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chelseababyy's avatar

Any good home rememdies?

Asked by chelseababyy (7934points) December 3rd, 2008

For hair growth, that actually work?

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dynamicduo's avatar

Hair grows at 6 inches a year approximately. There is nothing you can do, home remedy or otherwise, to speed it up.

Even if you are talking about reducing hair loss due to balding, there is no home remedy that works.

chelseababyy's avatar

My hair doesn’t even grow six inches a year.

chelseababyy's avatar

And okay, other than home rememdies, what would work?

gailcalled's avatar

Wigs, extensions,ouija boards, or different gene pool. Sorry, no Yankee swaps here.

dynamicduo's avatar

Nothing has been proven to work. If something actually DID work, it would be well-known and a multi-million dollar company. Some people believe taking pre-natal vitamins or other types of vitamin helps, but ultimately your hair is dead protein and there’s nothing you can do to it nor your scalp nor body to make it grow faster.

chelseababyy's avatar

Tried the prenatals, took them for like six months, didn’t really do anything.

dynamicduo's avatar

Here’s some science about how hair grows. It’s quite fascinating to learn how our hair works, I’m glad to have found that to read! It’s really all based on genetics. There’s no way to make your hair grow longer or faster than what you can naturally do. Once we get into tampering with our genetics, we might be able to change this, but that’s nowhere close to now :)

The only way you can make your hair seem longer is by being gentle with it, so that you don’t pull out your hairs, thus reducing your overall length. Things like not combing it while wet, not rubbing it hard with towels, not damaging it chemically, etc. However I will note that both me and my partner have long hair and I treat my hair rough, I also don’t damage it with chemicals like spray hold or bleaching or anything else.

steelmarket's avatar

They used to say that massaging the scalp improved blood flow to the follicles and kept them healthier longer.

@dynamic—Did that get debunked as well?

dynamicduo's avatar

Not sure, I’m not a hair expert in the least. I haven’t looked into any scalp massage research. I imagine it could be plausible, as massage has been scientifically proven to have beneficial effects. However I’m not really sure how many massages one would need nor how hair length could be affected. How about you try to find some research for us to look at and discuss? :)

steelmarket's avatar

A quick Google for “scalp massage” returned countless claims that it works. But, we all know that means squat.

This is a deep subject (I am discovering). Here is a link to the hair loss area of Science Daily, which contains numerous scientific articles on hairy subjects.

dynamicduo's avatar

Indeed I can’t find any actual scientific study related to it, so I guess it could be called plausible for now. chelseababyy, I think this is the most theoretically sound thing we’ve come across so far, you could give it a try and measure your hair at certain intervals and make the data for us to evaluate! :)

gailcalled's avatar

Hair and scalp massage feels wonderful, but it will not turn chelseababy into Rapunzel

Mizuki's avatar

Try urine. If you let a friend pee on the area you wish for hair to grow—let me know. Also, drinking one’s urine may help….

chelseababyy's avatar

@Mizuki.. WTF?!?!

And I’ll try the massaging, but I’m kinda doubtful hahhhaa.

God, being Rapunzel would be so nice.

dynamicduo's avatar

We all want what we don’t have. Long hair is a pain. I have to declog my drains so often, and vacuuming is hell cause I have to clean out the carpet brush every few minutes since it’s wound up with hair! And my hair is straight as a board, it won’t hold a curl or design for more than an hour, no joke. Haven’t tried a perm, just the thought of it scares me…

Mizuki's avatar

@chelsea——joking of course

chelseababyy's avatar

@Mitzuki, I laughed SOOO hard when I read that.

And dynamicduo, my hair is sooooooooo curly! I don’t straighten it that much though, cuz then it would be even worse growing wise.

basp's avatar

About the urine suggestion…. Years ago I heard that one should wash their hair in their own urine to make it healthy.
Inever tried that as I would rather have unhealthy urine free hair than healthy hair washed in urine. (ewwww!)

laureth's avatar

When I worked at the natural food store, we sold horsetail herb tablets to people who wanted healthier hair and nails, because it’s a natural source of silica. I don’t know if it worked or not because I never took it myself, but it sure sold. This is one common brand that isn’t that expensive.

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gailcalled's avatar

(laureth: May we assume also that no horses were harmed during the extraction of horsetail herb?)

laureth's avatar

@gailcalled: I hope so! Some plants may have been, though.

WilAthart's avatar

hhrrrmmm i dont know..

Tay122's avatar

My hair grows like 3 inches a month. So probaly at least a fricken foot a year!

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