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How To Prevent Slow Hair Growth

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Hair producing cells are the second fastest growing cells in the body, first being the intestinal cells. Normally, your hair grows about half an inch per month. Depending on how you take care of your hair, you can increase or even decrease hair growth.

Yes, hair growth is dependent on a lot factors and what’s great about this is you can manipulate your hair to grow fast or even grow slow. The following can affect your hair growth by slowing it down:

Heat Styling

Using heat is the easiest way to style hair. The occasional use of heat styling tools is fine. But if extreme heat is used daily, this could wreak havoc on your hair. Straightening ceramic irons, heat curlers and blow driers can literally vaporize the moisture in your hair, making it dull, dry and brittle.  It is advisable to heat style your hair only on special occasions.

Hair Dye

It is common for women to colour their hair on a regular basis. But if you constantly dye your hair, the chemicals used in these dyes can damage your hair. Regular hair dyes use strong chemicals to strip off the natural colour of your hair, making it lighter. Then the actual colour is applied which is absorbed by hair. This is fine if carried out infrequently, but if done regularly, hair will become brittle due to chemical burns. Alternatively, you can use natural hair dyes like henna. These dyes may not last long but they won’t damage your hair.

No Narrow Tooth Combs

If you have really thick and long hair, throw away those narrow tooth combs and use wide ones instead. Narrow tooth combs can cause tangles which can damage and break hair. It is also good to invest in combs or brushes that prevents tangles because hair breakage can really slow down hair growth.

Simple Ways To Stimulate Faster Hair Growth

faster hair growthOur hair is one part of our body that we can easily manipulate to change how we look. Unlike dieting or bodybuilding for example, takes months of hard work before results can be seen. With hair, just a little styling here and a dash of colour there, and that’s it. You can literally change your looks everyday if you wanted.

The problem with constantly changing hair styles is it can cause hair health problems in the long run. Below are some tips on how to keep our hair growing healthy and also help encourage faster hair growth:

Good Diet

A diet rich in protein is good for hair growth. Our hair is mainly made of a protein called keratin, the same material our nails are made of. To produce hair, cells found underneath the hair follicles need a constantly protein. So it important consume the right amounts of protein daily. Good sources of protein are lean meat, fish and soy.

Vitamins

We need vitamins in order to survive. Vitamins are nutrients that the body needs to function properly. But having too much or less of a particular vitamin can cause a specific disease. So it is important to take vitamins regularly at the right amounts.

With hair, there are certain vitamins that are excellent for hair growth and there are: Biotin or vitamin B7 and Pantothenic acid or vitamin B5. A lot of people think that taking high doses of these vitamins can induce faster hair growth. This is a very common misconception. To get these vitamins to work for hair growth, they need to be directly applied to the scalp and hair. Biotin strengthens each hair strands and pantothenic acid makes hair soft and shiny, both prevents hair breakage.

Hygiene

Good hair and scalp hygiene is very good for hair growth. Keeping your hair and scalp clean will prevent any microbial or fungal growth, like dandruff, eczema, or other skin conditions that can alter normal hair growth.