Fresh Hair

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Patience is a virtue. When it comes to growing out your hair patience can be hard to come by. I have already shared my love passion for long hair here. Hair grows an average of half an inch per month. If you’re growing out your bangs or an ill advised haircut this waiting game can feel like an eternity. Don’t despair, with the right foods, supplements, and proper hair care you can boost your results.

Go easy on your hair. If you use heat styling tools on a regular basis you’re not only leaving your hair looking dry and damaged, but you’re robbing it of moisture. Moisture that is necessary for new hair growth. Heat from appliances and friction from brushes can damage hair’s cuticle, making them weak and more likely to snap off. Get creative and lay off the styling tools whenever possible. Opt for air dry, a braid, or some styling cream and give your hair a much needed break. Even skipping the blow dryer or iron once a week can help.

Scrub and rub. Give your scalp some TLC and treat it to a massage before and during your shampoo. New hair has difficulty sprouting through when there is a layer of old skin cells, dirt, and oil in the way. Remove flakes and oil with a thorough scalp brushing before your shower. Use the pads of your fingers to vigorously massage your scalp as you shampoo, or try a scalp massaging brush, aim for a minute or two to boost circulation and reap the benefits.

Filthy rich. When it comes to your hair, you want as much moisture as possible to hydrate and protect your strands. Reach for shampoos and conditioners that contain natural moisturizers like shea butter or argan oil. This will keep your strands saturated with moisture, which is crucial for new growth, since brittle strands break and split before they get a chance to grow long.

Feed your hair. The number one change you can make is to increase your protein intake. Get your lean protein from nuts, legumes, eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese, milk, fish, chicken, turkey, and soy. Nuts, beans, green vegetables, and salmon especially act like Miracle-Gro for your hair. A great bonus is protein is beneficial for your skin and overall health as well.

Supplement your efforts. Folic acid is not only for women who are pregnant or wish to become pregnant. It’s vital for helping your body to create keratin, the protein your hair {and nails} is made of. Ensure you’re getting enough folic acid and that you are taking a multivitamin daily appropriate for your age and needs, round out any deficiencies {you want the 100% daily recommended value} with supplements aimed at stimulating new hair growth, like iron, biotin, and zinc. For more supplements for healthy hair, skin, and nails read here.

Are you currently growing out your hair? How do you care for your hair?

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3 Responses to Fresh Hair

  1. Elaine says:

    I’ve been taking prenatal vitamins and it’s been doing wonders for my hair! It grows so much faster.

  2. Breanna says:

    @Elaine I love prenatals! They are amazing at what they can do for your hair, skin, and nails. Kudos for taking them now!

  3. flo says:

    i’m trying to grow my hair long, longer than the waist, and thanks for your tips!
    check out my blog :D its new

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