DIY Hair Smoothies

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Learn how to do your own hair treatments and hair smoothies at home for a fraction of the price you would pay at the salon.

There are many things that can affect a healthy head of hair. If you are stressed, or have a bad diet or always wear your hair in very tight styles then the result will be damaged hair and follicles. For advice and tips on things that you do to make sure you can grow your hair long  and healthy read our How To Grow Hair Long article, but for some quick cheats read on.

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Below are some great hair treatment recipes for all different hair types to boost your hair’s natural beauty.

Natural recipes for dry and frizzy or curly hair

Olive Oil Honey and Rosemary Hair Conditioner DRY:

Ingredients: 1/2 cup honey, 1/4 cup warmed olive oil, 4 drops essential oil of rosemary , 1 teaspoon of Xanthan gum, commonly used as a food thickening agent (baking section of all supermarkets);

Method: Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix thoroughly. Apply a small amount to your slightly dampened hair. Massage your scalp and work the conditioner through your hair until it is completely and evenly distributed. Cover your hair with a warm towel or shower cap; leave the conditioner in place on to nourish and condition for 30 minutes. Remove the towel or shower cap; shampoo lightly and rinse with cool water. Dry as normal and enjoy shinier, softer and healthier hair the natural way. The honey in this recipe is for shine and olive oil for moisture. The treatment is enhanced with essential oil of rosemary to stimulate hair growth.

Milk & Honey Hair Smoothie:

Ingredients: 1 can of pure coconut milk , 1 ripe avocado, 2 tablespoons of pure honey or 4  tablespoons of pure honey (for extra shine), 2 tablespoons of olive oil or 3 tablespoons for extra dry hair;

Method: Add ingredients to blender.  Mix at high speed until your concoction reaches a smoothie consistency. Generously apply evenly to hair, from root to ends concentrating on ends…as they are the most prone to frizz. Leave on hair for 15 to 30 minutes. Rinse and see the results!

Natural recipes for thinning or fine hair or hair loss

Beer Rinse:

Ingredients: 1 oz distilled or clean catch rain water, 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar, 7 drops lemon essential oil, 1 ounce beer, 5 drops rosemary essential oil (please do not use this ingredient if you are pregnant), 5 drops calendula essential oil (good for blonde hair but can be used for any hair colour);

Method: Mix all ingredients together. After shampooing your hair use mixture as a final rinse, rinse mixture well with water. The beer will adds protein to make hair shiny and make it feel thicker.

Hair Loss Emu Oil Recipe: Ingredients:

Emu Oil;

Method: Heat Emu Oil until very warm. Rub into your scalp covering all areas completely. Leave on your scalp for 10 to 20 minutes. Shampoo your hair while still dry. Rinse your hair. Shampoo and rinse a second time. Emu Oil hair loss treatments nourish the tissue of the scalp promoting cell regeneration and waking up inactive hair follicles. As a result the hair begins to grow again. Some studies have shown that Emu Oil can rejuvenate the scalp skin tissue and produce as much as 80% hair growth. Also consider taking a  supplement AA plus with Biotin.

Garlic based hair loss remedy:

Ingredients:1 tablespoon of aloe gel, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of garlic juice, 2 egg yolks, 3 tablespoons of chamomile (tea bag content is fine to use), 24 fluid oz of water;

Method: Squeeze juice out of garlic using a garlic press and mix it with honey and place the bowl in the fridge. Boil water with chamomile tea for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Next take the bowl with honey and garlic juice out of the fridge and stir in an egg yolk. Add Aloe Vera gel to the mix;

Method: Use the mix and gently rub it in your scalp. When you run out of the paste, wrap a towel around your head. Keep on your head for 20 minutes and wash once with a neutral shampoo. Rub in the second egg yolk and wash off using only warm water. To finish off, wash your hair off with the previously prepared chamomile tea. Use this mix once a week. If you don’t notice any improvement within a month or so, please see a professional dermatologist and also consider taking a AA Plus supplement (can be found online at 4haircare.com.au ).

Natural recipes for oily hair

Olive Oil Honey and Rosemary Hair Conditioner OILY :

Ingredients: 1/2 cup honey, 2 tablespoons of warmed olive oil, 4 drops essential oil of rosemary , 1 teaspoon of xanthan gum (baking section of all supermarkets);

Method: Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix thoroughly. Apply a small amount to your slightly dampened hair. Massage your scalp and work the conditioner through your hair until it is completely and evenly distributed. Cover your hair with a warm towel or shower cap; leave the conditioner in place on to nourish and condition for 30 minutes. Remove the towel or shower cap; shampoo lightly and rinse with cool water. Dry as normal and enjoy shinier, softer and healthier hair the natural way. The honey in this recipe is for shine and olive oil for moisture. The treatment is enhanced with essential oil of rosemary to stimulate hair growth.

Natural recipes for coloured or damaged hair

Cucumber Rinse:

Ingredients: 1 egg, 1 half-eggshell’s worth of olive oil  (i.e., one portion of the eggshell you broke apart), 1 quarter of a peeled cucumber;

Method: Blend the egg, olive oil and  peeled cucumber in a blender or food processor until smooth. Spread evenly through your hair, leave on for 10 minutes then rinse thoroughly. This treatment can be used monthly for best results.

