Whether you’re a man or woman, odds are you think about how your hair looks. Especially if you’re a woman, you may want your hair to be longer now. Our hair grows a quarter of an inch a month, but sometimes we don’t see that length, or we wish for it to grow faster. Waiting for hair to grow out is no simple feat. If you’re feeling impatient and want to speed your hair growth process along, follow these 12 simple ideas to help get your hair the length you want it as fast as possible.
1. Stop cutting it.
Many people think that frequent trimming helps grow hair faster and longer. The only time this actually works is if your hair is incredibly damaged at the ends. If so, make sure you cut off all of the damaged length (not just half an inch). The healthier the ends, the less it breaks off.
2. Stop styling it.
Stop adding chemicals to the mix, and stop heating it and pulling it just to make it look nice. A little natural product is OK, but constantly playing with it will just break it.
3. Eat a well-balanced diet.
Food is so closely connected to skin and hair health. Make sure you’re eating your veggies and fruits, Omega 3 fatty acids in nuts and fish, and even take supplements like fish oil or multivitamins to make sure your getting all of the essential nutrients you need. Remove acidic or processed foods, and avoid red meat.
4. Wash less.
If you have oily hair, this may seem very unappealing, but in reality many shampoos strip your hair of the natural oils it needs to remain healthy. Try shampooing less often and your hair’s oils will naturally balance out.
5. Condition every time to grow hair faster.
When you shower, but don’t shampoo, make sure you still apply conditioner. This keeps your ends healthy, letting your hair grow.
6. Rinse with cold water.
This sounds uncomfortable, but by rinsing with cold water, you can help close your follicles to protect from hair loss and yanking.
7. Massage your scalp.
Don’t confuse a massage with a harsh itching. That may feel good, but will rip hair from the follicles. Gently massage your scalp without pulling hair to help stimulate follicle growth.
8. Mask it.
There are tons of recipes for hair masks, including castor and coconut oil, keratin oils, egg masks, apple cider vinegar rinses, etc. Try whatever you want, but find something that works and use it once a week. Your hair should feel heavier and look shinier – a good sign that your concoction is working.
9. Avoid stress.
Of course, this is next to impossible for most of us, but avoiding as much stress as possible can help your hair grow healthier. You really do lose hair when your cortisol levels rise.
10. Be gentle.
Don’t play with your hair a lot (flipping it over your shoulder, etc.), and don’t brush it roughly when you get out of the shower. Avoid putting it up in that towel as well!
11. Drink more water.
We are made up of 80% water, and without that our body doesn’t produce as well as it needs to. This includes hair production!
There are tons of supplements that support healthy hair growth on the market – check them out! They can help ensure your hair gets all the essential vitamins and nutrients it needs to stay healthy.