“How come my hair does not look like that?”
It’s a common question get asked by many every time they see someone with long, gorgeous locks flowing.
You’ve probably experienced that too when you notice a guy or girl passing by sporting luscious mane as if they just came out fresh from a shampoo commercial. You’ve probably even wondered if their hair is real or are they just sporting a wig or wearing hair extensions.
Then you realize that it’s real because it’s actually possible to have long, gorgeous hair like you see in commercials. The problem, though, is not everyone is blessed with genes that make hair grow faster.
The reality is letting your hair grow naturally really takes a lot of patience and effort on your part. Aside from that, there are also a lot of obstacles that slows down hair growth further, such dry hair, dullness and split ends, making it difficult for you to reach your hair goals.
Think Twice with Instant Gratification
In the fast technological world that we are in, we want instantaneous solutions to our problems. And you’re probably tempted in more ways than one to use “innovative” hair products as a way to achieve that perfect hair fast. While it could work, the downside is these options are more likely to cause harm to your hair rather than helping it. Yes they work but most hair product manufacturers use chemicals that can cause our hair to become dry and brittle, causing it to break easily. Most chemicals found in hair products can also irritate the scalp, which can affect the health of your hair.
All Is Not Lost
When it comes to getting long, gorgeous tresses without having to wait for forever, there’s is still hope. If you think about it, those who have come before us had survived without these commercially produced hair care products. What this means is that if women in the past, like Cleopatra or Lady Godiva, were able to grow beautiful hair without the aid of any technological advances, then we certainly can do without them either.
Growing Hair Faster Naturally
Common sense dictates that because our hair is part of skin, and the skin is the largest organ of the body, then it makes a lot of sense to take care of our body too.
Another factor to consider is that our hair is made of tough protein called keratin. Each hair is anchored into the skin by a hair follicle. The base of the hair follicle is the hair bulb in which living cells divide and grow to build the hair shaft. The blood vessels have an important function, and that is to nourish the cells in the hair bulb and deliver the necessary hormones to fit the hair growth and structure at different phases of the human life.
Now that we’ve covered the basics of how hair grows, it’s now time to learn how to grow your hair shinier, longer and more beautiful fast and through natural means.
1. Eat a well-balanced diet.
Feeding on healthy and nutritious food will give you the nutrients it needs to grow beautiful hair. The following vitamins and minerals will benefit your hair so it’ll shiny, strong and lustrous as it grows:
- Protein – Because our hair is made up of protein, it makes a lot of sense to include it in our diet. If we don’t eat enough protein, it could lead to dry and brittle hair. Or worse, it could lead to hair loss. To get your daily dose of protein, be sure to include dairy products, eggs, chicken, turkey, fish, legumes and nuts in your diet regularly.
- Iron – It’s an essential mineral for the hair. Not having enough iron in the body can lead to anemia. And in case you don’t know, anemia is a major cause of hair loss. If you want to up your intake of this essential mineral, include animal products such as red meat, chicken and fish in your diet as well as lentils, spinach and other leafy green vegetables.
- Zinc and selenium – These are important minerals that help prevent hair loss as well as dry, flaky scalp. If you want hair that’s long and strong, include zinc and selenium in your diet. The best sources for these minerals are fortified cereals, whole grains , oysters, beef and eggs.
- Vitamin C – It’s an antioxidant that help fight colds and other common diseases. Aside from that, vitamin C is also good for the hair as it helps the body’s ability to absorb iron. Additionally, vitamin C aids in the production of collagen that works by strengthening the capillaries that supply the hair shafts. The best sources for this vitamin are black currants, blueberries, broccoli, guava, kiwi fruits, oranges, papaya, strawberries and sweet potatoes.
- Omega-3 fatty acids – They’re one of the good fats that our body needs. Omega -3 helps in keeping the scalp hydrated by improving the natural production of sebum. Oily fishes such as salmon, herring, sardines, trout and mackerel are excellent sources of Omega 3. If you’re vegan, then you can source your Omega-3 from avocado, pumpkin seeds and walnuts.
