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Fast Ways to Grow Your Hair Really Long and Healthy

Updated on May 2, 2015

To begin my story, I will just say I was put on some medication that made me almost bald. I had long beautiful hair before that, and it was devastating. I did a lot of research on how to grow my hair out beautifully. I’d like to share my findings.

About a decade later, after always receiving compliments on my long hair, a beautician “accidentally” cut off 14”, and I was devastated. I have finally grown it back, but over the years I’ve heard many people say their hair “just won’t grow,” and I find this hard to believe. I’ve given them some of my research and tips, and to their dismay, their hair does grow!

My Long Hair

This is a picture of my hair before the beautician did her dirty work. My hair is finally back to this length at this time.

My Short Hair Trauma

This picture was taken shortly after the beautician cut off almost all of my hair.

Vitamins

The first things I looked into were Vitamins. I did a lot of research and learned if you over-do it on the vitamins, it can actually have a counter effect, so you must take the right amount and the right mixture for you. My first recommendation (which also helps your nails grow thick, strong, and long) are Zinc and Selenium. Again, I am not a doctor, and you must be careful in what you mix, because some vitamins have the same ingredients.


This is the mixture I am on: Maxidene Vitamin (1 in the morning), L-Lysine 500mg (1 in the evening), Selenium 200mcg (1 in the evening), Zinc 50mg (1 in the evening), Vitamin E, one multi-vitamin (any time of the day), Green Tea Mega T (1 in the morning), Vitamin E Conditioner in my hair (about once a week), Ginkgo Biloba 30mg (2 pills 3 times a day), “Hair, Skin, and Nails” (read the ingredients and do your research!) (1 pill 3 times a day), and Saw Palmetto 450mg (1 to 2 pills 3 times a day).


Selenium

Spring Valley - Selenium 200 mcg, 100 Tablets
Spring Valley - Selenium 200 mcg, 100 Tablets

Selenium can be taken with or without food. Out of all the products, vitamins, etc that I rec in this article, zinc and selenium are my number one choices. Over all my research in medical journals and blogs, when it comes to hair growth, these two vitamins are a shoe in. I Strongly recommend that you add them to your daily vitamin intake.

 

Zinc

Nature's Bounty Chelated Zinc (Zinc Gluconate) 50mg, 100 Caplets (Pack of 4)
Nature's Bounty Chelated Zinc (Zinc Gluconate) 50mg, 100 Caplets (Pack of 4)

In my experience, taking zinc without food in your stomach will make you nauseous. However, out of all the products, vitamins, etc that I rec in this article, zinc and selenium are my number one choices. Over all my research in medical journals and blogs, when it comes to hair growth, these two vitamins are a shoe in. I Strongly recommend that you add them to your daily vitamin intake.

 
 
Maxidene
L-Lysine
Selenium
Zinc
Vitamin E
Green Tea Mega T
Ginkgo Biloba
Hair, Skin, and Nails
Saw Palmetto

Other vitamins that may help are Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Biotin, Vitamin B Complex, B-12, Vitamin A, Flaxseed Oil, Primrose Oil, Salmon Oil, Silica, Inositol, and Prenatal Vitamins. Again, be careful in taking too many vitamins, the wrong mixture of vitamins, etc. Ask the pharmacist or do some online research before spending too much money on vitamins. Often ordering the products online can be cheaper. There are even products that have shampoo, conditioner, and vitamins combined in order to help your hair growth. Do your research, but I would suggest trying the product once and seeing if you think it works before ordering mass quantities.

Products

Products are crucial to hair growth. It is advisable to wash your hair every other day. When you brush your hair, don’t ever push thru the tangles. Instead use a non-tangle spray in the tangled area. Don’t brush thru it. Instead, wet the tangled part until the comb goes smoothly thru the hair. Use the following:

V05Ò Detangle and Shine; Restoring Daily Leave-in Conditioner

It works wonders!

The most important products are split-end treatments, proper shampoos and conditioners, and proper leave–in conditioners. Here are some of the products that I use:

GarnierÒ FructisÒ Fortifying Shampoo – Fall Fight; for Falling, Breaking Hair

GarnierÒ FructisÒ Length and Strength for Fragile, Hard-to-Grow Hair (Shampoo and Conditioner)

GarnierÒ FructisÒ Leave-in Conditioning Cream – Sleek and Shine

Bed HeadÒ Ego BoostÒ - Split End Mender; leave-in conditioner

Redkin 5th Avenue NYC – Extreme; Anti-Snap; Leave-in treatment for distressed hair


Heat is the devil when it comes to growing your hair out. But if you have to straighten your hair, use a product such as:

GarnierÒ FructisÒ Sleek and Shine Flat Iron Perfector Straightening Mist (don't spray a lot, because it comes on like hair spray, meaning it will be difficult to comb out)


The other devil is hair dye. Using temporary hair dye is best if you must dye your hair, but don’t use permanent. There is also liquid hair dye for those few strands of grey, such as:

Fanci-full™ Temporary Hair Color


Again, heat is the devil when you are trying to grow your hair out. If you have to use a blow dryer, use 2 diffusers and try to use the lowest setting. Here are some recommended products:

Charles Worthington London – Take Aways; relax and unwind blow-dry straightening balm

Sunsilk™ 24/7 Straighten-Up – Straightens and smooths hair

Bed HeadÒ Superstar™ - Blow-dry Lotion for Think Massive Hair

Matrix Sleek Look Smoothing System – Step 3 Lite Styling Crème

(Before letting a blow dryer "touch" your beautiful, clean hair, make sure you have some good product on your hair in order to protect it).

