Most people’s hair grows about 1/2 inch per month, or six inches per year. Since you’re reading this you probably want it to grow more and faster.

Truthfully there is only so much you can do, ultimately it’s up to genetics. But here’s a few things that will help.

 

Avoid Damage

We already talked about healthy hair and avoiding damage. Damage leads to breakage and breakage leads to shortage. So to promote overall hair length the best thing you can do is keep it healthy.

Massage Your Scalp

Massaging increases blood circulation to your scalp, and circulation brings nutrients that help your hair grow. Also a great opportunity to get your girl involved.

Get the right nutrition

Not to get too scientific, but hair is made of keratin, which is made of proteins, which is made of amino acids. So eat foods that help your body make amino acids: vitamin B, iron, protein and omega-3s.

Overall Health

Your overall health affects your hair growth.

“I keep my body in peak physical shape during the week, so I can destroy it with drugs and alcohol on the weekend,” is not the answer.

Proper nutrition, regular exercise, good sleep, not too much stress, and just an overall healthy lifestyle is all you can really do to help your hair grow faster.

Healthy body, healthy mind, healthy hair.


Got any magic tricks? Enlighten us in the comments.



arnold

Comments

  1. I notice that when I drink more hot Green Tea my hair and nails seems to grow quicker. Also eating eggs for breakfast. Flax and chia seeds are good options as well. But definitely Green Tea, not bottled tea. Hot Tea brewed and steeped with hot water and a Green Tea Bag. Newman’s Own Organic Tea bags is what I use. Bought it at Walmart. Plus, when it comes to breakage and sheeding of hair, when I eat more foods containing vitamin D and calcium I see less breakage and sheeding of my hair. Also get some sun, your body converts sun rays into vitamin D. Not a lot of sun, but 10-15 minutes most days of the week.

  2. If you are exercising regularly, say, 3 or 4 times a week, that means regular washing and conditioning your hair, which means it gets the luxury of being massaged regularly too. That’s like killing two birds with one stone, as the old saying goes! Perfect!

  3. Any sort of tension on your hair when it is wet (or even damp) is not good for your hair, which gets worse the curlier the hair is. I did that for 4 years not knowing any better, which resulted in a ridiculous amount of broken, short hair. I think the healthiest option for any sort of long hair is to use leave-in conditioner and let it dry naturally, or air dry if necessary. And using shaping gels is not recommended.

  4. Honestly: Hot Yoga. Easy way to stimulate hair growth/health. Plus it’s a dope environment that is totally accepting of the Longhairs!

  5. I quit smoking and that seems to have helped a lot! I had a thinning patch at the front which has already started to sprout and its only been 10 days.

    1. Author

      Alright man! Congratulations on quitting, side-benefit bonus!

  6. I agree with Nate on giving up gluten. I also started taking a healthy hair, skin and nails supplement that is high in biotin. Definitely have seen an improvement in hair growth and density.

    1. Author

      That’s great advice James. Share a link for the supplement you’re talking about, if you have one.

  7. “I keep my body in peak physical shape during the week, so I can destroy it with drugs and alcohol on the weekend,” is not the answer.
    –hahahaha! Priceless!

  8. Coconut oil has seemed to work great for me so far. It grew a little less than an inch in this past month

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