How to make your hair grow faster – from what to eat, to oils
SEE ALSO :Afya House hit by Sh15b fee scandal• Almonds, peanut, walnuts, pecans • Eggs • Milk and cheese • Pork and cooked liver • Salmon and sardines • Avocado • Cauliflower Inversion Some beauty bloggers suggest trying the inversion method. We don't know if this works, but if you want to read more and give it a go, it's your call, obviously. Method: The Love Thing recommends: "For one week per month, once a day, you wet your fingertips with some hair-appropriate oil, flip your head over and give your scalp a good 5-minute massage with your fingertips. "The massage, paired with your head being upside down, MAJORLY increases blood flow to the scalp and triggers an increase in hair growth." You have to ensure you do one week on, one week off, apparently. Oils during the inversion method are also thought to be a good idea. But we've got a separate section on oils later. Cold water According to various hair experts, hot water strips the hair of moisture and weakens strands. So it does no good for growth. We should supposedly instead opt for lukewarm water when washing our hair, and cooling it in cold water afterwards for maximum results. Of course, it's important to open up your pores with warm/hot water when cleaning – but not too hot. And limit the time you stand under the shower. Cold water closes the pores. A lot of beauty experts seem to think avoiding too many hair washes is important. This is widely believed in the industry. At least not washing everyday. Hair growth treatments As well as all the natural bits and bobs, there are plenty of hair growth treatments about. It's best to be careful and speak to pharmacists about putting things like that on your head. There are lots of products about. Boots has lots of Lee Stafford formulas. And Superdrug says: "Try a specialist hair growth shampoo containing caffeine, which stimulates hair growth. "Apply the product directly to the scalp and leave for 2 minutes, so it penetrates the hair follicle and encourages growth. "Once a week , apply an intensive mask or hot oil treatment to hair to keep it smooth, nourished and supple – dry, brittle strands will end up snapping off. If your hair is fine or thinning, try a hair loss treatment that builds up the hair fibre with keratin protein." Pharmacists also say wider combs are better for your hair. They talk about good diet and regular cuts too. Heat If you're applying heat to your hair everyday, it'll limit growth and affect its quality. "If you must use heat, try to gently towel and air dry your hair until it's around 60 per cent dry then use the hairdyer on a medium setting and always use lots of hair protection spray," says Expert Home Tips . Basically – don't straighten too much. Hair cuts are good (in a way) Yes, obviously, if you get your hair cut all the time it's not going to grow. But getting rid of split ends and damaged areas is a positive thing. "Having your hair trimmed regularly – ideally every six weeks – will prevent split ends and breakage. Keep your hair healthy and strong from root to tip and it will grow more quickly," say Superdrug beauticians.