Avocado hair moisturizer:

Ingredients: 1/2 of peeled and mashed avocado, 1/2 cup of mayonnaise, 3-4 drops of vitamin E oil;

Method: Add 3-4 drops of Vitamin E to avocado and mayonnaise and either use a blander to combine or mash with a fork. Apply on hair and put a shower cap on. Keep on for 20 or so minutes and wash the hair as you usually would. You can also just use this recipe and apply it to frizzy and damaged ends only. For a deep conditioning effect, wrap the hair with warm towel instead of shower cap. Also consider taking a  supplement AA plus with Biotin for a hair growth.

If you have any remedies that you swear by let us know and we can post them on the site. Email info@4haircare.com.au

Avocado And Oil Mask

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www.4haircare.com.au Yes, I know.. it looks kinda gross. But trust me, this two ingredient concoction is effective.

What you’ll need:

  • half of an avocado
    1/4 cup olive oil

Scoop your avocado into a bowl and mash the crap out of it with a fork. I mean, really mess it up good.
Pour your olive oil into the mashed avocado a little bit at a time, mixing as you gradually add more.
Rub onto wet hair and also rub into the scalp.
Let sit for 35-45 minutes. Rinse and wash hair with a little dollop of shampoo.
I did this last night and it felt great! Just prop your feet up with a good magazine and let the mask work it’s magic. If you have any extra, rub onto your shoulders, arms, neck, chest, stomach.. whatever. It feels great all over.

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Hair Treatment for Regrowth

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www.4haircare.com.au If you are trying to regrow your hair then there are two main options that have been proven to be effective. One type of hair treatment blocks DHT and the other helps the body utilizes amino acids to create protein.

The difference between hair loss in men and women is that men start losing it in their thirties and forties and women tend lose it in their forties and fifties. However if the hair loss is due to stress then it can happen at any age.

DHT Blocker Therapy in the bottle.

There is a treatment known as AAPlus Tablets that comes in formula for both men and women. This formula has a lot of ingredients in it that are very helpful for growing hair.

First, off it contains Vitamin B6 which assists the body to create energy by turning carbohydrates into glucose. It is also known as pyridoxine.  Normally you would find this vitamin in food sources such as Vitamin B6 is present in foods such as salmon, shrimp, chicken, turkey, milk, brown rice, cheese, carrots, spinach, whole-grain flour, salmon and shrimp, among others.

This hair supplement also has biotin in it. Biotin keeps hair strong, rich and shiny. It also helps scalp cells and hair follicles repair themselves. However biotin is also a very rich source of protein.

Magnesium is also part of the mix. Magnesium is an essential mineral in hair growth. Magnesium has been shown to reduce inflammation in cells that can cause baldness. Many people in Australia are deficient in this mineral.

For it to be effective you need only take two capsules per day with a glass of water.

This supplement also contains horsetail herb. This herb contains silica which is a sulphuric component that is essential to growing your hair and keeping each single hair for as long as five or six years.

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Cell Therapy

There is a treatment called Capelli Medici Max Growth and Script hair therapy. This type of therapy is supposed to speed up your hair growth and create visibly longer, thicker and stronger hair. The secret is the amino acids in the formula. Amino acids are what are needed to create protein and hair is made mostly of protein.

The script line is actually a series of hair products including shampoos and conditioners meant to enhance hair growth.  This line of hair products is also marked by it he fact it is free of parabens and formahdehydes.

This therapeutic treatment line can be used for both men and women. The mission of the company is to give you the longest, fullest and thickest hair possible.

The formula is also made to nourish and support a type of protein known as keratin. This type of solution helps prevent a situation where hair is visibly thinning. You start looking like your balding when you have lost about 25% of the hair on your scalp.

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Female Hair Loss

Women are born with 100,000 hairs on her scalp. The right treatment can help her keep that hair for life. However sometimes hair loss is hereditary in which case you could be losing more than 150 hairs a day. This means you do need some kind of assistance so it will grow back strong, healthy and shiny.

The insidious thing about hair loss is that it can be quite gradual. It can take as long as five years for one hair follicle to fully stop functioning and die. Yet another thing to keep in mind is that hair grows in cycles. It can take months to grow and then months to fall out after the scalp was somehow traumatized.

Another reason that women lose their hair is because they are not getting enough nutrition. That is because women are prone to going on fad diets. The result is thin breaking hair. Fad diets are notoriously low in the vitamins and minerals that you need to grow healthy hair. They are also low on protein which is essential for hair to grow at all.

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Endocrine (hormonal) conditions, such as diabetes, thyroid disease and polycystic ovary syndrome, can also cause hair loss. Other medical conditions that can cause hair loss are kidney disease, liver disease and lupus. Some cancers including leukemia and lymphoma can cause hair loss even before treatment begins.

Some medications have hair loss as a side effect and some might interact with certain ingredients in hair supplements. Drugs that cause thinning hair or reluctant regrwoth include acne medicines like isotretinoin, mental health drugs like lithium, and diet pills that contain amphetamines. Chemotherapy drugs for cancer are the best-known for causing cases of total baldness in women.

The good news is that if you are a woman experiencing hair loss either of these therapies can go a long way towards helping you restore your hair. However, before you try any type of hair therapy you should check with your doctor, especially if the hair loss is mysterious and you have no idea what might possibly be triggering it!

