Hair is found on all parts of the human body other than the soles of the feet, the palms, lips and eyelids except for the eye lashes. Hair is made up of keratinized epithelium and it grows in a specific cycle. Long lustrous hair on the scalp is considered an epitome of beauty and desired by all. Hair grows at a rate of 6 inches per year. Hair growth can be inhibited due to certain disorders like alopecia related syndromes and UV-B. Adopting certain precautions along with home remedies can help to promote hair growth.
The three phases of hair growth are the anagen, catagen and telogen phases. In the anagen phase the hair growth occurs and as long as the hair remains in this phase the hair will continue to grow. In the catagen phase the hair follicle renews itself. The hair does not grow in this phase but the length of the fiber increases when it is pushed up by the hair follicle. In the telogen phase the hair follicle remains dormant. The hair will break free from its root and will be shed. Within few weeks a new hair shaft will form and the anagen phase will re-commence.
The normal growth of the hair can be inhibited by disorders like alopecia which can occur at any age. It is an auto-immune disease which makes the hair leave the anagen phase prematurely and enter the telogen phase. This leads to baldness and spots on the scalp. Tight hairstyles which add strain and tension to the hair can cause traction alopecia.
Home remedies for Hair growth:
Hair growth can be encouraged by following a healthy diet and caring for the hair properly. Natural home remedies are also helpful for hair growth.
- Consume a diet rich in protein, vitamins and minerals for hair growth. Include foods rich in vitamin A, B, C and E, iron, zinc and selenium. Milk, cheese, eggs, whole grains, spinach, oats and Alfa alfa can be included in the diet.
- Avoid vitamin-E and zinc deficiencies.
- Massage the scalp with castor oil as it promotes hair growth. Leave for some time and shampoo it.
- Massage the scalp as it promotes blood circulation and stimulates hair follicles. Condition the hair regularly.
- Flip hair upside down for two minutes daily to improve blood circulation.
- Manage stress by following certain relaxation techniques, meditation and breathing exercises.
- Eggs contain iron, sulfur and selenium and are good for hair growth. Use an egg mask on the hair and scalp once a month.
- Rosemary, catnip, nettle, burdock and sage promote hair growth as it simulates hair growth and adds luster to the hair.
- Green tea has polyphenols and anti-inflammatory properties which promote hair growth.
- Aloe Vera prevents hair loss and encourages hair growth. It also reduces dandruff and gives a natural sheen to the hair. Combine Aloe Vera gel with coconut milk and wheat germ oil and apply on hair. Aloe Vera juice can also be consumed.
- Folic acid, kelp, fish oil, flaxseed oil, evening primrose oil, ginseng and saw palmetto are also beneficial for hair growth.
- Fenugreek accelerates hair growth and protects the natural hair color. Add a teaspoon of fenugreek paste and two teaspoons of coconut
- Indian gooseberry, amla is very good for hair growth. Mix some amla powder with lemon juice and apply on the scalp and let dry. Then rinse well.
Chemicals are harsh and further damage the hair. Hence avoid chemical products and use these natural home remedies to promote hair growth and enjoy a healthy and lustrous mane.