Why shy away from wearing your long? It’s time to let your hair shine!

By Skin & Hair Academy  |   July 31, 2015

It may surprise some, but it’s true; apart from dietary and lifestyle factors, our genes influence various properties of hair including its density, length, colour and texture [1]. Though you can’t do much about your genes, you can definitely work on other factors like diet and proper care if you are one of those who like to sport long hair.

Some easy tips to grow your hair long can include:

  • Eat Right

    Healthy and long hair growth requires a diet rich in proteins and vitamins in regular amounts, with limited fats and lots of water to remain hydrated. Also, dry fruits such as walnuts and green leafy vegetables are equally important.

    Nutrients that matter:

    Proteins: Major sources are lean meat (fish, chicken and eggs), soy products and cheese

    Trace minerals: Magnesium, zinc and biotin [2]

    Vitamins (B6, B12, and folic acid): Bananas, potatoes (both white and sweet) and spinach.

    Iron: Iron deficiency has been found to be one of the major reasons for hair loss in women [3]. Major sources of iron include dried beans, peas and lentils.

  • Manage Split Ends

    Split ends (medically known as trichoptilosis) are caused by the loss of protective cuticle from the distal hair shaft and exposed cortex splits. [4]

    Researchers have reported the usefulness of mineral oils in reducing split ends [5]. In addition to this, you should make your way to the salon to get your hair trimmed regularly. Letting split ends grow not only makes your hair unhealthy but also hinders growth. This should be done every 2-3 months.

  • Shampoo your hair regularly

    Shampooing is important for healthy and strong hair but often the question is, which shampoo to use? Shampoos come in different forms and types, suited for different hair textures. So before you choose a shampoo, make sure you know your hair type.

    Here are the basic shampoo types [4]

    • Normal hair shampoo
    • Dry hair shampoo
    • Damaged hair shampoo
    • Oily hair shampoo
    • Everyday shampoo
    • Deep cleaning shampoo
    • Baby shampoo
    • Medicated shampoo
    • Two-in-one shampoo
    • Hair dyeing shampoo

  • Regular Conditioning

    Conditioners are usually mineral oils, fatty alcohols, vegetable oils, fatty esters or humectants which help by imparting manageability, gloss, and antistatic properties to the hair.

    The conditioning substances commonly present in conditioners are simethicone, polyvinylpyrrolidone, propylene glycol, hydrolyzed animal protein, glycerin, dimethicone and stearalkonium chloride [6].

    Conditioners keep your hair moisturized and provide lipids to strengthen it. At the same time, they provide your hair with a healthy shine.

These easy tips are surely going to stimulate your hair growth for the better. Don’t hesitate and give it a shot! Beautiful locks of hair will surely come your way but you have to be patient. Hair takes its time to grow, but it grows faster and with ease if you keep these simple measures in mind.

References:

[1]. The genetics of human hair growth. - PubMed - NCBI . 2015. The genetics of human hair growth. - PubMed - NCBI . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/5173315. [Accessed 01 October 2015].
[2]. A Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Study Evaluating the Efficacy of an Oral Supplement in Women with Self-perceived Thinning Hair. 2015. A Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Study Evaluating the Efficacy of an Oral Supplement in Women with Self-perceived Thinning Hair. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3509882/. [Accessed 01 October 2015].
[3]. Nutritional factors and hair loss. - PubMed - NCBI . 2015. Nutritional factors and hair loss. - PubMed - NCBI . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12190640. [Accessed 01 October 2015].
[4]. Essentials of Hair Care often Neglected: Hair Cleansing. 2015. Essentials of Hair Care often Neglected: Hair Cleansing. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3002407/. [Accessed 01 October 2015].
[5]. Hair Cosmetics: An Overview. 2015. Hair Cosmetics: An Overview. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4387693/. [Accessed 01 October 2015].
[6]. Essentials of Hair Care often Neglected: Hair Cleansing. 2015. Essentials of Hair Care often Neglected: Hair Cleansing. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3002407/. [Accessed 01 October 2015].


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Cyelii

The accident of finding this post has brheetgnid my day

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