Saturday, June 16, 2012

How to Grow Hair Faster and Healthier

How Does Hair Grow?
Hair grows in three phases: Anagen, Catagen, and Telogen. The first phase (Anagen) is also known as the "growth phase", and it begins in the follicle. The anagen phase can last a long time (up to 8 years in some people). The second phase of growth (Catagen) is also known as the "transitional phase". During the catagen phase, the follicle shrinks and the hair becomes separated from its blood supply, and the hair is pushed outward. Finally, during the third phase (Telogen), the hair & follicle are both dormant for a few months, and the hair just sits there. After the telogen phase is complete, the hair will shed, and the anagen phase will begin again.
Anagen (growth) --> Catagen (separation from blood supply & pushed outward) --> Telogen (dormancy) --> Shed & Start Over
Hair growth occurs at a rate of approximatley 0.5 inches per month.
Growing Healthy Hair
Hair-growth quality is affected by multiple factors including: diet, exercise, supplements, and genetics. In this article, we will discuss the factors that are within our control- diet, exercise, and supplements- but first, I will address post-growth hair treatments.
Post-growth hair-treatments (i.e. conditioners/moisturizers) can be very effective at adding moisture to hair and preventing breakage. However, the most important method to ensure that hair is strong and healthy, is to take the necessary steps to grow the healthiest hair possible in the first place. In other words, it is easier- and more effective- to maintain healthy hair, than it is to try to make unhealthy hair healthier.
Eat Healthy
Nutrition plays a key role in hair growth. Protein and B-Vitamins are crucial. A well-balanced diet consisting of a variety of fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats is the best way to promote healthy growth.
As a side note, poor hair growth can be symptomatic of a major nutritional deficiency or underlying disorder. When the body is under strain, hair is a low-priority, and will be last (if at all) to receive nutrients and an oxygenated bloody supply.
Exercise plays a key role in hair growth because it: improves circulation, and reduces stress. Improved circulation helps to ensure that oxygenated blood and nutrients are effectively delivered to hair follicles. Stress reduction is important, because increased stress levels have been associated with hair-loss.
Supplements can help prevent hair loss by inhibiting an enzyme (5α-reductase) that is responsible for converting testosterone into Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is the primary factor causing male pattern baldness, and a major factor contributing to hair-loss in women.
Some supplements that are commonly used as "DHT Blockers" are: Green Tea, Pygeum Africanum, Grapeseed extract, and Saw Palmetto. These supplements are thought to inhibit the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase, preventing it from converting testosterone into DHT, resulting in reduced DHT levels and therefore less hair loss.
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