Noticing Hair Loss or Breakage? Hemp to the Rescue

http://detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080415/LIFESTYLE03/804150401Many women are plagued with premature hair loss due to pregnancy, hormonal changes, chemical treatments, and stress.  There are many products such as Nioxin and Murad that are known to reduce excessive daily hair loss but what if you want to use something natural?

We have found the answer!  If you have noticed a slight decrease in hair density or have experienced hair breakage due to a poorly executed color, perm, or relaxer this homegrown remedy will surely bring those locks back to optimum health.

Step 1: Mix 1 tbsp of each of the following teas:

       Indian Hemp: Promotes hair growth

       Nettle: Prevents hair breakage

       Rosemary: Prevents hair breakage and loss

(StyleBell Tip: You can find these teas in your local natural market)

Step 2: Add to 2-3 cups of water and bring to a boil. Boil the tea mixture until water is a deep color (usually about 10 to 15 mintues).

Step 3: Strain the tea and add 1 tsp Boric Acid.  (Boric Acid is a natural preservative.)  Store the mixture in the refrigerator to keep.

Step 4: When ready to use soak a cotton ball in the mixture and apply directly on your scalp daily.  Keep the mixture on your scalp for about 5 – 15 minutes.  Rinse the hair with the mixture and then rinse out with warm water.

Step 5:  Continue with this rinse daily.  You will start noticing the difference after day 4 or 5!

A Winning Shampoo and Conditioning Sidekick

Abba True Shine ConditionerI am usually not a big fan of the matchy-matchy, but I do believe in using a shampoo and conditioner duo dedicated to your particular hair texture and type from time to time. Whether your hair is straight or curly, black, brown or blonde, color-treated or thinning, or a combination of these, there is a specific set out there tailored for your individual hair concerns and needs.

Using a shampoo and its conditioning cousin together on a regular basis actually increases the benefits of each, and really gives your hair that one, two punch it needs. Over time my hair gets ‘used to’ certain products so I tend to switch back and forth between brands every few weeks, but I always keep the following (from the straight hair section) in my shower rotation. There is a reason for the matching names, they work together – what a concept right? Check out these product lines, they definitely do not disappoint:

Silky, smooth and straight: Pureology Super Straight, Abba True Shine (pictured above), L’anza Strait-Line, Frederic Fekkai Glossing.

Davines Love Curl Enhancing ConditionerCurls, twirls and waves: Davines LOVE Curl Enhancing (pictured left), Bumble and bumble Curl Conscious, Abba True Curls.

My hair has “natural” highlights (shhh!): CHI Ionic Color Protector, Pureology,

Thinning, flat or fine: Murad Professional Treatment, Biolage Bodifying Volumatherapie, Nioxin.

So many of us have a combination of hair concerns and styling needs and the good news is there are plenty of choices out there. Thanks to focused formulations and innovative ingredients we can each find our own dynamic duo. See? Sometimes matchy-matchy is a good thing.

-StraightBelle

My Relaxed Hair is Thinning

Question:
I am African American and my hair is breaking. I do not color my hair, but it is relaxed and it’s breaking at the ends and I’m also noticing some thinning. I also have dandruff and I need something that works fast! What do you suggest?
– Mabel via phone

Answer:
Did you know you lose about a 100 hairs a day naturally? Anything more than that could mean early stage thinning hair, damage/breakage, an unhealthy scalp – and most likely, all three.

First I would address the scalp and thinning issues with a hair solution hair care like Nioxin or Murad. Based on your hair type and thinning I think Nioxin would be best for you. It’s a three step system (cleanser, conditioner, treatment) to be used daily, and in the aforementioned order.

Nioxin System 3 KitNioxin hair care comes in a number of different programs depending on your hair concerns and for you I would suggest using System 3. This formulation was specially developed for chemically enhanced hair that is in the early stages of thinning.

Think about it, your scalp is essentially skin, so you want to keep that in optimal health so new, healthy hair can grow. If your scalp is unhealthy, it will definitely lead to hair thinning and other hair concerns such as dandruff, breakage, etc. Additionally, your hair is also relaxed, you need hair care that will not only heal, but protect your scalp environment.

