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How Is Your Sleep Affecting Your Hair Growth?

How Is Your Sleep Affecting Your Hair Growth?

Is bad sleeping habits affecting your hair growth?

Hair loss and sleep deprivation have become an epidemic in the few recent years appearing to be an annoying problem as well as a cause of concern. However, the question is, how is your sleep affecting your hair growth, and if there is a correlation between the two? Rest plays a pivotal role in regenerating and repairing your body and hair. Altering sleep patterns have been shown to affect the body’s immune functionality, hormone secretion, as well as physical and mental stamina. Hair and hair growth are sensitive to changes in the body. During sleep, body tissues and muscles are repaired and restored; sporadic sleep patterns can speed up or slow down hair growth. The body’s immune system becomes vulnerable, due to lack of nutrients your bodies immune system becomes weak. As a result, the roots of the hair becomes weak, and hair falls out quickly. If you’re having a hard time sleeping and experiencing hair loss, here’s how your sleep is affecting your hair growth.

How Lack Of Sleep Affects Your Body

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, sleep plays an essential role in the proper health and wellness in your body. During sleep cycles, your body works on supporting brain function as well as maintaining and upkeeping your physical health. Sleep is essential for healthy brain function and emotional well being, daily performance, as well as safety. Generally, the research from the National Heart and Blood Institute suggests that the lack of sleep will lead to a variety of issues within the body and can trigger inherited issues that may otherwise wait longer to appear. The negative impact of lack of sleep on the body is very likely to impact the process of hair growth and suggest the link directly to hair recession and hair thinning.

Why Sleep Is Important

Boosts Your Immunity

Prolonged lack of sleep disrupts your immune system, making you less able to fight off germs, common colds, and bugs.

Encourages Weight Loss

Sleeping less means weight gain. Studies show that people sleeping less than seven hours a day gain more weight and has a higher risk of becoming obese versus those who sleep seven hours or longer.

Boosts Mental Wellbeing

Chronic sleep deprivation is known to lead to long-term mood disorders like depression and anxiety.

Prevents Diabetes

Studies suggest people who sleep less than five hours a night. They have an increased risk of developing diabetes. Missing out on deep sleep leads to type 2 diabetes by changing the way your body processes glucose, which your body uses for energy.

How Much Sleep Do You Need?

To function properly and to function appropriately most people need around eight hours. However, it varies from person to person; some need more and some less. What matters most is finding out how much sleep you need and trying to achieve it. A general rule of thumb, if you wake up tired and spend the day longing to nap, you most likely aren’t getting enough sleep.

How Lack Of Sleep Affects Your Hair Growth

  • Lack of sleep results in higher levels of stress which links to hair problems. Your body undergoes numerous cycles during sleep, which promotes stem cell activity that generates epithelial cells for hair growth.
  • Research from the published in the American Journal of Pathology discusses the relationship between stress and the process of hair growth.
  • Prolonged stress response has a negative impact on the skin to function appropriately which directly impacts the hair follicles.
  • An article from the National Institutes Of Health suggests that sleep plays a role in hair growth. The activity of adult stem cells relies on the internal circadian clock to orchestrate the proliferation of the hair growth cycle.
  • The disruptions of the cycle of an organism had a significant impact on the biological function taking place in the hair follicle where hair growth happens.
  • Being that lack of sleep is a significant source of stress, it also triggers the beginning of genetically influenced alopecia such as male and female pattern baldness.

Healthy Sleeping Habits

Healthy sleeping habits make a big difference in your over quality health and life. Try keeping the following practices on consistent bases:

Keep a sleep schedule

This includes bedtime and wakes up times, weekends included. Doing so helps regulate your body’s clock and enables you to fall asleep and stay asleep each night.

Establish a Soothing Pre-Sleep Routine

This helps ease the transition from wake time to sleep time. Be sure to include relaxing activities for an hour or so before bed. Try avoiding stressful, stimulating activities.
  • Take a bath
  • Read a book
  • Practice relaxing exercises

Go To Sleep When You’re Tired

Having to struggle to fall asleep leads to frustration. Give yourself twenty minutes, if not, get out of the bed, and do something relaxing until you are tired enough to go to sleep.
  • Set up a bedtime that is early enough for you to get at least 7 hours of sleep.
  • Create a relaxing routine.
  • Do 5 minutes of breathing exercises.
  • Try chamomile tea.
  • Limit bright light exposure in the evening
  • Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy dieting

Lighten the Evening Meals

Finish dinner hours before bedtime and avoid foods that cause indigestion. Snack on foods that won’t disturb your sleep.

Create the Right Ambiance

Create a room with the ambiance of sleep.
  • Take an Epsom salt bath.
  • Make your room pitch black or dark.

Limit your baps

Long daytime naps interferes with nighttime sleep. If you’d like to sleep allows up to 30 minutes, while avoiding to do so late in the day.

Take a Melatonin Supplement

Melatonin is a hormone that signals your brain when it’s time to rest.

Sleep is Essential for Many Reasons

The importance of sleep cannot be understated, with the evidence suggesting that lack of sleep may play a role in thinning hair. More research is required to understand the part of how rest plays hair growth fully; studies suggest numerous consequences of lack of sleep leads to hair not growing correctly. Adjusting sleeping habits may increase the growth of your hair. Is your hair thinning due to lack of sleep? Try some methods listed above and let us know if they are helping! Dealt with hair loss due to lack of rest? How did you overcome it? May your best hair days be ahead of you!
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Understanding The Science of The Hair Growth Cycle

Understanding The Science of The Hair Growth Cycle

Figuring Out the Mechanism of Hair

If you are anything like me, once you become natural you may expect the rate of your hair growth to increase drastically. I was impatient and annoyed with why my hair still took a long time to grow while others who just went natural had beautiful long hair. What I didn’t realize is that your rate of hair growth happens due to more than just becoming natural. There are so many other factors that affect the growth process. In this article, if you are someone that struggles with understanding your hair growth, you'll get the information behind the science of your hair growth.

How Does Hair Grow?

Hair grows out of tiny pockets in our skin called follicles. Each follicle lives in a cycle of an extended period of growth, followed by a relatively short period of rest. During the resting period the hair is still attached but isn’t growing, we will learn more about that later. After the quiet phase, the hair sheds, and new hair begins to rise to continue the growth cycle.

3 Phases of the Hair Growth Cycle

Anagen (Growing) Stage

The anagen stage is the growth period of a hair follicle. Your hair grows about half an inch a month and sprouts even faster in the summer months than in the winter. The anagen stage lasts about 3 to 5 years.

Catagen (intermediate) Stage

The catagen stage is what is called the intermediate period of hair growth. This phase is a short transition that lasts about ten days. This process is when your hair follicles prepare themselves for the resting phase. During this phase, the deeper portions of your hair follicles start to collapse.

Telogen (resting) Stage

The telogen stage is the resting or shedding period of the hair cycle. This cycle lasts about 3 to 4 months. Once the hair is released, the follicle then stays inactive during the rest of the period and the entire process is repeated. Each hair follicle is independent and goes through the growth cycle at different rates. Otherwise, all of your hair would fall out at the same time.

Explanation of the Hair Growth Process

Your hair begins to grow from a root in the bottom of your follicle. The root is made up of cells of protein. Blood from the blood vessels inside your scalp then feeds into the root which creates more cells and causes your hair to grow. The hair then gets pushed up through the skin as it grows, passing an oil gland along the way. The oil gland helps to keep your hair soft, and it is a natural moisturizer. The hair dies by the time it is long enough to poke through your skin. Just in case you were unaware, all of our hair that we physically see is dead hair. If you are wondering, the hair on the rest of your body goes through this same process, but the entire cycle lasts about a month or so. That’s why body hair does not grow very long the hair on your head does.

Factors that Affect How your Hair Grows

Now we all know that even with the information given, every person's hair growth journey is different. And why is that? Several factors may be altering how your hair grows. Here are a few things that may be changing your hair growth.

Genetics

Genetic factors are responsible for the density, length, color, and texture of your hair. That alone is enough information to tell you that everyone's hair grows differently based on factors you cannot control.

Climate

As I stated before, hair grows faster in warmer weather. Cold air can make your hair fragile, dry and more brittle which can your growth period.

Age

In general, the incidence of hair loss in both women and men corresponds to chronological age. The older you get, the higher your chances of experiencing hair loss become.

Rest and sleep

Having an adequate amount of rest is essential to your body and hair. Lack of sleep can negatively affect several bodily processes including the growth of hair.

Diet

The rate of hair growth also depends on the health of your scalp and follicles. Proper nutrition makes the best possible condition for building thick, healthy hair.

Hormones

Certain hormones can affect the growth of hair. Among these are thyroid hormone, estrogen, and testosterone. Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can lead to loss of hair. The female hormone estrogen increases the number of follicles in the hair growth cycle as seen in pregnancy. After childbirth, the level of this hormone drops and the hair starts to shed. The male hormone testosterone, on the other hand, combines with 5AR or 5 alpha reductase to form DHT. DHT is the primary cause of balding in men and women.

