Preventing Hair loss, the Natural Way

Preventing Hair loss, the Natural Way

Hair loss can be terrifying, one minute you have a full body of hair then the next thing you know it you’ve lost a great amount of hair from your beautiful mane.

Hair loss can be due for one of many reasons, whether it’s from stress, genetics, too much tension on ones scalp, medication, etc.

Not to worry, sometimes it can be solved through healthy eating. Here are 7 foods that can be used to promote hair growth.

Preventing Hair loss, the Natural Way

Spinach

This is a great food to consume if you are experiencing hair loss. Spinach is packed with iron, protein and vitamins A and C; potassium, omega 3 acids, magnesium and calcium. This is especially good for women as in most cases hair loss is due to iron deficiency.

This green leafy vegetable also contains sebum which is good for the overall health of your hair. All these nutrients combined add shine and lustre to your hair preventing hair loss.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is packed with polyunsaturated acids, iron, omega 3, fiber and zinc. This is also great as it has the ability to make your hair thick and healthy. Your everyday breakfast/ snack item is more than just tasty.

Guava

This tropical fruit is backed with nearly 5 times more vitamin c than oranges. Vitamin c strengthens hair thereby preventing it from becoming brittle and breaking. This also promotes hair growth. Fruits are indeed your friend.

Eggs

Eggs contain biotin which is a great vitamin as it is known to promote hair and nail growth. Insufficient amounts of this vitamin can lead to hair loss and as such it’s only beneficial that you consume eggs on a regular basis.

Eggs also contain vitamin B12, iron, zinc and omega 6 fatty acids which are great for your overall health. For those who are vegans or vegetarians, biotin tablets can be taken instead.

Barley

This is a superfood as it is packed with vitamin E, copper and iron. Vitamin E is great for thinning hair and copper and iron help with the production of red blood cells which can strengthen hair follicles and prevent hair loss.

Carrots

Not only are these great for your eyesight, carrots contain vitamin A which is a natural hair conditioner and prevents hair from breaking off. You can pair this with sweet potato for a greater amount of vitamin A.

Not only will your hair love this but it will thank you in return by staying intact.

Nuts

These are also packed with hair vitamins that will strengthen the hair cuticles as well as nourish the scalp.

Help with Hair Edge Loss

Having a balanced diet that is packed with vitamins and a good amount of protein can be your first step in combating your hair loss issues.

Are you looking for a permanent solution to edge loss? Dr. John Frank is an expert in helping black women restore their own natural-looking edges regardless of their current condition. Schedule a free online or in-person consultation, or learn more at the doctor’s website.

Top 5 Hair Products for Women With Natural Hair

Top 5 Hair Products for Women With Natural Hair

Having natural hair is an experience that is as challenging as it is rewarding. Regardless of your length or texture there will probably be one aspect of your hair journey that requires a lot of effort to get just right. Some women’s hair may always seems a bit too dry or others get single strand knots, whichever it is, everyone has her own struggles. It is important to carve out your own path and learn what your hair likes and dislikes. This article isn’t about specific products or brands, but rather about the essential items that can help women with natural hair take control of their hair journey. Here are our picks for the top 5 products for women with natural hair.

Hair Products for Women With Natural HairA Mild Cleanser/Shampoos (Preferably Sulfate Free)

Hair thrives when the scalp is clean and healthy. Cleansing of the hair and scalp should be effective enough that all dirt, dead skin cells, product residue and environmental debris is removed without over drying the hair. Cleansers with sulfates tend to over dry and irritate the scalp as well as stripping the hair of natural oils. Neither of those outcomes are desirable which is why it is important for a shampoo to be both effective and gentle.

An Affordable Conditioner with a Ton of Slip

Conditioners are an essential part of the natural hair life for two reasons. The first is that they restore moisture lost during the cleansing process and the second is they provide slip to make detangling easier. Generally, women with natural hair go through a lot of conditioner which is why I said use an affordable product.

A Deep Conditioner

Deep conditioners are exceptional at restoring moisture deep within the hair shaft so that hair is moisturized from within. Regular deep conditioning sessions are absolutely essential if hair is to be manageable and soft. If your hair is always dry, regular deep conditioning sessions could be a life saver.

An Oil or Butter to Seal

Keeping natural hair moisturized is a two step process that involves not just the addition of moisture but locking that moisture into the hair by creating a barrier between the hair and air (atmosphere). Oils and butters do just that. Oils can also add shine and lubricate each strand so they slide past each other instead of creating tangles, knots and frizz each time they come in contact.

Water

Water is essential to our bodies and our hair. Not only do we need to use water and water based products for softening and moisturizing our hair, but we also need to drink lots of water in order to achieve optimal hair health. Healthy hair starts from within.

Keeping healthy beautiful natural hair can be time consuming but worth it. As mentioned in previous blogs, steer clear of tight styles that will cause breaks in your hair.

Restoring Edges For Black Women

To find out more about restoring and maintaining African-American hair or for a free consultation or call Dr. Frank Toll-Free for more information at (877) 751-4246.

