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kmcm
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I currently have a 17yo girl living with me. She is in no way related to me, so i can't tell her what to do to strengthen her hair, as i'm not an expert and only know my own hair.

What kinds of vitamins or products can she take or use to help?

She teaches swimming lessons at our local pool, but she says she uses a swim cap. She has fairly thin blonde hair, with a natural curl/wave to it.

I suggested she take prenatal vitamins, but i'm not sure if she should or not.

So, my fellow snopesters, any suggestions? Thanks in advance for the help.

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Personally I make mine do situps and it jogs 3 miles every morning before it goes to the YMCA to do a little lifting. Sorry...I got it... [fish]

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No no, silly! Everyone knows that the way to strengthen hair, or biceps for that matter, is a whole lot of...

(no, he's not gonna say it)

YES!

...curls

[fish] aww man.

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I would call your hairstylist or your doctor and ask their advice. She should definitely NOT take prenatal vitamins unless they are okayed by the doctor. I don't know, but they may contain levels of certain vitamins that are harmful when taken over the long-term by someone as young as her.

A good first step would be for her to make sure she's taking a decent multivitamin. If her hair is dry or chemically treated, a product for that type of hair would be good. My hair is dry but also very thick, so I use Redken's All Soft shampoo, conditioner and deep conditioner. But I work in the salon, so I get a discount. Redken also makes a line called Moist Ends, which is designed specifically for dry hair. If money is tight, VO5's hot oil treatments are really quite good.

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You mentioned that she's a blonde; is her hair color natural?
I ask because I had very light blonde hair as a child, but it darkened to a sort of dirty or "ash blonde" when I hit puberty, so I started putting highlights in it. After years of damaging my hair with bleach, my stylist suggested we try the color alone. It worked beautifully; not only did the color adhere to my unbleached hair, it looked warmer and more natural. Years after giving up bleach for good, my hair is much thicker and stronger than it's ever been in my life. So if this girl uses any coloring products--especially cheap drugstore chemicals like Sun-In--she should stop, and look into less damaging options with a good stylist.
Unless she's vitamin-deficient, taking more vitamins won't make her hair any stronger. Some conditioners coat the hair shaft, making it less susceptible to damage, but they aren't the best for women with fine hair, as the coating tends to make hair appear limp and greasy. Rather than strengthening her hair, she might want to focus on protecting it. No tight ponytails, no bleach, no teasing, no obsessive brushing, and absolutely no lowering of braids from castle towers in case of imprisonment by wicked stepmothers.

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She's naturally a light blonde. She doesn't highlight it. She did get something called lowlights or something, where she darkened her hair in streaks. She doesn't use chemicals, she doesn't even put hairspray or gel in it.

I will talk to her about obsessive brushing, and always having it pulled back. We'll also look into a better shampoo for her.

Thanks for all the advice everyone. I'm off to search for little tiny dumbbells!

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She will probably need a shampoo to combat the chlorine in the pool when she swims as well - nothing turns my hair to coarse fuzz more quickly than a good dwim. Wearing a swimming hat doesn't help much, if at all, in keeping your hair dry in the poot - in fact hwen i sued to havew to wear them I found that they made my hair even worse: like elastice bands the rubber caught and ulled and snapped at my hair. Ditch the swimming hat, plait the hair and then use s ahmppo and conditioner specially formulated for use after swimming.

The over-brushing won't help, but tying it back often shouldn't be a problem as long as she's using soft hair bobbles and not elastic bands or ones with metal on them.

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quote:
Originally posted by Mosherette:
She will probably need a shampoo to combat the chlorine in the pool when she swims as well - nothing turns my hair to coarse fuzz more quickly than a good dwim. Wearing a swimming hat doesn't help much, if at all, in keeping your hair dry in the poot

And we all like a good dwim in the poot every so often. [Wink]

Having her hair pulled back won't affect it too much, unless it is absolutely scraped back and pulled really tight, every day.

I'm a bit confused, though. Does she want to make it stronger or thicker? What is weak about it?

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Jesus! I need a new keyboard! (Just about every key has had the letter rubbed off it now, and as you can see I'm not a touch-typer and my proof-reading skills have gone out of the window [Embarrassed] Anyone else have this trouble with black keyboards?)

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That was a fantastic post Mosh. I think "elastice" is my new favourite word!

I'll start a collection for your new keyboard!

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Mosherette
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I aim to please!

The dreadful thing is my new keyboard has been waiting in supplies for me for two weeks, but I'm too lazy to go and pick it up!

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Get her the book Curly Girl by Lorraine Massey.
The thing about curly hair is that it tends to be finer and drier than straight hair. Do not even listen to what people with thick straight hair have to say about this. They do not understand that fine curly hair is different.

I have fine curly hair too and based on that book and some other research here is what I do for stronger shiny hair.
No heat - no curling irons or hairdryer
No Shampoo - ever (I tried every combination under the sun of shampoo and conditioner and only when I stopped using shampoo did my hair improve. It's a little weird the first few days but once the natural oils come back you'll see a remarkable difference.)
No Brush - use a comb or a pick. Never a brush.

I am also a swimmer and trust me the chlorine is all the "cleaning" her hair needs. Rinsing throughly with water and then using a conditioner will make her hair feel so thick and look shiney. Recently, a hairdress suggest putting a little bit of cheap conditioner on my hair before I get in the pool will help. Based on what Mosherette said (or tried to say) I think I might stop using a swim cap.

