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Healthy Foods For Hair Growth

imagesHair loss and hair thinning has always been a major problem for men. Today, it is estimated that 20 percent of men start to experience increased hair loss by the age of 20. What’s worrying is that some women are experiencing thinning hair as well. There are a lot of reasons why you could experience increased hair loss like: stress, certain diets or over dieting and of course genetic factors.

Fortunately, there are a lot of things you can do to get your hair back. Now, we are not talking about anything instant that comes from a box, we’re talking of something more permanent, something that will stop further hair fall and encourage hair growth. Healthy and nutritious food can encourage your follicles to produce hair. Yes, nutritious healthy foods are the key to healthy hair growth. Below are some excellent foods for your locks:

Lean Meat

Meat from pork, beef and chicken are very important for hair growth since they are packed with proteins. Why is protein so important for hair? Because this is what hair is mostly made of, our hair is actually a strand of protein called keratin, the same type of protein found in our skin and nails. So if you want to have healthy skin, nails and hair, don’t forget your daily protein requirement.

Also, lean meat is a good source of iron. Iron helps the red blood cells carry oxygen all over the body and this includes our scalp. More oxygen and nutrients means more hair.

Fish

Salmon, tuna and mackerel are also good sources of protein and excellent sources of omega 3 fatty acids. Compared to animal oil, fish oils are healthy oils and consuming more is actually good for you. Oils are needed by the sebaceous glands, these glands are found underneath our skin and they are responsible for producing a special oil called sebum. Sebum acts as a natural skin and hair conditioner.

Soya Beans

Soya beans is also an excellent source of vegetable protein. Also, soya beans contain vitamins like Niacine, riboflavin, thiamine, vitamin b6, vitamin A and E.

So there you have it, excellent food sources of protein, healthy oils and vitamins for healthy hair growth.

Managing Hair Loss Due to Telogen Effluvium

hair_lossTelogen effluvium is a condition where a patient experience excessive hair shedding and hair loss. Typically, we shed about 80 to 100 hair strands a day, this is considered normal. But more than 100 strands means increased hair shedding or is considered hair loss.

The term telogen is actually a part of the hair growth cycle, this is also called the resting phase. In any given moment, about 10 to 15% of our hair is in this stage and could last for around 100 days. During telogen phase the hair follicle separates from the dermal papilla, a structure found at the base of the hair follicle responsible for hair growth. Then a the hair follicle will for a bulb or commonly known as a “club hair”. During this time hair is either pushed out by new hair growth or pulled out by external forces like combing or rubbing hair against a pillow.

In Latin, effluvium means “a flow out”, in medical terminology it means “a shedding.

What is the cause of teleogen effluvium?

The cause of telogen effluvium varies and differs from person to person. Extreme stress is a common cause of telogen effluvium, usually stress from child birth (post partum hair loss), hormonal changes, major operation, certain illnesses, some medication and over dieting. Of course stressors differ for every person; one event can be very stressful for one individual, while others may or may not find it stressful at all.

Is there a cure for telogen effluvium?

There is no cure for telogen effluvium; fortunately, this condition is self limiting. Once an individual recovers from any stressful event, hair will eventually grow back again. Sadly, it will take a few months for hair to grow back its original thickness; this is where hair growth stimulants can help hasten the hair growth process. Products like FAST shampoo and conditioner are specifically made to encourage faster hair growth.

 

Hair Growth: Styling Habits That Can Damage Hair

hair growthHaving silky soft and beautiful hair is something to be proud of, because it builds up your self esteem and confidence, and it makes you feel you can face anything. Sadly, there are times when our hair turns dry and frizzy, making it prone to breakage and slow hair growth. Worse thing is you might not be aware that you yourself is causing the damage.

Below are some hair styling techniques and habits that could damage your hair:

Limit Heat Styling

Heat based styling products like blow driers, hair curlers and flat iron straighteners make hair styling really easy and fast, but if used on a daily basis, hair can get very dull, dry and prone to breakage, affecting hair growth. It is advisable to use heat styling on special occasions.

