The Lunar Method: Growing your Hair with the Moon.

moonaHello dears.

How could I have left out something as simple and elemental as the moon and it’s powerful forces, for all this time in our hair talks? Well, I hadn’t given the subject very much credit or thought until recently. As I have gotten older and paid more attention, I feel the pull and push of the moon more strongly.  I feel space-y and light in the days leading up to a full moon, like the air is very thin. Then, the full moon night keeps me up, wired, with a racing mind. Who else experiences this? What other ways do you feel the moon’s energy effect yours? I think it is important that we explore the Lunar Hair Method.

2015-05-30 13.25.39-1What inspired this post initially was a photo my science-babe sister took with her microscope of a keratinocyte, a singular isolated cell, one of millions which makes up the epidermal layer of skin, and also our hair follicles (where our hairs are born and raised.) Looks so moon-like, I made a very obvious connection of moon and hair.

Also, I recently had a consultation with a woman who was wanting to know how to lengthen her hair’s ‘resting’ length, or get it to grow past the length where it always seems to appear to stop growing altogether. I started reading up on the Lunar Hair Method.

The Lunar Hair Method

Today, we are going to talk a bit about why trimming our hair according to the lunar phases could boost our hair growth in a very real way. This method uses the same science and tradition that farmers have used for thousands of years, of planting and harvesting crops in times of lunar push/pull…..And the same forces that effect our oceans tides. By knowing the moons cycles, according to the ancient healing arts of Ayurvedic and Chinese herbalism, we can determine the perfect time to trim our hair to maximize fast, healthy growth.

7U6A8349We all know that the gravitational pull created by the earth and moon cause the tides to rise and fall. Our bodies are made up of 60% water. So in the way of the tides, our bodies experience an outward pull (growth) during the waxing moon phase. The waning moon phase brings fluids inward, towards your roots.

Using the Moon for Hair Growth

Trimming or cutting your hair when the moon is just entering a Waxing Moon phase will promote hair growth. During the two weeks of this waxing New Moon phase, the body is replenishing its resources, expending less energy and striving to obtain its optimal health peak. Hair growth is accelerated during this time, especially when the moon is in the astrological house of the earth signs Capricorn or Taurus or in the water signs Pisces, Cancer or Scorpio

How the Moon Can Help Thinning Hair

If you want to thicken your thinning mane, trimming or cutting your hair near the end of a New Moon may prove counter-productive. The New Moon cycle is geared toward retaining nutrients and storing energy. Near the end of the cycle the body begins to discard the excess it has stored which could result in thinner hair. The best time for harnessing the moon’s ability of creating thicker hair is when the moon lies in Pisces, Capricorn, Taurus or Cancer when Full Moon cycle begins.

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For more on the Lunar Hair Method and a chart of best days to cut your hair for growth, click over to the Morrocco Method website.

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 5 more tips for faster, healthier hair growth.

Along with ancient wisdom and the gravity of the moon, here are 5 more tips to maximize your hair growth.

1. Make sure to brush your hair daily with a boar bristle brush to distribute the oil from your scalp into your dry ends. I 100% recommend investing in a Mason Pearson Pocket Mixture Hair Brush.

This will help keep your ends protected, and encourage healthy hair growth from your scalp. If you have very curly hair and prefer not to brush, use your hands and give yourself a stimulating scalp massage before bed every night.

2. Drink horsetail tea. Daily. You can forage horsetail and harvest the fresh green tips, dry it, steep it and drink it. You can also buy the bulk dried herb and make tea with it.

3. Be SURE to oil your ends lightly with coconut oil  before you wash or even rinse your hair, and before spending a lot of time in the sun. Keep those ends protected. This will give your hair a longer life, and lengthen your hair’s natural  ‘resting’ length.

4. Get regular trims, and consider DIY-ing it so you can be sure not too much comes off. Do it every 3 months or so, according to The Lunar Method.

5. Protect your hair while you sleep! This really does make a difference in the condition and resiliency of your hair:) Check this post for how-to’s.

6. Start drinking fresh fruit/veggie juice. Real talk. Here is my recipe.

xoxo, HTHG

10 Foods to Boost Hair Growth

10 Foods To Boost Hair Growth

Guest Post Alert. Thanks for this hair-boosting food guide, from NiceHair. xo!

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Beautiful, shiny hair is an indication of good health and it’s something we all

strive for. In fact, in an increasing look-conscious world, the state of our hair

has become something of an obsession, and most women spend more than they

would choose to reveal at the hairdressers and on hair care products. So it pays

to remember that healthy-looking hair comes from within and by eating hair-

friendly foods, you can encourage strong, glossy hair growth.

Here are

10 items to include in your diet to make a difference to your hair.

1. Whole grains – if you swap white bread and pasta for wholegrain products, you’ll

be increasing your intake of iron, zinc and the B group vitamins, all of which

contribute to great hair. The added bonus is that wholegrain foods boost your

health in a multitude of other ways, too, as well as being diet friendly.

