On average, hair grows half and inch a month but how would you like to grow your hair over an inch in just one week? Find out how you can more than triple your hair growth AND grow brand new hairs here.
Ever since I was a teenager I’ve been some what follically changed with a very sluggish hair growth cycle. This is caused by a combination of genetics, over-styling and a low iron count, and my hair can go through phases of struggling to grow new hair so it needs a helping hand every now and then.
Over the years I’ve experimented with different things from hair products to natural home remedies, and after a lot of reading and heaps of testing I’ve found a formula that really does work. I’m mostly concerned with cultivating new hairs, but it was a very happy surprise to find my hair grew rapidly at the same time. I wanted to share with you what has worked for me because it may just work for you!
A few basics on hair growth first, though…
Hair follows a specific growth cycle with three phases:
Anagen – The growth phase. The longer a hair remains in the Anagen phase the longer it will grow – this depends on genetics but it can last 2 – 6 years.
Catagen – This is a transitional phase that hair goes into once Anagen has ended. The hair follicle will shrink, the papilla detaches and the hair is no longer attached to it’s ‘life supply’ of nutrients. Hair is no longer growing.
Telogen – Also known as the resting phase. The follicle remains dormant and the hair will be anchored in place. Depending on the strength of the follicle, it will eventually soften and the hair will eventually break free and shed.
The phases run simultaneously so some hairs on your head will be in the Anagen phase and others in Telogen. For each hair strand, the Anagen phase should start again once the Telogen phase is complete, but some people may experience longer Telogen phases meaning hair is shedding but no new hair is growing. This may result in thinning of the hair, so what we want to do is effectively ‘jump-start’ the Anagen phase and encourage the growth phase to begin.
There are a few ways we can help our bodies to do this, which I will explain later in the post.
While genetics or other growth inhibitors like Chemotherapy or Alopecia may prevent you from being able to ‘jump-start’ the process, you may be able to achieve this with the following steps.
Disclaimer: What has worked for me may not work for you, but I found all these elements together helped my hair grow over an inch in a week and I also found a lot of new hairs on the crown and around my hairline.
Biotin, also known as Vitamin H, forms a part of the B-complex group of vitamins that help turn food into fuel for energy. It also assists in the metabolism of fats, carbs and amino acids which are the building blocks of protein. Protein-rich foods are excellent for maintaining good hair, but to really help your hair grow quicker and stronger you’ll need to facilitate the building blocks – Biotin.
Your daily requirement is 30 micrograms but you can consume more for a real Biotin boost. Take it in a supplement, commonly found in health stores like Holland & Barrett, or you can eat foods that are naturally high in Biotin (I prefer the latter as the food will have other body boosting benefits, too) These include:
- Almonds, peanuts, pecans and walnuts
- Eggs – the yolk has one of the highest concentrations of Biotin
- Milk and cheese
- Pork and cooked liver
- Salmon and sardines
- Avocado and cauliflower
Check out The World’s Healthiest Foods for all you need to know about foods rich in Biotin, from what foods to eat to how to cook and prepare.
2. The ‘Inversion Method’
This here will change your haircare regime. Beauty bloggers and YouTube vloggers across the world have been raving about it for months, and it really can work. I’ve tried the Inversion Method and my hair grew over an inch in a week. Now it might not work for everyone, but it’s definitely worth a try. Just make sure you measure your hair before and after for conclusive results, and look for new hairs around your hairline – they may be slightly static and will stand on end.
Once a day for seven consecutive days (no longer, no less), massage your scalp with your fingertips for five minutes. Make sure you use a timer so you are continuously massaging.
While you’re doing it make sure you are tipping your head over slightly so it’s hanging over. Sitting on a chair and bending your head over works very well. By doing this, you’re encouraging the blood to flow to your head and are stimulating your hair follicles to encourage the Anagen stage.
Remember – ‘Inversion’ is when your heart is positioned higher than your head. Inversion poses and twists are commonly found in yoga practises and are safe to perform, but if you feel dizzy or light-headed stop immediately.
To help boost the method and give your hair an intensive moisturising treatment, every other day or for a few days during the seven, use a natural oil like Coconut Oil, Olive Oil or Argan Oil whilst massaging. If you can, leave it in overnight in a shower cap. More on these oils later.
You don’t have to use the oil, but it will help condition so your hair will feel stronger and shinier than ever. For best results, get your hair trimmed before you do the Inversion Method. If you have split ends, you may not be able to see the full growth as the splits in the hair make it look shorter.
I can also recommend using a wire scalp massager like the one below if you prefer. It’s a lot easier and won’t tire out your hands or fingers. Get one for as little as £1.92 from Amazon with free delivery.
Repeat the method every 4 weeks and see how you get on!
3. Cold water
Hot water strips the hair of moisture and weakens hair strands making it more perceptible to breakage. Make sure you’re washing your hair with luke warm water and definitely not hot or scorching.
