Mirror, mirror, on the wall…

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… make my hair grow! Too bad it isn’t as easy as that. Unfortunately, there’s no foolproof way to make hair grow faster, though there are a few ways that we can encourage our strands to do their thing. Healthy hair is the most basic answer to the question of what makes hair grow faster. If your strands and scalp are happy, you’ll be well on your way to growing long, healthy hair. We’ve gathered a few helpful tips to get you moving in the right direction.

Keep Your Scalp Happy and Healthy

Don’t let product buildup on your scalp stand between you and the longer and fuller hair you’re dreaming of. Use a treatment weekly to scrub away any residue that might be building up. A clean, healthy scalp will encourage hair growth but, over-cleansing can have the opposite effect. Your hair’s natural oils are a necessary part of maintaining and growing healthy hair. Therefore, skip the daily suds and only shampoo when needed—that might be every other day or as infrequently as once a week. You can also jump on board the no-poo bandwagon, if you’re so inclined. Learn more about that here.

Treat It with Kid Gloves

If you want to encourage your hair to grow, it’s going to need a little pampering. If you don’t have one already, consider swapping your pillowcase for a silk one. The smooth sleep surface will provide less friction than a standard cotton pillowcase. Before the hair-growth effects start taking place, you’ll immediately notice smoother strands when you wake up in the morning (not to mention fewer crease lines on your face if you’re a stomach- or side-sleeper).

Use Heat Tools Sparingly

How committed are you to making your hair grow faster? If you’re willing to do whatever it takes, consider going cold turkey on your heat tools. Take the au naturel path and you might be seeing results sooner than you would even with minimal heat tool usage. For those who can’t seem to quit our beloved straighteners and curling irons, try adjusting the heat to a lower setting and using only when necessary. You’ll also want to be sure you’re using plenty of heat-protecting products to ensure minimal damage.

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Get All the Nutrients

Getting a balanced diet can encourage hair growth but, if you want to give your locks an extra boost, consider adding a supplement to the mix. It seems the industry is promoting beauty from the inside out these days as a host of vitamins, supplements, and powders with beauty benefits galore are hitting the market.

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