Hair and scalp condition

Take the best possible care of your hair and scalp is essential to hair growth. Making sure your hair is moisturized and washed regularly can help your hair grow at a faster rate.

Hair products

Different hair products work better on some than others. I encourage you to experiment and find the products that work best for your hair.

Health issues

Many medical conditions such as thyroid problems, lupus, scalp infections, alopecia areata, etc. can adversely affect the status of your hair in general.

Stress

Stress is one of the more common reasons behind sudden hair loss or a stunt in hair growth. When you are under pressure, this puts more follicles in the resting phase of the hair cycle.

Fun Facts about Hair

Here is some extra information about how our hair works that you may not have known.
  • You are born with about 5 million follicles on your scalp which is more than you will ever have.
  • You have about 100,000 follicles on your scalp.
  • Hair grows very fast and grows faster for males than it does for females. The single part of your body that increases quicker than your hair is bone marrow.
  • We lose about 50 to 100 hairs a day. This process happens because the follicles do not all grow at the same time.
  • Some follicles completely stop growing hair the older you become. This process is different for everyone based on genetics.

Hair Growth is Simple!

Although everyone’s hair grows at different rates based on various factors, the process of hair growth is easy to master. It is all up to you. Taking the best care of your hair is essential. As long as you do that, you will see your hair grow no matter how long it takes. In some cases, the way your hair grows isn’t up to you, and it is up to your body. Just remember to be patient during the process!
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Edges Falling Away? Companies Helping Us Get Our Edges Back

Edges Falling Away? Companies Helping Us Get Our Edges Back

It's Time for your Edges to Flourish

Hey PLE babes! I am tired of us struggling with our sparse edges and thinning spots on our scalp. I’m ready to help your eyebrows flourish, especially since you have been so upset that they aren’t looking their best. With all the companies that are offering hair growth oils today, there’s no reason for you nor me to be dealing with hair loss. I’m your girl and you know I’m always swooping in with my cape on to help your follicles flourish. Today, I’m sharing some of the most prominent companies who are selling hair growth oils. I’m sharing company background, ingredients, and reviews to help you decide which product you should choose. So, you know what time it is! I’m switching it up for the upcoming last quarter of the year. It’s time for you to catch up on the new season of “Insecure” and get your edges on point just like Issa Rae’s.

Hair Growth Oils You Should Check Out

Girl, it’s about to be a new year and ain’t nobody got time for alopecia. Whether you ’re losing hair due to stress, illness, medication, tension on your hair, or chemical damage can we get together and proclaim “no more”? Below are my favorite oils and they are mostly all natural, which is a huge plus in my book. Comment below and let your girl know if you have tried any of the brands listed below and what results you experienced.

Product #1 Edge Entity Follicle Stimulant

Edge Entity is a leader in the hair oil industry! I have to admit I may be a lil biased because of my love for the company’s founder, Aqila Augusta, business acumen and determination. Check out their grand opening of the Edge Entity’s first storefront. This growth oil is known as “the genie in the bottle” to get your edges (and other areas where you are suffering from alopecia) flourishing. The oil is a mixture of natural oils, peppermint, and coconut milk. I am thrilled that the oil has peppermint in it because it is known to soothe the scalp while stimulating hair growth. There are some areas of your scalp that can be difficult to get hair growing in. Whether it’s your beard or areas of your scalp, Edge Entity has proven itself to be a trusted product to use.

How to Apply

  • Apply the oil 1-2 times per day by putting a small amount of oil on your fingertip
  • Apply to the thinning area of the scalp

Review #1

Just Zo’

Here’s her review of the product:
  • Her 2oz.container lasted about a month and half
  • She applies the product to her edges
  • She stresses you must remain consistent with the application
  • The creamy texture is smooth to apply
  • She stresses to clean your scalp regularly by using a wet wipe or washcloth before applying
  • She applies the product in the morning and before she goes to bed at night

Review #2

Janae Shai

Here’s her review of the product:
  • She uses the cream and the hair growth capsules
  • She takes two capsules once per day
  • The rubs the cream into the thinner areas of her scalp twice per day
  • She is happy with the amount of growth she sees in just three weeks
  • She also states it can be used on beards as well
  • In a few minutes, she begins to feel a tingly feeling

Product #2 Miracle Drops

I have to tell you that the first time I heard about Miracle Drops is from my #bestfran Kendall Kyndall! He supports the brand and gives the product a lot of visibility. Trust me; if your edges are hiding, he’s going to recommend @darealbbjudy and her edge growth oil. Jessica is known to run up to a celebrity to help them save their edges! The oil is for revitalizing your hair follicles and strengthening weak hair. Let's get into the product and how you can benefit from its use:
  • 100% natural growth oil
  • Great as a treatment for hair loss
  • Suitable for all hair types Hair regrowth for women and men with alopecia
  • Contains Ylang Ylang, Peppermint Oil, Tea Tree, and vitamins
To experience noticeable results:
  • Remain consistent in the application of the product
  • Dab the product onto affected areas
  • Apply to thin regions about three to five times per week
  • Apply to an itchy scalp to relieve the itchiness

Customer Testimonials

Testimonial #1

I purchased miracle drops from my local hair store in Alexandria, La. After giving birth to my son, my edges started to fall out. I HAD to get them back. I am a follower of Judy on Facebook, and I’ve seen a lot of promo for this product so, I gave them a try. No lie, after a week of using the drops I saw results. 🙌🏾 Best product ever. I am a forever customer. I highly recommend this product! My edges are back, and my baby hairs are flourishing.

Testimonial #2

I work at a beauty supply store, and we sell these drops. We would always sell out of them so fast. I decided to give them a try. I wear box braids a lot, and my edges were starting to get thin. For one full week, and my edges are filling in. I’m excited to see one-month results.

Review #1

Diamond Nicole

Here’s her review of the product:
  • She uses the product because her braids began causing some hair loss
  • She recommends you follow the directions precisely
  • Take before and after pictures to track your hair growth progress
  • She starts using the product five times per week on your troubled areas
  • She suggests you dab the product on and do not squeeze
  • In three to four weeks, she tells you to expect results

Product #3 Infinite Hair Growth

Infinite Hair Growth is a growing company that provides healthy all-natural hair products for men and women. Not only do their products promote hair growth but also makes your hair look shiny and healthy. Infinite Growth Oil, their main product, is an oil for beards, mustaches, edges, and eyebrows. This growth in oil adds moisture and promotes growth. It was shared that in sixty days one client's hair grew four inches in sixty days! The oil comes in a roll-on bottle, 1 oz. Bottle, and a 4 oz. Bottle. Here are FAQs about the products the company offers:
  • You should use the growth oil on every 3-5 days
  • You can use the products on natural or processed hair
  • The product is perfect for children age 5 and up
  • Your growth oil will last for about two months
  • The oil can be used on your eyebrows, edges, and beard
The products can be found in Lee Beauty Supply in Michigan as well an Angie’s Beauty Supply in Georgia. They are also available through an online store. Overall, I would like to see more reviews and videos to show the benefit of using the products.

Product #4 Hairfinity Infinite Edges Serum

Hairinfinity is the lead promoter of products, to help people grow healthier hair and helped ignite a trend. The Infinite Edges Serum is the perfect product to add to your regimen to help your hair grow if you are dealing with thinning and breakage. The product is made up of nourishing vitamins to revitalize and protect your hair. Some of the other benefits are as follows:
  • The serum contains 83% natural ingredients
  • This product is sulfate, paraben, mineral oil, and petroleum free
  • Improves smoothness of hair cuticle
  • Protects the hair with vitamins and active botanicals
  • Safe for all hair types and color-treated hair
Apply the serum to areas, such as your hairline, daily.

Customer Testimonials

Testimonial #1

"It takes about three weeks to see results but I had a small spot. I also feel like I have to press the button a million times."

Testimonial #2

"I noticed a difference in my Edges within the first month!! I always thought my hair was just fine and thin but after using this product I realize my Edges were just thin. This product has made a world of a difference."

Testimonial #3

"Waited to write my review until I finished the bottle/pen! Not sure how well this stuff is working but I’m going to buy one more pen to test it out! If you have larger areas of hair loss, this thing is only going to last you about two weeks."

Product #5 100% Argan Oil by Koils of Nature

Koils by Nature is a force to be reckoned with in the industry. Founder, Pamela Booker, is the visionary who takes pride in blending beauty with the purest of nature. Her company’s products deliver on the vision. The Argan oil comes from the green nuts of trees found in Morocco, Algeria, and Israel. Because the trees are scarce, the oil is one of the rarest vegetable oils. In other words, you know you are getting a great product. The benefits of the oil are:
  • Tames frizz
  • Stimulate hair growth
  • Helps prevent split ends
The best way to use this product is to apply two to three drops to the affected area using your fingertips to massage it in. At this time, there are no reviews of this product readily available. Products are available in select Target locations as well as other retail stores.

