We all want it. But many want it without having to work too hard for it.
I am a wash and wear woman. I’m getting closer to reaching a peaceful agreement with my feisty curls, and I just want this lion mane of mine to be longer, stronger and slightly less out of control when I let it go free.
There are actually lots of things you can do to optimize hair growth and overall vitality.
The following are a handful of easy-to-follow tips to tame your mane:
Eat more spicy food! Capsaicin, the chemical that makes peppers spicy, has been shown to promote hair growth by mimicking natural human growth factors. As a pretty strong side bonus, this same compound causes an increase in your metabolic rate by raising body temperature, helping burn more calories immediately after a meal. Besides a slight uptick in metabolism, spicy foods also may increase feelings of satiety.
Avoid shampoos with harsh detergents. Sodium laureth sulfate, benzophenone-3, benzyl alcohol, DMDM hydantoin, and sodium lauryl sulfate are detergents and alcohols which are hard on the hair, causing it to be dry and brittle. You want a gentle moisturizing or replenishing shampoo. My favorite is by Alaffia, followed closely by anything from John Masters.
Keep your long hair moisturized. It’s an absolute must! Commercial hot oil treatments are good depending on the purity of the oils used, but my preferred and super cheap natural alternative is a mixture of warm rosemary oil and olive oil worked into the hair and left for 45 minutes under a warm towel. Jojoba oil and coconut oil are also excellent options to moisturize dry hair. Learn how to make your own hair treatments with oils.
Have a bounty of biotin. Naturally occurring in nuts, oats, brewers yeast, rice, tomatoes, carrots, romaine, and chard, this vitamin is best-known dietary role is in hair and nail health, as a deficiency can cause hair loss and weak, brittle nails. Sometimes called vitamin H, biotin is actually one of the B-vitamins. It is very important in cell growth and the production and metabolism of fatty acids, also playing a solid role in maintaining blood sugar and the body’s energy level.
Give yourself a scalp massage. They increase circulation, helping to stimulate your hair follicles as well as easing stress, which is a major contributor to slowing growth and a countless number of other ills. Take your time, enjoy the experience… or better yet, have a friend of lover lend a hand and do a trade!
Eat well. Breath deep. Love yourself.
And watch your own fairy tale self be revealed!