How to make your hair grow on

We’ve all been there. You head to the salon confidently, ready to try out a chic new hairstyle, only to realize afterward that the bob or bangs you were so excited about aren’t what you thought they’d be. Whether you’re recovering from a bad cut or hoping for waist-length waves by your wedding day, waiting for your hair to grow can be a rather tedious process.

Fortunately, I have tresses that grow like a weed. (Here’s my hair last summer right after cutting it and just 11 months later.) I’ve been able to donate my hair to organizations like Locks of Love and Pantene Beautiful Lengths a total of five times (which requires chopping off 8 to 10 inches at a time). And since I’m often asked what my secret is, today I wanted to share a few tips that I’ve come across.

The average person’s hair grows a quarter of an inch per month. And while there isn’t one miracle cure for faster hair growth, there are several steps you can take to help speed up the process. I can’t say for sure which one of these tricks is responsible for my quick-fire strands, but if you’re looking to add some length to your locks, trying them all can’t hurt…

Try prenatal vitamins.
Most prenatal vitamins contain biotin (along with iron and folic acid), which is said to promote healthy hair growth. Biotin will not only help your hair grow longer faster, but your skin and nails will reap the benefits too. Of course, it is best to consult your doctor before taking a new type of vitamin supplement.

Stick to healthy hair diet.
As you might remember this from Lauren’s Foods for Heavenly Hair post, whole grains, along with foods rich in calcium and the amino acid cysteine all promote hair growth. Cysteine is found in foods including poultry, eggs, red peppers, garlic, onions, Brussels spouts, yogurt, oatmeal, and broccoli. And if you prefer to stay away from supplements like the ones mentioned above, you can get your biotin from nuts (especially almonds and peanuts) egg yolks, soybeans, and fish.

Indulge in a scalp massage.
According to, giving yourself an at-home scalp massage increases blood flow to the scalp, which helps nutrients get to your follicles more quickly. So when you’re shampooing or rinsing your hair, try massaging your head with your fingertips to stimulate hair growth.

Time for a little myth busting…

I’ve always heard that frequent trims make your hair grow faster. But the research I did for this post (along with my own personal experience—I tend to go longer than recommended between trims) revealed that tip to be completely false. Since hair grows out of the scalp, trimming the ends will not affect its growth.

That said, split ends could lead to breakage, which makes maintaining your length difficult. To avoid split ends and breakage, keep heat styling and processing to a minimum, and use only non-damaging hair elastics. As I learned from Lauren’s Beauty book, if you tie your hair in the same place every day you will notice a line of breakage where the hair tie hits.

Are you trying to grow out your hair?

I hope that all of these tips help! Let me know how it’s going in the comments.

xo Ilana
Team LC

P.S. If you’re looking to lighten up this summer, make sure you check out Lauren’s guide to highlights too.

  • Cristina Sulzener

    My hair has always been my pride and joy. I figured since it is pretty damn healthy, it could deal with some bleach damage. And I figured the master stylist who did all the color-corrections would know how much would be too much. I was wrong, and now I want to burst into tears every time I look at my hair or touch it. I just don’t know what to do. my hair has also NEVER been shorter than this and it breaks and falls out. What should i do to regrow hair?

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  • strawberrypunch

    I take biotin pills and I never put a hot iron on my hair nor any product except my shampoo and coconut oil. I don’t have any split ends so I don’t need to get trims. My hair used to be long as a teenager, but for awhile I’ve been keeping it about shoulder length. Been trying to grow it out for a year but it seems to just stay at the same length. I cut my bangs to see how fast they’d grow out, they do seem to grow out pretty fast but the rest of my hair just stays the same length. Why is that?

    I mean… I have to shave my legs every two days because the hair grows so fast, and my nails grow way fast too… so why doesn’t my hair? It’s like the biotin and the healthy food is all going towards nail growth instead of hair growth.

  • layla hai

    I read somewhere that blowdryers on high heat literally boil the hair follicles.It wasn’t an article, it was a scientific piece of literature. So it could make hair grow slower as well.. however a low heat setting may not do the same to the hair follicules. Also heating irons or curling irons boil the moisture out of hair and cause it to ruputure badly which is not repairable.

  • mariann

    just eat everything and it’ll grow. I mean mine is really thick (YAY!), because I eat everything, but if I didn’t eat everything, I’d have lack of iron, which leads to my hair being thin. That’s just it. We do all lose hair though? cuz of knots I mean? and don’t be disgusting Hannah, of course horse shampoo doesn’t.

  • marianne

    that creates fleas, lice etc… and your body does create sebum, too much of that well then…

    • jodelks

      LMAO Marianne, not washing your hair regularly does not “create” fleas and lice. Bless you. Fleas and lice are living creatures that hatched into existence before anyone decided to break out the dry shampoo. Headlice are apparently attracted to cleaner hair and dislike oily hair. My mum used to send me to school with hair oil on for this very reason and consequently I never had a problem with them, even during headlice epidemics. Personally I don’t like the feeling of oily hair, but if you’re worried about lice you could try it? As fleas live on the body I haven’t got any tips on how you can prevent those, sorry, but I’ve never heard of anyone living in a developed country in this century having an infestation so I think you’re safe. Hope to help anyway!

  • unFayemous .

    I found this oddly comforting. I went for a haircut today, wanted to ditch 4 inches, ended up losing 7-8. (Had waist length hair before and now it just about reaches the bottom of my shoulder blades). My hair grows like weeds too (I’d say it takes me about 1.5-2 months to grow an inch) but still, suddenly having your hair shorter than expected can be quite shocking.

  • Kellima

    Hye! I have only four months to grow my hairs faster tip me as It will grow faster as soon as possible.

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  • malena

    i used to do that, until i discovered dry shampoo (: