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Best Form of Zinc for Hair Loss

February 4, 2018

50 mg zinc picolinate capsules for hair

When it comes to hair loss, zinc deficiency can be one of the overlooked reasons for hair loss in both men and women. I’ve personally experienced the effects of zinc deficiency from being on a vegan diet for many years, and it affected my health in many different ways, including obvious hair thinning.

Fortunately, correcting zinc deficiencies can be relatively easy, but it’s important to choose the best form of zinc that will be most bioavailable to the body.

The question is: which zinc supplement is the best one? Results are below!

One of the most bioavailable zinc supplements you can get is called Zinc Picolinate. It is much better than the typical zinc supplements you’ll find in a store – which are usually zinc oxide (the least bioavailable).

This is the zinc supplement I take.

Why does zinc deficiency cause hair loss?

When a person is deficient in zinc, it can affect the entire body and how it functions. Zinc is important for proper gene regulation, enzymatic reactions, hormone production, and regulation of the immune system. So as you can imagine, if you’re low in zinc, then it’s certainly going to have an effect on your hair growth as well.

Zinc deficiency has long been known to cause telogen effluvium, a condition where the hair sheds in large amounts because the hair goes into the resting phase of hair growth, otherwise known as telogen phase.

Another condition that is common with zinc deficiency is called Alopecia Areata. This is a result of the immune system attacking the hair follicles and affecting growth.

Zinc deficiency may cause hair loss for various reasons, these include the following:

  • Autoimmunity from dysregulation of the immune system
  • Cause low levels of thyroid and sex hormones
  • Increased level of DHT from a higher conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone
  • Depressed cell proliferation and dysregulation of the cell cycle.

Taking a zinc supplement stopped my hair loss and made my hair much thicker again!

As I said earlier, I’ve been a vegetarian and vegan for a long time (since 2007), and it was only recently that I became more complacent about my diet and supplements. After some time, I noticed some strange things happening, such as getting sick a lot, dry skin, acne, and my hair were becoming much thinner.

There were some other odd things going on, but those were the main things.

When I began to look for a cause and got a few blood tests, I started looking at my diet in some detail by using an app to crunch all the numbers to see what nutrients I was lacking in.

It seemed like zinc was an obvious issue for me, especially considering that I eat a plant-based diet which is loaded with copper. It makes zinc deficiency much more likely as zinc and copper both compete for absorption in the gut.

I also had stumbled across a forum post on long hair community which gave me a bit of hope that this was the solution. It was pretty soon after that I began taking a zinc supplement and my whole world changed.

My immune system got much better, and haven’t been properly sick since. My hair took a bit longer to recover though! It’s been over a year now, and the difference is huge compared to what it was like back then.

I should mention also that I had been using zinc in the past, but it was a one from the local store, and after doing a bit of research, it seemed it was the least bioavailable! It was zinc oxide. You’ll probably run across this one in supermarkets more of often than some others which are much more effective in correction zinc deficiency.

Who is at most risk of developing a zinc deficiency?

Anyone can develop a zinc deficiency, but certain groups of people might be more prone to be low in this mineral.

  • Strict vegetarian or vegan
  • Eat a plant-based diet which is high in copper but low in zinc
  • Breastfeeding women
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Digestive disorders which impair absorption
  • Low calorie intake and restricted diets.

Which zinc supplement should you take to stop hair loss?

There are many different forms of zinc. The mineral is hard to absorb by the body, so it’s usually attached to amino acids or chelated

You might also get along better with some forms of zinc than others. I personally take Zinc Picolinate because I feel it works great and doesn’t give me any stomach problems, even at high doses of 50-100 mg. Such dosages are not recommended long term, because of the risk of toxicity.

Study 1 – Zinc Picolinate is the best form of zinc to take

In a study conducted in 1987, researchers studied 15 people and split them up into 4 groups.

  • The first group took zinc picolinate
  • The second group took zinc citrate
  • The third group took zinc gluconate
  • The fourth group took a placebo

At the end of four weeks, they looked at hair samples, as well as urine and erythrocyte zinc levels.

Only in the zinc picolinate group did levels of zinc increase significantly (study).

Study 2 – Zinc absorption in healthy adults 

In a more recent study, researchers looked at young healthy adults observed which zinc supplement had better absorption without food. They tested zinc citrate, zinc gluconate, and zinc oxide.

Looking at the fractional absorption of zinc, it was observed that both zinc citrate and zinc gluconate were absorbed well. However, there was a bigger variation in absorption in the zinc citrate group.

