Avacor® Hair Regrowth Blog
18Jan/130

All Natural Hair and Skin Care

You don’t have to spend a ton of money on products to look great.  In fact, there are many products for healthy hair and skin in your own kitchen!  You can create your own masks, hair treatments, skin exfoliants, and more, using items commonly found in your fridge and pantry.

Try out these DIY recipes for healthier hair and skin to save time and money spent searching store aisles for the perfect solution to your hair and skin woes.

Apple

  • Shiny hair treatment: Combine a cup each of apple and pear juice with two tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar.  Apply apple solution to hair after a shampoo and allow to soak for several minutes before rinsing out.  You can condition afterward or use this treatment as a hair conditioner.  Apple contributes to hair strength, while pear juice helps your hair reflect light and increase shine.  Apple cider vinegar, or ACV, removes buildup from your hair and scalp to increase hair’s shine, manageability, and overall health.

Avocado

  • Hair mask: Mash together half an avocado and a banana.  Add two tablespoons of honey and two to three tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil.  Apply paste to hair from root to tip, and leave in your hair for thirty minutes.  Rinse gently with cool water to rinse off the paste, and follow with a shampoo.  You can use this recipe twice a month to maintain hair’s shine.  If your hair is very long, double the recipe or adjust it to suit what ingredients you have on hand – for instance, use the whole avocado if you don’t have a banana, leave out the oil if you don’t have any handy.  Work with the recipe to see what works best for your hair.

Baking soda

  • No ‘poo: Try going without shampoo – it’s not as crazy as it sounds.  Many shampoos strip your hair and scalp of naturally-occurring oils, leading to hair damage and excessive oil production from the scalp to maintain the level of oils your hair needs.  This leads to overproduction of oil, which leads to more frequent shampooing, which starts the cycle all over!  Break the shampoo cycle by washing hair with baking soda and conditioning with apple cider vinegar.  Add one tablespoon of baking soda per cup of warm water to make a solution for washing your hair.  Apply the solution to your roots, taking care to scrub the scalp – the baking soda clarifies the scalp without interrupting the production of oil from your hair’s natural patterns.  It removes oil and product buildup from the hair strands, leaving your hair clean without any chemical residues from common shampoo ingredients.  Any baking soda left on the scalp may cause you to itch later, so rinse very thoroughly with warm water.  Apply organic apple cider vinegar in the same ratio – one tablespoon per cup of warm water – as a conditioning agent to maintain scalp pH and increase shine, and rinse out.  Simply comb through after your shower to detangle hair (a wide-tooth comb is best).  There is a transition period with this method; your hair may be excessively oily for up to two months as your scalp learns to stop overcompensating for oil stripping; however, some no ‘poo proponents had no transition period at all.

Citrus

  • Exfoliating mask for the skin: Combine one tablespoon of orange (or another citrus, such as lime or lemon) juice with one tablespoon of baking soda.  Mix well, and apply all over the face.  Let dry for twenty minutes – it will tingle at first – and then rinse away.  The citrus juice helps brighten your skin and keep pores clean, while the baking soda exfoliates and removes dead skin cells from your face.  This mask is useful for regular clarifying, prevention of blackheads, and reduction of acne breakouts and redness.  The citrus mask can be used up to twice a week, or more if your skin doesn’t mind.  Pay attention to your skin – if it becomes irritated, use this treatment less often.

Coconut oil

  • Sun protection: Apply coconut oil to your skin before heading outside.  The high smoke point of the oil blocks the burn from the sun without blocking UV rays, which we need so that we can maintain appropriate levels of Vitamin D from the sun.  You will need to apply the oil frequently, as much as every hour in constant sun exposure depending on your skin type, and you should limit your sun exposure at first when trying this method, in order to allow your skin to adapt to the exposure.  Apply coconut oil and limit sun exposure to a few hours for several days before increasing your time in the sun’s rays after your skin’s introductory period.

