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How to take great before & after photo’s

Growing your hair is a very exciting experience, but when we don’t actually see the difference, the excitement wears off pretty quickly.  Today, we are going to unpack 5 helpful tips on how to take the perfect before and after photo to visually track your progress so that you can stay inspired to keep going and (most importantly!) to fall in love with your hair growth journey! Let’s get started!

Tip 1: What to Wear

One of the most important things about tracking progress is continuity, so wearing the same top in your before and after photo allows you to almost instantly see the difference between the two.  More importantly though is to wear a neutral colored shirt without any patterns, shapes, pockets, frills or obstructions around the collar that affect how the hair falls around your neck and shoulders.  A loose fitting  white (or pink!) t-shirt that hangs comfortably down your back without curves or folds is first prize.  When waring the shirt, make sure the collar is evenly positioned in the front and back, and that the that the middle seems on your shoulders are straight and even.

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Tip 2: the Perfect Posture

Standing with your feet slightly apart, straighten you body, drop your shoulders down placing both arms on either side of your body, and lift your chin to be horizontal with the ground.  Practicing this posture when taking your before and after photo’s is a fantastic way to see the difference clearly. 

Tip 3: Background and Lighting

How to take great before and after photo's

Lighting and background play a big role in the overall finished photo.  When the background and lighting is dark, the overall photo doesn’t achieve our goal of creating excitement and a clear visual reference to go by.  So first and foremost, find a wall or open space in your home that will become your backdrop.  The simpler the better!  A simple white wall is perfect.  Wooden cupboards or cupboards in general aren’t a great background because it distracts the eye.  The simpler and cleaner the better!  Next up, lighting!  Every house is different, some have better light in the mornings, others have great light in the afternoons, so pay attention to when this area you have chosen is at its best lighting (no direct sunlight please, but close to a window is perfect).  Natural lighting is fantastic, but a ring light won’t hurt (and I know you’ve got one!) 😉

Tip 4: Snap snap!

Ask mum, your sister, boyfriend or hubby to  help out on this one.  Standing with your back to the camera, facing the neutral wall (ring light on!) let’s take some photo’s!  Holding the phone at eye level, paying attention not to tilt the phone forward or backwards (this creates unwanted distortion) take a few photo’s at once, and then together you can evaluate the best one or take a few more, paying attention to your posture and remember to keep your chin up straight.  Remember, your before photo is the most important one you take, so make sure you take quite a few takes of the same shot and keep them in a folder in your phone for easy reference when you’re ready to take your progress photo.  Another very important point is framing.  

 

If your designated photographer (thanks mum!) is standing too close, and the photo only showcases your shoulders, then in a few month’s time when your hair is all the way down your back you are going to wish you had taken a photo further away so that you can put them side by side in your photo editor!  Remember you can always crop in edit.  So be sure to have a nice meter distance between each other and to ensure your full back down to your hips is in the shot.  Lastly, make sure there is a small gap above the head and the top of the photo too.

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Tip 5: Keep it polished!

Making sure your hair is clean, dry and looking beautiful and shiny is always a winner!  Dirty, oily and even dull hair doesn’t keep us motivated or want to share our progress, so make sure your hair is popping on the day of your photoshoot.  Part your hair in the front and brush all the hair to your back.  Your designated photographer will then do one or two final sweeps with the comb to ensure all the hairs are perfectly straight and free of any bends or kinks before taking the shot.  This is a very important step and makes all the difference.

 

And that’s it!  Please comment below if you have any questions or if you enjoyed this article (plus please share if you tried these techniques – we’d love to see how the photo’s turned out!).  And remember, tracking your progress is the best way to stay on track and be consistent so keep snapping away!  Can be once a week, but ideally every 3 weeks for a visual difference.  Until next time. Happy growing!

 

xoxo
Quick Grow 

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How Biotin boosts hair growth

How Biotin boosts hair growth

Article written by Healthline.com

Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin that’s a part of the vitamin B family. It’s also known as vitamin H. Your body needs biotin to help convert certain nutrients into energy. It also plays an important role in the health of your hair, skin, and nails.

If you aren’t getting enough biotin, you may experience hair loss or a scaly red rash. However, a deficiency is rare. In most cases, the biotin you get from your diet is enough for you to reap the health benefits it offers.  Still, many people are increasing their intake in hopes of additional benefits. 

 

What the research says about biotin and hair growth

Keratin is a basic protein that makes up your hair, skin, and nails. It’s clear that biotin improves your body’s keratin infrastructure. But beyond that, researchers aren’t really sure what biotin’s role in hair or skincare is.  Research on the effects of biotin on hair growth is sparse. To date, there’s only limited evidence to suggest that increased biotin intake may help promote hair growth.

 

 

For example, in one 2015 study, women with thinning hair were given an oral marine protein supplement (MPS) containing biotin or a placebo pill twice per day for 90 days. At the beginning and end of the study, digital images were taken of the affected areas on the scalp. Each participant’s hair was also washed and any shed hairs were counted. The researcher found that women who took an MPS experienced a significant amount of hair growth in the areas affected by hair loss. They also had less shedding.

 

 

A 2012 studyTrusted Source by the same researcher produced similar results. Participants perceived improvement in hair growth and quality after 90 and 180 days.

