There is no one magic trick to grow your real hair longer, faster. So instead of succumbing to overwhelming celeb hair envy, the editors at Marie Claire decided to consult the experts to get the top 7 secrets to super-fast, super-healthy, and super-long hair growth.
1. Feed Your Hair with Vitamins
UCLA dermatologist Harold Lancer suggests taking an over-the-counter vitamin every day that contains antioxidants and B vitamins to help strengthen and nourish strands. Supplements like biotin, found at any pharmacy, encourage healthy hair and nail growth. Or try expert-recommended Viviscal, which contains biotin (vitamin B7) plus niacin (vitamin B3), vitamin C, zinc, iron, and our exclusive marine complex, AminoMar.
2. Dry Scalp Massage
Give yourself at-home scalp massages, says L.A. haircare specialist and stylist Philip B. Massaging your head can help stimulate the blood flow to your scalp, which helps nutrients get to your hair follicles more easily and more quickly.
3. Wet Hair Massage
While washing your hair, massage the scalp with your fingertips, starting at the back of the neck and moving around the hairline. Seriously, this is the perfect excuse to luxuriate in the shower just a little longer.
4. Cut it Out
Counter-intuitive though it may seem, regular trims can actually help hair grow longer and stronger. Plus, if you do not eliminate those split ends from hair, they can travel up your strands, damaging hair and causing breakage, making it even shorter.
5. Condition, Condition, Condition
Fact: Shampoo takes all of the dirt and grime out of your hair and scalp, while conditioner replenishes the natural oils that your hair needs to look healthy and shiny. To help keep your hair in good shape without stripping your hair of its natural oils and nutrients, ditch the shampoo every once in a while and alternate with a dry shampoo, and try co-washing your hair.
6. Stay Out of the Heat
You may love the way straightened hair looks, but let’s face it, you know heat tools like flat irons are damaging your strands. To avoid heat damage, use your dryer, curling iron, and flat iron less, and when you do, use heat protectant products beforehand to shield your strands from harm. Try to keep heat tools at cooler settings. The keratin in hair strands actually starts to melt at 425 degrees Fahrenheit. (Eek!)
7. Cold-Water Rinse
Before you step out of the shower, rinse your tresses in cold water for a few seconds. Cold water rinses help seal hair cuticles, and even help prevent moisture loss and heat damage. Avoid using scalding-hot water when washing you hair, as that weakens and dries out strands.