Hair Growth Aids Part 1

Nowadays, it seems as though there’s always this new alternative aid to accerate hair growth, some obviously more logical than others, some requiring long-term adherence for visible results and some just little tweaks and fixes to everyday habits.
Well, here are some hair growth aids I have come across, that actually seem ‘doable’ to me. Please note that this list is not exhaustive. Somehow, somewhere, someone is discovering a new hair growth method that works for them. 😀

1. Adjust your diet 

Yes, little tweaks to your diet could help you enhance your hair growth. For example, cutting back on your meat intake: researchers have indicated that animal fat intake may increase sebum production. A resultant slowing of hair growth can become an issue.

As much as possible, ensure that you get the essential fatty acids from walnuts, flaxseeds, fish and avocado in your diet as they are also important for healthy hair.

Incorporate foods that are rich in iron as iron is also essential for hair growth and can be found in blackstrap molasses, green leafy vegetables, leeks, cashews, dried fruits, figs and berries. To help your body absorb iron, you’ll need to ensure you ingest adequate amounts of vitamin C.

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2. Take supplements

Although I am really averse to taking drugs, whether or not they’re bitter or sweet. LOL. But it does seem ‘doable’. You could amp your hair growth by taking biotin supplements which boost hair growth. Dietary sources of biotin include: nuts, brown rice and oats. 100 mg daily of a B-complex supplement that includes biotin and vitamin B6 can reduce hair thinning by increasing scalp circulation and rejuvenating hair follicles.

As stated above, you could up collagen production with vitamin C: Collagen surrounds the hair strands but as we age, collagen breaks down causing hair to be more vulnerable to breaking. The best way to boost collagen is not through some expensive medical procedure: it’s by getting more vitamin C. Foods high in vitamin C include: citrus fruits, strawberries and red peppers.  Supplementing with 250 mg daily can help boost collagen production which has the added bonus of reducing wrinkling.:)

Vitamin E is required to nourish damaged hair and to prevent breakage. It aids the body’s ability to manufacture keratin within hair strands to reduce breakage. Supplementing with 400 IU of vitamin E can be helpful to restore locks.

You may also have to give your hair a mineral boost: The minerals silica and zinc are also critical for hair growth.  Take 500 mg of silica two times daily and 30 mg of zinc once daily.

 

3. Boost scalp circulation with stimulating oils: Rosemary oil has been traditionally used to increase circulation to the scalp. Add a few drops per dollop of shampoo or, better yet, add a few drops of rosemary to coconut oil and massage your scalp regularly. Other oils that stimulate the scalp are tea-tree essential oil, peppermint oil and burdock oil. Don’t be scared to let out your inner mixtress. If you can’t, then you can also purchase an already mixed oil preparation like Hair Trigger explosive growth elixir, etc. For additional benefits, gently massage your scalp to stimulate it.

More healthy hair tips:

  • Drink lots of water;
  • Reduce heat usage;
  • Ensure that you clarify at least once in 2 months so your scalp can breathe (ACV, Shikaikai & Aritha are good alternatives);
  • Comb your hair, if you must with ‘TLC’;
  • Don’t color too often;
  • Sleep well; and
  • Exercise.

Basically just get your body running smoothly and you’ll be fine but let’s not forget the most important growth aid which you won’t be finding on store shelves – PATIENCE. Be patient. 🙂

 

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