Growth and length retention have long been a hot topic in the hair world, but what actually works? Can you actually help your hair grow faster? We investigated…
The healing and invigorating power of the massage is widely known but the benefits of the head massage are little known. Not only can the humble scalp massage alleviate headaches it can also beneficial for the hair follicles. Michael Lendon, Advanced Master Creative Director at Aveda says, “Scalp massage is great for stimulating the scalp which can help to keep the blood circulation flowing and promote scalp health. This will not only help to relieve stress but it will also help the nutrients from your food reach the hair follicles via tiny blood vessels.” Knowing the power of the scalp massage Aveda offer a scalp specific service called The Aveda Invati Scalp Detox. “This service utilises the power of Invati to help detoxify and refresh the scalp – bespoke massage techniques, combined with Wintergreen-derived salicylic acid gently exfoliate the scalp and remove build-up that can affect the health of the scalp and hair growth,” says Daniel.
Hair, nail and skin supplements have gained popularity with the rise of social media with many stars using sponsored posts to promote the pills. However, as ‘in your face’ as the supplements are to social users, the results of continued use have been seen. The basis of the these supplements are the vitamins and minerals that help to support healthy hair growth such as selenium, zinc and biotin. As Neil Moodie, Session Stylist of behalf of Viviscal, says, “Hair is made up of proteins so it is important to keeping feeding those building blocks. A healthy diet can go a long way toward making your hair, nails, and skin look beautiful and taking the supplements is only going to add to this effect.” the idea of taking supplements to aid growth after loss is something that Neil also advocates, “I always recommend Viviscal hair growth supplements to clients that are suffering from hair loss or hair thinning which has 25 years of research behind it. It contains the Marine Protein Amino Mar CTM, which is great for promoting and maintaining healthy hair growth. I always notice a much healthier hair growth and often a slight increase in speed of growth when clients are taking it.”
Trims and cuts
the idea of cutting your hair to make it grow has always seemed a bit alien but it does make the most sense. You see, as you wash, dry and style your hair constantly, the trauma increases split-ends which hinders healthy hair growth. Also, although hair will continue to grow (unless prevented through medical reasons), trimming it regularly means that the hair will look fuller and more vivacious. Kai Wan of Pkai salon has seen a lot of clients avoiding trims, “Many people have a tendency not to trim their hair when trying to grow it which can give the whole style an odd shape. Even if you do want long locks, it’s crucial to have regular trims just to keep it looking neat and in some semblance of a style. Whilst you’re having a quick trim to rid your hair of split ends ask for a conditioning treatment to get your hair into perfect condition ensuring that the hair grows healthily.”
From l-r -Aveda Beautifying Composition, £24, Viviscal Maximum Strength Tablets, £29.99, Hairfinity Supplements, £22, Affirm ProGrowth Oil, £11.99