Growing hair that is long and beautiful is important to a lot of people. Billions of dollars are spent each year in the United States on shampoos, conditioners, styling products, and vitamins, all promising to help you grow hair. According to the Merger Network, the hair-care industry is a $59 billion dollar industry that continues to see profits every year. Whether you’re seeking new hair growth because you’ve recently started balding, or you’re just looking to add new growth to hair that you already have, there are things that you can do to help increase your chances of new hair growth.
Eat healthier. What we put into our body has an effect on our hair. “Your hair grows about 1/4 to 1/2 inch every month, and the foundation of all of our new hair, skin, and nail growth is the nutrients we eat,” says Chicago-based dietitian, Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD. Make an effort to cut back on caffeine products and carbonated beverages. These things can hinder growth potential.
Eat your protein. Healthy sources of protein can contribute to hair growth. Some foods that you may consider adding to your diet are salmon (which contains a ton of omega-3 fatty acids, iron, and vitamin B12), dark green vegetables (such as spinach and broccoli), beans, nuts, poultry, and eggs, just to name a few.
Take vitamins with minerals. B-complex vitamins (biotin, B12, folic acid), vitamin A, iron, and vitamin E, are just some of the vitamins that promote healthy hair growth. “Biotin is a major component in the natural hair manufacturing process…,” says clinical researcher, Andrew Lessman.
Stimulate the scalp. Not only does a scalp massage feel really great, it also helps to stimulate the hair follicles and increase circulation of the scalp, which promotes hair growth.
Stop using harsh chemicals. Harsh chemicals can damage your hair and cause it to fall out. They also prevent the hair from growing at its normal rate. To experience maximum growth potential, perms and products with peroxides should be avoided.
Trim your hair. Dead ends can prevent hair from growing as fast and healthy as possible. If you notice split or dead ends, trim the hair to get rid of them.
Decrease the heat. Avoid using heat on your hair whenever possible. That includes blow dryers, curling irons, hot rollers, and flat irons. Using excessive heat will keep your hair from growing. It can also damage the hair you already have.
Use Minoxidil. If you’re balding and none of the remedies above are working for you, try a product such as Rogaine. Rogaine is an over-the-counter topical medication that can stop hair loss. In some cases, it can also help you achieve new hair growth.