Your Hair Deserves Some TLC All Year

I laugh every time I watch @yesimprettyvee and her video promoting Infinite Growth Oil! She takes the joy of hair growth to a whole different level. The truth is this is precisely how we feel when we see our hair growing. Some of you are stuck with the same areas of your scalp, beard, or brows that seem never to improve, but you don’t have to keep dealing with it. Treat yourself and invest in one of the products above. I guarantee you, with consistency, you will see a difference in your those thinning and bald patches. Share your before and after photos with us by tagging us in your post on Instagram. Also, go ahead and follow us on Instagram at @privatelabelextensions. We love bringing you content to help you live your best life. Tell us what you want to know more about in the comment section below.
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Top Almond-Infused Hair Products That Will Help Your Hair Grow

Top Almond-Infused Hair Products That Will Help Your Hair Grow

Almonds Are A Girl's Best Friend

Many of us know that almonds are great for addressing a variety of concerns. Do you want to lower your cholesterol? Eat a handful of almonds! Do you need to increase your protein intake? Add some almonds to your salad! But did you know that almonds can also help you reach your hair goals? Almonds brag a long list of benefits for your hair. They are high in nutrients such as magnesium which promote hair growth. Almond oil serves as a moisturizer to your scalp which prevents dandruff and flakiness and also helps to protect your hair against heat damage. With all these great hair benefits, you need to add an almond-infused product into your hair care regimen.

Top Almond-Infused Shampoos

A bottle of shampoo is the foundation of your haircare routine. To have beautiful, healthy hair, you need clean hair. A good shampoo will clean your scalp, rid your strands of dirt, and prep your hair for conditioning. But why use a good shampoo, when you can use a great shampoo? An almond-infused shampoo also nourishes your scalp, keeping it from drying out. The almond ingredient helps to keep your hair soft and moisturized so that the shampoo doesn't dry it out. If your goal is to gain some inches, then you need to grab one of these shampoos.

Design Essentials Natural Almond and Avocado Moisturizing and Detangling Sulfate-Free Shampoo

Everything you need to know about this shampoo is listed right there its name. This product does more than cleanse. It's also infused with nutrients that detangle, soften and hydrate your hair. The best part is that this shampoo is cream based and will not dry out your hair, so if you struggle with dryness. This shampoo will be your best pick.

Aveda Cherry Almond Softening Shampoo

Aveda has mastered plant-based beauty products, and this shampoo deserves a spot in your shower. This softening shampoo offers more than almond oil. With cherry blossom, coconut oil, and over 30 natural scents, this shampoo has your hairs best interest in its bottle. For best results, pair it with the Cherry Softening Conditioner.

Top Almond-Infused Conditioners

Conditioners are one of my favorite steps of my hair care regimen. There is something special about running my fingers through freshly detangled curls that warms my soul. If shampooing is the foundation of your routine, then conditioning is the jewel in your crown. It's imperative to have a fantastic conditioner in your lineup to grow healthy hair. Condition not only softens your hair but it also helps detangle an infuse nutrients into your hair that allows it to maintain strength necessary for growth. Interested in adding the benefits of almonds to your conditioner? You don't have to look much further than your local haircare aisle.

Suave Professionals Almond and Shea Butter Conditioner

Who says that you have to pay a ton of money for a great conditioner? Sure, you can spend anywhere upwards of $40 for a nourishing conditioner. But don't sleep on the conditioners sold at your local corner store. Many great brands make affordable options, even drugstore products, to address a variety of hair needs for less than $20! While you're at it, don't forget to look for almond-infused products. A consistent conditioning routine will promote hair growth, and a conditioner with an essential ingredient like almond oil will put you on the fast track to growing inches.

ApotheCARE The Replenisher Conditioner

If you're looking for luxury in a bottle, then look no further. The Replenisher conditioner is full of amazing ingredients that will keep your inches growing. Its main components are Vanilla, Argan Oil, and Sweet Almond Oil. This conditioner is for those of us with dry hair that needs an extra boost of moisture to help meet our length goals. Be sure not to let all this almond-goodness go down the drain. Make sure that you allow this product to saturate damp hair for at least three minutes before rinsing out.

Top Almond-Infused Leave-In Conditioners

Leave-in conditioners are like gravy. They don't get enough credit for what they add to the main course. If your goal is to grow and retain a few extra inches this year, then you need to invest in a great leave-in conditioner. Leave-in conditioners are unlike regular hair conditioner because you do not rinse it out of your hair. Leave-in conditioners have many of the same elements of a regular conditioner except it coats your strands with goodness that fight things like heat damage, breakage, and dryness. If you're in the market to amp up your conditioning game, consider trying one of these almond-infused products.

Carol's Daughter Almond Milk Daily Damage Repair Leave-In Conditioner

This product says that it is for severely damaged hair, but just about anyone can benefit from regular use of this leave-in. This leave in has more than five essential oils in its ingredients with almond taking center stage. The amazing function of this leave in is that it immediately starts reversing existing damage as well as protecting your hair from future damage. Any product that can work overtime deserves space in your cabinet.

Bumble and Bumble Hair Dressers Invisible Oil Primers

If you're a sun worshipper, then this leave-in conditioner is for you! Bumble and Bumble promise heat and UV protection from outdoor elements. Also, it's a lightweight oil-based primer that gives you unrelenting luxury with none of the weight on your hair. If that isn't enough, there are two great ways to use this leave-in. Use it on damp or dry hair to protect and refresh. One of its key ingredients is Sweet Almond Oil which will leave your hair soft and manageable.

Top Almond-Infused Heat Protectants

Let's face it. Avoiding the heat is hard. Even if you typically wear your natural hair texture or protective styles, you're guilty of implementing heat into your styling regimen from time to time. I'm not the heat police. I love wearing heat styles, but I also know how important it is to protect my hair from the harmful effects of excessive use. Direct heat breaks down the protein bonds of your hair which makes your hair susceptible to permanent damage. That's why It's important to use a heat protectant every time you apply heat to your natural hair or your human hair weave. Almond in hair products helps to restore and fortify your hair against heat. Grab one of these heat protectants to slay your straight styles without compromising your length.

Kiehl's Heat-Protective Silk-Straightening Cream

If you use heat to get your hair silky straight, then you need to get a bottle of this protectant. Kiehl's is known for its terrific ingredients, and this product is no different. It's for frizzy and unruly hair that needs extra protection from the rigorous process of straightening. A little goes a long way with this thick formula, but you don't have to worry about it weighing your hair down. Instead, you'll be left with a brilliant shine thanks to ingredients such as almond and silk proteins.

Moroccan Oil Treatment

When I first started using this treatment before straightening my hair, I was sure that there was some type of magic potion in this tiny bottle. Don't let its small stature fool you. This treatment has vital elements such as almond and vitamin e oils. A small drop goes a long way, and it is also refreshing for your hair in the days after styling. Add this treatment to your heat styling regimen to prep your hair for growth.

Top Almond-Infused Styling Products

Styling products have come a long way since the Pink oil and Blue Magic my mother once used in my hair. There is something in the market for every texture and style. Just because you're attempting to grow your hair out doesn't mean that you should neglect to rock a cute hairstyle. Make sure that you're using the best products that maintain your hairstyle but also promote hair growth.

Hollywood Beauty Almond Oil

This product proves that not all oils are created equal. The Hollywood Beauty Almond Oil is a YouTube favorite and often sold out on shelves when I go to make a purchase. It's rated five stars because of how glorious your hair will look and feel once you've used it. Use this oil to moisturize, style, or refresh your hair. At less than $5, you won't regret this purchase.

Design Essentials Natural Almond and Avocado Curling Crème

If you love wearing your wash and go, but you need something a little heavier than oil, give this curling crème a try. Design Essentials is known for providing stellar styling results, and this curling cream is among influencer favorites for just that reason. It is lightweight and smells fantastic. Plus, it's packed with ingredients like natural almond and avocado to propel you toward your length goals. The best part is that this product quickly dries, so you're not left with wet hair during the day. Use it for a wash-and-go, or to style your braid or twist outs.

Grow it Out

Whether you've just set a growth goal or you've been on your growth journey for a while, choosing the wrong hair products can cause frustrating setbacks. It's best to consider your long-term hair goals then select products that motivate you to remain faithful to your goals. Almond-infused hair products not only smell great but they make your hair look great immediately after the first use, which drives you to continue using it. The most important thing to remember is to be patient and allow your hair the time that it needs to grow and flourish. Leave a comment and share your favorite almond-infused hair product and how it has helped you reach your hair goals. Don't forget to follow Private Label Extensions on Facebook for the latest hair industry news and tips.
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Hair Growth Pills: What You Need To Know!

Hair Growth Pills: What You Need To Know!

Do Hair Growth Pills Work?

