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How your diet can affect your hair

Posted in Diet, Education, Exercise, Growing long hair on October 26, 2009 by fancee

Just like your body, your hair also needs a balanced diet to stay healthy. There are many hair issues that can be solved with some simple changes in your diet. Let’s explore these…

Dry and brittle hair:

Dry and brittle hair is a sign that your diet lacks essential fatty acids. By including plenty of good sources of essential fatty acids in your diet you can give your hair back its strength and lustre. So where do we find these fatty acids?

  1. Oily fish such as:
    • Tuna
    • Sardines
    • Trout
    • Salmon
    • Herrings
    • Mackeral
  2. Seeds
  3. Nuts
  4. Olives
  5. Avocados
The goal is to eat four servings of oily fish a week. Sprinkling flaxseed oil and pumpkin seeds in your food is another great way to get your essential fatty acids. To keep your hair well hydrated, be sure to drink six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water ever day!

Another nutrient important for hair strength and growth is trace mineral silica. Silica is vital to the strength of hair, and can stop hair breakage, unfortunately many of the foods we eat in the western world lack this mineral unless you are eating organically. So whenever possibly try to choose organic produce. Foods that are rich in silica are:
  1. Rice
  2. Oats
  3. Lettuce
  4. Parsnips
  5. Asparagus
  6. Onion
  7. Strawberry
  8. Cabbage
  9. Cucumber
  10. Leek
  11. Sunflower seeds
  12. Celery
  13. Rhubarb
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Green leafy vegetables

Greasy and Limp hair:

Greasy and limp hair is a sign that your diet lacks vitamin B. Foods rich in vitamin B are:

  1. Whole grains
  2. Nuts
  3. Seeds
  4. Dairy products
  5. Eggs
  6. Wheatgerm
  7. Legumes
  8. Green leafy vegetables
These are all great sources of B-complex vitamins. Also steer clear of oily foods where possible.
Thin hair that may be falling out:
Thinning hair or hair loss may be a sign of iron deficiency. Be sure to eat plenty of iron rich foods, such as:
  1. Red meat
  2. Eggs
  3. Legumes
  4. Wholegrain cereals
  5. Dried fruits
  6. Green leafy vegetables
Since hair is composed mostly of protein, your hair will most likely respond well to the addition of high protein foods such as meats, eggs, cheese, seeds and nuts. These protein-rich foods can help reinforce the hair follicles and prevents the hair from falling out. There is some evidence suggesting soya protein helps stimulate growth, so switch to soy milk and include some tofu, miso and soy beans in your diet.
Vitamin E is found in green, leafy vegetables, nuts and grains and can also help hair loss. Hair loss can also be a sign of thyroid dysfunction. To stimulate the thyroid gland, eat foods rich in iodine such as seafood and kelp. Also including iron and B vitamins in your diet will help. Stick to a diet rich in antioxidants – fruit, vegetables and tea – to help slow the ageing process in general.
Foods and Vitamins to stimulate hair growth:
Foods – Your hair will most likely respond well to the addition of high protein foods such as meats, eggs, cheese, seeds and nuts. Fish has good protein as well as essential fatty acids and natural oils.
Vitamin B – Green vegetables, beans, sunflower seeds, nuts and peas.
Vitamin C – Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, limes, melons and berries.
Vitamin E – Avocados, rice bran, nuts, dark green vegetables, legumes and whole grains.
Vitamin A – Carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, broccoli, cantaloupe and apricots.
Vitamin K – Seafood, dairy, figs, asparagus, broccoli, lettuce, brussel sprouts, cabbage, dark green leafy vegetables, oatmeal, soybeans, wheat, yoghurt, egg yolks and liver.

Weave Regimen – Washing your hair with a sew-in – Part2

Posted in Growing long hair, Protective styling, Weave on October 25, 2009 by fancee

Maintaining extensions is time consuming and requires a lot of patience. Cleansing and washing your hair properly is imperative to maintaining optimal hair health. Here are the steps I take to clean my hair with a sew-in weave.
 

Washing instructions…

  1. Start by combing through the hair with a wide tooth comb to remove all tangles. If you are wearing a curly weave, then I would use my fingers to detangle.
  2. I like to prepoo with oil on my scalp if I am going to clarify that day. If you’re not  a fan of prepooing, you can fill a spray bottle up with diluted shampoo and spray the scalp and hair. Use the method of spraying in between each track to get as close as possible to the scalp. Proceed by spraying the rest of the weave.
  3. Rinse the shampoo out of the hair using warm water and a wide tooth comb. Make sure that you rinse the scalp thoroughly and removing all the soap from the scalp.
  4. Apply your favorite conditioner the same way you applied the shampoo, but let the conditioner sit on the hair for a while. * I am crazy about keeping my weave soft and smooth, and one of the ways I do that is with a good conditioner. Your weave will thank you*
  5. Rinse the conditioner out and let your hair air dry. DO NOT APPLY any oils to the hair weave, and do your best to limit the use of a blow dryer.
Happy healthy hair growing!!!

