Best Care for Faster-Growing Hair
Both men and women in most cultures around the world believe long, lustrous female hair is synonymous with beauty. Biology would indicate that hair length and health can act as a cue to youth and reproductive potential. And in some religions and belief systems, long hair is synonymous with greater power or greater connection; and one would only cut their hair if they were mourning. Regardless of the meaning, many of us long for longer, faster-growing hair.
There are many contributing factors that contribute to hair’s growth rate (i.e., genetics, a healthy lifestyle, low stress, and staying hydrated, to name a few), but perhaps the most important factor is diet. A well-balanced diet helps maintain the rate at which your hair grows, as well as its strength, shine and even color.
Top Issues for those Seeking Faster-Growing Hair
Below we address some common questions regarding faster-growing, along with natural alternatives for supporting healthy hair growth. If your question is not addressed, feel free to contact one of our experts by clicking to the left.
Hair has a specific growth cycle with three distinct phases: anagen, catagen, and telogen phases. All three phases occur simultaneously; one strand of hair may be in the anagen phase, while another is in the telogen phase. The longer the hair stays in the anagen or growth phase, the faster and longer it will grow. The span at which the hair remains in this stage of growth is determined by genetics. About 90% of the hairs on one's head are in the anagen phase at any given time.
Strong, fast-growing hair depends on three things.
1. A healthy scalp and healthy hair follicles, which provide an optimal environment for hair growth
2. Proper nutrients, which provide the building blocks for strong hair shafts
3. An appropriately long anagen phase (for the most part, this is based on genetics, but you want to nourish your body to ensure your hair stays in the anagen phase for as long as possible)
Deficiencies in specific vitamins, minerals and other nutrients can result in less-than-optimal cell division in the hair matrix. With proper nutrition, the scalp remains healthy creating an environment for healthy hair growth and hair cells rapidly divide adding to the overall length and diameter of the hair. Certain nutrients can also encourage hormones responsible for hair growth to stay in balance and regulate the time hair remains in the dormant stage promoting a longer growing phase.
So be sure to drink plenty of water and eat a balanced diet rich in protein, flavonoids and antioxidants, essential fatty acids (especially omega-3 fatty acids), Vitamin A, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-12, Biotin, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. You may also consider taking an all-natural supplement, like Hair Essentials™ that offers an abundant supply of hair-healthy nutrients.
Terminal length is defined as the maximum length your hair is genetically programmed to grow without being cut or damaged. While genetics do play a role in determining how long your hair will stay in the growth phase, hair would have to be kept in pristine condition to truly judge how long it could grow based on inherited traits alone.
While many believe their hair has trouble growing because of genetics, there are many elements that impact the growth rate – including styling habits, products, environmental factors, and diet – to name a few. Without an optimal environment, your hair will not grow – regardless of genetic makeup.
For this reason, many debate whether or not terminal length really exists.
Unfortunately, no. However, haircuts do play an important role in maintaining length. Frequent trims aid in preventing split ends. When ends split, the damage can quickly travel up the hair shaft causing additional damage and requiring more significant cuts. If you want length without the damage, stick to routine salon visits. On average, hair grows approximately half an inch per month, so by trimming a quarter inch every eight weeks or so, there is the potential for a net gain of four and a half inches per year.
Additional Tips on how to Naturally Promote Faster-Growing Hair
Try these natural remedies to encourage healthier, faster-growing hair growth. It is important to consult your physician before pursuing these alternatives.
Supplement with soy.
MPB Research, which conducts studies on a variety of hair products, deems soy to be an effective hair growth treatment. Soy contains adequate amounts of protein and essential fatty acids, which help promote healthy hair growth. In addition, soy beans are natural sources of daidzein and genistein, two isoflavones that condition the scalp and optimize hair follicle health.
Consider applying melatonin.
We’ve all heard that melatonin helps with sleep, but can it help with hair growth? A recent study suggests that melatonin is very much involved in keeping hair in the anagen phase. Researchers in the Department of Dermatology and Allergology, at Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena, looked into whether or not melatonin applied topically to the scalp would influence hair growth. They found that the plasma melatonin levels increased in the women who applied melatonin topically. (Note: This is a reminder that the chemicals you put on your skin, such as creams, bug repellents, sunscreens, etc. actually get into your bloodstream. So be careful what you put on your skin.) They also found that the women who applied melatonin topically had an increase in the number of hairs in the anagen growth phase. They concluded that melatonin directly stimulated hair follicles to both enter into the anagen phase, and to remain there longer.
Enhance your healthy lifestyle with Hair Essentials™.
For fast-growing hair, it is also important to eat a balanced, healthy diet, manage the stress in your life, get quality sleep each night, and reduce exposure to environmental toxins. You may also consider supplementing this lifestyle with Hair Essentials™, which can improve hair’s growth rate, strength and vitality. The more than 20 all-natural hair-healthy vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids and other nutrients are quickly absorbed and delivered to the scalp where they work in combination to:
- Encourage hormones responsible for hair growth to stay in balance
- Regulate the time hair remains in the dormant stage
- Protect hair follicle cells against oxidative stress and damage
- Repair damaged hair follicles
- Stimulate inactive hair follicles
- Boost hair cell division
- Seed follicles with the nutrients they need for new hair growth
- Provide vital nutrients for the structural development of healthy hair
- Support healthy circulation to the scalp
- Reduce scalp inflammation
Some customers report new hair growth within a month. And many customers also report that their hair grows 75% to 100% faster, in as little as 3 months! But since hair growth takes time, we recommend that you use Hair Essentials™ for at least 90 days to see best results.