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Top 3 Hair Growth Vitamins

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

The list below was compiled by experts. It reveals this top hair vitamins for potency ingredients that are clinically proven to work and for user satisfaction.

#1: Hair La Vie by La Muse Beauty

La Muse Beauty is number one and here’s why:

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  • It contains 20 of the clinically proven active ingredients that healthy hair needs to be repaired and grow. More than any other on the market today.
  • These ingredients include the vital 5000mcg of biotin, Saw Palmetto, organic kelp and folic acid.
  • They have absolutely NO synthetic fillers, binders or artificial ingredients, even their capsules are made of vegetable cellulose.
  • Hair La Vie has many positive user reviews and user experiences.
  • Their customer service team is knowledgeable and easy to contact.
  • They stand behind their product with a strong, 90 day no-hassle money back guarantee.

#2: Viviscal Hair

Viviscal missed out on being number one and here’s why:

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  • Viviscal is a well-known, popular brand but user reviews show a recent formula change
  • This only offers 120mcg of biotin, way under the daily recommended dosage for hair growth.
  • It does contain shark powder but does not have any Saw Palmetto or folic acid.
  • They have many synthetic fillers including, magnesium stearate, silicon dioxide and maltodextrin.
  • They use tablets that may not dissolve properly instead of all-natural, quick dissolving veggie capsules.

#3: Brock Beauty’s Hairfinity

Unfortunately, Hairfinity came in third place and here’s why:

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  • Hairfinity is a very popular brand but they only contain 12 of the active ingredients mentioned above.
  • Consumers have reported terrible breakouts and hair thinning after using the product.
  • This product does not contain Saw Palmetto or kelp.
  • It is not all-natural because it contains the cheap filler magnesium stearate.
  • Hairfinity does not have veggie capsules, their capsules are made with beef bovine gelatin (which is not included on their label). SHOCKER!
  • They only offer a short 30 day, conditional guarantee.

What to Look for in a Hair Vitamin

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Ingredients matter the most when it comes to hair growth vitamins.

A great all-natural hair vitamin should have many, if not all, of the following ingredients to help the hair repair cycle. These ingredients have been tested in third party labs and proven to help hair repair and hair growth.

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Start at the scalp

It’s important for your scalp to be hydrated, clean and thriving in order to grow healthy hair. These ingredients are your best bet to achieving a healthy scalp.

Natural ingredients that help the scalp include:

  • Biotin – Hydrates the scalp, preventing dryness and buildup.*
  • Vitamin A – A natural antioxidant that helps boost the regulation of your scalp’s skin cells.
  • Vitamin K – Helps keep skin soft and hydrated.
  • Pantothenic Acid – Keeps the scalp and follicles clear of dandruff, oil and other debris.
  • Methylsulfonylmethane or MSM – Builds collagen and keratin which helps to hydrate the scalp.
  • Flax Seed Oil – Contains omega-3 fatty acids which regulates sebum oil in the scalp which in return increases the scalps hydration and relieves dryness.

*The minimum clinically tested daily amount needed to aid hair growth is 2500mcg. Look for products with at least this amount.

Repair and protect the follicle

If your hair is damaged, thinning or growing slowly, your follicles are most likely damaged or have shrunk. Follicles are where your hair grows so it is extremely important to keep them healthy and happy.

Natural ingredients that help the follicles include:

  • Vitamins B-Complex, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 – Help follicles flourish and regrow when shrunken.
  • Kelp – Regulates resting time in follicle helping the follicle to become active again.
  • Saw Palmetto – Blocks DHT, stops shrinkage allowing follicle to thrive. *
  • Pantothenic Acid – Keeps the scalp and follicles clear of dandruff, oil and other debris.
  • Zinc – Builds healthy cells and hydrates.
  • Borage Oil – Omega-6 fatty acid which reduced inflammation of follicles.

*This is the natural version of Minoxidil (the active ingredient in Rogaine). It’s one of the most important ingredients in an all-natural hair vitamin.

Grow stronger hair

If you’re having trouble with your hair breaking, it is important for you to grow hair with a strong cortex. When your scalp and follicles are repaired, you will begin to grow thicker, stronger hair.

Natural ingredients that help the hair include:

  • Vitamin E – (Helps protect and strengthen hair from breakage)
  • Horsetail Herb – (Helps speed up the hair growth process and strengthen the elasticity)
  • Bamboo Extract – (Contains silica, which helps ingestion of calcium, which helps build strong teeth and bones)

Additionally, folic acid has been proven as a treatment for hair loss diseases like alopecia.

Beware of cheap hidden synthetic fillers, binders and artificial ingredients. A lot of companies claim to be all-natural but are not. These cheap ingredients are often found in tiny print at the bottom of the label. These synthetic ingredients include, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, gelatin capsules, silicon dioxide, chromium and artificial food colors.

3 Biggest Myths About Hair Growth

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Listed below are three of the common hair growth myths that experts say should be dispelled.

 

Biotin Pills – Just taking a biotin supplement is not how to make your hair grow faster and it has been known to cause severe acne, headaches and breakouts. A person would also need the support of hydrating antioxidants from vitamins for hair loss in order to help keep their scalp and follicles healthy.

