The internet is chock-full of hair products that promise overnight hair growth, with most failing to deliver on their claims. However, some century-old hair growth secrets have proven to promote hair health and combat hair loss.
Thanks to the internet, these tips and tricks are no longer a big secret. However, only experts are aware of most of these secret hair growth methods.
In this article, I’ll note down these 25 secrets to hair growth that you can use for faster hair gain.
- 1 1: Let It Grow Free And Cut Down On The Trimming
- 2 2: Be Adventurous By Rinsing Your Hair With Potato Water
- 3 3: Don’t Wash Your Hair Every Day
- 4 4: Don’t Directly Apply Conditioner Onto Your Scalp
- 5 5: The Onion Method
- 6 6: Check Your Favorite Products’ Ingredient Lists
- 7 7: Try Some DIY Conditioners
- 8 8: Apply Some Coconut Oil Before Taking A Shower
- 9 9: Avoid Ponytails When Possible
- 10 10: Do The Flip
- 11 11: Don’t Ever Brush Your Hair When Its Wet
- 12 12: Eat Some Red Ginseng For Better Hair
- 13 13: Try Leave-In Conditioners To Combat Hair Frizz
- 14 14: Choose To Air-Dry Instead Of Using A Blow-Dryer
- 15 15: Consider Taking Hair Growth Supplements
- 16 16: Massage Your Scalp
- 17 17: Pick Argan Oil Over Some Anti-Frizz Products
- 18 18: Use Shikakai Powder
- 19 19: Stop Bleaching Your Hair
- 20 20: Sleep On Silk Pillowcases
- 21 21: Use Essential Oils In Your Scalp Massages
- 22 22: Hair Superfoods Can Make A Big Difference
- 23 23: Protect Your Hair From The Sun
- 24 24: Use A DIY Scalp Mask
- 25 25: Get Yourself A Deep Protein Conditioning Treat Every Month
- 26 Final Word On These Hair Growth Secrets:
1: Let It Grow Free And Cut Down On The Trimming
I have a couple of girlfriends that insist on going for a trim every six weeks to maintain their hairstyles. However, I was always told to avoid cutting my hair frequently. (Thanks mom!)
Apparently, if your hair is in good health, there is no need to get it trimmed. Just keep an eye out for split ends or frayed tips.
Some people suggest waiting several months before getting your hair done. Some women claim only to get their hair trimmed once a year.
2: Be Adventurous By Rinsing Your Hair With Potato Water
This is another hair growth secret I had no idea about.
Rinse your hair with potato water to provide it with Vitamins A and C.
You can also juice three potatoes and mix it with one tablespoon of honey and one egg yolk to create a natural hair rinse.
3: Don’t Wash Your Hair Every Day
I always thought that we had to wash our hair every day. But this turned out to be the cause of my dry hair.
Washing your hair regularly strips your hair of its essential oils need to keep it hydrated and healthy.
Experts suggest only washing your hair two or three times a week to prevent hair damage.
Doing this for the first few times felt a bit uncomfortable for me – Like not having taken a proper shower. However, after a while, I got used to it and did, in fact, notice my hair feeling less dry.
4: Don’t Directly Apply Conditioner Onto Your Scalp
I have to admit that I’ve been doing this one all wrong.
According to experts, we should not be applying conditioner directly on our scalp. It’s said that doing this causes flyaways, frizz, and dandruff.
That said, I really haven’t noticed this myself. So, maybe try it out yourself and see if it helps to reduce the frizz.
5: The Onion Method
The Onion Method is a smelly hair growth secret I’m not willing to try. But it seems to work for others.
Experts have found that applying onion juice to the scalp twice daily promotes hair growth within two weeks (1).
This method should be used at night as you don’t want to rock up to the office smelling like onions on Monday.
6: Check Your Favorite Products’ Ingredient Lists
I knew that some of the chemicals that are used in hair care products could cause long-term hair damage.
However, I had no idea that ingredients like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) can cause cancer. I checked, and it’s in one of my own shampoos too.
It’s also in garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers as well. Yikes!
7: Try Some DIY Conditioners
I just heard of the ‘No Poo’ movement from one of the women from my yoga studio. At first, I was like, “Excuse me, can you repeat that again? I think I misheard”.
But apparently, this has nothing to do with what you are thinking about.
In fact, this ‘No Poo’ method can give you longer and healthier hair by shifting away from commercial shampoos. The reason is that these shampoos contain harmful ingredients that degrade your hair, preventing healthy hair growth.
I was told that simply washing my hair with baking soda and using apple cider vinegar as a conditioner is a great idea. That said, I’ve yet to try this out myself.
8: Apply Some Coconut Oil Before Taking A Shower
If you want to get healthy, lustrous, and glowing hair, try the coconut oil treatment. I do this every weekend, and it does wonders for me.
This treatment is easy – apply some coconut oil to your hair before taking a shower. Try to leave it in for at least 30 minutes before washing your hair.
Along with protecting the hair from losing too much essential oil, it’s also great for hydrating and revitalizing your hair.
9: Avoid Ponytails When Possible
Ponytails look great. I especially like the simple ponytail as my go-to hairstyle.
However, I recently found out that tying my hair into tight ponytail results in more hair strands snapping.
The internet says that using a few bobby pins to form a loose bun would be better for my (and your) hair.
10: Do The Flip
Do you want a simple way to boost blood flow to the scalp that doesn’t involve a scalp massage?
