When you’re trying to grow your hair out, I think we can all agree that it never seems to happen fast enough. Between the ample number of hair-growth products lining the shelves of your favorite beauty retailers and the DIY at-home remedies that people “swear by,” debunking hair-growth myths and finding a method that truly works is no easy task. Ahead, hair guru Zachary Morad shares his tried-and-true hair-growth hacks f that are sure to give your strands the boost they need to grow.
Hair-Growth Tip #1: Nutrition Is Important
Nutrition is the key to a strong foundation for your entire body, and your hair is no exception. I’m sure you’ve already heard the long list of benefits that different vitamins have for your skin and hair, but it all comes down to eating healthy and getting your body the right nutrients. The best way to get these vitamins is by eating vitamin-rich foods. Adding good fatty acids — like those found in avocados — and eating foods that are rich in iron can help support and accelerate cell growth.
Hair-Growth Tip #2: Topical Stimulation
Stimulation on the hair follicle is key to hair growth. First, you want to make sure that your scalp is regularly exfoliated. You can do this daily with a soft-bristle brush or weekly with a formulated scalp treatment. We like Kiehl’s Deep Micro-Exfoliating Scalp Treatment, L'Oréal Professionnel Everfresh Micro-Exfoliating Scrub and Briogeo Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo. Stimulating your scalp can help prevent your hair follicles from getting blocked by oil, debris and dead skin cells.
Hair-Growth Tip #3: Focus on Maintenance
Oftentimes, we focus so much on the growth process that we forget to maintain the lengths and ends of our hair. Employ a shampoo that will nourish your hair and keep it healthy as you grow it out. Try a nourishing one like Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Shampoo. Then, of course, the oldest trick in the book for growing your hair long and strong is to trim it regularly. This may sound like a contradiction, but you will find your hair feeling and looking healthier with more frequent trims. Over time, your hair can become dry and brittle on the ends — be it from heat styling, color or just everyday wear-and-tear. By keeping your hair healthy with regular trims, it can prevent breakage and allow you to maintain more of your length in the long run.