Hair growth can be slow and taxing. On top of the fact that it takes forever to grow, you have to get frequent trims to keep your hair healthy. You wonder if there are treatments that could help speed up the process, but salon treatments are expensive and don’t seem to show lasting results because of the chemicals present in them. But you’ll be happy to know that there are homemade treatments and measures you can take to speed up the hair growth process. One such treatment is using flax seeds for hair growth. But first, let’s look at how flax seeds can help with hair growth.
Why Are Flax Seeds Good For Hair Growth?
1. Great Source Of Vitamin E
Vitamin E is one of the best vitamins you could use for hair growth because of its strong antioxidant properties which prevent hair and scalp damage. It helps improve the efficiency of capillaries, boosting blood circulation. Vitamin E is also helpful when it comes to preventing premature graying.
2. Balances pH Levels And Oil Production
Flax seeds help balance pH levels and oil production. These are two factors that directly affect the rate at which your hair grows and its health. Flax seeds soothe the scalp and help calm the sebaceous glands, so they produce the right amount of oil for healthy hair growth.
3. Nourishes Your Hair
Flax seeds are a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are essential for healthy hair growth. They nourish the follicles and hair shafts, making them stronger and less prone to damage. This also ensures that the new growth is strong and healthy. Omega-3 fatty acids help improve hair elasticity.
4. Keeps Your Hair Conditioned
Flax seeds help condition your hair, making it smooth and manageable. It helps bind moisture to the hair shaft, controlling issues like breakage, split ends, dryness, and frizz.
5. Soothes The Scalp
The regular use, or even ingestion, of flax seeds, prevents issues like acute hair loss, scalp eczema, and dandruff.
Flax seeds are a great source of both soluble and insoluble fibers. Apart from using it as a topical treatment, consuming the seeds can also greatly benefit you in terms of hair growth.
How To Use Flax Seeds For Hair Growth
1. Flax Seed Hair Oil
You Will Need
2 tbsp flax seed oil
- In a bowl, heat the flaxseed oil for a few seconds until it is slightly warm.
- Massage this into your scalp for about 15 minutes and then work it through your hair.
- Once your hair and scalp are fully covered, wrap your hair in a hot towel. You can heat the towel in the oven, dip it in hot water, or use a blow dryer to heat it.
- Wait with the towel on for an additional 30 minutes.
- Wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo.
2-3 times a week.
How This Helps
The heat from the oil and the hot towel allows the goodness of flax seeds to penetrate your roots and hair shaft. This provides your scalp and hair with the nourishment it needs to grow out healthy. You can also use food-grade flaxseed oil as a dressing when you prepare salads.
2. Flax Seed Hair Gel
You Will Need
- 1/4th cup flax seeds
- 2 cups filtered water
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- In a pot, boil the water and flax seeds until the liquid starts to thicken.
- Add a tablespoon of lemon juice and stir the liquid. Turn off the heat once the liquid reaches a gel-like consistency. Set aside to cool.
- Once cooled, strain and collect the gel in a jar.
- Use this gel to style your hair every morning. You can also use it as a topical treatment for your scalp to boost hair growth.
How This Helps
This natural hair gel does not leave product build up in your hair and boosts hair growth.
How To Include Flax Seeds In Your Diet For Hair Growth
While topical treatments work to a certain extent, what you put in your body is just as, if not more, important as what you put in your hair. For your hair to grow out strong and healthy, your body needs to be well-nourished. Here’s how to consume flax seeds for hair growth.
1. Eating Raw Flax Seeds
One of the simplest ways to include flax seeds in your diet is to have 2 tablespoons of raw flax seeds each day when you need a snack. Read on for other ways to eat raw flax seeds:
- Sprinkle a spoonful of flax seeds over some stir-fried vegetables to enhance the flavor of a dish while reaping its health benefits.
- You can also add a spoonful of flaxseeds to your salads
2. Ground Flax Seed
Grinding flax seeds to a fine powder makes it much easier to include in your diet. Grind your flax seeds and store the powder in an airtight jar in the refrigerator to use in the following recipes:
- Add the flax seed powder to your oatmeal or soup.
- You can also add the powder to smoothies, cookies, muffins, or milk.
3. Flaxseed And Yogurt
This is one of the most delicious flax seed snacks out there. Just take 1 cup of low-fat yogurt, 1/2 cup chopped strawberries, 1/2 cup blueberries, 2 tbsp ground flax seed, 1 tsp cinnamon. Combine all the ingredients and serve.
There are no shortcuts when it comes to growing your hair. But, you can speed up the process and ensure that your hair grows out healthy with these remedies and diet tips. Have you ever used flaxseed for hair growth? Tell us about your experience in the comments section below.
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