Low ponytails help. Photo: Heather Hazzan
Really long hair is beautiful and all, but it can be hard to get. Either you shell out for removable fake hair, or you undertake the painstaking process of growing your own out. The latter is more cost-effective, but requires a lot of willpower and a comfort with the passage of time — both of which are usually in short supply.
If you want to be rid of your Chalamet haircut or own an all-natural ponytail that skims your butt, there are a few things you can do to help the process along. First, mentally prepare yourself do a lot of waiting. Seriously — hair grows up to half-an-inch a month max, and that’s if it and you are both in prime condition. It’s gonna take a while. Next, follow these 15 hair-growth tricks that will nudge those leisurely hair follicles in the right direction.
- 1. Stop Demonizing Scissors
- 2. Study Your Shampoo Bottle
- 3. And Maybe Spend Less Time With It
- 4. But Keep Conditioning
- 5. Stop Doing That Towel Thing
- 6. Brush Up on How to Brush
- 7. Then Give Your Hair Some Space
- 8. Learn to Love Low Ponytails
- 9. Sleep on Silk
- 10. Chill Out
- 11. Try Massaging Your Scalp
- 12. And Treat Your Scalp Like Your Face
- 13. Eat Some Gummies If You Want
- 14. But Eat Regular Food, Too
- 15. Consider Outside Forces
- Is there really a way to make your hair grow faster? We did the research so you don’t have to
- Understanding hair growth 101:
- How to make your hair grow faster:
- 2Familiarize yourself with ferritin.
- 3Banish breakage.
- Scalp health is key
- Watch the temperature on hot hair tools
- Supplement your locks
- Protect your hair
- Be careful in the sun
- How To Make Hair Grow Faster After Getting Bad Haircut
- Schedule an Adjustment
- Hair Growth Vitamins
- Repair Your Hair with a Mask
- How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #1: Get frequent trims
- How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #2: Consider hair-growth vitamins
- How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #3: Shampoo less
- How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #4: Rinse with cold water
- How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #5: Load up on conditioner
- How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #6: Use DIY deep-conditioners
- How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #7: Avoid heat tools
- How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #8: Stay away from bleach
- How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #9: Brush gently
- How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #10: Use a silk pillowcase
- How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #11: Dry your hair with a microfiber towel
- How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #12: Swap out your hair elastics
- How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #13: Change up your hairstyle
- How To Make Your Hair Grow Faster, Longer And Stronger
- Does a healthy scalp mean strong, healthy hair?
- Does diet affect your hair growth?
- Will taking supplements boost hair growth?
- What are the best supplements for longer, stronger hair?
- Which products will enhance hair growth the most?
- What can you do to prevent hair breakage?
- How should you brush your hair to promote hair growth?
- How often should you cut your hair if you want it to grow out?
- Long, healthy hair starts with a balanced diet.
- Shampoo regularly—but not too much!
- Clarifying Shampoos
- Ditch the dry shampoo.
- Sleep on a silk pillowcase.
- Yes, for longer hair, you should get your hair trimmed regularly.
- Try taking a hair vitamin.
- Don’t use too much heat.
- Avoid coloring your hair.
- Moisturize and protect with a hair mask.
- Hair Masks
- Try using products containing Minoxidil.
- Hair Growth Products with Minoxidil
- 1. Get frequent trims — yes, really
- 2. Resist the urge to go blonde
- 3. Distribute your hair’s natural oils
- Best Boar Bristle Brushes
- 4. Eat the right foods
- 5. Avoid heat styling tools
- Best Heat Protectants For Hair
- 6. Skip the daily shampoo
- 7. Add a vitamin to your A.M. routine
- Vitamins For Healthy Hair
- 8. Finish your shower with a cool rinse
- 9. Be careful when you brush wet hair
- Best Wet Brushes
- 10. Start using minoxidil
- 11. Stop doing trendy “cleanses”
- 12. Sleep on a silk pillowcase
- Shop Silk Pillowcases
- 13. Pay attention to your skin
1. Stop Demonizing Scissors
Let’s get this one out of the way first: Yes, trims sound counterintuitive and eating a spoonful of Jif every day sounds like it’d be more effective, but you should continue to trim your hair sometimes. Trims get rid of accruing damage and the split ends that end up screwing you over in the long run.
Every 8-ish weeks is the general benchmark, but it doesn’t need to be a strict, recurring appointment. Just keep an eye on your ends, especially if you have a coarse texture, heat-style, or color often, and make sure your stylist is only taking off what’s necessary — ask for a dusting (a baby trim)!
2. Study Your Shampoo Bottle
The secret to maximizing the hair-growth process is babying your hair at all times, including in the shower when its wet and vulnerable. “Use a very gentle, naturally based cleanser,” says Dr. Dominic Burg , a trichologist and chief scientist at Evolis Professional, “and avoid things like SLS and SLES, parabens, and silicones, which is often seen as ‘dimethicone’ on labels.” These harsh ingredients can build up on your scalp, clog your hair follicles, and sabotage your grand hair-growth plan, so unsubscribe.
3. And Maybe Spend Less Time With It
After you’re done squinting at labels, consider spending some time apart from cleansing products if you tend to shampoo a lot. That squeaky-clean feeling may mean you’re stripping your scalp and hair of its natural oils, which can lead to brittle hair, which can lead to breakage, which can lead to you being frustrated that your hair has been the same length for months.
4. But Keep Conditioning
A hair-growth journey is an excellent excuse to treat yourself to a quality leave-in conditioner, deep conditioner, Audrey Hepburn–approved pre-poo conditioner, or luxurious hair mask. Anabel Kingsley, trichologist at Philip Kingsley, says the added moisture in these treatments helps plump the hair shaft, improving elasticity and strength over time, which means less breakage and more length retention for you.
Condition! Photo: Heather Hazzan
5. Stop Doing That Towel Thing
Are you still doing that towel thing? It’s very fun to flip your head over and arise with a chic turban of sorts, but the combo of twisting, tension, and fabric-rubbing on super fragile wet hair is not kosher for the hair growth diet. Try swapping your towel for a gentler microfiber hair one (no rubbing, just blotting), and if you have curls, try the cotton T-shirt plopping method. If you’re really hardcore, try drying your hair with nothing but air.
6. Brush Up on How to Brush
You’ll probably need to brush your hair at some point, and when you do, do not employ the Marcia Brady 100 stroke-method. Only brush your hair gently when you truly need to, and make sure it’s with a gentle brush. “Opt for one with rounded, plastic prongs and a vented, cushioned base,” Kingsley advises. Whether you’re combing, brushing, or detangling, always start from the ends and work your way up to avoid breakage and a disturbing Princess Diaries situation.
7. Then Give Your Hair Some Space
Beyond the gentle brushing, try to leave your hair alone as much as humanly possible. That means cutting down on hair-drying, flat-ironing, curling, chemically straightening, dyeing, teasing, baking it in the sun, and yes, even crimping. The less you alter it and mess with it, the more it can truly thrive.
