Growing long, thick and strong hair is not such a difficult task as it might seem to some of us at first. If we think about it, we loose our hair mainly because of lack of proper care, unhealthy lifestyle, stressful situations, and imbalance within our body. However, you can change it all by making use of several hair regrowth tips which will not only help you bring back your lost hair, but also improve your general health.
It’s not a secret that dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, is one of the main causes of hair loss in men and sometimes women. It’s a hormone which blocks hair follicles preventing them from new hair production. If you suspect this could be the reason for your hair thinning, it’s high time to test your DHT level. If it’s high, you will need to lower the level of the hormone in order to foster natural hair regrowth. Consult your doctor and ask for advice which DHT inhibitor to use. Although there are several drugs available, it’s safe to start with natural treatments such as saw palmetto, nettle roots and some others. Also if you prefer green tea, then it’s going to do you only good, as it’s a great natural DHT inhibitor.
Stress management is one of the most important hair regrowth tips. Because long-lasting and/or recurring stress usually results in severe hair loss, avoiding stressful situations and various sources of unnecessary emotional strains is totally necessary to prevent hair from falling out and consequently stimulate natural hair growth. Try to manage your stress – just take it easy, have a nice walk in the nature, listen to your favorite record, talk to your friends, do some meditation – there’s a plenty of healthy ways to soothe your worries and relax.
Our body needs at least 8 hours of uninterrupted healthy sleep to perform its functions at best. During the sleep all organs and tissues restore and acquire energy for another busy day. The same must be said about hair – your strands will have a great benefit if you sleep well. It is also recommended to sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase, since it has much less friction with your head. Thus, it will prevent your hair from being damaged and it won’t be such a mess in the morning.
Along with other tips for hair regrowth, it’s absolutely necessary to quit smoking and abstain from drinking as much as you can. It’s a common knowledge that smoking makes blood vessels shrink, thus slowing down normal blood flow going to your scalp and hair. As for alcohol drinking, it causes hair loss indirectly by raising estrogene levels and depleting zinc from the body. So if you want to grow your hair faster and stronger, say “good bye” to your bad habits and your hair will say “thank you”.
Always keep your hair clean and don’t let grease and dirt clog the pores of the scalp. Excessive amount of bacteria also can cause scalp inflammation. All this creates very unfavorable condition for natural hair regrowth and can gradually lead to hair falling out. Wash your hair at least two times a week. Make sure you use a good shampoo which suits your hair type. Some inexpensive shampoos contain harsh chemicals which may help you get rid of oil and dirt but at the same time will cause damage to the roots of your hair and make them look dry and lifeless. Therefore, a natural or organic shampoo is always a better choice.
You can also add a little baking powder to the shampoo that you use to create an extra volume of your hair. A small amount of olive oil added will nourish the scalp and at the same time help you wash out the debris more easily. Mix your shampoo with some gelatin powder to make hair stronger and also give it additional volume. If you have an oily hair type, rinse it with apple cider vinegar, since it’s an excellent way to reduce the amount of grease and restoring the normal pH balance of the scalp. Lemon juice also works great making the hair silky and shining.
Another great hair regrowth tip is to use warm and cold towels in turn, what makes it similar to contrast shower. First, dampen the towel with warm water and wrap your hair and scalp with it for several minutes. Then do the same with the towel dampened with cold water. This simple method improves blood circulation and stimulates hair follicles to produce more hair.
Aloe vera is known for its healing and soothing properties. Use either some commercially sold liquid aloe vera or, what’s much better, its freshly squeezed juice to rub into the scalp. Massage it carefully and wrap your head with a warm towel. Keep it for about an hour, then rinse your hair well. If you apply aloe vera regularly, it will significantly boost your hair regrowth.
Never brush your hair when it is still wet – you will loose a plenty of it. If your hair is pretty long, always start brushing from its ends, gradually coming up to the roots. Don’t be in a hurry, be careful not to tear your strands. You will want to use a wooden comb or brush – they are usually much safer and don’t generate static electricity which is harmful for hair.
Try to be patient and don’t forget to follow these simple tips for hair regrowth regularly. Be sure, you will notice big progress soon.
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There are several alternative approaches to regrow hair that have proved to be quite effective for many balding men and women. Ayurvedic treatment for hair loss is one of them.
Ayurveda is a traditional system of medical treatment that originates from ancient India. Ayurvedic medicine has evolved throughout its 5,000-year-old history and nowadays continues to be one of the most influential systems of alternative medicine. Consisting of two Sanskrit terms – ayus, meaning “life” or “longevity”, and veda meaning “knowledge” – the word Ayurveda literally means “knowledge for longer life”. It offers a complete, holistic approach that holds an all-time focus on all aspects of a person’s life rather than occasional and/or selective treatment.
