Hair Loss is Caused by Mineral Deficiency

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Very often, hair loss is a sign of mineral deficiency. Your body simply isn’t receiving or balancing the vitamins and minerals necessary to feed and maintain hair follicles.

rapini-for-hairI’m using rapini to grow my hair back because it is rich in vitamin A and C. Vitamin A promotes healthy scalp by balancing scalp sebum which helps to moisturize and keep hair shiny. If you hair is dry and brittle you will experience split ends, breakage or hair loss. Consuming rapini can reverse these conditions.

Vitamin C is crucial for hair growth as it builds collagen which is necessary to strengthen hair follicles by promoting healthy blood vessels. The big C also helps our bodies to absorb iron – low iron is one of the major causes of hair loss. If the body is unable to absorb minerals such as iron, calcium, and potassium one becomes mineral deficient and I believe this is one of the top causes of hair loss. Countless people struggle to balance their mineral/vitamin requirement and some of us loose our hair. Anywho, back to rapini.

Rapini also contains iron, B6, calcium,magnesium, and potassium. This dark leafy vegetable will boost your hair follicles.  Rapini is oftne used in Italian dishes as it is considered a tastety veg…but truthfully… I find it a bit bitter so like all the other “good for you” vegetables that I cant bring myself to eat or drink raw, I put them in my smoothies. Adding one or two bananas, almond milk, and some walnuts or almonds really does wonders. Heck, I even add watercress which is for me a YUCK. lol

Try rapini in your green juice or smoothie. I really believe it’s been helping me grow my hair back.

Smoothies to Reverse Alopecia

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

smoothie Diet is the most effective way of reversing Alopecia.  Whether you are loosing hair due to hormonal imbalance or nutrient difficiency, a shift in what you consume can solve the problem.  I began making smoothies shortly after my decision to reverse Alopecia and whenever I slacked off, I noticed slower hair growth.

This week I had organic cucumbers, kale, lettuce, walnuts, almond milk, banannas, and  maple syrup. I never measure.  I go with the flow adding whatever I want to.  One cup is not enough for me so I use my magic bullet to make two cups at least four times a week.

Cucumbers reduce scalp inflammation because they are high in Alkaline Minerals.  They are also rich in Silica, Magnesium, Chlorophyll, Vitamin A, C, Manganese, Tryotophan and Potassium.

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Kale is known as the queen of greens because it is packed with Vitamins K, A, C, Manganese, and a long list of other nutrients.  Kale fights flakes in the hair and moisturizes the scalp so it takes care of itchy scalp.  It also contributes to hair growth by increasing scalp circulation.

Romaine Lettuce contains B-Vitamins, Calcium, Omega 3’s, Protein, more Vitamin C than an orange, Iron, Vitamin A, and Vitamin K.  It is also mineral rich with zinc, copper, magnesium, and more.  It is great for smoothie beginners because it adds a sweet flavour to the mix.

 

Walnuts contains Amino Acids, Phosphoros, Magnesium, Calcium, etc and aids in building tissues and reducing scalp inflammation.

High in selenium, fatty acids, potassium, magnesium, etc., Almond milk strengthens the hair and adds shine.  I recommend using almond milk topical as well either in deep conditioners or other hair treatment mixture(s).  Of course you would watch that out. :)

Bananas are filled with Vitamin B6, Potassium, Vitamin C, etc.  They controls dandruff and are often used with yogurt as hair treatment to prevent split ends and add shine.  I use bananas often because they give my smoothies a sweeter taste.

I also use maple syrup as a sweetener and it is very effective in reversing hair loss.  You can read my article on maple syrup here.

Moringa for Hair Fall

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

The miracle plant moringa is one of the most effective natural remedy for hair loss.  It is safe for children and pregnant women and many have said that moringa is the answer to world hunger.

Every part of the moringa plant contains high levels of nutrients but the seeds and leaves are most commonly used. Moringa has several antibacterial properties, and is swift to remove toxins from the body. Not only does the plant purify the blood stream but it also rebuilds the blood. Loaded with vitamins A, E, zinc, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, selenium, copper and manganese, it is highly effective for hair loss.

There are no known side effects so I recommend moringa for those suffering hair loss and also for those who simply wish to improve their health. What have you got to loose? Get your hair back. Order moringa today.


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Best Sweetener To Combat Hairfall – Maple Syrup

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Maple syrup can be used as a topical treatment to add shine and thickness to thinning hair. You can make a hair mask by pouring it on your scalp and throughout your hair.  Distribute evenly and cover with plastic then wrap with a warm towel. Leave for 20 minutes following a rinse then shampoo or co-wash as usual. It is also recommended that you consume pure maple syrup if you are experiencing hair loss.

