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Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let your hair down...

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 15, 2012 at 4:17 PM

I decided a few months ago that I was no longer going to dye my hair anymore (since I've been a different color every month for 15+ years) and chopped it all of to get rid of the dyed (black) hair. Since my hair is so damaged, I'm wondering what I should be eating to encourage healthy hair growth as I am growing it back out. Are there any paleo friendly, homemade hair treatments out there that you ladies have had luck with? I've heard that eggs and beer (NOT at the same time) are great on hair.

Side note: My well water is extremely high iron (as in, my toilet and shower are a lovely shade of orange). Any at home clarifying treatments? I've heard using Cider Vinegar works?

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on August 16, 2012
at 04:49 PM

I lost my hair due to cancer a few years back. Now I have hair past my butt almost to the back of my knees. I have used the advice of this comunity alot: http://www.longhaircomunity.com I use only one thing on my hair to wash and its a 100% organic childrens shampoo/body wash they sell here in Sweden. Then after my hair dries I gently put a small amout of coconut oil in for shine and health, too much will buold up and leave your hair greasy. Coming from someone who went from bald to extremely long hair everyone us different so something that works for you moght not for others.

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on August 16, 2012
at 03:24 PM

I always rinse with apple cider vinegar after using coconut oil- the vinegar helps remove all the oil.

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on August 16, 2012
at 03:23 PM

The bone broth has collagen as well as many other things- if you aren't doing bone broth you can order gelatin from grass-fed cows on amazon or get a collagen supplement.

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on August 16, 2012
at 01:42 AM

yikes be careful with this. Coconut oil was really difficult for me to get out of my hair. It took about three days of showers for my hair to not be greasy :)

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on August 15, 2012
at 05:32 PM

I can attest to the fact that bone broth made my hair grow in "thicker." I didn't notice any difference in how shiny it was or anything like that, but it seems thicker and stronger.

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on August 15, 2012
at 05:20 PM

I love my Aquasana shower filter. Immediate and noticeable difference in my hair and skin when I instilled it (and therefore stopped bathing in chlorine etc!)

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on August 15, 2012
at 04:53 PM

My hair has seemed a lot healthier with regular bone broth/gelatin consumption.

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on August 15, 2012
at 04:30 PM

Remember that hair health starts internally, not externally.

Sufficient protein, collagen (gelatin), Minerals (esp. Zinc), and biotin (eat the eggs, don't put them on your hair!)

I have short hair and only use a gentle shampoo once a week. Otherwise, it's just a warm water scrub under the shower to retain natural oils.

Maybe a filter on your shower, if the hard water is causing any issues.

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on August 15, 2012
at 05:20 PM

I love my Aquasana shower filter. Immediate and noticeable difference in my hair and skin when I instilled it (and therefore stopped bathing in chlorine etc!)

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on August 15, 2012
at 05:32 PM

I can attest to the fact that bone broth made my hair grow in "thicker." I didn't notice any difference in how shiny it was or anything like that, but it seems thicker and stronger.

E45c5a1c8df73da5e03bb6e7e90f8420

(644)

on August 16, 2012
at 03:23 PM

The bone broth has collagen as well as many other things- if you aren't doing bone broth you can order gelatin from grass-fed cows on amazon or get a collagen supplement.

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

(4347)

on August 15, 2012
at 04:53 PM

My hair has seemed a lot healthier with regular bone broth/gelatin consumption.

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on August 15, 2012
at 05:08 PM

I use Dr. Bronner's shampoo. It is pretty much made of only oils. It feels really healthy. But it is drying. So I condition with a spray of vinegar mixed with a lot of water. Result: perfect hair. I wash every two days.

Also I have heard that hair stops producing so much oil if you wash it less. Additionally, consuming salmon or omega 3's may help slow excess oil production and encourage healthy hair.

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on August 15, 2012
at 04:39 PM

Coconut Oil???liquify it, cover hair in it, wrap in a towel and leave on for 30 minutes+ Shampoo out..

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on August 16, 2012
at 01:42 AM

yikes be careful with this. Coconut oil was really difficult for me to get out of my hair. It took about three days of showers for my hair to not be greasy :)

E45c5a1c8df73da5e03bb6e7e90f8420

(644)

on August 16, 2012
at 03:24 PM

I always rinse with apple cider vinegar after using coconut oil- the vinegar helps remove all the oil.

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on August 15, 2012
at 04:37 PM

Yes, buy a filter for your shower head! I live in a desert, the water we get is hard- you can see whitish build up from what's in out on everything- dishes, sinks, bathtub, toilets, etc. It would even be on the floor where water had dripped from my hair/body after a shower prior to installing a filter.

I've never really done home remedies for my hair, but I only wash my hair a few times a week which helps it keep healthy. I also use a good clarifying shampoo once a week.

Lastly, if you don't already do this, let it air dry as often as possible.

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on August 16, 2012
at 12:28 AM

it won't make it grow, but vinegar will make your hair incredibly smooth and soft.

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on August 15, 2012
at 11:20 PM

Inositol is, among other things, supposed to promote healthy hair. I'm currently taking it for sleep problems and it may be helping somewhat. Only been taking it for a week or two, so we'll see if it has any beneficial effects on my hair. I assume, though, that it would take a while since it works from the inside out.

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on August 15, 2012
at 05:21 PM

I have found Argan Oil to be better for my hair than coconut oil.

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on August 16, 2012
at 03:28 PM

Apple Cider Vinegar is great for hair but be careful if you have dyed hair or very damaged hair. You most likely want to moisturize and nourish your hair since it is so damaged. There is an Ayurvedic hair oil called Amla Oil you can get it on amazon that works wonders. Also I agree that coconut oil is a great option, as well as argan oil and shea butter. I would find a good organic conditioner such as the ones by Aubrey Organics so you aren't further damaging your hair with subpar chemical products and definitely invest in a shower filter!

And, of course, eating healthy and lots of good fats is always key! Good luck!

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