A bad haircut decision, a hair stylist that has no idea how long 1 inch is, the nostalgia of getting back those long lost youthful locks… bottom line, you want your bouncy, long hair back! However, the process is really slow and the more eager you are to get back your long hair, the slower it seems.
- ?♂️ Desire for faster hair growth is common, especially after regrettable haircuts or missing long locks.
- ? Eat protein-rich foods and fats like omega 3s to nourish hair from the inside out, which promotes healthier and faster growth.
- ? Scalp massages boost blood flow, and castor oil treatments externally support hair regeneration and growth.
- ✂️ Preventing split ends and avoiding frequent trimming, excessive shampooing, and styling products on the scalp can protect hair and foster growth.
Here are a few simple tips to help your hair grow faster and, as an added bonus – healthier too.
Eat your protein
The main constituent of your hair is keratin. Keratin is a protein, so it needs protein to form. If you want healthy, strong hair, you need to get enough protein every day, preferably from whole foods such as meats, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, beans, peas, and others.
As always, health comes from the inside out, including for your hair!
Eat your fats
About 3% of the hair shaft is represented by lipid components. They form in the hair bulb and are necessary to provide a certain level of impermeability to your hair, but also ensure it remains strongly attached to the scalp.
Your scalp also contains (read it – NEEDS to contain) fats so it and the hair remain properly hydrated.
The human organism can’t produce fatty acids by itself, which is why you need to get plenty of them in your diet. Try to eat fatty fish (salmon, herring, sardines…etc.) at least 1-2 times a week, which is truly the best natural source of omega 3s.
When you shampoo, use your fingers (NOT your fingernails) to gently massage your head. This will increase your scalp’s blood flow and support faster hair growth.
The same circulatory effect can be achieved by massaging your head with a brush, but no more than 1-2 minutes a day. Too much brushing can damage the delicate skin of your scalp and/or lead to excess hair loss.
When it comes to external treatments that promote hair regeneration, castor oil is the absolute leader. Use it every time before your regular shampooing routine. Warm 1-2 tablespoons of castor oil and massage into the scalp (you can also apply on the entire hair length for a conditioning effect, although it won’t affect hair growth). Leave it on for 30 minutes and then wash your hair as usual.
Castor oil is well known to promote hair growth. It won’t make hair grow magically where you never had any but wherever there’s a hair root it will work wonders.
Bonus tip: Castor oil is also great for longer, fuller eyelashes and thicker eyebrows.
Split end prevention
Short hair is really easy to maintain because short hair is young hair. Long hair can be years old – years of shampooing, blow-drying, walking in the sun, dyeing and God knows what else. Obviously, your hair will grow longer faster if you avoid getting it too damaged.
This way, when you leave from the hair salon, most of the hair will still be on your head! There are many leave-in treatments for split-end prevention you can choose from, such as serums and oils. If you want to avoid store-bought products, you can keep your ends sealed and shiny with natural oils such as jojoba, argan, coconut, and avocado.
A few DON’TS
– Don’t trim your hair every 6 weeks unless you have really damaged ends. Trimming your ends doesn’t make your hair grow faster. Except for the root, your hair is dead (as in not alive), which is why all you can really do for it is to maintain it. Once its split, burned or damaged in any other way, you can improve its appearance, but not fix it.
– Don’t wash your hair more often than you need to. If you want long, healthy hair, try to avoid unnecessary damage from shampooing, blow-drying, and other types of heat styling.
– Don’t use styling products on your scalp (in fact, keep them to a minimum). These will clog pores and prevent hair roots from getting the oxygen needed for proper hair growth.