Weave Regimen – Maintaining what is underneath – Part1

Posted in Growing long hair, My Regimen, Protective styling, Weave on October 22, 2009 by fancee
Hey folks! My last post was about my deciding to use a full sew-in weave as a protective style for a while. I am very happy with my decision to do this, but I thought I should go into serious detail regarding the maintanance of my hair underneath. Out of sight, out of mind does NOT apply when it comes to your hair. Let me state that this is how I CHOOSE TO TAKE CARE OF MY HAIR during the weave process. Take what you will from it and tweak what you need to. Let’s get started…
Before installing the weave…
  1. I always begin by co-washing my hair. There is nothing worse than installing a weave in dirty hair. You will be itching for days, and what you see under your nails will gross you out!
  2. DETANGLE! Lord, please make them detangle!
  3. Moisturize and seal the hair. Normally I would just moisturize and seal the ends, but since my hair is braided underneath, I go ahead and M&S the entire hair shaft.
  4. I let my hair air dry.
  5. Take the weave that you are going to install and wash it. I clarify and deep condition the hair the same way I would my own hair. Go in the same direction as the cuticle and don’t tangle the hair. I may or may not use heat during the conditioning process. ( It’s crazy how much hair dye comes out of the weave when you wash it.)
  6. Be sure to wash the weave in warm water and rinse the conditioner out in cold water. This will help the weave to be very soft when it dries.
  7. Let the weave air dry
After the weave is installed…
  1. Get a spray bottle or an applicator bottle with the narrow nozzle. Fill it up with your favorite liquid moisturizer. S-curl is awesome to use, but if you don’t have that then you can always dilute your favorite cheapie conditioner.
  2. Go ahead and lift up each track and spray or squeeze your moisturizer on the braids. This is time consuming, but completely necessary and it feels good.
  3. Get another applicator bottle and fill it with your favorite oil to seal the moisturizer in the hair. Be sure to get the oil on your hair and scalp and not the weave.
  4. Use the tips of your fingers to massage everything in. It feels great!
  5. Style as usual and cover with a silk or satin scarf or bonnet for bed.
The process is time consuming, but it’s sooooo necessary. If you decide that you don’t have the time to do this, than I would say that a sew-in weave is not a great protective style for you. Check out my next post on washing and conditioning your hair with a sew-in.
Have a happy and healthy good hair day!

Hair Myths – Get the facts Straight

Posted in Growing long hair, Hair Myths on September 30, 2009 by fancee

1. Greasing/Oiling the scalp is an absolute must. Your scalp needs to breathe to function properly, so it’s best not to clog hair follicles with ingredients like petroleum jelly, mineral oil or lanolin. A dry or flaky scalp could be the result of using the wrong products. For example, shampoo with high alcohol content might dry out the scalp, or a too-heavy conditioner may leave a flaky residue. The last thing you want to do is put grease on top of flaky dead skin. Keep the scalp as clean as possible to optimal hair growth.

2. Cutting your hair makes it grow.

Tell your scissor-happy stylist to “drop the shears and stand back.” Cutting does rid your hair of old and damaged strands, it does not make your hair grow. Your hair grows from the hair follicle on your scalp people. There is a big difference between hair growth and retaining length. I suggest getting a trim or dusting and not a chop every 6 to 8 weeks depending on your hair growth to avoid any split ends you may have, splitting further up the hairs shaft, which does cause damage.

3. Natural hair = no maintenance.

There is no such thing as zero-maintenance ethnic hair. Our hair is often dry, and porous, so it needs regular detangling, moisture and conditioning to counter breakage and grow long. Remember that maintenance does not mean over manipulation!

4. Relaxers make your hair grow.

Ethnic hair requires constant nurturing to maintain its durability and encourage growth. Although your hair may appear to have grown once you’ve gotten it relaxed, that is not the case. Relaxers straighten your natural kinks, which gives the appearance of growth. Hair growth comes from good diet and well-maintained hair.

5. Natural relaxers are safer than regular relaxers.
“Natural” relaxers are not, in fact, natural. Many contain the same chemicals as your lye or no-lye relaxer kit. The difference only lies in the name. From natural to silkener, it’s all a ploy to get you to buy, buy, buy. There is no such thing as a natural relaxer. In order for our hair to be straight we have to chemically break it down or use heat. Don’t be fooled!

