“In terms of the use of hair oils in general, the benefits have been well-researched and are encouraging. A scalp massage using an appropriate oil can stimulate follicular activity, which supports healthy hair growth,” she says. “For the hair, it also smoothes and protects from breakage and damage, with different oils having different effects on different hair types.”
In terms of popular formulas, Cantu and Mielle’s oils work wonders at the scalp to stimulate growth, and Fable & mane and Bumble & Bumble’s elixirs are lightweight and effective at the lengths to maintain overall hair health.
Hair growth supplements
“While many people obtain sufficient nutrients from their diets, certain factors like poor nutrition, stress, and hormonal changes may contribute to deficiencies that can impact hair health,” says Hannah. This is where supplements can step in to address these potential deficiencies.
“Key nutrients such as biotin, vitamins A, C, D, and E, as well as minerals like iron and zinc, are associated with hair growth and strength,” she explains, encouraging those shopping for supplements to keep an eye out for these ingredients.
She does however warn that over-dependence on supplements can prove harmful. “It’s generally recommended to prioritise a well-balanced diet. Before starting any supplements, consulting with a healthcare professional can help determine if they are necessary and safe for individual needs.”
Hair Gain and Beauty Pie’s supplements both focus on filling the gaps in your diet which can help with hair growth and health.
Hair growth shampoo & conditioner
Beginning with the basics can make all the difference. Investing in a good shampoo and conditioner can aid in maintaining hair health overall, plus, many modern formulations feature ingredients that target hair growth.
“Healthy hair starts with a healthy foundation, so always look for products that support the health of your scalp,” advises Samantha, before adding: “I’d recommend regularly cleansing your hair with a PH balanced shampoo and conditioner that’s right for your hair type. Use the right amounts when washing, start small and add more and then rinsing thoroughly.”
Some brands that have created lines focused on hair growth and thickness include Pantene, Vegamour, Kerastase and most recently, Revitalash.
Hair growth treatments and masks
As with any hair concern, regular masking really can make all the difference, as can special targeted treatments. L’Oreal Professional, along with L’Oreal’s high street Elvive range, both stand out in this area.
“Deep conditioning masks can provide extra hydration and repair damaged hair, while scalp treatments, like serums with ingredients such as tea tree oil, can promote a healthy scalp environment,” says Hannah.
Not only do these treatments stimulate the scalp and contain hair-strengthening ingredients, they also deeply hydrate and keep hair in top tier condition, meaning less breakage.