Did you know that you are born with all the hair follicles you will ever have? Their number is around 5 million on your body, and approximately 100,000 follicles are on your scalp. Surprising as it may seem, but you lose about 50-100 hairs on the scalp daily.
Hair grows from a root at the bottom of a follicle under your skin. The blood in your scalp goes to the follicle and supplies oxygen and nutrients to the hair root helping your hair grow.
Do you want to know what can speed up this process? The answer must be valuable for anyone who is losing hair or merely wishes to grow a few extra inches up top without medications. Well, luckily, that is what we discuss in this article.
It means you should avoid sticking to a set regimen of only eating the same things over and over again. Try to add more variation in your day-to-day life to maximize the nutritional intake your body needs to grow healthy hair follicles.
According to Dr. Lindsey Bordone, a dermatologist at Columbia Doctors: “Since hair growth is a relatively low priority compared to other bodily functions, hair growth is halted quickly when your body is placed under stress due to restrictive dieting”.
Not having a balanced diet is stressful for your body overall. And because of that, your body will not prioritize hair growth which may lead to excessive shedding.
She explained that: “Even after resuming a healthy diet, hair shedding usually goes on for a period of months”.
Avoid using heat, hairdryers, and straighteners on your hair. They may cause breakage. If you have short hair, this should be relatively simple. Avoid heat styling altogether if possible. And stay away from styling products, or try limiting how often you use them.
Decreasing the temperature of heated styling tools can also help reduce hair damage. Let's say if you have long hair, drop the setting a bit lower, no need to go full blast on the heat.
If you have short hair and style your hair using a blowdryer, use the low-temperature setting. And stop blow-drying your hair unless absolutely necessary. Just wrap your hair or head in a dry towel after a shower so the towel can absorb most of the moisture.
You must understand that after a shower, your pores tend to open up and loosen a bit. So aggressively drying your hair will cause excess hair to fall out, which should not really be falling out in the first place.
Using a heat protectant product before using a blowdryer or a straightener will significantly reduce hair breakage. This makes sense since it works by forming a protective barrier that helps prevent moisture loss when using heated tools.
A scalp massage can help promote relaxation. But according to a small 2016 study, it also can boost the health, thickness, and growth rates of your hair. The study examined the effectiveness of daily, 4-minute scalp massages. After 24 weeks, the researchers found that the nine men involved in the study had thicker hair.
It does not matter whether you have long hair or not. Brushing also helps dilate blood vessels beneath the skin. This, in turn, leads to nutrient distribution and stronger hair that is less likely to break off or become damaged.
To be clear, lightly brushing your scalp and massaging it is the same thing. However, it is preferable to use a wooden brush as it is relatively inexpensive and handy.
Pay attention to your protein intake. Eggs are imperative. You can rub that protein on your head or ingest it. Protein really matters, especially quality protein. Eggs contain complex b vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids that are all necessary ingredients. I guess you could say that for healthy hair growth or regrowth, whichever your case may be.
Obviously, a hair mask is optimal. It is a lot more direct. Just whisk up the egg white and yolk, make sure your hair is completely covered, keep it in for 20 minutes and rinse it out with water, shampoo, and conditioner. But make sure the water is lukewarm and not boiling hot. You do not want scrambled eggs in your head.
But as you can see, most of the factors that control hair growth are things that can be managed on a day-to-day basis. The best step you can take is to prevent hair loss due to poor nutrition is to be sure to eat a balanced diet and stay hydrated.
By and large, check-in with your doctor if you feel that you are experiencing significant hair loss. Do not act on your own... Take a piece of advice from professionals.