Care Grow hair faster – five tips for a longer mane
Table of Contents
- 1. The top cut supports hair growth
- 2. Massages promote blood circulation in the scalp
- 3. Care products counteract hair loss
- 4. Healthy food nourishes the hair
- 5. Alcohol, stress and heat slow down hair growth
The bad news first: Unfortunately, we have no influence on how fast our hair actually grows. While the rule of thumb is that we can look forward to an extra inch to an inch and a half every month, in the end it’s our genes that decide the pace. But there is also good news: to make your hair grow faster, you only need to follow a few simple tips.
1. The top cut supports hair growth
Many women think their hair will grow faster if they visit their hairdresser as rarely as possible. But just the opposite is true: If the dry ends are not cut regularly, they are more susceptible to split ends. This then moves up into the healthy regions and causes the hair to break off – resulting in the mane growing even slower. That’s why we recommend getting your tips trimmed at least every six to eight weeks.
2. Massages promote blood circulation in the scalp
There is a good reason why the hairdresser massages your scalp every time you wash your hair: The circular motions stimulate blood circulation and thus hair growth. The reason for this is the hair roots, so-called follicles – if these are regularly cleaned of dirt and well supplied with blood, the hair grows back quickly and strongly. That makes it all the more important to take good care of your scalp, even at home. Regular scalp massages for five to ten minutes are recommended. To do this, use either your own fingers or even a special massage spider . Just as helpful is brushing the hair in the dry (!) Condition to open clogged hair follicles. The rule of thumb is: 100 brush strokes a day will make your hair shinier and smoother. If you use a Tangle Teezer on top of this, you will pull out less hair.
3. Care products counteract hair loss
Caffeine and Q10 (a coenzyme) have growth-promoting properties and are used specifically in hair care products – especially in shampoos. The active ingredients contained in these products are said to stimulate the blood circulation of the scalp and thus not only hair growth, but also to counteract hair loss. However, you should use the caffeine shampoo or Q10 shampoo only every second hair wash.
Alternatively, you can do your mane some good by using hair treatments regularly. Preferably a product with aloe vera or argan oil : The two active ingredients nourish the hair structure, moisturize the hair and prevent split ends. If you do not want to use an industrial product, you can also mix a hair conditioner with aloe vera gel and lemon juice. Simply massage into your hair, leave on and rinse out again.
Or use an oil-based hair care product once or twice a week. Coconut oil, for example, provides your long hair with important nutrients as well as sufficient moisture, protecting it from drying out. Castor oil, on the other hand, is rich in omega-6 fatty acids, which stimulate natural hair growth. However, you should bear in mind that it can take up to two hair washes before the residues are completely removed.
4. Healthy foods nourish the hair
An important indication of full hair is provided by our diet. If we lack important nutrients such as vitamins or minerals, our skin, hair and nails suffer first and foremost – so that more important organs are adequately supplied. To make your hair grow faster, you need especially proteins, copper, vitamin E, silicon, biotin, omega fatty acids and zinc. These are found in the following foods:
- Biotin: Pumpkin seeds, spinach, dairy products and strawberries
- Omega fatty acids: Cooking oil, flaxseed, fish, Brussels sprouts and soy
- Protein: Eggs, milk, fish, lentils and pumpkin seeds
- Copper: Banana, grapes, avocado, sunflower and cashew seeds
- Silicon: Millet, wheat, parsley, cauliflower, peas, peppers and pears
- Vitamin E: Sweet potatoes, vegetable oils and walnuts
- Zinc: Pumpkin seeds, pecans, oatmeal and cocoa
Tip: If your hair grows particularly slowly or even falls out, you may be suffering from a nutrient deficiency. To be sure, you should see a doctor – alternatively, you can also do a self-test at home and then send it in to a diagnostic laboratory. You will then receive a detailed report of the results, which will tell you whether you are suffering from a vitamin D deficiency, for example.
5. Alcohol, stress and heat slow down hair growth
That excessive alcohol consumption is unhealthy for the body should be well known. Nevertheless, many people do not know that alcohol slows down the metabolism – and thus also slows down the growth of hair.
But the biggest enemy of healthy hair is stress. Whether it’s professional or personal, if your body is constantly electrified, your hair will no longer be supplied with all the important nutrients it needs. Make sure to include more breaks in your daily routine and reduce stressful periods.
Heat is similarly damaging to your hair. If you regularly blow-dry or straighten your long mane, your hair will literally dry out. Here we advise you to avoid appliances such as hair dryers, straighteners and curling irons, especially in the warm summer months.
However, pinning your hair up or tying it into a ponytail or chignon are also not very conducive to hair growth, as the metal parts of the hair ties damage the hair. Here we advise you to wear only loose hairstyles – and metal-free hair bands .