Excessive Shedding and a garlic treatment

As I have mentioned in the past few weeks, my hair has been shedding more than its normal rate. Even throughout the week, I see strands of hair come out in my hand whereas that sight was normally reserved for wash days.

I figure this is happening for two reasons. The first is that it’s that time of year for hair to shed. Late summer/early fall tends to be a time where hair sheds a lot. I hear this is due to growth cycles throughout the year, with hair coming into the resting phase ready to be shed around this time. My cat Gabrielle is even shedding a bunch! I find globs of hair all over the place!

Secondly, I was not consistent with taking my Ortho Tri Cyclen birth control pills this month. I was off schedule when I went home late August so I just didn’t take them this month. I hear that stopping birth control pills with the resulting changing hormones can also impact hair shedding. I will be back on them in a week.

While shedding is normal, I can’t help but worry if my hair will thin out while the other hair is coming in. The right side of my hair is already thinner than the left and that’s where a lot of the shedding is coming from!! I made sure it wasn’t breakage, because I can see those white bulbs. Sigh!!

With that said, I decided to make a garlic concoction. I am not sure what it is about garlic, but it tightens the pores and can reduce shedding greatly. I decided to make a homemade concoction because Sally’s did not have any garlic shampoo.

I call this my Garlic Oil Treatment

You will need:

10-12 cloves of garlic
8-16oz of EVOO or another type oil (I also used sesame)

I am cooking mine in my slow cooker. I am sure this can be prepared on the stovetop as well.

Directions

1. Cut up cloves of garlic. If you do not know how to do this, please google it.

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2. Mash up garlic with knife, mincer or whatever is handy. I used my potato masher!!

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3. Put desired oil in crock pot or pot on stovetop.

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4. Let simmer for about 3 hours to give the garlic time to infuse into the oil.

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5. Let cool for as long as needed.

6. Pour oil into a bottle with applicator. You can chose to strain the garlic out or not, but since it’s going into a noozled bottle, garlic chunks shouldn’t hit your hair!!

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7. Apply to scalp. Cover with plastic bag. Let sit on for about 30 minutes. This is a great prepoo treatment.

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8. Wash, condition and apply leave-ins as usual. Note: due to the drying properties of garlic, it is recommended that you incorporate a deep conditioner treatment into your wash day.

Notes:

– Left over oil can be stored in the fridge for about a week.
– You can add this mixture (strained, of course) to shampoos or conditioners for a garlicky boost!
– Essential oils such as lavender, eucalyptus and tea tree can be added to mask the scent.

:o)))

Update: When I washed my hair this morning, it felt like I had a protein treatment or something. My hair felt firmly secured to my scalp!! It also felt strong!! It also felt a bit dry after washing my hair three times to get the garlic scent out. It is über important that you deep condition after this type of treatment!!

Here is the amount of hair that I lost after detangling and roller setting. It’s definitely not as much as last week! I wish it was none, but I will take a reduced amount!! Shedding after all is normal and healthy! It is right on par with the amount I lose each week due to my low-manipulative hair styles. The test will be how much I lose this week!! Stay tuned!!

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Double Duty: How my oils can my hair and skin

As you know, I am in love with oils for my hair. I have used several, with my favorites being EVOO, vitamin E, sweet almond and grapeseed oil.

Today I went on for my biweekly chemical peel, which hurt today as the tougher layers of my skin are gone, leaving pink baby skin behind that is easily irritated. At the end of the peel, the esthetician put on some wonderful smelling stuff, which contained vitamin E oil. I forgot how that stuff can be beneficial for face, too!

http://www.livestrong.com/article/25515-benefits-vitamin-e-oil-skin/

I definitely will be putting some on my face each night!!

While I am at it, here’s a skin update. A lot of the active pimples are going away. I have a few around the chin and jaw as a present from my Aunt Flo, but they will be gone soon. Also, the esthetician said the hyperpigmentation spots are fading … Which I can tell, too.

Hopefully it will be a matter of time before my skin gets back to its glory days!!

Black tea rinse!!!

Last Saturday I finally tried the black tea rinse (btr) during my Wash Day festivities! BTRs are a common way to reduce shedding, as caffeine from the tea blocks DHT, which is the chemical that is responsible for hair shedding.

I was very pleased with the results! I did still see shed hair when I rinsed it out and during my roller setting, but it was a lot less. However, the real results were apparent throughout the week. I lost very few hairs during the week, whether through finger combing or combing with a regular comb! I have spread the good news of the btr with my friends, so hopefully they will try them as well! I will be incorporating this into my regimen as needed …as I do not have a lot of shedding in the first place. I just wanted to try it out and see what the fuss was about … And now I know!

Here’s how I did mine … I will take pictures the next time. When it comes to types of tea to use, I just used regular black tea … It was 100 bags for 1.50. Some people like to use green tea, chai tea or whatever, but black tea works just as well. Just make sure it’s caffeinated.

1. Brew tea (make sure it’s caffeinated, as it’s the caffeine that blocks the chemical responsible for shedding). I used 6 oz for each bag of tea and I used 4 bags.

2. Let cool overnight or for a few hours. Some people throw ice cubes in theirs to make it cool faster. DO NOT USE TEA HOT!!!

