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|
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!
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.
Thinning hair and hair loss is something that a great number of men face sooner or later. No wonder, popular problems give birth to popular myths. The following list does not only consider causes of male hair loss but also represents the average man’s opinion and attitude to the problem. Some statements are humorous and could not be taken seriously – just as the myths themselves.
Myth 1: Hair loss often results from wearing tight caps and hats.
There is a widespread opinion that those men who wear headgear all the time are subjected to hair loss. It is explained by the fact that hair follicles don’t get enough oxygen in this case. Well, in reality the scalp receives most of oxygen from the blood flow. How many professional sportsmen that have to wear helmets, caps, hats, etc. can you remember going bald? Still overdoing with headgear certainly deteriorates hair condition, but it’s not connected with hair loss directly.
Myth 2: Steroids have nothing to do with baldness.
Many men who are into bodybuilding and other related sports tend to believe in that. In reality, the situation is contrary to that. Anabolic steroids that include sex hormone testosterone aggravate male pattern baldness in those men who are subjected to it. The thing is that testosterone converts into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which gradually shrinks and closes hair follicles. More testosterone = more DHT = less hair.
Myth 3: Baldness comes from the mother’s family line.
There is an assumption that kids inherit hair loss genes from their moms. Does it mean that men tend to blame their mothers for this misfortune? Well, there’s pretty much scientific ground proving that baldness can be passed on to you from your dad as well. Still this mother-blaming myth continues to live on.
Myth 4: Cutting your hair may increase hair growth.
Some people think that hair is thicker closer to the root than it is at the ends. Thus, when you cut your hair short it appears thicker. Of course, most men prefer a short haircut, but it does not affect hair growth at all.
Myth 5: Shampoos give you more hair.
Certainly, there are some hair products including shampoos that can make your hair look fuller and thicker. But obviously, they don’t give you more real hair. They give you the feeling and immediate effect is what we need, right?
Myth 6: Scalp massage can prevent hair loss.
Well, it’s true but only partly. Scalp massage stimulate blood circulation helping your hair follicles get necessary nutrients and oxygen from the blood flow. Thus, it will prevent hair loss only when it’s caused by the lack of the latter. Unfortunately, scalp massage will be of no use when hair loss is hereditary, hormonal, disease- and toxin-related, etc. Nevertheless, it doesn’t make scalp massage less pleasant (especially when performed by a close and dear person).
Myth 7: Blow drying and excessive washing lead to hair loss.
Not exactly. While overdoing with these procedures, as well as with bleaching and color treatment, you can damage your existing hair so that it will look fragile and lifeless. But hair roots and follicles will remain safe, thus, hair loss is out of the question here. By the way, too few men have been spotted while washing their hair excessively, to say nothing of blow drying and bleaching.
Myth 8: Hair loss can be caused by sun exposure.
One must remember that hair loss occurs at the follicle level. Since it’s rather difficult for the sun rays to get to your hair follicles (and it is especially difficult if you are fond of caps, hats and helmets), technically, the sun can not be the main cause of hair loss.
Myth 9: Combing your hair is less harmful than brushing it.
Show me the man who cares much about it. Just as it goes with scalp massage, both combing and brushing should be done carefully to avoid hair damage, splitting ends, hair broken, twisted or pulled out. Malekind is a strong and hard part of the world, but there’s no need to be too hard in this particular case.
Myth 10: Diet is not related to hair loss.
But it is. Many men are just careless about what they eat and, consequently, can’t make any logical connection between what they don’t care about with what they start caring about (meaning receding hair line, thinning hair, loss of popularity among women… more to follow). But our hair always needs proper nutrition and the saying that your hair is what you eat is not an exaggeration.
Here’s the list of minerals that are vitally important for normal hair growth:
- Calcium. Milk, cheese, tofu and beans are not only good for bone tissues but also for our hair. Try to take in at least 1500 mg of calcium daily to make your hair grow faster.
- Copper. Copper prevents hair loss and enhances hair color and texture. This mineral is contained in almost every food product, but its highest amount is in liver, nuts, cocoa and grains.
- Iron. Iron is essential for our hair as it helps to stop hair loss and promote hair regrowth. Such foods as eggs, fish, liver, chicken, full cards and dried fruit are particularly rich in iron.
- Magnesium. If you want to make your hair grow faster you should also eat more green vegetables, nuts, soy beans and chickpeas, which have high concentration of magnesium.
- Potassium. Since potassium can affect blood circulation (including that in the scalp), its intake is vital for proper hair growth. This mineral is found in avocados, bananas, dates, figs, garlic, potatoes, raisins and yogurt.
- Selenium. Selenium will help you keep your scalp and hair in a good condition. Eat meat, fish and broccoli to add more selenium to your diet.
- Silica. The mineral silica nourishes your hair and makes it stronger. It is contained in such foods as rice, soy beans, and green vegetables.
- Zinc. Zinc is plays an indispensable part in many bodily processes including cell reproduction, protein synthesis and absorption of vitamins. This element prevents hair from thinning, dryness and loss. You will benefit from eating seafood, oatmeal, spinach, sunflower seeds, and champignon mushrooms, which are rich in zinc.
Include more of the suggested products in your diet plan and you will definitely notice improvements with your hair pretty soon.