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The tannins in caffeinated teas help thicken the hair shaft and make hair appear fuller. More specifically, black tea, a natural astringent penetrates the pores of the scalp, dissolves excess sebum, and tightens the hair follicle. Tighter pores, means the skin is better protected from excess oil and dirt. The combo of tighter pores and thicker hair means your scalp is holding onto the hair better, and more resilient hair means it won’t snap as easily. This causes less hair to be pulled out, or break off when detangling. Tea rinses benefit all hair types. Herbs in this simple recipe can be substituted according to your specific needs: ½ cup dried herbs in 4-5 cups of cold water. Boil the two ingredients for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let the tea brew three to five minutes. Longer brewing will yield a stronger tea. Strain and let cool. Apply the solution to clean hair and rinse after 20-30 minutes. Choose from any of the hair herbs listed below for a great hair tea:

• Chamomile: soothes the scalp, often used for lighter color hair

• Horsetail: high silica content helps brittle hair

• Mint: stimulates the scalp

• Nettle: treats dandruff and stimulates hair growth

• Rosemary: excellent for all hair types and problems, especially hair growth

• Sage: used to restore color to graying hair, and remove dandruff

• Thyme: good for oily hair and dandruff.


The average woman spends hundreds of hours washing, drying, and styling her hair each year, yet many are not always happy with their results. If you have thin and fine hair, then how to thicken hair is a constant search. As we grow older, there is a tendency for our hair fibers to become finer and shorter over time, but years may elapse before any obvious difference is seen. Because “fine” is not necessarily thin, you should understand what fine hair really is.”Fine” refers to the diameter of a single strand. So, you can have fine hair that’s abundant, because you can have many individual strands per square inch. You can also have fine and thin or thinning hair, which means you’ve got strands that are small in diameter and on top if it, you don’t have a lot of them.

So, exactly what is the prescription for getting rid of dry brittle hair and growing shiny, thick, bouncy hair? Let’s look at some factors of hair health. Healthy hair starts from the inside, at the root of each follicle, the blood supply that feeds it and the nutrients we consume play an important part of the process. The consumption of nutrients and the blood supply to the roots of the hair affect the hair growth. Vitamin B in all its forms is a key player to thicker hair and the prevention of hair loss. It is also reported that an iron deficiency can cause a woman’s body to stop producing hair until the iron is replaced. Foods high in iron are liver, lean red meat, chicken, pork, salmon, egg yolk, pumpkin seeds, dried peas and beans, bran, blackstrap molasses, prune juice, raisons, peanut butter, apricots, green beans, walnuts, cashews, pecans and almonds. Iron absorption is increased by Vitamin C, so it seems we also need to make sure we get the recommended amount of that nutrient by eating oranges, grapefruit, potatoes, broccoli and brussel sprouts, red and green peppers, tomatoes, cabbage and collard greens. Nutritionists say that too little protein in a diet can cause dull hair and loss.


Water
For many people, having hard water or soft water isn’t a choice, it’s just a matter of what comes out of the tap. Determining what kind of water you have is important for taking better care of your hair and allowing you to make the appropriate adjustments to avoid an oily or dry and flaky scalp each time you hop in the shower.

Soft Water
Soft water is water that lacks magnesium and calcium, or possesses only very low levels of it. It can be soothing to bathe in, but rinsing with it will make you feel like you still have a layer of soap on your skin.

Hard Water
Hard water, on the other hand, has large amounts of calcium and magnesium. These minerals can dry out your skin and hair and leave it with a rough texture. Your shower drain will also likely develop calcium buildup.

Effects of Soft Water
Soft water is usually pretty easy to identify. It feels physically soft on your skin and might even have a slimy or silky texture. When used to wash hair, the shampoo will feel like it hasn’t been rinsed out all the way. It can also make your hair feel oily and unclean even right after you washed it. Hair washed with soft water will have little to no volume and fall flat on your head.

Effects of Hard Water
Hard water dries out your hair and leaves it feeling dull, lifeless and heavy. Any hair treatments you have like a perm or dye will fade and relax much faster than they should when hair is washed in hard water. You may also notice a dry, flaky scalp, hair breakage and hair thinning due to blockage at the follicles.

