Hey Girls! Today I’m coming to you with a simple question: Do you know how to accelerate hair growth?
In the view of the fact that I’m a hair maniac and I’m truly in on the subject of hair care, I can share with you my tried and tested methods for stunning, full of shine and long strands. Say goodbye to hair extensions and other expensive treatments.
How to take care of hair?
Certainly, you already know that hair needs to be taken care of from the inside, which means that you have to focus on the bulbs. However, there is just one issue left to discuss: What are the products to use to pamper hair? Should you do it with a conditioner only? From the practical point of view, it isn’t the best idea cause this product affects only the no-longer-living parts of hair. Obviously, it doesn’t mean that a conditioner doesn’t work at all – actually, it combats water loss, it smooths hair shaft out and facilitates detangling. Still, there are better methods like scalp oiling, application of scalp conditioners or hair rinses to use daily. They reach scalp, are natural and serve their purpose really well.
Herbs that increase hair growth
Personally, I love herbal hair care. I adore herbal hair rinses, masks and scalp conditioners. The extensive use of herbs to treat hair with is a good way to encourage faster hair growth, but that’s not all. In general, hair exposed to herbs stops falling out, becomes thicker, reinforced, glossy and even in some cases darker.
To me, herbs that encourage accelerated hair growth are the substances with soul because these were our grandmas and great-grandmas who used to take advantage of them. Back then when the availability of beauty products was poor, they had to go for herbal infusions to create their own hair, skin and body cosmetics.
What herbs for hair growth to choose?
The two main issues to discuss in this entry should read: ‘What are the best herbs to use to accelerate hair growth?’ and ‘What herbs combat uncontrolled hair loss?’. Don’t worry, I’m going to answer these two questions in a moment. Here are my two favourite herbs, which are:
- nettle – it offers an incredibly rich set of mineral substances and vitamins that make it extremely good at nourishing hair, strengthening and preventing hair thinning. Moreover, in terms of hair care, nettle works as a hair growth accelerator and displays powerful detoxifying qualities; it can be bought in tea bag form, but I recommend you to look for dried nettle leaves that are available in herbal shops (in the spring, you can pick up fresh nettle to make an infusion);
- field horsetail – this plant has a really high concentration of silica (silicon is one of the most important minerals in terms of hair care) that makes strands significantly stronger and reduces the number of fallen out hair; and this translates into accelerated hair growth and appearance of new, baby hair; naturally, you can go for field horsetail sold in the tea bag form but it’s better to get herbs from the trusted sources.
Other herbs for hair
What’s also worth applying in the form of infusions to rub it into scalp or add to homemade hair masks? Here are equally popular herbs for hair that display interesting features, which I appreciate, yet use it rarely:
- rosemary – helps to combat reoccurring dandruff;
- mint – when combined with vinegar, it soothes the sensation of itchy scalp;
- burdock – fights dandruff and seborrhea, counteracts hair loss;
- calamus – improves blood circulation of scalp and encourages hair growth;
- calendula – displays anti-inflammatory action, moisturises, eliminates ginger-ish shade;
- birch – disinfects, displays anti-dandruff action and prevents hair loss;
- bhringraj – Hindu herb used to accelerate hair growth and deal with hair loss.
How to apply herbs to hair?
You have full discretion on this matter. Some of the herbs, e.g. nettle or field horsetail (or a combination of them both) can be used internally, so in the form of a drink. Drinking herbs also improves the state of hair because this is the way of supplying hair bulbs with the nutrients from the inside.
When it comes to the external use of herbs, there are a few options to choose from. In my case it all depends on what I feel like applying a particular day and how much time I have at my disposal. Anyway, I always begin with making the infusion with the chosen herb – I pour boiling water over the herb, put a lid on and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then, I remove the lid to cool the infusion down. Finally, I strain the infusion and use it as:
- a scalp conditioner
- a base for homemade hair mask
- a hair rinse
- a mist to spray my hair with
- an extra substance added to either a shampoo or oil.