Archive for December, 2012

Mung Beans. Nutrition for Your Hair.

Phaseolus-aureus-mung bean plant. Mung Beans. An Ancient Remedy for Hair Loss.

Traditionally throughout Asia, pregnant mothers have consumed mung bean because it is believed to ensure that the baby will have thick hair. This is due to the fact that body and hair cells depend on good nutrients, like the rich protein and vitamin B1 found in mung bean, as well as calcium and phosphorus for strong bones. Mung beans contain anti-oxidants and vitamin E.  As a beauty treatment, they’ve been used to smooth skin, stop acne and blackheads, body slimming and -to fertilize hair.

Wondering where you can find mung beans, ready to use in combination with other flowering plants known to improve hair condition and radiance? No need to hunt and search very far for this ancient hair thickener. Simply pick up a package of Lustrous Henna® Shampoo Powder. It not only contains the powerful benefits of the amazing mung bean, but Lustrous Henna® Shampoo Powder also includes other totally natural hair-enriching conditioners, as well.

Lustrous Henna® Shampoo Powder Lustrous-Henna-Shampoo-Powder-www.sababotanical.com

Contains Mung Beans (Phaseolus Aureus) and other Nutritious Ingredients

Sulfate-free and preservative-free herbal shampoo, Contains herbs that are known for the following benefits: Natural hair conditioning, Hair softening, Fight against dandruff, Help fix hair split ends, Prevents hair loss, Helps cure scalp problems. Ingredients: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, Phaseolus Aureus, Sapindas Trifoliatus, Andro Pogon Muricatus, Accacia Concinna, Azaduacha Indica, Acalypha Hispida, Santanum Album, Lawsonia Inermis. 

Read more about: Mung Bean:

Mungo Info

Jefferson Institute: Mung Bean

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I can’t say that enough. I have spent the last 10 years wishing there was a product that could do what yours has just done for me. After giving birth to my first child my body chemistry changed and I began many years of severe allergic reactions to over the counter hair dyes, Yet I continued to use them any which way I could. I won’t even tell you some of the things I’d attempted to not be gray. I began getting gray in my early twenties and was horrified when I first learned I could not use the over the counter products any longer. I had given in to the fact I would have to grow old gracefully, at least my hair would. But now, WOW, I just tried your product tonight and I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am!!!! I will need another application but I am so pleased with what I am seeing now I have no doubt it can only get better from here.

I look 10 years younger, my 40’s look is now my new 30’s look. I am so pleased with your product I have just ordered 5 more! and will continue to order monthly. I never want to run out of your magic. I will spread the word. As soon as my family and friends see me they will want to order a.s.a.p. Hmmmmm, Maybe I won’t tell them right away, they ribbed me for years about the gray, just kidding they’ll be buying real soon too I’m sure.

Much Appreciation
Cathy in North Port, FL

 
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Hair Dye ‘Hair Brew’ isn’t All That Bad. Is It?

Multicolor hair dyeChemical Hair Dye. It’s THAT bad. So what’s in the brew?

Hair dye is usually ‘brewed’ and packaged with a developer… most often based on hydrogen peroxide, with the addition of small amounts of other chemicals depending on the manufacturer.” – See “How Products Are Made”, Vol. 3. Hair Dye. (For full article)

Most hair dye ‘brew’ includes toxic combinations of para-phenylenediamine (PPD), Resorcinol, Ammonia and Hydrogen Peroxide. Now add coal tar and lead acetate.

Why coal tar in hair dye? It darkens the hair and is very cheap to manufacture. However, it also triggers serious allergic reaction as it is easily absorbed into the skin. It’s labeled as hazardous by the FDA.

Lead acetate is an extremely harmful ingredient and is used commonly in progressive hair dye. You know the ones that change your hair color gradually. Men, are you paying attention? In addition to causing allergic reaction, the European Union has banned its use at cosmetic counters and the state of California has listed it as a potential carcinogen.

In general, hair dye include: dyes, modifiers, antioxidants, alkalizers, soaps, ammonia, wetting agents, fragrance, and a variety of other chemicals …that impart special qualities to hair (such as softening the texture) or give a desired action to the dye (such as making it more or less permanent). No wonder that many individuals experience serious allergic reaction from using synthetic hair dye.

