Healthy hair is a must if you’re trying to reach a length goal. Not taking proper care of your hair can lead to dry, brittle, broken hair, hair loss, and even over-moisturizing, which can hurt the elasticity of hair. Below, we’ve written a brief guide to promoting healthy hair growth.
1. Maintain a Balanced Diet
Hair needs protein, iron, B vitamins, vitamin E, and minerals. The best way to ensure your hair gets these nutrients is to incorporate them into your everyday diet. Salmon is a great source of high-quality protein, iron, vitamin B-12, and omega-3 fatty acids, which promote scalp health. Alternatively, adding a tablespoon or two of ground flaxseeds to your diet has the same benefits as salmon. Avocados are a super food and contain nearly all of the vitamins and nutrients needed to sustain human life. Other foods rich in the nutrients needed for healthy hair are eggs, dark leafy greens (collards and spinach), brazil nuts, almonds, walnuts, whole grains, mollusks (scallops, oysters, clams, etc), low-fat dairy, carrots, beans, and poultry. Also, cooking with extra virgin olive oil instead of butter is an easy way to get vitamin E in your system.
2. Dietary Supplements
Taking certain vitamins you may be lacking is another way to work internally toward healthy hair growth. Vitamins available in supplements include vitamin B complex, B6, C and E, beta-carotene, flaxseeds and flaxseed oil. For an overall boost, take adult vitamins daily.
3. Drink Copious Amounts of Water
Water has the ability to flush out toxins in the body, resulting in healthier hair and skin. Much like our bodies, hair needs water to help it maintain moisture levels. Sufficient intake of water can also improve metabolism and aid in digestion, allowing the body to more efficiently absorb nutrients. Drinking 8-10 glasses a day will keep your body hydrated and your curls moist.
4. Exercise Regularly
Regular cardiovascular and aerobic exercise can promote hair growth. Stress can cause thinning and hair loss because of a hormone called cortisone. Cortisone can cause hair to stop growing, resulting in thinning. Exercise can reduce the amount of cortisone present in the body by increasing seratonin, allowing hair to grow faster and fuller. Seratonin is what makes us happy and by increasing its production, we are better able to deal with stress, reducing the amount of cortisone present.
5. Be Gentle With Your Hair
Lastly, be gentle when detangling and styling your hair. Use a wide-tooth comb instead of regular combs. Refrain from using brushes on the whole of your hair as they have a tendency to cause breakage in kinky-curly and kinky hair. When styling, don’t pull hair tightly or leave styles in too long. Be sure to regularly moisturize and keep your scalp clean. Don’t use harsh chemicals and stay away from sulfates, which can dry out hair, resulting in breakage. Trim ends regularly (every 3-6 months) and take extra care of them when moisturizing. Be sure to preserve your ends by paying extra attention to them when moisturizing and seal that moisture in by coating the ends with an oil or butter. ALWAYS sleep with a silk/satin scarf or bonnet and/or on a silk/satin pillowcase.
Do you take similar steps to improve the overall health of your hair and body? What results have you had?