Tips & Tricks for Hair Growth
- Step 1: Check in with your overall health
To be clear, slow hair growth does not mean unhealthy—the truth is, everyone’s hair grows at a different speed. That being said, if you’re wondering how to grow your hair faster, healthy habits like drinking water, working out and reducing stress have been known to stimulate hair growth, so they’re a great place to start.
- Step 2: Make sure you’re getting the right vitamins and nutrients
Hair growth may be nudged along by vitamins and supplements. While overloading on vitamins won’t work miracles, maintaining consistent levels of key vitamins and nutrients can help make it easier to maintain a moisturized scalp, build collagen and increase shine. These come in different forms—hello, gummies. Omega-3 fats: These good-for-you fats are at the top of the list. Working against inflammation and stimulating your hair growth, omega-3s can be found in different types of fish, flax seeds or nuts. If you feel like you need an extra boost, try fish-oil supplements. Antioxidants: Found in fruits (especially berries), veggies, green tea and many more foods, antioxidants are essential to keeping your hair strong. Make sure you’re not lacking any of the main ones (Vitamin A, C or E). A daily vitamin can help keep your levels high. Vitamin D (sunlight): If it feels like your hair grows faster in the summer months, that’s no coincidence. Since your hair relies on Vitamin D, getting proper sun will help stimulate it. Consider this your excuse to get outside and soak up those rays. Other supplements to check out: Make sure you’re getting enough zinc, biotin & iron in your diet. If not, these can all be found as supplements.
- Step 3: Take a heat hiatus
If you’re serious about growing out your hair, cut the heat completely: trade out your drier and other hot styling tools in favor of gentler methods. Since heat styling tends to dry out your hair, it could quicken your split ends and cause your hair become brittle. While this doesn’t affect hair growth, it can harm what you already have.
- Step 4: If you do use heat stylers, protect your hair
It’s tough to give up the heat tools, we get it. If you can’t put down the straightener, make sure you’re going to great lengths to protect your hair. Here are some of the ways you can do it: Oils: Rub a teaspoon of oil (argon oil is the most common) between your palms, then work it into your hair from the ends up to the scalp. This bit of moisture will serve as a shield, protecting hair from excessive heat. Creams: If you’re looking for something to make your hair smooth and soft, try a cream. Apply before and after you use heat. Sprays: Likely the most common way to protect hair from heat products, sprays are an effective way to protect without adding extra weight. A good spray will fight frizz and hold your hair in place. It’s important to make sure you spray thoroughly, so don’t leave out your roots. Balms: When your heat styling starts with wet or damp hair, balms are a great. These products are generally packed with moisturizing ingredients, so they can help limit heat-related damage.
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