How To Make Your Hair Grow

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I’ve had long hair for as long as I can remember. Without it I’d feel like a totally different person! I feel that my hair is a huge part of me, and I love the versatility of having long hair – I can wear it a trillion different ways and never get bored. Going from long hair to short hair is easy – all it takes is a pair of scissors and a few minutes – but the transition from short to long isn’t quite so pleasant. If you’ve decided to grow your hair out, there are a few things you can do to speed up the process. Here’s how to make your hair grow!

Take biotin

These past few weeks I keep finding myself doing a double take when I catch a glimpse of FP Jemma. Her hair is getting SO long SO quickly – and it seems that I’m not the only one who’s noticed. Her secret? Biotin. It’s a B-complex vitamin that offers benefits such a stimulating rapid hair and nail growth, aiding metabolism, and more. After seeing FP Jemma’s success with this vitamin, I think I need to try some for myself.

Biotin

Biotin for long hair

Massage your scalp

Scalp massage has been thought to aid in hair growth by stimulating blood flow to the scalp. Commit yourself to a 1-minute massage before shampooing — every time you wash you hair. Apply about a tablespoon of oil (like olive, coconut, avocado, jojoba or almond oil) to the roots of your hair and gently massage the scalp with your fingertips in circular motions. Not only will this increase blood flow, it will also offer you intense relaxation. For an even more relaxing scalp massage, add a few drops of calming essential oils, like lavender, cedarwood, and thyme.

Long brown hair

Get regular trims

I used to think this bit of advice was a myth. How could trimming the bottom of your hair possibly affect growth from the root in any way? So I took the question to my hairdresser, and finally it all made sense.  “Think of a split end as a run in a stocking,” she said. Once that run starts, it’s going to continue all the way up the stocking—and that’s the same thing that happens to your hair. The split travels all the way up the strand, causing it to become weak and break off. So it’s not that getting a trim helps your hair to grow faster — it’s that it prevents breakage from occurring at the ends of your strands, allowing you to more quickly reach your desired hair length! As an added bonus, trimming your hair keeps the ends from looking stringy and uneven, helping your locks to appear fuller.

Hair trim

Eat a healthy diet

Consuming the healthiest of foods is good for your body in so many ways – and healthy hair growth is certainly one of them. Protein and healthy fats are essential for hair growth, so make sure your meals contain a balanced amount of these! In addition, make sure to get enough iron and zinc, as a deficiency in these vitamins has been known to cause hair loss. Some foods high in iron and zinc are oysters, lentils, and oats. Vitamin C is another one to be sure to include – without it, your hair may become dull and weak, breaking easily. Some foods that you may be surprised to know are high in Vitamin C: red and green hot chili peppers; guavas; dark, leafy greens; and kiwis.

Long red hair

Do you have any tips for healthy hair growth? Please share them below!

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Comments

Kitryn -June 17, 2013, 8:11AM

Amazing .I’ve have what I would say is mid length to long hair forages now it doesn’t seem to want grow any longer but I want my hair to to be like way past the bust long. So hopefully this will work.
Thank you

onlyyummythings -June 17, 2013, 9:03AM

i have taken biotin and i agree, my hair grew up so fast!

Allie -June 17, 2013, 11:34AM

How come there are never any hair posts for curly girls? Or anyone with curly hair modeling? As a curly girl myself, it would be great to relate to.

Meg -June 17, 2013, 11:49AM

I’ve noticed that the more I cut my hair the quicker it grows. This would be great, but I have short hair and this just means more frequent visits to my stylist. :(

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Roxi -June 17, 2013, 11:50AM

Drink insane amounts of water. It’s crazy how fast my hair grows in the summer when I’m fully hydrated!

marcy -June 17, 2013, 12:55PM

try to limit exposure to heat!! i only blow dry if i have to, and try to do heat-less curls- FP did a post about it not too long ago! twist sections of your hair into little buns and pin/clip them up overnight. I also juice a lot- and i try to incorporate cucumber in most of my juices. It stimulates hair growth! I get compliments/comments about how long and fast my hair grows ALL the time.

Charlotte -June 17, 2013, 1:31PM

Seconding Allie’s comment! I’d love to see more about FP’s curly girls!

Keri -June 17, 2013, 2:11PM

I have been taking biotin sense last October and it has made my hair soooooo long. I really didnt think it would work as well as everyone was saying it does, but its true! Start right now and you wont regret it!

Sera -June 17, 2013, 4:15PM

This is a great Summer post, exactly what I’ve been longing to read

Thea -June 17, 2013, 5:38PM

coconut oil works great . massage into scalp and on split ends .

