How to Stimulate Hair Growth: 5 Steps to a Better Quality & Quantity of Hair
How to Stimulate Hair Growth- Maximize Quantity & Quality of Blood Flow
Nearly every method of stimulating hair growth comes down to these two things: maximizing the quantity and quality of blood flow to the scalp. Below are five steps you can take to improve circulation to your scalp and make sure that the blood that feeds the hair follicles is rich in micronutrients that support healthy hair growth.
How to Stimulate Hair Growth- #1:Massage the Scalp Daily
Massage the scalp several minutes each day to improve circulation. For best results, massage for one to two minutes up to three times per day. The scalp provides nutrients to the hair best when blood flow is optimal. Use the pads of your fingers to make gentle circular massaging motions on every part of your scalp. Sit in a chair, bend forward and lower your head between your knees to use the benefits of gravity while your massage your scalp. After your scalp massage, sit still a minute or two before you stand back up to prevent dizziness.
How to Stimulate Hair Growth- #2. Use a Juicer to Maximize Micronutrients
The quality of hair you grow can’t be any better than the quality of your diet. Also, the quality of your hair and nails reflect your overall health. Even if you eat a moderately healthy diet, that still doesn’t mean that your hair and nails are getting much benefit from it. That’s because hair stands last in line to receive micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) from the food we eat or from dietary supplements. Since hair isn’t essential for life, it only gets what’s left after your vital organs have taken what they need.
Still, it can be difficult to get the optimal variety and amount of micronutrients from our diet even when we take a multivitamin supplement. Juicing is one of the best ways to improve micronutrient intake (versus eating a garden’s worth of produce each day). Invest in a high-quality juicer and buy fruits and vegetables in a variety of colors. Foods of similar color tend to have similar nutrient content. For instance, orange foods (sweet potatoes, carrots, butternut squash) tend to be high in vitamin A and beta carotene. Until you get used to juicing, mix at least one fruit with vegetables in a juicer to add a natural sweetness which makes it easier to drink.
How to Stimulate Hair Growth- #3: Get Regular Cardiovascular Exercise
Cardiovascular exercises, such as walking, biking and swimming, promote optimal circulation to every area of the body. The American Academy of Sports Medicine recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate (or 20 minutes of vigorous) physical activity on most days of the week. An activity is vigorous if you’re working too hard to hold a conversation during the exercise. Even short exercise bouts of at least 10 minutes count towards your daily goal. If all you can do is walk the stairs at work on your break, then go for it. It’s enough to experience the benefits of hair (and body) health that come from getting your heart rate up on a regular basis.
How to Stimulate Hair Growth- #4: Apply Essential Oils to Scalp
Essential oils can be used to stimulate the scalp to promote hair growth. Peppermint oil is a good choice for this purpose and has an added benefit of combating dry scalp. Dilute peppermint oil in a carrier oil such as olive, almond, grapeseed, jojoba or Vitamin E oil. To extend the shelf life of your peppermint oil mix, use at least 10% jojoba or Vitamin E oil. Also, store carrier oils in an air tight container in a cool, dark place. Using a pharmacy dropper to mix 1 drop of peppermint oil per 1 oz of carrier oil. Consult a naturopathic physician before using any essential oil, especially if you are pregnant or have any health condition.
How to Stimulate Hair Growth- #5: Quit Smoking & Avoid Secondhand Smoke
Smoking cigarettes (and inhaling secondhand smoke) exposes you to carbon monoxide (CO). When you breathe CO, your red blood cells have a limited ability to carry oxygen to cells which limits their ability to function well. Nicotine in cigarettes causes arteries to constrict. These are the blood cells we rely on to carry nutrient- and oxygen-rich blood to cells. Smoking cigarettes also accelerates the rate of hair thinning that’s a natural part of the aging process.