Other possible causes of allergic reaction: chemicals used in hair dyes act as modifiers, which stabilize the dye pigments or otherwise act to modify the shade. Antioxidants protect the dye from oxidizing with air. Most commonly used is sodium sulfite. Alkalizers are added to change the pH of the dye formula, because the dyes work best in a highly alkaline composition. Ammonium hydroxide is a common alkalizer.  

Happily, alternative chemical-free solutions exist and hopefully are implemented by all desiring to color their hair naturally and avoid serious allergic reaction.  As the following testimonial shows: natural ingredients simply ‘taste’ better.

Twyla R. www.SabaBotanical.comA few months ago I was diagnosed with Lymphoma at Mayo Clinic with follow up 3 mos. visits to a Hematologist, blood specialist there. I then began to think about changing some of my lifestyle habits and a NATURAL Hair Color was an easy one to change. I am not on chemo since my Dr. says my own immune system is trying to fight this cancer. Chemo kills the good & the bad, therefore I’m thankful I do still have my hair at this time.

My friend introduced me to Lustrous Henna when I complemented her hair. I didn’t even know she used any type of color on it, because it looked so natural. She ordered my first time with her order to try it out. So I have twice now, due to shorter hair. So glad I heard about this henna from her!

I am thankful for the Lustrous Henna’s shorter process time compared to others that require an extremely longer process and it leaves my hair in much, much better condition than when I did salon color.

My single priority, due to my health issue is that it’s safe, plus it looks and feels so natural and healthy. I can’t say enough good about it.

It was my pleasure to visit with Syed a few days ago about Lustrous Henna. His patience and very informative manner is so helpful and refreshing. He is an asset to Lustrous Henna products. He helped me a great deal with tips on how to tone the gray as it grows in from my root line.

I sincerely thank you, Syed and Lustrous Henna for the difference you have made in my life.

I’ll be ordering again soon.

Warmest Regards,
Twyla R.

Greene IA

 
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Natural Hair –Simple Care Reminders for Success

Natural Hair Loves Genuine Botanical Products.

1. For Natural Hair Coloring: Use a 100% plant-based hair color dye that also conditions natural hair by staying free of harmful chemical dyes, remaining PPD-free and avoid damaging hair.

2. For Natural Hair Care: Use genuine, natural botanicals to clean and condition hair, thus stopping hair loss and promote hair growth with regular use.

Proven Natural Hair Care Plan for Success:

Lustrous Henna by Saba Botanical of USA

1. For Natural Hair Coloring: Lustrous Henna® All-Natural Hair Color Dye.

2. For Natural Hair Care: Lustrous Henna® Shampoo Powder. (All-In-One Natural Shampoo and Conditioner)

Yesterday’s Traditions May Hold the Answers to Natural Hair Care

For healthy living, switch from harsh chemical products to botanicals.

“We have formulated our products with highly effective, natural, herbal ingredients for health conscious people, their families, loved ones and people who are sensitive to harsh chemicals found in most cosmetic formulations.

Lustrous Henna Shampoo Powder by Saba Botanical of USA

The key to beautiful health is using pure botanical rich ingredients derived from the nature. Explore our natural health & beauty products with botanical rich ingredients and experience yourself the power of natural healing.”

“Everyday use of botanical products will make a very positive impact on your health!

-Syed Abbas, Saba Botanical of USA

A natural hair care success program you can live with for the rest of your life

…and Saba Botanical all-natural herbal products make it easy and affordable.

 
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Chronic Dehydration Remedy for Hair

chronic dehydration remedy for hairChronic Dehydration Remedy -Water Hair from the Inside Out!

Amazing, but true fact: WATER makes up 25% of our hair shaft. Our roots draw water from inside our skin and transport it to the tips of every hair. Logic thus dictates that in order to keep that much water in our hair shaft, we must do it from the inside out.  Water is a necessity for healthy skin and hair nourishment of all healthy bodies. For well-hydrated cells, we must drink adequate amounts of water. This can mean the difference between having moisturized, healthy growing, and radiant natural hair or dry, brittle, and lifeless hair -caused by chronic dehydration of natural hair.

