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Holistically Speaking

 "Your health is your most prized possession"... so is your hair health, it is a living part of your body just like your skin, teeth and nails...


Feed Your Hair From Within


Your hair is fed by your blood stream.  The health of your hair and scalp depends to a great degree on the quality of your blood just as your general health depends on the quality of your blood.  The quality of your blood, which feeds your hair, depends on nutrition.  If your diet does not contain all the necessary vitamins, minerals, proteins, and amino acids, then your blood will be deficient in all important nutrients and cannot supply them to your hair.
If your hair is falling out or your experiencing baldness, you would be wise to get immediate attention.  Usually, hair loss caused by severe conditions is sometimes temporary, and when the condition is cleared up, the hair will resume it's normal growth. 
However, the greatest majority of all hair loss in men are so called male-pattern baldness and in women "female pattern".  In these instances, baldness is caused, as Dr, Mikus would say, by impaired blood circulation to the hair follicles, prolonged mental stress, affected by the influence of male hormone on the galea {causes it to thicken} or by impaired blood circulation caused by nutrition,  or may be  affected by the constriction of the blood vessels{cause by smoking} in the scalp, also emotional stress.
Update
Female pattern see below FYI
Finger Massage:
Place both hands firmly on your head and without moving the fingers or palms, push the whole scalp in circular movements for a few seconds... then place the fingers or palms in a new position repeat until you cover the whole scalp including the forehead, temples and neck...
Brushing
Use a fine brush of fine quality, natural bristle, brush hair for 3-5 minutes morning and evening.  Alternate up and down strokes.  Regular brushing improves the quality of your hair and helps to prevent baldness.  Brushing deep-massages the scalp and cleanse the surface of dirt, dead skin and stale oils.  It also helps the sebaceous glands to release their secretions and stimulate their normal activity.  And don't be afraid to brush thinking you will pull out too many hairs.  If the hair is loosely attached in its cuticle that will come off in brushing- then it would be of no benefit to keep it there.  The sooner it comes out the better...The emptied hair follicle stimulated by vigorous brushing and the flow of new blood, will soon start growing new hair.
Shampooing
I do not advise using detergent shampoos or hot water.  For your last rinse mix a 1 oz of  Bragg's apple cider vinegar to 5 oz a of warm water as your final rinse.  Or use Aginah's Herbal Hair Products.  
Suggested Herbs & Amino Acids{free form}
L-Tyrosine 500mg
L-Cysteine
Fish Oil 1000mg
Nettles
Horsetail
Cascara Sagrada
Kelp
Yellow Dock
Garlic w/Cayenne
Take your natural hormone herb daily
As Dr. Mikus would say, hair growth is a very slow process especially new growth.  Be consistent and patient.  Follow the suggested treatments conscientiously and you can expect to be richly rewarded for your efforts.

Keep me posted on your monthly results.  Should you need my assistance please don't hesitate to email aginahhair@yahjoo.com    
Stay Calm!  


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"from the inside of the hair shaft out"
Is there an answer to the hair loss problem?  Or must thousands of women continue to believe "Nothing can be done"?  The most common causes of hair loss are related to your estrogen levels declining, and to temporary problems associated with mental stress, excessive sebum commonly known as dandruff, chemotherapy, tuberculosis, poor diet/crash diets, medication, surgery, infection and thyroid deficiency.  However, these conditions are usually temporary.  
It is now common knowledge that a diet rich in herbs, amino acids, enzymes and minerals is essential for optimal health.  If you're experiencing problems with hair loss, you should see that your diet contains sufficient amounts of whole foods, pure water, herbs, minerals and natural vitamins.  Some herbs and minerals are linked specifically to the health of the hair.  Such as Iodine which is a trace mineral.  Iodine deficiency may cause dryness, thinness and poor growth of the hair.   
Many women experience thinning and a reduction in hair follicles around the crown of the head and covers an area of approximately 30 square inches.  Most often "female pattern hair loss" begins to develop at age 30 or when menopause begins.  In fact, some women experience this before menopause.  After menopause the problem may increase in women.

I've been blending these herbs for many years, naturally, using a bowl and a wooden spoon.  Now you can purchase the treatment in bottles.  Wonderful!

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Natural Hair

I remember when my girlfriends mother use to sit her between her legs to braid her hair.  This tradition has turned into a multi million dollar business. Just several years ago this long time tradition which was a form of art has become a booming business. Natural salons have popped up almost over night 5-10 in one block stretch. This old tradition has been upgraded and is highly respected. However there are concerns, scalp problems and health issue's caused by going to a natural stylist not specialized in this field, unlicensed and without any knowledge for the care of the hair, and no sanitary regulations for the tools they use. I would recommend that you find a well respected hairstylist/natural stylist and insist on receiving a consultation before making your appointment. Hair braiding alone can take anywhere from three to ten hours, and is very costly. So you need to be sure that this is something for you.

