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Top 6 Ways Aloe Vera Can Make Your Hair Turn Heads

Aloe Vera, or the ‘wonder plant’ as it is often called, is a succulent cactus-like plant that grows in arid climates. It is most commonly known for its ability to moisturize and revitalize as it is comprised of 95% water. The ‘wonder plant’ is also a great source of nutrients, as it provides a number of essential vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Here are some ways the ‘wonder plant’ can be used to help revive your hair, bring back its luster, and moisturize like no other product on the market, naturally.

1- The Ultimate Moisturizer

Mix 1 Tablespoon of Aloe Vera Gel into your conditioner, or nix the conditioner altogether and let the Aloe revitalize your hair as it replenishes its moisture.

2- The Need For Speed

Does it take forever for your hair to grow? The ‘wonder plant’ provides hundreds of nutrients and enzymes that stimulate hair growth. Try gently massaging some Aloe Vera Gel into your scalp and letting it sit for 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water and a mild shampoo. Repeat as needed. You can also try adding some concentrated Aloe Vera juice to your favorite smoothie. Whether applied externally, or taken orally, extracts from the ‘wonder plant’ can help speed up hair growth.

3- Thicker is Better

Thin hair is more prone to damage and breaking, and looks a little wimpy in a pony tail. Beef up your locks by adding a little Aloe Vera into your life. Try a daily supplement, or stick with some Aloe Gel rubbed into your scalp and transform those puny ponies into luscious locks.

4- Shine, Shine, Shine

Wish you had shiny locks? No problem! Aloe Vera’s moisture-rich composition will help nourish your hair and help you achieve that shiny hair you’ve always dreamed of in no time.

5- Flake those Flakes

Many of the hair products on the market dry out your scalp and cause dandruff. The ‘wonder plant’ can help reduce dandruff, naturally. Try combining a few tablespoons of Aloe Vera Gel with some coconut milk and wheat germ oil. Massage into your scalp. Rinse. Repeat as needed.

6- Less is More? No way!

Did you know that Aloe Vera (in the form of a gel applied topically, or as a dietary supplement in the form of a capsule or concentrated juice) can help prevent hair loss? Among its other super-powers, the ‘wonder plant’ is an anti-inflammatory which helps stop hair loss.

Incorporate some Aloe Vera into your lifestyle and your beauty routine and watch as your hair is naturally rejuvenated.

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How to Increase Hair Growth – 6 Natural Ways to Increase Hair Growth

When you’re battling hair loss, a really good way to fight it is to increase the speed of your hair growth. But instead of heading over to your favorite drug store, we’re going to go over a few simple ways to help speed up your hair growth without having to spend so much money.

Here are 6 Natural Ways To Increase Hair Growth

1. Do Scalp Shifting

Using the pads on your fingers, firmly place them all over your scalp and move your skin in a circular way, do this for about 5 minutes.

2. Put Red Bell Pepper On Your Head

The spiciness of this fresh herb will speed hair growth by over 50%. Put a few slices in boiling water for about 10 minutes, then let cool for 15 minutes. Then apply it on your scalp for 30 minutes, then rinse away.

3. Eat More Protein

Hair is made out of protein, therefore, by taking in more protein you are promoting rapid hair growth. Foods such as fish, chicken, cottage cheese, whey, peanut butter, and steak are high in protein.

4. Take A Biotin Supplement

Biotin works great for your skin, nails, and especially for your hair. There are currently no toxicity levels known for Biotin so it’s best to take the high potency supplement of 5,000 mcg per day.

5. Take A Magnesium Supplement

Just like Biotin, Magnesium is hair food. This helps with nerve stimulation and also relaxes your muscles.

6. Drink 6-8 Glasses of Water Daily

Did you know that your body takes in new impurities every day? A good way to flush your system of these impurities to take in a sufficient amount of water every day. Water is the element which gives life, and it also keeps your body pure. Sometimes your body will hold on to substances that harm your hair’s natural balance, so it’s best to clean out your system every night, simply drink 1-2 glasses of water before bed should be enough.

