Got slow-growing hair? You’re definitely not alone. Luckily, experts say these health-boosting tricks can fix the problem fast!
Healthy fats thicken strands.
A diet rich in fish and plant fats prompts the growth of thicker, stronger hair strands for 87 percent of women studied, French researchers say. The study-proven dose: 3 (4 oz.) seafood dinners weekly, plus 1 Tbsp. of extra-virgin olive oil daily.
Bonus: These anti-inflammatory fats nourish skin, says dermatologist Lesley Rhodes, MD, cutting facial redness by as much as 62 percent.
This nutrient trio boosts fullness.
Zinc, copper, and biotin kickstart the formation of healthier, thicker hair for 78 percent of women, Japanese researchers report. This nutrient trio fortifies roots so hair grows strong. Try: New Nordic Hair Volume ($49.99, Walgreens). Note: Check with your doctor before supplementing.
Bonus: The nutrients also energize sluggish brain cells, boosting mental energy.
Horsetail tea adds shine.
This herbal brew brims with silica, a building block of healthy hair. Researchers say sipping two mugs daily increases hair thickness by as much as 33 percent.
Bonus: Silica-rich horsetail strengthens nails, cutting brittleness by up to 85 percent.
Sandalwood speeds growth.
Washing your hair with sandalwood-infused shampoo can boost hair growth hormones in your scalp by 30 percent in six days, suggests British research. Sandalwood’s active ingredient stimulates hair follicles and lengthens their natural growth phase, explains dermatologist Ralf Paus, MD.
Bonus: Sandalwood prompts the release of relaxing brain waves, halving the time it takes to fall asleep.
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