Hello, ladies and gentlemen! Are your beautiful strands looking lifeless with every passing day? Do you want to bring the spark back in them? Who doesn’t want healthy shiny and silky hair! This eBook is the perfect guide for you. Don’t worry, all the right remedies, tips and instructions are all in here. Hair is made up of keratin, a natural protein that nourishes the hair. It grows from follicles found in the dermis. Yes, my dear readers, hair is a protein filament.
Hair falling like autumn leaves?
Yes my dears, this is the most common problem among all ages and genders! Hair fall due tonumerous reasons listed below.
Stress can lead to hair breakage and fall. Telogen effluvium is the type of stress most likely linked to hair damage. This type of stress makes your follicles go dormant, so hair that’s in the middle of a growth cycle may break off. You might notice old hair fall out, too. Stress canalso cause Alopecia areata, whereby body’s immune system causes immune cells to attack hair follicle and result in hair loss. Managing your stress may result in healthier hair. There are numerous ways to manage stress. Diet and exercise are very important. 20 to 40 minutes of daily physical activity relieves stress and boosts your confidence. You shall meditate. This calms your mind down. Talk it out! Yes, my dear readers, talk about whateveris bothering you to your friends and family or seek help of a professional. Lastly, push away negative thoughts and sleep well.
Dehydrated hair is one of the precursors to damage and breakage. Our hair has three layers,the upper most hair is responsible for natural oil distribution in hair, make the light reflect and give gloss and shine to the strands. Dry hair could result from swimming too often in chlorinated swimming pools, washing your gorgeousness often. Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder which could result in malnutrition thus giving you dry and brittle hair. Take care of your eating schedules and habits. Visit a doctor if you are suffering from this disorderas it can be fatal. Breakage is also caused by various factors, including dry weather, low humidity, and too much heat. Be sure you use warm and not hot water when you wash yourhair; hot water leads to further drying.
There’s a lot to the old saying, “you are what you eat,” especially when it comes to hair and skin health. Certain nutrients help your hair grow and stave off breakage from damage. Make sure you’re getting enough zinc, iron, and folic acid in your daily diet. Adequate protein and antioxidants (found in plant foods) can also keep your hair damage-free. Here are the five best vitamins for hair growth. Visit section “14 Healthy Foods for Hair Growth” for more knowledge.
4. Heat damage
One way to prevent overall heat damage is to give your strands a break from all stylingtools at least once a week. To reduce the actual heat damage from your styling tools, selectceramic versions; these heat up more evenly, so you don’t have to repeatedly use them onthe same sections of hair. It’s also essential to protect your hair before you apply the heat.Check out this heat-protecting spray to minimize damage. Visit “Stay Away fromStraighteners and Curlers” section for more knowledge.
5. Over Processing
Perms, relaxers, professional straightening, and coloring can all make your hair seem like it’shealthier after the first session or two. But if you do these services too often, the cuticle can break down and cause hair damage. In the meantime, try a hair mask to extend your results,such as this color-protecting mask. Visit “Think Twice before you Visit the SALON” for more on this topic.
If you have oily skin, you’re also more likely to have excess sebum (natural oil) production in your scalp. This can lead to the temptation to wash your hair more often than you need to. While daily washes are useful if you have oily hair, you shouldn’t wash your hair multiple times per day. On the flip side, dehydrated hair may only need weekly shampooing. Also, be sure you shampoo gently at the scalp and apply conditioner smoothly from your ends to your roots. Visit “Washing to Brushing Guide” for more on this.
7. Improper towel drying
The towel’s rubbing on hair motion damages your hair when it’s most vulnerable (after being wet). Instead of rubbing water out of your hair, blot an absorbent towel around your hair instead. You can also leave a towel in your hair as a temporary measure to absorb excess water. Visit “Washing to Brushing Guide” for more on this.
8. Elastic hair ties
Elastic hair ties are must-haves for keeping your hair out of your face while working out. Theproblem with hair ties is they pull on your scalp and hair cuticle. You can fix this by wearing your hair down once in a while or making your up-do a bit looser, so it doesn’t pull on your hair so much. Also, make sure you’re wearing real hair ties and not just rubber bands that can damage your hair.