All of the Nioxin thinning hair care products work on hair that is developing in the follicle in the Growth Cycle, by feeding nutrients and making needed repairs, but Nioxin System 3 contains an exclusive Glyco-fused Complex that will protect your scalp from the over-drying and irritation caused by those chemical treatments you love to get. Nioxin also helps reduce the breakage and damage you are experiencing as well by strengthening the new hair growth by nourishing your scalp.

We carry all three pieces (shampoo, conditioner and treatment) separately, but we also have a starter kit that makes it easy to start caring for your thinning hair in 3 simple steps. Let us know how it goes!

-StraightBelle

Murad’s Prescription for Healthy Hair and Scalp

Did you know?
        Percentage of women suffering from excessive hair loss:  40%
        Percentage of men suffering from excessive hair loss:  65%
        People lose an average of 90-100 hairs a day

With statistics like that, it’s a good thing Dr. Murad came along! Murad hair care is a patented scalp treatment program developed by Dr. Howard Murad. This Professional Scalp Treatment replenishes, balances and protects the scalp, ensuring the proper environment for healthy hair to grow and develop. These exclusive hair treatment formulations are unique and highly effective for all hair types. The patented products are both natural and effective…a powerful combination.
 
As a practicing Dermatologist and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California in Los Angeles, Dr. Murad has treated thousands of patients who suffer from thinning hair and problem scalps. Based on the knowledge that healthy hair must start with a healthy scalp, Dr. Murad’s proprietary blend of natural ingredients are designed to nourish and protect the hair and scalp. The treatment program was created to replenish and balance the scalp first. Once the scalp is cleansed, nourished and hydrated, it insures the proper environment exists for healthy hair to grow and develop. 
 
Follow Dr. Murad’s daily prescription for healthy hair and scalp:
 
 
Murad Color-Treated Shampoo STEP 1
Cleanse:
  Cleanse the scalp to remove dirt, dry dead skin and environmental pollutants along with  the build up of DHT.
 
As you massage into your hair, the therapeutic lather from Murad Color-Treated Shampoo creates a clean healthy scalp environment.
 
 
 
Murad Color-Treated ConditionerSTEP 2
Condition: Condition the scalp to strengthen the fragile hair follicle for healthier hair. This moisturizes and maintains balance while nourishing healthy hair growth.
 
Created from natural ingredients, Murad Fine Hair Conditioner moisturizes the hair and scalp and nourishes healthy hair growth.
 
 
 
Murad Scalp SerumStep 3
Treat: Treat the scalp to a pampering massage for follicle stimulation. This formula improves circulation and nourishes healthy hair growth, and it’s a treatment you can do at home.
 
Treat your fine, thinning hair by stimulating the hair follicles while using Murad Fine Hair Serum
 
 

Murad Volumizing AirfoamStep 4
Style: Style the hair with styling aids containing antioxidants and vitamins that will nourish the hair and not build up on the scalp or damage the hair follicle.
 
Thicken and strengthen your hair while creating body, volume, and shine with Murad Volumizing Airfoam.

About Murad Professional Scalp Treatments
The Murad Professional Scalp Treatment System contains patented formulations, which means you can only get these powerful benefits from Murad. Dr. Howard Murad has formulated a proprietary blend of ingredients to nourish and protect the hair and scalp. The most scientifically effective, yet natural, ingredients are used to deliver the best possible results.
       

How hair growth happens
Hair grows in phases: As the follicle grows, new hair replaces the old one that has fallen out or will be pushed out by new hair. If the scalp is not well cleaned, hydrated and nourished, the new growth will be blocked and the follicle will become forever dormant. It is very important to maintain a healthy scalp in order to avoid excessive hair loss. 
 
Follow Dr. Murad’s prescription for the most scientifically effective, yet natural, ingredients that deliver the best possible results.

For more information and product details, visit our Murad Hair Care section.

-StraightBelle