8 Miraculous superfoods for hair growth

Superfoods for hair growth

We often hear that a balanced diet helps in maintaining a healthy body which replenishes our hair, skin and nails to a much healthier state. But what if you aren’t really aware of the miraculous foods that are out there that work brilliantly for your hair. Here’s to update you with natures natural produce that you might never have known that work like a charm in fortifying your hair.

Listed below are 8 superfoods for hair growth!

1. Strawberries: The anti-oxidant properties found in strawberries help hair regain their lost moisture and protect cell membranes. High in Vitamin C nourishes the hair and helps in getting rid of excess oil build up on the scalp, it also contains magnesium, omega 3 fatty acids and copper that makes it very beneficial for healthy hair. Ellagic acid found in strawberries help tremendously in protecting your hair from delaying androgenetic alopecia (male pattern hair loss and Female pattern hair loss), hair falling. This beautiful berry is high in Vitamin B6 and B6 which works like a miracle to prevent hair loss, the phytochemicals in it works as an anti-fungal treating dandruff.

2. Avocados: Contains high levels of fatty acids that also naturally occur in your skin cells, applying avocado on your hair and scalp stimulates production of elastin (a protein consisting od elastic tissue found in the dermis or the skin) and Collagen (main structural protein found in skin and tissues) which are the two important components imperative for hair growth.

3. Bitter Gourd: A.K.A Karela a fruit, is a high source of iron, magnesium, potassium, Vitamin C and more levels of Calcium and Beta Carotene than most fruits and vegetables. The Anti-oxidants are so powerful that they naturally prevent skin from aging, wrinkles, acne, eczema and psoriasis. Embodied with Vitamins A and C, Biotin and Zinc it ensures a healthy growth for your hair while it combats issues such as rough hair, split ends and dandruff.

4. Sweet Potato: Abundantly blessed with Beta-carotene and micronutrients like, Vitamins B5, B6 and manganese. Beta carotene turns into Vitamin A once in the body and is essential for cell growth, especially your hair, a deficiency of this vitamin does cause dandruff, dry, dull hair and skin. Also, being an antioxidant also laden with Vitamin C, iron and phosphorus sweet potatoes work remarkably in boosting the immune system.

5. Amla: Packed in Vitamins C, Iron and Anti-oxidants, Amla is natures gift to us for hair and had been used for centuries. It not only promotes hair growth, but envelopes the hair with a lustrous black shine, works brilliantly for treating excessive hair loss, greying and thinning.

6. Yellow Bell Pepper: Containing a whopping 341 mg of Vitamin C as compared to other fruits which only have 63mg of Vitamin C, Yellow Bell Peppers have a super positive effect on strengthening your hair shaft and cleaning hair follicles and due to its rich source of Vitamins C it helps preventing hair breakage.

7. Curry leaves: This unassuming leaf is bountifully blessed with Vitamins C, A, B and E. Also having high levels of carbohydrates, fibre, calcium, phosphorus and Iron which makes this humble herb fight infections and invigorates your hair and skins vitality. Known to treat, damaged hair, hair fall, thinning, premature grey, repairs damaged roots, strengthen hair shafts and rejuvenates hair follicles it also has a high source of iron and folic acid which combats anaemia and works wonders for treating acne and even weight loss. This is an excellent antidote for hair loss due to its high levels of keratin which is considered an ideal elixir for hair growth.

8. Flax Seeds: Extremely rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin E which are the key ingredient for nourishing the follicles and hair shafts. Using Flax seed gel, oil or even eating raw flax seeds, prevents acute hair loss, scalp eczema and dandruff effectively. Other nuts rich in Omega-3 are walnuts that are also high in Vitamin B and manganese.

The superfoods listed here are effective when used appropriately. For fruits eat them raw and try to find the freshest produce, for vegetables remember never to overcook them as this ensures all the vitamins and minerals remain intact. For seeds and nuts, if suggested to be eaten avoid roasting them, for application to the hair one must never dilute them too much or it would lose its strength.

