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Are you tired of watching girls on YouTube do the “big chop” and share their journey to healthy hair growth while you have terminally short hair that refuses to grow beyond your ear lobes? We understand. Every natural hair vlogger says that growing out ethnic hair is a process, but for some of us, it seems like our hair is stuck in stage one. Maybe a little natural hair care can help. Here are four natural hair hacks for ethnic hair to promote growth and lush, healthy hair!

Supplement With Biotin

Biotin is one of the best supplements to take when you want your hair and nails to grow. Evidence of the vitamin’s effectiveness is shown just days after consistently taking it for four weeks. You should be cautious, however, not to overdose on this supplement. Biotin can have adverse effects when taken in excess. As a rule of thumb any dosage over 2,500mcg should be modified down to reduce the risk of experiencing adverse symptoms. Stop taking biotin if the state of your hair worsens or remains the same after six weeks of consistent consumption.

Use Your Body’s Natural Oil

Your hair is not a dry mess despite what commercials would have you believe. Your scalp emits natural oils that moisturize and may prevent hair loss due to dryness. Getting access to your body’s natural hair oil is a matter of massaging the scalp with a brush. Such action increases blood flow and spreads the oil evenly across the head.

For more on ethnic hair care, you might like: Haircare Tips: Repairing & Protecting African American Hair

Eat For Ethnic Hair Growth

What goes in comes out in one way or another. If you are looking to increase hair growth, then you should consider protein. Consuming fish for breakfast, beef for lunch and chicken provide much-needed nutrients that your hair needs to thrive.

Shampoo Less Often

The “no poo” movement may have begun as a sort of experiment, but it is now the premiere way to cleanse. Exchanging your daily or weekly hair routine for a “no poo” experience may be the determining factor of whether or not your hair will be long in the future.

A life of healthy, luscious hair is yours for the taking. Take advantage of these simple hair hacks for ethnic hair to see positive results.

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The Truth About Hand Washing

Does hand washing really kill germs and keep you healthy? You probably remember your mother saying, “Wash your hands.” Millions of mothers can’t be wrong! Hand washing is an easy, inexpensive way to stay healthy. It kills germs. It can increase your chances of warding off colds, the flu, respiratory infections, skin and eye infections, and infectious diarrhea.

How to wash.

Women who farm are always washing their hands. But like anything else, it has to be done correctly. To receive the full benefits of hand washing, remember to use soap and scrub every part of your hand. Be sure to include the palms and backs and wash thoroughly between your fingers and even under your fingernails. If working in a short-sleeved or sleeveless top, wash past your wrist too. Continue the washing for twenty seconds.

You pick up germs all day long from the farm, other people, surfaces you touch inside your home, pets, etc. So you have no choice but to make hand washing a habit throughout the day. This can become so routine that you think it is automatic and that you’re good to go. But all too often we skip washing when going to the bathroom, help a child use the bathroom, or even change a diaper. And what about after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose? Of course you wash your hands before eating as well as before and after you prepare food. But what about after disposing of any kind of garbage, tending to cuts and injuries or taking care of someone who is sick? These small things are not to be taken lightly. You are at the center of your family, the reason why they’re happy, healthy and thriving.

How to dry.

A study on hand-drying methods indicated there is no major difference in the effectiveness of one above the other. However, it is important that you dry your hands thoroughly. If they are damp after washing and drying, bacteria can still remain. If you are away from home and have to use an air dryer, do not rub your hands together. Doing so can bring bacteria in your pores up to the surface of the skin. If possible, fight against potential germs by using a paper towel to turn off the water faucet and open the door. It’s quite possible to pick up more germs on your way out of a public bathroom.

Sometimes you need to wash your hands, but you don’t have access to soap and water. Hand sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs, but they can certainly help. Use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol. Be sure to apply the it to every part of your hands, palms, back, fingers, and between fingers.

Whew! Now aren’t you glad you listened to your mother and washed your hands? Always remember that washing your hands correctly increases your chances of enjoying good health.

 


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