Growing a long hair is the desire of most ladies. However, due to some factors, your hair may seem not to grow any longer than it already is. Here, you’ll find tips on how to naturally grow your hair and also how to maintain a healthy hair:
Massage your scalp:
Massaging any part of your body improves circulation by increasing blood flow to the area, and the same goes for your scalp. When you massage your scalp, the increased blood flow stimulates your hair follicles to grow. Scalp massage is a simple and easy technique for helping your hair grow fast and healthy.
Do an oil conditioning treatment
This helps to both promote hair growth and keep the hair strong and soft. Coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil and castor oil are all thought to help hair grow thick and strong. To do a conditioning treatment, all you have to do is to:
- Have a damp hair and distribute it throughout your hair. Then flip your head upside down and massage your scalp for 2-3 minutes.
- Wet your hair and massage one to two tablespoons of oil into your scalp for five minutes.
- Run your fingers through your hair to distribute the oil from your roots to the tips of your hair. You can also use a wide-tooth comb.
- Cover your hair with a shower cap and let the oil soak in for one to two hours.
- Shampoo your hair as normal. You may have to wash it twice to remove excess oil.
Rub your scalp with essential oils
Certain essential oils have been shown to help stimulate new hair growth. Increase the benefits of your scalp massage by working in a small amount of essential oil. Pour five to ten drops of oil over your fingertips and massage the oil all over your scalp. Try one of these essential oils:
- Peppermint, which improves circulation.
- Tea tree oil, which soothes the scalp and helps improve dandruff.
- Lemon oil, which promotes healthy hair growth.
Make a restorative hair mask:
- Crack one egg into a bowl and beat it lightly.
- Mix in two tablespoons of plain yogurt and one tablespoon of honey.
- Apply to wet hair and let it sit for 20 minutes.
- Shampoo your hair as normal to wash out the mask.
Be careful of the things you use on your hair.
Aim to use products that are composed of mainly natural ingredients. Avoid products that contain:
- Sulfates: found in shampoo, these are harsh cleansers that strip your hair of natural oils and dry it out.
- Silicones: found in conditioner, these build up in your hair and cause it to look weighed down and dull.
- Alcohols: found in hairspray, gel and other styling products, these dry out your hair and cause it to get brittle.
Eat foods that can help stimulate hair growth.
Foods that contain protein, vitamins A, B and C, Omega 3 fatty acid have the ability to help your hair grow faster.
When your body is dehydrated, it affects your hair. Your hair can become dry, brittle and more prone to breaks. Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water every day.
Wash your hair less often
Each time you shampoo your hair, you wash away the protective oil that keeps it healthy and strong. When you’re trying to grow your hair fast, it’s best to wash your hair no more than once or twice a week.
Air dry your hair after wash
Drying your hair with a hairdryer eventually weakens the hair shaft and leads to damage. The same goes for other heat styling tools like curling irons, flat irons and hot rollers.
Don’t brush your hair when it is wet
When your hair is wet, it stretches and breaks much more easily than when it is dry. That’s why brushing your hair when it’s wet will result to hair damage. It leads to breakage, frizz and split ends. Instead, use a wide tooth comb to gently detangle your hair.
Avoid harsh hair treatments and styles
Things like dyeing, bleaching, and chemically straightening your hair can cause a lot of damage. It’s better to leave your hair in its natural state while you’re trying to grow it out. You should also avoid hairstyles that can pull out the hair, such as tight weaves or braids. If you want to lighten or color your hair, use a natural method that doesn’t cause damage. Try lightening your hair with honey or dyeing it with henna.
See a doctor if your hair is falling out
Sometimes hair loss or extremely slow growth has an underlying cause that can’t be fixed using just home methods. If you believe that your hair loss may be a symptom of a more serious illness, make an appointment with your doctor right away.
Once you get the underlying problem treated, your hair should start to grow faster. Here are a few conditions that cause hair loss:
- Scalp infections or skin disorders
- Alopecia areata, a disorder that causes patchy hair loss
- Trichotillomania, a disorder that leads you to pull out your hair
- Certain medications cause hair loss
- Hormonal changes can cause hair loss