Methods to Regrow Hair Edges

Methods to Regrow Hair Edges

In most cases, losing your edges occurs over a period of time. Similarly, regrowing those edges naturally will take time and patience. Generally speaking, hair growth takes time and you will also need time to assess the success of the particular method you are using to regrow your edges. You may need to combine methods or go through a few to find the one that works best for you. The point is, you should be prepared to stick with the re-growing process for some time, since it is not a quick and easy fix. The only guaranteed fix is through a medical procedure.
Regrow Hair Edges

When looking to regrow your edges you must first stop the practices that lead to your hair loss. Otherwise, you will only be growing new hair in order to lose them. Style hair in ways that minimize tension on your hairline and keep the hairline moisturized. These guidelines apply regardless of the approach you take to regrow your edges. Let us look at a few methods you can use to regrow your edges naturally.

Jamaica black castor oil

Castor oil is reputed to help regrow and thicken hair and you will find many champions for its use. It can be too thick for some, but is easily diluted with other oils like coconut oil, olive oil and jojoba oil. Coconut oil is preferred due to its ability to strengthen hair from within. If you are using castor oil for re-growth, you should apply it to the affected area at least 3 or 4 times a week. For more information on castor oil and how to use it to regrow your edges click here.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a favorite among women with natural hair for its ability to strengthen hair and its delicious strength. This oil is able to enter the hair shaft and bind with the proteins strengthening the hair from within. The ability of coconut oil to enter the hair shaft is a quality few oils possess. Combining coconut oil with castor oil means your new growth will be strong and moisturized, making it less likely to break off. There’s no evidence to suggest that coconut oil itself will promote hair growth, but what it will do is keep that growth strong so that it is unlikely to break off provided proper hair care practices are in place. Read more about the benefits of coconut oil for hair here.

Essential oils

Essential oils are considered one of nature’s wonders with potencies and a range of benefits. Essential oils also offers no guarantees but some women swear by them. They diluted them in carrier oils such as coconut or castor oil and then apply to hair, scalp or skin. Some of the more commonly used essential oils for hair growth are rosemary, lavender, tea tree, thyme, chamomile and peppermint.

The importance of scalp massages

Scalp massages improve circulation and blood flow to the scalp thereby nourishing the hair follicles and promoting growth. It is important that whatever product is used to promote re-growth is massaged into the scalp for 2 to 3 minutes in order to increase the efficacy of the treatment.

Medical Procedure

The only real way to guarantee a regrowth of hair edges are through a simple medical procedure. Thick hair from the back of your head are then implanted to sides of the scalp. Over a period of 3-6 months, your natural hair will begin re-growing. This will give you the beautiful hairline you want to get back. The procedure is also more affordable than you think. To learn more about restoring African-American hair or for a free consultation call Dr. Frank for more information at (877) 751-4246.

Hair Loss: Dealing With Thinning Edges

Hair Loss: Dealing With Thinning Edges

Thinning edges are a major cause for concern in the black hair community. The problem is amplified among those with black hair as the styles and styling practices that are popular in our community such as weaves, braids, using hair gels, wearing ponytails, heavy brushing, doing cornrows and coloring or dyeing hair put us at risk for hair loss which often times manifests itself first as thinning edges.

Hair loss, including the loss of the hairline more commonly called edges, may be caused by a number of factors, including but not limited to:Thinning Edges

  • Pregnancy and post partum
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Nutritional iron deficiency (anaemia)
  • Genetics (i.e. it is hereditary)
  • Stress from styling
  • Chronic illnesses such as lupus
  • Scalp conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis

Traction alopecia

Traction alopecia is a form of alopecia, or gradual hair loss, caused primarily by a pulling force being applied to the hair. Traction alopecia is generally confined to small areas and the pulling on the hair causes the strands to be ripped out of the hair follicle. Tight hairstyles such as braids, cornrows and ponytails that pull on the hairline will result in this kind of hair loss if stress on the hair persists over time.
If you are struggling with the loss of your edges, the damage can be repaired provided there is some amount of hair, no matter how fine, short or wispy, still present in the area. If, however, the area is perfectly smooth it is unlikely that you will ever be able to grow hair in that spot in the future.

Growing your edges back

Growing your edges back involves making sure you stop the practices that caused the hair loss in the first place. You should stop immediately and never resume these practices if you are to re-grow and retain your edges.

Things to consider

There are some well know and popular remedies that can aid in the restoration of lost edges. These are:

  • Castor oil is revered for its ability to re-grow and thicken hair. The Jamaican black castor oil variety works best.
  • Mix with essential oils into your preferred carrier oil. Essential oils that can help promote hair growth include rosemary, peppermint. As stated before, castor oil works well for re-growing and re-thickening hair. If you find the consistency to be too thick for you then you can always trying blending it with another oil such as coconut oil or jojoba oil.
  • Scalp massages have proven to be beneficial when trying to re-grow lost hair. Massaging your hair growth product into the affected hair will help increase blood flow to the affected area and provided nourishment to the hair follicles.
  • There are also commercial products available. It is a good idea to research product reviews when considering the purchase of these products.
  • Keep hair moisturized and use protein treatments. Protein treatments help to give the hair strength. Mild protein treatments are best for the delicate strands of the hairline.
  • Avoid any and all styles that put any kind of tension on your hairline.
  • Sleep on satin. Scarves and bonnets can rest on the hair line and cause damage. Sleeping on satin pillowcases instead will give you total protection without the risk of damaging your edges.

Restoring Edges

Procedures are also available to restore your edges and it is more affordable than you think. To learn more about restoring African-American hair or for a free consultation call Dr. Frank for more information at (877) 751-4246.