Nine Tips to Make Hair Grow Fast

Updated on May 27, 2014
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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).

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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

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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.

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.

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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.

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        shonuffgonza 

        8 months ago

        I heard about the efficacy of onion but I didn't want to risk smelling like an onion so I bought the oil on ebay. It was scentless and mixed with a few drops of cinnamon and jojoba. I doubt my hair grew any but it was soft and shiny and the cinnamon made it ting.e.

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        Agnes Burger 

        23 months ago

        Want to make fast and growing hair naturally then try to use nuhairrx serum and this is really great product to strengthen, grow and keep your natural hair moisturized. I also used this same serum exclusively for more than 1 month and was pleased with how much it prevented dryness,and promoted growth. It is costly for such a small amount of product and this would be my only drawback , but it is effective. If it is affordable for you by all means try it!!

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        Jamie Morton 

        3 years ago from London

        Thank you for this article. It was very useful for me.

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        Neely 

        3 years ago

        So the onion helps to grow hair or to regrow new hair ?

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        mslenai 

        3 years ago

        Wow. Very interesting. I thought I knew the tricks, but most of them I didn't know. I will definitely try some of the suggestions out. Thanks for this hub!

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        naaz 

        3 years ago

        great tips i try both the aloe & onion ........

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        Julia M S Pearce 

        3 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

        Thanks for the info.I had treatment a few years ago now and my hair is not what it used or be. Will be trying some of your tips.Thanks.

      • Silver Q profile imageAUTHOR

        Silver Q 

        4 years ago

        Hi Rosie writes:

        Yeah, when I first learned about the onion I was kind of disgusted, but it's not nearly as bad as it sounds. Thank you for reading and commenting!

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        Rosie writes 

        4 years ago from Virginia

        Great tips except for the onions - the texture of old onions - yuck.

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        lazaro m 

        4 years ago

        my hair is short im trying to grow it long as to my nose but i have a plant an Aloe plant aloe really grows your hair

      • Silver Q profile imageAUTHOR

        Silver Q 

        4 years ago

        Hi NikaKlimt:

        I know, onion in hair sounds weird, right? But it's helpful and doesn't smell. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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        Laura 

        4 years ago from Ireland

        Nice tips, never heard of applying onion to your hair so that's interesting!

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        Dan Lema 

        4 years ago from Tanzania

        Useful article, voted up and shared...

      • Silver Q profile imageAUTHOR

        Silver Q 

        4 years ago

        Hey listsnthings:

        Thank you for that awesome tip! I will try it on my hair soon. :)

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        Anna Christie 

        4 years ago from London, United Kingdom

        Thanks for all these great hair tips. Another good hair mask to use which is popular to help repair and strengthen your hair, helping it to grow faster is to use Rosemary and jojoba oil mixed together.

      • Silver Q profile imageAUTHOR

        Silver Q 

        4 years ago

        Hi womentips:

        Thank you for that wondeful tip!

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        womentips 

        4 years ago

        Awesome tips!Egg with honey also helps to get shine hair

      • Silver Q profile imageAUTHOR

        Silver Q 

        4 years ago

        Hi khushu:

        Don't add too much. Just add 1/4 of a small onion, or even just half of that. After you have used it for a week or so, if the smell isn't overwhelming (it shouldn't be) you can add more, but do it gradually. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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        khushu 

        4 years ago

        Heyyy plz tel me how many onions shud b added in 1 bottle shampoo of 100 ml. .....plzzzz do repl m waitin....

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        madiha janjua 

        4 years ago

        good tip

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        Linda 

        4 years ago

        Hi love this page...my hair is basically gone on both sides of my temple will the onion treatment be best.

      • Silver Q profile imageAUTHOR

        Silver Q 

        4 years ago

        Hi Torrilynn:

        Thank you for reading and commenting! :)

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        torrilynn 

        4 years ago

        Thanks for the tips on how to grow your hair faster. Really good advice. Voted up.

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        Brianna 

        4 years ago

        your hair cute

      • Silver Q profile imageAUTHOR

        Silver Q 

        5 years ago

        Thank you for your kind words, Vishakha Bajaj!

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        Vishakha Bajaj 

        5 years ago

        Excellent hub.Thanks for these wonderful tips.