Air-dry! Photo: Heather Hazzan
8. Learn to Love Low Ponytails
You can still style your hair, but avoid high-tension styles like these ponytails. Instead, stick to something relatively innocuous, like the low pony. With fashion month’s onslaught of center parts (a foundational element of a low pony), the transition should be relatively smooth. Here are some low ponytails to put on your vision board and discuss with your hair later.
9. Sleep on Silk
For the thousandth time, encouraging your hair to grow to impressive lengths means treating it like the fragile baby it is, so start sleeping on silk pillowcases to cut down on tangles, breakage, and damage, and preserve all your hard work from following the aforementioned steps. This step is a fun one because silk pillowcases feel really nice and are good for your face, too.
10. Chill Out
Burg admits this is probably the hardest tip to follow, but if you want your hair to grow, you need to calm the eff down. “Your body knows that your hair isn’t essential to maintaining your life, like your heart, lungs, and brain are, so when your body is under stress, it will move any available nutrients and energy to those essential organs and away from your hair.” If you’re freaking out, you risk prematurely sending your hair follicles into the resting phase, which means any growth will proceed at a glacial pace while your body focuses on more important things.
11. Try Massaging Your Scalp
One easy way to start mellowing out right this instant is by massaging your scalp. Forget all that “increasing blood flow to the scalp” rhetoric (Burg’s orders) — it’s actually the self-care part that helps with hair-growth. “Scalp massage can boost mood and relieve the stress that has a negative impact on the hair growth cycle,” says Kingsley. The two most common methods are called effleurage (a.k.a. circular stroking movements) and petrissage (a.k.a. gentle kneading and lifting of the scalp). Kingsley advises you start at the front of your scalp and work your way back with “gentle yet firm and consistent pressure.” Breathe.
12. And Treat Your Scalp Like Your Face
Both Kingsley and Burg agree that you should basically treat your scalp with the amount of care you treat your face, so give it a skin-care routine outside of shampooing. Avoid harsh physical scrubs and look for ingredients like our good friend salicylic acid to gently remove dead skin cells. Also good: natural ingredients with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, such as green tea, mangosteen, goji berries, rosemary, and lavender.
De-stress. Photo: Heather Hazzan
13. Eat Some Gummies If You Want
Vitamin gummies taste delicious and they probably won’t hurt (unless you’re trying to curb a sugar addiction), but don’t put all your faith in them, either. “Hair-growth gummies, or any hair-growth supplement for that matter, have the potential to work, provided there is a nutritional need,” Burg says. So if you’re extremely stressed, having trouble chilling out, or on a restrictive diet of sorts, popping some supplements may make a noticeable difference.
14. But Eat Regular Food, Too
If you’re maintaining a balanced diet with plenty of iron, B vitamins, vitamin E, protein (what hair is made out of; fun fact), and zinc, then good for you — and gummies will likely do nothing. If you want to further optimize your grocery list for hair growth, you can find biotin in stuff that isn’t shaped like little bears, like nuts, eggs, leafy greens, avocado, salmon, and cauliflower. An iron deficiency is often responsible for hair falling out before it reaches its maximum length, so consider upping your intake via red meat (if you eat meat), dark leafy greens, and beetroot.
15. Consider Outside Forces
If you’ve done all the above but find your hair only ever gets to a certain point, hair loss may be sabotaging you. Look at your part (is it wider?), your brush (is there way more hair in it?), and your low pony (is it way thinner?) If so, Burg says signs point to a build-up of a protein called FGF5. “The only job of FGF5 is to tell hair to stop growing and start resting, so too much of it means slower hair growth and less of it.” In that case, you may need something more targeted to hair loss and possibly professional guidance.
Kingsley also flagged other suspects including: crash dieting, shock, and hormonal imbalances or changes that come with hypo and hyperthyroid, menopause, pregnancy, and PCOS, for example. “Due to the nature of the hair growth cycle, hair shedding usually occurs 6–12 weeks after the event that caused it,” she warns, so reflect a bit on what’s been going on in your life, consult a professional where needed, and re-strategize from there.
Is there really a way to make your hair grow faster? We did the research so you don’t have to
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Maybe you’re dreaming of wearing your hair in long, bohemian braids, maybe you’re regretting those bangs you thought you’d love, or maybe you’re working on growing out that trendy bob. Whatever the reason, it’s not uncommon for us ladies to wonder: Is there a way to grow our hair longer, faster?
If you’re searching for ways to make your hair look as long and luscious as, say, Blake Lively’s, we have some tips for you. Of course, there is no quick solution to growing your hair faster—the process takes time—but there are some things you can do to make sure your hair follicles are as healthy as can be, which is helpful in the growth process.
Our expert, Anabel Kingsley, consultant trichologist and brand president of Philip Kingsley says this:
“The maximum rate at which your hair grows (usually 0.5 inches a month) can’t be sped up. That said, there are certainly things you can do to ensure your hair is growing to its best ability; it is pretty common for hair not to grow at the rate, or to the length, it should.”
Here’s a few simple changes you can make to help your hair grow faster:
Understanding hair growth 101:
Your hair grows in three stages: anagen, catagen, and telogen. The anagen phase is called the “active growth” phase, and each strand of hair will stay in the anagen phase anywhere from two to eight years. The catagen phase is the phase where hair stops growing, which lasts four to six weeks, and the telogen phase is the phase when your hair falls out (i.e. in the shower, in your hairbrush, all over your apartment, etc.).
The telogen phase accounts for the 100+ strands of hair the average person loses every single day, and it’s totally normal. In fact, don’t be mad about it: Hair in the telogen phase has stopped growing, so it’s not helping your hair get any longer anyway.
As of right now, there is no proven scientific remedy to “turn on” the anagen “active growth” phase, which would allow hair to grow faster. However, keeping your hair healthy while it’s in the anagen phase can extend the phase’s length, offering each strand more time to grow before it’s time to fall out.
How to make your hair grow faster:
A healthy diet is pivotal to long, healthy hair—because healthy strands grow from a healthy body.
“Your strands are mainly made of protein, making this nutrient a key hair-growth booster,” says Kingsely. She recommends adding at least a palm sized protein to your breakfast and lunch. This could be a handful of nuts, a hard-boiled egg, whatever floats your boat.
For extra internal support, she says you can take a daily protein supplement, like this one, which is vegan and vegetarian friendly.
2Familiarize yourself with ferritin.
According to Kingsley, ferritin (a stored iron) is one of the most important nutrients for long, healthy hair growth.
“A low ferritin level is the most common cause of hair not growing past a certain length in the women we see in our New York and London Clinics,” she explains.
“The best way to support and maintain good ferritin levels is to include iron-rich foods in your diet. Great examples are red meat, beetroot, dried apricots, and dark, leafy greens. You can also take an iron supplement—just make sure it contains a good dose of L-lysine (which helps your body to store iron).”
“If your hair is breaking at the ends, it simply won’t reach the length you want it to,” says Kingsely. “My advice is to treat your hair like your favorite silk blouse—i.e. be exceptionally gentle with it.
