My hair grows really fast.
My hair dresser, who is also my sister-in-law, always comments on how fast my hair grows. She is fab by the way 🙂
I don’t do anything extraordinary. But I also don’t do anything ordinary on my hair. I treat my hair pretty royal, as I think it’s one of the best accessories that you can wear. And I, anyways, don’t wear too many accessories, so I invest that time, money, and energy into my lovely hair (I prefer using kind language for my hair, even when it doesn’t behave well :/).
You don’t have to make a dent in your pocket nor spend hours on your hair. It’s the few changes that will make a huge difference in the health and length of your hair. Here are simple and effective ways to grow your hair faster:
No amount of external application will do any good unless your hair is stronger from the outset. Eating a variety of nutrient packed food will feed your hair with necessary vitamins and minerals to grow faster, stronger, healthier.
Include plenty of vegetables, fruits, nuts (almond, walnut, Brazil nut), and seeds (flax, pumpkin, sunflower). Eat more iron rich food such as lentils (dal), spinach, wholegrains, good quality meat and fish. And of course quality protein is the most important food for your hair. Eat pulses (mung, black eye, kidney, chickpeas), lentils (super for your hair), nuts, seeds, milk, yoghurt, tofu, fish, eggs, and chicken to get your supply of vegetarian and/or animal based protein in your diet.
I highly advocate yoga postures for hair growth. There is no scientific evidence to prove the point, but this ancient science of yoga has helped millions of people around the world, and moreover you have nothing to lose.
How does yoga work? Certain yoga postures like shoulder stand, plow pose are effective in relieving pressure and tension in the neck, which will increase circulation to the scalp. Thus bringing essential nutrients for healthy hair growth. Recommended postures include head stand (sirsasana), shoulder stand (sarvangasana), plow pose (halasana), downward facing dog stretch (adhomukha svanasana), big toe pose (Padangusthasana), forward stretch (uttanasana), and sun salutation (surya namaskar). These postures are purported to correct hormonal imbalances, which is another cause for stunted hair growth. Plus, they also increase vitality, improve concentration, calm nerves, and help aid digestion.
Caution: Please see below*
Oil massage is another key element for hair growth and I can’t stress enough on how important it is. It improves blood circulation and drains away toxins from the scalp, which can affect hair growth. Plus, it also helps reduce protein loss from the hair shaft that may occur during washing/shampooing, thus lessening the chances of hair thinning and damage. With regular massage you will definitely notice the difference in the quality and length of your hair.
Use a mixture of coconut oil, almond or olive oil and castor oil (ratio of 2:2:1). Apply evenly on your scalp and massage gently with the pads of your fingers. Finish by running fingers through your hair. It shouldn’t take more than 10 to 15 minutes. Leave on for an hour or you can also keep it overnight for better conditioning. For best results massage at least once a week.
Use nourishing power of herbs to accelerate hair growth. Herbs such as rosemary, amla, bhringraj, brahmi, parsely, lavender, holy basil (tulsi), aloe vera, hibiscus (jaswandh, gudhal), fenugreek (methi), and shikakai are packed with hair nurturing vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytosterols, and fatty acids that penetrate the scalp and promote hair growth. Many of them also offer anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-reddening properties that help to keep the scalp healthy and dandruff free.
To use: Grind your favorite herb (about 1 tablespoon, dried or fresh) and combine with one or more base ingredients such as rhassoul clay, bentonite clay, fullers earth (multani mitti), henna, gram flour (besan), honey, yoghurt, egg, coconut oil, and olive oil. Apply to your scalp and hair and leave on for about 30 mins. You can apply hair mask on its own or after nice head massage. Then wash off as usual.
If you desire long hair, then Don’t wash your hair too frequently. Washing too often will strip your hair of its natural protective oils, leaving them dry, dull and prone to breakage. Even if you use a conditioner after shampooing it’s not same as your natural oils.
Besides, constant washing can cause damage or breakage. When hair becomes wet, it absorbs water and swells, resulting in hair that is more elastic and easier to break. Therefore stick to once or twice a week, and over time your hair too will adjust to your less-shampooing way and stop getting greasy and sweaty.
Tip: If your hair isn’t too greasy do not use a shampoo, instead use a hair rinse, which is both cleansing and nourishing.
Hair damage and breakage are a great hindrance to growing your hair longer faster. The daily grind – washing, combing, styling, and chemical treatments – can cause the hair cuticle, which is the outside protective sheath of hair shaft, to wear off, making hair prone to damage. To make matters worse, longer the hair, older it is and higher the chance that it will get damaged and break off.
You cannot undo the damage, but you can surely prevent it from happening. Use a leave-in conditioner (apply few drops of pure oils such as almond, coconut, jojoba, post shampoo to the damp or dry hair ) to protect your hair strands, plus it will also add wonderful shine and make your hair soft, smooth and manageable. And as far as possible avoid synthetic dyes and chemical treatments that require harsh chemicals – which can damage hair strands and restrict growth.
The quickest way to make your hair grow longer is to keep it from breaking in the first place. So avoid blow drying, heat styling, and any form of direct heat on your hair. Repeated heat treatment can damage hair, leaving dry, brittle hair strands that break easily.
Drying hair and air drying is synonymous for me. And it doesn’t take too long. Instead of using your normal towel, simply use an old cotton T-shirt, which will remove excess water out, and your hair will be ready sooner than you think. Plus, it will also have more body and shine.
Tip: To keep your ends nourished and healthy apply few drops of almond or jojoba oil.
Thin-tooth combs or combs can tug on the hair and cause breakage. They can also hurt the delicate new growth and may cause abrasions on your scalp.
Stick to seamless, wide-tooth wood combs, which is kinder on your hair and scalp. The other advantage of using a wide-tooth wood comb is that it provides massaging effect while combing and also help distribute sebum (natural oils) from the scalp to ends.
Henna has been used for thousands of years for its coloring and conditioning properties. Henna coats the hair shaft and makes it strong and resilient, and therefore helps prevent breakage. With just one application your hair will have more body and luster.
Henna gives hair red-brown tint, and when mixed with other herbs such as amla, cinnamon, indigo and other natural dyes, can create a variety of beautiful colours.
Tip: For blonde hair use cassia, also called as neutral henna. It makes hair shiny, healthy, and strong and will restore youthful golden colour to dull or greying blond hair.
Nature has provided us some fabulous oils, butters, herbs, clays, and cleansing agents to care for our skin and hair. So why use synthetic chemicals that irritate our skin and scalp, harm our hair, and also badly affect the environment.
Learn to read the labels and buy products containing safer and natural ingredients. If you are unsure about any ingredient, check its safety at www.ewg.org
In the end I would just say: Be patient and treat your hair Royally, and it will definitely yield ‘lengthy’ rewards 🙂
Do you have any more tips? Would love to hear your views on growing hair faster..
*Caution: If you are not already practicing yoga, then it is advised that you learn under supervision of yoga instructor. Those suffering from high BP, cardiac condition, osteoporosis, or any medical condition should seek advice of the GP before beginning.