In Biblical days, hair was seen as a woman’s “crowning glory” and in this modern age, not much has changed. The contribution that long, healthy hair can make to someone’s confidence cannot be overstated. As such, people are willing to go to great lengths to achieve great lengths, with some undergoing complicated procedures. However, there are some natural remedies that can be used to grow healthier, stronger hair that is resistant to breakage and promotes length (note, results may vary):
- Scalp Massage – seems almost too simple to be real right? But the truth is that a healthy scalp lays the foundation for healthy hair. A scalp massage increases blood flow, enhances the strength of hair roots, and gets nutrients needed for healthy hair growth to the follicle faster. Massage with a nutrient-rich oil can maximize the benefits.
- Egg mask – okay, so this may sound unpleasant, but the pros far outweigh the cons. The application of this mask can help the hair follicle to produce hair that is thicker, stronger, and shinier. Eggs have a protein called lecithin which strengthens, nourishes, and heals your strands. Additionally, their high sulfur content can help to prevent dandruff. For this mask, two (2) eggs can be mixed with two (2) tablespoons of olive oil and then diluted with a half cup of water. This can be brushed directly to the hair and left for up to thirty (30) minutes. The hair can then be washed as normal.
- Aloe vera – this has been used for years to treat hair loss with the added benefit of soothing the scalp. It can also combat pesky dandruff and unblock hair follicles. Pure aloe vera gel can be applied to the scalp a few times each week.
- Ginseng – Ginsenosides, the active compound in ginseng, is thought to have a positive effect on hair growth.
- Coconut oil – this “miracle oil” has been around for centuries. Coconut oil is made up of fatty acids that can penetrate the hair shaft and reduce protein loss from hair. Depending on hair type, coconut oil can be used before or after washing your hair and it can also be used for leave-in treatments for varying lengths of time. It can be used on the scalp and throughout the hair to improve health and luster.
- Hot castor oil treatment – another “miracle oil”, this has now almost superseded coconut oil in popularity. Castor oil has a laundry list of benefits including its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that can prevent scalp infections. It is also chock full of omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin E, proteins, and many other nutrients that can penetrate hair strands and seal moisture within the shaft. For this treatment, the oil is massaged from the scalp to the tip of your strands. A shower cap is used to cover the hair completely and a blow dryer is used to apply heat to the cap for about fifteen (15) minutes, after which time the oil is washed out. This treatment allows your scalp and strands to absorb all those nutrients and helps to promote hair growth.
- Be aware of your diet – if your diet is restrictive, you may be depriving your body of nutrients needed for hair growth. A diet that is high in protein (the building blocks of hair) and includes vitamins A, C, and E, minerals like zinc and iron, along with “healthy fats” such as omega-3 fatty acids (which our body cannot produce) will nourish hair follicles and promote healthy and lustrous hair.
- Haircare – avoiding heat styling (which makes hair dry and prone to breakage) and colouring (chemical damage), rinsing hair with cool water, brushing hair gently when detangling, sleeping on a silk pillowcase (to avoid tangles), trimming split ends regularly (to prevent them from moving up the shaft and causing more breakage), avoiding over-shampooing (which can strip hair of natural oils and leave it brittle) and using keratin products to strengthen hair and prevent breakage can all help to promote healthy hair.
These are but a few natural ways to promote hair growth. The most important thing is to remain consistent and remember that though it may take a while to see noticeable results, it will be worth regaining your crowning glory.
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