Growing a full head of hair can be tricky when one, you’re not sure exactly what you’re doing, and two, if you suffer from damaged or brittle hair. Not to worry, however, Here, we’ve accumulated only the best, tried and true, guaranteed methods for stimulating desired hair growth.
To start, we can get the easy stuff out of the way first. One can effectively change the course of their hair growth progress with simple scalp messages. A few sessions between 5-10 minutes of physical stimulation provided to the scalp will most definitely begin to turn your hair fantasies into a probable reality. Be sure to apply natural hair oils out of the shower while your hair is damp (not dripping wet) to accelerate this great treatment, Celebrity approved!
Alright, let us state the obvious. There are dozens upon dozens of proclaimed hair growth treatments that exist in the market. Social media are flooded with selling hair growth miracles that usually leave their users with only a few extra strands. Instead of focusing on, or getting overwhelmed by the absolute mountain of hair growth products you can use. Let’s take a more productive look into the most effective methods to cultivate hair growth by overviewing tips you can put into action right at this very moment!
Don’t Neglect your Scalp
Most newcomers to hair growth as stated before making the huge mistake of buying into the hype of over-the-counter products that they forget to start at the source. Hair grows from the scalp people, not from the beautifully decorated bottles of god knows what. In this case and every case having to do with hair, If the grass is the hair follicle, then the scalp is the soil. Without nutrient-rich soil for the grass to receive the nutrients required to grow, you won't see much going on, but hey look at the bright side, no pesky weeds right! No, in this case, we most definitely are aiming for nutrient-rich nutrient-rich soil, or simply put a healthy scalp. It is highly recommended that, if you’re experiencing hair growth troubles you begin to massage your scalp at the very least once a week, however a short period each day never hurt anyone either. Just remember a gentle message, you don’t want to rough up the soil too much. Scalp massages can be conducted on both wet and dry hair.
Egg Yolk Masks
On average any typical person's hair length will increase by about ½” to ¾” of an inch in a full thirty-day period. Now speeding up the process is mostly out of one's control as this is determined by Growth cycles commanded by your DNA and Genetics. What we can put our hands and willpower into, however, is the hair's overall health. This includes observable traits like Thickness, Sheen, and its ability to lay correctly on your head. A keynote of damaged hair is frizzy, brittle, and generally won’t stay down.
Let’s take a look at our first trip of the day for generating quality hair growth. Presenting, the Egg Yolk Mask. Welcome protein, welcome Lecithin, Welcome sulfur. These two ingredients prevalent in egg yolks are superstars when it comes to making your head of hair a force to be reckoned with. Not only are these ingredients known to strengthen hair follicles at an incredible pace but something like dandruff becomes a thing of the past. Many birds, one Egg yolk mask. With a multipurpose savior like this one, it’d be ludicrous not to add this to your to-do list.
Follow these steps on how to create an egg yolk mask:
- Mix 2 full eggs with roughly 2 spoons (tbsp) of olive oil.
- After that, you’re going to need some water, about ½ should do.
- Once all the ingredients are combined, apply it to your dry and detangled hair and let sit for about half an hour (30min).
- Now all that’s left is for you to shampoo and condition your hair in the shower, and rinse thoroughly.
Refer To Your Medications
Now it's not completely uncommon or even unheard of that prescription drugs given by your doctor could be affecting the quality of your hair, and maybe even damaging it behind the scenes. While you should be following professional medical advice from your trusted doctor, we’re here to point out the facts. Medications containing antihypertensives, cholesterol statins, and most definitely hormone supplements have almost a direct impact on the integrity of your hair. Not too worthy though, you can always strike up a conversation with your doctor to discuss the known side effects of your medications and possibly seek alternatives depending on the severity of your situation.
Castor OilThe next treatment you can do we are going to bring out the heavier guns. Introducing Castor Oil. If you’re known to have any scalp issues this is your one-stop-shop for a must-do to return your hair to its natural potential. Castor oil is full of antibacterial properties, and antifungal as well. Wait, there’s more. Castor Oil completes its hair growth arsenal by providing your scalp with healthy doses of omega-6 fatty acids, plenty of Vitamin E, and proteins needed for rejuvenating your hair.
