10 Simple Tips That Will Make Your Hair Grow Faster

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Have you always dreamed of long, luscious locks? Are you trying to change your look from a pixie cut to a longer hairstyle? Growing out your hair can be frustrating, especially if your hair tends to grow slowly. Most people’s hair grows about 1⁄2 inch (1.3 cm) a month, but you can make sure your hair grows as quickly as possible by following a few simple steps and cutting down on bad hair habits!

1.Cut down on your use of hot styling tools. 

While they may make your hair look good for a few hours, hot styling tools like hair dryers, hair straighteners, and hair curlers can weaken your hair and hinder hair growth. Try to reduce your use of these tools or cut them out of your hair care routine. Do minimal hair styling, with minimal hair products, so your hair can stay healthy and grow out.

  • If you decide to use hot styling tools, set them to a low heat setting, no higher than 325 degrees Fahrenheit, and apply a heat protectant spray, gel, or cream before you use the tool on your hair. This will help to protect your hair from drying out and breaking off.

2. Leave your hair down whenever possible. 

Pulling your hair back into a ponytail or a tight updo can lead to breakage and damaged strands. Rather than using clips, pins, and hair ties in your hair, go for a more relaxed look. Let your hair flow long and over time, it will grow out long and healthy.

3. Brush your hair gently.

Use a brush with natural boar bristles. Brush your hair from the tips and move upward to de-tangle your dry hair. Work out tangles slowly and never tear or pull at your hair when brushing.[1]
If you have it on hand, apply some kind of hair protectant prior to brushing to minimize split ends.
Don’t brush wet hair, or you may cause hair strands to break.

4. Use shampoo only two to three times a week. 

Reduce your shampoo use to only two to three times a week so you do not dry out or overwash your hair. This will allow your hair to stay strong and healthy, leading to better long term growth.

  • If your scalp gets oily or itchy due to underwashing, you can increase the amount of times you shampoo during the week. Alternatively, you can use dry shampoo to clean your scalp and hair in between washings.
  • When you shampoo your hair, you should massage the shampoo into your scalp and try not to rub your hair with the shampoo.
  • To keep your hair healthy, you should focus on conditioning your hair every time you shower. Conditioner is great for strengthen your hair, as it replaces the lipids and proteins in your hair shafts. You can also use a conditioning treatment to give your hair an extra boost, such as a treatment that contains natural ingredients to encourage hair growth and soothe your scalp. Rinse out your conditioner using cold water, which seals the cuticle.

5. Massage your scalp with essential oils 1-2 times a week.

Drip a nickel-size amount of oil to your fingers, and rub your hands together. Then, place your hands in an L-shape form, and rub your scalp starting at your hairline. Continue moving your fingers across your head in small, circular movements for about 5-10 minutes. This promotes blood flow to your scalp, which encourages hair growth.

  • In addition, the essential oils decrease stress levels. Managing your stress levels helps avoid hair thinning.
  • You can use either eucalyptus, rosemary, peppermint, or tea tree.
  • Avoid putting too much pressure on your temples and neck.

6. Pat your hair dry after a shower.

Avoid wrapping your wet hair tightly in a towel as doing this can cause breakage and put stress on the strands of your hair. Instead, use a dry towel to pat your hair so you do not tear, pull, or rip at your wet hair.

  • If you can’t break your towel wrapping habit, use thin towels and soft microfiber towels. These towels are made of material that is light on your hair and soaks up the water in your hair without damaging it.

7. Get your hair trimmed once split ends appear.

Though it may seem like the wrong move when you are trying to grow out your hair, getting your hair trimmed once you develop split ends can actually encourage hair growth. Split ends start as dry, brittle parts of your hair and if they are not trimmed, can work their way up the strands of your hair. If you leave your split ends for too long, when you do go to your hairdresser, she may be forced to trim a significant amount of length off you hair to get rid of the split ends.[7]

  • Make sure you see your hairdresser every 10 to 12 weeks for a trim. Schedule appointments ahead with your hairdresser so your hair stays healthy and free of split ends.
  • If your hair grows quickly and you have very damaged ends, then you may want to get trims every 6 to 8 weeks.

8. Eat a healthy diet full of vitamin A, C, D, zinc, and protein.

Healthy hair starts with a healthy diet! Eat foods rich in vitamins that promote hair growth as often as you can. For instance, eat dark, leafy greens like spinach and broccoli for a source of vitamins A and C. You can also eat foods like salmon, eggs, avocados, sunflower seeds, almonds, yellow peppers, and sweet potatoes.

  • Sweet potatoes help retain vitamin A, sunflower seeds are rich in vitamin E, and yellow peppers are rich in vitamin C. Almonds have a high biotin and protein content.
  • Salmon is rich in vitamin D and protein, eggs contain biotin and omega-3, and avocados have a high concentration of essential fatty acids.

9. Take vitamins like biotin, vitamin B, and vitamin C. 

These vitamins encourage hair growth and thickens the hair follicle. You can look for a multivitamin with all of these listed, choose a “hair, skin, and nails,” vitamin, or purchase them individually. For best results, take time first thing in the morning, following the specific directions.

  • It may take a few months to see results, but over time, taking these vitamins regularly may result in longer, thicker, healthier hair. Your skin will also look great too!

10. Focus on stress relieving activities like yoga and meditation.

Pulling your hair out when you’re stressed isn’t just a turn of phrase; stress can affect your cortisol levels and lead to reduced hair growth. Lower your cortisol levels by doing stress relieving activities like yoga, meditation, and deep breathing exercises. This will lead to a more peaceful life and a fuller, longer head of hair.

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