Hair treated with the Iles Formula Signature Collection
“New year, new hair.” This is the time to set some hair goals to kick start a new year of healthier and happier hair. Although we are told that hair grows at a rate of roughly six inches a year, it never seems to grow more slowly than when we are dreaming of long, thick, and natural locks. Most people suffer that moment of feeling like their hair is at a standstill, like the image above. In fact, hair is still growing, but most of the hair is breaking at the ends due to dryness, therefore at a standstill. There are lots of handy practices that you can incorporate into your hair care routine. From massaging your scalp to eating certain hair-boosting superfoods, a few easy lifestyle changes can help you obtain luxurious, thick, and healthy hair in the new year!
Stimulate Your Scalp
Your scalp harbors your hair roots, and therefore good scalp care will strengthen your hair fiber and speed up your hair’s growth rate. This is because blood flows through the scalp to nourish the hair follicles with the oxygen and nutrients needed. When the scalp becomes irritated or inflamed, the hair follicles can close off, leading to hair loss or thinning. A shampoo that is free from chemicals such as sulfates and parabens that would potentially cause skin irritation on your scalp is essential. The Iles Formula Shampoo is chemical-free and provides the scalp care you need:
- Free of sulfates
- Free of parabens
- Free of benzophenones
- Free of silicon
To level up your haircare game, as part of your hair care routine, take the time to gently cleanse your scalp, while not forgetting to use scalp massage with friction to ensure thorough cleansing. Additionally, massaging the scalp can increase the blood circulation to your hair, which helps to feed the hair follicles with the nutrients needed for healthy and quick hair growth.
Moisturize Your Hair
Dehydrated hair is prone to tangling and breaking. When dry strands of hair snap, they become shorter, which slows the hair growth. Moisturizing your hair and scalp is an easy way to ensure hair stays strong and grows healthily. You can do this by selecting a perfectly PH balanced high-performance hair mask. This will ensure that your scalp is able to replenish its natural oils, which keeps your hair vibrant and strong. Finally, deep conditioning your hair using a hair mask will also help to hydrate and strengthen your locks. The Iles Formula Hair Mask is packed with fatty acids which nourish and hydrate every hair type, reviving and restoring vibrancy to dry or dead hair.
To encourage the healthy growth of your hair, it is vital to trim your hair regularly. This might seem counterproductive, but trimming your hair helps it grow in the long term by removing split ends. When we fail to remove split ends, the strand of hair continues to split and will eventually die off, preventing growth. A preventative to split ends is the Iles Formula Finishing serum. Apply it daily to fuse together any slight frays that may otherwise become a split end and eventually break the hair.
Heat treatments, such as hair straightening or curling, strip moisture from your hair, leaving it dry and fragile. Brittle hair is more likely to snap than grow, making long hairless attainable. We would suggest trying to limit your usage of hot irons, particularly if you style your hair every day – and opt for a hair serum that has heat protection acting as a shield for your hair. The Iles Formula Finishing Serum is your go-to styling serum, protecting against heat + UV + humidity + color fade.
Additionally, instead of using a blow dryer, try to towel or air dry your hair after showering. Made of microfiber, the Iles Formula Hair Turban Towel is the ideal hair towel for you, gently drying your hair fast without friction.
People suffering from genetic hair loss, generally cannot restore their hair by changing their lifestyle, including altering their diet or avoiding heat treatments.
Minoxidil is a medical ingredient that boosts hair growth. It is an effective means of treating those who suffer from genetic hair loss. Minoxidil is available over the counter as foam or topical liquid, or you can choose minoxidil in its orally consumable form – a tablet – with your doctor’s prescription. The medicine works by widening the hair follicles and increasing the blood flow to them, both of which allow more oxygen and nutrients to be fed to the follicles. This helps one’s hair achieve both longer length and higher volume. If you think that you might be a suitable candidate for this treatment, arrange a consultation with a healthcare professional who can offer you further direction and advice.
Vitamins or supplements can help revitalize brittle hair and prompt growth. Supplements with omega-3, omega-6, keratin, collagen, zinc, biotin, hyaluronic acid, or vitamins A, C, D, and E can enhance the strength and length of your hair within the course of only a few weeks. Alternatively, food is also an excellent source of hair-enriching nutrients.
Eat a Balanced Diet
The food that you eat has a significant impact on your hair length and strength. In particular, it is important that your diet contains sufficient protein, as hair follicles consist mostly of protein. Incorporating nuts and beans into your diet will boost your protein intake, while also providing you with vital nutrients, such as zinc (which supports your body’s ability to repair broken hair) and vitamin E (which strengthens the scalp). Eggs are another great source of protein; they provide a mineral called biotin, which fights hair thinning and hair loss. Fatty fish – such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, or sardines – is a key source of omega-3 fatty acids, substances that encourage hair growth. Finally, fruits and vegetables that provide vitamin C (such as sweet potatoes or sweet peppers), iron (such as spinach), vitamin D (such as mushrooms), and vitamin E (such as avocados) will all help to strengthen your hair and stimulate further hair growth.
Ultimately, though our genes play a significant role in determining our hair strength and growth rate, many lifestyle factors have to be taken into consideration as well. By adopting a healthy and balanced diet, regularly trimming and moisturizing your hair, cutting back on heat treatments, and engaging in scalp care, you can accelerate your hair growth and increase your hair strength.
Want to learn more? Visit the Iles Formula Journal for more expert advice on maintaining healthy hair and products that promote growth!
Article by Guest Writer: Amelia Johenson