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Benefits of Peppermint Oil for Hair

October 21st, 2014

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Peppermint oil is derived from the peppermint plant which is a cross between water mint and spearmint and is a native to Europe and the Middle East. Currently, the peppermint plant can be found in many parts of the world including North America. Peppermint oil like many others including, tea tree oil and emu and jojoba oils, provide multiple benefits to the hair and skin when applied topically. This oil houses multiple beneficial components including calcium, iron, potassium and copper, Vitamin A and C as well as omega-3 fatty acids. Together, all of these minerals and nutrients work together to combat a number of hair and skin ailments.

Combats Dandruff: Peppermint oil helps to balance the pH within the scalp. Our hair and scalp sebum (oil) has a normal pH balance between 4.5 and 5.5. When the pH balance is thrown off on our scalp we can experience bacteria, fungi and other related issues. So it is important to make sure that the pH is kept at its natural acidity. If you find that you are experiencing some of these issues on your scalp, peppermint oil may be the perfect natural solution. Applying a diluted topical solution of peppermint oil to the skin to help combat buildup on the scalp.

Encourages Hair Growth: When applied to the scalp, peppermint oil not only reduces dandruff but it can also stimulate the scalp allowing for improved blood flow. With improved blood circulation comes an increase in oxygen which our hair follicles need in order to thrive. Since hair growth is determined by the state of the hair follicle it is crucial that the follicle receives the oxygen and blood flow it needs. This increase in blood flow and oxygen allows for healthy hair growth.

Improves Hair Appearance: Another benefit to using peppermint oil on the hair is that it also improves hair shine and even hair volume. Whether you are diluting peppermint oil with other oils, or if you choose to use a shampoo or conditioner formulated with peppermint oil, you will notice an improvement in how your hair looks and feels.

Applying Peppermint Oil

If you do choose to use peppermint oil for your skin, it is suggested that you dilute it. Although peppermint oil has a multitude of benefits, it is very strong when left in its original concentration. Without diluting this oil, you may experience some skin irritation because of its potency. To dilute peppermint oil or other strong oils like tea tree oil, simply mix 3 to 4 drops of the peppermint oil with 1/2 tsp of carrier oil. Or you can mix 6-8 drops of peppermint oil to 1 tsp of carrier oil.  Some examples of carrier oils include jojoba oil, olive oil, sunflower seed oil, and sweet almond oil.

You can also look for a shampoo or a conditioner with peppermint oil. Simply look at the list of ingredients and look for either peppermint oil or its binomial name Mentha Piperita Oil. If you are nervous about making your own peppermint oil concoction, using haircare products can be just as effective, especially if they contain other important ingredients to maintain hair health and encourage hair thickness and hair growth.

Horsetail and Hair Health

October 7th, 2014

horsetailWhat is Horsetail?

Horsetail is a prehistoric plant that is also identified by its other names including puzzle grass, bottlebrush, snake grass and pewterwort and its botanical name, Equisetum Arvense. This tall green plant with its hollow bamboo like stems serves as a beneficial ingredient especially in regards to hair growth. Over the past few weeks we have gone more in depth into the benefits of a variety of different ingredients including caffeine, copper peptides, jojoba oil, keratin as well as others, and this week will be no different as we explore the benefits that horsetail extract has on hair.

The Benefits of Horsetail

Horsetail extract is believed to stimulate hair growth because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Horsetail contains selenium, cysteine and silica which are some of the reasons why this plant serves as a great ingredient for hair health and hair growth.

Selenium- Selenium is a chemical element that has the ability to create selenoproteins.  These proteins assist in stimulation of the hair follicles which can lead to hair growth. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, adding a daily multivitamin containing the mineral selenium can help to improve nutrition which can help with overall hair growth and hair health. Another benefit that selenium can have on hair, is its ability to reduce build up and dandruff on the scalp. This frees the hair follicles, allowing the hair to grow in more easily.

