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How to Grow Long and Healthy Hair With Natural Remedies
Bad Hair Day
Hair does matter and very often we are judged by our hair. Expensive jewelry, designer dress, stunning shoes and out of this world make-up will not cover up for badly damaged hair.
I have suffered for many years from bad hair days. Sometimes I had bad hair day every day because my hair was dry and dull. It looked lifeless not matter how much conditioner I used. I always had split ends and I thought that cutting into my hair was the only solution to fix it. So, I have cut quite a bit of it and ended up with still dry and dull hair just over my shoulders.
Then I began to look for the solution which will allow me to have beautiful hair without going to extremes and spending a lot of money. After all, every woman deserves a good hair day every day!
This article is the result of my extensive research on how to grow long and healthy hair. I was able to bring my hair back to life in just two months after making some changes to my diet and using some natural remedies. I can't promise you that you will become Rapunzel in just one week but I can guarantee you that you will improve the quality and overall health of your hair. You will also start feeling better and have more energy after you make few changes to your diet.
Proper Diet for Healthy Long Hair
We are what we eat. This is one of those statement you should take for granted especially if you want to improve the health and length of your hair. I can guarantee you that all of the good and bad stuff we eat will always reflect on our skin, hair and nails. Not only that. All of the foods we consume daily effect our overall health, mood, energy level, hormones, internal organs and just about every cell in our body. The simple science behind this is that we have to eat to survive and function. Food is the source of our existence. Bad food equals bad existence.
Over the years, commercial and overprocessed food became a part of our lives. I agree, it's very convenient to grab a hot dog or hamburger for lunch from the fast food restaurant. But a lot of times we don't realize that this type of food has been completely deprived of so much needed nutrients for our bodies.
In order to change the quality of our hair we need to change our diet .There are few essentials that need to be incorporate into our diet and few things that need to be taken out.
To begin with, limit the intake of alcohol, caffeine, fatty, salty and sugary foods. All of these foods are just an addiction you need to overcome. Here is the list of food you need to add to your diet to improve the health of your hair:
Fish, Lobster, Oysters
Fish like salmon, cod, mackerel, and sardines are packed with omega 3 fatty acids, proteins, vitamin B5 and many other nutrients that will encourage the hair growth as well as improve the thickness of the hair.
Lobster, oysters and shellfish are rich in zinc and protein. Zinc promotes hair growth and, since our hair is 97% protein, we do need all the protein we can get. Make it a "fish day" at least 3 times a week to give your hair a boost.
Meat and Poultry
As we know, any kind of meat is rich in protein and, when you don't have enough protein, you hair just doesn't grow. Meat is also rich in iron and iron is very important for hair growth. Liver is also a great source of iron. You may try veal liver which is great when fried with garlic and red onions.
Eggs are very rich and protein and biotin which are, again, essential for hair growth.
Greens and Lots of Greens
Dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, lettuces, chard, mustard greens and many more are good source of vitamins A, C and K. Calcium and iron are also greatly present in all kinds of greens. There are so many ways to incorporate green leafy vegetables into your diet and the best thing is - you don't even have to cook them!
Sweet Potatoes, Squash, Carrots, Cantaloupe and Mangos
These vegetables and fruits should become a part of your diet if you want to improve the quality of your hair. Beta carotene is present in abundance in these vegetables. The main benefit of beta carotene is that it helps the scalp to produce an oily fluid called sebum. Sebum nourishes our hair from the root and protects it from drying by adding lots of moisture.
Beans and Lentils
All kinds of beans are filled with hardened proteins called keratin which is the building block of healthy hair. Try to include more of these into your diet to encourage hair growth.
Nuts, Sunflower Seeds and Chia Seeds
They are a great source of vitamins, minerals, protein and omega-3 fatty acid. Combined with dried fruit, nuts are a perfect snack or a dessert substitute. You will notice significant improvement in your hair quality if you consume nuts, sunflower seeds and chia seeds every day.
