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Every year our staff and volunteers get asked by our shavees and hair donors what they can do to get their hair to grow back faster! Here are some tips and myth busting advice:
Myth #1: A common myth associated with hair growth isif you want your hair to grow faster and healthier, you have to trim it once a month. The truth is frequent trimming does not promote hair growth. It only removes the tip section and makes it look well-kept and healthy.
Myth #2: Another common myth attached to hair growth is lathering kitchen staples like mayo and olive oil into your hair to add moisture and shine. While these foods do contain moisturizing properties, adding heaping handfuls of the stuff to your locks isn’t the ticket to silky hair! This can cause greasy hair, without promoting any hair growth at all!

Myth #3: Finally, the classic shampoo-and-conditioner-change-up myth. If your tried-and-true shampoo and conditioner don’t seem to be working as well as they used to, don’t rush out to pick up new brands. Contrary to popular belief, hair doesn’t “get used to” products—build-up and residue is usually to blame for lackluster locks.

On average a person’s hair grows half an inch per month. Hair is primarily composed of a protein called keratin. It is crucial that you get enough protein to get the best growth rate possible. Different sources recommend varied amounts of protein but generally two – three servings daily are adequate. Lean healthy protein sources include:
  •          Poultry (preferably organic)
  •          Fish and seafood
  •          Beans and lentils
  •          Tofu/Soy based meat substitutes (organic)
  •          Eggs
  •          Nuts
Experts recommend that for hair growth you need to forget myths and focus on vitamins and eating a balanced protein diet. The most effective vitamin for hair growth and health is biotin – a water-soluble vitamin B. Vitamin A is the most important substance for the development of the strong cells and muscle tissues of the body including the cells that make up the hair.
We hope that the information provided in this blog will help you save time, money and energy while focusing on hair growth!