IF you are experiencing thinning hair or hair loss, a wonderful home remedy that can help is apple cider vinegar.
It is normal to lose about 100 strands of hair every day, and usually even more when we shampoo. When this normal hair loss becomes a concern is when the hair’s natural growth cycle is for some reason disrupted so that it is shedding faster than it is growing.
When hormones called androgens are to blame, hair follicles become damaged over time and hinder their ability to produce strong, healthy strands. The hair that does grow is thinner and weaker, brittle even. Other hair follicles die.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is chock full of nutrients and it will balance the pH of your scalp. It has been shown to thicken hair and remove dead skin cells that can clog follicles and hurt your hair’s ability to grow. And if you ever have an itchy scalp or dandruff, this vinegar will help with that too.
In his book Apple Cider Vinegar Miracle Health System, author Paul Bragg explains how this wonder vinegar can help with hair loss. “The high acidity (organic malic acid) plus the powerful enzymes (the “mother’s” life chemicals) in ACV kill the bottle bacillus, a germ responsible for many scalp and hair conditions … (including) dandruff, itching scalp, thinning hair and often baldness.” According to Bragg, this bacteria can cause clogs that keep our natural oils from our hair. “The oil-starved hairs either fall out or break off, causing hair thinning and baldness.” Apple cider vinegar also stimulates what he calls our hair’s “oil cans” for healthier growth.
“Apple cider vinegar used as a hair rinse may stimulate hair growth”
– Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide
Using Apple Cider Vinegar For Hair Loss
Make a hair rinse by mixing apple cider vinegar and water in a one-to-one ratio. If you have an empty 16 oz plastic bottle, for instance, use it to store a mixture of one cup of ACV and one cup of water. Then your vinegar rinse will always be handy and ready to use when you are in the shower.
Apply the ACV rinse to your scalp after shampooing. Rub it in gently, giving your scalp a good massage while you are it. Leave it on for at least five minutes. Rinse with water. Alternately, you can leave it in your hair for extra conditioning.
The Right Apple Cider Vinegar For Hair Loss
Before you run out to the store to grab a bottle of the wonder vinegar not all apple cider vinegar is created equally. To reap its many benefits you have to get unfiltered, unpasteurized, organic apple cider vinegar with what is called the “mother.” The mother is a stringy substance formed during the last stage of fermentation, and is the part with the most healing properties. This vinegar is cloudy and should be shaken before you use it to get all the good bits that settle to the bottom. The most commonly available organic ACV is Bragg’s brand. It used to be you had to order it online or get it at a natural foods store. But I have found the economical gallon jugs of the apple cider vinegar in vitamin stores and quart size bottles at the regular supermarket.
Remember, nothing works on everyone. Because hair grows about half an inch a month, more or less, it will take two months or so to really see any results.
Apple Cider Vinegar Helps More than Just Hair
Another way to get the benefits of apple cider vinegar is to ingest it. Apple cider vinegar is wonderful for achieving overall health. Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, proclaimed apple cider vinegar’s many healing benefits more than 2,500 years ago. This vinegar can help weight loss, weak finger nails, arthritis, coughs, constipation, diarrhea, ear infection, sore eyes, fatigue, acid reflux, headaches and more, including hair loss.
Add one tablespoon of the vinegar to a glass a water, stir and drink, twice a day. Avoid taking the vinegar undiluted as it can harm tooth enamel and throat tissue. If desired, sweeten with stevia, brown rice syrup, or another sweetener of your choice.
You can also get your daily dose of apple cider vinegar by using it in salads and marinades, and in place of lemon juice in some recipes. Or spruce up plain potato chips with a sprinkle of ACV! How to Grow Hair says, it’s good – and good for you.
UPDATE: ACV is not expensive – as you can see above – but why waste it? Some people have had success with a more diluted mixture of 1/2 cup of ACV per quart of water (or 1/8 cup per 8 ounces). Start there and see what happens in a few weeks.
The other element that can definitely help if you want to try ACV for hair is taking it internally along with applying it topically to your scalp. Drink apple cider vinegar (the non-pasteurized, non-filtered kind only) mixed into a glass of water at least once a day. Others have reported success in regrowing hair when using ACV on the scalp and drinking it as well with a little addition: 2 tablespoons ACV, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda in 12 ounces of water or juice twice a day, then, after a month of drinking this mix, cutting back to four times a week. But these are just guidelines. The amounts vary from people who have had success using apple cider vinegar for to regrow hair. Some have seen new hair growth with 1 tablespoon of ACV and just a pinch of baking soda, while others don’t use baking soda at all. Others start with just 1 teaspoon in a glass of water three times a day.
