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Home Remedies for Long and Thick Hair
Not only women, but men also do all sorts of things to make their hair look beautiful. There are men who love to grow long hair, and there are women who like to trim their hair very short. I grew my hair long for ten years. Hair care tips I have shared on this hub are collected from different sources, which I experimented when I had long hair.
Irrespective of cast, creed, race and sex, you all want to look good. It is not possible for human beings to remain eternally young, but when you take care of yourself, you may look younger than you actually are. Color and thickness of your hair can easily reveal your age. When you take care of your hair, you can change people’s perception about you. Hair is your crowning glory, you must keep it healthy.
These easy to follow hair care tips will certainly ensure long and thick hair.
Things You Need for Healthy Hair
Water makes up one-fourth of the weight of a hair strand and it is key ingredient for silky and shiny hair. Make sure to drink at least eight glasses (two liters) of water daily.
Protein strengthens the hair shaft and reduces the possibilities of hair splitting and breaking. It is necessary to stop hair splitting and breaking to ensure long and thick hair. Fish, meat, milk, eggs, cheese, nuts, and cereals are good source of protein.
Vitamin A benefits skin and scalp, whereas vitamin B and C strengthen hair strands and promote blood circulation on the scalp. Vitamin E is also very important for your hair, it gives color and ensures long and thick hair. Fruit, green vegetables, cereals, eggs, milk, bread are good source of vitamins.
Iron helps oxygen to reach hair roots. Red meat and dark green vegetables are good source of iron. Zinc not only builds hair protein, but also prevents hair loss. Zinc is found abundantly in seafood and meat. Copper helps hair pigmentation and optimizes natural hair color. Shellfish, liver, fresh vegetables, nuts, seeds and meat are good source of minerals. Minerals are necessary for long and thick hair.
Things that will damage your hair
Warm water: Don’t use warm water to wash your hair. Warm water will weaken your hair roots and break the hair strands.
Chemical treatments: Straightening, coloring, and perm are harmful to your hair. Never use products that contain ammonia.
Dryer and iron: Overuse of dryer and iron will make your hair rough and dull. Using iron to stylize your hair will break and split your hair.
Fried and spicy food: Avoid fried and spicy food.
Hair stylizing products: Don’t overuse hair stylizing products. Don’t forget to wash your hair with shampoo after you use hair stylizing products.
Home Remedy For Long and Thick Hair
- Add half cup of orange juice in half cup of apple puree. Mix orange juice and apple puree thoroughly. Now apply this mixture on your hair. Wash with plain water after 30 minutes. Follow this step once in a week. In few weeks your hair will grow long and thick hair.
- Massage scalp and hair roots with coconut oil once in week. You can also use olive oil instead of coconut oil. Oil massage will make your hair root strong and ensure bold circulation on your scalp. Your hair will grow long and thick only when hair roots are strong.
- Mix two tablespoon of coconut or olive oil with yellow part of egg. Apply this paste thoroughly on your hair and wash with plain water after 30 minutes. This is good organic conditioner for your hair. Hair conditioning is important for healthy hair.
- Stir yellow part of egg until it foams, add 1 tablespoon of baby hair oil and blend the mixture. Add two tablespoon of water in the mixture and massage your scalp and hair from root to tip.
- Mix equal amount of olive oil and orange juice and warm this potion. Apply this mixture on your hair and leave it for 30 minutes, and then wash with water.
- Add 1 tablespoon honey in three tablespoon of oil (coconut/olive/mustard) and apply on your hair thoroughly. Wash your hair with shampoo after 30 minutes.
- Mix lime juice with egg and massage your hair. Lime juice removes dandruff and egg is natural hair conditioner.
- Mash equal amount of lime pips and black pepper and apply this paste on your hair. Wash your hair after 30 minutes.
How to Grow Long and Thick Hair
The first and foremost thing you have to remember is that you have to trim your hair regularly. Massage your hair and scalp, and always use hair serums that have UV protection. Apparently, good nutrition is the major factor for long and thick hair. So eat balanced diet and drink as much water as you can. Your hair will be long and thick when hair roots are strong. Follow these tips to grow long and thick hair.
Blowing dry will in long run damage your hair. Let your hair dry naturally. Do not overuse iron to stylize your hair. Hair dryer and iron will split and break hair stands, and make your hair rough and dull.
If your hair is long always use thick comb. Thin comb will make your hair roots weak. Tying your hair in a tight knot will also weaken your hair roots.
Green vegetables, fruits, milk and dairy products are good for your hair. Eat food that contains iron and iodine. Iron and iodine nourish hair and make your hair long and strong. Avoid fried and spicy food.
Oil is very important for your hair, it nourishes hair and strengthens hair roots. Massage your hair from root to tip, and when your massage scalp, use finger tips.
For healthy growth of hair, cleaning is very important. When your hair is clean, it grows rapidly. Shampoo your hair whenever you use hair styling products. Before you shampoo your hair, massage with oil or use hair packs.
Hair growth is not always a good thing. If your hair begins to grow rapidly, there could be serious reason.
Suddenly hair begins to grow rapidly; unwanted bodily hair growth
(In men) Hair begins to grow rapidly and you also gain weight
There could be problem in testicles because of testosterone level
Unnecessary hair grows on your body
This could be hereditary problem
Consult dermatologist for hair removal
Hair growth in women above 40 years
This could happen because of menopausal problem
There are many reasons of hair loss, aging is one of reasons. Hair loss could also be a genetic problem or indicate chronic illness.
Stress, thyroid, hormonal changes
Hair becomes rough, dull, and begins to fall
This occurs mostly in women because of chemical treatment such as straightening, coloring, and hair perm
Avoid chemical treatment, consult dermatologist
Sometimes drug side effect is also the reason behind hair loss
Talk to your doctor
Suddenly hair begins to fall in large volume
When hair begins to fall in large volume, it is unusual complication, could be a sign of cancer
Consult a doctor immediately
Patches appear on the scalp, hair begins to fall
This could occur because of skin disease
Hair loss after child delivery
This happens because of hormonal changes
This is a common phenomena, don’t panic, hair loss will stop after few weeks
Gradual loss of hair, signs of baldness
If you are above 40 years of age, this is a natural
Nothing to worry
(In males) Hair on the front part or middle part of the head begins to fall
Signs of baldness could be hereditary
There is no prevention except hair plant
Henna is tropical shrub with small, dark green leaves. It is native to Asia, Australia and northern Africa. Henna leaves contain reddish-brown dye. Because of its coloring pigments, henna is widely used in South Asian cultures to color hair, hands and feet. Applying henna is a part of Hindu marriage ceremony. Henna leaves also contain hair conditioning agents, it strengthen hair roots and promotes long and thick hair.
How to Use Henna on Your Hair
A thick paste made from fresh or dried henna leaves can be used to color hair, or hands and feet. Different brands of henna powder are available in market.
Add water in henna powder and make a thick paste. Let the henna paste remain for at least 6 hours. Use iron container for best results. Apply henna paste on your hair thoroughly with a brush. Henna gives strong color, so use gloves while using henna on your hair. You have to let henna work on your hair for 45 minutes if you are using as hair conditioner, and three hours if you are dyeing your hair. Then wash with plain water, do not use shampoo. After your hair dries, massage with warm oil. Henna gives reddish brown color to your hair.
Henna is widely used to color hands and feet. When used on skin, henna gives orange color. Henna filled cones are available in the market. All you have to do is puncture the tip with a needle and squeeze henna making designs on your skin. When henna dries, remove henna by rubbing oil, and then wash with water.
© 2012 Vinaya Ghimire