5 ways to grow your hair

Do you wish you had longer hair? Maybe not longer but overall, healthier hair? In this article, you will learn 5 different ways to grow your hair. Your hair is sensitive, many things, including the ways that we treat it, will have an effect on your hair. From supplements to hair loss pills, there are many ways to increase hair growth.

Hair loss is very common in both males and females but can sometimes be worrying and upsetting for some. There are some types of hair loss that can be helped with treatment. For example, 90% of males find modern treatments to help reduce or stop Male Pattern Baldness.

1. Eating a balanced diet
The foods that you eat play a vital role in the strength, growth and volume of your hair, eating a balanced diet isn’t just great for you body but for your hair also. For example, biotin a well known mineral found in some foods, is known to promote hair growth.

Biotin, a mineral found in foods such as:
* eggs
* fish
* Nuts & seeds
* Dairy
* Sweet potato
* Liver and other meats

These foods are rich in biotin as well as other vitamins that will help you grow out your hair. Biotin also helps to produce energy from the foods we eat, makes our skin healthier, and regulates blood sugar and many more.

Your body will only use what it needs, trying to eat loads of foods that contain biotin won’t make any difference! So eat as normal, make tweaks in your diet here and there to ensure you’re getting your biotin.

2. Living a stress free life
This has got to be the hardest tip of all, there are so many things that stress us out in our everyday lives, from our jobs, working long hours, family, finances, bereavement, traffic, job interviews, meetings, the list is endless.

Our body changes when we are under stress. The hormones released during stress (adrenaline and cortisol, known as stress hormones), constrict blood vessels and you begin to breathe faster in order to get oxygenated blood to travel to your essential organs. Your hair is not an essential organ therefore blood is being diverted to other organs when under stress e.g. the heart, brain, kidneys or lungs.

Not being worked up all the time is essential for healthy hair growth. So relax from time to time, take a break and do something you enjoy, have some ‘me time’ every now and again.

3. Treat your hair nicely
Just like you should your body, treat your hair nicely. Massage your head and scalp sometimes! Besides improving blood flow, it’s an act of self care. It’s a relaxing technique and when done consistently, your hair can grow, you can’t lose.

Sleeping on a silk pillow case is also known to help your hair, perfect consistency, it’s not too rough and our hair loves it, plus it’s comfortable. All that tossing and turning we do increases frizz and it’s rough on our hair. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase is also known to reduce tangling and damage. An alternative will be to wrap your hair in a silk scarf, it will keep your hair in place and protect it from rubbing.

4. Washing and conditioning
Washing your hair keeps it clean and will help you to have a healthier scalp, a healthy scalp is fundamental in having your hair grow. Your scalp produces oils that cause breakage and split ends, simply washing your hair will remove these oils.

Washing your hair every day is not necessary, sometimes your hair needs to be left alone, and that’s another point on its own! Spend less time doing your hair and let it be once in a while. About your shampoo, there is an ongoing debate that has been going on for decades, about shampoos whether sulphate-containing shampoo are harmful for your hair, some say yes some say no. It is known to be harmful to certain types of hair and cause skin irritation, especially for people who have sensitive skin. Find a shampoo that works for you, do your research and ask around.

Many people have moved on to create their own shampoo and have seen changes in their hair, this is something you can try. Things like coconut oil, peppermint and essential oils are used to make shampoo, there are hundreds of recipes online.

Moving on to conditioning, conditioner works by making your hair smooth, shiny looking and feeling great, It is suggested to use after washing your hair. How often you condition your hair depends on the texture of your hair, if you have greasy hair you may not need to condition it too often. For those with dry hair, condition more often.

5. Hair loss pills that help with growth
Taking additional supplements may not be necessary as the vitamins needed for hair growth come from the food we eat. Before one considers supplements, they must take into account any illnesses they have or medications they take as certain medications cause hair loss (e.g. steroids and thyroid medications).

Some supplements may not cause hair to grow but will make hair healthy and shiny. Vitamin A, B, C and D – all fundamental for hair growth. If you can’t get these vitamins through your diet, consider vitamin tablets. Ouai – well known hair supplement, include green tea, biotin and nacin, which all helps with hair growth. One pill for 90 days will give you longer and stronger hair.

Finasteride (Propecia) – Some men produce a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which causes hair follicles to shrink and eventually cause hair loss, finasteride stops the production of this hormone. It is used mostly by men compared to women and proven to be the most effective treatment for male baldness.

You can safely buy Finasteride online at My Doctor Now. You need to go through an online consultation with a medical doctor before your order will be supplied, this is subject to approval. The online consultation will ensure that it is the right medication for your medical condition.

So there you have it, 5 ways that you can grow your hair. Whether your hair is long, medium or short, take care of your hair, good hair makes us feel confident in ourselves and proud. Of course, do some more research, look at different products to, there’s loads of information out there and endless amounts of products that you can try.

Written by Ebun Lufadeju (MPharm)