Category Archives: Health

Yoga stimulates hair growth

…. or at the very least yoga helps to prevent hair loss. Stress can wreak havoc on your hair. It can not only STOP your hair growth but it can also make your hair fall out!

According to Mayo Clinic psychiatrist
Daniel K. Hall-Flavin, M.D.
there are 3 types of hair loss that are associated with high stress levels:

* Alopecia areata. A variety of factors are thought to cause alopecia areata, possibly including severe stress. With alopecia areata, white blood cells attack the hair follicle, stopping hair growth and making hair fall out.
* Telogen effluvium. In this condition, emotional or physical stress pushes large numbers of growing hairs into a resting phase. Within a few months, the affected hairs may fall out suddenly when simply combing or washing your hair.
* Trichotillomania. Trichotillomania (trik-oh-til-oh-MAY-nee-uh) is an irresistible urge to pull out hair from your scalp, eyebrows or other areas of your body. Hair pulling can be a way of dealing with negative or uncomfortable feelings, such as stress, anxiety, tension, loneliness, fatigue or frustration.

Always assess your stress levels, not just for your hair but for your heart and mental health. When in doubt, exercise.

Yoga, is an exercise that I’ve always incorporated into my regimen. It requires intense mental and physical strength (beginners don’t fret, just take your time!). You are literally forced to focus on the moment right now. Nothing else matters except following the breath and counting down the time until you get out of the downward dog pose! I love how yoga begins with a physically intense set of poses and then slows down into a meditative cool down relaxation.

Afterward a session of yoga, I’m calm and relaxed — I actually sleep better!

Yoga can help you overcome stress, anxiety, and poor blood circulation in the head. These are all issues that contribute to hair loss. Remember that stress and hair loss don’t have to be permanent. If you make the effort to get your stress under control, your hair may grow back. However, if you are eating better, less stressed and exercising but don’t notice your normal hair growth — it is probably time to see your doctor.

There are many products on the market that claim to “grow hair” but most of these don’t work! I’ve NEVER found a topical product to “grow hair.” IMO the only way to have a healthy head of hair is through a healthy diet, exercise and a vitamin supplement.

My favorite yoga guru is Steve Ross on INHALE Yoga on Oxygen. You can get a preview of his class here

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Yes, I want to eat that.

Newman’s has always been a favorite brand of mine because of it’s natural ingredients and charitable giving. While in the cereal isle the other day, contemplating on which cereal had the least fat, sugar, salt — most fiber, whole grain, natural ingredients etc. (I mean this is just as painful as selecting a body wash –even though Dove & Burt’s Bees are my 2 favorites)

I was so surprised & happy to find cereal from Newman’s Own Vanilla Almond 🙂 Yay! I totally trust this company and immediately made my decision. There’s nothing to NOT love, there’s a ton of fiber, it’s low in sugar and calories — plus, it tastes terrrrrific! I just had a small bowl with unsweetened almond milk. The kicker– there is NO high fructose corn syrup! Even though, you may have seen the corn industry commercials trying to make HFS naysayers look stupid by presenting their friend to say .. “oh what, there’s nothing wrong with HFS–it’s fine in moderation & it’s made from corn.” :-/ *blank stare* *pass* NO thanks.. it’ll still give you cavities. It’s still processed food. It’s still BAD for you.

OK the only downside to this cereal is that it was expensive @ a little over $6.00 for a box 😦 yes– and it doesn’t have a lot of cereal in there. The bag is like 1/2 full. This just means that I savor it as the delicacy it is. Here’s a link to some coupons, even one for $1.00 off a box of Sweet Enough cereal http://www.newmansown.com/coupons.aspx


Taking back black businesses one head at a time…

I came across this great article on blackenterprise.com “Doing Business in South Africa: Taking Ethnic Haircare Back” and it’s the story of Mary Harris who is “flipping the script on black hair.” This is awesome because here in the US we do not own a majority of the products created for our hair. Whether you have natural or chemically treated hair, I’m talking about both. Everything from the pomade, the shampoos, conditioners, weaves, etc we barely own anything. However, thanks to social media we are allowed to meet new friends #naturalhair (shout out!) and purchase homemade products from one another.

These products generally are like farm grown products, much better for our body, minds and pockets. Thanks to the #naturalhair tag, I’ve also been able to purchase homemade products (earrings love love love) 2 of my favorite shops: KSquire Designs & Peace Images both on etsy.

Okkk so back to the Black Enterprise article, I think that it’s awesome that Ms. Harris is focusing on “black financial empowerment” with an emphasis of circulating money back into our communities. Her market South Africa. But, when it comes to black hair, the market is everywhere. Oftentimes, we are left with inferior products & as vendors or purchasers we need to start making the decision to support QUALITY products & products made by us. Although, a company like PM is not black owned, he does make quality products & I will not support black businesses if I have to put crap into my hair.