 

Biotin-rich foods to eat

You’re probably already getting the daily recommended amount of biotin from the food you eat. But if you’d like to increase your intake, you can add more biotin-rich foods into your diet.

These include:

  • organ meats, such as liver or kidney
  • egg yolk
  • nuts, such as almonds, peanuts, and walnuts
  • soybeans and other legumes
  • whole grains
  • bananas
  • cauliflower
  • mushrooms

Heat can reduce biotin’s efficacy, so opt for raw or minimally-processed dishes. The amount of biotin can vary from food to food, too, so be sure to read the nutritional information whenever possible. This can help you select items with the most biotin for your buck.

 

Other benefits of biotin

Although more research is needed to assess its effects on hair growth, biotin does have several proven benefits.

For example, biotin is one of several B vitamins that supports a healthy metabolism. Biotin converts glucose from carbohydrates into energy for the body and aids amino acids in carrying out normal bodily functions.

 

Biotin is also thought to:

reduce inflammation

  • improve cognitive function
  • help lower blood sugar in people with diabetes
  • increase “good” HDL cholesterol and decrease “bad” LDL cholesterol

How long until you see results?

Most people won’t see any noticeable benefits until they’ve increased their intake for several months. For best results, you should be consistent in your intake. If you’re increasing your intake through food, you’ll need to eat several biotin-rich foods on a daily basis to actually ingest enough biotin to make a difference. If you’re taking a supplement, it’s important that you take it daily or as directed by your doctor.

 

 

 

Biotin rich Quick Grow products

Quick Grow shampoos and conditioners are rich in Biotin

Did you know our Shampoos and Conditioners contain Biotin,  Horsetail Silica and our Advanced Amino Complex.  


Read more about the powerful benefits of aminos in this article to find out which products in our range you can use to further boost your hair growth performance.

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Amino’s that boost hair growth

Aminos that boost hair growth

Increasing your hair growth speed is achievable if you approach this topic holistically, both internally and topically.  Today, we are going to explore the amino’s that work symbiotically to increase your hair growth speed and overall condition.

Aminos that increase hair growth speed


Aminos are the building blocks for many functions in the body, including hair, skin and nails.  When you were young, your body had an abundance of aminos present in the body, but as we age our amino reserves reduce (contributors include poor diet, age, stress, medications and medical conditions).  


Increasing your aminos should always remain one of the first steps you take to improving your hair growth speed and overall condition.

Here are the amino’s that directly assist with faster growing hair


  • Cysteine
  • Cystine
  • Methionine
  • Lysine
  • Glysine
  • Tyrosine
  • Glutamine
  • Proline

Quick Grow has a delicious protein shake containing all of these amino’s as well as vitamins and minerals that improve the overall condition of your hair. 


L-CYSTEINE

A German research study from 2000 examined the role of L-cysteine in hair loss and hair regrowth. Dermatologists linked L-cysteine to promotion of natural hair growth and hair regeneration. So there you have it; L-cysteine benefits are in fact crucial for a healthy growth and for strong and healthy hair.

METHIONINE

To manufacture keratin in the hair shaft, you need the sulfur. And methionine is one of four amino acids that contain sulfur (L-Cysteine being the other one). Methionine is also one of only three amino acids that help your body to build creatine, a protein that is necessary for your muscle growth and energy.

L-LYSINE

L-lysine is also present in the hair’s root, and it is responsible for the shape and volume of the hair. An L-lysine deficiency can cause hair loss, but getting enough of this amino acid can prevent this issue and promote regular hair growth. People can take L-lysine supplements.

METHIONINE

L-Tyrosine aids in the production of melanin, which is the pigment that gives us are skin and hair color and it acts as a mild antioxidant. It has been known to reverse graying of the hair. It is also needed for the healthy functioning of the adrenal, thyroid, and pituitary glands.  

PROLINE & GLYSINE

Glycine supports hair growth and hair health, as it plays a major role in Keratin metabolism and is a major component of collagen. Proline is formed in the body from L-Glutamate and is mainly present in meat and dairy products. Proline deficiency can cause brittle, dry hair and hair loss.

GLUTAMINE

With regard to our hairglutamine is important for supplying the hair follicles with energy and sulphur for strong growth. Tyrosine has a direct effect on hair within the amino acid metabolism. The acid promotes the formation of Melanin, which is responsible for the pigmentation and thus the colour of the hair.

Amino rich Quick Grow products

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Vitamins and minerals that promote hair growth

Herbs and minerals that boost hair growth

There are some powerful herbs and minerals that assist the body in improving hair growth speed, or rather restoring and maintaining your optimum hair growth speed. One of the top minerals in this category is horsetail silica. 

Horsetail silica is a herb containing minerals including selenium, magnesium, quercetin and manganese, as well falvanoids (DHT blocker) and silica.

 

Selenium (a mineral that is essential for the production of thyroid hormones which increases hair growth) activates an enzyme (thioredoxin reductase) which promotes hair growth and hair regrowth by killing harmful free radicals.  

 

Horsetail silica also boosts collagen and calcium production within the body, which your follicles use to produce stronger, healthier hair.  Horsetail silica also contains Magnesium which assists in increasing blood flow to the follicles and hair.  

 

Silicon, is present in very large amounts in horsetail silica and is essential for growth and healing within the body.