- Vitamin Balance
- Avoid Heated Products
- Scalp Care
- Oily Hair
- Protect Hair While Swimming
Between hair oils, lotions, and enhanced nail polish, our skin, hair, and nails can account for many dollars spent. But instead of paying high prices for specialty items, you can create enhancement products from the grocery items in your home.
But you may wonder, "How can I make my hair grow faster and thicker?" When you consume the right amount of vitamins and minerals daily, your body will function better, and your hair will be healthier. The following are some home remedies to help you on your healthy hair journey.
You should try to get 100% of your daily vitamin and mineral needs from your diet. This includes iron and vitamins A, D, and E. A mistake many people make is getting too much of one vitamin or taking unnecessary supplements in addition to eating a healthy diet.
Consuming a vitamin in excess can occasionally lead to the reduction of another. The body is also able to detox what it doesn’t need, so anything taken in excess is wasted, as is your money.
An example would be copper and zinc. People who consume too much zinc often see a copper reduction. Copper is important for bone health, so this could lead to problems with brittleness.
Some people who don't eat a balanced diet do need extra supplements, but supplements are not for everyone. If you're eating a healthy diet full of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, grains, and healthy fats, you shouldn't need supplements. Healthy fats include:
- Omega-3s (e.g., from healthy nuts like almonds)
- Canola oil
- Olive oil
If you choose to supplement, you should use a multivitamin that gives you the balance of minerals and vitamins you need.
Stay away from heated products
Avoid chemically treating your hair because it can cause hair damage. And, just like chemicals, styling your hair with heat can damage it. Try not to visit the salon for blowouts often, and limit the use of curling irons. If you must use heat styling, the use of a heat protectant spray can help reduce damage to your hair.
Is scalp care essential?
Hair growth begins with the scalp. If the scalp isn't healthy, the hair can't be healthy. Too much oil, dryness, flaking, irritation, or sensitivity can lead to hair problems. This includes fallout, breakage, and poor regrowth. The long part of the hair, or hair shaft, is dead. The bulb of the shaft is alive and located on the scalp.
If your hair is unhealthy, you should suspect scalp issues. Itchiness and flakiness mean inflammation. This can stop hair growth. Try anti-dandruff shampoos instead of fragranced shampoos and conditioners, which can irritate the sensitive skin of the scalp. You don't need to use shampoos or serums that are marketed as having hair-growing ingredients. These ingredients don't usually penetrate your hair.
If your hair is oily, wash it more
When deciding how often to wash your hair, you should take into account how much oil your scalp produces. If your scalp produces a lot of oil, you may need to wash it daily. As you age, your scalp will produce less oil, and you may not have to shampoo it as often.
If you see flakes in your hair, you might not be shampooing enough. This can lead to dandruff and other scalp issues.
If you treat your hair with chemicals, your hair might be drier. In this case, you should probably wash it less often.
Eat a healthy and balanced diet
A nutritious and well-rounded diet is good for your health from head to toe — including your hair. You should avoid diets and fads that cut out whole food groups.
If you're a vegan or vegetarian, you need to make sure that you're still getting all the protein types and other nutrients you need. A dietician can help you with this.
Professionals who deal with hair, including dermatologists, nutritionists, and hairstylists, know that nutritional deficits can make your hair limp. The result can be flimsy hair that will not hold moisture and has no shine.
Biotin supplements that claim to pump up your hair are very popular. But the research on their effectiveness is inconclusive. A healthy diet is the most reliable way to get the nutrients you need for healthy hair.
You can compare your skin, hair, and nails together. If one is dry or unhealthy, the other two may be as well.
Is your hairstyle essential to hair growth?
Your hair grows in cycles. At any given time, around 80% of your hair is growing actively. The other 20% is in a state of rest or preparing to fall out.
Styling your hair can be like wearing a girdle or a brace. If holding a hairstyle requires tension or extreme manipulation, it's going to do damage. Intense heat styling for long periods daily may also cause your hair to fall out.
Choose a style that's realistic for the amount and type of hair that you have. Certain styles work for certain hair types. For example, fine hair doesn’t tend to do well at long lengths. Curly hair shouldn’t be forced into being straight too often.
When you're trying to grow your hair or keep hair that's thinning, split ends can damage the hair shafts. This can cause your hair to look unhealthy. Thin hair and damaged hair are more prone to heat styling damage, which can also lead to split ends.
Regardless of how you style your hair, split ends can lead to breakage. Trimming your ends every six to eight weeks can help keep your hair in good shape.
Protect your hair while swimming
When swimming, you need to protect your hair from the damage of chlorine. Wear a swim cap or pre-condition before swimming to maintain moisture.
These tips will help you get healthy, hydrated hair that grows faster and thicker without expensive products or salon visits.
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