How to make short hair grow faster

Updated April 17, 2017

If you want longer hair, you usually need to have patience and wait for it to grow naturally. However, there are a few methods that stimulate hair growth and actually accelerate the natural process. The most essential part is to make sure to keep your hair healthy and avoid damaging it by over processing it and using harsh chemicals. Keeping hair healthy is the first step to making short hair grow faster.

Make sure you are getting enough protein. Hair consists of protein so eating lots of nuts, poultry, grains and eggs will contribute to healthy hair that will grow faster.

Take a daily vitamin supplement to make short hair grow faster. Some vitamins and minerals that are believed to contribute to hair growth are: biotin, beta-carotene, biosil, B complexes, magnesium, sulphur, zinc, silica, nettle and flaxseed oil. Biotin and MSM are the best ingredients for promoting hair growth. Biotin promotes cell growth and amino acid production, while MSM actually lengthens the hair growth phase.

Stimulate blood flow to your scalp. Cardiovascular exercise is a great way to stimulate blood flow all over your body including the scalp. You can also massage your scalp with your fingertips for a few minutes to stimulate blood flow, which will encourage short hair to grow faster.

Avoid over brushing and over processing. Brush your hair with a boar bristle brush, which stimulates the scalp and gives hair shine without causing breakage. It also stimulates hair growth. Too much dyeing, straightening and perming will damage your hair and cause it to break off.

Avoid washing your hair every day. The natural oils produced by the scalp keep hair healthy and make it grow faster, whereas shampooing too often strips your hair of these oils. Try washing your hair every other day, but if you must wash your hair every day, skip either the shampoo or conditioner each time.

Keep your hair protected from environmental damage such as air pollution and UVA and UVB rays from the sun. Cover your hair with a scarf or hat when you know you will be exposed to environmental damage for a long period of time. Also, avoid styling your hair in ponytails, braids, buns and cornrows. These types of styles cause stress to the scalp and keep hair from growing faster.

Use a deep conditioning treatment once a week and massage it deep into your scalp. This will stimulate hair growth by increasing blood flow. It will also prevent hair breakage.


Do not brush your hair when it is wet as this can lead to breakage. Don't use rubber bands or metallic clips to pull your hair back.

Things You'll Need

  • Vitamin supplement
  • Moisturising conditioner
  • Boar bristle brush
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Maggie Hira has been writing professionally since 2006. She has written for numerous websites and print publications, including "LA.Direct Magazine" and The Budget Fashionista. Hira holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.