Just when you thought all hope was lost like the hair on top of your head, the following tips and secrets may be the answers you’ve been dying to find. Many of your daily habits may be the cause of your hair loss, while some surprising routines are hair regrowth friendly.
Minoxidil, finasteride, and several prescription/over-the-counter hair loss supplements may bring you some sort of results, but they also come along with several negative side effects. Wouldn’t it be great to get the results without the hassle? Well, nature has some hidden secrets to your success if you look hard enough (Luckily a bunch of scientists and chemists have already done all that hard work for you).
So without further ado, it’s time to answer your prayers. First we’ll go over all those little gems that mother nature has created just for you. Then we’ll set you up with the perfect daily hair regrowth routine.
While there are around 27 different natural hair growth agents, we will be covering the top 5 that are a good place to start on the journey to the head of hair you had when you were 18.
1) Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
This powerful plant is the first step to preparing your scalp for the unstoppable growth in store. Applying aloe juice to your bald scalp eradicates any excessive build up oils and dandruff that may be clogging the hair follicles. For any hair that you may have at the start, the enzymes within aloe juice work as conditioning agents and promote hair growth.
2) Flaxseed Oil
This oil is packed with Omega-3s and Omega-6s which can improve the health of all of the cells of the body including those on the scalp leading to increased hair thickness and overall hair growth.
Your cup of coffee may be giving you a lot more than just that morning boost. Caffeine has been found to stimulate the hair follicles. It promotes hair growth directly from the root in the initial stages of hair growth by combating the production of DHT. Caffeine has also been seen to speed up the hair grow cycle, putting the whole process into overdrive. For best results, drink your first cup of coffee, but rub the second one into your scalp.
4) Peppermint Oil
This refreshing gift from nature can work wonders for your scalp and hair regrowth. When you apply this oil to your scalp, you’ll feel a cooling, tingling sensation because the peppermint is increasing the blood circulation around the scalp and hair follicles. When the blood is pumping, the nutrients can then feed your follicles with all the nutrients they need to grow hair.
5) Argan Oil
We finish our list of natural ingredients with nature’s liquid gold when it comes to hair loss. Argan Oil, when applied, will provide your scalp with the necessary antioxidants, moisturize, undo damage to existing hair, protect your hair and scalp from the harsh rays of the sun, nourish the scalp, and most importantly combat hair loss while promoting new hair growth.
1) Eat your breakfast
You know what they say, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, and man is this true when it comes to your hair. Being that hair growth isn’t vital to your body’s survival, it kind of becomes an afterthought, especially when you skip meals. This is why it is so important to make sure you provide your body with good nutrition.
2) Eat hair friendly foods
Speaking of eating, our hair thrives on certain foods or more specifically, certain minerals and nutrients. The most important ones to make sure you’re getting enough of are protein, Vitamin B (Biotin), Zinc, and Iron. Protein can be found in your meats, fish, yogurt, and eggs. To get adequate Vit B, be sure to add avocado, nuts, cheese, or mushrooms to your diet. Zinc is packed in your legumes, whole grains, dairy, pumpkin seeds, and for all you chocolate lovers, it’s even in dark chocolate. Finally, Iron is, again, in your meats. It’s also found in shellfish, spinach, broccoli and tofu for those of you that want to stay away from meat.
3) Cut back on bad habits
Like for the rest of your body, smoking and excessive drinking is your hairs enemy. The toxins found in cigarettes speed up hair loss and premature graying of any remaining hair by damaging your hair follicles and hormones. Too much alcohol in your diet brings on hair loss since it prevents the absorption of essential vitamins and nutrients, so try to cut back. The last bad habit may be a little surprising, but too much Vitamin A is not helping your hair growth. While Vitamin A is vital to our body’s and is thought to stimulate hair growth, you shouldn’t grab for that bottle of Vitamin A supplements. Excessive consumption of Vitamin A can actually lead to an overdose of the vitamin and put your hair follicles into overdrive. Your hair will reach the end of the growing process too quickly and begin to fall out. Therefore, stick to your daily recommended dose. Overdosing occurs when you consume around double of your daily recommended intake.
4) Wash your hair
This habit will vary between each individual. For those of us that have a very oily scalp, we should be washing our hair with shampoo and conditioner every day or at least every other day. This ensures that there isn’t a build up of oils and bacteria in your hair follicles that may prevent the hair from growing. If you have a drier scalp, be sure not to wash too frequently. Two to three times per week should be adequate and prevent dandruff and dry skin; too enemies of hair growth.
5) Take it easy
Stress doesn’t not get along very well with your scalp and hair. Try incorporating some stress reducing practices into your daily routine. Meditation, yoga, deep breathing exercises, and even just simply sitting quietly for 5-10 minutes of your day are like magically for your overall peace.