When I was younger, I had long luscious hair. My sister, my mother, and I had long hair that was full, and healthy. I never had trouble growing my hair, but when I started relaxing my hair, it became damaged. Nobody in my family knew the proper maintenance for relaxed hair, so my hair became dry, brittle, and dull. When I turned 10, my hair started to break off, and as a result, it became shorter. Since then, I’ve tried all kinds of tricks, and tips to get my hair back to its’ original length. For a while, the best option for me was wearing protective styles. Protective styles gave me the ability to protect my hair from damage, and let it grow. I thought protective styles were the only way until my friend introduced me to hair pills! Hair pills have become increasingly popular over the years. More and more people are embracing hair pills and spreading the word. I’m sure you’ve heard that their great, but what are they? What do they do, and how can they help your hair truly grow? Read more to find out what we know about hair pills for growth!

What Are Hair Growth Pills?

Hair pills are supplements created to assist someone with hair growth. The main ingredient in hair growth pills is biotin. Biotin is a part of the vitamin B family, but it also goes by the name of vitamin H. Biotin helps your body convert different nutrients into energy, which is an essential part of your hair, skin, and nail health. Biotin is found in many kinds of foods, and typically, the biotin in our diet is enough. Some of the foods rich in biotin are organ meats, such as liver, egg yolk, bananas, cauliflower, and mushrooms. Also, the more raw foods you eat, the more biotin you’ll receive. So, if we’re getting enough biotin, why take more? Well, people are convinced that biotin increases hair growth. Overall, there haven’t been any studies showcasing evidence for significant hair growth after using hair supplements with biotin as the main ingredient. However, some studies show that women with thinning hair may benefit from using biotin. However, despite this evidence, there’s still not enough to suggest that taking biotin increases hair growth. Hair growth pills have benefits and side effects. Let’s get into the different reasons to use, or not use hair growth pills!

Consult A Physician

Before we get into biotin and hair pills, you’ll need to ensure that you consult a physician. A physician will be able to let you know whether taking biotin is right for you. Some people have adverse reactions to biotin, and a physician will be able to understand that! Don’t be afraid to ask tons of necessary questions!

Advantages Of Hair Pills

Most hair pills have about 2500 to 5000 mg of biotin in them. This much biotin is what makes the hair pills so potent. Biotin is vital for energy production. Biotin assists with the synthesis of fatty acids, and the breakdown of amino acids. Biotin supports the metabolism in many ways. Also, when taking hair pills, you should see a difference in your nails. Not only does it help your hair, but biotin helps your nails grow! In some studies, they found that about 2.5 mg of biotin per day for about six months to a year reduced nail splitting, and improved nail thickness. My friend that takes biotin has healthy nails that don’t break or split for any reason. Biotin is also great for those that are breastfeeding or pregnant. Taking hair pills while pregnant is a great way to reduce biotin deficiencies which cause birth defects. The biotin found in hair pills is also known to assist with skin health. If you suffer from red, scaly skin, then biotin may be the supplement for you. Of course, all of these benefits aren’t supported by much evidence. Make sure that you talk to a physician before taking any new supplements.

Disadvantages of Hair Pills

Biotin has plenty of benefits, but anything with benefits has its’ disadvantages as well. Our bodies don’t require much biotin. We only require a small amount of biotin to avoid a deficiency. The amount of biotin in hair pills is extremely high. Even a small dosage of biotin changes a lot in the body. For example, doing a lab test while taking biotin may affect the results of certain tests. When testing for thyroid issues, and cardiac troponin levels, it’s essential that your intake of biotin is minimal. Taking biotin while getting lab tests could result in a misdiagnosis or a missed diagnosis. You don’t want to risk that. Also, many people have stated that taking biotin causes them to break out. It’s important to drink lots of fluid when taking biotin. Not doing so has the potential to cause cystic acne breakouts. My friend that took hair pills with 5000mg of biotin said that her skin hadn't been the same since. Her skin kept breaking out, and even though she drank water, it didn’t subside. As always, it’s essential to consult with a physician before making any decisions on taking biotin.

All in All

All in all, hair pills have tons of advantages, but they also have plenty of disadvantages. Biotin is already a part of our natural composition, but sometimes taking more helps with a variety of things. Don’t forget that most biotin benefits don’t have enough evidence to support their claim of being helpful. It seems like the media had caused a commotion around it which led petiole to believe that taking hair pills leads to hair growth. The truth is that growing your hair will take time, and no amount of pills will give you overnight results. Try incorporating more healthy foods into your diet that will increase growth. Also, try out different oils and protective styles and see how those work out for you!
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How Going Vegan Can Help or Hurt Your Hair Growth

How Going Vegan Can Help or Hurt Your Hair Growth

Veganism Vs. Hair Growth

Despite all the advice, we've heard that aids hair growth, one of the essential things we have heard that encourages hair growth has been to maintain a fantastic diet full of protein, vitamin D, and Vitamin C, Zinc, and fatty acids. Except, vegans are not able to eat any of these foods.

What's A Vegan?

For some veganism is a way of life, meaning that these individuals expand their dedication to being vegan past what they eat and into what they wear, the things they watch and the products they use. Veganism is a subcategory of vegetarianism. Vegans are people that follow a diet that excludes foods made from animals, foods that comes from animals or products that use any animal product or byproduct. Usually, vegans eat a menu full of fruits, grains, beans, and legumes. Additionally, vegans avoid animal-derived, non-food products, such as leather, fur, and wool. Furthermore, they will eliminate products like makeup or household cleaners and medication that has been proven to be animal tested.

Does Being Vegan Hurt You Hair Growth?

The main vitamins or minerals needed to boost hair growth and length retention such as Vitamin E and Omega-3's come from seafood, and animal-based foods such as fish, chicken, eggs, and oysters. Many of which are non-vegan friendly foods! Sooooo, if you're a vegan, does that mean your hair will fall out? Not necessarily! Though vegans are unable to eat a sweet sushi roll or tilapia nor able to gobble up some shrimp and baked chicken, they can get protein and zinc in other ways. However, vegans have to be more proactive in sustaining healthier, stronger hair.

Things to Include/Change To Aid Hair Growth

If you do notice a change in your hair, it's most likely due to not having enough of the resource from your food to maintain healthy hair. And some tricky things can happen when you are low on certain chemicals in your body! Here are a list of a few vitamins and minerals that aid hair growth, and the vegan-friendly foods that are naturally abundant in those areas! Protein: If your hair is lacking protein then your hair will be missing of the essential building blocks for longer, stronger hair. If lacking protein your hair is more prone to breakage and brittleness. Vegan foods that provide protein include beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, and soy.

Zinc

A lack of zinc will cause your hair to be thin, be dull and harder to manage. The most abundant source of zinc are animals or animal-based products such as oysters, beef, pork, and chicken -- foods not included on a vegan diet. However, vegans can increase their zinc intake by adding more beans, wheat bran, seeds, and nuts as well as fortified cereals and grains into their diets.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that repairs and builds tissue, a property that necessary for hair growth. Foods that are rich in Vitamin E are almonds, seeds, avocado, and broccoli. One of the best things about Vitamin E is that it also comes in an oil or topical form. The topical form can be applied twice a week. When rubbed on your scalp, it helps add shine, reduce inflammation, balance oil production, and nourish damaged hair follicles.

Omega-3's

and Biotin: Without omega3's and biotin hair will experience slower growth, red rashes, and hair loss. Eggs are an excellent source of omega-3s, and they also contain biotin, widely known to be taken in supplement form for both vegans and omnivores. Yolks are the primary source of the omega-3's, not the egg whites, although eggs are off limits so vegan should aim to supplement this with almonds. Almond nuts make hair grow faster and thicker due to their high biotin content. One cup contains nearly one-third of your daily requirement.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A prevents hair from becoming dry and easily break. It is used to encourage cell growth, fight inflammation and protect hair follicles. Vitamin A consumed through dark leafy greens like spinach and greens, carrots and melons.

Vitamin B-12

Without enough Vitamin B-12 your scalp can become dry and scaly, and result in clogged pores and hair loss. To gain the proper amount of this vitamin, vegans may consider a Vitamin B-12 supplement because it is only available from vegetables in low dosages. However, yeast and whole grains are sources of B-12.

How Does Being Vegan Help Hair Growth?

As explained vegans can get their vitamins and minerals from vegetables, vitamins, seeds, and nuts to help encourage scalp health, hair growth, and stronger hair follicles. However, these sources are replacements for a stronger animal product or meat item. Although all foods that bare some nutritional value will affect hair, there are no studies that suggest that veganism sprouts explicitly hair growth or better scalp conditions.

Is It All About Hair?

At Private Lable Extensions, it is all about the inches! However, having the proper nutrients in your diet is about more than building strong hair and growing out Rapunzel-length locks. If you decide to include supplements, then be sure to get your blood tested to pinpoint the vitamins that you are low in. Additionally, consult a doctor for the best supplements to balance out your overall health, not just your hair.