Stay Away From Tight Hair Styles

Hair styles like pony tails, thigh buns or braids can damage your hair and scalp. Wearing thigh hair styles for long periods of time can break hair and can cause a condition called traction alopecia, this is when hair gets pulled off from the roots causing patchy hair loss. If possible, try to avoid these types of hair styles or you can try styling hair them loosely.

No To frequent Colouring

Changing hair colours from time to time is fine, but if you change every week, then this can put a toll to your hair. Chemicals in hair dyes are strong; they actually melt away your hairs natural colour to let the dye soak into your hair. This again can make hair dry, brittle and prone to breakage.

Use Wide Tooth Combs

Narrow tooth combs can tangle hair easily, that’s why we commonly find ourselves doing a tug of war between our scalp and comb. It is best to switch to wide tooth combs which are less likely to tangle hair or better yet, use those wide tooth detangling combs or brush for a tangle free grooming.

Hair Growth: Care Tips For Damaged Hair

health-and-beauty-long-women-hairstyles-care-picture-3Having beautiful hair is something to be proud of, but inevitably, there are times when our hair gets damaged, causing unhealthy hair growth, losing its luster and softness, and making our locks difficult to style.

Healthy hair can only be attained when you constant take care of hair, below are some tips on how to repair damaged hair and some important information to keep hair healthy.

Hair Oils

Regularly apply hair oils will keep the strands strong and could even repair dry damaged hair. A good example of hair oils is is argon oil, this oil comes from fruit the argon tree. The nuts are collected and crushed, then pressed, just like they way olive oil is made. This fresh oil is great for conditioning the hair and only a tiny drop is needed to do the job.

Eat Healthy

Consuming nutrition food is the key to healthy hair growth. No matter how much you care of your hair, if you do not eat the right foods, your hair won’t grow as healthy. A well balanced diet is excellent in providing our hair with the nutrients, vitamins and minerals. But what hair need the most is protein, because this is what hair is made of, so make sure that you get your daily requirement of protein.

Hygiene

Washing your hair and scalp on a regular basis is good for hair growth and over all health of hair. Our skin has a special gland that produces an oil called sebum, which act as a natural skin and hair conditioner. If sebum is not washed regularly, this oil can accumulate on the scalp and hair, making your locks look really greasy. Also, greasy hair easily attracts dust and dirt in the air, which can gather on the scalp causing fungal or bacterial infection. So keep your hair and scalp clean.

Avoid Too Much Styling

It is best to keep the classic straight hair look, because this style is less damaging to hair. Pony tails, cornrows, dreadlocks and the like, can put a lot of stress to the hair due to the constant pulling or tension, which causes hair to break  and in worse, could even cause patch hair loss.

 

 

 

4 Styling Techniques That Can Damage Your Hair

hairStyling your hair is one way of expressing yourself. Fixing up your hair neatly and beautifully can boost your confidence, that’s why you will often wake up early in the morning just to style your hair.

Unfortunately some styling techniques can harm your hair especially when done frequently. Problems like dull and dry hair, making hair prone to breakage, affecting hair growth. In worst cases, hair loss can also occur. Below are some of the techniques that can damage your hair.

  1. Minimize the use of heat. Heat based products like: hair curlers, hair driers and especially hair straighteners can reach temperatures so high, they can literally vaporize the little moisture the hair holds.  This can make hair dull and very dry, making hair brittle.  Though the use of heat is the easiest way to style hair, constant use can damage hair, so it is advisable to use heat styling on specially occasions.
  2. Gentle grooming. Sometimes we find ourselves forcefully pulling our brush or comb thru our hair. This can put a lot of strain to the hair and can break the strands. In some cases, hair can be pulled out from the scalp which can cause patches of bald spots on the scalp. The best solution for this is use wide tooth combs or better: use special brush or combs that help reduce tangles.
  3. Do not brush or comb hair while it’s wet. Some of us commonly do this; again this can pull hair from the roots and can cause hair breakage. It is best to wrap hair and towel dry, then air dry before grooming.
  4. Some hair styles like braids, cornrows, and ponytails can put a lot of strain to hair especially when these hair styles are worn tightly. Again hair is prone to breakage and being pulled from roots. If possible try not to style hair in this fashion, or you can style hair loosely to prevent strain to hair.