If you can think of other superfoods for hair growth then do let us know in the comment section below.

Happy Healing Ya’ll!!!

Hair Colouring, how hazardous are they? – Part – Four (Final Part)

Hair Colouring tipsTraces of the first use of hair colour dates way back to the early man. Archaeologist have found evidence that they used minerals, plants and insects to paint their bodies and hair. It was only in 1500BC when the first art of colouring hair was introduced by none other than the Egyptians, who would use Henna as a colouring agent. This practice is a trend even till this day , as the faith one has behind the abundance of its medicinal properties and aesthetics, Henna is a much beloved commodity.

Hair colouring throughout the ages had a very deep impact on one’s appearance and the aura it emitted, in 1st century B.C, Gaul’s dyed their hair red as a mark of high class and Rank. In the Dark Ages however, red hair was a sign of witchcraft, during this time the first reported natural-born redhead was documented in Scotland. Years later, Queen Elizabeth was solely responsible for changing the mindset of the negative impression red hair had and professed how her own Auburn hair was a reflection of her Royal Status, thus making well appreciated.

The fascination behind hair colouring will forever be a marvel amongst the fashionably conscious and its certain that it would not go out of style in the years to come.

Today, with our somewhat periodically humdrum lives, we all love a makeover to makes us feel positive and more confident about ourselves. We all love trying to do something different with our look especially our hair. Changing one’s hair colour not only adds to our confidence level but also brightens up our spirits as does define our overall sense of style. We also have wondered on the irreversible damage it might cause us when we read the warning labels on the box. Though they give us the obvious tell- tale signs of reactions or even when not to do it. But is it still recommended if you aren’t allergic to them? Is your hair really not getting damaged by it in the long run? Are there safer alternatives while choosing the right hair colour? Here’s all you need to know before you decide to go in for colouring, knowing these facts would help you make the right decision without an ounce of worry.

As it’s primarily made up of chemicals, it doesn’t necessarily mean they will all harm you. However, depending on your bodies resistance level, this all won’t always go as one would expect. Chemicals are known to cause quite unrelated problems such as infertility, which you’d never even think of associating it with a beauty product you were exposed to all your life. Advised for all pregnant woman never to colour their hair, as the foetus is vulnerable to chemicals, which leads to reproductive difficulties and more deadlier diseases in the long run. So, how does one choose what’s right for them given their current medical condition or lack thereof? So, it’s not all bad news for people who wish to colour their hair but are afraid to do so, the alternative options prove to be quite harmless and effective in achieving the look you desire.

Hair Colouring, Must knows!

1. Henna herbal dyes and vegetable dies are least toxic and are healthy for your hair and adds shine to your hair. They are safe as they do not contain ammonia, PPD (Paraphenylenediamine, the chemical known to cause allergic reactions) peroxide and heavy metals, pesticides or other chemicals.

2. Chose a colour enhancing product that’s ammonia free. Especially if you already have coloured hair, as they don’t further damage the hair that’s weakened from the previous dying session.

3. Always use conditioner every time you shampoo, and a hot oil massage once a week will help retain the moisture in your hair and keep it soft.

4. After you colour your hair, use lukewarm or cool water to rinse out your hair. Hot water can wash out the colour and also cause further damage to your hair.

5. Get a trim, every six weeks, as hair colouring dries out the tips and causes split ends.

6. Never exceed the time suggested for application of any hair dye, overworking the dye on your hair can cause severe damage.

And…. Just a little bit of TLC is all you need

Your Hair craves love just as much as you do. Over powering it with chemicals and treating it in a harsh manner would make your lovely locks very lifeless and depressed.

Gentlemen, never forget, a good head of hair always speaks in volumes for your confidence level and also in attracting members of the opposite sex. Never over gel or use too many hair styling products. Allow your hair to breathe, following a proper hair care regime would actually make your hair set the way you want, especially after a good haircut. If you must wear a cap, make sure it’s not for too long, if you start to sweat, remove it and don’t let your hair cuticles suffocate. Restrict yourself from wearing your cap/hat it for long periods of time as this cause your hair strands to weaken and break and always make sure to oil regularly.

