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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 Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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      • (1) Research
      • (2) Deciding the topic
      • (3) Creating the outline
      • (4) Drafting the content
      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
      • (6) Revision
      • (7) etc.

      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

      2. Change Your Environment

      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

      6. Get a Buddy

      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

      Reality check:

      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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