Tips for Growing Your Hair Longer, Thicker, and Faster
We know why you’re here and you’re not alone. We’ve all looked upon the glory of a thick pompadour with hot, green envy. Hair just seems to grow better for some people. It’s true that genetics play a role in how your hair grows, but it’s also true that you can give yourself a noticeable boost by taking better care of yourself and your hair.
Health for hair growth is pretty simple – and delicious. You just have to eat the things your hair needs. Make sure you’re getting enough water. If you’re dehydrated, your hair is dehydrated. If your hair is dehydrated, it’s going to grow slowly and break easily. Eat plenty of protein and never cook it past medium rare unless it’s chicken or pork. If you’re not sure you’re getting enough vitamins and omega-3’s, add a daily multivitamin to your diet. Talk to your doctor if you feel fatigued or off. Health conditions can have an effect on your hair, so it’s definitely not worth the risk.
Don’t Wash it Every Day
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: don’t wash your hair every day. When you strip the natural oils from your hair every day, you encourage your scalp to produce excess oil. So, what happens is you dry your hair out with the daily shampooing, and then when you miss a day, you immediately look like you’ve been deep frying onion rings for six hours with no air conditioning. Let your hair nourish itself with a balanced level of natural oils for a few days between washes.
Use a Bristle Brush
A comb is a vital styling tool indeed, but every man should have a bristle brush in his tool kit. After showering, your hair is wet and vulnerable to stretching and breaking. Use a bristle brush to set your wet hair gently, if you absolutely must brush your wet hair. Waiting for it to dry is a better option. At the end of the day, just before bed, use your bristle brush to distribute your hair’s natural oils down the length of your hair. That will help your hair stay strong and healthy and protect itself against environmental toxins and related damage. Always brush gently no matter what tool you’re using.
No More Man Bun
Ponytail holders are notorious for ripping out hair and breaking hair off at a short length. Ditch the man bun or at least get yourself a fabric holder with a gentle stretch. Keep your bun or ponytail tied as loosely as you can for your activities and never tie it so tight that it’s difficult to remove. For the love of all that is good, never use rubber bands and never sleep with your hair tied up.
Avoid heat styling tools and treatments. Just don’t do it. If you have to blow dry, do so on low heat. Heat makes your hair dry and brittle, causes breakage and frizz, and gives you split ends. When washing and conditioning hair, rinse with cool water to improve cuticle strength before styling or sleeping. Hot water opens cuticles and makes hair frizzy and vulnerable to damage.
No Bleach, No Perms
Just stay away from chemical treatments altogether. Chemical treatments change your hair by damaging your hair. Long, strong, and healthy hair is always better than hair that crunches when you touch it. Think about it. Do you want to be blond or do you want your girlfriend to be able to run her fingers through your silken locks? If you don’t have a girlfriend, do you want one? Don’t bleach your hair.
Change Your Sheets
No, we haven’t been talking to your mom. Changing your sheets can reduce the damage done to your hair while you’re sleeping. Cotton, bamboo, and synthetic fabrics can pull and rub, causing loss and breakage. Upgrade your pillowcase game to silk and enjoy smooth, frictionless cooperation between your head and the pillow. Alternatively, if you have a problem with pillowcases, you can use a silk headwrap to protect your majestic ‘do during the night.
Don’t get excited. We’re not talking about old school Coca Cola recipes. We’re talking about bamboo extract and other natural stimulants for your hair follicles. Bamboo has been proven to increase the size of hair follicles, making each hair thicker. It also encourages follicles to enter and stay in the growth phase, which means more strands of hair and each hair growing longer and faster. Peppermint is another scientifically proven oil that causes hair follicles to enter and remain in the growth phase of their cycle. You might also look for anti-inflammatory and moisturizing oils, depending on the state of your scalp. Healthy follicles equal healthy growth.
Go to the Barber
Cutting your hair makes it longer. Okay, not really, but it helps. Split ends cause hair to lose moisture and lead to breakage and frizz. Keep your hair smooth, thick, and healthy by getting regular trims. As long as you allow more growth between visits than what you’re cutting off, your hair will keep getting longer. As a bonus, your barber can help you avoid those weird growing-my-hair out looks.
It takes a bit of time and patience, but if you give your hair what it needs and treat it right, it will grow into a man mane you can be proud of. When you’ve got the flowing tresses you’ve always dreamed of, make sure your new styling products are nourishing, gentle, and water-soluble.