According to Health Canada, pure maple syrup provides 100%, 37%, and 18% of the daily recommended manganese, riboflavin (B2) and zinc.

Manganese is an essential trace mineral which plays a role in the synthesizing of fatty acids and the absorption of biotin (B7) along with other nutrients that are vital for healthy hair.  Managanese also promotes healthy thyroid glands and stronger bones.  Riboflavin (B2) maintains the supply of other B vitamins and has a function in producing of energy.  The highest concentration of B2 takes place in the heart, liver, and kidney.  Opitmal performance of these organs reduce the chances of ailments such as hair loss.  Zinc is  important for a lot of biochemical processes.  It regulates hormones. builds healthy cells, and contributes to the absorption of other nutrients.  One spoon of maple syrup can have a significant effect on hair loss condition.

In comparison to  other sweeterners, a study found that pure maple syrup contains the maximum amounts of manganese, riboflavin, and zinc.  I use maple syrup to sweeten my tea and also to add flavor to my daily intake of apple cider vinegar.  Read the article about the benefits of apple cider for hair loss here.

Take a look at the table below comparing maple syrup to other sweeteners.

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Thinning Hair Needs Dryers Too But Ionic or Non-Ionic?

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

People with thinning hair ought to be particularly mindful of the dryers they use if they cannot avoid the use of heat. When doing so, it is important to choose a dryer that will keep the hair conditioned locking in moisture to prevent further damaged.

We’ve heard it over and over again. People with damaged hair should….. say it with me … STAY AWAY FROM HEAT! But the reality is, we can’t always do so. Our lives are busy and sometimes we have to get that hair dried ASAP so I’ve been doing some research. Yea, if you’ve been visiting my blog you know that Soofyah never shys from info so I went hunting and here’s the gist of what I learned.

There is a buzz about ionic hair dryers versus non-ionic. Non-ionic dryers simply heats air while ionic dryers produce negative ions while they warm air. Ionic hair dryers are mostly recommended because they shrink water droplets causing water to evaporate quickly resulting in faster drying time and gets the hair shiny. Friziness is also reduced since an ionic dryer smooths and flattens the cuticles of each hair shaft sealing in moisture. It is no wonder some naturals find it beneficial to blow dry or flat iron their hair.

So what’s the point? I had to get rid of the dinosaur in my bathroom cupboard and order an ionic hair dryer.

Good Housekeeping Magazine recommended the Revlon RV544 1875 Watt Tourmaline Ionic Lightweight Dryer after comparing it to expensive ones. The low priced dryer was favoured in regards to drying time, visual friz, flyaways, shine, overall performance, and other factors. So there is no need to purchase those $300 hair dryers after all and since you don’t need a fortune, the old non-ionic dryer in your bathroom cupboard is worth replacing and your thinning hair will thank you.

Here are the blow dryer and heat protectors that I use:

Dryer:
Revlon RV544PKF 1875W Tourmaline Ionic Ceramic Dryer

Heat Protectors:
TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray 8 fl oz (236 ml)

Elasta QP Feels Like Silk Curl Wax by Elasta QP for Unisex – 7.2 oz Wax

 


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Apple Cider Vinegar as Hair Loss Remedy

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Frequent hair washes and the use of harsh hair products can reduce or remove the scalp’s natural oils. When this happens, the scalp’s ph is compromised leaving a breathing ground for bacteria, yeast, and other infections. Hair cannot thrive in such an environment. It is important to return the scalp’s ph to its natural balance. Apple cider vinegar is the answer.

Apple cider vinegar have been curing dandruff, psoriasis, and other scalp conditions for several years. Mix one-half apple cider vinegar to one-half water and use as a rinse or spirtz on the scalp after washing your hair. You may also drink apple cider vinegar three times daily to balance your body’s natural acidic levels. Add a bit of maple syrup for added nuturients and flavor. Improvement may be visible after just two months if imbalance ph was the culprit of hair loss.

I was able to cure my scalp infections within two months. Apple cider vinegar was a major contributor. Give it a try. It’s so much cheaper than other claimed hair loss solutions.

 


Shhhhh Black Women Are Loosing Hair

Monday, February 18th, 2013

celeblossMany black women are loosing hair. Alopecia (the medical name for hair loss), has become an epidemic within the black community. Bald spots, receding hairline or thinning edges are common. To make things worse, no one is talking about it. The struggles with Alopecia are hidden under the gorgeous weaves and wigs but if we open up and share our hair loss struggles, we can defeat Alopecia.

