Okay, my goal is to get my hair back. Am I succeeding? I, think so. The number one culprit is the shampoo one is using. After all, it goes right on your scalp!
There are so many shampoos on the market that claim to help with hair loss and to regrow one’s hair. Well, I certainly was fooled by some! As a cautionary measure, one needs to make sure to do one’s homework. Read the label carefully and research all ingredients one is not familiar with and, of course, this may take some time.
Recently, I found out that some products I thought I was safe using, turned out not to be what I had expected. Beware of certain ingredients found in various shampoos and the following are on my watch list: Ammonium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, sodium chloride, polyethylene glycols (PEG), diethanolamine (DEA), triethanolamine (TEA), formaldehyde, alcohol, synthetic fragrances (irritate the scalp causing hair loss), synthetic colors, diimethicone (can clog pores causing hair loss), cocamidopropyl betaine, triclosan, and retinyl palmitate.
Now, finding a shampoo that was free of any of these culprits was impossible.
Now, an alternative to trying to purchase an over-the-counter bottle of shampoo was to make one’s own shampoo. I did find this recipe:
Homemade Coconut Milk Shampoo.
1/4 cup liquid castile soap, like Dr. Bronners. 20 drops of essential oils of choice (Peppermint, lavender, rosemary and orange, or a combination of those). For dry hair, add ½ tsp olive or almond oil (optional).
I did try using this mixture with rosemary drops, but I just didn’t feel like my hair was truly washed. Now, I thought about using a bar of unscented soap like my mother had done, and her hair did grow back, but I remember her having a hard time getting her hair rinsed to her satisfaction.
So, I kept on buying certain shampoos believing I had found the right one, only to discover there was at least one ingredient that could cause hair loss. I was just about to give up when I came across a shampoo that was truly pure from any harsh chemicals.
I came across a shampoo from Organic Excellence along with a conditioner at http://www.iherb.com. (Use this coupon code: BER298, to save money during checkout.) It is sulfate-free and toxin-free. It is formulated with certified organic ingredients, vitamins and botanicals. This shampoo can be used on all hair types. Now, iherb.com had the wild mint version of the shampoo. Now, I don’t know if I am allergic to wild mint or not. But, still I wanted a shampoo with no fragrance, what-so-ever! As it turned out, Organic Excellence does offer a shampoo without the wild mint added, but it is not available at iherb.com. I had to purchase the shampoo and conditioner directly on their website: https://lddy.no/uwqa
There is no code for a product discount, but they do offer a free sample pack of their products when purchasing a product off their website, which is rather nice.
Now, I don’t wash my hair every day. I only wash my hair when it feels dirty. That’s how it was when I was growing up. So, one could say I’ve gone back to my childhood ways. In addition, I will rinse my hair in slightly cold water, so that my scalp gets the tingly feeling, which helps the blood to circulate.
Getting my hair back is not an easy task, but one I am working on and will continue to work on. As I continue to keep up with the necessary supplements and washing my hair with a toxic-free shampoo, I have noticed an improvement, and that to me, means the world!
Of course, I plan to add more to my hair story, as I learn more ways to get my hair back!
Ever, Faithful Biotin and Folate
If you're experiencing hair thinning or hair loss, biotin may assist in regrowth. There's some research to suggest that increased biotin intake can improve overall hair quality, including thickness and shine.
I know for a fact that after my older daughter had her first child, she had kept her hair. In fact, it was thick and looked wonderful! I asked what she took to maintain the health of her hair and she mentioned ‘biotin.’ So, I thought just taking biotin would help me or getting it in a shampoo would help my hair loss problem. Well, it didn’t! Age has so much to do with it and being that I went through menopause, I needed more than just taking biotin.
Along with taking the herbs for menopause (pre-menopause for younger women), mentioned in a previous article, as well as the bee pollen, I heard about folate. Now, I had been taking a supplement of folic acid, but when I learned it was a synthetic form of folate, that’s not the same as taking the real stuff!
A diet with sufficient folate can help support healthier hair growth. This B Vitamin is important for one’s hair because it has a hand in keeping so many functions of one’s body running smoothly. Regarding the foundations of healthy hair, folate plays an important role in DNA synthesis and how we replicate our cells, which truly is the groundwork of how our body gets and keeps us going.
To get more specific, folate is the key in keeping our red blood cells circulating in healthy numbers, which ensures a steady flow of the nutrients and oxygen our hard-at-work hair follicles need. Hair growth, being an energy-dependent process, leans on folate and other B vitamins to help us break down our food and generate energy. Folate also helps to maintain our hair growth cycle. For example, folate helps support optima blood sugar regulation, which helps us side step the unwanted impacts of insulin resistance.
Excellent sources of folate in found in green, leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, avocados, asparagus, beans, beets, and broccoli. Despite, consuming some of these foods that are known for containing folate, had not helped this aging woman! I prefer a supplement to make sure I am getting the right amount.
Fortunately, I have found one which contains both biotin and folate from Nature’s Plus. I purchase this supplement at http://www.iherb.com. Use this coupon code to save money during checkout (BER298)
My story continues as I try to find a way to stop hair loss and to restore what I've lost. In this segment, bees come to my rescue.
Bee pollen contains the amino acid L‑Cysteine, which contains sulfur and is said to help reverse hair loss and can strengthen the hair strand. You can achieve timeless skin by regular consumption of bee pollen! ... Bee pollen has a LOT of health benefits but it also has remarkable beauty benefits as well!
It is used as a basic dietary supplement for hair and is considered a preventive treatment for its fall due to illness or fatigue. It also helps to stimulate hair in cases of baldness. So, of course, I started using it!
How to Use
Fortunately, I have found a bee pollen product from Y.S. Eco Bee Farms sold at http://www.iherb.com, and have been taking this supplement in the morning with a teaspoon of organic honey, just before I have my morning brew. It has become quite popular, since I had to wait to reorder, due to this product being sold out. Use this coupon code to save money during checkout (BER298)
****And what was one of the things I had to do, switch to a hard-to-find shampoo (a shampoo without sneaky chemicals and fragrance-free) which I could only find at