Regrow Hair Safely and Naturally

Edited by Theona I. Layne, Shelley, Eng, Doug Collins

Whether you're a man or a woman, one thing we all desire a gorgeous head of thick, luminous hair. But sometimes this plan can get derailed and instead of full beautiful locks we end up with thinning, brittle hair. Worse yet, hair that's falling out.

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If you suffer from hair loss, you've probably tried everything from expensive shampoos, to strange smelling oils. But your heart sinks when nothing works, or heaven forbid, the problem gets worse. The good news is that nature has an answer for hair problems, including hair loss. These natural hair regrowth suggestions will stimulate your follicles and get you on the road to getting the hair you always longed for.

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Here's a word of caution. Take the following advice with a heaping spoonful of good faith and patience. On average, healthy hair grows at about one puny inch a month. The key to healthy hair is to be patient and most of all, consistent.

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So there's a two prong approach to healthy hair growth. You have to treat your hair right, with respect and kindness. And, you have to nourish the hair from the inside out.

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Treat Your Scalp to a Little Massage.

Your scalp loves a good massage just as much as the rest of your body does. Try an invigorating minute rub down where your scalp feels tingly and stimulated at the end of 10-15 minutes. Massaging the scalp increases blood flow, flushes out impurities and, toxins, and wakes up hair follicles.

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You can choose to massage with or without oil. The best oils are coconut Make Ayurvedic Hair Oil at Home and castor oils because they contain minerals and are super moisturizing.

Increase Circulation to the Scalp

This may sound weird, but briskly rubbing your fingernails together for about five to ten minutes a day will increase blood circulation to the scalp. This ancient hair regeneration technique is simple and doesn't take long to do, but some may find it a bit odd. The rubbing action uses energy channels in the body to stimulate hair growth. It's kind of like reflexology for the scalp. Do this little exercise daily for best results.

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Steer Clear of Conditioners

This is a big shocker isn't it? The truth is, unless your conditioner is contains 100 percent natural ingredients, then you shouldn't waste your money on it. The stuff in the stores contains a lot of chemicals that can clog hair follicles and contribute to dandruff, scalp irritation, and dormant hair growth. Good alternatives to hair conditioners are natural oils like almond, olive, jojoba and coconut. You can also try shea and kokum butters. All of the above are unbelievably moisturizing, inexpensive and safe because they're chemical free.

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Use the Right Comb/Brush

Consider using a wide tooth wooden comb. A wide tooth wooden comb helps with detangling and significantly reduces breakage. Using a wooden comb helps the hair retain its natural moisture by evenly distributing natural hair oil along the hair shaft. [1]

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As far as brushing the hair, opt for hair brushes with wooden bristles. Like wooden combs, the wooden bristle hair brushes aid in blood circulation, which helps to remove impurities from the hair and scalp.

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Here's a bonus. If you choose to use heat styling products, which is a big no-no (see next section), make sure to use a wooden bristle hair brush. Wood isn't a good conductor of heat, so the brush will stay cool and provide better styling over a brush with plastic bristles.

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For Healthy Hair, Stay Away From The Heat

It's no secret that heat styling is bad for hair. [2] Do it enough and hair becomes dry, coarse and, weak, and it'll start breaking off. If you feel the need to use heat styling products, then choose the lowest heat setting available. Also, be sure to use a hair protectant.

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The hair protectants found in stores contain hundreds of chemicals. So instead of expensive, ozone-destroying chemical products, try natural alternatives like grape seed oil. It's light, non-greasy and protects the hair shaft quite well.

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Plus, grapeseed oil adds a nice sheen and is virtually fragrance-free. Other natural hair protectants include argan oil, coconut oil, and macadamia nut oil.

Use an Herbal Hair Rinse

An herbal hair rinse is fantastic for waking up those dormant follicles by infusing it with nutrients. It's like an herbal infusion for the hair and scalp.[3]

The best thing is that anyone can make his or her own herbal hair rinse. There's a hair rinse for every hair type from dry and coarse to oily and fine. Here is a list of herbs that can be used in a homemade herbal hair rinse. These herbs are jam packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals.

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•Chamomile •Lavender •Lemon •Amla •Shikakai

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•Hibiscus •Rosemary •Marigold •Fenugreek •Orange •Amla

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•Sage •Reetha •Horsetail •Nettle •Mint

The result of using a 100 percent natural hair rinse is incredibly moisturized, shiny, luxurious hair.

Hard Water is Murder On Your Hair

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Hard water will wreak havoc on your hair. So instead of washing hair with tap water, which contains numerous chemicals, and other things we shall not name, opt for a shower filter.

