Foolproof Tips When it Comes to Hair Growth – Hairstylists Give Us the Inside Scoop

Growing your hair out takes time and patience, so it makes sense that many people are asking if there are any foolproof tips when it comes to hair growth. Nutrafol contacted two hairstylists to ask them for their best advice how to reach the desired result, the easiest way.

“The day you decide to grow out your hair, you have to really start taking care of it,” explains hairstylist Mark Townsend, who can be found at Sally Hershberger’s Los Angeles Salon when he is not busy styling the hair of the Hollywood elite. “To get the length, there are sacrifices, and this is something that I tell all my clients,” he continues.

The truth is that there are no shortcuts to a long luxurious mane. It is a several months long methodical process, a process that starts with a healthy diet and ends with a thorough cleanse.

How to Maximize Your Hair Growth and Get That Transformative Effect

First of all, to keep your hair healthy and strong in order to grow it out, you need to get the right nutrients in your body. A healthy and varied diet with lots of the good vitamins and proteins goes a long way, but you can also take a supplement that is designed to support healthy hair growth. Nutrafol is built to strengthen the hair from within. This is because the nutraceutical ingredients it contains include may of the nutrients known to be needed for healthy hair.

Commit and Do Not Skip Those Regular Micro-trims

“When you go for a dusting – taking off just an eighth of an inch versus a standard trim – you barely see hair on the floor”, says Mr Townsend. And he has a point. If you do these carefully calibrated micro-trims, you are preserving the length. The micro-trims are helping you to get rid of the split ends that have been caused by environmental damage. Among the environmental factors that can damage hair we count traffic pollution, the over-use of hot tools, the heat of the sun, salt from the sea, as well as certain chemicals. So minimize your exposure to these to safeguard your hair as much as possible.

What If You Do Not Commit to Micro-trims?

“If left to their own devices, those pesky split ends can work their way higher up the hair’s shaft,” explains fashion shoot hairstylist Vernon François. Mr François, who works in both Los Angeles and New York and who has created his own brand of hair care products, specializes in different hair textures and hair issues such as split ends. He has dealt with many customers over the years who have decided to hold off on trims, in the hopes of growing their hair faster. It had the opposite effect.
“If you wait too long in between trims, you’ll end up having to take off more length in the end,” says François.
Even if you are not a fan of the micro-trim, the real pros recommend at least three dustings a year in order to keep your hair healthy.

Tips for better hair growth
Pros recommend at least three dustings a year, it will keep your hair healthy.

Commit To a Weekly Conditioning Treatment

A weekly conditioning treatment is good for all hair types but especially for fine, curly or color treated hair. When you do these weekly conditioning treatments, pay extra attention to the tips François advises.
“They’re the oldest and driest part of your strands. They’re thinner and brittle, so giving them extra love will minimize breakage,” he explains.

You can also incorporate treatments into your day-to-day styling routine. If so, choose a mask that will hydrate your hair from the inside and out and boost your hair growth.

Commit to Cleansing Consciously

You have probably heard about cleanses when it comes to your body, but yes – you can also cleanse your hair. And it is something you should do. In fact, a cleansing is the foundation of any hair-care regimen, and it starts before you even step foot in the shower. All you need to do is to soak your strands for 10 minutes with a protective pre-washing tonic.

What Is It Good For?

“It’s going to leave a little bit of film on your hair, so the shampoo won’t strip it from it’s moisture,” explains Townsend.
If you do not have time to soak your hair for 10 minutes before you shower, picking a shampoo and conditioner that is sulfate-free will go a long way to help. Shampoos without sulfate will preserve natural hair oils, protecting your hair from becoming too dry. Massage the scalp while lathering up to increase blood flow and stimulate the hair follicles for better hair growth.

B well – The Importance of B Vitamins for Healthy Hair Growth

B vitamins for healthy hair growth

I can vividly remember my mom reminding me to take my Flintstones Chewable vitamins every morning. I think we all grew up hearing our parents talk about the importance of vitamins, but what do they really do? Vitamins and minerals boost the immune system, support normal growth and development, and help all cells and organs do their jobs; your follicles among them. Just like every cell in the body, hair follicles are alive and need support of vitamins to keep them healthy.

B vitamins, in particular are essential for creating the structure of hair, providing nutrition for hair follicles, reducing stress, preventing toxicity and providing essential oxygen to cells. B vitamins are commonly recognized as a group and often work in synergy in the body, but each of the B vitamins performs a unique and important function. This vitamin group includes: B1, B2, B3 (niacin), B5, B6, B7 (biotin), B9, and B12.

