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.

Christmas Fun

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

I participated in Christmas activities with my Sorors from the Albuquerque Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. We always have a good time when we get together for fellowship and this event was no different.

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I never know where to look when taking selfies.

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The Elephant Exchange gifts.

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My beautiful Elephant Exchange gift!

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My Afro puff piece.

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The Delta with the Afro puff can still be seen with or without lighting!

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Forever!

Own Your Story!

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

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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.

Vegan Cuts Makeup Box – Fall Collection

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Since I am a vegan when I first heard about Vegan Cuts I had to investigate. “What is this some sort of new frozen food-to-go?” Then I realized what I was hearing about was a makeup box filled with full-size samples of vegan and cruelty-free make up that matches the season. I love natural make up brands and only purchase products that do not possess harsh chemicals. So signing up for Vegan Cuts Makeup Box for $39.95 every quarter just seemed like the right thing to do.

The Fall collection box includes the following make-up:

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Liquid Lip – As you guys know I am a big fan of juice beauty skin care products. Therefore I was extra excited to see their liquid lip in the box. This plant based phyto-pigments liquid is combined with cold-pressed oils to lay down a vivid lip color and create a shiny finish. very pigmented indeed. $24

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Au Naturale Organic Creme Eye Shadow – I was looking for a new ivory color eye shadow. But now I don’t have to look anymore. This long lasting color and rich textured eye shadow nourishes the skin with essential oils. The versatile creme shadow can be used as a stand alone shadow, a base or eye liner. $20

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Ofra Cosmetics Blush Stripes – Allows you to create the high check bone look with a natural bronze glow. This product can also be used as a four-colored eye shadow powder! $35

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Bellapierre Cosmetics HD Makeup Primer – Okay I was looking for a brand new primer and this box fulfilled that request as well. Treat dryness, fine lines, excess oil and enlarged pores with this mineral-infused formula. This primer provides a one-of-a-kind smooth complexion and is amazing at holding in make-up to cover blemishes and dark circles. $75

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I immediately realized I really got my money’s worth with the Vegan Cuts Makeup Box. I paid $39.95 (free shipping in the US) and the products total value is $154.00. I feel good about this and can’t wait for the winter collection to come in December.

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Hot and Sour Cabbage Soup with Brown Rice

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

I decided to try something new because I became tired of the same ole meals. So I stopped being a little lazy and put together a vegan soup dish that is easy, easy, easy to make.

  • 1 tablespoon high-heat oil such as safflower or sunflower oil
  • 1/2 cup uncooked sprouted brown rice (I used regular brown rice)
  • 1 bunch scallions, white and green parts, cut on the bias
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 cups broth made from Better Than Bouillon No Chicken Base or Better Than Bouillon Vegetable Base
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup mirin
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup shreded cabbage
  • 3 bok choy, thinly sliced

Heat a large soup pot or small stockpot over high heat, add the oil, and wait until it shimmers. Add the rice and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, for 2 minutes. Add the scallions and garlic and cook 1 minute more.

Carefully pour in the broth and bring the soup to a gentle boil, reduce the heat, cover, and simmer the soup until the rice is fully cooked. Add the remaining ingredients.

Ladle 10 to 12 ounce portions in each of six large soup bowls and serve.

Easy. Tasty. Healthy!

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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.