The cycle of hair growth varies from person to person, but it averages at around one-half an inch every month. Since nutrition and your personal beauty habits play a role in the rate at which your hair grows, there are some things you can do to promote hair growth. Simple dietary modifications and self-care practices can speed the seemingly tedious cycle of hair growth, although hereditary baldness might require the help of a dermatologist.
Food for Hair Growth
You have heard the phrase “you are what you eat.” We all know this does not mean that you might suddenly become a bacon cheeseburger. Rather it means that your diet can directly affect your appearance and the way you feel. To promote hair growth, consume foods that nourish your skin, hair, and body. Certain foods will not only get your hair to grow faster, but will improve its texture and sheen as well. Protein-packed foods, such as eggs, lean meats, and leafy green vegetables are some options. Fish is also an excellent source of essential fatty acids, and it has skin-nourishing properties. Try to eat fish twice weekly.
Vitamins for Hair Growth
Certain vitamins and supplements can also promote hair growth, particularly if you are deficient in iron or vitamin B-12. Iron deficiencies are fairly common, affecting approximately 12 percent of females ages 12 to 49 in the U.S., reports the CDC. A doctor can perform blood tests to determine whether your iron is low.
Herbs for Hair Growth
Horsetail contains silica, a trace mineral that exists in the hair. It helps strengthen hair and promote hair growth. Lavender oil and jojoba oil help stimulate circulation and keep the scalp healthy. Both are commonly used herbs for alopecia areata.References: CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/anemia.htm