I decided to wrtie this post in order to vent my frustration.  I am not having much success in reaching out and sharing ideas with other black women who are loosing their hair.  Black women are ashamed to discuss their struggles with thinning hair, bald spots, or other signs of hair loss.

I got really annoyed with this lately because it’s the age of information so we are stacked to our you know what with social media networks, blogs, blog radio stations, etc.  And while I’m pleased to see many of these forums geared towards natural hair, the people suffering from alopecia seem silent.  What is going on?

Okay, so I understand that many of us do not want to take our hats off and walk around town showing off our shiny bald spots but why are we so quite on the internet?  This is not meant to attack anyone because I certainly understand that it takes time to face this horrific reality.  Women in general are devastated when hair starts falling out because of society`s expectation to be picture perfect babydolls at every bleaming moment.  Our self-esteem and emotional well-being are instantly affected when we discover bald spots, patches, thinning hairline, and excessive shedding.  This is because we were told our hair is our beauty so for most of us – hair loss equates to beauty-loss.   I get it, but I know there are many who share my obssession to find natural solutions.  Please refrain from being silent if you are worried about your hair.  We must communicate to overcome hair loss.  Otherwise we may end up completely bald.
 

Black Celebrities – Hair Loss

To my knowledge neither Naomi Campbell nor Serena Williams confirmed/denied  what the photos implied.  They are certainly not obligated to go public in this regards; but I’m just saying.  It could help a few of us out if they address the matter.  Nevertheless,  we must respect their and others’ privacies …but it is certainly a topic worth discussing.

 

 

Loosing Hair or Feeling Scalp Pain?

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Black Women Hair LossThinning hair or scalp pain should never be ignored.  Seek immediate medical advice.   Your doctor may be able to locate the root cause or refer you to a dermatologist.

There are several reasons why one could be experiencing hair loss or scalp pain.  Reasons could range from mild skin irritation to dreadful diseases.  Knowing the root cause in the early stages generally brings fast results.  For example, if you are anemic and take early action, iron supplements could quickly reverse hair loss.

For those of you who have been reading my blog or watching my youtube channels, you already know that I had scalp folliculitis for at least 7 years before taking action.  Perhaps I was afraid and ignorant to the possibility of reversing scalp problems.  By the time I manged to cure the scalp infection I noticed scars which could have been avoided had I  resolved the issue sooner.

I do not believe in permanent hair loss but I know that the longer an indivual takes to treat scalp conditions, the longer the hair will take to grow back.  If you are still waiting to make a change it is never too late.  Begin your scalp journey now.  Keep researching and never be discouraged by articles, videos, or comments claiming that hair loss cannot be reversed.  Stay positive.

 

 

 

Detox Your Scalp With Bentonite Clay for Hair Growth

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Hair loss is usually associated with toxicity in the blood. Therefore, scalp detox and cleansing are essential to hair regrowth.  Bentonite clay has been called the world’s most effective cleanser.  It consists mostly of Montmorillonite and comes in two forms – Sodium and Calcium. While both are commonly used for detox, Sodium Bentonite has a higher negative charge thus making it extremely effective in pulling heavy metals and toxins from the body.  Whether used internally or externally, bentonite clay works as a magnet towards toxins.

If you are suffering from alopecia or another scalp condition, consider using bentonite clay to detoxify your scalp.  The clay rids the scalp of parasites, infections, product builtup, etc.  Bentonite clay pulls toxins and impurities from below the skin’s surface.


To prepare the clay, mix one part water with one part bentonite clay in a glass jar and leave overnight.  On the following day, massage the clay on your scalp and leave for approximately 20 minutes.  It is also safe to apply the clay throughout the hair, face and body because it fights acne, blackheads, and pimples.

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You can also use bentonite to detoxify your body.  Mixing a teaspoon with 50ml water and a teaspoon of psyllium husk is recommended.  Toxins are pulled into the clay while the psyllium husk serves as a laxative.  Drinking a lot of water will push the clay out of the body with the toxins.

Bentonite Clay can also be used in detox baths.  Before hopping in the bath use a dry brush and begin from your feet and brush upwards towards your heart in circular motions.  Use a cup of dead sea salt with a couple tablespoons of bentonite.  Be sure to drink lots of water while you lay in the bathtub filled with hot water (do not burn your skin though).  As you sweat, toxins will be released from your pores.

