12 Ways to Make Your Hair Grow Faster

It may seem counterintuitive, but if you want long hair that's actually healthy, you need to get regular trims.

1. Get frequent trims.

Having long, strong hair doesn't just depend on which products you put on your hair; it also depends on what you put into your body.

2. Eat the right diet.

If your diet isn't supplying you with enough nutrition, a supplement could make a world of difference.

3. Add a hair-healthy vitamin to your a.m. routine.

How often you shampoo your hair does actually impact your hair's health. "Shampooing your hair [only] two to three times a week allows your natural oils to penetrate your hair, allowing it to hydrate and repair itself," explains Paves.

4. Shampoo less and hydrate more.

As chic as platinum hair looks, going from a darker shade to light blonde could stand between you and your longest-possible hair.

5. Lay off the bleach.

"Stop over-styling your hair," says Ken Paves, a celebrity hairstylist in L.A.

6. Avoid excessive heat styling.

Going to bed with unbrushed hair may seem tempting when you're tired, but giving your hair a few quick strokes can be great for your hair and scalp's overall health.

7. Brush hair regularly.

A hot shower can dehydrate your skin — and it's also rough on your hair. "Turn the water temperature down when cleansing," recommends Paves, and give your scalp a little extra love.

8. Keep your showers cooler

Hair is especially susceptible to breakage when it's wet, so instead, detangle hair before shampooing.

9. Protect hair from physical damage.

Getting better hair overnight is possible — all you need is to switch up your pillowcase.

10. Sleep on a silk pillowcase.

Pick up a bottle of Women's Rogaine, recommends GH Beauty Director April Franzino.

11. Try using minoxidil.

Underlying causes may be contributing to your hair's slow (or lack of) growth. One in four American women reports thinning hair — and that doesn’t count those born with wispy or sparse strands.

12. Consider talking to your doctor about hair loss.