Hair is a significant part on the head. For some of us it’s the subject of our self-esteem, pride and glory. But unfortunately, the condition of many people’s hair and scalp is far from being perfect. In the previous article we talked about how to access the problem from the inside and regrow hair naturally by improving the immune system. This time we are going to consider the main external factors for natural hair regrowth: proper washing, scalp massage and regular trimming.
Washing. Washing your head regularly is important to keep you scalp and hair clean. However, don’t do it too often – 2-3 times a week is enough for most people. Washing your hair every day can make it dry and brittle. It’s also very important to avoid hot water, as it can damage hair follicles in the scalp. But what really comes first here is the proper shampoo and conditioner. If you take a close look at these products you will find out that most of them contain such artificial ingredients as petroleum, mineral oil, sodium laureth sulfate, phosphates and other chemicals. Yes, they clean out grease and dirt, but they also cause harm to your hair. Generally, they are quite cheap. We suggest that you should make your choice in favor of natural/organic hair care products. They don’t contain harsh chemical ingredients and, therefore, have no side effects. Look for shampoos and conditioners that contain aloe vera, jojoba oil , rosemary, sage and other natural components. These product will safely and effectively make your hair look thicker, stronger and healthier. One more thing to take into consideration – the choice of this or that hair product should be made according to your hair type. In the end of it if you pick up the right one, it will prevent dryness, scalp irritation, greasiness, dandruff and help you avoid other common problems with your scalp and hair.
Scalp Massage. Massaging the scalp on a regular basis is one of the best ways to regrow hair naturally and make you hair grow faster. Of course, it’s a great pleasure to have your scalp massaged by experienced hands, but still the great thing about it is that you can also do it yourself with no assistance. So your natural hair regrowth is literary in your hands! Just 5-10 minutes of circular movements with your fingertips a day will considerably improve blood flow in the scalp, thus getting more oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles and strengthening the roots of your hair. It is very advisable to use almond, coconut, olive, jojoba and virgin oils while massaging your scalp to promote natural hair growth. Heat the oil a little and apply it carefully on the scalp with your fingertips. Rub it in with slow circular movements, then wrap a warm towel around your hair and keep it for at least half an hour. By applying these essential oils once in 1-2 weeks you will significantly improve the condition of the scalp and regrow hair naturally.
Trimming. This procedure is needed mainly to get rid of split ends. Split ends cause breakage to your hair and make it hard to manage. Generally speaking, they make your hair look unhealthy. Despite the common belief, hair trimming doesn’t technically make it grow faster or thicker. What it really does is making your hair strong and healthy at the ends so it can grow without constant breaking off. The average hair growth is about 1cm a month. Hair specialists recommend to have hair trimmed every 6-8 weeks, thus you hair will grow about 2cm between the cuts. Of course, all we have a little bit different speed of hair growth and the time period between the cuts should be changed in accordance with it. Nowadays a lot of people, especially young ladies, prefer to curl or straighten, bleach or color their hair. However, all these practices do nothing but harm, leading to excessive dryness and split ends. So if you want to step on the path of natural hair regrowth, you should say no to perming, bleaching or any other type of chemical treatment once and for all. Remember, the better the condition of your hair, the less often it will need to be trimmed.
Nowadays many people who suffer from hair loss prefer to regrow hair naturally. Generally speaking, the problem can be accessed in two ways – internal and external. In this article we will discuss the former.
Speaking about natural hair growth from the internal point of view, the primary goal is to strengthen your immune system. The immune system protects the body against diseases and controls cells and tissues in terms of proper functioning. To improve your immune system and, consequently, regrow hair naturally you should consider first of all detoxication, proper nutrition, and stress management. These are the key factors in achieving physical health and balance of mind.
Detoxication. Water is the best natural detoxifier. Drink up to 2 liters (0.53 gal) of water and more a day to promote natural hair growth. Plenty of water will help your body get rid of harmful substances, toxins and impurities. Water also keeps your skin and your scalp moisturized what is essential for their good condition. Add a teaspoon of honey and/or some lemon juice to your daily water dose to make it more pleasant to drink.