Zinc oxide was the least well absorbed, and 3 of the patients had no change whatsoever. Indicating they were unable to absorb it at all. (study)

Breaking it down

  • Zinc citrate absorption was 61.3%
  • ZInc gluconate was 60.9%
  • Zinc oxide was 49.9%

Based on these two studies in humans, it appears that taking either zinc picolinate or zinc gluconate would be the best forms of zinc to take.


Now Foods – Zinc Picolinate – 50 mg

Now foods are one of my favorite supplement brands that I’ve stuck to for years. It was this supplement which helped me to correct my own zinc deficiency, and this is why I’m recommending it. But not only that, Zinc Picolinate is one of the most bioavailable forms of zinc.

This zinc supplement is suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

This supplement is also not recommended for long-term use. If you are considering taking it long term, please consult with your doctor.

See more details here


Pure Encapsulations – Zinc Picolinate – 30 mg

If you don’t want to take a very high dose of zinc, but would like a more moderate dose, then this supplement would be suitable for you.

One of the things this company emphasizes is its natural and hypoallergenic formulations, so you don’t have to worry about allergic reactions to any of its ingredients.

Free from: gluten, dairy, soy, and it’s labeled as non-GMO.

Suitable for: vegans and vegetarians.

Tested: The manufacturing of their products is done in a state-of-the-art facility and ensures purity.

The supplement has a lot of great reviews.

See more details here


Bulk Supplements – Zinc Gluconate

Zinc gluconate is a favorite form of zinc for many people because it’s much easier on the stomach and has a relatively high bioavailability.

Being a powder, and not in capsule form, you can easily mix this supplement with your favorite juice or drink of your choice.

How to take: 225 mg (1/16 teaspoon) to 450 mg ( (1/8 teaspoon) per day.

A 450 mg dose of Zinc gluconate equals around 60 mg of elemental zinc.

See more details here


Are there any side effects from taking Zinc?

It’s recommended that you take zinc with some food to avoid any stomach upset. However, the two forms of zinc that I have recommended here are quite easy on the stomach and shouldn’t give most people any problems.

Do not take over the stated dose of the supplement.

Signs of taking too much zinc include nausea, pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. However, large doses of zinc are needed in the excess of 300 mg a day.

One of the harshest forms of zinc on the stomach is zinc sulfate, and I do not recommend this form of zinc.

If you’re planning on taking zinc for months or indefinitely, you should consult with your doctor and lower your dose over time, as it’s not recommended you take high doses of zinc long term.

Zinc: Copper balance

Use tools like CRON-O-METER to ensure that your zinc to copper balance is correct. Aim for a 10:1 ratio. That is 10 mg of zinc for every 1 mg of copper in your diet.

This will help avoid any imbalance of these minerals.

In conclusion

Taking zinc has literally changed everything for me in the past year. It has made me feel much more healthy and not only improved my hair but also has improved my immune system, my skin and I have a lot more energy.

Zinc deficiencies are quite common in the world, but severe deficiencies are more often seen in poor areas of the world.

Give zinc a try and see if it helps you! 🙂

References

1. The Therapeutic Effect and the Changed Serum Zinc Level after Zinc Supplementation in Alopecia Areata Patients Who Had a Low Serum Zinc Level
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2861201

2. Zinc Deficiency Associated with Hypothyroidism: An Overlooked Cause of Severe Alopecia
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3746228

3. Oral zinc therapy for zinc deficiency-related telogen effluvium
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22741940

4. Analysis of Serum Zinc and Copper Concentrations in Hair Loss
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3870206


soy isoflavones for hair loss
Food and Hair Hair loss

Soy Isoflavones For Hair Loss

January 30, 2018

Soy isn’t such a common staple of the diet in the west, but in many East Asian countries, soybeans are used in many ways and are a staple of the diet for many people. Soy has a good nutritional profile and a great source of plant-based protein, which is why many vegetarian and vegan products use soybeans instead of meat. Something that you might not be aware of is that Soy could potentially prevent hair loss and promote hair growth in some people.

Soy isoflavones for hair growth in men and women

Research conducted over the two decades or more has shown that on the whole, soy isoflavones have many beneficial effects on human health and also improves both skin and hair health. There a few different ways in which soy protein can promote better hair growth, below I will go into the main ones

Soy could slow down or prevent hair loss by inhibiting DHT

Unlike finasteride (also known as Propecia) which decreases 5-alpha reductase, that is responsible for the conversion of testosterone into DHT, this equol works in a different way. Equol simply binds to the DHT to stop it from binding to the androgen receptor.

Equol is created by gut bacteria when you frequently consume soy. Some people produce equol better than others, and I  talk about later in this article.

Genistein and daidzein are the two main phytoestrogens found in soybeans which helps reduce DHT levels while improving the ratio of testosterone to DHT. Unlike equol, you can find these in supplement form.

