No woman is ever happy with the length of her hair at any given point, and so, a handy and easy hair growth tip is always appreciated. While considering this your late Christmas gift as we have 10 great hair growth tips in store for you so you can have the Rapunzel-like hair you always dreamed of. What’re more these hacks comprise ingredients that you will easily find in your kitchen.
Before we dive into the tips, however, it is important to understand that no two people have the same kind of hair. Just like DNA, each of us possesses unique hair texture, type and properties, not to mention how you maintain your hair as well as the effect your environment has on your tresses. So it might be possible that some tips mentioned below will not work for you as well as they would work for other people.
Unfortunately, not many personalised hair care products are available in the market to address each of your hair woes. But setting the foundation right with nutritious food intake and following a hair care regime can help hair grow substantially. Here are some other tips and tricks that can promote hair growth.
Regular scalp massage not only relaxes you but also helps improves blood circulation and strengthens hair from the roots. Scalp massages are also an ideal way to deal with stress, one of the leading contributing factors to hair loss.
Massage your scalp, a couple of times a week, before going to sleep. This not only encourages a healthy sleep cycle but also promotes healthy hair growth.
Tip: Good old coconut oil is the best way to go. But you can also use hydrating hair masks or serums to feed vitamins to your hair and scalp while massaging.
Our hair goes through three stages. The first stage, antigen, is when its active and the cells in the hair roots and dividing rapidly. In the second stage, catagen, hair growth stops and the outer root sheath shrinks and attaches itself to the root of the hair. Split ends, hair thinning and breakage mark the last stage, telogen. Trimming your hair lets you avoid the third stage, thus helping your hair have the desire to keep growing. Mark your calendars for the periodic hair trimming sessions. Cut half or one inch to boost hair growth.
Tip: Trimming also solves damaged or dull hair issues, so ensure you get one every two months or so.
Check Your Protein Intake
Nothing grows without its food. Plants need sunlight, snakes need the frogs and your hair needs nutrients it draws from what you eat. Food items like spinach, egg yolk, bananas and raisins are rich in proteins and vitamins that promote hair growth. It is also a good idea to avoid high levels of sodium consumption, carbonated drinks and sugar, which are roadblocks to hair growth.
Tip: As a general rule of thumb, anything that’s rich in Vitamin A, C, iron and omega-3 are good for your hair.
Dirt accumulation and sunlight can make your hair follicles tired and brittle. Thus it’s important to wash your hair in lukewarm water. However, exercise caution as excessive rinsing could be detrimental to hair growth. Wet hair roots tend to be weaker and frequent shampooing can mess with your scalp’s natural oil formation and pH levels. Also, it’s advisable not to wash hair with extremely hot water.
Tip: Chemicals in store-bought shampoos often function opposite to their purpose. Try to pick sulfate-free and organic shampoos for regular use. Or you can even make your own shampoo at home. Here’s how
Indulge In A Rice Water Rinse
This trick hails from the Chinese village of Huangluo, popularly known as the land of Rapunzels. The women there are known for their extra-long tresses, which gave them a place in the Guinness Book Of World Records. Rice water is Asia’s best-kept secret for hair growth for ages. Instead of discarding this precious potion in the sink after cooking, soak your hair in it. The amino acids and carbohydrates present in there will not only give your hair some volume but will also protect it from damage.
Tip: Ensure you use a little extra water when cooking your rice so you have enough water to rinse your hair length.
Oil Your Tresses Regularly with Essential Oils
There is no better option than oiling your hair to nourish and moisturise it naturally. Coconut oil, castor oil and jojoba oil can all strengthen the hair from roots to tips and reduce the occurrence of split ends. Budget hair care products, usually, have anti-fungal and antibacterial properties in them. This helps to retain the moisture in the scalp and prevent microbial activities that often lead to dandruff. The minerals present in them improve the quality of hair and help in growth.
Tip: Indulge in a hot oil massage once a week at least, and add a few curry leaves to the oil for better growth and a great aroma.
Apply A Neem And Amla Mask
Making for a great Ayurvedic remedy for hair loss, neem and amla are two easily available A-class ingredients for hair growth. You can turn them into a paste and apply to your hair or even consume them directly. These herbs hold the properties that can give you shiny, voluminous and healthy locks. The antibacterial properties in neem help your tresses promote healthy growth.
Tip: Neem and amla extract can be used as a hair serum that can be applied daily. It cools your scalp and speeds up your hair growth process.
Use Aloe Vera Gel
You can give your hair a full spa treatment with just aloe vera. It is the finest moisturiser, cleansing agent and repair and strengthening agent for hair follicles. Gently massaging your scalp with aloe vera gel can not only cool your scalp and mind, but aloe vera also houses vitamins A, B, B12, and C, and folic acid, all contributing to cell regeneration and cell growth. Its collagen property acts as a proactive layer against the scorching sun for your hair.
Tip: If you do not have access to freshly-harvested aloe vera gel, use a good quality store-bought product.
Coffee can be used as a leave-in conditioner for hair growth. It detoxifies the scalp and promotes blood circulation, thanks to the phytosterols present in it. It’s the caffeine that helps in making hair smooth and shiny. You can even use it as a hairspray. Coffee also helps prevent premature grey hair or balding in both men and women.
Tip: Brewed coffee powder mixed with ingredients like honey, olive oil and yoghurt can act as a homemade hair mask that benefits the hair growth process tremendously.
Use An Egg Mask
You may or may not like the odour, but using egg yolks is the simplest way to boost your hair growth. Eggs are a powerhouse of vitamins and act as a source of iron, sodium and lectin which are necessary for hair growth. They moisturise and nourish your hair while preventing damage. Egg yolks help restore brittle and dull hair by regulating oily scalps.
Tip: You can get rid of the smell from your hair by mixing egg yolk with cinnamon and honey. This can function as an easy-to-make hair mask.