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How to Tell If Your Hair is Thinning

I often have readers with TE (telogen effluvium), CTE (chronic telogen effluvium), and AGA (androgenic alopecia or genetic thinning) who write in and ask me how to tell if this shedding or hair loss is thinning their hair (or if it is growing in thinner.)  After all, often quick, healthy regrowth ensures that you retain a nice, thick head of hair, despite the loss. So, in the following article, I’ll tell you three ways to help you determine if your hair is really thinning or if it is growing back in correctly, with no real net loss.

The Ponytail Method: One quick and easy way to determine how much thinning has taken place is take inventory of your ponytail.  Many women know how many times they have to turn the ponytail holder or band to secure it.  If you’re having to turn it one or more times, then obviously, there is less mass there. Now, some readers will write and say, “well, isn’t the regrowth too short to get in the ponytail?” Yes, it is, but often the healthy regrowth will cause bulk that will allow a similar sized tail.  I can tell you that in the worst times of my shedding, my ponytail went from the size of a quarter, to the size of a nickel, to the size of a dime, but I was regrowing hair all the time.  Unfortunately, there was not enough regrowth and what was there came in thin and fine.

The Hair Pull Test: A dermatologist will often do this test in their office, but you can do it at home.  Do not wash your hair for a day before this.  Take a small amount of hair in between your fingers and count how many hairs are there.  Write the number down and then gently pull.  Then, determine the percentage of hairs that came out.  A healthy head of hair will only have 10% of loss of the hair pulled out. Anything over 25% is a cause for concern.  This means that you are shedding enough to cause over all thinning and a loss of volume. You’ll need to be aggressive with your regrowth regimen if this is your result.

The Hair Density / Quality Comparison: One way to see how well your regrowth is coming in is to identify a long, course, thick healthy hair. Tweeze it out and set it aside.  Then, find a few regrowth hairs that are at least 2 1/2 to 4 inches in length, pluck these two hairs and then compare them to the thick healthy hair.  Are they as thick and dense?  They should be somewhat comparable.  (Hair can become thicker as it gets longer, so a slight variation can be normal.)  The pulled / tweezed hairs should have a darker sheath or bulb that is rounded and large.  This shows that they are being properly nourished within your scalp.

If the regrowth hairs are thin, sickly, flyaway or lighter in color, then you may want to suspect that something (DHT, inflammation, bacteria or yeast) is compromising and miniaturizing your regrowth.)  It is extremely hard, if not impossible, to get your volume back unless your regrowth is of a good quality.  

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Characteristics Of Chronic Telogen Effluvium

Chronic telogen effluvium can be complex and difficult to overcome. Hair falling out at an alarming rate is the main characteristic of this condition. Because shedding occurs fairly evenly throughout the scalp rather than in localized areas, it is also commonly referred to as diffuse hair loss.

Most women experience at least one bout of excessive shedding at some point in her life. Fortunately for many, it is quick to resolve–often ending before any obvious decrease in volume occurs. This is known as acute (or classic) telogen effluvium.

When the condition endures past six months it is considered chronic– causing noticeable thinning and a great deal of distress to those who are affected. The disorder can fluctuate over many years with continual, intermittent or episodic shedding. In severe cases undesirable texture changes may occur due to a high percentage of resting hairs that are no longer receiving any nutrients.

The positive side of this disorder is that it does not cause total baldness. Regrowth does occur, but as the condition progresses scalp hair can become quite sparse. Due to the long duration of increased shedding, the rate of replacement may not keep up with the rate of loss. Even new growth can fall out while the condition is active. Any follicle can be affected–whether the hair has been growing for a few months or a few years. For this reason, many fallen strands of various lengths are often noticed.