KerKrowAloha -June 17, 2013, 5:44PM

WORKS!!! For sure, have been taking it for over a year now and have noticed unbelieveable results!! DIET is always important though, especially when taking a supplement like Biotin. Keep a healthy and balanced diet while doing this and you’ll be incredibly happy :)

Jenny Ekberg -June 17, 2013, 6:26PM

WOW, this is so timely for me. I had really really long beautiful hair for all my life (I am 34). Just over a year ago, I had all my hair cut off. It was cool and pretty, like a punky pixie, but I regret it so much. Trying to grow it back out now and it is REALLY hard! Just got to the bob stage. I will never cut it off again. I am growing it until it is as long as Brigette’s :o)

Jenny Ekberg -June 17, 2013, 6:30PM

…I am getting some biotin today!!!!

Jenny Ekberg -June 17, 2013, 6:43PM

PS again. (sorry for so many posts in a row but just wanted to add this):
My colleague also had her hair cut off around the same time as me, and her hair is way longer than mine now. She has been taking LYSINE, which is an amino acid that in the body gets converted to the ones you need to build collagen, the main protein component of hair (long chains of tough protein, basically). I started taking lysine myself just recently so I can’t tell if it works for me yet but it seems to have worked for her…

U. -June 17, 2013, 8:36PM

Please beware, biotin may cause acne as a side effect for some people. It can also stimulate growths of hair in other areas. I know tons of people it has worked for and others who have broken out all over their face with acne. It all depends on how your
reacts to it. Biotin also helps with nail growth.

Autumn -June 17, 2013, 10:42PM

I have had 11 1/2inches cut off from my hair TWICE. My hair is now past my chest. My secret is prenatal vitamins. I’m only 22(no kids) but the vitamins have lots of nutrients I miss out on since I am a picky eater. Loaded with Vitamin A, B,C,D,E and folic acid, one a day for about 6 months. You will see results in the first month! Oh, and those regular trims help tremendously.

XX -June 17, 2013, 10:49PM

I don’t think FP should be giving advice on what supplements to take.

ronnie -June 18, 2013, 12:38AM

Keratin treatments! I had my thyroid removed last year and my hair got so thin. My hairdresser cut my hair to the shoulders and we did treatments. It’s awesome!

Wicked Lovely -June 18, 2013, 12:46AM

I know this might sound crazy but if you have spare birth control pills or can get them for cheap or free you crush them and put them in your shampoo and conditioner…works like a charm! They are a little hard to crush so just put them in a ziploc and crush them with a hammer or something

amanda -June 18, 2013, 12:56AM

Green tea! Thank me later

Kia -June 18, 2013, 12:57AM

More posts for curly girls!! Or really at least one,FP!

Kaylaa -June 18, 2013, 1:22AM

Cold showers and dry shampoo! It seriously works. Shampooing constantly strips your hair of its natural healthy oils stalling growth. Cold showers help keep in these healthy oils and prevent breakage as well as stimulate growth! I’m a curly girl and I’ve been trying to grow my hair out for ages and with this I saw the best results!

Lynn -June 18, 2013, 1:43AM

Real Mayo Works Wonders On Dry Frizzy, Over Processed Hair….Leave It On As Long As U Can Stand It, Then Use A Good Shampoo And Light Cond…U Will B Surprised!

Chanel Foxworth -June 18, 2013, 2:34AM

My brother is a hair stylist and here is his advice that works for me: Don’t brush or comb it when it’s wet and don’t twist it up into a towel. It pulls and breaks the strands of the hair. Just blot as much as you can. Wash as little as you can manage. Get regular conditioning treatments. And Kerastase does wonders. You don’t have to get an inch off when getting trims, just have the stylist do a “dusting”. Thanks!

Ana -June 18, 2013, 3:12AM

Shampoo for horses. It will make your hair grow super fast and healthy, plus it smells good. ;)

May -June 18, 2013, 4:30AM

My hair is long but the amount of hair is so little. Maybe I can try this idea and become more beautiful!

Stefenie -June 18, 2013, 8:16AM

I feel like my hair stops growing after a certain point — it’s so frustrating! I’ll have to check some of these tips out, although I’m worried about biotin causing acne, like someone else mention up thread.

Also, yes please to more curls! I love your hair posts, but it’s always just focused on straight hair/waves!

