Why You Should Take Supplements AND Use Transdermal Products

healthy scalp Denika Penn Carothers

For almost every woman who has been pregnant and taken pre-natal vitamins, you know that one of the benefits is strong, luxurious and growing hair. I remember for me personally, especially when I was pregnant with my son, my hair was amazing. It had an amazing shine, it was healthy and it grew about 5 inches. After I had him however, and stopped taking the pre-natal vitamins, what I experienced was thinning in the area of the widow’s peak which is towards the front of the hair line.

Instinctively I knew that what I was experiencing was as a result of no longer taking the supplements in addition to all of the nutrients that were being depleted from my body by this amazing baby boy through breast feeding. Twenty five years ago I realized the importance of taking supplements internally for optimal hair health and growth.

Fast forward 15 years and I learned about transdermal products and their effectiveness in supplying the body with needed nutrients. To understand how transdermal products work you need to understand a little about the skin. Years ago the skin was considered a barrier. Today we know that the skin is a permeable layer through which chemicals pass directly into our bodies. The skin is made up of several layers: the epidermis (the part we can touch), the dermis (where the blood vessels live) and the subcutaneous tissue called the hypodermis. A product that is transdermal is able to penetrate all three layers, delivering medication or nutrients through the bloodstream.

In order for transdermal delivery to take place the molecular structure of the product needs to be small enough to penetrate. This enables the product to be absorbed into the skin, or in the case of your hair the scalp, in order for delivery of the nutrients to take place. If a product contains oils or ingredients that have a larger molecular structure than the skin, they will just sit atop of the scalp and not allow for penetration. What this means is that even if the product contains ingredients that are great for hair nutrition and hair growth, the nutrients are not able to penetrate for optimal benefit because the molecular structure of the product is larger than the skins.

When the body is nutritionally deficient, which is the underlying cause of many hair issues, and we take internal supplements for the hair, because the body is an intelligent system it is going to pull nutrients for those organs that are more deficient, i.e. the kidneys, liver, etc. So what is left over will be delivered to the hair, which might not be a whole lot depending on the deficiencies. Using a transdermal product, such as can be found at http://www.theherbalnatureway.com, can provide the hair with direct delivery of the needed nutrients. This is why it is always a good idea to use internal supplements and transdermal products in conjunction with one another for optimal hair health and growth.

Remember as within, so without. What manifests on the outside of the body is always a reflection of what is going on inside the body. For more information on how to have healthy hair, visit http://www.gethealthyhairnow.com.

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Multi-Textured Head of Hair (excerpt from What Is My Hair Type? And What Difference Does it Make?)

Multi-Textured Head of Hair Denika Penn Carothers

Do you have the experience of more than one texture of hair on your head? Are some parts wavy while others have tightly coiled curls? Do you have some parts that are completely straight and do not curl, say at the nape or at the front of the head? Is it frizzy, tight and course in the crown of the head? Welcome to the world of the multi-textured heads of hair!

The reason for different textures could be as a result of heat or chemical damage or the Creator just must have made you that way. The first reason will eventually resolve itself, the second we all have to live with. So how do you manage a head of hair that is multi-textured? Firstly by accepting it! It is important that you accept that that’s just how your hair was created (trust me adopting this perspective makes your relationship with your hair a lot easier lol).

Most heads of hair experience two different textures. Usually the most different texture is in the crown of the head where the hair tends to be more coarse and of a tighter curl definition. Many naturals also experience a completely different texture of hair at the nape or around the edges. If you are like me you may also experience different textures on either side of your head. I have a looser curl pattern on the left side of my head than I do on the right, my hair at the crown is tighter and tends to be more frizzy, and at the nape of my neck my hair is softer.

Learning how to provide the needs of each texture will make life a whole lot easier on “hair days”. Based on the philosophy that your hair is only as strong as its weakest link, you want to ensure that you give each part the tender, love and care it needs. Here are some tips for you:

1.  Always section your hair before detangling. This will ensure that each section gets what it needs.

2.  Be sure to use products that are designed to address the issues that you consider to be the most challenging. If your hair is very dry and frizzy, use products that are specifically formulated for this being sure to give more to the areas that require more.

