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Dear Dish-It: Help For Long, Damaged Hair

Dear Dish-It,

I’m a guy, and I’m growing my hair long for the first time. But I’ve noticed that it sometimes falls out when I wash it. Are there any pills I can take or shampoos I can use to strengthen my hair, stop it from breaking and hopefully make it grow faster? I’ve always wanted long hair, but what a process!

Hopeful Hairy

Dear Hopeful Hairy,

It’s completely normal to lose a few hairs in the shower. In fact, it’s said that the average person loses about 50-100 strands of hair every day. Now that it's longer, it's just becoming more noticable. With long hair, of course, comes maintanence, and there are some great ways to keep your new long locks looking strong and healthy.

The Hair Don’t’s

We do not suggest that you take any pills or supplements that aren’t recommended and approved by your family doctor, especially not things like protein supplements. Too much testosterone in the body can cause your hair to become thinner, which is the exact opposite effect you’re going for! Also, try to avoid wearing hats when you’re doing regular activities that might cause you to sweat, like summer sports. The hat will decrease the amount of air circulation getting to your scalp and clog your pores, eventually slowing or even stopping your hair growth.

The Hair Do’s

A great way to stimulate hair growth is by switching to a peppermint shampoo. Not only does it smell minty fresh, but that scent will increase the blood circulation to your scalp, awaken the tissue and make your hair grow faster. It will also give your hair a little silk and shine! Also, nutrition is very important. Make sure to eat foods that contain Vitamin B Complex (dairy products, green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, etc) and Omega 3 Fatty Acids (flax seeds, walnuts, salmon, etc). These nutrients are a surefire way to keep your hair looking strong, long and healthy!

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AimeeJury
AimeeJury posted in Style:
i'm ginger sadly i had brown hair when i was born though
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6thBeatle
6thBeatle posted in Style:
Black. I'm a Filipino.
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6thBeatle
Don't worry too, you'll grow up too and live on your own, I noticed that my aunt is unfair to children (except to her child) and I can't wait to be an adult (she's afraid to adults). And when you grow up, don't make revenge to your parents, I know that you still love them. Trust me, things would get worse if you make revenge.
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6thBeatle
I understand you, but those things are worse than my experience. I am a very lonely nerd and I don't have friends. When my mom goes to work she leaves me with my unfair aunt. My aunt is so unfair, she always blames me and ignores my explanations, she always defends my 5 year old cousin even though she's wrong. She's so unfair I wanted to drink bleach or hang myself but I realized that there are more people who love me. When I was months old or maybe 1 year old my dad broke up with my mom because our family doesn't like him because he hurts my mom physically, called my grandpa a liar even though my dad knows how honest he is, and he always blamed things on me when I was a baby. I met him a month ago (maybe), and we were supposed to talk about important thing like if why he left me and other stuff like that, but instead he boasted about being the best pilot in the airport, he did nothing but boast. I never want to meet him again. My problem with my mom is that she hurts me horribly like jumping on my back, and she says hurtful things like she wanted me to die and that she loves her boyfriend (who is a jerk) more than me. I have to admit, I'm the one who started the mess, but that's no way to discipline your child. I apologized to her, but she is still pulling my hair. After we relaxed for about 40 minutes, she apologized. That's it, but my mom is really hard working and is very patient to me (but when it's too much, she gets crazy). There's always a good side of someone. I hope that there are more of your relatives and friends who love you, my advice is to write a letter to your parents, and if it didn't work well, you could always talk to the guidance in your school or your teacher, that's the only one I could think of.
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QveenAvi
QveenAvi posted in Family Issues:
The way they are doing it is wrong,however it sounds like your parents really love you and really want the best for you. they have faith in you. when you get a 3 if they know that you can get a 4 so they address you want it. not that they don't love you.Your parents were the ones who raised you and introduced you to this life so you should always respect them and think them as your god.
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