Millions of people are searching for ways to grow hair faster and fuller. Some suffer from thinning hair or hair loss due to age, illness, anxiety, or the side effects of certain medications. Others simply long for longer, healthier hair to sport a different style or grow out a bad haircut more quickly. For most people, hair grows about two inches every six months on average, yet there are many things that can slow this growth rate down and hinder us from growing new hair faster. Here, a list of seemingly little things that have a big affect on hair growth.
- Sleep. Adequate rest is important for our bodies, our health, and even our hair. Chronic lack of sleep can affect our bodies’ chemical balance, which influences everything, including our hair growth. So make a point of getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night, and rest when you’re tired.
- Diet. Hair is made up of proteins and nutrients. So our hair, like our bodies, can become malnourished when fed improperly. By eating the right foods we literally nourish our hair and encourage it to grow. Foods that have a positive effect on hair growth are:
– Lean meat and poultry
-Fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon
– Nuts and seeds
-Strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries
- Stress. While our bodies naturally shed hair throughout our lives, many studies have shown that people who experience high levels of stress are more likely to lose their growing hair more quickly. Reduce your stress to slow your rate of hair loss, which will enable growing hair to flourish. Some stress-reducing techniques are deep breathing, regular exercise, mediation, yoga, or enjoying a hobby or recreational activity such as reading, cooking, or gardening.
- Vitamins. Vitamins A, B, C, and E are essential for hair growth, but too much vitamin A can actually cause hair loss, so be sure to take no more than 100,000 IU each day. Beta-carotene, magnesium, silica, nettle, flaxseed oil, and folic acid may also improve hair growth. Add a multivitamin to your daily routine. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health food store owner to select a multivitamin that’s right for your body.
- Exercise. Daily exercise improves circulation throughout your body, including your scalp, which can result in faster hair growth. Be sure to get your heart pumping at least 3 to 4 times each week.
The moral of the hair growth story? Your body and hair are connected, and a healthy lifestyle can make hair grow faster and stronger.