On average, hair grows about a half an inch per month. You can encourage hair growth by maintaining healthy hair through a proper hair care and a good diet. Opt for foods high in vitamins A, B, C, and E, iron, zinc, copper, magnesium, and selenium. Vitamin B-complex, in particular, is extremely important for making your hair grow faster. Drink fresh fruit and vegetable juices, such as orange, grapefruit, carrot, beet, and lettuce juice. Fish, flax seeds, walnuts, beans, winter squash, olive oil, and other foods rich in omega-3 are good for hair growth, as about 3% of a hair shaft is made up of omega-3 fatty acids.
In addition to eating a proper diet, you can also take supplements like folic acid, biotin, kelp, fish oil, flaxseed oil, evening primrose oil, ginseng, ginkgo biloba, saw palmetto, and others to augment hair growth. Folic acid and biotin are B-complex vitamins (vitamin B9 and B7 respectively) that aid faster growth of hair. Before taking any supplements, make sure you consult with your doctor. Certain medications like birth control pills, beta-blockers, anabolic steroids, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and others may contribute to problems such as, hair thinning and hair loss.
Proteins are necessary for healthy hair, so you need to make sure you’re getting enough of them, as well as vitamins (biotin, prenatal vitamins, vitamin E and folic acid), doing enough exercises, and of course, sleep. Eating healthy and a good sleep is the key to good health.
Here are some other hair growing tips to ensure that you reach your full hair growth potential:
If you want a longer and healthier hair, you need to cut down the heat. Let it air dry, or try heatless hairstyles. Be careful, when you use heat. Use heat-protectant and use the low or medium setting on your blow drier.
When you brush your hair you’re getting rid of dead hair and you keep it untangled. Remember not to brush it too hard. You don’t want to damage the healthy part of your hair. Also, massaging the scalp helps a lot in stimulating hair growth through blood circulation. Massaging your scalp with your fingers in circular motion helps the sebum in spreading evenly across your hair.
You need to provide a healthy environment for your hair. You mustn`t wash it every day, because it`ll become dry and brittle. Try skipping a day or two in between washes. Put on a shower cap, or simply put your hair in a bun. You don’t want to strip out the essential oils that protect your hair.
Avoid tight hairstyles. They put tension on the hair follicles. Loose ponytails and braids are OK, except when you go to sleep. Never tie your hair when you go to sleep. Also, one of the most popular tricks to promote faster hair growth is to flip your hair upside-down by flipping your head over for two to four minutes daily. It is believed to work by improving circulation. It’s one of the most popular tricks for faster hair growth.
Being rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, especially omega-9 fatty acids, castor oil promotes natural hair growth.
Massaging promotes blood flow to the scalp, which in turn stimulates the hair follicles. In addition, deep condition your hair once a week with a hot oil treatment or deep conditioning hair mask.
Herbs stimulate hair growth by improving circulation, especially herbs like rosemary, catnip, nettle, burdock, horsetail, sage, and green tea. You can also mix herbal infusions or essential oils in your shampoo, drink herbal teas, or use aloe vera. It helps restore your hair’s natural sheen, and it also reduces dandruff and prevents hair loss. Drink aloe vera juice on a regular basis.
Sadly, stress is one of the most important factors that contribute to hair loss. To manage stress, you can use meditation, breathing exercises, and other relaxation techniques. Minimize the stress in your life and be sure to get your beauty sleep. And of course, don’t forget to smile!