Brazilian Blowout: What You Need to Know

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If you are someone who keeps up with the newest in hair care, chances are you have heard about the Brazilian Blowout. A Brazilian Blowout treatment is a hair protectant that gives your hair a glossy, frizz-free, hydrated shine for up to three months. The ingredients used when doing a Brazilian Blowout are the Brazilian camu camu, annatto seed, and acai berries, which sound harmless enough. But studies show Brazilian Blowouts can actually pose a real health risk.

What is a Brazilian Blowout?

Just what is a Brazilian Blowout hair treatment? The treatment is generally recommended for people with damaged, frizzy, or very processed hair. A Brazilian Blowout treatment is meant to make your hair straighter, shinier and frizz-free, which can tempt many of us to try it. But then there’s the question of how long does a Brazilian Blowout last, and it turns out the results only last for about 10-12 weeks. And that is if you maintain it the way the stylists tell you to, which we all know is hard to keep up with.

When you go for your Brazilian Blowout treatment, the stylist will assess your hair and answer any questions you have, from what is a Brazilian Blowout to how to care for your hair following a Brazilian Blowout treatment. The first step of a Brazilian Blowout is to wash the hair and then towel dry it. Next, the smoothing product is applied in sections. After that, the stylist will blow dry your hair while making it as smooth as possible using a brush. After a round of flat ironing, the stylist will rinse the hair out using only water, and then apply a specific bonding spray that will seal the cuticles of the hair. After that, it is time for a smoothing serum before the final blow dry and styling.

Why is a Brazilian Blowout Dangerous?

If you’ve read many Brazilian Blowout reviews, you know a lot of customers are satisfied with the results the smoothing treatment has on their hair. What those Brazilian Blowout reviews usually don’t mention is that Brazilian Blowouts can be dangerous to your health — not because of the process itself, but rather because of some of the chemicals involved in it. While many people want to know “How long does a Brazilian Blowout last,” a better question might be “How long can the potentially harmful effects of a Brazilian Blowout last?”

Did Somebody Say Free From Formaldehyde?

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Sulfates are ingredients well-known as a skin, eye, mouth, and even lung irritant

What is in a Brazilian Blowout hair treatment that could be considered harmful? Although the products used in the Brazilian Blowout, and the similar Keratin treatment, are reported as free from the carcinogenic chemical formaldehyde, the air in salons offering these treatments tested positive for formaldehyde. How is this possible?

Some manufacturers list “synonyms” for formaldehyde on their labels. This is because sometimes the formaldehyde has been dissolved in water or another substance, which changes its chemical composition slightly, giving it a new name. The problem is that all these substances can release formaldehyde when subjected to certain conditions, such as the heat involved in a hair smoothing treatment, or even when using heating tools later at home.

For this reason, The American Cancer Society wrote the following about keratin smoothing treatments: “Professional keratin hair-smoothing treatments can contain formaldehyde or formaldehyde-releasing chemicals. Using these can raise indoor air concentrations of formaldehyde to levels that could be a potential hazard.”

All of the chemicals listed below are names for formaldehyde under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s formaldehyde standard:

Methylene glycol
Formalin
Methylene oxide
Paraform
Formic aldehyde
Methanal
Oxomethane
Oxymethylene
Timonacic acid
Thiazolidinecarboxylic acid

Is Getting a Brazilian Blowout Worth the Risk?

Formaldehyde is known to cause cancer and tends to be the worst when it is in the gaseous heated stage. It is a “sensitizer,” which means that it can cause allergic reactions of the skin, eyes, and lungs such as asthma-like breathing, skin rashes, and itching. It can also be a health hazard, whether in a product or in the air.

Studies conducted by The American Cancer Society have shown that formaldehyde can increase the probability of nasopharynx cancer and leukemia. One study found that workers exposed to formaldehyde had higher than normal levels of chromosome changes in early white blood cells in their bone marrow. This finding supports the possible link between formaldehyde exposure and leukemia.

