10 Natural And Healthy Ways To Improve Hair Growth

Date January 26, 2018

Your hair grows at a rate of about half an inch per month on average. Some people are simply lucky to have been born with genes that allow their hair to grow faster. But for most of us, growing long, healthy, and shiny hair requires a lot of time and effort. Products that are marketed as remedies that can make your hair grow super-fast are nothing more than a fake. What you really have to do is take good care of your hair and eat a healthy diet to make your hair grow as well as it can. And here are some tips on how to do it:

Trim split ends regularly

Cutting split ends often will help prevent breakage that makes your hair appear thinner. If you cut your own hair, use only hair-cutting shears because scissors that aren't designed specifically for cutting hair can easily damage it and lead to more split ends.

Treat your hair gently when it's wet

Your hair is more susceptible to breakage when it's wet. It's best to avoid brushing it before it has dried, but if you absolutely have to do it, use a wide tooth comb and start from ends moving further up the hair length. Blow-dry your hair only when necessary, and NEVER flat-iron it when it's still wet.

Cover your hair in cold and windy weather

Your hair doesn't like temperature extremes, and cold impairs blood circulation, so put on appropriate headwear before going outside when it's cold and windy. Make sure your whole scalp and the full length of hair are covered.

Don't shampoo your hair daily

You sure want to keep your hair and scalp clean, but you won't do yourself any favors by washing your hair with shampoo every day. Many people with oily hair wash it with shampoo daily, but washing removes the natural protective layer from the scalp, stimulating the sebaceous (oil) glands to secrete more sebum, which in turn makes the hair become greasy faster. If your hair is oily, wash it with shampoo every other day.

Stay hydrated

To keep your hair healthy and help it grow well, drink enough water every day. Tea and coffee have a diuretic effect, but they still count in your daily fluid intake. Just make sure you also drink enough plain water.

Eat plenty of protein

The importance of this nutrient for healthy hair growth cannot be overestimated. Foods that are rich in protein include milk, yogurt, beans, lentils, peas, and grains, including quinoa and buckwheat. Lack of protein in your diet can actually lead to hair loss, so make sure to consume enough of this nutrient every day.

Eat enough healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals

Vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids are all vital for keeping your hair healthy. Add nuts (e.g. walnuts, hazelnuts, and almonds), fruits and berries (including avocado, citrus fruits, and blueberries), and leafy greens to your diet - they are beneficial not only for your hair, but for the whole body.

Try a hair mask with olive oil

Masks made with olive oil as an ingredient can help prevent split ends and make your hair softer and shinier. You can also use coconut oil and linseed oil for your hair. But one of the best oils for hair care is argan oil - try it, you'll be amazed by its effect.

Gently massage your scalp to stimulate circulation

Massaging your scalp isn't only relaxing, it also improves blood circulation, which in turn supplies your hair follicles with all they need to grow healthy hairs. You can also try the oils that are mentioned above for a scalp massage.

Get enough sleep and relieve stress

Lack of sleep and chronic stress can have a damaging effect on your hair and even cause it to fall out. Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night and try relaxation techniques or other calming activities to relieve stress and prevent hair loss.

This article is purely for informational purposes. Do not self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for harm that may result from using the information stated in the article.

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