How to Make Hair Grow Faster

How to Make Hair Grow Faster

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      Wouldn’t it be great to be able to go to bed with your hair in a short bob, and wake up the next morning with long, flowing tresses?  Maybe sometime in the future we will discover a magical herb or science will conjure a super-serum that will allow you to do just that; but for now, no such luck!  There are options for getting hair to grow, but if you need an overnight mane, go with hair extensions, clip on hair, or even a wig.

      There are many things you can do to increase your hair’s potential growing cycle, however, there are pre-programmed rules known as genetics that govern the rate of growth per year.  For most people, six inches is about the limit,  per year , of new hair growth.  Of course, there are exceptions to every rule, including genetics, but these are very rare. 


      Once hair has emerged from your scalp, it is officially DEAD.  It no longer has the capacity for renewing itself, and is considered dead protein.  On average, there are approximately 100,000 strands of hair on a person’s head with an average growth rate of a half an inch per month…at that rate, your hair is already two years old by the time it has reached your shoulders.  Imagine two years of environmental damage, washing, drying, combing, brushing, chemical processing, etc. if it were inflicted on a fine garment, or flower?  It is very unlikely that either aforementioned materials would stand up to such constant handling and abuse as your hair does.  Even the best cared for hair undergoes an aging process that, although is natural, can also affect the cycle of your hair’s growth.


      Vitamins and minerals play a substantial role in keeping your hair healthy(as healthy as dead can get,anyway).  Malnutrition can lead to hair thinning and even baldness.  A good example of nutritional impact on hair is the relationship between the Thyroid and the hair: an overactive thyroid can make hair greasy and limp, while an under active thyroid will produce frizzy, brittle hair. Sum it up to this: what you consume directly affects the appearance of your hair, along with that of your body.  Hair will show damage and may even stop growing when there is illness or nutritional deficiency.  The B vitamins along with a blend of amino acids can maximize your hair growth cycle, as well as biotin, folic acid, and Inositol.  Including certain minerals in your supplemental vitamin regime,  such as magnesium, zinc, sulfur, and silica are also proven to be effective on hair health and vitality. 

      Beta-Carotene is another growth-essential vitamin for hair, and also promotes healthy skin and nails.  You can procure your daily Beta-Carotene from yellow, orange, and green vegetables and fruits. 


      Since you already know that hair is a protein, it is safe to assume that a diet too low on protein may cause some growth retardation, thinning, and dullness.  So, make sure to maintain a protein-rich diet to maintain health and improve hair growth.  Good sources of protein are: liver, wheat germ, fish, eggs, beans, brewer’s yeast, and yogurt. 

     Soy has been shown to strengthen the hair and stimulate growth.  Tofu is a great source of soy, and is very versatile. 


      Stress(go figure!) and certain medications are known hair growth inhibitors.  Obviously, if you have a condition for which you must take medication, do not stop taking said prescriptions due to your hair’s reaction.  Consult your doctor before altering any aspect of your treatment.  This includes any new vitamins as well, as they could counter-act with any meds you may be taking. 

      If you are under a substantial amount of stress in your daily life, REDUCE it ASAP.  You want to do this for the well-being of your entire body, as well as your hair.  Meditation, Yoga, exercise, even a hobby are good ways to help reduce stress.  A massage never hurt anybody now and then…make sure to have your scalp included in the session.   Your hair and body will thank you.

      Getting sufficient sleep every night is also a great way to get that hair growing, something not everyone is aware of.  Seven to nine hours of sleep nightly are recommended.  Cutting back on caffeine, smoking, alcohol, and soda will improve hair growth, and avoid using hot water, blow dryers and other styling implements that cause damage and stress to the hair.

      Keep your hair trimmed to eliminate split ends, leaving healthier hair.  Hot oil treatments on a regular basis protect the hair shaft, thereby allowing the hair to grow more effectively.  Over time you will attain the long, luscious hair you dream of…but if you are in need of ‘instant hair growth’, your best bet is to see your hairdresser, or specialist about those extensions to satiate your need for instant gratification.  It also is a way to preview your appearance with long hair and make decisions accordingly.  Who knows, you may not even like the way long hair frames your face…you’d be saving yourself a lot of frustration.  In any event, best of luck to you and your adventures in coiffure!

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