Long hair don’t care? I wish! Perhaps one of my biggest beauty struggles is my hair. Since not all of us are blessed with full, long, voluminous locks here are 10 natural remedies that may very well stimulate the growth of your hair.
Sometimes, the solution to a hair growth problem is as simple as taking a daily vitamin, while other times you may need to relax to reduce high stress levels. Incase, you really feel like there may be a deeper issue, you can always consult your doctor for other treatments. In any event, don’t despair or give up on your goal of beautiful long locks.
Most people normally shed 50 to 100 hairs a day. This usually doesn’t cause noticeable thinning of scalp hair because new hair is growing in at the same time.” – Mayo Clinic
So whether the growth of your hair has slowed with age or you have just noticed a little more in your shower drain, these 10 natural remedies may help your hair grow faster:
Yes, water. If your body is not getting enough water, this could affect your body’s pH balance, which then affects the growth and overall health of your hair. Make sure to drink the recommended 6-8 glasses of water per day to stay hydrated and to keep your body and hair healthy.
2. Folic Acid:
Folic acid can be taken on its own or you may choose to implement foods rich with folic acid into your daily diet that help stimulate hair growth. Foods rich in folic acid include green leafy vegetables, broccoli, asparagus, citrus fruits such as oranges, strawberries, papaya, grapefruit, and raspberries, beans, lentils, peas, carrots, nuts, and more. A daily multivitamin will likely include a little bit of folic acid as well.
Which brings us to a simple daily multivitamin; one way to avoid taking too many vitamins is to simply consider finding one multivitamin rich in folic acid and biotin. Start taking this vitamin regularly and watch your hair grow. If the vitamin helps, you should begin to see a difference within a month or so.
4. Manage Stress:
Try to relax! High stress levels are a common factor in hair loss because they affect your hair growth cycle. Some stress is normal but if you are constantly having sleepless nights due to worrying then it may be time to look for ways to relax. Some ways to reduce stress include exercising, walking, talking to a friend, engaging in a hobby, asking for professional help.
Sometimes, a significant stress of some sort may spark a change in your body’s routine physiological functions, and cause a disproportionate number of hairs to go into the resting phase at the same time. Then three to four months later, sometimes longer, all those resting hairs are shed.” – WebMD
5. Eat Protein Rich Foods:
A strand of hair is mainly composed of protein, which means your hair needs protein to grow. Foods like fish, eggs, lean meats, nuts, fresh fruits and vegetables, all provide a healthy amount of protein necessary to boost hair growth. According to WebMD, you should consume two to three 3-ounce servings of meat or a combination of four to five servings of dairy and beans.
6. Increase Keratin Naturally:
Foods rich in methylsulfonylmethane are scientifically proven to not only increase the growth of hair but to also stop hair loss in its tracks. Foods like, again, leafy green veggies, any fresh veggie, whole grains, apples, legumes, and even cow’s milk and coffee. It’s important to remember that processed foods contain less methylsulfonylmethane, also referred to as MSM, so it’s best to stick with “fresh” for the increased keratin benefits.
7. Vitamin E:
Vitamin E is known to aide in both hair health and hair growth. Consider investing in a shampoo or conditioner that may include a little bit of vitamin E, or try taking a daily supplement of vitamin E.
If you tend to use heat styling tools frequently, consider reducing the usage of these tools while you repair your hair or until you’ve achieved the hair growth you desire. Using a flat iron too much, for example, will cause breakage, thinning hair, and hinder the growth of hair.
9. Less is More:
Give your hair a break from too many products and consider the use of organic hair care products if you can. Be gentle with your hair, especially if you tend to use a lot of hairspray and things of that nature with heat styling tools as well. This will decrease the health of your hair and hinder growth.
10 . Rosemary Oil:
Consider gently massaging your scalp with rosemary essential oil, or better yet, find a nice organic shampoo with rosemary oil in it. When massaging the hair, be gentle to avoid over stimulation of oil production. Rosemary oil is said to increase scalp circulation, which also aids in hair growth.
And last but certainly not least, remember to be good to your hair and your hair will be good to you!