Honey

  • Shine-boosting hair rinse: Dissolve a tablespoon of honey into a quart of warm water, and use this solution to rinse your hair after a shampoo.  Leave in hair for up to an hour to condition hair, and then rinse out with warm water.
  • Face scrub: Combine honey with ground nuts (such as walnuts) and a splash of lemon juice.  Apply to your face as a revitalizing, exfoliating, and moisturizing scrub and rinse gently with warm water.  The nuts exfoliate away dead skin cells, the lemon juice brightens skin and reduces acne inflammation, and the honey moisturizes the skin.
  • Face wash: Simply wash your face with honey.  Honey is a natural antimicrobial and antibacterial that moisturizes skin and is effective for every skin type.  Honey contains enzymes that improve skin health as you scrub, and honey is effective in treating acne-prone skin. Pull hair back away from your face (which should be free of makeup before applying honey), and warm up about half a teaspoon of raw honey in your hands by rubbing your palms together.  Massage the warmed honey into your face, for at least a couple minutes.  You can leave the honey to soak into your skin for up to ten minutes if you wish.  Rinse the honey off with warm water, using a washcloth if it is not rinsing easily.
  • Moisturizing mask: One teaspoon of raw honey with one teaspoon of aloe vera juice (a great reason to raise an aloe plant in your home!) makes a healing and moisturizing facial cleanser.  Apply the mixture to your face and rinse with warm water after about fifteen minutes.  Aloe is a natural healing plant, able to treat sunburn, acne, and other skin ailments.  Aloe and honey are both natural moisturizing agents, and this cleansing mask will lock in skin’s moisture and combat acne breakouts.

Oil

  • Oil cleansing method: The oil cleansing method, OCM, is doing the unthinkable – deliberately rubbing oil all over your face.  Don’t panic!  Believe it or not, oil is not bad for your skin, nor does it inherently lead to skin blemishes.  In fact, our skin’s natural oil is there for a reason – it helps to moisturize the skin.  Conventional facial cleansers designed to eliminate the oil from your face are a huge part of the reason you’re still having issues with oil in the first place.  To remove dirty oil from your face (the dirt, bacteria, and other debris is what causes pimples; not the oil itself), you need only apply some clean oil to wash it away.  Apply your mix of oil (instructions and ratios available on the oil cleansing method webpage, linked above) to your skin and massage with fingertips.  Soak a washcloth in hot, steamy water (from the tap or previously heated on the stove and allowed to cool to a safe temperature), and cover your face to allow the steam to open your pores and remove impurities and blemish-causing debris from your face.  Rinse the cloth in hot water and repeat the steaming a few times before gently wiping away the oil with the washcloth.  Visit the website linked above for more detailed information on OCM.

Onion

  • Hair growth and health: Onion is touted as a natural remedy for hair loss, but it also improves overall scalp and hair health as well.  Onion treatments can be used for dandruff and scalp infections.  Using a food processor or blender, puree onions into a fine paste, and strain through cheesecloth to separate the juice from the paste.  You can apply the liquid and/or paste directly to your scalp and massage into the skin.  Onion will naturally lighten the color of your hair and add shine.  You can use this treatment every time you shampoo – and you will need to wash your hair after applying the onion to get rid of the onion smell.  Try rinsing with the juice of a lemon after you wash to give your hair a fresh, clean scent.  You can also add other ingredients, such as avocado to make a paste, or honey to moisturize and improve the smell of the solution.  If using onion for hair loss, expect to wait a month or two before seeing noticeable results.

Salt

  • Sea salt body scrub: Combine two sprigs of fresh rosemary (chopped) with one cup of sea salt and ½ cup of extra-virgin olive oil.  In the bath or shower, massage the salt scrub onto your wet skin.  Working from the feet up helps to engage blood flow to the extremities.  What makes this scrub good for your skin?  Salt is a natural exfoliant, olive oil is an incredible moisturizer, and rosemary is a natural anti-inflammatory which will soothe and calm skin that has been irritated by exfoliation.

There are hundreds of DIY skin and hair care recipes that you can create and try using ingredients you probably already have in your home’s kitchen pantry! Avacor® provides an all natural supplement called Nutricap designed to promote hair strength and beauty that contains a combination of herbal and organic extracts. Do you have any other suggestions for natural hair care products?  Tell us about them in the comments.

Written by Caitlin - Follow Caitlin on

15Nov/120

What Causes Thinning Hair?