Redkin Anti-Snap

Redken Extreme Anti-Snap Leave-in Treatment, 8.1 Ounce
Redken Extreme Anti-Snap Leave-in Treatment, 8.1 Ounce

This product is hard to find at your grocery store chain. It works wonders and it's worth looking into. I Would strongly recommend buying it online at a discounted price. Plus, you won't have to go to numerous beauty salons to try to find it - which may tempt you to buy things you don't need.

 

Styling Tips

Be careful about pulling your hair back tight. You will get baby curls, because your hair will break off.

Pulling the back of your hair up to the top of your hair and clipping it makes it look like you have a long pony-tail.

Take care of your hair (like it’s your first born child)! This way you will only go to the beautician about twice a year at a maximum. Try to not go at all if you can avoid it. Only go if you see split or broken ends. When you see your beautician, spend at least ten minutes expressing the importance you feel towards your long hair. Take pictures of models or movie stars who have the hair you want. Tell them you only want one inch cut off at a maximum. If they state that more than that is needed, (1) you aren’t taking good enough care of your hair (2) go ahead and get it cut, but do not give them free reign; remind them you only want the damaged areas to be cut off, but (3) start a better regimen so that in the future you will not have to get that much cut off. Remember: every time you get your hair cut you have to grow it out.


The key to growing out your hair is keeping it so healthy that you do not have to constantly have to get it cut off.

Follow Up

After 6 months of following the above regime, my hair grew as planned! The following picture shows the progress I made in 6 months with my hair after it was chopped off.
After 6 months of following the above regime, my hair grew as planned! The following picture shows the progress I made in 6 months with my hair after it was chopped off. | Source

Growing Long Hair

After six months of following some of this advice, did your hair grow?

See results

Home Remedies

(1) Flip your hair upside down and up for two minutes. It gets the blood flowing and helps your hair grow.

(2) As much as you can, massage your scalp (gently) – when you condition, when you shampoo, when you are watching TV, etc. This is another way to get the blood flowing.

(3) As silly as this may sound, the best way I have found to grow my hair is getting goose bumps. It grows your hair. You can do this by thinking of a touchy feely moment in your life or watching some chick flick.

(4) Have patience!! Don’t run to the beautician because you’re bored or someone recommends it. Wait it out. Give it a year, and you will be shocked at the results you gain. Think about your long-term results and be patient!

(5) Wear your hair down as much as possible, because as I mentioned before, pulling it back in a tight bun can cause it to break.

(6) Drink one glass of warm Green Tea per day.

(7) Quite often you should do a deep conditioning treatment of sorts. You can buy these over the counter, or you can Google and see the many, many recipes online involving eggs and such. You can make them with food ingredients that you have on hand. Usually, a deep conditioner should be done about once a month.

(8) Try to stay out of the sun.

(9) Slightly pull back your hair when you sleep. If you toss and turn, you are liable to rip hairs out.

(10) Do more research! You may find things I haven’t, but I made a lot of progress with this little bit of information, so this is a good place to start.


Some of my Brand Vitamins are:

Spring Valley Vitamin E 400 IU

Spring Valley Selenium 200 mcg

Generic Brand One Daily for Women Vitamin (or men)

Spring Valley L-Lysine 500 mg

Finest NaturalÒ Zinc 50 mg

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    Larry Wall 4 years ago

    Being male and balding, I know of no products that will help men grow hair. This may be different for women who lose their hair because of medication or some traumatic event. I do not think the brand of vitamins make any difference.

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    Michele Kelsey 4 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

    Yes, I was focusing on women who wanted to grow their hair long. I am unaware of men's products or vitamins. You could shop around Walgreens or ask the Pharmacist. Sometimes just shaving it all off looks very nice for a man. Sorry I couldn't have been of more help for men. I only included the brands, because I'm on a budget, so someone else may be in my same shoes.

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    Larry Wall 4 years ago

    Thank you for your reply. I am really not concerned about going bald. It runs in the family, older brother, father, uncles, grandfather and great-grandfather and who knows how far back beyond that. Some of the women in my family have re-ceding hairlines. My sister had to be treated for cancer, and the chemo resulted in her losing her hair (has grown back), but we were out for lunch one day with our spouses and as the waitress looked at us, I just said, this is my sister, and added that baldness ran in the family. I added, "Our mother was bald."

    I got some strange looks..

