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How to make your hair grow faster?

By Marry / February 27, 2017

At some points in your life, you might follow that bob trend in which you get rid of your long silky hair and have it cut short. And you did enjoy your new style for a while until you found yourself missing those long, gorgeous hair in search of a ephemeral impulse of passion. Or you might already have long beautiful hair but you want it to grow quicker as you have always dreamt of having Rapunzel-length locks. Or simply enough, you want to possess healthy hair which grows at its continuous pace. If one of those applies to yourself, then this article is made for you.

10 ways to help your hair grow faster.

1. Eat the right foods

Best foods for hair growth

There is a statement saying that “You are what you eat.” Then this is similar when it comes to hair. Your hair are what you eat. Therefore, it is obviously important to consider your diet carefully if you want your hair to grow faster and healthier. There are four groups of food that can be extremely beneficial not only to your overall physical health but also to your skin and especially your hair strands.

Protein

Protein provides the building block for your hair to grow quicker, look shinier and become more resistant to environmental impacts. This is because protein is the very material that your hair is made from. Thus, the richer protein you intake, the better it is for your hair growth. Rich protein food includes milk, cheese, nuts, fish, chicken red meats, etc. On top of that, salmon is one of the best protein that also contains oil and the omega concentration that your hair can be tremendously benefited from.

Green, red, orange vegetables and fruits and other vitamin C rich foods

Not only good for your brain and body, fresh fruits and vegetables that are loaded with vitamin C play an essential role in producing healthy and long-grown hair strands. This is made possible by the process of increasing and stimulating the production of estrogen, a hormone that contribute to the maintenance of healthy hair. Vitamin C is also in charge of blood circulation in the tiny vessels that feed your hair follicles. This explains why a daily diet that is lack of vitamin C can readily result in hair breakage.

Oysters

Oysters are great source of zinc, the shortage of which can lead to hair loss. Hence, do include oysters in your meals at least once or twice every month. Together with oysters, cereal and whole grain bread are some other perfect house of zinc.

Avocado

While many people trying different ways to take care of their hair, they forget one simple thing that can bring big difference to your hair’s overall health and growth. First of all, avoid sleeping with a ponytail or tight braid, which will not only prevent your hair from healthily growing faster but also obviously harm your hair strands and cause breakage, scalp pain or headache after wake up. The second tip you can try is to sleep on a silk pillowcase which is kinder to your hair than their cotton counterparts. Silk pillowcase can help you get healthy and shinny hair because it caress your hair while sleeping without causing any friction as happening with other types of fabric.

2. Rest your hair with care while sleeping

While many people trying different ways to take care of their hair, they forget one simple thing that can bring big difference to your hair’s overall health and growth. First of all, avoid sleeping with a ponytail or tight braid, which will not only prevent your hair from healthily growing faster but also obviously harm your hair strands and cause breakage, scalp pain or headache after wake up. The second tip you can try is to sleep on a silk pillowcase which is kinder to your hair than their cotton counterparts. Silk pillowcase can help you get healthy and shinny hair because it caress your hair while sleeping without causing any friction as happening with other types of fabric.

3. Brushing your hair at least twice everyday for 1-2 minutes

You are advised by experts to brush your hair twice a day for 1-2 minutes each session to stimulate blood circulation in your scalp. Make sure that you brush gently and do this regularly as a daily ritual, your hair will thank you for that. Another benefits of brushing often is that it will help to spread the natural produced oil from your hair roots to its ends. Do avoid brushing too hardly, especially when your hair is still wet. If you insist to brush wet hair, then remember to brush your way up from the ends till the roots. The reason behind this idea is that you can avoid major tangles – one of the major culprit of hair fall very effectively as compared to the old way of brushing in which you brush your way down from the roots to the ends.

4. Have your hair trimmed frequently

This might sound ironical to you at first that having your hair cut more often is one of the most scientific ways to expect its faster growth. However, this is the truth. Hair experts explains that when you trim your hair on a regular basis of two months or even less, you actually help your hair grow at faster pace and into healthier strands which is free from split ends. Otherwise, your untrimmed hair kept for too long can lead to breakage from the top and middle of strands. As a result, your hair will end up look shorter, weaker and less healthy than if you do chop it off more consistently.

