How To Restore Healthy Hair Butter

The search for a butter keeper

The search for a butter bell

Despite my almost non-existent French, but probably due to some rather inventive mime, the waiter seemed to understand me and launched into a torrent of French. I understood about three words.

My dad, I think, hoped that mum would forget all about her quest, thanks to the intricacies of paying the caf bill ("oh, I don't understand this foreign money"), pre-journey bathroom visits and getting three kids into the car. But she hadn't.

It must have taken us all afternoon to finally locate a precious butter crock to buy and it became one of mum's most precious possessions! Fast forward to today and mum is no longer with us but her butter crock is still in daily use in my sister's home.

It would have been a lot easier with the internet!

We could have saved a whole afternoon of our valuable vacation time, had the internet been around in those days. Butter crocks, also known as butter bells and keepers, are now widely available online. As someone who has been using one since the age of eleven (you could say that I'm a crock connoisseur!) I've selected the best below.

Le Creuset crock

Le Creuset Stoneware Butter Crock, Cherry

Le Creuset Stoneware Butter Crock, Cherry

I love this butter crock. Of course, the name of Le Creuset is known to everyone who enjoys the best kitchenware. Something I particularly like about this one is that it is actually made in France in the traditional way. Like other similar items, it ensures that the butter stays fresh but is kept at a temperature that makes it easy to spread - no more carving slices of butter for your toast! I love the bright cherry color too and it's good to know that this comes with a lifetime warranty. The company produces other kitchen accessories in the same color - this could be the start of a lovely collection. You can use the button below to get more info or to order.

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Glazed French butter keeper

French Butter Keeper in Azulscape

French Butter Keeper in Azulscape

Look at this one - isn't that glaze magnificent? This isn't just a practical way of keeping your butter fresh and ready to use, it's a beautiful ceramic object in its own right. This is a handcrafted and I'd really urge you to take a good look at the other ceramic products they produce too. They make a range of butter keepers (too many to put onto this page) in a lovely range of designs and glazes. These are handmade in America and would make a wonderful gift as they are an art object as well as being hugely practical. This is a two man company (well, one man and his wife) and it's great to think that these artisans are able to offer their work online so that they are available to us all. The button below will take you to more details.

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Cerise butter pot

Emile Henry Butter Pot, Cerise

Emile Henry Butter Pot, Cerise

This is a pleasant combination of the traditional look and a more streamlined modern appearance. Although I'm showing the lovely cerise color here it's also available in a pretty Lemon yellow, a rich blue and a deep eggplant-colored purple. Although the design leans slightly towards a modern look, this is a genuine French beurrier that's made in the Burgundy region of France by a company that combines its 150 year history with modern technology to provide an excellent product. This butter pot can hold a full eight ounces of butter and keeps it fresh and ready to spread at any time. I love the glaze on this ceramic pot - it's so rich and deep. Use the button below to see enlarged images.

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Steel butter keeper

Steel Function Stainless Steel Butter Keeper

Steel Function Stainless Steel Butter Keeper

I usually prefer moden-looking kitchen goods rather than traditional even though I have a soft spot for the traditional type for nostaliga reasons. So I love this version featuring crisp stainless steel and clear glass. As you might expect from its modern design, this item comes from Scandinavia. Although the picture here is smaller, don't be deceived as this will hold an entire stick of butter. The company that provides this item carefully select the products they sell to ensure that they are stylish and efficient. If you're looking for a gift for someone who likes sleek modern design that's married to stylish looks, I'm sure that this would be ideal. Click on the button below to learn more or to order. Gift wrapping and messaging are available too so this is a great way to send a gift to someone who isn't local.

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Butter Bell

Butter Bell Crock, Matte Black

Butter Bell Crock, Matte Black

Although the black version is shown here, the Butter Bell is available in a range of colors. Personally, I love the black because it combines the traditional beurrier shape with sleek good looks that are perfect for today's modern kitchen. It's also available in green, yellow, blue, red and white. For those wanted a traditional look, there is also a version available that white and green with a pink flower motif. That is too flowery for my tastes but would look lovely in a traditional farmhouse-style kitchen or with vintage or retro decor. These are made in China and distributed by an American company. If you use the button below, you'll be able to see the range available and see enlarged, detailed images.

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About butter crocks

  • It's easy to be confused as these are also referred to as butter pots, butter keepers and French butter dishes. Butter Bell is a brand name but the product is the same thing. In our house, we just called it the French thingy!
  • Butter crocks are ideal at keeping butter ready to use without the need of refrigeration. They were first produced in France in the nineteenth century - a long time before household refrigeration became the norm.
  • As you can see in the photograph above, the butter sits in the bell-shaped part on the inside of the lid. The lower part is then filled about half way with water and when the lid is put on, the butter stays soft enough to spread but is protected from heat and bacteria.
  • Something that amazed me when I was a child was that the butter doesn't fall out! Butter is added when it's slightly soft and pressed down so that there are no pockets of air. This miraculously keeps the butter in place.
  • The water should be changed every few days and the butter will stay fresh - without being in the fridge - for about thirty days or so.
  • This means that your butter can live out on the countertop and this saves space in your fridge. Because butter crocks are stylish items in themselves, they look great on the dinner table too so there's no need to have separate butter dishes for storing and serving.
  • Herb butters can also be kept in the butter pot although they won't keep as long as regular butter. This is great when you're entertaining.
  • When the weather is very warm, or when you're using your butter dish outdoors in the sun, add slivers of ice to the water to help it keep cool. The crock is ideal for when you're eating al fresco because the butter is protected from insects.
  • Have you ever spread onion flavored butter onto something sweet? I have - yuk. This is because butter stored in the fridge will pick up the odors of other foods that are stored in there. By using your crock, the butter will always taste - well, like butter!

Photography credits

All crock images from Amazon. The photograph of the French cafe is from stock.xchng,

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Best products to restore hair damage and make your hair healthier?
    I used to straighten my hair a LOT, and curl it, etc, and my hair's naturally pretty weak. The hairs closest to my face get all fried and rough, and the rest of my hair is okay but still not the best. :( I've tried some different shampoos but what else can I use? Name everything you know that's best :)

    xoxo

    • ANSWER:
      The best way to make your hair healthy is to take care of it naturally , and there are lots of natural things you can do to your hair to keep it nice and healthy without harming or smothering it with chemicals :
      Apply nourrishing masks twice a week !
      Try this one : one mashed banana, one spoon of honey, one spoon of olive oil, one spoon of avocado oil, one spoon of castor oil, one egg yolk and, if you're courageous enogh to take the smell of it, some garlic. Apply that on your hair, wrap it in aluminium foil, put a beanie on and let it rest a few hours, a whole night being the best !
      After you washed it, add one spoon of vinegar and spoon of lemon juice to one liter and a half of water, and rinse your hair with that, to avoid chlorine and hard water lingering on your hair, because that causes your hair to go dry and brittle over the long haul !
      Also, if you don't have that, buy a genuine silk pillowcase to sleep on : other fabrics are very harsh on your hair and rub it hard during the night, it's very damaging to it. As well as straightening, blowdrying or any other heat source ! You really want to stay away from that !
      Also shea butter is great for your hair ! Any time you want to wash your hair, make sure you apply shea butter or almond oil on it for about half an hour before you wash it. And put a tiny wee bit of jojoba oil on your ends ( it's a very fine oil, it won't show or make your hair greasy ) to prevent them from drying because they're the most fragile part of the hair.
      Apply hair organic sun block on your hair everyday, no matter what the season is or what the weather is like, sun rays dry the hair and skin big time !
      Trim it at the very least every four months, though after a few months of that regimen, you'll notice a huge difference and won't even need to trim that often ( I sometimes go eight months straight without cutting my hair once , and at this point I don't have a single split end, yet my hair used to be full of them and so dry and ugly ) !
      Taking care of your hair from the inside is very important too : eat hair food, such as meat, eggs, vegetables, lentils, bran cereals etc.
      To stimulate the blood circulation under your scalp ( hair gets the nutrients it needs through blood ) ; massage your scalp a few times a week. Here's the technique : put the tips of your fingers on your scalp and massage it applying circular motion movements. You have to press the tips of your fingers firmly on your scalp, in order to make the scalp move on the skull, and not the fingers move on the skin, because that would not only be a waste of time, but it would also weaken the roots ! Start at the base of the nape and work your way to the forehead, then do the sides. If you can wiggle your scalp muscles, it brings more blood to the roots and you don't need the massage !

      If you want your hair to be straight, you can straighten it in a healthy way, it's called wrapping ; when it's damp ( not dripping ) comb and smooth it all around your head, secure it with bobby pins, then tie a silk scarf around your head and wait for your hair to be dry. It will look evenly straight, but in a natural looking way ! This is a link to a tutorial video showing you how to wrap your hair :

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21Uwt-w4mq4

      If it's curly and want to tame your frizzes naturally : apply a tiny bit of jojoba oil on it when it's damp, put a silk scarf on your hair and wait for it to dry under that ; it will curl in a nice defined shiny way.

      Hope that helps !

  2. QUESTION:
    how can i get my hair healthier?
    my hair break off and i have split ends.
    it used to fall out alot until i dyed my hair darker with demi permanant dye.
    anyway, i usually straighten my hair everyday, and dye it a new color every 6 months or so.
    im really just happy to stay at the color i have now so no dying, straight hair for me isnt necessary so i dont mind stopping, and ill trim it of course to get rid of all that junk on my ends.
    are there any good hair products to restore my hair back to its healthiness? or vitamins etc.?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm a hair stylist, here is some info. :]

      The number one factor to healthy hair is what you eat! Make sure you're getting plenty of healthy fats like olive oil, avocado or coconut.. Omegas like flaxseed and Biotin. ( Mushrooms are loaded with it. ) Make sure to drink plenty of water as well.

      1. Use a natural shampoo & conditioner that doesn't contain sulphates or alcohol which can dry your hair and also damage it. I recommend Aveda, Pureology or Arbonne but almost any natural brand you would find at Whole Foods or Trader Joe's should do the trick. Make sure you use one that is formulated for your specific hair type as well.

      2. See a stylist and ask them to deep condition your hair.

      3. Use a tshirt instead of a towel to dry your hair. The texture of a towel just frizzes hair more.

      4. Rub a smoothing serum into your hair. I recommend pure 100% olive oil or cocoa butter because they mimic your hairs natural oils and don't contain any chemicals.

      5. Do NOT brush your hair. Your fingers are the best tool but if you need to comb it out or part your hair, use a very wide tooth comb.

      6. Sleep on it. Change your pillowcase. Use a satin one instead. The satin reduces friction on the hair and makes it less frizzy. It also protects it from damage.

      7. Experiment with different styles. Find some that suit your personal style and habits. Don't be afraid to express yourself, it's YOUR hair!

      Hope this helps. :]

  3. QUESTION:
    Will long, natural Afro-black hair fall out if it is not permed?
    Why or why not? My little sister and I are growing out our hair and it's been working thus far. I want knee length hair and she wants waist length hair. When my hair gets long, I will use no chemicals and limited heating. I prefer natural, poofy hair more and I am ready to care for outrageously long natural hair. My sister, however, says she's going to perm her hair just ONCE when it reaches her waist and that I MUST give my hair a chemical treatment at least once too if I plan to keep my future long hair. I do not believe her. My logic is that if I am able to grow my natural hair out, why would it suddenly break off just because I choose not to perm/relax it? So who's right, me or my sister?
    If makes any difference, we're both teenagers and my sister is going natural right now, while I have NEVER EVER used a chemical treatment in my life.
    I am NOT asking what will make my hair grow, I'm asking if I MUST use a perm to keep my hair from falling out if it reaches to my back/knees.
    I am NOT asking what will make my hair grow, I'm asking if I MUST use a perm to keep my hair from falling out if it reaches to my back/knees.

    • ANSWER:
      Hey Tina. I'm not a woman or a girl, obviously...but I do have an older and a younger sister. My younger sister has informed me that black women's hair does well if you care for it properly. What I mean is that it will not fall out as long as you use products that won't damage it. Any shampoo or hair product that has an ingredient called "sulfate" on the list should be avoided. It's not that it's good for a white woman's hair but it will destroy a black woman's hair.

      Also my sister says for natural hair, you should use natural oils to wash, moisturize and strengthen your hair. If you do this, it will not fall out...even if you don't perm it. Perms do not protect your hair, it is simply a treatment or a style. Whether you perm your hair or keep it natural, you have to take good care of it to avoid breakage.

      You are right, your sister is wrong. Here are products that my sister showed me that will keep black hair strong and free of damage or breakage:

      1. Sweet Almond Oil: . Sweet almond oil can be used for any skin type. Some benefits include alleviating itching and rashes, deep moisturizing and helping skin retain its glow. Advantages for the scalp include ridding the scalp of dandruff and discouraging falling hair. Sweet almond oil strengthens hair, smooths the hair's cuticles, encourages growth and moisturizes without making hair oily.

      2. Coconut oil is rich in nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, iron and calcium. Adding approximately a quarter-size to your conditioner will help maintain healthy, soft hair.

      3. Using Aloe Vera for hair loss is the first step, you can undertake to stop hair from falling. Aloe vera is a natural hair conditioner and you can very well replace the chemical laden conditioner that you are currently using with aloe vera. It actually contains all the ingredients required for cleaning and conditioning the hair. When aloe vera is used for an extended period of time, it makes the hair healthy and dense. According to some studies, aloe vera fights hair loss.

      4. Kukui nut oil can be used alone as a hair and scalp oil or added to shampoo to add special nourishing and softening benefits.

      5. Shea butter

      6. Black Currant Oil

      7. Borage Seed Oil

      8. Considered as a hair growth stimulant, Avocado Oil nourishes and restores dry, dehydrated and mature hair and skin. It's great for healing dry or permed hair.

      9. Extremely damaged hair or hair that tends to break, split or tangle usually responds well to Jojoba Oil. It helps dull & frizzy hair, You can put a few drops in your conditioner and you will get thick shiny hair. It also provides protection against dandruff and give strength to the roots of the hair. Basically it prevents hair from falling. Jojoba oil is one of the best oils to use.

      10. Apple Cider Vinegar: Rinse hair with apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar cleans the scalp and removes any dead skin cells that could be clogging the hair follicles and causing hair to thin. Once the scalp is clarified, hair will grow thicker and healthier. Use this rinse to also treat dandruff.

      11. . Rosemary Oil: Ancient Egyptians used rosemary to stimulate hair growth and help strands grow thicker and stronger. Make a rosemary hair oil to apply before bed. Put 1 tablespoon of dried rosemary leaves in 1 cup of olive oil and heat in the microwave for one minute. Set aside for two to three days. Strain out the solids with a coffee filter and apply oil to the scalp before bed. Cover with a shower cap and wash out the oil in the morning.

      You do not need to perm your hair in order for it to stay strong. Perms do not prevent hair from breaking. I have no idea where your sister got that information...she is wrong. My sister did research and there is no evidence of this. Good luck trying to grow your hair down to your knees!

  4. QUESTION:
    How to restore my damaged hair?
    I had thick curly hair and it was bouncy lol. But since I started straightening my hair I've noticed I have been getting split ends and I've been straightening it non-stop for about a year now and whenever I wash my hair, I notice my hair is not as thick and curly as it use to be. What should I do to restore my curly hair?

    • ANSWER:
      I totally understand what your going through. When I had started high school I straightened my hair every single day because it was really thick and frizzy. However I ended up paying for doing all that because now my hair is a lot thinner and damaged and I have split ends like crazy.
      I'm currently in the process of making my hair healthier too and the number one thing I can say for you to do is reduce the amount of heat you use on your hair. I know that may be hard but remember that trying to make your hair look good now will only end up making it worse later in life. So cut back on how much you use heat and when you do always be sure to use a heat protectant (I like Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray, it's inexpensive and works really good). If I were you I would embrace your curls. Find the right products (gels, mousses, etc.) to put in your hair to make your curls look better. Personally, I like Garnier and Frizz-Ease products for my hair. Also, be sure to deep condition your hair maybe like every week or so to bring back moisture into your hair. I use Garnier's deep conditioner but you can use whatever you may find what works for you.
      As for shampoo and conditioner, I use John Frieda's Root Awaking Breakage Prone. It's been working pretty good for me, i'm honestly not sure if it's the cause of major improvement for my hair because I haven't been using heat or anything for many months now so that could also be the reason, but I do think it's a pretty good shampoo. If your looking for a more inexpensive shampoo and conditioner I've read many reviews on Suave Professionals Almond and Shea Butter so you could try that. I've also heard that soaking your hair every once in a while with olive oil because it's suppose to help dry hair and scalp and make it shiner and stronger. I haven't actually tried this yet myself but I do plan on doing it soon.
      In addition to everything, getting trims regularly is also good, but just because you trim your hair doesn't mean everything will be perfect. If you continue to use heat on your hair right after getting a trim then it'll just continue to get split ends.

      I know this was a long response but I just wanted to help because I went through the same thing before and now i'm paying the price to get my hair healthy again.

