Healthy Hair is a System Approach

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When you are building a solid regimen for healthy hair it is important to understand that the system approach is the best approach. One particular product can give you results but to get maximum results, the system approach is recommended. Let’s explain further.

Think of your favorite meal. Let’s say your favorite food is steak, you don’t usually order a steak alone because the meal will not be complete without your favorite toppings, sauces, salad, a baked potato, and all the extra things that you personally like. Let’s look at makeup. You can just wear one piece of makeup like lipstick or face powder and be ok but to have a complete look, you usually will use other things such as foundation, eyeliner, mascara, ect…. Not to compare proper hair care with food or makeup but we are just using this as a description that where we can commonly relate.

Just like there are layers and degrees to the food you like, the same goes for hair care. Using a system of products will give you the best results especially if you are trying to achieve true healthy hair care.

The question is often presented to NouriTress, “Can I just use one product to make my hair grow back.  Some may ask, “Can the Follicle Therapy  or Edge Repair Follicle Treatment Intensive Night Drops  be used to regrow my edges?” The answer is yes, but to get the most desired results it would be best to invest in the Edge Repair Follicle Treatment Re-growth System that not only addresses the re-growth of the edges but also provides internal support and hair and scalp therapy. This system will build the hair strand first internally with our Hair Vitamins Plus , then next onto a topical scalp treatment in the form of Stimulating Scalp Shampoo and Vitamin Conditioner. Lastly, the Edge Repair Follicle Treatment Intensive Night Drops is designed to reduce scalp inflammation, prevent hair loss naturally and helps stimulate & nourish weak hair follicles that have been damaged due tight and damaging hair styling.

NouriTress Perfect Hair products takes the system approach to healthy hair, because it addresses all of the underlining issues that need to be addressed and not just the one problem that is wanting to be solved.

If you go to the doctor, he/she wouldn’t just write you a prescription for just the recommended medication, they would also recommend other things to do such as diet and exercise. Think of NouriTress as medicine for the hair. A system approach to healthy hair will give you lasting results for healthy hair.

To learn more about NouriTress by visiting www.nouritress.com .

 

More than a question, it’s a movement!

I’m wearing my own hair are you?

It’s more than just a question on NourTress’ apparel line…but a movement. A movement to start a conversation about hair. More importantly your hair. The Bible speaks about gray hair being a crown of glory in Proverbs 16:31. Speaking on the terms of your hair being a crown, a crown symbolizes honor and royalty. When you think of a queen (which is yourself ) immediately you think of her crown.

So what is the condition of your crown?

The question of “I’m wearing my own hair are you?”  was never meant to offend but to start the conversation,

If you aren’t wearing your own hair why not?

Protective styling when applied correctly can really aid in the growth and protection of the hair by giving it a break from the sometimes strain of daily styling. But when protective styling has been applied incorrectly the steps can be damaging and unfortunately sometimes irreversible.

The foundation of NouriTress was set with the meaning of the name of NouriTress-   Nourish your Tresses.

Watch The NouriTress Story here.

NouriTress was crafted to cater to the health, retention, and growth of the hair so when there are so many cases of thinning, improper installations that led to hair loss, improper product application that may over time caused the hair-line to be removed, and the list goes on NouriTress had to speak up.

More than just a question “I’m wearing my own hair are you?” but a movement to invoke change. To provide education and products to combat the issues. To start a conversation to raise awareness to the ever-present issues that are impacting our community. To be a voice and a platform of health and wellness that is catered to the nourishing the tresses of our community.

It’s more than just the question “I’m wearing my own hair are you?”. 

It’s a question to impact change… this time for the better.

Learn more about the NouriTress product line here or by going to http://www.nouritress.com.

