There is just no shortcut to growing out long and luscious strands. On an average, hair grows about ½ an inch every month. Many factors contribute to it and affect the rate of their growth. This includes your well-being, genetic factors general health.
The growth rate can be increased by maintaining healthy hair with a well-balanced diet and proper care. Certain tips can definitely aid you to take better care of your strands which will, in turn, increase the hair growth rate.
We have prepared a list of a few of these tips. Scroll through to try them right now.
Eat a well-balanced diet
A healthy diet which is high in Vitamins, minerals and protein will provide you with the essential prerequisite for a healthy hair growth. Increase the amount of foods that are rich in Vitamin A, B, C, E, iron, selenium, magnesium, zinc, and copper. All these play their own part for the growth rate.
Some of these foods are milk, yogurt, eggs, cheese, whole grains, salmon, grapefruit, broccoli, cabbage, oats, parsley, bell peppers, avocado, alfalfa, brown bread, chicken. These foods nourish your scalp and hair.
If you love fruits and vegetables, then take more of orange, grapefruit, beet, carrot and lettuce.
Flax seeds, fish, walnuts, olive oil, are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which are also good for hair growth. Why? Because almost 30% of your strands are omega-3 fatty acids only.
The Vitamin E content and Omega-9 fatty acids present in castor oil maintains and promotes the health of hair. The oil is a little viscous to use alone.Mix it with an equal amount of coconut oil, olive oil or almond oil. Massage your scalp with the concoction of this oil and let it rest for about half an hour. after that, you can shampoo your hair as usual.
Adding essential oils like rosemary, peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, thyme oil is also a good option. It will give added benefits to your hair.
Massage your scalp
This will improve the circulation of blood which in turn affects the stimulation of hair follicles. You can also be deep condition your hair with a hot oil massage once or twice in a week.
- Apply preferably warm oil onto your scalp.
- Gently massage your scalp in small circular motions for about 4 to 5 minutes.
- Rinse the oil out of your hair with lots of water.
Flip your hair upside down
This is the most popular and probably the easiest trick in the book on hair growth.Just flip your hair upside down for about five minutes daily. This method is believed to improve the blood circulation in the head and stimulate the hair follicles. When you have healthy hair follicles, then hair growth will definitely be fast.
Stress is the evilest enemy of your luscious strands. When you stress out too much, then hair loss is a sure shot. Stress disrupts the normal life cycle of hair and triggers the fall-out phase early in the hair follicles.
So if you are thriving for hair growth then take a break and just relax!
To minimize the stress levels, try meditation and yoga and some relaxation and breathing techniques. Be sure to get your minimum 8-hour beauty sleep.
Try an egg mask
Eggs are packed with protein and also a good source of iron, sulphur, phosphorus, zinc and selenium. These are definitely very beneficial for faster growth with so many nutrients. You can use it once or twice a week as per your choice.
- Whip an egg white and add about four tbsp of grapeseed oil and about 1 to 2 drops lavender oil. Apply the concoction to your strands and let it sit for about half an hour. After that rinse out the egg with lots of water and shampoo your hair as usual.
- Try out the mixture of two to three egg yolks and about two to three tbsp extra virgin oil on your hair. Let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes and then wash off with cold water followed by shampooing.
Nourish your hair with aloe vera
Along with curing dandruff problems and increasing the shine of your hair, it will also make them grow faster and stronger.
- Mix fresh aloe vera gel with some lemon juice and apply on hair. Leave it in for about 20 minutes and then shampoo your hair.
You can also mix aloe vera and coconut milk in equal amounts and apply on hair. This will also enhance the hair growth.