      Hope I helped and I wish you good luck. If you need any extra help or advice you can be free to email me and ask questions :)

  5. QUESTION:
    I have hair fall since past four years.?
    My hair falls out more after applying oil and then combing.
    and please tell me if butter and cheese in diet reduce hair loss?

    • ANSWER:
      anyway hair loss can be caused by many different reasons! Find out the actual cause of hair loss! There are many causes of loss of hair such as stress, poor nutrition ,medications, thyroid dysfunctions, illness, fungal infections ,hormonal problems, to mention a few. but anyway you can always try and get real results.

      year ago I suffered from hair loss too and I started trying everything you can imagine to stop my hair loss.
      the things that really worked for me was:

      1) Vitamin A - an anti-oxidant which promotes healthy production of sebum in the scalp;

      2) Vitamin E stimulates circulation. Good blood circulation in the scalp is important in keeping hair follicles productive. The 'B' vitamins contribute to melanin, which gives hair its healthy color and also stimulates blood circulation;

      3) massage is also beneficial. Massage stimulates circulation. As already noted, good circulation in the scalp keeps hair follicles active. Experts suggest a few minutes of daily head massage by hand. Circulation through massage may be improved by using a few drops of lavender or bay essential oil in an almond or sesame oil base with massage;

      4) Try rubbing your scalp with garlic juice, Onion Juice or Ginger Juice(you can either of one out of three, Do not mix any of two or three);

      5) also you should use some herbal treatment.in that case Provillus is a good product that helps prevent hair loss and it is an FDA approved product. I think it is very important!

      It worked and still works for me!

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry Provillus but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.provillus.com/?aid=749165

      It restores hair follicles by blocking DHT!!!

      good luck!

      not only my and my husband`s own personal experience

  6. QUESTION:
    Frizzy curly hair?10ptss:)?
    my hair is dry and damaged and im out of gel!!!!!:/
    &cantt buy any until next week:(
    im mixed and I bought this garnier fructiis frizz stuff....DIES NOT WORK ON MY HAIR IR ANY OF MY MIXXED/BLACK FRIRENDS!!!
    not to be racist!!!
    I use shea butter,that and some shine sernum but I doesnt keep it from being pufffy altho. its makes my curls pretty my hair is like a lions mane and im tired of putting my hair in buns because of tht

    • ANSWER:
      You can get rid of the frizz and restore your hair using Pro Naturals Moroccan Oil Hair Treatment with Heat Protector, it helps strengthen the hair that's prone to breakage, splitting or snapping off, gently smooths the hair, reduces Frizz and helps prevent heat damage, plus leaves hair healthy, shiny and resilient. Check it out at or at http://hairproductspro.com/pro-naturals-moroccan-oil-hair-treatment-with-heat-protector.html or if you are in Canada at http://www.rylees.ca/pro-naturals-moroccan-oil-hair-treatment-with-heat-protector.html . Hope it helps.

  7. QUESTION:
    Home remedies for dry hair?

    • ANSWER:
      1.Like everything else about true, lasting beauty, healthy hair begins within your body. Start with your diet. Include lots of green leafy vegetables and sweet juicy fruits. Dairy products such as milk and fresh yogurt will also help. Fresh coconut is also considered excellent "hair food" - sprinkle grated coconut over salads, diced fresh fruit, or rice. 2.Cut down on refined, processed and canned foods. Ayurveda considers foods with artificial preservatives and chemical additives stripped of their inherent "intelligence" and therefore not helpful in supplying nutrition to your body and mind. Ice-cold beverages also hamper the process of digestion and assimilation of nutrients.

      3.Cooking with certain spices adds flavor to your food and provides nourishment for your hair. Cumin, turmeric and black pepper are some "hair-friendly" spices. Add a healthy pinch of each to single-portion soups and stews as they are cooking. Saut 1/8 1/4 teaspoon each of the three spices in a teaspoon of ghee (clarified butter) or olive oil and add to cooked veggies. Roasted ground cumin and ground black pepper can be sprinkled over fresh yogurt.
      4.Stress can be seriously injurious to long-term health and color of hair. Try and manage your time and tasks to minimize time-related pressures. Practice relaxation techniques such as meditation. Seek out tranquil sights in nature to help restore balance to your mind. Relaxing or uplifting music can be therapeutic. Get adequate, good quality sleep to help the natural process of rejuvenation.
      5.Ayurvedic herbs that help hair health include Eclipta alba and Gotu Kola. Eclipta alba is called "Bhringaraj" - literally, king of tresses. It nourishes the hair and helps resistance to stress as well. Brahmi, sometimes called Gotu Kola, also helps balance the mind and nourishes the hair and scalp. Since Ayurveda considers the health, color and luster of hair so dependent on overall mind/body health, synergistic Ayurvedic herbal preparations for hair can also include herbs such as Country Mallow, which is supposed to strengthen the physiology, and Winter Cherry, which aids resistance to stress.
      6.Stay away from harsh chemical topical products that can damage hair over time. Look for gentle, natural cleansers and conditioners, especially if you wash your hair more than three times a week. Shampoos and conditioners that contain nourishing botanicals are even better. Read labels carefully - sometimes, products that say "herbal" or "natural" can include no-no chemicals.
      7.A warm oil scalp massage two or three times a week will help stimulate and moisturize the scalp. You can use good quality coconut, almond or olive oil Ayurvedic hair oils also contain some of the herbs mentioned earlier. Apply some mildly warmed oil to your hair and gently massage into your scalp evenly with your fingertips. Leave on overnight if you can, if not, leave on for at least an hour or two, then get it out by shampooing your hair. The scalp massage helps you relax and aids sound sleep as well.
      8.Never attack wet hair with a brush, no matter how rushed for time you are. Tangles in wet hair are best removed with a wide-toothed comb. Use a wooden comb if you can find one; it won't generate static electricity. Excessive blow-drying can damage hair in the long-term, making it brittle and causing split ends. If you can, let your hair dry naturally, then brush into place.
      9.Last, but not least, brushing your hair regularly to stimulate the scalp will keep it looking healthy and lustrous. Brush each night in all directions in turn - left to right, right to left, front to back and back to front Use smooth long strokes from scalp to hair-tips.

  8. QUESTION:
    Help with dry hair?!?
    My hair is naturally a mid-brown and i have the top layer blonde (it suits my face and skin colour more). The only problem is my bair gets sooooooo dry and the ends break off (sometimes an inch!). Im thinking about getting it dyed a very light brown so that i dont wreck it even more (my roots are starting to show so i have to do something). What can I do to give it more life?
    Does egg make your hair smell funny though??

    • ANSWER:
      You need to condition your hair really really well if it's that damaged.
      I've found the the best products for dry or damaged hair are...

      -Milk by ~H2O+ it's a silkening hair mask with milk proteins and vitamins. It also has shea butter and advanced sillicones. This will help in restoring health to brittle dehydrated hair.

      -Pantene Pro-V Restoratives. It's a conditioner revitalisant that you can apply to your hair when you get out of the shower and leave it in. This is like a breakage defense that will strengthen against weak and exhausted hair and it will provide less hair fall.

      -Pantene Pro-V Fortifying Fortifier. This will undo 3 months of damage in just 3 minutes. It is a deep fortifying treatment that is gentle enough for chemically or colour-treated hair. It will repair the damage leaving you with smoothness and a healthy shine.

      All of these products you can use as a leave in conditioner for when you get out of the shower. Or you can also pair one of the pantenes with the milk mask and form a conditioning cap. Get a shower cap and lather your hair in a thick paste with the two products and put the shower cap on. Leave on for as long as possible and then rinse it out, without shampooing again. It works wonders and it will get you back on the right track to have that healthy silky hair again.

      And if you are going to color your hair I recommend using Natural Instinct which is ammonia free which will not dry your hair out! it is also semi-permanent but it should last you a good 2 months.

      Good Luck!

  9. QUESTION:
    Help! Damaged hair?
    I have very damaged hair, Ive dyed it every color imaginable, its very dark dark at the present moment, but I have 'brittle' hair from straightning it every day. I have already stopped ironing it excessively, but I need help restore its natural texture. Any shampoos, conditioners you reccomend or suggest? How about Dove Intense Damage? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      This is weird but I have extremely dry hair and have to keep it short due to meds. I have tried everything on the market you can imagine.

      The stuff with shine has silkening agents for temp look but for the day. But I dyed my hair and it came out horrible three times!!! So it was like doll hair. I used the third time one by Hydrience.

      Man it came with a conditioner that you use for a week after.
      I could not believe it. It was the best I have ever ever used. It is .00 for the whole color kit so just throw away the rest...

      It is worth it, I guarantee you money back. Leave it a little silky after rinsing out, dont go completely rinsed out. You will be amazed. If you have a Sams wholesale nearby go and by this liquid that has 5 servings a day of fruits and vegs, called drinkables loaded with vitamins. Then one called Glacial Milk and it has tons of minerals, vitamins, and herbs. I am a nurse and have hepatitis C and take Milk Thistle for the Liver and it has been proven that it does detoxify it and clean out impuritues. My cat has liver problems from food allergies and they now recommend it for animals also. Look it up and it is tremendous what it does. I looked it up and was surprised...More than I thought. Only take just milk thistle. You dont need to spend but about .00 at Walmart and take 240mg a day. They tried to sell me one for .50. The drinkables is .00 but will last a long time and the other .00 and also a long time. We probably are lacking a lot of minerals. I used to have nice hair when young. I was taking these mega greens and then stopped and they made my fingernails strong. They are loaded with vegs that we would not be able to drink in a day if you tried to eat them. It tastes like berries and you take two tablespoons and then the other one a little tough but not bad but same amount, just chase it down with something, its worth it. I just started. Milk thistle gives energy too and for depression and overall health and well being and heart and amazing!!! You will notice in one week. My hair is still dry but not near as bad...And I did it three times. I wash it only maybe four times a week too. That silk stuff you can get by paul mitchell and also john frieda sales one that is not expensive and is called for frizzy hair and does work and feels good. It has silicone in it, so it is cosmetic, but it works right then and smooths it down like it is so smooth and healthy but when you wash it is gone.

      Nothing else has done the trick and I even spent over .00 for one. There is one though that is called Hair butter mask? I think by Matrix or someone, and it was pretty good...The best I had used, you might try that one. It did get deep and felt good afterwards and lasted. It is in a gold tube. It might be Redken. Its about .00 and probably worth that too for in between. I have even used face masks that have banana oil and almond oil that work great and those are good. I use Burts bees for hands overnite and Sally Hansen has a great hand recovery for dry hands with collagen and it is wonderful for .99 and I would put that on my hair any day!!!!!!!!!!!

      So what if it works on the hands it works for the hair!!

      Good luck, let me know>>>>>>>>>>I am interested to know.

      jadeeandjojo

  10. QUESTION:
    Whats a good shampoo and conditionar to shine hair/bring back to life?
    From coloring/straighten and blowdrying it
    My hair is between dry and normal

    • ANSWER:
      Hey there!

      I love reccomending hair products, because i've used so many over the years =)

      The best hair products on the market to shine hair, and bring it back to life is:

      Shampoo&Conditioner: Redken Extreme(blue bottle, and can get at local hair salon) It works absolutely unbelievable! It cleanses, smoothens, and restores distressed hairs strength, to make it healthier and more managable!

      Deep conditioning: You really need to do this once a week to repair hair and give it a smoothness and shine! I would use: Redken Butter Treat. It is awesome on smoothing and strengthining hair! To use: Apply on towel dried hair to ends and roots. You can leave it in for 10-15 minutes, and rinse(then blowdry if desired, because it is heat protectant too). You can leave in the deep conditioner for extra shine and smoothness!(do not blowdry if you leave it in)

      Thanks so much & good luck to you! This all worked for my used-to-be dried and damaged hair =)

  11. QUESTION:
    Why won't my hair grow anymore?
    I used to straighten my hair everyday for like almost 2 years but now I don't straighten it everyday, sometimes like once every 2 weeks or so I straighten it, I've noticed it hasn't grown since I got an inch of my hair cut off in June.

    Is there any hair treatments that will get my hair to grow or restore it? I'd like longer hair. My hair isn't as curly it's more wavy/curly now.

    • ANSWER:
      The side effects for hair straightening is split ends (no protectant spray or serum can protect hair 100%, like sunscreens you still get sunburned - same with hair), hair not growing normally (it happens to you) or hair loss (I've responded to 7 in 2 hours 9-3-10 from girls under 15).

      I don't sell products, I'm here to share what experienced in hair damage I've done and because I care, with over 4 decades of hair know-how, but the majority of people responding to YA HAIR are from people who haven't been there, and in the future they're the same ones coming here for advice.

      It may grow very slowly or none at all if you've straightened your hair in the past.

      You get the strength & all your vitamins & minerals & proteins FREE from the good foods you eat from Mother Nature, not made by man, and no shampoo can help grow hair, not even those made for horses. Horses don't abuse their hair, using heating tools, and they eat better than people, but it won't add more hair & make their hair longer faster.Shampoo intended for animals may contain insecticides or other medications for treatment of skin conditions or parasite infestations such as fleas or mange. These must never be used on humans.
      Prenatal vitamins don't make your hair grow. Pregnant women have to start taking care of their bodies when they're pregnant, meaning stop smoking, drinking, dyeing or perming their hair SO OF COURSE their hair start growing again. But it has nothing to do with their hair, it has something to do to help the development of their unborn child.

      "Foods for Healthy Hair" - the website had moved, type it in.
      http://health.yahoo.com/experts/healthie
      Fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains all supply B-complex vitamins, like biotin, folic acid and vitamin B12, as well as vitamin A, copper and zinc, which are all necessary for remedying dry, brittle hair and nourishing a healthy scalp. Some prime examples of foods that contain these nutrients for healthy hair include:
      Folic Acid - asparagus, beets, broccoli, avocados, Brussels sprouts, beans, chickpeas, soybeans, lentils, oranges, fresh peas, turkey and spinach.
      Biotin - cauliflower, liver, salmon, carrots, bananas, cereals, yeast, and soy flour. Keep in mind that biotin content is reduced when food is cooked or preserved.
      Vitamin B12 - foods rich in vitamin B12 include animal protein (such as beef, lamb, and veal), clams and oysters, liver, fish, milk, and egg yolks.
      Vitamin A - butter, egg yolks, fish, fortified milk, organ meats (such as liver), and dark green, orange, red, and yellow fruits and vegetables, which all contain beta-carotene.
      Copper - oysters and other shellfish, whole grains, beans, nuts, potatoes, and organ meats are good sources of copper. Dark leafy greens, dried fruits such as prunes, cocoa, black pepper, and yeast are also sources of copper in the diet.
      Zinc beef, eggs, liver, pork, poultry, and oysters. Also is also abundant in other high-protein foods, like cheese, legumes and nuts.
      If having a lush, beautiful mane of healthy hair is important to you, don t just look to hot oil treatments and shine emollients. Eat these foods for healthy hair and say bye-bye to bad hair days.

  12. QUESTION:
    why is my hair so dry and straw-like?
    okay so i pretty much to everything perfectly when it comes to hair care. whenever i look online or ask a question for hair help, everyone always tells me to do what i already do! however, my mom treats her hair like..crap! yet her hair grows way faster than mine and it's stronger? she uses extremely cheap shampoos and conditioners, washes her hair everyday, uses flat irons, blow dryers and curling irons daily with no protection, uses a ton of hair spray and teases her hair! why is hers so much healthier if i do none of that? how can i get better hair too??
    also, i eat and drink better than my mom. and i'm much healthier physically too

    • ANSWER:
      Deep Conditioning
      When choosing a deep conditioner, choose one specifically formulated for dry hair. These deep conditioners will often contain vitamin E, cocoa butter, shea butter, olive oil extract or other highly moisturizing ingredients. Most deep conditioners are used once or twice a week. They are applied to slightly damp hair and left on for at least 15 minutes to completely penetrate into strands. Wrap hair in a warm towel to accelerate penetration of the active ingredients. After you have processed the conditioner for the allotted time, rinse it out thoroughly. Consistent use will transform dry hair into silky, soft, manageable locks.
      Leave-In Conditioner
      Use a leave-in conditioner every day. Even if you do not wash your hair (which is OK as washing too often strips hair of essential natural oils), get into the habit of conditioning daily. A leave-in conditioner will supply your dry, damaged hair with plenty of moisture to replenish the thirsty strands. If you do not have a leave-in conditioner or cannot find one, you can use your regular conditioner. Simply wet hair (without shampooing) and massage the conditioner into locks. Leave on for three to five minutes and rinse out. Towel dry hair by blotting; do not rub. Friction from rubbing will lead to frizz. If you must blow-dry, place the blow-dryer on the low heat or cool setting.
      Hot Oil Treatment
      A hot oil treatment should be used approximately once a month to transform dry hair into soft hair. The oils used most often in these treatments are almond oil, avocado oil, olive oil and jojoba oil; all of which are highly effective, natural moisturizers that seal cuticles and split ends, and restore pliability. Hot oil treatments also eliminate frizz--a common side effect of dry hair. The hot oil treatments usually come in plastic packages that must be heated by microwaving or placing in a hot water bath. Read directions carefully on the package so you do not overheat. Always test the temperature before applying to hair. Apply the hot oil treatment to slightly damp hair. Use a wide-tooth comb to distribute the oil evenly from roots to tips. Check directions for advice on how long to leave the treatment in your hair. After the required processing time, rinse out with cool water instead of warm or hot water. Cool water is less damaging on dry hair and also helps seal cuticles.