Vitamin B and Why It’s Good For The Hair

NouriTress Perfect Hair Vitamins Plus and products addresses all of the problems that women have when they come to the salon. NouriTress Perfect Hair Vitamins Plus builds protein, volume & shine in the hair, builds root retention, prevents hair loss, controls dandruff and graying. NouriTress Hair Vitamins will strengthen and speed up hair growth which will provide each person with gorgeous hair. Hair needs as much nutrition as the body. Packed with 100% of the recommended daily allowance (that’s RDA) of 12 essential vitamins, four vital minerals, two fundamental amino acids and herbs, NouriTress is the secret to complete and total hair maintenance.

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~B-Vitamins and Why NouriTress Added Them~

A water soluble compound, vitamin B consists of different variants that can be found in foods that are rich in proteins. Vitamin B can be found sin foods such as soy nuts, carrots, eggs and meat. Thus, most people can easily get vitamin B as it is found in foods in a regular diet.

However, keep in mind, since the B vitamins are water-soluble, any excess of the vitamin is easily flushed out of the body.

Eating food with vitamin B content will reduce hair loss and increase hair growth.

The B Vitamins

Vitamin B refers to a group of eight vitamins which, although related, are clearly different.

At one time the B vitamins were thought to be one. When it was discovered they were distinct, quite a number of compounds were once thought to belong to the family. Such compounds include carnitine, once Vitamin B20; para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), once Vitamin B10; adenine, once Vitamin B4.

The eight members of the B complex are B1 or thiamine, B2 or riboflavin, B3 or niacin, B5 or pantothenic acid, B6 or pyridoxine, B7 or biotin, B9 or folic acid, and B12 or Cobalamin.

These B vitamins are all water-soluble, therefore, they are extensively distributed in the body and easily eliminated in the urine. Because of the later reason, most of them are safe even in large doses. However, there are cases of toxicities for Vitamin B6 and B3.

The B vitamins are essential to many biochemical processes in the body including regulation of hormones, minerals and general metabolism.

They are important to the nervous system and enhance the immune system; they help maintain healthy muscle tone, skin, nails and hair; they are needed for cell division and are known to reduce the risk of developing certain cancers (for example, pancreatic cancer).

It is possible to develop a deficiency for each of the B vitamins. This happens when they are not adequately supplied in the diet or when their absorptions are hindered.

A deficiency of Vitamin B1 results in beriberi; without Vitamin B2 a number of symptoms including dry skin, inflammation of mucosal membranes and dermatitis results; Vitamin B3 deficiency presents as pellagra, dermatitis and mental confusion.

Vitamin B5 deficiency is uncommon but when it occurs, it results in acne, itching, tingling skin and loss of sensation in the fingers and toes; Vitamin B6 deficiency results in anemia, hypertension and dermatitis; Vitamin B7 deficiency is rarely seen in adults but in children it can impair growth and cause nerve damage.

Both Vitamin B9 and B12 deficiencies result in anemia and elevated homocysteine levels. They may also lead to neurological damages.

Dietary sources of B vitamins include plants and animals. The only exception is Vitamin B12 which is only present in animal products.

Meat including fish, meat products and animal liver are good sources of the B vitamins. They can also be found in large quantities in molasses, yeast, beans, whole grains, chili pepper, bananas and potatoes.

While there are supplements of B vitamins formulated singly, with other B vitamins as Vitamin B complex and with other vitamins as multivitamin preparations, unwarranted Vitamin B supplementation should be avoided.

This is because after absorbing what it can use, the body simply eliminates any excess Vitamin B. Vitamin B supplements are especially recommended for the aged and those undergoing stressful activities.

Vitamin B9 is a solid recommendation for pregnant women since a deficiency in the vitamin especially early in the embryo development can lead to birth defects.

B vitamin supplements should be considered in the treatment of hair loss especially when the alopecia is due to vitamin deficiency. For balding people who smoke or drink considerably, this is most likely the cause of their hair loss.

Still, other people experiencing thinning hair should consult their doctors to know if they are deficient in any of the B vitamins.

Considering the number of biochemical processes dependent on the B vitamins, it is clear that Vitamin B supplements can promote hair growth and stop hair loss. They especially nourish cells of the hair follicles.

