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KateLeFeb 06-13-2013 11:37 AM

Everyday things we can do to manage hair loss
 
Hey everyone!

What many of us don't realize (and I didn't realize for the longest time as well) is that there are things that we can do on a daily basis to prevent unnecessary and excessive hair shedding and longer term damage. I would sometimes have women in their 40s or 50s coming in for hair treatments and the condition of their hair/scalp was more like that of an 80 year old. This was due to years of neglect or improper daily hair treatments... And none of us want that for ourselves right? :sad1:

Some of the top things we can do daily include:

- a daily 5-10 minute scalp massage will stimulate circulation but do it GENTLY

- Avoid brushing hair when wet and brush lightly with preferably wide-toothed combs

- Eat protein-rich foods which include salmon and trout, eggs, spinach, beta carotene rich sweet potatoes, and many more staples

- Hot oil treatments also yield positive results in my experience

Anyone want to add anything to this?

Firefox7275 06-13-2013 03:16 PM

See a doctor and get a formal diagnosis. Oiling and massage can do more harm than good in certain circumstances. Neither spinach nor potatoes are classed as protein rich foods, please do not give nutrition advice if you have zero knowledge of it - dietetics is a medical specialism.

Samanthascurlz 06-14-2013 09:05 AM

Water is essential to everyday diet. I think it has so much benefits with not just replensihing thirst but in overall appearance. Also, making sure to eat more complex carbohydrates, not simple. Potatoes are a starch carbohydrate, it doesn't contain protein.

KateLeFeb 06-15-2013 12:30 PM

to clarify, I meant sweet potatoes, which are rich in beta carotene. My apologies for any confusion here :)

Have a great day.

Firefox7275 06-15-2013 07:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KateLeFeb (Post 2180685)
to clarify, I meant sweet potatoes, which are rich in beta carotene. My apologies for any confusion here :)

Have a great day.

There is no confusion. Sweet potatoes are classed as a carbohydrate, beta carotene is NOT a protein it's an antioxidant and precursor to vitamin A which has no caloric value! Please do not give nutrition advice if you have zero knowledge of it, your lack of research is dangerous and gives your website a bad rep.

Samanthascurlz 06-16-2013 09:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KateLeFeb (Post 2180685)
to clarify, I meant sweet potatoes, which are rich in beta carotene. My apologies for any confusion here :)

Have a great day.

Oh no, I am sorry I hope I didn't come off rude. I got what you meant now. :)

SusieQin 07-03-2013 12:29 PM

I understand Firefox's passion about being careful what to add inside your body. There are so many different reasons why hair loss begins to happen.

Some people have to be very careful about the amount of vitamin K they take because of blood clotting issues. Some have to be careful about vitamin E. Fish Oil can be harmful to someone with kidney disease. These are many of a few issues why there must be caution used.

Anyways, for my particular hair loss I have a few things going against me. First and foremost thinning hair is genetic on my mother's side and in the women as well as men. (Thanks Ma!) Secondly I had a MAJOR surgery which has hair loss as a side effect common with it and lastly due to a medical problem I often suffer from certain vitamin deficiencies.

1) always seen out a doctor to figure out WHY you are having hair loss.

2) Yes Messaging your scalp is always helpful. This stimulates circulation in your scalp.

3) ACV rinses, Honey Treatments, Coconut Oil Deep Treatment.... these things are great for a number of reasons. Number one, they are all anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. So messaging them into your scalp will stimulate circulation and kill any bacteria clogging things up for new follicles to grow.
Dandruff is actually a bacteria and not just dry scalp.

4) Vitamin Supplements, yes they can be a positive thing and encourage hair growth, BUT too much of a good thing can be harmful. It's best to get your vitamin levels checked first. Things like Biotin, (or your B vitamins in general) the wonderful Omega-3s, Garlic and Onion oils, etc.

5) Eating healthy is always a good promoter to healthier hair, nails, body and mind. I encourage a body cleanse of getting rid of impurities. (at a doctor's discretion and follow up with a nutritionist on the safest way of doing this.)

6) Exercise

7) Hair Care Consistency. Doing good things for your hair and body once in a while isn't going to do much. You must be consistent and have a good routine and regiment going for you.

8) Volumizing products. They can work. Many of them have protein and fillers to help make the follicles seem larger.

9) Stay away from the brush and combs. Only comb your hair when it's loaded with conditioner. Your hair is thinning, and it is fragile... the less you do to it the better.

10) Stay away from any sort of processing. I recently made this mistake and UGH the hair loss has been awful. Go to a CG Salon if you want to do anything.

11) IF you suffer from genetic hair loss, YES Rogaine can help. Speak to your doctor about it, but it has been scientifically proven to help women. In fact I do believe the success rate is better in women than in men. However if you stop then your hair can return to falling out again. It is a life time commitment. Again talk to your doctor. A dermatologist specifically recommended it to me to try.

And that's about all I can think of at this time.

Oh one more, don't constantly put your hair up in ponytails and if you do make sure it is loose.

