Table of Contents
1| How my journey began
This book is the culmination of years of research and trial and error along my own path to healthy hair. Learn how traditional hair care destroyed my hair, and how I found my way back to healthy hair following natural methods.
2| Understanding healthy hair
This section breaks down the structure of the hair so you better understand how its affected, for good or ill, by things you do to it.
3| Understanding types of damage
Heat, dye, chemicals, and harsh styling tools all damage hair, but they each do so in a different way. Learn about each of these types, what causes them, and how to prevent each type of damage.
4| Tools of the Trade
An overview of the basic styling tools you’ll want to have to style and protect your hair.
5| Coming to grips with reality and your hair type
Learn about your hair’s natural state and how to work with it rather than against it.
6| Diagnostics: Finding out what your hair needs
Clarifying? Protein? Moisture? We’ve all heard that our hair needs these things, but what are they? And now do you know which ones your hair needs? Find out in this chapter with a few simple tests that you can do with things already in your home.
7| Damage recovery & prevention treatments
Explore different types of natural treatments for your hair, including ones that impart protein and moisture. Inside this chapter you’ll find recipes and information about oils, butters, rinses, and herbal muds.
Hair color is closely tied to identity. Learn what might drive you to color, and what non-damaging color options exist.
Take control of your hair by learning about self-trims, microtrimming and split end hunting. This section also gives tips about selecting a pair of hair shears and busts the myth of split end repair.
10| Growing Healthy Hair
There are a few key things that can influence the rate at which your hair grows. Learn which things you can control, which things you can’t, and how to track your monthly growth.
11| Lifestyle, hydration & nutrition
Feed your body and your hair with proper nutrition, hydration, and healthy choices. Discover which nutrients are most important to hair and which foods contain them, across all diets.
12| Topical applications
Gels, creams, oils, essential oils and other serums can be applied to the scalp with the goal of stimulating growth. This section not only provides you with recipes, but also breaks down individual ingredients and their benefits so you can customize your treatments.
13| Growth-stimulating techniques
Treatments such as scalp massage, the inversion method, and acupressure not only encourage growth, they also allow you to expand your knowledge about what your hair and scalp respond best to, try something new, and empower you to be an active participant in your hair growth
Comprehensive & Flexible
This guide is does not exist to market my own products. The things I make are mentioned because the products I make and sell were ones I developed on my journey to healthy hair. I will never claim they are the only way or the best way for every individual. The best hair care routine and products are the ones that work for you. To that end, I’ve included several other recipes and treatments that you should be able to try with items you have in your house, or ones you can easily acquire at your local grocery store.
Through the entire process my hair was evolving, not only into something longer, but something healthier. One day though you’ll realize that your hair is starting to feel nice. And another day you’ll see it’s starting to shine again. Sometime from then you’ll notice that the detangling comes easier and that you may be able to push that trim back a week. Treat each of these realizations as the victory that it is.
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