Some of the B vitamins known to help reverse hair loss include Vitamin B3, B5, B6 and B12. Similarly, deficiencies in Vitamin B1, B2, B3 and B5 cause hair loss which can be stopped with adequate supplementation.

In treating hair loss, the B vitamins deliver great results when they are paired with Zinc. Together, zinc and the B vitamins may inhibit the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

DHT is synthesized from testosterone and is regarded as the main cause of androgen-dependent alopecia. It causes the rapid decline of hair follicle cells both in number and activity. Therefore, immediate supplementation with B vitamins is needed to quickly reverse hair loss due to DHT.

Deficiencies of B Vitamins
B1 or Thiamine – Beriberi, Korsakoff’s syndrome, hair loss
B2 or Riboflavin – Ariboflavionosis, hair loss
B3 or Niacin – Pellagra, dementia, hair loss
B5 or Panthothenic acid – Acne, Nerve damage, itching, hair loss
B6 or Pyridoxine -Anemia, hypertension, edema, dermatitis
B7 or Biotin – Impaired growth and neurological damage
B9 or Folic acid – Anemia, birth defects
B12 or Cobalamin – Anemia, memory loss, loss of cognitive function

The Basics of Vitamin B and Your Hair

The fact of the matter is that, a healthy diet leads to better overall health and the better their eyes, skin, nails and hair will be.

Some hair loss issues are the result of issues well beyond a healthy diet, but getting the vitamins and nutrients needed may still be able to help lessen the amount of hair lost and increase the overall appearance of the hair.

Still, there are some things to keep in mind in about vitamin B and hair loss.

  • It is fairly common for women who are suffering from hair loss to have a B-12 deficiency. It is important to have appropriate levels of B-12 in the body as well as making sure to get a good balance of foods such as eggs and meat can help the body to get the right amount of B-12 without having to take supplements.
  • Increasing your levels of B-12 are a good way to try to slow down the hair loss process and stimulate growth.
  •  B vitamins are so crucial to potential hair regrowth that these vitamins are very often prescribed in addition to other hair loss treatments. Hair loss products that contain Minoxidil, such asRogaine, or other products like Propecia are often paired up with B vitamins to improve the ability and chances for regrowth.

Other Facts about B Vitamins for Hair Loss

Vitamin B is an important factor when it comes to hair loss prevention and regrowth. This is apparent from the amount of online research which all points to the same conclusion and mentions Vitamin B as a vital part of working through hair loss prevention. There are a few other things to keep in mind:

  • Aside from oral methods of getting vitamin B for hair loss, there are also products such as shampoos and conditioners that now use this as an ingredient. Klorane Strengthening Shampoo with Quinine & Vitamin B is a popular example of this.
  • Vitamin B along with folic acid folic acid is also known to regenerate the cells that grow hair.
  • In addition to causing growth, vitamin B helps improve the health and strength of follicles to prevent hair loss.
  • While vitamin B may assist prescribed hair loss treatments, it also helps with other natural treatments. Biotin for hair loss which has quickly become one of the most widely used hair loss supplements on the market today is derived from vitamin B in combination with vitamin H. This supplement has actually been proven to aid in helping to prevent hair loss which explains its popularity.
  • Vitamin B-3 aids in healthier blood flow to even to root of the hair.
  • B-5 is believed to help stimulate hair growth to replace lost hair. A deficiency in this vitamin could make it more challenging for your hair regrowth to continue.

Vitamin E and Why We Need It

NouriTress Perfect Hair Vitamins Plus was developed for women desiring longer, stronger, faster growing healthier hair. Packed with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential nutrients, NouriTress Perfect Hair Vitamins Plus provide the ultimate complement to external hair care. NouriTress is different from other hair vitamins because of its specially formulated salon formula that gives each client full luxurious, healthier hair that begins on the inside.

