In my ongoing quest for hair-to-there I've been willing to try just about anything when it comes to my tresses.
This article provides some hair scalp remedies that you can try, but make sure you understand that you are trying them at your own risk.
I've been recording my hair growing journey for years and save all the results of my explorations into the hair universe.
Approximately nine years ago I decided that having long hair wasn't enough. I wanted to be stick thin too. After all, you can never be too rich or too thin.
Right? Well in my case....wrong.
I tried the Optifast/Medifast protein diets that were all the rage when Oprah Winfrey lost her first famous 60+ pounds. The pounds peeled off and my body shrank nicely. Then the horrible hair loss started.
Chunks of my beloved hair started coming out in my hands. I was in shock. I called my doctor to see what was wrong. They assured me that hair loss was normal.
I was horrified. I asked my doctor why they didn't warn me. Well, he said... "would you rather have lots of hair or be really thin". "Lots of hair" I answered as I threw the Medifast packets in the trash.
Ultimately I wound up losing about 6 inches because I had to have my hair cut to even out the hair loss patches. I cried the entire time.
Though this experience I learned a new lesson. Always make sure you think about the impact to your hair before you try any new diet.
Home Hair Care Remedies
I also spent hours in the bookstores and the libraries looking for "home remedies" to help my hair grow back stronger, longer and of course as fast as possible.
I tried a bunch of home remedies. Most of them smelled horrible, messy and drippy. I am a very determined hair pioneer. So I was determined to try everything.
In my searching I did find a few "home recipes" that seemed to have some impact on my hair. I'm not sure if they made my hair grow back faster. It did seem, at least to me, to grow in better. My hair seemed healthier, shinier and stronger.
Ultimately I did develop a product from my own recipe that I've used for years, but these recipes may work as a viable alternative for those who try it.
I have been asked to share a few of the recipes. So here is the first one that I like. It is basically a protein scalp conditioner. It is important to stimulate the circulation to the scalp.
This treatment always made my head tingle slightly. Every person will experience the recipe differently. Keep that in mind. It may not work for everyone.
It is important to follow the recipe exactly. I do not guarantee the results and you must proceed at your own risk.
High Protein Scalp Conditioner
This high-protein, all-natural hair conditioner will help to dislodge any debris or pollution that may be clogging the tiny openings in your scalp.
This conditioner will also open the tiny openings for better passage of nutrients into your hair. This scalp conditioner also enriches the hair, helping to make it stronger and more lustrous.
Blend together, preferably in an electric blender:
Note: You may find all of the above ingredients at a health food store. It's unlikely that your local grocery store will carry most of the ingredients other than the milk and eggs.
Slowly and firmly massage the mixture into your scalp. Leave the mixture on for about 10 minutes.
If you cover your head with a shower cap or you drape a towel around your head and lie on a slant board while the conditioner does its work, you will benefit even more because of the gravity effect.
After 10 minutes, completely rinse conditioner from your hair with warm (not hot) water. Follow with your usual shampoo and rinse-out, deep or leave-in conditioner.
I often apply any home hair recipes in the bathroom, wrap my head in a shower cap, plastic wrap or a towel, then step into a nice aromatherapy bath and soak for 10-15 minutes. This prevents me from dripping around the house, allows me the luxury of a nice bath...and makes it easier to just shower when I am finished.
If you love to experiment with home hair remedies, experiment with the hair protein scalp conditioner outlined in this article. Keep in mind not all home remedies work for all people so proceed at your own risk.
- Revised Publication Date: 01/05/12
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