Sunday, 24 June 2012

Natural Hair-Hair Growth

Hair growth - The natural way.

deidreelliott:I’ve already talked about makeup and skin care, now lets talk about hair care.     I used to have troubles with trying to grow my hair out. It hardly grew half an inch in one year. I used to dye it often, I used heat on it every day, and I wasn’t all that healthy. (Remember, your health isn’t determined by your doctors say-so. They’re not there to tell you that you don’t exercise enough or eat a balanced diet, they’re just there to make sure that nothing is more seriously wrong with you.) Everything about my hair changed during the summer of 2010. I left 11th grade with shoulder length, bright red hair, and started 12th grade with brown (my natural color, though dyed to rid of the red), healthy, natural hair. My hair has grown a tremendous amount since then - even in the last few months alone. I was nowhere near as healthy as I am now a year ago.      Someone once asked me how long it took me to grow my hair. Though there might have been a miscommunication between the anon and I as far as what hair they saw (my real hair or my extensions), the relevance still stands. Not only am I growing my hair out, but I’m trying to keep it healthy. When I say I don’t use heat on my hair, I mean it. Not for prom, not for pictures, and definitely not for my high school graduation. My hair and skin health is just as important as my physical and mental health.      Here are some ways to keep your hair healthy and growing. Remember, the healthier you are and the better you take care of your hair, the faster it will grow. 

  • Health: Diet and Exercise. You are what you eat, right? So in order to maintain healthy hair, healthy skin, and a healthy body inside and out, you need to eat healthy. Cardiovascular exercise will get the blood pumping and send more blood and oxygen to your hair follicles. 
- Vitamin A: Lengthens and strengthens hair. Carrots, spinach, melons, papayas, mangoes and tomatoes. - Vitamin B: Not getting enough vitamin B is the most significant cause for poor Hair Growth and hair loss. Experts advise taking a supplement daily for 3 months.- Vitamin E: Anti oxidant that fights free radical damage and enhances hair growth. Nuts and whole cereals.- Biotin: You can either get this by eating meat,eggs, and poultry, or taking it in vitamin form. 
  • Get your hair trimmed. Get your hair trimmed when you have dead ends. More energy is spent repairing dead ends than on growing your hair. 
  • Heat damage. Limit exposure to hot sun, curling irons, straighteners, hair dryers, and very hot water. Hot water isn’t good for your skin anyways, so take warm showers instead. 
  • Hair dyes. Coloring your hair is damaging, especially if you’re stripping the color out (bleach). Check out this website about organic hair dyes and hair dye advice.
  • Hair bands. Pulling your hair too tightly and putting the hair band in too tightly can damage your hair. You know that headache you get when your hair is in a ponytail? That is bad. You’re stretching your hair and basically pulling it right out of your head. You can safely wear your hair up sometimes, but too often will be damaging. Try using hair scrunchies or clips if you need to put your hair up. 
  • Washing your hair. I don’t even do this correctly. Don’t wash your hair too often, but wash it enough. It is ideal to wash your hair every other day. Don’t let the oils in your hair take over (which I used to do), and don’t let the shampoo destroy the oils by washing too often (which I do).  A good conditioner is also important. Try using Mane ‘n Tail. It’s a horse shampoo, but it’s good for hair growth and strength. 
  • Brushing your hair. Don’t brush your hair while its wet. It doesn’t have any elasticity while its wet and it will stretch, thin, and break. Brush it when it dries. Brushing your hair often enough is good, its sort of like massaging your scalp and encouraging your hair to grow. However, I also read that it’s bad to brush t read more..

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