Hair Loss And Herbs.

All individuals across the world are identified by distinct physical attributes, which are unique to each one of them. The hair on a person’s head is a very important distinguishing physical attribute in this regard. However, the human hair is susceptible to the onset of many problems and can easily lose its luster over a period of time. It may also thin out or fall off resulting in baldness. Hair loss is one of the most common complaints around the world, with baldness being seen as in a distinctive negative light in most cultures and people placing a premium on having good hair. Baldness tends to affect more males, but females are not immune from this disorder – however, males and females tend to suffer from distinctly different patterns of baldness. In fact, as people grow older, the greater is the chance that they will be affected by the male or female pattern of baldness, which is due to hereditary androgenic alopecia or AGA. The age is a very important determinant of hair loss, with older people showing greater loss of hair in general. Some types of herbal extracts may stem this problem in such people, where other attempts to reverse the hair loss have failed. Since hair loss is considered to be such a nuisance, it is perhaps best to understand first, what actually lies behind the phenomenon of hair loss and baldness – so as to develop treatments for it.

Hair and Hair Loss:

Hair grows from follicles arising on the scalp on the head. Every follicle of hair has a small bulb-shaped structure known as a dermal papilla at its base where it comes out of the scalp. This bulb like structure is extremely sensitive to physiological stimulus from many types of hormones and is also affected by other chemicals that are secreted by the body or ingested in medications – the action of hormones or chemicals affects hair growth and health in various ways. Male pattern balding, for example, has a hormonal cause in many cases.

Men are most susceptible to a receding hairline – the classic form of male pattern baldness, and many of them have a genetic predisposition to this phenomenon though some women may also show such signs of balding in rare instances. There are two main ways in which hair loss occurs with age in most people. In the type of hair loss most common in men, the hairline recedes; on the other hand, in the type of hair loss most commonly seen in women, the hair follicles tend to thin out over larger areas of the scalp – resulting in a patch of baldness. In both these cases, the thinning of hair or receding hairline is induced by hormonal changes brought on by the actions of a testosterone affecting enzyme present in the dermal papilla – this enzyme is known as 5-alpha-reductase.

The major biochemical action of this particular enzyme is the conversion of the male hormone testosterone into a secondary product known as dihydrotestosterone – DHT in short, which is far more potent than testosterone in activity. As more DHT is converted biochemically from testosterone, they attach to receptor sites in the hair follicles in greater numbers, as hair follicles have a larger number of androgen receptors to which the more potent DHT molecules can attach themselves. This overproduction of DHT from testosterone over a long period of time starts to affect the hair follicles, especially in men. Hair growth is affected as this compound degrades and shortens the active phase of the hair on the scalp, the results are the steady thinning out of hair and the final loss of hair on the scalp. All chemical compounds and products that have the intrinsic capacity to inhibit the action of this enzyme have the greatest chance of preventing and slowing down, or even completely reversing the loss of hair on the scalp.

Preventing Hair Loss:

Herbal extracts can help stem hair loss. In fact, a new ingredient found in some hair care products currently on sale is an extract of the lignans present in flaxseeds. This particular extract has very high amounts of a phytoestrogen compound simply known as SDG. The compounds found in these plant extracts strongly inhibit the activity of the 5-alpha-reductase enzyme. Plant-based extracts that have chemical compounds capable of removing excess cholesterol from the body may also be beneficial in the prevention of hair loss. This primary sterol is the chemical building material for the male hormone testosterone; any inhibition of testosterone will also curb excess DHT production and may prove beneficial.

In addition, the metabolization and effectiveness of these herbal extracts are increased by the use of a mixture of B vitamins, including folate, and the vitamin biotin. The addition of these nutrients will increase the bioavailability of the compounds in the herbal extracts. The addition of the nutrients also strengthens the hair and results in better-looking hair and a healthier scalp. The actual effectiveness and efficiency of various herbal compounds on hair growth is currently being studied in many laboratories around the world.

While herbal treatments may be effective, the results do not always show immediately and patience is required. This is because human hair grows at a rate of about a centimeter every month, the reduction in hair loss may only be apparent in three months time. Any new growth of hair could take four to six months to be noticeable to the person. The rate of hair loss and the balding pattern will gradually fall back to the same state when or if the treatment is halted for any reason.

