How Do You Know If You Have Sleep Apnea and What is CPAP Therapy?

I have sleep apnea. I have it pretty severe.

Before I started receiving the treatment I snored quite loudly. Have you ever heard a chainsaw? I don’t think I was that loud but I was close!

But the worst part was when the silence started. The silent pauses while my throat closed and choked off my breath. My own body was strangling itself.

What is Sleep Apnea Anyway?

You may not know much about sleep apnea, but chances are that you’ve heard of it. This is a very serious sleep disorder that robs you of the deep, valuable REM sleep that your body (especially your brain) requires.

The word apnea comes from the Greek and literally means no breath. Patients stop breathing in their sleep from one of two causes (or even a combination).

Obstructive sleep apnea results when the muscles holding your airway open or your tongue in place don’t respond properly. The suction created when you inhale causes the passages to narrow to the point that they cut off your air supply.

Central sleep apnea is caused by the diaphragm failing to respond to signals from the brain. In this case, your body just simply fails to breathe. Snoring is not usually associated with this form of sleep apnea.

Regardless of the cause of the apnea, the end result is that your brain detects a fall in the oxygen rate and startles your body from sleep. Maybe not all the way awake, but enough that you don’t get into a deep, restful phase of sleep. You may gasp or snort as your body pulls in air and you will usually go back to sleep.

These breathing pauses can last as long as 60 seconds in some cases and patients have been known to have as many as 60 apnea events per hour. My last test showed that I had 52 events per hour when treatment was not in place.

Sleep apnea is a problem described as hesitations of breathing while sleeping. These hesitations are known as Apneas(meaning, “without breath”). These apnea events occur throughout the night and can be numerous enough to cause significant health problems. An overnight sleep study (polysomnogram) determines the severity and number of occurrences as well as finding the pressure (measured in cm/H20) that is needed to eliminate the apnea events. Treatable levels of sleep apnea are defined as 5 events of any type or greater per hour of sleep. During Obstructive Sleep Apnea, breathing is interrupted by a physical block to airflow despite effort.

A person with Obstructive Sleep Apnea is rarely aware of having breathing issues, even upon awakening, although many people report that they suddenly wake up gasping for air, and some hear themselves recover with a loud snore sound. Sleep apnea is usually observed by others or is suspected because of its effects on the body (sequelae). The effects may be present for many years, without selfdiagnosis, and the person may get accustomed to daytime sleepiness and fatigue caused by the sleep disturbances.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep-disordered breathing. The muscles of the body, especially in the throat, relax during sleep. The airway is made up of collapsible soft tissue which can obstruct the airway and limit breathing during sleep. This problem can be exacerbated by obesity and the presence of large tonsils and tongue tissue. The result is a lack of oxygen in the blood that causes a response from the brain, causing an interruption of the normal sleep cycle. [Source: WikiPedia]

The CPAP machine eliminates these interruptions of sleep by delivering a stream of compressed air through flexible tubing to a nasal pillow, nose mask or full-face mask, splinting the airway (keeping it open under air pressure) so that unobstructed breathing becomes possible, reducing and/or preventing apneas and hypopneas. This has the additional benefit of reducing or eliminating snoring.

Well, What Does It Matter?

Good question.

Aside from the fact that it annoys your spouse, children in the next room, and neighbors down the street, there are some serious repercussions.

The most obvious result is general fatigue. Since your body isn’t getting proper sleep cycles you never really get the sleep you need. You may sleep 10 or more hours a night yet you’re constantly drowsy. I was able to fall asleep within 10 seconds of lying down, night or day. In fact, when I was put in a darkened room with nothing to do or look at, the longest time I could stay awake was about 2 minutes.

When you are fatigued like this you’ll make mistakes. Driving and operating heavy machinery becomes dangerous. I had to stop riding my motorcycle since I didn’t feel that I could be attentive enough to stay safe.

You will often wake up with a headache, sore throat and a good case of the grumps. It can even lead to clinical depression or sexual dysfunction (and no one wants that.

It has even been linked to hypertension and heart disease.

Left untreated, sleep apnea can quite literally kill you.

Credit: American Academy of Sleep Medicine

Yikes — I Snore Like A Train! What Do I Do?

Snoring is actually related to obstructive sleep apnea. It may be a precursor to apnea itself and definitely accompanies it. So if you do snore then you should take some time to get it checked out, especially if people tell you that you pause during the night or gasp or snort.

While you may not have apnea, snoring can be severe enough to reduce the amount of air you get when you breathe. This is known as sleep hypopnea which means reduced breath. It can have similar effects to apnea.

The best way to determine if you have sleep apnea is to talk to your doctor about arranging a sleep study at a sleep clinic. A sleep study will monitor you during your sleep to see exactly what is happening with your breathing and brain patterns. It can also test you for other sleep disorders such as restless legs, grinding teeth, etc.

If you are diagnosed with either sleep apnea or sleep hypopnea your sleep doctor can discuss treatment options. At this point, there is no medical cure, but some lifestyle changes can be effective at reducing or eliminating the problem. Surgery is also a possibility, but there are risks involved without any guarantee of relief.

So most people who suffer from sleep apnea will need ongoing support such as CPAP or dental devices.

The important thing now is to find out for sure. If you suspect you might have a problem get it checked… Now!

What is CPAP and How it Works

The reduction and elimination of obstructive sleep apnea began with the invention of the CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), first described in 1981 by Colin Sullivan in Sydney, Australia. It has evolved over time, from large noisy machines to more compact and quiet units created in the late 1980s. Effective treatment stimulated a massive surge of clinics dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of Sleep Apnea. Many variations of sleep disorders were recognized, and most of the patients of these centers have sleep disorder breathing. Sleep Apnea became easily diagnosed, and the CPAP machine has become the method to treat this problem.

The CPAP machine creates a pressurized flow of air through a hose to a CPAP mask worn during sleep. A CPAP mask delivers the air through a nasal interface, nasal pillow delivery system, or a full face interface that allows the patient to breathe in or out from the nose or the mouth or a combination of the two.

The air pressure causes a “splinting the airway” (keeping it open under air pressure) so that free-flow breathing occurs, thus preventing apnea and hypopnea. This also creates a favorable outcome by eliminating snoring. A CPAP machine is normally used indefinitely to treat sleep apnea at the patient’s home.

The CPAP machine blows air at a preset pressure (also called the titrated pressure). The necessary pressure is prescribed by a physician after reviewing the results of an overnight sleep study (polysomnography) taken in a sleep laboratory. The titrated pressure is the pressure of air, (measured in cm/H2O), that was required to open the airway and end the Apnea events. The typical pressure for most patients is between 6 and 14 cm/H2O. A CPAP machine can produce pressures of 4 to 20 cm/H2O. More advance machines, that are needed in severe cases, can go up to 25 or 30 cmH2O.

CPAP machines may also be used to treat preterm infants whose lungs have not fully developed. For example, some doctors may use a CPAP machine to treat infants who have respiratory distress syndrome or even bronchopulmonary dysplasia.

OSA(Obstructive Sleep Apnea) treatment involves a CPAP System, which has three main parts:

1. A CPAP mask or other device that fits over your nose or your nose and mouth, some CPAP masks just touch the CPAP user’s nostrils. Headgear straps keep the mask in place.

2. A Flexible hose (Tubing) that connects the mask to the machine’s motor.

3. A CPAP machine (Flow Generator) that blows air(Positive Airway Pressure) into the tubing, delivering it to the CPAP mask.

Some CPAP machines have other features as well, such as heated humidifiers for added comfort, exhalation pressure relief (EPR™ also named C-Flex™, A-Flex™, Bi-Flex™, Smart Flex™), CPAP machines are small, lightweight, and quiet (23-30dB). The noise from a CPAP machine is usually soft and rhythmic.

Process for starting CPAP Therapy

If a physician prescribes a CPAP system, the patient will be directed to a home equipment provider. (Home equipment providers are also referred to as durable medical equipment, or DME.) The physician will work with the patient to make sure the settings that he or she prescribed are correct. He or she usually requires the patient to complete an overnight sleep study to find the correct settings for the system pressure. The sleep study will measure how much pressure is needed to keep the airway open during sleep.

CPAP machines have variations in size, options, colors, and operation, and come from a variety of different manufacturers. CPAP masks also have a variety of sizes, colors, materials, and features, some only covering the nose, while others cover the whole face. Some are made with silicone like cushion to create a seal between the face and the mask, while others use a Gel filled cushion. Some now are even made from a cloth material that is not porous enough for the air to penetrate.

f a patient cannot tolerate the mask given, the physician may suggest switching to a different style. Many sources for replacement CPAP systems, machines, masks and accessories are available.

CPAP machines are also is used to treat preterm infants whose lungs have not fully developed. For this treatment, soft prongs are placed in an infant’s nostrils.

A CPAP has many benefits. It can:

  1. Keep the airway open during sleep
  2. Eliminate loud snoring so others in the household can sleep Improve the quality of sleep, even at a reduced sleep time
  3. Relieve sleep apnea symptoms, such as excessive daytime sleepiness, headaches, and moodiness
  4. Decrease or prevent high blood pressure Many people who use a CPAP machine report feeling better as soon as they begin treatment. They feel more attentive and better able to work during the day. They also report fewer complaints from bed partners about snoring and sleep disruption.
  5. The medical benefits are numerous. Sleep apnea has been determined to cause or increase impotence and a lowered sex drive, Obesity, Alcohol and Drug Dependencies, Lack of Exercise, Vision Problems, Diabetes and many others

Treatment 

A widely used solution and arguably the most consistently effective treatment for sleep apnea is the use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device, which ‘splints’ the airway open during sleep by means of a flow of pressurized air into the throat. However, the CPAP machine only assists during inhalation. The lungs must prompt exhalation. The exhalation is more difficult at higher CPAP pressure settings. A Bi-Level CPAP, often called BIPAP or VPAP can provide ease of exhalation by reducing the positive pressure when the start of exhalation begins, then the flow generator returns to the higher inhalation pressure. CPAP therapy is effective only for (OSA)Obstructive Sleep Apnea, not for central or mixed cases. [Source and Reference: Alaska Sleep Education Center]

Conclusion

Sleep apnea is a common disorder that causes pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. As a result, not enough air reaches the lungs. During Apnea events the airway collapses and becomes blocked or obstructed. When inhalation is attempted, the air that pushes past the obstruction can cause loud snoring. Subsequent snoring may disturb sleep partners. The positive pressure from a CPAP machine can prevent the airway from collapsing or becoming blocked.

References:

1.Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patrick J. Strollo, Jr., M.D., and Robert M. Rogers, M.D. [Source Link]

2.Continuous Positive Airway Pressure and Breathlessness in Obese Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Pilot Study Sichang Xiao, MSc, Johan Bastianpillai, MBBS, Culadeeban Ratneswaran, MD, Martino F. Pengo, MD, Yuanming Luo, PhD, Caroline J. Jolley, PhD, John Moxham, MD, and Joerg Steier, PhD [Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information]

3.Sleep–Related Breathing Disorders in Adults – The Report of an American Academy of Sleep Medicine Task Force [Full Report: HERE]

4.Obstructive Sleep Apnea Sean M. Caples, DO; Apoor S. Gami, MD; and Virend K. Somers, MD, PhD [Source: American Physiological Society]

Disclaimer:

Our content does not constitute a medical or psychological consultation. See a certified medical or mental health professional for diagnosis. Also, the information and statistics that we published in this article are collected from authentic medical associations and publications which sources are clearly mentioned in the article.

My Sleep Apnea Story and CPAP Adventure

I have had sleep apnea for years. As a matter of fact, I had it before I even knew there was a name for it. My father also had it but he never knew about it. He thought that he just had a hard time sleeping.

Sleep apnea symptoms can be treated at least for some people. Breathing machines that push air down your throat are the most common treatment. They are called CPAP for continuous air pressure. You wear a mask that is connected to the machine by a hose. The air continually keeps your airway open preventing any of the blockages.