- Vitamin A – This is a nutritious organic compound necessary in sebum production, an oily substance created by the sebaceous glands and acts as a natural conditioner. Dry and itchy scalp is a result of an absence of sebum and can be remedied with this vitamin. The best sources for this are carrots, pumpkins and sweet potatoes.
- Vitamin E – This vitamin works by shielding the hair from the harmful effects of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. To get your daily dose of vitamin E, try snacking on nuts regularly.
- Biotin – This is a water-soluble B vitamin that protects the hair from becoming brittle. The lack of this also leads to hair loss. If you’re shedding hair beyond normal levels, then having inadequate biotin may be likely to blame. Whole grains, liver, egg yolk, soy flour and yeast are great sources for this B vitamin.
2. Go the Natural route
There are lots of effective hair products in the market today, but the chemicals found in them can do more harm than good. Instead of putting your hair under a lot of stress because of the harsh chemicals, try these natural ingredients instead:
- Coconut Milk – this substance extracted from grated meat of brown coconut acts as a natural conditioner to reduce hair falling and breakage. For a full-on treatment, massage coconut milk on to your scalp and leave it on overnight. In the morning, wash your hair with cold water to remove residue.
- Onion Juice – this might not be your typical natural home remedy, but onion juice is actually of the oldest way to boost hair growth. Onion contains sulphur, which is responsible in growing hair strands and encouraging re-growth in hair. To use this, slice a piece of red onion or shallot and apply the wet side on to your hair. Let it stay for 15 minutes. You might not like the smell but rinsing and shampooing can remove onion’s strong smell.
- Potato Juice – if you’re experiencing thinning hair, applying potato juice and leaving it on for 15 to 20 minutes can prevent further hair fall and breakage.
- Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) – works by maintaining the ph balance of the hair as it cleanses the scalp. The smell might need some getting used to but given that a clean scalp can hasten hair growth, the pungent smell is probably worth the risk. Besides, there’s no smell that a shampoo can’t rinse off.
- Aloe Vera – This is one of the most popular ingredients found in many hair care products. It’s because aloe vera gel, combined with brandy and eggs, together can do magic for your hair. To make a paste that you can leave on your hair for an hour, mix these three together using a bowl and apply directly on your hair. Afterwards, rinse the mixture off using water at room temperature.
- Egg mask – Eggs are high in protein, sulphur, phosphorus, zinc, selenium, iron, and iodine – essential ingredients that strengthens your hair, give it a nice sheen and keep the scalp healthy. The habit of applying egg mask at least once a month can make your hair grow shiny, soft and strong. To make your own hair mask at home, here’s what you need to do:
- Whisk one or two eggs. The number depends on your hair length.
- Add a few drops of lavender oil and four tablespoons of grapeseed oil. Mix it well.
- Place the mixture on your hair and scalp, massaging it thoroughly from root to tips, and leave on for about 30 minutes.
- Wash hair with mild shampoo afterwards.
- Avocado – this seasonal fruit contains massive amount of essential nutrients, including vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. If you use this as a form of hair treatment, it’ll give long and shiny strands in addition to having radiant hair texture. Simply mix avocado with coconut oil and massage from your scalp up to the tips. Leave it one for about 15 minutes and rinse.
- Banana – this minimizes breakage by strengthening the hair while restoring its natural elasticity. Banana also aids in repairing hair damage so that your mane can grow strong without fear of breakage. Because bananas contain natural oils with 75% water, they’ll add moisture to your hair. To create a hair mask, mash a ripe banana and add a small amount of milk or honey.
- Orange – this is one of the best treatments you can use to take care of oily scalp and dandruff. As you know, dandruff is one of the causes of slow hair growth. It’s because it clogs the follicles, blocking new hair from growing. To treat dandruff, mix freshly squeezed orange juice and apple puree in equal parts and mix together. Apply on to hair and leave it for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing. Regular application will result in longer, thicker hair.
