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DIY Hair: How to Make your Hair Grow Faster

Updated on November 3, 2014
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Growing hair is like watching paint dry... Except worse! You cut it, thinking, "No big deal, it'll grow back, blah blah I'm making terrible decisions," and guess what? It doesn't grow. Ever.

Okay, it does, but at an alarmingly slow rate. At least, that's how it is for me. So I've searched the internet and experimented on my own to give you guys a list of what works and what doesn't in the hair growth world.

1. Biotin

I feel like this is the most obvious answer... That's why it's first! Biotin is a water soluble B vitamin that stimulates healthy hair and nail growth. It also makes your hair thicker, which explains a lot of what my head has been doing.

I've been taking biotin randomly throughout the past year - as in, I'll be on it for a week, then forget for a month, then on it for another two weeks. People who actually remember to take it every day see insane changes in hair length. Just look at the photo I interneted below! This girl was taking one 1000mcg pill per day, and experienced what looks to be like two inches in just around 40 days.

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2. Coconut and Rosemary

Coconut oil is good for just about anything, even hair growth. Long story short, it's got vitamins and crap that help your hair out, and the acids in it bind to your hair - protecting and moisturizing it. And wouldn't you know it, coconut oil is packed with yummy hair food to help your locks grow up big and strong.

You can get a big 'ol tub of coconut oil in the food section at most grocery stores. Some people buy that in the hair/skin section, but I find it to be almost twice as expensive. As long as the ingredients say "coconut oil" then you've got yourself just that.

Take that stuff and rub it into your soggy scalp, about two tablespoons for shoulder length hair and more as needed. Slap on a shower cap and watch Bob's Burgers for a while, and then wash it out with a *sulfate free* shampoo - which will be discussed soon.

As far as rosemary goes, that stuff is apparently very good for stimulating hair growth as well. In a (possibly sketchy) study of 84 people with alopecia areata (hair falling out... huge patches), those who massaged their scalps with rosemary oil for seven months grew back significantly more hair than those who massaged without it.

So you know what? Why don't you double-whammy it and grind up some rosemary to put in your coconut oil? I'm actually going to do that, and I'll get back to you guys on it later...

3. Sulfate Free (or none at all) Shampoo

I can't really attest to sulfate-free shampoo, but I can vouch for the no-poo movement. In fact, only weeks after we started, my friend Brittany and I noticed an increase in our rate of hair growth. A month in, my hair had grown about an inch... which is insane for me. I mean, everyone's hair is different, but my scalp is the WORST at pushing out keratin.

So anyway, how it works. The sulfates in shampoo serve to dry out and damage your hair, stripping it of its natural oils. By switching to a sulfate-free shampoo (or baking soda), you can avoid damaging your hair follicles, and thus not screw up your hair growth!

I promise, your hair won't turn disgusting. Here's my own hair after no-pooing for a month:

No poo, no problems!
No poo, no problems! | Source
And for reference, here is my hair now (I'm in red) - approx. 3 months and some change later. Don't mind us, just being Lydia from Beetlejuice in the Wawa parking lot.
And for reference, here is my hair now (I'm in red) - approx. 3 months and some change later. Don't mind us, just being Lydia from Beetlejuice in the Wawa parking lot. | Source

4. Head Massages

Seriously. When you're in the shower, spend a little bit more time rubbing your scalp. It'll stimulate your little follicles to start growing hair faster. Of course, it's probably good to do this with some sort of oil (like coconut or rosemary), but the massages themselves should make at least a small difference. Who knows what could happen when you pair it with the rest of this stuff!

5. Minding Split Ends

So the whole trimming your hair to stimulate growth? Yeah, that's crap. Your split ends have nothing to do with your roots that are pumping out proteins. However - having split ends and breakage will certainly not promote longer hair. This is why it's important to mind your split ends, and cut them off before they become bigger problems.

I definitely wouldn't say get a "trim" every 6 weeks - they inevitably end up taking off more than what is necessary, and, I don't know about you guys, but it takes me about 6 months to get split ends. Because I have killer skills, I end up cutting my own hair as needed. I've got myself a little pair of hair cutting shears, and whenever I see those bad boys, I chop them off.

NEVER AGAIN!!
NEVER AGAIN!! | Source

Grow ON!

There are, of course, many other ways to grow your hair. You could avoid use of heat, be cautious of hairstyles that tug on your strands, or just generally be gentle when handling your hair. However, this is the list of essentials for me - huge things that I've seen used or that I've used myself that have seemed to significantly increase hair growth rates.

Keep in mind, everyone's head is different - while taking biotin may work wonderfully for me, it may cause you to break out. So be careful, take vitamins, use oils, and pledge to NEVER chop it off again!! Happy hair growth!

If you're interested in other hair care articles, check out this other stuff I've written:

How to Take Care of Bleached Hair
10 Ways to Dye Colorful Hair
How to Take Care of Hair Extensions
How to Bleach an Ombre

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      Emunah La Paz 2 years ago from Arizona

      This is a very informative article! Job well done and I love the great use of your pictures! Voted up and tweeted out!