How to Make Your Hair Grow Faster

Five Methods:Follow a Healthy Hair DietPromote Growth by Minimizing StressAddress Possible Health IssuesMinimize Styling DamageTry a Hair Growth Supplement or Medication

Long, healthy hair is a sign of beauty, vitality, and youth. Whether you’re anxious to get movie-star-caliber locks, combating problems with hair growth, or simply trying to put a catastrophic haircut behind you, there are a variety of natural and medicinal strategies you can use. The information below outlines steps you can take today to help your hair grow faster.

Method 1
Follow a Healthy Hair Diet

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    Eat a balanced amount of protein every day. Protein is essential for healthy hair growth. Just make sure you eat the right amount.
    • Hair is largely composed of keratin, a protein made up of amino acids. To grow new hair, your body must produce more amino acids, which it can only do from consuming protein.[1] Because hair needs these ingredients to promote hair growth using additional over the counter products can sometimes give that extra boost of nutrients and proteins and even promote faster hair growth.[citation needed]
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    • Healthy protein sources include lean meat, fish, eggs, nuts, beans, and soy products. Ensuring you have enough protein in your daily diet, the protein will literally give your body the building blocks for new hair growth.
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    Be sure to eat adequate amounts of iron and zinc. Iron and zinc deficiencies[2] can lead to poor hair health or even hair loss in addition to conditions such as anemia.
    • Iron is essential for the transmission of oxygen to your cells (including your hair follicles) and helps your body use protein to build strong hair.[3] Animal sources, such as lean meats, poultry, and eggs are most readily absorbed by your body, but good vegetarian sources include beans, lentils, tofu, and soybeans.
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    • Zinc helps your body grow and repair tissue, such as your hair, and keeps the oil glands around your hair follicles working as they should. Get your zinc from peanut butter, lean meat, oysters and crab, poultry, pumpkin seeds, or chickpeas.
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    • If you have a zinc or iron deficiency, you may need supplements that should only be taken under the direction of a health professional. Many people can achieve healthy levels of iron and zinc by eating the above-mentioned foods or by consuming fortified grain products, such as cereal, bread, and pasta.
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    Don't cut fat out of your diet. Healthy fats are indispensable to hair growth. Without fat in your diet, your body cannot maintain healthy hair.
    • Fat is also very important to the body because it helps it assimilate vitamins that are necessary for hair growth, like Vitamins A, D, E, and K.[4]
    • Be sure to limit your fat into to a healthy level and focus on unsaturated fats and fatty acids such as Omega 3.
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    Make sure you meet your recommended daily intake of Vitamin C. Having a Vitamin C deficiency can cause dry, dull, and weak hair that is prone to breakage.[5]
    • Your body uses Vitamin C to build collagen, a fiber essential to the production of new hair cells. Without Vitamin C, your body will also have a hard time absorbing iron, so it's doubly important to make sure you get your daily dose, particularly in combination with iron-rich foods.
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    • Good sources of Vitamin C include citrus fruits, pineapples, strawberries, guava, broccoli, kale, and peppers.
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    Take B vitamins to avoid hair loss. Anecdotally, B vitamin supplements and topical applications have gained a significant following among those trying to speed up hair growth.
    • Though there is little scientific evidence that increased consumption of B Vitamins such as riboflavin and biotin actually leads to healthier hair, deficiencies of these vitamins can lead to hair loss or thinning.[6][7] Consult with your physician before taking any supplements since hair loss could be a result of something other than a Vitamin B deficiency.
    • Good sources of B vitamins include seafood, spinach, oatmeal and other whole grains, soybean products, lean dairy, lean meats, bananas, lentils, potatoes (with the skin), peas, beets, broccoli, and artichokes.
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    Have realistic expectations about your dietary changes. What you eat will not affect the hair that has already grown, but it will affect new growth. Dietary effects on hair may take up to 6 months to be visible even though changing your diet may begin affecting the growth of hair in a much shorter time period.[citation needed]