She also says you should treat your strands to a deep conditioning mask once to twice a week. Philip Kingsley makes an amazing pre-shampoo conditioning treatment that adds elasticity and strength to your hair, but there are some pretty good drugstore picks, too. They key here is giving your strands an added dose of TLC through added moisture.
Another surefire way to rid your hair of dead, broken ends is to go in for a regular hair trim, according to celebrity stylist Jonathan Colombini. It’s usually recommended to go in for a quick cut every eight to 12 weeks to maintain optimal health and growth.
Unfortunately, there is no magic pill or shot you can take to double the rate at which your hair grows. The simple, slow answer is this: The healthier your hair and body are, the stronger your hair will be, meaning you’ll shed less hair and give it more time to grow. That means, if hair growth is a priority for you, you should do your best to sleep at least eight hours a night, avoid stress, stay hydrated, and eat a healthy diet. These are all great things to be doing anyway, so hair growth is just a nice side benefit.
And remember, no matter how fast (or slow) your hair grows, you look freaking fabulous.
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Every time summer rolls around, I want my hair to be longer. Maybe it’s something about the way it feels in an ocean breeze, or maybe it’s the vision of sun kissed, flowing locks. Whatever the case, I need my hair to begin growing faster, immediately. If you can relate, read on as I break down product and habit-related solutions that will help you get curtain-length locks in no time.
Scalp health is key
When focusing on growing out your hair, don’t forget about your scalp. Trichologist Penny James, of NYC’s Penny James Salon, encourages people to think about scalp health as a key component of hair growth. She recommends Hair Clinic Active Scalp Treatment, which she carries at her salon, for its ability to “make hair thicker, healthier and stronger starting with the roots.” This product also works to increase blood flow and metabolism in the scalp at the roots of your hair—resulting in faster growth.
Dr. Iris Rubin, dermatologist and Co-Founder of SEEN Hair Care, also has years focusing on scalp health and its impacts in regards to overall hair growth. Rubin focuses on reducing clogged pores on the scalp, which can hinder hair growth.
“Oily scalps produce a lot of sebum, the skin’s natural oil, and sebum can mix with dead skin cells to clog pores,” said Rubin. “You may want to avoid oils and overly hydrating ingredients in your shampoo if you already have an oily scalp. Also, avoid the temptation to use harsh cleansers, which can strip the skin of its natural oil, and stimulate more oil production.”
Rubin suggests the SEEN Skin-Caring shampoo, which contains hemisqualane — an ingredient that’s sugar-derived and acts like a natural version of silicone. The shampoo reduces frizz and keeps hair smooth, all while soothing the scalp with a chamomile derivative called bisabolol.
SEEN Shampoo helloseen.com $29.00
Watch the temperature on hot hair tools
If you’re like me, you prefer your straightener or curling iron to be adjusted to the maximum possible level of heat. It should come as no surprise that if you’re trying to make your hair grow faster, this isn’t the best idea.
“Just because our tools can reach 450 degrees these days, doesn’t mean our hair requires that heat setting,” explained Cynthia Diersen, an artistic team member at CHI Haircare. “Usually anything above 400 degrees is for extremely coarse hair or for professional use only.”
Diersen recommends keeping your hot tools at around 360-380 degrees in order to “maintain your hair’s shine, hydration and flexibility.”
Supplement your locks
I know that some supplements may not seem legit, but hear me when I say that I’ve been taking these new vitamins from Hush & Hush for just over one month and my hair has never looked better. I’m serious. I just went on a trip and two different people asked me what I was doing differently. While the bottle says to take four a day (I know!), I’ve only been taking one and it seems to be doing the trick. The supplement contains zinc, pantothenic acid, which acts as a sebum controller, vitamin A, hydrolyzed fish collagen and green tea leaf extract. It also contains saw palmetto, which is a natural hair-loss agent that is chock full of fatty acids.
Hush and Hush Deeply Rooted $85 hushandhush.com
I’ve also taken Nutrafol over the years and it’s definitely an oldie and a goodie. These supplements focus specifically on women that may have underlying causes, such as vitamin or immune deficiencies, that have slowed their hair growth in the past. It contains stress adaptogens that are specific to this brand, as well as DHT inhibitors to fight off hair loss. Don’t worry, it’s also packed with lots of antioxidants.
Hair Loss Thinning Supplement – Women Hair Vitamin for Thicker Healthier Hair Nutrafol amazon.com $88.00
Protect your hair
There are two main ways that I recommend protecting your hair from damage and breakage: sleep on a silk pillowcase, and use heat and water protectants.
The Slip pillowcase is one of my all-time loves. I asked for one of these babies for Christmas a couple years ago, and there’s just no turning back. Not only is it great for maintaining a blowout, but also it reduces breakage so that your hair looks better in between cuts. I also love that my moisturizers and face serums don’t rub off nearly as much as they do with a cotton pillowcase.
Silk Pillowcase – Standard/Queen Slip sephora.com $85.00
Diersen also suggested using heat protectants before using a blow dryer or heat tool, like BioSilk Silk therapy.
Another product that has worked for me is the Aquis hair pre-shower water protectant. It’s formulated to prevent moisture loss during cleansing and helps hair maintain its natural pH. It’s also so lightweight, and I’ve even used it before swimming.
Aquis Prime 01 Water Defense Pre-Wash Aquis urbanoutfitters.com $29.00
Make sure to check out the Lisse Hair Turban from Aquis, which not only absorbs moisture more than any towel I’ve ever used, but reduces breakage. It also minimizes frizz, which is a summertime miracle if ever one existed.
Lisse Luxe Hair Turban Aquis revolve.com $30.00
Be careful in the sun
As a person with incredibly pale skin, my scalp often gets sunburned, which can damage the hair at the root and slow down its growth. While I’ve found that my favorite sunscreens for this issue are in powder form (don’t forget a brush applicator!), I recommend the Oribe Soothing Scalp Treatment. It feels amazing to use any time, but has mint and chamomile that is perfect for when your scalp has been sunburned.
Serene Scalp Soothing Leave-on Treatment (1.7 fl oz.) Oribe dermstore.com $48.00
Whether you try one or all of these products, small changes are sure to improve your hair health and growth.
Brittany Loggins Brittany Loggins is a freelance lifestyle writer covering beauty, travel, and food.
How To Make Hair Grow Faster After Getting Bad Haircut
You know how it goes: You’ve been drooling over someone’s perfect haircut for months, and then one day, when you’re too sad or you’ve drank that extra glass of wine, you do it.
You cut your hair.
Then, you immediately regret your decision and wish you’d never trimmed your locks.
While the average growth rate of hair is about 6 inches per year, there are still ways to enhance natural hair growth.
Here are some ways to make your hair grow faster after getting a haircut you hate:
1. Stimulate the blood flow in the scalp.
One of the best ways to stimulate hair growth is to enhance the blood flow in the scalp.