Other Everyday Chemicals You Should Get Rid Of

Considering this, maybe it is not worth risking your and your stylist’s health for the sake of beauty. There are other, safer methods of achieving great hair without turning to Brazilian Blowouts. Have you, for example, considered natural solutions and skipping the chemicals for a while? We are not only talking about choosing a supplement made from plants to increase your hair health, we are talking about changing your routines, even when it comes to how you wash your hair. Did you know sulfates, which can be found in many shampoos, are well-known irritants of the skin, eyes, mouth and even lungs? Maybe it is time to take a closer look at the ingredients of that bottle you use every other day.

The study “Exposure to Chemicals in Cosmetics” conducted by the Breast Cancer Foundation shed some new light on another shampoo ingredient — parabens — and what effect it has on the body. The study discovered that parabens can penetrate the skin and act as a very weak form of estrogen in the body potentially making hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer develop and grow.

So how about getting rid of shampoos containing sulfates and parabens and switching to a sulfate-free shampoo? Sulfate-free shampoos preserve your hair’s natural oils and are also color-safe, which is good if you dye your hair a lot. Instead of buying hair masks, which also have chemicals in them, you can make your own. A hair mask made from avocado, for example, contains vitamin E and is easy to make. Vitamin E is good for hair growth because it is a great moisturizer and also boosts the immune system.

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.

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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.

Try this resveratrol boosting smoothie for healthy hair

In a previous post, Nutrafol mentioned the importance of taking resveratrol supplements, but there are also other ways to increase your intake. And those are….

…eating well

Supplements are a great resveratrol source but it does not mean that you need to limit yourself to only that. Ingesting resveratrol through your diet is a great way to complement those supplements.

Although you can take it as a supplement, it is also possible to make some dietary changes in order to increase the amount of resveratrol ingested through food. And the best part? The foods that contain this little miracle substance happen to be pretty yummy too.

Foods where resveratrol can be found

  • Peanut butter – although it does not contain much of it, peanut butter does have a small amount of resveratrol.
  • Dark chocolate – natural, dark chocolate has a small amount of the substance as well. The higher the cacao percentage, the better it is.
  • Blueberries – natures own little antioxidants, and a significant one. Not only are these little blue berries a good source of antioxidants, they are also a good source of resveratrol.
  • Red grapes – now, it is not the meat itself that carries the substance, it is the skin of red grapes. The substance carries over into wine as well, so none of it is lost.
  • Nuts – Walnuts, cashews, almonds and pistachios are all nuts that are a good source of resveratrol.

So now that you know which nutrients are going to help you increase your resveratrol level, how about blending them all together? So without further ado, this is how you do it.

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Make a smoothie with all the nutrients containing resveratrol and your hair will thank you.

The Ultimate Resveratrol Smoothie

This smoothie is packed with all your favorite resveratrol foods. It is the quickest way to massively boost your levels of resveratrol in a healthy way. Although you might think it is easier to eat a dark chocolate and blueberry cookie, or drink a bottle of red wine to boost your levels, this could be harming your hair in other ways. Let’s stick with the smoothie to be on the safe side. So this is what you need for your smoothie:

  • One scoop of hemp protein
  • 1 large handful of frozen or fresh blueberries
  • 1 handful of frozen or fresh red seedless grapes
  • 2 chunk of high cocoa content chocolate (70% or more)
  • 1 large handful of mixed nuts including cashew nuts
  • Almond milk (if available, if not use bottled water) to desired consistency
  • Bonus points if you have a splash of pumpkin seed oil

Drink the smoothie once a week for a month to top up your resveratrol levels and then have it whenever you feel like it. The pumpkin seed oil is added as an extra bonus because it has been shown to improve hair count.

Photo: Easy Healthy Smoothie via Flickr.

What does Aloe Vera do to your hairdo

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a type of succulent which grows wild in different tropical places around the world. We now grow aloe vera for numerous medicinal and decorative purposes and it has showed great success in transitioning to other environments. The earliest references can be traced back to ancient Egypt, where it was known as a plant of immortality. Traditionally, aloe vera has been used to treat a variety of conditions, and is now found in the ingredients of many hair and skin care products.

Ways that aloe vera can help combat hair loss

Moisturizing: Aloe vera has enzymes which promote cell regeneration. When used as a conditioner, it makes hair appear shiny and smooth. This moisturizing effect is also experienced on the skin of the scalp and can help promote a healthy environment for hair follicles. The moisturizing properties of aloe vera help reduce hair breakage and improves the overall appearance and health of hair.

Supports healthy hair growth: The lifecycle of hair occurs in 3 stages; anagen, catagen, and telogen. The anagen phase is when active growth occurs. During this phase, the cells at the root of the hair are dividing rapidly and hair growth averages about 1 centimeter per month. This length of the phase is genetically determined, but it lasts for between 2-7 years. After this, hair growth stops and then begins to shed due to an internal signal. Aloe vera can help improve the health of the scalp and lengthen the growth phase of hair.

Cleansing: When the pores on the scalp are not cleaned thoroughly, they can become clogged. The dirt and oil that are clogging the pores can increase the chances of the skin of the scalp becoming infected. Aloe vera is an excellent cleansing agent that effectively removes these impurities. This allows the hair to push easily through the scalp, which can improve hair density and minimize the appearance of hair loss.

 

Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera moisturizes, can help stimulate hair growth and cleans the scalp – leaving the hair smooth and shiny.

Using Aloe Vera

Aloe plants are easy to grow. Because of this, many people decide to grow their plants and apply the gel directly to their scalp. Depending on how often one wishes to apply it to their scalp, this can require a significant commitment of time and energy in growing and harvesting the plant.

Due to this, many companies now include aloe gel in their hair care products. Others sell the gel of the plant in an easy to dispense container.

Aloe vera can help support hair growth and minimize hair loss in a number of ways. There are many delivery methods available to help individuals integrate aloe vera into their hair care routine. Choosing the right one for your hair is a matter of personal preference.

5 Tips for Limiting Telogen Effluvium Hair Loss

Telogen Effluvium is a common form of hair loss which happens when a larger than normal percentage of your hair follicles go into the resting phase and stay there – meaning old hair is shedding without new coming in as fast as usual. To understand the condition, you’ll first need some basic understanding of the hair growth cycle.

Each strand of hair goes through three distinct phases. The Anlagen Phase – the growth period when the strand will grow about ½ inch every 28 days, a phase that can last for 2-5 years. The Catagen Phase – a transitional period at the end of the Anagen Phase that lasts for about 10 days. Lastly the Telogen Phase – a 30-day “resting” phase during which your dead hair will be released and shed.

Normally about 80-90% of your hair follicles are in the Anagen Phase. Telogen Effluvium happens when this number drops and more hair follicles go into – and stay longer in – the Telogen Phase, where no new hair starts to grow from the resting follicles. This leads to the condition known as Telogen Effluvium, which is characterized by noticeable hair loss.

The Good News about Telogen Effluvium

As we have said before – hair loss is not caused by just one thing. Rather, it is the result of many things (often occurring simultaneously), such as aging, hormonal imbalance, illness, medications, poor circulation, scalp infections and more.

There are many reasons why someone might develop Telogen Effluvium, such as stress, poor diet, physical trauma, vaccinations or hormonal changes like those that happen to a woman just after giving birth. The good news is that it can be reversible.

 

How to Stop Telogen Effluvium

The best way to limit Telogen Effluvium is to have healthy hair inside and out. Here are some things you can do to keep both your body and your hair strong and healthy:

Eat Nutritiously

Make sure you consume plenty of vegetables, fruit and good quality protein. Choose organic as much as possible, to help avoid chemicals and toxins.

Get Enough Sleep

We all have a sleepless night here and there, but sleep is directly related to 3 hormones—cortisol, ghrelin and leptin. Too much of anything creates an imbalance—not to mention that your healthy eating habits will decline. Are you really going to make that green smoothie or prepare that healthy meal when you’re exhausted—or will you reach for sugary, fatty “comfort” and “convenience” foods? Sleep deprivation also increases stress. Have you ever noticed how it’s so much more difficult to cope or problem-solve when you’re tired?

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Stress wreaks havoc on our hair – find ways to make time for yourself!

Practice Stress Management

Stress is one of the biggest contributors to Telogen Effluvium, because it floods the body with those “fight or flight” hormones – wreaking havoc on our immunity, sleeping and eating habits, and just about everything else you can name.

Our hectic digital-age society can certainly make our pulses race and our minds active (usually when we’re trying to sleep). According to an article in Ad Week based on a report from the IDC (International Data Corporation) 80 percent of people between the ages of 18-44 check their Smartphones within 15 minutes of waking up. So find some quiet time every day—even if it’s just for 10 minutes—to meditate, pray, read or take a peaceful walk. Do whatever works best for you.

