Wednesday, 12 November 2008
Recently my Mum went on a little holiday and bought me and my sister back a very lovely shampoo and conditioner - Neal's Yard Remedies, Nurturing Rose Shampoo and Conditioner. They contain no edta, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances or colours, parabens, silicones, phthalates and no tea! I have to admit some of the stuff listed above I heard of but if they are boasting about not having them I guess they must respond badly to our body! Anyway more on those shampoos within a week or two :)
In my last post I spoke about my problems with self harm and Trichotillomania. Trichotillomania is believed to affect only 2% of the population. I had never heard of this condition until I posted on a forum about me recently pulling my hair out - from there people responded and my knowledge of this condition increased dramatically. On The Long Hair Diaries I would like to raise awareness of this condition and to support others who suffer from it along with also continuing posting about hair care of course!
Much love, Sophie x x
Monday, 13 October 2008
The most obvious form of self harm is cutting, which I do but I hate getting fussed and stressed about covering the cuts and scars. Recently I have been pulling out big clumps of my hair, the proper word for this is Trichotillomania
( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trichotillomania ), which obviously isn't great for me especially because I'm trying to grow my hair long. Recently I have been doing it more and more. My hair is already quite split but because of me pulling my hair out I am breaking hairs and also I am loosing more hair than the average person would do daily.
I am not posting this for sympathy its just quite therapeutic to write stuff like this especially because self harm is a very private thing to me and sometimes I just feel like shouting it but I'm afraid of what people would think. I'm also posting this to let you know I have a lot of things on my mind at the moment that's why I haven't been working much on my blog.
When I get some spare time I should hopefully be updating my blog,
Sophie x x x x
Wednesday, 24 September 2008
Tuesday, 16 September 2008
Apple Cider Vinegar - Removes buildup, leaves hair shiny & smooth, makes hair easier to manage and is said to promote hair growth. For an ACV rinse mix 2 cups of water with 1/4 ACV.
Egg - Our hair is made up mainly or protein and so are eggs, therefor the egg strengthens hair. You can also get the same effect from putting mayonnaise in your hair.
Cayenne Pepper -Stimulates circulation in the scalp which results in faster hair growth. Mix the pepper with an oil, be careful though because it can become very hot!
Onions - Are used as an 'old herbal folk medicine' for baldness. Grate an onion and massage the juice and onion into your scalp.
Glycerin - Is used for sore throats and is also well known for its moisturising properties, so is brilliant for dry hair! Mix roughly 30% Glycerin with 70% water and apply to hair.
Oils - Oils such as Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil and Grapeseed Oil are all great for your hair. Use them before you shower and wrap your head with a hot towel to encourage the oils to penetrate the hair and scalp. You can also use them after a shower to seal moisture into the hair.
Well that's all i can think of at the moment but if you have any more edible things that benefit hair then feel free to leave a comment :D
Sunday, 14 September 2008
Monday, 8 September 2008
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Glycerin is a humectant which means it uses moisture from the air. When it is sprayed onto hair it gets absorbed by your strands which moisturises, softens and slows down loss of moisture which is highly beneficial for your hair. You can also use Glycerin on a dry scalp.
Sunday, 7 September 2008
Coconut Oil (Coco Nucifera Oil), Neem (Azadirachta india Leaf Extract), Brahmi (Centella asiatica Plant Extract), Fruit Extracts of Amla, Bahera and Harar (Extracts of Emblica officinalis, Terminalia belirica and Terminalia chebula), Kapur kachri (Hedychium spicatum rhizome Extract), Henna (Lawsonia inermis leaf Extract), Milk (Lac) Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis Oil), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum Oil), TBHQ (t-Butyl Hydroquinone), Fragrance.
Only two of those ingredients aren't natural, and I'm really attracted to using natural products.
So how do those ingredients benefit the hair?
Coconut Oil - Protects, nourishes and penetrates hair.
Neem - Strengthens hair and encourages growth.
