Hair grows an average of 1/2 inch per month, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. That’s under good conditions in a healthy adult. If you or your hair aren’t healthy, that growth rate could slow down dramatically or even stop. While you can’t make your hair grow much faster than your body’s programmed rate, you can make sure you provide the right conditions so your hair grows in as healthy and fast as possible.
Find ways to reduce stress in your life. Stress effects your hormones and hormones are tied to hair growth. Too much stress slows or stops hair growth and can even cause hair loss, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Try yoga, journaling or talking to a counselor if you’re having trouble dealing with stress.
Eat a healthy diet that includes plenty of low-fat, high-quality protein. Your body needs protein, along with healthy fats and a wide variety of vitamins and minerals to quickly grow healthy hair. Eat fruits and vegetables of all colors and try adding nutrient-rich whole grains and protein-packed legumes to your diet. Eat nuts, salmon and avocados for healthy fats.
Exercise on a regular basis. Exercise makes all your body systems work more efficiently. Thirty minutes per day helps increases circulation and delivers oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the hair follicles.
Try to avoid illness whenever possible by washing your hands regularly, keeping your hands away from your face, eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep. When your body is trying to fight of an illness, it pays less attention to your hair growth and that growth can slow or temporarily stop.
Talk to your doctor about medications you’re taking that may slow hair growth or cause hair loss. Birth control pills and antidepressants are two common types of medication that effect how fast your hair grows. Ask your doctor if you can try a different type or dosage as long as it won’t adversely affect your health.
Take good care of your hair to prevent breakage and damage. Never brush your hair when it’s wet. Use leave-in conditioners or heat styling products when you blow dry, curl or straighten your hair. Keep your hair moist and strong with conditioners, oils and leave-in strengthening treatments. Avoid hair products with high amounts of alcohol because they can dry out your hair.