Numerous factors contribute to hair fall or affect its length. Medications, aging, harsh chemical processes, styling mishaps and improper technique may leave you wanting to regrow hair fast. While patience is a virtue when it comes to hair, a few tips for speedy hair regrowth can have you well on your way to reaching your hair goals and unleashing your inner Rapunzel that much sooner.
Perfect Your Regimen
Learning how to properly tend to your hair is vital to its regrowth. Shampooing hair too much can strip it of essential moisture, making it brittle and prone to breakage. Shampoo hair only as needed to remove buildup, or utilize a conditioner-only method of cleansing the scalp. Deep conditioning the hair weekly not only imparts shine and improves manageability, it also helps strengthen the strands and hydrates the hair. At night, get into the habit of sleeping with a satin scarf or pillowcase to keep tangles and single strand knots at bay. Cotton pillowcases wick moisture from hair strands and cause friction, which leads to breakage.
While no pill exists that magically causes hair to sprout from your scalp, some supplements have been shown in preliminary studies to help increase hair health and regrowth. Choose a multivitamin specifically formulated for hair and nail growth. Many hair supplements contain Biotin, silica, MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) and B-complex vitamins that can increase the anagen or growth phase of hair, strengthen strands and improve the hair's overall health, which leads to growth. Take the recommended daily dosage. Although taking mega-doses of hair vitamins might be tempting, your body can only absorb so much at any given time, and consuming more than that is a waste.
Pamper Your Follicles
Ayurvedic practice has long touted the benefits of scalp massage for stimulating hair growth. Scalp massage increases blood flow to the area, which in turn nourishes the follicles. Massaging the scalp is not only relaxing, it's also an optimal way to introduce essential oils or beneficial herbs to your regimen. Essential oils like garlic, rosemary, peppermint, tea tree, rose, geranium and ylang ylang contain stimulating properties. Using a warm carrier oil of your choice, add a few drops of essential oil and mix well. Use this warm oil to massage your scalp and feed your follicles for growth.
Employ Protective Styling
Hair rubbing against the shoulders or clothing causes single strand knots and split ends. A protective style is simply any hairstyle that keeps your hair protected from the elements. Buns, french braids, twists, hair extensions and up-dos are all forms of protective styling. These styles protect the ends of your tresses, the oldest and most fragile part of your hair, which can lead to more length retention. If your hair is growing but breaking off just as fast, you won't notice any progress.
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