August is Hair Loss Awareness Month

August is Hair Loss Awareness Month

Usually caused by age, hormones, health problems or genetics, hair loss can be distressing, whatever your age. In women more than men, hair loss is one factor that can take its toll on our day to day life. Below we gather a list of the most common causes of hair loss and the solutions you have at hand to treat and improve your condition.

Common reasons for hair loss:

  1. Emotional stress

Any psychological trauma resulting from a road accident, surgery, severe illness, fear of ageing, divorce, the death of a close person, job loss, or even a trivial cold that spans over a long period of time can lead to the temporary fall of hair.  This is due to the fact that hair’s life cycle is distorted and no longer respects the normal rhythm of “growth, rest, regeneration.”

The good news is that once you get rid of that negative emotional state of mind, your hair reverts to normal and hair loss will stop.

  1. Too much vitamin A

Yes, it’s true. Too much vitamin A may be the cause for your hair loss. The daily amount of vitamin A is 5,000 IU for adults, but when we self-administer Vitamin A dietary supplements it is possible to face this unpleasant side effect.

The simplest way to see if this is really the reason is to give up for a while vitamin A supplements and see how the hair reacts to this change.

  1. Too few proteins

When the body does not get enough protein, the hair growth process is slowed down and regeneration is also blocked. Therefore, do include in your diet plenty of foods rich in proteins like eggs, meat or fish.

Female Hair Loss Food Plus

The Nutrigro® Hair Food Plus Capsules help maintain healthy existing hair growth & follicular health for women over 35 years of age.

To protect your hair and maintain it healthy you can add a hair food supplement to your daily meals. Try a natural product such as Nutrigro® Hair Food Plus Capsules, containing Ostrogen-rich Soya Extracts, Marine Protein Extract, Vitamins and Minerals, all in a vegetarian capsule.

  1. Genetic heritage

Genes may also be a reason, especially if you know that you have family members that had such problems.  Do not despair, however, because there are many treatments for hair strengthening and hair regeneration.

Start reading the studies about hair loss and gathering information (check out the Nutrigro offer for a FREE eBook on Hair Loss), read the recommendations about hair loss products and choose the best solution for your problem.

  1. The hormonal imbalance

Just as pregnancy can change the level of hormones in the body, the same can happen when you take inappropriate contraceptives, which can overcome your androgenic hormones, responsible for baldness in men.  Therefore, it is very important to consult the gynaecologist before taking the pills, because only a detailed anamnesis can definitely determine what type of contraceptive is best for you.

  1. Iron deficiency

Almost one in 10 women aged 20-49 suffers from anaemia due to an acute lack of iron in the body and as studies show, most ladies do not even know this fact. Iron deficiency is a common cause of hair loss and to find out for sure whether this is the cause of your hair loss problem, it is necessary to perform a series of blood tests that can determine the level of iron in your blood.

What to do if there is an affirmative answer? Nothing simpler: take some iron supplements over a period of time indicated by your GP and keep a rich diet in minerals (apple, poultry liver, spinach, egg yolk, etc.).

  1. A lazy thyroid

Specifically, hypothyroidism may also be a common cause of hair loss because there are not enough hormones produced to help metabolism and thus hair suffers. Drug treatment can be of great help in this situation, restoring normal hormonal levels.

Talk to your GP and take the necessary steps to ensure hypothyroidism is treated in time.

  1. Losing weight too fast

Many ladies are choosing to lose weight fast, encouraged by numerous wonder diets advertised on social media or TV, and this can dramatically affect their bodies. A drastic diet deprives the body of vitamins and minerals required to function normally, making you lose not only the unwanted kilograms but also your hair. The bad news is that it will take at least 6 months for your hair to recover from this trauma while the body rebuilds its stock of nutrients lost as a result of the chaotic diet.

Do not despair! Slimming can be successfully achieved through a balanced diet without renouncing your favourite meals. To find out how, please visit nutrigro.co.uk and see the Nutrigro Plan.

Hair Loss Capsules for Women

Nutrigro provides a unique approach to keeping hair healthy for longer. The natural ingredients in the Nutrigro Capsules looks after the nutritional and hormonal causes of hair loss.

  1. Polycystic ovary syndrome

If this is the case, expect an increase in the level of androgens in your body, which may predispose you to weight gain, increasing the risk of diabetes, menstrual disorders, infertility, and the problem that make us go crazy – the excessive hair loss.

The solution to such a thorny problem is a long-term treatment that includes changes in diet, daily exercise, contraception, and medications that reduce the risk of infertility and diabetes.

For a free advice on how you can live a balanced life and have a balanced diet email us at info@coolherbals.com.

 

3 effective treatments for hair loss

Losing your hair? Not sure about the cause? Even if you’ve been eating well, taking regular exercise and getting lots of sleep, you may have the genetics to blame for your eventual hair loss.

For now, there isn’t a cure for baldness – but here are the three effective treatments that can prevent further loss and even lead to renewed hair growth.

 Hair loss – an extremely sensitive matter

With recent studies showing that hair loss can lead to depression, lack of self-confidence and social withdrawal there are plenty of reasons to prevent and treat our thinning hair. From hair food capsules, professional products and therapies, we have listed below the first three non-surgical treatments considered effective and affordable by experts.

