I was never satisfied with anything about my hair *facepalm*beside one thing, my hair grows really fast! According to The American Academy of Dermatology, hair grows about ½ inch per month on average, in total of about 6 inches per year. You are not in the range? Don’t worry about that, there are lots of ways to encourage it to grow faster, healthier and stronger!
Before we get there, let’s try to understand how our hair grows. Hair growth has 3 stages, which are:
- Anagen – active growth phase of hair that lasts 2 to 8 years.
- Catagen – transition phase where hair stops growing, lasts 4 to 6 weeks.
- Telogen – resting phase where hair falls out, lasts 2 to 3 months.
After we are aware of the hair growth cycle, here are some tips to stimulate your hair to grow.
Shampoo your hair less often
Washing your hair too often can cause it to get dry and brittle, because shampoo not only wash away dirt but it can also take essential natural oils that keep strands soft and healthy along with it. Handle your hair gently while washing and don’t scrub it or wring it out.
Massage your scalp
A body massage can help to improve the blood circulation, scalp massage is no exception. Gently massage your scalp with your fingertips with a stimulant like coconut oil in a circular motion, will greatly enhances the chances of your hair growing fast and strong. Be sure to cover the front, back and sides of your head.
Do a cold-water rinse at the end of each shower
Cold water lays down the outer layer of hair more smoothly, which helps prevent moisture loss and further heat damage. Only need to do it for a few seconds, but it can make a huge difference over time.
Have a healthy diet
A healthy diet will ensure your hair gets all the sustenance it needs to grow healthy. As we know, hair is basically composed of proteins. Consumption of lean meats, fish, eggs and nuts & seeds are important for nourishing and revitalizing the hair. Meanwhile, beans, leafy greens and tofu are good sources of protein for vegetarians.
Give your hair a break from hot styling tools
Drying your hair with a hairdryer eventually weakens the hair shaft and leads to damage. We suggest you to turn your heat styling products down to lower heat to minimize the risk of damage. Using a heat protectant whenever heat styling your hair for added protection is pretty encouraged too.
There are so many ways to help hair grows but even the best faster hair growth solutions require patience and consistency. Focus and put more love into your hair and the way how you care of it, you will sure get the result ; )