Ladies, knowing how our hair is truly one of our most important feature, and let’s face it, the natural soft and healthy hair never went out of style, no matter how many new age hair trends might have hit the fashion street. Don’t be brutal, by dousing it with hair sprays, styling products, dyes and of course over styling it by straightening irons, hot curlers and excessive blow drying. If you use hair accessories, make sure the grip isn’t too tight as this would weaken the strands causing more hair fall then imagined. If you follow a disciplined hair care routine that brings out the best in your hair, you can truly be free from a strenuous and quite unnecessary hair styling ruts.

Your strands are made up of cells that contain Keratin they need to be nourished with minerals and vitamins to make your hair strong and healthy. Nourish your body with the right vitamins, adding enough proteins, Iron, Vitamin-A, C and E , Omega -3 and Biotins that would fortify you tremendously. Protect your hair from the harsh sun, with shampoos that contain SPF, drink lots of water and always be hydrated. Also, a very popular trend nowadays is using silk pillowcases, unlike cotton which sucks the away moisture from you skin and it can be quite harsh on your hair if you have a tendency to toss and turn a lot while sleeping, silk provides your strands a frictionless surface to glide on. Since Silk pillowcases have a smooth surface for your skin and hair, it is known to fight frizz and waking up with a nasty bedhead.

Knowing what, suits you best and makes you happy and the end of day is important. Find a routine that works best with your daily schedule and be dedicated to it. And always no matter what we do on the outside to keep our body protected and cared for, just a little inner happiness goes a long way in finding just the right balance one needs to tackle any of life’s little adversities we might face.

Happy Healing Ya’ll!!!

This guide will have 4 parts to it and we will be linking each part here.

Part 1 Myths Vs. Facts
Part 2 All you need to know about oiling
Part 3 How to shampoo

How to shampoo successfully – Part – Three

shampoo your hair properlyThe word shampoo was derived from the Hindi word Champo (meaning to press, knead and sooth) during the colonial era in 1762. A variety of herbs and their extracts were used as shampoo in the ancient times and the most effective shampoo was made by boiling Sapindus (a.k.a Soapberries) with Indian Gooseberry (Amla) along with additional herbs that added fragrance, was then extracted and used to wash and condition the hair. Shikakai, Hibiscus flowers and Ritha was also used in shampoos. Guru Nanak the founding prophet of Sikhism would often make references to the soap berry tree and soap and their qualities in the 16th century. The practice of “Champo” was very popular with the colonial traders in India, and when they returned to Europe, they introduced this remarkable treatment to all and christened it Shampoo.

During the early development stages of shampoo, English hair stylists would boil shaved soap in water and add herbs to give shine and fragrance. It was only in 1927, that the first liquid shampoo was invented by the German inventor Hans Schwarzkopf in Berlin. Whose name created the first brand for shampoo and till this day remains a much loved and trusted brand.

With huge array of brands, we are familiar with, some by our own experience and some by hearsay. What do we first do while choosing the right shampoo, our most common understanding is that we assume that we are of our hair types which are either dry, oily or normal. We go by the obvious choices regarding these most common traits and pick the brands we are most familiar with and have grown an affinity to for somewhat very sketchy reasons. So, how do you know that the brand you have grown accustomed to is really meant for you? Or perhaps in using them, you yourself come to the conclusion that perhaps this is just the best your hair will ever be because you don’t seem to know where you’re going wrong in your hair care. Also, extremely essential for you to know is that being a man your regime will dramatically differ from than of a woman, so does your hair care products you choose and your shampooing technique. Here are the few cardinal rules we all should follow in pampering your precious locks.

