Everyone wants to know how to grow hair fast but if you are looking for shortcuts, you are out of luck. The best way to get the most hair growth is creating good habits and ditching the bad ones. There isn't a lot to do that will take up too much time or energy and all the tips will create a better "YOU".
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If you want your hair to grow as fast as it can, you have to instill some proven methods for healthy hair and we've got a list of DO's and DON'Ts that will get you there.
There are certain foods that will help hair grow as fast as possible like foods full of fatty acids and proteins. Lean fish, leafy green veggies, seeds and beans are all great examples of foods that our hair needs for full growth support. Stay on top of your hair growth game by eating foods full of vitamins A, B, C, and E, iron, copper, magnesium selenium and zinc. zinc.
Getting enough water is a powerful vehicle for hair growth. If you haven’t been drinking an efficient amount of water, then your hair could be reflecting it. Not drinking enough water can cause dry hair, dry scalp, and many other minor physical changes that are totally preventable.
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Try drinking at least 4 -6 water bottles a day in order to maintain a healthy amount of water intake. Try fashionable water bottles as they are easy to carry around and make it less of a chore like the S'WELL GALAXY WATER BOTTLE.
Hair grows out of the scalp and if you are suffering from clogged hair follicles, inadequate or too much sebum production or product build-up; you are hindering your hair from growing at its peak. Exfoliating the scalp helps remove dead skin cells and unclog pores which is important when dealing with a flaky scalp, build-up, stunted hair growth and improper sebum production. While all of these characteristics should be checked out by your dermatologist, exfoliating the scalp can help in the meantime.
Scalp exfoliation has been known to help with scalp conditions such as psoriasis or eczema, promote healthy hair growth and even reduce shedding. Here are two simple, yet effective scalp scrubs that will keep your scalp clean and in optimal shape for hair growth.
Easy Brown Sugar Scrub
¼ c. Olive Oil
¼ c. Brown Sugar
Curly Girl Scrub
2-4 Tbsp Brown Sugar or Uncooked Quinoa
1-2 Tbsp Conditioner
Typically, exfoliation is done before conditioning but it depends on the ingredients you’ve used in your scrub. Just apply the scrub to your scalp and massage for as long as necessary. If you have a lot of product build-up or flakiness, you may find that you’ll need to massage for a longer period of time.
Nothing beat a well-balanced meal to get the essential vitamins we need for healthy bodies and hair but too many of us do not eat as well as we should. This can hinder us from getting all the vitamins we need for optimal hair growth. Couple that with the fact that most women will suffer with some form of hair thinning in their lives and you can see why hair vitamins are extremely popular in the beauty community.
No matter what products you use, how many supplements you take or how much water you drink; if you do not have a great nighttime routine, you are doing more harm good. While you sleep, your hair can tangle, which promotes breakage. Cotton pillowcases also cause your hair to catch, twist, and break as you toss and turn throughout the night. Satin or silk pillowcases or satin bonnets have much finer textures that are smoother against the hair strands and won't whisk away moisture or create frizz.
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A great nighttime routine will save styles and save hair. Whether you need to retwist or simply give yourself a much needed scalp massage, make sure your routine is more than you just flopping down on a cotton pillowcase and being sorry in the morning.
Aside from being incredibly relaxing, regular scalp massages (at least 3x a week) can help prevent hair loss as well as encourage healthy hair growth. Massaging the scalp promotes blood flow which provides the scalp with oxygen and other nutrients that are beneficial to maintaining healthy roots. This also encourages a healthy production of sebum-the natural oil produced by the scalp.
You just use your fingertips with a light oil (or without) and massage gently in a circular motion. Great oils for scalp massages are coconut, olive, jojoba, lavender or rosemary. You can blend some too. I love using jojoba oil with a drop or two of lavender since lavender is excellent at aiding a dry, flaky scalp and has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and analgesic properties. A few nights a week is all you need.
No one says you need to be running marathons, but staying healthy is crucial to healthy hair growth. Many illnesses will negatively effect your hair growth. Hormonal changes, medical conditions and even some medicines can affect your hair's growth or even cause hair loss.
According to a recent study, Women who have been ill or taking medicine are 81% more likely to suffer from hair loss and thinning than those who have not, and over half (58%) of women who have been ill or taking medicine are experiencing signs of hair loss.
Many of us now know that stress can be a killer but did you know that stress and hair loss have a direct connection? According to the Mayo Clinic there are three types of hair loss that can be attributed to high levels of stress:
Telogen effluvium - significant stress pushes large numbers of hair follicles into a resting phase. Within a few months, affected hairs might fall out suddenly when simply combing or washing your hair.
Trichotillomania - an irresistible urge to pull out hair from your scalp, eyebrows or other areas of your body.
Alopecia areata - With alopecia areata, the body's immune system attacks the hair follicles — causing hair loss.
Just try and lower your stress levels. It's not the easiest thing to do if you are a constant worrier such as myself but you can help it. Creating time for self, meditating, fixing the problem creating the stress or seeking help from a professional are all ways to diminish some stressful situations.
Heat styling is a big contributor to limiting one's hair growth. They can cause dehydration of your strands, rapid water loss, protein damage and oxidation of pigment particles according to Tonya McKay, polymer scientist and cosmetic chemist. Direct heat (curling irons, flat irons, blow dryers without diffusers) can create heat damage.
Heat damage is excessively high heat permanently breaking the S-S or disulfide bonds within the hair strands. Those bonds give hair its strength along with protein cross-links and when damaged, they cannot be repaired. Heat damage is irreversible. Natural hair should be steering clear of heat or using sparingly and when using heat always use a heat protectant but don't expect protectant to be your savior. Use the lowest setting when heat styling and do not use it often.
Low manipulation is best for minimizing hair breakage but many naturals just love playing in their hair. Over styling is another culprit but the less you manipulate your strands, the less damage you will occur. This is why many opt for protective styling. Just be kind to your tresses (no yanking or wearing tight styles) and you should be good.
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Always remember, that less is more BENEFICIAL when it comes to manipulation. This won't grow your hair faster per se but will keep those hair on your head longer and help you get to that optimal length you are pushing towards.
Using extreme measures like crash dieting doesn't just negatively affect your health. It may cause hair loss. Dietary factors affect all phases of hair growth and when you are not getting enough nutrients (most common in crash diets) you can cause your hair to grow at a slower pace or even create hair fall or loss. If you want to lose weight, do it the right way by eating well balanced meals so you are not hurting your body or your hair growth.
I know you love videos and recipes, so I wanted to share this amazing DIY Hair Mask from Melissa Denise. Isn't her hair gorg?! Know that even with the best recipes, hair growth will take all of the above mentioned do's and don'ts. Happy mixing newbies!