Does your hair seem to struggle to grow past a certain length? Have you had it cut too short at the hairdressers? Or is it simply lacking in volume? We’ve tracked down the best tips and tricks to let you know how to get thicker, longer hair in no time at all…
Heat styling damages hair and can cause the ends to split or snap off. So if you’re trying to make your hair grow, cut down on the amount of heat styling you do and try to embrace your natural hair type. Or try out some heat-free styles like braids and messy buns. If you really can’t bear to say goodbye to curlers or straighteners, minimise the stress on your hair by using a heat-protection spray, and if there’s a temperature control on your tools, set that to a lower level.
Hair growth products
Try a specialist hair growth shampoo containing caffeine, which stimulates hair growth. Apply the product directly to the scalp and leave for 2 minutes, so it penetrates the hair follicle and encourages growth. Once a week, apply an intensive mask or hot oil treatment to hair to keep it smooth, nourished and supple – dry, brittle strands will end up snapping off. If your hair is fine or thinning, try a hair loss treatment that builds up the hair fibre with keratin protein.
Having your hair trimmed regularly – ideally every six weeks – will prevent split ends and breakage. Keep your hair healthy and strong from root to tip and it will grow more quickly.
Biotin, zinc or selenium all help to stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss. If you feel your diet is lacking in any of these, or you simply want an extra boost, it might be worth investing in some supplements. Always consult your GP first, though, as they can medically diagnose any deficiencies and advise on the best course of action.
A healthy balanced diet should provide your body with all the vitamins and minerals it needs to function properly, including the cells that make up each hair strand. So fill your plate with plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and protein-rich foods such as lean meat, seafood and eggs, to ensure you’re supplying hair with the nutrients it needs to remain strong and healthy.
Daily head massage
Treat your scalp to a daily massage, as this increases the blood flow – and therefore the supply of nutrients – to the hair follicles, stimulating hair growth. Spread your fingers evenly over your scalp and work from the centre of the head outwards in a circular motion towards the temples and then towards the back of the neck. Make sure you use your fingertips and not your nails, which can snag the hair and break off.
Switch to a wide tooth comb
Fine tooth combs and hairbrushes can stretch the hair and snap it off from the root, especially if it’s tangled. Use a wide tooth comb at all times, as this will glide gently through the hair without pulling at it.