1. Avoid shampoos that have sodium chloride and polyethylene glycol, these chemicals compounds are used as thickeners but cause the hair to becomes very dry and brittle.

2. Always chose Paraben free shampoos. Paraben is used widely as a preservative in cosmetics and pharmaceutical products. Paraben controversially known to be an Endocrine Disruptor (chemicals that interfere with the hormonal system in certain doses. These disruptions are said to cause cancerous tumours, birth defects, and other developmental issues) Grapeseed Extract is now promoted as a natural preservative and opting for more natural ingredient product is definitely the safer way to go.

3. Avoid shampoos with ammonium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, and sodium lauryl sulfate as they are harsh detergents and will rob your hair of its natural moisture.

Shampoos by hair type

Coarse Hair: Always chose a shampoo that will build up the moisture in your hair. Shampoos that have, glycerine, panthenol (an alcohol analog of Vitamin B5, its used as a moisturiser and know to be a wound healer) and Shea butter are excellent to rejuvenate coarse hair

Fine or Thin Hair: Shampoos that add volume would suit you best, to identify them, look for the shampoos that are “clear” if you can’t see through the shampoo bottle then avoid them. The reason for this is clear shampoos have minimal conditioning agents, which won’t let your hair over soften and slump down, but instead give body and just the right amount of conditioning you need.

Wavy or Curly Hair: Look for shampoo’s that include silicone, this give your cute curls just the amount of moisture they need to stay bouncy and manageable, and prevent them from absorbing too much moisture and getting over frizzy.

Normal or Well-Balanced Hair: Well you’re the lucky one in the group, as you can chose any type of shampoo you like, making sure they are herbal sans the harmful chemicals that robs your hair from it’s natural nutrients. Tea shampoo is known to work wonders with this hair type.

Very Thick Hair: For this hair type you’d want to choose a shampoo that will give you volume on the roots and not the ends and just the right amount of moisture your hair needs. Avocado or Macadamia nut out infused shampoos will work best for you.

Dry or Damaged Hair: Opting for shampoos with Keratin (is the protein that protects the epithelial cells from damages or stress) acts like a super moisturiser and will help repair your damaged hair. Avoid shampoos that have certain alcohols like, cetearyl, cetyl, and stearyl alcohol in them for they further would dry out your hair.

Coloured Hair: Maintaining your coloured might seem tricky, just opt for shampoos that have Vitamin E and A that works remarkable well and always chose shampoos that are meant specifically for coloured hair for there is a reason why they exist so don’t experiment and risk of losing the vibrancy of your hair.

Oily Hair: Your body compensates of a dry scalp by overproducing oil, Shampoos with Tea Tree Oil helps treat your dry scalp and controls the oil production giving the right amount of conditioning as well.

Lather, rinse, repeat… are we sure?

Now here comes the most tedious most mundane routine we soon get tired of and many of us, including me, would just rush in the shower for a quick haphazard shampoo and run out. Then wonder why my hair gets so dirty by the evening again? Here is the crackdown on the easiest most effective way to shampoo that many of us have no clue about. It’s simple, just pick a routine that works best for your type and go with it.

The Modus Operendi of Shampooing

Step 1: Ensure your hair is properly soaked, before starting. If you have oily hair preferably use lukewarm to hot water as it helps to open the cuticles and loosen the oil in your hair, then reduce the temperature of the water once shampooing.

Step 2: Water rinse out the dirt in your hair properly before applying shampoo, this would enable your hair to grasp the nutrients in your shampoo quicker.

Step 3: Ladies, if you have medium to long hair, the diameter of an Oreo cookie amount of shampoo is sufficient, and Gentlemen for you, the size of half an Oreo cookie would do just fine. Repeat if you have previously oiled your hair, but reduce the amount upon your second application.

Step 4: Always apply the shampoo on the roots and never at the ends. Gently massage the end for a few seconds

Step 5: Lather using on your fingers never your palms. Gently in circular motions is the way to go

Step 6: Try to rinse out your hair with cold water as this seals the cuticles and keeps in the moisture. Although I’m not trying to give a brain freeze in winters, use tepid to warm water instead but certainly not hot.

