For the average person, hair grows about a quarter-inch per month, although some are lucky enough to get up to half an inch. This measurement is assuming no other factors are at play, however—dyeing, heat treatments, and split ends caused by harsh brushing and combing can decrease hair growth and even cause hair loss in some cases. (Image Credit: Jigar Maru/Pexels)
The appearance of your hair can play a huge role when it comes to personal confidence and even professional success. If you wish your hair was fuller or are experiencing abnormal hair loss (the typical person loses between 50 and 100 strands each day through normal activity), you’re not alone. Luckily, there are many ways to go about strengthening your hair and drastically improving its appearance.
Utilize a laser cap. Many people experiencing genetic hair thinning, or hair loss are seeking an up-to-date solution that can support healthy hair and slow the progression of hair loss without any medical interference. For situations like this, a laser cap for hair growth can provide new hair growth results with consistent, every other day use.
Laser hair caps utilize Low-Level Light Therapy technology, or LLLT, to increase blood flow to the scalp and encourage healthy hair growth. These devices are FDA-cleared and work especially well for those in the early to mid-stages of hair loss.
Increase your protein intake. You may have heard about the benefits of high protein for bodybuilders and other fitness professionals. However, this macronutrient does more than boost muscle mass; increased protein can also improve your scalp and hair health.
If you’re experiencing brittle, lackluster hair that breaks easily, you may even be protein deficient. Make sure to eat at least 45 grams per day and incorporate a protein source into every meal to reap the full benefits. Some common high protein foods include:
Supplement your zinc and omega-3s. While protein and other macronutrients like carbohydrates and healthy fats are important for maintaining excellent hair health, it can be easy to forget the micronutrients: vitamins and minerals.
Zinc and omega-3 fatty acids are two micronutrients that are directly correlated with healthy hair follicles and properly functioning sebaceous glands. Though it may be easiest to incorporate these nutrients into your daily routine in pill form, they can also be found in the following foods:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Flax seeds
- Cottage cheese
Trim your hair frequently. One of the primary causes of excessive hair loss or inability to grow long hair are split ends. Split ends are caused by improper or overly aggressive hair care such as brushing too hard, brushing when wet, heat treating, or tying hair up too tightly.
For both men and women, trimming your hair once every 10-12 weeks can stimulate healthy hair growth and make your hair appear fuller and more voluminous. Though regular haircuts may seem counterintuitive for those trying to grow long, luscious locks, split ends are completely detrimental to hair growth and will prevent your hair from appearing any longer or healthier, even if it continues to grow.
Wash your hair less. Hair product companies try to convince us that we need to wash our hair every single day. However, this is simply a ploy to sell more bottles, as daily hair washing, or even washing every other day, can be detrimental to hair health.
Every time you wash your hair, you are stripping it of its natural oils. If you wash your hair a healthy amount, your hair will have enough time to replenish those oils and even create that uncomfortable oily feeling on your hair before the next wash. If you never allow oil to build up on your hair, you are causing damage to your scalp and hair follicles that could cause a variety of unwanted symptoms, from dandruff to hair loss.
Manage your stress. Let’s face it—trying to control your stress levels can sometimes make you even more stressed. However, actively working to reduce anxiety and live a calmer and more peaceful lifestyle can have amazing effects on the health of your hair as well as your general overall health.
Your body and mind can experience stress from multiple angles; being overbooked at work, a fight with a significant other, loss of someone close to you, or even a restrictive diet can spike your anxiety levels and trigger physical symptoms, one of which might be hair loss. Carve out some dedicated time for yourself each day to meditate, journal, or exercise, and improved hair health will be only one of many positive effects.