Lots of girls dream of having long and healthy hair. Unfortunately, the ability of your hair to grow faster or slower is inherent. Some people are lucky, others are less fortunate in this respect. However, it is up to you to make the most of your body so that your hair grows as fast and look as healthy and beautiful as possible.
Even though some kinds of treatment provided by beauty salons appear to be effective, you may be getting a pig in a poke. Let alone widely advertised miracle working hair growth boosters. I would not even consider trying them if I were you. There is no such thing as a miracle working push button for fast hair growth. This job involves a lot of effort.
One to one-and-a-half centimetres per month is a reasonably good result. Two to two-and-a-half centimetres is perfect. This is what you should aim to achieve. Let us consider some of the most effective at-home methods of making your hair grow faster.
In this article, we are going to discuss the following issues:
- What internal and external factors affect your hair growth?
- Remedies that boost hair growth:
What Internal and External Factors Affect Your Hair Growth?
There are two major groups of remedies for stimulating the ability of your hair to grow faster. Some of them are to be taken internally, while others are meant for external use. They should be applied in combination to get the best result.
• Mental wellness. If you are depressed, stressed or suffer from chronical sleep deprivation, you can hardly expect your body to focus on the beauty of your hair. You should take it easy and relax more. Another important thing that will do you good is exercise, of course. It goes without saying that smoking and alcohol are incompatible with beautiful long hair.
• Diet. All the nutrients essential for the hair and needed for metabolism and hair growth come from food. First and foremost, eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, seeds, nuts, green leafy veg, dairy products (but do not exceed half a litre a day), eggs and fish. Remember to consume olive or some other vegetable oil. It is essential that you drink sufficient water. Make sure that drinking water is always within reach.
Now that your diet provides you with all the nutrients that are necessary for your hair growth, let us consider the external factors which are equally important.
• Damaging factors of physical and chemical nature to which we expose our hair, such as dry blowing, flat ironing, chemical dying and perming, to mention a few. Heat treatments and application of chemical products result in brittle hair and split hair ends, which makes it impossible to grow long hair.
• Exposure to the sun. Lengthy promenades under the baking sun are likely to dehydrate your hair and make it brittle and dull. As a result, your hair will take much longer to grow. Try to avoid sunlight at noon and wear a hat to protect your hair (and face).
• Excessive use of unsuitable beauty products. You can damage your hair by using hair care products which do not suit your hair type. Give priority to natural products suitable for your hair type.
Effective Remedies that Boost Hair Growth
Aromatherapy is by far the most enjoyable method of hair treatment. If you are lucky to have natural rather than synthetic essential oil, your aromatherapy is bound to be successful.
However, you cannot expect to see the result overnight. The first effects of aromatherapy will be apparent after two or three months of regular treatment. It will take about half a year to fully transform your hair by making it strong and healthy.
The only thing you have to do is to use oil to massage your scalp. You should also add a couple of drops to the water that you use for rinsing your hair. Aromatherapy uses mostly stinging essential oils, because they stimulate blood circulation in the scalp and increase the supply of nutrients to hair follicles.
The most effective essential oils for this purpose are rosemary, lavender, Ilan Ilan, peppermint, calamus, eucalyptus, salvia, lemon, grapefruit, thyme, chamomile and tea tree.
Essential oils should be dissolved in base oil before use. Some of the most common base oils are almond, soy, grapeseed, wheat sprout, olive, sesame and burdock root oil. Sesame oil is more suitable for oily hair, while wheat sprout oil and almond oil should be used for dry and damaged hair. All the other oils are suitable for any kind of hair.
For hair growth boosting massage, heat up a few spoons of base oil and add 5-6 drops of some essential oil. If you would like to use several essential oils, add 2 drops of each. Massage warm oil gently into your scalp for about 10 minutes. Spread whatever oil is left over your hair, cover with a piece of plastic film and leave for about 30 minutes before shampooing. Do this treatment twice weekly.
There are a number of essential oil recipes that have proved to be quite effective for hair growth.
