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Every year you may spend a fortune on products for your hair. Your crowning glory can either help your image or hurt it, so you usually do not mind spending a little extra. After all, you are worth it! But sometimes no matter what you seem to do, you notice that your hair is getting thinner and more fragile. It may be because you blow dry it, dye it, wash it often, or it may be a result of an internal problem.

Hair is basically made up of keratin which is a strong protein. Your nails likewise are also made of keratin. The condition of your hair is affected by what you eat and by what you put on your hair. Also, if your blood supply does not deliver the seventeen amino acids which make up keratin, it will lose its bounce, the ends will split and it will become either dry or greasy.

You may think that if you spend more money for a product, it will make your hair have more shine and will look healthier. Not necessarily. It is best to use mild or gentle shampoos and treatments without too many extra ingredients. It will be less likely to strip the hair. Conditioners should always include proteins.

Keep in mind that the life of a natural hair is between two and seven years. When this happens, the hair detaches from the follice and a new hair begins to grow in its place. If you are in ill-health, malnourished, or experiencing stress, it can take longer for the new hair to replace the old one so the hair begins to thin.

Natural Rinse for Normal Hair

Cider vinegar is the best natural rinse that you can add to your final rinse water.

For normal hair, you can mix 2 teaspoons of cider vinegar and three drops of lemon oil to one ounce of water to use in the final water to rinse your hair.

Beer is not only for drinking. Beer coats the hair and contains proteins which help to protect it from damage. Any old beer will do. Take one ounce of beer, four drops of lemon oil and 5 drops of rosemary oil and add this to the final water to rinse your hair.

As strange as it may seem, vodka stimulates the scalp and has been extremely effective for men's hair growth.

If you have dry hair, you probably do not have enough sebum being produced by the sebaceous glands to provide the hair with a protective lubricant. This can result in damaged, tangled, split and broken hair. Chlorine, too much sun, bleaching and tinting aggravate the condition. Jojoba is a very good oil which is often added to hair products.

Rinse for Dry Hair

Mix one teaspoon of cider vinegar to a cup of boiled water and then add this to a bowl of water that you will use as your final rinse.

Dandruff responds well to treatment with the vinegar rinse.

Beware of synethic products including Lauramide dea which is added to shampoo to build up a later but drys the hair and can cause scalp itching and dermatitis. Another is Oleyl betaine which is a synthetic use to reduce static but it causes dandruff, dry hair and scalp. Beware of Sodium lauryl sulfate, Sodium cetyl sulfate and Sodium laureth sulfate. These are synthetics that can cause all kinds of allergic reactions, hair loss, dry flaky scalp or skin rashes.

Stress affects hair loss. Be aware that you may experience hair loss if you go on a crash diet, have a stressful situation or life changing event. Try to make sure your body gets the nutrients that it needs to prevent hair loss.

Foods that promote healthy hair

One key to beautiful hair is to eat plenty of fresh food, cut down on stimulants like alcohol, coffee, and tea, get sufficient sleep and stick with unsaturated fatty acids in your diet.

Salmon packs a beauty punch. It is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids which support scalp health. Salmon is also filled with vitamin B-12 and iron.

Are you vegetarian? Include 1 to 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed with your food for plant-based omega-3 fats.

Spinach, broccoli and Swiss chard are excellent sources of vitamins A and C which helps your body produce sebu. This oily substance, secreted by your hair follicles, is the body's natural hair conditioner. Iron and calcium can also be acquired through dark green vegetables.

Lentils, kidney beans and other legumes are part of a hair-care diet. They provide protein to promote hair growth as well as zinc, iron and biotin.

Walnuts contain alpha-linolenic acid which is an omega-3 fatty acid that helps to condition your hair. Brazil nuts are one of Mother nature's best sources of selenium, which is an important mineral for the health of your scalp. Zinc can also be acquired through eating cashews, pecans and almonds. If you do not have enough zinc you may shed hair. Make sure nuts are a regular part of your hair-care diet.

