Thursday, January 16, 2014

Recipes to Fast Hair Growth

By Audrey Sivasothy, eHow Contributor
Longer, stronger, healthier hair is nearly every woman's fantasy. But getting there through all of the blow dryers, flat irons, curly perms and platinum blonde hair color whims is next to impossible. With everything going on today, taking care of our hair often takes a backseat to everything else. Realizing faster hair growth results is simple and requires patience more than anything else.

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    Despite the enticing allure of a quick hair growth recipe, there is not one that exists outside of a simple, old-fashioned, dedicated healthy hair care regimen. Science tells us that human scalp hair grows at a rate of approximately 1/2 inch per month across races and genders. This hair growth rate cannot be increased unless there is a genetic predisposition to it. (See and

Maximize Your Hair Potential

  • While there is no magic recipe to significantly speed up your hair growth, there are simple things you can do to help the growth process along.
    1. Select moisturizing shampoos and conditioners for weekly hair maintenance. These will keep your hair's moisture levels up and help reduce dryness and breakage. (See
    2. Deep condition your hair regularly. Deep conditioning adds strength to the hair so that it can fight and resist daily breakage from manipulation. Alternate moisturizing deep conditioners with protein deep conditioners to keep your hair balanced.
    3. Manipulate the hair as little as possible during styling to reduce day-to-day hair trauma. Opt for hair styles like buns and chignons that keep the hair hidden or tucked away a majority of the time. These styles protect the hair from the elements and reduce friction from clothing, which leads to split ends. (See and
    4. Hair is 91% protein. A healthy diet high in protein is helpful for ensuring you get your full 1/2 inch each month. (See
    5. Protect your hair at night with a satin scarf, bonnet or pillowcase. (See

The Avoid List

  • To maximize your hair potential, there are additional items to avoid.
    1. Avoid excessive heat use in your hair routine. Heat zaps moisture from your hair and ultimately induces breakage. (See
    2. Reduce the number of chemical treatments your hair endures. Frequent coloring, perming and relaxing services greatly weaken the strands and invite all types of hair damage and breakage from overprocessing. Avoid "double processing" the hair by wearing permanent hair colors over relaxers or perms as this will also lead to irreversible damage. (See
    3. Avoid excessive sun exposure. The sun's UV rays can wreak havoc on hair by destroying its proteins and increasing its porosity. (See
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