A good filter will eliminate at least 90 percent of chlorine, lead and other enemies of healthy hair. Filters vary in price. Expect to pay around $50 and up for decent one. The cost will be worth washing with chlorine free water and having clean, healthy hair and scalp.

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For Hair's Sake: Don't worry, Be Happy!

If you're a fan of eighties music, you'll remember the hit song, "Don't worry, be Happy." This concept is something we should all aspire to. Unfortunately, it's easier said than done. Numerous day-to-day stresses are enough to give anyone a mini meltdown.

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Excessive stress elevates production of the chemical cortisol. This in turn increases the risk of hair loss. So do something soothing on a regular basis. Take a yoga class a few times a week, read, exercise, do anything you find enjoyable that puts you in a Zen state.

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If you're going through a rough patch, find someone to talk to and don't be ashamed to seek professional support if needed.

Speaking of stress, stay away from stressful hairstyles that pull at the roots. Over time, the constant pulling weakens follicles, and can likely result in alopecia, a fancy medical term for baldness.

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Positive Hair Talk

Positive self-talk isn't just for boosting healthy self-esteem. Growing healthy hair also involves staying positive. It's not as crazy as it sounds. Regular affirmations are good for the immune system and reduce stress levels. As stated before, stress raises cortisol levels, so it's important to train the brain to think positively about re-growing hair.

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Re-growing hair isn't going to be instantaneous, so it's essential to be positive. Ultimately doing positive hair affirmations encourages better hair care.

Exercise, Exercise, Exercise

Staying active not only keeps your body in shape, but stimulates hair follicles and helps flush toxins out of the scalp. Try to get at least 30 minutes of heart-pumping physical activity each day. Run, walk or bike. It really doesn't matter what it is, just as long as it gets you moving and builds up a good sweat.

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Eat Well For Healthy Hair

Flax Seeds to the Rescue

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Flax seeds are loaded with hair-nourishing vitamins and minerals like copper, selenium, calcium, magnesium, B vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids. Ground flax seeds are best so look for them in the health food store or the natural/organic section of your local supermarket. You can eat ground flaxseed off the spoon as a snack, use it in breads, in smoothies or in salads.

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Eat More Protein

Protein is an essential ingredient in the recipe for healthy and luxurious hair. [4] And since hair is mostly made up of protein, a constant supply of this nutrient is necessary maintain healthy growth. If the body doesn't get enough protein, hair growth takes a back seat to other functions like muscle repair and immunity. [5]

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The average person's scalp has around 120,000-150,000 strands of hair growing at any given moment that grows for about two to three years. Then there's a 3-month period resting phase where hair doesn't grow at all. A lack of adequate protein encourages this resting phase. Unless you're a vegetarian, it shouldn't be hard to get adequate amounts of protein. But the trick is getting good quality protein.

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Sorry, but a cholesterol laden, high-calorie meal from the chicken shack doesn't count as quality protein.

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Instead, try lean chicken breast. Fish is also a good source of protein and contains a high amount of omega 3 fatty acids, which are also great for hair growth. Remember our friend the flaxseed?

Vegetarian sources of protein are best because the body absorbs it better and faster. Examples include beans, lentils and chia seeds, and nuts.

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Get Plenty of Iron

Hair also needs iron because it plays a significant role in hair growth and vitality. Meat is a good protein source. But if you wishing to cut down on meat consumption, you might want to consider legumes like beans and lentils. Unlike meat, legumes contain loads of iron, protein and fiber. A good iron supplement can help fill in the gaps of an iron-deficient diet. [6] For highly digestible forms of iron that won't cause constipation, look for ferrous gluconate or ferrous fumarate.

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Regrowing hair can be a slow process. Don't expect to go from split ends, hair loss and non-growing hair to auditioning for a Pantene commercial the next day, or even the following week. Be patient and, positive, make healthy habits and most of all be consistent. Don't be surprised when things start growing up there.

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Resources

  1. 7 Reasons Why You Should Use A Wooden Comb or Brush Kayla Rose. August 18, 2013 Retrieved Sept. 18, 2015.
  2. The Extent of Hair Styling's Effect on Hair Loss Belgravia Centre. August 16, 2013 Retrieved Sept. 18, 2015.
  3. Tea for Hair Growth- Drink & Rinse Your Way to Longer, Thicker Natural Hair Curly Nikki Life and Hair Therapy. December 11, 2014 Retrieved Sept. 18, 2015.
  4. What are proteins and what do they do?U.S. National Library of Medicine.Sept.20, 2015. Retrieved Sept. 21, 2015.
  5. Eat Right For Your Skin Type WebMD. Nov. 7, 2012 Retrieved Sept. 20, 2015.
  6. Anemia The New York Times. March 18, 2013 Retrieved Sept. 18, 2015.

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