Everyone wants thick, healthy hair with good volume and luxurious texture. But what about those of us with fine or thinning hair? Is there a way to thicken hair to get that desirable volume?

Thinning Hair

Photo from Mensciencemagazine.com

The answer is yes; there are many ways to volumize and thicken hair. There are commercial products available, many natural home remedies you can concoct yourself, styling tips for volumizing hair, and healthy choices you can make in your diet to boost hair health.

What Makes Hair Thin?

Thinning hair can be caused by a number of factors, such as genetics, medication, stress, poor diet, medical conditions, and even the way you style your hair.

Family History

You inherit your hair from your family. This could mean generally fine or limp hair, or it could mean male or female pattern baldness. Genetics means that you can’t change the root cause of your hair loss or limp hair, but you can try some of the DIY or commercially-available products outlined below to improve the volume and thickness of your hair.

Medical Conditions

Certain medical conditions and medications can also increase your risk of hair loss or thinning hair. Hormonal conditions – such as diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome, or thyroid disease – can cause your hair to thin and become finer in texture and volume. Medications such as acne medicines, antidepressants, blood thinning medications, diet or weight loss pills, and hormonal contraception have been known to result in thinning of hair in some patients. Pay attention to your hair when you start a new medication and discuss any hair loss (or other side effects) with your doctor. It may be possible to switch to another medication to avoid the thinning of your hair. Always consult your doctor regarding any unusual hair loss if you suspect an underlying medical cause.

Lifestyle & Emotional Stress

Lifestyle factors can impact your hair's health – stress, poor diet, and lack of exercise can take their toll on your body, including your hair. By incorporating healthy decisions into your lifestyle and managing your stress (often a result of a balanced diet and a habit of exercise), you may be able to take control of your thinning hair and restore lost thickness and volume. Large stressors – such as giving birth, going through a divorce, experiencing the death of a family member or friend, or other significant stressful event – can actually interrupt the growth cycle of your hair and lead to temporary hair loss that should correct itself several months after the stress has passed.

Over Styling

Your hair's thinning may also be the result of years of harsh styling practices. Chemical processes, such as bleaching, dying, relaxing, or perming of the hair, can also lead to hair loss over an extended time. The use of heated hair appliances like flat-irons and blow-dryers can also be detrimental to your hair’s health and lead to hair loss. If you get hair extensions, repeated pulling of hair near the scalp can lead to hair loss along the crown of the head. Be kind to your hair to keep it healthy longer.

Nutrition and Your Hair

The first line of defense against hair loss or thinning is to make sure your body is happy and healthy. Your hair depends on key nutrients you can incorporate into your diet, such as:

  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Protein
  • Water
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B-5
  • Vitamin B-12
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin H (Biotin)

These nutrients can be found in plants (fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds), animal sources (red meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy), and as supplements (in chewable tablets, liquid drops, or pill form). In particular, salmon, walnuts, spinach, eggs, greek yogurt, and sweet potatoes are all good sources of many of these nutrients. It is possible to get these necessary nutrients with a vegetarian or vegan diet if you do not eat foods from animal sources, however.

Style Your Way to Voluminous Hair

Though some styling products can lead to hair loss, it is possible to style your hair to appear thicker. To style your hair with your hair's health in mind, start by drying wet hair with an absorbent towel. Be careful to gently blot at your hair instead of briskly rubbing, which can stretch and tear your strands. If you use a blow dryer, use a diffuser to keep the dryer from overheating your hair, or dry your hair using the cool air setting. You can also mix up blow drying and air drying, giving half your dry time to each method.

Combing or brushing wet hair can stretch and snap individual hairs, so gently comb out tangles with a wide-toothed comb instead of quickly brushing and pulling at wet or damp hair.

To style for additional volume, start by flipping your hair over your head and blow drying or towel drying it in that position. This will push your hair opposite the way it normally hangs and create volume. You can also style with commercially-available volumizing or thickening products, which will be discussed below. Using curlers or rollers can also increase the volume of your hair. If you are looking for a haircut to increase volume, ask your stylist for a layered cut.