In a study published in 2013, low intake of soy in Taiwanese communities was associated with higher levels of androgenetic alopecia (the most common cause of hair loss in men).

Soy may increase hyaluronic acid production

Soy also might be able to help produce hyaluronic acid (HA) in the skin, which can decrease with age. This will help keep the skin and hair healthy for better hair growth and shiner hair.

Hyaluronic acid’s main job is to help create a barrier and moisturize the skin. This stops it from breaking, becoming sore and inflamed. After about age 40, level of HA will drop in the skin to about half of what we used to produce, and this can cause many common skin complaints.

Keeping the scalp healthy is important for healthy hair growth.

Soy can increase local IGF-1 production in the skin and hair

In humans and mice, the growth of cells is affected by growth hormones such as IGF-1. In men, it has been found that those who do not respond to drugs such as finasteride, can often have lower levels of IGF-1 in the scalp compared to people who respond very well to finasteride.

In this study, researchers discovered that Soy is able to increase levels of IGF-1 at dermal papillae and is most effective when used in combination with capsaicin.

Researchers found that promotion of hair growth was achieved in 64.5% of those using the combination compared to just 11.8% of those using the placebo. See the study here.

How do I know if I’m a converter of equol?

Ever since this finding, people have been wondering how they can become a producer of equol. The evidence shows that only a small number of people are able to effectively produce equol from the fermentation of soy germ in the gut.

The answer is having the right bacteria present to do the conversion. If you are a good converter, then you will gain even more benefits from consuming soy. Below is a video from nutritionfacts.org where Dr. Greger goes into the studies on how to become an efficient producer of Equol.

As I mentioned earlier in this article, Korean and Japanese people tend to eat a lot more soy-based products than people in the west. One interesting study published in 2004 showed that the percentage of producers from Japanese and Koreans was 46% and 59%, while only 14% Americans produced equol,

Another interesting fact came 2 years later, showing that the best equol-producers were vegetarians! 59% of vegetarians were able to produce equol, compared to just 25% of nonvegetarian adults.

What are soy isoflavones and what’s the controversy about? 

Soy has had its fair share of controversy in the past because of the compounds that are found in the soybean. Two main components called genistein and daidzein, which are thought to be responsible for the health benefits of soy, are also known as phytoestrogens.

Genistein and Daidzein have a similar function to the estrogens found in humans but are nowhere near as potent. In fact, it’s believed that the phytoestrogens may displace estrogen or block the more potent form of acting on the receptor.

Since the discovery of two subtypes: ERα and ERβ, it’s been found that soy mainly acts on ERβ, which has an antiproliferative effect, and may help reduce breast cancer, prostate cancers and others types of diseases that results from out of control cell growth.

In many Asian countries where soy is consumed on a more regular basis, they report fewer rates of cancer, not more.

And one other worry men have  (you see it a lot on bodybuilding forums) is the potential for soybeans to have negative side effects on men. This has been proven to be untrue in many studies. See this review and this paper. If there was any significant effect on men’s endocrine system from an increased level of estrogen, you would see a significant decrease in testosterone as a result.

Should you include soy in your diet or hair growth regimen? 

Soy is consumed by millions of people and has numerous health benefits associated with it. Although there was a lot of scaremongering a few years ago, it was largely unfounded and not backed up by research.

It is my belief that soy can be an important addition to one’s diet, especially if you are already vegetarian or vegan, as it provides an excellent source of protein and minerals.

Soy by itself is unlike to completely cure hair loss in men with aggressive hair loss, but it can be an important component of an overall hair growth strategy. You can either include soy-based products in your diet on a frequent basis, or you can simply take a soy isoflavones supplement.

For women who are post-menopausal, soy has been found to be a relief from symptoms such as hot flahses and muscle pain, and even improved appearance of skin aging. 

Also, some women do suffer from androgenetic hair loss with age, and soy might be more effective than in men in this case because they have much less testosterone, so there isn’t as much to bind to.

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Brushes Styling

What Kind Of Hairbrush Should I Use?

November 22, 2017

There are many different types of hair brushes and combs that you can use for your hair, but each one has a different purpose and will give different results when you use them. Knowing the best brush to use can really help, especially if you have long hair and are growing it out.

Choosing the right brush will help you keep your hair healthier, it will help you style it better, and choosing the right brush will cause less damage when you are brushing your hair.

One type of brush that everyone should have is a Paddle Brush. Great for all types of hair.

Most people will need a few types of brushes, not just one. This will depend on whether or not you want to style it a certain way or whether the hair is damp or wet. In this article I will list some of the best brushes for to support hair growth.

What are Bristles on Hair Brushes?

First of all, I thought I should explain what are bristles and why the type of bristle is important when choosing a hairbrush.