3. Massage your scalp
One way to stimulate the hair follicles is to increase the blood flow in the scalp. If there’s improved blood flow, then hair growth will ensue. Each time you massage your scalp, consider using the following:
- Oil Therapy – Oils, like coconut, mustard, olive, castor, rosemary, jojoba, grapeseed, sage, lavender, and flaxseed are great for hair care. When you use oil as you massage your scalp, the oil fuses into each hair strand, leaving your locks healthier, shinier, smoother and more manageable.
- Garlic – Although this is a known remedy for treating a lot of ailments, such treating wounds, decreasing hypertension and curing athlete’s foot, garlic is also a wonderful ingredient that can protect the hair from becoming brittle. This is because garlic contains enzymes that aid in regeneration of hair cells.
To use this as massage oil, boil a few pieces of garlic cloves in olive oil and coconut oil. Let it cool. Once the temperature is cool enough to apply on the scalp without cinching skin, add a few drops on your palm and it on your head, starting from the roots down to the tips.
- Castor oil – rich in essential fatty acids, such as omega-9, as well as vitamin E, using castor oil to you massage your head can stimulate hair growth so you can have long hair in no time.
4. Reduce Emotional and Physical Stress
Have you ever noticed how fair fall seems to aggravate when you’re under a lot of stress? That’s because stress disrupts the normal hair cycle, making growth slower and the hair shaft and hair follicles become weak.
Although stress is part of our daily lives, you can take extra measures to manage or reduce the levels of emotional and physical stress. For instance, you can try the following activities:
- Aim to get at least six to eight hours of sleep every night.
- Be sure to unplug from your electronic devices at least two hours before going to bed.
- Eat a healthy breakfast.
- Avoid watching heavy TV dramas or shows.
- Always find the time to relax even for just five minutes all throughout the day.
- Incorporate yoga in your fitness routines as this discipline includes meditation and breathing exercises that can help you relax.
- Exercise regularly. Exercising can help release endorphins inside the body that can make you feel good about yourself. When you feel good, you feel more relaxed and calmer.
5. Flip your hair upside down
This may sound strange and your friends will probably think crazy, but doing this can encourage rapid hair growth. In fact, this is one of the most popular tricks that a lot of girls in order to improve blood circulation in the scalp.
6. Get regular hair trims
You probably find trimming your hair once every few weeks as counterintuitive, but this is one of the common tricks a lot of girls do to get their tresses to grow long fast. The reason is trimming stimulates hair growth naturally. Also, trimming reduces hair split ends, which is one of the major causes of hair fall and thinning hair.
7. Keep yourself hydrated
Our body is made up of 60% to 80% water so keeping yourself hydrated is essential to maintaining the normal functions of your body, which includes hair growth. So drinking at least eight glasses of water will not only protect you from severe dehydration, you’ll also be helping your hair grow into a healthy length.
If you’re not getting the recommended daily water intake, the cells responsible will not be able to develop and reproduce.
8. Take care of your hair as you would your body
Aside from trying the natural remedies listed above, it also pays to think about your hair’s health. The reason is no matter how diligent you are in applying hair egg mask or eating vegetables daily, if you’re not giving your hair the tender, love and care it deserves, all will be in vain. So aside from using natural hair care products, reducing stress and eating healthily, consider the following tips:
- Avoid too much sun exposure. If you’re going to a place where there are fewer shades, use a wide-brimmed hat.
- Brush your hair daily. Doing this aids in stimulating hair growth as well moisturizes the hair strands.
- Avoid combing wet hair. Damp hair is at their weakest and easily break, so it’s best to wait until it dries.
- Blow dry your hair or curl it with a curling iron only once a month. Heat can damage the strands, causing your hair to break easily.
It’s sometimes frustrating wait for your hair to grow. Thankfully, there are different ways you can try to grow your hair fast without the need to use harsh chemicals. The tips mentioned above can help you in your quest to have that hair that you have always desired.