There are many reasons why women would want their hair to grow out faster. It could be because of a bad haircut or because a special event is coming up and longer hair offers more hairstyles. Whichever the case, growing out your hair can get really aggravating. In average, hair grows only about half an inch or 1.25 centimeters per month. Truthfully, there is little you can do to speed up this hair growth process but it is possible. Although it’s quite obvious that those miracle hair growth products won’t work, there are still a couple of ways you can coax your hair into growing out relatively faster than average. Here are seven tips you can follow for speeding up the growth of your hair.

Tip #1: Improve your diet

You hair consists mainly of a protein-rich amino acid called keratin. When you don’t consume enough protein, your body creates less of this keratin and your hair grows out slowly. Thus, doing the opposite by eating more protein will give your body more building blocks for making keratin and will allow faster hair growth. However, high-quality protein is not all your hair needs. You also need healthy fats to allow your hair follicles to work at their best, as well as certain vitamins that are necessary for hair growth, including vitamins A, B, D, E, and K.

Tip #2: Try Prenatal Vitamins

Prenatal vitamins consist of certain nutrients that can promote faster and healthier hair growth. Apart from iron and folic acid, prenatal vitamins also contain biotin which is not only good for your hair, but for your skin and nails as well. Biotin is very helpful when it comes to growing hair out faster. Remember to consult your doctor before taking a new type of vitamin supplement.

Tip #3: De-stress

Stress negatively impacts nearly every aspect of your healthy body functioning. High levels of stress will hinder faster and healthy hair growth, and it will negatively affect your sleep, which pretty much impacts your hair the same way. Stress hormones also contribute to hair loss. For faster hair growth, take time to de-stress yourself and to find ways to relax even when you’re at a really stressful time.

Tip #4: Lay off the heat

If you already know that prolonged, direct heat from the sun is bad for your skin, then you should know that it’s bad for your hair as well. However, it’s not only the heat from the sun that’s causing damage to your hair—curling irons, straightening irons, and blow dryers can also increase hair breakage and even hair loss. Protect your hair from heat and from UV rays to promote faster, healthier hair growth.

Tip #5: Wash your hair the right way

You don’t always have to use shampoo when you wash your hair, but you must condition it every time. Even though shampoo gets rid of dirt and product build-up, it also strips away the natural oils that strengthen your hair. Conditioner, on the other hand, will help replace the proteins inside the hair shaft and seal them in to prevent breakage and everyday damage. Finish washing your hair with a cold water rinse to smooth out the outer layer of your hair and prevent moisture loss.

Tip #6: Regular trims

Don’t be fooled by the old wives’ tale saying that trimming your hair can help it grow out faster. However, getting your hair trimmed does offer some benefits. For instance, it can prevent the damage from the tips of your hair to spread further up the strand, which slows down hair growth, decrease your hair’s appearance, and promote breakage. Trim your hair every 10-12 weeks for best results.

Tip #7: Get your blood flowing

By increasing the blood flow to your hair, more oxygen and nutrients can be delivered to your hair’s roots, promoting faster hair growth. You can flip your hair over your head and let it hang for 3-5 minutes each day or you can exercise more to promote blood flow. A few minutes of scalp massage, even just when you’re shampooing or rinsing your hair, will also stimulate hair growth.

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