By Jc of The Natural Haven
There are many naturals who want to grow long hair. Many want to do this fast!! Today, I would like to discuss the science of long hair. I have just learned now that nothing is out of bounds for naturals from using KY Gel for moisture (not a bad idea) to using birth control and yeast cream to increase hair growth (not a great idea).
Science by its very nature is not static, what I say today may change in future. I can, however, report that currently NOTHING can accelerate hair growth. To define this better, I mean that nothing can make your hair grow 2 inches in one month if it is not capable itself of doing this (My husband’s hair actually does grow at just over 2 inches a month in the summer — I’m responsible for the hair cuts and the aim is to go as short as possible so I don’t have to cut it again — never works ).
Can a change in diet change the growth rate?
Actually studies say that changes to a normal diet do not affect growth rate. This means increasing or using supplements when you are already having a healthy diet will not affect your hair growth rate . In fact changes to hair growth are most commonly seen with extreme starvation (Clin Exp Dermatol;27(5):396–404, 2002).
Are supplements not useful?
Supplements can be useful, for example iron and amino acid L‑Lysine can help with hair shedding (not growth). However excessive vitamin E can lead to slower hair growth and excessive vitamin A can lead to hair loss. (Clin Exp Dermatol;27(5):396–404, 2002)