How To Make Your Hair Grow Faster
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There’s far more to hair growth than many people realize. The hair growth process occurs in a cycle, with hair follicles going through four different stages as they grow, regress, rest and shed over the course of several years.
If only hair growth was a simple process. There is a process involved in its growth but don’t worry it’s quite simple to understand. And once you understand how it works, you will know why your hair thins or falls out and how you can maintain the best hair texture over time.
The Four Stages of Hair Growth
The hair growth cycle has four different stages:
● The anagen is a growing phase, during which your hair grows
● The catagen is the regression phase during which hair follicles shrink and detach from your skin
● The telogen is the resting phase during which new hair begins to grow
● The exogen is the shedding phase, during which the older hair falls out from your scalp
Each of these stages lasts for a different amount of time, so your hair can be in anagen for years before it can enter into the catagen, telogen, and exogen phases.
The Anagen Phase
This phrase generally lasts for 3-5 years and continuously growing. Generally, the length of this phase of the hair growth cycle determines the maximum length of your hair which is 18 to 30 inches on average.
The Catagen Phase
In this catagen phase, hair follicles will shrink slightly in size and detach from your skin, just beginning to falling out. Hair falls out in later stages when the new hair “pushes” it out from your scalp.
The Telogen Phase
The hair follicles go on a resting phase which lasts for three to five months before a hair is “pushed” by new hair. For most people, 10 to 20% of their hair in the telogen phase at any time. When someone is stressed or unwell, hair follicles shed more than normal to resulting in temporary hair shedding.
The Exogen Phase
During the exogen phase, the old hair falls out by itself or when it is combed or washed. Experts state that its normal for about 50 to 150 hairs to fall out on a daily basis, so don’t panic if you see a few strands falling out when you style your hair.
New hair will grow to replace the old hair and thus completing the hair growth cycle.
This process is not foolproof though and can be derailed by external factors like stress, malnutrition, and illness. Here are some ways you can keep growing stong and healthy:
– Eat a healthy diet:
What you put into your body is more important than the product you put on it. Increase your protein intake with foods like fish, beans, nuts, and whole grains.Consider adding supplements to your diet that are rich in vitamins A, C, and E, minerals like zinc and iron, and omega-3 fatty acids.
– Get regular scalp massages:
The good old-fashioned Champi massage can improve hair growth due to 2 main reasons. When massaged, blood vessels are stimulated, thus follicles receive more nutrients and oxygen, which promotes the growth of hair. In addition, the scalp massage can also increase increased hair thickness when done periodically.
– Give your hair a break
Like all good things in life, your hair too needs periodic rest from all it endures during the week. Consider using the weekend to let your hair recuperate. Let your hair air dry, avoid heat styling, and keep it out of a ponytail to avoid any unnecessary pulling on the shaft.
– Avoid overwashing your hair
Washing your hair every day does more harm than good even if you have super oily hair. People who wash their hair often to get rid of oil end up drying out their scalp that results in more oil production. Plus most shampoos contain harsh chemicals that are used to create lather, which does no good to the hair. As a general rule, experts recommend washing your hair every 2 to 3 days.
– Say no to the colour
We’re all tempted by fancy cuts and colours at some point in life. But remember that colouring your hair can lead to some amount of hair damage as they are full of chemical agents. Frequent chemical application on the hair will affect the natural lustre and elasticity of the hair. So we would recommend that you keep the colour to a minimum.
– Give your hair homemade TLC
Hair masks are a great way to ensure the health of your hair and add a beautiful shine to it. Homemade hair masks are even better as you can control the ingredients, that go into it and avoid spending a lot in salons. Add honey and coconut oil if your hair is dry as they can condition your hair leaving it soft. For oily hair use yogurt, lemon juice or aloe vera as they moisturize your hair while removing excess grease.
Hope this helps, as I always say, be consitent.
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