How to make hair grow faster for men
Reasons to grow your hair out are too numerous to mention, perhaps you’ve had a bad hair cut, or that man bun has been beckoning you for years and you’ve just got to have it.
Whatever the reasons, we all know that hair growing isn’t an instant thing – mores the pity. On average, it takes 1 month to grow 1/2 an inch of hair.
So, if you want that man bun (or any other longer hairstyle) patience is key. That’s right, it will be a long wait for that long hair.
But, before you reach for the clippers and buzz your locks off in despair, just know that there are ways to speed things up.
In this short guide on how to make hair grow faster for men, we show you tips and tricks that will get your hair where you want it to be.
But first, some hair facts
Before we start, let’s get to know the hair on our head a little better with some little known random facts about hair.
- A single hair strand can support up to 6.5 pounds
- People are born with all the hair follicles they will ever have, and there’s no way to increase the amount
- Thyroid dysfunction is often responsible for hair loss.
- 50% of men experience male baldness by 50 years of age.
- 90% of the hair on a head is growing at any random time, while the other 10% is in a phase of rest.
- The average person has around 100,000 to 150,000 strands of hair on their heads.
- In general, a natural blonde person has more hair strands than someone with red hair or darker hair
- Every follicle on your head grows a totally new hair around 20 times in a lifetime.
- The cuticle is the outer layer of hair which protects the inside layers. If hair is healthy it lies flat, but in damaged hair it’s more open
- Keratin, which gives hair its shape, is composed mostly of an amino acid called cysteine
- It’s a myth that hair is “dead”, the only dead part of the hair is inside your scalp
- If you wanted to grow your hair to shoulder length, this would take 3 years, for waist length, you’d have to wait 7 years
- Lack of iron can cause hair loss
- Every strand of hair has its own nerve, muscle and blood supply.
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How to make your hair grow faster for guys
At this moment there is no proven way to increase hair growth beyond 0.5 inches a month. But is it possible to increase hair growth to a inch a week? Yes, it is. Many people have done and continue to do so. However, this may be down to some genetic fluke on their part.
That being said, even if you didn’t win the genetic lottery hair wise, you can still encourage healthier hair to grow. These hair growing tips for men can tip the scale in your favor for hair growth, just be sure to use them regularly.
Hair growth tip 1 – Healthy eating, healthier hair
Whether you’re growing out your hair or not, getting the right nutrition is essential.
- We need proteins To help the formation of keratin (what our hair is made of).
- Copper is needed for pigmentation, as in hair color, while vitamin E helps the scalp and follicles stay healthy.
- Another much needed nutrient is silicon, this keeps hair strong, preventing breakage that can lead to thin and brittle hair. As for the shine that makes locks nice and healthy, a good supply of omega 3 fatty acids is required.
- B vitamins are incredibly important to hair growth. In particular the B vitamins to look out for are Biotin, B1, B3, B5 and B6. These help keep the hair strong and lubricated and a defincinecy can lead to hair loss.
- Finally your hair needs water. Just like any other part of your body, the scalp can get dehydrated, over time this can lead to dull lackluster hair. Try and drink about 1.5- 2 liters of water daily, more is needed in warmer weather and if you are very active.
What foods contain these essential nutrients?
- Proteins can be found in meats such as chicken, beef, lamb etc. And let’s not forget the vegetarian sources such as; lentils, pumpkin seeds, almonds, oats and millet, among others.
- Copper , this can be found in high dosage within grapes, avocados, young herrings and cashew nuts.
- Vitamin E , AKA the beauty vitamin, is found in sunflower seeds, walnuts and olive oil.
- Silicon is the main trace element for skin, nails and hair. Some excellent sources of silicon of hair growth is millet, oats and nettles. If you’re wondering how to take these, try mixing them into a soup.
- You can find omega 3 fatty acids in herring, chia seeds and salmon.
- B vitamins; find these in meats, whole grains and dark leafy vegetables
Hair growth tip 2 – Massage
This hair growth hack is well known but is worth mentioning. When the scalp is regularly massaged, it stimulates the circulation to the head. And as you can imagine, a healthy supply of blood helps to create healthier hair. There was even a study involving a group of men that showed that regularly massaging the head can lead to thicker hair.
This is how a hair growth massage works: Knead the scalp with all ten fingertips in a gripping motion. One bonus is that your own natural hair oil can be distributed this way. Great for growth, and the general look and feel of your hair.
Hair growth tip 3 – Hair growth serum
A hair growth serum can strengthen the hair from the roots, thus promoting healthy hair growth. Natural ingredients like ginger, fleece flower, grape seed, all stimulate circulation within the scalp and activate hair follicles.
To make the most of a hair growth serum, like the one in the image, pour a little in your shampoo bottle and wash hair as usual.
Hair growth tip 4 – Switch it up with the water
Now you may be wondering whether to use cold water or hot water for hair growth. The answer is, both will do you good and here’s why.
For removing excess dirt from your scalp, and opening up pores, nothing is better than a hot water hair wash. When you wash you hair with hot water, all that build up in the scalps escapes and gets washed away – bliss. This, in turn, helps to unclog the hair follicles.
No doubt hot water cleans your scalp,….but years of doing this alone can start to damage the scalp skin, impeding your hairs ability to grow.
Because hot water makes your hair more porous. What that means is the hair is now more open to the elements instead of being tightly sealed – this is not what we want. Hair that has become too porous is dry and more likely to break.
Although hot water is excellent at washing away oil and dirt, it can often wash away natural oils needed for healthy hair. Without these oils (also known and sebum) the hair becomes less thick and loses it’s shine.
Along with this, inflammation from very hot water may trigger a dry, itchy scalp that does not grow hair very well.
These effects, unfortunately, become more pronounced as a person ages.
When it comes to hair rinses, many experts recommend cold water, and for good reason.
Cold water actually helps to increase blood circulation that deliver nutrients and minerals to your scalp. With enhanced circulation, your body removes waste and debris in the skin more effciently, taking out any toxins that cause slower hair growth.
One benefit of improved circulation is that it can tighten your hair cuticles, giving you strong and shiny hair strands. There’s something else about cold water rinses; since they don’t wash away your hairs natural oils – unlike hot water, they seal in the moisture helping to keep the frizz away.
Which one to choose? Hot or cold
Both hot and cold water hair washes have their benefits, so try using lukewarm water when you begin washing. Once your head is soaked and your done rinsing any dirt, introduce the cold water gradually, so you avoid any shock.
How to accelerate hair growth – what else?
There are essential oils that can help increase rapid hair growth, these include rosemary, horsetail and sage. Simply put a few drops of these in your conditioner or shampoo and your hair will definitely benefit. One reason for this is that they help increase circulation to the scalp.
If you want to go the natural and more herbal way to grow hair, try drinking herbal teas such as burdock root or catnip. These are high in B vitamins and help to enhance stronger and healthier hair.