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One of the questions I’ve had for years was how to grow your hair out fast. You might be wondering, well why do you want to know that when you already have nice, long hair?’.
Yeah, I have long, thick, healthy hair, now. But just a few years ago, I chopped all of my hair off. Chopped it off to my shoulders, grew it back out, bleached it, then had to chop it back off, and then grew it back out again, had a baby, shed more hair than I ever would’ve expected during postpartum, and then grew it back out again.
My hair journey was no straight journey. I went through a lot of trial and error, lots of products that worked and didn’t work, and a whole lot of experimenting. I googled so many different things about how to grow your hair out fast, what’s the magic pill or serum to grow your hair out 4 inches overnight, and other hair growth tips.
And now that I have sustained and maintained my long, healthy hair. I want to spill the beans on my hair growth secrets. You won’t be seeing any sort of magic pill or serum promising to grow 4 inches of hair overnight. But if you choose to try the products and steps consistently that I go over in this blog post, it’ll definitely be promising.
What products should I use to grow my hair out faster?
You need to condition your hair every single time you get it wet. I used to skip conditioning. I’d wash my body, shampoo, and then get out. Or I would get my hair wet and just rinse my body without conditioning my hair.
Conditioning my hair prior to getting out of the shower has been a game-changer and I’ve noticed my ends don’t split as easily.
I’ve used a lot of different brands of leave-in-conditioners. Some have been more of an oily texture, while others were a creamy texture. If you decide to do both, this is how you should apply it.
I would dab a little bit of the creamy textured leave-in-conditioner and spread it evenly throughout your hair and ends. And then grab a little bit of the oily textured leave-in-conditioner and apply it to the ends of your hair only.
A little goes a long way. And I’ve always heard people say they don’t like how leave-in-conditioners have left their hair feeling all greasy. That’s probably due to two reasons. One- you’re using the wrong product for your type of hair. Two- you’re applying too much products.
3. Hair growth serum
When I was going through my hair growing process, I heard about castor oil and its benefits for hair growth. But castor oil was tough to get out of my hair no matter how much I shampooed my hair. It literally left my scalp, baby hair, and the rest of my hair looking like I haven’t washed my hair in weeks. And it didn’t smell good either.
I decided to try Oh Hey Mama Hair hair serum out when I had handfuls of hair falling out during postpartum. They especially seemed very promising of their hair growth serums from customer testimonials and reviews. So I decided to give it a shot.
And those testimonials and reviews were not lying. It didn’t leave my hair gross and greasy. But rather new hair growth was sprouting out and it left my patchy areas looking fuller after I washed the serum out the next day or after an hour of leaving it in. I partnered with them after seeing hair growth and loving their products. And they were so kind to give me a discount code to share with my readers.
4. Hair masque
I’m not sure if you use face masques. But there are masques specifically for hair. It helps to deep condition your hair that normal conditioners and leave-in conditioners don’t do. And it’ll leave your hair feeling silky smooth.
I used to be a vitamin junkie. I loved, loved, loved taking vitamins. And after I had my baby, I got sick of taking vitamins and decided to narrow down my vitamin intake.
6. Jaw clip
Stop putting your hair up in those high and tight ponytails if you’re trying to grow your hair out. This is especially for postpartum mamas that are losing hair around the temple.
Trade those hair ties in for a jaw clip or big comfy scrunchies you can tie your hair in a loose, low bun or ponytail. Oh Hey Mama Hair has some of the comfiest scrunchies I’ve ever used and Ulta has a wide variety of large jaw clips to choose from. But I was especially shocked to see Target had an extra size jaw clip and it’s become my everyday clip.
7. Silk pillowcase
You’re going to want to give silk pillowcases a try. And this is especially if you’re like me and don’t want to wear your hair up in a silk bonnet while you sleep.
8. Use a wide-tooth comb
I ditched the bristle brushes almost a decade ago. And I’ve never turned back.
What steps do I need to take to grow long hair?
1. Drink a lot of water
You’ve heard this a million times by now. Drink a lot of water for your hair, skin, and body. You’re washing away all of the toxins built up in your body and giving nutrients to your body that it needs to grow healthy hair and promote healthier clearer skin.
This water bottle from Target keeps my butt in check with water. It holds 50 ounces of water, keeps my water nice and cold, and I know to fill it up 3 times a day to feel adequately hydrated. You can also get it on Amazon for more color choices.
2. Get adequate sleep
Listen, sis. You’re not going to grow nice, long, healthy hair if you don’t get enough sleep. Sleeping is the time your body is restoring and recovering.
3. Stop stressing
In addition to getting adequate sleep, minimize your stressors. Completely stopping yourself from stress may be a little impossible to do especially when you feel like you can’t catch up with your life. But, try to relax. Take deep breaths, eliminate extra tasks that aren’t a priority, delegate tasks with your partner, get in a good exercise, and let go of things that are not in your control.
4. Be patient
Yup, I said it. You have to give it time. Distract yourself from keeping up with your hair growth and just let it happen.
5. Create a routine
Create a hair growth routine or regimen and take it day by day or night by night. Each day, each nightly routine will add up and your hair will grow out fast before you know it.
6. Stay consistent
Just like anything and everything else in life, you need to be consistent. How are you going to expect to grow long, healthy hair by doing your hair routine for a couple of weeks or just a few times.
The picture below is my hair growth process in just a little over 3 to 4 years. I kept on damaging my hair once I saw it grow. Then, I’d have to cut it shorter again from frying my hair. And would have to go back to step one or two and regrow my hair.
7. Stop doing unnecessary stuff to your hair
We are all guilty of this. Don’t bleach your hair, don’t dye your hair, and don’t cut your hair if you don’t need to. Yes, they say to get a nice, fresh haircut every 8 weeks.
Listen- I go like 6 months without getting a trim because I know I don’t need it. But when I do see that my ends are looking crunchy, I schedule a trim with my hairdresser.
8. Eat nutritious meals
You need to eat healthy to grow healthy hair. Eat foods high in protein like meats, chicken, eggs, fish, and more.
How fast can hair actually grow?
Hair grows about 1/2 inch per month on average which is about 6 inches of hair per year. But you can grow upwards of an inch each month or as little as a centimeter. This depends on the individual, their lifestyle (diet, exercise, stress levels), and if they’re taking supplements for hair growth.
Does cutting your hair actually make your hair grow out quicker?
Cutting your hair more often or getting trims exactly when your hairdresser recommends it isn’t going to make your hair grow any faster. I used to get a trim every 2 to 3 months and I realized it was getting to be counterproductive.
If you regularly condition your hair during every wash, religiously apply leave-in conditioners, and put on hair masques every two weeks or so, you shouldn’t need to get a trim so often.
Use the products and steps I went over in this post to grow your hair out fast and always be consistent. I would definitely reduce putting heat on your hair and just try your very best to be kind and gentle to your hair in order to maximize healthy hair growth.