Keep Hormones in Balance

Know that anything can throw hormones out of whack– excess hormones in meat, sleepless nights, menopause and pregnancy. One way to keep them in balance is with good, healthy, “clean” eating that avoids hormones, chemicals, toxins and other unwanted substances.

Switch Your Medications

If you are noticing thinning hair, talk to your doctor and see if you can switch to another medication.

By now, we’re sure you realize that vitamins alone won’t do it. Yes, they’re important, but the follicle is a mini-organ that can be disrupted by all kinds of internal and external triggers—so follow our steps, keep that mane luxurious and avoid Telogen Effluvium.

6 Tips and Natural Remedies Against Hair Loss

Remedies Against Hair Loss

Bald spots are sometimes unsightly, and you may feel like your hair (or lack thereof) is all people see. If you’re ready to bring back health to your hair and hide those bald spots, here are 6 tips and natural remedies for hair loss to help you get started today.

1. Go to the doctor

Health is the largest factor associated with hair loss and thinning, so if you’re experiencing this you should rule out larger, much more sinister, causes. Your doctor will check your blood and your hormone levels, and make sure that everything is normal. Once that’s done, you can consider it’s possibly due to one or several of the many other causes, like stress or diet.

2. Reduce your anxiety

You’re probably rolling your eyes at this one, but bald spots and hair loss can be made worse by stress and anxiety. If you have an especially stressful job or home life, you need to consider what steps you can take to reduce anxiety in those settings. Sometimes this is difficult, but you’ll notice a dramatic difference, not just on your hair but on your general well being, too.

3. Eat better

If you’ve been to the doctor and they can’t find anything indicating why you’re experiencing hair loss or thinning, you may be really frustrated. However, a well-balanced diet can actually prevent or reverse hair loss. Important nutrients to get through your intake of food are iron, magnesium and beta carotene, among others. Omega 3 foods like nuts and fish, as well as more wholesome dairy, like yogurt and eggs are also beneficial for hair health. Cut out processed junk, sugar, and caffeine as these are all known to cause hair loss and bald spots.

Remedies Against Hair Loss
A green juice made with spinach provides iron –  important for  healthier and stronger hair.

4. Try natural home remedies for hair loss

Some people are willing to try almost anything to cover their bald spots. If you’re at this point, you could start with something natural – like radish and onion juice, which you can buy or make on your own. Rubbing it on your scalp is said to stimulate hair follicles and encourage growth. It’s worth a try! Other at-home remedies are castor oil, spinach juice and egg yolk.

5. Stop smoking and/or drinking

If you’re a smoker and a drinker, it’s no wonder your hair health might suffer. Studies in twins with different balding patterns show that the twin who smokes and/or drinks frequently is much more likely to develop random, patchy bald spots compared to the twin who doesn’t. Smoking and drinking rid your body of healthy vitamins, something that can quickly lead to hair loss. Cut it out!

6. Avoid harsh chemicals and over-styling

People, especially women, who use harsh chemicals in their shampoos or styling products, tend to see more shedding than people who don’t. If you want to try to regrow hair, change your hygiene habits. Try using a gentle shampoo and conditioner, not blow drying or damaging your hair daily, and rubbing your scalp with hair oil once a week. Also, avoid combing or yanking your hair while it’s wet, and don’t style it too tightly. Men – don’t slick it back or over-gel it to make it stay! The less you mess with or handle your hair, the easier those follicles can grow hair without it getting damaged. However, the thought that washing your hair too much is responsible for hair loss is just a myth.

What causes hair loss – and how you can prevent it

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If you are wondering what causes hair loss, look no further. From high heat exposure to dye jobs, it’s no wonder our hair is in need of attention. It is certainly possible to repair damaged hair, but once you do, you should prevent further damage to avoid a continuous cycle of damage and repair. Here are the most common causes of damaged hair and a few quick ways you can help to save your hair. It’s important to notice and catch the damage early. The earlier you detect it, the easier it will be to fix.

