Both men and women lose hair as a result of genetics, stress, medication or illness. Many of these people take steps to increase their hair growth and try to keep the hair they have. Luckily, there are a few ways to stimulate hair growth that don’t involve surgery or drugs, though no method is guaranteed to work for everyone. Nonetheless, most methods are worth a try.
Hair grows from the roots, or hair follicles, which are filled with blood that contains nutrients that help hair grow. Massaging the scalp daily increases blood flow, bringing more nutrients to the scalp. Consequently, Hair Loss Experts suggests having a regular scalp massage, either professionally or by using your own hands. To do so, place the balls of the fingers on the scalp and spread them out, then gently knead back and forth for between one and three minutes.
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Damaged hair is dry, has split ends and is more likely to break off, leaving you with less hair. One of the main causes of this phenomenon is hot water, which dries the hair and scalp and strips their natural oils, according to Long Locks. Hot water also causes hair to be more tangled, which also leads to more hair breakage, the website says. Washing your hair with cool or lukewarm water is best for it, as the cool temperature reduces dryness and tangles. You should also avoid using a blow dryer, which, at its highest settings, is even more damaging to hair than hot water. If you do use a blow dryer choose the coolest setting possible.
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Another way to help your hair grow is to lubricate it, as those strands that are moisturized are more elastic and less likely to break. For best results, apply a little natural oil, such as olive or coconut, to the ends of the hair. Make sure you don't use too much, as that could leave your hair and scalp greasy, which attracts more dirt.
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