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Posted by Joy (Chicago) on 11/27/2006

I have a question. I wanted to know if anyone had any tips for jump starting hair growth. My hair reaches a certain length and then begins to break off. I have read your tips for conditioners and had already been using olive oil in addition to my leave-in conditioner, and it has worked wonders for the condition of my hair. Now, I just want it to grow beyond it's normal breaking point. Also to note, I believe that there is a difference between hard and soft water areas. When I lived in a town with soft water, I didn't have as much trouble with my hair growing, but now that I live in Chicago (a hard water town) my hair is not as healthy and doesn't grow as fast. I love your site and thank you for all that you have posted. I discovered it a few days ago, and have visited everyday since then. Your resource is a godsend.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
383 posts

I once lived in an old town area of Chicago. The water there was not only hard, but they used copper pipes. Copper are often toxic to the hair causing hair loss.

One possible way to know whether your water is contaminated with heavy metals rather than "hard water" is to add 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt in one liter water. If it tastes extremely salty and if you even reduced it to 1/8 or 1/16 in the tap water, then you have a possible heavy metal coming from the old pipes.

Copper is often the culprit causing your hair problems. I do not know whether you drink the water or not from the city's tap water. But if it is unavoidable to drink it about 1/8 teaspoon of disodium EDTA will in one liter of water will remove the active heavy metals from the water.

The other thing that will help your hair is a copper antagonist, which is zinc. So supplementing them with zinc acetate or zinc citrate could reduce the or negate the effects of copper.

However, the best way is just buy a bottled water and avoid drinking the tap water. And if you have to drink the tap water, and you can afford a Reverse Osmosis water, this will remove the metals in the water.

The body still needs a delicate balance of pH from the bicarbonates which you can add some baking soda twice a day to help normalized the lack of it by adding 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda with 1/2 glass of water once in the morning and once before bedtime.

Yes, olive oil helps the hair a lot, but preferably adding some tea tree oil and lavender (any amount would be o.k.) will help prevent hair from lost.

The real cause of hair loss for me it just to take manganese sulfate 25 mg/day on a weekly basis to prevent deficiencies. You can take 4 days out of 7 days on your first week to raise the manganese level. The hair should stop falling out in its usual pace within 1-3 days.


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