Veganism and Hair Growth

Plenty of people struggle with getting enough of the vitamins and minerals needed to maintain good hair, beautiful skin, and healthy nails. Vegans have a tougher time getting these materials in abundance because they do not eat the foods such as fish, seafood, and chicken that provide the daily dosage necessary to sustain positive hair health. Without the proper nutrition, the scalp may become scaly, red or crusted, and the hair brittle, thinned, and prone to breakage. However, Veganism does not have to wreak havoc on your hair as long as you take conscious steps to increase your protein, Biotin, Vitamin B-12 and your other nutrients through daily supplements and your food consumption. Do you have any additional tips to combat hair loss when going vegan?
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Everyday Things You Didn't Know That Stunts Your Hair Growth

Everyday Things You Didn't Know That Stunts Your Hair Growth

Want to Have A Hair Growth Spurt? First Figure Out What May Be Stunting Your Hair Growth

You may not notice or even think about it, but every day you lose about 60 to 100 hairs from your scalp. No need to stress new strands are supposed to grow back, but we sometimes know that may not always be the case. Our manes have a particular lifestyle that we modify and treat throughout the days. Our hair cycle goes through three phases, and they are growth, shedding, and resting. If suddenly you begin to lose more strands of hair than usual, or not see any change in growth there is probably a disruption in your hair cycle. If in any way you destroy the follicles scar tissue will take its place, and that can also result in hair not growing. The main point is your tresses can go through a growth stunt due to a myriad of reasons. But at the same time hair loss can be attributed to a routine that you do every day, and you may not even know what you're doing wrong. So, if you're stressing out over your precious curls, here is a list of everyday things that stunt your hair growth.

Not Eating Healthy and Not Taking Vitamins

Not eating healthy or getting enough nutrients can be stunting your hair growth. Who would have thought something as little as what you eat would have such a significant effect on your tresses? Our hair flourishes when you give it the right diet that is full of vitamins. Your mane is apart of your body, and without the necessary nutrients, your curls will reap the damaging aftermath. Here are a few vitamins you should add to your everyday diet from this point forward.

Zinc

Zinc promotes tissue growth and repairs any damage on the hair and in the body. This product encourages growth because it keeps the oil glands around follicles in excellent condition. Eating foods like beans, eggs, nuts, or whole grains will help tremendously. Unfortunately, if you have a low zinc intake, you will build up excess dandruff and on top of that experience slow hair growth. If these benefits aren't enough for you zinc also helps balance your hormone levels, this is key to preventing hair loss. So, if you're not into rocking the salt and pepper or grey looking strands at an early age, I would suggest taking this vitamin asap.

Vitamin B

Vitamin B or biotin is one of the best vitamins for hair growth. Studies link biotin deficiency is the primary source of hair loss in people. This mineral helps to create red blood cells in our bodies; these cells carry nutrients and oxygen to the cuticles on your scalp and follicles. The more oxygen on our heads will stimulate our strands to promote hair growth. You can find vitamin B in whole grains, fish, almonds, and dark leafy vegetables. A plus to remember is that you can mainly find B12 in animal foods, so if you are on a vegetarian-friendly diet, we suggest taking a supplement.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is not only fantastic for colds, but it works wonders for growth in your hair. This mineral helps in the production of collagen, which is a structural fiber our follicles need to grow exponentially. The lack of this nutrient will cause your strands to appear dull and, can make your hair dry or brittle. The absence of Vitamin C will result in less new hair growth which could be the reason why your noticing stunted growth. Eat more foods like oranges, mangoes, or tomatoes because they are full of these healthy nutrients. You wouldn't starve your body so don't do the same to your tresses, feed them well and you will notice a big difference.

Over Styling

Gradually over time you will lose your strands or stunt your hair growth by over styling. If you are continually trying hairstyles that pull tight on your head, it will only be a matter of time before you start seeing the damage. Putting your hair in constant ponytails, cornrows, braids, pig-tails, and weaves without a set break will stunt your curls growth. Alopecia and other hair loss conditions stem from tight overbearing styling. Try wearing your curls down and out whenever you get the chance. Switching up your hairstyle every couple of weeks can make a significant difference in retaining length. Try alternating between individual braids, or sew-ins, and make sure to avoid using harsh chemicals on your head before picking a particular style. If your natural hair is too much to maintain and you live off doing protective hairstyles try getting scalp massages. If you have olive, coconut, or castor oil place on fingertips and massage throughout the head. So, give that ponytail and to knot bun a rest, that everyday routine could be stunting your hair growth.

Extreme Workouts

Rest up your muscles and drink plenty of water because that daily exercise could be the main reason your hair isn't growing. During very intense workouts or sports, our muscles consume a lot of energy. In this process, we are draining our body of power as well as our hair. Our strands need less strain put on them to build up and become stronger than ever. Performing an in high-intensity exercises and neglecting proper hair care is the most significant mistake people make. You can't let sweat build-up in the cuticles on your head for days without adequately washing your tresses. Clogging your follicles with dirt or sweat will lead to less new hair growth. On another note beware of the drinks you consume, high-level energy drinks and coffee before workouts can be a double no. Energy products boost physical performance and make your scalp produce an excess amount of sweat. On the plus side, some shampoos are caffeine-based and contain nutrients and vitamins that can stimulate hair growth. After working out eat fruits full of protein, this will provide your mane and body with essential components it needs to promote growth. Protein plays a critical role in DNA and RNA production, which creates a regular division of hair follicle cells. So, pack some extra bananas and peanuts before hitting the gym this week.

Extreme Stress

Yes, enduring stressful situations and having a higher stress level than usual can stunt your hair growth. Severe anxiety can shock the hair cycle and lead to an increase in shedding. Remember at the beginning of this post we are talking about the three phases of our hair lifecycle. The first stage is growth, and if you are going through stress levels, fewer follicles will be available to grow new strands in the growing phase. In some instances, telogen effluvium can occur, which is a condition where about 70 percent of the scalp hairs start shedding. People with high anxiety will notice strands coming off their head in handfuls. On a good note, the body will begin to go back to normal once you relax and all the stress is over. Once that happens, the hair lifecycle will ignite and you the growth phase will be as usual as before. So, it is vital that you are maintaining your physical and mental health, this will reassure that the growth cycle is unaffected. Try doing yoga or meditation twice a week; any relaxation exercises will surely help you maintain a healthy longer looking mane.

Using the Wrong Hair Tools

If you are using damaging heat tools on your hair every day, you can expect to see some stunted growth. Now, what do we mean by wrong hair tools? Anything that is producing heat at high levels like, flat irons, curlers, or blow dryers without first using proper protectant is a no go. It doesn't just stop and start at with these products, but what about your combs and brushes? Are you using a fine rat tail comb when you need to be using a full tooth or bristle brush? You must pay attention to all the products you put on your head daily. Stay away from ponytail holders with metal claps, opt for a fully elastic hair tie. When tying your hair with a headscarf make sure it is not too tight, too much tension near your temple can lead to receding hairline. Let's not forget about those pesky bobby pins. Always make sure you use soft or plastic pins instead of metal ones. The reason being is that they can be very troublesome and cause discomfort on your strands while pulling and tugging on them in the process. The simplest things you are using could be what is preventing proper length retention. So, think hard the next time you pick up your hair tools to style those tresses.

Hygiene

Hygiene can refer to the cleanliness of your hair, as well as your body regarding rest or sleep. When our bodies do not get enough rest our hair, unfortunately, may suffer the consequences. The growth of our locks will slow down as a result of long-time fatigue. So, when it comes down to the topic of sleep make sure that you are getting enough. Cut down on late-night outings or not correctly resting, because this could be related to stunted hair growth. Now in the regards of cleanliness, a clean scalp gives the follicles more air and a chance the breath. Bacteria and other harmful organisms thrive on dirty surfaces and are less likely to grow on a clean scalp. Dirt and germs can be clogging up the pores on your head causing follicles to weaken and die off. Something as simple as washing your tresses and keeping them in tidy condition will make all the difference in growing your strands. If you're not going the extra mile to take care of yourself, we encourage you to try some of these tips today.

Using the Incorrect Products

If you're using the wrong regimen for your mane, this could lead to you stunting its growth. So, what do we mean by using the incorrect products on yourself? Try not to buy shampoo that is for dry hair when your texture is oily. A study shows that 60 percent of women are using the wrong hair care products, and that can contribute to stunted curls. If you have relaxed hair why are you buying things that are for naturalists? Be sure to read labels and buy products that cater to your exact texture needs. For the most part, if the shampoos, lotions, and conditioners you are using have vitamins, minerals, and healthy ingredients you should be in good hands. Keeping your hands out of your hair at least as possible is the best way to see longer lasting curls. So, if you must do a complete clean out your bathroom cabinets then, by all means, go right ahead. Get past your growth stunt and start using the correct hair care products.

What Everyday Things Help Your Hair to Grow?

