Really, who doesn’t want to have long, healthy hair? Long hair has been a symbol of feminine beauty since, well, forever, so it’s no wonder so many women (and men alike) are obsessed with having shiny, luscious, long locks of hair.
But in many cases, that doesn’t come easy.
The rate at which your hair grows is mostly down to genetics and the shape of your hair follicle, so there are people out there who are just genetically blessed with having silky, shiny, long strands all on its own. Others, however, struggle through countless vitamin supplements and pills and still don’t see much of a difference.
And as with most things, the best way to go is natural. You don’t have to pay for expensive treatments and supplements when there are countless all-natural remedies that help hair growth just as well, or even better.
But first and foremost, remember the most important thing to hair growth is maintaining a well-balanced diet. Eating well is crucial when it comes to keeping our body and mind healthy, so it understandably includes our hair as well. Eating food that is heavy in the nutrients that our hair needs to grow is the first step. So, try to eat food that is heavy in protein, biotin, vitamins A, C, D and E, zinc, B vitamins, iron, and essential fatty acids, like eggs, lean meat, fish, nuts, avocados, spinach, and berries.
Now that that’s been established, there are countless natural ingredients that you can use on your hair to help it nourish, repair, and grow faster. Scroll down to see some of them.
Different types of oils can have several beneficial properties to our overall health, as well as the health of our hair – from nourishing our hair to helping us keep a healthy scalp, here are some of the best oils to use for healthier hair.
Castor oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties, which protect your scalp from infections. It’s also high on omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin E, and proteins which help nourish your hair and give them moisture. It works wonders in giving you thicker, healthier hair, which is why you might have also heard of people using it on their eyelashes and eyebrows. And people actually swear by this oil, claiming that it can speed up the hair growth by three times.
This oil is great to be used in hot oil treatments, where you heat up the oil in a bowl of water and massage it onto your scalp, and down your strands, leave it on for about thirty minutes and then rinse it off with shampoo.
Just like castor oil, rosemary oil is also beneficial when it comes to killing bacteria and prevent fungal infections in the scalp, and it’s also been proven to reverse some common forms of hair loss.
To use this oil, just massage it into your skin to stimulate blood flow to the scalp, leave it on for about five minutes and then thoroughly wash it off. The massage, along with the benefits from the oil, will be sure to work wonders for your hair.
It’s been proven on a study that peppermint oil can safely promote hair growth by increasing the number of follicles and their depth. It increases blood circulation to the area it’s applied to leading to healthier, faster-growing hair.
This oil should be mixed with a carrier oil, before massaging it into your scalp, leaving it on for about five minutes and then washing it off.
Other oils that work wonders for hair growth include lavender oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, tea tree oil, lemongrass oil and thyme oil.
2. Egg Yolk
Eggs are rich in protein, vitamins A and E, biotin, and folate which all contribute to healthier, stronger hair. But beneficial as they are when consumed, they have a number of added benefits if you use them in a hair mask. Hair masks are great to help repair damaged hair or just give your hair’s silkiness and shine a natural boost.
Since egg yolks are so rich in vitamins, applying it directly to your roots it can saturate the root of your hair with them, meaning that the new hair will grow out stronger, faster and be less prone to breakage.
You can use the egg yolk on its own, or you can mix it with an essential oil and apply it to your hair. How many egg yolks you use depends entirely on how much hair you have and how long it is. So if you have short, to medium length hair 2-3 egg yolks will do, and if you have longer hair you can also go for four.
Just beat the eggs, add the oil of your choice if you want to, apply it generously to your hair, and leave it on for 30 minutes before washing it off with your usual shampoo and conditioner.
For more all-natural, homemade hair masks that promote hair growth, click here.
3. Aloe Vera
Just like aloe vera helps your skin, it’s also incredibly beneficial to your hair. It carries proteolytic enzymes that help repair the damaged cells in your scalp, as well as anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antifungal properties to soothe an irritated scalp and help with dandruff. Other than that, it also adds moisture, and its high content of protein, vitamins, and minerals helps in nourishing it.
Here are two possible ways you can use aloe vera in a hair mask:
Aloe Vera and Coconut Oil Hair Mask
1 tbsp aloe vera
1 tbsp coconut oil
How to apply:
Mix the coconut oil and aloe vera to make a hair gel.
Apply the hair gel to your scalp, hair, and tips and leave for half an hour, then wash with warm water.
Aloe Vera, Coconut Oil, Avocado and Rosemary Oil
Aloe vera gel – 1 teaspoon
Extra-virgin coconut oil – 1 teaspoon
Avocado – ½
Rosemary essential oil – 10 to 12 drops
How to apply:
Scoop out all the pulp using a fork, from half of an avocado and put it in a bowl.
Pour 1 teaspoon of fresh aloe vera gel on the mashed avocado and add 1 teaspoon of extra-virgin coconut oil.
Then add 10 to 12 drops of rosemary essential oil to it and mix all the ingredients thoroughly.
With a dye brush, apply the avocado homemade hair growth mask on each and every strand and your scalp as well.
Tie up your hair so the mask won’t drip, and keep it on for 15 minutes.
Use your regular shampoo to wash it off.
Repeat 1 or 2 times a week.
Just remember, when you apply any of the above-mentioned masks or oils to your hair, thoroughly massage it onto your scalp to stimulate the blood flow as this will lead to a higher nutrient intake.
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