I’ve been getting a lot of comments lately about how long my hair is getting and how fast it has grown. About two years ago, I shaved my head almost down to the skin in solidarity with my mom’s fight with breast cancer and I pretty much wanted to find any and every way to make it grow back as soon as possible. I suppose that made the experience genuine-experiencing similar frustrations that a chemo patient might in trying to get hair to grow back.
Along the way, I had many awkward periods of hair, but also found many solid tips for getting hair to grow out long and strong. I’ve been seeing a lot of these floating around lately, so I thought I would share my favorites.
EAT FOR THE HAIR YOU WANT. Guys, you really, truly, seriously are what you eat. Not only your hair, but your skin and nails will improve with following a whole foods diet, avoiding meats that have hormones, and drinking a lot of water. Think of food as your body’s fuel- if you are feeding it garbage, or not enough food, or too much food, it won’t run properly. Your body needs good nutrition to do it’s job!
TAKE A VITAMIN. A prenatal one is best if you can, because of extra folic acid that will boost hair and nail growth. I started taking prenatals about six months ago and I have noticed a significant difference in the rate that my hair and nails have grown since.
USE STIMULATING SHAMPOOS and scalp treatments. This is one of my favorites! There are certain essential oils and ingredients that stimulate blood flow in the scalp, which subsequently aids in hair growth. Things like cinnamon, clove, peppermint, rosemary, and caffeine have all had good results. I use New shampoo by LUSH, which has cinnamon and clove oils- massage it in at the beginning of my shower, leave it sitting on my scalp, and rinse it out at the very end. It’s made a huge difference in the thickness of my hair as well.
DEEP CONDITION YOUR HAIR- with the right things. Your scalp may be in great condition, but if your hair is breaking at the ends, it’s not going to seem like its growing at all! Most readily available deep conditioners utilize silicone as their “conditioning agent” which really does nothing but coat your hair in plastic- making it look and feel nice in the short term, but causing breakdown of hair integrity in the long run. My best advice is to do a DIY treatment of one of the following, at least once a week:
-coconut oil or milk
Any combo of the above would work as well. Massage into hair thoroughly, concentrating on ends, and leave in for at least 20 minutes before shampooing out. Take care with the oils, as they may need to be shampooed more than once. If you normally use conditioner, skip it afterwards, your hair will be fine 🙂 you may even find, like I have, that you can forgo conditioner altogether in favor of a weekly treatment- which is budget friendly, too!
EXAMINE YOUR PRODUCTS. Just like silicone isn’t really the friend you thought it was, your shampoos or conditioners could contain ingredients that are doing much more damage to your hair than good. Things like alcohol, sulfates, propylene glycol, and parabens are in almost every shampoo and conditioner and are really terrible for your hair. Find a fun natural brand that skips most or all of these ingredients. My favorites include Dr. Bronners, LUSH, Origins, Aveda, and Aubrey Organics- and homemade, of course.
LAY OFF THE HEAT STYLING. I know, this is super hard for a lot of us, but it’s the worst culprit of breakage and also the most avoidable! Experiment with your hair and find some no-heat regiments that you can employ that will leave you feeling beautiful and your hair feeling healthy. Personal favorites: the sock bun, twisting my hair while it dries to make it curl, using a salt spray to create air-dried beach waves.
MASSAGE YOUR SCALP. Love that feeling when your stylist shampoos your hair? So does your scalp. Similar to stimulating shampoos, scalp massage gets blood flowing and encourages hair growth. Try a few minutes when you get up in the morning, before bed, while at a stoplight, or while in the shower.
Have you had success with any of these tips? Do you have hair growing tips of your own?