Can you make your hair grow faster?

March 25th 2015 / Katie Robertson Google+ Katie Robertson / 3 comments

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Is it possible to speed up our own hair growth? We caught up with Trichologist Glenn Lyons to find out

Whether you’re recovering from a bad cut or hoping for waist-length waves by your wedding day, waiting for your hair to grow can be a rather tedious process.

However, unable to accept the idea that we might just have to ‘wait’ for lengthier locks, the Glossy Posse caught up with Trichologist and in-house expert, Glenn Lyons to see if we had any other options. Disappointingly, Glenn confirmed that: “It’s not actually possible to make hair grow faster. What is possible though, is to make sure that it’s growing at its maximum natural rate by caring for it properly and by limiting the breakage and overprocessing.”

So, with that in mind we’ve gathered a selection of the best tips, tricks and treatments to ensure that your hair is kept happy, healthy and hopefully growing as fast as it possibly can.

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1. Keep a healthy diet

What you eat won’t affect the hair that’s already grown, but it will help new growth. In particular, protein is essential for healthy hair growth. Hair is largely composed of keratin, a protein made up of amino acids. So, to grow new hair your body must produce more amino acids, which it can only do from consuming protein. Healthy protein sources include lean meat, fish, eggs, nuts, beans, and soy products.

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Healthy fats are also indispensable to hair growth because they help the cells within the follicles work at their best, while also helping to produce vitamins that are necessary for hair growth, such as vitamins A, D, E, and K. Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend, £21.99 is a great product for cramming in all the essential fatty acids that are key in helping you to maintain a hydrated, glossy and marvellous mane.

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2. Style in moderation

The quickest way to make your hair look longer is to keep it from breaking in the first place - so lay off excessive heat styling if you can. Indeed, while treatments such as straightening, curling, bleaching and colouring are key to women's beauty regimes, they’re extremely damaging and tend to weaken the hair, leading to increased hair breakage and even hair loss. Don’t panic though, we’re not saying go cold turkey, just be mindful. Give yourself perhaps two or three days a week where you try to avoid tonging, teasing or straightening. You’ll survive, we promise.

For those days when you just can’t go without, make sure to use a heat protection spray such as the Label M Protein Spray, £13.75, that works to protect from heat styling and UV rays whilst also leaving a natural, healthy shine.

Getting your hair trimmed between every 10-12 weeks is also a good move. Don’t get us wrong - it won’t make your hair grow faster (that’s an old wives' tale), but it can prevent damage from spreading further up the strand, which can lead to the appearance of slower or less healthy hair growth.

3. Invest in some powerful products

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Indulging in a deep conditioning treatment once or twice a month is also essential for ensuring strong, healthy hair growth. Try a deep re-moisturising pre-shampoo treatment conditioner such as Philip Kingsley’s multi-award winning Elasticizer, £29. Or, if you’re in need of an extra boost, the Elasticizer Extreme, £30.

Additionally, using an oil before or after washing can help improve the condition of hair and in turn help to minimise the chance of getting split or damaged ends. We recommend the award-winning Kerastase Elixir Ultime, £31.00, which can be applied before cleansing to instantly nourish and visibly regenerate hair, or before styling to leave hair supple and protected.

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For a more immediate fix it’s worth noting that the secret shortcut to longer, more luscious looking hair is by making it appear thicker. The Nioxin Hair Kit For Noticeably Thinning Hair, £19.15, is perfect for those with finer styles looking to build up volume and depth. Formulated using a unique blend of innovative technologies, this three part system works to cleanse, optimise and treat each hair strand for a fuller, more lustrous finish over a period of 30 days. The added peppermint oil and white tea extract also work to revitalise and renew the scalp, which is vital for encouraging healthy and prolonged hair growth in the future.

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Join the conversation

  • Amanda
  • July 20th 2017

I regrew my hair and you can too. -I've been bleaching my hair on and off since forever. My hair wouldn't grow any longer it would just snap off. I've dreamed about having thick, long hair. And when I say dreamed, I mean it quite literally. So i decided to do something about it. My friend suggested Biotin when we were talking about my hair loss.
I’ve tried like 4 different brands until i found that the best one for me. For me the best is www.certifiedbiotin.com my friends also use this one.
Now i’m 26 and I've been taking Biotin every day for years. My hair and nails grow SO much quicker. Hair has increased in the rate and are so long now.
Also my energy levels are high. I remember that at the beginning i did heavy cardio and interval training which helped me lose weight fast but i did not realize how biotin played a part in my weight loss until AFTER i stopped working out. I continue to take biotin every day and now that I am no longer on my diet i eat whatever i want and i don't gain weight. It appears the biotin may be keeping my metabolism to the level it was at during my training. So i highly recommend it to you.

  • Rebecca
  • November 28th 2016

@Cherry Raymonds You should calm down and not worry cause I had exactly the same problem and I found a solution for it. Doctors said everything was fine but definitely it wasn't (since my hair was growing less and less as time went by). I decided to take my hair issues into my own hands. I found out what it seemed to be the be-all end-all of hair health, and that is www.certifiedbiotin.com I have always sworn by Certified products when it comes to supplements, and I immediately purchased my biotin from here www.certifiedbiotin.com . Great quality and not only my hair would benefit from it but also my skin and my nails! I took it - and still take it - twice a day. To tell you the truth my hair didn't just recover its growth rate right from the next day but after 8-12 weeks of regular use I could see a noticeable improvement. In fact, people started giving me compliments about my hair and some friends were even asking my how was it that I achieved it.

  • Cherry
  • November 28th 2016

I have struggled with my hair for a long time now. I am quickly approaching my 30s and I have bad hair quality. Recently, I have also noticed that my hair has stopped growing as it used to. A few years ago I went to the salon on a monthly basis. Now, it takes me almost two months before I even need to cut my hair! I am desperate and I really need help right now. Hair is one of the most important parts of a woman and I don't want to give up on this one. I went to the doctors but they didn't found anything wrong with me. The exams I took showed that I am healthy and there's no reason for this to even happen to me. Please, I really need hair advice urgently!!!!!!!!!!!!

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