  13. QUESTION:
    Dry, damaged hair? HELP!?
    I use hair products daily, blowdry my hair, etc!
    I've been trimming my hair for a while now, so I did so last night because I noticed how dry my ends really were :( .

    My family doesn't have much money and we can't afford to go and buy hair products just for dry damaged hair. It's not a necessity. (And I'm sure some people will say snide comments such as 'then why you on the computer?') In my house the computer is a need for my siblings all need to research often for school, papers, etc. :P

    ANYWAYS! I was wondering how to fix my hair.
    We have mayo & eggs, but no olive oil... I really wanted to do the hot oil treatment, but olive oil is too expensive here.

    Do the mayo and or eggs work? If so how much and how long? How do I wash it out? Will it make my hair smell?

    I'm looking for a natural way to make my hair soft and moisturized.
    Please help and if you know of any CHEAP products that can help my hair, PLEASE state them!

    Thank youuuu!
    But can anyone explain the whole egg mayo thing to me? :/ I'm kinda interested, but I'm afraid it won't work..

    • ANSWER:
      Hey Em,
      You can still try the mayo and egg treatment, without the olive oil...The olive oil just give a little shine, but not needed. Dry hair can result from external factors, such as exposure to harsh chemicals, or from internal causes, such as an illness. These are the primary external factors for those lackluster locks:

      Harsh shampoo
      Shampooing too often
      Hair dye
      Hair perms
      Chlorine in swimming pools and hot tubs
      Overuse of the blow dryer or curling iron
      Too much exposure to sun and wind
      High mineral content in local water supplies

      External factors are easy to remedy. You just need to be careful about how you treat your hair, cutting back on activities that cause it to become dry. Switch products. Wear a cap when swimming. Cover your head when you're outside in the sun for prolonged periods. And use the kitchen cures in this profile.

      Nuts and seeds. Try snacking on some seeds and nuts. They contain essential fatty acids that can pop that sheen right back into your hair.

      Vinegar. There are several ways you can help your dry hair with vinegar. Vinegar is a great conditioner and can improve cleanliness and shine. Just add 1 tablespoon vinegar to your hair as you rinse it. Keep a travel-size plastic bottle of vinegar in your shower for this purpose, and take one when you travel, too. Since dandruff can make your hair look dull, use vinegar to make dandruff disappear. Massage full-strength vinegar into your scalp several times a week before you shampoo. Or, a brief soak in vinegar and water before you shampoo can help control dandruff as well as remove the dulling buildup from sprays, shampoos, and conditioners. Add 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar to a small basin of water and drape your hair into it. As an alternative, you can put the concoction in a spray bottle and apply it to your hair. A conditioner that controls dandruff and gives your hair a healthy shine can be made by mixing 2 cups water and 1/2 cup vinegar. Apply the conditioner after rinsing out your shampoo, and let it stay on your hair for a few minutes before rinsing thoroughly with water. If you need a stronger treatment for dandruff control, use this same method, but keep the rinse on your hair for 1 hour, covered with a shower cap. Then rinse it out. This vinegar rinse will also help control frizziness in dry or damaged hair.

      Home Remedies from the Refrigerator

      Avocado and banana. Mash a little overripe banana and avocado together, spread in your hair, and leave it there for up to an hour. Then rinse with warm water.

      Beer. After your shampoo, rinse your hair with a little beer. This can help restore shine.

      Eggs. To clean hair and give it a super shine, whip an egg into tepid water (not too hot or you'll be dealing with a poached egg), then lather it into your hair. Rinse it out with tepid water or that egg will poach right on top of your head. To deep-treat damaged hair, give it a healthy sheen, and cure dryness right down to the roots, use this pre-shampoo conditioning treatment: Mix together 3 eggs, 2 tablespoons olive oil or safflower oil, and 1 teaspoon vinegar. Apply it to your tresses, cover with a plastic cap, and leave it on for 30 minutes. Then shampoo as usual.

      Mayonnaise. You'll need the full-fat kind, not a diet or low-fat version. Slather 1 tablespoon or so onto your hair, rub it in down to your scalp, then cover with a plastic cap and wait about 30 minutes. Rinse it out thoroughly or you'll be craving tuna salad the rest of the day.

      Oil. Rub a little oil into your scalp. Olive oil works well, as does coconut oil. After you rub it on, cover your hair with a cap and leave it on overnight, then shampoo and rinse the oil out in the morning. (you can actually try cocoa butter, but just be sure to rinse it all out)

      I hope this helped! Goodluck with the home remedies, Iv'e tried almost all of them and I find the avacado and banana one work the best, you can also try honey or corn syrup...just rub some into your hair, cover your hair with a plastic shopping bag (i know sounds silly) LOL and wait 30-60 minutes, rinse out and voila! shiny healthy looking hair :)

  14. QUESTION:
    New moms, a hair question if you please...?
    I have always had long hair and it has always been thick and very healthy. Since my son has been born my hair has gotten really dry and damaged.

    Have any moms had this issue or know of any shampoos/cond that are good for restoring hair.

    Thanks so much,
    Kim

    • ANSWER:
      I had this issue for about 4 months after my daughter was born. My doc said it has to do with hormone changes. The best thing I used was Burt's Bees Avocado Butter Pre-Shampoo treatment. Its a cocktail of oils and conditioning ingredients that you put on wet hair and leave for at least 15 minutes before you shampoo and condition as usual. I have only been able to order it online since none of the typical stores seem to carry it. It costs about for the tube and it works wonders! Its great for colored hair too. I used to use it once a week. Since my hormones have gotten better and my hair has improved, I only use it twice a month now.

  15. QUESTION:
    Will this hair regimen make my hair grow faster and thicker?
    I have relaxed/texturized hair. I bleached my hair to get blonde highlights, then dyed it 2 more times after that. No, my hair didn't fall out at all. But I did have a ton of split ends! I had my hair cut into a mohawk 2wks ago and noticed alot of split ends already, so I cut them. Then I went to the store and bought these hair products:

    - Suave professionals almond + shea butter moisturzing shamp/cond.
    - Pantene pro-v restore beautiful lengths replenishing mask
    - Motions nourish leave-in cond.
    - John Frieda frizz-ease heat defeat
    - Smooth N Shine heat protectant
    - Tresemme no frizz ultra light shine spray
    - Castor oil hair treatment w/ mink oil ( I use this every other day )

    BTW: I wash and blow dry once a wk. And flat iron everyday with heat protectant. My hair doesn't get flat. It remains frizzy, puffy and bouncy. I dislike the frizzyness.

    • ANSWER:
      first of all, you need to stop blow drying and straightening if you want your hair to be thicker, longer and healthier. blow drying and straightening - with or without heat protectant - will still damage your hair and cause the ends to split. also, i would advise against dying your hair, as it damages it unless you get it done professionally,even then its not good for your hair. to get rid of your frizz - well, i don't know. the shampoos may help, but even if they don't you might just have to leave your hair frizzy until it is in better condition. hope this helps!!

  16. QUESTION:
    how do i make my hair soft and healthy again?
    i have died my hair A LOT.
    i got a perm about 5 months ago,
    and i straighten my hair because the perm didn't turn out
    i have hair about to my chest, and its dead with a lot of spit ends
    i got it cut around 3 months ago, and it went back to feeling
    unhealthy and NOT soft at ALL.
    ANY TIPS TO MAKE IT SOFT AND HEALTHY.
    i dont care how stupid it is :)

    • ANSWER:
      I advise three things.
      1) Shea butter. This stuff is amazing, people often use it on their skin if they're trying to fade stretch marks and return soft elasticity. But it really does wonders for hair as well, it's like a deep conditioner. Because it's a fatty oil it will return the lost oil to your hair and make it less brittle (inclined to split / break / frizz)
      I use Original Source Shea Butter & Honey (yes it's a body wash but you add a bit with your shampoo and it's like lathering your hair with silk, I know it sounds a bit strange but it does work amazingly well) I always use this to try and tame my rather thick hair and it always comes out silky soft and feeling light.
      I'm not sure where you are or if you can get that particular product in your country but shea butter is widely sold in chemists / pharmacy.
      http://www.originalsource.co.uk/skin-care-products/shower-gel/shea-butter-honey

      2) A deep conditioner, my hair just fried after my perm and like you I had to get it cut to try and rescue it. I advise looking for an intensive conditioner which is usually sold for African hair after the use of relaxers. It will work fast to restore the lost moisture in your hair.
      The alternative is a leave-in conditioner.

      3) Lavender oil. I discovered that quite by accident, I had an allergic reaction to a shampoo I was using and my grandmother recommended a few drops of Lavender oil to help with the dandruff. Well it cleared the dandruff amazingly and my hair was like silk after using it (plus it smelt strongly of lavender wherever I went xD)
      After you've washed your hair as usual (and conditioned if you're going to rinse it straight out) just rub 3-5 drops into your hands/fingers and run them through your hair and dry as usual.

      I would lay off the hairsprays and gels, lotions etc. for a couple of days and let your hair be natural. Give it a rest from the heat treatments as well.
      If you really can't do this then spray a protective mister over it before you do anything else.

  17. QUESTION:
    Which product is best for dry/frizzy hair?
    Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner or Tresemme Deep Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner.

    I usually shampoo and condition my hair 2 or 3 times a week. I don't blow dry, put in hair spray, hair gel, moose or anything; I want my hair to be natural and healthy. I read how long to leave conditioner and shampoo in; I leave the conditioner in for 5 minuter and I just rinse off the shampoo when I'm done scrubbing. Is it bad for your hair when you let the conditioner sit for 5 minutes? I don't want to put too many products in my hair because I don't want to damage my hair. Also, I have a Vent Brush which I made a mistake buying and I want to buy a Paddle Brush but I'm not sure. If you have any other ideas, please let me know. Thank you so muchXD My hair is dry and frizzy; so I need some advice because I've had this problem since high school. Help!

    • ANSWER:
      Of the two, I would choose the Organix. Try the argan oil & shea butter line - they've also got a moisture restore mask that I would recommend.
      http://www.organixhair.com/category-title/751

  18. QUESTION:
    Hair Lotion. Shea butter without water?
    How would I make Hair Organic Lotion? I washed my afro hair and put hair lotion but I have struggled with tangle hair. I am wondered if I can make my own lotion to help my afro hair softness and detangle.

    • ANSWER:
      Making your own can be fun, and if you get the right mix, it could work...however, that's a big risk. If you want some at home tricks to smooth down your hair and keep it de-tangled:

      Put mayonnaise in once a week, let it sit for a couple minutes. it restores oils your scalp and hair need to be healthy.

      Try leave-in-conditioner that you also use once a week for 3 minutes, then wash out, it really really helps dry hair and detangles it nicely.

      Shea butter wouldn't be very good, because it's got oil in it, and the water and oil wouldn't mix well. If you put a bit of mayonnaise and honey together that usually does wonders for my hair (dry, thin, frizzy, ultra curly)

      have fun making your own stuff!

  19. QUESTION:
    Washed my hair six times to get rid of awful black dye. Now my hair is breaking. Help?
    A couple days ago I dyed my hair black and today its almost turning a jet black/bluish tint. I read washing with Head and Shoulders and Dawn would help so I did that and kept washing it over and over. I'm glad I did because alot of the dye is gone, but now my hair is very very dry and breaking off in sections. Home remedies? Tips?

    • ANSWER:
      You shouldn't be surprised that your hair is very dry and breaking. Shampoo strips your hair and makes it extremely dry. You washed your hair more times than you can count, so, yes, it will be dry. Next time you decide to do this, use a sulfate free shampoo. Sulfates is the ingredient in shampoos that dry out hair, so a sulfate free shampoo won't dry out your hair as much. BUT, since you washed it that many times, a sulfate free shampoo wouldn't have helped. The breakage is probably caused by the dye or the dryness. Dyes dry out your hair. Shampoos dry out your hair. Dry hair creates breakage. Stop shampooing your hair. Only shampoo it if it's dirty and stinky or very oily; see how long you can manage without shampooing. Your hair is dry so shampooing every day or every other day will make it worse. And, unless you have extremely oily hair type then you don't need to shampoo more than 3-4 times a week.

      Firstly, condition your hair to try to restore some moisture. Give yourself an overnight moisturizing deep conditioning treatment. I like Neutrogena triple moisture hair recover mask or Nexxus humectant deep conditioner. Leave that in your hair all night or for a few hours during the day. It's better if you can put something on your head like a processing cap (they use in hair salons, can buy at a beauty supply store) or some Rynold's Wrap. This will keep the heat on your head and let the deep conditioner penetrate your hair to give it moisture.

      If you want a home remedy, use real mayo, olive oil, and two eggs and mix them together. This will be a conditioning protein treatment. Let it sit in your hair for a few minutes and then wash. Don't use hot water and don't go out in very hot weather because you might cook the egg in your hair.

      Another natural recipe: mix together some buttermilk, olive oil, and honey and warm it in the microwave until it's warm (not hot). Add non-bleached wheat flour. The flour will make it into a past. Slather it in your hair and leave it for a few minutes, and then wash it out. The butter milk and oil will make your hair stronger; the buttermilk is a protein. The honey will give your hair shine and moisture.

      Another way to try to repair your damaged hair: Do hot oil treatments with olive oil. It helps repair damaged hair and makes it shiny, among it's many healthy benefits.

      I'm sorry, but I'd never comprise the health of my hair and risk breakage just to fade my hair color. You can do this over time without risking a lot of breakage. And, yes, I've had breakage from a semi-permanent before, which is why I've never dyed my hair since.

  20. QUESTION:
    Hair Care Story, please help!?
    This is how it all started. My mother has short fine hair. When i was younger my hair wasn't thin but it wasn't very thick either, after not knowing anything about hair care or nourishment for it, i decided to buy a expensive, damaging flat iron, i would flat iron my hair every day, every week, all the time. Then i decided it was dying and just looked dead so i got it cut up to my shoulders but still kept flat ironing. then all of a sudden my flat iron broke. i haven't put any heat on it for 1-2 months. i have curly,wavy hair that i disliked before but now ive really tried to encourage myself that its best. ive been researching hair tips, and been keeping it in very healthy but it just seems so thin and i ever wonder if id get my old hair again? my mother says it'll become thick in a year or so? but i don't really think so? has anyone got any ideas/tips they could share? please give me some advise because i'm really conscious about it. thank-you! <3

    • ANSWER:
      That's great you've decided to stop flat ironing! Straitening your hair is super damaging, good thing you stopped. :)
      Your mom is right, your hair will probably go back to normal I a bout a year or so. You will grow out a full head of new, healthy hair that hasn't been damaged from the flat iron.
      Until then, they are lots of things you can do to improve the hair your have! Try using weekly hair masks. Coat your hair in raw Shea butter or olive oil, and leave in your hair for 1-2 hours. If you do this weekly, it will really help to hydrate and restore the health to your hair.
      Also, only wash your hair every other or third day. Washing hair every day can strip it of it's natural oils, and the natural oil helps to restore and heal the hair. Also, believe it or not, but drinking a lot if water and eating a healthy diet will help your hair! If you're healthy on the inside, it will show in your hair.
      Another tip is, wear a hat when you're in the sun. The heat from the sun can harm and damage your hair.

      I hope this helps you, good luck! :)

  21. QUESTION:
    does anybody no any good treatments for long damaged hair???
    i need a deep treatment for my hair because it is slightly damaged. i have it cut every 6 weeks but it still looks tired and dry. it is frizzy and needs a ....lift lol - anybody have similar hair or knows what i should use on it???

    • ANSWER:
      Pantene Pro-V Restoratives Time Rewenal the shampoo, conditioner, and refining mask. Its supposed to restore a year worth of damage in a month. Don't apply any heat to your hair or you will damage it even more. Do deep conditioning once a week with homemade products you can put mayonaisse in your hair for 20 min before taking a shower. Or the Avocado deep conditioner you need a 1/2 Avocado and 1 small jar of mayonaisse. Then Peel avocado and remove pit. Mix all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl with your hands until it's a consistent green color. Smooth into hair being careful to work it to the ends. Use shower cap or plastic wrap to seal body heat in. Leave on hair for 20 minutes. For deeper conditioning wrap a hot, damp towel around your head over the plastic, or use a hair dryer set to a low to medium heat setting.

      Some good products that will help:
      Redken Extreme Deep Fuel Strengthening Treatment Extreme Deep Fuel durable strengthening treatment helps restore your very distressed hair back to its natural, healthy state. Making it stronger!!

      BioSilk therapy: Leave-in replenishing and reconstructing treatment, Bonds and strengthens the hair inside and outside
      , Fills any voids on cuticle layer, Repairs split ends , Protects (heat, UV, cold, pollution) and leaves hair shiny and no buildup.

