How to make your hair grow faster: The tips, tricks, and tools for thicker, fuller, and stronger tresses
While drastic hair transformations in movies are often representative of monumental inner change, evolution, and character growth, it's not always applicable in real life. Translation: it's just not that deep. Sometimes, a haircut or dye job is what it is — a way to step out of your comfort zone and try something new, a risk which may or may not pay off. Whether it's badly cut bangs (Hannah from Girls) or an awkward shave (Marshall from HIMYM), all you can do in the wake of a substandard snip is wait for your poor life choice to grow out. *Groan*
Or so we thought. Desperation led to discovery that there are actually ways to make hair your grow faster. Think tips, tricks, and tools of the trade to get your mane growing at an optimal rate. They could reduce breakage, and prevent hair fall too. We gather the methods for harder, better, faster, and stronger strands, below.
Go for frequent trims
As counterintuitive as this might sound, going for frequent trims actually makes for faster hair growth in the long run. A trim rids you of split ends that increase the likelihood of breakage; it also prevents hair from farther breaking up the split strands which can cause thinness and unevenness. According to American celebrity hairstylist Mark Townsend in an interview with Cosmopolitan, it is best to trim 3mm of hair every 10 to 12 weeks.
Say no to shampoos with sulphate
Sulfates, aka the harsh cleansing ingredient found in most shampoos, reportedly strip away natural oils essential to healthy, fast-growing locks. The solution: opt for sulfate-free picks, or shampoo less. To prevent further drying and stripping, be sure to lather up only at your scalp, letting the suds slide down the rest of your mane to clean it instead.
Wash hair with cold water
"Cold water lays down the outer layer of your hair more smoothly, which helps prevent moisture loss, snags, and heat damage," Townsend explains. "You only need to do it for a few seconds, but this one extra step can make a huge difference over time."
Avoid heat styling tools
The less you mess with your locks, the faster it grows. Hair dryers, flat irons, curlers, and the like increase chances of breakage and damage. Leave hair in its natural state to watch it truly thrive.
Quality protein and healthy fats are the way to go, as well as nosh high in vitamins A, C, E, zinc, and iron. Load up on salmon, avocados, fruit, nuts, and vegetables — these bad boys provide key nutrients essential for hair growth.
Brush hair gently
The operative word is gently, mind. Tugging and yanking can lead to physical damage that impedes hair growth, so be sure to keep a light touch when brushing. Pro tip: if you can hear the sound of the brush crunching through your strands, you're being too rough. The best brush for the job? One with rounded, plastic prongs as well as a vented cushion base, according to trichologists from holistic hair care label, Phillip Kingsley.
Swap out your cotton pillowcase and towel
Cotton causes friction when rubbed against hair; hair often gets caught in the woven fibres that pull tiny, fragile strands around the hairline and breaks them. A softer surface will prove more beneficial, such as with a silk pillowcase and a microfiber hair towel.