How to Grow Your Hair Faster

For me, hair is always greener on the other side. When I have short hair, I want long hair. When I have long hair, I want short hair. Bloody annoying, I know.

But the short – actually the long of it – is that I’m currently growing my hair. In under 12 months I’ve gone from a bob to nipple-length – a length that generally suits everybody, according to my hairdresser. This is how:

 

1. Brush your hair daily

But carefully, and with a proper brush. NOT a brush that's too rough and breaks your hair. Opt for a brush that’s gentle (e.g. a ‘Denman’), particularly when your hair is wet as that's when it's at it's most vulnerable. Why? Brushing stimulates your hair follicles, which encourages growth, and keeps your hair strong. Plus brushing removes the dead hair that’s fallen out, which you want to do often.

 

2. Massage your hair follicles

I know this sounds odd but your hair follicles are what your hair grows from, so they’re kind of a big deal. It's easy to do – just give your head a good massage when you shampoo. Massaging or ‘stimulating’ your hair follicles increases blood flow. Your blood carries nutrients that your hair follicles need to grow, including protein, iron, vitamin C, omega-3s, vitamin A, zinc, selenium, biotin and more. Speaking of vitamins…

 

3. Eat protein, vitamins and mineral that help hair growth

The more protein, iron, omega 3, vitamin C, A and E, and zinc you eat, the better.

It sounds like a lot, but you can cover it with the right fruit and vegetables. Simply eat eggs, spinach, nuts, legumes, broccoli, carrots and pumpkin regularly. In particular, eat protein. Your hair is a protein, so it needs protein.

 

4. Get your hair trimmed

I often have this argument with people but it’s true – getting your haircut helps your hair grow! If your ends are split, dead or manky, they won’t grow. Healthy hair grows. Simples.

 

5. Dye it as little as possible

Particularly if your blonde. That stuff is a killer – literally. Dye is so harsh on your hair. If you can avoid it, don’t dye it for a while or try to minimise harsh chemicals and use of heating tools. I only dye my grey roots (yes, I’m grey) so that I don’t kill all my hair.