How to make your hair grow faster

For a lucky few, growing their hair long, lush and beautiful seems to come naturally. However, for the rest of us, it just doesn’t come that easily. While there isn’t really a “magic bullet” that will allow everyone to enjoy long and lustrous locks, there are a few ways to take care of your hair and encourage it to grow.

Perhaps most importantly, you should take a daily multivitamin. If you can’t bear the thought of choking down a big tablet, there are liquid vitamin preparations that you can put into your favorite drink. You can also eat the right foods to nourish your hair. Eat a well balanced diet, rich in vitamins A, B, C, and E. Iron and zinc are also known to encourage hair to grow. Beef is rich in both iron and zinc, but if you don’t like red meat, you can eat raisins, beans, spinach, fish, and yogurt (which is also a fine source of protein). It’s also been said that prenatal vitamins induce hair and nail growth.

Trim your hair regularly to rid it of those nasty dead and split ends. If you have a lot of split ends and you haven’t had a haircut recently, you are keeping your hair from growing as it should. If you get a trim every six weeks or so, you will keep split ends under control and your hair will be healthier, and grow faster.

Stimulate your scalp regularly. Improve the scalp’s circulation by massaging it in circular motions for two or three minutes per day. For added nourishment, you can mix a half-cup of rosemary and one cup of tea, and mix half of that mixture with your normal shampoo. This will open up the pores and improve blood circulation.

Get some exercise. Stress and lack of activity have been shown to inhibit the hair’s growth. You should also try to get at least seven hours of sleep per night, and minimize stress as much as possible. Managing stress and getting enough sleep and exercise will not only improve your overall health, it will help your hair as well.

It’s important to have clean hair (of course) for growth, but it’s good for sanitary reasons too. If you have limp and oily roots or a lot of buildup in your hair, you need to make changes to your hair care routine and start shampooing at least twice per week. You should also regularly clean all of your combs and hair brushes.

Be kind to your hair. If you want it to grow, you have to be gentle with it. Don’t brush it when wet unless absolutely necessary, as this can stretch and break the hair. Use shampoos and conditioners created for your hair type. Minimize use of heated styling tools, dyes, and permanent waves.

As a last resort or if you don’t want to wait a long time for your hair to grow out, you can always go the celebrity route and get hair extensions. There are clip-in types that remove daily, or there are more expensive weave- sew- or glue-in varieties. The clip-in extensions are gentler on the hair, so you can wear them while you are waiting for your hair to reach your desired length.

Long hair is attractive and can look great on either a man or a woman, but to grow it long and healthy, you need patience and special treatment. You need to have commitment, and take certain precautions. Avoid bad hair habits, eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep. If you do all the right things, you can grow your hair long and have fun doing it.

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Last updated on Jun 13th, 2010 and filed under How-to Guide. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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