      Paul Mitchell Instant Moisture Daily Treatment Conditioner
      hydrates and revives dry hair. Moisturizes and Strengthens Soy proteins and shea butter join forces with Instant Moisture Complex to instantly moisturize, improve strength and enhance elasticity. Detangles and Adds Shine A special combination of detangling agents provide excellent slip to the hair and intense shine. Thickens and Repairs Panthenol penetrates deep into the hair to add volume and increase body; panthenol also attaches to the surface to help repair damaged cuticle layers

  22. QUESTION:
    Shea butter vs. cocoa butter for stretch marks?

    • ANSWER:
      Shea butter.

      What can Shea Butter do for you?

      * Daily skin moisturizer (face and body) - Shea Butter is paired with the African Black Soap as well
      * Dry skin relief
      * Dry scalp
      * Skin rash- including diaper rash
      * Skin peeling, after tanning
      * Blemishes and wrinkles
      * Itching skin due to dryness
      * Sunburn
      * Shaving cream to reduce razor irritation
      * Small skin wounds
      * Skin cracks
      * Soften tough skin on feet (especially heels)
      * Stretch mark prevention during pregnancy
      * Minor burns
      * Eczema
      * Sun and wind protection
      * Even skin tone
      * Reduce blemishes and scarring
      * Eliminating scalp irritation from dryness or chemical processing
      * Preventing bumps after shaving
      * Reducing acne (especially in combination with African Black Soap)
      * Absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy residue
      * Helps restore elasticity to skin
      * Restores luster to hair
      Shea Butter nourishes the skin with Vitamins A, E and F.
      Vitamins A and E help maintain the skin and keep it clear and healthy. They are particularly helpful for sun damaged skin. They also help prevent premature wrinkles and facial lines. Vitamin F, on the other hand acts as a skin protector and rejuvenator. It soothes rough, dry or chapped skin and helps soften dry or damaged hair.

  23. QUESTION:
    Is soybean oil good for the hair?
    I just bought Pampa Pure Soybean oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil from the Dollar Tree Store. I know that theres other products out there like Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Rosemary oil JoJoba oil, etc but these products for some reason dont exist in my area and I really dont have that kind of money right now, so I was wondering if this would be good for my hair and could I use this product to seal in moisture? Im trying to grow my hair long.

    • ANSWER:
      SOYBEAN OIL is great for the hair. It adds moisture and hydration to dry and damaged hair. It also adds body and promotes growth as well. Soybean oil is rich in many essential hair nutrients and lipids, which help the nutrients absorb more fully into your hair. According to Guriqbal Singh in his book, "The Soybean: Botany, Production and Uses," one of the benefits of soybean oil is that it is not as greasy as other oils. It is commonly used in shampoos and conditioners to add nutrients to the hair. Hair-care products made with soybean oil can provide nourishment and strength to your hair while helping to maintain its natural moisture balance and adding softness and shine.

      If you want products that also moisturize and cause hair to grow...here are some suggestions:

      1. . Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties, which help in regeneration of hair on the scalp. It also promotes hair growth and is a natural hair conditioner and can replace any current chemical conditioner that you're using. When used for a period of time, it makes the hair healthy & dense.

      2. Shea Moisture: Organic Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner: It heals hair, strengthens it and encourages it to grow. It also detangles, moisturizes, repairs and restores lifeless damaged hair. Can be used as a leave-in or rinse out conditioner. (For black people...has no sulfates or mineral oils)

      3. Shea Moisture: Organic Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo: Hydrates, smooths and repairs strands of hair and leaves it manageably soft. (For black people...has no sulfates or mineral oils)

      4. Shea Moisture: Organic Coconut & Hibiscus CURL & STYLE MILK (has coconut oil): Detangles / conditions & controls curl while restoring body and shine: Has Neem Oil that strengthens hair and provides a brilliant shine, Silk Protein that reduces breakage / strengthens hair & adds smoothness / silkiness, Coconut Oil that hydrates hair from heat & chemical damage, (For black people...has no sulfates or mineral oils)

      5. Kikui Nut Oil: This oil contains essential fatty acids such as linoleic and linolenic acids which are very similar to skin lipids and provide high penetrability and moisturizing benefits to hair and skin. It can be used alone as a hair and scalp oil or added to shampoo to add special nourishing and softening benefits.

      6. Avocado Oil: Touted as a hair growth stimulant, this oil nourishes and restores dry, dehydrated and mature hair and skin. It's great for healing dry or permed hair.

      7. Apple Cider Vinegar: Rinse hair with apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar clarifies the scalp and removes any dead skin cells that could be clogging the hair follicles and causing hair to thin. Once the scalp is clarified, hair will grow thicker and healthier. Use this rinse to also treat dandruff.

      8. Honey / Molasses: Apply honey to the entire length of hair as a deep hair treatment. Honey is full of nutrients that give dull and thin hair a lift. Honey gives body and luster to thin hair and makes it shine. Honey also creates subtle highlights over time. If you are a brunette, use molasses in place of honey.

      9. Egg and Olive Oil
      Olive oil is known for its moisturizing properties and has been an integral part of regular hair care for a long time. Similarly, egg also provides nourishment to dry and damaged hair. To make a mixture of egg and olive oil, beat two eggs and then add one or two spoons of olive oil. Mix properly and using a soft brush apply thoroughly on hair. It is advisable to leave it for few hours, after which it can shampooed and conditioned in the usual way.

      If you want to seal the moisture in...CASTOR OIL is the way to go.

      Castor Oil nourishes hair and prevents the scalp from drying by retaining moisture When added to hair care products, it helps to SEAL moisture, soften, and thicken hair.

      Good luck!!!

  24. QUESTION:
    What does Shea butter do for your skin?

    • ANSWER:
      How can Shea Butter benefit me? Shea Butter can provide relief from everything from just dry skin to many minor dermatological diseases (if you have a serious skin condition, you should see a doctor). It has been clinically shown to provide benefits. Here are some of the benefits of Shea Butter for the skin:

      Daily skin moisturizer (face and body)
      Dry skin relief
      Dry scalp

      Skin rash- including diaper rash
      Skin peeling, after tanning
      Blemishes and wrinkles
      Itching skin due to dryness
      Sunburn
      Shaving cream to reduce razor irritation
      Small skin wounds
      Skin cracks
      Soften tough skin on feet (especially heels)
      Stretch mark prevention during pregnancy
      Minor burns
      Eczema
      Sun and wind protection
      Even skin tone
      Reduce blemishes and scarring
      Eliminating scalp irritation from dryness or chemical processing
      Preventing bumps after shaving
      Reducing acne (especially in combination with African Black Soap)
      Absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy residue
      Helps restore elasticity to skin
      Restores luster to hair

      How does Shea Butter benefit my skin?
      Shea Butter nourishes the skin with Vitamins A, E and F. Vitamins A and E help maintain the skin and keep it clear and healthy. They are particularly helpful for sun damaged skin. They help prevent premature wrinkles and facial lines. Vitamin F acts as a skin protector and rejuvenator. It soothes rough, dry or chapped skin and helps soften dry or damaged hair. Shea Butter is high in unsaponifiables (a type of fat). Shea Butter has between 7-12% unsaponifiables. For comparison, avocado oil, a well known skin conditioner, has between 2-6%. This high level of unsaponifiables is one of the properties that makes Shea Butter so invaluable in treating the conditions listed above. Also, Shea Butter easily penetrates the skin allowing the skin to breathe and not clogging pores. Shea Butter has a high level of cinnamic acid, a natural sun screen. So, it provides some degree of protection from the sun. Shea Butter is also anti-inflammatory making it useful in treating rheumatism.

      I hope this helps

      Victory of Creativehairillusions

  25. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know some good hair products?
    My hair is very thin. I want to make it thick and long. Does anyone know some good products that promote healthy, growing hair?

    • ANSWER:
      Moisturizing Shampoos:

      Aphogee Deep Moisture Shampoo
      Creme of Nature Shampoos
      Elasta QP Creme Conditioning Shampoo
      Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo
      KeraCare Hydrating Detangling Shampoo
      Mane 'N Tail Deep Moisturizing Shampoo
      Mizani Botanifying Shampoo
      Neutrogena Triple Moisture Shampoo
      Nexxus Therappe Luxury Moisturizing Shampoo
      Silk Elements Luxury Moisturizing Shampoo
      Tresemme Moisture Rich Vitamin E Shampoo

      Protein Deep Conditioners:

      Aphogee 2 min Reconstructor
      Creme Of Nature Conditioning Reconstructor
      Motions CPR Protein Reconstructor
      Mane 'N Tail Original Conditioner
      Organic Root Stimulator Replenishing Pak/Conditioner

      When using a protein deep conditioner, follow-up with a moisturizing one to restore your hair's moisture.

      Moisturizing Deep Conditioners:

      Creme of Nature Nourishing Conditioner
      Elasta QP DPR-11
      KeraCare Humecto
      Mizani Moisturefuse
      Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Mask
      Queen Helene Cholesterol
      Silk Elements MegaSilk Moisturizing Treatment
      Silk Elements Mega Cholesterol Conditioning Treatment

      Leave-In Conditioners:

      Aphogee Green Tea Restructerizer
      Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in Conditioning Repair Creme
      Chi Keratin Mist
      Creme of Nature Lemongrass & Rosemary Leave-in
      Elasta QP H-two Leave-in Spray
      Herbal Essences None of Your Frizzness Leave-in
      Infusium 23
      Motions At Home Nourish Leave-in Conditioner
      Neutrogena Triple Moisture Leave-in Creme

      Moisturizers:
      Use a water-based moisturizer.

      Carefree Curl Gold Activator
      Giovanni Direct Leave-In
      Hawaiian Silky 14 In 1 Moisturizer
      Mizani H2O Intense Nighttime Treatment
      S-Curl Activator
      Neutrogena Triple Moisture Leave-In
      Wave Nouveau Finishing Lotion

      Oils:
      It is best to use natural oils like the ones listed below. Avoid using products with mineral oil, petroleum, petrolatum, lanolin, or parrafin oil as one of the main ingredients on your scalp. Such oils aren't beneficial to your scalp-- they only clog the pores and prevent your hair growth.

      Avocado Oil: great for dandruff and dry scalp.
      Castor Oil: Penetrates deep into the hair shaft, leaving hair thick, soft, and silky.
      Extra VirginCoconut Oil: absorbs easily and leaves your hair feeling soft, not greasy.
      Extra Virgin Olive Oil: adds great moisture.
      Grapeseed Oil: Great heat protectant.
      Jojoba Oil: Light oil that is very similar to the natural oil that hair produces by itself.

  26. QUESTION:
    Hair Health!?
    I have black curly hair that i straightened a lot. i am trying to get it healthier. What are good ways to get it healthier?
    i just got a haircut..

    • ANSWER:
      Definitely lay off the heat. Start using natural and organic conditioners. Even if your hair is in terrible condition natural products will restore it to good health. A lot of mass produced conditioners contain synthetic glycerine which brings moisture to the surface of your hair while drying out the inside. (Lets face it, it is not profitable to create a conditioner that really works!) Try using amla oil as a hot oil treatment twice a week, besides superior conditioning it will also relax your curls. Also try shea butter as a conditioner your hair will thank you for it! Visit www.naturallybeautifully.com for all of your natural hair care needs!

  27. QUESTION:
    What would be a good conditioner for my hair?
    My hair is down to the top of my boobs and is very thick and wavy. It's dry and brittle and crunchy at the last 3 inches of my hair, I have a lot of split ends as well. I KNOW I need to get it cut, I'm just trying to keep it somewhat healthy until I grow it out to the length I want. Right now I'm using the Shea Moisture - Organic Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo but I need a good EVERY DAY conditioner! I already have a good deep conditioner and the regular conditioner I'm using now is MOP extreme moisture conditioner (for damaged hair) and I don't really like it.

    I'd prefer if it were sulfate, paraben, etc. free and contained good ingredients so my hair can actually be healthy, but it's not a requirement because they can be hard to find.
    I'm considering
    Nexxus Humectress Ultimate Moisturizing Conditioner
    Fekkai Essential Shea Conditioner
    Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing Conditioner
    Yes to Carrots Pampering Conditioner

    Any suggestions? I'm open to any conditioner and price is not an issue. Have you ever tried any of the conditioners I listed?
    I've straigtened my hair less than 10 times over the past year and when I do I use a heat protectant. My heat use is not an issue. It's just dry as hell and brittle from me not getting it cut in a year and using cheap, bad hair products. I'm changing that though!

    • ANSWER:
      I recommend you the best hair conditioner, it's Pro Naturals Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Conditioner which helps restore moisture to hair, protects against heat and chemical damage, safe for color-treated hair, conditions hair back to its natural health. I love it and it works amazingly with any type of hair. If you are interested you can check it out at http://www.safrons.com/pro-naturals-moroccan-argan-oil-hair-conditioner.html .
      Good luck :D

  28. QUESTION:
    i always cut my hair really short like a buzz cut and when i ask the hairstylist to trim my hair he cuts it?
    too short
    i like this haircut cause it makes my skin seem smoother, i have a bit of acne
    any longer but not very long new hairstyles me as a Black teenager ,with afro textured hair, could try
    and is co washing daily good?
    how could i keep my hair looking smooth and healthy
    i think the shape up plays a role in making my skin look smoother

    • ANSWER:
      You could keep your hair looking smooth and healthy by following theses tips:

      1. Like everything else about true, lasting beauty, healthy hair begins within your body. Start with your diet. Include lots of green leafy vegetables and sweet juicy fruits. Dairy products such as milk and fresh yogurt will also help. Fresh coconut is also considered excellent "hair food" - sprinkle grated coconut over salads, diced fresh fruit, or rice.

      2. Cut down on refined, processed and canned foods. Ayurveda considers foods with artificial preservatives and chemical additives stripped of their inherent "intelligence" and therefore not helpful in supplying nutrition to your body and mind. Ice-cold beverages also hamper the process of digestion and assimilation of nutrients.

      3. Cooking with certain spices adds flavor to your food and provides nourishment for your hair. Cumin, turmeric and black pepper are some "hair-friendly" spices. Add a healthy pinch of each to single-portion soups and stews as they are cooking. Saut - 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon each of the three spices in a teaspoon of ghee (clarified butter) or olive oil and add to cooked veggies. Roasted ground cumin and ground black pepper can be sprinkled over fresh yogurt.

      4. Stress can be seriously injurious to long-term health and color of hair. Try and manage your time and tasks to minimize time-related pressures. Practice relaxation techniques such as meditation. Seek out tranquil sights in nature to help restore balance to your mind. Relaxing or uplifting music can be therapeutic. Get adequate, good quality sleep to help the natural process of rejuvenation.

      5. Ayurvedic herbs that help hair health include Eclipta alba and Gotu Kola. Eclipta alba is called "Bhringaraj" - literally, king of tresses. It nourishes the hair and helps resistance to stress as well. Brahmi, sometimes called Gotu Kola, also helps balance the mind and nourishes the hair and scalp. Since Ayurveda considers the health, color and luster of hair so dependent on overall mind/body health, synergistic Ayurvedic herbal preparations for hair can also include herbs such as Country Mallow, which is supposed to strengthen the physiology, and Winter Cherry, which aids resistance to stress.

      6. Stay away from harsh chemical topical products that can damage hair over time. Look for gentle, natural cleansers and conditioners, especially if you wash your hair more than three times a week. Shampoos and conditioners that contain nourishing botanicals are even better. Read labels carefully - sometimes, products that say "herbal" or "natural" can include no-no chemicals.

      7. A warm oil scalp massage two or three times a week will help stimulate and moisturize the scalp. You can use good quality coconut, almond or olive oil Ayurvedic hair oils also contain some of the herbs mentioned earlier. Apply some mildly warmed oil to your hair and gently massage into your scalp evenly with your fingertips. Leave on overnight if you can, if not, leave on for at least an hour or two, then get it out by shampooing your hair. The scalp massage helps you relax and aids sound sleep as well.

      8. Never attack wet hair with a brush, no matter how rushed for time you are. Tangles in wet hair are best removed with a wide-toothed comb. Use a wooden comb if you can find one; it won't generate static electricity. Excessive blow-drying can damage hair in the long-term, making it brittle and causing split ends. If you can, let your hair dry naturally, then brush into place.

      9. Last, but not least, brushing your hair regularly to stimulate the scalp will keep it looking healthy and lustrous. Brush each night in all directions in turn - left to right, right to left, front to back and back to front Use smooth long strokes from scalp to hair-tips.

  29. QUESTION:
    Why does my hair keep breaking off in the middle of my scalp?
    I am an African American with relaxed hair. My hair always breaks off and itches in the middle of my scalp and sometimes the nape of my hair as well. I moisturize my hair every 2-3 days. I Wash and Condition it once a week. I Deep Condition it twice a month. I sleep with a satin bonnet to protect my hair and I stop using direct heat. Someone PLEASE HELP ME!!