This is not to say that you should make your scissor do any harder job than to cut off just around less than once inch every 10 to 12 weeks. Asking a stylist to help you is a good idea as you can both have your hair trimmed and restyled often, which would definitely bring not only healthy but also refreshing look to your strands.

5. Consider sporadic intake of hair-boosting supplements

There are many essential materials that you hair might need in order to remain healthy, shiny and resilient against the outside environmental conditions such as dry weather, styling processes or simply the natural aging effects. Therefore, as I mentioned above, a balanced nutritional plan is a prerequisite if you desire beautiful hair strands. However, you might find that sometimes it is impossible to make sure such a perfect diet regarding busy schedules of life. If this is the case, then it is recommended that you consider trying tablets that is specifically made as a hair extra food. Hair-boosting medicines can supply you with the same building materials (protein) and other vitamins and chemicals that facilitate hair growth (biotin, vitamin C, omega-3 and 6, etc…)

You must always check with your personal doctor in case you want to apply any type of medication for hair growth. This is to prevent allergies or medicine interaction which may harm your physical health.

6. Shampooing and conditioning your hair the right ways

These two processes are what you do most regularly to your hair and their purposes are different. So does its frequency. However, according to hair professionals, not many women pay due attention to this difference. Whereas shampooing helps to remove dirt and residue on your hair, conditioning will enhance hair texture and its shine, most importantly its growth rate. The disadvantage of washing your hair with a shampoo is that it does not only rinse off dirt but also take way the essential natural oils that keep your strands soft and moisturized. At this point, you should reduce the number of time you shampoo your hair rather than skip conditioner, which works to maintain a right balance of your natural oil that is needed for it to grow quicker.

If you really need to rinse your hair with shampoo, you might do so in an extremely gentle manner as possible. For example, instead of pouring shampoo straight away onto your hair, you should mix it with several drops of water first in your hand, then apply it to your strands, not your scalp directly. Then you lather your way up from the middle of strands to end roots and then down to their ends.

Final rinse off with cool water

It is tempting especially in cold days to just wash your hair with warmer water than usual. Yet, this is in fact very harmful to your hair. What you can do is to try to pour cold water on your hair for the last rinse-off just before you finish your shower. This small extra step can do giant good to your hair growth and its overall health.

7. Scalp massage/ aromatherapy

If your hair is a tree, then your scalp is the soil from where your tree get nutrients to grow. In farming, there are techniques that farmers do to keep their soil moisturized and soft enough so that roots can take their best advantage of nutritional content. If soil is dry and left abandoned, no trees can grow there. This is to say that scalp massage is a similar process you might do to your hair in expectation of healthy growing hair follicles. Massage promotes blood circulation to the scalp, which will stimulate hair follicles.

You can do it at home by yourself or better yet, have it done by a friend of yours and vice versa. From time to time, having your aromatherapy at a hair salon by a professional can be something a little fancier you can treat your hair. And the perks are clear: a healthier scalp and beautiful looking long hair strands. The suggested frequency is once a week. Here are the three steps to follow:

  • Apply the oil or conditioner of your favorite to the hair.
  • Gently rub the ingredient using your fingers in circular motion for five to seven minutes.
  • Rinse off with fresh water.

8. Hair mask overnight with castor oil

Castor Oil for Hair Growth

While regular scalp massaging is a great way to maintain a healthy scalp and therefore fast-growing hair follicles, another method you can do for a constant yet lasting result is to apply castor oil on your hair overnight. Castor oil is high concentrated with vital fatty acids, particularly omega 9 fatty acids, Vitamin E, all of which work together to produce the building materials that promote your hair growth.

First, you should notice that castor oil has a vicious odor which is quite heavy. Therefore, simply mix the oil with some other essential oils of your favorite such as coconut, olive or lavender oil. The appropriate ratio could be 1:1. Then you rub this mixture gently onto your hair and leave it there for 30 to 45 minutes. Even better, if you can manage your pillowcase and arrange your bed appropriately, you can leave the oil mask overnight and rinse it off in the morning. The prolonged period of masking your hair with oil will help to deeply penetrate the oils’ nutrients into your hair strands. In this way, you only have to do one hair mask to receive massive effects on your hair growth.