9. Incorrect brushing and combing
AAD recommends that you should only brush and comb when styling your hair. Make sure you used wide-tooth combs to prevent breakage. You should also only use a brush when your hair is dry and avoid using plastic bristles. Try a brush with natural bristles instead. Lackof hair trims It may seem like cutting your hair can damage it. Ironically though, hair trims help keep your hair healthy and free of split ends. You can think of a hair trim like you wouldexfoliation for skin — in both instances, you need to remove some of the old cells to help new ones grow. When you have split ends, these splits in the cuticle can travel up the rest of the length of your hair and lead to breakage. Visit “Washing to Brushing Guide” for more on this.
Stay Away from Electric Tools!
- Apply a serum before you start curling or straightening. This will act as a coating and resistant against heat.
- Turn down the temperature of your electronic devices.
- Never use flat iron on wet hair. This results in bubble hair formation. Air is trapped as form of bubbles in hair thus resulting in hair dryness and breakage.
- Restore elasticity of your hair. Use shampoos and conditioners or oils and hair masks twice a week to restore their natural health.
- Limit the use of these devices. Yes, my dear readers, use them occasionally, otherwise, go natural!
- Change your hair devices once they get sticky and start sticking to your hair. They might have bacteria trapped in them!
- Lastly, instead of using a flat iron, use a blow dryer. It also gives you a sleek straight look with less damage.
Think twice before you visit the SALON.
- People with naturally darker hair shall get darker balayage. Yes, people who have dark hair shall never go for complete color cut downs to get lighter shades. This results in hair aging. Hair dyes leave your hair dry and hair fall like autumn leaves! If you want to go for hair dyes, make sure to keep treating your beautiful cascades of hair with hair masks and love.
- Instead of getting your hair rebounded, get the keratin treatment. Rebounding is like the murder of your beautiful strands. Hair becomes week from roots due to the excessive amount of heat used and the products used. Keratin treatment is a better option instead. It gives life to your brittle strands and gives you a sleek straight natural look. It lasts for about one year and you have to wash your hair with keratin shampoo, twice every week. Also, you will use a blow dryer after every wash to keep the keratin in your hair for a longer time
- Some people wear extensions too often. Extensions add length and volume to hair but don’t use them regularly. The pins in them could make your roots weak and they are a nuisance to carry every day. Wear them on special occasions only.
- Don’t apply hair sprays and gels regularly. They make your hair greasy and seal them, not letting wind touch your hair.
14 Foods that promote Hair Health
Eggs are pioneers of hair growth. They contain all the essential hair growth nutrients such as zinc and selenium. They are protein powerhouses. Nutrients contained in those pretty egg yolks are the same that give your strands a pinch of gloss. Vitamins such as E and A, folate, and biotin are responsible for the thickness of hair. The golden yolk contains healthy fats and minerals to strengthen your hair. I have shared four egg remedies to apply to the hair in the HOME REMEDIES section. Applying egg directly to scalp is a big yes yes! Massaging the scalp with egg remedies boosts blood circulation and makes your roots stronger and acts as a resistant coating to the heat of straighteners, dryers, and curlers. Next time, don’t forget to include an egg or two in your morning breakfast rituals.
Salmon, mackerel and herring are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
A study was conducted on 120 women and the results were viewed after six months. They took omega-3 and omega-6 supplements. Results showed increased hair volume and strength(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25573272).
Omega-3 has magical benefits for your hair shafts. Fish oil supplements are a great way to absorb Omega-3 benefits. This provides blood circulation in scalp, if directly applied and results in hair growth. If consumed, nourishes your skin and hair shafts with gloss and shine.
Hair follicle inflammation is the root cause of hair fall. These supplements inhibit this inflammation. Omega-3 also prevents against sunlight damage.
In 2015 a three months study was conducted on women, including a control group which was not given the supplements. Every time women washed their hair, fallen strands were collected for all groups and counted. The ones who took supplements had surprisingly decreased hair fall as compared to control group(https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25883641/).
So, what are you waiting for? Go get you supplements now.