As you can see the simplest things we do throughout our everyday lives can be the thing stunting our hair growth. We must be cautious of the food we eat, the way we work out, and our hygiene routines. Remember to take products such as vitamin and mineral supplements, and these are good for your body as well as your hair. If you don't like swallowing too many supplements opt for purchasing shampoos and conditioners that include these healthy vitamins. Many hair care products contain the necessary nutrients that will stimulate the scalp and promote growth. Increase circulation on around your follicles is the primary key to encouraging regrowth and faster development. Maintain a balanced diet or stay away from sugary and fatty foods. If you're someone who loves to workout that is great, make sure to add a protective shield over your hair or clean the scalp thoroughly after sweat buildup. We want to know what everyday things help your hair to grow. How do you get past your growth stunt? Tell us all about it in the comments down below.
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Here Are 8 Ways Water Makes Your Hair Grow

Here Are 8 Ways Water Makes Your Hair Grow

8 Ways Water Moisturizes, Restores and Grows Your Hair

I’m going to introduce you to my secret weapon for healthy hair. It’s a magical substance that works miracles as it grows your hair. It’s what I like to call, water. Yes, that’s it. Our bodies are made up of about 60% to 80% water, so clearly, we need it to survive! A little H2O does more good for your hair than you would think. Ready to find out how water can not only improve your health but also add some inches to your hair? Let’s get into it!

Why Is Water Healthy for Us?

From the time we are old enough to drink on our own to our older years, we are told to drink water. Our parents forced it on us, our doctors suggested that we drink it more, and our schools had it available as an option for every meal. The question is, why?! Why and how is the clear substance that appears to be nothing and has little to no taste so beneficial to our health?
  • Water is a nutrient. Much like vitamins and protein, our system requires water for life and continuous growth.
  • Having water in your bodies increases the amount of body fluids that you have which is great for digestion, blood flow, cleansing your kidneys and other primary functions.
  • Water gets rid of the toxins and waste that enter our body.
  • It keeps you energized. Drinking water breathes life into your muscles and organs.
  • Water improves the appearance of hair, nails, and skin.
  • We lose about two to three quarts of water a day through bodily functions such as sweating, so drinking water adds it back into our systems.
  • Not drinking water can cause many health problems (a lot of which can cause you to lose your hair.)

How Does Water Contribute to Healthy, Growing Hair?

Time for the good stuff! Are you looking to transform your hair from dull and thin to long and luscious? Hydration is the key to growing your hair as dehydration can lead to hair loss, and what better way to gain moisture than to add more water to your daily routine? Still not sold on the fact that water can add length and fullness to your hair? Here are eight ways water can grow your hair.

Tip #1

Our hair is like a plant. When a plant dries out, it withers up and stops growing. Hydrating the hair shaft is necessary to prevent “withering” (breakage and split ends).

Tip #2

It strengthens our hair because about 25% of each strand of hair is made up of water.

Tip #3

The consumption of water aids in providing electric and magnetic energy from the scalp to the root which is both critical to our bodies overall.

Tip #4

Water activates the nerve endings that are within the roots and scalp.

Tip #5

If you struggle with dandruff, water helps to eliminate dry, flaky skin.

Tip #6

Water improves the hair’s cells by providing them with the vitamins that they need. Maintaining cell health is vital because there are specific cells that have the responsibility of producing hair growth.

Tip #7

Water also helps to restore thinning hair back to fullness.

Tip #8

Rinsing your hair with cold water after you condition it will smooth your hair to create length and leaving it shiny.

The Benefit of Using Water-Based Hair Products

Although drinking water is the most common way to hydrate our system, there are other things that you can do to increase your water intake such as using water-based hair products. When purchasing hair products, check the label and make sure the first ingredient is water. If you’re looking to add moisture to your hair, an oil-based product is essential to use, but you must first add in a product that is water-based. Oil is excellent for coating each strand and locking in the moisture that you apply with the water. To prevent your hair from becoming dry and brittle, you must penetrate the shaft with water.

How to Incorporate More Water into Your Day

Whether you are a fan of bottled water or filtered tap water, it is crucial that you find ways to incorporate more water into your everyday routine. I have a few tips for making sure that you’re getting the proper amount of water every day.
  • Keep bottles of water everywhere. Have a few stored away in your work desk, car, locker, bedroom, anywhere that you visit frequently. If you’re on the go, pack a few of the small eight ounce bottles in your purse or bookbag.
  • Create a “drinking schedule” and set reminders in your phone to drink a glass at specific times throughout the day.
  • Fruits and veggies have high water content, so stock up on those during your next visit to the grocery store.
  • Make it your mission to have at least one glass of water at every meal. Even if you have another drink that you prefer, drink the water first and then, indulge in your favorite beverage.
  • Use a water bottle that has measurements or time markings to help you keep track of how much you’re drinking each day. You can choose your preferred size, but I recommend getting one that’s at least 32 oz.
  • If you don’t drink water often because of the taste, add fruit to give it a little flavor.

Drink Up!

I get it – water isn’t everyone’s first choice for a drink. It’s also hard to drink the right amount of water throughout the day. However, you can’t live a healthy life with growing hair if you do not consume water on a regular basis. Relying solely on hair products that contain water is not enough. So, drink up and hydrate your hair to quench its thirst! Do you have a favorite water-based hair product? Share it with us!
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Best Household Products That Promote Hair Growth and Health

Best Household Products That Promote Hair Growth and Health

Stop Spending Money on Expensive Products!

We all know that there are some fantastic products out there on the market right now for hair growth. But, let's be real if we didn’t have to spend as much on hair health products as we do, we wouldn’t. There are many natural products that you probably have sitting in your house right now you had no idea are beneficial to your hair. Hopefully, this article helps you find the best natural products to keep your hair as healthy as can be.

Fruits

Fruits are one of the best natural products you can use on your hair. Several benefits come with not only eating them but making products you can physically place on your hair. Here are some fruits you may have at home that can help with your hair health.

Strawberries

Strawberries contain a right amount of magnesium, copper and omega three fatty acids which are essential to maintaining your hair health. The antioxidant properties of strawberries keep your hair moisturized and protect the cell membranes. Strawberries have copious amounts of vitamin C which is helpful in nourishing the hair, and they also can get rid of any excess oil buildup from your scalp. Here are some more ways strawberries are beneficial to your hair:

Benefit #1

Strawberries help prevent hair thinning and alopecia. Ellagic fluid found in strawberries help to protect your hair from delaying and rogentic alopecia. The fluid also helps to keep your hair from falling out or thinning. Strawberries are also rich in folic acid, vitamin B5, and B6 which are very beneficial for preventing hair loss.

Benefit #2

Strawberries help to keep your hair shiny and silky. In other words, they help give you glowing hair.

Benefit #3

You can use strawberries as a hair moisturizer. As a hair moisturizer. Strawberries protect your scalp cell membrane due to its antioxidant effects.

Benefit #4

Strawberries contain phytochemicals which act as an antifungal effect. They are an excellent dandruff remedy. Other than eating strawberries, you can make a hair mask. You want to take eight ripe strawberries and add one tablespoon of mayonnaise. Mix these ingredients into a smooth paste and apply to your scalp hair. Keep it in for at least 20 minutes and wash it out and see the difference.

Orange Peels

It is no secret that oranges have a rich source of vitamin C. But have you ever considered the benefits of the skins themselves? Orange peels are an abundant source of vitamin C and are best used in sun-dried form but can also be used fresh as well. Orange peel extracts can make your hair soft and shiny. You can use orange peel water as a hair rinse. You want to boil peels from two or three oranges in about two cups of water. Once the water cools, add one teaspoon of organic raw honey and stir until all the honey dissolves. You then want to pour the liquid onto your hair and scalp and massage it in for a few minutes and then wash it out.

Natural Lemon Juice

You can use lemon juice in your hair care routine to help improve the health of your hair and scalp. Lemon juice prevents dandruff and promotes hair growth along with providing your hair with the proper nourishment to your hair follicles. Here are different hair issues you may have that lemon juice can help solve.

1. Hair growth:

You want to mix lemon juice with an equal amount of castor oil to help your hair grow more effectively. This mask will help strengthen your hair roots and stimulate your scalp which in turn produces growth.

2. Shiny hair:

Mix one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of lemon juice. Massage this mixture into your scalp and soak the rest of your strands with it. Let this sit for 15-30 minutes before you rinse it out of your hair.

3. Oily hair:

Lemon juice helps with the removal of the clogged follicles that produce greasy hair. Using lemon juice will help unclog the follicle and remove all the oil content from your hair and scalp. Mix one tablespoon of lemon juice with a tablespoon of egg white and let it sit in your hair for about half an hour. Then rinse it out.

Bananas

Several different factors can cause your hair to look dull and lifeless. A banana hair mask is a perfect way to restore moisture and shine to your hair. Bananas are rich in potassium, natural oils, minerals, and carbohydrates which can help to soften your hair and protect your hairs natural elasticity preventing breakage and split ends. Bananas are a rich source of Vitamins A, B, C, and E along with the minerals potassium, zinc, magnesium, and iron. You want to mix a half a cup of mashed or blended banana with one teaspoon of coconut oil. Then you want to apply the mixture to your scalp and let it sit for about an hour.