 Hair Consultations
Whenever you are considering trying a new hair service that will put tension on the scalp it is vital to sit down with your stylist of choice for a consultation. Once you have decided on which service in this case braids or weaves, the natural stylist/holistic consultant should discuss the pros and cons of this service along with telling you how to maintain your new look, and the cost entailed for both receiving and maintaining the new look. But most importantly, during your consultation the stylist should be checking a few vital pieces of information. Such as the hairs texture, porosity and most importantly the hairs ELASTICITY! Braids, twist or weaves should never be performed on hair that has poor elasticity.

Elasticity is very important?
Elasticity is the hairs ability to be able to spring back to its original shape and length without damage. Wet hair that is in optimum conditioner can be stretched up to 25% of its length and return back to its original length when dry. As an experiment, if you was to hold a piece of hair about two inches long in your fingers and pull, you would be able to see considerable movement.

Hairs elasticity depends mostly on the keratin levels and sulphide bonds in the cortex of the hair. These can be quite easily damaged by chemical treatments, such as relaxers, coloring or bleaching. These chemical services will then create poor elasticity in your hair. This will limit the amount the hair will be able to stretch. The hair will become weak, fragile and will not curl and break easily.  Poor elasticity can be rectified by the use of good conditioners and herbal remedies. Treatments containing Keratin protein are also recommended.  You should wait at least two weeks after a chemical service, or until you get the stylists OK, before considering braids or weaves.

Baldness (Alopecia) caused by braids and weaves:
Alopecia is a medical term for hair loss. There are various types of Alopecia such Alopecia Areata--this is normally caused by severe trauma and causes one to lose hair in small patches on their head, that can then enlarge and become one.  Actually you see a lot of this around the hairline from tight braids and glued-in weaves.  Baldness is also caused by constant stress on the hair follicle, due to continuous wearing of tight pony tails, hair buns and most commonly hair braids, corn rows, or hair weaving techniques.  Some stylist will insist that in order for braids to look neat and to last any length of time without loosening, they need to be put in very tightly. Most hairstylists specializing in braids or weaves have great dexterity and strength in their fingers.  It is important when receiving this service, to let the stylist know if they are pulling too hard, however it is my experience that some stylists normally insist that they need to be pull tightly. However if you continue to braid your hair on a regular basis (every 6 weeks or so) Your hair will eventually pull away from the follicle, shortening the hairs lifespan.

Braids and Locks can sometime shorten your Hairs Lifespan.
The lifespan of an individual hair is on average between 2 to 7 years.  Hair overly stressed during braiding and locking can encourage the hair to fall out shortening its lifespan.

Scalp problems caused by braiding and locking wet hair.
I have known stylists to wet or dampen the hair before they braid and/or lock.  What happens then is that when pulling the wet hair it will stretch it to its fullest potential, this will of course depend the condition and elasticity of the hair. Then as the hair dries it will contract and try to return to it’s previous length causing great stress on the hair follicle. This can cause severe headaches a day or two after the appointment. It can also cause sores to appear on the scalp which in turn can become infected and very painful. These sores can also be caused by the stylist being too harsh when using sharp combs or implements during braiding.

Hair Breakage caused by braiding too soon after a chemical service.
There are cases when braids are applied immediately after a chemical service. This is not acceptable because the hair after a chemical service does not an optimum moisture level and is overly porous, and most importantly, has poor elasticity. Even if the hair does not break at the time of service, it could break within days or weeks after the services.

Caring for your braids and locks.
For all of the above reasons it is vital that once you have your braids and/or locks that you take care of them. Follow the stylists instructions. However due to the lack of conditioning once your hair is braided  or locked--it is often recommended that you do not condition for fear of the conditioner making the hair soft loosening the braids or locks. I would recommend that a month prior and past your appointment that you spend time giving your hair lots of nourishment. This means nourishing your hair with shampoos and conditioners that will restore your hairs moisture level to its optimum health.  Treatments that improves elasticity. Try and give your hair a treatment at least one a week.

There is no reason at all that you cannot enjoy the experience of hair braids, locks or weaves, as long as you take the proper precautions. Go to a well respected natural hair stylist/holistic hair educator, use good professional hair care products, such as the ones you'll find in green & white bottles/jars bearing the name Aginah.  ALWAYS REQUEST A CONSULTATION.

Next...  

The Benefits of a Head, Scalp and Neck Massage

Diets Hints for Healthy Hair 

Preparing for the Journey... Menopause