Cysteine- Cysteine is a semi-essential amino acid which also serves as a means of contributing to healthy hair. Cysteine does its job for your hair by serving as one of the building blocks for proteins. The organs in our bodies thrive off of protein, and our hair is no different. Protein, especially keratin, is one of the main contributors to healthy hair growth and hair health and without the ample amount of protein, hair can appear to be dry, brittle and it may even result in hair loss.

Silica- This trace mineral has been shown to assist with strengthening blood vessels which results in improved circulation. As mentioned in a previous post, blood circulation is extremely important in regards to hair growth because with improved circulation comes improved oxygen output which can help stimulate hair growth on the scalp. Oxygen is crucial for our bodies to thrive, and our hair and scalp are no exception. Silica has also been shown to keep hair, skin and nails strong through its importance for the skin’s connective tissues.

As you can see, the many elements of horsetail come together to produce multiple benefits for hair growth and overall hair health. Horsetail can be found in both dried herb and liquid forms including hair care products such as the Regenepure DR hair loss shampoo and the Regenepure Intense Volumizing Biotin Conditioner.

Caffeine and Hair Growth

September 30th, 2014

Benefits_of_Coffee_for_Hair_Growth_imageA Brief Look at DHT

Dihydrotestosterone also known as DHT, is a hormone that is derived from testosterone. This particular hormone is known for its contribution to hair loss, more specifically androgenic alopecia (Male Pattern Baldness). When DHT reaches the hair follicles it actually shrinks them, making it progressively more difficult for the hairs to grow; this process is known as miniaturization. When miniaturization takes place it not only makes it more difficult for hair to grow, but when it does, it tends to grow for shorter periods and becomes finer and thinner.

Although DHT can be a huge culprit of hair loss, there are ingredients you can use to prevent it from reaching your hair follicles. Some of these DHT blocking ingredients include minoxidil, ketoconazole and even caffeine.  According to a study issued in the 2007 International Journal of Dermatology, caffeine can actually increase hair growth between 33-39.4%.

How to get Caffeine to Your Follicles

While the study performed by German researches concluded that caffeine can benefit hair growth by a significant amount, it is important to note how to get caffeine to your hair follicles in the most practical and safest way.  In order to achieve hair growth by blocking DHT with caffeine, you aren’t going to want to do it by ingesting loads of coffee and other caffeinated foods and beverages. Studies have shown that in order for an ample amount of caffeine to reach your hair follicles for hair growth, one would have to consume about 60 cups of coffee a day.

We all know that consuming 60 cups of coffee a day could end in disaster, so instead of consuming caffeine, apply it topically to your scalp. There are plenty of hair loss shampoos that are formulated with caffeine that will safely block the DHT and awaken your hair follicles for healthy hair growth. If hair growth is your ultimate goal, you will also want to look for other beneficial ingredients like ketoconazole and copper peptides.

How to use Shampoo with Caffeine

When applying the shampoo to your hair, make sure to massage it into your scalp thoroughly.  This will not only ensure that the shampoo covers all areas of the scalp, but it will also help improve the circulation within the scalp, which has also been shown to help with hair growth.  Additionally, once the hair loss shampoo is massaged into all areas of the scalp, make sure to leave it on the skin for about 3-5 minutes before rinsing. Leaving the shampoo on the scalp for a few minutes will give the caffeine and the other DHT blocking ingredients time to be able to absorb deep within the follicle.

Copper Peptides and Hair Growth

September 23rd, 2014

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Past posts have gone into detail about the benefits of ingredients like silk protein, Keratin, jojoba oil and biotin. This post will continue the trend by highlighting the ingredient, copper peptides.  Copper peptides are yet another ingredient that can have a positive impact on not only hair and skin health, but hair growth as well. Continue reading to learn more about what copper peptides are, along with their benefits.

What are Copper Peptides?

GHK-Cu or Copper Tripeptide-1 can be found in the human body.  However, as we age the level drops from around 200ng/ml to 80 nl/ml.  This protein compound is made up of 3 amino acids and can be found in various cosmetic products.  Some of these include shampoos and conditioners as well as antiaging treatments.  The reason copper peptides are so popular among many topical treatments, is because of the multitude of benefits it provides for the skin and hair.

