Let me be honest here, there is no magical way to get super long hair, unless of course, you purchase hair extensions. There no shortcuts, no magic trick to get luscious and long locks. The average hair growth is around half an inch per month, and then there are factors like general health, genetics and others that can affect the hair growth rate.
But, as for everything else in life, there are ways to promote and make it faster. Let’s talk about how to make your hair grow faster. Remember, all of the tips you’ll read here are natural and safe remedies. I rarely or ever recommend over the counter help. Let’s go.
The Hair Diet
First and foremost, if you want to have long and shiny hair, you must adjust your diet. Chances are, you do not know that some of the things you eat harm your hair growth. For example, processed fats and refined sugars. But the question you are probably asking yourself is “what should I eat”?
Let’s start with a healthy dose of protein each and every day. Protein is essential for muscle grow, but also for hair growth. The hair itself is composed of protein, or keratin to be exact. Lean meat, eggs, nuts, beans are great protein sources, and you need them on a daily basis.
Next item on your healthy hair diet is zinc and iron. Good news, you can get both iron, zinc, and protein by consuming beef meat. But let’s talk about other sources of zinc and iron. Oysters, poultry, pumpkin seeds, beans, lentils, eggs, and certified products like cereal, pasta, orange juice and milk are something to pay attention to. If you are wondering why you need zinc and iron, let me answer. Iron is the mineral we all need so that oxygen can get to our cells, and that includes hair follicles. You already know that we need oxygen to live, and the same applies for your hair. Zinc, on the other hand, helps you repair hair tissue, keeps the oil glands working, and promotes body grow.
A common misconception is that you need to avoid fats when you are losing weight, or you want healthy hair. People think that fats are bad for our body, but in fact, we cannot function properly without a healthy amount of fats. But the trick is to get good fats, or what experts call unsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids.
Last, but not least item on your hair diet menu is vitamin C, which you can get from any citrus fruit such as lemon and orange. Vitamin C is essential for our body, as it promotes buildup of collagen, a fiber essential that our body uses to produce new hair cells. Vitamin C is also needed for better iron absorption.
The power of Vitamin B
There isn’t a scientific proof that consumption of Vitamin B helps hair growth, the reality is something different. Vitamin B is responsible for most of the supplements that promote hair growth. Seafood, spinach, whole grains, and oatmeal are just some of the foods rich in vitamin B.
I would also like to share a trick I got a while ago from my pharmacist. She told me to add vitamin B into my regular shampoo. But you need nettle shampoo for this to work, and you need to add one dose of B6, one dose of B12, and five crushed pills of B-complex vitamin.
The power of a massage
There are two types of massage I recommend for how to make hair grow faster. The first one is a dry scalp massage, which will stimulate blood flow to your scalp. The goal here is to allow nutrients to get to your hair follicles. You can ask a friend to do the massage, but if you don’t have anyone near, do it yourself. Massage your dry scalp once a day. The second is wet hair massage, which you can do while washing your hair. With the top of your fingers, massage your hair, starting from the back of the neck, and all over your head. Massage your hair for at least two minutes while applying shower gel.
Trim your hair
It might sound counterproductive to you, but the reality is that trimming your hair actually helps. I know you are probably trying to avoid chopping off any length of your hair. But hear me out: after a while, the ends of your hair are actually damaged. Chopping them will promote healthier growth, all while eliminating split ends.
Don’t forget to use conditioner
Some hair experts and stylists like to say “if your hair is wet, you need to condition it”. In other words, when you are showering, after shampoo, conditioner is the natural next step. Shampoo takes off dirt from your hair, but the conditioner is the product that replenishes nutrients to your hair. Without conditioner, your hair won’t be healthy and shiny. You can even ditch the shampoo every now and then, and use only conditioner.
Cold Water Rinse
Yes, you have shampooed your hair, you’ve washed it, you’ve applied conditioner and you’ve washed it again. So why another rinse? Well, cold water rinse just before stepping out of the shower seals your hair cuticles, which is crucial to prevent moisture loss. Also, never ever use extremely hot water for hair wash.
Switch your pillowcase
For those of you that use a cotton pillowcase, I have bad news. Sateen fabric is much better for hair growth. While sleeping, your hair suffers from exposure to cotton, and the friction that happens when your hair touches cotton pillowcase is not to be ignored. Sateen pillowcase will make sure you wake up with little to no tangles.
Yes, stress, that mysterious factor that is responsible for 90% of illnesses, conditions and diseases nowadays. Fatigue and sleep deprivation are two aftermaths of stress, and both send your body into survival mode, which is extremely bad for your hair growth. While in survival mode, your body preserves all energy it can, and uses only energy for organ repair. So, avoid stress as much as possible, and find ways to manage, like exercise, tea, yoga, walking and anything else that works.