A Few Herbs that Could Help:

The silicon rich horsetail herb keeps hair very strong and adds luster to hair. The Chinese dong Quai herb is rich in phytoestrogens that can even help reverse baldness and hair loss. Herbs like the nettle, aloe vera and the leaves of the birch help clean the skin and promote a growth of hair on the scalp. Saw palmetto may have the ability to actively inhibit DHT production, therefore stopping hair loss due to hormonal changes.

Hair Problems.

Human hair along with the nails is the only non-living tissue in the human body. Hair like nails is composed mainly of a fibrous protein known as keratin, its composition chemically is nearly identical to that of the material making up the fingernails and nails on the feet. New hair is continuously sprouting as keratin builds up in the scalp, the health of hair is maintained by a plentiful supply of essential nutrients from the nutrient-rich blood which reaches the hair follicles along the scalp via numerous blood vessels-follicles are areas from which hair sprouts anew. The growth of hair is a continuous process and taken on average, the human hair grows approximately half an inch in a single month this corresponds to the growth of nails. When hair falls off, another new growth usually replaces it, though it is not rare for people to shed up to a hundred hairs in a given day people with hair loss problems can lose much more hair in a day then the replacement and baldness may result in such individuals. Normally hair problems begin when the hair becomes dry or brittle due to problems with the scalp, it can stop growing back altogether in some cases, hair can become flecked with a lot of dead skin from the scalp called dandruff. This common phenomenon is brought about by the excessive flaking and shedding of skin on the scalp due to various reasons.

Hair loss is caused by a variety of factors, these can include the presence of excessive emotional stress, it can result from following a diet very poor in essential nutrients, and it can also be due to hormonal changes such changes as which accompany a term of pregnancy-pathogens and diseases can also induce hair loss and chemotherapy drugs can induce hair loss as well. Hair loss problems can also arise due to the presence of certain types of nutritional deficiencies in the person, they can also come about due to environmental circumstances, they can result from an underactive thyroid gland, due to immune disorders, or at times due to certain genetic factors inherited by the person.

Supplements and Herbs:

All of the herbs and herbal remedies along with the recommended supplements can be used to treat hair loss problems these can be used in the form of a combination therapy. The use of these supplemental measures may help hair grow stronger and turn healthier-these supplemental measures directly nourishing the follicular roots of the hair. These supplements must not be considered as miracle remedies which guarantee a lush head of hair, they are intended to strengthen hair and some improvement in the hair will become apparent within six months of continuous use this is the normal time frame during which new hair has time to grow on the head.

A lot of beneficial effects are brought to hair by the use of supplements which contain many of the essential fatty acids such herbal supplements include the oils of the flaxseed and the evening primrose herb. Hair is often very dull looking and dry without enough omega-3 fatty acids in the body, flaxseed oil contains these fatty acids in the abundance-the use of these fatty acids will restore life to lifeless hair. The use of supplemental flaxseed oil will also reduce the itching and flake from the scalp which results in dandruff. This oil can also be very useful in the treatment of eczema and psoriasis affecting the scalp. The scalp and the hair are moisturized by regular topical use of the evening primrose oil as the massage oil on the scalp.

Hair loss is also slowed down by the consumption of many vitamins and minerals, including important ones like zinc, these supplemental measures will also promote the healthy growth of hair growth in individuals affected by loss of hair over a long period of time. The use of the essential mineral zinc can also result in the boosting of impaired thyroid function, this supplemental is thus of great importance in treating brittle or thinning hair arising from an under active thyroid-all individuals affected in this way must take regular supplements of the mineral. Supplements of the essential mineral zinc need to be combined with the essential mineral copper when taken in regular doses. This is suggested so as to maintain the proper balance of the minerals within the body of the individual. Another very important function is served by the mineral copper in the biochemistry of the body. Copper is an essential component of the skin pigment known as melanin, this chemical pigment is the compound responsible for coloring hair and skin on the human body. Thus, these supplements may also help in reversing the graying of hair which may be due to a deficiency of the mineral copper in the body. Hair may also be strengthened by both the vitamin biotin and the vitamins of the vitamin B complex, these two may condition the hair and the scalp they can thus aid in the prevention of excessive hair loss in a person. Hair loss may also be restored by supplements of the vitamin biotin-this will only be in those cases where the hair loss arises because of a deficiency in the biotin content.