The three most effective hair loss treatment available in the UK are Minoxidil, Finasteride and Nutrigro Scalp Roller Kit.

Minoxidil is a lotion or foam that you rub into your scalp, and it can be obtained from pharmacies without a prescription. Minoxidil is an antihypertensive vasodilator medication and is used to treat hair loss. It is available as a generic medication and over the counter for the treatment of androgenic alopecia, a form of hair loss, in men and women. Minoxidil solution and foam are used to help hair growth in the treatment of male pattern baldness. It is not used for baldness at the front of the scalp or receding hairline in men. The foam and 2 percent minoxidil solution are also used to help hair growth in women with thinning hair.

Prices per bottle, depending on the manufacturer, range from £24 and £49.99.

Finasteride comes in the form of an oral tablet. Finasteride has proven to be 93% effective for the majority of men age 18-41 who took it for five years. Studies have shown that best results occur after two years when hair growth is at its thickest. Hair loss prevention only lasts while you are taking the treatment. If you stop taking Finasteride, you may lose some hair.

England football legend Wayne Rooney reportedly took the treatment before he had a hair transplant.

Asda is the only supermarket in the UK to sell the treatment without a prescription, after seeing a pharmacist. It’s also available from high street chemists. Prices for a 28 day supply are between £28 and £49.

The Nutrigro Scalp Roller is a natural method to treat hair loss, so less risk of side effects

Nutrigro Scalp Roller Kit is an innovative therapy for hair loss and hair thinning. It consists of the Nutrigro® Scalp Roller and the Nutrigro® Serum. It is the latest hair loss treatment that can help reverse hair loss and preserve existing hair follicles. The Nutrigro® Scalp Roller Treatment is suitable for both men and women who suffer from hair thinning, alopecia or male pattern baldness. The Red LED Roller is a hand held device with 0.3mm needles which when rolled over the scalp stimulates the hair follicles as it allows greater penetration of the nutritive Nutrigro Serum to the follicles. It encourages greater blood flow and nutrients to the scalp and increases collagen production to strengthen hair and hair follicles. It is a non-surgical medical technique that can help reverse hair loss and preserve existing hair follicles. Results can be seen from the first two months. The purchase price is £39.95 and can be bought online at www.nutrigro.co.uk.

Best part: Nutrigro Scalp Roller is a natural treatment that does not involve the use of harsh chemicals or any other substances that can have side effects.

10 Hair Myths Debunked

Here are the most common myths and the truth about them:

  1. Colouring your hair makes it fall and look burnt

False. The new formulas for the dyes are no longer as bad as they once were. Some contain vitamins and essential oils that care for your hair. If you use professional dye and use it at longer intervals (once every one month and a half), your hair will not be in any way affected.

  1. Stress causes hair loss

True. Stress can affect the nourishment, growth or hair regeneration. During periods of stress, more hair falls, nonetheless the hair always recovers. Hair loss due to stress is temporary.

Keep in mind: Stress may cause hair to go into the resting phase and hair loss will increase. Some argue that losing hair is what causes stress in the first instance. It needs to be pointed out that evidence implies that stress is unlikely to play a major role in causing hair loss, but stressful life events may act as a trigger for starting and/or making hair loss worse. What is the solution to this extra strain? Consider meditation, yoga and just taking the time to breathe more slowly and deeply to reduce stress-see Nutrigro® plan. Enjoy today!

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  1. If you pluck a white hair, two will grow in its place

False. It’s just a superstition, and it’s a bad habit. By pulling your hair, you damage the root and you’ll be predisposed to scalp infections. Pulling your hair will definitely not lead to thicker hair.

  1. Cut your hair when the moon is full and your hair will grow quickly

False. During a full moon, blood circulation is more intense, the root of the hair is better nourished and oxygenated, and hair grows faster. But it grows faster at this phase of the month, no matter if you trim it or not.

  1. Smoking cause premature hair greying

True. Although the hereditary factor plays an important role in this process, studies have shown that the risk of premature hair greying is four times higher in smokers. Grey hair is formed when the melanocytes in the hair follicles stop producing melanin (pigment), usually triggered by hereditary encoding as we age. Studies show that prolonged illness, periods of stress, and some medical interactions can cause the melanocytes to stop producing melanin. As smoking add stress to the body and contribute to premature ageing, it can also be responsible for causing grey hair and hair loss.

  1. Cold water makes the hair shiny

False. Cold water closes the cuticles and the hair will be easier to style, but it does not make it shine. Adding lemon juice or vinegar in the water and rinsing your hair will give this effect. Using a professional natural conditioner or an oil hair will give you the same result.

shampoo, conditioner and serum set

The formulation we recommend to use for hair that is thinning and fragile is in Nutrigro® Conditioner. It contains a natural emollient and hair building substances, an anti-fungal and bactericidal with our Nutrigro® complex – a herbal mixture to strengthen hair.

  1. Some shampoos will cause dandruff

False. Dandruff is the result of a fungus and has no connection with the shampoo. A dehydrated scalp shouldn’t be confused with dandruff. The difference is that the dandruff is seen on the hair and is in large quantity, falling on your shoulders and clothes while the peels due to dehydrations stand on the scalp. A peeling scalp can be treated with proper hydration and appropriate treatment for your hair type.

