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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Top 15 Ways To Make your Hair Long, Strong and Shiny


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Top 15 Ways To Make your Hair Long, Strong and Shiny

There are lots of ways to encourage it to grow fast, healthy, and strong. Massaging your scalp or applying special hair treatments are both good bets. Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet can also help encourage your hair to grow. Most importantly, however, make sure that you take good care of your hair to prevent damage from occurring. Damaged, unhealthy hair tends to break, which won't help at all if you're trying to grow it out!

1. Eat a healthy diet
Eating a diet rich in protein and vital vitamins and minerals is an essential prerequisite to healthy hair growth.
* Eat plenty of protein. 
Hair is mostly composed of protein, making it the most important component of a hair-healthy diet. Examine your diet and make sure you're getting plenty of protein every day. When your diet is protein deficient, your body doesn't produce as much hair.
=>  Eat lean meats, fish, eggs and dairy products high in protein.
=>  Beans, leafy greens and tofu are good sources of protein for vegetarians.

* Eat biotin. 
This is a B vitamin essential for hair growth. Since it is mostly found in animal products, vegetarians and vegans often find that they have a b vitamin deficiency. To make sure you get plenty of b vitamins in your diet, eat the following foods:
=>  Eggs, nuts, salmon, avocados, meat products and wheat bran.
=>  If you feel you aren't able to meet your b vitamin needs with food alone, consider taking a biotin supplement.

* Eat Vitamins A and C.
These vitamins help hair stay glossy and healthy. When you aren't getting enough vitamin A or C, your hair can become weak and dull. Make sure you're eating plenty of the following:
=>  potatoes, carrots, kale, butternut squash and pumpkin, which are all rich in Vitamin A.
=>  Broccoli, leafy greens, peppers, and citrus fruits, which contain high amounts of Vitamin C.

* Eat omega 3 fatty acids. 
These "good" fats support your scalp's health and promote healthy growth of hair and skin cells. Omega 3 fatty acid is found in salmon, sardines, mackerel, flax seeds and walnuts. You can take fish or flax seed oil supplements if you don't enjoy eating foods that are rich in omega 3s. Omega-3 fatty acids are also good for hair growth as about 3% of a hair shaft is made up of oomega-3 fatty acids.

* Stay hydrated. 
When your body is dehydrated, it shows in your hair. Your hair can become dry, brittle and more prone to breakage. When your hair breaks and frays, it's more difficult to grow it into the longer style you're after. Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water every day.
=>  Try replacing coffee, soda and alcoholic drinks with water whenever possible.
=>  Carry a water bottle with you throughout the day so you'll never have to go thirsty.

2. Massage your scalp.
Massaging any part of your body improves circulation by increasing blood flow to the area, and your scalp is no exception. When you massage your scalp, the increased blood flow stimulates your hair follicles to grow. Scalp massage is a simple and easy technique for helping your hair grow in healthy and fast.
Try massaging your scalp every time you take a shower. Use the tips of your fingers to gently rub your scalp in a circular motion. Be sure to cover the front, back and sides of your head.
Repeat the process as much as you like. It has the added benefit of reducing tension and helping you feel calm.

* Rub your scalp with essential oils.
Certain essential oils have been shown to help stimulate new hair growth. Increase the benefits of your scalp massage by working in a small amount of essential oil. Pour five to ten drops of oil over your fingertips and massage the oil all over your scalp. Try one of these essential oils.
=>  Peppermint, which improves circulation.
=>  Tea tree oil, which soothes the scalp and helps improve dandruff.
=>  Lemon oil, which promotes healthy hair growth.
=>  Caster oil,rich in vitamin E, fatty acid especially Omega-9 fatty acid.

* Do an oil conditioning treatment.
This serves the dual purpose of helping promote hair growth and keeping the hair you have strong and soft. Coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil and castor oil are all thought to help hair grow in thick and strong. To do a conditioning treatment, follow these steps.
For olive oil, have damp hair and distribute it throughout your hair. Then flip your head upside down and massage your scalp for 2-3 minutes.
Wet your hair and massage one to two tablespoons of oil into your scalp for five minutes.
Run your fingers through your hair to distribute the oil from your roots to the tips of your hair. You can also use a wide-tooth comb.
=>  Cover your hair with a shower cap and let the oil soak in for one to two hours.
=>  Shampoo your hair as normal. You may have to wash it twice to remove excess oil.

3. Stay stress-free.
Stress is one of the most important factors that contribute to hair loss. It is believed that stress can disrupt the normal hair cycle and trigger hairs to enter the telogen or fall-out phase. Thus, when striving for faster hair growth, minimize the stress in your life.
=>  To manage stress, you can use meditation, breathing exercises, or other relaxation techniques. Plus, be sure to get your beauty sleep as the growth hormone is released during sleep.

4. Whip up an egg mask.
Eggs are highly beneficial for faster hair growth because they are packed with protein and also contain iron, sulfur, phosphorus, zinc, and selenium. You can use an egg hair mask at least once a month.
* Crack one egg into a bowl and beat it lightly.Mix in two tablespoons of plain yogurt and one tablespoon of honey.Apply to wet hair and let it sit for 20 minutes.Shampoo your hair as normal to wash out the mask.
* Whisk an egg. Mix in four tablespoons of grapeseed oil and a few drops of lavender oil. Apply it to your hair and scalp and leave it on for half an hour. Finally, rinse it out and shampoo your hair as usual.
* Apply a mixture of two egg yolks and two tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil on your scalp. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash it out with cold water and then shampoo your hair.
* Alternatively, whisk an egg and add one cup of milk, two tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil, and the juice from half a lemon to it. Apply it on your scalp and leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes before washing it out and shampooing your hair.

