I don’t know about you, but I am one of those women who is constantly growing her hair long only to cut it off for the summer. I get frustrated because it doesn’t grow as fast as I would like. But then once I cut it, I find myself missing my longer hair. So, I started researching ways to make my hair grow faster and healthier.
Are you tired of styling short haircuts and looking for tips to make your hair grow faster? Although everyone is different based on genetics, hair normally grows at the rate of a quarter of an inch to half an inch per month. However, there are ways to speed up this process as well as to improve the overall health and thickness of your hair. In this article, I will share my secrets on how to make your hair grow faster.
Watch What You Eat
Do you know that a healthy diet can soon help you switch from short to medium length hairstyles? A proper diet is important for many reasons: to maintain a healthy weight, to keep your heart healthy, and to help you live a longer, more productive life. Staying hydrated is one of the main keys to keeping your hair shiny and healthy. Drinking eight ounce glasses of water a day can keep your hair follicles hydrated and stimulate hair growth. Also, adding a multivitamin containing Vitamins B, C, D & K, along with Biotin, can also help your hair grow faster and improve its strength to prevent breakage.
It is important to eat a healthy diet rich in protein and nutrients that can be found in foods such as eggs, beans, lean meats, fish, leafy greens, grains, nuts and fruits. Protein can help stimulate hair growth, as well. Starting with a healthy diet is a great tip on how to make your hair grow faster without spending any money on expensive hair products.
Change Up Your Hair Routine
Excessive shampooing can cause your hair to shed as it strips your hair of the essential oils that are naturally found in healthy hair. You should wash your hair 2 to 3 times per week, unless you tend to have super oily hair or a lot of buildup from hair products. This will also keep your hair healthy, especially if you color or perm your hair frequently. Besides, it can help the color to last longer.
Speaking of hair products, you should read the ingredients on the bottles. A lot of hair products contain sodium laurel sulfate which can damage your hair by causing excessive breakage. You should also not overload your hair with heavy mousses, hairsprays and gels as they weigh your hair down, dry it out and can make it shed. You should find hair care products that work well for you and stick to them.
Considering conditioner, it is recommended that you condition your hair every time you shampoo, as it helps replenish the oils that are eliminated when shampooing. However, it is also recommended that you only condition the length of your hair and not the roots. Conditioning the roots can clog your pores and prevent your hair from growing more quickly.
Another secret for healthy hair is to rinse it once or twice a week with apple cider vinegar. Simply wash your hair as usual and then apply a mixture of one cup of lukewarm water and 2-4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Massage it into your scalp and hair and let it stay for three to five minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. It will leave your hair feeling soft and manageable, promote hair growth, prevent breakage. Moreover, it helps give natural curls a boost, as well.
It is also a good idea to avoid washing or rinsing your hair with hot water. You should wash your hair with tepid water and condition with cold water. Hot water damages the follicles and can make your hair fall out. It is also recommended to allow your hair to air dry. If this is not possible time-wise, you should dry your hair on a low setting. You should also avoid using hot flat and curling irons as both of these can cause excessive damage, as well. Try to use non-heating methods as much as possible when it comes to styling your hair.
Trim Your Hair Regularly
Okay, so cutting your hair isn’t a miraculous cure for hair growth, but it does help you to get rid of those nasty dry ends that cause breakage. Dead ends also slow down the rate at which your hair grows. If you trim your hair as little as an eighth of an inch every six to eight weeks, it can keep your hair shiny, manageable and healthy.
Massage Your Scalp Every Day: Wet or Dry
It only takes a few minutes to massage your scalp, and it feels extremely relaxing at the same time. You can massage your scalp with your fingertips before going to bed without any product. It will help stimulate hair growth when you sleep. If you prefer a hot oil massage in the shower, you can make your own massage oil with avocado oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil or argan oil. Simply heat it for just about a minute (NEVER boil it, you aren’t trying to fry your scalp), and then massage the oil gently into your scalp using the tips of your fingers for about ten minutes. If your hair tends to be naturally oily, you might want to do this before you wash your hair. If your hair is dry, you can do it after shampooing. This treatment can be done daily, every other day or just weekly if you have oily hair. Experiment to find which oil massage works best for you.
You could also try an overnight treatment for your hair. Warm some castor oil and massage it into your hair and roots. Then let it stay overnight. You will want to wear a shower cap to keep it from damaging your bed linens or getting into your eyes. You can do this once a week to help make your hair grow faster.
I hope you enjoyed these simple solutions on how to make your hair grow faster without spending money on expensive hair products or salon treatments.