Is there such a thing as making your hair grow faster? Well, yes there is. Much like everything else in your body, your hair is subject to your routines and habits; from what you’re eating and drinking to how much sleep you get. But when you’re stuck with that short hairstyle and want to grow it quicker for the summer, is there really much you can do other than wait? Well, actually there is.
We’ve narrowed down five key actions that can change how quickly your hair grows and can prevent it from growing faster. Not only that, but they’re also really simple things you can change, which is good news, no? Keep scrolling for five tips to help promote hair growth without running for the extensions—because that’s probably the worst thing you can do to achieve healthy hair.
Lack of Iron
Make sure you are getting enough iron. The best sources are in your diet; chicken, turkey, beef, oysters, nuts, legumes, seeds, spirulina and dark leafy greens are all packed with iron. Ask your doctor if your iron is at a healthy level or if you should try an iron supplement.
Not Getting Enough Sleep
Sleep is essential. Not getting enough of it can lead to an array of health problems, one of which is unhealthy skin and hair. You have a right to those eight hours, so consider them top priority. You can dream about having long hair.
Trimming Too Much
Not all hair was created equal, so why should everyone follow the same schedule when it comes to trims? While it’s important to touch up split ends before they cause serious breakage thus leading to shorter hair, you don’t want to overdue it either. Find a hairstylist you trust, and ask them how frequently you need to schedule haircuts. Once they know your dedication to growing out your locks, they can get you on a program where trims only tackle what need to be removed.
Stress impacts everything in the body, including your hair. Not being able to channel high levels of anxiety or pressure can lead to not only a lack of hair growth, but hair loss. Try meditating for 20 minutes first thing each morning. It’ll help calm the mind before you start the day.
Using The Wrong Products
Heating tools and hairdresser oils are quick to camouflage fried hair, but they aren’t doing us any favours in the long run. Haircare extends well beyond a cut. Incorporate a deep conditioning hair mask like Davines Minu Hair Mask (£21) into your weekly routine. Switch from a metal hairbrush to an all natural Boar Bristle Brush specifically designed for thinning hair, or one that focuses on reducing dry hair casualties like Mason Pearson Detangling Hairbrush (£45). It’s also important to invest in quality shampoo and conditioner that heal and restore hair with every wash.
Can’t wait and just want to go for the chop? Here are 45 short hairstyles that will persuade you into the salon.