Bristles are simply a stiff hair that is usually used on certain tools, like a paintbrush for example. There are natural bristles which can be found on animals, and also synthetic bristles which are created from materials like nylon.

The bristles are arranged differently on each brush, and this will make a difference in how you use the brush and what you use it for.

Below are the three most common types of bristles that you’ll find on hair brushes.

Synthetic Bristles

Often made from Nylon, these are cheaper than boar bristle brushes, and although do a decent job in creating volume with your hair, and great for a blow out, they don’t tend to distribute the natural oils down the hair shaft as well as a boar bristle brush can.

Also, being a synthetic material, there is more chance of hair pulling when brushing and thus damaging the hair.

On the plus side, these tend to create less static in the hair and good for those who have thick hair.

Type of hair: Good for normal and thicker hair.

Mixed Bristles

A mix of both natural and synthetic that is great for those with long hair. Mixed bristle brushes tend to be good for detangling thicker hair.

Type of hair: Mixed bristles are great for people with curly and frizzy hair.

Boar Bristles

You can spend a lot of money on a brush, and people who are investing in growing their hair will want to use the best brushes. Boar bristles tend to be more flexible than the synthetic type, so they can be less damaging as they don’t snag the hair as much. They also are better able to distribute the natural oils your scalp produces, down the shaft of the hair, creating a better shine and conditioning.

Natural boar bristles also help massage the scalp, thus stimulating the scalp by increasing blood flow and gently exfoliating the scalp removing dead skin cells, so hair follicles don’t get clogged up, which can cause irritation and other problems.

Type of hair: Boar bristle brushes are also an excellent choice for people who have fine hair.

TL;DR: Summary

  • For fine hair choose a natural boar material
  • For thick hair choose either a mix or synthetic brush
  • For normal hair – either boar bristles or a mix of both

Types of hair brushes and their uses

In this article I will go over the types of brushes that you should have to give you the best results for growing out your hair, styling and keeping it in good shape.

The type of brush that you should use depends on your hair type. Below I will describe the types of materials used and the type of brushes for your hair type.

Paddle Brush 

Used for all hair types/general every day use and styling

This is a brush that I use often because I have very long hair that is pretty straight. A paddle brush, well, looks like the shape of a paddle if you hadn’t guessed, and it’s great for detangling hair, and smoothing it out.

The paddle brush does make the hair a little flat, meaning that it’s not great if you’re looking to get a voluminous looking, but it makes straight hair look great. I also find that it feels nice on my scalp when brushing!

The design of it is so that there is an air-filled compartment under the rubber and bristles, and this helps the brush to conform to the shape of your head and minimize pulling of the hair when you’re brushing. And I can attest, this brush hardly ever causes pulling of the hair and does a great job. The paddle brush is the brush that I use most often.

Also, never use a paddle brush to detangle hair curly or wet hair.

Materials: They can be made with different materials like wood and plastic. The bristles on a Paddle Brush often use either boar bristle, nylon, or even horsehair, among others.

Who should use: People with long and thick hair that straightens easily should use a paddle brush. Also great for just about any other hair type whether it be thin, thick, natural and curly.

See more information here

Wide Tooth Comb

Used for all hair types and wet / damp hair

A wide tooth comb is typically used for hair that is damp and wet hair. They are good for all hair types, and really help minimize the damage that can be caused by brushing when the hair is wet.

The wide tooth comb is gentle on the hair and good for getting the hair in place, ready for blow drying and styling later. Always use either your finger or a wide tooth comb if you ever try to brush your hair when it’s wet because it will be far less likely to snag the hair and cause it to break.

Materials: Combs can be made out of different materials, including plastic and different types of wood.

Who should use: This is suitable for all hair types

See more information here

Classic Brush

Used for all hair types / general use and everyday styling

These brushes tend to be good for all hair types. They are round/oval shaped and good for all types of hair. They also, like the paddle brush tend to be cushioned, allowing for less pulling on the hair and a gentle brush.

Materials:  Often made from plastic and wood. The bristles on classic brushes are usually either boar, synthetic or a mix.

Who should use: Suitable for all hair types

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Wet Brush

Used for wet hair

I’m sure you can probably figure out this one! A wet brush is ideal for Yeah, you guessed it. Detangling wet hair!

The bristles are quite flexible and soft, so it doesn’t snag the hair and cause it to break, unless the harder bristles on other brushes.

Who should use: ideal for people with naturally curly and thicker hair.

