Hair care does not come particularly easily to many of us. Whether we have the fullest heads of hair, or stress is causing that follicle count to dwindle, keeping a healthy head of hair can seem a little like rocket science. While there are lots of moving parts to good hair care, encouraging thicker and healthier hair is relatively simple; here are just five easy ways you can regain control!
1. Maintain a Healthy Diet
While not often the first thing that people think about when considering hair growth, your diet can be nothing short of instrumental to better hair health. Hair growth is contingent on the presence of vitamins, minerals, and specific proteins in the diet, from amino acids to vitamins B, C, and K and beyond. To this end, eating a healthy, varied, and balanced diet can be the first step to restoring vital nutrients to your hair and encouraging growth.
2. Proper Hair Care Routine
Hair care in the more direct sense is also vital to improving outcomes in terms of hair growth and thickness. Incorporating a proper hair care routine into your daily schedule can work wonders for your overall hair health, with semi-regular shampooing and conditioning helping hair retain its natural oils and strength. Regular brushing and de-tangling also ensures no hairs get prematurely weakened.
3. Avoid Harsh Treatments
Important as hair care and attention is to hair growth, it is something that needs to be done ‘right’. Styling your hair after washing is a natural thing to want to do, but to use harsh heat in the process – as with high-temperature blow-drying or hair straightening – will damage the hair. Excess or intense heat can render hair brittle, resulting in short-term thinning and slow recovery. Even tight hairstyles like ponytails can break hairs or put undue tensile stress on the hair follicles. Try letting your dry loose and naturally as often as you can.
4. Supplements and Topical Treatments
With hair growth linked to mineral and vitamin intake, supplementary products can be instrumental in stimulating thicker and more robust hair growth. Hair supplements for women often include B-complex vitamins and minerals like zinc to promote hair thickness. Vitamin K and omega-3 fatty acids are also important for hair growth and can be used to great effect. For day-to-day treatment, specialist shampoos and conditioners can be used as topical treatments to replenish oils and vitamins in the hair.
5. Scalp Massage
Lastly, an honourable mention needs to go to the proper and careful treatment of the scalp itself. While regular scalp massages might sound like a pure indulgence as opposed to hair care, there is strong evidence to suggest that regular activation of the scalp via massage can stretch and strengthen the hair follicles, encouraging the growth of thicker hair over time. This can be done with a scalp massaging tool, but far better perhaps to use fingers while distributing a scalp oil product for added benefit.