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Seven Superfoods to help Stimulate your Hair to Grow

Lately I have been writing about cocunut oil and its extensive benefits. Having great hair does not begin and end with expensive external treatments, shampoos and conditioners. You may lather and rinse as much as you like, but the key to great looking hair is actually in some superfluous in your kitchen! (or at least in the supermarkets) As your hair grows one-fourth to half an inch every month, it is the product of the nutrients that you have consumed in that month. By having the diet that promotes hair growth, you can expect to stimulate lost hair to grow back. 

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You can only help your hair to grow healthier by introducing the right nutrients in your diet. 

Here are seven suggestions:

Dark green vegetables
Vitamins A and C are needed to make sebum in your body, the natural hair conditioner. It is secreted by your hair follicles. Spinach, broccoli and swiss chard are excellent sources of these nutrients. Besides, you also get iron and calcium from green vegetables.

Nuts
For keeping your scalp healthy, you need selenium. It is an important mineral for the health of your scalp. Brazil nuts are rich in selenium. Walnuts condition your hair with alpha-linolenic acid and omega-3 fatty acids. You also need to have the right intake of zinc in your diet as it prevents hair loss. So, nuts rich in zinc such as almonds, cashews and pecans should be regular in your diet.

Beans
Your hair care diet must include legumes such as kidney beans and lentils. They not only provide much needed protein for your hair growth, but also plenty of zinc, iron and biotin. Biotin deficiencies can make your hair brittle and consequently, break from the scalp.

Carrots
Excellent source of vitamin A, carrots promote healthy scalp along with good eyesight. Include carrots in your snacks or salad toppings to condition your hair for a shiny head.

Whole grains
Zinc, iron and vitamin B can be had from whole wheat bread and fortified whole grain cereals. Include these in your evening snack before having dinner.

Low-fat dairy
Skimmed milk and yoghurt are the best source of calcium, and also contain protein in the form of whey and casein. Again, you can take cottage cheese and yoghurt with you to work to have as evening snack. A good way to supplement the hair growth nutrient quality of low fat dairy is to include ground walnuts and flaxseeds as they contain omega-3 fatty acids and zinc. 


Coconut Oil

Over the last decade, coconut oil has garnered lot of attention in the western countries, and for good reason. The benefits of coconut oil for hair care is now supported by scientific studies. According to one study, coconut oil when applied to the hair pre-wash reduced protein loss for both damaged and undamaged hair. Coconut oil was compared with mineral oil and sunflower oil, and it proved to be far more beneficial than latter two. 


How to Take Coconut Oil

I use coconut oil for all of my cooking and baking, and I will often put a tablespoon of it in my morning smoothie. You can also apply it directly to your skin or as a carrier for essential oils or blends.

*WARNING – refined or processed coconut oil can be bleached, over-heated, and chemically processed to increase its shelf-life. Processing the oil changes the chemical makeup and the fats are no longer good for you!

SO INSTEAD – buy extra virgin coconut oil for the greatest health benefits. Here is the brand I personally use and recommend to my patients:

Tropical Traditions Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil

As you can see, coconut oil benefits are immense! But they don’t stop with these 20, if you want the ultimate guide check out Dr Axe top article on 77 Coconut Oil Uses and Cures.  




9 Ways to use Coconut Oil for Hair Extensions, Scalp and Skin

Coconut oil can work wonders on your hair extensions. It is often a problem with most hair extensions going dry or the scalp becomes itchy and dry.

After paying lots of money to have your hair done, the last thing snyone wants is a dull, shine-less heap of straw like looking hair. Coconut oil is really popular now and many conditioning products are coming up in the hair and beauty industry. For hair extensions it can be aall-in-one remedy; it can give the hair natural moisture and shine, thereby helping to restore some of the vitality and shine.

You can use coconut oil for massaging the scalp, conditioning hair, and also to make your tresses healthy and beautiful. Virgin coconut oil which is derived from fresh coconuts, can be used against several hair problems.

