Some people seem to be born with gorgeous, thick, long hair, but most of us aren’t that lucky. Truth be told, the average person’s hair only grows about a quarter of an inch a month and if your hair is damaged by over processing, styles or health issues, chances are it won’t even grow that much. While there aren’t any real miracle cures for faster-growing hair, there are some hair growth tips that can help speed up the process.
Following a Healthy Diet
You are what you eat definitely applies to the health of your hair and because your hair is made of protein, it just makes sense that you should make sure you get a healthy amount in your diet. People on extreme weight loss programs or that are anorexic typically experience stunted hair growth. A well-balanced diet rich in protein and high fiber, calcium loaded foods will encourage healthy hair growth. Focus on following a diet rich in whole grains, calcium and cysteine, an amino acid that promotes hair growth. Cysteine can be found in foods that include eggs, poultry, red peppers, onion, garlic, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, oatmeal, and yogurt. You should also get your fill of biotin from foods like soybeans, fish, peanuts and almonds. You’ll also want to consume the right kinds of fat – Omega 3’s found in plant and marine oils. B complex supplements that contain fish oils can help speed up hair follicle growth.
Reduce Hair styling Damage
When it comes to hair growth tips, it’s a myth that cutting your hair cut on a regular basis encourages hair growth, but split ends will definitely lead to breakage, making it difficult to grow or maintain long hair. Avoid hair breakage by keeping processing and heat styling to a minimum and not using elastics on your hair. Also, avoid tying your hair back in the same place because that will create a line of breakage at the tie back point. Also, avoid repeatedly curling, bleaching, straightening, coloring and perming your hair if you want it to grow because they can all cause serious damage. Excessive heat from flat ironing or blow drying can also damage your hair so allow it air dry as often as possible.
Brush and Comb Your Hair in Moderation
It’s a myth that brushing your hair 100 times a day will make it grow; in actuality, frequently brushing your hair will pull it out. Also, when you do comb, do it when your hair’s dry because it’s particularly vulnerable when it’s wet. When you do comb your hair use a wide toothed comb.
Treat Yourself to a Scalp Massage
Treat yourself to a nice scalp massage which will not only feel great but will encourage blood flow to your scalp, helping nutrients get to your hair follicles. You could give yourself quick and easy scalp massage in the shower while you shampoo/rinse out your hair every time you wash. Another great option would be to use olive, coconut or jojoba oil and give yourself a weekly scalp massage, putting just a few drops of the oil on your fingertips and massage it into your roots. If you have oily to normal hair you can rinse it out or if your hair is dry or damaged, leave it in overnight. As hair growth tips go, giving yourself a scalp massage is one of the most enjoyable ones.