Upon analyzing the fallen strands, some women express concern over a small white bulb at the end of each strand. The white bulb just indicates that the hair went into the resting (telogen) stage prior to falling out. This is a natural process in the growth cycle and is not cause for additional concern.

While the acute version of this disorder is temporary and self-correcting, chronic telogen effluvium is an indication that the body is experiencing an internal imbalance. The underlying issue must be addressed and corrected before growth can resume.

While it may not seem like a positive aspect, this condition can be an early warning sign of an internal imbalance that could worsen if left untreated– prompting one to restore physical or emotional balance before the condition worsens.

Pinpointing the cause can be a difficult task. Often there is more than one contributing factor as the condition of one’s hair is a reflection of one’s entire health and well-being. Every symptom-evenly seemingly unrelated symptoms must be considered.

Possible causes include prolonged nutritional deficiencies caused by low intake or mal-absorption, hormonal disorders, thyroid conditions, systemic low-level inflammation, systemic infection such as Candidiasis albicans, prolonged unresolved stress, digestive conditions such as gluten intolerance, autoimmune disorders, exposure to toxins or allergens, metobolic disorder, etc.

The best defense for chronic telogen effluvium is getting to the root of the problem and to increase over-all health and well-being in all areas of life. Any improvements that add to overall health are a step in the right direction. Building better health with small improvements such as minimizing stress, exercising, maintaining proper weight, healthy diet, good attitude, happiness and relaxation will help to re-establish balance and create a healthy environment to increase the potential for healthy hair growth.

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Can Psoriasis Cause Hair Loss?

Yesterday, I received a question on my blog where I was asked if psoriasis can be the cause of hair loss, thinning, or shedding.  The reader did not often find this condition listed as one that caused hair loss, but felt that the timing between the two was too coincidental to ignore.  I’ll tell you what I told her in the following article.

Psoriasis Is An Autoimmune Condition:  Many people mistakenly think that psoriasis is very similar to dandruff or other conditions that involve excess sebum or androgens.  In fact, this is an autoimmune condition in which excess skin production causes scaly patches that sometimes take on a silvery white appearance. You’ll often see areas like the elbows and knees affected, but the scalp is not at all off limits.

It’s pretty well known that there are many autoimmune conditions that cause hair loss including alopecia areata, lupus, and Hashimoto thyroiditis.  Many doctors are reluctant to place psoriasis in this category, but  I personally think that you can make this argument as the timing between the two will often suggest a connection. The treatment for these conditions vary.  But in terms of hair loss, there is a European study that has shown promise using and rotating specific essential oils rubbed into the scalp.

Other Theories On Hair Loss, Hair Thinning, Or Shedding Along With Psoriasis:  Many doctors will tell you that when this condition occurs on the scalp, the plaque and scales can choke out the hair follicles and keep healthy hair from growing (only while there is a flare in place.)  Often, this doesn’t not occur over the entire scalp.  There will more often be patches that you can clearly see being affected and that is where you’ll see the hair being compromised or thinning.  (This process is pretty hard to miss and is pretty obvious upon close inspection.) However, typically when the area heals, the hair will become normal again.

The other possibility is that a flare has placed stress upon the body.  The body in turn will often shut down some functions to conserve.  One of these function is the hair growth cycle and what you will get as the result is a condition called TE (or telogen effluvium.)  This happens when a large number of hairs move from the growth cycle to the rest cycle. This is followed by a shedding of the hair.  What you’ll see is a lot of hair falling out at one time all of a sudden.  This is the same thing that happens to women after they give birth.  Typically, the shedding will stop in a few weeks or months and as long as their are not scales or patches on the scalp, regrowth should be fine.

Stopping Hair Loss Related To This Condition: Obviously the best course of action to stop the loss is to effectively treat the condition.  Often this happens with trial and error with your doctor.  Some doctors use medications and some use a laser or alternative therapies.  However, some folks find that treating the symptoms isn’t doing anything for the hair.  In these cases, you may want to look at lessening the inflammation on and in stimulating your scalp to produce healthy regrowth.  Sometimes, you will have diffuse thinning that doesn’t really present like TE shedding and / or doesn’t occur in the effected areas.  In these cases, you may want to look at other possibilities. It’s not inconceivable that the hair situation does not relate to the psoriasis in some cases.