2. Nuts – nuts are nature’s tiny powerhouses of goodness! Packed with vitamins,

minerals, healthy fats and fibre, you can’t go wrong by including nuts in your

diet. In particular, Brazil nuts are rich in selenium, a mineral that helps to keep

your scalp healthy. Walnuts have a high concentration of omega 3 fatty acids –

these are the healthy oils that can keep your hair from becoming too dry. A

shortage of zinc can lead to hair-shedding, but plenty of nuts contain good levels

of this mineral, so take your pick.

3. Carrots – if you thought carrots were all about seeing in the dark, well, yes,

they’re certainly good for your eyes. But beta carotene, the pre-curser of Vitamin

A, can also help to maintain a healthy scalp.

4. Salmon – this peachy pink oily fish is the gift that keeps on giving as far as hair

is concerned. It packs protein, omega 3 fats, Vitamin B12 and good levels of iron.

All of these will benefit your hair health, and the omega 3 fatty acids in particular

will prevent an itchy and flaky scalp and dry hair.

5. Oysters – another hair helper from the sea, oysters are rich in zinc. This mineral

is responsible for their reputation as an aphrodisiac – and as a powerful

antioxidant it helps to keep your hair follicles and scalp in peak health.

6. Chicken and turkey – these white meats are fantastic sources of protein while

having the added benefit of being low in fat. At the same time, they’ll boost your

iron levels, especially if you eat them with a good source of Vitamin C which helps

the body to absorb iron.

7. Leafy greens – there’s a whole range of green leafy vegetables that are just

queuing up to add to your hair health. Kale, spinach, cabbage, broccoli, chard,

Brussels sprouts – all these contain fabulous amounts of Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

Both these vitamins are needed for your hair follicles to produce sebum, the

natural protective layer for your scalp and hair.

8. Eggs – everybody’s favourite breakfast food makes the perfect ingredient for

healthy hair. Plenty of protein, biotin and B vitamins.

9. Avocado – make your salads a whole lot more delicious and satisfying while

giving hair health a boost. Avocadoes contain plenty of B vitamins, Vitamin E and

lots of healthy fats that help to keep hair glossy.

10. Dairy foods – milk and cheese are a fabulous source of protein, particularly for

those who don’t eat meat or fish. On top of that, they’re a good source of

calcium, another factor contributing to hair health.

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Fail-proof DIY haircut alert: Trim your own layers!

julesDIY haircuts can be disastrous. Many of us have horror stories about late night wine fueled baby-bangs that quickly became a colassal hack job snip by tiny snip, and required an emergency trip to see your stylist where you cried and groveled and begged for forgiveness…….Learn to trim your own layers with HTHG on Refinery29 today!

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Pre-poo. Protecting your ends.

Hello and happy spring!

Screen Shot 2014-03-22 at 7.49.29 AMI recently participated in a skill-share class at Vain, where I chose a couple of tricks to share with my incredibly talented and inquisitive colleagues. The skills I shared were ponytail ombre/ how to get this kind of color,

How to do this braid, and how I am obsessed with the pre-poo.

 

What is pre-poo?

Conditioning hair before you shampoo/ShamPHree as an end-protecting measure.

Ever hear someone say “My hair just grows to a certain point and then stops?”

Ever tried to grow your hair out and it just doesn’t seem to want to grow past a certain point? Let’s call this the breaking point.

My hair has been at it’s personal breaking point for over a year now. It finally dawned on my that once my hair reaches collar-bone length, it wants to start splitting at the ends.

I have many female clients at Vain who are from India. Many of them were taught to condition their ends with oil before shampooing. This is contrary to what we are taught in our culture, right? I tried it out. My hair has grown 2 inches without needing a trim. That is an absolute first for me!

You can extend the breaking point of your hair by taking some extra end-protecting measures…..Here is how.

liquid goldGet you favorite hair oil or deep conditioning treatment ( NOT PROTEIN, PEOPLE!) Moisture. Like oils, butters, etc. I use Liquid Gold Hair Butter which is a mix of coconut oil and shea butter.

Before shampooing/ShamPHree-ing, flip your dry hair upside down and apply a pea and a half sized amount to your dry ends. Run your hands together tightly over your ends section by section to coat them. Just focus on the last 2 inches or so.

Now, go about your regular shampoo/ ShamPHree routine. Your ends will soak in the oil and protect against any stripping and drying that can happen from cleansing the hair. Use nice warm water to drive that goodness into your ends.

Pre-poo is a game-changer,

 

 

 

5 holistic tips to make your hair grow faster.

longer hairToday we will be delving into some light science to talk about ways to support healthy and rapid hair growth. If I could find the secret ingredient to making your hair grow faster and turn it into some sort of pill or goo, I would be the richest and most loved woman on the planet, next to Oprah. The truth is, it is much more complicated than that.

There are many variables that contribute to healthy and rapid cell division or ‘mitosis.’  Mitosis is when your cells split apart and form new cells, or regenerate. These regenerating cells are the building blocks of the protein that make up our hair. To ensure rapid and healthy mitosis, the first ingredient is healthy circulation.

