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2017 Lunar Hair Cutting Calendar

Many believe that our hair growth cycle is affected by the lunar cycle and that the lunar calendar has great effect on one’s hair. I believe that if you trim by the lunar calendar for hair, you will have additional benefits.

Whether you truly believe or not, if you are looking to regrow, lengthen, thicken, strengthen, or beautify your hair, it doesn’t hurt to schedule your trim according to the following days on the lunar calendar for hair.

 

Do you want to know when you should cut your hair to make it grow? Do you believe that the human hair growth cycle is linked to the lunar cycle? Do you want every bit of help you can get in growing your hair as fast as possible? Then trimming your hair only on the days laid out in this Lunar Calendar for Hair is exactly what you need.

 

BEST DAYS FOR BENEFICIAL HAIRCUTTING IN 2017

  • Spring Equinox Hair CutSpring EquinoxMarch 20-21
  • Summer Solstice Hair CutSummer SolsticeJune 20
  • Fall Equinox Hair CutFall EquinoxSeptember 22-23
  • Winter Solstice Hair CutWinter SolsticeDecember 23-24

BEST DAYS FOR RETARDING HAIR GROWTH IN 2017

The days below are most beneficial for retarding hair growth — the best days for shaving, plucking or waxing.

January 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 31
February 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28
March 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 31
April 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29
May 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31
June 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
July 5, 6, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 31
August 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30
September 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 30
October 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29
November 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30
December 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31

Using Fenugreek (Methi) to combat hair loss and promote hair growth.

Fenugreek has long been used by Indian women (known for their beautiful, thick, long hair) as a natural Ayurvedic hair treatment to prevent dandruff and hair loss and to promote healthy hair growth.

Fenugreek, also known as methi, contains lecithin, which is an emulsifying substance. When soaked, the seeds produce a mucilage (a slippery substance which gives hair shine and slip). This quality makes fenugreek a natural conditioner.

Fenugreek for Hair

It is also a good source of protein, which is important in rebuilding and strengthening the hair shaft.The amount of protein in Fenugreek alone might explain it’s restorative ability on damaged or shedding hair.

Where to buy Fenugreek:

How to mix and apply Fenugreek to the hair:

  • You can either grind the seeds first and add to water, or you can mix the seeds with water and then grind into a paste.
  • Add boiling water to the seeds (I open up two teabags of Fenugreek tea, put the seeds in a mug and fill with about 4-8oz of boiling water), and let steep for a few hours.
  • When the seeds are “slimy” they are ready to be used. If you didn’t grind your seeds first, now is the time to mash them up into a paste. You can then apply this mixture to your scalp. Use any excess liquid as a rinse for your hair.
  • Wrap your head up in a shower cap or plastic bag or plastic wrap and let this mixture sit for anywhere from 20 minutes to a few hours, but remember that the mixture needs to stay moist or it will dry very hard and be difficult to rinse out.
  • If using Fenugreek liquid extract, simply apply to scalp and cover.
  • After leaving it on for your desired amount of time, rinse off with cool or tepid water. Rinse well to loosen any seeds or particles you may have. You can also brush these out when your hair dries.

You can also use the excess tea from making your Fenugreek paste in a mister bottle as a scalp tonic (just spray a bit on before bed).

Keep in mind:

Fenugreek is not to be used or ingested by pregnant women, as it can cause contractions and potentially induce preterm labor.

Fenugreek should not be used daily as a conditioner, as it may cause skin sensitivity or make the hair feel coated (if it does, use a clarifying shampoo). It is better suited for scalp treatments once per week or less often.

Fenugreek often leaves hair smelling of curry or maple syrup. When dry, the smell usually does not linger.

 

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Natural Hair Loss Remedies

If you’re suffering from excessive shedding or hair loss, it can be devastating…especially when your goal is to grow long hair. The first step is to try some natural hair loss remedies, which may reduce your excessive shedding or hair fall.

Natural Hair Loss RemediesTypically a range of 25-100 hairs shed per day is considered normal, (but of course, this can vary) and when you are trying to grow long hair, you are probably very conscious of the amount of hair you are shedding or losing. Keep in mind, though, that as your hair gets longer, your shed hairs (for instance the hair caught in your shower drain after washing your hair) will look larger simply because each strand is longer, not necessarily because you are losing more hair.

Excessive shedding and hair loss is often a sign of an underlying medical condition (anemia, thyroid issues, hormonal issues, among plenty of others) so if you are experiencing a noticeable change in the amount of hair you are shedding on a regular basis, your first step should be to consult a doctor. Do not be dismissed by your doctor and be sure to have your concerns about your hair loss taken seriously – it is NOT a simply vain complaint, as your hair fall could very well be a symptom of a serious illness.

But barring any medical causes, hair loss can be increased by other factors, such as depression, stress (and excessive hair shedding usually peaks around three months after a particularly stressful event or time in your life), changes in diet (lack of protein, healthy fats, iron, or water), lack of sleep, or allergies to topical solutions.

The one sure truth about excessive hair fall and shedding? There is NO one quick fix or solution that works for everyone. The key here is to experiment and test until you find the natural hair loss remedies that work for you.