Arthur Guyton’s Textbook of Medical Physiology states that “the total amount of water in a man of average weight (70 kilograms) is approximately 40 litres, averaging 57 percent of his total body weight. In a newborn infant, this may be as high as 79 percent of the body weight, but it progressively decreases from birth to old age, most of the decrease occurring during the first 10 years of life.*

This all means that our entire body, including our hair, needs a constant supply of: WATER to be healthy. Avoid chronic dehydration!

Hair Growth Routine for Everybody

Although there is no single, strict regimen that everyone should adhere to for assured growth of natural hair, there are common factors that apply to all. Lifestyle, diet and hair type must factor into a healthy hair maintenance routine.

active lifestyle helps hair growthLifestyle

An active lifestyle that includes regular exercise helps stimulate the blood flow. Nutrient-rich blood nourishes the hair follicles and this promotes healthy hair growth. Insufficient blood flow from a sedentary lifestyle won’t help the hair follicles. Additionally, stress is known to cause hair loss and a good exercise routine helps eliminate stress. So, exercise is another great aid to prevent hair loss and promote hair growth. Finally, when we exercise, we avoid chronic dehydration because our bodies crave…guess what? That’s right: WATER.

Hair Type

“Hair type” is a hot topic in current news. Hair type can be straight, curly, and various textures. Basically, our hair type help determines the way we would care for and maintain our hair for healthy hair growth. A simple example is that daily maintenance of naturally curly hair is usually different than daily maintenance of naturally straight hair, even though all hair needs nourishment, proper cleaning and conditioning.

Diet and Nutrition

A well-balanced nutritious diet can help promote human hair growth. That means drinking adequate amounts of WATER. The vitamins and minerals you get from your healthy food will enter your bloodstream quicker when there is sufficient water to assist them to do their job.  Water also helps your body eliminate toxins that can interfere with healthy hair growth.

Final Note on WATER and Hair Growth

Don’t deprive your natural hair of this magnificent “water cycle” going on in our own bodies. If you do, you will not only damage your hair, causing it to become dry and brittle, it may stop growing permanently. Therefore, to help your natural hair reach its maximum growth potential:

WATER your hair from the inside out!

*Guyton, Arthur C. (1991). Textbook of Medical Physiology (8th ed.). Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders.

 
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Hair Loss Reversal and Prevention -from Your Diet

Prevent hair loss.Hair Loss Causes

Although some hair loss is genetic, e.g. male or female pattern baldness, most hair loss is due to other causes.

  • Hair treatments or styles that cause damage to hair (i.e. chemical treatments and dyes).
  • Twisting or pulling hair.
  • Extreme braiding or applying hair extensions too tight, causing hairline and other areas to thin or break off.
  • Prescription drugs such as blood thinners and medications for gout, arthritis, depression, heart problems and high blood pressure
  • Thyroid disease.
  • Iron deficiency. (Do not take iron unless you’ve been tested and your doctor has recommended a supplement – it can do more harm than good if you don’t need it.)

Healthy diet promotes hair growth.Hair Loss Reversal and Prevention –from Your Diet

Nutritional changes can promote hair growth and prevent further hair loss. You can obtain most of these from the foods you eat. If taking supplements, do not overdo it, since overuse can cause other health problems.

  • Include omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. for hair growth try to eat salmon (preferable wild Alaskan salmon), sardines, herring or mackerel two or three times a week. Or, sprinkle two tablespoons of freshly ground flaxseeds per day on your cereal or salads, or eat walnuts.
  • Supplement your diet with the essential omega-6 fatty acid called GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) in the form of black currant oil or evening primrose oil, available in capsules or soft gels at health food stores. Take 500 mg of either twice a day. Be patient with this one. You won’t see results for six to eight weeks.
  • Minerals that strengthen the hair shaft: calcium, selenium and silicon (silica).
  • Minerals that stimulates hair growth: manganese and zinc.
  • Minerals needed that help prevent hair loss: iron (deficiency can cause hair loss), iodine (regulates thyroid hormone -affects hair growth).
  • Vitamin that strengthen the hair shaft: vitamin B-7, vitamin A (retinol).
  • Vitamins that stimulates hair growth: vitamins B-1 (thiamin), B-2 (riboflavin), B-3 (niacin), B-5 (pantothenic acid), B-6 (pyridoxine), B-9 (folic acid), B-12 (cobalamin), vitamin E.