    • ANSWER:
      The breakage is most likely occuring because of the use of the relaxer. Relaxed hair is more susceptible to breakage due to the fact that it has been weakened (to make it straight) by a chemical. There is also a possibility that you could be having a chemical reaction (allergy) to the chemical based products and/or relaxer you are using. A lot of people have adverse reactions to products found in stores because they all contain mineral oil, silicones (dimethicone), and petroleum, DMDM hydantion, Urea, as well as parabens and other harmful ingredients. Shampoos with sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate in them also cause irritation and itching of the scalp. I think that you should refrain from getting a relaxer for a while and start using more natural based products on your hair and scalp. Just go chemical free for a while and see how that works. I have a sister who, for the longest, would always have an itchy scalp after she washed her hair. After a while she would end up digging holes in her scalp (from teh scratching) which would of course lead to sores. She stopped using shampoos with harsh sulfates in them and the issue immediately went away. Same thing happened to me, my hair (when I was relaxed) was EXTREMELY brittle and dry and never grew past my collar bone. Turns out I was using products in my hair that had petroleum and mineral oil in them which prevented my scalp from "breathing" I guess you could say. As soon as I stopped, my hair started to grow in. Now, I'm natural and my hair is almost waist length. :)

      A theory as to why your hair is shorter in the middle than on the sides may be just the common case of you putting more stress (with a comb or regular hair manipulation) on the hair in the middle of your head than anywhere else. My hair is shorter in the middle of my head than the rest too....it's weird because it's very long in the back, but a little shorter in the middle. Think about it, when combing the middle of your hair you generally just run the comb through (simply because you can't see it). There are ways to restore your hair back to optimum condition, but I would advise that you stop with the realxers for a while and start switchign to natural products. I use the Mineral Indulgence line which is all natural and for black women, I credit a lot of the products for my hair being stronger and my new growth, and manageability. So I highly recommend them specifically if you are trying to resolve any of those issues.

      You need to wash your hair with a sulfate free shampoo and then condition with a good deep conditioner (no mineral oil and petroleum). Remember to part your hair in sections and use a moisturizer with slip to detangle your hair from tips to root. You also should massage a scalp butter (again...no mineral or petroleum based ones) on to your scalp and on your ends to prevent breakage. The mineral indulgence line has a Growing Naturally Herbal Hair & Scalp Butter that has a lot of ingredients in it for scalp stimulation and it REALLY has helped me with my ends.

      Another tip is morrocan oil, I use this on my hair for daily conditioning or sheen and it really strengthens and softens the hair. The morrocan oil in sally's is advertised as being good for the hair but it's chock full of silicones so it's not the best option (as silicones weigh down the hair and prevents it from absorbing moisture.....a lot of people also get breakage from using silicones on their hair). Good daily maintenance practices are conducive to overall healthy hair, but you have to start at the source to eradicate the problem, which I believe is all the chemicals you are using.

      HIH

      http://www.mineralindulgence.com/

      BTW: The product line that I mentioned has a huge sale on where everything is 50% off. :)
      http://mineralindulgence.mfbiz.com/

  30. QUESTION:
    Is Vitamin D good for your hair?
    I have low Vitamin D levels, and I had to take vitamins because of it. I don't take them often, so if I took them everyday wouldm y hair become healthier?

    • ANSWER:
      You get Vitamin D from various FOODS. You get 10 mins. vitamin D from the sun, too!
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/vitamin-d/NS_patient-vitamind/DSECTION=evidence

      Google: "Foods for Healthy Hair" - Fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains all supply B-complex vitamins, like biotin, folic acid and vitamin B12, as well as vitamin A, copper and zinc, which are all necessary for remedying dry, brittle hair and nourishing a healthy scalp. Some prime examples of foods that contain these nutrients for healthy hair include:
      Folic Acid - asparagus, beets, broccoli, avocados, Brussels sprouts, beans, chickpeas, soybeans, lentils, oranges, fresh peas, turkey and spinach.
      Biotin - cauliflower, liver, salmon, carrots, bananas, cereals, yeast, and soy flour. Keep in mind that biotin content is reduced when food is cooked or preserved.
      Vitamin B12 - foods rich in vitamin B12 include animal protein (such as beef, lamb, and veal), clams and oysters, liver, fish, milk, and egg yolks.
      Vitamin A - butter, egg yolks, fish, fortified milk, organ meats (such as
      liver), and dark green, orange, red (pomegranate), and yellow fruits (persimmons, mangoes) and vegetables, which all
      contain beta-carotene.
      . Copper - oysters and other shellfish, whole grains, beans, nuts, potatoes and organ meats are good sources of copper. Dark leafy greens, dried fruits such
      as prunes, cocoa, black pepper, and yeast are also sources of copper in the diet.
      Zinc beef, eggs, liver, pork, poultry, and oysters. Also is also abundant in other high-protein foods, like cheese, legumes and nuts.

      Supplements, medications, anti-acne products, hair oil, birth control pills, pollution in the water, to name just a few . . . ALL HAVE SIDE EFFECTS. Example: "I used minoxidil drug to restore the hair on my head; however, I ended up with unwanted body hair. I don't know if it is temporary or I have to seek medical treatment." YA poster 9-27-12. Four men are charged in federal court for selling home-brewed hair growth drugs online. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/54991911-78/ahn-growth-hair-kim.html.csp
      Any reactions to a drug - like Vitamin B complex which is a supplement - 'side effect' is a negative reaction to a drug - this is your body telling you that what you just gave it is toxic to it, and instead of helping you, it is actually hurting you. It is your body's way of telling you to stop. All drugs have side effects, and are toxic...even lethal...to some people at some dosage. Another term for toxic is poisonous. We owe it to ourselves to try less toxic treatments first. Especially since too many drugs merely cover up symptoms rather than treat the underlying cause of the symptom in the first place.
      Source: Health Magazine, FDA, Slate dot com

  31. QUESTION:
    My sister chop of all my hair into a bob?
    4 months ago. My sister chop of all my hair into a bob because she wanted to get back at me for taking her boyfriend. Which I didn't. But anyways how long will long will it take my hair to grow onto shoulder length. My shortest hair is chin length. And my longest are at the napes of my neck.
    I am taking biotin pills
    I am 16
    I run 4 miles a day
    On average I eat 1400 calories a day
    LOL no. I was asleep and she got her scissors and made a choppy hair style. Which was terrible for my face shape and I had to go to the hair salon to fix it.

    • ANSWER:
      NEVER take supplements without your doctor's OK. Buy/take them @ your own risks.

      HAIR TRIVIA:
      The hair on your head grows at about 0.00000001 miles per hour. That's a half-inch per month. Mine grows 3/4" in 29 days.

      Beginning in February 2008, they experienced one symptom after another: diarrhea, joint pain, HAIR LOSS, lung problems, and fingernails and toenails that fell off. FDA has received numerous reports of harm associated with the use of these products, including stroke, liver injury, kidney failure, heart palpitations, and death. 3-15-11. Pills like medications ALL have side effects. Beware. Example: "I used minoxidil drug to restore the hair on my head; however, I ended up with unwanted body hair. I don't know if it is temporary or I have to seek medical treatment." YA poster 9-27-12. Four men are charged in federal court for selling home-brewed hair growth drugs online. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/54991911-78/ahn-growth-hair-kim.html.csp
      First Published Sep 29 2012 05:25 pm Last Updated Sep 29 2012 10:56 pm
      Fact or Fiction: http://www.pantene.com/en-US/hair-science/pages/myths-of-hair-growth.aspx

      Do you know what's in the biotin?
      Biotin - cauliflower, liver, salmon, carrots, bananas, cereals, yeast, and soy flour. Keep in mind that biotin content is reduced when food is cooked or preserved. One YA poster caused her to have major breakouts from supplements. Another poster said: "
      i took biotin to grow my hair out, and it ended up falling out too!! it was worse around my bang area, like where you part it, there waas a huge patch of hair missing so i had to move my part for 5 months!" Another example, one taking Biotin & Zinc: "I have taken Biotin ( 300mcg ), Zinc (15mg) and Folic Acid(800mcg) and I realised my breast have gotten really sore, I didn't know what the reason was, but then I realised that I have been taken vitamins."

      If you've straightened your hair in the past, it may grow slowly or none at all.
      Google: "Foods for Healthy Hair" - Fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains all supply B-complex vitamins, like biotin, folic acid and vitamin B12, as well as vitamin A, copper and zinc, which are all necessary for remedying dry, brittle hair and nourishing a healthy scalp. Some prime examples of foods that contain these nutrients for healthy hair include:
      Folic Acid - asparagus, beets, broccoli, avocados, Brussels sprouts, beans, chickpeas, soybeans, lentils, oranges, fresh peas, turkey and spinach.
      Biotin - cauliflower, liver, salmon, carrots, bananas, cereals, yeast, and soy flour. Keep in mind that biotin content is reduced when food is cooked or preserved.
      Vitamin B12 - foods rich in vitamin B12 include animal protein (such as beef, lamb, and veal), clams and oysters, liver, fish, milk, and egg yolks.
      Vitamin A - butter, egg yolks, fish, fortified milk, organ meats (such as
      liver), and dark green, orange, red (pomegranate), and yellow fruits (persimmons, mangoes) and vegetables, which all
      contain beta-carotene.
      . Copper - oysters and other shellfish, whole grains, beans, nuts, potatoes and organ meats are good sources of copper. Dark leafy greens, dried fruits such
      as prunes, cocoa, black pepper, and yeast are also sources of copper in the diet.
      Zinc beef, eggs, liver, pork, poultry, and oysters. Also is also abundant in other high-protein foods, like cheese, legumes and nuts.

  32. QUESTION:
    Does Olive oil really work??!Please i need all the help i can get to grow out my hair?
    Ok i im trying to grow my hair out this summer so i use Mane n tail shampoo and conditioner. And ya so 1. Does Olive oil really work? 2.what does olive oil do to your hair? 3. Does olive oil get your hair thick? 4. what is Silk Elements? My friend told me about it and i was wondering what it does to your hair? 5. Does Silk Elements grow your hair? 6. Does Silk Elements thicken your hair?!Sorry for all the questions i just really want thick and long pretty hair.Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      1. Yes, it works wonders. So does egg. And mayonaise. I used these when my hair was like straw and i could snap it off, because i dyed and straigthened it so much. But after using these, they REALLY worked:)
      2.It puts a protective layer over each hair strand and softens hair, allowing moisture to go into it
      3.Yes, it might get slightly thicker because it is healthier
      4.It is a leave in hair moisturising cream
      It Contains olive oil and shea butter , Helps restore hair's natural moisture balance , Moisturizes and Conditions the hair and scalp
      5.no but it protects it from breaking and getting split ends
      6.Silk Elements MegaSilk Leave-In Hair Moisturizing Creme is an exceptionally rich hair moisturizer that helps transform dry, lifeless hair into soft, shiny manageable hair. It says nothing about thickening hair
      7
      :)

  33. QUESTION:
    How do I make my hair grow reeeallly fast?
    I want my hair to be long, I've always had short hair and now I want it to be WOW long! haha. Right now my hair is at my collar bone (clavical) and I want it to be really noticably long by the time school starts, please help me by giving good tips. Thank you :)

    • ANSWER:
      If you want to have long hair by the time school starts, you need to take care of it during the summer. Hair gets damaged by all the sun, chemicals from pools, and salt water. Easy ways to prevent this is to...

      *PROTECT IT! If you get a hair moisturizer, it will protect it from the heat and humidity. You can get it everywhere, like Target and stuff.
      *BRUSH IT! Look for a wide-paddle brush with round ball-tipped bristles. It'll be gentle on your head and won't snag or break your hair. You can find these brushes everywhere.
      *GIVE IT A BREAK! During the summer, it's too hot to blow dry and straighten your hair. It's good sometimes just to give it a break. :)
      *MOISTURIZE! Your hair gets extra thirsty in the summer, so by a good replenishing shampoo and conditioner. Ones with shea butter help restore moisture.
      *SHIELD! Don't let the sun break your hair. Spritz your hair with a protective spray before you go outside. You can find this at sephora and many other places.
      *NOURISH! Undo the drying effects of pool water and sun exposure. Once a week, use a heavy duty moisturizing mask after you shampoo. Leave it on for 15 minutes. You can find this at Target too.
      *WATER! Rinse your hair with tap water before you swim. Your hair will absorb the clean water instead of the pool chemicals and salt water.
      *STRENGTHEN! Make your hair healthy from the inside out with a vitamin the contains beta-carotene and wheat germ oil. You can find hair vitamins at WalMart and Sephora and other places. :) THEY HELP YOUR HAIR GROW!! :D
      *CUT! Trim your ends every six weeks to keep them healthy or spilt ends will continue to move up the hair shaft toward the roots until they break off.
      *TREAT! A weekly oil treatment stimulates blood flow to the scalp, which helps hair GROW LONGER!!! Massage it in and let it sit for 10 minutes, then rinse. You can find it at sephora :)

      Doing all of this will not only give you long hair, but strong, healthy hair too!

      &&if all else fails...
      You can always add instant length with clip on extensions. Clip them underneath at the nape of your neck so they blend in.

  34. QUESTION:
    I destroyed my hair...?
    Can someone please give me some advice as to how to go about "fixing" my issue":

    Here is some background info on my hair: it's fine, extremely soft (i've heard it described many times to be like "baby hair", and curly...quite short now, above shoulder length.

    I used a relaxer on my hair about a year ago (one that is meant for "black", courser hair, thinking my hair would survive bc I'm mixed (but my hair is VERY fine, and not course at all- i don't know what I was thinking).

    about 4 months ago I died my hair black (don't know why i did that either, considering my hair is a deep brown)

    so needless to say, i dried the living shit out of my hair, it doesn't have a chance to grow out, bc the ends keep breaking at an obnoxious rate.

    My curls are slowly growing back (thank goodness), but what should I do in the meantime to avoid further breakage and to maintain/restore any moisture to my hair? Also, I am considering getting a hair cut to get rid of as much of the kinky crap my hair turned into after i relaxed/died it. so any suggestions for a new haircut would be fantastic as well. thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      You're on your way to recovery. Frequent trims and eating 3-5 servings of fresh fruits & vegetables, and staying away from chemicals and hair straightening or relaxers FOR GOOD.
      I've responded to many hair crisis, such as yours, since 2009. Many from girls (guys now too) under 15.

      You get the strength & all your vitamins & minerals & proteins FREE from the good foods you eat from Mother Nature, not made by man like John Frieda or GNC, and no shampoo can help grow hair, not even those made for horses. Horses don't abuse their hair, using heating tools, and they eat better than people, but it won't add more hair & make their hair longer faster.Shampoo intended for animals may contain insecticides or other medications for treatment of skin conditions or parasite infestations such as fleas or mange. These must never be used on humans.
      Prenatal vitamins don't make your hair grow. Pregnant women have to start taking care of their bodies when they're pregnant, meaning stop smoking, drinking, dyeing or perming their hair SO OF COURSE their hair start growing again. But it has nothing to do with their hair, it has something to do to help the development of their unborn child.

      "Foods for Healthy Hair" - the website had moved, type it in. Two others also:
      http://www.webmd.com/skin-beauty/features/top-10-foods-for-healthy-hair
      http://www.menshealth.com/spotlight/hair/best-food-for-healthy-hair.php
      Fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains all supply B-complex vitamins, like biotin, folic acid and vitamin B12, as well as vitamin A, copper and zinc, which are all necessary for remedying dry, brittle hair and nourishing a healthy scalp. Some prime examples of foods that contain these nutrients for healthy hair include:
      Folic Acid - asparagus, beets, broccoli, avocados, Brussels sprouts, beans, chickpeas, soybeans, lentils, oranges, fresh peas, turkey and spinach.
      Biotin - cauliflower, liver, salmon, carrots, bananas, cereals, yeast, and soy flour. Keep in mind that biotin content is reduced when food is cooked or preserved.
      Vitamin B12 - foods rich in vitamin B12 include animal protein (such as beef, lamb, and veal), clams and oysters, liver, fish, milk, and egg yolks.
      Vitamin A - butter, egg yolks, fish, fortified milk, organ meats (such as
      liver), and dark green, orange, red, and yellow fruits and vegetables, which all
      contain beta-carotene.
      . Copper - oysters and other shellfish, whole grains, beans, nuts, potatoes and organ meats are good sources of copper. Dark leafy greens, dried fruits such
      as prunes, cocoa, black pepper, and yeast are also sources of copper in the diet.
      Zinc beef, eggs, liver, pork, poultry, and oysters. Also is also abundant in other high-protein foods, like cheese, legumes and nuts.
      If having a lush, beautiful mane of healthy hair is important to you, don t just look to hot oil treatments and shine emollients. Eat these foods for healthy hair and say bye-bye to bad hair days.

      Sources:
      I know hair. I have 4 decades of hair know-how. I have silky, shiny, soft, smooth very healthy hair down to my knees. Previously damaged by perming & dyeing in the 80's & 90's. I've known people in their 30's whose hair stopped growing from ironing their hair in the 70's.

