The essence of a woman can often come down to her hair. How a woman feels about her hair will affect her view on her whole appearance. When you have a bad hair day everything can seem bad.
What is hair?
Hair is made up of the protein “Keratin”.
We are born with 1 million hair follicles, and we do not generate new hair follicles, in fact they reduce with age
The follicle is under the skin, the hair shaft is the part visible above the scalp
The papilla is situated at the base of the hair follicle. These contain capillaries (blood vessels) which nourish the cells
The hair that you see, is dead. The living part is under the skin called the hair bulb.
Hair grows about 2,5cm every few months.
Now that we understand our hair better, we can see that clearly there is no quick fix to growing hair faster. We have also learnt that hair follicles don’t grow back, so we need to look after the hair we have. Also it is near impossible to stimulate the hair bulb in order for the hair to grow, so be weary of products claiming to grow hair.
With that all said, we trolled the net to find natural remedies to promote and help hair growth, without false promises. This is what we found:
Tips To Promote Hair Growth
• Get enough protein, as hair is made up of protein. This will promote keratin production which is the foundation of hair.
• Omega 3 is very important as it forms part of the good fats we should ingest for healthy hair. These can be found in fish or bought in the form of capsules at any pharmacy
• Iron and zinc are essential for healthy hair. You can find Iron in beans and lentils. Zinc is found in beef, pumpkin and cocoa powder. Alternatively they can be bought as tablets from your pharmacy
• Vitamin C is needed to absorb iron. Because the body doesn’t produce Vitamin C naturally you need to eat foods such as citrus fruits, broccoli and spinach. Vitamin C develops hair growth.
• Over excessive and repeated hair styling can weaken and damage your hair. Manually drying your hair without the use of a hairdryer should be done when possible. Go natural when you can, as it puts less strain on your hair. You do not need to brush your hair 100 times a day-this is a myth.
• Avoid rubber bands. Use proper hair-ties as they create less friction, and reduce hair breakage.
• Regularly trim your ends, as they are prone to split ends. This will make your hair look less damaged and brittle.
• Stay hydrated at all times. 8-10 glasses of water a day. You can also find water in fruits and vegetables, which can be eaten to reach your daily water intake.
• Don’t stress! Stress causes the blood vessels to constrict reducing blood flow to hair follicles. This stops the nutrients from reaching the hair. Try Yoga, exercise or meditate, find your own method to stress relief.
Healthy hair is a result of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, by what we eat and how we manage stress. We also get a bit of help from vitamins.
If you still are not satisfied with your hairs’ condition, consult a hair and scalp specialist. Remember that each person is different, but working within these guidelines is a sure way to attaining those luscious locks you’ve always dreamed of!
Megan Mc Kinley
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