Purplecurls17 07-05-2013 10:01 PM

KLF wasn't too far off with the spinach and sweet potato thing. I found this:
Protein Rich Vegetables | Expert Clinic
Protein is important to your hair, but having a well rounded diet and exercising do a world of good for your whole body. I find that in my case, diet plays a huge role in my hair health. If I skip out on meals,eat crap, and forget my B-Complex vitamins I start shedding and my nails are flakey.
Water!!!! All day erreedayy!
Keeping my stress in check! So important! Stress is like a monster to my body. My body shows stress easily so I go running or hang out with my best friend to relieve the stress
Sleep! Sleep! Sleep!
Basically taking care of my body and treating it with respect keeps my hair from breaking and falling out.
I am not a specialist, these are just things that help me :)

Firefox7275 07-06-2013 10:08 AM

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Originally Posted by Purplecurls17 (Post 2187785)
KLF wasn't too far off with the spinach and sweet potato thing. I found this:
Protein Rich Vegetables | Expert Clinic

With respect I am qualified to degree level in nutrition and physical activity, so am confident of what foods are classed as protein rich and what are not. If you read your own link you will see there is <1g protein in a cup of spinach and ~2.5g in a cup of sweet potato, they are hardly a good source of protein you would have to eat kilograms each day to make it worthwhile AND they are not complete so you'd need to combine with another vegetarian source (beans, lentils, nuts, seeds).

It's actually far more useful to look at protein as a percentage by weight, cups are a highly misleading and unscientific way of comparing foods. Protein rich foods include meat, fish and seafood, many cheeses, eggs, nuts, seeds, Quorn; to a lesser extent beans, lentils, soya, milk and yoghurt.

swishtut 07-10-2013 12:25 PM

With respect...
Quote livingstrongdotcom
The protein content of spinach varies depending on the type of spinach and its preparation method. A single cup of raw regular spinach and New Zealand spinach contains 1 g of protein, while raw mustard spinach contains 3.3 g, according to Calorie Lab. Cooked Malabar spinach contains 3.1 g of protein per cup and cooked New Zealand spinach contains 2.3 g. Frozen and canned regular spinach contain the highest amount of protein, with cooked frozen spinach providing 7.6 g of protein and canned spinach containing 6 g of protein per cup.

Read more: How Much Protein Is In Spinach? | LIVESTRONG.COM

Submitter:
Jason Dority
Jason Dority has been writing health-related articles and developing community resources for healthier lifestyles since 2007. He currently works for the Indiana University School of Medicine's Diabetes Translational Research Center. Dority holds a Master of Science in biology from Indiana University.

He does say that the protein from spinach is not complete and that other sources with all the aminos are a better source of protein.

And she never said sweet potatoes for protein, sh sair sweet potatoes for beta carotene.

CurlyGrey3 07-10-2013 12:46 PM

I see you're mixing both units in your post, so I wanted to point out that there's a huge difference in volume between cooked and uncooked spinach.

Firefox7275 07-10-2013 01:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by swishtut (Post 2189450)
With respect...
Quote livingstrongdotcom
The protein content of spinach varies depending on the type of spinach and its preparation method. A single cup of raw regular spinach and New Zealand spinach contains 1 g of protein, while raw mustard spinach contains 3.3 g, according to Calorie Lab. Cooked Malabar spinach contains 3.1 g of protein per cup and cooked New Zealand spinach contains 2.3 g. Frozen and canned regular spinach contain the highest amount of protein, with cooked frozen spinach providing 7.6 g of protein and canned spinach containing 6 g of protein per cup.

Read more: How Much Protein Is In Spinach? | LIVESTRONG.COM

Submitter:
Jason Dority
Jason Dority has been writing health-related articles and developing community resources for healthier lifestyles since 2007. He currently works for the Indiana University School of Medicine's Diabetes Translational Research Center. Dority holds a Master of Science in biology from Indiana University.

He does say that the protein from spinach is not complete and that other sources with all the aminos are a better source of protein.

And she never said sweet potatoes for protein, sh sair sweet potatoes for beta carotene.

Live Strong is a poor quality reference and littered with inaccuracies, I studied this stuff at degree level and am qualified/ registered with my professional body to give nutritional advice. It's nonsensical to claim such a precise amount of protein in milligrams when you are measuring by volume. Cups are not a reproduceable measurement because you can pack them tighter or looser, and you cannot accurately compare a cup of one food to a cup of another food because the weight will be different.

Spinach is simply not considered a rich source of protein: ask any registered dietician/ degree qualified nutritionist/ lifestyle healthcare professional or use a trustworthy scientific source like a nutrition/ dietetics textbook (should measure the amount by weight not volume) or USDA reference data. All your reference demonstrates is that there is some protein in spinach, not that it is a rich source as claimed in the OP. Raw spinach is ~3% protein by weight, in contrast eggs are ~13%, chicken breast ~24%, almonds ~22%.

Sorry but she clearly said potatoes for protein: you didn't see the original post which has since been edited (adding both 'sweet' and 'beta carotene') but remains ambiguous in its wording.

mbeckhhp 07-20-2013 06:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KateLeFeb (Post 2180685)
to clarify, I meant sweet potatoes, which are rich in beta carotene. My apologies for any confusion here :)

Have a great day.

I knew what you were talking about. I am a holistic health practitioner. Good nutrition, always helps.


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