Have you noticed your hair thinning or more hairs falling out of your head than normal? If so, you probably are suffering from closed hair follicles.
The follicles are the small pores that hair grows out of and like most things eventually die due to age and other health reasons.
The result is balding and thin spots that can hurt your self-esteem and confidence.
However, we have great news. There are many things you can start doing today to open hair follicles naturally and with the use of products.
Follow along as we teach you how.
How to open closed hair follicles
1. Do a scalp massage to promote blood flow
Oxygen and blood carry nutrients which your hair needs more than you think. If your scalp isn’t getting the nutrition it needs to be healthy, then your hair and follicles won’t grow correctly.
This is why massaging the scalp every day is one of the best ways to regenerate closed hair follicles. Stretching the scalp achieves a few different things. Firstly, it makes the scalp more elastic which allows blood to enter it more easily. Secondly, it immediately helps blood flow to the area since it’s being stimulated.
You only need to massage your scalp for a few minutes per day, too. This can be while you’re studying, working, reading, or doing any other activity.
Simply begin by taking both your hands and massaging the temple area on both sides of your area. Move up closer to the hairline and once more until you’re close to the center of your forehead.
Move your hands to the side of your head, massage there, and stretch the top of your scalp, too.
Finally, you can massage the back of your head to ensure that you get full coverage.
2. Brush your scalp for a few minutes per day
Another similar technique to massaging is brushing. This works in the same way that you’re stimulating blood, oxygen, and nutrients to go to the scalp to strength closed hair follicles.
I recommend that you buy a brush that slightly scratches the scalp when you use it. Obviously you don’t want to bleed, but it should leave a slight red mark from the blood flow for a small window of time.
Imagine brushing your hair while you read, study, or do other things. While you only need to do it for five to ten minutes per day, you could do it much more for faster results.
Some people opt to do this along with tea tree oil or peppermint oil. In fact, peppermint oil has been found to regrow hair in some scientific studies so keep that in mind.
3. Eat foods that promote blood flow
You are what you eat. There’s no escaping that the food you put in your body directly affects hair health. Who doesn’t love a nice snack or something sweet? However, you do have to begin moderating unhealthy food choices and increasing healthy options if you’re serious about reopening hair follicles.
So, what’s good for your hair? These are some of the best foods you can eat for hair follicles:
- Eggs: This dairy product is packed full of nutrients like protein, biotin, and healthy fatty acids. All of these contribute to healthier and stronger hair along with lower levels of inflammation.
- Blueberries: Like most berries, blueberries are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that are crucial to good health. Try snacking on these instead of junk food or mixing them into a smoothie.
- Nuts: Peanuts, chestnuts, and different types of nuts contain healthy omega fats, iron, fiber, protein, and a multitude of other nutrients. Snacking on these will help restore the strength and life of hair follicles while giving your hair a nice shine.
- Coffee: Yep, coffee! This delicious hot drink contains the nootropic and blood flow-promoting ingredient caffeine. Drinking more coffee every day will get your blood moving to help more nutrients reach the scalp. Alternatively, you can drink tea for the same benefits with added health effects.
- Fish: Another great protein and fat source that is excellent for hair health. Try to eat more salmon, tuna, tilapia, and other forms of fish during the week.
- Dark green veggies: Broccoli, kale, spinach, and other dark green vegetables contain vitamin E, A, K, minerals, and other antioxidants that are all crucial for hair health. They will strengthen the follicle deep down to help open up closed pores. Since some people don’t like the taste of veggies, you can try a stirfry, sandwich, soup, or mixing them into other meals.
4. Avoid harsh shampoos
It’s easy to get in the habit of using shampoo, conditioner, and other hair products every day. Think about all of the stuff you put onto your scalp every day.
While they have their place in a haircare routine and offer many benefits, you should experiment with limiting hair products like shampoo.
Often they actually strip the scalp of needed moisture and nutrients. Some of them are just plain harsh and contain too many chemicals.
This is why the no poo movement began. Despite its funny name, it’s simply a group of people that have dedicated to no longer using shampoo and opting for natural alternatives.
This means tea tree oil, baking soda, vinegar, and other cleansing ingredients you can find around your home. Don’t knock it too quick! Give it a shot.
5. Towel dry your hair versus blowdrying
How often do you use a blowdryer to dry your hair? It’s extremely convenient. Don’t get me wrong. However, the heat on a regular basis is not good.
Similar to using too much product, heat strips the hair of moisture and up close can be damaging. If you insist on using a blowdryer, opt for cool hair.
I still recommend that you towel dry your hair more since it’s less harsh and will preserve existing hair follicles.
6. Drink more water
Hydration is critical for maintaining good hair health and restoring closed hair follicles. It’s recommended that you drink eight 8oz glasses per day but this only goes up if you exercise.
That’s another important point to consider: exercise. You need to be moving every day if you want to remain in good shape and have amazing hair.
Exercise, just like massaging the scalp and brush it, works in the same way that you get the blood moving all over the body. Presuming you eat good, those vitamins and minerals will travel all over the body including the scalp!
I recommend getting into running, rock climbing, weightlifting, yoga, and hiking. They’re universally fun forms of exercise and you’re bound to have a gym nearby.
7. Try using a product like Minoxidil
Some times you have to bring out the big guns. That’s where Minoxidil and similar products come into the picture.
Minoxidil is a hair loss product that you apply to any areas where there is balding or thinning. It opens up the hair follicles, allowing for more nutrients to enter them. Thus, they grow back if they died and existing ones become thicker.
Men often report that gains they make from Minoxidil are permanent, although some claim they had to keep using the product for results to stay. Either way, it’s an affordable and very effective option for opening closed hair pores.
Wrapping up reopening hair follicles
If you noticed that you’re balding or that your hair is thinning, you don’t have to worry. There are steps you can take to open hair follicles naturally and with the use of topical treatment.
The first way is through massaging the scalp. This helps bring blood to the hair which also means oxygen and nutrients. Doing this every day will awaken hair follicles. You can do it while reading, watching videos, or any low effort activity.
Similarly, I recommend that you begin brushing your hair every day for a few minutes. It acts in the same way that massaging the scalp does.
It’s also crucial that you eat well. Your diet plays a massive role in hair health. Make sure you are getting in enough protein, vitamins, and minerals through healthy foods. Drink plenty of water and avoid junk and processed food. They cause too much inflammation which will slow down hair regrowth, the opening of follicles, and other processes you’re interested in.
Lastly, go easy on the hair products! That means less wax, gel, blowdrying, and shampoo. Sure, they make you look handsome, but it can be damaging over the long term.