If there's one thing as a hairstylist I get asked a lot, its how do I get my hair to grow strong and healthy? In my experience, its all about trying different things to see what works for you and what doesn't. Here are some tips that I have learned through the years that hopefully can help you and your mane:
OIL MASSAGE: Create a nightly scalp massage ritual with Rosemary Essential Oil or Lavender Essential Oil combined with either Coconut Oil (normal to oily hair), Sweet Almond Oil (any hair type) or Olive Oil (for coarse, dry hair). Oils stimulate the hair follicles and promote healthier hair growth by bringing oxygen and nutrients to the follicles.
ZINC: Zinc is a required mineral for any cell growth in our bodies. Hair cells are the fastest growing cells, therefore they need a lot of nutrients to keep up with its growth. Eating foods rich in Zinc, such as almonds, spinach, chickpeas and mushrooms can play a role in promoting healthy hair growth. You can also take supplements, but taking too much Zinc can be detrimental to your health as well. If you believe you are Zinc deficient, make sure you check in with your doctor and get their recommended dosage with Zinc supplements.
CASTOR OIL: Castor oil has also been known to help with hair growth. Ricinoleic Acid is the main fatty acid in Castor Oil that makes it so amazing for hair. It is a brilliant humectant to retain moisture, has strong healing properties, and keeps your scalp and follicles clean with its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Never use Castor Oil straight up as it is VERY thick, but you can mix it with Sweet Almond Oil or Coconut Oil and add a few drops of Lavender. Massage into scalp and leave on for an hour or overnight for a deep treatment. Castor oil is also great when brushed lightly on eyebrows or eyelashes at night for denser hair growth!
FOOD: Cucumbers, Flaxseeds, Carrots, Mung Beans and Almonds are also all great for natural, healthy hair growth.
There is no easy, quick fix for hair growth but maybe trying out one of these suggestions - or all of them! - will definitely lead you on the path of the glorious locks you have been dreaming of.