This can be done with a simple massage during the shampooing phase.
You can also embrace essential oils and massage them on your scalp daily or twice a week, depending on which oil you pick and which type of hair do you have.
2. Pay attention to what you eat.
In order to grow long and healthy tresses, you need to eat the right foods so your body can support the growth.
Vitamin D and niacin are essential for hair growth, but you also need minerals, proteins and omega-3 fatty acids.
On top of eating healthy, you can use supplements to promote hair growth.
3. Use adequate hair care products.
The best products are the professional level ones, which usually cater to specific problems, such as hair loss or breakage.
Ask your stylist about the best products for your hair, and make sure you use both the shampoo and conditioner.
Finish the shower with a cold rinse, which closes the hair cuticle, preventing it from breakage and damage.
4. Hair care matters a lot.
Apart from shampooing and conditioning, hair care routine includes brushing and styling.
When you’re looking to promote hair growth, never brush your hair wet, and avoid as much as possible harsh styling products.
Straightening and other styles that require high temperatures promote breakage, so you should avoid them as well.
Your hair dryer is in this category, so replace it with a towel. Use the towel to blot away the water; rubbing promotes frizz and breakage.
Another useful hack is changing your pillow case with a silk one. Regular fabrics promote hair breakage, while silk leaves the hair unharmed.
5. Avoid UV rays.
A sunny day can take a toll on your hair, as UVB rays damage the hair, causing protein loss.
This leads to hair damage, as the hair’s protective layer is being destroyed.
To prevent this, wear a hat on sunny days and avoid exposing your hair in very hot days.
6. Colored hair is prone to breakage.
If you are coloring or bleaching your hair, you need to pay more attention to conditioning.
Colored hair is dry, so you have to make sure you are moisturizing your mane. Of course, avoiding coloring altogether is best if you want to allow your hair to grow.
7. Schedule regular trimmings.
Cutting your hair doesn’t enhance growth, but it does prevent breakage.
Trimming also leaves your hair healthier, as it gets rid of the split ends.
When you are stressed, your hair’s growth rate becomes slower, and you are prone to hair loss.
To make sure your hair will continue to grow at its regular rate, relax! You can embrace a sport or a specific relaxing technique, like yoga.
As long as it is effective, your hair will benefit from it. The more relaxed you are, the faster and healthier your hair will grow.
Let’s be honest, haircuts aren’t always pretty. Sometimes the result comes as more of a shock to us than the overpriced bill we get afterwards. So, what do we do after our hairdresser turns us around the swivel chair, asks us “what we think” and we lie to their face saying we love it?
We asked NYC hairstylist, Kali Ferrara of the Roy Teeluck Salon in Midtown East, what the best ways are to get hair to grow quickly after a bad haircut.
Schedule an Adjustment
If your haircut is a complete disaster and you think the stylist may have done something wrong, it’s always preferred that you first call and schedule an adjustment.
If it’s just not for you, any stylist would prefer you come back for an adjustment than for you to never come back and hate your hair. Your hair has a better chance of growing out if you leave it to a professional to adjust it rather than taking scissors into your own hands.
This is the number one thing you need when growing out your hair. The in-between stages (growing hair out past your ears and/or shoulders) are most often the times when people want to give up. They are the hardest and most crucial to bypass.
Hair Growth Vitamins
A hair growth vitamin, like vitafusion’s Gorgeous Hair, Skin and Nails Gummies, can also help aid in hair growth. Deficiency in any vitamins due to a poor diet can hinder hair growth.
Repair Your Hair with a Mask
Hair masks and low heat on your hot tools will also help your ends stay healthy, calling for less trims. The healthier the hair that comes from your scalp (and all the way down to your ends) the better, and more efficiently, your hair will grow.
While there is no quick, miracle cure for growing your hair overnight after a bad hair cut, there are things you can do to expedite the process and ensure that your hair grows back healthy and strong.
Shannon began A Girl’s Gotta Spa! beauty blog in 2005 to morph her love of beauty and in educating women on what truly works and what does not. In 2013 she launched a bath and body line as an extention of the beauty blog. One thing she always has on her at all times? Lip balm.
Waiting for your hair to grow back can be agonizing, it feels like forever, right? What’s worse in having a hair cut that you never want is that you have to go out and live with it. It’s absolutely embarrassing, all your friends asking you to out and you, being forced to hangout with a hair style you never wanted and this will last for a couple of months or longer if a lot of hair is cut off.
Typically, our hair grows about half an inch a month, hair growth is really, really slow. So, if your stylist cut about 3 inches of hair, it will take about 6 months to get back the original length of your hair. Now that’s a very long time to grow just 3 inches of hair.
But there are things you can do to make your hair grow quicker like: eating a healthy diet and taking your daily vitamins supplements. Eating healthy foods is very important for hair growth, especially protein because this is what hair is mostly made of. Consuming the right amounts of protein daily will provide all the protein needs for healthy hair growth. Taking vitamins is also important because vitamins act as co-enzymes that help metabolize food efficiently.
Also, you can use a special product can help your hair grow fast called FAST. FAST or Fortified Amino Scalp is a deep cleansing shampoo specifically made to make hair grow really fast. It contains a proprietary blend of amino acids, B complex vitamins and herbal extracts that help encourage hair growth. FAST only use natural ingredients making it safe even after many years of use.
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Literally every time I get my hair cut, I wish I could take it back. Like, sure, the celebs on my Insta feed (hiii, Kaia Gerber and Karlie Kloss) have decided that short hair will continue its reign in 2020, but I can’t help but want long, Rapunzel-esque hair every time I leave the salon. That’s why I’ve become kinda-sorta-super obsessed with finding out how to make your hair grow faster (I’m impatient, what can I say?). As I’ve sadly learned, though, you cannot physically grow butt-length hair overnight—or even over many nights.
“Hair typically only grows a quarter inch—a half an inch max—per month,” says celebrity hairstylist Mark Townsend, who helped Ashley Olsen grow out her asymmetrical bob to her waist. “And still, getting long hair is only possible if it is super healthy and doesn’t have a ton of split ends,” he adds. So, you know, totally easy. The good news? If you feel like your hair isn’t growing fast enough—at least half an inch per month—you can, actually, speed up the process a bit.
Ahead, I broke down everything you should do (get trims!) and shouldn’t do (go platinum!) if you’re trying to grow out your hair—and fast.
How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #1: Get frequent trims
Ah, the age-old beauty debate. Even though experts are divided on the concept of trimming your hair to make it grow faster, one thing’s for sure: If you’re after long, healthy-looking hair, frequent trims are a nonnegotiable. Living with frayed, split ends will eventually cause your hair to break farther up on the strand, which will not only make your hair look way thinner but, you know, also keep it from ever getting longer past a certain point.
“Your hair will actually be shorter un-cut than it would be if you were to get consistent trims,” Townsend says. He suggests asking your stylist to take just an eighth of an inch off your hair every 10 to 12 weeks to prevent split ends before they even start.
