Hair takes a long time to grow. In fact, it takes about a month for a strand of hair to grow 0.5 inches or a year to grow 6 inches.
It’s important to know that there is no special technique or product that will get your hair to grow 3 inches in a month. Even though your hair cells are the second fastest-growing cells in your body, they can only grow so fast.
Imagine if your hair grew as fast as you’d like it to. You’d probably be spending way too much money than you’d be comfortable with on hair clippers or trips to your stylist!
The good news is there are ways to ensure that the speed of your hair growth is at a maximum and even increase its thickness and overall health. Thicker hair is especially helpful to anyone dealing with hair loss as it will help fill in any areas that are balding.
The tips we’re going to talk about below are not only good for hair growth, but they will also help increase your energy throughout your day and improve your overall lifestyle.
What you eat is a huge factor when it comes to the health of your hair and its growth.
First off, hair is made up of a protein called keratin. So, naturally, a protein rich diet will help stimulate hair growth and prevent breakages.
Not only is protein important but making sure your body is getting essential vitamins for hair growth is as well. Vitamin E, vitamin B, biotin, zinc, iron, and omega 3-fatty acids are the most common nutrients needed to protect and nurture hair.
Try to incorporate things like nuts, seeds, beans, eggs, avocados, berries, salmon, oysters, and red meat into your diet daily. All those foods contain the nutrients needed to keep your hair healthy, thick and growing to its full potential.
Most importantly, make sure to drink lots of water! Water helps with blood circulation and aids nutrients in reaching your hair follicles.
Choose a Good Shampoo & Conditioner
When choosing a shampoo and conditioner, you want to look at the ingredients to make sure they don’t have things like:
- Sulfates – chemical detergents that strip your hair and scalp from natural oils
- Parabens – xenoestrogens that have a similar composition to hormones in humans and may pose a cancer risk
- Fragrance – unless it’s a natural essential oil, the term “fragrance” on a hair product means the manufacturer isn’t telling you what’s really in it. Over 3,100 chemicals are used in the fragrance industry
- Triclosan – an antibacterial agent that may disrupt the hormones in your body
- Polyethylene glycol – this has been classified as a chemical that can disrupt human development
All these things strip the hair and scalp of their natural sebum and oils. Some may even cause a hormone imbalance which is known to cause hair loss.
Along with a good shampoo, using conditioner every day will replenish the oils and keep your hair healthy and smooth. It will also help you maintain a healthy scalp to stimulate hair growth.
Brush Your Hair When It’s Dry
This is more of a precautionary measure to prevent you from losing more hair than you need to. Your hair, be it curly or straight, is at its most vulnerable when it’s wet.
When hair is wet it’s much weaker, fragile and more prone to breakage. Combing or brushing it wet can pull out more hair than you’d like. Instead, try to press the water out or lightly dry it with a towel.
You and your drains will appreciate this step!
Stress is a huge factor when it comes to hair loss and slower hair growth. In fact, it’s one of the main culprits for people losing or developing weak and brittle hair. If you are experiencing balding and don’t have any history of hair loss, it may be a sign that you are stressed out.
Stress forces your brain to focus on other things and it forgoes other bodily functions.
That’s why if you’re stressed every day you may end up eating less and losing weight or vice versa. Your brain is so focused on your stress factors it’s forgetting to tell you to eat or stop eating.
Reducing stress will reduce the burden on your brain and allow your body to function as normal. Once your hormones are back in balance, your hair loss can be completely reversed.
As you can see, making sure stress is at a minimum will help ensure that hair growth is optimal. Try exercising more, doing yoga or meditating. Whatever you like that keeps you stress free!
Get a Good Nights Sleep
A consistent amount of sleep is necessary to keep your body functioning properly. Most of the steps above don’t mean much if you’re not getting enough sleep.
Ironically, sleeping and exercise are both great methods for improving blood circulation to your hair follicles. Sleeping helps with protein synthesis of your hair and releases growth hormones that, you guessed it, help with hair growth.
Getting 7 – 8 hours of sleep a day is the recommended amount to give your body the rest it needs.
There are 5 things you can incorporate in your life today to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your hair. At the end of the day it comes down to taking care of yourself.
Eating healthy foods, reducing stress and getting enough sleep will do wonders for the health of your hair and making sure you get those 0.5 inches per month. Most importantly, all those things will drastically improve your lifestyle and have you feeling the best you’ve ever felt. That’s a win-win right there!