If your case is severe, surgery might be suggested. The surgery has a long recovery time so you better hope the CPAP works!

Definition of sleep apnea

While sleeping, someone with sleep apnea stops breathing due to blockage in the back of the throat. That blockage is usually excess soft tissue or an enlarged tongue. It could also be due to tonsils. This is called obstructive sleep apnea.

There is also the less common central sleep apnea where there is a miscommunication between the brain and the mouth muscles causing the stoppage of air to the lungs.

The consequences of not treating Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea can be very dangerous if left untreated. The most obvious problem that occurs is the lack of sleep. If you keep waking up every few minutes your body will never get the deep REM sleep that it truly needs. This may have effects on emotional and mental health.
Sleep apnea also prevents oxygen from getting to the brain. Lack of oxygen can cause high blood pressure as well as heart disease. My father passed away at the age of 61 with heart disease and he had sleep apnea for many years.

My adventures with the CPAP

After my first sleep study, I was told that I slept with my mouth open all night. I already knew that and so did my wife. Apparently, the significance of that was that I would need a full face mask with my CPAP machine.

The next sleep study was scheduled and this time I would be fitted for a CPAP. There was a little mix up at the sleep clinic because when I arrived they didn’t have a full face mask just one that covered over the nose. The mask was put on and the machine started. The technician told me that I had to keep my mouth shut or the air would blow out of my mouth.

How was I supposed to do that? I tried to sleep but the thought of just breathing through my nose was unnatural to me. I keep opening my mouth and the weird sensation of the air leaving my mouth occurred.
The technician was getting irritated with me. He came into the room carrying what looked like a strap. He wrapped the strap under my jaw and over my head. He assured me that this would help me keep my mouth. It kept my mouth closed but it was so uncomfortable that I didn’t sleep a wink.

The technician claimed that I had slept enough to calibrate the CPAP. A technician came out to the house and went over the CPAP with me. I immediately had problems with air leakage around the mask. I put tape around the mask to block the leakage but it still didn’t help. And of course, the noise of the machine bothered me also.

Someday I might give it another try but not anytime soon.

Update: I am going back to my doctor and see if I am still a candidate for the CPAP

Sleep Apnea and sleeping pills

Some nights you wish you could sleep the whole night through without waking up one time. Of course with sleep apnea that doesn’t happen. The obstruction in the back of your throat makes sure that you wake up constantly throughout the night.

Many people wonder why folks who have sleep apnea just don’t take sleeping pills. Pop a pill in your mouth and hello sandman! Well, sleeping pills relaxes the throat muscles; you know those same muscles that obstruct your breathing. This makes the apnea much worse not to mention the snoring. And it is not just sleeping pills that have this effect, alcohol right before bedtime will do the same.

If you really want to relax before you go to bed try relaxation tapes or self-hypnosis tapes. Also don’t eat very much if anything before you go to bed. It’s hard to feel comfortable when your stomach is churning.

Throat exercises

Recently there has been talking about improving sleep apnea by doing throat exercises

Surgery options for Sleep Apnea


Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) I know that’s a mouthful, excuse the pun. This surgery removes tissues from the back of your mouth and if you haven’t already had your tonsils out they might take them too. It requires a hospital stay and they use a general anesthetic. It’s more successful for stopping snoring than Sleep Apnea because there may be more tissue farther down the throat.

Maxillomandibular advancement The upper and lower part of your jaw is removed from your face bone. That sounds great, doesn’t it? It enlarges the space between your tongue and soft palate eliminating some of the obstruction.

Tracheostomy This is for severe sleep apnea when all else has failed. A hole is made in your throat in order for a tube to be placed in it. During the day the hole is covered up but at night it’s open and you breathe through the tube in the hole. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.

Sleep Studies

Of all the health-related tests that you can experience the overnight sleep study (polysomnogram) could be one of the strongest that you will ever experience. Unlike other tests, you will need to be completely asleep in order for the test to produce the proper results. That is difficult in itself considering the reason that you are having the test is that you have a hard time going to sleep.

Before you show up to the hospital or where ever the test is taking place instructions will be given to you. On the day of the study, you are instructed not to take any naps. That makes sense because you need to be very, very tired at the onset of the sleep study and definitely no caffeine. No caffeine can be difficult if you are hooked on coffee or soft drinks.

The test usually starts around nine o’clock in the evening. You probably won’t be the only person taking the test so it may take a little time before the technicians get you ready.

The room that you are put in is supposed to look less like a hospital room and more like a bedroom. But most bedrooms don’t have a camera pointing at you in bed. Of course, some people do have a camera in their bedroom but that is another post on another blog.

After you have gotten into your sleepwear, the technician will apply all the wires and metal discs that are needed to score your test. And there are quite a lot of wires and metal discs. From your head to your chest to your legs and feet you will have the metal discs placed all over you. They will be held on by a glue-like substance that you will find is very hard to get off your skin and especially your hair. The wires are attached to the metal discs which transfers information to the technicians’ monitors.

After you are hooked up the technician will go into the observation room and run through a series of tests to make sure that everything is hooked up correctly. The tech will communicate through a speaker that is in your room.

When everything has been calibrated, it is time to go to sleep! This is the difficult part because of all the things that are attached to your body. And the thought that someone in another room is watching you can be a little unnerving. But you must try; if you don’t the whole evening will be a waste of time.

If this is your first study you probably won’t be interrupted all night. Of course, if you need to use the bathroom you have a buzzer to ring the technician who comes into your room and helps you and your set of wires to the bathroom.

If it is a split study halfway through the night you would be fitted for a CPAP calibration.

At the end of the test, you will hear the voice of the sleep study technician telling you to wake up. The tech comes into the room and unhooks you of all your wires and metal discs. Most places have showers so you can attempt to wash the glue out of your hair. Usually, it takes a few showers to get that stuff out.

The doctor will get back to you on how you scored on the sleep study. At that point, he can tell you with certainty whether you have sleep apnea or not.

What is the difference between apnea and hypopnea?

Hypoapnea is shallow breathing with a low respiratory rate, whereas with apnea the breathing is stopped completely.

22 million Americans or 6.7 percent of the population have sleep apnea. 2 to 4 percent of the population is considered to be undiagnosed with sleep apnea. 

Reference: American Sleep Apnea Association.

Children can have sleep apnea as well

When folks talk about sleep apnea there seems to be an acknowledgment that the people that have it are adults, but that isn’t necessarily true. Unfortunately, children can also have sleep apnea as well. The causes of it in children are usually tonsils and adenoids.

The CPAP can also be used for children as well but they will probably have some the same adjustments problems that adults have regarding the CPAP mask.

Horse Clipping Tips and Tricks

Whilst getting somebody to clip your horse for you is always good, it can become costly if you do it regularly, especially if you have more than one.

Before purchasing your horse clippers, we’ve set out some things for you to consider below.

Which ones should you buy?

There’s are pretty large selection out there. Whilst a lot of it will come down to personal choice, there are a few basic questions you can ask yourself before buying a pair of horse clippers.

– How often will you be using them? Are you just touching up between visits from a professional horse groomer, or are you doing the entire job yourself?

– How many horses will you be clipping? Are you thinking of clipping a number of horses in a day, or just one every few months? Obviously, you’ll also need to take into account (if clipping more than one horse) the different types of a breed and their coats.

– What is the texture (or textures) of the horse coat? When clipping thick coats you’ll probably have to look at horse clippers with a higher clipping speed.

– Is your horse nervous? Are loud clippers going to give your horse concern?

– How easy are the clippers to maintain? Consider how often they need claining, replacement blades, cost of blades, oil, availability of parts etc

– Are they easy to use? What’s their weight, size – are you going to be tired out after 30 mins of holding up the heaviest horse clippers on the market?

– Do you want cordless? If not, how long is the cord? How heavy duty is the cord?

Top tips for horse clipping

Make sure the coat is clean + Dry – Give your horse a good clean and brush down, ensuring that the coat is dry and that there’s no loos hair in there.

Make sure your horse is comfortable and secured– An obvious piece of advice this one.

Make sure the blades are well lubricated and sharp – If you’re not comfortable maintaining your own horse clippers, then take them to somebody who can. Well looked after clippers and blades will provide a much smoother and cooler cut.

Keep it slow – Slower strokes across the coat will give a much smoother result

Don’t go in too steeply – Keep the blades as parallel to the skin as possible. Clipping at a steep angle is likely to produce much more uneven results on the finished coat

Clip against the run of the hair – Always check which way the horse’s hair is laying – this can change direction on many areas of the coat. You may have to make a few passes across the same area where the coat may lay in more than one direction.

Mark your lines– Use wet chalk to mark where you want the lines to be – use a saddle as a template perhaps.

Use YouTube – Browse the videos on YouTube to see how the professionals do it – there are literally hundreds of guides. In fact, we’ve found this very useful:

Top tips for effective horse clipping

Final Note

If you think I have missed any tips of horse clipping in this post, please let us know. Also, don’t forget to share your experiences with us. Hope, this guide helps!

How To Grow Black Hair Long – Secret of Growing Black Hair

The first step that will allow you to grow black hair long is to reject the lie that black hair cannot grow long.

When harmful hair practices are rejected and good hair practices and consistency is adopted, you too will be able to not only make black hair grow but you will also be able to create healthy black hair.

Incidentally, good hair practices not only work with natural black hair but with other types of black hair such as relaxed hair.

The natural hair movement which is mostly dealt with in this article has been gaining popularity for quite some time and better and better products are being discovered every day that work wonderfully for black hair to not only grow black natural hair long but which most importantly promote the creation of healthy natural black hair.

If you are this natural hair journey or are considering “the big chop” or are in a transitional phase, this guide discusses how to implement healthy hair habits and grow natural black hair long and healthy.

Hair Growth

Healthy hair grows about a half inch per month. [AAD Public Info]

For Caucasian and Asian hair, it may grow slightly more whereas, for black hair, it may grow slightly less.

But it is important to know that everyone’s hair is different and many factors such as genes, haircare practices, diet, etc will go into being able to make black hair grow and achieve the hair growth per year that is unique to you.

Black Hair Structure

It is easy to look at the hair of those of another race other than black and think that only they have the ability to grow long hair and because one is black, it will be impossible to grow black hair.

This statement needs to be examined at the root by first considering the hair structure before looking for ways to make black hair grow fast.

The hair structure for every race is comprised of the protein known as Keratin. [The structure of people’s hair]

Hair grows below the surface of the scalp in the hair bulb which resides in the hair follicle.

Those of a different race than black usually have a straighter hair follicle than black people who have curvy hair follicle. A straight hair follicle means that the sebaceous (oil) glands below the surface of the skin are able to secrete sebum (oil) through the hair follicle to protect the hair shafts from breaking and also give hair shine and luster. This sebum travels from the root through the ends of the hair moisturizing the hair along the way. This is the process that helps hair grow with straighter hair follicles.

With most black hair, however, the curvaceous hair follicle prevents the sebum from the oil glands below the surface of the scalp from reaching the scalp and traveling through the length of the hair. This results in a dry scalp and dry hair that easily breaks which results in little to no hair growth.

Black hair also generally retains less water than those of other races because it has a larger diameter. The curvy hair follicle associated with black hair produces hair that grows in a spiral. The extent of this spiral also varies from one black person to another and is usually determined by a person’s genes. Some black people have looser curls while others have very tight coils or kinks. The curl also means that most black people suffer from hair shrinkage. The hair will usually be longer tha it looks that only becomes apparent once the curl is extended.

Black hair has a shape that looks flat and elliptical when viewed under a microscope which makes it more prone to forming knots which makes it more difficult to comb or brush black hair without applying excessive force and pressure which leads to hair breakage. A little breakage every day accumulates over a long period of time which leads to the erroneous conclusion that black hair does not grow.

Black hair also contains lesser elastic fibers which are necessary to anchor hair to the scalp. With less of these fibers than the hair of other races, it makes black hair more prone to hair loss and breakage. This characteristic of black hair as well as certain hair styles that pull the hair excessively such as when braiding the hair or placing the hair in a tight ponytail can lead to traction alopecia along the hairline.