What Causes Hair Loss and Damaged Hair

  • Excessive exposure to the elements (wind, sun, beach)
  • Inadequate amount of washing
  • Use of harsh shampoos and conditioners that contain sulfates
  • Use of too many hair styling products such as hairspray or gel
  • Blow drying your hair, using a curling iron or flatiron
  • Not combing your hair with a wide-toothed comb can cause split-ends and break hair follicles
  • Over-processing your hair, such as dyeing and perming your hair
  • Exposing your hair to a high amount of chlorine in pools

These causes of damaged hair are common practices. We’ve all done a good amount of these things before. So how can the damage be reversed?

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Getting a trim is a good way to prevent damaged hair.

Get a Trim

Make an appointment with your local hair stylist for a trim, which will revive your hair. Of course, you can easily cut it rather short to achieve damage repair more quickly but it isn’t necessary.

Say Goodbye to Dyes

For extremely damaged hair, it’s best to eliminate harsh dyes and use safer, chemical-free dyes instead. For example, Henna is an all-natural dye alternative (completely chemical-free) and is available in different colors. It contains no ammonia, no synthetics, no PPD (Paraphenylenediamine), and no metallic salts of any kind.

Henna is a plant that is commonly made into a dry powder by milling its leaves. It can then be mixed with a combination of water, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, or strong tea to activate its dyeing properties.

If Henna isn’t your thing, there are also other hair dye solutions free from PPD, ammonia and peroxide, on the market today that you can use.

Change Your Shampoo

Most shampoos and conditioners contain lathering minerals, called Sulfates, which make us think that we’re getting our hair cleaner when we use them. Sulfates are what make shampoos lather. In reality, sulfates break down and strip our hair, making it frizzy and dry. Look for shampoos and conditioners free from SLS and SLES, when shopping for milder hair soaps.

Air Dry Your Hair

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Sure, blow drying our hair is faster but it causes a lot of damage.

Give the blow dryers and heat gadgets a rest. The best thing to do would be to eliminate them, and allow your hair to air dry. Leaving the house with a damp head is not always ideal but your hair will thank you for it in the long run.

Ask your hair stylist for tips, too. He or she can recommend products that won’t damage your hair and suggest insider tips to repair your damaged hair. Ask for advice when you get your next trim.

Get Proper Nutrition

Our hair needs the right vitamins and minerals to thrive and grow strong. The easiest way to get all the important nutrients for healthy hair is to take a hair supplement that works on many levels. Nutrafol is a well researched natural supplement that has studied what causes damage to hair and includes ingredients that works in synergy for the greatest efficacy.

5 Natural Remedies for Hair Regrowth

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Curious how to regrow hair? Hair care and enhancing natural hair growth doesn’t require purchasing the most expensive shampoos and conditioners. If your hair care budget is minimal, there are simple TLC natural remedies for hair growth you can try on the cheap.

First, let’s explore the factors that impede hair growth or regrowth.

  • Environmental factors such as prolonged sun exposure, seasonal changes, air pollution.
  • Stress, anxiety, and trauma can take a toll on hair regrowth by attacking the hair follicles or pushing your hair into the telogen hair cycle phase — more on that below.
  • Poor diet that can cause vitamin and protein deficiencies.
  • Weak immune system.
  • Hormonal imbalance.
  • Sudden weight loss.
  • Taking antidepressants or blood thinning medication.

These are some factors that affect hair growth, but you can do something about it. Here are 6 natural remedies for hair loss you can do at home.

  1. Eat a healthy diet: We can’t stress this enough. Because the condition of your hair is a direct reflection of your nutrition, it is important to eat a diet rich in vitamins and minerals necessary to support hair growth. We recommend eating foods with protein, vitamins A, C, and E, iron, zinc, copper, magnesium, and selenium. The Vitamin B-family, including Biotin (Vitamin B7) and Niacin (Vitamin B3), is extremely important for maintaining strong, healthy hair and fast growth. You can also take a multivitamin or a supplement that supports healthy hair growth rich in these vitamins and minerals. Hair growth doesn’t happen by getting one vitamin or mineral alone. All of these vitamins and minerals play an important role in hair growth, and some work best when paired together synergistically. Whatever you choose, your goal is to avoid any nutritional deficiencies that can have detrimental effects on your hair.
  2. Stay stress-free: Stress is one of the main factors that contribute to hair loss. Stress increases cortisol levels in your blood and directly causes your hair to get pushed into the telogen phase (where hair stops growing) too early. To avoid too much stress, practice meditation, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques, including yoga. Be sure to get a full night’s rest. Resting releases the growth hormone that promotes hair growth.
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    Getting a scalp massage can rejuvenate the hair follicles.