Benefits of Copper Peptides

Hair growth: As mentioned before, copper peptides have been shown to assist with hair growth.  Copper Tripeptide-1 has even been shown to have a similar result on hair growth as a 5% minoxidil treatment. Minoxidil treatments are used to treat hair loss, more specifically androgenic alopecia, more commonly known as male pattern baldness.

Copper Peptides help encourage hair growth by blocking the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which has been shown to curb hair growth. DHT is converted from testosterone thanks to the enzyme known as 5-alpha reductase.  Copper peptides however, can help to stop this process because of their ability to   obstruct the enzyme, therefore blocking the production of DHT and further hair loss.

Microcirculation: All the organs in our body need oxygen, and our hair follicles are no different. Without the ample amount of oxygen, our hair follicles are unable to thrive, and because our hair health and hair growth is determined by our hair follicles, it is extremely important that we address our hair troubles directly from the root.

Copper peptides assist in this increase of oxygen with their ability to produce new blood vessels from previous vessels. This process is known as angiogenesis and is often associated with certain forms of exercise. Similarly to our bodies when we perform aerobic and endurance exercises, when copper peptides increase the amount of blood vessels in our hair follicles, the amount of nutrients and oxygen is also increased, ultimately leading to healthier circulation and hair growth.

Repairs Skin: Copper peptides are also popularly known for repairing skin.  Not only are copper peptides supposed to assist with hair growth and microcirculation, but they have also been shown to encourage the production of collagen and elastin.  Collagen and elastin are both structural proteins that can be found in connective tissue.  As we age, we start to lose both of these which results in saggy skin and wrinkles.  This is probably one of the main reasons why you will be able to find copper peptides on the ingredient list on many anti-aging products.

To bring this back to hair growth, because copper peptides help to boost collagen and elastin, they also increase the fat cells on the scalp.  According to study on hair growth performed at Yale University, an increase in fat cells on the scalp could significantly increase hair growth as it strengthens the hair follicles.

Tip: If you are looking for ways to regrow and nourish your hair, or repair your skin, look for Copper Tripeptide-1 when scanning product labels so you can achieve the above benefits.

Three Natural Vitamins in Food That Help Regrow Hair

August 22nd, 2014

green and red healthy foodFruits are known for their healing properties, but did you know that they can also help stimulate hair growth? Due to the prominent amounts of Vitamin C in fruits such as grapefruit, strawberries and papayas, eating these nutrient rich foods will keep your hair strong, voluminous and rich in color. Of course, it’s important not to overdo it, but keeping a healthy diet while incorporating these particular fruits will cause you to see a dramatic change in hair quality. Other fruits rich in Vitamin C include oranges, lemons, kiwis and tomatoes.

To keep your scalp in pristine health, you have to load up on potassium. Foods that are rich in potassium include white beans, avocado, salmon, and bananas. Eating a balanced amount of potassium will also help prevent hair loss. You can speed up the hair growth process by using a hair loss shampoo combined with scalp treatments to see a major difference in less time!

If you have issues with your hair follicles, whether it be that they are weak, or lacking moisture, eating foods rich in iron will help solve this issue. Oysters, onions, raisins, apricots and pumpkins are great examples of iron-rich foods that taste good and are even better for you! Depending whether or not you are a vegetarian, eating meats can also aid in getting your iron count up.

When dealing with issues, especially dealing with the scalp or hair, it’s important to look within first before taking rash actions to correct it. Changing your diet and learning to incorporate healthier and nutrient-rich food will make a world of difference not only in your hair but also in your emotions and mentality.

Main Types of Hair Loss

August 19th, 2014

Main Types of Hair LossWe talk about hair loss and the different ways it can happen in our articles, but we’ve only skimmed the big names. It’s time we tell you more about the kinds of hair loss known to date, and their causes. It’s the classic “nature vs nurture” dilemma, because hair loss can happen genetically, or due to outside sources.