These characteristics of black hair may account for the excessive hair breakage, less shine if any as well as difficulty combing the hair. Although it may not appear so, black hair is actually the most fragile of the hair types of all the races which are made worse by various bad hair habits that are commonly practiced including using very harsh chemicals on black hair, heated styling tools, the environment, etc. These practives need to be examined first if you want to make black hair grow fast.

Basic Hair Stages

While wanting to grow black hair long and healthy, it is also important to be aware of the three stages that a hair strand goes through. Hair is created, it matures and then it dies and is discarded.

Stage 1 – The anagen phase which lasts for about four to six years. Most of the hair on an individual’s head is in this stage and accounts for almost 90% of the hair on the scalp

Stage 2 – This is known as the catagen phase when hair kind of rests for about two to three weeks with no growth.

Stage 3 – The telogen phase is the final stage when hair begins to shed. Shedding is natural and it differs from “breaking” hair. Hair naturally sheds on a daily basis with the loss of about 500 to 100 hair strands a day.

In order to tell whether your hair is shedding or breaking, shedding hair usually has a small whitish bulb at the root of the hair strand.

Black Women and Hair Loss

There are many factors that stand in the way of a black woman being able to grow black hair long and healthy. It is normal to lose hair through normal hair shedding due to the life cycle of the hair strand – 90% of the hair on our head is usually growing (anagen phase), 8% is resting or in the dormant phase (catagen phase) and the rest of it – 2% – is in the shedding phase known as the telogen phase. The shed hair which should not be noticeable is then replaced by new hair strands and the cycle continues.

When there is an abnormality in this cycle, hair loss also known as alopecia occurs when hairs fall out from the root, the hair breaks close to or at the root and may stop growing leading to bald spots.

There are many reasons for the cause of hair loss and/or bald spots such as hormonal changes, or in women who are going through menopause when a reduction in the female hormone estrogen leads to thinning hair. Many other times, it could be due to illness, sudden weightloss, eczema, toxins, ring worms, blood disorders and even stress which can have a devastating impact on health and well as the skin and hair. If you are experiencing hair loss, you may want to have a dermatologist perform an evaluation. Frequently for black women, besides stress, the common culprit is bad hair care and hair styling practices that lead to hair loss and bald spots.

4 Reasons Black Women Are Losing their Edges & Nape Hair

Besides hair loss resulting from hair breakage, there are three other main causes of hair loss in black women namely, traction alopecia, follicular regeneration syndrome and alopecia areata.

a. Traction Alopecia

From the picture shown this type of hair loss is a factor. This type of hair loss results from pulling the hair too tightly when certain hairstyles such as braids, rollers or ponytails are used. In addition, when braids or weaves are too heavy, it puts a strain on the hair follicles leading to hair loss and baldness along the hair ling which is why if you are suffering from bald edges, you are on the search for products that will make your edges grow back or grow your edges back.

When the hair is pulled too hard, it may inflame the root of hair, leading to small bumps that over time destroy the hair root and lead to hair loss and bald spots that may become permanent. This thinning hair and bald spots usually show up along the hair line and above the ears. It is not uncommon to come across black women with a hairline that begins far from where God and nature intended for them which is why products to grow your edges back or make you edges grow back are in such high demand with many black women. If your edges will not grow back, here is some useful information.

b. Follicular regeneration syndrome

This type of hair loss is believed to also result from poor hair care practices that can be damaging to the hair follicles (hair roots). Bad hair care practices that are believed to cause this type of hair loss and hair thinning include the frequent use of a hot comb which can result in small drops of hot oil dripping onto the scalp and damaging the hair roots that overtime can lead to thinning hair since the damaged hair follicle will no longer generate any hair.

The burning and tingling that is associated with chemical relaxers may also destroy the hair follicle (Cicatricial alopecia). In addition, it is not uncommon to notice small scar tissue on many black women’s scalp who frequently relax their hair and proper hair relaxing instructions are not followed. In the presence of scar tissue resulting from burns, the hair loss becomes permanent. When excessive heat resulting from the use of blow dryers is applied, it can also lead to this type of hair loss when hot hair oil drops onto the scalp and destroys the hair follicles.

c. Alopecia Areata

With this type of hair loss, the sufferers usually notice dime sized or quarter sized bald spots on the scalp or on some other part of the body that is usually covered with hair. The bald spot will appear smooth to the touch and have an absence of hair. The hair may grow back on its own after a while or not. Some may go on to experience hair loss over the entire scalp which is known as alopecia totalis. The cause of this type remains unknown.

Pregnancy

When pregnant, many women report great hair growth during this period which is why many women who are not pregnant may take pre-natal vitamin in hopes of having some of this hair growth and hair thickness that is found in many pregnant women who take prenatal vitamins.

The downside for many pregnant women is that after giving birth, they may notice excessive hair shedding. While it is normal to shed 50 to 100 hairs a day, the shedding found in some women that were pregnant or as a result of illness will be very excessive.

About 95% of women will develop this type of hair loss (telogen effluvian) after a pregnancy when the hair follicles are induced to reneter the telogen phase discussed above. While it will be frustrating to lose this hair, new hair will soon replace the hair lost unless there is another underlying condition.

How to Grow Black Hair in 3 Months – Treatment For Hair Loss

There are many treatments that are recommended for hair loss with varying levels of effectiveness. What may work for one may not necessarily work for another. When you do notice bald spots or significant hair loss and thinning, it is important to first evaluate your hair care practices and try to determine what the culprit is and stop whatever practice is making the condition worse. When a cause cannot be determined, going to a dermatologist may provide answers. The first step to stopping and reversing the damage may be to stop the use of heat, hair dyes, relaxers, weaves, braids, etc for at least three months and start a weekly regimen of shampooing and conditioning the hair.

If there is no change after several months, a dermatologist may recommend topical medications such as Rogaine and Anthralin. He or she may also suggest corticosteroid solutions, injections or creams. He or she may also suggest a cortisone pill to stop the hair loss and regrow hair in the troubled spots. You may need to try various treatments for the hair loss in order to find one that works in your particular case.

How to Grow Black Hair Faster Naturally Home Remedies and Stop Hair Loss

6 Proven Home Remedies for Hair Loss

Many people who suffer from traction alopecia or alopecia areata have tried various natural remedies for hair loss to stop hair loss and regrow the hair with varying degrees of success. Some of the common natural remedies to stop hair loss and grow black hair long include the following;

i. Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, Emu Oil, Jasmine Oil, Amla Oil, Argan Oil

Many swear by Jamaican Black Castor Oil applied to the site of the thinning hair or bald spot and massaging the area for a few minutes to regrow the hair. Coconut oil and emu oil are other oils also used in the process of eliminating bald spots and regrowing hair. Be sure to use the organic version. Give it at least three months to see whether you experience any benefits from applying these oils to the affected area. A key element is to ensure that you follow the application of the oil with a scalp massage for at least 10 minutes. Massaging the scalp stimulates the hair follicles. Stimulated hair follicles may lead to hair growth unless you have scar tissue from burns on your scalp from products or tools used.

See discussion further down on these oils to stimulate hair growth

ii. Onion

Onion contains sulfur is hair healing and stimulates hair follicles which can help to regrow hair and is another that is considered one of the best natural remedies for hair loss. An onion is usually cut and the onion rubbed onto the bald spot until it becomes red and then shampooed off. The onion can also be put through a blender and the onion juice applied to the bald spot and left on for up to an hour before shampooing.

iii. Coriander

Another of the suggested natural remedies for hair loss is applying green coriander juice to the affected area may also help eliminate the bald spot and regrow hair.

iv. Cayenne pepper

Adding cayenne pepper to oil such as extra virgin olive oil, castor oil, etc is also used by many suffering from hair loss and bald spots is another of the popular natural remedies for hair loss. Cayenne pepper which is quite spicy creates a tingle that is thought to stimulate hair follicles to produce hair. Cayenne pepper or any other red pepper irritates the scalp leading to inflammation and the body’s response is to heal this area which stimulates growth. Other spices used include black pepper, etc.

a. Version 1

1 cup extra virgin olive oil (or other oils such as sesame, almond, grapeseed, etc)
1 tbsp cayenne pepper

This is also great if you suffer from dandruff. Warm the oil, add in the pepper and massage onto the scalp for at least 10 minutes. Cover with a plastic cap or plastic bag and leave on overnight and shampoo in the morning. Use once or twice a week or as often as you like.

b. Version 2

A fifth of vodka
3 ounces of cayenne pepper

This is the most common version. If you prefer the nonalcoholic version, the first version will do. Add the cayenne pepper to the vodka a leave in a cool, dark place for at least two weeks. After two weeks, shake and use a strainer. Store in a bottle and rub into the scalp once or twice a week. Can even be used daily.

v. Salt

A teaspoon of salt, a teaspoon of black pepper powder and 5 teaspoons of coconut oil are combined and applied to the bald spot.

vi. Garlic Oil

Garlic oil has many healing properties and has been used for centuries by Japanese women to combat hair loss and is one of the best natural remedies for hair loss. Garlic oil that can be obtained from soft gel capsules are odorless so you do not have to deal with the pungent smell of garlic which is a deterrent for many who would love to use this treatment for hair loss. Simply break apart the soft gel capsules to obtain the garlic oil.

Apply this oil to dry hair once a day. You should give this about 3 months to see whether it works for you.

  • use a steamed towel to warm the area first.
  • apply the garlic oil to the affected area and massage gently into the scalp.
  • leave this on overnight and shampoo in the morning.

vii. Sesame Oil and Ginger

Sesame oil is widely used to fight against hair loss like many of the oils discussed further down. Ginger has many beneficial properties and stimulates the scalp making this a powerful combination for hair growth. This sesame oil and ginger scalp treatment can improve circulation in the scalp, can stimulate hair growth, reduce hair shedding and hair breakage and also deal with various scalp infections and irritations.

a. get a piece of fresh ginger root and grate it.
b. obtain ginger juice by squeezing these gratings through a piece of gauze
c. mix equal parts of this ginger juice with pure sesame oil and whisk until blended.
d. massage this mixture starting from the scalp to the ends of the hair for about 10 minutes. Leave on for at least an hour or overnight if the concoction does not sting and then shampoo out.

If the scalp becomes irritated, use less ginger or leave on for only a few minutes.

NOTE Ginger has properties that will lighten your hair but not drastically. Using unrefined sesame oil with ginger will actually darken your hair so this is a great option if you do not want your hair to lose some of its natural colors if you want your hair color darkened and on top of that, unrefined sesame oil contains a lot of nutrients that are beneficial for hair.

viii. Decolorized Iodine

White iodine or decolorized used for hair loss has been found to be very effective for regrowing hair.

2 teaspoons white iodine (you may be able to get this at your local pharmacy but you can get it online if unavailable in your area)
2 teaspoons castor oil

Mix together and apply to the scalp. Leave on for at least an hour and shampoo in the morning or after at least an hour. Use at least twice a week.

Growth Oil Concoction (Simply a guide. You can use many oils and many combinations to suit you)

1/4 cup castor, emu, jojoba oil
1/4 cup pure vitamin e oil (get this from a health food store as most found in any other store are usually synthetic vitamin e oils)
15 drops rosemary essential oil
15 drops peppermint essential oil
15 drops lavender essential

Mix all ingredients and apply a little to the affected area once or twice a day and massage into the scalp. If you want a more buttery and less oily consistency, add some pure shea butter or pure extra virgin coconut oil (only in winter as in the summer, coconut oil will melt at room temperature).

Note Although essential oils are some of the best natural remedies for hair loss, it is important to be careful about using essential oils. Not only do many of them need to be diluted with a carrier oil such as olive, jojoba, castor, etc but many of them such as rosemary essential oil should be avoided by those with various conditions such as epilepsy, high blood pressure, diabetes, pregnant women and children after five. If in doubt, ask your doctor whether it is safe to use these.

