Friday, September 20, 2013

Ways To Make Your Hair Grow Faster

If you want your hair to grow faster, or if you want to grow new hair, then grab a cup of green tea (green tea has been found to stimulate hair growth), strap in and read every word on this page very carefully.1. Get More Of These 7 Essential Vitamins

There are seven key vitamins that are essential for hair growth. They include:

Vitamin A – keeps hair and scalp hydrated while also regulating the production of retinoic acid – an essential acid required by hair follicles.
Vitamin B – Stimulates growth and improves respiration of existing cells leading to hair growth.
Vitamin B3 – Improves circulating all around the body, including in the scalp, which results in the regeneration of new hair growth.
Vitamin B12 – Stimulates production of red blood cells which helps the hair follicles receive more oxygen. B12 has also been found to stop premature hair greying.
Vitamin C – Helps strengthen hair and prevent breakage, split ends and hair loss. Stimulates the growth of new tissue and new hair.
Vitamin E – Stimulates blood circulation, maintains a healthy immune system which is important for healthy hair and maintains moisture in the hair and scalp.
Biotin – Known as the “hair vitamin”, biotin increases red blood cell production, stimulates insulin levels which helps to deliver glucose to the hair follicles and biotin also helps to stimulate keratinocyte cells which are responsible for increasing the strength and health of our hair. Try a biotin enriched shampoo to take advantage of this “hair vitamin”It’s also important to make sure you include sufficient quantities of iron and zinc in your diet. Iron helps to improve circulation in the scalp which improves oxygen transmission to the hair follicles. It also enables the body to more readily use protein which helps to grow hair.

2. Eat More Protein

Protein provides the building blocks for new hair growth. Some proteins form keratin which is the structure that hardens our hair. Lack of protein will lead to limp hair growth, if any at all. You can get more protein from meat, fish, eggs, nuts and beans.

3. Try These 15 Oils

Rubbing natural oils into your hair helps to stimulate hair growth and improve hair health in a number of ways. They help to clear dirt and impurities and unblock hair follicles, they add moisture and strengthen hair and they help to deliver nutrients and vitamins direct to the hair and scalp.

We’ve written about a lot of oils on the blog; for direct links to read more about each oil read our article “The Top 10 Best Oils For Hair Growth”. The article actually contains fifteen oils now.

They include: olive oil, coconut oil, lavender oil, castor oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, rosemary oil, fish oil, emu oil, tea tree oil, Argan oil, grape seed oil, mustard oil, avocado oil and last but not least, Mira hair oil (discussed at #9 on this blog post)

4. Try A Homemade Hair Mask

One reason for lack of hair growth can be damage from overuse of harsh styling products, chemical-laden shampoos and heat styling equipment. Hair masks help to repair this damage which can enable the hair to grow faster and healthier.

One hair repair mask involves mixing one tablespoon honey, mayonnaise, vegetable oil and brandy with one egg yolk and then applying the mixture to unwashed hair. Leave for half an hour and then rinse out with a natural shampoo.

If you’d like to stimulate hair growth with a homemade hair mask, then here are some recipes:

Hair Mask For Dull Hair

75g burdock roots
1 cup of almond oil (or sunflower oil)

Place burdock roots into a bowl and add almond oil.

Leave to soak at room temperature for 24 hours.

Boil mixture for approximately 15 minutes over a low heat then strain.

Apply mixture to hair and gently massage into hair and scalp in a circular motion.

Cover with a warm towel and leave in for approximately 1 hour.

Rinse and shampoo as normal.

Hair Repair Treatment

Recommended application is once or twice a week

1 tablespoon of honey
1 tablespoon of mayonnaise
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
1 tablespoon of brandy
1 egg yolk

Mix all ingredients together.

Apply mixture to unwashed hair and gently massage until hair is completely covered.

Cover with a shower cap or cling wrap then cover with a warm towel.

Leave in for approximately ½ an hour then rinse and shampoo as normal.