Berries

There are so many different types of berries, and they have significant benefits not only to your hair but your skin and nails as well. Here are a few types of berries and benefits.

1. Blackberries

Blackberries are rich in bioflavonoids which help with many things. They also contain vitamin C and are low in sodium. They are also very rich in antioxidants. The vitamin C found in blackberries is mainly responsible for collagen production and contributes to healthy hair. The antioxidants help combat harmful and damaging effects of the environment on your hair.

2. Acai berries

Acai berries have tons of vital minerals and vitamins. They are rich in antioxidants as well. They also contain a significant amount of fats nut most are healthy fats (omega 3, 6, and 9). Acai berries contain vital nutrients that make your hair softer, shinier and stronger. Not only do these nutrients promote scalp health, but they also prevent hair loss.

3. Goji berries

Goji berries have a lot of beta-carotene that promotes healthy hair. Goji berries are rich in vitamin A which enhances circulation to the scalp, thereby boosting hair growth and preventing hair loss. The berries also help with the absorption of iron which is also essential for hair growth. To create a hair mask using any of these berries is very simple. You want to get a blender and mix two tablespoons of plain yogurt, two tablespoons of organic raw honey, and a fourth of a cup of the berries of your choice with a tablespoon of honey. Blend it and apply to your hair and let it sit for at least half an hour and that’s it!

Natural Oils

You may have a few oils laying around in the house that you use for different things but have you considered using them for your hair? Most of the oils that we use to benefit our skin or maybe even use in cooking can also work wonders on our hair. Here are some of the more popular oils and how they can help with the health of your hair. The great thing about oils is that you do not need to make a mask, you can apply them to your hair and scalp.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is the most abundant natural source of healthy saturated fats which have significant benefits for your hair. Coconut oil is rich in anti-microbial properties such as lauric acid, and medium-chain fatty acids that strengthen hair, condition your scalp and help regrow your hair. Here are a few of the ways coconut oil can help your hair. Hair growth. When you massage coconut oil into the scalp, it helps to increase blood circulation. Increasing blood flow stimulates the growth of your hair. Coconut oil is rich in vitamin K and vitamin E which helps to reduce dandruff and keep hair follicles healthy. The medium-chain fatty acids have potent antiviral, antifungal and antimicrobial properties that target fungus. These properties also help to kill viruses and bacteria that may be lurking in your scalp as well. Coconut oil can also help prevent dry, brittle hair caused by the sun. The oil is a natural sunscreen because it contains SPF of 8. You can massage it onto your hair for all day protection.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is very beneficial when it comes to dandruff and hair loss. Dandruff happens when there is an accumulation of dry and scaly skin on your scalp. If the hair is left untreated, the dead skin buildup could hinder your hair growth. When applied to the scalp, the oil that goes down the shaft of your hair will help to prevent a buildup of chemicals and dead skin. This oil will help keep your hair healthy and moisturized which can help it grow at its regular rate and prevent it from falling out. Tea tree oil can also nourish your scalp and hair due to its cleansing properties. The oil can unblock your pores which will increase the supply of oxygen and nutrients on the follicles of your hair. And lastly, tea tree oil has natural therapeutic properties which allow for it to be an excellent source for hair cleansing. Using a small amount often can help to prevent the buildup of chemicals, oil, and dead skin.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is rich in vitamin and minerals that nourish your hair. It also contains vitamins B, C, and E and copper and zinc. Because jojoba oil is primarily made up of proteins, the fatty acid content makes it very ideal to nourish your hair and follicles. Here are some of its benefits. The sebum produced by your sebaceous glands coat your hair and scalp with moisture. Since the molecular structure of jojoba oil is similar to that of the sebum, it can take on the form of the natural oil and keep your scalp moisturized. This process will, in turn, improve the health of the hair follicles and sebaceous glands by fighting their tendency to produce too much or too little sebum. Not only doe jojoba oil take over the job of the sebum by moisturizing the scalp, but the molecular structure also readily accepts our scalp and dissolves sebum and other kinds of buildups that may have been clogging your follicles. In other words, it works well a scalp cleanser. Jojoba oil also acts as a natural conditioner. The cuticles that make up the upper layer of your hair shaft rise when they are damaged. This process leaves your hair and scalp vulnerable to moisture loss. Jojoba oil smooths down this cuticle and forms a protective layer on top of the shaft keeping the moisture locked in while conditioning your hair throughout the process.

Plants

We can’t forget about the plants that you have decorating your home! Plants can also have significant benefits on your hair as well. Here are some plants that you may or may not have considered to use as a hair product. They promote hair growth as well!

Aloe vera plant

For this one, it isn’t the plant itself, but the gel that it contains that can significantly help your hair. Aloe vera gel works wonders for your hair. The ingredient is a vast repository of proteolytic enzymes and amino acids which help improve your scalp health and boost hair growth. Here are more of the excellent properties the gel contains. The proteolytic enzymes help to heal and repair the damaged cells in your scalp. This enzyme improves follicle health and indirectly boosts healthy and faster hair growth.
  • This gel also helps to curb hair loss and controls shedding ensuring thair your hair remains thick and strong.
  • The gels anti-inflammatory properties can help soothe scalp irritation which allows you to keep your hands out of your hair.
  • Aloe vera's high content of protein, minerals, and vitamins help to nourish your follicles and hair efficiently.
  • The moisture content in aloe vera helps to condition your hair, locking in nutrients and hydration keeping it moisturized.

The Calendula Plant

The calendula flower in a herbal plant which flower are used to prepare medicines. However, they have great hair benefits as well. Calendula has high amounts of flavonoids which are plant metabolites that provide health benefits through cell signaling pathways and antioxidant effects. Calendula flowers can do many things for your hair. It is used to hydrate dry scalps, improve the condition of your scalp in a general sense, and remove dandruff. If you do not own the plant, you can buy the natural oil at a store which will have the same benefits. And if you do have the plant at home, you can create a hair rinse. You want to have 2-3 dried flowers. You want to put the dried flowers into boiling water for a few minutes. Once that is done, you then want to let the water cool. You can add essential oil to the mix such as the oils listed above. Another oil I recommend adding is lavender oil. And that’s it! You then can put this water into a spray bottle and spritz it onto your hair and scalp.

Flaxseed

Flaxseed comes from the flax plant. People then harvest the seed from the plant. The great thing about flaxseed is that it is edible so you can consume them to give you several benefits. Here are the ways flaxseed can help your hair.

Benefit #1

Flaxseed is an excellent source of vitamin E. Vitamin E has strong antioxidant properties which prevent hair and scalp damage. It can also help improve the efficiency of capillaries which boosts blood circulation and prevent premature graying.

Benefit #2

Flaxseed can help balance pH and oil production. This benefit is significant because these two factors directly affect the rate at which your hair grows. Flaxseeds soothe the scalp and help calm the sebaceous glands, so they produce the right amount of oil for healthy hair growth.

Benefit #3

Flaxseed nourishes your hair. Flaxseed has a rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids. These fatty acids nourish the follicles of the hair shaft and ensure that the new growth is healthy and strong. Omega 3 fatty acids also help improve hair elasticity. The best way to use flaxseed is to eat it directly or apply the oil or gel form directly to your hair and scalp.

Are You Ready to Try A Natural Product?

Natural products are very beneficial to your hair. They contain several properties that help with hair growth, thickness, hair loss, graying, and so many more things. There are several other natural products that you can use to improve your hair, but this is to give you an idea. What natural products do you have around the house that you use? Don't be afraid to try something new, and if it doesn't work well for your hair that’s okay too! It is a learning process, and it is essential to figure out what your hair does and does not like. Good luck!
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The Best Smoothies for Hair Health & Growth

The Best Smoothies for Hair Health & Growth

Use Veggies In A Smoothie and Watch Your Hair Grow

I have to tell you all that the first thing that comes to mind as I write this is @yesimprettyvee! She has me rolling laughing with her song “I Got Hair.” It’s so hilarious and perfect to sing along to as you read my tips on how to grow healthy hair with the help of some yummy smoothies. Yes! Smoothies are packing all kinds of nutrients and vegetables which make them the right thing to replace the cakes and candy with. Not only will you be improving your health you’ll also be giving your hair exactly what it needs to grow. So let's get into how you can drink (responsibly) to more inches and a full head of hair. Go ahead and press play on your Fantasia playlist and let’s get into it!

What Hinders Hair Growth

Nothing can be more frustrating than suffering from hair loss, breakage, or hair that that won’t grow. Some of us want inches while others desire a full head of healthy hair. There’s something about our hair and how we connect our worthiness and self-esteem to it. There are tons of reasons why you can suffer from hair loss. Below are a few reasons:
  • Nutrition
  • Pregnancy
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Genetics
  • Stress
  • Radiation treatments
Some of the reasons hair loss occurs you can reverse. Such as improving your nutrition. However, other reasons for hair loss may require you to adjust your lifestyle to begin to see healthy hair growth. Have you dealt with hair loss due to any of the issues above? Comment below with your experience and how you deal with it.