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African American Hair Dos, Going the Curly Perm Route

How many times have you wondered what it would be like to be carefree and have low maintenance hair? You comb the pages of the latest black hair care magazines looking for African American hair dos and see others going the curly perm route. If you are stressed out and would rather concentrate on living life to the fullest instead of being in your hair salon every week, the curly perm may be the choice for you.

If you decide to go with a curly perm, you should be prepared for the following:

State of Hair: The act of putting chemicals in your hair to achieve the long-lasting curls of a curly perm involves using chemicals that some black hair experts say are harsh to the hair (but not as harsh as chemical relaxers). Let’s face it, you are dealing with harsh chemicals either way, and if you do not have someone who is experienced with putting in these chemicals, you are headed for disaster.

Maintenance: Hair that has a curly perm in it (i.e. Wave Nouveau) is great because it is low maintenance. When you get the perm and the chemical is applied, the hair shaft is broken down (straightened) and re-curled onto rods. The new curl pattern that is established is so strong that your hair remembers this pattern for 2 to 3 months which means you don’t have to curl your hair. Next, you buy the moisturizing products, apply them twice daily, and you’re free to go about your business. As far as washing, I wash my curly perm once a week with a good color-retaining moisturizing shampoo. With a curly perm, there is no need to sit around twisting or braiding the hair nightly as the perm causes your hair to remember its curl pattern.

Products and Procedures: Applying the products is quite easy. All you do is apply the moisturizers twice daily and you’re ready to go. Do not comb the hair much or this will rip out your hair.

Availability: Finding someone to put your Wave Nouveau in can be challenging, but there are reputable salons out there who offer this perm.

Cost: The perm itself ranges from $90 to $120; however, the daily maintenance products for the Wave Nouveau perm are very reasonable. If you go to Sally’s Beauty Supply Store, you should be able to stock up on all you need to maintain your perm from moisturizing lotion, to daily humectant and spray.

Convenience: If you are in a high humidity situation, get caught in the rain or go swimming, all you have to do is apply extra doses of the moisturizing product, and the slight frizz you have will turn right back into the lush soft curls you had before. You will also spend less time in the salon and more time with family and friends.

Whichever way you choose, be sure you consider all of the pros and cons. Like I said before, I proudly wear a curly perm that is low maintenance and works out perfectly for me as I am at a busy time in my life. Perhaps when my children grow up and move out of the house, I will go natural as I will have more time on my hands to maintain my hair in a long chemical-free style.

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Preventing Ingrown Hairs With the No!No! Permanent Hair Removal System

For a great deal of time now ingrown hair has plagued many people. This problem can appear anywhere there is hair including legs, underarms and your bikini line. Ingrown hairs are caused by the hair becoming trapped under your skin and continuing to grow. This can cause a great deal of discomfort and pain. Although this is not a serious skin care problem due to the irritation it can cause it may result in inflammation of the skin and look incredibly unsightly. This is a problem that affects people of all ages at one time or another. Although there are many different remedies you can try to resolve your problem.

A great natural solution to ingrown hair is using a salt solution. Try adding one cup of water and around 2 tea spoons of salt. Then take a cotton swab and apply to the area. You must then allow the solution to dry naturally without washing it off. This will cleanse the skin and exfoliate the area.

Another home treatment for ingrown hairs is to use one cup of cane sugar and half a cup of olive oil. Another great tip is to add some of your favourite essential oils. This will make it smell great and is really good for your skin. You must make sure you do this regularly. I recommend once a day for around a week.

