We all like to think that we have shiny, strong and healthy hair, however sometimes the style that we want is just out of reach and we have to wait for our hair to grow to the right length. Waiting for your hair to grow to the length that you want it to be is frustrating, it would be nice if we could make it grow just that little bit faster in order for us to achieve the look that we want. Although there are no magical potions that we can drink to make our hair grow faster there are things that we can do to encourage growth.
Good Hair Habits
In order to grow healthy hair you need to look after it.
- Only use brushes with natural bristles.
- Never tie your hair up or braid while it is still wet.
- Avoid any chemical treatments such as perms, bleaching and colouring.
- Reduce the amount of heat that comes into contact with your hair from things like hairdryers, straighteners and tongs.
Following a healthy diet is important as your hair, along with your skin are the first things to suffer when you fall ill. A diet that is full of vegetables and fruits as well as being protein rich will benefit your hair. Research has shown that soy protein can be helpful when it comes to stimulating the growth of your hair. The old saying ‘you are what you eat’ rings true in this situation, as the more you put into your body in the form of good nutrients the more it will be reflected in your hair. If you are well nourished your hair will be well nourished too.
Flaxseed is an oil that is known to have several health benefits as it is a source of natural acids that we need in order to keep our bodies in tip top condition. It is good for your heart and if you don’t have much oil rich fish in your diet flaxseed could provide you with the replacement essential oils that your body needs.
Keep Your Hair Trimmed
It is very important to keep your hair trimmed and tidy, not only does this limit the amount of hair that you lose through breakage due to split ends; it allows your hair to recover from any stress faster. Signs of damage show at the ends of the hair first and then the damage slowly works its way up the hair, keeping it trimmed will limit the spread of any damage.
Give yourself a stimulating scalp massage at least three times across the course of the week, firmly massage your scalp with your fingertips, and be sure to work your way across the whole of your head. The massaging action increases the circulation of blood to the scalp which improves the levels of oxygen and nutrients delivered to the hair follicles, which in turn boosts the root strength, and encourages the hair to grow stronger.