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Postby kulsham » 09 May 2005, 16:37

Step-by-Step Scalp Massage
Scalp massage is a great way to promote scalp circulation and boost healthy hair growth. To help you develop your technique, the pros at Matrix(http://www.matrix.com) have put together a step-by-step guide to giving the perfect Energizing Scalp Massage complete with photos, diagrams and instructions.
The Matrix technique consists of seven steps:

1. Circular motions at the base of the neck.

2. Gentle tapping from the base of the neck up to the hairline and back.

3. Quick, circular motions from the base of the neck up to the hairline and back.

4. Light chopping motions from left shoulder to right.

5. Light chopping motions up the middle of the head to front hairline and down each side to above ears.

6. Raking fingers through hair starting at the nape and working to hairline and back.

7. Smooth, rapid circles up head and back to nape.
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Postby kulsham » 09 May 2005, 16:55

Energizing Massage Step 1

Place thumb and 3 fingers at base of neck and make quick, circular motions. Without breaking contact, switch hands.

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Postby kulsham » 09 May 2005, 17:01

Energizing Massage Step 2

Place fingers and thumbs on either side of neck. Tapping gently, work toward front hairline and back to nape. Repeat 3 times.

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Energizing Massage Step 3

Starting at nape, make smooth, quick, circular motions to front hairline and back to nape. Repeat 3 times.

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Energizing Massage Step 4

Make light chopping motions from left shoulder to right. Repeat 3 times.

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Postby kulsham » 09 May 2005, 17:17

Energizing Massage Step 5

Make light chopping motions up middle of head to front hairline and down each side to above ears. Repeat 3 times. Repeat Step 4 across shoulders.


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Postby kulsham » 09 May 2005, 17:21

Energizing Massage Step 6

Beginning at nape, place hands on opposite sides of head. Rake fingers through hair in short, quick motions from base of head to front hairline and back. Repeat 3 times.

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Postby kulsham » 09 May 2005, 17:29

Energizing Massage Step 7


Beginning at nape, use fingers and moderate pressure to make smooth, rapid circles up head and back to nape. Repeat 3 times. To finalize, make one smooth stroke from front hairline down head and across shoulders. Rinse hair and style.

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Postby kulsham » 09 May 2005, 17:40

Healthy Hair Minerals


Calcium - Essential for healthy hair growth.
Food sources: Dairy, tofu, fish, nuts, brewer's yeast, beans, lentils and sesame seeds.
Daily dose: Up to 1,500 mg.
Warnings: Too much calcium can inhibit the absorption of zinc and iron; An acid found in chocolate can inhibit calcium absorption.

Chromium - Helps prevent hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, both of which can cause hair loss..
Food sources: Brewer's yeast, liver, beef and whole wheat bread.
Daily dose: Up to 120 mg.
Warnings: People who are allergic to yeast should not take chromium supplements.

Copper - Helps prevent hair loss as well as defects in hair color and structure.
Food sources: Shellfish, liver, green vegetables, whole grains, eggs, chicken and beans.
Daily dose: Up to 3 mg. Warnings: High levels can lead to dry hair, hair loss and sever health problems.

Iodine - Helps regulate thyroid hormones and prevents dry hair and hair loss.
Food sources: Fish, seaweed, kelp, iodized salt, garlic.
Daily dose: 150 mcg.

Iron - Prevents anemia and hair loss.
Food sources: Liver, eggs, fish, chicken, whole grains, green vegetables and dried fruits.
Daily dose: 15 mg.
Warnings: Too much can lead to malfunctions of the liver and spleen.


Magnesium - Works with calcium to promote healthy hair growth.
Food sources: Green vegetables, wheat germ, whole grains, nuts, soy beans, chickpeas and fish.
Daily dose: 280 mg.

Manganese - Prevents slow hair growth.
Food sources: Whole grain cereals, eggs, avocados, nuts, seeds, beans, peas, fish, meat and chicken.
Daily dose: 3-9 mg.

Potassium - Regulates circulation and promotes healthy hair growth.
Food sources: Avocados, bananas, lima beans, brown rice, dates, figs, dried fruit, garlic, nuts, potatoes, raisins, yams and yogurt.
Daily dose: 3,500 mg.

Selenium - Keeps skin and scalp supple and elastic.
Food souces: Brewer's yeast, meat, fish, grains, tuna and broccoli.
Daily dose: 55 mcg.
Warnings: An excess of Selenium can be toxic, leading to the loss of hair, nails and teeth.

Silica - Strengthens hair and prevents hair loss.
Food sources: Seafood, rice, soybeans, green vegetables.
Daily dose: 55 mcg.
Warnings: An excess of Selenium can be toxic, leading to the loss of hair, nails and teeth.


Sulfur (methyl-sulfonyl-methane or MSM) - Sulfur is a main component to hair's structure.
Food sources: Onions, garlic, eggs, asparagus, meat, fish and dairy products.
Daily dose: 1-3 g.

