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10 Ways to Make Your Hair Grow Faster

6.      Lemon Juice Lemon juice is a hugely popular tonic for many different things. It’s used to support weight loss, soothe sore throats, prevent kidney stones,… Elizabeth Lilian - March 12, 2017

6.      Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is a hugely popular tonic for many different things. It’s used to support weight loss, soothe sore throats, prevent kidney stones, provide a natural boost of energy, help digestion and balance pH levels in the body. Lemon juice can also be used as an all-natural cleaner, bleaching agent, laundry detergent, and air freshener.

Lemons can treat indigestion, constipation, mouth and gum disease, fever, burns and high blood pressure. It can help strengthen the immune system, cleanse and detox the stomach and even purify the blood. Lemons contain many nourishing vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin E, folate, niacin, riboflavin, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and many more.

Lemon water has been proven to hold many health benefits, and the juice has antiseptic and anticoagulant properties, so it can even stop internal bleeding. Lemon juice contains high concentrations of citric acid, a frequent ingredient in skincare products that can stimulate regeneration of skin tissue and reverse signs of aging. Lemon juice is also an antifungal, which can treat dandruff problems when applied to the scalp.

Using lemon juice for hair growth is effective due to the high amounts of vitamin C, an essential nutrient in growing strong, healthy hair. Fresh lemon juice can also stimulate hair growth, and cleanse the scalp from dust, dead skin cells and other oils that can block hair follicles and inhibit growth. Simply squeeze fresh lemon juice directly onto the scalp and massage in for 5 to 10 minutes. Wait a further 10 minutes before rinsing it out with a mild shampoo, and repeat once a week. You can also mix lemon juice with olive oil and castor oil for an even stronger hair growth remedy. Avoid using lemon juice if you have open sores or scratches on your scalp, as the lemon juice will irritate any wounds.

7.      Beetroot Juice

Beetroots are a root vegetable also known as beet, red beet or garden beet, and scientifically known as Beta vulgaris. Beetroot has often been passed over in favour of other vegetables, but it’s slowly gaining popularity as another ‘superfood’. It’s a rich source of essential nutrients like fiber, folate, manganese, potassium, vitamin C and iron, and can even be used as a food dye.

Beetroot is believed to improve blood flow, decrease the risk of obesity and heart disease, and support healthy weight loss. Red beetroot in particular has been shown to improve dementia, diabetes, and hypertension. Beetroots contain unique phytonutrients called betalains that hold strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, making beetroot an effective detoxifier.

Beetroot juice is an effective ingredient in skincare products, as the antioxidants found in beets can protect skin cells from damage caused by free radicals, while lycopene – the phytonutrient that gives beets that brilliant color – promotes skin elasticity and provides protection from the UV rays of the sun. Beetroots also contain a nutrient called choline, which can improve sleep, muscle tone, memory and cognitive function.

Beetroots can be used to combat hair loss either by adding it to your diet or applying it directly to the scalp. Drinking a glass of beetroot juice each day will help promote hair growth, and you can combine it with other vegetables like cucumbers and carrots to further the nutritional benefits. Alternatively, you can apply beetroot juice straight onto the scalp, but be wary if your hair is a light color as the beetroot juice may stain it.

8.      Fenugreek

Fenugreek is a plant that is native to southern Europe, the Mediterranean and Asia. Also known as methi, it’s a common ingredient in cuisine, and has been used for both culinary and medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Fenugreek can be enjoyed in many ways. The seeds are often ground into powder and used to give spice and flavor to many dishes, the plant itself can be eaten as a vegetable, and the leaves can be dried and used as herbs.

Fenugreek has a wide array of health benefits. It’s said to bring relief from pain, fever, dandruff, stomach problems, respiratory problems, ulcers, diabetes, inflammation and even insomnia. It’s popular among women as it’s a galactogogue, which means it can increase breastmilk supply in nursing mothers, and it’s believed to be able to heighten the libido and treat symptoms of PMS and menopause.

