If you have a sneaking suspicion your hair isn’t growing as quickly as it could be, then there are three areas worth investigating.
1. If you suspect your diet could be to blame: Eat a healthy, balanced diet rich in proteins, iron, Vitamin B12 and complex carbohydrates.
2. If you suspect stress is to blame: Try to manage stress levels with weekly sessions of yoga, Pilates, mindfulness and/or meditation.
3. If you suspect your haircare routine is to blame: Treat your hair a little more gently. “Use a low to medium heat setting, not a high one, when you style. Apply heat protectant products when your blow-dry and, in the summer, protect your strands from the sun with products containing UV filters.
Treating your scalp is a little like tending to a garden’s soil: it helps the plants grow. Using a scalp scrub or mask will ensure that there is no product build-up that could impair growth, while a scalp massage can help relieve tension and boost circulation to the hair follicles.
Employing the use of both hands, start at the temples and gently but firmly massage the scalp in a circular motion. Avoid friction and intense rubbing back and forth, as this has the potential to roughen the cuticle and be too irritating to the skin, which is why this is best done with a mask on the scalp. Continue the motion through the hairline and move back towards the crown ending at the nape of your neck.