If you're looking to grow your locks, castor and coconut oils can be used to aid in hair growth. Hair that is healthy will grow approximately 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch every month. In order to optimize growth and ensure that your hair will grow at its highest possible speed, you need to attain and maintain that coveted healthy hair status. Everyone has a genetic length that their hair will grow to, but this length is often confused with damaged hair that breaks off before growing to its fullest potential.
Your first step to getting longer hair is to trim off unhealthy hair. Cut split ends to keep them from causing further breakage to your hair, doing so will make it easier to attain healthy, longer hair. Healthy hair can be trimmed less often.
Castor oil is derived from the castor bean. Castor's lubricant properties moisturize hair and help to diminish breakage, therefore assisting in its growth. To apply, separate your hair into small sections then using cotton balls, apply the castor oil to your scalp and massage it in with your fingers.
Coconut oil can have healthy hair growth effects, such as anti-fungal and antibacterial effects, in addition to providing it with vitamins and minerals. The protein and oil in coconut oil can keep hair from losing protein. Using coconut oil twice weekly, in addition to scalp massages, can stimulate circulation and moisturize the scalp. Coconut oil may also keep your scalp free of dandruff. It also moisturizes hair, keeping the hair shaft strong and preventing breakage.
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Your hair growth is also affected by the kinds of foods you eat and the nutrients your body receives. Certain vitamins, iron and protein can all help to advance hair growth. A diet rich with omega-3 fatty acids, legumes and dark veggies is key, as well as incorporating nuts, eggs, whole grains, poultry, oysters, low-fat dairy and carrots. A healthy diet can naturally condition your hair from the inside out.
Seek medical advice if you have the following symptoms: Losing your hair; finding that your hair is unusually dry or the condition of your hair is changing dramatically. Certain diet supplements can also promote hair growth and thicken hair, however, the best way to get the necessary hair growth vitamins is to alter your diet.
As a full-time writer in New York's Hudson Valley, Lindsay Pietroluongo's nightlife column and photos have appeared regularly in the "Poughkeepsie Journal" since 2007. Additional publications include "Chronogram," the "New Paltz Sojourn," "About Town" newspaper and "Outsider" magazine. Pietroluongo graduated from Marist College with a B.A. in English.