      • Silver Q profile imageAUTHOR

        Silver Q 

        5 years ago

        Hi Marion Langley!

        With me its always back and forth with wanting short and long hair. My hair is now finally long and I'm dying to cut it short now!

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        marion langley 

        5 years ago from The Study

        I completely relate...love the short sophisticated cuts but when I want to return to long glamour style it takes f-o-r-e-v-e-r!!! Thanks for the helpful tips.

      • Silver Q profile imageAUTHOR

        Silver Q 

        5 years ago

        Hi Serenity Queen!

        Growing your hair long can be a difficult task, but I'm glad you did it. These tips can also be useful for keeping healthy your already long hair.

        Thank you for reading!

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        Silver Q 

        5 years ago

        Hi savvydating!

        No, your idea doesn't sound crazy at all. In fact, my mom used to cut my hair during the new moon for the same reasons you mentioned. I was too young to notice the effects on my hair, but now that you brought it back to my mind I should try it again.

        Thanks for reading!

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        Yves 

        5 years ago

        Well, here's one you might think is crazy, but a friend of mine used to cut her hair on the New moon. (She had really pretty hair that fell to her mid-back.) She said that back in the day, farmers always planted crops during that time period because their food would grow faster. I tried it and it seemed to work, but maybe I just had more discipline in not snipping at it all the time - that was about 15 years ago when I wanted to have long hair.

        For a more "normal" method, Biotin is a common supplement used for healthy hair growth. Best to check with your doctor though.

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        Serenity Queen 

        5 years ago from Rochester, NY

        Great!!!! I tried to grow my hair for a while and its only now finally long. But I wish this was around when I was trying

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        Lisa Brown 

        5 years ago from Michigan

        JaimiRyan,

        I've never heard of the potato water or the onion in your shampoo, but I'm willing to give it a try. Thanks so much,

        LisaYour Comment...

      • Silver Q profile imageAUTHOR

        Silver Q 

        5 years ago

        Hi JaimiRyan!

        Im glad you started respecting your hair. Im sure it will thank you for it! And, yes, there are some great products out there that can make respecting your hair even easier!

        Thank you for reading!

      • Silver Q profile imageAUTHOR

        Silver Q 

        5 years ago

        Thank you fraise for reading!

      • Silver Q profile imageAUTHOR

        Silver Q 

        5 years ago

        Hi sparkleyfinger!

        When I first heard about the onion in the shampoo i didn't think it was such a great idea either, especially because of the smell. But it turns out that hair doesn't really smell bad once you try it!

        Thank you for reading!

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        Lynsey Harte 

        5 years ago from Glasgow

        Useful hub, with some interesting ideas!! I can't say that the onion in the shampoo really appeals to me, but I'll pass the tip on to my mum, who Im sure will try it!

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        Fraise 

        5 years ago

        Wonderful tips here and very useful.

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        JaimiRyan 

        5 years ago from Cincinnati, Ohio

        Good tips! I recently started 'respecting' my hair, and not blow drying/straightening/curling every day. There are some pretty good textured products that can help your hair to look good without putting it through the wringer.

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        Silver Q 

        5 years ago

        Hello Rumanasaiyed!

        Thank you for reading!

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        Rumana 

        5 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

        Awesome tips..

        Voted up useful and shared..

      • Silver Q profile imageAUTHOR

        Silver Q 

        5 years ago

        Hi epbooks!

        Yes, I've heard that too. I have actually done that myself (washing w cold water) and hair does become visibly healthier!! Thanks for reading!

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        Elizabeth Parker 

        5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

        Great advice. I've read that if you do wash your hair in warm/hot water, to at least rinse it in cold water as a last step. And the omega3's do work- Fish oil pills have them as does flaxseed oil capsules. Voted up!

      • Silver Q profile imageAUTHOR

        Silver Q 

        5 years ago

        Hi Kevin Peter!

        No, there shouldn't be any onion smell, just make sure you cut it up in really small pieces and don't use too much onion.

        Thanks for reading!

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        Kevin Peter 

        5 years ago from Global Citizen

        Nice tips on making the hair long. Won't there be a bad smell if onion is kept in shampoo for a long time. But I have decided to try. Thanks for the tips.

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        lea 

        5 years ago

        good advice

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