    Scalp massage: What’s better than natural remedies for hair growth that are also relaxing? Massaging your scalp helps to increase blood circulation and flow to the hair follicles, which in turn rejuvenates and stimulates them. Stimulation of the dermal papilla cells can help hair regrowth and improve hair thickness. You should deep condition your hair weekly with a hot oil treatment or hair mask. Here’s what to do:

    a. Apply the oil or conditioner to your hair, focusing on your scalp.

    b. Use your fingers to rub the oil or conditioner on your scalp. Massage your scalp in a circular motion for three to five minutes.

    c. Rinse the oil or conditioner out of your hair

  4. Use castor oil: One of the oils you can use on your scalp is castor oil. Castor oil is rich in Vitamin E and essential fatty acids, making it ideal for hair and promoting growth. First, mix the castor oil with an equal amount of coconut oil, olive oil or almond oil to make it less thick. You can also add rosemary, peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender or thyme oil to the castor oil and then apply it to your hair. Massage your scalp with the solution and leave it in for 30 to 45 minutes, then shampoo.
  5. Egg Masking: This is a great way to strengthen your damaged hair. Eggs are an excellent source of protein which strengthens and protects your hair from breaking or shedding. An egg contains between 3.6 and 6.5 grams of protein, making it a powerful conditioning treatment necessary for hair strengthening and growth. It also can help eliminate excessive dandruff from your scalp. Eggs can be used as a hair mask on a weekly basis, in addition to yogurt, honey or avocados. After applying the mask for up to 30 minutes, shampoo and condition your hair like normal.

Hair growth takes persistence, consistency, and patience, so practice these simple but effective hair care remedies on a regular basis, and you’ll see improvement.
Looking for extra help when it comes to restoring your natural hair growth? At Nutrafol, we provide natural solutions to improve your hair quality — strength, shine, texture, density, manageability, softness, and faster hair growth. Learn more here.

What you need to know about Hair Loss after Pregnancy

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If you are concerned about hair loss after pregnancy, we can assure you that what you are going through is a normal process. Many new mothers suffer from postpartum hair loss, and some lose their hair more than others.

On average, new mothers experience hair loss after pregnancy within one to five months of giving birth. They may lose excessive amounts of hair – 500 strands per day, a medical condition known as telogen effluvium. But don’t worry. Hair loss during this period is temporary, and telogen effluvium itself won’t cause baldness or permanent hair loss.

Why there is hair loss after pregnancy

When a woman is pregnant, her estrogen levels elevate causing an increased number of hair follicles to stay in the resting phase for a longer period of time, thus thickening your hair and protecting it from falling out. In fact, up to 60% of your hair may enter this resting stage.

After you have given birth, hormone levels are returning to normal which allows your hair to resume its normal shedding and growth cycle. If it seems as though your hair is shedding excessively at one time, it is because in actuality it is nine months of hair that has been in the resting phase unusually long, that is now falling out.

While your estrogen levels are declining and normalizing and your hair follicles are being rejuvenated, hair loss will peak at about three to four months after giving birth. The important thing is to remain calm, be patient and to know that this is temporary.

Dermatologist Tips for Hair Loss

Here are some tips offered by dermatologists to minimize the effects of excessive hair loss after pregnancy:

  1. Excessive hair shedding may be more noticeable while washing your hair or combing and brushing. To avoid this, try washing your hair less often and allow your hair to dry naturally without using a blow dryer.
  2. Use a thickening or volumizing shampoo and a conditioner specifically formulated for thinning hair.
  3. Consider styling your hair in its most natural state (without a blow dryer or chemical straighteners), or get a haircut.
  4. Avoid using hair products such as conditioning shampoo or intensive conditioners as these products will weigh down hair.