Kristen -June 18, 2013, 9:52AM

As a hairstylist, I can say that these are really great tips, just make sure if you are using essential oils you shampoo your hair really thoroughly or it can make your hair a little greasy, OR if you don’t want to get essential oils simply massage your hair with conditioner in. Here’s a few tips that I’ve learned over the years:

~for curly haired girls, sometimes it may seem that your hair stops growing at a certain phase (and sometimes it does depending on your hair growth pattern) it may be because curly hair shrinks up, so for every three inches it grows, while it’s curly it only grows an inch, another thing that may contribute to that is curly hair is naturally more dry than other hair so it’s more prone to breakage, I’d suggest deep conditioning once to twice a week depending on how much you use heat on your hair and also making sure to keep a leave-in conditioner in

~don’t wash your hair every day, i try to wash my hair a maximum of three times a week, not because I’m dirty, but because washing your hair every day is stripping your hair of the natural oils your scalp produces, making more dry, frizzy, hair that’s prone to breakage. if you have hair that’s more on the greasy side then just make sure to invest in a dry shampoo

~you’d be surprised, but the shampoo and conditioner makes all the difference. cheap shampoo and conditioners tend to be watered down with lots of detergents and harsh chemicals that can affect the delicate ph of your hair. so next time your stylist recommends a shampoo/conditioner that might be a little bit on the pricier side don’t turn it down right away, I’m telling you that little splurge will make all the difference (i recently bought shampoo and conditioner that cost me 40 bucks and it lasted 6 months)

~try to relax on the heat, a natural look is very in right now so put down the blow drier/straightener/curling iron/whatever for a couple days a week and give your hair a breather, your hair will thank you for it

~TAKE YOUR VITAMINS, I can’t stress this to people enough, not many people today have the time or patience to eat a balanced healthy diet, and sometimes it shows in your hair, so prenatal vitamins work wonders, or if you just want to see results in your hair, biotin, I’ve heard so many people praise this, but keep in mind it makes hair grow EVERYWHERE

~lastly, test out some home remedies, like mayonnaise and egg, etc. they’ve been known to work wonders, just do your research and i’m sure it’s guaranteed to work wonders

if none of these work, and you still want those long locks, just get extensions, but make sure to talk to your stylist about which one is right for you – I hope these helped!

cc -June 18, 2013, 10:50AM
Katherine -June 18, 2013, 12:33PM

Tresemme Anti-Breakage Shampoo & Conditioner.

Seriously. Get it. It’s like $6 each and amazing. I have SUPER thick hair and the conditioner is rich enough to chill out my locks. Both shampoo and conditioner have B12 and Gelatin — which both make hair AND nails grow like crazy and super strong!

thinkaboutit -June 18, 2013, 5:34PM

i also do not think fp should be giving supplement advice. unless you are a licensed health coach, you should be a little more cautious with suggesting things to ingest.

Sarah -June 19, 2013, 5:00PM

Thinkaboutit and XX – Biotin is a perfectly safe vitamin that you can buy anywhere, it is not prescription…Also, it is just advice. Therefore, as a free thinking individual I think you (and everyone else) can decide for yourself whether to take it or not.

Morgan -June 19, 2013, 6:40PM

Use professional products! I am a hairstylist my self and Kristen gave great advice. If you use heat always use heat protectant and always use an oil like Moroccan oil or Paul Mitchell styling treatment oil. They are light weight so they won’t make your hair greasy or weighed down like olive oil or coconut. Drink lots of water!!!!

Bárbara Godinho -June 20, 2013, 8:46AM

Hello, how are you? I am an avid reader of the blog and I was delighted with these tips. Tell me, as I live in Portugal, when they want to buy products from other countries, use the amazon. You advise me to use to buy this supplement? How many pills did you take per day?

kiss Barbara

Anna -June 28, 2013, 11:58PM

Coconut oil! The kind you get at the grocery store for cooking :) Seriously, it’s a well-kept secret and a natural moisturizer. Just root-to-tip 20 minutes a day, a few times a week!

Julie -July 5, 2013, 11:54PM

all you people who have had success with biotin I am jealous. I have been taking it for a year and it hasd done nothing. I get my hair cut regularly messges my scaple do all tha things I am supposed to do. The more I get it trimmed the shorter it looks. I now don’t go as often to get it trimmed. What can I do to get my hair to grow?

Anonymous -July 22, 2013, 3:06PM

All of these girls have perfectly straight, long hair.
My hair is incredibly curly. Especially in humidity. It’d be great if us curly haired girls had something to relate to.