  1. More shampoo means cleaner hair

False. The amount of shampoo required is as much as you can hold in the palm of your hand (no more than a tablespoon) and for the long hair a little more. To clean it well, it’s important to shampoo your hair twice.

You might also like to read 10 ways to stimulate hair growth through shampooing

  1. Hair falls because you always straighten it

False. Heat damages burns or dries the hair, which sometimes leads to hair loss, but the lost threads will be quickly replaced by others that will come out of the same root. When the hair falls massively, the cause is not your styling devices, it can be of a hormonal nature, a health problem or a nutritional deficiency.

  1. Brushing your hair will make it beautiful

False. Somewhere along the way, people said that brushing your hair 100 strokes a day would keep it healthy and growing long. The truth is excessive brushing damages your hair.  Watch out for synthetic or electric brushes that can break or damage your hair faster than you might think and brushing your hair constantly with them can really damage your locks. Better use a wooden rare tooth comb and pay attention how you brush your hair. If you’re brushing it too often and too aggressively, your hair will be far from beautiful.

 

Secrets About Hair Conditioner You Need To Know

A beautiful hair is a healthy hair. No matter how we choose to care for it, one step is crucial: applying conditioner. It will nourish the hair and protect it from the harsh environmental elements we expose ourselves every day. Before we get into more details let’s first see some of the best tricks that you need to keep in mind for looking beautiful without too much effort:

  1. We recommend you not to play with your hair or pass your fingers through the hair; the more you play with it, the faster it will get oily and entangled.
  2. Do not dry your hair with the towel. The procedure opens the cuticles of the hair and can damage it. Better use napkins to remove excess water from your hair.
  3. Try not to wash your hair every day; the more you wash it, the faster it will become fragile and oily.
  4. Use professional hair products suitable for your type of hair (and scalp type). Using the correct products will give the promised results you always read

    Use professional hair products suitable for your type of hair (and scalp type). Using the correct products will give the promised results you always read on the labels.

    on the labels.

  5. Massage for the scalp can do wonders. Massage your scalp for two minutes each day to improve blood circulation.
  6. Use the blow dryer as rare as possible and only when necessary. Apply the hot-cold technique so you do not burn your hair.
  7. If you want your hair to be always healthy and beautiful, cut the ends (2 centimetres or more) once every 6-8 weeks.
  8. Pay great attention to combing. Use a rare tooth hairbrush. Start from the ends and continues slowly, gradually to the roots.
  9. Take great care of the haircut you choose – make sure it is the right one for your face and body shape. Not everything that is fashionable suits you too.

And this brings us to number 10: Do not skip on conditioner.

Keep in mind:

Conditioners are used after shampoos to improve the texture of the hair and to make it more manageable. Its function is to close the cuticle and retain sebum, moisture, acid and protein. Hair is about 97% keratin. Keratin has on its surface amino acids, which are negatively-charged. Hair conditioners therefore often contain cationic (positive charged) surfactants. These do not wash out completely because their hydrophilic (water loving) ends strongly bind to keratin. The hydrophobic (water repelling) ends of the surfactant molecules then act as the new hair surface.

There are several types of hair conditioners. They have different compositions and main functions:

  • Moisturises. They hold moisture in the hair. Usually, contain a higher proportion of humectants( absorb water from the air so give moisture to the hair).
  • Reconstructors. These usually contain proteins.Their role is to penetrate the hair and strengthen its structure.
  • Acidifiers keep the conditioner’s pH about 2.5 – 3.5. In contact with an acidic environment, the hair’s scaly surface tighten up. (The hydrogen bonds between the keratin molecules get stronger.)

    shampoo, conditioner and serum set

    The formulation we recommend to use for hair that is thinning and fragile is in Nutrigro® Conditioner. It contains a natural emollient and hair building substances, an anti-fungal and bactericidal with our Nutrigro® complex – a herbal mixture to strengthen hair.

  • Detanglers modifying the hair surface.
  • Thermal protectors usually absorb heat. They protect the hair against excessive heat caused by blow-drying, curling tongs or hot rollers.
  • Glossers are light-reflecting chemicals that bind to the hair surface. They are usually polymers, usually silicones such as dimethicone or Cyclomethicone.
  • Oils (E.F.A.’s – essential fatty acids). If you have dry hair, adding oil to your hair can help. The scalp produces a natural oil called sebum. EFA’s are the closest substance to natural sebum. Sebum contains EFA’S. EFA’s can help make dry hair softer and more pliable.

Conditioners can be described as a pack or as leave-in types.

Pack conditioners are heavy, thick and have a high content of surfactants. These are able to bind to the hair structure and cement the hair surface scales together. They are usually applied to the hair for a longer period of time. They tend to form thicker layers on the hair surface.

Leave-in conditioners are thinner and contain different surfactants. They add only a little volume to the hair. They give a lighter, thinner layer on the hair. The difference between leave-in and pack conditioners is almost like the difference between fats and oils.

Ordinary conditioners are usually a combination of both the pack and leave-in ones.