Three Doshas and Hair Loss
Ayurveda is based on the physics of five elements which compose the human body as well as everything in the universe. These elements are: air, fire, earth, water and ether. They come together to produce three basic elemental energies, or doshas – Vata, Kapha and Pitta. Vata is the ether and air elements which fill empty airspaces and channels in the body and help to govern the nervous system. Kapha includes the water and earth elements which govern the majority of the physical composition. Pitta is the fire and water elements which are present in the body mainly as bile and acid, governing the digestive and elimination systems.
A person’s body type is a unique combination of three doshas with one of them dominating. You can learn your dominating dosha, i.e. your Ayurvedic body type, by consulting an Ayurveda physician or simply by taking a dosha quiz – you will find many of them in the Internet. When dosha is balanced the body and mind will work at their best, but when imbalanced, a person is susceptible to diseases and disorders. Hair loss results from the imbalanced state of your body, precisely a high level of Pitta dosha. Therefore, Ayurvedic treatment for hair loss focuses on lowering Pitta dosha and balancing your body type. It basically includes changes to diet, use of herbs and Ayurvedic scalp massage.
Ayurveda Diet for Healthy Hair
To regrow your hair and bring back its health and shine Ayurveda recommends to always eat wholesome, fresh and natural foods as the best way of delivering essential nutrients to your hair.
Include lots of fresh fruits in your diet plan. Choose from apples, berries, citrus fruits, melons, sweet grapes, peaches and plums and try to vary your fruit ratio from day to day. Eat more coconut fruit as it’s a great Ayurvedic treatment for hair loss. It balances the fiery component of Pitta, prevents dryness and nourishes your hair and scalp.
Dark green leafy vegetables play a special role in Ayurvedic medicine. They are a rich source of vitamins (A, K, B1, B2) and minerals (calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron) for your hair. Such vegetables as spinach, collard greens, chard, lettuce, sorrel, kale and turnip greens are particularly useful. As with fruits, it’s recommended vary them from day to day.
Ayurveda practitioners advice to drink a cup of aloe vera juice and eat a handful of white sesame seeds every day. While the former disinfect and moisturize the scalp, the latter fortifies hair follicles by providing them with a sufficient amounts of calcium and magnesium.
Whole milk, fresh cheese (paneer), yogurt and some other dairy products lower Pitta dosha and balance your body type. To improve its digestability, it’s better to boil and cool milk before drinking. Blend yogurt with water to get the so called lassi, which is also easier to digest.
Whole grains supply hair follicles with many important minerals and vitamins. Ayurveda recommends eating grains at each meal, as they provide the body with necessary energy. Basmati rice suits all three Ayurvedic body types and, what’s more important, it is the best grain for balancing Pitta dosha. Barley products will also do your hair only good.
Also include nuts in your Ayurvedic diet plan. Almonds and walnuts are very useful for natural hair regrowth and preserving hair color. Eat a handful of nuts every day, but first soak them in hot water to make them easier to digest.
Ayurvedic Herbs for Natural Hair Regrowth
Ayurvedic practitioners have been using herbs to treat hair loss since ancient times. These herbs have properties which help to improve blood circulation, restore natural hair color, reduce inflammation and irritation of the scalp and stimulate natural hair regrowth. Here’s the list of them:
- Gotu kola, also known as Centella asiatica, is probably the most popular Ayurvedic herb to regrow hair. This small herbaceous plant also helps to stimulate brain cells, thus improving concentration, memory, awareness and overall longevity.
- Horsetail is a unique “living fossil” plant with a long history of medical use. It is rich in silica, which makes hair strong, healthy, sleek and shiny. To promote hair regrowth use it to massage your scalp on a regular basis.
- Salvia (sage) is a pretty well-known herb in alternative medicine. Salvia tea stimulates natural growth of hair. Use it to rinse your hair alone or with apple cider vinegar.
- Burdock is another useful herb to combat hair loss and improve your scalp condition. Tea made from burdock and marshmallow, apart from its exotic and delicate taste, is also great for dry hair.
- Van bhengra, a.k.a. Tridax procumbens is a flowering plant that also has hair regrowth properties. It leaf juice can be taken orally, as well as it can be applied as a hair tonic.
- Eclipta alba, or Bhringaraj, is a traditional Ayurvedic treatment for dosha imbalance. It helps to return natural color of gray hair as well as promotes new hair growth.
