If you’re looking to grow Rapunzel-worthy hair, you’ve come to the right place. Even if you’ve never been able to grow your hair long before, you could be on your way to waist-length hair by following these hair growth tips, staying consistent and being very patient!
What Helps Hair Grow?
We recommend a two-pronged approach to hair growth:
First, we recommend following a gentle hair care routine (outlined below). Treat your hair like it’s spun from gold, and it will reward you by staying healthy. The trick to growing long hair is to keep it as healthy as possible to prevent breakage. The less breakage, the longer your lengths.
Second, make sure you are consuming the right nutrients to support healthy hair growth. You can get all of these nutrients from eating a diet rich in proteins, plants and fruit. Or take a hair growth† supplement like Viviscal™.*
Long Hair Care Routine: Hair Growth Tips
Consistently follow these tips to help optimize your hair growth by limiting breakage:
- Trim split ends regularly to keep hair looking healthy and minimize breakage as it grows. When left untrimmed, split ends can spread up the shaft, causing damage and breakage.
- Shampoo hair two to three times per week using a gentle shampoo like Toppik Hair Building Shampoo. Washing your hair too much can strip away its natural moisturizing oils that keep it looking shiny and healthy.
- While washing your hair, massage the scalp with your fingertips to increase circulation to the hair follicles, which will bring more oxygen and nutrients to follicles via the bloodstream.
- After washing, apply a conditioner to replace moisture in the hair shaft. Conditioners also improve hair’s resiliency by sealing the cuticle, thus preventing hair from drying out.
- Any hair that’s past your shoulders is at least a year old and requires extra care to prevent breakage. Treat these strands to a weekly conditioning hair mask or hot oil treatment. Apply the mask to damp hair, allow to sit for at least 20 minutes (though overnight is preferable), then shampoo and condition hair as normal.
- Be extra careful when combing or brushing your hair. Always begin at the roots and slowly work your way towards the ends. Only use a wide-toothed comb on wet hair, or better yet, avoid combing wet hair at all as it’s far more fragile than dry hair.
- Embrace your natural hair texture by letting hair dry naturally and skipping heat tools. Wear hair in protective styles like loose braids to prevent unnecessary tangles and breakage.
- While you’re waiting for hair regrowth, use Toppik Hair Building Fibers to conceal thinning and add natural-looking thickness to fine or thin hair instantly.
The Best Nutrients for Promoting Hair Growth
For optimal growth, make sure that you’re regularly consuming all of these hair nutrients as part of a healthy diet. Or get the right nutrients to support hair growth† in a complete supplement like Viviscal™ hair growth† supplement.*
Vitamin B7, also known as vitamin H, biotin helps to metabolize the carbs and proteins that make up the building blocks of hair. Biotin is so important to hair growth, in fact, that biotin deficiencies are linked to hair loss.* Almonds, eggs and salmon are all excellent natural sources of biotin.
Iron helps to make red blood cells, which deliver oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles that help hair to grow. Like biotin, a deficiency in iron can cause hair loss.* Food sources of iron include red meat, spinach, lentils, beans and eggs.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that protects against follicle-damaging free radicals. Additionally, vitamin C aids in the production of collagen, a protein that’s vital to the structure of the hair shaft. Vitamin C also helps the body to absorb iron.* Citrus fruits, peppers and strawberries are natural and delicious sources of vitamin C.
An overly acidic scalp leads to damaged hair follicles and breakage. The mineral silica helps to balance the pH of the scalp and prevent acidification. Natural sources of silica include leafy greens, whole grains, onions and mineral water.
Also known as vitamin B3, niacin improves circulation, helping to bring more nutrients to the hair follicles.* Niacin is found in mushrooms, eggs, tuna and beef.
Zinc regulates oil glands, which are necessary to keep the scalp and hair healthy and moisturized. Zinc is so critical to hair health that zinc deficiencies can cause hair loss.* Healthy sources of zinc include pumpkin seeds, lentils, spinach, beef and oysters.
Remember: hair growth takes time. According the American Journal of Dermatology, hair grows at an average rate of a half-inch per month. Be patient and consistent with your vitamin intake and follow this hair care routine, and you’ll see results in a few short months.
†Existing hair growth
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.