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Our featured ingredient for December is Vitamin E. Here are some great things that you should know about Vitamin E:

Vitamin E is an essential nutrient that helps in keeping the heart and skin healthy. But more than this, vitamin E proves to be beneficial to hair health as well. Although scientists and medical experts alike cannot exactly determine how vitamin E aids in keeping the hair healthy, they believe that it produces the same exact mechanism that it does for keeping the heart healthy. It has been proven to show positive effects to hair such as prevention of hair loss and promoting hair growth by enabling growth of the capillaries.There are countless benefits that vitamin E can provide for the body including healthy hair growth. Regular intake of this vitamin can prove to be beneficial and its effects can be seen in just a matter of weeks. This supplement can also be applied to skin or scalp topically to further enhance and accelerate the appearance. The quality and texture of the hair can be improved when it is regularly applied with vitamin E oil.

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Hair Growth

Vitamin E is a great stimulant for growth of capillaries, when the capillaries are healthy and profuse, the blood circulation in the scalp will be enhanced which will therefore promote strong and healthy growth of hair.

Pre-mature Greying

Vitamin E contains effective and potent antioxidants that inhibit good health of our body tissues, when our body tissues are strong and healthy, our aging process slows down as well. Therefore, aging signs that may appear in our skin and hair will slow down as well. With regular intake of vitamin D, you will notice that not only will the skin look younger, but premature graying of the hair will be prevented as well.

Lustrous Hair

Because vitamin D oil can be used topically, it can directly condition the hair making it more lustrous, shinier and stronger than it was before. This vitamin oil can also be combined with commercially manufactured conditioner and then massaged on to the scalp to further make the hair soft and smooth.

Split Ends

A lot of women often complain about having split ends, and this is understandable as its appearance can really make hair look dull, dry and lifeless. This can be caused by constant use of hot hair tools without using proper protection on the hair or by regular dyeing of the hair. In order to restore the hair’s health, hair experts advise to treat it with the combined mixture of equal amounts of coconut, olive, jojoba and hemp oils to make 12 ounces. Mix in two oz. vitamin E oil into the mixture and apply to the roots up to the tips of the hair.

Sources of Vitamin E for Hair

There are a lot of ways in which you can get your daily supply of Vitamin E, whether it is from oral supplements or from the food you eat, there really is no shortage when it comes to this vitamin’s supply. Here, you will find the different sources in which you can get your daily supply for this wonder vitamin.

1. Food Sources

Because vitamin E is a natural supplement, it can be found in the simplest form of foods to make a diet full of vitamin E easy to achieve. You can load up in nutrient dense foods and your hair will grow faster and healthier in no time. Vitamin E can be found in the following kinds of foods:

  • Green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, Swiss chards, mustard greens and collards.
  • Almonds are also a great source for vitamin E and not to mention that they also serve as great snacks to keep a fit and healthy body.
  • Fruits such as papaya and kiwi also offer a good amount of vitamin E. Avocado does not only contain healthy fats that can promote good health, but they are also packed with vitamin E.

2. Oral Supplements

There are now a lot of supplements for vitamin E that can be bought over the counter, but before doing so, it is still better to be aware of the proper dosing to avoid any complications. Vitamin E thins the blood as it promotes good circulation, over dosing on it may result in blood clotting issues. The recommended daily allowance for vitamin E is 15 to 19mg per day or 22.5 to 28.5 I.U. per day. This allowance depends on the age of the person and gender so before taking in vitamin E as a daily supplement, make sure to consult with your doctor first.

3. Topical Solution

Vitamin E can also be applied directly to the hair and scalp simply by getting your Vitamin E capsule, puncturing it to create an opening and then applying its contents directly to the scalp. Because this is considered to be a natural oil, you can leave this on the hair for a whole day until it is washed, or rinsed after a few hours of leaving it in if you feel like it makes the scalp oily.

4. Hair Products

There are now an abundance of commercial products available in the market which promote good hair health and are loaded with vitamin E. Regular use of these products can make the hair appear shinier, brighter and healthier in just a matter of a few weeks’ use. Aside from better appearance, daily use of these products can also make the hair growth faster.

