We all have unnecessarily complicated relationships with our hair. It’s the first thing we draw our attention to during a time of change. As the famous Coco Chanel quote goes, “a woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.” It’s a cathartic, arguably the most accessible adrenaline rush and more often than not, done on impulse and followed with a hint of regret.
The flip side of the temptation to cut all of your hair off is the satisfaction and sense of accomplishment that comes with growing out your luscious locks. Looking after your houseplants and pets may not be your strong point but resisting a drastic chop and caring for your hair long-term, that shows the world how patient you can truly be. The thing is, waiting for your hair to grow is really, very boring. Not dissimilar to watching paint dry if you give it too much focus. Many of us find our hair only grows to a certain length but getting there with an average growth rate of half an inch per month can be incredibly painful.
But good things come to those who wait.
However, if you feel that patience growing thin, give these tips and tricks a whirl to help your hair to grow faster and healthier.
Address diet issues
The first port of call when it comes to all things body-related including exterior issues such as hair growth is to take a look at what you’re eating and your nutrient levels.
In speaking with Byrdie, a trichologist (someone who specializes in all matters of the scalp), Elizabeth Cannane-Phillips advises eating a diet that is healthy and balanced, “rich in proteins, iron, vitamin B12 and complex carbohydrates.”
She explains that “Because hair is a non-essential tissue, it is not prioritized by the body.”
“By adding these vital nutrients early and often, the message is there’s enough to go around.”
Good examples of healthy proteins include eggs, lean meats, ham, fish and low-fat cottage cheese.
To read more top tips from trichologists on improving your hair growth, click here.
Trust in essential oils
When trying to grow your hair, particularly with urgency, one of the most common and most frustrating pieces of advice you’ll hear is to stop using heat styling tools. For some of us, going cold turkey on our GHDs just isn’t an option so in a search for an alternative, we’ve turned to natural remedies and essential oils that honestly, seem capable of solving a lot of problems in life.
First up, lavender. This oil, derived from the purple flower of the same name has been traditionally used as a hair wash for growth with evidence now supporting its use, showing that it promotes hair growth by 5%. Further studies have shown that the use of lavender essential oil can improve the symptoms of alopecia over a seven month period.
Perhaps slightly more surprising, peppermint oil at 3% has been shown to help increase hair growth. As does Chamaecyparis obtusa, also known as Japanese Cyprus which is used in everything from hygienic plasters to natural shampoos due to its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal effects. In terms of hair growth capability, evidence has linked it to helping bald patients in re-growing their hair.
Protect your hair
As you would when nurturing any prized possession, take extra precautions and time to protect your hair while embarking on the commitment to grow your locks the Little Mermaid style. Protection from damage and breakage is crucial to completing this mission. Your weapons of choice will be a silk pillowcase and use of heat protectant wherever you can.
On the silk pillowcase front, you’ll never look back as not only will it protect your hair from breakage and damage in between cuts but it’s great for getting a few extra days out of your blowdry. It’s worth investing in a good hair turban towel as well (both of which are game-changers for curly hair girls). Not only do they absorb more water from freshly washed hair but they do so while drastically reducing frizz and protecting against breakage. A summertime miracle to make beach days your best hair days.
With the right tips and tricks up your sleeve, you’ll be channeling your inner Rapunzel in no time.