How to Grow Hair Faster
Hair grows surprisingly slowly, typically between a quarter inch to half an inch per month. However, there are some simple things you can do to encourage and even slightly speed up this process, and you don’t need to sacrifice quality in doing so.
1. Cut It
It sounds counter-intuitive, but split ends actually stop healthy hair from growing consistently, and so need to be trimmed in order to allow the hair to grow longer. It has been recommended that you get a mere eighth on an inch cut off your hair every two to three months, to pre-empt the split ends from occurring in the first place.
Your hair already benefits from a normal, healthy diet, with such vitamins as A, C, D, and E being found in abundance. However, your diet might be slightly lacking in one of these, and so it is worth checking with your doctor who may encourage you to boost your level. There are products out there which also include biotin and folic acid, all of which encourage healthy hair growth.
3. Shampoo Less
Conditioners are designed to help preserve the integrity of your hair and promote healthy hair growth; however, shampoo is solely designed to remove grime and dirt gained from day to day living. It contains sulfates which can prevent natural oils from preserving your hair. You would be best served by using a little less shampoo and a little more conditioner. Your hair would benefit from the more organic, natural shampoos on the market, and you should focus on cleansing at the scalp, letting the suds drain away as quickly as possible.
4. Cold Not Hot
Using cold water near the end of your shower can improve the quality and growing power of hair. It helps to firm up the outer layer of your hair, which in turn prevents moisture loss, snags and heat damage. You only need do it for a matter of seconds, not minutes. Sounds horrible but it’s worth it.
5. More Conditioner
Contrary to popular opinion, conditioner is far more important than shampoo, especially in terms of growing hair. It replaces proteins and lipids inside the hair shaft and seals the outer cuticle. This is vital in terms of preserving the quality of the hair, so that it can grow more fully.
6. Avoid Bleach
Chemically altering hair in terms of coloring may wreak havoc in terms of the quality of your hair. The element of bleach penetrates the cuticle of the hair strands and is especially damaging for people with darker hair.
7. Brush Carefully
Brushing is essential, of course, but brushing too rigorously can actually harm your hair. Contrary to common sense, it is better to brush the lower parts of the hair first, then work your way up. A natural boar-bristle brush can help to more evenly disperse your natural oils down the hair shaft, and this in turn will lead to more luscious, more lubricated strands.
8. Change Your Pillowcase
A softer material such as satin or silk will lead to less tangling of your hair, due to its softer surface and the lack of friction which occurs during sleep. Even cool cotton and other woven fabric can lead to unwanted tangles and matted hair in the morning.
9. Change Your Towel
Instead of a regular towel, with all its woven fibers, use a t-shift or microfiber towel instead. A regular towel can pull hair strands all over the place and lead to breakage, especially as many of you tend to wrap it too tightly around your heads. Your normal towel should only really be used for your body, not your hair.
10. Ditch Hair Elastics
Elastic hair ties can actually be guilty of splicing your hair, when you really ought to be preserving it, allowing it to grow as smoothly as possible. Consider using larger pins or claw clips instead; your hair is actually being strangled and broken by those innocuous looking elastic products!
11. Change Styles
Constantly having your hair in the same style, be it a topknot or a ponytail, over time wears the hair out and breaks it due to the constant tension involved. Vary the styles and you will be putting tension in different places on different days, so the overall strength of your hair will be improved and your hair should grow longer more quickly.
12. Avoid Heat
Heat tools typically used for straightening hair are not good for the internal health of your hair. If you must use them then ensure you use a heat protectant every time; they come in sprays and creams and are generally reasonably priced.
Overall, your hair will grow long and luscious if you treat it right, eat right, sleep well, and follow a few basic pointers. If you’re really worried you could consult a dermatologist or trichologist who will be able to examine your scalp more meticulously.