“It seems like no matter what I do my hair won’t grow past a certain length. Any helpful tips for making it longer and stronger?”
-hoping for a hair boost
Growing a mermaid worthy mane doesn’t happen overnight. Styling, conditioning and nutritional changes can all contribute to boosting growth of stubborn locks.
Giving your scalp a good massage helps to boost the production of oils needed to help hair grow longer and stronger. Scrubbing the scalp also helps to remove any of the dirt or dead skin. Since hair growth begins at the scalp cleaning it thoroughly will help hair grow faster.
Trim, Trim, Trim!
While it may sound contradictory, getting regular trims (at least 2-3 times per year) is another way to help continue healthy hair growth. Regular trims help get rid of split and dead ends on the hair. Each trim have the stylist trim off approximately anywhere from half and inch to up to two inches depending on the length of any split ends and how frequent hair is trimmed.
Using any sort of heat on the hair can cause dryness and breakage which could be preventing hair growth. If possible try to limit use of heat styling tools. Try braiding hair and sleeping it them overnight to create easy loose waves. Another easy option to protect hair when styling is using a heat protection spray before curling or straightening hair.
While proper conditioning and styling will help contribute to faster hair growth, good nutrition can also help build longer and stronger strands. Good nutrition will have a positive impact on the speed of hair growth and thickness of newly grown locks. Hair grows at a rate of approximately 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches per month so by keeping nutrition in check you can grow about 6 inches of healthier hair per year.
High Protein Diet
Protein isn’t just necessary for muscle growth. Keratin (a type of protein) is a necessary component for growing stronger and thicker hair. Shoot for at least three to five servings of lean protein a day from a variety of different sources such as meats, beans, tofu, fish and eggs.
*don’t forget the iron: Iron helps red blood cells carry oxygen to all parts of the body including the hair follicles. Heme iron is mostly easily absorbed into the body and is found in meat sources such as red meat, turkey, seafood and chicken. Other good sources of iron include soybeans and eggs.
*think zinc: Zinc is another mineral that contributes to healthy hair growth. Low levels of zinc can contribute to hair loss and dandruff. Keep zinc levels from dropping too low by adding some peanut butter, chickpeas or red meat to your diet.
Vitamins are vital for longer locks: Both B and C vitamins will have the biggest impact on healthy hair growth. B vitamins are necessary for the creation of red blood cells that carry oxygen to the rest of the body cells including the hair follicles. Beans, fish and fortified cereals are great sources of B vitamins. Vitamin C can also help build collagen in cells which also helps to strengthen hair and prevent breakage. Combining Vitamin C rich fruits and veggies with iron in meals can also help increase the amount of absorption of the iron eaten, which will help increase the oxygen carrying capability of the red blood cells needed for hair growth.
Making just a few nutritional and lifestyle changes can have a major impact on growing healthy new hair. What do you use to keep your hair strong, long and CHIC?