A few years ago, 1 I cut 13 inches off of my hair in a moment of insanity. It had not been dyed for 14 years so was incredibly healthy, so I was able to donate it which made it all worthwhile. But while I sat there saying I loved it to my hair dresser, on the inside I was crying… convinced I looked like a boy. Now, almost thee full years later and my hair is still only slightly under my shoulders – nowhere near the length of where it once was. So I thought I would do some research on how to make your hair grow quicker.
Here's what it looked like before...
And 3 years later...
Fun fact before we begin – hair grows at an average rate of about ½ inch per month.
1) Get regular trims
– this one tears my heart out every time…just when I am making progress, I get a trim and it feels that much shorter. While this does not make your hair grow “quicker” per say (as it obviously grows from the root…your head), it does prevent split ends, which can break your hair off easier, hence making it looks shorter, frizzer, etc. In general healthy hair looks more full, so those regular trims will definitely help you out.
2) Ease off on heat styling
– same premise as above – frizzy hair looks less full, creates more breakage, etc. It creates unnecessary strain and can alter the natural makeup of your hair. I try to wash my hair in the evenings so that I can just let it air dry to avoid unnecessary heat for this reason.
3) Do not wash your hair every day
– what a great excuse not to wash your hair every day. The more you wash the more you get rid of your natural oils and the less healthy your hair is. The amount you wash your hair is dependent on the individual. I find I can go two days without a wash, whereas I know some people who can go up to five days. I have also found that the longer I have done this cycle the longer I can go without (and the less oily my hair is compared to when I first started doing this).
4) Protein filled diet
– Protein is not only a requirement for clean eating and to get those abs you want, but also optimal for hair growth. Diet can make a huge difference on how your hair growth as protein provides the building material for it to be healthy and stronger. Be sure to include protein at every meal (for me it's 6 meals at around 4-5 ounces of protein per meal), such as: extra lean beef, bison, extra lean chicken, eggs, fish, cottage cheese, greek yogurt…. The list goes on!
5) Massage your scalp nightly
– this promotes blood flow, which then stimulates your hair follicles – try for about 5-10 minutes a day in a gentle circular motion. To add more benefits, you can try a hot oil treatment once a week along with this.
6) Drink water
– it always comes back to this, which goes to show how important water truly is. It makes everything grow, is free, easy to obtain and so good for not only your hair, but your diet, body, endurance, strength, etc.
7) Vitamin B
– this will make your hair strong and healthy (versus dry and fragile). Get this via a supplement or multivitamin or incorporate foods rich in Vitamin B such as bananas, spinach and seafood.
8) Decrease stress
– there exists a correlation between hair loss and stress. So if you live or work in a high stress environment, be sure to find some techniques to relieve it. Whether it is taking a walk at lunch, going to the gym or practicing yoga and meditation.
9) Wear your hair down more
– or at least wear it in a very lose pony tail. It has been shown that wearing your hair in a tight ponytail or updo for a long amount of time can deter hair growth. The elastic creates tension and breakage, staling growth and making it appear less full. Try to wear it down or use alternative, less harsh methods to keep it out of your face.
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