Step 7: The Cardinal Rule of Conditioning, Tips never the roots. Always work it deep into your roots starting mid-way from the length of your hair, and let it soak in for a few mins before washing.

Finally!!! Always, always towel dry your hair gently never with a rough touch, as this would cause breakages within the strands. After you towel dry, this would be appropriate moment to use a hair serum if you do, and just let it naturally dry out, this plumps up the protein in the hair making is soft and shiny and just luscious. If you absolutely must use a blow dryer if you are in a hurry, or have a severe case of sinusitis as me, then always apply a serum to protect your hair and then start with the cold setting on your blow dryer, then only use the hot setting for the roots of your hair, once dry let the somewhat damp tips dry out naturally, this will keep the moisture still locked in your hair.

Note: Never over shampoo your hair. Your routine should consist of oiling twice a week and shampooing twice a week is sufficient. If you have oily hair and find it unmanageable then 2-3 times a week works fine.

This guide will have 4 parts to it and we will be linking each part here.

Part 1 “Myths Vs. Facts
Part 2 All you need to know about oiling

Oiling, all you need to know – Part – Two

Oiling HairThe history of hair oiling dates back to the Egyptians, where women would use a combination of castor oil and almond oil to promote hair growth by massaging on the scalp. They would also use creams made of animal and plant fats as hair moisturisers. Oiling the scalp helps in regulating the sebum production and prevent the scalp from getting dry and itchy, while it improves hair growth when applied regularly. Massaging warm oil on the scalp helps improve blood circulations and helps maintains healthy hair.

We all have our regular hair oiling routine, but how do you know what best works for you? Identifying your hair scalp type is essential. Seasonal changes can play havoc with our hair, humidity triggers an oily scalp, so don’t over oil your hair when you are suffering from dandruff as it creates and layer over the scalp and chokes the pores aggravating it more.

According to Ayurveda, oiling is advised for headaches. Applied in the evening helps as its said to be associated with Vata, as we divide the day into three parts, the last is dominated by Vata. As it also helps in enhancing good sleep, and widely known to help in controlling baldness, greying, hair fall and also relaxes the senses.

The right way to oil your hair

Although we all think we know the basic about hair oiling and how imperative it is, sometimes we do not realise that, they are many little things we can include in our daily routine that are incredibly beneficial. So, I have listed down a few of the important Do’s and Don’ts of hair oiling that you might have not heard of whether your hair is dry, oily or dandruff ridden hair, following these basic norms would help you attain a healthy crop of hair.

Do’s!

1. Always gently massage the scalp while applying oil.
2. Comb your hair after applying oil, his help the oil to distribute evenly and improves blood circulation making you feel relaxed.
3. Covering your hair with a hot towel after oiling, allows the oil to seep into the roots nourishing it and allow the stems of the roots to open up and absorb the oil quicker.
4. Oil should always be lukewarm when applying it to the scalp, as lukewarm oil helps stimulate the hair follicles.
5. Allow oil to stay on your hair at lease overnight, this makes it absorb all the nutrients. Leaving it on for more than 24hours would attract dirt and weaken your hair.
6. Oiling hair twice a week is sufficient, in case of an oily scalp during seasonal changes once a week would suffice.

Don’ts!

1. Applying hair oil to the tips of the hair does help soften it, but doesn’t really have any major effect.
2. Never be rough or quick while applying oil, this can cause damage to the follicles and make hair fall out
3. Don’t pour oil on your head, instead always use a cotton swab to gently allow the oil to evenly spread and penetrate your scalp or use your fingertips to apply oil evenly.
4. Never over oil your hair, excessive oil would lead you to shampoo it repeatedly, thus robbing your scalp of its moisture making it dry again.

This guide will have 4 parts to it and we will be linking each part here.

Part 1 “Myths Vs. Facts