Hair Regrowth, Hair Repair and Hair Growth

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For hair to grow healthily and steadily you really do need to provide it with all the nutrients it needs on the inside as well as make sure it has the right environment to thrive on the outside.

Many people pay no attention whatsoever to what is going on inside their bodies in order to produce hair in the first place and instead spend a fortune on expensive products, lotions, potions and treatments that will do little if anything to promote hair growth or repair damaged hair unless you are feeding the follicles from the inside too.

Hair that is damaged will never revert back to the condition it was in before it became damaged, oh yes you can hide the damage to an extent and you can prevent further damage but once the hair is split and broken there is very little you can do other than to cut it off.

So, for you to encourage your hair to grow faster you need to feed it from the inside and look after it on the outside. It really is that simple, however, putting it all into practice takes time, effort and a bit of self discipline.

Diet for hair growth

It is common sense that a healthy diet involves eating a balanced diet containing plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, pulses, proteins, vitamins and minerals etc. One thing that is extremely important for healthy hair growth as well as physical and mental health is essential fatty acids.

Now we’ve only recently been aware of the immense benefits of Omega 3 essential fatty acids so they are often overlooked when it comes to diet. One way of including Omega 3 essential fatty acids in the diet is to take a daily supplement of fish oil.

People who have been taking fish oil for other reasons have noticed that one of the spin offs of taking fish oil was that their hair, skin and nails all improved dramatically. Omega 3 is essential for healthy hair growth so include it in your diet.

Other important elements of a good diet to promote faster and healthier hair growth are Vitamins A, B, C, D and anti oxidants such as Vitamin E and COQ10. These help to remove harmful free radicals from the body and enable your body to function more efficiently.

Looking after your hair on the outside for healthy hair growth and hair repair

If you are doing all the right things on the inside and buying good quality products that are as natural as possible for caring for your hair on the outside but your hair still isn’t growing the way that you would like it to then one of the main inhibitors to healthy hair growth can be clogged up pores. Try giving your scalp a good massage when you wash your hair.

Don’t be tempted to wash your hair every day either unless your hair is particularly greasy as this can ultimately dry out your hair.

One of the biggest mistakes that people make when caring for their hair is that they subject it to all sorts of harsh treatments in order to make it beautiful. The effect is often the reverse.

For example, someone who likes to look good may spend a great deal of time on their hair. They may perhaps wash it every day, pile on the conditioner, dry it with a hair dryer, straighten it, colour it, perhaps even bleach it, tie it up in all manner of different styles, and when they look into the mirror they may be pleased with the results, to start with.

However, after a period of time they may start to wonder why their hair isn’t growing as fast as it used to, why it looks dull and lifeless and has lost its natural shine, and where on earth did those split ends come from?

We can all subject our hair to harsh treatments in the name of beauty but unfortunately most of the practices we indulge in will not help our hair to grow. Hair is extremely fragile and can break easily unless we do the right thing and give our hair a fighting chance.

A word about moisture

One of the most important things you can do when caring for your hair on the outside is to make sure it has enough moisture. This cannot be emphasised enough. Healthy hair has about 8 to 10 percent moisture so as far as your vanity will allow, avoid anything that is going to strip your hair of its natural moisture and make sure you use products that are going to replace the moisture in your hair.

For this you are going to need a good conditioner and a hot oil treatment on a regular basis won’t go amiss either.

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