The rate that your hair grows is determined by a number of factors including genetics, diet and physical and mental health. For example, according to "New York Times Health," stress hormones can play a role in the autoimmune hair loss disorder alopecia areata. If you're suffering from hair loss or you have thinning hair, you may have tried a number of commercial products to get your hair to grow thicker or faster. However, there are some things you can do to help your hair grow faster naturally. Stimulating hair growth can be accomplished by using natural methods, products and ingredients. Always consult your doctor before taking herbal supplements.
Eat a variety of protein-rich foods such as lean meats, fish, dairy products and eggs. Your hair is made of protein and requires dietary protein for healthy growth. You may even experience hair loss if you don't have an adequate intake of protein, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
Rub aloe vera gel into your hair and scalp every evening before going to bed. According to dermatologists Ulrike Blume-Peytavi, Antonella Tosti, David A. Whiting and Ralph M. Trüeb in their book, "Hair Growth and Disorders," aloe has been traditionally used to promote hair growth, especially in people suffering from alopecia areata. It may help to activate new hair growth on bald spots of your scalp and prevent hair loss. Snip the leaves of an aloe plant and squeeze the gel into a bowl. Apply the gel using your fingers.
Learn yoga. Certain poses such as headstands and forward bends may help increase circulation to the scalp and possibly help promote hair growth, according to the Sivananda Yoga Center's book, "The Sivananda Companion to Meditation." Yoga is also a useful tool for releasing stress and tension, both of which can contribute to hair loss.
Take a ginkgo biloba herbal supplement. You can purchase ginkgo supplements online and in many drug stores. According to Blume-Peytavi, Tosti, Whiting and Trüeb, ginkgo extract may help promote hair growth. Consult with your physician before taking ginkgo biloba for hair growth.
Massage your scalp every morning using a few drops of peppermint, rosemary and sage essential oils mixed in 1 tbsp. of vegetable oil. Scalp massage helps promote blood flow to the scalp, which can encourage hair growth. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center adding these essential oils to the scalp massage may provide additional hair growth benefits.
- New York Times Health: Alopecia Hair Loss Linked Linked to Stress
- American Academy of Dermatology: Hair Loss
- "Hair Growth and Disorders"; Ulrike Blume-Peytavi, Antonella Tosti, David A. Whiting, and Ralph M. Trüeb; 2008
- The Sivananda Companion to Meditation"; Sivananda Yoga Center; 2003
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Hair Disorders