By Olivia |
IF you are battling hair loss, you may have considered hair implantation as an option to restoring your lost locks. Here are some things you need to know before deciding if hair implants may be right for you.
Modern Hair Implantation
Hair implants used to trigger many a bad joke because, frankly, the technology of years ago which used large hair plugs left people looking like human doll heads. Or worse!
By Tamryn |
We want to love our hair, we really do. But sometimes it behaves so badly that we can’t muster more than mere indifference, if not out-and-out hate. Still, whether it’s wild and woolly or limp and lifeless, we are glad it’s there (after all, what’s the alternative? Horrors!), so the thing to do is to nurture your hair to be the best it can possibly be. Here are some easy hair tips:
Get your best hair yet
* Give your hair a break – From blow dryers, flat irons and curling rods, that is. These hair styling implements have benefited us endlessly, but despite the massive improvements over the years, they still can and do cause damage. So make the effort to learn how to make your hair look great without them. Ask your hair stylist for advice and practice her tips. Learn how to put your hair up in a twist, braid or bun that suits your personality and position. All of these can look chic or sophisticated; it will just take a little trial and error on your part. But it is well worth it to expand your hairdo repertoire and avoid those instruments of torture, at least a few times a week.
* Use protection – Since we know you’re going to fire up the iron anyway, please remember to use protection! Thermal protectants will help minimize the damage 450 degree flat irons and the like do to your hair. Always use one! And experiment with your flat iron to find the lowest temperature you can use on your hair that gives you the results you want. If your hair is fine, it’s a safe bet to say you should never turn up your Chi full blast. You risk scorching, split ends and breakage.
* Treat your hair – For all you put it through, it deserves a spa day and then some. If your hair is dry or damaged, give it a weekly treatment with warmed up coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil or neem oil. If it’s only your ends that show wear and tear, just treat them, going no higher than your ears. You can also give one of the new split end sealers a try. These potions temporarily repair split ends, binding them together, usually while you sleep, to try to inhibit further damage. Of course, the best thing you can do for split ends is to get them snipped off. Left to their own devices, they will travel up the hair shaft, weakening the strands and causing breakage. But a sealer will buy you some time until your next hair appointment.
* Dull, lifeless hair – Perk up your locks with an easy and inexpensive fix. In a spray bottle, combine two parts water with one part apple cider vinegar and store in the shower. After you shampoo, give the bottle a quick shake and spritz hair thoroughly with the mix. Leave in five minutes. Apple cider vinegar breaks down residue from your hair products that may be dulling its natural shine. It also adds body and balances the pH of your scalp. While you’re waiting for the ACV hair rinse to do its thing, gently massage your scalp to boost circulation and hair growth.
* Hungry hair? – Examine your diet. Is it over-caffeinated, over-processed, over-loaded with salt, fat and sugar? You don’t have to tell me, of course, but be honest because, believe it or not, this type of intake is not only bad for your health overall, but it is also terrible for your tresses. Your hair follicles are where your strands are born. Poorly nourished follicles produce inferior-quality hair. Period. They thrive on antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, like the rest of you does. And too much caffeine can actually stunt your hair growth.
* Green hair – If enjoying the pool has left a greenish tinge to your hair, hit the pantry and grab some tomato juice. Soak your hair with it and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. The acids in the tomato counteract the chlorine and bring back your hair’s natural color (it will not turn red, really). This trick works with tomato sauce or paste, too. Pile your hair up in a shower cap and wrap in an old towel to avoid discoloring clothing.
By Tamryn |
Vinegar has certainly stepped into the limelight in recent years with the growing interest in green living. Plain ol’ vinegar can be used for cleaning and disinfecting, among other household uses, instead of chemical-laden — and expensive — store-bought products. It has some healthful uses, as well, but the real personal care powerhouse is apple cider vinegar.
Apple Cider Vinegar For Health
We probably have all had a bottle of apple cider vinegar in our pantries at one point or another. After all, it is handy for making marinades or for use in a simple salad dressing. If you have heard any of the buzz about apple cider vinegar, or ACV, you may be looking at that brown liquid a little differently. But don’t be fooled — the vinegar in your kitchen is most likely the distilled, refined, clear kind, which is not the type that is chock full of health benefits.
You want to get the unfiltered, unpasteurized kind, for starters, and if it’s organic, even better. This ACV is murky, with strands of stuff floating around in it and more stuff settled down at the bottom. This stuff is called the “mother” — and it is the mother-lode of apple cider vinegar’s goodness. ACV is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, enzymes and amino acids; in all apple cider vinegar contains 90 different substances.
