Are hair supplements necessary?

Hair Supplements

To say that your hair is an extension of your body is nothing short of stating the obvious. Sitting right there, on top of your head, it’s a fact hard to deny.

But in health terms this is also true.  If your body isn’t getting all the nutrients it needs, your hair is one thing that will certainly suffer. Continue reading

What are the best vitamins for hair growth?

Hair Vitamins

If you hair is not in tip top shape, it may be telling you that you’re lacking in some essential vitamins or minerals.  If you want your hair to be healthy and growing vigorously, you need to nurture the growth factory – your body!

There are a lot of supplements on the market today, and choosing the right vitamins for hair growth can be confusing.  You don’t want to waste time or money, but how do you know which hair supplements are important? Continue reading

Is Omega 3 good for hair?

fish oil hairWe’ve all heard about the benefits that Omega 3 (or fish oil) can bring to our skin.  We read about reducing wrinkles and reclaiming that youthful glow!  But what about omega 3 for hair?

Great news!  The omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oil make your hair shine, and make it stronger and more elastic. In addition to these benefits, it also promotes scalp health.

Now you might be wondering if you need to ingest the Omega 3 or put it directly on your hair.  Well, you can do both.  Omega 3 is found in both fish oils and flaxseed.  Now, obviously you’re not going to want to put fish oil on your hair!  This one comes in capsule form, and you swallow it!  The benefits from using it this way don’t just stop at your hair, your skin, your cardiovascular system and your stress levels all get a great boost from these capsules.  Make sure that you buy a high quality product, and look for something that contains both EPA and DHA, and that is guarantee to be free of contaminants such as mercury and other heavy metals. If you don’t like the idea of taking fish oil, you can find Omega 3 capsules that are filled with Flaxseed Oil, which provide the same benefits.

If you’d rather use Omega 3 topically, then you’d better stick with Flaxseed Oil.  You can buy many different hair products that contain this oil, or you can put a few drops into your palms, rub together and work through your hair.  This is particularly beneficial for those people with curly hair, which really benefits from the added oil. For those who suffer from oily hair, you’ll want to avoid this!

So grab some Omega 3 capsules, or some Flaxseed oil to use as a hair product, and do you your hair a favor.  Or … do both!  Your body and your hair will thank you!

 

 

 

What about herbs for hair growth?

herbs for hair growthPeople have been using herbs for hair growth for centuries.  The success rate is said to be high, however you need to be sure that there are not underlying conditions causing hair loss (eg stress) which need to be addressed.

Here are some of the most common herbs for hair growth:

  • Amla (Phyllanthus emblica):  strengthens the hair at the root by penetrating the scalp.  Helps with hair loss and promotes strong, healthy new growth.
  • Aritha (Sapindus mukorrosi): the common name for Aritha is Soapnuts.  It’s been around for a long time, and is purported to help with hair loss, as well as being a natural conditioner.
  • Bhringraj (Eclipta alba): the herbal multivitamin which prevents hair loss and strengthens the hair shaft.
  • Black Tea (Camellia sinensis): can help to reduce shedding.
  • Flaxseed (Linum Usitatissimum): as well as being a great detangler and conditioner, Flaxseed may also reduce hair loss.
  • Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale): increases scalp circulation and encourages growth.
  • Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa): Also known as Javakusuma, hibiscus is used to promote hair growth by providing the follicles with nutrients.  It’s also a great conditioner.
  • Horsetail (Equisetum arvense): stimulates the blood vessels in the scalp and may help with hair growth.
  • Lavender (Lavendula officinalis): great for scalp health and can prevent hair loss and shedding.
  • Marsh Mallow (Althaea officinalis): provides scalp nourishment to help with hair growth.
  • Oat Straw (Avena sativa): a great conditioner that helps with scalp health to encourage hair growth.  It can also accentuate highlights in fair hair.
  • Rose Petals (Rosa spp): helps to increase the blood supply to the scalp and can help promote hair growth.
  • Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis): helps with the condition of both the hair and the scalp, and can promote hair growth.
  • Shikakai (Acacia concinna): promotes hair growth by strengthening the hair roots.
  • Thyme (Thymus vulgaris): stimulates the hair follicles which may help with hair loss.
  • Watercress (Nasturtium officinale): with its high zinc and biotin content, Watercress is said to be an effective anti hair loss treatment.
  • Yarrow (Achillea millefolium): as well as having hair lightening properties, Yarrow is known to help with hair loss.
  • Yucca Root (Yucca schidigera): used for centuries by the Navajos, Yuuca Root is used to treat both dandruff and hair loss.

Do home remedies for hair growth really work?

Home remedies for hair growthHome remedies for hair growth – do they work? Well they’re great for your hair, but they’re unlikely to make it grow any faster. They can make your existing hair stronger and healthier, but to encourage growth you need to create the best environment for growth possible.  Are you getting enough nutrients from your diet, and if not are you taking supplements?  Are you getting enough rest and exercise?   Continue reading