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Aloe vera can stimulate hair growth

April 30, 2012 -- Urban Salon Finder

Aloe vera, a succulent plant, has been known to hydrate and nourish the scalp and stimulate hair growth.  Though scientific evidence is limited, studies have proven that aloe vera has been used worldwide for medicinal purposes for thousands of years.  Apply a small amount of gel (about 1 teaspoonful) to the affected area, such as a thinning hairline or bald spot, as needed.  Preferably, you should use the aloe vera gel fresh from the plant, but you can also purchase the gel from a health or beauty store.

Always be extremely gentle when handling your hair

December 17, 2011 -- Urban Salon Finder

Whenever you wash, style, or touch your hair, always be extremely gentle.  Tugging, pulling, combing, brushing, or washing the hair roughly or rigorously can cause split-ends as well as damage to the scalp, so treat your hair as though it were fine antique lace.  If your scalp feels any kind of discomfort or tension, you are probably causing some kind of damage to your hair follicles.  The best thing that you can do for your hair is to practice using a more patient, soft, and sensitive touch every day.

Avoid brushing your hair

February 29, 2012 -- Urban Salon Finder

The bristles of a brush can damage the scalp and tear the hair cuticles, especially if used on kinky curly hair, which is extremely fine and fragile.  Although, if done correctly, brushing can help stimulate hair growth by strengthening the follicles and spreading natural oils, such as sebum, throughout the hair; it is much safer to gently use a comb or your fingers to stimulate the scalp.  Since you won't be spreading oils with a brush, you can simply apply an oil treatment directly to the ends.  If you feel that you must brush, only use one with natural boar bristles and never brush wet hair.

Avoid drying your hair with a towel

January 22, 2012 -- Urban Salon Finder

Towels tend to snag hair, especially curly hair, and can even leave behind annoying lint.  Instead, try using a smooth surface cloth such as a cotton t-shirt, pillowcase, or even boxer shorts.  These alternatives are much safer for your hair, but remember to only blot gently and never vigorously rub your hair and scalp.

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