Having thin and weak hair, prone to splitting and breaking of easily can be very annoying. There are many causes for hair loss and unhealthy hair, and many of them require medical assistance or at least an appointment with your physician so he may advise you on supplements best suited for your hair type. But improper nutrition and low blood flow to the scalp can be handled without having to go to the doctor. Making a few tweaks in your lifestyle and everyday diet as to promote the proper blood flow in the scalp is all you need to grow hair that looks good, and above else is strong and healthy.
Scalp massages are quite handy, they stimulate the blood flow, which carries the nutrients and oxygen to the follicles and it also cleans the follicles from the buildup of dead skin cells and excess oil. Just take some olive, almond or aloe vera oil, apply it to your scalp and gently massage with your fingertips using circular motion. Do this for a couple of minutes. You may leave the oil for another 10 to 15 minutes, so the scalp gets moisturized, which prevents dandruff from appearing. Or, you can massage your scalp while in the shower and use shampoo instead of the oil
Ginkgo biloba is used for quite some time as a popular herbal supplement for hair loss treatment, as it stimulates the blood flow to the scalp, providing the necessary nutrients to the hair follicle and moisturizes the scalp, preventing development of dandruff. It also a strong antioxidant, meaning it prevents production of free radicals in the cell, which cause a reaction that leads to damage and cell death and has anti-inflammatory properties which fight off infections. You can get it at your local health food store, but make sure you check the labels for a recommended daily use.
Yoga exercises are helpful as stress relief and it also promotes blood circulation through the body, and of course, the scalp. The best positions for scalp stimulation are those where your body is inverted, so the blood is pushed towards your head. Just make sure you clear the beginners levels before trying to stand on your head, if you are not experienced enough or have weak musculature, you risk injury and even breaking your neck.
Brushing your hair is very significant as it stimulates both the scalp and the hair follicles. Try to avoid using brushes with hard bristles, as they may do more harm to your skin and hair, get natural, soft bristled brush and use it regularly.
Also try to avoid ponytails and tight braids, as they pull on the root, causing stress to the scalp and the follicles and slowing down the hair growth.
Essential oils such as peppermint are good scalp stimulators. Just be careful, as essential oils are very strong and need to be diluted in water or carrier oils, such as olive, almond and jojoba oil. Add a few drops of peppermint oil to 2 teaspoons of carrier oil, mix well and apply directly to the hair and scalp. Massage for a couple of minutes and either rinse with a little lukewarm water, or leave overnight for best results.
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