Brahmi - Used for hair loss, nourishes hair roots and promotes growth.
Amla - Stimulates hair follicles and helps maintain thickness.
Bahera - Maintains hair colour.
Harar - Has rejuvenating and cleansing properties.
Kapur Kachari - An anti-septic.
Henna - Conditions hair and protects it from oxidation.
Milk - Nourishes the scalp.
Rosemary Oil - Stimulates hair growth and is beneficial for dry flaky scalps.
Lemon Oil - Controls sebum flow and adds a shine to hair.
I have used this product quite a lot recently and I have noticed it has made my hair get greasy less quickly, probably because of the lemon oil. This is really a great product!
Friday, 5 September 2008
- Aloe Vera is used as a treatment for hair loss because it stimulates new hair production and can even fight against Alopecia.
- It works very well as an anti-frizz product.
- Makes your hair feel very smooth if you apply it after a shower.
- You don't really need to rinse it out once its applied to your hair as it doesn't leave hair greasy.
- Aloe Vera is an amazing natural hair conditioner, it is found in lots of hair products. In the ingredients its most likely to be written as Aloe Barbadensis.
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Monday, 1 September 2008
Its a really useful article and once I have formed my hair regimen I will be posting it on here! While I was reading the article I read about sealing and how important it is for maintaing the health of your hair.
Sealing is when you use oils such as coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, almond oil, carrot oil or castor oil to seal in moisture after conditioning. Use a minute amount and distribute throughout the hair, focusing mainly on the ends. Sealing should be essential in a good hair regimen because our hair is porous and moisture can leave the hair as quickly as you put it in!
Saturday, 30 August 2008
Tuesday, 26 August 2008
Thursday, 21 August 2008
While your washing your hair try not to bunch it on top of your head, you only need to apply shampoo to the scalp unless you have been applying oil or lots of styling products to your hair.
Don't use heat appliances because this fry's the hair making it weak and can cause split ends and breakage.Using chemicals on the hair such as dyes, perms or relaxers also weaken which can result in split ends.
- Hair grows fastest in the summer.
- The anticipation of sex accelerates hair growth rate.
- The average life span of a strand of hair is about 4-7 years.
- Hair grows the best between 10am and 11am and then again at 4pm and 6pm.
- Female hair grows more slowly than male hair.
- Split ends cannot be repaired.
- The longest hair on record is 5.15 meters.
- 90% of scalp hairs are growing while the 10% of hair are resting.
- Its normal to loose about 100 hairs per day from your scalp.
- The average human scalp has 100,000 hairs.
Later that night I used it, I didn't time how long it was on for but I think it was longer than three minutes. When my hair was dry it defiantly appeared to be more healthy.
What deep conditioner do you use? As I'm sure this will run out quickly lol ;)
Sunday, 17 August 2008
To make my scalp stimulating formula combine -
- 2 Tablespoon of Aloe Vera (preferably from the plant)
- 1 Tablespoon of grated onion
- 1 Teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper (or less depending on how hot it is)
Then use an electric whisk to get rid of most of the lumps and store in the fridge in a closed container.
It makes one or two applications. You should take your time to massage the formula into your scalp and leave on for as long as you want.
Im now going to do this daily :)
Saturday, 16 August 2008
I only got half a head of highlights and some of my highlights have gone slightly ginger where my hair has been dyed before, but let me get to the point, even though I only got half a head all my hair seems to have become very damaged and I can see the breakages in my hair! There are lots of little white dots on many of my strands, they break easily so I have been cutting as many off as I can. My hair hasn't been like this in ages, since I dramatically reduced the amount of heat appliances I used on my hair and stopped dying my hair the damage seemed to have been repaired but now it has come back within just a couple of days. I am quite angry!
In the photo the half that is tied up is the half that was dyed, the blond isn't very visible in the photo and I'm not sure why.
I suppose dyeing my hair will give me a bigger challenge towards achieving long hair, and can also help all those people out there that have chemically treated hair too.
