10 Tips for Growing Out Your Hair

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1. Up your protein intake. Hair is made up of a protein called keratin, so it makes sense that you need more to make more. Strive to incorporate more healthy sources of protein into your diet—think lean meats, fish, beans, eggs and legumes. (Bonus: eggs, fish, nuts, and seeds are primo sources of biotin, a B vitamin that’s crucial to healthy hair growth.)

2. Eat more leafy greens. These nutrient-rich veggies are rich in iron, folate, Vitamin E and some B vitamins—all of which contribute to healthy, strong hair. Spinach is our personal favorite, because it has the added bonus of being an excellent protein source.

3. Limit your sugar, alcohol, and caffeine. It hurts to say it—but it’s something you’ve probably been meaning to do, anyway. All three rapidly break down collagen, a vital protein for hair and nail health. Excess sugar consumption can also contribute to scalp inflammation that stunts hair growth.

4. Reduce breakage. If your hair is constantly breaking and fraying at the tip, it won’t matter how fast it’s growing. To play it safe, reduce heat styling as much as possible—and always use a heat protectant when you do use styling tools. (We’re huge fans of Aveda’s Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair, which rebuilds while it protects.) You should also aim to wash less and switch to a gentle shampoo like Aveda Be Curly Co-Wash. It’s a great option for straight hair, too—we promise! 

 

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5. Load up on moisture. That means a weekly hair mask (we like keeping 2-3 in rotation—but Aveda’s Dry Remedy Moisturizing Masque is perfect for getting started) and a daily moisturizing product like Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil. Just apply 2-3 drops from the mid-shaft through the tips of your hair to soothe stressed tresses.

6. Commit to regular trims.  No, it won’t make your hair grow faster. But it will make it grow more beautifully. Frequent trims will prevent frayed, damaged ends—and banish already broken ones that are at risk of splitting further up the shaft. Make sure to tell your Sechoir stylist that you’re growing your hair out and only need ¼ to ½ an inch off at most, and schedule your appointments every six weeks or so. In between trims, touch things up with Aveda’s new Damage Remedy Split End Repair, which helps seal existing split ends and prevent new ones from forming. 

 

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7. Massage your scalp. Good circulation is crucial to hair growth, so stimulate your hair follicles with a daily scalp massage. We recommend doing so right before you hop in the shower so that you can use a moisturizing product like Beautifying Composition Oil. Use the pads of your fingers in slow, deliberate circular motions and make your way up and down your scalp, inch by inch.

8. Accessorize carefully. Unfortunately, metal pins, clips and uncoated elastics can pull, tug and break your hair. To prevent this, opt for gentle fabric hair ties and bobby pins with rubberized tips—and always avoid pulling your hair back too tightly when you style.

9. Use the right hair tools. Choose brushes with rounded bristles (not spokes that can tear into your hair) and high-quality heat styling tools. Many inexpensive blow dryers, flat irons, and curling irons do not regulate heat flow as well as their high-quality counterparts, leaving your hair more vulnerable to damage. And whatever tool you’re using, always use a low to medium heat setting—high is just too much.

10. Be patient. Even when you’re on your best behavior, growing your hair out is a process. Avoid getting bored by trying out new styles as you go—the Aveda YouTube Channel has an abundance of options for hair of all lengths.