Conditioning Hair Mask

1/2 banana
1/4 avocado
1 tablespoon of wheat Germ oil
1 tablespoon of yoghurt
1 tablespoon of mayonnaise
1 vitamin E capsule

Blend all ingredients together (excluding vitamin E), squeeze contents of vitamin E capsule into mixture and until completely combined.

Apply mixture to hair and gently massage to completely coat hair. Leave in for approximately 15 minutes then rinse with shampoo.

Softening Hair Mask

1 tablespoon of chamomile flowers
1 tablespoon of comfrey root
1 tablespoon of nettle
1 tablespoon of elder flowers
1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar

Place all herbs in a pot, add just enough water to cover and boil.

Leave to stand for approximately ½ an hour.

Add vinegar into the herbal infusion and mix well.

Shampoo hair and slowly pour mixture over hair until completely covered.

Repeat 4-5 times.

Dry Hair Lotion

1 cup full cream yoghurt
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon of jojoba oil
1 tablespoon of beeswax pellets

Microwave jojoba oil and beeswax until melted.

Add yoghurt and egg yolk and mix well.

Apply mixture to hair until completely saturated; leave in for 20 minutes.

Rinse thoroughly with shampoo and condition as normal.
Or if you’d like to repair your hair without making your own masks, then try this Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque.

5. Try This Herb

Saw palmetto extract has been identified as one of the most effective herbs for stopping hair loss and stimulating new growth. It is often the active ingredient in many over-the-counter hair growth treatments. Taking saw palmetto in pill form could help your hair grow faster.

6. Try This Scalp Stimulator Recipe

Mix one teaspoon of Vodka, 5 drops of lavender oil and 3 drops of rosemary oil and add one tablespoon of distilled water. Dip your fingertips into the mixture and massage gently into the scalp. The mixture will kill germs, eliminate dirt and open up the hair follicles to allow new, or faster, hair growth.

7. Try A Hair Growth Shampoo

Some shampoos have been formulated to stimulate hair growth. When used regularly, research suggests users do experience faster hair growth. Here are my two favorite hair growth shampoos.

Jason Natural Products Biotin Shampoo – This shampoo is enriched with biotin which, as we have previously discussed, is known as the “hair vitamin”. Getting more biotin can only be a good thing for the growth of our hair.

Revita Hair Growth Stimulating Shampoo – This shampoo has the best reviews on Amazon suggesting it has worked for a number of real life customers.

8. Try A Scalp Massage

Performing a scalp massage correctly helps to open up blood vessels and increase blood circulation. This helps the blood to deliver oxygen and essential nutrients to the hair follicles to enable healthy hair growth. Using one of the fifteen oils previously mentioned will make the massage even more effective.
It is also important to remember that the condition of the hair and skin can be a good indication of the state of the body on the inside, so it is important address the body as a whole to improve hair and skin for the long term.

Either way, these natural tips are also good for the body in other ways, so there isn’t much to lose. Have you ever done anything to help improve hair growth? Please share your tips below!

1. Consume Enough Protein

Protein is essential for hair growth, so consuming enough protein can make sure that the body has the necessary building blocks for hair. Complete sources of protein like meats and fish are the most beneficial for hair growth and many meats also contain iron, which is another essential aspect of proper hair growth.

Foods like meats, fish, eggs, and especially bone broths (see below) are excellent for hair growth. These foods also contain necessary fats that help promote healthy hormones (see below) and healthy hair!

2. Get The Vitamins!

Some vitamins help promote hair growth- most notably: Vitamin C and Biotin. The body needs Vitamin C to produce collagen, which is necessary for healthy hair and skin. Vitamin C also helps with iron absorption, which promotes hair growth (plus it is an immune booster!). Since the body can’t manufacture Vitamin C, it is one vitamin that must be obtained from food or supplements. Foods like citrus, broccoli and spinach all contain Vitamin C.

