Who doesn’t want to flip and flaunt long beautiful hair? Rapunzel-like hair is every girl’s dream. Some are genetically gifted with luscious strands while others struggle to achieve them. If you belong to the latter category, you are at the right place. In this article, we shall provide you with the best tips on how to make your hair grow faster.
Let’s get it straight; there is no magic in the hair. No single remedy, ingredient, or medication can make your hair grow beyond an inch or two a month. People often seek tips to grow hair faster overnight or in a week, but that is practically not possible. Even if the hair is in its prime health, growing hair beyond its biological capacity is merely a misconception.
Growing tresses is certainly a long, time-taking, and pain-staking process. So, if you are up for patiently following a whole regime towards shiny, healthy, and nourished hair, read along.
The anatomy of hair explains what makes hair grow faster
First things first; let us first briefly examine what hair is made up of. Hair strands grow out of follicles, also known as hair bulbs, located in the deeper layers of skin. The hair shaft is made up of 95% keratin (a type of protein).
When nutrients are delivered adequately to hair follicles, hair cells multiply and grow out of the bulb. With time, older cells are pushed outwards, thus forming the elongated strands of hair
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the following key components play a pivotal role in the formation of Keratin.
Niacin & Biotin
Niacin and Biotin are water-soluble forms of Vitamin B. While Niacin helps in repairing the DNA of hair follicles; Biotin, other than its metabolic significance, is one of the most popular and glamorized vitamins for shiny healthy hair. It helps in the formation of Keratin infrastructure and aids in hair growth.
Lack of biotin results in hair thinning and lackluster hair.
Just like its significance in the wear and tear of other body cells, Vitamin C has a similar significance for hair cells as well. It serves as an antioxidant for hair follicles, providing them protection from free radicals.
Zinc and Iron
Zinc and Iron are two key micronutrients that play an essential role in hair follicle development and hair growth. Iron forms the building block of red blood cells that deliver oxygen and nutrients to hair follicles while zinc aids in DNA production.
Now let’s get straight to the remedies that would make your hair grow faster.
Tips to make your hair grow faster
Hair texture and growth are predominantly genetically determined. But don’t lose heart if your DNA is not gracious upon you.
Following tips (not a recipe of a magic potion, unfortunately), if followed religiously can make your hair strong, shiny, and ultimately, aid in growing them faster.
Fuel up your Locks
The importance of a healthy balanced diet cannot be emphasized enough for maintaining strong and vibrant hair. Restrictive dieting is notorious for not only damaging hair health but also impairing its growth.
Therefore, make sure your plate has everything from each food group such as proteins and fats to avoid any micronutrient deficiencies.
Dr. Lindsey Bordone, a dermatologist at Columbia University Medical Center, recommends a daily intake of 50 grams or more of protein per day to make your hair grow fast. Good sources of which are eggs, fish, meat, nuts, seeds, and milk.
Healthy fats, such as Omega-3 fatty acids also hold prime importance in the life-cycle of hair. Omega-3s are not naturally produced by the body so they have to be consumed through food.
Most common sources of Omega-3s include Fish, Nuts, Seeds, Cauliflower, and leafy green vegetables. Incorporate these in your daily meals to have better results in your goal of long hair.
Spoil yourself with a massage
If you ask me, I can spend a fortune (only if I had one) on a good head massage any day. Scalp massage not only helps in increasing blood circulation towards your head but also helps in relieving stress. The roots, when stimulated during a massage, are strengthened and nutrients are better absorbed in the follicles.
A secret tip taken from my Grandma’s Diary: Massage with a blend of Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Castor Oil (mixed in equal quantities) for optimum results. These oils not only nourish your hair and give them luster but also aids in hair growth at a faster pace.
Crack an egg on your head
Who doesn’t know of this amazing beauty ingredient famous for strengthening and nourishing hair from within?
Eggs are packed with Proteins, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Biotin, Lecithin, and Sulfur which help in repairing damage, fight dandruff and provide gloss to your hair; hence, encouraging hair growth.
