How to Help Your Hair Grow Faster

April 25, 2018

6 Ways to Help Your Hair Grow Faster

Whether you’re recovering from a regrettable cut, transitioning out of a trendy lob, or simply want healthy hair down to there, know you’re in good company if you’re desperate for ways to make your hair grow faster. Sadly, there’s no magic bullet that’ll score you inches overnight, but it is possible to kick your follicles into high gear and prevent breakage while you practice a tiny, tiny bit of patience. 

1. Eat the Right Nutrients

Healthy hair starts from the inside out, says Pureology Artist Emily Alders, which means hair growth has a whole lot to do with what goes in your mouth. Biotin (found in foods like salmon, eggs and avocado) prevents brittle hair and breakage that can stall growth; vitamin C (think: citrus fruits, kale and strawberries) assists with the production of collagen, necessary for building a strong hair shaft; meanwhile protein (found in nuts, poultry, and Greek yogurt) is clutch for promoting cell growth and repair all over the body, which preps hair to grow strong and long. Worried you’re not getting enough of these nutrients in your diet? Opt for a multivitamin or supplement targeted towards hair growth (like a Biotin supplement) to cover your bases.


2. Get Smart About Heat

“If you’re blow drying hair and using hot tools, you’ve got to safeguard hair with a heat protectant first,” says Alders, who suggests finding one that works double-time to strengthen and fortify hair and reduce breakage. “I like Strength Cure Fabulous Lengths because it’s made for the girl growing her hair out—it’s like a multivitamin you put on your head instead of ingesting it. Use it before you put on a styling product.” Don’t forget to turn down the heat on hot tools (try not to go past a 7 or 8 out of ten on the heat scale when using irons and wands) and always pop on that little nozzle attachment that comes with your hairdryer. (Yep—the one so many of us throw out.) “It protects your hair from the metal heating elements that sit right inside the dryer—you need that barrier to avoid burning and breaking your hair,” says Alders. 


3. Give Yourself Scalp Massages

Here’s your permission to indulge in some daily R&R: “A scalp massage morning and night will increase the blood flow to your hair follicles, which will deliver more nutrients to your scalp and help with hair growth,” says Pureology Artist Jamie Wiley. Use your fingertips in the shower for a few minutes to gently massage in your shampoo, starting at your hairline and slowly working your way toward the crown of the head, then repeat the massage process at night while you’re lying in bed or relaxing after dinner. (Better yet: have your partner do it for you.)


4. Skip Super-Tight Ponytails and Topknots

High and tight ponytails or topknots are the world’s easiest up-do, but regularly pulling your hair back with a lot of force (and securing hair with a tight, rough elastic) can set the stage for breakage, says Wiley, putting more time between you and those coveted inches. Save the look for nights out and stick with a low and loose ponytail around the house, using a wide and soft hair loop to secure it with.   


5. Start a Strengthening Regimen

Nurse heat-damaged, distressed, or colored hair (all vulnerable to breakage) back to health by turning to a shampoo and conditioner that’ll make repairs on a weekly basis. (Wiley likes Strength Cure shampoo and conditioner, which rehabs hair with a powerful antioxidant found in nature called Astaxanthin.) Out of the shower, she recommends applying a leave-in treatment to bolster growth as you go about your day. “Strength Cure works like magic to mend split ends. It’s basically a sealant that stops the hair from continuing to break up the strand so it can continue to grow,” says Wiley.  


6. Get a Regular Trim

You’ve got to give a little to get a little when it comes to length: while regularly snipping off your ends (just 1/8 of an inch) won’t technically make hair grow faster, it will stop breakage and split-ends from running rampant—and that kind of damage requires a heftier chop to fix. Wiley says to make sure your stylist addresses split ends that occur mid-shaft of the hair stands, too—those should be ‘dusted’ along with the ends of hair. Rule of thumb: head to the salon every eight to twelve weeks for a trim while you wait for hair to grow.