Like many women, you may find yourself wanting to change your hairstyle to boost your spirits or change your appearance. This is easy to do if you decide to go shorter. However, going from a short style to a longer one involves more patience. You can encourage your hair to appear healthy and grow as quickly as possible by incorporating good hair care techniques into your daily routine. Deciding to grow out your hair is only the first step in achieving a long, attractive head of hair.
Consume healthy foods. The Mayo Clinic advises eating a balanced diet to keep your hair looking healthy and to reduce the appearance of hair loss. Avoid nutritionally empty foods, such as white breads, sugars and pastas. Choose dark, leafy greens and whole grains.
Dieting and Malnourishment
Avoid diets that strictly limit the amount of calories you consume. Very low calorie diets can limit the nutrients in your diet, leading to malnutrition. Your body depends on adequate levels of nutrients to produce healthy hair. This doesn’t mean you should eat everything in sight to encourage quick hair growth. If you want to diet, simply cut out greasy, fatty foods and those with excessive amounts of sugar.
Stay hydrated. Drink water to keep your body’s cells functioning at peak performance. Dehydration can contribute to slow hair growth, as well as contribute to feelings of exhaustion. Avoid caffeine drinks and alcohol, which can contribute to dehydration.
Move Your Body
Get off that couch. In addition to burning more calories and preventing boredom, regular exercise can help the overall health of your hair. Exercise increases the circulation of your blood near the surface of the skin, including the skin in your scalp that houses your hair follicles. Exercising for at least 30 minutes a day, five days each week, can increase the health of your hair, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Pamper Your Hair
Treat your hair like a baby. Although abusing your hair may not make it take longer to emerge from your scalp, breakage of damaged strands can keep your hair from reaching the desired length. The Mayo Clinic suggests allowing your hair to dry naturally and avoiding pulling or twisting your hair. Tight styles, such as braids and ponytails, can also damage your hair and increase the time it takes to grow it long and luxurious.
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