Take care to not over-wash your hair, as frequent washing will strip your hair of its necessary oils and lead to your hair becoming brittle. Also, avoid using waxy products if you have thin hair, as they tend to weight down hair and make it flat instead of adding volume.

Natural Home Remedies to Thicken Hair

There are many home remedies you can take advantage of to thicken your hair without the use of commercial products. You can apply a gelatin solution (one package in ½ cup warm water), egg (beaten, rinsed out with cool water), or honey (approximately 2 tablespoons, rinsed with hot water) to your hair and scalp, let sit for about fifteen minutes, then rinse and shampoo as usual. You can also make a hair mask from banana and avocado to nourish hair and improve volume. Adding epsom salts to your regular conditioner (it’s easier to mix if you warm it up first) can also improve volume when used as a hair mask before your shower. Search DIY websites like Pinterest for more ideas to create homemade haircare and other beauty products.

Commercial Hair Thickening Products

There are plenty of products on the market that claim to provide thickness and volume to limp or thinning hair. How do these products work? Thickeners are cosmetic products with the goal of making your hair appear thicker and fuller – they do not re-grow hair that has been lost.

  • Powder thickeners electrostatically bond to your hair, giving a thicker appearance, but they can be easily transferred by heavy wind, rain, or even being rubbed by your hands or clothing.
  • Moisturizing products such as shampoo and conditioners, thickening oil treatments, and other volumizing products thicken hair by plumping up the hair shaft with moisture, which temporarily makes the hair stand up for more body.
  • Aerosol thickeners are colored products sprayed onto thinning hair, where they dry with a strong bond and give the appearance of fuller hair.

Boost! Your Hair's Volume

Avacor® offers an array of thickening hair products to treat your hair to the luxurious volume it deserves. Whether your hair is thinning or you just want some extra volume, Avacor has a product that can help you. Avacor Boost! Hair Thickening Serum can help add volume to thinning hair. Our Thickening Shampoo helps add volume and body to hair.

Healthy, Thick Hair Can Be Yours

Thin hair happens. Many things can lead to thinning hair, hair loss, and generally fine-textured hair – like genetics, medical reasons, diet, stress, and other factors. But you don’t have to resign yourself to life with thin, limp hair. And you don’t need to buy a wig, though that’s certainly an option if you’re interested.

Whether you can counteract your thin hair with changes in your dietary habits, changes in your medications, some homemade thickening recipes, or commercial hair care products, you can get healthy, thick hair with excellent body and volume. If nothing else, you can get a hair cut that maximizes volume and style your hair in ways that maximize its fullness and body. There are many resources available to promote hair health – whether you consult your doctor or the Internet. Be sure to browse our website to see what our volumizing and thickening hair care products can do for you.

If you have a favorite tip for hair volume or general hair care, leave us a note in the comments section!

Written by Caitlin - Follow Caitlin on

14Aug/120

All Natural Hair Care Tips

We are becoming more aware of the chemicals in things we eat and drink. We should also consider the chemicals we put on our skin, hair, and body as well. Our skin is the body's largest organ, the scalp included. Everyday we absorb chemicals through our skin that are potentially harmful. Do we really know what is in the products that we are using? It is important to take a look at the product’s ingredients, and also the benefits of using all natural products.

Check the Bottle

I think all of us have read the back of a shampoo bottle before. Do we know what any of these ingredients are? Some of these ingredients contain carcinogens, but are using a “safe” amount, or not. This article also has information on sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and a couple of other common ingredients found in most shampoos. Most commercial products contain SLS, which strips the hair of essential oils and nutrients.

Go Green with Natural Hair Care

Going green is a trend and a conscious decision. By using all natural products we are helping the environment and also helping our bodies. It may take some time for the hair to get used to and transition back to its natural state. In time your hair will become healthier, and you will see the benefits in many ways. The buildup of chemicals, and plastics, and carcinogens will take some time to get out of the hair, but when it does it will feel cleaner, softer, and healthier. It will seem strange to have the hair go back to its natural state, and what we are used to. The norm for clean, or how the hair behaves may not be exactly what we are used to.

