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Healthy Hair Growth: 4 Tips To Promote The Process



Having strong, luscious, healthy hair is a goal for many, but achieving this goal requires more than just wishing for it. It includes learning about hair anatomy, hair growth cycle and the influencers of good hair growth. This will enable you to employ the correct steps to care for your hair and nurture your strands for better growth.

 

What's the hair made up of?


Let's delve into an overview of hair anatomy. The hair is made up of:


The Hair Follicle: The hair follicle is the structure located beneath the surface of the skin that houses the hair root. It consists of several layers, including the outermost epidermal sheath, a dermal papilla, and a hair matrix.


The Hair Root: The hair root is the bottom part of the hair shaft that is anchored within the hair follicle. It contains living cells responsible for hair growth.


The Hair Shaft: The hair shaft is the visible part of the hair that extends above the skin's surface. It is made up of three layers: the innermost medulla, the cortex in the middle, and the cuticle, which is the outer protective layer.


The Sebaceous Gland: These are small glands associated with hair follicles that produce sebum, a natural oil that lubricates and protects the hair and the surrounding skin.

 

How fast does hair grow?


The hair growth cycle are in three main phases:


1. The Anagen Phase (Growth Phase): During this phase, the hair is actively growing. It can last for several years, and the length of this phase largely determines the length of the hair. The cells in the hair matrix divide rapidly, and new hair is formed, pushing the old hair out of the follicle.


2. The Catagen Phase (Transitional Phase): This is a brief transition phase that lasts for a few weeks. In this phase, the hair stops growing, and the hair follicle shrinks. It is a kind of intermediate period between the growth and rest phases.


3. The Telogen Phase (Rest Phase):

In this phase, the hair is at rest, and no new growth occurs. It can last for a few months. After the telogen phase, the hair eventually falls out, and a new hair begins to grow in its place. This is a natural shedding and renewal process.


The duration of each phase varies depending on a number of factors such as genetics and overall health. Not all hair follicles are in the same phase at the same time, which is why you continually have hairs in different stages of the growth cycle on your scalp.


Understanding the hair growth cycle is essential for proper hair care and maintenance. The overall growth rate and the thickness of hair can be influenced by factors such as diet, genetics, hormones, and age.

Understanding the factors within your control can help you make informed choices when it comes to promoting healthy hair growth.


Tips for Promoting Healthy Hair Growth


Tip 1: Eating a Nutrient-Rich Diet


A well-rounded diet is essential for healthy hair growth. Nutrition plays a crucial role in hair growth as it provides the building blocks for healthy hair. Hair is primarily composed of a protein called keratin, so a diet rich in proteins like lean meats, fish, and legumes is essential. Additionally, vitamins and minerals such as biotin, vitamins A and C, and iron are vital for hair health. A deficiency in these nutrients can lead to hair thinning and loss. On the other hand, a well-balanced diet that includes a variety of nutrients supports the growth of strong and vibrant hair. Proper hydration is also critical, as dehydration can weaken hair strands. In summary, a nutrient-rich diet and adequate hydration are fundamental for promoting healthy hair growth.



Tip 2: Having A Proper Hair Care Routine


You can't go wrong with the right routine in place. And the right routine simply centres around curating a hair care process using the products that work for you, and your hair.

It is important you choose products and curate your routine after putting into consideration your hair type and your hair density.

More general yet helpful tips to observe when it comes to caring for your hair within a routine includes:

- Cleansing and Deep Conditioning your hair regularly, at least once every two weeks.

- Avoiding excessive heat styling and chemical treatments, as they can damage the hair shaft and impede growth.

- Regularly trimming your hair to prevent split ends and breakage, which can hinder growth.



Tip 3: Scalp care and massages


This can significantly impact hair growth by promoting a healthier environment for hair follicles. Regular scalp massages increase blood circulation, helping to deliver vital nutrients to the hair roots and ultimately stimulating growth. Additionally, massages can help reduce stress, a known factor in hair loss, by promoting relaxation. Proper scalp care, including keeping the scalp clean and free from excess oils and buildup, through thorough cleansing/shampooing prevents issues like dandruff or fungal infections that can impede hair growth. Overall, scalp care and massages contribute to stronger, more vibrant hair and can even support the regrowth of thinning or damaged hair.



Tip 4: Indulging in Adequate Sleep and Intentional Stress Management


Adequate sleep plays a significant role in hair growth and overall hair health. During deep sleep, the body undergoes cell regeneration and various restorative processes for tissue repair and growth. This also applies to the cells responsible for hair growth. Lack of sufficient sleep can disrupt this natural growth cycle, leading to hair thinning and reduced hair quality. Stress is an adversary to hair growth and sleep deprivation increases stress levels. And this may contribute to conditions like telogen effluvium, where hair prematurely enters the resting phase and falls out. Moreover, poor sleep habits can disrupt hormonal balance, potentially triggering imbalances that affect hair growth. To maintain healthy hair while promoting the growth process, it is essential to not just prioritize a good night's sleep, but also maintain a consistent sleep schedule.

 

Achieving healthy hair growth requires a holistic approach. Remember that consistent care and patience are key on your journey to healthy, vibrant hair. Our Healthy Hair Wellness Program at Libre Aesthetics and Wellness includes a customized program tailored to help you make progress with your hair growth process. This program uncovers the factors that contribute to where you are now, make a goal to change, while also being supported by a customized nutrition, diet and exercise plan over the course of twelve to sixteen weeks.

You can contact us or schedule a consultation to get started today!








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