 


 

 

How I Cured Scalp Infection and Stopped Inflammation

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

infected2I suffered from sensitive, itchy scalp for many years.  My long dreadlocs were thinnning and I didn’t think there was anything I could do about it.  I wore tightly wrapped headwraps followed by numerous updos and ponytails.  My scalp became irritated and several puss-filled blisters appeared.  They hurt like hell.  Eventually I noticed bald spots so I began researching ways to heal my scalp.

At the onset of treatments, I decided it was best to cut my loc because I wanted my scalp to breathe. I pondered until I built up the courage to chop my dreadlocks.  Before I knew it I was ready.  One day I grabbed some scissors and ran to the washroom.   I did the Big Chop!

Now that my scalp was breathing easier and I could clearly see the infected, inflammed areas, I was on my way to scalp wellness.  I visited my doctor and requested a refferal to a dermatologist but he advised I would need to wait at least 2 months.

I spent those two months treating my scalp and I notriced the infections eventually healed. By the time I met the dermatologist the little puss-filled blisters were gone. There was no inflammation, and my scalp was no longer sensitive.  I could touch it without being in pain.

During my first visit to the dermatologist, he injected a needle in my scalp (to freeze) and dug an instrument into my scalp from which he pulled up a piece of skin which he sent to the lab.  I returned to his office two weeks later and immediately asked if I had scalp psoriasis or an infection (I thought maybe it was still under the surface of my scalp).  He assured me the results showed no infections/psoriasis but diagnosed me with Traction Alopecia – a type of hair loss caused by frequent pulling of the hair via styling or tight headgears.

I was relieved to know the cause and exact type of alopecia and I was proud of the work I did at home.  Here are the remedies I used to cure the scalp infection and stop inflammation.  My hair regimen included natural techniques along with internal and topical treatments.

Techniques:

  • Gently scalp massages as frequently as possible.  This is easy to do while reading, watching TV, one hand while driving, etc.  Scalp massage results in blood circulation which is essential to “wake up” the skin in prepation for healing.
  • Gently tap the tip of my fingers on my scalp (focusing on sensitive areas).
  • Clarified my scalp and/or exfoliated daily.  It was essential to clean the scalp in order to remove all the flakes or deadskin that had built up.

Internal Treatments:

  • Iron supplements (I have a history of anemia)
  • Multi-vitamins
  • Biotin
  • Superfoods Supplement (Most of us don’t eat enough greens)

Topical Treatments

  • Sugar scrubs
  • Baking soda with apple cider vinegar scrubs
  • Essential oils such as teatree, rosemary, etc
  • Aloe vera gel (straight from the plant)
  • Onion masks
  • Ayurvedic oils and/or powders such as amla, brahmi, or mixtures
  • Grapeseed and sweet almond oil

The tropical treatments were often combined into concuctions inspired by whatever mood I was in, I allowed my spirit to guide me.

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Five Tips To Prevent Traction Alopecia

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Traction Alopecia

They often say beauty comes with pain so many of us crinch our teeth and pull our hairs very tightly into painful beautiful styles.  We love the sleek look of ponytails, cornrows, plaits, braids, weaves, and updos.  Some of us also tighten our rollers or wear tightly fitted headgears, hats, and helmets. The tension placed on the hairs often lead to a gradual hair loss known as Traction Alopecia.

Traction Alopecia is a rapidly growing epedemic. and while it plagues many women, it also affects men and children.   Hair loss usually begins around the hairline or the crown of the head and could lead to thinner hairs, patchy spots or complete baldness.  Alopecia (hair loss) is a horrific condition that many of it’s victims are embarrased by.  It could trigger depression, low self-esteem and a host of other issues.  It is therefore best to avoid going bald. 

Below are five tips to prevent Traction Alopecia:

  1. Never endure pain and discomfort for the sake of a beautiful hairstyle or headgear.  If you feel your hair pulling, cease from wearing tight headgears or hairstyles. Let your hair loose or let it down completely.
  2. Examine your scalp frequently and take heed when you notice pimples, puss-filled blisters, redness, or scalp irritation/infection. These may be early signs of hair loss.
  3. If you notice thinning of the hair or scalp irritation immediately scheduled an appointment with a dermatologist.  It may be necessary to ask your family doctor for a referral.
  4. Massage your scalp for 5-15 minutes during each hair wash.  This will stimulate growth.
  5. Outside of hair grooming and treatments, keep your hands away from your scalp as unclean hands could contribute to scalp infections.

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