How to grow long hair

Posted in Growing long hair, low manipulation on September 13, 2009 by fancee

I am at a critical point in my hair journey. I have shoulder length hair, but I really want bra strap length as my first goal. I got to thinking about what I need to do in order to insure that I actually reach that point. Less manipulation is definitely key! I mean what woman with really long, and healthy hair do you see constantly handling it? No one! Not never! So, I decided to make a list of what long haired people do. Here goes…

People with long and healthy hair:
1) Do not over manipulate their hair. So you don’t see them messing in their hair a lot. Most often than not, they usually do their hair once a week or go to the salon to get their hair done. Then wear it in a bun or an updo until their next appointment.
2) Wear simple styles. You rarely see them with a lot of different styles like braids, weave, tight twists. These styles often do more damage than good. Most women with long hair usually wear a wrapped style or loose up do’s.
3) Keep their hair in protective styles to keep it from breaking, i.e. up do’s, damp buns, etc.
4) Rarely apply heat to avoid damage, but instead resort to wrapping hair, pin curls or roller sets.
5) Do not obsess over their hair. The old saying “out of sight out of mind” really goes a long way when trying to grow hair. When you continuously touch it or fuss with it, you can further cause damage to it. So it’s best to put it up and leave it alone and watch it grow.

So I am officially putting myself on a mission of less manipulation. Besides moisturizing and sealing daily, co-washes 3 times a week followed by a twist out, I will not fuss with my hair at all.
Happy good hair growing!
Until then, take time to grow your hair properly. I’ll be right beside you 🙂

Protective Styling

Posted in Growing long hair, Hairstyles, Protective styling on September 10, 2009 by fancee

What is protective styling?

Protective Styling is wearing your hair in a way that protects your ends from friction, manipulation and the environmental elements.

Why should I wear my hair in protective styles?

The ends of your hair are the oldest section of your hair and therefore have been put through the most damage. Often people have a terrible misconception that their hair is not growing however, the hair is always growing out of the scalp, but you may not be retaining length if the ends are split and broken. By wearing protective styles you protect your ends from breakage and the end result is increased length. The goal of protective styling is protecting the ends of the hair so that you can retain more length.

What kind of protective styles can I wear?

The Bun – You have to start off with hair that is long enough to bun. Wrap the hair around and secure with a bobby pin or metal-less hair tie. Make sure that the ends of your hair are tucked in securely.

The Damp Bun – Basically you take the hair while it is damp and put it into a bun. The theory behind damp bunning is since the hair is damp it will retain the moisture while tucked away. I like to also seal with an oil for an added measure.

Braids &Cornrows – Braids and cornrows are a wonderful for choice for protective styling. The hair is braided and left alone for a long period of time. If the ends of the hair are folded under or tucked in, it is in fact a protective style. The low manipulation is wonderful for breakage control.

Full & Half Wigs – Full and half wigs have to be the best protective style ever. 90% to 100% of the hair is covered and protected from the elements. You can cornrow the hair underneath or bun it. It’s all about what works for you.

Ponytail – I’m talking phony ponies ladies. You can put your hair in a damp bun and tie a phony pony around it for extra flair. There are so many types of phony pony tails out there. Just be sure that it matches your hair color and texture. There is no sense in looking crazy ladies.
I’m sure there are other great protective styles out there. Drop me a line to have your favorite protective style featured on Good Hair Diaries. Happy healthy hair growing!

Tyra Banks hair…Do you care?

Posted in Breakage, Celebrities, Combs, Growing long hair, Sebastian Potion 9, Wet hair on September 9, 2009 by fancee

OK, I guess I should just get this over with. The Internet has been buzzing about Tyra Banks debuting her real hair. Well, a lot of us have been doing this for a long time, but let me give her the shine she so desperately yearns for. Thank you ET for providing this clip.

Not too shabby, Tyra. I hope it’s healthy!

Let’s get to the important part of her show. Tyra then allows the studio audience to feel through her hair to make sure there aren’t any tracks, or anything else fake to enhance the look of the hair. Whatever! My issue is the handling of her wet hair. Her stylist is all up in there with a small tooth comb. Wet hair and small tooth combs don’t mix! That’s a recipe for hair breakage and a bit of pain if you ask me. Check out the stylist getting it in on her hair…Lawd have us mercy…

Tyra Banks Gets Real About Hair at The Insider

How I handle my wet hair
  1. I saturate my hair in the shower with a conditioner while it is wet.
  2. After a few minutes, I go ahead and separate my hair (with fingers) into four (4) sections.
  3. I start to detangle each section with a wide tooth shower comb. After each section is nicely detangled, I go ahead and rinse the conditioner out of my head. If I detangled my hair properly, I shouldn’t have to run a comb through the hair again.
  4. Out of the shower I apply my leave in conditioner. I always choose a leave in that has excellent slip like Sebastian Potion 9 wearable treatment. This allows me to finger comb and style as necessary without ripping through my fragile wet hair.
  5. I will then allow my hair to air dry in two braids or a loose bun.

There should be minimal hair loss if I am extremely careful. Treat your hair like fine silk and NEVER do the following:

  • Comb wet hair with a fine tooth comb
  • Flip your wet hair over and begin to rub it with a towel. Not only will your hair be in knots, but you will probably find lots of strands of hair in the towel.
  • Be rough! The ends of your hair are the oldest and you are trying to retain them in order to gain length. Handle them with care 🙂

Ciao for now!