The Best Supplements and Routine for Hair Growth
The colder winter months are often associated with hair shedding and loss. It is also widely understood that hair tends to grow faster in summer seasons.
Hair loss is often linked to more severe acne breakouts, stress and age. Very often digestive and hormonal dysfunction linked to adult acne can also cause hair thinning and loss as an additional side-effect. It’s important to remember that the body cannot be compartmentalized. Focusing on only one area of improvement is counterproductive.
With nutrient deficiencies more prominent in colder months, your current intake of proteins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and vitamins is worth looking into. Both supplement usage and nutrient diversity and absorption abilities through foods can boost any deficiencies you may be having during this time.
So here is our checklist for keeping hair heathy, growing and thicker this winter season:
Less blood flow to the skin implies less oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles and therefore less hair growth (this actually has been researched and is well known). Alongside this several studies have been done to show that cells don't biosynthesize proteins (like keratin) as quickly at low temperatures.
There is no shortcut here – exercise, lymphatic massage and movements specifically associated with increasing blood flow across the whole body will directly benefit hair health.
SUPPLEMENTS TO TAKE FOR HAIR GROWTH
According to the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, supplements with certain vitamins and nutrients do actually help with hair growth and prevent excess hair loss.
However only riboflavin, biotin, folate, hyaluronic acid and vitamin B12 deficiencies have been associated with hair loss.
It is worth mentioning that there is some inconclusive research showing MSM has effectiveness with hair growth and retention. According to research, MSM sulfur can form bonds essential to strengthening hair and influencing hair growth.
All of the above-mentioned supplements and vitamins are prominent and found within our Starter Pack.
SCALP MASSAGE FOR HAIR GROWTH
Daily scalp massage will increases hair thickness and subsequently makes hair follicles stronger. There is research that suggests stretching forces during the massage encourage hair growth and thickness in the dermal papilla cells.
HOME REMEDIES FOR HAIR GROWTH AND THICKNESS
Mask once or twice a week. Do not use excess heat when styling. Try to switch to gentle hair ties and clips – we recommend braiding hair and loosely tying the ends, avoiding breakage points higher up on hair.
There are also several homemade masks and treatments that online communities recommend for healthier hair.
Rice water rinsing (pouring rice water on hair after shampooing and before conditioning) is apparently particularly beneficial for supplementing inositol back into the hair shaft, helping to repair and strengthen strands.
Eggs and oil mixes have also been known to benefit hydration and elasticity – however it is important to keep in mind that certain oils can either hydrate or pull nutrients out of hair. It is important to research and find the most beneficial home remedy for your particular hair type and style.