Six steps to grow hair faster
Getting your hair to the length you really want it takes time – not to mention frustrating. In fact, it’s thought that the average person’s hair grows around half an inch every month. This figure differs from person to person, though, and it will typically depend on how healthy your hair is.
While there’s no miracle treatment that’ll make your hair grow an extra foot overnight, there are a few things you can do to make sure it’s in the best possible condition for healthy growth.
1. Wash your hair with less shampoo
Shampoo may be essential for cleaning your hair, but did you know that using too much can actually wash away the vital oils your hair needs to maintain its shine and stay healthy? Ideally, you should only use a small amount to help remove any dirt or build up from hair products.
Try using a natural shampoo and focus on applying shampoo primarily to your scalp where it’s typically the dirtiest, before letting it drip down to the tips as you rinse it off.
2. Moisturise your hair every time you wash it
Conditioner is absolutely your friend when you’re trying to grow your hair out. Having well moisturised hair helps prevent split ends and untangles knots, plus many conditioners are enhanced with oils which can make your mane look sleeker and, therefore, longer.
Use conditioner every time you wash your hair, especially on the ends. It’s also a good idea to treat your hair with a conditioning mask once a week to give it extra shine.
3. Avoid heated styling tools
Straighteners and curlers might make your locks look great, but all that heat can be extremely damaging. Exposing hair to high temperatures will dry it out and can make it looker thinner around the ends. If you can’t go without using heated styling tools, make sure you use a good-quality heat protective spray.
4. Trim it regularly
Having your hair cut may seem a bit counter-productive, however regular trims can actually help boost growth in the long term. That’s because split ends eventually move further up the hair follicles and cause them to become brittle, often leading to breakages.
You can keep your hair in peak condition and prevent split ends by having it cut every two to three months.
5. Change up your hairstyle
Did you know that having your hair pulled up in the same ponytail everyday could actually be affecting its growth? That’s because you’re putting strain on the roots and potentially damaging your hair by using elastic hair bands to help keep it secure. Try to switch up your styles so your hair can have a rest from being tweaked and pulled into an up-do.
6. Take a hair growth supplement
If you’ve tried all the above and your hair is still refusing to lengthen, consider taking a hair supplement. They’re typically chewable or swallowed pills which have been enriched with all the nutrients you need to help promote healthy hair growth.
If you have any pre-existing health conditions, take regular medication or are pregnant, it’s a good idea to talk to your GP first before taking any extra vitamins.
Note that supplements should never be taken to replace a healthy diet.
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Last updated: 24 March 2020