Androgenic Alopecia

This is the most common form of hair loss, due to the genes you inherit. Once thought to only come from the mother’s side of the family, you can inherit hair loss from either parent. It’s also known as “Male Pattern Baldness,” presumably because most men that go through hair loss follow a similar pattern.

MPH usually begins with a receding hairline, beginning from the temples and diffusing across the scalp until a “wreath” of hair is left across the sides and the back of the skill. This can sometimes start atop the scalp with thinning hair that turns into a bald spot. There is a type of “Female Pattern Baldness” that also effects men, though more common in women. This type of Androgenic Alopecia has more thinning characteristics as the dominating feature, where the hair across the head becomes incredibly thin, but baldness and total hair loss do not occur.

The causes of MPH have mainly come down to hormones and genetics. Men and women with abnormally high volumes of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) suffer from hair loss because DHT directly effects the growth of hair. During times of puberty, DHT increases hair growth on the body, eventually slowing down. However, later in life, men specifically have higher levels of testosterone known as “free testosterone”, possibly due to the slowdown of development, and this free testosterone is converted into DHT. The scalp tends to have the highest volume of DHT secretion/conversion, and this abundance suffocates the hair follicles, causing hair loss.

In terms of genetics, it comes down to the “diathetic-stress” model, or more simply put it’s in the genes, but needs a catalyst. It’s been commonly said to come from maternal heritage, because the X chromosome contains the androgen receptor (AR) gene, or the receptor for testosterone. However, the variant of the AR that causes baldness is recessive, and there is still much research to be conducted on the multifactorial variables that come to play in genetics and hair loss.

The largest effects people have noticed with MPH are psychological. Men, and women, tend to become more stressed about their physical attractiveness and body image. They tend to find the experience distressing because it is unwanted, and nothing that they can directly control. Thankfully, these days there are multiple kinds of hair care treatment and hair loss shampoos in these modern times to fight hair loss.

Alopecia Areata

This type of hair loss is most commonly known as “Spot Baldness.” Hair loss starts with a bald spot on the head, and then depending on the classification of spot baldness, it can have multiple appearances. There are multiple kinds of spot baldness that can diffuse across the scalp, there can be one or multiple bald spots, the baldness can spread across the entirety of the head, and it can even happen along the beard or body hair.

Typically, spot baldness starts with small bald patches in the affected area. There are no visible underlying causes of the skin or the scalp, however there are psychosomatic symptoms such as a tingling or even painful sensation where the hair is lost. The causes are strictly genetic, and it comes down to two hereditary characteristics: the genotype itself, and an autoimmune disease. Spot baldness can happen through several genetic causes, but an autoimmune disorder is the most popular concept. It is believed that the body attacks its own anagen (growing) hair follicles, and eventually suppresses or completely stops hair growth.

Mild cases of spot baldness go untreated, because unless an autoimmune disorder, the body will balance things out and the hair will spontaneously start to grow back. However, in the more severe cases, there is no end-all treatment. The main medical treatments today are topical ointments and creams containing diphenylcyclopropenone. For most, the ending solution is a hair piece or wig.

Traction Alopecia

This is an explicitly external source form of hair loss that is an effect of consistent styling. Hairstyles that apply a puling force to the hair, such as braids, cornrows, and tight ponytails, will eventually wear down the hair follicles and lead to gradual hair loss. Another cause is tight fitting headgear, whether for safety or for fashion.

Being an externally caused form of hair loss, there is no medical treatment for it. The most common treatment is surgical to restore the hair that is lost. There could be a chance of restoring hair follicles with some forms of hair care treatment aimed at reactivating dormant hair follicles, such as minoxidil spray. However, this is simply speculation, and not tested.

Telogen Effluvium

Discussed in an earlier article, this type of hair loss is characterized by an increase of shedding or thinning of the hair. Typically caused by psychological stress, among other causes, this type of hair loss alters the normal hair growth cycle. However, removing the cause can undo the effects with high volumes of shedding. The most common form of shedding is “Anagen Effluvium,” caused typically by exposure to radiation, such as chemo therapy.

