15 Ways to Help Grow Your Hair Longer (and, Like, a Bit Faster)

To Grow Your Hair you can blame that on the fact that hair only grows 1/2 inch every month—and that’s only if your hair is already in a super-healthy state with minimal split ends, says celebrity hairstylist Mark Townsend.

The good news, though, is that if you feel like your hair isn’t growing fast enough—whether that’s due to heat damage, genetics, hormones, you name it—there are a few things you can do to help speed up the process a little.

The biggest thing to keep in mind? Healthy hair = longer hair, so you’ll want to swap damaging habits (think: going platinum or flat ironing your hair every morning) for healthy ones (see: moisturizing your scalp and deep conditioning).

Ahead, dermatologists, trichologists, and hairstylists weigh in on the very best ways to grow your hair faster. And, hot tip, if you still feel like your hair isn’t growing at the right speed, it’s never a bad idea to book an appointment with a doctor to chat through your options.This content is imported from {embed-name}. You may be able to find the same content in another format.

1: Try caffeine treatments to grow hair

Turns out caffeine is a really excellent ingredient if you’re trying to grow your hair longer.

And, no, I’m not talking about drinking an extra cup of coffee every morning—I mean adding a caffeine-spiked hair product to your styling routine. According to dermatologist Dhaval G. Bhanusali, MD, caffeine not only helps stimulate blood flow to your scalp (which is v essential for hair growth), but it also counteracts DHT, the hormone responsible for hair loss.

Heads up that you won’t see a difference in your hair density or length overnight, though—caffeine usually takes two to three months for results to kick in.

So start using one of these shampoos, scalp serums, or leave-ins ASAP if you’re after longer, thicker hair:

2: Focus on scalp care

If you’re trying to grow your hair fast, you need to pay attention to your scalp.

“The two most important layers of the skin in relation to the scalp are the dermis and the epidermis—the dermis contains our hair follicles, glands, nerves, blood vessels, collagen, elastin fibers, and fat cells,” says Bridgette Hill, trichologist and colorist at Paul Labrecque Salon and Skincare Spa.

“Introducing proper scalp care into your hair care routine will impact the rate of hair growth and the health of your hair fiber.

When you take care of your scalp, you’re actually ensuring that blood and nutrients can easily flow to the hair follicle, which then helps minimize shedding and loss, says Hill.

So, what exactly does scalp care look like for you? Well, for starters, you’ll want to invest in a scalp oil, mask, or serum.

“I prefer oils or cream-based masks verses grainy exfoliants,” says Hill, “since the rough ingredients in scalp scrubs can actually create micro-abrasions on the scalp, which can lead to the production of harmful bacterias and fungi.

” Uh, not ideal at all. “Instead, use an oil or mask with scalp-stimulating ingredients like peppermint, tea tree, or citrus-based oils to help increase circulation and ‘decongest’ the scalp.”

BTW: While you’re at it, go ahead and buy a scalp shampoo to use after your treatment (think: something clarifying if you’re dealing with buildup, something lightweight and hydrating if you’re dealing with excess oil).

Hill suggests giving yourself a “proper shampoo” once a week, i.e. where you apply the product directly on your scalp—not just your hair—letting it sit for five minutes before rinsing and conditioning.

“You can even buy a hair-color applicator bottle at a beauty supply store to help easily distribute the shampoo through your scalp.”


✨ #3: Trim your hair to maintain length ✨

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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 hairfrequent 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.

✨ #4: Consider hair-growth vitamins ✨

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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 can claim whatever 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.


✨ #5: Shampoo less to lock in moisture ✨

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“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.


✨ #6: Rinse hair 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?This content is imported from {embed-name}. You may be able to find the same content in another format,

✨ #7: Load up on conditioner to avoid breakage ✨

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.


✨ #8: Try 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:

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.


✨ #9: Cut back on heat tools to prevent damage ✨

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.


✨ #10: 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.


