IMG_1249

10 tips to make hair grow faster…

We’ve all been there. You head to the salon to get the trendy-bob, chop it all off, and two days later — completely regret your actions! Whether you’re recovering from a bad cut, or hoping for luscious locks by your big day; waiting for your hair to grow can be a tedious, frustrating process. The average person’s hair grows about a quarter of an inch a month — and while there’s no overnight cure to long locks (extensions aside), we’re sharing 10 tricks on how to make your hair grow faster. You’ll be on the road to long, healthy strands in no time!
Switch up your part/pony: It’s an easy move, but can help maintain the strength of your strands. When you change around your pony, the strands are less likely to break — applying pressure to the same style everyday (same strands) will cause breakage.

Cold Rinse: At the end of each shower, rinse your strands in cold water. Cold water actually helps prevent moisture loss, heat damage and snags. This trick will help to grow hair, and keep it healthy for a longer period of time. Also, try washing your hair with warm (not hot) water every time you shower.

Brush: Be gentle, and kind when you’re brushing your hair. Post-shower, my hair is a knot — I’ve learned to be patient. When you’re working through these rebellious strands, start from the bottom, and work your way up. Also, the wet brush is my favorite (works great on kids, too!) as it works through your strands using little-no pressure. It’s honestly magic, and it saves strands.

Skip the Towel: Drop the towel (well, you know what I mean) — Wet hair is fragile, so twisting it up into a large towel can break strands easily. Simply pat dry, and let H20 take care of the rest.

Trim: I know, this one is weird (and traumatizing if you’re coming off a bad cut). The truth is, it’s important to treat damage ends, or they will break off and make your hair even shorter. Don’t over-do this, obviously — every 6-8 weeks should do the trick! Everything in moderation.

Indulge in a Massage: This one, I can do! Giving yourself an at-home scalp massage can increase blood flow to the scalp which helps nutrients get to the follicles. All this time, I thought those massages were bonus while at the salon! Turns out, they’re actually vital to growth! Next time your’e in the shower, take an extra few minutes to massage your shampoo/conditioner.

Vitamins: Taking prenatal vitamins is said to promote healthy growth. Biotin will help hair, in addition to your skin and nails. That’s what we call a triple win! This article is a great resource, but always consult your doctor before taking a new type of vitamin.

Drop the Shampoo Bottle: Try skipping the shampoo as much as possible (maybe use shampoo a couple times a week). The reason behind this? Shampoo is to wash away dirt/bacteria, and buildup — but, it can also take some vital nutrients that live in our strands, causing breakage.

Use Conditioner: Probably a given, but conditioner is your BFF. Ever wonder why it feels so good on those strands post use? It’s because conditioner replaces the proteins, and coats follicles to prevent even more damage from happening. Don’t overdo it, just a nickel size amount!

Pillowcase: Switching to a softer pillowcase will do wonders for your growth! You’ll wake up with fewer tangles, and remove friction throughout the night. Switch to a sateen fabric like this one! 

 

IMG_0345

Good to know…  it helps to have low blood pressure.

5 Things Your Wrinkles Say About Your HealthBy Hallie Levine 
Here is what your wrinkles can tell you about your overall health.

You can try to erase wrinkles with cosmetic procedures, or you can accept them as a badge of aging—a sign that you’ve lived your life long and well. You probably know that some creases can indicate a quick smile and a genial nature; others, a lifetime of lounging in the sun. What you may not realize is that your wrinkles can also reveal potential health concerns. Take a look at the following 5:

1. You’re at risk for osteoporosis.

A recent study found the deeper your wrinkles, the lower your bone density.

Your skin may actually be a window to your bones, according to a 2011 Yale study. Researchers looked at more than 100 women in their late 40s and early 50s who were in the first three years of menopause and found that those with the most and deepest wrinkles actually had the lowest bone density. (None of the women were on hormone therapy.) “Both bone and skin share common building blocks, a group of proteins known as collagens, which decrease in both as we age,” explains study author Lubna Pal, MD, director of the Program for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome & Menopause at Yale University School of Medicine. (Here are 12 simple ways to strengthen your bones for life.)

2. You have early stage heart disease.

A diagonal wrinkle in your ear lobe (see what it looks like here) may be an early warning sign of ticker trouble. In fact, folks with this ear crease (known as “Frank’s sign,” after the researcher, Sanders T. Frank, who discovered it in 1973) were much more likely to show signs of heart disease during a CT scan than people who didn’t have the crease, according to a 2012 study done at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. One theory is that the wrinkles are caused by the collapse of tiny blood vessels to the ear lobe, and this is a reflection of the changes in blood vessels around the heart, explains Debra Jaliman, MD, a dermatologist at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

3. You have high blood pressure.

Women who look younger than their years—meaning they have less facial sagging—tend to have lower blood pressure, according to a 2013 study done at Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands. The study also found that both men and women from families with longevity were less likely to have skin wrinkling on their upper arms than other people the same age.

4. You’re under a ton of stress.

Doctors say worrying can give you wrinkles. “I can often tell how anxious a new patient is by the lines on her face,” says NYC dermatologist Janet Prystowsky, MD, PhD. When you’re stressed, you tend to furrow your brow, which over time can lead to permanent forehead wrinkles. But you’ll see them elsewhere on your face as well: When you’re constantly anxious, your body pumps out large amounts of the stress hormone cortisol, which degrades collagen in your skin. (Are you just stressed, or is it an anxiety disorder? It’s more common than you think.)

5. You’re eating too much sugar. Wrinkles could be a sign that you eat too much sugar.

When you consume the sweet stuff, the sugar attaches to proteins in your body to form AGEs—a fitting acronym for advanced glycation end products. AGEs break down collagen and elastin, and that can lead to even more fine lines and wrinkles, says Holly Kanavy, MD, director of Pharmacology at Montefiore Health System and assistant professor of Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, try to quench it with fruit: Research shows that most fruit (but especially pomegranates and mangos) have anti-glycating properties, which means they can reverse the damage done to your skin. (Check out Sugar Smart Express for a 21-day plan to break your sugar addiction, drop pounds, and save your skin.)