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Accelerate hair growth: is that possible?

by Josephine Andrews
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If you want long hair, you can’t grow hair fast enough. But: How fast does hair grow on average? And can hair growth be accelerated ? Read the answers to these and other questions about hair growth here.

This will stimulate your hair growth!

Many people want strong hair – especially when it comes to length and volume. But to this day there is no scientifically proven remedy that noticeably accelerates hair growth. If anything, certain substances like caffeine stimulate hair growth to a limited extent. We have summarized for you why this is the case and how you can at least strengthen your hair through proper care and a balanced lifestyle.

The right care

Moisturizing care of the scalp is important for healthy and strong hair. When choosing styling and care products, make sure that they are gentle and skin-friendly. Avoid straightening irons and curling irons, as the heat dries out the hair and breaks it more easily.

There are numerous shampoos that promise to promote hair growth. They usually contain caffeine. The promised effect in the shampoo: It is said to stimulate blood circulation in the scalp. The hair follicles are better supplied with oxygen and nutrients and the hair grows faster.

It has actually been medically proven that caffeine stimulates blood circulation. To do this, however, it must actually come into contact with the hair follicles. It is therefore important that you massage the shampoo in well and leave it to work for a short time. However, growth is only stimulated to a limited extent.

head massage

It has not been scientifically proven that scalp massage has any effect on hair growth. But you are still doing something good for your scalp: The pressure of the fingers stimulates blood circulation in the scalp – similar to caffeine. The hair follicles therefore receive more oxygen and nutrients. If they are undersupplied, hair production usually slows down or stops altogether.

It is best to use olive or almond oil for a massage , spread a small amount on the scalp and rub it in gently – for about five to ten minutes. It is best if you leave it on overnight and wash it off the next morning.

nutrition

Various vitamins and minerals help to ensure that the hair is strong and healthy. With a balanced choice of food, we absorb all the important nutrients for the hair. Dietary supplements are then not necessary. It only makes sense in some cases to take vitamin supplements if, for example, the absorption of nutrients in the intestine is restricted due to illness.

In addition, there are now care products that contain vitamins for the hair . This includes oils, shampoos, hair lotions and treatments.

Important nutrients for hair include:

Vitamin A

Vitamin A supports hair growth and has a positive effect on fat synthesis in the hair follicles. A deficiency means that growth is disturbed. The recommended intake of vitamin A for adults and adolescents over the age of 15 is 0.8 to 1.1 milligrams a day. Vitamin A is contained, for example, in sweet potatoes, spinach or kale.

Biotin

Biotin , also known as vitamin B7 or vitamin H, is a component of keratin and is important for strong and strong growth of hair and nails. A person usually needs 20 to 30 milligrams of biotin a day. Pregnant or lactating women 30 to 35 micrograms. Biotin is found in legumes, nuts and spinach.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C promotes blood circulation in the scalp. The average daily requirement for adults is 95 to 110 milligrams. Vitamin C is contained in lemons, broccoli or peppers, among other things.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E supports hair growth and makes hair stronger. The recommended intake for young people aged 15 and over and adults is between 11 and 15 milligrams per day. Foods that contain vitamin E include raspberries , savoy cabbage, and tomatoes.

Omega-3 fatty acids and protein

Omega-3 fatty acids also have a positive effect on hair growth. They are found in fish, walnuts or chia seeds, among other things. Proteins also play an important role in keratin formation. These foods are packed with protein :

  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Parsely
  • Paprika
  • Avocado
  • Grapefruit
  • Oats

Balanced lifestyle

Stress has a negative effect on hair growth. Therefore, it makes sense to incorporate relaxing activities such as yoga into everyday life.

Frequent alcohol consumption also impairs hair growth. The reason: alcohol attacks the zinc reserves and slows down the metabolism. Hair falls out faster when we are zinc deficient.

home remedies

There are various home remedies that are said to have a positive effect on hair growth. However, this is not scientifically confirmed.

Rosemary oil has been used for centuries to stimulate blood circulation in the scalp. Lavender oil calms and witch hazel has a mildly astringent effect. You can use it to mix a wonderful massage oil yourself. Massage the oil into the scalp once a day. To do this, use:

  • 3 drops of rosemary essential oil
  • 3 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 1 tbsp distilled witch hazel water

A combination of rosemary and cedarwood oils also supports hair growth. Jojoba oil and aloe vera gel also keep hair follicles healthy.

Therefore, use the following ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil
  • 15 drops of rosemary essential oil
  • 10 drops of Cedarwood essential oil
  • 60 ml Aloe-Vera-Gel

Mix the jojobo oil with the rosemary and cedarwood oil. Add the aloe vera gel and mix everything together. Massage a tablespoon of the mixture into your scalp every night before you go to bed.

This is how hair grows faster in men

Men often struggle with hereditary hair loss (androgenic hair loss ). On the other hand, no shampoos or household remedies usually help. In this case, only certain therapies with medication or a hair transplant ensure thick hair again.

You can read more about this in this article: Hair Loss in Men .

Otherwise, men stimulate their hair growth by taking care of their scalp and making sure that it is supplied with enough moisture. A healthy diet and a balanced lifestyle also support a healthy body.

This is how hair grows faster in women

The hair of women and men hardly differ from each other. However, women often have longer hair that requires care. It should be noted that hair length is genetically determined. Those who tend to have short frizzy hair will have trouble growing it long.

However, there are factors you can look out for to keep hair from falling out or breaking prematurely. This includes moisturizing care, infrequent use of straightening irons and curling irons, a balanced diet and a balanced lifestyle.

Pay attention to the ends if you have long hair. Treat them to an extra portion of care. To do this, regularly massage a little olive, jojoba or coconut oil into the ends of your hair. The oil moisturizes the ends, keeping them smooth and supple.

How fast does hair grow on average?

On average, a hair grows 0.3 to 0.5 millimeters a day and about 1 to 1.5 centimeters a month. This means that in a year a hair grows by a total of 12 to 15 centimeters.

How does hair grow?

Hair is horn threads. Like fingernails and toenails, they are made of keratin. The motor for hair growth lies in the hair bulb. The core of the onion is the hair papilla – a veritable “horn factory”. The smallest blood vessels supply them with nutrients that make the hair sprout. Hair does not grow continuously, but phases of growth, rest and regression alternate in each follicle.

Hormones, growth factors and genes, among other things, control this hair cycle. Each follicle follows its own hair cycle, which runs at a different time than that of the neighboring follicles. One hair grows, the other rests while the next prepares to fall out. This asynchronous hair growth ensures that a person always has enough hair on their head – unless they are affected by increased hair loss.

The hair cycle has three phases that are repeated over and over again:

growth (anagen phase)

The hair root nourishes the hair and it grows. About 85 to 90 percent of hair is in this active state, which lasts about three to seven years. How many years hair growth lasts is hereditary.

transition (catagen phase)

Remodeling processes take place in the hair root and the hair is no longer supplied with nutrients. About one to three percent of the hair is in this stage, which lasts about three weeks. The hair root gradually becomes horny.

Rest and rejection (telogen phase)

The anchorage of the hair becomes looser and looser. Even slight mechanical stress such as combing, brushing, washing the hair or the push of the regrowing hair is enough to make the hair fall out. The phase lasts two to four months, then the hair is separated from the root. 12 to 15 percent of the hair is in this rejection phase.

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