Monday, 11 August 2008
Sulfur can be responsible for keeping hair, skin and nails in top condition. MSM is formed from sulfur and has been shown to improve hair growth, it is known as 'the hair mineral'. You can buy MSM as a supplement at most health food stores.
Especially effective for dry, coloured or chemically treated hair types, this gentle pH balanced shampoo is formulated with soya and wheat proteins, 6 pro vitamins, organic plant extracts, pure essential oils and UV filters. Moisturises and protects as it cleanses and nourishes the hair and scalp. Salon developed and tested to meet and exceed professional standards. A unique formulation that gives your hair exceptionally improved appearance, condition and shine.
Unlike most products, we do not use petrochemical or animal bi-products. Instead of harsh chemicals that can damage your hair, skin and scalp, we utilise herb, flower and other plant derived ingredients. Pure essential oils are used in place of synthetic fragrances, and plant extracts are used instead of synthetic colours.
The 6 pro-vitamins are vitamin A, E, B, B5, F and vitamin H, also known as Biotin. So after scanning through the ingredients, I bought this shampoo for roughly £3.50! I will defiantly be using this until all 350ml has gone, and I might consider buying it again.
It seemed to work pretty well, here is a review on the product that I have found -
Sunday, 10 August 2008
- Coconut oil is an excellent conditioner for the hair.
- It provides essential protein required for nourishing damaged hair.
- If regularly massaged into the scalp it can prevent dandruff and help hair growth.
- Coconut oil is found to reduce protein loss remarkably when applied to hair before shampooing (pre-poo).
Sounds pretty good then!
Friday, 8 August 2008
I am quite prone to split ends and hated getting my hair cut because the length was getting chopped off but recently I bought my own pair of hair dressing scissors. I recommend this to anyone trying to grow their hair because if you get your ends cut off at a salon they often cut an inch off the end of your hair, well what if your split ends aren't all at the end of your hair? I remember getting my hair trimmed hoping all my split ends would be gone, but I could still find many. Now with my hair dressing scissors I can pin point split ends and snip them off before they start splitting all the way up the hair shaft.
For anyone who plans on cutting their own ends from now on, in case you didn't already know, using the hair dressing scissors is very important so you get a clean cut. If you use your old kitchen scissors you will be more prone to the hair splitting easily because they aren't as sharp as the hair dressing ones. They aren't too expensive either, mine were £7.10p from Boots.
Anyway I hope you are enjoying my blog so far, I have had it for about a month now if there are any suggestion on how to make it better then don't hesitate to drop a comment : D
Wednesday, 6 August 2008
'From 5 applications the active fruit nutrients leave your hair up to 3 times smoother for really shiny sleek hair.
From 10 applications the active fruit nutrients leave your hair up to twice as strong.'
The serum contains ingredients such as, sugar cane extract, avocado oil, lemon peel extract, apricot kernel oil and more!
I found a Garnier Fructis shampoo and conditioner in my bathroom cabinet earlier, they contain almost the same ingredients as the serum so I will defiantly start to use them!
Tuesday, 5 August 2008
For anyone who does not condition their hair or thinks conditioning is not important I am about to inform you how important it is! And for all you people who just want to boost their hair-care knowledge read on too...
There are many types of conditioners on the market, if you are like me and sometimes are confused about what conditioner to buy and aren't quite sure what you are looking for or are confused about what all these conditioners actually do, read on...
Rinse-through conditioners : These are the conditioners that are worked through the hair for detangling. They affect the outer layer of the hair shaft, it smooths the hair cuticle, making the hair feel silkier and more smooth.
Treatment or repair conditioners : These penetrate the hair more deeply and often contain ingredients that restore protein and moisture in the hair. High protein hair care products are designed to gently swell the hair, allowing it to pass through the cuticle of the hair shaft and replenish the proteins in the cortex, restoring the strength and elasticity of the hair. The deep hair care treatments should be used no more than once a week.