Hair loss can also be prevented by supplemental use of the compound called PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid); this chemical compound may also protect the hair follicles and encourage their growth. The restoration of gray hair to normal is often dealt via using supplements of this compound. Such a supplemental restoration may only work if the deficiency in PABA or other B vitamins is the cause for the graying of hair. Healthy growth of hair may also be promoted by the mineral selenium-supplements of this mineral can also be used on a regular basis over a long period of time.

Additional Ideas That May Help:

At all times, you must practice sensible eating habits and follow a healthy dietary regimen. Make sure that you do not follow any of the fad diets such dietary regimens may deprive you of many of the essential nutrients necessary for proper health. Use a mild shampoo to wash your hair at all times. Use a towel to gently dry hair and apply a leave-in conditioner after washing it follow this exercise on a regular basis. You must protect your hair from excessive wear and tear and, therefore, try avoiding contact with harsh chemicals; this can include the chlorine in swimming pools, and the high heat from common blow dryers or the heat of curling irons. Wear a hat when out in the open to protect the hair and the scalp from the harsh sunlight. A weekly scalp massage must be an essential component of your everyday life. This will lead to the stimulation of blood flow to the scalp; in addition, it will also help relieve stress a factor known to contribute to hair loss problems in many people.


  • Evening primrose oil, 1,000 mg three times daily. Can be replaced with 1,000 mg borage oil one time daily.
  • Flaxseed oil, 1 tbsp. of flaxseed oil daily. Take it every morning with food.
  • Vitamin B complex, one pill two times daily with the meal. Look for a vitamin B-50 complex with 50 mcg biotins and vitamin B12; 400 mcg of folic acid; and 50 mg all other B vitamins.
  • Biotin, 1,000 mg daily. Should be taken with vitamin B complex.
  • PABA, 100 mg daily.
  • Copper / Zinc, 2 mg copper and 30 mg zinc daily. When you use mineral zinc longer than 4 weeks, add copper.
  • Selenium, 200 mcg two times daily. Higher doses of selenium may be toxic, so do not exceed 600 mg of this mineral a day.

Other Beneficial Herbs:

  • Amla
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Maitake
  • Mamey Sapote
  • Psoralea
  • Rapini
  • Tamanu Nut Oil
  • Vietnamese Cilantro
  • Walnut
  • White Birch

Is Your Deodorant Really Safe?

If you would recall, a number of years ago some people had circulated e-mails asserting a connection between the use of deodorants and breast cancer. However, soon the assertion was confirmed to be a practical joke or hoax. Nevertheless, many still wonder if it was really a prank, or if there was some substance in what was being stated.

According to Dr. James W. Coleman, an investigator on the epidemiology (study of disease caused by virus) of breast cancer in Louisville in Kentucky, soon after such e-mails were circulated, representatives of different foremost breast cancer institutions having economic ties with the cosmetic industry manufacturing deodorants issued proclamations discrediting the communication spread through the e-mails. Dr. Coleman, however, pointed out that none of the statements issued by these breast cancer organizations made any reference to any published testimony to authenticate their claims. On the contrary, the findings of a research on the subject publish on January 12, 2004, the issue of the Journal of Applied Toxicology hinted that there could be some truth in the information circulated through the e-mails.

It would be worthwhile to note that Dr. Philippa Darbre, the head of the team that conducted the above-mentioned study and a cancer researcher at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, has been engaged in scientific research for 20 years to study the methods of controlling the growth of cells of breast cancer. During her course of research, Dr. Darbre examined as many as 20 cases of human breast cancer and incidentally found the presence of parabens (artificial anti-microbial means used as cosmetic stabilizers) in 18 cases. According to Dr. Darbre, the presence of these harmful chemicals in the human breast tumor or lump is of great significance as earlier researchers have established that parabens are capable of imitating the functioning of estrogens and augment the development of breast cancer.

Dr. Darbre and her team found out that the parabens present in the breast tumors comprised esters (an organic fragrant compound) and this pointed toward the fact that they may have entered the body through the skin. In other words, the parabens are likely to have been soaked up by the skin from body creams, body sprays, and under-arm deodorants. It was also found that when the same parabens are consumed through foods, they undergo metabolism and drop the ester group. As a result of this, the parabens are less likely to imitate the growth inducing functions of estrogen.

