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.
Author: Denika Penn Carothers, Natural Hair & Hair Products available at Amazon or at http://www.gethealthyhairnow.com
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.
- Lowered iron stores: This is indicated when the iron stores are reduced but not exhausted. No clinical effects are detected.
- 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.
- 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
Your body is better able to absorb iron if you eat these foods along with foods that provide.
Author: Denika Carothers, Natural Hair & Hair Products available on Amazon. http://www.gethealthyhairnow.com
TextureNourishing is a process by which the hair’s cuticle is sealed by way of a strategic technique similar to flat ironing the hair using HerbalNature styling pomade. It is EXCELLENT for anyone desiring style and versatility with natural hair or hair that is in transition from chemicals. This process may also be used on chemically treated hair.
TextureNourishing is a heat technique (press and pull) over the application of HerbalNature styling pomade or hair oil (www.theherbalnatureway.com). This process produces a dramatic change in the texture and health of the hair. The hair has a smoother, more tamed texture and the benefit is a healthy and nourished head of hair.
Understanding your hair’s texture and needs is important. This process on some textures will require a more firm application and more heat than on others. It is important to note that if you are transitioning, your new growth is stronger and more resilient than the chemically processed hair and will require more heat and a firmer application of the process; the new growth is the superior hair. The chemically processed hair is more fragile and only requires a modest application in order to protect it in its delicate state; the chemically processed hair is the inferior hair. This process is an excellent way to blend the two hair textures if you are transitioning from chemicals without doing the “big chop”.
The process can be done as follows:
- After cleansing the hair with either sulfate-free shampoo or by way of co-washing you can choose to air dry your hair in a few plaits or do a blow out process using a handheld blow dryer.
- After your hair is dry, section your hair into small pieces and apply the HerbalNature styling pomade or hair oil from ends to root to each section being sure to apply it evenly.
- Using your flat iron go down the entire length of the hair shaft being sure to apply more pressure to the new growth than to the processed hair (you may need to go over the new growth 3 -4 times) During the pressing process you are infusing the oils into the hair with the heat.
Proper application will seal the hair’s outer cuticle and lock the bonds straight creating a barrier to moisture which prevents it from reverting to its virgin appearance until hair becomes wet. The natural oils and waxes in the HerbalNature products safely styles the hair straight without compromising the integrity of virgin hair.
This is an excellent alternative for chemical-sensitive individuals or anyone desiring to eliminate the use of chemical processing on their hair. With proper technique and care TextureNourishing can:
- Tame open cuticles that cause frizzy, dry-looking hair
- Allow straight hair styles to last with out reverting
- Elongate tight curl patterns with natural styles
- Blend textures of hair in transition – new growth and relaxed hair
- Add style versatility to natural hair without damaging its integrity
- Create polished, sleek, shiny hair with body and movement
- Transition to natural hair without having to do the “big chop”
- Make hair resistant to moisture, wind and static
Regular application of this process may result in the elongation of the hair shaft and the natural wave pattern in the hair may appear longer. This occurs as a result of the heat process and the nourishing effect of the products penetrating the hair shaft and retraining the bonds to appear smoother. The hair becomes tamed and uniformed in texture and appearance, while closing the cuticle to encourage shiny, strong and healthy hair.
Okay, so after more than 20 years of relaxing my hair I have decided to go au natural and wear my hair long. I went semi-natural for about 12 years (semi-natural meaning I didn’t do a full out perm I just texturized my hair) but I was wearing it very short during that time. I have never had the nerve to wear my hair natural and long before because my hair is so thick that it would just poof out whenever I didn’t relax it.
My mother (who is caucasian) started perming my hair when I was very young because she couldn’t manage it because of the thickness. When I was in high school I stopped perming if for a while but I was pressing it with a hot comb so I have always (except during the time that I wore it short) worn my hair straight. I was introduced to HerbalNature Alternative Hair Products about 2 years ago when I decided that I wanted to grow my hair back out. I was tired of the short look and wanted a new “do”. Using the hair oil on my scalp helped my hair to grow out very quickly. I grew about 7 inches in 1-1/2 years but chose to go back to relaxing my hair. At the time I was only using the hair oil but then of course as I’m sure we all do, you hear about another product and decide to try it and then another product and decide to try that. I did this for about 7 months. My problem with all of these other products was they would weigh my hair down and so after about 2 days of wearing my hair with a little bounce it would get heavy and not swing the way I like it to so I would end up washing my hair often. How many of you know dealing with thick hair is not easy, so imagine washing, conditioning, blow-drying and flat ironing every 2 – 3 days. It would take me literally 3 hours to get my hair the way I wanted it from start to finish every 2 days – that’s alot of time!!
The time invested in doing my hair was bad enough but then my hair started to break and shed alot. decided to put down all that other stuff and go back to what I was having success with HerbalNature Alternative Hair Products. The Hair Tea was the first product I started back with and then I decided that I needed to stay away from heat for a while and so I incorporated the hair pomade into my regimen. I absolutely loved the way my hair felt and looked. After the first tea application I felt a difference in the elasticity of my hair, and after using the tea for one month consecutively I decided to do a flat iron and the first thing I noticed was that my hair was not popping when I pulled it with the flat iron.
Needless to say I was soooo excited and decided that maybe I wanted my hair to grow a little longer. After just two months of incorporating the hair oil back into my hair regimen my hair has grown out 1-1/2 more inches. I’ve decided to see how long my hair will grow. I just love the look and feel of my hair again and I am able to wear it in so many natural styles that I never knew about before, but I am loving it and get so many comments on my hair. Oh let me mention that using HerbalNature Alternative Hair Products affords me the opportunity to transition from chemicals to natural without having to cut my hair off. I will explain that process in another blog. Follow me on my journey of Getting Healthy Hair Now!