I love to dye my hair all colors of the rainbow. I love all things vintage, and I enjoy creating art, taking photos, and doing it myself.
Growing hair is like watching paint dry, except worse! You cut it thinking, "No big deal, it'll grow back. Blah, blah, blah. I'm making terrible decisions." And guess what? It doesn't grow. Ever.
Okay, it does, but at an alarmingly slow rate. At least, that's how it is for me. So I've searched the internet and experimented on my hair to give you guys a list of what works and what doesn't work in the world of hair growth.
I feel like this is the most obvious answer. Biotin is a water-soluble B vitamin that stimulates healthy hair and nail growth. It also makes your hair thicker, which explains a lot of what my head has been doing.
I've been taking biotin randomly throughout the past year. As in, I'll be on it for a week, then forget for a month, then on it for another two weeks. People who actually remember to take it every day see insane changes in hair length. Just look at the photo I found below! This girl was taking one 1000mcg pill per day and experienced what looks like two inches in about 40 days.
2. Coconut and Rosemary
Coconut oil is good for just about anything, even hair growth. Long story short, it's got vitamins that help your hair out, and the acids in it bind to your hair, protecting and moisturizing it. And wouldn't you know, coconut oil is packed with yummy hair food to help your locks grow big and strong.
You can get a big tub of coconut oil in the food section at most grocery stores. Some people buy it in the hair/skin section, but I find it to be almost twice as expensive. As long as the ingredients say "coconut oil," you're good.
How to Use Coconut Oil
- Take the oil, and rub it into your soggy scalp. Use about two tablespoons for shoulder length hair and more as needed.
- Slap on a shower cap, and watch Bob's Burgers for a while.
- Wash it out with a sulfate-free shampoo.
As far as rosemary goes, it's apparently very good for stimulating hair growth as well. In a (possibly sketchy) study of 84 people with alopecia areata (hair falling out in huge patches), those who massaged their scalps with rosemary oil for seven months grew back significantly more hair than those who massaged without it.
So you know what? Why don't you double whammy it and grind up some rosemary to put in your coconut oil? I'm actually going to do that, and I'll get back to you guys on it later.
3. Sulfate-Free Shampoo (or None at All)
I can't really attest to using sulfate-free shampoo, but I can vouch for the no shampoo movement. In fact, only weeks after we started, my friend Brittany and I noticed an increase in our rate of hair growth. A month in, my hair had grown about an inch, which is insane for me. I mean, everyone's hair is different, but my scalp is the WORST at pushing out keratin.
So anyway, how it works. The sulfates in shampoo serve to dry out and damage your hair, stripping it of its natural oils. By switching to a sulfate-free shampoo (or baking soda), you can avoid damaging your hair follicles, and thus not screw up your hair growth!
I promise, your hair won't turn disgusting. The picture below is my own hair after no-pooing for a month.
4. Head Massages
Seriously. When you're in the shower, spend a little bit more time rubbing your scalp. It'll stimulate your little follicles to start growing hair faster. Of course, it's probably good to do this with some sort of oil (like coconut or rosemary), but the massages themselves should make at least a small difference. Who knows what could happen when you pair it with the rest of these tips!
5. Minding Split Ends
So the whole trimming your hair to stimulate growth? Yeah, that's crap. Your split ends have nothing to do with the roots of your hair, which are what's pumping out the proteins. However, having split ends and breakage will certainly not promote longer hair. This is why it's important to take care of your split ends by cutting them off before they become a bigger problem.
I definitely wouldn't say get a trim every six weeks; they inevitably end up taking off more than what is necessary. I don't know about you guys, but it takes me about six months to get split ends. Because I have killer skills, I end up cutting my own hair as needed. I've got myself a little pair of hair cutting shears, and whenever I see those bad boys, I chop them off.
You Can Make Your Hair Grow Faster
There are, of course, many other ways to grow your hair. You could avoid the use of heat, be cautious of hairstyles that tug and put tension on your strands, or just generally be gentle when handling your hair. However, this is the list of essentials for me. These are treatments I've seen used, or that I've used myself, that seem to increase hair growth significantly.
Keep in mind, everyone's head is different. While taking biotin may work wonderfully for me, it may cause you to break out. So be careful! Take vitamins, use oils, and pledge NEVER to chop it off again!! Happy hair growth!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
swilliams on November 03, 2014:
This is a very informative article! Job well done and I love the great use of your pictures! Voted up and tweeted out!