Do you want to grow long hair fast? Or at the very least, you want strong healthy hair? Growing long hair can take a bit of effort, but it’s not impossible to speed things up a bit. I’m going to go through some tips on how to grow long hair naturally. Below I will include a list of foods that you should consider including in your diet to help you on your way!
When growing long hair we first have to make sure that you are healthy and not deficient in any nutrients. When you are properly nourished your body is in a happy state and it can allocate resources for the growth of hair on your head. By not getting enough nutrients, the last thing your body wants to do is support the growth something that is not vital to staying alive. So when practicing calorie restriction we must maintain good nutrition if we want to keep our hair.
Growing really long hair can take years for some people. For me, it took me only two years to see my hair grow from my neck to my waist!
Hair typically grows about half an inch per month, but this can vary from person to person. The length a person can attain is genetically determined, so if your hair tends to stop at a certain length and never goes further, this is your terminal length and at the moment there’s really not a lot you can do.
In other cases where vitamin and mineral deficiencies might be present, you can take a hair supplement that contains vitamins, which may speed up hair growth.
Foods to grow hair fast
1. Leafy Greens – Spinach and Kale are packed with nutrition. In fact, Kale is one of the most nutritious greens you can eat! Throw some Spinach or Kale into the blender and make a green smoothie to get the most out of them. Blending can increase the availability of nutrients for your body to absorb, especially beta-carotene. They also are high in iron which is very important for hair growth.
2. Nuts – A great snack and great for your hair too! Eating a handful of walnuts each day will increase oil production in your scalp and help keep your hair strong and less prone to split ends and breakage. My second suggestion is to eat one Brazil nut each day for Selenium. It’s important not to get too little or too much of this important mineral. And finally, eat a few almonds for some biotin.
3. Beans and Lentils – Your hair is made up of protein! So, of course, these foods are perfect to include in your diet. Beans contain significant amounts of zinc which can often be lacking in a vegetarian or vegan diet. You might want to add some garlic as well. Garlic significantly increases the absorption of Zinc.
4. Sweet potatoes – These orange potatoes are loaded with vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene. This pro-vitamin increases oil product and fights against dandruff. Dry scalp and dry hair is not good. Eat up! And don’t forget to add some extra virgin olive oil when eating them to increase absorption of beta-carotene.
5. Oats – Eat your oatmeal. Silica is an overlooked mineral when it comes to health. It’s important for both skin and hair. Oatmeal contains up to 500 mg of Silica and will surely help you grow beautiful long hair in no time!
Drinks to grow hair fast
1. Green Tea – High in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory. Sometimes when we’re stressed out we can increase the level of inflammation I the body as well as stress hormones and this is not good for hair growth. Green tea also contains l-theanine which is an amino acid that is calming and lowers cortisol. Add some freshly grounded ginger for a more powerful drink.
2. Hot Chocolate – Find a chocolate drink with at least 60% Cocoa. Chocolate increases circulation in the body and increases blood flow to the scalp. Also is high in magnesium, zinc, copper, and iron which are important for hair. And who doesn’t love chocolate?
My hair growth by the end of 2013
Yes, we can grow long hair on a vegan diet if we are good with pay attention to our diet and health, and have a little bit of patience. Some people can grow their hair very fast, and some grow it more slowly. The most important thing is that your hair is maintained in a healthy condition so that it looks healthy and shines!
Rather than focusing on just the length of your hair, and achieving a goal length, make sure you keep every inch of your hair in the best condition, and this will naturally enable you to reach longer lengths. And if you have split ends, make sure you cut them. Taking care of your hair on a vegan diet is not really much different from everyone else. It’s still made of the same thing.
Growing long hair is not just about diet, but it’s also how you treat your hair, what products you use. In my other post on growing long hair on a vegan diet, I give tips on how to manage and treat your hair so that it stays healthy.
Growing long hair requires a lot of patience. Your hair can only grow so much every month, so just enjoy the process of styling it and going through different looks as it gets longer.
To see how long my hair got by the summer of 2014: How to grow long hair on a vegan diet
Reviewed and updated: 08/2018