How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #2: Consider hair-growth vitamins
Okay, lemme preface this by saying hair supplements are not a miracle cure and definitely shouldn’t be taken without talking to your doctor. I know, sorry, but hair vitamins aren’t actually regulated by the FDA, meaning they can contain any ingredients they want and claim whatever miracles they want.
If you follow a somewhat balanced diet, your body is typically already loaded with the hair-strengthening ingredients you’ll find in supplements (think: biotin, folic acid, vitamins D, A, C, and E), and doubling (or tripling!) your dose won’t actually make a difference. “Your body only keeps what it needs and then it gets rid of the rest,” trichologist Dominic Burg, chief scientist at Evolis Professional.
That said, if you don’t eat balanced meals or you’re in an intense period of stress or trauma, you might not be getting the proper amount of nutrients you need to grow healthy, long hair. If that’s the case, “your body will shut down your hair growth first and redirect nutrients and energy to the organs that need it most,” says Burg, which can leave you vitamin deficient.
If you think you might be vitamin deficient, you could be a solid candidate for supplements, but make sure to first check in with your doctor. You’ll want to make sure you’re taking the right amount (and type) of vitamins and that they won’t interact with any medications you’re currently taking. If you’re in the clear, these are some of the internet’s favorites:
Viviscal Extra Strength Hair System amazon.com $45.40 SugarBearHair Vitamins amazon.com $29.98 HUM Nutrition Hair Sweet Hair Growth sephora.com $25.00 Hairfinity Candilocks Chewable Hair Vitamins amazon.com $29.99
How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #3: Shampoo less
“It’s shocking to me how many people skip conditioner when showering, which is the worst thing you can do for your hair—especially when you’re trying to grow it long,” says Townsend. (Hear that? Please, load up on the conditioning hair masks to prevent those split ends.) “In reality, it’s actually shampoo that you should be skipping as much as possible.”
Here’s why: The purpose of shampoo is to wash away dirt and product buildup, but most shampoos are filled with harsh soaps called sulfates, which strip away natural oils you need for long, healthy hair. When you do need to cleanse your hair, make sure to choose a sulfate-free shampoo (I swear by Aveeno Pure Renewal Hair Shampoo or Ogx Coconut Milk Shampoo) and only lather up at your scalp, letting the suds slide down the rest of the hair as the water rinses the formula away.
How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #4: Rinse with cold water
According to Townsend, washing your hair with cold water at the end of your shower can give an added boost of hair-growing power. “Cold water lays down the outer layer of your hair more smoothly, which helps prevent moisture loss, snags, and heat damage,” he says. “You only need to do it for a few seconds, but this one extra step can make a huge difference over time.” Yeah, cold showers suck, but anything for longer hair, right?
How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #5: Load up on conditioner
Let’s just say your conditioner should be your best friend when you’re trying to grow your hair fast. According to Townsend, you should moisturize your hair every single time you get it wet in the shower. Over time, “coloring and heat styling cause strands to get thinner at the bottom,” he says, which can lead to more breakage and shorter lengths.
So to get your ends back to good health, load up on conditioner, which helps replace the lipids and proteins inside the hair shaft as well as seal the outer cuticle. Basically, it’s your first defense against the damage that threatens your long-hair goals.
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How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #6: Use DIY deep-conditioners
If your hair is shoulder-length or longer, it’s already about two to three years old (weird, right?), which means it likely needs more TLC than a normal conditioner can give. And that’s where DIY deep-conditioning masks come in. “I make a natural oil treatment and give it to all my clients to use pre-shampoo,” Townsend says. And trust me: It’s very easy to do at home. Just mix together the following ingredients for his easy hair-oil recipe:
- 1 cup unrefined coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon each almond oil, macadamia nut oil, and jojoba oil
Because oils can leave behind a residue, Townsend recommends applying it to damp hair—rather than soaking-wet hair—and leaving it on for 10 minutes before shampooing and conditioning to remove the oil. “These oils are able to fill strands with fatty acids, even after they’re rinsed out,” he says, and those fatty acids help strengthen and protect your hair as you grow it out. Not into DIY? Try one of these pre-made oil treatments instead:
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How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #7: Avoid heat tools
Pls put the hot tools down for a hot sec, k? Hair straighteners, curling wands, chemical relaxers, or any other treatment or style that causes a lot of damage will not help your long-hair cause. The healthier your hair is, the longer it will grow, and overuse of these tools is not conducive to long hair. And if cutting down your heat-tool use isn’t a viable option, make sure you’re using a heat protectant every time you style.
How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #8: Stay away from bleach
I’ll give it to you straight: When you bleach your hair, it opens up the cuticle of your hair strands, causing significant damage—especially for those with darker hair—every single time. And hair that’s been color- or chemically treated is more likely to break off or split, which means more trims and less length for you (sensing a theme here? Healthy hair = longer hair). If you want your hair to grow longer and faster, you might want to reconsider that platinum dye job.
How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #9: Brush 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 detangle wet hair, be sure to start from the bottom and work your way up slowly,” says Townsend. “We often instinctually 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 janky 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).
How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #10: Use a silk pillowcase
Guess what? If you wake up with matted hair and tangles, your cotton pillowcase could be the culprit. Townsend recommends switching to a silk or satin pillowcase—it has a softer surface that won’t cause friction with your hair the way that regularly woven cotton does. And, bonus, they look (and feel!) super freaking luxe.
How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #11: Dry your hair with a microfiber towel
What could be so bad about putting your hair in your super-plush bath towel? A lot, actually. “It causes so much breakage,” Townsend says. “Your hair gets caught in all the woven fibers, and since most women almost always wrap it too tight around their head, all those tiny, fragile strands around your hairline are pulled taut and prone to breaking.” Opt for a t-shirt or a super-thin microfiber hair towel instead (like this Aquis microfiber hair towel), which are much safer for wrapping.
How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #12: Swap out your hair elastics
One ponytail–one!–can give you what stylists refer to as a “chemical cut.” This might sound like a new, edgy cutting technique, but it’s actually what happens when your hair breaks off at the point of tension where the elastic hair tie is wrapped. YUP. But that doesn’t mean you’re banned from ever wearing your hair up again. Just switch out your hair elastics for claw clips, bobby pins, or larger pins instead.
How to Grow Hair Faster ✨ Tip #13: Change up your hairstyle
PSA: Wearing your ponytail or topknot in the same place on your head every day causes your hair to break over time from the constant tension. Frequently changing your pony or bun placement is an easy move that can help maintain the strength of your strands, which means they’ll continue to grow out strong and damage-free.
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Okay, so you definitely can’t grow your hair overnight, but you *can* change up your routine to make sure your hair is as healthy as humanly possible. Keeping it nice and hydrated, minimizing heat-tool use, and staying away from harsh hair dyes is essential if you’re looking to grow out your hair. And if you’re really concerned about your hair growth, make sure you talk to your derm or see a trichologist.
