On average, human hair grows at a rate of 1/2 inch per month. The root of a hair fiber sticks in a hair follicle in the skin. At the base of each hair follicle is the dermal papilla that contains a vessel tuft. The dermal papilla is feed by the bloodstream which carries nourishment to produce new hair and grow existing hair. Therefore, the hair growth rate is related to your blood circulation, age, diet, health conditions, etc. To make your hair grow faster than the normal rate, you need to be in good health so that nutrients and oxygen can be flowed to your hair follicles effectively.
Increase Blood Circulation
- Exercise. During exercise, your blood circulation increases, and your body produces endorphins which help decrease stress levels.
- Massage the scalp daily. Scalp massage improves blood circulation to the hair follicles, reduces stress, and strengthens the hair roots.
- Flip your head upside down for about 20-30 seconds a day to increase blood flow to your head, allowing blood to deliver nutrients and oxygen to the scalp.
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Eat Vitamins Which Promote Hair Growth
- Vitamins A, C, and E are antioxidants which prevent cell aging by helping fight against harmful free radicals. Vitamins C and E also aid in improving scalp circulation. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin A, C, and E are 5,000 IU, 60 mg, and 400 IU, respectively.
- Vitamin B complex. Vitamin B3 promotes scalp circulation; B5 prevents hair loss; and B6 stimulates hair growth. The RDA of B2 (riboflavin) is 1.6 mg. The RDA of B3 (niacin) is 13 to 18mg. The RDA of B5 is 4 to 7 mg. The RDA of B6 is 2 to 2.2 mg. The RDA of B12 is 3 mcg.
- Vitamin D is responsible for the maturity of hair follicles. The RDA is 200 IU for adults.
- Biotin is a water soluble B-complex vitamin. It encourages new hair growth. The RDA of biotin is 300 mcg but many experts recommend a daily intake of 1000 mcg to 3000 mcg per day to benefits your hair.
- Folic acid or vitamin B9 is important for the growth of the various cells, organs, and tissues, including the hair. The RDA for men is 400 mcg and that of women is 200 mcg.
- Protein. You need to eat foods high in protein such as milk, meat, and soybean because hair is composed of proteins (88%). This hair protein is known as keratin.
- Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Amino acids are joined together to form the keratin.
- Silica is found in connective tissue, collagen, hair, and nail. It helps strengthen hair. The daily recommended dose is 55 mcg.
- Methylsulfonyl-methane (MSM) is a natural source of sulfur that is an essential component of collagen. Many studies have shown that collagen can improve hair follicles by up to 36%. The recommended dosage is 500 mg to 3000 mg per day.
- Manganese prevents hair from growing too slowly. The daily recommended dose is 3 to 9 mg.
Stress interferes with circulation and causes the hair follicles to prematurely stop growing. Thus, you should relax in order to avoid an interruption in the normal hair growth cycle.
Get enough sleep
Sleep reduces stress and allows your body to repair damages caused by stress, ultraviolet rays and other harmful exposures.
Prevent Future Damages