Saturday, March 30, 2013

3 Ways to Prevent Shedding.

1. Tea rinses. The caffeine in black and green tea prevents shedding by penetrating the follice and the result is healthier hair and length retention. Green tea can also help rid your hair of dandruff. Hey, a healthy scalp equals healthy hair. As I mentioned in my previous post, I had an issue with shedding this winter season. Most of it was my fault due to neglect. I just had the worst semester ever. You ain't about that grad school life, lol. So, my hair was really dry and I thought that a green tea rinse would help and it did.

I brewed 3 bags of Lipton's green tea for a couple of hours and then let it cool for a few minutes. I poured it into an applicator that I bought from Sally's for a couple of bucks. I applied itto dry hair that had been separated into 6 sections. After my hair was completely saturated with the green tea, I also applied Africa's Best Herbal Oil, Ultimate, Bonus Size, 12 oz.  I heated up about 4 tablespoons for about a minute in the microwave and then applied the product from root to tip. I love the smell and it has several differents oils in it. For me, it's easier than buying several different oils separately and then mixing the oils myself.

Ingredients: Soy Bean Oil, Walnut Seed Oil, Kiwi Fruit Extract, Olive Fruit Oil, Castor Seed Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Carrot Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Safflower Oil and Calendula Extract and Yarrow Extract and Cucumber Extract and Carageenan Extract and Ginseng Extract and Sage Extract and Comfrey Extract and Aloe Extract, Fragrance.

I left the green tea and Africa's Best Herbal Oil, Ultimate, Bonus Size, 12 oz. on my hair for four hours. It was very relaxing. My scalp tingled the entire time. My hair felt refreshed after rinsing it out. I will definitely do this when I want to switch out conditioning treatments or just whenever I feel like my hair needs something different. If you like making your own conditioners, you can add green tea to your own mix. You should do a tea rinse at least once a week to prevent shedding.

2. Protein Treatments.  If your hair feels weak or is breaking easily, then it may be time for a protein treatment. In between henna treatments, I use Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor 8oz mixed with Dabur Vatika Coconut Hair Oil 150ml, 2 Count as a pre-poo. I just apply it to and leave it on for a few minutes before I wash my hair. Coconut oil and Keratin coats each individual strand which strengthens hair and prevents breakage. I purchased Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor 8oz from Sally's and you can purchase Dabur Vatika Coconut Hair Oil 150ml, 2 Count from Amazon here. Again, if you want to make it yourself, you can add eggs and/or yogurt to your homemade mix.  Both of those contain fair amounts of protein.


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3. Henna Treatments.  Like protein treatments, henna treatments coat the hair but you won't be able to wash it out. Henna treatments are permanent. Even though henna has great conditioning benefits, it also will color your hair. This is just something you should take note of if you have color treated hair or plan on dyeing your hair in the future. To learn more about henna, be sure to check out my post What You Should Know About Henna. It also prevents dandruff, thinning, and gray hair. I'm a fan of henna and it is great to use to prevent shedding. There is very little hair left in the shower after my hair has a henna treatment. I usually use Jamilia henna but I recently switched to Nupur Henna 100% Natural Powder 1.27oz and I love it! Review coming soon.

If your hair is shedding, then there could be several factors that should be taken into accout like the change in season, hormone fluctuations, medication, etc. Just remember that shedding is a normal process and don't fret unless your hair is coming out in clumps at a time. Then it is best to see a professional. Hope this post was helpful. Thanks for checking out my blog! 

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