we eat is one of the few things we can do to control our hair’s behavior. After all, if we are predisposed to thin, so-so hair, we wouldn’t want to make it worse by consuming the wrong foods, would you? Even hair that looks like it belongs in a commercial, we’d want to protect that look, right? That’s where picking the right healthy foods for hair growth comes in.
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I believe in natural hair care and have acquired my own natural hair care routine. If I had time, I would make all my hair products and out of necessity, sometimes do. Keeping hair natural by using natural ingredients makes hair healthy and they remain in a good condition even when you age. There are hundreds of ingredients found in nature that can be used in hair products or alone, but we never know which ones actually work. I have researched abs tried many natural ingredients. Here are some of my personal tried and true favorite ingredients that I look for in natural hair care products or mix myself:
Hibiscus provides many benefits for hair due to its vitamin C and amino acid rich composition. You can use the hibiscus flower either fresh or dried and also their leaves. These can be used to make oil, shampoo or just hair mask. There are a lot of commercial shampoos too that contain hibiscus as an active ingredient. I like the Shea Moisture Hibiscus line.
In my no-shampoo journey, I have used a lot of kitchen ingredients on hair, banana being one of them. It is the rich source of the vitamins like A, vitamin B and it is the rich source of potassium, magnesium, and zinc. Banana makes hair soft and smooth and keeps it frizz free. You won’t find a lot of hair products containing banana (except The Body Shop ), so you can use it in the form of hair mask.
Honey has strong antioxidant, germicidal and fungicidal properties as well as natural wax, making it great for conditioning hair, removing dandruff and stopping hair loss. Honey can be mixed with water to be used as hair rinse, added in various hair mask recipes and the products containing honey as an ingredient can be opted.
Amla can do wonders for your hair just like it does for your skin. There are a lot of hair products that contain amla (hair oil, shampoo, mask etc.) but it is best used alone as hair treatment. To nourish your hair from root to tip, mix a little amla powder with water and keep it overnight. The next day, apply this paste to your hair, leave on for a few hours and wash with a mild shampoo.
METHI SEEDS OR FENUGREEK
The methi seeds are known to be used in a number of hair problems including dandruff, rough, and dry hair. I have used methi for hair a lot of times and it really works amazingly in making hair dandruff-free and thick.
Rosemary oil is long known for hair growth. When rosemary essential oil is applied over the scalp, it helps stimulate hair growth and also keeps it dandruff-free. People also claim that it can prevent baldness or hair loss, slows greying, and can be used to treat dandruff and dry scalp. I mix it with Castor oil.
Carrier oils are a popular hair care ingredients. It has the power to make your hair shinier, thicker, smooth and silky! You may try using one part castor oil, and one part of another oil such as argan, avocado, coconut or jojoba oil. Apply this on the scalp and hair and wrap your head using a warm towel.
There are a lot of organic brands like kama Ayurveda, forest essentials etc. that have products containing bhringraj oil as an active ingredient. Bhringraj oil prevents hair fall, prevents greying, strengthens hair follicles, prevents split ends etc.
Neem is a well known remedy for dandruff, itchy scalp and head lice. For dandruff treatment, you can boil neem leaves in water and use it as hair rinse. If you have head lice, you need make neem paste, add little apple cider vinegar to it and apply on scalp. Keep it for 1 hour and wash off.
Ginger is rich in minerals and essential oils that make hair stronger, free of dandruff and other scalp problems. It contains anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial action that keeps scalp clean and clear. There aren’t a lot of hair products available commercially that contain ginger as an ingredient, so you can use it in natural hair remedies.
Essential oil not only makes hair healthy, but also adds a subtle sweet fragrance to it. These oils can be used with carrier oil like coconut oil before using. Take little amount on your palms and use it to massage your scalp. Keep it for 1 hour before hair washing. There are also a lot of commercial hair products containing lavender essential oil that can be used.
The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar will remove residue from product buildup and help you get shiny, lustrous locks.
GREEN & Black TEA
Few green tea hair products are available in the market; you can use the green tea alone too. It contains a high amount of antioxidants and stops hair from shedding.
