Facts Checked By Freewill Beauty Experts - Written by Arpita Singh (Beauty Expert) on 22nd Sep 2020

Effective Tips And Tricks To Make Your Hair Grow Naturally

Tricks To Make Your Hair Grow Naturally

You pull your hair up, bring on a high ponytail, and get ready to rock the world. Or, you may swing them down, and they dance on your shoulders.

It is unbelievable how shaping your hair differently changes makes you look like a new person every single time. It gives you the much-needed confidence, and you love your hair for that.

But, do you know we often hurt our hair quite often? Wondering how?

Well, some of our regular (incorrect) habits are a reason for this. Your daily hair care routine needs changes.

Please take a look at some of the most common mistakes we make and some useful yet easy tricks to help you solve all your hair woes... 

1. Excess heat styling and use of chemicals on the hair  

Dying your hair with vibrant and dark colors, perming, or highlighting them exposes tons of chemicals. Those frequent tours to spas and keratin treatments can cause potential damage to your hair and lead to hair breakage.

The chemicals used in these treatments rob your hair of all its naturally produced oils and slow down the growth.

Now, a healthy hair cuticle (the outermost layer of a hair shaft) remains flat and settled, giving your hair a smooth and shiny look. Synthetic dyes lift the outer cuticle, making the hair brittle, dull, and frizzy.

The damage met to the hair strands becomes a matter of concern. Overprocessing of the hair causes split ends. The excessive use of heat styling tools and grooming methods dry out hair strands.  

Here’s what you can do: 

  • Go for a natural alternative and air-dry your hair
  • Make sure that you are using the heat styling products at an optimum temperature. (A medium heat about 250°F)
  • Always use a heat protectant before treating your hair. 
  • Opt for the green (natural) ways of boosting your hair growth and stay away from chemicals as much as possible. 

2. Shampooing  

Washing your hair more than required is not a good thing to do because it makes hair lose its natural oils, almost stunting its growth. What you get as a result is dry, dull, and damaged hair.  

Here’s what you can do:

  • Washing your hair once or twice a week is sufficient but if you are used to regular washing, try reducing it to alternate days. 
  • Leaving a time gap between the two washes enables hair oils to travel down the strands and moisturize the scalp. It improves the texture of your hair. 
  • Use dry shampoo whenever it fits you fine in a week. It will prevent the roots from getting greasy, removing excess oils.
  • or the days that come after your shampoo day, you may try braids or buns (that will protect the hair from dirt and pollution) until you get another wash.

After shampooing your hair, ensure a conditioner is used as it seals the hair cuticles and effectively reduces frizz. It also helps in detangling the damp strands and gives your hair a coherent, dense appearance. 

3. Combing hair 

Your hair is most fragile when it is wet. If you recklessly comb the hair, you are going to cause breakage. Even when your hair is dry, you tend to brush your hair at the roots, giving them downward strokes. But if your hair is full of unresolved knots, then brushing your hair from top to bottom can be hurtful. The gritty tangles can snowball into a bigger knot and add to your troubles.

Also, over brushing can weaken the hair strands. All the time, making attempts to align them perfectly or keeping them poised can cause physical damage to the hair. Breakage can follow.

The constant friction that occurs between the bristles of the comb and your hair may prevent it from growing faster. 

Here’s what you can do:

  • Always brush your hair from the roots, and clear the knotty ends. Slowly, work your way through all the enmeshed hair and get to the top. Be gentle with your hair. 
  • After a wash, use a wide-toothed comb to sort out your wet hair. Stick to the same pattern, and brush the hair starting from the bottom-ends to all the way up to your roots. 
  • At the end of a shower, wash your hair with cold water for a few seconds, and give it a bonus boost to grow faster. "Coldwater lays down the outer layer of your hair (cuticle) more smoothly, which helps prevent moisture loss, snags, and heat damage." recommends a celebrity hairstylist Mark Townsend, who has been known to work with famous Hollywood artists. 
  • Avoid using the elastic bands to tie your hair up. Instead, you can go for the bobby pins, claw clips, or barrettes to put your hair in a neat clamp.
  • Swap between the various easy-to-go hairstyles, and not a high ponytail every day. Because doing so, your hair may grow weak at the point of tension (where the elastic band or clip is attached to the hair) and break. 

4. Hair trims 

If your hair is damaged and has split ends, it becomes necessary to wade away those rough, two-headed outgrowths of your hair.

Split ends occur because of a number of reasons—lack of a proper diet, pollution, or drenching your hair with chemicals being a few. Split ends can cease hair growth, as the bottom ends are always splitting (bifurcating into two different directions).

This leads to the breaking of the hair shaft at its endpoint, and it may get stuck at the same length and lose its ability to grow further. 

Here’s what you can do 

  • Go for regular trims, once in every three months. 
  • hop off only those brittle, dead ends. Keep an eye out, and see that your stylist only cuts off an inch or half of it while giving you a trim.
  • Hair growth is back on track as you get rid of the split ends. Your hair appears voluminous again and begins a journey all over to attain longer strands. 