Proper nutrition. Healthy foods are essential for natural hair growth. Hair needs a good supply of nutrients to grow thick, long and strong. Since main structural element of hair is keratin which belongs to the family of fibrous proteins, protein rich diet is indispensable to grow hair naturally. Include more such high protein foods as fish, cheese, poultry, nuts, seeds, lean meats, milk, beans and grains in your diet. They will provide excellent building material for new hair. Also don’t forget about vitamins and minerals. Vitamin B, zinc and calcium are particularly important for hair growth. Therefore, eat more fresh fruit and vegetables, seafood and cereals to strengthen your immune system and regrow hair naturally. Your hair will also benefit from dietary supplements which include biotin, multivitamins, and Omega 3 fatty acids. Take them additionally if you want to grow hair faster. Avoid junk foods, make your nutrition natural and healthy, develop a balanced diet plan and always stick to it and you will surely make your natural hair growth program more effective.
You will soon start to feel that natural hair regrowth is to a great extend about changing your lifestyle and improving your total health. So apart from detoxication and healthy eating, you will also want to include a part of fitness in your natural hair growth program. Physical exercises will help you drop excessive body fat, improve cardiovascular activity, get in good shape and eventually build a strong immune system. At least half an hour of exercising 3 times a week will work wonders in the long run. It will also help you have a better and more recovering sleep which is essential for general health and hair growth in particular.
Stress management. Powerful immune system and physical health goes hand in hand with balance of mind, particularly stress management. Stress as well as other mental turmoils are connected with hair loss. Stress not only weakens our immune system, but also causes several types of hair loss (alopecia areata, telogen effluvium, trichotillomania). Therefore, stress reduction is indispensable for natural hair regrowth. Together with physical exercises and good sleep there are other techniques of stress management such as meditation, relaxation methods, yoga, hobbies, autogenic training and others. Just take it easy, believe in yourself and stay optimistic and you will reach your goal. And your hair will be there with you!
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1. Are hairstyling products harmful to hair?
No, modern hair products are rather good and safe so that you can use them almost every day. But try to use water-based ones and avoid those that contain alcohol.
2. Do hair conditioners make your hair ends split?
Absolutely not. Conditioners make your hair soft and remove static electricity. The only way to get rid of splitting ends is to cut them off.
3. How can I get rid of dandruff?
Use dandruff shampoo. There is a variety of such hair care products in stores. Usually they contains ketoconazole which attacks the fungus that causes dandruff. Some people think they have dandruff when they spot some little white flakes on their heads, but in reality it may mean that your scalp is too oily or dry. In this case you should simply switch your shampoo and find something that suits you better.
4. Is my hair being damaged during dying or highlighting?
Hair becomes porous after chemical treatment. Technically, yes, it’s being damaged. But sometimes it feels even better after such treatment, as thin and flat hair becomes more porous and may get more volume.
5. Can I wash my hair every day?
Well, try not to do that. Water doesn’t have the same pH as hair. Also, you should have a really good shampoo that is between 4.5 and 5.5 pH.
6. Is hair damaged if you blow dry it often?
Yes, it is. If you are really into it, try to blow dry it with cool air. Also add silicone drops prior to blow drying to make your hair protected against heat.
7. Does good hair condition depend upon what you eat?
Certainly. But remember, once you start using vitamin and mineral supplements it will take about three months before you notice any changes. Your hair needs nutrients containing enough amount of protein, fat, carbohydrates, water, vitamins and minerals.
8. How long can my hair grow?
Hair doesn’t grow endlessly. It grows in cycles of 2-6 years, and then it comes out and is gradually replaced by new hair. Averagely, hair grows about one centimeter a month. Some people just can’t get their hair long, because their hair has a shorter growth cycle.
9. It is possible to make one’s hair thicker?
No, you are born with a certain number of hair follicles, You can’t have more just out of your will.
10. What can I do if my hair does not grow?
Scalp massage can be of help. Even if you lose a lot of hair you should really try it. Without massage you will lose even more, believe me. Scalp massage increases bloodflow to hair follicles, thus helping them get more nutrition and oxygen.
11. Does hair really turns green because of chlorine?
Yes, there are chemical elements in water (including chlorine) that can make blond hair a little greener, especially if your hair is bleached.
12. Is smoking harmful to your hair?
Yes, it is, but not directly. Every time you take a smoke it destroys some part of vitamins and other useful elements in your body that are essential for your hair. It is especially true about vitamin C.
