Short hair, don’t care, right?
That is, unless you've been desperately trying to grow your locks without much success.
While you can’t make your cells grow faster than they do naturally, there might some other factors at play stopping you from achieving your long hair potential.
Maximise your hair growth with the following.
Feed your hair
The right products go a long way to improve the look and feel of your hair, but ultimately it stars from within. Top up on these essential nutrients and grow your healthiest hair.
Iron and Zinc
Both are important for helping hair follicles grow. Foods to include twice a week are animal products such as red meat, chicken and fish. Nonmeat sources are soybeans, lentils, spinach, broccoli, kale and salad greens.
This vitamin aids in the absorption of iron so eat foods high in vitamin C in conjunction with iron-rich foods. The best sources are blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, kiwi fruits, oranges, papaya, strawberries and sweet potatoes.
Studies have found that vitamin D may help to activate hair growth. Few foods contain it naturally and sitting in the sun is risky. Your best bet is to take a 1,000 IU supplement daily.
Hair is made of protein and having enough protein in your diet is essential for strong and healthy hair. If not your hair may be dry and fragile. Include chicken, turkey, fish, dairy products, eggs, legumes and nuts in your diet.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
These are important for keeping your scalp and hair hydrated. They’re a must-have in your diet so twice a week include fish such as salmon, herring, sardines, mackerel or plant sources such as avocado, pumpkin seeds and walnuts.
For stronger hair include Biotin-rich foods such as wholegrains, egg yolk, soy flour and yeast in your diet. Too little of this water-soluble B vitamin can cause brittle hair and may lead to hair loss.
This article originally appeared on BHG.