We know attaining Matilda Djerf locks is no simple task. Your hair grows approximately half an inch each month totalling up to around six inches per year. However, there are numerous factors that can impact your hair growth: age, overall health and your environmental factors like stress and heat styling. Don’t worry though, we’ve got some top tips, and comments from our Resident Trichologist, Chelcey Salinger, that’ll help you make your dream-hair a reality.
How Scalp Health Promotes Growth and Reduces Hair Thinning?
Looking after your scalp health can impact your hair growth and reduce hair thinning. Your scalp microbiome plays a crucial role in the overall health and appearance of your hair so getting your scalp care routine down can really help.
What Are Some Common Environmental Factors That Contribute to Hair Thinning?
Besides your topical scalp care routine, there are several factors that can impact your hair growth. Chelcey mentions that one key factor is your “consumption of refined sugar. There have been numerous studies that show the connection between sugar intake and reduced hair density.” Chelcey also mentions that another factor can be “high stress lifestyle and extreme stress events”. By ensuring you’re prioritising your self-care moments, you’ll also be prioritising your overall health.
Can Scalp Massages Assist With Hair Growth?
An easy at-home way to stimulate hair growth is to give yourself a scalp massage. Increase blood flow, enhance the strength of your roots and relieve stress. Byrdie reports that stimulating your scalp can positively impact your scalp and hair. You can use your fingers or reach for our Exfoliating Scalp Brush for an even deeper massage. Plus, it also feels amazing!
What Are Some Foods That Promote Hair Growth and Reduce Hair Thinning?
“Eating a diet containing a lot of fibre is an excellent way to indirectly look after your hair and scalp. Fibre is in plant foods. Some examples are grains, seeds, fruit and vegetables. Fibre feeds the ‘good bacteria’ in the gut. Similar to the way that STRAAND prebiotic products work, the fibre encourages the growth of good bacteria and balances the gut microbiome, and improves digestion. We know that a large part of our immune system is actually in the gut. So having optimal gut health is vital in reducing risk of illness and autoimmune problems. Illnesses like covid can lead to hair loss in some people, and there are multiple hair loss problems that are autoimmune in nature.”
“Antioxidants are important for reducing inflammation that is commonly associated with hair loss and scalp conditions. Good sources of antioxidants are colourful fruits and vegetables. One of my favourite sources is berries.”
“Ensure your intake of iron is adequate. Low levels of stored iron (ferritin) is one of the most common causes of a type of hair loss called telogen effluvium. Some good sources of iron are black beans, tofu, meat and leafy green vegetables.”
What’s Your Favourite STRAAND Accessory That Assists With Reducing Hair Thinning and Promoting Growth?
“The Microfibre Hair Towel may help to reduce risk of hair breakage because it decreases the need for friction when towel drying the hair (so reduces physical damage to the hair shaft) and, because it dries the hair quite well, may reduce the need for heat styling (which can also damage the hair).”
When it comes to hair thinning and promoting growth, staying proactive is the best way to promote scalp and hair growth. For any specific concerns, it’s best to talk to a board-certified trichologist or dermatologist for recommendations and advice.