Natural Oils For Hair Loss

1. Coconut Oil 

Continue further down in the post for a separate discussion of the benefits on coconut oil.

2. Castor Oil for hair loss and to grow long hair fast

Castor oil has been used for many centuries because it contains many healing properties which is why it is known in some circles as “Palma Christi” or Palm of Christ. It has been used for healing both internally using castor oil packs and externally. Castor oil for hair loss has been shown effective at being able to regrow hair and help grow long hair fast because of castor oil;

– is one of the oils that is easily absorbed into the hair shaft providing and locking in moisture and nutrients which are important to prevent dry and brittle hair that easily breaks leading to hair loss beyond the normal hair shedding.

– castor oil also helps to improve the condition of the scalp and to keep hair follicles healthy which is important for healthy hair growth.

– it contains a very high concentration of Ricicoleic acid which is an antibacterial and anti fungal property that treats various scalp conditions such as dandruff, infection and inflammation of the scalp, etc which contribute to hair loss and balding in some cases.

When used to treat hair loss use the purest and organic form which contains no chemicals or other additives which may take away from the benefits of castor oil for hair loss.

There are many ways to use castor oil for hair loss to encourage hair growth. You can apply castor oil once a day or twice a day and massaging it into the problem areas.

If you have an oily scalp and do not want to increase the oiliness of your scalp or just do not want to leave castor oil on your hair for days, you can apply castor oil once or twice a week to the scalp and hair, cover a plastic cap or plastic bag and then with a warm towel and leave on overnight and shampoo in the morning to get rid of this castor oil. If you do not like how thick castor oil is, consider mixing it with a lighter oil such as grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, etc, which are also beneficial oils for the scalp and skin and will help grow long hair fast.

3. Emu Oil

This is an animal product and is derived from an emu which is a flightless bird. It is obtained from the thick pad of fat on the back of an emu. The aborigines in Australia have used it for many centuries because of its great benefits for skin and hair and can help grow long hair fast. It is a light oil that very easily penetrates the skin. This oil if processed properly is comprised of about 50% monounsaturated fat and the remainder a combination of polyunsaturated fat and saturated fats.

Part of the unsaturated fats is made up of Oleic acid which is thought to be what gives emu oil its penetrating and hair growth stimulating properties and helps grow long hair fast. Emu oil also has anti-inflammatory properties which are also why it is great at stimulating hair growth to grow your hair fast. Inflammation is the source of many conditions and diseases including scalp infection.

If you are on a budget, castor oil for hair loss is definitely helpful but if you can afford it, emu oil will prove more beneficial and you will be able to see improvements in a shorter amount of time than you would with castor oil. You can also use both at the same time. The application is in much the same way as castor oil discussed above.

Emu oil will not clog your pores, contains any bacteria and has a long shelf life and can keep for up to a year or more if stored in a dark corner. It also has anti-aging properties and can be used on your skin to reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Be mindful that if you use it on your face, you may sprout a few hairs in unwanted places. The same goes for using castor oil on the face. These oils are also used to grow eyebrows and/or eyelashes.

Be sure that you purchase emu oil from a trusted source to avoid getting a batch that contains a diseased bird which will only make your problems worse.

(Besides being great for hair growth and helping to grow long hair fast, emu oil has been used for centuries as a pain reliever. It helps to reduce swelling as well as provide relief for stiff muscles and joints as it is a great penetrating oil and is not irritating and can also help speed up the healing time for bruises.)

4. Argan Oil

Also known as liquid gold, this is cultivated from the Argan tree also called the tree of life which is native to Morocco. This is cultivated cooperatively in Southwestern Morocco by the women in that region and the production of this oil is regulated. The oil is derived from the kernels produced by this tree. As many people have found, this is a miracle oil and is used for a multitude of purposes including skin and hair care and can help grow your hair fast.

Argan oil contains many fatty acids such as Myristic acid, Linoleic acid, Stearidonic acid, Palmitic acid, Alpha-linolenic acid and Oleic acid which help to improve the skin’s condition. It also features omega-6, antioxidants as well as a high concentration of vitamin E oil. This is especially why it is used in many women’s anti-aging regimens. While it is an oil, it is easily absorbed by the skin and will not leave a greasy or oily film. This oil has been used to treat many skin conditions besides aging such as psoriasis, eczema, acne, etc.

Some of the benefits of argan oil for hair and hair growth include;

– easily penetrating the hair shaft to moisturize, lock in moisture, improve hair elasticity and prevent hair breakage without leaving the hair greasy or weighing it down.

– Vitamin E contained in the oil will promote a healthy scalp and repair damaged hair and help to grow long hair fast.

– It helps to smooth the hair cuticle which promotes hair shine.

– The various unsaturated fats and antioxidants help to prevent split ends as they help to strengthen the hair’s protein bonds.

– If you suffer from a dry and itchy scalp, argan oil is the cure.

When using argan oil for hair loss and to promote healthy and stronger hair growth it can be used as a hot oil treatment, a leave-in or hair sealer.

When used as a hot oil treatment, heat the oil and apply to the scalp and hair and cover with a plastic cap or plastic bag. Cover with a warm towel or use a heating cap and leave on for at least an hour or even overnight and shampoo afterward.

When used as a leave-in, after cleansing and conditioning the hair, simply apply to the hair and you may follow up with a butter such as shea butter. When used as a sealer, simply apply it as the last step.

There are many other natural oils that can also be used to grow your hair fast besides the above such as amla, jasmine, etc. Many of them contain the same hair growth properties as those discussed above which will help to grow long hair fast.

Grow Long Black Hair With Coconut Oil

coconut oil
Coconut Oil

Coconut oil’s (Cocos nucifera) benefits have been raved about for many years now. Many swear that you can grow black hair long with coconut oil and that it helps to grow your hair fast. But it is not just the hair care aspect of coconut oil that is raved about.

It is also used in food, for the skin whether as a moisturizer or as an after sun treatment. It is also used as a tasty healing oil for the lips and as a personal lubricant (makes latex ineffective so remember this if using condoms for pregnancy/STD prevention).

For whatever the use, coconut oil should only be purchased when it is identified as organically grown and unrefined. Refined organic oil does not feature either a sweet fragrance or flavor.

This oil is a plant-based oil that is obtained from the kernel of a mature coconut harvested from a coconut palm and comes complete with a high concentration of lauric acid, saturated fatty acids, capric acid and vitamins E and K. Coconut oil has a high moisture retaining capacity in it’s natural state and refrains from breakdown or easy evaporation when applied to hair.

Benefits of Coconut Oil with Black Hair

As discussed previously, black hair can be very dry and brittle leading to a lot of hair breakage and shedding. Black hair has a hard time retaining moisture and being able to grow black long black hair requires that this moisture issue be addressed effectively. Of all the oils, coconut oil is one of the few that not only features softening effect but also a hair follicle penetrating effect.

Coconut oil has a high affinity for hair protein and in addition to the molecular weight of the oil being low as well as its straight linear chain, it is able to penetrate inside the hair shaft which other oils do not do which helps to not only moisturize the hair from within but also helps to strengthen the hair which will help to grow African American hair. The high concentration of fatty acids in coconut oil will ensure that your hair will be nourished with protein and help create strong and long, soft and shiny hair.

This is what usually makes people think that it helps hair grow which is not really what coconut oil does. Because it nourishes hair and helps to strengthen and protect the hair, and while it may not grow black hair long, it will help you retain length and help prevent excessive hair breakage and shedding. When you keep the hair on your head longer, you will be able in this way to achieve longer hair lengths since black hair loses a lot of hair length due to a lot of hair breakage.

Coconut Oil in a Hair Regimen

1. Shampoo

When used in a shampoo, ensure that coconut oil is listed as the main ingredient. It works great as a shampoo by gently cleaning the hair without stripping the hair and drying it out which is something to avoid with black hair. You can even add a few drops of coconut oil to your usual shampoo.

2. Deep Conditioner

Saturating the hair with coconut oil and massaging the hair for a few minutes and then covering the hair with a shower cap or plastic bag is a great way to deep condition the hair after a shower with the hair building properties contained in coconut oil. This will help to build healthier and stronger hair and help to grow black hair long. It can be left on for a few hours or overnight.

Many women also use it as a pre-shampoo treatment. They apply it to the hair and keep it in the hair overnight and shampoo in the morning or just a few hours before shampooing.

It can be used alone or many other ingredients can be added to the oil. You can also add 100% pure essential oils to coconut oil.

Coconut Oil Conditioner

1/4 cup coconut oil 

20 drops of basil, lavender, Roman chamomile, or rosemary essential oil 

Blend these ingredients together and apply to clean, dry hair and cover with a shower cap or plastic. Apply a warm towel to the hair that you should change when the towel cools and leave on for up to an hour. Heat helps the oils penetrate better. Rinse out completely and continue with your normal hair care routine.

3. Daily Moisturizer

Coconut oil can be used as a daily moisturizer as needed to prevent dullness and dryness and some swear that it helps deal with and prevent dandruff and can be used on wet or dry hair.

All these uses and the benefits of coconut oil make it favorite in many hair care regimens especially in those for black women who have to deal with dry and brittle hair and will greatly help to grow African American hair.

NOTE– Just like with many other products, coconut oil may not work for some women and instead lead to dry, brittle and breaking hair. This may mean that your hair does not need the benefits provided by coconut oil.

If your hair has enough protein or you do not experience a lot of protein loss from your hair, using coconut oil to prevent the loss of hair protein may be unnecessary and you may end up with dry, brittle, breaking hair.

For this type of hair which may also be “sensitive” to protein treatments, conditioning treatments and not protein or protein enhancing treatments are ideal to help grow long black hair.

Derma Roller: Micro-Needling For Hair Loss

Micro-needling is another popular and less surgical tool to combat acne, aging as well as hair loss and is slowly gaining popularity and can even increase the effectiveness of natural remedies for hair loss.

What Is Micro-Needling

A small tool similar to that shown on the right known as a derma roller is used to roll gently on any affected skin area. See video below.

Derma rollers are covered with tiny needles that are closely spaced. On application to the skin, the needles create tiny holes on the skin without damaging the skin.

Micro-needling For Hair Loss

The logic behind this method is that by slightly injuring the skin, the body with respond by stimulating the natural healing of the skin, promoting cell metabolism, repairing damaged tissue, enhancing the elasticity of the skin and inducing the body to produce more collagen. These reactions by the body to the application of the micro-needle helps with acne, aging, scar tissue, stretch marks as well as hair loss.

While micro-needles for hairloss can be used alone leaving the body to respond which is sufficient, for even better results, this procedure can be used in combination with other hair loss topical treatments such as mixodil and various other oils such as emu oil, castor oil, etc and other natural remedies for hair loss discussed above. After micro-needling a bald spot or an area with slow hair growth or thinning hair, simply apply whatever treatment or hair growth oil to the area.

Is Micro-needling Painful?

A derma roller can sting but it all depends on the length of the needles as well as the pressure applied and these factors can also draw blood but it is important to realize that not a lot of pressure is required for this method to be effective. Poor quality devices can also leave some broken needles underneath the skin so look for quality tools to prevent this occurrence.

Supplements For Hair Growth

Top 5 Picks

There are many supplements that can be taken to help with hair growth or to deal with other hair problems. The five below are only a few of these beneficial supplements. Always discuss any supplements you are considering taking with your doctor first.

1. Dimethylglycine (DMG)

This is obtained from an amino acid known as glycine that is found in large quantities in connective tissues as well as the skin. There are many benefits to DMG besides its benefits for hair. IF dealing with diabetes or high blood pressure, DMG can help normalize blood sugar and blood pressure. It is beneficial for the immune system as well as causing a significant reduction in the amount of dangerous fats in the blood.

As far as the hair is concerned, DMG improves scalp circulation to ensure that the scalp receives the oxygen and nutrients it needs which is important to maintain healthy scalp which then helps to stimulate hair growth.

2. Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)

As mentioned previously, sulfur is an important hair building property found in hair. Besides being highly concentrated in hair, skin and nails, it is also found in lesser quantities in every cell in the body. MSM is a type of organic sulfur. MSM is commonly found in eggs, vegetables, poultry, dairy and poultry. Among its many helpful jobs in the body is it’s ability to make the structural tissue found in hair, skin and nails and those taking this supplement have reported thicker, stronger and hair with great shine.

3. Biotin 

Another alternative to taking MSM is to take biotin supplements which also contain significant amounts of hair building sulfur which is indispensable for hair growth.

300 micrograms of biotin is the recommended dosage although many take supplements that are in the thousands micrograms which are also safe. Many that take biotin with these higher dosages have reported the development of acne particularly cystic acne. If this occurs, simply up your water intake to help flush out your system or take a lower dosage or opt for a different hair growth supplement.

4. Viviscal

The formulation for this food supplement contains the mineral silica which has an ability to regrow hair and also contain a fish oil extract. Many scientific studies have backed up Viviscal’s ability to regrow hair as as well other positive benefits for hair although it is still unclear as to why this product is so beneficial for hair although silica is though to be what leads to these benefits.

5. Royal Jelly

Worker bees produce this white , milky substance that they feed to the queen bee. This stuff is what is believed to turn a normal bee into the larger, long living and more fertile queen bee.

In the capsule form, it is rich in many beneficial vitamins for the body as well as hair building minerals such as iron, calcium, silica and sulfur. Be aware that this may cause an allergic reaction in certain individuals.

Silicones

Unless your hair loves silicones (relaxed or color treated hair), it is best to avoid products that contain any ingredient ending in “cone”. Silicones repel water which is not ideal for your dry hair. Any product with silicones will seal around the cuticle preventing moisture absorption.

How To Grow Long Black Hair

Black Hair Growth Tips

If you have had enough of mistreating your hair, now is the time to make a change that will help you to improve the health of the hair which will help you grow long black hair. Even if you are on a natural hair journey which means that your hair is not being put through harsh chemical processes, it still needs to be taken care of if you wish to grow African American hair. The hair cannot simply be left to its own devices without proper care whether relaxed or natural.

As mentioned previously, most black hair does not have access to sebum to moisturize and help it grow. Black hair is like a desert. Without moisture it cannot grow.

Moisture NOT grease!

For too long, black hair growth tips have involved the use of various greases which only clog pores and do not really moisturize the hair and scalp making it even more difficult to grow long hair fast (if at all). It is time to put away the greases and reach for products that add moisture and not the grease in order to grow long black hair.

Tip: What works for one type of black hair may not work for another type. Trial and error to find what works best for your hair type will usually be required.

The difference maker and one of the best black hair growth tips is to adopt a hair care regimen that seeks to add moisture to the hair and to follow this regimen consistently. Hair grows on average about 6″ per year and if you practice good hair habits, you should begin to start noticing a difference in your hair in about three months and you will be on your way to being able to grow your hair fast.

Hair Care Regimen To Follow To Grow Black Hair Long

This is a general hair care regimen. You can make adjustments as needed because frankly our hair responds to various regimens differently. Experimenting is fun and will help you discover what works for you and you will be able to grow your black hair long.

1. Pre-Shampooing

Because of the curly hair structure of black hair, it is important to detangle the hair. Using the fingers is probably the best way to help separate tangled hair strands. Certain detangling combs also work.

To make the detangling process easier:

  • Divide the hair into sections – 4 to 6 or more
  • Using extra virgin oil which is very easily available and cheap or some other oil such as coconut oil, coat the hair strands lightly while ensuring that every strand in each section is coated. You may add some instant conditioner to a pre-poo.
  • Cover with a shower cap or plastic bag and live on for 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Using a comb or your fingers, start to detangle hair. Some people prefer to braid or two-strand twist the detangled hair section by section to keep it from knotting or tangling again.

2. Rinse excess oil and/or conditioner out with lukewarm water.

3. Shampoo using a gentle conditioning shampoo and rinse.

Shampooing Tip #1: 

Since black hair and scalp is dry and dull due to the natural curl pattern that prevents sebum from traveling from the root to the tip of the hair strand, excessive shampooing will only dry out the hair. It is recommended that black hair is shampooed once or twice a week. A lot of women with natural black hair usually shampoo their hair every seven to ten days.

Shampooing Tip #2:

A gentle slightly acidic shampoo is preferred for dry hair. A gentle shampoo with a pH (potential hydrogen) of between 4.5 and 6.7 is preferable for dry hair. A shampoo with a higher pH or that is more alkaline than acidic will dry out the hair. Instead of testing the pH balance of every shampoo, if it states that it is “pH balanced” on the bottle this should be sufficient.

Shampooing Tip #3:

Dry hair is the most fragile hair of all so a gentle hand is recommended. Do not pull or place other tension on the hair. When lathering the hair, do not scrub with the fingernails which may break the hair or irritate the scalp. Use fingertips when working up a lather.

Shampooing Tip #4:

Do not use the shampooing stage to detangle hair or separate the hair.

Shampooing Tip #5:

Use a clarifying shampoo about once a month to get rid of product buildup and/or hard water build up so that your hair will be able to absorb products better.

Shampooing Tip #6: 

You can also use an egg to shampoo the hair. Simply beat an egg or two and using tepid water so as not to cook the egg, apply the beaten egg(s) to the hair and lather. Works just like shampoo and you do not need to follow with your regular shampoo.

Shampooing Tip #7:

Another practice for many women with natural black hair is to use a conditioner, usually a cheap conditioner as a shampoo as another way to deal with dry hair. This is known as “co-washing”. Instead of using shampoo to wash the hair, a conditioner is used to wash the hair and it is used in the same way as a shampoo. By trying to prevent dry hair on all fronts, this will help to grow your hair fast.

4. Conditioner

Condition the hair with a conditioner that is rich and moisturizing and preferably one that is designed for dry hair. Coat every single strand of hair and follow the product directions for the wait time before rinsing.

Conditioner Tip:

Use a conditioner that contains as little alcohol as possible because alcohol is very drying. A product that does not have any fragrance or very little fragrance contains little to no alcohol. Be aware that Cetyl Alcohol and Stearyl Alcohol are two types of alcohol that actually condition hair and are therefore good for the hair and skin. Ethyl alcohol (also listed as Ethanol, Alcohol Denat or SD Alcohol) and Isopropyl alcohol (also listed as isopropanol) are very drying to the skin and hair and should be avoided.

5. Rinse

After conditioning, rinse completely and lightly blot the hair to remove excess water.

6. Live-in Conditioner

Apply a leave-in conditioner to the hair and it is best to let the hair air dry.

n conditioner to the hair and it is best to let the hair air dry.

Leave-in Conditioner Tip #1: 

Leave-in conditioners containing panthenol are great since panthenol adds moisture to the hair.

Leave-in Conditioner Tip #2: 

Consider adding moisturizing oils such as castor oil, coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil to a store bought leave-in conditioner for additional moisturizing.

7. Oil or Butter

Place oil or butter on top of the leave-in conditioner to seal the moisture paying particular attention to the ends of the hair which are the oldest part of the hair. This is a very important step for dry hair. Suitable products include shea butter, coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil, castor oil, sweet almond oil, etc.

Deep Conditioning

Dry hair will benefit greatly from deep conditioning treatments that are kept on the hair for longer periods and there are multitudes on the market that are suitable for dry and curly hair. Deep conditioners can be applied before detangling or shampooing the hair and kept on the hair for one or more hours and even overnight. Other deep conditioners can also be placed on the hair after shampooing and then the hair shampooed again to remove the deep conditioner before continuing on with the normal hair care regimen. Deep conditioning is important to help your hair grow fast.

Hot oil treatments are also great for dry hair. Using any hot oil product, cover the hair strands fully after heating the product and cover the hair with a shower cap or a plastic bag. After 15 to 20 minutes, shampoo hair. With a hot oil treatment, the hair shaft that is comprised of dead keratin is coated with proteins and polymers which makes it more manageable and will help grow long hair fast by strengthening the hair.

Hair Product Tip #1:

Avoid products that contain any parabens in the ingredients as this has been connected with increasing the risk of developing certain cancers.

Hair Product Tip #2:

Products containing mineral oil and petroleum have been identified as the big bad wolves in skincare and hair care products. Some of these studies have shown that they clog pores which is not great for the skin, hair or scalp. Despite this information, many people swear by mineral oil and especially petroleum jelly used to seal the hair after applying a leave-in conditioner. Again, you have to decide for yourself what works for you.

Following this hair care regimen or creating your own with a focus on caring for your hair will help you not only grow long black hair but will also improve the general health of your hair. Being able to grow long black hair is not complicated. The steps above may seem long but when you care about something, you should be willing to put in the time so that you can reap the benefits. You will not suddenly wake up and have long hair. It requires time, effort AND consistency.

Wonders of Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) is the easiest oil to add to a hair care regimen as it is so readily available. It works on both dry or wet hair though using it on dry hair is less messy. It’s great as a detangler, hot oil treatment, conditioner and sealant. It must be warmed beforehand except when being used to seal

EVOO is one of the few hair follicle penetrating oils and will nourish, condition, strengthen, prevent dandruff and promote a healthy scalp which will help grow long hair fast.

Protein/Moisture Balance

When you are trying how to make African American hair grow longer and thicker, you may notice and become frustrated by breakage. Breakage is caused by a lot of issues and a lack of protein or moisture can be some of the factors leading to hair breakage and being unable to grow long hair fast. Hair mainly comprises of protein and strengthening the hair with a protein treatment can help in preventing hair breakage and thinning hair.

Some people have hair that does not appreciate protein treatments and only causes hair to dry out more and break which will prevent you from being able to grow long hair fast. In such cases, moisturizing treatments and moisturizing hair care products are probably the best at preventing dryness and hair breakage and will allow you to grow African American hair. Some people may need a combination of protein treatments and moisture treatments. They can implement a protein treatment once a month and moisture treatments for the rest of the month.

Testing Your Hair

Test your hair when it is still freshly shampooed and still wet. Take a strand of hair between your fingers and observe for the following;

a. if your hair stretches and stretches before breaking, you may need more protein treatments. Your hair may be over moisturized and a protein treatment will restore some balance into the hair. Use protein treatments every two weeks or once a month or as needed.

b. If your hair does not stretch much before breaking, you may need more moisturizing treatments. Your hair has too much protein and moisturizing treatments will restore the balance. Depending on the condition of the hair, do a moisturizing treatment at least once a week.

c. Your hair is healthy if it stretches somewhat and returns to its original condition without breaking.

Learning about your hair and what it needs at a given moment will ensure that you provide the hair with what it needs which will allow you to grow long hair fast with relaxed hair or with natural black hair by finding the best natural black hair products.

Sulfates

If you cannot avoid drying sulfates in their entirety make sure you avoid sodium lauryl sulfate and ammonium lauryl sulfate. Other sulfates while still drying are not as harsh as these two. Sodium laureth sulfate is also harsh.

Moisturizing Shampoos

Ensure that all shampoos are sulfate free. Sulfate are the chemicals in shampoos that help to dissolve oils and other dirt in the hair and are also very drying for hair. When following a moisturizing regimen, it is best to avoid sulfates which will help to keep your hair moisturized and you will be able to grow your hair fast.

Moisturizing Conditioners

Use these conditioners to moisturize the hair at least once a week. You may apply heat with a heating cap or sitting under a hooded dryer set to medium or low heat for 15 minutes. Allow the hair to cool fully before rinsing out. Use lukewarm water to rinse the hair.

Great Moisturising Deep Conditioners

Use deep conditioners about once or twice a month to help deeply moisturize your hair and help you grow your hair fast.

Moisturizing Leave-In Conditioners

Apply after shampooing hair and seal with an oil or butter. You can reapply between washes as needed.

