5 Ways to Make Your Hair Grow Faster

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1. Viviscal

I swear by this stuff! And based on the many, many reviews on the internet, so do a lot of other people. I’m hesitant to believe there is ever a “magic pill” for anything but these vitamins work wonders. My hair naturally grows pretty slow. With this stuff, I get about an inch of growth per month. It’s truly incredible. Here are the links to some of the reviews that convinced me that I should try them.

Amazon  –  4/5 Stars with 998 Customer Reviews
Makeup Alley  –  3.6/5 with 35 reviews
Dermstore  –  4/5 stars with 46 reviews
Ulta  –  4.1/5 stars with 57 reviews
Walgreens  –  4.6/5 stars with 54 reviews

You do have to take them for about 2-3 months before you start noticing how much faster your hair is growing and at about $36/month, it’s a bit of an investment. I’m currently using Viviscal for the second time, after cutting my hair to an angled bob six months ago.

The downside? You know it’s working because you have to make a hair appointment when your roots get bad in half the time. Also, if your hair is growing faster on your head, it’s also growing faster everyone else too. It makes for a lovely 5 o’clock shadow on your legs. Just sayin’.

2. Coconut masks and Scalp Massages

I can never tell if expensive hair masks or deep conditioning treatments actually work. My first roommate out of college was an Indian girl. Not only did she teach me how to cook a couple great Indian dishes, she introduced me to coconut oil. She had long, thick black hair. She told me that women in India use coconut oil as a mask in their hair. After trying it as a mask in my own hair, I’m convinced there is no product on the market better than this stuff.


I put a ton of it in my hair. I’ve seen some articles say use 2 tablespoons. That’s laughable. I probably put 1/4 cup at least. Once my head feels saturated with the oil, I give myself a good scalp massage to work the oil in and stimulate hair growth. I leave it on for an hour or two with a plastic grocery bag tied on my head like a turban (to keep the heat in and help it work better). Then I shampoo twice in the shower and skip conditioner. It makes hair unbelievably soft and strong.

I also use coconut oil as lotion and it’s a fabulous replacement for shave gel. Just smother a tablespoon on your legs while you’re in the shower, shave, and you’ll get out with smooth legs and no need to moisturize.

3. Good Shampoo and Conditioner

Pureology is the good stuff. I’m sure there is other good stuff on the market but I’ve seen Pureology work wonders on my hair. In an effort to save money (because after all, this stuff is pricy), I alternate my shampoo days with Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Oil Shampoo. It’s also sulfate-free and all-natural (derived from oils, mostly) and so it’s a great, inexpensive option to alternate with the Pureology. I use the Pureology Perfect 4 Platinum Shampoo and the Hydrate Conditioner. I bought a liter of the conditioner on Amazon about a year ago and I’m still not done the bottle!


4. Heat Protection

I used to put nothing in my hair and then I’d hit it with a 450 degree flat iron. I cringe when I think of that now.

According to my stylist, anything that coats the hair protects it more than nothing at all. I alternate between a Moroccan Oil knock off from Sally’s Beauty Supply and Aussie Leave-In Conditioner Hair Insurance, which smells amazing. I’ve also realized that for my straight hair, I really don’t need 450 degrees to tame a few kinks and flyaways. I never go above 400 degrees now.

5. Don’t Cut It

This seems like common sense but I’m so shocked by how many articles say you have to trim your hair to get it to grow. Um, no. Your hair grows from the scalp. That really doesn’t have anything to do with the ends. If you trim your hair too often, you’re growing and cutting it and basically keeping it the same length.

I get my hair trimmed every other time I get it colored (i.e. about once every 5-6 months) and I ask for a dusting, not a trim. My stylist removes a teeny tiny amount of hair from every end. No cuts, just dustings. If you’re following the steps above, you’ll be seeing much stronger, less damaged hair that doesn’t need to be cut anyway.

  • My hair grows SO slow. I’ve been using coconut oil as a night time moisturizer for a long time, but I still have yet to try it on my hair – why?! No clue. I’m gonna get on that.

    I love the pureology heat protectant, it works wonders and smells incredible!

  • My hair grows pretty fast but I have a hard time keeping it healthy. I was recently shocked by the don’t cut it- you always hear that it’s important to trim!