Here is a checklist of some natural hair loss remedies you can experiment with to reduce your shedding:

  • Switch to using ONLY cool/cold water on your hair and scalp – avoid hot water at all times
  • STOP using shampoos with SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) – many people are allergic to SLS and would never know it – if you have a dry, itchy, painful scalp after shampooing, this may be the relief you are looking for and will likely improve your hair fall problem (switch to shampoos that say “Sulfate Free” or that are soap or oil based)
  • Scalp massage is an incredibly important step in healthy hair growth and the stimulation of your follicles is sometimes all that is needed to stimulate hair growth where hair was previously lost. I also have a top secret tip that I share in my E Book, for those of you that really want to shoot your follicles into overdrive and get your hair growing fast.
  • Black Tea Rinses – using brewed black tea as a rinse over your hair and scalp or in a spray bottle spritzed daily onto your scalp
  • Scalp brushing
  • Hair vitamins (please consult your doctor before starting supplementation) such as biotin, MSM, saw palmetto, or a comprehensive hair health supplement like Hair Essentials for Hair Growth.

And here are some natural hair loss remedies where experimentation is essential, since for some people one solution works and for others the complete opposite is the solution.

  • Conditioner on the scalp
    • Some people find that using ONLY conditioner as a cleanser (COing method) and NOT using a shampoo works to combat shedding
    • While others find that keeping conditioner OFF of the scalp (conditioning only the length of hair) and cleansing with either an SLS-free shampoo, an oil or soap based shampoo, natural herbs, or tea rinses is the way to go
  • Oiling of the scalp
    • To learn more about oiling your scalp to promote hair growth, you can find step by step instructions in my E Book, as some people find that regular oiling of the scalp promotes new growth and reduces shedding
    • While others find that applying topical solutions to the scalp, including oils of any sort, make the shedding much worse – so these should be avoided
    • In this case, it’s a matter of testing to see what works for you and what doesn’t, and ruling out what may be causing your hair loss or shedding


If you’d like to know more, my E Book has chapters devoted to the causes of hair loss, and a step by step method to find the perfect hair care routine for your personal hair type. Not all hair loss is reversible, but if you’re experiencing excessive hair shedding or loss, it doesn’t hurt to try these natural hair loss remedies to get your hair back to growing long and fast.

Cleansing Hair with Conditioner Only Wash | CO-Washing Your Hair

Wondering what it means when you read about CO, or CO-washing your hair?

It means Conditioner Only, and it is a method of cleansing your hair in such a way as to retain and impart as much moisture as possible.

The truth is that you don’t need to wash your hair daily, and you don’t need to use harsh cleansers and surfactants (which most shampoos are made up of) to sufficiently clean your scalp and hair. In fact, daily washing with shampoos containing sulfates can be very drying and actually damage your hair. Another consideration – many people are actually allergic to sulfates, the cleansing ingredient in many shampoos, and don’t know it. If you have an itchy or sore scalp after a wash, or shedding unrelated to other causes, you may very well have an allergy to sulfates.

So what is CO-washing, who should do it, and how do you do it?

CO-washing is for people who have sensitive scalps and suspect an allergy to the sulfates in shampoo, for people with extremely dry and fragile hair, and for people who are looking to grow their hair long.

CO, Conditioner Only washing requires a lot of conditioner, so many people choose to use brands like Suave, White Rain, and VO5, because they are light, most of them are silicone free and they are inexpensive. You may like to use a thicker, richer conditioner for the ends of your hair and for a deep condition once per week in addition to your CO conditioner. You might also like to try the Wen haircare system, which uses a “cleansing conditioner”.

Here’s how to CO:

1. Wet your hair with cool to lukewarm water.

2. Apply a generous amount (a big handful) of a light, moisturizing conditioner to your scalp and work it in gently and down your length. Use more if necessary to ensure that all of your hair is coated, with your scalp being the most saturated. Let this sit for about five to ten minutes (go about your other shower duties while waiting).

3. Gently massage your scalp, and if you’d like, apply a thicker, richer conditioner to your ends at this time.

4. Rinse with cool water, gently pat hair dry.

The results of CO-washing will be a clean scalp and soft, moisturized hair.

Tip: You will probably want to wash with shampoo anywhere from once per week to once per month (or even less frequently) depending on the amount of buildup you experience, which varies with hair type and the conditioner you use. If you use a conditioner with silicones or a thicker conditioner you may experience buildup more quickly. If you do suspect a sulfate allergy, find a shampoo with no sulfates, such as Back to Basics, Aubrey Organics, Kiss My Face, or Organix.

Word to the wise: It will likely take your hair and scalp a bit of time (anywhere from two weeks to a month) to adjust to not being stripped by shampoo on a daily basis and adjust it’s production of sebum accordingly. Because of this you may experience “the greasies” or limp, flat hair, during this time. Then again, some people’s hair takes to CO-ing right away. But if you do experience some bad hair days during the first few weeks of trying CO-washing, I suggest you stick it out and give it a fair shot. Remember that up-do’s are protective, help to grow your hair long, look great, and hide the greasies well.