See more information here

Vent Brush

Used for faster blow drying and building volume for medium length hair

A vent brush is a brush which allows good airflow throughout when you are brushing the hair while styling with heat. Vent brushes also allow for faster blow drying time

Vent brushes can be circular or they can be flat. Which brush is right for you depends on what you want to use it for. They

Materials: Vent Brushes are usually made from either plastic or nylon. Round ceramic vent brushes also allow the brush to heat up and help create more curly and bouncy hair.

Who should use: Anyone with medium hair length would benefit from a vent brush. They can be used to create great volume in the hair and making it looser at the ends.

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Fine Tooth Comb

Used for styling / creating small details / partings etc.

Fine tooth combs have smaller teeth and are generally great for styling the hair,  parting the hair, and creating fine details.

Materials:  Fine tooth combs are usually made using plastic, but usually plastic or wood.

How to clean and disinfect hair brushes

So now that you’ve chosen a brush, you want it to last a really long time, and that means you’ll have to take care of it, including disinfecting it from time to time. Brushes tend to pick up all kinds of dirt, microbes and other not-so-nice stuff, so it’s a good idea to clean and sanitize hair brushes.

How do you clean and disinfect a hairbrush? See the video below from instructions:

Since you made it this far …

You must be really into this topic! 🙂 So here’s a bit more:

Does brushing hair make it grow?

Brushing your hair will not make it grow faster per se, but the way you brush your hair is super important because if you’re not brushing it correctly, then you can end up with hair that is damaged and not healthy.

The act of brushing allows the oils from the scalp to go down the hair and make it less brittle and stronger. Also, brushing may stimulate the scalp and increase blood to the area, and this is good because more nutrients will be delivered to the scalp and hair follicles which are producing the hair.

It’s important to pick a good quality brush that won’t damage your hair. So invest in a quality one. Also, most people often use several different brushes as I already mentioned. So you might want at least two or three.

Who invented the hair brush?

Hairbrushes have been used for a long time, thousands of years. Even as far back as the Romans, and Egyptians, there is evidence that grooming was commonplace with comb-like tools.

The first synthetic hair brush was invented in 1898 by Lyda A Newman.

In Britain, William Kent is the world’s oldest hairbrush manufacturer. He began creating hair brushes back in 1777. Each bristle had to be hand stitched! Which as you can imagine, took quite a while.

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Indian herbs for hair growth
Food and Hair

Indian Herbs For Hair Growth

November 19, 2017

Whether you are trying to stop hair loss or help your hair grow faster, Indian herbs have long been recognised as having properties which can help treat conditions that contribute to hair loss, as well as supporting the body to help grow thicker and stronger hair.

Herbal remedies are used by many people who wish to go the natural route, rather than put medications into their body which may cause serious health problems when used long term.

Many Indian herbs are used in a practice called Ayurvedic Medicine, which started around 3000 years ago in India. It covers all aspects of health, from the mind to the body, to create wellness.

5 Indian herbs and remedies for hair growth 

Below are a few different herbs that have been traditionally known to help with hair loss and for growing healthy, thick hair.

1. Indian Gooseberry (Amla)

A wonder berry from India. It’s believed to be one of the most important medicinal plants in Indian medicine. Amla is often used to to treat a variety of diseases and has powerful anti inflammatory effects from its rich composition of phytochemicals.

Indian Herbs for hair loss

Amla can be used for hair growth in three different ways:

  • Amla can be eaten because it’s a fruit, or you can use the amla juice and drink it. You can simply add with some water or you can put it into a juice or smoothie perhaps. It’s also readily available in many stores.
  • Amla oil can be used directly on the scalp, which will help stimulate hair growth and possibly help premature greying of the hair. Just leave it on scalp and hair for 30 minutes or so, and then rinse it all out.
  • Amla can be taken as a supplement to help support overall health. Many people buy it in powder form, and can be mixed with some honey.

The use of Amla for hair growth is certainly something to try if you find that your hair growth has slowed down or you’re experiencing abnormal levels of hair fall and it isn’t just seasonal hair loss. Take a look at this powder form  which can be used as a mask and also mixed with other things like henna.

2. Brahmi 

Brahami is a well known remedy to help improve hair and create thicker hair growth. It’s often used after grinding into a powder, which can be used in combination with other ingredients to create a paste, oil,  or can be mixed with coconut water or oil.

brahmi for hair growth

Brahmi can also be mixed with Amla to become an even more effective hair treatment.  Like Amla, Brahmi also has many properties which makes it beneficial for general health of the body and the mind.

After applying Brahmi to the hair, wash the hair thoroughly after about 30 – 45 minutes.

Brahmi will help condition the scalp and enhance blood circulation around the scalp, which helps strengthen hair from its root to the ends.

You should be able to purchase in your local store, but if not, there are ready-made Brahmi Oils.

