Do you see hair everywhere? Right from your pillow covers, towels, brush, hair accessories, and floor? We understand what it’s like to lose hair. Hair is one of the most important factors in your appearance. It can make or break your look.
Do you want to grow your hair back? Unblock those hair follicles and grow healthy hair?
Well, you landed in the right place. We got an article on everything you need to know about the science behind hair growth. What to avoid? What to do? And 3 additional hair growth bonus masks which you can prepare at home. Sounds good?
Keep scrolling and get the hair you dream about every day.
Understand the science behind hair growth
Products with harsh chemicals.
Fix the lifestyle and habits.
Colors are fun but damaging!
Avoid styling tools
How to take care of hair in the shower?
The rituals you need to include before you sleep.
Say no to restrictive diets!
DIY hair masks
The natural shampoo
The growth tonic
Anti-dandruff hair masks
How to get instant volume
Understanding the science behind hair growth
We have hair all over our bodies. And hair serves a purpose depending on the area. For example, the hair on the head keeps the head warm and provides a cushion to the skull. Similarly, the eyelashes limit the light and dust entering the eyes. The eyebrows help to keep away the sweat dripping from the forehead and so on.
Irrespective of where the hair grows on the body, the process is similar. There’s a tubelike structure called the follicle. It has a bulb-like structure that is connected to the bottom-most of the hair follicle. Bulb like structure contains cells that generate hair from protein. These cells are further connected to veins. Veins provide cells which nutrients and oxygen, which is vital for hair growth.
All the hair strands go through a cycle. The first stage is the growth stage. In this stage, the hair grows under the skin and pushes out the skin, eventually. The visible part of the hair is Shaft. It keeps on growing for 6 years. It keeps growing irrespective of external affairs. After 6 years, there comes a time when the hair growth stops. The hair stays stagnant. This period lasts for 6-10 months. Then comes the fallout period, this is when the hair falls and new hair grows under the skin.
This process keeps going on throughout life.
Fun fact - A person loses 50-100 hair stands daily. It can be during when you comb, or wash, or do absolutely nothing.
However, if you are losing over 50-100 strands every day, then you might go wrong somewhere. Let’s discuss some common mistakes which can trigger your hair fall rate.
Let’s discuss some common mistakes you might do daily.
1. Products with harsh chemicals
Let’s bust a myth here. You do not need fancy products to take care of your hair. Basics work like a charm. Stick to them.
That being said, yes you need hair oil, shampoo, conditioner, and hair masks. Serums, leave-in mists, and other fancy products are optional and you can survive without them as well. However, it’s a choice. We recommend you use as minimal products as possible.
Always read the label behind the product. Make sure it is free from harmful chemicals.
Pro tip - Do not over shampoo. We understand you like clean hair, however, it will strip your natural oils and can damage hair.
2. Fix the lifestyle and habits.
The health of your health depends on the biological health of your body. The more efforts you put in, the better results you’ll see outside. Yes, 90% depends on internal health and only 10% depends on external care.
Start with rectifying your diet. Cut our sugar, processed food, and dead food. Include healthy and natural food. We understand that it’s difficult to do it all at once. Start with cutting off sugar, then move to junk food, and so on. Also, include health supplements like omega, biotin, protein. And, with today’s eating habits it’s hard to fulfill the body’s need for these supplements. Therefore, go for health supplements and keep your health up.
Workout - Make it a habit to work out for at least 30 minutes a day. It can be as simple as playing intense badminton or skipping or cycling. Workout doesn’t mean going to the gym or home workouts. Sweat out and keep the toxins out. Working out daily helps to boost the blood and supply oxygen to hair follicles as well. Make it a point to work out for 30 minutes a day.
Sleep - This is one the most common non-negotiable thing which is ignored and negotiated by many. 7-8 hours of sleep is a must. When you sleep, your body repairs itself and it is crucial. Sleeping on time and for 7-8 hours reduces stress, which is a major cause of hair fall.
Diet, workout, and sleep are non-negotiable.
3. Colors are fun but damaging!
Trying out new colors is like trying out new personalities. Yes, it’s fun. However, it damages your hair inside out and it has consequences in the long term.
So I can not go blonde?
Yes, you can. But, there’s a way of undergoing these color treatments. We recommend you color the lower ends of your hair only. First, if you didn’t like the color, then you can chop it off. Second, color scalp leads to severe hair fall and hair-related problems.
So next time when you decide you get your hair colored, make sure you either go for highlights or the lower end of your hair colored. Do not let the color touch your scalp.
That being said, if you are serious about fixing your hair, avoid it for a while.
4. Avoid styling tools.
Heat damages hair. And, using styling tools frequently can make your hair go from wow to noo. If you are one of those who use styling tools frequently, then you might notice dry and dull hair, hair breakage, and hair fall. Yes, the reason is the tool you are holding in your hand.
How do I style my hair then?
Go for hairstyles. Experiment with hair accessories. If you still want curly or straight hair, then you can look up natural and heatless ways to do it.
