These Nutritional Deficiencies Hurt Your Natural Hair Growth

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If you notice excessive hair loss all over the scalp, it may be a sign of a nutrient deficiency.

Hair is a fast-growing tissue that grows one centimeter per month inside pockets called hair follicles. At the base of the follicle is the hair bulb, where cells divide and push their way up to form a single strand of hair. Under the hair bulb lies the dermal papilla, which is responsible for taking nourishment from the body’s blood to keep hair growing and healthy. Other things such as waste, hormones, and drugs are also carried to and from the dermal papilla, which can affect hair growth when there is a big or slight change in the body. This type of hair loss is called diffuse hair loss. It takes place when there is an imbalance within the body. This change in the body can be temporary and the body either corrects it or needs help correcting it.

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DIY Sea Buckthorn Mask for Dry, Damaged Hair


by Emilia Obiekea of AdoreBotanicals.com

Sea Buckthorn oil is highly prized due to its great abilities to grow hair, heal damaged skin and reduce symptoms of skin and hair conditions. This oil is dark and beautifully rich. It contains beta carotene (contributes to its orange-red pigment), tocopherols (vitamin E), essential fatty acids (such as: linoleic, Oleic, Palmitic, Stearic) and phytosterols. Just like coconut oil, it solidifies and liquefies depending on the temperature. It is highly concentrated so a little goes a long way. Never use it straight. Although it is a not an essential oil it is best to treat it as one. Simply diluted in another carrier oil and it is ready to use.

Sea Buckthorn Benefits
-Encourages hair growth
-Deters split ends
-Reduces hair loss
-Increases hair elasticity
-Moisturizes dry skin
-Soothes itchy/ dry scalp
-Minimizes inflammation
-Damaged hair
-Nourishes the hair follicles
-Keeps hair frizz free
-Wonderful for those that suffer from eczema, rosacea, dermatitis, psoriasis

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5 Amazing Benefits of Mango for Natural Hair


by Sabrina of SeriouslyNatural.org

Summer is almost here and you know what that means, mango season is in full effect. One of the most popular fruits eaten around the world, the mango, is best known for its fragrant smell and sweet, juicy flesh. These fruit carries a host of different essential vitamins and nutrients that help ward off heart disease and diabetes, as well as preventing asthma, protect against certain types of cancers, and even aids in calcium absorption.

Aside from being incredibly delicious, mangoes have also proven valuable when it comes to skin and hair health. Everything from the skins to the seed have been used for centuries in Ayurvedic treatments for conditions ranging from dandruff to hair loss.

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This is What Professionals Think About Natural Hair Vitamins



You’ve probably seen promotions for hair growth vitamins, gummies, and even elixirs and might have wondered if these products can help you achieve your hair goals. Six experts were consulted to understand what professionals think about hair vitamins, whether or not they work, and what you should know before trying them.

Exercise to Improve Hair

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Andrea Whiting of Forkinkygirls.com

Your genetic makeup is usually the main factor in hair growth, but exercising can also promote and maximize healthy hair growth. While cardiovascular exercise is obviously a great way to maintain a healthy and properly functioning body, the improved blood circulation allows the transportation of nutrients and oxygen to hair follicles, which is essential for growth. Where there's adequate blood flow, there is stimulation and growth!

5 Tips for Growing Long, Natural Hair



 Michelle Thames of HappilyEverNatural

I started my natural hair journey in 2009 and the number one question I get from other naturalistas is what did I do to grow my hair so long.  My answer? I simply stopped getting relaxers... there's some genetics going on too, though. It's really about length retention and not growth. I always state that just because you stop relaxing your hair, does not always mean it will grow to waist length. Many women become discouraged and disappointed when they do not reach the length they want quickly. Length retention is possible! I will share with you a few of my tips that helped me retain length over the years.

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Protect Your Ends
You have to protect those precious ends! The way that I keep my ends protected is always sealing them with oil. I love coconut oil on my hair but there are others that you can use that you may like better (jojoba, olive, grapeseed etc). I usually wear my hair in twists or a high bun. This also protects them because they are tucked out of the way.

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Apricot Oil for Softer, Fuller Natural Hair


by Sabrina Perkins of Seriouslynatural.org

From olive to coconut, it seems as though every oil we come across is better than the next. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype, especially when we see our favorite You Tubers and hair crushes raving about the newest trends.

Although most of us would like to argue that coconut oil is the be-all-end-all solution for everything from dry scalp to crusty feet, apricot oil has been making waves for a while as possibly being one of the best oils in the game. So what’s so great about it? What is it about apricot oil that has everyone in such a tizzy?

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Rice Water Rinse for Natural Hair Growth



New year,  new rinse-- rice water.  DiscoveringNatrural is sharing an addition to her natural hair routine that resulted in improved health and growth last year.  Curious about the benefits of rice water for hair?  Get the deets--
"Rice water has amazing hair and skin benefits. A recent research has shown that rice water exhibit hair care effects, such as decreasing surface friction and improving hair elasticity. Rice water has inositol, a carbohydrate, that can repair damaged hair, as well as protect it from damage. Specialized imaging technique shows that inositol stays inside the hair even after rinsing, offering continuing hair protection and beautifying effects.
So, Rinsing or washing your hair with rice water will improve manageability and protect it from future damage. In addition, the amino acids in the rice water strengthen the hair roots, add volume and sheen and make hair silky smooth." - HairBuddha
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What I've Learned About Growing My Natural Hair...



Over the years I have learned so much about natural hair and most of what I’ve learned has come from my own journey with my hair. After watching countless Youtube videos and educating myself on natural hair, I came to conclusion that there are 4 tips necessary for natural hair growth that are simple and easy. I wanted to keep this short, sweet, and to the point.  Enjoy!