You want to open pores to clean your scalp which luke warm water will do, then close the cuticles which will help reduce hair loss and frizz. So ensure you finish washing your hair with a blast of cold water.
Closed pores are far less vulnerable than open pores so by washing your hair in cold water you’ll help protect your scalp from dirt, grease and oil. If pores are sealed then your hair is more likely to be stronger and shed less. This one step can make a huge difference.
4. Grass-fed Gelatin
Gelatin is pure protein and helps nourish your entire body, but it’s especially beneficial to your hair, skin and nails. Gelatin can help the production of collagen in the skin which is essential for strong hair and a healthy complexion. Don’t believe everything you read about skincare containing collagen – you need to boost collagen from the inside as well as the outside! It’ll also help improve joint care.
You can get your gelatin fix from common foods like low calorie jelly, but for an even bigger boost try Grass-fed gelatin. I first learnt about this from Danielle at her blog It’s a Love/Love thing – she writes about natural skincare and haircare as well as food, essential oils and family life. In her post on how to grow your hair she also talks about Grass-fed Gelatin. She explains it comes from cows that graze on grass instead of grain. Healthier cows boast higher gelatin prowess.
You can buy grass-fed gelatin as a supplement that can be added to hot and room temperature drinks. Great Lakes have an affordable range and can be bought from Amazon. Simply add a teaspoon to your morning tea or coffee.
Check out Butter Believer’s Guide to Gelatin Powder for more information on all things gelatin.
5. Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment
About a year ago, I cut my hair into a short pixie cut and while I loved it, it was hard to manage and I soon started to grow it out. It was while I was on my search for hair-growing products, that I was recommended Lee Stafford’s Hair Growth range.
The range includes a Hair Treatment, Shampoo, Conditioner and Leave-In Conditioner. All contain their unique ‘Pro-Growth’ Complex which contains a protein-based complex that helps fertilise your hair follicles and encourages new growth as well as anchoring your existing hair to your scalp – new hair growth and less hair loss – win, win.
You don’t need to use all the products, but I highly recommend the leave-in conditioner and the treatment. The treatment can be used every time you massage your hair during the Inversion Method instead of a natural oil.
Some blogs may recommend natural products and the ‘no-poo’ method, which involves cutting out all haircare and relying on baking soda to clean your hair. I am a big fan of Coconut Oil and Olive Oil as both beauty and haircare products, but I found the Lee Stafford range to really work. Coupled with the other elements, I noticed hair growth, new hair growth and also my hair was stronger and shinier than ever.
6. Cut out the heat and let your hair loose
If you’re using heat tools every day whether that be hot irons or the hair-dryer, try to cut down on using them while you are doing the Inversion Method. Heat can weaken your hair so even just alternating or going an extra day without heat can dramatically improve the condition of your hair.
If you must use heat, try to gently towel and air dry your hair until it’s around 60% dry then use the hairdyer on a medium setting and always use lots of hair protection spray.
While you are on your hair mission, try to avoid tying your hair very tightly. You don’t want to cause any unnecessary pulling which can results in breakage, splits and snags.
7. Spinach and broccoli
Spinach is an important vegetable for hair growth because it’s high in protein and vitamins A and C which your body needs in order to produce sebum to moisturise your scalp. A deficiency in these vitamins can result in brittle hair or even hair loss so make sure you are eating plenty of spinach in your diet.
Broccoli is one of the most important greens you can eat and it’s also a fantastic superfood, essential for hair health and growth. As well as Vitamin A and C it also contains essential B vitamins that are needed for strong hair. The antioxidants in broccoli, particularly vitamin C also prevent hair loss by eliminating the free radicals, contributing to healthier and thicker hair.
Both are reasonably priced so make sure you eat at least one portion of either once a day and you’ll start to notice not only a healthier bowel, but you skin hair and nails should look better than ever.
8. Coconut Oil
I mentioned this oil in the Inversion Method section so if you don’t already own a tub of Coconut Oil make sure you visit your health food store or online retailer. A tub will last you a good few months and it’s packed with vitamins and fatty acids to help nourish your hair.
Comprised mainly of smaller medium-chain fatty acids, the oil is also able to penetrate more deeply and faster than most other conditioners, and because it’s 100% natural you can use it as much as you like without any damage.
There are numerous benefit of using Coconut Oil on your hair, these include:
- Stimulates hair growth by penetrating deep into the follicles
- Provides amazing moisturisation for dry hair
- Adds shine to hair
- Reduces protein loss in your hair – the only oil to do this
- Contains anti-bacterial properties to soothe an ichy or flakey scalp
Use Coconut Oil while doing the Inversion Method or as a once a week overnight treatment.
Thanks for reading and good luck! I would love to know how you get on so if you try any or all of these methods please feel free to leave a comment.