Pro tip - If you still require using a tool once or twice then use a high-quality heat protectant.
5.How to take care of hair in the shower?
First, do not take hot showers. Yes, hot showers are relaxing and it is such a stress buster. However, it has a terrible impact on hair and skin.
Remember the last time you took a hot shower, and you ended up with super frizzy hair? Exactly! That’s what scorching water does to the hair. Avoid hot showers. Instead, take use room temperature water, if not possible then lukewarm water.
Second, during the shower and after the shower handle hair carefully. As soon as hair comes into contact which water, it becomes brittle and soft. And, if you mishandle it chances are you’ll end up breaking a lot of hair. That’s why to be gentle in showers.
Avoid combing your hair after showers.
Third, use microfiber towels or soft cotton cloth. It will not be heavy on your head and will avoid hair breakage as well. And, do not leave towels for a long time, 5-7 minutes is a good time to get rid of excess water. Let it air dry.
Pro tip - After every shower clean your styling tools and hair accessories.
6. The rituals you need to include before you sleep.
Always use a silk or satin pillow cover. It will avoid hair breakage and tangling of hair. It is gentle in your hair.
Brush your hair before going to bed. Detangle it and braid it up in a use braid. It will avoid unnecessary breakage and detangling of hair.
7. Say no to restrictive diets!
Dieting and body detoxification diets can cause hair fall. When you go on a diet, you end up restricting yourself from a lot of essential nutrients. It results in hair fall and brittle hair.
We talked about 7 mistakes which you might be did in the past. Which leads to hair fall. Well, you made these mistakes, and you lost a lot of hair strands, now what? Is there any way to get them back?
DIY Hair masks
We have hand-picked 3 hair masks for you which will boost your hair growth process.
1. The natural shampoo!
Ingredients you need - Rita, Shikhakai, Amla, flax seeds.
Take a bowl. Fill it with water and boil it up. Add 200 grams of Rita, Shikhakai, and Amla powder. You can either get the fruit and grind them to fine powder or you can get the powder as well. Now, keep stirring it to avoid any lumps.
Take flax seeds in a grinder, and grind them. Add some water and grind it. It will cause a semi-liquid paste. Add this paste to the bowl. Keep stirring it for 10 minutes. Turn off the stove and let it cool for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, strain the shampoo into a glass bottle. Keep it refrigerated. It will last you up to 3 months. Every time you want to wash your hair, take out the shampoo according to your hair length and use it.
You can use this shampoo 2-3 times a week. It is 100% natural and free from chemicals.
2. Hair growth tonic!
Ingredients - Aloe Vera Gel, Castor Oil, and Vitamin E capsules.
This hair mask will help you with cleaning your scalp. We use a lot of products daily like oils, serums, shampoos, conditioners, and whatnot. It leads to product build-up on the scalp. This can lead to clogged pores, acne, infection, and dandruff. It is important to clean the scalp from time to time. You this mask once a week and you’ll see visible results from the first wash.
How to make - Take a bowl. Add Aloe vera gel, it can be from a direct plant or a 99% pure Aloe Vera gel. Add castor oil to it. Castor oil is the king of all the oils in growing hair longer and thicker. At last, add vitamin E capsules. Add the quality according to your hair length. Aloe Vera gel to castor oil should be in a 2:1 ratio and 2 Vitamin E capsules.
How to apply - Take a cotton ball and apply this hair mask evenly to the scalp. Take the excess and apply it to the hair lengths.
How many times a week? Apply it once a week.
3.Anti-dandruff hair mask.
Dandruff is one of the major causes of hair fall. Let’s fix it with this miraculous hair mask.
Ingredients - Yoghurt (Curd), fenugreek seeds, and lemon juice.
How to make - Take a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of yogurt to it. Grind fenugreek seeds and add them to the curd. Leave it for 24-48 hours to get fermented. After 24-48 hours, add 1/4 tablespoon of lemon juice. Mix it well.
How to apply - Use a cotton ball to apply it evenly throughout the scalp.
How frequently to use? 1-2 times a week. And, after a month you’ll get rid of dandruff. In fact, from the first wash, you’ll see the difference.
How to get instant volume?
Use aloe vera gel as a leave-in conditioner. It nourishes hair and gives instant volume.
Invert your head down. Take a comb and start brushing hair as you do normally. Flip it over and you’ll have bouncy hair instantly.
90% is internal. Therefore, start by correcting your lifestyle. Take in the right food, work out for 30 minutes a day, and sleep for 7-8 hours a day. Start small and then keep including healthy habits.
10% is external. When start getting indulged in healthy habits, it’s the time you change the external factors to get 100% benefits. Cut off on chemicals, heat, and tight hairstyles. Let your hair breathe and nourish them.
Stay consistent with your hair care routine for at least 2-3 months to see visible results. Also, it’s a process hence the patience, stay patient throughout the journey.
Note - If you are suffering from severe hair fall and nothing is helping you, then kindly consult a dermatologist. The reason can be an underlying problem.