How to grow hair? 20 Pro Tips


Asecond of SDR Technologes’ own hair restoration technology, NUS student studying biochemistry and molecular biology, Elena Kornilova (@ helenakornilova.sdr), told how pinched blood vessels affect hair growth, why with prolonged loss you need to donate blood and why do you need a tonic with nicotinic acid.

Tip # 1: check the digestive tract

If the hair grows poorly, falls out, forms initially weak, first of all, adjust the diet and exclude disturbances in the digestive tract: low acidity, malabsorption, insufficient fermentation. It often happens that a person’s menu is balanced and correct, but micro- and macronutrients are poorly absorbed. Because of this, not only the hair suffers – other systems and organs fail.

Tip # 2: rule out anemia

In my practice, anemia (a condition characterized by low hemoglobin and a decrease in the number of red blood cells) is the most common cause of hair loss. It comes in many forms. Latent anemia, a condition in which the level of ferritin (iron depot) is below your weight, is also detrimental to hair. Follicle receptors are very sensitive to it. If ferritin is low, hair begins to fall out.

Tip # 3: get a blood test

Firstly, it is necessary in order to exclude ferritin deficiency. Secondly, a lack of zinc, copper, manganese, vitamins D (must be at least 70), B9 and B12 can negatively affect the hair.

The indicator of total blood protein is very important. If it is below 78, then you are either malnourished or you have impaired absorption. The insulin level should be no higher than six.

Higher values ​​may indicate the presence of insulin resistance, which can also cause prolonged shedding and androgenetic alopecia.

Tip # 4: check your thyroid gland

Eliminate thyroid problems. Hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, autoimmune processes are the culprits in the loss of a large amount of hair.

Tip # 5: eat the right amount of fat

You cannot completely eliminate fats from the diet (even if you are on a diet). Lipids of both plant and animal origin are important for maintaining healthy skin, hair, nails. The latter are necessary for the synthesis of cholesterol, a precursor of sex hormones (progesterone deficiency is one of the causes of hair loss).

Ideally, if their ratio is 50% to 50%. Good sources of vegetable fats – avocados, nuts, unrefined oils, animals – butter, fish, meat, sour cream. For more information on fats, read here

Tip # 6: eliminate the pinching of blood vessels

When the vessels in the cervical spine are pinched, microcirculation of blood in the hair follicles worsens. This leads to metabolic disorders – the bulbs are deficient in oxygen and nutrients. Because of this, hair does not grow well and falls out.

Tip # 7: Move More

Physical inactivity can lead to hypoxia and a slowdown in all metabolic processes in the body.

Start moving more: walk in the park, do strength exercises, run, walk at a brisk pace for at least 10-15 minutes a day. This is a good prevention of stagnant processes.

Tip # 8: try nicotinic acid tonics

If everything is in order with your health, the quality of your hair is fine, you have a balanced diet and just want to speed up hair growth, try tonics or ampoules containing niacin. With androgenic alopecia, it is better not to use them – you can aggravate the situation. Take a course of procedures with darsonval – you don’t have to go to the salon for this. Practice a regular scalp massage to improve circulation.

Tip # 9: don’t ignore nutritional supplements

From supplements that improve hair growth, I can isolate organic silicon (horsetail or biosil on iherb), Omega-3, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, collagen, amino acids, lysine and proline in a dosage of 2000 mg, biotin (5000 mcg), magnesium, vitamin D.

Tip # 10: use products for both external and internal use

For androgenic alopecia, I recommend using Saw Palmetto Extract Tablets, Nettle Root, Zinc, Beta Sitosterols, Quercetin, Omega-3, Borage Oil. For external use: minoxidil 2-3 times a week at night, jojoba oil once a week for 2 hours, emu oil 2-3 times a week for 2 hours, copper peptides 5-6 times a week at night.

Tip # 11: wash your hair as it gets dirty

No need to train your hair to wash more rarely! Do this as it gets dirty. Excess sebum, accumulated dust, dirt and heavy metal salts are much more dangerous than surfactants contained in shampoos. If your hair gets dirty quickly, it may be due to hormonal imbalances or improper care. Shampoo can dry out the scalp and cause even more oiliness. Avoid silicone in the composition – it creates a film that prevents the absorption of nutrients. 14 facts about hair, read here

Tip # 12: Avoid anti-hair loss shampoos

There are no hair loss shampoos. None of the ingredients are able to penetrate the epidermal barrier. It’s the same story with nourishing and moisturizing shampoos. Most of them contain a huge amount of silicones and polymers. For daily use, choose shampoos with the simplest possible composition and a neutral pH of 5.5-6. Do not be afraid of Sls and Sles in the composition – they act only on the surface, without penetrating the epidermis.

Tip # 13: keep organic shampoos for at least 3 minutes

Organic and sulfate-free products have a weak detergent base. To cleanse your hair, you need to keep the shampoo for at least 3 minutes (and preferably all 4). Otherwise, you will continue to carry some of the impurities on you, disrupting metabolic processes in the hair follicles.

Tip # 14: use special products after staining

After staining, you must use special shampoos and conditioners with acidic ph 3.5-4.0. This is to stop the alkaline reaction. If you don’t have a special product on hand, rinse your hair with vinegar solution.

Tip # 15: Use a deep cleanse shampoo once a month

Use deep cleansing shampoos once a month. They will help to remove the remnants of styling products, dust, heavy metals – because of them, the hair becomes dull and lacking in volume. Use deep cleansing shampoo along all lengths. More information on why hair does not grow can be read here

Tip # 16: don’t wash your hair upside down

Hair should be washed gently and gently.

Never do it upside down – not physiological. Thus, you provoke excessive disclosure of the scales located in the direction from the roots to the ends.

Shower your hair by soaping your scalp twice without affecting the length – it will rinse with the resulting foam.

Tip # 17: be sure to use a conditioner or mask

After shampoo, a conditioner or mask should be applied to close the hair scales. If you have thin strands lacking in volume, skip this step and move on to the next.

Tip # 18: use leave-in sprays and oils

Use a moisturizing spray on lightly towel-dried hair. After that, you can apply a few drops of silicone (yes, you heard right) fluid oil. It will help create a film that protects against mechanical friction, temperature and other adverse factors.

Tip # 19: don’t dry your hair with your head down

As in the case of washing, this is a matter of scales. Due to regular blow-drying upside down, the hair becomes tangled, brittle and dull. The correct direction is from roots to ends. Hold the hair dryer at a 45 degree angle. Use boar-bristled combs – they will add shine and help close the scales. For perfect styling, read on link

Tip # 20: Don’t Brush Wet Hair

Do not brush wet hair or stretch it with a heavy towel while making a turban. They are very vulnerable when wet and tear easily. Replace the towel with a cotton tee. You can comb them when they are about 30% dry.

Interview: Natalia Kapitsa