Energy – B1/Thiamine & B7/Biotin

Vitamin B1 and B7 (also known as thiamine and biotin, respectively) help break down food into energy. If these vitamins are deficient, the body conserves energy by diverting it to functions that are most vital for survival. This means that organs like your heart and lungs would be prioritized over hair follicles and hair production. By providing your body with the ability to create more energy, you are enabling it to do other tasks, like making sure your hair is growing healthy and strong.

Structure – B2

Hair is made out of two proteins – keratin and collagen. Structurally, it’s like a beaded necklace, where the string is made out of collagen that threads or binds keratin “beads” together. Following this analogy, B2 helps create the energy required to thread the string through the beads, creating a bond between the two proteins. Without B2, hair strands could not be built properly and hair would appear dry and brittle.

Nutrition – B3/Niacin

An essential part of hair health is making sure follicles receive the proper nutrition. A ‘starving’ follicle produces little or no hair. B3 helps feed follicles because it is a natural vasodilator (that’s a fancy word for dilating blood vessels), thereby increasing the amount of nutrients that can be delivered to the hair follicle. Imagine a traffic-heavy highway. More cars – or in this case, nutrients – can travel if more lanes are added. When follicles are well-nourished, they’re able to grow hair properly.

Stress – B5 & B9

When we are stressed long term – like so many of us are! – our adrenals go into over drive, releasing excess amounts of cortisol (aka stress hormone). This can have a negative effect on the body and the hair follicles. B5 and B9 help regulate cortisol levels, reducing stress on the follicles and encouraging healthy growth.

B vitamins and hair growth
Hair follicles are alive, and just like the rest of our body, they need the right nutrients and vitamins to stay healthy.

Toxicity – B6

It might be strange to think about, but liver function is actually directly tied to hair health. How? The liver acts as our main detoxifying organ. It breaks down toxic substances we regularly come into contact with; like mercury, pollutants and food preservatives. If these toxic substances build up, it can affect hair growth. Vitamin B6 supports healthy liver function, so it can detoxify our bodies and reduce hair-damaging mechanisms.

 

Circulation – B12

Red blood cells bring oxygen to every cell in our bodies. Follicle cells, like all cells, need a constant supply of oxygen to build the structure of hair. B12 is a vitamin that is essential for red blood cell production. Without this vitamin, we are unable to circulate oxygen properly to our follicles so they can grow hair.

Summary

B vitamins are not only essential to overall wellness, they are necessary for optimal hair health. B vitamins provide energy, structure, and nutrition to the hair follicle. They are also essential in rebalancing the aftermath of stress, toxicity, and providing essential oxygen to follicle cells. In an effort to help you meet your hair goals, we’ve made our very own B-Booster formula – specifically designed to augment your daily Nutrafol routine. It’s not available for sale quite yet, but please call us if you’d like to learn more.

Sources: You Can Find the B Vitamins in These Foods

B1: Eggs, fruit, whole grains, liver meat, and peas. B7: Egg yolks, cauliflower, avocado, raspberries, pork, liver, and salmon.
B2:  Milk, eggs, rice, and vitamin fortified cereals.
B3:  Turkey, chicken, peanuts, mushrooms, liver, and tuna.
B5:  Chicken, beef, potatoes, eggs, broccoli, whole grains, and tomatoes.
B6:  Eggs, milk, peanuts, pork, chicken, fish, whole grains, vegetables,
potatoes, soybeans, and fortified cereals.
B9: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, spinach, peas, asparagus, chickpeas,
fortified cereal, and liver meat.
B12: Salmon, cod, meat, milk, cheese, eggs, and fortified cereals.

FDA Alert About High Biotin Levels – Not a Concern for Nutrafol Users

how much biotin is too much?

The FDA has released a warning to the medical community and the public that a high biotin level can skew the results of some medical tests. According to the statement, the FDA has seen an increase in the number of reported events of biotin interference with lab tests.

As biotin is a common ingredient in hair and nail supplements including Nutrafol, we wish to assure the public that the amount of biotin in Nutrafol is safe. The biotin level in Nutrafol is not only significantly lower than the level in question by the FDA (about 100 times lower), but it is also lower than the biotin level in many other hair supplements.

• The dose currently in question by the FDA is 300 mg per day (300,000 mcg).
• Nutrafol includes 3 mg of biotin (3,000 mcg).
• Many hair products include 5 mg (5,000 mcg) of biotin, which puts Nutrafol on the lower end of the spectrum.