13. Why does my hair become oily very soon after washing?
You probably use the wrong shampoo. The shampoo shouldn’t be be too strong, as it somehow tricks the scalp to produce more fat. So just change it for a lighter option.
14. Can I brush my hair wet?
No. If you have just washed your hair try to organize it carefully with your fingers and brush or comb it only when it’s almost dry.
15. Is hair perming harmful to my hair?
Yes, it is. After any sort of chemical treatment hair loses its natural elasticity and becomes more porous. Be careful with your hair and never perm it if you have just dyed it or made highlights, or if your hair is in bad condition.
16. What determines your hair color?
The natural color of your hair is hereditary and it depends both on the type of the pigment and the number of pigment cells that are present in it – the more cells are there, the stronger is the color. There are two types of the pigment: eumelanin, which gives hair a light brown or black color (depending on the number of pigment cells); and pheomelanin that gives hair red color. Gray hair is generally coarser and contains more air. In addition, pigment cells in gray hair are often defective and/or inactive.
17. Is it true that some bleaches are gentler than others?
Yes, it depends on the strength of hydrogen peroxide contained in the product.
18. Why does hair sometimes become flat because of hair conditioner?
That’s because you have not washed it out of your hair thoroughly or it simply does not suit your hair. Switch to a different conditioner that is not so strong.
19. I have naturally curly hair. How can I have really nice curls?
Use shampoos, conditioners and hair treatments with moisturizing properties and that are specially adapted to curly hair. Spread mousse, gel or other hairstyling product evenly throughout the full length of your hair after washing. Turn your head upside down and wipe the rest of water with a soft towel. Do not touch your hair while it’s getting dry.
20. Why does my hair electrify?
In winter your hair is usually exposed to rapid changes of the temperature: it’s cold outside and warm inside, so your hair gains static electricity. It may also be caused by synthetic materials in your clothing.
The fall is in full bloom. The beauty of October pleases the eye: the trees are golden, the sky is particularly saturated, and the sunsets are most magnificent. Nature is getting ready for hibernation to revive in spring. But it’s not just nature that is transferring into a new period. Hair growth is also periodical. As a matter of fact, each hair goes through a cycle of three stages. They are:
- Anagen. It is the stage of growth that is characterized by hair cells dividing and growing rapidly. Normally hair grows about 1 cm every month during anagen. It usually lasts from 2 to 4 years or even longer.
- Catagen. It is the transitional stage of involution. It follows anagen and marks the end of the active hair growth. It usually takes from 2 to 3 weeks for hair to pass through catagen.
- Telogen. It is the stage of rest that, just as catagen, lasts 2-3 weeks. It’s characterized by fully keratinized club hair that no longer grows and is in fact dead. All hair follicles may not be in the same stage at the same time but proportionally about 15 percent of hair follicles are usually in telogen.
After telogen the cycle returns to the anagen stage producing new hair and resulting in 50-100 old hairs coming out on a daily basis what’s considered to be perfectly normal.
In autumn many people notice loss of extra hair. Obviously, a question arises whether it can be considered perfectly normal. The answer lies in seasonal hair loss cycles that are typical not only of human beings but of all mammals in general. We belong to the mammalian world and, as all mammals do, we tend to replace our “summer coats” for winter what results in autumnal shedding.
It’s not very clear yet why and how it happens, but among the potential regulators of extra hair loss in autumn is melatonin, a hormone secreted by the pineal gland in the brain which is responsible for maintaining the body’s circadian rhythms. Melatonin is secreted in darkness and its production is inhibited by light. As far as there is a gradual reduction in daylight hours in autumn, it consequently increases melatonin levels in human body what in turn promotes seasonal hair shedding and the onset of the winter anagen stage.
Although there is loss of extra hair in autumn, the number of hairs lost daily doesn’t usually exceed the limit of 100 hairs. Moreover, seasonal shedding comes and goes pretty quickly (2-3 weeks of telogen). Of course, it is more obvious to those with long and thick hair, as well as to natural “heavy shedders”, but some people may even not notice anything to worry about. In any case autumnal hair loss is perfectly normal. Think of it as of leaves falling down from the trees. And new ones will come out and put forth soon.