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Cleansing Hair with Condition Wash Condition | CWC

When you want to grow your hair long, it’s often wise to consider alternative cleansing methods because long hair needs special care and the standard routine isn’t usually the best for it. CWC, or condition wash condition is one method you can try to keep your hair in better condition as you grow your hair long.

  1. Wet your hair with cool water and apply conditioner from your ears down (you can use an inexpensive conditioner for this step, if you like, I recommend Suave, VO5, or White Rain).
  2. Apply a gentle shampoo (I recommend a shampoo free of Sulfates, a good one is Kiss My Face Whenever or Aubrey Organics Island Natural) to your scalp and gently massage in. Your length (that still has conditioner on it) does not need shampoo, as the suds sliding down it during the rinse is enough to cleanse it.
  3. Rinse your hair, rinsing both shampoo and conditioner out.
  4. Apply conditioner a second time, from the ears down again, this time using a thicker, richer conditioner if you like (I recommend Biolage Condtioning Balm).

That’s it! It’s simple, doesn’t take any longer than a normal shampoo/condition routine, and is much gentler on your hair. Whether or not you are growing your hair long, this is a good routine to adopt if you’d like to treat your hair gently and keep it growing as naturally beautiful as it can.

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Lunar Calendar for Hair Cutting

Many believe that our hair growth cycle is affected by the lunar cycle and that the lunar calendar has great effect on one’s hair. I believe that if you trim by the lunar calendar for hair, you will have additional benefits.

Whether you truly believe or not, if you are looking to regrow, lengthen, thicken, strengthen, or beautify your hair, it doesn’t hurt to schedule your trim according to the following days on the lunar calendar for hair.

 

Trimming Hair by the Lunar Calendar

 

Do you want to know when you should cut your hair to make it grow? Do you believe that the human hair growth cycle is linked to the lunar cycle? Do you want every bit of help you can get in growing your hair as fast as possible? Then trimming your hair only on the days laid out in this Lunar Calendar for Hair is exactly what you need.

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How to Determine Your Natural Hair Type

One of the keys to grow hair faster is to determine your hair type and to work with, rather than against it.

Knowing and embracing your hair type can help you to better care for it, can make your life a lot less stressful (toss out that flat iron or stop going for relaxers), and can allow your hair’s natural beauty to come shining through.

First classifier – Straight or Curly

The straight ones

  • 1a – stick straight
  • 1b – straight but with a slight body wave, just enough to add some volume, doesn’t look wavy
  • 1c – straight with body wave and one or two visible S-waves (e.g. nape of neck or temples)

The wavy ones

  • 2a – loose, stretched out S-waves throughout the hair
  • 2b – shorter, more distinct S-waves (similar to waves from braiding damp hair)
  • 2c – distinct S-waves and the odd spiral curl forming here and there

The curly ones

  • 3a – big, loose spiral curls
  • 3b – bouncy ringlets
  • 3c – tight corkscrews

The really curly ones

  • 4a – tightly coiled S-curls
  • 4b – tightly coiled hair bending in sharp angles (Z-pattern)


Second classifier – What (most of) your individual strands look like

  • F – Fine: Thin strands that sometimes are almost translucent when held up to the light. Shed strands can be hard to see even against a contrasting background. Similar to hair found on many people of Scandinavian descent.
  • M – Medium: Strands are neither fine nor coarse. Similar to hair found on many Caucasians.
  • C – Coarse: Thick strands that where shed strands usually are easily identified against most backgrounds. Similar to hair found on many people of Asian, Hispanic or native American descent.

Third classifier – Your overall volume of hair

Put your hair in a ponytail with as much hair as possible in it. Don’t bother with the way it looks – the goal is to have most/all of your hair in there. If it means it sits smack dab on top of your head, put it there.

Measure the circumference of the ponytail. If you have bangs and/or you can’t get all of your hair in there adjust according to how much of your hair you have measured.

  • i – thin (less than 2 inches/5 centimeters)
  • ii – normal (between 2-4 inches or 5-10 centimeters)
  • iii – thick (more than 4 inches/10 centimeters)


TIP
: If you are having difficulty determining the thickness of individual hairs, this might help:

Take a strand of hair from the back of your head. Roll the strand between your thumb and index finger.

Fine Hair: Your hair is difficult to feel or it feels like an ultra-fine strand of silk.

Coarse Hair: Your hair feels hard and wiry. As you roll it back and forth, you may actually hear it!

Medium Hair: Your hair feels like a cotton thread. You can feel it, but it isn’t stiff or rough. It is neither fine or coarse.

Once you know your hair type, you can stop fighting it and start to do things to promote the natural beauty of your hair. It is much easier to grow long hair and healthy hair if you aren’t beating it into submission by using perms, relaxers, flat irons, hair fryers (dryers), tons of alcohol-laden product and rough brushing, combing and styling.

It will likely take some getting used to, and some experimentation in order to find the right hair care routine to support your hair’s own natural beauty, but if you want to grow long hair, this is an important step. If you purchase my E Book you’ll find step by step instructions on how to find the exact routine for your personal hair type so that you can grow long hair fast.