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Just a few tips that i found to keep hair healthy

 

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    • Caring for your hair properly means creating a regular hair care routine to counteract dryness, which can contribute to breakage.
    • Once a month try a hot oil treatment, which will lubricate dry scalp conditions as well as moisturize brittle hair.
    • Massage the scalp regularly to encourage oil production.
    • What we traditionally have called nappy hair is just super curly hair, with tight, spring like coils. The coils can vary in size, texture, density and width. When they clump together, they can appear as ringlets. When they separate, as during combing, they frizz into the look we have all come to associate as being nappy
    • Remember that moisture is your friend. Water is the best moisturizer around.
    • Treat hair as a type of fiber, and handle it as such. You would not subject silk fabric to extreme heat or rough handling therefore you should be just as gentle with your hair.
    • Find a style, or set of styles that work with your natural texture and not against it. Kinky, curly, nappy, super curly hair is exceedingly beautiful and can be molded into many shapes and forms.
    • The use of oils and creams will make the hair feel soft and more flexible. Avoid oils and creams that contain mineral oil or petroleum. Skin and scalp experts feel that these chemicals can block and clog your scalp\’s natural ability to produce sebum. If you cannot totally avoid these chemicals, then try to choose products that have them several items away from the top of the ingredient list. Usually the further from first place an ingredient is, the less of it is in the product.
    • Some natural oils to try are olive oil, shea (shay) butter, jojoba and safflower. For more information about oils, see our OurHair Products section.
    • The best way to apply oils is by first wetting the hair, then applying the oil over it. The oil will help to trap and hold the moisture water adds. Creams usually contain water and are a great in between pomade for refreshing a style or on days you do not wash or wet your hair.
    • The type of oil or cream you use in your hair is going to depend on your hair type and may take a little it of experimenting to find what works best for you. Also, the time of year and your hair\’s exposure to the elements will vary your routine.
    • You will find that although natural hair can be washed daily, you may not want to. African textured and Ethnic hair tends to be dry and shampooing can worsen that condition due to the detergents. A better idea is to rinse your hair with plain water daily and then shampoo every 3rd to 7th days. Towel-blot, don\’t rub hair.
    • How often you rinse or shampoo will depend on your activities and your how your hair responds, but generally speaking, out hair reacts better to fewer exposures to detergent and more exposures to plain water.
    • If you prefer not to rinse your hair daily, at least mist it with a bottle of water to moisturize the hair fibers.
    • If you are working with truly African textured hair the most gentle handling can be accomplished while your hair is freshly conditioned and still wet with a WIDE toothed pick-not comb! You may even find that your hair combs easily while you are under the direct spray of your shower so that as the water flows through the hair, your pick will as well.
    • If you comb your hair while it is dry, mist it with a bit of water first or apply a little cream pomade to help the comb glide rather than catch. Go slowly and if you encounter a tangle or knot, loosen it with your fingers, then continue combing.
    • When you rinse or shampoo, keep the hair in a straight back position and only rub in one direction. This can help to prevent tangling and matting.
    • The use of brushes should be kept to a minimum and used to distribute oils or creams. Invest in a soft boar hairbrush. More information can also be found in the OurHair Care section.
    • Include a pH balanced shampoo specially formulated for your hair texture and type, a moisturizing conditioner and a shining gel or spray that adds luminous sheen while it conditions and protects your hair.
    • Try to avoid styling products that contain alcohol, as they can further dry your hair.
    • Try to give blow dryers and curling irons a break. Instead, consider a hairstyle that works with, not against your hair. Popular choices include braiding, cornrows or thread wraps. Don\’t, however, leave braids in place for more than 60 days. Give your hair and yourself a break from prolonged stress. Also, remember to continue regular shampooing and conditioning while wearing braided styles to keep your hair healthy and moisturized.
    • If you have color treated hair, condition weekly to add moisture and offset drying from chemicals.
    • Before you go to bed, wear something to protect your hair during sleep. Use a scarf or cap for straight hairstyles. Apply a small amount of moisturizer to the hair and then put on your cap.
    • To avoid rubbing and to stop hairline breakage, never sleep in any type of hair band that will rub the hairline. If you use a sleep cap, make sure it\’s satin and that it does not go above the ears. You can also resort of a satin pillowcase if you cannot keep a cap or scarf on.

from our hair .net

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Vitamin A – Antioxidant that helps produce healthy sebum in the scalp. Daily Dose: 5,000 IU. Warnings: more than 25,000 IU daily is toxic and can cause hair loss and other serious health problems. Food sources: Fish liver oil, meat, milk, cheese, eggs, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, apricots and peaches.

Vitamin B3 (niacin) – Promotes scalp circulation. Daily dose: 15 mg. Warnings: Taking more than 25 mg a day can result in “niacin flush” – a temporary heat sensation due to blood cell dialiation. Food sources: Brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, fish, chicken, turkey and meat.

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) – Prevents graying and hair loss. Daily dose: 4-7 mg. Food sources: Whole grain cereals, brewer’s yeast, organ meats and egg yolks.

Vitamin B6 – Prevents hair loss, helps create melanin, which gives hair its color. Daily dose: 1.6 mg. Warnings: High doses can cause numbness in hands and feet. Food sources: Brewer’s yeast, liver, whole grain cereals, vegetables, organ meats and egg yolk.

Vitamin B12 – Prevents hair loss. Daily dose: 2 mg. Food sources: Chicken, fish, eggs and milk.

