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How to Stimulate Longer Hair Growth the Faster Way

There are a lot of methods claiming to give positive results in obtaining a tried and tested method of growing your hair longer in the fastest means possible. These methods may mean the use of vitamins, hair growth shampoos, medicinal supplements and a few other means which can take up most of your time and not be able to choose one method that will work. We can trim it down to just 3 basic methods as not to further complicate the issue and save on more time.

Protecting Your Hair From Split Ends

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The average rate that the human hair grows is about half an inch in one month, and from here, you can make an evaluated calculation on how long your hair has been growing on your head. During those years of 

brushing and grooming you hair, you may have spent over 2,500 strokes and from the frequency that you have been doing that, there is no doubt that you had inflicted some damage on your hair strands. Hair is very susceptible to damages such as these caused by prolonged and frequent brushing. Also there is the damage caused by natural factors such as humidity,exposure to Ultra Violet light and tangles frequently caused by sleeping. Nutritional protein loss due to health factors also count as one of the contributing factors for thinning hair loss. Once hair has lost it’s suppleness due to protein loss, it starts to brittle and break off.

Applying mild amounts of mineral oil, coconut oil and sunflower oil can minimize the chances of hair dryness which causes split ends. Another suggestion is to inhibit from brushing your hair while it is wet and has not totally dried up from the time that you had showered. Wet hair is easily broken off while it is wet. Using heating tools to style your hair has the same effect of sun damage that can hasten up dryness and causing it to brittle and break. Hair dryers also do the same amount of damage, as it creates a convection of heat similar to that of a baking oven. Organic protection shampoos can help in many ways as it moisturizes hair and gives it an ample amount of protection for daily use. If it is necessary to tie up your hair, be sure to tie it up loosely and not too tightly as it can create tangles that can eventually break off an ample amount of your hair when you brush it.

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Nutrition

Your hair needs a steady supply of vitamins and minerals in order for it to stay growing the proper way that it should always do. The right amount of food you eat can make a big difference of the way your hair grows on you. Eating and maintaining a healthy diet is not just good for your over all nutritional needs but it also gives your hair the added strength to withstand the rigors of your daily activities and to fend off the natural forces of nature as well. Green leafy vegetables, Vitamin B enriched and foliate can hasten the growth of your hair, giving it a silky and shinny feel and texture.

Avoid Unnecessary Stress

It is not enough to be healthy inside and out if you want to maintain a healthy hair growth, but you also want to consider the effects of stress on your hair. Stress has been proven to contribute to thinning hair loss, and in some cases can only be the case for some individuals. Falling hair is a natural daily occurrence for most people, because it is a natural cycle of hair growth. 40 to 50 strands of hair-fall for a single minute of brushing is quite normal, but to exceed to a number of 100 to 200 a day is an alarming rate! A stressful lifestyle can be a contributing factor if you did not know that it was affecting the way your hair continues to fall off. Try relaxing and not to dwell so much on the negative side of life. Enjoy your day even though stress is a part of your daily life, it is still good advice not to take too much notice of it.

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Excessive Sweating and Hair Loss

There had been past assumptions regarding excessive sweating on the forehead and it’s connection to hair loss. Clinical studies show that there may be a validity to these claims that for a long time were considered uncertain. Trichologists have now confirmed that there is indeed a connection between excessive forehead sweating and hair loss. It was discovered that human sweat contains an ample amount of lactic acid, which has the ability to eventually thin down and peel off the outer keratin layers of the hair. It also leads to the shriveling of the follicular roots of the hair follicles.

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The constant sweating in the forehead and the reaction of lactic acid on the hair results in the dryness of the hair stems, causing it to be brittle and finally breaking it off eventually. Besides the damage that it causes the hair, excessive excretion of lactic acid may cause inflammatory outbreaks on the skin, such as rashes and symptoms of itchiness. The lactic acid has the undesired effect of unbalancing the pH level of the scalp, in which may very well result in the growth of unwanted fungus and bacteria which may contribute to the propagation of dandruff. It may also cause the sedimentary deposits of deep seated dirt inside the scalp pores, congesting and restricting the proper circulation of blood and nutrients to the hair follicles.