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    Michele Kelsey 4 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

    That's funny! :) I'm glad you can look at the bright side! This is my first hubpage, so I am definitely still learning! :)

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    Kay Mitchell 4 years ago from California

    I take biotin that helps with hair, nails and skin. I know for some people, it's just simply genetics that make them have the hair they have but there are definitely lifestyle choices we can make to improve the health of our hair!

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    Michele Kelsey 4 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

    Yes, I've heard wonders about Biotin, but with the vitamin mix I'm on now, I'm not going to try it. I stupidly dyed my hair a couple months ago, and now it's coming out in chuncks. I used permanent dye. Shame! Shame! Shame on me! Once the dye stops its work, hopefully my hair will stop doing that! :)

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    dianni 3 years ago

    my hair at y butt but I want it a lil longer any other advice

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    Michele Kelsey 3 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

    Just take really good care of it so you don't have to get it cut often. Also any blood flow techniques help - rubbing your scalp or getting goose bumps. lol

    Michele

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    dianni 3 years ago

    Thank u well im goining on vaction and i have to get it trimmed so hopefully when i trim it it gets back down to wear my belt of my pants were im from domincan repulic so my family has long hair and when i was born my hair lengh is always down to but i have dead ends in my hair that's why i have to trim it hopefully my hair grows back before my school starts please write back and thanks for the advice

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    Michele Kelsey 3 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

    It sounds like you are on the right track. Just be sure to keep up with your ends from now on. Take good care of them, so that you don't have to get it trimmed too much. I think I was able to go 2 years without trimming, because I took really good care of my hair. Good luck! :) Michele

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    dianni 3 years ago

    Thank you um i need your help im starting school soon and i need to know i was thinking of cutting my hair up to my bra starp so it can start to grow out healthy and good my mom last year made me get my hair cut all the way up to my bra starp so i was mad but i gave it to help the lil kids so i felt good and i was thinking about cutting my hair up to my bra starp and when schhol starts go to the salon and getting my hair in small curls need your help what do u think .

    From :dianni

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    dianni 3 years ago

    So im starting school soon and i wanted to know if i should go to school with small curls or should i go to school with my hair straghit my hair is nautrully starghit so should i go to school with straghit hair or small curls plz help

    Turely : dianni

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    Michele Kelsey 3 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

    It might be a sugar shock to get it cut that short. I would recommend only a couple of inches. You don't want to have any regrets and you can always cut more later if you want to. Best of luck! Michele

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    dianni 3 years ago

    thanks yeah my mom said im not getting it cut because it long and pretty and takes to long to grow out about 2moths

    thanks for advice

    dianni

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    dianni 3 years ago

    how long is your hair

    any more options on how to grow my hair out

    dianni

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    Michele Kelsey 3 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

    Mine is a bit past my bra line. I think you should grow it out. Just take really good care of it. Be very careful when it's wet, because that is when it is most fragile. If you take good care of it, you won't have to get the split or broken ends cut off as often. Just try your hardest to not make it have to be cut. Try some of the products I recommended. Also, be sure to use a split end protector for after you wash your hair. Try to avoid heat too. That REALLY damages your hair. Good luck! Michele

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    dianni 3 years ago

    thanks sorry I kep t bothering you I might not talk to you because this week coming up im leaving for vaction when I come back we can talk some

    best luck to u :dianni

    sorry it tyook so long to write you back

    :dianni

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    Michele Kelsey 3 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

    Oh, you are not bothering me at all. Feel free to ask me any questions any time. Have fun on your vacation. Michele

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    diann 3 years ago

    Can you do me a favor um ivw been looking for a cat and my mom wont drive me to petsmart so if you can if ypu jave a petsmart plaseeeeee go to the store and ask how much there cat are and if they have a kittens ask how much thwy are pleaseee do this for me if not its okay ill just keep looking on the internet but pleaseeeee all im asking for please see how much a cat or kitten coast at petsmart where you live

    :dianni

    Ps.hope you can do this thanks

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    Michele Kelsey 3 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

    Just do a store located on their website and it will give you the number you can call. Hope that helps! :-)

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    dianni 3 years ago

    Thanks im getting a kitten and movining in an apartment it help me a lot

    :dianni

    Thanks

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    sitali 3 years ago

    thank you very much the Hub is interesting and it has taught me a lot:-)♡♥

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    Michele Kelsey 3 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

    Glad you enjoyed it. Those are cute hearts on your comment. How do you do that?

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    Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I just wanted to see what one of your earlier hubs looks like. You do write about a wide range of topics.....here is the good news....you write well enough to make money at this writing gig...we just have to help you to focus on a set of goals. :)

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    Michele Kelsey 3 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

    Yes, this was my first hub which desperately needs edited. And of course, I wrote a few on beauty, but that is way off my niches. I don't know the topic of beauty enough to have that be my sole purpose in writing. I most certainly need focus and goals so I can get on track! I hope we can figure something out! :)

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    Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Happy Thanksgiving, my friend.

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    Michele Kelsey 2 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

    Happy holiday to you also!! Wish I wasn't bedridden sick this week but you play the hand you're dealt. It's been nice to catch up with some of the hub community! :)

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