For the systems of your body to run smoothly, you need a steady circulation of blood. Your blood is what distributes oxygen to all your organs, allowing the ‘breath of life’ to infuse every part of your body. Cells, like every living organism, need oxygen to generate. Are you following me?

On the most basic level, the best ways to ensure healthy circulation throughout the body are to get plenty of exercise and eat a healthy diet. ( Here is my recipe for juicing for faster hair growth). Once you have that part down, you are ready for 2nd ingredient for optimizing healthy and rapid hair growth.grow hair, grow

Fact. Cells divide faster when they are heated and/or stimulated. This is valuable and undervalued information when we are talking about hair growth. Although you can not get your hair to grow inches overnight by putting a hot water bottle under your pillow while you sleep, you can help stimulate mitosis on your own head by using the magic of heat and friction together. What are the best ways to stimulate your hair with heat and friction?……Drum roll please……..

1. Brushing. It is proven that tension stimulates cell regeneration. In the same way that cross-fibrous massage helps to heal torn ligaments, brushing your hair creates stimulation and tension in your hair follicles, where mitosis happens. You will see your hair grow more rapidly if you brush your hair daily. Yet another reason to brush your hair! Check out this article for some info on my favorite hairbrush ever made:)

2. Heat+scalp massage=Optimal conditions for healthy hair growth. When you combine the stimulation of massage with the warmth of hot oil, you get a powerful punch of growth support. Here is how to do it.

Heat a teaspoon of Coconut Oil in the microwave or in a double boiler until it is fully melted. Let it cool until it is warm to the touch, then add a couple of drops of Organic Rosemary Essential Oil.

Give your scalp a vigorous hot-oil massage with your fingers for 5 minutes. Then, soak a medium sized towel in hot water, wring it out and wrap it around your head. Keep it there for 10 minutes.

Remove the towel, and finish with a thorough brushing to pull the oil down into your ends. Then ShamPHree out the oil, using nice warm water. Do this once a week. I promise you will see results. And, you will feel like the queen of self-love.

3. Circulation-inducing foods and remedies. Some foods promote circulation throughout the entire body when eaten. These foods include oranges, ginger, dark chocolate, cayenne pepper, and sunflower seeds. Here is an article on the subject. 

There are many powerful herbs that increase circulation when applied topically. The best herbs to increase blood flow are cayenne pepper, rosemary, ginger, and cinnamon. Here is a list of all my favorite herbs for hair and beauty. You can easily make herbal infusions to use on your scalp in your own kitchen. My favorite way to infuse herbs for my hair and scalp is to make hair tea and use it as a rinse.

Another great way to use herbs to stimulate hair growth is to make infused scalp oil. To do this, get a small dropper bottle and fill it half way with your herbs, and then top it off with your favorite light oil. I like to use olive oil for infusions. Put the top on the bottle and then let it sit in a warm place for a couple days. Use it in your hot oil scalp massage!

Along with circulation stimulating foods and remedies, it is very important to make sure you are getting plenty of antioxidants in your diet, because this increases general efficiancy within the systems of body. Loading up on antioxidants keeps everything running smoother, in general. Horsetail is a plant that is literally packed full of silica, which is Nature’s most powerful antioxidant. Horsetail tea has been used for thousands of years as an antioxidant and hair growth stimulant. Drink up!

4. Drink plenty of water. Filtered water. This one is a no-brainer. Staying hydrated optimizes your body’s performance on all levels. Filtered water is better. And Alkalized water is the best. If I could afford a Kangan water machine I would go for it because the water it churns out is amazing. Until then, I drink my filtered water with a splash of Apple Cider Vinegar to help alkalize my body and increase absorption.

5. Protection and regular trims. If you want long healthy hair, it is important to protect it and treat it nicely. This means protecting your hair while you sleep, adopting a less-is-more hair care routine (like ShamPHree! :) , and getting regular trims. Does your hair grow faster if you trim it? No. It doesn’t. But your ends will split and break at the same rate that your hair grows after it reaches a certain length, if you don’t trim the split ends off regularly. So it is fair to say that your hair grows longer and healthier with regular trims. Get a regular trim every 8 weeks. I do mine myself…..Here is how.

Part of protecting your hair is avoiding certain ingredients in your hair care routine. Most important ingredient to avoid, if you ask me, is silicone. Once upon a time, silicone was the golden child of hair product ingredients. When processed into a nano-particle, silicone coats the hair and fills in gaps where the hair shaft is damaged, rendering a perfectly smooth and shiny hair strand. This is a nice short-term fix. In the long term, silicone seals out moisture, making hair brittle and dry and dull. Yuck. Look for silicone on the back of all your product bottles. Ditch ’em if you see it in the ingredient list. Dimethicone too, while we are on the subject. And basically anything that ends in ‘icone’

If you crave the silicone effect, my favorite natural alternative is the lovely Argan skin and hair oil from Maijan.

This wraps up my advice for making your hair grow faster. If these tips don’t work, well I’ll be darned. They will work.

Do you have any tips or ingredients to add to my list? I’d love to hear them! Grow hair, Grow!!!

Need some more help growing out your hair? Check this post out!

xo, HTHG

 

 

 

 

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