Apple cider vinegar is good for the body inside and out. ACV benefits are many. But be aware that ACV treatments can also deplete iodine in your body, so you may want to supplement to keep your stores of this trace element up. Kelp is an excellent source of iodine; you can either get kelp supplements or add it to your diet. Arame and wakame are other seaweeds rich in iodine you can eat to ensure you keep your levels up. But if you take a multivitamin, check its ingredients first as it may already have all the iodine you need.
TIP: Again, I hate wasting stuff. A great way to apply your apple cider vinegar rinse is to store it in a spray bottle. You’ll have less waste spritzing your scalp and hair with the ACV treatment.
What’s working for you? Share your tips and success stories, and keep us posted on your progress.
Disclaimer: This article is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek the insights of a qualified health professional before embarking on any health program.
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When it comes to healthy hair, it’s not just what you put on your tresses that counts — it’s what you put in your body, too.
Better-looking hair can start at your next meal.
“Just like every other part of your body, the cells and processes that support strong, vibrant hair depend on a balanced diet,” says New York nutritionist Lisa Drayer, MA, RD, author of The Beauty Diet.
It can take longer to notice changes (both good or bad!) in your hair than in your skin. For example, “just one week with a poor diet can yield acne flare-ups or dry, sallow skin within days,” says New York City dermatologist Cybele Fishman, MD, “but with hair, it can take a few months for a nutritional deficiency or the effects of a crash diet to show up.”
The nutrients you eat today help fortify the hair follicle — from which each strand is born — and the scalp that surrounds it. “Healthier follicles? Healthier hair. Healthier scalp? Healthier hair!” Drayer says.
Of course, there’s more to your hair than what you eat. Smoking, hormonal imbalances, and not enough sleep can also affect how your hair looks and feels. No magic nutrient can make up for those concerns.
Still, you have a lot more leverage than you might think. If you eat a balanced, varied, protein-rich diet that focuses on the following 10 foods, you’ll be giving your hair the TLC it needs and deserves.
Besides being rich in protein and vitamin D (both are key to strong hair) the omega-3 fatty acids found in this tasty cold-water fish are the true superstar. Your body can’t make those fatty acids, which your body needs to grow hair. About 3% of the hair shaft is make up of these fatty acids, Drayer says. Omega-3s are also found in cell membranes in the skin of your scalp, and in the natural oils that keep your scalp and hair hydrated.
Other options: If salmon doesn’t thrill you, you can also get essential fatty acids from fish like herring, sardines, trout, and mackerel, as well as avocado, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts (see below for more wonderful things about walnuts.)
These are the only type of nut that have a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids. They’re also rich in biotin and vitamin E, which helps protect your cells from DNA damage. Since your hair rarely gets much shielding from the sun, this is especially great, Drayer says. Too little biotin can lead to hair loss. Walnuts also have copper, a mineral that helps keep your natural hair color rich and lustrous, Fishman says.
Other options: Try using walnut oil in your salad dressing or stir-fry instead of canola or safflower, Fishman says.
Oysters are rich in zinc, a lack of which can lead to hair loss (even in your eyelashes), as well as a dry, flaky scalp. Three ounces has a whopping 493% of your daily value. You can get some zinc through fortified cereals and whole grain breads, but oysters can boast a good level of protein too. “Remember, hair is about 97% protein,” Drayer says. Without enough protein, your body can’t replace the hairs that you naturally shed every day and what you do make can be dry, brittle, or weak.
Other options: Get your fill of zinc with nuts, beef, and eggs.
4. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are a great source of the antioxidant beta carotene, which your body turns into vitamin A. “Basically, every cell of the body cannot function without enough A,” Fishman says. It also helps protect and produce the oils that sustain your scalp, and being low on vitamin A can even leave you with itchy, irksome dandruff.
Other options: Carrots, cantaloupe, mangoes, pumpkin, and apricots are all good sources of beta carotene.
A great source of protein, eggs are loaded with four key minerals: zinc, selenium, sulfur, and iron. Iron is especially important, because it helps cells carry oxygen to the hair follicles, and too little iron (anemia) is a major cause of hair loss, particularly in women, Drayer says.
Other options: You can also boost your iron stores with animal sources, including chicken, fish, pork, and beef.
The iron, beta carotene, folate, and vitamin C in spinach help keep hair follicles healthy and scalp oils circulating.