Jessica -July 22, 2013, 3:07PM

I absolutely agree with the commenter above.
We have nothing to relate to!!

fp brigette -July 22, 2013, 5:45PM

Jessica – The girls in the photos all work in our office — many of them have long, straight/wavy hair. These tips are for all hair types! You can certainly do all of these steps no matter if your hair is curly, straight, long, or short! :)

jill -July 23, 2013, 2:17PM

Do you think if I crush up biotin an put it in my shampoo it would work faster

Lisa -July 30, 2013, 3:28PM

The vitamin Hair, Skin and Nails in the supplement aisle also works. I donated 17.5 inches of my hair in 2010. Previously below my waist, the cut took it to my chin. I have naturally curly hair so it shrunk up like little orphan annie. (My hair is red). By 2012 it had only hit right at my shoulder blades. I started taking Hair, Skin and nails once daily and doing deep scalp treatments of honey, lemon juice, mixed with pure olive oil.1Tblsp each. Then using a cheap (suave, tres semme, vidal sasson) shampoo and conditioner every 3 days

Lisa -July 30, 2013, 3:35PM

And washing my hair only at night before bed. In 6 months time my hair grew about a foot. In the 10 months i have been doing this my hair went from my shoulders to my below my waiist (straightened it is mid butt). Do it will work. As everyone said already try not to use a lot of heat. Dries out your hair. Dont keep it in a pony all the time. Causes breakage. And i dont have the youth factor as so many others do. I am 47. So taking the extra supplement is even better. Keep your body hydrated. Cut back on junk food. The healthier you are, the healthier your hair will be and the more likely it will be to grow. :)

ray -August 1, 2013, 4:29PM

Great advice! A lot of folks tend to try and find some miracle cure for this, when the best thing you can do is to make sure to eat healthy, hydrate, and prevent damage to your hair in the first place

Lucy H -September 18, 2013, 5:18AM

Thanks for this – I would recommend Viridian’s Ultimate Beauty Complex as it’s got Iron, Vit C, Biotin, Horsetail etc, all super for hair and skin. I take two a day.

I am sadly at that annoying stage where the ends creep past my armpits and decide to wither – I can’t help but reach the scissors! But I want it to my waist :-( The rest of it is mega strong and shiny though!

I never blow dry / straighten, always do overnight oil treatments and use Aveda shampoo & conditioner. Hopefully soon I’ll be able to just let it grow!

Madeleine -October 5, 2013, 10:20PM

I just want to through a word of caution in here – I recently tried taking biotin to help my hair grow. I thought nothing could go wrong, since there’s no known toxicity. Unfortunately, about a week later I realized that the biotin was what was causing my sudden and mysterious acne, anxiety, stomach pains, and diarrhea! So be aware! It helps a lot of people, but even vitamins and supplements that are harmless can still be rather uncomfortable for some : )

Kristy -October 7, 2013, 10:56PM

a few things I do to keep my hair shiny and healthy (and long), is take supplements and apply a scalp treatment. I also wash my hair once a week and when I do, I first start by applying eucalyptus oil to the scalp. This oil is very good for all of the senses, since it carries a pretty strong minty scent. It’s also good to breathe it in as you’re applying since it invigorates the senses. Furthermore, as you apply the eucalyptus oil to your scalp, you can feel it working. The oil begins to tingle your scalp, leaving it minty fresh and prepping it for the shampoo and rinse. I do this and I also apply olive/tea tree oil to the scalp. This helps to replenish lost moisture in your hair. I had tried biotin in the past, but I have had a bad reaction to it, and even though it was yielding desired results of longer hair, I soon had to stop. In place of biotin, I take vitamin C and fish oil daily and I have seen a significant improvement in my hair as far as texture, strength and length. Also, staying hydrated is very important. I drink lots of green tea and stay away from sugary drinks. Finally, contrary to popular belief, it is not necessary to wash your hair every day or every other day. Although every person is different, once a week will suffice.

Fanny -October 17, 2013, 4:31PM

My best piece of advice is “PRENATAL VITAMINS” This is the only thing that has worked for me. I have curly hair and I am sure this can work for anyone or any hair type. Prenatal vitamins or at least the one I took Rx only has lots of nutrients including Biotin. I am still taking them and so far my hair keeps growing, I just need to take care of some split ends :-( oh well I wish I could have it all but in life doesn’t always work that way…but as far as helping your hair grow this has been the best thing for me.

Good luck!
Fanny

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Curlychick -October 26, 2013, 10:24PM

Nobody seems to know how to make curly hair look good and get long, so will following these steps make it grow as fast as straight hair?

dianni -November 5, 2013, 9:44AM

Hi mi,y names dianni im 13:y.o. i have long brown hair its down to my hip ask morevand ill tell u from d

Amanda -November 10, 2013, 6:02AM

Honestly not gonna lie. I hate my hair. But lately ive been taking cold showers and having omega3 or fishoils and it helps my scalp with its daily vitamins and all have a protein shake (bananas,blueberries,almond milk,protein mix) my hair got a little longer im gonna keep it up and see what happens.
My science teacher also told me that takkng to much vitamins and proteins wont help because the body eliminates the extra vitamins and protein it dosnt need.

