Sunday, May 24, 2009

Hair Growth

Do you want to maximize your hair growth? No matter the reason: wedding, prom date, job interview, beauty pageant or what have you, there is actually little you can do to make your hair grow faster. Hair grows at different rates on different parts of your body. The average growth rate of hair on your head is ½ inch per month. Not a lot you can do about that, but having said that, there are some things you can try to do in order to make your hair grow faster.

Nutrition for Better Hair

This is used not really to stimulate hair regrowth, but to prevent any hair loss. First of all, drink plenty of water. Dehydration can slow your body down in general, and make your hair dry and brittle. Second, drink tea. Tea has compounds that improve circulation and nourish your scalp and hair follicles. Third, eat plenty of proteins. Since hair is protein, any protein deficiencies in your diet may slow your hair growth.

Exercise does your body good, and that includes your hair. An improved cardiovascular system promotes good circulation and makes for healthy hair follicles. Experts recommend walking 30 minutes a day for at least 3 days week. Callisthenic exercises like push-ups and pull-ups and sit-ups are also effective in making your body trim and fit. Anything that’s good for your body is good for your hair.


Adults need between 6-8 hours of sleep each night to maintain optimal health. Sleep deprivation can only serve to inhibit hair regeneration. Sleep deprivation reduces your body’s ability to regulate digestion, immune system, mood and energy usage. So don’t skimp on your sleep! Take naps during the day if you can. Otherwise, your health (and your hair) may suffer.

Optimists live longer healthier lives than grouchy old pessimists. Looking on the bright side of things can only help to improve your health and promote growth of hair. Besides, stressing out over trivial matters can only contribute to gray hairs! So laugh more and love more! Don’t let stress get to you. Otherwise, instead of smooth silky hair, you may find yourself with gray crinkly hair.

Doing the things mentioned above may give your hair a fighting chance to grow faster than average. But don’t expect miracles, however, because there really isn’t much you can do to encourage your hair to grow faster than normal. Hair growth occurs on its own schedule and pace.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Vitamins for Hair Growth

Can vitamins and pills really help promote your hair growth rate? That is very debatable, but the vitamins discussed in the list below might be useful in making your hair grow quicker. Available from your local mom-and-pop drug store, gigantic chain drug stores or over the web, some people say that these vitamins have helped and stimulated their hair regeneration.

Vitamin A

Found in mango, butternut squash, broccoli, tomato juice, carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes and beef liver, Vitamin A is famous for improving your eyesite. But people claim that Vitamin A can also be very beneficial in promoting hair regrowth.

Vitamin C

Found in spinach, broccoli, citrus fruits, red bell peppers, tomato juice, kiwi, snow peas, mango, grapefruit juice and strawberries, Vitamin C is partly known for helping your body heal and that includes benefiting your hair in staying healthy and offering optimal hair regrowth.

Vitamin D

Found in egg yolk, fortified milk, fatty fish and liver, Vitamin D is beneficial for for bones and hair. Your body also generates Vitamin D internally when your skin is exposed to sunlight.

Folic Acid

Foods high in folic acid include black-eyed peas, lentils, okra, orange juice, whole wheat breads, asparagus and pasta. Folic acid is vital during cell mitosis and growth, including hair regeneration!


Biotin is found in soybeans, liver, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, almonds, carrots, onions, eggs, cucumber, cabbage, goat's milk, cauliflower, cow's milk, strawberries, halibut, raspberries, oats and walnuts. Some shampoos contain biotin, but it is not at all certain how useful it is because biotin is not absorbed by the skin very well. Vitamin supplements and natural foods are the recommended ways to take biotin.

Panthothenic Acid

Pantothenic acid is found in whole grains, meats, avocados and broccoli. Although many shampoo and cosmetics contain pantothenic acid and they claim these ingredients contain hair benefits, this claim has not been substantiated.


MSM, or Methylsulfonylmethane, is a natural source of sulfur. It may be beneficial to hair regeneration and is marketed as a dietary supplement.

None of these supplements or vitamins have been proven to stimulate, help or promote hair regrowth, but a many people claim increases of up to 150% in their hair regeneration rate. Everybody reacts differently and these vitamins may help your particular head of hair or they may not, so test them out carefully with your hair first and proceed with caution. This site doesn’t sell anything and this information is provided for informational purposes only, in hopes of helping you on your way to improved hair growth.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Secrets of Hair Growth

The secret to having and keeping hair growth is moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Moisture helps protect your hair from becoming dry and brittle and frizzy.


Pre-washing your hair gives it an extra boost of moisture to help protect your hair. Aside from store bought pre-wash conditioners, coconut oil is an effective pre-washer, and it can sometimes get rid of dandruff better than a dandruff shampoo. Pre-wash rich in jojoba oil and shea butter provide extra boosts of moisture and nourishment for weak, brittle dry hair.


Gently massage your hair and scalp with lukewarm tepid water. You don’t want to use water that’s too hot that’ll damage your hair. Use shampoo that contains essential moisturizers. Rinse thoroughly with water. Use clarifying shampoo every few weeks to get rid of pollutants and product residue.