Aloe Vera Mask
- Aloe Vera juice — 1 teaspoon
- Vinegar — half a teaspoon
- Rosemary oil — 10 drops
Leave the mask on for up to 30 minutes. This mixture will make your hair grow much faster.
This is a mask that will nourish and boost the growth of any type of hair.
- one yolk
- one teaspoon of honey
- two tablespoons of olive oil (or any other vegetable oil)
- 2 drops of rosemary essential oil
Put honey in a bowl and melt it by double boiling. Mix the honey with a yolk. Add vegetable oil and essential rosemary oil. Apply this mask three times weekly. You will see the result after a month.
Olive Oil Mask
A combination of olive oil and essential oils is very effective for accelerating the growth of dry hair.
- 50 ml of olive oil or almond oil
- 4 drops of jasmine oil
Mix up the oils and apply them on your hair. Leave the mask for about 60 minutes then shampoo your hair thoroughly. Let your hair dry up naturally, i.e. without dry blowing.
If you have oily hair, seborrhea or dandruff, you can add essential oils to alcoholic tinctures of marigold, nettle, mint, calamus, Eleutherococcus or equisetum and massage the remedy into the scalp before bed. Rosemary, basil and tea tree oils are the most suitable essential oils for this purpose.
You may add 5 — 7 drops of essential oil to shampoo immediately before use. Leave such oil-enriched shampoo on your hair for five minutes, then wash it off.
Onion for Hair Growth
There is no need to use pricey beauty products to make your hair grow fast. Modest onion is one of the components that will help you grow out beautiful long locks. Let us see how this stinging vegetable works.
Onion is rich in healthy nutrients and elements which are useful for your hair. Onion has excellent antibacterial properties, therefore, it heals the skin and removes dandruff. Because onion is high in zinc, silicone and vitamin C, it strengthens and revitalizes hair follicles and even prevents greying hair.
Onion-based masks are much more effective than widely advertised shampoos. Onion contains authentic keratin, a substance which is vital for healthy hair. Unlike commercial products, onion based masks are suitable for any type of hair. Onion masks should be applied regularly every other day. Take a course of 30-40 masks for a really stunning effect. To maintain the beauty of your hair after that, it will be enough to make one or two masks weekly.
Classical Onion Mask
Fine grate an onion and rub the substance into the scalp. Cover your hair with a piece of plastic film or a shower cap and towel wrap. After one or two hours shampoo your hair thoroughly. If your hair is really dry, add some castor oil to the mask.
Onion and Yeast Mask
Fine grate an onion and squeeze out the juice. Add 1 teaspoon of castor oil, 1 teaspoon of burdock oil, 1 teaspoonful of dry yeast and 2 tablespoonfuls of warm water. Mix all the components thoroughly and put the mixture in a warm place for 10 minutes. Apply the mask on the scalp, cover your hair with a piece of plastic film and towel wrap. After about sixty minutes shampoo your hair.
Honey and Onion Mask
Mix up equal amounts of honey, sour milk and salt and add the juice of one onion to the mixture. Massage gently into your scalp. Cover your hair with a shower cap and wrap in a towel. After about one hour wash the mask off with shampoo.
Onion and Garlic Mask
Add 5 drops of rosemary essential oil to two spoons of burdock oil. Squeeze out the juice of a medium sized onion and a few cloves of garlic. Put this juice and the oils together and add one yolk to the mixture. Apply the mask and rub it into your scalp. Leave it on for about sixty minutes and wash off with shampoo.
Onion Mask with Essential Oils
Squeeze out the juice of an onion and mix it with one yolk, one teaspoon of honey, two drops of rosemary oil and two drops of lavender oil. Wash the mask off with shampoo after 30 minutes.
If the smell persists, add some vinegar to water and rinse your hair.
Garlic for Hair Growth
Garlic will revitalize your hair and make it grow much faster. Garlic is rich in phytoncides (antimicrobial volatile organic compounds) and essential oils which encourage blood flow in the scalp. Garlic boosts hair growth, prevents falling hair and removes dandruff.
