How to Stimulate the Scalp for Hair Growth

Vitamins, massages and hair treatments all contribute to scalp stimulation for hair growth.

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Just as your muscles need an occasional stretch and massage to reduce stiffness and soreness, your scalp benefits from stimulation to promote hair growth. Massages, vitamins and nutrients, and hair treatments all work to improve your hair's growth rate by circulating the blood, which brings oxygen to the cells. According to "The Hair Bible," hair grows in healthier when you're getting the daily recommended amount of protein and B vitamins, as protein provides the building blocks for strong hair.

1.

Massage your hair with a protein-based shampoo and conditioner while in the shower; protein-based hair products strengthen your hair.

2.

Eat the daily recommended amount of protein. The Harvard School of Public Health recommends consuming 8 g of protein per 20 lbs. of body weight daily. Meat provides up to 20 g of protein per serving, whereas legumes, whole grains and vegetables contain smaller amounts.

3.

Apply a hot oil treatment to your hair. Not only does it make your hair shiny, a hot oil treatment promotes scalp circulation because of the nutrients in the oil.

4.

Increase your daily intake of vitamin B-6. Found in dairy products, cereal grains, legumes and some vegetables, vitamin B-6 improves scalp circulation and promotes hair growth. MayoClinic.com says adults 18 and older should take no more than 100 milligrams daily.

5.

Give your scalp a daily rub. Apply a lightweight moisturizer to the palms of your hand and gently massage your fingers over your scalp. The combination of the lightweight moisturizer and the massage promotes scalp circulation.

Things You'll Need

 

1.Protein-based shampoo and conditioner

2.Hot oil treatment kit

 

Tips & Tricks

 

Avoid using your fingernails when massaging your scalp in the shower, as they create tiny scratches on your scalp that leads to soreness rather than stimulation.

 

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References

 

Harvard School of Public Health: Protein -- Moving Closer to Center Stage - What Should You Eat?
"The Hair Bible: The Ultimate Guide to Healthy, Beautiful Hair Forever"; Susan Craig Scott; 2003 MayoClinic.com: VItamin B-6

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