Ingredient Benefit
Purified Water A specially prepared water used in cosmetic and personal care products.
Stearylkonium Chloride A conditioning agent for the hair.  Reduces static electricity.  Adds shine and acts as a de-tangler.
Glyceryl Stearate An emulsifier which holds the water and oil phases together.  Slows the loss of moisture from skin with natural barriers.
Cetearyl Alcohol  A combination of Cetyl and Stearyl Alcohols derived from Palm Oil, with emollient properties for smoothing and softening hair (cuticle) and skin.  Lather booster.
Panthenyl Hydroxypropyl Steardimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Butylene Glycol, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Extract, Trigonella Foenum-Graecum Seed Extract A unique system designed to enhance the appearance and the condition of the hair through action at scalp, root and hair fiber iteself.
Polyquaternium-37, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Trideth-6 A rheology modifier, and thickener.
PEG-40 Castor Oil An emulsifier to hold oil & water phases together.
Panthenol  Panthenol  is a precursor to Vitamin B which enters the hair shaft and oxidizes to panthenoic Acid (Vitamin B) and remains there to restore plumpness and resilience to the hair.
Hydrolyzed Keratin Protein  Derived from sheeps wool, this extract contains the needed amino acids to help repair damaged hair and nails.
Tocopheryl Acetate A Vitamin E  ester that is converted by the skin’s enzymes back to Vitamin E which is an anti-oxidant.  Helps prevent free radical damage.  Natural moisture binder allowing skin to breathe.
Cetrimonium Chloride A conditioner for the hair bringing softness to the hair.  Contains anti-static properties.  Enhanses sheen and silkiness.
Fragrance  Tropical mixture of ripe Pineapple and exotic Coconut.
Disodium EDTA Enhances the preservative system without parabens and promotes product stability.
Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin A bacteriastat to protect the product from bacteria growth.  Derived from sage essential oil. Safe and effective food grade preservative.

Amazing Hair Facts

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www.4haircare.com.au There are lot of stuff that you do not know about your hair.
Fact #1
Most people have around 100,000 hair follicles in their heads. You cannot increase them. You are born with it and no products can make it grow more follicles. However some people might have more due to genetic reasons. Some examples

  • Red heads – 90,000 hair follicles
  • Black hair – 110,000 hair follicles
  • Blond hair – 130,000 hair follicles

A person’s genes determine the hair/skin/eye color since before his or her birth. The determinants for hair color are known as melanocytes. These cells form the natural hair colors, or pigments and distinguish between black, brown, and red. Depending on the percentage of each pigment, the person has blonde, brown, red or black hair. As the melanocytes decay during a lifetime, the hair becomes a dull gray and later on it turns into a whitish color.

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Fact #2  Your hair turns gray because the pigment cells known as melanin in your hair follicles are not working properly. The hair bulb usually degrades in production as you age or when you are stressed. It is possible for your hair to turn white from shock… but not overnight! Hair pigment is produced in the hair shaft beneath the skin, so it would take about 13 days for any white hairs to show. Stress is also a major cause of hair loss.
Fact #3
You can’t repair split ends on your hair.
The only way to get rid of it is by cutting it. And keep the hair health by proper treatments, like our 4step Hair Rescue SPA
Fact #3

If you pluck out one of your hair, a new hair will start to grow from the hair follicle.
Fact #6

Hair loss by changing shampoo is one of the most asked hair facts.
Shampooing frequently can result in more hairs in the TELOGEN phase to fall out faster especially if the hair is shampooed more energetically than usual. This is why, whenever there is a change in the shampoos or conditioners, or a move to new brushes, loose hairs are often found for two or three days after the change.
The extra hair loss has nothing to do with the product and will settle in a day or two. Usually, you will find that the hair that you lost will start to grow back almost immediately
Fact #7

When you are born, you have around 1000 follicles per square centimetre. When you reach 25, it falls to around 600 per square centimetre but can vary depending on the individual. By your mid 30s to 40s, your hair follicles will reduce to around 300 or less. After that, there won’t be any significant drop.
Fact #8

Each follicle can grow many hairs over a lifetime: on average, each grows a new hair around twenty times. 90% of scalp hairs are growing and 10% are resting.
Fact #9
When your hair is wet, it can increase its length by up to 30% and still return to normal length after it’s dried. If you stretch your hair too often you can damage it and cause breakage to the hair shaft.
Fact #10

A hair grows by 0.3 to 0.5mm per day – about 1 to 1.5cm a month and 12 to 15cm a year. Depending on the individual, the hair follicle can grow up to 1 metre in length before it stops growing.
Fact #11

Waist-length hair is 80-90 cm long, and will have taken about seven years to grow. Shoulder length hair will have taken only about three years. Thus only people with long ANAGEN times can expect to grow their hair down to the waist.
Fact #12

If you damage your scalp, your hair follicle will start a new growing phase. Cuts and wounds will cause the hair to grow around them provided that there is no scarring in the hair follicle.
Fact #13
The width of the hair shaft is determined by your genes, and is not affected by anything you do to your skin or to the hair shaft itself.
Fact #14

Hair is the second fastest growing tissue in the body. Only bone marrow is quicker.

