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Tips For Hair Growth

I believe that education is one of the most powerful “therapies” we can give people. Whilst in-office treatments are often necessary to achieve your hair goals, changing a simple daily habit may have a great impact on your treatment outcomes. Education equips you with the tools so that your treatment journey continues even after leaving the doctor’s clinic. Instead of talking about “hair loss” which may sometimes trigger fear as we constantly worry about protecting every precious strand on our heads, I decided we can manifest together and speak in a positive tone – about abundance, and how we can increase hair growth for greater hair days.

You can only save as much as you have. But if you focus on growing more, the possibilities are endless.

1. The Scalp Is Where It’s At

Our hair follicles live within our scalp. A normal hair cycle consists of a long growth phase and much shorter resting and shedding phases. A congested and unhealthy scalp can block up hair follicles and lead to inflammation, affecting the hair cycle and resulting in a shortened growth phase. It also does not allow good penetration of topical products. So ensure you have a regular and robust cleansing routine. This may require non-stripping clarifying shampoos or a pre-wash scalp mask made with salicylic acid ever so often. It takes a bit of practice to find a routine that works for you, the aim is to clean your hair before it reaches an “overly greasy” state.

2. Avoid Heat

Whilst split ends can simply be trimmed off, damaged hair follicles cause a lot more problems that take longer to solve. Who doesn’t love a good hot shower at the end of a long day? I know this one is tough – Rinsing your hair in cool water reduces inflammation and chance of heat damage. If you need to use a hair dryer, try switching to a cooler setting to protect your scalp from heat damage, allowing the hair follicles to remain healthy and strong.

3. Review Your Hair Style

Have you heard of traction alopecia? It occurs commonly when people pull their hair back in a tight ponytail or bun on a regular basis. We are human and so is our hair! Hair and hair follicles get tired and there is only so much force it can take without breaking. A simple change in style can help take the load off your hair and allow it more time to grow.

4. Eat The Rainbow

Growing hair is akin to farming, the environment of your scalp is just as important as that of the soil. One of the major factors to hair growth is ensuring we have a good amount of nutrients required. There is no one best vitamin when it comes to hair growth. Our hair requires amino acids from protein, vitamins like biotin and vitamin D or minerals such as zinc and iron. Even weight loss and consuming less calories on a daily basis can result in weaker hair. A varied diet is good for many things but especially nutrient heavy processes such as hair growth. If you are unsure of where you are lacking, visit a doctor to check for nutritional deficiencies and get the supplementation that you need.

5. The Right Diagnosis

There are many different types of hair loss. Even the most common type of hair loss – Androgenetic Alopecia can be affected by multiple different factors. Just because a treatment has worked for a friend, does not necessarily mean it will work for you. Seeing a medical professional will help you determine the cause of your hair loss and what specific changes you can take to encourage hair growth. With that, I wish us all better hair days!
Dr Elizabeth grew up with a varied education in Singapore and the United Kingdom. She has been intrigued by the wellness space from a young age, taking a keen interest in nutrition and artful movement with her involvement in the performing arts and practice of yoga. Graduating with a medical degree from the University of Manchester, she went on to obtain experience in a variety of medical specialties with a special interest in the surgical disciplines. (Read Dr Elizabeth's full biography in our About Page!)

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