Pro-Tip: Apply a mask of an egg blended with one tablespoon of olive oil once a week. You can go a little fancy and experiment with adding honey, banana, or a little coffee to the egg mask for enhanced results in terms of hair growth.
Don’t forget your vitamins
Fact Check: No supplements are medically proven to promote hair growth overnight. But hair growth is most certainly affected if you are short on micronutrients.
Iron, for example, if deficient in the body, can cause hair loss. The deficiency of Vitamin D can cause hair thinning and can halt hair growth. A deficit of other minerals such as Zinc can cause frequent hair breakage.
Therefore, it is best advised to add a Hair Supplement to your daily routine to compensate for your nutritional needs, especially if you are on some sort of restrictive diet.
Essential Oils are truly essential for hair growth
Essential oils have long been used in alternative medicine for hair problems such as Alopecia, Folliculitis, Hair Loss, and Dandruff.
Oils such as Rosemary Oil, Peppermint Oil, Lavender Oil, Tea-Tree Oil, and Thyme Oil are being used since ancient times for their soothing aroma, and anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. These oils promote hair growth by reducing cell stress and enhancing blood circulation toward the hair cells.
Bonus Tip: Mix a tablespoon of any carrier oil of your choice into an egg yolk, add a dash of organic aloe vera extract, a tablespoon of yogurt, and a little peppermint oil for aromatherapy. Enjoy your beauty sleep and wake up to bouncy, shiny, lustrous hair. Thank us later.
Trim your mane
Don’t fear the shears and cut your hair at least once every three months. This may sound like a reverse phenomenon, but regular trimming can actually aid in achieving desirable length.
Intrigued? Well, here is the explanation.
Hair, after growing for a certain period, gets damaged resulting in split ends. They are then tangled easily and result in breakage while combing. Split ends work their way up and can damage quite a good length of the hair shaft.
Trimming, thus, helps in combating split ends and assists towards your goal of long, beautiful hair.
Be mindful of your Hair products
Always read the labels when you shop for your hair products. Hair experts are always emphasizing the importance of using Sulphate-free Shampoos.
SLS, SLES, Silicones, and Parabens (generally listed as Dimethicone) are the alarming words one should watch out for.
SLS, aka Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, is a harsh chemical similar to detergent which causes dry and flaky scalp and damages your hair in the long run.
Organic Shampoos may be a little heavy on the pocket but they are totally worth the expenditure, because like someone very rightly said “Invest in your hair, it’s A crown you never take off”.
Onion Juice, Anyone?
Sounds horrible? Be glad you don’t have to drink it. Blend a little onion (preferable white) with a little water, strain it and apply it to your scalp, especially to bald areas.
Onions are packed with Sulphur which aids in collagen production and in turn, helps in the production of healthy follicles. Onions improve blood circulation towards the scalp and thus promote hair growth. They also contain antioxidants such as flavonoids which help in fighting premature greying of hair.
Experts advise adding a little lemon juice to mask the smell of onion. You can also mix onion juice with a carrier oil and add a little of any essential oils for a spa-like experience. Win-win!
Love thy Hair
Always be gentle with your hair. Avoid excessive use of heat styling products as they make your hair brittle and lusterless.
Detangle with a wide-toothed comb or a detangling brush, ideally before shower. Let your hair air dry before brushing them out.
Also, invest in a good hairbrush as Kingsley advises, “Opt for one with rounded, plastic prongs and a vented, cushioned base”.
People often ask for tips to grow hair as fast as 5 inches in a week or make hair long by an inch or two overnight. Growing your hair long requires a lot of patience and commitment. Persistent care, along with these tips, shall help you maintain healthy hair and grow them to your desired length. Happy growing your hair long!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can we grow hair faster in a day?
The answer is No. There is no remedy or trick (apart from wearing a wig) that can help your hair grow faster in a day.
How to make your hair grow faster and longer in a week?
Yes, hair can make a noticeable difference in a week’s span if they are properly taken care of. We have mentioned all the basic tips to grow hair faster in a week.
Is it possible to make hair grow super-fast overnight?
As mentioned above, it is practically not possible to grow hair overnight. You need to follow experts’ advice religiously and patiently to grow your hair.
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