5. Check your pillowcase

Before going to bed, you give your hair a gentle and soothing brush. It is a good practice and benefits your hair. But, you don't wake up the same way. Why is your hair messy?

The pillowcase is to blame! It is mostly made up of cotton, which has larger and rougher fibers that make your hair strands get caught in the fabric. The hair's outer cuticles are lifted up, and they stand vulnerable to all sorts of danger, be it the breakage or frizz. 

Here’s what you can do:

  • Use a silk pillowcase. Silk has smaller fibers and doesn't initiate friction (or, least friction) between its surface and your hair. It keeps the outer hair cuticles flattened throughout the night. And, you wake up to smooth and decent hair. 
  • If you don't wish to spend much over a pillowcase. That's alright. You can scoop your hair in a loose bun and put on a scrunchie at the top of your head. This way, all your hair will be held in one place. It will also prevent the tangles in your hair and cut off the friction between the pillow and you.

6. Towels 

Traditional towels have the same issue as that of the pillowcases. Larger fibers catch hold of your fragile, wet hair. 

Here’s what you can do:

Switch to a microfiber towel. It has fine fibers that quickly absorb moisture from the hair. It also enables easy motion of hair in between the fabrics, with zero damage to the hair shaft. With this, your hair will dry quickly and doesn't go berserk in the process. It all contributes to healthier and faster hair growth. 

7. Diet 

When you think about long and thick hair, maintaining a healthy scalp is important.

But, having a well-balanced diet should also run parallel with the former as it equally affects the growth of your hair. Keratin is a hard protein found in the cells of each hair strand.

The cells require a continuous supply of vitamins and minerals to stay healthy. As long as they remain fit, they promote the growth of long, thick hair, as and what you desire.

Dr. Anupriya Goel, a well-known dermatologist from the Berkowits Hair and Skin Clinic, Quotes 

"Nutrition plays an important role in your hair care routine."  

Let us take a look at some of the best (and easily available) foods that can boost the growth of your hair. 

1) Vitamin A

It plays an important role in the growth of every cell. It also helps the scalp produce its natural oil (sebum), which keeps the roots and the epidermis of your head part well nourished.

• Include in your diet:

- Intake of carrot juice on a daily basis can boost your hair growth. You can also munch on carrots.

2) Vitamin C

It is primarily required for the absorption of iron in the body. Dr. Goel adds, "It also helps in the production of collagen fibers, which plays an elemental unit in the composition of blood vessels (capillaries). So, the vessels that connect to your hair shafts strengthen and ensure a regular supply of nutrients to your hair, encouraging their quick growth."

• Include in your diet:

  • Citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges.
  • Refresh yourself with a chilled glass of lime water (nimbu paani), and give your body the daily dose of vitamin C. You can either add honey or another alternative instead of processed sugar.

3) Vitamin E

It works towards the efficient circulation of blood in the body. It assists the hair follicles in carrying out their functions and promotes hair growth. It also maintains the oil and pH level balances in the scalp, preventing clogs' formation in the hair follicles. 

• Include in your diet:

Avocado, rich in monounsaturated fats. You can add this to your breakfast, or have it in your green smoothie.

4) Omega-3 fatty acids 

They are not produced in your body. And, your hair needs these healthy fats to become thicker.

• Include in your diet:

  • Walnuts contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Flaxseeds also supply you with the essential fats and dramatically helps to control hair loss.

5) Iron

It is another major nutrient that your hair needs in adequate quantities to function better. "In fact, if you suffer from a deficiency of iron, you may get hair loss as a prominent symptom," warns Dr. Goel. When your body runs low on iron, it is not able to transport oxygen and other nutrients to the hair roots and follicles. This can possibly stunt your hair growth and weaken hair strands.

• Include in your diet:

Spinach, broccoli, and other green leafy vegetables.

6) Proteins

They fundamentally build up the hair cells, and their requirement is a must to fulfill. 

• Include in your diet:

Eggs contain a good amount of proteins and can definitely nourish your hair to attain a more resilient shape.

Dr. Goel suggests

"You can also try other sources as well. Some of them include berries, shrimp, fatty fish, tofu, legumes, and cottage cheese."

7) Biotin

It plays an important role in cell proliferation (i.e., helping to increase the number of cells and maintaining a balance between the cell divisions and cell loss). It is vital for the synthesis of amino acids (proteins), imparting the structural strength of your hair. 

• Include in your diet:

Whole grains (brown rice, oatmeal, wheat, etc.) are rich in biotin along with iron, zinc, and other B vitamins.

The Bottom Line

Fixing some old habits, and adding the right foods to your table, can bring in a huge difference.

Massaging the scalp is one way to restore hair growth. Apart from this, the application of natural oils and massage stimulates the scalp, improving the thickness of your hair. It also relieves your tension and stress. Treating your hair using DIY masks gives good results.

The last word, try to stay natural and avoid chemicals until you don't find a proper reason to use them.