On average, hair grows about half an inch per month and the rate at which it does that depends on a number of factors. There are no shortcuts and no ways in which you can trick your hair to grow faster and longer. You can, however, encourage it to do so.
1. A healthy diet
A healthy diet will offer you beautiful, healthy hair plus a lot of other things. To encourage hair to grow faster, eat foods right in vitamins A, B, C and E, iron, zinc, copper and magnesium. Include milk, cheese, yogurt, chicken, eggs, salmon, bell peppers, avocado and cabbage in your diet.
2. Massage the scalp
Massage your scalp to promote blood flow to this area. It will stimulate the hair follicles and your hair will grow faster. Plus, it will be super pleasant and wonderful if you could get someone else to do it.
3. Reduce stress
You’ve probably heard this before. If you’re really stressed, your hair will start to fall. So if you’re trying to grow long hair, minimize the stress in your life. This is actually good advice in general.
4. Trim your hair regularly
Yes, you’re trying to grow your hair out and trimming it doesn’t seem like the logical thing to do but, in order for your hair to grow long and fast, it needs to be healthy so you need to get rid of split ends.You should trim your hair just a little bit (1/4th of an inch) every 6 to 8 weeks.
5. Drink lots of water
Drinking lots of water (around 8 cups a day) is beneficial for your body in general. Water flushes out the toxins faster and this also helps your hair grow a lot faster and a lot stronger too. Water will also keep your hair hydrated and thus less likely to break.
6. Brush it with care
Be gentle with your hair. Never brush it when it’s wet. Use a comb instead, preferably one with wide teeth. And don’t over brush your hair. Once or twice in the morning and then again every night should be enough to stimulate circulation in your scalp.
7. Step aside from the blow dryer
Try not to blow dry your hair if possible. If you do this, you won’t have nearly as many split ends and you’ll be able to really see a difference. The blow dryer obviously dries your hair but not necessarily in a good way and it’s better to simply use other methods.
8. Apply conditioner correctly
If you want to have long and beautiful hair, you need a healthy scalp. So when using conditioner, never apply it to the roots of your hair. Not only that it will cause your hair to get oily a lot wicker but you’ll also lose volume. Plus, some conditioners contain waxes and silicons which can prevent the skin from breathing.
9. Care for your hair while sleeping
It’s important to also care for your hair while sleeping and, to do that, you should sleep on a silk pillow case. Silk will be kind to your hair, unlike the cotton ones. Also, avoid sleeping with a tight ponytail. It will cause your hair to break and it might even cause pain in your scalp.
10. Use fewer styling products
Sure, all those hair products make your hair look great for the moment but, in the long run, they’re not beneficial. So to make your hair grow faster, longer and healthier, try to stay away from them.
11. Try natural products and remedies
Of course, you’ll need to use at least some hair products. Your best choice are the natural ones you can buy or the ones you make yourself.
12. Don’t wash your hair every single day
Some people think that washing your hair every day is necessary but, in fact, it does more harm than good. It’s not good for your hair to constantly be exposed to harsh chemicals. Try instead to only wash your hair 2 or 3 times a week.
13. Protect your hair from the harsh sun
It’s very important to protect your hair from the sun, especially during summer. So consider wearing a hat or a scarf and to avoid sitting in direct sunlight.
14. Hot oil scalp massages
To make your hair grow faster and longer and to also make it feel thicker and softer, get hot oil scalp massages. You can either use store-bought treatments or homemade oil treatments. And it’s all super easy really. Simply heat up the oils and apply thoroughly.
15. Use egg hair masks
Eggs are packed with protein and also contain, iron, zinc and selenium. You can make a hair mask using an egg, 4 tablespoons of grapeseed oil and a few drops of lavender oil. Apply it on your hair and scalp and leave it on for half an hour. There are also other recipes you can try.
16. Herbal infusions
A lot of herbs including rosemary, sage and even catnip can make your hair grow faster because they stimulate the hair follicles. Prepare an infusion with any of these herbs. Put them in hot water for 10 to 20 minutes and use the mixture to rinse your hair after applying shampoo and conditioner.
17. Use aloe vera
Aloe vera also encourages hair growth. It also prevents hair loss and it reduces dandruff. You can mix fresh aloe vera gel with a little lemon juice, apply the mixture to the hair and leave it on for 20 minutes. You can also combine aloe vera gel with coconut milk in equal parts or drink aloe vera juice on a regular basis.
18. Rinse with apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is excellent if you want to remove all the dirt, grime and pollution from your hair. It will also strip away the residue left by hair products. It’s also a natural detnagling treatment and it will also boost your hair growth. Add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into a little water and rinse your hair with it.
19. Try castor oil
Massage your hair with castor oil before you go to bed and leave it on overnight. In the morning, wash and condition your hair as usual. Do this once or twice a week and it will do wonders for your hair.
20. Flip your hair upside down
This is a very simple and popular trick you can try. Flip your hair upside down for two to four minutes every day. It will improve circulation which will make your hair grow faster.