COCONUT MILK AND OIL
Coconut milk and oil has been demonstrated to help with flexibility of the hair by penetrating the hair and improving hair strength. Coconut oil or milk itself can be used as hair mask alone. Apply oil or milk on hair and scalp, keep it for 2 hours and wash off using mild shampoo. There are tons of coconut hair products that you can probably give a try.
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Healthy hair starts at the scalp. Think of your hair as a garden, with flowers that have roots in the soil. Your scalp is the soil for your hair! Without healthy soil that is full of nutrients and oxygen, while free of pollutants and harmful bacteria, a garden will never look its best. In the same way, the health of yo
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What is it? Shea butter is fat that’s extracted from the nuts of the shea tree. It’s solid at warm temperatures and has an off-white or ivory color. Shea trees are native to West Africa, and most shea butter still comes from that region.
Shea butter has been used as a cosmetic ingredient for centuries. Its high concentration of vitamins and fatty acids — combined with its easy-to-spread consistency — make it a great product for smoothing, soothing, and conditioning your skin.
Curious? Here are 22 reasons to add it to your routine, how to use it, and more.
Shea butter is technically a tree nut product. But unlike most tree nut products, it’s very low in the proteins that can trigger allergies.
In fact, there’s no medical literature documenting an allergy to topical shea butter.
Shea butter doesn’t contain chemical irritants known to dry out skin, and it doesn’t clog pores. It’s appropriate for nearly any skin type.
In fact, there’s no medical literature documenting an allergy to topical shea butter.
At the same time, shea butter restores moisture to your skin and locks it in to your epidermis, so your skin doesn’t dry out or feel “stripped” of oil. The result is a restoration of the natural balance of oils in your skin — which may help stop acne before it starts.
These effects could be beneficial when dealing with allergies, sinusitis, or the common cold.
The benefits of shea butter come from its chemical makeup. Shea butter contains:
- linoleic, palmitic, stearic, and oleic fatty acids, ingredients that balance oils on your skin
- vitamins A, E, and F, antioxidant vitamins that promote circulation and healthy skin cell growth
- triglycerides, the fatty part of the shea nut that nourishes and conditions your skin
- cetyl esters, the waxy part of the shea nut butter that conditions skin and locks in moisture
Keep in mind that the exact makeup varies according to where the shea nuts are harvested from. You may also find shea butter mixed with added ingredients, such as tea tree oil or lavender oil.
You can apply shea butter directly to your skin. Raw, unrefined shea butter is easy to spread.
You can use your fingers to scoop a teaspoon or so of shea butter from your jar, and then rub it onto your skin until it’s completely absorbed.
Shea butter is slippery and can keep makeup from adhering to your face, so you may prefer to apply it at night before bed.
Raw shea butter can also be applied directly to your hair.
If your hair is naturally curly or porous, consider using shea butter as a conditioner. Make sure your hair has absorbed most of the shea butter before rinsing and styling as usual. You can also use a small amount of shea butter as a leave-in conditioner.
If your hair is naturally straight, thin, or fine, consider using shea butter on the ends of your hair. Applying shea butter to your roots may cause an oily-looking buildup.
Shea butter should be stored slightly below room temperature, so that it stays solid and easy to spread.
There are no documented cases of topical shea butter allergies. Even people with tree nut allergies should be able to use shea butter on their skin.
That said, discontinue use if you begin experiencing irritation and inflammation. Seek emergency medical attention if you experience severe pain, swelling, or difficulty breathing.
If you want to get the most out of your shea butter, purchase it in its raw and unrefined form. The more that shea butter is processed, the more its amazing, all-natural properties are diluted.
For this reason, shea butter is classified by a grading system from A to F, with grade A being the most pure form of shea butter you can buy.
Buying shea butter that’s raw and unrefined also helps more of your purchase count toward supporting the communities that actually harvest and grow shea nuts. You can go a step further by purchasing grade A shea butter that’s labeled “fair trade.”
Here are a few products to try that support the West African communities producing most of the world’s shea tree nut supply:
Shea butter is packed with essential nutrients that can enhance your natural complexion and help you glow from the inside out.
Although it’s considered safe every skin type, many products containing shea butter have other ingredients mixed in.
If you experience any side effects that you suspect are connected to a shea butter product, discontinue use and see a doctor or other healthcare provider. They can help determine what’s causing your symptoms and advise you on any next steps.
