Dear Little Spirit;
I am a middle aged women who has been experiencing hair loss, which I know is common, but now I have notice that I am developing a bald spot. I have tried everything including Rogaine, but after only three uses had to discontinue it. My scalp burned, itched all day long and the smell made me nauseated and caused vomiting. I was so discussed because of what I paid for this product that I am returning it to the manufacture. My hair has been the one thing that I have been most proud of all my life and the thought of it all falling out one day is devastating.I desperately need your help, I don’t want to go bald.
Love My Hair
Dear Love My Hair,
Hair loss is part of the aging process, but is also accelerated by the products we use, our environment and lack of vitamins and minerals. This is not a question that has a short answer, but I will try and give you the most information I can on this topic in effort to educate all of our readers. Let’s review some little known facts about the commercial products that are on the market starting with shampoos. Most shampoos contain Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), a common ingredient in cosmetics, shower gels, bubble baths, shampoos, etc. It is also found in garage floor cleaners, engine degreasers, car-wash soaps and the like. Manufactures love this chemical because it’s cheap and it strips away dirt, grease and grime so they can boast about the effectiveness of their products, however, it is also very corrosive and sticks to greasy surfaces including scalp and skin.
Here are some facts revealed in a study from the University of Georgia Medical College on the dangers of SLS. One of the most common side effects of SLS is hair loss due to the damage caused to the hair follicles. The study also indicated that long-term use of products containing SLS have shown retention in the tissues, eyes, brain, heart, liver and so forth. The study also indicated that SLS penetrates young children’s eyes, preventing them from developing properly and causing cataracts in adults. Strangely enough it is classified as a drug in some bubble baths targeted for children’s use. Due to its corrosiveness, it is potentially harmful to skin and hair by stripping the protective lipids from the surface causing ineffective regulation of moisture.
Another extremely serious problem is the connection of SLS with nitrate contamination. SLS reacts with many types of ingredients used in skin products and forms nitrosamines (nitrates). Nitrates are potential cancer-causing carcinogenic, which are absorbed through the skin. A variation of SLS is SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE (Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate- SLES). It exhibits many of the same characteristics and is a higher-foaming variation of SLS.
It is important to read your labels and choose a shampoo that doesn’t contain SLS or SLES like Bart’s Bee shampoo or our shampoos, which do not contain SLS or SLES. If you must use a cream rinse for your hair, make a simple natural cream rinse, which I have listed below along with some common dietary changes that help reduce hair loss. Limit the amount of hair gels, hair sprays, dyes and other products on your hair, because they also contain harmful ingredients that cause drying and damage to the hair follicles.
Last but certainly not least, let’s examine your vitamin and mineral intake. Our modern diet lacks the proper amount of vitamins and minerals because our food is loaded with preservatives and additives that diminish the nutritional value of these foods. Our vegetables and fruits are not what they were fifty years ago due to the chemicals used for crop production, which has stripped the vital minerals from the soil. Making sure you have the proper balance of these vitamins and mineral can actually stimulate hair growth.
Common sense must be applied when using any product, therefore educate yourself, don’t fall for the snake oil salesman/saleswoman and take control of your own health and happiness. There is no quick fix or magic pill that is going to fix things overnight, a lot of this is going to take discipline and willpower.
Vitamins and Minerals that Promote and Stimulate Hair Growth in Men and Women
Vitamin A- An antioxidant that helps maintain natural oils in the scalp. Can be found in milk, eggs, cheese, meats, spinach, broccoli, and cabbage.
Calcium – Helps hair growth. Can be found in dairy, nuts, and beans.
Vitamin C – One of nature’s most powerful antioxidants. Maintains healthy hair and skin. Can be found in fruits, potatoes, and green vegetables.
Biotin – Produces keratin, which makes up the hair, skin, and nails. Can be found in eggs, whole grains, rice, and milk.
Iron – Prevents hair loss and anemia. Can be found in eggs, fish, chicken, whole grains, green vegetables, and dried fruits.
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) – Prevents hair loss. Can be found in whole grains, eggs, and certain meats.
Vitamin B6 – Prevents hair loss. Can be found in whole grains, vegetables, eggs, and certain meats.
Potassium – Promotes circulation and helps hair growth. Can be found in bananas, brown rise, garlic, nuts, dried fruits, raisins, and yogurt.
Vitamin B12 – Prevents hair loss. Can be found in eggs, fish, chicken, and milk.
Cream Rinse for shiny healthy hair
Makes 4 cups. Store in the refrigerator if you do not wash your hair everyday shelf life for room temperature is only about 4 to 5 days.
Gather a large saucepan, small wire strainer, non-bleached coffee filter, a 2 quart pitcher, teaspoon, tablespoon, a quart jar with lid and a large spoon for stirring. Add all ingredients into the saucepan except the honey, put on medium heat and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in honey, let steep for 2 hours. Take your strainer and put over your pitcher and put your coffee filter into the strainer, then begin pouring your mixture into the strainer to filter out the green tea, rosemary, lavender and chamomile. After you have strained your mixture gently carefully squeeze the remaining fluid from your filter, do not to break or tear it, cover you mixture with a lid and store at room temp if you plan on using it daily or otherwise store it in the refrigerator. Pour this solution over just shampooed hair saturating your entire head, squeeze out the excess but do not rinse and towel dry. You will notice that your comb doesn’t just glide through your hair like with commercial cream rinses because it doesn’t have the waxy chemical build-up that is left on your hair after using these rinses. You will however, notice how naturally shiny and soft your hair is after using this rinse. If your hair has a lot of left over build-up residue from commercial products used you can add a ¼ cup of lemon juice to this mixture but I do advise leaving this mixture on your hair for approximately 2 minutes then rinsing toughly with plain water. If you leave the lemon juice mixture in your hair and you are exposed to intense indoor lighting or sunlight, this can cause lighting of your hair color.