Is your hair making you go nuts? They won’t anymore! Eat nuts. Nuts contain zinc, essential fatty acids and a great variety of B vitamins. Almonds alone contain a great amount of vitamin E. Almonds are good for eyes too. Walnuts promote your brain health. They contain Omega-3 and biotin. Nuts reduce inflammation and provide good heart health. They add gloss to your strands. They also contain magnesium. Add walnuts and almonds to your diet and see the wonders they do to your hair.
Berries are rich source of vitamin C. Vitamin C does a lot wonders to your hair. It tackles anemia which results in hair loss. It absorbs iron from diet to deal with anemia. It also produces antioxidants which protect hair follicles from damage against free radicles which are ample in our bodies and environment. These radicals produce oxidative stress which results in graying of your hair. Moreover, this vitamin promotes growth of collagen, a protein. It prevents hair breakage and loss. Collagen doesn’t let your hair turn dry. Grab handful of raspberries, blueberries and strawberries the next time you go grocery shopping. You surely want to add these wonder fruits to your diet.
Who doesn’t like a plate of French fries or two? I love them! We all do. They provide beta-carotene which are turned into vitamin A by our bodies. Potatoes are four times the source of vitamin A! Vitamin A produces sebum which gives your hair essential natural oils. The hairremains glossy and shiny. Your hair would remain thicker and longer, if you consume sweet potatoes in your diet.
Sweet potatoes also contain magnesium, potassium, iron and copper. They reduce hair dullness.
Sweet peppers are rich sources of vitamin C and vitamin A.
Vitamin A produces sebum which gives your hair essential natural oils. The hair remains glossy and shiny. Your hair would remain thicker and longer.
Vitamin C does a lot wonders to your hair. It tackles anemia which results in hair loss. It absorbs iron from diet to deal with anemia. It also produces antioxidants which protect hair follicles from damage against free radicles which are ample in our bodies and environment. These radicals produce oxidative stress which results in graying of your hair. Moreover, this vitamin promotes growth of collagen, a protein. It prevents hair breakage and loss. Collagen doesn’t let your hair turn dry.
Add sweet peppers on top of your meals and enjoy the benefits.
Never forget to take your greens! Spinach is rich in folate, Vitamin A and iron.
Vitamin A produces sebum which gives oil to your scalp and all the natural essential oils are distributed in your hair which tackle fizziness, add shine and gloss to your hair.
Iron, meanwhile is good for those with anemia as well those who do not have anemia. Anemia results in hair loss. Iron aids red blood cells to carry oxygen around your systems which keeps you active throughout your day. It gives freshness to skin as well as promote hair growth and thickness.
I love to eat spinach, don’t you?
These green plump fruits are in trend since forever, due to their amazing benefits and taste. They are rich source of vitamin E! Vitamin E promotes your scalp health by managing oxidative stress. Eat one avocado daily to full fill 21 percent of Vitamin E needs in your diet. As per a study, people dealing with hair loss problem, took avocado for 8 months and experienced less hair loss. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24575202/
Avocados also provide fatty acids. Fatty acids are all time good sources to tackle hair fall. Eatone avocado a day to keep the hair fall away!
Meat is a rich source of protein. Chicken has a lot of protein. Red meat, meanwhile has a specific type of protein. Protein is the basic texture of hair. Eating it prevents hair loss and gives hair a pretty soft texture.
Meat also contains iron. Iron aids red blood cells to deliver oxygen all around body, thus results in blood circulation in scalp which in turn strengthens the roots. Iron is good for anemic patients too. Hair fall is directly linked with anemia.
Seeds are rich sources of selenium, Vitamin E and zinc. These nutrients are linked with hair growth. Vitamin E neutralizes oxidative radicals which provide stress and result in hair fall.
Flax seeds and chia seeds meanwhile, provide omega-3. Omega 3 reduces inflammation, adds shine and gloss to your hair. Omega-3 also prevents against sunlight damage.
Consume a mixture of seeds for best results.
Oysters are rich sources of zinc, contain not too much and not too little zinc. Just the right amount! Taking too much zinc can lead to hair fall too.
Lack of zinc causes telogen effluvium, which causes hair loss. It occurs mostly after a traumatic event, current shock or stress. Poor diet, sudden weight loss, pregnancy, metal toxicity, surgery, menopause and certain drugs or drug reactions can also cause this. The hair starts falling from center of scalp. Zinc promotes hair growth and repairs your strands.
