Hair can be considered a reflection of our general health. A shiny, well-groomed head of hair may show that you have a good intake of iron, a nutritious diet and are unlikely to be suffering from extreme stress.
While it can be tough to stick to a healthy lifestyle today, when so many of us are busy so much of the time, it’s vital to give your hair what it needs to stay in good condition.
So, what can you do to help your hair grow faster and stronger?
#1. Minimize chemicals and heat
Using chemical treatments (such as bleaching) on your hair regularly can irritate and weaken your follicles. Heat styling may dry your hair and lead to breakages over time too.
Cut right down on the amount of chemicals and heat you expose your hair to. Keeping your hair in good health is more important than following the latest trends.
#2. Increase your vitamin and fruit intake
Vitamin D, Omega-3 and protein are three key elements to boost your hair’s health. You can find these in eggs, walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, lentils, sweet potatoes, and salmon.
At its strongest, hair can actually be as tough as aluminium or Kevlar weight for weight. Unbelievable as it may seem, 150,000 strands of hair (almost as many on the average scalp) may support the equivalent weight of two full grown elephants (around 12 tons).
#3. Avoid washing your hair every day
Washing your hair daily dries it out and may damage your scalp, due to the chemicals found in certain shampoos. Try to wash your hair no more than two or three times per week, using products containing natural ingredients.
#4. Treat your hair with natural oils
You can add shine to your hair and help it grow faster by treating it with natural oils, like flaxseed or castor oil.
These provide plenty of great nutrients to your hair and increase circulation for improved growth.
#5. Trim your hair regularly
Trimming your hair on a regular basis will help to keep your scalp healthy, as it stimulates hair growth and strengthens the follicles in a natural way.
Regular trimming reduces the risk of hair breakages significantly too.
#6. Embrace scalp massages
As massaging the scalp increases circulation, it can increase its strength and vitality over time.
Vitamins and nutrients will be unable to reach your hairs’ roots without proper blood flow. A scalp massage is extremely relaxing too — good for your hair and overall health alike.
#7. Always protect your hair from heat
As discussed earlier, overheating your hair can leave it dry and dehydrated. This is why it’s crucial to use quality heat-protecting products, to minimize drying-related damage as best you can.
#8. Reduce stress in your everyday life
Minimizing stress in your everyday life is much easier said than done, but you have to try.
Not only is stress bad for your general health, it can cause hair to weaken and thin. Consider reducing your responsibilities at work, asking for help from friends and relatives or practicing meditation. More exercise and ‘me-time’ can help to combat stress in the long run.
#9. Avoid tight ponytails
Putting your hair in a tight ponytail regularly can contribute to breakages and thinning, as it places too much strain on the hair.
Use a looser wrap to reduce the risks and let your locks hang loose more often.
#10. Focus on all-round good hair treatment
Following the above tips can help you maintain a healthy scalp, but being kind to your hair overall is key too. Comb it carefully, keep it protected from extreme weather and avoid tugging on it while it’s wet.
At HairPalace, we can provide expert information and advice on keeping your hair healthy after hair transplant surgery. Following these 10 tips will help to maintain strong growth, getting the most out of your procedure.