Healthy, strong, long and beautiful hair never goes out of fashion; well at least in case of women. Pollutants, chemicals in shampoos, weather changes etc all cause hair to break and fall. In some people, deficiencies or hormonal imbalances can also cause scanty hair growth. In African Americans, tightly curled or kinky hair is prone to dryness and as a result, breakage. In any case, there are many easy ways to grow your hair out fast. Remember: you are the queen (or king) of your hair. Many people might give you tips to help you grow out your hair faster. But, if these ways do not show you any results, it is best to ditch them!
1. Know what is in your hair products
Majority of the hair products available today are known to cause harmful chemical buildup on the scalp. These eventually give rise to breakage and hair fall. So learn to study the labels of your shampoos, conditioners, mousses, gels, dyes and other products that go on your hair. Thankfully, times are changing. Many consumers are aware of campaigns including the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics which are forcing manufacturers to use safer, gentler and cruelty free ingredients in consumer goods. Here are top chemicals to avoid:
- PABA or parabens
- Sulfates (SLS or ALS)
- Petrolatum and mineral oils
- Propylene Glycol
2. Be wary of ‘natural and organic’
In your zeal to search for the fastest way to grow your hair, you might want to buy the most expensive shampoos-conditioners on the market. However, make sure these do not contain any fragrances (named as Dibutyl Phthalates or DBP; Di-n-butyl phthalate; dibutyl 1,2-benzene dicarboxylate) as these are chemical in nature. If possible, visit the EWG site here to find out the best non toxic shampoos/conditioners for growing your hair faster.
3. Know the type, texture and length of your hair
The fastest way to grow hair naturally also includes understanding your hair type: tightly coiled, wavy, straight, very curly, fine, short, long, medium, grey etc. This knowledge will help you choose not only the right shampoo, hair dye or conditioner to cater to it; it will also help you know the frequency of washes, the kind of hairstyle to go in for etc. The right products can then help you remove dirt, buildup and cholesterol on the scalp which hamper hair growth. Most people do well with a gentle clarifying shampoo for all hair types and lengths.
4. Use Apple Cider Vinegar rinse
Adding some diluted Apple cider vinegar to the final rinse after shampooing (in the ratio 1:1) can aid hair growth and reduce chemical build up. Vinegar neutralizes the acidic/alkalinity of shampoos leaving your hair soft, smooth and more manageable. This is especially needed if you live in an area receiving hard/heavy water.
5. Detangle hair after each wash
This is an important way to grow hair quickly and prevent breakage. It is especially true in case of African American or ethnic hair. Detangle your hair, when it is not too wet or too dry but just moist. Use your fingers first to detangle. Then use a wide toothed comb to detangle further. Be very patient as haste will cause unnecessary breakage. You can also use detangle products such as this one here.
6. Avoid all-in-one shampoos and conditioners
These days, you get products that promise to work as a body wash, shampoo and conditioner. Stay away from these! No way can you get a single product that does it all: clean, strengthen and soften. You are unnecessarily adding toxic elements to your hair. So avoid 2-in-1 conditioner/shampoos etc if you want to grow your hair fast.
7. Get your protein
Hair needs proteins and amino acids like Arginine complex and other branched chain amino acids to grow quickly. If you want to grow your hair out fast in a week, eat a protein rich diet. Drink milk, eat eggs as well as lean meat such as chicken and fish etc. If needed, add protein powders like whey to your breakfast smoothies. If you are vegan or vegetarian, look for plant based proteins like chick peas, beans, soya etc. This is a surefire way to grow hair back in a month for guys and girls.
8. Steam treatment
Do not underestimate the power of steam treating hair if you are looking for fastest ways to grow your hair back after a bad haircut. Steaming enables hair and scalp to absorb nutrients better and prepares the hair for the oil massage. So soak a towel in a bucket of hot water, squeeze out the excess water and wrap your hair with it. Let the towel remain on the hair for at least half an hour. Next, massage your hair with your favorite oils (discussed below). This treatment is best done at nighttime so the oil gets at least 8 hours to work on your hair.
9. Avoid over-shampooing
We have been erroneously taught to wash our hair every other day. Even people with a naturally oily scalp should not wash their hair every day. Shampoos, no matter how organic, sulfate-free or herbal they claim to be, still strip the hair off its natural oil. This oil actually provides nutrition to the hair. It can also protect the hair and scalp from sun damage and pollution. So, only shampoo with a mild, sulfate free shampoo once a week. Always follow it up with a conditioner even if you have limp, fine hair. If you workout frequently, you may wash twice a week to get rid of sweat.
10. Wash using the conditioner!
This is the fastest way of growing the hair for African American hair. Instead of drying your hair out with a shampoo, use a conditioner to massage the hair and remove sweat and odor. This might seem really weird in the beginning, but is actually a proven way of reducing breakage and hair fall in kinky tightly woven hair.
11. Deep condition twice a week
This is an essential step if you are seeking the fastest way to grow hair naturally. Deep conditioners add protein, softness and strength to the hair. They also help reduce hair fall and breakage. Use oil, creams or natural butters to deep condition. Here are some of the best deep conditioning oils:
- Castor oil
- Coconut oil
- Olive oil
- Grapeseed oil
- Avocado oil
- Shea butter
- Sweet almond oil
Massage your favorite oils in the scalp and leave overnight. They will seal in moisture so when you wash your hair the next morning, it will not be very dry. You could also add growth stimulating essential oils to the above oils to massage into scalp:
- Tea tree
- Ylang Ylang
12. Avoid excess styling
If you want to grow your hair fast in a week, avoid using styling tools like heat straightener, curlers or hair dryers. If you must, then always use a styling serum to prevent damage to hair shaft. Never ever apply heat to dry hair as it will accelerate breakage and hair fall.
13. Eat healthy to grow good quality hair
Nutrition is the number one factor to consider when growing your hair fast. Consume plenty of vitamin rich foods. Fruits and vegetables help provide majority of the nutrients as well as antioxidants. B vitamins like Biotin are also important. If needed take a daily vitamin pill. Eating a well balanced meal will ensure that the new hair that grows is stronger and thicker.
We hope these 13 easy ways to grow your hair out faster will help you see new growth within a week! Good luck!