Black CurrantsAbout Black Currant Oil

According to Dr. Mehmet Oz (Dr. Oz) you can “repair your weak, brittle hair with black currant oil. Culled from black currant seeds, this oil contains a particular type of fat, GLA that helps strengthen hair and decrease breakage. Take 500 mg twice a day or add 5 drops to a glass of water.”

Available as gel caps, look for black currant oil capsules containing at least 45 mg of GLA. Avoid topical oil preparations. Adults can take 500 mg. of black currant oil, twice per day to promote hair growth.

*Source:

Dr. Andrew Weil, Six Steps for Healthy Hair and Skin, portions reprinted.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, Healthy Beauty Bargains, quote.

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Author: L.J. O’Neal, writer and researcher. (L.J. is also a Lustrous Henna® user.)

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Natural Hair and the Chemical Hair Dye Process

Choose safe alternatives. www.sababotanical.comHair Dye Demand Met by Chemicals

A wide variety of dyes, dressings, and conditioners are available to men and women to enhance the color of hair or to alter its condition, providing the “feel good” factor. Natural hair dye such as henna and mineral salts are still used, but the hair dye process increasingly involves careful chemical manipulation of the chemistry of hair fibers through bleaching or enhancement of natural colors. Additionally, social and cultural customs have led to the increasing demand for exotic colors (reds, greens, blues, yellows, etc.). Hair coloring is a well-defined science with intense study of the interaction between hair keratin and highly reactive organic dyes, oxidizing agents, and conditioners.

Available Hair Dye and Chemical Processes:

  • Minerals such as lead acetate (<1% aqueous), lead sulfide (kohl); silver nitrate; salts of bismuth, copper, and cobalt (commonly called “gradual” colorants)
  • Synthetic dyes including a large number of organic dyes to provide permanent, semipermanent, temporary, or progressive color changes or to enhance natural colors

The hair dye process provides for temporary, semi-permanent (direct dyes), and oxidation-type reactions (semi-permanent or permanent colors). It may involve absorption or adsorption (electrostatic) of the colorant into/to the hair structure, bleaching or otherwise masking the natural melanin colors, or alteration of the structure of the hair shaft, allowing deep penetration of the colorant. The hair cuticle provides a barrier to the absorption of hair dyes, particularly those of high molecular weight, but damaged fibers exhibiting higher negative charges and reduced phospholipid content are more porous.

Mineral Hair Dyes. Of the mineral dyes, only lead acetate is commercially available.

Temporary Hair Dyes. Temporary hair dyes are frequently acidic and provide short-term coloration (i.e., wash out after one shampoo). They are of low penetration and do not involve melanin bleaching or structural changes in the hair fiber. They are commonly identified with a color index (CI) number or as U.S. Certified Colors; they are water-soluble, high-molecular-weight pigments. Temporary hair dyes are employed in water-thin color rinses, colored hair-setting lotions, colored styling gels, lotions, and shampoos. Hair dying is improved when the colors are applied under moderate heat. Hair dying and color balance is difficult to control with temporary methods because of the inconsistency of dye delivery systems and instability of the dye-keratin “bonding.”

Semi-permanent dyes. Semi-permanent dying systems are designed to last for several weeks. They impart darker colors without the use of oxidizing agents or structural changes in the hair shaft or papillae. Melanin may be partly masked but is not bleached. These hair dyes diffuse more readily into and out of the hair (aided by solvents and surfactants) and are progressively lost with hair shampooing and normal growth. The method employs dyes that are already colored, and in general is without the toxic risks associated with semi-permanent or permanent methods, which involve de novo color production and strong oxidizing agents. When the dye is lost through shampooing, the hair resumes its natural color.

Choose Natural Botanicals. www.sababotanical.comHenna Hair Dye. The Naturally Safe Alternative.

As noted in prior paragraphs, chemical dyes first damage the outer layer then fills the cavity and stays in the natural hair shaft; also a permanent dye thins natural hair which reduces the strength of hair shaft. Therefore, it is safer and healthier to use an all-natural plant-based hair color dye to promote natural hair beauty. Fortunately, a nontoxic alternative to synthetic hair colorants does exist: Lustrous Henna® Hair Dye.

Lustrous Henna® is 100% natural, vegetable hair dye. Lustrous Henna hair dye gives coating on your hair shaft and stays on the hair shaft, as a semi-permanent, natural hair color dye. Lustrous Henna hair dye thickens and nourishes your hair shaft while increasing its strength.

