Is it even possible to make your hair grow faster? Well, yes it 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? There actually 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.
You Might Be Iron Deficient
Make sure you’re 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.
You're 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 by investing in a sleeping aid, like a dreamy pillow spray. This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray (£18), with its blend of chamomile and lavender, is particularly effective. You can dream about having long hair.
You're Trimming Your Hair Too Often
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 overdo 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.
You're Feeling Stressed
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. Get yourself a yoga mat and try meditating for 20 minutes first thing each morning. It’ll help calm the mind before you start the day. Struggle to switch things off? We have plenty of help over here.
You're Using the Wrong Products
Your Hairbrush Is too Harsh
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.
Your Scalp Needs Some TLC
Healthy hair certainly starts at the scalp, and so making sure that your roots are in tip-top shape will ensure that new hairs have the right conditions to grow strong and long. We love using a scalp scrub like this one by Christophe Robin, as it’s super grainy, helping to dislodge the buildup of hair product as well as dead skin. ■
Follow these seven easy steps and we reckon you could have hair down to your midriff in no time.