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4/21/10 6:19 P

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A cool water rinse smooths the cuticles of the hair and takes away the frizzies. I also do not wash my hair every day.I condition it a little bit in between shampoos.

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UZIMAA: I use a stale beer or vinegar rinse every now & then to remove shampoo build up, also.

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I think some folks have touched on this, but you might want to rethink your hair cleansing method. The detergents in shampoos can and will build up over time and make your scalp itchy and dry. You might try simply holding your head under the shower and scrubbing your scalp with the pads of your fingers. Even though it may not feel "squeaky clean", it will be clean, and you'll be stimulating your scalp and reducing the build-up left behind by frequent shampooings.

When you do use shampoo, limit it to once or twice per week, and use only a nickel-sized dollop. Concentrate your efforts on the scalp, and don't worry about foaming up your entire head. I used this method and saw good results within 2 weeks. Other bonuses: your money will go farther as your shampoo bottle will last longer, and if you use color, your color will stay brighter longer.

Making sure you ingest the proper fats and nutrients will benefit the new growth. Good luck!

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I've not read all the posts, but FWIW, I've noticed going more plant based foods, my hair doesn't need to be washed as often / dries out more quickly.


It's just ... without all the meat grease I am not greasy and just don't have to do so much to clease myself. And I have to go with a softer, gentler soap because otherwise I'm going to damage myself.




So honestly for myself I use an organic shampoo and conditioner without all the sodium laurel sulfates and the like, and I wash my hair every other day at most (not daily, when I ate meat I washed daily, but not now) and I do pretty well. My hair is pretty soft.


Do get your split ends cut off by a professional, and as much / often as possible do that so you can get back to healthy hair.


But being vegetarian you should have VERY healthy hair ... although as another person asked .... are you getting enough healthy fats?




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The lady that does my hair told me to only wash my hair every other day & if I must wash it every day, put conditioner on the ends when I shampoo every other day.

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What kinds of products do you use in your hair? Try to wash it less frequently during the week and "co-wash" with a conditioner (not conditioning shampoo) between washings. Deep condition your hair before washing with olive oil, pure shea butter, or some other vegetabl oil, let it sit for a least 30 minutes and then shampoo. I also use a clarifying shampoo (giovanni) at least 2x a month to rid my hair of all product.

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I really love Grapeseed oil & have I mentioned shea butter? Both of these are good for hair & skin. Grapeseed oil is also an awsome additive to your diet! I use it instead of Olive oil, actually.
Also, Vitamine A & E ofcourse, are the beauty vitamins. You can get these from alot of your veggies! I actually have to watch to make sure I don't get too much vitamin A!
And to be honest, since I've been eating more healthfully, my hair is not as dry & my skin is much less dry!

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4/18/10 5:02 P

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I too have dry skin and I can't say I attribute it to just my diet. I am also trying to stay away from products made with Chemicals that are toxic.

I do think it's because I'm not getting the good fat in the diet and I think it has affected all of my hair.

I'm trying to eat more avocado, nuts and flax seed oils that I drizzle on my salad.

I have switched hair dyes to the non chemical ones and no difference there at all.

At the moment I've been using several creams one being from Monave' that has bees wax in it so I might have to change that one but it's thick and I thin it out by rubbing it into my fingers before putting it on. It definitely moisturizes my skin.

The other product I use is avocado oil and almond oil. I also use a little bit of it in my hair at the ends right before I get out of the shower.

Cool that coconut oil is something I'm interested in for my face and other. I'm also using it in my cooking because I read from the Skinny Biotch book that it does well in high temperatures which other cooking oils can be toxic when brought to high temperatures.

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I've wanted to try Coconut oil, but haven't, now I think I might have to get some!

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I, too, use coconut oil on my hair. I also use it on the calluses on my feet and on my face when it gets super dry in the winter.

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4/18/10 9:57 A

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Coconut oil is excellent! I actually use it on my face too. It is excellent for hair. Or I would just get the ends of your hair trimmed and then purchase a good deep conditioner or do a deep conditioning with coconut oil!

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Are you eating the healthy fats? Your body needs fat to function, can not cut out the healthy fats. You are not eating the saturated fats by cutting out animal protein and that is OK. Avocados, nuts, seeds, etc. is not OK to cut out.



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I have normally very dry hair, however it is intensified by perms and color and the type of shampoo I use..... emoticon



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I'm just guessing here, but you could try avocados. They're full of healthy fat.

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I agree with IMVEGAN, your diet only affects the hair that has grown since on the diet itself, not the hair that was there previously.

Temperature, humidity, environmental pollutants, new shampoos, water changes, new hair products, can all contribute to the changes in your hair.

Good for you BTW for becoming vegetarian btw, and as for protein levels, we really only need between 45 - 90 grams per day, unless you are up to something that seriously requires more!


My Daughter Bethany is in on this conversation too, as we homeschool I share member questions about diet etc with her to provide for more education opportunities. At first she thought add more oils and proteins to the diet, then realized that it only affects the hair that grows while you are in-taking the foods, not the hair already there. She wanted to respond herself to this thread, but I had already stated what she had come up with, so now I am editing my post to add this bit to it so she has been included. :-)

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Thanks!

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4/16/10 11:57 P

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great! thanks for the advice!

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4/16/10 11:51 P

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You can also take flaxseed oil or primrose oil or fish oil capsules. They're not just good for your hair, they're good for your skin also. You might also add a deep conditioning mask to your hair care once a month. There's a henna conditioner or neem oil that work well. If your skin is getting dry, a tepid bath with a few drops of almond oil or ,moisturizing with the oil while damp after a shower works well. Just not your face. Vegetarian chili, nuts, yogurt, salad with garlic and white beans, cottage cheese and whey protein shakes are all good ways to get protein. The only nutrient that you need a supplement for would be B complex. You can get everything else you need as a vegetarian. I eat a little dairy every day( a yogurt or a slice of cheese) and a salmon filet once or twice a month.

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4/16/10 11:48 P

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I am confused - During the last 2 months your hair has only grown 1 inch, so the diet that you have newly been eating could only affect the last inch of your hair.

The hair that is longer can only be affected by the environment. Have you changed your shampoo or hair spray?



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Spinach, yogurt, especially greek, hummus are all good source of protein.
I haven't noticed that my hair is dryer, but I've been a vegetarian for years.
You might try adding shea butter or olive oil as a deep conditioner.

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4/16/10 11:43 P

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that's the strange thing - i make sure to eat a serving of flax or walnuts everyday. (ground flaxseed or flaxseed oil).

But perhaps i should try 2 servings of it.

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Try increasing your omega 3 consumption by adding more walnuts and flax to your diet.

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4/16/10 11:29 P

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Since joining Sparkpeople I have decided to become a vegetarian. It has been over 2 months (So I say, I "eat vegetarian" as opposed to saying I am a vegetarian... I feel like I haven't quite earned the right of labelling myself a vegetarian).

Anyway - I have noticed that my usually healthy, well-conditioned hair has become extensively dry and straw like. I liken it to when you swim a lot in chlorine pools in the summer.

I assume that this is because I am not getting enough protein in my diet - which I admit, I am struggling with. I am trying extra hard to make sure I get my protein everyday, but it has been challenging. Since Hair is nothing but protein, it makes sense that it would be the first thing to suffer.

Anyone else experience the same thing, or have any advice?

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