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The cause of excessive sweating can stem from various causes. Some obvious symptomatic reasons would be that of hormonal imbalance. It was proven with clinical case studies on people that were suffering from excessive sweating that it was indeed a hormonal imbalance on their part. Obvious triggering mechanisms were temperate climate or a sudden change of it, a good example would be that of sweaty palms of the hand and sweaty feet. Other causes of excessive sweating would be of psychological causes. Anxiety, uneasiness and medically trigged causes could be a forthcoming manifestation that causes sweat secretions. The level of rancidity in the human sweat can be caused by high cholesterol levels in the blood stream or lipid secretions that can sometimes cause allergic reaction of the skin, causing irritated and inflamed rashes.

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Finding a cure or alternative preventive measures from excessive sweating is not the answer to your problems, but it is better to find the root cause of it. If your sweating is of psychological reasons such as stress, anxieties and nervousness, it is best to find ways of controlling your anxieties or even think of a way to relax your mind. Ask or consult a physician that is related to your stress related problems and if it is necessary, ask for prescriptions that can stave down your stress related problems. Relaxation and a stress free environment may help. Exercise may benefit you in terms of channeling you anxious thoughts towards more productive forms of diversions which will take your mind off worrying.

A healthy dose of exercise has always been recommended as it promotes the healthy circulation of the needed bodily fluids in order to stimulate the endorphine levels of your system. This will enable you to reduce stress and maintain a healthy body at the same time. If you would rather prefer a more simple approach, you could always try some regulated deep breathing exercises that can help your circulatory system.

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Hair Care for Different Types of Hair

In the vast multitude of people with different types of hair along with different types of hair problem, there is no single general solution to cover it all. Needless to say that different hair types need different methods of hair care and that one person’s solution could never be applied to another person with the same type of hair problem. Even though that experts try to put a generalized caption to all possible remedies that might co relate one problem of how to maintain those precious tresses hair on your crown, it is still best to take the most individual approach on how to take care of your hair.

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Greasy and Oily Hair:

A little grease and oil on your hair is quite normal to begin with and a total absence of it would indicate that you have a problem concerning dryness that it may possibly lead to weakening of the follicles and result to dry damaged hair. An over abundance of oil however may well signify another problem as well. Be very mindful of what you put in your diet as dietary causes could very well be an issue of an over production of cebum, which is responsible for maintaining the flexibility and suppleness of your hair.

An oily hair does not affect the hair strands, which in one way, is a good indicator that your hair strands are it tip top shape. However, too much oily secretions do tend to damage the scalp, in which fungal build up may well lead to the dreaded propagation of dandruff. Fungi propagate in a very oily scalp, which is the favorite breeding ground of this type of bacteria. It eats up the excess oils of the scalp that eventually finds its way to your hair follicles, resulting to the weakening of the hair strands that promote the thinning and falling out of the hair in a much more faster state.

Proper hair care for this condition involves knowing the basic working dynamics of the shampoo and conditioner that you usually use. Shampoos and conditioners are two very different things and that they both work in very different ways. Greasy hair and greasy scalp conditions may need just one type of shampoo, forgoing the need for a conditioner, but, often times, it is applied to both in a separate method. If you have oily hair and a dry scalp, it is best to use a light shampoo that puts a priority in moisturizing your scalp. A simple moisturizing conditioner can then be applied to the hair after rinsing.

If you have dry hair and an oily scalp, you should use a shampoo that addresses the problem of your oily scalp. Hair moisturizing conditioners must be used in this case with utmost care, avoiding any possible contact with the scalp. It is best to evaluate the condition of both your hair and scalp before trying any form of hair regimen alongside with proper consultation with a hair specialist.

