Who at some point—guys and gals alike—hasn’t wished for their hair to grow faster? Whether it’s from a less-than-ideal haircut, chemical overprocessing, or just the desire to have long, luscious locks, there inevitably comes a time in each person’s life when they wish for some super-fast growth serum that would turn them into Rapunzel overnight.
Sorry to burst your bubble, but that’s never going to happen. (Although it would be awesome if someone invented it one day.) However, there are some things you can do to help your hair grow in faster—and healthier at the same time. All it requires is a little effort on your part—and maybe changing your methods up just a bit.
Let’s take a look at 3 things you can do to make your hair grow faster.
1: Stop the Damage
There are many ways hair can get damaged, and cutting back on at least one of them will make a difference. Think of it like a diet: cutting back on soda and switching to water certainly helps, but changing up your eating habits makes an even bigger difference. So, let’s talk about some of the everyday ways we damage our hair.
Probably the first one you’d think of is with chemicals—color, straighteners, even perms. Yes, these salon treatments have improved dramatically over the years and cause less damage than they used to; however, the damage can still be overdone. That doesn’t even take into account those at-home treatments, which have also improved yet can still be damaging.
Then, of course, there’s heat styling—blow drying, flat ironing, curling, etc. Each session in and of itself isn’t disastrous, but over time, it can lead to breakage and brittle hair. (Especially if you don’t use a good-quality tool.) Pulling your hair back tightly or with a non-gentle band can cause damage as well, catching your hair and causing several to break off.
Be gentle when combing and brushing as well. You never, ever want to brush your hair when it’s wet, regardless of how tangly it is. Hair is a lot more prone to stretching when it’s wet, and it will break off much more easily! Use a wide-toothed comb, or better yet, comb it with your conditioner on in the shower. The conditioner acts as a buffer, preventing breakage—and you won’t have those tangles when you get out of the shower!
2: Treat your Hair like a Delicate Fabric
When you buy a cashmere sweater or some other expensive item of clothing, you don’t want to toss it in the washing machine and ruin it immediately, right? (Or preferably at all.) If you think of your hair the same way, as a fragile fiber—because it is—it’ll allow you to treat it more gently and thus, it’ll grow out much faster and healthier.
Besides not ripping through wet hair with a brush or comb, you can treat your hair gently by not roughing it up with a regular terry towel after washing. In fact, it’s best not to wrap it in those, either…investing in a microfiber wrap or hair towel will not only be gentler on those locks, it’ll absorb more water AND you can wrap it up if you must get it out of the way.
Another thing you can do to protect your hair overnight is to buy a silk or satin pillowcase. Cotton or other materials can leach moisture out of your hair, causing tangles and breakage. Materials like silk are more gentle, allowing the hair to slip around and maintain their moisture levels.
3: Holistic Approaches Help
Even though hair is dead, healthy hair starts at the root. When you’re trying to grow it out, nurturing it at the root will strengthen it to encourage growth and length.
When washing your hair, take a few minutes to massage your scalp. Not only is this super relaxing (think of those shampoos in the salon!), it gets blood flowing to the follicle, encouraging growth and strength. The blood delivers nutrients straight to the root, feeding and nourishing it. If you massage regularly for at least 5 minutes three times a week, you’ll see more growth and faster—and have less stress as a bonus!
Supplements can also help with growth. Two that are highly recommended for hair health are biotin—a B vitamin—and collagen. Both have numerous health benefits and can accelerate hair growth as well as strengthening both hair and nails.
So if your hair is looking fried or just too short and you’re waiting not-so-patiently for it to grow out, there are several things you can do to give it a little nudge. If it’s chemically compromised, using hair masks, deep conditioners, and reconstructors always help as well.
Essentially, if you are good to your hair, it’ll be good to you right back. And just imagine—if you combine all these tips, you’ll have mermaid (or merman) hair in no time!