Follow These Tips To Stimulate Your Hair growth Naturally
If you are attempting to grow out your hair, it can be frustrating to see no progress week after week. Your hair should grow at a rate of about a half-inch or so a month, but things like breakage and damage can limit your hairs’ ability to grow.
Your hair should grow at a rate of about a half-inch or so a month, but things like breakage and damage can limit your hairs’ ability to grow.
How can you stimulate hair growth and have long, beautiful locks? Read on for a few tips!
1. Stimulate Hair Growth Naturally
While there are definitely things you can do at home to help your hair grow, there is no miracle cure or method for instantaneous hair growth, so be wary of anyone or anything that tries to tell you there is. Growing long hair is about growing healthy hair, and if your hair has damage, that may take some time.
Hair growth is about a healthy lifestyle. There are a few things you can do to urge it along, but in general, healthy life = healthy hair.
2. Assess the Damage
If you are damage free and just want to grow your hair out, you might be able to skip this step, but if you use heat or bleach on your tresses, pay attention, because this is important.
Damaged hair is going to have more difficulty growing because the ends are going to split. If you want to stimulate hair growth, keep your hair healthy by using heat and damaging products sparingly.
Some think that to get rid of damage, you must first cut off the entire damaged part of your hair. Not true. Make sure you are going to your salon for maintenance trims as you grow your hair. This will help keep it healthy without needing to chop it off completely.
Remember in school when your teachers told you to drink water, eat three square meals a day, and get plenty of rest? Well, they weren’t just talking about scholastics.
Remember that your hair is just cells, and for cells to reproduce and multiply, they need water. Keeping your body hydrated will help your hair cells multiply more efficiently, leading to more hair growth.
There are all kinds of formulas and algorithms for telling you exactly how much water you should be drinking, but the truth is, just listen to your body. When you feel thirsty, drink. Carry a water bottle with you so you always have easy access and you aren’t tempted to drink something less healthy or just skip it altogether.
Make sure you are getting plenty of rest, too. Sleep keeps every other part of the body ticking. Lose too much of it, and your hair may actually respond by falling out. Since this is the precise opposite of what you want, make sure you are catching a full six to eight hours nightly.
Your hair is made of protein (a special one called keratin, like your fingernails.), and if you aren’t ingesting and assimilating enough of it, your hair growth is going to be lackluster.
You want to make sure you are getting all the proper vitamins and nutrients to ensure good hair growth. Try to do the following:
- Eat whole foods rather than processed for optimum nutrients
- Make sure your diet is high in lean, quality protein. Remember, hair is made of protein!
- Avoid junk food and fad diets. They aren’t good for you in general and are going to inhibit your absorption of nutrients.
Keep an eye out for a good B-complex, especially one that is high in Biotin (you want about 300mcg a day), Folic Acid, and Vitamin D. A good prenatal vitamin may be helpful if you are female, since they contain high levels of folic acid and other hair-growth vitamins (men can take them too, but the vitamin levels may not be right for the male body. Ask your doctor).
Remember that any time you want to change your diet or add in supplements, you should talk to your doctor or nutritionist. They are the experts and will be able to guide you in the right direction.
5. Scalp Massage
Here is some good news! Scalp massage can do wonders for lackluster growth.
Massaging your scalp helps stimulate hair growth by increasing blood flow and stimulates your hair follicles, which in turn stimulates growth.
Work your fingers in a circular motion over your scalp, using gentle but firm pressure. A simple five-minute massage daily will work wonders, but if you want to get really fancy, you can make your massage even more effective with a few additions. Using any of the following will give your hair, even more, growth power.
- Rosemary essential oil
- Peppermint Essential Oil
- Cayenne Pepper
- Nettle Juice
- Almond Oil
These are all less-is-more remedies. A few drops or less than a teaspoon is all you need to see results.
6. Hair Care
What kind of products and what kind of care you take off your hair is going to have a huge effect on how quickly and how well it grows.
- Use a gentle shampoo to clean your hair between once and four times a week. You want to be careful of overwashing since this will strip the hair of its natural oils and encourage breakage.
- Apply shampoo to the scalp only, and allow it to run down the shaft of the hair as you rinse.
- When you condition, your hair type will help you determine how much you need. The more oily your hair, the less conditioner you need and the further down the hair shaft you will need to apply it. If your hair needs a lot of nourishing or replenishing, look into a deep conditioner or conditioning mask to add moisture back into your locks.
- After washing comes drying. It’s best to use a towel and gentle pressure and then allow your hair to air-dry, if you can. Heat is not your friend when you want your hair to heal and grow.
- When brushing, stick to natural bristles, and boars bristles if you can. This keeps the hair from breaking and evenly distributes natural oils to keep hair healthy and shiny.
Hair growth can be a long process, but by keeping your body and hair care routine healthy, you will soon see beautiful results and long, beautiful hair.
What’s your take on these hygiene tips to stimulate hair growth? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.