Lately, a lot of my female friends have been coming to me for advice on how to get their hair to grow faster. Fortunately, I’ve never been in a situation where I’ve gotten a terrible haircut, or bubblegum stuck in my hair and have needed to regrow my hair after getting a short cut. So, I looked to my sister who donates her hair to Locks of Love once a year or so. She doesn’t seem to have a problem when it comes to hair growth which she mainly attributes to a regular scalp treatment she uses every Sunday consisting of apple cider vinegar and mayonnaise. Sounds delicious! Believe it or not, the average woman only grows half an inch of hair every month, if she’s lucky. Now that long flowing hair is all the rage since appearing all over the AW12 catwalks, women are flocking to the nearest salons for hair extensions as well as monthly trims to promote hair growth.
I can’t recommend a product that will magically grant you hair-growing powers, but I can suggest a couple of lifestyle habits that promote hair growth. First of all, a healthy diet is key. More importantly, eating protein everyday is essential to boosting hair growth. In addition to protein, consuming iron and zinc is just as important – iron allows oxygen to be delivered to cells (and hair follicles) and zinc helps produce and repair body tissue. Other nutrients and vitamins that are necessary for healthy hair growth include: fats (Omega 3), Vitamin C, and Vitamin B (prevents hair loss).
Another important ingredient is minimizing your stress levels, both physically and emotionally. If these suggestions don’t seem to be making a difference, consider consulting your doctor concerning any medications you might be taking, the possibility of a scalp infection and/or hormonal imbalances. Some other points to keep in mind: limit your use of harsh styling products/tools (they damage follicles), don’t brush your hair more than twice a day, take it easy on your scalp (avoid tight braids), don’t use rubberbands, and take good care of your scalp.
If all else fails, you can test your luck with supplements and/or homeopathic remedies (like my sister’s hair masque), test out a product like Rogaine which is designed for both men and women, or get a divalicious wig à la Ru Paul!
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