The biotin level in Nutrafol is not only significantly lower than the biotin level in question by the FDA, but it is also lower than the biotin level in many other hair supplements.

Biotin is a naturally occurring vitamin in the body (vitamin H) and biotin supplements do not represent a health hazard. Rather it is that the presence of extra biotin from supplements can prevent immune based lab tests from functioning properly because they are designed to interact with biotin at the levels normally present in the body. The concern of the FDA is not that biotin itself is harmful, but that high levels of biotin can prevent the detection of other health problems that a patient is being tested for.

To avoid potential incorrect results when taking lab tests, Nutrafol recommends following the dosing indicated on the supplement package and discontinuing supplements 24 hours prior to any blood test. Biotin has a half-life of approximately two hours and is largely cleared from the body in 10 hours. Stopping supplements for a full 24 hours before a lab test, assures that biotin is fully cleared from the body so it won’t interfere with the test result.

So Many Hair Terms – Understanding Your Hair Structure

Hair structure and keratin.

Hair structure is not the same as hair texture, which is not the same as hair type – it can be confusing to keep track of all the different terms when it comes to hair health. We will help you sort out the terminology.

Keratin – the Essential Building Block

Every hair on your head is 90% keratin. Keratin is a protein built up by a combination of 18 different amino acids that you get through your diet. Together with collagen (the other protein that hair consists of) keratin forms the hair shaft which is the hair strand itself, as well as make up the hair root and form a protective layer around the hair follicle. Collagen works structurally as connective tissue, binding the keratin together. Each hair shaft has three layers – the medulla, the cortex and the cuticle. This is the hair structure – how each strand of hair is built.

For many people, keratin is best well known as the substance mentioned on shampoo bottles that claim to strengthen your locks. We do not know for sure that applying keratin topically to the hair (through said shampoos) will strengthen the hair. However, it can make your hair shiny and more beautiful, so if that is your main goal, then go right ahead and use them.

What we do know is that it is important to get the right nutrients through our food in order for our hair to remain its strength. So if you do not eat a varied enough diet, or if you are too stressed to have time to eat healthy right now, or if you just want to boost your hair growth from within, a natural hair supplement may be a good idea.

The Layers of Your Hair Structure

The medulla is the inner layer of the hair and is loosely packed and disorganized. The medulla does not really do anything, but its DNA tells us from which species it comes, and from where on the body that hair would have been found.

The cortex surrounds the medulla and contains the main part of the fibrous mass that makes up a hair. This is full of keratin proteins and lipids. The cortex is what determines the strength and elasticity of your hair, and also the individual color and shape.

The outermost layer, the cuticle, is the protective layer of dead cells that you can see. The cuticle is made up of something like shingles that can open and close, letting in different amounts of moisture.

Hair types and structures.
Every hair on your head is actually 90% keratin. The keratin protein forms the hair shaft, and each hair shaft has three layers – the medulla, the cortex and the cuticle.

The molecular structure of hair will vary from person to person depending on their genetics. People with thin hair may not even have a medulla, while thick hair types normally have all three layers. But it can also differ on the same person, with some hairs having all three layers and some only having two.

All people have the same main structure – but it can still look different depending on your ethnicity. For example, African hair tends to have fewer layers of the protective cuticle, which makes it sensitive and prone to breaking. The layers of the cuticle are also more often raised. This lets in more moisture and causes it to get frizzy more easily. Asian hair often has cuticle layers that lie perfectly flat, which is why Asian hair tends to be more shiny and retains moisture very well. Caucasian hair can have a little bit of both and ends up somewhere in the middle.

What is Hair Texture and Hair Type?

Hair texture is different from hair structure as it decides whether you have fine, medium or thick hair. It describes the circumference of each hair strand. The third category to describe the hair is hair type. It defines if your hair is straight, wavy, curly or kinky. The hair types also have their own subcategories and may depend on your ethnicity.

If you have frizzy, dry, damaged or dull hair, there are endless home treatments you can try. For example, a homemade egg mask to boost shine and moisture, a scalp massage with an essential oil to improve hair growth, or a yoga and meditation session to reduce stress.

Your hair structure, on the other hand, is something you are born with and won’t be able to change. However, it can be good to be aware of that certain hairs tend to hold moisture and shine better than others, so if you have a hair structure which is more prone to breaking, it becomes even more important to add moisture to it and to protect it from things that will increase breakage – like too much sun, the use of hot styling tools and not drinking enough water.