Vitamin C – Antioxidant that helps maintain skin and hair health, plus improves scalp circulation. It is important to maintain capillaries that carry blood to the follicles. Daily Dose: 3,000-10,000 mg. Food sources: Citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi, cantaloupe, pineapple, tomatoes, green peppers, potatoes and dark green vegetables.

Vitamin E – Increases oxygen uptake, which improves circulation to the scalp. It improves health and growth of hair. Since hair health is tied to the immune health, vitamin E is believed to stimulate hair growth by enhancing the immune function. Daily dose: Up to 400 IU. Warnings: Can raise blood pressure and reduce blood clotting. People taking high blood pressure medication or anticoagulants should check with their doctors before taking Vitamin E supplements. Food sources: Cold-pressed vegetable oils, wheat germ oil, soybeans, raw seeds and nuts, dried beans, and leafy green vegetables.

Biotin – Is very important for hair health, it helps produce keratin, and may prevent graying and hair loss. Daily dose: Dosage: 50 mg 3 times daily. Food sources: Brewer’s yeast, whole grains, egg yolks, liver, brown rice, milk, green peas, lentils, oats, soybeans, sunflower seeds, walnuts.

Calcium – Essential for healthy hair growth. Daily dose: Up to 1,500 mg. Warnings: Too much calcium can inhibit the absorption of zinc and iron; An acid found in chocolate can inhibit calcium absorption. Food sources: Dairy, tofu, fish, nuts, brewer’s yeast, beans, lentils and sesame seeds.

Copper – Helps prevent hair loss as well as defects in hair color and structure. Daily dose: Up to 3 mg. Warnings: High levels can lead to dry hair, hair loss and sever health problems. Food sources: Shellfish, liver, green vegetables, whole grains, eggs, chicken and beans.

Inositol – Is vital for hair growth, it keeps hair follicles healthy at the cellular level. Daily Dose: Up to 600 mg. Food sources: Whole grains, brewer’s yeast, liver and citrus fruits.

Iodine – Helps regulate thyroid hormones and prevents dry hair and hair loss. Daily dose: 150 mcg. Food sources: Fish, seaweed, kelp, iodized salt, garlic.

Iron – Prevents anemia and hair loss. Daily dose: 15 mg. Warnings: Too much can lead to malfunctions of the liver and spleen. Food sources: Liver, eggs, fish, chicken, whole grains, green vegetables and dried fruits.

Magnesium – Works with calcium to promote healthy hair growth. Daily dose: 280 mg. Food sources: Green vegetables, wheat germ, whole grains, nuts, soy beans, chickpeas and fish.

Manganese – Prevents slow hair growth. Daily dose: 3-9 mg. Food sources: Whole grain cereals, eggs, avocados, nuts, seeds, beans, peas, fish, meat and chicken.

Potassium – Regulates circulation and promotes healthy hair growth. Daily dose: 3,500 mg. Food sources: Avocados, bananas, lima beans, brown rice, dates, figs, dried fruit, garlic, nuts, potatoes, raisins, yams and yogurt.

Selenium – Keeps skin and scalp supple and elastic. Daily dose: 55 mcg. Warnings: An excess of Selenium can be toxic, leading to the loss of hair, nails and teeth. Food souces: Brewer’s yeast, meat, fish, grains, tuna and broccoli.

Silica – Strengthens hair and prevents hair loss. Daily dose: 55 mcg. Food sources: Seafood, rice, soybeans, green vegetables.

Sulfur (methyl-sulfonyl-methane or MSM) – Sulfur is a main component to hair’s structure. Daily dose: 1-3 g. Food sources: Onions, garlic, eggs, asparagus, meat, fish and dairy products.

Zinc – Zinc and Vitamin A work together; a deficiency in either can lead to dry hair and oily skin. Zinc also stimulates hair growth by enhancing the immune functions. Daily dose: 12 mg. Warnings: Too much can interfere with iron absorption. Food sources: Spinach, sunflower seeds, mushrooms, whole grains, red meat and brewer’s yeast.

these nutrients were found to help hair growth as well.

Coenzyme Q10 – Improves scalp circulation. Increases tissue oxygenation. It is also very important for heart health. Daily dose: 60 mg daily.

L-Cysteine and L-Methionine are two amino acids believed to improve quality, texture, and growth of hair. They help prevent hair from falling out. Daily dose: 500 mg each, and on an empty stomach.

One study of the results of soy on the hair found that it not only strengthened the hair but caused it to grow. Soy protein has also been found to be helpful in stimulating hair growth. A great source of soy is tofu.

 

information gathered from http://www.squidoo.com/hairvitamin

Biotin: thickens the hair strands.

Choline Bitarate: keeps the hair root moist.

Copper: prolongs your original hair color.

Folic Acid: for cell renewal to grow hair.

Inositol: reduces hair falling from the root.

Iodine: regulates the thyroid hormone for hair growth.

Iron: helps reduce balding-Hair falling from the root.

Manganese: produces growth of the hair and nails.

Niacin: produces blood flow to the follicle to produce hair growth.

Pantothenic Acid: produces hair growth and stimulation of new growth.

Para-Amonobenzoic Acid: prevents hair loss and protects follicles.

Riboflavin: prevents dandruff and helps with the absorption of iron.

Thiamine: prevents hair loss.

Vitamin A: keeps moisture in your hair strands so you’ll have less chance of breakage.

Vitamin B-12: stimulates hair growth.

Zinc: produces hair growth.


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