How to make your hair grow faster and longer

Long hair, short hair, thick hair and fine hair. Brown hair, blonde hair, curly hair and straight hair. Representing vitality, this array of different styles showcases the variety of the beauty landscape.

For many of us, hair growth can be something that we long for. As a male or female who might struggle with hair growth (or perhaps just recovering from a much-too-short hair cut), you have likely scoured the internet for hair tips on how to combat problems with hair growth. To save you time and energy, we have compiled the best of the best recommendations below to help make your hair grow faster and longer.

  1. Protein. It is both necessary and important to get a balanced amount of protein every single day. Protein is essential for healthy hair growth (and health overall).  Healthy protein is not limited to red meat and steaks; rather, it can include lean meat, fish, eggs, buts, beans and soy products. Protein in your diet will provide your body with the growing blocks for a healthy body and new hair growth.

  1. Consume the appropriate amounts of iron and zinc. Both iron and zinc deficiencies can lead to poor health, hair loss and a variety of other conditions. Not only is it essential for the transmission of oxygen, but it also helps your body use protein to build healthy strong hair (remember suggestion #1?) Although supplements are available for iron and zinc deficiencies, there are many natural ways to consume these healthy levels. It is important to consume spinaches, beans, cereals, breads and pastas.

  1. Take B vitamins as part of your daily diet. These supplements and topical applications can help speed up hair growth. Good sources of these vitamins include seafood, spinach (double up on this – just like the recommendation for iron above), bananas, lentils, lean dairy, broccoli, beets and more.

  1. Maintain good health and avoid stress. An apple a day keeps the doctor away…remember? In addition to those apples, make sure you eat regularly (and well), exercise and get enough sleep. Reducing general physical stress levels is important to not only maintaining essential bodily functions and organ repair, it also ensures that your body runs like a well-oiled engine.

  1. Learn how to effectively manage emotional distress. Did you know? Emotionally stressful events, such as the loss of a loved one, ending of a relationship, lack of security and more can all slow down hair growth or stop hair growth entirely. It is important to address these emotional issues and remove psychological stressors, giving your body the environment it needs to product healthy growth.

Walking down the street in any North American city, it is clear that hair comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. With short hair or long hair, many of us long for a desired appearance.

If you have been longing for those long, luscious locks, consider the five recommendations above for nutrition and lifestyle changes – and be sure to report back to us. Let us know, are these changes working for you?