So, let’s cut to the chase. There are so much crap and misinformation about growing your hair faster on the internet. I know because I found it during my research for this article. From vitamins to special shampoos and home remedies, I think I’ve read it all and tried many of them for myself. In the end, I didn’t need any of that to grow my hair from armpit length down to my waist.
Before we get into it, let me share a brief anecdote. L and I both have a friend who is known for having waist-length hair. She uses heat regularly and sometimes experiments with drastic changes in hair color. We never understood how her hair could withstand all of that heat and color and still be so long. If she cut her hair, it would grow right back down to her waist. We were always in awe.
One day, I found a strand of her hair on the couch. I don’t know why, but I tugged at it as hard as I could to try to break it. That sucker would not snap! It was like wire. Then a light bulb went off in my head. This is why her hair grew so long so fast. It’s genetically super strong and resists damage. My hair wasn’t nearly as strong as hers. I came to the conclusion that, if I wanted to achieve the same results, I had to avoid damage at all costs to keep my hair as strong as it possibly could be. If you want longer hair, you must adopt this same mindset.
The fact is that hair grows an average of ½ an inch a month, and there is nothing you can do to change that. It is genetic. If you aren’t achieving this rate of hair growth, then you are mishandling your hair, probably on a daily basis. Luckily, there are things you can do to make sure you are reaching your full growth potential instead of hindering it.
I won’t bore you with the scientific, technical side of how hair grows. This post will be 100% practical with things you can implement TODAY. If you want technical information, sign up here and follow our free Hair Care Program. The following steps are listed from most important to least important.
AVOID DAMAGE AT ALL COSTS!
A lot of us want to look cute and are willing to sacrifice the health of our hair for a cute yet temporary hairstyle. This mindset has to change today. No more heat. No hair color. No relaxers or perms. Wash, condition, and moisturize your hair and throw that baby in a bun. Don’t like your natural hair? Wear a wig! No weaves. No braids. Got it? Handle your hair with TLC. Detangle it properly and don’t use hair accessories that will snag or pull your hair out.
Keep your hair moisturized
Every single time you wash your hair, deep condition it. Comb or finger comb the deep conditioner through, put a plastic bag over your head, and sit under a bonnet hair dryer for 20 minutes. After you rinse out your deep conditioner, keep your hair moisturized with the LOC or LCO method. LOC stands for Liquid, Oil, and Cream. This will keep your hair moisturized, preventing split ends and breakage.
Have a healthy scalp
I usually list this as number one when it comes to growing longer hair fast because hair growth starts at the scalp. However, in all practicality, most women’s scalps are just fine. The real issue is their styling choices. Nonetheless, it should not go without saying that if you have scalp issues such as dandruff, psoriasis, alopecia, etc., you need to resolve these issues first before you can expect to reach the average hair growth rate.
Trim your hair the right way
Many women have no idea what the right way to trim their hair is. They either trim it too often or too little. You need a trim schedule that is consistent and based on the condition of your hair and your hair care goals. If your hair is damaged, trim it ½ an inch every 4 weeks until the damage is gone. If you have healthy hair that you are trying to grow longer, trim it ½ an inch every three months until you reach your hair care goals.
Use the right products. You want products that are as close to natural as possible. Avoid mineral oil and alcohol (just to name a few). Click here to see our list of ingredients to avoid. Beware of environmental damage. Shield your hair from the sun and cold winds. After swimming, wash the salt water or chlorine out of your hair immediately. Maintain a healthy well-being. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and don’t cut out entire food groups. Any lack of nutrients will slow down hair growth. Control stress. Believe it or not, stress can cause your hair growth to slow down tremendously and can even result in temporary hair loss.
One last thing, you’ll need to change your relationship with your hair. It’s psychological and will take time. It can be very hard to just let your hair be, but that’s exactly what growing longer hair faster requires. You also have to understand that before you can start growing your hair longer, you have to start with healthy hair. That’s a must.
If you don’t have healthy hair first, your first goal needs to be to transition to a healthy head of hair. Luckily, it requires the same steps outlined above. However, it will take you longer to achieve your goal because you have to do something about the damaged hair first. Otherwise, your hair will either not grow or it will grow, but be damaged and look stringy.
Patience is the key. You will get there if you follow these steps. I promise. Luckily for you, we created our hair care program to help guide you on this journey. Take advantage of it. Sign up for our hair care program here and be on your way to finally having healthy hair that grows.