Method 2
Promote Growth by Minimizing Stress

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    Maintain good general health and avoid stress. Eat well, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep to reduce general physical stress levels. Intense physical or emotional stress can cause hair growth to slow or shut down completely. In severe cases, stress can cause hair loss.[citation needed]
    • Extended fatigue, dietary deficiencies, and sleep deprivation can trigger your body to go into a survival mode where it exclusively devotes its energy to maintaining essential bodily functions and organ repair, leaving your hair malnourished and unprotected from damage and loss.[8]
    • When your body has adequate stores of nutrients required for healthy hair and does not need to devote energy and nutrients to simply keeping you awake, it can utilize those nutrients to build and protect your hair. The better your nutrition and general health, the more likely your body will be able to construct healthy hair quickly.
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    Identify specific physical stressors. Certain physical stressors, such as excessive dietary supplementation or overuse of certain over-the-counter medications, physical trauma, and hyperactivity can stress the body to the point of shutting down hair production and growth.[9]
    • If you are experiencing one of these factors, address the physical condition to reduce strain on your body before focusing on promoting swift hair growth. Slow or unhealthy hair growth or hair loss may be signs that your body needs to heal itself in another area before devoting nutrients and energy to quickly constructing hair.
    • In many cases, hair growth will return to previous rates after recovery or following the removal of the physical stressor. For instance, someone suffering from the physical trauma of a car accident may notice slow hair growth for several months, but once the wounds have healed (and emotional stress is also addressed), hair growth should return to normal.
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    Learn how to effectively manage emotional stress. Emotionally stressful events, such as the loss of a loved one, a change in employment, feeling a lack of security, or worrying about not having a safe place to live, can all cause slowed or halted hair growth until the body is able to adjust. Removing emotional and psychological stressors can help give your body the environment it needs to produce healthy and rapid hair growth.
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    Be patient. It may take several months to see visible slowing of hair growth or even hair loss because of extreme or chronic stress, but that doesn't mean that stress levels should be ignored. It generally takes many months to repair the damage that stress inflicts on your hair so the sooner you start reducing your stress levels and learning how to relax on a daily basis, the better chance you'll have of promoting faster hair growth.

Method 3
Address Possible Health Issues

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    Make sure your slow hair growth or hair loss is not caused by a medical problem. If you have a medical condition or prolonged illness, prescription medication, substance abuse disorder, eating disorder, genetic or family history, or other serious medical situation that may be causing slow hair growth or hair loss, consult a physician before beginning any hair growth regimens. In some cases, resolving an underlying medical condition can help hair growth return to normal or speed up.[10]
    • Discuss with your doctor or pharmacist whether your health condition may cause slow hair growth, thinning, or hair loss. Some diseases, such as diabetes or lupus, can cause problems with hair growth, and certain individuals experience the loss of clumps or large portions of their hair.
    • If you are suffering from a chronic health condition that has this side effect, discuss possible methods for preventing hair loss with a doctor before beginning over-the-counter hair growth treatments or significantly altering your diet. Certain hair growth supplements or dietary change efforts may negatively impact your health because of your current condition.
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    Ask a physician or pharmacist if your medication may be the culprit. Birth control pills, heart medications, gout treatments, blood pressure medications, arthritis pills, and depression medications can cause hair loss or growth problems. If hair loss or thinning is a side effect you have noticed, inform your doctor and discuss a possible change in prescription.
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    Get checked for a scalp infection. Scalp infections, such as ringworm, can infect the skin on your scalp and slow or prevent healthy hair growth.
    • If you suspect you have this or another fungal infection, discuss using an oral or topical anti-fungal medication to treat the condition before focusing on hair growth treatments. In many cases, once ringworm is treated, hair begins to grow normally again.
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    Avoid highly restrictive diets unless advised by a physician. Eating disorders, restrictive fad diets, crash diets, fasting, and certain nutrition-related illnesses can cause slow hair growth and even hair loss. If your nutrition is sub-optimal due to any of these conditions, discuss proper nutrition with a physician or dietitian before beginning hair growth regimens.
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    Ask your healthcare provider whether your hair issues may be caused by hormonal fluctuations or imbalances.
    • Hormonal changes, such as menopause, a change in birth control use, pregnancy or childbirth, thyroid problems, or elevated levels of testosterone, can cause hair thinning, loss, or slow hair growth.[9] In many cases, balancing your hormones will return hair growth to normal.
    • Growth naturally slows with age,[11] so if that your hair loss is caused solely by natural hormonal changes related to age, maximizing hair growth through diet and nutrition is the best treatment.