  35. QUESTION:
    Whats the best shampoo and conditioner for damaged and frizzy hair?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.jasoncosmetics.com/jas_hairdamgcntrl.html
      http://www.salonweb.com/sunsethair/frizz_be_gone.htm

      Salon Quality Hair at Home

      Finally, you can take care of your hair from home and look like you stepped fresh out of the salon, as if you were your own stylist. Beauty 4 Ashes Christian Co., which is fairly new to the United States, has an incredible line of natural hair care products that will leave your hair looking salon professional and sleek, without spending hundreds of dollars and hours in a hair boutique. For many of us women, it is impossible to maintain our hair properly because we are juggling work, personal development, tight finances, and our family lives. As a result, we do not pay attention to our hair until it is too late. By this time, we have to resort to the dreaded "Big Chop." However, this does not have to be the case anymore.

      Recently, a study was conducted comparing chemical shampoos to all-natural shampoos. The results were stunning. Out of the 500 women surveyed in a study, Beauty 4 Ashes Christian Co.'s GodHead Silky Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner was ranked #1 for treating damaged hair, restoring bounce, reducing frizziness, creating shine, and hydrating brittle hair, followed respectively by #2 Aubrey Organics GPB Conditioner (a natural product as well) # 3 John Freida Frizz Ease (a synthetic shampoo) and #4 Garnier Fructis Fortifying Shampoo (a synthetic shampoo).

      The result astounded many, because very few people expected there to be a difference between the all-natural products and the more common drugstore hair care products. Over 67% percent of the respondents reported that the drugstore shampoos made their hair feel more dry and flat looking in appearance than the all-natural products that they used for two weeks. Also, women who had chemically treated hair noticed that with the GodHead products, their hair was more easy to manage and looked less frizzy overall, compared to immediate, quickly fading results from Frizz Ease and Garnier.

      So there you have it. You can maintain your hair from home and restore its health without breaking the bank. Don't give up on the arduous task of taking care of your hair yet. Although maintaining a healthy looking head of hair can be almost as time consuming as taking care of a child, due to your hair's "disobedience and unruliness," there are products on the market that can help. Products such as GodHead TM are an example. They can be found at wwwdiscoverb4acom. Just to note, GodHead TM products vary from Aubrey Organics products slightly because they are filled with scalp nourishing oils, such as shea, jojoba, cocoa butter, avocado, coconut, etc.

      You can have fabulous hair ! Just start squeezing in a little more time for yourself in the morning and before bed to properly maintain you hair.

  36. QUESTION:
    Is Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo good to use?
    i have thick hair & i've been using cream of nature but lately my scalp has been getting dry. anyway one of my friends told me that it restores ph balance & stimulates hair growth. does it?

    • ANSWER:
      I used to use that, but it made my hair greasy by the 2nd day. I took it back.

      My current shampoo takes until the 4th or 5th day to get greasy and that's how I like my hair.

      No shampoo stimulates hair growth, sorry.

      You don't put cleaners to trees and plants, you put fertilizers to their roots so they get fed. Same with hair. You are what you eat. Not cleaning products! Hair straightening will slow them down, among other things. You stimulate your hair by massaging your scalp when you shampoo.

      It may grow very slowly or none at all if you've straightened your hair in the past.

      You get the strength & all your vitamins & minerals & proteins FREE from the good foods you eat from Mother Nature, not made by man like John Frieda or GNC, and no shampoo can help grow hair, not even those made for horses. Horses don't abuse their hair, using heating tools, and they eat better than people, but it won't add more hair & make their hair longer faster.Shampoo intended for animals may contain insecticides or other medications for treatment of skin conditions or parasite infestations such as fleas or mange. These must never be used on humans.
      Prenatal vitamins don't make your hair grow. Pregnant women have to start taking care of their bodies when they're pregnant, meaning stop smoking, drinking, dyeing or perming their hair SO OF COURSE their hair start growing again. But it has nothing to do with their hair, it has something to do to help the development of their unborn child.

      Google: "Foods for Healthy Hair" - the website had moved, type it in. Two others also:
      http://www.webmd.com/skin-beauty/features/top-10-foods-for-healthy-hair
      http://www.menshealth.com/spotlight/hair/best-food-for-healthy-hair.php
      Fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains all supply B-complex vitamins, like biotin, folic acid and vitamin B12, as well as vitamin A, copper and zinc, which are all necessary for remedying dry, brittle hair and nourishing a healthy scalp. Some prime examples of foods that contain these nutrients for healthy hair include:
      Folic Acid - asparagus, beets, broccoli, avocados, Brussels sprouts, beans, chickpeas, soybeans, lentils, oranges, fresh peas, turkey and spinach.
      Biotin - cauliflower, liver, salmon, carrots, bananas, cereals, yeast, and soy flour. Keep in mind that biotin content is reduced when food is cooked or preserved.
      Vitamin B12 - foods rich in vitamin B12 include animal protein (such as beef, lamb, and veal), clams and oysters, liver, fish, milk, and egg yolks.
      Vitamin A - butter, egg yolks, fish, fortified milk, organ meats (such as
      liver), and dark green, orange, red (pomegranate), and yellow fruits (persimmons, mangoes) and vegetables, which all
      contain beta-carotene.
      . Copper - oysters and other shellfish, whole grains, beans, nuts, potatoes and organ meats are good sources of copper. Dark leafy greens, dried fruits such
      as prunes, cocoa, black pepper, and yeast are also sources of copper in the diet.
      Zinc beef, eggs, liver, pork, poultry, and oysters. Also is also abundant in other high-protein foods, like cheese, legumes and nuts.
      If having a lush, beautiful mane of healthy hair is important to you, don t just look to hot oil treatments and shine emollients. Eat these foods for healthy hair and say bye-bye to bad hair days.

      Sources:
      I know hair. I have 4 decades of hair know-how. I have silky, shiny, soft, smooth very healthy hair down to my knees. Previously damaged by perming & dyeing in the 80's & 90's. I've known people in their 30's whose hair stopped growing from ironing their hair in the 70's.

  37. QUESTION:
    i cant straighten my hair no more?????????????????????
    my hair is sooooooo curly dry and frizzzy and i cant straighten it no more and well wut can i do with it to make it grow longer and healthier!!!!!!!PLz i need this for a party thats 3 months away!

    • ANSWER:
      If your hair is naturally curly and untreated with chemicals, the first thing to do, before considering chemicals is to get it back into good shape. If you do have chemicals in it already, you still need to get it back into good shape before you reapply anything (including color)!

      I normally don't say this, but I strongly recommed a few brands I've had personal experience with, due to the extensive moisturizing properties and natural non-toxic ingredients. Once the moisture balance is back, you should have less problems keeping it straight. By the way, if you have health insurance you may want to get a thyroid test, as that could also be a problem contributing to the dryness. (hypothyroidism)...

      1. Treasured Locks- shea butter shampoo and shea butter leave in conditioner. http://www.treasuredlocks.com/
      Your hair will drink this stuff up. Also nice is their brand, hair and scalp elixer.
      2. Hairobics - entire program, particulalry leave in conditioner, pomade, and hair and scalp booster. This website is exceptionally detailed and great. I can't say bad things about the products. They are a godsend in the age of petroleum and mineral oils, these blessed people use vegetable oils and vegetable petroleum! http://hairobicsallnatural.net/hair_talk.html
      3. Arbonne - shampoo/conditioner are great very moisturizing products. Expensive but last a while. Check ebay for better pricing.

      The key here is to use natural products, as the regular stuff may be drying you out with alcohols, etc..
      Additionally, depending on your climate, if its really cold out, adding a hot oil treatment, and wrapping you head in warm moist towels can really help. (you will need very thick gloves to do this... get hand towels - 3 - and a pot of water, and add some herbs to it. boil, throw towels in, and wring out with gloves on. Cool slightly, and place on oiled hair. Sit for 20 minutes like that, and heat up towels if they cool off or use a giant heating pad to keep warm...

      Another wonderful treatment is apple cider vinegar as the finishing rinse or if you can't deal with the smell, make a strong tea with sage and/or nettles, and use that as a hair rinse. Leave in 1-2 minutes and rinse. Then dry hair off. By the way, it will cut the oilyness of the hot oil treatment by using these acidifying rinses to restore the natural acid balance to the hair follicule and scalp.

      Once your hair is normal condition (by the way protein is going to dry you out as well, so avoid that for a while- you will get more strength through moisture...), then you can evaluate your desire to have straight hair. It's going to take alot of care - intensive care to maintain curly hair straight.

      I need intensive care to maintain a moist condition up in the frigid northeast. By the way, if you have a party coming up, take good care of your hair and find a hair dresser that can assist.
      Brazillian and Dominican hair dressers are great, as they can really roller brush your hair strait. If you moisurize 2-3x per week before your high heat hair blowdrying, your hair will be fine.

      As it says on the Hairobics site, any thing you take care of will grow and prosper!

      Best of luck!

  38. QUESTION:
    Does aloe vera work on hair growth?
    So i have started using biotin pills to regrow my hair can the aloe vera gel you buy at the store work?

    • ANSWER:
      Biotin alone is not going to do that for your hair, that's like have a car and not use gas. You need all the healthy foods from Mother Nature, not just biotin. Do you know what's in the biotin?
      Biotin - cauliflower, liver, salmon, carrots, bananas, cereals, yeast, and soy flour. Keep in mind that biotin content is reduced when food is cooked or preserved. One YA poster caused her to have major breakouts from supplements. Another poster said: "
      i took biotin to grow my hair out, and it ended up falling out too!! it was worse around my bang area, like where you part it, there waas a huge patch of hair missing so i had to move my part for 5 months!" Another example, one taking Biotin & Zinc: "I have taken Biotin ( 300mcg ), Zinc (15mg) and Folic Acid(800mcg) and I realised my breast have gotten really sore, I didn't know what the reason was, but then I realised that I have been taken vitamins."

      You get the strength & all your vitamins & minerals & proteins FREE from the good foods you eat from Mother Nature, not made by man like John Frieda or GNC, and no shampoo can help grow hair, not even those made for horses. Prenatal vitamins don't make your hair grow. Pregnant women have to start taking care of their bodies when they're pregnant, meaning stop smoking, drinking, dyeing or perming their hair SO OF COURSE their hair start growing again. But it has nothing to do with their hair, it has something to do to help the development of their unborn child. According to the fashion site, Mayo Clinic experts warn that too much iron can be problem if you are not expecting.
      And Cairfair.com said: 'Too much iron over long periods of time can cause damage to vital organs like the heart and liver and can even lead to arthritis if the iron deposits settle in your joints.'
      Man-made products & supplements can do more harm than good.
      Beginning in February 2008, they experienced one symptom after another: diarrhea, joint pain, HAIR LOSS, lung problems, and fingernails and toenails that fell off. FDA has received numerous reports of harm associated with the use of these products, including stroke, liver injury, kidney failure, heart palpitations, and death. 3-15-11. Pills like medications ALL have side effects. Beware. Example: "I used minoxidil drug to restore the hair on my head; however, I ended up with unwanted body hair. I don't know if it is temporary or I have to seek medical treatment." YA poster 9-27-12. Four men are charged in federal court for selling home-brewed hair growth drugs online. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/54991911-78/ahn-growth-hair-kim.html.csp

      If you've straightened your hair in the past, it may grow slowly or none at all.
      Google: "Foods for Healthy Hair" - Fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains all supply B-complex vitamins, like biotin, folic acid and vitamin B12, as well as vitamin A, copper and zinc, which are all necessary for remedying dry, brittle hair and nourishing a healthy scalp. Some prime examples of foods that contain these nutrients for healthy hair include:
      Folic Acid - asparagus, beets, broccoli, avocados, Brussels sprouts, beans, chickpeas, soybeans, lentils, oranges, fresh peas, turkey and spinach.
      Biotin - cauliflower, liver, salmon, carrots, bananas, cereals, yeast, and soy flour. Keep in mind that biotin content is reduced when food is cooked or preserved.
      Vitamin B12 - foods rich in vitamin B12 include animal protein (such as beef, lamb, and veal), clams and oysters, liver, fish, milk, and egg yolks.
      Vitamin A - butter, egg yolks, fish, fortified milk, organ meats (such as
      liver), and dark green, orange, red (pomegranate), and yellow fruits (persimmons, mangoes) and vegetables, which all
      contain beta-carotene.
      . Copper - oysters and other shellfish, whole grains, beans, nuts, potatoes and organ meats are good sources of copper. Dark leafy greens, dried fruits such
      as prunes, cocoa, black pepper, and yeast are also sources of copper in the diet.
      Zinc beef, eggs, liver, pork, poultry, and oysters. Also is also abundant in other high-protein foods, like cheese, legumes and nuts.

  39. QUESTION:
    What are good foods to eat that will stimulate hair growth?

    • ANSWER:
      A diet high in nutrients, cut out junk food and include more variety with fruits, vegetables, and proteins - I also take a daily multivitamin/multimineral supplement and my hair and nails now grow much faster and stronger than before.

      A doctor's recommended vitamin used for treating hair loss is Biotin, a B-vitamin is found in rich foods like soy, milk, egg yolks and liver. It is a natural nutritional supplement that helps restore hair loss and keep skin and nails looking healthy.

      Although Biotin is good for healthy and strong hair, some medical specialists recommend using other B-vitamins with Biotin. Other B-vitamins includes; choline, frolic acid, vitaminB-1, vitaminB-2, vitaminB6, and vitamin B-12.

      The main sources of biotin are liver, kidneys, milk, cheese, butter, poultry, cauliflower, bananas, watermelon, peas, brewer's yeast, nuts, beans, oat bran, salmon, and mackerel.

      To prevent hair loss, eating rich foods will give the body an average level of biotics

  40. QUESTION:
    My hair is turning white?
    I'm only 19 years old and I just noticed that I have some white strands of hair growing--- why is this happening to me at such a young age? What could be causing this?
    my natural hair color is dark brown.

    • ANSWER:
      Faulty diet, Mental worries and lack of vitamins
      A faulty diet and mental worries are the two primary causes of premature greying of hair. Lack of some of the B vitamins, iron, copper, and iodine in the daily diet is said to be a contributory factor. Mental worries produce extraordinary tension in the skin of the scalp; this interferes with the supply of vital nutrition necessary for the health of the hair.

      Heredity, unclean condition of scalp etc

      Other causes of premature greying of hair are an unclean condition of the scalp, washing the hair with hot water, drying it with an electric dryer, and use of hair dyes. Heredity is also a predisposing factor.

      Home Remedies for Premature Greying of Hair
      Premature Greying of Hair treatment using Indian Gooseberry
      The use of Indian gooseberry is the foremost among the home remedies found beneficial in the prevention and treatment of premature greying of hair. This is a valuable hair tonic for enriching hair growth and hair pigmentation.

      The fruit, cut into pieces, should be dried, preferably in shade. These pieces should be boiled in
      coconut oil till the solid matter becomes like charred dust. This darkish oil is very useful against premature greying.
      The water in which dried amla pieces have been soaked overnight is also nourishing for the hair. This water should be used for the last rinse while washing the hair.
      Massaging the scalp every night with a teaspoonful of amla juice, mixed with a teaspoon of almond
      oil and a few drops of lime juice, also proves beneficial in the prevention and treatment of premature greying of hair.

      Premature Greying of Hair treatment using Amaranth
      Amaranth is another effective home remedy for hair disorders. Application of the fresh juice of the leaves of this vegetable helps the hair to retain its black colour and prevents it from premature greying.

      It also helps the growth of the hair and keeps it soft.
      Premature Greying of Hair treatment using Curry Leaves
      Liberal intake of curry leaves is considered beneficial in preventing premature greying of hair. These leaves have the property of providing vitality and strength to hair roots. New hair roots that grow are healthier and contain a normal pigment. The leaves can be used in the form of chutney, or may be squeezed in buttermilk. When the leaves are boiled in coconut oil, the oil forms an excellent hair tonic to stimulate hair growth and bring back hair pigmentation.

      Premature Greying of Hair treatment using Ribbed Gourd (Jhina in hindi)
      Ribbed gourd boiled in coconut oil is also an effective remedy for premature greying of hair.
      Pieces of this vegetable should be dried in the shade.
      These dried pieces should be soaked in coconut oil and kept aside for three or four days.
      The oil should then be boiled till the solid is reduced to a blackened residue. This oil should be
      massaged into the scalp. It will help enrich the hair roots and restore pigment to the hair.

      Premature Greying of Hair treatment using Butter
      The butter made from cow's milk has the property of preventing premature greying of hair. A small roll may be taken internally and a little quantity may be massaged into the hair roots twice a week.

      Premature Greying of Hair treatment using Vitamins

      The vitamins considered useful in guarding against premature greying of hair are pantothenic acid, para-aminobenzoic acid (paba), inositol. The minimum daily requirement of these vitamins appears to be 10 mg of pantothenic acid, 100 mg of para-aminobenzoic acid, and 2 gm of inositol. To obtain satisfactory results, all three of these vitamins belonging to the B group should be supplied at one time, preferably in a form which supplies all the B vitamins, such as yeast and liver. The three anti-greying-hair vitamins can also be produced in the intestinal tract by bacteria. Thus,
      taking a sufficient quantity of yoghurt daily and a tablespoonful of yeast before each meal is an excellent remedy for the prevention and treatment of premature greying of hair. If one wishes to take tablets of calcium pantothenate and para-aminobenzoic acid (paba), they should be taken in addition to the yeast and yoghurt, and not as a substitute for them.

