Your hair grows, roughly speaking, at a rate of about half an inch per month. If you’ve just had a bad haircut or are experiencing thinning all over, you probably want it to grow a bit faster than that. Is there anything you can do to give nature a helping hand? Well, there are medications that can speed up hair growth but not everyone wants to take that option. If you’re in that category, don’t despair. There are natural ways to encourage your locks to grow quicker.
This article is going to explore some of those natural options. Keep reading!
Hair Growth Restrictors
Before you start looking into what you can do to speed up hair growth, look first at things you might be doing that are restricting it. Smoking is not good for your hair, for example, as it constricts the blood vessels in your scalp, nor is drinking alcohol in excessive quantities. Too much stress in your life could also be a problem. It can lead to a condition called telogen effluvium that pushes more of your hair into the resting phase of the growth cycle.
Your dietary habits could also be a factor in slowing hair growth. Crash diets, eating disorders and a diet lacking in key nutrients all act against the growth of strong, healthy hair. So, what should you be eating?
Fuel for Hair
You should regard food as fuel for your hair. What you put into your body makes a real difference to how fast your hair grows. In general terms, your diet should include plenty of fruit, vegetables, nuts and grains. Dairy products are also important as a good source of calcium. This plays a role in the hormone and enzyme secretion that is vital to healthy hair production. If you’re eating well, you shouldn’t require supplements. However, if you’re over the age of fifty or coming out of a period of nutritional deficiency, then supplements can provide your system with a short-term boost. Biotin, collagen and pumpkin seed supplements are three of the best.
A regular scalp massage (twice a week is good) for about five to ten minutes at a time is thought to stimulate hair regrowth and produce thicker hair into the bargain. The massage works its magic by stretching the derma papilla cells at the bottom of the hair follicles. Starting at the base of your neck, move your fingertips in small circles up your neck and right across the surface of your scalp, finishing with your temples. Apply gentle pressure only.
To intensify the effect, you can choose to use natural oils as part of the process. Coconut, rosemary, lemon and geranium oils are all beneficial. Not only do they contain properties that promote hair regrowth, but they also make the massage an easier and more relaxing experience.
Have Regular Trims
It might seem like an odd tip to recommend getting your hair cut more regularly when you’re trying to make it grow more quickly but it works. If your hair is loaded with brittle strands and split ends, faster growth is unlikely. You need to get rid of some of the damaged hair to allow the rest to become stronger and healthier. How often you need a trim will depend upon the current state of your hair, but every eight to twelve weeks is a useful benchmark to start with. You may be able to extend the time between trims over time as your hair gets healthier.
Using hair masks regularly is a fantastic way to nourish your hair and encourage faster regrowth. They also moisturise your strands and offer some protection against split ends. There are so many good ones to pick from that, ultimately, the choice comes down to whatever one you like best. Coconut milk, onion, ginger, egg and milk masks are all popular and effective, but that list is by no means exhaustive. You can buy a hair mask off the shelf or go with a DIY option of your own.
Whatever your reason for wanting to grow your hair faster, the natural ways outlined in this article can help. You can choose one or two to try or you can use them all; it’s simply a question of finding what works for you and what fits with your lifestyle. Good luck!
If you’re worried about thinning hair or hair loss, you may be worrying unnecessarily, in which case a chat with a hair specialist could put your mind at rest. If there does turn out to be a problem with your hair, then the sooner you get to grips with it the better. Vinci Hair Clinic is here if you need us. We’re one of the leading hair restoration companies in the world, and we offer a free, no-obligation consultation to all our new clients. Get in touch and book your appointment today!