Other options: Try similarly nutrient-rich dark, leafy vegetables such as broccoli, kale, and Swiss chard.
Tiny but mighty, these legumes are teeming with protein, iron, zinc, and biotin, says Fishman, making it a great staple for vegetarian, vegans, and meat eaters.
Other options: Toss other beans such as soybeans (the young ones are called edamame) and kidney beans into your soup or salad.
8. Greek yogurt
Cruise the dairy aisle for low-fat options such as Greek yogurt, which is high in hair-friendly protein, vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid — an ingredient you’ll often see on hair care product labels), and vitamin D. Emerging research links vitamin D and hair follicle health, but exactly how that works isn’t clear, Fishman says.
Other options: Cottage cheese, low-fat cheese, and skim milk also fit the bill.
Exotic super fruits may come and go but when it comes to vitamin C, “It’s hard to top this nutrient superhero,” Drayer says. C is critical for circulation to the scalp and supports the tiny blood vessels that feed the follicles. Too little C in your diet can lead to hair breakage.
This everyday entree is extraordinary when it comes to protein, as well as hair-healthy zinc, iron, and B vitamins to keep strands strong and plentiful. Because hair is nearly all protein, “foods rich in protein are literally giving you the building blocks for hair,” Drayer says.
By Elizabeth B. Krieger
Reviewed by Victoria Barbosa, MD
Found at http://www.webmd.com/beauty/hair-styling/top-10-foods-for-healthy-hair?page=3
Many of us have heard of – or even tried – the Brazilian blowout. But what exactly is this keratin-based hair-smoothing treatment anyway? And what’s all the hype about? To start, the Brazilian blowout was pioneered in – you guessed it – Brazil. It was developed as a hair-straightening treatment that doesn’t burn the skin or scalp.
I have naturally curly hair, and it takes a lot of time to keep this mane in check, so I was excited when I found out about the Brazilian blowout. Finally, I could relax my curls and give my hair a beautiful shine. All I needed to do was step out of the shower and let my hair dry on its own. Further, the Brazilian blowout did exactly what it claimed to do – and I would only have to have the treatment every three months.
But as we know, nothing is perfect. There is a price to pay when getting a Brazilian blowout because the blowout – along with other hair smoothing treatments – contains formaldehyde and chemicals that can cause both acute and long-term health effects.
Formaldehyde is a chemical that is used as a preservative, an embalming agent and a disinfectant. However, formaldehyde can also modify our hair proteins, called keratins, causing the hair to return to its original, smooth, healthy state. Some of the other chemicals that can cause health issues are methylene glycol, formalin, methylene oxide, paraform, formic aldehyde, methanol, oxomethane, oxymethylene and CAS Number 50-00-0. The chemical methylene glycol is formed when formaldehyde gas is added to water; when heated, this chemical turns back into formaldehyde gas and is then released into the air.
According to Jarrod Harms, an industry expert and owner of Detour Salon in San Diego California, these chemicals can be harmful at room temperature. “But when they are heated, the intensity is increased and can cause harm to both you and your stylist,” says Harms. Some of the acute side effects include nosebleeds, burning eyes and throat, skin irritations and asthma attacks. These chemicals can also lead to long-term health issues, including nasopharyngeal cancer and leukemia.
Formaldehyde, among these other chemicals, is not illegal, and obviously can be used in cosmetic products. Because of these reported health risks, the FDA has now stated that these blowouts are “misbranded because its label and labeling (including instructions for use) make misleading statements regarding the product’s ingredients and fail to reveal material facts with respect to consequences that may result from the use of the product.” In other words, these blowouts are not illegal. However, they lead us to believe that these products are safe and have no harmful side effects. The problem here is related to disclosure.
So should you get one or not? Well, think of this blog as a drug commercial. I know you’ve seen them: someone running on the beach, laughing and enjoying life, while the voice tells you how well the drug works. But then the voice quickly spouts off a laundry list of all the side effects. It’s the same thing with these products, except before the FDA stepped in, all you ever heard about were the benefits.
You can decide whether you want to take a risk by getting a Brazilian blowout. It’s like anything in life: You weigh the risk against the reward. Now, when it comes to the Brazilian blowout, you can base your decision on the facts.
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Wow! This has been the craziest year ever! We signed the lease on our space for the salon in October and the journey to this point has been incredible. Building a salon is hardwork, but now that we can see it in real life it is so freakin cool. We have been super blessed to have a lot of great people that have helped us along the way!
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