 

Your hair should return to its normal thickness in approximately 6 to 12 months after delivery. Still, your hair may not return to its original texture pre-pregnancy. However, if you suspect that your hair is continuing to shed excessively beyond this time, check with your dermatologist or health care professional immediately. This may indicate another internal problem such as stress or nutritional deficiency of Vitamins A, B Complexes (including Biotin and Folic Acid), C, D, E, copper, iodine, iron, selenium, silica, and zinc, but an accurate review of your medical condition is needed for effective treatment.

If you are struggling with hair loss after pregnancy, this might be a good time to begin taking a hair supplement. The best supplements for your hair should provide nutrition for hair as well as target a variety of the triggers and causes of poor hair health, which may be stress, hormonal triggers and free radicals. For example, certain supplements may contain necessary vitamins and minerals needed to strengthen hair and for healthy hair growth, some may contain ancient botanicals and herbal ingredients that have been known and used for generations to provide specific health benefits, and others may contain a mixture of both. We recommend that you educate yourself about those available options and how a multi-ingredient supplement can be a benefit to healthy hair growth.

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Alphabet-Easy Tips for Beautiful Hair

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Here’s an A-to-Z list of tips and ingredients on what makes stronger, shinier, healthier and more beautiful hair.

Ashwagandha

The scientific name is withania somnifera, an herb commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine. Dubbed as “Indian ginseng,” its roots and berries are used to treat a variety of ailments including arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, insomnia, fibromyalgia, and tuberculosis, to name a few. It is also known to be an adaptogen, a natural substance in herbal medicine that helps the body increase its ability to resist damage caused by stress.

Brushing

Brushing your skin stimulates your lymphatic system, exfoliates dry and dead skin, improves blood circulation to the scalp and other areas, reduces cellulite, and calms your mind. Dry skin brushing with bristles made from natural materials can be done once or twice a day for two to twenty minutes.

Curcumin

This natural compound found in the plant turmeric has been labelled the “Indian solid gold” because of its golden color. It has been studied for its effect on inflammation and the growth of tumors that cause cancer, blood sugar regulation, prevention of fat accumulation, and its potential benefits in slowing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Its compounds have also been studied for their impact on stress associated with hair thinning.

Diet

What you eat plays a major role in strong and beautiful hair. A healthy diet filled with protein, iron, vitamins D and E, and trace minerals such as selenium, copper and magnesium help keep your hair in good shape. Lack of essential nutrients like iron, for example, can lead to hair loss.

Exercise

Getting plenty of exercise improves the circulation of oxygen and nutrients to all body parts, including hair follicles. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as brisk walking and swimming every week, or 70 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity such as running and aerobic dancing per week. Strength training with the use of weight machines or any activity such as rock climbing that gradually tones muscles and increases strength should be done twice a week.

Mood

Feeling good about our day, our family, our work, and the daily things we encounter helps keep our stress levels low and our over-all health in excellent condition. When we feel good on the inside, it tends to manifest on the outside through clear skin, bright eyes, and shiny hair.

Grooming

Grooming is a must for any length or type of hair. Knowing your hair type helps determine the right kind of products you should use. Shampooing every other day washes out dirt and excess oil, although frequent shampooing can also strip the hair of its moisture and shine. Use a conditioner to add shine and remove frizz. A visit to the salon for a cut and various natural treatments can also help your hair look and feel its best every month.

 

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Hyaluronic acid (HA)

This is a substance, like collagen, that our bodies produce and is found specially in the fluid in our eyes and joints. Because it acts as a lubricant and cushion for joints and tissues, it is used to treat joint disorders such as osteoarthritis, and replace fluid lost during eye surgery. Hyaluronic acid also acts as a lip filler in plastic surgery and is used in shampoos and food supplements to support hair growth.

Iodine

In combination with iron, magnesium, and zinc, this is an important mineral used by the thyroid gland to produce hormones needed for the healthy growth of hair, bones, and teeth. Iodine deficiency can lead to the weakening of the follicles, causing alopecia or hair loss.

Junk

Junk food includes anything highly processed and containing large amounts of fat, sodium, or sugar. Sadly, most food in our supermarkets that comes in boxes, cans or plastic containers are filled with preservatives, food coloring, extenders, and other chemicals that accumulate in our bodies, potentially contributing to diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and cancer. Fresh fruits and vegetables, fish and chicken, and whole grains that haven’t undergone processing are recommended for better health.

