Wondering how to grow hair fast? I’ve got you covered!
This is pretty embarrassing for me to say but I’m 22 and my hair started falling out. My hair isn’t super thick but it was thick enough and I used to get a lot of compliments on my hair.
A few months ago my hair started falling out in small clumps and I got really worried and started doing lots of treatments and DIY hacks to get my hair thicker and have it stop falling out.
You don’t see your hair getting thicker and combatting hair fall for many, many months but what I did see, almost IMMEDIATELY, was that my hair was growing super fast. Not only was my hair growing really quickly, but I gained almost 5 inches of hair growth in just 2 months – yup, you heard me right!
If you’re wondering how to grow hair fast, then you need to read keep reading!
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1. Oils! Oils! Oils!
I grew up with my mom putting oil in my hair once a week. So when I started to see my hair fall, the first thing I did was make a concoction of my own oils.
If you are looking for ways on how to grow hair fast, then you need to start putting oils in your hair.
What Oils Should You Use for Fast Hair Growth?
There’s a lot of hair oils in the market and it can be pretty intimidating to decide which one to use and for what.
If you want your hair to grow quickly, I would recommend these oils (these are the oils I used to grow almost five inches of hair in just 2 months!):
These were the exact oils I used on my hair and I think of all the things I did to make my hair grow quickly, this was the most effective.
If you have never put oil in your hair, putting so many on might seem a bit crazy. So if you’re wondering which oils you should use as a beginner, I would definitely recommend castor oil.
Try to find as pure a oil as possible – the less added gunk the better! Look for natural oils and NOT serums. Serums with these oils usually also have a lot of other ingredients and if you’re going to be putting something on your scalp, better to be safe than sorry.
How to Put Oil in Your Hair
Oils are great for your hair, but if you want to maximize the effects of them, you should make sure you’re putting them on the right way.
- Put all the oils listed above or the oils you choose to use in a bottle and shake well to make sure all the oils get mixed together.
- The two most important places to put oil in your hair is the scalp and the ends of your hair. But if there is one part of your hair you MUST be oiling, it’s your scalp.
- For oiling your scalp, make sure to massage the oil into your scalp, in circular motions for about 5 minutes (if you can do it for longer, that’s even better! My arms usually get really tired after five minutes though lol). Massaging your scalp has been shown to promote hair growth and make the hair that does grow, to grow in thicker.
- For the ends of your hair, rub the oil in the palms of your hand and coat the ends of your hair thoroughly.
- Make sure to get the oil massaged ALL over your scalp. If there are areas where your hair grows very thin, pay extra attention to those spots. But in general, move from the front of your head to the back.
- You can keep this oil mixture in your hair for as long as you like, just make sure it’s at least 30 minutes. A lot of people even put oils in their hair the night before they wash their hair, but I don’t have the patience for that. To grow my hair I used to keep this oil mixture in my hair for about 3-4 hours before I washed my hair.
2. Hair Trims
Getting regular trims is essential for hair growth. I always notice a lot of growth after I cut my hair. And I know a lot of people hate this tip because they think they will have to cut inches off their hair when they’re trying to get inches on their hair, but this isn’t true.
How Much Hair Should You Trim for Hair Growth
You only need to trim your hair to see fast hair growth. So don’t cut off an inch, but maybe just a centimeter or even less if your hair is already healthy.
I’ve been making sure to keep my hair very healthy, so when I trim my hair I only cut the tiniest amount – probably even less than a centimeter.
But if your hair is very unhealthy and has a lot of split ends, then you will probably need to cut off more. If you have split ends, make sure to cut off all the split ends!
How Often Should You Trim Your Hair for Growth?
This is not a very specific answer, but I would say whenever you need to! I have been cutting my hair a very little amount every two weeks or so, and in two months I ended up gaining 5 inches of hair!
If you want a general answer, I would say about three months on the minimum. Try to trim your hair more often, though, especially if you use a lot of heat or have split ends.
3. Stop Blowdrying Your Hair!
I have seen a lot of articles and beauty influencers talk about all the tips and tricks they have to grow your hair fast, but no one seems to talk about this – which is crazy to me, because I think it’s a very important tip.
Most people say to stop using heat if you want to grow your hair quickly but honestly, isn’t that a bit unrealistic? I don’t know about you but my hair is unruly and can’t be tamed lol so I end up using my straightener pretty often. And I’m sure I’m not the only one like this.
But even if you are using heat on your hair, the one heat product would I definitely tell you to stay away from is your hairdryer. If you just dry your hair with the hairdryer, then it’s fine but if you blowdry your hair after you wash your hair, then you are doing a lot of damage to your hair.
How Does Blowdrying Hurt Your Hair
When you blowdry your hair, you’re tugging on your hair with the brush. This can lead to a lot of breakage, breakage that will break your hair before it even gets the chance to grow.
Imagine it this way: when you blowdry your hair you wrap the hair around the brush and pull, right? When your pull your hair you’re using a lot more force than you realize. Then on top of that force, you have the heat of the hair dryer also. This can break your hair and it may be one of the reasons you also have a lot of fly-aways.
So if you want your hair to grow much faster, then I would highly recommend skipping the blowdrying. Instead, air dry your hair or if you do use a hairdryer, don’t blow-dry your hair with a brush. This way you can still dry your hair quickly without tugging and pulling your hair. Of course, the ideal solution would be not using any heat at all on your hair but that’s a bit unrealistic for a lot of people.
4. Take Care of Your Scalp
Scalp care is so, SO underrated! If you want your hair to grow long and healthy, then you need to make sure you are taking care of your scalp.
Your hair is growing out of your scalp, so if you don’t give it the love you give the rest of your hair, then your hair won’t even be able to grow as healthy as it could be in the first place.