3.  Be sure to add a protein conditioning treatment if your hair is very coily and dense. This will effectively help the hair to retain moisture and strengthen the weaker strands. Be sure to always follow a protein treatment up with a deep conditioning treatment that provides moisture.

4.  Apply your styling product in sections, especially when trying to achieve a wash and go. This will ensure adequate coverage and give you the ability to thoroughly work the product through the hair while smoothing and defining the hair in the process.

5.  Use sets such as braid-outs and twist-outs to blend the different textures so they look uniformed. If your ends are straight you can blend by using flexi rods or a curler on the end rolled on an angle like a candy cane.

If you are consistent with these practices, you should start to experience the hair becoming trained and will see results such as stronger, more defined and manageable hair.

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Essential Oils and Your Hair

Essential Oils and Your Hair

Essential oils are beneficial for many things, one of them being our hair. The best thing about essential oils for me is that they are all natural. They come from the heart of nature and I am a firm believer that everything we need for health, and cures for sickness, disease and ailments can be found in nature.

Some of the best essential oils and their benefits for hair are:

  • Chamomile Oil – Is considered to be one of the most soothing essential oils for hair and scalp. It keeps the scalp from drying out and is great for dry brittle hair.
  • Peppermint Oil – Stimulates circulation and blood flow to the scalp, improves hair growth and is very nourishing.
  • Myrrh Oil – Great for dry scalp and helps to treat dandruff. It is also great for the skin.
  • Lavender Oil – Helps with itchy scalp and aids in preventing dandruff; helps to prevent breakage and improves hair growth as it conditions.
  • Rosemary Oil – Stimulates the hair roots, promotes healthy growth and increases circulation to the scalp.
  • Tea Tree Oil – A natural hair tonic that helps prevent bacterial and fungal problems. It unblocks sebaceous glands and stimulates the scalp.

There are some key things to know when working with essential oils:

  • Most essential oils should never be used undiluted on the skin. Instead they should be combined with carrier oils.
  • There are a few essential oils that are generally recognized as safe to use undiluted. Lavender and tea tree oil are two of them.
  • Most essential oils are high in antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties.
  • Never use an undiluted essential oil on a baby or child as children have much more delicate skin than adults have and tend to be sensitive to the potency of essential oils.
  • Avoid the following essential oils while pregnant or nursing and skip using them completely in your first trimester: Aniseed, cedarwood, chamomile, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, ginger, jasmine, lemon, rosemary & sage (this is only a partial list. Do your research).
  • To test if you’re sensitive to an essential oil combine one drop with ½ tsp carrier oil and rub on the inside of your arm. Wait a few hours and if no redness or itching develops you’re most likely okay to use it.
  • Do not take E/O’s internally, especially oils like wintergreen and eucalyptus. In fact there are some essential oils that are considered toxic and should be avoided even through skin contact so it’s best to do your own research. Luckily though these are NOT common E/O’s.
  • Keep all E/O’s out of the reach of children and avoid eye contact.

Author: Denika Penn Carothers, Natural Hair & Hair Products available at Amazon or at http://www.gethealthyhairnow.com

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My Hair Is Challenged!

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No matter your hair type or texture, there are some challenges that are experienced by everyone with a head of hair.

Challenge #1 – DRY/DULL/FRIZZY HAIR

These are the most common complaints amongst individuals when it comes to their hair. Dry hair is a problem that every one of us has experienced at one time or another. Causes of dry hair can range from a too little water intake to too much product buildup to harsh chemicals in hair products. The first question I ask of persons who complain about dry hair is “are you drinking enough water?” To which most people answer “I don’t really drink water”. If this is you and you are experiencing dry hair, this is where you need to start. According to Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D, the average adult human body is comprised of on average 50 – 65% water. The percent of water depends on your hydration level. Thirst is a key indicator that you have already lost 2 – 3% of your body’s water. If your body is dehydrated, so is your hair… as within, so without. Remember water = moisture.