- Other Indian Ayurvedic herbs used to treat hair loss include haritaki, vibhitaki, ashwagandha. Amla, sandalwood and licorice also help to prevent hair thinning and regrow hair.
Herbs as Ayurvedic treatment for hair loss may have a strong effect on your body. They are generally safe butin certain cases they may interfere with other treatments and drugs you are currently using. Therefore, to avoid any side effects all Ayurvedic herbal remedies should be taken with caution. Discuss it with your doctor (it would be better if he’s into Ayurveda).
Ayurvedic Scalp Massage
Scalp massage with the use of herbal, natural and essential oils is one more effective Ayurvedic treatment for hair loss. It improves blood circulation in the scalp and causes its relaxation. Oils used during massage nourish the roots and shafts of hair, stimulating hair regrowth and making hair strong, thick and lustrous. Oils also give good protection against bad weather and hazards of sun rays. Ayurvedic massage helps to treat such unsightly scalp conditions as dandruff, psoriasis, dead skin and others. Ayurvedic physicians claim that it may even prevent hair from premature graying. Moreover, it will definitely help you sleep better.
Bhringaraj oil is one of the most commonly used. According to a study conducted in India several years ago, regular scalp massage with bhringaraj oil promotes hair regrowth even better than the popular FDA-approved medication Minoxidil (which is considered to be one of the strongest treatments of androgenic alopecia, by the way). Coconut oil is another oil which is widely used in Ayurveda. It is one of the most nutritional oils and, therefore, very useful for hair and scalp. Olive, sesame, mustard, almons and neem oils are also pretty common.
At its best massage is done by Ayurvedic practitioners and usually lasts for about 30 minutes. It requires certain skills and knowledge, which come with regular practice. Unfortunately, not everybody has the opportunity to have their head professionally massaged on a regular basis. One of the ways out is to do self-massage which is also very good for you. Take the following steps:
- Pour some oil (let it be olive oil for the first time) into a bowl and warm it;
- Divide your hair into strands and apply the oil little by little to different areas of your scalp and along the strands with your fingertips;
- Rub the oil into your scalp with slow circular motions gradually covering the entire scalp;
- Wrap your head with a soft towel and keep it on for at least half an hour (the longer – the better; you can even leave it overnight);
- Wash your hair with a good organic shampoo and rinse it with moderately cold water.
And finally, check out this video – it has an unforgettable Ayurvedic spirit about it.
Nutrition plays a vital role practically in every aspect of natural hair growth. Eating properly will help your hair grow healthy, strong, shining and full-colored. Sometimes it’s really hard to change your eating habits and refuse from something you got used to, but it’s absolutely necessary for the sake of your hair. It will be much easier if with every piece of new meal you exclaim to yourself: I eat and…
…regrow my hair!
Our hair consists almost 100 per cent of keratin. Keratin is the protein that gives it strength and integrity. And if there is lack of it, your hair becomes poor and dull, its growth is hindered and its ends start to split. To avoid these unpleasant things, it’s necessary to establish a regular supply of protein into the body. Fish, lean red meat, poultry, nuts, beans, chicken or quail eggs are the best source of protein. Keep in mind that barbecue, fried chops, ham and other delicious foods you may be accustomed to won’t do your hair any good. Proteins are better digested if you also include linolenic acid in your diet. It is contained in many vegetable oils, for example olive oil. Sour fruits will also improve absorption of essential proteins.
Copper and zinc provide for proper pigmentation of hair and the lack of these minerals in the body usually leads to appearance of gray hair. Thus, it will remain full of youth and color much longer if you include more nuts, boiled liver, asparagus, cereals and coarse meal. All these products are excellent sources of zinc and copper.
…make it shine!
For shiny hair you should pay a special attention to cystine. This amino acid is found in abundance in low-fat cheese and curd, light yogurt, soy foods, sea cabbage. Just like with proteins, fruits and other products rich in vitamin C added to your meals guarantee maximum absorption of cystine. If you are a smoker – quit now for the sake of your hair (and your general health), as nicotine is cystine’s mortal enemy.
…vitaminize my hair!
Vitamins are absolutely necessary for strong and healthy hair. To replenish the supply of vitamin C, eat grapefruit, tangerines and oranges and drink their freshly squeezed juices. Add rose hip tea and carrots that are particularly high in vitamin A, and the hair will become less brittle. Juicy bell pepper will give your hair vitamin E that promotes natural hair growth. And finally, if you are not a fan of fish, try to become one. Because fish (trout, herring, salmon, etc) is very rich in B vitamins, including biotin that is important to maintain luster and color of your hair.
