Nine Tips to Make Hair Grow Fast
Oops: I Cut My Hair Too Short
A few months ago I made a really stupid decision: I cut my long hair really short. While I did enjoy the haircut at first, this joy was very short-lived. A month later I was already missing my ponytail. I could no longer play with my hair or smell the delicious strawberry scent of my shampoo.
I needed to make my hair grow fast, so I searched the internet and asked friends and family for advice. By combining their advice with some of my own findings, my hair seems to be finally growing.
I discovered so much advice (some good, some not) that I thought it would be a good idea to organize my findings for future reference, in case I someday forgot all the pain I went through to get my hair to grow and made the same stupid decision to cut it short again. Here are a few of the tips I discovered to help grow hair fast (some of which I'm still using).
The Haircut Poll
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How to Encourage Hair Growth
The first thing to do to encourage your hair to grow is treat it nicely. Healthy hair grows longer and looks awesome! Give your hair a little love by washing it with the right products and drying and untangling correctly. I personally like the baking soda treatment which has made my hair and scalp feel and look much more healthy than when I wash with shampoo.
Healthy hair also needs to stay conditioned and some of the best ways to condition hair are natural and super cheap. There are many other recipes using ingredients you might find in your kitchen or at the grocery store like aloe vera, coconut, beer, avocado, and honey.
Argan (Moroccan) Oil
Argan Oil to Promote Hair Growth
If you want to treat your hair nicely, there's no better choice than argan oil (also known as Moroccan oil) which is pressed from the seeds of the argan tree, native to southwestern Morocco.
Not only does argan oil benefit your skin and nails, it's wonderful for your hair. It prevents hair loss, strengthens the hair root, and accelerates growth, so your hair will not only be growing fast, it will also be growing healthy. It's made up of 80% of essential fatty acids which work wonders for your skin, hair, and overall health. It is also rich in Vitamin E, containing three times more vitamin E than olive oil. It is precisely because of this vitamin E and natural antioxidants content that Argan oil lasts a lot longer than any other oil.
You can apply argan oil as a pre-shower treatment. Massage the oil into the scalp, wrap your head in plastic food wrap or a shower cap, and leave on for 30 minutes or longer.
Follow this treatment at least once a week and you will start seeing results (new hair growth as well as longer hair) in just 2 months.
Stay Away from Heat
Healthy hair grows faster, so I stopped blowdrying and straightening my hair every day. Now I only do it once a week or when I'm going somewhere "special."
You might think you could never put down your hairdryer or quit with the heat but, if you're trying to grow your hair, I suggest you give it a try. You should know that it may take a few weeks for your hair to get used to not being blow dried. For the first few days, my hair was frizzy and all over the place but, as time passed, it seemed like it was healing from all the heat I had been using and it started to thrive.
Use Leave-in Conditioner
I suggest a leave-in conditioner--not only for growth but also to keep your hair in place while it recovers from the heat. I have used various leave-in hair conditioners and the one that I like best is the one I mixed myself:
To create the perfect leave-in conditioner, I mix 4 tbs of conditioner, 2 tbs distilled water, and 2 tbs food-grade oil. These measurements can be adjusted until the desired consistency is acquired. My favorite products by far are Finesse self-adjusting, moisturizing conditioner and Fantasia IC hair polisher olive serum.
This mixture of conditioner, water, and oil has done wonders for my hair. My split ends are gone and my hair feels like silk.
I Love Finesse Conditioner
The Fantasia Polisher with Olive Oil I Recommend
Omega-3 Helps Hair Growth
To keep your hair healthy, you must eat a healthy diet. Omega-3 is good for your overall health and it's also very beneficial to healthy, shiny, fast-growing hair. Personally, my diet was very deficient in Omegas. I'm not a big fan of fish, so to increase my Omega-3 consumption I started drinking and eating chia seeds. They have really helped my hair growth as well as my energy level and overall health.
Use Shikakai Powder to Promote Hair Growth
Shikakai has been used for years in India to promote long, lustrous, healthy hair. Shikakai is a shrub-like tree that grows in central India. The seed of this tree can be dried and ground into a fine powder. This powder is then mixed with water or herbal tea and applied to hair as a paste.
It can be used as shampoo and as body soap. Because shikakai foams up into a lather like soap, it's a great way to clean your hair with a product that is 100% natural and won't strip your hair of its natural oils.
Don't Wash Your Hair with Hot Water
Hot water opens the pores of your skin and scalp, allowing the chemicals of hair products to seep into your body. Whenever possible, wash your hair with cold water (as cold as your body can take). This will keep your hair healthy, strong, and shiny.
The Benefits of Vitamin E to Your Hair and Scalp
Vitamin E acts as a powerful antioxidant that stimulates blood circulation to the scalp area, which translates into healthy, fast-growing hair. In fact, vitamin E is great not only for your hair, but also for your whole body. If possible, try to avoid supplements and get your vitamin E from your diet. Foods that are rich in vitamin E are soy, wheat, grains, beans, spinach, nuts, eggs, and leafy green vegetables. The recommended daily dose of vitamin E for adults is 8-10 milligrams.
Aloe Vera to Promote Hair Growth
Aloe vera has been around for years. It's a great plant that can be used in so many different and creative ways, including the promotion of hair growth.
- Once the aloe vera leaf has been cut, it can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.
- The juice of aloe vera can only be stored for 24 hours before it loses its properties.
Cut the gel out of the aloe vera and place in water. Leave the gel soaking in water overnight. Apply the water to your hair and leave it on as long as possible.
Shea Butter for Longer, Stronger Hair
Shea butter keeps hair shiny and healthy. It contains many nutrients to keep your hair strong while you're growing it. However, when you apply Shea butter to your hair, remember not to apply too much, or else it will really difficult to wash out.
Apply shea butter to your hair before going to bed. You can choose to leave it on for 30 minutes or all night, your choice, but the longer you leave it on, the better.
Apply Onion for Hair Growth and Shine
Yes, this sounds a bit extreme, but once your hair dries, the onion smell will be long gone. Here's how to do it:
Cut up onion in really small pieces. Place in shampoo and let soak for 15 days. Apply shampoo to hair as usual (do not remove the onion pieces).
This recipe accelerates hair growth and gives beautiful shine to dull hair.
Potato Water Makes Hair Grow
Boil potatoes in water. Remove the potatoes and rinse hair with the water that same day.