The only disadvantage of garlic as a hair care remedy is its pungent smell which is rather difficult to remove. We are going to teach you how to make garlic based hair masks and avoid the stubborn odour.
Classic Garlic Mask
It helps to prevent falling hair, encourages hair growth and prevents greying hair. You will only need a few cloves of garlic. Fine grate garlic and rub the substance into the scalp. Cover your hair with a piece of plastic film or a shower cap and towel wrap it. If your hair is dry, you may want to add some olive oil to garlic. Shampoo your hair after one or two hours. The course of treatment is two to three months.
Garlic and Clay Mask for Oily Hair
This mask stimulates hair growth, nourishes hair, balances secretion of oil glands and gives your hair a gorgeous gloss.
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon of garlic juice
- 2 tablespoons of blue clay
Mix up all the ingredients, add some warm water and bring the mixture to the consistency of sour cream. Apply the mask on your hair and wash it off after 30 minutes.
Garlic and Honey Mask
Stimulates hair growth and prevents falling hair.
- 1 garlic bulb
- 1 ½ tablespoon of honey
Fine grate or mash garlic and mix it up with one or two tablespoons of honey. Apply the mask on your hair and shampoo after an hour.
Garlic and Aloe Vera
- 2 yolks
- juice of Aloe Vera — one teaspoonful
- mashed or grated garlic- one teaspoonful
- honey — one teaspoonful
Mix up all these components, apply the mask on wet hair and use it to massage your scalp. Cover with a shower cap or a piece of plastic film and towel wrap. Leave the mask on for a half hour, then wash off with shampoo.
- 1 tablespoonful of vinegar for 1 litre of warm water
- 1 tablespoonful of dry mustard powder dissolved in a litre of water
- 2 tablespoonfuls of lemon or orange juice dissolved in a litre of water.
Vinegar for Hair Growth
You must take care of your hair by giving it all the essential nutrients and healthy components on a daily basis. Vinegar proves to be very effective for this purpose. It is commonly used for skin, nail and hair care. When vinegar is among the ingredients in masks and lotions, blood circulation improves, hair becomes soft and supple and starts to grow faster. Vinegar also adds beautiful gloss to any type of hair.
There are no overlooking vinegar based masks. They nourish, revitalize and hydrate hair, which responses by looking gorgeous and growing fast. Vinegar activates the ingredients of a mask and enhances their effect.
Vinegar and Almond Oil Mask
- vinegar — a tablespoonful
- almond oil — two teaspoonfuls
- honey — two tablespoonfuls
Put together all the ingredients, mix them up and apply the mask on the hair. Rub the mixture thoroughly into the scalp. Shampoo your hair after about 20 minutes. You may use vinegar for rinsing your hair as well.
Sour Mask with Onion
- a medium sized onion
- sour milk — 100 mg
- vinegar — a tablespoonful
- honey — a tablespoonful
Mix up all the ingredients. Put the substance on the hair and massage thoroughly into the scalp. Wash off the mask after about quarter of an hour and apply hair care balsam. This mask will be able to revitalize any type of hair, even if it is extremely dry, and make it grow faster.
Castor Oil Mask
- a yolk
- castor oil — two tablespoonfuls
- vinegar — two tablespoonfuls
Mix up all the components. Apply the mask on your hair and wash off after about half an hour. Hydrate your hair with a conditioner appropriate for your hair type. This treatment will make your hair look beautiful, keep the hairstyle and grow fast.
Mustard for Hair Growth
Mustard is known for its stinging and drying properties which also make it a valuable component of hair care remedies. Mustard stimulates blood circulation through hair follicles, removes excessive oil and balances secretion of oil glands. Some women, who have been using mustard in their hair care masks, have reported that their hair growth has increased to up to three centimetres per month.
It is important to remember, that mustard can make your scalp too dry and cause dandruff and brittle hair. Be cautious when using mustard if your skin is sensitive or if you are allergic.
