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How to Grow Hair Faster: 10 Proven Ways for Healthier and Stronger Hair

How to Grow Hair Faster: 10 Proven Ways for Healthier and Stronger Hair

On average, everyone grows about a half an inch of hair every month. Although genetic factors can contribute to individual differences, it is not as significant as we think.[1]

There is no proven scientific formula to accelerate or stimulate hair growth.  What you see on Youtube telling anyone that they can make their hair longer by 3-4 inches in only a few weeks is misleading.

Anyone who seems to have their hair grown faster is just because their hair has thicker texture and grows in higher density. When your hair becomes thicker and denser, it will look longer too.

Here I have 10 suggestions to treat your hair in the proper way and get the essential nutrients for healthy hair growth.

1. Massage your scalp

Massaging your scalp can improve the blood circulation in your head and stimulate the activity of your hair follicles. When more of your follicles become active, you can grow more hair and thus your hair looks longer.

Here are two ways you can do it: rubbing your scalp with essential oil, or the inversion method that is recommended by many beauty bloggers.

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Directions of essential oil massage:

  1. Prepare either one of these essential oils: peppermint, tea tree oil or lemon oil
  2. Warm up the oil you prepare
  3. Massage your scalp with the oil for 20 minutes
  4. Leave the oil in your hair for another 30 minutes
  5. Rinse out the oil in the end

Directions of inversion method:

  1. Sit on a chair and flip your hair over so your head is positioned under your heart
  2. Massage your scalp with your finger tips for 5 minutes
  3. Rub the front, back and sides of your scalp in circular motion

2. Trim your ends regularly

This may sound counter-intuitive at the first glance. But it’s crucial to ensure that your hair grows healthily. When the ends of your hair splits, they will entangle each other and finally die off. Cutting a little part of your hair can make your hair healthier in the long term.

For how much to be taken off, it depends on how your split ends looks like:

    ▲ (Left) Dust your hair when the ends look a bit loose vs (Right) Trim your hair when the ends become uneven and brittle

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    This video will tell you what to pay attention to when trimming your ends:

    3. Use conditioner more often than shampoo

    Many of us shampoo our hair when we shower, thinking that washing away dirt is good for our hair. But shampoo also takes away the natural oils on our head which is essential to keep our hair soft. Our hair will then become drier and weaker.

    It’s best to limit the use of shampoo to no more than twice a week. Use conditioner whenever you wash your hair. Conditioner helps repair the damaged particles in your hair and keep it strong.

    4. Apply egg mask treatment at least once a month

    Eggs can benefit your hair growth a lot as they contain abundant protein which helps strengthen hair follicles.[2] The rich moisture in the hair mask can protect the hair from becoming dry and thin.

    Directions:[3]

    1. Crack an egg into a bowl and whisk it until it becomes smooth.
    2. Pour in the yogurt and whisk it with the egg until the mixture becomes creamy.
    3. Apply it to your wet hair for 20 minutes.
    4. Wash your hair to rinse out the mask.

    5. Don’t put your hair in a bun too often

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      Don’t have a hair bun too often, or make it too tight when you tie up your hair.  Over time structural damage to your hair will cause the fragile strands will break.

      Even if you’re not especially fond of this hair style, you may like wrapping your hair in your bath towel after your shower. This is as damaging as making a hair bun because your hair will get entangled.  When you brush your hair, the fragile strands will be more prone to breaking as well.

      6. Take Omega-3 Fatty Acids

      Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties. They prevent inflammation of the hair follicles, which is a common cause of hair loss.[4] Omega-3 fats also protect the cells in the body and keep your scalp healthy.

      To reap the benefits of omega-3 fats, eat fatty fish such as salmon, herring, or anchovies twice a week. If you’re not a fan of fish, you can also take fish oil capsules.

      Madre Labs Omega-3 Premium Fish Oil, $7

      7. Get more Protein

      Proteins are the essential building blocks of hair.[5] Eating enough protein is important to maintaining a high replacement rate of hair. Otherwise, you will begin losing hair faster than it is replaced, making hair loss more noticeable.

      Meat, poultry, fish and seafood are all good sources of protein. But if you’re a vegetarian, you can incorporate wholegrains, beans, nuts and seeds into your diet to get enough protein.

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      8. Boost Vitamins A & C intake

      Vitamin C helps your hair stay moisturized and protects it from breakage.[6] Its anti-oxidant property also protects your hair from damage caused by free radicals.[7] Both vitamins A and C are responsible for protecting and repairing bodily tissues, including hair tissues.[8]

      Foods such as dark leafy greens, liver, eggs, and dairy are rich in vitamin A. You can easily get vitamin C from fresh fruit and vegetables, such as berries, kiwi, tomatoes. So don’t forget your 5 a day!

      Now Foods Vitamin A – 250 Softgels, $10.31

      Now Foods Vitamin C with Rose Hips and Bioflavonoids – 250 Tablets, $14.90

      9. Get some Biotin

      Biotin is a form of vitamin B. [9] In rare cases of biotin deficiency, hair loss may be a problem.

      While available in capsules, biotin is also found in foods such as soybeans, beef liver, and butter.

      Now Foods Biotin – 120 Veg Capsules, $8.94

      10. Drink more water

      Staying hydrated is important to hair health.  Severe dehydration can stop hair growth,[10] and dry hair tends to break more easily. Drinking enough water can keep hair cells healthy.

      Keeping your body hydrated is easy: just drink enough water every day! But there are tricks to keep your hair hydrated, such as blow-drying your hair less often and at a lower heat setting, and avoiding hair products that contain silicones and sulfates.[11]

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      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

      1. Work on the small tasks.

      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

      2. Take a break from your work desk.

      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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      3. Upgrade yourself

      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

      4. Talk to a friend.

      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

      7. Read a book (or blog).

      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

      8. Have a quick nap.

      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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      9. Remember why you are doing this.

      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

      10. Find some competition.

      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

      11. Go exercise.

      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

      12. Take a good break.

      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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