Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Garlic For Shedding

Shedding is completely normal. On average, we shed 50-100 hairs a day. Seasonal shedding is when we experience an increase in shedding during a set season. Think of it as a mammal shedding their winter coat for a light spring coat.

It appears I'm a spring/summer shedder because my hair has been shedding more than normal recently. My main concern is thinning, and if my hair continues to shed at this rate, a trim my be in order because I'm not a fan of thin ends. A trim would hamper my goal of reaching BSL by my birthday in September, so I'm going to focus on getting this shedding under control.

The most common, easy remedies I know of are garlic, black tea rinses, and coffee rinses. I have been taking garlic supplements consistently for the last year and a half but I apparently need to up the ante. Same goes for black tea rinses - I have done them as well and found them beneficial but I would like to see the effects of applying garlic directly to my scalp (I am concerned about my hair smelling like garlic though).

I don't feel like purchasing garlic oil so I'm going to soak garlic cloves in extra virgin olive oil for the next week and a half, and apply the oil to my scalp on my next wash day. I'll leave it in for a couple hours, then wash as normal. Hopefully, this does the trick.

I poked around online on the benefits of garlic for hair and found this article, [source]:

Overview: Though often used to season foods like an herb, garlic is actually a vegetable. It is part of the allium class of bulb-shaped plants, which also includes onions, leeks and scallions. Garlic has an extremely high sulfur content, which is beneficial to hair. Garlic also has many other nutrients important to hair and general health, according to the National Cancer Institute. Garlic may also be a good topical remedy to improve hair growth.

Sulfur: Garlic has many nutritional components beneficial to hair, including sulfur. Sulfur is a structural part of many proteins, including keratin, the protein hair is made of. Sulfur is also beneficial for skin, nails and nerves. It can be used therapeutically to fight psoriasis and eczema, both conditions that can detract from hair health.

Selenium: The selenium in garlic works with vitamin E to improve hair health. Selenium boosts the body's ability to utilize vitamin E to destroy free radicals that damage cell membranes. People who don't have the proper ability to utilize vitamin E, or who lack vitamin E, often lose hair or have hair that is dry or dull. Selenium also improves skin elasticity.

C and B Vitamins: Garlic is a good source of vitamins C, B-6 and B-1 (thiamine), which are important to hair health. Vitamin C protects hair from breaking and also helps boost collagen. Lack of vitamin B-6 can lead to hair loss, and thiamine aids in scalp circulation as well as carbohydrate metabolism.

Minerals: Minerals in garlic also aid hair health. Calcium provides a structural component in hair. Copper helps hair grow and also prevents defective hair growth. Iron aids in hair growth as well as hair maintenance. Manganese helps the body utilize other nutrients that are important to hair health.

With smiles,

9 comments:

  1. HairandbeautyliciousJun 1, 2011, 9:51:00 PM

    Mine seems to be shedding quite a fair bit as well :/; I am not sure whether it's because of the season or because I am still recovering from being ill late last year :/. Ho Hmm. But what you've blogged about is very interesting; I too may take on board some of the things you've blogged about to prevent, well minimise the shedding.

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  2. remember  what i said jeni, the garlic's gonna stink horribly lol but i think it works. 

    p.s. remember not to keep it too long, unless u know how to preserve it because I read somewhere that it could cause a fungus on ur scalp if u let it stay bottled too long...maybe the garlic oil would be better if u want to keep it for long. Good luck with stopping the dreaded shed :)

    http://www.itbettergrow.blogspot.com

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  3. You're def right, I forgot to add that part about not keeping the garlic/EVO mix for too long. I'll only mix what I plan on using. The thought only of scalp fungus makes me scrunch my face up lol.

    I'm worried about the stink haha. I'm hoping between shampooing and deep conditioning, I'll be in the clear :)

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  4. HairandbeautyliciousJun 1, 2011, 10:30:00 PM

    Haha, yes I did wonder about the scent of garlic :-/. But hopefully like Jeni says, shampooing and conditioning will help to eradicate the smell (I hope :P lol)

    http://hairandbeautylicious.blogspot.com/

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  5. Hmmmm, thats different because most folks shed in the fall/winter.  I haven't had to deal with this issue too much but garlic seems like universally the best answer to combat it.  Great plan!  Oh, BTW I think even with a trim, you'll still make BSL by September, you are just a stone's throw away!

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  6. i've got major shedding, ai only had my last Relaxer last month I'm kinda worried, because it is thinning my hair!! :( I'm kinda worried about a garlic rinse tho.. What are the reasons there is usually shedding?

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    1. Hi there, shedding is natural. Our hair goes through three phases: anagen, catagen, and telogen. At the end of the telogen phase, our hair sheds and new hair gets ready to grow during the anagen phases. At any given time, 10-15% of our hair is in the shedding phases. There are other factors that may cause the number of shed hairs to increase (e.g. stress, season) but we'll always shed.

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