As you get older, you may notice that your hair is starting to thin. And while some thinning is normal, you may be concerned about the amount of hair you are losing. Some of this hair loss is due to under-active hair follicles, and there are some things you can do to encourage or stimulate growth. Keep reading to learn about a few options you can try in addition to a hair follicle stimulant product.
Massaging the scalp is one easy way to encourage hair growth. Massages completed often can encourage the flow of blood to the follicle and this helps to provide it with oxygen and nutrients so the follicle can start growing hair again. A massage can also eliminate some of your stress and this can encourage hair growth as well since stress is linked to hair loss.
You can massage your scalp on your own or you can ask your spouse or partner to complete the massage for you. Massage should be completed with even pressure and with the tips of the fingers. Start at the hairline and move the fingers in a circular motion while moving towards the top and back of the head.
A scalp massage should last about 30 minutes and should not be uncomfortable in any way. If your scalp is dry and it is difficult to complete the massage, then consider using some oils. Use a hair oil product, a hair cream, or think about purchasing and using a hair follicle stimulant.
Also, while a massage with the hands is best, you can purchase a scalp massaging tool as well.
Sometimes hair growth is stunted due to the clogging of the follicles. In this case, unclogging them can help to encourage normal hair growth. Since most of the clogging is due to sebum, skin cells, and other natural debris, consider the use of a deep cleansing shampoo. Use the deep cleaning shampoo for several weeks. You can also mix a bit of apple cider vinegar with your usual shampoo since the vinegar will help to dissolve the debris.
After several weeks of use, switch to a natural shampoo with few ingredients. Fewer ingredients will mean fewer additives accumulating in the follicles.
Most deep cleaning shampoos will dry out the hair, so make sure to opt for a conditioner made for dry hair.
If you want to know more about hair growth and how to stimulate the follicles, speak with a hair health professional.