Well, simply flip your head upside down for 30 seconds.
The Flip, as it’s called, can promote blood flow to the scalp, improving hair follicle health.
11: Don’t Ever Brush Your Hair When Its Wet
We regularly brush our hair every once in a while to keep it in order. It’s also easier to brush our hair when it’s wet.
However, brushing your hair when it’s wet can speed up hair loss and damage your hair faster.
Instead, when your hair is wet, use a wide-toothed comb to detangle your hair.
Also, you can continue brushing your hair as this improves blood flow, sebum production for better hair growth.
12: Eat Some Red Ginseng For Better Hair
I like products that have natural ingredients. But these products usually only have a small amount of these ingredients.
So, many women (especially in Asia) directly apply Red Ginseng to their scalp.
Taking Red Ginseng orally seems to also combat alopecia in participants of several studies (2).
13: Try Leave-In Conditioners To Combat Hair Frizz
One of my friends has to deal with frizz daily.
So, she did some research and found that using a leave-in conditioner seems to help her hair stay hydrated.
If you also suffer from frizzy or dry hair, give a leave-in conditioner a go.
14: Choose To Air-Dry Instead Of Using A Blow-Dryer
Using a blow-dryer is an easy and convenient way to dry your hair in a jiffy.
However, the harsh heat from the blow-dryer can severely dehydrate and damage your hair.
Instead, I would suggest air-drying your hair. BTW, air-drying is just letting your hair naturally dry.
15: Consider Taking Hair Growth Supplements
You can get many of the necessary hair growth nutrients and minerals from your diet.
However, they aren’t always sufficient if you want to speed up your hair growth.
So, consider hair growth pills that contain hair health-boosting nutrients like Biotin, L-Arginine, Iron, etc.
16: Massage Your Scalp
Getting a scalp massage feels great, right?
Well, it also has some benefits that include boosting nutrient and blood flow to the hair follicles. This can result in better hair growth and also helps get rid of dead skin.
Massage your scalp every night before bed, and when you wash your hair.
17: Pick Argan Oil Over Some Anti-Frizz Products
There are harsh chemicals in many hair care products.
However, you should take care to avoid products with ingredients that end with -cone and -siloxane.
These ingredients are silicon-derived that can inhibit hair growth and harm scalp health.
Instead, I’ve found that Argan oil is great a combating frizzy hair.
18: Use Shikakai Powder
Natural solutions to hair growth and health are always welcomed.
So, when I found that the powder from Shikakai, a shrub-like tree, is a natural conditioner, I was ecstatic.
It contains Vitamins A, C, D, E, and K, as well as antioxidants, which boost hair strength.
I’ve also ordered one box of the most popular Shikakai brand online. So, I hope that this product provides its claimed benefits.
19: Stop Bleaching Your Hair
I know this one is a bit obvious, but it’s still one of the biggest causes of hair loss in the world.
The harsh chemicals that bleach (i.e., the bleaching agent) your hair can promote hair breakage.
These chemicals can also inhibit hair growth.
So, if you are serious about boosting your hair growth, stop bleaching your hair.
20: Sleep On Silk Pillowcases
This one may sound wacky, but it works.
Silk pillowcases are softer on your skin over cotton pillowcases.
So, it goes without saying that this also applies to your hair as well.
If you want to find fewer strands of hair on our pillow, using a silk pillowcase.
21: Use Essential Oils In Your Scalp Massages
I’ve been using coconut oil to massage my scalp and hair for years. However, I haven’t gotten around using essential oils yet.
Experts are positive that adding essential oils to your massage can significantly improve your hair health.
The most popular essential oils for scalp massages are Thyme, Rosemary, Lavender, Jojoba, and Cedar Wood.
Do this every 2-3 nights for the best results.
22: Hair Superfoods Can Make A Big Difference
‘You are what you eat’ is a phrase that applies to your hair as well as your fitness.
Eating a balanced diet with plenty of lean protein, iron, and other nutrients will be a great help. Also, don’t forget to drink plenty of water to keep your hair hydrated.
Hair superfoods include spinach, eggs, salmon, walnuts, Greek yogurt, and sweet potatoes.
23: Protect Your Hair From The Sun
The sun can be harsh to your skin. So, you apply sunscreen to protect your skin.
But what about the hair damage from the sun?
You can wear a hat in summer while tying it in a loose bun to protect it from the sun. There are also several UV protecting sprays available that can coat your hair with a UV-protecting film.
24: Use A DIY Scalp Mask
Scalp masks have been around for a while.
However, DIY masks are a great way to go all-natural with your hair care.
I tried this by applying a mask using one egg and some mashed avocados. I didn’t notice any immediate benefits, but it did feel nice.
25: Get Yourself A Deep Protein Conditioning Treat Every Month
Protein is important to hair growth, especially if you want to get long, flowing hair.
However, it’s difficult for women to get longer hair due to insufficient proteins in the hair follicles.
So, add a deep protein conditioning routine to your monthly beauty routine for longer hair.
I haven’t tried this one yet. But according to many women online (and on Facebook), this seems to work.
Final Word On These Hair Growth Secrets:
In the end, I was able to piece together these 25 hair growth secrets.
Out of these 25, I’ve already tried several, and I can vouch for them.
Besides, many of these are easy to try and don’t cost any money either. So, just give one of these hair growth secrets a try tonight and see if it works for you.
In the end, being proactive about your hair health is the only way to promote your hair growth.
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