If you do not have enough protein in your diet, your hair will become weak and brittle. Chicken and turkey contain protein which is easily absorbed.

Eggs contain vitamin B-12 and biotin, which are important beauty nutrients.

Make sure to get your daily dose of whole-wheat bread and fortified whole-grain breakfast cereals. They contain healthy doses of zinc, iron, and B vitamins.

Low-fat dairy products like yogurt and skim milk are great sources of calcium required for hair growth. They also contain casein and whey which are two high-quality protein sources.

Since a healthy scalp is essential for a shiny, well-conditioned head of hair, you'd be wise to include carrots in your diet as snacks or toppings on your salad. Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A which promotes a healthy scalp.

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elayne001 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

I'll hop on over to your hub about hair how-to-make. Thanks for your comments.

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how-to-make 4 years ago from India

Nice to meet you elayne001. I like your remedies to fight hair loss. But I think you would be surprised to read my article about: "How to make your hair grow faster". I hope we can have a great discussion on this topic.

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elayne001 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

That is true for many with poor eating habits. Good nutrition is so important for our hair and skin. Thank you for your positive feedback dinkan53.

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dinkan53 5 years ago from India

Due to our fast life having fast foods, proper nourishment is not getting for the proper functioning of the body. Hair loss is one among the problems that disturbs new generation. This is an excellent article with natural remedies for those peoples suffering from hair loss. Bookmarking this hub to share with others and for further reference. Rated this hub up and useful.

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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thank you Deborah. I appreciate that. Glad you found it useful.

Deborah Sexton 5 years ago

Good Information

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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Glad you found it useful hhhot! Thanks for your comments.

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hhhot 6 years ago

very useful post!


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Sorry to hear about your hair loss Elenababy - I hope that you can find the right remedy. I use mane and tail shampoo which has helped me besides the other things I eat.

Elenababy 6 years ago

Hey all. I have a minor thyroid issue which is controlled at the moment by a healthy diet and daily exercise... but I find I lose between 15-40 stands of hair a day which to me is a lot. My hair is natually thin but the whole thyroid thing probably does make it thinner. I will try the rubbing of olive oil in my scalp before bed and some of the other remedies. Any other advice from anyone. I am very open to any remedies as I would like to have thick strong hair. Thank-you :)

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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Hope your friend will find the right remedy for her. Every one is so different in their chemistry.

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peacegirl101 6 years ago

Thanks, elayne. I am glad your hair stopped falling out, my friend sometimes has hair issues I'll recommend your tips to her! Thanks again. Aloha

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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

My hair has stopped falling out and I believe it was the use of my taking better care of myself. Glad you do not have any issues with your hair peacegirl101.

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peacegirl101 6 years ago

Great hub, i don't have any problems with my hair but i enjoyed reading your hub anyway, thanks! aloha

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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks fastfreta. Alcohol is a good medicine for many things, even hair. Aloha.

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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California

So much good information. Wonderfully written. I can truly say that I've learned something. So alcohol is not just for drinking, who knew, I'll have to try some of those remedies.

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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

Great job, Elayne....Hair loss is a fear of many I'm sure, and one you gave some great advice to battle that hair loss and fear with!!!!!

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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks JannyC for your comments. We can all use a little hair advice. Aloha!

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JannyC 6 years ago

I loved this. Well written and so informative I did not know and I love my hair so this was wonderful!

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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Glad you stopped by LianaK and Hello, hello. You are always welcome. Aloha!

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LianaK 6 years ago

Looks like I need to eat more fish. Thanks for the great hub.

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for yur great tips.

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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Glad you liked it Pamela99. Thanks for your comments.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Excellent article about hair care. Thanks.

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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks for your comments anujagarwal. I appreciate you stopping by to read my hub about remedies to fight hair loss.

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anujagarwal 6 years ago from Noida

Great and easy tips to follow. Nice hub... Thanks.

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