There are many ways hair loss can happen, and there are many different types and/or classifications of each form of hair loss. Not all types can be directly treated, but there is always a chance of balancing things out or reversing hair loss with hair care treatments.

Shedding – A Natural Part of the Hair Growth Cycle

August 12th, 2014

Shedding Hair LossWhat is the hair cycle? In laymen’s terms, a hair cycle is “the lifespan of a hair from sprouting to shedding.” The normal hair growth cycle is broken into three stages: anagen, catagen, and telogen. Hair growth is an ongoing process, and not every hair is growing or shedding at the same time. Makes you wonder how our hair doesn’t look uneven all the time, but the majority of our individual hairs are uneven anyways. 85% of our hair is growing, 15% is resting, and these percentages can vary on what stage it is in, and how far along in the stage it is.

Anagen – This is the growth phase of hair. Although the hair itself is dead and can’t really “grow”, the follicular bulb within the scalp is growing the hair out. This can last anywhere from 2-6 years.

Catagen – This is the resting phase of hair. Seeing as our hairs are almost always growing, when the hair enters this phase, it stops growing. During this stage, the hair turns into a “club hair”, or the tip becomes club-shaped. The follicle attaches to the shaft of the hair, cutting off its blood supply and suffocating it. This is a 2-3 week period of transition, however hair the can “rest” for up to four months.

Telogen – This is the last phase of a hair’s life cycle. It is known as the shedding and the hair growth phase. Hairs shed at a normal volume, about 10% of your total hair, nothing to be worried about. Following this stage, the anagen phase starts back up again. The telogen phase lasts between 2-4 months before the hair is shed completely, pushed out by a newly forming hair.

What is shedding?

As briefly noted in the telogen phase, shedding is the ejection of hair from the scalp wherein a new hair is forming/sprouting. The normal human sheds about 100 hairs a day between grooming, showering, and other daily activities. However, shedding can sometimes shift from an acute behavior that is normal, to a chronic behavior that tends to become a disorder.

The most common disorder of shedding is known as “Telogen effluvium.” It is a temporary increase in shedding, usually causing the telogen phase to last longer than normal. It can be an ongoing disorder, but in most cases it will work itself out. There is another form of hair loss that is chronic, known as “anagen effluvium,” or more commonly “alopecia areata,” when the growing phase of hair is interrupted due to an immune system disorder that attacks hair in the anagen stage. Hairs at this stage become very thin, but this is different from thinning hair.

Triggers

Just because someone is starting to shed though does not mean they should panic. As mentioned, shedding is a normal part of the hair life cycle. Only when it becomes a chronic condition, like in Telogen effluvium, should it cause concern. Furthermore, even in cases of Telogen effluvium, the disorder may work itself out pending on what has caused it. There are multiple triggers that can cause a temporary increase of hair loss:

-          Illnesses that come with a fever

-          Certain medications

-          Discontinued use of oral contraceptives

-          Surgery

-          Trauma

-          Childbirth

-          Stress

-          Sudden change in weight loss or diet

-          Jetlag

-          Excessive sun exposure

All of these triggers can cause a chronic shedding behavior. The best way to treat Telogen effluvium, or chronic shedding, is to take care of the hair during this time. Try intense hair care treatments designed to nourish the hair and give it the nutrients it needs. There are many hair care shampoos and conditioners out there, and you can always try more organic treatments such as herbal remedies or scalp massages with natural oils.

Hair Loss and Hair Regrowth

The biggest concern about chronic hair loss or shedding is when someone is trying to promote hair growth. Commonly, when someone has been balding, or their hair starts to thin, they turn to medications and hair care products to start growing their hair back. A common side-effect that may be experienced when using hair care treatments and/or products to regrow hair is shedding.

This side-effect should be more easily understood now that you know about the hair growth cycle. If you are balding, or your hair is thinning, and you decide to use a hair growth product, your weak/thin hairs will enter the shedding phase as new hair growth is stimulated beneath the scalp. During this transition, an increase of shedding will occur, with an initial large volume of hair loss. It may raise concern because a hair growth product is supposed to promote hair growth, but to grow hair, the weak hair needs to be ejected first so that it may be replaced by new, healthy hair.

