Do you want thicker, more luscious locks? These simple tweaks to your daily routine sidestep hair loss caused by pandemic worry, hormonal changes, and more — with no pricey OTC treatments needed! Keep scrolling for a few of our favorite all-natural hair growth tricks.
Rinse with tea.
New German research suggests that giving hair a rinse with tea not only stops hair loss but also sparks new growth for many folks. Credit goes to caffeine, which researchers say stops follicle-shrinking hormones from reaching the scalp. (Tip: White tea won’t affect the color of strands.)
Maximize the effects with a scalp massage, which boosts blood flow to the capillaries that feed follicles the nutrients they need. Japanese research suggests that a few minutes of daily scalp massage significantly increases the thickness of hair.
Let hair air-dry.
If you’re among the 65 percent of women who’ve been enjoying a relaxed attitude to hair styling during the pandemic, you’ve set yourself up for thicker hair. Turns out, three months of using fewer products and nixing tight hairstyles and blowouts allows fibroblasts in hair follicles to reboot and boost growth, according to a Johns Hopkins analysis.
Tip: Let hair air-dry for even better results. Breaking new British research published in PLOS ONE suggests keeping the scalp cooler by skipping the blow-dryer (especially during warmer months) helps regulate blood flow to the scalp, which allows follicles to focus their energy on increasing growth.
Mist your pillowcase
Spritzing your pillow with a sandalwood scent increases hair growth by 30 percent, say British researchers — all while you sleep! Hair follicles contain receptors similar to those in our nose, explains study lead Ralf Paus, M.D. And when they’re activated by sandalwood, they read it as a cue to extend hair’s active growth phase.
To do: Add 20 drops of sandalwood essential oil to a mister filled with 4 oz. of water.
With these super simple tips, you can grow thicker hair the natural way. It really is that easy!
This article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.