What Determines Hair Growth?
Your scalp hair grows between 0.35 to 0.45 millimetres a day — that’s half an inch each month. What fully determines the growth depends on your ancestries. Genetics determines how your hair will grow, how long, the thickness and colour. For example, Asian hair shows the fastest growth rate in comparison to African or Caucasian hair. This can be linked to the structure of the hair fibre. The follicle of straight hair is round and the follicle of curly hair adopts an oval shape. Hair length is longest in people with round follicles because round follicles seem to grip the hair better.
However, whilst genetics caps your hair length, it is possible to grow hair fast and grow hair longer with few simple routines.
What Causes Thinning Hair?
You’ll experience hair thinning sooner or later even though it is less common with women than with men. There are various reasons for hair loss in women, however, there are few tricks on how to help hair loss from developing.
Before you learn more about how to help your hair to grow, you should get familiar with the most common causes of hair loss in women. Here are some of the most common reasons why people experience thinning hair:
- Overuse of synthetic hair products or heat
- Poor diet
- Vitamin D deficiency
- Hormonal imbalance (Postpartum hair loss)
- Iron deficiency
- Dramatic weight loss
- Inflammatory conditions affecting the scalp
If you’re not sure why you’re currently experiencing hair loss, it’s a good idea to visit your dermatologist and get down to the bottom of the problem.
Regardless of why you’ve started to lose hair, there are some easy treatments for hair loss and ways to restore it to its former glory.
Here are 8 simple hacks you can do at home to promote hair growth
Use Hair Oils
Hair oil is incredibly important for keeping your hair healthy and strong. The reason why oils are so effective is that they provide moisture that helps lubricate the outer cuticle and strengthen the inner core of your hair.
Take a look at our Charm Oil that is an amzing hair growth oil. It contains ingredients that increases circulation to the scalp increasing cellular metabolism, thus stimulating the hair follicles. As hair follicles are where the growth is happening, this oil can enhance hair growth.
The Charm oil contains important carrier and essential oils that are linked to promote and accelerate hair growth. For exmple, castor oil is one of the best oils for hair growth. It can inhibit a hormone-like compound called prostaglandin PGD2 which is linked with balding. It also contains essential oils such as peppermint, rosemary, basil and cedarwood, which are linked to increases the number of hair count and depth and reduce hair fall.
Natural carrier and essential oils are amazing hair growth promoters and very easy to use. A few drops on a weekly basis will do the trick!
Keep your scalp healthy
A healthy scalp is a key to healthy hair. Use oils like our Fortune Scalp Oil Treatment that ensures you don't have too much or too little oil secretion.
In addition to re-balancing your scalp oils, use also a shampoo that gently cleans oil and debris from the scalp as well as a conditioner to moisturize scalp and hair. Check out our sulphate-free Shampoo that is mild for the hair and our Wavy Hair Conditioner that contains Shea Butter for proper moisture retention.
- Avoid Heat In Your Hair Care
Needless to say, heat less curls are the key! 🔥 Try only air drying your hair or using a microfiber hair towel for faster and curly-safe drying. If you really feel like you cannot get the same results without a hairdryer, try to use only cold air and slow speed to avoid further damage.
- Use Silk Scrunchies
Tying up your hair can result in inflamed follicles. Try to always use silk scrunchies for less friction and damage. To preserve your curls overnight without damaging them try the Pineapple method. Tie your hair for a loose ponytail with a scrunchie. Unlike traditional hair tie fabrics, such as velvet scrunchies, the natural properties of silk promote soft, healthier hair - no more pulling, hair breakage and split ends.
- Give Yourself a Scalp Massage
One of the easiest ways to ensure your hair grows thicker is to massage your scalp. The reason why this can help you is that scalp massages increase blood circulation in your head. Improved blood flow means that more nutrients will be able to reach your follicles, which are directly related to hair growth. Another important benefit of scalp massages is that they help strengthen your roots.
Improve Your Eating Habits
Poor nutrition is among the leading causes of thinning hair. If you want to have healthier and thicker hair, you’ll need to improve your eating habits. That means following a diet that contains nutrients essential not only for your hair but the whole body.
In case you have thin hair, you should focus on boosting your intake of healthy fats, vitamins, and protein. Some of the best foods for hair growth include eggs, spinach, nuts, seeds, citrus fruits, whole grains, carrots, fatty fish, sweet potatoes, avocados, and beans. They are a good source of biotin, selenium, fatty acids, vitamin D and an amino acid called L-lysine, which has an important role in the hair growth process. For vegans sometimes protein and iron intake can be low and thus affect the hair growth. However, this doesn’t need to be the case! If you are vegan, don’t worry, below you can find a list of protein-rich and iron-rich vegan-friendly foods to help give your hair a boost.
Plant-based sources of protein:
- Tofu and soy products such as Tempeh
- Chia seeds
- Nuts and seeds
Plant-based sources of Iron:
- Dark leafy greens such as spinach and kale
- Dark treacle or molasses
Trim Your Split Ends
Trimming is a proven method to grow your hair longer. You may be wondering why trimming can promote hair growth if the growth itself only happens underneath the scalp, in the follicle? To be fair, trimming itself doesn’t promote growth, however, it does help prevent breakage and, therefore, increases hair length. If you don’t trim damaged and dry split ends they tangle easier than healthy hair, which eventually leads to increased breakage.
To avoid split ends you don’t always need to go to the hairdresser. You can try micro trimming, which means cutting off just ¼ to ½ of an inch of hair every other month. This won’t shorten the overall length as you are cutting off less amount than it grows.
- Brush Your Hair Gently
Brush your hair gently to avoid hair breakage. Avoid brushing it dry. Use leave-ins and hair oils to easy out the detangling process.