NATURAL WAYS TO PROMOTE HEALTHY HAIR GROWTH
Hair Growth takes place when you adopt multiple positive habits. By try the listed habits, you can start seeing hair growth in no time.
It’s not enough to simply wish for longer hair growth, or stand in front of the mirror applying large amounts of hair products; to grow a beauty, healthy mane, you need to dive deeper. You need to understand that hair growth is as much internal as it is external.
“Your body is a temple” might be a cliche idiom , but holds a lot merit. In order to achieve maximum results with your hair growth, there are habits and lifestyle patterns you should aim to cultivate. Listed below are key habits that will aid in growing longer, fuller, healthier hair. These habits apply to both men and women, young and old, thick hair or not, these habits will help enhance the anagen (growth) stage of your hair growth cycle, and supply your scalp follicles with the rich nutrients it needs to shine.
MAINTAIN A HEALTHY DIET
Your body is a beautiful well oiled machine, and in order for it to function adequately, it needs healthy nutrients. Your hair follicles are usually one of the last areas to receive nutrients from the body due to it being a nonessential part. In order to guarantee your hair follicles receives a good amount of nutrition, it’s crucial that you eat healthy foods that are rich in high-quality proteins, essential vitamins, fatty acids, and minerals.
If eating healthy is a difficult task, hair growth vitamin supplements are a great way to rich daily nutrient levels. Here are some of the top hair growth vitamin supplements we recommend.
INCREASE YOUR VITAMIN & MINERAL INTAKE
Vitamins and minerals play a crucial role in healthy hair growth. In order to maintain a strong growth(anagen) stage, your body needs an adequate amount of vitamins and minerals flowing through your system. Key vitamins such as vitamin A, B vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E all aid with blood circulation, metabolism, and blood cell creation, which are all essential for healthy hair growth.
Mineral such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc are also essential for hair growth, and can be found in lots of the vegetables out there. If maintaining a healthy diet of vegetables and nutrient dense meals is an issue, taking a dietary supplement can aid with reaching your daily required intake.
Read more about the vitamins needed for healthy hair growth.
DRINK MORE WATER
Drinking an ample amount of water is vital for tissue growth and health. Hair shafts are mostly comprised of water, one quarter to be exact. Aim to drink at least 6-10 cups (48 – 80 ounces) of water a day to stay hydrated and promote healthy hair growth. Avoiding carbonated sodas which weakens your immune system and make your hair more likely to fall out will also be beneficial for healthy hair grow.
END BAD HABITS
Smoking and drinking are both bad for healthy hair growth.
When inhaled, cigarette smoke transfers all 4000+ chemicals/toxins to every cell in your body (including your hair follicles). Your hair follicles are damaged by the chemicals, causing them to shrink and wither; leaving little or no room for any form of healthy growth to occur. If your follicles do continue to produce hair, it’s usually brittle and breaks easy. Smoking also reduces blood flow to the scalp, which inhibits nutrients for healthy hair growth. Smoking also increases the amount of DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) in the body, which plays a major roll in hair loss/alopecia.
Alcohol causes a reduction in the levels of both iron and zinc in the body. Iron and Zinc are important minerals needed for a healthy hair growth cycle. In addition, alcohol is a diuretic and drinking too much can lead to dehydration with can further slow down or stop healthy hair growth.
Stress can play a major role in the reduction of hair growth, or worse hair loss, so keeping stress at bay will greatly aid with healthy hair growth. When stressed, your body produces a stress hormone called “cortisone”. Taking part in activities like medication or yoga will aid in producing happy hormones called “serotonin” which is vital for maintaining a clear, calm, stress-free mind. Getting an adequate amount of sleep has also been shown to help reduce stress.
Exercise increases blood flow and circulation to your hair follicles, which results in more nutrients and oxygen delivery to your scalp. When exercise, we also sweat, which helps unclog your hair follicles from toxins and waste, giving more room for new hair to grown.
The effects of exercising can be compared to the effects of an oil massage for your scalp. Both increase blood circulation, open clogged pores, and relaxes you, which are all essential factors for healthy hair growth.
Exercise also aids with reducing stress by releasing “happy chemicals” like endorphins and serotonin, which counter the negative chemical released when stressed called “cortisone”.
MASSAGE YOUR SCALP
Introducing a scalp massage regiment into your routine can greatly aid with hair growth. Scalp massages stimulate the scalp, increases blood circulation to your hair follicles, conditions your scalp, reduces stress, and increases the strength of your hair roots. The kneading during the massage warms your skin and opens up blood vessels, in turn increasing blood flow, and circulation. Increased blood flow to your hair follicle means increased nutrient intake for optimal healthy hair growth.
The rubbing/kneading aids with relaxation, which increases the production of “happy chemicals” that work to lower stress hormones in your body.
Essential oils have been used for centuries due to their medicinal and therapeutic properties. They are highly concentrated and potent oils that are extracted or distilled from plants and trees. The benefits gained from using essential oils are incredible. These oils penetrate deeply into hair shafts and follicles, which aid in producing healthy, shiny hair. Some oils are great at soothing dry, irritated scalps and dandruff. Other oils assist the sebaceous gland with normalization.
Oils like: Rosemary Essential Oil which stimulates blood circulation of the scalp. Lavender Oil which aids with treating dandruff and adds volume to the hair shaft. Aloe Vera which promotes healthy hair growth and is a great moisturizer for your hair. Jojoba oil which repairs damages to your hair and promotes new, healthy hair growth. Peppermint Oil which stimulates the hair follicles allowing an increase in oxygen production and promotes hair growth.
Antioxidants aid with neutralizing harmful free radicals in your body, which in turn promotes healthy hair growth. Your hair shafts which are mostly comprised of keratin (a protein) are susceptible to free radicals, which cause damage from both internal and external sources. This damage leads to split ends, broken hairs, frizz, tangling, lack of luster, diminished curl retention, and loss of color.
Antioxidants aid with maintaining your hair follicles’ connective tissue, and protects the blood vessel cells of your scalp, thus promoting healthy hair growth.
Antioxidants can be found in green tea, beta sitosterol, saw palmetto, grape seed extract, hydrangea extract and apple extract.
REDUCE HAIR STYLING
Over styling your hair can result in it looking brittle, frizzy or even fall out. By reducing the amount of chemicals, heat, and products used in your hair, you reduce the chances of your hair shafts breaking, or hair follicles getting damaged.
Some practical tips for reducing hair stylings is to: Dry your hair by wrapping it in a towel after a shower, or air-drying. Wait till your hair is dry before brushing or combing. Reduce the amount of brushing per day/week. Reduce the use of “long-last hold”, alcohol intensive styling products. Reduce the heat setting when using flatirons or blow dryers, also reduce the amount of times done a week. Reduce the amount of times you were braids, cornrows, ponytails, or hair extensions, since these styles pull on your hair and can lead to breakage, or permanent damage to your hair follicles.
Hormones play a large role in the process of hair growth. Both men and women produce hormones (men: androgen/testosterone, women: estrogen & testosterone) that when unregulated can cause hair thinning, or worse, complete hair loss. Making dietary changes can aid with stopping this process and naturally balance hormones. Ingesting superfoods that are filled with anti-oxidants, essential vitamins and minerals, healthy fat & protein sources can greatly aid in supplying your body with the nutrients it need to both balance hormone levels, and grow healthy hair.