Ibrahim hauwa -January 1, 2014, 3:25PM

How can i get dis biotin?

Mariah -January 3, 2014, 12:59AM

Hello. I am 15 almost 16 years old. I had cut my hair up to my chin when I was 11 years old. My hair is now barely past my shoulders. I converted to Apostolic~Pentecostal about 2 years ago. Is there any way I could help my hair with out trimming it? Cutting my hair in any way(trimming as well) is against my religion and I don’t want to go against it. Please feel free to email me any advice or ways to help it grow at:

mherrera1955girl@yahoo.com

robbie -January 8, 2014, 1:43PM

hey my name is robbie i have now been takeing biotin for 6 months i have seen so many changes with my hair and also my legs are alot more harryer my hair is now 2 too 3 inces long it is also very shiny and looks more colorful i have light brown hair its mostly curly as most of you were saying and also i feel so much more stofter on all areas of my skin however its more vibrant and more like glowing type skin i have very tan skin i am 50 percent aribic and a quater of german also a quarter of american i live in jacksonville florda i love biotin its changed all of my looks its the best thing ever envented godbless all of you all and i really hope you all also can get the same changes like i did bye the way i am not a girl i am a male age 22 thanks too good luck my freinds

Yelena -January 14, 2014, 6:17PM

COCONUT OIL THATS IT!!!!!!! as long as it’s vergin it is the polenesian women’s secret to keeping their gray hair away to make their black hair stay black. I SWEAR by it I have highlighted hair & it feels like MAGIC every time I use it. Once a week put it all over scalp & hair brush it with colmb gently so all hair gets it n either leave it go 30min or over night with a bag or cap n wash it off with clarifying shampoo like Joico or any other one n style u get a lot of VOLUME!!!! Saved my hair. U can use it to wash make up off n as a lotion on skin.

alma -February 8, 2014, 6:04AM

wow

Jason Neman -February 16, 2014, 7:01PM

Great tips for healthy hair growth. Thanks for taking your time posting this. Hope this could be helpful to many. Again, thank you.

Heather -February 23, 2014, 3:18PM

Any tips for greasy hair it’s only gotten greasy since taking my prescribed tablets any good shampoos n conditioners I could use?

Panesha -February 24, 2014, 2:13PM

Will it grow my hair?

Panesha -February 24, 2014, 2:14PM

Interresting do is work for everyone? Every hiar type? Will it grow my hair?

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saloni -March 4, 2014, 3:29AM

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Anonymous -March 12, 2014, 7:17AM

i am 13 yrs girl please tell me a tip easy tip of long hair

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Anonymous -April 10, 2014, 2:58AM

My friend has hair that is longer than her knee I’m so jealous HELP

joanna -April 11, 2014, 9:44PM

I have curly hair and take a handful of vitamin every day. And my hair grew 3″ in like 3 months. I wash my hair every other day and
use all types of products from the hair stylist to maintain the frizz. I take biotin 1000-5000 mcg, b-complex, and vitamin c, vitamin d3, and also give myself a b 12 shot monthly. Hope this help. I also have rosesa.

traci -April 13, 2014, 3:58PM

I love your advice, whether curly hair or straight it is good advice. I also use the oils like avocado and almond and massage my scalp daily. I add lemon essential oil to my ovation or conditioner weekly sometimes I trade lemon for peppermint..mmmm sooo soothing lol

Marie -May 14, 2014, 7:50PM

Can I put biotin capsules in my shampoo and conditioner?

Roy Thompson -May 15, 2014, 9:03AM

For some time now I have been experimenting with natural and organic remedies. I have now for some time encouraged new growth on what was my 85% bald head. I am absolutely ecstatic, I feel that I must be the only man in the world that can regrow my hair naturally. I have encouraged two other people to try this product and it is also working for them with new hair growth My wife and her friend also used this product in place of shampoo, and it has a nice effect, the hsir is healthy and shiny, even more it appears to be reducing the grey hairs, firstly it was making the grey hairs not so wiry, softening them up ,after a couple of uses we couldn’t believe our eyes they were definitely “less Grey” and returning to their original hair colour. This is a truthful and honest statement. Can anybody advise me to turn this into a commercial product,. I am based in Western Australia

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Bethelhem -June 27, 2014, 2:22PM

I want my hair to grow so badly. Where can I get biotin?

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