Zinc - Zinc and Vitamin A work together; a deficiency in either can lead to dry hair and oily skin.
Food sources: Spinach, sunflower seeds, mushrooms, whole grains, red meat and brewer's yeast.
Daily dose: 12 mg. Warnings: Too much can interfere with iron absorption.
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Postby kulsham » 09 May 2005, 17:45

Vitamins For Healthy Hair

Good nutrition is vital to healthy hair growth, just as it's essential to overall good health. Although your body needs a variety of vitamins and minerals to maintain proper body functions, there are several that are specific to hair growth and health.
When starting a new vitamin regime, it usually takes from 2 to 3 months to see results in your hair's condition. That means that patience and consistency is very important. It's also important to check with your doctor before starting a vitamin program, especially if you have health concerns


Healthy Hair Vitamins


Vitamin A - Antioxidant that helps produce healthy sebum in the scalp. Food sources: Fish liver oil, meat, milk, cheese, eggs, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, apricots and peaches.
Daily Dose: 5,000 IU.
Warnings: More than 25,000 IU daily is toxic and can cause hair loss and other serious health problems.

Vitamin C - Antioxidant that helps maintain skin & hair health.
Food sources: Citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi, cantaloupe, pineapple, tomatoes, green peppers, potatoes and dark green vegetables.
Daily Dose: 60 mg.

Vitamin E - Antioxidant that enhances scalp circulation.
Food sources: Cold-pressed vegetable oils, wheat germ oil, soybeans, raw seeds and nuts, dried beans, and leafy green vegetables.
Daily dose: Up to 400 IU.
Warnings: Can raise blood pressure and reduce blood clotting. People taking high blood pressure medication or anticoagulants should check with their doctors before taking Vitamin E supplements.

Biotin - Helps produce keratin, may prevent graying and hair loss.
Food sources: Brewer's yeast, whole grains, egg yolks, liver, rice and milk.
Daily dose: 150-300 mcg.

Inositol - Keeps hair follicles healthy at the cellular level.
Food sources: Whole grains, brewer's yeast, liver and citrus fruits.
Daily Dose: Up to 600 mg.

Niacin (Vitamin B3) - Promotes scalp circulation.
Food sources: Brewer's yeast, wheat germ, fish, chicken, turkey and meat.
Daily dose: 15 mg. Warnings: Taking more than 25 mg a day can result in "niacin flush" - a temporary heat sensation due to blood cell dialiation.

Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) - Prevents graying and hair loss.
Food sources: Whole grain cereals, brewer's yeast, organ meats and egg yolks.
Daily dose: 4-7 mg.

Vitamin B6 - Prevents hair loss, helps create melanin, which gives hair its color.
Food sources: Brewer's yeast, liver, whole grain cereals, vegetables, organ meats and egg yolk.
Daily dose: 1.6 mg. Warnings: High doses can cause numbness in hands and feet.
Vitamin B12 - Prevents hair loss.
Food sources: Chicken, fish, eggs and milk.
Daily dose: 2 mg.
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Postby kulsham » 09 May 2005, 17:49

Pregnancy And Hair Loss

Pregnancy changes your entire body, and your hair is no exception. Many women experience luxuriant growth and increased thickness, while others find that their once lively locks have become dull or limp.
Increased Estrogen
If you find that your hair is growing fast and thick, you can thank the increased amount of estrogen in your body. Estrogen sends a signal to your hair follicles that they need to get growing and stop shedding. Increased estrogen also revs up your metabolism, which brings nutrients to your scalp as well as to your growing belly. In addition, many women eat better and take vitamins during pregnancy, which leads to healthy hair growth as well as a healthy body.

Texture Changes
If your mane seems to change texture – from straight to curly, full to limp – or won’t take a perm, that’s because the pregnancy hormones also affect the very structure of your hair.

They get to the cortex, which is responsible for giving hair its curl and elasticity. According to one mom of a 17-month old baby boy, “About three months into my pregnancy, my hairdresser pointed out that my hair seemed thicker and curlier than before. And I had always had rather fine, straight hair.”
Work With Your Hair - Not Against It
Instead of trying to fight these changes, learn to work with them. Running to the salon every few weeks to trim back your new growth can be expensive and time consuming. Why not revel in your newly lush locks? Invest in some snazzy hair accessories to dress it up or wear it down in all its lustrous glory. If you find yourself suddenly wavy or curly, invest in products that help define the shape and fight frizz. Give limp locks a boost with thickening and volumizing products concentrated at the roots. If you’re not sure where to begin, ask your stylist for tips and product recommendations.

Treat Yourself
To keep your hair and scalp in good condition, treat yourself to a soothing aromatherapy scalp massage once every few weeks. Simply add several drops of essential oils to a half-cup of warm vegetable oil. Essential oils considered safe to use during pregnancy include lavender, neroli, patchouli, sandalwood and ylang ylang. Massage into your scalp and ends, then wrap your hair in a warm towel and relax for as long as you like.

Hair and Health
Since hair is one of the first indicators of good health, women suffering from severe morning sickness or poor eating habits should look to their hair for warning signs that they’re not getting enough nutrients, especially iron. Even a small iron deficiency can lead to dry, brittle hair that’s lighter than your natural color and falls out easily. If you notice any alarming changes in your hair, be sure to tell your doctor.

Post-pregnancy Fallout
After the baby comes, don’t be surprised if all that beautiful new growth begins to fall out. Many women notice increased shedding from about 3 to 6 months after delivery, which is simply a sign of the body adjusting as hormone levels return to normal. It may take a couple of hair growth cycles (up to several years) before your texture completely returns to normal, especially if you wear your hair long.

Remember that everyone’s body – and hair – reacts differently to pregnancy. Have fun with the changes and remember, they’re only temporary.



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Postby Sayyeda » 27 May 2005, 20:41

A very informative post!

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