One more thing - she can use hairspray etc as long as she gets the kind without alcohol.

Yet another thing - I've taken prenatal vitamins for years. I started when I was trying to get pregnant and my nails got a lot stronger. When I stopped taking them the difference was noticlable. If you compare what is in multis and prenatals there isn't much difference. Now I alternate between them. Never did much for my hair.

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[hijack] Mosh, YOMANK! I laughed so hard tears came to my eyes. And the best thing was that despite all the delicious typos (I like "s ahmppo" best) your advice was clear as a bell! [/hijack]

Seaboe

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quote:
Originally posted by Mosherette:
in fact hwen i sued to havew to wear them I found that they made my hair even worse:

This was my favorite part. That's what I tell people who are lawsuit happy - be careful what you wish for, it might actually happen. Now I can tell them that Mosh sued to have to wear her swimming hat, it didn't turn out so good for her. [lol]

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She could try a product called "Mane and Tail". It works for me, but I don't have thin hair. I put it on after I shampoo and leave it on.

Only use a LITTLE of it at a time, though. Maybe the size of two peas on each half of your hair. Too much and your hair gets sticky and horrible.

Or you could use it as a regular conditioner and rinse it out. But I like it better when I leave it in.

That and always braiding my hair to reduce tangles works well for me.

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Anything you take internally will take months if not years to show up in your hair. The healthy hair will start at the roots after all.

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Multivitamins will help but as Rhi said it takes a long time for the effect to show.

Thickening shampoo might help.

I also have naturally blonde hair and when I was little we always used Ultraswim to keep the chlorine from turning it green and making it break off. Rinsing your hair in cold water before getting in the pool is supposed to help too.

For conditioners, if she is willing to spend a little more than usual, Pureology is excellent.

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quote:
Originally posted by jessBOO:
quote:
Originally posted by Mosherette:
She will probably need a shampoo to combat the chlorine in the pool when she swims as well - nothing turns my hair to coarse fuzz more quickly than a good dwim. Wearing a swimming hat doesn't help much, if at all, in keeping your hair dry in the poot

And we all like a good dwim in the poot every so often. [Wink]


I'm having a hard time stopping my giggling at this - I guess I've reverted back to childhood! I needed the laugh, though, so thanks!

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quote:
Originally posted by frogpond:
quote:
Originally posted by jessBOO:
quote:
Originally posted by Mosherette:
She will probably need a shampoo to combat the chlorine in the pool when she swims as well - nothing turns my hair to coarse fuzz more quickly than a good dwim. Wearing a swimming hat doesn't help much, if at all, in keeping your hair dry in the poot

And we all like a good dwim in the poot every so often. [Wink]


I'm having a hard time stopping my giggling at this - I guess I've reverted back to childhood! I needed the laugh, though, so thanks!
You and me both!! [lol]

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The terrible thing is, I did actually proof read it and I didn't see any of it.

This is happening more and more often, actually, and I'm getting a bit worried about it [Frown]

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quote:
Originally posted by Aud:


No heat - no curling irons or hairdryer


You can use them if you use a heat protective spray.
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No Brush - use a comb or a pick. Never a brush.


agree!!
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I am also a swimmer and trust me the chlorine is all the "cleaning" her hair needs. Rinsing throughly with water and then using a conditioner will make her hair feel so thick and look shiney.Recently, a hairdress suggest putting a little bit of cheap conditioner on my hair before I get in the pool will help.


OK, I agree with the conditioner before swimming thing. I don't agree with the chlorine theory though. Chlorine will make dry hair ever drier and strip it out. You really need to use an anti-chlorine shampoo, such as Ultra Swim, after swimming. It works wonders on my hair.

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quote:
Originally posted by Mosherette:
The terrible thing is, I did actually proof read it and I didn't see any of it.

This is happening more and more often, actually, and I'm getting a bit worried about it [Frown]

Mosh, it's common and normal to miss even blatent typos when proofing your own work. You know what you meant to say, so that's what you see.

Get a friend to proof you for a few days and see if s/he thinks you're making more mistakes than usual. You might also have s/him proof things you've already proofed for a few days and see how that goes.

Seaboe

ETA: Blatent? Oopsie. I meant blatant, of course.

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Prenatal vitamins may be out, but she should still be able to take a vitamin formulated for Hair, skin, and nails. GNC makes one brand, and I'm sure there's others out there.

When I was growing out my hair from a shorter length, I used Hask's Henna 'n Placenta about once a week. Sounds gross--yes, but I could see a difference after using it for about a month. It looks like Walgreens might carry it, but I always picked up the packs at Sally Beauty Supply.

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waffles

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Mosh, I wasn't laughing at your typos. Sorry if I gave you that impression.

I was laughing at the "And we all like a good dwim in the poot every so often" comment because it just sounded so dirty...Yes, i have the mind of a kid in junior high school....

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I have a friend with very long hair (past her waist) and she swears by a supplement called Biotin to keep it healthy. I've been taking it for the past month or so (hoping to get rid of this dreadful hair cut soon) and it does seem to help. It also really strengthens your nails.

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Originally posted by Aud:

No Shampoo - ever (I tried every combination under the sun of shampoo and conditioner and only when I stopped using shampoo did my hair improve. It's a little weird the first few days but once the natural oils come back you'll see a remarkable difference.)

So do you just rinse your hair and then use conditioner on it? I'm willing to try anything to get my hair to grow.

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