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Fact #15

Your hair is made of keratin, the same ingredient as your fingernails. Keratin is a type of protein generated by your body’s stem cells.
Fact #16
A single hair can support up to 100 grams in weight and a whole head of hair could support up to 12 tonnes – the equivalent of two African elephants!
Fact #17

Usually East Asians hair are often very straight and always black in color. Caucasions have the most varied form of hair. They range from the fair-skinned people of north-west Europe to the widely varying peoples of the Indian subcontinent. Their hair may be either wavy or straight, and the diameter varies widely too. The color ranges from black to a pale blond that is almost white, including just about every possible shade in between. People with African origins usually have black and curly hair. It tends to be dry and woolly.African hair grows more slowly and is more fragile than European hair. Asian hair grows the fastest and has the greatest elasticity.
Fact #18
Forty percent of women by the time they reach menopause will have female pattern (hereditary) hair loss. Over 50% of men by age 50 have male pattern hair loss.
Fact #19
Women often experience major, but reversible, loss of hair two or three months after giving birth. The massive production of the hormone oestrogen during pregnancy puts hair follicles into their ‘growth phase’. After the birth, the hormonal balance is restored and the hair follicles go into the ‘loss phase’, causing a large number of hairs to fall out at once.
Fact #20

Usually people will only notice that you are balding when you have lost almost 50% of the hair in your scalp. When you reach that stage, it might be too late to recover back all your hair. See Preventing Hair Loss for solutions now. www.4haircare.com.au

Longer Hair – How to Avoid Damage

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www.4haircare.com.au When you’re enthusiastic about hair care and dedicated to a healthy hair journey it can be difficult to be objective about your hair. It’s easy to talk about things that keep the hair healthy like gentle handling, good conditioners, laser treatments and low manipulation, but if those were the only things that mattered, everyone’s hair would be doing great. In reality, despite meticulous efforts to grow a long, thick head of hair, many women still struggle to maintain length and reach their other hair goals. To get past a length hurdle or stop persistent breakage you have to realize one important thing: Damage is unavoidable. If your hair isn’t making progress that means it’s being damaged faster than it can recover. Many women already steer clear of heat and chemical treatments, but mechanical damage is still an issue and it can be difficult to recognize.

What’s my own secret to grow hair long? How do I get it to grow so long?

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I wish I had an answer for everyone, but the truth is that there is no magical solution. Because while there’s no one top-secret magic pill you can take, there are Pandora box solutions you can do to help speed the process along.
Weaknesses in your hair care routine will catch up with you as your hair gets longer. No matter what your hair type, the longer your hair gets, the more demanding it will be. Shoulder length hair is already about 2 years old so any weaknesses in your hair care routine will begin to show, just like bad eating habits start to catch up with you as you get older. If you hit a plateau in your healthy hair journey– if you want it to look halfway decent – so here are my tips for doing so!

  • get at least ½ inch cut off by a professional,
  • stop hash brushing and blow dry your hair, and
  • apply a reconstructing treatment every week or two:
Trim regularly, but not too much and not too often. You’ve likely heard people tell you that if you want long hair, you need to trim it regularly. This is partly true and partly false. No one wants raggedy ends – so when they start to split, you should get a trim. Otherwise, you could end up with hair that’s difficult to brush or comb, which may result in losing hair. Split ends, not protected by cuticle also contribute to dryness of your hair shaft. However – and this is a big however – you don’t want to trim too much hair off at a time, and you don’t want to trim too often. Hair is already dead, if that makes any sense, and so cutting it is not going to change whether it grows more or not. The trimming is just about keeping it healthy and neat. Frazzled ends, no matter how long your hair is, aren’t sexy on anyone.

Minimize damage by combing and brushing less. Every time you move or touch your hair, the cuticle layers of each strand rub up against each other and cause tiny abrasions, similar to light scratches. Those little abrasions may not affect how your hair looks or feels but they’re always there. If you rub and pull your hair and then follow up with a comb or a brush, you’ve inflicted a lot of stress on your hair at one time. Yes, there are some women who can comb and brush their hair all day without a problem, but those women usually have thick strands and very few (if any) kinks or coils. Finer strands break more easily than thicker strands.

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OK, so there are all sort of crazy rules you have to follow about brushing and combing your hair in order to grow it long and perfect. LIKE: Do not even THINK about brushing it when it’s wet. You can only brush it when it’s dry, and preferably before every shampoo, so you distribute the oils over every strand to protect them from shampoo and don’t have to detangle much post-shower -hair is most vulnerable to breakage when it’s dripping and you’re roughing it up with a towel.

Keep the heat styling to a minimum. I know this is going to be a hard one for some of you who like to have perfect hair everyday. When you’re out of the shower, comb out wet hair and tangles with a wide-toothed comb. And that’s it. You’re not allowed to blow-dry your hair too often ! Or flat iron it, or curl it! Seriously! If you’re serious about growing your hair long like a fanatic, at least. That’s the biggest lesson you’ll learn from reading the Long Hair Community message boards posting about crimping your hair in one of those forums would be like waltzing drunk into an A.A. meeting. No one would be feeling you. So if you’re seriously trying to grow your hair long, curb your hair tool enthusiasm at least a little bit and, again, patience is key. I only blow-dry my hair about once a week – after keratin treatment to bond keratin to hair! Usually, once over the weekend is good enough for me. Because not only is it damaging to your hair, the longer it is, the more of a pain in the ass it is to blow out. Learn how to work with the natural texture of your hair. My hair is naturally wavy, so I generally blow-dry and apply styling product I’m currently obsessing over. If you need more polish, you can wrap it into a bun. And you’d be surprised at how much men prefer a natural look;   The other plus side of this is that when you actually do spend the time to do your hair, it makes it that much more exciting. Think of it like applying false eyelashes – if you did it everyday, would it still have the same effect? Kim Kardashian, for example – she looks exactly the same no matter what she’s doing, whether she’s going to a red carpet event or going to the gym. Where’s the fun in that?