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Dry Hair:

The dryness of hair is not a natural occurrence in the human body, but, it is however an induced state that results from over use of such products as hair coloring, perming and hair ironing tools, hairdryers and other artificial hair altering methods that literally kill your hair strands. These processes contribute to the weakening of the hair strands that they literally break off. It is not enough to be exposed to excessive UV rays that you have to submit your hair to such brutal methods just for the sake of beauty. Swimming pols that have a strong concentration of chlorinated particles do just that along with too much exposure to sea water that the salt in the air and in the salt water of the ocean can make your hair brittle and weak.

Caring for such hair conditions require applications of moisturizers to maintain the moisture content of the hair strands so that they don’t loose their suppleness. Prolonged use of hairdryers and other detrimental tools on your hair would do your hair more benefit. The use of deep moisturizing conditioners that you can leave on your hair is important if you live near an area where there is too much heat and humidity in the air (especially if you live near the beach or an arid region).

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Fine to Thin Hair:

Fine hair because of it’s lack of body and bounce usually falls limp most of the time. There are simple methods of making hair like these bounce to life. Teasing hair will give an illusion of embodiment, though it has to be done with the utmost care to ensure that you do not exert too much stress on your hair strands. Maintain a conservative length of hair style as you can easily style it with wax or hair gel to give it that bouncy look. Thin hair that is too long is very hard to manage and can often times end up in tangles if you tease them too much. Hair thickening products may help quite a bit but only to a point that you can manage it.

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Thick and Curly Hair:

Thick hair does have it’s advantages as they are the least types of hair that suffer from thinning limpness. But it also presents it’s own problems such as frequent itchiness on the scalp. The reason for why this occurs is the lack of ventilation for the scalp to breath. Another contributing factor is in it’s characteristics of not being able to totally rinse off accumulated substances from shampoos and conditioners, leading to the build up of irritating materials underneath the follicles. Keeping your hair short will greatly improve the condition of your scalp as it will allow the proper ventilation of air that your scalp needs. Shorter hair means an easy way to rinse off any possible remnants of shampoos and conditioners that my be left on your scalp, greatly reducing the time it takes for you to rinse it.

Use a clarifying shampoo to make sure you leave no traces of sedimentary deposits of filth on your scalp. This is just to ensure that you get the job right in ridding any possible dirt and grime from your scalp.

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Straight Hair:

You might think that it is just so easy to maintain straight hair? Well, it is not that easy as you may imagine it to be. Straight hair is actually one of the most hard to maintain hair types. It is because straight hair falls flat on the scalp, causing the accumulation of oil and grease, more than other types of hair. It is also one of the hardest types of hair create a hairstyle from it, as it always tends to be stringy ans limp. The use of deep cleansing shampoos can help prevent the onset of dandruff and a weekly trip to the hair salon to apply clarifying gel would greatly enhance body and luster. As a matter of fact, The occurrence of dandruff is more likely to happen in people with straight hair than any other hair types.

 

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Hair Care Tips And Tricks

Everyone likes to feel that they have a good head of hair, but not everyone is comfortable in their ability to pick the “right” hair care products.

Hair care is a big industry, with nearly three quarters of a billion dollars spent annually on hair care products and accessories – and this figure doesn’t even include the hair restoration market.  There are some simple things that people can do to treat their hair well and keep it healthy, but the hair care industry has added the complication of choice.

With many hair care product offerings comes many claims, and those claims are not easily quantified.

  • More luxurious hair
  • Shinier hair
  • Hair that’s more bouncy

Which claims are we to believe?  How can they be proven?

What is Hair Care?

“The hygiene and cosmetology involving the hair on the human head.” – wiki

There are many types of human hair, and the care for each type of hair varies.  Specialized products for different types of hair make up a large segment of the hair care market.  Even within specializations, there is a divergence of expert approaches to maintaining a healthy head of hair.

Whether you take care of your own hair care needs, or have a weekly visit with a hairdresser is a personal choice and a matter of disposable income and time.  The importance that you place on the appearance of your hair will dictate the lengths that you will go to achieve that ultimate look.

