Grow Hair, Grow! Tips For Growing Longer Hair

Friday, June 14, 2013

photo of long blonde hair, dark blonde, growing hair

If I had a time machine, or some kind of magical phone that allowed me to speak to my teenage self I'd definitely tell the younger version of me to look after my hair. I've been obsessed with growing it long for a couple of years now, and can't help to feel annoyed that if I'd have just left it alone it could have been down to my waist by now. Various bodged bleach jobs, glue-in extensions and the fact that I never gave my hair a helping hand with intensive products meant that over a five year period my hair pretty much stayed the same length even though I never had a significant amount trimmed off. My hair was the classic 'never grows past a certain length' and it doesn't take a genius to work out why (even if I was too thick to realise myself). In 2011 I decided that something had to change, and since then have done everything possible to look after my hair. The picture doesn't really show it well but at the moment my hair is considered 'bra strap length' it just reaches where my bra sits on my back, but the annoying front pieces are shorter where I'm growing out a full fringe. Being as incredibly impatient as I am I decided to have a little look to see if there was anything else other than treating my hair with products that I could do to encourage hair growth, and keep it healthy and strong. I'll just mention here that I'm usually a huge pessismist when it comes to stuff like this, but these are all things that were backed up with some kind of scientific logic. Plus even if they don't work for the hair, they're all things that will help towards a general healthy lifestyle.

Biotin
Also marketed as 'hair skin and nails' tablets, biotin is a water soluable B vitamin found in smaller amounts in foods like eggs, carrots and milk. If you've ever googled 'how to speed up hair growth' or something similar chances are you've heard of it. I've read quite a few reviews from people that take biotin, and the general consenus seems to be that people noticed a difference in their nail growth and hardness within six weeks, and hair growth within three to six months. You can buy biotin capsules from health food shops like Holland and Barrett, I got mine here from eBay, there are also some 'extra strength ones here which I'm going to try next. I've been taking them for almost four weeks now, I'll report back around Christmas time and let you know if I think it's made any difference. Taking biotin is also beneficial for metabolism and the nervous system too, so they're a useful thing to take even if you're not fussed about growing your hair.

Protein
I suppose this one is self explanatory, proteins are the building blocks to every cell in our bodies and so to grow healthy hair we need an adequate amount of protein. The recommended daily allowance is 46g  a day which you can get in the forms of poultry, lean red meat and eggs as well as some legumes and grains like beans and quinoa.

Vitamins and Minerals
It seems feasible that you're much more likely to grow healthy hair when your body isn't lacking in anything, I think multivitamin tablets are worth a go alongside a healthy diet. Specific vitamins in foods can also be beneficial; for example Beta Carotene (found in orange/yellow foods) is essential for growth including the development of bones, hair and nails. It and also protects the sheaths around nerve fibres and promotes healthy skin, hair and nails. Omega 3 and 6 help to stimulate skin and hair growth, and folic acid (prenatal vitamins) contain important B vitamins which support basic cell production as a result will have positive effects on hair growth. Apparently all women of childbearing age should be taking folic acid anyway, so it might be worth getting used to taking it either way.

Head Massage/ Scalp Stimulation
It doesn't have to be a full blown Indian head massage every night (although that would be amazing, and I think is what my life is lacking!) it can be as easy as massaging shampoo into your hair for a few minutes when you wash it. This will increase blood flow to the scalp, which will help to nourish the hair follicles.

Water/Exercise
We all know that water and exercise are beneficial to just about every cell in the body, ditch the Diet Coke and guzzle a few glasses of the clear stuff instead. Exercise gets the heart pumping which will supply nutrients to all areas of the body through the bloodstream, including the scalp and hair follicles.

Stress Less
Chronic stress can cause greying and even hair loss, where the hair is forced into the telogen (fall out) stage. When you're feeling stressed and run down your body isn't going to be running as well as it could and so hair growth is likely to slow down. Clearly you can't force yourself to stress less, but having a few enjoyable hobbies or relaxing in a hot bath at the end of the day can do wonders for stress levels.

Do you find that your hair grows quickly, or like me are you always wishing it would hurry up and grow?

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  1. I LOVE these suggestions. I recently cut off my long locks for a sassy shorter cut...I like sassy but miss my long hair!! I am hosting a bloghop today at http://www.frugalfitfamily.com and would LOVE if you would swing by and share this!!!