Hair loss and shedding should be cleared up now. It’s usually not something to worry about, we lose 100 hairs a day, with 10% of our natural hair volume growing or shedding simultaneously. If your hair loss increases rapidly, evaluate the events in your life. Have you experienced stress or trauma, started a new died, or even a new hair care treatment? You need not worry unless the increase of shedding turns chronic. Then, consult a doctor.

What is Saw Palmetto?

August 5th, 2014

iStock_000011208457SmallThere are many interesting plants and herbs used for hair growth in these modern times. Many people tend to ingest the herbs or fruit of a plant for the benefits they offer. A current popular plant is Saw Palmetto, and its extracts have been added into hair loss shampoos for some time now. So, what makes this plant so special?

What is it?

Saw Palmetto is a plant, part of the Serenoa genus. It is sometimes known as “Serenoa repens,” or “Sabal serrulatum” when listed as an ingredient in medication. The plant is small, growing up to 3-6 ft, and grows in clumps. It is found mainly in the southeastern region of the United States, such as Florida. The plant has a long lifespan, and can live up to 700 years.

Saw Palmetto gets its name from its leaves. Armed with fine, sharp spines along the edges of a leaf, they act like the teeth of a saw and can cut through skin. Historically, it has been a great supply of food for wildlife and humankind, and has been known to have many proven (and some inconclusive) medicinal uses. Although the plant itself is edible, its fruit is the most common part of the plant used for treatments.

What medicinal uses does it have?

The fruit of the Saw Palmetto is a large, reddish type of peach. It is high in fatty acids and phytosterols, and its extracts are used in many types of treatments, medications, and even some hair products. One of its most known uses in medicine is for an enlarged prostate. Although intensive research has been conducted on this use, the evidence is still insufficient. It is believed to also be helpful for: increasing breast size, acting as an aphrodisiac, treating coughs, cold, sore throat, asthma, bronchitis, headaches, cancer, and hair loss. None of these are conclusive, however hair loss has had a lot of historical evidence, even if not proven via scientific methods.

Hair loss

Saw Palmetto is a popular herbal remedy for treating hair loss and androgenic alopecia (male/female pattern baldness), MPH). Although the evidence to support this is missing, what many have concluded is that Saw Palmetto extract blocks the enzyme that converts the hormone testosterone into DHT. This hormone is known as a key contributing factor that causes hair loss and MPH. We wouldn’t suggest taking some of the extract yourself though, as you’ll see below some of the problems that come with it.

Side effects

Many people take the extract as a supplement orally, and because of this, there have been many adverse side effects reported. The most common of these are all stomach related – abdominal pain, bathroom troubles, physical sickness, and bad breath. There have been other, more severe cases, such as liver inflammation, headaches, pancreatic, depression, breathing problems, heart troubles, blood clotting, and more.

The best way to use Saw Palmetto may not be orally. In fact, using topically or externally has yet to raise concern. Because of this, it is becoming a popular ingredient in hair loss shampoos and treatments. Due to the lack of evidence though, it would be good to couple this with another chemical, Ketoconazole, found in some hair loss shampoos. By combining the two, you can get rid of DHT and curb hair loss.

Myths About Hair Growth

August 1st, 2014

Trimming HairEarlier we made a blog post about the biggest myths about hair loss. That got us thinking…what are the myths about hair growth? Surely there are some. Have you heard the one about how standing on your head will make your hair grow faster? That would be funny to see. So, we decided to see what we could find, and you may be surprised at what we learned.

Trimming Your Hair Will Make it Grow Faster

Wrong! Trimming your hair won’t make it grow faster, that’s just silly. Hair is decaying flesh, cutting off the decay isn’t going to make a difference. The only thing trimming your hair is good for is keeping it healthy and maintaining appearances.

