How to Make Your Hair Grow Faster

Hollie Shirley / Hair & Skincare Editor

Growing your hair can feel like a real labor of love. Most of us dream of having long flowing Rapunzel-like locks, but in reality, growing your hair can be a real pain. It can feel like your hair just never grows or breaks at a certain length, and you just end up cutting it because it’s dead and straw like at the ends. Why won’t it just co-operate!? 

 Healthy hair equals less breakage, less breakage equals more growth.  Here are some of our tips for maintaining luscious locks.  

 

Treat your scalp right  

Long healthy hair starts at the roots, which means you need to give your scalp some TLC. Exfoliating your scalp once a week will help to stimulate blood flow which will contribute to a healthy happy scalp. Using a detoxifying scalp exfoliator once a week to deeply cleanse your follicles.  Read our blog here all about how to look after your scalp.

Excessive washing, styling, coloring, all add up and contribute to compromising your hair growth. Daily shampooing strips the natural oils from your hair causing it to dry out. Constantly going in with heat styling, backcombing, brushing and processing your hair can leave it brittle and weak, which will stunt growth. Try and reduce the amount you “do” your hair and give it a break.

 

 

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Take a look at your diet 

As with skin, healthy hair starts from within, so diet is incredibly important. You should be eating sufficient levels of iron, b vitamins, zinc, and protein. For an easy hit, a great vitamin complex high in these will help to contribute to the maintenance of healthy locks.  

 

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Swap your hairbands 

 If you need to tie your hair up, this can also be causing your hair to break. Super tight hair elastics worn repetitively in the same place can add stress to your hair and cause it to break. Switch to telephone coil type bobbles which put less pressure on your hair by dispersing it between the coils which grip your hair into place.  

 

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Stop clogging your follicles 

Dirt, oils and product build-up clog your follicles, hindering healthy hair growth. To avoid this, try to give your hair a rest from overloading the root area with styling products – dry shampoo and volumizing powders are common culprits. 

 

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Get a trim 

This might seem counterintuitive if you are trying to grow your hair, but dusting off those ends regularly will keep your hair in top notch condition. While it is a myth that trimming makes your hair grow faster, maintaining a good trim schedule will manage the damage, keep split ends at bay, and indirectly speed things up in the long run.  

 

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 Invest in good products 

What we mean by this, is investing in high-grade shampoo and conditioner to kick things off, and indulging in a deep conditioning treatment every week to ensure strong healthy hair growth. Using an oil before and after washing can help to improve your hairs condition and reduce split ends. If you must use heat tools, look for ones with ionic technology and one pass technology. The plates glide over your hair and straighten in one pass, so you wont need to go over the same area again and again.  

 

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Growing your hair takes time and patience, but by following these steps you will give your hair a great chance to reach great lengths. If all else fails, clip in extensions and wig are always a fun way to switch up your style without the wait.

 

Hollie Shirley
Hair & Skincare Editor

Hollie Shirley is SILKUP’s hair and skincare editor. She’s obsessed with all things hair care and results-driven skincare, that is kind to the environment and your wallet. She has a weakness for limited edition eyeshadows and is always testing out the newest and greatest deep conditioners. Hollie has a passion for hair and is studying Trichology, working towards becoming a Member of the Association of Registered Trichologists.