Lustrous Henna hair dye is non-toxic and does not contain chemicals such as para-phenlenediamine (PPD). It is PPD-free! Lustrous Henna® also does not contain ammonia, peroxide, or other synthetic dyes. Therefore, Lustrous Henna® should not be compared with other chemical dyes in effects as they totally differ in the mechanism of dying. Protect and Save your natural hair by avoiding chemical dyes.

Resource:

Alan B. G. Lansdown. Hair Dyes and Hair Treatments – Chemistry Encyclopedia. Portions Reprinted.

“I am very happy to have found this brand of henna (Lustrous Henna). I was all ready to quit dying my hair. I had used countless chemical dyes on my hair and always got a reaction from them. Even another popular brand of henna caused a rash on my palm while applying it and gave me an irritated scalp.

Also, I tried the facial mask which softens my skin. I thought I would get a reaction from it, but was pleased that it left my skin soft, smooth and thoroughly cleansed. Thank you very much!”

-Genie C. Albany, CA. USA

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Author: L.J. O’Neal, writer and researcher. (L.J. is also a Lustrous Henna® user.)

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Human Hair Facts Often Wondered About

Blonde-hair-saba-botanical-399x506Human Hair in History

Natural hair has been an outward sign of vibrant health and beauty. Natural hair communicates socially –without a word uttered. In the ancient dynasties of Egypt and China, mineral and plants were widely available and thus began the history of natural hair coloring with natural dyes. Desiring to improve their appearance and also cover gray hair, women have dyed their natural hair for centuries.

Scientific Hair Facts: What is Hair Made of?

In all mammals, natural hair develops as an epidermal structure from papillae deep in the skin and acquires characteristic patterns on the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes, and elsewhere on the body. In humans, hair growth is continuous throughout life (declining with advancing age), occurs in cyclic patterns, and is influenced by androgens, thyroid hormones, and dietary factors.

hair growth cycle
Human hair is composed largely of keratin and consists of a narrow central medulla surrounded by a thick envelope (cortex) of elongate cells, which contain numerous melanin granules that determine the natural color. The hair is ensheathed in a multilayered cuticle of overlapping cells that become progressively imbricated (having edges overlapping in a regular arrangement) with continued growth. These cuticular cells are rich in cystine (disulfide bonds) and become rough or show a weathered appearance through exposure to environmental exposure or poor health.

While hair color is closely related to the density of melanin granules, impairment in a person’s health or substances in the diet that influence the availability of trace minerals are potential causes of changes in hair color or condition. The configuration of the hair shaft (i.e., straight, wavy, spiral, or peppercorn) is attributable to the number and distribution of disulfide bonds. Hair straightening requires reduction of these disulfide bonds and fiber cross-linkages.*

Hair Facts: Why Gray Hair?

Melanin granules are secreted by melanocytes in the hair papilla and distributed to keratin in the hair cortex and inner layers of the hair sheath during normal development.

Two main forms of melanin exist in human skin—eumelanin and phaeomelanin, both of which are derived from tyrosine through the action of tyrosinase (a cupro-enzyme) and possibly other key enzymes (with nickel, chromium, iron, and manganese as cofactors).

Hair color is a balance between these two melanins. Albino or white-haired individuals have latent melanocytes. Graying of the hair is age-related and possibly results from declining melanocytic function or retarded hair growth resulting from atrophy or degenerative changes in hair papillae. Hair melanin absorbs insufficient ultraviolet (UV) light energy to afford protection for most individuals against sunburn.*

*see Chemistry Encyclopedia references:

Prota, G. (1988). “Progress in the Chemistry of Melanins and Related Metabolites.” Medicinal Research Reviews 8:525–556.

Swift, J. Alan (1997). “Morphology and Histochemistry of Human Hair.” In Formation and Structure of Human Hair, ed. P. Jollies, H. Zahn, and H. Höcker. Basel, Switzerland: Birkhäuser Verlag.

Swift, J. Alan (1998). Fundamentals of Human Hair Science. Cosmetic Science Monographs, No. 1, ed. H. Butler. Weymouth, U.K.: Micelle Press.

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Author: L.J. O’Neal, writer and researcher. (L.J. is also a Lustrous Henna® user.)

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