Most of us know that our hair normally grows 1/2 an inch a month. Is it possible to make it grow faster? Some people say it isn’t, but as someone who grows at least an inch a month, I’m pretty sure it can. But how… that is the question.
Hair care is a big part of making sure your hair grows. Not because it will actually make your hair grow but because it will keep your hair healthy and will help avoid split ends. Simple hair care includes:
*Don’t wash your hair daily, and know how to wash your hair: Our hair is very fragile when it is wet. That is why knowing how to care for wet hair is so important. Let’s talk about that first.
When washing your hair you want to make sure you are not rubbing your hair together. Rubbing it together will cause friction and over time cause it to split or break. Instead you want to comb the product in with your fingers and massage only the scalp (trying to avoid the hair even). Also remember that the shampoo goes on the scalp and the conditioner on the bottom.
How often are you washing your hair? Could it be too often? If you are washing your hair daily (or even every other day) chances are it is too often. Our hair needs the oils that you are washing away as they actually carry nutrients to the hair and keep our hair conditioned (and frizz free). Plus the more you wash your hair the faster our body will recreate those oils, so wash your hair less and get greasy hair less. Win/win
*Don’t brush wet hair: Using a brush on your hair when wet can be very damaging. As already mentioned, our hair is fragile when wet and when you use the brush it is more likely to snag or split your ends. Instead opt for a wide toothed comb or use your fingers until your hair is damp/dry.
*Protective styles: Protective styles are those that will cause the least amount of damage to your hair. Things like buns and braids work well.
*Tender loving care: A weekly hair mask will work wonders for healthy, shiny and stronger hair. So will hot oil treatments and deep conditioning. You can either make or buy your treatments but I suggest considering a weekly treatment.
*Stop damaging: If you don’t damage your hair, you won’t get as many split ends and your hair wont be brittle. it’s just that simple. So, put down the heat tools, stop with the stressful styles, quit teasing and cut down on the coloring (no matter how much fun it is.)
*Care for your ends: Speaking of ends… Pay special attention to your ends, as they are the parts you have to worry about splitting. I suggest oiling 1-3 inches up the ends of your hair after washing the hair. It will help close the hair shaft and keep hair looking shiny as well as make it harder for your hair to split.
*Products: Products can be great, but they can also be really damaging. Make sure you are using products that will actually benefit your hair (not just make it look curly, shiny, healthy, etc. while loading it up with chemicals) and cut down on products that are not going to do that. Sometimes the best thing you can do for your hair is to let it be.
You’re diet plays a big factor in your hair growth. Why? There are a couple reasons for this. One is that your hair is 80-90 % protein and another is that well we may love our hair our body realizes that it is not a necessary part of living and if we are not getting enough nutrients our body will take nutrients away from the hair to give to other parts of the body.
Protein: So, protein is important, but how much should you have? That’s a tough one but I’ll tell you what I do.
I weight train, and as I am trying to build/tone muscle I follow the rule that body builders use. They get 1 gram of protein per 1 lb of weight they have. Easy math, right?
But how do you get that much protein? The first (and most obvious) way is to eat a protein rich diet. Nuts, meats, tofu, etc. but your other option is to take a protein supplement. They come in all types and flavors but I personally take a mint chocolate chip whey one which tastes just like ice cream.
Fats: Healthy fats are hugely important to our hair. Avocados are known for being packed full of healthy fats but if you are not a fan of them you can always take fish oil.
Water: Keep yourself hydrated from the inside and out. Make sure you are drinking enough water.
I won’t tell you how much you should be drinking because it is never the same depending on what you are doing, your body type, where you live and the time of the year. But find the right balance for yourself and you will be set.
Sugar, smoking, drinking: These three things can rob your hair (and your body) of the nutrients it needs to grow so try cutting it down or (ideally) out of your life
The “Secret” to hair growth
I’m sure we have all heard of stimulating the scalp. I call it the “secret” to hair growth because it is the thing that is really going to help your hair grow. Before I tell you all the ways you can stimulate your scalp I’m going to tell you how it works:
You see, what happens is when you stimulate your scalp you get the blood flowing to your scalp and in turn the blood is what delivers the nutrients to your scalp/hair and encourages it to grow so quickly. Now, lets look at a couple ways you can stimulate your scalp:
*Rub peppermint, lavender or rosemary oil onto the scalp
*If you don’t have any of those oils use mouth wash
*Don’t forget about brushing!
*Put some music on and head bang to it
*Or just tip your head upside down. Some people swear that bending their head for 4 minutes a day will cause an inch of growth in a week- this is called the inversion method. (Personally I don’t get an inch of growth in a week, but I do believe it helps.)