The foundations for having long, healthy hair include a good diet, one that includes plenty of fruits and vegetable, as well as smartly chosen foods rich in protein. According to the Mayo Clinic, optimum hair growth per month is about a half an inch. A healthy diet is an essential part of achieving that growth. In addition to choosing foods that will support a faster rate of growth, certain home remedies can help you achieve healthier, longer hair in as little as a year.
Stop Damaging Hair
Blow drying, advises the Mayo Clinic, should be avoided. Tight hair styles that stress the strands and roots should also be avoided. Choose ponytail holders and other hair styling aids with care, avoiding those with metal parts and those that are so thin that they concentrate the pressure on just a small area. Select brushes and combs with care and use them gently. Do not use fine-tooth combs. These steps will help to avoid the breakage that reduces the length of hair.
Give It Special Treatment
Home remedies can help to nourish and strengthen hair. A weekly hot oil treatment -- but not too hot, don't want to burn scalp -- using olive oil can, according to the Daily Glow, help to repair damage, as well as deeply condition and soften it. Warm 2 or 3 tablespoons of olive oil, depending on hair length, and rub gently through and into hair. Wrap in a towel and let it set for an hour, then rinse out the oil in the shower. Try a hair masque made of nutrient-rich avocado mashed with coconut oil to both nourish and condition. Use biotin and silica-enriched shampoo and conditioner, which according to an American Pregnancy Association article on pregnancy-related hair loss, can help with hair health and growth.
Stimulate the Scalp for Hair Growth
Increased circulation means greater blood flow, helping to ensure that the scalp gets the oxygen and nutrients it needs to support hair growth. After all, it is red blood cells that carry vital nutrients and oxygen to the scalp. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, massage can help stimulate increased circulation in the scalp. Use a bit of olive oil or coconut oil to massage the scalp gently with fingertips for a few minutes, morning and evening. Another way to enhance circulation is through regular exercise. In addition to stimulating the scalp through greater blood flow, regular exercise can also improve overall health, which in turn can serve to promote hair growth.