      * Juice of carrot, lettuce, capsicum and fresh alfalfa remove copper deficiency, this is good remedy for gray hair and hair loss.

      Dietaries for Premature Greying of Hair
      Take nutrients
      rich diet
      Diet is of utmost importance in the prevention and treatment of premature greying of hair and persons suffering from this disorder should take a diet rich in all essential nutrients.
      Avoid devitalising foods, soft drinks etc

      Devitalising foods such as white flour, refined sugar and all products made from them, soft drinks, pastries, jams and jellies should be avoided. These foods take away energy, cause wrinkles, unattractive skin, grey hair, and premature old age.

  41. QUESTION:
    My hair used to be so soft and healthy, can i ever get it back?
    I know I've damaged it a heck of a lot, i just didn't know any better and didn't realize how bad it could be for my hair.

    The last time i remember my hair being really healthy, soft, thick-ish and silky was yr 9. The rest of it i think i just coloured it and straightened and blowdryed it way too much. I started colouring my hair at yr 7 and onwards. I'd colour it almost every week or month during high school.. so you can imagine the many times I've done it. I've had it professionally done, I've bleached my hair over 10 times, permanent packet colours, blow dry, straighten everyday.

    I'm 19 yrs old now. I still straighten and blowdry it everyday. and i did have coloured my hair up until this age. But recently i stopped. My hair is thin, falls out often, it's dry and got no bounce. It's really lifeless and gets dry and oily within the 3rd day of washing it.. and just looks so blah. I hate it. It's so unhealthy and lifeless compared to other people's hair.

    Is this the normal result of everything I've done to my hair?
    My question is... can i ever get it back to how it used to be? If so, how? Grow it out? My hair takes so long to grow out. Is there actually products that CAN make my hair really healthy again? Like really penetrate deep into my strands and repair it?

    • ANSWER:
      You can get your hair back but it will not be quick.

      1. Stop all the things unnatural you do to your hair including straightening and blow-drying.

      2. Scrunched hair is in so you can get the look by leaving your wet hair to dry by itself in the towel. The scrunched look will also give you hair some volume and body.

      3. If you have to quick dry it, then opt for just air blow drying. Don't use hot hair and don't hold the dryer too close to the hair or the roots/scalp

      4. Apply lots of oil. Its a house-hold grandma remedy but trust me it works. Castor Oil is the most recommended oil.

      Castor oil- it is a very thick oil. It should be heated before applying and should be applied hot. start with little quantities covering only your scalp, when you get used to the oil you can cover the entire length of your hair. After applying massage the scalp in round motions for 10-15mins. Leave the oil on for atleast 2hrs.

      Then you need to make a mixture of corn flour (called corn starch in some countries)+ curd(no specific measurements but the consistency should be little runny than a bread dough). Apply the mixture on the scalp. The curd is also good for the hair and scalp plus the mixture helps in removing the thick castor oil.
      Rinse off the paste and then shampoo. Don't shampoo more than twice at a time. If the oil doesn't go, shampoo again the next day.

      5. You should also stop all conditioners- leave in and the wash off type, hair sprays, mousse etc. They are all chemicals and harmful for the hair.

      6. Switch to a mild-gentle shampoo and shampoo twice a week.

      7. Apart from the castor oil you can also try applying coconut oil, mustard oil, sesame oil, olive oil, ghee (clarified butter). Try and use pure products and not branded medicated ones they are all mixed with chemicals again and will have lost their natural essence.

      You can also use mixtures of 1/2cup curd+2tbsp lemon juice+1cup henna, curd+ honey, egg, curd+egg, fenugreek seeds 4-5tbsp+ 1coconut (the white fleshy part)-this will be slimy and gooey but very nourishing for the hair, you have to soak the seeds over night in water. It also smells a little weird :-D

      And last but never the least, dont forget to get nutritious food - fruits and lots of fibre. Also eat fat (esp clarified butter-ghee) 1tsp a day and see you skin and hair shinning in a month :-)

      Don't lose heart, our body always restores itself just give it a little time :-)

  42. QUESTION:
    What vitamins do i take to make help make my hair grow?

    • ANSWER:
      If you've straightened your hair in the past, it may grow slowly or none at all.
      Google: "Foods for Healthy Hair"http://www.foodforhealthyhair.com/ http://sg.news.yahoo.com/food-for-healthy-hair.html - or 10 Best Foods for Your Hair.
      http://www.channelstv.com/home/2012/07/03/10-best-foods-for-your-hair/
      NO MATTER which link you picked, they all suggest the same foods. Your hair may be the fastest-growing tissue in the body but, unlike the skin, it cannot repair itself. That is why getting the right balance of vitamins and proteins is imperative. Don't expect to look like you've stepped out of a hair commercial the day after you've changed your diet. It is likely to take at least three months before you actually see tangible results. Hair is dead, but hair also has electrical energy; the negative charge of damaged hair can lead to flyways and unruly hair.

      Fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains all supply B-complex vitamins, like biotin, folic acid and vitamin B12, as well as vitamin A, copper and zinc, which are all necessary for remedying dry, brittle hair and nourishing a healthy scalp. Some prime examples of foods that contain these nutrients for healthy hair include:
      Folic Acid - asparagus, beets, broccoli, avocados, Brussels sprouts, beans, chickpeas, soybeans, lentils, oranges, fresh peas, turkey and spinach.
      Biotin - cauliflower, liver, salmon, carrots, bananas, cereals, yeast, and soy flour. Keep in mind that biotin content is reduced when food is cooked or preserved.
      Vitamin B12 - foods rich in vitamin B12 include animal protein (such as beef, lamb, and veal), clams and oysters, liver, fish, milk, and egg yolks.
      Vitamin A - butter, egg yolks, fish, fortified milk, organ meats (such as
      liver), and dark green, orange, red (pomegranate), and yellow fruits (persimmons, mangoes) and vegetables, which all
      contain beta-carotene.
      . Copper - oysters and other shellfish, whole grains, beans, nuts, potatoes and organ meats are good sources of copper. Dark leafy greens, dried fruits such
      as prunes, cocoa, black pepper, and yeast are also sources of copper in the diet.
      Zinc beef, eggs, liver, pork, poultry, and oysters. Also is also abundant in other high-protein foods, like cheese, legumes and nuts.
      If having a lush, beautiful mane of healthy hair is important to you, don t just look to hot oil treatments and shine emollients. Eat these foods for healthy hair and say bye-bye to bad hair days.

      Pill made by man, supplements, like medications, hair oil, anti-acne products, birth control pills, water pollution ALL HAVE SIDE EFFECTS.

      Example: "I used minoxidil drug to restore the hair on my head; however, I ended up with unwanted body hair. I don't know if it is temporary or I have to seek medical treatment." YA poster 9-27-12. Four men are charged in federal court for selling home-brewed hair growth drugs online. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/54991911-78/ahn-growth-hair-kim.html.csp
      Any reactions to a drug - like Vitamin B complex which is a supplement - 'side effect' is a negative reaction to a drug - this is your body telling you that what you just gave it is toxic to it, and instead of helping you, it is actually hurting you. It is your body's way of telling you to stop. All drugs have side effects, and are toxic...even lethal...to some people at some dosage. Another term for toxic is poisonous. We owe it to ourselves to try less toxic treatments first. Especially since too many drugs merely cover up symptoms rather than treat the underlying cause of the symptom in the first place. Another example: Green Tea supplement: Green tea extract supplements have been linked to several cases of liver damage. Green tea extracts might make liver disease worse.
      Source: Health Magazine, FDA, Slate dot com
      Another example: Vitamin D posted on Facebook: "I'm regretting reading the small print on my bottle of Vitamin D capsules. The source is "wool oil." So... sheep sebum? I can't get the (hopefully imagined) smell of wet sheep out of my mouth now."
      Beginning in February 2008, they experienced one symptom after another: diarrhea, joint pain, HAIR LOSS, lung problems, and fingernails and toenails that fell off. FDA has received numerous reports of harm associated with the use of these products, including stroke, liver injury, kidney failure, heart palpitations, and death. 3-15-11. Pills like medications ALL have side effects. Beware. Example: "I used minoxidil drug to restore the hair on my head; however, I ended up with unwanted body hair. I don't know if it is temporary or I have to seek medical treatment." YA poster 9-27-12.

  43. QUESTION:
    Does shea butter fade or lighten scars caused by acne? What are the benefits of shea butter? Thank you!?

    im using actual shea butter, not altered in any way, not brought from any pharmacy, i think its unrefined.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, Shea Butter is for scars. It fades away burn marks, spots on the skin, scars, old scars, stretched marks, old stretch marks and keloids. It is for the treatment of dark spots, blemishes and skin discolorations.

      Shea Butter is only found in the tropics of Africa. It is extracted from the nuts of the Shea-Karite tree. It is irremovable fatty acid that gives Shea Butter its unique healing properties and makes it far superior to cocoa butter and other vegetable butters.
      Shea Butter is solid at room temperature although it quickly liquefies right around body temperature.

      Shea Butter nourishes the skin with Vitamins A, E and F. Vitamins A and E help maintain the skin and keep it clear and healthy. They are particularly helpful for sun damaged skin. They help prevent premature wrinkles and facial lines. Vitamin F acts as a skin protector and rejuvenator. It soothes rough, dry or chapped skin and helps soften dry or damaged hair. Shea Butter is high in unsaponifiables (a type of fat). Shea Butter has between 7-12% unsaponifiables. For comparison, avocado oil, a well known skin conditioner, has between 2-6%. This high level of unsaponifiables is one of the properties that makes Shea Butter so invaluable in treating the conditions listed above. Also, Shea Butter easily penetrates the skin allowing the skin to breathe and not clogging pores. Shea Butter has a high level of cinnamic acid, a natural sun screen. So, it provides some degree of protection from the sun.

      Benefits of Shea Butter:

      -Daily skin moisturizer (face and body)
      -Dry skin relief
      -Dry scalp
      -Skin rash- including diaper rash
      -Skin peeling, after tanning
      -skin due to dryness
      -Sunburn
      -Shaving cream to reduce razor irritation
      -Small skin wounds
      -Skin cracks
      -Soften tough skin on feet (especially heels)
      -Stretch mark prevention during pregnancy
      -Minor burns
      -Eczema
      -Sun and wind protection
      -Even skin tone
      -Reduce blemishes and scarring
      -Eliminating scalp irritation from dryness or chemical processing
      -Preventing bumps after shaving
      -Reducing acne
      -Absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy residue
      -Helps restore elasticity to skin
      -Restores luster to hair

  44. QUESTION:
    What are the remedies -medicine,creams or food, to premature graying hair? Look @ a person of less than 40 yrs?

    • ANSWER:
      Home Remedies for Premature Greying of Hair
      Premature Greying of Hair home remedies and natural cures, Questions and answers

      Premature Greying of Hair treatment using Indian Gooseberry
      The use of Indian gooseberry is the foremost among the home remedies found beneficial in the prevention and treatment of premature greying of hair. This is a valuable hair tonic for enriching hair growth and hair pigmentation. The fruit, cut into pieces, should be dried, preferably in shade. These pieces should be boiled in coconut oil till the solid matter becomes like charred dust. This darkish oil is very useful against premature greying. The water in which dried indian gooseberry pieces have been soaked overnight is also nourishing for the hair. This water should be used for the last rinse while washing the hair. Massaging the scalp every night with a teaspoonful of indian gooseberry juice, mixed with a teaspoon of almond oil and a few drops of lime juice, also proves beneficial in the prevention and treatment of premature greying of hair.

      Premature Greying of Hair treatment using Amaranth
      Amaranth is another effective home remedy for hair disorders. Application of the fresh juice of the leaves of this vegetable helps the hair to retain its black colour and prevents it from premature greying. It also helps the growth of the hair and keeps it soft.

      Premature Greying of Hair treatment using Curry Leaves
      Liberal intake of curry leaves is considered beneficial in preventing premature greying of hair. These leaves have the property of providing vitality and strength to hair roots. New hair roots that grow are healthier and contain a normal pigment. The leaves can be used in the form of spicy condiment, or may be squeezed in buttermilk. When the leaves are boiled in coconut oil, the oil forms an excellent hair tonic to stimulate hair growth and bring back hair pigmentation.

      Premature Greying of Hair treatment using Ribbed Gourd
      Ribbed gourd boiled in coconut oil is also an effective remedy for premature greying of hair. Pieces of this vegetable should be dried in the shade. These dried pieces should be soaked in coconut oil and kept aside for three or four days. The oil should then be boiled till the solid is reduced to a blackened residue. This oil should be massaged into the scalp. It will help enrich the hair roots and restore pigment to the hair.

      Premature Greying of Hair treatment using Butter
      The butter made from cow's milk has the property of preventing premature greying of hair. A small roll may be taken internally and a little quantity may be massaged into the hair roots twice a week.

      Premature Greying of Hair treatment using Vitamins
      The vitamins considered useful in guarding against premature greying of hair are pantothenic acid, para-aminobenzoic acid (paba), inositol. The minimum daily requirement of these vitamins appears to be 10 mg of pantothenic acid, 100 mg of para-aminobenzoic acid, and 2 gm of inositol. To obtain satisfactory results, all three of these vitamins belonging to the B group should be supplied at one time, preferably in a form which supplies all the B vitamins, such as yeast and liver. The three anti-greying-hair vitamins can also be produced in the intestinal tract by bacteria. Thus, taking a sufficient quantity of yoghurt daily and a tablespoonful of yeast before each meal is an excellent remedy for the prevention and treatment of premature greying of hair. If one wishes to take tablets of calcium pantothenate and para-aminobenzoic acid (paba), they should be taken in addition to the yeast and yoghurt, and not as a substitute for them.

      Dietaries for Premature Greying of Hair
      Premature Greying of Hair : Home Remedies suggested by users
      Take nutrients rich diet
      Diet is of utmost importance in the prevention and treatment of premature greying of hair and persons suffering from this disorder should take a diet rich in all essential nutrients.

      Avoid devitalising foods, soft drinks etc
      Devitalising foods such as white flour, refined sugar and all products made from them, soft drinks, pastries, jams and jellies should be avoided. These foods take away energy, cause wrinkles, unattractive skin, grey hair, and premature old age.

      Other Premature Greying of Hair treatments
      Massage of scalp with almond oil
      Massage of the scalp with almond oil is recommended.

  45. QUESTION:
    haey frndz m 16 n facing the problem of premature graying of hair plz plz plz help me thats a request?

    • ANSWER:
      Everything u wanted to know about premature greying, hope u find ur answer...here...

      Symptoms of Premature Greying of Hair

      Causes of Premature Greying of Hair
      Faulty diet, Mental worries and lack of vitamins
      A faulty diet and mental worries are the two primary causes of premature greying of hair. Lack of some of the B vitamins, iron, copper, and iodine in the daily diet is said to be a contributory factor. Mental worries produce extraordinary tension in the skin of the scalp; this interferes with the supply of vital nutrition necessary for the health of the hair.
      Heredity, unclean condition of scalp etc
      Other causes of premature greying of hair are an unclean condition of the scalp, washing the hair with hot water, drying it with an electric dryer, and use of hair dyes. Heredity is also a predisposing factor.

      Home Remedies for Premature Greying of Hair
      Premature Greying of Hair treatment using Indian Gooseberry
      The use of Indian gooseberry is the foremost among the home remedies found beneficial in the prevention and treatment of premature greying of hair. This is a valuable hair tonic for enriching hair growth and hair pigmentation. The fruit, cut into pieces, should be dried, preferably in shade. These pieces should be boiled in coconut oil till the solid matter becomes like charred dust. This darkish oil is very useful against premature greying. The water in which dried amla pieces have been soaked overnight is also nourishing for the hair. This water should be used for the last rinse while washing the hair. Massaging the scalp every night with a teaspoonful of amla juice, mixed with a teaspoon of almond oil and a few drops of lime juice, also proves beneficial in the prevention and treatment of premature greying of hair.
      Premature Greying of Hair treatment using Amaranth
      Amaranth is another effective home remedy for hair disorders. Application of the fresh juice of the leaves of this vegetable helps the hair to retain its black colour and prevents it from premature greying. It also helps the growth of the hair and keeps it soft.
      Premature Greying of Hair treatment using Curry Leaves
      Liberal intake of curry leaves is considered beneficial in preventing premature greying of hair. These leaves have the property of providing vitality and strength to hair roots. New hair roots that grow are healthier and contain a normal pigment. The leaves can be used in the form of chutney, or may be squeezed in buttermilk. When the leaves are boiled in coconut oil, the oil forms an excellent hair tonic to stimulate hair growth and bring back hair pigmentation.
      Premature Greying of Hair treatment using Ribbed Gourd
      Ribbed gourd boiled in coconut oil is also an effective remedy for premature greying of hair. Pieces of this vegetable should be dried in the shade. These dried pieces should be soaked in coconut oil and kept aside for three or four days. The oil should then be boiled till the solid is reduced to a blackened residue. This oil should be massaged into the scalp. It will help enrich the hair roots and restore pigment to the hair.
      Premature Greying of Hair treatment using Butter
      The butter made from cow's milk has the property of preventing premature greying of hair. A small roll may be taken internally and a little quantity may be massaged into the hair roots twice a week.
      Premature Greying of Hair treatment using Vitamins
      The vitamins considered useful in guarding against premature greying of hair are pantothenic acid, para-aminobenzoic acid (paba), inositol. The minimum daily requirement of these vitamins appears to be 10 mg of pantothenic acid, 100 mg of para-aminobenzoic acid, and 2 gm of inositol. To obtain satisfactory results, all three of these vitamins belonging to the B group should be supplied at one time, preferably in a form which supplies all the B vitamins, such as yeast and liver. The three anti-greying-hair vitamins can also be produced in the intestinal tract by bacteria. Thus, taking a sufficient quantity of yoghurt daily and a tablespoonful of yeast before each meal is an excellent remedy for the prevention and treatment of premature greying of hair. If one wishes to take tablets of calcium pantothenate and para-aminobenzoic acid (paba), they should be taken in addition to the yeast and yoghurt, and not as a substitute for them.

