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.
When it comes to hair styling, my main advice for you is: style your hair in moderation. Hair grows much slower when you style it frequently, no matter which technique you use. Occasional use of hair straightener, curling device or some hair products is allowed, make sure to limit as much as possible. Keep things natural. I know the damage is reversible, but it will take much more time to restore your hair to its previous health condition than it took to style it.
Flip your hair upside down
This is another trick my hair stylist told me. Our hair can suffer from a lack of circulation from time to time. And flipping your hair upside down will make sure there is enough blood and oxygen flow to your hair follicles. Two minutes per day is more than enough.
Brush your hair no more than two times
As well as styling, excessive brushing and combing can also cause damage to your hair. Long brushing of your hair will prevent quick and natural gains of hair length. So, with that being said, try to brush or comb your hair no more than two times per day. And when you brush your hair, always hold hair in one hand, and the brush in another.
We are getting to the home remedies for how to make your hair grow faster. The first item on the list is castor oil, an essential oil that is rich in omega fatty acids and vitamin E. Mix castor oil with olive oil, coconut oil or any other similar oil in equal amounts. Use the solution to massage your scalp, let it stay there for 30 minutes, and then wash your hair with shampoo.
The Egg Mask
A true hidden diamond, eggs are perfect for speeding up hair growth. They are cheap and simple to use. Just whisk one egg, and then add four tablespoons of grapeseed oil and some lavender oil. Apply the mask on your hair, let it stay there for 30 to 60 minutes, and then wash with water and shampoo.
Another egg mask can be prepared with two egg yolks and two tablespoons of olive oil. For this mask, 15 minutes is more than enough, after which you need to wash your hair with water.
Rosemary, horsetail, sage, catnip, and nettle all promote hair growth. How to infuse your hair with herbs? Simple, just add any of the herbs mentioned in hot water, and then steep for 10 to 20 minutes. With that water, rinse your hair after shampooing. Another way is to add few drops of essential oil into your shampoo. Last, but not least, drink herbal teas.READ THIS NEXT: 11 Vitamins for Hair Growth and One Cocktail for All