5. Nourish your hair with aloe vera.
Aloe vera encourages hair growth and prevents hair loss. It also reduces dandruff and helps restore your hair’s natural shin or luster.
* Apply fresh aloe vera gel mixed with a little lemon juice and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Shampoo your hair. Do this once every week or two.
* You can also combine aloe vera gel with equal amounts of coconut milk and wheat germ oil and then apply it on your hair.
* Drink aloe vera juice on a regular basis.

6. Ironically, scissors are your friend.
Although getting regular trims to snip splits won't make your hair actually grow faster, it will keep tips looking healthy and prevent splits from working their way up strands, requiring you to chop hair off more often. "If you wait so long that splits are causing your hair to break off high up on the strand, your hair will actually be shorter than if you get consistent trims," Townsend says, who suggests asking your stylist to take around just an eighth of an inch off every 10 to 12 weeks to prevent extreme split ends before they start.

7. Use conditioner every time you shampoo.
"If your hair is wet, that means you have to condition it," Townsend says. "Over time, from coloring and heat styling, strands start to get thinner at the bottom." Conditioner helps replace the lipids and proteins inside the hair shaft, "as well as seal the cuticle to help prevent more damage from happening so that you can get your hair to grow longer and look healthier," he says.

8. Do a cold-water rinse at the end of each shower.
"This really does help to grow hair and keep long hair healthy for longer," Townsend says. "Cold water lays down the outer layer of hair more smoothly, which helps prevent moisture loss, snags and heat damage — you only need to do it for a few seconds, but this one extra step over time can make a huge difference."

9. And don't shampoo every time you shower.
"It's shocking to me how many women skip conditioner when showering, which is the worst thing you can do for your hair — especially when you're trying to grow it long — and it's actually shampoo that you should be skipping as much as possible," Townsend says. Here's why: The purpose of shampoo is to wash away dirt and product buildup, but it can also take essential natural oils that keep strands soft and healthy along with it. When you really do need shampoo, be gentler on your hair by only lathering up at your scalp and then simply letting the suds slide down strands, hitting the rest of the hair as the water rinses it away.

10. Never, ever wrap your hair in a massive towel again.
What could be so bad about putting hair in your super-soft bath towel? A lot. "It causes so much breakage," Townsend says. "Your hair gets caught in all the woven fibers and since most women almost always wrap it too tight around their face, all those tiny, fragile strands around your face are more prone to break." Opt for the super-thin and soft microfiber hair towels instead (like Aquis microfiber hair towel), which are totally OK to wrap into a turban.

11. Ditch your cotton pillowcase.
Townsend recommends switching to a silk or satin fabric, because it has a softer surface that won't cause friction the way that regularly woven cotton does with your hair. That way, you'll wake up with fewer tangles.

12. Don't use heat styling tools.
Air drying is really the healthiest choice when it comes to growing out your hair. Drying your hair with a hairdryer eventually weakens the hair shaft and leads to damage. The same goes for other heat styling tools like curling irons, flat irons and hot rollers.
* After your shower, pat your hair dry with a towel. Don't roughly towel it dry.
* Comb it out with a wide tooth comb. Apply product, such as leave-in conditioner, then let it fully air dry.

13. Never brush your hair when it's wet.
When your hair is wet, it stretches and breaks much more easily than when it is dry. That's why brushing your hair when it's wet is so damaging. It leads to breakage, frizz and split ends. Instead, use a wide tooth comb to gently detangle your hair. Start near the tips and work your way up to the roots, rather than dragging the comb down through your hair to pull out tangles.

14. Avoid harsh hair treatments and styles.
Dyeing, bleaching, and chemically straightening your hair can cause a lot of damage. It's better to leave your hair in its natural state while you're trying to grow it out. You should also avoid hairstyles that can pull out the hair, like tight weaves or braids.
If you're determined to lighten or color your hair, use a natural method that doesn't cause damage. Try lightening your hair with honey or dyeing it with henna.
Learn to love your natural look. If your hair is curly or kinky, there's no natural method that will make it look perfectly straight. Fast-growing, free-flowing hair is beautiful.

15. Protect it from the elements.
The sun, air pollution, and pool chlorine are among the environmental elements that can damage your hair. If your hair is particularly fragile, it's a good idea to protect it, just as you would your skin.
When you go out in strong sun, wear a hat to cover your hair.
If you live in a place with high air pollution, cover your hair with a scarf or hat while you're out on the city streets.
When you swim in pools, wear a swim cap to protect your hair from chlorine.

*NOTE* :-  See a doctor if your hair is falling out. Sometimes hair loss or extremely slow growth has an underlying cause that can't be fixed using at-home methods. If you believe that your hair loss may be a symptom of a more serious illness, make an appointment with your doctor right away. Once you get the underlying problem treated, your hair should start to grow faster. Here are a few conditions that cause hair loss:
=> Scalp infections or skin disorders
=> Alopecia areata, a disorder that causes patchy hair loss
=> Trichotillomania, a disorder that leads you to pull out your hair
=> Certain medications cause hair loss
=> Hormonal changes can cause hair loss.

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