To give yourself a hot oil treatment, massage the oil into your scalp and then apply it to the ends of your strands. Pile your hair on top of your head, cover it with a shower cap, and blast your strands with a blow-dryer for 15 minutes. Feel free to jump in the shower and shampoo and condition as usual. You’ll notice softer strands instantly.
If this sounds appealing to you, to apply this castor oil treatment, you’re going to want to start with a generous amount to the scalp to evenly coat a layer. Next, slowly and gently massage the oil from the roots to the ends to not cause aggressive breakage in the hair. Apply some kind of cover to your head once this is finished, preferably a pink shower cap to complete the look, however, any color will do. Apply low to medium heat through the covering, in this case, a blow dryer works beautifully for about 15 minutes post-application.
After that, gently wash away the treatment using medium heat water from your shower, and voila, you’re done with this treatment. Results are virtually instant and noticeable right after you get done with the shower part. You’ll notice a dramatically softer and shinier look and feel to those beautiful follicles.
Now, we’re not the D.A.R.E. program here and we’re not here to discuss all of the negative aspects smoking has on the body let alone your hair, however, we want to see those beautiful locks at their full potential here. One way to ensure you are doing absolutely everything you can to cultivate your hair growth is to kick a few bad habits, one in particular, smoking. Smoking negatively affects your hair in that the act itself gets in the way of blood flow to your scalp and thus your follicles essentially get choked out of receiving nutrients for substantial hair growth. The toxins from inhaling these chemicals enter your bloodstream and sneak their way into each hair follicle on your body. Toxic hair? Ew, no. Next time you find yourself wanting to tackle your hair situation head-on, consider stopping the detrimental habit.
While it’s so super easy to inhale every hair supplement you see marketed with natural hair growth minerals before breakfast. Sometimes this isn’t the most efficient course of action; it can be said it’s a distraction from where you should be directing your focus. Many of your hair growth issues can be simply tweaked by what you're putting into your digestive tract. An overload of these supplements typically contains high levels of biotin regression instead of progressing your hair to its desired manifestation. Moreover, other potential side effects like acne are bound to arise when taking a laundry list of supplements for your hair. Let’s simplify the equation a bit and save us some money while we do it!
Make sure to ingest enough healthy fats throughout the day. Omega -3 fatty acids found in salmon, tuna, nuts, soy, and canola to name a few are great additions to add to your diet. These new diet modifications are tried and tested and have been proven to increase hair quality and strength dramatically.
Go Easy With The Hot Irons
Now it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that anything that is brought or exposed to extreme or high temperatures begins to well, break down, the fire burns wood, lava burns land, and your hot iron…. It’s burning your hair. Moreover, it’s removing and stripping all those healthy natural oils your scalps secretes and that your hair depends on, to keep its glowing aurora. You to Blow dryers, we see you over there. Now we get it, sometimes, to achieve the look you want, some heat styling will be necessary and is encouraged, but make sure you’re doing it the smart way, lest you will no longer have hair to style anymore, and we don’t want that. When applying hot tools to your follicles always, always be sure to use some kind of heat protectant. You can find these in spray or lotion formats, both of which do a great job at keeping your hair away from the fire. It is also recommended that when you exit your stray hot shower go ahead and give your scalp a quick dose of cold water to lock in moisture to ensure your hair's health. Air dry your hair whenever possible.
On a similar note to keeping the hot tools away from your hair whenever possible, you’re also going to want to keep track of how many times you're putting your scalp under the showerhead and how many times you're applying shampoo. The general rule of thumb is that the thicker your hair is the easier it is for your follicles to retain and keep the healthy oils, so you can skip out every few days on the shampoo part. Those with thinner hair will have a tougher time locking in that same moisture so for these kinds of hair types you're going to want to simply rinse your hair of any impurities instead of putting soap in it every day. This will help those with thinner follicles to retain and lock in that moisture for maximum hair growth potential. If you can’t seem to bring yourself to not apply something to your hair in the shower every day we recommend investing in dry shampoos instead!
