When it comes to healthy hair, the image that I get is hair that is thick, shiny, and color that is vibrant. You just look healthier when your hair is healthy too. I want to discuss hair growth today and give some tips on how to grow healthy hair. First of all, hair has growth phases that are important to think about. I’m talking about hair on the head, though body hair also has these phases. There are three growth phases that hair goes through: anagen, catagen, and telogen.
Anagen-In this phase, hair is basically being grown and cells stack upon each other in the hair shaft to produce a hair, this phase lasts 2 years or longer.
Catagen– In this phase, the bottom portion of the hair that is connected to blood supply is disconnected. It’s pretty much just a transition phase that only lasts a couple weeks.
Telogen– This final phase of hair growth is when the hair is shed and the follicle gets to rest for a few month’s
At any given point, our hairs are in one of these phases. So it’s perfectly normal to be losing hair everyday, even as many as 100 or more, being that those hairs are in the telogen phase.
You may be wondering if there is anything we can do to increase hair growth. While there’s nothing we can do to produce more hair follicles on our head (that was genetically decided), we can try to make sure that our hair doesn’t prematurely go into the telogen(shedding) phase. Some things we can do are:
- Try not to be constantly stressed out- there is evidence that stress can cause premature hair loss. This is includes physical stress to the body.
- Massage the scalp daily with a stimulating scalp oil. This is both relaxing and can stimulate hair growth in follicles that are in the anagen phase. I use this one: Phyto Phytopolleine Universal Elixir for Unisex, 0.84 Ounce
- Get your essential 20 amino acids. Our bodies can only produce 11 of them. The other 9 must come from our diet. Hair is made up of protein so it is vital to make sure your diet includes complete proteins. This doesn’t mean you must only eat meat, other food sources like quinoa and hemp seeds are great for vegetarians as well.
Here’s to growing healthy hair, from the inside out!
Do you have any tips to growing healthy hair?