Beautiful hair is often considered a symbol of good health and youthfulness, and it’s no wonder that many of us strive to achieve that perfect mane. However, in a world where quick fixes and instant gratification are highly valued, it’s easy to fall prey to misleading advertisements that promise magical solutions for hair growth.
Rather than resorting to such dubious methods, relying on more natural and safe ways to grow healthy hair is always better. Here are some secret tips we absolutely recommend for getting happy and healthy hair that grows fast. These tips work for dreads and afros and we’re positive a few of these can work for you!
Get more blood flowing to your Head
Just like any other part of your body, your hair needs a steady supply of nutrients to grow and without a healthy flow of blood to carry those nutrients to the hair, it could end up starving and less able to grow. Luckily, there are loads of easy ways to improve the blood flow to your hair to keep your hair happy. You could try:
- Getting more daily exercise. Yoga is perfect for getting more blood to the head – just think of all those upside-down positions!
- Massaging your scalp. A few minutes each day can help bring more blood to your hair.
- Eating better. Foods that have plenty of iron can improve your circulation, while hot spices like chili peppers can cause your blood vessels to dilate, letting more blood get to where it’s needed.
Stay happy and stress-free
That’s not just good hair advice – it’s good life advice. When you’re dealing with something stressful, your body creates extra adrenaline and cortisol (stress hormones). These hormones are great for helping you to escape or resolve a stressful situation. But if you keep getting stressed over a longer period, your body can struggle to regulate these hormones, leading to higher levels of another hormone, DHT.
DHT causes your hair follicles to shrink and enter a resting phase, where hair production slows down. And that’s something you really don’t want when you’re trying to help your hair grow faster. So if you want the best possible hair growth, do everything you can to reduce or eliminate stress from your life. Get plenty of exercise and sleep, avoid difficult people and situations, and find some time in your daily routine to relax and unwind.
Use natural oils to boost and strengthen your hair
There are loads of drugs and chemicals available that claim to help your hair grow faster. But there are also plenty of natural alternatives that have been used for hundreds of years. Castor oil (made from pressed castor seeds) is packed with proteins and beneficial fatty acids. It’s rich in antioxidants that support the keratin in your hair, and it has plenty of ricinoleic acids, which can help to improve blood circulation in the scalp. It’s also a bit thick and sticky, so we recommend mixing it with coconut oil to make it easier to use.
But take care: some people can be allergic to some of the ingredients. So always do a quick test on a small area of skin first – and wait a day or two to see if you have any problems.