Deep condition once a week.
I’m talking a full treatment here, where you first towel-dry your hair and then let it sit with the conditioner for at least 20 minutes.
OK, OK, OK. How bored are you about reading about how important it is to deep condition? Answer: not as bored as I am about writing about it. I’ve written the same article 10 times! Because, intensive treatments are crucial if you want healthy long hair, and I promise you that no one will ever tell you otherwise. I love to do this and lay by the pool, or under laser hood so that the heat from the sun or laser red light activates the conditioner or keratin mask even more. You can also wrap your hair in plastic wrap (or use a shower cap) and then wrap a warm, damp towel around it for the same effect.  Use hair oil on dry split ends: anything really works here.
Diet and vitamins play a key role in the health of your hair. Biotin (often found in those “hair, skin, and nails” formulas) is one vitamin in particular you may want to try. Your body needs nourishment for your hair to be healthy, just like your skin. You can imagine that a healthy diet full of nutrients is going to impact your hair; think of the case of the anorexic whose hair falls out. Protein and iron are especially important for strong, healthy hair. I use only one and only product tablets AA Plus, everything hair needs to grow and keep away from shedding in one bottle.
Whatever you do, just don’t make the mistake of thinking you’ve avoided damaging your hair. The only way to avoid damage is not to touch your hair as it grows out of your scalp, and we all know that’s impossible. If you love your hair, you want to style it and show off its beauty. There’s nothing wrong with that. You wouldn’t buy a beautiful new sweater and leave it on the shelf all the time. What fun would that be? Instead, you have to wear it lightly, wash it gently, and get small holes mended as soon as they appear.

Hair Growth by Protecting from Damage.

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www.4haircare.com.au Hair growth is a universally fascinating subject. Across almost every culture, inordinate attention is given to the hair on the head, and social significance is attached to hair style. Very long hair is especially interesting, not only because it takes years to achieve lengthy locks, but because not everyone can do it.

Lets see the importance of treating the hair with the up most care and respect by removing unnecessary damage.

Here are SIX facts about hair growth summarized:

  1. Hair grows half (1/2) an inch per month
  2. Hair is not alive but dead
  3. The natural life cycle of a single hair strand is 2-6 years, and your scalp can shed as many as 60-100 hairs per day.
  4. Cutting the hair has nothing to do with growth.
  5. Hair breaks because it is excessively dry or abused!
  6. Hair is 90% protein.

Hair Grows half (1/2) an inch per month

A: The speed of hair growth is roughly 1.25 centimeters or 0.5 inches per month, being about 15 centimeters or 6 inches per year. Of course the rate of one’s hair growth can either be faster or slower. With age the speed of hair growth might slow down to as little as 0.25 cm or 0.1 inch a month.
Cell division is responsible for the hair growth cycle. The new cells push the hair forward to make it longer, so the new hair is added at the root. There are about 100.000 hairs on a healthy scalp of hair.

Genetics, diet, age, hormones, overall health, and environmental factors all contribute to the rate of hair growth. Some of these factors are out of your control but there are some things you can do to increase the rate of hair growth. Usually, fast growing hair is also healthy, so even if you try some of these tricks like protein keratin protection, or laser treatments and your hair doesn’t grow as fast as you hoped, you will obtain healthier, shinier hair.

See here protein keratin protection, or laser treatments page.

Regardless of the speed of growth; in most cases, the hair is always growing.

I use this 6-step model to formulate realistic predictions about my hair growth. Every two months I briefly analyze my hair and search of notable growth and thickness.

Hair is NOT alive but DEAD

It is important to understand that hair is dead. It cannot defend itself from damaging hair tactics and hair products. YOU have to actively protect the hair by practicing preventive hair-care methods.

Hair can only be preserved. The longer you keep the protective layer of the hair (the cuticle layer) intact; the quicker the hair will become longer. Preserving the hair strand is the key to how hair obtains longer length.

It is not about making the hair grow faster. You just have to provide an atmosphere where your hair is either breaking off significantly slower than it is growing. OR, create an environment where the hair can do nothing but grow.

For example:

Start taking care of your hair better by being nicer to it. Hair falls out naturally on its own so be sure not to ruin its pattern. The gentler you are to your hair, the less likely it will fall out faster. You don’t want to cause breakage because it will make your hair shorter and thiner within a short period of time. Protective hairstyles such as braids, and buns are perfect for creating a long-hair-growth environment. The key to such hairstyles are they promote low-manipulation.

It is very difficult to eliminate the opportunity of hair becoming damaged. Many people wear protective styling for long periods of time. Some people apply excessive moisture to the hair while styling.

Also brush your hair carefully when putting it up, but never brush it wet. Brushing wet hair causes lots of breakage and frizz. If your hair is wet, be sure to brush it out with a comb as gentle as possible. Some people have naturally tangled hair. If you are stuck in this situation be sure to take care of it properly. You should go to the store and buy a detangler. Then work through any knots with your fingers, do not pull on them. This will make tangled hair much easier to brush through as well easier work with.

The fact of the matter is, if you are using a hair care regimen that prevents the hair from breaking off; then every two months you should see an inch of hair.
Remember, if you are experiencing chronic breakage; you will not see longer hair. Your hair will remain the same length, if not shorter.
The key is preservation of the hair strand and preventing breakage.

The natural life cycle of a single hair strand is 2-6 years, and your scalp can shed as many as 60-100 hairs per day.

How hair is able to reach long waist-length. Each hair on the body has its own growth cycle consisting of three phases. Anagen is the period during which the cells are deposited on the hair shaft in the hair follicle, lengthening the hair. During catagen, the hair stops growing and the follicle retracts. During telogen, the follicle rests. The hair may be shed during the telogen phase or it may be pushed out of the follicle by a new hair as anagen begins again.