Protein Conditioners

When using an extreme protein treatment such as Aphogee protein treatment to combat severe breakage, it is important to follow the treatment with a moisturizing treatment as protein hardens the hair and can lead to more breakage unless a moisturizing treatment is administered to soften the hair after a protein treatment. Protein treatments are essential for damaged hair and will help you grow long black hair.

Great Protein Deep Conditioners

These intense protein treatments are great if you are experiencing intense hair breakage or have severe hair damage. Otherwise, if you have moderate breakage and damage, the previous moderate protein treatments will suffice.

Home Made Beauty Recipes To Grow Black Hair

Many hair products contain various chemicals that can be very drying and damaging on the hair over time which makes homemade concoctions especially for deep conditioners very beneficial for the hair and will greatly help grow long hair fast and because you would be using natural ingredients, it makes them one of the best natural black hair products. Homemade beauty recipes can also save you money. Being able to grow African American hair does not have to be expensive unless you wish to spend the extra money. Many hair care products can be created in your own home.

1. Mayonnaise Deep Conditioner

a. Using good old fashioned Mayonnaise (not diet or lite Mayonnaise), first shampoo the hair and then apply the Mayonnaise. Cover with a shower cap or plastic bag. You may wrap this or cover your shoulder to protect yourself from drips. Leave on for an hour or longer. Shampoo and rinse and then follow your normal beauty regimen. Many swear by the ability of Mayonnaise to make hair soft and shiny which is important to be able to grow your hair fast.

b. Instead of using store bought Mayonnaise, you can create Mayonnaise at home to use on your hair by lightly beating an egg yolk and adding about one half cup of extra virgin oil and whipping this until it creates light foamy peaks.

c. You can add other products like a tablespoon of honey or other oils such as coconut oil and extra virgin oil to the Mayonnaise for extra conditioning. Be confident enough to experiment to find what works.

Mayonnaise Hair Tip #1: Mayonnaise contains egg. An egg yolk contains a certain type of protein that is contained in many hair treatments and conditioners. When placed on hair, the protein fills in the gaps in the hair shaft temporarily which creates hair that is full of body and shine.

Mayonnaise Hair Tip #2: Since everything isn’t for everybody, some people’s hair does not benefit from a Mayonnaise deep treatment especially if you are “protein sensitive”. The hair may become dry and brittle. If this happens to use another deep conditioning treatment that does not contain protein to soften the hair. You may prefer to only use a deep treatment that contains protein once or twice a month and follows with another deep treatment to soften the hair if you experience dryness.

2. Coconut Milk

Coconut milk also contains protein and helps many people’s hair to appear fuller and shinier. Coconut milk is vastly different from coconut juice. Coconut milk is pressed from the fleshy part of the coconut. Some people cannot stand the smell of coconut so this concoction may not work for them. For all those that love the smell of coconut, combine;

1 can of coconut milk
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 avocado

Shampoo hair and rinse. Using a blender or food processor, create a paste and cover the hair with the mixture, cover and leave on for at least an hour. Shampoo and thoroughly rinse the hair and follow your normal beauty regimen. You will probably need a towel to capture any drips that will result from this mixture. You can also use the coconut milk by itself if you prefer.

3. Avocado

Avocado contains very moisturizing properties and is a great deep conditioner that will help you grow black hair long and healthy.

1 ripe avocado
1 tablespoon of extra virgin oil or castor oil, etc

To prevent you from dealing with stubborn chunks of avocado in your hair, you may prefer to use a blender or a food processor to create a smooth paste. Apply to clean freshly shampooed hair and leave on for at least 30 minutes and shampoo.

Avocado can also be used as a great pre-shampoo conditioning treatment if your hair does not have excessive product build up. Using a ripe avocado, massage into the hair and leave on for an hour. Shampoo and rinse.

4. Honey Hair Conditioner

1/2 cup raw honey
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Do attempt to use organic honey as it contains more nutrients than many found in the grocery store. Honey and olive oil have very moisturizing properties which will help you grow long hair fast if you are consistent with the treatments. Warm the honey to melt and add olive oil and mix. Coat the strand pre-poo or as a deep conditioner after shampooing and cover with a shower cap or plastic bag. Leave on for thirty minutes to an hour and rinse or shampoo is used as a pre-poo. You can apply heat for up to 20 minutes if using a hair steamer or heat cap.

5. Leave-in conditioner

Use aloe vera gel and a few drops of avocado, castor, olive oil, etc, as a leave in conditioner. Aloe vera will help protect the hair against dry and harsh environmental elements which is important to prevent hair breakage and being able to grow long hair fast.

These are only a few recipes for deep treatments and conditioners to moisturize and create beautiful hair as well as grow black hair long. Do not be afraid to come up with various concoctions. There are many ingredients that you can use to create various beauty products in the comfort of your home that may even be better than many hair care products that you can buy in a store and will help you to be able to grow long hair fast.

Feed Your Hair

Feed your hair from within with essential hair building nutrients added to your daily diet. Do remember that hair in addition to the skin is the last parts of the body that are allocated any nutrients from the food consumed. So do consume enough so that there is enough extra to help grow your hair fast

SoClean CPAP Cleaner Reviews 2019

Do you get stressed cleaning your CPAP systems? As much as we need that fresh clean and infection free mask each night, it can be hard to maintain the cleanliness daily.

Imagine the sinus infections deteriorating respiratory conditions due to uncomfortable smells and unhygienic CPAP machines? To counter such problems, I’m going to provide you with the top soclean cpap cleaner reviews that you can check.

SoClean CPAP Or SoClean 2 CPAP ? Which One Is Better?

It is a high time you sterilize or clean your CPAP system in the most convenient, effective and efficient way, as explained below.

I know you are in disbelief right now if you have never used this machine. I should give you a hint of the awesomeness you have been missing.

My fellow users and customers will conquer with me that so clean CPAP cleaner is a god-sent efficient and healthy cleaner that we’ve ever used. Reviewed below are two of the best models that you won’t regret owning one.

SoClean CPAP Cleaner Reviews

1. SoClean CPAP Cleaner and Sanitizer

I had never felt so relieved like the day I found out that I could keep my CPAP system clean and fresh every day. It seemed unreal at first. With the unpleasant smell on the mask, I could not have peace of mind sleeping. You have never been to a point whereby bedtime is like a punishment.

A friend of mine recommended So Clean CPAP Cleaner and Sanitizer. The machine is efficient and it works perfectly. It is safe for human consumption, since it has been registered with FDA. Besides it being automatic, it sterilizes my CPAP system killing 99.9 % of germs. Amazingly, it does not use water or any chemicals. The cleaner is quite simple to use. With the simple instruction in the manual and all the necessary accessories it comes with, it saves time to set up and use it. I have never been so happy.

I recommend it to any person out there, who find it troubling and stigmatizing to wash their CPAP system. Life has never been so easy. Trust me.

Features

  • Automated sanitizer
  • Destroys 99.9% of germs including bacteria, viruses or molds
  • Does not use chemical or water
  • Tested and registered by FDA
  • Constructed with an updated interface, indicator lights and smaller footprint

Pros

  • Healthier cleaning
  • Keeps CPAP system dry
  • Efficient way to clean
  • Durable
  • Machine works automatically
  • Saves time

Frequently Asked Questions

QIs this cleaner and sanitizer safe to use?

A: Totally. So clean CPAP cleaner and sanitizer is registered by the FDA. What you ought to do to ensure more safety is follow instructions well on how to use the machine.

Q: How long does the whole procedure take?

A: The machine runs for about seven minutes. The system should stay closed for almost two hours that is after running it for the seven minutes.

Q: How exactly does it wash without water?

A: The cleaner eliminates any micro-organism it comes in contact with, for example bacteria, viruses or molds using activated oxygen.

Q: After sanitizing the CPAP, do I still have to clean it?

A: Yes. You ought to clean your CPAP system occasionally for maximum cleanliness

Q: Are all accessories/parts of CPAP safe for sanitizing with this equipment?

A: You can clean every part of the CPAP system with this sanitizing machine, except for the facial mask that may not fit in.

Q. How is the cleaner different from soaps that I have been using?

A: Definitely, you cannot compare a tested machine’s effectiveness with soap. The machine kills 99.9% of germs, with soap that you wash it with your hands, I wonder if 80 % of germs are even attained

My Recommendations

You need this machine because of the following reasons;

  • A sure way to kills germs
  • Safe because it involves no use of chemicals that could harm your health
  • Saves time and money due to ease of use
  • Brings out the freshness and nice smells of the system after cleaning

2. SoClean 2 CPAP Cleaner and Sanitizer

The security of using a clean, fresh and sanitized machine every night is worth my sacrifice. At first I was a bit skeptical of the machine. Having read views from the internet, I got the courage to purchase one. I have never regretted my decision. I’m having more warm and refreshing nights.

With this machine, my life has been made easier. I just wake up and put the mask and the hose on the machine for it to be disinfected. I just set the sanitizing time and it works automatically. When I go to bed, I find it ready, fresh and clean with no residue or saliva from my night cream.

You know how CPAP system smells when not cleaned thoroughly. First, the unbearable feeling of having to use a CPAP, then come the dirty and smelly system. It is devastating. So Clean 2 gives you a stink free and warm night that you have always wished you have.

Imagine waking up with a clear mind. All you have to do to achieve this is to let your CPAP run for a minute or two before putting on the mask, just to get rid of the ozone odors that may be experienced.

Features

  • Replacement lid gasket.
  • Automated cleaner and sanitizer.
  • No need of disassembling accessories.
  • No use of chemicals or water.
  • Ozone technology odor.
  • Adjustable sanitizing clock adaptor.

Pros

  • Effortless since it works automatically.
  • Clean smell.
  • Easy to set up and use.

Frequently asked questions

Q: How well should I maintain the machine?

A: You may need to replace the filter cartridge after six months; otherwise the machine works perfectly well without disappointing. Good maintenance comes in when you follow instructions critically on how to use the machine.

Q: Can you clean your CPAP as recommended by the manufactures besides using so clean?

A: of Course. Any recommended instruction is good for your machine. You can use the neutralizing soap to clean your CPAP. This way you ensure ultimate killing of germs.

Q: What disinfectant does SoClean 2 use?

A: It uses activated oxygen technology which kills 99.9% of germs

Q: How safe is this machine? I understand ozone is dangerous for human consumption.

A: the machine is 100% safe because you do not come in contact with the ozone.it is converted to regular oxygen before being released

Q: Can I use it to clean multiple machines?

A: Yes. You can clean various CPAP machines, one at a time. The availability of two hose insertion parts also enhances multiple cleaning at the same time.

My recommendations

  • Kills germs effectively
  • Safe for human use
  • Efficient Easy to use

Some Necessary Accessories for SoClean CPAP Machine

1. SoClean Adapter for Resmed Air Sense 10

For heated tube functionality, you definitely need this adapter. Without the adapter, the cleaner cannot function. The reason is, it connects the resmed air sense 10 to SoClean machine.

It seems like a complex operation but do not worry, it is so easy to install as stated in the manual.

When using it, I always install the included check valve on the hose so that pressure is not lost. I would say, the adapter fits well and works perfectly for me. I also love the convenience it gives me for it works well with all SoClean models.

2. Cartridge Filter Kit for SoClean 2

For paramount cleanliness, you need this filter, which is replaced twice a year. It consists of a filter and a check valve.The filter converts activated oxygen back to regular oxygen as it leaves the SoClean 2 chamber. You know how activated oxygen is harmful, in fact, very dangerous for human consumption.

In addition, the check valve prevents water from your CPAP from damaging your CPAP electronics. This component is necessary for paramount cleanliness; after all, what is the essence of your CPAP cleaner? In a reasonable price and simple instruction to follow when installing, your SoClean machine is kept at its maximum performance.

3. SoClean Neutralizing Pre-Wash

It is essential to wash your CPAP system accessories like tubing and masking, prior to putting them on the machine. After the prewash session, you ought to hook up the SoClean to machine to the CPAP system and run it to sterilize. This way, you ensure that complete disinfection of the system is reached.