✨ #11: Brush and detangle gently ✨

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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).


✨ #12: Prevent tangles with silk ✨

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.


✨ #13: Use gentle, microfiber towels ✨

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.This content is imported from {embed-name}. You may be able to find the same content in another format.

✨ #14: Swap out your hair elastics to avoid breakage ✨

One wrong 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 clipsbobby pins, or larger pins instead.


✨ #15: Promote growth by changing 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.


The final word

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.

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!).This content is imported from {embed-name}. You may be able to find the same content in another format

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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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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“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!

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.

how to grow hair faster in a week naturally

Some people are vertically challenged, others are follically changed. If you want to know how to make your hair grow faster, you’re in the right place!

Our rate of hair growth is influenced by a combination of things, including genetics, over-styling and a low iron count. Increasing it can be tricky business.

Over the years, we’ve experimented with loads of different hair products and home remedies in an attempt to get long locks. After a lot of reading and heaps of testing, we’ve finally found a formula that really works. 

We know it’s hard to believe, but this article really can teach you how to grow your hair in one day, and up to one inch a week! It’s time to get the hair you’ve always dreamed of…

Editor’s Note: This post was originally posted in August 2015 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness in May 2020.

How fast does hair grow?

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How much should your hair grow?

Before you start learning how to make hair grow faster, it’s helpful to first figure out how quickly it naturally grows so we can understand what to expect.

According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, scalp hair grows an average of 1cm per month. This means the average person can expect to grow between 4-5 inches of hair per year.

The speed at which your hair grows depends on both genetics and the shape of your follicles – Asian hair is on average the thickest and most coarse hair compared to Caucasian and African hair. 

1cm of hair growth a month sounds like a fair amount… so why does it never feel like it? Well, things like over-styling, a bad diet, and not taking good care of your hair can result in split ends and breakages which shorten the length of your hair.

This leads us to another important question…

Why your hair stops growing

Is your hair not growing? It doesn’t just decide to stop growing – there are many factors which can stunt hair growth. Try avoiding the following:

1. Grow Your Hair with Over styling

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Avoid excessive heat styling!

We all want gorgeous-looking hair, but it should never be at the expense of hair health.

If you’re using heat tools every day – whether that be hot irons or the hair-dryer – try to cut down. Heat can weaken your hair so even just alternating or going an extra day without heat can dramatically improve the condition of your hair.

If you must use heat, try to gently towel and air dry your hair until it’s around 60% dry then use the hairdryer on a medium setting.

TOP TIP: invest in a high-quality hair protection spray – they really do help to keep your hair healthy.

2. Grow Your Hair with Poor diet

As with most things health and beauty, diet plays a  massive role in not only the condition of your hair, but also your rate of hair growth.

If your hair won’t grow, your diet could be deficient in vitamins, minerals and protein.

3. Grow Your Hair with Wrong products

When it comes to hair products, sometimes less is more. Whilst some creams really can benefit hair health and help make it grow, others cause more damage than good.

Don’t just use anything on your hair – harsh chemicals will dry it out and may stunt hair growth.

4. Grow Your Hair with Tight hairstyles

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Did you know that ponytails can cause damage to your hair?

Tight ponytails and high buns might look nice, but they can cause serious damage to our hair health.

Bobbles grip the hair, causing friction which may lead to fraying and split ends – we’ve all pulled one out before to find it covered in our precious hair. Tying your hair up every once in a while is no big deal, but having the same updo every day will cause damage over time.

Braids are another thing to do sparingly if you want to preserve your hair health – if done too tightly, they can physically pull the hair away from the roots and cause splitting, hair weakness and follicle damage.

When it comes to wet hair, putting it up should be avoided at all costs. Wet hair is more prone to splitting than dry, the evidence of which will be on your hair bobble should you ever try it.

5. Grow Your Hair with Hormonal imbalance

Everything from thyroid-related disorders to stress, menstruation and puberty can cause a change in hormones that impact our hair.

