Natural Hair Growth Tips
Wayne'r is a strong beleaver in Natural Oil's. Using them for natural hair growth is a great idea. In this article you will get tips for which oils and how to us them. I have not had the chance to read "Aromatherapy Handbook for Beauty, Hair, and Skin Care," but I have put it on my list.
Author: Lisa Maliga
Having a naturally healthy head of hair is something many of us aspire to achieve but find it difficult to do in this age of stress, environmental pollution and sickness. Perhaps you once had a lot of good hair days and nights, but lately they're increasingly difficult to attain. Or your once luxuriant locks are thinner and frailer due to genetic factors, under or overactive thyroid, illness, aging, stress, or hair abuse such as perming, coloring, relaxing, blowdrying, curlers, curling irons, rough handling/neglect, and using harsh, synthetic shampoos and conditioners.
Whether you seek to grow or regrow your hair, keep in mind that you only have one head of hair - so take care of it! Rethink your current hair care routine, and learn more about what works/doesn't work for your hair type, length, and lifestyle.
While eating healthy food is advisable, the author touches on the subject of how cold pressed vegetable oils are vital for the hair, and, if it's meant internally, then think of the benefits of adding oil directly to your hair. Choosing the proper oil sometimes is a matter of experimentation. A light oil should be used for thin, fine hair, whilst someone with naturally curly and coarse hair might find a heavier oil preferable. There are various grades of vegetable oils available from unrefined to heavily refined. Unrefined oils retain their natural vitamins and minerals and are considered healthier, but their aromas can be somewhat pungent. For example, sesame seed oil, an excellent skin and hair loving oil that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, retains a darker color and nuttier aroma in its unrefined state. However, once it's been refined, the color is lighter and there is no discernible odor. Here's a selection of the most utilized vegetable oils:
Light Oils - Apricot Kernel, Peach Kernel, Sesame Seed, Meadowfoam Seed, Grapeseed, Evening of Primrose.
Medium Oils - Sweet Almond, Jojoba, Rosehip Seed, Camellia, Virgin Coconut, Monoi de Tahiti.
Heavy Oils - Avocado, Olive, Hempseed, Castor, Moringa Seed, Palm, Red Palm, Canola.
There are many more oils that are available whether in your kitchen cupboard, at your grocery store, health food store, or your favorite online shop. Experimenting with oils and their applications is necessary, sometimes you'll discover what works for you within the first attempt, other times you may have to try out several different oils and application methods.
Prewash conditioner - To use this method, you allow the oil to remain on your scalp and hair for approximately 20 minutes, and shampoo it out. Prewash conditioners can contain a single oil, a mixture of oils and butters and they can range from organic to those filled with lots of additives and preservatives. Some prewash conditioners are applied and massaged into the scalp, while others concentrate only on the length of the hair.
Additionally, these conditioners may be applied to wet, damp or dry hair. One thing that is agreed upon is the fact that the hair should be free from tangles and snarls, so either combing or brushing before applying is necessary. Once the prewash conditioner has been applied, you can choose to comb it through your hair or remain as is - it does depend upon what you've added. While some people feel that 20 minutes isn't enough, others opt for an hour, and there are people who feel as though allowing the oil to remain on overnight is beneficial. Even if you're using a light or organic oil, please keep in mind that too much oil can be as harmful as too little.
Hot oil treatment
To make your own hot oil treatment, choose your favorite oil[s], pour into a small glass bottle, and let sit in a hot water bath for a few minutes until the oil is to your preferred temperature. Remember, what's hot for one person is scalding to another!
Other Applications: Clay, Dead Sea Mud, Powdered Herbs, Protein Powder, Eggs, Henna [neutral or colored], Essential Oils - all the listed products can be used to create a hair mask which will increase its strength, encourage growth, enhance shine, and tame curls. Any of these ingredients, both singly or in combination, can be healthfully used. Doing an Internet search or waiting for a future article can find recipes.
Shampoos & Conditioners: These products are so varied and numerous that only a very brief description of what to look for can be covered here. It's interesting to note that some people with extremely beautiful thick, luxuriant hair can use products that are found in dollar stores and are full of synthetic ingredients; while others who have fragile, beat up looking hair use only organic shampoos and conditioners and nothing improves. Reading the label is important, as is going with an ingredient list that contains fewer sudsing elements, preservatives, fragrances and colorants. To use a more natural and cost effective shampoo, consider a shampoo bar, especially one that is specially formatted for your hair type. Shampoo bars are easy to use, made with few preservatives as they contain no water, and are easy to pack for travelers.
Important Shampoo Tip
Vitamins & Minerals:
Brushes & Combs:
Important Brush Tip
Some people will only use wooden combs, while others can't be without their wide tooth combs. No matter what type of comb you buy, make sure that you comb/detangle your hair before brushing it. Also, you might first fingercomb your hair before you even start combing it to avoid too much pulling and tugging.
Watch for my next article, "Natural Hair Growth Recipes" and, in the meantime, take good care of your hair.
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