Leave-in conditioners : Are designed to protect the hair, add extra moisture without weighing the hair down and to tame tangle-prone hair. They are especially good for fly-away hair caused by daily shampooing.
I hope this has helped some of you to pick the right products and to make the most out of your money. Also if any of you are willing to recommend a deep conditioning treatment to me that isn't too expensive please could you post a comment because I am currently searching one. Many thanks.
Information source and picture : http://www.hairfinder.com/hairquestions/hairconditioners.htm
Thursday, 31 July 2008
I hope my measuring is accurate because if it is then my hair has grown 1/2 an inch in 12 days! I have been trying to research on average how much hair grows in a month, I heard an inch a month, then 1/2 an inch and then a quarter so I'm pretty confused about what the average actually is. Anyway I'm not quite sure if I can believe my hair has grown half an inch, but I do know there has been quite rapid growth because I can see my natural hair colour more. I thought I would compare a picture of my hair I took 12 days ago and one I took today :
Excuse my frizzy hair in the photo to the right :P my hair is quite damp in the one to the left, ugh and also excuse my dirty mirror...how embarrassing lol.
Wednesday, 30 July 2008
Biotin (300µg) - Biotin is a B-vitamin but is also knows as Vitamin H, it is often thought to be 'the hair growth vitamin'.
Folic Acid (400µg) - Taking Folic Acid will help you grow healthy strong hair and a Folic Acid deficiency can result in hair loss.
Iron (14mg) - An Iron deficiency can result in hair loss and Iron contributes towards healthy hair growth.
Who has had success taking those supplements and drinking soya milk often?
Tuesday, 29 July 2008
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein - It penetrates the hair fibre, delivering moisturising and conditioning benefits.
Keratin Amino Acids - Keratin enables penetration of each individual hair shaft with essential amino acids and nutrients.
Pathenol - Fills cracks in the hair shaft which results in strengthened hair.
No parabens - Parabens are used as preservatives and have been found to be linked with cancer.
It seems to be very beneficial then! I wasn't planning on using it until I had finished my Aussie conditioner but I smelt the conditioner and the smell reminded me of something when I was young and also it does generally smell nice, so I decided to use it. My hair felt very smooth after. Then I had an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse, usually when I use my Aussie shampoo after the rinse my hair doesn't feel as soft as it was before but my hair still felt as smooth!
I would defiantly recommend this conditioner to anyone!
Sunday, 27 July 2008
Cayenne pepper is well known for improving circulation so therefore when it is massaged into your scalp it will get more nutrients to the hair follicles, resulting in faster hair growth!
Here is what others have said about Cayenne pepper for hair growth:
'It works!!! It's ironic how this thread was bumped b/c I was going to post a new thread today. I have been doing it for 2 months now. There is major growth. I can kick myself because when I read this post I didn't believe it would work.' -http://www.longhaircareforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=44710&page=8
'Vodka and cayenne remedy for loss - mix one jigger of vodka with a 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (test on skin first for sensitivity) and rub it on the scalp; blood rushes to the hair follicles stimulated by the vodka and cayenne pepper - be careful if you try it.' -http://www.articlefriendly.net/Art/13858/82/Hair-Loss-Remedies-Get-Informed-Now.html
Be careful some Cayenne pepper is hotter than others and please please don't get it in your eyes! Mine is quite mild, I mix it with Coconut oil (which also benefits hair growth and strengthens hair) so it is kind of like a paste then I massage it into my scalp and leave on for as long as desired :)
Saturday, 26 July 2008
Apple Cider Vinegar benefits hair growth because it promotes blood circulation. It also gets rid of product build up which should discourage dirt and bacteria that may plug the hair follicles which can cause slow hair growth.
I saw this shampoo recipe on http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art41572.asp and decided to give it a go. To make the all Natural Shampoo (ACV), add the following ingredients in a blender:
1 oz/25g Olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon ACV.