Shrimp are tasty and notorious shellfish. They are high in zinc, vitamin D, protein B vitamins and zinc as well as iron and omega-3 fatty acids. Some studies even say that hair loss is due to vitamin D3 deficiency.
Deficiency of zinc leads to telogen effluvium, a disorder where hair start falling from center of scalp. Zinc sources are very effective in treating this disorder.
Iron is responsible for carrying oxygen to different red blood cells, thus providing circulation to your scalp which promotes hair growth. It is also very beneficial for anemic patients.
Omega-3 fatty acids meanwhile, deal with inflammation, which is root cause of hair fall. They give lush to your hair and are responsible for distribution of essential oils in your scalp.
To absorb all these benefits for your hair, enjoy shrimp twice a week.
Beans are rich sources of zinc, folate, protein and iron, the primary nutrients linked to hair health. These are plant based. Moreover, beans are not expensive, can be easily bought in market and are highly versatile.
Soybeans contain spermidine which grows your strands. Spermidine keeps your hair for longer time in anagen phase. If hair stays longer time in this phase, it grows more. However,this logic needs more research. Still my dear readers, don’t keep waiting for more research, just go and grab some soybeans from the market!
Washing to brushing guide
The way you wash and brush your hair determines a lot about your hair texture and strength. I have provided a few tips:
- Don’t wash everyday!
- Wash only twice or thrice a week with ample clean water.
- Don’t wash with hot water. Heat is an enemy to your hair.
- Mix the shampoo with some water to dilute it. This will lessen the effect of chemicalsused in shampoo.
- Start shampooing closer to your neck, then bring the rest down to hair. Don’t apply direct shampoo to hair length. This turns hair brittle and dry.
- Massage your scalp with shampoo.
- Always apply conditioner after shampooing as it turns your hair soft.
- Don’t rub your hair with towel. This would lead to breakage. Instead press it gently against the towel with both hands.
- Don’t keep your hair wrapped in towel for too long.
- Let your hair air dry. Apply some serum.
- Start brushing at the bottom of hair instead of starting at roots. Work your way up from bottom to prevent hair fall from force of brushing.
- Brush in C motions, instead of brushing your hair straight down.
Natural home remedies have always been great to promote hair health. They are chemical free. All these remedies are tried and tested. They totally work.
1.Mayonnaise hair mask
Mayonnaise does wonders to your hair. It is shockingly healthy for your hair shafts. It also helps grow your hair longer.
- Plain Mayonnaise
- Olive oil
Add half a cup of plain mayonnaise in a bowl. Add one egg(Egg is rich in protein). Add half cup olive oil( Olive oil softens the hair and eradicates dryness). Add one teaspoon of honey(This will bring shine).
Apply this Mayonnaise paste for one hour, meanwhile cover your head with a shower cap tolock in the moisture. Wash with shampoo and apply conditioner. You would be amazed withresults.
2.Castor Oil Hair mask
Castor oil is the best oil for your hair. It promotes hair growth. Mix it with egg and coconut oil for best results.
- Castor oil
- Coconut oil
Take one egg, half cup coconut oil and half cup of castor oil. Mix them and apply to hair. Leave overnight. Enjoy silky shiny hair after washing next day. Do this treatment twice a week for best results.
3.Aloe Vera Hair Mask
Aloe Vera does wonders to your hair. It is used in many shampoos too. It adds shine to your hair and strengthens your roots. It however, turns hair dry thus use it mixed with either almond oil or coconut oil.
- Aloe vera gel
- Coconut or almond oil
Mix the aloe vera gel and half cup oil. Apply to head for 40 minutes and rinse. Enjoy the shine in your hair.
4.Banana Yogurt hair mask
Banana when applied to hair, adds softness to it. Yogurt nourishes your hair but can turn them dry too.
Mix one banana with half glass yogurt in a grinder and apply to your hair for 40 minutes, then wash.
5.Onion hair mask
Yes, ladies and gentleman, applying onion mask only twice results in 0 hair fall. Although onion mask smells so bad but it does wonders to your hair. You would experience zero hair fall by just applying it twice.
