Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spring is here! Hair Growth Season has officially begun

Spring is not only a time for colorful nail polish and flirty dresses, it's also the time of year when our hair growth cycle begins to awaken.  Take a look at the graph below so you can see what I'm talking about.  Now is the time when our hair growth gets crackin! Notice that our hair grows a little faster in the spring than summer.

So what does that mean for you?  If you do nothing, your hair will likely still grow at a faster rate than in did in the last 4-6 months.  But.....what if instead of waiting idly by for the growth to happen on its own, you created a plan of action to maximize hair growth (and retention) for the next two seasons?

I dunno about you, but I like option 2 better.  I want to milk this faster hair growth thing as much as I can.  By the time fall rolls around, I want to be patting myself on the back for all the progress made.  So what's the plan?  I'm glad you asked.

First and foremost, I have to make sure the hair that's growing in is as healthy as humanly possible. This means that I vow to remain consistent with my morning smoothies, my fermented cod liver oil and collagen, silica, etc.  On top of that, I'm considering adding a shot of wheat grass back into my morning routine.  After reading a comment from a reader who mentioned how their grey hair started to gain its color back from taking wheat grass, I figured it was time to start again.  If you haven't already done so, now's a good time to pick up a 90 day supply of a hair, skin, and nails.  By the time the bottle is gone, we'll be heading into summer.

All those nutrients will make a greater difference if they have a method of delivery to the scalp. The greatest method of delivery is via water.  As it gets warmer, we will need more water for our hair and scalp.  Most of the water/fluids we'll be drinking will be allocated to helping keep our bodies cool and hydrated.  But we want to go beyond hydration.  We want to drink enough water to nourish flood our scalp with the nutrients we take in.  This means that our daily water intake should be measured in liters not cups.  If you're still talking about how you drank 3 cups of water today, you're not doing your job.

                   Scalp Stimulation
This spring, I want my scalp to know that it's time to go to work!  So of course this means that I'll be doing scalp massages on the regular.  On wash days when I'm sitting under my MicroMist steamer, I'll plan on steaming it for an entire hour.  I realized how good my scalp felt while receiving the steam treatment and thought it could maybe have an impact on my growth rate if I'm consistent.  Then there's also the option of brushing my scalp to really get things moving.  Or maybe I'll try doing Sanford Bennett's technique.  Whatever the case, I have plenty of choices and I plan on implementing multiple methods if possible.

How else can I promote circulation and improve hair growth?  Ah yes.  Exercise.  Can you imagine how much much progress you can make if you are working out on a regular basis and doing all of the above?  Not only will you have a fit, toned, summer ready body, but you can help put your circulation on overdrive.  Plus all the extra sweating will help your skin purge toxins and create a glow.

Four simple tricks along with every thing I learned in our Healthy Endings serious will help combine optimal growth with great retention.  Let's get it!
  1. I've started and i'm excited! Went to whole foods and stocked up on hair & nail vitamins and my fermented cod liver oil. Grabbed a bottle of jojoba and rosemary oil to do regular scalp massages and now that the Chicago weather has let up considerable, I've gotten back outside to get my exercise on! Every weekend I be sure to go to the women's spa and get some time in the steam room and hot sauna to encourage detoxification and I have doubled my water intake. I have also found that incorporating more salmon, tuna and avacado into my diet has helped my scalp health considerably.