Estrogen and progesterone are specific hormones that promote hair growth, whilst androgen and testosterone discourage it. When these hormones become imbalanced, it forces the hair into the telogen phase, causing hair loss and thinning.

How to Grow Your Hair faster

1. Eat protein & Biotin-rich foods

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Great sources of biotin.

Biotin, also known as Vitamin H, forms a part of the B-complex group of vitamins that help turn food into fuel for energy. It also assists in the metabolism of fats, carbs and amino acids which are the building blocks of protein.

As we discussed earlier, hair begins to grow from the root of the follicle which is made up of cells of protein.

For faster hair growth, you need to eat a diet rich in both Biotin and protein in order to facilitate the building blocks of protein.

The daily recommended allowance of Biotin is 30 micrograms, which you can ensure you’re achieving by taking in a supplement form. 

If you prefer, you can eat foods that are naturally high in Biotin. It has many many other body-boosting benefits too, such as stronger nails and eyelashes.

Here’s a list of Biotin and protein-rich foods which can accelerate hair growth:

  • Almonds, Peanuts, Pecans and Walnuts
  • Eggs (the yolk has one of the highest concentrations of Biotin)
  • Milk and Cheese
  • Pork and Cooked Liver
  • Salmon and Sardines
  • Avocado

Check out The World’s Healthiest Foods for all you need to know about foods rich in Biotin, from what foods to eat to how to cook and prepare.

2. How to make hair grow with the inversion method

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Give the inversion method a try!

If you take just one thing from this article, make it The Inversion Method – yes, we capitalised it because it’s that important!

The Inversion Method claims to achieve one inch of hair growth a week, and whilst it might not work for everyone it’s definitely worth a try.

Method:

  1. Get your hair trimmed to remove and split ends which may affect results.
  2. Measure your hair so you can compare it to the end results.
  3. Sit on a chair, sofa or the end of your bed, and hang your head between your legs. Remember: ‘Inversion’ is when your heart is positioned higher than your head. Inversion poses and twists are commonly found in yoga practices and are safe to perform, but if you feel dizzy or light-headed stop immediately.
  4. Use your fingertips to massage your scalp for 5-10 minutes. Make sure you use a timer so you are continuously massaging.
  5. You can help boost the method and give your hair an intensive moisturising treatment using a natural oil like Coconut Oil, Olive Oil or Argan Oil whilst massaging. If you can, leave it in overnight in a shower cap. More on these oils later. You don’t have to use the oil, but it will help condition so your hair will feel stronger and shinier than ever.
  6. Repeat every day for seven consequetive days, then leave for a month before repeating.

If you’re serious about hair growth, a wire scalp massager is a great tool to invest in. They’re cheap, comfortable and will prevent your fingers and hands from becoming tired.

3. Shampoo to make your hair grow

You can opt to give your hair a little extra growing power every time you wash it by switching out your everyday shampoo for one that helps accelerate growth.

There are many different shampoos to help hair grow – check out some of the professional’s favourites over on the Superdrug website.

4. Rinse hair with cold water

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Can you reduce the temperature?

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.

5. How to promote hair growth with grass-fed gelatin

Gelatin is more than an ingredient in jelly – it’s derived from animal parts and extremely high in protein and other nutrients too.

It can help to nourish your entire body, but is especially beneficial to your hair, skin and nails.

This is because gelatin increases the production of collagen in the skin – an amino acid that enhances the appearance of pretty much every body part.

Although many beauty products claim to encourage collagen production, it’s important to boost collagen from the inside as well as the outside, especially as we age and production decreases.

You can get your gelatin fix from common foods like low-calorie jelly, but for an even bigger boost try Grass-fed gelatin.

It comes from cows that graze on grass instead of grain. Healthier cows boast higher gelatin prowess according to the suppliers.

You can buy grass-fed gelatin as a supplement that can be added to hot and room temperature drinks. Great Lakes have an affordable range and can be bought from Amazon. Simply add a teaspoon to your morning tea or coffee.