What I like most about the Neutralizing Pre-Wash liquid is the fact that it leaves no smell or residue in the system unlike using soaps. The fact that we use little amounts of the neutralizing pre-wash makes it durable and economical.

How SoClean CPAP Cleaner Works

The So Clean CPAP Cleaner and Sanitizer works in the most efficient, accurate and effective way possible. First of all, you need to set up the cleaner. Incorporate all the necessary accessories like the adapter and cartridge filter among others.Place the mask inside the chamber then close the lid.

The next step comes in when you set the duration of sanitizing then push the power button. As simple as that, your work is done; the rest is tackled by the cleaner, which works robotically. In less than two and half hours, everything is done.

The So Clean machine is programmed to clean, sanitize and disinfect CPAP equipment. The good news is the process does not use any harsh chemical or even water. You can take a sigh of relief now, the cleaner rings health to your mind, no chemicals involved right?

Actually, all the CPAP accessories being cleaned remain completely dry. I know you are puzzled right now, trying to figure out exactly how this cleaner works. You could be asking yourself, how can equipment be cleaned with no water or chemical use? The technique is so simple. The machine sanitizes the CPAP system by getting rid of any micro-organism it comes in contact with, for example bacteria, viruses or molds.

This is made possible by the use of activated oxygen. Do not worry about dangers of the activated oxygen. The machine is built of high quality and durable materials that do not allow any leakages of the activated oxygen.

The availability of cartridge filter converts activated oxygen back to regular oxygen as it leaves the machine’s chamber. You can now relax. The machine is totally safe for use.

The simplicity of this machine comes in the part where you don’t have to dissemble or take pieces apart when cleaning.

You can imagine how convenient this machine is, it saves you time of disassembling, that you could have used it elsewhere, even relaxing. 99.9% of germs are eliminated in the whole CPAP equipment without removing the mask, hose or reservoir. Interestingly, you sanitize everything with water on the reservoir included.

The cleaning and sanitizing machine is magic, within seven minutes of running and two hours of leaving it closed and in readiness for use. You cannot compare it with your old ways of cleaning. This healthy and safe technology is definitely worth investing in.

How to use So Clean CPAP

The SoClean CPAP assures you a safest and easy way to sanitize your CPAP machine. You know how important it is to keep the system fresh and germ free. It is totally best for your health. With a clean CPAP, your health improves.

From the above soclean cpap cleaner reviews, you can easily compare the features of the two best products and select the model that suits your needs.

With so much said, you need to know how to use the cleaner. Many people may complain about how their cleaners do not work effectively or how parts of the cleaner are missing. I would disagree with them.

Below, I have mentioned some simple ways you can use your machine effectively. You will love the ease and perfection it comes with.

# Set up​

Place your CPAP mask inside So Clean. You do not have to disassemble any of the CPAP machine parts. When you wake up, you place your mask directly in the cleaning unit. You do not even need to disconnect the hose.

For various So Clean models, the availability of two units for placement of hose gives a right or left insert option. Choose one side that you prefer, in case you have two masks to disinfect, you may use both sides.

# Shut the lid

After placing the CPAP in the chamber, close the lid. This ensures that the process is done without any disruptions. With the buttons available on the interface, press the on button for the sanitizing process to start.

You will monitor the cleaning process using the indicator lights. With the indicator lights, you are able to know what is happening, in case of power cuts or end of the cleaning process.

# Sanitizing process​

You do not have to worry about washing with water, detergents or cleaning chemicals. As I mentioned earlier, this machine is magical. It cleans with neither water nor chemicals. Most importantly, the machine works automatically hence you just have to close the lid and go.

The chamber of the So Clean has been designed in such a manner that various mask types can be used .If you want to use a heated hose, according to your model; you will need an adapter for the function. Automatically, the machine cleans by itself.

The machine sanitizes the CPAP system by eliminating germs such as bacteria, viruses or molds through the use of activated oxygen. You can relate how the accumulation of water on the mask can cause growth of micro-organisms. When the process is done, you are at liberty to pick your equipment and enjoy the fresh and energetic nights.

# Machine’s safety​

Keeping the machine in a safe condition and an appropriate place is the first thing you must consider. You are therefore required to purchase additional accessories which may include; Small bottle Pre- Wash, Cartridge Filter, Check Valve, AC Power Adopter and 1 Slot Plug.

This way, your machine is in a perfect condition to work effectively. I mean, it would be a waste to have a dysfunctional machine due to lack of appropriate properties.

# Placement of the machine​

You may want to place your machine besides your bed for easy usability and reach whenever needed. This way, you are able to place your mask in the SoClean unit when you wake up in the morning.

I’m sure, with the deep peaceful nights that you experience, you may want to throw your blanket miles away and stretch with so much energy and refreshments. I do that daily, thanks to my CPAP cleaner and sanitizer.

Health Benefits of CPAP​

CPAP therapy has been of great benefits to people diagnosed with diseases like Sleep Apnea. Most of the time, I find the treatment to be depressing but it is worth the struggle. The stress of having to sleep everyday with the machine, maintaining the cleanliness of the machine, and the noise it makes.

So unpleasant, but hey, is it worth to struggle with the sleep breathing disorder and yet CPAP has a lot of advantages to our health? The following are some of the benefits that keep me using the therapy.

# Improvement of Health​

Having been diagnosed with sleep apnea, CPAP machines have been my daily bedmates and companions. I am confident that this therapy has helped to reduce the risks of heart diseases due to difficulties in breathing.

It has also increased my concentration hence I can confidently do activities such as driving at any time of the day without causing accidents.

# Emotional stability​

Imagine the stress that I have put my family under, especially my wife, due to the sleep apnea condition. At first, I was depressed. I am now happy because of the CPAP therapy although it is still uncomfortable for me.

Cleaning of my CPAP system has never been fun, especially for my wife. With the unpleasant smell, residues and saliva that stick on the mask, you can imagine how tough it is. But with the availability of cleaning and sterilizing machines, life is tolerable.

# Eliminates Snoring

CPAP therapy reduces or eliminates snoring while sleeping. Can you imagine the discomfort that other people feel when you snow loudly like a tractor? I am glad this therapy eradicated my snoring completely.

# Liveliness at daytime

Most of the time when you do not sleep well at night, you seem to struggle to concentrate during the day. Performing daily duties can be challenging because you seem to doze off a lot.

Continuous positive airway pressure enables you to have a deep sleep at night. You wake up during the day feeling relaxed and happy.

# Reduce Allergy

We suffer from allergy for different reasons. This happens mainly from dust. But, there are some indoor reasons as well, like: smokes from fireplaces cigarettes,home cleaner and sprays, perfumes etc. CPAP helps to reduce both indoor and outdoor allergies in a smart way.

# Improvement of memory and cognitive functions

Most of the time, we tend to have a short term memory loss when under stress. One of the major things that cause stress includes not having enough sleep. We tend to be weak in how we perform out daily duties.

Our body does not correspond well with the environment. With untreated sleep apnea, it can be worse as days go by. When treated with CPAP, our sleep quality improves, making us active and eliminates memory loss.

# Quality sleep​

The CPAP promotes secretion of anti-diuretic hormone that controls production of urine. You no longer have to visit the toilet a number of times at night.

Enough sleep also improves how you will carry your activities during the day. No mood swings, no stress. You cannot wait for the night to have another sweet sleep.

Final Notes

It is important that you get your CPAP machine sterilized regularly. This way, it saves you from the unbearable pain of sinuses and other respiratory infections. After reading the soclean cpap cleaner reviews covered above, I know you will find the best product to work with.

I recommend the above So Clean CPAP Cleaners and Sanitizers models. They are so convenient, easy to use and most importantly, it assures you of a perfect and germ free CPAP system.

I know you will love it. I cannot wait for you to have the peaceful nights that you have always desired. The comfort, the smell of freshness and the smell of clean. See you on the other end.




How to Shave Down There with a Razor

Beauty regimens have been part of our lives for many years, everyone has their own different things that they decide to have in their regimen. Most of us have one main one in common though and that is shaving. It is pretty standard for most women and it is more than just legs and underarms. Yes, that is right the bikini area! The area down there, that needs some grooming from time to time as well.

Some are hesitant to use a razor down there, and for good reason. It is a very sensitive area, but for the cleanest cut a razor is the best choice. Especially if you want it smooth and down to the skin. Now of course how much each person wants to remove is up to them. I am going to go over the best way to shave down there, before you know it you will be a pro.

Steps for A Great Down Below Shave

Here are the steps you need to know when wanting to know how to shave down there with a razor. Following these steps will give you a great final result. Once you have it down you will probably come up with some of your own tips that work well for you.

  1. Shaving cream is your friend, is the best thing you could have in your shaving arsenal. It will provide the moisture you need, helps prevent nicks, and helps prevent ingrown hair that you don’t want. The key here is to make sure you get a quality shaving cream or shaving gel. Since it is typically a sensitive area for most, a sensitive formula may be the best bet as well.
  2. You will want a quality razor, you are shaving an area that you really don’t want to be using a cheap disposable on. Disposables can nick, cut or even break during use. Do yourself a favor and invest in a razor with multiple blades that also pivots. That way it will follow your curves down there while leaving you with a silky-smooth finish. If you have skin that is sensitive, you could just use a razor with a single blade.
  3. Before getting started, you want to trim down there to make the shaving process easier. So, you will want to use a trimmer, scissors or clippers on the lowest setting or with the lowest clip to get it as short as you can.
  4. Then take a warm bath or a shower, this will soften things up as well as making those hair follicles open. Ths making getting that closer shave even easier. A long shower or bath is not needed around 10 minutes should be enough, but that is up to you.
  5. Next do a prep clean as I like to call it. Use either an exfoliating body wash or bar with a wash cloth to clean the whole area down there. It will assure that there will be no dead skin or unwanted oils to dull up the razor.
  6. Once the prep clean is done, pre-shave oil is a great idea. While not mandatory it is a great additive to use with your shaving gel or cream to get a great result.
  7. Now you can finally apply your shaving gel or shaving cream. Apply to the area you want to shave, if you have a shaving cream brush use it. It does help some to lift the hair for a closer shave. If you don’t have one though that is ok.
  8. Make sure you have a new razor, or a new blade on the razor you are going to use. Start out shaving the area you want to shave in the direction of the hair growth. Once you have done that then go back over it and shave against the growth of the hair. Be careful not to shave the same area too many times. Make sure you rinse the razor frequently so that you don’t have to keep shaving the same area due to a clogged blade.
  9. Once you have shaved the area that you wanted to shave, rinse razor and put aside or store depending on your set up.
  10. Now you can rinse the area, if you notice any areas you have missed. Use more shaving cream and go over again. Once you are sure you have gotten rid of all the hair you wanted gone, you only have a couple more steps.
  11. Dry the area thoroughly with a soft towel until you are sure you have dried area as much as you can. Pat the area don’t rub dry it otherwise you could irritate the freshly shaved skin.
  12. Use an aftershave lotion, again due to the area being shaved a sensitive formula is the best. You could use an unscented lotion as well. Another great product you can use is coconut oil, since it is all natural and a little goes a long way.

Helpful Tips

Now since I gave you the basics on how to shave down there, I am going to tell you some helpful tips. They may help you out with some things you may encounter or may want to avoid.

  • Try not to shave when you are menstruating, your skin is way more sensitive during that time.
  • For most it is easier to stand to shave, but pick a position that is comfortable and safe for you. There are some gadgets out there that can help, such as handles for the shower for stability.
  • Many women have the same fear, cutting their vulva. Since the hair grows right on the ridge of the inner and outer. There are guards available now that you can buy that can help ease your fears if you are a little worried about it.
  • If you want a longer lasting effect, you could opt for a waxing. Longer results but temporarily a little more painful.
  • If you do nick anything down there, hold pressure on it with a piece of gauze or a rag. If bleeding doesn’t stop or it seems worrisome to you have it checked out. The odds are very slim that any injury could happen if you follow the steps, but it can happen.