- Aloe Vera
- Coconut oil
Grind one large onion and shift onion water into a bowl. Take a sauce pan. Add half glass coconut oil in it. Add some aloe vera leaves with gel in it. Heat on low medium flame until the color changes to light greenish. Turn off the stove. Mix the mixture in onion water. Let it cool and apply to hair. Leave for two hours and rinse.
Rice water helps your hair grow really long. Soak rice in water for overnight. Drain the rice in a bowl and wash your hair with rice water. Do this twice a week for best results.
Curly heads, tackle the frizziness!
Curls are beautiful and most sought after since forever but the frizziness accompanied with them is a big no no. The hair curlers you use to tame your curls turn them dry and brittle. Instead I will share some heat free methods to remove the frizz and tame your curls.
To tackle frizziness make use of anti frizz serums, shampoos and conditioners. Washing with vinegar and lemon juice help too. Sleep on sill pillow cases. Apply cocnut oil as it tackles friziness. Buy shampoos with coconut in it.
Heat free methods to Curl
- Brush your hair, outdoing all the knots and tangles.
- Wet your hair, from your ears till down. Twist and drain the access water. Don’t rub with towel.
- Make four to five braids.
- Open up the braids, once your hair is dry.
- Flaunt your gorgeous curls.
- Brush your hair, outdoing all knots and tangles.
- Partition your hair into sections where you want curls.
- ake baby wipes and start rolling from bottom of hair till up, on each section.
- Tie the rolled-up baby wipe together. Do so for other sections too.
- Wait for two hours. Open the knots and take-out baby wipes from your hair.
- Enjoy your beautiful curls.
I would be providing tips regarding many hairstyles, how they look and their benefits and demerits.
Yes, my dears, let your hair loose. Tying them up most of the time leads to breakage. Loosened up hair also give you younger look.
2.Remove that pony tail
Ponytails do look pretty but when you wear them most of the time, you are in for hair damage. Your hairline on your forehead starts to diminish. The hair at the center of your head starts weakening due to the pressure of being tied up most of the time. Your roots become weak and your hair falls off.
3.Braid up Cinderella.
Have you ever wondered why all those fairy tale characters and movie characters had their hair braided for most of the time and let loose on special occasions? Braids are so good for your hair. Ask your elders! Braiding up hair helps them grow longer. They don’t break and are neatly tied away. There is less chance of getting lice in them too. Braids don’t even add any pressure to your scalp. There are a lot many sorts of braids out there, ranging from simple braids to French tails, Dutch tails and fish tails. Play with all those styles. They look sobeautiful too.
4.Avoid Hair Buns
Yes, hair buns are a good way to keep hair out of your face and away from your neck. However, having your hair tied up in buns all the time gives your hair too many twists and knots. They become frizzy and again you have to clip up your hair closer to your scalp and hair can become weak due to clip’s pressure.
What are those tini tiny creatures in your head?
Jeez! Do you feel itchiness in your hair? This could be caused by lice! Letting these creatures roam around in your head is a big no no. Lice live on blood of your scalp. You will often find them sticked closer to your scalp mostly behind ears or closer to your neck area. Lice lay eggs regularly. They mostly enter hair not much longer or much shorter. Getting lice has nothing to do with hair hygiene. In fact, they prefer living in clean hair.
How to get rid of them?
- Hairdryers are their enemies. People who blow-dry their hair regularly have minimal chances of getting lice. Moreover, a blow dryer causes less damage than a straightener.
- Tie your hair in a braid, bun, or ponytail. Tying up your hair reduces the chance of getting lice.
- Get a haircut.
- Apply lice lotion twice or thrice to fully get rid of them. After applying lotion, hunt them out the next day, as by then they would have become feeble to crawl.
- Get a chemical treatment like hair dying or keratin. Chemical treatments are poison for these creatures.
Types of shampoo according to your hair type
This eBook has a detailed section with names of shampoos, conditioners, and serums for your hair type. For curly hair type, try out “Percy & Reed’s Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Wash” Shampoo costing euro 18. It is a sulfate-free shampoo and hydrates your locks.
After washing your hair, apply serum in wet hair. Try out “L’Oréal Elvive Anti Frizz serum”. It would smooth out the frizz and give your locks an extra bounce.