3. Hibiscus 

One of the teas I sometime enjoy has been Hibiscus, but it was only recently that I discovered  that this flower actually helps hair growth!

hibiscus flower for hair growth

It has long been known in Ayurvedic medicine to promote hair health by stimulating hair follicles to go into active growth phase, as well as help condition the hair when applied to the hair directly.

Although the flower itself has beneficial effects on hair growth, one study found that a leaf extract from hibiscus is actually more potent than the flower.

Luckily, we can use both for hair growth. It can also be used in many different ways:

  • Infused in an oil
  • Hair mask
  • Added to Shampoo & Conditioner

Hibiscus may also be added together with Amla and Brahmi to create a powerful combination for hair growth.

Hibiscus Tea is also found in many stores. So next time you’re there, pick some up!

4. Bhringraj 

Bhringraj is another popular herb that is often used to treat hair loss. Bhringraj oil, when massaged into the hair, is thought to rejuvenate the hair and increase blood circulation, thus stimulating hair growth.

This herb can be used for various conditions such as: hair loss, dandruff, and can help if you have frizzy hair.

You may use this Bhringrah oil once or twice a week for 30 minutes before washing it off. To prepare for use, you can put some dried Bhringraj leaves in coconut oil and let it sit out in the sun for two days until the colour turns light green.

5 HorseTail

Nope, nothing to do with horses in case you were wondering. This is a plant, otherwise known as Equisetum arvense. For a long time this plant has been used for many health related conditions, even as far back as the Romans.

horsetail for hair growth

Horstail is primarily used as a supplement to help stop hair loss. In fact, a study which was published in 2015 showed that Horstail (main ingredient) in combination with other extracts was shown to improve hair growth and significantly decreased hair shedding in women.

The study was also double-blind, placebo-controlled which is the gold standard for evaluating the effectiveness of supplements and medicines.

The power of ayurvedic medicine

Although there is much anecdotal evidence behind the effectiveness of these treatments, they have been shared for thousands of years. Now, scientists are discovering that these herbs and plants do possess some ability to improve human health and our hair.

While I don’t think that natural medicine should be always relied upon, I think that it can compliment modern medicine and a healthy lifestyle to create the best possible health.

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dry shampoo good or bad
Hair Products

Dry Shampoo – Good or Bad?

November 18, 2017

Dry shampooing might be convenient, but is it good or bad for your hair?

Dry shampoo might be a life saver to make the hair look a little bit better when it’s feeling a little bit greasy, but it’s not a great idea to use it all the time, and certainly not a replacement for your regular shampoo that’s for sure..

I personally use dry shampoo because my hair can get oily quite fast. I do like the feeling and the way my hair looks after a proper wash using my regular shampoo or clarifying shampoo, which I use about every 2 weeks or so.

But sometimes having a dry shampoo at hand in the time of nee is good. I usually stick to dry shampoo brands which have natural ingredients and are cruelty free. 

There’s also Batiste, which are a popular brand that a lot of people like when it comes to dry shampoos.

dry shampoo: good or bad?

Well, let’s just first say that dry shampoo itself is not bad. The ingredients used in dry shampoos are pretty safe and don’t tend to cause damage directly to the hair itself. There are however many different pros and cons that I think are definitely worth mentioning, so you can better decide if you want to give dry shampoo a go.

The pros of using dry shampoo

    1. Washing your hair every day with shampoo products which strip away all of the oils from the hair is not great, so using a dry shampoo to lengthen the period between washes might actually be a good thing.
    2.  It helps increase volume in the hair. If the hair feels weighed down and a bit flat, using dry shampoo can help boost the volume of your hair so it looks better. This is great for women and men who have fine hair especially.
    3. You’ll probably be using less heat on your hair. Using hair dryers, flat ironing and other things when styling can damage your hair.
    4. It’s just simply convenient. If you don’t have the time to wash your hair all the time, especially if you’re active, the dry shampoo can help.
    5. It’s good for people who have trouble washing their often because of a physical reason.

The CONS of using dry shampoo

    1. The main con of using dry shampoo is that it really doesn’t clean the hair properly and remove all of the build up that you have in your hair. So therefore, as I said, it’s not a an adequate replacement  It should just complement your regular wash routine.
    2. Not great for those who suffer from scalp issues like dermatitis, dandruff, and other problems. It can, if used frequently,  make the problem worse.
    3. Dry shampoos can cause the scalp to start producing less oil over time. You’re basically training your scalp to produce less oil because it’s not being washed properly.
    4. Some shampoos leave some residue behind and flakes. Not a great look!
    5. It can make the hair look dull if you get into the habit of using it all the time without properly washing your hair with regular shampoo.

Should you use a dry shampoo?