According to science 85% of all of our hair is within the growing phase. So, most of the time our hair is growing.

Howse uses a time frame of hair constantly growing for 2-6 years to illustrate that a single hair strand can grow from 12 inches  in length all the way up to 36 inches. I have read sources that claim 3-7 years of growth; so the growth cycles of a single strand of hair, can and does vary, among different people.

These are realistic possibilities for all cultures and races. Just imagine how long your hair could get if you preserved the same hair strands for six years or so? For many people, three extra feet of hair amounts to waist-length.

Women with extraordinary long hair practice GREAT discipline. It takes a lot of patience and hard-work to almost completely eliminate hair breakage. You have to be willing to put in the work.

You can help combat your hair’s dryness by using an appropriate water-based moisturizer that is pH balanced. I will continuously emphasize the significance of the pH level of the hair products you use because it will eliminate the guessing game.

Oils should be used last, after you have moisturized your hair. The most you can hope for, WITH OILS, is that they help prevent moisture from absorbing into the air.

I focus more on getting the cuticle to close simply by using light heat such as that from a hair dryer; OR a water-based hair product with a pH between 4.5 – 5.5. Most hair products that you purchase will be a pH of 7.0 which is still slightly too alkaline to close the hair cuticles and lock in moisture.
A pH of 7.0 will not cause the cuticles to close and seal in moisture. If you do not want to buy pH strips; then consider using natural oils or grease to lightly coat the hair after you have applied a water-based moisturizer, of course.
Greasy hair products do not protect the hair long. To prevent your hair from becoming matted and dry, you will have to routinely replace the lost moisture since the grease and/or oil will eventually get wiped away by anything and everything that touches it.
You are taking a gamble when you rely on oil as your only means of moisturizing and/or protecting the hair.

Cutting the hair has NOTHING to do with growth

There was a time when I thought the hair grew from the ends. Why? I don’t know!

I was taught in order to get the hair to grow, you must cut your split ends. I never liked the idea of cutting an inch of hair that I had worked so hard to gain. But this was the norm, so I did it.

I actually thought that once the ends of the hair were cut, there was a signal sent to the brain to make the hair grow faster. Boy, was I dreaming. How ridiculous it is to believe that dead hair could possibly cause the body to have any kind of response.
Apart from the receptors within the scalp, the hair has no way of sending the body information about its condition. The only way for us to understand our hair is through visual perception and our sense of touch.
Some women enjoy incorporating trimming into their hair care regimen. Maybe it is a psychological thing. I have heard women mention that trimming helps prevent tangles and ragedy-looking hair. Such concepts are subjective and not supported by anything other than one’s personal preference-which is completely fine.
I try to keep my hair care methods based on facts not opinions.

I doubt you will see me part-taking in cutting my hair to attain length. I am only interested in discovering creative methods for keeping those old ends. Since I have learned about pH balance of the hair; I have yet to see ends that look damaged, or even ragedy.

Some women trim their hair for a more even, neat look; and some because they think the damaged ends will destroy the entire hair strand by continuing to split up.

The only time I advise trimming the hair is if there is a single-strand knot; or you want a fashionable hairstyle.
Every book I have read about hair supports the notion that cutting the ends is insignificant to acquiring healthy hair. Hairstylists are the culprit for spreading such groundless ideas. Sources based on scientific, factual information, will tell you that cutting the ends has absolutely nothing to do with the hair’s health, the hair’s strength, nor the hair gaining length.

Hair breaks because it is excessively dry or abused!

I bet when you were brushing your hair or styling it with the curling iron, you never once thought that you were treating your hair within an abusive manner.
When you have a hair type that is already structurally prone to dryness; and you decide to elevate that dry condition; then you are practicing abusive methods.
This breakage problem that we have  IS NO JOKE.

You cannot use chemicals improperly, burn the life out of your hair, contantly pull on the hair, whether it be from hair weave, synthetic braids, or hair accessories and still expect to have long, healthy hair.

I am surprised that our hair still remains on our heads after all of this drama.

Sometimes I wonder,  if the shoulder-length hair that persists, in spite of our abusive methods, is due to the six-inches of hair that we gain every year just from our hair constantly growing.

I would not be surprised to find that most of the hair that we start with at the beginning of a year becomes broken and replaced by new hair by the end of the same calendar year. This is very, very disturbing to me.
I, seriously, believe the damage that we do to our hair is under-estimated.
If you really think about it, most women do not have hair gracing the shoulder. If I could give an educated guess, I would guesstimate that most women have six-inches of hair. The six-inches reflecting the new hair that will grow regardless of one’s hair care efforts (based off of 1/2 inch per month model-12 months=6 inches of hair).

Months and years should not be passing by without you seeing improvements within your hair. You do not need to wear fake hair in order to get your hair under control. Dry  damaged badly grown hair hair is not unmanageable; it is simply managed poorly.

Hair is 90% protein

Note hair is not all protein; just mostly protein. Protein is only one aspect of how the structure of hair is formulated. But clearly protein is significant in helping to preserve the protective layer of the hair.

Protein is a great additive for damaged hair. Damaged hair are porous hair. Hair can become porous when the cuticle becomes damaged from over-manipulation. Abusive styling methods, damaging styling tools, and improper use of chemicals can actually chip away at the protective layer (cuticle) of the hair.