The influence of moon phases on hair regrowth has been known since ancient times. It is believed that the rate of hair growth depends on the phase of the moon in which a haircut is made. For example, if you have your hair cut during the increscent moon, your hair will grow faster. And on the contrary, if the moon is in decrement, it slows down hair regrowth.
In ancient Tibet special attention was paid to haircutting during different phases of the moon. Tibetan lamas believe that the haircut on the first day of the new moon shortens the man’s life. Although it is not proven with facts, there is another popular belief that a child will have poor hair for the rest of his life if his hair is cut for the first time in the decrescent phase of the moon.
However, favorable or negative influence of moon phases on hair growth can be explained scientifically. It is known that the moon has a direct impact on the circulation of fluids in the human body. Thus, in the increscent phase the blood flow going to hair follicles is increased making hair grow faster.
Another important thing that should be taken into account while planning the time for having your hair cut is the zodiac, as it influences not only hair regrowth but also general health. It has been discovered that the most auspicious days for cutting hair are the days when the moon goes through the zodiac signs of Taurus, Leo, Virgo, Libra and Capricorn. All other signs are considered to be either neutral or unfavorable (Aries, Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces). In old times people even avoided washing their hair when the moon stood in Cancer or Pisces.
Below you will find the general moon calendar 2011 for haircutting which specifies the days for slower and faster hair growth:
|Month||Fast hair growth||Slow hair growth|
|March||9, 10, 16, 17, 18||20, 21, 26|
|April||5, 6, 13, 15, 17||–|
|May||10, 14, 15||20|
|June||6, 7, 8||17, 26, 27|
|July||3, 5, 7, 14, 31||23, 25|
|August||10, 31||20, 21|
|September||1, 28||23, 24|
|October||4, 31||13, 14, 21, 23, 25|
|November||1, 11, 27, 28||17, 19, 20, 21, 22|
|December||7, 8, 25, 26||15, 17, 19|
What makes our hair look healthy and lustrous? What do its natural growth and lifecycle depend on? To find the answers to these questions we first need to know what our hair is made of and how it is formed. There are many different biological processes going on in human bodies. One of them is the so called keratinization. In course of this process the insoluble protein keratin (a.k.a horn matter) is being deposited in the epidermal cells. Keratinization is the main reason for natural hair growth. It occurs constantly making the cells transform into horny plates. Hence, our hair is basically composed of keratin and its growth and condition wholly depend upon this substance.
Keratin is formed in hair follicles. The new keratin is very gentle, especially at the hair root, making hair soft and silky. With the growth of keratin hair becomes firmer and stronger. Due to it our hair has the proper structure and integrity. There are no such problems as hair loss, split ends, tousled hair if there is 100% of keratin in hair. In this case hair has no weaknesses and is least susceptible to various disorders. Keratin prevents hair from dehydration what is significant for its healthy growth. If the process of keratinization goes on as it should without interruption, our hair will always have healthy shine and strength.
Keratin can not appear by itself out of nothing. For its formation and density it needs proteins which contain sulfur atoms. Therefore, it is of vital importance to include proper foods in your diet plan. Light meat (poultry and fish) and plant products composed of amino acids are very useful for keratinization and formation of healthy hair structure. Once proteins are ingested with food, they split into thin amino acids which are transferred with blood to all vital organs, including hair follicles.
Natural hair growth and its thickness depend on the amount of proteins that we consume. It is advised to eat sour fruits together with protein rich foods as it helps proteins be digested properly. In this case the stomach produces a sufficient amount of gastric juice containing pepsin, which helps to split molecules of food. If that doesn’t happen, keratin can’t be produced or it is produced in low amounts. Vitamin B6 is also very important as it accelerates protein metabolism. Such foods as nuts, a variety of embryonic germ, soybeans and liver are excellent suppliers of vitamin B6. Cystine, an amino acid saturated with sulfur, gives keratin molecules their brilliance. It is contained in almost all foods rich in protein such as meat, soybeans, cheese and some vegetables. Production of keratin is hindered by stress, harmful chemicals and alcohol abuse, which slow down protein metabolism.
You will also want to use special cosmetics with keratin for additional hair care. Nowadays there are many shampoos and conditioners which formulations are base on keratin. Harmonious combination of natural ingredients in these products can help you reach positive results. They supply hair follicles with keratin and additional nutrients “from the outside” recovering the proper structure of hair and improving the condition of the scalp. Shampoos and other hair care products are particularly useful for weak and damaged hair.