Well that depends. If you’re an active person and you sweat a lot, plus you have oily hair in general, then sure, I think having at hand and using a dry shampoo can be convenient and useful for times when your hair looks bad, but you don’t really have enough time to wash it. My hair tends to get oily a little fast, so for me having a dry shampoo is super useful.

If your hair is a little on the dry side, and you don’t need to wash it all that often anyway, then I’d say you probably don’t need a dry shampoo as part of your hair routine unless you’re lazy when it comes to washing your hair or you don’t think you’ll have access to a shower or bath for some time . 🙂

If you do decide to try out a Dry Shampoo product, then the things to look out for when buying a dry shampoo are the following:

  1. Make sure that it has natural ingredients and doesn’t contain anything that will  irritate your scalp.
  2. Avoid products with parabens and other toxic ingredients.
  3. I usually go for the cheap brands and save my money for more expensive shampoos and conditioners. However, this is entirely up to you. There are some good cheap options available, which I think are fine. But you can also try the more expensive salon brands.

How to use the dry shampoo

To get the best results from the shampoo, you want to make sure that you’re using it correctly.

  • Don’t use it on wet hair.
  • Spray at a distance of at least six inches from the hair. You don’t want to concentrate it too much in one part.
  • Try to section the hair and make sure it’s sprayed equally all over.
  • Bush your hair afterwards so you can help spread the powder across the hair shafts.
  • And of course, always best to read the instructions.

Also one last thing… because the process of shampooing your hair allows you to essentially exfoliate the scalp and remove dead skin, consider adding a product that will exfoliate the scalp like a hair mask.

Hair Dryers Hair Products

Best Hair Dryer To Prevent Damage

November 15, 2017

best hair dryer to prevent damageChoosing A Hair Dryer That Won’t Cause Damage

I’m a big proponent of letting your hair dry naturally, but many times that’s just not possible. Fortunately, there are good quality hair dryers available that work with you to prevent heat damage. There are also useful methods for how you can blow dry your hair without damaging it, and I’ll talk about those later.

Since I don’t have all the time in the world to let my hair dry every time I wash it, I need to use a hairdryer sometimes. So, investing in a good hair dryer which doesn’t cause damage and can dry the hair quickly is an important investment for anyone who is trying to grow and maintain long hair that is healthy.

There are many different criteria that we should look out for when we purchase a hairdryer. The key things that you should look for are the following:

  • At least 1800 watts and above.
  • Has Ionic Technology
  • You are able to use attachments
  • Heat settings and Airflow settings
  • Cool Shot Button
  • Long cable

Before deciding… 

Remember that you’re investing in something that you are going to be using often and possibly for years. So think about that when deciding which one you want to go for. Choosing a quality product will always give better results.

I have listed below three different Hair Dryers that will dry and style your hair without causing hardly any heat damage (if any) in the process.

  1. Kadori Professional Blow Dryer (low-end professional hair dryer)
  2. The T3 Featherweight Luxe 21 Hair Dryer (mid-range professional hair dryer)
  3. Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer (high-end professional hair dryer)

1. Kadori professional blow dryer 2500 x ceramic with ionic technology

A great hair dryer from Kadori, which is a more affordable hair dryer for most people, yet still provides a good and fast blow dry.

I’ve put this as the first choice because not only is it within the price range for most people, you get the most ‘bang for your buck’ as it has all the features that I’ve talked about here.

Features of the Kadori Professional Blow Dryer:

  • High powered at 1875 watts (meeting our criteria above)
  • Contains Ionic technology for retaining moisture in the hair and giving you shiner and healthier looking hair
  •  Ideal for all hair types
  • Low weight
  • Long cable
  • Comes with a diffuser and concentrator

This hair dryer also has other features like wind speed power settings, 3 temperature settings and a cool shot button.

Why you should consider the Kadori Blow Dryer:

Its affordability is reason enough to invest in this hair dryer. It is a more entry-level professional hair dryer but certainly doesn’t lack the quality that you’d expect from one in this category.

Using the LI A 2500 x-air technology, Kadori claims that its hair dryer can reduce time to trying by up to 70%, which means much less heat damage. Not bad for a lower priced, professional hair dryer.

To summarize the benefits:

  • Affordable
  • Powerful
  • Light
  • Fast

See reviews and current price


2. The T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Hair Dryer 

This hair dryer works great for people with thick hair and also generates negative ions, meaning you can dry your hair much faster than with regular cheap blow dryers.

Some people report that they have seen their dry time reduced by 5 – 10 minutes compared to their previous (cheaper) hair dryer.