There is another solution to the problem though. As permanent hair removal technology improves other options become available to you. It is possible to avoid ingrown hairs by using the No!No hair removal system. This is a completely painless permanent hair removal system available to you that using innovative new technology that is completely different from all hair removal treatments currently available. This permanent hair removal system does not use any primitive razors. It works by producing pulses of heat to remove the hair from the surface. After repeated use this will reduce new hair growth and make the newer hair thinner and more manageable. From recent studies that have been taken on the No!No they have show up to a 94% reduction in new hair. This can easily been achieved by using the No!No twice a week for 6 to 12 weeks. So stop using your razor now and try the new innovative No!No permanent hair removal solution.

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3 Essential Steps to Choosing the Right Hair Loss Clinic

Millions of people around the world experience hair thinning or loss. While there are several causes of hair loss including genetics, deficiencies in the body’s auto-immune system, ill-health and medical treatment, it’s worth being aware that certain types of loss are irreversible. The problem can strike any one at any age, regardless of lifestyle factors. Many people with hair loss are unconcerned about the issue – for instance, in men, male pattern baldness is commonplace and socially acceptable. However, some individuals prefer their natural appearance with a full head of hair. As a result, they may seek a way to restore their hair and natural appearance via some form of treatment. If you’re happier with a fuller head of hair, and you’d like to begin a treatment programme, it is always recommended that you speak to your GP in the first instance. Thereafter, you should visit a reputable hair clinic.

1. Look for breadth of experience

Some clinics may offer one miracle topical treatment by a single variety or brand. However, no hair problem is the same. So while this treatment is suitable for Client A, it unfortunately might not work for Client B. In other words, ‘one size does not fit all’. In order to really understand and appreciate your problem, a good hair loss clinic will offer a breadth of services which then enables the hair consultant to ascertain which solution is best for you. An outstanding clinic should offer hair replacement services for men, custom-made hair systems for men and women, treatments for women and young people. Working with a wider client base suggests that the hair loss team is experienced and knowledgeable and has acquired a variety of hair replacement skills.

2. Assess accreditations of the registered company

A reputable hair clinic will have external links or accreditations with industry-related regulators or health related organisations. For instance, British companies that have links to the UK’s NHS (National Health Service) will have undergone rigorous quality control/standard checks. Their skills will have been assessed and approved by Government regulators. Look for those companies who also work with external hair loss experts – e.g. hair transplant surgeons who are fully and properly qualified and members of surgeons’ associations. It’s a case of ‘like attracts like’ – so a hair clinic with links to organisations with impeccable standards should also have exceptionally high standards.

3. Explore testimonials and customer feedback

A hair clinic’s customer feedback and testimonials – plus external related-forums – are worth exploring. There you should find honest appraisals and independent opinions and experiences of the customer base. A good clinic should also provide pictorial evidence of its own hair loss treatment programmes – they might even watermark their ‘Before & After’ pictures to ensure their retain ownership of their skills and expertise.

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Examining the Stories of Reversing Grey Hair Naturally

Herbs have been used in the traditional folk medicine of many cultures for thousands of years to treat premature aging conditions such as premature graying hair. Admittedly, traditional medicines have not always been effective in treating grey hair and to this day no herbal or medicinal cure for age-related and genetically-determined grey hair conditions exists. Nonetheless, herbal remedies have experienced a tremendous revival in popularity recently and now account for well over 50% of all hair care products sold. Their attractiveness stems mainly from the general belief that they are free from negative side effects and can stimulate natural healing processes in the body and thus reverse medical conditions naturally.