  • I feel like coconut oil has SO many uses! I just bought it because I want to give oil pulling a try (although I’m lazy and still haven’t done it because 20 minutes of swishing oil around my mouth sounds painful for my jaw), but now I want to try this, too!

  • These are such great tips!
    My hair is long, but breaks so easily.
    (I am sooo guilty of the 400+ degree flatiron on dry hair…)
    I’ll have to look into the Moroccan oil or something similar.


  • I definitely need to try some of these tips! Coconut oil is a favorite of mine too, it can be used for so many different things!

    Crumbs & Curls

  • Trimming it just keeps the ends healthy. If your hair is fine, weak, or over-processed, it could cause breakage. Which means your hair is growing from the scalp, but then just breaking off on the ends. Which makes it seem like your hair is taking forever to grow. So doing a trim every other month is good to keep your hair healthy and allow it to continue growing.

    xo Denise

  • Amen to heat protectant. I rarely blow dry or use hot tools- I leave my hair naturally wavy and it grows so long and is healthy

  • Amen to not cutting your hair!! When I went to one particular salon on a regular basis, they would ALWAYS cut what had grown and NOT what I told them to. It was basically the SAME length for entire year. I was like, why cut everything that has grown.. it will forever be the same length. So counter productive.

  • You have some great tips! When I was determined to grow my hair the big thing was that it had to be healthy and to do that I know I had to make some serious changes. I decided to stop blowdrying my hair and let it dry naturally…that was SO hard to do but when I finally embraced my hair’s texture it was easier to do…now i’m in love with ‘beachy waves’ lol!
    Anyway, in addition to the above I tried the inversion method that I had been reading about…I had to..it made so many ‘fast’ claims…so I did and I documented the results with pics…if anyone is interested to know how you can grow 1″ in as little as a week you can check out my post on it…I will be doing it again just to make sure it really does work 🙂
    great article!

  • My hair grows too fast for my liking

  • Brianne Bracco

    Great tips! I think I am going to have to try the coconut oil! I started growing my hair out last year and I did the same by asking just for a “dusting” and not a full on trim. Then…I just stopped getting a dusting altogether lol..so it’s been about 10 months since my hair has seen a pair of scissors and it has grown quite a bit…I have about 3-4 more inches to go to reach my goal length and I’ll start introducing dustings again 😉

  • Coconut oil really is a miracle worker. I seriously use it for errythanngg. Also, the advice about not cutting is so true. I never understood why people say you MUST cut your hair for it to grow. I mean sure, if you have split ends than not trimming will allow them to split further and then you’ll have more to cut, but stop your hair from actually growing? Lunacy!

  • I’ve been using the Moroccan hair oil, the original and it’s definitely making a difference. I definitely agree about not cutting your hair to grow it because it’s counteractive. I also use horse shampoo which helps – a lot!

  • I use coconut oil as a moisturizer/makeup remover but I have yet to use it in my hair and I don’t know why! I think if I invest in a shower cap I’ll be more likely to do this… You’ve convinced me I definitely need to try!

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  • Colleen

    As a hairstylist I don’t agree with some of these things. 1. Pureology is a decent brand but it’s not amazing, don’t get me wrong I used if for years. It won’t make your hair grow. And 2. If you’re trying to grow your hair then get it cut once every 3-4 months. Yes you’re hair grows out or your scalp but if your ends are splitting they will continue to split until they get cut off. Just make sure you find a hairdresser who understands and actually listens to you!

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  • Alice

    I’m going to start off by saying I am a licensed cosmetologist and we don’t tell you regular trims are necessary to make money-we say it because it’s true. The reason you are supposed to get it trimmed regularly is because when you have split ends, the hair will continue to split up the hair shaft. Therefore, this makes whatever “healthy” hair you have become shorter and shorter. So, trimming the split ends, about every 1-2 months, that naturally happen does help your hair grow faster. Chopping lots of length off obviously will not.

    • Denise

      If you moisturize your hair enough and NEVER let heat touch it which I do both, then you won’t get split ends and won’t have to cut it. I haven’t gotten a trim in over a year and you won’t find one split or broken hair on my head, I am also a licensed cosmetologist.

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