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Eating For Long Hair

Filed under: Long Hair Care — Stephanie at 10:25 pm on Monday, August 11, 2008

One of the secrets to having beautiful long hair is eating well. Genetics play a role too, but you can improve the appearance of your hair by eating well.

Protein is one of the key building blocks of your hair. If you aren’t getting enough your hair is not likely to continue growing in healthy, strong and thick.

This doesn’t mean you need to eat a lot more meat. You can get protein from vegetarian sources that will generally be healthier for your entire body.

Vitamin deficiencies can also show up in your hair, causing premature greying, hair loss, or just dull hair. A healthy diet can help you avoid these.

It is very important to note, of course, that genetics play a role as well, and the healthiest of diets can’t beat something that is going to happen to you no matter what. But you can certainly try!

Just as with any other healthy diet, the basic recommendation for growing healthy hair is to eat a low fat diet with plenty of whole grains, fruits, vegetables and fish. Leafy green vegetables can be particularly good for you. Avoid extremely fatty meats and fast foods. These are good for occasional indulgences, but not as regular fare.

Your hair also appreciates many of the B vitamins. Whole grains, fruit and fish are among the sources for these. But don’t forget vitamins C, E or A. These are also important to healthy hair.

It’s important to take steps like these and to remember that there is only so much you can do for your hair once it has grown. Treating the hair on your head can help it, but eating right will help it to look its best.

You’ll also never beat genetics entirely. You can do your best to eat right, but if people in your family tend to suffer from premature grey hair or hair loss, you’re probably going to face that as well.

Make sure you combine healthy eating habits with good treatment to your hair as well. Use a boar bristle brush to help spread the natural oils of your hair along its entire length. Avoid the use of hot air blow dryers, curling and straightening irons, and the harsh chemicals using in many hair colors and perm solutions. Abusing your hair can set back your hair growth significantly, as well as give it poor texture and make it harder to manage.

Successfully growing beautiful long hair requires a combination of factors, not all of which are within your control. Make the most of what you do control.

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When Long Hair Thins

Filed under: Long Hair Care — Stephanie at 3:11 pm on Tuesday, April 15, 2008

When you decide to grow your hair out long, it’s generally because you love the look of it. It’s one of those little luxuries you enjoy in life.

Which makes it all the more traumatic if your hair starts to thin.

There are a lot of reasons why hair can thin. Sometimes it’s just genetics, and many women do suffer from thinning hair as they age. Nearly 40% of women have some hair loss by the time they’re 60.

The very first thing you need to do is find out why your hair is thinning. There are many possible causes, from undiagnosed chronic Lyme disease to stress to menopause and so on. If you don’t know the cause, it’s much harder to treat the symptom of hair loss.

Sometimes, something as simple as improving your diet can help. Add more foods with protein, iron and zinc into your diet to improve the health of your hair. Supplements may also help.

One of the most common times for a woman to lose some hair is immediately after a pregnancy. A part of this, as I understand it, is due to less hair falling out during the pregnancy, so you see more come out after. Fortunately, the hair does grow back after falling out. This is one of the important times to make sure your diet is healthy, particularly if you’re breastfeeding your baby as well. You both need the good nutrition.

Some medications cause hair loss as well. If you’re having this problem, talk to your doctor about it. Sometimes, but not every time, there will be an alternative medication you can try that won’t impact your hair. It’s certainly worth a try.

Take a look at the things you do to your hair, and think about what you might be doing to it. Excessive washing isn’t good for hair. Neither is using too many styling products. Perms are rough on it. Many hair coloring products, particularly those bought in grocery and drug stores, are rough on it. If your hair is thinning, you may want to consider finding ways to be easier on it. Doctors say these don’t cause thinning hair, but being hard on your hair can certainly increase breakage, which you don’t want.

This can be challenging, as one way to hide thinning hair is to use volumizing products on it. You will have to decide if you want to keep using the products or try giving your hair a break from products to see if it will grow back on its own. This can be a tough choice.

Of course, there are tons of products out there that claim to be good for thinning hair. There’s Rogaine, of course, as well as other, less known products that may have more natural ingredients. I’ve been hearing an ad on the radio lately for a product whose name I can’t remember that claims to regrow hair. No idea if it works at all or not, of course. If it’s in the budget and you want to give it a try, why not? Just remember that regaining your length will take a very long time.

Thank goodness, I’m NOT dealing with this personally. But I’ve been watching my mother deal with a bald patch after having a precancer removed from her scalp, and that got me to thinking.

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Is It Safe to Dye Long Hair?

Filed under: Long Hair Care — Stephanie at 4:59 pm on Friday, July 6, 2007

When you make the effort to grow long hair, you get picky about what you do to it. You come to know how much of a price you can pay for damaging it, not to mention the long growing out time. Experimentation is done only with great caution.

But if you want to dye your hair, you can, even if it’s long. You have to be a little pickier about what you use. Fortunately, there are some great options out there.

You should always pick a hair dye that does not have peroxide. Peroxide can be very damaging to your hair. If you can avoid these, do so. Just look at the ingredients. (There is more where this came from … )

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Gentle Care for Long Hair

Filed under: Long Hair Care — Stephanie at 10:33 pm on Friday, May 4, 2007

When you decide to grow your hair out long, one of the things you have to be most careful about is how much you damage it. You probably know that most dyes and perms are hard on your hair, just as heat is, but the things you do to it every day without even thinking can do quite a bit of damage as well.

When you wash your hair, you may be in the habit of washing the entire length. But really the part that needs it is the roots. So shampoo only that part. The rest will generally be adequately cleaned by the shampoo running down it and by the conditioner you use.

If you think about that, you may quickly realize that this means you should not be piling your hair on top of your head to wash it. Piling it up like that is more likely to damage your hair than just letting it hang down your back as you wash the part that really needs it. (There is more where this came from … )

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The CWC Method of Washing Long Hair

Filed under: Long Hair Care — Stephanie at 1:46 pm on Saturday, April 14, 2007

Long hair needs special care, and the standard routine most people use of shampoo then conditioner isn’t necessarily the best for it.

The CWC stands for Condition, Wash, Condition, and that basically describes what you do with your hair in this method.

Start by wetting your hair. Now apply conditioner to your hair, but not the entire length. You want to skip the conditioner on your scalp. (There is more where this came from … )

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How Important is It to Avoid Silicones When You Have Long Hair?

Filed under: Long Hair Care,Product Reviews — Stephanie at 5:09 pm on Saturday, February 3, 2007

Many people who read about caring for long hair are warned not to use conditioners with silicone products in them. These are products such as Dimethicone and Cyclomethicone, which are found in many conditioners.

On the other hand, many people with long hair have used such products for years with few problems. So who’s right? (There is more where this came from … )

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Long Hair and Dry Air

Filed under: Long Hair Care — Stephanie at 4:17 pm on Thursday, January 25, 2007

This winter has been tough on my hair. Living in southern California as I do, we haven’t had a lot of rain, and of course no snow. Came close, but not quite. We’ve had unusual cold, sufficient to freeze our pipes (practically unheard of here!), and a half inch of ice on the sandbox we filled with water when we realized how cold the nights were.

Not at all kind to long hair.

The air here has been insanely dry and my hair just hates it. I’ve had more trouble with tangling and split ends than usual. (There is more where this came from … )

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