Making your hair grow longer requires a lot of patience. It is normal for you to lose some hair daily either as a natural process or from combing but that really does not matter because a high percentage of your hair is always actively growing anyway. The problem arises when you lose hair much more than your body is producing or there is a condition that halts the growth process. It takes about a month on the average for hair to grow by only half an inch. You can however speed up the process simply by improving your hair care. Good knowledge of factors that affect your hair both positively and negatively will help you know how to care for your hair better.
Here are some factors that lead to significant hair loss
- Poor hair care
- Medical conditions: some illnesses are known to cause hair loss (alopecia) not just on the head but on other parts of the body as well.
- Medications: some medications such as cancer therapy can cause extensive hair loss as part of their side effects
- Hormonal imbalance
- Physical and emotional stresses
- Aging: hair growth slows as we age
Here are some tips on growing your hair long
Eat balanced meals
Good food helps your hair thrive well. Hair is made up of proteins so having protein-rich foods such as meat, fish, eggs, and beans will go a long way in helping your hair grow.
Fruits and vegetables contain nutrients that promote hair growth. Vitamins A, C, and E are antioxidants. Antioxidants help slow down the process of aging and thus promote healthy and fast hair growth.
Fats and oils are also an important part of your diet because they help dissolve vitamins thereby making them easily absorbed by the body. Fish oil is a healthy kind of oil and is highly recommended.
Avoid combing your hair too rigorously
Combing your hair forcefully may cause your hair to pull out from the root. Use combs with wide spaces to prevent your hair from tangling and uprooting.
Don’t comb your hair when it is wet
Water makes the hair clump together and tangle. This causes your hair to pull out from the root or break from the point where it tangles.
Avoid perming your hair at close intervals
The time interval may differ depending on your hair type but it is always good to give long intervals as repeated use of these chemicals may cause scalp burns and inflammation and reduce your hair’s capacity for growth. The heat from the hairdryer may also burn your hair and damage it.
Check for scalp infections
Itching and hair loss may be signs of scalp infections. See your doctor if you notice such changes.
Know your hair type
Dry hair promotes hair breakage; oil regularly to prevent this. If your hair is naturally oily, you need not oil regularly as too much oil will clog the hair pores and prevent your hair from breathing.
Avoid using rubber bands to tie your hair together
Your hair will break easily when removing the bands. The use of a soft cloth band is a better option.
Use hair creams containing natural ingredients
Jojoba, aloe vera, honey, shea butter, and olive oil help stimulate hair growth.
Weave your hair often
While it is good to do fancy and modern styles to look good, some styles may not always be the best for your hair. Do styles that require you to weave your hair as this will help stimulate the root of your hair and promote fast hair growth. Be careful, however, not to pull too tight on the hair root to prevent inflammation.
Physical and emotional stresses can affect hair growth. You may not have much control over stress but you must rest well and give your body time to recover before expecting any change.
If for instance, you have just gone through surgery, your body may halt hair growth in an attempt to focus energy healing.
Consult your doctor before using any off the counter hair stimulator.