Sources of Vitamin E for Hair

There are a lot of ways in which you can get your daily supply of Vitamin E, whether it is from oral supplements or from the food you eat, there really is no shortage when it comes to this vitamin’s supply. Here, you will find the different sources in which you can get your daily supply for this wonder vitamin.

1. Food Sources

Because vitamin E is a natural supplement, it can be found in the simplest form of foods to make a diet full of vitamin E easy to achieve. You can load up in nutrient dense foods and your hair will grow faster and healthier in no time. Vitamin E can be found in the following kinds of foods:

  • Green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, Swiss chards, mustard greens and collards.
  • Almonds are also a great source for vitamin E and not to mention that they also serve as great snacks to keep a fit and healthy body.
  • Fruits such as papaya and kiwi also offer a good amount of vitamin E. Avocado does not only contain healthy fats that can promote good health, but they are also packed with vitamin E.

2. Oral Supplements

There are now a lot of supplements for vitamin E that can be bought over the counter, but before doing so, it is still better to be aware of the proper dosing to avoid any complications. Vitamin E thins the blood as it promotes good circulation, over dosing on it may result in blood clotting issues. The recommended daily allowance for vitamin E is 15 to 19mg per day or 22.5 to 28.5 I.U. per day. This allowance depends on the age of the person and gender so before taking in vitamin E as a daily supplement, make sure to consult with your doctor first.

3. Topical Solution

Vitamin E can also be applied directly to the hair and scalp simply by getting your Vitamin E capsule, puncturing it to create an opening and then applying its contents directly to the scalp. Because this is considered to be a natural oil, you can leave this on the hair for a whole day until it is washed, or rinsed after a few hours of leaving it in if you feel like it makes the scalp oily.

4. Hair Products

There are now an abundance of commercial products available in the market which promote good hair health and are loaded with vitamin E. Regular use of these products can make the hair appear shinier, brighter and healthier in just a matter of a few weeks’ use. Aside from better appearance, daily use of these products can also make the hair growth faster.

Sources of Vitamin E for Hair

There are a lot of ways in which you can get your daily supply of Vitamin E, whether it is from oral supplements or from the food you eat, there really is no shortage when it comes to this vitamin’s supply. Here, you will find the different sources in which you can get your daily supply for this wonder vitamin.

1. Food Sources

Because vitamin E is a natural supplement, it can be found in the simplest form of foods to make a diet full of vitamin E easy to achieve. You can load up in nutrient dense foods and your hair will grow faster and healthier in no time. Vitamin E can be found in the following kinds of foods:

  • Green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, Swiss chards, mustard greens and collards.
  • Almonds are also a great source for vitamin E and not to mention that they also serve as great snacks to keep a fit and healthy body.
  • Fruits such as papaya and kiwi also offer a good amount of vitamin E. Avocado does not only contain healthy fats that can promote good health, but they are also packed with vitamin E.

2. Oral Supplements

There are now a lot of supplements for vitamin E that can be bought over the counter, but before doing so, it is still better to be aware of the proper dosing to avoid any complications. Vitamin E thins the blood as it promotes good circulation, over dosing on it may result in blood clotting issues. The recommended daily allowance for vitamin E is 15 to 19mg per day or 22.5 to 28.5 I.U. per day. This allowance depends on the age of the person and gender so before taking in vitamin E as a daily supplement, make sure to consult with your doctor first.

3. Topical Solution

Vitamin E can also be applied directly to the hair and scalp simply by getting your Vitamin E capsule, puncturing it to create an opening and then applying its contents directly to the scalp. Because this is considered to be a natural oil, you can leave this on the hair for a whole day until it is washed, or rinsed after a few hours of leaving it in if you feel like it makes the scalp oily.