      Dietaries for Premature Greying of Hair
      Take nutrients rich diet
      Diet is of utmost importance in the prevention and treatment of premature greying of hair and persons suffering from this disorder should take a diet rich in all essential nutrients.
      Avoid devitalising foods, soft drinks etc
      Devitalising foods such as white flour, refined sugar and all products made from them, soft drinks, pastries, jams and jellies should be avoided. These foods take away energy, cause wrinkles, unattractive skin, grey hair, and premature old age.

  46. QUESTION:
    in have got one problem. i.e my hair is white .but my age is 19 .how to control the white hair.?
    my e mail address is sriram_devid @yahoo.co.in

    • ANSWER:
      everything u ever wanted to know abt....

      "Premature Greying of Hair"

      The hair has a tendency to lose its natural colour with advancing age and turn grey, but premature greying is a morbid condition and it makes even the young look older. The hair is an appendage of the skin. It is composed of the same kinds of cells as are found in the outer layer of the skin, which is known as the epidermis. Hair grows from hair follicles which are deep recesses in the epidermis. The sebaceous glands of the scalp secrete an oily substance called sebum, which is the source of nutrition, lustre, and blackness of the hair. The hair cannot be fed externally, for such nourishment, as the scalp requires, must come to it from the bloodstream.

      More on Premature Greying of Hair : Symptoms, Causes, Remedy, Diet, Other suggestions, User Suggestions

      Symptoms of Premature Greying of Hair

      Causes of Premature Greying of Hair
      Faulty diet, Mental worries and lack of vitamins
      A faulty diet and mental worries are the two primary causes of premature greying of hair. Lack of some of the B vitamins, iron, copper, and iodine in the daily diet is said to be a contributory factor. Mental worries produce extraordinary tension in the skin of the scalp; this interferes with the supply of vital nutrition necessary for the health of the hair.
      Heredity, unclean condition of scalp etc
      Other causes of premature greying of hair are an unclean condition of the scalp, washing the hair with hot water, drying it with an electric dryer, and use of hair dyes. Heredity is also a predisposing factor.

      Home Remedies for Premature Greying of Hair
      Premature Greying of Hair treatment using Indian Gooseberry
      The use of Indian gooseberry is the foremost among the home remedies found beneficial in the prevention and treatment of premature greying of hair. This is a valuable hair tonic for enriching hair growth and hair pigmentation. The fruit, cut into pieces, should be dried, preferably in shade. These pieces should be boiled in coconut oil till the solid matter becomes like charred dust. This darkish oil is very useful against premature greying. The water in which dried amla pieces have been soaked overnight is also nourishing for the hair. This water should be used for the last rinse while washing the hair. Massaging the scalp every night with a teaspoonful of amla juice, mixed with a teaspoon of almond oil and a few drops of lime juice, also proves beneficial in the prevention and treatment of premature greying of hair.
      Premature Greying of Hair treatment using Amaranth
      Amaranth is another effective home remedy for hair disorders. Application of the fresh juice of the leaves of this vegetable helps the hair to retain its black colour and prevents it from premature greying. It also helps the growth of the hair and keeps it soft.
      Premature Greying of Hair treatment using Curry Leaves
      Liberal intake of curry leaves is considered beneficial in preventing premature greying of hair. These leaves have the property of providing vitality and strength to hair roots. New hair roots that grow are healthier and contain a normal pigment. The leaves can be used in the form of chutney, or may be squeezed in buttermilk. When the leaves are boiled in coconut oil, the oil forms an excellent hair tonic to stimulate hair growth and bring back hair pigmentation.
      Premature Greying of Hair treatment using Ribbed Gourd
      Ribbed gourd boiled in coconut oil is also an effective remedy for premature greying of hair. Pieces of this vegetable should be dried in the shade. These dried pieces should be soaked in coconut oil and kept aside for three or four days. The oil should then be boiled till the solid is reduced to a blackened residue. This oil should be massaged into the scalp. It will help enrich the hair roots and restore pigment to the hair.
      Premature Greying of Hair treatment using Butter
      The butter made from cow's milk has the property of preventing premature greying of hair. A small roll may be taken internally and a little quantity may be massaged into the hair roots twice a week.
      Premature Greying of Hair treatment using Vitamins
      The vitamins considered useful in guarding against premature greying of hair are pantothenic acid, para-aminobenzoic acid (paba), inositol. The minimum daily requirement of these vitamins appears to be 10 mg of pantothenic acid, 100 mg of para-aminobenzoic acid, and 2 gm of inositol. To obtain satisfactory results, all three of these vitamins belonging to the B group should be supplied at one time, preferably in a form which supplies all the B vitamins, such as yeast and liver. The three anti-greying-hair vitamins can also be produced in the intestinal tract by bacteria. Thus, taking a sufficient quantity of yoghurt daily and a tablespoonful of yeast before each meal is an excellent remedy for the prevention and treatment of premature greying of hair. If one wishes to take tablets of calcium pantothenate and para-aminobenzoic acid (paba), they should be taken in addition to the yeast and yoghurt, and not as a substitute for them.

      Dietaries for Premature Greying of Hair
      Take nutrients rich diet
      Diet is of utmost importance in the prevention and treatment of premature greying of hair and persons suffering from this disorder should take a diet rich in all essential nutrients.
      Avoid devitalising foods, soft drinks etc
      Devitalising foods such as white flour, refined sugar and all products made from them, soft drinks, pastries, jams and jellies should be avoided. These foods take away energy, cause wrinkles, unattractive skin, grey hair, and premature old age.

      Other Premature Greying of Hair treatments
      Massage of scalp with almond oil
      Massage of the scalp with almond oil is recommended.

  47. QUESTION:
    i am a boy and i am in 10th std . i have very scanty hair cud u plz give me some tips to increase my hair?

    • ANSWER:
      These are helpful tips to help regenerate hair follicles, but they do not cure any underlying conditions, or stress-related hair loss.

      * Try drinking this - blend bananas with honey, yoghurt & low-fat milk. A drink rich in biotin can help keep your crowning glory firmly rooted.

      * Take dietary supplements such as Vitamin B6, zinc & saw palmetto. Supplements are useful when you can't get enough from natural food sources.

      * Invert your head while you shampoo & massage your scalp. This helps promote blood circulation to the head.

      * Eliminate stress or else it can be disastrous to your precious hair!

      * Get enough sleep.

      BESIDES THESE THINGS, GENERALLY FOR HEALTHIER HAIR U COULD DO THESE...

      1. Like everything else about true, lasting beauty, healthy hair begins within your body. Start with your diet. Include lots of green leafy vegetables and sweet juicy fruits. Dairy products such as milk and fresh yogurt will also help. Fresh coconut is also considered excellent "hair food" sprinkle grated coconut over salads, diced fresh fruit, or rice.

      2. Cut down on refined, processed and canned foods. Ayurveda considers foods with artificial preservatives and chemical additives stripped of their inherent "intelligence" and therefore not helpful in supplying nutrition to your body and mind. Ice-cold beverages also hamper the process of digestion and assimilation of nutrients.

      3. Cooking with certain spices adds flavor to your food and provides nourishment for your hair. Cumin, turmeric and black pepper are some "hair-friendly" spices. Add a healthy pinch of each to single-portion soups and stews as they are cooking. Saut 1/8 1/4 teaspoon each of the three spices in a teaspoon of ghee (clarified butter) or olive oil and add to cooked veggies. Roasted ground cumin and ground black pepper can be sprinkled over fresh yogurt.

      4. Stress can be seriously injurious to long-term health and color of hair. Try and manage your time and tasks to minimize time-related pressures. Practice relaxation techniques such as meditation. Seek out tranquil sights in nature to help restore balance to your mind. Relaxing or uplifting music can be therapeutic. Get adequate, good quality sleep to help the natural process of rejuvenation.

      5. Ayurvedic herbs that help hair health include Eclipta alba and Gotu Kola. Eclipta alba is called "Bhringaraj" literally, king of tresses. It nourishes the hair and helps resistance to stress as well. Brahmi, sometimes called Gotu Kola, also helps balance the mind and nourishes the hair and scalp. Since Ayurveda considers the health, color and luster of hair so dependent on overall mind/body health, synergistic Ayurvedic herbal preparations for hair can also include herbs such as Country Mallow, which is supposed to strengthen the physiology, and Winter Cherry, which aids resistance to stress.

      6. Stay away from harsh chemical topical products that can damage hair over time. Look for gentle, natural cleansers and conditioners, especially if you wash your hair more than three times a week. Shampoos and conditioners that contain nourishing botanicals are even better. Read labels carefully sometimes, products that say "herbal" or "natural" can include no-no chemicals.

      7. A warm oil scalp massage two or three times a week will help stimulate and moisturize the scalp. You can use good quality coconut, almond or olive oil Ayurvedic hair oils also contain some of the herbs mentioned earlier. Apply some mildly warmed oil to your hair and gently massage into your scalp evenly with your fingertips. Leave on overnight if you can, if not, leave on for at least an hour or two, then get it out by shampooing your hair. The scalp massage helps you relax and aids sound sleep as well.

      8. Never attack wet hair with a brush, no matter how rushed for time you are. Tangles in wet hair are best removed with a wide-toothed comb. Use a wooden comb if you can find one; it won't generate static electricity. Excessive blow-drying can damage hair in the long-term, making it brittle and causing split ends. If you can, let your hair dry naturally, then brush into place.

      9. Last, but not least, brushing your hair regularly to stimulate the scalp will keep it looking healthy and lustrous. Brush each night in all directions in turn left to right, right to left, front to back and back to front Use smooth long strokes from scalp to hair-tips.

  48. QUESTION:
    Dr. Miracle line of products?
    ok so my question is is Dr. Miracle line of products the best out there for black hair? My (step) daughter is black, she is 12 about to be 13 and just moved in with us. Her hair is a mess. I've been working on it since December i put her first relaxer ever in the first of Jan it was that just for me kids one. I was kind of nervouse so i dont think i left it in long enough. The first of this month i used the Dr Miracles no lye relaxer and that did the trick i also bought the Dr. Miracles anti breakage cream to start using. I use TCB grease with olive oil. Silken child Detangler and Motions Shampoo conditioner and wrap lotion. and Do Grow. I want to use the best to help it the most b/c its really short and thin the shortest part is at the back of her head where she used to wear a real rubber band everyday. I just want to help as much as i can. I dont let her wear ponytails so it dont break we wrap it up in a satin scarf evrynight. and we chi it usually everyother day b4 school. I've thought about using all Dr. Miracle products but a friend of mine says that if you stop using it, it will do more damage to the hair. Any pointers or tips is much needed and apreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, okay...there seems to be a lot going on here. First off, relaxers chemically and permanently break the bonds (thus damaging) in hair, therefore it makes the hair weaker and more susceptible to breakage. They are also highly chemical based (even Just For Me and Dr. Miracles) and can cause breakage as well as hair loss. This could VERY well be the reason you are experiencing hair issues with your daughter. You also put two relaxers in her hair about a month or so apart, meaning that at the most she only had about a 1/2 inch of new growth when you applied the Dr. Miracles relaxer. This could be a problem, you WILL experience extreme hair loss and breakage if you apply a relaxer to already relaxed hair, and because she only had a small bit of new growth there is a HIGH chance that you overlapped. To boot, the hair care products you are using, though marketed to black people exclusively, are FULL of awful ingredients that are most likely aiding in your step child's hair issues. Doo Gro, Motions, Dr. Miracles ect use mineral oil and petroleum in their products which only clog the follicles and pores and PREVENTS hair from growing to it's full potential and truly being healthy. You are also flat ironing it, which is also really bad and is most likely causing heat damage.

      Relaxed hair + flat ironing + bad products= damaged hair and hair loss.

      As hard as this is going to be you need to stop using those products, flat ironing her hair so much, an relaxing it. Her hair will only get worse if you continue this process. Natural products are better and most black women have success with these alternatives instead of the chemical based ones. My daughter is black and had the same hair issues, so I had to COMPLETELY change my hair regimen to get my daughter's hair on track. The Shea and Cocoa Butter Hair cream from Mineral Indulgence is really good and natural, without all that grease so it will actually restore her hair back to health. To be honest, you are going to have to pay to properly restore her hair back to health. The Shea and Cocoa Butter Hair Cream, Kiwi Coconut Hair Smoothie & Olive and Rosemary hot oil treament, would help her hair get back to health.

      You REALLY need to stop flat ironing it, though it's imperative at this point if you don't want her hair to come out. You should also try to avoid relaxing it and using those products, I an guarantee you that it will adversely effect her hair if you keep up this regimen. I have a yahoo group where I give advice and tips on how to restore AA damaged hair back to health that you might be interested in.

      http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/Blended_Beautiez_haircare/

      To be honest, you REALLY need to seek out a professional as well to help you out. The Mineral Indulgence customer service gives advice on what products to use to help your daughter's hair and they respond promptly and explain to you step by step as to why your daughter's hair may be breaking off so badly. I strongly suggest it.

      Here is the link: http://mineralindulgence.com/Contact_us.html

      Just feel out the contact form for help and tell them what you posted here for assistance. And like I said, I have tips in my group that you could use and I would be happy to help you out as well.

  49. QUESTION:
    How to apply castor oil?
    How do I apply the Hollywood beauty castor oil hair treatment with mink oil?

    • ANSWER:
      Hollywood Beauty Castor Oil Hair Treatment with Mink Oil

      Promises: Use daily to condition, moisturize and restore natural sheen to your hair and scalp. Helps prevent split ends and breakage. Excellent conditioner for natural, pressed, relaxed or color treated hair. Recommended as a conditioner for babies' hair and skin

      Directions: Apply daily to wet or dry scalp to keep hair healthy and well conditioned.

      Ingredients: Hollywood Beauty Oil Complex (Castor Oil, Mink Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Jojoba Oil, Paraffin Oil, Safflower Oil, Lanolin, Cocoa Butter, Propylparaben, Fragrance.

      The Truth: This is a staple sealant for my ends (morning &/or night). I have been using this oil as a sealant since November 2008 (after my big trim alternating with Hot Six Oil). It seals in moisture very well. My ends stay hydrated and even (barely had to trim my ends since using it). This oil spreads easily onto the hair although it's solid. A little goes a long way, so if you over do it, your hair will be weighed down. Sometimes I'll use this on my scalp just before a relaxer. It works great on damp or dry hair

  50. QUESTION:
    Black Hair Care Help!! Damaged beyond Repair?
    HELP! My hair is a couple inches below my shoulder, fine and very damaged. Once a year, for the past 8 years I cut it off to my earlobes thinking I'm cutting away the damage. But for some reason, the damage comes right back, starting at the same place, then I'm back cutting it again. From the roots down about 2-3 inches doesn't look to be damaged. The rest is super frizzy, breaks and looks awful. I only get my hair relaxed and when it's wet, it looks as if it's not relaxed at all. Looks like virgin hair. My mom's a beautician and I've been to other beauticians and they just can't seem to figure out what's wrong. They've tried this and that, the "best shampoos and conditioners", but it's still the same. I can remember around the time it first became damaged I was using a high frequency comb (scalp massager). I was wondering if this is what could have caused this damage. Anyone know what could possibly be the problem and how I can get my hair back healthy? Or is this permanent damage?

    • ANSWER:
      Okay try this it might be a little expensive but it prob will work.
      1st- use the clay esthe shampoo, it is made from sea clay and seaweed, it was made to restore balance.
      and also use redken smooth down shampoo

      2nd use the redken smooth down conditioner

      3rd- use bumble and bumble antifrizz and striatening, then but in redken all soft velvet wip

      4th use redken smooth down smmoth butter once a week

      maybe get a japanese perm

      last when it is dry put citruss fuzz anti frizz and gardier frutus smoothing milk

      last put bed hed after party and your hair will be sily shiny and smooth and soft.


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