Method 4
Minimize Styling Damage

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    Style your hair in moderation. Hair may begin to grow more slowly or may even fall out more frequently when certain styling techniques are used, making hair appear to grow more slowly overall. Frequently styling and cleaning your hair in harsh ways may cause hair loss, thinning, or damage.[12] Although occasional use of the following techniques may not cause problems, repeated use of or the regular combination of multiple techniques below may exacerbate damage. In most cases, this damage is reversible, but because hair grows slowly it will take time to restore your hair's natural health if you regularly used these styling methods.
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    Avoid perming, crimping, chemically or mechanically straightening, curling, and bleaching or repeatedly coloring hair. These treatments can weaken hair strands and stress hair follicles, leading to increased hair breakage and even hair loss. Hot styling tools can cause damage very quickly, so air dry or manually style hair whenever possible.
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    Brush or comb hair no more than twice per day. Excessive or improper brushing and combing can pull hair out prematurely, preventing quick and natural gains in hair length that gentler or less frequent brushing may allow.
    • Avoid pulling harshly or detangling without the assistance of a conditioner or detangling spray.
    • Always hold hair in one hand, if it is long enough, while brushing or combing with the other to prevent pulling hair out from the root.
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    Do not use rubber bands to hold hair back or to style hair. The rubber can snag the hair and cause it to break or dislodge at the root.
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    Avoid hairstyles that pull hair tightly, such as cornrows and tight ponytails. These styles can put stress on the hair follicle and damage or break your hair at the root or further down the strand. Ask your hairdresser for alternate style options that will reduce the pull on your roots, minimize the need for hair treatments and hot styling tools, and reduce opportunities for hair breakage.
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    Choose hair products carefully and follow proper hair hygiene. Keeping hair clean and healthy allows your hair to continue growing and reduces breakage and loss.
    • Most people should not wash their hair more than 3 or 4 times per week. African Americans and those with curly, dry, or coarse hair may need to wash their hair even less frequently, as natural oils are essential for strong and healthy hair. Oily haired people should wash hair more often but should not over-wash their hair as that makes the condition worse. Over-washing can cause hair to lose moisture, leaving it prone to breakage and split ends. A dry shampoo like Batiste takes care of the oiliness while giving hair volume and shine.
    • Using oils like coconut, avocado, almond, olive, or jojoba in the hair before or after washing really does improve the condition in hair and minimizes your chance of getting splitting hair or damaged hair. Using some oil on the ends of your hair before applying heat styling tools helps to keep the ends healthy. Try experimenting with some oils and see which one is right for you.
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    Other oils such as argan oils have been known to condition hair without leaving residue . Applying oils on the scalp can also clog the follicle which in turn can cause itchy scalp or even slow down the hair regrowth process.[citation needed]
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    Trim your hair. Regularly trimming hair to remove split ends (at most every 10 to 12 weeks) can help prevent split hairs from traveling further up the strand, weakening the hair and making it prone to breakage. Trimming hair does not promote faster growth, but will help prevent hair damage that can lead to the appearance of split ends or less healthy hair growth.

