Long hair is sexy and gorgeous. It’s usually women’s favorite accessory. We all want a long, healthy hair and we want it ASAP!
Unfortunately, that’s not possible. Hair grows only about a half inch per month. If you want to speed up the process of your hair growth – keep reading to find out tips and tricks.
Hair growth can start at your next meal! There are many foods that offer minerals and vitamins that support healthy hair and hair growth. Below are some foods that can help boost your hair growth.
High-protein foods maintain healthy hair, nails and skin. Ensuring you have enough protein in your diet is crucial for hair growth. Foods that are rich in protein are: chicken, turkey, tuna, soybeans, salmon, beef, shrimp, lamb, scallops and sardines.
If you want healthy hair and fast hair growth, make sure to include iron in your diet, too. Too little iron is a major cause of hair loss (alopecia). Foods rich in iron are: soybeans, lentils, spinach, sesame seeds, garbanzo beans, lima beans, olives, navy beans, swiss chard and kidney beans.
Get enough essential fatty acids by consuming more flax seeds, walnuts, sardines, salmon, soybeans, tofu, shrimp, brussels sprouts, cauliflower and winter squash.
6 NATURAL OILS FOR HAIR
Oils are commonly found in hair care products – shampoos and conditioners. If you want 100% natural oils without chemicals, try some of these:
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has been shown to prevent hair damage. Because of its structure, coconut oil is able to deeply penetrate into the hair and moisturize it.
2. Castor Oil
Castor oil promotes hair growth, moisturizes and prevents scalp infections.
3. Olive Oil
Olive oil is a great conditioner, promotes scalp health and prevents dandruff.
4. Almond Oil
Almond oil will nourish your hair, help it grow and boost its shine.
5. Rosemary Oil
Rosemary oil promotes hair growth. It also prevents dandruff, hair loss and greying.
6. Avocado Oil
Avocado oil is loaded with essential fatty acids, amino acids and nutrients. Also, it’s rich in vitamins A, B, D, and E. Use this oil for deep conditioning, boosting shine, moisturizing and hair strengthening.
7 HAIR GROWTH DON’TS
1) Don’t use plastic brushes.
Right brush can be the tool you’ve been missing in your life! It can help you achieve gorgeous and healthy hair. For the best results, you’ll want a brush that has boar hair (or any animal hair). The boar bristles are soft and gentle for hair.
Daily brushing with quality brush will give your hair the natural softness that many companies try to replicate. A good brush distributes natural oils from our scalp evenly over our hair. As you can see, brush isn’t only for detangling hair.
2) Don’t Rough Towel Dry
Slow down with the towel dry! You don’t want to be really rough when towel drying your hair because it can potentially lead to breakage. Towel dry your hair by gently tapping on it.
3) Don’t Comb or Brush Wet Hair
Wet hair is more elastic and more likely to break, so it’s not recommended to brush it while it’s wet. Brushing the wet hair is one of the roughest actions you can do to your hair. If you need to brush it while it’s still wet, rather use your fingers instead.
4) Stop Putting Your Hair Under Stress
Different hairstyles are fun and easy to make. It’s enough to have a straightener and you can easily make your hair curly or straight. Unfortunately, hairstylers are harmful for our hair! Damage caused by air dryers and straighteners is irreparable. If you don’t want to totally give up of your favorite straightener, start using a heat-protector spray to help mitigate some of the damage.
5) Don’t Pull or Tug it.
Ponytails can cause hair to break, especially if you like them tight. Permanent hair damage can occur if you wear your hair in a ponytail every day. Hair bands, hairpins and clips aren’t your hair’s friend – they cause stress to our scalp and breakage to our hair. Try to avoid this type of hairstyle as much as you can. Instead of pony tail rather style your hair in a braid.
Also, don’t sleep with your hair loose. Braid it to reduce damage.
6) Avoid Hair Washing in Hot Water.
Hot water feels so good but it’s not good for the hair. Hot water can make your hair easy to break and can weaken the hair roots. Only positive thing about hot water is that it helps with hair cleaning. Hot water opens hair cuticles and allows easy removal of dirt and oils.
Next time when you’ll be washing your hair, pay attention on the water temperature. Warm water might be more beneficial for your hair.
7) Don’t Color/Bleach Your Hair.
It’s not unknown that hair coloring and bleaching isn’t good for the hair, right? Constantly coloring and bleaching can dry your hair. If your hair is damaged and unhealthy, you can’t expect faster hair growth.
7 HAIR GROWTH DO’S
1) Massage your scalp.
Scalp massage can relax the nerves in the scalp and increase blood circulation. Giving yourself a scalp massage is easy and can be done everywhere just by using your fingertips. You can massage it with the quality hair brush or include some hair oils. Results will be visible quickly.
2) Regular Trimming.
Make sure to get a little bit cut off every few months, especially if you have split ends. You don’t need to cut it few centimeters – micro trims are enough. It’s important to have a hair stylist you trust! It’s also recommended to dry cut it. In that way, hair stylist will be able to save more of your hair and cut off only split ends. You should trim your hair every 8 to 12 weeks.
3) Air Dry Your Hair.
Instead of constantly using blow dryer to dry your hair, try more often to air dry it. If you’re in a hurry and you need dry hair ASAP, use the coolest setting and keep the dryer about 6-inches away from your hair.
4) Eat Healthy.
It’s simple -if you’re healthy, your hair will grow fast and healthy. Hair is an outward sign of inside health (just like skin). We already listed some of the hair foods at the beginning of this article. Try to include them in your diet.
5) Biotin & Vitamins
Hair needs biotin, vitamin B and C to remain strong, shiny, lustrous and to grow faster.
World’s healthiest foods rich in biotin are: almonds, peanuts, eggs, sweet potatoes, oats, onions, carrots, tomatoes, salmon and walnuts.
Foods rich in vitamin B are: sardines, salmon, tuna, cod, lamb, scallops, shrimp, beef, yogurt and cow’s milk.
Foods rich in vitamin C are: papaya, bell peppers, broccoli, brussels sprouts, strawberries, pineapple, oranges, kiwi, cantaloupe and cauliflower.
6) Protect Your Hair.
– if you’re using hair irons and blow dryers regularly, protect your hair with special hair products for hair protection
– in hotter months, hair UV protection is highly necessary
7) DIY Hair Remedies
There aren’t better hair treatments than those made from natural ingredients at your home. If you are interested in making your own hair remedies, you can check some recipes on our other articles.
8) Deep conditioning treatments.
Deep conditioning treatments can restore some shines, softness and moisture to your dry and unhealthy hair. This treatment can be done at the hair salon, or at home with DIY remedies and store-bought products.