Keratin treatments

These are salon favorites for restoring hair strength and resilience. A 90-minute treatment is used to straighten curly or wavy hair with a keratin hair-straightening product and heat from a hot iron to seal it. The result, which looks sleek and frizz-free, lasts for around two and a half months. Use these with caution if your hair is too fine or you have psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis.

Layering

Layering your hair as opposed to a blunt cut can help create the illusion of longer, thicker, and more beautiful hair.

Marine Collagen

This is widely used as a food supplement in countries like Japan. Although collagen is a natural protein that our bodies produce to prevent dermal layers from folding or wrinkling, this depletes as we age so collagen supplementation is beneficial. This fibrous protein is often extracted from fish scales and is beneficial for the skin, hair, tendons, ligaments, and bones. It fights off free radicals that can affect the growth, texture, and thickness of hair.

Nuts

Along with dark green vegetables and dried fruits, nuts are rich in iron – a mineral that helps reduce excess hair shedding.

Oxygen Therapy

This therapy is a kind of scalp treatment using a pressurized device that delivers oxygen to the scalp, improving the circulation of blood in the roots. This can help increase the supply of nutrients to follicles needed to build the protein that forms hair.

Protein

An essential nutrient that makes up most of our muscles, bones, skin, and hair. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, not all proteins are alike – some are healthier than others and depends on what the “protein package” brings. Healthy protein-rich foods such as salmon and other fatty fish should contain low amounts of saturated fat and hidden salts.

Quiet Time

Make sure to get some quiet time for yourself on several occasions each day. It helps relieve stress and rejuvenate the body, allowing for longer periods of concentration and energy.

Relaxation

Different relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, exercise, and massage can reduce stress which plays a major role in many hair thinning problems. Stress can promote increased levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the blood, which can result in excessive shedding of hair.

Saw Palmetto

This is a kind of palm with sharp, fan-shaped leaves. The ripe fruit of this plant is used to treat the symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate in men by inhibiting testosterone from binding to the receptor 5-alpha-reductase and being converted into DHT. It is also known to promote relaxation and increase libido.

Tuna

Tuna, especially yellowfin, is one of those high-protein foods packed with B vitamins and the antioxidant selenium.

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Ultraviolet

UV rays from too much exposure to the sun destroys the protein bonds in hair, making it dry, brittle, and discolored. Wearing a hat or scarf or taking an umbrella outside on a sunny day are some ways you can protect your hair from these damaging rays.

Vascular health

Vascular health is the condition of our vessels – veins and arteries included – that transport blood from the heart to all of the body organs and back again. Hair follicles are dependent on oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to stimulate hair growth. Clogged vessels inhibit the free flow of blood to the follicles and may result in dry and brittle hair. Regular exercise, a balanced diet, weight control, maintaining normal blood pressure, and avoiding smoking are some ways to keep our blood vessels healthy.

Water

When rinsing your hair, it’s best to use cold water because it closes the pores of your scalp – protecting it from dirt, grease, and oil. Cold water closes the hair cuticle for a shiny, frizz-free appearance and improves the circulation of blood to your scalp by enlarging the capillaries to warm the skin and bring needed nutrients to the follicles.

X-tra

Taking extra care in handling your hair can prevent breakage. Make sure you untangle the knots in wet hair with your fingers before brushing. When tying into a ponytail, don’t pull hair too tightly, as the tension can lead to strands being pulled out of their follicles.

Youthful

Beautiful hair that also feels youthful is achieved not only by changing hair color or trying a new cut. You can also have hair that’s voluminous and bouncy by taking care of it from within. Watching your diet, avoiding sun damage, and being mindful of the vitamins and nutrients we take in can help against the changes stress and aging have on our hair’s health.

Zinc

This is one of those trace minerals that you have to take in the right amount to achieve desired results. Too little or too much of it can lead to hair loss. Zinc deficiency can weaken the protein structure of follicles and cause hair to fall out. High doses of zinc supplements, however, can inhibit the anagen and catagen phases of hair growth and can cause hair loss as well. You can find zinc in foods such as egg yolks, wheat germ, poultry, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, red meats, liver, shrimp, oysters, lobsters, crab, chickpeas, and fortified breakfast cereal.