By Chin­we of Hair and Health

In the world of black hair care, opti­mal hair growth has become syn­ony­mous with the appli­ca­tion of growth aids and the pop­ping of sup­ple­ments. The real­i­ty is that it nor­mal­ly does not require such extremes. In many cas­es, achiev­ing opti­mal hair growth can be as sim­ple as fol­low­ing the steps below:

1. Maintain a clean scalp.

After genet­ics and diet, main­tain­ing a clean scalp is prob­a­bly one of sev­er­al impor­tant fac­tors in achiev­ing your max­i­mum hair growth poten­tial. A filthy scalp is more prone to fun­gal and bac­te­ri­al infec­tions that may adverse­ly affect the fol­li­cle — the area where hair growth begins. Pol­lu­tants, pro­duct buildup, sweat, and dead skin cells can con­tribute to the filth. A reg­u­lar wash rou­tine will help to remove the­se items from the scalp.

2. See a doctor regularly.

Cer­tain med­ical con­di­tions can be the root of slow hair growth, but you may not know for sure until you vis­it a doc­tor. Some con­di­tions include iron defi­cien­cy ane­mia, folic acid defi­cien­cy ane­mia, vit­a­m­in B-12 defi­cien­cy ane­mia, hypothy­roidism, and dif­fer­ent forms of alope­cia. Mild forms of the­se con­di­tions can go unno­ticed and undi­ag­nosed, yet affect the hair. Stay on top of your annu­al phys­i­cals and doc­tor vis­its!

3. Exercise regularly.

It is a big belief of mine that reg­u­lar exer­cise helps with opti­mal hair growth. After all, exer­cise increas­es blood cir­cu­la­tion in cer­tain sec­tions of the body, includ­ing the scalp. Increased blood cir­cu­la­tion in this region may allow for more nutri­ents to reach the fol­li­cles. The more the­se fol­li­cles are fed, the more they flour­ish.

4. Massage with an essential oil and carrier oil.

DISCLAIMER: Essen­tial oils are very potent. Please con­sult your doc­tor before using them, espe­cial­ly if you are preg­nant, breast feed­ing, or have a med­ical con­di­tion.

The spec­u­lat­ed cause of alope­cia areata is an attack on the hair cells by the immune sys­tem. Some believe that stress may aggra­vate the con­di­tion. Accord­ing to the results of one study, dai­ly mas­sag­ing of the scalp with an essen­tial oil mix­ture proved effec­tive in treat­ing alope­cia areata when com­pared to mas­sag­ing with car­ri­er oils alone. The rea­son for the improve­ment in hair growth is unclear; per­haps aro­mather­a­py is ben­e­fi­cial in reduc­ing stress?

For the time being, aro­mather­a­py as a hair loss treat­ment remains a debat­able top­ic in the research com­mu­ni­ty. It couldn’t hurt, how­ev­er, to incor­po­rate it into your hair care reg­i­men and per­form your own per­son­al study (assum­ing you’ve heed­ed the dis­claimer).

5. Drink your water.

Water car­ries nec­es­sary nutri­ents to var­i­ous parts of the body — includ­ing the fol­li­cles. With­out it, achiev­ing opti­mal hair growth is next to impos­si­ble. Be sure your body is absorbing suf­fi­cient water, whether via fruits and veg­eta­bles or the actu­al drink­ing of water.

6. Eat hair foods.

Because healthy, grow­ing hair starts from with­in, a diet con­tain­ing hair foods is key. Accord­ing to doc­tors on Web­MD, the­se foods include salmon, nuts, poul­try, beans, and eggs for pro­tein; dark green veg­eta­bles for vit­a­mins A and C; whole grains for zinc, iron, and B vit­a­mins; and car­rots for beta carotene, just to name a few. Many of us wor­ry about the exter­nal (i.e., what prod­ucts to apply to our hair) and for­get about the inter­nal (i.e., what to eat for our hair). No mat­ter what top­i­cal pro­duct we use, if we are not on our “A” game on the inside, we will not achieve opti­mal hair growth on the out­side.

7. Get adequate sleep.

Sleep is an oppor­tu­ni­ty for the body to recu­per­ate from a day’s worth of activ­i­ties and stress. With­out this rest­ing process, our bod­ies — includ­ing our hair — may suf­fer. Accord­ing to some researchers, “los­ing sleep for even part of one night can trig­ger the key cel­lu­lar path­way that pro­duces tis­sue-dam­ag­ing inflam­ma­tion.” In oth­er words, insuf­fi­cient sleep can be detri­men­tal to our health. What does this mean for hair growth? Well, healthy grow­ing hair begins with a healthy lifestyle, and ade­quate sleep is a part of that lifestyle. For your hair to reach its opti­mal grow­ing poten­tial, be sure to get the nec­es­sary sleep!

8. Take your multivitamins.

Did you know that canned veg­eta­bles and fruits con­tain few­er vit­a­mins than fresh ones? Did you know that boiled, steamed, and microwaved veg­eta­bles con­tain few­er nutri­ents than raw ones? The same is true for cer­tain meats, dairy prod­ucts, etc. There­fore, it is pos­si­ble that some of us are not absorbing suf­fi­cient nutri­ents from the “healthy” foods we do eat. With that being said, be sure to pur­chase and pre­pare your food for opti­mal nutri­ent absorp­tion, or at the very least, invest in a good mul­ti-vit­a­m­in to make up for that slack.

Do you have any extra hair growth tips?


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47 Comments on "8 Ways to Optimize Hair Growth from the Root"

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Try. Onion juice on scalp. Works. Won­ders


As in juice the onion?

I won­der why this arti­cle didn’t cov­er reduc­ing stress. Stress to the body can do more dam­age than avoid­ing any one of the­se sug­ges­tions. Caus­ing a healthy per­son to have dete­ri­o­rat­ed health mak­ing all the­se efforts use­less. Stress can age you faster, slow down your health, weak­en your immune sys­tem and actu­al­ly kill. So I think that it shouldn’t have been over looked espe­cial­ly since going to your doc­tor, exer­cise and sleep are all sug­ges­tion for hair growth. I know stress is an impor­tant one because I had real­ized that some my hair turned white and start­ed change back to… Read more »

well exer­cise does relieve stress

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Tanya diwan

hair fall major con­cern the­se days so many peo­ple uses dif­fer­ent prod­ucts look­ing pos­i­tive feed­backs or adds even i used so many prod­ucts and in last a pro­duct called amiri hair cream iam using it from last 10 days and slow­ly slow­ly it my hair stop falling and i am get­ting back hairs from roots which i lost i think in a mon­th time i will get all hairs which i loose my age is only 35…

Myleik Teele

help­ful arti­cle! It’s bet­ter to under­stand the root of a mat­ter than try­ing to find a solu­tion, and car­ing hair in nat­u­ral way is the best.