The functions of conditioners are:

  1. Retain moisture and enhances the texture and appearance of hair
  2. Keep the pH of the hair between 4.5 and 5.5
  3. Conditioners contain keratin. This protein makes hair fibres strong and fuller
  4. They are anti-static. They reduce hair going frizzy
  5. They protect the hair
  6. They give back the natural oil that shampoos may have taken away
  7. They work on the Sebaceous gland so they do not make an excess of oil
  8. They help keep hair manageable

The ideal Formulations of Shampoos and Conditioners

The formulation we recommend to use for hair that is thinning and fragile is in Nutrigro® Conditioner. It contains a natural emollient and hair building substances, an anti-fungal and bactericidal with our Nutrigro® complex – a herbal mixture to strengthen hair.

You can use it alongside Nutrigro® Shampoo. It contains a non-Sodium Lauryl Sulphate SLS base, a palm tree derivative as a foaming agent, an antiseptic (for seborrhoea- accumulation on the skin of the nor

Nutrigro® Conditioner should not be applied to the roots because hair at the root is already nourished by the scalp’s natural oils. When applying the conditioner, start at the tip of the hair, then extend it to the roots, two inches from the scalp.

mal sebaceous secretion mixed with dirt forming scales), along with Tea Tree Oil (antibacterial and antifungal), Panthenol (Vitamin B5 – moisturizes), Nutrigro® complex (containing a herbal extract including Fenugreek herbal extract to strengthen hair – Phytokeratin (moisturises and a hair building block), Saw Palmetto (slows hair loss),) and Vitamin E in the base.

Need To Know

The hair conditioner should not be applied to the roots because hair at the root is already nourished by the scalp’s natural oils. When applying the conditioner, start with the ends of your hair, trying to apply it to every strand that you’re able. Your conditioner should be applied first to the ends of your hair, as this is the part that is damaged.

Pour a bit of conditioner into the palm of your hand; the amount you need will vary depending on the length of your hair. A dime-sized amount is usually recommended for professional conditioners, while drug store brands may require more because they can be diluted.Let it act for at least three to five minutes before rinsing.

10 ways to stimulate hair growth through shampooing

Looking for immediate ways to stimulate hair growth through shampooing? Not as complicated as you might think. Hair is fairly strong and can bear normal grooming. There is a correct technique for washing hair that has been used in India for centuries-follow it to keep your hair for longer. Try this Nutrigro® plan to stimulate hair growth through shampooing.

  1. Brushing hair before washing can make loose flakes of sebum and dead skin build-up. Cleaning the scalp during shampooing would, therefore, be easier.
  2. Use a natural gentle shampoo. Even in shampoos that advertise as “natural”, quite often harsh detergents are present. These can strip away too much oil from the hair, causing shampoo residue to be left behind. Ingredients that help include Aloe Vera, Tea Tree Oil, Sage, Saw Palmetto, Nettle and non-Sodium Lauryl Sulphate detergent.

Choose a shampoo with a balanced pH; a level of 5.5 is ideal. The pH scale runs from 0 to 6.9 for acids and 7.1 to 14 for alkaline, with 7 being neutral. shampoo, conditioner and serum setGenerally, conditioners are not as notorious as shampoos with respect to containing harsh chemicals.

Shampoos with conditioners included should be avoided. Shampoos and Conditioners serve two different functions. Combining the two diminishes the effectiveness of both.

3. Wet the hair with warm water to open up the pores and increase blood circulation in the scalp.

4. Start shampooing from the front and going to the nape with your fingertips. Do not excessively shampoo the hair as this can strip vital minerals like calcium, phosphorus, nitrogen and iron from the hair. When shampooing the hair, pour the shampoo into the hands and rub the shampoo in with your hands rather than pouring it on your head. Pouring shampoo directly into the hair may promote build-up in one particular patch.

5. Shampoo with warm water – removing dirt and grease.      

6Rinse hair with cold water to open the pores and improve blood circulation. Rinsing with cool water will help shrink the pores back to their normal size. After washing your hair or the thinning area with cold water run your scalp with your fingers deeply. Do this until you feel a tingling sensation in your scalp from the heat you are generating. The heat and rubbing activate the sebaceous glands. These energise blood flow – hence increasing the growth of new healthy hair -this is an old tried and tested method.

7. Massage the scalp gently with your fingertips to loosen flakes and build-up and to stimulate circulation. Avoid using the fingernails as this may scratch the scalp and cause scarring over time.

8. After washing hair, dry the hair by blotting with a towel. Avoid rubbing, particularly with cloth towels. This will pull hair when it is already in a weakened state due to the wetness.

9. Do not brush the hair when it is wet. Only after drying the hair, brush it. Wetting hair helps straighten and detangle hair much better. However, the stress on the hair shaft is increased.

10. Avoid overuse of hairstyles that pull the hair too tight e.g. ponytails and braids. These may cause traction alopecia or hair loss especially along the sides of the scalp. Leave the hair chemically untreated for a time and leave it in a loose style may be a suitable remedy.

11. Your comb should be even and smooth toothed. Your brush should have stiff and long bristles to increase blood circulation in the scalp.

 

 

Daily Foods That Stop Hair Growth

We have always argued that diet is the basis for our health, but also for the way we look. That’s why all the specialists say we need to pay close attention to what we eat to be healthy. Health can also be seen in the hair, and nutrition is a factor that determines how healthy our hair is.