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What is MSM? Can it Help My Natural Hair Growth?


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It’s always a pleasant surprise when you stumble upon a vitamin or supplement that can cure some of the most common health issues, while also giving you a nice little beauty boost. And such is the case for MSM!

I was recently chatting with a newly natural neighbor (try saying that 3 times fast!), when she asked about supplements she could take for hair growth. I suggested MSM. I guess she expected me say something like biotin or a multivitamin, because she instantly looked confused. So I explained that MSM, aka methylsulfonylmethane, is a sulfur-based compound that is naturally found in many foods such as milk, onions, garlic and green vegetables. Next to water and salt, MSM is also the 3rd largest compound found in the human body. Within the medical community, MSM has been traditionally used to treat pain bone and joint diseases such as osteoarthritis and tendonitis. But it also has a really cool side effect. And this really cool “side effect” is hair growth.

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Use THIS Oil for Stronger, Longer Natural Hair!


by Emilia Obiekea of AdoreBotanicals.com

Sea Buckthorn oil is highly prized due to its great abilities to grow hair, heal damaged skin and reduce symptoms of skin and hair conditions. This oil is dark and beautifully rich. It contains beta carotene (contributes to its orange-red pigment), tocopherols (vitamin E), essential fatty acids (such as: linoleic, Oleic, Palmitic, Stearic) and phytosterols. Just like coconut oil, it solidifies and liquefies depending on the temperature. It is highly concentrated so a little goes a long way. Never use it straight. Although it is a not an essential oil it is best to treat it as one. Simply diluted in another carrier oil and it is ready to use.

Sea Buckthorn Benefits
Encourages hair growth
Deters split ends
Reduces hair loss
Increases hair elasticity
Moisturizes dry skin
Soothes itchy/ dry scalp
Minimizes inflammation
Damaged hair
Nourishes the hair follicles
Keeps hair frizz free
Wonderful for those that suffer from eczema, rosacea, dermatitis, psoriasis

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5 Things That Prevent Hair Growth


by Kanisha Parks of BlackNaps.org

Last year was definitely a year of learning about my hair for me. I made some good hair habits, and some not so good, but all in all I can truly say that I know my hair much better now than I did at the beginning of the year.

Sometimes we don’t always pursue the best habits for our hair and let’s face it: we’re all human and sometimes our hair can’t take first place. But this year, let’s commit to being better to our hair and retaining as much growth as possible by leaving these hair habits behind me:

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Increase Natural Hair Growth with Dandelions



by Emilia Obiekea of AdoreBotanicals.com

Dandelions are often seen as just being flowering weeds that are seen in the yard or coming through cracks in pavement. They are actually great for your health and have been used for centuries for that reason. Almost the entire plant is usable and edible.

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6 MONTHS OF GROWTH AND LENGTH RETENTION


by Jascmeen of Jascmeen.com

I didn’t realize until I looked through the selfie folder on my iPhone that I’ve had a pretty amazing six months growth wise. In the picture above, the left image is from September 2015, the center image was taken in November 2015, and the one on the far right is a recent pic from this month (March.)

Sorry to disappoint, but I haven’t been doing anything fancy. I’ve been keeping it pretty simple with a nighttime routine that only involves 2-3 products. (Funny how that’s considered “simple,” right?)

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Moringa Oil for Stronger, Longer Natural Hair


by Michelle Thames of HappilyEverNatural.com

Have you heard of Moringa Oil? I know you are probably thinking, 'Not another oil! How many can there be?!' Well let me tell you about Moringa and how she has helped my dry scalp and hair. Moringa oil is a powerful oil that has amazing benefits not only for your hair but for your skin too-- a two in one combo, and I’m here for it! Moringa oil is extracted from the seeds of Moringa oleifera, also known as the Drumstick tree which is found in Africa. Moringa oil is also known as Ben Oil, or Behen Oil. Here are some amazing benefits of Moringa Oil:

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A New Treatment for Women Who Suffer from Hair Loss


by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Hair loss is a serious subject that far too many women face. Couple that with the recent study findings presented at the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting that black women are more prone to hair loss and you see why we cannot seem to stop discussing it.

This new treatment is called PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy and requires no surgery, no drugs and no expensive or messy ointments. While this treatment is new, the process of Platelet Rich Plasma is not. According to ABC News:

Should You Take Biotin Supplements?

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by Mary Wolff

We all want beautiful, healthy hair. If there were a pill that promised to give you healthy, strong hair, pretty nails, and promoted hair growth, would you take it? Of course, you would! This is the premise of biotin supplements. They claim to offer all of these benefits and many curlies are jumping on board with it. However, there are a few things we should keep in mind about biotin supplements before you try it.

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The Best Herbal Infusions for Strong and Healthy Natural Hair

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by Sointocurls via BlackNaps.org

Most likely, you may have heard of herbal infusions for health purposes. Because of the cancer-fighting properties of many herbs, many people regularly prepare and enjoy herbal concoctions for relaxation and medicinal purposes and also to satisfy their palates. But did you know that herbal infusions can also be used to strengthen and beautify hair?

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Promote Natural Hair Growth With Ginger!

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by Ariane of BlackNaps.org

In addition to being a delicious zesty complement to your sushi roll, ginger happens to have a great benefits for your hair. Ginger improves circulation which may in turn promote growth and its antiseptic properties make it an effective scalp soother as well as an all natural dandruff treatment.

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How I Achieved Long and Healthy Type 4 Natural Hair


Zara writes:

Hi!  I just wanted to share my 7 Do's for growing and retaining natural hair! I've used these practices to grow my hair long, thick, and healthy. They are my type 4 staples but they work very well for all hair types.

I hope you enjoy!

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