How to grow hair faster? The answer to this question, believe it or not, is up to you. The way you care for your hair, your body and your ability to be patient plays a huge role in the amount of growth you’ll notice. Are you taking care of your ends, balancing moisture and playing it safe with heat-styling tools? In other words: Are you actually taking proper care of every aspect of your hair? Sometimes we may think we are, but can tweak a few things to improve the health of our hair.
Here’s the thing: You may not actually be able to speed up your hair growth process, and hair doesn’t grow overnight. However, you can implement healthy hair care habits into your routine that’ll prevent you from dealing with hair growth setbacks like split ends, breakage and hair fall. Whether you’re growing out a fringe, a pixie or just want longer locks, like now, here are some ways in which you can grow hair faster.
How to Grow Hair Faster: Insider Tips You Need to Know
1. Get hair trims.
Get your hair trims. Seriously! Here’s why: The longer you wait to get a trim, the more hair you’ll have to end up cutting. Split ends travel up the hair shaft (yeah, we wish they will just melt off or disappear), and the only way to stop it is by cutting the ends off. If you really want to see actual hair growth, don’t skip a single hair trim appointment during your hair growth journey. In general, you should be trimming your hair every 6-8 weeks, depending on your length and hair type.
2. Rest, and take care of your hair while doing it.
Maintaining healthy hair growth is a good excuse to cancel plans for catching up on some z’s. Hair grows in three stages: Anagen, catagen, and telogen. Lack of rest (which can lead to stress, a common culprit for hair loss), can interrupt the hair growth process. An adequate amount of rest can contribute to healthy hair growth. Before you go to sleep, though, make sure you’re not causing any damage to your hair while you rest. Protect hair with a silk scarf or a silk pillowcase to prevent hair breakage.
3. Conditioners, deep conditioners, and leave-in’s.
Listen up: Your hair needs to be conditioned. Traditional shampoos are optimized to clean your hair, while conditioners are optimized to balance the pH and moisture levels. Skipping the conditioning step can lead to dry hair that is prone to breakage. So, if you’re on the road to healthy growing hair, you don’t want to miss out on the benefits of conditioning your strands. If you need a conditioner with extra repairing benefits, opt for a hair mask or a deep conditioner. For a daily refresher, opt for a leave-in conditioner before styling your hair.
4. Vitamins for growth.
There are a plethora of vitamins on the market to choose from, many of which tout faster hair growth. Before falling for marketing schemes, though, do note: Supplements such as zinc, Vitamin E, and biotin can help maintain healthy hair growth — as told to us by Unilever’s Leon Van Gorkham.
5. Use heat protection.
Wavy, sleek, and bouncy hairstyles from heat styling tools are cool and all, but nothing is more real than heat damage. To prevent having to chop off chunks of hair due to the damaging effects of heat, always use a heat protectant before styling. Use a product, like TRESemmé Platinum Strength Heat Spray, to protect your hair from breakage and dull hair caused by your styling tools.
6. Maintain a healthy scalp.
The same way you have to nurture the soil of a plant, the same way you must take care of your scalp to promote healthy hair growth. Keep your scalp clean and moisturized. If you see any signs of dandruff, use a hair care system that’ll control your flaky situation. Editors’ pick: Clear Complete Scalp Care Anti-Dandruff Shampoo and the Clear Complete Scalp Care Anti-Dandruff Conditioner that works alleviate a dry and flaky scalp. Scalp ailments, like dandruff, can worsen over time and cause hair breakage, if it isn’t treated.
7. Use the right hair care products.
All shampoos, conditioners, stylers, and tools are not created equal. Using the wrong products on your hair can actually do more harm than good. Ever wondered why your fine hair is limp after conditioning? Or, why your curly hair is dry after washing? You’re probably using the wrong products for your hair type. To prevent any mishaps during your hair growth journey, evaluate your hair care products and switch them out for formulas that are designed for your hair type.
Looking for more tips on how to grow hair faster? Check out our feature on 9 ways to grow hair without doing much.