What are the foods that affect your hair’s health? See below our list with foods that are actually slowing down hair growth:

  1. Sugar and sweets

Sugar is one of the number 1 enemies of our health and unfortunately is consumed in super excess in our society.

Sugar is one of the number 1 enemies of our health and unfortunately is consumed in super excess in our society. Sugar can interfere with the absorption of proteins in the body, which is very important for our body’s health, for the development of muscle mass that keeps us healthy and, of course, for the growth of our hair. Vitamin E absorption also suffers when we eat too much sugar, and Vitamin E is necessary for having our hair grow and look healthy. Due to sugar, its level decreases which slows the hair growth process down. You do not have to ban sweets from your diet, but try to reduce as much as possible your daily sugar intake.

  1. Salt

Salt is no good for our hair, as is no good for our body either when consumed in excess. Salt is generally recommended in daily diets, but keep in mind that the daily amount of salt permitted is 6 grammes. Studies have shown that excessive salt consumption leads to excessive hair loss. Consume foods with as little salt as possible if you want to have a thick and healthy hair.

  1. Wheat flour

Most people avoid wheat flour because it is full of carbohydrates and, as we all know, flour will make us gain weight, but too few know that flour can also harm our hair. Products containing wheat can cause hair thinning, so you should take a break from them once in a while – if you should fail to give up on them completely.

  1. Alcohol

If you want shiny, thick hair, try to quit alcoholic beverages. They reduce the amount of zinc, folic acid, vitamin B and vitamin C in the body, and hair will lose its shine. Moreover, without the necessary nutrients, the hair will be more fragile and will fall easily.

 

For more on nutrition and the impact, it has to your hair click here.

10 Nutrition Rules To Get You On The Right Track

The contemporary way of life, the habits imposed by new technologies, and the action of advertising make us eat and consume foods that are very bad for our body. Without establishing certain rules for a proper diet that protects the health and strengthens the body, we are subject to illnesses, health risks and hair loss. Here are some of our recommendations for a healthy body and healthy hair:

  1. You are what you eat

Food is just a mean of achieving a healthy life, shouldn’t be the main focus of your life. It’s important to eat healthy, as everything that you eat and drink will be converted into energy and will feed your body. Keep in mind that each single artificial ingredient added to your meals will be overloading and poisoning your body. Junk foods, deep fried foods and overeating are the worst mistakes you can do for your overall health. The food becomes part of the body and to have a healthy hair, it’s important that the products we consume are fresh, clean, full of vitamins.

  1. Hunger is true, craving is false

Lust is a psychological phenomenon, while hunger is a digestive phenomenon. Through hunger, the body informs us that it needs food, while appetite is not dictated

Hunger is true, lust is false

by our physiological needs, but rather by emotional instability. People’s incapacity to master the appetite indicates a very poor will. Just think of the religious act of fasting – besides its health benefits, it is meant to strengthen the will of man.

Our appetite is making us eat too much. The normal stomach load should be: food – 1/2, so it is recommended that you finish eating before you feel full. The remaining 1/4 volume of the stomach should be devoted to water and 1/4 is the empty space required for proper digestion of the food. If the stomach is filled with food, the body spends enormous energy to process it, the energy that is often higher even than the energy that we get from the food. You’ve probably noticed that when you eat too much, you feel tired, sore and sleepy – this is when your body is moving all its forces to overcome the critical situation in the stomach.

  1. Water is life. Drink up

The human body is largely made up of water, which is the juice of life. Plants that do not have enough water dry up soon, and something similar happens to our body. That’s why it’s so important to consume enough water each day, which for our climate would mean 2-3 litres of water during the summer and 1.5-2 litres in winter. It is also recommended to consume a mug of water or herbal tea 30 minutes before taking each meal to activate the digestive processes while drinking during the meal or immediately after eating should be avoided in order not to dissolve the digestive juices and slow down the normal process of assimilation of food.

  1. Take time to properly chew your food

Saliva is an active biochemical substance that plays an extremely important role in the digestion process. In particular, this means that solid food needs to be chewed for a long time until it becomes almost liquid due to its contact with saliva. At the same time, liquid food (milk, soup, natural juice, etc.) should not be swallowed at once but should be kept in contact with the saliva for as long as possible.

  1. Enjoy your meals

Do not eat fast and do not eat much, even if you have something very tasty in front of you.

Do not eat fast and do not eat much, even if you have something very tasty in front of you. The food should stay in the mouth for as long as possible so you can enjoy the taste. This technique can make us feel we had enough even if we eat much less than we are accustomed to because the brain gives us the feeling of satiety due to the excitement of the taste buds.

  1. Pay attention to your food, not your surroundings

If you sit at the table, leave all the other activities behind. If you are eating while reading, talking to someone or looking at the TV, the brain cannot focus on the digestive process, which should be a priority. As a result, the digestion takes place in an ineffective and even harmful way for your health.

  1. Morning starts from the evening

The last meal should take place at least 4 hours before sleep, the ideal time is 7 hours. These figures are dictated by the time the body can process the food: 4 hours for vegetables and fruits, 7 hours for meat. During sleep, all processes in the body slow down. In addition, as long as we are in the upright position, the gravitational force helps to correctly move the food in the stomach and digestive tract. If we eat before sleep we cause many unpleasant and even harmful effects for the body: food stays overnight in the stomach, there will be deposits on the intestinal walls, sleep becomes inefficient, you will feel discomfort and unpleasant breath in the morning,  and diseases of the digestive system can develop.