You Need to Change Your Shampoos Often

People adapt, it’s true. If you go to the gym and start working out, you’re going to be sore for the next few days. After a few weeks, you’re used to it. The same isn’t true for your hair though. Using the same shampoos over and over will continue to treat your hair the way they’re designed to. The only time you will need to change your shampoo is if your hair has recently been damaged and requires moisture.

Cold Water Makes Your Hair Shiny

You can’t really believe that can you? Your hair is dead, remember? You can’t make it shine with cold water. The only way to improve your hair is to directly treat the hair follicles and the scalp. However, you can damage your hair with high heat, such as blow drying often, straighteners, and constant hair coloring treatments.

100 Brushes a Day

No, brushing your hair often will not cause it to grow faster. It won’t stimulate your scalp and hair follicles, and give them a wakeup call. If anything, constant brushing of the hair can lead to damage, especially if you’re using a brush with harsh or sharp bristles. It is good to brush your hair before you sleep, to get rid of tangles and knots, but don’t force it. If you get stuck, use your fingers to work through this mess, or you’ll risk some wear and tear.

Shampoo Less Often for Less Oily Hair

This myth doesn’t make any sense. One of the main reasons people shampoo is to clean their hair and scalp. If you shampoo less, your hair and scalp is bound to get oilier. You can’t change your genetics with shampoo, so shampooing less will not stop oil production from the scalp. Have you ever gone without a shower for several days? By the 3rd or 5th day, your hair can be so oily, you can style it as if you were using hair gel.

Don’t Go Plucking Grey Hairs

Human hair starts to grey mostly due to genetics. Like a clock alarm going off, sooner or later our hair pigment starts to fade and we go grey. Plucking a grey hair to get rid of it because it’s “unsightly” isn’t going to cause more to spring up. However, plucking hairs irritates the follicle and those surrounding it, which can lead to unhealthy hair growth.

You Can Fix Split Ends

Oh how shampoo commercials love to pull this one. Nothing, and we mean nothing can fix a split end. No product, no tool, except for maybe glue, will fuse split ends back together. Once a hair splits, it’s a goner. The only way to fix a split end is to cut it off.

Stress Causes Grey Hair

This is actually a myth we all like. It’s funny to think someone could get so scared that their hair turns grey. That isn’t true. However, stress can have a physiological effect on the human body and mind. It is believed stress raises hydrogen peroxide levels in the hair follicles which leads to bleaching of the hair. We’re not sure how true that is, but either way, grey hairs still come down to genetics.

Comb Your Hair from Top to Bottom

This makes logical sense right? Start near the roots and work your way down. This isn’t a good idea though. Think of it like trying to undo a knot at its base—Impossible. The best way to undo a knot is to pull on the ends of it. Same thing with your hair. Start brushing from the ends and work your way up. This way, you will avoid breakage (especially if it’s wet), and you won’t put so much strain on your hair. If your hair is tangled or knotty, brushing your hair from the bottom up will fix them easier.

Hair Texture is the Same Forever

This one is such bull. The hair may be dead, but it isn’t stone. Many things can change the texture of your hair, such as medication, disease, hormones, etc. Hair styling treatments can also do a number on hair. Ever see someone who was naturally curly go through a couple of hair straightening treatments? Even when the treatment fades, their hair isn’t as curly as it was before.

Were you surprised to find out some of these favorite myths weren’t true? Let us know in the comments below!

9 Oils that Help Promote Healthy Hair Growth

July 29th, 2014

Natural Oils for Hair Growth

You may have heard of it before—natural oils help hair growth. They’re talked about like it’s an ancient secret passed down across generations. Some believe it started with the Indians, while others think it was the Egyptians. However, what matters most is that the secret is out! We’ve done some research and found the nine most talked about oils to help you grow your hair out, while making it healthier than ever.

Avocado Oil – This is one of the most recommended oils to use on your hair, which is why it’s at the top of our list. Loaded with nutrients, vitamins, and a few other essentials, Avocado Oil does your hair a huge favor. Great for moisturizing dry or damaged hair, this oil can give your hair increased strength and shine, without making it oily. Its vitamins and nutrients also help in feeding the hair follicles in the scalp to promote hair growth, while maintaining scalp health.