Check out Butter Believer’s Guide to Gelatin Powder for more information on all things gelatin.

6. Hair Growth Treatments

If you enjoy experimenting with hair products, we have a recommendation you can really rely on. Lee Stafford’s Hair Growth range includes a Hair Treatment which contains a unique ‘Pro-Growth’ Complex which is high in protein.

It helps to fertilise your hair follicles and encourage new growth as well as anchoring your existing hair to your scalp.

New hair growth and less hair loss = win, win.

You don’t need to use all the products, but we highly recommend the leave-in conditioner and the treatment. The treatment can be used every time you massage your hair during the Inversion Method instead of a natural oil.

Some blogs may recommend natural products and the ‘no-poo’ method, which involves cutting out all haircare and relying on baking soda to clean your hair.

Whilst we’re a big fan of baking soda, we love using coconut oil and olive oil as both beauty and hair care products, and have also found the Lee Stafford range to really work. 

7. Cut out the heat and let your hair loose

 There’s no escaping the fact that heat damages our hair. Just because we can’t feel the heat, it doesn’t mean it won’t affect our hair – after all, you’re essentially ironing it.

 If you want to encourage your hair to grow faster, the best thing to do is leave it au natural. This means leaving it to air dry, avoiding styling, and leaving it loose or tying it in low hairstyles.

8. How to make hair grow with vitamins & minerals

Diet is just as important for us on the outside as it is on the inside. Besides protein and Biotin-rich foods, it’s also important to get as many vitamins and minerals as possible.

  • Spinach is a particularly important vegetable for hair growth, as it’s high in protein and Vitamins A and C which your body needs to produce sebum which moisturises your scalp. A deficiency in these vitamins can result in brittle hair or even hair loss so make sure you are eating plenty of spinach in your diet.
  • Broccoli is another of the best greens you can eat for hair health. As well as Vitamin A and C it also contains essential B vitamins that are needed for strong hair. The antioxidants in broccoli, particularly vitamin C also prevent hair loss by eliminating the free radicals,  contributing to healthier and thicker hair.

Both are reasonably priced so make sure you eat at least one portion of either once a day and you’ll start to notice not only a healthier bowel, but your skin hair and nails should look better than ever too.

Home remedies for hair growth

Besides your diet and using specific hair products, there are also several home remedies for hair growth that can have a huge impact on hair health and encourage it to get long and strong.

1. Vaseline

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Try this hair treatment!

A pot of vaseline is something everyone should have in their bathroom cupboard – not only is it great for treating dry skin and lips, but it can also benefit hair.

Remember, once hair has gone through the Anagen stage, it no longer has a supply of nutrients. This means it’s even more important to provide it with extra nourishment.

TRY IT: You can apply Vaseline directly onto the ends of hair to keep them well moisturised and prevent splitting, or, for a more intense treatment, apply to the scalp, massage in and leave overnight whilst wearing a shower cap.

2. Coconut Oil

We briefly touched on coconut oil in the Inversion Method section, and now it’s time to look at this fabulous natural product in more detail.

Comprised mainly of smaller medium-chain fatty acids, coconut oil penetrates the hair more deeply and quickly than most other conditioners, and because it’s 100% natural you can use it as much as you like without any damage.

There are numerous benefits of using Coconut Oil on your hair including:

  • Stimulates hair growth by penetrating deep into the follicles.
  • Provides amazing moisturisation for dry hair.
  • Adds shine to hair.
  • Reduces protein loss in your hair – the only oil to do this.
  • Contains anti-bacterial properties to soothe an itchy or flaky scalp.

TRY IT: Use Coconut Oil while doing the Inversion Method or as a once a week overnight treatment to help your hair grow faster than ever.

A tub will last you a good few months, so we’d definitely recommend picking one up next time you’re out. For best results, opt for one that’s raw, organic and unrefined.