Terms to Know and Understand

Before I get into some delicious smoothie recipes, I want to make sure you understand the benefits of some of the most common ingredients used in smoothies. Let's get into it!
  • Vitamin d is the perfect vitamin to fight hair loss. If you are dealing with an autoimmune disease, you want to increase your intake of this vitamin.
  • Folate/ Folic Acid (B9) helps with cell regeneration. It assists with getting nutrients to the scalp and hair follicle.
  • Potassium provides strength to your hair and helps prevent hair loss.
  • Biotin converts nutrients into energy. It’s an excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin e, b1, and b6. In other words, it makes your hair look amazing! It helps to revitalize your hair from heat and styling damage. Hair loss is a clear sign of biotin deficiency.
  • Almond butter is also an excellent source of biotin, vitamin e, omega-3 fatty acids, and protein.
  • Red grapes are full of vitamin k, b2, copper, and natural sweetness.
  • Coconut milk is high in protein vitamin e, lauric acid, and omega-3.
  • Mangos have vitamin e, minerals and potassium.
  • Pineapple is packed with vitamin c and antioxidants.
  • Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin b2, b6, e, c, iron, folate, and calcium.
  • Bananas are an excellent source of biotin, vitamins b6, vitamin c, and potassium.
  • Oats are rich in zinc, iron, magnesium, and potassium.
  • Oat milk has vitamin a, calcium, and fiber.
Now that you know a little about the key ingredients used in most smoothies, it's time to make one of your very own. Go ahead and choose one of the recipes below. Let us know how your's turns out by commenting below!

Recipes To Try

1. Berries

I love berries in my smoothies. They mask all the green, healthy stuff by adding just the right amount of natural sweetness. Strawberries have tons of vitamin c, folate, b9, and potassium. They are full of healthy goodness and a significant boost to your smoothie. Raspberries are excellent antioxidants, packed with vitamin c, and gallic acid. If you want to keep a healthy heart and protect yourself from cancer, add this berry to your diet.

Recipe #1

Step 1:

Combine the following ingredients in a blender:
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 50 chard
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • 1 cup oat milk
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed
  • 100g mango

Step 2:

Blend the ingredients for about 30 seconds

Step 3:

Pour into your favorite container

Recipe #2

Step 1:

Combine the following ingredients in a blender:
  • 1 cup of frozen berries
  • ½ of an avocado
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 50g frozen spinach
  • One frozen banana
  • 1 ½ pineapple juice

Step 2:

Blend the ingredients for about 30 seconds

Step 3:

Pour into your favorite container

2. Banana

Bananas are rich in potassium, and when you include them in your smoothies, you will see improvement in your hair's shine and manageability.

Recipe #1

Step 1:

Combine the following ingredients in a blender:
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup frozen pineapple
  • ½ banana
  • 2 tbsp rinsed quinoa
  • 1 tbsp coconut flakes
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • ¼ cup greek yogurt
  • Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 cup ice

Step 2:

Blend the ingredients for about 30 seconds

Step 3:

Pour into your favorite container

Recipe #2

Step 1:

Combine the following ingredients in a blender:
  • Two frozen bananas
  • 1 ½ cup oats
  • 1tbsp chia seeds
  • Peanut butter
  • Honey
  • Flaxseed
  • Organic cocoa or hot chocolate
  • Coconut milk
  • Almond milk

Step 2:

Blend the ingredients for about 30 seconds

Step 3:

Pour into your favorite container

3. Biotin

Read above to find out the benefits of liquid biotin. Below you’ll find two delicious recipes filled with biotin to give your hair all the nutrients it needs. Liquid hair growth vitamins absorb at a higher rate. It’s about 90% versus a 20% absorption rate for pills.

Recipe #1

Step 1:

Combine the following ingredients in a blender:
  • 8oz Almond Milk
  • 5 Strawberries
  • 10 Raspberries
  • ½ dropper of Biotin
  • Tsp of raw honey (add more to get your desired taste)

Step 2:

Blend the ingredients for about 30 seconds

Step 3:

Pour into your favorite container. I like to keep mine in a pitcher and drink a smoothie for breakfast and post-workout.

Recipe #2

Step 1:

Combine the following ingredients in a blender
  • 50g frozen spinach
  • 50g Chard
  • 10-15 red grapes
  • 1 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed
  • One frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 ½ cup of almond milk

Step 2:

Blend the ingredients for about 30 seconds

Step 3:

Pour into your favorite container

4. Spinach

Spinach is rich in calcium, folate, and iron. It's one of the go-to green vegetables as the base for your smoothies. You can easily replace it with kale if you are not a fan.

Recipe #1

Step 1:

Combine the following ingredients in a blender
  • 1 cup of mango
  • 1 cup of pineapples
  • Chia seeds
  • 1 cup flax seeds
  • 2 cups spinach or kale
  • one cup orange juice (adjust to desired taste)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ cup almond powder

Step 2:

Blend the ingredients for about 30 seconds

Step 3:

Pour into your favorite container Below are some additional recipes to give you more options:

Recipe #1

Step 1:

Combine the following ingredients in a blender
  • ½ cup frozen mangos
  • ½ banana
  • ½ cup frozen peaches
  • ¼ cup greek yogurt
  • Tbsp chia seeds
  • Tbsp honey
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ½ cup soy milk
  • 1 cup ice

Step 2:

Blend the ingredients for about 30 seconds

Step 3:

Pour into your favorite container

Recipe #2

Step 1:

Combine the following ingredients in a blender
  • 2 cups kale
  • ½ banana
  • ½ green apple
  • ½ avocado
  • ½ cup pineapple
  • Handful of parsley
  • Tbsp walnut
  • One ¼ cup coconut water
  • Lemon juice
  • ½ cup ice

Step 2:

Blend the ingredients for about 30 seconds

Step 3:

Pour into your favorite container

Recipe #3

Step 1:

Combine the following ingredients in a blender
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • ½ banana
  • ¼ cup greek yogurt
  • Tbsp chia seeds
  • half a cup pomegranate juice
  • then, ½ cup cold green tea
  • ½ cup ice

Step 2:

Blend the ingredients for about 30 seconds

Step 3:

Pour into your favorite container

Recipe #4

Step 1:

Combine the following ingredients in a blender 1 oz dark chocolate 1 banana ½ cup greek yogurt Tbsp peanut butter Tbsp maple syrup 1 cup of brewed cold coffee ¼ cup oats 1 cup ice

Step 2:

Blend the ingredients for about 30 seconds

Step 3:

Pour into your favorite container

How to Maintain Your Hair As It Grows

Don't lose patience as you add smoothies to your diet. Your hair will grow, and your body will begin to respond to the good stuff you are putting in it. Just keep focused on how much more manageable your hair is. Here I want to share a few tips on how to maintain your hair as it starts to grow.

Tip #1

Avoid styling your hair with heat. Whether it's a blow dryer, curling iron or flat iron, they can all cause damage to the hair. If you have to use heat, make sure you use a heat protectant.

Tip #2

A mask work wonders for your hair. Sleep with one on your hair overnight. Rinse it out the next morning and take a picture of your hair because it is going to be selfie worthy.

Tip #3

Use the growing out phase as a time to try out some new styles. You'll be amazed at your creativity. If you need inspiration, check out our blogs.

Tip #4

Trim your hair as it is growing out. Doing this gets rid of split ends and damaged hair. I suggest a trim about every three to four months.

Tip #5

We all love a long hot shower, but this can be detrimental to your hair. Turn the temperature down, so you don't dry your hair out.

Tip #6

Skip shampooing or co-washing your hair every day! You will strip the hair of oils that take care of your scalp and follicles. We have a great blog on how to keep your hair clean without shampooing it.

Tip #7

A great alternative to shampoo is to co-wash your hair. You use conditioner to wash your hair. This process gets rid of all the nasty stuff yet leaves the natural oils to protect your hair.

Tip #8

Keep water on you 24-7. I like to keep water in the trunk of my car. It's essential to stay hydrated especially during the summer months.

Tip #9

Massage your scalp to encourage blood circulation. Whenever you shampoo, co-wash, or apply oil to your scalp massage it in with your fingertips. Massaging stimulates the scalp as well as your hair follicle

Smoothies and Inches for The Summer

I love going into Smoothie King and getting my pick of whatever I want in my drink. It’s cool to get something that is super healthy and great for your hair. The summertime is perfect for you to get into smoothies. Because there are so many advantages to drinking smoothies, I suggest you drink up. Besides, it's a great way to get your vegetables without having to eat them on your plate. Try one of the recipes above. Make it a family affair and make them with your kids. This can be a great way to get healthy together!
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