If you know you are consuming adequate amounts of water and are still experiencing dry hair try the following:

  • Be careful not to use too many alcohol based products.
  • Deep condition regularly.
  • Read your product ingredients and investigate if your hair might be having a negative reaction to one or more of them (for me personally Shea butter and my hair do not combine well)
  • Add natural oils to your styling regimen. I always apply my oil to wet hair either before or after my leave in conditioner. The oils I have found work well for me are coconut, jojoba, sweet almond, avocado and grapeseed.
  • Clarify when necessary to dissolve product build-up which can make the hair appear dull and dry.
  • When using protein treatments, be sure to follow up with a deep conditioning treatment.

Challenge #2 – HAIR GROWTH

When it comes to hair growth, I believe that less is more… the less you do to your hair the more it will grow. Remember that hair normally grows ¼ to ½ an inch a month. These are the key practices that can aid in regular hair growth:

  • Maintaining a clean scalp.
  • A healthy diet and proper nutrition consumption
  • Handling your hair gently
  • Proper hydration (drink 8-10 glasses of water a day)
  • Trim hair to avoid split ends

Challenge #3 – SPLIT ENDS

Scheduling a regular trim (every 3 – 4 months) with your stylist will help you to prevent split ends and also aid in maintaining the shape and style of your hair. In between trims it’s a good idea to protect your ends by sealing them daily and wearing protective styles when necessary.

Challenge #4 – DAMAGED HAIR

Your hair is your crowning glory, it is precious and so you must handle it carefully. When detangling your hair be gentle. I recommend using your fingers to detangle but if this seems like an impossibility for you, you want to remember to detangle gently using a wide tooth comb. Be sure to start at the ends of the hair and work your way up to the roots. Remember that hair is more fragile when it is wet so take care to be gentle with it.

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Hair Loss & Iron Deficiency

Hair loss is quickly becoming a growing (no pun intended) and major concern for many women and men. The truth is that hair loss can cause a great deal of insecurity within the person having the experience.

The bottom line truth is that hair loss is usually caused by some form of deficiency occurring within the body. It is not a “normal” thing that comes with getting older. Most people shed 50 to 100 strands of hair daily. With about 100,000 hairs in the scalp, this amount of hair loss shouldn’t cause noticeable thinning of the scalp hair.

One of the most common causes of hair loss in pre-menopausal women is not hormones, but a nutritional deficiency, with depleted iron stores being the most important factor. However, there are many factors that can contribute to hair loss in both men and women.

Iron is a mineral that is a necessary nutrient needed in the blood. The most important function of iron in the human body is helping the production of both hemoglobin (the substance that carries oxygen within red blood cells) and myoglobin. Myoglobin is a form of hemoglobin found in muscles. Iron is also involved in the oxygenation of your body’s red blood cells.

It is understood that levels of iron play a significant role in various body functions however, it is also essential for the normal growth and maintenance of hair. If the amount of energy used up by the body is not replaced by food intake, then other non-essential stores will be used up. Unfortunately, this means the hair cells, as they are not a vital part of living.

In order to maintain an adequate balance of iron in the body, the amount excreted must be replaced by the amount ingested. When the amount of dietary iron absorbed is insufficient, a negative iron imbalance occurs, and consequently, iron stores are called upon to make up the deficit.

The fall of iron stores normally passes through several stages: lowered iron stores, iron depletion and iron deficiency anemia.

  1. Lowered iron stores: This is indicated when the iron stores are reduced but not exhausted. No clinical effects are detected.
  2. Iron depletion: Shows up in laboratory tests. Hemoglobin concentration may be well below ‘normal’ for that individual’s reference range. If the patient increases their iron intake, the hemoglobin may respond by increasing.
  3. Iron deficiency anemia: No iron is left remaining in the bone marrow. Hemoglobin production falls to the point where concentration is well below the reference range. It is important to note therefore that iron deficiency (low iron stores, i.e. low ferritin) can occur even if the patient is not clinically anemic and has normal hemoglobin levels.

Excellent natural sources of iron are

  • Red meat
  • Egg yolks
  • Dark, leafy greens (kale, spinach, collards)
  • Dried fruit (prunes, raisins)
  • Iron-enriched cereals and grains
  • Mollusks (oysters, clams, scallops)
  • Turkey or chicken giblets
  • Beans, lentils, chick peas
  • Liver
  • Artichokes

Your body is better able to absorb iron if you eat these foods along with foods that provide.

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