By far the most popular herbal remedy for reversing grey hair today is Fo-Ti root. It can be found as a principal active ingredient in almost any natural grey hair product. Fo-Ti (polygonum multiflorum), is a climbing plant native to China and now widely grown also in Japan and Taiwan. In traditional Chinese medicine it has been used for thousands of years as a popular youth tonic because of its assumed ability to counteract the body’s aging processes. In China it is well known under the name He shou wu, which stands for “black haired Mr. He”. The legend has it that an old villager, Mr. He, who lived in the 9th century A.D. took Fo-Ti and restored his black hair, youthful appearance and vitality and fathered children at the ripe age of 60. He lived to 130, maintaining his black hair. In addition to influencing the aging processes, Fo-Ti is credited with many other health-giving properties highly valued in traditional Chinese medicine. Among other things, it is also believed to extend hair growth cycles and thus it can be frequently found in many commercial hair loss products. As is so often the case with herbal cures, Fo-Ti has never been clinically studied as a potential grey hair treatment. There is no scientific or recent empirical evidence that it can help reverse greying hair.

PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid) and folic acid are two vitamins from the group of B vitamins credited with the ability to reverse greying hair. Their presence in the body is essential to maintaining one’s original hair colour and it is conceivable that a shortage of any of these two vitamins might lead to hair turning grey. Their extra intake can be beneficial in grey hair conditions caused by vitamin B deficiency but will not restore your original hair colour in conditions caused by hereditary factors or old age. Nevertheless, these two vitamins are used in almost any commercial grey hair remedy you can buy.

There are many other herbal ingredients such as ginkgo biloba, eleuthero root, Asian ginseng, gotu kola, green tea, rosemary, chamomile, horsetail, etc. that you can find in natural grey hair products, having mostly auxiliary functions, such as promoting a healthy scalp environment or providing additional nutrients to your hair follicles. Some other herbs, such as sage, can be used to add colour to your hair, working as a natural hair colorant while also giving your hair more shine, which gives the impression of there being less grey hair. One traditional method of reversing greying hair, which may sound anecdotal, is rubbing your fingernails against each other to help circulation (as nerve endings are located under the finger nails), thereby reducing the amount of grey hair.

It can be concluded that no scientific proof exists that any exercise or herb, vitamin, mineral or nutrient contained in the natural remedies can reverse premature or age-related greying of hair. If you decide to try any commercial herbal remedy for grey hair, keep in mind that besides there being no guarantee of its effectiveness, no daily dosage has been established and side effects might occur, despite the general belief that herbal remedies are safe and free from them.

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The Secret Of Using Garlic for Hair Growth Is Out! It Works More Miracles on Your Hair Than In Food

Many individuals are unaware that garlic is a natural and powerful antibiotic in and of itself. It is particularly effective in combating harmful forms of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Garlic supplements for hair growth are particularly effective in preventing hair loss, because garlic prevents hair from shedding.

The beneficial compounds that are found in garlic stimulate the flow of blood to one’s scalp, which removes harmful toxins that may accumulate in a person’s hair follicles. It is possible for an individual to purchase an odorless garlic shampoo, or may opt to create their own by adding garlic extract to the shampoo or conditioner that they normally use.

Although garlic prevents hair from shedding, it can also add body and a glossy sheen to a person’s existing hair, which can decrease the amount of hair breakage that a person has. Additionally, persons who suffer from dry hair or itchy scalps can obtain relief with an odorless garlic shampoo. The particular protein that provides hair with strength is keratin. Keratin is often found in abundance with sulfur. Garlic contains approximately four times more sulfur than other sulfur rich vegetables, like onions or broccoli. A study conducted in 2007 by scientists at the University of Medical Sciences in Iran discovered that when garlic was applied topically to the scalp with betamethasone cream, patients who suffered from alopecia encountered the successful growth of new hair.

Garlic supplements for hair growth can also be obtained in the form of garlic oil. The oil may be massaged into the scalp and left overnight in order to stimulate hair growth. Although garlic has numerous beneficial properties, if an individual is taking any sort of regular medication, then he or she should consult with their primary care physician before they start taking garlic supplements. In some instances, garlic can prohibit the body from effectively absorbing certain types of medicines. Most individuals must use an odorless garlic shampoo or other form of garlic supplement for four to six weeks before they begin to notice visible results. Because garlic prevents hair from shedding, a person should begin to enjoy a fuller head of hair within a short amount of time.

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