How to Take Care of Your Scalp
Here are the best things you can do for your scalp:
- Massage your scalp. I already talked about how you should massage oils into your massage but you should be massaging your scalp in general, too. Massaging your hair is important because it will get your blood circulating and promote hair growth. Try to massage it every night for a couple of minutes for maximum hair growth.
- Exfoliate your scalp. Exfoliating your scalp is so important and I can’t believe so many people don’t know about it! This will boost cell turnover and promote hair growth and is critical for your hair if you want it to grow super fast.
Exfoliating Your Scalp
There are two main ways to exfoliate your scalp. You can use scrubs or you can use a exfoliating brush. Here are a few options for both!
- Le Labo Scrub Shampoo – $31
- Davines Solu Sea Salt Scrub Cleanser – $42
- Pacifica Rosemary Detox Scalp Scrub – $10.99
- Renpure Apple Cider Vinegar Scalp Scrub – $17.99
- Deep Cleansing Scalp & Hair Scrub – $19.77
- Oribe Serence Scalf Exfoliating Scrub – $52.00
- Christophe Robin Scalp Scrub (for sensitive or oily scrubs) – $42.00
- OUAI Scalp and Body Scrub – $38.00
- Briogeo Scalp Revival Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo – $42.00
I use a scalp scrubber every time I wash my hair and I LOVE it! I have noticed a big difference in my hair since I started scalp scrubbing and you should definitely start it, too, if you want long, beautiful hair!
5. Derma Roll Your Scalp
Now this is a controversial one, which is why I would recommend consulting your doctor before you do this.
A derma roller is a small hand-held tool that has hundreds of little needles that you can roll on the skin to create small punctures. There has been a lot of scientific research showing that derma rolling helps with hair growth. Derma rolling has shown to be so amazing for hair growth that a lot of scientists swear by this technique!
How to Derma Roll Your Scalp
If your doctor says that it’s okay for you derma roll your scalp, then here’s how I suggest you do it!
- Make sure your derma roller is clean and has been sanitized. You will be putting this tool on your scalp and it will create small punctures, so you want to make sure it is clean and hygienic.
- For beginners, I would recommend starting off with a 0.5 mm derma roller. The needles are much smaller in this size of a roller and will work much better for someone just starting derma rolling.
- When derma rolling your hair, you should roll in four directions: vertically, horizontally, and then diagonally in both left and right directions. Roll 10 times in each direction.
- Don’t use very big sections of hair to derma roll because your hair will get caught in the roller and it might rip your hair. Be gentle and use short, swift motions.
- After you derma roll your scalp, you should put on your favorite hair oil or serum and let it sit for a bit (30 minutes to one hour) before washing your hair. Use the hair oil mixture mentioned in the first section – that’s what I do and you already know much my hair grew!
- After you derma roll, make sure to clean your roller. Soak it in acetone/rubbing alcohol for a few minutes and make sure it’s been thoroughly sanitized.
Best Derma Rollers for Your Scalp
Here are some derma rollers to get you started with derma rolling your scalp! These are all 0.25 – 0.5 mm needle derma rollers, which is what beginners should use.
- 0.25mm Derma Roller – $15.97
- 0.25mm Derma Roller – $15.97
- 6 in 1 Derma Roller (0.25mm) – $19.98
- Professional Derma Roller (0.25mm) – $17.99
6. Combining Derma Rolling and Hair Oils
This is something I have just recently started implementing into my hair routine and it has made a huge difference in how quickly my hair has been growing. While I still derma roll and oil my scalp separately as well, I now combine the two processes for maximum hair growth!
Here’s what I do: the days that I know I am going to wash my hair, I will derma roll my scalp – paying extra attention to the parts of my head where my hair is finer and thinner, like where my side part is – and then once I finish derma rolling, I will put the oils I would use on my scalp in the areas I just derma rolled. I have tried this with castor oil and seen a huge difference in how quickly my hair has been growing.
You should experiment with different oils to see what works best for you, or you might skip this tip altogether if your scalp is very sensitive.
7. Take Your Vitamins
A lot of the reason our hair may be unhealthy or not growing as long as we think it should be, is because we aren’t getting all our vitamins.
A lot of women have iron deficiencies and this may be affecting how long your hair gets. Many of the every day vitamins we need, but aren’t getting enough of, will be reflected in our hair.
If your hair is brittle, not growing, and overall not very healthy, you should definitely go to the doctor because you may not be getting the proper vitamins you need.
Best Vitamins for Hair Growth
Here are some of the best vitamins for your hair that you should try if you want to grow your hair fast. Make sure to consult a doctor!
- B-Vitamins (Biotin is the most popular one!): If you are taking Biotin, you should be very careful because in large quantities it can cause acne.
8. Brush Your Hair
I know this one sounds obvious, but hear me out! Brushing your hair is very important for increasing circulation (which promotes hair growth) and distributing the oils in your hair from your scalp to the rest of your hair.
This is extra important if you use a lot of hair products. When you use hair products like creams, sprays, and dry shampoo, it can build up in your hair, especially in your scalp, and clog your hair follicles. This will make growing your hair longer a lot more difficult.
So every night just brush your hair for a few strokes: it will redistribute your hair oils and any built-up product and help you grow your hair super long and beautiful.
Great Hair Brushes to Try
- Cala Wet-n-Dry Hair Brush – $11.50
- iBlend Hair Brush for Color and Treatments – $16.95
- Wet Brush Speed Dry Hair Brush – $40.00
- iDetangle Hair Brush – $15.75
I hope this article helps you grow your hair quickly. My hair journey has been pretty rough and these are the exact steps I used in growing almost 5 inches of hair in just 2 months!
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