9. Rinse hair with apple cider vinegar

As I discussed above that frequent shampooing can be bad for your hair but it does not mean that you should cut off washing your hair way from impurities and dirt. One of the best alternative you can implement from time to time is to use apple cider vinegar to remove residues and dirt accumulated on your hair. Importantly, while using other hair care products, it is likely that it still remains on your hair although you think you must have washed it properly with shampoo. This is where apple cider vinegar can come into play. It will strip away those hard-headed stains left by hair treatments or products. In addition, apple cider vinegar is a perfect natural disentangling and shinning enhancement treatment. It can significantly change your hair appearance into a beautifully shiny strands that sustain well against negative outside effects of the environment.

Simply add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into one liter of water to have a homemade hair post- conditioner which can do amazing things to your hair. You can use this mixture as the closing step after your regular shampooing/ conditioning process or once a week at a minimum for a noticeable result.

10. Some other small and effective tips

Do not wrap wet hair in a towel

This an almost-done-by-all ritual that every woman follow although it will prevent your hair from growing healthily, not to say that it can even cause breakage and dryness. Your delicate strands are a lot more fragile when they are wet; therefore it worth being cared with great consideration other than just simply tuck them into a towel for a long time.

Massage your hair while it is still wet

I discussed about scalp massage but not hair massage till now, so you might be wondering how one can even massage one’s hair. Actually, it is simply that you stay a little longer at shower and massage your scalp and hair using your fingertips. Gently start massaging at the back of your neck up and move around the hairline, then to the root of your hair and finally the scalp. While this treatment is just an extended step of your normal routine with shampoo and conditioner, it can do wonder to your hair because it increases blood circulation and the effect is deepened under warm pouring water down your strands.

When confused, choose what feels right for your skin and apply accordingly to your hair.

Sometimes, when you follow all the regimens and tips, but things do not work as you expect. This is where intuition plays its part. You can feel if a product is good for your hair or not by observing how it makes your skin feel. Does it make your skin feel dry, greasy, heavy or sticky? If it does, chances are that it is not a good product for your hair. As experts say, what the formula is doing to your skin is actually what it is doing to your hair as well. Therefore, watch carefully how your skin respond and make sensible decision as to what to and not to apply on your hair.

Flip your hair upside down

Another way to enhance circulation of blood in your scalp is to flip your hair upside down. You can do it for two to four minutes every day. This is believed to be one of the most simple but effective tip for hair growth.

Maintain balance in life (stress-free)

Stress is one of the major reasons that lead to hair loss in men and women alike. No matter how hard you try different way, if you do not maintain a balanced life that is stress-free, you are not coming any closer to a longer hair look.

Some techniques to deal with stress advised by health psychologists include meditation, breathing exercises and other relaxation techniques. And always make sure you get enough sleep and water every day.

Egg mask

Besides intake of protein on a daily basis, you can also try to make egg mask for your hair as an extra protein food from the outside. Not only protein, eggs do contain a lot of iron, zinc and selenium. Using egg mask once a month is the appropriate frequency and can still do your hair a lot of good.

There are three simple steps to make an egg mask for hair growth:

  • Whisk an egg. Then add three to four tablespoons of grape seed oil and several drops of lavender oil or other scented oil of your favorite.
  • Apply this mixture onto hair and scalp and leave it on for 30-40 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with water and shampoo as usual.

Alternatively, you can use castor oil or olive oil instead of grape seed oil to have different supplements of nutrients from time to time.

Understand your body

Sometimes, your hair keep falling and never seem to grow again. In that case, you might better let your doctor know about your conditions and consult him about your health conditions. It is likely that when some strange patterns are happening to your hair, something possibly went wrong with your body. Therefore, it is important that you know your physical condition well enough to realize any changes that eventually leads to hair fall. When you take good care of your body, your hair will be accordingly beneficial.


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