Research shows that since hair is made up of protein, using products that contain protein such as keratin, biotin, wheat, and so on can actually fill in the open holes (pores) of a damaged hair cuticle. The protein will attach to the cuticle allowing it to mimic strong, healthy hair.

This almost sounds to good to be true.

I do not like to hope; I LIKE RESULTS.

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The only down-side is that the protein does not attach to the hair permanently. As soon as the hair becomes wet, and shampooed, the protein enhancement will become removed. So, the protein deposits only give the hair extra strength, temporarily.

However, temporary strength is better than constant fragileness and vulnerability to breakage.
It is so important to understand how the hair products that you use everyday is affecting your hair. Not all hair products have protein. Is you hair severely damaged and fragile? If so, maybe you need more protein wihtin the ingredients of the products you choose.
If your hair is healthy displaying flexibility and shine; then protein may sit too heavily upon your hair strands and actually cause breakage. Products heavy in protein are not for every hair type.
If you want those old ends to stay attached to your hair; there has to be a system in place that is efficient at protecting the hair shaft. When you understand the science of hair every other aspect of preserving your hair will make a lot more sense.

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Always remember, right knowledge corrects wrong behavior.

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Eat Your Way to Hair Growth

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www.4haircare.com.au In the body’s pecking order, hair is a non-essential organ. If your diet is lacking, nutrients are diverted to higher-priority organs, and hair misses out. The result is hair that’s dry and slow to grow.

Beating this is simple – just make sure you eat a well-balanced diet rich in fruit and vegetables, with at least two servings of protein a day and large amounts of energy-giving wholegrain carbohydrates. This will ensure optimum nutrition for the entire body and your hair will get its fair share. It’ll then grow at its maximum speed (normally around 14mm a month), strength and thickness.

As with skin, what you eat affects your hair. Hair follicles rely on nourishment from the bloodstream, but they compete with the rest of your body for nutrients.

You can also help prevent particular hair problems with diet. This doesn’t mean that a good breakfast will beat a bad hair day – what you eat will not affect the hair that has already grown, but it will affect new growth. Dietary effects on hair may take up to 6 months to be visible even though changing your diet may begin affecting the growth of hair in a much shorter time period. Nor can you eat your way out of a bad hairdo. No amount of vitamins will repair hair that’s chemically damaged or split. But you can help some other things.

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Oily hair
While naturally oily hair is genetically determined, if your hair has suddenly turned oily, check your spice intake. Foods that cause the skin to sweat like curries or chilli also cause the scalp to sweat and this increases oil levels.
Dull hair

Lack of shine in your hair means that it’s not reflecting the light properly. Healthy hair is formed with a flat cuticle, and when light rays hit this they bounce back. That’s what creates the shine. However, if the cuticle on the hair lifts, that reflection won’t happen and hair will look dull. So why does the cuticle lift? While chemical processes like bleaching are the most common cause, lack of protein also causes the hair to grow with a lifted cuticle. It is recommended that you eat 0.75g of protein (like lean meat, poultry, fish dairy products, nuts, seeds or pulses) per kilogram of body weight a day.

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Dry hair

This is one of the common symptoms of essential fatty acid deficiency. This is particularly true if your hair is flyaway and frizzy. Boost by eating nuts, seeds and oily fish like mackerel. These foods also supply protein, which is vital for glossy hair; without it, the hair forms with a lifted cuticle which reduces the hair’s natural protection, making it easier for, moisture to evaporate and drying to occur.

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Hair that won’t grow
The B VITAMINS, which provide the body with energy, are vital for hair growth. If your energy levels are low, hair growth slows down. Eating little and often will help to keep energy levels up. BIOTIN also helps create thicker, faster-growing hair. fantastic product designed for hair growth and containing very high dose of biotin – aa plas tablets.

  • Good sources of B vitamins include seafood, spinach, oatmeal and other whole grains, soybean products, lean dairy, lean meats, bananas, lentils, potatoes (with the skin), peas, beets, broccoli, and artichokes.

Thinning hair
This tends to be linked to iron deficiency. Ensure you’re reaching around 14.8mg of iron a day from a supplement , like AA plus or by filling your diet with lean red meat or dark green vegetables. Also, too much vitamin A (over 10,000 units a day) can lead to hair loss. This is only likely to happen if you are taking in high levels of A-heavy foods or if you’re mixing supplements. If you are, stop. Vitamin A is toxic to the body and hair loss is the first sign of this. If you want extra vitamin A for your skin, increase your intake of fruit and vegetables.

    Useful Tips for Better Hair Diet

  • Wholesome diet is better than harping on particular diets.

  • Green leafy vegetables and hair-friendly spices like cumin and turmeric and cumin help you restore lustrous and healthy hair.

  • Take fruits as a variety to your diets.

  • Apply fresh coconut paste on the scalp to nourish the hair roots.

  • Some proteins harden to form keratin, the structure making up a strand of hair. Without enough dietary protein, your body does not have the necessary materials to build new hair, so strands may be weak or produced very slowly.
  • Healthy protein sources include lean meat, fish, eggs, nuts, beans, and soy products. Ensuring you have enough protein in your daily diet will literally give your body the building blocks for new hair growth.
  • Make sure you meet your recommended daily intake of Vitamin C. Having a Vitamin C deficiency can cause dry, dull, and weak hair that is prone to breakage.
    Your body uses Vitamin C to build collagen, a fiber essential to the production of new hair cells. Without Vitamin C, your body will also have a hard time absorbing iron, so it’s doubly important to make sure you get your daily dose, particularly in combination with iron-rich foods.
    Good sources of Vitamin C include citrus fruits, pineapples, strawberries, guava, broccoli, kale, and peppers.

