Growing long hair seems simple enough, but for many of us, length just don’t come naturally. Whether you cut your hair (too) short or you’re noticing some loss, the good news is there are ways to boost your hair growth. Similarly to growing thicker hair, it all comes down to how you treat your hair and how you treat your body although there are a few other key details to keep in mind.
While some women are blessed with hair that grows quickly and easily, others may find that their hair tends to take months, or even years just to grow a couple of inches. While hair extensions are always an option for those who desire long hair immediately, it’s always best to learn good hair habits to make your hair grow faster. We’re going to answer all your questions about why your hair won’t grow, provide tips on how to make your hair grow faster, as well as share our secrets to get long hair fast. Read on.
Why your hair is not growing
- Over processing:
Dyeing, perming, relaxing, and highlighting your hair are all chemical processes that can lead to damaged hair, contributing to breakage and slowing down hair growth. Exposing your hair to chemicals strips it of its natural oils, while synthetic dyes lift up the outer cuticle causing damage to the hair strands. To put it simply, a healthy hair cuticle lays flat making hair look smooth and shiny, while a lifted, damaged cuticle causes hair to become dull, brittle, and frizzy. Ultimately, over-processing leads to split ends and breakage making it impossible for hair to grow longer.
- Over washing:
Washing your hair every day removes dirt and buildup, leaving a clean canvas to work on and style, right? Wrong! In fact, over washing your hair is a major culprit that leads to dry, damaged hair. In reality, your scalp produces natural oils that are vital to your hair and scalp health. By washing your hair every day, you are stripping your hair of these natural oils, drying your hair out.
- Frequent brushing of hair:
When brushing your hair, you may naturally start brushing at the root downward, however, if your hair is prone to tangles, this simply makes tangles worse. Instead, start brushing your hair from the bottom, slowly working through knots as you work your way up. Brush your hair extensions the same way, to avoid excessive shedding or ripping out hairs.
- Excessive heat styling:
Extreme heat applied to your hair is a major culprit for drying out hair strands, leading to damaged hair that doesn’t grow. Consistent heat styling can lead to split ends forming, accelerating breakage. Before your pick up your curler, straightener or even hair dryer, keep in mind that all these tools can affect hair growth in the long run. Give your strands a little vacation from all hot tools to help them regain their strength and help your hair grow faster.
The perfect way of growing your hair
1. Trim regularly:
A lot of people are surprised when they hear this because getting trims often seems counterproductive to growing long hair faster, however, if your hair is damaged or has many split ends, this is a necessity. Split ends stunt the hair’s growth as the ends are constantly splitting and breaking higher and higher, leaving hair strands stuck at the same length. Trimming those wispy, split, dead ends off not only leads to less breakage and faster hair growth, but also makes your hair appear fuller, and by association, longer. Be sure to get your hair trimmed every three months, and just have your stylist “dust” the bottom of your hair to trim off any brittle ends or dead ends. As a rule of thumb, your stylist should only cut off about half an inch to an inch when trimming your hair.
2. Improve diet:
As the old sayings go, you are what you eat and “beauty comes from within.” Have you noticed that beautiful glow your face takes on when you’re well hydrated and have been eating well? Your hair is the same way! Drinking more water will lead to healthier hair from the inside out. As well, a healthy, vitamin-rich diet means extra nourishment for your scalp, which leads to strong, long hair that grows fast.
Iron, Vitamin D, B-complex, and zinc is optimal for healthy hair. Iron can be found naturally in eggs, spinach, and chicken, while salmon, mushrooms, and natural sunshine are great, natural sources of Vitamin D. B-Complex includes biotin, niacin, and cobalamin, which all give the hair thickness and shine avocados, legumes, eggs, and whole grains are a great source for these. Finally, load up on lamb, turkey, and pumpkin seed for an extra dose of zinc. If you wish, you can also take additional supplements to help your hair grow faster. These supplements include ingredients like Omega-3, vitamin B, biotin, and iron all natural vitamins and minerals to help your hair grow longer, thicker, and faster in a healthy way.
3. Rinse with cold water:
Not many people know, but hot water strips the hair of moisture and weakens hair strands making it more perceptible to breakage. To prevent damage, make sure you’re washing your hair with lukewarm water, and definitely not hot or scorching.
Warm water will cause follicles to open, enabling you to clean the scalp thoroughly. It’s important, however, to finish off with a blast of cold water to close them again to reduce hair loss and frizz. This one step alone can make a huge difference to your hair, helping it to grow faster and fall less.
4. Brushing gently:
Brushing or combing your hair is essential, obviously, but just keep in mind that aggressive brushing can cause physical damage to your hair that will prevent it from ever looking long. Basically, if you can hear the sound of the brush crunching through your strands, you’re being too rough. And be especially careful when your hair is wet and more susceptible to breakage.
When you entangle wet hair, be sure to start from the bottom and work your way up slowly, says Townsend. “We often instinctual brush from the scalp down, but that just pushes small tangles into one large knot and can cause you to lose a lot of hair.” Instead of using whatever lanky comb you’ve had since high school, Townsend suggests reaching for a natural boar-bristle brush, which helps gently distribute your scalp’s natural oils down the hair shaft which means healthier, more moisturized strands.
Most of the factors that control hair growth are out of our day-to-day control. The best step you can take is to prevent hair loss and thinning due to poor nutrition. Be sure to eat a balanced diet and stay hydrated. Check in with your doctor if you feel that you are experiencing significant hair loss.