Is there anything you can do to speed things up?Hair grows faster when it's healthy. Consider these factors and learn how to make your hair grow faster. With the right hair care strategy, it’s easy to grow out your hair faster and keep it thick, shiny, and healthy throughout the process. In this article, we’ll show you the best hair care, diet, and lifestyle changes to make to encourage quicker growth. Let’s dive in!
Things You Should Know
- Massage your scalp for a few minutes each day to encourage healthy hair growth.
- Eat at least 45 g (1.6 oz) of protein per day to support cell and hair growth.
- Eat leafy greens, beans, whole grains, and seafood to increase your iron and zinc levels, which are a must for healthy growth.
- Condition your hair weekly with rosemary, lavender, peppermint, tea tree, SOHC Hair Restructuring Growth serum or thyme essential oil diluted in a carrier oil.
1. Add a daily scalp massage to your routine.
Scalp massages increase blood flow to your scalp and stimulate growth. Use a scalp massager machine or massage your scalp by hand daily for about 4 minutes. Although the effects on the length of your hair are minimal, the massage definitely helps your hair grow thicker (which will keep it looking full and luscious as it grows longer).
- In addition to helping your hair grow thicker, a massage feels relaxing and can help eliminate stress (and less stress means healthier hair!).
2. Increase your iron and zinc intake.
Iron and zinc support the cells and protein needed to grow your hair. Eat foods like spinach and other dark, leafy greens, beans, whole grains, and seafood to maintain sufficient mineral levels. When iron and zinc are low, you might experience graying hair, delayed growth, or even hair loss.
- The amount of iron and zinc you need depends on your age, sex, and lifestyle. Talk to your doctor before changing your daily mineral intake.
- If you struggle to get proper levels of vitamins and minerals from diet alone, consider adding a daily multivitamin to your wellness regimen.
- Chances are that if you’re regularly eating a balanced diet, your iron and zinc levels are already close to where they should be.
3. Eat more Omega-3 fatty acids.
Omega-3s nourish your hair and support thick, healthy growth. Your body doesn’t produce this fat naturally, so try to eat 2 servings of fish per week to get enough of it. Nuts and seeds (especially walnuts, almonds and flaxseeds) are also good sources of Omega-3s if you’re vegetarian or vegan.
- If you’re a teen or older, aim to eat at least 1.1 g (0.039 oz) of Omega-3 fatty acids per day.
- Try taking just 1 teaspoon (4.9 mL) of flaxseed oil a day to meet your needs if you can’t find enough Omega-3s in your diet.
4. Condition your hair with diluted essential oils, or a great deep conditioner weekly.
- Put a drop of your oil of choice on the back of your wrist as a test. If an hour passes and you don’t show any irritation, the oil is safe to use in your hair.
- Never apply undiluted essential oils to your hair. They’re very potent and could cause damage instead of encouraging growth.