Are you finding it difficult to grow your hair out? Slow hair growth may be the result of an inadequate diet, lack of vitamins, excessive heat styling, and unmanaged stress. Here are a few tips for faster hair growth.
Load Up On Protein
Our hair is made out of 91% of a strong protein called keratin. When your body isn’t getting the protein it needs, it may shift growing hair into what is called its “resting phase” which means your hair will stop growing. Some people may develop protein deficiencies when they crash diet. The fastest way to remedy this issue is by eating foods that are rich in protein which includes beef, chicken, salmon, and shrimp. Vegetarian sources of protein include eggs, beans, and Greek yogurt. If you’re finding it difficult to meet your protein intake you can also try protein powder as a supplement.
Make Sure You’re Getting Enough Iron
Iron deficiencies are linked to hair loss and women, in particular, tend to be affected. According to a study, nearly 8-10% of women are anemic. When you lack iron your body goes into survival mode and oxygen gets transported to more pressing organs like your heart and liver instead of your hair. A blood test at the doctor’s office can determine your iron levels. If you are low in iron, you may want to load up on foods like red meat, chicken, beans, seafood, and spinach.
Avoid Excessive Heat Styling
Ditch the hair drying, curling irons, and flat tools. If your hair is already fragile, heat styling it can cause even more damage and lead to breakage. Try to air dry as much as you can. If you must blow dry, pick a hair dryer that utilizes ionic technology. Ionic hair dryers emit negative ions causing water molecules to dissipate and evaporate faster. The result is that your hair will dry faster and as a result be exposed to less heat.
Massage Your Scalp With Castor Oil
Castor is an all natural oil rich in vitamin E and omega-9 fatty acids which help to promote hair growth naturally. Massage into your scalp and leave on for 30 minutes and rinse. Since castor oil has a thick texture naturally, you may want to mix it with an equal amount of olive or almond oil for easier usage. Massaging the oil into your scalp helps to improve blood flow and stimulate the hair follicles.
Reduce Your Stress Levels
Hair loss has been scientifically linked to hair loss. Significant stress may push hair into its resting phase permanently, and these hairs can fall out during brushing or washing. Alopecia can also be triggered by severe stress, causing the body to attack the hair follicles leading to permanent hair loss. Fortunately, stress can be managed by meditation and yoga.
Get Frequent Trims
Getting frequent trims may seem counterproductive to growing your hair out but the fact is that if you have split ends and didn’t trim them, they can work their way up your strands. Your hair will grow faster if you get short, consistent trims instead of getting longer trim once in a blue moon.