Ruby Buddemeyer Beauty Editor Ruby is the beauty editor at Cosmopolitan, where she covers beauty across print and digital. Nicole Catanese Nicole Catanese is a beauty and wellness editor.
How To Make Your Hair Grow Faster, Longer And Stronger
An abundance of thick, long hair. People seem to have it, but how? It’s a question that eludes many of us and, try as we might, it can be a difficult mountain to climb. But where there is a will, there is always a way – numerous ways, in this case – to encourage hair to grow faster, longer and stronger.
The American Academy of Dermatology reports that hair grows an average of around half an inch each month, which amounts to six inches over the year. But this is a ballpark number that varies from person to person, as it’s governed by our genetics. “However much your hair grows per month, there is not much you can do to speed this number up,” says Anabel Kingsley, a leading trichologist at the Philip Kingsley clinic in London and New York. “But you can certainly take steps to ensure your strands are growing at their optimal rate, are resilient against breakage, and don’t fall out before they should.”
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From ensuring your hair is healthy from roots to ends to nourishing it from the inside out and caring for it properly, you can optimise your hair’s ability to grow longer and stronger at the fastest rate possible for you. Here Vogue brings you a step-by-step guide to growing your locks long – as quickly as possible.
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Does a healthy scalp mean strong, healthy hair?
“It is becoming common knowledge that hair growth is reliant on the condition of our scalp,” says Kingsley. “The scalp is skin and should be given similar care to the skin on our faces.” For hair to grow longer and stronger, it needs a healthy place from which to thrive, so neglecting your scalp will come at a price.
Kingsley recommends shampooing regularly – you should be aiming for most days – to effectively remove dead skin cells, sweat, environmental pollution and oils that accumulate on its surface. “If you don’t shampoo enough and they remain on the scalp, this can lead to flaking and irritation. And when the scalp isn’t healthy, the health of your hair can be affected. In fact, a flaky scalp can actually cause hair loss.”
Read more: Why You Need To Be Using A Hair Scrub
The past year has seen a huge surge in scalp care, with brands finally cottoning on to how important the scalp is to nurture healthy hair. Sachajuan’s new Anti Pollution shampoo and conditioner work to create a barrier against external aggressors while Hair Rituel by Sisley’s Pre-Shampoo Purifying Mask, which is designed to be used before you shampoo, contains white clay to absorb impurities and balance the scalp. For those who really suffer from flakiness, Philip Kingsley’s Scalp Toner should be used daily. It’s formulated with oil-absorbing witch hazel and sodium salicylate that take down inflammation and irritation.
Does diet affect your hair growth?
A healthy diet is as vital to the health and appearance of your hair as it is to your skin’s. “Protein and complex carbohydrates are key to maintaining a good hair growth cycle,” says Kingsley, “so make sure you are including both of these in your diet. I recommend a palm-sized portion of protein – think fish, eggs, lean meat, pulses and quinoa – at breakfast and lunch. These are the most important meals of the day for your hair as that is when energy expenditure is greatest.”
Don’t cut the carbs either. Your hair follicles need to receive enough energy to grow, so include a portion of complex carbohydrates, like brown rice, wholewheat toast, or oatmeal, with each meal.
“If you drink too much alcohol and smoke, you’re likely to be affecting your vitamin C levels,” says hairstylist Luke Hersheson, who points out that it helps the body absorb iron, which is necessary for hair growth. He recommends taking it in supplement form, or incorporating kiwis, oranges, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts into your diet.
Vitamins D (found in leafy greens and kale) and E (found in almonds, sweet potato, and avocado), will also promote healthy hair, Hersheson says.
Will taking supplements boost hair growth?
The answer is yes. “Being a non-essential tissue, your hair has especially high nutritional requirements, which can be difficult to meet through diet alone,” says Kingsley. “Supplements can be very handy in that they provide hair with easily accessible nutrients.” Ensuring healthy levels of certain minerals in particular will encourage hair growth and help prevent breakage.
Read more: 6 New Ways To Care For Your Hair
What are the best supplements for longer, stronger hair?
There are six key nutrients we need to help hair grow longer:
Studies have found that iron deficiencies affect nearly 25 per cent of the world’s population, and it’s an essential for healthy hair. “Ferritin, which is stored iron, is needed to maintain a healthy anagen (growth phase) of the hair growth cycle,” says Kingsley.
Helping our bodies to break down proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, a biotin deficiency can result in hair loss.
Zinc and Vitamin B12
“These two are hair essentials and a B12 supplement is especially important for vegans as it’s only found in animal products,” says Kingsley. Both help produce and repair new hair cells – cue longer locks.
Essential Amino Acids
Our bodies can’t make these on its own: “Amino acids are proteins, and our hair is made of protein, so I really recommend a protein supplement for a great daily hair booster,” says Kingsley.
“Vitamin D has a profound impact on the hair growth cycle as every hair follicle contains a Vitamin D receptor hormone,” says Kingsley, who says that vitamin D deficiency is also very common.
The best supplements to incorporate all of the nutrients we need are Philip Kingsley’s Tricho Complex, a brilliant all-rounder that contains them all, with the exception of Vitamin D. For that, look no further than Dr Nigma Talib’s Vitamin D Sun Capsules.
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Which products will enhance hair growth the most?
If hair is breaking off, it won’t grow past a certain length. That’s why it’s important to use products that help minimise breakage. Kingsley recommends a pre-shampoo conditioning treatment, like Oribe’s Gold Lust Pre-Shampoo Intensive Treatment, to keep the hair shaft hydrated to help improve elasticity and strength. Another great product for keeping hair bonds intact and restoring hair’s structure is Olaplex’s No.3 Hair Perfector, a treatment that also leaves hair shiny and smooth.
What can you do to prevent hair breakage?
“Avoid crash dieting or fad diets,” says Kingsley. “Restrictive eating deprives your hair of nutrients and energy, both of which can cause excessive hair shedding.” She also recommends steering clear of tight ponytails (they can cause traction breakage and pull hairs from their follicle) and limiting your intake of high-mercury fish like tuna and swordfish as they can cause hair fall.
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How should you brush your hair to promote hair growth?
Ensure you choose a brush that doesn’t damage your hair’s outer cuticle, which will leave strands vulnerable to damage. Opt for rounded, plastic prongs and a cushioned base, and avoid boar bristle brushes. Plus, never brush your hair from the roots as this can cause friction on the hair shaft and damage it. Start at the ends and gradually work your way up.
How often should you cut your hair if you want it to grow out?
Hairstylist George Northwood, who styles the Duchess of Sussex’s hair, says, “Have an invisible trim every three months. This is where we skim the ends without taking off length. Follow this with regular strengthening treatments to prevent it breaking and always use a thermal heat protection product on your hair when using hot tools. I also love a keratin blow dry as it adds protein to the hair.”
Hersheson agrees that while frequent trims aren’t vital, it’s important not to swerve the salon altogether. “What tends to happen when you don’t cut hair at all is you get these really nice, soft, buttery ends, and it looks boho and great,” he says. “But then it gets to the point where it snaps. I’m not one of those hairdressers who thinks you have to have a cut every six weeks, but even just getting the ends snipped every three months will prevent it breaking off.”
