1. Do a Scalp Massage to Stimulate Growth
Just like good quality soil is essential to grow healthy plants and flowers, a healthy scalp is the foundation for healthy hair growth. A scalp massage has beneficial effects on stress hormones, blood pressure and heart rate. A simple way to stimulate hair growth at home is to give yourself a scalp massage. This will increase blood flow to your scalp, enhance the strength of your roots, and help nutrients get to your follicle faster. You can give yourself a scalp massage with dry hair, but adding a nutrient-rich oil like T E N N A O I L to the mix will only double the benefits. (Just keep it to once a week if you have oily roots).
2. Check Your Medications
There are many prescription medications that are known to be associated with hair loss. Some of the commonly prescribed categories of drugs that can exacerbate hair loss include antihypertensives (blood pressure), cholesterol or statins, hormone replacements like thyroid, birth control, testosterone, and certain antidepressants. As a word of caution, you should always discuss these side effects with your doctor before stopping any medications.
3. Rinse With Cool Water to Strengthen Hair
Just like hot water can cause dryness on your skin, it can be damaging to your mane, too. Rinsing with cool water will help close up the cuticle and strengthen hair follicles pre-styling. Cool water is best if you can handle it, but lukewarm is the next best thing if you can’t.
4. Avoid Over-Shampooing to Let Your Hair Repair
Over-shampooing can lead to broken, dry, and brittle locks due to the cleanser stripping the hair of its natural oils. Depending on your hair type, the number of times to shampoo your hair per week will vary. Thicker, coarser hair types can get away without washing their hair for a few days while thinner hair types may find their hair feels greasy even after one day.
5. Brush Gently When Detangling
Nothing will test your patience like properly detangling the knots in your hair, but it’s an important step in growing your strands faster and one that definitely shouldn’t be rushed. If you have a tendency to quickly and haphazardly rip a brush through your hair and call it quits, you might want to reconsider. Not taking proper care when brushing can cause your strands to break off and split—pretty much the opposite of hair growth. When it comes to brushing your hair, think: slow and gentle.
And, turns out the brush you choose makes a difference. While a brush with metal bristles has its purpose, a wide-tooth comb, a detangling brush, or a paddle brush with rounded bristles are all better options for gently combing through knots and causing minimal breakage. Almost as important as what you use to brush your hair is when you choose to do so. Instead of detangling after the shower (when the hair is most vulnerable and fragile), comb through your knots before you wash your hair.