DIY All Natural Ideas

Buying products that are green, organic, or all natural is what is best. Sometimes these items can be expensive, or contain ingredients that can be made at home. Who isn’t about saving some money these days, and making our own new products. Try washing your body with an all natural soap, or making soap yourself. Different oils and mixtures can replenish lost moisture in the skin. Using herbs from the earth is a healing element that is beneficial for the hair, body, and mind. Try researching different solutions and see what works best.

Find What Works for You

There are a lot of natural products on the market. Each has its own benefits, and it is important to research what is best. Avacor® has an all natural hair product, Nutricap, that promotes overall health, strength, that contains herbs, vitamins, and other organic extracts. Well maintained hair and scalp leads to greater health of hair follicles. If experiencing any hair loss, the Nutricap and Avacor Physicians Formulation® are recommended together to help maintain and regrow hair. Take the time to research ingredients, benefits, and product reviews. A little time, a change, and some new products will make a world of a difference for your hair and your life.

Photo credit: Arizonafoothillsmagazine.com

31Oct/111

Healthy Hair: Biotin and Vitamin B12

When people hear the word “nutrition,” they usually think about keeping their body healthy and staying in shape, but you may not realize that nutrition also affects your hair. Micronutrients like vitamins and minerals are especially important for keeping hair healthy.1

The micronutrients Biotin and Vitamin B12 are two of the most recent additions to our Avacor® All Natural Nutricap, a dietary supplement specially formulated to improve the health of your hair and scalp.*

In this post we have collected a few pieces of information about Biotin and Vitamin B12 that we thought were particularly relevant to healthy hair.

Biotin May Improve Hair Quality/Thickness

Biotin, also known as Vitamin H is a micronutrient that is known to be essential for maintaining healthy hair and skin.1 (According to some sources the H actually stands for "haar und haut", German for "hair and skin".)

Biotin is absorbed into the shafts of hair, where it “moderates the damage environmental or other factors may have caused, and increases the diameter of the hair shafts.” 2

“It is well documented that biotin deficiency in humans and animals causes pathological changes in the skin and its appendages such as desquamative dermatitis and alopecia,” 3 and in animal studies, a biotin-poor diet leads to dandruff-like skin irritation and causes hair loss.4

But biotin supplementation may also be beneficial for people who do not suffer from a known biotin deficiency:

pharmacological doses of biotin have been shown to improve… the quality of nails and hair in humans in the absence of apparent biotin deficiency.” 3

Our All Natural Nutricap now contains 300 micrograms of Biotin to make sure you are getting enough of this important micronutrient.

Vitamin B12 for “Optimal Hair Growth Potential”

Vitamin B12, a water-soluble vitamin containing the element cobalt, is involved in cell metabolism and macromolecular synthesis in all cells throughout the body.

According to the scientific literature, “optimal hair growth potential” requires adequate levels of Vitamin B12 in the body.5 An article from WebMD quotes one doctor, a clinical professor of dermatology, as saying “it's not uncommon to find a B12 deficiency in women who come in seeking treatment for hair loss.”

Since Vitamin B12 is only found in certain foods, our All Natural Nutricap is now supplemented with 6 micrograms of Vitamin B12 to ensure that your body is equipped with the proper nutrition it needs to keep your hair healthy.*

Thanks for reading, we hope you've learned something new about hair and nutrition and that you enjoy the benefits of these improvements we've made to the Avacor® All Natural Nutricap!

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1. Daniells S, Hardy G. Hair loss in long-term or home parenteral nutrition: are micronutrient deficiencies to blame? Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2010 Nov;13(6):690-7. Link

2. Goldberg, M.E. Hair enrichment composition and method of use. US Patent No. 5,069,898. December 3, 1991. Link

3. Limat A, Suormala T, Hunziker T, Waelti ER, Braathen LR, Baumgartner R. Proliferation and differentiation of cultured human follicular keratinocytes are not influenced by biotin. Arch Dermatol Res. 1996;288(1):31-8. Link

4. Morganti, P. Medicinal formulation for promoting keratinogenesis and reducing seborrhea of the face and scalp. US Patent No. 4,863,950. September 5, 1989. Link

5. Rushton DH. Management of hair loss in women. Dermatol Clin. 1993 Jan;11(1):47-53. Link

6. Photo above form Properhealthtips.com

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.