The bottom line is all the bodily activities get fuel from diet. Common hormonal imbalances, nutrition deficiencies and less blood condition can be addressed through proper diet or proper supplements.

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Hence to maintain self-esteem and increase confidence on your hair, you should first take care of balanced, wholesome and staple diets or correct vitamins/minerals. External treatment for hair growth is secondary.

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Honey Hair Conditioner

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www.4haircare.com.au Honey is made by bees from the nectar of flowering plants and trees. It is high in vitamins and minerals, and has wonderful benefits for the skin and hair. Honey is a good humectant and emollient, serving as a good moisturizer and conditioner.

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Directions for using honey in hair.
Add a teaspoon of honey to a teaspoon of shampoo, or use honey by itself as a wonderful hair pack and conditioner.

Work 1/2 cup through your hair (using more or less according to your hair length).

Put a plastic shower cap or bag over the hair for 20 to 30 minutes to let your body heat optimize the conditioning benefit of the honey, then shampoo and rinse thoroughly.

Herbal Hair Shine

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I’ve read quite a few blogs that recommend using packaged herbal, black or green tea blends as a final rinse. Herbal hair rinses can be used in place of conditioner for some and are also wonderful for those who are sensitive to shampoos and conditioners. The acidic nature of herbal hair rinses gently cleanse, condition, and strengthen the hair and scalp.

The first few months into my natural lifestyle revamping, I did the packaged tea blends. And as much as I liked the convenience of just popping a tea bag into the water without much fuss on my end, I found I wasn’t getting exactly what my hair needed.

My dry hair needs herbs that help moisturize and add smooth for detangling..I don’t need herbs that are added strictly for flavoring. So, after a few months, I studied the properties of organic herbs I found at my health food store and mixed my own “teas”. Now my hair is thriving. This is, hands down, my favorite DIY tip.

What you will need:

Marshmallow root
Horsetail
Rosemary
Sage
Ginger

1 pint glass jar or larger
2 large mixing bowls (one larger than the other)

Slow cooker or stove top pot

I decided to cook the herbs in a slow cooker versus steep them in boiling water on the stove. This created a concentrated herbal rinse which is what I wanted. Either method is effective. If you choose to steep the herbs, allow them to marinate for at least 30 minutes to an hour or more.

I used 4 tablespoons of marshmallow root and 1 tablespoon of horsetail, rosemary, sage, and ginger, then added as much distilled water as my slow cooker would allow. I slow cooked the herbs for a few hours, cooled and strained the herbs in my glass jar, then added about 5 drops of rosemary essential oil.

After saturating my loosely braided hair with water in the shower. I then proceeded to use the double bowl method to use the rinse. Place the smaller bowl inside the large bowl and put them on a counter or floor with a towel underneath. Flip your hair upside down and slowly pour the herbal rinse on your hair and into the small bowl. You can now pour the rinse back into the jar and repeat continuously until your hair fills saturated and clean. This was the most soothing hair cleansing method I’ve tried to date and the fresh smell of the herbs was intoxicating. Felt like a nourishing spa treatment.

This rinse is a pH of 5, and will remove excess oils from your hair and scalp without stripping your hair. My hair felt soft and clean and was easily de-tangled using my new tangle free method. I followed by applying a mix of hemp, castor, and grapeseed oil to almost dry hair since I ran out of my beloved argan oil. Here’s a brief description of the herbs I used and a few others to try based on your hair care needs.

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Marshmallow root–natural detangler and conditioner
Horsetail
–mineral rich with silica to promote hair growth and hair elasticity
Rosemary
–stimulates scalp circulation, fights dandruff, promotes hair growth
Sage
–keeps hair dark, fights grey
Ginger
–increases scalp circulation, combats hair loss
Comfrey root
–moisturizes dry scalp and hair
Elder flowers
–gives lustrous shine to hair and hydration
Watercress
–great for oily hair by removing soap and oil residue, contains minerals, iron, and phosphorus
Strawberry leaf
–also wonderful for oily hair
White willow bark
–clears dandruff and sebum buildup
Nettle
–increases healthy hair growth and manageability
Peppermint
–improves scalp circulation
Catnip
–promotes healthy hair by preventing split ends while conditioning hair (only need 1 tsp when using)
Basil
–promotes healthy hair growth
Burdock root
–increases shine and gives body to limp hair, soothes dry scalp, and combats hair loss
Marjoram
–softens hair while strengthening hair strands

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The Importance Of Hair Mask

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www.4haircare.com.au It is winter time and your hair tries to play funny tricks with you and by the end of it you can imagine yourself as having a bad hair day. According to the seasons one has to take care of their hair. Winter always plays havoc on your hair so taking care of your hair during these times would make sense.

The HAIR MASK works in different manner in comparison to the conditioner. The concentration level of hair mask is much more than that of the conditioner. With the high concentration of moisturizer your hair is given the extra treatment for those bad hair days. This used once a month would be good enough rather than the daily use of your conditioner. Worse the hair condition better the hair mask will work on you. It will help in creating the extra shine and look to create that impact. These masks come in different brands as well as you can prepare it home and use it. It will show a great deal of improvement and your hair would be very manageable. There are many ingredients which work in favor of making an excellent mask like honey, egg, almond, yogurt, avocado, olive oil as well as use of fruit which can give your hair that extra suave touch.

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