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My freakin hair was falling out. Coloring, heat abuse (flat irons & blow dryers) and lots of braid or pony tail styling combined with vitamin deficiencies and stress made it so that I was increasingly losing hair. I had always had massive amounts of hair so I didn’t think it would be a huge issue until I was starting to see some of my scalp which was a bit shocking. One of my guilty pleasures is internet research so I relentlessly read everything I could find on the subject matter. Hair is important and as much as men might not like it they are expected to bald, it’s a much more emotional and hard to deal with thing for women.

Shed Mania

There are medicinal things you can do to help remedy this internally (and I do this as well) which includes supplements specifically formalized for Hair, Skin & Nails. These restore some of those natural ingredients we probably don’t get enough of on a daily basis, but I also ran into this gem while reading a comment someone had written and can vouch for its efficacy. A lady had mentioned that her Grandma had always used this “secret” weapon on bald spots or thinning areas of hair, and that she learned about it when she was going through Chemotherapy because it brought her hair back quickly. Come to find out it has a lot of ingredients similar to the popular hair treatment Ovation Cell Therapy which is highly touted as a hair restoration/beautification system. I haven’t tried Ovation myself but I did buy some for my Mother as a gift and she liked it but never purchased more after the initial trial I bought for her.

Horsin’ Around

This may seem weird, to me it wasn’t odd at all since Mane & Tail (a horse shampoo) had been the rage when I was growing up and now they sell it in stores for humans, but this secret is another treatment originally meant primarily for horses. Horses will often either bite or rub chunks of their hair off and their blankets will create bald spots on them. When people are showing horses, this looks unsightly and so they use a cream called Eqyss Mega-Tek Rebuilder to quickly restore hair to those areas. If you read the reviews (for horses) you will see that this cream will quickly fix those bald spots, so it makes sense that it does the same for humans as well. It smells great (like coconuts maybe?) and I use it on my nails, balding/thinning spots, and sometimes just all over my hair. People swear by this stuff for helping them grow their hair longer, but personally I use it more as a spot treatment than for lengthening. It seems expensive, but I have had my bottle for years since I only use about a quarter size every week or so. Amazon has a huge bottle but they do make smaller ones as well that you sometimes have to go to your local Equine store to find.

What Causes It?

A cause of hair loss can be blocked hair follicles. With all of the products we use today we can sometimes self-create a layer of build-up which is not allowing new hair growth to come in at the rate it should. It is important to use a balancing shampoo once a month or so to remove any of the film left behind by shampoos and conditioners with heavy emollients. You will notice doing this once a week will actually make all of your favorite products work MUCH BETTER. It’s like a clean slate/reset. I recommend Neutrogena’s Anti-Residue Shampoo which is inexpensive and you can find pretty much anywhere.

Over-washing. Society seems to be overly obsessed with hygiene and most people shampoo every day, but the scalp actually creates the best natural oils for your hair if you let it. This means wash every other day or less if you can – and use a boar bristle brush to bring the scalp oils down from the roots to the end. The stimulation of your scalp with the natural brush will also be beneficial. I remember reading that you should brush your hair with 100 strokes every night but, really, ain’t nobody got time for that.

Another important factor is making sure you use a wide tooth comb if your hair is wet, otherwise you are damaging and pulling out more hair than you should be. I added a link so you know what I’m talking about but I usually purchase mine from Sally’s.

Finally, I say this because I know it’s true but I don’t always follow it myself, try to minimize the amount of heat you use on your hair. Unfortunately, most of us have a busy lifestyle and can’t rush out of the house with wet hair, but as much as possible try to let it air dry or wash it at night and wrap it with a (microfiber like this one is best) towel if you can.

Tips for Growing/Restoring Hair:

  • Take a good vitamin supplement made for hair/skin/nails.
  • Do not brush your hair when wet except for with a wide-tooth comb. Start at the bottom and work your way up to the top.
  • Minimize use of heat and styling tools you use.
  • Use a microfiber towel to absorb most of the moisture before styling.
  • Use a shampoo that removes residue once a month.
  • Don’t over-wash – try to skip a day or two between washing.
  • Use a boar bristle brush to distribute scalp oils and condition hair.
  • Massage your scalp when you shampoo and condition, it will stimulate growth.
  • If needed for bald spots or to lengthen hair, use a cream like Eqyss Mega-Tek Rebuilder a few times a week.

 
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