Hair Care Management Tips

Generally, keeping your hair clean and avoiding over-stressing it with chemicals and heat will help your hair stay healthier for longer.  But that may be oversimplifying the solution.  Let’s look at some other tips for good hair care management.

  • Don’t set your hair dryer on the hottest setting
  • Condition the ends of long hair every other day
  • Avoid combing or brushing wet hair – it’s more fragile when it’s wet
  • Trim long hair fairly frequently
  • Use a natural-bristle brush

Shampoos

Most shampoos will do a good job of cleaning your hair – regardless of the price, but people are prone to having preferences.  Those preferences may have been engineered through effective advertising, but they remain preferences just the same.

A review of the labels of shampoo bottles will reveal that they all contain the same basic ingredients which include: cleaning agents, water, and preservatives.  The cleaning agents that are used are of different intensities and abrasiveness, so there is some difference between products that are intended for normal use versus those intended for sensitive skin, but those differences may not justify some of the differences in price.

Conditioners

The primary purpose of any conditioner is to make your hair softer after it has undergone washing.  Your hair gets lighter when it’s washed and the application of conditioner has the opposite effect, by restoring moisture and introducing oils to your hair.

Given their cross purposes, shampoos and conditioners work best when they are applied separately.  Using a shampoo and conditioner combo won’t hurt your hair, but it will lessen the effectiveness of each product.

Pick the least expensive products that work best for you.  Paying for any more than that basic level of satisfaction is not money well spent.

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Common Hair Care Myths

“Brush your hair with 100 strokes before bed every night to keep it smooth.” “Eat Jello to help your hair grow faster.” There are so many myths about hair care circulating, whether they’re old wives’ tales or rumors on the Internet. So how do you know which are worth trying and which are just tall tales? Here are a few to be mindful of.

 

hair care mythsBrushing your hair 100 times every night will make it silky smooth. This is probably the number one hair care myth going. There is some truth to it, but it’s exaggerated to say the least. Brushing your hair 100 times was at one time thought to increase blood circulation, encouraging your hair follicles to work and help you achieve stronger, shinier hair. While a thorough brushing is an excellent way to detangle your hair and distribute natural oils from root to tip, excessive brushing is more damaging to your hair than anything else, and should definitely be avoided.

 

 

Washing your hair every day will dry it out and damage it. Definitely do not follow the instructions on the shampoo bottle that prompt you to “lather, rinse, repeat.” The only people those benefit are the shampoo manufacturers. While washing your hair too often strips it of its natural oils and will leave it dry and damaged, it is okay to wash daily in the right circumstances. Women who have shorter styles that require heavier hair products, or anyone who lives in the city, tend to prefer to wash their hair every day. If you like to as well, just choose a gentle shampoo. Once a month, switch it for a clarifying shampoo that will get rid of any buildup.

 

Eating Jello or taking prenatal vitamins will help your hair grow in stronger and faster. It is absolutely true that eating a nutritious diet and drinking water is good for your hair, and brittle or thinning hair can be indicative of poor eating habits. Beyond that, suggestions of what to eat or drink are more fiction than fact. There is no scientific evidence supporting the notion that eating gelatin products will make your hair grow. Furthermore, while hair can become stronger or more lustrous during pregnancy, it’s due to hormonal fluctuations, not taking prenatal vitamins. Spend your money on fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods instead. Your hair, and your body, will thank you for it.

 

Before you buy into the latest hair care myth, do a little research. Quite often, suggestions are based on facts but have being distorted over time. Get to the “root” of the advice before you try anything new or waste your money on a so-called miracle cure.

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I am 53 years old and live in Miami. I have two kids, one boy and one girl with my wife Linda. My son Jon is now 19 years old and in College. My daughter Jennifer is 14 and still in High-School. We also have a dog. When I don’t work in the marketing department of a health company, I like to spend time outdoors with my family and friends. I don’t do as much sport as I should but my family and me go on a skiing vacation at least once a year.