Castor Oil – Found in some shampoos, Castor Oil is another great oil for promoting hair growth and moisturizing the hair strands. If you’re looking for thicker hair, especially if your hair is thinning, you may want to put a dab of Castor Oil in your hands and rub it all around your scalp. Plus, if you have hair that’s hard to tame, this oil will take care of the job. Moreover, like some shampoos, you can help prevent scalp infections with Castor Oil as well.

Coconut Oil – People all over the web are raving about the benefits of Coconut Oil. This is one of those top secrets believed to originate within the Native American tribes. However, the secret has slipped a while ago, and thankfully, the news has spread. Antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral, Coconut Oil is a powerhouse for promoting hair growth, a healthy scalp, and beautiful hair. Natural oils always get the job done without introducing your hair to harmful chemicals, and if your hair is brittle or prone to breakage, a little bit of Coconut Oil treatment will clear that up.

Olive Oil – Yes, you read that right: Olive Oil. It sounds a bit odd, since this is an oil we humans tend to consume. It’s found in every grocery store, and yet it might just be better for your hair than your body. Great for moisturizing, rubbing some olive oil into your scalp will promote a healthy scalp, and also helps to fight dandruff. Rich in fatty acids and vitamin E, Olive Oil can help fight hair loss while growing stronger, healthier hair.

Rosemary – This oil has been used in many cultures worldwide to help stimulate hair follicles in the scalp and promote hair growth, as well as prevent early hair loss and greying. Surprisingly, Rosemary Oil is actually a good catalyst for blood circulation on the scalp, so if you’re a fan of scalp massages (which also promote hair growth), next time use some Rosemary Oil and rub it in well, before you hit the shower.

Peppermint Oil – I know what you’re thinking: “Peppermint Oil? Peppermints go in your mouth, not on your head.” However, you might be surprised to find a type of mint oil is found in a few shampoos and other hair products that are au naturel. Peppermint Oil is great for stimulating the scalp, another oil good for your next scalp massage. However, if we know anything, people eat mints to kill germs in the mouth. So, it is suggested to first dilute the oil in water, or it could prove to be too harsh.

Jojoba Oil ­– Now this is a big one, and if you haven’t heard of it, prepare to be amazed. Jojoba Oil isn’t very new to the hair growth scene, but it isn’t found in many places around the world. Used to moisturize and grow hair, Jojoba Oil is perfect for promoting healthy hair. Found in shampoos that aim to help hair growth, Jojoba Oil is actually pretty similar to the natural oils that the scalp produces. By applying some of this directly to your scalp, you’re basically tricking your body into promoting healthy hair growth.

Emu Oil – Another little secret, Emu Oil is found in a number of shampoos that help promote hair growth. This one is a little different, because not only has it been found to help grow hair, but it helps to revive hair follicles that have gone dormant. Emu Oil basically gives your scalp a kick start to get your hair growing thicker and healthier. Additionally, Emu Oil has proven to help men suffering from male pattern baldness (MPB), and is a great ingredient for alleviating a dry scalp.

Tea Tree – Last but not least, we’ve got Tea Tree Oil. Another natural oil for helping to soothe a dry, itchy scalp, for fighting bacteria and fungi, for keeping your scalp and hair healthy and clean—Tea Tree Oil does the job. There are many benefits of Tea Tree Oil, aside from keeping a clean scalp, it also helps to unclog hair follicles that could be curbing hair growth. Plus, when rubbed on the scalp, tea Tree Oil helps to stimulate blood flow, and we’ve discussed how helpful that can be when looking to promote hair growth.

There you have it! Nine natural oils that are great for promoting hair growth, as well as growing healthy, shiny hair. Moreover, if you have a dry or messy scalp, these oils will be sure to clear it up. Just don’t ingest any of these that aren’t already edible—a few can be pretty toxic, so be ware and be safe when promoting healthy hair.

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