Method 5
Try a Hair Growth Supplement or Medication

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    Consider an over-the-counter or prescription hair growth treatment. In most cases, medications are not necessary for improving hair growth (and may even have adverse or unnoticeable effects). Many people will be able to achieve faster, healthier hair growth by regulating their diet, behavior, and stress levels. If your hair loss or slow hair growth has a medical cause or if you have tried natural methods without success, however, you may be a candidate for hair growth medication or supplements.[13] Before beginning any of the treatments below, including the herbal remedies, it is important to consult a physician or health professional.
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    Try a homeopathic remedy for hair growth. Although many natural therapies for hair growth are anecdotally recommended for hair growth, they have not been scientifically demonstrated to increase hair growth.
    • Supplements and natural treatments such as biotin, masques and creams made of household foods and oils, herb waters, and vitamin or mineral supplements may help some individuals achieve faster hair growth.
    • In some cases, such treatments may promote healthy hair through topical application, but there is incomplete evidence to suggest such treatments help hair grow faster.
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    Buy Rogaine at a drugstore. Rogaine (minoxidil) is the only over-the-counter (non-prescription) topical treatment shown to increase hair growth and prevent hair loss in some people, and it is safe for both men and women to use.
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    Ask your doctor about corticosteroid injections or ointments, Finasteride, Anthralin, or other prescription-strength drugs.
    • Corticosteroid ointments or injections are available through physician offices for certain causes of hair loss, and have been shown to stimulate hair growth in some patients.
    • If you have a diagnosed hair loss condition such as alopecia, prescriptions like Finasteride or Anthralin may speed up hair growth but must only be used as prescribed. Women should not take Finasteride.

See What You Learned

Make Your Hair Grow Faster Quiz


  • Make sure you're drinking enough water, it's very important when it comes to healthy hair growth.
  • It is important to know what the type of hair that you have is. It is important to know when the hair is too dry or too oily. It is easy to not know what type of hair you have and end up using the wrong hair care products that can damage the hair permanently.
  • Protection for the hair also means protecting it from too much rain or too much sun. Many people are ignorant of the fact that even the elements can severely affect the hair. Too much or too little exposure to the sun can be harmful while a good amount of the sun lightens up the hair. It is important to balance the two.
  • Never brush your hair when it's wet let it dry a little first.
  • When hair is healthy, about 90% of it is growing at any given time, while the other 10% is resting. After a few months of resting, healthy hair naturally falls out to make room for new hair. When new growth begins, healthy hair will grow about half an inch per month.
  • Regularly trimming hair is a good way to achieve good looks and also good hair health. It is a good way to rejuvenate the hair by frequently getting rid of the dead ends of the hair. Regularly trimming hair gets rid of split ends.
  • If you put coconut oil in your hair it makes it softer and grow faster.
  • Purchase quality hair care tools. Natural materials are better than synthetic, but not all natural material tools are equal. Inspect combs, brushes, and accessories for sharp, rough, or uneven edges, seams, and fasteners that could scrape, snag, or otherwise damage your hair strands. Choose well crafted (if a product claims to be "hand finished", you're on the right track, but inspect anyway!) in favor of inexpensive, and keep items clean so they will last. It may be a "splurge", but in the long term, it's an investment that is beyond worth it if you want your long locks to be In their absolute best condition.
  • Homemade topical treatment recipes can help strengthen and moisturize hair to prevent breakage. Overuse may cause damage or build-up, however, so be sure to continue using clarifying shampoos and let hair rest several days between treatments.
  • Do not dye your hair! Every time you do this it dries out your hair and strips the natural elements that make it soft and smooth. This will cause your hair to be tough.
  • Do not ever use a hair brush on wet hair! Use a comb, preferably wide-tooth, on wet hair.
  • Consider wearing a wig if you are undergoing treatment for cancer.

    • Chemotherapy can cause hair loss or significant changes in hair growth for cancer patients. Radiation therapy can also damage hair, although most patients find that hair growth returns to normal shortly after treatment finishes.
    • If you have lost your hair due to these medical treatments, you may be able to select a realistic and personalized wig to wear (often free of cost) while your hair grows back. If your hair does not begin growing soon after treatment ends, discuss potential options for hair growth treatments with your healthcare provider.


  • Extensions are heavy on your hair, rough on your scalp, and may lead to more hair loss.
  • Always consult a healthcare professional before beginning an oral supplement for hair growth, as some supplements can be dangerous or may interact with other prescriptions. In some cases, oral supplements may cause negative side effects or aggravate symptoms of other health conditions.
  • Prescription medications for hair growth are not always effective. If you have significant hair loss or if you have medical reasons for poor hair growth, discuss all of your options with a healthcare professional before opting for prescription-strength treatment.

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