  1. Do not exhaust yourself

Do not suddenly go to very strict diets. In fact, in every situation in life, sudden movements will shock body and mind. Radical overnight changes can cause a trauma to the body, which could generate effects exactly the opposite of what you actually expect.

  • Hair loss may be due to unbalanced diets, fasting or crash dieting. The possible reasons may be a deficiency in Vitamin C or E, Beta-carotene or other antioxidants. A supplement containing these would be beneficial when one is dieting.
  1. Cleansing is important

Our body detox is one step should not be taking lightly. This means taking care that the food and drink you consume is both qualitative and healthy, but also paying attention to the natural processes of the body. To do a special clean-up, try a total refrain from eating and drinking for 24 to 48 hours as often as you can.  This procedure must be done if you are healthy and not suffer from any medical condition that can jeopardise your health.

  1. Do not combine incompatible foods

The processing of food in the body takes place through acid-base biochemical reactions. If products that trigger acidic reactions and those that trigger basic reactions get into the body at the same time, unnecessary salts are produced, which greatly complicates the digestive process. To avoid such situations, we recommend using biochemically compatible products and vice versa, and as a little guidance, you can use the chart below. For more details on how to combine your meals and what diet is best for you try the Nutrigro Plan.

Using biochemically compatible products and vice versa is good for your health, and as a little guidance, you can use this chart.

V – Can be combined

I – should be consumed separately (within 40 minutes)

II – Only fresh milk with rice can be combined

III – 7 with 3 in a ratio of 1: 3

IV – when the body urgently needs a lot of energy without overloading the digestive system

V – and nuts

  1. Vegetables containing starch: potatoes, carrots, beets, pumpkins, etc.
  2. Cereals, flour, whole grains.
  3. Starch-free vegetables: herbs, roots, cabbage, salad, tomatoes, cucumbers etc.
  4. Protein products: berries, nuts, eggs, roe, etc.
  5. Fruit and berries (fresh).
  6. Dairy products.
  7. Meat and fish.
  8. Vegetable fats.
  9. Melon and bananas.
  10. Chocolate and cocoa.
  11. Dried fruits.
  12. There are no nailed rules

Remember: Listen to your body. If your body tells you something is wrong with the new diet, you’d better give up on it.   Your own intuition will tell you what to do and what is wrong.

Dyed Hair – Keep It Looking Fabulous

Each dyeing is a major intervention on the hair structure. Colour treated hair tends to dry, becomes fragile, breaking quickly, falling and having split ends. Each hair dyeing process penetrates into the layers of the hair and the level of hair damage depends heavily on the dyeing technique. Too much and the hair gets dehydrated, losing its brilliance and elasticity. So dyed hair needs special care.

 Tips and tricks for healthy hair

  1. Do not use dye on clean hair

As is supposed to be, after each wash the scalp remains clean, but the removal of sebum has the following disadvantage: the scalp is no longer protected by natural oils and chemicals, and the dye can cause irritation of the skin.

  1. Use a shampoo for dyed hairNutrigro Shampoo for Dry Hair

Unlike the common belief that any shampoo goes, not all shampoos are good for dyed hair. Ideally, a woman who has dyed her hair will use a special hair shampoo and conditioner, from a professional range, avoiding any regular products found in supermarkets. Even if they are more expensive, the shampoos and conditioners designed for dyed hair do not dry and do not remove your colour as the classic products do.

  1. Water helps but also damages

Washing your hair with hot water repeatedly leads to the colour fading rapidly. For this reason, dyed hair should be washed with warm water, not hot. Women going to the pool should also take good care of their hair, protecting it from the chlorine in the water. Chlorine contributes to hair discoloration and, moreover, it dries it very hard. That’s why, if you’re going to the pool, you’d better put on a special swimming cap. Even if the idea sounds unappealing, it’s better to protect your hair than having it dehydrated.

  1. Holy conditioner

shampoo, conditioner and serum setWomen with dyed hair should not think twice about applying conditioner. Beyond the fact that the use of the conditioner is more than mandatory, it should be applied to almost the entire length of the hair (avoiding the roots if possible) to hydrate the hair. Dyeing dries and weakens hair, so using a special color-treated hair conditioner will keep your strands healthy and moisturised properly. Moreover, a hair mask can also be applied at home. All you need is an avocado, a few drops of almond oil and oily vitamin E. Mix well and apply the mixture on slightly moist hair and let sit for at least 10 minutes. If you want to spoil yourself, once a week apply a professional hair treatment. 

  1. Avoid the sun as it is damaging to the colour

It’s great to sit out on a sunny day, but the hair is not as excited about the time spent under the sun because the heat and the sun rays make it loose its shine. For this reason, wearing a hat is a must if you want to keep your colour and have a healthy hair.

  1. Shine comes with special care

Using conditioner is not enough if you’re used to dyeing your hair monthly. Ask your hair stylist to recommend a special serum or spray that will give you the nourishment your hair needs. Use the serum to protect the colour after each wash when you pat dry your hair with a towel. If your hair is freshly dyed you might want to give it two days before the first wash, just to stabilise the dye and have your hair shine. It is recommended to also use nourishing masks to provide vitamins needed for hair health.

