Are you wondering what you can do to make your hair grow faster? Do any specific products help? Or any diet changes that might help boost your hair growth.
In this article, we will help you answer these questions. We will also take a closer look at what steps you can take to improve the growth of your hair.
What can improve Hair growth?
Even though genetics does play a role in maintaining healthy hair growth, many other factors also play a role. You won’t find any magical potion or remedy that will result in instant hair growth, but there are some steps you can take and improve your hair volume.
Let’s look at 8 steps that may help your hair grow faster and stronger.
Avoid restrictive dieting
You cannot control everything that affects your hair growth. However, there are some things that you can avoid like dieting, which restricts necessary nutrients and resource for hair growth. Such restrictions might impair hair growth and increase shedding. And because hair growth is a low priority compared to other bodily activities, it stops growing when you take up a restrictive diet and put your body under stress.
Eat a well-balanced diet which contains adequate amounts of protein. For optimal hair growth protein, we recommend 50 grams of protein or more per day. However, if you are restricting your diet severely, hair won’t grow, and shedding can occur.
You might know that caffeine can give you an energy boost, but did you know some researchers have found that it can also boost hair growth. Caffeine might stimulate new hair growth at a cellular, molecular and organ levels in both women and men.
Essential oils may also help promote hair growth. A study found that the peppermint oil showed significant hair growth, dermal thickness, increase in follicle number and depth. Also, rosemary oil might be just as effective as minoxidil, the active ingredient in Rogaine (medicine), at restoring hair growth.
Boost your nutrients
Some vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids make an important part of overall health. They also play a key role in providing your body with the energy needed for hair growth. This includes
- Vitamin C,D,E
- Omega-3 and omega-6
Taking omega-3 and omega-6 supplements for approximately 6 months may help protect against hair loss. Also, lower zinc levels in your body may play a key role in hair loss.
A scalp massage can help you relax and get rid of your stress. It can also boost hair growth. Give yourself a 4-minute scalp massage daily. Scalp massages work by dilating blood vessels under your skin, resulting in thicker and stronger hair that’s less likely to break off or get damaged. You can opt for a professional scalp massage or do-it-yourself at home.
Curling irons, hairdryers, and straighteners can damage your hair and also cause breakage. You do not have to avoid heat styling altogether, but try limiting how often you use these tools. Decrease their temperature; this might help you reduce hair damage.
Also using a heat protection product before going for heated styling tool can significantly minimize hair breakage. They would form a protective barrier that prevents moisture loss when you use heated tools.
Platelet-rich plasma treatment
Platelet-rich-plasma therapy has shown promising results for many people. So, you can consider it as an effective treatment option against hair loss. Platelet-rich-plasma uses injections which contains your platelets to restore and boost hair growth.
These platelets contain protein taken from your bloodstream and DNA which act like a stem cell for hair growth when injected you’re your scalp. Injections of Platelet-rich-plasma to your scalp can stimulate dormant hair follicles, resulting in healthy hair growth. You get Platelet-rich-plasma treatment once a month, for 3 months, and then after 6 months for maintenance.
So, eat a healthy diet which contains adequate amounts of protein and nutrients. You can also consider using some other products and treatments that may promote hair growth.
You can follow the tips mentioned above for hair growth, but remember these tips are only helpful for those facing hair thinning and not balding. In the case of balding, hair transplant surgery is much more useful.
If you are concerned about hair loss and balding or have trouble getting your hair to grow, you may want to consult a doctor or a hair transplant surgeon about why you might be facing hair loss, thinning or baldness.