Check out the article… toodles … it’s LUNCH time 🙂 I’ve not eaten meat for 2 days. I’m working toward an 80% veg and 20% meat lifestyle right now … Hey maybe it’ll do wonders for my hair, you never know. :-]


Black Currant Oil, A hair & skin problem solver?

I was browsing through the natural hair blogs & websites last night for a long time. I decided on one thing that I’m not going to do. That’s be a serial product tester,demonstrator & commentator. Granted, I’ve used my share of products & I have lots to say about them … soon soon… but some folks just do it better. There are a myriad of YouTube videos that I will continue to post my favorites on the FaceBook page. But I’m just not wasting my money, esp on products when I KNOW won’t work.

Idk if it’s because I’m getting older, but I have a slight OCD with my skin, hair & body shape. The only way to remedy this without the occasional shot of Botox is to examine what’s going on internally. One of my recent finds is Back Currant Oil. I found information on Dr. Weil’s site.

Black Currant Oil is is oil pressed from black currant seeds. It is available as gel caps (hate hard pills anyway). Look for ones containing at least 45 mg of GLA (gamma-linolenic acid). GLA is an essential fatty acid & according to Dr. Weil it may help lessen a variety of symptoms:
* Autoimmune disorders (including lupus, eczema, and psoriasis)
* Hair problems including dryness, brittleness, thinning, or splitting
* Nail problems such as weak or brittle nails
* Premenstrual syndrome
* Inflammatory disorders

The oil should be taken internally & topical forms should be avoided. Because I’m not suffering from any of these symptoms, I’m not going to add this to my supplement regimen. Esp. b/c I just started taking Natural Green powder (1 scoop) in the morning to get part of my fruit & vegetable daily servings in.

However, adding Black Currant Oil may help people who aren’t getting the desired results from a diet change & supplements. Dr. Weil on


Nutiva Coconut Oil

I’d been wanting to try Coconut Oil for the longest. However, in my quest to find the purest, healthiest, bestest out there–that just wasted time and energy. All I had to do was go to the health food store and pick one up! Well, I still researched Nutiva’s.. it was a cross between buying Nutiva & Dr. Mercola’s coconut oil. From what I read Nutiva has this coconut oil (organic stuff) down to a science 😉 I was very impressed at how well the oil is processed and making sure it’s as close to nature as possible.

Dr. Mercola also has the organic process down to a science & I do believe much of what he says & the research he does. However, it just so happened that I found Nutiva @ the store first. Also, you can find a wealth of research with Dr. Andrew Weil’s site http://www.drweil.com. He has been a leader in vitamin and health research.

What I did with my coconut oil 😮 Well, I put some in my hair with Sebastian Laminates frizz free serum and did some wet twists. Wow, my hair felt terrrrrrrrrific. So soft and spongy. The curls were perfect–even though I always tease them out afterward. Just wow! There was no overpowering smell with the coconut oil… it smells like coconut (pastry like– a currant roll specifically) that I loved (I HATE strong overpowering scents–just a headache for me). Next, I used the coconut oil on my skin…doubllly wow! It just melts, literally… love that-gave my skin a nice glow and I know it’s fighting this winter ash! Not to mention, the antibacterial effect of coconut oil.

Last but certainly not least (and this has nothing to do with hair, unless the coconut oil gets absorbed into my blood stream and makes my hair grow thicker….) I put 2 tbsp into about 3 cups of brown rice. I don’t recommend eating lots of coconut oil & really I was supposed to use the coconut milk… but just couldn’t resist. Lovely coconut flavor on my rice & I ate it with an Indian spinach and tofu dish for lunch. Awesome!

Still not a fan of grated coconut b/c I don’t like the consistency. I’m just weird like that. But coconut oil & milk… are awesome in my book!


Birth Control & Hair Loss

As I’ve described in a past post that I’ve always had “problem skin” which lately has been driving me nuts. I’m already using products prescribed by my dermatologist. Who is great, but just too busy- and I don’t think really understands my skin. I don’t breakout as much as I used to but whenever a pimple comes up, it goes away pretty quickly. The lagging problem is the dark mark that’s left on my face that takes weeks to really go away.

I really don’t want to get on stronger antibiotics/tetracycline’s that will potentially irritate my skin. My Dad always talks about changing my diet and the nutritionist always talks about my blood. Poor me! I’m not giving up cheese & just don’t have that kind of time to always eat organic products. I say cheese b/c the hormones (really dairy & meat) some say are linked to acne.

Ok key word hormones. What better product to regulate hormones than birth control? Ortho-Tricyclen and Yaz are the two that I found that can improve moderate acne. I will make sure to report what my Dr. says about both medicines & which one I will choose.

On the downside, while these medicines can regulate hormones & help clear up skin, they can potentially cause hair loss. The American Hair Loss Association recommends that all women interested in using birth control pills should only use a low-androgen index birth control pill. If there is a genetic predisposition for hair loss then this may not be the option for you. Read more on their website


Hair loss & being proactive

I had to reference an article that I found in the NY Times about women and hair loss.