CinnamonWho would’ve thought right? Well, this holiday favorite ingredient has more jolly properties than it may lead on. Cinnamon is a great addition to your hair treatment list for the fact because it aids and encourages your body's nutrient circulation via blood to your scalp and follicles. Cinnamon is very antimicrobial and with almost every house in the world having this product tucked somewhere in the pantry this treatment may also be the easiest one yet to do yourself at home. To create this Cinnamon-based treatment we recommend using about 1 part cinnamon to 1 part coconut oil or oil of your preference but in this case, we’ll use coconut oil and apply it to your scalp. Like before, you’re going to want to start from the roots and gently massage to the tips of your hair follicles. Put a comfortable and stylish cover over your head and tune into your latest Netflix binge. Leave the product in your hair anywhere between 45 minutes to 1 hour before you hop in the shower to rinse it all out. Air drying is recommended.
Split-Ends Gotta' Go
These pesky guys are a severe detriment to your overall hair growth potential. Most severe hair loss cases begin with untreated hair riddled with split ends. Quite literally named, split-ends are when your hair follicles split off into two, sometimes up to four separated from a single strand. The more it has split the worse off your hair is but even with just a two-strand split if left untreated will crack its wall up the shaft of the follicle to the root and you can just kiss that follicle goodbye. This happens enough times and with enough individual hair strands and the next time your shopping for hair products it’s going to be for a wig or toupee. Let’s not put the hair you have now under any unnecessary stress. Visit your local salon or barber to trim up those edges and guarantee the safety of your hair. Keep in mind, Split-ends are virtually irreversible and that goes for the damage they can cause as well the sooner you and more consistent you can make your trims the better off your hair will be, you will thank us later.
Aggressively over-brushing your hair is, in this case, washing’s ugly stepsister. The high amounts of scraping, rubbing, and friction caused by vigorously pulling that brush through your hair repeatedly is not a good thing if you plan on keeping your roots inside your scalp. Most people tend to brush after the shower while the hair is still wet because it looks like sexy wet hair look I guess? This is terrible for your hair, and we recommend you kick this bad habit ASAP. While your hair is wet, it is in its most vulnerable state the oils are loose meaning they can get pulled out very easily, this can be also applied to towel drying your hair after the shower, don’t do that either. Instead, brush to detangle your hair before you hop under that shower head. Once your exit doesn’t even look at that brush and if you do take it nice, slow and easy and keep your brush trips to a minimum if you can to prevent large amounts of damage.
Remember to always air dry your hair whenever possible following a gentle pat down to get rid of any excess water.
We all know that stress in excess is just not good for the body mentally, physically, and spiritually. You’d be correct in assuming that high levels of stress will negatively impact your hair health. With ample amounts of stress in your life, it will be almost inevitable that one day you’ll be able to pull out your hair. This is not ideal. To counteract this you’re going to need to work on your self-treating habits. Do everything possible to increase your comfort and levelness in all situations you find yourself in. Try to keep on the lighter side of things to increase your mental aptitude and ultimately reduce daily stressors in your life. When you get home you should create a routine that you do for yourself that revolves around care and relaxation for your mind and body. Even throw in a hair treatment from this list into that routine. The idea here is that if you’re too stressed out your hair will reflect it.
Silk Bed Sheets
Next thing to address on this list of effective hair growth tips, Silk bedding. Replacing your thick and scratchy cotton sheets with something a little more friction tolerant like Silk or something smooth can help increase your hair growing capabilities tremendously. Much like aggressively brushing your hair can create split ends or just pull out a few roots altogether. If you toss and turn a lot in your sleep investing in smooth friction friendly bedding sheets can be your secret ingredient to your hair growth. Materials like cotton or something similar can essentially latch onto your hair like velcro as you apply your full body weight to it while you sleep, ripping and loosening roots rubbing off barriers and oils needed to protect your follicles right off. A potential plus to switching out your sheets is that your bedhead will become a lot more manageable in the morning when you wake up.