Mustard Mask for Dry Hair
- mayonnaise — a tablespoonful
- olive oil — a tablespoonful
- mustard powder — a teaspoonful
- ghee — a teaspoonful
Mix up all the components thoroughly. Massage the mixture into your scalp, use a piece of plastic film to cover your hair and towel wrap. Shampoo your hair after 30 or 40 minutes. Repeat twice or three times a week and continue this treatment for a month.
Mustard and Sour Milk mask
- an egg
- mustard — a teaspoonful
- sour milk — two tablespoons
Put together all the ingredients and mix up well. Massage the mixture into the scalp. Take a piece of plastic film and use it to cover your hair. Then wrap your head in a towel. Shampoo your hair after approximately half an hour. For a noticeable effect, apply the mask once or twice every week for a month.
Mustard and Yeast Mask
- dry yeast — a teaspoonful
- sugar — a tablespoonful
- fresh or sour milk — 100 mg
- honey — a tablespoonful
- mustard — a teaspoonful
Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm milk and leave in a warm place to ferment. After 30 minutes, add honey and mustard and mix everything up. Apply the mixture on the hair and towel wrap. About an hour later, wash off with shampoo.
Aloe Vera and Mustard Mask
- 2 yolks
- Aloe Vera — a tablespoonful
- mustard — a tablespoonful
- sour milk — two teaspoonfuls
Put together all the components and mix them up. Apply the mixture on dry hair. Wash the mask off after 20 minutes.
Chili Pepper for Hair growth
Chili pepper has pronounced stimulating and revitalizing properties. When applied on the skin it boosts blood circulation, strengthens hair follicles, and encourages fast hair growth.
Our hair, just like the rest of our body, needs certain vitamins and nutrients. Pepper is rich in A, C and P vitamins which are essential for healthy and strong hair. Due to its inherent stinging properties, chili pepper revitalizes hair follicles and makes them grow fast.
Chili and Honey mask
- 1 tablespoon of ground chili pepper
- 4 tablespoons of pourable honey
Mix up both ingredients and apply on wet hair. Cover with a piece of plastic film and wrap in a towel. Wash off the mask after half an hour or so.
Chili and Oil Mask
- 1 teaspoon of ground chili pepper
- 1 tablespoon of castor oil
- any hair care balsam
Mix up all the ingredients thoroughly. Use a brush to apply the mask on the scalp, wrap in a piece of plastic film and a towel and leave for as long as you can. This mask is extremely stinging. Wash it off when you feel you can’t stand it anymore.
Chili Pepper and Henna Mask
- 20 grams of henna
- 1 tablespoon of chili pepper
Dilute henna in water and add ground chili pepper. Rub the mixture into the scalp. Cover with a piece of plastic film and wrap in a towel. Leave for several hours, then wash your hair with a suitable shampoo. Apply this treatment once weekly for about three months. You can enhance the effect of this mask by using warm sour milk instead of water.
Scalp Massage for Hair Growth
Scalp massage will stimulate blood circulation through hair follicles and cause your hair to grow faster. This is a simple technique, which does not involve any special skills. It is not time-consuming either. However, it is essential that you do it regularly.
The easiest method of scalp massage is by using a brush made of natural materials, such as bristle, solid rubber or horn. Overall, you should make 50-100 strokes in different directions.
One session of massage should not last over 15 minutes. Self-massage includes rubbing, pressing and stroking your scalp. Use your palms for stroking, and fingertips — for rubbing and pressing.
Below is one of the popular self-massage methods.
- Bend your head forward.
- Start by massaging your neck then move upward.
- Give special attention to the top of your head, temples and the hairline. Use your fingertips to massage your scalp in circling movements.
- Massage your scalp for some 10 minutes then brush your hair.
Another technique requires you to start by gentle stroking of your brows and forehead. Continue by rubbing your temples in spiralling movements. Repeat three times. Finish by massaging your forehead and temples in circling movements.
As you can see, expensive cosmetic products are not at all essential for boosting your hair growth. If you want your hair to grow well, make use of organic hair masks, massage your scalp, eat healthy food and take it easy. Good luck in your efforts to achieve gorgeous hair!