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    1. Thank you! The annoying thing with mine is that it's never been cut short, just bleach damaged- hopefully we both get the long hair we're after soon :) I'll check out the blog hop, thanks x

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  2. Really good suggestions, I cut my hair when I was 16 and forever regretted it! It's getting long again now! :) xoxo

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    1. Thank you :) At least you know you prefer it long now, think we have to do crazy stuff to our hair when we're young lol x

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  3. Hey Stacey! I've also been giving my hair a lot of attention. I chopped it all off a few years ago and it's as if it's forgotten how to grow! I tried biotin, but I didn't see too much difference with that. But all these things that you list really help towards having stronger, healthier hair (what's the point of having long hair if it's dry and brittle and falling out?)

    Another thing that I read is that hair grows the fastest when you sleep and during summer time. So getting plenty of sleep helps too!

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    1. How long did you take Biotin for? I think I'm seeing a difference in the hardness of my nails but I'm not sure if it's too soon to tell yet, really hope it makes a difference with my hair I'd love to get to a decent length by next year. I forgot to mention the sleeping one, that's a really good point! xx

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  4. I just wanted to thank you for linking up with us at the Let's be Friends Blog Hop. It's great to meet you!

    XOXO, Mandi @ All My Happy Endings

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  5. This post is great! I feel exactly the same with my hair at the moment, it just isn't getting any longer!! I've recently dyed it back to my natural colour so I can stop dying it and just let it grow. Hopefully, this will help when trying some of these tips too! :)

    Heather xx

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    1. I'm sure it will do if you're not colouring any more- try and use less heat and plenty of intensive products too that's how I finally got mine to grow :) xx

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  6. Thank you so much for this post Stacey! It was definitely very helpful! xx <3

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    1. Thank you! Really glad you found it helpful, even though some of them were kind of obvious they're not really things I'd think about straight away to help grow longer hair x

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  7. Really helpful post! Due to stress my hair has been forced into the "off" mode and, unlike before, it noticeably comes out when it is brushed/washed etc. Once you get to that point there is little you can do but just try and thoroughly chill out! Once it does get going again, probably in a couple of months times, all your tips and tricks are going to be vital for me :) xx

    Angelica [One Little Vice]

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    1. I went through something similar last year, I was losing so much hair in the bath it was really starting to worry me. Hope it doesn't last too long for you, luckily mine went back to normal after a couple of months I'm sure yours will too x

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  8. I'm using Biotin. I've now switched to the higher dosage. I can tell a lot of difference in my hair but my skin and nails. no change.

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    1. I'm getting some of the higher dosage next time round too wonder if it will make a difference? Thanks for linking to the hop I'll definitely join x

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  9. check out my blog & follow if you like :)

    http://rorolovesbeauty.blogspot.com/

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  10. I have tried the FAST shampoo and conditioner duo and it really made my hair longer :)

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    1. I've not heard of this, thanks for mentioning I'll definitely check it out! x

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  11. I'll have to check the Biotin out, sounds like something that I would love. I don't usually keep my hair too long (about mid shoulder area) because of chronic migrains but I like the idea of it helping my nails.

    Found you via the Collective Blog Hop and looking forward to following your blog. I've already read the past 7 posts and love it here. =)

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    1. This comment made my day thank you, glad you've enjoyed reading my posts :) Would love to hear how you get on with the biotin if you end up trying it out. Following you back x

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  12. Great tips - scalp massage worked wonders for me when I was trying to grow my hair back!

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    Ambi xx

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    1. I've been curious to how well scalp massaged worked, glad to hear it's effective I'm definitely going to give it a go! Thanks for linking your giveaway I'll check it out :) x

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  13. These are some great tips! I cut my hair recently & I want it to grow faster.. New follower, found you via the link up! :)

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  14. Hey, I found your blog through the meet me on the bright side blog hop! I'm following you, hope to see you around my blog :D

    Awesome post btw! I've heard of the biotin pills too, but I also read about the negative side effects so I've been scared to try it.

    xo Maddy | spilledpolish

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  15. Oh I have no trouble getting my hair to grow. There's so much of it, it's so straight and grows so quickly I can do nothing with it. It's frustrating on this side too.

    Visiting from some blog hop, sorry I don't remember which. Oops

    Sarabeth
    Life of an Agnostic Sunday School Teacher

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  16. Thank you for sharing your knowledge! I have always assumed that the only way to strengthen and lengthen hair is through the use of hair care products. The information that you have provided is new to me, and it is super helpful. I might use beautiful tresses as an excuse to live healthier!

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    Sockwun
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  17. These are great hints. And I like that you included the bit about water and exercise. That's one of the most important and cheapest things you do for yourself.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

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  18. Great suggestions! I think I'll do water and exercise, seeing as those are virtually free...

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  19. Many individuals suffer from hair loss due to different reasons. With this concern, it is best if they're going to try solutions like using hair regrowth products. Joe

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