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Whether you have thin hair, dyed hair, or curly hair, the process of growing out your hair can be…frustrating, to say the least. Especially when you look in the mirror every day and it seems like you’re not seeing much progress. But it’s important to keep in mind there are many factors that can influence how quickly—or slowly!—your hair grows. And the good news is that that there are some things you can control.
On average you should be seeing about half an inch of growth per month. But if you’re not even coming close to that, you don’t have to worry—there are some steps you can take to kick-start the process. Read on for tips from the experts on exactly how to make hair grow faster and longer to achieve the long, flowing locks of your dreams.
Long, healthy hair starts with a balanced diet.
The health and strength of your hair is directly related to what’s happening inside your body. “Hair grows at different speeds in different people. Times of stress or illness may decrease hair growth and cause noticeable thinning,” explains Jenny Sobera, MD, FAAD, and Board Certified Dermatologist at Village Dermatology in Birmingham, Alabama. If you’ve noticed a sudden change in your hair condition, see your doctor to run a blood test to make sure you’re not experiencing any vitamin deficiencies—and that your thyroid glands are functioning properly. “Healthy foods, such as healthy fats rich in Omega-3, fruits, and vegetables contain the vitamins and nutrients needed for healthy hair,” says Dr. Sobera.
Shampoo regularly—but not too much!
There’s a lot of confusion out there about how often you should be washing your hair. Some folks lather up daily, while others go a week (or more!) between shampoos. The truth is, going too long between washings can result in clogged pores and stunted hair growth—but so can over-cleansing, which strips the scalp, causing the hair follicles to produce more sebum to counter the dryness.
Bottom line? How often you need to wash all depends on how much oil your scalp produces, advises the American Academy of Dermatology. You may want to shampoo daily if your scalp is oily, whereas those with dry or color treated strands may be able to go a little longer. Whatever your schedule, it’s always a good idea to use a clarifying shampoo 1-2 times a month to detoxify your scalp and open the pores.
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Ditch the dry shampoo.
Occasional use of dry shampoo is okay, but it should never become a part of your daily routine, says Lana Grand, celebrity hairstylist and owner of Los Angeles-based salon Petite Mason. “Oil, dirt, and impurities accumulate on the scalp on a daily basis and need to be removed to ensure the scalp and hair follicles remain clear, balanced, and can breath. Dry shampoo can absorb some oil, making hair look cleaner, but it won’t actually remove impurities.”
Sleep on a silk pillowcase.
Sleeping on a silk pillowcase is one of the easiest ways to upgrade your hair game, says Dr. Sobera. “The decreased friction from a silk or satin pillowcase can help reduce hair breakage and improve overall hair quality.”
Yes, for longer hair, you should get your hair trimmed regularly.
Of course cutting your hair won’t make it grow faster—but regular trims do go a long way in keeping hair healthy, which can help you achieve length. “Once a hair strand splits at the end, the damage will only progress. Left untouched, a split end will continue all the way up the hair shaft, damaging the entire strand beyond repair,” says Grand. “So, even though regular trims won’t make your hair grow faster, they will absolutely help to eliminate the thing that prevents length retention.” If you’re growing your hair, Grand recommends trimming half an inch every two-and-a-half to three months.
Try taking a hair vitamin.
If you don’t get enough nutrition through diet alone (which may be possible if you’re vegan or vegetarian) a supplement could give your hair a boost in the growth department. “Viviscal is my favorite hair growth supplement, and my patients love it, too,” says Dr. Sobera. “It’s a scientifically formulated supplement taken twice daily to promote healthy hair growth from within.”
Don’t use too much heat.
Allowing the hair to air dry is always best—especially when you’re trying to grow it out— but if you must heat style, make sure to prep the hair with a protectant and use your tools on the lowest possible. “If styling your hair is a part of your weekly routine, make sure a heat protectant product is one of the first things to touch your hair after washing it,” says Grand. “Heat damage can cause your strands to snap, which just affects the length you worked so hard to grow.”
Avoid coloring your hair.
You may be tempted to jump on the platinum blonde bandwagon for the summer or darken your locks come fall, but doing so may mean forfeiting your long hair goals thanks to the damage that comes along with chemical processing. If you must dye your hair, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends you stay within three shades of your natural hair color, and they also report that dyeing the hair darker—rather than lighter—generally causes less damage.
Moisturize and protect with a hair mask.
In addition to regular shampooing and conditioning, Grand suggests incorporating a deep conditioning treatment to your routine 1-2 times a week to add moisture back to the hair, which will help keep ends stronger and healthier so you can hold onto your length.
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Try using products containing Minoxidil.
Minoxidil, the active ingredient in Rogaine, isn’t just for those who have experienced hair loss. They can also be used to help the hair grow longer (and possibly faster). “Minoxidil promotes hair growth by causing more follicles to enter the “growth” (or “anagen”) phase. Researchers believe this is through stimulation and release of growth factors,” says Dr. Sobera. “It’s very effective, but has to be taken consistently to maintain results.”
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Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s a smart haircare routine. For some women, enviably long hair just happens, but for the rest of us, tweaking certain aspects of our day-to-day beauty routine must be made. Whether that be using a different hair brush, adjusting how often you use your hair dryer, adding a vitamin to the mix, or sleeping on a silk pillowcase (yes, really), there are several easy steps that can be done to achieve long, lustrous locks. Check out these pro tips to guide you in the right direction (longer!).
1. Get frequent trims — yes, really
It may seem counterintuitive, but if you want long hair that’s actually healthy, you need to get regular trims. “While haircuts don’t make your hair grow any faster, they get rid of split ends that break your hair,” explains celebrity hairstylist Michael Dueñas. “Eliminating the breakage gives the appearance that your hair is growing faster.” After all, a split end that breaks can lead to your hair losing length — not to mention shine, volume, and smoothness. If you want to know exactly how long you can go between trims, follow this guide.
2. Resist the urge to go blonde
As chic as platinum hair looks, going from a darker shade to light blonde could stand between you and your longest-possible hair. “When the cuticle of the hair is damaged from bleach, you can have more breakage or split ends,” explains Elizabeth Hiserodt, senior colorist at Cutler Salon in New York City. “The fewer chemical treatments, the better your hair will grow.”
3. Distribute your hair’s natural oils
Going to bed with unbrushed hair may seem tempting when you’re tired, but giving your hair a few quick strokes can be great for its health. “Starting at the scalp, use a boar bristle brush to distribute your scalp’s oils evenly onto your hair so it stays naturally moisturized,” recommends Meri Kate O’Connor, senior colorist and hair educator at Eva Scrivo Salon. Bonus: This simple step each night helps increase circulation, which helps make your scalp healthier.