It doesn't lather as it doesn't contain any soaps so I just massaged it into my scalp. It felt like it had left some oils in my hair so after I have rinsed it out I jumped out of the shower and blow dried parts of my hair to see if it had worked well (I don't normally blow dry my hair also it was on the cool temperature). I was amazed at the results, it was so shiny! My hair wasn't very greasy when I washed it so I'm not sure if it had worked that well at removing grease. So after I had checked out the results of the shampoo alone I got back into the shower and conditioned my hair with Aussie Miracle Moist Conditioner, then followed with an Apple Cider Rinse then when I was out of the shower I sprayed Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance Leave-In Conditioner onto my hair. The conditioner's all cover the smell of the vinegar :)
Has Apple Cider Vinegar worked well for you?
Friday, 25 July 2008
'Komba, nori, and arame seem to be top ones for hair growth. The Komba had 775% Iodine per serving, the nori 70%, and arame 100%+ of iodine per serving. I remember my hair having a three inch growth spurt in two months time a couple of years ago, and I remember that back then i ate the SAME thing for dinner each night: a bowl of miso soup, salmon, rice, and seaweed added to the miso. I even snacked on seaweed throughout the day.'
Here is the link to that discussion http://www.longhaircareforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=105659 .
This sounds pretty promising! I have made sushi in the past and I have all the ingredients in my cupboards already, I think i might try to take up eating sushi daily, who's with me?
Thursday, 24 July 2008
I recently found this on http://www.add-hair.com/circulation-enhancers-hair-regrowth-activators.htm :
'Aloe vera is a wonderful product. Aside from it's well known moisturizing effects, it contains many of the products that seem to be effective in fighting hair loss. Like biotin, b-vitamins, zinc and even inositil. It also has anti-bacterial properties that help keep the scalp healthy, controling the bodies immune response which we know can have adverse effects on hair growth. In addition the moisturizing qulities when applied to the scalp increases the blood circulation to the hair follicle.
Aloe-Vera in the Strategy
Keeps scalp healthy thanks to its anti-biotic properties.
Promotes hair growth due to the many hair friendly vitamins it contains.
Increases blood circulation to the hair follicles.'
I do use Aloe Vera everyday, (I have a slight obsession with this multi-purpose plant) it is very good at keeping hair straight and I have been using it as a substitute for straightening my hair. Okay so it doesn't work as well as GHD's but defiantly tames frizz better than any anti-frizz product I have used before.
To the right is one of my seven Aloe Vera plants, luckily this one hasn't been as hacked away as the other ones lol.
Wednesday, 23 July 2008
300g of any fruit (I used mangos.)
125g of any flavour youguart (I used a peach youguart.)
100ml of soya milk, sweetend or unsweeted (you may want to add more if you'd like it to be less thick)
2tbp of wheatgerm.
The fruit you use in your smoothie will no doubt contain levels of Vitamin C & E which can contribute to healthy hair growth, Calcium in the youguart also contributers to this. Soy protien from the soya milk is found to stimulate hair growth. In a study into this, hair growth increased by 15%. For the 2tbsp of wheatgerm, it contained 4.5g of protien (which is essentail for improved hair growth), it also contains Vitamin E & Niacin which both stimulate scalp circulation and Zinc which can spark hair growth.
This is my own recipie (not copied from anything) and the drink is served best chilled ;) lol.
Tuesday, 22 July 2008
It is my last day of school tomorrow so I thought it would be a nice idea to make an effort to look nice :) I did saturate my hair in my TRESemmé heat defence spray and applied Aloe Vera (which locks in moisture) which should hopefully reduce the damage of these very hot hair appliances.
The TRESemmé heat defence spray contains some important ingredients that contribute to hair strength that you should look out for in hair care products:
Glycerin : Well known for moisturising, you can buy it pure and add to hair care products when diluted for extra moisture.
Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein : Reduces brittleness of hair and adds body and shine.
Pathenol : Increases the strength by penetrating the hair shaft.
What do you use to protect your hair when using heat appliances?