Biotin (and other b-vitamins) can also promote faster and stronger hair growth, and it is also good for the skin. Biotin is a water soluble B-Vitamin that is also used in proper digestion of fats and sugars. Eggs, nuts, berries, fish and some vegetables all provide Biotin, though in small amounts, so sometimes a supplement can be helpful.

3. Up the Gelatin

I’ve posted before about the many benefits of Gelatin, including its support of healthy hair, skin and nails. Gelatin is one thing I make sure to consume daily in some form, either in bone broth or gelatin powder (or both). From a previous post:

“Gelatin is largely composed of the amino acids glycine and proline, which many people don’t consume in adequate amounts as they are found in the bones, fibrous tissues and organs of animals and as a population, we don’t consume these parts as much anymore. These amino acids are needed not only for proper skin, hair and nail growth, but for optimal immune function and weight regulation!

Glycine, which makes up about 1/3 of the amino acids in gelatin powder is anti-inflammatory and evidence is finding that it can help speed wound healing. Glycine in gelatin can also help improve sleep ease and quality.”

Here are some of my favorite ways to incorporate Gelatin.

4. Balance the Hormones

“When it comes to health, hormones and gut bacteria have a much bigger effect than many people realize. In fact, these two factors can destroy health even if everything else (diet, supplements, etc) is optimized. Conversely, fixing hormones and gut bacteria can do a lot to boost health, even if not all the other factors are optimal. In fact, there are even studies about using certain hormone reactions to heal brain trauma.”

Hormones are often a major cause of hair loss or poor hair growth and unfortunately, there can be many causes of hormone imbalance. This is also the reason for hair loss after pregnancy. Of course, some steps can be taken to improve hair while working to balance hormones, and these are my top tips for balancing hormones naturally.

Stress and lack of sleep are two major contributors to hormone imbalance and here are some suggestions for optimizing those.

5. External Hair Treatments

Though the major causes of poor hair quality and growth are internal, external treatments can help improve existing hair and prevent breakage. From a previous post:

“I got this tip from Pinterest and have been amazed at what an intensive conditioning and strengthening treatment it is! To make, stir 1 tablespoon of Gelatin powder in to 1/2 cup of cool water until mixed. Add 1/2 cup warm/hot water, 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of honey to create a thick gel/liquid. Pour into hair and massage through hair and scalp. Leave on for at least 5 minutes and rinse with hot water. Shampoo as normal.”

Another great hair treatment is to mix melted coconut oil and honey and massage through hair. Leave on for at least 20 minutes and then wash normally. My favorite ratio is 4 tablespoons of melted coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of honey.

Here's another hair lengthening conditioner to make that I have used before
Here's what you'll need and an estimation of how much of each I used:

2 bags - Camomile tea (make sure it's 100% camomile) or Peppermint tea
1/2 tbs - Dry Rosemary leaves
5 tsp - Lemon juice (from the bottle or the real thing) I added this to lighten my hair - you may skip it if you wish.
1 cup - water

(Just a side note, chamomile will lighten hair - especially if exposed to heat or sun.)

Heat up your water and put in into a cup or jar to steep with the two chamomile tea bags. Leave it be for now.

Take the Rosemary leaves and grind them as fine as possible. Of course, a mortar and pestle is so helpful with this step, but getting the leaves super fine isn't truly necessary. Let's go back to our steeped tea. 

Remove the tea bags and stir in the lemon juice!

Now stir in the Rosemary leaves. I put this in a jar that I could shake but I don't think that's entirely necessary. Now I let this mixture sit for an entire day because I wanted the rosemary to steep as much as possible.

In order to get this to spray, I had to strain the rosemary from it before I placed it in its final bottle.

I really love this spray! Firstly, because it's super fast to apply; secondly, it feels really light and bright on. Personally, I added a touch of apple cider vinegar, and it smells really good too - even though I put vinegar in it. 
Read all about it here>>>>leave-in-hair-growth-treatment

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