A lot can determine the rate at which your hair grows, including genetics, and the shape of your follicles.
Other than that, maintaining a well-balanced diet, consisting of protein-laden foods such as eggs, dairy or lean meat, is essential to keep our hair strong and healthy, considering our hair mostly made up of protein. Then, if your hair is damaged from using heated styling tools or from harsh chemicals, that’s also going to considerably slow down the rate at which your hair grows.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, on average, our hair grows about half an inch (1.25cm) per month, which means for a whole year it grows around six inches. However, that’s not to say there aren’t ways to speed that process up a little.
The methods listed below can help you grow your hair for up to one inch a week, or even more.
1. Warm Oil Massages
This method works with a combination of natural oils to help improve the health of your scalp, and massaging your scalp, to increase the blood flow to the hair follicles leading to a higher nutrient intake. Both these things ultimately lead to faster hair growth. There’ no one right oil to use in this method – coconut oil, argan oil, olive oil, and jojoba oil can all be used.
How to do it?
Begin by pouring some oil in a bowl, then warming it by placing it in another bowl filled with hot water. Once the oil is warm, use the pads of your fingers to gently, but thoroughly, massage the oil all over your scalp one section of your hair at a time. Then, run some of the oil down the length of your hair as well.
Leave it on for 30-60 minutes before rinsing it with shampoo to completely remove the oil. Repeat this on the days of the week you usually wash your hair.
2. Inversion Method
The inversion method includes applying an oil of your choice to your hair and hang your head upside down for about 4-5 minutes. The reasoning behind it is similar to the scalp massage, that is, to stimulate the blood flow to the scalp.
How to do it?
This is pretty simple and straightforward. It just includes massaging an oil into your hair then lying down on your bed with your head hanging over the edge of it so it’s upside down, and staying in that position for about 4-5 minutes. Then, of course, rinse the oil off and repeat every day for a week.
3. Hair Masks
If your hair is damaged by the heat or chemicals, or you’d just like to give them a little boost and make them softer and shinier, and of course grow faster, there are endless hair masks you can use.
What’s better, you can make them with ingredients you already have in your home. One great option is this:
Egg, Honey, and Olive Oil Homemade Hair Growth Mask
1 teaspoon of honey
1 teaspoon of olive oil
How to apply:
Separate the egg white from the rest.
Then, add to the egg white 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of olive oil.
Mix all ingredients until you get a smooth paste, then apply it on your hair, leaving to sit for 20 minutes.
Rinse the mask off with cool water and a mild shampoo.
Repeat once per two weeks.
For more homemade hair masks for hair growth, see here.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
Apple cider vinegar is filled with Vitamin B, C, and Potassium, and is slightly acidic, which will help remove built-up grime as well as restore the natural pH of the hair’s acid mantle.
How to use it?
Once you’ve shampooed your hair as you usually do, mix 2-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to 2 cups of water and, leaning your head back, pour the mixture over your hair, making sure to cover it thoroughly. Then let it sit for 2 minutes and rinse it with water.
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