The father of medicine, Hippocrates, recognized apple cider vinegar’s benefits way back in 400 B.C., prescribing it to his patients.
Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits
Like the ancient herb neem, ACV’s benefits are long and varied, from sore throats, sprains and sunburn to acid reflux, cholesterol and diabetes, and much, much more. ACV has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-fungal properties, as well as balancing the body’s pH inside and out.
(Before life gets in the way, why not get some ACV now while you’re thinking about it. Click on the bottle just above.)
Most apple cider vinegar remedies involve ingesting a teaspoon to a tablespoon or so of the liquid daily or several times a day. For a general health tonic, you can drink a tablespoon of ACV added to a glass of water every day. Add a little natural sweetener if you find it is still too sharp tasting.
Apple Cider Vinegar Remedies
Sprains – Make a paste of ACV and sea salt and apply to a sprain.
Acid reflux – In the morning and two hours before bedtime, drink two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar diluted in water.
Weight loss – Before a meal, drink a glass of water with a tablespoon of ACV.
Skin – Tone your skin with an apple cider vinegar and water mix, such as one tablespoon of vinegar to two of water. Apply with a cotton ball and follow with moisturizer as you would normally. Use a stronger mix of equal parts water and vinegar for acne. Dab straight ACV on age spots to lighten them.
Sunburn – Soak in a tepid bath to which you have added a cup of ACV. This apple cider vinegar remedy is also good for relieving itchy skin, candida and sore muscles.
Sore throat – Gargle warm water mixed with a tablespoon of ACV. (And just swallow — there’s no need to spit it out!)
Teeth stains – Apply apple cider vinegar straight to teeth with a finger or toothbrush and scrub.
Hair – ACV for hair removes any build-up of products and leaves locks shining. Also good for dandruff control.
Detoxification – Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a liter of water and drink throughout the day.
Fungus – Soak affected area in a mix of ACV and water.
Diabetes – Apple cider vinegar helps lower glucose levels; drink a tablespoon with water before meals.
ACV is all natural and it can’t hurt to try it as apple cider vinegar benefits so many conditions. But never replace your medications with this or any other alternative treatment without the OK from your doctor.
Apple Cider Vinegar, Acid Reflux and Me
UPDATE: Another way apple cider vinegar benefit I’ve experienced is for acid reflux. I recently went to an ear, nose, throat doctor after a spate of really bad sinus headaches. These were often accompanied by what I can best describe as a raw-feeling throat, which I attributed to post-nasal drip.
The doctor didn’t think so.
He threaded a scope through my nose to peer into my sinuses and down my throat. My sinuses were normal, he said. No infection, no polyps. He did say my throat was fiery red and inflamed.
Do you have GERD? he asked.
Heartburn? Anything like that?
He told me to start taking a common acid reflux drug available over the counter, saying many people have gastroesophageal reflux disease without knowing it.
I didn’t tell him, but I had no intentions of taking this drug.
But the fact remained my throat was causing me a lot of discomfort.
So I talked to someone I knew had been diagnosed with GERD — my mom (who, by the way, is growing back hair on her eyebrows that’s been missing 30 years with an inexpensive natural product). I described my throat symptoms and she said that’s exactly how her throat felt. Ugh. Not what I wanted to hear.
Of course, I know all the uses and benefits of ACV. I’ve used apple cider vinegar for weight loss, for minor burns and skin irritations, for hair and so on. But I have to be honest. The smell to me is like sour, stinky feet and it tastes nearly as bad. So after I while I would find myself “forgetting” to take it.
But tell you what, I started taking a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in water before bed and another in the morning, and within a day my throat was better. One day. After a week or so, I cut it back to one tablespoon of ACV a day, split between morning and night. I also noticed I had more energy, a smaller appetite and generally felt really good.
Like everything, this doesn’t work for everyone. My mom didn’t feel the complete relief I did (but her problem had been going on for years and was more severe; also, she admitted she wasn’t consistent taking it because she didn’t like the taste). And it must be the unpasteurized, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, the murky kind with all that icky-looking stringy stuff floating around in it.
I also I admit I’m terribly consistent either. I’ll drink it a few days straight, then maybe skip a day or two (or five), or only in the morning (or only at night). But even averaging a few times a week, I continue to reap the benefits of ACV. I did have a relapse when I didn’t have any ACV for a couple of weeks. My throat felt so raw. Once I started drinking it again, the relief was immediate.