4. Hair Products

There are now an abundance of commercial products available in the market which promote good hair health and are loaded with vitamin E. Regular use of these products can make the hair appear shinier, brighter and healthier in just a matter of a few weeks’ use. Aside from better appearance, daily use of these products can also make the hair growth faster.(http://www.med-health.net/Vitamin-E-For-Hair.html)

To order NouriTress Perfect Hair Vitamins Plus please visit our website http://www.nouritress.com or call 770-719-9082

~Growing Hair Since 1998~

Hair Loss In The African American Community, Is It An Epidemic?

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Studies show that over 30 million women in the country are experiencing hair loss, with 70% of that 30 million being African American Women. You may wonder what is going on, why is this happening? There are several causes of hair loss and hair thinning, but one of the biggest causes in the African American community is mechanical damage. What is mechanical damage? Many black women and some black men braid their hair or wear hair weaves, and under normal conditions these cause no problems. However if the weave is attached too tight or the braids are wrapped too tight, they put a constant strain on the hair follicle. If this is done for an extended period of time permanent hair loss can result. This is known as traction alopecia and is fairly common among people who braid or weave their hair. You should always make sure the person applying the braids or weave is qualified to do so and don’t wear braids or weave continuously for extended periods of time.

Many people change the appearance of their hair by using chemical treatments like hair color, tints, bleaches, straighteners, relaxers and permanent waves. If correctly done and done using reputable products, its rare to have any damage. However, hair can become weak and break if any of these chemicals are done too often. Hair can break if the solution is left on too long, if two procedures are done on the same day, or if bleach is applied to previously bleached hair. Some chemical relaxers do contain powerful chemicals and there have been instances of people getting chemical burns from these products resulting in permanent hair loss. Only go to qualified hairstylist and if doing it yourself make sure you only use reputable products and follow the product directions.

There are other factors that can cause hair loss but we wanted to focus on mechanical damage because so many African American women are wearing hair weaves and braids now and hair loss is becoming an epidemic in the African American community.

NouriTress Perfect Hair Products was developed to address these issues and we have been helping women grow and wear their own hair since 1998 with over 4,000,000,000 vitamins sold worldwide. Our Follicle Therapy which is pictured above invigorates the root to promote hair growth as well as unblock clogged hair follicles that cause hair loss and it is great for all types of hair! Visit our website http://www.nouritress.com for information on our many products that that help fight hair thinning and hair loss. Have a healthy hair day!

~Growing Hair Since 1998~

Pygeum Africanum And Hair Loss

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What is Pygeum?

The African cherry tree, pygeum africanum, is an evergreen found at higher elevations across Africa and it’s been used for medicinal purposes since the 1700s. When used in combination with Saw Palmetto, this duo has been shown to drastically reduce levels of DHT which is a major cause of hair loss.

The extract from Pygeum bark is used in herbal medications to relieve symptoms caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or prostate enlargement. Although the mechanism of its action is unknown, it is assumed that Pygeum could inhibit the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is the main cause of BPH and is also believed to be the primary factor responsible for male and female pattern baldness. In one clinical study, the effects of Pygeum africanum on BPH were examined in conjunction with nettle root extract (another DHT blocking agent) and it was concluded that combining these two herbs increased their effectiveness.

Pygeum bark has been used in herbal medicine in Europe since the 1700s. Traditionally, the bark of the tree was gathered and powdered and made into a tea which was taken for genito-urinary complaints. Pygeum has also shown promise in preventing or reducing the symptoms of prostate cancer and chronic prostatis.

Some additional traditional uses of Pygeum include use as an aphrodisiac, and as a remedy for fever, impotence, kidney disease, malaria, partial bladder outlet obstruction, urinary tract infections, inflammation, malaria, prostatic adenoma, and psychosis.

One of the key active compounds in Pygeum, oleanolic acid, may also stimulate an immune response that can prevent development of malignancy in those with benign prostate enlargement. (http://wwwsupremehealth.com/hair-loss-treatments/pygeum-africanum-and-hair-loss/)

What is DHT?

