Usually the reason for using hair extensions is to appear to have longer hair. Fortunately we have top quality human hair extensions, however sometimes we just want to grow our hair - it's only natural. Did you know your hair can only grow around half an inch, per month? A good reason why we are in business! With this really small rate, it is important you avoid doing things that can slow it down even further. There is a heap of stuff that can have a positive effect and even more that can have a negative one. Let's have a look at both sides, so you can make sure you are pushing down on the hair growth accelerator as hard as you can.
It is actually a little hard to know where to start - there are many different factors that effect hair growth. How about your diet? If you are eating unhealthily, it will certainly be effecting how much your hair grows, or even thinning. Smoking and drinking alcohol are two things that will not be helping the situation. From the good corner, we have have fruit, vegetables and lean meats. The protein, iron and zinc found in these promote long locks. We also have to jump on the 'Drink More Water' bandwagon. Much like watering plants, if they are not hydrated, nor are their leaves and flowers. In your case, your hair will break and fall out a great deal easier. If you can, try drinking purified water - that's the good stuff. The town supply that is not purified is treated with chemicals that, while not life or death, will not be helping the situation. What may surprise you is that fat is necessary for hair growth. Without a bit of fat in your diet, your body cannot absorb the important vitamins (like A, D, E and K). The best is Omega-3, so you had better get your hands on that.
As you may have already gathered, your lifestyle plays a large part in how much your hair grows. This goes as far how long you sleep. If you are not getting enough sleep, your body does not have enough time to repair itself. This can have an impact on your ability to grow hair and actually has the potential to thin your hair. On the opposite end of the continuum, too much sun can likewise have unfavourable consequences. The same goes for stress, which is not really good for anything. Naturally not all stress can be helped, however the likes of mediation or yoga can have excellent results if you practice them properly. Either that or just go shopping! Going hand in hand, head massages are brilliant for improving your circulation up there, meaning higher growth speeds. Try small, light circular motions all over, at least once a week. From this, your hair follicles will get more nourished, which is particularly advantageous for those who are already working with hair loss.
When it comes to actually doing things to your hair, a whole new chapter opens up. Firstly, you should make sure you use a brush with rounded tips, or one with natural bristles. Combs should have rounded teeth, or at least smooth ends. Start at the bottom of your hair and work up, gently. We do not suggest you brush your hair when it is when, unless it is a large comb. Try not to pull the hair shafts, either! You all will already have probably heard this, however in case you have not: blow dryers and curling irons can be most damaging to your hair. It is definitely not a good idea to use them frequently, on a high heat setting (it is the heat that dries out your hair, leaving it brittle. If you instead use a low setting, on a less than frequent basis, things should be fine.
Colouring your hair is also on the list of 'bad' things to do. Writing this now, I realise this is turning into an article that tells you to stop doing all of the fun this we can do with hair. Of course no one will follow this religiously. Except perhaps a 40 year old male, who desperately tries to encourage his hair to cover the widening gap on the top of his head. The reason why colouring your hair is bad is that it stops your hair from absorbing the natural oils that help it grow and remain healthy. So it is down to a matter of prioritising. What is much easier to avoid, are chemicals that can not only damage your hair but cause different health problems. Look at your next bottle of shampoo, or conditioner. Make sure you do not see any of these: polyethylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulphate, sodium laureth sulphate or parabens.
These are bad. Try finding products that have natural ingredients instead. You and your hair will be much happier. There are recipes to make your own natural shampoo and conditioner - so you know exactly what is going into it. It is also advisable to wash your hair every other day. Any more than that is not a good idea. The chlorine in the water falls into the same category of harsh chemicals, which is very inconvenient when it is in all of our water. Speaking of which, if you are swimmer; wear a bathing cap. One last thing, conditioning your hair is really good. It stops the damage that causes hair loss. Our recommendation is to use a rich conditioner every time you shower. A leave-in one, if possible. Supplement that with a hot oil treatment at least every month and you will be away laughing. With lovely, long hair.
I never said this hair growing thing was going to be easy but when you consider the other benefits of following these tips, it is obviously worth it. When it comes down to it, basically a happy and healthy you equals a happy and healthy head of hair. Not really complicated at all. Then again, you could always just use our amazing hair extensions!