Features of the T3 Featherweight Luxe 21 Hair Dryer:

  • This hair dryer has a patented process which causes it to emit negative irons, thus helping the hair dry faster and stay healthy
  • The T3 featherweight has something called tourmaline SoftAire technology which speeds up the hair drying process because of even cone
  • It’s ceramic, which means you’ll get a much faster drying time and it’l be healthier for your hair as the heat is spread more evenly and not concentrated in one area.

This hair dryer also contains many of the features that you would generally expect for a mid to high-end hair dryer. It has 2 speed settings, 3 heat settings, a cool shot button to get that awesome finish, and a long chord.

Why you should consider the T3 Featherweight Hair Dryer:

This hair dryer is an excellent choice if you want a quality hair dryer which will cause minimum damage to your hair, and also not break the bank when it comes to cost.

To summarize the benefits:

  • Fast drying time
  • Increase shine, volume, and body of the hair
  • Helps ensure easy styling and style retention

See reviews and the current price



3. The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer (high end)

So, you’ve probably heard of Dyson vacuum cleaners, which are pretty good! Well, you can expect nothing less from their Supersonic Hair Dryer.

This hair dryer meets all of our criteria and some more. It contains smart technology using its microprocessor to measure the temperature of the air flow at 20 times per second, and intelligently adjusts the heating element as you dry your hair, which means that your hair never overheats and you don’t risk damaging your hair because it stays at a constant temperature.

This will help you keep the natural shine to your hair, and avoid that dull look, which can occur with hair that has been damaged by heat.

The hair dryer comes with many features and accessories such as Heat Settings, 3 Airflow Settings, Cold Shot, Ionizer, Filters, Concentrator, Diffusor and more. So, you’re well equipped to style and do your hair however you want.

The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer is rather expensive, but this hair dryer would be my top pick. However, due to the price of it, unless you really just want top of the line, it’s probably not for the average person who just wants to get a decent blow dry.

Watch the video below to find out out the hair dryer works to prevent damage during blow drying.

You can find some of the key features on Dyson’s website.

How their technology helps prevent damage when blow drying.

See reviews and price here


What to look for when choosing a hair dryer

There are a few important things that you need to look out for if you want to buy the best hair dryer to keep your long hair looking healthy and attractive. Not investing in a good quality hair dryer will make it much more difficult to maintain long hair, unless you have your own schedule and aren’t ever leaving the house.

Below are a few tips on how to choose the best hair dryer to prevent hair loss.

blow drying with less damage

More power, less damage

Choose a hair dryer that has more power. I would recommend a hair dryer that is at least 1800 watts. If you have thick hair like me, you probably want to go for something a bit more powerful. The less time that you have the hair dryer heating your hair, the less damage there will be.

Negative Ions

If you want to dry your hair fast, then look for an ionic function on the hair dryer. This will help evaporate moisture more quickly, and so you’ll spend less time blow drying your hair, which again means less damage.

To help diffuse or concentrate heat, many hair dryers come with attachments that will be useful depending on your hair type and how you want to style your hair.

Attachments

Attachments like concentrators and diffusers are important for certain types of hair, different styles and protecting from concentrating too much heat in one area.

Has heat settings and cool shot button

You’ll want blow dryer that has various heat settings. This seems like a no-brainer, right? We need more speed and less heat. A cool shot button is also useful to prevent over-drying of the hair. When your hair is mostly dry, perhaps a little damp, just use the cool shot button and finish off.

Quality material and light

Many of the professional hair dryers are made with better quality materials and so they will last longer, and feel lighter than the cheaper models.

Long Cable

Having a longer power cord is important for a couple of reasons. One reason is that it’s safer and gives you more room to move around. If you’re drying someone else’s hair or your own, and the power socket isn’t near, then having a longer cord is useful. It’s also not recommended to use an extension cable to these devices either because of the power they draw.

How to dry your hair with minimal damage

If you’re drying your hair incorrectly, then you can easily damage your hair, making it look dull and dry. But I guess you probably know that by now.

There was a study that really surprised me when I read it a few years ago. It basically shows that not only can you dry your hair with very little damage, but drying your hair with a hair dryer is less damaging than air drying! 

Who would have thought?

As long as the temperature did not exceed 95 degrees C,  and the hair dryer was held at a distance of approximately 15 cm with continuous motion, there was actually less damage than drying the hair naturally.

If you were to use the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer then these overheating issues won’t be a concern because their microprocessor enables the hair dryer to automatically adjust, so it remains at a constant temperature.

But if you’re using some of the cheaper options, like most of us, then this is good news because no longer do we have to worry so much about damaging our hair when using a hair dryer.

7 Great tips on how to blow dry your long hair by howcast.com

A good video from a professional stylist on how to properly blow dry your hair to make it look better and cause less damage. Enjoy! 🙂

Any questions, please comment below! 🙂