Lots of Fruits
Consuming few servings of fruit every day will improve your hair and provide so much needed vitamins for growth.
Water, Water and More Water
Your hair is like a thirsty plant in the middle of the desert. Water is the only way to keep your hair happy.
Try making your own vitamin water by adding 3 strawberries, 10 blueberries, few slices of cucumber, few slices of kiwi and few mint leaves to 8 oz. of water. You hair will love you for this!
Natural and Home Remedies for Long and Healthy Hair
Lots of these natural remedies have been known for thousands of years. They have been used by our grandmothers and their grandmothers. These wonderful remedies are so inexpensive and powerful. They are so easy to use and they will never disappoint you.
Changing your diet and consuming your hair's favorite foods will help to nourish your hair from inside. To make your hair exceptionally happy, you will need to nourish it on the outside. The best way of doing this is by using oils such as castor oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, grape seed oil, coconut oil, tea tree oil, rosemary oil, black cumin oil, almond oil, and many others.
Coconut oil and castor oil are considered to be the best when it comes to treating damaged hair. They are usually used as a base for any good oil treatment. Any other oils on the list can be added for better results. You can also purchase the oils that are already combined and ready to use.
Here is the recipe of my "Best Oil Treatment":
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1 tablespoon of castor oil
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of black cumin oil
1 tablespoon of grape seed oil
Combine all of the oils together and mix well. Apply to dry hair.
These oils can be applied for about 30 minutes prior to washing your hair or left overnight for the best results. I have heard the claims that in some cases people were able to grow their hair an inch per week while leaving the oils on their hair overnight. For the best results, massage the oil into your scalp, make sure to apply the oil to the roots as well to the entire hair down to the tips. This will help to fix split ends. You may shampoo and condition your hair as normal after your oil treatment.
Oil treatments work great when applied twice a week.
Other natural and home remedies:
Onion Juice Although very unpleasant for some of us to smell, onion juice is a very powerful remedy for promoting the hair growth. You may squeeze the juice of one red chopped onion and apply it to the roots for about 15-20 minutes once a week.
Egg Hair Mask is a great way to add more protein to your hair. Wisk one egg with a tablespoon of coconut oil and one tablespoon of lemon juice. Leave in on for about 30 minutes and then rinse and shampoo. Apply to entire hair once a week.
Green Tea is a wonderful rich in anti-oxidants remedy to strengthen your hair and prevent it from falling out. Rinse your hair after washing and conditioning with a cup of freshly made warm green tea. You may add other herbs like chamomile or mint to your hair rinse.
The Inversion Method has circulated the internet with the claims that this is a great way to grow few extra locks. The inversion method should be used for 7 days in row with the break for 4 weeks. Basically, you should do this for a week and then take a month off before you do it again. To try this method, massage the oil of your preference into the roots of your hair and find a comfortable position. Tip your head upside down and continue massaging your scalp while your hair is inverted for about 20 minutes. Word of caution: inverting your head may cause you to become dizzy or light headed. Please consider all of the side effects before using this method.
Few More Tips for Healthy Hair
- Avoid using any kind of heat on your hair. Curling irons and hair dryers damage hair and prevent it from growing
- Wash your hair every other day to allow the natural oils to build up and promote the hair growth
- Invest into good quality shampoo and conditioner with natural ingredients
- Don't rub your hair with the towel after washing as this breaks your hair. Instead, gently absorb the water with the towel or wrap the towel around your head for few minutes
- Don't brush your hair while it's wet. Your hair becomes weak when it's wet and brushing it will pull the hair out
- Use a wooden comb to brush your hair instead of the plastic one and don't brush it for too long to minimize the damage from pulling. Brushing your hair 100 times a day is not going to make it better- it's the other way around
- Always find time to take care of your hair. Pick few days a week when you can apply the oils to your hair and stick to it
Have a nice hair day!