3. Once cool, put some tea in a bottle with a nozzle. Apply tea directly to scalp, as thats where the shed hair comes from! If you don’t have a bottle with a nozzle, apply the tea as close to the scalp as possible.

4. Using the left over tea, I pour it all over my hair.

5. I clip up hair and leave on for 20-30 minutes, covering with plastic baggy. Note: black tea can stain … Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit soiled!!

6. Rinse out with cool water … Follow up immediately with deep conditioning treatment, as the tea can be drying to hair.

I hear that this can also be done with coffee .. I am not sure how that works, but maybe I will try it soon!!

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Treasures from the East: Asia and my hair journey!

This past weekend Nathan and I went to Seattle. We stopped by this place called the Great Wall Mall, a collection of stores catering to Asian food, merchandise, etc. I wanted to stop by and get some more tiny soy sauce plates, as they are perfect to hold my oils for easy dipping and application!

There are other gifts from Asia that has made my life a bit easier:

1) Nathan and his math skills helped me to measure out the perfect amount of Lotta Body and water yesterday. (too stereotypical???)

2) Plastic chopsticks that allow me to stir my coffee with ease!

3) Soup spoons that allows for quick scooping of ice cream.

Here are the ones that I bought … I even got some that had two sections!

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NJoy’s Sulfur Mix

Alright, alright. I promised myself that I would buy no more hair products or jump on any more bandwagons … but I could not help myself. I saw this lady named NJoy who grew her hair from APL to about WL in a year. It was amazing! She used this sulfur concoction … I could not resist, as I remember using sulfur back in the day as well (DAMN YOU, SULFUR 8!! YOU STUNK!)

I ordered the sulfur powder today, so this will replace my challenge of using the JBCO once it arrives. I do not have any rosemary oil (and am not buying any), so I will use some tea tree oil instead. I think the use of the essential oils is to cut down on the smell of the sulfur. I can’t wait to use it! Hopefully I will get some good results!

1 heaping tsp Sublimed Sulfur Powder
4 oz Organic Jojoba Oil
2 oz Jamaican Black Castor Oil
2 oz Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil(EVOO)
4-5 drops Rosemary Oil
4-5 drops Peppermint Oil

Source: http://mydivaspot.com/content.php?166-NJoy%E2%80%99s-Sulfur-Mix-for-Hair-Growth

Avocado and Honey Pre-Poo

– 1 ripe avocado (2 for hair longer than APL)
– Few squirts of pure honey
– Few squirts of sesame oil
– Few squirts of EVOO

Feel free to substitute the oils for any that you would like!

Mash and mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Apply to damp hair (I use my Refreshing Spritz), making sure to pay special attention to ends. Pin hair up, place plastic cap or bag on and leave on for at least 30 minutes (heat is optional).

Wash hair as normal, making sure to rinse out pre-poo thoroughly.

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Pre-Poo / Hot Oil Treatment Mix

This is what I use to do my pre-poos. It has more oils than my sealing oils. Some of the oils (e.g. sesame oil) are heavier and I do not think they would do well for everyday use. Also, the sesame oil odor is really strong!

As with my sealing oils, I do not measure, I just pour!

– Sesame oil
– EVOO
– Coconut oil (small amount)
– Vitamin E oil
– Grapeseed Oil
– Vitamin E Oil
– Sweet Almond Oil
– A splash of essential oils (type does not matter)

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Sealing Oil Mix

This is what I use to make my sealing oils. I do not measure, I just pour! Here are my favorite ingredients. Feel free to use what fits your hair, budget, etc.

I also use this oil mix as an “oil rinse” between my shampoo and deep conditioning treatment!

– Grapeseed Oil
– Vitamin E Oil
– Jojoba Oil
– Sweet Almond Oil
– Jamaican Black Castor Oil

I do not seal with pure essential oils (e.g. lavender, peppermint)

I had to discontinue the use of coconut oil, as I found that it dried my hair out when i sealed with it. I did not want to chance it even when it was mixed with other oils. For people that can tolerate coconut oil, I recommend this oil!!

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Refreshing Spray

This spray can be used to refresh new growth, ends or the like. I am just listing the ingredients, as you can use the desired amount based on your spray bottle’s size.

– Aloe Vera Juice

– Rosewater

– Vegetable Glycerin (a few squirts per oz)

– Regular water (helps stretch the batch!)

– A few drops of any essential oil (type does not matter)

You will want to store this mixture in the refrigerator as it contains Aloe Vera Juice!

Ah! Our hair loves moisture!!

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Fgrogran’s Whipped Shea Butter

– 2 oz of pure unrefined shea butter

– 2 tsp coconut oil (if you are protein sensitive, do not use this or reduce down to 1 tsp or less)

– 2 tsp Jamaican Black Castor Oil

– 1 tsp EVOO

– a few squirts of vegetable glycerin

– 1 tsp Jojoba

– a few drops of tea tree oil as a preservative

You can substitute the oils for any type that you prefer. The next batch that I make will not contain any coconut oil.

Using a spoon or a mixer, whip these items together until they are the desired consistency. Store in a container and place in a cool, dark place (I place mine under the sink). If it gets hard or need moistening, add a little water and stir.

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