DHT, which stands for Dihydrotestosterone, is a male sex hormone that increases in our bodies as we age. As DHT levels rise in the blood they effect the most important part of the hair follicle, the dermal papilla, which is responsible for the hair’s growth. The dermal papilla is fed by the skin’s blood capillaries, getting all of its essential nutrients for proper hair growth. DHT binds to receptors on the dermal papilla, blocking proper blood flow and starving the hair, ruining it’s overall integrity and even resulting in hair loss. Scientists have concluded that by lowering DHT in our bloodstreams we can fight hair loss from the inside out. (http://beautysupply.about.com/od/hairtreatments/fl/Block-DHT-Stop-Hair-Loss.htm)

The American Hair Loss Association, the only national, nonprofit 501(c)3 charity devoted to hair loss, states that when DHT is suppressed, hair follicles will continue to produce healthy hair. In the book, “Nutrition for Healthy Skin: Strategies for Clinical and Cosmetic Practice,” Jean Krutmann, professor of dermatology and environmental medicine at the Heinrich-Heine-University in Dusseldorf, Germany, states that pygeum is believed to inhibit 5-alpha-reductase, which will limit the production of DHT. This gives some credence to the idea that pygeum may help with hair loss, it is often contained in herbal hair loss treatments. (http://www.livestrong.com/article/546657-pygeum-and-hair-loss/)

Ingesting these DHT blockers won’t cure hair loss overnight, but there’s more and more evidence every day about just how effective this type of oral treatment can be. Along with any vitamin therapy, the trick is to keep taking your supplements. Consistency is key. Along with taking DHT blockers, there are many other supplements that can feed and support healthy hair. Biotin, Vitamin B12, Niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Zinc, MSM and Iron can all be added to help thicken the hair, and even make it grow faster.(http://beautysupply.about.com/od/hairtreatments/fl/Block-DHT-Stop-Hair-Loss.htm) NouriTress Hair Vitamins Plus has these natural DHT blockers as well as the vitamins listed and taking them on a regular basis will help you grow longer thicker hair! http://www.nouritress.com

~Growing Hair Since 1998~

“Obesity and Hair Loss”

 

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While in attendance of the Natural Hair show on this past weekend at the Georgia Convention Center, an awareness of the number overweight African-American women who were in attendance was brought up in a discussion. In this discussion, it was mentioned that as a society, we have become obsessed with the ingredients in our hair products than we are with the ingredients of the foods we eat. Although some sported earrings that read “100% natural” and wore t-shirts that read “I’m natural and proud”, there seemed to be no concern about weight control. As attendees browsed the floor, many asked questions such as “what kind of ingredients are in this conditioner?” However, in the group discussion it was asked if our community ask the same question when in comes to the foods we eat? For example, are restaurants asked what type of grease this chicken was fried in? As African -American women we have to be more self conscience about the type of foods we eat and most women have no idea that what you eat and drink can affect the overall health of your hair, skin, and nails.The same time, money, and energy that African-American women put into their hair care also needs to be put into their health care. African American women make up 82% of the obesity rate in the United States and heart disease is the number one killer among African-American women. So many African-American women are jumping on the natural hair bandwagon because they want to make themselves feel as though they are doing something positive but no matter how natural your hair is if you aren’t eating right, exercising, drinking water, or taking a multi-vitamin daily your natural hair will be unhealthy natural hair. I will say that it is hard to eat the right foods when most of us grew up with parents who believed a healthy meal was fried chicken, collard greens that were loaded with fat back and bacon grease from the old Crisco can on the counter, yams that were loaded with sugar, and mac and cheese. It is also more accepted now to be on the heavier side with all the women posting pictures on social media and hashtagging #thick #curves #biggirlsaremorefun and so on. We must keep in mind that thick turns into overweight and overweight turns into obesity if we are not careful and aware of what we put into our bodies. Obesity in the African American community is a great concern among the medical community however women are more concerned with the ingredients in their hair products (that has less history of risk of disease) than they are with the they types of food that they put in their mouth that is causing obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and other diseases that are detrimental to one’s health. According to a study, there can be higher risk of dying among African American women if they have a larger waist or are obese. What are your thoughts on this discussion?

