Beautiful hair contributes very much to our overall appearance and, therefore, most people want it to look at best. However, excellent hair condition requires some kind of effort, care and patience. Here’s a list of simple hair growth tips which will help you grow your hair longer, thicker and healthier.
- Our hair is basically made up of keratin, a protein which serves as its main structural material. Sufficient intake of protein rich foods is essential for keratin production and, consequently, for strong and thick hair. And vice versa, lack of protein in one’s diet may result in many problems with hair, even including hair loss. Therefore, one of the most useful tips for hair growth is to include such high protein foods as fish, eggs, whole grains, lean meats, nuts and beans in your diet.
- Omega 3 fatty acids are very important for our general health. They are often called ‘good’ fats, since they normalize heart rate and blood pressure, as well as they have anti-inflammatory properties. No need to say that omega 3 deficiency compromises natural growth of hair and whole body functioning in general. The best food sources of these acids are salmon, sardines, fish oil, walnuts, soybeans, flaxseeds. Other omega 3 rich foods are shrimp, tofu, spinach, catfish and scallops.
- It is also very important to have a sufficient daily intake of vitamins to regrow hair, since the lack of them will definitely cause hair loss. Vitamins A, C, B, and particularly biotin, promote natural hair growth. Therefore, include such vitamin rich foods as carrots, spinach, liver, chard, oranges, broccoli, and nuts in your meals.
- Minerals are no less essential for strong and healthy hair. Eating foods rich in calcium, zinc, iron and copper will certainly help you grow hair faster. Such foods as milk, cheese, fish, soy beans, seeds are excellent sources of minerals. It’s also great if you take multivitamin and mineral supplements, as they usually provide the sufficient daily dosage.
- Out body needs sufficient amount of water to be properly hydrated, eliminate toxins and, generally speaking, stay healthy. Thus, together with other hair growth tips, drinking a lot of water and eat juicy fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. It will help you hydrate your scalp and hair, preventing hair dryness and promoting natural hair regrowth.
- Talk to your hair stylist, your friends and possibly colleagues and choose a hairstyle which will suit your hair at best. It should make you feel comfortable and, what’s more important, it must be healthy for your hair. Try to avoid hairstyles which may slow down blood circulation in the scalp and lessen ventilation, for example, tight ponytail or pigtail, or cause any kind of damage (perms, bleaching, etc). Remember, healthy condition of your hair should always come first.
- Additionally, trim your hair regularly (about every 3 or 4 months) in order to avoid split ends. Of course, your hair won’t grow faster or better because of that, but it will definitely look more kempt and healthy. Some people prefer not to trim their hair at all just because they want it long. But if you think about it, there’s no real need to avoid trimming and leave your hair careless. Averagely, each hair grows about 1 cm a month. So if you cut off 1 or 2 cm every 3 or 4 months, you will still manage to grow your hair longer.
- Along with the mentioned hair growth tips, there are also special exercises to improve blood circulation in the scalp. For example, in yoga there are special postures which increase blood flow to hair follicles. Also doing scalp massage everyday will increase blood circulation in the headskin and promote your hair growth. The great thing about it is that you can easily do it on your own at home. You can even order a scalp massaging device. To make your hair grow faster, also rub Mira oil in your scalp, massage it gently before sleep and wash your head in the morning.
- Tips for hair growth also include certain things that you should avoid. Avoid tying hair too tight – just let them hang and breathe freely. Don’t be too hard while brushing it – you can easily damage hair follicles and cause scalp irritation. Don’t wash your hair too often, especially if you use some cheap shampoo with harsh chemical substances – wash your head with a high-quality shampoo not more than 2-3 times a week. Avoid hair coloring, perming, straightening, and blow drying, as it can damage hair follicles shafts and follicles and hinder natural hair growth. Keep your hair away from direct sunlight, because strong UV-rays is a great hazard for you hair and skin.
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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.
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.
Toxins accumulated throughout winter can seriously aggravate hair loss in spring. The threat comes both from inside and outside, as there are two main ways toxic substances enter the body: orally and transdermally (i.e. through the skin). As far as the question of toxin buildup through our nutrition was covered in detail in the first part of the article, this time we will focus solely on environmental toxins.
Many people wonder if there is something in the city air in winter that makes their hair weak, lifeless and brittle and slows down its growth. In fact, their worries and fears have strong grounds – the air in winter is particularly polluted with harmful toxins and carcinogenic substances.
Keratin is a fibrous protein that is the basic component of hair structure. It has been discovered that keratin molecules can be easily damaged if exposed to toxic substances contained in the air. That is why our hair gains such an unhealthy look and poor condition throughout winter.
Moreover, environmental toxins can get right into scalp follicles destroying follicle tissues and hair cells. As a result, it can slow down hair growth significantly and even provoke rapid hair loss. By the way, the examination has shown that a great number of balding people have toxins and chemicals contained in the scalp.
So, how can we free our scalp and hair from environmental toxic substances accumulated throughout winter? First of all it is useful to do a simple examination to make sure whether there are harmful toxins in your scalp follicles and around your hair roots. All you need to do is to grab your head skin with your thumb and index finger in different parts of your head: on the crown, nape, temples, etc. If the skin is easily pinched, this is a good sign – it means that it doesn’t not contain a large amount of toxins and that blood circulation in the scalp is normal. But if you experience difficulty trying to pinch different parts of your scalp with your thumbs and index fingers, this is bad news. Your hair follicles have probably accumulated toxins and chemicals from the polluted air and, thus, they poison your scalp, hinder blood circulation and make your head skin stiff. In this case it’s high time to start thinking seriously of detox.
To eliminate toxic substances from your scalp do the following simple exercise on a daily basis. Put one hand on top of the other. Pull the phalanges towards the palms pinching your scalp tight for about half a minute. Apply this exercise to different parts of your head until you cover the whole of it. To dilatate the blood vessels and make your scalp less stiff it is quite useful to wrap your head with a warm wet towel and keep it for several minutes prior to pinching.
And don’t forget that apart from this type of scalp massage it is important to stick to the detox diet – it’s far more effective to fight the problem both from inside and outside.