Q: I have short, thin hair that breaks easily, so it takes a long while for it to grow at least an inch. I've asked for
solutions to this and people have said: Horse shampoo. Will this help my hair grow longer, thicker and faster? If not, what will?
A: These horse shampoos, designed to clean, thicken and condition the mane and tail of horses, will do much the same for human hair,
since the two are similar in construction. However, you should be aware that these products work by swelling the hair shaft, leaving it
feeling rougher and more straw-like, and may not be good for those with very fine hair. Fine hair could be damaged by the swelling action.
If you want to have healthier hair, the key is to condition it and strengthen it. You need to be
using a shampoo and conditioner that is moisture-rich and high in protein. You should also take a look at your diet, and other intake.
Because your hair is made up mostly of keratinized protein, your diet should reflect that need. A balanced diet, high in proteins will
help to grow healthy hair. You also should make sure you are getting the recommended daily allowances of vitamins and minerals,
especially Vitamins A, C, D, and E.
You may also want to look at any medications you are taking. Some medicines can affect the way the
hair grows. So, if you are on medication, talk to your doctor about potential hair-related side effects.
Nutrition and hair care can optimize the hairís growth, but donít expect miracles. The average
personís hair grows at a rate of Ĺ inch per month. If you keep your hair and scalp clean and conditioned, eat right and treat your
hair gently during grooming and styling, you should soon be able to see some progress in your hairís growth.
Just donít fall for claims from products and supplements that say they give ďfaster hair growthĒ.
These products donít work, even though they may not be harmful, and would simply be a waste of your money.