Clarifying shampoo is used to clean hair but shall be used once a week as it is stronger than natural shampoo although it is 80 to 90 percent water content still extra use can make your hair dry. Use “Morrocanoil clarify.”
Use oily hair shampoo for oily hair. Don’t use clear shampoo as it can dry your head. Oily hair shampoos contain salicylic acid, which helps eliminate dandruff and dead cells. You can use “degrease”. Apply and leave it for two minutes and then rinse.
Try “puregold” for colored hair as it gives them lush and silk back.
Use “Aveda Rosemary Mint Shampoo” for straight hair. This shampoo adds volume to your sleek straight strands. It Is made of herbs like rosemary, spearmint and peppermint. It thoroughly cleanses scalp and doesn’t strip hair of its natural oils.
Let’s make SHAMPOO together!
Ingredients for Curly Hair Shampoo
- A Jar or container
- 1 cup of Baking Soda
- 3/4 cup Canned Coconut milk
- 2 tsp Sweet Almond / Vitamin E Oil
- 30 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 30 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
- Some Distilled Water (Note: This is however thick or thin you want it or you need it to use a pump).
Ingredients for Straight Hair Shampoo
- A Jar or container
- 1 cup of Baking Soda
- 3/4 cup Canned Coconut milk
- 2 tsp Sweet Almond / Vitamin E Oil
- 30 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 30 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- Some Distilled Water
Various Essential Oils
Each oil listed below have its peculiar smell:
- Peppermint oil
- Lavender oil
- Roman chamomile oil
- Hyssop oil
- Myrrh oil
- Vetiver oil
- Frankincense oil
- Grapefruit oil
- Cedarwood oil`
- Spearmint oil
- Basil oil
- Melaleuca oil
- Lemon oil
- Orange oil
- Cassia oil
- Arborvitae oil
- Helichrysum oil
Steps to make the Shampoo
STEP 1: So start by pouring the coconut milk into the bottom of the jar.
STEP 2: Add the oils, and then baking soda goes on top.
STEP 3: Use as little or as much distilled water as you would like for the consistency that youlike,
STEP 4: Screw on your lid and SHAKE!
STEP 5: Pour your Shampoo into a jar or any other container.
STEP 6: Put in your shower as usual for storage and discard after about 6-8 weeks if unused.
A. Remember to shake each time you use it.
B. This Shampoo is not going to be like commercial detergent-style shampoos. It will not lather up or anything like that, so be aware before you use it.
Benefits of Shampoo
There are many benefits to using Shampoo. Typically hair needs to be washed with productsthat help the PH balance. Here are the benefits of using shampoos:
- Using Hair shampoos helps improve the condition of their hair so that it feels better to the touch.
- Hair Shampoos that contain the proper vitamins, oils, minerals, and botanical extracts can stimulate the hair follicles and scalp. These shampoos also have natural fragrances.
- Hair shampoos fight dryness and oiliness.
- Hair shampoos relieve itch and irritation.
- Hair shampoos remove the redness (In this case, people with sensitive skin can quickly get inflamed skin, which eventually leads to many other hair related problems).
- Hair shampoos keep your hair beautiful and blossomed.
Ways to Grow your hair faster
I am listing below tips to grow your beautiful strands faster:
- Meditate. Meditation plays an important role in hair growth as it relieves stress and releases relaxing hormones in your body. This is an ancient tactic for hair growth. For15 minutes daily, turn your head upside down and massage your scalp. This not only adds length to your hair but also does wonders. The massaging scalp is a good way to ensure blood circulation. This also distributes your hair’s natural oils.
- Eat a healthy diet. Take those 14 foods I listed above.
- Say no to straighteners and curlers.
- Don’t shampoo daily, only twice or thrice a week. If you have dry hair, shampoo twice, and if you have oil fellows, shampoo thrice a week.
- Take supplements.
- Finish your shower with a cool rinse.
- Avoid visiting the salon.
- Take extra precautions when entering chlorinated pools. Wear a tight swimming cap.
- Avoid brushing wet hair.
- Stop going for trendy “cleanses”.
- Sleep on a silk pillowcase to avoid tangling knots.
- Braid up your hair.
- Apple hair masks.
- Let your hair soak Vitamin D under the sun.
- Learn stress management.