If you don’t have any coconut oil to hand, you can also use olive oil to nourish your dry and damaged locks.

3. Aloe Vera

 Aloe vera has both cooling and soothing properties that can be used for a variety of home remedies.

As far as our hair’s concerned, aloe vera can strengthen and repair, promote hair growth, deep clean and calm an itchy scalp, all of which will improve hair health and increase your chances of growing gorgeous locks.

TRY IT: Apply aloe vera to the scalp and massage through hair. Leave for an hour before washing as normal.

4. Eggs

eggs in a carton
Whisk them up!

We all know eggs are good for our bodies, but did you know our hair and skin like them too?

Eggs are packed with a lot of nutrients, including biotin, vitamin A, D and folate – many of the same nutrients you’ll find in healthy, glossy hair. An egg hair treatment can both encourage hair growth and prevent damage – a dream team of sorts!

TRY IT: Whisk 2 egg yolks with 2 tbsp olive oil and apply the mixture to damp hair, using more on the tips than the roots. Leave to sit for 20 minutes in a shower cap, then shampoo with cold water.

5. How to grow long hair with castor oil

Castor oil is another budget beauty product that can benefit our hair.

Its antifungal and antibacterial properties are particularly helpful for the scalp, whilst the vitamins, minerals, proteins and fatty acids help hair to grow.

TRY IT: Apply castor oil to damp (not wet) hair and leave for several hours, or, ideally, overnight.

6. Super fast hair growth with apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar can complement your existing hair care routine in many ways. It contains potassium, has antifungal and antibacterial qualities and a similar pH to that of hair meaning it promotes a healthy scalp, helps repair damaged hair and is also great for removing a build-up of chemicals.

TRY IT: Use apple cider vinegar as a nourishing hair rinse by mixing 1 part warm water and 1 part apple cider vinegar together and pour over hair post shampooing. Leave for 20 minutes before rinsing clean.

7. Rice water

rice in a packet
Who’d have thought?

Although relatively unheard of in the UK, fermented rice water has been used for years by Yao women, which is what they claim to be the secret to their beautiful, long hair.

The water is rich in antioxidants, minerals, vitamin E and also inositol, which can both protect and prevent hair damage.

TRY IT: Rinse a cup of rice, then place in a bowl and cover with water. Leave to sit for 15 minutes. Pour into an air-tight bottle or jar and leave for a day until it turns sour. Boil the liquid in a pan, then leave to cool. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil, then use as a replacement for shampoo by massaging through your hair. Rinse with cold water.

8. How to make hair grow faster with Jojoba oil

Jojoba oil has been proven to be effective for moisturising hair. It’s included in many hair care products because of this, along with its ability to prevent breakages and strengthen your tresses.

Remember: healthier hair = longer, stronger hair!

TRY IT: Gently warm 1-2tbsp oil in the microwave. Start applying to the scalp before working it through the hair. Leave for 20 minutes before rinsing. Alternatively, you can also add jojoba oil to your existing products to give them an extra boost of goodness.

9. Honey

honey
Be sure to get the proper stuff!

Honey is used in many beauty products, both shop-bought and homemade. Honey is an emollient, so helps to seal moisture in your hair and prevent it from becoming dry. It also has antibacterial and antiseptic properties, cleans hair follicles, stimulates re-growth and has antioxidants which prevent damage.

TRY IT: To use honey as a home remedy for rapid hair growth, microwave 1/2 cup honey with 1/4 cup olive oil and apply to hair when cool, beginning at the roots and spreading evenly. Leave for 30 minutes under a shower cap, then rinse with cool water and shampoo.

Hair loss remedies

A proven solution to hair loss may seem too good to be true, but in fact, they do exist.

 Minoxidil (available over-the-counter) and Finasteride (available on prescription are both FDA approved to counteract hair loss, by reinvigorating shrunken hair follicles.

If you struggle with hair loss or alopecia, they may be worth giving a go.

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