Monday, 28 January 2013

How to Grow Strong, Healthy Hair and Prevent Hair Loss

If you have fine hair that breaks easily like I do, you may find this information very helpful.  Even if you don't, if you suffer from hair loss, hair breakage, damaged hair, this information will be extremely helpful.

I've always wanted that thick Victoria Secrets mane...just like a lion! You've all seen those beautiful women who have long locks that are shiny and soft, yet thick and sexy.  Well, I was not lucky enough to be born with those genes! The texture of my hair is fine and wavy, not the nice waves but crazy unmanageable ones. 

A few months ago I was losing hair by the bundles.  I would say clumps of hair would be falling out of my head when I washed it, when I combed it, when I blow dried it! I was very scared!  I started to do some research on what I could do to help my scalp and hair become healthier to prevent hair loss and the below information is what I discovered.

I have been following this regiment for healthy hair care for about a month now and have noticed a considerable improvement both in the amount of hair loss and the overall health of my scalp and hair.

First, my hair loss has lessened by 70% and my hair is now shiny and manageable.  I hope these tips help all of you.  By the way this is good for both MEN AND WOMEN, this is not gender specific!

Recommended Vitamins for Hair Growth
Biotin - 5000 mcg/day - Supports Healthy Hair, Skin and Nails
Vitamin E - 15mg/day - acts as an antioxidant, helps protect cells from free radicals
Vitamin A - 10,000 IU/ day - supports eyesight, immune system, skincare and vital organs in the body
Vitamin B12 - 2.4mcg/day - supports energy and helps keep the body's nerve and bloodcells healthy
Iron - 18mg/day - an essential component of protein involved in oxygen transportation in the body
Vitamin C - 75mg/day - antioxitant, protects cells from free radicals, aids in making collagen, helps absorption of iron in the body
Calcium supplement - 1000 mg/day - supports strong bones and teeth
Vitamin D - 800 IU - aids in healthy bones, assists with absorbing calcium in the body

**  NOTE: All the above assist with healthy hair and skin...however, I have limited the vitamins that I take to only the Biotin and the Vitamin A and D for now.  I will incorporate Vitamin B12 and Vitamin E soon into my healthy hair routine

** DISCLAIMER: I am not in the medical profession....the above is what I have found through research. Always consult your physician when starting a Vitamin routine

 Ingredients required for Healthy Hair Growth - available at Health Food Store

  • 100% Pure Almond Oil - strengthens hair, nourishes scalp, prevents breakage
  • 100% pure Grapeseed Oil - moisturizing, antioxidant, can be used on skin/hair/face
  • Cider Vinegar - aids in removing product build-up, cleans scalp/hair
  • 100% pure Lavendar Oil - aids in healthy scalp, aromotherapy
  • 100% pure Peppermint Oil - aids in a healthy scalp
  • 100% Pure Rosemary Oil - stimulating follicles, prevents hair loss and premature grey, promotes faster hair growth

 Essential Oils need to be 100% pure


(This is NOT gender specific - works for both men and women)

(Do 1 time per week)
  • 1/3cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/3 cup of warm water
  • 10 drops of 100% pure Rosemary Essential Oil
  • 5 drops of 100% pure Lavendar Essential Oil
  • Place all items in a plastic bottle (same one used for dying hair - make sure bottle is clean)
  • If making a large batch store in glass container in cool area
Mix all ingredients. Apply in the shower before washing hair. Apply mixture on scalp and hair, making sure to saturate entire head. Massage scalp for about 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse and shampoo/condition as ususal.

LEAVE IN TREATMENT - Rosemary Treatment
(Do everytime you wash hair)
  • 10 - 15 drops of 100% pure Rosemary Essential Oil
  • 5 drops of 100% pure Lavendar Essential Oil
  • 16oz. Hot water
  • Place mixture ina  spray bottle
After washing/conditioning hair, comb out tangles. Spray product all over scalp and massage for 3 - 5 minutes. Spray product all over hair and ends. Comb product through hair to ensure all strands are covered with the Rosemary Treatment.  Leave this treatment in hair and finish styling as normal.  You can use mousse and other hair styling products in conjuction with the Rosemary Leave-in Treatment

(Do this once a week)
  • You will need a bottle with a tip (same you use for dying hair)
  • Plastic bowl filled with hot water
  • 10 tsp - 100% pure Grapeseed Oil (use 5 tsp if hair is short to mid-length)
  • 10 drops - 100% pure Rosemary Essential Oil(use 5 drops if short to mid-length hair)
  • 5 drops - 100% pure Lavendar Essential Oil
  • 2 tsp - Vitamin E (use 1 tsp if mid-length) - THIS STEP IS OPTIONAL
  • Mix all together in the bottle
  • Place bottle in the hot water to warm up the oil
  • Comb hair of tangles
  • Start with the scalp - massage oil into scalp, then middle of hair, sides of head and back of head, make sure all hair is saturated with mixture
  • Give yourself a head massage - 10 minutes
  • Work oil through mid strands
  • Work oil at ends of hair
  • Make sure to saturate entire head
  • Place a hot, wet towl on your head and wrap your hair
  • You can blowdry the towel while it's on your head to apply heat to the towl (optional)
  • Leave mixture on your head in wrapped towel for 20 minutes
  • Rinse/wash and condition hair as usual

ALMOND OIL TREATMENT - helps grow hair fast
Leave treatment in hair for overnight or for a day(if possible)
Do this once every 2 weeks
  • Glass bowl for mixutre
  • 2 tsp - 100% pure Almond Oil
  • 8 drops - 100% pure Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 8 drops - 100% pure Lavendar Essential Oil
  • Swirl together in a bowl
  • Comb hair of tangles
  • Start with the scalp - massage oil into scalp, middle, to sides, back, etc.
  • Give yourself a head massage for about 10 minutes(the longer the better)
  • Spay hair with warm water to ensure better absorption of the oil
  • Apply oil through mid strands and ends of hair
  • Make sure to saturate your entire hair
  • Comb hair through to ensure all product has covered every strand.
  • Place hair in a bun and leave treatment in hair for overnight or for a day if possible
  • Wash hair as usual

I hope the above helps you all.  It definitely has helped me and I see a dramatic improvement.  Along with vitamins and taking care of your strands by using the above, you should also eat healthy, fresh, non-processed foods.  High in Omega Fatty Acids, lean cuts of meat, flaxseed, etc. Just a few things to consider.

If you have any questions or want to know more about my hair/skin routine, feel free to send me a message. 

Let's keep all our strands where they belong, ON OUR HEADS!

Ciao for now!
Pebbles Flintstone, aka Maria