Healthy Hair food Tip: Try replacing 1 or 2 meals with a healthy hair smoothie. Blend strawberries, blueberries, any flavor of greek yogurt, mango, cantaloupe, carrots, apricots, spinach and ice. (You don’t have to use all the fruit listed and if you use frozen fruit you don’t have to use ice)  Blueberries are loaded with vitamin C which is critical for circulation to the scalp and supports the tiny blood vessels that feed the hair follicles. Greek yogurt is high in hair friendly protein, vitamin B5 , and vitamin D.

Hair Loss Causes

There are numerous factors contributing to hair loss. Knowing the source is half the battle when it comes to making informed decisions about proper treatment. Some conditions may only cause temporary hair loss, while others result in chronic and progressive problems that can last a lifetime without treatment.

  • Age and Genetics: These are the two most common sources of hair loss. Hair loss can be part of the aging process. Genes play a significant role in determining whether or not hair loss will be present. Those with relatives who have experienced hair loss have greater odds of losing their hair as well.
  • Disease and Medical Conditions: There are many diseases that can cause hair loss. Hair loss can often be an early sign of an undiagnosed condition such as lupus or diabetes. Illness, surgeries, stress, eating disorders, poor nutrition and infections are also factors.
  • Hormonal Imbalances: Endocrine disorders including diabetes, thyroid conditions, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) as well as anomalies in androgen or estrogen levels can cause hair loss. Pregnancy and menopause can also contribute to hair loss due to hormonal changes. While hair actually tends to get thicker during pregnancy, hair loss in women can occur in the postpartum period (Telogen Effluvium). This usually recovers after 6-12 months.
  • Prescription Medication: Several medications, including some for blood pressure, heart conditions, birth control, and depression have been shown to cause hair loss. Cancer treatments like radiation therapy and chemotherapy can cause hair loss as well.
  • Hair Disorders and Hair Styling: Some hair disorders and diseases such as Alopecia Areata and Trichotillomania can cause hair loss in otherwise healthy people. Additionally, some hairstyles and hair products can contribute to hair loss. (http://www.hairclub.com/hair-loss-information)

African-American women have the highest rates overweight and obesity compared to other groups in the United States. About 4 in 5 African-American women are overweight or obese.

Being overweight or obese increases your risk of:

Use this Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator to calculate your BMI.

Obesity or overweight is measured with a body mass index (BMI). The taller you are, the more weight you can carry. And shorter people can’t carry as much weight. So, the BMI shows the relationship of weight to height. For instance, if you are 5 feet 4 inches tall and weigh 145 pounds, your BMI is 25. But if you are 5 feet 4 inches tall and weigh 174 pounds, your BMI is 30. Women with a BMI of 25 to 29.9 are considered overweight. Women with a BMI of 30 or more are considered obese. All people 18 years or older who have a BMI of 25 or more are at risk of early death and disability from being overweight or obese. These health risks increase as the BMI rises.

If you are overweight or obese, losing weight can lower your risk of many health problems. And physical activity is one key part of weight loss and keeping a healthy weight. Health benefits are gained by doing the following each week:

  • Aerobic activity that includes:
    • 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity
      or
    • 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity
      or
    • A combination of moderate and vigorous aerobic activity
      and
    • Muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days of the week

This physical activity should be in addition to your routine activities of daily living, such as cleaning or spending a few minutes walking from the parking lot to your office. If weight loss is your goal, you may need to spend more time doing aerobic activity to see the effects.

Eating healthy meals that focus on portion control also plays a role in weight loss and keeping a healthy weight. If you need to lose weight, ask your doctor to help you with a weight-loss plan that includes healthy meal planning and physical activity.(http://womenshealth.gov/minority-health/african-americans/obesity.html)

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