Post # 1
DH and I have a very special anniversary photoshoot coming up in October, so I’m in the process of growing out what was a long, slightly inverted bob. It’s at the “awkward stage” now, just below my collarbones. My hair grows pretty quickly, close to 1 inch per month, so I have a good chance of it being where I want it come October. I’m just wondering if any of you have tried-and-true secrets for growing (healthy) hair more quickly. Here’s what I’m already doing:
– brushing only with my detangling Wet Brush
– using Biosilk/hair oils on the ends to keep them from getting too dry
– no heat, unless absolutely necessary (and even then, it’s just a blow dry)
– massaging my scalp when I shampoo and condition
– shampooing only when I feel like it’s really necessary
– taking 10,000mg of Biotin a day, along with vitamin D, and a good multivitamin rich in the other B’s
Have any of you tried the inversion method? I also heard something about coconut oil.
Post # 2
Sounds like you’re doing well. For your blowdry, only blowdry on cold or the lowest warm setting. It will take longer, but won’t do the damage.
How frequently are you getting cuts? The biggest thing that helped me grow my hair is to stop getting it cut. Your hair grows quickly, but even going every 3 months (3″ growth), they probably cut 1-1.5″ off minimum, so you lost 1/3-1/2 of all your growth. If you aren’t using heat, you shouldn’t see as many split ends. Keep your hair up in a bun/braid/clippy dealie and wait it out. Then you can get a fresh cut before your wedding with your nice long hair!
Post # 3
Silk pillowcases also help prevent damage.
Post # 4
I cut my own hair, and I trim very, very infequently. I only trim if it feels like the ends really need it, and even then, I never take off more than half an inch. This is why I stopped going to a salon for trims – they always undid 50% of my hair growth progress! I swear, salons have their own measuring system, haha.
Post # 5
YES, thank you for reminding me of this. My hair is mostly straight but can be surprisingly unruly, especially in the morning, and I know that my cotton pillowcase isn’t helping.
Post # 6
I’ve always heard that folic acid is good for hair growth, but I haven’t tried it personally. If there isn’t a lot in the vitamins you’re currently taking, you might want to add it.
Post # 7
Not sure if this is helpful, but my hair grew like crazy when i was taking prenatal vitamins, i assumed it was the folic acid
Post # 8
Get pregnant. Just kidding. But I agree with pp – prenatal vitamins!
Post # 9
Yup they totally do. “no more than 1″ please” turns into like 3″. I only like to get my hair cut to have it cut into a style, ie layers, thinning certain parts, etc. I usually go every 6 months or so, and also because its kind of expensive lol! Good for you for doing it yourself!
But anyways, I cut my hair to collarbone length sept 2015. Its now almost touching my butt. I’m not going to trim it until just before the wedding sept 2017, so 2 full years of growth, and 4 hair cuts. It would probably be a ton longer and thicker if I didnt get it cut, but oh well. The only reason I’m not going to have a hair cut is to grow out the thicker part. I dont want to go for a cut and have her thin it out again. I’d love to not have to use extensions for the wedding haha.
Post # 10
My hair grows really slowly but supplementing with Viviscal (from amazon) and adding gelatin into my diet has significantly improved the amount it grows, now it’s closer to 3/4 of an inch a month!
Post # 11
I was also going to suggest prenatal vitamins–my hair and nails never looked so good!
(Just make sure you drop or decrease any other vitamins you are taking as vitamin toxicity is a real thing.)
Post # 12
I just bought the Let it Grow system from Monat. I bought it to reduce hair loss, but it’s also advertised to help hair grow quickly by repairing damage and improving follicular strength plus a bunch of other benefits I can’t think of off the top of my head. Here’s the link:
Edited to add also try taking biotin. You can take up to 15,000 mcg a day.
Post # 13
To add to everyone else’s suggestions, my hair grows like crazy when I eat a lot of eggs and protein. And make sure you’re taking care of your hair otherwise you will have breakage that will just take away everything you’ve grown out. Use hair masks often and less heat when possible. Over a year ago my ends were really dry and split. I started using this product and my stylist couldn’t believe the difference when I went in 6 weeks later. It doesn’t weigh your hair down at all. http://www.sephora.com/caviar-cc-cream-for-hair-10-in-1-complete-correction-P378716?skuId=1674308
Post # 14
I think I can give a great deal of advice here. I have long, thick dark brown hair past by bra strap. I am Native American so hair is emphasised a great deal in my father’s family—that being said my reccomendations are from around the world.
Besides limiting chemicals and heat tools, start doing a deep oil treatment once a week. Indian (as in South Asian) herbs such as Amla, Bhrinraj, Neem and Shikaikai when infused with almond or coconut oil are wonderful. I also love rosemary, castor and Argan oils.
The ready made mixes one will find at an Indian groccery often have crappy additives, one exception being Vatika Amla-Rosemary oil. I make my own infusions (it’s a hobby of mine) and have all sorts of combinations.
Another thing you can do is start using very gentle shampoos that are free of sulfates, colours, dyes etc. I really like Redmonds which is availiable at Target. I live in Germany but whenever I go home I buy at least five bottles and bring them home with me.
I hope this helps.
Post # 15
I was able to get some stuff off amazon a few years ago the name was Rene furterer RF80… It worked a bit but my hair was so damaged from frying it with highlights and straightening treatments so I thihnk if my hair was in a decent state I would’ve had better results. They also have shampoo that helps stimulate hair follicles, you might be able to find the brand on amazon. If all else fails I’m not sure if you’re open to this or not but you could always get clip in hair extensions if you’re still not happy w/the length by october. They’re really easy to put in and take out and they won’t cause damage to your real hair 🙂