 

Prenatal Vitamins – Just like biotin, taking a prenatal vitamin for hair growth is not a person’s best choice. Prenatal vitamins should only be taken if a woman is pregnant because prenatal vitamins have a high amount of iron. The higher amount of iron in the blood can cause constipation, vomiting and nausea.

 

Hair Trimming – Trimming your hair does not make it grow faster. Hair grows from the root, not the ends. Trimming makes your hair look healthier since split ends happen over time due to bending the hair continuously. Just like biotin and prenatal vitamins, trimming for growth is a myth that needs to be stopped.

Hair Improvement

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

I have often shared my struggles with dry hair since I moved to New Mexico more than five years ago. Even though I keep my curls in braids most of the time my hair really didn’t improve its condition … until now.

So some time back I discovered I have low porosity hair. I purchased Shea Moisture’s Low Porosity Protein-Free Shampoo, Conditioner and Leave-In Conditioner and to my surprise, after using several products with no real improvement, my hair changed for the better.

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My curls look healthier, shinier and maybe even thicker. In addition, it has grown a little. So I am pleased with the results. After I use all three products and allow the leave-in conditioner to dry, my hair becomes soft and detangles with ease.

I wash my hair every two weeks. Then apply Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey and/or my homemade sheabutter (I use olive oil in the sheabutter instead of castor oil) and that’s it. I do reapply the leave-in and hair cream about two or three times a week. I also deep condition once a month. I use to do a whole lot more but not anymore.

Overall, I am so happy my hair has finally improved. It took some time but now the enhancement is noticeable.

DIY Braid Spray

Monday, July 4th, 2016

As some of you may know I like to keep my hair in braids because of the dry southwestern climate I live in. Braids are a great protective style that holds in much needed moisture.

One day I decided I needed a good braid spray. One that was light and provided the moisture my hair craved. During my shopping search I couldn’t find a spray I thought would work so I started to look around in my personal collection to see what I could find.

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I had a half bottle of Shea Moisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Hold & Shine Moisture Mist in my collection of hair products and thought about adding a light moisturizing oil to it to see how it would work. I had a variety of oils in my pantry but selected extra virgin olive oil to create the DIY spray.

With a half bottle of mist, I added olive oil until it was full, afterwards I spritzed my scalp and braids until I felt the moisture of the oil. It felt really good. My scalp was relieved. I could tell.

I have to shake the bottle before each use because the mist and oil likes to separate.

I use my homemade product almost daily. It’s a great way to provide moisture and seal it all in in one quick, fun, easy step.

Shea Moisture – Low Porosity Protein-Free Line

Monday, May 30th, 2016

Now that I know my hair is low porosity I recently started to use Shea Moisture’s Low Porosity Protein-Free products. This line includes a shampoo, conditioner and leave-in conditioner. For about four weeks I have used this product and have not experienced hard, dry, brittle hair. Before it was soft and manageable only just after using certain products. Now, at any given day, when I touch my hair just to feel if the softness is still present, to my surprise it is. Because I live in New Mexico that is a very big deal!

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I apply the leave-in conditioner after I shampoo and condition my hair and also to twist my curls and when I wear an Afro. My mother can’t believe the change. She said now your hair is going to grow. I hope so.

While applying the product the softness isn’t there but when my curls are dry the moisture and softness is noticeable.

I didn’t want to write a post about this line right away because I wanted to wait to see how my hair would respond to the new line. Overall I am pleased and happy my hair is finally happy.

I hope this is it regarding trying different hair products.

Low Porosity

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

I didn’t understand why my hair was so dry. No products seemed to work. My curls broke off and just stopped growing. I couldn’t figure it out. When I revealed my problem on the web and on social media people reached out and said find out your porosity level.

I am old school and just tried various products and took it from there. However there is such a thing called low porosity and high porosity hair. After some research I took the hair strand test (on clean hair) using a glass of water and discovered that my hair is low porosity because my strand floated on top of the water.

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Porosity is the hair’s ability to absorb and maintain moisture. Because my porosity is low my hair cuticles are closed and moisture has a hard time getting in and staying in. According to the research I did below are some of the things people with low porosity hair should always do.

  • Moisturize hair when it is damp or dry. NOT wet. By doing this hair cuticles will open for moisture.
  • Deep condition with heat.
  • Use a clarifying shampoo. This is something I didn’t do because of the dry climate I live in.
  • Rinse using warm water
  • Use light oils such as olive oil or grape seed oil. This is something I didn’t do as well because of the dry climate.
  • Be careful using proteins. So should I stop using raw eggs on my hair?

After some more reserch I now know Shea Moisture has a line for low porosity hair. I plan to use it quickly.

What Is Going On With My Hair?!

Monday, April 4th, 2016

I don’t know what’s wrong with my hair. I mean it remains dry and brittle no matter what I do. Since I moved to New Mexico nothing works to keep it shiny and moist and I have used all types of moisture promise products. Plus my hair just stopped growing. I mainly keep it in protective styles. My braids come out between 6 to 8 weeks. I take Hair, Skin and Nails supplements in addition to Biotin and still nothing.

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Okay to be fair to my hair the photos reveal my curls right after I took out my box braids.

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Hair professionals have said my curls are healthy. However, it just doesn’t look the way I want it to. When I lived in New York my hair was doing a lot better. It grew and it was shiny and moist. The climate change has been too hard and I need to come up with another treatment fast!

Maybe trimming more often will help.