9 Completely Legit Ways to Grow Your Hair Out Fast

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Whether you're tired of your short haircut or just desire longer hair, the process of growing out your hair can be painfully slow. After all, the average person's hair grows approximately 1/2 inch per month. It's no wonder that celebrities just give up and get extensions. You can take a few actions, however, to expedite the process naturally and attain the long, luscious locks you want.

Take Vitamins

Prenatal vitamins and biotin have been the hairdresser's secret to speeding hair growth for years.

They won't just help your hair grow, but your nails and skin will improve, too. Both are available at drugstores, right over the counter. Take one every day. Be careful though: Some people experience unwanted side effects, such as nausea, from taking prenatal vitamins.

Use Nioxin

Nioxin is a line of hair products designed to promote a healthier scalp and boost the length and thickness of your hair. Nioxin has been around for decades and is used primarily for thinning hair concerns, but it works great even if your hair isn't thinning. Many of my clients also report that their hair appears thicker and healthier using Nioxin after four to six weeks. Nioxin is available in a full line that includes shampoo, conditioner, styling products, a variety of on-the-scalp treatments, and vitamins.

Try F.A.S.T. Shampoo and Conditioner

F.A.S.T. is a shampoo and conditioning system designed specifically for faster hair growth.

It comes with good reviews, but be aware that the high levels of protein in F.A.S.T. can make your hair a bit dry.

Put Yourself on a Healthy-Hair Diet

It never hurts to take good care of yourself, and your hair just might thank you by growing faster! After all, you are what you eat. You will notice that your hair, skin, and nails appear healthier when you eat a well-balanced diet, exercise, and stay hydrated.

Take Care of Your Scalp

This might just be the most important tip: Your hair will be all-around better if you take good care of your scalp. Keeping it clean, giving it a good massage when you shampoo and condition, refraining from yanking while brushing—all these strategies help your scalp produce healthy hair.

Keep Chemical Services to a Minimum

Color, highlights, and perms make being a hair stylist great (and profitable), but changing your hair regularly with chemicals can slow your hair's growth significantly. If you must color your hair, try demi-permanent color instead of permanent, and opt for partial highlights rather than a full head of them. Give your hair as much time between services as possible. Chemical treatments, especially highlights and perms, can cause hair breakage, and if your hair is breaking off, it's not getting longer. By giving your hair a rest, your hair will appear to grow faster because it will endure less breakage.

Get a Haircut

It might sound contradictory to get haircuts when you're trying to grow your hair out, but they're essential. Regular haircuts do not make your hair grow faster, but they do prevent damage and breakage. The less your hair is breaking off at the ends, the more growth you'll notice.

At the very minimum, trim your ends every eight to 12 weeks. The more you do to your hair (chemical services, heat styling, flat ironing), the more often you'll need a trim. Talk to your stylist about your hair-growing goals, and ask her to cut the least amount off. She also can help keep your hair shaped nicely to avoid the awkward in-between stages.

Turn Down the Heat

Preventing damage and hair breakage is key to growing your hair out faster. Whenever you can, blow your hair out instead of using a flat iron, and try working with your natural hair's texture instead of using a curling iron. Most importantly, protect your hair with a heat-protecting spray any time you expose it to heat while styling. The less heat damage to your hair, the less breakage your hair will endure, and the faster your hair will attain length.

Strengthen Your Locks

As you might have surmised by now, the whole idea of "growing your hair faster" has a lot to do with preventing breakage. The best way to do this is to take great care of your hair and give it everything it needs to be strong. Frequent protein and deep-conditioning treatments are excellent ways to nurture your hair and improve its strength. CHI Keratin Mist is one to try; its light mist detangles hair and provides protein to the hair shaft. If you're looking for a deep conditioning treatment, try Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment. It's a great overnight treatment that will help restore your hair's health.