HairForHazel

Fast Hair Growth

Recently I cut off 7 inches of my hair for charity but then quickly decided that short hair wasn’t for me, this is a list of things that I have done which in my opinion have noticeably made my hair grow faster!

EAT WELL

Hair is made from protein so it is essential to eat things such as eggs, beans, nuts, soy and fish (if you’re not veggie) as these all help increase Keratin production.

Healthy fats such as Omega 3 are essential and these can be found in fish and plant oils. Fish oil tablets can be found at most health shops. Healthy fats help increase the growth of hair follicles. Fats to avoid include: saturated fats, trans fatty acids and hydrogenated fats.

TREATMENT OF HAIR

Using straighteners, curlers and hair dryers can really damage hair due to the extreme temperatures, so avoid using these. Harsh chemicals in hairsprays and some shampoos and conditioners can also really damage hair so try using herbal products from places like lush (personally I like the cinnamon shampoo bar, which is specifically to encourage hair growth and the black pots of “roots”)

Use a brush, head massaging tool, or your finger tips to massage the scalp for 5-10 minutes daily to encourage growth.

VITAMINS

Zinc is an important vitamin as it helps repair tissues that are in the scalp. Zinc can be found in dark chocolate, cocoa powder and roast pumpkin/squash. Iron is important because it helps deliver oxygen around the body and to the scalp which encourages hair growth. Iron can be found in lentils and beans. Vitamin C is important because it helps to produce collagen and allows the body to accept iron, Vitamin C can be found in: citrus fruits, broccoli, bell peppers and spinach. Other helpful vitamins to hair growth include: A, D, E and K; Which can all be found in supplement form.

LIFE STYLE

It is important to stay hydrated and you should be drinking between 6-8 glasses of water a day! It is also important to try and reduce stress in your life as this can stunt hair growth.

HOME RECIPES

  1. Heat and mix together, half a small glass of olive oil, one tomato and some aloe vera. Apply to scalp whilst warm, massaging into roots, leave for 30 minutes then have a shower as normal.
  2. Wash/Rinse hair daily in rosemary water.
  3. Mix half a glass of olive oil, a teaspoon of chili powder and a teaspoon of cinnamon. Apply to scalp, massaging into roots, leave for 20 minutes then have a shower as normal. (This may tingle, but shouldn’t cause any pain - if so wash off immediately) 
  4. Leave olive oil on tips of hair 10 minutes before washing to avoid split ends.
  5. Mix half a glass of olive oil and a table spoon of mayonnaise. Apply to scalp, massaging into roots, leave for 20 minutes then have a shower as normal. 

(Any left over mixes can be kept in fridge to be used again, simply stir and use as instructed.)

My new haircut is basically the product of procrastination. I am in the middle of my exam weeks and suddenly my brain comes up with the idea of chopping off half of my hair. Because why not? 

The best thing is (and I didn’t even think of this beforehand) that I was able to send two braids of my hair to a hair donation charity. I might be a bit late to the party, but now I can also use the hashtag #hairforhazel. Wheej! 

This post is actually a product of procrastination as well, seeing as I should be studying for my British lit exam right now. Obviously, I much rather try every Picasa filter on this selfie. 

After wasting an hour or so on this picture and post, I think now is the time to delve into Paradise Lost. Hopefully my brain won’t come up with any other crazy ideas (or I’ll be bald next week). 

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Finally did it!

I’ve been planning on cutting/donating my hair to Locks of Love for well over a year now but I kept letting people convince me not to. “Your hair is so beautiful! So gorgeous! Never cut it! It’s your asset!” Over time I did believe it was my asset, but at the same time I knew that something like my hair shouldn’t be what makes me confident or feel good about myself. My hair has been long for more than 4 years and I start college in two days — I wanted a change. I wanted to not only cut my hair but donate it so that someone out there who needs it could enjoy it and feel better. Because my hair will always grow back. For others, it doesn’t.

And then this funny thing happens. My favorite author of one of my favorite books – which will soon have its own film adaptation –mentions that the actress Shailene Woodley, who will be playing Hazel, is cutting and donating her hair to prepare for her role. And together they started this mini-movement, Hair for Hazel, in which many girls have become inspired to cut and donate their hair as well. I figured this is the time. I’m going to donate my hair and join the generous and kind girls who are doing the same!

And so I did. Cut and donated 15 inches of hair. I know I’m probably going to wake up and be all sad and sentimental about my hair but I know that it went to a good cause, and I like this change! My hair is healthier than ever and lightweight with more volume. And I already feel a new kind of confidence from this change. I’m definitely going to grow to love it.

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Now if anybody knows me, I have been growing my hair out for years and it’s very special to me. Lately it’s become a huge hassle and I’ve been playing with the idea of chopping it all off. And this was just the push I need. I’ll be sending about nine inches to Children With Hair Loss. All the ladies at the hair salon loved the idea and said that they were going to go and read The Fault In Our Stars now.
Thank you Shailene and John for giving me that push that I needed and showing me a charity that takes processed hair!

To find out more please check out John Green’s post about it: here

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So I finally got my hair cut today. I’ve always wanted to be brave and cut it short, but never had the courage or confidence–until now! Shailene Woodley’s post about her haircut served as direct impetus for me to be daring, as well. And for a good cause!

This event has prompted some self-reflection. I’m feeling extremely blessed; I dragged my mom into it, too. :) She has always been so supportive, and is responsible for me (steadfastly and stubbornly) believing all things corny about following my dreams. She is one of the chief reasons that I have retained my optimism in times of trouble. She is my best friend.

Anyway, John, if you see this, both my mom and I enjoyed TFIOS, are excited for the movie (!!), and strive to be awesome everyday.

dftba! :)

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When I was 13 I was diagnosed with Leukemia and cut my hair for a wig. Then many of my wonderful family and friends cut there hair for me, and sent it to my family.

We were unable to find somewhere to make the wig for me. By the time we were able to look my hair was growing back (I only had 6 months of treatment).

So our next step was to find somewhere to donate. But Locks of Love doesn’t give wigs to people with cancer. Everywhere else I could find had a really complicated process. But then I heard about Shailene Woodly donating her hair in preparation for her role as Hazel Lancaster. I checked out the website and it is remarkably easy!

I have hair from 14 people including myself, my mom, grandma, two aunts, and several friends. I have been in remission for 3 years now and I hope these wigs help many children.

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Harry Potter vs. Science!

In which Hank makes a video deciding what to make a video about…for real, while sitting on a bench in Tower Hill in London at night and screaming at his camera while people walk by. It has been an interesting trip to the UK :-)

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So two and a half years ago I cut most of my hair off with the intention of giving it to Charity. I actually thought I had… I just did a major room clean out and found this in an envelope in a drawer under a recipe book.  People often claim they’re the best procrastinators, to them I say “challenge accepted.”

Anyway, I don’t think I’m TOO late for the #hairforhazel trend (In fact you could almost say I was just really, really prepared for it), so I’m going to jump on that bandwagon and the hair is now in a new envelope, addressed and sitting on the bench so I hopefully don’t forget about it this time! (Or at least my mum will see it and remember for me)

It’s 45cm, or almost 18 inches long. I forget how long my hair used to be!