Hair is dead. Otherwise, it would hurt when you cut it. There is nothing you can do to your hair strands that will make them grow faster. Cutting the hair does however make it appear healthier since damaged ends are being removed. Cutting damaged ends is also beneficial to growth because split or fibrillated ends will negate hair growth. While getting a cut twice a year will improve the overall look of your hair, it does not make it grow faster.
Get your vitamins
Listen up, Goldilocks, your first line of offense in the game of super speedy mane gain is nutrition. There are a handful of vitamins – namely A, the Bs, C, D, and E – that are instrumental in growing a mop of goddess proportions.
Here’s a quick breakdown why each of them is necessary and what food sources they’re found in to ensure you’re meeting your dietary needs:
The body’s cells need vitamin A to grow, bar none. It also helps skin glands produce sebum, thereby keeping your hair moisturized. Both too much and too little vitamin A can contribute to hair loss, so it’s important to get the dosage juuuuuust right.
Good sources: sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, kale, milk, eggs, yogurt
Do not sleep on your B vitamins if you’re looking to sprout a full head of shiny locks in record speed! They are vital for providing oxygen to cells, creating the structure of hair, and feeding hair follicles. One of the most essential is a B vitamin named biotin. Other key Bs you’ll want to make sure you’re getting enough of are niacin (B-3) and pantothenic acid (B-5).
Good sources: dark leafy greens, whole grains, almonds, fish, seafood, meat
Vitamin C is crucial for the synthesis of collagen, and thus the structural integrity of your tresses. In addition, its antioxidant properties impede the oxidative stress that causes hair to thin out and gray.
Good sources: peppers, citrus fruits, broccoli, brussels sprouts, strawberries
This vitamin plays a pivotal role in the hair growth cycle by helping to create new follicles and stimulating them into action, which is why low levels of vitamin D have been linked to alopecia.
Good sources: direct sun exposure (with spf protection of course), fatty fish, cod liver oil, certain mushrooms, fortified foods
Like vitamin C, the antioxidative effects of vitamin E aid in preventing the stress that ages hair. It also boosts hair growth and helps counter hair loss.
Good sources: sunflower seeds, almonds, avocados, green leafy vegetables