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Almost everyone can agree that one of the most tedious aspects of hair care is the seemingly unending wait for your hair to grow. Whether you’re growing out a pixie cut into long mermaid waves, or looking to make thin, fine hair thicker and more luxurious, the following hair hacks can work wonders to speed things up (and boost your overall health in the process!)

 

Eat Right

First and foremost, it’s vital to understand that the health of your hair and body go hand in hand. If you’re not taking care of your body, your hair reflects that, and nutritional deficiencies can lead to hair that is brittle, dull, and slow to grow. Ensuring an optimal balance of proteins, fruits, and vegetables in your diet will not only work wonders for your hair and skin, but will improve your whole body’s health. Look for protein-rich foods such as meat, fish, beans, and nuts, as well as fruit and leafy green vegetables for Vitamins A, C, and E, which contain powerful antioxidants and boost your body’s immune system. Drinking plenty of water and getting regular exercise works wonders too!

 

Supplement Your Diet

If you’re worried that you aren’t getting a good enough balance of vitamins and minerals from your diet, nutritional supplements can be the perfect way to boost your intake, especially if you don’t consume animal products. Biotin, also known as Vitamin B7, can work wonders for boosting hair growth, as it plays a major role in your metabolism and your body’s production of keratin, an essential component of healthy and strong hair. Adding a daily capsule containing Biotin to your diet can do great for not only your hair, but has the extra added bonus of promoting healthier skin too!

 

Regular Haircuts

No, honestly. While it’s a myth that frequent haircuts speed up hair growth, regular trims will ensure that the hair that is growing is the healthiest and best-looking it can be. By removing split ends, further damage is prevented before it can destroy more of the hair shaft. The ideal length of time you should go between cuts depends on your hair type, so consult with your stylist to determine what’s best for you.

 

Go Natural

Growing out your hair can be the perfect opportunity to give your hair some much-needed rest and relaxation, and to embrace your hair’s natural beauty. If you’re aiming for super long locks, step back from over-styling – too much heat can cause breakage and leave your hair brittle, making it impossible to maintain at longer lengths. If you do use heat styling tools, use a protective spray to minimise damage, and keep your hair strong. Regular treatments can also help strengthen your hair – look for products containing Biotin, which stimulates hair growth and thickens hair, and coconut oil to rehydrate dry hair.

 

Massage Your Scalp

 An important but often overlooked factor in hair growth is the health of your scalp, and a build-up of dead skin cells and oils on your scalp can make it more difficult for new hair to grow. Regular head massages will increase blood flow to your scalp, stimulating hair growth. These can easily be done yourself – take a few extra minutes when conditioning your hair to gently work your fingers in a circular motion on your scalp. This will ensure your conditioner has time to work its magic, and also feels great!

Remember, the most important ingredient for growing out your hair is patience! While there’s no miracle cure that can give your hair extra inches overnight, taking care of your hair and body is the best step in the right direction. Strong, fast-growing hair comes from within, and a healthy lifestyle with a diet rich in nutrients, along with regular hair treatments will put you on the path to long, luscious locks in no time.

 

October 17, 2018 — Eleni Mills

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