Information derived from Healthline Magazine
Menopause is a natural biological process that all women experience at some point in their lives. During this time, the body goes through numerous physical changes as it adjusts to fluctuating hormone levels. Many women have unpleasant symptoms during menopause, including hot flashes, mood swings, and insomnia. Hair loss is another common occurrence.
Hair loss tends to be subtler in women than it is in men. Most women experience overall hair thinning rather than noticeable bald spots. The thinning can occur on the front, sides, or top of the head. Hair may also fall out in large clumps during brushing and showering.
Research suggests that hair loss during menopause is the result of a hormonal imbalance. Specifically, it’s related to a lowered production of estrogen and progesterone. These hormones help hair grow faster and stay on the head for longer periods of time. When the levels of estrogen and progesterone drop, hair grows more slowly and becomes much thinner. A decrease in these hormones also triggers an increase in the production of androgens, or a group of male hormones. Androgens shrink hair follicles, resulting in hair loss on the head. In some cases, however, these hormones can cause more hair to grow on the face. This is why some menopausal women develop facial “peach fuzz” and small sprouts of hair on the chin.
For women going through menopause, the cause of hair loss is almost always related to hormonal changes. However, there are many other factors that can contribute to hair loss during menopause. These include extremely high levels of stress, illness, or a lack of certain nutrients. Diagnostic blood tests that can help rule out other causes of hair loss include thyroid tests, and/or a complete blood count.
Hair loss may make you feel self-conscious about your physical appearance, but the condition isn’t permanent. There are also steps you can take to treat hair loss and improve the quality of your hair. Follow these tips to keep your locks healthy and strong during menopause.
1. Reduce Stress
It’s important to keep your stress levels in check to prevent a hormonal imbalance. Reduced estrogen production can affect your brain chemistry and cause mood swings, anxiety, and depression. However, doing yoga and other breathing relaxation methods are especially effective in fighting menopausal symptoms. Exercising regularly can also help reduce stress.
2. Get Moving
Exercise is a key component of a healthy lifestyle. You’ll feel stronger and happier once you incorporate exercise into your daily routine. It also helps prevent some of the other symptoms of menopause, including mood swings, weight gain, and insomnia. All of these factors are important for maintaining hormonal balance, which promotes healthy hair growth.
3. Eat Well
Eating a balanced, low-fat diet is your best defense against hair loss. Make sure you include an adequate amount of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables in every meal. It’s also important to incorporate mono-saturated oils, such as olive oil and sesame oil, into your diet. Drinking green tea and taking vitamin B6 and folic acid supplements may help restore hair growth as well. Essential fatty acids also play a crucial role in maintaining hair health. These fatty acids can be found in the following foods:
4. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Your body needs to be hydrated in order to function properly. Load up on H2O all day long and pass on juices, sodas, and other flavored drinks that contain more sugar than your body needs. The amount of water needed varies from person to person and depends on various factors, including overall health and exercise intensity. As a general rule, however, you should aim to have eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day.
5. Keep It Natural
In order to prevent drying and breakage, it’s best to stay away from heat tools, such as hair dryers and straightening irons. Extensions and other styling methods can also weaken your hair and cause early hair loss. If you must dye your hair, choose an all-natural hair color. Artificial chemicals found in dyes and perms can compromise your scalp and hair health. When you wash your hair, always use a nourishing conditioner to keep your scalp healthy and promote healthy hair growth.
If you swim, make sure to wear a swimming cap, as chlorine can contribute to hair breakage. When out in the sun or the wind for extended periods of time, it’s important to wear a hat to protect your hair from drying and breakage.
Two years go, I did these rinses for an entire summer. I am here to tell you, my hair flourished! Black tea provided shine, strength and my hair grew like weeds. Shedding ceased. Not only did I do the rinses bi-weekly, but I kept a batch in a spray bottle in my fridge to use as a daily leave-in. I recommend only using organic tea and steeping it for a few hours prior to applying it to your hair. The longer the steep, the better. Be sure to cover while steeping. I use 3-4 tea bags. It will warm up (stain some) blonde hair, but will eventually fade~ Karen
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HOW TO USE BLACK TEA TO STOP SHEDDING HAIR
WHAT IS A BLACK TEA RINSE
If you’ve heard about using tea for hair, you’re probably wondering what a black tea rinse is
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