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How to Stimulate Hair Growth

Chandramita Bora
Hair growth can be promoted by combining proper hair care with a well-balanced diet. Here are some simple measures that can help you grow long and lustrous tresses.
Despite all the changes in fashion and hairstyles, long hair is still considered to be elegant and gorgeous. Long, thick, and lustrous hair is also a sign of good health and vitality. On the other hand, brittle, dry, and damaged hair, as well as excessive hair loss are the signs that something is wrong with our body.
These common hair problems are usually caused by an unhealthy eating habit, lack of proper hair care, use of harsh chemicals, or the excessive use of hair styling products. These problems can be resolved, and hair growth can be stimulated by following a proper hair care regimen and a balanced diet, and by using some natural hair growth remedies.

Promoting Hair Growth

Proper Hair Care

Cleaning and moisturizing are two major components of a proper hair care regimen. However, the basics of hair care can differ a bit depending on the specific type of hair. Usually, dry and curly hair is more difficult to manage, and needs more moisture than oily hair.
But irrespective of your hair type, the scalp should be kept free from dirt and dead cells to encourage hair growth. Cleaning helps open up the pores, and thereby promote hair growth. However, the frequency of washing or shampooing does depend on your hair type.
Dry hair should not be washed everyday. Dry and brittle hair can be washed once or twice a week, but cleaning should be followed by conditioning. Always use a mild shampoo to wash your hair. People having dry hair can go for the hot oil treatment to moisturize their hair deeply.
Olive oil, coconut oil, and almond oil are excellent for giving your hair a hot oil treatment. They are rich in vitamin E, which is required for the growth of healthy and long hair.
Warm these oils, and then gently apply it on your scalp using the fingers. Leave the oil on your scalp for the whole night, and the next day, wash it off with a mild shampoo.

Scalp Massaging

Scalp massaging can improve blood circulation to the scalp. It can also help stimulate the hair follicles. To massage your scalp, use the fingers and gently move them in a circular motion.
You can use oils like olive oil, coconut oil, or almond oil to massage your scalp. Essential oils like rosemary, lavender, chamomile, tea tree oil, and sage oil can also be used for this purpose.

A Healthy Diet

You cannot expect to grow healthy hair, if your diet does not provide the essential nutrients. Our hair strands are basically dead protein filaments, and so, our diet should contain enough proteins to ensure the healthy growth of hair.
Along with proteins, certain vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin B3, B5, B6, and B12, vitamin C, and vitamin E are also required for growing healthy hair.
Similarly, minerals like zinc, calcium, magnesium, chromium, iron, manganese, copper, selenium, and potassium can play an important role in promoting the growth of healthy hair. So, consider to include more green vegetables, beans and legumes, nuts, whole grains, carrots, and soy products in your diet.
Also include eggs, fish, poultry, and low-fat dairy products in your diet.

Natural Remedies for Hair Problems

These hair growth remedies can be applied on the scalp and hair to get long and beautiful hair. Some of the most well-known natural remedies for hair growth are, Indian gooseberry or amla, chamomile, bhringaraj, castor oil, jojoba oil, rosemary oil, flaxseed oil, shikakai, henna powder, and aloe vera gel.
Along with following a balanced diet and using these natural remedies, be sure to limit the use of hair styling products, choose the right kind of hair care products, avoid the use of harsh chemicals, and drink plenty of water throughout the day.
If your hair is not growing, and is also dry and damaged even after taking all possible care, then it can be a sign of nutritional deficiencies. Extremely dry and damaged hair can be associated with thyroid problems as well. In such a situation, you should better talk to your physician or health care provider to rule out the possibility of these conditions.