Final Thoughts

Shaving the bikini area by most is done for both hygiene and looks. So, you always want it to look it’s best, you will be able to accomplish that when you find the best razor for the bikini area for you. Once you find the perfect one, you will know it. Over time when you are feeling confident with your shaving skills you can even make designs down there to change things up from time to time.

How to Stop Irritation After Shaving Bikini Area

When it comes to shaving, there is one thing that can really drive you crazy. That is the skin irritation that can come along with it. You can get skin irritation anywhere on your body that you shave. However, when you get it in your bikini area that is even worse. Since clothing can irritate it even further. Some think it is just a part of shaving and they have no way around it. That is not true though, there are things you can do. People with sensitive skin seem to even have more of a problem with irritation as well.

There are many factors that can cause skin irritation after shaving, but I am going to tell you some ways on how to stop irritation after shaving bikini area. Let’s go over some of the things that can cause the irritation, then we will move on to things we can do to avoid it or stop it.

Shaving Irritation Causes

Here are some things that can cause irritation when shaving. By knowing them may solve your problem right from the start. However, those who are really sensitive you may need to try more which we will go over next. Some of the most common causes of shaving irritation are:

  • Dull razor, a dull or worn out razor can cause skin irritation because it catches instead of gliding smoothly over the surface of the skin.
  • Not using shaving gel or shaving cream, some will use soap or try to go without anything but water. However, using a shaving product puts a layer of moisture between your skin and the razor creating a barrier.
  • Perfumes or irritants in shaving creams or gels. You may be having a reaction to something in your shaving cream or gel. Best solution for this is to purchase a sensitive skin formula.
  • Perfumes or ingredients in product applied after the shave can cause problems as well. They will irritate the freshly shaved skin causing irritation.
  • Sometimes clothing that sits against that area can cause irritation as well.

Those are the main causes for skin irritation when shaving down there. The good thing is many of those reasons can be avoided or prevented easier than you may think.

Things to Do to Avoid Skin Irritation After Shaving

There are some things you can do to avoid that painful after shave irritation. Especially before it even starts, so let’s go over some of them.

  • Always choose a quality razor, something that has multiblade if possible. That way you can assure less passes are needed to get all the hair. Some irritation is brought on by going over an area too many times. There are a few out there that may become your best bikini razor.
  • Use shaving gel or shaving cream when shaving. Some try to get away with shower gel or bar soap, but those are made for cleaning. So, they can have heavier perfumes and more things that can aggravate the skin during shaving. Shaving cream and shaving gel are formulated specifically for using during shaving giving you a moisture barrier you need. They both come in sensitive formulas as well.
  • Make sure area down there is thoroughly cleaned before shaving.
  • Make sure to continuously rinse blade during use keeping a clean blade.
  • After shaving rinse thoroughly to make sure you have removed any product.
  • Apply an aftershave product formulated for your sensitive bikini area.
  • You could also use some natural products as an aftershave, such as coconut oil. Make sure it is all natural, a little goes a long way. There are some great benefits to coconut oil, including one of which is a protectant.
  • You could also use a little bit of cornstarch. Some have used baby powder, but baby powder does have a lot of unwanted ingredients including scent.
  • Avoid wearing any undergarments made of rough material. Since it could aggravate the freshly shaved skin.
  • Avoid using any products with heavy perfumes in it. Many products with heavy perfumes can cause burning and bumps on that sensitive skin as well.
  • Also, make sure that area is thoroughly dry as well after done. Not being completely dry will keep things moist down there which could lead to different problems.

Things to Look For

When you decide to shaving your bikini area, make sure you keep an eye on it. In most cases shaving with go off without a hitch. If you do get irritation though keep an eye on it. If it seems to be getting worse or not going away, you may want to seek the help of a doctor. Also, ingrown hairs can happen, especially since you are shaving down to skin level. There are products that you can buy and use that will lessen the chance of them, but the chance is always still there.

Ingrown hairs are not comfortable, they feel like a really bad pimple. Most of the time there are no serious issues with those as well. Again, though if you experience one that just doesn’t seem right, see your doctor. Always keep the area as clean as possible, the bikini area is susceptible especially right after shaving.

Final Thoughts

Sure, you just read a lot, but don’t let any of it scare you. I just wanted to make sure I covered all the basis. Some things are learned through trial and error, but if I can help you avoid even one irritation I am happy. I have been there and it is not fun, but with the best razor for you and a little bit of patience you can get pretty creative down there. It comes with practice, but there are so many products out there to help you along the way there is nothing to really worry about.

If you are not sure what type of products you need, play it on the safe side and just invest in sensitive skin items. It makes things a lot easier in the long run, plus in most cases it is healthier as well. Remember anything you use down there can and will be absorbed by your skin.

5 Mistakes You’re Making When You’re Shaving Down There

There are many of us who have taken on the regular regimen of shaving that bikini area. Whether it be a full shave or a trim up, it is not always the easiest to do. There are also quite a few of us that run into the same problems over and over. Such as rashes, nicks and more as well. They can be uncomfortable and can also lead to infection. There are things that you are doing wrong that may be causing these problems as well. 

It may not be intentional, but if you can figure out what you are doing wrong things will be easier. It will seem like less of a chore and something that can be done with ease. So, I have made a list of the 5 most common mistakes you can encounter while shaving the bikini area. Then I will give you some great ways to avoid or correct those mistakes. 

Top 5 Bikini Area Shaving Mistakes

First I am going to go over what the top 5 bikini shaving area tips are. Then I will go over the best ways to avoid those mistakes making it an easier and more comfortable thing to do. So here they are, see if you have done any of these yourself. 

  • Dry shaving, all of us have done this at least a few times especially if we are in a hurry.
  • Leaving out exfoliating, while not necessary it does make things easier.
  • Dull or inadequate razor.
  • Shaving over irritated areas.
  • Leaving out the moisturizer before and after the shave.

Any of these could lead to an uncomfortable rash or nicks and cuts. It is a very sensitive area and more attention should be given to that area. Many of the next remedies to the mistakes can also be carried through to shaving other areas as well.

Feel the Burn

Always try to have something handy you can use even if it is a trial size bottle of shaving cream, body wash or bar soap. Those are great for on the go, at home you can just buy the full size. Using a good shaving cream provides that gentle moisture barrier you need between the razor and the skin.

Smoother Easier Shave

Many think about exfoliating their face but not down there. Well exfoliating can be just as beneficial down below as it is for your face. Just make sure you do so before shaving not after. It gets rid of the dead skin and other things that will slow a blade down or clog it up. It also helps to get rid of any bacteria that may be hiding down there that could cause grief should you accidentally nick yourself.

Don’t Be Dull

This should be common sense, but you should never use a dull razor. Even though a razor doesn’t look dull doesn’t mean it isn’t. If it’s a disposable and you have noticed it is dragging lately it is probably time to switch it out. When it comes to shaving this is one area that spending the money getting the best razor for bikini area is worth it. There are some great choices on the market today to choose from.

Avoid Irritated Areas

Even though that area that has razor bumps, ingrown hair or another irritation needs to be shaved. Don’t you will just make things worse by doing so. Your razor can cut that area much easier since the skin is raised and or irritated. Which can also make you more susceptible to an infection. Wait until the irritation clears up before shaving. 

Moisturizing

Should be done before and after for the best results. Most shaving creams have a moisturizing additive that is why it is so important to use. Even still after shaving it is advisable to moisturize again. To avoid irritation, us a lotion that is an after-shave lotion or a quality lotion with no perfumes or alcohol.

Final Thoughts

Following some of the things I have covered will give you a much better end result. You will feel more comfortable as well when there is less chance for irritation. There will be no more dread, just being comfortable again.

Safety Razor VS Straight Razors – Which One Is Better for You?

This is a debate that is still ongoing between many people who use a razor. Both have great points on each of their side. At the end of the day though it boils down to what is best for you and what your needs and wants are. I want to make sure I point out some things about both of them for you in case you are still on the fence about which one to use.

Just so you know the debate is also one that is debated on by both men and women alike. So this is for all razor users out there. Above and beyond anything though this is one product where quality does count. Otherwise well most of us knows what happens here, nicks and cuts or burning razor burn.

Safety Razors

There are many things that are nice about these razors and why people like them. Most of them do give a pretty good shave. Ready to use as well as easy to use. They also come in a compact size that is nice for travel especially. You can get with multiple blades, moisturizing strips and some are even battery operated today.

There is no sharpening and some do come with safety features. Such as the tiny wires that go over the blades to reduce the chances of cuts. Their overall cost does add up though because you do have to replace them and some more than others.

Straight Razors

Biggest bonus of a straight razor is the long-term costs. Secondly, they are made to last and are way better in quality. There are some great looking straight razors on the market and some you can even personalize. It does provide a great shave as well, the closest you can get and less chance of irritation.

Also no worries about buying new blades either, since a blade that is taken care of can last a lifetime and then some. Only cost there really is, is the initial buy and honing of the blade. If you hone yourself then there is only the initial cost of the razor.  Also another great reason for using a straight razor, less razor garbage for the dumps.

Cons of Both Razors

Each razor has their own sets of cons to consider. With safety razor you need to replace blades and while the cut is good, it is not as good as a straight. When it comes to the cons of a straight razor you need to learn how to use, time consuming and a more expensive initial cost. While in my own opinion two of the three are worth the outcome. Once you learn how to use it is no big deal, the cost is only a onetime cost.

Final Thoughts

Those are the main advantages and disadvantages to both razors. Reasoning for choosing one or the other is all your own. Just make sure you do your homework and read reviews, so you know what you are purchasing. That way you know you will be happy with what you have chosen to buy.

How to Protect Your Color Treated Hair Naturally

If you color treat your hair, you want to keep that hair looking great. There are some great products on the market today, but they can be expensive and may have ingredients you don’t want to use. So, you do have an alternative and that is trying some natural remedies instead. I have complied a list of natural remedies for keeping that hair healthy and looking great.

Most of these items you can easily find right at your own local grocery store. Most go a long way too, so you get more for your money as well. You may already have some of the items right in your own home. These remedies can be used on both men and women as well.

Dryness Biggest Color Destroyer

You want to keep those colored locks nice and hydrated. Letting your hair dry out too much can cause dullness, frizz, breakage and more. Making sure they have plenty of hydration will actually help your color stand out more and give your hair that silky-smooth look.

Avoid Alcohol based or Acidic Based Items

Both those two things can cause problems for un-colored hair, so they are even worse on colored. They can weaken the hair color and strip your hair. So make sure whatever you use doesn’t contain either.

Protect Your Hair from the Sun

Your hair is susceptible to the sun just like your skin is. The sun can dry out your hair and fade your color. Wearing a sun hat or a head covering is the best defense, but not everyone wants to wear a hat. You can opt for coconut oil because it does contain some SPF benefits to it.

Things That Can Be Used in Your Hair

Here are some great things that you can use in your hair and you can use by themselves or mix with others.

  • Coconut oil
  • Bananas
  • Mayonnaise
  • Olive oil
  • Egg whites

These are the top things that are safe to use in your hair. They are great for using for conditioning or just in between uses at least like 2 times a week. Apply to hair from tip to ends then leave on for approximately 30 minutes and wash out with a gentle shampoo.

Shampoos and Conditioners

If you really want to stick with all natural products. Make sure you purchase a shampoo that is all natural too. Just so you know a lot of all natural shampoo products don’t tend to later as much. That doesn’t mean it isn’t working as well as other shampoos though. You don’t need a lot of lather to get the job done.

Hairstyling Products

If you use hair styling products, make sure you use as close to all natural as you can. Always make sure that what you are using is for color treated hair. If you are someone who uses a curling iron or a straightener, make sure to utilize a hair protectant product. That way you can protect your hair from the high heat both utilize.

Final Thoughts

All natural is always the best to go, so if you can do so. Otherwise, it is trying to use only products that you know are safe by reputable companies and always look at reviews. That way you know what others think about the product as well.