On the other hand, so far the cosmetic industry has been firm on its stand that the chemicals present in the deodorants cannot enter the body through the skin. They further maintain that even if some of these chemicals are soaked up by the skin and enter the body, they would soon undergo metabolism and be send out through excretion. The cosmetic industry has also asserted that keeping in view the manner in which the human body functions it is extremely difficult for these chemicals to infiltrate to the breast because physiologically the lymph (body fluid enclosing white cells) glands would normally remove all contaminants and straighten up. However, substantiating her findings, Dr. Darbre says that it would appear to be normal if the tumors happened in a uniform manner with 20 per cent surfacing in each of the five different areas of the breast. But during her research, it was found that 60 per cent of all breast growths appears in just 1/5 of the breast – the upper-outer quarter area of the breast that is nearest to the under-arm. Hence, Dr. Darbre claims that her findings substantiate her theory that the parabens are soaked up by the skin and infiltrate to the breasts leading to cancerous growths.

It may be mentioned here that in addition to deodorants, the parabens are also present in other cosmetics like in body mists, body lotions, foaming cleansers, lipstick, body cream, facial cream, skin cream, hand lotion and moisturizers as well as body and shower gel. Apart from cosmetics, parabens also have industrial use and are present in oils, fats, glues and even shoe polish.

Meanwhile, Philip Harvey, an editor of the Journal of Applied Toxicology that published the findings of Dr. Darbre’s research, is of the opinion that it cannot be said for sure that the parabens are really liable for breast tumors, but keeping in view the alarming rise in breast cancer globally, it may be certainly said that these chemicals are somehow or the other related to the disorder. Philip Harvey further suggests that the findings of Dr. Darbre’s research need to be construed carefully. At the same time, he admits that the findings of the research are of utmost significance as they demonstrate that the estrogenic elements have been discovered in the breast, it is also true that they can be absorbed by the body, through the skin or otherwise.

What You Need to Search:

Apart from the parabens, there are several other artificial elements that are present in the cosmetics like deodorants that are basically used under-arm. These synthetic chemicals include aluminum salts that include potassium alum, which is known to putting off sweating by blocking up the sweat pores.

The other artificial chemicals usually found in the underarm cosmetics are: a synthetic preservative called BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene), an emulsifier, carrier and petroleum product known as propylene glycol and ethyl hexyl glycerine obtained from a petrochemical product and used as a synthetic chemical addition as well as an anti-bacterial. Borax or boric acid found in the underarm cosmetics is essentially a toxic product while polysorbate 20 is a fatty acid ester where the number 20 denotes that the substance has been exposed to ethylene oxide also identified as the human carcinogen.

In addition to the above-mentioned synthetic chemicals, underarm cosmetics also contain streareth 100, which can be obtained from vegetables and is made to undergo a chemical reaction with ethylene oxide or ethoxylated, synthetic fragrance that comprises 95 percent synthetic compound obtained from petroleum and triclosan, which is an artificial anti-bacterial mediator, antibiotic or a biocide.

The Brighter Side:

While we have briefly discussed the harm the synthetic chemicals present in cosmetics can do, remember that there is a brighter side of the whole episode too. Look around and you will be amazed to know and find that there are so many natural substitutes to the artificial chemicals present around us. If you cannot find them yourself, look for them in the health food store in your vicinity, cooperatives, pharmacies as well as the online stores available on the Internet. While looking for natural cosmetics, you need to search for deodorants that are ‘paraben free’, ‘propylene free’ and ‘aluminum free’. It is advisable to keep away from products or items that are tricky to enunciate or pronounce.

Now the crucial question is how we minimize our coming close to the artificial as well as ecological toxins. Will the problem be resolved by avoiding using the constituents present in the cosmetics, particularly in the armpits, or should we need to read the labels on the different cosmetic products more carefully and ask questions and seek answers to them before using them? Whatever may be the case, it is essential that each one of us need to answer these questions to keep ourselves and others free from toxins.

Do You Know What’s in Your Shampoo?