So, what can you use coconut oil for hair? Well, here are 9 suggestions:


1. Coconut Oil Promotes Hair Health


When it comes to accelerating hair growth, there is nothing better than coconut oil for stimulating your scalp because the fatty acids in coconut oil bind to the protein in hair to offer support to the roots as well as strands. Those with thin, flat, rough and dry hair can make their hair grow thicker, softer and shinier by using some pure virgin coconut oil on the scalp.

2. Coconut Oil Makes Hair Manageable


Coconut oil makes maintaining long hair extensions so much easier. Those who like to have their hair long should consider using coconut oil twice a week and thus slow down hair breakage and shreddage, dry hair and dull looking hair. Only use small amount so as not to make the hair feel greasy.


3. Coconut Oil Acts as a Conditioner


Many hair conditioning products have coconut as an ingredient. Coconut oil is a natural hair conditioner you can use. Owing to its easy molecular structure, coconut oil can easily penetrate into the hair shaft and work with the natural hair proteins on your own hair along with conditioning your hair extensions. This is why coconut oil for hair loss in not a myth and have been used for hundreds of years. It can be used to treat other hair-related conditions such as dry scalp or fungal conditions like seborrheic dermatitis which result in itchy flakes.

4. Coconut Oil Acts as a Hair Shampoo


A lot of shampoos contain Coconut oils. You can minimise protein loss during washing if you use coconut oil due to the presence of medium-chain triglycerides that can pass through the cell membrane and act as waterproof on the scalp and hair. Moreover, the natural antioxidants in coconut oil is better for your hair as it works naturally.

5. Massage – Coconut Oil Hair Treatment


Moisture is essential for healthy hair and is also one of the main causes of hair problems. Massaging the scalp with coconut oil penetrates the hair shaft, protects against environmental impurities and excessive heat. It enhances blood circulation and oxygen delivery to your hair, keeping them healthy.

You can mix coconut oil with lime juice and apply it to your hair; this prevents hair loss. Another benefit of massaging scalp with coconut oil is relaxation. When you feel relaxed, chemicals get released throughout your body that soothe all parts of the body, including the hair.

6. Coconut Oil Prevents Hair Loss/Hair Breakage


Coconut oil hair treatment is nothing new. Coconut oil has been used for a long time particularly by people in tropical regions. If you want to prevent hair breakage, turn to coconut oil orally and internally. Hair is one part of our body that is quite sensitive to changes in the body. Stress, malnutrition, hormone imbalance, pollution and chemicals can contribute to hair problems such as hair loss and hair breakage. When you use coconut oil on hair regularly, you don’t lose strands of hair that easy. This is how coconut oil takes care of hair breakage, hair loss and keeps other hair problems at bay.

7. Coconut Oil Prevents and treats dandruff


Dandruff, a condition of flaking and itchy scalp, is one of the common hair complaints. If you want to reduce your risk of getting it or treat it, coconut oil can help you with that. Rich in vitamin E, vitamin K and iron, coconut oil helps you get rid of dandruff besides boosting hair growth.

8. Coconut Oil Fights baldness


Some people use hair extensions to disguise hair loss. The use of coconut oil on the scalp promotes hair growth as well as counter hair loss and combat baldness. Coconut oil is an antibacterial as well as an anti-fungal and full of medium chain triglycerides which prevent hair loss besides giving the hair more body. Coconut oil use makes hair stronger and restores all the necessary natural oils, preventing hair from breaking and allowing them to grow. Coconut oil also helps reduce the loss of protein in the hair.

9. Coconut Oil other benefits

Besides hair and hair extensions, coconut and its products can aid in skin care, weight loss, digestion, metabolism and high blood pressure. When you have coconut oil, you don’t need deep conditioners, under-eye creams and lotions. Coconut oil is a wonderful natural way to make skin soft, supple and healthy.

Coconut oil in its virgin state is very oily to the touch, so you only need a little bit. Because it can be used externally, used in cooking or taken pure some so called Health experts warn against the use of coconut oil if you are on medication,  pregnant or breastfeeding, so in keeping with protocol it is advisable to seek advice from your doctor.

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