We’ve all experienced a pang of hair envy. Just when we’ve acquired the desired style we’ve been working towards, we’re struck down with a severe case of FOMO and find ourselves hankering after a cool-girl bob when our hair is long; or dreaming of the day we can finally tie cropped locks into a top knot. If you’re at the ‘oh-hurry-up-and-grow’ phase in the never-happy-with-our-hair cycle, here’s some expert tips and professional products to speed things up and transport you back to longer locks by Christmas.
Nourish From The Inside
Although hair typically only grows around 1.25cm a month and 15cm max a year, there are things you can do to speed up the process. Incorporate specialist hair supplements into your routine to help nourish ad support the hair follicle from the inside. Look for supplements rich in iron, vitamin E and omega-3 essential fatty acids, which help to hydrate, nourish and strengthen the hair making it less likely to split and break, and therefore reach its maximum length more quickly. There are also foods that you can incorporate into your daily diet to help promote growth.
Eggs are a great source of protein, particularly biotin (which is essential for the production of a hair protein called keratin, which encourages hair growth). They also include other hair-healthy nutrients, zinc and selenium.
Nuts, especially Brazil nuts, are packed with vitamins E and B, zinc and essential fatty acids – all of which have hair-building properties.
Berries are high in antioxidants, especially vitamin C, which helps the body to produce collagen – a protein that helps to strengthen hair and prevent it from becoming brittle and eventually breaking. Vitamin C also helps the body to better absorb iron, a vital mineral for hair production.
Use Your Head
Pollution, stress and a build-up of haircare all takes its toll on the condition of our scalp, roots and in turn, hair growth. Using a purifying or cleansing scalp treatment on a weekly basis will help to lift any impurities, dirt and trapped oil around the hair follicle as well as hydrate and balance the scalp.
Regular massage has also been proven to help increase blood flow and stimulate hair growth. Use your fingertips to apply pressure all over your head when your wash your hair.
“My mother would give me and each of my six siblings a weekly Indian head massage. I loved how relaxing it felt, the good night’s sleep that followed and the quality of my hair when washed. Beyond this, my mother knew that healthier hair depends on a well-conditioned scalp, which would also reduce stress, calm blood pressure and serve as a good antidote to a nagging headache.” Says Anita Kaushal, co-founder of ayurvedic beauty brand Mauli. Try massaging your scalp with Mauli Grow Strong Hair Oil.
Although regular haircuts may seem counterintuitive, a trim (and by this we mean half an inch to an inch) every 10 to 12 weeks, will keep the ends looking healthy and prevent any splits working their way up the hair shaft and breaking off higher up. The longer you put off a haircut, the higher up the hair will break and split meaning you’d have to go shorter to maintain its health.
Handle With Care
From heat-styling tools to harsh brushing and even tossing and turning in our sleep, our hair is at constant risk of damage. There are several things you can do to reduce the risk of breakage and give hair a chance to grow.
Once you’ve cleansed and conditioned hair, follow with a cold-water rinse. The cool water seals the hair cuticles making each strand more smooth, which reduces moisture loss, snags and heat damage. Preventing breakage will mean hair has a better opportunity to grow.
Hair is most vulnerable when it is wet, so resist the urge to tug and pull at knots and instead use a Tangle Teezer with wide-set teeth to gently slide through hair without tearing or damaging the strands. If you suffer from knots, try brushing from the bottom and working your way up. If you try to tackle knots from the scalp down, it moves smaller tangles from the top into one large knot.
Friction from rough towels and even cotton pillows can cause breakage. Prevent hair from getting caught in woven fibres and instead reach for a thin, soft microfiber hair towel that is very absorbent and so will dramatically reduce drying time. Try loosely plaiting your hair before bed to help reduce surface area and prevent damage it the night.
It goes without saying that heat styling is not hair’s best friend. If you absolutely must blow-dry your hair, flip your hairdryer to its coolest setting and use Tangle Teezer’s Blow Styling Round Tool brush, which helps to remove excess water to speed up the drying process and, gives hair a smooth and shiny finish thus eliminating the need for straighteners or tongs.