  1. Apply a moisturising hair mask

After a week since you have dyed your hair, it is advisable to apply a moisturising hair mask for a more beautiful look. Hydration offered by a mask is especially important for the ladies choosing reddish colours because the reddish dye loses its shine quicker.

 

Natural home remedies for dyed hair

The natural care of the coloured treated hair is made according to two principles: one is represented by the colour of the hair and the other by its tendency to dry, get oily or break. More specifically, each colour has a natural treatment type so that the pigment lasts longer.

Coloured hair care mask – Normal or Dry Hair

For normal or dry hair, an intensely moisturising and regenerating mask is recommended that rebuilds the hair’s protective structure. This mask is prepared as follows: take a bowl and mix two tablespoons of castor oil, two tablespoons of olive oil, half a lemon juice, 10 drops of oily vitamin A (bought from the pharmacy), liquid vitamin E and A (all from the pharmacy), an egg yolk and two tablespoons of honey. The mask lasts for half an hour, then the hair is washed with shampoo. This mask is used two or three times a week.

Coloured hair care mask – Greasy Hair

For oily hair that has been dyed, a mask made from two lemon juice, one tablespoon of castor oil, 10 drops of oily vitamin A, one capsule of vitamin E , and 3 crushed cucumbers made into a paste will do the trick. This mask is applied on the hair and at the roots massaging the scalp for 5 minutes, then let it work for half an hour. Later wash the hair with water and shampoo. The mask is done twice a week.

Finally, no matter what colour your hair is, the following natural products will be used to preserve the paint pigment:

For blond-gold hair: Prepare a decoction of 100g of chamomile flowers or marigolds in a litre of water that boils until the water drops to half. It is then squeezed and used in water to rinse hair. The hair will not be wiped off or rinsed with water.

For brown hair: prepare a decoction of a bunch of green nut shells and a litre of water. Boil until the water drops to half. The decoction is used in rinsing water. It has the role of enhancing the effects of brown hair.

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For red-brown hair, the decoction is made of 3 punches of onion leaves and one litter of water. Boil, then let it cool and rinse your hair. After several showers, blonde hair gets copper shades, and if you use red onion sheets, the shades will be a rusty brown.

For black hair, you can use black tea. To one litre of water, put 10 sachets of black tea, boil water and, after cooling, apply it to the hair. Leave it to act for half an hour after which you only rinse your hair again with water.

What hair colours do you wear in 2017?

The colours of hair dyeing have become as fashionable as clothes. Each season VIPs and Hollywood stars have set the trend with bold, new shades of green, blue and pink. 2017 will be the year of bold and nonconformist nuances, but also of romantic and natural shades (light blond, dark or dark brown).

Bold shades are pink, blue, green or turquoise. Whether you dye your entire hair, just a few strands or the ends, these hair dye colours quickly charmed the public.

All you need to know about hair

The knowledge of trichology (science related to hair) is poorly understood whilst problems related to hair including receding hairline, postmenopausal thinning and other hair disorders remain a major concern to all adults.  We know that the psychological impact of losing ones hair can be enormous as this can be seen as a symptom of lost youth or looking unattractive whereas healthy hair and scalp gives confidence. In his book, Hair Today, Hair Tomorrow, Ravi Bhanot gives valuable information on scientific, dietary and life style ways to improve hair rather than information on hair transplants or hair pieces. It also gives the nutrition for hair growth – Nutri(tion) for gro(wth) – Nutrigro®. Here are some of the things you need to know:

What causes hair loss or hair thinning?

Have we moved on from the time of the Greek physician Hippocrates in figuring out what causes hair loss or hair thinning? Traditional methods and medical research have shown different ways of treating alopecia or hair loss. What one can deduce is that every individual is different and everyone’s individual circumstances need to be considered to assess the best course of action.

Before understanding how to slow down hair thinning or boost hair regrowth, we need to understand what hair is, how it grows and the conditions that may play a part in this growth.

  • An average head carries 100,000 – 150,000 hairs.

There are a variety of colours in hair – black is the most prevalent particularly amongst the Middle Eastern and Asian countries. In the west we have blondes, brunettes and redheads – only 2% are blondes and red heads. These have a low level of the dark pigment eumelanin and a higher level of the pigment phaeomelanin. Brown hair contains high levels of the dark eumelanin and lower levels of the pale pigment phaeomelanin.

  • Hair’s primary function is to regulate temperature. Human beings being warm blooded animals need to keep their body temperature stable. In cold temperatures muscles attached to the hair follicles contract causing the hair to stand up. This results in warm air being trapped between the hair. Since we have other means to keep warm e.g. clothes, our partners ( they can certainly get you heated up), exercise and eating hot curries – the main purpose of hair is cosmetic.

How does hair form?

