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Hair Growth:  Hair Growth Tips, Diet Hacks, and Myth Busting

Growing luscious, healthy hair is a desire shared by many. But navigating the sea of information (and misinformation!) can be overwhelming. Worry not, hair warriors! This is your one-stop shop for unlocking your hair growth potential.

Growing Strong From Within: The Diet Connection
Nourishing your body nourishes your hair. Focus on a balanced diet rich in these hair-happy nutrients:

  • Protein: The building blocks of hair, found in fish, lean meats, eggs, and legumes.
  • Iron: Carries oxygen to hair follicles, promoting growth. Sources include spinach, lentils, and fortified cereals.
  • Biotin: Converts food into energy for hair growth. Get it from nuts, avocados, and bananas.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids: Promote scalp health and shine. Salmon, tuna, and chia seeds are your friends.
  • Vitamin D: Supports a healthy hair cycle. Soak up the sun or grab some fortified milk.

Hydration is key!
Aim for 8 glasses of water daily to keep your scalp and hair moisturized.
Busting Hair Growth Myths:

  • Myth: Frequent haircuts make hair grow faster. Fact: Haircuts remove split ends, not stimulate growth.
  • Myth: Brushing 100 times a day is healthy. Fact: Excessive brushing can damage hair. Be gentle and use a wide-tooth comb.
  • Myth: Hot oil treatments promote growth. Fact: They can temporarily add shine, but overuse can clog pores and hinder growth.

Herbs & Nature's Bounty:
While research on their efficacy is ongoing, some herbs claim to support hair growth, including:

  • Rosemary: Improves circulation and stimulates follicles. Use infused oil as a scalp massage.
  • Amla (Indian gooseberry): Rich in Vitamin C, promotes hair health. Consume as juice or powder.
  • Nettle: Contains silica, thought to strengthen hair. Drink nettle tea or use a hair rinse.

Remember: Individual results may vary, and consulting a dermatologist is best for personalized advice.

Beyond the Basics: Hair Care Tips for Growth:
Gentle cleansing: Use a sulfate-free shampoo and avoid harsh scrubbing.
Conditioning is crucial: Nourish your strands with a conditioner suited to your hair type.
Scalp massages: Improve blood flow with gentle fingertip massages.
Heat styling moderation: Heat can damage hair. Opt for air-drying or low heat settings when styling.

Embrace silk or satin pillowcases: Reduce friction and breakage while you sleep.
Remember, healthy hair growth takes time and consistent effort. So be patient, practice these tips, and enjoy your journey to stronger, longer locks! 

Why am I losing my hair?

Alopecia refers to the medical term for hair loss or baldness. It is a condition characterized by the partial or complete loss of hair on the scalp or other areas of the body where hair typically grows. Alopecia can affect people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds and can be caused by various factors. There are different types of alopecia, each with its own underlying causes and patterns of hair loss.

balding.pngTelogen Effluvium: This often occurs during/after pregnancy, major surgery, puberty, menopause, or extreme weight loss. Hair might come out in clumps as you are shampooing, styling, or combing your hair. It can also be a side effect of certain medications, including antidepressants, beta-blockers, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Hereditary Hair Loss: Some of us inherited genes that make us lose hair, called androgenetic alopecia. You're more likely to experience hair loss if both parents also had hair loss.

• Excessive Styling: Too much shampooing, washing, heating, styling, and dyeing can hurt your hair and result in hair loss.

• Skin Conditions of the Scalp: An unhealthy scalp can lead to hair loss, along with dandruff, psoriasis, and fungal infections.

Hypothyroidism: An overactive thyroid might result in hair loss, along with a host of other symptoms.

Iron Deficiency Anemia: Women who have heavy menstrual cycles or those who don't eat enough iron-rich foods might be prone to an iron deficiency. This can result in hair loss, along with other symptoms.

Lupus: Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease which affects about 1.5 million people. Hair loss is one of the potential symptoms.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS): PCOS is a menstrual problem caused by a hormonal imbalance. One of the symptoms is hair loss on the head while growing hair in other areas of the body (like the face). 

Alopecia Areata: This is an autoimmune disorder that affects about 4.7 million people in the United States. It often causes bald spots to form.

What can I do to prevent hair loss?

Preventing hair loss can be tricky, but here are some helpful pointers to get you going in the right direction.

Be Patient: Especially in cases of extremes (stress, pregnancy, surgery) the best thing to do is to wait it out.

Talk to your Doctor: If you are concerned that your hair loss might be related to one of your medications, talk with your doctor to see about switching medications or lowering the dosage. Additionally, some medications might help with hair regrowth.

Eat More Iron: Eating iron can help increase the number of red blood cells (which transport oxygen around the body). Eating foods like beef, pork, fish, leafy greens, and beans can increase the amount of iron in your body. Taking a vitamin C supplement as well can help the body with iron absorption. 

Avoid Excessive Heat or Styling: Put down that blow dryer! As we mentioned earlier, excessive heat on your hair can cause hair damage which results in hair loss. Additionally, dyeing your hair can cause damage to your hair. 


Using herbs as a natural hair rinse.
Choosing the right herb is the first step in making a hair rinse.

Normal Hair Dry Hair / Scalp Oily Hair / Scalp Hair Loss
Horsetail Chamomile Burdock Root  Nettle Root
Nettles Leaf Thyme (Red or White) Witch Hazel Bark  Rubbed Sage Leaf
Sage leaf Peppermint leaf Yarrow Flower  Horsetail
Lavender   Lemon Balm  Rosemary

Once the proper herb has been chosen for the hair issue, an infusion is made.   Use up to 5 teaspoons of the herb to 1 cup of water.  Place the herb into a heat resistant bowl and pour the hot water over the herb and cover.  Steep the herb up to 5 minutes.   Once the brewed tea has cooled, slightly so you won't get burned, usually cooled to room temperature, strain the brew.   Once the hair has been washed, pour the strained herbal rinse over the hair and scalp.    The herbal hair treatment does not need to be rinse out with water, but if you prefer you may. The herbal hair rinse may be used up to three times a week.  

Disclaimer: This blog is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always consult a healthcare professional before making changes to your diet or using herbal remedies.



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