After rinsing, apply conditioner throughout your hair and let it sit for about a minute. This lets the conditioner work its moisturizers into your hair. After a minute, rinse your hair thoroughly with water. Moisture helps strengthens your hair and maximizes its hair regrowth potential. You can also try leave-in conditioner that doesn’t need to be rinsed out, providing an extra dose of protection for your hair.


Let your hair air dry whenever you can. Air drying helps the moisture stay in your hair longer. Excessive heat from hair dryers can kill moisture and cause unnecessary damage to your hair and hair regeneration. Also never wring your hair. Twisting or stretching wet hair in particular causes damage to hair.

Post-wash Products

Protect the ends of your hair with a light moisturizer. The ends of your hair are the oldest part and needs extra protection. Moisture protection helps to reduce brittleness that causes air to easily break and split-ends.

Scalp Stimulation

Stimulating your scalp promotes more blood circulation. A good way to stimulate your scalp is to use a hard hairbrush with the plastic knobby balls at the end of the bristle. Run it through your hair and scalp for a hundred strokes a day. Aside from stimulating your scalp, you get a mini head massage as well!

As you can see, moisturizing is the secret to maintaining beautiful hair and allowing its maximum hair regrowth potential to come through. At every step of your hair care regimen, keep in mind how to retain the moisture in your hair at all times. The secret to having and keeping hair growth is to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Drinking Coffee for Faster Hair Growth?

New scientific research has shown that caffeine could potentially boost your hair growth, or at least stunt hair loss. The inclusion of caffeine in shampoo may help fight the onset of male pattern baldness.

Caffeine helped regulates testosterone levels, one of the main causes of baldness and hereditary hair loss. The hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is thought to destroy hair follicles and thus causes hair loss or pattern baldness. When treated with the addition of caffeine, hair follicles gained strength and the hair regrowth rate increased 77%.

Baldness affects 50% of men 50 years old and this condition has created a huge market for anti-hair loss products. By the time men reach 80 years of age, baldness affects 78% of men. This explains why comb-overs are so prevalent in older men in an effort to conceal their hair loss. But who do they think they are fooling? Comb-overs can be spotted from a mile away.

Wigs or toupees are a bit more effective than a comb-over, but make sure to use quality products and skillful application, otherwise, a toupee might look like a disorganized piece of fur draped over your head (see Marv Alberts or Donald Trump). We don’t have any examples for quality wig/toupee wear because they look like real hair and thus we have no basis for suspecting wig/toupee use.

Personally, if I were going bald, I’d just shave my head and embrace baldness. Why fight a losing battle? All these anti-hair loss products aren’t 100% effective. Embracing baldness saves you time and money. Going bald is a fact of life and the sooner you accept that, the sooner you can enjoy life again. It’s just a fact of life.

Sudden hair loss, however, is cause for concern. There may be an underlying medical condition that needs to be treated right away. See your doctor immediately if you lose hair in clumps while you sleep or while you shower. This type of hair loss doesn’t define typical baldness and requires a medical diagnosis.

The scientific experiments that linked caffeine to restoring faster hair growth was conducted in 2007. So the fact that we haven’t seen any significant advances in hair loss therapy suggests that the experiment went nowhere. Plus, these caffeine experiments have only been conducted in the lab so far and are not conclusive yet. So don’t go ingesting 10 cups of coffee yet to try and get your hair growth rate increased!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Faster Hair Growth Blockers

You may want to increase your rate of hair growth to a very fast rate, but first, you want to be sure you’re not doing anything that is known to slow your hair’s growing rate. Listed below are some things that can lead to hair loss (not what you want if you want hair growth!). Avoiding these things is the first step to helping your hair grow faster!


Everybody encounters stress: on the job, idiot drivers during your commute, at home, when the toilet is backed up, etc. Excessive stress damages your body’s immune system and can inhibit hair regrowth. How you choose to cope with stress can relieve it and bring down the effect stress has on your body. Exercise and working out are effective ways to deal with stress. So is meditation and, on top of most men’s list, sex.


Some medications can affect hair regrowth. If this is important to you, always check with your doctor to see how the medication they prescribed will affect your hair. Most doctors can prescribe a different type of medication that’s just as effective, but with different side effects.

Nicotine - bad for hair

Besides being bad in general, nicotine also lessens hair regeneration. This addictive drug already have bad side effects: lung cancer, mouth cancer, addictions, but nicotine can also affect your hair. Just stay away from cigarettes, cigars and tobacco. Bad for your body, bad for your hair.

Hot Water, Hot Dryers - can damage hair

Excessive heat can damage your hair and cause it to grow slower. When you wash your hair, make sure the water temperature is moderate. When you blow dry your hair, don’t keep the hair dryer too close to you hair. Make sure to express your concerns to your hair dresser as well when you go in for your monthly hair appointment. Don’t forget about your hot curling iron either!

Chemicals - bad news for hair

Bleach, perms and straighteners all introduce chemicals that may be harmful to hair regrowth. You may need to weigh your desire for long hair with your desire for how these products make your hair look. Or you can always let your hair grow out to the length you want first and then apply these products.

If you want your hair to grow faster, before doing things to encourage its growth, you must first avoid things that’ll inhibit it. Hopefully, this list will help you to avoid those things. This is not an exhaustive list, but contains the major things that inhibit faster hair growth.