Monday, January 14, 2008

Hair Growth Tips

Prolonged braiding style of your hair may sometime result in exhausted hair that easily breaks.
Here are some quick facts about Hair Growth:
  1. Drink green tea:
    Experts who believe in the hair health benefits of green tea point to the fact that certain compounds found in green tea cause the relaxation of blood vessels, helping overall cardiovascular activity through increased circulation. Of course increased circulation will naturally help nourish hair roots and scalp tissues.
  2. Make sure you have a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
    Fruit and vegetables contain important antioxidants which can help protect the hair and promote faster hair growth.
  3. Eat foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids.
    Omega 3 fatty acids can be found in oily fish or fish oil supplements and have powerful anti-inflammatory properties and so can alleviate any inflammation in the scalp and as they help the blood flow more efficiently they also help to nourish the scalp.Hair is composed of a protein known as Keratin so not surprisingly, a diet lacking in protein can hinder hair health and growth. Many people are still unaware of the importance of getting enough Omega 3 fatty acids in their diet, a lack of which will show up in the health of your hair.
  4. Do not wash excessively your hair.
    Excessive washing of the hair, particularly with shampoos containing harsh chemicals can remove the natural oils in the scalp, so it is important to use a good quality shampoo and conditioner and avoid washing the hair every day if you can.
  5. Eating adequate amount of protein prevents your hair from shedding.
    Inadequate protein intake over a lengthy period can force hair into the resting phase with shedding a few months later. It is obvious then that sufficient portions of protein rich foods should form part of your daily diet. The best sources of dietary protein are lean meats, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, soy, nuts, grains and seeds. At least 15% of your daily calories should come from protein-rich foods.
  6. Eat adequate amounts of useful carbohydrates.

    Carbs are an essential source of energy and help in the growth of body tissues, including hair. They are an important source of the B vitamins that are vital to healthy hair.

    It is important that you concentrate on consuming non-refined carbs rather than the sugars and white flour that are so prevalent in many over-refined carb products. You should place an emphasis on consuming vegetables, fruits, whole grains, brown rice and potatoes. It is recommended that you obtain 55-60% of your daily calories from the carbohydrates found in these foods.

    Consider adopting some of the following tips to boost your natural energy, and encourage the growth of new strands that are healthy, shiny and less prone to dryness or breakage.

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