Most people use shampoo, at least, a few times a week. But do you know what’s actually in it? A list of shampoo ingredients from the website Good may give you something to think about when choosing your next one:

  • woman using shampooSurfactants: Surfactants are necessary for the lathering, cleaning, and degreasing effects of a shampoo. Conventional surfactants such as sodium lauryl or Laureth sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate, cocamide DEA, and ammonium xylene sulfonate have the potential for harshness, stripping away fatty acids.Natural surfactants such as decyl glucoside, sucrose cocoate, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate, and sodium lauroamphoacetate may not foam like a conventional product, but your hair will still be just as clean.
  • Preservatives: The main function of preservatives is to ensure a long shelf life. None is truly benign. A conventional preservative such as isopropenyl butyl carbamate, methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone, and parabens tend to be stronger, with more allergenic and irritant potential.Natural preservatives such as potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, and alcohol are milder.
  • Color: In basic shampoos, color is added for decorative purposes only. Conventional colorants are often added but are not necessary for a shampoo to function at all. Most natural brands do not even use colorants at all!
  • It takes just a minute or two to give your hair a thorough washing, but when you multiply that by every day, or at least a few times a week, for a lifetime, it adds up to many minutes — and loads of exposure to the chemicals in your shampoo.

    During that time, you want to be sure that the shampoo you’re putting onto your scalp is safe and non-toxic for your body, and this will take a bit of due diligence on your part because the majority of shampoos on the market are actually quite toxic.

    There are no federal regulations for beauty products, including shampoo, so it’s really a buyer beware market.

    Just what might you find in your favorite brand?

    5 Common — and Toxic — Shampoo Ingredients

    1. Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate (SLS/SLES): Sodium lauryl sulfate is a surfactant, detergent and emulsifier used in thousands of cosmetic products, as well as in industrial cleaners. It is present in nearly all shampoos, scalp treatments, hair color and bleaching agents, toothpastes, body washes and cleansers, make-up foundations, liquid hand soaps, laundry detergents and bath oils/bath salts.Although SLS originates from coconuts, the chemical is anything but natural.The real problem with SLES/SLS is that the manufacturing process (ethoxylation) results in SLES/SLS being contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a carcinogenic byproduct.SLS is the sodium salt of lauryl sulfate, and is classified by the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Skin Deep Cosmetics Database as a “denaturant, surfactant cleansing agent, emulsifier and foamer,” rated as a “moderate hazard.”

      Research studies on SLS have shown links to:

      • Irritation of the skin and eyes
      • Organ toxicity
      • Developmental/reproductive toxicity
      • Neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, ecotoxicology, and biochemical or cellular changes
      • Possible mutations and cancer
    2. Dioxane: 1,4 dioxane, a byproduct of ethylene oxide, received a “high hazard” rating from EWG’s Skin Deep, and it is commonly found in shampoo and other personal care products. Even baby shampoo often contains this cancer-causing toxin.On the CDC site, 1,4 dioxane is described as “probably carcinogenic to humans,” toxic to the brain and central nervous system, kidneys and liver. It is also a leading groundwater contaminant.
    3. Diethanolamine or DEA: In a recent FDA report, approximately 42% of all cosmetics were contaminated with NDEA, with shampoos having the highest concentrations. DEA also readily reacts with nitrite preservatives and contaminants to create nitrosodiethanolamine (NDEA), a known and potent carcinogen.This is a big problem because DEA seems to block absorption of the nutrient choline, which is vital to brain development. Pregnant women actually require extra choline so they can pass it on to their fetus.An associate dean for research at the UNC School of Public Health mentioned that choline is necessary to help provide proper nutrients for  a healthy baby; stating that, “At this point it is a caution. But it would probably be prudent to look at labels and try to limit exposure until we know more.”
    4. Propylene Glycol: This active ingredient is found in engine coolants and antifreeze, airplane de-icers, tire sealants, rubber cleaners, polyurethane cushions, paints, adhesives, enamels and varnishes, and in many products as a solvent or surfactant.And guess what? Despite the fact the material safety data sheet warns users to avoid skin contact with propylene glycol as it is a strong skin irritant and can also cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage, it’s more than likely in your shampoo.
    5. Parabens: Parabens, which are used as preservatives, may be listed on the label as methyl paraben, ethyl paraben, propyl paraben, butyl paraben, isobutyl paraben or E216. They have shown particularly troubling links to cancer.Studies have shown that parabens can affect your body much like estrogens, which can lead to diminished muscle mass, extra fat storage, and male gynecomastia (breast growth). Other studies have also linked parabens to breast cancer, as researchers found traces of parabens in every sample of tissue taken from 20 different breast tumors.The EPA has linked methyl parabens in particular to metabolic, developmental, hormonal, and neurological disorders, as well as various cancers.