  • Hair is made from strong strands of a protein called keratin. Chemically this means oxygen, nitrogen, sulphur, carbon and hydrogen (2). Hair is made up of two types of Keratin-type 1 and type 11. Type 1 is acidic in nature whilst type 11 is basic. Together they make the keratin to form hair and nails. (No wonder many people with alopecia also have problems with their nails- and you thought it was nerves!). The proportions of the individual elements that make up hair differ between people of different ages, sex, type and even in the colour of the hair. Hair is not living. It has no nerves and is difficult to destroy.
  • Hair grows in our scalps from follicles. These are unevenly spread in the scalp – usually in groups of two to five. Each follicle has its own life cycle. It produces about six inches (15cm) of hair annually for about four years. It then falls out and after a short period the whole cycle starts again. Just imagine if this did not happen you could have used the same hair dye once in your lifetime – no such luck I am afraid!

In adolescence the hair grows at its fastest rate and this reduces with age

The cell growth pattern can change due to drugs, pregnancy, illness etc. With age the growth phase of the hair cycle reduces in length and the subcutaneous (below the skin surface) of the scalp also becomes thin and the hair becomes more brittle.

  • Every hair has a life cycle of its own. Each hair grows from its own individual hair follicle. A follicle will produce new cells for a certain period of time. This period is called the growth phase.
  • When the hair follicle enters the rest phase, the hair shaft breaks. The existing hair falls out and a new hair takes its place. The length of time that the individual hair is able to grow during the growth phase controls the maximum length of the hair.

 How do we keep the hair in this phase?

  • The hair follicles on your scalp let hair grow for many years, so the hair can grow very long. Each hair grows on average half inch every month in the Anagen (growth period). In the resting phase 30 – 150 hairs are shed per day. On average around 85% of hairs are in the growing phase and 14% are in a resting state and 1% in the Transitional stage (1). If the Anagen hair count is less than 80% of the total, the person has true hair thinning. The loss of a single or few hairs generally goes unnoticed as there are hairs around the ‘lost’ hair that are in the Anogen or growing phase. Each hair is replaced every three to five years.

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Hair style tips for thinning hair

Although you can’t change your genes, there are things you can do to protect your hair and stimulate hair growth. See results within months with these easy tips from Ravi Bhanot, Author of Hair Today, Hair Tomorrow book.

 

Weekly steps to protect your hair 

Use natural hair care products.

Natural hair care productshampoo, conditioner and serum sets are always on the list of natural remedies for hair growth. Even if it costs more and are not easy to find in shops, it is recommended to use natural hair growth products. If you want the natural hair mask or conditioner to be more effective, you can add a tablespoon of olive oil every time you apply it to your hair.

 

A good shampoo needs to be:

  • Able to form lather
  • Not to be too concentrated to avoid waste
  • The pH of the shampoo needs to be between 4.5 and 5.5 needs to be free of harsh chemicals such as Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (or relative of) base shampoo
  • Natural based
  • Biodegradable
  • Not tested on animals

 

Switch your part. Hair tends to lie flatter against the scalp when brushed repeatedly in the same direction; if you typically part your hair on the right, flip it to the left. It will stand away from your scalp and look more voluminous.

Get a volumizing cut. Shorter cuts are kinder to thinning hair. Ask your hairstylist for interior layers, which are placed throughout your cut, to add fullness.

Color strategically.  Well-placed highlights hide thinning by making your hair color more similar to the color of your scalp. The dye also expands the hair shaft slightly so it appears thicker.

Do not wash your hair too often. Avoid washing your hair twice or three times a week. It dries your hair and will remove natural oils that protect the scalp and stimulate hair growth. It is advisable to wash your hair every four days.

  • Hair needs a balance between sebum, protein, moisture and acid balance.

Cut your hair when the moon is rising. The moon influences tides, but also hair growth. If you want your hair to regenerate and grow faster, trim your hair in the week featuring a rising moon.

Massage your scalp. A good scalp massage stimulates blood circulation and helps nutrients get more easily into hair follicles. Every day, massage your scalp for five minutes with the tip of your fingers. Once a week use olive or coconut oil – they are very rich in nutrients that nourish the hair. Alternatively you can use Coolherbals Vata Hair Oil, Pitta Hair Oil or Kapha Hair Oil.

Now let’s talk diet 

The body needs the right food. The foods have to be broken down more efficiently, the body needs to be in a healthy state and the condition of the scalp and hair has to be improved. It is then that the body would function in combination with all its parts to work efficiently to keep the hair that we have.

DIET DOS: If you’re vegetarian, vegan, fasting or anemic, you may lack adequate iron, which is essential for strong, healthy hair. Make sure this summer you’re eating plenty of leafy greens—such as spinach, kale, and chard—and beans, tofu, or lean cuts of red meat, which are all great sources of iron as well as taking biotin and zinc, two nutrients that may also play a role in hair growth.

Increase the beta-carotene intake. Beta-carotene is a precursor of vitamin A, more precisely the body turns beta-carotene into vitamin A. It is an essential element for hair growth, having beneficial properties in the health of your nail and skin. You can find it in orange and red vegetables and fruits, like carrots, peaches, apricots.

Eat soy. A low-protein diet can be blamed for thinning or slow growth of hair. Adopt a soy-rich diet and things will change radically. Tofu is a good source of soy.

Remember: make sure you have a healthy diet!

On the list of natural remedies for hair growth there is healthy food. If you want your hair to look good and grow faster, it’s important to eat foods rich in vitamins, fiber and protein. Consume fresh eggs, fresh fruits, vegetables and fish. It is important to give up junk-food snacks.