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The subject of hair growth can be a little complicated. And as much as proper hair care, diet and overall lifestyle can affect hair growth, it’s not for the reasons you’re probably thinking. In essence, everyone’s hair grows an average of half an inch a month. Though we can’t speed up the rate of hair growth. we can create ideal conditions for our hair to thrive and to boost our hair growth in case it has slowed down. Today we’ll look at five tips that can boost your hair growth.
Develop a Healthy Lifestyle
Your lifestyle has a big impact on how your hair grows. Developing healthy eating habits, consistent exercise, and mindfulness sessions have been proven to significantly improve one’s physical and mental well being. Your hair will definitely get the benefits too and grow healthier and stronger.
A balanced diet with enough proteins will aid in hair growth because hair is made up of the protein Keratin. Keratin is abundant in leafy green veggies, fruits, eggs and dairy. Exercise will boost blood flow to the scalp, transporting these essential proteins and other nutrients to your hair. And finally, curbing stress through mindfulness will aid in regulating your hormones, which essentially control all your bodily functions. More on this towards the end of the blog!
For the Love of All Things Good, Moisturize your Hair!
We can’t emphasize enough the importance of keeping your hair hydrated. When your hair is too dry, it can become brittle and can break easily, and you’ll most likely notice a stagnation or a decline in your hair growth. Water is a fantastic hair moisturizer. You can simply use water in a spray bottle and spritz your hair. Thereafter, if you’re wearing your hair in braids or buns, ensure you seal in the moisture using an oil or cream of your choice. Avocado or sweet almond oils are great choices. If you’re wearing your hair in a wash-and-go, skip the oil and use your preferred styling product.
When you shampoo your hair, avoid harsh shampoos as they can strip off your hair’s natural oils. This intensive moisture shampoo is a great option. Don’t forget to moisturize your hair even when in a protective style.
Trim your Hair Regularly
Technically, trimming your hair doesn’t really boost your hair growth. It prevents split ends which can give the illusion of long hair. Another reason we don’t want split ends is that the splits can run up your hair shaft, leading to very thin ends. So, don’t get nervous when your hairstylist suggests trimming your ends! Read more about trimming here.
Massage your Scalp Regularly
Massaging your scalp promotes blood flow to your hair follicles, allowing more nutrients to get into your hair, promoting growth. Massaging can be particularly useful if you’re trying to reverse hair damage. You can massage your scalp at least twice a week using an oil of your choice. You can also try the good-ol’ scalp massage tool for a lovely massage session.
Stress produces the hormone cortisol which in high amounts, is known to affect the function and regulation of your hair follicles. High cortisol levels also affect insulin production, contributes to mental health complications, high blood pressure among others.
Practicing mindfulness can help reduce stress levels and eventually regulate cortisol production.
Now that you’re equipped with some tools to help you boost your hair growth, you need to understand the two most important rules:
- Be patient.
- Be consistent.
You need to test a solution long enough to know if it works or not. And when testing something, consistency is key to seeing good results.
If you struggle with being consistent with your hair care, this blog might be helpful.
Give any of these solutions a try and let us know if they work for you!