Fenugreek contains a wide range of different nutrients like magnesium, manganese, copper and iron. It’s also a great source of protein and dietary fiber, as well as phytonutrients such as choline, gitogenin, diosgenin and tigogenin that further enhance the benefits. Fenugreek seeds contain a soluble fiber called galactomannan, which can reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and promote healthy blood sugar levels in those with type 2 diabetes.

Fenugreek is extremely effective in strengthening the hair and treating follicular issues that can delay hair growth, and it’s a natural moisturizer that can provide shine and bounce. To use fenugreek, soak the seeds in water for 24 hours. Strain them out, and rinse your hair with the fenugreek-infused water. Once your hair is soaked with fenugreek water, let it sit for at least three hours before washing out with warm water. Or you can create a paste out of fenugreek seeds and coconut milk, and apply once a week as a deep-conditioning hair treatment.

9.      Fish Oil

Fish oil is a hugely popular supplement derived from the fat of cold water fish such as trout, mackerel, tuna, sardines and salmon. Fish oil contains long-chain omega-3 fatty acids which are essential to our health and wellbeing, as our body can’t function at its best without them. A diet rich in omega-3 is believed to provide protection against cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, brain development and much more.

Omega-3 contains anti-inflammatory properties and can relieve conditions like diabetes, ADHD and other behavioural problems, and even treat depression. Omega-3s are essential to a healthy heart as they can cause a reduction in triglyceride levels, and are considered essential because they can’t be produced in the human body. As such, it’s important to get as much as we can from the foods we eat, and omega-3 can be found in some plants, seafood, eggs and meat.

Omega-3 can also maintain healthy bones, balance metabolism and promote healthy skin and hair. It’s a popular ingredient in many hair growth tonics, as it holds many powerful healing properties that can reverse damaged hair and stimulate growth and thickness. Fish oil is a perfect source of omega-3 as it’s easy to take either in supplement form or by adding fish to your diet once or twice a week.

Fish oil can help strengthen the roots of the hair, and contains a good amount of protein that can help stimulate blood circulation to the follicles and scalp, further promoting hair growth. Fish oil is rarely used as a topical treatment as it holds an extremely unpleasant odor, so when using it for hair growth, it’s best to supplement in the form of fish oil capsules.

10. Coconut Milk

Coconut milk comes from the fruit of the coconut palm, also known as Cocos nucifera, which can be found throughout the world, thriving in warm, tropical climates. The coconut is classified as a one-seeded drupe, like peaches, plums and cherries, and there are over 150 different species of palms. The entire tree is very versatile and can be used for different things. The roots can be used as toothbrushes, the leaves can be used in cooking, the trunk of the palm can be used to build furniture, houses and boats, the fibrous outside of the coconut husk can be used to make rope, brooms and mattress stuffing, while the ‘meat’ of the coconut and the water inside contain many health benefits.

Coconuts are extremely nutritious. They’re rich in vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, vitamin E, and B vitamins, as well as iron, calcium, magnesium and more. Coconuts are high in fiber and the milk is lactose free, making it a healthy substitute for cow’s milk. Coconut milk comes from mature brown coconuts, and is creamy in texture and thick in consistency. It’s made by mixing the flesh of the coconut with the water found inside, and is a common ingredient in many desserts, soups, curries and sauces.

Coconut milk is high in calories and contains a beneficial fat called lauric acid, which has many antimicrobial properties and disease-fighting abilities. Drinking coconut milk is said to improve blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels and reduce risk of cardiovascular problems like heart attack and stroke. It may also increase metabolism, making it an effective accompaniment to weight loss treatments.

Coconut milk is a natural antiseptic and can help treat skin problems such as dandruff, infections, wounds and dermatitis. The nutrients can help fortify and condition hair, skin and nails, and adding it to your diet can promote hair strength and growth. Additionally, you can simply massage coconut milk into the scalp, allowing it to rest for 30 minutes before washing it out with warm water. The most important thing to remember when trying to promote faster hair growth is a healthy diet. Adding nutritious fruits, vegetables and lean meats for protein will help further nourish and stimulate hair growth.

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