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Learn about the hair growth cycle, gather some general hair growth tips and discover 6 of the best hair growth products for both women and men in this guide.
Our hair has a three-stage life cycle:
Sometimes hair can experience a shorter growth phase or enter the resting phase early, which can disrupt normal hair growth. The more common hair growth interruption triggers include:
There are a few lifestyle factors that can help promote hair health and growth, including:
If you’re cutting the calories you may also be cutting the very nutrients your hair needs to grow too.
Hair growth is a pretty low-priority task for our body, so it will likely be one of the first processes to be affected by restricting food.
For example, the stress of not having enough calories will cause your body to prioritise functions like energy production, digestion and brain functions over hair growth.
Even when you do ditch the diet, it can take a few months for the hair growth cycle to repair and stop excessively shedding.
Eating enough protein every day can contribute to healthy hair growth.
This is because each strand of our hair is made of keratin, which needs protein to synthesise.1
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There are certain vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that are necessary for hair growth, so you need to make sure you stay topped up..
Nutrients that can help keep your hair healthy include:
Using heat stylers like hair dryers, straighteners and curlers regularly can damage the hair and stop it from growing to its full potential.
Try to cut down on the heat, or at lease make sure you are using a high-quality hair protection spray. These sprays have been formulated to help protect your hair with a barrier from heat.
One 2011 study found that using a heat protecting product before heat styling may significantly reduce hair breakages.3
Colouring your hair can also cause damage or affect normal hair growth.
Try not to colour your hair too often if you are experiencing hair growth problems, as this could be part of the problem.
A scalp massage is an indulgent way to help you chill out and ease some stress, and research suggests is may help support your hair health at the same time.
One 2016 study followed participants who were receiving 4-minute scalp massages for 24 weeks.
The results showed that the 9 men involved had thicker hair at the end of the study compared to when they started.5
It can also help to dislodge hair oil from the roots of your hair so it can be distributed more easily through the full length of your hair.
When it comes to hair growth issues, women and men may have similar but different experiences. That’s why Trichology came up with a hair care range for men and a hair care range for women to help support hair growth.
These products were designed specifically with women's haircare in mind.
Want to make sure your shampoo is helping with your hair loss, not hindering it? Check out this stimulating formula by stemgro Trichology for a naturally powerful shampoo to reinvigorate your hair.
Same thing goes for your conditioner; you need to make sure your hair gets nourished in the best way possible at this product stage.
This Stemgro Trichology restorative conditioner helps to bring some volume and strength to your hair roots while restoring hair health with its natural ingredients.
Your scalp needs to be healthy for your hair to be healthy. This activating scalp tonic contains ingredients like creatine and Capilia Longa™ to help stimulate normal hair growth.
Now we'll come on to products designed specially for men to care for their hair and support healthy growth.
Looking for the simplest product to help support hair growth?
This strengthening 2-in-1 conditioning shampoo combines an all-important clean with nourishing condition in one handy product.
It’s time to get physical when it comes to your hair health! Use this silicone scalp stimulator to promote blood flow and encourage hair growth.
Can be used on wet or dry hair, with or without product.
For best results use daily with Stemgro Trichology products and massage the whole scalp in small circles.
For extra defence against hair damage, try applying this foam and letting the ingredients including caffeine and creatine do their thing while you go about your day.
Hair loss is a problem that affects men and women and has diverse origins, but despite the different aetiologies, there is a common link between them: dermal papilla cells become latent, and all the hair growth processes stop.
The ingredient Capilia Longa represents the first generation of plant growth factors and achieves hair growth reactivation through a biological approach: it produces an epigenetic reset of the hair bulb, re-starting the activity of the Dermal Papilla Cells.
This is a range aimed at stimulating hair growth and features:
As well as other ingredients which are known to help hair growth and strengthen hair like:
Last updated: 4 June 2021
Joined Holland & Barrett: March 2019
BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science
After completing her BSc in Biomedical Science, Doaa worked in Research and laboratory for 3 years. Doaa was also a member of a product development team in a manufacturing company specialising in sun care and personal care products, researching and providing regulatory advice regarding international regulations.