    Your Skin Readily Absorbs Shampoo Toxins:

    When you put shampoo or conditioner onto your scalp, the 20 blood vessels, 650 sweat glands, and 1,000 nerve endings soak in the toxins.

    The truth is, while you wouldn’t ever eat your shampoo, you may actually absorb fewer toxins when you eat something than you do when you apply it to your skin!

    According to evidence presented at 1978 Congressional hearings, the absorption of the carcinogen nitrosodiethanolamine (NDELA), which is commonly found in shampoo products, was shown to be more than 100 times greater when exposure came through your skin than via your mouth.

    The truth is, when you consume toxins in foods, such as pesticides in fruit and vegetables, the enzymes in your saliva and stomach often break them down and flush them out of your body. Food also passes through your liver and kidneys, so the toxins that make it through are detoxified to varying degrees by enzymes before they reach the remainder of your body.

    However, when toxins are absorbed through your skin, they bypass your liver and enter your bloodstream and tissues — with absolutely no protection whatsoever.

    Even “Organic” Shampoos Maybe Toxic:

    Cosmetics and their ingredients do not have to undergo any type of approval process before hitting store shelves, and the terms “natural” and “organic” have no definitions. In other words, when it comes to cosmetics labeling, it’s a free for all.

    Some products may include a few organic ingredients along with several chemical ones — and still claim to be natural or organic on the label.

    In fact, in a report released in 2008, the Organic Consumers Association found at least one toxic, cancer-linked chemical in over 40 percent of products that call themselves “natural.”

    What are Your Safer Shampoo Options?

    Daily use of ordinary, seemingly benign personal care products like shampoo, toothpaste and shower gel can easily result in exposure to thousands of chemicals, and many will make their way into your body and become “stuck” there, since you lack the means to break them down.

    So you will want to seek out pure and natural cosmetic products, and choose them carefully. One of the easiest ways to do this is to make your own personal care products using simple all-natural ingredients that you may already have in your home.

    Finding recipes for your own homemade beauty products is simple if you have access to the Internet — just Google “homemade cosmetics” for more than 400,000 pages of recipes and instructions.

    If you’d rather not make your own, the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database is an excellent resource to help you find safe natural personal care products. A newer site called Good Guide is also helpful in finding and evaluating healthful, green products — both personal care items and food.

    Finally, if you’re perusing your local health food store for some safe, natural options, here are my top guidelines to keep in mind:

    • Look for the genuine USDA Organic Seal.
    • If you can’t pronounce it, you probably don’t want to put it on your body. Ask yourself, “Would I eat this?”
    • Look for products that are fragrance-free. One artificial fragrance can contain hundreds—even thousands—of chemicals, and fragrances are a major cause of allergic reactions.
    • Pay attention to the order in which the ingredients are listed. Manufacturers are required to list ingredients in descending order by volume, meaning the first few ingredients are the most prominent. If calendula extract is the last ingredient in a long list, your calendula body wash isn’t very natural.
    • Stick to the basics. Do you really need 20 products to prepare for your day? Simplify your life and rescue your bank account.
    • Buy products that come in glass bottles rather than plastic, since chemicals can leach out of plastics and into the contents. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a serious concern; make sure any plastic container is BPA free.
    • Look for products that are made by companies that are earth-friendly, animal-friendly and green.

Scalp Rescue!


2 ounces unscented massage cream
3 drops rose otto essential oil
5 drops sandalwood essential oil

Combine essential oils with a unscented cream. To damp hair -massage oil into the scalp and work through the strands, covering all hair completely. For long or thick hair, use 1-2 teaspoons of the oil mixture, and for fine or short hair, use a 1/2-1 teaspoon of the mixture. Cover hair with a shower cap and sit under heat or a warm towel for a minimum of 20 minutes and no longer than 2 hours.

Once done, shampoo blend out and style hair as normal. This recipe can also be used to condition after shampooing.