When you're trying to grow your hair thicker and longer, the process can seem to take forever. Hair grows about six inches each year on average, but often that growth feels minimal — especially when most people lose 50-100 hairs each day.
While it seems that for some women, enviably long hair just happens, for the rest of us, tweaking certain aspects of our day-to-day haircare regimen must be made. Whether that's adjusting how often you use your hair dryer, adding foods to make hair grow quicker or a vitamin to the mix, or sleeping on a silk pillowcase (yes, really), there are fast hair growth secrets that even help to grow hair thicker. Check out these pro tips for how to grow hair faster, naturally!
Eat the right foods (and proteins!)
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. So what foods make hair grow quicker? Those high in protein, the building blocks of hair, including meats and other sources. For starters, try increasing your protein intake with foods like fish, beans, nuts, and whole grains.
Even if you're not a meat lover, you should still aim to maintain a diet high in protein for hair growth. For an easy win, add collagen type 1 and 3 to your coffee, water or smoothies, the amino acids and the proteins will do wonders for your hair. Women who don't get enough of it often experience "more hair shedding,". In addition to foods high in protein, vitamins such as Biotin, Selenium, Zinc and Vitamin B, A, C may also contribute to healthier hair.
Add vitamins to your daily 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. Those contain important vitamins like biotin and C and B that support hair health. Bonus: You may get better skin in the process!
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Give your scalp a treat
Dirt, oils and product build-up can clog your follicles, slowing down healthy hair growth. To avoid this, try to give your hair a rest from overloading the root area with styling products – dry shampoo and volumising powders are common culprits. If your scalp is the gateway to healthy hair, it makes sense that exfoliating it helps promote growth. Use a detoxifying shampoo or a scalp scrub once a week to thoroughly cleanse and remove excess sebum from follicles – as well as the product build-up mentioned above.
Do less with your hair
Washing, styling and chemical colouring, that is. Daily shampooing can compromise the scalp's natural essential oils that stimulate growth, while backcombing, brushing and chemically processing the hair can leave it brittle, appearing to shorten the length from the bottom-up when it breaks. We all want to tong and straighten our hair to smooth and bouncy lushness but treat your ends to a day off once a week and they'll thank you.
Get frequent trims
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. 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.
Keep your showers cooler and focus on scalp care.
A hot shower can dehydrate your skin — and it's also rough on your hair. Turn the water temperature down when cleansing. But give your scalp a little extra love: Give it a mini massage as you shampoo to deeply de-gunk and help boost circulation.
Sleep on a silk pillowcase
Silk fabric has smaller fibers than cotton, which keep the hair intact, and doesn’t cause the friction that traditional pillowcases do. This leads to smoother hair in the morning and leads to healthier, longer hair in the future. If you don’t feel like investing in a new pillowcase, another option is to tie your hair in a loose bun with a scrunchie at the top of your head, to avoid tangles and friction on your pillowcase through the night.
Try the simple tips above and add our supporting supplements Beauty Boost and Glow gummies to your daily routine to promote a glowing skin, hair and nails. Give it a try and see what it can do for you!