Remedies
Getting rid of soft water or hard water requires different tactics, but the premise is the same: either you alter your water or perform extra treatments to your hair to counteract the state of your water. If your water is too hard, purchase a water softener. If your water is too soft, add chemical supplements to the water you use to attain the right balance. Otherwise, you can use an extra clarifying shampoo and nourishing and moisturizing conditioner to restore health to your scalp and life to your hair.


Niacin

When looking to improve hair growth, it helps to be sure that a person has plenty of vitamins in one’s diet. One of the best vitamins to use is Niacin. This vitamin, which is also known as Vitamin B3, is helpful in that it works to promote hair growth.

Niacin Improves Blood Circulation
In order for hair to be able to grow properly the blood in one’s scalp will need to be healthy. Niacin can work to help with improving blood circulation in that it works to help with expanding capillaries and vessels around the scalp. When this is done it will be easier for blood to be able to flow along the scalp in a healthy manner. As a result of this, hair growth can be properly stimulated.

Niacin Can Lower Cholesterol Levels
Cholesterol is known for being a harmful material in the body in that it can clog up arteries. This is something that should be considered in the scalp when it comes to hair growth. When cholesterol is present in the scalp not only will blood have a hard time moving around but the cholesterol will convert into enzymes that are known to inhibit hair growth.

The enzymes that the cholesterol can convert into are 5-alpha reductase enzymes. These are harmful enzymes to the hair in that when these enzymes are produced at an excessive rate hair loss can occur. This is due to how hair follicles will shrink in their sizes.

What Foods Contain Niacin?
One of the best things that can be done to help with stimulating hair growth and to prevent loss comes from having a diet that is rich in niacin. The most common types of foods are ones that come from animal sources. For example, lean red meat is a good source of niacin to use. Fish and dairy products that come from animals can also be used.

A variety of vegetables are also ones that are rich in niacin. Green leafy vegetables like lettuce and cabbage are some of the best things that a person can use. Celery, carrots and turnips can also be used as a means of getting plenty of niacin in one’s diet.

Overall, it will help to get plenty of niacin in one’s diet. Niacin is something that can work to help with getting hair growth to be properly stimulated. It also works to make sure that cholesterol that can stop hair growth can be avoided.


Evening Primrose Oil

Botanical Name: Oenothera biennis
Aroma: Light and Sweet.
Viscosity: Thin.
Absorption/Feel: Leaves a Trace of Oil on the Skin.
Color: Medium Yellow.
Shelf Life: 6 Months.
Notes: Evening Primrose Oil is a prized oil in skin care for its noteworthy essential fatty acid content, consisting primarily of the omega-6 EFAs linolenic acid and gamma linolenic acid.
Evening Primrose Oil has been used in aromatherapy and natural skin care to aid many skin conditions including eczema.
Evening Primrose Oil is expensive and is usually blended in a small (often 10%) dilution with other carrier oils. By their nature, essential fatty acids deteriorate quickly. Evening Primrose Oil, therefore, goes rancid rather quickly.


Bergamot Essential Oil

Properties: Deodorant, vulnerary, vermifuge, anti biotic, anti septic, anti spasmodic, sedative, analgesic, anti depressant, disinfectant, febrifuge, cicatrisant, digestive
Health Benefits: Removes body odor, gives relief from spasm, suppresses pain, brings hope and fights depression, heals cuts and scars, promotes digestion


Macadamia Nut Oil

Botanical Name: Macadamia integrifolia
Aroma: Sweet, Fatty and Nutty. More Fragrant than Sweet Almond Oil and Other Nut Oils.
Viscosity: Thick.
Absorption/Feel: Leaves an Oily Film on the Skin.
Color: Clear with a Yellow Tinge.
Shelf Life: 12 Months.
Notes: Macadamia Nut Oil is said to act as a natural anti-inflammatory (perhaps due to its oleic acid content). Its possible anti-inflammatory action combined with its viscosity and slip make it a good candidate for massage applications.
If not used in a small dilution with another vegetable oil, Macadamia Nut Oil may overpower a blend.


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