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4. Eat the right foods
Having long, strong hair doesn’t just depend on which products you put on your hair; it also depends on what you put into your body. “To promote hair growth, you need to ‘feed’ the hair from the inside,” explains Dr. Francesca Fusco, an NYC-based dermatologist. “Try increasing your protein intake with foods like fish, beans, nuts, and whole gains.”
If you’re not a meat-lover, you should still aim to maintain a diet high in protein. Dr. Fusco warns that women who don’t get enough of it often experience “more shedding.” GoodHousekeeping.com’s nutritionist Jaclyn London, MS, RD, CDN adds that foods high in protein as well as vitamins A, C, and E, minerals like zinc and iron, and omega-3 fatty acids can contribute to healthier hair.
5. Avoid heat styling tools
“Stop over-styling your hair,” warns celebrity hairstylist Ken Paves. If you must use heat, Paves recommends decreasing the temperature and always using a heat protectant — otherwise, you risk damaging your hair, leading to breakage and frizz.
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6. Skip the daily shampoo
By now, you’ve likely heard all the testimonials attributing great hair to going “no ‘poo,” but do you know why it actually helps your hair? “Shampooing your hair two to three times a week allows your natural oils to penetrate your hair, allowing it to hydrate and repair itself,” explains Paves.
7. Add a vitamin to your A.M. routine
If your diet isn’t supplying you with enough nutrition, a supplement could make a world of difference. “Look for a multivitamin that’s formulated and labeled ‘For Hair, Skin and Nails,'” advises Dr. Fusco. “Those contain important vitamins like biotin and C and B vitamins that support hair health.” Bonus: You may get better skin in the process!
Vitamins For Healthy Hair
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8. Finish your shower with a cool rinse
A super steamy shower isn’t just bad for your skin — it’s also rough on your hair. “Turn the water temperature down when cleansing,” recommends Paves. “And rinse with cool water to help seal the cuticle and strengthen your hair before styling it.”
9. Be careful when you brush wet hair
Hair is especially susceptible to breakage when it’s wet, but if you absolutely must get some knots out post-shower, make sure to use a brush that will go easy on your strands. “Using a Tangle Teezer or Wet Brush is key,” says Davey Partain, stylist at Kennaland salon in Brooklyn.
He also notes that the technique is just as important as the tool. “Start gently brushing from the ends and gradually work your way up. And don’t just brush the top layer — brush the hair underneath as well.” If traditional brushes aren’t for you, opt for a wide-toothed comb instead.
Best Wet Brushes
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10. Start using minoxidil
Pick up a can of Women’s Rogaine, says April Franzino, Good Housekeeping’s beauty director. “The active ingredient, minoxidil, is FDA-approved and proven to help stop hair loss and promote hair regrowth with continued use according to packaging instructions.” For a more targeted solution, pick up Hers 2% Minoxidil Topical Solution and use the dropper applicator to focus on more specific problem areas.
11. Stop doing trendy “cleanses”
Diet companies may try to convince you that a “cleanse” will turn your whole life around, but Dueñas strongly advises against them. “Doing a cleanse is terrible for your hair because you’re depriving your body of nutrients,” he warns. “After doing a cleanse even for a week, you’ll notice slower hair growth and lackluster locks.”
12. Sleep on a silk pillowcase
Getting better hair in your sleep is possible — all you need is to switch up your pillowcase. “Silk is easier on hair — it helps avoid tangles and breakage,” says Jesleen Ahluwalia, M.D., a physician from Spring Street Dermatology in New York City. The less breakage your hair experiences, the longer your hair will be. In fact, they’re so good that the Good Housekeeping Institute even conducted an entire study to find the best silk pillowcases — see below for the winners!
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13. Pay attention to your skin
It’s easy to see shiny hair initially and assume a product is working for you, but Dean recommends taking a closer look. “What the formula is doing to your skin is generally what it’s doing to your hair,” he says. “Does it make your skin feel dry, stripped, heavy, waxy, sticky or greasy? Or does it feel soft, hydrated, silky and supple?” Treat your hair the way you would treat your skin — after all, it’s another part of you! If your hair follicles are clogged and congested, there’s no way it can grow as efficiently.
Pia Velasco Pia Velasco is the Associate Beauty Editor at Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day, and Prevention magazine. Blake Bakkila Associate Editor Blake is the Associate Editor for GoodHousekeeping.com covering beauty, celebrity, holiday entertaining, and other lifestyle news.
You might think that sweating it out can be harmful to your hair, but you should start thinking of your workout as part of your beauty routine. Most of us know that eating a well-balanced diet helps make for a healthy mane. But it hadn’t occurred to me that hair could also reap beauty benefits from working out until celebrity stylist, educator, and fitness buff Natasha Sunshine introduced me to the idea. She’s built her career on holistic hair care after witnessing the benefits first hand. Natasha shared five ways that getting your sweat on helps add shine to your hair.
Turn Up Intensity
Natasha reminded me that intense cardio is a great way to rid the body of toxins. This has a direct impact on your sebum, an oily, conditioning substance secreted by skin glands that helps prevent hair from drying out. Natasha says that the release of toxins “directly contributes to purer, healthier and an even more conditioning sebum.”
In addition to intense cardio and other sweat promoting workouts, Natasha advises clients to take a steam or sauna once a week as a “fantastic tool in releasing excess contaminants in the body to maintain a healthy sebum.”
Learn more ways your hair benefits from your gym time, after the break.
Keep Muscles Loose
Stretching on a regular basis not only reduces acid build-up in your muscles, but also keeps you vital and limber, which helps maintain overall health and healthier hair. Natasha notes that “the advantage of calisthenics is that overall strength and energy improves thus promoting overall health. It’s a tool for full body health and fitness. The healthier you are, the healthier your hair will be.” Benefits of stretching also include improved posture which can help maintain healthier hair by allowing blood to circulate more easily to the scalp. This increased blood flow provides essential oxygen and nutrients to our hair cells, without which they can’t thrive.
Inverted poses or backbends increase the amount of blood that circulates to the scalp. Not only does the scalp receive oxygen from increased blood flow, Natasha notes that doing inverted poses can relieve neck and back tension, which also benefits hair since tight muscles can stagnate blood flow. “At the very least,” she says, “upside-down poses can slow down hair loss.”
Work Out to Chill Out
We all know that exercise dissipates stress. Since stress can cause unexpected hair loss, it’s important to stay active to reduce stress levels and hopefully keep thinning hair at bay. Keeping up with a workout regime that includes eating a healthful diet can do wonders to help maintain a healthy mane.
Natasha notes that taking good care of your hair on a consistent basis also plays a large role in keeping your hair at its best. She reminds us that “hair is like fabric but it’s also like a garden. Nutrient-rich soil will give better results than dry cracked earth. The environment you set up for your hair definitely affects your hair’s health.” It’s important to see your stylist regularly for trims and use high-grade-ingredient products, which actually penetrate the hair and deliver nutrients, unlike products full of fillers that just lay on top of the strands. Be consistent and you’ll be amazed at not only how beautiful your hair can be, but also how fabulous you’ll feel!
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