What are the urban myths when it comes to how we grow hair? Are there ways for how to grow your hair faster, perhaps even how to make your hair grow super-fast? Let’s find out.
Hair facts: how fast does hair grow?
How fast does hair grow? What is "normal" hair growth? The answer: there isn’t one. While there are average hair growth rates (around 1.25cm per month, or 13cm per year), the truth is that we are all different. From genetics to ethnicity, environment, well-being and lifestyle, there are many factors that affect how quickly our hair grows, and how easy it is to have long hair.
What helps hair grow?
Our busy modern lifestyles may be counteractive to our efforts to grow hair longer. Not only do urbanites have pollution issues to worry about when it comes to growing their hair, but stress could also be a factor in why we can't grow hair faster (or more effectively). Stress can lead to the development of a condition where the sufferer feels compelled to pull hairs out (hence the expression). Diet is also an important factor when it comes to how to grow your hair: a balanced diet is necessary to help hair grow quickly and healthily.
Hair products for how to grow your hair faster
There exist several haircare solutions for scalp sensitivity, promoting healthy hair growth and bringing thickness to thinning hair, notably the Serioxyl range from L’Oréal Professionnel, the first professional anti-thinning treatment that respects the hair and scalp. When hair is healthy, it looks thicker and feels stronger.
How to grow your hair faster: 10 dos and don’ts
Here are the golden rules of how to grow your hair so that it looks thicker and stronger.
Do: A nice scalp massage in the shower can help stimulate blood circulation and promote hair growth.
Don't: Over-wash. Instead, try dry shampoo on naturally greasy hair to avoid stripping the scalp of precious oils that moisturize the fiber.
Do: Apply a weekly hair mask to keep the hair fibers supple and prevent breakage, thereby supporting your hair to grow longer.
Don't: Rub at the hair with a rough towel after washing. This causes breakages and friction against the delicate cuticles that protect the hair's core.
Do: Try squeezing out excess moisture with an old cotton t-shirt. It's much gentler, especially if you want to grow hair out.
Don't: Brush dripping wet hair, as the fiber is at its weakest and you risk pulling out lots of healthy hairs by accident. Use a large-toothed comb if necessary.
Do: Choose the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type. Our favorite is the anti-breakage, resurfacing Inforcer collection with biotin, from Serie Expert, designed to strengthen and help provide resistance to fragile hair prone to breakage.
Don't: Regularly style your hair in tight hairstyles that pull against the scalp or damage the hair itself. When using heated tools, do not forget heat protection.
Do: Get regular trims to help hair look healthy and avoid straggly, uneven lengths. Your hair won’t look as long if the ends are split and dry-looking.
Don't: Judge your hair length against other people. Just because one person seems to grow hair fast, does not mean everyone can. Focus on your own health, lifestyle and haircare routine, and you'll get the optimal growth out of your hair.
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