We all know that there is no magic way to make hair grow at a very rapid rate, yet, there are certain things you can do and not do to lessen hair damage, improve hair quality and have longer hair in a slightly shorter amount of time.
First of all, take care of yourself and eat a well-balanced diet. Cut back on your smoking and caffeine habits for better health. Avoid fats and sugars. Take a basic vitamin like a once daily formula. Try to find a vitamin that contains one or more of the following: biotin, zinc, B-6, folic acid, magnesium, sulfur beta-carotene, and/or silica. These are very good for your hair and, if your body is healthy and you feel well, it will be reflected in the condition of your hairdo not feel the need to spend extra money on a “better” vitamin; as long as the ingredients are there, the results will be the same. There are several “hair vitamins” on the market, but they’re made of the same ingredients as a daily vitamin, so you don’t need to purchase these types of products to get the results you want. Also, do not exceed the recommended dosage as doing so can be harmful, even fatal. Consult a physician if you have any questions about starting a vitamin regimen.
It has been proven that a diet rich in protein will promote healthy hair growth. Include as much protein in your diet as you can. Some protein-rich foods include soy (tofu), yogurt, eggs, fish and beans.
Try not to over-process, over-style or over-brush your hair. Limit the number of perms or colorings you get. Also, limit the amount of time your hair spends in a pony tail and limit the amount you brush your hair. All of these things can cause damage to the hair and that will cause breakage. It is much easier to grow out your hair when it isn’t constantly breaking off.
Try to buy better quality hair products. Avoid drug store shampoos and conditioners that read “ammonium laurel sulfate” or “silicon” on the label. Those are very harsh ingredients that will actually dry out your hair and cause damage to it, no matter how moisturizing the product claims to be. You can find better hair products for sale at a salon. You’ll probably pay more for them, but it’ll be worth it. It is also suggested to put on hot oil treatments each week (available at drug stores) to protect and improve the hair’s shaft.
It has been shown that significant stress levels can inhibit your hair’s growth. Try reducing stressful situations and take up relaxation techniques, like meditation.
There is no miracle cure for slow hair growth, but following these tips can help your hair grow a little faster and come in looking a lot healthier. Maintain a healthy diet and be good to your hair and it will be good to you.
Here are natural recipes that can be made at home to help promote hair growth and a healthy scalp.
Essential Oils Recipe
Mix together two drops of thyme essential oil, three drops of lavender essential oil, three drops of rosemary essential oil, two drops of cedar essential oil, one ounce of grape seed oil and one teaspoon of jojoba oil. Store in an airtight container and massage into the scalp nightly. Essential oils are oils extracted from plants by a distillation process. These oils have been used for medicinal purposes for many years by herbalists. Mainstream medicine is now recognizing some of their benefits. A study cited in PubMed done by the Department of Dermatology, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, showed that this treatment was successful in spurring hair regret in alopecia patients.
Nettle Hair Tonic
Place one ounce of nettle leaves, two cups of water and two cups of white wine vinegar in a non-reactive pan. Simmer for two hours. Cool the mixture and strain. Stir in two drops of lavender essential oil and decant into a bottle with a tight lid. Shake well before massaging into the scalp every other night. This recipe is good for thinning and thin hair to stimulate growth.
Garlic Hair Growth Recipe
Add three tablespoons of chamomile to three cups of water in a pan. Bring it to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat, strain the chamomile tea and set aside to cool. Mix together one tablespoon of garlic juice, one tablespoon of honey, one tablespoon of Aloe Vera gel and one egg yolk. Massage the mixture into the scalp and wrap a towel around the head. Let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water then do a final rinse of the hair with the tea. Leave the tea in the hair. Use this natural recipe treatment once a week.
Vitamin E Hair Growth Recipe
Combine 1/4 cup of vitamin E oil, 1/4 cup of jojoba oil, 15 drops of rosemary essential oil and 15 drops of peppermint essential oil in a small bottle with a tight cap. Shake to mix. Apply to the scalp nightly. Pierce vitamin E capsules and press to extract the vitamin E oil.