Encouraging hair growth is somewhat similar to promoting the overall health of the body. Our hair need nutrients for it to grow, so it is important to consume the right amount of nutrients for healthy hair growth.
As much as possible avoid consuming fatty foods because this can make hair oily and greasy. Consuming the right food is the key to a healthy body, as well as healthy hair growth. Our hair is mostly made of a protein called keratin, the same protein found on our skin and nails. So it is important to consume the right amounts of protein daily. Foods rich in protein are: lentils, soya beans, milk, cheese, lean meat from beef, pork and chicken.
Daily exercise is good in improving blood circulation all over the body; good circulation means more nutrients and oxygen reaching the cells, including hair cells that grow hair. Also exercise improves the immune systems which help prevent infections from occurring from the scalp.
Vitamins are nutrients that the body needs to function properly. Generally, vitamins are co-enzymes that help metabolize food efficiently. Specifically, each vitamin have their own role in the body, too much can lead to toxicity and too less can lead to deficiency. For hair, there are vitamins that benefit hair growth, the so called “hair vitamins” are biotin and pantothenic acid.
Biotin or vitamin B7 help strengthen each hair strand, minimizing hair breakage.
Pantothenic acid or vitamin B5, also called provitamin B5 makes the hair really soft, shiny and slippery, making it easier to comb and prevents tangles.
A lot of people think that taking mega doses of both vitamins will improve hair growth, this is totally false. It is important to mention that biotin and pantothenic acid needs be applied directly to hair and scalp to provide its hair benefits.