Impatiently trying to grow your hair but sick of waiting? Girl, we’ve all been there. It’s not uncommon for strands to grow at a snail’s pace, especially during the telogen stage (also known as the resting phase).
If your hair isn’t growing as quickly as it should, there are a variety of reasons (genetics, auto-immune disorders, an underactive thyroid) etc., but the most common reasons why your hair might not be growing usually relates to stress, diet and toxicity.
Now that we know what could be causing your hair to grow at a slower rate, let’s get her back on her A-game. Here are five helpful tips for promoting healthy hair growth…
Eat Foods Full of Nutrients
If you’re not eating nutrient-rich food, your body will have nothing to fuel healthy hair growth. When your body is starved of nutrients, your hair and nails suffer first. This is because your body is taking the nutrients stored in those areas and using them elsewhere.
What you eat affects every part of your body, but if your main concern is hair growth, there are some specific foods that can help you. Try adding more vitamin dense foods into your diet such as fatty fish (hello, salmon!), almonds, seeds, fruits and vegetables. You should also try to reduce the amount of processed food and meat that you ingest. If you’re not getting enough vitamins from food, try our vitamin supplement specifically formulated for hair growth here.
Protect Your Hair from Harmful Toxins
Stress puts all of your body’s energy into producing cortisol, making hair (and nail) growth a low priority. If your body is in a toxic state, it will also make hair growth a low priority as it’s spending all of its time eliminating toxins.
Hair dyes and bleach are also loaded with toxins that can wreak havoc on your hair. Not only can they impair hair growth, but these toxins can also lead to hair breakage and hair loss and studies have linked these chemicals to life-threatening diseases.
If you can’t break up with the bleach completely, reduce your visit to the salon and look for a product that can help with protecting your hair from breakage. Our Rapid Repair range is a great option for repairing and sealing split ends.
Use Cleaner Haircare Products
Cleaner doesn’t mean natural but products that are formulated without, or less, harmful ingredients. Most people don’t realise that harsh chemicals can be found in many hair care products and have been linked to hormone disruption, may impair hair growth and considered harmful for your health.
Here’s the ‘Dirty List’ we recommend avoiding if you’re seeking better hair days and better health;
Parabens - Certain parabens have been linked to hormone disruption and are known carcinogens - which means they promote cancer.
Phthalates - are known carcinogens and thought to mimic and displace hormones and interrupt their production.
Cyclic Silicones - Data indicates that some of these chemicals may have reproductive, developmental toxicity and/or endocrine disruption concerns. Avoid products with cyclotetrasiloxane (D4), cyclopentasiloxane (D5), cyclohexasiloxane (D6), and cyclomethicone.
Formaldehyde - There is a substantial degree of scientific evidence that formaldehyde can be a dangerous substance, toxic, allergenic, carcinogenic and when inhaled, can cause headaches, a burning sensation in the throat and difficulty with breathing.
Sulphates (SLS and SLES) - An ingredient used to create that foaming experience you get when using products like shampoo and facewash. While SLS likely isn’t very harmful to human health or the environment, it’s a common skin irritant and can strip your hair of natural oils.
Mineral Oil and Paraffin - A by-product of petroleum distillation that can carry carcinogenic impurities. Highly persistent in the environment.
Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) - Antioxidants linked to health concerns including cancer, hormone disruption, and organ toxicity.
It can be difficult to find hair care products that have avoided everything in our ‘dirty list’. If you haven’t made the switch, check out this HG Shampoo and Conditioner, free from all of the above, plus it's cruelty-free and vegan.
Try To De-Stress
Yes, stress and hair loss can be related. Significant stress pushes large numbers of hair follicles into a resting phase. If you’re feeling stressed, we recommend finding a calm space, or activity to help clear your mind. Exercise is one of the best ways to fight stress as something as simple as a long walk can release endorphins. If you’d rather not work up a sweat, try some deep breathing techniques at home, or consider speaking to someone you trust on a regular basis. If you notice sudden or patchy hair loss or more than usual hair loss when combing or washing your hair, talk to your doctor. Sudden hair loss can signal an underlying medical condition that requires treatment. If needed, your doctor might also suggest treatment options for your hair loss.
Brushing When Wet
We've said it before and we'll keep saying it.. if you want to keep your mane as thick and voluminous as possible, put down the brush until your hair is dry. Hair is at it's weakest and especially susceptible to breakage when it's wet. If you absolutely must get some knots out post-shower, opt for a wide-toothed comb instead.
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