Hair growth occurs from the root at the bottom of a follicle under your skin. When there is sufficient blood flow to the scalp, it can reach the hair follicle and stimulate it, in turn supplying oxygen and nutrients to the hair root eventually making your hair grow.
Apart from genetics there are several other factors that can influence hair growth. Hair growth doesn’t occur overnight, but is a drawn-out process and requires certain active steps to help complete the process.
Here are six ways in which you can help yourself in enhancing the natural hair growth process:
1. Herbal Hair Care:
Rosemary helps improve the blood circulation of the scalp and increases hair growth by stimulating the hair follicles. Our hair is exposed all the time and can get dry, damaged and lose its lustre and shine over time because of over exposure to sunlight, ultra-violet (UV) damage, pollution, improper hair care routines, regular use of hair styling products etc. Rosemary can be beneficial to save the hair from damage and promote hair repair and hair growth over time, while also keeping the hair hydrated.
2. Head massages:
When you massage your scalp after pouring oil onto the scalp and hair, it will help improve the blood circulation of the scalp and increases hair growth by stimulating the hair follicles. It can also improve hair texture and lustre, decrease hair loss and make the hair look shiny and smooth.
How to scalp massage: Warm up the oil just a little and do not make it too hot, as it will burn the scalp. This step is important as the warm oil can penetrate into the hair follicles more easily and soothe the scalp and stimulate hair growth. Partition your hair and evenly apply the oil onto the scalp and hair. Massage the oil into your scalp using gentle and circular motions and do this for around 5 to 10 minutes. Start with the scalp and then work your way down to the hair until the tips of the hair.
3. Having a balanced diet:
Our hair draws its nutrients from the food we eat. Food rich in protein, vitamins (like vitamin A, vitamin C), iron, omega-3 etc can promote hair growth. Consuming a diet without proper nutrition can lead to hair fall in the long run. Therefore, consuming foods like eggs (rich in protein and biotin), fruits, leafy vegetables, fatty fish (rich in omega-3), nuts and seeds, can contribute significantly to promoting proper hair growth. READ MORE – NATURAL VEGAN HAIR GROWTH SUPPLEMENT FOR FASTER AND THICKER HAIR GROWTH
4. Scalp care routines:
Scalp care is just as important as hair care. This is because the hair follicles grow out of the scalp, which will then promote healthy hair growth right from its root. A lot of times, because of the types of products we use, dirt and grime, over exposure to pollution, etc can cause the scalp to be dirty and pores to get clogged with product build up, dead skin cells, etc and the clogged pores make it difficult for proper blood circulation to stimulate proper growth of new hair follicles. It can also cause itchiness, dandruff and skin infections which can lead to hair fall.
Therefore, to prevent these issues, scalp care routines are ideal. Using a scalp scrub from time to time or simply adding a little sugar into your shampoo and using it as an exfoliator will help do the trick.
5. Overnight oiling of hair:
Overnight oiling of hair is another useful hair growth treatment usually for hair that requires more intensive hair care, like for those who have very dry and coarse hair or the hair is excessively frizzy. It can help to strengthen the hair shaft and seal moisture in by acting like a hair serum. For those who just require to maintain their hair and not use oil for any specific hair treatment, then this method is not required. Leaving the oil on for longer hours will help it penetrate deeper into the hair follicles and stimulate better hair growth.
6. Usage of hair masks:
Hair masks are used to condition the hair and promote better hair texture and shine. Using hair masks will provide hydration and nourishment to the hair follicles and promote overall hair health. Therefore, this treatment is especially beneficial to those with dry, damaged or frizzy hair.
Hair masks are usually used after your hair is washed with shampoo, but before it has been conditioned using a conditioner. Shampooing helps open up the hair cuticles and allows the moisture from the mask to be absorbed by the hair and helps rebuild the hair bonds. Once the mask is absorbed, the hair conditioner will help seal in the effects of the mask and promote better and shinier hair cuticles. READ MORE – 10 BEST HAIR MASKS to solve all your hair problems