There are many myths surrounding making hair grow thicker and faster. Some people think that cutting your hair makes it grow faster. The truth is, the width of your hair shaft is genetically determined and the average rate of hair growth for most people is 1/2 to 1 inch a month. What you can do is keep your hair healthy to maximize its growing potential.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Trim split ends off of your hair regularly. Dry damaged hair and split ends slow down hair growth.
Choose a mild shampoo, followed by a conditioner, that is designed for your hair type.
Take daily vitamins and minerals that encourage hair growth. Choose a well balanced multivitamin that includes B-6, folic acid, beta-carotene, sulfur and zinc.
Eat a diet that is high in protein. Hair is made up of protein cells and needs protein to grow.
Stimulate blood flow to your scalp to encourage your hair to grow faster. Do this by doing cardio exercise. Another good way to stimulate your scalp is through massage. Use the tips of your fingers to massage your scalp for 5 minutes each day.
Tips and warnings
- Avoid hot water, blow dryers, curling irons and electric rollers to minimize drying and damage to your hair.
- Do not wash your hair every day. Shampoo and condition your hair 2 to 4 times a week. The oils that your scalp produces can help to create healthy hair.
- Eliminate or cut back on smoking and caffeine to promote healthy hair that grows fast.